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What is your New Years’ resolution? Asks your local Sandgate and Deagon dentist.

What is your New Years’ resolution? Asks your local Sandgate and Deagon dentist.

Every December we start to make New Year’s resolutions and a lot of the times those resolutions revolve around improving our overall health. So why not this time make a new year’s resolution that improves your oral and dental health. You will be surprised to see how much it can improve your general health and well-being. Here are some tips from dentists at Sandgate Bayside Dental. Develop some good habits Do you brush your teeth well at least twice a day, for at least two minutes each time? Do you floss between your teeth every time you brush your teeth? Do you visit your dentist for a check-up and a scale and clean every 6 months. Not following this regime can leave harmful bacteria sitting around your teeth causing serious damage to your teeth and your smile. This could have a lasting impact on your teeth and your confidence. So make sure you get into the good habits of maintaining your oral and dental health in 2020. Have a healthy diet How much sugar do you have every day? As they say nowadays, sugar is the new tobacco! Sugar is the real culprit in causing several of those lifestyle diseases and poor dental health is no exception. Cut down on the amount and frequency of sugars that you have in your diet every day and replace it with some fibre/ protein. Visit a great dentist who could look after your whole family Finding the right dentist who could look after your whole family for years to come could be a difficult task. Often you will come across some dentists who work with corporate dental practices and change their workplace quite often. This leaves you a task to look for another dentist and re-build that trust with them. Sandgate Bayside Dental is not a corporate dental practice. The practice has been operating since 1980’s. Dr Vik and Dr Rob commit to continue the high standards of patient care in the practice for years to come. If you want to stay with a dental practice for life, look for a dentist with plenty of experience treating people of all ages like the team at Sandgate Bayside Dental. Make 2020 a healthy year Schedule a visit at Sandgate Bayside Dental to get a clear understanding of where your oral health stands and what you can do to maintain/improve it. For more tips on how to maintain your oral health in 2020, or to schedule an appointment with us, call 07-3269 2443...

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Caps & Crowns –Tooth Cap Or Gold Cap? Get Expert Advice!

Caps & Crowns – The Humble Tooth Cap Has Come a LONG Way! Gone are the days of crowns (previously known as tooth caps) in stand-out shades of pewter. These ugly examples of cosmetic dentistry defied logic and common sense, leaving people self-conscious. Nowadays, crowns are almost invisible to the naked eye and an excellent solution when a significant gap needs a’filling. Want to talk teeth? Contact US, the gentle dental specialists, today! What is a crown, anyway? A tooth cap, or crown as it’s called today, is necessary to disguise a broken or decayed tooth. It’s often put in place to cover up visible decay, a missing tooth or after a root canal treatment procedure.  A crown can be made up of a number of different materials including ceramic porcelain, gold and metal. Ceramic porcelain dental crowns will allow your tooth to blend in with its little toothy brothers and sisters, meaning that seamless technology will completely disguise the fact that you’ve had any work done at all. This look provides a flawless finish that will see you being able to smile your brightest once more WITHOUT being afraid of anyone seeing a darkened or grey tooth hiding at the back. Get ready to flash ALL of your pearly whites! Cosmetic dental work  Of course, if you’d like to stand out from the crowd you can still invest in a gold or silver crown or tooth cap. It’s the more expensive option, sure, but it carries with it a certain aesthetic that you may enjoy wearing with pride.   Tooth caps and crowns for little ones If your child requires a crown, it’s a similar procedure. Talk to your dentist about how this would work. Children who are quite small will most likely have to be put under anaesthetic treatment because of the complexity of the procedure. This might mean navigating a number of issues on their path to tooth health, which may require a visit to a dental hospital rather than an in-house job. Work with the professionals to find a solution that’s the best fit for your family.  A jewel in the crown This is your opportunity to take back control of the look and feel of your teeth. Visible tooth decay and breakage can be easily masked by a flawless crown that’s going to make you feel like a million bucks. Forget those old school tooth caps. What are you waiting for? Talk to us TODAY about restoring life to your smile with a new generation tooth...

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Need A Sleep Apnoea Mouth Guard? Expert Advice

Need A Sleep Apnoea Mouth Guard? Expert Advice

How Does a Sleep Apnoea Mouth Guard Work? Sleep apnoea is a serious condition that impacts both sufferers and their families. Potentially, a sleep apnoea mouth guard may provide some relief and see everyone in the home getting a better night’s sleep. Want to know more? Book an appointment with your friendly gentle dental team today! What is sleep apnoea and how can a mouth guard help? Sleep apnoea is a disorder that impacts a surprisingly large section of the population. Whilst many people snore, those who experience sleep apnoea suffer from excessively broken sleep patterns. This is due to the collapsing of their airways, preventing them from breathing for short periods of time. This can, in turn, lead to more serious health concerns like high blood pressure, and even the risk of a heart attack. It’s not just a case of keeping you up at night – this is serious and needs to be examined in a professional setting.  What about the mouth guard? Glad you asked! An oral appliance that’s similar in shape and function to a sports mouth guard can be custom designed for those who suffer from mild sleep apnoea. This is not a ‘one size fits all’ treatment and must be discussed with your health and dental care professionals to see if it is right for you. With the guard in place, the lower jaw is held forward which creates more room for the tongue, thus lessening the snoring side effects. Natural sleep movement is not impacted by use of this device.  What are the other symptoms of sleep apnoea? If you’re considering this as a treatment, it’s likely that you experience the following: Snoring Waking up with a dry, sore, raspy throat Irritability, anxiety or depression as a result of constantly disrupted sleep Poor concentration and memory abilities with difficulty focusing on tasks Gasping, snorting and choking during sleep Sound familiar? Maybe it’s time you started getting serious about your sleep health.  Is a sleep apnoea mouth guard the solution for you? This disorder is potentially very dangerous so do not write it off as an irritating condition that you just need to put up with. If you have a history of heart issues in your family tree you need to act now to find a solution to this problem before it becomes more serious. Put yourself, and your family, first and contact those who can help you trial a sleep apnoea mouth guard.  Work with your gentle dental team to find a solution to what’s keeping you up at...

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The Truth Behind What Makes A Truly Gentle Dentist

The Truth Behind What Makes A Truly Gentle Dentist

Do you get sweaty palms and knots in your stomach at the mere thought of even making a dental appointment? If so, you’re not alone. Dental anxiety is a surprisingly common phenomenon. The good news, however, is that caring, gentle dentists DO exist so don’t give up on your oral health just yet. As an experienced, gentle dentist, Robert Duhig knows that dental anxiety is not unusual and greets each patient with a friendly, empathetic ear, helping them to go into their appointment with confidence. If you’re riddled with dental anxiety, contact Robert Duhig Dental to learn how their extremely gentle practices can get you back on the road to a happy, healthy smile.  A gentle dentist will put you at ease from the first point of contact  For some people, dental anxiety can result in going to great lengths to avoid visiting the dentist altogether. However, an experienced dental practice will know how to make people feel at ease from the minute they book an appointment or walk through the front door.  Staff are trained to be empathetic and calming and they will talk you through each step of the process before your appointment even starts. In fact, Robert Duhig understands that in certain cases, patients may feel more comfortable taking their own pain killers or anti-anxiety medication before coming in for their appointment. However, it is very important that you call the office to get the right advice before taking anything prior to your dental visit. Communication is the key to making patients feel calm and confident  With over 30 years of experience, Robert Duhig prides himself on knowing how to calm the minds of anxious patients and consistently checks in with them to see how they are feeling throughout each appointment. If your anxiety is centred around discomfort or having your mouth numbed, Robert’s vast experience and precise skill means that he is able to place the numbing shot in the EXACT right spot every single time – resulting in optimal patient comfort. Don’t be afraid to express your concerns to your dentist. A truly gentle dentist will listen to their patients with empathy and understanding and do what it takes to make each visit a positive experience.  You’ll be in good hands with Brisbane’s own truly gentle dentist With a reputation for being one of the most trusted gentle dentists in Brisbane, Robert Duhig’s patients return time and time again as he’s changed the way many of them feel about going to the dentist.  If you’ve been putting off your next check-up, it’s time to take a deep breath and put your health first. Book your appointment with Robert Duhig Dental...

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Our Best Tips For Instilling Great Dental Habits In Kids With Sensory Issues

Our Best Tips For Instilling Great Dental Habits In Kids With Sensory Issues

For many people, oral health care is something they take for granted by regularly flossing, brushing and seeing their dentist for regular check-ups. However, for children with sensory issues, oral care (including visits to the dentist) can be quite challenging.  People with sensory issues often hate the taste of toothpaste, dislike the feeling of a toothbrush against their teeth, have a heightened sense of having their face and mouth touched, and have extra sensitivity to bright lights, smells and sounds associated with dental check-ups. However, by teaming with the right dentist, oral care can be smooth sailing for both the child and their parents. With the right tools, brushing teeth can be a breeze While some people love the sensation of brushing their teeth and having that sparkling clean feeling, people with sensory issues can find it very unpleasant. Thankfully, your dentist can recommend specialised products that don’t overload the senses such as NeutraFluor’s fortified, flavourless toothpaste, and softer manual and electric toothbrushes that reduce the sensation of the toothbrush moving across your teeth. Oral hygiene – it can be fun and games To make bed-time brushing more enticing, try purchasing a 2-minute timer and challenge your child to brush their teeth (or let you brush their teeth) for the whole two minutes. The timer can also be used as a distraction for the child – whether they fixate on the countdown or hold it in their hands to fidget with during the brushing process. Using a product like Plaque Disclose will make plaque on teeth visible so that children can actually see the problem areas and understand the importance of brushing. By aiming to reduce the amount of plaque that shows up the next time the product is used, your child may be motivated by seeing visible results of their hard work. Choose the right dentist to help manage sensory concerns Dentists deal with nervous patients on a daily basis, however, working with someone who has a negative reaction to the typical sensations experienced during a dental visit is a whole other challenge. Thankfully, an experienced, gentle dentist can use special tricks and tools to make the appointment a lot more pleasant in these cases. Commonly used strategies include: Have the patient bring in something to hold/ fidget with in their hand to use as a distraction during the appointment Offer noise cancelling headphones so they aren’t agitated by the sounds Communicate each step during the appointment and give the patient advance notice before touching their face or mouth Have the patient bring in very dark sunglasses to help reduce sensitivity to the lights above If the patient is not familiar with electric toothbrushes, suggest that they use...

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Back Teeth Problems – Should You Get a Root Canal or an Extraction?

Back Teeth Problems – Should You Get a Root Canal or an Extraction?

A lot of unnecessary dental anxiety can build at the prospect of a root canal or extraction. Please be assured that these are very commonplace dental procedures, performed with the utmost care, that will cause little to no discomfort or disruption to your everyday life. There is no need to be concerned, but you do need to have very real conversations with your gentle dental practitioner about what is involved and what you need to know. Why a root canal? Root canals occur when the teeth at the back of your mouth (generally speaking) are problematic – typically when there is a pulp-filled cavity in the root of the tooth. The procedure is very common, and it is not normal to feel as if you are experiencing excessive pain, particularly when you employ the services of a consummate dental professional. The root canal is a procedure designed to save a tooth that has become badly infected. The nerve and ‘pulp’ are removed and the inside of the tooth is sealed after a thorough cleaning. Why an extraction? A lot of people opt to have an extraction instead of a root canal. This is for a number of reasons. It can be a lot cheaper, and being a back tooth, it’s not noticeable to the naked eye if it’s missing. There are, however, concerns when it comes to the extraction of back teeth. Back of the mouth problems Working in the back of the mouth, be it via extraction or root canal, can be quite difficult and sedation will be required. The back teeth are the most difficult to work with as they are, by their very nature, the strongest in our mouths. They take up the ‘grunt work’ when it comes to chewing our food so removing the back teeth can put more pressure on your middle and front teeth. Ultimately, there is the possibility here of broken and weakened teeth at the front if they are required to take on too much pressure over time. Alleviating your anxiety Rest assured that yours is not the only mouth that your dentist has seen that requires a root canal. This is a very common procedure that, when carefully managed, is straightforward and relatively pain-free. Concerned about the state of your teeth? Talk to the gentle dental professionals at Robert Duhig Dental...

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