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Oh No! My Child Needs Crowns! Here’s Why It’s NOT The End Of The World

There’s no denying it – your child has a tooth cavity and the damage looks pretty bad. You can’t help but feel terrible. Weren’t you doing everything to help keep their mouth healthy? Brushing, flossing, reducing sugar: you did all the right things, but your child still managed to get a hole so big they now need crowns on their baby teeth. Well, you can set aside the parental guilt, as tooth decay in children is incredibly common – the World Health Organization estimates that between 60-90% of school-aged children worldwide have cavities. And while it sounds like a crown is an extreme course of action for a tooth that will fall out soon anyway, it’s actually quite necessary.   Why would a child need crowns?   There are several reasons a child would need a crown on their baby teeth rather than just a filling or removing the tooth altogether. The tooth may be so damaged that a filling is not enough to save it, or it is broken, making filling it impossible. In these cases, it is important to have a crown fitted so the tooth remains strong, durable, and the decay does not spread further into the tooth or the surrounding teeth. Baby teeth are essential for the healthy eruption of adult teeth, and a tooth that is weakened or removed will interrupt the growth of the permanent tooth, impacting the child’s oral health, speech development and ability to chew. A crown on baby teeth will protect the tooth that is left and will fall out naturally when the time comes. It will also help preserve the space for the adult teeth, which may not come through until their teens (depending on the tooth).   What’s involved in fitting crowns on baby teeth?   Putting crowns on baby teeth is a relatively simple procedure, but it can take a little while. We first numb the area, isolate the tooth to protect the surrounding teeth, gums and cheek, and then remove the decay using a special drill. During this time, we will shape the tooth and prepare it for the crown. We then fit the crown snugly on top so that it is stable.   What to expect after the crown is applied   After the procedure, the child must avoid sticky food but can otherwise eat normally (being careful not to bite their numb lips and cheeks!), and it’s perfectly fine to brush their teeth as usual. During brushing, the gum may bleed slightly or even appear blue: this can be the shadow of the metal under the gum tissue and not a cause for concern. The area will regain normal feeling in a few days....

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Choosing the Right Family Dentist | Deagon, Brighton, & Boondall

Are you looking for the right family dentist in Deagon, Brighton, or Boondall? Robert Duhig Dental in Sandgate is the gentler alternative for families on the northside of Brisbane – and we’ve been privileged to treat generations of the same family, from babies to grandparents! You can feel confident that you’ll benefit from our years of experience, gentle approach, the use of the latest in dental technology, and our highly competitive fees. We understand that your family’s teeth are incredibly important – and we’re dedicated to looking after your smile and the smiles of your family members for years to come. Read on to find out more about what you should be looking for in your family’s dentist! What are the benefits? Having one dentist to tend to your family’s dental needs means that your dentist will be able to assess the overall health of your family’s teeth, while gaining a greater understanding of any genetic issues that may be present. Your dentist will also be able to help with any environmental factors that may be impacting the health of your family’s teeth – these factors include diet, the quality of the water you drink, and any chemicals or materials you might come in contact with around your home. And having a dentist within minutes’ drive of your home in Deagon, Brighton, or Boondall is an added convenience. What to consider  Comfort. Ensuring that all members of your family are comfortable with the dentist you choose is paramount. Many people are anxious about going to the dentist, especially children, so choosing a dentist who is gentle, approachable, and patient is really important to ensure your family’s oral health is well looked after.  The services on offer. Every family’s dental needs differ, especially over time. You need to choose a dentist who is capable of offering a wide range of services – from emergency services to specialist childhood dental care, services particular to adults and of course, cosmetic dentistry such as braces and Invisalign.  Affordability. Your family’s health is important, but it’s also important that the services on offer suit your budget. Choose a dentist who will provide affordable services to your family, as well as offer you access to government-funded schemes or payment plans to help you when you need it.  Location. If you live in Deagon, Brighton, or Boondall, you’re not going to want to travel too far out of the way to visit the dentist. Robert Duhig’s practice in Sandgate is an easy 10 minutes drive away! Need a dentist? Brighton and surrounding suburb locals choose Robert Duhig Dental for gentle, affordable family care. Call us on 07 3269 2443 or visit us...

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New Year, New Smile? How Dental Veneers Transform Your Look

      Does the upcoming New Year have you dreaming of a new smile? Dental veneers might just be the answer. Enhance your smile with this simple, low maintenance option and choose the New Year’s resolution that will last for years to come. Learn how dental veneers can give you a fresh new look so you’ll be ringing in the New Year with confidence. Why you should add dental veneers to your New Year’s resolutions  If you’ve had a reason to shy away from showing off your smile, then veneers may be just what you need to get your New Year off to a great start. Cosmetic dentistry is now more sought after than ever, with Zoom Whitening, dental veneers and dental crowns topping the popularity list. The versatility of veneers makes them very common as they can be used to disguise minor imperfections, hide gaps and irregular spaces, and to brighten and whiten smiles. Your Brisbane dentist can discuss your smile resolutions with you and get you on your way to celebrating a new year and a new look. How do dental veneers work? Dental veneers are custom made and carefully crafted to fit you perfectly. They can be made from either porcelain or composite materials and each can be used to cover just one tooth, or to give you a complete smile makeover. As they are directly bonded to your teeth, they are an excellent option for patients with enamel erosion as they can add strength and durability as well. Veneers are surprisingly easy to take care of as they do not require any additional maintenance – you just floss and brush your teeth as you would normally. The best part? As they are custom coloured and highly stain resistant, you can enjoy that coffee and wine and your smile will continue to shine throughout the lifespan of the veneers. How dental veneers can benefit you Like many cosmetic dentistry procedures, dental veneers are an instant confidence booster. While they offer the obvious aesthetic benefits of having whiter, straighter teeth, they will also give you that extra sense of self-assurance to want to go out into the world and shine. Having a confident smile can assist you with job interviews, public speaking, and everyday social situations. As your veneers will be tailor-made for your teeth, they will be very natural looking and virtually undetectable so no one besides you and your dentist will know why you’ve got some extra pep in your step. Book a free consultation with Robert Duhig Dental to discuss how dental veneers can help you achieve your smile goals and be well on your way to achieving a new, naturally beautiful smile...

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Emergency Dentists North Brisbane – OPEN TODAY

    If you’re looking for ‘dentists near me’ and require an emergency dentist in North Brisbane, Robert Duhig Dental can happily provide a little calm in your chaos. This can be a stressful time so let’s cut to the chase and give you what you need to know. Here’s what you need to do if you’re requiring emergency dental assistance. Finding an Emergency Dentist in North Brisbane We always keep a number of appointments open in case an emergency arises. Staff will advise you of what emergency appointments are available. They’ll also be able to give you some ‘over the phone’ assistance to help you minimise discomfort and calm down. Be Careful With Painkillers Using a painkiller might accidentally mask something a little more serious. Talk to our nursing staff over the phone and let them know what you’ve had and how you’re feeling. It’s best to try not to use painkillers until you’ve received medical advice to do so. Where’s That Tooth? Has a tooth come loose? Putting it in milk is a good way to help keep the cells in the root surface happy. Just make sure no one accidentally drinks the milk! Yuck! Alternatively, you could pool the tooth into a cup of saliva or try placing it gently and carefully back where it came from before coming to visit your emergency dentist. Call the Robert Duhig Dental clinic on (07) 3269 2443 Getting To Robert Duhig Dental We service the North side of Brisbane as we’re located in the Sandgate area. However, that doesn’t mean that we don’t welcome new patients, particularly if they really need our help! If you’re coming from Redcliffe, veer towards the water after you pass Decker Pass after coming over the bridge. Pass Dowse Lagoon Reserve on your right and you’re nearly there. If you’re travelling up from the south, your best and most direct way is to use the Gateway motorway. Be wary of the Deagon Deviation signage due to the ongoing roadworks project. Coming up Sandgate Road? Take a right onto Board Street once you pass the KFC on your left. We’re easy to find from there. Stay Calm It may be an emergency but there’s no need to panic. Robert Duhig Dental are the Gentle Dentists. Allow us to ease your mind and calm your nerves as we expertly perform your procedure. Everything will be alright. What Now? Going to an emergency dentist could mean a quick fix on the spot or the first step in the process, depending on the injury or problem that lead you here in the first place. This ‘next step’ approach will also help you plan for the cost of emergency...

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ClearCorrect – Orthodontics Exciting New Development!

Say goodbye to wires, brackets and elastics – there’s a new treatment plan in town. ClearCorrect orthodontics is a simpler alternative to braces, consisting of a series of clear, removable aligners that are custom made to fit you perfectly. This gentle, gradual straightening process is discreet, low maintenance, and far more comfortable than traditional braces. Read on to find out how ClearCorrect invisible braces can give you a reason to smile! ClearCorrect is the clear winner in orthodontics technology ClearCorrect invisible braces are surprisingly low maintenance – and as they are made without BPA or phthalates, they are a safe choice for your family. The aligners are removable which means they can easily be cleaned with a regular toothbrush, gentle toothpaste and cool water. This simple alternative to braces also makes brushing and flossing your teeth a breeze. Knowing you can keep your pearly whites extra shiny throughout the treatment process will help you stay on track towards achieving the smile you’ve been dreaming of. The comfortable, carefree alternative to braces As ClearCorrect’s aligners are barely noticeable, they are an excellent alternative for those who prefer to be more low-key while going through treatment. As ClearCorrect invisible braces are removable, you can eat whatever you’d like without a care in the world and relax in social settings when dining out. You can also be confident that trips to the dentist for check-ups will be a piece of cake as there are no braces to be tightened with this solution. Choose a gentle dentist who offers these more comfortable aligners and be on your way to having a smile you’ll be proud to show off. Benefits beyond a stunning smile Straightening your teeth can be a life-changing decision. Did you know that while a gorgeous smile can go a long way, there are many other benefits to having straight teeth as well? Properly aligned teeth last longer, reduce stress on jaw joints (often resulting in fewer headaches), and they are easier to clean which is a bonus for your overall health. By choosing ClearCorrect, you can make a positive impact on more than just your stunning smile. A great alternative for adults Orthodontics have come a long way over the past few decades and with a range of options now available, there’s no need to shy away from having a beautiful smile at any age. If you’re uncomfortable with the idea of wearing braces in the workplace, you will love that invisible aligners are barely noticeable and are a low maintenance alternative for those with busy lifestyles. If you’ve always wished you had done something to straighten your teeth when you were younger – or if you did have braces...

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Is Breezecare Brisbane’s Most Effective Halitosis Cure?

Robert Duhig Dental are proud to be one of the only, if not THE only, local dental surgeries to offer Breezecare. Brisbane has been shouting out for positive, proactive dental care that focuses on BREATH – and here it is! Self-Analysis: Could Breezecare in Brisbane work for you? There are a few simple ways to figure out if this innovation could be a positive influence in your life – as well as the lives of your family and friends. This is a potential halitosis solution that could be the cure to what ails you (if what ails you is bad breath!). Self-Check: what are my dental habits? Taking a close look at your current dental habits could be an indicator of the causes of bad breath that you may be experiencing. Regular brushing? Flossing? If the answers to those questions aren’t a resounding yes then the question about where your bad breath is coming from could be answered in the humble bathroom. Discuss preventative measures with your friendly dentist at your next check up and see if you can come up with a plan together. Self-Check: the avoider Have you found that you’re doing ‘extra’ things to compensate for that not-so-clean feeling in your mouth? Maybe you haven’t even noticed you’re doing it! Avoidant extras include: • Mouthwash • Lollies (to take the taste away) • Overloading on Tic Tacs and mints You could save a packet on these extras by addressing the problem head on! Try the breath test in the clinic to test your levels using science-based technology. Self-Check: other people Finally, pay close attention to the reactions of other people. This could be a bit of an ego-damager but it’s well worth it! Do they move away from you? Do they turn their heads away when you talk? Is your breath enough to stop enthusiastic sales people in their tracks? Do your kids refrain from getting up close and snuggly with you? Is your partner hesitant to kiss you? Ask yourself some of these hard questions and know that the answer could be simpler than you thought. How does Breezecare work? This is a scientific process that’s been developed by a collection of dentists and microbiologists with a focus on the improvement of oral health. They have focused on the presence of bacteria in the mouth that’s usually the result of lifestyle choices. What we choose to put in our mouth is reflected in the breath that comes out! You can find more information about BreezeCare technology here. Breezecare Brisbane – the only way is up! Don’t spend another minute feeling paranoid or embarrassed. There is hope for those afflicted by bad breath! Robert Duhig Dental...

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