• Ready, set…BLOW!

    Ready, set…BLOW!

    01 August 2015 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    Breathing through the nose to filter and humidify the air is a necessity but kids with blocked noses often turn to breathing through the mouth.

    Chronic nasal congestion and mouth breathing can result in high plaque levels and undesirable facial growth. They can also contribute to obstructive sleep apnoea.

    Depending on the severity, sleep apnoea can result in a child’s IQ dropping up to 20 points. He or she may also be at higher risk for ADHD.

    It’s imperative to remove breathing obstructions early so kids can have optimal physical and cognitive development.

  • Sleep apnoea self-test

    Sleep apnoea self-test

    27 July 2015 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    Try this: stand with your back, buttocks, shoulders and head touching the wall. Say, “hello” then swallow and breathe in. Can you do these things easily?

    If not, you may have obstructive sleep apnoea which can affect your health, your job and your relationships.

    It can also wreck your teeth as sleep bruxism or night time teeth grinding is associated with sleep disorders. The good news is that weight loss can improve your sleep, your health and the condition of your teeth.

  • Believe it or not…

    Believe it or not…

    20 July 2015 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    Eating a lot of fruit contributes to tooth decay so limit yourself to 2 pieces a day.

  • Believe it or not…

    Believe it or not…

    13 July 2015 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    Breathing through your mouth causes higher levels of bacterial plaque on teeth so practise keeping your lips together and breathing through your nose.

  • Believe it or not…

    Believe it or not…

    29 June 2015 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    Coffee can stain teeth more than smoking so remember to use water as a mouthwash to swish & swallow after a cuppa.

  • Believe it or not…

    Believe it or not…

    29 June 2015 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    Lemon drinks, sports drinks and soft drinks are the most erosive for teeth so if you can’t avoid them, finish ‘em in one go and don’t sip ‘em.

  • Why prevent tooth decay in kids’ teeth?

    Why prevent tooth decay in kids’ teeth?

    22 June 2015 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    There are heaps of reasons! 

    • Drilling and filling doesn’t prevent future tooth decay. And fillings will need replacement over time which can get expensive.

    • For teeth with extensive decay and infection, fillings are not always possible; extractions may be required, possibly under general anaesthetic.

    • It’s better to prevent the initial decay with wise diet choices and strict teeth cleaning routines.

  • Another reason to smile

    Another reason to smile

    10 June 2015 . Posted by Sarah in What's new

    Upon Dr Wolfgang Evers’ retirement after 15 years, the search was on to fill some very big (and much-loved) shoes. Forty-two applicants from across Australia applied for the role of associate dentist at the practice but the successful candidate, Dr Stuart Craig, was already working in Townsville.

    Hailing from Rockhampton, Dr Craig was a member of James Cook University’s first graduating class of students with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery degree in 2013. After completing his studies, Dr Craig returned to Rockhampton, where he worked for a year before moving to Townsville in November 2014 with his fiancé Susan.

    “Coming from Queensland and graduating from Cairns was an advantage, but most of all Stuart is a great bloke,” says marketing manager Sarah Arnold, whose husband, Dr Cameron Arnold, is the principle dentist at the practice.

    While Dr Craig enjoys all forms of dentistry, he has a special passion for restorative and cosmetic work. He is currently completing a residency in this area with Dr Tony Rotondo, who is originally from Ingham.

    “I’m keen to learn more about implant dentistry and will be dedicating my studies next year to that field,” Dr Craig says. “I also love working with children, especially since my balloon-twisting skills tend to be a hit with the kids.”

    With a relaxed and friendly approach, Dr Craig invests the time it takes to really listen to his patients’ concerns.

    “I always look at the overall health of a person’s mouth and like to focus on a comprehensive solution rather than any ‘quick fix’,” Dr Craig says. “I get real enjoyment from putting a nervous patient at ease. It’s important to me to develop lasting relationships with my patients.” 

    Dr Craig says the genuine care that Dr Arnold and the team show their patients is infectious.

    “I’m proud to now call myself a part of the team, alongside Dr Arnold, hygienists Monica and Laurelyn,” he says. “A smile is the first thing we notice in a person and having the ability to improve and sometimes even give back someone’s smile is what really gets me excited at work. My biggest career highlight so far was helping a patient rebuild his smile for his daughter’s wedding. He’ll be walking her down the isle with a beaming new set of pearly whites.”

    Another reason to smile
  • What are the risks of not straightening teeth?

    What are the risks of not straightening teeth?

    25 May 2015 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    While crooked teeth can make you feel more self-conscious, there are lots of other reasons to have orthodontic treatment.

    Straight teeth are easier to clean and keep healthy while crowded teeth harbour more bacteria. Spacing between teeth can allow food to lodge, another risk for decay and gum disease.

    Deep bites can damage the palate and cause chipping of the lower front teeth Cross bites and edge-to-edge bites can lead to premature tooth wear.

    Orthodontics has never been easier; just ask us.

  • Depression, dry mouth and decay

    Depression, dry mouth and decay

    18 May 2015 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    Anti-depressants are among a large group of medications which has dry mouth syndrome as a side effect.

    Dry mouth syndrome causes foods to stick, bacterial levels to rise and the mouth to become acidic which can result in tooth decay, sensitivity and acid erosion.

    If you have a persistent dry mouth, chat with your dentist or hygienist about a simple saliva buffering test and dental dry mouth products.