• Replacing old fillings with new ones

    Replacing old fillings with new ones

    01 December 2014 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    When you laugh, talk or yawn, you may show more than you think…your old amalgam fillings.

    If the fillings are defective or show decay, they should be replaced by your dentist.

    However the new cosmetic tooth-coloured fillings can give you a more youthful smile.

    They also have a smoother, more durable surface so they discourage tooth decay because they trap less plaque.

    It’s another example of a dental procedure with structural and cosmetic benefits.

     

  • Spotlight moments

    Spotlight moments

    25 November 2014 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    You don’t need to be a star or be genetically-blessed to make your photos special.

    One key to smiling naturally is to relax; take a deep breath and think about something funny that makes you smile.

    Saying “cheese” may be the wrong thing; words that end in “ah” such as yoga, produce a nicer smile.

    Or try tucking your tongue behind your upper front teeth when you smile.
    And don’t forget to show your happiness and smile with your eyes too.

  • Dental Detectives

    Dental Detectives

    17 November 2014 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    Dentists, therapists and hygienists see patients regularly in a modern practice.
    As “dental detectives”, we look for clues regarding general health while examining dental problems.

    For example, a sore and painful jaw can be a potential warning of a heart attack. Night time teeth grinding and reflux acid wear are associated with sleep disorders.

    Enamel wear from acids and enlarged parotid glands can signal an eating disorder while an extremely dry mouth and uncomfortably dry eyes suggests Sjogren’s Syndrome.

    The mouth can be the mirror of your general health. We’ll tell you what we see.

  • Six tips to save your smile

    Six tips to save your smile

    23 September 2014 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    • Drink tap water and stay away from dark sweet drinks that damage your teeth 

    • Hold your toothbrush like a pencil when brushing to avoid scrubbing  

    • Change your toothbrush every 3 months or sooner if the bristles become frayed

    • Firmly hug & rub the sides of your teeth with floss to remove stains and plaque

    • Try the 5:2:8 diet which is 5 veg, 2 fruit and 8 glasses of water daily

    • Chew sugarless gum after a meal to neutralise your mouth if you can’t brush

  • Dry Brushing

    A new way to brush!

    05 September 2014 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    Dry brushing the insides first! Sound weird? Some hygienists from America are promoting the idea to reduce germ levels in the mouth.

    The insides of the lower teeth are more prone to plaque and scale build-up.
    So brushing the insides first with a dry brush only (no toothpaste) lets the tongue feel if the teeth are really clean.

    And people tend to brush longer where they start and not where they finish.
    Then brushing a second time with toothpaste delivers fluoride and a minty fresh taste.

    I’ve tried it and it works for me.

  • Stick out your tongue and say “Ahh…”

    Stick out your tongue and say “Ahh…”

    20 August 2014 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    Here are some interesting things that you might see.

    A white tongue can be the sign of an oral yeast infection which may happen if you’ve been taking antibiotics.

    Strange shapes on the tongue which have a map-like appearance are due to the loss of papillae and are quite harmless.

    Teeth marks along the sides of the tongue can mean that you clench your teeth which can be quite harmful.

    And black, hairy tongue which is caused by smoking, alcohol or medications is totally reversible.

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    Worst Diet Ever!

    06 August 2014 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    Dieticians are not happy about the Lemon Diet where you drink only lemon-based drinks for 2 weeks and lose a huge amount of weight.

    They warn us to stay away of fad diets because they do not create a balanced, life-changing routine. And they are unsafe.

    Not safe for your body and certainly not safe for your teeth with tons of acid swimming around in your mouth.

    Just think about it.

  • Save your smile

    Save your smile

    17 July 2014 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    Custom-made sports mouthguards are recommended for anyone who plays contact sports so your smile can last a lifetime.

    They can help to avoid damage to teeth and jaws as well as protecting teeth after orthodontic treatment.

    Custom-made by your dentist, mouthguards fit well so they don’t fall out during a match.

    And they come in cool colours to personalize your style.

  • Seen us on TV?

    22 May 2014 . Posted by Sarah in What's new

    We're making family dental health as easy as 1,2,3...

    Contact us to find out if your family are eligible for the $1000 Child Dental Benefits Scheme!

  • Smile! It’s school holidays!

    Smile! It’s school holidays!

    08 April 2014 . Posted by Sarah in What's new

    At Smile Dental, we want to make looking after your family’s dental health as easy as 1,2, 3.

    We accept all private health insurers and, with the new Child Dental Benefits Scheme, we provide $1000 of preventative and maintenance treatments to eligible children between the ages of 2 and 17.

    To find out more about how we can help you and to schedule an appointment, contact us today.