• Every Baby Tooth is Precious

    Every Baby Tooth is Precious

    24 April 2013 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    Often parents ask us why it’s so important to protect baby’s first teeth.

    The first teeth are necessary for chewing and speaking but are also the space holders and pathways for the adult teeth to erupt.

    If lost early to tooth decay, this can lead to crooked teeth.

    So start early to protect your baby’s precious teeth. Take your baby to your dentist by age one.

  • Getting Kids to Eat Healthily

    Getting Kids to Eat Healthily

    17 April 2013 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    Want to stop your baby from turning into a fussy eater?

    US researchers say that babies first get sensory information in the womb and then in breast milk.

    So if pregnant and breast feeding mums eat varied diets with lots of different fruit and veg, bub will too.

    What’s your experience?

  • How many grown ups do you see?

    How many grown ups do you see?

    02 April 2013 . Posted by Laurelyn in What's new

    You probably said four, right? In fact, Carly is playing the part of Little Miss Patient at our staff training workshop this week. 

    We're expanding our services for mums, bubs and kids and so Tessa, who is an expert in children's care, has been sharing new ideas with the team. 

    Stop by, we'd love to share them with you and your kids too!

  • Do we practice what we preach?

    Do we practice what we preach?

    26 March 2013 . Posted by Laurelyn in What's new

    How did you go in our Bingo Challenge last week? Here at Smile Dental we decided to see if we followed our own advice as health professionals and parents.

    We all turned the game card over at the same time, and the first person who could say yes to 6 consecutive statements yelled Bingo!

    Will Ong, our new dentist, was our winner – able to say he eats five veg and two fruit daily, drinks 8 glasses of water a day and gets enough sleep. But he also placed a big tick on one of our favourites: I enjoy my work. That's what we like to hear!

    Tessa presented him with a shiny apple. Want one too? :) Why not download the game card and give it a go yourself?!

  • How healthy are you? Bingo

    How healthy are you? Bingo

    21 March 2013 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    Give yourself a little health check with our take on Bingo (download the pdf here). It’s simple – just read and tick. When you have 6 ticks in a row or a column yell Bingo!

    Want to make a day of it? Try drawing numbers/letters out of a hat – H3 Cup of Tea, E4 Knock at the door, A5 Man Alive. You get the idea!

    No matter how you play, the person who can say “Yes” to 6 in a row is the champion. But best of all, they can proudly say they are living a very healthy lifestyle.

  • Do the Double Dip

    Do the Double Dip

    14 March 2013 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    What the heck does that mean? In dental terms you should start and end your toothbrushing in the mouth’s worst area for plaque and scale build-up, behind the lower front teeth.

    This is the area that’s hardest to reach with your toothbrush. It’s also the spot close to a salivary duct where the calcium salts flow against the teeth and harden.

    So do the double dip and this part of your mouth will get a double whammy – just what it needs. And if you use an electric toothbrush, that’s even better!

  • Spit, don't rinse!

    Spit, don't rinse!

    07 March 2013 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    So we brush our teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste to help prevent the holes in our teeth called dental cavities.

    Then we spit and rinse. Right?

    Wrong. It’s a tough habit to break but what we’re really doing is washing away the ingredients in toothpaste before they can work on the tooth surfaces to strengthen them.

    Spit well but don’t rinse for about half an hour to give yourself a mini-fluoride treatment.

  • Dental Yoga

    Dental Yoga

    28 February 2013 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    I love yoga and do it every day. Well, almost every day. Yoga relieves stress and helps me stop grinding my teeth.

    Even the Townsville Crocs are turning to yoga to loosen up before a game!
    Now there’s dental yoga. It’s as challenging as brushing your teeth while doing the tree pose, or as relaxing as chanting ‘aum’ before you floss.

    You can even exercise your facial muscles and jaw with yoga poses such as the lion pose. Give it a go!

  • Welcome home Monica

    Welcome home Monica

    20 February 2013 . Posted by Sarah in What's new

    This year we're excited to welcome Monica home to Smile. She first started with us as a Dental Assistant in 2002 – and now, having completed her studies at the Founding School of Dental Hygiene in Adelaide, she's back smiling with us.

  • Tart of Hearts

    Tart of Hearts

    11 February 2013 . Posted by Sarah in What we ate

    Why not make someone you love my Roasted Tomato and Bocconcini Tart this Valentine's Day? It's a great summer dish - and is just as much fun to eat as it is to make. Enjoy!

    200 grams of flour
    110 ml olive oil
    100-120 ml of water
    2 teaspoons of baking powder

    For the tart
    150 ml cream
    2 eggs
    ½ cup of parmesan
    200 grams of broken up bocconcini (you can use any type of fresh mozzarella/baby bocconcini)
    Fresh thyme leaves (about a tablespoon)
    Oval cherry tomatoes

    Remaining bocconcini
    Fresh oregano leaves (we want pert ones) or small basil leaves
    Extra virgin olive oil

    Make the pastry – place the flour , baking powder and salt in a food processor then add the oil and then the water in a stream to form a dough.  Line a 20cm flan tin or in or case a 11cm by 35cm flan tin with the dough.  I have been told this is a secret recipe of Escoffier and the dough requires no resting, however I do rest it while my oven preheats at 210C in the flan tin lined with scrunched baking paper and filled with rice (see picture).

    When the oven is hot you bake the tart with rice and paper, this is called ‘baking blind’ (not with wine) for 15 to 20 minutes leaving the paper off for the last five and covering the sides with foil.

    Now whisk the cream eggs, parmesan, thyme leaves together and season, add to the tart shell along with 50 grams of the bocconcini roughly broken.  Turn the oven down to 180-200C and start to bake the tart for a total of 30 minutes. 

    Meanwhile cut the cut the tomatoes on a 45 degree angle.  

    After the tart has been baking for 15 minutes gently remove from the oven and arrange the tomatoes in heart shapes. Continue to bake for the remaining 15 minutes, remove from the oven and gently push any out of shape tomatoes back together. Finish by garnishing with the remaining bocconcini and pert oregano leaves or small basil leaves and drizzle with olive oil.

    Tart of Hearts
    Tart of Hearts
    Tart of Hearts