• Lift the Lip

    Lift the Lip

    14 May 2013 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    When baby’s front teeth have erupted, I recommend that you lift your baby’s top lip regularly and have a good look to check for early tooth decay.

    White lines or spots along the gumlines of the front teeth can be the beginning of a cavity.

    And brown spots that don’t brush away usually mean more advanced decay.
    So give your baby’s teeth a good start.

    Lift the lip regularly and come and see us at Smile Dental, your Townsville dentist and hygiensts, if you have any concerns.




  • Night, night. Sweet dreams.

    Night, night. Sweet dreams.

    07 May 2013 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    There was an old custom in America where native mothers gently held their babies’ lips together as the babies fell asleep to close their mouths and make breathing through their noses a necessity.

    The medicine men said that the babies would have good-looking faces and live a long time.

    Today’s mums can do something similar by eliminating all the diet and home irritants so kids don’t get blocked noses and switch to mouth breathing, resulting in unattractive faces and crowded teeth.

    It’s all about creating beautiful kids’ faces with healthy breathing patterns, good jaw development and straight teeth.

  • It's the little things we do

    It's the little things we do

    01 May 2013 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    Breastfeeding is one of the secrets to creating beautiful kids’ faces.

    Apart from being the best source of nutrition, it encourages better palate shape and airway development.

    But sometimes babies can’t feed properly because their tongues are tied to the floor of the mouth. At Smile we gently laser tongue ties in small infants so babies can latch on and swallow normally. 

    Want more advice? Give us a call.

  • 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.