• 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
  • Bacteria Cafeteria

    Bacteria Cafeteria

    07 February 2013 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    These days we’re all a bit busy and like to have some snack foods handy at work when we need a boost. But think again before you stock your drawer at the office.

    Sugary snacks taste great but cause tooth decay. High fat snacks are satisfying but pack on the weight. Big, open bags of food attract roaches and insects.

    Worst of all, any food spoilage that occurs when the air conditioning is turned off at night and the building heats up, is a breeding ground for bacteria. And who wants food poisoning!

    Instead, keep a limited supply of individually-sealed boxes, bags or packages of dentally-safe snack foods and rotate them regularly.

  • All you need to remember now is to smile.

    All you need to remember now is to smile.

    31 January 2013 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    Your wedding day is likely to be the most photographed day that you’ll ever have – so get your smile ready for the big day.

    A beautiful white smile begins with a trip to your dentist a month before the wedding for an individualized whitening treatment.

    Or six months before for a full, cosmetic makeover for the perfect look. Then you can smile with style.

    And remember to take it easy with foods and drinks that stain; anything that will stain a white dress will stain your teeth.

  • Nature’s Lollies

    Nature’s Lollies

    24 January 2013 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    Fruit has been described as nature’s lollies because fruit is so high in fructose, a natural sugar.

    Fruit is good for you because of the vitamins, minerals and fibre. The bad news is that the cavity-causing germs can’t tell the difference between fructose and sucrose or table sugar. They use either sugar as a fuel and produce acid which dissolves the teeth.

    So what to do? Snacking on fruit between meals is now considered bad advice. All fruits, juices and dried fruits contain fructose so be smart and limit the amount and frequency to mealtimes.

  • Cheese: Totally Awesome

    Cheese: Totally Awesome

    09 January 2013 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    What do cheese, sugarless gum and floss have in common? They all help reduce the risk of tooth decay.

    Cheese is an amazing story. Eating cheese increases the flow of saliva which buffers food and plaque acids. The dairy fat and casein in cheese coats the teeth to help prevent foods from sticking. Dairy calcium and milk protein also aid in restoring lost minerals.

    Growing kids can enjoy a nutritious, dentally-healthy snack. Adults who like a glass of fine wine will benefit from nibbling cheese while sipping.

    Everyone can eat, drink, be merry and say "cheese" for good dental health.