• 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.

  • Women’s unique dental needs

    Women’s unique dental needs

    11 May 2015 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    At different stages in their lives, women are more at risk for periodontal (gum) disease due to changing hormone levels.

    Fluctuating hormones during puberty and menstruation can result in swelling and changes in the gums.

    During pregnancy, there is a risk for pregnancy gingivitis as well as tooth decay due to morning sickness and diet changes.

    Menopause can cause problems in the mouth ranging from dry mouth and altered taste to gum disease.

    Regular check-ups and personalized home care advice can help you protect your teeth at any age.

  • 5 tricks to help your smile look whiter

    5 tricks to help your smile look whiter

    05 May 2015 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    • Wear rose, cherry red, wine or berry shades of lipstick
    • Brush on bronzer to make your pearly whites seem even whiter
    • Apply blue or green shadow or liner to help deflect yellows from teeth
    • Wear something blue close to your face such as a royal blue scarf or an aqua frock
    • Choose silver necklaces and earrings over gold jewellery

  • Do you have whitish lumps on your tonsils?

    Do you have whitish lumps on your tonsils?

    28 April 2015 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    Like kidney stones, they’re called tonsil stones or tonsilloliths and are quite common. Tonsilloliths are smelly clusters of bacteria, mucus and food debris which harden in the tonsil crevices.

    They are seldom harmful however they can cause severe bad breath and a sore throat. Often no treatment is required but it can range from curettage to just rinsing with warm salt water.

    If you’ve got a persistent bad breath problem, see us for the solution.

  • Hate the colour of your teeth?

    Hate the colour of your teeth?

    21 April 2015 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    Let’s look at some of the common reasons your pearly whites aren’t white.

    Black and brown stains on the teeth are usually due to smoking, coffee or tea.

    Green and orange colours come from a heavy build-up of plaque and fungi on the teeth.

    Greyish blue colours occur in the teeth if tetracycline, an antibiotic, is taken when the teeth are forming.

    Solutions range from professional cleanings to lightening, whitening and veneers.

    Why not have a dental check-up and smile assessment to see what your options are?