• Are you a CEO?

    Are you a CEO?

    30 March 2015 . Posted by Laurelyn in Smile Stories

    Do you wield a power toothbrush and are methodical and disciplined about your cleaning approach?

    This was the last in our series of brushing personalities. Find out what your brushing personality says about you by scrolling through our last month of blog posts!


  • Are you a speedster?

    Are you a speedster?

    23 March 2015 . Posted by Laurelyn in Smile Stories

    You may be the fastest brusher in the west but also be the hardest on your teeth and gums.

    Stay tuned this month to find out your brushing personality!

  • Are you sassy?

    Are you sassy?

    16 March 2015 . Posted by Laurelyn in Smile Stories

    If you're an original and creative brusher, you’re the first to brush Gangnam-style and have fun. But be careful not to lose focus!

    Stay tuned over the next month to find out your brushing personality!

  • Are you a multi-tasker?

    Are you a multi-tasker?

    09 March 2015 . Posted by Laurelyn in Smile Stories

    Working from room to room as you brush? You're practical but may be short-changing your oral health.

    Stay tuned over the next month to find out your brushing personality!

  • Are you a daydreamer?

    Are you a daydreamer?

    02 March 2015 . Posted by Laurelyn in Smile Stories

    If you're off with the fairies while battling the plaque bugs, you may miss parts of your mouth.

    Stay tuned over the next month to find out your brushing personality!

  • More confident than ever

    01 September 2010 . Posted by Sarah in Smile Stories

    As a successful real estate agent Jason knows a thing or two about the power of confidence. Part of the way he has created that confidence has involved paying special attention to his clothes and appearance.

    But there was one thing that kept his confidence at bay. Something that he didn’t want to think about for the fear of what might lay ahead.

    “Aesthetically I wasn’t happy with my teeth. I had a little gap down the bottom and the teeth were crossed over at the front. I’d look in the mirror and I didn’t like what I saw,” Jason said. “But I’d had some very bad experiences as a young child with dentists and I was very frightened and fearful of the whole thing.”

    The avoidance of dentists due to previous dental trauma is a story Dr Cameron Arnold is very familiar with.

    “Jason had this paradoxical situation where he was so scared of getting his teeth done that he neglected his teeth,” says Cameron. “He was embarrassed by his teeth and he didn’t smile as much as he should have. Overall that can affect somebody’s confidence.”

    But Cameron’s softly, softly approach eventually overcame Jason’s resistance so some real work could begin. “As Cameron got me in bit by bit into the chair, with very gentle things, I got some courage to go the next steps” says Jason.

    And once he got comfortable in the dental chair, he was ready to do whatever it took to get the smile of his dreams. Smile Dental established a new bite, did a full mouth reconstruction, prepared every tooth in his mouth for porcelain crowns and restored his whole mouth to where it is today.

    “I didn’t realize how much it would adjust how I felt until after the work was completed. I am a reasonable confident person everyday but what I have found is that I smile a lot more, definitely,” Jason says.

    Jason’s smile is now whiter and brighter than anybody else in town and that’s the way he likes it!

  • A stitch in time

    27 June 2010 . Posted by Sarah in Smile Stories

    Many of us think that if a tooth is lost at the back of the mouth, that it is not really a big deal. As long as nobody can see it when you smile, it doesn‘t really matter, right?

    Dr Cameron Arnold sees things a bit differently.

    “A lot of people who have a tooth removed say, “It’s down the back of my mouth, don’t worry about it. You can’t see it, so there is no consequence.” But that is so far from the truth,” says Cameron. “You lose those posterior teeth and it has an impact on the rest of your mouth.”

    Sandy, who moved to Townsville 12 years ago, couldn’t agree more. “I’ve gone with an implant because I had a tooth removed on one side and I know how uncomfortable it can be to have a tooth missing in your mouth. It’s also a situation that I would rather look after my teeth now then lose them later.”

    So apart from the constant awareness of a space between your teeth, what are the implications of leaving a gap between teeth?

    "When a tooth is lost, it may cause neighbouring teeth to tilt into the empty space which creates mal-alignment of teeth. This can lead to food getting stuck in awkward spaces between the teeth causing tooth decay and gum disease,” says Cameron.

    “Not only that but tilted teeth are not able to withstand the forces of chewing well, so these teeth may slowly become loose. That means more teeth will be lost.”

  • Loving life…pain free!

    27 April 2010 . Posted by Sarah in Smile Stories

    Imagine a life where the first thought when you open your eyes each day was, “How bad will the pain be today?” It sounds like the stuff of nightmares, but Sofia lived with this reality for most of her adult life.

    “I would wake up each morning and my jaw would be so locked that I had to physically pry it open with my hands. I had shooting headaches through my temples, behind my ears and down my back,” Sofia says. “I was popping painkillers every day and I felt like if I could just get rid of my head I would be fine.”

    Lucky for Sofia, Dr Cameron Arnold had been undertaking training in the groundbreaking new field of neuromuscular dentistry and he began to see that this might be a solution for Sofia’s problems. “When you are sitting in these (neuromuscular) lectures and the lecturers are talking about the different symptoms, in your minds eye a patients face sort of jumps out and a lightbulb clicks on. Sophia was definitely one of those patients.”

    But Sofia wasn’t that easily convinced. “At first my husband, Frank, and I were pretty skeptical because it was a pretty expensive process and we had been to so many experts in the past and nothing had helped,” Sofia said. “But there was a temporary stage that you could do that wasn’t prohibitively expensive and it was also a reversible process so we decided to give it a try. And to our amazement it worked. So we decided to go ahead with the full procedure.”

    After embarking on orthotic work to improve Sofia’s bite and improving Sofia’s jaw position, Sofia also had crowns put on her bottom teeth and veneers put on her top teeth to refine the look of her smile.

    So has it made a difference? “My clicky jaw is gone. My headaches are gone. My pain is gone! Having done this procedure really has changed my life.”

  • What lies beneath

    15 November 2009 . Posted by Sarah in Smile Stories

    To look at Peter you would never know he had a serious fear. He is a busy doctor, musician, father and husband, and a committed scuba diver and cyclist. But lurking beneath his confident exterior Peter was suffering from dental phobia.

    By definition, dental phobia (also known as dentophobia or odontophobia) is an unexplained fear of dentistry and of seeking dental care. And while this is essentially a psychological and behavioral problem, it easily becomes a physical issue once dental problems arise and people are not able to seek proper treatment.

    “I had let my teeth get to a stage where I had the molars of a hobo. I looked ok but there were lots of things I couldn‘t eat or which hurt to eat. I knew once we started we were going to have to do a fair bit of work,” Peter says. “I have logged nearly 200 Scuba hours including caves and wrecks, and all sorts of things for which confidence and training is needed, so I don’t think of myself as a fearful person. It struck me as a bit odd that I couldn’t sit in the dentists chair.”

    Dr Cameron Arnold is no stranger to the effect of dental phobia on people’s mental and physical health. “You see this in people that they tend to neglect their mouth a bit because they are paranoid about going to the dentist. They just put having treatment off until it reaches a crisis point when it is too uncomfortable to bear,” Cameron says.

    “For people like Peter, who are nervous to begin with, they only want to put their trust in one person. For that reason it was good that we were able to do everything from his root canal to his restorative and aesthetic work under the one roof.”

    So how is Peter’s dental phobia now?

    “I just recently had a five hour session in preparation for crowns and it was no drama at all. I think that means I am officially cured!” Peter laughs.