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COVID-19 precautions and what this means for your dental visit

As of 26th March 2020, all dental practices are advised to follow Level 3 restrictions (urgent & emergency dental procedures only) by the Australian Dental Association (ADA) & AHPPC to minimize the spread of COVID-19. This means that the Australian Government continues to consider dental services as essential to the community, and we can continue to see regular & new patients for urgent & emergency procedures as long as they are provided safely with extra precautions & guidelines. Further details can be found in the ADA Announcement here. These safe precautions and guidelines are as follows: The reduction of aerosols in the treatment room by means of rubber dam...

3 Types of Parents Who Bring their Kids to the Dentist

A fear of dentistry is a fear of unknown for a child who visit the dentist for the first time. Well, I've got three types of parents who bring their children to see me. First one would be, "Yeah, dentist, you will be fine, "and we're just going to say hi to the dentist "and get your teeth checked." The second one would be, "Yeah, we're going to the dentist, "you have to behave, okay? "You're not gonna be scared, "you're not gonna be worried. "You are cool! "Cool dude, you can do it!" The third one. They'll start sweating the previous day, "You know you've got this dentist appointment,...

When Should I Bring My Kids to the Dentist for the First Time

  I've got a lot of patients come here pregnant and then I'm excited to talk about their oral hygiene. You can bring your kids to see me when they are in the tummy, I've got a lot of patients come here pregnant and then I'm excited to talk about their oral hygiene. You know how when you talk to the mums, the kids start getting a little bit of sense about their oral hygiene, so that's something that I always do. I jokes about you can bring your children when you come in for your dental visits every six month, but if you are not a regular visitor...

Is Dental X Ray Necessary

Are x-rays necessary? Are mobile phones necessary? Is flying necessary? Is walking through the street in the city necessary? Are x-rays necessary? Are mobile phones necessary? Is flying necessary? Is walking through the street in the city necessary? If those things are something that we can't avoid, x-rays are definitely necessary. It, again, depends on the balance. Weighing the pros and cons of doing a treatment technique. I wouldn't say, you don't need x-rays every six months unless you are extremely high risk of dental cavities and you never brush your teeth. So, we put patients at different category. High-risk cavity or high-risk case, they need the x-rays every...

Importance of Ongoing Maintenance

Smile, it's the most important part of our personality. Ongoing maintenance is important for our body. As females, we know that better than anyone else. We go to nail salons to get our nails done. We go get our hairdressers, visit our hairdressers every alternate months and we go and get facials done. We get our hair washed and conditioned every day. And we go to the doctor's for checking our blood every year and it's important to get your teeth checked every six months because smile is the most important part of our personality and the way people perceive us. So, when you look at a person, the...

When Do You Need to Change Your Toothbrush

You have to change your toothbrush once every two months. I don't think females would ask that question. You know, they want to change their toothbrush every week. It depends on who is asking me. If men ask me, I would say, "Once every year." No, just a joke. It has to be changed about once every two months or three months would be ideal. It doesn't matter, male or female. You have to change your toothbrush, once every two months. If you're changing you're toothbrush once every week and it's not going past a week, that means you're brushing too hard. So, two months is a good...

How Do I enjoy Eating Sweets Without Getting Tooth Decay

Rinsing your mouth whenever you have a chance, especially after eating sweet, is a very good way of avoiding decay. We all live our life to enjoy life, okay? I like sweets too, and I always tell my patients I go to the gym so I can eat what I like. So I brush my teeth so I can eat what I like, which is sugar or sweet. As long as it's balanced. Life is all about balance. So I'd never tell my patients don't touch sweets. I tell them you can as long as you include it a part of a meal, so that after a meal...

Electric toothbrush vs Manual toothbrush

I'm lazy so I use an electric toothbrush. Electric toothbrush or manual toothbrush? If you are lazy, use an electric toothbrush, if you're not lazy, use a manual toothbrush. I'm lazy so I use an electric toothbrush. Because after a full day of dentistry, you know, I see about 20 patients a day and then when I get home, I've got other chores to do and then finally I've got time to brush my teeth. I use my electric toothbrush because, electric toothbrush gets in between the area much better than a manual toothbrush, but having said that, there are some patients who does fantastic job with manual...

Brushing Technique For Sensitive Teeth-Gum

  It's important to visit a dentist and ask the dentist how to clean the sensitive gums. If your gums start bleeding when you're brushing, that means you have got gum disease, but you should still keep continuing brushing. Use a soft toothbrush and use your toothbrush angle 45 degrees to the gums, and gently brush that junction between the gum and the teeth. Definitely visit a dentist and it's important to visit a dentist and ask the dentist how to clean the sensitive gums because you already know you have gum disease....

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