East Building 3 Oracle Boulevarde,
Broadbeach, Gold Coast 4218
One of the most common phone calls we receive is, “I’ve got a toothache, what can I do”?
Tooth pain can happen for a variety of reasons & it is very easy to think; “Oh it will go away on its own”. This may be true in some minor or mild cases but for the majority it actually escalates!
Pain is the body’s way of alerting us that something is not right & if we don’t listen it gets louder & more painful. It is important to listen to the little signs before the big ones take off.
So why do we get toothache? There are many reasons, below are some of the most common:
Ok, now we know some of the causes of toothache, what can we do to prevent them & what signs do we look out for………..
The best way to prevent getting tooth pain is to visit the dentist regularly. We can hear you say I can’t afford it or I haven’t got the time. Well let us tell you a 6 monthly check up & clean is cheaper & much less painful than having to have an extraction or root canal treatment! The dentist can pick up any problems when they are very small & easily fixed. Your gums will always be clean & free from calculus & best of all you get to see us twice a year!
Now for the symptoms & what to look out for………………………………..
Hopefully this guide will help you to understand your tooth pain & how to act. It is very helpful to the dentist if you can give them as much information as you can. They may ask you questions like;
So the bottom line is don’t leave tooth pain hoping it will go away, it can end up causing you a great deal of unnecessary pain & expense!
Many parents have a daily fight on their hands when it comes to getting their toddlers to brush their teeth. It is extremely important for children to get into great oral hygiene habits from an early age. It is a worrying statistic that over 50% of Australian children over the age of 6 have tooth decay. So we have put together a list of ideas that may help brushing become a happy part of your toddlers daily routine.
1. Pick a favorite song and make it a game to brush your toddler’s teeth for the duration of the song. Ideally, for a small child, a thorough clean would take approximately 1 minute.
2. Give your child a sense of involvement and responsibility by taking them shopping and letting them choose the toothbrush and toothpaste they will use. This will make it special for them. Remember to only give them the choice of brushes and toothpaste that are age appropriate for your child.
3. Rewards systems work for many children. As an example, most children love a bedtime story. So why not make the bedtime story a reward for when the toddler brushes teeth before bed. Or incorporate brushing into a rewards chart, if at the end of the week they have achieved a set goal, they get the reward.
4. Make brushing a parent and toddler activity to do together. As many parents know, toddlers are often much happier to do a task when they are doing it together with mummy or daddy. It sets a good example and shows them that as grown-ups we have to do this as well. Plus, if they insist on doing it themselves, they can copy what you do. Or alternatively, let your child practice brushing your teeth with water and then its mummy or daddy’s turn to brush their teeth.
5. Use a gimmick toothbrush. You can purchase toothbrushes that flash for 1 minute, play music, a character brush or a battery-operated oscillating brush. These things add to the fun factor of brushing.
6. Introduce an appropriate brush to a child as soon as they start teething. The chewing motion can be soothing on gums and a lot of cleaning can be achieved without any effort from mum or dad. This may also prepare and desensitise them to the more formal brushing that comes later on.
7. If your toddler loves your ipad, download a free brushing app or browse youtube for brushing videos. These make brushing educational and fun for all age groups.
Keep coming up with new creative ways or use a combination of our ideas to keep things interesting! Being persistent is well worth it in the long run. We also recommend parents start bringing children for a visit to the dentist from about the age of two.
How long should a filling last? This is difficult to answer since there are so many factors that can affect your teeth, including the fact that we use them to bite & chew with continually. Some fillings last for many, many years, others only 1 or 2. The type of material the filling is made of, its location in the mouth & how your teeth bite together will all affect how long the filling lasts.In addition, your personal habits such as poor oral hygiene, a diet high in sugar & acids and teeth grinding may also negatively impact the longevity of a filling.
The opposite is true. You need to get in there & keep brushing & flossing to help remove the plaque, bacteria & inflammation which is contributing to the bleeding. If the problem is only minor this should help and the bleeding should stop. If it doesn’t it is important to visit your dentist to check that there is nothing more concerning going on.
Brushing too often or using the incorrect brushing technique can actually cause your teeth to wear. Combine this with an abrasive toothpaste and /or a hard bristle brush & you could find yourself with sensitive teeth or even needing a filling. Always use a soft toothbrush, we recommend not using whitening toothpastes as they can be more abrasive than normal ones, rinse after meals & chew a sugar free gum, this helps stimulate saliva & avoid plaque build- up.
While this has happened to some women, it is more of an old wives tale. Women go through many hormonal changes during pregnancy which can exaggerate existing problems. It is important to have your teeth checked and thoroughly cleaned before & during your pregnancy; your dentist will let you know if there are any concerns.
Dental X-rays are essential to detect even the slightest traces of oral health problems at their earliest stages, such as cavities, gum disease, oral infections, and some types of tumors. They can see in between your teeth where a dentist can’t. Your teeth could look perfectly normal showing no signs of decay, then you take an x-ray, and decay may be seen under an old filling or between the teeth. We recommend taking x-rays every 2 years.
“Dental x-rays are one of the lowest radiation dose studies performed. A routine exam which includes 4 bitewings is about 0.005 mSv, which is less than one day of natural.background radiation. It is also about the same amount of radiation exposure from a short airplane flight (1-2 hrs).” Source: xrayrisk.com
While many people get braces in their youth, appearance can still be improved into your 30s, 40s and beyond. There are many orthodontic treatment options available now, so you don’t have to put up with an outdated smile. Here at Oracle Dental we use the “Quick Straight Teeth” system, for more information just go to our website & click on the QST link. It is a quick, affordable & relatively easy process for adults with great results.
Children don’t just need baby teeth to chew with; the roots of their baby teeth help guide permanent teeth into place as they erupt. Tooth decay can occur in baby teeth & is just as uncomfortable as in adults. Problems may arise if baby teeth are lost prematurely due to decay, such as spacing problems for the adult teeth or social issues for the child. It is very important to start a dental routine while your child is young. You can start by wiping their teeth with a washer when they start coming through & introduce a toothbrush as early as possible. Brush for the child until they have the ability to do so themselves. Always use a low fluoride paste until they are at least 6 & try & make brushing a fun experience. There are many aps that can help. We recommend bringing your child in at about the age of 2 for a ride in the chair & become familiar with a dental environment.
Many people think that when they get a porcelain or gold crown over their tooth that the tooth will never have a problem again. Although a crown will make a compromised tooth stronger & look better, a crown will not last forever. There is also a join between the crown & tooth which may be susceptible to decay if you don’t brush, floss & visit your dentist regularly to have it checked.
These days a confident smile is so important. Your smile is one of the first things people see when they meet you, it is part of the first impression you make.Healthy teeth are one of the best accessories you can wear, not too many things can replace a healthy, happy smile. Smiling helps to generate more positive emotions within you, it reduces stress that your body and mind feel, it is similar to getting a good night’s sleep. Sounds good to us!
However, it is amazing how many people are unhappy with their smile because of the condition of their teeth & gums. People’s dissatisfaction may be due to misaligned teeth, discolouration, missing teeth, bad breath, painful broken teeth or many other factors. These conditions may be easily improved with dental treatments such as crowns, veneers, implants, braces, teeth whitening, root canal treatment & even simple tooth coloured fillings. If you have been wanting to improve your smile but have avoided it due to financial reasons then keep reading we have exciting news for you.
At Oracle Dental, Broadbeach, we are pleased to now offer our patients “interest free” payment plans through MEDIPLAN.
MediPlan has joined with ZipMoney, an Australian based ASX listed company, to provide simple, secure, online payments for Australian’s and their medical expenses.
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So if you have always wanted a happy, healthy smile but never thought it possible, with Oracle Dental & Mediplan it can become a reality.
Here at Oracle Dental in Broadbeach, we are very proud to say that we have treated generations of families over the many, many years we have been a dentist on the Gold Coast, over 30 years, but who’s counting. We are a family friendly dentist & love seeing the children that originally came to us with their mums & dads, now bringing in their own children, it is so rewarding.
We get a lot of people ask when should my child visit the dentist? Around the age of two we encourage parents to start bringing their children in, (earlier if they have pain) when they have their regular check-ups, so their child can watch. After the parent is finished, their child can have a ride in the big chair, get their teeth counted & of course get a toothbrush & little gift & so their dental journey begins…..
Oracle Dental is all about making your child’s first encounter with the dentist a positive one! Some children are really excited to jump in the big chair & go for a ride, others that may be hesitant can sit on mum or dad’s lap. We never ever push a child, if they are uncooperative at this visit we are happy to try again another day. We are proud to say that we usually have children fighting about who wants to go in first!
We pride ourselves for being a real family dentist on the Gold Coast & recently have done a few renovations just for the kids, which they are loving! We now have a designated ‘kids only’ area; it has heaps of colouring in books, an IPad with lots of games for all ages & a comfy beanbag to hang in. Even the littler ones are happy to play there, under the watchful eye of our mother hen aka receptionist Janine, while mum or dad have their appointment. This is a real bonus when you can’t find a baby sitter, ( so no excuse not to come now).
Your children are precious & a lot of parents have lifelong fears from their own childhood experiences at the dentist, this is something we definitely don’t want to be passed onto your children. Being a children’s dentist on the Gold Coast, all our dentists & staff are parents themselves, some are even grandparents, so we have a lot of experience between us all! We love watching all our little patients grow over the years with strong healthy teeth, due to a great early start at a young age they really understand the importance of looking after their teeth & gums properly. Most of the treatment we do is preventative & by coming regularly, every 6 months, any small problems can be caught early.
Oracle Dental also bulk bills the Medicare Child Dental Scheme, so remember if you claim Family tax benefit A & your child is aged between 2 – 17yrs of age, the government grants $1000 for dental treatment over a two year period. If you are not sure just call Medicare 132150 & check.
We look forward to seeing your little ones soon & hopefully watch them grow into adults & bring their children in too. Oh, and keep watch for the exciting launch of our kids “no cavity club” in 2017.