East Building 3 Oracle Boulevarde,
Broadbeach, Gold Coast 4218
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.
To keep your mouth in top shape, we recommend adults visit the dentist 6 monthly, for a thorough examination and clean. However, there are some mouth symptoms you should not ignore. Here are 5 signs that you might need to come in and see us straight away.
If you are experiencing any of these warning signs, don’t hesitate to make an appointment with our team at Oracle Dental.
Just like the rest of your body, your teeth, gums and mouth are affected by hormonal changes during pregnancy. You will usually notice changes in the health of your gums around the two month mark.
At that point, your gums may bleed easily when you brush or floss, a sign of gum disease commonly known as “pregnancy gingivitis”. Though it is often temporary, as are many other oral health issues during pregnancy, it can seriously weaken the tissues that hold your teeth in place and you shouldn’t ignore it. It usually only affects you if you’ve previously had some gum inflammation and generally if you’ve kept up a regular routine of brushing, flossing and dental visits before pregnancy, it shouldn’t affect you.
You may also develop what are called “pregnancy tumours” (officially pyogenic granulomas), which are red lumpy lesions that appear along the gum line and between the teeth. Don’t worry – they’re quite harmless, and usually go away once you’ve had your baby.
Unusual food cravings are a fact of life for many women during pregnancy. If your cravings take a turn towards the sweet end of things, try to limit the sugary snacks and instead, choose healthier options such as fresh fruit with natural or Greek yoghurt.
Morning sickness can also affect your teeth as the acid in the vomit has an erosive effect on them. You might be tempted to brush your teeth immediately but brushing within an hour of vomiting can cause more damage to your teeth by stripping away the enamel. Instead of brushing, try rinsing your mouth with ¼ teaspoon of baking soda mixed into 1 cup of warm water, chew sugar-free gum or try eating an acid-neutralising food such as milk or hard cheese.
You might also be affected by dry mouth (xerostomia), which reduces the amount of saliva you produce, which is problem since it plays a big role in keeping the bacteria that cause tooth decay in check. Gingivostomatitis is another condition that can affect some women – it’s hard to miss, marked by shiny, pale to deep red gums that bleed easily. If you’re diagnosed with either condition, the good news is that they can be easily managed by your dentist.
The effect these hormonal changes have on your oral health during pregnancy means your dentist should join your GP and your obstetrician on your list of health professionals whom you consult regularly. You need to make regular visits to your dentist in the lead-up to, during and after your pregnancy a priority.