Is It Just in Your Head: What is Dental Fear and Anxiety – Luke, Caloundra Dentist

November 19, 2019 in Dental Tips

Many people fear the dentist and the pain they associate with the dental chair. This is why they forego their dreaded dental visits even when it means enduring tooth ache, infection, and other complications.

But is it all just really in their heads?

Dental Fear and Anxiety

Dental fear and anxiety is that uneasy feeling whenever a dental appointment is coming up. They dread coming to the dentist. They may also have unrealistic and exaggerated apprehensions and worries.

A more serious condition is dental phobia, wherein people who have it are absolutely terrified. They know their fears are irrational, but they are helpless about it. They will do everything to avoid going to the dentist, for even the sight of a dental office building gets them panicked. As a result, they will only go to the dentist when they are in extreme pain or the dental problem has become unbearable.

Signs of Dental Phobia

  • Difficulty sleeping the night before the dental appointment
  • Restlessness and even feelings of panic before the dental appointment
  • Anxiety that escalates when arriving at the dental office
  • Intense panic when on the dental chair and dental instruments are placed in the mouth

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  • Crying
  • Trouble breathing
  • Becoming physically ill
  • Feinting at the dentist

At Battery Hill Dental, we endeavour to make sure all our patients are comfortable and relaxed so they have a pleasant experience at each dental visit. From our cordial staff to the cosy atmosphere of our dental clinic, we work to reduce your fear’s. Our dentists are also high-trained to handle dental fear and anxiety so you can overcome yours. Book an appointment with us today.

Which Mouthguard is Right for You? – Luke, Caloundra Dentist

November 5, 2019 in Dental Tips

Mouthguards are primarily used for protecting the teeth from injury. Different mouthguards have different functions depending on your activity or condition. So, to ensure optimum protection, you have to choose the right mouthguard for you.

Different Kinds of Mouthguards

  1. Stock mouthguards are ready-to-wear. They are fairly inexpensive and can be bought from sporting goods and department stores. Therefore, you can’t adjust how it fits snugly in your mouth and can tend to be bulky. Often, breathing can be difficult, and dentists generally don’t recommend these mouthguards.If you’re doing light physical activities and don’t want to spend much, this mouth guard can be a fair choice for you.

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  1. Boil and bite mouthguards can also be bought from sporting goods stores. They are pricier than stock mouthguards and offer a better fit. They are made from thermoplastic material, which makes it respond to heat. You put it in hot water so it softens. You can then place it in your mouth and adjust with your fingers and tongue so it snugly moulds around your teeth.For a good balance between price and protection, you can opt for boil and bite mouthguards.
  1. Custom-fitted mouthguards are created in a professional dental laboratory and are based on your dentist’s measurements and impression of your mouth and teeth. The time, material, and work involved in this custom mouthguard makes it more expensive. However, it is pretty much worth the price because of the high level of comfort and protection it provides.This is best used by amateur and professional athletes who regularly engage in rough, strenuous activities as well as contact sports.

Other mouthpieces such as dental splints, meanwhile, are used for those who suffer bruxism or nocturnal teeth clenching or grinding.

To find out if you need mouthguards or have damaged teeth due to contact sports, book an appointment with your Sunshine Coast dentist today!

When Should You Get Braces for Your Child? – Luke, Caloundra Dentist

October 22, 2019 in Dental Tips

When it comes to oral health, it’s always a good idea to lay out a good, solid foundation from which your child can build on for healthy and straight pearly whites for life.

This is why it’s important to keep a very close eye on your child’s teeth development with regular examinations with your local family dentist. This allows any issues to be treated or addressed before they can be real problems that are harder and costlier to repair when they are already adults.

One of these issues is orthodontics.

While you may think that braces are only for teens, children as early as 7 years old can get started correcting their teeth and bite. This is especially true if your child has been thumb sucking, or if they have baby teeth that are lost too soon or too late. Crowded and crooked teeth as well as overbites, under bites, and protruding teeth must also be addressed with braces.

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With early orthodontic treatment by your trusted paediatric dentists, you have a better and faster chance of correcting bites and orthodontic issues. This is because children’s teeth are more flexible and the dentist can guide the growth of teeth along the jawbone, unlike later on in adulthood, when correcting this would require surgery and tooth extraction.

So if your child has been thumb sucking, has protruding teeth, over bite or under bite, lisp, or crooked teeth schedule a consultation with your dentist. Click here to find out more about getting braces for your child at Battery Hill Dental and schedule a consultation today.

10 Dentist-Recommended Tips to Prevent Gum Disease – Luke, Caloundra Dentist

October 8, 2019 in Dental Tips

Gum disease is one of the most common dental problems in children and adults alike. Left untreated, it can cause a range of more complex dental problems

With the right care and dental routine, however, it is the most easily preventable. So here are 10 helpful dentist-recommended tips to help prevent gum disease.

10 dentist-recommended tips to prevent gum disease

  1. Brush at least twice a day. This is pretty basic, but don’t underestimate what your dentist tells you. Regular and correct brushing stops the build-up of food debris and bacteria that may lead to plaque and tooth decay.
  2. Brush at the gumline. The gumline is the most neglected area in brushing, as it is also the easiest to miss.
  3. Use fluoride toothpaste. Flouride helps strengthen your teeth to stop tooth decay.
  4. Brush your tongue as well. Don’t overlook your tongue as it has bacteria too. Give it a thorough cleaning every time you brush your teeth.

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  1. Make flossing a daily habit. Flossing can rid of build-up in teeth crevices that brushing can’t reach.
  2. Don’t forget your mouthwash. Mouthwash can rid your mouth of food debris and bacteria left behind after brushing. So don’t forget to gargle thoroughly with it.
  3. Go easy on starch and sugar. Sugar and starch are one of the most common culprits that cause tooth decay. Left in your mouth for long, it mixes with your saliva to form acid that erodes your tooth enamel.
  4. Supplement with Vitamin C. Vitamin C can help avoid or minimize bleeding gums.
  5. Cut back on vices. Smoking and drinking can deplete your body of nutrients vital for healthy gums and teeth.
  6. See your dentist regularly. Visit your dentist every 6 months or when you notice bleeding, tender or swollen gums or other dental problems.

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At-Home vs. In-Office Teeth Whitening: Which is Better? – Luke, Caloundra Dentist

September 24, 2019 in Dental Tips

If you want whiter teeth, you typically have two options: going to the dentist for a professional teeth-whitening procedure, or buying over-the-counter kits and doing teeth whitening at home. So, which is better?

Let’s take a closer look.

At-Home Teeth Whitening

Over-the-counter or dentist-dispensed at-home teeth whitening kits have a lower concentration of whitening agent peroxide, which you then apply on your teeth over an extended period. The result is gradual whitening. However, tooth sensitivity can be a long-term problem, especially if your teeth and gums are already not in tip-top shape. This is because your teeth and gums will get even more irritated. Otherwise, you can enjoy the convenience and portability of DIY whitening kits.

In-Office Teeth Whitening

The big benefit of in-office teeth whitening, or professional bleaching, is that you can go to your dentist over lunch time and walk out with dazzling pearly whites just in time to resume work.

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The treatment is pretty much quick and painless, although you may feel some sensitivity afterwards. This, however, will subside within 24 hours, but the pay-off is instantly whiter teeth that will last a long time, with proper care.

The Verdict

In the end, if you’re looking for immediate results, in-office teeth whitening is a good choice. At-home whitening can also be a good follow-up treatment. On the other hand, if you are using whitening kits as a stand-alone whitening treatment, continuous and proper use is necessary to achieve that sparkling white teeth without the risks of damage and sensitivity.

Contact your nearest dentist to find out which teeth whitening treatment is best for you.

What to Expect from a Stainless Steel Dental Crown Procedure – Luke, Caloundra Dentist

September 10, 2019 in Dental Tips

A dental crown procedure usually takes place after a root canal treatment. If you have broken tooth or you want it for cosmetic reasons, your dentist can also perform one on you.

But what really happens in a dental crown procedure?

  1. Assessment. Your dentist will first examine your teeth and mouth. A 3D dental bone beam x-ray may also be required to look at your problem tooth’s structure. Any necessary procedure may first be performed, such as root canal or dental implant, before a dental crown procedure can take place.
  2. Tooth preparation. Once all the necessary procedures are done, you’re ready for your dental crown. The area around your tooth will be anaesthetized so that the decayed and infected parts of your tooth can be removed.

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  1. Mould creation. Your dentist may take a mould of your teeth so that they stainless steel crown will be customized. Meanwhile, you will be fitted with a temporary crown while you wait for your stainless steel and permanent ones.
  2. Dental crown placement. You come back to your local dentist for the temporary crown to be removed and then replaced by the permanent ones. Your dentist would have to thoroughly clean the area again. Then, your stainless steel crown will be cemented over your natural tooth to hold it snugly in place.

Note if you have an even and natural bite with your crown so that your dentist can adjust it before you leave the dental office. This ensures that you feel as natural and as comfortable with your new crown. You can expect mild tooth sensitivity for a few days after being fitted with a dental crown. This will soon subside and you’ll be back to feeling good with your healthy teeth.

To schedule your own assessment and find out if you’re a candidate for a stainless steel dental crown, contact your local Caloundra dentist today.

7 Reasons to Have Regular Dental Visits – Luke, Caloundra Dentist

August 27, 2019 in Dental Tips

So you brush your teeth at least twice a day and you floss daily. But is that really enough?

Actually, the answer is no.

Part of good oral hygiene involves regular visits to your dentist, even if you don’t have a toothache. Going to your nearest dentist or family dentist every six months for cleanings and exams. This ensures that your pearly whites are in tip top shape.

Still not convinced? Here are 7 more reasons you should visit your dentist regularly for cleanings and exams.

  1. Avoid gum disease. Gum disease can be avoided by regular dental cleanings on top of brushing and flossing at home.
  2. Identify any oncoming problems. You have a better chance of not having any major dental problems (and not to mention costlier dental work done) when your dentist can see any problems even before they begin.
  3. Detect oral cancer. By going to your dentist for routine dental exams, you can be screened for oral cancer. This can be detected earlier on before any more damaging progress to the cancer has taken place.
  4. Maintain oral health. With regular exams and cleanings, you can keep your teeth and gum health on the right track to ensure that they’re not just looking good but also in the best of health.

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  1. Maintain overall health. Poor oral health is connected with many other health problems such as diabetes and heart disease. By keeping your dental health in shape, you also lessen your risk for other health problems.
  2. Save money. You get the most value from your benefits, plus you avoid any minor dental problems from getting worse and therefore costing you more to fix.
  3. Become more confident. Aside from improving the quality of your life with great oral health, you also have more confidence knowing that your teeth feel and look absolutely dazzling.

Schedule your routine cleanings and exams with our Sunshine Coast dentists today.

6 Tips to Care for Your Teeth After Whitening – Luke, Caloundra Dentist

August 13, 2019 in Dental Tips

The results of teeth whitening, whether in-office or at-home, are not permanent. You may still experience staining and discoloration if you don’t take care of your teeth.

Here are 6 tips on how to take care of your teeth and keep them sparkling white after a whitening procedure.

  1. Avoid staining food and drinks. Especially within 48 hours after your whitening procedure, avoid coffee, tea, cola, candies, berries, soy sauce, tomato sauce, ketchup, beets, and products that may stain your teeth.
  2. Maintain with whitening toothpaste. Daily care is important to maintain those pearly whites. Daily brushing with whitening toothpaste can protect your teeth against discoloration.
  3. Make good oral hygiene a habit. Brush and floss your teeth regularly, and don’t forget to your dental visits. If you can’t avoid stain-causing products, be sure to rinse or brush your teeth immediately after or if you can’t, rinse with whitening mouthwash.

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  1. Avoid extremes. Avoid extremely hot or cold drinks and foods. These will cause your teeth to expand and contract, making stains penetrate through your enamel so they’re harder to clean off.
  2. Stop smoking. The nicotine in cigarette can heavily stain your teeth. If you can’t avoid it, use a filter and be sure to brush your teeth more often.
  3. Keep seeing your dentist. Having sparkly white teeth doesn’t mean you don’t have to see your dentist anymore. A visit to your trusted local dentist every now and then makes sure your pearly whites are not only impeccably white, but also healthy and strong.

For more information about teeth whitening, ask our Sunshine Coast dentists by calling us on 07 5358 0413.

5 Things to Know About Dental Sedation – Luke, Caloundra Dentist

August 6, 2019 in Dental Tips

At Battery Hill Dental, comfort and safety are among the top considerations of your Caloundra dentists when it comes to dental sedation. Our dentists may recommend different kinds of sedation depending on the kind of treatment you will undergo, as well as your medical history. Dental sedation is generally safe, and it can significantly help reduce anxiety in both adults and children.

Here are 5 things you should know about dental sedation:

  1. Dental sedation is used to relax you as well as to manage pain. There are different kinds of dental sedatives and they carry different side effects.
  2. Make sure your dentist knows your complete medical history as well as any existing conditions you may have. This helps ensure that the sedative will not interfere or have adverse effects to the medication you’re already taking.
  3. Sedatives can be taken orally as a pill, inhaled through the nose as a gas, or intravenously. The effects of the sedatives vary, from mild relaxation and calm to unconsciousness. Still, most dental procedures require mild to moderate sedation, wherein patients are still responsive. At this stage, we’re choosing the orally taken pill as the mode of sedation.
  4. No sedative is without risk, that’s why it’s important that extensively trained dentists or anaesthesiologists administer them. In more invasive sedation, you are also continuously monitored throughout the procedure.
  5. You may feel very relaxed and calm upon taking a sedative. You may also lose memory of the procedure or your whole time in the dental office. Some disorientation may occur even after the procedure, so it is required that you have someone to accompany or escort you home when you leave the office.

Dental sedatives have been around for decades, and the ones in use today are safer than ever. Your local Sunshine Coast dentist can walk you through the whole process, so you can call us to schedule your visit.

 

7 Tips to Prepare for Your Child’s First Dental Visit – Luke, Caloundra Dentist

July 30, 2019 in Dental Tips

While dentists highly recommend you bring your little ones to your local paediatric dentist as soon as the first tooth comes out, it’s still never too late the bring them in.

So if you’re planning to take your child to the dentist for the first time, here are 7 tips to make their first dental visit less stressful and more enjoyable.

  1. Teach them about teeth and oral health. Prior to bringing them to the dentist, introduce oral health and tooth brushing to your little ones. Teach them about their teeth, mouth and tongue. Better yet, use books, songs, toys, activities, and even role-playing to supplement their learning.
  2. Establish a good attitude about oral health. This is also important even long before you visit the dentist. Talk to your child about visiting the dentist and what they can expect from it. Talk about the experience in a positive, relaxed, and fun way so they can associate the same attitudes when the time comes.
  3. Plan a treat afterwards. Keep your children focused on the positive by planning something exciting after the visit to the dentist, like a trip to the park or playground, or even a promise of ice cream.

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  1. Be prepared. Bring along toys to soothe and distract them from the waiting room to the dental chair.
  2. Exude calm and positivity. Your children are highly perceptive of your feelings. Stay calm, positive, and cheerful; and keep your stress and anxiety under their radar.
  3. Cheer them on with sincere encouragement. Be considerate and supportive of their first experience with the dentist. Congratulate them for cooperating and tell them how much of a good job they’re doing.
  4. Trust your paediatric dentist. Excessively hovering around your children in the dentist’s chair can stress them out. Learn to ease up and trust your paediatric dentist.

Establishing a positive first dental visit is key in keeping dental anxiety at bay. It also sets up your children for good dental hygiene, which they can take for the rest of their lives.

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