Maintaining Oral Health for the Elderly – Luke, Caloundra Dentist

May 21, 2019 in Dental Tips

Geriatric dentistry, also called geriodontics, is involved in the care, diagnosis, and treatment of dental conditions and diseases associated with aging. Elderly dental patients can be challenging to treat for many reasons, and geriatric dentists are specially trained to handle this.

Elderly patients who have poor cognitive skills due to Alzheimer’s or have lessened manual dexterity due to arthritis can be more frustrating to treat. There are many who develop complications that also affect their teeth and gums due to the medication they take. Their conditions may also make routinary activities and hygiene difficult to perform. Regular teeth brushing and even flossing, not to mention the regular dental visits, are harder to do. Nevertheless, elderly dental health must never be neglected. In fact, specialized care provided by top-notch geriatric dentists must be in place.

At Battery Hill Dental, our qualified dentists from Caloundra are trained to provide dental care for the elderly. It is encouraged for caregivers or family members to let their elderly visit their dentists every six months to ensure good oral health, identify potential problems, or treat conditions even before they get worse.

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Meanwhile, we advise caregivers and able elderly people to follow the tips below to care for their teeth and gums at home:

  • Brush at least twice daily with a soft-bristled tooth brush
  • Clean between your teeth using dental floss
  • Rinse with mouthwash at least twice a day.
  • Visit your dentist to regularly
  • If you’re wearing dentures, clean them regularly according to dentist’s instructions
  • Eat healthy, nutritious meals

Do you have an elderly loved one who needs specialized geriatric dental care? Contact us at Battery Hill Dental and set an appointment today!

Adult Orthodontics: What are Your Options – Luke, Caloundra Dentist

May 14, 2019 in Dental Tips

When it comes to braces, there’s no age limit. So if you have crooked, gapped teeth that are marring your smile, you can still straighten things out with many different kinds of braces. After all, there are more to straight teeth than a pleasing smile. Having straight, even teeth allows you to more thoroughly and easily clean your teeth as well as reach every surface. This results to better oral health.

So if you’re already in your 30s, 40s, and even your 50s and 60s, you’ll find that you have plenty of orthodontic treatment options to choose from.

  • Traditional or metal braces are the typical braces that you may associate with the term “braces.” They have a noticeable look, but many teens opt for this because they can personalize their braces with coloured bands.
  • Ceramic braces are similar in size and shape as metal braces, except that the brackets attached to the tooth are made of ceramic. The ceramic is used so it runs clear and more easily blends in with your teeth.

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  • Lingual braces are same as traditional metal braces except that you can’t see them. This is because the wires and brackets are attached on the inside surface of teeth.
  • Invisalign looks like a mouth guard and is made of 18 to 30 clear plastic aligners that are customized to fit each tooth.

By choosing the right dental braces that can best address your tooth problems as well as suit your needs and preferences, you can better enjoy your journey to straight, even teeth.

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8 Reasons You Shouldn’t Delay Dental Care in Caloundra, Sunshine Coast – Luke, Caloundra Dentist

May 7, 2019 in Dental Tips

Let’s face it—visiting your dentist is most likely at the bottom of your priority list. That is, if it’s ever there at all. This is true especially if your supposed dental treatment can significantly take a big chunk off your finances.

However, if there’s really something wrong with your teeth and gums, you shouldn’t put off seeing your dentist just because it hurts both you and your pocket.

Here are 8 reasons why you shouldn’t delay getting yourself the dental care you need:

  1. Your dental condition would probably get worse.
  2. Worsened dental condition will lead to more complex procedures.
  3. More complex procedures mean bigger dental bills.
  4. It can also mean complete tooth loss.

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  1. It can affect your quality of life as you will prolong your discomfort and pain.
  2. It can affect your overall health, especially when tooth or gum infection and bone loss are concerned.
  3. Your confidence decreases due to your teeth’s appearance or worse, bad mouth odour.
  4. You can have the dental treatment you need with easy payment plans.

If those aren’t enough reason to go and set an appointment with your Sunshine Coast dentist right now, we don’t know what is.

At Battery Hill Dental here in Caloundra, we want to make sure your teeth are not only clean, white, and healthy—you’re also happy about it too. We want to give you more reasons to smile by providing affordable payment plans that stretch your total dental costs up to $9,000 across 15 months. With these light payments, you also don’t have to pay any interest, so you can rest easy in the dental chair.

Before treatment, just make sure you submit all the necessary requirements to our staff, who will then submit them for a quick credit check. Once approved, just pay the 20% deposit and a one-off $39 establishment fee—and you’re good to go get that dental care you need.

Don’t delay that dental treatment. Book your appointment at Battery Hill Dental today.

Debunking 5 Myths About Dentures – Luke, Caloundra Dentist

August 5, 2018 in Dental Tips

Many people may have lost a tooth or two already and are thinking about getting some dentures. However, what’s stopping them from getting false teeth are all the false beliefs around it. In fact, there are countless myths and misinformation about dentures that stop people like you from getting the dental treatment and appliance that you most probably need.

Let’s take a look at some of the 5 most common myths about dentures—and let’s debunk them.

  • Myth 1: Only old people wear dentures. People lose teeth for a variety of reasons at any age. Aside from gum disease and tooth decay, other diseases such as bulimia, anorexia and diabetes can cause tooth loss. Many young people get dentures and you probably just don’t know it because their dentures look natural and beautiful.
  • Myth 2: You have to watch what you eat. People say that when you get dentures, you can’t eat hard and sticky food, but when your dentures fit properly and snugly, you can pretty much eat anything.

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  • Myth 3: Dentures are inconvenient. Having the right dentures fitted by your trusted dentist should not be painful or uncomfortable. While you naturally have to adjust to them when you first get them, you will eventually get used to your dentures and not even think that they’re there.
  • Myth 4: I don’t need to worry about dental hygiene since I no longer have teeth. You still have to regularly visit your dentist to check on your dentures. You also have to still clean your gums and tongue to keep them healthy.
  • Myth 5: It’s going to be obvious that I have dentures. Thanks to new technology in dentistry, dentures today look—and feel—impeccably realistic. With proper care, no one is going to notice your pearly whites are all dentures.

If you are missing one or more teeth, don’t let a day go by not feeling confident about your smile. Contact your nearest Sunshine Coast dentist today.

Dos and Don’ts of Tooth Extraction Aftercare – Luke, Caloundra Dentist

June 19, 2018 in Dental Tips

While your tooth extraction may be painless, you still have to care for it to allow the soft tissues to heal properly as well as to prevent post-operative complications.

Here are some dos and don’ts of tooth extraction aftercare.

Tooth Extraction Aftercare

Dos:

  • Do bite down on the gauze that your dentist will provide you to put pressure and stop bleeding
  • Do allow the site to heal by letting it clot
  • Do avoid any physical activity such as carrying heavy objects or exercising
  • Do take only soft foods like soups, smoothies, and mashed vegetables
  • Do rest as much as possible. Keep your head upright by propping it on a pillow
  • Do apply an ice pack on the side of your face where the extraction took place to reduce swelling

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Don’ts:

  • Don’t smoke for at least 2 days (48 hours) after tooth extraction
  • Don’t eat solids while your mouth is still numb to avoid choking
  • Don’t skip your prescriptions, which help you feel comfortable and help reduce swelling
  • Don’t take aspirin, which is a blood thinner and can prevent clotting and healing
  • Don’t have hot drinks, sodas, candies, spicy foods, and sweets
  • Don’t poke or pick at the gap or extraction site as this delays healing.

Your extraction dentist may have other guidelines and instructions to give you, so be sure to follow them to the letter to avoid complications such as severe bleeding, inflammation, delayed healing, and infection.

What Happens in a Routine Dental Cleaning – Luke, Caloundra Dentist

June 4, 2018 in Dental Tips

Regular routine dental cleaning is vital not just for your oral health but also for your overall health and well-being. This means that more than regular brushing and flossing, it’s important that you also visit your dentist every six months for dental examinations and professional cleanings.

But what really goes on in a routine dental cleaning and how different is it from regular tooth brushing and flossing?

  1. Dental exam. Once you get on your local dentist’s office, you will be led to the dental chair where you will also be interviewed about your dental history. Your dentist will also check your entire mouth, especially your teeth and gums for any potential problems.
  2. Removing build-up. Food debris and bacteria can build up in your teeth, causing plaque and tartar. These may not be effectively removed by normal tooth brushing, especially when the tartar develops around the gum line. Your dentist will scrape these off using a scaler, and you may experience some bleeding, which you can rinse off.

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  1. Power brushing. Your dentist will then use a high-powered electric brush and gritty toothpaste for professional cleaning and polishing of your teeth.
  2. Professional flossing. Your dentist is in a good position to see where you may have missed flossing. This part of your routine dental cleaning helps get a deep clean in between your teeth.
  3. Rinse. Give your mouth a final rinse to get rid of any debris. This rinse usually contains liquid fluoride to keep your teeth strong and healthy.
  4. Flouride treatment. Your dentist may also give your teeth a fluoride treatment. A fluoride gel is put on a mouthpiece which is then placed on over your teeth.

Give your teeth and gums some loving. Think of routine dental cleaning as a spa for your mouth.

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8 Warning Signs You May Need to Wear Dentures – Luke, Caloundra Dentist

May 18, 2018 in Dental Tips

Let’s face it. Not everyone practices impeccable oral hygiene or sees their local dentist regularly. And those that already have tooth problems but continue to neglect dental health are more likely to be wearing dentures sooner or later.

So do you think you may be one of those people? Here are 8 red flags to look out for to see if you may need to wear dentures.

  • Frequent and severe tooth aches that are left untreated
  • You don’t see your dentist twice a year for cleaning and examinations
  • Your gums are always bleeding, swollen, red, and tender
  • You already lost one or more teeth to periodontal disease

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  • Difficulty chewing certain food, which is a sign of tooth damage, decay, or gum disease
  • Gaps between your tooth are getting wider due to loose or moving teeth
  • You have indigestion because you don’t chew properly due to tooth problems
  • You’re embarrassed to smile

Having one or two of these signs apply to you doesn’t mean you’re definitely headed for a dentured life. By knowing these signs, you can actually prevent tooth loss and eventually dentures. You can prevent your dental problems from getting worse, which can mean even more drastic—and costlier—treatments.

These warning signs can serve as a wakeup call for you to visit your dentist, be proactive about dental treatments, and start practicing good oral hygiene.

So go ahead and visit your friendly Sunshine Coast dentists, Battery Hill Dental, today.

How Your Dentist Helps Diagnose Airway Issues – Luke, Caloundra Dentist

May 1, 2018 in Dental Tips

Airway issues and sleep breathing problems are difficult to diagnose. Primarily, this is because you don’t know you have a problem until someone in your house tells you they can’t sleep from all your snoring. But do you know that if you have airway issues, your dentist is in the best position to assess and diagnose it?

Finding a trained local dentist to identify airway issues can help save you from other related health issues.

Airway Issues Your Dentist Can Diagnose

Sleep apnoea, mouth breathing, and temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) can be identified by your local Sunshine Coast dentist. This is because all these disorders affect how you speak, eat, and breathe. TMJ, in particular, is caused by dental issues such as under bite or over bite, jaw or oral cavity deformation, missing teeth, or unbalanced teeth development. The dental chair is the best place for these to be identified, because your dentist is the one who routinely sees inside your mouth.

What Your Dentist is on the Lookout For

Whether it’s your regular trained dentist or a paediatric dentist, they can both assess your oral health. They can look out for conditions that may affect your sleep apnoea and other airway issues, such as:

  • Bruxism or teeth grinding
  • Mouth breathing
  • TMJ

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  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Periodontal disease
  • Paediatric orthodontics that affect breathing in children

Your dentist can work with your physicians as well as sleep specialists to help treat your airway and breathing issues.

Contact us at Battery Hill Dental to schedule a consultation today.

Free Coffee For Parents and Teachers – Luke, Caloundra Dentist

April 18, 2018 in Dental Tips

If you’re a parent of a student or a teacher at Currimundi State School, ‎you can grab a free coffee from outside the school sports hall on Tuesday the 24th of April from 8:00am – 9:00am. No strings attached, no cost. Just delicious hot coffee, courtesy of Battery Hill Dental.

As parents ourselves, we know how hard‎ it can be. Making it through each Term is a massive achievement, so every little perk helps. As part of this fantastic community, we want to encourage you and let you know you are appreciated. So welcome back for Term 2 and ‘thank you’ to all the parents, teachers and support staff.

So get excited for Tuesday and let us treat you to your morning cup of goodness, whether it be coffee, tea or a chai. Enjoy on us!

From Dr. Luke and the team at Battery Hill Dental

Caring for Your Sports Mouthguard – Luke, Caloundra Dentist

April 16, 2018 in Dental Tips

You owe a lot to your mouthguard. It keeps your pearly whites safe and healthy as you do what you love. Whether it’s football, boxing, mixed martial arts or any other contact sports, your mouthguard makes sure your mouth, teeth, gums and tongue are kept free from damage or injury.

However, wearing them regularly without proper cleaning can pose a risk. This is because mouthguards can serve as breeding grounds for bacteria, moulds, and yeast.

Here are simple ways to care for and clean your sports mouthguard:

  1. Brush your mouthguard with toothbrush and toothpaste regularly, especially after use. This removes and build-up of debris and saliva.
  2. Soak mouthguards in antimicrobial solutions to reduce the amount of bacteria and other organisms from taking refuge in there.
  3. Avoid exposing your mouthguard in extreme temperatures to prevent it from being brittle or deformed
  4. Let your mouthguard dry thoroughly before storing.
  5. Keep your mouthguard in its protective case when not in use.

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  1. Be sure to also clean your case regularly with warm soapy water.
  2. Replace your mouthguard regularly, especially when cracks start to appear.
  3. Avoid the habit of biting down on your mouthguard as this will create tiny holes and crack where bacteria, mould, and fungi can form.

When wearing your mouthguard, remember to also avoid drinking or eating sugary and staining food. This can stay in your mouthguard and therefore increase your teeth’s risk for cavities and discolouration.

Do you need a mouthguard? Have one fitted to you by your nearest Caloundra dentist. Book an appointment today.

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