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.

6 Reasons to Have a Dental Veneer Today – Luke, Caloundra Dentist

July 16, 2019 in Dental Tips

A dental veneer is a thin layer of tooth-coloured composite or porcelain that is placed on the surface of your teeth. This requires a cosmetic procedure that covers tooth imperfections and minor problems that don’t require you to get orthodontics, dental surgery or extraction. The result is even, healthy-looking, and uniformly coloured teeth—and a more confident smile.

If you’re still on the fence whether you need dental veneers, read up on these reasons:

  1. When your teeth whitening just won’t cut it. Sometimes, tooth stains can go beyond your enamel and into the dentine, so whitening will not work to bring back the light into your pearly whites. Dental veneers provide you with an easy alternative to achieve that all-white smile.
  2. When chips, and cracks mar your smile. Left untreated, small chips and cracks can further damage your teeth and therefore cost more to fix. You can go ahead and reinforce your teeth and cover these imperfections now with layers of dental veneer.
  3. Gapped and misaligned teeth. Instead of braces, minor gaps and misalignment can be remedied by dental veneers.

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  1. Cheaper alternative. Instead of getting crowns, braces and other dental procedures, minor tooth imperfections can be easily fixed by veneers.
  2. Simple, painless, and quick procedure. Attaching dental veneers is an easy, non-invasive procedure. In as little as 3 quick visits to your Sunshine Coast dentist, you can already get custom veneers.
  3. Long-lasting option. With good oral hygiene, your dental veneer can last for up to 15 years.

With dental veneers, a few small layers can go a long way in changing your teeth and your smile. In fact, veneers can even change your life.

Find out how you can get yourself a dental veneer. Contact us at Battery Hill Dental and book an appointment today.

Pros and Cons of Dental Bridges – Luke, Caloundra Dentist

July 2, 2019 in Dental Tips

From the term itself, dental bridges literally bridge the gap between one or more missing teeth. A bridge can be anchored either by natural teeth if they’re strong and healthy, or by dental implants. These supporting teeth on either side are called abutment teeth, while the false teeth filling each gap are called pontics.

Pros and Cons of Dental Bridges

Pros:

  • Bridges don’t require surgery, so the procedure is simple, non-invasive, and relatively painless.
  • You can easily and quickly get dental bridges to remedy those unsightly gaps that make you conscious about your smile.
  • They are more affordable than dental implants.
  • Despite being a non-invasive and fairly simple procedure, you can expect dental bridges to be sturdy, robust, and durable.
  • With your dentist’s expertise, your lost teeth can be replaced with natural-looking teeth that can also feel like your natural teeth as you speak and eat.

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Cons:

  • While your dentist can create beautiful pontics that look like the real thing, they may not appear as seamless as implants.
  • You need to clean as per normal. You can still get decay like any other tooth.
  • Adjacent teeth. If your anchoring teeth are also damaged, they will also need to be treated, which may require removal of considerable amount of the teeth’s structure, making it potentially weaker.
  • Special brush. Cleaning your bridges may require that you get yourself a specialized floss and brush.

The Verdict

All things considered, at the end of the day, your dentist will recommend a dental bridge if it is the best treatment option for your condition.

To find out the right treatment to restore your missing teeth, schedule a consultation with your local Caloundra dentist today.

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Is it a Dental Emergency? Here’s How to Tell – Luke, Caloundra Dentist

June 18, 2019 in Dental Tips

Mouth and teeth Injuries are unexpected. However, do you know which one requires a trip to the nearest dentist?

Here’s how you can tell that you are in a dental emergency and need to urgently go to your nearest dentist.

  • Are you bleeding in your gums, teeth, tongue or any soft tissue in your mouth?
  • Are you in severe pain involving your teeth and gums?
  • Do you have at least one loose tooth?
  • Do you have at least one knocked out tooth?
  • Have you been hit in your face especially your mouth and jaw?

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  • Do you have any swelling in your mouth and jaw area?
  • Do you have swelling in your gums?
  • Do you have fever to infection in your teeth or gums?
  • Do you experience pain in your teeth or gums when biting down?

If you answer yes to any of these questions, then you have a dental emergency. You have to call your dentist immediately or go visit the clinic as soon as you can.

Remember to take with you any of the knocked out tooth that you have and store it properly until your dentist can take a look at it. Be sure to also thoroughly describe to your dentist what happened and how you are feeling.

Call or text your nearest dentist in Caloundra for any dental emergency.

5 Things to Know Before Getting Removable Dental Plates – Luke, Caloundra Dentist

June 4, 2019 in Dental Tips

So you may have lost some teeth and are considering getting removable dental plates. This is a big decision and can affect not just your smile but your quality of life in the long run.

Before you get yourself one, here are some things you should know.

  1. Your removable dental plates, also known as dentures, may feel weird the first time you fit it, but give it time to adjust and soon, you won’t even notice they’re there.
  2. Inserting and removing the plates in your mouth may take some practice. Follow your dentist’s instructions.
  3. If a part of your mouth or gums feel sore because of pressure from your dentures, you may need to pay your dentist a visit for a refitting or an adjustment.
  4. You know your dentures are well-made for your mouth and teeth if they fit easily and comfortable. They should be snug and you don’t have to wiggle them to find the right position in your mouth.
  5. You should always follow your dentist’s instructions on how to care for your dentures to keep them clean and in good shape. Some of the caring tips for your removable dental plates include:

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  • Brushing your dentures with soft-bristled toothbrush and with non-abrasive toothpaste or dentist-recommended denture cleaner
  • After eating, always clean your dentures by rinsing off food debris that may be trapped in it
  • Place your removable dental plates in a soaking solution or water when not in use at night
  • Avoid bending or twisting your dental plates to keep their shape

You may need adjustments to your dental plates after a while, so be sure to visit your dentist regularly for examinations, cleanings, and consultations.

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What to Expect from Dental Implant Surgery – Luke, Caloundra Dentist

May 28, 2019 in Dental Tips

If this is your first time to have a dental implant surgery, you may probably feel a mix of different emotions: fear and anxiety for the upcoming procedure, apprehension for the pain, and maybe even hope and excitement for getting new replacement teeth.

Whatever you’re feelings are, it is still best to know just what goes on during the dental implant procedure so you  can be better prepared for it. Let’s take a look at the procedure:a

  1. Your damaged tooth is extracted by your dentist.
  2. Your jawbone is prepared for the surgery that puts a titanium screw into it. In some cases, bone grafting may be required to reinforce a thin or soft jawbone.
  3. Your dentist will open your gum to expose the jaw bone. Your dentist will then drill into the bone to place the dental implant deep into the bone.

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  1. You have to rest your jawbone to heal for several months. This healing period is important for osseointegration, wherein your bone should attach to the screw.
  2. You go back to your dentist for the abutment, which is the metal extension of the implant. This means your dentist must open up your gum again to expose the implant from which to attach the abutment.
  3. The crown, or artificial teeth, will then be placed on the abutment. This crown is custom designed to match the rest of your teeth for an even smile and normal biting and chewing power.

The whole process may take anywhere between three to nine months, but most of the time is devoted to healing. During the surgery itself, you will be under sedation to make the procedure painless and to make sure you feel as comfortable as possible.

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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.

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