Your child’s first dental visit: creating a great first impression

first dental visitA visit to the dentist is a fun and important adventure where you will get your teeth counted and cleaned. Your child’s first dental visit is a milestone like your first words, your first haircut, or your first day of school. We are going to have a fun time which will set you up for a lifetime of excellent dental care and habits!

Your child’s first dental visit

At the dentist, you will be greeted by our front office girls who will be eagerly awaiting you and your family. While your parent fills out important information about you on our iPad, you can play on our duplo wall or read a book. Keep an eye out for the tooth fairy’s front door and letter box!

When we are ready, the dentist will take you through to their room. You get to sit in a special chair called the golden marshmallow and interact (play?) with some of our high tech equipment. We have an air and water pistol and a sucker. We will even use the air pistol to make you a balloon animal!

Just like a fireman wears a helmet, and a doctor wears a white coat and a stethoscope-the dentist has a uniform. We put on a mask, some gloves and glasses with small magnifiers on them. You get to wear a bib and some sunglasses.

With the push of a button, the chair lies back and becomes a bed. When you lie back, there is a TV on the roof playing a movie or a show on animals. Next we will count your teeth with a tiny mirror and counter. Did you know children have 20 teeth and adults have 32 teeth? Sometimes we take pictures or radiographs to check your teeth for cavities and see how your permanent teeth are growing in your jawbones.

We then clean your teeth with a special dentist toothbrush that spins around and around and tickles your mouth. After you sit up and rinse your mouth, we paint on some fluoride. Fluoride is a special foam that you swish around in your mouth-it makes your teeth very strong and protects you from cavities. It comes in a few yummy flavours that you get to choose from: mint, grape or even marshmallow!

We will have a chat about healthy foods that are good for your teeth, such as fresh fruit and vegetables, cheese and yoghurt. We will talk about which foods cause cavities like lollies, chocolate and soft drink.

The last thing that happens is that you get a goody-bag, which has a toothbrush, toothpaste and sometimes floss. We make sure you are an A+ expert at cleaning your teeth. High five! We can head back to the front office to make your next appointment.

Congratulations! You did really well. Wasn’t that fun? I can’t wait to see you again in 6 months!

Click here to learn more about our Children’s Dentistry service at Ashgrove. 

Tooth Whitening in Ashgrove

Tooth Whitening – How do I get whiter, brighter teeth? 

It’s hard these days to cut through the social media hype, with so many different options and opinions out there it seems like every fashion blogger is a specialist on tooth whitening! I wanted to take some time to talk about what’s right, what will work and more importantly, what is safe for you.

Why aren’t my teeth white?

There are some things we need to understand about teeth before we can figure out how to whiten them. There are two types of discolorations in teeth and they are internal and external. Basically, external staining comes from things like coffee, teas, red wine etc. Internal discolorations are a little more complex and are related to the development of the teeth and age related changes.

Is there a magic tooth paste I can use?

‘Whitening’ tooth pastes are a simple and easy way you can get some relatively immediate results. The difference between these pastes and regular pastes are the abrasive particles in them. Usually they encorporate something like silica (aka. sand) or other products. This is exactly how things like charcoal tooth pastes work – basically trying to scrub stains with sand paper! 

As you can imagine, if overused these products probably aren’t the best for our teeth as we can see enamel wear from heavy brushing – so be careful. If you’re thinking of using these make sure you have a soft brush and don’t brush half an hour after eating or drinking anything acidic like juice/soft drink. 

What about those mouth guard looking things that I saw on Instagram?

Tooth Whitening in Ashgrove

Products that will help whiten internal stains need to contain hydrogen or carbamide peroxide. If you’re wondering what these are – they are both bleach products and carbamide turns into hydrogen peroxide as it works… Basically the same thing. Both of these work equally as well, it’s the concentration that matters.

Online or over the counter strips/gels/mouth guards etc will generally use these peroxides, however I would be wary of products claiming to ‘whiten’ teeth without peroxides. The concentrations and risk of hurting yourself are usually low, but results are often also limited – especially with all the effort involved in daily and often prolonged use. 

So what do dentists use to whiten their teeth?

At Tooth Dental, our most efficient option is using the ZOOM! in chair system with a high concentration hydrogen peroxide gel. This process involves us carefully protecting your gums and skin while carefully whitening your teeth. 

How long does it take?

You can have a whiter, brighter smile in just over one hour.

Do you have anything I can use at home?

We sure do. We custom make whitening trays to fit our patients and then carefully go through how they are used. We recommend using our trays initially for 15 minutes* per day for 5-7 days. Once you have achieved the results you are after you can save your trays to top up later.

Want to know more? 

Book an obligation free whitening consultation with us today 🙂

See you soon! 

Dr Alex and the team at Tooth Dental.

Dental implants in North Brisbane

Dental implants; what are they and how does it work?

Dental implants are used to replace a missing tooth or teeth, and are a mechanical tooth supported by a titanium implant. This is done over a number of stages with the final result of a natural looking tooth where there used to be a gap.

They have many advantages over other methods of replacing missing teeth as they stand independently to your other teeth and don’t place extra strain on your surrounding teeth. They allow full function and give a natural looking tooth or teeth in your gap.

Stage 1: Healing phase

Generally following removal of a tooth, a healing period of two to three months is needed for the gums and bone to heal and shrink into their new shape. If you have been missing a tooth or teeth for longer than three months already there is no need to wait, you can move straight to Stage 2.

During this healing phase, a temporary tooth replacement can be arranged which is especially useful in visible areas at the front of your mouth. This may be a removable denture/plate or a temporary bridge using your teeth either side for support.

Stage 2: Information gathering

Following the healing phase radiographic xrays, photos and moulds of your teeth and gums are required to check if you are suitable for an implant and if you have enough bone and gum to support a dental implant.

The moulds, photos and full mouth 2D xray are done first to have a general assessment of the area where the dental implant supported tooth or teeth are to be placed.

Once you are informed on what a dental implant is, a thin mouthguard with a mocked up tooth is then made to wear during a large CT xray to assess the jaw shape in three dimensions and plan your dental implant supported tooth.

Stage 3: Review of the dental implant planning

After we carefully plan your implant position using the 3D xray model of your jaw, we will go through the plan with you discussing the procedure in detail specifically for your mouth and implant supported tooth. You will have all the information on your planned procedure and a full quote.

If for any reason you are not suitable for a dental implant you will find out at this stage, and plans for an alternative replacement for your tooth can begin.

Stage 4: Placement of your dental implant

Dental Implants

Instructions will be given to you to take antibiotics and pain relievers immediately before your dental implant placement appointment. These are very useful to keep swelling, bruising and discomfort to a minimum.

The dental implant is usually placed under local anaesthetic at Tooth Dental and is generally a straightforward quick process. In some cases the dental implant will have a white healing cap poke

through to sculpt the gum shape, in others the dental implant will be covered with gum and uncovered at a later date.

Following dental implant placement, rest that day is recommended, although you can return to light duties at work if desired. Generally there is very minor swelling, bruising and discomfort for one or two days, with the minor swelling settling over a week.

One or two weeks later we will review the dental implant area and remove any sutures remaining.

Stage 4: Healing and integration phase

Following dental implant placement a healing phase of approximately three months is required to allow your titanium implant to integrate and bond to your bone. After three months the implant will be checked with radiofrequency to ensure the dental implant is integrated and ready to have your tooth placed, supported by your dental implant.

Stage 5: Moulds and placement of your tooth

Moulds and photos of your dental implant can now be taken and sent to a dental laboratory to make your tooth supported by your dental implant. Generally the laboratory requires two weeks to make your crown fit and match perfectly. Then your dentist can place your dental implant crown and you can smile widely, eat normally and enjoy your natural looking dental implant supported crown.

Your dental implant supported crown will require some maintenance and regular checks which are generally done as part of your six monthly examination and clean with your dentist.

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