Dental team visit to SunKids Centre at Eight Mile Plains

Last week, our practice was invited to give a little show to the kids at Sunkids Centre at Eight Mile Plains to talk/teach them about taking care of their pearly whites. We had the most wonderful time talking to the kids about brushing their teeth (with our large model of teeth), choosing to eat more healthy foods, and even singing a toothbrushing song!

We even managed to convince our beautiful Josie to dress up as a tooth fairy!

Here are some of the pictures of the things we discussed:

We talked about brushing their teeth for at least 2 minutes a twice a day, and making sure they brush all sides of their teeth (e.g. - the lip/cheek side, the tongue/palate side, and the biting side).

We talked about brushing their teeth for at least 2 minutes a twice a day, and making sure they brush all sides of their teeth (e.g. - the lip/cheek side, the tongue/palate side, and the biting side).

We got the kids to sort and stick pictures of food in the 'HEALTHY FOOD' (e.g. fruits and veges) and 'SOMETIMES FOOD' (lollies, ice cream, cakes) sections.

We got the kids to sort and stick pictures of food in the 'HEALTHY FOOD' (e.g. fruits and veges) and 'SOMETIMES FOOD' (lollies, ice cream, cakes) sections.

ToothBrushing Song

Got my toothpaste, got my brush
I won’t hurry, I won’t rush.
Making sure my teeth are clean
front and back and in between.
When I brush them for a while
I will have a HAPPY SMILE!

Here is our beautiful Josie dressed as a tooth fairy, with her wings and wand...

Here is our beautiful Josie dressed as a tooth fairy, with her wings and wand...

Our great team that went to Sunkids

Our great team that went to Sunkids

Overall, it was a great experience, and hopefully, we get to do this more, because it is so cool when kids have the knowledge, and practice it!

We also have to give credit to the Carers/Teachers there who do this almost everyday! I don't  know how they do it!

Child Dental Benefit Scheme up to $1000 again!

Great news everyone! The cap of $700 on the Child Dental Benefit Scheme has now been restored to $1000 over 2 years! This is effective immediately from the 8/02/2017. Click HERE for the report.

This is good news for children ages 2 - 17 years old who are eligible! Are your kids eligible? Click HERE, or call 132 150 to find out.

If your children are eligible, we at Aperture Dental Practice, can provide your children with dental treatment BULK BILLED within the $1000 limit. So give us a ring on 07 3188 9477 to make an appointment! 

Welcome to 2017!

Happy 2017 everyone! Hope your Christmas and New Year break was restful and now all ready to face another great year ahead! We've got a few things planned for this coming year, including providing dental implants, improving our customer relations, and probably even setting up a photography room.

Make sure you let us know if you have any suggestions of other services or treatments you would like us to provide. 

We are also excited to tell you that our dental practice was featured in the last month's Australasian Dentist magazine. Naturally, we were over the top with it. It's not often that you get published in a magazine...!

We copied, scanned and even laminated the pages just to make sure we didn't lose it's quality, and now wondering if we should frame it at and hang it on the wall...Want to read it? It's all attached below...

Closure over the Christmas - New Year 2017 period

Aperture Dental Practice will be closed over the Christmas - New Year period from the 24/12/2016 - 2/01/2017, and will reopen again on Tuesday, 03/01/2017.

We would like to wish all our valued clients a very MERRY CHRISTMAS and a wonderful NEW YEAR 2017 ahead! Keep them pearly whites safe and clean, and we'll see you in the new year!!

Planning ahead? Make an ONLINE APPOINTMENT for 2017 HERE!

The Aperture Dental Team

Whats the difference between GUM DISEASE and DENTAL DECAY?

Over the past week, a few clients have asked the difference between dental decay/holes in the teeth, and gum disease. Are they the same bacteria? Is it because the bacteria are eating the teeth and gums away? Will cleaning the teeth be enough to prevent them from starting or progressing?

Yes, GUM DISEASE and DENTAL DECAY both are very different in their pathology, presentation and treatment, and dentists have devoted many years studying this stuff. So, below is a quick summary of how they differ from each other.

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Interestingly, if left unattended, they both have the same outcomes - loss of the teeth. So take good care of them pearly whites!

 

DENTAL DECAY

GUM DISEASE

WHAT DOES IT AFFECT?

Primarily affects the hard structures of the teeth, i.e. the enamel and dentine. When more advanced, it can affect the pulp (nerves and blood supply) within the tooth.

Primarily affects the gums surrounding the teeth. When more advanced, it can affect the ligaments and the bone (alveolar bone) surrounding the teeth.

WHAT ARE THEIR ASSOCIATED SCIENTIFIC TERMINOLOGY

Enamel: The outer shell of the tooth (very hard) made of hydroxyapatite

Dentine: the bulk of the tooth under the enamel, including the root

Pulp: the nerves and blood supply of the tooth.

Demineralisation: the dissolution of the enamel and dentine.

Dental caries: cavity formation in the enamel and dentine, cause by demineralisation.

Pulpitis: inflammation of the pulp. (Can be reversible, or irreversible - this is when it is serious)

Endodontics: The study of the root canal system

Prosthodontics: The study of restoring the teeth

 

Periodontium: 4 separate structures described below:
Gingivae - the gums
Alveolar bone, and Cementum - Bone surrounding the roots of the teeth
Periodontal ligament - attachment of the roots of the teeth to the surrounding alveolar bone

Gingivitis: inflammation of the gums

Periodontitis: disease affecting the periodontium (this is when it is serious)

Plaque: layer of bacteria
Calculus/Tartar: Hardened/calcified plaque

Periodontology: The study of the periodontium

WHAT BACTERIA ARE INVOLVED?

Streptococcus mutans, Lactobacillus

Lots of them:
A. actinomycetemcomitans, P. gingivalis, P. intermedia, B. forsythus, C. rectus, E. nodatum, P. micros, S. intermedius and Treponema sp.

HOW DOES IT CAUSE THE PROBLEM?

The bacteria in the mouth utilizes sugars/carbohydrates from our diet to produce acid. These acids erode/demineralise the enamel and dentine, causing holes in the teeth

The imbalance of bacteria (many theories) in plaque irritates the gums causing inflammation. If left as it is, the inflammation progresses to destroy the periodontal structures.

HOW DOES IT PRESENT?

In early stages, it starts as a white spot lesion on the enamel.

As it progresses, the white spot lesions start to cavitate and turn into holes.

Sensitivity to hot and cold stimulus

The most common areas affected are the biting (occlusal) surfaces of the teeth and in between the teeth (inter-dental spaces).

In gingivits, the gums will appear red (instead of pink), swollen, and bleeds readily (eg when toothbrushing).

Plaque and calculus present

As it progresses to periodontitis, the attachment of periodontal ligament and alveolar bone is destroyed/lost, resulting in receding gums, pockets, and loosening of the teeth

Bad breath

HOW DO I KNOW IT IS SERIOUS?

Irreversible pulpitis: occurs when the decay reaches the pulp and infects it.

The tooth is broken down.

The pain usually does not settle (for hours) even when the stimulus is removed. Pain can occur spontaneously.

Swelling on the gums next to the tooth due to an abscess (pus)

 

Poor oral hygiene - lots of plaque and calculus around the gums and teeth

Swollen gums due to abscess (pus)

Periodontal pocketing (loss of the alveolar bone structure - causing the gums to be unattached)

Subginigival calculus: Calculus forming inside the periodontal pocket

Pain and looseness when pressure is applied on the tooth

WHAT DOES HEALTH LOOK LIKE?

No white spot lesions or holes

Gums are stippled, pink, knife edged, and don't bleed

Teeth are firm

HOW DOES THE DENTIST TREAT IT?

Early stages:
Fluoride varnishes/gels
Fissure sealants

If the cavity is restorable:
Fill it with a filling
Placed a crown over it

Irreversible pulpitis:
Root canal treatment
Take it out

Gingivitis:
Remove the plaque and calculus with an ultrasonic-scaler

Periodontitis:
All of the above
Periodontal surgery
Take it out

 

HOW DO I PREVENT IT?

Regular visits to the dentist!

Reduce amount and frequency of sweet and sticky foods

Avoid juices and fizzy drinks. These are both acidic and sweet! Use a straw.

Chew sugar free chewing gum (this stimulates saliva flow and can neutralize the acids)

Use a fluoride toothpaste daily. Fluoride helps strengthen the tooth surface

 

Regular visits to the dentist!

Remove plaque by using an electric toothbrush, interdental brushes, superfloss, waterpik, etc...

Concentrate on the gum margins (where the gums meet the teeth), not just the tooth itself

Quit smoking!

If you wear dentures, keep them clean and don't wear them at night