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

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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.

Pros and Cons of Tooth Bonding – Luke, Caloundra Dentist

April 1, 2018 in Dental Tips

If you have damaged, chipped teeth that dampen your confidence and stop you from smiling, then tooth bonding may just be the thing for you.

Tooth bonding is a cosmetic dental procedure that uses tooth-coloured composite resin to restore your teeth and give you back the smile you always wanted. However, before you decide to get tooth bonding procedure, let’s weigh the pros and cons.

Pros and cons of tooth bonding

The advantages of getting tooth bonding are:

  • The resin can be tailored to match the colour of your adjacent teeth so the bond looks seamless
  • Less amount of your tooth enamel is removed compared to veneers and crowns procedures
  • The procedure is quick and painless
  • The procedure is cheaper than other options
  • No need for surgery and anaesthesia

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Cons of tooth bonding

The disadvantages of tooth bonding are:

  • The resin has a higher risk of staining compared to your natural enamel
  • It can chip or break off when you use your teeth to open packages or when chewing on hard food
  • You may need to have it replaced after a few years

Weighing the pros and cons of tooth bonding against other options, it’s up to you to figure out if tooth bonding is really right for you. Just remember to discuss this with your dentist. You can discuss with your dentist further if tooth bonding is really the perfect option for restoring your tooth.

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A New Smile: Remedy Missing Tooth with Dental Implants – Luke, Caloundra Dentist

March 16, 2018 in Dental Tips

Whether you’re missing one tooth or many, this can affect your health and quality of life. So if you’re missing some yourself, dental implants can be your best possible option.

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are used to replace missing teeth while supporting your bone to keep it strong. An implant consists of a small titanium screw that is installed into your jawbone. This provides a safe and robust base on which to attach your artificial tooth.

While having dental implants require that you undergo dental surgery and the idea of a metal into your bone can be daunting, fear not. Your dental implant dentist will use anaesthesia and sedation to ensure that the procedure is painless and you are as comfortable as possible.

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The result of dental implants looks just like your natural teeth. Your dentist can customize the tooth material so that it is shaped and coloured just like the rest of your teeth. This guarantees a beautiful, even smile that you can be more confident about.

More importantly, dental implants can provide you a better quality of life. You can talk better and more clearly. Your appearance will also take on a youthful look because your new teeth will hold up your jaw and your facial muscles. You also enjoy chewing and biting on your favourite foods because dental implants can also function just like your natural teeth.

With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime, so a relatively short procedure can definitely go a long way.

Contact your Sunshine Coast dentist today to schedule a consultation and get started on beautiful, natural-looking teeth.

5 Types of Dental Emergencies – Luke, Caloundra Dentist

February 27, 2018 in Dental Tips

Caring for your teeth is as important as caring for your body. So when a dental emergency happens, your local dentist should be the first one you should call. In these cases, acting fast can mean saving precious seconds that could mean between saving and losing your teeth.

So how do you know which injuries need emergency? Find out below:

  • Knocked out tooth – When your tooth completely falls off, it can still be saved and re-implanted back in its place. You just have to go to your dentist immediately with the tooth, making sure not to touch the root and remove any tissue that may be attached to it. If you can’t place it back in the socket, it’s better to put it in a small clean container with a cup of milk.
  • Loose tooth – You can very gently put the tooth back in place or bite down to keep it from moving before going to the dentist. A splint will then be placed on each adjacent teeth to stabilize the loose tooth.
  • Chipped tooth – While a chipped tooth doesn’t hurt, it pays to give your dentist a quick visit so as to prevent the teeth from chipping more as you bite or chew. Your dentist may smooth a minor chip or use tooth coloured restoration to repair it.

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  • Fractured or cracked tooth – A fractured tooth is a serious dental emergency because it involves damage to the inside of the tooth. This is common in contact sports and accidents, where facial trauma is typical. If the soft tissue within the tooth is damaged, a root canal may need to be performed. Otherwise, you may only need a dental crown.
  • Other dental emergencies Other conditions that need immediate dental attention to save a tooth is an emergency. This can include severe pain, continuous bleeding, and severe infection.

Many of these dental emergencies can be prevented with regular visits to your dentist. Schedule an appointment with your Sunshine Coast dentist today!

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