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Have you had a dental check up recently?

Most Australians don’t have regular dental check ups. Here are some of the reasons many of us don’t get our regular dental check up  It ‘s expensive to have your teeth checked every 6-12 months  I don’t have the time  My teeth look fine so I don’t need a check up  I’m afraid of the dentist  Dental appointments are painful Those are just a few excuses people use to not attend their regular dental check ups, but here are some reasons why you really should and that discount the above excuses! A regular trip to your dentist will ensure you are looking after your teeth well and catch dental issues before they get worse. So in reality if you are having your teeth regularly checked, you will save money! In the long run if you avoid general check ups and then one day you are hit with a horrible tooth ache, it is more likely that you are going to need extensive dental work done. Having a dental check up generally only takes 30 minutes apposed to if you have a tooth ache and need an emergency dental appointment, you may need to wait to be seen, then depending on what is wrong with your tooth this could be an extensive and more expensive appointment! Just because your teeth look fine on the exterior doesn’t mean that they are fine in the interior. Routine x-rays are performed when needed during a dental check up and these can help detect if there is anything sinister going on with your teeth. So you’re afraid of the dentist, who hasn’t been at...

Find a good Dentist in Canberra

Finding a good dentist in Canberra or anywhere can be tricky these days as it seems a lot of dentists are in the’ business of dentistry’ and not in the ‘practice of dentistry’. Our dentists at Lasting Impressions Dental- Canberra City are here to practice dentistry for patients that need essential dental treatment not complete a bunch of treatments you don’t need. Do you find that when you visit the dentist that you had a lot more dental problems than you anticipated or that you have been quoted for cosmetic dental work that you weren’t even asking for? In today’s day and age many dentists will try and up-sell cosmetic dental treatments even when the patient hasn’t requested any concern about the aesthetics of their teeth. We wont push these treatments on you, our dentist’s will only carry out aesthetic cosmetic dental treatment if you request it. Here are a few tips on finding a good dentist: 1) Check that the dentist is a member of the ADA – Australian Dental Assossiation 2) Recommendation – If a friend, family member or colleague recommend a dentist they have been seeing for years they have done your homework for you 3) Location – Is your dentist close to home or work? 4) Examination – Does the dentist do a thorough check of your teeth and gums? 5) Cost – Does the dentist provide quotes for more expensive dental work? 6) Communication – Does the dentist make sure you are informed of the dental treatment you will be having and that you understand why it needs to be done. Does the dentist...

Kids need regular dental check ups too!

It was disturbing to read in the accompanying article (click here to read article) that the level of tooth decay in Aussie kids is as high as in some third world countries. Not only should kids be brushing morning and night, they should also have regular dental check ups to ensure any decay is treated before it becomes serious. I know it’s hard to get the kids to brush without reminders, but if they get into the habit it can help prevent tooth decay and save you money. Even harder is get them into the habit of reducing their consumption of sugar- laden foods, but if they can be trained to finish off with an apple or a quick brush you will be doing their teeth a favour. We know it can be difficult scheduling a visit to the dentist during term time, so why not schedule a dental check up for the kids in the next school holidays? To make an appoint with Lasting Impressions Dental Phone us on 6249 8383 Lasting Impressions Dental, your Canberra City dentist...

Dental Health Week

It’s Dental Health Week this week and a great reminder for some of us that we may need to book in for a check-up. Our pearly whites are precious and we want to hold on to them for as long as we can.   The ADA has some great information on all things teeth on their website for Dental Health Week 2013. A great guide for everyone. There are some fantastic resources  for Adults, Parents and Teachers – some dental education for all age group. They have included the young person’s guide to oral health. Something all parents should have their teenagers read. Get all the facts and download the guide below. http://www.dentalhealthweek.com.au/downloads/survival_guide_web.pdf Visit the ADA website At Lasting Impressions Dental we want to make sure you are giving your teeth the best care possible. We hope reading this blog post and reading the young person’s survival guide has provided you with some interesting and useful information for keeping your pearl whites in check. If you’re due to make your dental check-up appointment please ph us on 6249 8383 to make an appointment with either Dr Davies or Dr Edmond Truong. Happy Dental Health...

Pain Relief

Pain Relief and Dental Treatment: Advice from Dr Davies With modern analgesia and new dental technologies, pain following dental procedures is largely a thing of the past. But some procedures are more complex than others and people have different tolerances to pain, so what should you do if you need pain relief? As any medication has side effects the fewer medications taken the better.  Fortunately side effects are very rare with analgesics (pain killers) but nevertheless they do exist. The following protocol has proved to be extremely effective in controlling pain of a dental origin. Just remember though, if you are allergic to any of these medications do not take them. For mild pain Dr Davies recommends Ibuprofen ( for example Nurofen) 250 mg 1-2 tablets three times a day.  Obviously you cannot take Ibuprofen if you are allergic to it. You should also avoid Ibuprofen if you have a gastric or duodenal ulcer. Substitute 1-2 250mg tablets of Paracetamol instead. If this does not provide relief you can take Ibuprofen  250 mg 1-2 tablets plus Paracetamol 250 mg (for example Panadol) 1-2 tablets three times a day. For more severe pain Dr Davies recommends Ibuprofen  250 mg 1-2 tablets plus 1 tablet of  Paracetamol 500 mg + 30 mg Codeine (for example Panadeine Forte) three times a day. A word of warning, Panadeine contains codeine so do not take it if you are allergic to codeine. As Panadeine Forte is a prescription only medication, it will need to be prescribed for you by your dentist or doctor. Analgesics should only be taken when required. If there is no...

Mouth Friendly Foods

For years dentists have encouraged everyone from toddlers to senior citizens to brush their teeth at least twice a day and make regular dental appointments. These and other preventative steps remain fundamental to good oral hygiene. This doesn’t mean that you can’t take additional steps to shore up your oral health in between brushing and flossing sessions. Start with a healthy diet that features plenty of mouth-friendly foods. Although many doctors take issue with the old adage that healthy adults need eight glasses of water per day, you won’t find too many who dispute the benefits of regular hydration. You’ll find even fewer dentists who argue against the cleansing power of clean drinking water. For maximum effect, use filtered tap or bottled water to rinse your mouth during and after meals. In between meals, quench your thirst with water instead of soda or sugary juice mixes. Don’t forget to rinse with clean water after brushing and flossing as well. By stimulating the production of bacteria-killing saliva and keeping your gums healthy and full, clean water serves two important hygiene-related functions. An apple a day might not actually keep the doctor away, but it will certainly please your dentist. Crunchy fruits and vegetables like apples, pears and celery stimulate saliva production in hard-to-reach parts of the mouth. In turn, this reduces the prevalence of bacteria that cause halitosis, gum disease and plaque. The relatively high acid content of apples and some other crunchy fruits may temporarily create an unfavorable environment for the growth of harmful oral bacteria and slow plaque formation in the process. It should be no surprise that vitamin-rich foods...

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