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Is it time for a dental check-up?
It is advised by dental professionals that patients come in for regular 6 monthly check and cleans. In these appointments as well as checking the teeth for signs of decay or gum disease, the dentist will screen for oral disease including indicators of; infections (fungal and bacterial), early signs of oral cancers or abnormal tissues; even diabetes can show symptoms in the head and neck region. Other things that may be examined include your jaw joint (TMJ) and chewing muscles (muscles of mastication) to check for any abnormalities. By this time most patients will also require a scale and polish to remove any build up of plaque and calculus from the teeth and prevent any gum disease from progressing to an irreversible stage or periodontitis. Regular visits make these appointments more comfortable and efficient for patients. Check with your health fund to find out whether they will cover two dental check-ups per year and book in to help prevent disease.
Sports mouth guards
Sports mouth guards are devices worn during sporting activities that involve falls, body contact and flying equipment i.e. football, baseball, hockey, soccer etc. Mouth guards typically cover the top teeth to protect against broken teeth and trauma to the lips. If you wear braces, a mouth guard may also be suggested for the lower teeth as well. Mouth guards should be replaced each season, as they can alter in shape. Especially in children and adolescents as their mouth continues to grow and change. Call us to make an appointment to have a custom mouth guard made for your child – health fund rebates apply and they can be made in a quick turn-around. (02) 4324 1181.
Interdental cleaning is cleaning between the teeth with floss or interdental devices such as Piksters. It is done to remove bacteria (plaque) and debris that is retained between the teeth that a toothbrush cannot remove. If not removed daily it can place you at a much higher risk for developing cavities in between teeth and gum disease (gingivitis/periodontitis). Regular interdental cleaning can prevent cavities and gum disease from initiating.
Congratulations to Crona!
Congratulations to Crona who is now registered as an Oral Health Therapist! What does this mean? She can now do examinations, fillings and extractions for children and adolescents. Which means we have an extra provider to see your family! Crona is practicing Monday to Wednesday. Call us on (02) 4324 1181 to make an appointment.
Oral B Vitality Sensitive Clean now in stock!
We now have the Oral B Vitality Sensitive Clean electric toothbrushes in stock! They are available from reception for a cost of $30. Studies do show that using a powered toothbrush reduces plaque and gingivitis more than a manual toothbrush in both the long and short term.
Update – Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS)
Child Dental Benefits Schedule continues to operate
On 23 April 2016, the Australian Government announced its intention to close the Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) from 1 July 2016. As the legislation was not passed by Parliament before the Government entered into caretaker arrangements on 9 May 2016, the CDBS remains open.
The CDBS provides individual benefits for a range of services including examinations, x-rays, cleaning, fissure sealing, fillings, root canals and extractions. Benefits are not available for orthodontic or cosmetic dental work and cannot be paid for any services provided in a hospital.
The total benefit entitlement is capped at $1,000 per child over a two calendar year period. The CDBS has a means test, which requires receipt of Family Tax Benefit Part A or a relevant Australian Government payment.
If you would like to book in your child for an examination before the scheme closes, please phone the surgery on (02) 4324 1181.
Taken from www.health.gov.au
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