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The Importance of Oral Hygiene for Children

May 16, 2016

The Importance of Dental Hygiene for Children

From dinosaur-shaped toothbrushes to strawberry-flavoured toothpaste, parents and dentists go out of their way to encourage our children to adopt a proper oral hygiene routine early on in life. And all for good reason. Studies have shown that inadequate tooth brushing, coupled with poor diet, can lead to major dental decay problems later in life.

For example, did you know that developing cavities in our primary, or milk teeth, even though we naturally lose those teeth, can lead to developing cavities in permanent teeth? Damage can be done – and bad habits adopted – very early on unless there is intervention.

Dental Benefits Schedule

At Redbank Dental, we offer children the best available service to help them adopt a good oral hygiene routine, caring for oral health and well-being. Our Child Dental Benefits Schedule plays a key part in this, giving eligible children access to up to $1,000 in benefits per child for dental services over two consecutive calendar years.

The Schedule covers a wide range of services, including examination, X-rays, cleaning, fillings, extractions and more, so it can make a very big difference to the care of your child’s teeth, at such a crucial time in their lives.

Gentle Dentistry

We are a very family-friendly dental centre, with a relaxed and caring atmosphere that makes children feel comfortable. And our team members are always willing to go that extra mile.

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We’re Always Prepared for your Dental Emergency

April 15, 2016

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You wake up in the morning with the worst toothache you have ever experienced. Or you bite down hard on a pitted cherry, only to discover that the stone’s still there and you’ve chipped a tooth.

Or worse still, one of your front teeth gets knocked out completely during a friendly game of footy!

These are all classed as dental emergencies, for which you should seek treatment as soon as possible.

Nobody enjoys going to the dentist – and some people put it off as long as possible between visits! But if a dental emergency goes untreated, you could be in for some serious problems later in life.

We Have a Solution

The good news is that modern dentistry has a solution for just about every mishap you might have with your mouth. Chips can be filled, missing teeth replaced.

At Redbank Plains Dental we understand that such emergencies can be painful, inconvenient, embarrassing and even frightening. So we always keep appointments available every day – just in case.

Our experienced and professional team will get straight to work assessing the situation and alleviating your immediate pain. They will then discuss with you the best plan of treatment.

Helpful Tips

We always recommend that you contact us as quickly as possible when a dental emergency occurs. But if you can’t come in immediately, here are a few tips that will help.

Toothache

Rinse your mouth out well with warm water only, but avoid brushing or poking at the affected area. A cold compress applied to the face in the area of the pain can help relieve aching.

It is very important not to wait too long before visiting us, as toothache could be a sign of a serious problem, such as an impacted wisdom tooth or abscess.

Chipped Tooth

There is not always immediate pain with a chipped tooth but immediate action is still recommended. Rinse your mouth with warm water, and also rinse and keep the pieces of broken tooth. As above, a cold compress applied to the face may be useful if the tooth starts to ache.

Come and see us as soon as possible, bringing the pieces of broken tooth with you.

Tooth Knocked Out

This is nearly always distressing and frequently quite painful – but we can fix it! And for once, one of those old wives’ tales is correct! Retrieve the tooth and gently rinse it with water BUT do not scrub the tooth or remove any tissue. Then place the tooth is a small container of milk and come into the clinic as quickly as possible.

If the tooth is checked and returned to its socket by your dentist within an hour, it’s more likely to be saved. If we cannot save your real tooth, we will discuss with you alternatives, such as crowns or implants.

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Bad Breath and How To Fix It

February 1, 2016

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Would you agree that bad breath is one of the first things you notice when meeting
someone new? Whether it’s this morning’s coffee or last nights garlic bread, bad breath (or halitosis) is highly unpleasant. 

Maintaining a high level of oral hygiene is key for fresh breath, as most of the time bad breath comes from a lack of regular cleaning and poor dietary choices. In some cases, bad breath can be an indication of more complicated health problems and should be seen to by a dental professional. Bad breath comes from bacteria found in the mouth, causing an odour that is forced out in conversation or when breathing. 

With an array of oral hygiene products on the market, sometimes it can be hard to choose what product is best suited to you and your family, and what products will best benefit your breath. Although dental products are paramount in keeping your mouths happy, there are many other choices that can be made in maintaining good oral hygiene. 

Here is a list of the top 5 tips for keeping your breath fresh:

Be mindful of your diet

 Highly odorous foods, herbs and beverages such as garlic and coffee will often produce longer lasting smells in your mouth. If you know you will be eating or drinking something that will linger on your breath, be sure to brush and floss after consumption, as this will help control smells.

Raw foods such as vegetables not only carry nutritional value, but also assist in the production of saliva, which acts as a natural mouth wash. Chewing sugar free gum in between meals is also a method in not only producing saliva, but also in masking odours in the mouth.  

Regular dentist visits

 A six-monthly check-up with a scale and clean at your dentist is important not only for maintaining the overall health of your mouth, but also for ensuring fresher breath long term. These visits will not only provide a thorough clean, but also help detect oral problems that could be a source of halitosis (such as cavities). 

Avoid smoking 

There are many major health problems that have a direct link to smoking, and the mouth region is no exception. Not only does tobacco smoke leave a very distinctive smell on someone’s breath, but has been known to cause gum disease – creating terrible breath problems as a result.

Regular brushing and flossing 

Brushing and flossing at least twice daily is an essential routine for maintaining fresh breath, as this assists in breaking down and removing food particles and bacteria in the mouth.  Furthermore, make sure your toothbrush is up to date and not worn out, as damaged oral products will have the tendency to miss places in the mouth. Dentists recommend you switch your toothbrush over every three months to get the best results for your teeth.

Increasing your water intake   

Dehydration has a widespread affect on the body, and a dry mouth is an unhappy mouth. Have your ever heard of the phrase ‘morning breath?’ Increasing your water intake will increase the saliva production in your mouth while you sleep, resulting in a naturally cleaner mouth and fresher breath. 

 
If you are having any troubles with halitosis, or would like to find out more information, please don’t hesitate to contact Redbank Plains Dental your Ipswich dentist on 07 3814 3311.

 

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What are my options for replacing missing teeth?

November 17, 2015

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If you have suffered from single, multiple or even total tooth loss, our dental practice Redbank Plains Dental near Ipswich offer advanced restorative treatments.

Losing a tooth can be the result of a number of instances. Including, but not limited to: oral trauma, loss of tooth due to tooth decay, extraction due to irreversible decay, periodontal disease, accidents obtained during sporting events, and many other various accidents. If you have had the misfortune of losing any of your teeth, we can help. At Redbank Plains Dental we offer tooth replacement solutions such as dental implants and dentures to help restore your smile to its former glory.

What are dental implants?

Created using titanium alloy, a dental implant will require surgery to install. During surgery this titanium alloy support is placed into the area exposed due to tooth loss, to act as a replacement “root”. Dental implant restorations are extremely stable, due to the fact that over the following months a successful implant will actually encourage bone regeneration around it. During this time the implant will integrate with your jawbone, like the roots of your natural teeth.

At the end of your restoration process this will also act as a support for your porcelain crown (for singular tooth restoration) or bridge (multiple tooth restoration) to be placed upon, in order to recreate the functionality and aesthetics that were lost with your teeth. These bridges and crowns are created to duplicate the look, functionality and feel of your natural teeth.

What if I can’t afford implants?

If implants seem a bit out of your price range, or the idea of surgery seems a bit drastic to you, dental implants aren’t your only option. At Redbank Plains Dental we also offer dentures.

Dentures are essentially prosthetic teeth, created to mimic the look and function of your natural teeth as closely as possible. Dentures provide structural balance to your facial features, talking, and chewing abilities. Generally dentures are a removable option, although you can talk to our friendly staff and discuss the option of implant supported dentures.

What are the benefits of tooth restorations?

Dental implants and dentures can offer the wearer a range of benefits as they:

  • Provide a tooth loss solution
  • May correct speech impediments that resulted from the loss of a tooth or teeth.
  • Restore chewing functionality
  • Stop bone degeneration of the jaw, and in some cases may reverse damage (depending upon severity of the bone degeneration)
  • Look and feel like your natural teeth

 

It’s never too late to restore your smile and reverse the effects of tooth loss. If you have suffered tooth loss, contact our friendly staff at Redbank Plains Dental to book a consultation at our dental practice located in Redbank Plains near Ipswich to discuss your tooth replacement options.

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Wisdom Teeth Removal

October 14, 2015

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Wisdom teeth removal during adolescence is a relatively common practice and one of those naturally occurring joys of growing up for some.

Together with a first job and pimples, the throbbing pain in the back of your mouth was considered somewhat a rite of passage for those who developed wisdom teeth. However, few know what causes the pain and the potential implications of delaying treatment. The team at Redbank Plains Dental near Ipswich want their patients to know the facts about wisdom teeth.

What are wisdom teeth?cost to have wisdom teeth removed Ipswich

Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are located in the very back on either side of your mouth. Their development and uncomfortable arrival can begin anytime during your teens to mid-20s. By the later stages, your wisdom teeth can potentially erupt or become impacted if they are not removed. For some blessed individuals, their wisdom teeth will be healthy and unobtrusive.  However, you’ll most likely need yours removed at some point since an estimated 85% of third molars eventually need to be removed according to The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

 What are impacted wisdom teeth?

Wisdom tooth impaction occurs when the tooth remains under the gum or pressed into the other adjacent teeth.  This has blocked the tooth from emerging and can result in severe pain and inflammation in the mouth and jaw area.

Do all impacted wisdom teeth need to be removed?

Not all impacted wisdom teeth need to be removed. At the time of your assessment, you may find that extraction is not necessary and instead our dentists will monitor your wisdom teeth with a check-up appointment. In this case, our dentists can track the tooth’s development, health, and provide necessary feedback and care instructions. You may wish to avoid the risk of problems occurring in the future and opt for your wisdom teeth to be extracted.

What is wisdom teeth extraction?

Wisdom tooth extraction is the process of removing a wisdom tooth. Our dentists will examine your teeth and prescribe the best treatment for your condition. In the case that an extraction is required, the relative ease of extracting your wisdom teeth depends on their position and stage of development. The extraction procedure is very common and is likely the best solution to relieve your wisdom teeth symptoms.

What does wisdom teeth extraction cost?

At Redbank Plains Dental near Ipswich, we will only prescribe what is best for the patient. Should you decide to keep your wisdom teeth, it is important to carefully clean the area daily and have the molars examined by your dentists regularly to ensure tooth and gum health.

Redbank Plains Dental offers wisdom tooth removal treatment for around $1600 depending on the severity of your case.

For more information on our services, or to book a consultation, please contact Redbank Plains Dental near Ipswich today.

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How much does wisdom teeth removal cost in the Ipswich area?

September 14, 2015

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At Redbank Plains Dental near Ipswich wisdom teeth removal prices will be around $1600 depending on the severity of your case.

During your appointment, our team will assess your wisdom teeth on site using the latest OPG X-ray machine. At Redbank Plains Dental we will only ever prescribe wisdom teeth extraction treatment for patients where necessary. If the tooth, gum and bone are healthy, wisdom teeth removal may not be required.

During your assessment our team will analyse the condition of your smile and provide you with a diagnosis, a quote, cleaning advice and more so that you have all the facts prior to wisdom teeth removal treatment.

Do all wisdom teeth need to be removed?

A Redbank Plains Dental near Ipswich, we will only prescribe what is best for the patient. Our treatment plans are based on the patient’s unique condition. For some patients, their wisdom teeth will be healthy, strong and unobtrusive. However for others, one or more of their wisdom teeth may be causing pain or infection.

What are impacted wisdom teeth?

In a large number of cases, there will be impacted wisdom teeth. This is where the tooth remains under the gums or pushes into the other natural teeth.

Although some dentists may say otherwise, not all impacted wisdom teeth need to be removed. You may wish to have your wisdom teeth removed to avoid the risk of problems occurring in the future. However if the tooth is not causing pain, decay or inflammation of the gums, extraction may not be necessary at that the time of your assessment.

When this is the case, our dentists will instead monitor your wisdom teeth during your check-up appointments. This way we can track the tooth’s development, progress and health; providing feedback and care instructions where necessary.

Symptoms of wisdom teeth that require extraction

If you are concerned about your wisdom teeth, peruse the following symptoms. One or more symptoms may be affecting you:

  • Abscesses
  • Tooth decay
  • Dull headaches
  • Gum inflammation
  • Jaw tightness
  • Facial pain
  • Fever

There are a number of different symptoms that you may experience depending on the severity of your case.

Wisdom teeth removal cost Ipswich area

Do you live in Ipswich, Redbank Plains, Redbank, Springfield, Goodna, or any other surrounding areas? Redbank Plains Dental offers wisdom tooth removal treatment for around $1600 depending on difficulty. For more information about wisdom teeth, follow through to our related pages here:

Contact Dr Lakh Sanga and his team at Redbank Plains Dental and book your wisdom teeth consultation today.

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Infection Control & Sterilisation at Redbank Plains Dental

June 4, 2015

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With the recent revelations of infection control violations by several Sydney dental practices, dental disinfection, sterilisation and patient safety have been put in the spotlight.

A report by New South Wales Health has found that up to 12,000 people may be in urgent need of blood testing after four dental clinics across Sydney were found to have been practicing without the necessary infection control standards in place.

The four Sydney practices are under investigation in regard to a number of breaches which involve poor cleaning and sterilisation practices over a number of years.

NSW Health Director of Health Protection, Dr Jeremy McAnulty suggested that, “…patients who (have) had procedures… see their GP for testing… as a precaution.”

Although health experts at this stage suggest that the risk of infection remains low, it is recommended that any patients who underwent “invasive procedures” at the four practices receive necessary testing.

At Redbank Plains Dental, we maintain the highest infection control standards

We undergo the relevant training necessary to ensure our patients’ safety is maintained. We value the health and safety of each and every one of our patients, and this is emphasised through our sterilisation techniques which we embody throughout our practice. You can rest assured that you are in safe hands with Redbank Plains Dental, as we strive to undertake the safe practices necessary to leave you with a beautiful, healthy smile.

Whilst we believe these breaches are damaging to the industry and a serious concern to the wider community, we welcome the identification of such breaches to ensure strict standards are maintained across the industry. Paramount to our dental clinic is the health and wellbeing of our patients, which is why we have stringent protocols and standards in place to ensure our patients will not be at risk during their visits.

It is during this time that the team at Redbank Plains Dental would like to reassure our patients of our strict protocols regarding infection control and hygiene.

We value the health and safety of all our patients. We passed another random infection control audit by Qld health this year which reviews our infection control standards and operations. Our staff attend regular meetings on infection control and have undergone relevant training in regards to the infection control standards set by Australian law.

At Redbank Plains Dental, our autoclaves are routinely serviced and maintained. All our instruments are either disposable or are sterilised in autoclaves ensuring all bacteria are eliminated completely.

We are looking out for your health and safety

Entrust your oral health with the experienced team at Redbank Plains Dental, where we provide the highest quality dental care available.

For more information on our services, or to book a consultation, please contact Redbank Plains Dental near Ipswich today.

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Are my wisdom teeth coming through?

March 19, 2015

3 main symptoms of wisdom teeth with Dr  Lakh Sangha

Are you unsure if your wisdom teeth are coming through?

There are a number of ways to find out if your wisdom teeth are coming through. Generally if you are in your mid teen to early twenties, there is a likely chance that your wisdom teeth may be due to arrive.

Find out the 3 main symptoms that you may or may not have noticed with dentist Dr Lakh Sangha at Redbank Plains Dental near Ipswich.

3 symptoms of wisdom teeth

  • Aching jaw and headaches

If you are noticing that your jaw is sore or throbbing, there is a chance that your wisdom teeth have started to emerge. Pain from the jaw up to your temples and headaches are some of the first symptoms. These symptoms are often overlooked because it can be hard to determine where the pain is coming from.

  • Pus coming from the gums

If you are finding a little bit of strange liquids in your mouth, your gums could be infected from the tooth coming through. This generally occurs when there is not enough room for the wisdom tooth to emerge. It can be a problem for wisdom teeth that are partially erupted or not yet erupted. The condition is called pericoronitis and it’s where an overlaying part of the gums is catching food particles. The bacteria leads to infection which causes pus.

  • Red, swollen or inflamed gums

Red, swollen or inflamed gums are also possible symptoms of pericoronitis. Gently feel your way along to the back of your jaw with your tongue. If your gums are irritated or red, it could be a sign of your wisdom teeth coming through.

Are your wisdom teeth coming through?

Do you think you could be feeling any of these symptoms? If you are, it is important that you contact a dentist and book in for an x-ray. Here at Redbank Plains Dental we have the appropriate dental technology to ensure your wisdom teeth appointment is carried out with practiced and gentle hands.

Sooner is better than later when it comes to wisdom teeth removal

By acting quickly, our dental team can assess and remove your wisdom teeth (if necessary) before they cause too much damage to your smile. It is better to have your wisdom teeth removed at a younger age. This is because the roots are still forming when you are young so the healing process is generally quicker.

Find out more about wisdom teeth with our treatment page here.

Looking for a dentist closer to Ipswich?

Take a look at our sister practice Karalee Family Dental here.

For more information or to book a consultation, contact our fantastic team at Redbank Plains Dental today.

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I’ve had my braces removed and my teeth are straight, why do I need a retainer?

August 18, 2014

Find out why wearing a retainer after braces is considered one of the most important elements of your orthodontic treatment with Redbank Plains Dental.

It is pretty common for orthodontic patients to wonder why they have to wear a retainer after their treatment so our team at Redbank Plains Dental want to help you understand why a retainer may be necessary for you.

To give you a full understanding of why you may need one, we’ve answered a few other questions about retainers as well.

What is a retainer?

Depending on your unique correction needs, your retainer could be one of a few different types. You may need one or more than one of the following retainer devices:

  • Removable clear plastic retainer – these are clear removable trays that are specially designed and moulded to fit your teeth.
  • Removable retainer with a wire – in more complex cases, this retainer may be necessary to prevent shift.
  • Bonded retainers – these retainers are fixed to the teeth on the inside so they can’t be lost but cleaning can be a bit more difficult. For some patients, a fixed retainer may be necessary for many years.

Retainers are really very common however no two retainers are identical. Depending on your treatment, you may not even need a retainer but most patients have to wear a retainer for a little while after their treatment.

So, why do I need a retainer?

Retainers are a sort of place-keeper. After orthodontic treatment, your teeth may look straight but because your teeth have been sitting in the other position for quite some time, they may attempt to shift back into their former places.

Factors such as wisdom teeth development and even just accidents can also play a part in the alignment of your smile so it is important that you make sure you attend regular check-ups every six months to ensure your smile remains straight and fully functional.

Since the majority of our patients are only young, it is also important to remember that as we grow up our teeth may do some shifting as well.

How will I know how to wear my retainer?

It is only natural to be worried about messing up your new aligned smile after such a time consuming treatment but not to worry. Dr Lakh and Dr Quinn are able to provide dental services for the entire region and are certified graduates in orthodontics. After removing your current braces, they will ensure you have all the information you need to ensure your smile stay in line.

Can I use a retainer instead of braces?

In some cases, a retainer could be all you need to correct your smile but this is highly dependent on the severity of you case.

Are there other treatments that may use a retainer?

Retainers can also be used for other treatments as well. A retainer may be able to help you if you have one of the following conditions:

  • Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD)
  • Bruxism

These conditions can be very distressing for the patient. Follow the links above to find out more.

Do you have any more questions?

Here at Redbank Plains Dental, we want to make sure you have all the information you need prior to your treatment.

To find out more about how we can help your smile get back on track with orthodontic treatment and retainers, book a consultation with our team today.

 

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Restore your smile with dental implants

July 7, 2014

Losing teeth can happen to anyone at any age and is often an unexpected and disheartening occasion.

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Here at Redbank Plains Dental we offer a variety of different dental implant treatment options to help you restore functionality and appearance to your smile.

Tooth loss can affect your health

You may be thinking that because the tooth is gone now your health shouldn’t be affected but aside from appearance, tooth loss has the capability to influence your oral health and general health.

Why you should replace your missing teeth:

  • Adjacent teeth could attempt to fill the gap, creating misalignment
  • Teeth can suffer decay from food accumulation in gaps
  • Gums can recede or become infected
  • Loss of jawbone can occur
  • General feeling of illness can linger from oral infection

Depending on the nature of the loss, it is also important to factor in why the tooth came loose to begin with.

What causes tooth loss?

Tooth loss can be caused by a few different factors:

  • Trauma for example from a sporting injury
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Detrimental diet habits

The most common and most harmful cause of tooth loss is generally a result of neglecting to attend regular check-ups and not brushing and flossing regularly. This can lead to gum disease (periodontal disease) which not only affects your smile but can be devastating to your overall health if left untreated.

What causes periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease could be a result of gingivitis. This is where the gums become inflamed or bleed and can generally be resolved by practicing good oral hygiene habits. In some cases this could be because of tooth loss where a gap has allowed bacteria to damage the gums around the area from food accumulation. Other causes of periodontal disease could be:

  • Avoiding regular check-ups every six months
  • Practicing poor hygiene habits (not brushing or flossing regularly)
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure

Periodontal disease is one of the more common diseases and is also the most treatable if you take early prevention methods.

If you are suffering from symptoms such as bleeding, swollen or receded gums to not hesitate to contact our Redbank Plains Dental practice immediately.

Restore your smile with us today

Your oral health is our priority! Do not allow gaps in your smile cause you any more grief and fill your grin with dental implants.

With a variety of different treatment options to suit your smile, Redbank Plains Dental will not only help with appearance but can provide a foundation to restore functionality and help you to avoid unnecessary and expensive treatment down the track.

Your treatment options:

  • Single tooth replacement
  • Multi tooth replacement
  • Implant bridges
  • Full arch implants

Dental implants use cutting edge technology with an imitation tooth root replacement placed in the jaw and secured with a dental crown specifically designed to match your natural teeth. The process has been in practice for decades and is clinically proven to produce successful results.

Serving the community

To find out more about how dental implants offer security for your oral health and restore functionality and appearance to your smile, book a consultation with our professionals at Redbank Plains Dental. We service Redbank, Springfield, Springfield Lakes, Redbank Plains, Camira and Goodna along with any other suburbs around and in-between.

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