What age should a child first visit a dentist?

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What age should a child first visit a dentist?

The sooner children begin regular dental checkups, the healthier their mouths will stay throughout their lives. Early dentist visits help prevent cavities and tooth decay, which may lead to pain, trouble concentrating or other medical issues. Young children with healthy teeth chew food easily, learn to speak clearly and smile with confidence.

It is important to establish good oral hygiene from a young age and here at Gold Coast Smiles, we are here to help make this happen with your child.

Dr Nick has been looking after the dental hygiene of young children for a long time, with four of his own children, so understands the fears some children may experience. He makes sure visiting the dentist is a fun experience where children feel comfortable and at ease with his easy-going, friendly nature. Establishing good dental hygiene practices when you are young, makes a huge difference to future dental health.

A common question amongst parents is “When should my child visit a dentist for the first time?”. There are no hard and fast rules, but the first visit should occur as young as two years old. This way your child can acquaint themselves with the dental environment, their dentist, other staff at the practice, the dental chair, and some of the instruments a dentist may use. This is a great time to talk to a child about good dental hygiene at home as well and start those lifelong practices of looking after their teeth.

After that first visit, your child should visit the dentist at least twice a year.  We can monitor their teeth and be proactive in their care. There is no use waiting until a problem has occurred. Often issues can be prevented before they happen.

There are common issues which may occur in young children, including tooth decay, cavities, damage caused by knocks, thumb sucking, bad breath, gum disease and teeth grinding. We are here to minimise any of these problems and prevent them from becoming an adult problem as well.

The importance of good dental hygiene at home

Good oral hygiene is so important for children to help prevent future dental issues, such as cavities, infection, pain and overcrowding due to tooth loss. To help you establish good oral hygiene and care with your child, they need a great dental routine at home. At Gold Coast Smiles, we can help your child start the journey to good oral health.

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Are sports drinks bad for dental health?

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Are sports drinks bad for dental health?

Unfortunately sports drinks are full of sugar and acids which over time can cause tooth erosion and decay. Marketers have been very clever in their promotion of sports drinks as a way to improve sports performance. Unfortunately, unless you are an elite athlete there is little benefit. Sports drinks like anything can be consumed in moderation, but there are more affective ways to stay hydrated.

The best way to stay hydrated after sweating it out in the gym or on the sports field is still…….water. Water is free straight out of the tap, and deals with dehydration in no time at all. And in Australia, our water also contains fluoride which has been proven to protect teeth and reduce decay.

One quick way of seeing what is contained in sports drinks and softdrinks is to have a quick read of the label. 

Labels will often not use the words ‘sugar’ or ‘acid’ so it is important to look for alternatives like the following. For instance, sugar may be honey, rice syrup or even organic dehydrated cane juice. For acidity look for citric acid (a flavor enhancer) or “sodium benzoate” (a preserving agent). As a general rule if an ingredient ends in an “ate”, it’s an acidic preservative of some kind.

These simple things to look for will help determine foods and drinks which are good for the health of your teeth and gums and will help you stay at the top of your sporting game.

If you want to know more, don’t hesitate to ask Dr Nick next time you are have your dental check up. 

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Oral health is important when keeping Fit & Healthy

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Oral health is important when keeping Fit & Healthy

Did you know that oral health has a mjor impact on our overall health? We often think about staying healthy as eating well and exercising to keep fit but we need to throw in oral health for overall wellbeing.

Gum diease has been linked to pneumonia, atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) and exacerbated diabetes symptoms. This is why maintaining a good dental routine of brushing twice a day, flossing and seeing your dentist on a regular basis is important.

Unfortunately some lifestyle choices may affect the health of your teeth including smoking, some medications, drug use, tongue and lip piercing and stress.

To maintain good overall health, it is important to look after your oral health.

At Gold Coast Smiles we make a plan for your oral health for life. We like to see all patiemts at least once every 6 months so we stay on top of your oral health neeeds and keep you motivated to maintain good detal hygiene. We look forward to welcoming you into the Gold Coast Smiles family.

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Why teaching kids good oral health is important

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Why teaching kids good oral health is important

When it comes to teaching kids good oral health routines, the earlier, the better is the rule. You can start right from when your child gets their first teeth. Begin by using a small toothbrush to get around into the mouth. This can be practiced both morning and night which helps to create good habits at a young age to carry though as they get older.

It is important for children to visit a dentist by the age of four or five years. But of course they are welcome to visit earlier to get them used to the dentist and for them to feel comfortable knowing it is not a scarey place.

It is important not to threaten kids with a visit to the dentist if they don’t brush their teeth properly. This creates an impression that seeing the dentist is a negative thing and is some kind of punishment.

By making oral hygiene fun this will definitely help in creating lifelong good practices. Instilling a good oral hygiene routine at a young age should last them the rest of their life. It then becomes a normal part of their day-day-to-day routine.

We look forward to welcoming the young members of your family to Gold Coast Smiles.

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What is Invisalign?

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What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is an alternative to wire braces and can be used by both teens and adults.

The Invisalign System is a virtually invisible and hygienic orthodontic treatment that uses an innovative approach to effectively straighten teeth. This system uses a series of custom-made removable aligners created for you and only you.

These aligners are made of a virtually invisible plastic that you wear over your teeth to gradually move them to the ideal position. Most people won’t even notice you’re wearing them, allowing you to keep your lifestyle during treatment.

It is available through Invisalign-trained doctors who determine the treatment plan. 

Contact Gold Coast Smiles for your treatment plan.

Invisalign is the future of beautiful teeth. No longer do you need to put up with the discomfort or look of metal braces. With Invisalign you can enjoy the smile you have always wanted.

We offer a free consultation, so you feel comfortable with the process and you can make an informed decision whether Invisalign is right for you.

We also offer various payment options, so you feel comfortable you can complete the treatment without feeling any financial burdens.

Talk to us today.

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Keeping a Healthy Smile

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Keeping a Healthy Smile

Prevention is the key to a healthy smile. It is important to become a regular dental attender to ensure you maintain optimal dental health. Visiting the dentist at least every 6 months will ensure you maintain a healthy mouth.

During these routine visits a dentist may:

  • provide a general dental check up
  • carry out scaling and fluoride treatment
  • conduct diagnostic x-rays to check the roots and in-between teeth for decay or abnormality
  • check soft tissue
  • check jaw joints
  • check health of gums

A common dental treatment is the use of fillings. Fillings replace missing tooth structure due to decay or breakage of the tooth. At Gold Coast Smiles we use composite (white fillings) which gives a hard-wearing, durable and pleasantly aesthetic appearance. Being tooth coloured these fillings are matched to the existing enamel and can barely be seen in the mouth. They provide the perfect bond to enamel and are easily repaired if chipped or broken.

Don’t wait until you are in pain or have extensive damage. Visit a dentist and they will provide a complete plan for long life optimal dental health.

Dr Nick and his team at Gold Coast Smiles understand how busy people can be and offer out-of-hours consultations as well to give you that flexibility with visits.

Having a dentist, you can trust to deliver modern, pain-free dentistry, who you feel comfortable with and who genuinely cares about you and your family is what Gold Coast Smiles guarantees. You will find once you have this level of confidence, 6-monthly visits will become routine.

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