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Dental News
Nick Pentsa

What is an OPG?

OPGs are dental X-rays of the upper and lower jaws (Orthopantomagrams). This is a two-dimensional depiction of a half-circle from the ears to the ears. Using panoramic x-rays, multiple pictures of the maxilla (upper jaw) and mandible (lower jaw) can be collected to form a composite panoramic image. Objects outside of the viewing area appear fuzzy. You will…

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preventing decay
Dental News
Nick Pentsa

Simple Steps to Prevent Tooth Decay

Tooth decay is one of the most common oral health problems people face. Why is this happening and how can we avoid it ? Here are some recommendations to follow. First and foremost, maintain a healthy diet. Sugary foods and drinks have long been associated with tooth decay. Many harmless bacteria live in our mouths, but some of…

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Dental News
Nick Pentsa

Why does your Dentist take X-rays

Dental X-rays allow your dentist to see what’s going on beneath the surface of your teeth and gums that you can’t see with your own eyes. X-rays allow your dentist to examine the health of your mouth in great detail. Tooth decay is notorious for being evasive, as it does not often present visibly until much later. X-rays…

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healthy lifetyle and dental health
Dental News
Nick Pentsa

Lifestyle Choices Influence your Dental Health

Do lifestyle choices influence dental health? Your beliefs on living a healthy lifestyle may be similar to those held by the majority of people, who feel that living a healthy lifestyle begins with eating plenty of fruits and vegetables and engaging in regular physical activity is the only way to achieve it. When it comes to overall health…

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Ocotober - Digital Smile Month
Dental News
Nick Pentsa

October is Digital Smile Month

October is Digital Smile Month at Gold Coast Smiles We know you’ve heard about Invisalign, a braces-free alternative, but you’re not sure if it’s right for you. So, for the month of October, we’re offering free consultations as well as the chance to see what your smile would look like after using Invisalign. There is no obligation to…

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Gold Coast Smiles

Teeth Whitening Ready for Summer

How Does Teeth Whitening Work? A lot of people are opting for teeth whitening to gain more confidence and improve their quality of life. How teeth whitening actually works is often a bit of a mystery so we want to explain exactly how it works so you can make an informed decision and decide if this is something…

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Gold Coast Smiles

New Staff Members Join the Gold Coast Smiles team

Welcome our new Dental Therapist – Natasha Retallick Natasha Retallick graduated from the University of Queensland in 2016 with a Bachelor of Oral Health. Since graduating Natasha has practiced in the public and private sectors on the Gold Coast and rural outback Queensland. Natasha has also completed a Graduate Certificate in Advanced Clinical Practice at the University of…

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child dentistry
Dental News
Gold Coast Smiles

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…

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sports drinks
Dental News
Gold Coast Smiles

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…

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oral health
Dental News
Gold Coast Smiles

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…

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preventing decay
Dental News
Gold Coast Smiles

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…

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Dental News
Gold Coast Smiles

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…

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Dental News
Gold Coast Smiles

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…

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Gold Coast Smiles

COVID-19 Update 12 May 2020

We are OPEN for all general treatments! Under level 1 restrictions, all dental treatments using standard precautions for people who do not meet epidemiological or clinical risk factors for COVID-19 infection transmission are permitted. In the clinical setting, however, differences will remain from the ‘business as usual’ scenario as it existed in the pre-COVID era, including: Continued screening…

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Dental News
Gold Coast Smiles

COVID-19 Update 26 March 2020

The Australian Dental Association Queensland has provided guidance for all dental practices during this unprecedented time as the spread of COVID-19 continues. The priority of the association is to ensure practitioners, patients and staff are safe and to minimise transmission of the novel coronavirus in dental settings and, in turn, the community. Following the direction of the ADA…

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Gold Coast Smiles

COVID-19 Update 24 March 2020

We are currently open for business and adhering to the new Australian Dental Association guidelines for dental treatment during a pandemic. At this stage we are working at a level 2 protocol and screening all patients prior to treatment. Have returned from overseas travel in the last 14 days? Have you been in contact with anyone who has…

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Gold Coast Smiles

COVID-19 Important Update from Gold Coast Smiles

The impacts of COVID-19 ( also known as Coronavirus ) continue to evolve across Queensland, Australia and the rest of the globe. At Gold Coast Smiles we take the safety of our staff and patients very seriously. Challenging times such as this mean we need to take even greater care to safeguard the health and wellbeing of our…

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Dr. Nick showing x-ray to his patient
Dental News
Gold Coast Smiles

Preventative Dentistry is the Key to a Healthy Smile

Our lives are so busy with everything we must fit into our day, our weeks and even months. Some things are left that we know we will “get around to it” and before we know it, months or years have passed. This is what often occurs with dental health. It is not until we experience dental discomfort that…

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Dr. Nick and child patient with blue mouth guard
Dental News
Gold Coast Smiles

Managing Dental Anxiety

If you fear going to the dentist, you are not alone. It is a universal phenomenon. We use the term ‘dental anxiety’ when someone has anxiety, stress or even fear when going to see a dentist. This anxiety may result in delaying going or avoiding treatment altogether. There are many reasons why some people experience dental anxiety. Some…

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Dental News
Gold Coast Smiles

New Alternative to Wire Braces

Invisalign is the new 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. The aligners are made of a…

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Beautiful ariel view of Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast
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Gold Coast Smiles

A Brief History Of Burleigh Heads

Burleigh Heads is a popular coastal suburb on the Gold Coast due to its splendid views, rich culture and history. Locals and tourists alike enjoy visiting the area to watch the waves, swim in the warm inviting ocean and enjoy the beauty that Burleigh Heads has to offer. These days the suburb is visited by people for their…

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