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There are good reasons for your twice-yearly check-up

If you are finding it hard to make ends meet, it can be tempting to save money by avoiding outgoings that do not seem to show an immediate reward, like your regular check-ups with the dentist in Mackay.

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Regular 6-monthly check-ups with the dentist in Mackay for you and your children are the best way to prevent having to pay out for way more expensive treatments further down the line. Check-ups with us at Northern Beaches Dental in Mackay can also save you a lot of discomfort and hassle.

The reason we like to see nearly all our patients every 6 months is that any new signs of decay and gum disease will still be in their early stages and much easier to treat. Leave them for much longer and treatments to get rid of them will be more invasive and more expensive.

Decay

So, what does happen when teeth with decay are not treated early on?

We can usually treat early signs of decay with a small filling, taking away only a tiny amount of tooth material, and so your tooth is as strong as before. But, as the decay spreads, we have to remove more tooth material, and the more we have to take out, the weaker the tooth can become, even with great new modern filling materials.

Big cavities may need to have inlays or onlays. We may even have to cover the tooth with a crown.

And, sometimes, if we do not catch the decay in time, infection can set in. It can get right down into the root, and will need root canal therapy to fix it. Ignore even that, and you are looking at losing your tooth.

Gum disease

Caused by acid from the bacteria in plaque, gum disease inflames and irritates the gums. It’s easy to treat at this stage with better oral hygiene.

Ignored, it gets under the gums and corrodes the tooth root and jawbone, loosening teeth, which can fall out. Treating this is much more involved and requires several appointments.

So, come on in for a check-up with the dentist in Mackay. It’s cheaper in the long run.

Disclaimer

All treatment carries risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.

Looking after your children’s teeth

Teeth are meant to last for your whole lifetime, and what happens to them during childhood can have a marked effect on how well they last through adulthood. Hanging onto your natural teeth for a lifetime requires good habits of oral hygiene. And these have to be taught by you as parents and also by your dentist in Mackay.

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At Northern Beaches Dental in Mackay, we have seen what can happen to kids’ teeth if they are not given the discipline to brush them twice a day for 2 minutes. It’s not just their baby teeth that can suffer from decay. If they aren’t treated, the adult teeth waiting behind to come through can also be affected by decay.

Why kids get so many fillings

It takes a good few years for tooth enamel to become hard enough to resist decay bacteria. During this time, kids are mastering the skills of toothbrushing and the discipline of standing in front of a sink for 2 minutes twice a day, which is hard for someone bursting with energy. Add to the mix a lot of irresistible sugary snacks and drinks and you can see

why people get most of their fillings during childhood.

How you can help

Children learn by watching and copying so they need to be able to see you brush your teeth and to learn that coming to the dentist in Mackay is a positive experience. Start bringing them along to your own appointments when they are babies, and then to their own as soon as they get teeth.

How the dentist in Mackay can help

We understand that for some children visiting the dentist in Mackay can be a bit daunting so we are always extra-gentle with our small patients. We want to make sure they are happy to be here so they will make good dental habits that last a lifetime.

We can help protect your children’s teeth with treatments to harden the enamel and treatments that paint a barrier over their back teeth so decay bacteria can’t get to the enamel.

Our hygienists can also give them lessons in toothbrushing and teeth, taught in a fun and engaging way.

Disclaimer

All treatment carries risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.

Looking after teeth as we age

As our bodies age, they’re likely to experience some health issues, along with oral health challenges. This is part of a natural process of aging. Anything that has functioned so well for 65+ years is going to need support, so what is it you and your dentist in Mackay can do to ensure good oral health as you age gracefully?

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The importance of good cleaning

Brushing and flossing effectively is the mainstay of any oral health routine, no matter the age. However, it becomes even more important as we get older. Gaps start to occur due to receding gums, which can harbour more bacteria and cause decay. In addition, bleeding gums and inflammation should to be checked immediately as infections can lead to tooth loss and other health issues. Regularly visiting your dentist for descaling and polishing is vitally important. Your dentist in Mackay will clean your teeth and spot any potential issues before they become problems.

Oh no, I’m losing my teeth!

Tooth loss is also inevitable over time, according to the Australian Institute for Health and Welfare, by the time they’re 65 the average person will have lost 10 teeth, with 19% having lost all of their teeth. If this has occurred and you’re looking at replacement options, dental implants could be a good possibility, replacing your teeth like new. Implants are made from tiny, titanium screws that sit within your jawbone. Implants secure teeth replacements such as crowns, bridges and dentures so that full function is restored to teeth. Once in place they are permanent, so no removal for cleaning and you will never have to worry about slippage or whistling that comes from denture wear.

Mellow yellow, is not a hippy song in your 60’s

Yellowing, stained teeth is part of the ageing process; whether from staining from nicotine and red wine or natural changes to the enamel structure as we age, teeth will go darker. Your dentist in Mackay can offer you treatments to rectify this staining either with whitening or with complete cover, in the case of veneers.

You don’t have to just live with the signs of aging. With modern dental care, you can turn back the years with these simple treatments.

All treatment carries risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.

All-round care with your dentist in Mackay

At Northern Beaches Dental we aim to provide an all round service that caters for anyone within the family, offers financial options and, of course access to professional, up to date treatments. People attend our clinic for many reasons and not all of them will be dental emergencies, in fact, we encourage a lifelong commitment to your oral health from you and from us, your dentist in Mackay

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All ages are welcome

Whatever lifestage you or your family are in, we are here to look after your teeth, creating positive relationships that support your oral health. We encourage seeing your children as soon as their first tooth appears. Keeping their appointment light and friendly, with them comfortably seated on your lap, we will take a gently look at their mouth. After this, we will see them regularly to spot any early warning signs of decay and monitor for overbites and crowding, as their teeth come in. If you’re entering your later years, we also take your dental health seriously. Providing a range of treatments to fit the requirements of aging teeth, from cosmetic lifts to more restorative treatments, such as dental implants.

We always start with prevention

No matter your age, preventive dentistry is always best. Regular check-ups ensure any early signs of decay or gum disease are spotted before they create any issues. For children we can offer fluoride or fissure sealant treatment as well, safeguarding their teeth against decay. At your 6-monthly check your dentist in Mackay will examine your mouth thoroughly and scale and polish teeth, removing any tartar build up. Keeping your oral health at its optimum with hygiene appointments, ensures your not having to pay for expensive treatment further down the line.

Financial care

However, no matter how well you have brushed or regularly visited, sometimes you will need more intensive treatments. Should this be the case, we have a range of payment options that allows you to spread the cost of care.

No matter your age or circumstance, your oral care is our concern, whether you are a regular patient or haven’t visited a dentist in a while, we can work together to provide appropriate treatment plans to fit your needs.

All treatment carries risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.

Beauty treatments with your dentist in Mackay

When you think of the dentist, beauty treatment is probably not one the associations you are accustomed to. However, treatments such as teeth whitening and veneers are both painless and quick ways of changing your appearance. Straight, white teeth are indicators of youth and vitality, so sporting clean, sparkly teeth instantly impacts the way you look. At Northern Beaches Dental we offer both treatments to our patients. If you’re thinking of improving your smile, it’s best to book a consultation to talk through options that will fit your specific needs. However, for the purposes of interest, here is a basic overview.

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Teeth whitening

Teeth whitening is an easy, straightforward treatment for whiter, more luminous teeth. At your appointment your dentist will take an impression of your teeth and a bespoke tray is produced using this impression. A whitening agent is then added to the tray and applied to the teeth using this tray. Since it fits so precisely, the whitening agent coats, ensuring a brilliant, white smile. Teeth whitening is a low-risk treatment but it is always good to work with your dentist in Mackay when you’re wanting to whiten teeth, rather than shop bought alternatives that use generic trays, producing uneven results.

Teeth whitening will clean away staining caused by nicotine, red wine, coffee and some medications, leaving your teeth several shades whiter. In some circumstances, such as deep staining or damage to teeth, it will not have an effect. Whether this is one, a few or most of your teeth, veneers could be the answer you’re looking for.

Veneers

Veneers are made from thin sheaths of porcelain or resin that sit over your natural teeth. Your dentist in Mackay will prepare your teeth by removing a thin layer of enamel so that the veneer will sit in alignment with your surrounding teeth. It is then cemented into place, creating a strong, stain-resistant layer that not only improves the look of your teeth but will also strengthen and protect them.

You can combine both treatments to transform your smile, but you will need a whitening treatment every few months to keep the overall effect.

For more information on either treatment, contact our reception to book a consultation.

Disclaimer:

All treatment carries risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.

Don’t let anxiety stop you from seeing your dentist

Fear of visiting the dentist is well documented, with most people experiencing some anxiety over the prospect of receiving treatment at their dentist in Mackay. This may be based on beliefs that the dentist visit is filled with noisy drills and impatient practitioners who don’t respond well to your fears. You may be surprised to hear that thanks to changes in technique and technology you’re likely to experience a more comfortable, relaxed visit. In addition, at Northern Beaches Dental, we understand fear and anxiety, and we will not only be a sympathetic ear, we can also offer you solutions to alleviate your symptoms, here’s how;

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Dental technology, reducing noise and discomfort

Over the years, advances in techniques and technology have changed the landscape of modern dentistry. Firstly, emphasis on preventive dentistry has ensured, if you visit your dentist regularly, you’re less likely to undergo invasive procedures. However, should you need emergency intervention or if you do need a treatment requiring a drill and other equipment, you’d be surprised to hear how much they’ve changed. Drills are smaller, less noisy; allowing greater accuracy and efficiency in treatment. We also provide pain relief, along with conscious sedation if you need it.

Your dentist in Mackay, providing you with ‘happy’ sedation

Sometimes just having a sympathetic ear, helps to calm nerves. Your dentist in Mackay fully understands anxiety and we’ve found that providing accurate treatment information and talking you through procedures can often allay fears. However, we can offer you conscious sedation if you require it due to your anxiety or, if you are having extensive treatment,.

Conscious sedation allows you to feel relaxed but still able to interact with your dentist, so both you and your dentist can communicate throughout procedures. Conscious sedation is provided through a mix of nitrous oxide and oxygen, also known as Happy Gas. Its administered through a small nasal mask, whilst you recline in you dental chair. The effect is deep relaxation, keeping you calm throughout your procedure.

In some circumstances you may require general anaesthetic for more extensive treatments or multiple procedures. If this is the case, your treatment will be carried out at Mater Hospital under the same caring eye of your dentist.

All treatment carries risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.

Kids are welcome

So your child has just had its first tooth appear, the next milestone on a magical journey of childhood development. At this important step, it’s good to introduce your little one to their dentist. In Mackay, Northern Beaches Dental invites you and your child to set good habits from day one, alleviating any anxiety or fear as their parent and helping your child develop a positive relationship with their dentist. At their first visit, they will be seated on your lap, whilst we conduct a gentle oral examination. From this careful starting point, we then see them at regular intervals along their development, checking in to see how their teeth are growing from baby to adult teeth.

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Although it would seem unlikely that a child would develop decay, unfortunately it is a reality for some children. The Australian Council for Health and Welfare found that as much as 55% of 6-year-olds had decay in their baby teeth, so regular hygiene appointments are important, to clean teeth and check for decay or any other issues. In addition, we can offer other treatments to protect your child’s teeth:

Fluoride treatment

By painting on a thin layer of fluoride gel, your child’s tooth enamel will harden. The gel also helps to prevent any decay, keeping their baby teeth safe whilst they grow. This is a quick treatment that your dentist in Mackay can apply easily, completely pain free.

Fissure sealants

As your child grows and their baby teeth give way to their adult teeth, fissure sealants is a positive step in preventing decay. Adult teeth have many little fissures and gaps; by painting a thin application of resin onto the surface, filling the fissures, your child’s teeth effectively wear a protective raincoat against bad bacteria.

As well as these simple treatments that safeguard their teeth, your dentist in Mackay can teach your child how to brush and floss effectively. Over time we’ll also assess how your child’s teeth are aligning, check for overcrowding or any issues that maybe starting to occur. We will develop treatment plans in consultation with you when needed, ensuring the wellbeing of your child from first tooth, all the way through to their wisdom teeth.

All treatment carries risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.

Scaling and Polishing making all the difference for teeth

Most people are aware that visiting a dentist regularly is a positive step in creating long-term oral health, yet according to a recent poll by the Australian Institute for Health and Welfare, only 44% of the population is regularly attending dental check-ups. At Northern Beaches Dental, as your dentist in Mackay, we’d like to encourage the remaining 56% of our patients to book a hygiene appointment with us and here’s why:

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Tartar build up

Plaque is a natural substance that is produced by bacteria which naturally lives in our mouths. When we eat, the sugars released become the perfect food for bacteria to thrive. Brushing and flossing at least twice a day sweeps most of this plaque harmlessly away. However, it’s easy to miss bits, especially in the tiny spaces between our teeth and close to the gum line. This leftover plaque eventually hardens and becomes tartar. Tartar build-up can cause gum irritation and soreness, so it’s best to have it removed. Only professional polish and scaling can remove this residue, your dentist in Mackay will do this for you at your check-up.

Potential issues in your mouth

If your gums have become sore, they may have become infected. Gum disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss and infection, and one type, periodontal disease, is permanent and carries long-term implications for your oral health. At your check-up, your dentist will be able to spot and treat any signs of inflammation or disease. They will also double check for any early signs of decay in your teeth or other possible issues.

Screen for overall oral health

As well as getting ahead of tartar build-up and decay, your dentist in Mackay will also check your neck, mouth, throat and lips. If they spot potential issues, including any abnormalities that could be early warning signs of cancer; they will treat or refer you onto other medical services if required.

Preventive dentistry such as twice-yearly visits to see us could mean the difference between a quick hygiene visit or having to invest in expensive restorative treatments further down the line. Call us and book your hygiene appointment today. All treatment carries risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.

Problems with sleep apnoea? Your dentist could help

Do you sleep well? Do you snore, or find yourself restless during the night? It’s possible that you’re suffering from obstructive sleep apnoea. This can be a serious condition, so it’s a good idea to get it checked out. Luckily, if you do have sleep apnoea, your dentist in Mackay can help.

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Here at Northern Beaches Dental in Mackay, we often see patients who suffer with snoring or sleep apnoea, and can provide oral appliances that can help with the problem.

Symptoms of sleep apnoea

If you have any of the following symptoms, it would be a good idea to talk to our dentist in Mackay about sleep apnoea:

  • loud snoring
  • waking up with a headache
  • restless sleep
  • waking up with a gasp or choking sensation
  • insomnia or recurrent waking
  • sleepiness during the day
  • waking with a dry or sore throat.

Dangers of sleep apnoea

Sleep is very important to your health, and if it’s disturbed, it can have an affect on your general and mental health. Sleep apnoea is also serious in that it deprives the brain of oxygen, which can have dangerous side effects, including:

  • high blood pressure
  • headaches
  • depression
  • risk of stroke
  • heart problems
  • diabetes.

So, you see, it is important not to ignore this potentially dangerous condition. If you think you may have sleep apnoea, you should visit your healthcare provider or dentist in Mackay to get it checked out. Diagnosis by a sleep specialist will be necessary, which will probably involve an overnight sleep study.

Treatment for sleep apnoea

Severe sleep apnoea is usually treated with a CPAP machine, but mild sleep disturbance and snoring can be helped with an oral appliance that helps with airflow. Obstructive sleep apnoea is caused by blockage of the airway, often due to soft tissue in the back of the throat, and our dentist in Mackay can provide a device to help keep the airway open.

Bruxism and TMJ

People who have sleep apnoea often have related problems such as teeth grinding or clenching (bruxism), and jaw pain caused by temporomandibular joint (TMJ) issues. By being fitted with an oral appliance, these problems can be alleviated.

Ways to pay for dental treatment

Dental treatment can be expensive, that’s a fact. When you have treatment from a dentist in Mackay, you are paying for years of training, advanced equipment, and often years of research that have gone into bettering treatments. But don’t let the cost of treatment put you off. Here at Northern Beaches Dental in Mackay, we offer finance solutions to help you spread the cost of treatment.

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Health fund

A health fund could be a good way to help you out with dental treatment. Some packages include everything from twice yearly check-ups to root canals, dentures and braces. We accept all health funds, and preferred providers for Medibank, Queensland Country Health, HCF, and Smile. We even have HICAPS, so you can claim on the spot without having to take receipts.

Dental benefits for children

The government is trying to improve children’s dental health. To do this, they have introduced a programme called the Child Dental Benefit Schedule (CDBS). If your child has Medicare, is aged between 2 and 17 years old, and you are in receipt of a government payment such as Family Tax Benefit Part A, your child could be eligible for treatment. You are welcome to give us a call and can check your eligibility and explain what treatments are covered.

DentiCare Payment Plan

If treatments aren’t covered by insurance or benefits, don’t worry. We can still help you spread the cost of visiting our dentist in Mackay, with our interest free Payment Plan. You can make payments weekly, fortnightly or monthly without having to pay any interest, allowing you to get the treatments you need without worrying about finding the funds to pay a big bill all at once.

Don’t delay treatment

The best way to save on dental treatment is to look after your teeth well and visit our dentist in Mackay twice a year for check-ups. Proper dental hygiene can go a long way, but sometimes dental problems are unavoidable, no matter how well you brush your teeth. It can be tempting to let regular check-ups slide when you keep getting the all-clear, but one day our dentist in Mackay might find a potential problem. Early treatment can save you both pain and money.