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Top 3 Dental hacks for the Proactive Patient

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May 11, 2021

Top 3 Dental hacks for the Proactive Patient

Dental hack 1: Use a Water Flosser

To start our list of dental hacks, we have to first address and explain many of our patient’s problems. Many patients always ask why do I need to floss…I already brush my teeth! Many patients complain that their gums bleed, especially when they brush. It is an uncomfortable sight to see blood coming out of your mouth, but it’s one that many people see. The reason we bleed from our mouth is because of unhealthy gums (Gingivitis).

But flossing and brushing do two entirely different things and prevent two entirely different diseases. Brushing prevents decay or also known as dental caries. Flossing prevents gum and bone disease also known as Gingivitis (infection of the gums) and Periodontitis (infection of the bone holding teeth).

When you have food, plaque and saliva, it hardens on teeth. We call this hard mass Tartar or Calculus. When the Tartar hardens it infects your gum and your bone.

  • When your gums are infected it leads to gum recession or the dropping of the gums, exposing the root surface. This causes:
    • An unaesthetic look with receded gums.
    • It also causes root sensitivity.
    • More importantly, when the bone is infected the bone drops, which leads to less foundation for the tooth. Eventually, the reduction in foundation holding the tooth firm leads to the teeth becoming wobbly and eventually falling out.

      Well, how do I prevent Gum and Bone Disease?!

      Well here is where the tried and tested request of flossing comes from. When you floss you slow the hardening of the plaque and food, and in turn prevent the formation of tartar. When tartar does not form, you don’t get the infection of the gums and the bone. When the gums and the bone are not infected, the gums stay where they should and the tooth doesn’t become wobbly or fall out.

      But flossing is difficult and it is very easy to traumatise the gums when not flossing correctly. This can actually cause more damage than good. This is why we need an effective way of remove food, plaque and saliva from Harding. This is where Water Flossers become very useful. When you normally come in for your cleans, your dentist removes any tartar that has built up with an instrument that vibrates quickly and shoots water to flush the gums and remove any plaque or debris. A Water Flosser is a home-use option to flush the gums and prevent any plaque or debris build-up, thus slowing down any tartar formation just like floss does. Unfortunately, both the floss and Waterpik can’t remove tartar once it has formed, but both are critical in slowing its formation before it is removed during a professional clean by the dentist.

      Dental Hack: But why is using a Water Flosser over floss so much of a dental hack?

      Here are the pros and cons of using a Water Flosser

      Pros

      • One-off cost. No repeat buys for Floss. Floss can be expensive when you are buying a new floss roll every month. A Water Flosser is a one-off cost, but no continued costs.
      • More effective than floss. The water adapts and bends to the gum contour and flushes any debris out. Floss just disturbs the plaque and removes minimal in comparison.
      • Easier to use in all places, especially hard to reach areas.
      • Less likely to traumatise the gums, with the force of irrigation able to be reduced and increased depending on patient sensitivity.
      • More deep clean. Water from the Water Flosser can engage the gums deeper than floss can.
      • One Water Flosser can be used for the entire family.

      Cons

      • Initial cost being higher.

      Gum and bone disease is a lifestyle disease. It is comparable to a heart attack. Both don’t happen overnight, over a few weeks or a few months. It is the years of neglect that really show the effects. Just like with heart disease, doctors recommend having a good diet and 30 minutes of exercise a day, dentist also recommends using the Waterpik daily and come in for 6 monthly cleans.

      Most people experience gum and bone disease as early as the late thirties. Unlike a heart attack, where starting a good diet and exercise routine reverses the risks elements of a heart attack- once the damage is done in the gum and bone disease, you can’t reverse those effects. You cannot reverse the lost gum and bone once it has occurred. This is why dentists always stress the 6 monthly cleans to prevent the irreversible state some people find themselves in.

      Book today and get your gum and bone health back!

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Dental hack 2: Spit No Rinse

Dental hacks that can save you money are exactly what you are looking for, so let’s explain how!

Dental decay, known as dental caries, can be debilitating. It can cause severe pain and sleepless nights. Most people know to brush their teeth to prevent this, but they don’t actually know how it happens.

How does dental decay happen?

Inside your mouth, there is food (Carbohydrates) and bacteria. When bacteria eat the food, they produce acids. These acids form a hole in your tooth and that is known as dental decay. It’s really simple.

Now, why do Dentists say “No sugar”. Well, sugars are just very simple carbohydrates, and bacteria LOVE sugar. They eat through that much faster than more complex carbohydrates and therefore produce more acids when eating sugars.

How do I stop dental decay?

Well if there are only 2 components, food and bacteria, then we just need to get rid of one! Now we can’t get rid of all the bacteria, as we need them for other functions and also it would be quite difficult. But we can definitely get rid of the food. This is where effective and careful tooth brushing comes into handy. If you brush really well then you can prevent many of the acids produced by bacteria, damaging the tooth!

One other way is to make your tooth more resistant to decay/acids. The government spends millions of dollars to fluoridate our water for one reason only. It makes kids and adult teeth more acid-resistant. In fact, when fluoride imbues into the tooth, it makes teeth 10 times more acid-resistant/decay-resistant.

Dental Hack: How do I make my teeth more acid-resistant/Decay resistant?!

There are a number of ways to make your teeth more acid-resistant and decay-resistant using fluoride.

  1. Use tap water that is fluoridated already and let that form a more acid-resistant tooth.
  2. When your dentist offers fluoride treatments after a 6 monthly clean, make sure you always get this done. The high dose fluoride will form a protective shield layer that breaks down over time and releases the fluoride into the tooth.
  3. After Brushing…Spit the toothpaste out…and don’t rinse! I know it sounds weird and funny, but it is the most effective method. When you go to the dentist during your cleans, you get a high dosage of fluoride (comparatively) for a short period of time, only every 6 months. Some fluoride imbues into the tooth, but most of that is spat out afterwards. What is actually more effective, is low does fluoride repeated over long periods of time. Now surprisingly, fluoride is in most toothpaste for this exact reason. The fluoride in toothpaste, when left on the tooth overnight (or longer than 30mins) really does strengthen teeth and makes them 10 times more acid/decay-resistant. That isn’t an exaggeration, it genuinely makes teeth 10 TIMES more resistant to decay, which means you are 10 TIMES less likely to need a filling. So for yourself and your kids, next time please teach them the correct way to brush. After brushing, just spit but do not rinse. Allow that fluoride to really do its thing and make your teeth strong. Save yourselves the headache of tooth decay in the future by taking care today!

 

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Dental hack 3: Best type of toothbrush

Dental Hack: Sweat the main stuff!

Let’s talk about each option comparison.

  • Soft vs Hard bristles
    • Never go hard bristles. Simple as that. Never a use case for that.
    • Think of your teeth like a wall and the soft bristles like fine sandpaper and the hard bristles like coarse sandpaper. If you repeatedly scrub the same area in the wall for 50 years twice a day for 2 minutes, the coarse hard sandpaper will form a hole in the wall. The soft sandpaper will just smooth the area. It’s the same thing with teeth, where the hard bristles scrub off the enamel and the soft bristles just do enough to remove plaque but never enamel. The same goes with putting too much force when brushing, you will end up removing too much enamel.
    • Soft bristles are the way to go!
  • Electric vs Mechanical (normal toothbrushes)
    • Electric and mechanical toothbrushes can do the exact same thing in theory. They both can scrub away and plaque or food in nooks and crannies in your mouth. So why go electric? While both can do the same thing as a tool, the user needs to find it easy and efficient to use.
      • Electric toothbrushes remove the thought process of scrubbing, which means you can concentrate on actually getting all the spots in your mouth and not missing any. You can drag the brush around your mouth and make sure the rotating bristles do all the work!
      • Electric toothbrush heads are smaller and can fit all the way at the back of your mouth where it’s hard to reach due to a lack of space!
      • Electric toothbrushes rotate faster than the human hand can scrub, which means the cleans are more efficient, shorter and usually more thorough|!
      • Electric toothbrushes have a pressure sensor so you don’t end up scrubbing off all the enamel on your tooth. This prevents any potential sensitivity that may have occurred! As mentioned above, hard bristles or too much hand pressure can lead to root exposure, dentine exposure and high grades of sensitivity. By using control force, ensured by the electric toothbrush, we can prevent any potential sensitivity!
    • The electric toothbrush is the way to go!
  • Sonic or rotary
    • Some brushes use vibrations to clean teeth, while others use a rotating head on the toothbrush. Now you have to understand what the purpose of brushing is. The main reason is to remove food! If you cause vibrations on the bristles that won’t remove food. A rotating head with bristles can sweep the food out for the nooks and crannies and then outside your mouth.
    • Rotary is the way to go!

The best kind of brush is an electric toothbrush with a soft rotating head!

Dental 0% Interest Free ZipPay Payment Plans!

Dental Payment Plan ZipPay
Dental Payment Plan ZipPay

May 8, 2021

Dental 0% Interest Free ZipPay Payment Plans!

ZipPay is a type of Buy Now Pay Later service. It allows you to get your dental work done today, and pay off the work as you feel free as a payment plan. We use ZipPay to allow you to get the work you need and deserve at an affordable rate on a payment plan.

What does a Dental Payment Plan through ZipPay allow me to do?

Dental payment plans allow you to get to your dental work, including cosmetic, all done under a payment plan.

Treatments that can be done on a payment plan and the associated minimum contributions per month:

  • Veneers – $80 per month on ZipPay
  • Invisalign – $80 per month on ZipPay
  • Crowns – $80 per month on ZipPay
  • Bridges – $80 per month on ZipPay
  • Dentures – $80 per month on ZipPay
  • Root Canals – $80 per month on ZipPay

Not all clinics have a payment plan. We are specifically associated with ZipPay to ensure you have the flexibility of 0% interest payments for 6 months.

How do I get the process started?

To get the process started you need to make a ZipPay account. You can make one online before your appointment, or you can come in and our staff can help you before your appointment. We do not accept ZipPay after an appointment if you have not already created an account. Please make an account before the appointment (either arrive early or do it online), to prevent any issues making a ZipPay account. 

Book online today and have your dental work done through a 0% interest ZipPay Payment Plan

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Dental Payment Plans and how it works

When you work with ZipPay for dental payment plans, ZipPay pays the clinic and you pay ZipPay back for money borrowed. ZipPay is a flexible Dental Payment Plan which allows you to have no fixed timeframe on repayments other than the minimum contribution to your monthly payments. In some cases where the required funds are excessive, there is an establishment fee to create the order, but ALL ZipPayment under $1000 has no establishment fee. In addition, the only fees that have not been discussed are the monthly account fee of $6.

Summarisation of fees

  • Any ZipPay account incurs a $6 per month on any money owing
  • Establishment fee for any ZipPay account above $1000
  • Minimum repayments of a minimum of $40

If you are in pain

Our private dental clinic is exceptional at getting patients out of pain. We pride ourselves on working hard and working late to meet your needs. We are open till 8 pm on all weekdays and are also open on the weekends.

If you are in pain, please give us a call or book online and we WILL slot you in so you are seen on the day! A Dental Payment Plan can cover your needs for the emergency visit.

Book online today and start with a 0% interest ZipPay Payment Plan

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How long is the approval process for ZipPay

ZipPay account application and approval are approximately 10 minutes. Once you finish the approval is immediate

Dental Hospital voucher

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dental voucher

May 6, 2021

Dental Hospital voucher

What are Dental Hospital vouchers?

Hospital vouchers are issued from a public local dental hospital to patients that cannot afford dental treatment and currently get a Centrelink payment. Hospital vouchers allow these patients to present the voucher to a private dental clinic and get the same or better treatment from a private dental clinic. If you ask your public dental hospital for a dental voucher, instead of getting the treatment done in the hospital, they usually will give you the voucher.

What does a Dental Hospital voucher allow me to do?

Vouchers will allow you to get the treatment you need. Dental vouchers are a way of the public system funding your need for dental work. It can help you get out of pain or do basic dentistry work like cleans and fillings.

What does a Dental Hospital voucher cover?

Items covered under the hospital vouchers are Cleans, Fillings, Dentures (False teeth), Root Canals / Nerve treatments (Stage 1 or 3) and Extractions (removing the tooth).

Cosmetic items like veneers or braces are usually not covered and must be paid privately. We will ensure our best to make sure you make the most of your dental voucher!

How do I get the process started?

There are many ways to get started with the process. Read below to get the process started.

Book online today and have your dental work done through a Dental Hospital voucher!

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How to get the process started for a Dental Hospital Voucher!

There are many ways to get the process started. Here are the main ones listed below. Please remember this is the public system that you will be dealing with. Extended wait times on the phones, long waiting times and quality of care at public dental hospitals need to be considered before making a decision. At a private clinic, you get personalized care with appointments tailored to your needs.

Initial Private consultation!

In this process, we get you to come in for a private consultation ($50). We provide you with a letter of support and a treatment plan. We email/fax this off to the local hospital and then they will send you a dental voucher for our private dental clinic IF you are eligible for a voucher.

  1. Private consultation.
  2. Woodville Rd Medical and Dental center will email/fax the Treatment plan and Letter of support.
  3. You receive a dental voucher.
  4. You come back in for further treatment.

Calling the Local Public hospital!

In this process, you call the local hospital and hope that they are sympathetic to your needs and send a dental voucher. The issue with this process is that they will ask you if you’re in pain or if it is an urgent issue. They will then triage your condition and place you on a waiting list. They may call you in to get the work done, but the usual waiting times in 1 year to 1.5 years. At this time the problem usually gets worse and the tooth usually has to be removed.

Because there is no set treatment plan or letter of support from an authorised dentist, they can’t really understand what is going on inside your mouth. This is why the waiting times are significantly longer for this method.

  1. Call the local dental hospital
  2. Wait for a dental voucher if they decide to send one to you. (1-1.5 years for waiting times)
  3. Book an appointment with our clinic and come in for further treatment.

If you are in pain

Our private dental clinic is exceptional at getting patients out of pain. We pride ourselves on working hard and working late to meet your needs. We are open till 8 pm on all weekdays and are also open on the weekends.

If you are in pain, please give us a call or book online and we WILL slot you in so you are seen on the day!

How long should I wait before calling the dental hospital about my voucher

Dental vouchers are a slow process when it is not expedited by a qualified dental professional. Waiting times to be seen by a dentist at the local public dental hospital can be long. If you can’t wait till then, please call our clinic and we can help you out.

PUBLIC HOSPITAL CONTACT

Bankstown Child Oral Health Clinic
Tel: 9293 3333

Bankstown North Public School
322 Hume Highway, Bankstown NSW 2200
(Parking: Entrance Beresford Avenue)

Opening Hours: 8:00am to 4:30pm Monday to Friday

https://goo.gl/maps/zQM51UMu9Jm

 

Yagoona Adult Oral Health Clinic
Tel: 9293 3333

Yagoona Community Health Centre
425 Hume Highway, Yagoona NSW 2199
Parking – Free

Opening Hours: 8:00am to 4:30pm Monday to Friday

https://goo.gl/maps/RwCQbEpY1sG2

 

Fairfield  Oral Health Clinic
Tel: 9293 3333

Fairfield Hospital Campus
Cnr Polding Street & Prairievale Road, Prairiewood NSW 2175
Hospital Car Park – Fees apply

Opening Hours: 8:00am to 4:30 Monday to Friday

https://goo.gl/maps/t6XmjKPY8n62

PUBLIC HOSPITAL CONTACT

Liverpool  Oral Health Clinic
Tel: 9293 3333

Liverpool Hospital Campus
1st Floor Health Services Building
Cnr Goulburn & Campbell Streets, Liverpool NSW 2170
Hospital Car Park – Fees apply

Opening Hours: 8:00am to 4:30pm Monday to Friday

https://goo.gl/maps/NrnmtwhiPpz

 

Ingleburn  Oral Health Clinic
Tel: 9293 3333

Ingleburn Community Health Centre
57 Cumberland Road, Ingleburn NSW 2565
Parking – Free

Opening Hours: 8:00am to 4:30pm Monday to Friday

https://goo.gl/maps/NydzpTZAUE22

 

Rosemeadow  Oral Health Clinic
Tel: 9293 3333

Rosemeadow Community Health Centre
5 Thomas Rose Drive, Rosemeadow NSW 2560
Parking- Free

Opening Hours: 8:00am to 4:30pm Monday to Friday

https://goo.gl/maps/t6XmjKPY8n62

 

Westmead Centre for Oral Health
Tel: 1300 739 949 or (02) 8890 6766

Darcy Road Westmead NSW 2145

Opening Hours: 8:00am to 4:30pm Monday to Friday

https://goo.gl/maps/QnCE1zJirYyKYvHe9

PUBLIC HOSPITAL CONTACT

Tahmoor Oral Health Clinic
Tel: 1300 559 393

Tahmoor Community Health Centre
15 Harper Close, Tahmoor NSW 2573
Parking – Free

Opening Hours: 8:00am to 4:30pm Monday to Friday

https://goo.gl/maps/CY8XUCQSd2t

 

Bowral Oral Health Clinic
Tel: 1300 559 393

Wingercarribee Community Health Clinic
Bendooley Place, Bowral NSW 2576
Free parking on site.

Opening Hours: 8:30am to 5:00pm Monday to Friday

https://goo.gl/maps/2DYMqDqVRgP2

 

Narellan  Oral Health Clinic
Tel: 9293 3333

Narellan Community Health Centre
14 Queen Street, Narellan NSW 2567
Parking – Free

Opening Hours: 8:00am to 4:30pm Monday to Friday

https://goo.gl/maps/y6n2cAnFS9w