Australians are known for their well-maintained smiles. We are often stereotyped abroad as having beautifully clean, white teeth. We should be grateful to have grown up with quality, educational practises around oral care. While we are a nation with a strong appreciation for our pearly whites, we are not immune to oral health problems. Dental issues can affect your everyday life. Yet, most of them can be avoided or dealt with easily. Continue reading “Top Oral Health Problems for Australians”
Most people assume that if they brush and floss regularly and visit their dentist every six months, they won’t get cavities. But that’s not always the case. Good dental hygiene certainly helps but your diet and other factors can affect how prone you are to developing cavities. Continue reading “Am I More Prone to Cavities?”
Most patients probably don’t think about hygiene at the dentist and just how important it is. Many would assume that all dental clinics rigorously follow the highest hygiene standards, but that’s not always the case.
Although it’s relatively rare in Australia, there have been cases of dental clinics having poor hygiene standards. The most prominent case was in July 2015 at a Sydney dental clinic and more recently in 2016, another one in Brisbane.
Severe Hygiene Breach at a Sydney Dental Clinic
Thousands of people who visited one of the four clinics were warned they could have potentially been infected with serious diseases.
The Dental Council of NSW had discovered breaches in infection control. Patients who had invasive procedures at the clinics over the past 10 years were informed they could have contracted hepatitis B, hepatitis C or HIV.
The scare was followed by an investigation in which the NSW Dental Council restricted the registration of 12 dentists working at those practices, while six practitioners were suspended and another six had restrictions placed on their registration.
Hygiene is a Right
This incident highlights the importance of choosing a dental clinic where rigorous standards of hygiene, infection control and sterilisation are upheld and not just promised. All dental practitioners have a legal duty of care to their patients.
Hygiene has to be more than a promise, it is common law. It is the responsibility of a dental clinic to comply with the Dental Board of Australia’s guidelines on infection control and ensure infection control measures are properly implemented in the workplace.
The dental board specifies that all dental practices are carried out in a manner that protects and enhances public health and safety. This means ensuring there is a minimal risk of diseases being spread.
How to Make Sure a Dental Clinic is Hygienic
To ensure you’re receiving safe care from a dentist, you should consider or ask about the following:
- Whether the dental practitioner is registered (anyone can check the national register online)
- Does the surgery look clean and tidy?
- Is the dentist wearing appropriate clothing, gloves, eyewear and a mask?
- Are there appropriate hand washing facilities?
- Are the instruments clean?
- Are there packaged instruments and disposable items?
- Does the dentist have an assistant?
If in doubt, ask the dentist about their sterilisation process or whether they have an autoclave. If you’re not satisfied with the answers or feel like something is wrong, then leave the clinic.
High Standards from My Dentist at Cannon Hill
We are committed to providing the highest standards of care while offering a friendly and relaxed environment. Our level of care involves maintaining impeccable hygiene and infection control through exhaustive monitoring and highly trained staff.
If you’d like more information about the high standards of hygiene at our dental clinic, please contact us online or call us on 07 3902 1023. We treat patients in Brisbane, as well as surrounding local areas including Cannon Hill, Morningside, Murarrie, and Carina.
Expectant mothers often experience dental problems, including gum disease and a higher risk of tooth decay. This is because, during pregnancy, increased hormones affect the body’s response to plaque and increases exposure to damaging acids.
Up to 70 per cent of pregnant women are affected by gingivitis, highlighting the importance of good oral hygiene and regular visits to the dentist when you are pregnant.
Toothaches are the most common dental complaint in the world. It’s usually the main reason people visit their dentist. Toothaches are caused by a variety of factors, some more unexpected than others.
It is important to remember that the problems that can lead to a toothache can be prevented or treated early. Toothaches usually only occur when the problem has been there for some time and has slowly developed and is now a much larger problem.
Continue reading “Top 10 Reasons for Toothaches”
Flossing every day is as important as maintaining regular brushing habits, yet half the population of Australia fails to do it. Cavities can build up easily between teeth, which can dramatically increase the chance of developing gum disease. Most bad breath is also linked to a lack of flossing, which comes from bits of food trapped between your teeth.
Now that we’ve acknowledged the importance of daily flossing, we can explore the wide range of dental floss products available and proper flossing technique.
Bad oral health can affect your everyday life, view our infographic to find out how!
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My Dentist at Cannon Hill gives you the opportunity to transform your smile. We align your teeth to ensure they look straighter when you smile. Instead of using traditional wires or metallic braces, you now have the choice to use Invisalign.
Continue reading “What to Expect With Your New Invisalign Smile”
If you’re nervous about dental treatment, cringing every time you think of visiting the dentist, we have good news for you. My Dentist at Cannon Hill offers you the latest dental tools and gadgets that allow you to undergo dental procedures without the stress of pain. Whether its wisdom tooth removal or extraction, we do it all, right here at our practice in Cannon Hill.
Our care practices are centred on the need for compassion for patients who are often worried about undergoing dental treatment. As such, we now provide specialised care for our patients, ensuring their needs are always catered to.
Continue reading “Pain-Free Dental Visits with The Wand STA”