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That is a simple as it gets. You can get a few rewards for your loyalty to us.

Call us on 08 93225300 to book your next appointment and get collecting to some exciting rewards.

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HBF Members Plus Benefits

 

HBF Member Plus dentists

Visit us, a Member Plus dentist and save.
You’ll have lower out-of-pocket expenses, plus receive a fully covered scale and clean each year for each person on your policy (up to your annual maximum).

Coming to the end of the year, your cover will reset on the 31st of December. Make sure you do not waste the allowances on your health cover and book in with us via this website or by phone.

Also there is no Gap on your children’s dental costs with HBF when you see one of our dental care professionals. You’ll get 100% back (up to your annual maximum) on general dental with us, a Member Plus dentist, for children on your policy.

Call now or request an appointment on the website and our friendly staff will contact you to make a suitable time for you.

 

 

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New Year Resolutions

 

Your dental health is an important part of your overall wellness, and the New Year is a great time to create resolutions for improving your health. Many people have dental health resolutions that range from improving their toothbrushing habits to completing delayed dental treatment. Understanding the benefits of your particular resolutions can be motivating and rewarding. Whatever your goals might be, it is important to take small steps to achieve them. Consistency is key with any resolution that you make.

Improving Toothbrushing and Flossing Habits

Perhaps you would like to improve your oral health. Daily toothbrushing and flossing is a sure and simple way to improve your oral health. For successful bacterial plaque removal, it is important to brush at least twice a day using an appropriately sized, soft-bristle, manual or electric toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste. When you brush your teeth, gently position the toothbrush bristles at a 45-degree angle toward the gumline and move the toothbrush across the teeth to effectively remove bacterial plaque. It is also important to floss at least once per day to remove bacterial plaque and food that has accumulated throughout the day. Your toothbrush should be replaced every 3 to 4 months, as well as after you have a cold or flu or if the bristles are frayed. Daily toothbrushing and flossing help to prevent gingivitis (gum disease), tooth decay and halitosis (bad breath). The daily use of antimicrobial and fluoride mouthrinses also helps to improve your oral health.

Healthier Food and Beverage Choices

An important part of achieving your dental health resolutions is making healthier food and beverage choices, especially for snacks. Frequent consumption of food and beverages containing carbohydrates and acids contributes to tooth decay, so it is important to brush after snacking. Using a Xylitol-containing gum or lozenge after a meal will also help to neutralize acids and reduce cavity-causing bacteria and plaque buildup.

Improving Your Smile

There are several smile-improving techniques that you can use while you brush and floss. In recent years, tooth whitening has acquired enormous popularity. It enhances the appearance of teeth by removing deep (intrinsic) or surface (extrinsic) stains. There are a number of tooth whitening products that can be purchased over-the-counter (OTC) for at-home use, administered by a dentist at the dental surgery or dispensed by a dentist for at-home use. Tooth whitening products are typically categorized into two major groups: Whitening toothpastes (dentifrices) and peroxide-containing bleaching agents. The following are different types of tooth whitening methods:

  •  Whitening toothpaste.
  •  Professionally applied bleaching products.
  •  Peroxide-containing bleaching agents.
  •  Dentist-dispensed and OTC home-use products.

Braces

Your New Year’s resolution may be to finally correct an abnormal bite caused by an injury, thumb sucking, tooth crowding or crooked teeth. Correcting any of these problems with braces not only enhances the look of your smile but also, and most importantly, improves your oral health. There are several options for straightening your teeth. Which orthodontic method you choose depends upon your preference and the types of appliances offered by your dentist or orthodontist.

Restorative Dentistry

The New Year may be the right time to start or complete deferred restorative dental work, such as crowns, implants or fillings. Completing these types of procedures will help you to preserve the tooth structure and to maintain proper tooth alignment, which could ultimately improve your oral health.

Quit Using Tobacco Products

Quitting cigarette smoking and smokeless tobacco use is important for improving your oral and overall health. There is no better time than the present to make a resolution to stop tobacco use. Consider free online tools, smoking cessation groups, progress-tracking apps and support from friends and family to assist you with tobacco cessation.

Routine Dental Visits

A resolution to make routine visits to the dentist may help prevent oral disease or reveal an existing disease in its early stage. Dental visits should take place every 6 months to allow your dentist and dental hygienists to monitor the condition of your oral cavity and develop an appropriate treatment plan to meet your wants and needs. Your dentist can refer you to a specialist for a treatment that is beyond the scope of her practice.

Book in now on 08 93225300 for your consultation for your New Years Resolution

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Scientists say that in three years fillings will be a thing of the past

Fillings, nobody really likes them but as we all know they are necessary. Left untreated, and they can turn into painful teeth removals. However, there is good news. Scientists at the university of King’s College London have developed a technique which effectively makes teeth repair themselves.

Before we get into the process, let’s examine what cavities (caries) are and how they form. The two outer layers of a tooth are called the enamel (the outer white area around the tooth) and the dentin (the yellow layer just beneath the enamel). The holes that are formed in these outer layers are called cavities, and you may be surprised that almost 90% of people experience cavities at one point or another.

What are cavities caused by?

Certain foods and drinks are high in sugar content (particularly sodas, and different types of confectionery). The bacteria in your mouth take these sugars and transform them into acid plaque, which erodes both the enamel and the dentin of your teeth and thereby leads to holes in your teeth which are known as cavities, over time causing pain and irritation.

Removal of Cavities

Traditional removal of cavities requires the dentist to drill into the tooth, and remove the bad material that is now there as a result of poor tooth hygiene, excessive consumption of acidic and sugary foods or because of general wear and tear. This procedure can sometimes be painful, and annoying. Luckily, there is a solution.

It’s called Electrically Accelerated and Enhanced Remineralisation (EAER) and instead of painful drilling, by using an electric current the technique encourages the movement of calcium and phosphate minerals into the tooth, thereby accelerating the healing process and fighting tooth decay. The method is two fold, the damaged part of the tooth is first made accessible through traditional dental procedures (sterilization etc) then a small electric current is used to ‘move’ minerals into the area and remineralize it. The entire procedure is painless, without the need for drills or injections, and is suggested to be as cost effective, if not cheaper than traditional fillings.

“The way we treat teeth today is not ideal – when we repair a tooth by putting in a filling, that tooth enters a cycle of drilling and re-filling as, ultimately, each “repair” fails,” Professor Nigel Pitts said in a press release. “Not only is our device kinder to the patient and better for their teeth, but it’s expected to be at least as cost-effective as current dental treatments. Along with fighting tooth decay, our device can also be used to whiten teeth.”

Read the full release here

According to Pitts, we can expect to see EAER commercialized and made available to the public in approximately three years.

References

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SGT Dental Has a New Brand Website

We are excited to announce that SGT Dental (formerly St George’s Terrace Dental Centre) has a new website. In the interest of providing a more comprehensive and user friendly experience, we have changed our website to make it easier to find the answers to any questions you might have before visiting us here in Perth Central.

You will notice that the design has been altered to accommodate a free scrolling style, you can now book your dental appointment right at the top, access our growing database of dental facts (which you can contribute to if you find something interesting) or read up on the latest news from the industry and from our practice. Later on if and when we decide to launch our weekly podcast, you will be able find links to it in this section.

Moreover, though the services we offer cover many aspects of dentistry and dental hygiene, the main ones are outlined in the services menu at the top of the page. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to call in and our friendly staff would be happy to assist you.

Finally, if we are your local dental centre (and we hope that we are 😉 then we suggest you opt in to our email list at the bottom of the page to receive our posts straight to your inbox.

Until next time,
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