Did you know that most health fund benefits reset on 1st July. Every year most health funds give you a set benefit amount for your rebate and if you don't use this benefit you forfeit it.
It’s important to keep track of your health fund benefits to help make the best use of them. Health funds can reset at different times of the year however, most commonly reset at either the end of the calendar or the financial year. With that in mind, it is important to check when your benefits will renew and ensure you don’t miss out on all that you are entitled to.
Call us on 07 4725 3366 to make an appointment before the end of the financial year.
Dental x-rays ensure your teeth don’t just look healthy, but they are healthy! They can pick up tiny issues that are invisible to your dentists’ eyes and allow them to see what’s happening beneath the surface.
Its getting hairy out there guys. Someone has been enjoying isolation a little too much. Craig decided to take the opportunity to grow a seriously interesting moustache, to the horror of his daughters. And staff. Once you’ve seen it, you’ll never be able to get that image out of your brain. We should really apologise. Hopefully in line with the recent drop in restrictions and the ability to slowly get back into work we will see the end of this horror!
Next time you’re brushing or flossing your teeth, have a closer look at the packaging. Can you see the words “ADA seal of approval” written on them? ADA stands for the Australian Dental Association, but who are they and what does the seal mean?
Chantel graduated from James Cook University in Cairns with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery. Having grown up in the area, Chantel moved back to Townsville after she completed her studies wanting to put her skills to use in serving the local community.
At Courtney Dental the health and safety of our patients and staff is our highest priority. To ensure we are taking every necessary precaution to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), we have introduced precautionary measures to minimise the risk of exposure.
We ask that you please call us on 4725 3366 to reschedule your appointment if you:
• Have had contact with someone with a suspected or
confirmed case of COVID-19
• Have returned from overseas in the last 14 days
• Have had contact with someone who has returned from
overseas in the last 14 days
• Are feeling unwell with flu like symptoms such as fever,
cough or sore throat
Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation.
We all have hand sanitiser at our reception; on arrival please us this to sanitise your hands. We have also distanced our waiting room chairs.
Introducing Jimmy!!! Or Fred, depends on who you ask, but this beautiful fish is the latest to join our family here. We think it's a type or Moorish idol. We could be wrong so feel free to correct us if you know better. While we know a fair bit about teeth, fish aren't our specialty.
Jimmy is joining our ever growing aquarium. The tank is a huge hit with the young, old, and in between and when Dave hasn't been fishing and gets desperate we catch him observing the fish a little too closely.
Our tank is now home to Nemo and Marlin the clown fish, Bubbles the yellow tang, Dory the blue tang and Barney the green thing.... we have Kermit the bristle starfish buried in there somewhere too if your lucky enough to spot him, he tends to hide from us. We think it's because Krista is too loud.
Allergic to flossing? We feel you! While flossing can be boring, it is one of those habits that only takes a few minutes every day but has a huge impact on our oral health. That’s why we’re here to remind you of the importance of flossing for a healthy mouth, flossing should always be on your daily to-do list.
Here are the top 4 reasons why you should floss.
We have many patients ask us if they should be using an electric toothbrush. There are so many different options available that sometimes the whole process can be really confusing. So to make it easier here is some basic information to help you make the choice, and of course as always you’re welcome to ask us at your next appointment.
Both electric and manual toothbrushes are effective at cleaning teeth if you use proper technique and brush well. Overall, an electric toothbrush may make brushing easier, resulting in better plaque removal. Using an electric toothbrush also helps to prevent you from brushing too hard. Too often we see irreversible damage in our patient’s mouths from brushing too hard, with a hard bristled toothbrush.
When using a manual toothbrush always use a soft bristle with a small head and use a very gentle action. Plaque is very soft and can be removed easily, calculus and staining however cannot be removed with a toothbrush, so brushing harder to try and remove these will only damage your teeth and gums.
When choosing an electric toothbrush you have options. You can buy the cheaper entry level models or the more expensive high end options. The only difference between these is the functions, timers, batteries, fancy lights and stands. The head that you choose will work well on any model. We recommend the sensitive head; this causes less damage and is a nice gentle bristle that can be used on the gum margin without discomfort.
The oral B vitality with sensitive head is a great intro into the electric toothbrush world, it’s cheap convenient and easy to buy. Coles/Woolworths/priceline/chemists etc all sell them, prices vary and you can occasionally get them half price from the supermarkets down to around $25. If after this you find that you love the electric toothbrush you can venture into the higher end models that have better batteries and controls.