What’s the connection?
Diabetes affects the mouth in more than one way. Uncontrolled diabetes reduces saliva production and this can lead to increased risk of caries. Patients with uncontrolled diabetes are also highly prone to develop periodontal disease due to the inflamed gums and trapping the bacteria under the inflamed gums. This can lead to bone loss. And with bone being what holds teeth in the jaws, the teeth can get mobile.
Like most infections, gum disease can also lead to an increase in blood sugar levels, and that makes diabetes harder to keep under control. So this is a negative vicious cycle, which can be taken care of with a few preventive measures.
At Courtney dental we love continuing education, we love learning and passing on this knowledge to our patients. The purpose of our blog is to keep our patients informed and up to date with information regarding dentistry. We understand that coming to the dentist can be an overwhelming experience for some, especially when you don't understand the process, or what is happening to your own mouth. The team at Courtney Dental are hear to help.
What are your concerns, your questions? We want to know! We are asking you our patients what you would like to learn more about. Is there a topic, a procedure, or even a product that you would like us to cover?
On our Facebook page in the comments section please leave your suggestions with the topic you want to learn more about and in the coming weeks we will try to cover as much of these as possible.
As always if you need any help please call our friendly team on
07 4725 3366
Mouth rinses are a popular oral hygiene product, but many are unsure which one to use and why. Mouth rinses can provide a benefit to your overall oral health when used correctly.
Brushing removes most food, bacteria and plaque from the surface of your teeth. Flossing gets in between your teeth (where your brush can’t reach) and can even scrape your tongue clean.
So when and why should you use a mouth rinse?
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.
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!
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.
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.
How do you take care of your children’s teeth.
It’s never too early to start practicing good oral hygiene.
Kids rely on you to make the most important decisions of their little lives, what to eat, where to sleep, when to bath – all of which are in their best interests. But what about their dental health? The right start to your child’s oral hygiene will help lay the path the way for healthy teeth for life.
You may have seen Craig’s daughter and Bernie's granddaughter Brittany working around the practice the last few years during school holidays earning some pocket money. She’s a fantastic worker and all the staff really enjoy having her here.