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Zoom Teeth Whitening

Whiter teeth, the healthy way. Get the brightest, whitest smile in the safest possible way.

With Philips Zoom WhiteSpeed, you can achieve your maximum whitest smile with just one 45-minute treatment here at Dental Excellence.

Come in for your complimentary teeth whitening assessment today, and receive $200 off the total cost of the Zoom in chair teeth whitening when you schedule your teeth whitening procedure. This offer needs to be redeemed and scheduled at Dental Excellence before the 31st of January 2016.

Please quote: WZO2016, when phoning to schedule your complimentary teeth whitening assessment.

Have a Whiter, Brighter Summer!

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Sleep Apnoea

Snoring

Laboured breathing during sleep

Excessive sweatiness and/or restlessness during sleep

Excessive day time sleepiness and/or morning tiredness or head aches

Pauses in breathing and/or choking/gasping/snorting during sleep

 

Awakening due to bad dreams and/or sleep walking

Positions (sleeping in unusual positions; eg. extended neck, sitting up)

Nasal obstruction and mouth breathing

Overweight or underweight

Enuresis (bed wetting)

Attention/learning/behavioural problems

The above handy check list is a great tool you can use for a physical examination to judge the potential your child could be at risk of obstructive sleep apnoea.

Children may stop breathing 40 to 50 times an hour every hour during sleep which can then cause the brain to starve of oxygen, which can than lead to difficulty concentrating at school.

Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is caused by a blockage of the airway, usually when the soft tissue in the rear of the throat collapses and closes during sleep. In central sleep apnoea, the airway is not blocked but the brain fails to signal the muscles to breathe. Mixed apnoea is a combination of the two. With each apnoea event, the brain briefly arouses people with sleep apnoea in order for them to resume breathing, but consequently sleep is extremely fragmented and of poor quality.

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**Handy check list from Bite Magazine April 2015- Dr Zoran Becvarovski.

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Gum disease bacteria ‘a catalyst’ for cancer

“A bacteria that causes gum disease may aid the growth of cancer cells, according to new research. Published in the journal Immunity, it was discovered the bacteria fusobacterium nucleatum – which has heavy links with gum disease – could hamper the body’s ability to fight off cancer.” Stated from http://bitemagazine.com.au/gum-disease-bacteria-catalyst-cancer/

When combined with human tissue cells, researchers found the bacteria attached itself to the parts of the immune system responsible for attacking cancer cells, preventing them from performing this function.

Gum disease is a very common disease. You need to make sure you remove all the plaque from your teeth every day. This is done by brushing for two minutes twice a day, last thing at night and at least one other time during the day with fluoride toothpaste, as well as flossing to clean in between teeth where gum disease starts and the tooth brush does not reach.

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Dental Hygienist

What is a Dental Hygienist?

Dental hygienists are a registered dental care provider and a clinical operator who also educate patients in oral health. They are trained to help in preventing dental gum disease.

Here at Dental Excellence we have 3 hygienists, which allows us to provide more availability to have your regular hygiene maintenance visits every 6 months. At your hygiene appointment you will be educated on dental health, plaque control, oral hygiene and nutrition. You will have your teeth professionally scaled and polished by one of our very talented hygienists. Brushing and flossing techniques will be shown to you at each appointment to help you with your home care which helps prevent gum disease.

If you have any questions for our dental hygienists, please click here to go to our Facebook page where you can ask them!

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Gum disease / Periodontitis

How do you Prevent Gum Disease?

Gum disease also known as periodontitis is a largely preventable disease.

Sadly sometimes, despite every best effort it will continue to progress and the teeth will be lost.

By following the advice below can prevent tooth loss from gum disease.

  • Reduce your risk of gum disease

Reducing the risk factors where possible can really help reduce the effects of gum disease.

* Smoking- Give it up!

* Plaque retentive factors- Make sure there is nothing in your mouth that is preventing proper cleaning of your teeth.

* Look after yourself- By having a good immune system, this will fight off disease. Be healthy by eating well and exercising.

  •  See a dentist or hygienist

Your teeth and gums are checked at your dental hygiene visit every 6 months. The earlier gum disease is detected, the sooner treatment can commence and the better the prognosis. Don’t leave it until it’s too late.

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Work Experience

At Dental Excellence we believe in continuing education. Below are some nice words we have received from students that have done work experience here at our practice this year. We thank you, Lucy & Estelle for the kind words. We feel privileged that you choose OUR practice to spend your week at.

It was a pleasure having you as apart of our team while doing your work experience!

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Dr Fred Calavassy lecturing at the most recent Lead Dentist “Leadership” Conference

Dental Excellence is a part of the Dental Partners group which is a national network of dental practices utilising best practice operational procedures, highly trained and motivated teams, exceptional clinicians and state of the art facilities – this is the Dental Partners vision for our group. We aim to become a positive force in the Australian dental industry, ultimately enhancing the delivery of dental services to Australian communities.

Dental Partners was launched in 2008 as a partnership between Abano Healthcare Group Limited, a publically listed healthcare group from New Zealand with co-founders, Mike Timoney and David Garofalo and a new management team that included Malcolm Lean and Cathy May. The founders shared vision was and remains, to create a national, respected dental organisation where dentists could focus on providing the best possible clinical care to their patients while being supported by experienced business people who managed the back office administration processes and acquisition growth.

Below is an image of Dr Fred Calavassy lecturing at the most recent Lead Dentist “Leadership” Conference. Dental Excellence has been a part of this group for almost 2 years and is among the 77 other practices over Australia and New Zealand. As a member of the Clinical Advisory Committee, Dr Fred Calavassy is involved in assisting with the development of the clinical “best practice” and is working to assist the group develop standards of care across the group.

We are excited to be at the forefront of this growing group and are proud of the vision they have for the future.

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International College of Dentists

20141025_224836The Australasian Section of the International College of Dentists (ICD) was officially inaugurated at the ADA Congress in Perth in May 1964. The Section celebrated its 50th anniversary in Sydney in October this year.

The International College of Dentists (ICD), established in 1928, is the oldest and largest international honorary dental organisation with over 12,000 members (designated as Fellows) around the globe.  Fellowship in the College is extended by invitation only and is granted in recognition of a dentist’s “outstanding professional achievement, meritorious service and dedication to the continued progress of dentistry for the benefit of humankind.”

Above ^ Dr Fred Calavassy with his wife, Sandy.

Dr Fred Calavassy was awarded a fellowship at this event which is only given by invitation. We are all so proud of Dr Fred and send our congratulations his way! Here are some photos below of the event.

 

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Above ^ Dr Fred with fellow members (Second row, 6th from the left), Dr Fred receiving his fellowship award, Dr Fred with Dr Andrew Barry (Middle, Orthodontist) & Dr Kareen Mekertichian ( Left, Paediatric Dentist)

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Accreditation of a Dental Practice

Accreditation is independent recognition that an organisation, program or activity meets the requirements of defined criteria or standards. Accreditation is an internationally recognised evaluation process used to assess the quality of care and services provided in a range of areas including health care.
Dental Practice Accreditation is awarded to the practice and is location specific.
Accreditation is awarded by an independent accrediting agency once a practice has
submitted evidence demonstrating compliance with the National Safety and Quality in Health Service (NSQHS) Standards.

Dental Excellence has been rewarded with accreditation after collecting information and identifying systems in place within the practice.

Below is Mel & Dorsa holding up our certificate which you will see hanging in our reception area at your next visit!

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The mouth and body connection

clip_image002Respiratory system connection with the mouth

Bad bacteria from an infected mouth, have a direct access to the lungs from the simple act of breathing and the lungs get a double whammy when the same pathogenic bacteria assault them via the blood system.  This is especially true for the geriactic patient or patient with compromised immune systems.

Musculoskeletal system connection with the mouth

Rheumatoid arthritis is a complicated infection/immune response to the joints of the body. There is no proof that gum disease will cause RA but there is a remarkable similarity that exists in the bacteria of an infected mouth and rheumatoid arthritis.  And there is a positive corelation between bone loss in the mouth and body.

Endocrine system connection with the mouth

Forget the word endocrine and think of diabetes!  There is NO question that periodontal disease makes diabetes worse and that diabetes makes gum disease worse.  If you are diabetic you must, absolutely must have a perfectly clean mouth and only a qualified dentist/hygienist team can help you achieve this.

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We hope you find this information helpful!

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