Deanna joined the Mount Barker Dental Centre team in 2018 as an Oral Health Therapist and was a valued member of our Happy Chomper Family. Deanna provided treatment to patients of all ages through hygiene with adults and oral examinations and treatment to children. We wish her all the best with her adventures overseas, as she takes some time off to assist special needs children in the UK.
A special farewell to Gigi Efstathiadis who also accompanied Deanna to work. Gigi has been successfully nominated as pet of the week in The Advertiser so we trust she is enjoying her retirement from the practice and has also left to peruse other interests!
Maddie is a new face you might see around the clinic when you are due for your next check up or hygiene appointment as we farewell Deanna.
Sadly, a replacement for Gigi has not yet been found. Please forward your CV for consideration!
Did you know there are different types of sugars? Brown sugar, cane sugar, icing sugar often come to mind, but what about other forms of sugars?
Sugars are classified as 2 different types: either added sugars, or natural sugars.
Added sugars can sneak their way into many foods – tomato sauce, pasta sauce, even ‘natural’ yogurts. Natural sugars can be just as tricky to detect as added sugars. There are 6 main types of natural sugars that we find.
So it’s just sucrose (added sugar) that is bad for my teeth right?
Whilst all sugars may not be considered equal from a health point of view, to our teeth – all sugars, including natural sugars – are in fact damaging, with the exception of lactose. There is little dental decay noticed by lactose alone, but many foods containing lactose may also contain added sugars (yoghurt, ice cream, flavoured milks). Fructose can be especially damaging for our teeth because it is often found in foods that are highly acidic, which adds to the damage they it can do.
So what does this mean for my teeth?
We often see patients who are surprised to find out they have dental decay, especially as they often consider themselves to have no ‘added’ sugar in their diets. Often we would choose to have a piece of fruit rather than a slice of cake for afternoon or morning tea thinking we are making a healthier choice, but in reality, both of these foods are damaging to our teeth. Parents can often fall into this trap with their children, as children that eat several pieces of fruit per day can often require numerous fillings.
How can I prevent sugar damage to my teeth?
The easiest way to prevent the damage of sugar, is to reduce the exposure time. This means to try to have less meals or snacks through the day. This may be conflicting to what you hear with many diets, which suggest eating several small snacks throughout the day.
If you are having several snacks, we recommend finding some foods that are low in natural sugars, as well as added sugar.
Some great examples are: – popcorn – nuts and grains – plain yoghurt (no added sugar, low in lactose – greek) – carrots – celery – eggs
We have great news, we are making it even easier for you to keep up to date with your dental needs. We are now accepting afterpay as a method of payment for your dental treatment – this includes all aspects of dental care that we offer.
Delaying dental treatment can result in more expensive dental treatment, and more invasive dental treatment so we are proud to be one of the first dental clinics in South Australia offering this service.
Do you follow us on facebook? We recently made a post that included a video that discussed DIY tooth whitening kits that you can purchase online. We didn’t do the trial ourselves, so the credit goes to Method Dental for this one – but it is definitely worth a watch! There are so many different ones on the market. Some DIY tooth whitening kits can be very expensive for the value that they offer. We encourage you to seek professional advice before you make a purchase, because we want to ensure the safety of your teeth, as well as your back pocket!
Great news ….. the Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) will continue in 2017! The CDBS was facing the axe as part of the federal government’s search for budget savings but in mid December its continuation was announced.
Even better news was received in February when the federal government announced that CDBS benefits would be $1000 over a two year period (up from the $700 announced in December).
This scheme offers a wonderful opportunity for many families to improve their kids’ oral health. Eligible children aged 2-17 years can access up to $1000 in benefits over a two year period for basic dental services.
Mount Barker Dental Centre’s policy is to accept the scheduled government fee as full payment.
For further information on eligibility and services covered please see our FAQ: How does the government scheme supporting dental care for kids work?
Mount Barker Dental Centre has joined the community based Dental No Interest Loan Scheme (NILS) which offers interest free loans between $300 and $1200 to fund your dental treatment. If you have a Health Care Card or your income (after tax) is less than $45000 per year you may be eligible. Call Uniting Communities on 8202 5180 to let them know that you are interested in applying for a Dental NILS loan.