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As of 14th May, the Australian Dental Association (SA Branch) and the SA Government have eased restrictions on the practice of dentistry in the state.

The Mount Barker Dental Centre is now operating under Level 1 restrictions. This means we are able to carry out all aspects of dental treatment, while still adhering to our strict Covid-19 screening and social distancing practices. (This is to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all of our valued patients and staff.)

Please feel free to contact us on 83911655 to make an appointment.

I’m Still Feeling Unsure About My Treatment? What Steps Are In place To Reduce COVID Risks?

As registered health professionals, we are staying up to date with recommendations on how we should manage the risks of COVID. A few of the measures we have taken to ensure your safety are as follows, however if you have any other concerns, please call and talk to a team member to help discuss your individual treatment and needs:

  • Removing magazines and toys from the waiting room
  • Ensuring that social distancing is maintained in the waiting room and reception counter
  • Removal of the lucky dip bin for children (Sorry Kids, will an IOU work?)
  • Using a special mouth wash which eliminates virus’ from the mouth prior to treatment
  • Not seeing patients who have been in contact with a confirmed or suspected COVID-19 case, nor people who are showing cold or flu symptoms
  • Providing hand sanitation prior to patients entering the building
  • Ensuring that personal protective equipment used in the clinic is, as usual, medical grade and approved by the Therapeutic Goods Association of Australia
  • Disinfecting the clinic several times per day with viracidal disinfectants
  • Ensuring that staff are not showing any cold or flu symptoms and haven’t been in contact with a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19
  • Avoiding having extra people in the clinic – please only bring a support person if it is necessary for your treatment or decision making

Dental Anxiety

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Did you know that dental anxiety is very common? Some studies show that dental anxiety is about 20%, but in some age groups it can be as high as 50% or more depending on their past experiences at the dentist.

Anxiety over coming to the dentist can be caused by the treatment, the fear of injections, past experiences, shame of your teeth or even the cost of treatment.

What can I do if I have dental anxiety?

If you have dental anxiety, you aren’t alone and it is nothing to be ashamed of. We are here to help you, and our passion is helping you through the personal challenge of coming to the dentist.

There are some tips to help make coming to the dentist less stressful that you might like to try for your next visit to us..

  1. Make sure you tell the person that is treating you so they can help as much as possible. Is there something in specific that you don’t like, is it the sounds? Is it laying back? Sometimes we can try to eliminate or reduce the things that you are fearful of.
  2. Don’t wait until you are in pain to come. When you are in pain, you are already feeling on edge, overwhelmed and in discomfort. Treatment options are usually more drastic, so it’s like diving straight into the deep end. We are then able to consider what treatment needs to be done, and plan how you would feel most comfortable having that achieved. Did you know we can offer sedation? Unfortunately, intravenous sedation (known as twilight sedation) needs to be organised prior with an anesthetist but is a great option if you are truly terrified as you will have no memory of the procedure.
  3. Have someone drive you or bring a support person. Some people feel too overwhelmed to even write forms on the day.
  4. If you would like to, you can wait outside until your appointment.
  5. Some people find having someone else book the appointment so you don’t worry about it or stress about it can help, or if you do, some people find morning appointments are better for them so that they have less time to worry about it on the day.

What Options Do I have If I need Treatment?

If you need treatment, we have the following options depending on the severity of your anxiety..

  1. Taking things slowly, working through the anxiety and gradually building your confidence up
  2. ‘Happy Gas’ (Nitrous Oxide Sedation) – this just helps you to focus on your breathing and relaxes you slightly. It wears off instantly and you can drive straight away afterwards. When we describe it to children we say that it makes the butterflies in their tummy go to their hands and feet and sometimes they can start to feel a little bit tingly instead. You do not say silly things and can openly communicate with us through the procedure, should you want to discuss anything. For many people, this is enough. We are able to provide this every day in the clinic and all dentists are trained to administer the gas.
  3. Intravenous sedation (IV) – during this twilight sedation, you will be very drowsy. You do not say anything bad and most people do not remember the treatment that they receive. A GP anesthetist provides sedation and we provide the dentistry services. As a third party does the sedation this is not something we are able to provide on the day and must be pre organised. You are unable to drive afterwards and will need someone to supervise you as you recover (become less drowsy).

The most important thing to remember though, is you are in control and we will always treat you with respect and acknowledge your needs and wishes.

We recommend coming in for a first appointment to meet the dentist and discuss your concerns, treatment needs and treatment goals. Usually we try to do a check-up at this first appointment and take any x-rays that are required. We can discuss payment options, such as a payment plan to help reduce your stress as well. Many people find coming to the dentist isn’t actually as bad as they think it was going to be.

What should your child have in their lunchbox?

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Back to school means the stress of school lunches. Children go to school approximately 180 days per year – that’s basically 50% of the year! What we pack in their lunch box makes a big difference to their oral health.

Nutrition Australia and Victoria Health have made this chart which is a great way to demonstrate how we can achieve a balanced lunchbox. With fruit time increasingly popular in schools, we often forget about 2, 3, 4 and 5!

Sugars, are they all equal for our teeth?

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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

Oral Care Waste & Changing Your Toothbrush

So the question is, how often should we replace our toothbrush?

Usually, the recommended time frame is every 3-4 months, however each person is different in the way they use their toothbrush. If you press quite hard, you may need to change your toothbrush a bit sooner than recommended. It is recommended that you brush for 2 minutes, morning and night time with a soft toothbrush. People following this recommendation, generally, wear their toothbrush out within a 3 month time frame.

If your toothbrush is starting to look shaggy, or if the colour is starting to fade from the tips of the bristles, then it is time to change over. This is because the bristles are no longer as effective as they once were at removing the plaque, particularly from the difficult areas of our teeth, such as the grooves, and in-between teeth, even if the teeth look very clean from the front.

But what about the impact of our oral care?

The medical industry unfortunately, can create a substantial amount of waste through gloves, gauze – even cups. We do what we can to reduce our impact by participating in recycling programms, using biodegradable products, and minimizing the amount of disposable items needed by sourcing items we can sterilize instead, whilst ensuring absolute compliance to infection control guidelines. There is one thing that our patients can help up us with at home, that will help us reduce our footprint even more. Home care product recycling!

We have made use of the Terracycle Oral Care Recycling Programme, which is designed to recycle the plastics used in toothbrushes specifically, as regular recycling is not catered to use this type of plastic.

How Can I Get Involved?

All you need to do, to help us reduce the impact of oral care on the environment, is bring your old toothbrushes and empty toothpaste tubes with you to your appointment with us. The toothpaste tubes need to be rinsed thoroughly prior to ensure there is no product left. Many people use toothbrushes for cleaning after they are finished with it in their mouth – and that is fine too – once its had it’s day, we are happy to recycle it for you.

If you would like to learn more about Terracycle Oral Care Recycling, or how they recycle the oral products, click here.

And now.. time for a dad joke..

Lemon and Water Detox

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There are many resources on line that discuss the benefits of adding lemon slices, or lemon juice to water. Similarily, many people add apple cider vinegar to water. Whilst we don’t aim to prove or disprove this, we do have a concern for your teeth. Lemon is very acidic, and the enamel on our teeth begins to soften and ‘disolve’ or ‘dissociate (lose) its ions’ at a a pH of 5.5. This means that the enamel can become weaker, or thinner. It means that it can speed up decay, prevent fluoride from being able to remineralise enamel as effectively, make teeth appear much smaller, and make the teeth look much more yellow in appearance. It can reduece the lifespan of your fillings as well, causing them to fail sooner than we would expect. Below is a video as published by the Australian Dental Association.

Lemon water

Lemon water – healthy or damaging? Take a look at this short video to learn about the effects of lemon water on your teeth.

Posted by Caring For Your Kids' Teeth on Wednesday, 6 September 2017

If you still choose to drink lemon and water, we have some suggestions wating for you to help reduce the impact of the acid. We want to work with you, to ensure your chompers chomp the mile you need them to!

Hello, Afterpay.

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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.

DIY Tooth Whitening – Does it Work?

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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!

HiSmile Review – Does it actually work??

Does HiSmile actually work? Is it worth your money?Chances are, you’ve seen the likes of Kylie Jenner or Conor McGregor with a blue-light gadget in their mouth supposedly responsible for their pearly whites. That product is called HiSmile. Obviously if it’s good enough for these high profile celebrities, it should be good enough for me right? I mean, I’m only a dentist. So being the curious person that I am, I’ve decided to put HiSmile to the test. I’ve used the product as instructed and I’ve documented my journey as accurately as possible. The BEFORE and AFTER photos taken have been taken with the same camera, in the same lighting conditions with the same camera settings. No filter, no dodgy tricks.Watch the entire review to find out whether or not HiSmile actually works? You can also read more about the reasons behind why HiSmile did/didn’t work in our blog here: if you want to know more about teeth whitening in general and what products actually work, read our blog here: you enjoy the review. Let us know your thoughts and if you have any questions, please leave it in the comments section down below.

Posted by Method Dental on Friday, 15 February 2019

Gap free mouthguards! (or $50 if you don’t have private extras insurance)

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Each year Mount Barker Dental Centre runs a campaign encouraging sports men, women and children to wear a properly fitted mouthguard when they play any contact sport. This greatly reduces the chance of breaking a tooth while playing a contact sport. Through local sporting clubs, we offer to supply custom-made and fitted mouthgurads for ‘dental benefits only’ or $50 for those without dental health insurance.

The process is very simple. We work with your club to find a time for us to visit and take dental impressions for each participant. Participants then follow up with a visit to our clinic for a final fitting.

To get the ball rolling please contact your local sporting club. If they wish to participate ask them to email us at Mount Barker Dental Centre (

If your sporting club does not wish to participate in this campaign, just ring to organise a time at the clinic for an impression to be taken. Please phone 83911655 for an appointment.



An update on dental funding for kids

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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?


Opening Hours

Monday          8:30 – 7 PM
Tuesday          8:30 – 8 PM
Wednesday    8:30 – 6 PM
Thursday        8:30 – 6 PM
Friday              8:30 – 5:30 PM
Saturday         8:30 – 1 PM

Our goal is to help each and every one of our patients to become a Happy Chomper.

To us a Happy Chomper is a person who enjoys the benefits of good teeth and, more generally, good oral health throughout their life-long dental journey.