Gratitude

Dear Mike, Erica and team at Waiheke Dental

Letting you know that WINZ approved the $200 payment for my dental treatment today and apparently it is direct credited to your account.

I also just wanted to acknowledge your kindness, understanding and generosity in your dealings with one who, in the short term anyway, is not a ‘high value’ client. It is very sobering to find oneself in the position of needing government support to live – at an age theoretically nearing retirement. It adds to my own compassion for others in need but it also makes me extremely aware of the people who are non-judgmental and supportive – and the extremely rare cases of businesses that treat people in all circumstances with respect and care. That of course comes down to the people who make up that business and you seem to have a remarkable team of like-minded people who genuinely care for their community.

So – big ups to all of you and thanks again.

(name supplied but withheld for privacy reasons)

Latest Conference News

On the 20th July 2018 Melanie attended the Hygienist and Oral Health Therapist conference in Christchurch. This was a two day conference for both Hygienists and Oral Therapists
Topics Inculded:

  • Dental Disease and Diet
  • Integrating Oral Cancer screening into your Practice
  • Improving the quality and quantity of gingival tissue
  • Social responsibility in todays world.  What does it mean for NZDHA
  • From then to Now: 50 years on, the success and challenges
  • A work shop on practical applications for sugar reduction.
  • A hands on workshop on perfecting posterior restorations
  • Stainless steel crowns, what we already know and what are we investigating in NZ
  • Deep in the Pockets – Periodontal treatments
  • Maintenance and Prevention of Periodontal and Implant Disease
  • Waste free and reducing waste for a brighter future.

Melanie was very interested both personally and professionally with Nutrition and Dental Health.   She was very fortunate to meet and listen to Dr Steven Lin the author of The Dental Diet.  Mel now has his book.   Dr Lin believes that nutrition and dental health go hand and hand.  His program helps his patients solve the cause of dental disease.  It merges dental nutrition, breathing, airway, and functional orthodontics and sleep health.  The oral systemic link is clearer than ever.

Melanie returned very inspired and said it was one of the best conferences she had attended.

Roadworks on Putiki Road

*UPDATE* we now have use of our parks on Putiki Road so all is back to normal!

ROADWORKS on Putiki Road start on 22 March 2018. We are unsure on a timeline for customer access/ parking restrictions etc. In the first instance please access the dental centre driveway and park under the decking. If these spaces are full or if you have difficulty using steps, please make use of the parking Richard from RAW has kindly offered us. Please see the photos below as a guide. Should you need any help or have any queries please don’t hesitate to call us on 372 7422.

 

 

Free Dental Care for under 18 Year olds!

Did you know that free dental treatment is available for students starting year 9 until their 18th birthday, under the government funded scheme?

We have a full-time Oral Health Specialist, Melanie Mitchell, who specialises in adolescent dental care and hygiene treatments. Melanie is here Monday to Friday.

All you need to do when moving from year 8 to year 9 is to contact us to register. Don’t worry, we will sort out the paperwork!

Maybe you know someone that goes to another school, or is already working (& under 18), that lives on the island, they are welcome to have their dental treatment here too as there are no ‘zones’ as to where you can attend.

Waiheke Dental Centre has been offering this service for over 20 years and we pride ourselves on our proactive, preventative approach to adolescent oral health.

We also do free fast braces assessments for those of you who want to straighten out a few wayward pearly whites!

If you would like to know more about Fast Braces give us a call and we can book an assessment where Dr. Mike can walk you through the options and discuss whether Fastbraces are the right option for your child (or even yourself!).

Free Fast Braces Assessments

If you or someone you know is looking at getting their teeth straightened FastBraces is a great option, with most cases taking 3 months to a year to achieve an acceptable result it is much faster than traditional orthodontic braces which typically take 2 years or more.

Are you are interested but not completely sold? That is okay and understandable so why not give us a call to book in a free, no obligation FastBraces consultation where Dr. Mike can go over the options and tell you whether FastBraces is the right option for you.

For more information visit our Fastbraces page or visit the Fastbraces website itself.

We look forward to hearing from you and achieving your dental dental aesthetic aspirations!

Xylitol – what is it? What are the implications of its use for me?

Xylitol is a sugar alcohol (or polyol) that is used as an alternative to sugar. Xylitol is more commonly used than you think being found in honey, jam and chocolate as well as medications and oral care products. Xylitol also naturally occurs in small amounts in some fruits.

A general Health benefit of Xylitol is it has a lesser effect on blood sugar levels than sugar, due to its slow absorption rate. It can be useful as an alternative to reduce sugar consumption for people with diabetes as it does not raise blood glucose or insulin levels.

It has a reduced caloric value which can be helpful in weight control. One spoon of sugar contains 16 calories versus 10 calories from xylitol. It is however not recommended to consume more than 50 g xylitol per day, due to it reducing absorption leading to water retention and diarrhoea.

Benefits to Dentistry?

  • Xylitol is not metabolised by bacteria in the mouth and so it does not contribute to tooth decay.
  • It also helps remineralise tooth enamel.
  • Chewing sugar-free gum stimulates the flow of saliva through the chewing action; stimulated saliva helps to reduce acidity in the mouth by washing away plaque acids and contributes to their neutralisation by providing an important buffer, bicarbonate.
  • Stimulation of saliva flow through the use of sugar-free gum results in a 10–12-fold increase over a resting saliva rate, which helps wash away debris of food particles and sugars from the mouth and restores optimum pH levels in the mouth faster than without sugar-free gum.
  • Saliva also has an important role in the maintenance of tooth mineralisation as it provides the calcium and phosphate ions used to repair damaged enamel and it encourages the remineralisation of early cavities.
  • Chewing gum sweetened with xylitol also helps reduce oral Streptococcus mutanslevels, a key pathogen responsible for cavities.

Xylitol is a useful alternative to sugar but moderation in the quantity consumed is important. Sugar-free chewing gums using xylitol are a convenient, simple and effective means of improving dental health through the stimulation of saliva when used regularly throughout the day.

This article has been altered from Gardner, E. British Dental Journal, 2017 Aug, Vol.223(3), pp.141-141. DOI: 10.1038/sj.bdj.2017.650

Sodium Lauryl Sulphate

Sodium Lauryl Sulphate is an inexpensive and very effective foaming agent. Tests in the US indicate that it is safe for consumer use ( Bondi et al. 2015). The Australian government’s Department of Health and Ageing and its National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS) have also determined SLS does not react with DNA. 

However if you would like to use a toothpaste that does not contain Sodium Lauryl Sulphate we have Oxyfresh Lemon-Mint Toothpaste (also fluoride free).

The other Oxyfresh toothpaste we stock does contain Sodium Lauryl Sulphate and fluoride with the addition of Zinc for infection control.

All Oxyfresh pastes, gels and rinses as well as our EPIC mouth rinse, gum and toothpaste contain Xylitol. Xylitol is a natural sugar derived from Birch Bark, which given its chemical structure is harder for bacteria to metabolize and thrive on, leading to a decrease in decay and gum/jawbone disease.

Bamboo Toothbrushes just landed!

Just landed! We are pleased to now stock Go Bamboo toothbrushes. This company, in Gisborne, was created as they were serious about keeping plastic off our coastlines, beaches and out of our oceans. When you’ve finished with your toothbrush you can put it to another use, like cleaning your bike or jewellery. When it’s really done its dash, shave the bristles off and recycle. The handle will break down eventually in compost. Go Bamboo Toothbrushes are perfect for the whole family. BPA-free and available in adult and child sizes …they also clean your teeth really well. Check out www.gobamboo.co.nz to find out more.

Tobacco, alcohol and recreational drugs.  How do they affect oral health?

Tobacco can damage the gum tissues causing inflammation and periodontal disease (gum disease). Use of tobacco, ecstasy, amphetamines, and methamphetamines can also lead to tooth loss by constricting the small capillaries in the gums, affecting how the bone attaches to the soft tissue of teeth.

The use of alcohol, marijuana, ecstasy, amphetamines, methamphetamines, heroin and replacement therapies such as methadone limit saliva production causing dry mouth, the risk of tooth decay, gum disease and erosion.

Ecstasy raises body temperature, which can lead to an increase in the consumption of sugary drinks. Most alcoholic drinks are very sugary and acidic. Frequent consumption of these drinks will demineralise and weaken tooth enamel, which is the first step in tooth decay.

Tooth grinding and jaw clenching can occur with ecstasy, cocaine, amphetamine and methamphetamine use. Tooth grinding is known as bruxism and can lead to extreme wear, especially when combined with dry mouth. It can cause cracked and broken teeth and nerve damage.

Smoking cigarettes contributes to bad breath, the buildup of tartar on teeth and the staining of teeth, tongue and gums. Staining may appear yellow or black.

Excessive alcohol consumption and drug use can result in neglected oral hygiene self-care

Tobacco contains carcinogens, and is a major risk factor associated with oral cancer. Excessive consumption of alcohol significantly raises the risk of oral cancer, and when combined with smoking tobacco this risk is increased even more dramatically. Like tobacco, smoking marijuana also increases the risk of developing oral cancer.

Melanies Dental Hygiene Tips!

fullsizerender-1Hi my names Melanie Mitchell, I am a Oral Health Therapist working at Waiheke Dental Centre in Ostend. I am passionate about oral health education for all and believe that consistent preventative oral care can help you keep your teeth for life and facilitate good overall health.

Much preventative oral health care can be done at home at little cost…add to that routine dental hygiene and check-ups and you have a strategy that will save you money & help you prevent decay, gum disease and help facilitate good over-all health. In this monthly column I will be addressing all sorts of different oral health topics.

This week we will start with some basics:

Here are some strategies to keep a healthy mouth for a life time.

1. Brushing twice a day for 2 minutes, morning and before bed using either an electric toothbrush or a soft manual brush. research suggests that an electric toothbrush removes more plaque then a manual when used correctly.

2. Daily flossing before brushing – this helps remove bacterial plaque from between the teeth. if you hate flossing with tape, try inter-dental brushes, water flosses or floss on handles.

3. If using a mouth rinse, use an alcohol free one, as alcohol based rinses dry out your mouth. salt water rinses help keep your gums clean & healthy.

4. Stay away from sugary foods and drinks. when we eat or drink these sugars it mixes with bacteria in plaque and forms an acid. The acid attack begins the caries/decay process. however if you do drink the fizzy/juice use a straw. if you do eat sweet things brush your teeth directly after.

5. Avoid smoking. smoking and gum disease is linked.

6. Try brushing your teeth with baking soda once a week. it helps to keep your teeth white and alkalizes your mouth.

7. Brush your tongue or use a tongue scraper daily. one cause of bad breath is the buildup of bacteria on the tongue.

8. A diet full of vitamins, minerals, and fresh fruit and vegetable helps keep your mouth healthy.

9. Have routine dental examinations and hygiene treatments. Preventative care is the way to go…both for your health & your pocket!

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