10 things we should all know about sugary drinks – From NZDA

  1. What are sugary drinks? 
    Beverages with added sugars, such as carbonated (fizzy) soft drinks, energy drinks, flavoured waters, fruit drinks and cordials, sports drinks, fruit juices and flavoured milks and breakfast drinks.
  2. How much sugar do they really have?
    On average, a 600ml bottle of fizzy contains more than 16 teaspoons of sugar. This is over 5 times the recommended daily intake of sugar for a child. The World Health Organisation recommends a maximum daily sugar intake of 3 teaspoons for children and six for adults.
  3. Do sugary drinks harm children’s teeth?
    Sugary drinks contain large amounts of sugar which dramatically increases the risk of tooth decay. All sugary drinks, including sugar-free or “diet” versions contain acids that irreversibly damages teeth through the erosion of tooth enamel.
  4. Is it okay to drink fruit juice? 
    Even unsweetened natural juices contain sugars and acids, so if you are thirsty, it’s better to drink water. The main problem with fruit juice is that it contains no fibre and is very high in sugar. It’s best to eat your fruit.
  5. What about sports drinks and energy drinks?
    Energy drinks and sports drinks contain as much sugar as fizzy drinks. The Ministry of Health and Health Promotion Agency state that energy drinks should not be consumed by children or adolescents and routine consumption of sports drinks should be avoided.
  6. Are diet drinks okay?
    Although diet beverages contain no calories, they have a high acid content which harms teeth. They have the potential to displace water and milk which are the best drink choice for children. They also maintain a desire for sweet food and drinks.
  7. What are the other health effects of drinking too many sugary drinks?
    The consumption of sugary drinks has been linked to obesity, type two diabetes, heart disease and hypertension. For children and youth, an increase of one serving of sugary drinks per day increases the odds of being obese by 60%. One can a day leads to a 25% greater risk of developing type two diabetes compared with people who rarely consume such drinks.
  8. Is obesity really a problem in New Zealand? 
    Ministry of Health figures show that one in three children (2- 14 years) is either overweight or obese. The World Health Organisation has long identified major links between childhood obesity and chronic diseases in adulthood.
  9. Why single out sugary drinks? 
    Sugary drinks are different from food in that they are consumed in massive quantities, have no nutritional value, and are clearly linked to obesity and type two diabetes. Additionally, unlike other foods with sugar, sugary drinks don’t make us feel full. Sugary drinks are the number one source of added sugar in the New Zealand diet.
  10. What are the best drinks? 
    Water is the best drink. For children of all ages, water and milk are the best choices. As well as having zero calories, water is a no-sugar thirst-quencher. Milk contains calcium, and contributes to a child’s daily calcium intake.

Braces on Waiheke – Part 2

In this article we’ll look at Myofunctional Research Co. treatment

Myofunctional Research Co. technology is designed to treat developing teeth & jaw crowding problems in children.

Their Trainer and Myobrace Systems are a no-braces approach to straightening your child’s teeth and jaws. (Did you know, three out of four children have crowded teeth and incorrectly developing jaws. These problems can be seen from as early as 5 years of age!)

Treatment uses myofunctional orthodontic techniques to address the poor oral habits (known as myofunctional habits) that are the real, underlying causes of crooked teeth and uses light, intermittent forces to align the teeth. Myofunctional orthodontic techniques have been practiced by Orthodontists and Dentists around the world for over 50 years.

This is done through the use of a series of removable dental appliances that are worn for just 1-2 hours each day and overnight while sleeping. Daily use of the Myobrace combined with regular activities (to improve breathing, muscle function and tongue posture) results in straighter teeth and improved function, leading to optimal facial development and a healthier smile. In a lot of cases better and faster results are achieved with the short term use of a cemented wire device to improve the jaw shape.

With the cases already treated we have great results!

More information can be found at these web addresses:  https://fastbraces.com & http://www.myofunctionalresearch.com

If you are interested in Fastbraces® or Myofunctional Research treatment, the first step to a great smile is to meet one-on-one with Dr. Michael Stevens to determine if you are a candidate for either of the systems. Dr. Michael Stevens then does a free exam of your mouth and smile. If you want to proceed, the next step, is impressions and x-rays to help Dr. Michael Stevens create a customised treatment plan designed specifically for your smile.

Phone 372-7422 to book in

Braces on Waiheke – Part 1

We offer orthodontic services using both Fastbraces® Technology and Myofunctional Research Co® technologies.

In this article we’ll look at Fastbraces.

Fastbraces is great for sorting out front teeth that are out-of-line, twisted or tilted. It is suitable for both adults and adolescents. It is able to be used for a number of orthodontic issues you just need a brief free consultation to discover if it is right for you. Fastbraces® were developed to straighten teeth differently. Fastbraces® does this using a revolutionary system of fast, safe, easy and affordable braces that is changing the field of orthodontics.

Traditional braces move teeth into position in two stages, usually over a period of about two years. In the first year, the crown of the tooth is moved into alignment. In the second year, treatment addresses the position of the root of the tooth.

The brackets used with Fastbraces® work on a different mechanical principle altogether.

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The patented innovative system corrects and realigns the root and crown simultaneously. Fastbraces® Technology gently allows for movement of the roots of the teeth towards their final position from the onset of treatment thus completing treatment from 3 months to about a year. Some patients see results in just weeks! Fastbraces® is more affordable as in most cases, treatment typically takes just a few visits at the dentist’s office. Less visits mean less money spent, less petrol used getting to and from the dentist’s office and less time off school or work!

With the cases already underway we are getting great results!

More information can be found at these web addresses: https://fastbraces.com & http://www.myofunctionalresearch.com

If you are interested in Fastbraces® or Myofunctional Research treatment, the first step to a great smile is to meet one-on-one with Dr. Michael Stevens to determine if you are a candidate for either of the systems. Dr. Michael Stevens then does a free exam of your mouth and smile. The next step, is impressions and x-rays to help Dr. Michael Stevens create a customised treatment plan designed specifically for your smile.

Phone (09) 372 7422 to book in!

 

How is sugar bad for our teeth again?

We’ve all been told before that sugar is the enemy of our beloved tooth enamel, but here are those details that are handy to know…

Your mouth contains the natural bacteria Streptococcus. Once combined with sugar, this bacteria breaks sugar down into acids that eat away at your tooth enamel. The visible parts of your teeth are generally more safe than other areas (like crevices or areas around the gum line); when you brush your teeth or drink water the acids are mostly washed away. However, when the acids are tucked away somewhere in your mouth, they have more time to eat away at your teeth!

Our lovely hygienist Melanie has a good tip for your cleaning routine; when you floss, do it before you brush so areas that may have been blocked or covered before flossing can now be cleaned!

Check out this short video on how tooth decay occurs: Tooth Decay — How it Happens and How to Avoid it

Quick update on Fastbraces® Waiheke

Fastbraces® is great for sorting out front teeth that are out-of-line, twisted or tilted.

It’s suitable for both adults and adolescents, and it’s able to be used for a number of orthodontic issues; you just need to book a free consultation with us to discover if it is right for you!

Traditional braces move teeth into position in two stages, usually over a period of about two years.  However, Fastbraces® uses an innovative triangular bracket and a specially shaped square wire to correct the position of the root of the tooth, from the beginning of treatment. Some patients see results in just weeks!

Since Fastbraces® Technology was first introduced in 1992; there have been great success stories around the world. Both children and adults have seen the benefits of this innovative system. The confidence that is gained from having a healthy, beautiful smile is priceless.

To read more about the technology click here

Or, visit www.fastbraces.com for more amazing stories. You can also visit the Fastbraces® YouTube channel for interesting videos on Fastbraces®.

Yikes! Toddlers with rotten teeth!

This will shock you!

Dentist Rob Beaglehole describes his recent experiences and having to extract teeth from a child only 18 months old in an article published by stuff.co.nz yesterday.

 

The article states:

“Each year 35,000 children aged under 12 have rotten teeth extracted because of excessively sugary diets”

“Struggling through school with the pain and distraction of rotting teeth could cause behavioural and development problems, while the early loss of baby teeth could cause adult teeth to grow irregularly and trigger the need for braces and other orthodontic interventions, Beaglehole said.”

 

This rings alarm bells for us! We must remember that healthy food keeps healthy teeth!

Take a look at the article published by stuff.co.nz yesterday on this and looking at the sugar some children are getting in their diet!

We hosted a Free Dental Day!

On Saturday the 16th May the team at Waiheke Dental Centre hosted a Free Dental Day as part of a nation wide initiative by the New Zealand Dental Association (NZDA) and the Southern Cross Health Trust.

We wanted to help out those of our local community who have trouble getting dental care. We also wanted to raise awareness of the services available to you if you are on a low income.

Dr. Mike in action!

Assisted by two dentists from Auckland; Dr. Cameron Roling in the morningand Dr. Jacy Lin in the afternoon, Dr. Mike and the team treated 31 Waihekeans. Treatments ranged from a simple scale and polish to fillings and both simple and complex extractions. At the end of the day, everyone said it was a wonderful day and wished to do it again in the future. Smiles from the patients were everything we could’ve hoped for!

Dr. Cameron RolingDr. Jacy Lin

 

 

 

 

 

Both the NZDA and Southern Cross are already looking at offering this again in November to reach up to 1500 patients in New Zealand this year as part of the Smile New Zealand project.

 

Festive Season Hours

Sorry we are closed 22nd Dec 2014 to 5th Jan 2015 🙁
Reopen 9:15am Monday 5th Jan
For Emergency advice & care phone Dr Mike on 027 480-4220

Fastbraces® have made their way to Waiheke!

We are excited to announce the beginning of a new chapter for Waiheke Dental Centre; being the provider of Fastbraces®.

Dr. Michael Stevens is now a proud Fastbraces® provider and is eager to get started.

Developed and tested over the past 20 years, Fastbraces® Technology is now becoming available in countries (and islands) around the world.

For more info check our Fastbraces page and Fastbraces.com

What our patients say about us…

We recently conducted an anonymous satisfaction survey with our patients. Overall, respondents liked the way we do things.

 

Nearly 100% of people found making the appointments easy, the process easy, and the staff helpful, polite and considerate – “Everyone is friendly and helpful”.

Similarly the facilities themselves rated highly, except music (83% found the music pleasant), so as a result we have freshened up the decor and have a wider selection of music.

Other comments that were made in relation to the general atmosphere at Waiheke Dental Centre  were – “Warm in winter”, “Nice garden outlook”, and “I can read the herald when I arrive”.

 

We would also like to report that all the staff were rated highly (97%-100%) – “Melanie is great and she always makes me at ease”.

In relation to treatment we found that we explain treatments and give alternatives well, as well as completing treatments with quality and in a friendly and efficient way.

Fees were rated as fair by 85% of respondents, with 15% unsure and  0% unfair, some patient comments were: “Make it cheaper”, and “Cost is similar to other dentists”. From these responses we feel there is a balanced response to our fees.

 

Thank you for your responses, we are always looking to improve and we welcome your feedback!