Issue #8 Summer 12/13

A Year In Review
With Christmas fast approaching and 2013 just around the corner, it’s the time of year everyone reflects on this year’s events and makes plans for the new one on its way. This year has certainly been a busy year for the SmileBright Team, with new treatment options, continuing education courses, community service and recognition. We would like to take this opportunity to sincerely Thank You, our wonderful patients for being a part of the SmileBright Dental Family, and we wish you all a very safe and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. We look forward to seeing you again in 2013! well as attending The Glen Wedding Expo. Donna also visited a few local schools this year with her Oral Health Education Presentations speaking with the Year 2’s at Sunnybank Hills State School, and also the entire school over a whole week at Runcorn Heights State School. 2012 also brought with it some recognition for our dedicated team in being named Finalists in the 2012 Quest Business Achiever Awards.

2012 INTRODUCTIONS
2012 brought with it a very exciting new treatment option which thus far has been very successful with both our patients and staff. In April we added Invisalign to our extensive list of available treatment options, with Alan our Hygienist the very first patient to undergo the invisible orthodontic treatment. Alan is a third of the way through his treatment at the moment and his progress is fantastic. Stacey our Front Office Manager is also about to commence her Invisalign treatment in the coming weeks. You can view their progress on our Facebook page.
Merry Christmas from SmileBright Dental

NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS
It’s this time of year we all start to think about how we want to change and improve for the year to come, and just as we do in our personal lives, the SmileBright Team will be setting out our New Year’s Resolutions as well. The team will be attending various continuing education courses throughout 2013 to ensure we keep up to date with the latest technologies to pass on to you. Also to maintain our high level of patient care, we will be continuing to send surveys throughout 2013 to gather your invaluable feedback to help us to continue to improve our service to you. There are also some very exciting prospects for 2013, although we can’t share them with you just yet, we are excited for what the next twelve months will bring. Watch this space for updates throughout the year.

COMMUNITY SPIRIT
As we’ve mentioned throughout the year we are very passionate about our local community and love getting involved in different community events. In February we were proud sponsors of the annual Stretton Neighbourhood Watch barbeque. We were excited to attend the barbeque to give away goodies and to answer any dental questions our neighbours had. Throughout the year Donna, our Treatment Coordinator and Oral Health Educator attended Mums and Bubs meetings to discuss children’s oral hygiene with new mums, as

What you eat, eats your teeth!
We’ve all heard the saying “You are what you eat” countless times, and while we all tend to agree to some extent with what the 18th Century French lawyer and politician meant when he coined the phrase, have you ever thought about the fact that “what you eat can eat your teeth”.

Fruit juice is often seen as the healthier alternative to soft drinks, however, in reality both juice and soft drink can be extremely damaging. Fruit juices, such as orange juice, contain citric acid and have a pH level of approx 3.00-4.50, while carbonated drinks like colas contain citric acid and phosphoric acid and have a pH range of approx 2.73.5, this puts both extremely low on a pH table. Unfortunately for adults, wine has also been shown to erode teeth with a pH as low as 3.0. The ideal drink to consume between meal times is water which has a healthy neutral pH 7, which is the ideal pH level for our mouths.

PH LEVELS DISSOLVED
While oral hygiene is the major factor in your oral health status, the pH level of the foods you consume and how often you consume them is a contributing factor in the health of your teeth as well as your entire body. Tooth enamel (the hard outer layer of teeth) is the hardest tissue in the human body, however, in an acidic environment the enamel can dissolve, which is called dental erosion. Once the erosion process passes the enamel into the dentine the progression accelerates. Experiencing increased sensitivity and noticing your teeth feeling or even looking shorter are all signs of dental erosion. Although it has the potential to affect anyone, dental erosion is most common in children between 5-17. Due to the increase in acidic food and drink consumption (especially fruit juice, soft drink, energy drinks and confectionery), diet is a major contributor to dental erosion, a condition we now seen more frequently. Other possible sources of damaging erosive acids are from citric acid, exposure to regurgitation of gastric acids, reflux or vomiting.

30 SECONDS TO CRISIS
The most alarming fact is consuming foods with low pH levels, also causes the pH level of your mouth to fall as well – this is when your teeth enter a state of shock and the enamel becomes softer (microscopically) and vulnerable to erosion and decay. It only takes 30seconds for the pH level of your mouth to drop, sending your teeth into crisis mode, but it takes 30minutes for it to restore to a pH neutral state. This is why it is advised to limit snacking throughout the day limiting the amount of times your teeth are made vulnerable and also why it’s recommended to wait at least 30minutes after eating and drinking to brush your teeth.

What’s On
Exciting changes have been happening throughout the shopping centre in the last few months, with Pick ‘N’ Pay making way for Coles and Kmart. The new stores look fantastic and make a modern vibrant change for the centre. Santa will be spreading Christmas cheer throughout the centre from Thursday 6th December until Christmas Eve (except 9/12 and 16/12). Every child to visit Santa will receive a gift as well as the chance to win a Playstation Vita bundle! Visit www.sbhshoppingtown.com.au details on all the centre’s upcoming events.

Sunnybank Hills Shopping Town, Sunnybank Hills Qld 4109 Phone 3272 8833 | Email info@smilebrightdental.com.au

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