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From the Blog


  • Meth-a-morphosis

    Meth-a-morphosis

    Meth use can mess up the body’s chemical structure, cause problems with both heart and lungs and it also changes the user’s appearance and behaviour. It often doesn’t take long before meth users might not even look or act like themselves.

    Ever heard of “meth mouth?” It isn’t pretty. Meth mouth is severe tooth decay and loss of teeth, as well as tooth fracture, acid erosion, and other oral problems potentially symptomatic of extended use of the drug methamphetamine. Also referred to as “ice,” “meth,” “speed,” “crank,” “quartz” and “crystal,” this illegal and highly addictive drug can be swallowed, injected, snorted or smoked. In less than a year, meth users can go from having a healthy mouth to rampant decay and tooth loss.

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  • Cereal offenders – What’s hiding in your cereal?

    Cereal offenders – What’s hiding in your cereal?

    In February 2015, the OPC reviewed 20 popular breakfast cereals examining sugar, salt and health claims on the packaging.
    Australian cereal manufacturers are potentially misleading consumers by promoting healthy sounding statements on their packaging despite sugar making up more than 35% of the ingredients of some popular brands, a recent survey has revealed.

    The Obesity Policy Coalition (OPC) analysed the labels of 20 popular breakfast cereals and found that the majority of products carried healthy sounding claims such as a ‘source of fibre’, ‘69% wholegrain’ and ‘no artificial flavours’ – though some contained more than one third sugar.

    Jane Martin, Executive Manager of the OPC, believes consumers deserve the right to a clearer picture about what they are eating and the Coalition is urging all cereal manufacturers to adopt Australia’s voluntary Health Star Rating labelling system,

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  • Why is a dental microscope often so crucial in root canal treatments?

    Why is a dental microscope often so crucial in root canal treatments?

    Dr Tony Appleton dedicates a large part of his dental practice to endodontic care, concentrating on root canal therapy. During his 29 years working as a dentist he has developed a special interest in the anatomy, diseases and treatment of the tiny root canals that make up the structure of all teeth and takes referrals from other dentists. A key development in the success of his root canal treatments is his use of a high-powered microscope. Pioneered in the late 1990s, the operating dental microscope allows the operator to see the inside of a tooth and the root canal system at a magnification of up to 25 times, with added lighting. This is especially beneficial for accurate visualisation of the complex anatomy within the root canal system.

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  • Australians need more calcium

    Australians need more calcium

    Calcium is missing in the usual intake of nutrients by Australians, according to two Government bodies.

    The Australian Bureau of Statistics and Food Standards Australia New Zealand say that only one-in-four females and one-in-two males meet their calcium requirements from food.

    Calcium is required for strong, healthy bones and teeth. Low calcium intake is also linked to osteoporosis – a low bone density condition.

    Dairy foods are the richest source of calcium in the Australian diet.

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  • How we can help make your anaesthetic injection virtually pain free

    How we can help make your anaesthetic injection virtually pain free

    If you’re one of the many people who are scared of the dentist and/or have a needle phobia, be reassured: there IS such a thing as a comfortable injection! At Modern Dentistry we work hard to help patients experience a virtually pain-free injection before any dental procedure.

    Many things can help to make things easier for the “dental phobic”:

    • Good communication between you and your dental team will help to reduce your anxiety about the local anaesthetic. You will be given the opportunity to express your concerns and ask questions about the procedure and your dentist will explain everything to you calmly and gently. Together you may be able to identify what is causing the anxiety and work towards reducing it.
    • You will have a numbing gel applied to your gum before the injection and this will help numb the surface before there is any contact with the needle.
    • We will warm the anaesthetic solution to room temperature as this helps to make it far more comfortable than straight from the fridge.
    • Often we can inject a small amount of anaesthetic to numb the area first and only then proceed with administering the rest of the anaesthetic solution. Performing a slow injection makes the experience much easier and comfortable than a fast one.
    • The most important thing you can do is to keep your breathing relaxed and even during the injection. Do not hold your breath and try to relax your shoulders so they don’t tense up. Each time you release a breath, focus on relaxing your body into the soft dental chair. Your dentist will reassure you as the injection is given.
    • If you need a few items sorting, to increase your comfort and confidence your dentist may suggest scheduling short appointments for treatments rather than long ones. It may help you to only have one numbing to worry about at a time until you become more relaxed about the anaesthetic process.
    • In serious cases of dental phobia your dentist may be able to prescribe oral sedatives to help you relax

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    Welcome to Modern Dentistry

    Modern Dentistry is a refreshingly new concept in dental care.

    By bringing together many of the world's proven and advanced dental technologies under one roof and combining these with the skills of a cutting edge team of dental professionals, we aim to provide the ultimate in dental care. Our clinical skills are backed up by our dedicated support team who offer a concierge level of customer service to ensure each visit is relaxing and enjoyable. They will ensure that you are provided with the ultimate level of customised service and care.

    By design, Modern Dentistry doesn't look or feel like a traditional dental practice. The luxurious decor and high quality finish of the surroundings reflect the high standards of service we aim to provide. Our team create an inviting and calming atmosphere so you can sit back, relax and have an enjoyable and personal experience. 

    Our location has your convenience in mind, situated in Civic, we are within walking distance from the Canberra Centre and in the centre of the Canberra Central Business District.

    Our Mission Statement
    We will provide the very best patient service in the
    field of Dental Health, delivering it with empathy.

     

    Modern Dentistry is a QIP Accredited Practice

    Currently, it is not mandatory for dental practices in Australia to become accredited. However, Dr Tony Appleton and the team at Modern Dentistry believe that it is imperative not only to provide the best dental care, but also to be accountable for all of the processes that concern patient relations, health and safety and legislative governance and to strive for perfection and improvement wherever they see the need.

    Being a QIP Accredited practice means that Modern Dentistry’s valued patients, benefit from a number of governing policies that are put in place to provide a working model for best practice. One such policy, for example, allows us to use and monitor meticulous infection control practices whenever you visit. All staff are conversant with the requirements of infection control set out by the relevant governing bodies both nationally and at state level and all staff receive regular training and updates in this critical area of patient care. Along with this, Modern Dentistry also prides itself on it’s Work Health and Safety standards and consistently reviews risk management strategies so that patients, staff and other visitors to the practice may rest assured that their physical and mental well-being is of utmost importance to us.

    Accreditation means that all our staff members follow strict protocols when it comes to patient privacy and confidentiality and measures are in place to ensure that each patient receives information about the treatment they are to receive so that they can make informed decisions based upon that information. We want our patients to have a voice and be pro-active in their treatment.

    We are proud to be a QIP Accredited practice and to offer our patients the very best care we can.

    Achieving accreditation demonstrates a commitment to the provision of excellent dental care and continuous quality improvement within the practice environment.