Welcome to Morley Dental Centre

Opening Hours : Monday to Saturday from 8am
  Contact : (08) 9276 3177

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas from everyone at Morley Dental Centre!

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Our opening hours over Christmas and New Year are:
Sat 24th Dec – Closed
Sun 25th Dec – Closed
Mon 26th Dec – Closed
Tues 27th Dec – Closed
Weds 28th Dec- 8am – 6pm
Thurs 29th Dec- 8am – 6pm
Fri 30th Dec – 8am – 6pm
Sat 31st Dec – 8am – 1pm
Sun 1st Jan – Closed
Mon 2nd Jan – Closed
Tues 3rd Jan – 8am – 6pm

Phone (08) 9276 3177

In an emergency please contact:
Perth Central Dental Centre (08) 9222 5950
or
Lifecare – Kingsway (08) 9409 3619 / Forrest Chase (08) 9221 2777

We look forward to seeing you in 2017.

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Manual versus Electric, what is best?

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How often do you brush your teeth?

How long do you brush your teeth for?

Have you ever put much thought into it?

How often, how long and how you use your brush all influence the effectiveness of your brushing. What type of brush comes down to personal choice, you need to use the best option for you at removing plaque. You should be brushing for a minimum of 2 minutes, morning and night.

Manual toothbrushes should have soft bristles(avoid or hard) and a small head. Brush gently at a 45 degree angle in circular motions avoiding scrubbing and hard pressure as this will damage the tooth enamel and gums. If you do not think you are brushing for long enough put on your favourite song and brush systematically covering all surfaces until the song finishes. You should replace your manual toothbrush when the bristles start to spread or every 3 months.

The advantage of an electric toothbrush is the oscillating heads which supply the movement meaning all you have to do is guide the brush from tooth to tooth. An electric toothbrush can be effective for those who struggle to manoeuvre a manual toothbrush correctly as they are less dependent on technique. Children often enjoy using an electric toothbrush with colours and music. You need to remain mindful not to press too hard as this wears away tooth enamel and can also damage your gums. An added feature of many electric toothbrushes is a timer which vibrates or stops after 2 minutes so as you know you have brushed for long enough. The heads should be replaced when the bristles start to spread or every 3 months.

Keep in mind when shopping for a toothbrush the higher the price does not always equal a better brush, consult with your dentist for the best option for you.

Not only is the technique used to brush your teeth important using the right toothpaste for your oral health needs is important. There are many types to choose from, the thing to look for is fluoride. Fluoride in toothpaste strengthens and protects your teeth, this in turn prevents decay. Children between 18 months and six years old should only use a pea size amount of low fluoride toothpaste and be sure not to swallow it, for children under 18 months it is recommended to use a brush with only water.

Finally brushing your tongue reduces the bacteria in your mouth and helps your breath stay fresh. Gently use the bristles and scrape forward.
Do not underestimate the importance of continuing to floss to reach the areas a toothbrush cannot.

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Dental Health Week 1st-7th August 2016

Dental Health week this year focuses on Women and Oral Health through different life stages.

For information about your and your families oral health visit www.dentalhealthweek.com.au

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National Diabetes Week July 10th-16th 2016

How can diabetes affect your oral health?

We all have small bacteria living in our mouths. If they are not removed they cause inflammation of the gums resulting in periodontal disease (gum disease).

Gum disease is common among people living with diabetes. Age and poor blood sugar control can increase the chances of gum disease. Gum disease in a serious state can cause blood sugar levels to rise making it hard for people with diabetes to control.

Diabetes is when the body does not produce or use insulin correctly. Insulin is required to convert sugar and other foods into energy. With diabetes your body has trouble producing or using insulin and as a result your body does not get the energy it needs and blood sugar levels remain too high. Diabetes can not only affect your oral health but increase the risk of heart disease and sleep apnoea.

Over 100,000 people in Western Australia have diabetes. 9.5% have type 1, 87.5% type 2 and 2.6% gestational diabetes. Type 1 is when the body doesn’t produce enough insulin usually diagnosed in childhood/ early adulthood. There is no prevention or cure. Type 2 is more common due to lifestyle choices; type 2 is managed with diet and exercise along with occasionally medications. Gestational is due to the hormones that help a baby grow blocking the production of insulin.

Diabetes may lead to higher risk of infections not only in the gums but tooth decay due to the high level of glucose in the saliva and oral thrush.

There are ways to minimise these risks.

  • Brush your teeth twice a day to remove plaque. Most importantly brush at night when bacteria does the most harm.
  • Clean between teeth once a day to remove plaque.
  • Use fluoridated toothpaste with antibacterial properties.
  • Regularly visit your dentist and hygienist.
  • Do not smoke.

 

Concerned about diabetes?  Some signs can be:

  • Constant hunger/thirst
  • Blurred vision
  • Persistent fatigue
  • Weight loss without dieting
  • Dry mouth
  • Increased urination
  • Dry skin

    However many warning signs go unnoticed.

    It is important to see your doctor for tests if you are at all concerned about having diabetes. Keep your dentist up to date with your diabetic condition and talk to your hygienist about potential gum problems.MH_gum_disease

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    Wanting to perfect your smile while maintaining your lifestyle?


    There is now an exciting alternative to braces that allows you to celebrate special occasions like weddings or birthdays while unrecognisably straightening your teeth.

    Here at Morley Dental Centre Dr Klup offers an exciting new alternative to braces.

    Invisalign is a discreet and comfortable way of straightening your smile. With custom made clear removable aligners, Invisalign allows you to eat the foods you enjoy and most importantly brush and floss as normal.

    Initially Dr Klup will take photos, x-rays and dental impressions to create a treatment plan custom to your desired outcome.

    A specialised laboratory will then use there records to customise the 3D treatment plan.

    Once you are happy, the customised aligners will be manufactured ready for your next appointment with Dr Klup.

    At this time you will be given a series of aligners (3-4 sets at a time) you will wear them everyday only taking them out to eat and drink. Changing sets every two weeks.

    To ensure Invisalign doesn’t interfere with your busy lifestyle you will only have to visit Dr Klup every 6-8 weeks to monitor progress and receive the next instalment of aligners.

    If you have been reluctant to straighten your teeth due to the fear of wearing braces, ask our friendly reception to schedule a comprehensive consultation with Dr Klup to discuss whether Invisalign is right for you.

    Please note there are other options in clear aligners, these will be discussed at the consultation.

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    Healthy teeth for life

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    Looking after your children’s teeth from an early age is important to promote healthy habits for a lifetime.

    Early check-ups help to prevent tooth decay and provide education for healthy habits. Baby teeth are just as important as adult (permanent) teeth, influencing jaw growth, speech and the position of the adult teeth.

    Our dentists are experienced in all aspects of dentistry, and enjoy working with children (as well as mums and dads!)

    To take care of your family’s dental health get in touch today and secure an appointment. Phone 9276 3177

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    Only floss the teeth you want to keep!

    The truth about Gum Disease

    Periodontal disease or commonly known as Gum Disease is the inflammation and infection of the gums. This is usually caused by bacteria and a build up of plaque on teeth.

    When left untreated the inflammation and infection worsens, causing gums to recede or the pocket between the gum and teeth to increase resulting in bone loss and loose teeth. The final result is possible extraction by a dentist.

    Signs of periodontal disease to be mindful of:
    o Bad breath
    o Red, swollen, bleeding gums
    o Nasty taste in mouth
    o Denture fit has changed

    Common Causes:

    o Build up of plaque and calculus
    o Genetics. Yes unfortunately! Ask your family members if they have ever experienced problems with periodontal disease.

    In addition gum disease can be exasperated by unstable diabetes, smoking, mouth breathing and sleep apnoea.

    Treatment:

    After a dentist has examined your teeth and gums a treatment plan will be developed custom to your treatment needs. If you are diagnosed with periodontal disease appointments will be made with one of our experienced dental hygienists, they will begin by answering any questions you may have. The hygienist’s intention is to remove build ups of plaque and calculus using special instruments, a local anaesthetic may be used to numb the area for treatment to ensure you remain comfortable. As part of your appointment your hygienist will demonstrate ways to improve your oral hygiene at home. In some cases the intervention of a specialist periodontist may be required.

    The benefit of treatment is not only a mouth that feels and looks healthier, chances of keeping your teeth for life increases along with your overall health. Studies show that gum disease is linked to heart disease and premature births.

    If you take action today you can help prevent gum disease and take control of your oral health. Brush morning and night with a soft bristle brush and floss once a day. A healthy diet can also help prevent gum disease, high-sugar diets can contribute to a build up of plaque.

    If you are concerned about the health of your gums please call us today on 9276 3177 to reserve a time with on of our experienced dentists.

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    Xmas Pug

    Free Clean

    8 Weeks until 2016!

    Have you used your FREE HBF clean for this year?

    Call now to book in before the Christmas rush. #useitorloseit

    *Conditions apply

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