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Many dentists believe electric toothbrushes are more effective in removing plaque from those hard to reach places that ordinary manual toothbrushes would miss. Before you buy, properly evaluate ease of use, battery life and cost of replacement brushes.  Always remember that you still need to include daily flossing as part of your dental care routine.

Teeth should only touch each other when you chew, swallow or talk.  Studies have shown that this occurs for 15-30 minutes per day.  Clenching and grinding teeth is known as bruxism, and commonly occur during sleep. Headaches and jaw pain often result from tired and clenching muscles that are working when they should be resting.

Over time, bruxism can cause damage to teeth and dental work such as crowns, veneers, fillings etc. We use a non-drug approach to relaxing the muscles by fitting a simple appliance for night-time use only.

There are a number of techniques that can be used by our dentists to help you achieve that whiter, brighter smile. This may include home teeth whitening kits, in-office teeth whitening, bonding or porcelain veneers.

There are lots of people who are anxious, scared or even terrified of dental treatment.  There are lots of things that we can do to help including – a calm, supportive team approach, use of local anaesthetic in conjunction with topical anaesthetic gel, nitrous oxide (sometimes called “laughing gas”) which is a gentle way of relaxing you.

X-rays are sometimes a necessary aid to check between the teeth, underneath fillings and crowns, and supporting jawbone. At Cairns Precision Dental, we use the latest digital x-ray equipment to minimise your exposure to x-rays. We follow all the safety requirements and our equipment is constantly calibrated and maintained to ensure your safety.

We use a protective lead shield and lead cones to limit x-ray spread and we feel that our system gives maximum diagnostic value and safety levels.

Over time, bruxism can cause damage to teeth and dental work such as crowns, veneers, fillings etc. We use a non-drug approach to relaxing the muscles by fitting a simple appliance for night-time use only.

We recommend that patients visit us on a regular six monthly basis for an examination and “scale and clean”.  The earlier our dentist identifies problems, the less difficult and expensive they are to treat.  Even though you may feel that nothing hurts in your mouth, pain is a really poor indicator as to whether there is a problem.