Smile City Services
Smile City is a dental clinic for people of all ages and stages. We are happy to treat everyone who walks through our doors. For those who are coming to their first ever check-up, to those who are coming to the end of their dental journey.
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Some of the reasons why going to the dentist can be difficult or uncomfortable include;
If you see yourself listed above, or if you have any other reason to feel concerned about coming to see us, please fear not. Dr Mary and her team are incredibly understanding and compassionate, and will help you all the way.
Dr Mary has experience with children, adults and everyone in between. In a previous clinic Mary worked with adults and children with special needs, so these patients hold a special place in her heart.
Smile City is welcoming to people with a disability, we have ample car parking with dedicated accessibility space, no stairs, wide hallways and spacious bathroom facilities.
Our friendly team will do our best to accommodate any requests which will make your access and experience easier, simply let us know what you need.
Frequently Asked Questions
Start oral hygiene practices early in life – you should be gently cleaning your baby’s teeth (and gums) from the time they first sprout up. Initially you can use a damp flannel when there are only a few teeth and your baby is only drinking milk. Once more teeth start to come in next to each other and your baby is eating solids you will need to start using a brush
Brush their teeth every day – please do this for them until they are around 10 years old. Little children do not have the fine motor skills required to sufficiently brush their front and back teeth until they are a little bit older
Limit sticky sugary foods – things like sultanas and dried fruits can get stuck in the grooves of little teeth and can be hard to brush out. These food scraps are a source of nutrients for the bacteria which cause tooth decay.
Start flossing by the time baby molars come in – using floss on a stick you can gently clean between the back teeth of your toddler. Once your child is used to this you can progress to flossing all the teeth over time.
Seal up deep fissures – the grooves on the top of our teeth are called fissures, and these are the most common areas for tooth decay to occur. When you seal the fissures, you prevent decay and protect your child’s teeth. Fissure seals can be done on baby and adult molars.
Take your child for regular dental checkups from an early age – the dentist will not do a lot when your kid is little, but they will become used to having their teeth checked and be less likely to fear the dentist as they get older. Also, if there are any issues, the dentist will catch them early!
It can be truly awful to suffer with a dry mouth, you are uncomfortable during the day, and have disrupted sleep at night. There are a few simple reasons why dry mouth can occur – but it’s always good to check with your dentist or GP if you suffer from a dry mouth just to ensure nothing more serious is missed.
- Hydration – it is important to keep up adequate levels of water intake, especially in a hot climate like ours. A dry mouth can be the result of dehydration.
- Medication – the side effects of some medications can cause a dry mouth. Often if you need to take multiple medications together this can be much worse.
- Glandular dysfunction – there are some conditions such as Sjorgens syndrome, which effect our glandular tissue, and cause our saliva production to drop
- Injury or trauma – if there is injury or trauma to our glandular or neurological tissue, such as radiotherapy for cancer, then our saliva production can be impaired
The Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) is a government funded program from Medicare that allows eligible children from ages 0 – 17 a subsidy of up to $1026 over two consecutive calendar years, to spend on dental treatment for that child.
Each January, Medicare checks if your child is eligible for dental benefits. They continue to check throughout the year. If your child is eligible, they should send you a letter. If you are unsure, you can also check your Medicare online account through myGov, or call Medicare to check your child’s eligibility.
Most general treatments are covered, but there are restrictions for some dental services. We will let you know if there are any restrictions before starting your service.
Please bring your medicare card along with you to the appointment, as well as the letter you received from Medicare regarding the subsidy (if you have it). When you come in, we will ask you to sign a consent form for claiming the subsidy on your behalf.
We will discuss all treatment required and fees involved, and if you are happy to proceed we will bulk bill you for services up to $1026 as covered by your CDBS voucher.
We’re often asked, “are baby teeth really that important?”. The truth is that baby teeth have an impact on children’s development in life in a few important ways, and should not be taken for granted.
Baby teeth play a key role in your baby’s growth and development. Strong teeth are essential for your baby to be able to chew and break food down into small pieces so that they can swallow properly. Often when we perceive a child being a “bad” or a “fussy” eater, these issues are caused by baby teeth with decay or digestive issues from not being able to chew properly.
Dentists can quite accurately predict a child’s dental health and outlook in adulthood by looking at their baby teeth. The alignment and position of adult teeth are all determined by baby teeth – it’s the baby teeth that lay down foundations for what will happen in adulthood. When baby teeth are pulled out early due to decay, it can cause issues with the adult teeth to come.
If baby teeth are missing or malformed, then a child’s speech can be impaired because they cannot pronounce certain sounds correctly. Teeth affect speech development, and children who have baby teeth that are missing or malformed can suffer from difficulties in articulating certain sounds.
Between the ages of about six months to three years, a baby’s first set of teeth will start coming in – this is a time when parents can influence their children’s oral health for life. Setting up good habits early really does pay off in the long term for your kids’ teeth.
When kids are around 5-7 and they start to get their first adult teeth coming up at the front they can sometimes start to resemble baby sharks! This is because the adult teeth normally come up behind the baby teeth. When this happens, your kid can end up with two rows of teeth at the same time.
This is totally normal and nothing you need to worry about. Usually after a few months the adult teeth push forward, causing the baby teeth to fall out forwards, and everything looks normal once more.
If the dentist can see that your child has teeth that are irregular or biting in an awkward fashion, we will often ask you to go and see an orthodontist for a consultation.
There are some instances such as developmental defects, missing teeth or very misaligned bites, that should really be fixed before your child has finished growing. Often if you do not fix these issues before your child has finished growing they can be very hard to correct later before reversible damage is done to teeth, jaws and gums.
With teeth that bite together ok but are crooked or crossed over, the choice to have orthodontic work done is a very personal one. Typically these more cosmetic concerns can be fixed later in life without too much trouble.