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What are the common inactive ingredients of Toothpaste? - Wed, Dec 1st, 2021
Adults Oral Health

MOST OF THE TIME, the only toothpaste ingredient that really gets talked about is fluoride, the active ingredient that helps remineralize tooth enamel and protects teeth from decay. The Australian Dental Association calls fluoride “nature’s cavity fighter,” and toothpaste must contain it in order to receive the ADA’s Seal of Acceptance. But what are the common inactive ingredients?


Abrasives, such as calcium carbonate, dehydrated silica gels, and hydrated aluminium oxides, are toothpaste ingredients that help remove food debris and surface stains. They are there to scrub and polish the surface of our teeth, but be careful not to scrub too hard, because we can cause a lot of damage to our teeth and gums by overbrushing.


Flavours, including sugar-free sweetening agents like saccharin or sorbitol, make our toothpaste taste good (because fluoride and abrasives on their own do not). The ADA will not give its Seal of Acceptance to any toothpaste that contains sugar.


Humectants like sorbitol, glycol, or glycerol keep our toothpaste from becoming dry and crumbly. They trap water in it and give it a nice, smooth texture that can squeeze out of a tube.


Finally, detergents like sodium lauryl sulfate make toothpaste foamy, ensuring that the other ingredients effectively coat our teeth.

Bleaching Agents and Braces?

One ingredient orthodontic patients should avoid during their treatment is a bleaching agent. Using whitening toothpaste while the braces are on can lead to different coloured patches where the brackets were after Braces Off Day!

Be sure to keep your mouth healthy by keeping up without proper oral hygiene, contact our friendly team on (07) 5477 0889 for further information or advice and to schedule a routine checkup and cleaning today. 


How to Prepare for Orthodontic Emergencies? - Wed, Dec 1st, 2021
Adults Oral Health

DO YOU HAVE an orthodontic emergency plan? It’s a good idea for anyone who has braces or whose teenager has braces to be prepared in case something goes wrong with their orthodontic appliance between adjustments. Not addressing a problem quickly could lead to delaying Braces Off Day, and nobody wants that!

Tips for Minor Orthodontic Problems

The most common orthodontic problems for braces-wearers are a bracket breaking or coming loose, wires poking in the back, brackets poking the lips or cheeks, and toothaches, and there are a number of things you can do for these issues at home.

For a poking wire: it may be possible to use a pencil eraser to gently push the part sticking out so that it’s out of the way. Orthodontic wax can also cover the ends of the wire so they aren’t as irritating to the gums or cheeks. In some cases, we may just need to clip the ends for you.

For toothaches and soreness: these symptoms are usually temporary, particularly right after an adjustment, and eating soft foods and swishing warm salt water will help. Taking over-the-counter painkillers is another good way to manage the discomfort. If it doesn’t improve on its own in a couple of days, contact us.

For a broken bracket: this one can’t be fixed at home. Contact us and schedule a repair appointment, because leaving it loose until the next regular appointment is a great way to delay your treatment!

For general preparedness, a braces kit like this is a great idea:

The Rare Major Orthodontic Emergency

Much less often, a patient may have to deal with a more serious emergency in the course of their orthodontic treatment. Having a plan in place is a good idea in case this happens. Examples of a major orthodontic emergency include:

  • Severe oral/facial pain
  • Swollen/infected gums or major swelling around the face
  • A traumatic injury to the mouth, teeth, or face

In the unlikely event that you experience any of these, call our office immediately to schedule an emergency appointment, but if the problem affects more than just your orthodontic appliance, prioritize your health by going to the emergency room first. Once you’ve been treated for injuries, call us so that we can address the problems with your braces.

Let Us in on Your Orthodontic Emergency Plan

If you have questions about other things you can do to protect your braces, both to prevent accidents and to prepare for them, we’re happy to give you answers. We’re also ready to supply you with extra orthodontic wax and rubber bands to add to your orthodontic emergency kit!

Looking For Qualified Orthodontic Care?

At Diamond Dental Care & Implant Centre, we have over 10 years of experience dealing with orthodontics and cosmetic dentistry, from diagnosis to treatment. To schedule an appointment with one of our local Sunshine Coast orthodontic dentists, please contact our friendly team on (07) 5477 0889 for further information or advice from a dentist experienced with orthodontic treatments in Sippy Downs on the Sunshine Coast.


What to Do for a Child’s Toothache? - Wed, Dec 1st, 2021
Childrens Oral Health

NOBODY ENJOYS HAVING a toothache, especially a young child who might be experiencing it for the first time. Toothaches can come on for a variety of reasons, and it’s a good idea to see the dentist, especially if it doesn’t go away after a couple of days, but what about when a toothache happens over the holidays or on a weekend and it’s not as easy to go to the dentist?

What Causes a Toothache?

Tooth decay is the most common reason a tooth might initially feel painful, but it isn’t the only cause. Tooth pain can also come from pulp inflammation, dental abscesses, a cracked tooth, or gum disease. An impacted tooth (meaning one trapped beneath the gums by bone, gum tissue, or other teeth) can be painful too.

Tooth sensitivity can cause discomfort too, while sometimes tooth pain is the result of a sinus infection or congestion. A child’s toothache could be as simple as teething from an incoming baby tooth or adult tooth, in which case it’s merely a normal part of their development.

Managing the Toothache Before a Dental Appointment

Insert video: My Child Has a Toothache. Should I Call the Dentist?

The best thing to do for your child when they have a toothache is to come to the dentist, but if that isn’t possible at first, here are a few tips you can follow to manage their discomfort in the meantime:

  • Help them rinse and spit with warm saltwater to reduce the inflammation
  • Apply a cold compress to their cheek near where it’s sore
  • Give them some over-the-counter anti-inflammatory inflammation meant for children

Avoiding Future Toothaches

Any parent who has helped their child through one toothache wants it to be their last. Not all causes are preventable, like sinus infections, teething, a sore loose tooth, or a tooth damaged in an accident, but you can do a lot to protect their teeth from developing aches and pains due to poor dental health.

Helping them build strong daily oral hygiene habits is the most important thing. Teach them to brush their teeth twice a day for two minutes using a soft-bristled brush and fluoride toothpaste, encourage them to floss daily, and schedule regular dental appointments for them, building a positive relationship with the dentist so that they have a good outlook about dental care. Another great way to prevent toothaches is to cut down on sugary snacks and drinks, especially between mealtimes.

Remedies Help, But Come to the Dentist Too

Pain is our bodies’ natural alert system to tell us when something is wrong, so we shouldn’t ignore it. No matter what you think might be the cause of your child’s toothache, it’s a good idea to schedule an appointment with the dentist in case the underlying problem is more serious. Please contact our friendly team on (07) 5477 0889 for further information or advice so we can take a look and provide any treatment that may be necessary to get them smiling again!


Tips on Taking Care of Your Retainer - Wed, Dec 1st, 2021
Adults Oral Health

THE SAME KIND of bacteria, plaque, and tartar that accumulates on our teeth can also build up on our retainers. That’s why our retainers need to be cleaned as often as our teeth to keep them in good condition (and not full of funky smells).

Daily Retainer Cleaning

Depending on the type of retainer, the cleaning process can vary. Removable retainers should be rinsed and brushed daily. Bonded retainers need to be brushed and carefully flossed around. We know that can be tricky, but it’s worth it, because tartar loves building up around a bonded retainer. Floss threaders help make it easier.

Don’t Forget the Occasional Deep Clean!

As important as daily cleanings are, retainers still need the occasional deep clean. The hygienist can take care of this for a bonded retainer. Cleaning a removable retainer at home is cheap and simple. One option is to purchase retainer-cleaning tablets, but a mixture of cool water and baking soda or vinegar will also do the trick. Just make sure never to use hot water on them, as it can warp them. Harsh chemicals like bleach are also a no-no.

When the retainer is out, store it where it can fully dry so that more bacteria can’t build up on it — unless it’s the type of retainer that needs to be soaked.

If you have any questions or concerns about retainers,  please contact our friendly team on (07) 5477 0889 for further information or advice from a dentist experienced with orthodontic treatments in Sippy Downs on the Sunshine Coast.


What Causes Early Childhood Caries? - Wed, Dec 1st, 2021
Childrens Oral Health

WHAT LOVES SUGAR just as much as kids? Cavity-causing bacteria. That’s why dental caries is the most common childhood disease. Whenever we eat or drink something sugary or acidic, our saliva needs half an hour to wash away the residue. It’s a good idea to limit sugar consumption to mealtimes and swap out sugary snacks with fruits and veggies.

Be Careful With Bottles and Sippy Cups

We don’t recommend switching soda with fruit juice, because fruit juice is just as bad for a child’s teeth! Even milk contains sugar. Any drink that contains sugar can be very damaging to oral health if a child is left to sip on it between meals in a sippy cup or bottle. This kind of tooth decay is so common that it has nicknames: “baby bottle tooth decay” or “bottle rot.”

Set a Good Oral Health Example

We’re not insisting that parents cut their kids off from sugar entirely, but try to restrict sugary drinks and treats to mealtimes and cut back overall. If a child needs a bottle or sippy cup to soothe them, fill it with water. It’s also essential to model good oral health habits for growing kids, like brushing and flossing and regular dentist appointments.

Here at Diamond Dental Care & Implant Centre, we offer preventative dental services around Sunshine Coast. Please contact our friendly team on (07) 5477 0889 for further information or advice and to schedule a routine checkup and cleaning for your kids. 


Beware of TikTok Dental Fads! - Wed, Dec 1st, 2021
Adults Oral Health

UNLESS THE DENTIST is on TikTok, it’s not a great platform to get dental health advice from. This year we’ve seen a number of alarming do-it-yourself dental procedures trending, and we want to nip those in the bud for our patients.

Filing Teeth

A number of TikTok videos have shown teens and young adults trying to even out their smiles by using nail files to wear down the chewing surfaces. This is a very bad idea. Once tooth enamel is gone, it’s gone forever, and amateur tooth filing can lead to fractures, tooth sensitivity, and infection. Dental health professionals will sometimes file teeth, but we are able to do it safely because we have the training and use the proper tools.

“Veneers Check”

A similar (but worse) trend involves TikTokers filing their teeth down to pegs prior to getting crown restorations. This is horrifying and can easily result in complications like nerve damage and the need for root canal therapy. Anyone unhappy with the appearance of their smile (especially when their teeth are healthy) should speak to a dentist about professional cosmetic treatment instead of irreversibly damaging their own teeth.

DIY Hydrogen Peroxide Whitening

Some TikTokers are using 3% hydrogen peroxide to whiten their teeth, which can cause gum irritation and long-term sensitivity. This is not a safe way to achieve professional whitening results cheaply. It’s much better to ask the dentist for recommendations on whitening toothpaste, whitening strips, or professional in-office and take-home treatments.

Homemade Braces

Another dangerous trend we’ve seen on TikTok is teens trying to correct their own orthodontic problems using everyday items like rubber bands. DO NOT DO THIS. At best, it won’t work and will need to be corrected by a professional. At worst, it could turn out the way it did for David Campbell. The rubber bands he used seemed to be disappearing at night, but really they were slipping under his gums, where they strangled the roots of his teeth. The teeth could not be saved.

Leave your dental treatment to the pros!

Our skilled professionals offer a comprehensive range of restorative dentistry. They include dental crowns, root canal procedures, dental implant solutions and dentures to name a few. Please contact our friendly team on (07) 5477 0889 for further information or advice.


Daily Dental Hygiene Tips for Orthodontic Patient - Wed, Dec 1st, 2021
Adults Oral Health

EVERY ORTHODONTIC PATIENT dreams of Braces Off Day, but tooth decay and unsightly stains can make that dream smile harder to achieve if we aren’t careful about daily dental hygiene while the braces are on. Here are a few crucial tips to follow to get the best results:

#1: Brush after each meal.

Yes, including lunch. Food particles can remain stuck in the braces for hours after lunch, so bring a toothbrush and toothpaste to work or school. A few interdental brushes for extra security wouldn’t hurt either. (Just be careful to store the toothbrush somewhere it can dry out between uses because it won’t take long for it to develop some funky smells if it stays damp.)

#2: Floss daily.

This may be even more important than brushing, whether it involves traditional floss and floss threaders, floss picks, or a water flosser. Trust us, flossing is worth the effort, even if braces can make it a little trickier to do.

#3: Avoid whitening products.

Someone with a perfect dental hygiene routine could still end up with post-braces stains by using whitening products because they can’t reach the spots covered by brackets! Hold off on whitening toothpaste, mouthwash, strips, and treatments until the braces come off.

We’re looking forward to a great Braces Off Day for you!

Looking For Qualified Orthodontic Care?

At Diamond Dental Care & Implant Centre, we have over 10 years of experience dealing with orthodontics and cosmetic dentistry, from diagnosis to treatment. To schedule an appointment with one of our local Sunshine Coast orthodontic dentists, please contact our friendly team on (07) 5477 0889 for further information or advice from a dentist experienced with orthodontic treatments in Sippy Downs on the Sunshine Coast.


How Important Dental Sealants for Cavity Prevention? - Wed, Dec 1st, 2021
Childrens Oral Health

THERE ARE MANY pits and grooves in the chewing surface of a molar where bacteria can grow and lead to cavities. That’s where sealants come in. Since the ‘60s, sealants have been a simple but effective way to keep bacteria out of those vulnerable areas in molars, and they reduce the risk of tooth decay by up to 80%!

How Much Do Sealants Help?

Kids who don’t get sealants are about three times as likely to get cavities. No matter how good they are about brushing twice a day, they might not have enough dexterity to do an effective job on those tricky molars. Sealants make effective brushing much easier for them.

An Overview of the Sealant Process

How do we add sealants? Easy! It takes just a few minutes during a regular visit. We first prepare their molars by cleaning away any food debris, plaque, or tartar and giving them a nice polish. Then we isolate and dry each tooth.

Next comes the bonding agent, which will hold the sealant in place. Once we rinse and dry the tooth again, all that’s left is to paint on the sealant material. Using a special curing light, we help the sealant dry quickly, we give it one final check, and then the tooth is safe to be used for chewing!

Please contact our friendly dentist’s team on (07) 5477 0889 for further information or advice.

Sealants are like armour for teeth!


What Causes of Crooked Teeth? - Wed, Dec 1st, 2021
Adults Oral Health

AS UNFAIR AND ILLOGICAL as it can be, people do tend to judge others on their appearances, and one trait that falls under that umbrella is whether a person’s teeth are crooked or straight. Studies indicate that people with straight teeth are perceived as being more successful, more intelligent, and more likely to get dates than people with crooked teeth. With so much of how we are perceived riding on the straightness of our teeth, you might be wondering how teeth sometimes come in crooked in the first place.

How Diet Affects Dental Alignment

The factors influencing teeth crowding and other orthodontics problems still aren’t fully understood, but a leading theory today is the Soft Foods Theory. In brief, because we don’t eat the kind of tough, fibrous diet our hunter-gatherer ancestors did, we don’t stimulate as much bone growth in our jaws, which leaves less room for all of our teeth to grow in straight. We might also be missing some of the vitamins and minerals that help teeth and bones grow.

Now, we aren’t recommending switching to a hunter-gatherer diet, because that has serious downsides too. So much extra chewing means that the teeth are subjected to much more wear and tear, and we think that needing a little orthodontic treatment to straighten things out is far more preferable to getting worn-down teeth much earlier than we would while enjoying the tasty modern foods available to us.

Genes Play a Role Too

If you inherit genes for a small jaw from your mother and genes for large teeth from your father, that’s a recipe for dental crowding, and if your parents had braces, you will more likely need them as well (although that could be because parents who benefitted from orthodontic treatment are more likely to want their children to share those benefits than parents who didn’t).

Our Daily Habits Affect Our Teeth

There’s nothing we can do about the genes we were born with, and a hunter-gatherer diet has too many downsides to being an effective dental health solution, but we can do a lot to create or minimize orthodontic problems through our daily habits. Thumbsucking and pacifier use beyond age four, habitual mouth breathing, a tongue-thrust reflex, and simply leaning your head on your hand frequently can all have a cumulative effect on the way teeth grow in, the shape of the dental arch, and even how teeth drift in adulthood.

Insert Video: Miss Summer - a Thumb Sucking Habit Case Study

What Is Mesial Drift?

You read that right: crookedness and crowding don’t only happen when adult teeth first erupt; they can also happen over time as we get older, even for former orthodontic patients. This phenomenon is called mesial drift. Over decades of using our teeth for normal things like eating and talking, they rub against each other enough to gradually wear away some of their widths. They slowly begin to scoot closer together and push towards the front of the mouth. This is one reason older adults may need braces too, and an excellent reason to keep wearing your retainers!

Bring Us Your Crooked Teeth Questions!

No matter what has been causing your orthodontic issues, make sure to bring them to the straight smile professionals. Here at Diamond Dental Care & Implant Centre, we have over 10 years of experience dealing with orthodontics and cosmetic dentistry, from diagnosis to treatment. To schedule an appointment with one of our local Sunshine Coast orthodontic dentists, please contact our friendly team on (07) 5477 0889 for further information or advice from a dentist experienced with orthodontic treatments in Sippy Downs on the Sunshine Coast. We look forward to meeting you at your consultation!

Are you imagining the before and after pictures yet? We are!


Tips for Breaking a Thumbsucking Habit - Wed, Dec 1st, 2021
Childrens Oral Health

IT MIGHT BE CLICHÉD to say it, but it’s true that kids grow up fast. They’re constantly outgrowing their clothes, outsmarting your most ingenious baby-proofing techniques, and learning new things. We can’t help you with all of that, but we’re here with all the information you need about your child’s dental development, which is why it’s time to talk about how pacifier use or thumb/finger-sucking beyond the toddler years can negatively impact their teeth and jaws.

Thumbsucking and Pacifiers Are Good (to a Point)!

These habits don’t have a great reputation, but they’re perfectly healthy self-soothing habits for babies and toddlers. It helps them feel safe and happy when they encounter something new or stressful — which is often, considering that everything is new for babies and toddlers. There are a number of benefits, including:

  • Making it easier for Baby to fall asleep and stay asleep (which also means fewer sleep interruptions for the parents)
  • Keeping Baby from getting upset when separated from parents
  • Reducing the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)

When Do They Stop Being Good?

Past a certain age, as adult teeth are developing in your child’s jaw, frequent and vigorous thumbsucking or pacifier use begin to have harmful effects on how those adult teeth will grow in, and they can even change the shape of the dental arch. There’s no need to preemptively worry about this, however; most children grow out of these self-soothing habits on their own before they turn four. If they’re showing no sign of stopping by then, it might be a good time to intervene.

Tips for Breaking a Thumbsucking Habit

Stopping your child from using their pacifier can be as simple as taking the pacifier away or trimming it down until they lose interest, but obviously, that’s not possible for thumbsuckers. We wouldn’t recommend trying to stop them as toddlers because they aren’t mature enough to understand and will likely only be upset. Nasty-tasting topical aids also aren’t perfect, and sometimes they can be harmful.

Here are a few strategies we can get behind:

  • Focus more on praising successes than scolding failures.
  • Keep their hands too busy with engaging activities (like arts and crafts) for them to have a free thumb for sucking.
  • Put socks over their hands while they sleep to prevent nighttime thumbsucking (you might have to tape the socks in place).

Ask Us for Advice!

If your child is getting closer to preschool age with no signs of stopping their pacifier or thumbsucking habit, feel free to bring us your concerns! Here at Diamond Dental Care & Implant Centre, we can work together to come up with a great strategy for helping your child outgrow this tendency to keep their healthy dental development on track! Please contact our friendly team on (07) 5477 0889 for further information or advice.


Why Are Wisdom Teeth Often Extracted? - Wed, Dec 1st, 2021
Adults Oral Health

ONE OF THE BIG rites of passage for young adults is wisdom teeth removal. Of course, there are people who can actually fit those third molars in their jaws comfortably and there is a startling number who don’t even grow them in the first place, but for people who do need their wisdom teeth removed, it’s fun to post pictures of their swollen cheeks and videos of anesthesia antics while enjoying lots of ice cream and smoothies. So what’s the deal with these teeth so many people need to be removed?

Why Do We Have Teeth That Don’t Fit?

What’s the point of growing an extra set of molars if they don’t even fit in our mouths? We used to think it was all about genes leftover from prehistoric days, but more recently, the leading theory is that it’s actually about the foods we eat compared to what our ancient ancestors ate. Bone can atrophy or grow depending on what we put it through (kind of like muscle), and we simply aren’t giving our jaw bones the same resistance our hunter-gatherer ancestors did.

Prehistoric people’s jaws got an intense workout from grinding up the fibrous plants and raw meat in their diet, which stimulated enough bone growth to make room for the third molars. Today, we eat softer foods that are cooked and processed, so it’s less common for someone’s jaw to grow big enough to fit the wisdom teeth. (We don’t recommend attempting to test this theory, though.)

Why Are Wisdom Teeth Often Extracted?

Despite the growing percentage of people who never get wisdom teeth or don’t get the full set of four, most still get them between their late teens and early twenties, and that can be a problem when there isn’t room. These wisdom teeth tend to end up impacted, or trapped under the gums. They can form cysts or damage the bone tissue or roots of neighbouring teeth. This is why extraction is recommended so often.

How Do Wisdom Teeth Interact With Orthodontic Treatment?

Modern evidence shows that wisdom teeth don’t contribute greatly to dental crowding, so they don’t need to be removed for the sake of the straightness of the rest of the teeth. If they do need to be removed for other reasons, that can happen during orthodontic treatment. It’s also a myth that a post-braces smile can be made crooked by wisdom teeth. Our teeth naturally drift as we get older and wear them out more, but not due to wisdom teeth. (So make sure to keep wearing your retainers!)

Let’s Take Care of That Smile!

Everyone’s situation with wisdom teeth is different. Some people need them removed due to impaction, some don’t grow all or any of them, and some get to enjoy the added chewing power of an extra set of molars. Please contact our friendly team on (07) 5477 0889 for further information or advice and how we can help you figure out which category you fit into and answer any questions you may have about wisdom teeth and orthodontic treatment. 

We love seeing our patients’ smiles!


What's the Impact of Oral Health during Pregnancy? - Wed, Dec 1st, 2021
Childrens Oral Health

AN EXPECTANT MOTHER goes through many changes during pregnancy beyond the baby bump and some funny cravings. Unfortunately, some of the changes to oral health are not especially pleasant.

Pregnancy Gingivitis and Hormones

No matter how exciting and hectic pregnancy can be, never let it get in the way of daily brushing and flossing because pregnancy is a time when the gums are especially vulnerable to gingivitis. As many as two in five pregnant women have gum disease, which leaves their gums tender and swollen. Studies have even linked pregnancy gingivitis with premature delivery and lower birth weights, so fight back with daily flossing and a soft-bristled toothbrush!

Insert Video: Hormonal changes, the trigger for pregnancy gingivitis

Morning Sickness and Enamel Erosion

One of the more common (and certainly more well known) pregnancy symptoms is morning sickness. It’s an unpleasant enough symptom to deal with on its own, but when we aren’t careful, it can have compounding effects on our teeth. Despite tooth enamel being the hardest substance in the human body, it is highly vulnerable to acid erosion, and frequent vomiting due to morning sickness will put the enamel in contact with a lot of strong acid.

A good way to minimize the effects of the stomach acid is to swish with baking soda and water after a bout of morning sickness. Make sure not to brush until after you’ve done this, or you risk additional erosion!

Pyogenic Granuloma During Pregnancy

This one is extremely weird: some pregnant women develop raspberry-like gum tissue growths between their teeth. They’re called pyogenic granulomas or “pregnancy tumours.” They generally appear in the second trimester and vanish on their own after delivery. Pyogenic granulomas are benign, but they can be removed if they’re causing too much discomfort.

Nutrition and Dental Health (of Mom and Baby)

Dental health professionals tend to recommend cutting back on sugary treats no matter what the circumstances are, since sugar is harmful oral bacteria’s favourite food, and pregnancy is no exception. Consuming less sugar will go a long way towards protecting your teeth and gums, and focusing on essential nutrients (particularly vitamins A, C, and D, along with lots of calcium, protein, and phosphorous) will help the development of Baby’s teeth!

The Dentist Is a Great Resource

Keeping up with daily oral hygiene habits and eating healthy is critical during pregnancy, but another factor in maintaining good oral health is the dentist! Don’t forget to include regular dental appointments in your schedule, especially if you have any concerns about your teeth or gums. If it’s been a while since your last appointment, please contact our friendly team on (07) 5477 0889 for further information or advice and to schedule one!

Thank you for being part of our practice family!


Women Oral Health Concerns - Mon, Sep 6th, 2021
Adults Oral Health

Women have unique oral health concerns. Changing hormone levels during your menstrual cycle, pregnancy, and menopause can raise your risk for problems in your mouth, teeth, or gums. Health issues such as diabetes can also affect your oral health. Regular brushing, flossing, and dentist visits can help prevent.

Q: What is oral health? 

A: Oral health is the health of your mouth, including your teeth, gums, throat, and bones around the mouth. Oral health problems, such as gum disease, might be a sign that you have other health problems. Gum diseases are infections caused by plaque, which is a sticky film of bacteria that forms on your teeth. If left untreated, the bacteria in plaque can destroy the tissue and bone around your teeth, leading to tooth loss. Infections in your mouth can also affect your unborn baby if you are pregnant.  

Q: How often should I brush and floss my teeth? 

A: Dentists recommend that everyone brush their teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and floss once a day. Flossing removes plaque between your teeth, a place that you can’t reach by brushing. You can also remove this plaque with tools other than floss. These tools, called interdental cleaners, include wooden or plastic picks and water flossers.

Q: How do women’s hormones affect oral health? 

A: Changing hormone levels at different stages of a woman’s life can affect oral health. When your hormone levels change, your gums can get swollen and irritated. Your gums may also bleed, especially during pregnancy, when your body’s immune system is more sensitive than usual. This can cause inflammation (redness, swelling, and sometimes pain) in the gums. Regular, careful brushing and flossing can lessen gum irritation and bleeding. Other causes of changing hormone levels that may affect your oral health include: 

  • Your menstrual cycle • Hormonal birth control • Menopause 

Q: I’m pregnant. Is it safe for me to get a dental checkup? 

A: Yes. You need to continue your regular dentist visits to help protect your teeth during pregnancy. 

  • Tell your doctor you are pregnant. Because you are pregnant, your dentist might not take routine x-rays. But the health risk to your unborn baby is very small. If you need emergency treatment or specific dental x-rays to treat a serious problem, your doctor can take extra care to protect your baby. 

  • Schedule your dental exam early in your pregnancy. After your 20th week of pregnancy, you may be uncomfortable sitting in a dental chair. 

  • Have all needed dental treatments. If you avoid treatment, you may risk your own health and your baby’s health.

Q: How can I prevent oral health problems? 

A: You can help prevent oral health problems by taking the following steps: 

  • Visit your dentist once or twice a year. Your dentist may recommend more or fewer visits depending on your oral health. At most routine visits, the dentist and a dental hygienist (assistant) will treat you. During regular checkups, dentists look for signs of disease, infections, and injuries. 

  • Choose healthy foods. Limit the amount of sugary foods and drinks you have. Lower your risk for tooth decay by brushing after meals and flossing once a day. 

  • Don’t smoke. Smoking raises your risk of gum disease and mouth and throat cancers. It can also stain your teeth and cause bad breath. 

  • Drink less soda. Try to replace soda with water. Even diet soda has acids that can erode tooth enamel.

Diamond Dental Care & Implant Centre is your Family Friendly Sunshine Coast Dentist. We believe you should be able to find everything you need from a dentist under one roof. That's why our caring, personal and professional approach to dentistry is tailored to your needs, helping you enjoy excellent dental health, for life. Contact our friendly team to book your appointment or for further information or advice.


Dental Health Month 2021 - Keep your Smile for Life - Fri, Jul 30th, 2021

When was your last dental checkup?

This month of August, Diamond Dental Care & Implant Centre and Australian Dental Association’s are celebrating the major oral health campaign of Dental Health Month. 

The 2021 campaign focuses on the importance of taking steps to care for your teeth and gums to help you to keep your teeth and smile for life. The ADA's main oral health messages and the four key messages of the 2021 DHM campaign aim to reinforce the importance of maintaining good oral health to keep your teeth for life:


•    Brush teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.

•    Clean between your teeth daily using floss or interdental brushes.

•    Eat a healthy, balanced diet and limit added sugar intake.

•    Visit the dentist regularly for check-ups and preventive care.

It should not be a normal expectation that at some stage of your life, teeth will need to be removed because of tooth decay or gum disease. Australians should expect to keep their teeth for their lifetime and practising these four simple routines can help people to reach this goal. After all, you do not expect to lose an arm or leg, so why expect to lose any of your teeth?

Tempting as it is to think that everyone is practising good teeth and mouth hygiene, the reality is that the oral health of many Australians is not where it should be.


•     75% of adults rarely or never floss or clean between their teeth.

•     1 in 5 adults brush only once per day.

•     39% of parents report their children to drink 2 - 5 soft drinks per week. 

•     2 in 3 adults usually visit the dentist for a problem rather than a regular check-up.

•     47% of adults (18+ years) consume too much sugar.

More statistics on the oral health of Australian children and adults can be found in Australia’s Oral Health Tracker.

Diamond Dental Care & Implant Centre is your Family Friendly Sunshine Coast Dentist. We believe you should be able to find everything you need from a dentist under one roof. That's why our caring, personal and professional approach to dentistry is tailored to your needs, helping you enjoy excellent dental health, for life. Contact our friendly team to book your appointment or for further information or advice.


Teaching Your Kids Good Dental Health Habits - Fri, Jul 30th, 2021

IT’S NOT ALWAYS easy to teach a young child how to brush and floss. Little kids are balls of energy with no attention span, and a brushing session is likely to go awry. We have a few tips to help out frazzled parents.

  1. Prioritize brushing. We shouldn’t treat it like an irritating chore, because our kids will pick up on that. Set an example of brushing and flossing is an unskippable and important part of the morning and evening routine.
  2. Brush wherever works! Don’t feel like brushing can only happen in the bathroom. If it’s easier to do somewhere else, that’s great!
  3. The routine is more important than having toothpaste. If the toothpaste tube is empty or missing or its contents were turned into an art project, brush anyway! Don’t miss a day just for the toothpaste.
  4. Children are more likely to like and use a toothbrush that they picked out themselves, so let them pick theirs!
  5. When possible, brush in front of the mirror. That’s where the kids will be brushing once they’re doing it on their own. In the meantime, it helps them feel more involved in the process.
  6. Make brushing fun! The more the grown-ups act like brushing is fun, the happier the kids will be to cooperate. Keep up a good attitude about it and help them enjoy it by playing fun music to time their two minutes of brushing.

Bring Us Your Brushing Concerns!

If you still have any questions about the proper way of brushing your teeth, our Oral Health Therapist would be happy to answer them. We want all of our patients to have healthy oral health for a lifetime! Please contact our friendly team on (07) 5477 0889 for further information or advice about your dental needs.


Wisdom Teeth and Braces - Tue, Jun 1st, 2021

ONE OF THE BIG rites of passage for young adults is wisdom teeth removal. Of course, there are people who can actually fit those third molars in their jaws comfortably. There is also a startling number who don’t even grow them in the first place too. But but for people who do need their wisdom teeth removed, it’s fun to post pictures of their swollen cheeks. Other popular posts are videos of anesthesia antics while enjoying lots of ice cream and smoothies. So what’s the deal with these teeth so many people need to be removed?

Why Do We Have Teeth That Don’t Fit?

What’s the point of growing an extra set of molars if they don’t even fit in our mouths? We used to think it was all about genes leftover from prehistoric days, but more recently, the leading theory is that it’s actually about the foods we eat compared to what our ancient ancestors ate. Bone can atrophy or grow depending on what we put it through (kind of like muscle), and we simply aren’t giving our jawbones the same resistance our hunter-gatherer ancestors did.

Prehistoric people’s jaws got an intense workout from grinding up the fibrous plants and raw meat in their diet, which stimulated enough bone growth to make room for the third molars. Today, we eat softer foods that are cooked and processed, so it’s less common for someone’s jaw to grow big enough to fit the wisdom teeth. (Here at DentalCareXtra, we don’t recommend attempting to test this theory, though.)

Why Are Wisdom Teeth Often Extracted?

Despite the growing percentage of people who never get wisdom teeth or don’t get the full set of four, most still get them between their late teens and early twenties, and that can be a problem when there isn’t room. These wisdom teeth tend to end up impacted, or trapped under the gums. They can form cysts or damage the bone tissue or roots of neighbouring teeth. This is why extraction is recommended so often.

How Do Wisdom Teeth Interact With Orthodontic Treatment?

Modern evidence shows that wisdom teeth don’t contribute greatly to dental crowding, so they don’t need to be removed for the sake of the straightness of the rest of the teeth. If they do need to be removed for other reasons, that can happen during orthodontic treatment. It’s also a myth that a post-braces smile can be made crooked by wisdom teeth. Our teeth naturally drift as we get older and wear them out more, but not due to wisdom teeth. (So make sure to keep wearing your retainers!)

Let’s Take Care of That Smile here at the Sunshine Coast! 

Everyone’s situation with wisdom teeth is different. Some people need them removed due to impaction, some don’t grow all or any of them, and some get to enjoy the added chewing power of an extra set of molars. Our team here at Diamond Dental Care & Implant Centre can help you figure out which category you fit into and answer any questions you may have about wisdom teeth and orthodontic treatment and you can rest assured that you're in the safest of hands. 

Please contact our friendly team on (07) 5477 0889 for further information or advice about wisdom teeth removal or for advice on braces Sunshine Coast residents can trust.

We love seeing our patients' smiles!


Quit That Ice-Chewing Habit! - Tue, Jun 1st, 2021

WHAT’S SO BAD about chewing ice? It can actually do a lot of permanent damage to teeth, and yet many people have a habit of chewing ice that can be difficult to quit. Let’s look closer at ice chewing and its effects on dental health.

Compulsive Ice Eating, or Pagophagia

The scientific name for compulsive ice eating is pagophagia. For some people, it goes beyond the level of a bad habit and actually indicates a psychological disorder called pica. Pica is the compulsion to eat non-food items such as dirt, clay, hair, or ice, and it is sometimes caused by a nutritional deficiency.

How Iron Deficiency Anemia Leads to Eating Ice

Recent studies have found a connection between the compulsive eating of ice and iron deficiency anemia, a condition that affects 3% of men and 20% of women (a number that goes up to 50% for pregnant women).

What do iron levels have to do with eating ice? Ice doesn’t contain iron, so how would eating it helps with an iron deficiency? It’s actually pretty fascinating. Our red blood cells require iron to be able to effectively carry oxygen throughout our bodies. A person who is iron deficient doesn’t get as much oxygen to their brain. By eating ice, they stimulate the blood flow to the head (and consequently the brain), giving them a temporary boost in alertness and mental clarity.

How Ice Affects Our Teeth and Gums

All of that might seem like a clever workaround for iron deficiency, but it comes with serious drawbacks. Tooth enamel is the strongest substance in the body, but it’s very brittle. Ice isn’t dangerous to chew merely because it is hard, but specifically because it is cold.

Crunching and grinding ice cubes (no matter how much or what their texture is) makes the enamel expand and contract like pavement in places that get a lot of snow. Just like that pavement, the enamel will develop cracks over time.

The weaker the enamel is, the more vulnerable the rest of the tooth is too painful sensitivity and decay. Chewing ice isn’t good for gum tissue either. Because of its temperature, it creates a numbing effect while chewing, which makes it harder to notice an injury if it slips and slices the gums. Ice can even chip or break teeth which might result in the need for a filling or dental crowns.

How Can I Break My Ice-Chewing Habit?

Before fighting the symptoms, it’s important to learn the cause. If the pagophagia is due to iron deficiency, iron supplements may remove the cravings to chew ice and the habit will go away on its own. If the problem is pica, a variety of interventions, from therapy to medication, are available.

If the craving is less about the ice than the crunch, we recommend replacing ice with baby carrots or apple slices. If it really is about the ice but not connected to pica or iron deficiency, try letting the ice melt on your tongue instead of crunching down on it.

Dental Professionals Can Help! 

The dentist is a great person to go to if you struggle with an ice chewing habit. Another is your general physician. Here at Diamond Dental Care & Implant Centre, we can figure out what’s causing it and treat existing damage to the gum tissue and teeth, as well as preventing additional damage by helping you kick the habit. Please contact our friendly team on (07) 5477 0889 for further information or advice and let’s help together on breaking your Ice-Chewing Habit. 

It's time to put your ice-chewing days behind you!


Braces: Not a DIY Project - Wed, Apr 28th, 2021

A GOOD DO-IT-YOURSELF project can be a great way to exercise your ingenuity and creativity. You can make something better, fix something broken, build something new, or just save some money over buying it pre-built. However, one area where the DIY approach is never a good idea is orthodontic treatment. Braces should only ever be done by professionals.

Don’t Follow the DIY Braces Trend

In recent years, enterprising teens on various social media platforms have shown off their strategies for skipping the orthodontist by using household items like rubber bands, fishing line, paper clips, earring backs, and dental floss to straighten their teeth. They might think they’re the MacGyvers of guerilla orthodontics, but they’re putting their teeth at serious risk, never mind that they’re unlikely to get the results they want.

The trouble is that shifting teeth into their proper position is not simply a matter of applying pressure to cause movement. Here at Diamond Dental Care & Implant Centre, our orthodontists spent years and years learning all the complexities of the teeth, gums, and jaws, and there’s no replacement for that kind of education.

When we design a treatment plan for a patient, we factor in growth patterns in the bones and facial tissues, how wisdom teeth affect the position of the other teeth and even the patients’ overall health. A kid with some paper clips does not have the knowledge or tools to do any of that.

The Risks of DIY Braces

There are numerous examples of DIY braces gone horribly wrong. One is David Campbell, who thought he could close the gap between his front teeth with rubber bands. Every night, the rubber bands seemed to disappear. What he didn’t know was that they had actually vanished beneath his gums and were working their way up the roots, strangling them. The cost of repairing the damage to his front teeth was much more expensive than proper braces would have been.

Root strangulation is just one potential hazard of DIY braces. Another is permanent damage to the enamel on the outside of the teeth. Orthodontists use special materials and tools to keep the enamel safe, but makeshift braces crafted at home have no such guarantee, and the teeth can be left more sensitive to temperature changes and tooth decay as a result.

Leave Braces to the Pros

Making your own braces might seem like a cool life hack, but the reality is that it’s incredibly dangerous. We only get one set of permanent teeth. You can’t afford to risk yours with amateur, junk drawer braces. Leave this one to the experts. Your teeth will thank you.

What Does the AAO Say About DIY Braces?

The best-case scenario for DIY braces is that they simply won’t work, but at worst, they can cost a few teeth. As the Australian Association of Orthodontics says, “Moving teeth is a medical procedure and needs personal supervision by an orthodontist…Moving teeth without a thorough examination of the overall health of the teeth and gums could result in the permanent loss of teeth, which may result in expensive and lifelong dental problems.” We don’t want that for any of our patients!

Here at Diamond Dental Care & Implant Centre, we offer affordable teeth straightening options. Please contact our friendly team on (07) 5477 0889 for further information or advice on how you can achieve healthy straight teeth.


Stopping the Grind of Bruxism - Wed, Apr 28th, 2021

WHEN LIFE GETS stressful or frustrating, a pretty common physical response is teeth-grinding. Unfortunately, it can do a lot of damage if it becomes a habit, and it can even happen while we’re asleep. Chronic teeth grinding is called bruxism.

The Causes of Bruxism

Teeth grinding during the day is sometimes the result of stress, while nighttime bruxism can be associated with snoring or sleep apnea. However, not everyone dealing with stress or a sleep disorder has bruxism, and not everyone with bruxism will also have stress or a sleep disorder. Missing or poorly aligned teeth (including bad bites) can also make bruxism more likely.

Aside from these factors, age also plays a role. Children are actually more likely to grind their teeth than adults. Prescription drugs (particularly antidepressants) can increase the likelihood of grinding, as can tobacco or alcohol use. Bruxism can also run in families, and it can be associated with disorders like GERD, ADHD, and Parkinson’s disease.

Indicators of a Teeth Grinding Habit

In many cases, a person with bruxism might not even be aware of how often they grind their teeth. This is especially true of people with sleep bruxism. Catching the grinding in the act isn’t the only way to know it’s happening, though.

There are several clear indicators, including shortened, worn down teeth with flattened chewing surfaces, damage like chips and cracks in the teeth, exposed dentin (the yellow bony tissue layer beneath the enamel), tooth loss, jaw soreness (in sleep bruxism, the jaw is more sore in the morning, while daytime bruxism leaves the jaw sore by evening), frequent headaches, and even overdeveloped jaw muscles.

Can Bruxism Be Treated?

Treatment for bruxism can vary depending on whether the grinding happens during the waking or sleeping hours. Sometimes the focus is on minimizing damage to the teeth, and sometimes the focus is on discovering the cause of the bruxism and addressing it. If it has to do with a bad bite or alignment problems, orthodontic treatment may fix the problem. A custom mouthguard can protect teeth from further damage by providing a cushion to the chewing surfaces.

Behavioural therapy and relaxation can also help. Habit-reversal techniques can help make patients more aware of when they are grinding so that it is easier to stop. Obviously, this strategy is more useful for daytime bruxism. For people who have bruxism as the result of stress or anxiety, relaxation techniques such as massages, calming music, warm baths, a full night’s sleep, deep breathing, and yoga can help manage the stress.

Here are a few quick exercises you can do to relax your jaw:

Let’s Grind Bruxism to a Halt!

If you’ve shown any of the signs of bruxism or are experiencing any of the symptoms, contact our friendly team here at Diamond Dental Care and Implant Centre in Sippy Downs. We can book an appointment so that it can be diagnosed and treatment can start. The longer bruxism goes untreated, the more damage it can do to the teeth, so the earlier it gets diagnosed, the better!

Let’s keep those teeth healthy together!


Braces and Invisaligns Aren’t Just for Teenagers - Wed, Mar 31st, 2021

ANYONE OUT OF THEIR teens might think they missed their chance for straight teeth, but that’s not true! Modern orthodontic treatment is for adults too. While it’s true that our teeth can be guided into place more easily when we are younger, they will still respond to orthodontic appliances. And whether or not we had braces as teens, our teeth can still shift over time.

There are great options for almost all patients of all ages when it comes to Invisalign or other types of braces.

Mesial Drift

In a process called mesial drift, our teeth slowly move towards the front of our mouths as we age. Other factors, including enamel loss, teeth grinding, and tooth loss, can move our teeth out of alignment too. The result is an increasingly crooked, overcrowded smile that is harder to keep healthy.

How Daily Habits Shift Teeth

Some of the things we do every day without even thinking about it can contribute to our teeth shifting over time. Stomach sleeping and resting our heads on our hands when sitting can both be culprits of dental shifting, but good posture and side or back sleeping will minimize this effect.

Healthy Teeth Stay Put Better!

Good oral hygiene is also important for keeping our teeth where they should be because it helps reduce enamel loss over time. So keep up with that daily flossing and twice-daily brushing, and don’t forget about regular dental appointments!

Adults Make Better Ortho Patients!

One advantage adult orthodontic patients have over teenagers is that they have the self-discipline to carefully follow the orthodontist’s instructions. This ensures better, timelier results!

We’re here to help our patients keep their smiles healthy!

Please contact our friendly team on (07) 5477 0889 to book your appointment here at Diamond Dental Care & Implant Centre. Let’s talk together about how you can achieve healthy oral health and beautiful straight teeth!

Don't hesitate to contact us if you are wondering about Invisalign braces on the Sunshine Coast, or other alternatives too.

We hope to see you soon!


Get the Most out of Your Retainers - Wed, Mar 31st, 2021

HEALTH CONCERNS CAN BE a BRACES OFF DAY will be here before you know it, and we’re just as excited to get there as you are, but keep in mind that it won’t be the end of your orthodontic treatment. It takes time for teeth to get used to their proper alignment, and the way we make sure they stay put is with retainers.

Keeping Retainers Clean

Retainers accumulate bacteria, plaque, and tartar while you wear them, just like teeth do, and that means they need regular cleaning, also just like teeth do. No one wants to wear a retainer that smells bad, tastes bad, is discoloured, and is covered in gunk!

The cleaning process will vary a little depending on what type of retainer you have. If you have a removable retainer, rinse it in cool water and brush it at least once a day. If you have a bonded retainer, we know it can make flossing a little tricky, but it’s worth it. Tartar really likes to accumulate around a bonded retainer. Floss threaders or a water flosser can make this much easier.

Give Your Retainer the Occasional Deep Clean

Daily cleanings are important, but retainers need a more thorough cleaning every once in a while to stay in good condition. The hygienist can take care of that for a bonded retainer at your regular dental appointments, but you can clean a removable retainer at home, and it’s cheap and easy.

Either purchase special retainer-cleaning tablets or simply soak the retainer in a mixture of cool water and baking soda. Water and vinegar also work, or some hydrogen peroxide. Leave the retainer to soak for a few minutes, then rinse it and let it dry. However, make sure you never use hot water (which can warp the retainer) or harsh chemicals like bleach.

Storing a Retainer Between Uses

There’s a good chance you’ll only need to wear your retainer overnight, so what’s the best way to store it during the day? Keep in mind that harmful bacteria thrive in enclosed environments that are dark and damp, so it’s best to store a retainer somewhere dry and open to the air. (This applies to toothbrushes too.) There are some types of retainers that need to be soaked while not being worn, so check with us on the specific needs of your retainer.

Do Retainers Really Matter This Much?

Absolutely! We touched on this before, but the reason we need retainers after braces is that the supporting structures around our teeth aren’t immediately used to their new position when the braces come off. The jaw bone and periodontal ligament need time to finish adjusting. Patients who don’t bother to wear their retainers might end up needing braces again before long. Nobody wants that to happen.

Bring Us Your Retainer Questions

Whether you’re still in braces and want to be prepared or you’re already in the retention phase of treatment; whether your retainers are made of wire and acrylic or clear plastic, here at Diamond Dental Care & Implant Centre, we want you to have all the information you need. The more you know, the easier it will be to maintain a great result for your smile! Please contact our friendly team on (07) 5477 0889 for further information or advice about retainers and let’s help together on how you can achieve healthy oral health!

We enjoy being trusted family dentists on the Sunshine Coast and look forward to giving you and your family great advice about your dental health.

Congratulations to every patient moving from braces to retainers!


Managing dental problems at home during Holiday Season - Wed, Dec 23rd, 2020
Adults Oral Health


We bet the last thing you want this Christmas is to worry about your dental health. However, your dental health, especially your teeth, can be extra vulnerable this Christmas due to the abundance of sweet treats available during this time of the year. 


Diamond Dental Care & Implant Centre will be closed over the Holidays from 24th December and our friendly and reliable team will be back on the 4th of January. In case of emergency on a weekend or public holiday please call the Sunshine Coast after hours emergency number on 0418 989 944. Call out fees may apply. If you have a dental emergency on 29th to 31st December please contact Woombye Dental on 07 5442 2136.




We cannot avoid Dental Emergencies, so we created this handy guide to give advice to people who are in pain and may need to access care and to support them in managing minor symptoms at home this Holiday Season.


For pain relief, we advise paracetamol or Ibuprofen in the first instance unless this is not a suitable option for you.

All painkillers should be taken in accordance with instructions on the packet. Taking too many tablets WILL NOT IMPROVE YOUR SYMPTOMS and can cause serious stomach and liver injury which can be life-threatening.

If the tooth is extremely sensitive to hot or cold. Please contact us as soon as possible - We have organised cover for our patients with the Sunshine Coast Emergency dental roster and Woombye Dental who will care for all our patients as if they were their own!.

If the pain is severe, rinsing with cold water can sometimes ease the pain whilst you are waiting to be assessed by a dentist.

Wisdom tooth pain is usually due to inflammation so introducing a soft food diet will help with the pain.

Rinsing with warm salty water or savacol from the pharmacy can also help with alleviating pain. 

If you have difficulty swallowing, swelling in your face or cheek or difficulty opening your mouth, please call us for advice - We have arranged cover for all our patients over the holiday period. You may need antibiotics if an infection is spreading.

Although painful, most mouth ulcers will heal within 7-10 days. A dentist or doctor should assess non-healing ulcers/oral lesions present for more than 3 weeks. Please call us if you are concerned; otherwise, follow the home measures described below:

  • Warm salty mouthwashes
  • Excellent cleaning (even if it is painful to brush, the area must be kept clean to encourage healing and prevent more ulcers forming. However, be gentle and do use a soft/baby toothbrush)
  • Difflam (Benzydamine) Spray or mouthwash as needed.
  • Soft diet (soft food will reduce trauma form biting)
  • Painkillers (paracetamol or ibuprofen following packets instructions)
  • Rubbing Dentures (Denture adhesives like Poligrip or Fixodent may help secure a loose denture. Please call us if this doesn’t help for further advice)
  • Savacol mouthwash (avoid use for more than 1 week as may cause staining)

Bleeding from gums is not usually a dental emergency. Brush twice daily with fluoride toothpaste for 2 minutes, paying particular attention to the areas that are bleeding. Remember to also use floss or interdental brushes to clean between your teeth every day.

If your gums are extremely painful please call us for further advice. We have arranged cover for all our patients over the holiday period. 

Please keep the crown and call us as soon as possible for further advice. We have arranged cover for all our patients over the holiday period. 

If a tooth has been chipped and is sensitive and/or sharp then call us for advice.

If a baby tooth has been knocked out, do not attempt to put it back in.

If an adult tooth has been knocked out-handle the tooth by its crown (the white part), avoid touching the root. If the tooth is dirty, wash it briefly (10 seconds) under cold running water. try to re-implant the tooth in its socket and then bite gently on a handkerchief to hold it in position. if this is not feasible, store the tooth for transportation in milk (not water).

You need to telephone for an emergency dental appointment immediately. We have arranged cover for all our patients over the holiday period. 

Most orthodontic appliances can be left for some months without detriment if you continue with the usual aftercare instructions.

If you are in pain please call us as soon as possible. We have arranged cover for all our patients over the holiday period. 


1. If a coloured elastic ring pops off or your elastic chain breaks don't stress. A tooth might move slightly or a tiny gap may open up but nothing significant. Dr Doug will be able to fix this within a few weeks once we reopen.

2. If a wire starts to dig in use orthodontic wax. Roll a small piece of wax into the shape of a ball and squeeze it a few times to soften it. Dry the offending area with a tissue or cotton ball, as the wax will not stick if the area is moist. Shape the wax over the irritating wire. If the wire is cutting your cheek or gum please call us as soon as possible for advice. We have arranged cover for all our patients over the holiday period. 

3. If food gets stuck between your brackets, use floss or piksters to gently remove it.

4. If a bracket (the metal or clear brace stuck to your tooth) comes off your tooth it will usually be still attached to the wire and just spins or moves around. If this happens, place some wax over the top of it to smooth it over. If the bracket is cutting your cheek or gum please call us as soon as possible for advice. We have arranged cover for all our patients over the holiday period. 

5. If you slightly crack your clear retainer (which was given to you after you got your braces off) keep wearing it! It's still working and holding the teeth in their corrected positions. We'll make you a new one when we get back!

6. If you've broken your retainer into pieces and you can no longer use it or you've distorted it and it no longer fits, consider buying a mouldable mouthguard from Rebel Sport/the chemist/or online to fit over your teeth and wear at night. Although not perfect this is better than nothing.

7. For Invisalign patients, if your current aligner is broken or ill-fitting, step back to your previous aligner.

8. Sometimes a spring which is being used to close a space may accidentally come off. If this happens please call us as soon as possible for advice. We have arranged cover for all our patients over the holiday period. 

Diamond Dental Care an Implant Centre wishes you and your family with good health and may your home be filled with happiness and joy this holiday season and throughout the year.


How To Choose The Best Dentist On The Sunshine Coast - Thu, Dec 17th, 2020

Many people search for the best dentist on The Sunshine Coast. But what does that actually mean? There are a number of factors to consider, and the best dental clinic for one person, may not be the same as another.

Some of the main things to think about could be location, opening hours, the experience of our dental team, philosophy of the dentists, quality of equipment, whether they are affiliated to any health fund, bulk billing options, and the variety of services they offer. 

We will run through some of these points below and they may help you decide which dental clinic on The Sunshine Coast is the best for you.

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Dental Clinic's Location

Usually, when it comes to visiting a dentist, the important thing about the location is “convenience”. If you live in Caloundra, and you know of a good dental clinic in Noosaville, then that might be a bit too much of a drive for you, especially if you need multiple visits for a more complex procedure.

Another consideration with location is traffic and parking. A dentist smack in the middle of Maroochydore or Cotton Tree might be difficult to park near. If you have children or are an elderly patient, then this will be more important for you. 

At our dental clinic in Sippy Downs, for example, you can almost always part right out front. However, there are also all the common stores around, such as Woolworths, pharmacies, the post office, bottle shop, and cafes within easy walking distance.

Practice's Opening Hours

For some patients, it is difficult to visit the dentist during business hours. With children in school, it can also be complicated to get them to a dentist, aside from between 3.30 and 5.30 in the afternoon. 

A dental clinic that is open on Saturday or offers some later evening services during the week might be a better option for you if Monday to Friday visits is hard to make.

Experience or Skill of the Dentist

Being worried about a dental appointment is not an uncommon thing. When you know that your dentist is a good one, then the stress or fear will surely be lowered. An experienced and passionate dentist is more likely to provide a more comfortable visit.

They can also offer you better advice on how to fix problems or how to deal with children’s dental issues. Instead of just rushing in and pulling teeth, for example, the best dentist might recommend waiting to see how your child’s teeth develop.

Dental Clinic Philosophy

You may be shocked to hear that some dental clinics are run with profit at the forefront of their mind. They may even have quotas or targets to meet when it comes to certain procedures. We think this is shocking too, but it happens.

At Diamond Dental Care and Implant Centre, the customer's best interests will always be the point of focus. We provide options to suit different beliefs about procedures. Of course, we give our advice based on experience, but it is honest advice as if the patient’s teeth were our own.

Quality of Dental Equipment

If you want to visit the best dentist on The Sunshine Coast, then they must have modern equipment. The dental field is progressing very quickly as new technology is developed faster than ever. the best dentists will have the latest tools and machinery. 

This gives the patient the best chance of accurate diagnosis and often less painful and more effective treatments.

Health Fund Affiliation

Most patients these days have some sort of personal health insurance and the extras usually extend to dental. Claiming them is not always simple, however. A good dentist choice for you might include one that accepts health fund cards that instantly process your refund.

Having said that, some dentists are like a franchise for a health fund. These are often highly profit-driven and we would recommend avoiding them.

Bulk Billing / CDBS Access

If you have children, you may be able to claim on the child dental benefits scheme. This is where children have access to up to one thousand dollars per annum for certain dental procedures. 

Medicare benefits and health care cardholders can also get instant refunds with many dentists, such as at our clinic. This can make a big difference to the cost and therefore, what you might consider the best dentist for you.

For more information on our payment plans, check our payment plans page.

Variety Of Services

Some dentists can offer many different services, such as dental implants, braces, teeth whitening, and more. Other dental clinics might have to refer you to a specialist for complex procedures.

It might be inconvenient to be referred to another clinic for all or part of a dental procedure. Plus the dentist might get a referral fee, which means they might not send you to the best orthodontist or periodontist for example.

A complete service in house is more convenient and often feels like a more caring, safe option.

Friendly Staff

Last but not least, and how could one forget, the reception staff (and the waiting room). Being welcomed by a smiling face as you arrive at the dentist can help set your mind at ease. We are located in a spacious modern building, with entertainment for the kids too. 

Our staff will welcome you, offer you a drink, and make sure you feel comfortable. They will help you navigate any paperwork as efficiently as possible and take care of any admin needs for you.

We hope that helps you understand some of the things that separate the best dental clinics, from an average ones. 

If you are on Google searching, “best dentist sunshine coast” and have any questions for us, then don’t be shy to call. After all, service makes all the difference.


Diamond Dental Care and Implant Centre Dental Health Month 2020 - Thu, Jul 30th, 2020
Dental Health Month 2020

How much sugar is hiding in your trolley?

Dental Health Month, which takes place in the month of August, is the DentalCareXtra and Australian Dental Association’s major annual oral health promotion campaign. Its aim is to educate Australians about the importance of maintaining good oral health in every aspect of their lives.

Our aim here at DentalCareXtra is to educate Australians about the importance of maintaining good oral health by promoting four key messages:

Brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.

Eat a healthy, balanced diet and limit sugar intake.

Clean between your teeth daily using floss or interdental brushes.

Visit the dentist regularly for check-ups and preventive care.


The focus of this year’s campaign is on the harm sugar does to oral health, aiming to help Australians to ‘get sugar savvy’. The campaign includes about

  1. Hidden Sugars
  2. Sugar and its effect on teeth
  3. Read the Label
  4. Sugar Maths
  5. Understanding Sugar

This information is reinforced with three main sugar messages:
•    Consume no more than 6 teaspoons (24 grams) of free sugar per day as recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO).
•    Choose foods with less than 10 grams of sugar per 100 grams.
•    Look out for hidden sugars when purchasing foods and drinks.
These important messages will be reinforced via the tagline: How much sugar is hiding in your trolley?’, which draws on the concept of hidden sugars and reading food labels in order to make healthy choices. Making healthy choices at the supermarket extends to making similar smart food and drink choices at home. Saying ‘no’ to an unhealthy item in the supermarket means you don’t have to continue to say ‘no’ at home.  
Tempting as it is to think that everyone is practicing good oral health, the reality is that the oral health of many Australians is not where it should be.
•     Less than 50% of Australians adults have had a dental check-up in the last 12 months. 
•     53% of Australians brush their teeth only once-a-day.
•     Nearly 40% never floss or clean between their teeth.
•     73% of young people (14-18 years) are consuming too much sugar.
•     47% of adults (18+ years) are consuming too much sugar.

We recommend a check up with a dental hygienist every six months, especially for younger patients. In such appointments we can notice habits such as excess sugar consumption, acidic food consumption and suggest ways to manage such things.


How much sugar is hiding in your trolley? - Thu, Jul 30th, 2020
Dental Health Month 2020

Time to take a closer look at your supermarket purchases.

They’re not as healthy as you might think. Being healthy is something that most of us aim for.

We brush our teeth twice a day. We go for a jog around the neighborhood. We eat a handful of nuts instead of chomping on chocolate. We see our doctor whenever we don’t feel well.

But are you aware that all your good work could be being undone by sugars lurking in the depths of many of the processed food items you consume?

Sugar is everywhere in supermarket staples, even some that might appear to be healthy on the surface, and as we here at Diamond Dental Care & Implant Centre celebrates the Dental Health Month, we’re pulling back the sugary curtain to show you what’s really in the food you eat, and how this information can help you be healthier all over but especially in your mouth.

In other words, we want you to become more “sugar savvy”.

Dental Health Month is an annual event run by the Australian Dental Association and us here at Diamond Dental Care & Implant Centre which aims to make everyone aware of the key things they need to do to keep their teeth and gums healthy. We call this preventative dental care.

Hiding in plain sight
You might think that a little extra sugar here and there isn’t such a big deal, but the odds are that you are taking in far more than you realise. 

Figures show that the average Australian is consuming 14 teaspoons of sugar a day, a whole lot more than the maximum six teaspoons a day recommended by the World Health Organisation for increased health benefits such as decreasing the risk of tooth decay, which is having a profoundly negative effect on Australia’s dental health as revealed by Australia’s Oral Health Tracker (

To help you get within the recommended range, and be healthier into the bargain, this year’s Dental Health Month is all about showing you what daily sugar consumption level looks like in relation to the food you eat, how to read a food label so you can see what’s really in your food, and how sugar can negatively affect your dental health.

Beyond that, we want to show how easy it is to keep your teeth and gums healthy by following a few simple tips.


If you're like most people, there’s not a whole of brushing going on. In fact, only 50% of Australians brush twice a day.  The reality is that a quick, occasional dash along with your teeth with a hope and a prayer is not going to cut it. As your dentist will tell you, you need to brush for at least two minutes twice a day, taking care to use a soft-bristled toothbrush (they're less damaging to your teeth and gums than their harder counterparts) to clean your teeth systematically along all surfaces, always brushing in small, circular motions. 

Flossing (or using an interdental brush) once a day is important because it removes plaque from between your teeth which goes a long way in helping to prevent gum disease, tooth decay and halitosis ("bad breath"). It's not something that should be rushed either. Take your time, using a gentle side-to-side motion with about 45cm wound around your middle fingers and thumb. If you're not sure about the right technique, have a chat to us here at DentalCare and we can show you all the right flossing moves.

Say "Hello!" To your dentist

If you have a regular dentist, and it is a good idea to have one since it means your teeth will get the consistent care they need, you should be seeing them more often than you probably are, with one survey revealing that 65% of Australians have not seen a dentist in the last two years. Yup, that’s right – two whole years. Sure, that’s extra time for catching up on Game of Thrones but is it good for your teeth, and the health of your whole mouth? Not really. You should really be seeing your dentist every 6 to 12 months or as needed to keep on top of your dental health.

Eat and drink well
Beyond limiting the sugar you eat, we recommend drinking more tap water, avoid snacking between meals, instead of sticking to three meals a day and concentrating on the good stuff like vegetables and dairy products. Of course, before you make any major dietary changes, first check with us here at Diamond Dental Care & Implant Centre or with a healthcare professional.


Sugar Savvy - Hidden Sugars - Thu, Jul 30th, 2020
Dental Health Month 2020

We usually think of sugar as the white granules we spoon into coffee and tea or add to baking recipes. But sugar comes in many forms and they can all contribute to tooth decay. Sugar can be called over 50 different names, making it hard to detect on food and drink labels. These
are known as hidden sugars.

Common names for sugar

Look out for these names on the ingredient list of nutrition information panels when shopping. Even foods and drinks which claim to have no added or refined sugars can contain a lot of sugar. The closer the ingredient is to the top of the ingredient list, the more of it present in the food or drink.


Sugar Savvy - Sugar and its effect on teeth - Thu, Jul 30th, 2020
Dental Health Month 2020

weighing up sugar


When harmful factors outweigh those that protect the teeth, then tooth decay can form.

• Certain mouth bacteria that live on the surface of teeth consume the sugar we eat and turn it into acid.
• The acid sits on the surface of the teeth and pulls minerals out from the tooth’s surface causing it to weaken.
• This process happens every time we eat or drink.
• If these acid attacks occur over and over again and there is not enough protection provided to the teeth, this can result in tooth decay.

A regular check up of visit with the dental hygienist can identify early signs of decay, preventing the need for restorative action (saving time and money).


Sugay Savvy - Read the Label - Thu, Jul 30th, 2020
Dental Health Month 2020

Did you know if you drink fruit juice, the recommended serving size is 125ml of 100% fruit juice?
Eating whole fruits and drinking water is a better choice for healthy teeth and for your overall health too.

Just because a product is advertised with "No Added Sugar" does not mean it is sugar free. Sugar is a naturally occurring part of many foods we eat and consider as healthy options, such as fruit. "No Added Sugar", could really be an alert that the product contains sugar loaded ingredients.

Natural vs added sugar. Can they affect my teeth the same?

Yes. However, foods such as fruit and milk are made up of small amounts of natural sugars as well as fibre, vitamins and minerals which are good for the body. Milk also includes calcium, which can help to protect the teeth and bones. Processed foods with large quantities of added sugar often have no or limited nutritional value.


Sugar Savvy - Sugar Maths - Thu, Jul 30th, 2020
Dental Health Month 2020

sugar maths image

Did you know that a glass of juice and a bowl of cereal for breakfast can equal 6 or more teaspoons of sugar? What kind of sugar? Well the bacteria that live in your mouth don't really mind. So from a dental point of view, it is important to understand which foods are sugar loaded, so you can manage your brushing schedule amongst other things.

food health guide


Sugar Savvy - Understanding Sugar - Thu, Jul 30th, 2020
Dental Health Month 2020

sugar maths chart image

Daily sugar consumption

Limit added sugar intake to 6 or less teaspoons per day. This equals 24 grams of added sugar or less.
• 1 teaspoon sugar = 4 grams sugar

Comparing products

Use the ‘per 100g’ column. This allows you to compare “apples with apples.”
• Aim for less than 10 grams of sugar per 100 grams, but less than 5 grams is best. Foods claiming ‘no added sugar,’ often contain a higher level of sugar from natural sources but these sugars can still cause tooth decay.


Recent Child's Dentist Appointment - Mon, May 25th, 2020
Childrens Oral Health

Child's Dental Appointment On The Sunshine Coast

We recently had an eight year old female patient visit our dental clinic with her father. She was a bright healthy young girl. This is a real example of a patient visit, her name is withheld for privacy. It is not meant as dental advice, but rather an example of the difference between different dental clinics and their services.

One dental issue this young patient was facing was that as her baby teeth were falling out, and being replaced by adult teeth, there was not quite enough room for the top teeth to come through.

The middle two adult teeth were obviously larger than those they were replacing, and they are coming down with a space between and not exactly straight. This is a quite common occurrence. One of the teeth next to the top front teeth has pushed through and is also coming in okay. The problem is with the last remaining tooth, which is still in the gum.

It can be seen, this is only due to the lack of space currently available for the tooth.

This patient had been to another dentist nearby and the recommended treatment included removing teeth to make more room. The parents of this patient were quite concerned about the invasive and irreversible decisions the other dentists were strongly suggesting.

As an experienced family dentist, there were other options that could be presented. Removing a tooth can have many affects on a young person’s dental health. Sometimes yes, it is necessary, but for this patient … really?

Children's Dental Care

One option in this case was to simply wait for some months to see what happens. It is possible that the teeth will shift in the mouth naturally and her new tooth will come into place. A plate could be used to “pull” the front tooth across to make room for the tooth in waiting. These are obviously much less aggressive techniques that could provide a better solution.

Her father was quite relieved and so was she! She was lucky to have good nutrition and healthy teeth and gums which were then well cleaned and protected in the meantime by a non toxic tooth sealant.

There is often more than one way to treat dental issues. This may depend on the patient’s budget or lifestyle choices. Both of which are respected by our friendly Sippy Downs dentists.

This patient was also eligible for the CDBS support payment from the Medicare. This meant there was no cost for the patient.

If you would like to get a second opinion about treatments such as extractions, dental implants of Invisalign on The Sunshine Coast, then contact us for an appointment today.



How Often Should I Visit The Dentist ? - Wed, Mar 18th, 2020

All material in our blog is of a general nature and is not specific dental advice. If you would like that, then we would encourage you to visit our dental clinic on The Sunshine Coast.

How Often Should I Have A Dental Check Up?

Getting regular dental check ups more often than not, help to prevent minor dental issues from becoming larger problems. In turn, having regular check ups will often save patients money in the long term, as they help prevent larger dental procedures being required.

Depending on your age and general dental health, most dentists will recommend a dental check up between every six months or yearly appointments. There are many factors that can influence this. For example, if you have had a dental procedure, such as a filling or crowns or so on, then a more frequent check up might be scheduled, to make sure that the dental work completed has settled in well.

There is no proven research or guideline that we know of, that states how often a check up should be scheduled. Most reports conclude that patients have different oral health needs and risk factors, and this should be reflected in how often a dental check up should be scheduled.

Why Are Regular Dental Check Ups Important?

Regardless of your choice in frequency, one thing can be agreed. That is that regular dental check ups are a good idea. Many health insurance funds include a subsidised dental check up, yearly, as part of their extras cover. It can be assumed they do this, because if their clients have regular check ups the lifetime insurance costs for them are reduced.

During a check up, your dentist has the chance to catch early signs of tooth decay, gum disease or oral cancer. If any issues are found, then ways to treat them can be discussed and planned before the problems have become more serious.

Your dental hygienist can also perform scaling or cleaning treatments during a check up at the dentist. They will remove hardened plaque from your teeth, especially along the gum line. This helps prevent gum disease in many cases.

While performing these tasks, your dental team can also identify ways in which you might better maintain your dental health. This might include brushing techniques, choice of toothbrush and flossing methods and so on.

If you would like to schedule a dental check up in Sippy Downs, then feel free to contact us today.


How Often Should I Brush My Teeth? - Mon, Mar 9th, 2020

How often should I brush my teeth?

We are asked a lot of questions about brushing teeth every month in our dental clinic. Usually by parents hoping to pass the best information on to their children. It makes sense as good brushing habits can help to prevent tooth decay, along with many other oral hygiene issues as well.

By far the most common questions is “how often should I brush my teeth each day?”. Usually asked while the child is in earshot.

The most common answer that we provide is, for most people, your teeth should be brushed twice a day. And you should brush for about two minutes each time. Both of these points can be equally important in the long term health of a patients teeth. This is quite convenient because the most regular times that people to brushhow long to brush teeth their teeth, is first thing in the morning after waking up, and shortly before going to bed at night.

As we mention above however, the brushing time should ideally be for around two minutes, preferably a little more. The reason we recommend this, is that it will often take a few minutes to remove all the plaque, which is one of the major reasons for brushing in the first place. f you brush for a shorter time than this, it will be difficult to do a good job of removing the plaque. 

So you are not just an annoying parent for monitoring the amount of time your children spend brushing!

A study that was completed in 2009 stated that a lot of people only brush their teeth for around 45 seconds. When they increased the brushing time up to two minutes, these same people managed to remove over 26% more plaque, just from the extra brushing of their teeth. 

When is the best time of day to brush my teeth?

Many dentists do recommend that brushing after each meal is ideal. However, this is not always practical with everyone's busy lifestyles. So, when are the best times to brush your teeth each day then?

Conveniently, it is In the morning and before bed at night. If you brush well before bed, it obviously gives you eight or so hours with a clean fresh mouth Not only this, brushing can form part of a routine that helps a lot of people prepare for bed, and helps them ensure a better nights sleep too.

When it comes to brushing in the morning, for most people there are really two choices. They are either  before breakfast, or after breakfast.

If you brush very soon after eating, it can cause one problem, especially if you are eating acidic foods or drinks. These may include popular breakfast foods such as such as orange juice. Some acidic foods have the ability to soften the enamel layer on teeth. This makes the enamel more susceptible to damaged caused by brushing, especially if you are a strong brusher.

If you like to eat acidic breakfasts, then brushing beforehand might be a better option for you. Another choice is to wait an hour or so after breakfast before brushing. We understand however, that might not be possible as you are off to work and school drops offs and all the rest.

Just as important as how often you brush, is “how you brush”. This will be discussed in different blog posts on our website in the future.

Getting the frequency right, and mastering some brushing techniques, along with regular dental check ups, will give you the best chance of maintaining healthy teeth and gums for a long time to come.

All of this information is of a general nature. As everybody is different, so too, every body is different. This includes your teeth. If you would like personal dental advice, it is always best to visit a dentist near you, such as our dental clinic in Sippy Downs.


Limitations Of Invisalign - Tue, Feb 11th, 2020
Childrens Oral Health

Is There Anything Invisalign Can't Do?

Invisalign braces are great. They have made the experience of having braces and straightening teeth a lot more pleasant for many people across Australia. Maybe because of this, people seem to think that Invisalign braces can fix any cosmetic or orthodontic dental issue. This however, is not the case.

Below are some instances where invisalign braces, no matter how well applied, may not be able to solve dental issues :

1. Tooth Shape. Some teeth can be small, round or severely pointy and they do not fit in the aligners correctly. In this case, regular braces may be a better solution..

2. Tooth Position. If teeth are too twisted, or tilted more than say 45 degrees, Invisalign may not be able to move them as far as needed.

3. Filling Large Gaps. Generally, Invisalign can't fill a gap larger than about 6mm. An implant, or other cosmetic dental solution may be required to fill large gaps.

4. Intrusion and Extrusion. Invisalign are more effective at moving the front teeth than molars. Getting all teeth at the same height is not a strong point of Invisalign.

5. Midline Movement. The midline between your two front teeth can generally only be shifted by about 2mm by Invisalign braces.

6. Previous Dental Work. If patients have bridges or crowns, they may cause Invisalign not to be a viable option.

7. Teeth Extraction. If teeth need to be removed during treatment, then Invisalign may not be very effective.

As with all the content on our website, this is general information and may not apply to specific patient circumstances. It is best to speak to a dentist about the options you may have, if you wish to straighten your smile or your child's smile. 

We offer free consultations to assess the viability of Invisalign braces and other orthodontic or restorative dental techniques.


Is it Worth Leaving Buderim To See A Dentist? - Thu, Dec 19th, 2019

One particular sector of the market we enjoy serving is the elderly. Buderim has seen a recent influx in retirement-aged residents, as it is close to the beach, has all the modern conveniences one could hope for and affordable homes. There are also a lot of dentists in Buderim. So how do you choose?

We believe some of the most important considerations when choosing a dentist are the quality of service provided, the atmosphere of the clinic (how you feel when you are there), convenience and price. So, is it worth leaving Buderim for a dentist in Sippy Downs, Forest Glen, or other surrounding suburbs?

Let’s take a look at these points before you make up your mind.

Why Choose Diamond Dental?

A common way to choose a service these days is to search for reviews on Google. We currently have a 5-star rating, which is as high as possible. Experience is another important part of quality assurance. Dr Doug Leishmann and his team have many years’ experience at many different dental procedures. You can count on them for great advice and quality dental care.

Next is convenience. Everyone is busy these days, so we know it is important. Now, when it comes to convenience, we don’t just mean easy parking or shops nearby. Although this can be found at our clinic in Sippy Downs. Convenience also extends to the services offered. Not all dentists can provide specialist services. There are a lot less dental implant clinics or orthodontists in Buderim than there are general dentists for example. Having to go to specialists for different dental treatments can mean a trip to Maroochydore or other areas. Being able to count on the dentist you trust for all dental procedures is a big bonus.

The Best Dental Practice For Anxious Patients 

Diamond Dental Care and Implant Centre is also known as being great for those with anxiety about visiting a dentist. Our whole team from reception to the dentists themselves focus on making patients in our clinic feel at ease.

All of this is offered at a fair price that might not be available in a clinic in Buderim where the rent could be higher for example. We also offer holistic dental solutions such as amalgam-free fillings and fluoride-free treatments for those that prefer these choices.

The choice of whether it is worth leaving Buderim (it's just a short drive down the hill anyway) to visit our dental clinic will always be up to you. But we are confident if you do come to visit us, you will appreciate the effort we go to, so our patients feel cared for, every time they visit.


Sippy Downs Is Growing So Fast - Mon, Dec 9th, 2019

If you have not been to Sippy Downs recently, then you will probably not recognise this fast-growing suburb any more. Over the last decade, it has grown from a hardly heard of the suburb, “which side of the highway?”, to a thriving community.

There is more housing being added all the time. From apartments to accommodate students at the University of The Sunshine Coast, retirement resorts, boutique homes and everything in between. From a commercial point of view, household names such as you now call Sippy Downs home. The Chancellor Park Marketplace is getting bigger and bigger and with the completion of roadworks coming up, getting around will be even more of a breeze.

While all of this development has been going on, our dental practice has also been growing. We have become the dentist of choice for more families from the area, along with surrounding suburbs without a dental practice, such as Chevallum and Palmview.

It is becoming more convenient than ever for patients from the surrounding suburbs to visit us for check-ups and dental procedures. The traffic in Buderim is reaching city levels, so coming to Sippy Downs makes more sense than ever. 

Of course, it is not just convenience that should help you choose Diamond Dental Care and Implant Centre as your preferred dental clinic on the Sunshine Coast. We also provide quality dental care, with a wide range of dental procedures all available in our clinic.

If you are someone who gets anxious at the thought of visiting a dentist, then you will appreciate the effort we go to, to make sure our patients are as relaxed as possible. It is one of the things we are famous for and even off sleep dentistry for the very anxious.

As Sippy downs continue to grow all around us, we will continue to serve the community with quality dental care, at a convenient and friendly location. We look forward to welcoming you soon, if you need a new dentist on the Sunshine Coast, or if you are an existing patient too.


Why We love Serving The Community Of Buderim - Mon, Dec 2nd, 2019

As we all know, Buderim is the largest suburb as far as population goes on the Sunshine Coast. It is also one of the older suburbs and plays a huge role in the local economy. People choose to live there because it has a great central location, it is close to the coast, is elevated and has a great sense of community. 

Many of our dental patients come from Buderim. It is a short drive away and coming down to Sippy Downs is often a bit of a relief, away from the hustle and bustle of Main St. So while we are not in Buderim we are a popular choice as family dental check-ups and also for more complicated dental procedures

A Family-Oriented Neighbourhood

Buderim retains quote a local feel, even though it is such a large suburb. There are many community events there, and it has a real family-oriented vibe. In recent years, there has also been a growing amount of retirement villages open in Buderim, again adding to the supportive local feel.

All of the suburbs around Buderim are also growing, as the fight for flat land begins to dry up on the hill. Sippy Downs, Forest Glen, and Kunda Park are all becoming extensions of Buderim, as the heart of the Sunshine Coast population. This area is much less touristy than the coastal suburbs.

Being a family dentist Buderim mums and dads have chosen to look after their teeth and those of their kids, we really feel part of that community. It is great to see children grow up in the area, with such a wonderful lifestyle available to them.

Buderim And Sippy Downs

Along with the University of the Sunshine Coast, there are lots of schools nearby, and we treat children from almost all of them. Sippy downs is definitely growing fast, and it has a different feel to Buderim. Much more relaxed, with wider streets and less traffic. 

The café scene here is not as vibrant as Buderim, but parking is a lot easier to manage. 

Sippy Downs will always be closely linked with Buderim. We hope our side of the hill will grow to have the positive, family-focused feel that Buderim has too.

Below - a photo of the beautiful Waterfall within the Buderim Forest Park.

buderim forest waterfall photo


Getting Your Smile Back With Dental Implants - Mon, Feb 4th, 2019

Dental Implants For Smile Recovery

Sports injuries, accidents and tooth decay are just a few of the reasons we might lose a tooth. Thanks to modern dentistry, however, we don’t need to settle for having a gap in our smiles for the rest of our lives. There are a few ways to fill that gap, and one of them is with dental implants.

Implants Or False Teeth?

Partial and full dentures have been a common solution for missing teeth for many years, but they have their disadvantages. They are prone to slipping and falling out if not properly secured, and they can lead to jaw pain and soreness in the gums. They also do not stimulate the jaw bones, so patients with dentures tend to suffer bone loss.

Implants, on the other hand, are metal posts surgically placed in the jawbone under the gums and are basically a new root for a replacement tooth that looks and acts like a natural tooth. The only advantage dentures have over implants is that they are cheaper. It’s important to fill in the gap with an implant as soon as possible so the bone doesn’t erode and the surrounding teeth don’t collapse into the hole causing alignment and bite issues.

Types Of Implants

The health of the underlying jaw bone will determine a patient’s eligibility for implants and which type they will receive. In a patient with healthy bone, an endosteal implant will be used. This is simply a titanium post surgically placed into the jawbone. After a healing period, the patient will have a second surgery in which a crown is placed on top of the post.

For patients with bone that can’t support an endosteal implant (or patients who don’t want the surgery involved with them), there are subperiosteal implants. Instead of a titanium post, a metal frame is placed under the gums but on top of the jawbone. Posts are then added to this framework, and they protrude from the gum line like endosteal implants so that crowns can be attached.

Check out this video to see how implants are made:

Implants And Braces?
In most cases where a patient needs orthodontic treatment as well as implants, the braces come first, because once an implant is in the jaw, it won’t move. On rare occasions, if the braces only need to shift the front teeth and the missing teeth are located in the back, the implant can be placed before or during orthodontic treatment!

Come Talk To Us About Implants!
Getting dental implants is nothing to be worried about! 3,000,000 people in the United States alone have at least one dental implant and that number continues to grow. If you need a dental implant, just talk to us! We’ll evaluate your situation and develop the perfect plan to get you the smile you deserve.

Keep taking care of those teeth!


Learn the Benefits of Dental Implants - Mon, Feb 4th, 2019

Main Benefits Of Dental Implants

If you have experienced tooth loss, you are not alone. In fact, Australia failed in the recent National Oral Health Report done by Aust. Dental Association (ADA) and the Aust. Health Policy Collaboration (AHPC). Here’s the good news: there are solutions for you.

Dental Implants Function Much Like Natural Teeth

While there are other tooth replacement options, dental implants have many advantages over other treatments. They are called “implants” because an artificial tooth root is placed, or implanted, in your jawbone. It is then covered by a natural-looking tooth replacement. Implants are the only tooth replacement option that incorporates an artificial root, allowing them to function much like natural teeth.

There Are Many Benefits to Choosing Implants

Here are five major benefits to consider when deciding between dental implants and other tooth restoration options:

#1: Dental implants are convenient and long-lasting.

Unlike dentures, you don’t need to take them out to eat or clean and there’s no need to reapply them with adhesive. Implants also provide a permanent solution to tooth loss–they are built to last a lifetime if they are well taken care of.

#2: Get the look, feel and function of your natural teeth.

Dental implants are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth so you can look and feel your best. They also function like real teeth, meaning you can bite naturally and eat the foods you love without hesitation. Implants also don’t interfere with speech like some other replacement options.

#3: Oral hygiene isn’t complicated by implants.

You can take care of your teeth as usual, flossing once a day and brushing twice daily. With implants, it’s easy to maintain that bright, beautiful smile!

#4: Implants prevent bone deterioration and loss.

When you lose teeth the jawbone deteriorates, causing your face to appear sunken over time. Implants act as an artificial tooth root, stimulating the jawbone and promoting bone growth. This helps maintain the natural shape of your face and jaw.

#5: Leave your natural teeth unaltered.

Some treatment options, like a dental bridge, require grinding down other healthy teeth to support the bridge. Implants replace lost teeth but do not require any alteration of your existing healthy teeth.

Don’t Let Tooth Loss Keep You From Smiling

You should never let tooth loss keep you from a healthy, beautiful smile. If you have experienced tooth loss, come and talk with us today. Diamond Dental Care and Implant Centre in Sippy Downs is considered by many the best dentist on the Sunshine Coast when it comes to Dental Implants. Our process consists of consulting about what tooth restoration options will be best for you, your lifestyle and health before indicating any measures.

Schedule your consultation with us today!

Our patients' smiles make it all worthwhile!


Filling In The Gaps: Dental Implant Basics - Mon, Feb 4th, 2019

Dental Implant ABC's

Dental Implants are permanent false teeth designed to look just like your other teeth. They’re a popular alternative to dentures or bridges, and they are considered to be “one of the biggest advances in dentistry in the past 40 years.”

How Do Dental Implants Work?

Unlike dentures and bridges, which don’t feel or look entirely real and must be removed and cleaned outside of your mouth daily, dental implants are surgically affixed to your jaw. In place of the roots your native teeth have, the new tooth is held in place by a surgical screw. The crown is carefully selected to match the shape and colour of the surrounding teeth, so it blends right in.

There are two basic types of implant: endosteal and subperiosteal. Endosteal implants are surgically attached directly to the jaw bone with a titanium post, and the entire implant structure (apart from the crown itself) is hidden under the gums and looks and feels just like any other tooth. Subperiosteal implants consist of a metal frame that fits onto the jaw bone rather than screwing into it, and these are a good option if you lack the bone structure necessary for endosteal implants.

Watch the video below to see how titanium implants are made:

Who Are They For?
If you’ve lost teeth due to injury or disease, dental implants could restore your smile more effectively than other options. However, not everyone with missing teeth is a candidate. Just as with real teeth, oral health is crucial to successful implants. Before you get an implant, you need good, strong bone and healthy gums to support it, and once it’s in, you have to keep it clean by brushing and flossing.

But What About Braces?
If you don’t already have your implants but need orthodontics to straighten your teeth, it’s usually best to do braces first. Because implants are screwed into your jaw bone, they will not move, which can make them excellent anchors to help move your other teeth where they need to go—but only if they’re in the right place to begin with. If not, your existing implants may need to be removed and then reattached after you’ve finished with your braces.

Still Have Questions? We Have Answers!
If you’re thinking about getting dental implants or know someone who is, we can answer any questions you may have about them. We’re here to help you achieve the smile of your dreams!

We love our patients!


Make Your Game Day Snacks More Smile-Friendly - Mon, Feb 4th, 2019
Childrens Oral Health

Healthy Sports Day Snacks

Many family and friends gather together on a weekly basis to watch their favourite teams go head to head. And while people come to watch the game, we all know what they’re really there for… the food! Traditional game day snacks may be delicious–think wings, sliders, nachos, pizza–but they are certainly not the healthiest for our bodies or our teeth for that matter.

Make Healthier Choices On Game Day
For all you sports fans out there, you’re going to have a lot of games to watch and, as a result, a lot of unhealthy finger food you may be planning to eat. Making healthier choices for the big game is easy… and well worth it! As dedicated childrens dentists in Sippy Downs, we are all about helping kids on the coast look after their teeth.

For more smile-friendly snacks, try these healthy alternatives to traditional game day food:

  • Veggie-filled wraps instead of sliders. Leafy greens contain vitamins essential for healthy teeth and gums.
  • Yogurt instead of ice cream. You know dairy is good for your teeth! But watch out for added sugars you can find in ice cream and some yogurts. Make a greek yogurt parfait or a yogurt-based dip for fruit to protect those chompers.
  • Bruschetta instead of pizza. Fresh-made bruschetta, especially with calcium-rich cheese on top, is a great substitute for greasy pizza.
  • Vegetables instead of chips. Refined, starchy foods can be worse for your teeth than sugar. Bake your own kale chips or substitute cucumbers, celery, and carrots for greasy chips. You’ll get that crunch factor you crave as well as protect your teeth from decay.
  • Zucchini or sweet potato fries instead of french fries. Bake your fries instead of deep-frying them. Sweet potatoes have a lot of vitamin C which promotes healthy gums. Zucchini has an extremely high water content which will get your saliva flowing.

You could even try this healthy spinach and artichoke dip at your next watch-party!

Here’s another fun fact: including apples and strawberries in your snack game plan can actually help whiten your teeth! These fruits contain malic acid which removes surface stains from your teeth and whitens enamel.

In addition, nuts, celery, carrots and again, apples, are great finger foods that work as natural toothbrushes. That’s right! Because of their abrasive texture, they naturally remove bacteria and plaque. They also increase saliva production, helping to wash away food particles and bacteria in your mouth. So the next time you want to just eat the wings and leave the celery, think again.

Eat Right For A Winning Smile
We know you want your team to win the big game, but it’s even more important to have a winning smile! What are your favorite healthy game day snacks? Let us know in the comments below. We’d love to get some more ideas!

Also, look out for our post on half time snacks that might be better for your kids teeth, and muscles than the traditional oranges.

Happy watching to all our sports fans!


Not all Dentists are the Same - Tue, Dec 11th, 2018
Adults Oral Health

Health Funds And Dental Care

It's important that you look under the bonnet to ensure you make the best choices for you - not for your Health Fund.

We believe in providing you with transparency in the Quality and Care we provide you at Diamond Dental Care. 

It's therefore important to understand what your options are in regards to Preferred Health Fund Providers and Health Funds options.

Take the Australian Dental Association Test to see how much money your actually getting back today. 

Preferred Provider - who are they?

  • Many Dental Practices have taken up contracted provider schemes with Health Insurance Funds, where an agreed fee is charged to patients for treatment. Dental practices agree to this with the hope to receive more patients.
  • Fixed Price Treatment may limit the time, type and quality of service you receive. This in effect may dictate the treatment you receive as opposed to the treatment you actually require.
  • Preferred Provider status may also limit the number of claimable services in the same calendar year compared to an unaffiliated provider.

We have your interests at Heart.

Diamond Dental Care will never compromise on the quality of your total Oral Health. We provide you with the Care, Quality and Choices you deserve for long term Oral Health. 

Don't just take our word for it. Diamond Dental Care's belief is in line with that of the Australian Dental Association, who states:

"Health Funds set their rebates at a level that suits their commercial needs. Those rebates are not related to any recognised fee scale"

Many Health Funds are owned by private enterprises, and as such are required to make a reasonable return on their investment. Ideally, Health Funds want customers who pay their premiums to claim as little as possible. To do this, Health Funds contract Dentists who can ensure Health Funds remain profitable.

Dental practices who are dictated by health funds often reduce their quality of service, offer less services and cannot adequately meet the patient concerns and dental needs in their appointment time. This ultimately impacts on the overall care, quality and level of treatment you receive.

The Australian Dental Association has been actively advocating that you as consumers of Private Health Care get better visibility of what your fees are going towards and what your true entitlements are. With increasing fees and declining benefits, it's important that you can make informed decisions about the value you receive from Health Funds.

Diamond Dental Care provides flexible payment options to ensure you receive the dental treatment you need and deserve. We are also passionate about providing quality care using advanced technologies executed with extreme precision, and adhering to strict infection control protocols to ensure delivery of the highest standard in patient safety.

No matter who your health fund is you will receive the length of appointment and level of care at Diamond Dental Care. Your friendly, local dentists in Sippy Downs.


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