What is your role at Smile Solutions and how long have you worked at the practice?
I’ve worked at Smile Solutions since 2013. I trained in Perth, Western Australia, and worked in the city and country for 20 years before moving to Melbourne.
My role at Smile Solutions is as a general dentist. That means that I am normally a patient’s first contact with the practice. I will do a thorough examination and work out a plan for short-term and long-term solutions for their dental health. I will do much of the work and coordinate with our dental specialists when required.
What training did you receive to get to this point in your career?
I graduated from the University of Western Australia in 1991. I then practised in Perth, Geraldton and Melbourne.
To extend my clinical knowledge over the years I have done training in implants and cosmetic dentistry.
I suffer dentist phobia. Is there anything you can do to help me relax during a visit?
Feeling nervous is a very normal response to visiting the dentist and there are many things I can do to help you.
The first step is to conduct a check-up appointment. I will take the time to talk with you to understand your needs and concerns.
Then I will look in your mouth. This is a non-invasive procedure and I will endeavour to make it as easy as possible.
After this I will sit down with you and discuss what needs to be done.
For anyone with extreme dentist anxiety, at Smile Solutions we offer many different ways to complement your treatment, including IV sedation (sleep dentistry), general anaesthetic for extractions, nitrous oxide (happy gas) and Valium. This will be discussed if required.
How important is it REALLY to floss every day?
It is very important to floss every day. Most tooth decay occurs between teeth where we can’t see or clean easily with a toothbrush (even electric).
Food can become trapped between teeth every time we eat, and flossing between the teeth once a day helps to keep this area clean.
Flossing daily is also important in combating gum disease. Food trapped between teeth can cause irritation of the gum area, leading to inflammation and sometimes infection.
Flossing should always be combined with brushing your teeth at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and a diet low in sugar. Then make sure you visit the dentist every six months. Combining all of this is the best defence against tooth decay and gum disease.
What do I do if I have an emergency when Smile Solutions is closed?
We are open 7 days a week: Monday to Friday 8am – 6pm, plus Saturday 8.30am – 1.30pm and Sunday 9am – 1pm.
If you have a dental emergency outside of these hours we offer dental emergency advice. The number to call is: 0400 369 359.