The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-02-21T02:59:59Z Align Dentistry Provides Braces Service To People Who Coming From Green Valley 2017-02-21T02:59:59Z align-dentistry-provides-braces-service-to-people-who-coming-from-green-valley Damon Braces Damon Braces are like regular Braces in their metallic nature; however, Align Dentistry near Green Valley have a modified and better design making treatment faster and more comfortable. Regular Braces use elastics which create friction that makes sliding more difficult and thus the teeth move slower and they also exert greater pressure increasing the risk of gum damage. We service customers coming to us from Green Valley.  Damon Braces make use of a friction free sliding mechanism that makes treatment faster, more comfortable and causes less harm to the gums. This system also requires fewer extractions to be done in turn saving the patient a great deal of pain. Lingual Braces Near Green Valley Lingual Braces are a set of Metal brackets that are attached to the back of the teeth to straighten them. These are also a good choice for those who wish to fix their teeth without having Braces that are visible. At Align Dentistry, we make use of the STb social 6 lingual system that consists of brackets that are smaller and more comfortable as compared to other Lingual Braces. Their smaller design reduces tongue discomfort, minimises pronunciation difficulties and provides more confidence for patients who use them. Invisalign  Invisalign is a kind of Braces that consist of a set of clear aligners that are used to straighten teeth over a period. They are perfect for those people who don’t want to have visible Braces and wish to avoid the metallic look of regular Braces. Invisalign is custom designed for everyone through a computerised system which makes the whole process more efficient and less time consuming. They also require fewer visits to the Dentist than regular Braces and are followed by a week by week change in the aligners per the change in alignment of the teeth. Our Policies We believe in the "Non-Extraction treatment philosophy" to straighten teeth. Abiding by this philosophy, we try to make use of minimal Teeth Extractions in our treatment programs to cause less harm to the patient’s health and to also save them from large amounts of pain. An Extraction is only done in extreme cases when there is a real need for it and no other way to solve the problem. Our payment program is also designed for the convenience of our patients so that they don’t have to worry about making large payments at once and can focus on their treatment. All our payments are spread out over a period of 18-24 months and we follow an interest free payment procedure. Please feel free to go through some of our videos and website pages to get a better idea of the treatments offered. If you are interested to get that perfect smile, either for you or your child, please contact 02 9723 5757 for an initial consult so that we can tell you which treatment plan is the right choice for you! Dental Industry Backs Government Stance on Minamata Convention 2017-01-10T06:31:07Z dental-industry-backs-government-stance-on-minamata-convention For Immediate Release10 January 2017 The peak business organisation representing dental product manufacturers and suppliers, the Australian Dental Industry Association (ADIA) has backed proposals for the Australian Government to run a national communications campaign promoting voluntary installation of dental amalgam waste traps and separators.  The proposal is associated with the likely ratification of the Minamata Convention on Mercury. The Minamata Convention on Mercury is a global treaty to protect human health and the environment from the adverse effects of mercury.  The interests of the dental industry rest in the fact that dental amalgam is one of three products that represent the most significant sources of mercury in this category, the other two being pesticides and dental amalgam. Dental amalgam contains approximately 50% mercury and is used in around one-quarter of new fillings.  As a result of the dental industry’s development of new and innovative pathways, dental professionals have now adopted the use of alternative, non-mercury containing products such as resin composite and glass-ionomer in the majority of their dental restoration work. “Although the use of dental amalgam is showing a sustained decrease in Australia, mercury may be released into the environment from the removal of existing amalgams from patients during dental procedures such as replacement fillings, crowns and extractions,” said Troy Williams, ADIA Chief Executive Officer. Extracted amalgam materials are either rinsed into sewage systems or are disposed of as municipal waste. There is currently no national regulation governing the use, control or release of mercury waste from dental practices. The Australian Government has accepted advice from ADIA that the best management practice to reduce mercury releases from dental facilities is to install traps and separators that collect the mercury-containing waste before it enters the sewage system; the trapped waste can then be recycled for reuse as dental amalgam. “The Australian Government is proposing that after ratification of the Convention, it runs a national communications campaign promoting voluntary installation of dental amalgam waste traps and separators.  This recommendation is supported by ADIA without qualification,” Mr Williams said. Australian Government documents estimate that this measure would collect approximately 1,300 kilograms of mercury each year. “ADIA looks forward to working with the Australian Government as it moves towards ratification of the Minamata Convention on Mercury and then putting in place the necessary arrangements to ensure that Australia meets its obligations,” Mr Williams concluded. Emergency Dentist Warns: “Hidden Sugar is Sabotaging Your Child’s Teeth.” 2016-11-10T03:55:00Z emergency-dentist-warns-hidden-sugar-is-sabotaging-your-child-s-teeth Joondalup, WA, November 10, 2016 - Hidden sugar in food is almost causing an epidemic of dental distress in Australia. Close to 50% of children in Australia who have reached the age of six years old suffer from tooth decay in their primary or “baby teeth.” When their adult teeth grow in, the results are nearly identical: nearly 50% of those who have reached the age of twelve years suffer from tooth decay in their adult teeth.More than 63,000 Australian children are hospitalised and administered general anaesthesia so they can undergo dental surgery. This makes dental surgery the third most common cause of hospitalisation for children in Australia.Sugar: the Hidden Enemy?Dental professionals agree nearly unanimously: the primary cause of tooth decay in children is the high amount of sugar in their diets. The average Australian consumes 14 teaspoons of sugar on a daily basis. For comparison, the World Health Organisation recommends that sugar consumption be held to six or less teaspoons per day.Sugar is in numerous processed products under a number of names. These include dextrose, sucrose, malto-dextrin, cane sugar, corn syrup solids and fructose. The worst of all is high fructose corn syrup.Australians often don’t monitor their children’s sugar intake because they think children can do whatever they want to baby teeth and it won’t affect their adult teeth. However, dental professionals claim that tooth decay in baby teeth is one of the most if not the very most reliable predictor of decay in adult teeth.Tooth decay in baby teeth have other implications for adult teeth. If they lose baby teeth, it can keep adult teeth from growing in straight. This can cause the need for orthodontic appliances and/or surgery. Painful dental procedures in children can also cause them to develop a phobia about going to the dentist. This causes them to just stop going to the dentist or delay all treatment until an emergency dentist is required. That is a guarantee of chronic problems.How to Promote Good Dental Health for ChildrenChildren need to go to the dentist once or twice a year. They need to brush and floss on a daily basis. But they also need to consume less sugar. When parents shop, they should read the labels for the different sugar names we mentioned at the top. They should count the grams of sugar, remembering that four grams is one full teaspoon.The best way to avoid processed sugar altogether is to not buy any processed food, sugary snacks or sugary drinks. Less Sugar Means Less Trips to the Emergency DentistAccording to Dr Roy Sarmidi, a dentist for 1300 Great Smile in Joondalup: “If you let your child have too much sugar and don’t go to the dentist on a regular basis, you are most likely dooming your child to a lifetime of dental pain and trauma. Control your child’s sugar intake for healthy teeth.”1300 Great Smile has two offices in Joondalup, each with an emergency dentist. They also offer a full range of dental services, including Invisalign, wisdom teeth removal and porcelain veneers. They specialise in providing an uplifting dental experience and offer sleep dentistry for those who are afraid of the dentist. To reach either Joondalup location, call 1300 473 287 or visit their website: http://www.1300greatsmile.com.au/. Dentist in Joondalup: “Take Care of Your Teeth After 50.” 2016-10-10T07:09:41Z dentist-in-joondalup-take-care-of-your-teeth-after-50 Joondalup, WA, 10 October 2016 - Sometimes when people turn 50 years of age, a sense of fatalism hits them. This can manifest in a lot of different ways. When it comes to one’s teeth, it can seem less important to take care of them because “they will be gone soon anyway” or some other negative thought.In reality, nothing could be further from the truth. According to dental health professionals, in some ways it is even more important to maintain good oral health over 50. Why Maintaining Good Oral Health is So Important for People Over 50As people age, the consequences of bad oral health become more apparent. A majority of Australians eventually need dentures as they near the end of their lives. The older a person is, the more traumatic it is to have the remainder of one’s teeth pulled. The risk of infection increases and the body is less able to fight it.In addition, neglecting oral health can lead to gum disease. Gum disease has been shown in many studies to cause increases in heart attacks, strokes, dementia and even diabetes. This is due to the bacteria that starts from dental plaque, infects the gums and then enters the bloodstream. The most common and “entry level” form of gum disease is called “gingivitis.” The basic symptoms are swollen, red and/or bleeding gums. If left untreated, the patient can become infected in the pockets between teeth and gums. This can necessitate the removal of teeth and can produce the need for dentures or dental implants. This happens because the bacteria weaken the bone in the jaw, causing teeth and bone to deteriorate. Trouble With BrushingOften, patients over 50 have conditions such as arthritis that can make it hard to brush or floss. A dentist can find solutions that make it easier to brush and floss, even with limited reach or mobility. An electric toothbrush is a great solution for those who have trouble with the repetitive back and forth motion of brushing teeth. The Best StrategyDr Roy Sarmidi is a dentist for 1300 Great Smile in Joondalup. According to Dr Sarmidi: “The best things you can do at home to promote great oral health at any age is to brush twice a day and floss at least once a day. But it is just as important to visit a dentist at least twice a year when you are over 50.”Dr Sarmidi concluded: We can nip problems in the bud and keep you smiling with your own teeth indefinitely. Regular visits to the dentist can be the difference between keeping your own teeth and having dentures.”1300 Great Smile has two dentist office locations in Joondalup. They are open long hours during the week and are also open shorter hours on the weekends. They always have an emergency dentist on hand. They offer a wide array of dental services such as dental implants, dentures, sedation dentistry and more. They pride themselves on treating guests like family and in a highly professional manner. To learn more or to make an appointment, call 1300 473 287 or visit their website today: http://www.1300greatsmile.com.au/. Dentist in Joondalup Provides Consumer Information for Dental Implants 2016-10-07T06:09:06Z dentist-in-joondalup-provides-consumer-information-for-dental-implants Joondalup, WA, 07 October 2016 - Dental implants are seen by many as the definitive modern solution to missing teeth. However, dentists have found that the general public doesn’t know a lot about dental implants. Dr Roy Sarmidi of Candlewood Dental Centre in Joondalup recently decided to educate his patients and the general public about dental implants with a post on his office blog.According to Dr Sarmidi: “A lot of people have some valid questions about dental implants. I wanted to get the information out there to help give them an idea of what to expect if they are thinking about a dental implant as a solution to a missing tooth or a full set of missing teeth. Dental implants are the best solution to missing teeth for most people, so we want to make sure everyone who wants more information has it.”Dental Implants are Usually SuccessfulThough numbers may fluctuate, the generally accepted success rate for dental implants is 95%. The rates can vary due to two factors. The first is the health of the patient. There are some systemic disorders that can contraindicate dental implants or interfere with their chances of success. Part of the failure rate, even though it is already low, can be attributed to a failure to properly screen the patient for health problems. The other main factor is the expertise of the doctor performing the surgery, but virtually every dentist who performs dental implants in Australia is qualified to do so. How do Dental Implants WorkA dental implant is implanted into the jawbone to replace the root of a lost tooth. If the patient is healthy enough, the jawbone grows new cells around the implant, fusing it with the bone. This makes a “root” that is every bit as good as the original root. A crown is placed on top of the root. The crown is made to be an exact duplicate of the tooth in dimensions and appearance.Dental implants are the closest thing to a replacement tooth that is available today. Because the implant is fused into the bone exactly as a root would be, the implant feels exactly like a natural tooth. This means no special considerations have to be made for cleaning the tooth or for eating. It also looks exactly like a natural tooth.When teeth are lost, it creates a void where the root was. This causes the jawbone to eventually lose mass and density. It also causes it to shrink. It also creates a void in the row of teeth. If not fixed, it can cause the rest of the teeth to shift position until they are “crooked.” Since the dental implant is so much like a natural tooth, it solves both of these problems.Dr Sarmidi concludes: “A dental implant is exactly like having an original tooth but even better because it isn’t affected by tooth decay.”Candlewood Dental Centre provides dental implants, emergency dentistry and a host of other dental services from their office in Joondalup. They are open long hours during the week and are also open on the weekend. They always have an emergency dentist on hand. To learn more or to call for an appointment, call (08) 9404 9520 or visit their website: http://www.candlewooddentalcentre.com.au/. New premium Aussie toddler formula Nutrico avoids harmful artificial sweeteners 2016-10-07T04:14:00Z new-premium-aussie-toddler-formula-nutrico-avoids-harmful-artificial-sweeteners-2 New premium Aussie toddler formula Nutrico avoids harmful artificial sweeteners Artificial sweeteners found in many infant formula brands cause tooth decay so Nutrico opts for natural lactoseNutrico is a new premium Australian made and owned infant formula, made with milk from the clean, green pastures of Victoria. Craig Ford, Nutrico’s managing director, said Nutrico formula was developed to provide an option for parents seeking a high quality formula that provides optimum nutrition with no added non-milk sugars.    “The Nutrico infant formula range includes nutrients that have been clinically proven to provide the nutrition necessary for healthy infants and toddlers. We have also excluded artificial sweeteners and non-milk sugars, which contribute to tooth decay.  “Unfortunately, almost half of Australian children have tooth decay by age six and it is increasingly recognised that food producers need to reduce the hidden sugars that are found in so many foods.  “We are happy to provide an Australian made option to parents that includes important nutrients and leaves out harmful ingredients that young babies really don’t need,” Mr Ford said. Nutrico includes the prebiotics FOS and GOS, together with DHA (Omega 3) in each of its three stages of formula. These nutrients have been shown in clinical trials to be beneficial to the development of infants and toddlers, but are often excluded in infant formula.  Nutrico’s carbohydrate source is lactose, a naturally occurring milk sugar. Milk sugar is the least likely to cause caries (tooth decay and cavities) when compared to other sugars[1]. Many other infant formulas contain cheaper artificial sugars such as maltodextrin and corn syrup solids, which have been found to be positively associated with high levels of tooth decay[2].   Nutrico has also adopted the latest anti-counterfeit technology. Each tin of Nutrico formula has a unique QR code on its base. Scanning the QR code with a smartphone provides purchasers with an instant check providing complete manufacturing and traceability details. Nutrico also features tamper-proof packaging and a scoop built into the lid, ensuring a secure, convenient and hygienic user experience.  Graham Moran, national business manager of Grocery Industries Australia, which supplies to more than 1,200 independent grocery stores throughout Australia, said they are very excited to be associated with Nutrico.  “We have been looking for an infant formula range and Nutrico ticks all the boxes for us including being Australian made and owned, free from artificial sweeteners, colours and flavours, and of the highest nutritional quality. We are confident Nutrico will be supported by shoppers seeking the best nutrition for their little ones.”Supporting Material: Nutrico includes the following key nutrients in each of its 3 stages:FOS and GOS: prebiotics which stimulate the growth of intestinal microflora[3], improves stool consistency[4], and reduces constipation. The combination of FOS and GOS results in a similar effect on metabolic activity of intestinal microflora as in breast-fed infants[5].  DHA: Omega 3 are long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids found in fat in breastmilk. They play an important role in neural development and the structure and function of neural tissues, most notably the retina and brain[6]. The first two stages of Nutrico include nucleotides which improve the immune system by enhancing H influenza type b and diphtheria humoral antibody responses[7]. The American Academy of Paediatrics found that nucleotide supplementation leads to increased weight gain and head growth in formula fed infants[8]. There is a wealth of evidence to show that sugars are the most important dietary factor contributing to dental caries[9]. Dental caries is a major oral health problem, affecting 48.7% of 5-6 year olds in Australia[10]. Lactose is a milk sugar and is the least cariogenic (producing or promoting the development of tooth decay) of all mono- and disaccharides (sugars)[11]. Non-milk extrinsic sugars (NMES) commonly found in infant formulas include corn syrup solids and maltodextrin. Maltodextrin is an artificial sweetener found in many toddler formulas. It is commonly used in the production of soft drinks and confectionary. When incorporated into the diet, maltodextrin and glucose syrups were associated with high levels of dental caries[12]. Infant formulas containing only non-milk extrinsic sugars and those containing lactose with non-milk extrinsic sugars were found to be significantly more cariogenic than formulas containing only lactose[13].   Nutrico is proud to be associated with Australian distributor Grocery Industries Australia, and Shenzhen Tongyuanli Trade Development Co., Limited, which is Nutrico’s exclusive distributor in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau.  Nutrico formula is available in 900g tins from selected pharmacies, supermarkets and online. The RRP for Stage 1 Optimum Infant Formula, Stage 2 Optimum Follow-on Formula and Stage 3 Optimum Toddler Formula is $24.95. Retailers interested in stocking Nutrico can visit: www.groceryaust.com.au  For stockists and other information visit: www.nutrico.com.au ___ [1] Dietary advice in dental practice, P J Moynihan, British Dental Journal 193, 563 - 568 (2002)http://www.nature.com/bdj/journal/v193/n10/full/4801628a.html [2] Properties of maltodextrins and glucose syrups in experiments in vitro and in the diets of laboratory animals, relating to dental health., Grenby TH, Mistry M, Br J Nutr. 2000 Oct;84(4):565-74.http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11103228 [3] Dietary fructooligosaccharides and potential benefits on health. Sabater-Molina M, Larqué E, Torrella F, Zamora S. J Physiol Biochem. 2009 Sep;65(3):315-28. doi: 10.1007/BF03180584.http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20119826 [4] Prebiotic effect during the first year of life in healthy infants fed formula containing GOS as the only prebiotic: a multicentre, randomised, double-blind and placebo-controlled trial Carlos Sierra, María-José Bernal,corresponding author Javier Blasco, Rosario Martínez, Jaime Dalmau, Inmaculada Ortuño, Beatriz Espín, María-Isabel Vasallo, David Gil, María-Luisa Vidal, Dámaso Infante, Rosaura Leis, José Maldonado, José-Manuel Moreno, and Enriqueta Román European Journal of Nutrition 2015; 54: 89–99.http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4303717/ [5] Effects of infant formula containing a mixture of galacto- and fructo-oligosaccharides or viable Bifidobacterium animalis on the intestinal microflora during the first 4 months of life. Bakker-Zierikzee AM, Alles MS, Knol J, Kok FJ, Tolboom JJ, Bindels JG. British Journal of Nutrition 2005 Nov;94(5):783-90.http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16277782 [6] Meta-analysis of LCPUFA Supplementation of Infant Formula and Visual Acuity Ahmad Qawasmi, MD, Angeli Landeros-Weisenberger, MD, and Michael H. Bloch, MD, MS Pediatrics. 2013 Jan; 131(1): e262–e272. Journal of the American Academy of Pediatricshttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3529943/ [7] Modulation of the immune system by human milk and infant formula containing nucleotides. Pickering LK, Granoff DM, Erickson JR, Masor ML, Cordle CT, Schaller JP, Winship TR, Paule CL, Hilty MD. Pediatrics. 1998 Feb; 101(2):242-9. Journal of the American Academy of Pediatricshttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9445498 [8] Dietary Nucleotides and Early Growth in Formula-Fed Infants: A Randomized Controlled Trial Atul Singhal, Kathy Kennedy, J. Lanigan, Helen Clough, Wendy Jenkins, Alun Elias-Jones, Terrence Stephenson, Peter Dudek, Alan Lucas Pediatrics, 2010 Oct, VOLUME 126 / ISSUE 4http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/126/4/e946 [9] Dietary advice in dental practice, P J Moynihan, British Dental Journal 193, 563 - 568 (2002)http://www.nature.com/bdj/journal/v193/n10/full/4801628a.html [10] WHO Guideline: Sugars intake for adults and Children, Dietitians Association of Australia, March 2014http://daa.asn.au/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/DAA-WHO-Guideline-Sugars-March-2014.pdf [11] Dietary advice in dental practice, P J Moynihan, British Dental Journal 193, 563 - 568 (2002)http://www.nature.com/bdj/journal/v193/n10/full/4801628a.html [12] Properties of maltodextrins and glucose syrups in experiments in vitro and in the diets of laboratory animals, relating to dental health., Grenby TH, Mistry M, Br J Nutr. 2000 Oct;84(4):565-74.http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11103228 [13] The cariogenicity of commercial infant formulas: a systematic review, Tan SF, Tong HJ, Lin XY, Mok B, Hong CH, Eur Arch Paediatr Dent. 2016 Jun;17(3):145-56.http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27193026Media Enquiries: Craig Ford, Managing Director, Marcocam Pty Ltd trading as Nutrico Dairy Level 2, 541 Blackburn Road, Mount Waverley VIC 3149 Australia. Tel: +61 3 9571 2295 / +61 409 809 063. Email: craig@nutrico.com.au Issued on behalf of Nutrico by WMC Public Relations Pty Limited. Contact Wendy McWilliams on +61 421 364 665. Email: wendy@wmcpr.com.au   Cosmetic Dentistry Professional Says: “If You Play Sports, Wear a Mouthguard for Your Protection.” 2016-10-06T07:37:52Z cosmetic-dentistry-professional-says-if-you-play-sports-wear-a-mouthguard-for-your-protection Joondalup, WA, 06 October 2016 - Like many cosmetic dentistry professionals, Dr Roy Sarmidi of Joondalup City Dental would rather see patients keep their mouths healthy and never have the need for cosmetic dentistry procedures. According to Dr Sarmidi, one of the best ways for athletes of all ages, whether in organised or casual sports, to protect their dental health is to always wear a mouthguard when participating in sports:“Thankfully, most youth and organised sports are requiring mouthguards, but people who play informal games on the weekend need to protect themselves, too. We offer cosmetic dentistry and emergency dentistry in our Joondalup office, but we would much rather save people the time, money, pain and hassle of injury by fitting them for a custom mouthguard right here in our office.”The Australian Dental Association (ADA) and Sports Medicine Australia (SMA) co-authored a mouthguard policy that is currently in use by a majority of amateur sport teams of all ages and all levels. The policy makes mouthguards mandatory and has “no mouthguard, no play” provisions. It also allows for the constant monitoring and removal from competition of anyone not complying with the policy.Neither the ADA nor SMA recommend cheap mouthguards. They don’t recommend stock mouthguards and they don’t recommend “boil and bite” mouthguards. The only mouthguards they view as safe enough and effective enough to prevent sports injuries are the custom fitted mouthguards available from most dentists.Dr Sarmidi added: “Over the counter mouthguards have the potential for being effective if they were a perfect fit. The problem is that they never are; even boil and bite mouthguards slip around almost immediately during first use. When you go to the dentist, we use a mould to take a perfect impression of your teeth and make a custom mouthguard out of it. The result is a mouthguard that is exponentially better than anything you can buy over the counter.”While most people expect contact sports such as footy or rugby to produce injuries, the sports where orofacial injuries are the most common are soccer and basketball. A mouthpiece can help prevent injuries to the jaw and the teeth, but they can also help prevent concussions and neck injuries.There are three reasons most often cited for not wearing mouthguards. The first is that some people see them as “too expensive.” However, the cost of a preventable lost tooth or broken jaw can be much higher than the cost of a mouthguard. The pain, suffering and inconvenience of orofacial injuries are also much greater than the cost of a mouthguard. Some athletes complain that mouthguards give them headaches, but a perfectly-fitted mouthguard from the dentist is highly unlikely to cause a headache. The other factor most cited is that people think they don’t need a mouthguard.Dr Sarmidi concludes: “If you play sports, just go to your dentist and get a custom-fitted mouthguard. It could be the best investment you ever make.”Joondalup City Dental offers services such as customised mouthguards, cosmetic dentistry, emergency dentistry and preventative dentistry from their location in the middle of Joondalup. They are staunch advocates of mouthguards for anyone participating in any sports from youth to adult. To learn more or to make an appointment, call (08) 9404 9500 or visit their website: http://www.joondalupcitydental.com.au/. AIIA undertaking significant survey on analytics and data usage by Australian businesses, government and NGOs 2016-09-12T02:46:08Z aiia-undertaking-significant-survey-on-analytics-and-data-usage-by-australian-businesses-government-and-ngos FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 12 SEPTEMBER 2016 Encourages new and established organisations in all sectors to participate in order to develop the most comprehensive report possible The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), the peak member body for the ICT industry, today announced it is undertaking a major survey of Australian organisations on analytics and data usage. The purpose of the survey is to find out what differentiates those business, government and NGO organisations that effectively use data and analytics for senior decision making. The survey is open to individual respondents via the AIIA website until 31 September 2016. It is anticipated that a whitepaper will be published towards the end of the year incorporating an analysis of the results and providing a body of knowledge that will help guide business leaders on ways to incorporate data and analytics into their organisation in order to remain competitive. Rob Fitzpatrick, CEO of the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), says, "On a global scale, we see those organisations that know how to use data effectively are usually the strongest performers. If Australia is serious about driving an ideas boom and creating new employment opportunities, we need to ensure that we help local organisations better understand and then take advantage of data to be competitive. “This is not just a survey for tech companies. The information generated will benefit all industries and we encourage participants across all sectors whether they be in education, retail, finance, or others, as well as established and newer companies to participate,” added Fitzpatrick. This initiative is being led by the AIIA’s Data and Analytics Special Interest Group, which is chaired by Dr Roger Kermode, director of business consulting firm Alimua Pty Ltd and former practice principal for analytics and data management for Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and Graeme Wood, general manager of marketing for Semantic Software Asia Pacific. “There is mounting evidence that data-driven organisations tend to require fewer assets, execute with greater insight and less risk, and ultimately generate higher returns. We believe incorporating these practices is an important part of creating a sustainable and growing economy in Australia and is crucial to seeing our standing in world innovation and growth rankings improve,” says Dr Kermode. The data collected will be analysed by data scientists at the University of Technology Sydney. Professor Michael Blumenstein of UTS Sydney says, “Much has been published on big data, automation and the use of analytics at an organizational level. However, despite the recognition of data increasing in importance, the use of data between and within organisations varies widely. The AIIA survey has been constructed to find out why. It’s designed to enable deep diagnostics and analysis of what actually take place inside organisations across different functions and different levels, not just what is visible externally.” Numerous leading Australian organisations are encouraging their members to complete the survey, including: Data61, The Knowledge Economy Institute; NSW State Government; Advance Australia; FINSIA; CPA Australia; StartupMuster; UTS Faculty of Engineering and IT; and, the UTS Business School. # # # About AIIA The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) is Australia’s peak representative body and advocacy group for those in the digital ecosystem. Since 1978 the AIIA has pursued activities to stimulate and grow the digital ecosystem, to create a favourable business environment for members and to contribute to Australia’s economic prosperity. We do this by delivering outstanding member value by providing a strong voice of influence; building a sense of community through events and education; enabling a network for collaboration and inspiration; and developing compelling content and relevant and interesting information. MEDIA CONTACT For more information, please contact Joanna Stevens Kramer at 0408 466 410 or email joanna@filteredmedia.com.au For more information about the AIIA please visit https://www.aiia.com.au Sedation Dentistry Helps People Who are Afraid of the Dentist 2016-09-09T06:57:41Z sedation-dentistry-helps-people-who-are-afraid-of-the-dentist Joondalup, WA, 09 September 2016 - If you are afraid of the dentist, you are not alone. Thousands upon thousands of Australians avoid going to the dentist every year because they are afraid to go. Sometimes they are afraid of the pain. Sometimes it’s just the environment, the glare of the lights or the noise of the drills. This is often from unpleasant experiences as children going to the dentist. Roy Sarmidi is a dentist at Joondalup City Dental, an office which has built a reputation for helping many Australians who were afraid of going to the dentist. According to Dr Sarmidi:“A lot of people who are afraid of the dentist are like that because they had bad experiences with dentists when they were children. Technology and psychology weren’t as far along 30 years ago as they are today. A lot of people were treated terribly. Dentists didn’t always listen to children. They didn’t believe it if they said the procedures were hurting them in spite of local anaesthetic. Some even yelled at children to be quiet if they cried or objected. No wonder so many people are still afraid of the dentist.”Sedation Dentistry: A Great SolutionAt Joondalup City Dental, as in many offices, they offer sedation dentistry. Sedation dentistry involves providing the patient with a sedative to make them feel more at ease while receiving dental services. There are three kinds of sedation dentistry: minimal sedation, moderate sedation and deep sedation, also called “sleep dentistry.”With minimal sedation, a mild sedative is administered orally, in conjunction with a local anaesthetic or numbing agent. The patient is fully awake and in control of all bodily functions. The sedative helps the patient relax and they often forget parts of the procedure. It makes the time go by fast and helps the patient not pay attention to the procedure.With moderate sedation, a stronger sedative is given to the patient. It can be given orally or by IV. The patient is in a deeper state of sedation but still has control of bodily functions. The patient may fall asleep for large parts of the procedure and not remember a lot of it. The patient can still breathe on their own.Deep sedation or sleep dentistry is just what it sounds like: the patient is sedated until he or she loses consciousness. Sometimes the patient needs help breathing. The patient “falls asleep” and remembers nothing about the procedure. Often, the patient needs help breathing for intervals during the procedures. To the patient, it feels like they went to the office, fell asleep and woke up with all of the work finished.Why Sedation Dentistry WorksDr Sarmidi concludes: “Sedation dentistry helps the dentist put the patient at ease during dental procedures. It is the best way for a patient with any misgivings to have dental work done. It can make going to the dentist fun.”Joondalup City Dental offers a full range of dental services, including sedation dentistry. They specialise in making patients feel like family. They provide a non-threatening, comfortable, professional environment and can make even the most fearful patient feel at home. To learn more or to set up an appointment, call (08) 9404 9500 or visit their website: http://www.joondalupcitydental.com.au/. Joondalup Dentist Provides Advice for Wisdom Teeth Removal 2016-09-08T04:55:47Z joondalup-dentist-provides-advice-for-wisdom-teeth-removal Joondalup, WA, 08 September 2016 - Wisdom teeth can be a source of mystery for those who are at the prime ages for having them removed. Some dentists remove them prophylactically when the patients are adolescents whose wisdom teeth have just begun to develop. Others wait until problems develop, usually after age seventeen, before doing anything. Others, like Dr Roy Sarmidi, a dentist at Joondalup City Dental, prefer to let each individual case dictate his actions. Recently, on his company blog, Dr Sarmidi provided an informational piece about wisdom teeth. In the piece, he explained what wisdom teeth are, problems that can develop and when the best time is to have them removed. What are Wisdom Teeth?Wisdom teeth are the third molars. The average human mouth has twelve molars, three in each quadrant: upper left, lower left, upper right, lower right. The first molars erupt around six years old. The second molars erupt around 12 years old. The third molars erupt between the ages of 17 and 21. Because they are the last teeth to erupt, they are called “wisdom teeth.”When wisdom teeth grow in perfectly, they are as valuable as the other teeth. They are perfectly aligned and help with chewing. Unfortunately, wisdom teeth often develop problems which usually are alleviated only by removal. Wisdom teeth can grow in crooked. They can also not have enough room to grow through the gum, causing an impacted wisdom tooth. They can grow crooked and put pressure on the adjoining teeth, causing bite problems. Often, a flap of gum tissue grows over wisdom teeth, causing food to be trapped in between the tooth and gum. This can cause both tooth decay and gum disease.Symptoms and Wisdom Teeth RemovalWhen there is a problem with wisdom teeth, it makes itself known. Facial swelling or gum swelling can occur. Tooth decay can occur, with its standard “toothache.” Infections can develop. Bite problems can occur when wisdom teeth push healthy teeth out of place. Cysts can develop, affecting roots and bones of teeth.Dr Sarmidi prefers to let every case determine when wisdom teeth removal is necessary. According to Dr Sarmidi: “Traditionally, many dentists have worked with the assumption that wisdom teeth are always going to have problems, so they remove them as soon as they begin to form in teenage patients. This is when they will come out the easiest. For a lot of people, this saves them a lot of pain down the road. But it may be unnecessary to pull them at all.”Dr Sarmidi concluded: “Some wisdom teeth grow in perfectly and are never a problem. While there are some problems in teenagers that may be excellent predictors of impending wisdom teeth problems, we don’t just automatically remove them in every teenage patient. We prefer to take each patient on an individual basis.”Joondalup City Dental offers a full menu of contemporary dental services and procedures, including wisdom teeth removal. They specialise in removing pain, discomfort and fear from visits to the dentist. Their warm, professional staff prides themselves in treating all patients like family. To learn more or to make an appointment, call (08) 9404 9500 or visit their website: http://www.joondalupcitydental.com.au/. Dentist in Joondalup: “Don’t Take Dental Privilege for Granted.” 2016-09-07T06:34:55Z dentist-in-joondalup-don-t-take-dental-privilege-for-granted Joondalup, WA, 07 September 2016 - A dentist in Joondalup recently implored readers of his blog not to take the availability of a dentist for granted. The dentist, Dr Roy Sarmidi, produced statistics compiled by the National Oral Health Alliance. The National Oral Health Alliance has a page on dental facts in Australia that demonstrates how a lack of dental care affects people who are poor, live in remote areas or both. The fact sheet emcompasses research from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, the Legislative Council of the NSW Parliament, the Brotherhood of St Laurence and the National Survey of Adult Oral Health, 2004-2006. The statistics demonstrate that those who don’t receive regular dental health care due to lack of availability or lack of funds have an advanced statistical probability of dental health problems.Dr Sarmidi, however, uses the information to help people in Joondalup understand the consequences of neglecting dental care, especially among those who can afford it and have ample opportunity to go to the dentist. According to Dr Sarmidi:“These statistics are dreadful and my heart goes out to those who are being deprived of dental care by accident of birth or location. But it’s a lot more frustrating to me when I see people who have full access to multiple dentists and the funds to pay for dental care neglect their oral health.”The statistics are, indeed, “dreadful.” 30% of Australians currently do not receive dental care because they either can’t afford it or don’t have access to a dentist. Another closely related study found that 33% of Australians either delay dental care or don’t receive it due to the cost factor alone. Those who are the most likely to not receive dental care either don’t make enough money or live in locations so remote that it is almost impossible to find a dentist. Others who suffer from being underserved: residents of aged care facilities, sole parents, the disabled and young adults receiving financial support.In some rural and remote areas, the waiting time to see a dentist can be as long as two years. For those who just want general treatment or preventative dentistry, the wait can be as long as four years. Dr Sarmidi wants people in Joondalup to understand how fortunate they are compared to the demographics mentioned in the statistics. According to Dr Sarmidi:“It is heartbreaking to learn about those who don’t have access to dental care, but it might be even worse to go over an intake form from an emergency dentist and see that someone with plenty of access and plenty of financial resources doesn’t visit a dentist for 5-10 years because of neglect.”Dr Sarmidi concluded: “Please don’t take dental privilege for granted. Call a dentist and start getting regular care.”1300 Great Smile is a mainstay for people who need a dentist in Joondalup. They offer a wide range of dental services, including dental implants, Invisalign invisible braces and porcelain veneers. They have an emergency dentist on hand seven days a week with long hours on weekdays because they know dental emergencies don’t happen on office time. To learn more or to make an appointment, call 1300 473 287 or visit their website: http://www.1300greatsmile.com.au/. Prahran Psychology Clinic Introduces A Unique EMP For Workplace 2016-08-29T13:13:38Z prahran-psychology-clinic-introduces-a-unique-emp-for-workplace Due to fast paced life people hardly able to balance their social as well as professional life. In order to minimize the risk of mental illness Prahran psychology introduces a unique employment wellness program for a workplace that includes various therapies and counseling so that employees will stay in right health and mental state. Prahran psychology clinic in paired with well qualified and experienced counselors who know how to treat mental illness and tackle the suffering people. You can also consult with these professionals for any type of mental disorder so that they will bring you back to your normal life without making you feel like patients. Why hire professionals counselors of Prahran Psychology? They have years of experience that allow them to treat suffering people with right procedures and therapies. Also, they support patients under tough conditions and give positive hope for early recovery. In fact, they also involve your parents and close friends while treating you to identify actual problems causing roots. Counselors are like professional listeners, they not only listen to your problems but also help you in finding right treatment so that you can return back to your normal life. How are they helpful in implementing employee wellness programs? Prahran psychology clinic is teamed with such psychologists who have the special experience in handling this type of programs. These days, employee wellness programs are increasingly becoming popular among corporate sector and encourage employees to become a part of this activity. By implementing this program to your workplace, you can easily reduce the health issues and sick leaves that drastically spin your budget. Employee wellness program focuses on preventing illness and injury, promoting health and productivity and also lowering the total cost of healthcare. Employee wellness program is quite beneficial if it has been implemented in the right way. With the help of professional counselors both employers, as well as employees, can reap the best benefits of this program. Under this employee wellness program, employees can take a part in various activities through which they can maintain themselves and able to quit their smoking addictions as well. Studies Suggest: Regular Trips to the Dentist May Prevent Dementia 2016-08-10T06:21:21Z studies-suggest-regular-trips-to-the-dentist-may-prevent-dementia Joondalup, WA, 10 August 2016 - It is standard for dentists to recommend to their patients that they keep their teeth and gums as healthy as possible. This usually involves brushing, flossing and regular visits to the dentist. Some also provide dietary information to help their patients avoid tooth decay or discolouration of the teeth. Recently, though, a dentist a Joondalup went one step further.According to Dr Roy Sarmidi, dentist at Joondalup City Dental, maintaining great oral health provides benefits to other parts of the body, too. Recently, on his company blog, Dr Sarmidi provided some news that is compelling for people of all ages: studies suggest that maintaining excellent oral health can help prevent dementia in old age.Years ago, a study at the Mayo Clinic in the US indicated a link between gum disease and cardiovascular disease. But an even more recent study suggests a link between gum disease and cognitive decline or dementia. The newer study culled ten years of information compiled from 2003-2013 and was conducted by Dr Bei Wu at Duke University in the US. They used information that was collected at one data point and data that was collected over time. They decided to check for numerous factors, including the number of teeth and number of cavities. These factors showed some connection to cognitive decline but there was also contradictory data. However, periodontal diseases such as gingivitis were shown to have a tentative link to cognitive decline and dementia. Why This is CompellingIn both the US and Australia, cognitive decline and dementia are near-epidemic among the elderly. 5.4 million people in the US currently struggle with Alzheimer’s Disease or other forms of dementia. That number is expected to rise as high as 10.8 million by 2050. In Australia, 353,800 people reportedly suffer from Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. Our number is expected to rise to 400,000 by 2021 and to nearly 900,000 people in 2050.That is a lot of dementia. Dr Sarmidi believes there are a number of factors at play. According to Dr Sarmidi: “The studies I have read suggest that the main causal agents are bacteria and inflammation. Bacteria and inflammation from gingivitis show up in other parts of the body, such as the heart and the brain. Inflammatory factors are tentatively being identified as a possible causal agent of dementia. It is no surprise that gingivitis can be linked to heart disease or dementia.”Dr Sarmidi continued: “Luckily, there is something you can do about this risk factor: make regular trips to the dentist and follow instructions for good oral hygiene. While it is possible to do a great job of keeping your teeth and gums clean at home, regular visits are important for two reasons. First, we can clean plaque off of your teeth better than you can. Second, we can identify potential problems before they become serious problems.”Dr Sarmidi concluded: “When you maintain great oral health, it not only makes your smile great but also might keep you more mentally healthy in old age.”Joondalup City Dental provides a wide range of dental services. They have an emergency dentist on hand seven days a week in their Central Joondalup office. They pride themselves on treating patients like family and creating a safe, comforting environment for all dental procedures. To learn more, call (08) 9404 9500 or visit their website: http://www.joondalupcitydental.com.au/ Top Tips To Greatly Improve Your Oral Health & To Keep your Mouth In The Best Condition 2016-08-08T00:23:16Z top-tips-to-greatly-improve-your-oral-health-amp-to-keep-your-mouth-in-the-best-condition-1 Dental health is important and you should strive to keep your mouth in the best condition to avoid procedures and large Dentist bills. Dental hygiene isn’t tricky and by practising good habits you can save your teeth. Align Dentistry is a Dentist & Medical Practise Casula that also has a team of Cosmetic Dentist for all your Dental needs. Here are our top tips to greatly improve your Oral Health. Brush Your Teeth after Every Meal with Fluoride Tooth Paste Making sure you brush after every meal may seem excessive but it goes a long way to improving your Dental health. Even natural sugars attack your tooth enamel. Remove food debris by brushing so it can’t develop into plaque. Ensure children below the age of 8 are supervised when brushing their teeth. It’s important to use fluoride toothpaste to reduce your risk of gum disease and cavities. Floss Every Day Whilst brushing your teeth goes a long way to developing a great Dental hygiene routine you should also floss to remove any food debris between your teeth that has been missed when brushing. Flossing is difficult for children and adult supervision is required up to the age of 9. Replace Your Toothbrush You should be getting a new toothbrush every 3 to 6 months. After all you brush your teeth multiple times a day. In the event you’ve had the flu or a cold you should also replace your toothbrush or head if you have an electric toothbrush. Use Mouthwash Ensure you gargle with an antimicrobial mouth rinse to assist fighting bacterial plaque and bad breath. It should be used alongside brushing and flossing and never as a substitute. Be Careful with Food and Drink We already know we should eat well for our overall health; however, it has particular benefits for your teeth and gums. Steering clear of sugar laden foods and drinks will reduce your risk of plaque build-up. Avoid difficult to chew foods particularly if you have braces. Everything is fine in moderation as long as you practise good Dental hygiene. You should never use your teeth to crack nutshells or open bottle tops. This will cause stress and damage your teeth resulting in chipping or breakage. Get Regular Dental Check Ups Don’t wait until you have symptoms of Dental issues and get yourself to the dentist every 6 months for a check-up. Visiting your Dental practise to have a check and clean is a preventative way to ward off oral problems. If you find a Dental practise that is combined with a medical practise, then you can have all of your health checks in one place for your convenience. Find a Dentist that also has Cosmetic Dentist in case you ever want any cosmetic work done on your teeth. Practise good Dental hygiene to prevent the need for Dentist procedures to address pain and other symptoms. To ensure you get yourself to the Dentist find a combined Dental and medical practise that also offers Cosmetic Dentist to have all your health related needs met in one place. A great one stop shop in Casula is Align Dentistry. WHEN SHOULD YOU VISIT AN EMERGENCY DENTIST? 2016-08-05T06:18:11Z when-should-you-visit-an-emergency-dentist You should have regular Dental check-ups for optimum oral health. However, on occasion you can have an unexpected dental problem which results in a lot of pain. You may think you can hold off a trip to the Dentist with pain killers, however, in some cases the severity of the pain will increase and the damage will worsen. Rather than wait it out in agony it’s best to get yourself to your local emergency Dentist. Problems with Previous Dental Work If you’ve had dental work completed and a problem arises with it then you should get to the emergency Dentist. Losing a filling or breaking or losing a crown are scenarios that constitute getting yourself to the emergency Dentist Richmond, Sydney straightaway. Infections may have led to an abscess which requires immediate treatment. Using warm water, rinse your mouth to alleviate the pain whilst you wait for the emergency Dentist to attend to you. In some cases wisdom tooth removal can result in severe bleeding and you should see the emergency Dentist to stem the bleeding and treat any underlying issues. Injuries that Have Caused Dental Problems An injury or accident could have caused damage to a tooth. If there is a chip or crack these need to be addressed immediately to prevent further damage. Oral injuries should be treated by an emergency Dentist. If it’s been completely knocked out don’t touch the root as it cannot be repaired. Try and rinse before seeing the emergency Dentist as they may be able to put it back in its socket. If it’s just been dislodged then applying slight pressure you can try and get it back into place. You still need to seek treatment right away. Out of Hours If your dental emergency is within business hours you may be able to squeeze an appointment in with your regular Dentist. If it’s out of hours then you will need to see an emergency Dentist. They are generally available 24/7 so you can reach one no matter what time or day of the night the emergency may arise. As long as you check their credentials and emergency Dentist will be able to treat you on the spot for any unexpected oral issues. Dental emergencies can arise from issues with previous dental procedures. They can also come up due to injury. Emergency Dentists are available at any time to treat problems that require addressing immediately.