The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2017-08-07T12:25:57Z 3D Printing And Dental Product Regulation 2017-08-07T12:25:57Z 3d-printing-and-dental-product-regulation The membership of the Australian Dental Industry Association (ADIA) is reviewing the regulatory issues associated with 3D printed dental products, highlighting how the dental industry pioneers the introduction of new and innovative patient treatment solutions. “Australia’s dental laboratory sector is going through a period of immense change and there is no better example of this than 3D printed crown and bridge work. Something that was a concept only a year or two ago is today a very real option with dental laboratories now having access to this technology, even here in Australia,” said Troy Williams, ADIA Chief Executive Officer. Just as with milling, ADIA believes that 3D printing will give Australia’s dental laboratory sector the ability to compete with cheap overseas imports. “When it comes to competing with imported product, quality is decreasingly an issue as many overseas laboratories use manufacturing inputs than meet Australian regulatory standards for safety. The issue has been labour costs and Australia, with wage rates higher than most nations across south-east Asia, couldn’t compete. 3D printing, just as with milling, changes that,” Mr Williams said. As the peak business organisation representing dental product manufacturers and suppliers, ADIA has been working with the dental laboratory sector to help it understand and use new technologies such as 3D printing. Now ADIA is focussing its efforts on the nation’s regulator of dental products, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). “ADIA has been asked to provide advice and guidance to the TGA as it sets about developing a regulatory framework for 3D printed dental products. We are pleased that the TGA has engaged with the dental industry, through ADIA, on this matter as it reflects the fact that the regulator acknowledges the role of the dental industry in introducing new and pioneering patient treatment options,” Mr Williams said. In working with the TGA to develop a regulatory approach to 3D printed dental products, ADIA is seeking a regulatory framework for dental products that is based on a risk management approach designed to ensure public health and safety, while at the same time freeing industry from any unnecessary regulatory burden. Breaking News - ASX Listed G Medical Signs Binding MOU for US $67.5M for China Distribution 2017-07-27T01:24:14Z breaking-news-asx-listed-g-medical-signs-binding-mou-for-us-67-5m-for-china-distribution ASX Announcement 27 July 2017 G MEDICAL SIGNS BINDING MOU FOR CHINA DISTRIBUTION VALUED AT US$67.5M •Binding MOU signed with Shandong Boletong Information S&T Co. Ltd. •Agreed terms include call centre cooperation and a minimum purchase order of Smartphone Prizmaunits within the first year. •Medical and ancillary support via Nurse and Physician staffed call centres and ‘Cloud’ services. Mobile health and e-health company G Medical Innovations Holdings Ltd (“G Medical” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce it has executed a Binding Memorandum of Understanding (“Agreement”) between its subsidiary G Medical Innovations Asia Limited and Shandong Boletong Information S&T Co. Ltd. (“Boletong”), for the distribution of G Medical’s products and for call centre and ‘Cloud’ services in the People’s Republic of China. G Medical Smartphone Prizma Purchase Order Pursuant to the terms of the Agreement, Boletong has agreed to purchase a minimum quantity of units within the 1st Year of the G Medical Smartphone Prizma, and to provide associated support services for a minimum period of 60 months. Boletong will pay a pre-determined price for each unit, with the value of the agreement based on the minimum commitments being no less than US$67,500,000. The obligation to acquire the units commences on the granting of the CFDA certification to G Medical, which is currently in process. Support Services 1) Medical Services: Pursuant to the terms of the Agreement, Boletong and G Medical will set up a medical call centreproviding support services from 50-60 Nurses and 3-5 General Practising Physicians. Boletong will be responsible for the recruitment of the Nurses and General Practising Physicians, andthe establishment of the call centre. 2) ‘Cloud’ Subscription and Support Services: Pursuant to the terms of the Agreement, Boletong and/or G Medical will provide; a) Automated Cloud algorithm interpretation services, for biomedical signals 20170727_GMV - Binding MOU for China Distribution Page 2 of 3 b )Level 1 services including, Live and/or automated end-user technical support c) Level 2 services including, hardware (device) support, replacement/repairs Marketing and advertising G Medical agreed to contribute an immaterial portion of the per unit price as marketing and investment for Boletong's promotion of the products and services in China, with such payments to be set-off against payment of the purchase orders by Boletong. Non-competition Boletong and its associations are subject to non-competition restraints for the period of the Agreement, and ending five years after its termination (unless G Medical is found by a Court to have breached the Agreement). These non-competition restraints extend to competing with the products or services of G Medical. G Medical CEO Dr. Yacov Geva, commented: “I am extremely pleased to announce yet another significant relationship for G Medical within the ever-growing and lucrative Chinese territory. To have further increased our purchase commitment for our G Medical Smartphone Prizma devices, over and above our existing agreements, is an exceptional outcome with a key partner in Boletong. This adds further to our robust, multi-year revenue stream for the Company, particularly within the first year of a CFDA approval being granted”. “I have met with the executives of Boletong, and whilst in China have visited their facilities and operations. Boletong operates in 16+ provinces and works with the National Public Health care system and acts as a distributor of medical services for the government. Boletong is currently working with several large healthcare organisations such as Wanda, a medical company which is positioned in the top three in their area, and along with telecom carriers such as China Telecom. Boletong is also supported through investment from a large and reputable group in Beijing. Our team, has invested more than 3 months in bringing this MOU to fruition, during which time we were able to satisfy ourselves as to Boletong's strong financial position, their key government partnerships in place, and the ability to deliver all aspects under our agreement.” “This relationship is a significant strategic partnership, allowing the roll out the Company’s medical and ancillary support services within the Chinese territory, for both our professional call centre and Cloud based systems”. Ends Corporate Advisors Otsana Capital 108 Outram Street West Perth WA 6005 Telephone: +61 8 9486 7244 www.otsana.com About Shandong Boletong Information S&T Co., Ltd Shandong Boletong Information S&T Co., Ltd. (Boletong) is a hi-tech medical and healthcare company invested by Beijing Honghui Group which has businesses in medicine, investment, drug store automation system and new energy areas, based in China. Boletong focuses on the production and sales of medical devices, membership healthcare management systems and R&D and applications for the National Basic Public Healthcare Project Solution. Boletong is currently one of the top 16 service providers for the national public healthcare system. Boletong is located in Jinan Hi-tech Technology Development Area, Shandong province. Boletong’s website is www.sdboletong.com About G Medical Innovations G Medical (ASX:GMV) was founded in August 2014, aiming to be at the forefront of the digital health revolution, developing the next generation of mobile health (mHealth) technologies. The Company brings forth the experience and expertise of its Board to deliver best-in-class solutions to address this global opportunity. The Company specialises in innovative next generation mobile and e-health solutions and services using its suite of devices and software solutions with a view to driving multiple and recurring revenue streams, across numerous verticals and territories. For more information on G Medical, please visit www.gmedinnovations.com Aruba helps organisations track valuable assets 2017-06-06T23:22:19Z aruba-helps-organisations-track-valuable-assets New BLE-powered Aruba Tags, Aruba Access Points and Meridian Software Eliminate Loss of Valuable Assets and Automate Inventory Management; Expanded Ecosystem Enables Broad Adoption Across Industries  Sydney – June 7, 2017 – Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, today announced a new addition to its location-based services portfolio that helps organisations easily track valued assets, resulting in improved organisational efficiency, and lower capital and operational costs associated with misplaced assets. The Aruba asset tracking solution is fully integrated into the Aruba wireless infrastructure enabling simplified, fully integrated deployments at dramatically reduced costs.   Organisations worldwide lose millions of dollars every year on high-value items and inventory that are either misplaced, lost or stolen. Furthermore, employees and customers suffer from lost productivity and poor experiences. These challenges are particularly prevalent in industries like healthcare, where items such as IV pumps and heart defibrillators, are easily misplaced, resulting in 25 percent of hospital staff’s time wasted looking for these assets1  and negatively impacting quality of care. In retail and warehousing, items that can’t be located quickly mean wasted time for employees, delayed order fulfillment for customers and often, a loss of revenue for the retailer.   Aruba General Manager, South Pacific, Anthony Smith, said, “Aruba asset tracking addresses these challenges with a solution that is integrated into the Aruba Wi-Fi infrastructure eliminating the need for a separate network. Organizations also gain the benefits of accurate tracking of important items using either an intuitive, map-based mobile app or by integrating with organizations’ existing tracking solutions.”   The solution includes the following components: Advancements to ArubaOS and Aruba APs: This new software allows Aruba BLE-enabled Access Points and Sensors to act as asset tag “observers,” creating a sensory network that provides added value to organisations with existing Aruba wireless infrastructure. In essence, it allows their Wi-Fi infrastructure to double as an asset tracking network. New Aruba Tags:  Cost-effective Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) – enabled tags are slightly larger than a quarter, making them ideal for items that range in size from IV pumps in a healthcare setting to pallets of goods in a warehouse. The tags are designed to meet stringent environmental requirements and come with multiple attachment options. Asset Tag Configuration App: Aruba’s configuration app makes set-up and ongoing management of the tags simple. Assets can be designated with names, photos and optional IDs so that like assets can be searched for easily. Changes can be performed quickly, near the assets, and all data is automatically saved in a central cloud database. New features for the Aruba Meridian AppMaker: Organisations can now create their own asset tracking app for iOS or Android with the Meridian AppMaker. The AppMaker provides a new SDK and APIs for seamless third-party integration and custom use cases.  Partner Ecosystem Enables Broad Adoption Across Industries Key to the success of Aruba’s existing location-based services and Mobile Engagement portfolio has been the Meridian Engage Partner Program. Customers have leveraged app developers to integrate and build value-added mobile apps for iOS and Android that are used with the Meridian Mobile App Platform and Aruba Mobile Engagement portfolio. Aruba is extending this program to include asset tracking, as well as opening the program to new partners in a variety of industries across healthcare, retail, warehousing and numerous other verticals.   Continuing its investment in the Intelligent Edge, Aruba also introduced its 8400 Core Switch at HPE Discover.  The 8400 Core Switch is a new core aggregation switch that delivers the performance, power, automation and troubleshooting capabilities necessary to address the challenges of mobility, cloud and IoT inherent in networks today.  The announcement of the 8400 Core Switch in conjunction with its asset tracking solution demonstrates Aruba’s ongoing commitment to bring innovation to organisations.  HPE PointnextAruba Meridian Services from HPE Pointnext provide customers and partners worldwide with the expertise needed to take advantage of location-based services to engage with mobile users in any organisation or public-facing venue. These services can help augment customer IT and Aruba partner teams to provide the capabilities needed for the design and development of mobile applications with the Meridian platform.  Availability Aruba asset tracking solution is available now.   ENDS  About Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, is a leading provider of next-generation networking solutions for enterprises of all sizes worldwide. The company delivers IT solutions that empower organisations to serve the latest generation of mobile-savvy users who rely on cloud-based business apps for every aspect of their work and personal lives.   To learn more, visit Aruba at http://www.arubanetworks.com. For real-time news updates follow Aruba on Twitter and Facebook, and for the latest technical discussions on mobility and Aruba products visit Airheads Social at http://community.arubanetworks.com.  For more information, please contact:  Sarah Bullen OR Duyen Nguyen at DEC PR +61 2 8014 5033 and Aruba@decpr.com.au  Customer Quotes   “The Aruba asset tracking solution has the potential to help VMI save significant man-hours and reduce the overall costs associated with locating and tracking our vehicles during their 48 stages of production” said Michael Kell, Director of IT for Vantage Mobility International (VMI), a supplier of wheelchair-accessible vans. “Additionally, with up to 2,000 vehicles on our site at any given time, the manual process of identifying and locating a specific vehicle when needed for audit, or tracking one during a particular stage of production, is time-consuming and inefficient. With the Aruba asset tracking solution, we hope to automate this process and create new efficiencies for our staff as well as speed delivery of vehicles to our customers.”  Ecosystem Partner Quotes   As a leading venue technology company, VenueNext, provides healthcare companies with better operational awareness and efficiency via location and mobile experiences. “Our customers have been asking for an asset tracking solution that delivers visibility for critical assets with location accuracy, while also integrating with our existing application platform,” said Scott Rehling, Vice President Strategic Channels, VenueNext. “By leveraging Aruba’s asset tracking solution we can provide the added functionality requested by utilizing customers’ Wi-Fi and beacon infrastructure, resulting in operational efficiencies.”   Emerge is a digital experience agency that leverages world-class user-centered design and custom application development to quickly solve complex challenges and address untapped opportunities. “With the addition of asset tracking capabilities to the Aruba Mobile Engagement platform we can now offer our customers an innovative tool to use their mobile applications to increase productivity and customer experience in their facilities,” said Julian Pscheid, Chief Technology Officer of Emerge Interactive. “Whether by providing front-line employees instant visibility into critical equipment location, connecting real-time asset locations to Meridian indoor turn-by-turn navigation and personalized push-notifications, or integrating location data with legacy systems, we look forward to incorporating Aruba’s asset tracking solution into our customers’ enterprise ecosystems.  Raizlabs designs and builds world-class iOS, Android, and Web apps for startups and big brands. “Our team is constantly exploring new and emergent technologies in an effort to deliver the best possible solutions to leading competitive enterprises,” said Jason Petralia, President of Raizlabs. “As a part of this ongoing exploration, we've realized the growing need for a complete asset tracking solution and are excited about Aruba's technology advancements and commitment to a full-featured and robust solution.”  Channel Partner Quotes   “As a leading IT solutions provider, we are continuously looking for ways to expand our offerings to better support clients’ evolving needs,” said Chris Saso, CTO, Dasher Technologies, Inc. “Aruba’s new asset tracking solution helps solve the issues that plagued the healthcare and retail industry by allowing them to leverage their Wi-Fi infrastructure for the tracking of physical assets. This allows us to engage with new stakeholders within our accounts and extend the value of our architecture and services expertise.”   Serving over 1,000 clients in a dozen different industries, Matrix Integration is focused on helping clients achieve their goals through the use of technology. “There has always been an existing operational need for organizations to track the movement of valued assets. However, most organizations consider adding a completely separate asset tracking infrastructure as too costly while adding additional operational burden,” said James Aldridge, VP, Technology, Matrix. “By using an existing Aruba wireless infrastructure, Aruba solves these customer problems by delivering the only asset tracking solution that doesn’t require another network overlay, resulting in an easy-to-manage mobile solution with fast ROI.”   Hocking Dental Care - An Epitome of High End Dental Fillings 2017-05-30T09:55:07Z hocking-dental-care-an-epitome-of-high-end-dental-fillings To have a nicest looking smile is what we want and services like Hocking Dental Care will ensure that the smile never wipes off from the face. They offer best in class dental fillings and other surgical procedures to ensure such results. Keep Reading! Hocking Dental Care is the name to keep in mind for anyone who is looking for high end and best possible dental care for all age group and that too in a very effective manner. With many years of expertise services, these people have been able to offer some of the best end results and that too at the right price. From being family doctors, till offering emergency services, these people will work at their full potential to ensure that the patient gets best care and their problems can be solved in the right manner. They do realize, that people are tend to take the teeth for granted and do not obey the right eating and cleaning methods. That is why, they offer out of the box solutions and they will also help ensuring that the overall appearance of the person is also good. Hocking Dental Care will offer the following services:- They will offer services for all ages and as per the need, the right results are offered./li> For any missing teeth, the dentures will work best and these people have mastered the art of offering the best possible end results. They will offer full or partial dentures as per individual needs. Dental fillings are next in the queue. Made from some of the best bonding material, they offer the best procedure and from cavity filling till taking care of gaps and such, this procedure will work best for all. The next in line is veneers. Used to increase the overall appearance of the teeth, the veneers can work best for all in need. The shape of the teeth is changed stains are removed and the chipped pieces of tooth are also removed. Get best looking smile by going with the tooth whitening procedures offered by Hocking Dental Care. A secured cosmetic procedure with no side effects is what they offer. Getting rid of the wisdom teeth is what they offer. Wisdom teeth surgery will ensure that they do not hinder the growth of other teeth. As they cannot be cleaned effectively, they can cause tooth decay for the other healthy teeth as well. These people will offer such solutions at the right price. In the end, the need and search for professional and affordable family dental care end with Hocking Dental Care. Get such professional as well as tailor made needs catered here by them and you will be glad that you have spend money at the right place. Visit them and make the decision for you and your family! 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/.