The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2016-11-10T03:55:00Z 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: “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/. Invisalign or Braces: A Dentist in Joondalup Sets the Record Straight 2016-08-03T05:07:12Z invisalign-or-braces-a-dentist-in-joondalup-sets-the-record-straight Joondalup, WA, 03 August 2016 - Until a few years ago, people who needed their teeth straightened had one choice: conventional braces. However, people now have a more modern choice: Invisalign invisible braces. This causes some confusion for dental patients who want to know which would be their best individual choice. Recently, a dentist in Joondalup provided a near-blueprint for choosing between braces and Invisalign on his company blog.The dentist, Dr Roy Sarmidi, is a dentist for 1300 Great Smile, who have two locations in the Joondalup area. According to Dr Sarmidi: “Invisalign is one of the most exciting dental innovations we’ve had since I’ve been a dentist. They provide an option for some who want straight teeth but don’t want to walk around with conventional braces in their mouths.”While both Invisalign and braces are designed to straighten teeth and improve one’s oral health, Invisalign presents a less invasive and more discreet way to straighten teeth. Unfortunately, however, they aren’t for everyone. The Main Differences Between Invisalign and BracesInvisalign invisible braces are made of BPA-free plastic while conventional braces are made of silver. Conventional braces are glued to the mouth and then tied together by a series of rubber bands and wires. Conventional braces are easy to see but now they are available in colours that are closer to that of the tooth enamel. Conventional braces are kept in the mouth all day, every day, for approximately 24 months. They are cleaned the same way the teeth are: by brushing and rinsing. Invisalign can be taken in and out of the mouth whenever you want. They are taken out for eating and for drinking everything except water. They can be cleaned with a special kit or brushed and rinsed in tepid water. Since they are clear plastic, they are invisible when they are over your teeth.Anyone who plays a contact sport on a regular basis should choose Invisalign because the metal in the braces can wreak havoc with the tissue inside the mouth. However, there are some people who can’t use Invisalign. If teeth need to be rotated or moved up and down, Invisalign won’t work. Also, it does take discipline to keep Invisalign in the mouth 22-24 hours a day. Making the Final ChoiceAccording to Dr Sarmidi: “There are a number of other factors involved but for those who can choose either option, it comes down to personal preference. Invisalign costs a little bit more than braces do but they feel and look better to most people. The convenience of being able to remove Invisalign while you eat is a big factor for a lot of people. Those who would be embarrassed by the appearance of braces are extremely happy with Invisalign. Ultimately, both are great options. It’s all a matter of what makes you the most comfortable and does the best job for you.” 1300 Great Smile provides dental services in Joondalup. They offer Invisalign, dental implants, porcelain veneers and other cosmetic procedures. They also have an emergency dentist on hand seven days a week with long hours Monday-Friday in their Joondalup office. To learn more or to arrange for an appointment, call 1300 473 287 or visit their website: http://www.1300greatsmile.com.au/. Dentist in Joondalup: “Dental Funding in Proposed Budget Grossly Insufficient.” 2016-07-04T04:43:34Z dentist-in-joondalup-dental-funding-in-proposed-budget-grossly-insufficient Perth, WA, 04 July 2016 - According to a dentist in Joondalup, the most recent budget proposed by the Australian Government leaves a lot to be desired in the eyes of the dental profession. According to Roy Sarmidi, a dentist at 1300 Great Smile in Joondalup, the provisions in the budget for dental funding are inferior to the current system and sadly deficient for meeting the needs of Australian children and adults.The Government has publicised the $5 billion allocated for dental care in the new budget and are making it sound like they have increased funding and provided access to 6.6 million adults who are not eligible for services under the current plan. The current plan is called the Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) and covers 3.4 million children. The proposed plan is called the Child and Adult Public Dental Scheme and would theoretically provide access to 6.6 million adults in addition to the 3.4 million children.While it sounds good superficially to provide services to 6.6 million more people, the funding would actually be less than the current funding. That would leave less money to be distributed to more people. Some indigent patients would receive as little as $42 per person under the proposed program.The Australian Dental Association is staunchly against the proposed budget, which is yet to be officially passed. They have begun a campaign called “Save the CDBS.” They are unhappy that this allocation of funds could prevent a large number of children from receiving the dental services they need.Dr Sarmidi is fully on the side of the ADA. According to Dr Sarmidi: “We love the idea of dental funding being more inclusive and making dental services available to 6.6 million adults who might not otherwise receive it. But it can’t be done at the expense of a current generation of children.”Dr Sarmidi continued: “Some people dismiss primary or 'baby' teeth because they fall out and are replaced by permanent teeth. This is one of the biggest mistakes a parent can make. The primary teeth set a strong foundation for the adult teeth when they erupt. If the primary teeth are healthy, the bone will be solid and the adult teeth will usually grow straight and strong. If the primary teeth are chronically decayed, the adult teeth can have problems.”While the political process plays itself out in Australia, the ADA is working to fight the new budget and keep the CDBS. Dr Sarmidi concludes: “I would love to see adult dental care funded by the government but not at the expense of the children. The current funding for CDBS is barely enough to make it work. A cut in the funding would deprive some children of the dental care they need. The proposed budget would be a dental disaster for an entire generation of children.” If you are looking for a dentist in Joondalup, 1300 Great Smile has two locations to serve you. They offer a wide range of dental services, including general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry and emergency dentistry. They strive to treat every patient like family and are experts at providing a positive experience during dental visits and procedures. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, call 1300 473 287 or visit their website: http://www.1300greatsmile.com.au/. Kid-Friendly Dentist Says: “Great Oral Hygiene for Children Begins When You Take Your Baby Home from the Hospital” 2016-04-08T05:04:01Z kid-friendly-dentist-says-great-oral-hygiene-for-children-begins-when-you-take-your-baby-home-from-the-hospital Perth, WA, 08 April 2016 - According to Dr Roy Sarmidi, who is a dentist for 1300 Great Smile in Joondalup, it is crucial to begin a program of great oral hygiene as soon as possible for a baby. Dr Sarmidi advocates cleaning a baby’s mouth with a soft, moist cloth before bedtime from the moment the child is brought home from the hospital. Toddlers and babies are as easily compromised by tooth decay as older children are. Even though “baby teeth” will eventually fall out and be replaced by adult teeth, it is important to keep them maintained as well as possible to avoid complications when the adult teeth come out.Dr Sarmidi advocates teaching toddlers how to brush their teeth as soon as possible to help establish good oral hygiene habits that can last a lifetime. One of the best strategies for helping toddlers grow into a habit of good oral hygiene is for the parent to make toothbrushing time fun. This can be done by reading nursery rhymes or by singing one of the child’s favourite songs while brushing their teeth.When the child is old enough to hold his or her own brush, Dr Sarmidi recommends giving the child a brush to practise with and letting the child take turns with the parent. That allows the parent to brush the teeth correctly while the toddler gets practice for the motor skills and the instillation of brushing as a habit. Parents should also remember that babies and toddlers will emulate their parents because their parents are the intermediaries through which children perceive the world around them. If a parent demonstrates to the child that taking care of their teeth is important, it instills the same belief in the child. The best way to do this is to make sure the child sees the parents brushing their teeth and by telling the child that it is important.While this step can be difficult, children whose parents can teach them that their teeth have to be taken care of so they will last the rest of their lives tend to keep up on oral hygiene better than those who don’t understand this fact.A Dentist SpeaksDr Sarmidi has provided dental services for numerous children and has seen how their teeth tend to evolve as they grow into adulthood. According to Dr Sarmidi:“It is important to make sure kids understand as soon as possible that it is important to take care of their teeth. Some parents still think that it’s OK to neglect baby teeth because they are going to fall out anyway. Nothing could be further from the truth.”Dr Sarmidi concluded: “It is important to start great oral hygiene as soon as your child is home from the hospital. Baby teeth need to be taken care of so there are no complications when the adult teeth grow in. Besides, it’s a lot easier to teach great habits to someone from birth than it is to transition them from neglecting their teeth as children to taking care of them later.”1300 Great Smile offers a full, comprehensive range of dental services. Besides offering the kid-friendly services, they also offer emergency dental care, an orthodontist, Invisalign invisible braces and many other procedures. They have two convenient Perth area locations in Joondalup. To learn more or to set up an appointment, call 1300 473 287 or visit their website: http://www.1300greatsmile.com.au/. Good Oral Hygiene can Decrease Emergency Dentist Visits 2016-02-03T07:21:24Z good-oral-hygiene-can-decrease-emergency-dentist-visits Perth, WA, 03 February 2016 - Rarely does an emergency dentist instruct consumers how to avoid going to an emergency dentist, but Dr Roy Sarmidi of 1300 GREAT SMILE did just that in a recent blog post. According to Dr Sarmidi: “Nobody likes having a dental emergency. They are usually painful and always seem to happen at the worst time. While we do provide emergency dental services, we would much rather see patients use a combination of good oral hygiene and regular visits so they can have their dental procedures performed without pain or inconvenience.”Avoiding the Emergency Dentist: Essential Self-CareDr Sarmidi is a staunch advocate of combining self-care and periodic professional care to maintain a state of great oral hygiene and health. Many studies have proven that the most important and effective thing most people can do to improve their dental health is to avoid eating simple sugars.Simple sugars combine with bacteria on the outside of the tooth, which is called “plaque,” to produce acids which erode the hard enamel coating on the outside of the tooth. This allows the acids to demineralise the body of the tooth, which is made mostly of minerals such as calcium, eventually eating a hole in the tooth, which is called a “cavity” or “tooth decay.”Sugar can demineralise teeth in as little as 3-5 minutes. It can take nearly an hour after eating sugar for the mouth to return from an acidic state to a non-acidic state. After avoiding sugar, the next most important action a consumer can take is to brush and floss their teeth every day. It is also important to stop smoking and to drink a lot of water. Smoking damages teeth and gums while water can wash away acids that are on the teeth. Gum disease is also preventable for many. It is caused most often by the same plaque and acids that cause tooth decay. Smoking can also cause gum disease. Diabetics are more prone to gum disease than non-diabetics. In addition, some people are genetically predisposed to gum disease. It is important for anyone at high risk to be especially vigilant in maintaining good oral hygiene and health.How to Eat for a Healthy MouthAs we previously mentioned, those who want a healthy mouth should avoid sugar at all costs. The best diet is a well-balanced diet with plenty of variety and a fair amount of crunchy vegetables and fruits. Since teeth are made mainly of minerals, they require a healthy amount of minerals in the diet. Meats, vegetables, fruits and whole grain breads are recommended for overall health and optimal oral health.It is important to avoid soft drinks because they contain phosphoric acid, which binds with free calcium atoms, robbing the teeth of valuable bulk. According to Dr Sarmidi: “Good oral hygiene and health are easier than they seem. You just have to get into the habit of brushing, flossing, eating right and making regular trips to the dentist.” 1300 GREAT SMILE provides trusted and professional dental care to Joondalup, Perth and Western Australia. They have an emergency dentist on call seven days a week and provide a full menu of dental services, including cosmetic dentistry. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, call 1300 473 287 or visit their website: http://www.1300greatsmile.com.au/. Pain Free Dentistry and Sedation Dentistry Trump Fear of the Dentist 2015-10-12T04:43:54Z pain-free-dentistry-and-sedation-dentistry-trump-fear-of-the-dentist Perth, WA, 12 October 2015 - If you ask any dentist who works for 1300 GREAT SMILE, they will tell you that “fear of the dentist” is the main reason that so many people fail to get dental work done until it hurts so bad they need emergency dental help. While some people scoff at the concept of “fear of the dentist,” it is taken very seriously at 1300 GREAT SMILE.How Fear of the Dentist StartsDr Roy Sarmidi, a dentist at 1300 GREAT SMILE, feels that fear of the dentist often starts in childhood. According to Dr Sarmidi: “Fear of the dentist is almost always the result of a bad experience at the dentist’s office. For many, that bad experience happened as a child. When you are a child, a dentist’s office can be a very intimidating place. It is bad enough for adults, but children feel especially vulnerable in a dental office.”Dr Sarmidi continued: “If you are an adult today and you fear the dentist, it could be due to an experience you had as a child. 20 or 30 years ago, dentists weren’t always as customer focused or nice as they are today. In particular, paediatric dentists didn’t always go out of their way to make sure children were happy and pain free when they were in the dental chair. Back then, many old school dentists invalidated children’s feelings. This caused many to undergo severe trauma on the dental chair.”PTSD from the Dentist?If anyone, but especially a child, has a traumatic experience in a dental chair, they tend to associate the sights, smells and sounds of a dental office with that trauma. If the trauma isn’t addressed, they can often end up with PTSD or “post traumatic stress disorder.” As a child with dentist-induced PTSD gets older, they may become so afraid of the dentists that they don’t go. They find excuses. They don’t go to the dentist until the pain is so bad that they hurt worse than their fear and their memories of the trauma-inducing trip to the dentist. Solutions for Dental PTSDDr Sarmidi is a proponent of talking to dental patients about their fears. In the offices of 1300 GREAT SMILE, dentists always allow patients to voice their fears or concerns. Just being listened to and assured that they will have pain free dentistry is often enough to allay their fears of the dentist. However, sometimes a stronger solution is necessary.Sedation DentistrySome patients fear the dentist so much that they would rather be put to sleep while the work is done. According to Dr Sarmidi: “We offer sedation dentistry for those who really don’t want to be awake while dental work is being done. It’s a great process. We put you to sleep and when you wake up, the work is done. It doesn’t get any easier or pleasant than that.”1300 GREAT SMILE has two dental offices in the Perth suburb of Joondalup. They offer sedation dentistry and pain free dentistry among their many services. 1300 GREAT SMILE specialises in treating patients like family. Their staff is approachable, professional and caring. To learn more or to make an appointment, call 1300 GREAT SMILE today or visit their website: http://www.1300greatsmile.com.au/. Unregistered Dentists Threaten Health of Patients 2015-08-20T04:00:19Z unregistered-dentists-threaten-health-of-patients Perth, WA, 20 August 2015 - Recent events in the news have one dentist in Joondalup warning patients to make sure their dentist is registered. That dentist, Dr Roy Sarmidi of 1300 GREAT SMILE, addressed a recent case of an unregistered dentist in Victoria on his company’s blog. According to Dr Sarmidi: “It is important for the public to know how big of a risk they are taking if they have work done by a dentist who isn’t registered with the Government in a facility that isn’t registered with the Government.”The dentist in question practised in the Melbourne suburb of Meadow Heights in a neighbourhood called Rockland Rise. His office was in his residence, which Dr Sarmidi feels should have represented a big “red flag” to his patients. Eventually, a neighbour tipped off the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), who sent police to the illegal dentist’s home office.The unregistered dentist, who studied in Turkey but never got a licence to practise in Australia, had his equipment confiscated. He would be charged with four crimes: using a protected title, pretending to be a dentist, possession of schedule 4 drugs and performing restricted dental acts. Since he was never actually registered, nor took part in the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme, he can’t be disciplined by the Dental Board of Australia.The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is calling upon anyone who was treated by this unregistered dentist to come forward and submit to an examination by a registered dentist. The DHHS fears that patients may have contracted a blood borne illness from the unregistered dentist or that the dentist may have botched some of the procedures he performed, causing possible disfigurement.According to Dr Sarmidi, the patients are lucky if they emerged unscathed: “I hope this unregistered dentist didn’t harm any of his patients. It is incredibly risky to see an unregistered dentist in a home office. There are three main risk factors: disfigurement due to incompetence, blood borne illness due to incompetence and outside infections such as staph due to a lack of proper sanitation and sterilisation.”Dr Sarmidi continued: “It really doesn’t take that long to make sure your dentist is registered. Most of us proudly display our licence in our office. If you don’t see a licence, it doesn’t take long to call the AHPRA to verify that a dentist is registered. However, one of the most reliable ways to know your dentist is registered is that they practise in a professional office.”Dr Sarmidi concluded: “I can’t speak for every dentist in Joondalup, but most of us are highly educated and qualified. We went to school and learned what we needed to learn to get our licences. We followed through on everything asked of us. We dedicate our lives to providing high quality care in a safe, sanitary, medical environment. That is why it’s so important to make sure your dentist is registered.”1300 Great Smile is a popular choice among those looking for a dentist in Joondalup. They offer pain free dentistry, emergency dentistry and a full complement of other dental services from two locations in the Perth area. To learn more, call 1300 GREAT SMILE or visit their website: http://www.1300greatsmile.com.au/. Dentist in Perth: Patients Prefer Compassionate Dentistry 2015-06-05T04:37:08Z dentist-in-perth-patients-prefer-compassionate-dentistry Perth, WA, 5 June 2015 - A trip to the dentist usually isn’t very high on most people’s list of preferred activities. However, having a great smile and good dental health is something everyone wants. At 1300 Great Smile, a local Perth dentistry firm, they are doing all they can to make visits to the dentist less intimidating and more relaxing. Their business model is often called “compassionate dentistry.” They have a strong commitment to treating each patient as an individual and making sure nobody ever feels like they are “just a number.” According to Dr Roy Sarmidi, a dentist for 1300 Great Smile, “Everyone connected with 1300 Great Smile genuinely cares for others. For a long time, we have solicited feedback from our patients to help us improve our quality of service. Whether we are handling negative feedback or positive feedback, it is nearly unanimous that patients want dentists and their office staffs to remember they are talking to a human being and not just a name or a number on a piece of paper.”Dr Sarmidi continued, “From the moment a patient steps into the dental office, they should be greeted by friendly, approachable staff members and treated like they are the most important person in the world. We strive to make their experience as pain free and relaxing as possible. We know how intimidating a dentist office can be if the dentist and the staff don’t make a concerted effort to provide a relaxing, friendly environment. Our patients are important to us and we want to provide the highest quality of customer service possible.”In 2012, a firm called BMC Health Services revived a study that took place from May 2005-March 2006. The study involved 847 patients and 22 dental offices in NSW. While the original study involved transitioning from restorative care to preventative care, there was a part of the data that went unnoticed by many because it was not part of the main objective of the study.The data showed that patients prefer being treated with compassion and care. At that time, “old school” dentists practised the “drill, fill and extract” form of dentistry. They seemed to think that patients were on a “need to know” basis and wouldn’t provide much in the way of information, preferring instead to “drill and fill” teeth or extract them without informing them of other options.The data found that patients preferred “new school” dentists who made their patients active participants in their own treatment plans. These plans included plenty of information, options and a program of preventative dentistry which taught them how to keep their teeth longer and prevent tooth decay with regular care.Dr Sarmidi concluded, “We are happy to find a scientific study that proves what we knew all along: patients want dentists who genuinely care for their well-being and make them active partners in their treatment plans.”1300 Great Smile are known for providing an extremely high level of dental care. They offer emergency dental care, pain free dentistry, pediatric dentistry and a program of preventative dentistry. They consider it their mission to provide compassionate dentistry which they describe as “people caring for people.” They are a multi dentist practice with two offices in the Perth area. To learn more, call 1300 GREAT SMILE or visit their website: http://www.1300greatsmile.com.au/. Dentist in Perth Provides Important Patient Information on Braces 2015-04-27T04:20:36Z dentist-in-perth-provides-important-patient-information-on-braces Perth, WA, 27 April 2015 - In modern dentistry, Invisalign has become the most popular choice for straightening teeth. However, a dentist in Perth recently reminded consumers that old fashioned braces are still necessary for some conditions. According to Dr Roy Sarmidi, dentist and owner of 1300 Great Smile in Perth,“Invisalign has become the modern alternative to braces, but there are still some situations when braces are a better choice than Invisalign. Since we offer both braces and Invisalign in our Perth area clinics, we are in a perfect position to help provide our patients with all of the information they need to make the right choice.”Braces: the ProcessWhen a patient needs teeth straightened, the first part of the process is to get a full examination from the dentist. This includes not only the oral examination but a full set of x-rays and full review of the patient’s dental history. The dentist then determines whether braces, Invisalign or another solution is most appropriate.Dr Sarmidi consults with the patient and makes a recommendation based upon the patient’s current state of dental health, their history and their personal preferences. Once braces are agreed upon, the next step is to go ahead with the work.When it’s time to perform the procedure, a cheek retractor is placed into the patient’s mouth. This keeps the teeth dry and also makes them visible and easier to access. The teeth then undergo polishing, drying and the application of a conditioner, followed by another drying. This is all designed to help the braces bond to the teeth more efficiently.Then, an adhesive primer is applied to help the cement bond the brackets to the teeth more efficiently. The brackets are then applied with adhesive cement. When the excess cement is removed high intensity light is used to bond the brackets firmly and safely to the teeth. Then, the cheek retractor is removed so that the dental arch wires can be installed.While this process sounds arduous, it only takes between ten and twenty minutes. Sometime between four and six hours later, the patient usually begins to feel pain. This pain can usually be treated with an over the counter pain reliever and usually lasts three to five days.The patient then needs to return for a series of adjustments, which involves re-tightening the wires. When the braces have done their job and the teeth are straight, it is necessary to wear a retainer to help them stay straight while they heal. According to Dr Sarmidi, “We try to use the procedure that is the easiest, most convenient and least painful for the patient. This is often Invisalign, but sometimes braces are appropriate. The best way to find out is to have an examination done by a qualified dentist. Life is too short to not have a great smile.”Dr Roy Sarmidi is a dentist and the owner of 1300 Great Smile, with an office in Perth and one in Joondalup. They offer a full range of dentistry including braces, Invisalign, dentures and veneers. To learn more or for an appointment in their Perth or Joondalup office call 1300 Great Smile (1300 473 287) or visit their website: http://www.1300greatsmile.com.au/. Dentist in Perth: the Future of Dental Care Bodes Well for Australians 2015-02-18T07:39:25Z dentist-in-perth-the-future-of-dental-care-bodes-well-for-australians Perth, WA, 18 February 2015 - At the end of 2014, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) produced a report on the state of dental health in Australia. The report was called, “Oral Health and Dental Care in Australia: Key Facts and Figures Trends 2014.”  According to Dr Roy Sarmidi, a dentist from Perth: “The data in the study make a good case for the importance of regular dental care and the progress that has been made in the field. In particular, we cite the disparity of statistics from remote areas to major cities and the overall improvement of children’s statistics as proof that regular dental care is a must for preserving one’s teeth.”Children’s Statistical TrendsFrom 1977 to 1995, the number of children’s baby teeth that were affected by tooth decay dropped, only to begin rising slightly from 1996-2010. The overall effect has been a decline in the number of teeth affected by decay. The numbers for 2010 showed that children aged 15 had an average of 2.63 decayed permanent teeth. According to Dr Sarmidi: “It is important for children to avoid excess sugar and to start taking care of their teeth early. Unfortunately, it is difficult for a child to look into the future, 20 or 30 years down the road, and see the effects of neglecting their teeth now. However, there is great potential for the future due to advances in dentistry and better education regarding dental hygiene.”Adult TrendsFrom 1987 to 2006, the average number of missing, decayed or filled teeth in adults decreased from 15 to 13. The numbers for missing teeth and decayed teeth declined, while the number of filled teeth remained steady. One negative trend was that from 1994 to 2010, the percentage of those reporting that oral health issues affected their lives rose from 31.4% to 39.9%. There was a 4.5% rise in those who felt oral health issues were affecting their appearance and a 4.0% rise in those who had toothaches.Remote Areas vs Major CitiesDue to having less access to dental care, those in remote areas reported more problems than those in major cities. This trend was across the board with virtually every metric used in the study. 37.6% in remote areas reported untreated tooth decay as compared to 23.5% in major cities. Remote areas also reported more gum disease than major cities, 36.6% to 22.1%.Dental Care is Essential to Dental HealthAccording to Dr Sarmidi: “The bottom line is that those who go to the dentist more have better dental health. It is proven by the higher incidence of dental distress in remote areas, where there is less access to dental care.” Dr Sarmidi concluded, “Take care of your teeth and your teeth will take care of you.”1300 Great Smile offers dental care in Perth and Joondalup. They offer such services as pain free dentistry, sedation dentistry, dentures, dental veneers and emergency dental care from their Perth and Joondalup offices. To learn more about 1300 Great Smile, call 1300 Great Smile (1300 473 287) or visit their website: http://www.1300greatsmile.com.au/. Dentist Warns Public: “Oral Disease can Lead to Systemic Illnesses.” 2015-01-21T10:16:15Z dentist-warns-public-oral-disease-can-lead-to-systemic-illnesses Joondalup, WA, 21 January 2015 - A provider of preventative dental care in Joondalup is going all out to educate the public about the importance of identifying and addressing dental health issues. The Healthier Future for All Australians Report, December 2008, included a section called “Improving Oral Health and Access to Dental Care.”The report was part of an initiative to provide more access to healthcare for less fortunate Australians and advocated increasing availability to dental care for Australians who were in lower income brackets. While the report did garner a lot of publicity and was read by many, one key point was overlooked by the general public: the report provided statistics that were relevant to those who can afford dental care as well as those who can’t.How Oral Disease Affects General HealthFor many in dental care industry, the biggest “takeaway” from the report wasn’t the social issues addressed by the report, but statistical evidence that dental care is a lot more important than many perceive it to be. Approximately one-third of Australians surveyed reported dental conditions that caused discomfort when eating. Approximately one-fourth reported that they stay away from certain foods because of the pain and/or difficulty involved in eating them due to oral disease. A near-identical number reported that their dental conditions caused them “embarrassment,” leading to a feeling of being self-conscious over their teeth. The report also mentioned documented links between oral disease and systemic conditions. Periodontal disease, in particular, is linked to severe systemic conditions, the worst being cardiovascular disease. Periodontal disease in expectant mothers has also been linked to low birth weight and to babies being born prematurely. In addition, periodontal disease can appear as a symptom of systemic illnesses. HIV and Hepatitis C infections cause periodontal disease. Periodontal disease can also present as a symptom of infective endocarditis, aspiration pneumonia and some nutritional deficiencies.Preventative Dental CareDr Roy Sarmidi of 1300 Great Smile, a provider of general and preventative dental care in Joondalup, wants the public to understand the importance of dental care and the risk one is taking by not going to the dentist. According to Dr Sarmidi:“Most oral diseases and dental conditions are at least partially avoidable. Good oral hygiene, regular checkups and early intervention can mitigate or even eliminate tooth decay, periodontal disease and oral cancers. Eliminating habits such as tobacco use can greatly reduce the likelihood of oral cancers. Early detection and treatment can address periodontal disease before it becomes more advanced.”Dr Sarmidi concluded, “It is important to establish a program of regular treatment early in life and continue it into adulthood. Oral disease or difficulty can cause low self-image and can make everyday life painful. Take care of your teeth and they will take care of you.”1300 Great Smile is a provider of dental health services in the City of Joondalup. They provide a full range of dental services, from preventative care to emergency care to restorative and cosmetic dental care. To schedule an appointment or to learn more, call 1300 Great Smile (1300 473 287) or visit their website: http://www.1300greatsmile.com.au/.