The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2016-10-06T06:37:52Z Cosmetic Dentistry Professional Says: “If You Play Sports, Wear a Mouthguard for Your Protection.” 2016-10-06T06:37:52Z 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: Sedation Dentistry Helps People Who are Afraid of the Dentist 2016-09-09T05:57:41Z 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: Joondalup Dentist Provides Advice for Wisdom Teeth Removal 2016-09-08T03:55:47Z 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: Studies Suggest: Regular Trips to the Dentist May Prevent Dementia 2016-08-10T05:21:21Z studies-suggest-regular-trips-to-the-dentist-may-prevent-dementia Joondalup, WA, 10 August 2016 - It is standard for dentists to recommend to their patients that they keep their teeth and gums as healthy as possible. This usually involves brushing, flossing and regular visits to the dentist. Some also provide dietary information to help their patients avoid tooth decay or discolouration of the teeth. Recently, though, a dentist a Joondalup went one step further.According to Dr Roy Sarmidi, dentist at Joondalup City Dental, maintaining great oral health provides benefits to other parts of the body, too. Recently, on his company blog, Dr Sarmidi provided some news that is compelling for people of all ages: studies suggest that maintaining excellent oral health can help prevent dementia in old age.Years ago, a study at the Mayo Clinic in the US indicated a link between gum disease and cardiovascular disease. But an even more recent study suggests a link between gum disease and cognitive decline or dementia. The newer study culled ten years of information compiled from 2003-2013 and was conducted by Dr Bei Wu at Duke University in the US. They used information that was collected at one data point and data that was collected over time. They decided to check for numerous factors, including the number of teeth and number of cavities. These factors showed some connection to cognitive decline but there was also contradictory data. However, periodontal diseases such as gingivitis were shown to have a tentative link to cognitive decline and dementia. Why This is CompellingIn both the US and Australia, cognitive decline and dementia are near-epidemic among the elderly. 5.4 million people in the US currently struggle with Alzheimer’s Disease or other forms of dementia. That number is expected to rise as high as 10.8 million by 2050. In Australia, 353,800 people reportedly suffer from Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. Our number is expected to rise to 400,000 by 2021 and to nearly 900,000 people in 2050.That is a lot of dementia. Dr Sarmidi believes there are a number of factors at play. According to Dr Sarmidi: “The studies I have read suggest that the main causal agents are bacteria and inflammation. Bacteria and inflammation from gingivitis show up in other parts of the body, such as the heart and the brain. Inflammatory factors are tentatively being identified as a possible causal agent of dementia. It is no surprise that gingivitis can be linked to heart disease or dementia.”Dr Sarmidi continued: “Luckily, there is something you can do about this risk factor: make regular trips to the dentist and follow instructions for good oral hygiene. While it is possible to do a great job of keeping your teeth and gums clean at home, regular visits are important for two reasons. First, we can clean plaque off of your teeth better than you can. Second, we can identify potential problems before they become serious problems.”Dr Sarmidi concluded: “When you maintain great oral health, it not only makes your smile great but also might keep you more mentally healthy in old age.”Joondalup City Dental provides a wide range of dental services. They have an emergency dentist on hand seven days a week in their Central Joondalup office. They pride themselves on treating patients like family and creating a safe, comforting environment for all dental procedures. To learn more, call (08) 9404 9500 or visit their website: Mini-Implants Solving Problems with Dentures 2016-08-03T03:53:25Z mini-implants-solving-problems-with-dentures Joondalup, WA, 03 August 2016 - People with dentures aren’t always happy with them. Research has shown that people who have lost all their teeth, a condition known as being “edentulous,” can be emotionally debilitating and cause grieving comparable to that experienced when losing a loved one. In fact, a study of 50 edentulous people found that they suffer from numerous manifestations of sadness and discomfort. These included: altered social behaviour resulting in a lack or close relationships, trying to keep their dentures secret, lowered self-image, lowered self confidence, a dislike for their own appearance and even “bereavement.”Indeed, people asked to rate losing their teeth on a scale with other important life events ranked tooth loss above such events as getting married, having a child or retirement. Dentures are an effective solution for those who have lost their teeth but they are prosthetics that can’t fully replace the function of a full set of teeth. Bottom dentures tend to “float,” making chewing problematic at times. Upper dentures can also loosen and cover the palate, reducing the sensation of taste when eating or drinking.A full mouth of dental implants can be the solution most like having one’s original teeth but they are expensive and the amount of surgery for 32-36 traditional implants is arduous, to say the least. In addition, those who have lost too much bone in the jaw or have congenital structural deficiencies cannot tolerate standard dental implants.The original solution was to combine standard implants with full bridge dentures. Two anterior mandible implants are often enough to support a full bridge. Standard implants can also help protect the integrity of the jawbone and keep it from being reabsorbed. A plethora of clinical trials lasting for durations of six months to as long as nine years all concluded that mandibular two-implant overdentures provide superior performance over standard dentures. However, this option is not available for everyone. If they don’t have enough bone to hold a standard implant, they can’t have a standard implant. In addition, some find it cost-prohibitive.Luckily, there is a solution that is available to more people and can save money: mini-implants.Mini-Implants: A Hybrid Approach to Dental Implants and DenturesMini-implants in conjunction with a full denture are providing a popular hybrid solution for dental implants and dentures. They can be only half as wide as standard implants, requiring less bone density for success. They can be installed in one appointment and can often be used with the patient’s previous dentures, saving money over a new set. The dentist drills holes for the implants and places them in. Wrenches and drivers are then used to secure the implants. The mini-implants have a ball head onto which dentures can snap. Under perfect circumstances, a patient can have all of this in one day. It isn’t a perfect solution and it isn’t for everyone but a lot of people are grateful for it.Joondalup City Dental provides dentures, dental implants, emergency dentistry and a full menu of dental services from their office in Joondalup. They pride themselves on providing the most compassionate and complete customer service in the industry. They treat their patients like family and ensure they never feel like they are just a number. To learn more or to set up an appointment, call (08) 9404 9500 or visit their website: Dental Health Week: This Year’s Focus is on Women’s Oral Health 2016-07-13T03:16:48Z dental-health-week-this-year-s-focus-is-on-women-s-oral-health Joondalup, WA, 13 July 2016 - Every year during the first full week of August, the Australian Dental Association (ADA) celebrates Dental Health Week. Dental Health Week is designed to raise awareness about dental health once a year but it also has a different theme every year, focusing on one segment of the population. This year, it the focus is on “Women and Oral Health,” which runs from 1 to 7 August.As women go from puberty to pregnancy or menstruation to menopause, their bodies have different combinations of hormones. These hormones can have an adverse effect on oral health. This year, the ADA is educating women on what to expect during these phases of life and how to cope with the problems that often arise.Female Puberty and Oral HealthWhen girls become teenagers, they begin to produce sex hormones. These are not only upsetting emotionally but can have physical ramifications on oral health, too. As estrogen and progesterone increase blood flow to the gums, it can make them more sensitive to both plaque and food particles. This can often result in a condition called “puberty gingivitis.”The ADA recommends regular trips to the dentist, along with proper brushing and flossing. It is no surprise that these two actions are usually the best way to maintain oral health in a variety of situations.Pregnancy and Oral HealthPregnancy introduces a new “cocktail” of hormones and can cause a condition called “pregnancy gingivitis.” The gums can be easily damaged if immediate care isn’t taken. Pregnancy gingivitis is more common in those with previous gum problems than those who have otherwise healthy gums and good brushing and flossing habits.Menstruation and Oral HealthMenstruation can cause problems similar to female puberty due to excess production of estrogen and progesterone. The days immediately after a period, however, can be the best times to have cleanings or extractions done because the teeth and gums tend to be less sensitive.Menopause and Oral HealthMenopause is a situation that is the opposite of puberty: hormones begin to decrease. This can cause gingivitis, burning mouth syndrome (BMS) or dry mouth. It can also cause increased sensitivity to heat, cold and certain tastes. How to Stay Away from the Emergency DentistWhile some of these conditions may need trips to the emergency dentist, a diligent regimen of good oral care and regular trips to the dentist can usually keep most of the aforementioned problems from producing enough pain to make an immediate trip to the dentist necessary. Preventative dentistry can make emergency dentist trips almost non-existent over a lifetime for women and men of all ages, from children to seniors. The ADA recommends anyone who hasn’t been to the dentist for a year to make their appointments during Dental Health Week. Joondalup City Dental provides emergency dentist services along with a full range of standard dental services such as dental implants, braces and Invisalign at their office in Joondalup. They are extremely focused on customer service and treat their patients with the same care and compassion as their family members. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, call (08) 9404 9500 or visit their website: Evidence Mounts: Parents Not Supervising Children’s Toothbrushing Long Enough 2016-07-08T01:51:42Z evidence-mounts-parents-not-supervising-children-s-toothbrushing-long-enough Joondalup, WA, 08 July 2016 - Other countries across the world have the same dental trends and problems that we do here in Australia. Since sugar usage has increased so dramatically, many countries perceive tooth decay as a national epidemic. In England, they are currently having a lot of problems with children and tooth extractions. According to Dr Nigel Carter OBE, who is the Chief Executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, inadequate parental supervision of children brushing their teeth have put four million British children at risk for extractions and serious problems as adults. In the twelve months from March 2015 through February 2016, approximately 33,000 children in England had at least one tooth extracted in a hospital.Dr Carter acknowledges the effects of sugar as causal agents for a general decline in dental health but feels that parents need to stay on their children longer about brushing their teeth. A recent poll by England’s National Health Service (NHS) indicated that one out of three parents stopped supervising their children’s brushing before the age of seven.  Dr Carter’s belief is that all parents should supervise their children’s brushing until they reach the age of seven. Even then, he feels they should continue to monitor occasionally for the next two years to make sure children are brushing for at least two minutes and brushing the right way.The first teeth begin to show up in the first six months and it takes until a child is two years old to grow approximately 20 “baby teeth.” Dr Carter believes that a child should be brushing as soon as the first tooth appears. Obviously, the child won’t be brushing on his or her own right at six months but the parent should be brushing the child’s teeth that early.What an Emergency Dentist in Joondalup ThinksDr Roy Sarmidi is a general and emergency dentist at Joondalup City Dental. Joondalup City Dental has a lot of lifelong patients who started as emergency patients. Dr Sarmidi’s focus is to transition new patients to regular care so they don’t need an emergency dentist anymore. Many of his regular patients start as children, too. According to Dr Sarmidi:“I like what Dr Carter is doing and saying but there is more to it than just brushing correctly. I like the idea of parents being involved in their child’s oral hygiene until they are old enough to have developed good habits on their own. However, brushing is just part of the story. It is important but only one part of a three part program that is mandatory for those who want to maintain great dental health.”Dr Sarmidi concluded: “Regular brushing is a must but it doesn’t do any good unless you eliminate or greatly reduce sugar from their diets and make sure they receive top notch care from a dentist on a regular basis.”Joondalup City Dental offers a wide range of dental services. There is always an emergency dentist in their Joondalup office but they also offer services such as dentures, dental implants and Invisalign invisible braces. Their office is professional but friendly; patients are treated like family. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, call (08) 9404 9500 or visit their website: Sedation Dentistry Helps Australians With Dental Phobias 2016-01-22T08:00:13Z sedation-dentistry-helps-australians-with-dental-phobias Joondalup, WA, 22 January 2016 - For many who suffer from dental phobias, sedation dentistry is providing a solution and enabling them to go to the dentist. Many Australians are still so afraid to go to the dentist that they avoid dental treatment until dental conditions become acute and even life-threatening. However, as people become more aware of sedation dentistry, more and more Australians are making regular trips to the dentist and reclaiming their dental health.How Sedation Dentistry WorksSedation dentistry is a simple process. The dentist gives the patient medicine to help cope with the anxiety, fear and pain that many feel in the dentist’s office. There are four basic levels of sedation dentistry: minimal sedation, moderate sedation, deep sedation and general anaesthesia.Minimal sedation is just that; the patient is fully awake, but mildly sedated to a point of relaxation. Moderate sedation involves a higher dose of sedative. The patient doesn’t usually remember much of the procedure and usually is sedated to a point of slurring words. Under deep sedation, the patient is nearly unconscious but still able to be awakened if needed. Under general anaesthesia, the patient is fully unconscious. A patient under general anaesthesia cannot be awakened by “normal” techniques. They must either wait for the medicine to wear off or be treated with another substance to combat the anaesthesia. Different Varieties of Sedation for DentistryThe most popular sedation for dentistry is inhaled minimal sedation, also known as “laughing gas.” A mask is placed over the patient’s nose and a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen is pumped into the patient. The dentist has full control over the level of sedation. The biggest benefit of this form of sedation is that it wears off quickly enough for patients to drive themselves home after the procedure.Oral sedation can be used for minimal to moderate levels of sedation. A pill is given to the patient approximately one hour before the procedure. This gives the patient time to absorb the sedative. The patient is usually awake but drowsy. To go from minimal to moderate sedation, the patient is given a larger dose.IV moderate sedation is given through an IV unit directly into the veins. It acts on the patient immediately. It is easy for the dentist to control the exact level of sedation. This is often the most comfortable solution for the patient. Deep sedation and general anaesthesia are the strongest medications and are administered with care. Dr Roy Sarmidi is a dentist for Joondalup City Dental, a trusted name in the Joondalup and Perth areas. According to Dr Sarmidi: “Sedation dentistry is a godsend for patients who are afraid to go to the dentist. When administered by a caring, professional dentist and staff, the patient actually has a pleasant experience at the dentist. This makes it possible for everyone to keep their mouths healthy.”Joondalup City Dental provides dental services such as sedation dentistry to the Perth area. They also provide a full range of dental care with emergency dentists available long hours during the week and short hours on the weekends to ensure that your dental emergency is taken care of. From simple cleaning to cosmetic dentistry, Joondalup City Dental is the most trusted name in Joondalup. To learn more, call (08) 9404 9500 or visit their website: Implant Dentistry Practitioner in Joondalup: “Dental Tourism Can be Dangerous.” 2015-11-19T06:56:31Z implant-dentistry-practitioner-in-joondalup-dental-tourism-can-be-dangerous Joondalup, WA, 19 November 2015 - An increasing number of Australians are going overseas for dental work. This is called “dental tourism” and the trips are called “dental vacations.” The rationale behind dental tourism is that the patient can save money on the procedures and get a “free” vacation out of the deal, too. While some patients come back with glowing reviews about how much fun they had, they are often sorry as little as three months later. Is Dental Tourism “Risky Business”?According to the Australian Dental Association (ADA) and dentists such as Dr Roy Sarmidi, who practises at Joondalup City Dental, it can be extremely risky to go overseas for dental work. There are many reasons why the ADA has taken the position that dental tourism contains far more risks than benefits.Standard of Emergency CareIn Australia, if a patient has a dental emergency, they can rest assured that their dentist has been well-trained to handle it properly and promptly. If a patient goes overseas, there is no assurance that standards will be high as those in Australia. In addition, English is a second language overseas. There is no guarantee that a doctor in another country can speak English well enough to understand or help if a patient is having a dental emergency.Standard of MaterialsAnother risk faced by dental tourists is the use of substandard materials. Crowns, bridges and implants should be made of the best materials so they do their job and last as long as possible. In Australia, the standard for materials is high. All materials are registered with the Therapeutic Goods Association (TGA), ensuring that no substandard materials are ever put in an Australian patient’s mouth. There is no such guarantee overseas.Standard of Education and QualificationIn Australia, dentists are well-regulated. Thanks to the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency, all dentists must undergo a college education, register with the AHPRA and take professional development courses on a regular basis. There is no such guarantee that an overseas dentist will be fully qualified or able to perform up to the standards of an Australian dentist.Standard of SanitationIn Australia, dentists must provide sanitation to standards provided by the National Health & Medical Research Council, the Australian Dental Association and the Dental Board of Australia. The risk of bloodborne diseases and infections is high when having any kind of surgery, but especially dental surgery. There is no guarantee that an overseas dentist will provide the standard of sanitation necessary to protect a patient from infections or bloodborne diseases.No RecourseIf a patient goes to a local dentist and isn’t satisfied, they can call and the dentist will usually fit them in for that day. If it happens to someone who went overseas for work, they have no recourse. They can’t force anyone to repair their work or “make it right.” The cost of another trip overseas is prohibitive. According to Dr Sarmidi: “The risks of dental tourism far outweigh the financial benefits. If you need dental work, call a local dentist who can guarantee high quality work.”Joondalup City Dental performs implant dentistry and other professional dental service procedures in Joondalup. They also offer emergency dental services from their Joondalup location. They specialise in treating patients like family and taking the fear out of a trip to the dentist. To learn more or to make an appointment, call (08) 9404 9500 today or visit their website: