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Dr. George Connell BDS(Hons), FRACDS, Dip.Clin.Dent (Oral Implants)
Caitlin Pritchard BHSc Dental Hygienist
Suite 26 High Street, Bowral (upstairs opposite Sportspower)
Conveniently located in high street with ample parking facilities & lift access to the surgery.
• Comprehensive General Dentistry
• All facets of Cosmetic Dentistry
• Dental Hygienist
• Implant Dentistry
• Low dose Digital Radiography
• Tooth Whitening
• Medicare Teen Dental Plan
• On the spot Health Claims
• Highly trained and caring staff
• Saturday appointments available
For your next appointment phone 4862 5888.
DESPITE many years of preventive programs,
according to the latest report from the Australian
Institute of Health and Welfare, dentists are
battling a rising tide of poor oral health amongst
children and teenagers.
The Child Dental Health Survey, released last month,
found that nearly half, or 48.9% of six year old children
had a history of tooth decay in the deciduous (baby)
teeth. It also found that on average, six year old children
had two decayed, missing or lled teeth.
The report pointed to an increased intake of acidic
food, including soft drinks, which dissolve the teeth.
A rising intake of sugar, and other fermentable
carbohydrates in the diet also allowed the bacteria
that live in the plaque on teeth to do more damage. In
addition adequate brushing is still cited as a major risk
factor for decay.
Foods that can contribute to dental decay include
those high in re ned carbohydrates (sugar) such
as concentrated fruit snack bars, lollies, muesli bars,
sweet biscuits, some breakfast cereals, sugary drinks
and juices. Highly re ned packaged foods such as
savoury crackers and chips can also have high levels of
It's unrealistic to cut these out altogether. That's why
the Australian Dental Association (ADA) recommends
your toddler should...
• Enjoy a wide variety of nutritious foods, especially
those rich in calcium and low in acids and sugar.
• Enjoy healthy snacks such as cheese and fruit. Some
foods help protect teeth -- milk and some cheeses
have protective qualities to help prevent dental decay.
• O er a diet high in fresh fruits and vegetables,
wholegrain cereals, lean meats and dairy products.
• Limit sugary snacks such as lollies, fruit bars, muesli
bars, biscuits, dried fruit, cordials, juices and soft drinks.
Fluoride is still a key part of the preventive
strategy to prevent decay. Six facts about uoride:
• Fluoride is especially good for strengthening
• Fluoride is a natural mineral that strengthens teeth
and protects against decay. Most big cities add
uoride to the water supply. The Wingecarribee
water supply is uoridated.
• Bottled water usually does not contain enough
uoride to o er protection against tooth decay.
• Some home water lters remove uoride
from tap water.
• Storage-tank water does not contain uoride.
If you child drinks water from bottled or ltered
water or tanks, then tell your dentist.
• The dentist can apply 'topical' uoride to their
teeth, which has been proven to reduce childhood
tooth decay. n
Tooth Decay on the Rise !
> Dental nurses Sarah and Michelle.
> Dr George Connell and Dental
Hygienist Caitlin Pritchard.
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