Dr Karen McCloy has been committed to helping patients who are experiencing pain and sleep disorders. Karen’s passion is orofacial pain & sleep disorders and is concerned about the health & well being of all of her patients. It is important to understand pain and by explaining acute and chronic pain we can bring awareness […]
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All About Implants Do you have a missing tooth, or missing teeth? Do you have dentures that move around and make it hard to eat? Do you wish that you hadn’t had that last tooth out, and that you could turn the clock back and rethink that choice? If so, then a dental implant might […]
Presenting to the Senate Inquiry on the value and affordability of private health insurance and out-of-pocket costs, Australian Dental Association (ADA) President Dr Hugo Sachs today called on the Senate Committee to recommend changes to private health insurance legislation that will end discriminatory rebates. “What a lot of people don’t realise is that only some policy holders […]
If you’re relying solely on brushing to keep your teeth clean, you’re missing nearly half the surface area of your teeth which, not surprisingly, lies between them. For that reason alone, flossing should be an essential part of your oral care routine and never an optional extra. By using floss to remove the plaque […]
If you’re like most people, you probably don’t give much thought to how you brush your teeth, beyond squirting on some toothpaste and scrubbing back and forth. But as your dentist will tell you, how you brush your teeth matters a great deal. From how often you brush and how long you brush for […]
McCloy Dental is getting on board with Dental Health Week which runs from 6-12th August. The aim is to educate Australians about the importance of maintaining good oral health by promoting these key messages: Brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste Clean in between teeth at least once a day with floss or […]
McCloy Dental Staff would like to wish you all a very happy Easter!!! Please be safe over the holidays and enjoy the break. We will be closed from the 14th April to 17th April and will reopen on Tuesday 18th April.
Dental Hygiene… Dental Hygienists are your partners in prevention, encouraging brushing, flossing and rinsing to protect your oral and overall health. Dental Hygienists are primary health care providers who play a vital role in ensuring optimal oral and overall health for all Australians. Schedule a visit with your dental hygienist today to protect your health […]
Tooth Decay is a common thing but what causes it is equally interesting. Acid is made when bacteria in your mouth eat what is left in your mouth. When this acid hits your teeth and remain on there, it begins the process of eating away at your teeth. If not treated, it can cause pain, […]
The staff at McCloy dental participated in a mindfulness and meditation workshop on the weekend! Thanks to Fatima for coming and teaching us some very useful tools.
1. Descriptive epidemiology of chronic pain Epidemiological studies have demonstrated that, within the past month, around half us will have experienced an episode of pain which has lasted at least 1 day, with the most common sites reported, in a United Kingdom population study, being the low back (30%), hip (25%), neck and shoulder (25%) […]
And the kids are back to school for the final term of the year. Making lunches can be a bit of the drag but its important to think of your child’s dental health when packing lunches. Here are some suggestions on whats best to include. The main thing to remember is that bacteria in the […]
You don’t need us to tell you that there’s a lot going on in your body during puberty. But one thing you may not have given a lot of thought to is what happens to your mouth when your body starts producing all those extra sex hormones like estrogen and progesterone. This sends a lot […]
If you’re going through menopause, which most women undergo between the ages of 47 and 55, you may have noticed a pronounced decline in your hormone levels, accompanied by a range of oral health effects including inflamed gums, burning sensations, altered taste sensations and dry mouth. For more information on these conditions see http://www.dentalhealthweek.com.au/ There’s no […]
The way in which periods may affect your teeth and gums are quite varied. You could find that about three to four days out from the start of your period that you experience increased soreness in your mouth, with your gums swelling and becoming more prone to bleeding. This is caused by increased amounts of […]
Just like the rest of your body, your teeth, gums and mouth are affected by hormonal changes during pregnancy. You will usually notice changes in the health of your gums around the two month mark. At that point, your gums may bleed easily when you brush or floss, a sign of gum disease commonly known […]
Dental Health Week is approaching and this year’s focus is on women’s health. Do any of the following questions apply to you: Can pregnancy increase your risk of tooth decay? Can the changes in your body really affect your oral health? What causes your gums to redden and swell? Wonder why you are suffering from […]
We have had word from the Australian Dental Association that the government proposes to scrap the Child Dental Benefits Schedule in the next budget. If you have children that are eligible for the scheme and need any dental work, now would be a good time to book them in just in case the scheme is […]
Cosmetic dentistry is the art of making the dentition look good. On the simple side, bleaching teeth will make most smiles brighter. More involved treatments may include the combination of Periodontics (deep cleaning of teeth), Orthodontics (realigning the teeth to bring all teeth into an even arch, and widen the smile to show more teeth), […]
For great tips on preventing/minimising the damaging effects of sugar on your teeth health, check out the following article links to blogs we have already published: How to Brush and Floss Are you brushing correctly? How you can prevent Decay The facts you should know about your teeth Sugar is a pretty big topic on […]
While this article pertains to the US, this is still an interesting read in regards to how the increase in our exposure to sugars has caused an increase in tooth decay. As pointed out in this article…would we accept any other part of our body deteriorating like our teeth do or would we be more likely […]
Here is a great article that Dr. Karen McCloy discovered in regards to how too much liquid sugar (fizzy drinks etc) can lead to serious diseases…Not just poor dental health. SOURCE: http://www.sugarscience.org/sugar-sweetened-beverages/#.VX-8QUZ34sQ Over time, too much liquid sugar can lead to serious diseases Liquid sugar, such as in sodas, energy drinks and sports drinks, is the […]
Happy Easter from everyone at McCloy Dental. We will be closed from Good Friday and will reopen on the Tuesday 7th April. Stay safe and don’t eat too much chocolate!
From Everyone at McCloy Dental, we hope you have a safe and happy Christmas! See you in the New Year! Our practice will be closed from Tuesday the 24th December and will reopen on Monday the 5th January 2015!
For our Christmas Party this year we were treated to the Lion King at QPAC Brisbane. It was a fabulous show and the costumes were amazing! We all thoroughly enjoyed it! Thanks Karen and Russell!!!
Lisa celebrated working at McCloy Dental for 25years!!! As Practice Manager she is a huge asset to our team. Here’s to the next 25!
For Melbourne Cup this year we headed to Shaun’s Tavern once again for a wonderful buffet lunch! We had a few winners in the sweeps and very full bellies.
Click on the link to view the video about Sleep Disorders. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/tutorials/sleepdisorders/htm/_no_50_no_0.htm
Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) As you may be aware, the government has introduced a Child Dental Benefit Schedule. This provides eligible children (2-17 years) up to $1,000 in benefits for basic dental services. Services that receive a benefit under the program include examinations, xrays, cleaning, fissure sealing, fillings, root canals, extractions and partial dentures. […]
It is not uncommon to have bleeding gums, however, it is a sign of a problem. More often than not bleeding gums are a result of inadequate cleaning. Plaque that builds up on the teeth is comprised of bacteria which infect the gums if not removed. This then brings about the body’s natural inflammatory response […]
CPAP ranks right up there with the best of Aussie inventions. Whether you love CPAP or hate CPAP, it has definitely been the major innovation in the treatment of sleep. Before the invention of CPAP by Professor Colin Sullivan the treatment for severe sleep apnoea was tracheotomy, so having some air blown down your throat […]
Headache is a multifactorial disorder. A headache can be the sign of a serious problem, or a chronic complaint that many people learn to cope with on a daily basis. New headache or a change in pattern or intensity of headaches should always be checked by a doctor. There are some headaches that a dentist […]
Snoring occurs at all ages. We think snoring is annoying in our partners if it is too loud and cute in our kids. The truth is that it is not good in either. Kids should not snore. Large tonsils and adenoids superimposed on a smaller face mean that they are predisposed to snoring at times […]
Congratulations to Karen on graduating from her Masters of Science in Medicine (Sleep Medicine) at the University of Sydney. Karen can now add some MORE letters after her name! Very well done.
Avoiding your headache triggers – including stress, dehydration, and too little sleep – can help you stay pain-free. You’ll soon find that preventing a headache is a lot easier then treating one. By Diana Rodreguez Medically reviewed by Pat F. Bass III, MD, MPH When a headache strikes, especially a migraine headache, you might […]
Laptop computers are lightweight, portable and convenient, allowing us to keep in touch with the home, office and school from almost anywhere. Unfortunately, the laptop’s compact design, with attached screen and keyboard, forces laptop users into awkward postures. When the screen is at the right height, the keyboard position is too high; and when […]
This year dental health week is focusing on the oral health of 18 – 30 year olds. If you are in this age bracket take the time to read this and see what some of the things that are entering your mouth, can do to your teeth and oral health.
I have a tooth ache and I want to know how to treat the sore tooth. I am scared of dentists, and I am scared of pain. What can I do?
There are a lot of questions here, but this is a common scenario that we have present to our practice. Due to fear of the dentist, patients often leave dental problems till they are too late to treat conservatively. The first thing is to deal with the patient and understand what the patient is scared […]
Traditionally orthodontics deals with straightening crooked teeth, and this is important. But crooked teeth are a sign that there has been inadequate development of the upper and/or lower jaws. The jaws are important. We use them every day for chewing, smiling, talking and breathing. If the jaws are too small, you might snore, sleep poorly, […]
There are lots of advantages in getting your teeth whitened. When you smile, people take notice, and a brilliant white smile can give you new found confidence that people will instantly notice. It gives your appearance an instantaneous lift. Whiter teeth are associated with a healthier, happier lifestyle. Also a whiter smile tends to minimise […]
Soon after brushing, a thin sticky layer forms over the surface of your teeth which contains bacteria, this is referred to as plaque. When you eat anything containing sugar, the bacteria in plaque uses it as energy and produces acid which can soften and dissolve the enamel which cover your teeth. This is how a […]
The most important part of dental care is down to you. Brushing your teeth twice daily insures for healthier teeth and gums. And if you dread the dentist’s chair then the best treatment is prevention. Plaque is a major cause of cavities. It is a transparent layer of bacteria that coast the teeth. Brushing your […]
Speak to our friendly and informative team now! There are a few techniques that can be used by our cosmetic dentists to help you achieve that whiter, brighter smile. This may include tooth whitening toothpastes, home teeth whitening kits, in-office teeth whitening, bonding or porcelain veneers. We look at each patient on a case-by-case basis […]
In general, we all agree that soft drinks taste good. What many people do not realise is the dangerous toll this takes on your teeth. Sugar found in soft drinks react with the natural bacteria in your mouth and forms acid. This acid erodes your tooth enamel over time which causes dental cavities. What is […]
But you CAN fix them fast, with a comfortable Smile Make Over! As a dentist, I see people every day who are ashamed of their teeth. Like the patient I talked to recently who burst into tears when she told me how her little grand daughter climbed into her lap and asked “Why are your […]
Contrary to many advertisements, it is difficult to obtain perfectly white teeth. Natural, healthy teeth have extremely subtle yellow, brown or grey tones. Shine a flashlight behind your front teeth and look in the mirror to see for yourself. Pure white teeth are like purple hair – they appear synthetic and distracting! However, light tooth […]
Brilliant Smile = Confidence! Art has been described as “the accomplice of love” and science the creative application of natural law. In tandem, these energies can be combined to produce a masterpiece. A dazzling smile can ignite a room, projecting an image of self assurance and high personal esteem. It glows with embers of delight […]
A healthy mouth means fresh breath! Bad breath can affect those nearest and dearest to us. It can place strain on relationships as well as being socially embarrassing. The main culprit behind bad breath is bacteria! Our mouths contain millions and millions of bacteria, which can quite easily get out of control. Plaque, tartar, gum […]
We recommend the following dental care steps for achieving healthy teeth and gums; – Brush with a soft round bristle toothbrush – Replace your toothbrush every three to four months – Change your toothbrush after an illness – When you’re brushing your teeth along the gum line, make sure to angle your brush 45 degrees […]
Cosmetic Dentistry is fast becoming the most popular form of aesthetic enhancement. Unlike plastic surgery, Cosmetic Dentistry isn’t a major operation. Imagine coming in for a single appointment or two and emerging with the smile you’ve always wanted…no pain, no strain and no time taken out of your busy life. The results are immediate and […]
Decay is the one word no one wishes to hear when visiting the Dentist. Caused by the build up of plaque, a colourless bacterium which forms on teeth; Decay can result in the death of a tooth and significantly affect your well-being. Oral decay is easily prevented, if good dental hygiene is carried out. We […]
Dental emergencies can occur to anyone, at any time. Prevention is always better than cure, however, if you do require immediate dental care the following information could save your tooth. Your teeth are something that you want to last a lifetime, so it is extremely important to see a Dentist as soon as possible after […]
Extreme Makeovers are revolutionizing the dental world. Enabling patients to completely transform the appearance of their smile, improve their self-esteem, confidence and facial appearance as well as their dental health; Extreme Makeovers have the power to change lives! Combining art and dental science; Extreme Makeovers can take years off the way you look and feel. […]
Gum Disease is the most common chronic infection in world; affecting more than half of the population at any one time. A new Australian study has found treating serve Gum Disease, significantly reduces the risk of Heart Attacks and Stroke.
Dental care for infants and children is instrumental and can play a significant role in their oral and general well-being now and in the future.
A mouthguard is the very best protection you can offer your smile! Imperative during any form of contact sport; a properly fitting mouthguard can prevent broken teeth as well as injuries to the lips, tongue, face or jaw.
“Ortho” means correct or straight, and “Odont” means tooth. Orthodontics is a special discipline of dentistry concerned with aligning the teeth and jaws to improve your smile and oral health. Through orthodontic treatment, problems like crooked or crowded teeth, overbites or underbites, incorrect jaw position and disorders of the jaw joints can be resolved.
Periodontal Disease (or Gum Disease) is the most common cause of tooth loss in adults. This inflammatory Disease attacks the gums, bones and other supporting structures of the teeth. Although Periodontal Disease is a serious condition, it can be resolved through proper dental care and good oral hygiene techniques.
Porcelain Veneers can rejuvenate and revitalise your teeth, helping you achieve a stunning natural smile. Due to their realistic and natural appearance; Porcelain Veneers are continually heightening in popularity. Porcelain Veneers have the ability to mimic natural tooth enamel, making them virtually indistinguishable from your existing teeth.
It used to be that if a tooth was infected or the nerve in the tooth was dying, the tooth would have to be extracted. Today, because of a procedure known as root canal treatment the infection can be treated, the injured nerve taken out and the pain associated with such symptoms alleviated.
If you answer “yes” to any of the following questions, a Smile Makeover may be beneficial to you.
Did you know smiling and laughing are actually healthy for you? It’s true! As well as being attractive; smiling and laughing are beneficial to your entire well-being!
Smoking has a detrimental affect on your general health; however, the impact on your gums can be equally as damaging. Smoking has been clinically proven to accelerate Gum Disease – which is the most common cause of tooth loss in adults.
Everyone is aware of the implications smoking can have on the body; however, have you ever considered the damage it could be doing to your teeth? As well as inflicting damage to the aesthetic appearance of your smile, smoking can also result in serious long term dental conditions. The main concern to the majority smokers […]
Saliva is necessary for many reasons and plays an important role within the mouth. If you suffer from a dry mouth, this may be caused by a number of reasons. Certain medications, treatments, diseases or even old age; can all affect the extent of Salvia production.
One of the biggest dental concerns that people face relates to the colour of their teeth. Ideally, teeth should be a bright white but unfortunately this is often not the case. Stained teeth occur over time and although this condition does not have any adverse health effects, it creates an unpleasant effect on a person’s […]
Intraoral piercing involves the insertion of jewellery into soft oral tissues, such as the lips, cheeks and tongue. Although this form of ‘body art’ is becoming more and more popular among adolescents, this trend can have serious health complications
It is imperative to floss your teeth at least once each day. If you do not floss your teeth you will almost certainly have bad breath. Tooth decay and Periodontal Disease (which can lead to tooth loss), are also more likely to occur if you do not floss.
Most people know that the teeth are the hardest and strongest part of the body. However, did you know that your teeth are actually a living part of your body – with blood vessels and nerves? The visible part of a tooth, otherwise known as the crown, is only a small portion of the living […]
Tooth Whitening can instantly brighten your smile; taking years off the way you look and feel. Tooth Whitening treatment will give your smile a new lease on life. Now the most popular form of Cosmetic Dentistry treatment; Tooth Whitening is the quickest, most effective way to enhance the appearance of your smile.
When it comes to choosing a Cosmetic Dentist, you are literally placing your aesthetic future in someone else’s hands. For this reason it is imperative to ensure you have a Dentist who is qualified, experienced, and best able to meet your specific needs.