Ian Davies the Dentist

Ian Davies the Dentist I am a Dentist at BOH Dental group with over 22 years of experience. I would like to use this page to share my journey with you.

The current isolation experience due to COVID-19 has prompted me to create a page for my patients to contact me for advice and guidance about dental care. I am also sharing articles and information that I find interesting and relevant to dentistry and the health of my patients. Inspired by my own personal journey, my passions include dental health and how this links with whole body health. I am al

ways researching the best, safest, bio compatible techniques and materials to achieve dental health. My own exploration of happiness, well being and mindfulness has also urged me to explore how I can help people manage their own anxieties about dental treatment and how I can create the best environment to engage with all my patients.

Great news for South East Queensland.  The Queensland Government has announced the lockdown of the 11 Local Government A...
08/08/2021

Great news for South East Queensland. The Queensland Government has announced the lockdown of the 11 Local Government Areas (LGAs) in South East Queensland will end at 4pm this afternoon, Sunday 8 August.

Dental practice will return to level 1 restrictions from 4pm today.

Great to be able to return to work with our normal safety measures in place.

www.restoredental.com.au

Lockdown is back but I’m COVID safe! Hit me up if you need help or dental advice during this time.
31/03/2021

Lockdown is back but I’m COVID safe! Hit me up if you need help or dental advice during this time.

13/02/2021
29/06/2020

If it’s not in your mouth it needs to be in its container!

I have lost count of how many items I have replaced…stolen by the family dog. Dentures, mouth guards, splints, sleep devices and orthodontic retainers are fair game. Don’t be like this family...If you got them back would you wear them again?

https://www.facebook.com/NowThisNews/videos/3003230679795156/?t=29

Help for severe dental anxiety!I am very excited to let you know that I am now looking for people to be involved in my “...
24/06/2020

Help for severe dental anxiety!

I am very excited to let you know that I am now looking for people to be involved in my “Dental Anxiety Therapy” pilot study. If you are really anxious about going to the dentist or if you know someone who is then please be involved or pass this invitation on.

The intervention is simple and easy to use and the whole process can be handled by email if required. The intervention is then yours to keep and continue to use after the study. I am very excited about being able to help people with this problem.

Please contact me through this page or send an email to me directly [email protected] for more information.

Great news!The Australian Government has eased restrictions back to level 2. This means I can do examinations and cleani...
01/05/2020

Great news!
The Australian Government has eased restrictions back to level 2. This means I can do examinations and cleaning again. I cannot do everything just yet, but it is certainly easier to sort out toothaches, fix broken teeth plus many other issues. More complex treatment is still restricted but we can now help most people with dental problems.
Kelly now knows she can have her wine and coffee over the long weekend without feeling guilty about those stains. I don't think she does anyway....

Some of you know that I have a special interest in helping people who experience dental anxiety. This comes from my own ...
24/04/2020

Some of you know that I have a special interest in helping people who experience dental anxiety. This comes from my own journey through meditation and wellbeing practices. It is a fabulous skill to be able to relax even when your surroundings may be far from relaxing. Maybe like a dental surgery???

I really try to make my room as chill as possible. Playing music, diffusing essential oils, and having a nice movie playing all help engage the senses in a positive way. If I am calm and composed, then I am hopeful you can sense that and also feel at ease.

I have been working on an intervention which can be used to help those with dental phobias or anxiety. I have recently just received research approval to test this on volunteers who experience these issues. I am very excited to get this study up and running and will keep you updated on developments. Jason Armfield in South Australia has been a very helpful advocate and his background in researching dental anxiety is considerable.

https://www.nhmrc.gov.au/about-us/news-centre/drilling-down-discovering-origins-dental-anxiety

Please let me know if you’re keen to know more or be involved. Yours in research, Ian.

What do I do about mouth ulcers? These are painful and super annoying. Its normal for them to pop up in times of stress ...
21/04/2020

What do I do about mouth ulcers?

These are painful and super annoying. Its normal for them to pop up in times of stress or when your immune system is down. Any ulcer that does not heal within two weeks should be checked by a dentist. While it is healing try using a topical anaesthetic gel such as SM-33 or Difflam mouth gel. Both readily available at the local pharmacy.

Plain old salty water used as mouth rinse is also great. You can use Savacol mouthwash but do not use for more than a week or you’ll end up getting stains (like Kelly’s).

One thing for sure is that isolation has affected all of us in some way. If you are like me then you are spending a lot ...
17/04/2020

One thing for sure is that isolation has affected all of us in some way. If you are like me then you are spending a lot more time at home. I am a creature of habit. I have worked in the same room with the same view for 22 years and I am completely happy with that.

Most of us do not like change, but change has been dumped on us with no warning and we have to adjust. Looking after ourselves is super important right now. Are you going to the cupboard and getting those snacks? I am. Is it a normal weeknight but I will just have that glass of wine? I have. Stayed up a little late and watched that show? Yep.

Trying to keep to our normal rhythm of life is vital for our well being, our health and our teeth. Expecting yourself to keep everything in perfect balance everyday is just a recipe for guilt and self-criticism. Be compassionate to yourself and simply TILT rather and seeking the illusory ‘balance’ that is almost impossible to achieve. That’s why I really like this article and book about the concept of tilting. Hope you enjoy.

https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/health/soul/the-unritual-of-tilting-the-simple-new-way-to-a-more-balanced-life/news-story/0186d1086f87e40b8924db2a43d498f6

This is Kelly.  Kelly likes red wine and coffee in equal measure! Kelly has noticed staining on her teeth and can’t get ...
15/04/2020

This is Kelly.

Kelly likes red wine and coffee in equal measure! Kelly has noticed staining on her teeth and can’t get them off. She knows that although there are posts online recommending the use of baking soda, charcoal, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar or sandpaper in various combinations these will either scratch or erode her enamel. Kelly is just going to keep brushing her teeth as normal for the time being. Kelly needs to wait until restrictions ease on dental treatment and then can have the stains removed safely.

Be like Kelly…

How can I manage dental pain at home?Don’t underestimate the effectiveness of simple medications.  We often recommend a ...
14/04/2020

How can I manage dental pain at home?

Don’t underestimate the effectiveness of simple medications. We often recommend a combination of ibuprofen and paracetamol. These two medications work best taken together. It is important to know that there is some information indicating that ibuprofen may increase the impact of COVID-19 so only use paracetamol if you suspect you could have symptoms. Only take both if you know it is safe for you to do so and do not exceed the daily recommended dosage.

Desensitizing toothpastes such as Sensodyne and Colgate Sensitive are also helpful. You rub the toothpaste around the tooth and let it sit there for a few minutes.

Clove oil is great natural product that can be applied on a painful tooth. Simply apply the oil onto the tooth with a cotton bud. It tastes gross, be warned!

In some cases, it also helps to keep your head elevated at night-time to reduce the blood flowing to your head. An extra pillow at night-time can make a big difference.

08/04/2020

Emergency Care
What is allowed?

Only dental treatments that do not generate aerosols, or where treatments generating aerosols is limited to: -

• Management of patients with acute and severe dental pain
e.g. nerve treatment under rubber dam, or extraction

• Management of significantly damaged upper front teeth (e.g.
due to trauma, with restorative treatment provided under
rubber dam

• Significant Soft tissue pathology e.g. ulcers

• Management of complex medically compromised patients
with dental concerns which may compromise their systemic
disease

• Management of those at a higher risk of rapid progression of
dental disease due to socioeconomic or cultural factors

• Management of patients referred by a medical practitioner for
medically necessary dental care

The COVID-19 outbreak has had a huge impact on everyone’s lives, and I am no longer able to provide routine dental care,...
08/04/2020

The COVID-19 outbreak has had a huge impact on everyone’s lives, and I am no longer able to provide routine dental care, to minimise the risk of spread of the virus.

The reason why is that when we work on your teeth, we commonly produce aerosols. These air-borne droplets are created during many procedures such using a drill and cleaning people’s teeth. We have been managing these risks for years with our infection control procedures. The problem is that people may have the virus in their mouth, with no symptoms, and can transmit the virus through aerosols to staff or by these aerosols landing on surfaces that staff or other patients can touch.

Because of this we must assume that everyone, no matter how unlikely, could be carrying the virus.
We are currently under level 3 restrictions so non-essential dental care is now postponed. We cannot do normal dental check ups or treatment where there is no significant pain, bleeding or swelling.

Other conditions or treatments that will need to be postponed include:

• tooth extractions (without accompanied pain or swelling)
• broken or chipped teeth
• bleeding or sore gums
• halitosis (bad breath)
• loose teeth (that aren’t a choking hazard)
• concerns about dentures
• crowns and bridges
• clicking/grating jaw joint
• scale and polish

Please contact me with any questions and queries

Address

1/392 Hamilton Road Chermside
Brisbane, QLD
4032

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