Leichhardt St Dental Practice takes the health and safety of our patients and staff very seriously. The Dental Board of Australia has now ruled all dental practices are restricted to limited emergency treatment only.
From 1st April we have closed and hope to re-open 1st June. We are however available for limited emergency treatment by appointment.
If you are an existing patient of our practice, please contact us via our contact form , call / text Dr Barbara Szylkarski via her mobile or the practice answering machine, even if it is a quick question, chat or for some serious help.
We look forward to seeing you all again soon once this disruption is over, take care.
Recently I attended a seminar reviewing the latest advances in dental care required during radiotherapy and chemotherapy treatment.
The complications that can occur if you have not attended to your dental health prior to treatment commencing, can be life changing. Side effects of chemotherapy tend to last the duration of treatment and then resolve. Side effects of radiotherapy however can last for the duration of treatment and sometimes for a lifetime. But with good dental treatment and excellent oral health, mostly you can avoid oral complications altogether.
Complications vary depending on the location and intensity of treatment. These can include Oral Mucositis as the most common. It presents as inflammation and redness developing into ulcerations which can be painful. Fungal infections and bacterial infections can intensify the mucositis. Xerostomia or a decrease or loss of saliva flow can make it difficult to speak, eat and swallow and can predispose to dental cavities. There can be difficulty in opening the jaw and changes in taste.
We have developed simple but effective preventative dental daily routines that can help you manage, control and often avoid the above complications. Remember to start your dental treatment as early as possible. Any extractions, root canals or fillings must be completed at least 14 days prior to radiotherapy or chemotherapy commencing so proper healing can occur. We are supported by new Biotene products that will aid you in your daily routine.
Preventative dental care is affordable and can help you avoid some serious dental complications. Call today if you have any question and need a helping hand.