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It’s no secret the Tooth Fairy values teeth. After all, they pay good money for the ones you leave under your pillow. However, what is not widely discussed, is how the Tooth Fairy determines the amount you get for your teeth. But wonder no more, we’re happy to tell you.

The Tooth Fairy bases her decision on the condition of your teeth. So, if you are interested in getting top dollar for your teeth, here are some suggestions (you can pass on to your parents) on how to best care for your teeth:

No matter your age, you should be using a toothpaste with fluoride in it. For kids, it’s usually recommended that a low-fluoride toothpaste be used for the first eight years. Brushing twice a day will reduce tooth decay and help keep your teeth in great condition. If you’re under 18-months, you probably can’t read this but it’s time to start investing in the condition of your teeth

A child’s toothbrush is quite different from an adult’s, as it usually has a small oval head, soft bristles and a non-slip, cushioned handle designed for little hands to hold. They tend to have cartoons and colourful designs on the handle, making them a fun tool for dental hygiene. When storing your toothbrush, it’s best to not have them touching others to avoid spreading decay-causing germs (otherwise known as ‘cooties’).

Also, for the younger audience out there having their siblings read this to them, you can get infant ‘tooth and gum wipes’ that will start you on the right journey to investing in your future.

Most people tend to believe that flossing should only happen when the permanent teeth come through, but this is not the case. Once your teeth start to touch, it is time to floss. The next time you go shopping with mum & dad, make sure they get you some floss, so that food can be removed from between your teeth, ensuring bacteria causing germs can’t build up. It is recommended that you floss daily, maybe at the end of the day is best, because all meals should have been eaten before bedtime comes around.
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Even if you’re great at doing all of the above, it’s always a good idea to come and see your dentist at Somerset Dental Care. Think of it as a progress report on your investment. We will be able to check the condition of your teeth and make recommendations on how best to combat any potential issues, and provide assistance on the best methods for keeping your teeth in great condition.

Now that you know how to protect your Tooth Fairy Fund, don’t forget to share this with your little siblings, friends at school and especially with your parents. They will be happy to hear how the Tooth Fairy determines the value of your teeth, and will be more than happy to help ensure you do everything you can to increase their value.


Your first step is to get your dentist to look at your teeth. Your age plays a role, too. If you’re having trouble with your wisdom teeth, and you’re still not ready to part with your molars, you can talk to one our friendly consultants at Somerset Dental Care and find out what the best option is for you. Call us on 1300 707 046 to make an appointment.

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Who is the ideal patient for teeth whitening?

Who is the ideal patient for teeth whitening?

No doubt you’ve had times when you want to look your best; like your wedding day, making an entrance to your school reunion, creating a great first impression at a job interview, or simply to refresh your look.

Whatever your reason for wanting whiter teeth, our professional team at Somerset Dental Care can help.

Nothing says ‘WOW’ like a whiter, brighter smile.

Teeth whitening is ideal if you have healthy teeth and gums, and you want to get rid of the yellow tones in favour of a brighter smile.

There is no “right” shade of white. One common rule of thumb is not to make your teeth whiter than the whites of your eyes.

Speak to the team at Somerset Dental Care about what teeth whitening treatment is right for you. For the perfect ‘whiter’ smile, call 02 4648 0909 to book your consultation.

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Believe it or not, Botox has a place in dentistry!

Believe it or not, Botox has a place in dentistry!

Until now, dentists have been using Botox purely for therapeutic purposes, mainly to treat jaw pain and facial pain, but now dentists are refining their skills to combine dental procedures with cosmetic enhancement services using Botox.

The great news is Somerset Dental Care now offers Botox services at the one dental appointment.

So…as you sit back in the dental chair to get your teeth whitened, you can smooth out laughter lines at the same time!

Since Somerset Dental Care started offering Botox treatment, Dr Sean Lim, who focuses on cosmetic dentistry, has been administering anti-wrinkle injections to treat his patient’s facial zones. The main areas of treatment usually include the frown area, forehead and around the eyes. He can also work on the top lip, a downturned smile, the chin and jaw.

As a dentist, Sean knows how the face is designed and where the muscles and nerves sit. What’s more, he is skilled at assessing the balance and overall aesthetics of the face. That’s why Sean is perfectly suited to administering Botox.

The professional team at Somerset Dental Care can comprehensively advise on whether a Botox treatment is appropriate for you. Contact Somerset Dental Care on 02 4648 0909 to discuss your needs and let us guide you toward a treatment plan tailored to your circumstances.

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Enjoy Your New, Whiter Summer Smile in the Sun

Enjoy Your New, Whiter Summer Smile in the Sun

With the weather starting to get warmer and the hope of summer just around the corner, there has never been a better time for teeth whitening to get ready for the summer sun.

They say that summer bodies are made in winter, so are whiter summer smiles. Now is the perfect time to take advantage of Somerset Dental’s 2-hour express in-chair teeth whitening. In less than 2-hours, our expert dentist can give you brighter and whiter teeth, an ideal service for those wanting instantly whiter shinier teeth.

Alternatively, Somerset Dental have take-home teeth whitening kits that you can use in the convenience of your own home. Whatever option you choose, you will be amazed at the results.

Our qualified Dentists combine advanced technology with the newest treatments available to make sure you get the best teeth whitening results available.

Come in and see our friendly, experienced staff to talk about your dental care needs. We’ll work together to provide you with a great experience and the best outcome possible while in our care.

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Bridal Teeth Whitening: Your Beautiful Day Begins With Your New Smile

Bridal Teeth Whitening: Your Beautiful Day Begins With Your New Smile

According to Bride and Groom magazine, in two months leading up to your big day there is still a long list of over 40 items to check off to make sure the wedding day runs smoothly. One of these items includes booking your wedding day beauty appointments.

Teeth whitening is becoming a standard wedding day beauty appointment, with more and more brides considering a perfect white smile a must have on their wedding day.

Somerset Dental Care offers an in-chair teeth whitening service and our expert Dentists can give you brighter and whiter teeth in less than 2 hours. It’s the perfect solution for a busy bride who wants instant results.

Alternatively, we have our take-home teeth whitening kits that you can use in the convenience of your own home. Whatever option you choose, you will be amazed at the results.

By using the most advanced technology along with the newest treatments available, our qualified Dentists can make sure we get you the best teeth whitening results available.

Come in and see our friendly, experienced staff to talk about your dental care needs. We’ll work together to provide you with a great experience and the best outcome possible while in our care.

Somerset Dental has a great offer for brides wanting to get their pearly whites to match their most perfect day.

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Government-funded health schemes assist with your child’s dental care

Government-funded health schemes assist with your child’s dental care

Give your child a lifetime of perfect smiles with the financial assistance of the Federal Government’s Child Dental Benefits Scheme.

The eligibility criteria for the Child Dental Benefits Scheme is broad-ranging. As long as your child is aged between 2 and 17 for at least one day of that calendar year, eligible for Medicare, and your family are entitled to Government assistance (such as Family Tax Benefit Part A), you can access the most common dental procedures to the value of $1000. This figure is per child and over 2 consecutive calendar years.

This scheme was introduced on 1st January, 2014 in an effort to financially assist Australian families.

In 2012, just over 1 in 4 children between 2 to 4 years old visited the dentist (AIHW). Missing out on dental services from an early age sets a bad dental standard for life. Prevention is key to optimum oral health.

It is vital for your child to develop a good relationship with not only their Dentist, but with oral hygiene and care in general. Setting up good habits of check-ups, brushing and care will put your child on the right path with their oral health. Maintaining your child’s smile helps them grow in confidence as they mature into adulthood.

Somerset Dental provide a range of key services and treatments that are redeemable through the Federal Government’s Child Dental Benefits Scheme including:

  • Examinations
  • X-rays
  • Cleaning
  • Fissure sealing
  • Fillings
  • Root canals
  • Extractions

The Somerset Dental team have vast experience when dealing with children’s dentistry, including paediatric dentistry, and we can expertly cover all of the general dental services covered by the Child Dental Benefits Scheme. Call Somerset Dental on 02 4648 0909 today to make an appointment to care for your child’s dental health.

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Help for those without Health Insurance

Help for those without Health Insurance

Here at Somerset Dental Care, Narellan, we are committed to looking after the dental health of the whole family – with or without private health insurance.

By offering a range of vital services at discounted prices, we can help ease the financial strain of caring for your family.

The costs of raising a family can often seem never-ending but their dental health is such an important aspect to care for and maintain. Good dental hygiene and maintenance not only improves health and wellbeing, it promotes higher self-esteem and confidence as they make their way through the world.

Somerset Dental Care, Narellan understand that not all families have private health insurance and that a visit to the dentist is a substantial cost. We offer the highest standard yet affordable services and treatments that help you and your family show off your best smiles.

With this in mind, we are currently offering these services at a reduced cost:

  • Adult check-up, X-rays, clean, polish and fluoride treatment for only $199, saving you $61*
  • Children’s check-up, X-rays, clean, polish and fluoride treatment for only $170, saving you $90*

It is important to remember that the Australian Government also offers financial assistance for most general dental services to eligible children under the Child Dental Benefit Scheme. Working in partnership with Somerset Dental, your child can benefit from our high quality care and be covered by this initiative. Click here to check out your family’s eligibility for the Child Dental Benefit Scheme.

We also appreciate that even with private health insurance, out of pocket gap fees can pile up quickly. Somerset Dental Care are happy to pay these out of pocket gap fees on some of our key services including X-rays, fluoride treatments, cleans and polishes. These are just some of the ways we can help you take care of yourself and your family. So call Somerset Dental Care today on 02 4648 0909 to make appointments for the whole family.

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10 Common Dental Myths Busted!

10 Common Dental Myths Busted!

At Somerset Dental, we understand that a trip to the dentist can be scary. That’s why our first priority is your comfort. However, this fear of oral care has led to many myths being spread regarding your dental care! That’s why we’ve collated these ten common dental myths and busted them for you, to put your mind at ease and make that trip to the dentist a little easier.

1. Fluoride Carries Health Risks

False! Since water fluoridation became commonplace, many have asserted that fluoride is a health hazard. However, almost all studies have shown that fluoride has significantly positive effects on your oral health while no study has conclusively found fluoride to carry health risks. You can find fluoride in most of your oral care products and in the water you drink as a natural ingredient.

2. Teeth Whitening Weakens the Teeth

If your teeth whitening is done according to the product instructions – at home or by your dentist – then you’ll experience no weakening of your teeth’s structure at all. Overuse of these products may cause some brief teeth sensitivity or irritation but this still is not a sign of weakened teeth.

3. Brushing With Bleeding Gums Is Bad

If your gums are bleeding, that’s a sign of plaque or food accumulating on the gum line, to which the solution is to brush to remove all that gunk! This will help lessen the irritation and inflammation on your gums. Dentists recommend you brush at a 45° with the bristles pointing towards your gums as the best method of removing this build up.

4. Brush Hard, Brush Long

This one’s often well-meaning, but you can actually be damaging your teeth if you brush too hard and for too long. Your mouth is sensitive, and overzealous brushing can grind down the tooth enamel and damage the gums. Dentists recommend brushing twice daily for two minutes each time.

5. Flossing Isn’t Important

Flossing can be a hassle, but without it you’re missing out on cleaning around a third of your tooth’s surfaces that a regular toothbrush just can’t get to!

6. Tooth Decay Is Inevitable

This is often an excuse to slack off on the oral care, but it’s simply not true. Tooth decay is preventable, and with the right oral care and help from your dentist, you can maintain your teeth for life.

7. Oral Health Doesn’t Affect My Overall Health

Nope! Research has shown that there may be a correlation between your oral health and the state of your heart, meaning that proper dental hygiene is vital to maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

8. Mouthwash Can Replace Brushing

Unfortunately, mouthwash can’t replace the mechanical action of brushing and flossing. Mouthwash can help remove that surface layer of bacteria, but it won’t remove that bacteria caught in the biofilm that is formed on your teeth.

9. It’s Too Late for Braces

Thanks to advancements in dentistry and orthodontics, it’s not too late for braces. Products such as Invisalign allow adults to use almost invisible braces and smile with confidence as their teeth are realigned.

10. White Teeth Are Happy Teeth

Whiter teeth may look good, but that’s only cosmetic. Your teeth may still have some oral health issues that need to be addressed for the sake of your overall health. The best way to assess this is to visit your local dentist.

Our team at Somerset Dental can help with your oral health. We’re experts in preventative and restorative dental treatments, and can aid you in ensuring that your oral health doesn’t suffer from the listed myths! Contact Somerset Dental on 4648 0909 and get the advice you need today.

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The Hard Facts About Fluoride. Is It Safe?

The Hard Facts About Fluoride. Is It Safe?

Fluoride was introduced into Australian water supplies in the ‘60s and ‘70s, but there are still some concerns regarding the possible health risks of fluoride ingestion, especially given that 90% of Australians are consuming it! So, what is fluoride and – more importantly – is fluoride safe?

Fluoride is a natural mineral found in all water supplies that has been found to help prevent tooth decay. Due to this discovery, communities underwent water fluoridation where the naturally occurring fluoride in water supplies were topped up in order to help fight tooth decay. The practice of water fluoridation spread rapidly when it became clear that communities with higher levels of fluoride in their water enjoyed stronger teeth. In fact, studies conducted in 2012 by Australian researchers concluded that water fluoridation led to significant reductions in tooth decay worldwide!

Nonetheless, there are still some community concerns regarding the fluoride that is commonly found in drinking water and dental care products. Whereas the benefits of fluoride have been scientifically proven time and time again, concerns about the potential health hazards of fluoride have not been backed by any field experts or research. In fact, organisations such as the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and Australian Consumers Association (CHOICE) all herald fluoride as an effective means of maintaining your health. The World Health Organization (WHO) went as far to declare that “universal access to fluoride for dental health is a part of the basic human right to life.”[1]

With very little evidence supporting the claim that fluoride is a health hazard, and solid scientific evidence supporting the effectiveness of fluoride in maintaining oral health, it’s safe to say that it is not only safe to use but also a recommended part of your oral care routine. In fact, it is already a natural ingredient in the water you drink and the oral care products you use daily!

Simply put, you needn’t worry about fluoride. It is safe, and is only helping to fight the war on tooth decay, and you may not even know it.

If you still have any questions regarding fluoride and your health, please don’t hesitate to contact the team at Somerset Dental Care today.



[1] http://www.who.int/oral_health/events/oral%20healthc.pdf

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Are tongue and lip piercings as bad for your teeth as they say?

Are tongue and lip piercings as bad for your teeth as they say?

Piercings are a popular way to express yourself, but beware! It’s true what they say: tongue and lip piercings can have some harmful effects on your teeth and gums. But, with the proper care and advice from your dentist, you can minimise the damage and maintain a healthy smile while still wearing your oral jewellery.

The risk of infection is a well-known concern for those with tongue and lip piercings, but many don’t realise that their oral jewellery can cause damage to your teeth and gums. This is due to the constant rubbing between your piercings and your gums and teeth.

When your piercings come into contact with your mouth, it can wear away important protective elements of your teeth and gums. Tongue or lip piercings that come into constant contact with your gums can cause gum recession. When your gum recedes, you are exposing more of your tooth’s root, which can make it easier for bacteria to build up and severely damage your tooth. Without the proper care, this can result in tooth loss!

Your teeth can also be directly affected by your piercings. The rubbing of the oral jewellery on your teeth can wear away the enamel, which is the protective tissue on your teeth that protects them from the damage of daily use. Wearing away the enamel can leave your teeth weakened, and prone to deformation. It’s not unusual for wearers of tongue and lip piercings to experience chips or cracks in their teeth.

If you’re concerned about existing or future damage that your teeth or gums may experience due to tongue or lip piercings, there are a few things that you can do.

Ensure that an experienced and trusted individual pierces your mouth. Someone who is well-known will have the experience to ensure that your piercings don’t interfere with your daily activities and oral health.

It’s also recommended that you remove the piercing when you eat, sleep, brush your teeth, and undertake strenuous activity. This will help to avoid any damage to your teeth or gums both when you use your mouth the most, and when you have little control over the contact between your gums, teeth, and piercings.

If you wear or are considering wearing oral piercings, it’s important that you take your oral health into account. Our dentists at Somerset Dental are highly trained and committed to providing you the very best advice and service in dental care, and can help you with your concerns. Contact Somerset Dental and get quality dental advice today!

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