The Rising Addiction & Effects of Soft Drinks

by | Jun 2, 2021 | General Dental

With Christmas just a few weeks away, we just wanted to remind the community that soft drinks contain a lot of sugar and cause issues to your teeth and general diet. 

We have found the soft drink to be the new generation addiction – even more so than smoking. Some are even consuming it as their morning beverage of choice over coffee, water, or tea.

People consume ‘diet or sugar-free soft drink believing it’s better for them, but they are still highly acidic which removes enamel and weakens tooth structure.

Did you know that fruit juice also contains a lot of sugar (sometimes the same amount as soft drinks and equally acidic)?  We encourage you and your children to instead have a piece of fruit for the fiber and benefits.

Be aware that even sipping an acidic beverage over a long period of time can cause more damage than drinking normally. 

If you’ve acidic drinks, remember to rinse your mouth with bicarb soda and water before brushing to help protect your enamel.

Withcott Dental wishes everyone a safe and happy festive season.

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The Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) has been introduced by the federal government to make that task a little easier if you receive benefits such as Family Tax Benefit A payments. The CDBS helps you keep your kids’ teeth in great shape by providing you with up to $1000 that you can use over a two calendar year period on a range of dental services including examinations, routine cleaning, fillings, and root canals.

You can call our clinic on 07 3185 1713 to check your child’s eligibility for CDBS.

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If you’re a veteran, and a holder of a Gold Card or White Card with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA), you are eligible to receive treatment from any dentist registered to provide services through the Medicare Benefits Scheme. At Withcott Dental, we are registered to provide services through DVA programs.

Gold Card holders will usually have all their dental treatments funded, provided the dentist establishes a clinical need for the treatment, while white card holders receive services in line with their recognised conditions. Depending on the types of treatment you need, the dentist will either be able to perform the work immediately and without approval from the DVA, or will need to seek approval from the department before proceeding.

So for instance, procedures like dental examinations, X-rays and temporary crowns can be done without delay, while some surgical work, dental implants and artificial tooth replacements known as dental prostheses will have to wait till the DVA provides approval.

The good news is that many general dental treatments don’t require approval.

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