COVID-19 Update: Dr Martin Jest Dental surgery open for emergencies only to minimise risks to staff and to do our bit in preventing cross infection in the community

Emergency Dental Treatment only

Heeding advice from the Australian Dental Association Queensland Branch we are now keeping open only for emergency dental treatment. We are also undertaking a few minor procedures that are aerosol free.

The problem of aerosols

Many dental procedures generate an aerosol. An aerosol is a spray of water that picks up potential virus particles in the mouth and lifts them into the air right where the dentist and dental nurse work. This means that if we have a patient with COVID-19 who is shedding virus particles they are very likely to be lifted into the air and possibly inhaled by myself or my staff (even though we use surgical facemasks) and also contaminate the surgery surfaces.

The chance of cross contamination between patients is slim because of our Infection Control policies which include barrier wrapping, sterilization of equipment, use of disposables and disinfection of surfaces between patients. We also social distance, screen for health before allowing entrance to the surgery building and regularly disinfect surfaces, doorhandles etc.

We are acting early for all our good

At this stage in the Pandemic we are acting early and not risking cross infection, consequently we will be treating emergency patients only from 27/3/2002 and even then, minimise aerosol production by using different dental techniques – use of a dental dam, and even then minimising aerosol production.

If you have any questions please ask. We are only a phone call away.

Do you have an emergency?

If you have a dental emergency we will triage and treat you if appropriate, after checking your general health status and making sure you don’t have a fever, cough, or any of the other COVID-19 symptoms. We will be here to help if we possibly can under our infection control management plan. Keep well, wash those hands and social distance to stay safe in these troubling times.

Check out your smile. You probably don’t notice them, but your gums are an essential part of the healthy smile you see in the mirror.


Your healthy gums consist of a pale pink tissue called the gingiva. This covers the bone and tissues that support the teeth with a tough layer to keep the bacteria out and resist wear. The gingiva also protects  fibres from the periodontal ligament within the bony socket which hold the teeth in place. This support structure also help absorb shocks that could damage your teeth and provide a tight barrier to keep bacteria away from tooth roots.

Gum health is essential for healthy teeth. When gums are diseased or damaged, they cannot adequately support and protect teeth. The result of this can be tooth loss, bad breath and wobbly teeth.


Gum or periodontal disease is the bodies response to bacterial plaque in your mouth. Your mouth is home to many types of bacteria, which in health live in happy coexistance. When the balance between good and bad bacteria is disturbed, often as a result of poor oral hygiene and the bodies efforts to destroy these bacteria. Disease causing invasive bacteria can proliferate causing infection and inflammation.

As your body’s immune system fights the infection, it sends white blood cells to the gums. In the process of fighting off the bacterial infection, the white cells also damage surrounding gum tissue.

As the leading cause of adult tooth loss, gum disease has also been tied to serious illnesses including:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Diabetes
  • Respiratory disease
  • Premature birth

The good news is there is evidence that restoring gum health may reverse or improve some of these conditions


The first indication you may have of periodontal disease is bleeding gums when you brush your teeth. Other indicators are gaps between gums and teeth or very low gums that leave tooth roots exposed. These conditions make it easier for invasive bacteria to attack teeth.


Protect gum health with a regular dental care program that includes:

  • Daily brushing, flossing, and rinsing
  • Proper nutrition
  • Regular dental exams

At the first sign of gum disease, a visit to your dentist is in order. Left untreated, gum disease will advance, destroying more gum tissue and causing progressive tooth loss.

Modern dentistry can successfully treat periodontal disease reducing the risk of gum-related tooth loss and associated health problems. Behind every healthy smile is a healthy set of gums.

Using proper technique when brushing your teeth is important. There’s much more to brushing your teeth than loading up your brush with toothpaste and sawing rapidly back and forth.

What is the right technique?

First of all, that sawing action is a no-no. It will damage your enamel and miss the debris between your teeth. Instead, place your bristles gently where your teeth meet your gums. With your upper teeth hold the brush with the bristles pointing at 45 degrees upward and move the brush in very small circles. When brushing teeth on the bottom, start at your gum line and point the brush down at 45 degrees in towards the teeth, in both cases you will feel the bristles getting in between the teeth as much as they can to clean efficiently. Repeat this motion for all tooth surfaces on both sides of your teeth.

I usually advise right handed people to start at the bottom left on the cheek side and clean teeth one at a time moving forward slowly until you get to the front right incisors. Then swap the brush to the back hand and carry on brushing one tooth at a time until you get right to the back on the bottom right side.

After that you repeat the action on the tongue side of the bottom right and one tooth at a time clean the teeth swapping from back hand to forehand behind the incisors and clean all the way to the back left on the tongue side! Whew!

Then using gentle ‘wiggly’ motions to help bristles access all nooks and crannies, glide your bristles along the top of your back teeth surfaces.

Then repeat the process with the upper teeth starting at the top left outside.

Lastly, don’t forget to brush your tongue because it carries bacteria too.

Use the right kind of toothbrush

Make sure you use a soft-bristled toothbrush. Stiffer brushes don’t clean better and they can damage tooth enamel and cut into the root surface of the tongue making the teeth very sensitive.

 Your toothbrush may last for months, but make sure to get a new one if bristles start to fray. Let it air dry thoroughly after each use. If you are using the proper technique it will not look like a toilet brush after a couple of weeks with the bristles all splayed out!

Don’t press hard when brushing teeth. Pressing hard isn’t more effective and could cause damage.

Don’t forget toothpaste

Use toothpaste when brushing at least twice a day. Not only will it help inhibit bacterial growth, which causes cavities, but it will make your mouth feel and taste clean. Rinse your mouth thoroughly, even if you’re not using toothpaste. You don’t want any food particles etc. left behind.

Get the timing right

Spend at least two minutes brushing or you may not be cleaning well enough. If it’s hard to keep track of time, set a timer.

Although most people think it’s best to brush right after eating, it’s better to wait up to an hour. This allows your saliva to neutralise the acid in your food. This way, when brushing your teeth, you won’t be cutting into the softened tooth structure!

Using proper technique when brushing can help ensure you have fewer trips to the dentist and keep healthy teeth that last you a lifetime.

Most people are taught tooth brushing basics by their parents whilst young and generally, this is a positive thing. But sometimes people are given brushing advice that negatively affects their teeth and the brushing habit continued over many years leads to dental problems. Here are 7 of the worst oral hygiene mistakes that should be avoided.

Using the same toothbrush for years

Change your toothbrush at least every three months to keep your brushing effective. Generally, after three months, the bristles on your toothbrush become bent, worn and less effective.

Using a hard toothbrush

Using a medium or hard toothbrush can cause oral abrasion and gum recession. A soft toothbrush gently cleans whilst ensuring that no damage is done during the brushing process.

Skipping the floss

Brushing can’t reach all areas of your teeth. Debris within cracks and crevices as well as plaque build-up near the gum line can be missed with brushing alone. Daily flossing ensures that most areas of your teeth are properly attended to.

Forgetting your tongue

Brush your tongue and inside your cheeks as well. These areas harbor bacteria that can contribute to bad breath and tooth decay.

Brushing too hard

Go easy on your pearly whites. As long as your toothbrush is making contact with your teeth there’s no need to add forceful pressure. Excessive pressure can wear down your tooth enamel and cause receding gums. Dr Jest believes that in general it is better to use manual toothbrushes where possible. A mechanical toothbrush used wrongly can cause very serious damage to your teeth.

Not rinsing after eating

It can help to rinse your mouth with water after eating to dislodge remaining food particles from on and between your teeth. Rinsing also reduces the acidity left after food consumption. Remaining acidity can lead to bacterial growth.

Brushing right after eating

Wait at least 30 minutes after eating to brush your teeth. Acidic foods weaken tooth enamel and brushing immediately after food can cause enamel to weaken further. Give your saliva time to neutralise the acid before brushing your teeth.

Remember to visit your dentist for checkups and dental cleaning twice a year. Regular cleaning will remove plaque build-up so that you can avoid gum disease. Visiting your dentist is an important step in maintaining good oral hygiene so call to make a dental appointment today.

I’m too old for metal braces, what’s the alternative?

Contrary to popular opinion, age is not a preventing factor when it comes to having orthodontic braces. At least, it is not a strong factor by itself. Therefore, you are never really too old for braces.

There are, however, other things that might pose problems and these correlate with age. These include gum problems as well as bone problems at the root level. Older people can also have gaps and severe misalignments between teeth that make braces difficult.

Fortunately, there are still other treatment options available. These are all quite flexible and use devices that will not disrupt your daily routine. Consider exploring these and don’t deny yourself the benefits of a straighter smile.

1. Clear Braces

A great example of clear braces is Invisalign. Unlike normal braces, clear braces are used as a set of varying aligners. Patients can also remove them fairly easily at the end of each day. Each tray in the set is generally worn for two weeks. The length of this program can vary depending on what you are trying to treat. However, they are capable of addressing everything from mild overbite to severely crooked teeth.

2. Removable appliances

These devices are not used as much as fixed wire braces. They are used for correcting minor misalignment of teeth often. Once Orthodontic treatment has been completed a removable appliance can be fitted to keep the teeth in position – this is termed a Retainer. Removable appliances are more ideal for those who only have mild problems with teeth position. If you feel that your teeth could simply need a little bit more staightening, then a removable appliance may be an option.

3. Headgear

Headgear consists of an elastic headpiece that is joined by a metal bow to the orthodontic braces in the mouth. It is often recommended for bigger misalignments, but it is not usually necessary to wear it at all times. Most orthodontists these days will recommend that headgear be worn only for a set number of hours. This usually leads to headgear being used while sleeping and you never have to worry about people seeing you wearing it.


Again, age is not a big factor, but there can still be other issues that you need to check to see if you are not dentally or medically fit to have braces. Consult with “Doc” Martin about any possible gum problems you might have or any bone complications that run in your family.

With Orthodontic treatment we are here to help you. It is always wise to consider costs and length of treatment. As with any dental problem, there is no one-size-fits-all solution to crooked teeth. Get a better understanding of what is wrong with your teeth by coming to see Martin who will refer you to the best specialist to deal with your needs. If necessary have more than one consultation with different Orthodontists to find the best solution that suits you as an individual.

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Why get dental veneers? 

Dental veneers are wafer-thin shells made from either ceramic or a resin composite. They are bonded to the front surfaces of teeth to improve tooth shape, color, size, and alignment. 

Dental veneers can assist in creating a straight, symmetrical, white smile and are an ideal solution for people wanting to improve the appearance of teeth that are: 

  • discolored 
  • worn down, chipped or broken 
  • misaligned, uneven, or irregularly shaped 

Dental composite veneers with Zip Pay 

However, we recognize that some of our patients may not have the financial resources to see their treatment plans through. 

We accept Zip Pay to ease the burden on cost so that you can achieve the smile that you want sooner rather than later. 

Call us today at (07) 3359 1996 or book a consultation below and be on your way to a more confident smile. 

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  • Composite veneers must be clinically indicated. There are reasons why this option might not be suitable for your teeth. This remains the decision of the clinician. 
  • Total cost for 6 anterior composite veneers is $1980. Monthly repayments may differ as credit limits and interest rates may vary per applicant. Visit for more details. 
  • Promotional offers are subject to appointment availability. 
  • This promotion cannot be used in conjunction with other offers. 

Maintaining a healthy smile and keeping all of your teeth for the rest of your life is not only possible, but it should always be your goal. Modern dentistry and routine dental care can eliminate the need for dentures and prosthetics as we age.


Over time, eating, grinding our teeth, and the acids in foods wear away the outer tooth enamel and biting edges of teeth. Good habits and routine care can reduce these effects of aging and help prevent tooth loss.

Daily care

It’s best to begin as a child, but you are never old to start a healthy, daily teeth care routine that includes:

  • Brushing twice a day
  • Flossing once a day
  • Rinsing

Consistent daily care reduces the decay-causing bacteria and food residues in the mouth that feed them. The result is fewer dental problems and teeth that will last.

Regular dental exams

Teeth tend to become less sensitive with age. Regular exams can detect problems in a timely manner that you might not notice because of reduced tooth sensitivity.

A dental exam and cleaning will also find and remove plaque that your daily routine misses, protecting gum and tooth health. Your dentist can also recommend the toothbrush and mouthwash that is best for your mouth and gums.

Gum Disease

Periodontal disease is the single greatest cause of tooth loss. Signs of gum disease include:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Pockets or gaps between the gums and teeth
  • Low gums that expose a larger than normal amount of tooth.
  • Bad breath

Gum disease is treatable, but ignoring it can lead to tooth loss.

Dry mouth

Reduced saliva, or dry mouth, can make eating, talking and swallowing difficult and lead to gum infections and disease. Aging and the medications that seniors often take can cause dry mouth. Increasing water intake and using sugarless gums recommended by your dentist can help to increase saliva flow. There are many mouth moisteners available from the Pharmacy that can assist your oral function and make life more comfortable.


Overall physical health does affect teeth. Maintaining a nutritious diet and getting exercise as we age is as important to tooth health as to the rest of the body.

Keep your mouth young. With a lifelong dental care plan, there is no reason that you can’t keep your teeth into old age and your smile bright and healthy for life.

In the modern world of extended longevity, we have to look after our teeth very carefully for them to last a lifetime. It is very common to come across people with missing teeth. This can be very distressing if you have to lose some yourself.

If you have missing teeth it is important to have them replaced as soon as possible since choosing to replace them can impact greatly on your appearance and your ability to eat properly. It can also affect the health of the other remaining teeth. The major effect of tooth loss is a misalignment of the dental arch and the tilting of the adjacent teeth.

Apart from these dental complications, there are other obvious issues of poor appearance and loss of chewing function, which can be caused by having missing teeth. Although there are several ways to replace lost teeth dental implants should always be considered as a very good option for replacing missing teeth. Here are some of the main benefits of dental implants.

  1. Healthy and natural looking replacement teeth-  Successfully placed implants can give a stable and strong tooth replacement. A dental implant helps to restore the lost tooth so that it can fit and function like any other natural tooth. Other options of replacing teeth are available but may lead to deterioration or damage of adjacent teeth and may mean that you have bars or plates across the palate or under the tongue which can be uncomfortable.
  2. Long term solution- Implant supported dental bridges give a stable and cosmetically great alternative to dentures. With good care from the patient and dentist they can last for decades. It is important to point out however that no dental device lasts forever and you can expect they will need to be maintained. This is also the case of course with tooth supported bridges and dentures but most people feel that once dental implants are fitted they feel very natural.
  3. Ability to enjoy your daily life- Dental implants give a great result for most patients where they are indicated. You will able to smile, eat, drink and speak normally and confidently if they are fully integrated into the bone and carefully maintained. 
  4. Retain your normal face shape and smile- When a tooth is extracted the bone supporting the tooth disappears as well and the tissues tend to dip in and change contour. The aim of replacing the tooth quickly with a dental implant helps to maintain as much of the natural tissues as possible and to give good gum contour and shape. It is important to note however, that the longer the tooth is missing the more difficult it is to get a totally natural appearance. So there is a need to act quickly and discuss the matter with Dr Jest

Speak to your dentist about whether dental implants are suitable for you.

Mouthguards provide teeth with protection from trauma for those who play contact sports. A mouthguard can also be used to stop teeth grinding that occurs during the night. These protective devices are available from dentists and chemists. While a mouthguard from the chemist is less expensive than one from the dentist, should you go with this option? It’s important to understand the differences between chemist-bought and dentist-provided mouthguards and weigh the pros and cons before making a purchase.

Mouthguards from the chemist

Purchasing a mouthguard from the chemist offers convenience and a lower price tag. Instead of having to make an appointment with the dentist and go through the process of having a custom-made mouthguard created, you can select a ready-made one from the store and wear it right away. Due to the one-size-fits-all nature of mouthguards found at the chemist, they do not cost as much as the custom-made ones from the dentist. You also do not have to schedule follow-up visits in order to ensure a proper fit as you would with a custom-made mouthguard.

The disadvantages of mouthguards from the chemist

There are some major disadvantages related to chemist-bought mouthguards to take into consideration. Mouthguards from the chemist are:

  • Not as durable as those that come from the dentist and definitely do not offer the same amount of protection during sports play.
  • Often uncomfortable to wear due to an improper fit, which makes them more difficult to wear for the duration of the sporting match. This means that they often get left in the bag and not used by young people.
  • Often loose and bulky and can obstruct proper breathing, undermining the athlete’s ability to perform on the sporting field.
  • They don’t come in your team colours!

Custom-made mouthguards from the dentist

Mouthguards from the dentist are custom-made, which helps ensure a proper and comfortable fit. Dentists check to make sure that these protective devices fit the way they should and make adjustments as needed. These custom-made mouthguards do require more than one trip to the dentist for a consultation and fittings. They also cost more than ones that come from the chemist, since they must be individually created in a laboratory.

The advantages of custom-made mouthguards

Custom-made mouthguards offer important benefits compared to mouthguards from the chemist, including:

  • Better protection for those who play contact sports and for those who have a serious problem with teeth grinding.
  • Highly durable material that is less likely to be chewed through.
  • A custom fit so that wearing the mouthguard is comfortable. Comfortable mouthguards get worn!
  • A massive range of custom colours. Trendy mouthguards get worn and so protect more teeth.

If you would like more information on mouthguards for sports or teeth grinding, talk to your dentist about your options today. This can help you to determine your best mouthguard option.

The one thing about dental emergencies is that they typically happen with little or no notice. The best way to protect yourself and others in such emergency situations is to be prepared ahead of time and know what to do if an emergency arises. How you react in the minutes following a dental emergency may determine if you or a loved one retains or loses a tooth.

Here’s a look at the top dental emergencies that can happen to anyone at any time and what to do.


A toothache may not sound like a dental emergency, until you have one. Pain associated with a toothache can be quite intense. It is important to clean out the area where the pain is coming from as soon as possible. Use a combination of brushing, rinsing with mouthwash and flossing to remove any debris from around your teeth and gums that may be causing the problem. Contact your dentist as soon as possible before the pain worsens. Most people put off paying attention to those warning niggles of pain. Please don’t! They usually worsen at most inconvenient times for you and the dentist! The quicker you get the problem treated the fewer the complications, and normally the cheaper it will be to get rid of the pain.

A chipped or cracked tooth

If you have a chipped or cracked tooth, it is important to collect as many fragments of the broken tooth as possible and rinse your mouth out, being careful not to lose any pieces. You should keep the fragments of your tooth in a cup of warm milk or water and contact your dentist immediately. Be sure to take all the fragments to the dentist with you.

Knocked out tooth

It is possible to replace a knocked-out tooth if you can keep the tooth in good condition and get to a dental office within 60 minutes. You should rinse your mouth out with warm water. If possible try to place the tooth back into your mouth in its usual position and hold it there until you can get to the dentist. This is normally not painful at all to most peoples surprise, and is best achieved quickly before a blood clot forms. Hold the tooth by the enamel at the biting tip and rinse off any dirt with warm water. Quickly and gently rotate it side to side back into place. Don’t be afraid to push it right up to it’s normal place, comparing it to the teeth on either side. If you cannot get your tooth to fit back into its usual space, then place the tooth in a cup of milk or warm water to preserve it. You can also press a cold compress to the area to reduce swelling. Again get to the dentist FAST. The quicker it is put back the fewer the complications. (Never let the tooth dry out!)

Tooth abscess

An abscess on a tooth is a sign of a serious infection in your mouth and one of the most serious dental emergencies. If you have severe swelling of your gums, cheek, floor of mouth, neck or throat area next to a sore or broken down tooth it is important to contact a dentist immediately or seek treatment at the local hospital emergency room. A medical professional will provide advice and treatment to fight the infection.

If you are currently experiencing a dental emergency, please contact our reception staff and explain your circumstances. We will do our best to attend to you as soon as possible. Here at Dr Martin Jest Dental Surgery we treat dental emergencies as a priority!

With a little time and innovation, feeding your children dentist recommended snacks is an investment that will pay off for years to come. You’ll not only save on your dental bills, but your children will enjoy a lifetime of healthy teeth from good snacking habits. 

Getting your kids to eat teeth healthy snacks can be a challenge. The best way to educate them about the importance of caring for their teeth is by providing snacks that are not only nourishing, but also appealing.

Children’s dentists recommend snacks such as these:

  1. Gouda, Swiss, or other aged cheeses. They help stimulate the flow of saliva, which washes away food particles from teeth. They’re also high in calcium, which builds strong teeth.
  2. Vegetables and fruits with high water content, such as cucumbers, pears, melons and celery. The water content helps wash away food particles. Avoid fruits with concentrated sugar, such as raisins and dried fruit.
  3. Serve milk or water. Juices have a lot of sugar, but milk has high calcium content which is good for the teeth and growing body – unless your child has lactose intolerance.
  4. Crackers, rice cakes, pita bread and breadsticks are low sugar carbohydrates to accompany fruit, yogurt, cheese, or hummus.
  5. Nuts and seeds can be served to older children, but best with parental supervision to avoid choking.
  6. Combine cheeses with crackers or pretzels, cut fruit into fun shapes, or serve apple wedges with peanut butter to make healthy snacks more fun.

With a little time and innovation, feeding your children dentist recommended snacks is an investment that will pay off for years to come. You’ll not only save on your dental bills, but your children will enjoy a lifetime of healthy teeth from good snacking habits.