Brighton’s new dentists help educate community on oral care

BRIGHTON’S new dentist clinic, part of the municipality’s new medical centre, has been operating for the past few weeks and already is attracting a full range of new patients from the Brighton municipality.

The clinic is the only one in Brighton, with the closest dentist practices in New Norfolk and Claremont.

The practising dentists in charge are Badrun Nisa Singh and husband Yadir Singh who also employ fellow dentist and colleague, Mathew Lim.

Badrun Nisa Singh (front) with colleague Mathew Lim, at the new Brighton Dentist Clinic.

“We are delighted with the initial response to our opening,” said Yadir Singh.

“The GP clinic is helping to spread the word that we are open and along with new signage and word of mouth, and the fact that we are the only clinic in the area, residents are increasingly becoming aware that we are here,” he said.

Yadir and Badrun are South African having moved to Australia in 2008 after graduating in 2004.  They have worked both in public and private practice with the Brighton clinic their first private practice in Australia. Matthew Lim is originally from Melbourne and is a graduate of Adelaide University.

“Our Brighton clients come from a range of different age groups but we are getting a lot of children particularly as parents are realising that they can make the most of Medicare’s new Child Dental Benefits Schedule that allows for $1000 worth of treatment over two years.

“With Brighton Primary being such a large school we are finding more and more parents are making the most of the Medicare scheme which allows for dental treatment in both the public or private sector.

Dr Singh says that encouraging good dental health practices in the community was an important priority particularly in relation to child dental health.

“We are trying to provide parents with important information on diet and nutrition to encourage healthy teeth.

“For example one local mother, who thought she was doing the right thing by giving her children daily fruit juice, was shocked to discover the sugar content and how this could be damaging her children’s teeth.

“We try to encourage parents to introduce their children to drinking tap water – it really is the best and cheapest source of hydration,” Dr Singh said.

Dentistry today is also far less invasive because of modern technology and this is another important message that the Singhs want to highlight.

“Children need to be introduced to their dentist early because they get used to the environment and the procedures used.  Going to the dentist is no longer the ‘scary’ thing it used to be many years ago. With the modern equipment used in this digital age, there is nothing to be fearful of.

“We are also trying to educate parents and children together that coming to their dentist is important for their health and long-term wellbeing.

“We just want to make the environment relaxing for all of our patients.”

Dr Singh said that one clear message for the community is that dentures are not an ‘end’ result.

“People think that because their parents and grandparents may have had their teeth replaced by dentures, that this will be the end result for them.

“We want to change that attitude – it doesn’t have to be the case at all.  That kind of aggressive treatment is not happening any more.  Modern-day dentistry is focused on conservative treatment and so those old-fashioned attitudes must change.”

Dr Singh reiterated that modern dentistry practice is not what it used to be.

“We are empowering people to take control of the long-term health of their teeth by having regular checkups and preserving their teeth for the rest of their life,” he said.

For more information or for an appointment, contact the clinic on 6268 0453.