Your Post-lockdown Dental Checkup is Officially Overdue

Dr Bill Kalis - Wednesday, December 8, 2021

So, youre out of lockdown and it feels great. You're back doing all the things you've been missing.

But as you get back to the freedom and busyness of life, have you spared a thought for your teeth? In fact, can you even remember the last time you saw the dentist?

Unfortunately, lockdown has not been good for mouths, and the statistics coming out of the Australian Dental Association aren't optimistic.

Here's why you need to book an appointment with your local dentist as soon as you can.

Why Lockdown Has Been Bad for Teeth

An increase in stress, a change in routine, a tendency to comfort eat - these classic lockdown characteristics all spell bad news for dental health.

Dentists are seeing increased stress and anxiety in patients' teeth thanks to COVID-19 lockdowns, presenting as cracked teeth, tooth sensitivity and pain due to clenching and grinding.

Unstructured days combined with the pressure of homeschooling means that flossing and brushing became somewhat of an afterthought, and data shows people in lockdown brushed their teeth less frequently than usual. Hygiene in general has gone downhill, but with masks covering your smile, there's less incentive to get your teeth professionally cleaned and checked.

When it comes to food, frequent snacking, poor diet and food choices, and higher sugar consumption have lead to tooth decay or gum disease.

Why You Should Come and See Us Now

The good news is that many short-term issues like tooth decay and gum disease can be treated if they're caught early.

The bad news is that, if left untreated, dental diseases that could have been prevented could impact your overall health.

The truth is, considering the pandemic started in early 2020, you probably haven't been to the dentist in 2 years, so you're well overdue!

It's important to get yearly check-ups, and attend more frequent appointments if you're having issues.

And don't forget to bring the kids in for a checkup too! The whole family will benefit from a pre-Christmas clean.

What We're Doing To Protect You in Clinic

Rest assured, our infection control practices are, and always have been, impeccable. And we know what you've been through this year - you can count on us to provide you with a comfortable, positive experience.

So before you launch back into those exciting non-essentials, come and get an essential dental checkup at Padstow Dental Centre.

Covid-19 Sydney Lockdown Update

Dr Bill Kalis - Sunday, June 27, 2021

We are here for you!! Rest assured we will be operating as per usual with all the appropriate COVID-safe measures in place, until we are advised otherwise.

We are considered an essential reason for you leaving your home.

If you have an appointment coming up, please:

  • Wear a mask
  • Advise us if you are unwell
  • Call us on 02 9773 4775 if you have been in a hotspot area, so that we can reschedule your appointment.

Stay safe. Stay well. 

Dr Bill Kalis and the Padstow Dental Centre team.

What if I don't have my wisdom teeth removed?

Bill Kalis - Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Wisdom Teeth are an important milestone in your dental development. Everyone has their own perfections or imperfections when it comes to their wisdom teeth and in fact, the majority of the population have wisdom teeth removed. Having your wisdom teeth removed can be a scary and daunting task. It is however, important that you do not ignore them as it can have serious implications that will effect not only your dental health, but health as a whole. 

There are a couple implications that can arise from ignoring your wisdom teeth and not having them removed. These include:

  • Wisdom teeth may become impacted and never break through your gums as a result of lack of room in your mouth when they come in.
  • Wisdom teeth may break through gums partially, causing a flap of gum tissue to grow over them. Food can get trapped under the flap and cause your gums to become red, swollen, and painful. These can cause infection.
  • One or more of the wisdom teeth may come in at the wrong angle
  • Impacted teeth can cause infection and damage to your other teeth.
  • A fluid sac may form around an impacted tooth, and the sac may grow into a cyst. This could cause lasting damage to your nearby teeth, jaw, and bones.

Your risk of getting cavities and gum disease in the back of your mouth is higher if you keep your wisdom teeth, because it's hard to brush and floss that part of your mouth well. Visiting your dentist once or twice a year, these problems can be found and treated early. 

If you are unsure of whether or not you should have your wisdom teeth removed it is always safe to ask your dentist. Your dentist can inform you of anything you may need to have done, or you may even be lucky and not require any treatment at all. In any case, it is important not to ignore your wisdom teeth, they are a healthy and normal part of life. By doing so you will decrease any chance of discomfort and pain and improve your quality of life.

What do I do after my wisdom teeth are removed?

Bill Kalis - Wednesday, September 04, 2019
Wisdom teeth removal is a serious, major surgery that takes place for 60-85% of the population. It is important to take care of the effected area in order to minimise pain, discomfort and eliminate the chance of infection. 

The first step to recovery, as of most cases is rest. Rest is important to your body especially after undergoing such a serious surgery. Whether its by sleeping or taking it easy, you must make sure you rest in order to rejuvenate your body. Sleeping with your head elevated is also a good idea as it helps to reduce swelling

Observing what you put in your mouth is an important part of the recovery and maintaining your mental hygiene and good health. Within the first 24 hours of the surgery it is a good idea to avoid hot foods as it can irritate the area. Over the next 5-7 days it is also a good idea to stick to liquids or soft foods. Smoking and alcohol consumption will delay the healing of the area and are other things you should avoid for the same period. You should maintain brushing every day of your teeth, gently brushing the area in order to clean without irritation. Mouth wash can also help you maintain your oral hygiene if brushing is causing you pain.

During the recovery period you may experience oozing. Do not be alarmed, this is normal and can be controlled by the use of mouth packs. Mouth packs are supplied by your dentist and are used by biting down on them, applying pressure.

Swelling is another by-product of the surgery and is something that can be easily treated. Swelling around your eyes, cheeks and mouth is not uncommon and is expected. Swelling can take some time to become fully apparent as it generally doesn't reach its maximum point until 2-3 days after the operation. Ice packs applied on the side of your face near the area of the operation will help reduce swelling and should be left on while you are awake. 

Numbness can occur for up to 8 hours after, however in extreme cases it can last longer. In this case you should seek your dentists advice. If you require pain medication it is supplied in order to help you through the recovery process. You should remain careful as it can make you feel sleepy, try to avoid the operation of heavy machinery. The Pain should subside as the days go by, with the worst of it happening during the first couple days. If pain worsens or persists, contact your dentist for further advice.

Thousands of people undergo the operation and there are many steps you can take increase your satisfaction with the situation. There is nothing to be scared of and you can always contact your dentist if you are concerned.

Dry Socket

Bill Kalis - Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Dry socket is the term of a possible dental complication following a tooth extraction. The ‘socket’ refers to the space or hole left in the bone where the tooth has been removed. When the socket becomes ‘dry’, it means that the clot which naturally forms in this space has been lost or not formed correctly. If the blood clot has been lost or has not formed correctly there is nothing present in this space to protect the exposed bone and nerves in the jaw. This is why a dry socket often causes so much pain.  

Symptoms of Dry Socket

  • Severe pain within a few days following a tooth extraction
  • Pain extending from the jaw up towards the eye and temple region on the same side as the extraction
  • Bad breath and a bad taste in the mouth
  • Fever
  • Visible bone or an empty socket/space where the tooth has been extracted

While you should expect some pain after an extraction, extreme prolonged pain that increases as time passes is something to be concerned about and if this occurs you should contact your dentist immediately.

Risks of Getting a Dry Socket

Not everyone who has an extraction will get a dry socket, some factors which increase the risk of someone getting a dry socket are;

  • A history of dry socket from previous extractions
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Smoking and alcohol consumption
  • Oral contraceptives
  • Infection or bacteria in the gums or around the extraction area

There are a few preventable measures which can be taken to reduce the risks of a dry socket, these include;

  • Following post-operative instructions from your Dentist
  • Avoiding smoking and alcohol for at least 48 hours
  • Avoiding drinking through a straw or rinsing/spitting vigorously
  • Keeping up good oral hygiene

What Do I Do if I Get a Dry Socket?

Contact your dentist as soon as possible and schedule an appointment. Your dentist may treat the dry socket by clearing out any food or particles present, placing medicated dressings or antiseptics in the wound, providing you with antiseptic gels and rinses or prescribing anti-biotics.

Improving Youth Dental Health

Bill Kalis - Wednesday, August 07, 2019
Over one-third of pre-schoolers have never seen a dentist and most parents believe children don't need to see one before they're three years old. Yet one-quarter of Australian children have tooth decay that requires filling by early primary school. One in 10 require an extraction. 

Concerned at the alarming rise of toddlers with dental cavities, Padstow dentist Bill Kalis and his team are using Dental Health Week (August 5-11) to launch a pilot aimed at improving the oral health of young children in the area and beyond. Dr Kalis is planning to start the crusade at the Rise and Shine Kindergarten group, marking his 25th year as a dentist, after seeing scores of children at his surgery suffering the effects of sugary drinks. 

"I'm hoping the visit will dispel children's fears about visiting the dentist and teach them about caring for their teeth, including brushing, flossing and diet," Dr Kalis said. "I'm also planning to run an information night for parents because so many with young children seem not to be aware of the harmful effects of sugar, which is in so much of what we eat today. 

"I just see so many children needing treatment and want to reduce the potentially avoidable hospitalisations.” I plan to screen children at the childcare centre and then return for follow up support and education; the message is that going to the dentist is a safe and fun experience." Dr Kalis said parents needed to become more aware about the dental health of their families.
"No one is immune, however. Even my son Steven, 7, has had a couple of cavities which caught us off guard despite our vigilance. It's just the amount of sugar in food these days and the inevitable kids' parties and spoiling by grandparents." For parents requiring more info about good dental health advice, visit or

Home Care After Wisdom Teeth Removal

Bill Kalis - Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Swelling and Bruising

Some swelling and bruising is normal after surgery. Generally swelling takes about three days to reach its peak, after which it will slowly discolour with time and subside over about ten to fourteen days. Bruising can vary from some minor facial bruising to more extensive bruising that may extend to the lower eye lids or down the neck.

Ice packs will help in the first 24 hours. Sleeping with your head elevated will also help.


Occasionally some oozing may occur from third molar and extraction sites, which can be controlled with the use of pressure packs. We will provide you with mouth packs to take home, which should be placed over the wounds and pressure applied by biting firmly on the packs. Rest quietly with your head elevated.

Wound Care and Hygiene

It is essential that you maintain exceptional oral hygiene using a combination of Savacol mouthwash, in addition to your regular tooth brushing. You should begin your mouthwashes and tooth brushing the day after surgery, aim to use at least 5-6 mouthwashes per day. While gentle tooth brushing around the wounds may cause minor bleeding, it is still vitally important to remove food debris and plaque from the area


You will need to maintain a diet of very soft food for at least the first three days after your surgery, eating foods of a “scrambled egg” consistency. Please note that is very important that you avoid hot foods within 24 hours of your surgery. You should be able to revert to your normal diet around 5-7 days after your operation.

Smoking & Alcohol

Smoking and alcohol can negatively affect the outcome of any surgical procedure, causing conditions such as inflammation of intraoral wounds and delayed healing. For these reasons, we strongly advise you to avoid smoking altogether for at least two weeks and alcohol for at least 3-5 days after your intraoral surgical procedure.

What to Expect After Complex Wisdom Teeth Removal

Bill Kalis - Wednesday, July 24, 2019

At Padstow Dental Centre, providing our patients with a smooth procedure, good experience and comfortable recovery is very important to us when it comes to the often daunting prospect of having complex wisdom teeth removed. The first week after wisdom teeth removal surgery is generally when you can anticipate to experience the most discomfort but following the steps below will go a long way toward smoothing the path and getting things back to normal. 

On the Day

Before the procedure you will be given a combination of IV sedation followed by local anaesthetic. This will alleviate any anxiety as well as any potential discomfort. The sedation also works to limit any memory of the actual procedure afterwards. You will feel you like you have woken from a deep sleep.

Depending on the complexity of the teeth being removed, you will likely feel some discomfort and possibly experience some mild to moderate swelling in the region(s). There may also be slight bleeding, oozing or redness in your saliva but we will ensure you are given the correct aftercare at the time and will check on you frequently during the recovery period where you are kept under observation. No significant pain will be felt in the first 3-4 hours as the local anaesthetic will still be active. You will be provided with mouth packs as well as a prescription for analgesics and antibiotics to continue at home upon discharge. Often we will arrange this ahead of the day when your booking is made so you don't have to worry about running around to pharmacies post procedure. You will need a responsible friend or family member under who's care we can discharge you to ensure you get home safely.

Our dentists will run you through some instructions to follow at home to speed up your recovery time and these will be provided in writing too.

Here are some quick points on the Do's and Dont's:

  1. Avoid strenuous exercise
  2. Do not spit
  3. Do not drink from a straw
  4. Do not smoke or consume alcohol
  5. Do not agitate with your tongue or toothpick.
  6. Take medication as instructed

At Home

Once your are home, the most important thing you can do to speed up your recovery time is rest. In a recent study researchers analysed groups of participants and measured their sleep cycle and recovery times. They found that sleep restriction delayed recovery by up to 24 hours. While resting we recommend you sleep with your head elevated using a pillow or two. This will help reduce swelling and throbbing

While at home a good way to stop the swelling is to apply an ice pack. We recommend placing the ice pack inside a tea towel and only applying it for 15 minutes at a time.
To keep your oral hygiene you should continue to brush gently the day after your surgery. This should be a very light brush followed with an antiseptic mouthwash.For the duration of recovery we recommend avoiding smoking and alcohol. This is because they can delay healing and any form of sucking can lead to more bleeding.

The first 24 hours you should be avoiding all hot foods, this is because it increases blood flow locally and can cause bleeding or dry sockets.
You should also be aiming to consume soft foods for the first 5-7 days. Some foods we recommend are yoghurt, ice cream, banana, rice, avocado, pasta, smoothies, purees or juices.  For the first 24 hours ice cream acts as an ice pack as well. YES - You'd never think a dentist would prescribe ice cream!!

Issues to Bring up with your Dentist

If you find the bleeding does not stop we recommend contacting us so that we can see if there are any problems. Numbness is common and can continue for up to 6-8 hours. In some extreme cases numbness can last longer. In these cases contact your dentist to get some advice, especially if you have any trouble swallowing or breathing or have a fever.

Generally any symptoms should improve after 3-4 days of recovery. All pain and bleeding should be gone within the week.

Wisdom tooth removal is a very common procedure as these teeth are very frequently in the wrong positions which leads to multiple issues in both the short term and long term if not addressed in a timely fashion............even if they are not causing any immediate pain. Recovery on average takes 3-7 days.

Looking good for Christmas!

Stefan Sojka - Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Friday everyone.....we would like to say a huge thank you to everyone that has booked in for their preventative care visits!

If you would like to have your teeth professionally cleaned and looking beautiful for Christmas, and don't have a booking we have allocated extra days in our schedule to assist so please call ASAP if you would like one of these precious appointments! You may even like to start to whiten your teeth just in time for the holiday season.

Our Brand New Site

Stefan Sojka - Wednesday, October 14, 2015

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