The Family Friendly Dentists

We focus on creating
happy and non-fearful patients



OUR TEAM


Our team are a great bunch, and would love to meet you.


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KIDS


We love to make our smallest patients feel safe, welcome and comfortable.


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INVISALIGN


Line them all up!
Invisalign, braces and more.


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SEDATION


Feeling a little anxious? We can help to make your visit a piece of cake.


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This website has everything you want to know if you “drill deep enough”. (OK, that was only funny if you are not scared of the dentist!) We really are a bunch of very happy Sunshine Coast dentists and hygienists who are exceptionally proud of the quality and range of our services. We have been family owned and operated for 30 years and would love to meet you & yours!


Staff Profile

Dr Mark Maltby


Dr Mark was born into a dental family, and was lucky enough to grow up on the beautiful Sunshine Coast. He graduated from the University of Queensland in 2010. He enjoys all aspects of general dentistry but has taken a keen interest in Invisalign and children’s orthodontics.
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Dr Tamara Warren


Tamara trained at the University of Queensland, graduating with First Class Honours in 2001, when she joined the Kawana Dental team. She took a further training sabbatical period of 3 years teaching at Sydney University before the Sunshine Coast called her home again.
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Dr Dan Eastcott


Hi, My name’s Dan (Daniel when I’m in trouble). I have lived on the Sunshine Coast since early 2007. I grew up and trained in New Zealand (I graduated from the University of Otago in 2005).

I moved over to the Sunshine Coast for the weather and the surf and have no desire to live anywhere else in the world.
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Dr Murray Hayes


Other than being a devoted Dad….
Murray graduated from the University of Sydney in 1989. He then joined the Army where he spent 7 years looking after the dental health of our soldiers.
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Dr Tim Chin


Hello I’m Tim and I have been a part of the Kawana Dental team since 2008. I grew up in Perth and completed my Bachelor of Dental Science with Honours at the University of Western Australia. I enjoy all aspects of general dentistry but I have a particular interest in preventive dentistry as I’m a strong believer that prevention is better than cure!
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Dr Martha Ponce


Martha graduated from Valle University (Colombia) in 1995 .
She worked in Brisbane for 7 years before moving to the Sunshine Coast with her family in 2012, and has been working at Kawana Dental ever since.
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Dr Aninda Dey


Hi! I’m Aninda and I qualified as a dentist in 1995. I loved every aspect of general dentistry once I started working a general dentist but wanted to learn a bit more about straightening crowded and protruding teeth, so I went on to get a Masters degree in Orthodontics in 2000.
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Dr Trish Morrison


Trish has recently returned home to Queensland after living and working in beautiful Tasmania for the past 4 years. Originally from the Gold Coast, Trish graduated from Griffith University in 2008 with an award for academic excellence.
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Dr Leanne Paterson


Leanne grew in Scotland, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery, with Honours, from the University of Glasgow.
She has an amazing ability to connect with kids and make their dental experience a fun one.
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Jorge Moreno


Jorge is the most fun loving hygienist who, if you are lucky… or not… will start singing and dancing the salsa while your teeth are being bedazzled. Also known for magic tricks and making cleans wildly entertaining, we guarantee you’ll never laugh so much at a dental appointment as you will with Jorge.
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Fiona Goad


Hi, I’m Fiona
I received my Degree from the University of Queensland in 2002, then came to Kawana Dental and have loved working here ever since.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


  • Kids – keep them smiling
  • Help!
  • Beautiful smiles – bleaching, Invisalign and beyond
  • Prevention – x-rays, gums and hygienists
Kids – keep them smiling

When should I bring my child in for their first visit?

We suggest bringing kids in as soon as they begin to sprout their first tooth, or by their first birthday.

We have a Free Fun First Visit voucher for babies and toddlers to ensure a happy dental future for everyone. Our aim is to create kids who love coming to the dentist, and make it a stress free time for mums and dads.

What happens at a first visit?

Your child will have a ride in the chair, count teeth, get a balloon and a prize for being a great helper, and generally have an awesome time! We can show you how brushing the gums and teeth can best be done (there is a trick to getting toothbrushing cooperation) and discuss the secrets of having a decay free diet without taking away the fun foods in life.

Why should I worry about baby teeth?

There are lots of reasons. Apart from preventing potential pain and future dental phobias, the main issue is to prevent early decay. Early loss of baby teeth sets up problems and greatly increases need for complex orthodontic treatment in later life.

Why did my child get holes in their teeth?

It’s mostly all about diet. There are a few tricks to ensuring that kids can have decay free mouths without having to miss out on the fun foods in life. It’s all about timing and frequency! Come and have a chat with us, or read more on the kids section of our website.

When should orthodontic treatment begin in kids?

In the past, orthodontics was generally delayed until all the adult teeth were present in early teens. Unfortunately that often meant that the benefit of interceptive treatment was missed. We now often treat problems at 7 years old or even earlier to allow potential issues to be nipped in the bud, and try to avoid complex and costly treatment as teenagers.

Help!

Why do my gums bleed and should I do something about it?

The simple answer is your gums bleed because there is some plaque hanging around them. Plaque is the soft stuff you try to brush/floss of your teeth. Essentially it is bacteria. Just like anywhere else in your body, if bacteria gets in where it shouldn’t, your body mounts an immune response and gets red and swollen. As your gums get puffy and irritated, they tend to bleed and when brushed or flossed.

The proper name for this is ‘gingivitis’. It can be reversed easily and it is definitely a good idea to get it sorted, as long-term gum inflammation can lead to loss of the support part of the gum and bone around your teeth (periodontitis) – which means gum recession and loose teeth. It has also been linked with systemic diseases like heart disease, diabetes, stroke and Alzheimers.

I have a toothache, what do I do?

Obviously call us at 54447111 as early in the day as you can. We do our very best to fit genuine emergency patients in on the day. Sometimes either hot or cold water by trial and error can hold off the pain. Often anti-inflammatory medication can help.

Why are my teeth sensitive?

There are a few reasons, and it’s hard to tell exactly without taking a look at your teeth. Cold sensitivity could be to do with a hole developing, a crack, or it could be something much more simple.

Often they can be sensitive because of acid erosion, sometimes made worse by toothbrush abrasion. The solution very often is in your hands. It is often to do with frequent exposure of teeth to acidic drinks like fruit juices (especially citrus), sports drinks, lemon water or apple cider vinegar.

I am too scared to go to the dentist!

We pride ourselves on being the place that dental phobics learn to have no fear. We also have sophisticated sedation techniques (sleep dentistry) if required. Come in just to meet us, have a chat, and we can work out the best way to move forward for you.

Beautiful smiles – bleaching, Invisalign and beyond

What is involved in getting my teeth straightened? Am I too old?

We’ve successfully treated many patients of all ages. So far, our oldest Invisalign patients are a lovely couple in their 80s! Many patients are parents whose kids have “left the nest” and are now doing something nice for themselves.

Bracket and wire traditional braces have always been the main option. The still work well and are an excellent way to move teeth. But not everyone loves their look.

Invisalign (clear aligner therapy) is becoming more and more popular, and we have a broad experience with treating many patients.

How does Invisalign work?

Essentially you wear clear, fairly invisible aligners on your teeth. The aligners look similar to a retainer you might have seen people have after braces, or a bleaching tray. These are custom designed by us using CAD/CAM software and then 3D printed. Each aligner is worn for around 1 – 2 weeks, each one making slight modifications to the position of your teeth. The aligners are essentially worn ALL the time. They are removed for eating and cleaning your teeth only.

Does it hurt to have braces or Invisalign?

As someone who’s had both braces and Invisalign, I can tell you honestly that with both there is some discomfort, mostly at the start of treatment. Invisalign is a little more gentle (in my experience).

Moving teeth is a bit like push starting a car – it takes a fair amount of force to get things going, but once they’re moving, things move fairly easily.

It is generally not “painful”, but a bit uncomfortable for short periods of time.

Does whitening toothpaste work?

Whitening toothpastes are generally more abrasive, which means they get rid of stains better (think coffee, wine, cigarettes, etc). However, there is no “bleaching” agent in them, so they generally won’t make things looks vastly different. (The abrasiveness of these products can also tend to make your teeth more sensitive). There are some over the counter bleaching products you can buy that have low concentrations of hydrogen or carbamide peroxide, and you may see some limited results with these. We have several different methods of bleaching in office that are more likely to give you the results you are expecting.

What are my options for bleaching?

We offer 2 main options

  • a take home kit, which gradually whitens your teeth over about 2 weeks, and can be reused as required.
  • a more “instant” option, which utilises a “Zoom” laser light over 3 x 20 minute sessions in the chair over a single appointment. We also provide you with a take home kit to “top up” as required.

Will whitening my teeth make them sensitive?

It is not uncommon for bleaching products to cause some potential sensitivity. Some people get none at all, some people get it quite a lot – most are somewhere in the middle. We have products included in our bleaching kits that will help with sensitivity if you are experiencing it.

Prevention – x-rays, gums and hygienists

Why do I need to have x-rays?

X-rays give us a second look at the teeth. When we look in your mouth with magnification and a bright light, we can see quite a bit – but we can’t see in between your teeth and under your gums – and this is often where problems can start.

Early detection of a problem means an easier, cheaper fix, or even a prevention technique to stop the problem from getting worse and avoiding treatment all together.

The images below show some early decay in a young adult detected by x-rays, that then progressed massively in the space of two years when he didn’t return to have these small holes dealt with. The decay is now close to the nerve and means more complex (and expensive!) treatment. You can see the little dark spots have turned in to large ones.

The images on the right are edited to outline the nerve (red) and the decay (blue).

Are dental x-rays safe?

Dental x-rays are extremely safe. Whilst it’s true that you do get a very small radiation exposure from any kind of x-ray, the dosage is so low as to be negligible to your health. In fact the radiation exposure from dental x-rays is far less than many other things you do without thinking about, like going out in the sun, flying in an aeroplane, or spending a lot of time in a concrete house or building…

Why do my gums bleed?

The simple answer is your gums bleed because there is some plaque hanging around them. Plaque is the soft stuff you try to brush/floss off your teeth. Essentially it is bacteria. Just like anywhere else in your body, if bacteria gets in where it shouldn’t, your body mounts an immune response and gets red and swollen. As your gums get puffy and irritated, they tend to bleed when brushed or flossed. Long term, this can destroy the supporting structure of the teeth – the gum and bone – meaning gum recession and loose teeth, and it has links to systemic diseases like heart disease, diabetes, stroke and Alzheimers.

Should I be flossing…really?

Flossing is annoying. We get it! Unfortunately (or fortunately?) we see the dramatic effects that 30 seconds of flossing a day can have one someone’s mouth, often within a few days.

Plaque causes holes in your teeth and inflammation in your gums. Floss removes plaque. It’s that simple. Even really good brushing won’t remove plaque from in between your teeth, which is where we commonly see holes start.

In short, yes, you really should be flossing (only the teeth you want to keep though).

And it’s cheap!

What is a hygienist? What’s the difference between seeing the dentist and seeing the hygienist?

The main role and focus for hygienists is PREVENTION – preventing tooth decay and gum disease, so you don’t need to have treatment done by the dentist! A lot of their time is spent in “smile maintenance” – cleaning your teeth and gums and showing you how to do the same!

Hygienists also treat gum disease (gingivitis and periodontitis) and help dentists with other tasks such as orthodontics (braces and Invisalign), bleaching and taking impressions for mouthguards and retainers.

We often book a joint appointment with a dentist for your checkup, and link it to a hygiene visit.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


  • Kids – keep them smiling
  • Help!
  • Beautiful smiles – bleaching, Invisalign and beyond
  • Prevention – x-rays, gums and hygienists
Kids – keep them smiling

When should I bring my child in for first visit?

We suggest bringing babies in as soon as they begin to sprout their first tooth!

We have a Free Fun First Visit voucher for babies and toddlers to ensure a happy dental future for everyone. Our aim is to create kids who love coming to the dentist, and make it a stress free time for mums and dads.

What happens at a first visit?

Your child will have a ride in the chair, get a balloon and a prize for being a great helper. We can show you how brushing the gums and teeth can best be done (there is a trick to getting toothbrushing cooperation) and discuss the secrets of having a decay free diet without taking away the fun foods in life.

Why should I worry about baby teeth?

There are lots of reasons. Apart from preventing potential pain and future dental phobias, the main issue is to prevent early decay. Early loss of baby teeth sets up problems and greatly increases need for complex orthodontic treatment in later life.

Why do my kids get holes in their teeth?

It’s mostly all about diet. There are a few tricks to ensuring that kids can have decay free mouths without having to miss out on the fun foods in life. It’s all about timing and frequency! Come and have a chat with us, or read more on our website.

When should orthodontic treatment begin in kids?

In the past, orthodontics was often delayed until all the adult teeth were present in early teens. Unfortunately that often meant that the benefit of interceptive treatment was missed. We now often treat problems at 7 years old or even earlier to allow potential issues to be addressed, achieve a better outcome and aiming to avoid more lengthy and costly treatment as teenagers.

Help!

Why do my gums bleed and should I do something about it?

The simple answer is your gums bleed because there is some plaque hanging around them. Plaque is the soft stuff you try to brush/floss of your teeth. Essentially it is bacteria. Just like anywhere else in your body, if bacteria gets in where it shouldn’t, your body mounts an immune response and gets red and swollen. As your gums get puffy and irritated, they tend to bleed and when brushed or flossed.

The proper name for this is ‘gingivitis’. It can be reversed easily and it is definitely a good idea to get it sorted, as long-term gum inflammation can lead to loss of the support part of the gum and bone around your teeth (periodontitis) – which means gum recession and loose teeth. It has also been linked with systemic diseases like heart disease, diabetes, stroke and Alzheimers.

Why are my teeth sensitive?

There are a few reasons, and it’s hard to tell exactly without taking a look at your teeth. Cold sensitivity could be to do with a hole developing.

Often they can be sensitive because of acid erosion, sometimes made worse by toothbrush abrasion. The solution very often is in your hands. It is often to do with frequent exposure of teeth to acidic drinks like fruit juices (especially citrus), sports drinks, lemon water or apple cider vinegar.

I am too scared to go to the dentist!

We pride ourselves on being the place that dental phobics learn to have no fear. We also have sophisticated sedation techniques (sleep dentistry) if required. Come in just to meet us, have a chat, and we can work out the best way to move forward for you.

I have a toothache, what do I do?

Obviously call us at 54447111 as early in the day as you can. We do our very best to fit genuine emergency patients in on the day. Sometimes either hot or cold water by trial and error can hold off the pain.

Beautiful smiles – bleaching, Invisalign and beyond

What is involved in getting my teeth straightened? Am I too old?

We’ve successfully treated many patients of all ages. So far, our oldest Invisalign patients are a lovely couple in their 80s! Many patients are parents whose kids have “left the nest” and are now doing something nice for themselves.

Bracket and wire traditional braces have always been the main option. The still work well and are an excellent way to move teeth. But not everyone loves their look.

Invisalign (clear aligner therapy) is becoming more and more popular, and we have a broad experience with treating many patients.

How does Invisalign work?

Essentially you wear clear, fairly invisible aligners on your teeth. The aligners look similar to a retainer you might have seen people have after braces, or a bleaching tray. These are custom designed by us using CAD/CAM software and then 3D printed. Each aligner is worn for around 1 – 2 weeks, each one making slight modifications to the position of your teeth. The aligners are essentially worn ALL the time. They are removed for eating and cleaning your teeth only.

Does it hurt to have braces or Invisalign?

As someone who’s had both braces and Invisalign, I can tell you honestly that with both there is some discomfort, mostly at the start of treatment. Invisalign is a little more gentle (in my experience).

Moving teeth is a bit like push starting a car – it takes a fair amount of force to get things going, but once they’re moving, things move fairly easily.

It is generally not “painful”, but a bit uncomfortable for short periods of time.

Does whitening or charcoal toothpaste work?

Whitening toothpastes, and especially charcoal toothpastes, are generally more abrasive, which means they get rid of stains better (think coffee, wine, cigarettes, etc). However, there is no “bleaching” agent in them, so they generally won’t make things looks vastly different. The abrasiveness of these products can also tend to make your teeth more sensitive and in some cases cause some damage to the enamel. There are some over the counter bleaching products you can buy that have low concentrations of hydrogen or carbamide peroxide, and you may see some limited results with these. We have several different methods of bleaching in office that are more likely to give you the results you are expecting.

What are my options for bleaching?

We offer 2 main options

  • a take home kit, which gradually whitens your teeth over about 2 weeks, and can be reused as required.
  • a more “instant” option, which utilises a “Zoom” laser light over 3 x 20 minute sessions in the chair over a single appointment. We also provide you with a take home kit to “top up” as required.

Will whitening my teeth make them sensitive?

It is not uncommon for bleaching products to cause some potential sensitivity. Some people get none at all, some people get it quite a lot – most are somewhere in the middle. We have products included in our bleaching kits that will help with sensitivity if you are experiencing it.

Prevention – x-rays, gums and hygienists

Why do I need to have x-rays?

X-rays give us a second look at the teeth. When I look in your mouth through 2.5x magnification glasses and a bright light, I can see quite a bit. But I can’t see in between your teeth and under your gums – and this is often where problems can start.

Early detection of a problem means an easier, cheaper fix, or even a prevention technique to stop the problem from getting worse and avoiding treatment all together.

These images show some early decay in a young adult detected by x-rays, that then progressed massively in the space of two years when he didn’t return to have these small lesions dealt with. The decay is now close to the nerve and means more complex (and expensive!) treatment. You can see the little dark spots have turned in to large ones.

The images on the right are edited to outline the nerve (red) and the decay (blue).

Are x-rays safe? How much radiation do I get from them?

Dental x-rays are extremely safe. Whilst it’s true that you do get a very small radiation exposure from any kind of x-ray, the dosage is so low as to be negligible to your health. In fact the radiation exposure from dental x-rays is far less than many other things you do without thinking about, like going out in the sun, flying in an aeroplane, or spending a lot of time in a concrete house or building…

Why do my gums bleed?

The simple answer is your gums bleed because there is some plaque hanging around them. Plaque is the soft stuff you try to brush/floss off your teeth. Essentially it is bacteria. Just like anywhere else in your body, if bacteria gets in where it shouldn’t, your body mounts an immune response and gets red and swollen. As your gums get puffy and irritated, they tend to bleed when brushed or flossed. Long term, this can destroy the supporting structure of the teeth – the gum and bone – meaning gum recession and loose teeth, and it has links to systemic diseases like heart disease, diabetes, stroke and Alzheimers.

Should I be flossing…really?

Flossing is annoying. I don’t like doing it either. Unfortunately (or fortunately?) we see the dramatic effects that 30 seconds of flossing a day can have one someone’s mouth, often within a few days.

Plaque causes holes in your teeth and inflammation in your gums. Floss removes plaque. It’s that simple. Even really good brushing won’t remove plaque from in between your teeth, which is where we commonly see holes start.

In short, unfortunately yes, you really should be flossing (only the teeth you want to keep though).

And it’s cheap!

What is a hygienist? What’s the difference between seeing the dentist and seeing the hygienist?

The main role and focus for hygienists is PREVENTION – preventing tooth decay and gum disease, so you don’t need to have treatment done by the dentist! A lot of their time is spent in “smile maintenance” – cleaning your teeth and gums and showing you how to do the same!

Hygienists also treat gum disease (gingivitis and periodontitis) and help dentists with other tasks such as orthodontics (braces and Invisalign), bleaching and taking impressions for mouthguards and retainers.

We often book a joint appointment with a dentist for your checkup, and link it to a hygiene visit.


OPENING HOURS


MON
7:30 AM – 6:00 PM
TUE
7:30 AM – 7:00 PM
WED
7:30 AM – 6:00 PM
THU
7:30 AM – 7:30 PM
FRI
7:30 AM – 5:00 PM
SAT
7:30 AM – 12:30 PM

CONTACT


134a Pt Cartwright Drive Buddina, Queensland

info@kawanadental.com

07 5444 7111


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