Monday, 30 July 2012

Don't be afraid of the Dentist

Dental hygiene is important at any age and that includes regular trips to the dentist. Now, I know that a trip to the clinic is not anything to look forward to and a common tendency is to put off the experience for as long as possible. My last trip was around 5 years ago!! Shock, horror, I know! I just got too put-off by how expensive clinics are and now that I live out of home, you don't have your parents worrying about your health and nagging at you.

This is not anything to be proud of and really you should be going to the dentist for a check-up every 6 months. I will definitely be keeping up with the dentist from now on and believe me, it's so much easier once you just first bite the bullet. You will be surprised at how simple a check-up is.

For me, a poor university student, I seriously did not want to fork out hundreds of dollars for a trip to the dentist. So I did my research and spoke to friends and family and thought I would try my luck at the Brisbane School of Dentistry which is run by the University of Queensland.
Some people shun at the idea of having a student work on your teeth but I actually found the whole experience quite pleasant (as much as a dental trip can be pleasant that is). The student I had was confident, spoke to me and made me feel very relaxed and explained everything he was doing and when he was doing it. The extra incentive is that if you have a health care card, a check-up (including x-rays) is free! Normally it is around $60 which is still severely discounted compared to a private clinic.
Because they are students who are performing the tasks it will take a little longer, I think I was there for just under 1.5 hours. But it is not like they have their hands in your mouth that whole time. They just take a little extra time to write up their notes on the computer. The time frame honestly didn't bother me as much as I thought it would.

Don't be afraid to go to a student clinic:
The students performing tasks on the general public are 3rd year students so they know their stuff. There are also so many supervisors walking around overseeing all the work. Plus all work is double-checked by the supervisor.
So what happens in a typical check-up:
- The student will sit you down and ask you some brief questions about your dental history and if you have any concerns you want checked out. Remember; if you feel uncomfortable at any time you can voice your concern and a supervisor will take over.
- The bib is hooked around your neck and the glasses are placed on... now it's starting to feel like the dental van. First your jaw, tongue and bite are checked.
- The student will then start to poke around your mouth checking your gums and tissue.
- More poking and prodding, on the teeth now. Make sure you let them know if you have any sensitive areas beforehand so they can take care around those areas and not catch you off guard.
- The initial examination is complete and your personal dental hygiene and eating habitats are discussed while you wait for a supervisor.
- The supervisor comes over and they too will poke and prod around in your mouth while the student calls out what they have noticed and the supervisor ticks off on all work.
- X-rays are done in a separate area (this literally took about 5 minutes) and then the trip is complete!
There was one point I had 3 people all peering into my mouth, but overall I was pleasantly surprised with my experience and I am recommending it to my friends and family. I do have to go back for a quick filling and a clean so I will let you know how that goes.
The costs of a dental appointment are outstanding and if you can get it at a discounted price then go for it.

When was your last trip to the dentist?

Thursday, 26 July 2012

The Boys from Jersey

The other night I went to see Jersey Boys at QPAC and let me just say that the whole way through the show my face was hurting from smiling too much. It was just that spectacular!

The cast, the songs, the props, the precision in every little detail, was flawless and it will honestly leave you saying; Oh, what a night!
(photo from Jersey Boys Brisbane facebook page)
The impressive cast sounded fantastic in their vocal talent and worked together so well. It astounded to think that they were doing this practically every night for a different audience maintaining this high quality performance.
(photo from Jersey Boys Brisbane facebook page)
The sell-out crowd cheered and sung along to the classic's like Sherry and Walk Like a Man.

 Waiting in anticipation...

 The set design, lighting and sound all came together in perfect unison.

If you get a chance to go see them (if you haven't already) then I highly recommend it.

Have you seen Jersey Boys?

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Where have I been...

Hello beauty-lovers,
Yes I still am alive. I just have neglected my blog for a bit as I was travelling down the Queensland Coast for 2 weeks as part of a university course. If you would like to hear what I did, comment below and I can do a dedicated blog post with pictures and stuff but I thought maybe not everyone would want to hear about mining and coastal development. :)

Basically I was stuck on a bus with 40 odd other students while we stayed at backpakers, hostels and on hall floors. It was a very intense 2 weeks but I am back now and I have missed my room and my non-muddy clothes and makeup.

At times I seriously felt like the above photo- I was just not cut out for it. But it turns out I had a blast and it was definitely the best uni course I have done so far.

And now onto the beauty posts......

Again, I'm sorry I haven't been posting but we had no internet access!

Have you ever travelling to North Queensland?