Dental Pearls Summer Newsletter

Lately, it seems there’s been a lot more news than usual about the science of sleep and how a chronic lack of sleep can damage your health, raise your risk of heart attack and stroke, impair your decision-making ability and contribute to obesity and Alzheimer’s.

But what you may not know is that chronic sleep deprivation can also raise your risk of gum disease or make existing periodontal problems worse.

In fact, research suggests that it’s more damaging than either chronic stress or daily alcohol use. Only smoking – the number one risk factor for gum disease – has a bigger impact.

In general, the risk goes up for those who sleep 6 hours a night or less – a figure in line with the latest guidelines released by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. They recommend 7 to 8 hours minimum for healthy
to minimise their risk of any health problems associated with chronic sleep debt – and give no upper limit for sleep.

10 benefits of a good night’s sleep:

1. Sleep improves your memory

2. Sleep extends your lifespan
3. Sleep boosts your creativity
4. Sleep strengthens your immune system
5. Sleep reduces your risk for depression
6. Sleep improves your physical performance
7. Sleep sharpens your attention
8. Sleep reduces your stress
9. Sleep helps your body heal itself
10. Sleep helps you lose weight

Ximena is going to Port Douglas over Christmas with her family who are visiting from Colombia

Lisa moved to the country and is enjoying her peaceful surroundings; she brings us fresh free range eggs from her chickens

Pascale is going to Tasmania over Christmas

Angela has a new furry addition to her family – Arista the cat

Do you collect anything? Games and currencies
What is your favourite Animal? Corgi Dogs
How do you keep fit? I used to work out a lot. Now I try to do Les Mills Body Combat at least once a week
What is your favourite restaurant? I love Thai Food!
What is your favourite Ice Cream Flavour? Mint Choc Chip
What is your favourite season? Winter
Where do you most want to travel to next? Italy or explore more of Europe

Strawberry Chocolate Tart


250g packet Arnott’s choc ripple biscuits
250g dark chocolate, chopped
125g butter (extra), chopped
3 egg yolks
2 tablespoons strawberry jam
125g butter, melted
1/3 cup thickened cream
2 eggs
1/3 cup caster sugar
250g strawberries, thinly sliced


  1. Preheat oven to 180C or 160C fan forced. Grease a 24cm (base measurement) loose-based fluted tart tin. Place on a baking tray.
  2. Process biscuits in a food processor until finely crushed. Add melted butter and process to combine. Transfer to prepared tin and use a spatula to spread and press over the base and side. Chill for 30 mins.
  3. Stir chocolate, cream and extra butter in a medium saucepan over
    low heat for 2 mins or until chocolate melts. Cool for 5 mins.
  4. Meanwhile, use an electric mixer to beat eggs, egg yolks and sugar in a small bowl for 3 mins or until thick and creamy.
  5. Gradually beat the chocolate mixture into the egg mixture. Pour into the biscuit base. Bake for 15 mins or until filling is just set. Cool for 15 mins. Chill for 2 hrs or until firm.
  6. Place jam in a small heatproof jug with 2 teaspoons water. Microwave on high for 20 secs or until jam melts.
  7. Strain and cool for 2 mins and arrange strawberry slices on tart. Brush with

Did you know?

  • Rabbits, squirrels and rodents teeth never stop growing. They keep them worn down by gnawing on hard foods like bark.

  • Adults have 32 teeth whereas children only have 20.

Refer your friends, family and colleagues!

And we will send you a movie voucher as a thank you. There is no limit. The more patients you refer, the more free movies you see.

Our mission here at Dental Pearls is to provide comprehensive and excellence in all aspects of Dentistry. We pride ourselves as a practice that provides treatment in a caring, professional and compassionate manner.

Our team continually undertakes extensive personal and professional continuing education, so that we bring back valuable, new, innovative and cutting edge dentistry to our patients.

Want to know more, book an appointment or have any questions for our team?

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