Signs Your Child Could Have an Expressive Language Delay (ELD)

Many things can signal that a child can benefit from kids’ speech therapy, but one of those things is Expressive Language Delay ( ELD). The term is a broad one, but it encompasses any diagnosis a speech pathologist might make for a child with a language problem.

Some children struggle to form sentences or use the correct vocabulary, while others may find it challenging to put words together in the right order. Given the differences in each language problem, the approach in kids’ speech therapy can be different for each child, with all methods customised to suit the help they need.

Children with an expressive language delay can require the intervention of a speech pathologist. An expert in speech can provide the help the child needs to pick up the skill they are missing or haven’t quite mastered. Rather than waiting to see if the child learns it on their own, early intervention by a speech therapist can offer a more direct approach.

What can Kids’ Speech Therapy Achieve?  

The approach can depend on what a child is struggling with under the umbrella of an expressive language delay. A late talker doesn’t have an expressive language, so the focus, in that case, would be on increasing the ability to use language as a means of communication.

A child that struggles with organising their words into a logical sentence may see the benefit of sequencing games and activities that both indirectly and directly benefit how they link words together. Often, similar rules apply to other ELDs. Children can benefit from both kids’ speech therapy and activities to work on at home and in school. (more…)

Dental Myths You May Have Believed

A myth is a story or narrative that plays a role in society but may be exaggerated to the point where it’s no longer true. Traditionally, a myth related to stories within a folklore genre, but it has now been used to describe falsehoods and mistruths even in the world of dentist care.

Some people are not sure what to expect when they make an appointment with their dentist. Some people even have preconceived ideas that turn out to be incorrect. Read on to learn what are some of the more common dental myths and how they are actually not true.

Bleeding Gums While Brushing and Flossing Is Normal

Except that it isn’t. If you notice that your gums bleed when you brush or floss them, that can mean your gums are inflamed. Inflamed gums are a symptom of periodontitis and gingivitis. Anyone that has just started flossing for the first time might notice bleeding gums for around a week. However, they should stop within a short time.

If your gums bleed while you’re brushing, then consider changing the way you brush. Use a soft-bristled brush and less force. Brush for two minutes with gentle pressure, and take note of any bleeding with your new brushing routine. If bleeding continues with flossing and brushing, make an appointment with your dentist as soon as you can.

You Should Replace Your Silver Fillings

In recent years, composite resin fillings have taken over the top spot as a popular option for fillings. Before then, dental amalgam fillings, which contain silver, tin, copper, and mercury, were used for over a century.


Workplace Gender Discrimination

Overcoming Workplace Gender Discrimination

Despite increasing awareness of the negative effects of various forms of discrimination, it’s still a major problem in Australian workplaces. Although it’s not the most common issue, sexual orientation discrimination can have severe impacts if not dealt with fast and correctly.

Those suffering from discrimination due to their sexual orientation are likely to suffer from mental health problems including depression, anxiety, insomnia and more. Fortunately, though, you are protected from all forms of discrimination under Australian law.

In the rest of this article, we’ve explored some of the best strategies for overcoming workplace gender discrimination. Read these carefully, and remember – it’s never too late to seek professional legal and medical help if you need to.

  1. Tell People that There’s a Problem

It’s important that you never just accept workplace gender or sexual orientation discrimination as the norm. Instead, make people aware of the problem. In many cases, this will be the only step you need to take.

For example, if you feel like your mental health is suffering because of the conduct of one of your coworkers, make sure you tell them. If they don’t listen, take your concerns to your manager or HR department – they are legally obliged to deal with issues like this within the workplace.

In the rare case that your managers don’t address the problem, you will need to seek legal advice. We’d recommend reaching out to your local employment lawyers for more help.


Need Braces

How to Know You Might Need Braces

Having a perfect smile is something that many people aspire to have. Still, it’s not always possible without a cosmetic dentist’s intervention. Some people might be happy with the shape of their teeth, but not so much the color. Therefore, they might consider in-chair teeth whitening as a way to correct that problem.

Other people may find that their bite is not quite right, their teeth are crooked, or that something just doesn’t feel quite right. In that case, some people might be inclined to see their cosmetic dentist and find out if braces, Veneers or Invisalign is an option for them.

Without seeing a dentist, there isn’t a sure-fire way to find out if such treatments are right for you, but there are signs that an appointment should be made with a dental expert to find out.

Your Teeth Look Crowded or Crooked

If you find yourself ashamed or embarrassed to smile because you feel that your teeth are crooked or crowded, then braces might be an option for you. Braces can correct crooked and overcrowded teeth over time, while Invisalign can help with the more minor cases that affect your self-esteem and confidence.

Your Jaw is Noisy or Moves

Do you find that your jaw makes funny noises or moves around more than it should? A trip to a cosmetic dentist for helpful information might be on the cards. Often, a jaw shifting or making sounds is a sign that there’s an issue with your teeth and jawline.


Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Every year in the lead-up to Valentine’s Day, jewellery store attendants are swamped – helping men and women to find the perfect gift for their significant other. The problem is, there is no one size fits all approach to Valentine’s Day gift buying, which can make it harder and harder every year to come up with something your partner will like.

Unlike anniversaries, there are no milestones that dictate the gift to buy, so you have to use your discretion and rely on expert jeweller advice. Fortunately, this guide can help you on your mission to buy the perfect Valentine’s Day gift – be it next year or in the years to follow.

  1. Casual or a Gesture

The first thing to consider is how serious your relationship is. If you are new to the dating scene, you don’t want to go overboard with a diamond necklace or something that costs thousands of dollars. In that first year of a relationship, one of the best Valentine’s Day gifts you can buy is an affordable set of birthstone earrings or a personalized charm for their bracelet or necklace. The goal is to keep it casual and relaxed – especially when your relationship is fresh.

  1. Momentous Occasion

If you and your significant other have been together for many years, then you might be past the box of chocolates and a cheesy card stage. Instead, you might be thinking about long-term commitment and “sealing the deal” so to speak.

If you plan on popping the question this Valentine’s Day, then you are going to need a lot of help from a jewellery store attendant to pick out the perfect ring from the selection of engagement rings. Set yourself a budget, have an idea of ring size and create a Valentine’s Day you’ll never forget.


How a Robot Can Perform Your Dental Implant Procedure

Cosmetic and general dentists are good at what they do. They provide a range of services, such as fillings, teeth whitening, dentures, and dental implants, and know what it takes to give a patient the best care possible.

However, that doesn’t mean that technology doesn’t play a part. Like a dog is man’s best friend, a robot is a dentist’s. Read on to learn how robotic technology could influence your dental implant procedure.

A Miami, Florida-based company known as Neocis announced in January 2020 that its Yomi robotics system had successfully performed over 1,000 dental implant procedures in 2019. You read that right – a robot performed the procedures.

The Yomi is not just any robot; it’s a unique computerised navigational system that can help with pre-operative and intra-operative dental implant surgery. With the help of haptic robotic technology, it can work within the parameters laid out for the drill’s position, its depth, and orientation. By doing so, it can offer full surgical site visualisation.

When Neocis’ new robot gained FDA clearance in early 2017, it became the first device of its kind. Such was its advancement that the company was even able to raise $30 million to bring it into the commercial market.