Dental Care

Tooth brushing technique: how to be effective

Correct tooth brushing technique removes plaque Plaque is a clear film that collects on the teeth. It results from the action of bacteria in the mouth, can cause tooth decay but is easily removed with a tooth brush. Optimal plaque removal requires good brushing technique – so it makes sense to know how to do…

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Disclosing tabs: what are they and how do they work?

Disclosing tabs show how well you are brushing your teeth Regular tooth brushing has been shown to prevent decay and keep the gums healthy, particularly when brushing technique is effective. Apart from a visit to the dentist, there is one other way to test – and measure improvements in – your oral hygiene techniques. Using…

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How does plaque cause tooth decay?

From plaque to tooth decay Tooth decay can develop when plaque is not removed. Plaque is a clear film that coats the teeth; it is produced by the bacteria living in our mouths. Particles of our food stick to this film, in turn becoming food for these bacteria. The bacteria feed, release acids as they…

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TMJ syndrome and problems with yawning or chewing

The temporomandibular joint – or TMJ-, is the joint between the temporal bone of the skull and the mandible or jaw. To feel it, place fingertips just in front of the ears while opening and closing the mouth.   The structure of this joint allows it to deliver the forces required for chewing something crunchy…

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COVID Level 1 & the dentist

Dentists are following the easing of restrictions for preventing the spread of COVID19 by moving to Level 1 precautions. Level 1 in dentistry In a nutshell, so long as you are well, have no cold or flu-like symptoms and have not been in close contact with anyone who is unwell, then dental treatments can go…

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Coronavirus Level 2 restrictions and dentistry

The Australian Government has agreed to lifting restrictions for elective surgery, including some dental procedures from Monday. 27 April. Coronavirus restrictions and dentistry In dentistry, social distancing cannot be observed, and non-essential procedures will still be postponed. However, there is now more scope now for treatment options to remedy small problems or prevent them progressing.…

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Dental care, emergencies and COVID-19

Dentistry and COVID-19 The Australian Dental Association, our professional body has set guidelines to reduce transmission of the coronavirus. As a clinic, we are following the recommendations. As health professionals in an evolving scientific environment, we are striving above all else, to not make things worse. What count as dental emergencies in coronavirus pandemic? Level…

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To pierce, or not to pierce, my tongue?

Tattoos and piercings are an increasingly popular and accepted form of self-expression, including lip and tongue piercings. What you should know before piercing near the mouth Piercing in or around the mouth come with a greater risk of infection than many other sites. The inside of the mouth which is almost constantly dark and permanently…

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What causes bad breath, and how can I prevent it?

Help, my breath smells! Bad breath not only causes embarrassment and anxiety, it has given rise to an industry of flosses, washes, gums and tongue scrapers! Finding the source Determining the origin is the key to appropriate preventive measures. The majority of bad breath is caused by factors within the mouth, which leaves a proportion…

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