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Smoking – teeth and gums

Smoking affects oral health too. While it is widely understood that smoking and nicotine cause a range of medical problems and diseases, it is likely that fewer of us know about the damage caused to the mouth, teeth and gums. Staining is caused directly from the nicotine and tar in tobacco. The teeth look yellow, and can…

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Miswak

Saudi Arabians and their Miswaks Practice Manager, Shay-anne, worked for over 8 years in Saudi Arabian specialist dental. She assisted in the treatment of a range of local people, from  professionals to Bedouins  as well as visiting the Royal family in their Palaces. And they all had one thing in common: the ‘Miswak’. What is miswak? Twigs…

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Brushing your teeth after eating

Wait before you brush. . . Brushing your teeth straight after eating is not the best idea. Oral bacteria attack the remnants of food on and around the teeth causing acids to accumulate in the saliva. A process known as demineralisation occurs which, for a short time makes tooth enamel more porous. At this time, the enamel…

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Emergency Appointments

Accidents, broken teeth and toothaches occur without warning. We have emergency appointments every weekday, available on a “first call – first serve” basis.  It is essential that you phone as close to our opening time as possible and speak to one of our dental assistants. Accidents involving teeth When a tooth is knocked, pushed in or avulsed (knocked out), seek dental…

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Child Dental Benefits Schedule

Your child could be eligible for $1000 government funding for dental care! What is CDBS ? The Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) commenced on 1 January 2014 in order to provides access to basic dental services for around 3.4 million children. The total benefit is capped at $1,000 per child and runs over a two calendar…

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TMJ

What is TMJ? The temporo-mandibular joint, or TMJ for short, connects the lower jaw to the skull. You can feel it moving as you open and close your mouth by placing your fingers just in front of your ears. It is a ball and socket joint that is stabilized by muscles. Pain, tenderness or discomfort around…

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Facts from Dental History

First toothbrush facts: Earliest records of a toothbrush can be found in Chinese literature from 1600 AD. Hairs taken from the necks and shoulders of pigs  in colder climates, such as Siberia and China, were the natural bristle in early toothbrushes. William Addis of Clerkenwald, England invented the first mass-produced toothbrush, England in 1780. The electric toothbrush was first…

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Quick facts you would never know . . .

Cleaning Quick Facts: If you don’t floss, you miss cleaning 35% of your tooth surfaces Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body The calcium and phosphorous found in cheese is healthy for your teeth – it reduces the pH level in plaque and re-mineralises the enamel The average person only brushes for…

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Sticky foods

Sticky foods generally have a high sugar content. And regularly eating them increases the risk of tooth decay. This is largely because their sticky residue  is not readily washed away by saliva, so the natural bacteria in the mouth can feed on the sugary deposits for longer. This bacterial activity occurs after any eating and drinking and generates an acid which…

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What are acidic foods?

It is the action of acids on tooth enamel that, over time, causes erosion which leads to dental cavities. Acids are produced as the normal bacteria in the mouth digest left-over sugars from food and drink. Or acids can be delivered directly in the foods and drinks we choose. The pH of foods Foods with…

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Pregnancy & Oral Hygiene

What pregnancy means for your teeth: Pregnancy brings a change in hormones which can effect the gums, in turn making them more susceptible to inflammation or gum disease. Therefore, it is a great time to check on and, if necessary, improve your daily dental regime. Also, having a dental check-up before the morning sickness and…

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