Helpful hints and tips on how to prevent tooth decay and keep your teeth and gums healthy.

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Tooth sensitivity and what you can do to prevent it

Tooth sensitivity is no laughing matter! If just the thought of eating ice cream puts your teeth on edge, you already know what tooth sensitivity feels like. But what causes it? Most commonly, sensitivity results from the loss of the tooth’s normal protective mechanisms. Enamel is the hardest structure in the human body. It protects…

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Periodontitis, what it is and what to do about it

How it starts . . . Gingivitis is inflammation of the gums. When gums are inflamed, they bleed easily when flossing or brushing, or even biting into an apple. Many of us have experienced this from time to time. It is easy to treat –if it’s just in one or two places, paying attention to…

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Diabetes and gum disease . . .and diabetes

Relationship between periodontitis and diabetes Type 2 Diabetes is considered to double the risk of periodontal disease compared with healthy individuals. Type II is the acquired diabetes associated with obesity. Other consequences of poorly managed Type II diabetes include heart and kidney disease, peripheral nerve damage and damage to other organs including the eyes. Diabetes…

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What is remineralisation of tooth enamel?

Secret life of tooth enamel Tooth enamel consists of calcium and phosphate arranged in a crystal lattice – and is the hardest tissue in the human body. Sounds a lot like geology! And the common idea that it just wears, or erodes over time also sounds like the life of rocks. Demineralisation then remineralisation. .…

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What should I know about tooth whitening?

Not for every-tooth! Tooth whitening is a popular and readily available cosmetic procedure that is relatively non-invasive. Treatment choices range from take-home kits to speed whitening in the dental chair – or even in shopping malls. With all the various ads and promotions, you would be forgiven for thinking that all whitening products guarantee a…

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Teeth are always on the move: how and why?

Why do teeth move? Wolff’s law, coined in the 1800’s by German surgeon Julius Wolff, observes that bones adapt (change shape) according to forces acting upon them. And though teeth are not bone, they do sit within bone, and are subject to an array of forces.  Normal forces that move teeth From lips and tongue:…

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Electric or manual, does it matter for a toothbrush?

Electric toothbrush or manual for best results? Brushing technique is more important than whether you use a manual or electric toothbrush. It is possible to clean better with a manual brush used well than an electric one used poorly. Your dentist or hygienist can tell how well you are cleaning your teeth – and most importantly,…

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Sugar free gum

About sugar free gums. . . Chewing sugar free gum after a meal is considered beneficial for oral health, but why do they work? Dietary carbohydrates provide food for the bacteria that reside in our mouths and plaque and their ‘digestion’ produces the organic lactic and acetic acids. In this acidic environment – low pH…

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Not-for-profit health insurance

What is the difference? When considering health insurance funds, respective business models can affect premiums as well as amounts payable on claims. This is because Members’ own funds – or not-for-profit funds – are run for the benefit of members not a corporation or shareholders. The fine print Many of the Members’ Own group offer ‘no…

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Burning mouth syndrome

What is it? Burning mouth syndrome is the medical term for ongoing (chronic) or recurrent burning sensation in the mouth that has no obvious cause. Discomfort may affect the tongue, gums, lips, inside of the cheeks, and/or roof of the mouth. The sensation, which can be severe like a scald, can be limited to a…

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