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

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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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The 3D printing future of dentistry

3D printing in dentistry 3D printers, capable of producing single crowns, bridges or full arches with tolerances of 50 micrometres, are already used in laboratories. As they evolve, manufacturers expect interest from multi-practice corporates intent on managing production costs. How are they different? 3D printers promise greater accuracy and efficiency over the high-tech in-house crown…

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Dentistry for Women

What women want  In very general terms, women tend to have different interests and concerns regarding their dental health than men. The technicalities of a procedures are the same for both sexes and are more effected by the location and shape of the tooth, the health and function of neighbouring and opposing teeth, material chosen…

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Charting your dental records

What your teeth say about you ! ‘One eight missing, one seven M.O. composite, one six M.O.D. amalgam, one five has M.O. caries . . .’  is an example of professional lingo heard when a dentist is charting, reviewing or updating dental records. Once recorded pen-on-paper using a system of shorthand and now, more commonly…

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Mouthguards

Pre-season shopping list! It’s the beginning of another new season! Time to pay subs and insurance, purchase new uniforms, replace outgrown shoes . . . and, yes, get a new mouthguard. Options There are the cheap off-the-shelf mouthguards, but nobody is ever too surprised to learn that the “fit almost everyone” (or almost no-one) approach…

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