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What to look for when choosing dental floss

Types of dental floss As with so many things these days, even dental floss comes in a confusing variety of forms. There’s waxed and unwaxed, flavoured or unflavoured, tape (ribbon), string and woven! And now there’s a vegan version which avoids bees wax. Waxed dental floss Studies suggest that waxed floss slides between the teeth…

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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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Dental Tourism: what to consider before you fly

What’s a ‘dental tourist’? Dental tourism, also known as dental travel, describes the growing practice of ‘saving up’ dental work and getting it done during an overseas holiday. While some consider ‘dental’ and ‘holiday’ definitely don’t belong together, it is driven by considerably cheaper prices on offer. All well and good, so long as all…

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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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Melbourne’s museum of dental history

Henry Forman Atkinson Museum Tucked away in the Melbourne Dental School are 3500 objects, documents and photographs dating as far back as the early 1700’s: an impressive historical  collection. It traces dental history from the age of casting spells to drive out spirits to today’s recognised profession at the cutting edge of technology. Equipment before…

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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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Choosing health insurance

Health insurance and the Government rebate Lifetime health cover (LHC) is an Australian government initiative designed to encourage you to purchase and maintain private patient hospital insurance early in life. So long as your cover commences by your ‘base day’, you may be entitled to a reduction in health insurance premiums or a tax offset.…

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