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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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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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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Tongue-tie

What is tongue-tie and how does it happen? In the mouth of the developing embryo, several bands or strings of tissue are thought to guide the growth of certain structures. They are found under the tongue, under the top lip, near the rear molars and inside the cheeks. The band under the tongue is known…

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Smiles are contagious . . .

Have you seen our bus ad? How better to demonstrate that smiles are contagious than by giving you reason to chuckle when stuck behind a bus? Some time ago, during an annual review of popular print advertising, we were discussing the visual impact of team photos. In response to our hesitation, the well-meaning rep suggested…

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A thorough dental checkup . . .

More than “just a check-up” Many people attend for 6-monthly check-ups with the dentist. It is a great time to get advice on any concerns for issues such as tooth sensitivity, jaw discomfort or clicking, or even persistent mouth ulcers. Otherwise, the majority of patients believe the dentist is just checking their teeth, and talking…

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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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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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