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Caring for your children’s teeth

Keep tooth brushing fun for toddlers There is no reason why tooth brushing small children’s teeth should be a ‘big deal’ – unless they perceive that avoiding it or fighting it is a ‘big deal’ for parents! Aside from keeping it a stress-free ‘no fight zone’, there are few things to keep in mind. Getting…

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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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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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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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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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3D printing in dentistry

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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tongue-tie

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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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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coloured acrylic mouthguards

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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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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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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Caramels and chocolates are sticky foods

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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Tooth Decay

Plaque and tooth decay Plaque, unless removed by thorough brushing and flossing, leads to decay. The bacterial activity occurring in plaque produces an acid by-product which, ultimately erodes the tough tooth enamel. Stage 1: Tiny areas of decay, or caries, develop. It is harder to clean and remove plaque from these spots, therefore the acidic erosion continues.…

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What are Interdental Brushes?

What are they? Interdental brushes are small conical brushes ideal for cleaning between your teeth, much like dental floss. This is particularly important for preventing gum disease in these hard-to-reach areas. When to use an interdental brush They are especially helpful for cleaning around orthodontic braces or splints, as well as those areas you just can’t reach…

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How do I use disclosing tablets?

What are disclosing tablets? Disclosing tablets are a great way to test how well you are brushing your teeth, and are especially fun for children who are just learning to brush for themselves. They use a harmless vegetable dye to highlight plaque missed with regular brushing therefore helping to identify the areas that need extra…

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About the baby teeth

When will we see the first teeth? The following chart provides an estimated time frame for eruption of your baby’s primary teeth (baby teeth) and also when you can expect them to fall out, in order to make way for their adult ones. Upper Teeth Age tooth emerges Age tooth falls out Central incisor 8 to 12 months 6…

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Mouth Ulcers

About mouth (Aphthous) ulcers: Mouth ulcers are lesions or breaks in the delicate lining, also known as the mucosa, of the mouth. Their appearance and location, along with associated symptoms (for example fever) can assist in diagnosis. Causes  can include accidental biting of the cheek, friction with a sharp or broken tooth, a burn from food, a side…

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Tips for effective brushing

For best tooth brushing results, Effective brushing requires the use of a soft bristled brush to avoid scratching and wearing of the tooth enamel. Furthermore, holding the brush at an angle of 45 degrees allows the tips of the bristles to get under the edge of the gum and then pressing just lightly allows them…

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Plaque and why it should be removed

Plaque hardens into tartar  Particles of food stick to plaque which is a clear film that naturally coats the teeth. Bacteria within the mouth are attracted to this food debris, paticularly carbohydrates, and release acids as they feed and multiply. In the early stages it is easily removed by thorough brushing.     With time, Salts in…

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