Why preventive dentistry is critical for dental health

As the saying goes, prevention is better than any cure, and that’s certainly the case when it comes to your teeth. Preventive dentistry offers exactly that. It is the practice of caring for your teeth to keep them healthy and well, to prevent problems that may arise in the future. So, let’s look at the […]

Five myths about teeth

As teeth have been around as long as human beings, they tend to have a host of myths attached to them which have accumulated over time. Some myths about teeth are simply old wives’ tales, but some have a grain of truth in the legends they provide. Here’s an insight into five myths about teeth […]

How stress affects your mouth and teeth

We all know stress has negative effects on the body. Labelled the silent killer, it can impact everything from our mental health to our heart and digestive system. But amidst the myriad of health consequences it’s been linked to, such as obesity, heart disease, anxiety and headaches, few people appreciate the drastic toll stress can […]

What makes a good children’s dentist?

Whether it’s your child’s first visit to the dentist or a routine check-up, when it comes to treating children, a positive dental experience is critical. Friendly, positive encounters with dentists set children up up for better dental health for life. So, here’s an insight into what makes a good children’s dentist… Friendly, understanding, gentle In […]

Dentures or dental implants?

If you have missing teeth there are a range of options available when it comes to reinstating a healthy smile, and among the top choices are dentures and dental implants. But which option suits what situation, and how do you know what’s right for you? Here’s a quick guide to the important factors you need […]

Braces versus veneers

If you’re looking to improve the look of your smile, two of the most common and accessible means available are braces and veneers. But there’s a wealth of difference between the approach that each method takes. Here’s an insight into what each option can achieve when it comes to braces versus veneers. Veneers Veneers are […]

Simple dental tips for seniors

Good oral care is vital for people of all ages, but as we get older it matters even more. Like all areas of the body, aging effects your dental health in a number of ways. But the good news is, maintaining a great smile when we reach senior status is simple, with just a couple […]

Smile and the whole world smiles with you

You know how the song goes, “smile and the whole world smiles with you”. Well, apparently that adage is true, with researchers finding smiling not only makes other people happier, it also has health and confidence benefits for the person behind that beaming grin. Here’s an insight into the benefits of a smile… Smiling spreads […]

Healthy teeth are something to smile about

This week is Dental Health Week, making now the time to turn your attention to the importance of those pearly whites. Not only do healthy teeth facilitate speech, eating and self-confidence, they are also linked to our general health and wellbeing. Here’s an insight into the importance of teeth, and how you can help them […]

What you need to know about teeth whitening

If you’re looking to give your smile a bit of a refresher or restore some of its youthful glow, teeth whitening might be among the options you’re considering. When performed by a professional dentist, teeth whitening can transform your teeth by lightening them to remove discoloration and stains. If you’re pondering the prospect of teeth […]

What is Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJD)?

If you’ve ever experienced jaw pain when eating, or heard a clicking or popping sound when your mouth opens and shuts, it could be a sign you have Temporomandibular Joint Disorder or TMJD. Believed to affect more women than men, the condition describes a group of disorders that impact the muscles, movement and function associated […]

How braces can improve your face shape

When it comes to orthodontics, the focus is often on straight teeth, but did you know braces can also change the shape of your face and in some cases, can even make you look younger. Here’s an insight into how braces can improve the shape of your face. The mouth as a feature The mouth […]

Could I have cracked a tooth?

Teeth might be tough, but they’re not impervious to wear and tear, and just as they can chip, loosen and even fall out, occasionally they can crack. Depending on the circumstances, that crack might be invisible to the naked eye and it could even be so fine a fracture that’s tricky for a dentist to […]

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Protecting your teeth with mouthguards

If you or your child plays contact sports, a mouthguard is a must, helping protect the teeth against trauma and loss. But did you know there’s more than one type of mouthguard available, with options ranging from over-the-counter mouthguards to custom-fitted devices made by your dentist. Here’s an insight into the different types of mouthguards […]

Dealing with dental emergencies

You can have the most diligent dental routine, be the most punctual patient and boast the most beautiful smile, but sometimes dental emergencies just happen. Whether it’s a broken tooth or a missing one, here’s what you should do in a dental emergency. What is an emergency A dental emergency is a situation that needs […]

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A quick guide to healthy gums

When it comes dental health, teeth often steal the limelight, but beneath these pearly whites, the gums play an integral role. Healthy gums support stable, healthy teeth, and their role in general wellbeing extends far beyond that. Poor gum health is renowned as a contributing factor for a variety of medical conditions, including dementia, heart […]

Travel and dental health

Your bags are packed, the flights are booked and your passport’s up-to-date and awaiting an array of new international new stamps. But what do you need to consider when it comes to looking after your pearly whites when on holidays or enjoying an extended trip away? Here’s how travel can affect your teeth, and our […]

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The Truth About Take-home LED “Teeth Whiteners”

Of all the cosmetic dental procedures available, teeth whitening has become one of the most popular options for Australians looking to improve their smile. As a result, the market is awash with over-the-counter products ranging from low-grade bleaches to “take-home LED teeth whiteners” claiming to replicate the methods used by professional dentists. At best, over […]

Why consider a dentist for cosmetic injections?

In the past few years, cosmetic injectables have become a popular option for everyday Australians looking to reduce fine lines or improve their appearance. But did you know dentists with additional training are among the professionals qualified to administer these procedures? In fact, dentists are uniquely qualified with years of training in facial anatomy and […]

An insight into adult braces

Whether you missed out on braces in your teens, or your teeth have moved over the years, the good news is it’s never too late to embrace the perfect smile. And more and more Australians are doing so with adult braces. As a result, they are improving their dental health and enjoying increased confidence in […]

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Foods for healthy teeth

Good daily dental hygiene is one of the best habits you can have for healthy teeth, but did you know your diet can also assist in maintaining a great smile? The right foods can lower acidity levels in the mouth, stimulate saliva, help build healthy teeth and gums, and work towards combatting tooth decay and […]

What sugar really does to your teeth

Over the past couple of years sugar has been in the limelight, with a lot of column space dedicated to how it affects health, how common it is in everyday foods and what it’s like to quit sugar entirely. Yet, for a long time even before sugar hijacked the health headlines, we understood that sugar […]

Does your child have chalky teeth?

If you’ve noticed your child’s baby teeth have creamy brown or extra-white coloured spots, it could be a sign they have chalky teeth, and it’s important your consult a dentist sooner rather than later. So, what are chalky teeth and what do they mean for your child’s dental health? What are chalky teeth?  Estimated to […]

Tips for trouble-free teething

Your baby’s first tooth is an exciting milestone, but teething can also signal a period of increased irritability, discomfort and restlessness in your child. So, what can you do to assist? Here are our top tips for trouble-free teething. When does teething start? Your child’s first tiny tooth is likely to emerge anywhere between four […]

How to fix a gummy smile

A great smile plays a major role in how we socialise, interact and feel about ourselves, but sometimes even the straightest, whitest, beaming smile can be impacted by excessive gingival display. The good news is a “gummy smile”, as it’s known, can be fixed and often it’s as simple as orthodontics or cosmetic injections. What […]

A bit about bridges

When you have a series of teeth that are damaged, missing or severely impacted by decay, bridges might be the recommended course of action. Bridges comprise one or multiple false teeth that are designed to replicate the look and function of real teeth. They are affixed to crowns which are placed over healthy existing teeth […]

When to consider crowns

When it comes to protecting a weakened tooth or restoring a tooth with extensive decay, crowns are one of the most common and effective treatment options available. Crowns help maintain the look and function of natural teeth, while also working to prevent further damage and deterioration. So, what exactly is a crown, how do they […]

Diabetes and dental health

For over one million Australians, managing diabetes is part of everyday life. But an often-overlooked side effect is that diabetes can potentially increase your risk of developing oral health conditions. If you’re among the many people with diabetes, here’s what you need to know about diabetes and dental health. How diabetes affects dental health Diabetes […]

The best ways to beat bad breath

Chances are at one stage or another you’ve encountered or personally experienced bad breath. Caused by bacteria that live in the mouth, bad breath (also known as halitosis) is very common, but often preventable using some very simple strategies. Here’s an insight into the best ways to beat bad breath so you can banish it […]

Ouch! Do you have sensitive teeth?

If you find yourself flinching when consuming cold and hot drinks, while eating citrus or when taking a breath of cold air, you might be experiencing sensitive teeth. Estimated to affect one person in nearly half of all Australian households, tooth sensitivity can be a sharp and sudden pain or feel as if your teeth […]

The Top 10 tooth brushing mistakes you probably make every day

Chances are you think very little about brushing your teeth as you go about this daily part of your routine. But make no mistake there are do’s and don’ts when it comes to brushing your teeth and they all add up over a lifetime of dental health. Here are the top 10 tooth brushing mistakes […]

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The fascinating timeline of teeth

Taking around 20 years to fully emerge and fill their various positions, teeth play a critical role in the formation of our face and the way we eat, speak and chew. Baby teeth start developing long before we are born, with the first teeth erupting from about six months. Over childhood and into the teens, […]

The checklist for teen dental health

Between school, socialising and activities, the teen years are all about enjoying a new sense of freedom and independence. But that shouldn’t stand in the way of great dental health. In dental terms, the teen years help set the foundation for habits and dental heath that will serve your child throughout the rest of their […]

Anxious about the dentist? Here are our top tips

If you’re overdue for a dental checkup but the prospect of scheduling an appointment has you feeling a little anxious, you can take comfort in the knowledge you’re not alone. In fact, recent research indicates one in seven Australians has a “high dental fear”. But the reality is, the longer you delay visiting the dentist, […]

How aging affects your smile

Aging effects every area of the body, and the teeth and smile are not immune to its impact. Here’s an insight into what happens to the teeth and jaw as we age, and how you can maintain your smile. Tooth enamel Enamel acts as a protective barrier on the teeth, defending them against acid, plaque […]

Should I have my wisdom teeth removed?

Last to arrive and often the ones that cause the most disruption, wisdom teeth signal the end of the oral development era. Emerging as people enter their late teens, these four teeth at the very back of your jaw tend to erupt between the ages of 16 and 20. For some people, wisdom teeth are […]

Mouth breathing and teeth health

Whether it’s due to allergies, because you snore or simply just a habit you’ve developed over the years, did you know mouth breathing can contribute to tooth decay and dental problems? So, if you, your partner or your child regularly breathe through your mouth rather than your nose, here’s what you need to know… Mouth […]

Cosmetic injectable questions answered

Statistics indicate long before people turn to plastic surgery to reduce the signs of aging, they are investigating less invasive options such as anti-wrinkle treatments and cosmetic injectables. Suited to fine lines like crow’s feet, frown lines and smoker’s creases around the mouth, anti-wrinkle treatments can reduce the visible signs of aging for a fraction […]

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10 resolutions to improve your smile in 2019

The new year is the opportunity to instill some good habits for better health and wellbeing in the year ahead. If your teeth or facial appearance is on your list of areas to improve, here are 10 resolutions to improve your smile in 2019. 1) I will brush twice daily Adults and children should brush […]

Facts about flossing

Did you know almost half the surface area of your teeth lies between them? Which is why flossing should be a non-negotiable part of your daily dental routine. Yet, when it comes to flossing, too many Australians fail to undertake this basic task for a variety of reasons and in doing so risk gum disease, […]

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Think you have gum disease? Please read on…

If you suffer swollen or tender gums when brushing, chances are you may have the early stages of gum disease. Estimated to affect half of all adults over the age of 30, untreated gum disease can go on to have major ramifications for your dental health and is the leading cause of tooth loss in […]

Room for improvement, says Australian dental health report

Australia’s dental health report card is in, and according to assessors there’s some serious room for improvement. They note the average Australian adult has around 13 decayed, filled or missing teeth, while less than half of all Australians have visited a dentist in the past 12 months. Here’s an insight into the state of Australia’s […]

How cosmetic injectables treat bruxism

If you regularly wake in the morning with a headache and sore jaw muscles, chances are you could be among the many people who suffer from bruxism. Estimated to affect half the population at some time, and five per cent on ongoing basis, the condition sees people clench their jaw and grind or gnash their […]

Five ways to improve your smile

Smiling is one of the most universally recognised facial gestures. Across every continent and culture, it conveys joy, self-confidence and, according to research, the act of smiling even make you happier and healthier. If your smile is just waiting to be seen but you feel self-conscious about its look, here are five ways to improve […]

Genetics and teeth

A bit like the ultimate lottery of life, genetics play a major role in our health, our wellbeing and our physical appearance. And just as genetics may impact the colour of your eyes, the shape of your nose, and whether or not you are prone to allergies, they also impact your teeth. In fact, genetics […]

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How orthodontic treatment benefits dental health

Often people turn to an orthodontist to improve the appearance of a smile, but the actual benefits of orthodontic treatment extend far beyond aesthetics. Straight teeth and a well-aligned bite can potentially set you up for a lifetime of better dental health, and here’s how… The orthodontic process Although the ultimate outcome of orthodontic treatment […]

What is a root canal?

Root canal – these are two words that often cause anxiety in dental patients, but that doesn’t have to be the case. A root canal is a relatively standard procedure that helps rid a tooth of infection yet maintains its function and structure. And, courtesy of modern anaesthetics and best dental practice, a root canal […]

Some facts about fillings

Despite the best dental hygiene and commitment to cleaning your teeth, every now and then a visit to your dentist might reveal the need for a filling. Although it may not be the news you want to hear, rest assured fillings are one of the most common procedures undertaken by dentists to fix teeth affected […]

What are fissure sealants?

The name may sound a little daunting, but fissure sealants are a common dental procedure that serves the purpose of protecting molars. Most often used for children and teens, they help those big teeth that erupt in little people go the distance a bit longer. Here’s the lowdown on fissure seals, and how and when […]

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Why you might consider veneers

Made famous by celebrities, veneers can help transform your appearance and increase your confidence by lightening, straightening or restoring your smile. But how do you know if veneers are right for you? Here’s an insight into the technology behind them and just some of the reasons you might consider veneers. What are veneers? Veneers are […]

The benefits of professional teeth whitening

With the array of over-the-counter teeth whitening products available, it’s tempting to believe this is a DIY job that can be readily undertaken at home. The truth is, professional teeth whitening has a host of benefits over the commonly available methods, not least of which is the professional insight and dentistry expertise that accompanies a […]

How to prepare your child for the dentist

Regular dentist visits are an important part of general healthcare, and for children it’s no different. In fact, the Australian Dental Association recommends children should first see a dentist when their first tooth erupts or by the age of 12 months. So how do you prepare your child for the dentist? The first visit If you […]

Help, I’ve broken a tooth

Teeth might be strong, but they’re not impervious to damage and occasionally that might extend beyond general wear and tear to an actual break or chip. If you’ve broken a tooth or chipped it, here’s what you need to know… How teeth break Although it’s not an everyday occurrence, we see teeth break or chip […]

The trouble with teeth grinding

As tough as teeth are, they are not immune to the wear and tear of life, particularly if that involves regular teeth grinding. Known as bruxism, teeth grinding affects up to half the population at some time, and five per cent of people regularly, with dire consequences for the condition of your teeth. Here’s an […]

Tooth pain? Visit your dentist sooner rather than later

As the old saying goes, prevention is better than any cure, but occasionally tooth pain might be the prompt you need to visit the dentist. Whether it’s a dull ache that comes and goes or a sharp pain when eating, here’s what you need to know about tooth pain and why you should visit your […]

The importance of baby teeth

They may only have them a few short years, but baby teeth are vital to the development of children’s mouths, eating habits and speech. Meanwhile instilling good dental hygiene in the early years also sets children up for positive dental habits and experiences in the years to come. So let’s look at baby teeth, their […]

Pregnancy and dental health

The focus might be on the baby bump, but as any mum will tell you pregnancy affects almost every area of the human body including the teeth and gums. In fact, many women are often surprised at the changes which occur in their oral health during and immediately after pregnancy. So, here’s what you need […]

Top tips on dental hygiene

Over the course of a lifetime your teeth have a major role to play in your general wellbeing. They facilitate eating and speech, while their positioning also helps retain the shape of the face and the jaw. Protecting these hardworking teeth against cavities, disease and deterioration all comes down to routine and vigilance. Here our […]

Choosing a dentist

Like any health practitioner, your dentist should be a trusted advisor who works with you to optimise your general health and wellbeing. Meanwhile, a relationship with a good dentist could be one that spans decades, with their services and expertise extending to multiple generations of your family. So how do you go about finding the […]

Habits that damage your teeth

You might brush your teeth twice daily, floss regularly and visit your dentist each year without fail, but did you know there are a wealth of daily habits that could be undoing all this good work? Each day many people unwittingly partake in a host of habits that damage your teeth. From grinding to nail-biting, […]

How cavities are created

According to a recent study by the World Health Organization 60 to 90 per cent of school-aged children and nearly 100 per cent of adults globally have dental cavities. It’s a frightening statistic that in many cases could be avoided by good oral hygiene and regular access to a dentist. So, in a bid to […]

The Dangers Of Oral Piercings

What is oral piercing? An oral piercing is a small hole in the tongue, lip or cheek so the person can wear jewelry as an expression of style. But it can be dangerous. Risks of oral piercing The mouth is filled with bacteria that can lead to infection and swelling. A swollen tongue can make […]

What causes bad breath and how to fight it

There are many causes of bad breath. Below are some details on the key reasons, and what you can do to reduce them. Bacteria One of the main causes of bad breath is bacteria. Bacteria is everywhere and we can’t get rid of it especially when there are good types of bacteria that our bodies […]

What Can You Do About Sensitive Teeth?

Tooth sensitivity can affect one or more teeth. It’s most common when you eat or drink something hot, cold, sweet, or sour. Sometimes a breath of cold air can set it off. The pain can be sharp and sudden and can shoot deep into the nerve endings of your teeth. What Causes Sensitive Teeth? You […]

Tooth Discoloration

There are several causes of tooth discoloration, including: Foods/drinks. Coffee, tea, colas, wines can stain your teeth. Tobacco use. Smoking or chewing tobacco can stain teeth. Poor dental hygiene. Inadequate brushing, flossing, and rinsing with an antiseptic mouthwash to remove plaque and stain-producing substances like