21 Jan 2020

An Ounce of Prevention: The Importance of Detecting Oral Issues Early

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An Ounce of Prevention: The Importance of Detecting Oral Issues Early

Caring for your teeth and gums should be a regular habit if you hope to avoid serious oral conditions. What are some disease which can be successfully treated if diagnosed at an early stage? Let us take a look at three relatively common situations. Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA), a condition that affects breathing during the […]

14 Jan 2020

Gapped Teeth?

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Gapped Teeth?

A gap between teeth is referred to a diastema and involves the space between the front two teeth. This is relatively common occurrence and usually no cause for concern. Sometimes, a gap may signify existing or possible future dental problems such as: Crowding Crooked or misaligned teeth Gum disease The causes of gapped teeth vary […]

6 Jan 2020

Is Your Child’s Thumb-Sucking a Problem?

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Is Your Child’s Thumb-Sucking a Problem?

Most toddlers engage in thumb-sucking by the time they reach 3. As a parent, there are certain things you should know about this common habit. Key takeaways: Thumb-sucking isn’t a problem unless your child doesn’t stop when they’re 5 or 6 years old. If this habit isn’t broken, it can lead to misaligned, crowded, or […]

3 Jan 2020

Alcohol Can Affect Your Oral Health: Here’s What To Do About It

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Alcohol Can Affect Your Oral Health: Here’s What To Do About It

Alcohol can have a negative impact on your dental health. Here are some ideas on how to minimise the harmful effects of alcohol on your teeth and gums. Key takeaways: Because alcohol is acidic and drying, it can damage your teeth’s enamel and cause cavities, gum disease, and infection. Always brush your teeth after drinking […]

31 Dec 2019
17 Dec 2019

Modern Braces vs. Traditional Braces

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Modern Braces vs. Traditional Braces

Today’s braces have a come a long way since old-fashioned metal ‘train track’ braces: – Tooth-coloured braces are now available as well as braces that fit to the back of the teeth, meaning they are barely visible or not visible at all. – Clear aligners are transparent and removable when you eat, sleep and attend […]

12 Dec 2019

Why Red Wine Stains Teeth

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Why Red Wine Stains Teeth

Discoloured or stained teeth can have a number of causes but one of the biggest culprits is red wine. It is the chemicals present in wine, coupled with a tooth’s natural porosity, that causes staining. There are three basic factors in play: Microorganisms called chromogens stick to teeth and produce pigmentation Tannic acid works in […]

4 Dec 2019

White Spots from Dental Fluorosis

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White Spots from Dental Fluorosis

White spots, marks or streaks on the teeth can be traced back to childhood and dental fluorosis. Dental fluorosis affects only children, usually eight or under, who have been exposed to too much fluoride from toothpaste or water.  The surplus fluoride stains the permanent teeth developing under the gum which emerge and grow with the […]

28 Nov 2019
27 Nov 2019

Why Are You Avoiding the Dentist?

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Why Are You Avoiding the Dentist?

Many people who do not experience any dental symptoms do not bother seeing the dentist; however, preventative care could actually be more cost-effective: – Seeing the dentist regularly ensures problems are spotted before you notice symptoms yourself. – The later a problem with the teeth is spotted, the more costly the restorations that are needed. […]