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Is My Child at Risk for Early Childhood Tooth Decay?

As adults we visits the dentist about twice a year. Most healthy 2-year-olds have never been to the dentist. By kindergarten, 25 percent of children have never seen a dentist, yet dental decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease in Australia. Many children undergo extensive and expensive dental treatment (usually under general anaesthetic) […]

What is tooth decay?

Tooth decay, also known as caries or cavities, is an oral disease that affects many people. Unlike other diseases, however, caries is not life-threatening and is highly preventable, though it affects most people to some degree during their lifetime. Natural bacteria live in your mouth and form plaque. The plaque interacts with deposits left on […]

Are amalgam fillings still a good choice for restoring a decayed tooth?

Because amalgam fillings can withstand a lot of chewing, they are useful especially for restoring molars in the back of the mouth, where the chewing load is greatest. They also are good in areas that are hard to keep dry, such as in deep fillings below the gum line. Amalgam fillings, like other filling materials, […]

Cavity Prevention Tips for Preschoolers

Providing proper care and oral hygiene during preschool years can mean a lifetime of good oral health, according to an article in the January/February 2005 issue of General Dentistry, the clinical, peer-reviewed journal of the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD). Research shows that children who develop cavities in their baby teeth are more likely to […]