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Q & A's

What’s an OPG and why should I have one?

OPG is an acronym for ‘orthopantomograph’. An OPG machine is specifically designed to produce an OPG x-ray of the teeth, jaws and temperomandibular joints. The image provides an overview of the state of the dentition as well as information regarding the bones of the jaw (the mandible and maxilla), the sinuses in the upper jaw and the […]

How often should I see the dentist?

You should plan to see a dentist at least once a year. With good oral hygiene you will not develop tooth decay or gum disease. Both these conditions take about 18-24 months to develop. In some patients this may occur much more rapidly. If you have medical problems or a history of frequent tooth decay, […]

How often should I have my teeth professionally cleaned?

Not all mouths are the same. Some mouths are much more difficult to clean and maintain  and will therefore require more regular professional cleans. Some patients form tartar and calculus at a more rapid rate than others. As a general guide it is recommended that you have your teeth professionally cleaned at least twice a […]

What is dental fluorosis?

Moderate to Severe Enamel Fluorosis…. Dental fluorosis, also called mottling of tooth enamel, is a developmental disturbance of dental enamel caused by excessive exposure concentrations of fluoride during tooth development. The risk of fluoride overexposure occurs at any age but it is higher at younger ages. In its mild forms (which are its most common), fluorosis often appears […]

What is Sjögren’s syndrome?

Sjögren’s syndrome is an autoimmune disease in which a person’s lymphocytes attack their own moisture-producing glands. Lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell, infiltrate and destroy these glands causing decreased production of saliva and tears. Approximately 1.2 million Australians have this condition. The majority of sufferers are women who are in their late 40s at the […]