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Is my dentist a specialist?

Is your dentist a specialist? Many patients seem to think that they are seeing a specialist. Dental specialists study full time for a further three years. This study is in addition to the original five years it takes to become a dentist. This is your guarantee of appropriate and quality dental advice and treatment. In today’s […]

What is a Prosthodontist?

A prosthodontist is a dentist who specialises in the restoration and replacement of teeth. A Prosthodontist is a specialist dentist, who, after qualifying and practicing as a dentist has undertaken a further 3 years at university to study the specialty of prosthodontics. Prosthodontics is one of only seven major dental specialities and 13 recognised dental specialties. […]

Is chewing gum bad for my overall health?

People of all cultures have been chewing gum-like substances for thousands of years. The Ancient Greeks used resin of the mastic tree, the American Indians used resin from the sap of spruce trees, and some other cultures used plants and grasses. The modern form of chewing gum, developed in the 1860s, used chicle, a natural […]

How do I get rid of bad breath?

  There are many helpful ways to disguise halitosis, also known as bad breath. But to cure yourself of bad breath, it is beneficial for your long-term health to know the cause. Your dentist is often the best point of contact to seek a professional assessment and advice. Three common causes of bad breath are: […]

What are the effects of tooth loss?

It may be a mere coincidence that World Tooth Fairy Day follows World Toothache Day and that both fall in the same calendar month, but truth be told, toothaches can actually lead to tooth loss. It would seem, however that tooth fairies don’t care much for adults, and they seldom visit adults who have a tooth extracted and leave […]

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What could be the cause of my toothache?

Tuesday February 9 is World Toothache Day – this does not mean that you should expect to wake up with a toothache nor does it mean you should wait until this day rolls around each year to get your toothache professionally examined. Instead, it’s a reminder to put off ignoring a toothache and investigate the […]

What should I do if I injure my teeth over the holidays?

Dental injuries happen all of the time, but each year there is an observable spike in incidences of tooth and mouth injuries during the holiday season. Most cases occur in young people under the age of 15 and more commonly boys, with the leading causes being sports related injuries, vehicles accidents and assaults. Violent attacks […]

All I want for Christmas is a new… toothbrush

Can you recall the last time you replaced your toothbrush? Which signs do you look for to indicate the need to do away with your old brush? Bristles bent or spread out? Bristles too soft? Does your dentist recommend how often to renew your toothbrush? Do you ever follow their advice? Some of us at […]

Why to avoid these popular festive drinks?

Australians like a drink. And we especially love a drink or two (or more) during the summer festive season. Not surprisingly, beer and wine are the two most popular alcoholic beverages for holidaying Australians. Whereas, the non-alcoholic drinks of choice to quench a summer thirst are soft drinks and canned iced teas.  But unfortunately, these […]

So is there really any difference in seeing a specialist dentist?

Unfortunately, the difference is not immediately obvious. So is there really any difference in seeing a specialist dentist? Well, in a word, yes. Newly qualified graduates in Dentistry, leave dental schools with a basic skill set. They can manage most general day to day dental problems. Dental specialists on the other hand concentrate on specific areas of dental […]

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Do straight teeth really make for better teeth?

Open any fashion and lifestyle magazine today and you will be bombarded with images of models and celebrities with amazing smiles. Some of these smiles are natural but others have been enhanced to improve things like colour and shape. Tom Cruise is the classic example of the type of corrective dental work that is possible. […]

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Why do I need dental x-rays?

Dental x-rays help your dentist see underlying issue not obvious to the naked eye. The arrows show dental decay and the areas most commonly affected by dental decay. Do you really need dental X-rays? Yes, absolutely. Dental X-rays are a screening procedure that allows the dentist to get “the full picture” and to understand what […]