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What Are Porcelain Veneers?

What Are Porcelain Veneers?

More Than Just Cosmetic BenefitsA porcelain veneer is a thin shell-like structure that is attached to a tooth. Veneers are used as restoration for teeth which are discoloured, misshapen, very spaced out or worn out.Veneers on their own can be fragile, but once they are glued to a tooth they can help..... Read more

My Dentist Mentioned That I've Been Grinding My Teeth!

My Dentist Mentioned That I've Been Grinding My Teeth!

The Impact of Tooth GrindingTooth grinding, or bruxism, is one of the common dental problem – It’s thought that about five percent of the population are regular forceful tooth grinders. [1,] [2] Though, many of them may be completely unaware of their habit as it usually happens when they are asleep...... Read more

Do I need my wisdom tooth out?

Do I need my wisdom tooth out?

First of all, what is a wisdom tooth?We all have a first molar (commonly known as the “six-year-old molar” because of when it typically appears in the mouth), a second molar (the “twelve-year-old molar”), and many of us have third molars (the wisdom tooth). These teeth make up the back twelve teeth ..... Read more

Lost a tooth? Here are some of your options

Lost a tooth? Here are some of your options

I lost a tooth – how do I get a new one?In this day and age, many of us expect to keep all of our teeth for the course of our natural life. In some circumstances, though, a tooth is lost prematurely. At this time, the individual is faced with a decision – do I leave the gap where the tooth was, or d..... Read more

Does my child need a mouthguard?

Does my child need a mouthguard?

Only if you want to protect their front teeth from a lifetime of dental work! One in five children suffer trauma to their adult teeth, and the peak time for this is when they start playing sport, around eight to ten years of age. The upper front teeth are the most commonly damaged.The dental profess..... Read more

What Is A Dental Implant?

What Is A Dental Implant?

Perhaps you have a friend who is getting a missing tooth replaced, or you’ve seen the advertisements in the newspaper for a whole new set of teeth. You have heard the term “dental implant” bandied around, but have no idea what they are and how they could possibly work. Read on for a simple explanati..... Read more

Why Do I Keep Hearing About Triclosan In The News?

Why Do I Keep Hearing About Triclosan In The News?

There has been a lot of media coverage lately regarding Triclosan and its harmful effects on humans. Triclosan is a chemical compound which is a key ingredient in soap, as well as toothpaste.The US FDA (Food & Drug Administration) ruled in September, 2016, that Triclosan be removed from all over..... Read more

Thumb Sucking

Thumb Sucking

Why Do Children Suck Their Thumb?Thumb or finger sucking is a common habit amongst children. The compulsion to suck is often comforting for the child, and can begin in-utero or when they are very young. Prior to the age of five or six, thumb sucking is not concerning. However, after this age the adu..... Read more

Why Does the Dentist Need to Take Xrays All The Time?

Why Does the Dentist Need to Take Xrays All The Time?

Compared to dental appointments of the past, “x-rays” or “radiographs” seem to happen a lot more frequently. Some people have heard that dentists just take them because they can charge the patient for them, or claim them for money from the health funds. This could not be further from the truth. Dent..... Read more

Flossing: Minimising the Risk Factor

Flossing: Minimising the Risk Factor

Comment / Dr Ros DavisIt would appear that people are really thrilled that they may not need to floss their teeth! There have been articles left, right, and centre following the breaking news that there may be no good evidence that flossing our teeth has any benefit. If you are not familiar with thi..... Read more