Manual toothbrush versus electric toothbrush

What Type of Toothbrush Should I Use?

An issue that often causes a lot of debate is, what type of toothbrush should I be using?   There are soft and hard bristles, electric vs manual, tapered or rectangular head, even down to the type of handle; non-slip grip or flexible neck.   With so many different types of styles, designs, and brands on the market, how do you know which one to use? Is one more effective…

Foods good for dental health

Foods That Improve Dental Health

Some food for thought: not everything you eat is bad for your teeth. In fact, there are certain types of foods that will not only strengthen your teeth but also provide whitening and antibacterial properties. As a child, you were always taught to stay away from sugary foods such as lollies, soft drinks and chocolate. Any food that contains high sugar was considered bad for your teeth, and in most…

Why you should wear a mouthguard

Do I Need a Mouthguard?

If we were to rephrase this question it would be, do you want to protect your teeth? If cyclists wear a helmet to protect their head when riding a bicycle, If hockey players wear goggles to protect their eyes, If skaters wear knee pads, elbow pads, and a helmet to protect their bodies, Why wouldn’t you wear a mouthguard to protect your teeth? As an adult, you only have one…

What is gingivitis and how to treat it

What is Gingivitis?

Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gums and is a common form of gum disease, as a result of a bacterial infection. It occurs when there is a build-up of plaque, or bacteria, on the base of the tooth, where it meets the gumline. The inflammation can develop into pockets or gaps between the tooth and the surrounding gum and result in the loss of ligaments and bone that supports…

anatomy of a tooth

What is Bone Loss and Can It Be Treated?

Bone loss can occur for a number of reasons, but the most common cause of bone loss is the result of a missing tooth or several teeth which have not been replaced or substituted. Natural teeth that are embedded in the jawbone help stimulate bone growth through chewing and biting. When missing teeth are left untreated, the bone no longer receives this stimulation, causing the bone to resorb.   Without…

Can A Chipped Tooth Be Fixed?

Can A Chipped Tooth Be Fixed?

Chipping your tooth could happen at any time. You could be enjoying your Nando’s chicken a little too much one night and in a moment of primal hunger you accidentally bite off more than you can chew. You’ve bitten the fork so hard that it’s chipped your front tooth. Maybe it was just a casual pick-up game of basketball with a couple of friends over the weekend and as you…

When is a Tooth Extraction Necessary?

When is a Tooth Extraction Necessary?

Good oral health and hygiene can help you keep your natural teeth for a lifetime, but there may come a time where your dentist will recommend a tooth extraction as your only option. This means there is no other way to save your tooth and the only way to prevent further health issues is to completely remove the tooth. Here’s why the dentist has recommended a tooth extraction.   When…

Dealing with toothache

How To Remedy A Toothache Before Medication

If you’re suffering from a toothache, it’s important to find the cause of your discomfort before attempting to remedy the issue. Whether you’re experiencing a dull, throbbing pain in your jaw, or on one side of your mouth every time you bite and release, toothaches can take on many forms, but the cause of the issue will need to be addressed by your dentist. You may experience the tooth pain…

How does sleep affect your oral health? From snoring to grinding

How Does Sleep Affect Your Oral Health?

We can all agree that a good night’s sleep makes a world of a difference in how we function the following day.  Apart from waking up feeling like a million bucks, how often does this happen? A goods night rest gives our body a chance to repair, replenish and restore all of our vital functions including circulation, respiration and immune system.  It reduces stress and inflammation, keeps your heart healthy,…

Dental Cavities - what are they? why do they occur?

How Do You Get Cavities and How Do You Know You Have One?

If you don’t know what a cavity is then you may have dug yourself into a hole, possibly several, but you’re not alone. An Australian oral health report card has found that only half of all Australians brush their teeth twice a day and only half have had a dental check-up in the last 12 months. It also found that 90% of Australian adults have experienced some form of tooth…