What are fissure sealants?
What is a Fissure Sealant? It’s a preventative coating which can be applied to teeth to cover the deep grooves in teeth. Fissure sealants help prevent bacteria, as well as food particles, from getting stuck in these areas of the teeth. In this way, they help protect the teeth from decay-causing elements. What are Fissure … Read more
Can Poor Oral Health Make Me Sick?
What is poor oral health? World Health Organisation describes oral health as a key indicator of overall health, well-being and quality of life. Poor oral health encompasses a range of diseases and conditions that include: dental caries periodontal disease tooth loss oral cancer oral manifestations of HIV infection oro-dental trauma birth defects such as cleft … Read more
New Year’s Resolution – 2021
What is a New Year’s Resolution? “New Year’s Resolution is a tradition, in which a person resolves to continue good practices, change an undesired trait or behaviour, accomplish a personal goal, or otherwise improve their life at the start of a new year.” What are some of the popular New Year’s Resolutions? As we approach … Read more
Is it OK to pull out baby teeth?
Baby teeth: The official name for baby teeth is deciduous teeth. There are 20 deciduous teeth in total. They start to appear in the mouth at around 6mths of age and may last until the teenage years. Click here for an eruption chart. Similar to adult teeth, they serve an important purpose in chewing, speaking, … Read more
I’m so scared of the dentist, what do I do?
Why are people scared of the dentist? A large number of patients find the idea of seeing the dentist absolutely terrifying! Being scared of the dentist can be justified by a negative previous experience, possibly in childhood. It may also have no correlation to any previous experiences and simply result from the common belief that … Read more
Is mercury filling removal a good idea?
What are mercury fillings? The terms; silver fillings, amalgam fillings and mercury fillings all mean the same thing. Silver fillings are made from a dental material called amalgam. Dental amalgam is a liquid mercury and metal alloy mixture. Amalgam commonly consists of mercury (50%), silver (~22–32%), tin (~14%), zinc (~8%) and other trace metals. Amalgam fillings used to be very popular a long … Read more
My parents have dentures, will I need to?
Please don’t plan for dentures!! Plan to keep your teeth for life. Let’s, explore a bit further. What are dentures? A denture is a prosthetic appliance to replace missing teeth. Dentures can be made from plastic or metal. They can replace all of the teeth in your mouth or only a few. Does everyone lose … Read more
Smile Makeover in Geelong
No braces, smile makeover in Geelong One of the biggest reasons patients feel embarrassed to smile is because they are not happy with the way their teeth look. We absolutely LOVE to surprise our patients and help them achieve a better smile in sometimes, a single visit, without any braces or Invisalign. A smile makeover … Read more
Why do I have bad breath?
What is bad breath? A foul odour coming from the mouth is called halitosis. Bad breath is most commonly caused by bacteria. There are a number of reasons for this, the most common being dental decay and gum disease. Reasons for bad breath: tooth decay gum disease impacted wisdom teeth poor oral care smoking dry … Read more
Are you a victim of teeth grinding?
What is teeth grinding? Bruxism is the official name for teeth grinding together, when they should be at rest. This is unnatural activity and causes many negative consequences. Top and bottom teeth should only be in contact for about 20mins each day. This includes activities such as speaking, chewing, swallowing. When, not in use, top … Read more