• The future is now!

    The future is now!

    26 September 2016 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    Netherlands researchers have successfully 3D printed a tooth made of an antimicrobial plastic that kills tooth decay germs.

    Sounds great but there’s a catch: the tooth implant hasn’t been tested yet inside the human mouth.

    The future of dentistry is rapidly changing with the advent of bioprinted teeth but prevention is always better than cure.

    Good daily oral hygiene and a healthy diet mean you’ll never need a replacement.

  • Spring clean your mouth

    Spring clean your mouth

    13 September 2016 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    Don’t stop at cleaning the closets, kitchen cupboards or the garage – your mouth deserves a spring cleaning too.

    Start with a professional cleaning to get all the hard-to-reach areas cleaned out.

    Chuck out your old manual brushes or power brush heads and buy new ones. Use a power toothbrush which has a timer so you know you’ve brushed long enough.

    Invest in a Waterflosser or Airflosser device to power wash between the teeth.

    Use a tongue scraper on the back and centre of your tongue where the smelly germs hang out.

  • Quick tips for busy people

    Quick tips for busy people

    06 September 2016 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    Preparation is everything when it comes to juggling work with home activities.

    Store a water bottle in the fridge, keep one beside the bed and one in the car to stay hydrated and healthy.

    Stash travel-sized toothbrushes, toothpaste and floss in your gym bag, your hand bag and your computer bag for cleaner teeth. 

    Stock up on healthy snacks such as nuts in kitchen cupboards, office drawers and in the car to prevent tooth decay.

  • What your teeth say about you

    What your teeth say about you

    30 August 2016 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    Have you checked your smile lately?

    A smile functions as a business card and says a lot about your diet, lifestyle, health and habits.

    It is also an indicator of age. The front teeth of younger people are rectangular with rounded corners while the front teeth of older people are square and shorter with age.

    Ask about cosmetic procedures such as whitening, veneers and white adhesive fillings if you want to look and feel younger.

  • 5 things you may not know about veneers

    5 things you may not know about veneers

    16 August 2016 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    Dental veneers are white porcelain laminates bonded permanently to the front of your teeth so gaps, chips and cracks disappear forever.

    Here are some other important facts:

    • Porcelain veneers are highly resistant to stains from coffee, tea, cola etc

    • They can eliminate tooth sensitivity due to worn enamel

    • They are very durable so they can last decades with good homecare

    • Veneers can change the shape of your face by creating a broader smile

    • They require less preparation of the teeth than crowns

  • Do you purr in your sleep?

    Do you purr in your sleep?

    09 August 2016 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    You may not know if you do...but your partner will.

    Sleep doctors estimate that up to 90% of snorers, even gentle ones, also grind their teeth at night.

    And habits such as smoking, excessive alcohol and caffeine can intensify teeth grinding.

    Night time grinding can damage teeth, jaws and jaw joints.

    Have a chat with your dentist if you notice any changes or wake up with a dry mouth, sore throat or a headache.

  • Game on or game over?

    Game on or game over?

    03 August 2016 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    Researchers say that playing video games can improve brain function which is good.

    However gamers who snack for hours while they play are in for a big surprise – tooth decay.

    Tooth decay is a diet-related dental disease.

    It’s not only linked to what you consume but how often you eat it.

    And the risky snacking behaviour that starts in adolescence may continue into adulthood.

    So you can brush twice a day but still get decay… unless you change your diet habits.

  • Plant vs plant

    Plant vs plant

    25 July 2016 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    Citric acid is found in household cleaners which are used to dissolve stains and hard water deposits.

    Citric acid is also added to many manufactured foods and drinks as a preservative and flavouring agent.

    You’ll find it as food additive #330 in lemon, lime and fruit-flavoured juices, cordials, soft drinks, lollies and convenience foods.

    In the mouth acids soften and dissolve enamel, making it easier for brushing to wear enamel away.

    It’s no surprise that now we’re seeing young people with sensitive, yellow teeth from acid wear.

    So as a wise man once said, “If it comes from a plant, eat it. But if it’s made in a plant, don’t”.

  • Do you want some coffee with your sugar?

    Do you want some coffee with your sugar?

    18 July 2016 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    Coffee shops are booming because they’re fun places to socialize, work or study and get a great big caffeine hit.

    And who doesn’t enjoy a delicious cappuccino?

    Unfortunately some coffee drinks also give us more than ½ the daily allowance of sugar.

    The iced coffee drinks and milkshakes may be the yummiest but they’re often the unhealthiest with the added sugars, sauces and syrups.

    It’s best to enjoy in moderation and be aware of the risks.

  • So much sugar!

    So much sugar!

    11 July 2016 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    Sugar is added to most processed foods as a preservative and flavour-enhancer.

    It's recommended our daily sugar intake be about 6 teaspoons but Australians consume more than 27 teaspoons every day!

    Most of it comes from our drinks!

    Next time you reach for a drink remember:
    1 cup apple juice (250ml) has 6 teaspoons 
    1 can of cola (375ml) has 10 teaspoons
    1 can of energy drink (500ml) has 21 teaspoons