• Believe it or not…

    Believe it or not…

    20 July 2015 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    Eating a lot of fruit contributes to tooth decay so limit yourself to 2 pieces a day.

  • Believe it or not…

    Believe it or not…

    13 July 2015 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    Breathing through your mouth causes higher levels of bacterial plaque on teeth so practise keeping your lips together and breathing through your nose.

  • Believe it or not…

    Believe it or not…

    29 June 2015 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    Coffee can stain teeth more than smoking so remember to use water as a mouthwash to swish & swallow after a cuppa.

  • Believe it or not…

    Believe it or not…

    29 June 2015 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    Lemon drinks, sports drinks and soft drinks are the most erosive for teeth so if you can’t avoid them, finish ‘em in one go and don’t sip ‘em.

  • Why prevent tooth decay in kids’ teeth?

    Why prevent tooth decay in kids’ teeth?

    22 June 2015 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    There are heaps of reasons! 

    • Drilling and filling doesn’t prevent future tooth decay. And fillings will need replacement over time which can get expensive.

    • For teeth with extensive decay and infection, fillings are not always possible; extractions may be required, possibly under general anaesthetic.

    • It’s better to prevent the initial decay with wise diet choices and strict teeth cleaning routines.

  • What are the risks of not straightening teeth?

    What are the risks of not straightening teeth?

    25 May 2015 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    While crooked teeth can make you feel more self-conscious, there are lots of other reasons to have orthodontic treatment.

    Straight teeth are easier to clean and keep healthy while crowded teeth harbour more bacteria. Spacing between teeth can allow food to lodge, another risk for decay and gum disease.

    Deep bites can damage the palate and cause chipping of the lower front teeth Cross bites and edge-to-edge bites can lead to premature tooth wear.

    Orthodontics has never been easier; just ask us.

  • Depression, dry mouth and decay

    Depression, dry mouth and decay

    18 May 2015 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    Anti-depressants are among a large group of medications which has dry mouth syndrome as a side effect.

    Dry mouth syndrome causes foods to stick, bacterial levels to rise and the mouth to become acidic which can result in tooth decay, sensitivity and acid erosion.

    If you have a persistent dry mouth, chat with your dentist or hygienist about a simple saliva buffering test and dental dry mouth products.

  • Women’s unique dental needs

    Women’s unique dental needs

    11 May 2015 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    At different stages in their lives, women are more at risk for periodontal (gum) disease due to changing hormone levels.

    Fluctuating hormones during puberty and menstruation can result in swelling and changes in the gums.

    During pregnancy, there is a risk for pregnancy gingivitis as well as tooth decay due to morning sickness and diet changes.

    Menopause can cause problems in the mouth ranging from dry mouth and altered taste to gum disease.

    Regular check-ups and personalized home care advice can help you protect your teeth at any age.

  • 5 tricks to help your smile look whiter

    5 tricks to help your smile look whiter

    05 May 2015 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    • Wear rose, cherry red, wine or berry shades of lipstick
    • Brush on bronzer to make your pearly whites seem even whiter
    • Apply blue or green shadow or liner to help deflect yellows from teeth
    • Wear something blue close to your face such as a royal blue scarf or an aqua frock
    • Choose silver necklaces and earrings over gold jewellery

  • Do you have whitish lumps on your tonsils?

    Do you have whitish lumps on your tonsils?

    28 April 2015 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

    Like kidney stones, they’re called tonsil stones or tonsilloliths and are quite common. Tonsilloliths are smelly clusters of bacteria, mucus and food debris which harden in the tonsil crevices.

    They are seldom harmful however they can cause severe bad breath and a sore throat. Often no treatment is required but it can range from curettage to just rinsing with warm salt water.

    If you’ve got a persistent bad breath problem, see us for the solution.