Is flossing really that important?

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Jane Gleeson

Oral Hygiene and Dental Therapy
BOH (La Trobe)

Each time you visit your team of hygienists, dentists and dental assistants for a check-up and clean, there’s one question you’re almost certain to hear: “Have you been flossing?” Unfortunately, for a lot of patients the answer isn’t always Yes. Most of us make a habit of brushing our teeth twice a day, as recommended Read more...

How can I relieve a toothache?

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Jane Gleeson

Oral Hygiene and Dental Therapy
BOH (La Trobe)

What causes a toothache? Toothache is pain associated with the teeth, and it is most commonly caused by decay. Other causes of painful teeth include cracks or fractures of the teeth, infected gums, a habit of clenching or grinding (usually during sleep) and increased dental sensitivity. Toothache is a common reason for emergency dental treatment Read more...

What are the stages of dental caries?

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Jane Gleeson

Oral Hygiene and Dental Therapy
BOH (La Trobe)

Dental caries is the technical term for dental decay. It is caused by acid-producing bacteria that live in our mouths and cause erosion of the tooth enamel. Many different types of bacteria live in the human mouth and accumulate on the surfaces of the teeth in a sticky film called plaque. Plaque is more likely Read more...

Brushing your teeth: Before or after breakfast?

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Jane Gleeson

Oral Hygiene and Dental Therapy
BOH (La Trobe)

Brushing our teeth twice daily is a habit that most of us have formed, having been taught from a young age to do so in the morning and in the evening. So we do understand how often we should brush; but have you ever stopped to think about the importance of when to brush? Some Read more...