Should I use a tongue scraper?

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Kate Milburn

Oral Hygiene
ADOH (RMIT)

Have you ever noticed a white coating or a coffee stain on the top of your tongue? Well, that coating is actually bacteria and it’s an unwelcome presence in your mouth. Fortunately, there’s something you can do about it. Your “tooth” brush isn’t just for brushing your teeth! Your oral hygiene routine should always end, Read more...

What are the risks associated with orthognathic surgery?

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Smile Solutions

Dentist Melbourne
Melbourne's Home of Dentistry

All surgical procedures carry some degree of risk. Despite the highest standards of surgical practice, complications are possible. It is not usual for a doctor to dwell at length on every possible side effect or rare, serious complications. However, it is important that you have enough information to weigh up the benefits and risks of Read more...

What should I do if I have dental problems during my pregnancy?

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Dr Sandie Copland

General Dental Care
BAppSc (Orth) Hons (Usyd), DDS (Melb)

Many women are reluctant to visit the dentist during pregnancy. However, it is even more important than usual for a pregnant woman to have any dental problems addressed as and when they occur. While some pregnant women have concerns about the types of filling materials used and about whether dental X-rays can have harmful effects, Read more...

What does a dental hygienist do?

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Krista Peek

Oral Hygiene and Dental Therapy
BOH (Qld)

Dental hygienists don’t just clean your teeth! We hygienists focus mainly on maintaining optimal gingival (gum) health and prevention of dental conditions like decay and erosion. In preparation for this, we first assess each person’s individual needs and potential areas of risk. If need be, we will help tailor your home oral health care home regime Read more...

Dental Health Week 2016: Women’s Oral Health

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Smile Solutions

Dentist Melbourne
Melbourne's Home of Dentistry

Today sees the launch of the Australian Dental Association’s major annual oral health promotion event, Dental Health Week, which this year draws attention to women’s oral health. The three main objectives of Dental Health Week, which runs from 1 to 7 August, are to: Promote oral health education and awareness in the general community Motivate Read more...

All your conventional braces questions answered

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Smile Solutions

Dentist Melbourne
Melbourne's Home of Dentistry

Has your orthodontist suggested conventional braces to straighten your teeth? Here are all your questions about this treatment answered. What are braces made up of? Braces consist of two main parts: a series of brackets (either metal or clear) attached to the surface of each tooth, and an arch wire running through slots in the Read more...

How do I get rid of my bad breath?!

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Smile Solutions

Dentist Melbourne
Melbourne's Home of Dentistry

Halitosis, or as it’s more commonly known, simply bad breath, is caused predominantly by sulphur-producing bacteria that normally live on the surface of the tongue and in the throat. Sometimes, these bacteria start to break down proteins at a very high rate and odorous volatile sulphur compounds are released. Common causes of halitosis Apart from Read more...

What are the causes of toothache and what are their symptoms?

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Isabelle Sayers

Oral Hygiene and Dental Therapy
BOH (Melb)

Toothache is one of the worst pains any patient can experience. Toothache treatment usually involves a thorough clinical examination and diagnostic tests. When it comes to causes of toothache, there are multiple possibilities, so the most important part of toothache treatment is to get the diagnosis right – that is, to discover the source of Read more...

Are women especially prone to oral health problems?

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Dr Maliha Siddiqui

General Dental Care
BDSc (Hons) (Melb)

There are many areas where women’s oral health factors may differ from those of men, the obvious ones being related to reproduction. Puberty, pregnancy and the oral contraceptive pill Puberty, pregnancy and use of “the pill” all give rise to hormonal fluctuations in women. Gingival (or gum) tissues in the human mouth have receptors for Read more...

What is malocclusion of the teeth?

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Smile Solutions

Dentist Melbourne
Melbourne's Home of Dentistry

In dentistry, the word occlusion refers to the position of the teeth when the jaws are closed. In the case of a healthy occlusion, the top and bottom teeth line up with one another. When the teeth don’t line up very well as they bite together, we call this a malocclusion, or “bad bite”. Typical Read more...