Can a dental abscess affect your general health?

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Smile Solutions

Dentist Melbourne
Melbourne's Home of Dentistry

The short answer to whether a dental abscess can affect your general health is Yes. This is because, although the manifestation is localised, the implications of dental abscess for general health can range from significant to serious. What is a dental abscess? A dental abscess is a collection of pus that forms in your teeth Read more...

How do I make sure I never have bad breath (Halitosis)?

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Smile Solutions

Dentist Melbourne
Melbourne's Home of Dentistry

Here at Smile Solutions patients often ask us about the problem of bad breath and what they can do to prevent or manage it. Bad breath, or halitosis, affects up to 5 per cent of the population and there are a lot of factors that can contribute to this frustrating and often embarrassing condition. An Read more...

How to care for your toothbrush

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Smile Solutions

Dentist Melbourne
Melbourne's Home of Dentistry

We all know how important oral hygiene is, and using a toothbrush is a key part of that, but how many of you actually think about the importance of caring for your toothbrush and making sure it is in tip top shape. The condition of your toothbrush can really make a difference as to how Read more...

How long do teeth whitening effects last?

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Dr Stephen Do

General Dental Care
BHSc (Dent), MDent (La Trobe)

The bleaching that results from any teeth whitening process – whether in-chair whitening or at-home whitening – will last several years. Some rebound of your original tooth colour can be expected from both methods. The most significant relapse occurs initially in the first month, usually in the first 24 hours. Colour relapse is slower between Read more...

When should I take my child to see an orthodontist?

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Dr Martin Poon

Specialist Orthodontist
Orthodontic Care
BDSc (Melb), Cert Orth MS (Uni of Penn)

When should we take our children to see an orthodontist? Why do some kids at school already have braces or appliances in their mouths? Surely they still have baby teeth. Is it not too early? Am I missing the boat? Perhaps you are asking yourself questions like these. As parents we try to do what Read more...

What is the difference between porcelain crowns and veneers?

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Dr Adam Sibio

General Dental Care
BBiomed (dist), DDS (Melb

Porcelain crowns and veneers are types of tooth restoration frequently performed by dentists to help restore the teeth and mouth back to function. In addition to functional advantages, aesthetics can often also be improved with these restorations.  Porcelain crowns Crowns, or “caps” as they are commonly known, are porcelain restorations that fully encapsulate the teeth. Read more...

Is Invisalign suitable for everyone?

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Dr Stephanie Tang

Specialist Orthodontist
Orthodontic Care
BDSc (Melb), MOrth (Hong Kong), MOrth (RCS Edin)

Invisalign is not suitable for everyone – for example, this treatment cannot correct severely rotated teeth or deep bites. Invisalign is also not the best option for extraction cases, one exception being where a patient has an ideal bite on the back teeth but severe crowding on the lower front teeth; in such cases, removing Read more...

What does a hygienist do?

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Nadine Collins

Oral Hygiene
ADOH (RMIT)

A dental hygienist is a registered health professional who works in collaboration with a wider dental team to treat dental patients. The hygienist’s optimal focus is on diagnostic, therapeutic and preventative methods to preserve the oral health of patients. Dental hygienists use their skills and knowledge to motivate and educate patients in oral health, tailoring methods Read more...

What are the replacement options for missing teeth?

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Dr Robert Ormerod

Specialist Prosthodontist
Prosthodontic Care
BDS (Rand), MDent (Pros)

Let’s start with why we have to replace missing teeth at all. Is it important to do so? What will happen if you don’t get a replacement? The human dentition is designed to function with twenty-eight interacting teeth. Each tooth connects with two other teeth in the opposing arch. When we lose a tooth it’s Read more...

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...