How Do I Prevent Dental Decay?

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Oral Hygiene and Dental Therapy
BOH (Melb)

Dental decay is the process by which the hard outer layer of a tooth – the enamel ­– is broken down and the softer inside layer – called dentine – becomes infected by bacteria.    Once dental decay has occurred, the only way to correct it is by removing the rotting tooth material and replacing Read more...

What does root canal therapy involve and is it painful?

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Specialist Endodontist
Endodontic Care
DDS, Grad.Dip.Dent, DClinDent, PhD, MRACDS (Endo)

Back in the old days, having root canal therapy could be quite a traumatic experience, especially before the advent of anaesthetics. As a consequence, root canal treatment has had a bad rap ever since. However, with technological advancements and new understandings in physiology and pharmacology, this kind of treatment is no longer traumatic. In fact, Read more...

3 oral hygiene tips you need to know

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Oral Hygiene and Dental Therapy
BSc (Curtin)

Good oral health is not only important to your appearance but also essential for your overall physical health. Good oral hygiene helps prevent a variety of different dental problems. Even a healthy mouth is full of bacteria, most of which is harmless. Daily brushing and regular flossing, coupled with the body’s strong immune system, keeps that Read more...

How long do dental fillings last?

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General Dental Care
BDSc (Hons) (Melb)

Often, when a tooth is physically damaged from decay or trauma, dental fillings are used to replace lost structure. As dentists, we try maximise the lifespan of all fillings by using the best materials placed under ideal working conditions. However, everything in dentistry has a finite lifespan and fillings are no different. A commonly asked Read more...

How do I floss when I have braces?

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Orthodontic Dental Therapy
BHlthSc (Otago)

Many patients having orthodontic treatment understand that extra care is needed when brushing and flossing with braces in place. Yet a commonly asked question is “How do I floss with the wire in the way?” Quite simply, you have to somehow get the floss under the wire. One of the ways of passing dental floss under Read more...

At what age should my child see a dentist?

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Oral Hygiene and Dental Therapy
BOH (Qld)

Many parent’s ask at what age should their child see a dentist? Teeth don’t read textbooks so a child’s first tooth can erupt anywhere from 4 to 12 months of age, making tooth development age more important than a child’s chronological age. The Australian Dental Association recommends children should have their first dental check up Read more...

Can a dental abscess affect your general health?

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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 to care for your toothbrush

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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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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...