My child has a knocked out baby tooth: What do I do?

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Chatelle Wehi

Oral Hygiene and Dental Therapy
BOH (LaTrobe)

You were carefully watching your child at the playground but then in the blink of an eye, there was a fall, a bleeding mouth and a missing baby tooth. This can be a heart-stopping occasion and it happens very frequently. As we know, kids will be kids and this does mean accidents happening. Luckily, the Read more...

How do I know if I need a filling?

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Dr Adam Sibio

In general, a dental filling is used to restore tooth structure that is lost, decayed or damaged. In many instances, patients realise that they need a filling because either their tooth has sustained dental trauma, or they can see dental decay or tooth structure loss, or they can feel decay or a broken or worn-down Read more...

Why would my dentist refer me to an orthodontist?

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Dr Stephen Do

An orthodontist is a specialist dentist who prevents the occurrence of, or treats, inappropriately positioned teeth and jaws. As part of any comprehensive oral examination of a child or an adult, dentists perform an orthodontic assessment and may make a referral to an orthodontist based on their findings. In children, orthodontic problems can usually be recognised Read more...

What is holistic dentistry?

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Dr Adam Sibio

What is holistic dentistry? Holistic dentistry (biological dentistry) is an alternative method to conventional dentistry, which revolves around the assertion that the body should be treated as a whole, and any one change has the ability to impact the entire unit. Conventional dentistry generally deals solely with the head and neck region, with the major Read more...

How does tooth decay develop?

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Dr Stephen Do

Tooth decay is a dental disease process in which oral bacteria produce acids that remove minerals from the tooth. It may also be known as cavities, holes or caries. For dental decay to occur, the decay-causing bacteria need to be in contact with the teeth and have a source of food. Bacteria are able to attach Read more...

I’m looking to get a dental bridge to replace a tooth. What are the different types and how do I choose?

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Dr Mihika Vajpayee

Dental bridges are appliances that “bridge” the gap created by one or more missing teeth. They are made up of one or more crowns for the teeth adjacent to the gap, along with a false tooth or teeth attached. These anchoring teeth are called abutment teeth and the false teeth are called pontics. The latter can be Read more...

My mouth is always dry – why is this and does it affect my teeth?

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Dr Adam Sibio

Dry mouth (or xerostomia) is a common complaint in dental patients, with many possible physiological and pathological conditions being the cause. Dry mouth associated with reduced functioning of the salivary glands can be a major nuisance in a patient’s day-to-day life. Also, the reduced saliva levels can be associated with disease of the hard and Read more...