Why are dental abscesses so painful?

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Dr Alice Whang

General Dental Care

What are dental abscesses? A dental abscess is a collection of pus originating within the tooth that has spread into the bone or gums over time due to bacterial infection. There are two common types of dental abscesses – periapical abscesses (at the tips of tooth roots) and periodontal abscesses (in surrounding structures such as Read more...

I have a toothache. Should I see my GP for antibiotics?

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Smile Solutions

Dentist Melbourne
Melbourne's Home of Dentistry

Earlier this month the National Prescribing Service (NPS) launched Antibiotics Awareness Week, a global initiative to help raise awareness of antibiotic resistance and promote the responsible use of antibiotics. As part of the initiative, the Australian Dental Association (ADA) called on health professionals and patients to take the pledge to exercise care in the prescription Read more...

Smile makeover: How Smile Solutions helped to rebuild one patient’s smile

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Dr Madeline Sinclair

General Dental Care
BDSc (Melb)

At Smile Solutions, giving back to our community is extremely important to us. Each year Smile Solutions donates $100,000 of dental services to the homeless through a wonderful initiative called Magpies Nest, administered by the Salvation Army. We were also recently approached by Woman’s Day magazine to assist in a very worthy cause – helping to Read more...

Common dental emergencies and what to do

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Minn Quah

General Dental Care

Dental emergency is a term used to describe incidences when you need to see your dentist as soon as possible, and is usually associated with pain. Timely seeking of dental treatment in an emergency will improve the chances of saving the tooth or teeth, to prevent permanent damage and the need for more extensive or Read more...

Should I wear a mouthguard while playing sports?

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Smile Solutions

Dentist Melbourne
Melbourne's Home of Dentistry

If you (or your child) are taking part in contact sports, it pays to protect your teeth. Sports such as football, boxing, rugby, basketball, hockey, water polo, lacrosse, netball, baseball, softball, squash, soccer, BMX bike riding, horse riding, skateboarding, in-line skating and trampolining all carry the risk of collision. A sports mouthguard will protect your Read more...

Gum disease and diabetes

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Elena Korol

Oral Hygiene and Dental Therapy
BOH (NSW)

If you suffer from diabetes it’s essential that you’re extra diligent when it comes to oral hygiene, as diabetics are at greater risk of developing aggressive gum disease, decay and fungal infections. “When it comes to oral health, healthy living is essential to ensure that gum disease is kept at bay for everyone,” says Dr Read more...

Zoom whitening at Smile Solutions

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Smile Solutions

Dentist Melbourne
Melbourne's Home of Dentistry

It goes without saying that we all desire a healthy smile, but if your teeth are more yellow than pearly white it’s time to take action. Tooth discolouration and staining can occur for a number of reasons, including frequently drinking coffee, tea or red wine, smoking, the use of some antibiotics, and ageing. You can Read more...

How to encourage your child to brush their teeth?

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Karleen Giampietro

Practice General Manager

Does even the slight glimpse of a toothbrush send your toddler crashing into a complete meltdown? You’re not alone, because when it comes to keeping those chompers clean, kids can certainly be a defiant lot! “It can be really tough for parents,” says Smile Solutions’ dental nurse and Tooth Fairy Karleen Giampietro. But perseverance is Read more...

I’d like to straighten my teeth, but I’m embarrassed to have braces

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Smile Solutions

Dentist Melbourne
Melbourne's Home of Dentistry

Patient question: I’d like to straighten my teeth, but I’m embarrassed to have braces as an adult. What do you suggest?  Today people see adults wearing braces as doing something proactive for their oral health. Having straight teeth and a better bite means less wear, cracking or damage of teeth, fewer fillings throughout your life Read more...

Parents warned to limit children’s sugar consumption during Halloween

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Smile Solutions

Dentist Melbourne
Melbourne's Home of Dentistry

With Halloween fast approaching, parents have been warned that if the right boundaries are not established around the consumption of sweet treats, children’s oral health will suffer in the long-term. “The ADA understands that sugary treats play a role on occasions such as Halloween, which is coming up. “However, we encourage sugary treats to only Read more...