How do I know if I have gum disease?

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Smile Solutions

Dentist Melbourne
Melbourne's Home of Dentistry

What is gum disease? Gum disease, or gingivitis, is a common condition which affects most of us at some stage of our lives. It is an inflammatory response of the gum tissues to bacterial plaque buildup. Periodontal disease, or periodontitis, is a condition affecting about a third of the population, with a third of those Read more...

Top tips on how to avoid dental problems

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Iolanda Testa

Oral Hygiene and Dental Therapy
BOH (La Trobe)

Many dental problems can be prevented with preventative dental care and at-home oral hygiene routines. Dental practitioners, including your hygienist, play a key role in equipping their patients with the skills and knowledge required to maintain optimal oral health. Here are some basic tips that will help you avoid dental problems and maintain a healthy Read more...

The importance of dental hygiene – a window onto your overall health

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Catherine Yoon

Oral Hygiene and Dental Therapy
BOH (UQ)

Despite being one of the most preventable diseases, tooth decay, also known as dental caries, has been increasing in Australia, as has the incidence of gum disease. It is important to recognise that good dental health leads to good overall health. Here I will help you understand why. Good dental hygiene can help prevent dental Read more...

How can I keep my teeth clean when wearing braces?

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Alyssa O'Brien

Orthodontic Dental Therapy
BOH (CSU)

Getting braces can be a very exciting time for children and adults alike, and before you know it you’ll be flashing your new radiant smile. There are a few things to keep in mind along the way to ensure that you reach the end of your orthodontic treatment with beautiful healthy teeth. While you’re wearing Read more...

Why should I see a dental hygienist?

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Isabelle Sayers

Oral Hygiene and Dental Therapy
BOH (Melb)

Most people know that they should brush and floss their teeth daily to maintain good oral hygiene, so why do we need to see a dental hygienist? Well, it’s simple really: there are areas in our mouths that we can’t see or reach, so there will always be areas needing professional attention. A bacterial film Read more...

What are the stages of dental caries?

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Jane Gleeson

Oral Hygiene and Dental Therapy
BOH (La Trobe)

Dental caries is the technical term for dental decay. It is caused by acid-producing bacteria that live in our mouths and cause erosion of the tooth enamel. Many different types of bacteria live in the human mouth and accumulate on the surfaces of the teeth in a sticky film called plaque. Plaque is more likely Read more...

Choosing the right toothpaste for you

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Maddie Edwards

Oral Hygiene
ADOH (RMIT)

Most of us know by now that it is important to brush our teeth and floss twice daily in order to maintain good oral hygiene. But when it comes to choosing the right toothpaste, the decision can be daunting. With so many options available, it is sometimes hard to know which product is going to Read more...

How do I clean my teeth if I have braces?

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Natalie Parkes

Orthodontic Dental Therapy
Dip. OHT (Melb), Adv.Dip DentPros (Melb)

Getting braces is a milestone for many people in reaching their dream smile. In order to achieve the best outcome, it is very important to look after your teeth during any orthodontic treatment. Braces and orthodontic wires are prone to accumulating plaque and food debris, simply because they act as an area for plaque and Read more...

Dental hygienist vs dentist. What’s the difference?

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Jennifer Slattery

Oral Hygiene and Dental Therapy
BOH (Melb)

At Smile Solutions you will often find your dental needs being managed by more than one dental professional. This is because each of the practitioners you see is likely to have their own area of expertise. In seeing different practitioners, you are receiving the highest level of care, working towards the goal of achieving optimal Read more...

I am suffering from bleeding gums. What could be causing this?

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Dr Nima Bazrafshan

Specialist Periodontist
Periodontal Care
DClinDent (Melb)

We have bacteria in our oral cavities, mouths. In the presence of food debris and saliva, these microorganisms can form a very specific coating that sticks to teeth surfaces and the inner layers of gum. This sticky structure is “plaque”. Tooth brushing, using interdental brushes and dental floss can remove plaque. If plaque is not Read more...