3 oral hygiene tips you need to know

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Zara Taj

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 do I floss when I have braces?

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Sarah Lawrence

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...

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...

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...

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...

Should I be using mouthwash as well as brushing and flossing my teeth?

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Emily Fitzgerald

Oral Hygiene
ADOH (RMIT)

We often see advertising spruiking the various benefits of mouthwash, including reduction of gum disease and tooth decay, as well as the creation of fresh breath. But is a mouthwash actually required as part of your daily oral hygiene regime? Generally, the answer is no. The use of mouthwash during your oral hygiene regime is Read more...

Health problems linked to poor oral hygiene

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Belinda Smithwick

Oral Hygiene
ADOH (RMIT)

In recent years medical researchers have identified a relationship between poor oral hygiene and many health conditions. Some of the more significant health conditions that have been associated with poor dental health are cardiovascular disease, diabetes, respiratory conditions, dementia and obesity. The greatest depth of research has been conducted into the relationship between periodontal disease Read more...

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...