Author: Larelle Bradley

Oral Hygiene and Dental Therapy BSDH (Otago)

Are there ways to avoid dental problems?

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Oral Hygiene and Dental Therapy
BSDH (Otago)

There is an age-old saying that prevention is better than cure, which certainly rings true in dentistry. People who wait long periods between dental exams, pay little notice to their daily oral hygiene and have a diet high in sugar and acid will notice increased dental problems as a result. The Australian Dental Association reports Read more...

Who is a suitable candidate for dental sealants?

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Oral Hygiene and Dental Therapy
BSDH (Otago)

Dental sealants are recognised by children’s dentists as an effective approach to prevent or control pit and fissure decay in children and adolescents. A dental sealant is a light-cured plastic coating that prevents bacteria from entering the pits and fissures in the teeth. Bacteria would otherwise live in these grooves, producing acid and leading to Read more...

My mouth always feels dry! What can I do?

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Oral Hygiene and Dental Therapy
BSDH (Otago)

Does your mouth often feel sticky and dry? Do you often get thirsty? Do you have problems with chewing or swallowing? A prickly, burning sensation in the mouth? Mouth ulcers? Bad breath? If you have answered yes to one or more of these questions, you may be experiencing dry mouth. Xerostomia, more commonly known as dry Read more...

Damage to tooth enamel occurs within 30 seconds of consuming soft drinks

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Oral Hygiene and Dental Therapy
BSDH (Otago)

While many parents these days are limiting the amount of sugary drinks their children are consuming, new research shows even giving your child a single sip can cause irreversible damage to young teeth. Researchers at the University of Adelaide have, for the first-time, been able to show that permanent damage to tooth enamel happens within Read more...