Caring for your teeth: 8 steps to dental health

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Dentist Melbourne
Melbourne's Home of Dentistry

A recent report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has found the dental health of Australians is not improving. Despite a growing awareness of dental decay culprits such as high sugar consumption, there has been a rise in the average number of children’s baby teeth affected by decay and nearly half of Read more...

Why are dental abscesses so painful?

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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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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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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...

Should I wear a mouthguard while playing sports?

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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...

Parents warned to limit children’s sugar consumption during Halloween

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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...

Sports drinks linked to poor dental health in athletes

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Dentist Melbourne
Melbourne's Home of Dentistry

Top athletes are often dogged by decaying teeth and gum disease, a performance-sapping problem in which sports drinks, high-carb diets and training regimes may play a part, say sports specialists. The experts from Britain and North America reviewed 39 published studies into the oral health of elite or professional sportsmen and women. Decaying teeth affected Read more...

Dental tourism: What risks are involved?

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Dentist Melbourne
Melbourne's Home of Dentistry

Complex dental treatment can sometimes come at a high cost. Depending on the circumstances, some Australians consider getting their treatment overseas to get a “free” holiday out of their dental treatment instead of having it done at home. But what are the risks? Is there a reason dental treatment is significantly cheaper in the developing Read more...

Sugar: What does it do to your teeth?

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General Dental Care
BOH (DentSci), Grad.Dip.Dent (Qld)

Sugar is more than just “a treat on your lips that goes straight to your hips”. To understand how sugar really affects your teeth, one has to understand how caries/decay/cavities come about. Caries is a highly prevalent, chronic dental disease that causes destruction of tooth surfaces. It is a multifactorial infection that occurs due to Read more...