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Everything you need to know about dental crowns

Friday, March 11, 2016

What is a dental crown?

A dental crown is a custom-made, permanent restoration. They look like a hollow, tooth shaped “cap”, which is placed over a prepared natural tooth.
When cemented into place, crowns completely cover the entire visible portion of the tooth that lies at and above the gum line.
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Early Childhood Caries

Monday, September 21, 2015

Did you know that dental decay is the number one chronic infectious disease in children? This is a worldwide public health concern affecting both industrialised and developing nations. There are both immediate and long term effects of the disease. It can also have a substantial impact on the children’s’ families both socially and economically1.  Read more

Denture Care

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Both partial and complete (full) dentures need to be cleaned and cared for as dutifully as natural teeth as they are just as susceptible to stains, plaque and bacteria. Proper denture care is important for the health of both your dentures and mouth. Inadequate care can lead to problems with your gum tissue including bacterial or fungal infections, inflammation and irritation. If you only wear a partial denture it can also cause further tooth loss. Here are some important procedures to follow to ensure that your dentures are kept as clean as possible and they are functioning optimally.  Read more

The Benefits of Dental Implants

Friday, May 15, 2015

Dental implants are the next best thing to healthy, natural teeth. If you have been considering getting an implant or would like to know more about them, I have compiled a list outlining the benefits of a dental implant against other alternative options.  Read more

Enamel Erosion

Monday, February 23, 2015

When people think about things that may damage or breakdown their teeth, they often think of things like sugars and sweets.
Many people are unaware of the damaging effects that acids can have on the enamel of our teeth. Read more

Dental Radiographs (X-rays)

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Dental radiographs are the images obtained for investigation of various intra-oral conditions. They are commonly referred to as “X-rays”. (x-rays are actually the electromagnetic radiation that passes through the body to produce the shadow-like images of structures of the body.)  Read more

Dry Mouth?

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Dry mouth, also known as Xerostomia, is a condition that usually results from a decreased production of saliva.
Dry mouth affects about 10% of all people and is more prevalent in women than men.
Disorders of saliva production affect elderly people and those who are taking prescription and non prescription medications most frequently. Read more

Pregnancy and Teeth

Monday, January 19, 2015

Good oral hygiene habits mean less dental problems during and after pregnancy.
Hormonal changes occurring during pregnancy can affect the body’s response to dental plaque (i.e. the film overlying teeth produced by and enclosing bacteria).
This often leads to an increase in periodontal (gum) problems, sometimes called “pregnancy gingivitis”. Read more

Parafunction –what is it and what are the consequences?

Monday, December 22, 2014

Parafunction = abnormal function.
Parafunction includes activities such as thumb sucking, finger sucking, tongue thrusting or object sucking (e.g. a dummy). It is described as unusual habits or activities relating to the oral cavity (mouth) that have the potential to dramatically affect the direction of growth and development that can permanently affect one’s lifelong appearance and ability to function normally.  Read more

Thumb sucking - Tackling the issue

Thursday, November 27, 2014

“How do I stop my child from sucking their thumb/fingers?” is a common question I hear as a hygienist.
Stopping your child from thumb sucking can be very hard to do and I would love to say there was a definitive answer. Most children will not know they are doing it, or will do it whilst they are sleeping which makes it even harder. I will offer some ideas on this topic, and it is a case of seeing what works or doesn’t work for you. Read more


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