Laser used in dentistry

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Dr James van den Berg

Specialist Periodontist
Periodontal Care
B.D.Sc. (Birm), MClinDent (Lond),
PGDipCD (Melb), M.R.A.C.D.S (Perio)

The word laser is an acronym for “light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation”. I was first introduced to laser dentistry in 2004. As an experienced practitioner, I was looking for new tools to improve my treatment outcomes.  I went to numerous conferences and saw laser being used for something as simple as making an ulcer Read more...

What are the symptoms of gum disease and what is the treatment?

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Dr James van den Berg

Specialist Periodontist
Periodontal Care
B.D.Sc. (Birm), MClinDent (Lond),
PGDipCD (Melb), M.R.A.C.D.S (Perio)

Gum disease is the combined term popularly used to refer to periodontitis and gingivitis. If you have either of these conditions you may notice: bleeding when brushing your teeth or sometimes on eating foods such as apples or bread an increase in the looseness of your teeth that your teeth may have moved, causing spaces Read more...

Is gum disease curable?

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Dr James van den Berg

Specialist Periodontist
Periodontal Care
B.D.Sc. (Birm), MClinDent (Lond),
PGDipCD (Melb), M.R.A.C.D.S (Perio)

Gum disease (or periodontal disease, as it is also known) is treatable rather than curable. The condition can have a combination of causes, including individual susceptibility, the uncontrolled presence of calculus (also known as tartar) and bacterial plaque, and poor tooth brushing and home care. Gum disease treatment starts with limiting the calculus buildup above Read more...

Does smoking affect my teeth and gums?

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Dr James van den Berg

Specialist Periodontist
Periodontal Care
B.D.Sc. (Birm), MClinDent (Lond),
PGDipCD (Melb), M.R.A.C.D.S (Perio)

Cigarette smoking is recognised as the leading preventable cause of human death in the western world. Smoking affects most, if not all, of the body’s organs and tissue – including the teeth and gums. In the mouth the means of attack is twofold. The initial inhalation of tobacco smoke introduces high concentrations of tobacco products, Read more...