Dental hygienist vs dentist. What’s the difference?

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Jennifer Slattery

Oral Hygiene and Dental Therapy
BOH (Melb)

At Smile Solutions you will often find your dental needs being managed by more than one dental professional. This is because each of the practitioners you see is likely to have their own area of expertise. In seeing different practitioners, you are receiving the highest level of care, working towards the goal of achieving optimal Read more...

10 ways to avoid ruining your teeth

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Jennifer Slattery

Oral Hygiene and Dental Therapy
BOH (Melb)

The following list outlines 10 factors that can contribute to teeth being ruined – factors that should therefore be avoided. Some of these may be surprising to you, others not so. 1. Sugar Fortunately it is by now common knowledge that sugar is one of the key factors contributing to tooth decay. However, what some Read more...

What are the hygiene benefits of Invisalign?

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Jennifer Slattery

Oral Hygiene and Dental Therapy
BOH (Melb)

Improved aesthetics should not be your only goal when making the decision to straighten your teeth. The notable benefits to your oral and overall health should also be considered. From experience, some of us know how difficult it can be to maintain optimum oral health with crowded or crooked teeth. Overcrowding, as well as spacing, Read more...

What should I do in a dental emergency?

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Jennifer Slattery

Oral Hygiene and Dental Therapy
BOH (Melb)

There are typically three types of scenarios that may present as a dental emergency. The first is dental trauma; the second, infection or toothache and the third, a broken filling or loose crown. Dental Trauma A dental trauma is a scenario whereby a person may receive a knock to the mouth or face. This may be the Read more...

How healthy are your gums?

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Jennifer Slattery

Oral Hygiene and Dental Therapy
BOH (Melb)

How healthy are your gums? The reason we ask you this question is that gum disease may be something that has never crossed your mind. Why should it? If your gums have never caused you any pain, you would assume this must mean they are healthy. In my work as one of the dental hygienists at Read more...

The order of appearance of baby teeth

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Jennifer Slattery

Oral Hygiene and Dental Therapy
BOH (Melb)

In all, there are 20 baby teeth (also known as deciduous teeth) that erupt in the first few years of a child’s life. The first teeth to erupt are those at the front of the mouth; then, as the child gets older, their posterior deciduous teeth begin to erupt. Included here is a baby teeth chart showing Read more...

Why do we need regular dental checkups?

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Jennifer Slattery

Oral Hygiene and Dental Therapy
BOH (Melb)

Recently I read somewhere that when a person meets you for the first time they instinctively seek a focal point on your face – either your eyes or your teeth. In a way, they are subconsciously making a judgement about you based on your appearance. Your eyes may be a “window of your soul”, as Read more...