What kind of mouth guard should I use?

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Smile Solutions

Dentist Melbourne
Melbourne's Home of Dentistry

If you regularly play any kind of contact sports, wearing a well-fitted mouth guard is imperative if you want to protect your teeth. Mouth guards help to protect your pearly whites in the following ways: Mouth guards protect against knocked out teeth Mouth guards protect against soft tissue injuries Mouth guards protect against tooth displacement Read more...

How is periodontal disease treated?

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Kate Milburn

Oral Hygiene
ADOH (RMIT)

Periodontal disease, or gum disease, can take one of two main forms: gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis Gingivitis is inflammation of the gingival tissue (gum) and it presents as red, inflamed and easily bleeding gums. The longer plaque and tartar are left on the teeth, the more harmful that bacteria becomes. The patient typically reports “My Read more...

How can I tell if my baby is teething?

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Smile Solutions

Dentist Melbourne
Melbourne's Home of Dentistry

The appearance of primary teeth in babies is known as teething. Many babies experience some discomfort during teething and can understandably become irritable when new teeth break through their gums. It’s important to remember that your baby’s first teeth are just as important as their permanent teeth. This is because they help your baby to Read more...

What’s the difference between dental bonding & porcelain veneers?

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Dr Thorsten Dannheimer

General Dental Care
BChD (Pret), Dip.Odont (Oral Surgery) (Pret)

In cosmetic dentistry we commonly use porcelain veneers or dental bonding to restore the surfaces of discoloured or misshapen teeth. They can be placed using one of two methods: direct or indirect. Direct composite bonding, also known as dental bonding, is a process whereby a composite resin material is directly bonded to your tooth. This method can also Read more...

Are sugar free soft drinks better for my teeth than regular soft drinks?

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Smile Solutions

Dentist Melbourne
Melbourne's Home of Dentistry

We all know the affects of sugar on our waistlines, not to mention the adverse affects on our teeth, but if you believe switching from sugar-filled to sugar-free is the answer you would be wrong. The Oral Health Cooperative Research Centre has recently revealed that sugar-free versions of soft drinks, sports drinks and confectionary products Read more...

What is the cost of braces?

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Dr Martin Poon

Specialist Orthodontist
Orthodontic Care
BDSc (Melb), Cert Orth MS (Uni of Penn)

So you are ready to invest in your smile and ready to have your teeth straightened. But how much do braces actually cost? You start Googling, talk to friends who have been through braces and discuss your options with your local dentist or specialist orthodontist. You may quickly find out that there are many different Read more...

What causes white spots on teeth?

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Dr Fiona Kelly

General Dental Care
BDSc (WA)

White spots on teeth can range from a single dot on one tooth to spots or marks on many teeth. The first step is to work out why you’ve got white spots and then if they need to be treated. What can cause white spots on teeth? 1. Tooth decay (hypocalcification)  Tooth decay (hypocalcification) is Read more...

Gum disease: How does your dental health affect your general health?

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Dr Sandie Copland

General Dental Care
BAppSc (Orth) Hons (Usyd), DDS (Melb)

You might be surprised to know that your mouth is home to some 19,000-26,000 oral microbial species. While most of these live in harmony with the oral environment, there are some which are more harmful. In the right conditions, a proportion of these bugs will thrive and lead to gum disease. When present, this disease Read more...

How often should I brush my teeth?

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Smile Solutions

Dentist Melbourne
Melbourne's Home of Dentistry

The first defence against gum disease is undoubtedly the humble toothbrush. But how often should you brush your teeth? Some people swear by brushing after every meal, while the laziest among us may only give their teeth a scrub once a day. All dentists will tell you though that you should be brushing your teeth Read more...

Should I still visit the dentist while I am pregnant?

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Dr Sandie Copland

General Dental Care
BAppSc (Orth) Hons (Usyd), DDS (Melb)

It is certainly safe – indeed important – ­to see your dentist during pregnancy. However, if you’re intending to conceive it’s best to have your dental health assessed in advance. This will enable your dentist to attend to any infected teeth or elective procedures (such as crowns) or cosmetic work (such as tooth whitening) before Read more...