How do I know if I have gum disease?

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Dr Rory Nolan

Specialist Periodontist
Periodontal Care
BA, BDentSc(Dub), MFDS RCSEng, MFD RCSIre,
DChDent(Perio), CertEFP, FFD(Perio) RCSIre

Gum disease, or gingivitis, is a common condition which affects most of us at some stage of our lives. It is an inflammatory response of the gum tissues to bacterial plaque buildup. Periodontal disease, or periodontitis, is a condition affecting about a third of the population, with a third of those in turn affected by Read more...

Why is Invisalign so appealing?

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Dr Martin Poon

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

For a very long time, metal braces were the preferred option among orthodontists for straightening patients’ teeth and bite. These braces are the tried and proven method, but the so-called “railway tracks” are not always well received, especially by adults (for obvious aesthetic reasons). Attempts to improve the appearance of braces over time have yielded Read more...

What is the ideal daily routine for oral hygiene?

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Isabelle Sayers

Oral Hygiene and Dental Therapy
BOH (Melb)

As you stand in the dental products section of your supermarket or pharmacy, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the vast array of products on offer. The wide range of brushes, flosses, mouthwashes and other oral health care products prompts the question “Do I need all of these products for a healthy mouth?” Many of Read more...

Finding a dentist online in Australia

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Dr Kia Pajouhesh

Cosmetic and Restorative Care
BSc, BDSc (Melb)

I’m often asked for tips on how someone wanting to find a dentist online can differentiate between genuine experts and clever marketing. First I should point out that almost any dentist can claim to be an expert, or even claim to have expertise in most fields of dentistry. There’s a difference between dentistry and medicine Read more...

How do I make sure I never have bad breath (Halitosis)?

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Emily Marson

Oral Hygiene and Dental Therapy
BOH (Melb.)

Here at Smile Solutions patients often ask us about the problem of bad breath and what they can do to prevent or manage it. Bad breath, or halitosis, affects up to 5 per cent of the population and there are lots of factors that can contribute to this frustrating and often embarrassing condition. An excess Read more...

What are the most common complaints associated with conventional braces?

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Dr Stephanie Tang

Specialist Orthodontist
Orthodontic Care
BDSc (Melb), MOrth (Hong Kong), MOrth (RCS Edin)

The six most commonly reported complaints from patients with conventional braces are described here, along with our suggested remedies. 1. Discomfort with initial wires Some discomfort is to be expected, as the initial wires are highly flexible and bring about the most alignment of the teeth. If a patient feels particularly uncomfortable, pain relief can be 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...

When it comes to veneers, what has changed in the last twenty years?

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Dr Peter Henderson

General and Cosmetic Dental Care
BDSc (Melb), LDS (Vic)

I’ll talk about how things have changed for me, as I haven’t felt the need to investigate all the various fads that have come and gone; nor can I comment on how veneers may have changed for other dentists. DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY With a handful of standard digital photos, I can readily evaluate your smile collaboratively Read more...

What is the definition of dental specialists in Australia?

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Dr Kia Pajouhesh

Cosmetic and Restorative Care
BSc, BDSc (Melb)

In Australia, most dental practitioners have general registration with the Dental Board of Australia. In addition, all dental specialists in Australia are registered as such with the Dental Board of Australia. In all, there are 13 fields of dental specialisation in Australia, all of which are listed on the website of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation 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...