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Preventing Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease is one of the most common preventable diseases in the country. It is a disease that is exacerbated by poor oral hygiene, but there is also a hereditary element to it. Where parents or grandparents have had periodontal issues, we find patients tend to be likely to inherit it.

Back in the old days, people used to say it was just part of getting older. The phrase ‘getting long in the tooth’ was used to describe old age, although it actually described periodontal disease. These days it’s very different. Our mentality is that you can prevent it or bring it under control. I’m a big believer in combatting periodontal ...

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The 5 Biggest Mistakes You May Be Making With Your Child's Teeth

Every parent wants the best for their child and with regular brushing and family dentistry visits most parents feel they are doing their best for their child’s oral health. But did you know that some innocent actions can have negative consequences on your child’s teeth? Here are five of the biggest mistakes parents make that impact on the oral health of children.

Mistake #1 – bottles at bedtime

Giving a bottle of milk or juice at bedtime may help to ensure sweet dreams for you and your child, but it can lead to tooth decay. The sugar in these comfort beverages can impact the health of your child’s teeth. If a bottle ...

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Snoring partner? Your dentist can help!

Is your partner keeping you up with night snoring and you don’t know what to do? If so, a dentist that specialises in sleep apnea solutions may be able to help. Lack of sleep from your partner’s snoring may cause you to have headaches, fatigue and attention problems. But your partner may be suffering even more as a result of their snoring, as snoring can cause depression, severe fatigue and decreased libido.

Studies show that between 30 to 50 percent of the population struggle with some form of snoring. Due to this frequency, there are a lot of products on the market today to help combat this unwanted condition, including many ...

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Is it true that flossing my teeth is pointless?

Dentists have been encouraging their patients to floss with dental floss daily for more than 100 years. However, recent reports have shed some doubt as to whether flossing provides any benefits to your dental health. These reports state that there is no clear evidence showing that flossing does anything to promote better oral health. Could it be that you have been flossing all these years for nothing? Well, not according to the experts.

What does the evidence say on flossing?

The Associate Press recently reported that previous research done to prove the benefits of flossing is flawed or that flossing with dental floss doesn’t have a significant impact on oral health. While ...

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What's Causing My Bad Breath?

If you suffer from bad breath then it appears you’re in good company.

While the figures vary depending on the person supplying them, it is estimated that around 60 million (or around one in four) of the adult population have some level of halitosis.

Caused by sulphur-producing bacteria in the tongue and throat, unpleasant odours emitted from the mouth are believed to be the third most common reason people visit their dentist to seek dental care—with the first two being tooth decay and gum disease.

But while it’s easy to identify the symptoms of foul breath, it’s not always as straightforward identifying the underlying cause.

What contributes to bad breath?

A variety of factors have ...

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What Are The Signs Of Sleep Apneoa

Sleep apnoea is a potentially serious condition that can be life-threatening in severe cases. Fortunately, most dentists are trained to identify and help deal with the problem.

I first became interested in sleep apnoea due to patients who had long appointments. They may have had a 90-minute appointment to be fitted with a crown created by our Cerec machine, and they fell asleep in the chair. Initially, I thought it was great they were so relaxed at the dentist but then I started considering sleep apnoea. If a person suffers from sleep apnoea, they have very bad quality sleep during the night. These patients were nodding off in the chair simply ...

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