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Dental visits drop significantly in old age

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Visits to the dentist drop significantly after adults turn 80, finds a new study by researchers at NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing and the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, published in the journal Research on Aging. Oral health is increasingly recognised as an essential part of healthy aging. It…


To share or not to share?

Tooth Brushes in a cup

In an emergency – weekend away, accident tumble into the toilet, apocalypse/world toothbrush shortage – would you miss a night’s brushing, or borrow your partner’s? "It's probably about 50/50," says Samantha Byrne, lecturer in oral biology at the University of Melbourne, in an article published on ABC Life. Australian Dental Association…


The importance of keeping your dental appointments

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One of the biggest pressures our practice has to deal with on a daily basis is patients cancelling or rescheduling appointment at short notice. Our front office coordinators go to great lengths to remind patients of upcoming appointments to avoid having downtime in the appointment books. Lack of sufficient notice…


Dental trauma in children

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Any parent of a young child will tell you that children are constantly on the move. Unfortunately, with this comes the risk of trauma to the developing teeth. A New Zealand study has found that the most common causes of dental trauma in very young children are falls. As children…


THE STRESS TEST

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Stress can lead to a myriad of health issues, not least the condition of your mouth. For some, stress can lead skipping out on brushing or flossing altogether, while others develop habits of teeth-grinding. Dr. Bruce Ward, a dentist and spokesperson for the British Columbia Dental Association, says that when people…


Gum health and you

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For a long time, the health of our mouths has been seen as separate to our general health. However, recent studies have proven that this is no longer the case. There has now been an association made between gum health and health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and pre-term…


Filling the Gap: dental care in Australia

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When Australians need to see a GP, Medicare picks up all or most of the bill. But when they need to see a dentist, Australians are on their own. A new report by Independent policy think tank The Grattan Institute has found that approximately 2 million Australians who required dental care in the…

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