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New research identifies alarming trends in oral health

New research identifies alarming trends in oral health

New research, commissioned by the Oral Health Advisory Panel (OHAP), has revealed some worrying insights into Australians’ oral health habits, many valuing appearance over the health of their teeth. A staggering 92% of Australian adults are unaware of what the early stages of tooth decay look like, just one of the alarming…


Taking care of your teeth during pregnancy

E-cigarettes and your oral health

When a woman falls pregnant, her whole body changes - including her oral health. Good oral health is important for good gestation and healthy babies. Here are some things to keep in mind should you be expecting: Morning sickness Morning sickness is related to increased hormone levels and resultant metabolic changes…


E-cigarettes and your oral health

E-cigarettes and your oral health

A recent paper published in the Journal of Dental Research has detailed findings from The Oral Health Effects of Tobacco Products: Science and Regulatory Policy conference in Maryland in the US. It found that aside form tobacco product use's links to oral cancer, periodontal disease and tooth loss, there is an adverse…


X-rays and your oral health

When “healthy” food is bad for your teeth

Over the past few decades, dentistry has evolved significantly. We have moved from an era of treating dental emergencies to now avoiding serious dental and gum related problems before they occur. Although our dentists have a trained eye for picking up problems in the mouth, a vital part of our…


When “healthy” food is bad for your teeth

When “healthy” food is bad for your teeth

A recent study published in the British Dental Journal found that Olympic and professional athletes could be damaging their teeth by regular using sports drinks, energy bars and gels. Researchers from University College London surveyed 352 female and male athletes across 11 sports, including cycling, swimming, rugby, football, rowing, hockey, sailing and athletics. The…


Dental visits drop significantly in old age

Dental visits drop significantly in old age

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?

The importance of keeping your dental appointments

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

The importance of keeping your dental appointments

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

THE STRESS TEST

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

THE STRESS TEST

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

Gum health and you

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

Filling the Gap: dental care in Australia

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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