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Where to get calcium if you’re ‘dairy-free’

Other sources of dietary calcium Dairy products provide calcium which, as we learn from childhood, is essential for strong bones and teeth. But even if you are cutting back or cutting dairy from your diet, there are a variety of other foods providing sufficient amounts for bone and dental health. Vegetables & leafy greens Eating […]

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COVID Level 1 & Dentistry

Dentists are following the easing of restrictions for preventing the spread of COVID19 by moving to Level 1 precautions. Level 1 in dentistry In a nutshell, so long as you are well, have no cold or flu-like symptoms and have not been in close contact with anyone who is unwell, then dental treatments can go […]

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Lifting COVID restrictions: what does it mean for dentistry?

From Monday the 27th April, the Australian Government has agreed to ease restrictions for elective surgery, including some dental procedures. COVID19 Level 2 restrictions at the dentist In dentistry, social distancing cannot be observed, and non-essential procedures will still be postponed. However, there is more scope now for treatment options to remedy small problems or […]

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Dental treatment during coronavirus shut down

Dentistry and COVID-19 The Australian Dental Association, our professional body has set guidelines to reduce transmission of the coronavirus. As a clinic, we are following the recommendations. As health professionals in an evolving scientific environment, we are striving above all else, to not make things worse. Urgent dental problems and coronavirus Level 3 restrictions allow […]

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My wisdom teeth aren’t painful – why should they be removed?

Wisdom teeth often begin to move into position around age 17 to 25 – and it is normal for dentists to request an x-ray to determine their position within the bone of the jaw. When they sit fairly vertically beneath the gum, they could move nicely into place behind the second molars, so if they […]

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Should I use an electric toothbrush?

An electric toothbrush is not an instant solution for poor oral hygiene – however where arthritis or any condition makes holding and manoeuvring a brush difficult, it certainly can help. Manual or electric tooth brush for a better clean. . . It is possible to do a better clean with a manual brush used well […]

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A link between diabetes and periodontal disease

Two types of diabetes The acquired, or Type ll diabetes, is now considered to double the risk of periodontal disease compared with healthy individuals. Other consequences can include heart and kidney disease, peripheral nerve damage and damage to other organs including the eyes. However, if caught early, this form of diabetes is considered to be […]

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‘Recaldent’ and other sugar-free gums

Sugar-free gums after a meal are regarded as beneficial for oral health. So how do they work? Dental plaque and carbohydrates Carbohydrates we eat provide food for the bacteria that reside in our mouths. Dental plaque together with this bacterial ‘digestion’ produce lactic and acetic acids.  Therefore, in this low pH environment that follows eating, […]

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TMJ pain: when it hurts to chew or yawn

TMJ, or temporo-mandibular joint, is the joint between the temporal bone of the skull and the mandible or jaw. It is easily felt by placing fingertips just in front of the ear holes and opening and closing the mouth. The anatomy of this joint allows for incredible stretching open, for example to bite into an […]

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