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Ten Simple Things You Can Do Today For Better Oral Hygiene

A great smile isn’t just a way to make new friends; it also shows off your pearly whites! But having good oral hygiene is more than having great looking teeth. Maintaining good oral health helps to prevent dental and medical issues such as gum disease, bone loss, and even heart disease. Here are 10 simple things you can do for better oral hygiene.Tip #1 - brush properlyThis is the most basic step to maintaining clean, healthy teeth. Place the bristles at a 45 degree angle near the gum line and brush up and down, then back and forth, gently for both the front and back of your teeth. Try ...

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Why Dr Ward Is So Interested In Dental Implants

We’d definitely recommend thinking about dental implants when considering tooth replacement options. Patients might have a sense that implants are expensive, or perhaps they have a reputation as a purely cosmetic option—but at an average cost of around $4500, they compare well to other procedures, and have a lot of functional advantages.If we look at the alternatives then hopefully we can create a clearer picture of why implants might be the way to go.Obviously when there’s a gap in your teeth the cheapest option is to do nothing. In that case you might lose some bone when the tooth is extracted. That loss of bone might make it more difficult ...

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How to be prepared for dental emergencies that can happen to everyone

The one thing about emergencies, including dental emergencies is that they typically happen with little or no notice. The best way you can protect yourself for such an emergency and minimise its damages is to be prepared ahead of time and to know what to do if an emergency happens. How you react in the minutes following a dental emergency may determine if you keep or lose your tooth.Below is a look at the top dental emergencies you that you may experience anywhere and what to do.ToothacheA toothache may not sound like a dental emergency, until you have one. Pain associated with a toothache can be quite intense. It is ...

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Snoring Solutions

I meet a lot of people who are concerned about their snoring and the impact it is having on their health and even their relationship. Especially people who have sleep apnoea. And I’m happy to tell them there are some simple dental solutions that don’t require facemasks and noisy machines. Snoring is mostly caused by the soft palate relaxing and closing off the airways while you’re sleeping. The simplest snoring solution is a dental device that moves your lower jaw forward while you sleep, preventing your soft palate from collapsing and keeping your airways open.The easy snoring solutionThe dental snoring solution you can have made is a lot like wearing ...

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Health-fund dental coverage—use it or lose it

Health-fund dental coverage—use it or lose itThe subject of health-fund dental cover is a tricky one. The rebate you receive will differ depending on your health fund and the treatment you receive. The way health funds cover dentistry is not necessarily about maximizing benefits for the customer. They’re a method of economising for the provision of services across the whole range of treatments—and customers. That’s why it’s important to choose a fund based on your own needs.Use your dental coverage or lose itI’ll start by saying if you don't use your health-fund dental cover, you stand to lose the rebate benefits. That’s the primary thing to remember when dealing with ...

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Straight Teeth - The Benefits Are Not Just Cosmetic

For many people, straight teeth are synonymous with the perfect smile. This is why millions of people seek out cosmetic dentistry services every year. Did you know, however, that having straight teeth yields more benefits than simply a perfect smile? Straight teeth can actually promote better overall oral health and physical well-being. Here’s a look at some of the lesser known benefits of straight teeth.Healthier teeth and gumsStraight teeth are easier to keep clean with basic brushing and flossing. Food, bacteria and other debris can become lodged between teeth that are misaligned. It can be difficult to reach in and around irregular areas created by misaligned teeth with a toothbrush ...

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The Importance of Oral Hygiene

When you make an appointment at a large dental clinic, you may find yourself meeting with the dental hygienist rather than the dentist him/herself. Some patients get a surprise as they didn’t realise the two were separate qualifications.So, what’s the difference?The profession of dental hygienist has been around a long time but people don’t always fully understand why they’re seeing a hygienist rather than the dentist. What they’re not aware of is that a hygienist goes to university and studies for three or four years to learn solely about oral hygiene and cleaning teeth.How a hygienist helps your oral hygieneDentists go to dental school for five years and only one ...

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