Everyone knows that tooth brushing is the foundation for good dental health (with flossing a close second). But, unfortunately, many Australians still don’t brush often enough or for as long as they should. Why is regular toothbrushing so challenging?
Halitosis (bad breath) is a fairly common problem- there are lots of things that can cause a temporary experience of bad breath. Almost everyone has experienced the bad odour that can result after a meal containing garlic or onions, for example. The Colgate website reports that 40% of the population suffers from a chronic form …Read More
It’s a new season, and dentists and dental hygienists across Australia are reminding their patients and communities that it’s time to retire their current toothbrush and to replace it with a new one. Have you ever wondered about the rationale behind the ‘New Season, New Toothbrush’ message? Does it really apply to everyone? And what …Read More
One of the things that many people most dislike about dentistry is having a local anaesthetic- the medication delivered by injection that numbs the part of the mouth that is about to receive treatment. Even though the benefits of having this available are very welcome (that is, we don’t have to experience having dentistry performed …Read More
So it’s time to change your toothbrush. You go to the supermarket, head to the dental care aisle, and are welcomed by a gamut of oral health care choices — toothbrushes with all manner of bristles- soft, medium, extra long medium, slim soft zigzag, battery-operated, power brushes; toothpastes of all kind- whitening, cavity protection, 12-hour protection, sensitive care; and then …Read More
It’s National Nutrition Week. When it comes to a discussion of nutrition, you might think your dental team is mostly concerned about the reduction or elimination of sugars and acids from your diet: things that can have a direct impact on the teeth themselves.
‘Excuses’ is one Tooth Decay United player that parents and the dental team hear about all the time. Cost, too busy, forgetting to brush, forgetting to floss, fear, feeling ashamed are just some of the excuses people have that prevent them from having good oral health.
One of the notorious players of Team Tooth Decay, Neglected Toothbrush is actually easy to beat—all it takes is to have that “shaggy dog” toothbrush replaced! Most dentists recommend that you change your toothbrushes every three months. The normal wear and tear of three months of using your toothbrush make it ineffective in removing plaque …Read More
Our oral health is like a soccer match. It has key players that work day and night to fight against the attack of the enemy—tooth decay. The Dental Health World Cup infographic below shows how these key players (toothbrush, toothpaste, dental visits, etc.) work hard and work together to win against the onslaught of the …Read More
Tooth decay is considered to be Australia’s most chronic disease for children and is five times more prevalent in children than asthma. It has been such a growing health concern that the Australian Dental Association’s Dental Health Week campaign ‘Stop the Rot’ focused specifically on the oral health of children in 2012.