First aid for dental injuries - treatment and prevention tips!

Accidents can often occur when you least expect it. Dental trauma not only requires immediate dental treatment, but can often lead to serious aesthetic, functional, psychological and economic consequences. Dental injuries are also relatively common – affecting approximately 20-30% of people at some stage of their lives!
Dental trauma can often occur when playing contact sport. Prevention is crucial in these circumstances to reduce the chance of these dental injuries occurring, and it is important to also know the basic first aid steps for when dental trauma does occur! Here is our advice for how to prevent injury and what steps to take if injury does occur. Common dental injuries (and some immediate actions to take!)Broken tooth If you experience a chipped or broken tooth, you should attempt to find and keep the broken piece of tooth. This may be able to be glued back on to restore the tooth! If this is not possible, a filling may be able to be placed to restore the aesthetics of the too…

A few things about Orthodontics that you may not know!

Feeling self-conscious or concerned about crooked or protruding teeth? Well, you’re not alone. Even celebrities share the same concerns! Luckily, thanks to Orthodontics, you can smile with a truckload of confidence. What is Orthodontics?Orthodontics is the speciality associated with the alignment of teeth, relationship of the teeth, jaw, and facial structures. Orthodontists are dentists who have done an additional post graduate qualification to specialise in this area of dentistry.
All Orthodontists have a background in dentistry, however not all dentists who practice Orthodontics are specialists. The treating Orthodontist may work in a team with other specialists including paediatric dentists and oral maxillofacial surgeons to ensure that patients obtain the best results and experience.
Orthodontics commonly involves the aesthetic correction of teeth, however there are more complex cases which may involve thorough assessment and management of dental deformities, missing teeth, facial pr…

Dental plaque - why it's harmful and how to avoid it

Dental plaque is a film made up of bacteria and their by-products which which covers the surfaces of all the structures in the mouth.

Just like in the gut/digestive system, the mouth is comprised of a variety of micro flora (bacterial species) which acts in equilibrium. Ideally the bacteria of the mouth should be balanced and could be considered free from disease. However when the factors affecting plaque are disturbed or unbalanced, it can lead to a shift from normal.
There are many factors which affect dental plaque including some of the following: 
Inadequacy of plaque removal causing retention and maturation of bacteria Brushing techniqueBrushing frequencyFlossing habits Diet intake Beverages; particularly sweetened, acidic and caffeinated drinks Immune system Compromised natural defence against bacteria Saliva flow Food removal from the mouthHydration; consistency and volume produced (caffeine reduces saliva flow)Quality of saliva; can be altered by medications, damage to saliva ducts …