Category - Oral Health & Wellbeing

We have ideas about what beautiful teeth look like - but are they the same as in other countries?

Teeth ideals we may take for granted

We prioritise straight, white and pure teeth - but are we the only ones? Much of the world share similar ideas about dental beauty standards, however there are countries now and in the past where ideals are different. Let's take a look at how...

Do you know what you're putting in your coffee?

Can you satisfy your sweet tooth safely?

Most of us are aware of artificial sweeteners and what they can do as a replacement for sugar. However, with confusing names like aspartame and xylitol, do we actually understand what sweeteners are? Here we have a look at different kinds of...

Are you aware that osteoporosis can impact your oral health?

Could osteoporosis be complicating your oral...

Oral health is inextricably linked to the wellbeing of the rest of our bodies. When we become sick or develop any kind of medical complication, it's possible that our oral health will be impacted in some way. The same applies when osteoporosis...

Do you know what the Simpsons has taught you about teeth?

Dental lessons in Matt Groening’s...

Many Kiwis have enjoyed Matt Groening's "The Simpsons" over it's 30-odd years of air time. Fortunately, the cartoon is rife with hidden bits of wisdom that can pertain to our real lives, including our oral health. Here, we discuss three clips...

Let's take a look at some dental history to discover what's up with wisdom teeth.

Wisdom teeth through the ages

Wisdom teeth are the cause of a lot of pain for many Kiwis in their late teens or early twenties. They serve no necessary function to modern humans, so why do we have them? Read on to find out why we grow wisdom teeth, why they're redundant and...

Your teeth and sleeping have more to do with each other than you might realise.

The link between sleep apnoea and your teeth

If you're waking up with a dry mouth, a sore jaw and excessive daytime tiredness, you could be suffering from obtrusive sleep apnoea. This condition can have major impacts on your daily quality of life, so it's best to identify it as soon as...