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Tooth Decay … Cavities!

Tooth decay — or dental caries — is an infectious disease process that causes damage to the structure of teeth. Cavities (holes) are the most notable consequences of dental caries. Left untreated, caries leads to pain, tooth loss — or, in very rare cases, death. In this most extreme case, infection can advance to the “cavernous sinus,” an air cell behind the eye, from which it can then enter the brain. Tooth decay amounts to more than just the inconvenience of “drilling and filling”: it has the power to change a person’s diet, speech, quality of life and overall well-being. Did you know that tooth decay is one of the… Read More »Tooth Decay … Cavities!

Dental Hygienist … A true value in dental healthcare

Many patients ask ” What is the role of Dental Hygienists? And why do I need to see them? “ Having your “teeth cleaned” is a highly individualised process. Dental hygienists are educated and trained health care professionals who operate under strict licensing for your general health as well as your oral health. All these professional skills are put to use during a “not so simple cleaning,” with your safety and well being in mind. Each visit begins by reviewing your health history to identify issues that may necessitate special precautions during dental hygiene care to ensure your safety and to prevent medical emergencies. For example, patients with a history… Read More »Dental Hygienist … A true value in dental healthcare

What is Fluoride?

Fluoride is a natural mineral that is found in water. The amount of fluoride in the water varies from area to area. What are the benefits of fluoride? Fluoride has been researched for over 50 years and water fluoridation has been proven to cut dental decay by 40 to 60%. Fluoride is present in many different natural sources, but can also be artificially added to our drinking water. A level of one part in a million has been shown to be most effective. Fluoride can greatly help dental health by strengthening the tooth enamel, making it more resistant to tooth decay. Your local water supplier or health authority should be… Read More »What is Fluoride?

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