Teeth whitening treatment

Teeth whitening treatment

How white is too white for teeth? When does teeth whitening treatment look wrong? Many years ago, it was a joke on TV sitcoms—some character would get a tooth-whitening treatment and come out with a fluorescent white smile. But to be honest, I think these days ‘too-white’ teeth are becoming a bit more acceptable. One… Continue Reading

What to do when bruxism takes a hold

What to do when bruxism takes a hold

Your smile is much more than just an external sign of a friendly persona. A toothy grin can often show the first sign you may be suffering from bruxism. In order to understand how to fix bruxism, however, it is first necessary to understand what it is. Its name suggests it could be some dastardly… Continue Reading

Kids’ orthodontics—when’s the best time?

Kids’ orthodontics—when’s the best time?

Parents can be understandably anxious about when to start worrying about their children’s crooked teeth. The conventional wisdom is to wait until all the adult teeth are through—usually as kids are hitting their teens. But another school of thought in kids’ orthodontics is that it’s best to strike while the jawbone is still malleable. I… Continue Reading

The debate about private dental health insurance

The debate about private dental health insurance

Private dental health insurance is a contentious issue in our profession. We’ve all seen news stories about private health insurers raising fees all the time. And I know that some people who have done the calculations say that it’s not worth it—that the money that you’re paying for your premium is money you’ll never get… Continue Reading

Pain-free dentistry

Pain-free dentistry

When people of a certain age, think baby boomers and before, go to the dentist, the first thing some of them think about is needles and drills. It’s not the best mental image, and it can take a bit of convincing for patients to realise that there is such a thing as pain-free dentistry. Dentistry… Continue Reading

Natural toothpaste vs regular toothpaste

Natural toothpaste vs regular toothpaste

Once you become a parent, your interest in health topics skyrockets. There’s an extra urgency around healthy food, exercise and medicine because you’re researching those topics for both yourself and your child. The recent interest in natural toothpaste vs regular toothpaste is part of that, I think. Many people are going to be suspicious of… Continue Reading