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Seal Out Tooth Decay

Seal Out Tooth Decay

Fissure sealants are thin plastic coatings painted on the groovy surface of the back teeth. The placement is a simple and completely painless procedure performed in the dental chair by your dentist or oral health therapist.

Fissure sealants prevent the food and germs getting caught in the pits and grooves of the back teeth, which ultimately results in tooth decay.

Which teeth should we seal?

Sealants should be placed on all permanent molars as they erupt into the mouth. The first molars erupt between the ages of 5 and 7. The second molars erupt between the ages of 11 and 14.

Baby teeth too?

Some children are especially prone to decay and sealants can help prevent decay in the baby teeth too.

The baby teeth are important to hold the space for the permanent teeth. It is important to keep these teeth healthy and to avoid the dangerous effects of premature loss of the primary teeth.

What about adults?

All teeth with pits and grooves will benefit from the preventive aspect of fissure sealants.

Does insurance and Medicare pay?

Those eligible for treatment under the Medicare scheme for children's dental care are covered for fissure sealants. Most medical health funds provide generous rebate towards the cost of fissure sealants.

How long do they last?

Sealants can last up to 10 years, but need to be checked regularly as they can chip and wear away. 

 

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World No Tobacco Day – May 31st 2014

World No Tobacco Day – May 31st 2014

Each year on May 31st, the World Health Organization celebrates ‘World No Tobacco Day’, to highlight the health risks associated with smoking and to promote effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption.

Current statistics show that tobacco kills nearly six million people every year, with more than 600,000 of those, being non-smokers, from breathing second-hand smoke.

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Toothbrush Hygiene

In last weeks’ article we attempted to simplify the toothbrush selection decision. We found that scientific studies have found that there was no difference between the effectiveness of manual and powered toothbrushes and that our selection of a toothbrush is largely personal. Our toothbrush of choice should have a comfortable handle with a small head and soft bristles.

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A Look At Toothbrushes

Toothbrush designs have certainly come a long way in the past 5000 years. Graduating from the use of twigs, to toothbrushes crafted with bone that held the stiff bristles of hogs, boars or other animals. The nylon-bristled toothbrush, as we know it today, was invented in 1938.

In today’s marketplace we are bombarded with a vast array of both manual and powered toothbrushes with different shapes, sizes, angles, and bristle types.

When comparing the effectiveness of manual and powered toothbrushes, studies have indicated that there is no evidence to suggest that powered toothbrushes are any more effective than the good old manual toothbrush at cleaning your teeth.

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Dental Plaque and Calculus

Dental Plaque and Calculus

What is that on your teeth?

Dental Plaque and Calculus

Dental plaque is a sticky film that develops on your teeth throughout the day. It is removed in the morning and at night with tooth brushing and flossing.

When not removed, it can cause dental disease such as tooth decay and gum disease.

Plaque is made up of the food that we have eaten throughout the day and bacteria. When plaque is not removed and remains on the teeth for a long time, it hardens and turns into calculus, otherwise also known as tartar. Once the plaque has turned into calculus, you are no longer able to remove it through brushing or flossing, instead you need to have a dental hygienist or dentist remove with specialised instruments.

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