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What Causes Sensitive Teeth? All Your Questions Answered.

Do you struggle with sensitive teeth but you’re not quite sure why? We see patients every day who are sensitive to heat or cold and aren’t sure what to do next. Suddenly you find yourself unable to enjoy some of the foods you may have once loved and you’re at a loss as to what is causing your discomfort. So, we thought we would fill you in on all things ‘sensitive teeth’ with answers to our most common questions. 

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What Causes Sensitive Teeth? All Your Questions Answered.

Do you struggle with sensitive teeth but you’re not quite sure why? We see patients every day who are sensitive to heat or cold and aren’t sure what to do next. Suddenly you find yourself unable to enjoy some of the foods you may have once loved and you’re at a loss as to what is causing your discomfort. So, we thought we would fill you in on all things ‘sensitive teeth’ with answers to our most common questions. 

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What is Bruxism? All your questions answered

Bruxism is a mysterious condition that affects many people throughout their lives. While you may not be familiar with the term, it simply refers to what we commonly call teeth grinding. In fact, teeth grinding can even occur in babies whilst in utero, furthering the mysterious nature of this particular dental condition. 

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How Do Dental Implants Work?

Dental implants are arguably the best tooth replacement option available these days. They offer a number of benefits over alternate replacement options like dentures or dental bridges/crowns. The physical implant itself is essentially a fake porcelain tooth, mounted onto a titanium screw which is implanted into the jawbone and gum tissue. 

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Overcoming Dental Phobia: Tips to Help You Get Through Your Trip to the Dentist

Not many people do enjoy going to the dentist, but for hundreds of thousands of Australians, of all ages, dental phobia or dental anxiety is a crippling fear. Unfortunately this fear drives many away from regular dental checkups which can have serious ramifications not only for dental health but also your overall well being. 

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Facts about Teeth Whitening

With the improvements in teeth whitening technologies, teeth whitening has become more affordable than ever. This has made it extremely popular as an easy way to give your look a makeover. This affordability is perhaps one of the greatest benefits of professional teeth whitening. 

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Gum Disease: Everything you need to know

Healthy gums are pink, firm, and don’t bleed when brushed. 

If you suffer from some or all of these symptoms then chances are you have gum disease:

  • inflamed/swollen/puffy gums
  • redness of gums
  • soreness of gums
  • bleeding gums when brushing or flossing
  • bad breath
  • bad or bitter taste in the mouth
  • loose teeth

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Gum Disease: What are the first signs, can it be cured and how to prevent it

Have you been battling swollen gums? They are more than an eyesore and an irritant, and in some severe cases, could lead not only to loss of teeth, but serious long-term health problems if it develops into Gum Disease.

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Looking for the best way to whiten your teeth? Read on for everything you need to know.

Whether it’s for a special occasion or for every day enjoyment, whitening your teethcan increase your look and your confidence. But with so many options available, you may be left wondering what path to set out on for the best results. 

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Will Tooth Sensitivity Go Away?

There's nothing more frustrating than sensitive teeth that prevent you from eating the foods you love. Whether you struggle with sugar sensitivity that's making it difficult for you to enjoy sweet desserts, cold sensitivity that makes ice cream or even cold drinks a problem, or heat sensitivity that's leaving you wincing after you consume hot soup and other foods, you want to address the sensitivity issue as soon as possible.

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What Causes Teeth Grinding?

Doctors and dentists have discovered some interesting facts regarding "the grind". This research has miraculously redefined what we know about teeth grinding and has also shed some light on how we diagnose sleep apnea. 

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What Causes Hot and Cold Sensitivity in Teeth?

Are you struggling with sensitive teeth--especially teeth that are sensitive to heat or cold? With so many of your favourite foods in one of those categories, temperature sensitivity can be a real problem. If you've been struggling with sensitive teeth, you shouldn't simply dismiss the problem. Identifying the underlying issues that can be related to tooth sensitivity will help you prevent further damage to your teeth and gums. 

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When Do Babies Start Growing Teeth?

Your baby's first teeth are a huge milestone. It's a sign that baby is getting ready for real foods as well, as a great look at a beautiful little smile. If you're wondering what your little one's teeth should look like--and when you can expect them to come in--there are some general guidelines to keep in mind. 

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Finding an Emergency Dentistry Practice

Dental emergencies, such as intense tooth pain, broken crowns and broken teeth, may require an urgent dental visit. So, what should you look for in a dentist when you require emergency dentistryattention in stressful situations?

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Top 5 Reasons To Use Mouthwash For Mouth Infections

A large number of adults in Australia experience gum disease. If you are dealing with gum disease, your dentist may recommend a mouthwash to help combat the infection. Here are five reasons this is an effective way to care for your mouth. 

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Protect Yourself from Nighttime Bruxism with a Sleeping Mouthguard

Bruxism-- or teeth clenching and grinding-- is an extremely common dental concern in both children and adults. Often, bruxism occurs at night, when the sufferer is asleep and unaware that he or she is grinding. 

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Gum Disease Treatments - What to Expect

There are many ways to treat periodontal disease (or gum disease). Depending on the severity of your condition, you may require one or more treatments. For many, surgery will not be necessary, and the road to recovery begins with behavioral changes. 

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Top Five Tips For How To Use Mouthwash Properly

Brushing and flossing are of course critical to good dental health, but there is one more weapon in the fight to avoid cavities and keep gum disease away: an effective mouthwash. Here are five things to remember as you add (or maintain) rinsing to your oral care routine.

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Top 5 Tips on How to Avoid Swollen Gum Disease

Swollen gums are more than an unsightly irritant. They could lead not only to loss of teeth, but serious long-term health problems.

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The Top 5 Signs That You Grind Your Teeth in Your Sleep

Night bruxism, or grinding your teeth in your sleep, is something that affects many Australians. It can be difficult to tell if this is a problem for you. After all, you're asleep! But since night grinding can have a serious impact on your teeth and your health, it's worth looking into. Here are five ways to tell if you are grinding your teeth in your sleep.

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Tooth Whitening: Home or Dentist?

At-home teeth whitening can be effective, when done properly; but most of the time, you will be happier with your results if you have themprofessionally whitened. 

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Top 5 Tips on How To Prevent Teeth Clenching

Although roughly half of all Australians grind or clench their teeth sometimes, it is only a problem for 5% of the population.If you're one of the 5%, though, you'd probably like to know how to get rid of it and the pain that it can cause. Here are a few tips to help you out.

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Top 5 Benefits of a Custom Mouthguard

It is important to keep your teeth safe while playing sports, and you may be tempted to purchase an ordinary mouthguard to protect your teeth while you play. However you may want to consider the advantages of a custom fit mouthguard before making that decision. 

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How to Tell Which Teeth Are Baby Teeth

When your baby's teeth first start to come in, you may remember the eruption of every single tooth. As they get older, those memories blur a bit. You may look in your child's mouth and wonder exactly which of those teeth are still their baby teeth.

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What is Nocturnal Bruxism?

Nocturnal Bruxism is the medical term used for clenching and/or grinding your teeth while you are asleep. An estimated eight percent of all adults grind their teeth, and up to a third of parents report that their children would occasionally grind their teeth at night also. Occasional grinding is not much of a problem, but when it happens regularly it can cause tooth pain, facial pain and disturb your sleep.

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How To Avoid Getting Stained Teeth

While there are plenty of professional treatments and whitening products on the market, there are also ways you can reduce the amount of stains that end up staying on your precious teeth.

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How Often Should You Go to the Dentist?

Scheduling an appointment every 6 months can do wonders for your mouth and keep everything in tip-top shape. However, some people may need less visits and will do fine with going just once a year. 

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How to Fix a Chipped Tooth

There are many things that can cause dental traumato a tooth, including a sports injury or eating hard foods. In many cases, the chip is difficult to see, instead, you may feel a slight pain that resembles a toothache. A chipped tooth not only results in discomfort but it also leaves your tooth vulnerable to potential infections. As a result, it is important to see a dentist as quickly as possible. Once there, your dentist will help you choose from a number of dental restorations to repair your tooth.

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Tips for Keeping Your Teeth White Following Professional Teeth Whitening

A professional teeth whiteningprocedure can go a long way to elevate the overall colour of your teeth. As time passes, the brightness of your smile may begin to fade following the procedure. Fortunately, there are a few simple tips that you can use to keep your teeth looking white.

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How are Wisdom Teeth Removed?

Wisdom teeth are the very last ‘permanent teeth’ to erupt in the human mouth, typically between 17-24 years of age. Many times, these teeth emerge without incident. However, when there isn't adequate room in the mouth and jaw to accommodate these teeth, you can suffer from an impaction, infection, damage to adjacent teeth, or other painful conditions. It is when this occurs that your dentist will recommend removal of your wisdom teeth.

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Dental Implants: A Modern Alternative to Traditional Dentures

New dental technology is now available that can replace missing or damaged teeth with none of the unpleasantness (risk of poor fit, gum irritation, cleaning routines, or embarrassment) of removable traditional dentures. Teeth implants offer a permanent, virtually undetectable option to traditional dentures that will give you back your winning smile, and the confidence you need to face the world.

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What is a Restorative Dentist?

A restorative dentist diagnoses and manages the diseases of the teeth and gums that undermine the function of the dental structure. 

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3 Reasons to See an Emergency Dentist

Finding yourself in the middle of a dental emergency can be very stressful, which is why having an emergency dentistry clinic you can trust top of mind for prompt care is so important. 

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What’s a Periodontist?

A periodontist is a dentist who has obtained additional training in preventing, diagnosing, and treating periodontal disease, which destroys attachment fibers and supporting bones in the mouth. They can also install dental implants for patients. One of the most common duties of a periodontist is the treatment and prevention of gum disease.

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How to Treat Gum Infection Before it Escalates

Sometimes, you might have an oral issue that requires attention, but be unable to see a dentist right away. In this situation, try to do what you can at home to address the problem. In the case of a suspected gum infection, there are several actions you can take to find relief and prevent escalation of the condition.

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How to Overcome Your Fear of the Dentist

Are you guilty of delaying - or completely avoiding - needed dental care due to a fear of dentist?

Dental phobiais extremely common. An overwhelming number of Australians are believed to never visit a dentist due to dental phobia. Many others only see a dentist when it becomes absolutely unavoidable.

Fear of the dentist is such a common condition that it has a name, odontophobia. ‘Odontophia’ is taken from the Greek ‘odonto’, meaning teeth, and ‘phobia’, meaning fear.

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Sources of Tooth Decay in Young Children

Tooth decay, the most common chronic infection in children, occurs when acid-producing bacteria infects the child's mouth. To prevent tooth decay, familiarise yourself with sources of this bacteria and limit your child's exposure to it. 

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Tooth Infections and What You Need to Know

In this article, we are going to discuss one of the more common fistulas that occurs, which results from a tooth that has become so infected that a pus-filled canal forms along your sinus tract, causing a boil to form on your gums. 

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Is There a Link Between Breastfeeding and Tooth Decay?

The common belief that breastfeeding a child to sleep can lead to tooth decay arises out of articles published over 30 years ago that were based on case studies involving a small group of children. In the intervening decades, evidence-based research involving larger population samples seems to disprove the original theory and even shows that breastfeeding may actually help protect developing teeth from decay.

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What is a Periodontist?

Chances are you have been to a dentist, but may not have heard of the term 'periodontist'. If you've had a recent referral for periodontal work, you may have a few questions.

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What to Look for When Searching for a Dentist in Newcastle

If you're in the market for a new dentist, for whatever reason, you might be wondering what you should be looking for. We’ve put together this easy-to-follow checklist for when you're trying to find a new dentist here in beautiful Newcastle.

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What is Dental Bonding? What You Need to Know

If you're unhappy with your smile due to gaps between your teeth, chips, or other minor cosmetic imperfections, then you may want to consider dental bonding. This cosmetic procedure is often a viable option for patients who want to improve the appearance of their smile without the need for extensive procedures.

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Why Would I Need a Dental X-Ray?

Dental x-rays are one of the most common procedures your dentist may perform, and are a vital part of any pre-treatment exam for many dental problems. However, do you know what these x-rays actually show?

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Is Fluoride Safe for My Family?

Fluoride has been used in water supplies throughout Australia for around 50 years. Water fluoridation has had such an impact on reducing tooth decay that the practise is endorsed by the Australian Dental Association. Despite the benefits and cost-effectiveness of fluoride in keeping teeth healthy, many patients are still unsure if it is safe.

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Get Wise on Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth are the third and final molars. Although they come in last, they're an essential part of your dental health. 

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4 Questions about Teeth Whitening - and their answers!

We’ve compiled some of the questions our patients ask most often about tooth whitening, along with some answers, to give you insight into what works, what doesn’t and what options are available to you when it comes to whiter, younger looking teeth.

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Flossing correctly

Simply brushing your teeth twice a day is not enough to maintain optimal dental health. About half of the tooth's surface is between the teeth, so if you skip flossing, you are leaving a large area exposed to decay. Add flossing to your daily routine with these easy tips.

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Children’s Dentistry: Sealants Provide Powerful Protection

Dentists often recommend sealants for children and adolescents. What are sealants? Why might your child need them? How do sealants protect teeth? Read on to get the facts about dental sealants.

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Emergency Dentistry: Chipped or Broken Teeth

Sometimes people never know they’ve chipped or broken a tooth. They bite into something yummy, and swallow the chipped part unknowingly. Others trip and fall on a sidewalk, concrete floor or the gym floor. These folks often know instantly that their teeth are chipped or broken. Others get socked by a ball, a kid or a door. However, it happens to you, don’t fret. It isn’t a total loss. There are healthy tips you can do at home to help maintain your oral health, before you seek emergency dentistry.

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Childrens Dentistry: Tips to Get Through the Early Years

As a parent, we only want what is best for our kids and provide them with the proper nutrition and comfort they need. In most cases, children begin getting teeth well before weaning from a bottle or breastfeeding. This can pose an obstacle when it comes to proper oral care on children who do not understand the ramifications of tooth decay. 

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Get Wise about Wisdom Teeth: The Ultimate Patient Guide

So, you have to get your wisdom teeth removed. It's totally common and nothing to freak out about! In fact, many people consider it to be a normal and healthy (albeit uncomfortable) part of becoming an adult. To most teens, wisdom tooth removal is a rite of passage, and your dentist is there to guide you through it.

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