Teeth Grinding (Bruxism)

Bruxism is the involuntary clenching, grinding and gnashing of the teeth. About half of the population does it from time to time. Around five per cent of the population are regular, forceful tooth grinders. Often it happens during sleep, but some people grind their teeth when they are awake. Usually, a person doesn’t realise that…

Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth are the molars (back teeth) that come through last, usually in the late teens or early 20s. There are normally two wisdom teeth in the upper jaw and two in the lower jaw, but some people have less than four, or even none at all. Sometimes, the wisdom tooth comes through at an…

Test Your Pediatric Dentistry IQ

QUESTIONS: 1) True or False: Baby teeth need to be cared for just as much as permanent teeth, even though they will fall out. True False 2) True or False: You should take your child to a pediatric dentist soon after the first tooth appears and no later than his or her first birthday. True…

Dental treatment

Everyone, including young children, should visit the dentist at least once every six months. Permanent teeth are designed to last a lifetime. The risk of tooth decay, gum disease and tooth loss can be reduced with good oral hygiene, a low-sugar diet, use of a mouthguard when playing sport, and regular visits to the dentist…

Losing teeth in a dream.

The horrible feeling that you get in the dream when you lose your teeth can represent the anxiety or uncertainty that may be experienced in times of change.

Educate your patients before their children’s first dental visit

When your patients tell you they’re pregnant, it’s not too early to discuss their baby’s first visit to the dental office. Begin with their oral health as a new parent, and the importance of an effective daily oral health regimen. Self-care at home should be routine, and regular visits to the dental office for an…

Children And Dummies

Sucking a dummy can help relax and settle babies but many parents are concerned about the effect of a dummy on their child’s teeth and mouth. Most oral health professionals will tell parents not to be worried about the effects of dummy or thumb and finger sucking while the child still has their baby teeth….