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Man Hiking | Oral Health Fairfield, NSW

If you’re like most people, you probably don’t give much thought to how you brush your teeth, beyond squirting on some toothpaste and scrubbing back and forth. But as we will tell you, how you brush your teeth matters a great deal, with how often you brush, how long you brush, the kind of technique and the toothbrush you use are all major influences on the effectiveness of your brushing.

To gain the maximum benefit from brushing, you should brush for at least two minutes morning and night, using a soft-bristled toothbrush with a small head and a flexible neck. The advantage of these toothbrushes is that they remove the plaque ...

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7 things you didn't know about your teeth

Teeth | Dentistry Fairfield NSW

No. 1: Sour can be just as bad as sweet.

Sugar isn’t the only dental villain that undermines healthy teeth. Acidic, low-pH foods, such as sour candy, wine & fruit juices soften teeth. The result: enamel erosion and diminished tooth size. Citric acid is the worst acid for your teeth.

No. 2: Enamel is the hardest substance in the body, but it can break easily.

Ice, popcorn, and tongue & lip piercings can chip teeth. Unlike skin, teeth can’t re-grow. Just as you wouldn’t run a marathon with a bad leg, you shouldn’t chomp away if your teeth aren’t as strong as they used to be, ie: if they are broken down or ...

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Oil Pulling...

An ancient Ayurvedic ritual, oil pulling was introduced to the modern world in 1992 by Dr. F. Karach, MD. Dr Karach claimed that oil pulling could cure a variety of illnesses ranging from heart disease and digestive troubles to hormonal disorders.

To ‘oil pull’, simply put some oil into the mouth, traditionally sesame oil, but often coconut oil is recommended for its antibacterial qualities. You then swish the oil around and around. Let the oil move around and between the teeth, around the tongue, gums, etc., ideally for 20 minutes.

The basic purpose is to ‘pull’ bad bacteria from the mouth and spit it out in the oil when ...

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What to do if a tooth is knocked out

Knocked out tooth | Fairfield NSW Dentist

Every year accidents do occur and teeth are knocked out. If a tooth is knocked out, remain calm and act quickly.

The following steps should be taken:

  • Carefully find the tooth, handle it by the crown only (not the root) and ensure it is clean. The crown is the smooth white part of the tooth that is normally visible in the mouth.
  • If the root is dirty, and the patient is calm and conscious, they can gently suck the tooth clean. Alternatively, rinse the tooth in milk or very briefly in water.
  • Immediately replant the tooth in the socket making sure the tooth is facing the right way around. Time is critical and immediate ...

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time to think outside the BO**X

Older Couple | Botox Fairfield, NSW

Although a muscle relaxant injection was originally used for medical purposes, perhaps the most commonly known use today is in facial aesthetic treatment. Facial Injectables are becoming increasingly popular.

Lines caused by the action of the muscles of your facial expression can artificially age a person and have a significant impact on self-esteem. Injections relax the action of the underlying muscles and minimise the resulting lines.

Traditionally, lines appearing on the forehead, between the eyes, and around the eyes (crow’s feet), have been the most common areas treated, however the number of new uses for this remarkable substance has expanded substantially and includes other areas of direct importance to Dentists These include ...

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Dummie... When to let them go

Baby | Children't Dentistry Fairfield, NSW

Dummies (or Pacifiers), have been used in many cultures for thousands of years, and they have always been a source of discussion, or controversy. Dummies are a quick fix for the infants need to suckle and for security, and the parents need for peace and quiet. Many people believe that the dummy mimics the mother’s nipple in breast feeding, and manufactures want us to believe this of “physiological’ dummies. But dummies are often in the baby’s mouth for 6-8 hours per day, whereas breast feeding occurs in 20 minute bursts several times per day. It is the long time periods of use, that cause the dummies to gently and slowly ...

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