Mental health and oral health (the surprising connection)

Harmful bacteria in our mouths have a lot to answer for. Growing evidence suggests that specific oral microbes can impact how we feel about ourselves and the world. Some studies propose that people with an imbalanced oral microbiome (community of bacteria) are more likely to develop depression, anxiety and other mental illnesses. But this connection […]

Does menopause affect teeth and gums?

Yes, it can. There’s a strong connection between menopause and oral health complications, due to natural hormonal changes that occur when a woman approaches the end of her reproductive years. You probably associate this transition with hot flashes and muscle aches.  There’s far less awareness about menopause-related oral health problems, even though these are widespread. […]

Is vaping bad for your teeth and oral health?

Many people mistakenly believe vaping is safe, because vaping devices don’t contain tobacco smoke like cigarettes do. There isn’t much awareness about the dangers of vaping – an activity that involves inhaling vapour containing nicotine and other potentially harmful chemicals.  Concerningly, these substances can cause irreversible damage to your lungs and heart. But what about […]

How to stop teeth grinding in children

Don’t be alarmed if you hear your child’s teeth squeaking while they sleep. This is usually a sign of a common condition called paediatric bruxism (also known as teeth grinding in children).  At my dental practice, worried parents often ask me why their youngster clenches their teeth and what they can do about it. Their […]

The two-way relationship between diabetes and periodontal disease

We’re not a fan of the two-way relationship between periodontal disease and diabetes. To start with: People with diabetes are more likely to develop periodontal disease. This dental condition is characterised by gum inflammation, and it’s widespread around the world. There are various stages of periodontal disease, ranging from easily-treatable gum irritation (gingivitis) to severe […]

5 benefits of braces for adults and children

People with crooked or protruding teeth sometimes mute their smile, because they’re embarrassed by dental imperfections.  Does this sound like you? If you have misaligned teeth, you may also experience health complications such as pain when eating, speech issues, insomnia, chronic headaches and poor oral hygiene. Orthodontics is a dental speciality that focuses on straightening […]

Dental care for children

Dental care for children is very important

Nobody wants to see their child struggling to eat or socialise because they have an oral infection. And yet, this is a painful reality for too many young people. Untreated tooth decay is fairly widespread among Australian children, according to the latest National Child Health Study. Children aged 5 to 10: around 27 per cent […]

Sedation dentistry (benefits)

Some people tolerate the pain of an oral infection for years, because they don’t want to step inside a dental clinic. If you can relate to their dread, you’re not alone! Dental anxiety is fairly common – impacting 16 per cent of adults and 10 per cent of children in Australia.  The degree that people […]

Digital dentistry (fixing your smile conveniently)

In our fast-paced world, digital technology helps us all to perform better at work and live more comfortably.  Why should dentistry be any different? Dentistry has certainly come a long way since the start of the 19th century, when dentists relied on the power of their imaginations to diagnose problems (there were no X-rays back […]

Smile makeover Sydney

A genuine smile is one of the most powerful ways to connect with other people. When you smile from your heart; it shouldn’t matter if you have crooked or stained teeth. But sometimes it does (to you). If you feel insecure about your dental imperfections, you may tightly purse your lips, instead of showing your […]