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How much toothpaste is enough?

"Will using more toothpaste make my teeth extra clean?", the answer is quite simply NO. Excessive use of toothpaste can cause more harm than good especially for children as their teeth are developing. This can cause dental fluorosis if enough toothpaste is ingested and cause damage to the enamel. Why do we use too much toothpaste? Is it because we grew up watching oral care ads showing an overflow of toothpaste floating over a branded toothbrush? Followed by an extra big smile to finish off? Regardless, it is time we stopped halving the shelf life of our toothpaste tubes and became more efficient in the way we use our toothpaste. Infact, The Australian Dental Association recommends that less is more and a...

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Why do my teeth look translucent?

Have you ever taken a closer look at your teeth and wondered why the edges appear clear or translucent? Believe it or not, translucency at the edges of your teeth is actually quite normal! Our teeth are made up of an outer layer that we can feel & touch known as enamel, which is not completely opaque. Underneath our enamel is a layer of dentin which does not completely extend to the edges of our teeth. Therefore, that void can appear clear or translucent. The level of translucency is dependent on your diet including the amount of acidic foods and drinks you consume and underlying health conditions like coeliac disease.  While the translucency is normal, there are some treatment options...

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Do you ever get that urge at work for a snack? Like always? So do we! As much as we love snacking, it can significantly increase the likelihood of tooth decay. This is because the bacteria that lives in our mouth is constantly breaking down sugars in the foods we eat and drink which lowers the pH levels in our mouth making it quite an acidic environment. It takes a minimum of 20 minutes for the pH level to neutralise! So if you love snacking, we’ve put together our favourite 5 sugar – free work snacks for you to enjoy!   Roasted Chickpeas & Edamame Unsweetened Yoghurt & Berries Corn Thins, Almond Butter and Banana CARROTS & HOMMUS DATES STUFFED...

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Chewing on Ice? Stop it!

Are you that person that walks to the freezer, grabs an ice cube and starts chewing? Satisfying right?  Chewing on ice can actually cause a whirlwind of problems to your dental health starting at your enamel. While your enamel is tough, the temperature causes contractions and expansions in the enamel which will in turn cause tiny cracks within it making it more prone to decay and a lot more sensitive. The dental effects of chewing on ice include but are not limited to : Causing cracked or chipped teeth Damaging restorative work like fillings or veneers Increased sensitivity to hot or cold foods/drinks Dental Trauma If you are chewing on ice frequently or know of someone doing it frequently, it...

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