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Are sports drinks giving your teeth a sporting chance?

Sports drinks are designed to replenish the fluids, sugar and electrolytes that may have been lost during strenuous physical exercise. Unfortunately, to achieve this replenishment, these drinks tend to be highly acidic and sugary – and due to their appealing flavourings, they are consumed much more frequently than required, and often not in association with…

Common preventable contributors to bad breath (halitosis)

Are you struggling with bad breath despite brushing your teeth twice each day? How about flossing? Many of us tend to believe that all we need to do in order to have a fresh breath is to simply brush our teeth, have a mint or chew some minty gum. While these might help in the…

Ageing and dental health

Have you noticed an increase in dental health problems as you have grown older? Despite common belief – losing your teeth as you get older is not inevitable. Provided that you take proper care of your oral health and have regular dental check-ups, you can continue to enjoy smiling, talking and eating comfortably with your…

Pregnancy and dental health

Did you know the hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy can have an impact on your teeth, gums and mouth? This can be directly, such as changes in how your body responds to plaque, or indirectly – due to reflux and vomiting. The following issues are not definitive, some women are more prone than others,…

Anaemia and your mouth

Anaemia is the result of a deficiency in the number or quality of red blood cells, which play the important role of transporting oxygen throughout the body.

What’s in a tooth?

Last month we talked about the 4 different types of teeth, this month we’ll look at what makes up a tooth. Firstly, what are the parts of a tooth? There are two basic parts that make up a tooth: the crown, this is the first part of the tooth to develop and appear. Ideally, it…

Why it’s crucial to take care of baby teeth

Yes, it’s true, they are the primary teeth and they are designed to be lost during childhood, however, there are still important reasons to be taking care of those baby (milk) teeth. In fact, it can be just as important as taking care of your adult (permanent) teeth. 

The 4 unique types of teeth

The 4 unique types of teeth Have you ever had a really good look at all of the teeth in your mouth? Perhaps you have noticed that there are a few different shapes, but did you know that there are actually four different types of teeth? Each one performing a different job, not only in…

Don’t ig-gnaw your gnawing habit

Don’t ig-gnaw your gnawing habit Do you regularly chew and gnaw on hard objects such as pens, pencils or ice cubes? This is a habit that you mustn’t ignore! You could be causing more damage than you realise. Constantly biting and grinding your teeth on hard objects can chip, wear-down, damage and erode the protective…

Do you clean your tongue?

Do you clean your tongue? Brushed teeth. Tick. Flossed. Tick. Rinsed with mouthwash. Tick. Cleaned tongue…? It might seem a strange concept, but your tongue does harbour bacteria, just like the other areas of your mouth, and these bacteria can play a part in causing bad breath. In fact, the majority of the bacteria in…

Tiring of Sleep Apnoea 

Tiring of Sleep Apnoea  Sleep apnoea is a common condition that involves disturbed sleep as a result of disruptions to breathing. Apnoea meaning the absence of breath. It is not simply a case of snoring or a restless night sleep, and can have serious health consequences if left undiagnosed and untreated. There are three types…

Is your acidic diet eating away your tooth enamel?

Is your acidic diet eating away your tooth enamel? Do you regularly consume acidic foods and drinks such as fruit (particularly citrus), pickles, tomato products, tea, coffee, fruit juices, soft drink and alcohol (e.g. wine and pre-mixed drinks)? Then your diet could be eroding your tooth enamel – which may lead to yellowing, pain and…

Xerosto-what? – Dry Mouth

Xerostomia (zeer-oh-stoh-mee-ah) is the medical term for the chronic condition of dry mouth. Everyone experiences a dry mouth from time-to-time, but when it becomes a continuous experience it may be time to make an appointment with one of our highly experienced Dentists at Tindale Dental Centre, as you could have a problem with producing saliva….

Do You Really Need to Floss?

Have you ever asked your dentist this question? If you have you will know the answer is a definite “yes”! And how often? You should be flossing at least once daily. Brushing your teeth is great for cleaning the visible surfaces, but not so much the surfaces between the teeth. This makes up nearly half…

Kids and Cavities

Kids and Cavities Did you know that in a recent nationwide study by Adelaide University where 24,000 kids were randomly chosen for a dental examination across many different communities, as many as half of all six-year olds examined showed signs of dental disease! The researchers were quick to point out that the reasons behind such…

Bad Breath (Halitosis)

Halitosis, or bad breath, is an embarrassing problem that nearly everyone knows, yet few want to talk about. Our experienced dentists at Tindale Dental centre can help you get to the bottom of this problem and give you simple solutions to prevent bad breath. Bad breath has many causes, such as: Odor-causing foods Tooth decay…