How do I get my toddler to brush their teeth?
Toddlers can be reluctant to have their teeth brushed. Seeing older siblings or parents brushing their teeth together is useful for the toddler to learn tooth brushing habits. Allowing your toddler to…
What is cleft lip and palate?
A cleft lip and palate is a congenital condition, in which part of a baby's mouth is not joined up during foetal development, resulting in a split or open space (cleft) in the lip or palate.
How is cleft lip and palate treated?
Various surgical techniques are used to correct cleft lip and palate. However, there is no consensus about the timing, technique, or protocol of the repair. Surgery for cleft lip is usually performed …
If I brush and floss my teeth regularly, do I still need to see the dentist?
Even if you brush and floss regularly, you still need to see a dentist for regular check-ups. Not only can your dentist check for decay and other oral health conditions, they remove tartar, a hardened…
Is an electric toothbrush necessary to clean teeth well?
An electric toothbrush can help make it easier to clean teeth well, but with correct technique a standard toothbrush can also do a good job.
When can I start to floss my child's teeth?
You can start flossing baby teeth as soon as teeth appear next to each other, as food can collect in that small space.
Why do I need so many visits to complete my root canal treatment?
Each tooth is different. Some have only one canal that contains a nerve (such as the front teeth) while others have three or four canals (such as back molars). It takes time for the dentist to find th…
Are cold sores contagious?
The herpes simplex virus that causes cold sores is contagious. The viruses spread through contact with blisters or saliva from an infected person.
Is it possible to be allergic to braces?
It is possible to be allergic to braces, although it is very rare. Advise your orthodontist or dentist if you have any known allergies to metals, plastics or latex. Alternatives are available.
What are wisdom teeth?
Wisdom teeth (also called 'third molars') usually appear during the late teens or early 20s and sometimes even later in life. They are often the last teeth to come through (erupt) and are found at the…
What can I do if my root canal treatment has failed?
A failed root canal treatment can usually be treated again. Sometimes there are bacteria still present in the tooth that multiply over time and cause a re-infection, or there may be extra canals in yo…