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How Does What You Eat Affect Breath?
Basically, all the food eaten begins to be broken down in your mouth. If you eat foods with strong odors (such as garlic or onions), brushing and flossing -- even mouthwash -- merely covers up the odor temporarily. The odor will not go away completely until the foods have passed through your body.READ MORE
What Causes Dry Mouth?
We all need saliva to moisten and cleanse our mouths and digest food. Saliva also prevents infection by controlling bacteria and fungi in the mouth.READ MORE
Why Are My Teeth So Sensitive?
Have you ever felt pain or discomfort after a bite of ice cream or a spoonful of hot soup? If so, you’re not alone. While pain caused by hot or cold foods could be a sign of a cavity, it’s also common in people who have sensitive teeth.READ MORE
Do I require emergency dental care if my tooth cracked?
A cracked, chipped or otherwise damaged tooth definitely needs professional attention. However, given you may not even know you have a cracked or chipped tooth until you see your dentist at a routine checkup, emergency dental care isn't always required.READ MORE
How is a dental bridge fitted?
The dental bridge procedure, uses dental crowns over the neighbouring teeth to hold the new, false tooth, in place. A tooth may need replacing for various reasons and it is down to the dentist to decide the best course of action. Other options could include dentures or dental implants – which are similar to a screw and affix the tooth into the gum or jaw.READ MORE
What are fissure sealants?
Fissure sealants are protective coatings, usually applied to the teeth at the back of the mouth, to prevent damage or decay. A form of preventative dentistry, fissure sealants provide a smooth layer that covers the otherwise uneven chewing surface, making it easy to keep the top of the tooth clean and bacteria free.READ MORE
What are the signs of oral cancer?
Oral cancer can develop in any part of the mouth, including on the lips, gums, tongue or throat. Mouth cancer appears as a growth or sore, but there are a number of other symptoms you or your dentist may spot first.READ MORE
Root canal treatment. What to expect?
No dental procedure has the ability to strike fear into people's hearts quite like a root canal. The procedure has become synonymous with serious pain. But the good news is technology has come a long way and root canals are nothing to be afraid of. In fact, rather than causing you pain, they remove the cause of it!READ MORE
How long can you go without visiting the dentist?
How often do you lean back in that dentist's chair? Twice a year, once every two years or only when you're in pain? Unfortunately avoiding the dentist is all too common here in New Zealand, and many of us just aren't getting the care we need.READ MORE
Would Work and Income cover my dental care costs?
Dental treatment for adults is usually not free or subsidized (though there are exceptions), but if you are on a low income you may be eligible for financial assistance from Work and Income:READ MORE
What Causes Yellow Teeth?
Do you have yellow teeth? Are you looking for a smile makeover? It’s best to start by evaluating your whitening needs and goals by looking at the color of your teeth and your habits or other factors that may have caused discoloration:READ MORE