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Common Questions

Sugar Substitutes

Sugar Substitutes

This article has been provided for use by the Australian Dental Association and the original article can be found here. It is a common misconception that raw sugar is more natural and therefore more nutritious than brown sugar, but the difference only lies in the manufacturing process. Raw sugar has not been refined as much as brown or…

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Teeth Whitening

This article has been provided for use by the Australian Dental Association and the original article can be found here. Teeth whitening is the process of lightening the colour of the teeth. This treatment is best performed by a dental professional, such as a dentist, dental hygienist or oral health therapist. What is teeth whitening?…

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Understanding Sugar

This article has been provided for use by the Australian Dental Association and the original article can be found here. Sugar is one of the biggest factors that can contribute to the development of tooth decay. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends adults consume only six or less teaspoons (approximately 24 grams) of free sugar…

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Toothpaste Ingredients

This article has been provided for use by the Australian Dental Association and the original article can be found here. A toothpaste is made up of many ingredients, each with their own purpose. Read below about the different ingredients and their purposes. Surfactants Surfactants provide foam during brushing. This helps to spread the toothpaste in…

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Why are abrasive ingredients added to toothpaste?

This article has been provided for use by the Australian Dental Association and the original article can be found here. To get the best results when you brush your teeth, toothpastes contain ingredients called abrasives. These ingredients are added to help with cleaning the teeth and removing stains. This article looks at how toothpaste abrasives…

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Why do I have bad breath?

Why do I have bad breath? Concerns about bad breath are a common query we encounter at SHDC.  Often patients become aware of it themselves or are alerted to it by their partner or friends.  It can be an embarrassing condition to talk about, but our dentists and hygienists at SHDC will be happy to…

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Should my child have braces?

Should my child have braces? The question of braces for children is a common one we encounter at SHDC.  The number of children having orthodontic treatment in Australia is growing by the year.  It can be tricky for parents to decide whether their children ought to.  Our dentists at SHDC can help with the planning….

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Do I need my wisdom teeth out?

Do I need my wisdom teeth out? Concerns around wisdom teeth are common amongst our teenage and young adult patients.  Wisdom teeth, or third molars, usually emerge into the mouth when people are in their late teens to mid-twenties.  Do they always need to be removed? In short, not necessarily.  Some of us are very…

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Jaw pain and clicking

Jaw pain and clicking Sore and clicking jaws are a common problem with see at SHDC.  Patients will often present with jaw pain in their cheek muscles and jaw joints, sometimes accompanied by clicking or even locking of the jaw when they open and close, seemingly out of the blue!  We call problems of the…

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Dr Jasper Lee, associated dentist showing a young patient how to brush their teeth

Dental Trauma in Children

Dental trauma in children Most parents have experienced at some time or another, the stress of seeing their child knock their teeth and either fracture or loosen them.  Dental trauma in children can be stressful for the child and the parents.  It is important to ascertain the extent of the trauma soon after the incident,…

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