Adding fluoride to tap water to prevent tooth decay is one of our greatest public health achievements. Yet, myths persist about whether it’s safe and works.
Myths that fluoridated water isn't natural, safe, doesn't work and shouldn't be used to make up infant formula persist. Here's what the evidence says.
The edges of your lost tooth are sharp because when the root of the baby tooth is being eaten away, it tends to start from the middle of the root. That leaves a sharp edge behind when the tooth breaks off.
Nicholas, aged 6, was watching TV one day when his tooth fell out. He noticed that the bottom edge of the tooth was very spiky. Now he wants to know why.
Many people are crowdfunding to be able to meet the high costs of health care.
Many Americans unable to afford health expenses are raising funds through medical crowdfunding. What are the risks?
Families who are around at mealtimes can check their relatives are swallowing food properly and alert nursing home staff if there’s a problem.
Poor oral health in our nursing homes can lead to many complications, including choking to death. Here's how family and staff can help advocate for better care.
We can’t say whether introducing competition to the health sector would work in the same way as other markets.
Headlines pointed to the privatisation of hospital, end-of-life and dental services, but the Productivity Commission's report is actually a lot less radical.
Toothpaste helps remove plaque to prevent decay and gum disease.
Choosing a toothbrush is relatively simple. But how on earth do you decide between the 50-odd toothpastes on the supermarket shelves?
While flossing may not be fun, it is still good for you.
Millions smiled last week when it was reported that there's no evidence to support the flossing of teeth. A dentist sees it differently and suggests we continue the practice.
There have been number of short-lived Commonwealth funding programs for dental care in the past.
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PolicyCheck unpacks the detail and history of the Coalition's proposed dental health care policy.
Be careful which gum you chews: some sugar-free gums are bad for your teeth thanks to acids that cause tooth erosion.
A recent study found sugar-free products can be just as damaging to your teeth as sugar because many of them contain acid that causes tooth erosion. But what about sugar free gum?
Good teeth often correlates with good health. But one in five over-65s have lost all their teeth.
An Aussie smile is an instant indicator of socioeconomic status, employability and self-esteem. It’s also a predictor of physical health. So it’s shocking that Australians’ dental health has not improved…
Three-to-four-week university placements have been identified as one of the keys to solving the dental service shortage in…
Fluoridated water protects against the tooth decay from acid produced by bacteria in the mouth.
The most effective way to prevent tooth decay is delivered to most Australian homes every day through their water pipes. It is, of course, fluoride distributed via the water supply. Dental decay occurs…
You can save an adult tooth that has been knocked out, but you need to act quickly.
It’s common enough for a tooth to be knocked out on the footy field, in the playground, during a fight, or even a fall. The blood, shock and pain can easily cause you to panic but, as with most things…
The package should reduce waiting times for people who are eligible for publicly-funded dental care.
Since the government announced its $4 billion dental care program, attention has focused on how it will be funded and whether it is affordable. But if and when it is funded and implemented, the package…
Health Minister Tanya Plibersek says millions of Australians are still going without adequate dental care.
Dental and health policy experts have welcomed a $4 billion dental health package from the Federal Government, which specifically…
Cost is the main reason people don’t go to the dentist, according to a recent study. Other factors, such as fear, time constraints…