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.
Sugary gummie vitamins are no substitute for a healthy diet.
It is our view vitamin “gummies” that contain food acids, and have a high sugar content, are not medicines consumers need and their sale should be prohibited on public health grounds.
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.
Upper teeth of a Neanderthal who lived about 40,000 years ago.
Anthropologists gather clues about how our ancient ancestors lived from their teeth. What will future anthropologists make of us based on the fossilized pearly whites we'll leave behind?
Gum disease progresses slowly over a period of 20 to 30 years before the teeth are lost.
Chronic gum disease is the biggest cause of tooth loss in people over 30 years old, and affects 10 to 15% of the population on average.
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?
The author’s son, brushing his teeth for the camera.
Can taking a selfie as you brush your teeth help make you a better brusher? A small pilot study indicates it may. Most of us, as it turns out, are not very good brushers.
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.
A man receives dental treatment at Care Harbor LA, a free medical clinic in Los Angeles, California, October 31, 2013.
The absence of comprehensive dental care exacts a toll on millions of Americans in terms of poor health, pain and the social stigma associated with bad teeth.
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?
The Beckhams are having none of it.
The former footballer hit back at criticism from the Daily Mail after his daughter was photographed using a dummy.
All dentists should be practising evidence-based dentistry for the sake of their patients.
Holistic dentistry claims to promote overall wellness rather than simply treating disease. But the lack of evidence for the alternative therapies underpinning it are cause for concern.
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…
Researchers have found that treating gum disease (periodontal disease) may reduce heart disease, diabetes and other conditions…
Most gum disease is preventable through good dental hygiene.
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Bleeding gums are very common but that doesn’t mean you should ignore them. They’re usually a sign of gum (periodontal) disease. If treated in its early stages, periodontal disease can be easily reversed…
The burden of pain and discomfort, disfigurement and disability from dental decay is very large in Australia.
Mandatory water fluoridation introduced by the former Queensland government is being rolled back by some local councils, which have been given the power to decide whether to continue with the public health…
Biodiversity matters, even in your mouth.
The more we look, the more we realise just how important intact ecosystems are for our own well-being - and it really doesn’t matter at which scale we are looking. When Alan Cooper, Director of the Australian…
Fluoridated water is the best drink option for children, but a new study has found many are consuming sugary drinks instead.
Wouter van Doorn
Soft drink health warnings should include advice on the risk of tooth decay, say researchers from the University of Adelaide…