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Access to dental care in Australia is worse than ever and is simply unaffordable to many.
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral best known for its role in strengthening our teeth and making them more resistant to decay.
Tooth decay in children is preventable. Here’s what to focus on.
Most candy is basically just a heap of sugar.
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A healthy diet can include some candy. But if you eat too much, it can interfere with your appetite for the stuff your body actually needs.
Stress is one of the main contributing factors.
The two minute rule has been recommended since the 70s.
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Three to four minutes may actually be ideal for plaque removal.
Your teeth will be better off if you refrain from chomping on ice cubes.
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A dentist explains why this is a habit worth breaking – no matter the cause or the strength of your cravings to keep doing it.
Fluoride is a mineral that can occur naturally in water.
Adding fluoride to water is shown to be an effective and safe way of reducing tooth decay in a population.
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New research finds that tap water avoidance is on the rise in the US, especially among minorities. An expert on water and health calls for better public education about water quality and testing.
Dental problems in children can affect their overall health and well-being. You can help establish good dental habits with your children from an early age.
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Indigenous children have poor oral health compared to Australian kids overall. Our research shows involving local Aboriginal people in designing and providing services can make a difference.
If you still have most of your teeth and they’re tightly jammed together, flossing is important. But for some people, simply flossing might not be enough.
CT scan of a catshark hatchling head. Note the ridged scales.
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Shark skin is composed of millions of tiny scales, which have a similar chemical composition to human teeth.
Experts have voiced concerns about the uptake of a recent Canadian study, in which water fluoridation was associated with slightly lower IQs in children.
Community water fluoridation is a cost-effective public health measure that can reduce cavities by approximately 25 per cent. Yet some communities are worried about it.
The enamel on your teeth is what makes them sparkle. It also acts as a protective coating on the teeth.
A recent study was the first to establish a way to regrow tooth enamel. But what is tooth enamel and why is it so important?
Teeth cleaning at the dentist can remove plaque that regular brushing and flossing can’t.
Do you really need a dental clean every six months? Most healthy people will probably be OK if they go anually. But some people are at higher risk of cavities or gum disease, and should go more often.
People worked for healthy teeth long before nylon brushes hit the market.
People have probably always wanted clean and healthy teeth. What they historically used to achieve dental hygiene might surprise you.
A toothbrush made from a twig from the arak tree.
Oil pulling is a useful addition to toothbrushing.
The risk for dental problems is determined in early childhood.
The high cost of dental treatment is stopping almost half of all New Zealanders from seeking care when they need it. Funding at least parts of dental care publicly could change that.
Baby teeth are only temporary. But they are important – so please look after them.
Your teeth started to grow even before you were born.