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Oral Hygiene Series

Which sugars harm your teeth?

Which sugars harm your teeth?

Not all sugars are made equal. Can you believe that? And some are more harmful to your teeth than others. The important question is then, which types of sugar are the bad ones?

How to protect your teeth from tooth decay Part 2: Bacteria and Sugar

How to protect your teeth from tooth decay Part 2: Bacteria and Sugar

Remember that the process of dental decay is a balance of tooth damage and repair. In the last post, I discussed a few tips of how the repair and protection side of the equation can be enhanced. This blog will focus on minimising the damage on your teeth by removing the causes.

How to protect your teeth from tooth decay Part 1: Saliva and Fluoride

How to protect your teeth from tooth decay Part 1: Saliva and Fluoride

If you understand the tooth decay process as explained in the previous blog, then you’ll know that the damage can be reversed. Not all decay on your teeth need to be filled. How does this work? The logical thinking would be to remove the causes and enhance the natural repair of your teeth. i.e. tipping the damage/repair scale.

What cause dental decay?

What cause dental decay?

The number one problem in dentistry, by far, is dental decay or “holes in teeth”. Dentists all over the world are filling holes every single day and 99.9% of all people would have at least one hole in their life time. So, it’s no surprise that the million dollar question is “ what causes dental decay?”

How removing teeth causes a deep bite

How removing teeth causes a deep bite

I strongly believe that every picture tells a story and if we pay enough attention, we’ll see that devil is in the details. Recently I saw a patient who reminded me of the blog I wrote not so long ago about the consequence of tooth loss. She had a few teeth removed many years ago but never got around to replacing them. The change in her mouth occurred slowly that it was difficult to recognise from day to day. Looking at the photos below, a story emerges.

What is capping?

What is capping?

In the last post, I talked about how cracks in teeth can have catastrophic effect on teeth. They’ll either break or split teeth. A natural next question would be: what can we do about it? When I said “capping”, I found out that a lot of my patients don’t know what it is and how it prevents them from potential consequences of cracked teeth.

Broken tooth: a warning sign

Broken tooth: a warning sign

In the last blog I mentioned that I spent my time fixing a lot of broken teeth. I got curious after writing and went back to look over photos of my patients’ broken teeth. In the past month, I saw patients almost everyday whom I fixed their broken teeth for and below are their photos. They are extremely common.

Cracked tooth – the slient killer

Cracked tooth – the slient killer

50 years ago, when dental drills became available, the landscape of dentistry changed. Instead of taking decay teeth out and replaced with removable dentures, we repaired teeth. This means that the rotten part of teeth were cleaned out and filled in with materials, at the time it was silver-coloured amalgam. As the years go by, it became widely expected that we’ll keep our teeth until we’re old.

A time bomb in your teeth

A time bomb in your teeth

In the past, it’s a common practice that patients visit dentists when they are experiencing pain or they have noticed a hole in their teeth. To me, this behaviour doesn’t make sense. If all patients turn up only when they have pain, then every dental visits will always be painful and unpleasant. But no one wants an unpleasant dental experience. What a catch-22…

Do you have a crossbite?

Do you have a crossbite?

A luxury of being a dentist is that I get to see patients of all ages. What continues to fascinate me is the opportunity to see the same oral condition in different mouths at different ages. This gives me a clearer picture of the future consequence if the problem in the mouth is left untreated. I would like to take you through a journey of one. It’s called a crossbite…

Gum treatment FAQs

Gum treatment FAQs

As I pointed out in the previous blog, gum diseases are caused by bacteria around the gum. So the solution to this problem is to remove bacteria. A dentist’s job is to remove hard deposit while the patient’s job is to remove the soft plaque that build up every day so that it doesn’t sit around long enough to become hard.

Gum diseases… what is it?

Gum diseases… what is it?

Previously, I explained the significance of gum diseases and what can happen if left untreated. In this post, I would like to help patients understand what gum disease is because medical terms such as gingivitis often leave people confused. Gum diseases always involve bacteria…

It’s not “just a clean”

It’s not “just a clean”

On any given day, I would turn up at my practice and look at my appointment book. It’s not uncommon to see a new patient booking in for a ‘clean of their teeth’. After talking to many of these patients, the majority haven’t had professional cleaning done by a dentist for many years, even though they have an impression they probably need one. The tragic thing in my opinion is that they had been told by a dentist in the past that they have ‘gum disease’ but none of them understood what it was, why do they have them or what can be done about it.

The REAL cost of removing your teeth.

The REAL cost of removing your teeth.

There’s a good chance that at least once in your life, you may experience a severe toothache. By far the most common cause of toothache is dental decay, which is when bacteria have damaged into the inner part of your teeth where the nerve lives. By this time, the treatment to rectify the problem is more extensive because the bacteria invaded deep inside the tooth. To remove these bacteria

Wisdom teeth… in or out?

Wisdom teeth… in or out?

I get these comments from my patients all the time and here’s the truth.
“My wisdom tooth doesn’t hurt me now so why do anything about it?”
“My front teeth used to be straight but my wisdom teeth pushed and made them all crooked”
“My wisdom tooth pushed and created a hole in the tooth in front of it”
and here’s the truth…

But I brush my teeth twice everyday….

But I brush my teeth twice everyday….

One of the most frustrating things for my patients is that they continued to have bleeding gum and tooth decay for many years despite doing the right thing and cleaning their teeth religiously. Sometimes it can feel helpless, like there’s nothing that can be done. But when I looked into patients’ mouths, I can almost always see plaque or film of bacteria around the gum. So why is that?

How to brush your teeth the Dr. Supa’s way

How to brush your teeth the Dr. Supa’s way

I’ve been meaning to do this video for a long time as my patients asked me this question a lot. A few friends who saw the original version liked it and found it useful so here’s the official video.

Bent toothbrush : Part 2

Bent toothbrush : Part 2

Not too long ago I wrote about the difficulty my patients had in terms of cleaning behind their lower front teeth and I showed them how a bent toothbrush can be made to help with this hard-to-reach area. Although better than nothing, these were not made specifically for the job.

BRUSHY BALL!!!!! brushing coach for your kids

BRUSHY BALL!!!!! brushing coach for your kids

Today I came across a “Brushy ball” on the internet which I thought was very cool. Basically it’s a counter-top brushing coach designed to train young kids to brush their teeth for 2 minutes following the voice prompting of the toy. The unique feature is the fact that the toy’s teeth light up, training the child to clean the whole mouth as he/she follows the flashing light.

Why are your kids scared of the dentist?

Why are your kids scared of the dentist?

I listened to a parent who told me about a discussion at home as to when should they first bring their kids to see a dentist. Her husband argued that they shouldn’t bring their kids in too early because kids will be scared of a dentist when they are too young.

How to make a bent toothbrush

How to make a bent toothbrush

Cleaning around your mouth can be a difficult task with many tight corners and hard-to-reach spots. Wherever you left plaque behind on a regular basis, hard deposit will form and requires professional scaling and cleaning.

That Sugar Film

That Sugar Film

Today I had a chance to watch a very fascinating documentary film by an Australian actor, Damon Gameau, called “That Sugar Film”. Damon was intrigued by what sugar does to our bodies and decided to go on a 60 days experiment with a high-sugar diet.

Piksters – Say goodbye to floss

Piksters – Say goodbye to floss

When cleaning large gaps between teeth, interdental brush is more user friendly than floss. Many of my patients love this product so much they use these brushes instead of toothpicks after meals. The common brands of these products are Piksters or TePe.

You need to floss more – really?

You need to floss more – really?

I feel that at some point in your life you’ll be told this line by your dentist when you ask how can you clean your teeth better and it’s one of the biggest misconceptions about cleaning.

Are mouthwashes good for my teeth?

Are mouthwashes good for my teeth?

This is the third instalment in the oral hygiene series and the topic is on Mouthwash. A fair few patients use mouthwash on a regular basis but do these products really help your teeth as much as what the commercials claimed?

Which toothpaste should you use?

Which toothpaste should you use?

Another question I get asked a lot by my patients is which toothpaste should they use. Here’s the second instalment of the oral hygiene series.

Which toothbrush is the best?

Which toothbrush is the best?

This is the first instalment of the oral hygiene series, which aims to answer the commonly asked questions by my patients. This post will focus on the topic of toothbrushes.

The most important thing to know about knocked-out tooth

The most important thing to know about knocked-out tooth

So here it is. The most important thing to know about a knocked-out tooth is TIME.
In dentistry, there are very few things that can be considered true emergencies and these are usually trauma related. An emergency by nature dictates that time is a critical factor.

Why it costs you MORE for not taking dental X-ray

Why it costs you MORE for not taking dental X-ray

This is the second part of “4 Reasons why you WANT your dentists to take X-ray films”.
One of the common objections to taking a dental X-ray is the cost but is it really a saving by not taking one? Let’s do the maths here. For the sake of argument, we are going to say 2 X-ray films cost $100 ($50×2), a filling or an extraction costs.

4 Reasons why you WANT your dentists to take X-ray films

4 Reasons why you WANT your dentists to take X-ray films

It always amazes me when patients come in for an examination but he or she says “I don’t want any X-rays”. If we sit back and think for a minute, what would the doctor say when a patient shows up with a broken arm and said “Doc, I want you to fix my arm but I don’t want you to take an X-ray”.

Dietary Series

Which sugars harm your teeth?

Which sugars harm your teeth?

Not all sugars are made equal. Can you believe that? And some are more harmful to your teeth than others. The important question is then, which types of sugar are the bad ones?

How to protect your teeth from tooth decay Part 2: Bacteria and Sugar

How to protect your teeth from tooth decay Part 2: Bacteria and Sugar

Remember that the process of dental decay is a balance of tooth damage and repair. In the last post, I discussed a few tips of how the repair and protection side of the equation can be enhanced. This blog will focus on minimising the damage on your teeth by removing the causes.

How to protect your teeth from tooth decay Part 1: Saliva and Fluoride

How to protect your teeth from tooth decay Part 1: Saliva and Fluoride

If you understand the tooth decay process as explained in the previous blog, then you’ll know that the damage can be reversed. Not all decay on your teeth need to be filled. How does this work? The logical thinking would be to remove the causes and enhance the natural repair of your teeth. i.e. tipping the damage/repair scale.

What cause dental decay?

What cause dental decay?

The number one problem in dentistry, by far, is dental decay or “holes in teeth”. Dentists all over the world are filling holes every single day and 99.9% of all people would have at least one hole in their life time. So, it’s no surprise that the million dollar question is “ what causes dental decay?”

How removing teeth causes a deep bite

How removing teeth causes a deep bite

I strongly believe that every picture tells a story and if we pay enough attention, we’ll see that devil is in the details. Recently I saw a patient who reminded me of the blog I wrote not so long ago about the consequence of tooth loss. She had a few teeth removed many years ago but never got around to replacing them. The change in her mouth occurred slowly that it was difficult to recognise from day to day. Looking at the photos below, a story emerges.

What is capping?

What is capping?

In the last post, I talked about how cracks in teeth can have catastrophic effect on teeth. They’ll either break or split teeth. A natural next question would be: what can we do about it? When I said “capping”, I found out that a lot of my patients don’t know what it is and how it prevents them from potential consequences of cracked teeth.

Broken tooth: a warning sign

Broken tooth: a warning sign

In the last blog I mentioned that I spent my time fixing a lot of broken teeth. I got curious after writing and went back to look over photos of my patients’ broken teeth. In the past month, I saw patients almost everyday whom I fixed their broken teeth for and below are their photos. They are extremely common.

Cracked tooth – the slient killer

Cracked tooth – the slient killer

50 years ago, when dental drills became available, the landscape of dentistry changed. Instead of taking decay teeth out and replaced with removable dentures, we repaired teeth. This means that the rotten part of teeth were cleaned out and filled in with materials, at the time it was silver-coloured amalgam. As the years go by, it became widely expected that we’ll keep our teeth until we’re old.

A time bomb in your teeth

A time bomb in your teeth

In the past, it’s a common practice that patients visit dentists when they are experiencing pain or they have noticed a hole in their teeth. To me, this behaviour doesn’t make sense. If all patients turn up only when they have pain, then every dental visits will always be painful and unpleasant. But no one wants an unpleasant dental experience. What a catch-22…

Do you have a crossbite?

Do you have a crossbite?

A luxury of being a dentist is that I get to see patients of all ages. What continues to fascinate me is the opportunity to see the same oral condition in different mouths at different ages. This gives me a clearer picture of the future consequence if the problem in the mouth is left untreated. I would like to take you through a journey of one. It’s called a crossbite…

Gum treatment FAQs

Gum treatment FAQs

As I pointed out in the previous blog, gum diseases are caused by bacteria around the gum. So the solution to this problem is to remove bacteria. A dentist’s job is to remove hard deposit while the patient’s job is to remove the soft plaque that build up every day so that it doesn’t sit around long enough to become hard.

Gum diseases… what is it?

Gum diseases… what is it?

Previously, I explained the significance of gum diseases and what can happen if left untreated. In this post, I would like to help patients understand what gum disease is because medical terms such as gingivitis often leave people confused. Gum diseases always involve bacteria…

It’s not “just a clean”

It’s not “just a clean”

On any given day, I would turn up at my practice and look at my appointment book. It’s not uncommon to see a new patient booking in for a ‘clean of their teeth’. After talking to many of these patients, the majority haven’t had professional cleaning done by a dentist for many years, even though they have an impression they probably need one. The tragic thing in my opinion is that they had been told by a dentist in the past that they have ‘gum disease’ but none of them understood what it was, why do they have them or what can be done about it.

The REAL cost of removing your teeth.

The REAL cost of removing your teeth.

There’s a good chance that at least once in your life, you may experience a severe toothache. By far the most common cause of toothache is dental decay, which is when bacteria have damaged into the inner part of your teeth where the nerve lives. By this time, the treatment to rectify the problem is more extensive because the bacteria invaded deep inside the tooth. To remove these bacteria

Wisdom teeth… in or out?

Wisdom teeth… in or out?

I get these comments from my patients all the time and here’s the truth.
“My wisdom tooth doesn’t hurt me now so why do anything about it?”
“My front teeth used to be straight but my wisdom teeth pushed and made them all crooked”
“My wisdom tooth pushed and created a hole in the tooth in front of it”
and here’s the truth…

But I brush my teeth twice everyday….

But I brush my teeth twice everyday….

One of the most frustrating things for my patients is that they continued to have bleeding gum and tooth decay for many years despite doing the right thing and cleaning their teeth religiously. Sometimes it can feel helpless, like there’s nothing that can be done. But when I looked into patients’ mouths, I can almost always see plaque or film of bacteria around the gum. So why is that?

How to brush your teeth the Dr. Supa’s way

How to brush your teeth the Dr. Supa’s way

I’ve been meaning to do this video for a long time as my patients asked me this question a lot. A few friends who saw the original version liked it and found it useful so here’s the official video.

Bent toothbrush : Part 2

Bent toothbrush : Part 2

Not too long ago I wrote about the difficulty my patients had in terms of cleaning behind their lower front teeth and I showed them how a bent toothbrush can be made to help with this hard-to-reach area. Although better than nothing, these were not made specifically for the job.

BRUSHY BALL!!!!! brushing coach for your kids

BRUSHY BALL!!!!! brushing coach for your kids

Today I came across a “Brushy ball” on the internet which I thought was very cool. Basically it’s a counter-top brushing coach designed to train young kids to brush their teeth for 2 minutes following the voice prompting of the toy. The unique feature is the fact that the toy’s teeth light up, training the child to clean the whole mouth as he/she follows the flashing light.

Why are your kids scared of the dentist?

Why are your kids scared of the dentist?

I listened to a parent who told me about a discussion at home as to when should they first bring their kids to see a dentist. Her husband argued that they shouldn’t bring their kids in too early because kids will be scared of a dentist when they are too young.

How to make a bent toothbrush

How to make a bent toothbrush

Cleaning around your mouth can be a difficult task with many tight corners and hard-to-reach spots. Wherever you left plaque behind on a regular basis, hard deposit will form and requires professional scaling and cleaning.

That Sugar Film

That Sugar Film

Today I had a chance to watch a very fascinating documentary film by an Australian actor, Damon Gameau, called “That Sugar Film”. Damon was intrigued by what sugar does to our bodies and decided to go on a 60 days experiment with a high-sugar diet.

Piksters – Say goodbye to floss

Piksters – Say goodbye to floss

When cleaning large gaps between teeth, interdental brush is more user friendly than floss. Many of my patients love this product so much they use these brushes instead of toothpicks after meals. The common brands of these products are Piksters or TePe.

You need to floss more – really?

You need to floss more – really?

I feel that at some point in your life you’ll be told this line by your dentist when you ask how can you clean your teeth better and it’s one of the biggest misconceptions about cleaning.

Are mouthwashes good for my teeth?

Are mouthwashes good for my teeth?

This is the third instalment in the oral hygiene series and the topic is on Mouthwash. A fair few patients use mouthwash on a regular basis but do these products really help your teeth as much as what the commercials claimed?

Which toothpaste should you use?

Which toothpaste should you use?

Another question I get asked a lot by my patients is which toothpaste should they use. Here’s the second instalment of the oral hygiene series.

Which toothbrush is the best?

Which toothbrush is the best?

This is the first instalment of the oral hygiene series, which aims to answer the commonly asked questions by my patients. This post will focus on the topic of toothbrushes.

The most important thing to know about knocked-out tooth

The most important thing to know about knocked-out tooth

So here it is. The most important thing to know about a knocked-out tooth is TIME.
In dentistry, there are very few things that can be considered true emergencies and these are usually trauma related. An emergency by nature dictates that time is a critical factor.

Why it costs you MORE for not taking dental X-ray

Why it costs you MORE for not taking dental X-ray

This is the second part of “4 Reasons why you WANT your dentists to take X-ray films”.
One of the common objections to taking a dental X-ray is the cost but is it really a saving by not taking one? Let’s do the maths here. For the sake of argument, we are going to say 2 X-ray films cost $100 ($50×2), a filling or an extraction costs.

4 Reasons why you WANT your dentists to take X-ray films

4 Reasons why you WANT your dentists to take X-ray films

It always amazes me when patients come in for an examination but he or she says “I don’t want any X-rays”. If we sit back and think for a minute, what would the doctor say when a patient shows up with a broken arm and said “Doc, I want you to fix my arm but I don’t want you to take an X-ray”.

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Useful Websites

Jamie the Dentist | A NSW dentist, Dr Jamie Workman. One of the best information written by a dentist online.

The D3 Group | Information on children teeth defects.

Oral Cancer Facts | Causes, Symptoms and Detection of oral cancer.

Teeth Whitening | ADA website on teeth whitening.

Mouthguards | Why wear a mouthguard, choosing the right type and what to do when accident happens.

Rethinking sugary drinks | Raising aware of sugar consumption in soft drinks.

Protecting tiny teeth | An informative video on the topics of decay and baby teeth.