Archive for 'Dentists'

Burning Mouth Syndrome

Burning Mouth Syndrome

It’s not just teeth or lack of that I need to take into account when devising a treatment plan for someone. I recently had a woman in whose main complaint was that she had a burning [...]

Changing teeth colour

Changing teeth colour

Over the years there has been a gradual shift to people wanting whiter teeth. Twenty years ago I would commonly choose darker colours on our standard tooth colour chart than what I routinely match now. In [...]

Old and the New

Old and the New

Wow! The latest new thing – all these benefits … these experts vouch for it … latest is best! And mostly this is true. The techniques and materials I use are cutting edge. Like the new [...]

Reading Research

Reading Research

It’s normal for me to follow latest trends in dentistry by attending conferences, listening to webinars, talking to colleagues and reading scientific papers. Of these, the most important is the reading of scientific papers as you [...]

Drinks and Your Teeth

Drinks and Your Teeth

Have you ever tried putting a tooth into a glass of coca cola and leaving it for a few days? The tooth will disappear! That´s because this particular drink is very acidic – it contains phosphoric [...]

Accidents involving teeth

Accidents involving teeth

My own son is an interesting example of what can happen to kids teeth and how they are managed. At approximately age three he attempted to leap from a piano and simultaneously shoot his grandmother with [...]

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD)

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD)

The long word above is the medical term for the two joints between the lower jaw, which moves, and the base of the skull. It’s an unusual joint in the body with a plexus of nerves [...]

Behind the scenes

Behind the scenes

Cleanliness and sterility are of paramount importance in the delivery of dental treatment. So that viruses or bacteria are not transmitted between patients, there is a protocol that is followed between each patient. The instruments used [...]

Independent Pain Relief

Independent Pain Relief

Ibiza seems a long way away at the moment from a small island off the coast of New Zealand but we’re looking forward to starting again in February! Always a sense of excitement returning to the [...]

New Teeth

New Teeth

Making a full set of new teeth for someone is part science and part art. There are a number of things to consider. The final aesthetic look varies considerably between people and is influenced by their [...]

Healthcare decisions

Healthcare decisions

I recently read a book on treatment care for the elderly and the difficult decisions often needed to be made as people slowly become less able as they approach the end of their lives. This compelling [...]

Biofilms, chemicals and the mouth

Biofilms, chemicals and the mouth

We live in a unique physicality where air, water and solid occur on the very thin skin of our planet. Likewise, our bodies are in the transition between air -water – solid – as we embody [...]

Dental implant Tooth

Dental implant Tooth

A patient emailed me this week asking for more information about the time needed and number of appointments to have a missing tooth replaced with a dental implant tooth. So I thought I would try and [...]

Smelly Breath

Smelly Breath

Bad breath, like body odour, is one of those things that you may be personally unaware of. Although most people find it offensive, many people also find it awkward to bring the problem to the afflicted [...]

Bite

Bite

Recently we had a couple of patients attend with problems relating to their bite, or in technical terms their ‘occlusion’. There are four main muscle pairs attaching the lower jaw to the skull and together they [...]

Gum talk

Gum talk

The majority of people over time will accumulate hard, difficult to remove deposits of mineralised bacterial layers around the necks of their teeth where the teeth emerge from the gums. The speed of this ‘tartar’ or [...]

Teeth for life

Teeth for life

I often am asked by new parents when they should start brushing their babies teeth which usually come through the lower front gumfrom4-8monthsof age. My reply is always the same; which is ‘when you see them!’ [...]

Metal in your mouth

Metal in your mouth

Often when we go to the dentist, something is removed permanently from our mouths or put into our mouths with the intention that this lasts a considerable period of time. Removal is often of the mineral [...]

The warning sign of pain

The warning sign of pain

Pain plays an important role in our lives as physical warning, motivator, and as a source of anxiety when it is anticipated. The warning sign of pain acts to motivate us to seek relief, but due [...]