Smile Designs


Evolution of the toothbrush

Before the first signs of a toothbrush like instrument to be implemented, its thought that our ancestors used their own finger and a rough cloth to brush and clean teeth.

The use of a more toothbrush resembled cleaning device in its primitive form is thought to have started with the Babylonians and Egyptians, then the Greek and Roman civilizations, at approximately 3000 BC.

Twigs with frayed ends from chewing where used as a teeth cleaning device and at times with some aromatic plants used as somewhat of a breath freshener.

In 1498 AD the toothbrush took a giant leap, finer bristles made from Boar and hog hair ...

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Dental health week

Dental health week

Dental Health Week (6-12 August) acts as a reminder to Australians to visit their local dentist regularly and to implement healthy oral practices at home. This year the theme is Watch Your Mouth.

 “You might not think it, but oral hygiene plays an integral role in your overall health and well being,” Dr Zukerman said.

Regular dentist visits are key to achieving a happier smile and healthier you; allowing for early detection and therefore treatment of any issues. If you have private health insurance, some providers offer a free check-up and clean twice a year, so you should definitely take advantage of that. If you don’t, it’s still a small investment in ...

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What are the Differences between a Dentist and an Orthodontist?

How many people reading this do you think would say that they enjoy going to the dentist? The disdain for having a stranger search around your mouth, in between your teeth and along your gum line is something that our dentists hear all too often – and if we’re honest, it hurts our feelings a little! At the same time we completely understand why the experience can be uncomfortable.

That’s why we make a point of helping our clients to feel as relaxed and comfortable as possible – and it’s also one of the reasons why we try to be as forthcoming with information as we can. One of the main ...

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Three of the Most Common Teeth Whitening Services

If there’s one thing that all adults would love to own, it’s a set of pearly white teeth. As the years go by, our teeth are exposed to a variety of factors that can play a major role in discolouration. The food and drink that we consume can take the biggest toll, but even a healthy diet and frequent brushing habits won’t guarantee a white shine.

As we age, the enamel on our teeth can begin to wear down and without proper care and maintenance, this could expose the layers underneath to harmful acids. Over time dark stains can begin to develop and when allowed to settle into the bone, it’s ...

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Can Frequent Dental Visits Make a Difference to Tooth Health?

There aren’t many people that look forward to dental appointments – we’re not offended, we completely understand why! It’s hardly the most comfortable thing to have someone poking around your gum line, and that’s why our dental experts will pull out all the stops to ensure that our patients feel as relaxed as possible.

Professionals recommend that people of all ages (including children) book a trip to their local dentist at least twice a year for a regular check-up. Although these standard services could be considered a necessity, there might be times when a patient spots a problem in their mouth; perhaps decay, a small lump, or even consistent bad breath.

Oral ...

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Sedation Dentistry Might End Your Fear of the Dentist

A fear of going to the dentist is one of the most common fears in the world. Thousands of people are so afraid of dental visits that they won’t even go. They would rather let their mouths become filled with gingivitis, cavities, or their teeth fall out before forcing themselves to go. Usually this fear is rooted in the pain that people expect from a dental visit. It’s easier to risk pain later on than face it head on. Now it doesn’t have to be like that thanks to sedation dentistry.

Sedation dentistry is a new technique that is only been around for a few years now which is why most ...

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Gum Disease Prevention

Gum disease is a common but preventable dental issue. It is also known as periodontal disease. This disease can be a bit sneaky because you don’t know you have it. The bacterial cause of gum disease is that same that causes tooth decay and bad breath.  However, these bacteria can lead to other problems in the mouth and body.

Dental health and hygiene can impact your whole body. The bacteria, which cause periodontal disease, can impact your overall health and well-being. Untreated gum disease is a dangerous bacteria left in your body. Research has found it can contribute to:

  • Heart Disease
  • Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease
  • Underweight baby at birth
  • Increased risk of pneumonia
  • Complications with Diabetes
  • Weak ...

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