Insights

As part of our duty of care for your oral health we will keep you up to date on news, insights and information from the world of dentistry

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3 dental symptoms you should not ignore

Many of us have been hesitant to go to the dentist over the past couple of months due to the Circuit Breaker measures. It can sometimes be easy to ignore minor dental issues however often they can be a warning sign of further issues in the future. As restrictions reduce, it is important not to…

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Gradual easing of Circuit Breaker restrictions

Publication date: 29 May 2020 As the easing of Circuit Breaker begins we wanted to let you know we that we are available to care for your dental health. The Ministry of Health (MOH) has some restrictions, however we can provide your regular check-up and cleaning, and continue with most treatments.   Please call us directly to…

Stress and Oral Health – be aware

It would be no surprise if many of us were experiencing stress and anxiety at the moment. Not only does stress affect our physical and mental health, but it can have a big impact on our oral health as well. Bruxism or ‘Grinding’ Bruxism is characterised by excessive clenching or grinding of the teeth.  It…

We are open to help you during COVID-19

Social distancing measures have been introduced to reduce the risk of further local transmission of COVID-19 in the community. As such, people are being discouraged from making unnecessary trips out of home. Dental Care is an essential service and Smilefocus will not close, but we still need to do our part. In order to safeguard…

Dental Trauma – what parents should know

As a parent of two very active children I accept that accidents do happen! Even so, it is devastating to see a young individual who has damaged an adult tooth, knowing that it can potentially mean a lifetime of dental treatment. What are the most common trauma injuries you see in the clinic? Sporting injuries…

Pregnancy and dental health – the facts

Pregnant? What an exciting time … it’s beautiful, amazing and yet also scary and overwhelming.  As you embark on your pregnancy journey, it’s important to remember that your body is a cohesive and interconnected unit not a series of independent parts stuck together.  For example, oral hygiene is important not only for your dental health,…

Mouthwashes – do they actually work?

What are mouthwashes used for? There are many different types of mouthwashes on the market as well as some you can make at home. They are used to control and treat different oral problems. What ingredients are in a mouthwash? The active ingredients vary depending on the purpose of the mouthwash. The most common ingredients…

Worried about ‘buck teeth’?

What is the difference between an ‘overbite’ and an ‘underbite’? Ideally when the teeth are in biting position,  the upper front teeth should close over the lower teeth. This is called the ‘overbite’, which is a proper dental term. An ‘underbite’ is actually a layman’s term. It refers to the opposite of the overbite where…

The key life stages of your teeth

What happens to your children’s growing teeth and when are the key growth stages? We asked Dr Alison Roberts to explain all: How many teeth does an adult typically have? An adult has 28 teeth and may or may not have a further 4 wisdom teeth.  Some or all of the wisdom teeth may be…

Read all about it! Tooth Fairy visits the clinic…

To celebrate Tooth Fairy Day our staff have been dressing up and are looking forward to a visit from the Tooth Fairy today. If your child is in the clinic we hope they can spot the elusive Tooth Fairy hiding…

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