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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Is flossing really necessary?

There is a lack of high-quality studies about how effective flossing is against dental disease, but if we take a look at the science behind dental cavities and gum disease, the answer to this question is clear. Bacteria in our mouth feed on the sugars and carbohydrates in our food, and start producing acid. This…

Teeth Whitening – How to get a selfie-worthy, beautiful smile?

Everyone would love to have a white and natural looking smile but we live in a world filled with teeth staining factors such as coffee, carbonated drinks, tea, red wine … So how DO we get a selfie-worthy, beautiful smile? Well, achieving those pearly-white smiles is easier than most people think and many achieve that…

Has the stress of Covid-19 increased dental issues?  

During and after the circuit-breaker Smilefocus saw a significant increase in adults of wear-related problems such as cracked and chipped teeth.  We saw an increase in these problems in children too, though to a lesser degree.  The recent substantial growth in tooth trauma during the pandemic may be a result of a lot of different…

5 habits you want to instil in your children

1. 2-minute brushing, 2 times a day! Everyone knows we should brush twice a day, but did you know that research supports a minimum duration of 2 minutes each time? The longer we brush, the more plaque we remove from more areas in the mouth, and the longer the contact time between our teeth and…

Oral cancer – need to know

  The best way to prevent oral cancer is to avoid tobacco (both cigarette and chewing tobacco). Tobacco use together with alcohol has been shown to greatly increase the risk of oral cancer. It is unclear whether vaping is also linked to increased risk, but some early studies are suggesting that it is. Because there are…

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…

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