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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Thinking about getting veneers?

We all want a beautiful smile, a smile that we are confident to display all the time. According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, 96 percent of Americans believe an attractive smile makes you more appealing to the members of the opposite sex and three out of four adults actually feel that an unattractive…

Want to change your smile? Some key questions.

Are you thinking about changing your smile? It can be difficult to know how to get started and who to trust. As a first step, try asking yourself these few questions: Do I like the colour, shape and size of my teeth? Do I have gaps or misaligned teeth that I am unhappy with? Do…

6 simple ways to look after your teeth

6 Simple ways to protect your teeth

1. Brush and floss. Brush at least twice a day with fluoridated toothpaste for two minutes; this cleans 60% of the tooth surfaces and fluoride is proven to reduce tooth decay by 50%. Floss once per day; this is important for children and adults. A significant portion of dental decay occurs in between teeth where…

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Bad breath – what you need to know

Persistent bad breath is an extremely unpleasant condition, for you and those around you.  But sufferers, don’t despair – approximately 85% of cases result from oral conditions that can be treated by your dentist, or even avoided all together. What is Halitosis? Halitosis – otherwise known as persistent, excessively bad, breath – is an embarrassing…

Wisdom Teeth – What are the potential problems? How can we help?

What are wisdom teeth? Wisdom teeth, or third molars, are thought to have been bequeathed to us by our Stone Age ancestors. Their larger jawbones were able to comfortably accommodate 32 teeth and any gaps created by tooth loss were then filled by wisdom teeth moving forward. Thousands of years of evolution later, our jaws…

World No Tobacco Day

It’s world ‘No Tobacco Day’ and so a good time to remind ourselves why No Tobacco is still high on the health scale of things not to do.   There are (at least) 3 absolutely fantastic reasons not to smoke   Tobacco stains your teeth: No doubt about it, a bright smile looks more fresh,…

Welcome Dr Jonathan Luke

We welcome Dr Jonathan to Smilefocus! You trained in Otago. What do you miss most about New Zealand? Having a dishwasher and owning a car! I also enjoyed going out on a boat or a kayak to go fishing which is a bit harder to do here. How many years have you been practicing in…

Hidden sugars – what you need to know

Young children have small appetites and need regular meals with snacks in between and do need some full fat foods in their diet. Here are some ideas to help you provide a variety of healthy safe snacks for both you and your children to enjoy at home and at school or play. Fresh vegetables –…

Chocolate Easter Bunnies…how do you eat yours?

  Over 90 million chocolate Easter bunnies are produced each year! If you indulge in a little chocolate this weekend, ensure that you avoid cavities by brushing carefully and flossing properly. To be on the safe side, why not book in for a thorough clean with our Oral Health Therapist, Siti Adris. For an appointment…

Are you getting enough sleep?

Why is sleep important? We are all aware of the importance of sleep for young children but adults should not underestimate the necessity of sleep for themselves. Insufficient sleep can result in hypertension, fatigue, anxiety, heart disease, stress and reduced mental acumen. The record for staying awake for one period of time is held by…

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