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Why is Food Catching Between My Teeth? (Part 1)

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The short answer is that it does! And counter to what many people believe, it happens whether you have fillings or don’t have fillings in your teeth. Obviously, it would be somewhat unrealistic to expect that teeth were maintenance-free. I carry a toothpick with me because I have areas that…


What is YOUR risk profile?

tightrope

I have a very good friend who was in the armed services. On a visit to an airbase, he noticed one of the trainer aircraft sitting in the corner of a giant hangar. He asked, “What’s wrong with that one?” The response was interesting … Apparently, this aircraft had been…


Pushing the envelope

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If you've read any of my previous articles, you'll immediately understand that I'm really committed to conserving teeth. As many real estate agents will tell you about land: "God's not making any more". For each person, this is true of teeth. If you're not getting any more teeth, it makes…


Keeping your teeth for life

Senior dental

One of the most common concerns of patients is, “How do I keep my teeth into old age…(and avoid dentures)?” This has been critical in the development of my restorative dental care. The best way I can help you keep your teeth for life is: Avoid cutting away your teeth…


Minimal Intervention Dental Care: What’s it About? {Part 2}

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In part I of this series, I discussed the basic philosophies around minimal intervention dental care – saving sound tooth structure (i.e. not cutting away teeth), repairability and restorative life cycles. In part II of this series, I’d like to touch on how minimal intervention dental care is essentially focused…


Teeth for Life!

Senior couple

“We’re not getting any younger…”I’m sure if you’re in your fifties, like myself, you can cast your mind back to when you could not only run 10 kilometres – but run it in a relatively fast time. I no longer run – I find it a bit harsh on my…


Order of treatment

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If you’ve ever been involved in constructing any type of building, you’ll know that there is a particular order of operations if you wish to successfully complete the project as planned and to budget. Early steps involve more planning type work, and later phases are weighted towards operational (physical construction)…


Cracked Teeth – Preventing Catastrophe

We live in an age where we no longer use our teeth as tools; we have generous amounts of nutritious foods, an understanding of how to maintain our teeth, and access to modern dental care. Yet, in the face of all these positives, there is a looming challenge around the…


Why Talk to Your Dentist Before Treatment?

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If you’ve been following my series of articles over the past two years, you would know that I’m big on treatment planning. Very often I encounter patients that have never experienced having their dental care mapped out for them, and it is largely for the patient’s benefit. Of course, I…


The Future of Conservative Dentistry

Alex Huszti and staff

Those of you reading this article who have met me, you’ll know that I’m not getting any younger! I’ll be 54 this year, but I still feel I’m 15 years from anything that even remotely looks like retirement. However, over the last four years, I’ve been searching for a young…


Durability of Different Filling Materials

composite

I am commonly asked by patients what type of filling I am proposing to use. Will I be placing a silver amalgam (metal filling) or a composite resin (white filling)? And, when I explain that I only use the composite resin materials (white fillings), the next question is – do…


The Most Boring Patient

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We’ve got a saying that we like to share with a significant proportion of our patients. Some dentists would feel uncomfortable sharing such a statement with their patients. Not us at BelleDental. You see, we celebrate our MOST boring patients. Boring? Yes, that’s what we call them. And it is…


The Number One {Fizzy} Cause

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I’VE HAD A RUN OF CONSULTATIONS RECENTLY WITH PATIENTS THAT HAVE REVOLVED AROUND THE TOPICS OF DECAY, SENSITIVITY AND EROSION. THE PATIENTS HAVE STRUGGLED TO MAKE HEADWAY AGAINST THEIR PROBLEMS. THEY HAVE SOUGHT ADVICE REGARDS TREATMENTS AND REMEDIES FOR THEIR AILMENTS, UNFORTUNATELY WITHOUT SUCCESS. When I engage the patients in…


Minimal Intervention Dental Care: What’s it About? {Part I}

dental health

Let me say from the outset that I’m not the ‘be all and end all’ of minimal intervention dentistry. On the flip-side, I’ve been consciously practising what I think is minimal intervention dentistry (or my own brand of) for the last 30 or so years. Let me share some insights.…


Keeping it Simple

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Most people who contact me regarding dental treatment have suffered a combination of neglect as well as being unsure of how to proceed with the care of their teeth and jaws. A small proportion have had the misfortune of having exotic dental care presented to them: care that is not…


Stress and Dental Disease PART 2

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Stress impacts different people in different ways. Everyone is strong in at least one aspect of their being – in the same way, we all have weaknesses. No one is strong on all fronts. It is these susceptibilities that stress can exploit. In some ways, some may consider this as…


Stress and Dental Disease

stressed lady

2020: what a year it has been! I feel reasonably confident in saying that everyone has been confronted in one way or another with change or new experiences as a consequence of Covid-19. Change – especially change that is foisted upon us – can be demanding to deal with. Almost…


Planning is KEY to Dental Stability

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“Not having a plan is a plan to fail.” We’ve all heard this before – it’s about strategy. Sure, planning doesn’t guarantee success, but at least, a plan identifies the starting point, it identifies possible hurdles, it sets a goal and can help with the order of activity. This is…


Treatment Options for Failing Conventional Crowns

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Common Myth: Crowns last forever. Reality: 5–20 Years. It would be a beautiful fairytale if crowns lasted forever. The harsh reality is that most patients will go through several restorative cycles. If you really want to keep your teeth for life, whoever is caring for your dental needs, must build…


Freezing Time

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I hope that this digital issue of intouch Magazine finds all of its readers well. Belledental is one of the fortunate businesses that can express significant gratitude around the imminent further easing of restrictions that commence from May 15. During the Covid-19 restrictions, dentistry was wound back to the most…


Your Dental Health and COVID-19

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The following is from a media release by the Australian Dental Association outlining treatments that can be completed by dentists in the current environment. Dentists can perform the following under the current Level 3 restrictions: tooth extractions or root canal treatment when someone is in acute pain caused by damage…


Good Fundamentals Key to Dental Treatment

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I regularly see patients for second opinions. Almost invariably, the patient has been presented with an exotic plan of treatment – complex and filled with all of the latest trends in dental restorative procedures. But on inspection of their mouth, I notice that basics have been overlooked. What about the…


Diet & Dental Health

fruit and veg

There used to be a time where making choices around food seemed to be a lot simpler than today. With so many recommendations around food choices, I thought it might be overkill to add a “dental diet” to the list. Instead, I’d like to discuss some simple suggestions around timing…


Holistic Dentistry – What does it mean?

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Holistic: relating to the whole of something or to the total system instead of just to its parts. How does this relate to dentistry? What is HOLISTIC dental care? Based on my reviews of marketing information, holistic dentistry appears to be largely about avoiding silver amalgam fillings, safe removal of…

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