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Less cavities? Use this instead of sugar

Less cavities? Use this instead of sugar

Posted in Dentist Cape Town / Bad Breath / Diet / Oral Hygiene

Some 120 years ago German chemist, Emil Fisher and French chemist, M.G. Bertrand discovered the natural occurring sugar substitute xylitol. In the early 1940's Finland began to use xylitol in place of sucrose. In the early 1970's the University of Turku in Finland began to research xylitol and...


Do you want a better looking smile?

Do you want a better looking smile?

For many people having a truly beautiful smile is just another dream. For some reason they just believe that they should accept the fact that they do not have the teeth or smile they really want. Many people are unaware of the many options COSMETIC DENTISTRY is offering them. A SMILE...


Eat this after meals to decrease chances for cavities

Eat this after meals to decrease chances for cavities

Posted in Dentist Cape Town / Diet / Fun Facts / Oral Hygiene

The sequence that foods are eaten can determine the risk for cavities. If you eat sugary foods after meals, you decrease the chance for cavities, as opposed to eating sugary foods alone. How does this work? Plaque bacteria feed on sugary sweets and produce acid that eats away at our teeth and...


Metal Free Dentistry

Metal Free Dentistry

It was a great photo. You were caught in themiddle of a "full-on" laugh. Then you noticed the old,silver, amalgam fillings and realized that you entire dentalhistory is on display! No need to be self-conscious anylonger. There is a simple and attractive solution to theproblem. . The...


6 Minutes a Day

6 Minutes a Day

Common sense tells us to brush our teeth twice a day to have healthy gums and teeth and to prevent getting dental cavities. The truth is that although most people know this general information, very few people know for sure exactly what they are suppose to do. Brushing one's teeth PROPERLY...


Is flossing really necessary?

Is flossing really necessary?

Since childhood we have been taught to brush our teeth and to floss, but nobody ever told us really why and how to use that sleazy' piece of string? Almost 40% of the surface of our teeth are in-between them and brushing alone cannot clean these hard to reach areas. Leaving the plaque between...


Dental Intelligence Quotient – January 2011

Dental Intelligence Quotient – January 2011

Regular dental visits and a scrupulous home hygiene program can keep your breath fresh and your smile sweet! How's your DIQ Dental Intelligence Quotient? Take our quiz and find out .(Scroll over images to view answers) . 1) The correct amount of time for brushing your teeth with a...


Brain exercise

Brain exercise

What holds water yet is full of holes? (Scroll over image to view answer)...


The Secret to 100% cavity prevention

The Secret to 100% cavity prevention

Posted in Dentist Cape Town / Articles

We live in a world where Knowledge is Power! This statement is as old as we can remember and yet so very powerful. "The Power" in this case is CAVITY-FREE TEETH! Really? Absolutely! Lets have a closer look: About 90% of decay starts in the fissures (grooves on the tooth surface). These fissures...


Dental Intelligence Quotient -Dec 2010

Dental Intelligence Quotient -Dec 2010

Posted in Dentist Cape Town / Bad Breath / Dental IQ / Oral Hygiene

Regular dental visits and a scrupulous home hygiene program can keep your breath fresh and your smile sweet! How's your DIQ – Dental Intelligence Quotient? Take our quiz and find out (Scroll over images for Answers) 1) Bad breath can be: a) caused by plaque and food particles on and between...


Smile more often!

Smile more often!

Posted in Dentist Cape Town / Fun Facts / Videos

The average woman smiles about 62 times a day! A man? Only 8! Kids laugh around 400 times a day Grown-ups just 15 Smilers in school yearbooks are more likely to have successful careers and marriages than poker faced peers. We thought this video would make you smile:...


The Radar of Dentistry – Why x-rays are so important

The Radar of Dentistry – Why x-rays are so important

How often do we find ourselves saying: "If I only knew then what I know now…" Well, when it comes to the state of your Oral Health you can know now and never have to look back with frustration. The hero in this case is the X-RAY or Radiograph – one of the most effective tools for safeguarding...


What am I?

What am I?

Posted in Dentist Cape Town / Brainexercise

If you have me, you want to share me, but if you share me I don’t exist. What am I? (Scroll over the picture to view the answer)...


Do I have to replace a missing tooth? (video)

Do I have to replace a missing tooth? (video)

Losing a front tooth could be a nightmare for most people as your whole SMILE, IMAGE and self-esteem are effected! The logicalthing is to getyour tooth back as soon as yesterday, but what about a back tooth? Many people do not think that losing a back tooth is a big deal as they cannot really...


Riddle of the day!

Riddle of the day!

Posted in Dentist Cape Town / Brainexercise

Whatcan be driven, but has no wheels? And what can be sliced and still remain whole? (Hover over question mark to view answer)...


Asthma

Posted in Dentist Cape Town / Videos

Most people brush their teeth twice a day, but are still getting cavities. Have you ever thought about whether you are brushing your teeth correctly or whether you are just brushing your teeth because you have to. Like everything else in life there is a right way and a wrong way. To find out how...


Sally, George and Frank

Sally, George and Frank

Posted in Dentist Cape Town / Brainexercise

Sally, George and Frank were picking up their fast food orders: a burger, a plate of fries and a slice of pizza. “Who ordered what?” asked the man at the counter. George didn’t order the pizza, but the boy who ordered the fries thought he did. This was all the waiter needed to know. Who...


Cap it or not?

Cap it or not?

Posted in Dentist Cape Town / Fun Facts

The popular practice of placing a cap on your toothbrush’s head actually favors bacterial growth on it as moisture is increased in enclosed containers favoring the growth of bacteria. General rule: Just leave your toothbrush as it is, naked! All caps of!...


SMILE more often!!!! :)

SMILE more often!!!! :)

Posted in Dentist Cape Town / Fun Facts

50% of people say that a smile is the first feature they notice about someone!...


How long will my veneers last?

How long will my veneers last?

Posted in Dentist Cape Town / Dental Veneers

When veneers fail there are usually 2 things we look at: A) The actual Porcelain veneer: Did the actual porcelain chip or break? B) The surrounding and underlying tissues: Did the underlying tooth structure break, decay or recede? A) The actual Porcelain veneer Porcelain is a material that is...


How do Veneers compare to Thineers? Which would you recommend?

How do Veneers compare to Thineers? Which would you recommend?

Posted in Dentist Cape Town / Dental Veneers

Thineers sound very appealing, but in reality very few teeth can actually look great with Thineers. Why do I say this? Thinneers or Laminates are very THIN porcelain sheets that fit over your teeth giving it the new look that you want without reducing almostany natural tooth. Really? Think...


The busy Dentist

The busy Dentist

Posted in Dentist Cape Town / Dental Jokes

A young Dentist had just started his own clinic. He rented a beautiful office and had it furnished with antiques. While sitting behind the reception desk, he saw a man come into the office. Wishing to appear “busy”, the dentist picked up the phone and started to pretend to book...


Teeth Whitening and Sensitivity

Teeth Whitening and Sensitivity

Posted in Dentist Cape Town / pain control / Teeth whitening

The active ingredient in teeth whitening is peroxide(carbamide or hydrogen-peroxide). Peroxide is broken down into water and oxygen. It is this oxygen that is responsible for the whitening effect as this oxydises the yellow stains and particles in the tooth’s structure. When this oxygen is taken...


My old veneers are discoloured. What can I do?

My old veneers are discoloured. What can I do?

Porcelain veneers cannot stain or discolour. Porcelain veneers are glazed in a dental furnace to a temperature of up to 900 degrees Celcuis. This ‘bake’ is the reason why porcelain is colour fast. If your veneers are yellow, it could mean that you had resin veneers and not porcelain or the...


Do I need to Whiten my teeth first before I can get VENEERS?

Do I need to Whiten my teeth first before I can get VENEERS?

Porcelain Veneers are really great and can change your smile instantly! The important thing is to have an evaluation first to check your teeth properly together with your smile to see if all is possible. The other thing is to learn as much as possible on the subject to make the best decision....


How much do DENTAL IMPLANTS cost?

How much do DENTAL IMPLANTS cost?

Posted in Dentist Cape Town / Dental Implants

Implants are truly amazing and without them, dentistry today just wouldn’t be the same. First ask yourself: What is a new, brand new tooth with root and crown worth to you? Lets put this inbetter context: To restore a broken down tooth with ahealthy root in RSA could costs +- R3500(crown)....


Wally the cab driver!

Wally the cab driver!

Posted in Dentist Cape Town / General

A friend send me this story, so I just had to publish it: No one can make you serve customers well.that's because great service is a choice. Harvey Mackay tells a wonderful story about a cab driver that proved this point. He was waiting in line for a ride at the airport. When a cab pulled up,...


It is great to be a dad!

It is great to be a dad!

Posted in Dentist Cape Town / General

Nothing could have prepared me for one of life’s most amazing miracles… becoming a dad! Mia was born on 20 July 2010 at Panorama hospital. Suddenly I got a new title ‘dad’ andthe 3 of us become a family. The one thing that stood out for me was how fast everyting had happened and before you...


TOP SECRET: The real cost of a single cavity!

TOP SECRET: The real cost of a single cavity!

Posted in Dentist Cape Town / Oral Hygiene

A cavity is usually treated by drilling out the decayed material and filling it with somesort of restorativematerial. However, fillings do not last forever. Although some fillings might last 15 20 years (porcelain), the average entry level white resinfilling will last+- 8 10 years ifthe...


Teeth Whitening on CARTE BLANCHE

Teeth Whitening on CARTE BLANCHE

‘Whiter teeth, teeth whitening and pearly whites! It’s the latest must-have fashion trend – pearly whites that are whiter than white. The craze has swept across America, and quickly emigrated here, where the fabulously famous are having it done. ‘ Many salons and spas also offer teeth...