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Doctor-approved treatments for bad breath

Doctor-approved treatments for bad breath

Posted in Dentist Cape Town / Bad Breath

Water How it works: Bad breath can occur when the bacteria on your tongue break down the proteins in mucus and food—especially sugar and dairy products—which can cause the bacteria to release sulfur compounds. Result: stinky breath. However, bacteria’s sworn enemy is oxygen, which is found...


The dental facelift

The dental facelift

Posted in Dentist Cape Town / Cosmetic Dentistry

Jagged-edges, chipped teeth and an uneven smile-line can all make you look old before your time. Stress is part of our lives, but can cause devastating wear on teeth enamel. Early signs of wear: front teeth look too short front teeth keep chipping loss of enamel behind upper incisors...


Gum Disease in Children

Gum Disease in Children

Posted in Dentist Cape Town / Kids

Many people think ofperiodontal diseaseas an adult problem. However, studies indicate that nearly all children and adolescents have gingivitis which is the first stage of periodontal disease. There are several types of periodontal disease that children can get. Chronic gingivitisis common...


Is your tongue plaque free?

Is your tongue plaque free?

Posted in Dentist Cape Town / Bad Breath / Diet and Health / Videos

Our tongue, the gateway to the all important digestive system is also home to a number of bacteria that cause several health hazards. The rough papillary surface of the tongue provides an ideal environment for the collection of cells, food debris and bacterial growth. A tongue cleaner is an...


Test Your Dental IQ – April 2011

Test Your Dental IQ – April 2011

Posted in Dentist Cape Town / Dental IQ

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… Hover over pictures to view answers. 1) With Cosmetic Dentistry many techniques exists and getting a...


Dental Fact

Dental Fact

Posted in Dentist Cape Town / The Funny Dentist

The second most common disease in the United States is tooth decay. The first is the common cold....


Ways to prevent Oral disease

Ways to prevent Oral disease

Teeth, especially molars and pre-molars, contain fissures on the ‘chewing' surfaces. Plaque can easily accumulate in fissures which the bristles of the toothbrush cannot reach, thus making teeth prone to caries. 1. Fissure Sealants Fissure sealants are tooth-colored resins to seal off deep...


Brain Exercise

Brain Exercise

Posted in Dentist Cape Town

There are 11 body parts that have only 3 letters. What are they? Hover over picture to view answer...


Test your Dental IQ

Test your Dental IQ

Posted in Dentist Cape Town / Dental IQ

Regular dental visits and a scrupulous home hygiene program can keep your breath fresh and your smile sweet! How's your Dental Intelligence Quotient Take our quiz and find out… . 1) With the latest CEREC Technology your Dentist can now manufacture Dental Crowns and white fillings in: A) 1 visit...


What makes composite Bonding so great?

What makes composite Bonding so great?

Composite bonding is a great way to restore front teeth that need the following: * chipped or worn down teeth * Closing gaps between teeth * teeth that are discoloured and need a whiter look * Teeth that are misaligned, skew, too long, too short or uneven * to restore an aged look due to...


7 Things your teeth say about your health

7 Things your teeth say about your health

Posted in Dentist Cape Town / Articles

By Paula Spencer,Caring.com editor Some messages coming out of your mouth bypass the vocal chords. Turns out that your teeth, gums, and surrounding tissues also have plenty to say — about your overall health. “Your mouth is connected to the rest of your body,” says Anthony Iacopino, dean of...


I’ve heard that I can get bonding on my teeth instead of veneers?  What is bonding?

I’ve heard that I can get bonding on my teeth instead of veneers? What is bonding?

Bonding uses composite resin to restore chipped or broken teeth,fill in gaps, fix cavities and reshape or recolour your smile. The same material used for bonding is used for making tooth colored fillings, which appear more natural. Your dentist applies the resin and sculpts, colours and shapes...


The 7 Smile Questions

The 7 Smile Questions

Posted in Dentist Cape Town / Cosmetic Dentistry

If you weren't born with a beautiful smile or a smile you want to show offwith, your dental team fully understandyour concerns. Research hasshown that in realitygood-lookingpeople get preferential treatmentin life, love and work…and yes, life is unfair! However, not all the beautifulpeople...


What kinds of sedation dentistry do you offer?

What kinds of sedation dentistry do you offer?

2 Options are available for a relax and sleepy dental visit: 1) Taking a pill 1 hour before the procedure This will help you to relax and just takes the edge off. Almost like a strong sleeping tablet. Someone mustaccompany you to provide transport to and from thesurgery. Cost: The price of...


Dental IQ – February 2011

Dental IQ – February 2011

Posted in Dentist Cape Town / Dental IQ

Regular dental visits and a scrupulous home hygiene program can keep your breath fresh and your smile sweet! How's your DIQ – Scroll over pictures to view answers Dental Intelligence Quotient? Take our quiz and find out… 1) With CEREC Computerized Fillings and crowns there are: a) No...


Less cavities? Use this instead of sugar

Less cavities? Use this instead of sugar

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

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...


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

Posted in Dentist Cape Town / The Funny Dentist

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 / The Funny Dentist / 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 / The Funny Dentist

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 / Dental IQ / Dental Veneers

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...