Tendler Dental News

Oral health is fundamental to overall health, wellbeing and quality of life. A healthy mouth enables people to eat, speak and socialise without pain, discomfort or embarrassment.

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Saliva has many important functions. It helps to keep the mouth comfortable as a lubricant whilst eating or speaking and helps us taste and digest food. Saliva also keeps the teeth, the gums and the lining of the mouth healthy. Dry mouth is a subjective feeling that there is not enough saliva in the mouth. For some people this problem can be persistent and unpleasant, reducing their quality of life. Hyposalivation refers to abnormally low saliva flow. This can lead to health problems.

Read more: Chairside Chat: Dry Mouth

The appearance of primary teeth is commonly called ‘teething’. Many babies experience some discomfort during teething. Most babies are irritable when new teeth break through their gums.

Read more: Let’s Talk Baby: Teething

Teeth can be knocked out of a person's mouth by various accidents - for example at home, in playgrounds, in sport, or motor vehicle accidents.

Click the icon to download a PDF that you can print and display at home, in the work place or around at your local sporting club to assist people that may encounter this unfortunate event.

Read more: Knocked out teeth can be saved

We are delighted to welcome our newest member to Tendler Dental. Dr Rachel Midgley joined our team bringing a new friendly face as well as some additional services which we previously did not provide.

Read more: Welcome Dr Rachel Midgley

Our mouths are full of bacteria. These bacteria, along with mucus and other particles, form a sticky, colourless “plaque” on teeth. Brushing and flossing help get rid of plaque. Plaque that is not removed can harden and form “tartar” that brushing doesn’t clean. Only a professional cleaning by a dentist or dental hygienist can remove tartar.

Read more: What is gum disease?

Radiographic, or X-ray, examinations provide your dentist with an important tool to display the condition of your teeth, it’s, jaw bones and the overall composition of your facial bones. X-rays can help your dentist determine the presence or degree of periodontal (gum) disease, abscesses and abnormal growths, such as cysts and tumours.

Read more: Why do I need X-rays?

Many people have a fear of the dentist, and even though they know they should see someone, often the fear so strong enough to stop them making an appointment until things become an emergency and even then, some people continue to put off seeking help.

Here are 5 simple steps that may make things easier for you if you suffer a fear of the dentist.

Read more: Want to take control of your dental fear?

The top surfaces of your teeth - where the chewing takes place aren't smooth and flat. They are criss-crossed with tiny hills and valleys called pits and fissures. These are places where plaque can build up safe from your toothbrush and dental floss. Some of the pits and fissures are so narrow that even a single bristle of your toothbrush can't get deep enough to clean them out.

Read more: What is a fissure sealant?

Although teeth grinding can be caused by stress and anxiety, it often occurs during sleep and is more likely caused by an abnormal bite or missing or crooked teeth.

Read more: Why Do People Grind Their Teeth?