Teeth whitening is offered by dentists, other dental practitioners and cosmetic businesses. Many products are also available over the counter for home application. So which option is best and safest, asks Alexander Holden.
An Aussie smile is an instant indicator of socioeconomic status, employability and self-esteem. The costs of this dental divide are revealing, writes Lesley Russsell.
One Narooma dentist and a small group of volunteers check more than 1,200 mouths in just two weeks on Timor Leste.
The country's first comprehensive dental health report card has found some pretty gross stats: 90 per cent of adults have some form of tooth decay, almost three-quarters of children eat too much sugar, and one-quarter of teens have not had a dental check-up in 12 months.
Dentists are becoming increasingly frustrated with having to extract decaying teeth from young children, often under general anaesthetic, and the consensus is that high sugar diets are the cause.
If you've got inflamed gums, it probably means that you need to brush and floss your teeth more diligently. But they can also be an indicator of more serious problems.
Dentists working for corporate clinics and health insurers are being incentivised to churn through patients — leading to unnecessary dental work and over-servicing, according to industry insiders.
Are there any tested, proven treatments for grinding and clenching your teeth while asleep?