Why does my dentist recommend chewing gum after eating?

Saliva [also known as “spit”] is amazing. Yes, I’m a dentist so I’m weird and say things like that but it really IS amazing. It contains a whole host of stuff that will maintain your mouth at its resting pH [acidity]. When we eat, our mouths inevitably end up being acidic and that’s when your […]

Some facts about sugar

Dentists hate sugar – well that’s what everyone expects us to say – but everything in moderation, I say. Yes, sugar is responsible for tooth decay (rotten teeth) hence I wince when I walk past a sweet shop but there are other health issues associated with sugar. Here are some facts so you can make […]

Bruxism – what on earth is that?

Bruxism is also known as grinding and/or clenching of your teeth. It is a very common condition that affects both children and adults. Who has bruxism It is thought that about half of the population grinds their teeth from time to time. But it may be serious in only about 1 in 20 cases. About […]

Yellow Teeth – and what you can do about it

Lots of people ask us here at Dentistry on King why their teeth are appearing yellower or darker over time. This is a common phenomenon and is due to multiple factors: Thinning of the enamel (the outer surface of the tooth). The whiter enamel gets worn away over the years and reveals the yellower dentine […]

Thumb sucking – when should I get worried?

A concern for many parents is their child’s thumb sucking habit; how long will it last and will it affect their teeth? The good news is: most children grow out of the habit before they start school. Thumb or finger sucking is a comfort for many young children just like using a dummy. It can […]

Why should I take my child to the dentist

Why should I take my child to the dentist – baby teeth fall out anyway, right? (And what is the Child Dental Benefits Scheme?) Take good care of your child’s baby teeth. They do eventually fall out but until they do, baby teeth play an important role in helping your child bite and chew food, […]

5 top celebrity smiles

Elle MacPherson This Sydney beauty may be nicknamed “The Body”, but we can’t overlook her gorgeous smile.                 Julia Roberts This pretty woman has a pretty smile to compliment her ageless looks.                 Miranda Kerr This Australian beauty hasn’t neglected her […]

Children’s tooth care checklist

Brush morning and night with a children’s toothpaste Have an adult brush the child’s teeth until 8 years old Floss teeth that touch – maybe use a flossette Avoid foods with added sugars including yoghurt and other so-called “health foods” Avoid packaged foods – fresh is best Try to avoid snacking in between meals especially […]

Scared of the dentist

“I was scared of dentists and the dark”….hopefully you’re not scared of either, but unfortunately many people have anxiety about visiting a dentist or even a dental phobia. Why are people scared of the dentist? Many people are worried about being told off by the dentist, have had a bad experience in the past where […]