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What to look for in a family dentist

Are you looking for a dentist who can protect the oral health of your whole family? The right family dentist can look after the teeth of both adults and children, letting every member of the family enjoy good dental health. Here are five things to check for when looking for high-quality family denti…

The top toothache home remedies you won't believe

There are some toothache home remedies I'm sure you've never heard of. Although they may sound a little strange, they're often effective and don't have the side effects of traditional medicines. Most of the ingredients are inexpensive and can be found in your own kitchen. Salt water This is a comm…

Choosing the right dental veneers

Dental veneers are extremely thin shells that are bonded to the front of the teeth to improve the appearance of the smile. They are strong, durable and a very effective way to correct a number of problems. While whitening is a fine remedy for stained teeth, dental veneers offer a more permanent sol…

Ten Tips to Whiter Teeth and a Flashier Smile

We all want a nice, pearly-white smile. This short video gives you ten tips to whiter teeth and a flashier smile.   This article was created as part of the Your Health Experts program. We are working with other local health experts to bring you the tips, advice and information you need to lead…

6 Ways to Stop Your Child Being Afraid of the Dentist

Dr. Justin Ward gives tips to make your kid's next dental visit worry free.   This article was created as part of the Your Health Experts program. We are working with other local health experts to bring you the tips, advice and information you need to lead a healthy life. To make sure you get …

Is teeth whitening with peroxide safe?

Everyone wants a bright and dazzling smile, but the quest for whiter teeth should never cause a serious health concern for a consumer. Before commencing any whitening process, you should be aware of what’s involved and if there are any associated risks. Here’s an overview of how teeth can be whitene…

How to treat a toothache

Have you ever experienced significant toothache and done nothing about it, working on the principle that if you ignore it, it’ll go away? I understand: people are busy, there’s the cost associated with dental work and for some folk going to the dentist ranks up there with death and taxes. Realistica…

Veneers - are they the answer for straight, white teeth?

Having veneers placed over your teeth can be an intimidating option for teeth-whitening, as this process changes the structure of your teeth. But don't worry! The processes have been streamlined and perfected by dentists in recent decades. Here’s more about veneers and the processes involved with ha…

Is it true that flossing your teeth is pointless?

Dentists have been encouraging their patients to floss with dental floss daily for more than 100 years. However, recent reports have shed some doubt as to whether flossing provides any benefits to your dental health. These reports state that there is no clear evidence showing that flossing does anyt…

Helpful teeth-whitening hints

At first glance, horse racing and teeth whitening would appear to be strange bedfellows. I may be just a humble dentist, but even I find it difficult to come up with a plausible explanation as to why every year without fail Google statistics show a noticeable increase in the number of people search…

Teeth grinding – what you need to know

Bruxism, or teeth grinding, is a condition that affects both adults and children. It occurs when a person grinds or clenches their teeth, usually while they’re sleeping. In many cases, the person does not even know that they are grinding their teeth. Typically, it is the person’s parent or partner t…

The Tooth About Dental Implants

 

Does My Child Need a Mouthguard?

Parents frequently ask us whether or not their child needs a mouthguard.  Our answer is almost always yes, because it’s such an important piece of protective equipment.  A mouthguard not only prevents chipped and broken teeth, it also can protect your child from injury to the neck and jaw as well…

Do teeth whitening kits really work?

When asked, most people agree that they wish they had whiter teeth. This desire for the perfect smile has helped to flood the market with a variety of products promising to make your teeth whiter and brighter. Chances are that you have looked at some of these items and been tempted to buy them. But …

Are mouthguards from the chemist ok?

Mouthguards provide teeth with protection from trauma for those who play contact sports. A mouthguard can also be used to stop teeth grinding that occurs during the night. These protective devices are available from dentists and chemists. While a mouthguard from the chemist is less expensive than on…

The truth about tooth grinding

Tooth grinding, also known as bruxism, is a huge problem. It’s actually considered to be a sleep disorder. I would say up to around 80 per cent of my patients suffer from some kind of tooth grinding at some point in their life. Stress is the main cause. There has been no real diagnosis for why toot…

Dental implants - the simple facts explained

For many patients, dental implants are an ideal option for replacing missing or damaged teeth. This dental technique has been used for more than 45 years and it is considered to be a very safe and effective procedure. It will restore your smile by filling any gaps you have with aesthetically-pleasin…

The silent condition that might be destroying your teeth

Do you ever wake up with a headache or stiff jaw? You may be grinding your teeth whilst you sleep and not even know it. Teeth grinding, or bruxism, is a serious condition which can lead to chronic pain and fractured teeth. Seeking treatment for teeth grinding can not only provide you with a better n…

Custom-made mouth guards for sports should be compulsory

Your child has joined the footy team and is on his way to the championships, but you’re more worried about his pearly whites getting smashed than winning the trophy. Or maybe she’s discovered a love of minkey (junior hockey, for those who don’t know), and you live in terror of the kids getting a bit…

Ten simple things you can do today for better oral hygiene

A great smile isn’t just a way to make new friends; it also shows off your pearly whites! But having good oral hygiene is more than having great looking teeth. Maintaining good oral health helps to prevent dental and medical issues such as gum disease, bone loss, and even heart disease. Here are 10 …

Do I need to wear a mouthguard for sport?

For more than 100 years, athletes have been using mouthguards to protect their teeth and gums while playing contact sports, such as boxing and football. A mouthguard is a clear or coloured plastic device that fits over your teeth to protect them from any type of impact. If you or your child plays s…

Dental implants reach critical mass

Dental implants are surgical fixtures that anchor a replacement tooth or bridge to the jawbone, acting as an artificial root. They’re a whole lot easier to live with than dentures, and, thanks to modern technology, the procedure to place them is increasingly efficient and simple. These days, dental…

Orthodontics - More Than Just Straight Teeth

If you think that a pretty smile is the only benefit you'll get from orthodontics, think again. While it's true that most people use braces and other devices to achieve a perfect smile, the benefits of straighter teeth can include an improvement in your overall health. Here are some benefits of orth…

Dental Implants - Are they a Good Option for your Missing Tooth

Instead of merely covering over the space of missing teeth, implants replace the tooth roots and are covered by permanent or removable replacement teeth made to match the colour and spacing of your original teeth. These new teeth look and feel like your own teeth, they fuse with the bone as a perman…

Root Canal Treatment

There is nothing worse than the discomfort caused by a tooth ache. In some cases, your dentist will recommend root canal treatment as the best course of action. This procedure involves a dentist cleaning out the canal inside the tooth in order to sterilise and eliminate the infection. Whilst it can…

Porcelain Veneers - Tidy Up Your Smile

There is an abundance of expert public and private dentists who provide porcelain veneers to patients in Australia. The veneer procedure is painless and often much less expensive than having dental crowns, orthodontic braces or caps fitted. There is no need to envy the smiling faces on magazine cove…

Thumb Sucking, Finger Sucking and Pacifier Use

The sucking reflex is naturally present in every child at birth. Due to this, with time, they start sucking everything which comes near their mouth. It is common to see newly born babies sucking their fist and palms. However, with time this habit gets shifted to thumb sucking and finger sucking as …

Family Dentistry In Coffs Harbour

Your friendly Coffs Harbour dentist When I came to Coffs Harbour to take up a job as a dentist in 2004 I didn’t have firm plans to stay in the area  — but it didn’t take long for me to see that this place is paradise. Pretty soon I was asking myself, why would I go anywhere else? Coffs is a lot li…

Dental Implants – Are They For You?

Dental implants provide you with a way to restore a full and healthy smile if you are missing one or more teeth. These implants are posts that hold artificial teeth in place in order to fill in the gaps within your teeth. Before deciding whether or not to get these implants, it’s important to take a…

Childrens Dentistry - What Needs To Be Done When?

Tooth decay (cavities) is an epidemic amongst children. Dental decay is the most common and widespread childhood disease. It is therefore important to make children’s dentistry a priority and for this reason, it is recommended that the first dental visit take place within six months of the first too…

Dental Health Insurance - Why You Should Use It Or Lose It

Most dental health insurance policies cover dental treatment to some extent. However, as a dentist, I have found that there is a widespread misunderstanding about these policies. Many people wrongly believe that dental health insurance coverage is cumulative—that if you don’t spend it one year it w…

Dental Crowns - So Much More Than A Filling

If your dentist has ever suggested that you have a crown installed instead of a filling, you may have balked at the idea. After all, crowns can be more expensive than fillings. However, there are some very good reasons why your dentist might suggest the use of dental crowns rather than standard fill…

Orthodontics – When and Why?

There is a common misconception that you can be too old or that your child is too young for an orthodontic evaluation and treatment. It is true that orthodontics is typically used in the treatment of teenagers to maintain and improve their dental health. However, the Australian Society of Orthodont…

Veneers for a winning smile

Veneers are a simple, effective, not-too-intrusive way to enhance your smile. Paper thin outer shells that are bonded to your real teeth, veneers can improve tooth colour, smooth tooth surface, reduce gaps and even improve the alignment. They’re a great choice for many patients with stained, chipped…

Nightguards - Do I Need A Nightguard?

Do you suffer from headaches or wake with a sore jaw on a regular basis? This could signal that your muscles are hard at work while you sleep. Teeth grinding can cause damage to your teeth so it is important to visit your dentist for treatment. What are nightguards? Night mouth guards are worn to …

Professional vs. At Home Teeth Whitening - Which Is Better?

So you took a look in the mirror after you brushed your teeth this morning and you weren't quite happy with your stained teeth? I think we've all been there. The cups of coffee and occasional glass of red wine can really add up and start to make your once white teeth tinged with yellow. Now you're f…

Should I Get Dental Implants?

Technically, a dental implant is an artificial titanium root integrated into your jawline. That might sound a little scary, but dental implants are a safe, comfortable and attractive alternative to dentures if you have missing or broken teeth. Essentially, they look and function exactly like real te…

Dentures vs. Implants - Why Would I Choose Them?

In recent times, the popularity of dental implants to replace missing teeth has risen. Dental implants are now often favoured in cases where dentures would traditionally have been fitted. Before deciding on implants or dentures, it is important to know the pros and cons of each of these dental optio…

Teeth Cleaning - Why Should I Get My Dentist To Clean My Teeth?

Getting your teeth cleaned by a dentist or dental hygienist is an important part of maintaining your oral health. Dental treatment isn’t just about fillings and crowns. You can go to the dentist just to get your teeth professionally cleaned, which helps to prevent further tooth decay. Many people mi…

Dentistry for children

Going to the dentist is a daunting enough experience for a lot of adults and, sadly, that fear factor is often compounded for kids. Over the years, being a kids’ dentist has become a large, niche area of my practice. Accordingly, I’ve not only developed strategies for putting junior patients at eas…

Mouth Guards - Off The Shelf vs. Dentist Fitted

Coaches and sponsors of sports activities have a responsibility that goes beyond protecting players from concussions and permanent spinal issues. They have a responsibility to ensure that individual team members maintain their healthy, full dental bites without spaces from knocked out teeth. With pl…

Don’t Wait Until It Hurts - Gum Disease

What is gum disease? Gum disease, known as Gingivitis, is the inflammation of the gums. This is basically a disease in which the gums are affected by a severe type of inflammation resulting in swelling, infection and redness of the mouth gums. How is gum disease caused? Gum disease occurs due to …

Our Dental Hygienist

What you get from a dental hygienist About six years ago I decided to implement a dental hygienist program at our dental clinic. Here’s why it was one of the best things we ever did for our patients. A dental hygienist has the same level of expertise as a dentist when it comes to dental hygiene,…

Crowns - What You Need To Know

Dental crowns, which are sometimes referred to as caps, are used to cover a natural tooth that has been damaged. A dental crown can be used to restore a tooth's shape, appearance, and function. Not only does it protect the tooth, it enhances your smile. Here’s a rundown of all you need to know about…

Dental X-ray - Determine Oral Health With Dental X-Rays

Your dentist is able to check for signs of dental problems by looking at your teeth and gums, but some problems might be hidden from sight. Dental X-rays help dentists detect problems with teeth, gums and jaws that would otherwise go unnoticed. Examining these X-rays allows dentists to check for si…

Zoom into teeth whitening

Are you looking for a way to get your pearly whites even whiter? There are two right ways you can go about teeth whitening, and one very wrong way. Just a heads up, you should avoid the wrong way at all costs. Currently, we offer two types of teeth whitening services: The Zoom in-chair whitening se…

Dental Implants - Hype or Have to Have?

If you’ve lost a tooth and hate the sight of a gaping hole where a complete, beautiful smile should be, you’re not alone. Many people lose teeth throughout their lives and risk ruining their smiles as well as the stability of their remaining teeth. Dental implants allow you to restore the beauty and…

Oral Health - Tips And Techniques For Looking After Your Teeth Between Dental Visits

Who doesn't love the feeling of a clean mouth right after visiting the dentist's office? But we can't visit the dentist every day for cleanings - which means, of course, that we must practice oral health at home to keep that feeling of freshness every day. So what can we do to look after our teeth b…

Preventive dentistry is better than the cure

Dentists can get a bad rap. Some people feel a visit to the dentist is usually up there with a visit to the accountant on the list of things they’d rather not be doing. This is often because there is fear of pain from treatment. Despite this, preventive dentistry is, or should be, the goal of all go…

Teeth Whitening - Beautiful Smiles With Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is as easy as visiting your dentist. It is a simple treatment to lighten your teeth and remove stains or discolouration. It is a very popular and effective way to improve your smile.  What Teeth Whitening Is Used For The outer layer of your tooth is the enamel which helps give your…

Children's Dental Surgery - Things to Expect When Your Child Has Dental Surgery

Certain dental problems in children might require a surgical procedure. In some cases, dental surgery involves using anaesthesia or sedation. While the thought of your children undergoing surgery might make you anxious, knowing what to expect beforehand can calm your fears. You’ll also be able to be…

Mouth guards protect your smile

Young teeth need protection not just from the cavities caused by sugary foods or poor dental hygiene, but from the horrors that can happen to teeth in an instant on a sporting field. The blunt trauma of a sporting incident can be avoided with decent protection. Sport mouth guards should be at the fo…

Porcelain Veneers - What You Need To Know

Why porcelain veneers? The privilege of having perfectly smooth, white teeth used to belong to the wealthy or to ‘beautiful people’ working in front of cameras. After veneers became popularised, whether they were made from exquisite porcelain or a less durable composite, the mainstream population d…

Dental Emergency - Handling A Dental Emergency

Knowing how to act in the event of a dental emergency can minimise trips to the dentist and reassure the patient. Here are some important tips for handling a dental emergency: Injured tongue or lip The tongue and lips are very sensitive and can bleed profusely when injured. In this type of dental …

Invisalign is the latest in teeth straightening

Invisalign is different to traditional braces in that it is a clear, plastic retainer, also known as a mouth guard, which is custom made to align and straighten the teeth. So instead of the obvious and rather unattractive silver brackets with a wire, one wears a little clear, plastic mouth guard, wh…

How to floss properly

We are taught about the importance of oral health at an early age.  However, while many people do brush on a regular basis, many people do not floss nearly as often as they should. And even if you do floss semi-regularly, you may not be doing it properly! The following are a few tips on how to floss…

A new era in orthodontics

Gone are the days of your orthodontist having a one-size-fits-all approach. Equipped with a new generation of technology, general dentists are increasingly embracing individualised orthodontics that puts the focus firmly on individual patient needs. We use the Progressive Orthodontics system, a wor…

Mouthguards - A sporting necessity

There was a time in sports history when people grappled and tackled one another in collision sports such as Australian rugby, American football, boxing and other contact sports without any protection to the head, neck, knee or mouth. Today Safety Matters Fortunately, sanity has prevailed and today…

Eat right for a healthy smile

Eating Affects your Teeth Eating habits impact your oral health as well as your physical health. Excessive intake of alcohol, junk food like pizza, burgers etc. can cause damage to your teeth and gums. Moreover if you are a sweet tooth, then your health is at risk. This is because ice creams, choc…

How to prevent early childhood decay

For the sake of your child’s smile As soon as that first tooth appears, it’s time to start being aware of your child’s dental health. There is a risk of decay even with that first tooth. To build a strong foundation and to avoid future pain, look for a good dentist. Do not wait for the decay to bec…

Preparing for a dental implant procedure

How to prepare for a dental implant procedure Replacing missing teeth with dental implants has become the preferred alternative to dentures. People who have lost their teeth due to disease or injury use implants to make smiles more attractive and improve self-confidence. Like any other surgical p…

Help! My dentures don’t fit anymore!

A couple of decades ago, people took for granted that losing your teeth and getting a set of dentures was just a given aspect of getting old. Nowadays, changes in people’s oral health habits and dental implant technology, has meant that dentures aren’t a guaranteed aspect of getting old. In fact, …

Tooth implant bone grafting: A general overview of the procedure

What is a dental implant? Dental implants are small titanium devices that replace the natural root portion of your missing teeth. Titanium is both strong and biocompatible with the body.  Dental implants can be placed in either the upper or lower jaws, and living bone tissue in the jaw will adher…

Hygienists and oral health

You’ve heard the saying, “prevention is better than cure”? That pretty much sums up the importance of dental hygienists to your oral health. It’s also the key to understanding my role here at Arthur Street Dental. It’s a role that’s particularly important because dental hygienists tackle the major p…

Cleaning your teeth – Six tips on how to brush your teeth properly

You need them for biting, chewing, and smiling – they’re your teeth! To keep them in great shape, you need to take care of them, and your first defence is by brushing regularly. Do you know how to brush your teeth properly? Here are six tips to keep in mind: The right brush: Do you have the right…

How does fluoride help your teeth?

Keeping your smile bright and your teeth healthy plays an important part in contributing to your overall health and wellness. Fluoride in your drinking water is beneficial for your teeth. Fluoride for teeth is like a fence around your house; it serves to protect your teeth from tooth decay. Here are…

Caring for your teeth after a dental implant procedure

Dental implant procedures are popular option to replace missing or damaged teeth. The procedures have a high success rate. The initial care after the dental procedure is to apply ice to minimise swelling and rest. The area may be sore for some time. The amount of rest required depends on the amount …

Dental implants help patients resume their lifestyle prior to tooth loss

In the modern world of extended longevity, we have to take very good care of our teeth for them to last a lifetime. It is very common to come across people with missing teeth or lose some yourself. If you have missing teeth it is vital to have them replaced as soon as possible since such a step imp…

Closing the gap

We’d definitely recommend thinking about dental implants when considering tooth replacement options. Patients might have a sense that implants are expensive, or perhaps they have a reputation as a purely cosmetic option—but at an average cost of around $4500, they compare well to other procedures, a…

Caring for your smile

I can understand when people sometimes get confused about oral health, oral hygiene, and the best way to care for their smile. Different dental associations around the world and different universities around the world give different advice on brushing your teeth. So what’s the right way to do it? M…

How to keep teeth healthy and strong

Most people will judge your overall hygiene by the state of your teeth. A bright smile will also add to your overall confidence. Maintaining the pearly whites, however, requires quite a bit of effort. Other than proper use of teeth, such as avoiding activities such as opening bottles with your teeth…

Gum disease: Why is it a major concern?

Gum disease is also referred to as gingivitis in the mild, reversible stage or periodontal disease in later stages. This disease starts with bacterial growth in the mouth and if not treated, it can lead to tooth loss. Just as the name implies, this is an oral disease that affects or destroys the tis…

Four options for missing teeth

If you are missing a tooth, you have four options open to you. Option 1: Do nothing I’d recommend against this option, but I also know that a lot of people will say, “What’s the worst thing that can happen?” Well, let me tell you… The teeth on either side of the gap where the missing tooth used t…

Why do people lose teeth & how can you prevent it?

Causes of tooth loss Changes in teeth are a normal part of aging. Chewing, especially hard, crunchy food, can cause normal wearing of the tooth surfaces. Other issues, such as teeth grinding, poor hygiene, oral disease and serious injury may also affect oral health. Increased plaque causes tooth d…

Dental implants 101

Each year, millions of Australians suffer from dental problems. One of these problems involves the loss of teeth.  When your natural teeth fall out or are compromised, the damage tends to go well below the surface of the gum line.  Roots are often destroyed or lost and the bone that supported those …

The history of dental fillings

Poor oral hygiene and unhealthy eating habits often lead to cavities. These cavities then aggravate to form little craters on your teeth, thereby exposing the living tissue to the elements such as temperature and bacteria. The ideal solution is to clean out the debris in the cavity, and then fill us…

Should I be worried about my amalgam fillings?

In today’s Internet age, with a seemingly infinite amount of information available, it sometimes seems harder than ever to find a definitive answer to even a simple question. Health related matters are often the most widely covered subjects, which makes sifting through the various sources and opinio…

White is right

I’m often getting asked about white fillings versus traditional fillings, like the old-fashioned ones made from amalgam—especially after people read about amalgam online and think about the mercury they’re carrying around in their mouth. Although the research says the amalgam is completely safe and …

Dental implants: Are they a good option for your missing tooth?

For quite some time, bridges and dentures were the only options available for people missing teeth. Today, however, dental implants are available and growing in popularity. Instead of merely covering over the space missing teeth, implants replace the tooth roots and are covered by permanent or remo…

How do dental implants compare with dentures?

With reports from the Australian Institute of Health indicating that about 50 percent of Australian children have tooth decay, it looks like choosing between implants and dentures is a decision many of us will have to make at some point in life. Missing teeth may make you feel uncomfortable, self-c…

The bare bones of it

Many people don’t realise you need your teeth for more than chewing—you need them as part of the structure of your face. They are part of the entire ecosystem of your mouth, and without them, your face doesn’t quite appear as it should. Dental implants are crucial when you lose a tooth, not only for…

Options for those with dental anxiety

It’s natural to feel apprehensive when visiting the dentist, but if your dental anxiety is keeping you from making an appointment, you could be putting your health – and your smile – at risk. Why are people fearful? A fear of the unknown is a key player in dental anxiety. Children visiting the den…

While you were sleeping

We all know that going to the dentist is essential for good oral health, but many people will do anything to avoid a visit – and the more they put it off, the worse the problems get, and the more invasive the potential treatments become. That’s when sleep dentistry becomes a very appealing option fo…

It sounds funny, but laughing gas can help your dental care

Does the thought of going to the dentist fill you with dread? Thankfully, there are solutions to help you relax. Nitrous oxide, also known as happy gas or laughing gas, is a solution to dental anxiety for many people. How does it work? The technique of using gas to help patients relax in the denti…

Why Dr Ward is so interested in dental implants

Last year I finished a Master’s Degree in implant dentistry, so we can safely say dental implants is a field I’m interested in! The reason I find implants so interesting is because, on the most basic level, they offer something we’ve never had before—the opportunity to put teeth back into the mouth …

The pros and cons of dental implants vs. dentures

With modern advancements in dental techniques, dentures are no longer the only option to settle when you want to replace missing teeth. Patients who have lost one or more teeth tell us they feel embarrassed and even self-conscious about their smile. Some people even try not to laugh in public in cas…

Why replacing missing teeth is important to your health

Many people can suffer from tooth loss. If this does happen to you, it is important to replace your missing teeth as soon as possible. Replacing your lost teeth offers both health and aesthetic benefits. There are common misconceptions about tooth replacements, which abound in society today. There a…

The art & techniques of modern dentistry

The art of modern dentistry has opened the door to new and improved dental care.  Modern dentistry has changed the way patients view visiting the dentist, and the way dentists deliver quality service. In the past troublesome teeth were simply cleaned, filled or extracted, depending on the problem. …

Save the tooth

The modern dental practice is really part of a constant evolution away from the drill and thrill techniques of the last century.  As a dentist here in Coffs Harbour, even though it’s a country town, patients are demanding sophisticated and innovative dental treatment. The new direction is looking to…

What do we mean by ‘minimally invasive dentistry’?

What is minimally invasive dentistry? A few decades ago, dentists had no qualms about pulling out teeth with cavities, especially if the cavities risked the health of other teeth. However, all that has changed with the advent of minimally invasive dentistry. This branch of dentistry looks to preser…

Teeth healthy snacks for kids – Advice from a children’s dentist

Getting your kids to eat teeth healthy snacks can be a challenge. The best way to educate them about the importance of caring for their teeth is by providing snacks that are not only nourishing, but also appealing. Children’s dentists recommend snacks such as these: Gouda, Swiss, or other aged c…

Finding the right dentist for your children

A children’s dentist attends to the special dentistry needs of children. This includes infants with sprouting teeth as well as young teens. Getting the right dentist to suit your children is essential, as children tend to be fidgety and particularly afraid of dentists. The following are fundamental …

Need a children’s dentist

During the first few years of your child’s life, everything is so hectic that a trip to the children’s dentist is often the last thing on parent’s minds. But it shouldn’t be, if only because rates of childhood tooth decay are on the rise, and getting them checked early is much more preferable, and m…

Painless dentistry does exist

Many people are nervous about visiting the dentist, which is why painless dentistry can be very successful to alleviate those nerves. Along with local anaesthetics, which are used to numb part of the mouth so that the dentist can work on it without causing pain, many dentists also offer sedation den…

Who’s afraid of the dentist?

If your check-up is due but you’re coming up with every excuse under the sun to delay it, you may have dental anxiety. And you’re certainly not alone. Fear of the dentist is so common, it even has its own name—dentophobia.
Studies by the Australian Dental Association show that nearly one in two pati…

Top 5 tips for beating dental anxiety

Dental anxiety affects many people across the country and prevents them from getting the proper dental care they need. If your dental anxiety is preventing you from going to the dentist, there are several things you can do to lessen your anxiety level. In this article we look at the top 5 tips for b…

Focus Magazine Feature - Dr Justin Ward

Gum Disease

Do you think gum disease is something that only happens to people your grandparents’ age? Think again! Gum Disease is the biggest reason people lose their teeth in today’s society.  Gum disease is usually caused by a build-up of plaque, which is a sticky layer of germs that forms naturally on the te…

Technology - Lower Dose Digital Xrays

KODAK 9000 3D Extraoral Imaging System Arthur Street Dental now has the KODAK 9000 3D Extraoral Imaging System.  This new technology gives our practice the ability to take powerful 3D images, while using less radiation.  The unit captures high-quality pictures and allows Dr Justin Ward to perform a…

Bad Breath (halitosis)

Bad breath, or as it is medically known, halitosis, is a common problem, affecting almost all of us at one point of time or another. Bad breath is mostly caused by a build-up of bacteria living on the surface of your tongue. There are many things that can cause bad breath. For instance if we eat ce…

Facts on Dental Amalgam Restorations

Dental amalgam has a proven track record of as one of the safest, most durable materials used to a fill a cavity. Ongoing scientific studies conducted over the years continue to show that amalgam is not harmful. Much of the concern over the safety of amalgams arises from the use of mercury as a bond…

Oral Health and Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a very special and exciting time for you and your family. Expecting parents should start (if you already haven’t) taking good care of themselves in order to get your new arrival off to a healthy start.    Maintaining good oral health during pregnancy might be the last thing on your mind…

Sporting Mouth Guards

Avoid painful and expensive injuries to your teeth and mouth. Normally $250… New Season Special Offer just… $160 Our professionally formed mouthguards are made to help protect you from broken teeth requiring expensive cosmetic dentistry, soft tissue trauma, pain and suffering. Your custom made mou…
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