NDC Dental Health Blog

Are my child's teeth normal?

We often get asked by parents whether their child’s teeth and bite are normal. Though there are many variations of normal particularly with the age that teeth come through, there’s a list of things to look out for that may be signs of an underlying problems: Missing teeth particularly permanent incisors and canines (adult front teeth): A good clue is that the front baby teeth usually lost before the age of 8 (canines before age 13) are still there and not showing any signs of becoming loose.

How a snacking strategy can prevent cavities in kids

We all know that prevention is better than a cure, but for every exasperated person who has personally experienced decay, preventing decay may feel like a constant battle. And for kids, the statistics show that 1 out of 2 children at twelve years old will have a permanent tooth with decay1. As dentists, we wish to optimise the oral health of our patients and reduce the decay rate to zero.

Mouthguards and Managing a Dental Accident

With the summer season of sports kicking off in schools and clubs, one of the most important ways of protecting your teeth is with a mouthguard. Mouthguards are a great preventive measure against dental injuries such as a tooth being knocked out (avulsion), displaced (luxation) or broken (tooth fractures), and they achieve this by being a stress absorber and distributor. Instead of total force being applied to a single tooth – the effect being potentially to knock the tooth out of its socket – the force is absorbed by the mouthguard, and the resultant force is distributed amongst all the teeth contained inside the mouthguard.

Making soft drinks “soft”

I was reading an interesting article on the Australian Dental Journal (2010; 55:275-279) titled “Effect of casein phosphopeptide-amorphous calcium phosphate added to acidic beverages on enamel erosion in vitro” – Manton DJ et al. a study done by the University of Melbourne, Victoria. Casein Phosphopeptide Amorphous Calcium Phosphate, a mouthful to say, but known also in the shortend form “CPP-ACP” is the active ingredient in a few products such as Recaldent chewing gum or Tooth Mousse that have been shown clinically to promote remineralisation of enamel.

Actively maintaining your dental health

It was the usual morning peak hour traffic on the way to work. I heard on the radio there was a broken down car that forced a temporary lane closure, the cars were bumper to bumper creeping ever so slowly. At the bottle-neck of the traffic, I saw a car with hazard lights on, the driver clearly in distress standing outside waiting for some help to arrive. The thought in my mind was how unfortunate that driver was, I’d hate to be stuck in this predicament, and I’m sure it happened at the worst possible time… perhaps on the way to work?

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