Dr. Emma

Here at HIF, we understand how important dental health is to our members and their loved ones. We also know that it can be confusing at times, which is why we're very lucky to have Dr. Emma, our resident dental health expert on hand to answer your questions! Dr. Emma lives in WA and she's a proud mum to her two girls. She has been a practising dentist in Perth for over 10 years, with eight years experience as a dental hygienist prior to that.

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Dental Health Week 2018 - Watch Your Mouth

Dental Health Week 2018 - Watch Your Mouth

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This year’s Dental Health Week theme is “Watch Your Mouth” which promotes the importance of brushing and flossing, eating well and seeing your dentist. But, did you know that 65% of Australians haven’t seen a dentist in the last two years? With this alarming statistic in mind, we caught up with Dr. Emma, to chat about never missing a dentist appointment and the common things dentists check for that don't directly involve our teeth.

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What is gingivitis?

What is gingivitis?

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Have your gums ever bled during a scale and clean or even when brushing? There’s a good chance it was gingivitis! According to dental health expert and HIF blogger Dr. Emma, “Well over 90% of the population has experienced some degree of gingivitis”. In this article, Dr. Emma explains what gingivitis is, what causes it and why we should have regular scale and cleans.

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National Dental Checkup

National Dental Checkup

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When was your last dental checkup? According to dental health professional, Dr. Emma, "The entire nation just had theirs, and the results are troubling. Tooth decay is now the most common chronic disease in the country, with the majority of it being entirely preventable. March 2018 saw the release of the Australian Dental Association's Oral Health Tracker. The program is designed to track and improve the oral health of our country as a whole, and it seems we have plenty of room for improvement." With this in mind, we caught up with Dr. Emma to hear her thoughts on the latest findings and her top tips on managing oral health. 
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Oral Health for Busy Lives

Oral Health for Busy Lives

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Is being "too busy" an excuse to neglect your dental health? According to HIF dental health blogger, Dr. Emma, "The answer is no. Being "too busy" has become glamourised in our society. It's seen as a sign of being driven and achieving your best. But being busy isn't always good for your health, and unfortunately it's easy to think "I'll brush properly tomorrow" when you're constantly on the go." With this in mind, we've asked Dr. Emma for her three top tips on how to squeeze effective dental care into our busy day.

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What is a Dental Filling?

What is a Dental Filling?

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Have you ever thought about what happens when you have a filling? According to our resident dental health blogger Dr. Emma, “A filling is one of the most commonly performed dental procedures, but perhaps the most misunderstood. It seems simple, right? There's a hole in a tooth, fill it up with stuff. Well, this isn’t the case – teeth are tricky creatures, and the mouth is an incredibly hostile environment in which to get materials to stick and last. There's a lot that goes into preparing a tooth to be filled, as well as selecting the right material.” In this article, Dr. Emma helps us to understand by detailing her step-by-step procedure when completing a common filling.

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When Was Your Last Dental Check-Up?

When Was Your Last Dental Check-Up?

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When was your last visit to the dentist? If you can't remember then that probably means it's been too long. Seeing your dentist for a just a couple of hours in a single year could mean the difference between advancing dental disease and a clean bill of dental health. According to dental health expert, Dr. Emma, "Early decay is mostly painless and undetectable to the layperson, but can be fixed with remineralising agents or small fillings. Wait until the holes get big, and you're in for bigger fillings which cost more. Consider also the risk of needing more complex treatment like root canal therapy and crowns, and the costs add up fast. In this article, Dr. Emma discusses why a regular check-up should be something you set as a high priority. 

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New Year Dental Habits

New Year Dental Habits

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Many of us make resolutions at the start of a new year to be healthier but do your health resolutions for 2017 include improving your dental health? Healthy teeth can lead to a better smile and overall better health, so if you've decided to make your teeth a priority this year, follow Dr. Emma's four simple steps to ensure your smile is in tip top shape.

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Teeth Whitening for Teenagers

Teeth Whitening for Teenagers

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Is Teeth Whitening Safe for Teens? This is a question dental health professional Dr. Emma is being asked more and more frequently and according to Dr. Emma "The clinical aspects of whitening teenage teeth are very relevant, as there are some differences compared to adults which need to be considered.So is teenage whitening a good idea for you or your child? It can be done safely, but with caution." In this article, Dr. Emma discusses the risks associated with whitening and shares her advice on the best option to treat your teenager. 

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Toss the Floss?

Toss the Floss?

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Flossing our teeth is something we're supposed to do on a regular basis, yet a new review by the Associated Press states there's little evidence to support the effectiveness of floss - so why do dentists worldwide still recommend it? We caught up with our resident dental health blogger, Dr. Emma, to hear her thoughts on this topic...

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