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Discoloured Permanent Tooth

Discoloured Permanent Tooth

Dr. Emma
What causes discolouration of a tooth, specifically in a child’s first permanent tooth? This was a question put to Dr. Emma recently... "Hi Dr. Emma. My 7 year old granddaughter's new big front tooth is coming down and it seems to be a brownish colour beside her other teeth. What has happened? What is to be done? Thanks Dianne (WA)". Click through to see Dr. Emma’s response and read her expert advice on an appropriate treatment plan.
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Fluoride and Thyroid Disorders

Fluoride and Thyroid Disorders

Dr. Emma

Does fluoride-based toothpaste concern you? It certainly did for one of our blog readers recently, who sent in a question for Dr Emma. In response, Dr Emma discusses the pros and cons of using fluoride-based toothpaste, explains her concerns about ‘natural’ toothpastes, and explores the latest evidence regarding the effects of fluoride on dental decay.

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Anticoagulants and Dentistry

Anticoagulants and Dentistry

Dr. Emma
Have you ever taken anticoagulants such as aspirin, warfarin or clopidogrel? According to HIF dental expert Dr Emma: “These drugs are incorrectly referred to as blood thinners. For a long time it was recommended that people taking anticoagulant drugs stop before having a tooth taken out, primarily due to the risk of excess bleeding. Looking at the big picture, patients are in more danger from having a dangerous clot form during this time than they are from bleeding after a tooth extraction. That's why in recent years the guidelines for dentists have changed, and it's no longer recommended to stop anticoagulant medication for oral surgery…” Interested in learning more? Then check out this article, where she explains the precautions your dentist should take prior to any oral surgery.
 
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Finger Sucking

Finger Sucking

Dr. Emma
Is your child a thumb sucker? According to Dr Emma, “Thumb sucking is a natural reflex for babies to allow them to feed. The good news is that most children will stop themselves between the ages of 2-4 yrs old, however the bad news is that 15-40% will continue with some sort of sucking habit, be it fingers, thumbs or a dummy.” So what options are available to parents concerned by their child’s sucking habit?” In her latest post, Dr Emma answers a reader’s concerns regarding her daughter’s sucking problem, and offers her advice on alternative techniques to combat it.
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Dental Health Article by Dr Emma - "Failed Veneers"

Dental Health Article by Dr Emma - "Failed Veneers"

Dr. Emma
What causes veneer failure? According to Dr Emma: “Veneers are generally done to improve the look of someone's smile. They can be very effective at changing the shade, shape and size of the front teeth. Regrettably though, there’s also a number of reasons why veneers can fail, including debonding or fractures, discolouration, unfavourable gum response or even poor aesthetics. With this in mind, it’s important to know what options are available should veneer failure strike! In her latest post for our Healthy Lifestyle Blog, Dr Emma answers a reader’s concern by offering her advice on alternative treatment plans.
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Dental Health Article by Dr Emma - "All for 4"

Dental Health Article by Dr Emma - "All for 4"

Dr. Emma
Do you know what an “All-on-4” procedure is? According to our resident dental expert Dr Emma: “This is a technique of placing four implants in both the upper and lower jaw which have no remaining teeth, to then fit prosthetic teeth in the form of a bridge or denture. It’s a procedure which requires a general anesthetic or sedation, plus regular check-up’s, so it’s not surprising that some people have concerns.” In her latest post for our Healthy Lifestyle Blog, Dr Emma offers her advice to a reader and advises him of the key points to consider.
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Dental Health Article by Dr Emma - "Just Pull It Out"

Dental Health Article by Dr Emma - "Just Pull It Out"

Dr. Emma
Tooth extraction – is it always necessary? According to Dr Emma: “Extractions used to be the cornerstone of dentistry. My nanna tells the story of being a child in the 1920s, given a coin to take herself down to the dentist to have an aching tooth pulled out, then walking herself home again.  For lots of people today, it seems the obvious choice when a tooth is painful, and particularly when money is tight. Although, completely removing a tooth or teeth is not always the best option”. In this post, Dr Emma discusses the risks and benefits associated with tooth extraction and also explains the mental checklist she runs through before deciding to "pull it out…"
 
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Sedation for Kids

Sedation for Kids

Dr. Emma
Has your child ever suffered from an abscess? If you’ve answered yes, you’ll know how important it is to seek treatment and remove the infection. But with dental professionals offering ‘general anesthetic’, ‘sleep dentistry’ and even ‘twilight anesthetic’ – how do we know which method is safest for our children?
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