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What is Tooth Impaction?

The term tooth impaction describes a tooth that that has either failed to erupt when expected, or a tooth that has been blocked from erupting because it doesn’t have adequate space or is in the wrong position or direction. There are four types of impaction including: horizontal, vertical, angular and partial. Impaction commonly happens with […]

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How acidic food and drinks affects your teeth?

Saliva helps neutralize the mouth’s acidity to restore pH and balance following food or drink consumption. Foods and drinks like fruits, soda, juice, wine, coffee and energy drinks soften the enamel surface by demineralising it and making it susceptible to decay and damage. Aggressive brushing can also lead to wear of the enamel surface. Saliva […]

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Allergies, Medications and Medical Conditions – Tell Your Dentist

As a health professional, your dentist needs to provide you appropriate and safe treatment. In order to do so it’s important to inform us about any allergens you have as well as any medications you are taking. During your first visit at our clinic, we will ask you to fill out a registration form which […]

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What is an OPG x-ray?

An Orthopantomogram commonly known as an OPG is a type of dental x-ray that produces a two-dimensional image of the entire mouth. It shows the position and growth of all the teeth, the upper and lower jaws, the temporomandibular (TMJ) joints, the nasal area and sinuses. Unlike a traditional intraoral x-ray where the x-ray film […]

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With only 9 weeks left till Christmas, it’s the perfect time to take your first step towards a Bright Healthy smile! At South Yarra Family Dental Care, we offer both in chair and at-home professional whitening. Contact us on 03 9867 1151 to find out more information.

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The Anatomy of Your Teeth

Did you know enamel is the hardest substance in the human body? Each part of a tooth has its own unique function and properties. These parts include: * Enamel: The hardest, white part of the tooth which surrounds the visible part of the tooth. Enamel is mostly composed of strong minerals, including calcium phosphate. * […]