What is the difference between plaque and tartar?

Plaque is a sticky film that forms on your teeth and is made up of millions of bacteria as well as food deposits.If not removed properly bacteria up takes calcium and phosphate from saliva and forms a fossilised hard deposit on your teeth called tartar—not the sauce type! Tartar is also...

Have you ever tried cleaning your tongue?

Sometimes brushing and flossing alone won’t give you a super fresh feeling, that is when you should look into cleaning your tongue as well. The tongue can harbour lots of bacteria that can give you bad breath and even contribute to dental decay. There are plenty of devices on the market...

How often should I replace my toothbrush?

Over time bristles of the toothbrush become frayed and distorted making it less effective at cleaning your teeth. So if your bristles start to bend in different directions, it is time to chuck it out! Plus over time it traps particles of food, toothpaste and plaque causing bacteria to grow...

New Year's resolutions to improve your dental health

With the festive season behind, it is a good time to reflect on the previous year and take a refreshed approach to your health and wellbeing. Many people see it as a fresh start and a good opportunity to re-evaluate some of their life choices. Therefore, making New Year’s resolutions...

Brush problematic areas first

We often see that people tend to brush their front teeth much better than their back teeth because they brush them first. That’s why I would suggest tackling those hard-to-reach areas such as the inside surfaces of you lower teeth first. Also make sure you are brushing the junction where tooth...

Should I floss before or after I brush?

Flossing your pearly whites before brushing will help to loosen plaque and food debris that a toothbrush can sweep away afterwards. Furthermore, breaking a plaque layer between your teeth will help active ingredients in your toothpaste to work more effectively. At the end of the day remember that any flossing is...

Keeping clean at work

Studies show that the chance of a person using oral hygiene products during the day will increase 65 percent when items are kept at work.It’s amazing how having the essentials within reach—a soft manual toothbrush, toothpaste & floss—will make you more aware of food caught in your teeth during the...

Don't brush too soon after eating

Consuming acidic foods and beverages, such as sports and energy drinks, citrus fruits, wine, and tomatoes, can erode tooth enamel—the glossy outer layer of the tooth. Brushing your teeth too soon after eating and drinking these items can cause more damage because you are essentially brushing the acid into the...

Lying through their teeth?

When you\'re unsure if your child has brushed their teeth when asked, plaque disclosing tablets are a fantastic way to check up and monitor their brushing habits. Disclosing tablets are used to make dental plaque visible. The tablets contain a dye (typically vegetable) that stains plaque a bright colour (usually...

How long is a good brush?

The average time that Australian adults take to brush their teeth is 20 to 30 seconds. Admit it - do you really brush your teeth for two minutes? A very straight forward tip for everyone this month, but it simply is the single most important element in the elimination of...

Baking soda's drawbacks

Be careful brushing with baking soda! Using baking soda and water to brush your teeth can be very effective at controlling stains and therefore make your teeth look whiter. However it is quite abrasive on the surface and can cause permanent damage to the enamel. Baking soda does not kill...

When NOT to brush your teeth!

This is a repeat tip - but one that is a very common mistake I hear every day. As a blanket rule - DO NOT brush your teeth within 30min of eating. This is especially important if you have consumed something acidic. When you eat or drink something that is...