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Gum Disease

What is Gum Disease? Gum disease is caused by bacteria that is in plaque, a sticky, colourless film that occurs on your teeth.  If the bacteria are not removed through brushing & flossing it can lead to tooth decay & a condition called gingivitis, an early stage of gum (periodontal) disease where the inflammation of…

Diet, diabetes and tooth decay

If you are one of the 1.7 million Australians with diabetes, you may be aware that this disease can complicate a host of problems with your eyes, ear blood vessels, nerves, kidneys and heart. What you may not know is people with diabetes who have irregular blood glucose levels also have a higher risk of…

Facts About Fluoride

What is it, and why is it in our water? For the chemistry nerds out there, fluoride is an ionic form of the element fluorine. By ionic, we mean that the atom has gained a positive or negative charge as a result of the change of the number of electrons in its atomic structure. In…

Snoring: How a Dentist Can Help You Catch some Z’s

The National Sleep Foundation of the United States found that between 30%-50% of the population snore throughout their lifetime. While we are the US, we at Haberfield Dental Practice guess it’s likely the same for Australians, albeit we might snore with a different accent. What is Snoring? Snoring occurs when the tissues of the nose…

What’s more important: Flossing or Brushing?

You’re on the bow of a sinking ship in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Toothbrush and paste in one hand, and dental floss in the other, you make for the nearest life boat. Before you can, the ship splits in two and sinks rapidly. Before plunging into the ocean below, you realise you’ll need…

Dentistry Through the Ages

Early hunter gatherer humans wouldn’t have had much use for the dentist. Their diet and sporadic access to food meant that very few people developed cavities. Paleopathologists estimate at most 14% of hunter gatherer remains showed evidence of cavities, with many showing no evidence at all.   This all changed with the advent of agriculture 10,000…

Going to the Dentist? The Pre-Checkup Checklist

At Haberfield Dental Practice we love new patients from all across Sydney and even if you’re a previous patient here are some tips that might before your next checkup. Previous Dental Records – if you’re a new patient, it’s best to contact your previous dentist and request to have your previous records and x-rays sent…

5 Tips to Get Your Toddlers Brushing

Toddlers can be a stubborn bunch. Getting them to eat veggies or accept when it’s their bedtime can be like… well, pulling teeth. The new found independence when they discover they can say “NO” is both why we love them, but also why we sometimes think about putting them up for adoption… Just kidding. Letting…

Teeth Whitening: How to Brighten up your Smile

So you want to get your teeth whitened? Getting that perfect celebrity white smile is a highly coveted goal for some people. And for good reason. Not only are white teeth a sign of good dental hygiene, they are also the focal point of your face, giving you the ability to meet any challenge head…

How to Beat Bad Breath?

Have you ever caught a whiff of someone’s bad breath? Or do you yourself worry yourself that you have a case of horrific halitosis? If your answer is YES, then don’t worry because Haberfield Dental Practice is here to help. As for how you tell your friend or loved one they have bad breath, you’re…