Can You Reverse Tooth Decay?

Dr. Stephan Horwitz (BDS(Wits)) Chewing sugar free gum for 20 minutes after meals and snacks has been shown to significantly reverse early signs of tooth decay. Stimulated saliva contains a higher concentration of the same types of calcium, phosphate and hydroxyl ions that occur normally…

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Treatment Options for Nursing Bottle Caries

Dr Geoffrey Melman BDS MSc(Dent)(Witwatersrand) Speciality in Paediatric Dentistry (U.K.) The premature loss or unsightly appearance of grossly decayed primary anterior teeth (nursing bottle caries) fig. 1 (“baby” or “milk” teeth) may physically handicap, embarrass and psychologically traumatise a young child.1,2,3,4 Left untreated, decayed teeth…

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Mouthguards (Updated 2010)

Dr. Bradley Selvan BDS(Wits) Dental injuries are the most common type of orofacial injury sustained during participation in sports; the majority of these dental injuries are preventable. A sportsman/woman is 60 times more likely to sustain damage to the teeth when notwearing a protective mouthguard. The…

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Oral Hygeine For Children

Dr Janet Gritzman BA, BDS(Wits), P.D.D.(PTA)Dip Odont Endo(PTA), Dipl.Dent (Conscious Sedation & Pain Control)(UWC) Why is it important to clean my baby’s mouth and teeth? Cleaning a baby’s mouth and teeth is important for the preservation of healthy teeth and gums, and maintaining the general health…

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Fissure Sealant

Dr. Stephan Horwitz (BDS(Wits)) A fissure sealant is a resin which is placed in the grooves and fissures on the biting surfaces of molar and premolar teeth in order to form a protective barrier in areas where the end bristles of a toothbrush cannot reach.…

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The Dental Check-up

Dr Janet Gritzman BA, BDS(Wits), P.D.D.(PTA)Dip Odont Endo(PTA), Dipl.Dent (Conscious Sedation & Pain Control)(UWC) At what age should a child have his/her first dental check-up? Early visits to the dentist have been strongly recommended to help reduce the number of infants and children who suffer from…

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