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If you’ve been shying away from visiting a dentist because of your phobia, you are not alone. Anxiety often goes hand in hand with a dental visit and some people end up going only when there’s a real emergency. Lack of routine tooth cleanings and check-ups can cost you more than you can imagine. The build-up of plaque can enter your bloodstream and ultimately damage your organs. Poor oral hygiene can also lead to gum infections or periodontal diseases. If this still doesn’t encourage you to schedule an appointment, keep in mind these tips to prepare yourself for an anxiety-free dentist trip.


Every day, our teeth are exposed to a range of substances. From liquids to food solids, toothbrushes and temperature levels, our teeth have to endure a lot of variables. These can cause all sorts of problems within your mouth, one of which is called acid wear. Also known as dental erosion, acid wear is the irreversible loss of tooth structure caused by acidic build up and exposure to your teeth.

There are multiple ways in which your teeth can be exposed to acid. These can be intrinsic, which means that the acid is coming from within your body, or extrinsic, meaning that it is outside variables being introduced.

Intrinsic acid exposure can be seen through:

  • Vomiting
  • Low saliva levels/ dry mouth
  • Gastric reflux

In comparison, extrinsic acid exposure can be caused by:

  • Many drinks with high acid intake, including wine, fruit juice, soft drinks and drinks high in sugar or caffeine.
  • Foods that are high in acid, such as limes, lemons, and oranges. Other foods that can cause acidic wear are foods high in sugar content including lollies and sweets.
  • Certain medications such as iron supplements

There are certain signs that tell you whether you are falling victim to acidic wear on your teeth. It is important to acknowledge the signs when you see them in the early stages of acid wear, as you can work to combat the erosion and fend off further damage. Some signs of teeth erosion include:

  • Increased sensitivity in your teeth. This could be caused by the protective enamel on your teeth wearing away, and you feel pain when exposed to varying temperatures or foods/drinks.
  • If you see distinct discolouration in your teeth it may mean that there is dental erosion. There also may be a small transparency with your teeth.
  • If there appears to be smaller looking cracks in the edges of your teeth

So how do you control dental erosion? Basic ways to try and combat this could be by changing some certain lifestyle choices. Easy things to change would be to swap out soft drinks for water, drinking liquids through a straw, brushing teeth twice daily, restricting acidic foods, and visiting your dentist regularly. If you are located in Melbourne, our team at Dental On Clarendon can help you out. You can call us on 03 9998 6198, and book your dental appointment today. We will be able to help you combat your dental erosion, as well as give you other tips and tricks towards your dental care.


Dental Check-ups are no different to regular doctors’ appointments. Making sure that everything if functioning correctly, and that you are on top of illness prevention and harm should be a top priority for all individuals, no matter what part of your body it is. Regular dentist visits are important to tackle problems that may be arising within your oral health. There are a number of problems that dentists are able to identify through examining the gums and the mouth.

Dentists know to look for given signs, including:

  • Checking for gum disease, or susceptibility to it.
  • The state of your teeth, including loose or damaged teeth
  • Tissue colouration and state inside your mouth
  • Tongue examination
  • Checking the way your mouth bites
  • Looking for signs of tooth decay
  • Need for fillings/ replacing damaged fillings
  • Examining the gum strength surrounding your teeth
  • Examine the overall appearance of your teeth
  • X-rays to view the structure of your teeth and the root of each tooth

These are all done to evaluate your dental health, and put in place recovery methods for any problems that are found. It also makes you aware of the proper way to care for your dental state, and allow you to take the steps towards bettering your oral health.

During your dental visits, you will also have your teeth professionally and deeply cleaned.

  • Cleanliness level of your mouth
  • Remove plaque and tartar build up
  • Polish and clean your teeth
  • Professionally floss between your teeth
  • Provide advice about bettering your dental health

There is an overwhelming importance to staying on top of your dental health, especially as we only get one set of ‘adult’ teeth in a lifetime. It is important to ensure that these are kept in the best state possible and in order to do that, you will need professional help.

It is recommended that people visit their dentist every 6 months, unless there are urgent issues. This is just for routine examinations and check-ups regarding your dental health. This is in collaboration with you also leading a healthy dental care life, including brushing twice daily, flossing and other dental practices. This is the guaranteed way to ensure that you are keeping on top of your dental health and doing everything possible to avoid damage. In order to find out about the state of your teeth today, or get an initial check-up, contactthe experts at Dental On Clarendon. In order to do this, you can call us on 03 9998 6198, or online through our online booking service.


When choosing your dental insurance, there are so many options out there that it could be overwhelming.

You don’t get taught about dental insurance in high-school, even though it is something that most people will come into contact with in their lives. surrounding your dental health, and the insurance options out there for you. To ensure that you understand the basics behind dental insurance, and the things that you should be made aware of, we have put together the below list for you.

  1. General or Major

General dental – this includes cleaning, plaque removal, x-rays and small fillings. With any luck, utilising the first two services will prevent the last two being required.

Major dental – this covers orthodontics/braces, wisdom teeth removal, crowns, bridges and cover for dentures. Most of us hope to avoid these procedures, but sometimes they are inevitable. Major cover is also a fantastic option for families, and the elderly.

  1. How Much Would It Cost

This is completely dependent on what type of cover you choose. Your insurance will cover some of the cost of work done on your teeth, but it depends how extensive the work is, and what type of work it is. For instance, general check-ups and cleans are often covered more than x-rays and surgery.

If you are young, and have relatively healthy teeth, there may be no reason for you to buy major cover. As long as you do have generalised cover and attend regular check-ups, your plan could be changed later down the track if needed, dependant on your insurance company.

  1. How to Choose What Is Right for You

It is difficult to know which dental cover is the right one for you to choose. There are a few factors that you should consider when trying to decipher this. If you a relatively healthy, you haven’t had any major problems with your teeth and you are young, then general cover may be a great option for you.
If you are a family, or an elderly couple, it may be a safer option to opt for major cover to cover any of the needs that may arise, such as braces, wisdom teeth removal or dentures.

More factors that should go into your choice is personal needs and income.

To find out more about dental insurance, or get your teeth checked today, get in touch with us at Dental On Clarendon. Simply call us on 03 9998 6198, or go through our online booking system to make an appointment today.


Dental fillings are not a new phenomenon, with a history spanning back to the 1500s! Fillings are essentially used to close off holes that form within our teeth due to decay. It is used as a way to help damaged teeth move back to a functioning state, and prevent further decay of the tooth. We are only born with two sets of teeth, being baby teeth and adult teeth. Once a hole forms within an adult tooth, it is vital to try and save the tooth instead of retracting it or replacing it with a fake. This is done through fillings, whereby the decaying area is taken out from the tooth and replaced with a material to help the tooth maintain its functionality. There are a few ways to determine whether you may be eligible to receive a filling. Here we have narrowed it to the most common being:

  1. If you start to get sensitive with temperatures. If you feel a sharp pain whenever you are exposed to hot or cold drinks/food, it may be an indication of needing a filling. This is due to the thinner barrier between your drink/food and your nerve of your tooth due to decay.
  2. One of the most common ways to tell that you may need a filling is if you have a toothache. Usually it means that the decay has broken down the tooth a lot, so hopefully you catch it before you reach this uncomfortable stage.
  3. If there is a visible hole, then it is clear that there needs to be a filling. If you do think that there is a hole or at least some of these symptoms being presented, then you should contact a dentist today.

If you believe you are at risk of needing a filling, you should contact dental experts today. At Dental on Clarendon, we are trained professionals who can help you through any of your tooth concerns, be it hygiene, fillings or replacements. Based just outside Melbourne CBD, we are the easy to access service with 24/7 booking online. If you would like to talk through any concerns, or simply book a consultation, call us on 03 9998 6198. Our fully qualified and friendly team will be able to help patients of all ages, and look forward to helping you reach your optimal oral health today.


Used twice a day every day, our toothbrushes are an important aspect of all our dental hygiene. Brushing away the food, build up, and germs that enter our mouths daily and helping us maintain the optimal level of dental cleanliness. However, a lot of people are in the dark on how often we should be changing out the old for the new, and so we have put together a check list to easily tell if it is time to let your toothbrush go. One really great way to know whether it’s time to get a new brush is if you can’t remember the last time you had one. If you can’t think back and remember getting the brush, then it has been in your possession too long.

There are multiple ways to tell whether it’s time to get a new toothbrush, and one that is obvious is by the look of the toothbrush. If it has lost its integrity, and the brush starts to splay outwards, it means it is probably no longer giving your mouth a thorough clean. Once this starts occurring, no matter when it is in the brushes cycle, you should get a new toothbrush.

Another reason you should get rid of your toothbrush, or at least sterilise it, is if you have been sick. This should be done as it could continue to house bacteria within its bristles after you have healed from the sickness, and lead to either unclean dental practices, or to your sickness hanging around. There are a number of ways to sterilise your toothbrush, the simplest of which is by boiling it for 3 minutes.

Lastly, if your dentist tells you to buy a new toothbrush, it is probably wise to do so. Dentists and dental nurses are highly trained professionals that can identify whether your dental hygiene is detrimental to your overall oral health. In order to find out about your dental health today, and a cleanliness plan that suits you, contact one of the clinics in Melbourne. You can call Dental on Clarendon on 03 9690 3285 to book your dental appointment today, or do it through our 24/7 booking service online. We will be able to conduct a thorough clean of your teeth, as well as a full check up to see where you may be going wrong in your dental care. Call our team today, and reach a better level of dental hygiene.


Many foods are bad for your teeth and oral health and should be avoided for this reason. However, there are also a lot of foods which can turn your teeth yellow and impact their cosmetic appearance without actually being bad for your health. Eliminating these from your diet is one of the easiest steps that a person can take when it comes to having whiter teeth. In fact, total elimination of these foods isn’t essential, even just reducing the amount of them that you consume will help. Some of the most important foods to avoid if you want whiter teeth are:

Acidic foods (including citrus and tomatoes):

Even though these are traditionally healthy foods which are consumed by people across the world, they can have a negative impact when it comes to tooth whitening. Since they are acidic, they can actually erode your teeth, removing the pearly white mineral layer from the outside and exposing the somewhat more yellow dentin.

Sugary snacks:

Sugars in things like a lolly and chocolate has a nasty habit of sticking to your teeth and not letting go. Unfortunately, it then attracts bacteria which feed of it. While feeding, the bacteria release acids which, as noted above, contribute to the yellowing of your teeth.

Tea and coffee:

Although these aren’t considered unhealthy foods by anyone, anywhere, they do definitely contribute to yellow teeth. They contain staining compounds which latch onto your teeth and turn them yellow, greyish-black, and everything in between. Adding milk to your hot drink can help reduce its staining ability, but won’t remove it completely.

Red and white wine:

Red wine is full of tannins which latch onto your teeth and will eventually stain them yellow or grey. These tannins are very similar to those found in tea and coffee, so it seems like you will have to change everything you drink!

Unfortunately, white wine is also a no go. While it doesn’t stain your teeth directly like red wine does, it is slightly acidic. This acid compromises the outside layers of your teeth, which both allows bacteria in and makes it easier for other things to stain.

Blackberries and blueberries:

Again, these are not at all unhealthy or bad for you in any way, except for the fact that they will suck the whiteness out of your teeth. The pigments in berries like this are seriously nasty, and will stain even the toughest surfaces. Just think about how hard they are to get out of your clothes!


The fight against tooth decay and oral disease begins with education. The best time to educate people is when they are young. It is therefore beneficial to teach kids about good oral hygiene and to reinforce good oral hygiene habits. There are a number of ways that this can be done, but it can sometimes be difficult to get the message across. Some of the best tips for teaching kids oral hygiene include:

Let them choose their own brush and toothpaste and make brushing exciting:

If you have younger children then you need to make tooth brushing a fun time. Let them choose a toothbrush which they like (one with their favourite cartoon character on it is usually a good option), and help them choose a children’s toothpaste which is ‘just for them’.

You can take all sorts of steps to make brushing exciting. Create a rewards system so that your child learns that there are benefits associated with brushing their teeth. You can make sure that teeth are brushed before things like bedtime stories or night time TV. Some parents even associate the routine of tooth brushing with music, allowing their children to choose what music they want to play every night when they brush their teeth.

Basically, all you are trying to do is make it exciting and rewarding for your child when they brush their teeth, reinforcing it as a practice that they should continue.

Encourage healthy snacks:

Healthy eating is a major component of dental and oral hygiene. Teaching your kids that healthy snacks are better than candy or chips is one of the most difficult things to do as a parent. One way that you can do this is to make sure that you only let them eat a lolly on special occasions, but make healthy snacks readily available for them everyday.

Make dentists visits part of a fun day out rather than something to be endured:

Rewarding your child for sitting through a dentist’s visit will reinforce the idea that the dentist is something to be endured, rather than something which is important and necessary. Instead, turn it into something fun which is looked forward to and enjoyed. You can do this by combining it with other activities such as a visit to the beach or the park and by reading books and learning about the dentist before visiting. If something is seen as fun, your child will be happy to do it regularly!


Invisalign is an alternative treatment to the more traditional braces. It involves the use of virtually invisible aligners which are worn to gradually push your teeth back into place. These work in much the same way as traditional braces, as they gradually move your teeth into the desired position. They have a number of benefits, including:

They are basically invisible:

Many people are embarrassed to get braces because they are so obvious. This is especially true for older people – I mean, how many fifty year olds are comfortable walking around with a teenagers mouth? Invisalign is next to invisible, and people will not notice that you are wearing something on your teeth unless they look closely.

Invisalign aligners are removable:

This means that it all of a sudden becomes much easier to eat, clean your teeth, and be comfortable if the pain just becomes too much. Taking your aligner out regularly doesn’t pose any serious problems, as long as you replace it within a specified time frame.

Keep them out for photos or big meetings:

Even though most people won’t even notice that you are wearing invisalign aligners, you can take them out on special occasions to make sure of this. Don’t worry about braces ruining all of your photos for the next two years: invisalign means that this is no longer a factor.

The plastic invisalign aligners are safe:

Traditional braces are made of wire with metal brackets. It is easy to see how these could be dangerous, especially if your orthodontist is a little careless and leaves protruding bits of wire. Invisalign aligners are soft and won’t damage your mouth at all, even if you get hit while playing sport or during an accident.

Your teeth will be much easier to look after:

Traditional metal braces can contribute to things like tooth decay and demineralisation. They can make it hard to clean or floss your teeth, leading to buildups of plaque or tartar. However, invisalign aligners can be removed every time you need to clean your teeth to make sure that you remove all foreign material. Your teeth are no more at risk when using invisalign than when you aren’t.

Invisalign programs are predictable:

Since invisalign treatment is computerised and somewhat predictable, it comes with a set time-frame and cost. This is beneficial to everyone: it allows the dentist to plan their upcoming time and it lets you understand how long you will need to have the treatment for.


Many people are afraid of the dentist for a range of different reasons. Perhaps you don’t like needles. Maybe you are scared of lying back in the dentist’s chair and accepting your fate. Whatever the reason, it is time to overcome your fear of the dentist so that you can make sure your teeth and gums stay healthy for the rest of your life.

The first step is realising why you are scared:

If you hate the dentist and refuse to go for regular check-ups, then you need to identify the factor/factors which contributed to your fear. Some things which may play a role include:

  • A traumatic experience as a child – we all know that the things which happen to us during our childhood can shape the rest of our lives. If you had a bad experience at the dentist when you were younger then it could be hard for you to go back.
  • Bad teeth – if you have bad teeth then you may become scared that the dentist is going to tell you off. Don’t worry – they will have seen worse teeth than yours during their career!
  • You aren’t in control at the dentist – some people have trouble giving up the control of themselves to their dentist. Lying back in the chair and letting the dentist do whatever they need to can be difficult and can require a lot of trust.

Once you have identified the problem, take steps to overcome it:

Acknowledging the cause of your dental phobias is the biggest step. Once you have done this, then you need to do the following things:

Figure out why this issue is causing a phobia – Figure out why the issue is causing your phobia and tackle the root of the problem. Sometimes simply thinking about it and identifying contributing factors in your mind can be enough.

Confront the issue – If you need to, then confront the issue. Force yourself to speak to someone about it, take steps to overcome it, and most importantly, admit to yourself that you have a problem and that you may need to get help.

Speak to your dentist – Speak to your dentist and let them know that you have a phobia. They will understand – you won’t be the only person who has told them that. They will be gentle and will do what they can to make you feel comfortable.

Go on, dentists are not that scary!


Gum health is an extremely important component of overall oral hygiene. Unfortunately, many people think that simple tooth brushing is all that they have to do to take care of their mouth. This is not true. Your gums are some of the most sensitive tissues in your body. They are easily damaged by rough treatment or by eating the wrong things. You must take steps above and beyond simply brushing your teeth to make sure that your gums stay healthy.

Floss regularly:

Regular flossing helps remove any food or plaque which is lodged between your teeth. Any foreign material stuck in your teeth will encourage the growth of bacteria and other nasty things which you don’t want anywhere near your mouth. This in turn will increase the risk of gum disease and inflammation. The fix – floss as often as you can!

Don’t smoke:

Smoking weakens your immune system and can make it harder for your body to fight off infections associated with the onset of gum disease. It also prevents the regeneration of damaged gum tissue, not to mention the fact that it yellows the teeth and gives you bad breath.

Ask your dentist for toothpaste to help counter gum disease:

With the huge range of toothpastes on the market today it can be difficult for people to find the right one. Unfortunately, many people simply choose the cheapest option. However, brushing with the correct toothpaste can help reduce the occurrence of gum disease and can provide long-term protection against bacteria. Your dentist should be able to advise you on the best options.

Use mouthwash!

Since gum disease is closely associated with high levels of harmful bacteria within the mouth, a good mouthwash can be useful as a preventative measure. A mouthwash will help reduce the amount of bacteria in your mouth, reduce plaque, and will help remove any food which may be stuck in your mouth after a meal. This in turn will help keep your gums safe and healthy!

Be careful how you brush:

While brushing is important, doing it in the wrong way can be harmful. If you use a tough toothbrush with hard bristles, then you could be causing more damage than you are preventing. Hard toothbrushes tend to be rough on the gums, increasing the risk of infection and damage. Go for the softest bristles you can find next time you buy a toothbrush.


Here at Dental & Health on Clarendon we don’t just treat our clients, we care for them. We constantly aim to be the best dentist in South Melbourne by providing superior services and excellence in all aspects of cosmetic, general and restorative dentistry.

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