Category: Dr. Ian Sweeney

COVID-19 and Dentistry

Even before COVID-19, the rate of dental decay in Australia was increasing, particularly in children. Australian figures show approximately 33% of children less than 5 years of age have dental decay in their baby teeth, while approximately 50% of children aged 12 have experienced dental decay in at least one permanent tooth. Dental decay in children can progress rapidly and may require hospitalisation to treat the associated infections. In Australia, approximately 26,000 hospital admissions are required annually to treat dental decay, making it the leading cause of preventable hospitalisations in Australian children. A recent study has analysed Australian Government...

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Cosmetic Dentistry 101

Dr Ian Sweeney A smile is a beautiful asset, and many people believe a smile will advance their work, career and social prospects. Cosmetic dentistry concentrates on techniques designed to not only maintain maximum longevity of teeth, but also focus on ways to improve the overall aesthetic appearance of teeth. There are many cosmetic options available, depending on each person’s unique need. Examples of cosmetic treatments available include but are not limited to the following: Tooth Whitening: By far, the simplest way to brighten a smile! Whitening is a non-invasive aesthetic treatment that can be performed within the dental...

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What causes sensitive teeth, and how can I treat them?

Dr Ian Sweeney Do you have sensitive teeth? Do you dread your six-monthly clean because of the cold water? Fortunately, these days we have a number of wonderful products to help reduce sensitivity. One such product is supplies in gel form. The gel is a mixture of two local anaesthetics, lidocaine and prilocaine. It is a topical anaesthetic that is simply applied to the gums to provide gentle numbing during cleaning lasting approximately 20 minutes. This gives the dentist plenty of time to perform the cleaning. It can be applied to all of your teeth or just certain areas...

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Mouthwash – Should I or Shouldn’t I? That is the Question

Dental mouthwash does not offer a replacement for the mechanical brushing and flossing of teeth. However, they may help to augment the cleaning process in more susceptible people by reaching some of the more difficult spots. Generally speaking, mouthwash is classified into two categories, cosmetic and therapeutic. Cosmetic mouthwash may temporarily mask bad breath and leave a ‘fresh taste’ or ‘fresh feeling’ in the mouth. If a mouthwash does not kill bacteria associated with bad breath, it is considered cosmetic. Therapeutic mouthwash, on the other hand, contain ingredients that will help control or reduce conditions like bad breath, dental...

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Oral Health: Focus on Seniors

As baby boomers age, the number of seniors requiring dental care is expected to become larger than ever before. People in this age bracket have a number of specific needs, some due to the general ageing process, and others due to particular experiences of this generation. Baby boomers are far more likely to have natural teeth than previous generations were at the same age. As the population ages, it is reasonable that people in their 70s and 80s require and expect replacement of failing restorations, or replacement of a tooth. Most dental restorations breakdown with time due to the...

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