Problems with Dentures

Previously Dentures would have been referred to as false teeth. Dentures now are not similar to what say your Grandparents used to wear, they are more natural looking and comfortable. Of course, they won’t stay comfortable or retain a good appearance if they are not looked after properly as issues will most likely arise. If […]


If you are a person that prefers to save a tooth rather than get the tooth removed than your only option is root canal treatment if your tooth qualifies upon examination. Indication that your tooth may need a root canal include a damaged or infected pulp from trauma or advanced decay. The benefits of doing […]


Over the years working in the Dental industry, I have come across many patients who are very anxious about seeing a Dentist, myself included when I was a kid. I have heard the “I would rather give birth than see a Dentist” many times or “I hate Dentist” so so many times or the “I […]

Children Eruption Chart

The chart below is a guide to let you know when your child’s primary teeth should erupt and shed. Keeping in mind this chart is a guide so your child may not loose there baby teeth at these exact times, all children’s teeth are different, some may erupt earlier or later, this is quite normal. […]

Sensitive teeth

If at some point you’re experiencing short, sharp pain from cold, hot or pressure you may have sensitive teeth. Cold or hot drinks, cold air or some dental procedures can be common triggers of sensitive teeth. About 45% of Australians experience pain from these triggers. CAUSE- Gum recession is usually the primary cause of sensitive […]

How to brush your teeth

Brushing your teeth is a very important part of your oral care. Besides getting a professional clean done at the Dentist at least every 6 months, you still need to maintain your teeth with correct brushing techniques. Question is, are you brushing your teeth properly? A lot of people actually don’t know how to brush […]

Infection control

I thought I would write about infection control at a Dental surgery, some patients may not be aware of how strict infection control in Australian Dental surgeries are. Infection control procedures are put in place to protect patients, Dentist and practice staff as well as the public. Australian standards for infection control are one of […]

Veteran Affairs

The Department of Veteran Affairs (DVA) can issue either a Gold card or White card if you are a Veteran. If you are eligible for one of these cards you can receive Dental treatment from any Dentist that is registered to provide services through the Medicare benefits scheme. We at Ashburton are one of these […]


Fluoride is a natural mineral which helps fight of the effects of tooth decay. Fluoride is not artificial or a medication but a natural mineral present in vegetables, grains, soil and rocks, and also the most well-known source is in fresh or salt water. Fluoride found naturally is not enough to protect your teeth, so […]

Pregnancy and your teeth

Yesterday was International Woman’s Day so I thought I would take the opportunity to write about pregnancy and your teeth. So firstly congratulations if you are expecting a baby, that is a very exciting event! With pregnancy there is always other things to worry about so going to the Dentist may not be a priority. […]

Visit Us for a Brighter Smile

All of us at Ashburton Dental Centre would love to see you and help make your smile brighter. We offer pain free Gentle Dental Care from our three wonderful experienced Dentists Dr Katherine Tan, Dr Qui Huynh and Dr Lisa Staer. All three will make sure your teeth and gums are well looked after. Our […]

Grinding your teeth

Nearly one in ten people grind their teeth and many of these people who grind don’t know they are doing it. Teeth grinding is known as Bruxism which means the gnashing and grinding of teeth with no functional purpose. There is sleep bruxism which happens while you sleep and wake time bruxism which happens while […]

Tips to help gagging

Visiting the Dentist when you gag can be an uncomfortable experience. I myself gag in the Dentist chair, when I brush my teeth and even when I floss. It is very difficult for me to get x-rays of my teeth but over the years I have gotten a lot better at controlling my gag reflex. […]


Most people have a filling or two in their mouth, either due from decay or trauma. When you go for your regular Dental check-up, the Dentist can determine from the help of X-rays if any decay is present. If there is decay the Dentist can decide the best method to use to restore the tooth. […]

Coffee and bad breath

Today I thought I would write about the reason why coffee causes bad breath. I myself love coffee but I don’t love how my mouth feels after drinking a coffee. Food and drinks we eat tend to make us smell like what we have consumed. These food and drinks are digested in our stomachs and […]


Most of us know with the New Year comes New Year resolutions. Everyone gets back into their yearly sport teams or rush into new and exciting sport and activities. While this is all well and good remember to think of your pearly whites as you don’t want to risk an accident or knock to your […]


Everyone knows including myself that the Christmas holiday season can send our routine and eating habits into complete chaos. At this time of the year everyone is busy so we tend to slip out of our normal routine and are tempted with sweet treats that are hard to avoid or resist. I have a few […]

Child Dental Benefit Scheme Update

It’s almost December which means it’s getting very close to the Child Dental benefit scheme getting shut down. The ADA are still working to get this decision overturned by confirming support from crossbench Senator Brian Burston. The ADA believes the CDBS is very important in reducing oral decay in Australian children. The ADA claims that […]

Sports Drinks

It’s come to my attention that sports drinks have become quite a popular item when heading off to the gym or sports field, so popular that people tend to grab a sports drink over water before heading out to get fit. So are these drinks good for you? These drinks are designed for professional athletes […]


This week we had a visit from our friendly MacLean’s rep c/o GSK. Macleans have introduced a new free app called Nurdle Time for kids. Let’s face it, it can be difficult to get kids to brush their teeth, I’m sure most parents have dealt with the constant struggle to get that toothbrush inside the […]


Flossing is an oral care task- people either floss daily, floss randomly or not at all. Most people I ask say it is not part of their daily oral care routine. So is flossing important to your overall Dental health? Well combined with brushing and mouthwash it certainly contributes to a healthier mouth overall. If […]


Hello Readers!! I love a smile and find someone who smiles makes me want to smile as well. I come across many different smiles in the Dental industry so I thought I would find out some facts about smiling. We all know smiling uses fewer muscles than a frown so get smiling. I have some […]

Chocolate Good or bad?

Let’s face it chocolate is yummy (well I think so anyway. Milk or dark chocolate are both delicious. The fact that chocolate is so yummy means we can overlook how much we consume daily, forgetting it is a source of calories. It’s been said certain types of chocolate can be good for you but you […]


Growing up I could hear my sister grinding her teeth night after night along with talking and walking in her sleep that sound of grinding teeth is not one of my favourite sounds. What’s Bruxism? When you clench, gnash or grind your teeth that is bruxism. Your teeth are not meant to clench all the […]

The Singing Dentist

Recently people have asked me if I have heard of the “The Singing Dentist “and if I had watched his videos. I have recalled hearing about him but wasn’t sure what it was all about so I decided to check it out for myself. So the “Singing Dentist” is Dr Milad Shadrooh who is a […]

Overseas Dental Work

Lately I have been finding a bit of a trend developing where people are going overseas to get there Dental work done. The motivation for this is to save money on dental treatment they need. Sometimes short term savings may not work out in the long run if something happens to go wrong. If things […]


This morning I decided to look up the ADA (Australian Dental Association) website to check if there was any updated news about the Child Dental Benefit Scheme which is through Medicare. If you are not aware of the CDBS it allows eligible Children to receive $1000 towards there Dental care to be used at private […]

Amazing Dental Facts

Hope you enjoy these facts and have hopefully learnt something new and interesting. – Teeth are like fingerprints, no two sets are the same, every set of teeth are unique. – A third of your tooth lay underneath your gum which only makes two thirds of a tooth visible to the eye. – Humans have […]

The tooth fairy

My Daughter who is almost 10 years old had her baby canine fall out a few weeks ago, anyway she wrote a note for the Tooth Fairy, a very funny note asking (or negotiating) for $100 or fairy dust, making it quite clear she would prefer the $100. Well “the Tooth Fairy” only gave her […]


The appearance of our teeth can be something that can be concerning to an individual, especially when teeth are crooked. Teeth that are not perfectly aligned may affect a person’s self-esteem. They may not have the confidence to smile as much, crooked teeth may be difficult to clean leading to dental decay, and misaligned biting […]


This week is dental health week. We had the pleasure of visiting a local Day-care centre to have a chat about teeth and how best to look after them. We had such fun getting the kids involved in choosing cut out pictures of food and then placing them on our good teeth, bad teeth posters. […]

Dental trauma

DENTAL TRAUMA Accidents occur all the time. Some can involve teeth and can be quite serious. If teeth do suffer trauma then there are some precautions you can take to minimise the effects on teeth. Accidents involving teeth include teeth becoming cracked, chipped or loose but symptoms may not be visible straight away. Even though […]

How to prevent bad breath

Let’s be honest nobody likes bad breath. So how do we avoid having bad breath? Well, the simplest way is maintaining good oral hygiene regularly. Basics to Follow To maintain good oral hygiene it’s a good idea to follow the big three Brush, Floss and Rinse steps BRUSH 2 minutes twice a day with either […]