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Would you Recommend an Electric Toothbrush? – By Dr Geoff Wan

Yes and no! I would absolutely recommend it if you can not demonstrate adequate home care. Usually this applies if you have rheumatoid arthritis affecting your hands, or limited manual dexterity. These devices are excellent in those situations. Many of my patients will have “the talk” and “the demonstration” with a manual toothbrush, because most people have never been dentally […]

Hate dentistry, but love your dentist? – By Geoff Wan

As if dentistry is horrible enough and many people don’t want to see us, for some reason, you, the reader, “like” us enough to stumble upon this page.  The act of doing dentistry is not a pleasant experience.  It is elective, some could argue it is necessary and essential, but many would argue, “you don’t need it”.  It is absolutely […]

The C Word – Dr Geoff Wan

Cancer.  There.  I said it.  Most of us will have witnessed how devastating it can be.  Sometimes the cure is worse than the disease.  Most of us know how it works – a cell that divides and doesn’t have the controls to stop it from dividing.  So it keeps growing and growing.  The body doesn’t destroy it because it’s not […]

So why get private health cover? – Dr Geoff Wan

Because the government imposes tax penalties on you if you don’t.  So that you can have the choice of coverage to a private hospital setting if you need to be hospitalised vs being put into a public hospital setting.  And “extras” will save you money to offset the full expenses of optometrists, dentists, physiotherapists, chiropractors, etc.  The way insurance works Many […]

How does insurance work? – Dr Geoff Wan

I may be a dentist, but I wanted to share with you how health funds were originally made to help, and are quietly changing how dentistry is done. I am in no way a financial expert, and this is merely an opinion based on observations and my limited understanding of corporate businesses. With that understanding let’s first talk about insurance. […]

So what are you looking for in a dentist? – Dr Geoff Wan

We are passionate about dentistry at Smiles Unlimited.  With that said, we understand our role in how we can serve our community, and we are happy for you to choose how you would like to be treated. Well, you may be thinking, “shouldn’t everyone be treated the same?”  And the answer we believe is, no. Everyone has their own story, […]

You Have Cavities – Dr Geoff Wan

The old model of dentistry was this.  Tooth decay happens on high risk areas of the teeth (in between, and in the pits and grooves) where a toothbrush doesn’t spend enough time, and too much eating of sugar.  Can you imagine what a parent thinks when the dentist was delivering the news: “Jimmy has 3 cavities”.  You can’t shake off […]

What’s the Most Important item in Oral Health – Dr Geoff Wan

Is it the toothpaste that you use? How about the mouthwash? Or the type of toothbrush? Electric or manual? Straight bristled or cross bristled? Fluoride? Coconut oil pulling? It can’t be floss can it? When oral hygiene products first came out, there was only 1 choice of toothbrush and 1 choice of toothpaste.  And proper use of those tools did […]

Dental Warning Signs

The majority of dental problems develop slowly, and in the early stages, these developing dental problems are mostly silent. Many people are inclined to overlook annoying dental ‘niggles’, instead waiting until the problem worsens so much that they are then in pain.

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