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Born into a family of healthcare professionals with an interest in design and creativity, choosing dentistry seemed like the logical choice for Dr Pegah Tavakol. Moving from Iran to Melbourne in 2011 with her husband, this was the start of an exciting new venture. “We knew we wanted to move out of Iran however, choosing a location was difficult. I have a lot of family in Canada but can’t stand the cold so that was off the cards straight away! My father ended up helping us pick Australia and the rest is history,” she muses.

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In the lead up to Mother’s Day, we’re celebrating one of our amazing mums – Renee Sharland, Practice Manager for Algester and Springfield. Renee has worked at National Dental Care for 18 years and brings her experience as a mother into practice as a manager.

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We don’t condone drug use but we do receive questions on the impact of smoking marijuana.

We all know that smoking cigarettes can cause gum disease and yellow teeth, but what about marijuana? New studies in New Zealand were conducted to explore if there was an association between cannabis use and gum disease, also known as periodontitis.

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We’ve all been brought up on the dental horror stories from our grandparents when they were children. That large painful needle, the loud drilling and no modern day anaesthetics. We’re so lucky that technology has dramatically evolved for the better, making dental procedures faster, simpler and gentler. Even with incredible updates to technology and access to better health education than ever before, why aren’t millennials championing good oral health for their generation?

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It’s natural to be cautious when you’re pregnant – you want your baby to be as safe as possible. The good news is that it’s safe to have dental work done while you’re pregnant. More importantly, it’s much better for your baby that you have good oral health. Dental infections and gum disease can be a risk to pregnancies.

If you’re planning a pregnancy it’s always best to make sure your dental checks and any necessary work are up to date. This way you can hopefully avoid any work needed in the early months, in case you are feeling unwell. But if you’re pregnant and due for a dental check or needing some work done, don’t put it off.

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Many babies and toddlers will naturally suck on their thumbs or fingers as a way to self-soothe when they are tired or hungry. Dummies, or ‘pacifiers’, are an alternative for self-soothing and come in a variety of synthetic materials and shapes.

A generation ago, both dummies and thumb sucking were frowned upon and discouraged. Mothers were told that dummies were a sign of lazy parenting and would harm their children’s teeth.

Today we want our children to be able to settle easily, but is a dummy or thumb sucking a concern?

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It’s natural to be cautious about your health when you’re pregnant – you want the best start for your baby.

The good news is that fluoride toothpaste is safe for you to use when you’re pregnant however, ensure you never swallow it while brushing. Your dental health is even more important during this time.

Your National Dental Care practitioner can help you keep your teeth healthy during pregnancy, so make sure you have regular checkups and see your dentist promptly if you have any aches or pains. If you have morning sickness or other issues, your dentist will do their best to make times available when it’s most comfortable to visit.

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Invisalign has many advantages over braces in straightening teeth including the fact that it’s almost an invisible treatment.

In some situations, Invisalign often gets faster results than braces and you have fewer dental appointments because you receive sets of custom-created aligners at each visit. You can then change up the aligners to your personal plan without needing more visits to the dentist.

Although it can be faster in certain situations, braces are still essential for fixing some orthodontic problems, including the more severe ones. Everyone’s mouth is different. Some need braces to begin the process and can then transfer to Invisalign treatment.

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