How often do I need to have a check-up and clean at the dentist?

dental check-up

I regularly hear the question “How often should I have a check-up and clean of my teeth at the dentist?” The general guideline for adults is to have your dentist do a thorough dental check-up at least twice a year. We also recommend a professional clean by your dentist or dental hygienist every six months. Read More

Salt water vs mouthwash


From time to time I am asked by a patient whether they can use salt water instead of a proprietary mouthwash as an oral disinfectant. Here I describe the uses and relative advantages and disadvantages of the two. Salt water Salt water mouth rinses are an excellent short term treatment when you have wounds in Read More

How long do porcelain veneers last?

porcelain veneers

In cosmetic dentistry, porcelain veneers are an excellent treatment that can conservatively and inconspicuously augment your teeth’s shape, length, texture, colour, brightness, proportions – or any combination of these – to enhance the aesthetics of your smile. In the right candidate, veneers can last for decades without wear or damage. Like natural teeth, though, porcelain Read More