30 Oct
Posted by Sherl

It's been a while since last I last blogged... Probably because we're all suffering sad sack syndrome here at The Whole Tooth in Surry Hills.

It is with a heavy heart we bade bye bye to Bee, our bubbly bodacious beauty from Ireland via Reading. Bee had her knees under the front desk and arms up to elbows in patient mouths for the past 15 years. She was the closest one can get to family at work - and outside for that matter. Bee was known and loved by everyone her from staff to patients and knew just about everything about everyone. Everyone has their own favourite humorous Bee story, but let me tell you, you crossed Bee at your peril.  I will never forget sitting next to Bee when she received a call one day. "Look, I'm sure you're a terribly nice person, but all you ever talk to me about is your problems - and I'm not interested. So I wish you all the best for your life. Hope it gets better. Bye Bye" - and she hung up. Later she told me that she had a cathartic moment the night before and wiped everyone she considered negative from her phone contact list. How many of us could do that and without any hint of malice!?

Many patients have been asking after Bee, so we can tell you she is living with her Mom in England. Hughie is doing well at School. And Bee and her Maam and her sisters are all deliriously happy. Bee has started work again, albeit outside the dental industry (wasted refernce letter that one!) and remains in contact. Neil may miss her the most as he has had to take up the slack in her absence 6 days a week fior ever, but we see some blue sky on the horizon! Keep watching this space.

So a collective thanks and sayonara to Bee from all of us - may her life be as full of joy as the sunshine she spreads around her.


26 Jun
Posted by Sherl

If you think dentistry is tough today, imagine what it was like 13,000 years ago? Well, imagine no more - Stefano Benazzi of the University of Bologna thinks he has evidence of the earliest known root canal dentistry on a human.

Two front teeth were discovered at the Riparo Fredian  site near Lucca in Italy . Each has a large hole extending down into the pulp chamber  deep in the tooth.  Horizontal marks on the walls of the teeth suggest the dentist used tiny stone tools to drill the teeth out. This root canal work  - obviously without anaesthetic - must have been for one tough cookie! No amalgams - no crowns... Benazzi found traces of bitumen and  with hairs and plant fibres embedded. That's one way to reduce pain and keep food out of the pulp chamber.

These marks are similar to those found in teeth from another Italian site that date back 14,000 years in what is the earliest know filling and first example of dentistry yet discovered.No amalgams for these tough patients either!

Drs. Sherl and Ash  suggest patients avoid such traumatic work by using the 21st century comfort and exemplary modern facilities - including sterilisation procedures - at The Whole Tooth in Surry Hills!


05 Jun
Posted by Sherl

Parasitic bacteria have been found in saliva in Tests conducted by the California Institute of Technology. Analyzing the DNA, the researchers a piece of RNA belonging to a form of parasite  called Actinomoyces odontolyticus. As Actinomoyces cannot make its own amino acids, it depends on supply from the host. These parasites draw out nutrients at first and then begin attacking the host...

 These silent stalking parasites are guilty of causing gum disease and worse. So as the Team at The Whole Tooth in Surry Hills suggest, keep that hygiene maintenance going and keep these bad bacteria at bay!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

13 May
Posted by Sherly

According to Dr. Sherly Snyman, dentist at The Whole Tooth in Surry Hills, a new study conducted in Spain has demonstrated a very strong correlation between obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) and sleep bruxism. Yes you read it right - sleep bruxism is the condtion where a person clenches and tightens their jaw, promoting excessive grinding of the teeth.

It is a remarkable finding as no previous studies had uncovered the link - indeed the researchers came at the Progamme believing no such link would ever be proven, but the frequency of occurrence startled them all.

Most at risk? Those with bridges, crowns or implants - and successful prosthetic implantation. The message - sleep apnoea has more to answer for than originally suspected!

19 Apr
Posted by Sherl

Babies and bad breath???!!! It is an inescapable fact that babies, being the demanding creatures they are in the womb, have a medically known adverse effect of the gums of She who carries them.

It is strongly suggested that all pregnant parents to be, should pay particular attention to their gums and teeth as they experience a way above average incidence of gum disease and tooth decay.

Between the hormonal changes that can make gums swell and bleed to acid in vomit washing across teeth for those who suffer from morning sickness, babies have a lot to answer for - and that's before they even grow up and give a whole other set of problems!

So if you or someone you know is pregnant, please make regular hygiene appointments as soon as possible to stay ahead in the Gums Games and ensure a robust future relationship with your child to be!!!

25 Nov
Posted by Neil

Hard to believe it, but The Whole Tooth Dentist in Surry Hills believes the silly season has already started for 2016. 


- It's so warm the Surry Hills dog-walking fraternity have given up pooch coats and frocks - yes frocks too!

- People departing The Whole Tooth tend to say things like "Happy Christmas" or "Thanks to the best dentists in Surry Hills" or see you in 2017" type stuff.

- We've already begun editing this year's Digital Chrissie card.

- The hygienists are booked out every Saturday for the rest of 2016.

- the hygienists are then unbooked for every available time on Saturdays as people move appointments in line with Christmas social calendars.

- B has no sooner taken down the Halloweenie decs than she's on about putting up the Chrissie ones.

Or so the story goes... Moral of which?

Make your hygiene and check up appointment sooner rather than later to be guaranteed of a time you want inside 2016! Or so says Neil!




23 Nov
Posted by Sherl

From the land of Ripley... Believe it or not... U.S. medical  research concludes that: "Failure to see a dentist can nearly double the risk that even a healthy person will get pneumonia."

As the lead author of the study wrote; "Our study provides further evidence that oral health is linked to overall health and suggests it's important to incorporate dental care into routine preventative healthcare."

Your dentists at The Whole Tooth Dentist in Surry Hills have been banging on about this to all who will listen for ever... Regular maintenance is essential for overall good health!



17 Aug
Posted by Sherl

As clients of The Whole Tooth Dental Surgery in Surry Hills know, the Practice could be mistaken for a Gallery, such is the extraordinary collection of art on the walls curated by David Rex Livingstone.

The latest change has seen some notables disappear, including the original Charles Blackman, to be replaced by other simply stunning pieces. Of especial note is the Peter Cameron painting that features in this the 2016 digital card from The Whole Tooth - look behind Ash's head in the video!

26 Jul
Posted by Neil

Through The Whole Tooth Dentists in Surry Hill's Dr. Ashleigh Pham - that's how and who!!!

Ash was awarded a much sought after Scholarship towards her Graduate Diploma in Aesthetic Dentistry. So now we have not one but two seriously talented cosmetics dentists between Sherly AND Ash who are can give you all the options. That is from general dental needs to creation of a special smile for aesthetic and or cosmetic reasons.

Well done Ash - who is also completing her Masters in Sleep Medecine...