The Fraser Dental News

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Dental Implants Versus Bridges

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If you are missing a tooth you’re not alone. It’s estimated that over half of New Zealand adults have lost one or more teeth, with the most common causes being…
Welcome to Sam Lee

Welcome To Sam Lee

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We are delighted to welcome on board Sam Lee as the new General Manager of Fraser Dental and McIntosh Dental. Sam has a Master of Business Administration as well as…
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How Long Does Teeth Whitening Last?

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Teeth whitening has become very popular as people love the confidence boost that having a bright, white smile gives them. One of the questions our patients often ask us is:…
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Why You Should See Your Dentist Every 6 Months

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Many people believe that if they brush and floss their teeth regularly then they don’t have to visit the dentist as often, which is simply not true. Good brushing and…
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Benefits of Custom-Made Mouthguards for Sports

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With winter sports starting up, it’s time to make sure you have all of the right gear for a great (and hopefully uninterrupted) season! Anyone who plays a contact sport…
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Sensitive Teeth

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Lots of people suffer from sensitive teeth. Sensitivity increases as the protective enamel on your teeth wears down, causing sharp, shooting pains. It is usually triggered when you eat or…
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Dental Check Ups for Primary Students

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Has your preschooler or primary-aged child had their annual dental check-up in the past year? Unfortunately there is a backlog in the free dental check-ups for primary students and preschoolers…
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Questions You Should Ask Before Getting A Dental Implant

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Using advanced dental technology, dental implants are a clever and effective way of replacing missing teeth. They can replace teeth which have been knocked out, or those that are broken…
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Early Intervention Orthodontics

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Early intervention orthodontics is when corrective orthodontic treatment is undertaken at a younger age to correct problems more easily – before they become bigger orthodontic issues. Although the common age…
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The Risks Of Home Dentistry

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Having regular dental appointments is just one of the aspects of our lives that Covid-19 has interrupted. Many New Zealanders have delayed dental treatment for reasons like cost, alert level…
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Tips To Get Rid Of Bad Breath

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It’s normal to have bad breath sometimes, especially when you first wake up or after you’ve eaten onions or garlic. But it’s not normal to have bad breath consistently, and…

Merry Christmas From Dr Milan Raniga

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2020 - what a year this has been! For the most part it will be remembered as the year the Covid-19 pandemic hit the world - causing sickness, hospitalisation and…

Merry Christmas From Dr Alex McIntosh

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It has been a very challenging year for all of us New Zealanders this year, but with true pragmatism Kiwis have followed the rules and we are in better shape…
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DIY Teeth Straightening

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If you have always wanted a straight smile but hate the idea of wearing traditional braces then chances are clear aligners like Invisalign have probably caught your attention. Lately new…
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Top Ten Signs Your Oral Health Is At Risk

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Here are some of the most common signs your oral health is at risk. Bleeding gums. Many people believe that it’s normal for your gums to bleed a little when…
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Is Sleep Dentistry Safe?

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For people who feel anxious or even scared about visiting the dentist, sedation dentistry can be a really effective way to help stay calm and stress-free during dental treatments. It’s…
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Stress And Your Oral Health

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This year we have had to cope with unprecedented events that are challenging us emotionally, physically, financially and spiritually. Many of us are feeling mentally exhausted and a holiday break…
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Wisdom Teeth FAQs

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Not everything you read or see about wisdom teeth and getting them removed is true. So here we debunk some of the common myths about these troublesome teeth: our wisdom…

The Fraser And McIntosh Dental Group Orthodontic Scholarship Winners 2020

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Thank you to everyone who submitted a nomination for this year’s Orthodontic Scholarship. We received a record number of entries and it really was a tough job to select the…
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Adult Braces

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Mention the word “braces” and most of us immediately think of tweens and young teenagers. But in fact adult braces are surprisingly common – around 15% of our orthodontic patients…

Six Tips For Overcoming Fear Of The Dentist

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It’s really common to have a fear of the dentist. It affects lots of people of all ages, and can be caused by a past traumatic experience, tooth sensitivity, anxiety,…
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5 Reasons To See Your Dentist Today

| Cosmetic Dentistry, Dental Hygiene, Dental Implants, Teeth Whitening, Tooth Decay | No Comments
Haven’t seen your dentist lately? Here are our top five reasons to see your dentist today. 1. You can’t remember the last time you visited the dentist. Admit it: it’s…
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A Dental Savings Plan For Seniors

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Dentures are no longer a foregone conclusion for older adults because we are keeping our teeth for much longer than previous generations did. In this information age we are much…

Spotlight On Lisa Brookes

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Lisa has been a valuable member of the Fraser Dental team for well over a decade, providing in-depth cleaning treatments and care advice to patients who love to keep their…
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Sleep Dentistry: The Solution To Fear Of The Dentist

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If you are one of the many people who have a fear of visiting the dentist, sleep dentistry could be the solution for you. What Is Sleep Dentistry? Also known…
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Are Dental Implants Painful?

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We know that dental implants are an excellent, cost-effective option for replacing missing teeth. But the one question that everyone wants to know is: are dental implants painful? Dental implants…
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Ongoing Dental Care For 18+ Year Olds

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Children and teenagers up to the age of 18 years’ old receive free general dental care in New Zealand. This gives their teeth the best start in life, and aims…
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The Cost Of Avoiding The Dentist

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A recent poll found that a whopping 40% of New Zealanders only visit the dentist when they think something is wrong – similar to a doctor. The major reason for…

Spotlight On Judy Stallard

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With more than 20 years at Fraser Dental, Jude is one of our most experienced Dental Assistants. She has watched many nervous new arrivals become regular, valued patients. She loves…
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Is The Cost Of Dental Implants Worth It?

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On average up to a quarter of us will have to replace missing teeth at some stage in our lives. Aside from accidents, tooth loss can be the result of…
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Is A Dental Savings Plan A Good Idea?

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2020 has taught all of us to expect the unexpected! But when it comes to dental bills unexpected costs can be especially unwelcome, especially when budgets are already stretched. We…
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Dental Implants: The Modern Alternative To Dentures

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If you are fed up with uncomfortable dentures you may be interested in dental implants which are a modern alternative to dentures. Even with a lifetime of great oral care…

Spotlight On Dr Melissa Inger

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Dr Melissa Inger is one of our experienced Dental Surgeons here at Fraser Dental. Melissa’s comprehensive education not only includes a Bachelor in Dental Studies, but also degrees majoring in…
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Why New Mums Should Protect Their Oral Health

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Having a new baby can be one of the most chaotic times in your life. Any routines are likely to revolve around your baby rather than your own needs. Brushing…
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Orthodontic Treatment Can Help Stop Bedwetting

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Fraser Dental’s approach to orthodontics is known as ‘Full Face Orthodontics’. Unlike traditional orthodontics which favour extracting teeth in overcrowded mouths to make the remaining teeth fit neatly, the philosophy…
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OrthoPlan: The Affordable Way To Pay For Braces

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The COVID-19 crisis has dealt a major financial blow to New Zealanders, and many of us are facing financial uncertainty that is likely to last for some time. But if…
Dr Stephanie Lee, Fraser Dental

Fraser Dental Team News: May 2020

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Dr Stephanie Lee Joins Fraser Dental We have just welcomed on board a new Dental Surgeon, Dr Stephanie Lee. Stephanie is excited to be working in her home neighbourhood: she…
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Preventative Dental Care Saves Money

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We are all reeling from the financial blow that the COVID-19 crisis has dealt. Many, many individuals and families are having to cope with reduced income or job losses, and…

Boost Your Immune System With Good Oral Health

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COVID-19 has caused many of us to think seriously about our health and look at ways we can boost our immune systems. The enforced break during Alert Level 4 for…
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Providing The Safest Dental Care

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Fraser Dental is excited to be able to fully reopen at Alert Level 2. As dentists, we already practiced a high degree of infection control measures in line with the…
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Your Orthodontic Treatment During COVID-19

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Some of our orthodontic patients have been in touch with questions regarding their orthodontic treatment during the COVID-19 crisis. Here are some useful FAQs. Q. What should I do if…

Enhanced Infection Control Measures

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We have previously mentioned how, as dentists, we are highly trained in infection control measures which are in place 24/7 and not just during a pandemic. Our sister practice, McIntosh…

Fraser Dental Staff News: February 2020

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Arrivals We are delighted to welcome Oral Surgeon Dr Rakesh Jattan to the Fraser Dental team. Dr Jattan is a New Zealand dual-trained oral and maxillofacial surgeon with extensive international…
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Teeth Whitening: Which Option Is Right For You?

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Teeth whitening has grown significantly in popularity as new products and technology have made it easier, quicker and more affordable to keep your smile bright and white at any age.…
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What Should Be Included In Free Teen Dental Appointments?

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Fraser Dental provides general dental services to eligible teenagers under the free teen Dental Benefits scheme. You can sign your teenager up when they are entering Year 9, and they…

Should You Be Using A Daily Mouthwash?

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There is a large and growing market for mouthwash not just in New Zealand but worldwide. A wide range of choices are readily available in supermarkets, pharmacies and other retail…

Do You Really Have To Floss?

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A US report hit headlines in recent years when it stated that flossing your teeth didn’t provide any proven oral health benefits. The report reviewed 25 studies and concluded there…

Fraser Dental Staff News: December 2019

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We are excited to have welcomed on board a new Dental Surgeon, Dr Lydia McGowan. Lydia graduated with a BDS with Honours from Glasgow, Scotland before moving to New Zealand.…

Thank You From Dr Raniga

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This year has been full of challenges, opportunities and rewards – in fact it’s fair to say that 2019 has been an incredibly busy year! This year I have been…

Christmas Message From Dr McIntosh

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It’s hard to believe that 2019 is almost over already – I’m sure that time is on fast-forward somehow! It’s been a busy and rewarding year at Fraser Dental. I’m…

Top Tricks To Prevent Wine Stains On Teeth

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It’s hard to believe that another year is nearly over and the festive season is in full-swing. This is the time of year when most of us tend to indulge…
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Detecting Oral Cancer

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Regular dental check-ups are essential to keep your teeth and gums healthy and prevent or catch dental issues before they turn into major problems. But you may not be aware…

What To Do In A Dental Emergency

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Unfortunately, even when we are careful, accidents still happen. You might take great care of your teeth every day and have regular dental check-ups, but a dental emergency can still…

Haven’t Been To The Dentist For A While?

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If you are feeling somewhat guilty because you haven’t been to the dentist in a while, you’re not the only one! Statistics published by the Ministry of Health New Zealand…
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Fraser Dental Staff News: October 2019

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Congratulations to our Practice Manager Leeanne Boyle, who has been appointed to the Practice Managers and Administrators of New Zealand Executive! “I am so honoured to have been nominated and elected…

Free Dental Services For Teens

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The teenage years can be really challenging. There are emotional and physical changes, increasing pressures of school work and responsibilities, finding their way socially…there’s a lot happening! And did you…

You May Love Coffee But Your Teeth Probably Don’t!

| Teeth Whitening | One Comment
There’s no denying that we love our coffee. In 2017, New Zealand ranked 13th highest consumer of coffee worldwide – higher than both Australia and the United States! An estimated…
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Winter Weather Causing You Tooth Pain?

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Tooth pain in cold weather? Yes, it’s a thing. And you’re not alone! If your teeth are hurting as the cold weather sets in, it could be a sign that…

Congratulations Dr Raniga

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Over the past two years Dr Milan Raniga has been working towards his Diploma in Clinical Orthodontics. This two-year post-graduate programmed delves into the theoretical and clinical training in orthodontics…

Why Electric Toothbrushes are Awesome!

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Great oral hygiene is not just essential for good oral health, it also has the ability to improve your overall well-being. Because it has been proven that electric toothbrushes help…