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5 Problems You Won’t Notice – That your Dentist Will

Your dentist is trained to identify potentially dangerous problems which can seem invisible to the naked, untrained eye

The most common reason people visit the dentist is because they’re in pain. However, there are many other problems which don’t cause pain which can be twice as detrimental to your health in the long run.

These problems are why it’s so important to visit your dentist every six months. Check-up and follow up appointments are not a ploy to see you more often, it’s a vital appointment to keep your smile and body healthy.

Here are five subtle problems which you aren’t likely to spot at home

1. Gum disease

Gum disease begins with inflammation of the gums (gingivitis) which can progress to full periodontitis (severe gum disease). The initial stage of gum disease is not always noticeable as people may not feel their gums are sensitive or may not notice that they have other symptoms of gum disease like redness.

2. Oral cancer

Most dentists will perform a visual oral cancer check during your general check-up. This will involve looking for lesions, discolouration of the soft tissue and other lumps which could be found to be oral cancer. What you may think is a skin tag or an ulcer may actually be potentially dangerous and if left untreated could even become terminal.

3. Cavities

Cavities only become noticeable to patients when they are painful, which often happens when it’s too late to treat them with a filling. If you have cavities assessed and treated in their early stages it is likely that you will only require a fissure sealant to prevent further damage. If left untreated then you will require a filling and possibly a root canal depending on the extent of damage. Fillings and root canal treatments are also more expensive than a fissure sealant and clean.

4. Signs of grinding

Many people do not notice that they grind their teeth, especially if they live alone. If you do grind your teeth it’s important to know that this can erode your enamel which can in turn cause significant sensitivity. Your enamel also does not grow back which means you will require bonding or even crowns to restore the appearance and function of your smile.
It’s important to receive treatment for night grinding as soon as possible – which is usually treated with a specially made night appliance (mouthguard) to stop you from pressing your upper and lower teeth together.

5. Tartar or lack of oral hygiene

While you may be brushing your teeth every night there is a high chance that you may not be brushing properly. If you fail to brush and floss properly then you may not be getting rid of plaque which can affect the appearance and health of your teeth and mouth. The worst side effect of neglecting your oral hygiene is gum disease which is a domino effect of excess bacteria in the mouth.

The process from bacteria to gum disease

Please note that tartar can only be removed by your dentist with special tools. This is only stage two of the road to gum disease so it’s important that you intercept this condition in your general check-ups before it progresses.

Millennium Dental Mosman is happy to offer a free cleaning to patients that recommend their friends.

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Sibel is one of our Oral Health Therapists at Millennium Dental.

Since becoming a member of the team, Sibel has consistently demonstrated the utmost commitment and dedication towards helping each of our patients. She has gained her experience in both the public health sector, as well as other private clinics throughout Sydney.

Her friendly nature makes her extremely approachable. When tailoring to her patients’ needs, Sibel ensures she is able to provide an attentive yet pleasurable dental experience for everybody she meets.  She is extremely passionate about promoting oral health to both her friends and fellow peers.

Sibel is a graduate of the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Oral Health. She is also bilingual in speaking English and Turkish.

When she is away from the clinic, Sibel loves spending time with her big family, finding cafes for brunch as well a gym workout.

Lisa Bow

Dental Hygienist

Lisa has dedicated her working life to the field of dentistry, initially, at the youthful age of 19, graduating in 1989 as a Chairside Dental Assistant and later graduating in 1994 as a Registered Dental Hygienist. Lisa’s 32 years of experience in the dental setting makes her a valuable and sought-after practitioner in our practice. 

Lisa began her dental career in Ottawa, Canada. She later brought her skills and passion for oral health to Sydney in 2000, where she accepted a position with Millennium Dental Care. Lisa spreads the flossing gospel and cares for her loyal clients by providing gentle and effective preventive treatment combined with individualized education and instruction, along with respectful and ongoing encouragementOften hearing, “That’s the best dental cleaning I’ve ever had!” at the end of her appointments. Lisa has many long and loyal client relationships within Millennium Dental Care, several have been in her care for over 20 years. Lisa’s gentle nature and respectful manner can put even the most nervous dental clients at ease. Lisa looks forward to welcoming you and your family and friends into our Millennium Dental Family. 

Lisa regularly attends ongoing continuing education through conferences and courses and is a member of the Australian Dental Hygiene Association and the Canadian Dental Hygiene Association. In her free time Lisa enjoys ridiculously long walks, spending time with her two funny teenagers, and learning new skills by watching DIY videos on YouTube. 

Shruti Kulhalli


Since graduating with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery from the University of Adelaide, Dr Shruti Kulhalli has worked in Sydney and Adelaide, both as a dentist and as a university clinical tutor.  Dr Shruti brings extensive range of experience to our practice and strives for perfection when treating each and every one of her patients, always tailoring her approach to an individual’s needs. Her warm and friendly manner ensures a comfortable, personal experience for each patient. Always seeking to stay up-to-date with the ever-evolving world of dentistry, she regularly attends dental conferences and courses all around Australia. With a keen interest in both cosmetic and complex restorative dentistry.  As a mum of 2 young kids, Dr Shruti is especially passionate about the need for great paediatric dentistry.

Dr Shruti particularly enjoys the interpersonal and artistic aspects of dentistry. She loves being able to meet and to get to know different people each day and nothing gives her greater pleasure than using her skills and experience to help people gain optimal dental health and a beautiful smile. She also firmly believes that health is holistic, and when planning treatment, and always considers her patient’s general physical health and their well-being with the knowledge that these can have an important influence on oral health. 

In the little time that she’s not being a dentist or a mum, Dr Shruti is a regular at her local pilates studio, and also loves learning and reading about health and wellness. In 2013, she received her certificate in health coaching with the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. This has given her the unique ability as a dentist to provide advice to her patients on the link between dental health and nutrition.

Mark Rosenberg


Dr Mark Rosenberg graduated in South Africa in 1982, before moving to London for fifteen years. During his time in London, Dr Rosenberg furthered his studies in implant dentistry, orthodontics, cosmetics and general oral surgery. In 1987 Dr Rosenberg received the LDS from the Royal College of Surgeons and also passed his American board exams. Dr Rosenberg benefited from the great experience of running multiple surgeries and a general anaesthetics clinic for many years.

Dr Rosenberg has done extensive courses in cosmetics and implant surgery and holds several post graduate implant and orthodontic diplomas.

Since immigrating to Sydney, he has enjoyed the daily drive from the Eastern suburbs to Mosman. His spare time is spent chasing after his young daughter who keeps him young and tired at the same time! He has kept fit for many years and his present regime involves running, swimming and pilates; however, his knees have decided his marathon running days are over!