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Sarie Liebenberg, dental hygienist & lecturer

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Sarie traded a glamorous career as a lecturer at a finishing school for a new adventure as a dental hygienist and lecturer when she went to university to retrain at the age of 31. Sarie found her passion in helping people, saying ‘it’s much more than working on someone’s mouth, it’s restoring confidence, creating opportunities and being part of making it all happen, not only for the patient, but also for myself.’ A mom of one herself, Sarie has a special interest in working with children.
tooth stains in children: child at dentist having teeth cleaned

Types of tooth stains in children (with pics!) & what you can do about...

Most of the time, staining on a toddler’s teeth bothers  the parent far more than it bothers the child but, if the stains are...
Oral health care for children with physical and mental disabilities

Oral health care for children with physical and mental disabilities

Children with certain disabilities appear to struggle with poor oral health - these conditions include Down syndrome, epilepsy/seizure disorders and cleft lip and/or palate....
do antibiotics damage a child's teeth

Do antibiotics damage a child’s teeth?

During consultation, mothers often tell me that their child has so much tooth decay because of all the antibiotics they had to take as...
how to choose the right toothbrush and toothpaste for your child: toothbrush with heart drawn in toothpaste

Which toothbrush and toothpaste is best for your child?

There are so many toothbrushes and toothpastes available on the market that it is very difficult to understand the difference between them all and...
halitosis and bad breath in children: little girl covering her mouth

Halitosis: bad breath in children

Parents are often worried about the offensive smell of their toddler’s breath. We all have bad breath from time to time - even children,...
When should you take your child to the dentist for the first time: toy teeth dentures

When should you take your child to the dentist for the first time?

At what age should a child visit the dentist or oral hygienist for the first time? And how do you prepare a child -...
your teeth and gums during pregnancy: visit to the dentist

Everything you need to know about your teeth and gums during pregnancy

Periodontal disease (gum disease) of a pregnant mother is one of the risk factors for preterm delivery and/or low birth weight of a newborn...
how to take care of your child's teeth: tooth with cavities

10 ways to take care of your child’s milk teeth & why it’s so...

Parents often ask me: “Why should I take care of my toddler’s milk teeth? They're just going to fall out anyway.” Why it's important to...
how to get your toddler to brush their teeth: tooth and sun shape made out of toothpaste

7 ways to make brushing your toddler’s teeth easier

Even though getting your toddler to brush their teeth can be tricky, with a little determination and innovation from your side, your child will...
toddler teeth

Why children grind their teeth & what you can do about it

It's very common for children to grind their teeth while they are sleeping - it's called sleep related Bruxism. Between 14% - 17% of...