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Mucus and your teeth

teeth health smile dentalMucus contains proteins that have been shown to have a protective effect on the teeth by preventing the detrimental impact of oral bacteria.

Key takeaways

– Mucus is found in the linings of the body such as the lungs, mouth and cervix

– Recent research has suggested that synthetic mucus could be added to toothpaste and chewing gum to improve oral health

– See your dentist if you have any concerns about your dental health

While toothpaste and mouthwash kill bacteria, mucus prevents the bacteria itself from attaching to teeth and causing holes in the enamel.”

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Posted by adwords on 26th July 2017, under Miscellaneous

Never Ignore Bleeding Gums

teeth health smileIf your gums bleed when you brush your teeth you should probably schedule an appointment with your dentist because you may have gum disease.

Key takeaways

– Gum disease occurs in stages and can be treated if caught early

– Early signs of gum disease include red and irritated gums which bleed easily

– Left untreated, gum disease can cause receding gums and even tooth loss

If you are worried about your gums your dentist can check them and plan the best course of treatment for you.

Your gums should be firm and pink, not puffy and red“.


Posted by adwords on 23rd July 2017, under Practice Blog

Need to know: teeth grinding

teeth health smile dentistMany people grind their teeth. Teeth grinding or “bruxism” can be triggered by anxiety and stress or may be a sign of a sleep disorder. It can cause headaches, sensitive teeth and long term problems in the jaw.

Key takeaways:

– Cut down on alcohol, caffeine and smoking which increase the risk

– See a dentist who will assess the cause and provide customized treatment

– Untreated teeth grinding will cause long term damage to your teeth and jaw

A dentist has the expertise to treat teeth grinding.

“over-the-counter guards might not offer the same protection”

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Posted by adwords on 19th July 2017, under Miscellaneous

Looking After Your Teeth and Gums Could Be More Important Than Ever

teeth health smileYour dentist will emphasise the importance of a thorough oral hygiene routine, in order to keep your teeth and gums healthy. However, recent research suggests that this may help to protect more than your smile.

– A study was carried out, which selected patients suffering from cirrhosis of the liver.

– Cirrhosis of the liver causes upto 2% of all deaths.

– Outcomes indicated a possible link between those also suffering from a severe gum disease (perionditis) and mortality.

Studies have suggested that periodontitis is involved in the progression of liver diseases. Read the full story here:


Posted by adwords on 12th July 2017, under Miscellaneous

Regulate your intake of fluoride products to prevent Dental fluorosis

teeth dentist health smileDental fluorosis is a prevalent condition caused by consumption of excess fluoride and characterised by brown or white lines and spots on teeth. It might be painless but it can destroy your smile.

Key takeaways:

– Drinking water with concentrated amounts of fluoride and overusing toothpaste are the main cause of dental fluorosis.

– Excess Fluoride makes the enamel to lack efficient minerals.

– Dental fluorosis can be treated through cosmetic whitening and masking by the dentist.

Remember to keep toothpaste where children can’t reach and constantly check your water for excess fluoride.

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Posted by adwords on 8th July 2017, under Miscellaneous

White Patches Might Increase Risk of Oral Cancer

teeth health smile dentistLeukoplakia is the medical term describing a wide range of oral sores, including thick white patches on the gums, tongue and mouth cavity. Most people brush white patches off, because they are temporary. However, apart from ruining your smile and teeth, leukoplakia can lead to oral cancer.

Key takeaways:

– Causes include; smoking, ulcers, HPV, excessive use of whiteners, poor quality braces and retainers, alcohol, weak immune system, chewing certain nuts and steroid inhalers.

– Symptoms of Leukoplakia are white, grey or transparent patches on tongue, gums, under the tongue and in the cheeks.

– The dentist will do biopsies, if it is pre-cancerous, more tests are done. Otherwise, the patches are removed by scalpel and medication (in cases of HIV).

You can prevent Leukoplakia by avoiding smoking, alcohol, abrasive whiteners and hot foods, cleaning your teeth and visiting your dentist regularly.

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Posted by adwords on 5th July 2017, under Miscellaneous

Why laser technology is making trips to the dentist less scary

teeth health smile dentistThe new laser technology being used by dentists is a method of teeth treatment that does not involve Novocaine injections and uneasy drilling. Instead of using those scary looking tools, the dentist uses a laser to remove any decay and bond-fill your teeth without you feeling any pain. Here are more reasons why laser technology is making trips to the dentist less scary.
Key takeaways
– You can comfortably visit your dentist without fears of intimidating needles and tools.
– The new laser technology can be used to painlessly treat cavities, fill teeth and in root canal therapy.
– According to experts, laser technology will lead to other advances like using an oral rinse to strengthen implants.
Do not compromise your smile and teeth. Make a call to a dental clinic that offers Laser treatment and brush and floss at least twice every day.
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Posted by adwords on 1st July 2017, under Miscellaneous

Have Scientists Uncovered an Early Example of Dentistry?

smile dentist teeth healthHeading off to the local dentist to clean our teeth, to fill a cavity or to address an issue with our smile is a decidedly modern practice. However, this observation may soon be changing. A set of teeth dated to no fewer than 13,000 years in the past is beginning to challenge these perceptions.

Several modifications seem to be related to medicinal requirements. These could indicate that a crude understanding of oral hygiene was present much earlier than previously thought.

– They found bitumen within the teeth; a possible indication that it was used to treat an infection.

– Some chipping of the surfaces could have been done to remove a damaged portion of enamel.

– It is not yet known whether these are signs of a rudimentary dental intervention.

“So, was this therapeutic dentistry? Maybe not—after all, lots of these neolithic groups modified their teeth for non-health related reasons, write the authors.”

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Posted by adwords on 24th June 2017, under Miscellaneous

The Impact of Acid Reflux Upon Teeth

smile health dentist teethAcid reflux is also known as GERD (gastraesophageal reflux disease). Its most noticeable symptoms are heartburn, cramping and a sensitive stomach. However, many of us are unaware that this condition can also impact the enamel of our teeth over time. Should this acid enter the mouth on a regular basis, it can erode the enamel and lead to more serious problems such as cavities or even the death of a tooth.

Are there any ways to mitigate these effects?

  • It is best to avoid foods and drinks that are acidic.
  • Remain active immediately after a meal as opposed to lying down.
  • If you think that you may have acid reflux, schedule a trip to the dentist as soon as possible.

“If you think you suffer from GERD, schedule an appointment with your doctor to diagnose and treat the condition before it has a chance to hurt your smile.”

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Posted by adwords on 18th May 2017, under Miscellaneous

Reasons Why Some People May Be More Vulnerable To Cavities

teeth health smile dentistIt is well known that the risk of developing cavities and tooth decay can be minimized with a thorough oral hygiene routine of brushing, flossing and regular visits to the dentist. However, despite following these guidelines, there are certain factors which can increase the likelihood of suffering from these problems:

– There are certain medications which can increase the chances of developing tooth decay. Individuals suffering from eating disorders also have an increased risk of cavities.

– If certain areas are harder to reach when brushing and flossing, bacteria can build up, which can then cause damage to the teeth.

– Sucrose left in the mouth, as a result of eating sugary foods, can cause any bacteria to multiply more rapidly. This then increases the rate at which tooth decay can develop.

Although these factors can increase the risk of developing cavities, regular check ups at the dentist can help to identify and treat problems in their early stages. Seeing your dentist regularly helps rectify the problem, so you can have a smile to be proud of.

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Posted by adwords on 11th May 2017, under Miscellaneous

Fix Gum Disease to Maintain Your Smile

teeth health smile dentistGum disease, or inflammation, is often painful and bleeds. Plaque builds up on the surface of your teeth causing gum inflammation which may first be noticed by your dentist.

Periodontal disease can follow if left untreated which can cause serious problems for the rest of the body – including heart disease. There are a number of ways to reduce plaque and preserve your smile:

– Brush teeth regularly using the correct techniques. Always brush twice a day after flossing to loosen food particles. If left, plaque becomes tartar which causes bleeding gums that allow bacteria to enter your blood stream.

– Eat health. Avoid processed foods high in sugar and choose organic vegetables to access the vitamins and minerals required to attack germs in your mouth.

– Seek professional help. Your dentist can clean below the gum line using specialist tools to reverse disease and keep your smile.

“Don’t take any chances with your oral health.”

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Posted by adwords on 23rd March 2017, under Practice Blog

Some Patients Might Need to Take Antibiotics Before a Dental Treatment

health teeth smile dentistCertain dental patients could be at risk of infection and should take antibiotics before they receive treatment for their teeth and gums, says an expert. Patients might need to take antibiotics if they suffer from a number of different conditions to prevent developing an infection.

Key takeaways

– People who have had a heart transplant recently might need to take antibiotics before they have a treatment on their teeth and gums.

– People who have a heart defect could also be at risk of developing an infection and should speak to their dentist before they have a dental procedure.

– People who have had an artificial heart valve might also need to take antibiotics.

“Whether you’re getting a simple teeth cleaning or getting treatment for gum disease or a tooth extraction, talk to your dentist about whether or not you should receive antibiotics before the procedure.”

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Posted by adwords on 4th March 2017, under Practice Blog

Protecting Children’s Dental Health

smile dentist health teethA healthy mouth is paramount to a child’s development and esteem. Apart from the pain and discomfort of dental problems, the child can be afraid to smile. Five times more prevalent than asthma, cavities are the most common challenge to your child’s overall growth.

However, cavities are preventable. All it takes is strict and healthy dental norms that start early – even with one-year-olds.

• Infants need a regular wipe inside their mouths, visits to the dentist and clean baby bottles.
• Ensure that your toddler maintains a healthy lifestyle and diet – with restrictions on sugary foods.
• Emphasise the need for regular brushing, flossing and dental check-ups.

Take time to show your child how to brush and floss. Remember, the earlier you and your child start visiting the dentist, the better. Give your child confidence to smile by protecting their teeth!

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Posted by adwords on 21st February 2017, under Practice Blog

Snack Ideas for Sports Lovers to Protect Their Teeth

 teeth health smile dentistWatching a game with family and friends can be a good way to relax, catch up and have some fun. It is inevitable to have a snack as the game progresses.

Key takeaways:

– Hummus is a good dip with raw veggies  and will make teeth resistant to dental plaque due to high levels of folic acid.
– The sour cream in the seven-layer dip can be replaced with Greek yogurt  which provides probiotics and calcium that promote oral health.
– A fruit salad snack should include kiwis and oranges  rich in vitamin c for gum health.

“Raw crunchy vegetables like carrots, celery, peppers, and cucumbers make great additions to your hummus plate. These vegetables also help clean your teeth, as their crunchiness can actually “scrub” plaque away while you’re eating!”

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Posted by adwords on 9th February 2017, under Miscellaneous

Is It Worth Getting Custom Mouthguards?

teeth health  smile dentistMouthguards have a bad reputation as being bulky and uncomfortable. While store-bought mouthguards may be inexpensive, they do not fit well.

Key takeaways:

– Custom mouthguards fit much better, and effectively reduce discomfort and damage to the teeth.

– Custom mouthguards enhance protection of every tooth.

– An poor-fitting mouthguard will affect your breathing, especially when participating in sport. A custom-fitted mouthguard works much better.

“With custom-fitted mouthguards, the discomfort is gone, the protection is there, and you can breathe better. This is because this mouthguard was made specifically for you.”

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Posted by adwords on 4th February 2017, under Practice Blog

The Number of Lost Teeth Can Determine Longevity

 teeth health smile dentistNew research findings reveal that tooth loss could predict how long you are going to live. Tooth loss has been associated with how bad you’re taking care of your health.

Key takeaways:

– Those people who still have their entire set of teeth at 74 years of age are most likely to reach the ripe age of 100 years.

– Stress, including lifestyle choices, social and emotional stress, chronic diseases, and genetic disorders were identified as the major factor behind tooth loss.

– Tooth loss has many causes — smoking, trauma or poor oral hygiene. Gum disease is another cause, and is closely linked to heart disease, diabetes and other chronic health problems.

Read the full story here

How the number of TEETH you’ve lost can determine how long you will live

Posted by adwords on 4th February 2017, under Oral Hygiene and Prevention

Skipping Brushing Your Teeth May Lead To Many Health Issues

 teeth health smile dentistAll manner of health issues have been linked to poor oral hygiene. Failure to brush your teeth twice every day may affect cardiac health.

Key takeaways:

– Bad breath is a complete turn-off. Build up of plaque when you fail to brush will cause foul breath.

– When you don’t brush adequately and skip flossing, you increase risk of coronary heart disease. The bacteria in the mouth will find their way into the bloodstream causing damage to the heart’s vessels.

– Ensure that you brush your teeth twice every day for about two minutes to maintain good oral hygiene.

According to dentists, skipping the twice daily cleanse can lead to all sorts of health issues such as loose teeth, bleeding gums and even coronary heart disease.

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Posted by adwords on 1st February 2017, under Oral Hygiene and Prevention

Safeguard Teeth from These Bad Habits

 teeth health smile dentistOver your lifetime, you will only get two sets of teeth. You must take good care of teeth to keep them healthy.

Key takeaways:

– People may use their teeth to pry open packages and bottles. This habit is damaging to the teeth leading to chipped teeth and sensitivity.

– Frequent snacking on sugary foods over the course of a the day will predispose you to plaque formation and tooth cavities.

– Constantly biting the nails is not good for your teeth, often leading to chipped teeth.

Snacking could put your teeth at risk for cavities, especially if it involves sugary drinks and food. After you’ve eaten, bacteria in your mouth feast on the leftover food and produce acid that affects your tooth enamel.

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Posted by adwords on 31st January 2017, under Oral Hygiene and Prevention

Discolored Tooth Necessitates Dental Check-Up for Polar Bear

 teeth health smile dentistKeepers at the Yorkshire Wildlife Park were worried after noting that a polar bear named Victor had a discolored tooth. A dentist was called in to check all of the bear’s teeth.

Key takeaways:

– After spotting the discolored tooth, keepers at the park recommended that a dental checkup be carried out to diagnose the problem.

– A team was constituted to have the polar bear undergo a dental checkup as well as any other necessary tests.

– The planning phases took an entire month with the culmination of the procedure being a full dental checkup of all 42 teeth and an x-ray. After all that, the dentist found no treatment was necessary.

The 18-year-old bear was lifted onto a makeshift operating table where all his 42 teeth were checked as well as an x-ray.

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Posted by adwords on 31st January 2017, under Oral Hygiene and Prevention

Office Cakes Could Be Eroding Your Memory

 teeth health smile dentistThe brains of obese people contain less white matter compared to the brains of lean people. Sugary foods have been found to affect memory and other brain activity.

Key takeaways:

– The Royal College of Surgeons has taken a stand against the cake culture and other sugary treats in the office.

– The biggest concern has been the rise of issues such as obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay.

– The consumption of high amounts of sugar has been linked to poor memory and is generally bad for your brain.

Increasingly, science is showing that eating a lot of sugar is bad for your brain and memory. The reasons why are not well understood, but it’s possible that unhealthy foods raise blood sugar levels, or feed inflammation in the body, including within the brain.

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Posted by adwords on 30th January 2017, under Oral Hygiene and Prevention

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