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Four Myths About Dental Veneers Debunked

Dental veneers are an excellent way to help perfect a smile, hiding small cracks and chips in teeth or teeth that are extensively discoloured. However, there are some common myths about treatment that we’d like to debunk.

Myth 1 – Veneer Treatment is Painful

Receiving veneers should not be painful as we thoroughly numb your teeth before preparing them, making sure you remain entirely comfortable during treatment.

Myth 2 – The Entire Tooth Needs Reshaping for Veneers

Treatment is relatively non-invasive, and the dentist will only need to remove a tiny amount of tooth enamel from the front surface of the tooth, leaving the rest of the tooth intact. Sometimes even this isn’t necessary, and the entire tooth remains fully intact.

Myth 3 – Veneers Look Unnatural

Well-designed veneers should look perfectly natural, and we take extensive care to design and make each veneer in a shade and style that complements your appearance. When a veneer looks unnatural, it’s often because it is too big and bulky and in a shade that is too white.

Myth 4 – Veneers are Only for Cosmetic Purposes

Veneers are largely used for cosmetic purposes, but they can also be useful in covering teeth that may be chipped or cracked slightly, restoring Read More

Are Dental X-Rays Safe?

Dental x-rays are a very useful diagnostic tool. They show dentists areas that are invisible to the naked eye, including tooth roots and the contact areas between teeth. X-rays allow dentists to make a quicker and more accurate diagnosis and detect potential problems more easily.

While x-rays do emit some radiation, modern digital dental x-rays are far safer. For example, a set of four digital dental x-rays exposes you to about 0.4 mrem, whereas people consume approximately 5 mrem from drinking water each year. If you smoke, this exposes you to approximately 1300 mrem every year. Additionally, we take extensive precautions to protect you whenever you need a dental x-ray, including covering you with a lead apron and providing thyroid protection.

When you first visit our dental practice, we will need to take a complete set of x-rays to provide us with a good overview of your dental health. From then on, we only take x-rays when necessary, so a healthy adult may only need x-rays every couple of years or if you have a specific dental problem that needs closer examination. Children need more frequent dental x-rays because their teeth and jaws are growing rapidly, but we still only take x-rays Read More

Easy Sugar Swaps to Save Your Teeth

Most children (and many adults) enjoy a sugary treat, but with the risk of tooth decay, it is worth exploring how to reduce your family’s sugar consumption.

Choose Healthier Breakfast Cereals

Instead of sugary and chocolatey cereals, opt for a whole-grain cereal like wheat biscuits or oatmeal, or muesli without any added sugar. Make the cereal more interesting with a good dollop of Greek yoghurt for more protein and calcium.

Swap Out Soft Drinks

A soft drink can contain huge amounts of sugar. Instead, try sparkling water and if you want to sweeten it, add some freshly squeezed berries or a little low sugar fruit juice.

Beware of Hidden Sugars in Snacks

That granola bar or fruit leather may seem healthy, but you will probably be shocked by how much sugar it contains if you read the label. How about trying a crunchy apple, popcorn or nuts, or a handful of grapes instead?

Cook Your Own Spaghetti Sauce

Grabbing a jar of ready-made sauce makes a quick and easy meal, but it is nearly as quick and a lot healthier to make your own. Add your favourite herbs and spices to a can of chopped tomatoes, and don’t forget to include fresh veggies like sweet peppers and mushrooms.

New Year Resolutions for a Healthy Smile

The New Year is a great time to make resolutions, so why not make one that you will improve your dental health? The great thing about this resolution is that it will almost certainly help your general health too!

Eat More Fruits and Vegetables

Fruits and vegetable contain many valuable nutrients that can help improve gum health. They are rich in antioxidants that can enhance your body’s ability to fight infection and disease, protecting your teeth and gums. The summer is the perfect time to eat more fresh fruit and veggies.

Quit Smoking

Always a popular resolution but make this the year you succeed. Smoking stains your teeth, and you are twice as likely to lose your teeth to gum disease. Even using smokeless tobacco can harm your dental health. In addition, smoking is a major cause of oral cancer and quitting not only saves your health and life but also money.

Don’t Drink Too Much Alcohol

People who drink too much alcohol will often have a poor diet and neglect their oral hygiene. The effect is even worse if they smoke too. Have a glass of water between each drink or consider quitting entirely for a while.

See Your Dentist Regularly for Checkups and Cleans

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Hormones and Your Dental Health

Female hormones can impact women in so many ways, but did you realise they can also increase your vulnerability to developing gum disease? Higher levels of oestrogen and progesterone increase the blood flow to the gums. Consequently, gum tissue becomes more sensitive to plaque and bacteria and gums can become inflamed, swollen and will bleed. Eventually, the inflammation can destroy gum tissue, and lead to bone loss around teeth and even tooth loss.

Hormonal levels can change dramatically at specific times of life which are puberty, during menstrual cycles, when pregnant, and going through menopause. At these times, it is important to make sure you brush and floss regularly. The more plaque bacteria you remove, the lower the risk of your gums becoming inflamed.

During pregnancy, hormonal levels change dramatically, and some women develop pregnancy gingivitis, a form of gum disease that can develop from the second month onwards. Good oral care is even more important, so make sure you see us regularly for checkups and cleans. We may recommend more frequent cleanings to help control pregnancy gingivitis.

Menopause causes hormonal levels to decline, and some women develop dry mouth, where they don’t produce enough saliva. A lack of saliva can increase the Read More

My Elf on the Shelf – Our How-to-Guide for Santa’s Little Helper

Elf on the Shelf has become a well-established tradition in many families since the book was published in 2005. The Elf hides in a new spot each day, waiting for kids to find him, and he returns to the North Pole each night to report on his family’s behaviour.

Welcoming Your Elf

Usually, the Elf puts in his first appearance on the 1st December, and it is a nice idea to give him a proper welcome with a special North Pole breakfast. His arrival is your opportunity to get creative, perhaps have him parachute down from a light fitting, complete with his note from Santa. Don’t forget to write a note from your Elf to your kids or look online as there are lots of printable notes that will save time.

Hiding Your Elf Each Night

It is up to you as to how creative you want to become. Some parents plan a month of hiding places or scenes, and there are downloadable calendars online. Others hide the Elf somewhere new each night without any planning. Possible activities for your Elf include zip lining, using a piece of string and clothes pegs. Perhaps he will roll downstairs in a toilet roll. You could dress Read More

Why Regular Dental Check-Ups are Important

Ideally, we suggest you visit Smile Inn Dentistry every six months for a regular dental examination and hygiene appointment. These visits are crucial for good dental health as our dentist will check your mouth for any signs of tooth decay, gum disease and most importantly oral cancer. All these conditions are painless and symptom-free in their initial stages where targeted treatment is most effective.

Every tooth is carefully assessed for signs of lesions that could indicate the beginning of a cavity. We check the health of your gums using a special tool to measure the depth of the space in between your teeth and gums. Healthy gums have a depth of no more than 3 mm, but if your gums are infected, these spaces can deepen. The health of your oral tissues is assessed during an oral cancer screening, including the inside of your cheeks, lips, the roof and floor of your mouth and your tongue. The screening checks for any changes to the colour, shape or texture of these tissues and which could which could require further investigation.

During your hygiene appointment, your teeth are professionally cleaned, removing any buildup of plaque and tartar in a process called scaling before teeth Read More

Your Christmas Survival Guide for Healthy Teeth

Christmas is nearly here, and it is time to celebrate with friends and family. Many of us will indulge in seasonal treats, and regular routines are disrupted as we make the most of the summer sun. Ensure the festivities don’t harm your pearly whites and read our survival guide for healthy teeth.

Give Your Teeth the Gift of a New Toothbrush

Has it been a while since you replaced  your toothbrush? You need a new toothbrush every three months or more frequently if the bristles begin to look frayed.

Don’t Forget to Floss

Flossing is essential at any time of the year, but especially after eating seasonal sugary treats. Dental floss can reach areas between your teeth, where toothbrush bristles cannot penetrate. If you need some tips on flossing, please ask us for help and advice.

Brush Regularly

It’s crucial to stick to your regular routine of brushing your teeth at least twice daily and flossing once-a-day. If you are out and about, pack a travel toothbrush and a small tube of toothpaste so you can freshen up wherever you are.

Drink Plenty of Water

Make sure you drink plenty of water and especially as the weather warms up. Also, keeping well hydrated will protect your dental health, Read More

What Is the Difference between Preventative, Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry?

It’s time for your regular checkup, and you’re considering a teeth whitening treatment, and you’d love to replace that missing tooth, so do you need to see a cosmetic, restorative or general dentist? The answer is all three, but your dentist’s immediate concern is your oral health.

Preventative Dental Care

When you see a general dentist, they provide preventative dentistry including regular dental checkups, cleanings and x-rays. These are the treatments that help you to maintain good oral health and which prevent more invasive dental problems. If during your regular checkup your dentist spots a small problem, they might recommend you have restorative dentistry.

Restorative Dentistry

As you might’ve guessed, restorative dentistry focuses on restoring strength and structure to teeth so they can function correctly. Common restorative procedures include root canal therapy and dental crowns to cover severely damaged teeth. Dentures and dental implants also fall into the category of restorative dentistry. Quite often, restorative treatments will also help to improve your appearance, providing cosmetic dental benefits.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry focuses on improving the overall appearance of your smile, but you do need a healthy mouth so you must have a dental examination beforehand. Cosmetic dental procedures include dental bonding, porcelain crowns and tooth whitening.

Crown Lengthening-What Is It and Is It Right for Me?

Crown lengthening is a procedure normally used to improve gum health or in preparation for restorative or cosmetic treatments, for example, if you want dental crowns or veneers. When teeth have broken below the gum line or are substantially damaged, it is difficult to place dental crowns or veneers properly, so crown lengthening helps to provide more space by exposing more of the natural tooth. We can also use crown lengthening to correct what’s called a “gummy” smile, where you expose an excess of gum tissue when you smile or talk. Crown lengthening treatment exposes more of the natural tooth, reshaping the gum tissue and sometimes recontouring the bone underneath. We can perform crown lengthening procedures on a single tooth or multiple teeth, creating a more aesthetically pleasing smile.

What is the Procedure for Crown Lengthening?

We usually do this procedure under local anaesthetic and will carefully remove the excess gum tissue, so your gums frame your teeth beautifully. Your teeth will already look longer because we have exposed more of the natural structure. It will take a while for your gums to heal, and we will give you precise instructions on how to care for them during this time.