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Start the School Term with a Smile – Three Back-To-School Oral Health Tips

The start of a new school term is ideal for making sure your child has a healthy mouth. These three tips will help set you on the right path.

Bring Your Child to See Our Dentist

Contact us to book your child’s dental exam and cleaning. We will make sure their mouth is free from dental problems, and a dental cleaning ensures they have a clean mouth and fresh breath. If needed, we can talk about other preventive dental care procedures such as fissure sealants and fluoride treatments to help reduce the risk of cavities.

Choose School Snacks Carefully

Healthy snacks will make sure your child has plenty of energy to enjoy the school day without harming their teeth. Avoid packing granola bars and fruit leather as these are packed with hidden sugars. Instead, provide fresh fruit and crunchy vegetables, and cubes of hard cheddar cheese.

Make Oral Care Fun

Twice daily brushing and once-a-day flossing is essential for dental health, so make this task more fun by using stickers that your child can place on a calendar every day when they brush and floss. Get your child to choose a favourite two-minute song to play while they brush their teeth.

Cosmetic Dentistry: How We Can Help Improve Your Smile

Cosmetic dentistry is becoming increasingly popular, and there is a wide range of exciting treatment to help improve your smile. Some, such as teeth whitening, dental bonding and white fillings, and crowns, bridges and veneers, are relatively quick to complete. Others, like braces and dental implants, take longer but can provide results that last for years or life.

Teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dental treatments and the most affordable. Choose from whitening in our dental practice, a procedure that only takes an hour or so. Alternatively, whiten in the privacy of your home with our custom whitening kit.
Dental bonding uses tooth coloured filling material to change the shape or colour of teeth and mend small cracks and chips.
Dental veneers are made from porcelain and can dramatically improve the appearance of stained, chipped or misshapen teeth.
If you have old, discoloured fillings, replacing them can brighten your smile.
Teeth that are damaged or decayed can be hidden and protected with beautiful all-ceramic crowns, while a dental bridge can fill an unsightly gap.

A cosmetic dental consultation with our dentist will allow you to discuss these procedures more fully so that we can provide a custom treatment plan.

Five Bad Habits That Can Damage Your Teeth

Your teeth are amazing as they help you to talk and eat properly and support your facial muscles. However, daily habits can damage them. We’ve listed five of the worst offenders.

Smoking

Smoking increases the risk of gum disease and premature tooth loss and stains your teeth. It can also increase the risk of oral cancer.

Thumb-Sucking

After age 5, thumb-sucking habits can change the shape of the upper jaw, causing an overbite and problems with tooth alignment.

Brushing Your Teeth Too Hard

Brushing your teeth hard won’t clean them any better as it’s all about technique and using a decent toothbrush. Make sure you brush your teeth gently for at least two minutes each time using a soft-bristled toothbrush.

Teeth Grinding

Teeth grinding and clenching, called bruxism is a largely nocturnal habit that can be stress-related. It can cause a range of symptoms, including headaches, jaw pain, tooth sensitivity and worn and fractured teeth.

Nailbiting

Nailbiting can chip or crack your teeth or wear them down. It can also affect your jaw joints, causing a painful disorder called temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD).

If you or another family member has any of these habits, make an appointment to see our dentist. We can offer help and advice on how to break Read More

Be Proud of Your Mouth, The Importance of World Oral Health Day

Did you know it is world oral health Day on the 20th of March? It’s a day when dental professionals worldwide try to raise awareness about the importance of good dental health. This year the theme is “Be Proud of Your Mouth”.

We think it is a wonderful theme and hope to inspire our lovely patients to focus even more on maintaining excellent oral health, and not just during March. While good dental health helps you enjoy all the benefits of a healthy and more attractive smile, it’s especially important for good overall health. Taking care of your teeth and gums can help reduce the risk of serious disease. There is a close connection between dental health and general health, and poor oral health has been associated with several major diseases, including diabetes and heart disease.

Helping You to Be Proud of Your Mouth

It isn’t hard to get a mouth that you can be proud of, and we can help you attain your very best level of dental health simply with regular dental visits combined with excellent oral care at home. If you haven’t visited us for a while, this month is a great time to book that appointment.

Sports and Safety Tips; The Importance of a Custom-Made Mouthguard

These days, more and more children and young adults participate in sports. Unfortunately, the number of sporting accidents has also increased significantly, and young athletes are far more likely to suffer a facial injury and damage to their teeth and jaws when not wearing a well-fitting mouthguard.

If you or another family member does suffer a dental injury, please contact us immediately for assistance and advice. Certain injuries, including knocked out or partly avulsed teeth or teeth that have been pushed into the gum, need urgent dental care. Others may be less urgent, but we can still book an appointment to ensure you get dental care promptly.

Why Choose a Custom Mouthguard?

Ideally, it is better to purchase a custom-made mouthguard from our dental clinic if you or your kids participate in any sport where you could take a blow to the mouth. While you can buy mouthguards over-the-counter, they provide less protection and tend to be far less comfortable to wear, so there is a temptation not to use the mouthguard. Our mouthguards are designed to fit perfectly, are durable and easy to care for and do not affect breathing or speech. They are made from a tough, durable material that is Read More

Our Snack Smart Guide! How to Have an Easy Easter with Your Chocolaty Treats

Enjoy your Easter treats with our easy tips.

Buy Better Quality Chocolate in Smaller Quantities

Instead of bulk buying cheaper chocolate, choose quality over quantity and savour each bite. Remember, darker chocolate is a bit healthier as it contains antioxidants.

Share the Joy

If you do buy too much, you don’t need to eat it all! Instead, share your Easter goodies with family, friends and work colleagues.

Finish a Meal with Chocolate

Have a protein-rich or high fibre meal before eating chocolate, so you are satisfied with a smaller portion. It is also healthier for your teeth because you produce more saliva during a main meal, helping to wash away the chocolate more quickly.

Look for Wholegrain Hot Cross Buns

Hot cross buns are a delicious seasonal treat but look for wholegrain buns with more vitamins and minerals and more fibre.

Have a Little Chocolate Each Day

Researchers have discovered that people who regularly eat chocolate tend to have a lower body mass index than those who don’t normally indulge. But the key is only to eat a little; look for small hollow chocolate eggs so you can enjoy a small portion, rather than larger eggs where it is tempting to eat the lot.

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.

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