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Our top tip on letting your kids eat candy this Halloween

Are you one of those people who typically hordes their Halloween treats for months on end? Here is some surprising news, as it can be better for your dental health to eat all your sweets at once! Unfortunately, this doesn’t mean eating lots of sweets is good for you, but it is better for your teeth.

Whenever you eat something sweet, bacteria feed on the leftover sugars and starches, forming plaque and creating acid as a byproduct. Eventually, the acid weakens tooth enamel, creating cavities in teeth that gradually grow larger over time. The longer your teeth are exposed to sugars, the greater the damage, and therefore it is better to have one large indulgence than spreading your Halloween haul out over several weeks or months. Although eating lots of sweets all at once isn’t good for your overall health, it doesn’t really matter from an oral health perspective. The bacteria in your mouth will reach a threshold where they cannot work any harder to produce more acid.

An alternative approach is to eat only a select few of your favourite sweets and to donate the rest. Whichever approach you take, remember to brush and floss afterwards, but wait at least half Read More

Learn the Secrets of Having a Healthier Smile

Having a beautiful, healthy smile could be simpler than you think by following our easy tips.

See Your Dentist Frequently

Most people need to see their dentist at least twice yearly, but some will benefit from more frequent visits. It’s a preventative approach that can save your teeth, not to mention a lot of money and time.

Don’t Wait Until You Feel Pain

Unfortunately, some people will wait until they have a dental problem that causes pain before seeing the dentist. By this stage, treatment is most likely more invasive and more expensive, or worse we may not be able to save your teeth.

Dental Checkups Could Save Your Life

Gum disease, a common dental problem is associated with other serious health problems, including heart disease, and the bacteria that cause gum disease have been found in heart arteries. Seeing the dentist frequently helps to protect your overall health.

Scared of Seeing the Dentist? Change Your Dental Practice

If you are scared of seeing the dentist, you are probably visiting the wrong dental practice. Here at City Dental, we are experienced in helping people overcome deep-seated dental fears and anxieties and treat every person with compassion and respect. Our gentle dental team can work with you to find Read More

Tips for Adjusting to Wearing Fixed Braces

Any new dental appliance requires a period of adjustment and braces are no exception. These easy tips will help you get used to your new braces.

Coping with Any Discomfort

Initially, your teeth may feel a bit tender. Any discomfort can be relieved using over-the-counter medication. You may also find that your lips, cheeks and tongue feel sore for the first one or two weeks as they adjust to your braces. It can help to use orthodontic wax to cover any part of the brace irritating your mouth. Using a warm salt water rinse will help your mouth feel more comfortable.

Eating with Braces

The first few days after fitting, stick to eating softer foods that are easy to chew until your mouth feels entirely comfortable. You will need to avoid any foods that are very chewy, crunchy or sticky, as well as hard foods that could damage or break your braces. Foods that you usually bite into, such as apples or corn on the cob can still be enjoyed if you cut them into smaller pieces so you can chew them using only your back teeth.

Good oral hygiene is crucial while wearing braces but don’t worry, we will show you how to brush Read More

Is Your Mouth Too Dry?

Most of us take saliva for granted but it plays an important role in keeping the mouth fresh, clean and comfortable. Dry mouth, a condition called xerostomia is caused by insufficient saliva which can be due to a variety of reasons, including medical conditions and medications. Whatever the cause, City Dental is here to help you.

Treating Dry Mouth

It is important to get treatment for dry mouth because it increases the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. We can discuss ways to manage this risk which may include more frequent professional cleanings. Our dentists can prescribe artificial saliva to help your mouth feel more comfortable and we can talk about self-help measures, including sucking sugar-free sweets or gum and remaining well hydrated. If we think the problem is due to prescription medications, we might suggest you see your GP, but please don’t stop taking any medications without first talking to them.

Dental Cavities: Is Your Child at Risk?

Many children will develop cavities in their teeth, even though their parents try to take good care of their oral health. Often the reason for tooth decay can be due to eating seemingly healthy foods that contain high levels of hidden sugars; fruit juices and granola are two examples. Another possible cause is baby bottle tooth decay, when a child is sent to bed with a sugary drink such as milk, formula or juice. Some parents are also unsure of the need to look after a child’s milk teeth.

Ideally, your child should begin regular preventative dental care soon after their first tooth appears. This allows them to become accustomed to regularly seeing a dentist and we can provide useful advice on how best to care for your child’s teeth at home. As your child grows up, we can work with them directly and our experienced dental therapist will show them the best way to brush and floss on their own.

With the correct dental care your child can grow up with a healthy, cavity-free smile.

Get Your Dental Health Back on Track

Why It’s Vital to Look after Your Teeth and Gums

Even if you are very busy, a good oral care routine will only take a few minutes each day and you only need to put aside approximately one hour every six months for regular checkups and cleans. This simple routine will save you time and money in the longer term, preventing many common dental diseases.

If you are overdue for a checkup, why not get your dental health back on track this month by booking an appointment with us here at City Dental? We would love to see you and our dental team has some great tips on how to make your brushing and flossing routine quick and effective.

Why Doesn’t Everyone Have Wisdom Teeth?

Wisdom teeth generally make their appearance during the late teens and early 20s, but not everybody has these teeth. It’s estimated that approximately a third of people are born without wisdom teeth. Your wisdom teeth are your third molars situated right at the back of the mouth. There are usually four wisdom teeth, one in each quarter. However, some or all these teeth may fail to develop.

If you don’t have any wisdom teeth, don’t worry as it’s thought this could be due to evolution. Originally, we needed these extra molars to chew food more effectively as our diet was rougher and contained more raw foods. Nowadays, we tend to eat softer foods that require less chewing. Consequently, many people have smaller jaws that cannot even accommodate these extra teeth, which is why wisdom teeth frequently cause problems when they try to erupt. It could be that not having wisdom teeth is actually a blessing!

Should Wisdom Teeth Be Removed?

Traditionally, wisdom teeth were often removed regardless of whether they would cause problems. Nowadays, we can closely monitor the position of your wisdom teeth as they develop in your jaws. Dentists don’t remove wisdom teeth unless they cannot erupt properly or are likely Read More

Can Dental Hygiene Affect Fertility?

Inadequate dental hygiene can affect fertility in both sexes. Gum disease and tooth decay have been linked with poor sperm health and sperm quality in men, while in women poor dental health may increase the time needed to conceive. Most of the research into the connection between dental health and fertility focuses on periodontal disease or gum disease. Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection and can easily develop if you fail to brush and floss properly and do not visit your dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings.

Women with periodontal disease may be more likely to suffer infertility or problems during IVF treatment, or to have a miscarriage.  In men, poor oral health has been associated with a lower sperm count and reduced sperm motility. Periodontal disease and tooth decay are caused by a bacterial infection, creating an immunological response as the body fights the infection. It’s thought this immunological response could potentially lead to the immune system attacking healthy cells, including sperm cells.

If you are planning a baby, it’s a great idea to make sure you are up-to-date with your dental check-ups and cleanings. Good oral health could potentially reduce the time needed to conceive and helps to protect your Read More

Which Are the Best Vitamins and Minerals for Healthy Teeth?

You already know you need a nutritious diet for a healthy body, but there are four vitamins and minerals that are essential for good dental health. These will help to strengthen your tooth enamel and your gums and jawbone naturally.

Calcium

Calcium is one of the most important minerals for good dental health because it strengthens tooth enamel, providing some protection against tooth decay. Sugar-free dairy products are a good source of calcium, but so are almonds, beans and leafy greens.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D helps your body absorb calcium more effectively, boosting bone strength and supporting healthy teeth. Some foods are fortified with vitamin D, such as dairy products and cereal. Sitting in the sun for 15 minutes a day with your face and arms exposed allows your body to make vitamin D naturally.

Phosphorus

Phosphorus helps your body to rebuild and re-harden tooth enamel, playing a critical role in dental health. You will find phosphorus in foods that are protein-rich such as eggs, meat, fish and poultry.

Vitamin A

Vitamin A helps to keep your gums strong and healthy while building tooth enamel. It tends to be found in foods that are orange such as carrots, sweet potatoes and cantaloupe.

What Are Dental Implants and How Can They Help?

Dental implants are an advanced way to restore missing teeth, consisting of a small titanium post that artificially replaces a tooth root. The post is surgically inserted into the jaw where it bonds with the bone. During the second stage of treatment, an abutment is attached to the post and is used to support the replacement tooth. Dental implants are excellent for replacing single or multiple teeth with implant supported crowns, bridges and even full dentures. Often a full arch of teeth can be supported with as few as four dental implants using an advanced implant technique called All-on-Four.

Why Choose City Dental for This Treatment?

This is an extremely skilled procedure that requires meticulous planning to ensure you receive implant-supported teeth that not only look and feel good, but which are fully functional. City Dental is equipped with all the technology required to plan and place dental implants. We use computer-guided surgery to ensure each dental implant is optimally placed for long-term success. Using computer-guided surgery also ensures treatment is smoother and more comfortable for our patients. Our technology and skills allow us to carry out sophisticated treatments including bone grafting and sinus lifts that are frequently required for implant surgery.

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