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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.

Dental Injury and Sport, How to Gain the Most Out of Your Mouthguard

Did you know that most dental injuries occur while people are enjoying sporting and recreational activities? Those aged under 25 are more at risk. Unfortunately, a dental injury can be painful and expensive to treat and can harm the appearance of your smile. It can result in knocked out or chipped teeth, a broken jaw, and cut lips, gums and cheeks. You may need to take time off school or work to recover, and the lifelong costs of restorative dental treatment can add up quickly. We much prefer to help our patients prevent these kinds of injuries by supplying a well-fitting custom mouthguard.

The Advantages of a Custom Fitted Mouthguard

A custom-fitted mouthguard is made to fit your mouth exactly. Because the mouthguard fits over your teeth closely, it is comfortable to wear and offers the best level of shock absorption. It’s a far more cost-effective option than waiting until you have an expensive dental injury.

We can make your mouthguard from a strong tear-resistant material that has no taste or smell. The mouthguard is designed to make sure it doesn’t hinder your breathing and that it cannot fall out during use. Adult mouthguards should last for several years, while a child’s mouthguard 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.

Are Electric Toothbrushes Really Better for Your Teeth?

A good toothbrushing routine is the foundation of an effective preventive dental care plan. Electric and manual toothbrushes both remove dental plaque that otherwise cause tooth decay and gum disease, but electric toothbrushes can be easier to use.

An electric toothbrush has bristles that rotate or vibrate, providing more micro-movements every time you brush your teeth to help remove plaque buildup. Studies have found that generally, they are more effective at reducing plaque compared with manual toothbrushes.
People with limited mobility can find it difficult to hold a manual toothbrush comfortably. An electric toothbrush is designed to do most of the work for you, and the larger handle is easier to grasp firmly.
You need to brush your teeth for two minutes each time to clean all tooth surfaces effectively. Electric toothbrushes usually have built-in timers making the task easier.
Toothbrushes need replacing every three months or sooner if they begin to look worn. With an electric toothbrush, you only need to replace the head rather than throwing away a manual toothbrush.
Anyone with braces needs to ensure they clean around braces thoroughly. Using an electric toothbrush can make it easier to brush more easily.

However, if you prefer a manual brush and have an excellent 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.

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

Cosmetic Dentistry: How We Can Help Improve Your Smile

Cosmetic dentistry procedures are designed to improve the appearance of your smile. Over the past few years, the techniques used in cosmetic dentistry have improved considerably, along with the materials. Now we can create natural-looking smiles custom-designed to enhance your appearance.

Cosmetic Dental Treatments to Consider Include:

Teeth whitening can quickly remove surface stains from teeth, lifting the colour by several shades.
Dental bonding is where tooth coloured composite resin is applied directly to a tooth to change its overall shape, size or colour. We also use this material to fill teeth nearly invisibly.
Dental veneers are individually designed porcelain shells that fit over the front surface of a tooth. They can hide the appearance of teeth that are discoloured internally or which are chipped, worn down or unattractively shaped or spaced.
Adult orthodontics has improved considerably over the past few years, and now there is the option of wearing nearly invisible braces that may be fixed or removable.
If you are missing teeth, consider having dental implants to replace them. This long-lasting treatment is the next best thing to recovering your natural teeth.

If you are considering improving your smile, the best thing to do is to book a consultation. We can listen to your aims Read More

Six Summer Dental Health Tips to Help You Avoid Dental Emergencies

Follow our easy tips to protect you and your family’s oral health this summer.

Make an Emergency Dental Kit

Pack an emergency dental kit to take with you to the beach or when playing sports. Include saline solution and a small container with a lid, gauze and handkerchiefs. Don’t forget our phone number!

Ensure Everyone Follows Pool Safety Rules

Many accidents happen when children (and adults) are swimming and can knock out, chip or loosen teeth. Make sure everyone knows not to run on slippery decks or dive into shallow pools.

Get a Sports Mouthguard

Ensure everyone has a well-fitting mouthguard. We can supply custom-fitted mouthguards providing maximum protection for teeth, gums and lips.

Snack Healthily

Summer snacking can play havoc with dental health so make sure your fridge is stocked with tooth-friendly, tasty treats such as fresh fruits, crunchy veggies and yoghurt-based dips and hummus and cheese. Avoid sugary drinks and juice and instead provide water and milk.

Follow Regular Oral Care Routines

Busy kids might need reminding to brush and floss as usual. If you are out for the day or going on a trip, be sure to pack toothbrushes and toothpaste.

Book Dental Checkups

School holidays are a great time to book your family’s checkups, so they have a Read More

Healthy Teeth, Healthy Mouth, Healthy You

Good overall health is about far more than just taking plenty of exercise and having a healthy diet. It also means taking care of your mouth as this is effectively a window to the rest of your body. When you have a healthy mouth, your body can fight infection and disease more easily.

A healthy mouth is your first line of defence because it includes lymphoid tissue and your tonsils, and it’s their job to recognise harmful bacteria and to fight infection. If you fail to take care of your mouth, it increases your risk of developing respiratory diseases, cardiovascular disease and diabetes complications increases. Also, common dental diseases like a toothache or a dental injury can negatively impact your quality-of-life and your ability to eat drink and talk comfortably.

Protecting Your Oral Health

Even if you haven’t looked after your mouth in the past, it’s never too late to begin. Make sure you brush your teeth at least twice a day using fluoride toothpaste, and floss once-a-day because this removes harmful plaque bacteria from areas that you cannot reach with your toothbrush. Don’t smoke, as this can stain your teeth and gives you bad breath, and it can cause oral cancer. Regular Read More

How to Protect Your Holiday Smile

This holiday season, make it your mission to protect your smile with these easy ideas.

Carol When Cleaning Your Teeth

Creates a playlist of your family’s favourite holiday songs or hum a carol while you brush your teeth. Usually, these songs are about two minutes long which is perfect for ensuring you brush teeth thoroughly. You get extra points for being nice to your teeth if you include another song for flossing.

Don’t Open Your Presents with Your Teeth

A surprising number of people crack or chip teeth while opening Christmas presents or using their teeth as tools. It’s much easier and cheaper to spend the extra few seconds fetching the proper tools.

Make a Welcome Gift Basket for Houseguests

Many people have guests to stay, and nothing is more welcoming than a personalised gift basket. Include items like favourite snacks or cosy socks, and a toothbrush, toothpaste and dental floss make an especially thoughtful touch. These items are frequently forgotten when travelling.

Whiten Your Teeth with Lipstick!

If you didn’t have time to whiten your teeth professionally before the holidays, use a pink or red lipstick with a blue undertone that will help make your teeth look instantly brighter and whiter.

Finally, don’t forget to make your oral Read More