July 5th, 2018
It’s that happy time of year again when the countdown to holiday season is well and truly on. If you’re planning to jet off and enjoy exotic climes, don’t forget to take good care of your smile. The last thing you want is a dental injury to scupper your plans. Here are 4 tips to protect your teeth this summer:
- Book a dental check before you go: if you haven’t been to the dentist in the last 6-12 months, it’s a brilliant idea to book a check-up before you go. Routine checks enable dentists to have a look for any potential problems and warnings signs. If there are issues, your dentist can address them before you go away, reducing the risk of pain and other unpleasant symptoms on your travels.
- Wear a seat belt: we tend to be more relaxed about health and safety when we go abroad. If you’re hiring a car or hailing a cab, always make sure you wear a seat belt like you would at home. If you are involved in accident, your seat belt will help to lower the risk of injuries, including chipped, broken and dislodged teeth.
- Cut down on sugary drinks: many of us like to cool off with a cold fizzy drink when we’re away. It’s important to stay hydrated, but take care when choosing what to drink. Fizzy drinks are laden with sugar and even the diet versions are acidic, which puts the enamel at risk. Stick to water, and if you do fancy something sweet, use a straw and avoid drinking juices and fizzy pop between meals.
- Don’t use your teeth to open bottles: you’re hosting a barbeque and the villa or apartment you’ve rented doesn’t have a bottle opener. What do you do? Hopefully, you wouldn’t choose to try and use your teeth to do the job, but research shows that this is an option many would take. This can chip and break the teeth, leaving you with misshapen, weak teeth.
January 11th, 2018
After weeks of anticipation, the festive period has flown by, and it’s time to approach a brand new year. If you’re looking for inspiration for New Year’s resolutions, why not make your health a priority and pay more attention to safeguarding your smile? Here are 4 things you can do to protect your teeth in 2018:
- Improve your oral hygiene regime: if you don’t already brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time, now is the time to make some changes. Brushing is so important because it removes bacteria and food debris from the mouth before it forms plaque. Set a timer or buy a brush with an inbuilt timer to make sure you brush thoroughly.
- Use fluoride toothpaste: fluoride is a mineral, which can help to reduce the risk of dental decay by strengthening the enamel surface. Using fluoride toothpaste could help to make your teeth stronger and more resistant to cavities.
- See your dentist every 6-9 months: it’s so important to keep up to date with dental checks. Seeing your dentist on a regular basis can reduce the risk of gum disease and decay by up to 60 percent. If you can’t remember the last time you had a check-up, make 2018 the year you see your dentist more.
- Stop snacking: you may think that the only problem related to grazing throughout the day is weight gain, but snacking can also be incredibly harmful for your teeth. When you eat, your enamel weakens temporarily. If you’re eating all the time, this means that your teeth are under constant attack. It’s particularly beneficial to avoid sugary and acidic foods and drinks, which increase the risk of enamel erosion.
December 23rd, 2017
It’s nearly holiday season, and nobody wants to spend their well-earned time off nursing a dental injury. If you’re keen to keep a smile on your face this Christmas, here are 3 top tips to take on board:
- Stick to your oral hygiene regime: just because it’s Christmas doesn’t mean you can give up on brushing. In fact, brushing is even more important than usual given the dazzling array of festive treats most of us tend to consume. Take two minutes to clean your teeth every morning and evening using fluoride toothpaste.
- Go easy on the sugar: it’s Christmas, and for most of us, that means that we have an excuse to eat whatever we want, whenever we want. There’s nothing wrong with indulging over the festive period but try and keep an eye on your sugar intake. You don’t have to have chocolate for breakfast or consume an entire packet of mince pies just because it’s Christmas. Try and avoid eating between meals and wait an hour after eating to brush your teeth to protect your enamel.
- Don’t use your teeth as a bottle opener: we’ve all been there. You’ve got a house full of thirsty guests and you can’t find the bottle opener for love nor money. If this happens, don’t be tempted to use your teeth. This is a very common cause of chips and broken teeth.
April 28th, 2017
Swelling is often a sign of underlying dental issues. If you have swollen gums or your tooth is very painful and the surrounding area of gum tissue is inflamed, we urge you to get in touch. The sooner we see you, the sooner we can help you to feel more comfortable.
What causes swelling?
Swelling is most commonly associated with a dental abscess. An abscess is a fluid-filled sore, which can be found in the tooth or between the tooth and the gum. Abscesses are usually very painful, and they can cause acute throbbing pain. If you have an abscess, the area of gum surrounding the tooth may be swollen and tender, and you may also have a high temperature and feel unwell. If you have an abscess, you need to see a dentist. Dental abscesses are not treated in the same way as other types of abscess. Often, antibiotics are prescribed for abscesses, but with dental abscesses, the sore needs to be drained and removed.
Swelling can also be a sign of gum disease. If the gums are swollen, and they feel sore, this may indicate that you have gingivitis or periodontal disease. Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease, while periodontal disease is more advanced. Other signs you may spot include bleeding when you brush and tenderness. If you think you may have gum disease, it’s wise to see your dentist. Mild gum disease can be treated fairly easily, but severe cases require intensive treatment.
If you have a swollen tooth or your gums are inflamed, don’t suffer in silence. Call us now, and we’ll do our best to have you free from pain in no time.
October 28th, 2016
We offer an array of general and preventative dental services to promote good oral health, as well as cosmetic dentistry, orthodontic services and restorative treatment. Your health is extremely important to us and we recommend regular dental check-ups and sessions with our excellent hygienists.
What are the benefits of seeing a hygienist?
There are so many advantages of adding a hygiene session into your oral health routine. Hygienists are trained to provide dental hygiene treatments, oral health advice and treatment for oral health diseases, such as gum disease, so they really can make a difference to your oral health. Patients who have a high risk of gum disease, those who have active signs of gum disease and those who suffer from issues such as bad breath are often advised to see a dental hygienist on a regular basis.
Hygienists provide cleaning treatments that are much more powerful than brushing at home. They remove bacteria, break up food debris and cleanse the gums, to reduce the risk of gum disease and cavities and tackle plaque and tartar.
I’ve got healthy teeth and gums: do I still need to see a hygienist?
Even if you have strong, healthy teeth and no signs of decay or gum disease, seeing a hygienist is still hugely beneficial and it will help to ensure that you continue to enjoy good oral health. As well as removing any harmful traces of bacteria from your mouth, seeing a hygienist for a cleaning treatment can also help to make your teeth look brighter and whiter and remove surface stains. Your teeth will also feel lovely and smooth and you get a wonderful fresh feeling, which you can’t achieve when you brush at home.
Why is oral health so important?
Oral health is sometimes moved down the list when it comes to health priorities and many patients admit to skipping dental appointments. But we are eager to raise awareness of the importance of good oral health and encourage our patients to stick to regular check-ups and take good care of their teeth and gums at home. Studies have shown that oral health problems are linked to an increased risk of general health problems and brushing the teeth and seeing your dentist on a regular basis can help to cut your risk of developing serious, life-threatening illnesses, including heart disease and strokes.