December 23rd, 2018
With a New Year looming, it’s a good time to think about what we can do in the months to come to boost our health and happiness. If you’re looking for ideas for resolutions, why not make your smile a priority for 2019? Here are some top tips to help you protect your teeth:
- Brushing twice a day: if you don’t already make sure you brush your teeth twice a day, every day, now is the time to devote more time and effort to keeping your teeth clean. Brushing is essential for removing plaque and preventing gum disease and cavities. When you brush, reach right into the corners, and cover every individual surface of every tooth. We recommend using fluoride toothpaste and setting a timer for at least 2 minutes.
- Flossing: flossing is an effective way to boost oral hygiene and keep decay at bay. We advise you to floss daily to keep your teeth clean and reduce the risk of plaque formation.
- Dental checks: if you don’t routinely go to the dentist at least once a year, make it your mission to see your dentist more frequently in 2019. Regular checks, every 6-12 months, reduce the risk of oral disease dramatically.
- Mouth guards: if you play contact sports or you enjoy any kind of sporting activity that carries a risk of dental injury, we recommend investing in a high-quality, dentist-made mouth guard.
- Diet: many people choose to switch up their diet in the New Year. Usually, this is designed to get rid of those of extra festive pounds, but changing what you eat can also benefit your teeth and gums. Steer clear of sugary and acidic foods, try not to graze or snack between meals, and eat healthy, balanced meals.
If you need any more advice or information about preventing dental health problems and keeping your smile in check, our dentists will be happy to help! Don’t hesitate to get in touch!
December 8th, 2018
Christmas is almost upon us, and you can bet your bottom dollar, most people are looking forward to indulging in a festive feast. While rich, decadent food is part and parcel of the Christmas celebrations, it is beneficial to keep an eye on what you eat, and to take steps to protect your pearly whites. If you’re looking for some healthy food swaps this winter, here are some festive treats your teeth will love:
- Chocolate-covered Brazil nuts for hazelnuts: chocolate is laden with sugar, which spells bad news for your teeth and gums. Instead of munching on Brazil nuts smothered in chocolate, opt for hazelnuts instead. Hazelnuts are a good source of calcium, which is essential for strong, healthy teeth.
- Sugared almonds for almonds: sugar-coated almonds are a Christmas staple, but they’re also really bad for your teeth. Opt for plain almonds instead. You’ll lower your sugar intake, and almonds are also a great source of calcium.
- Christmas pudding for cheese and grapes: if you’re looking for a tooth-friendly dessert option, a cheese board is the way to go. Cheese is low in sugar and high in protein and calcium, and it has a high pH value, which can help to neutralise acids in the mouth. Add grapes to up your fruit and vegetable intake.
- Sugary cereals for porridge: on Christmas Day, you’ll need all the energy and stamina you can muster to make it through gift opening, roasting a turkey and completing a games marathon, so opt for a substantial, hearty, healthy breakfast. Instead of sugary cereals, go for porridge. Oats are high in fibre and low in sugar, and they also release energy slowly to keep you fuller for longer.
- Brandy butter for crème fraiche: brandy butter is high in fat and it’s also packed with sugar. If you’re looking for a slightly lighter, less indulgent accompaniment for your pudding, go for crème fraiche. You’ll save yourself a load of calories and you’ll also increase your calcium intake.
August 1st, 2018
The sun is shining, the days are long, and many of us are looking forward to enjoying some well-earned time off. This summer, you want to make sure you make the most of your downtime, rather than worrying about dental woes. Nobody wants to spend the holidays nursing an injury or dealing with troublesome toothache. It’s not always possible to prevent accidents and injuries, but here are 5 ways you can protect your smile this summer:
- Book a dental check: whether you’re heading off on holiday or you’re planning a relaxing staycation, it’s a good idea to see your dentist. If you haven’t had a check-up in the last nine months, call and make an appointment before you jet off or take time off. Dental checks enable your dentist to have a look for any problems or signs that you may not be aware of yet, and this can help to prevent decay, gum disease and oral infections.
- Wear a mouth guard if you’re playing sport: if you’re playing sport this summer, don’t forget to protect your teeth. If there’s a risk of dental injury, using a gum shield can help to prevent injuries and keep your smile in check.
- Brush twice a day, every day: brushing is the best way to keep dental disease at bay. Start and finish your day by brushing your teeth for at least 2 minutes using fluoride toothpaste. Set a timer and make sure you cover every individual tooth.
- Steer clear of fizzy drinks: many of us tend to consume more fizzy drinks in the summer, especially on holiday. Fizzy drinks are often packed with sugar, but they’re also acidic, which spells trouble for the enamel. Try and stick to water and if you must have fizzy pop, opt for diet versions and drink them with a meal.
- Wear your seat belt: this may sound very obvious, but it’s amazing how many people go on holiday and adopt a much more relaxed approach to health and safety. If you’re hiring a car or taking a taxi, don’t forget to buckle up. Seatbelts reduce the risk of serious injuries, including dental and facial injuries.
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.