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.
May 31st, 2018
The wisdom teeth are usually the last to develop, but they can often make the loudest entrance. Many people experience pain when their wisdom teeth are growing, as a result of a lack of space in the jaw. If you’re suffering, there are steps you can take to alleviate pain and increase comfort. Here are 3 tips:
- Take painkillers: if you’ve got tooth pain caused by your wisdom teeth pushing through, it’s a good idea to take pain relief medication. You can buy tablets over the counter, and you should find that your pain eases after around 15-30 minutes. If you are taking painkillers, make sure you follow the dosage instructions. If you’re taking other forms of medication, ask a pharmacist for advice before you take painkillers.
- Apply an ice pack: when your wisdom teeth erupt, it’s common for the gums to become swollen and sore. If you’ve got painful gums, applying an ice pack can help to ease discomfort and reduce inflammation. Wrap an ice pack in a cloth or a small towel before you apply it to your mouth.
- Contact your dentist: in many cases, wisdom tooth pain comes and goes without any cause for intervention. However, in some cases, pain is persistent, and this may be due to the fact that the tooth is infected or impacted (this means that the tooth has started to grow at an angle and push against the neighbouring tooth). If this is the case, your dentist may recommend extracting the affected tooth. You don’t actually need your wisdom teeth, so if your tooth is causing you a lot of pain, it may be better to take it out. Your dentist will discuss the options with you and help you decide what’s best for you.
If you’re struggling with your wisdom teeth, don’t hesitate to get in touch! Our experienced, friendly dentists will do all they can to put a smile back on your face.
November 14th, 2017
Toothache can make your life a misery. Whether you’re suffering from a dull, persistent ache or shooting pain, there’s nothing worse than trying to contend with toothache when you’re trying to work or enjoy some well-earned time off. If you’ve been suffering for a while or you’ve recently developed severe pain, we are here to help.
What causes toothache?
There are various possible causes of toothache. In many cases, oral pain is linked to cavities, which are holes that form in the surface of the tooth. If you have a cavity, you may also find that your tooth feels weaker and that the pain intensifies when you use that tooth to chew or bite down on food. Toothache can also be caused by dental infections. If you have an abscess, it’s common to experience severe throbbing pain and you may also have a temperature and feel unwell. Toothache may also be a symptom of a dental injury.
What to do if you have toothache
If you have toothache, you don’t have to suffer in silence. It’s always best to get pains checked out just in case they are a sign of an underlying issue such as an abscess or an infection. Call your dentist and make an appointment. If you have very severe pain that has come on suddenly or you’ve been having pain for a while and it has got a lot worse, make an emergency appointment. We will do our best to see you as quickly as possible and find a solution that will make you feel more comfortable.
The first thing we will try and do is find out what’s causing the pain. Once we have this information, we can discuss treatment options with you. If you do have a cavity, we will recommend filling the tooth. If you have an abscess, we will give you some painkillers and then drain and remove the abscess.
If you’re struggling with toothache, give us a call as soon as possible. We’ll have you fighting fit in no time!
October 31st, 2017
Are you having trouble with your wisdom teeth? If so, you’re not alone. Wisdom tooth pain is a very common problem. The good news is that there is almost always a solution. If you’ve been struggling, here are 3 top tips to help you ease discomfort.
- Take painkillers: if you’ve recently started to experience wisdom tooth pain and the pain is mild, try taking painkillers. You can buy over the counter medicines at supermarkets and pharmacies. Taking pain relief medication should only be a short-term measure, so contact your dentist if pain persists. Always remember to follow the dosage instructions and seek advice from your dentist or a pharmacist if you’re unsure what kind of tablets to take.
- See your dentist: if you’ve been suffering with pain for a while or your pain is getting worse, see your dentist. Often, the wisdom teeth cause problems because there’s a lack of space in the jaw, which prevents them from developing properly. If this is the case, the best solution is usually to extract the troublesome teeth. When there isn’t enough space, this can cause the teeth to become impacted, which means that they push against the neighbouring teeth. Removing the teeth should prevent pain and also protect the surrounding teeth.
- Avoid hard and chewy foods: if you’re suffering with toothache, it’s wise to stick to soft foods that don’t require a lot of effort. If you’re biting down on hard foods or eating chewy sweets or well done meat, this could make the pain more intense.
If you’re having issues with your wisdom teeth, don’t hope for the best. Call us now and we’ll arrange an appointment for you. It’s best to nip problems in the bud and we’ll do everything we can to banish pain for good.
September 30th, 2017
Nobody wants to find themselves in a situation where they need urgent assistance for a dental injury. Sadly, accidents happen. It’s not always possible to avoid injuries, but there are certain things you can do to try and lower your risk of dental woes. Here are 5 top tips:
- Wear a mouth guard: if you play sport, and there’s a risk of dental injuries, it’s always a good idea to wear a mouth guard or gum shield. Mouth guards protect your teeth and gums against flying objects, face to face contact and hard surfaces and they can make the difference between keeping and losing your teeth. Visit your dentist for a custom-made, comfortable mouth guard.
- Always wear your seat belt: if you’re travelling in a car, always make sure you have your seat belt on and it is securely fastened. If you are involved in an accident, the belt will prevent you from falling forwards, which will protect your face.
- See your dentist for regular check-ups: seeing your dentist on a regular basis can help to lower the risk of painful dental infections, tooth pain and abscesses. Ideally, you should visit every 6-12 months.
- Don’t use your teeth to open bottles: your teeth are there to break down food, not to open bottles or bite the labels off new clothes. Try and avoid using them in any other way to keep your smile intact for as long as possible.
- Be mouth aware: dental emergencies can crop up suddenly, but sometimes, there are warning signs. Keep an eye on your mouth and look out for symptoms like swollen gums, toothache, bleeding when you brush and heightened sensitivity.
July 31st, 2017
Toothache can be incredibly troubling. Nobody wants to battle pain, let alone worry about what’s causing it. If you’re nervous about toothache, and you’re apprehensive about seeing a dentist, we are here to help. We promise you that you’re in expert hands. We are a really friendly bunch, and we have many years of experience in treating anxious patients. If you’re struggling, call us now. Our team is ready and raring to go and we’ll do everything possible to get you smiling again in no time at all.
What causes toothache?
The first thing we will try and ascertain when you come and see us is what’s causing your pain. Once we know the answer to this question, we can start thinking about the best treatment options. Commonly, toothache is caused by decay. Sometimes, when you bite down you may feel the pain intensify in your tooth. It may also be possible to feel a cavity in the tooth if you run your tongue along the surface. If you have a cavity (a hole in the tooth), the best course of action is to place a filling. This will restore the tooth and prevent harmful bacteria reaching other parts of the tooth.
Sometimes, toothache can be symptomatic of a dental abscess, a fluid-filled sore, which develops as a result of infection. Dental abscesses are not the same as abscesses that form in other parts of the body, so you’ll need to see a dentist if you think you may have an abscess. Usually, abscesses are treated with antibiotics, but in the case of dental abscesses, they will need to be drained and removed. Symptoms of an abscess include throbbing, severe pain, swelling, and generally feeling unwell. If you have these symptoms, get in touch as soon as possible, as the sooner abscesses are treated, the better.
If you have toothache, you may be nervous about calling the dentist, but we are here to help. We will do our best to see you as quickly as possible and relieve your pain. Our dentists are caring and gentle, and we use the latest techniques and technology to minimise pain.
July 3rd, 2017
Dentures are an effective means of replacing lost teeth, but they can only do their job properly if they’re in good condition and they fit well. If your denture has come loose or it is damaged, we strongly recommend giving us a call. We offer swift denture repairs and we can also replace damaged and ill-fitting dentures.
What to do if your denture breaks
Dentures are robust, but they’re not immune to damage. Accidents can happen, and if you drop your denture or it gets crushed by something, the best thing to do is give us a call. We’ll try and fit you in as soon as possible, and we can get started on either trying to repair or replace the damaged denture. Don’t try and soldier on with a broken denture, as you may find that it causes you pain and discomfort and you won’t be able to speak or eat properly.
We recommend avoiding DIY dental repairs, as it’s possible that you’ll end up doing more harm than good.
Denture care tips
Sometimes, it’s impossible to avoid or prevent accidents. However, there are some things you can do to reduce the risk of denture damage. We advise all our patients to schedule regular dental checks. Even if you have no natural teeth remaining, it’s important to see your dentist so that they can have a look at your gums and check the fit and condition of your denture. Your mouth changes shape constantly, so a denture won’t last forever. It will need adjusting or replacing periodically to ensure that it fits you perfectly and prevent sore spots. When you’re cleaning your denture, do it over a basin filled with water or place a cloth or towel on the surface. This will reduce the risk of the denture breaking if you drop it while you’re cleaning it. When you’re not using your denture, keep it in a glass of lukewarm water. Don’t use boiling water to cleanse the appliance, as hot water can cause it become misshapen.
If you have a denture and you’re worried that it may be damaged or broken, don’t hesitate to give us a call.
May 26th, 2017
Did you know that gum disease is the most common cause of tooth loss in adults living in Great Britain? Gum disease can be very serious, but the good news is that it is preventable. Here are some tips to help you protect your gums and some more information about the services we offer to prevent and treat gum disease.
What you can do at home
Gum disease occurs when bacteria present in plaque irritates the gums. This causes them to become red, swollen, and sore. Many people first suspect that they may have gum disease when they notice traces of blood after spitting when they clean their teeth. To prevent gum disease, the best thing you can do is try and eliminate the chances of plaque forming in the first place. Brushing twice-daily and daily flossing help to remove bacteria and food debris before they can combine with saliva to form plaque. Your diet is also really important. Try and make sure that you stick to your recommended daily intake of sugar and avoid snacking throughout the day.
We also recommend attending regular check-ups. Our dentists are trained to detect the very early warning signs of gum disease, and they can address potential problems before they become more advanced. Ideally, we recommend 6-12 monthly checks. However, if you notice symptoms, call and book an appointment as soon as possible.
Treating gum disease
In the early stages, gum disease (gingivitis) is relatively easy to manage. However, if it is left to progress, it can cause irreparable damage to the gums. The bone tissue, which supports the teeth and gums also becomes damaged, and this results in the teeth becoming loose and eventually falling out. Treatment for advanced gum disease (periodontitis) involves long-term management, frequent cleaning and plaque and tartar removal treatments and sometimes even surgery.
If you’re keen to find out more about gum disease, call us today.
May 5th, 2017
Summer is coming, and many of us will be looking forward to enjoying nights on the town that don’t involve shivering while you wait for a taxi or trying desperately to avoid downpours as you leave a bar. If you’re planning a night out for a special occasion or you’re catching up with old friends over a drink or two, spare a thought for your teeth. Many of the treats we tend to indulge in after a night out are laden with sugar. Here are some healthier options to get your teeth into:
Whole grain toast: toast is a staple post-night out snack. White bread certainly isn’t the worst thing you can eat, but try and make sure you opt for wholemeal bread, as it has lower sugar content. Wholemeal bread also contains more fibre, which is good for your digestive health.
Dairy products: many drinks are acidic, so tucking into a snack or meal that contains dairy products is beneficial for your teeth. Milky drinks, cheese, and yoghurts are good sources of calcium, which is important for strong bones and teeth, but they also have a high pH value. Dairy products neutralise acids in the mouth, reducing the risk of enamel erosion.
Strawberries: if you fancy something sweet when you get home, don’t reach for the biscuit tin or open a bag of sweets. Instead, raid the fruit bowl and treat yourself to some juicy strawberries. Strawberries are rich in vitamin C, which is good for your gums, and the rough skin also acts as a natural stain remover. Strawberries also contain malic acid, which whitens the teeth.
When you’ve been out for a few drinks, it can be tempting to indulge in some unhealthy snacks when you get in. The next day, you may regret your choices, especially if you wake up with toothache or an upset stomach. Try and stick to healthy options like those listed above, and don’t forget to drink plenty of water.