Is Laser Teeth Whitening Harmful?

Teeth whitening using lasers is a safe procedure when carried out by qualified personnel. Great care is taken with the whitening agent to ensure that contact with teeth, gums and tissue is kept to a minimum. Precautions include the use of: Low heat lasers to avoid damaging teeth Rubber dams over the gums to minimise […]

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Infection Or Abscess? Know The Difference

An infection in the tooth starts when a nerve dies or becomes damaged. If action is not taken, the infection can then spread up the nerve to the gum and an abscess can form. If you experience pain or notice a lump/swelling on the gum, consult your dentist. If caught in time, root canal treatment […]

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Diagnostic chewing gum for post-implant dental inflammation

A team of German researchers have invented a diagnostic tool in the form of chewing gum, that can detect inflammation in the oral cavity. Key takeaways: – The chewing gum works by releasing a bitter agent if any bacterial inflammation is present in the mouth, prompting the patient to visit their dentist for early diagnosis […]

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Find Out The Facts About Oral Cancer Screening

Oral cancer is a rare but dangerous disease. Screening is quick, pain-free and can take place during routine appointments with your dentist. The procedure is recommended for adults over eighteen and earlier if tobacco is being used prior to this age. – Warning signs include: sores which don’t heal, pain or numbness, red/white patches or […]

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Should I worry about having a dry mouth?

Having a dry mouth can damage your teeth. Without adequate saliva food debris can get stuck between teeth and form plaque while harmful acids attack the enamel on your teeth. Key takeaways – Sip water regularly to keep hydrated – Let your dentist know what medications you take because some can cause dry mouth – […]

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How Our Genes Could Influence Our Oral Health

Inherited from our parents, our genes influence the way we look, act and view the world. In addition, research suggests that our genetic make-up could affect our risk of developing gum disease, tooth decay and even the likelihood of requiring braces. Experts, however, emphasise that our lifestyles still have the greatest impact of all upon […]

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What is ‘dry socket’ and how can it be avoided?

Dry socket can occur after wisdom teeth have been removed. Following the procedure, blood clots form to protect the area whilst it heals and it important that these remain intact, in order to avoid dry socket developing. Avoid touching the area unnecessarily. Smoking, carbonated drinks and using straws can delay healing. Brush and floss regularly […]

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Do I need antibacterial dental products?

Our bodies have an amazing ability to keep us healthy naturally. Using antibacterial toothpastes and mouthwashes might interfere with those natural cycles. Some experts suggest it can lead to deficiencies in nitric oxide production – which can cause ill health. Your tongue is especially sensitive to antibacterials, and mouthwash containing triclosan can kill the good […]

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Drinking your way to a healthier smile

Your dental health can be greatly improved by drinking certain beverages. Your dentist can provide more advice on this topic. Key takeaways: Black or green tea contain antioxidants which have been shown to prevent periodontal decay by eliminating harmful bacteria. Keep your tea sugar-free for optimum benefit! Water stimulates the production of saliva which is […]

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