Helpful hints and tips on how to prevent tooth decay and keep your teeth and gums healthy.

Hygienist or Oral Health Therapist

Therapist or hygienist? Oral Health Therapy is a four year full time Bachelor degree course differing slightly from the qualification of Dental Hygienist. An oral health therapist, in addition to scaling and polishing, root scaling and deep cleaning for gum disease, can also diagnose and carry out treatments including fillings in children. Both practitioners can take dental…

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Smoking – teeth and gums

Smoking affects oral health too. While it is widely understood that smoking and nicotine cause a range of medical problems and diseases, it is likely that fewer of us know about the damage caused to the mouth, teeth and gums. Staining is caused directly from the nicotine and tar in tobacco. The teeth look yellow, and can…

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Brushing your teeth after eating

Wait before you brush. . . Brushing your teeth straight after eating is not the best idea. Oral bacteria attack the remnants of food on and around the teeth causing acids to accumulate in the saliva. A process known as demineralisation occurs which, for a short time makes tooth enamel more porous. At this time, the enamel…

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Pregnancy & Oral Hygiene

What pregnancy means for your teeth: Pregnancy brings a change in hormones which can effect the gums, in turn making them more susceptible to inflammation or gum disease. Therefore, it is a great time to check on and, if necessary, improve your daily dental regime. Also, having a dental check-up before the morning sickness and…

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What are Interdental Brushes?

What are they? Interdental brushes are small conical brushes ideal for cleaning between your teeth, much like dental floss. This is particularly important for preventing gum disease in these hard-to-reach areas. When to use an interdental brush They are especially helpful for cleaning around orthodontic braces or splints, as well as those areas you just can’t reach…

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Mouth Ulcers

About mouth (Aphthous) ulcers: Mouth ulcers are lesions or breaks in the delicate lining, also known as the mucosa, of the mouth. Their appearance and location, along with associated symptoms (for example fever) can assist in diagnosis. Causes  can include accidental biting of the cheek, friction with a sharp or broken tooth, a burn from food, a side…

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Plaque and why it should be removed

Plaque hardens into tartar  Particles of food stick to plaque which is a clear film that naturally coats the teeth. Bacteria within the mouth are attracted to this food debris, paticularly carbohydrates, and release acids as they feed and multiply. In the early stages it is easily removed by thorough brushing.     With time, Salts in…

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