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3 10, 2015

Three Tips For Whiter Teeth

By |October 3rd, 2015|Dentistry|0 Comments

Just like having a great haircut, having an attractive smile that you are proud of can really make you feel fantastic. Having whiter teeth can also make you look younger, so it is no wonder that celebrities and indeed anyone in the spotlight makes sure they keep their teeth as white as possible. The good news is that there are many ways to ensure your teeth stay looking heir best, apart from your normal brushing and flossing dental routine. Let’s look at 3 of the ways you can guarantee your smile lights up a room.

Avoiding Food And Drinks That Can Stain Your Teeth

The list of food and drinks that you should avoid because they can stain your teeth is a fairly long one, but don’t get disheartened – don’t forget that most of the negative effects can be avoided as long as you remember to brush your teeth soon after eating or drinking. Unsurprisingly, most of the foods that can add to long-term staining of your teeth are also the ones that will stain your clothes. These include dark berries such as blueberries, red sauces such as marinara, soy and tomato sauce and mustards. The list of drinks to avoid includes cola, red wine, tea and coffee. Interestingly, acidic drinks such as orange juice and clear sodas can erode the enamel from the teeth, making them more susceptible to staining in the future.

Eating Raw Vegetables And Fruits

We all know that we should probably be eating more healthy foods, but something that most people don’t realise is that eating raw and crunchy fruits and vegetables can actually help clean and whiten teeth. Foods such as raw apples, nuts and carrots work as natural abrasives, cleaning […]

19 08, 2015

Overcoming The Fear of the Dentist

By |August 19th, 2015|Dentistry|0 Comments

It is estimated that between five and ten percent of all people have a fear of going to the dentist which prevents them from maintaining adequate oral hygiene. Interestingly, most people associate this kind of fear with an aversion to pain, but more accurately people are generally suffering a fear around loss of control which is much deeper rooted because most dental procedures now are virtually pain free.

When you think about it more closely, going to the dentist for what many people think of as the most painful procedure like a root canal is actually the end of the pain, not the beginning. Generally, people who require a root canal have been coping with pain previously and normally in a single session with accompanying pain relief, the pain is gone.

With all of that said, the bigger question is, how do you overcome these fears and cope with the situation?

There are a few small things you can do to help relax yourself before and during a trip to the dentist’s chair that will make the whole process much easier.

If possible, bring someone you trust with you on your first visit to the dentist. Have them sit with you in the waiting room and keep you company while you wait. Having people near us who we trust in stressful situations makes it easier for us to cope. Instinctively, our closest friends and family will also do their best to reassure us that everything is going to be fine. Telling the dentist of your fears can also often help alleviate them. They are used to dealing with clients who are anxious and they may be able to help you through it.

A simple way to relax yourself is […]

27 06, 2015

What Is Gingivitis?

By |June 27th, 2015|Dentistry|0 Comments

Do you ever notice that your gums might bleed a little after brushing your teeth? This may be a sign that you have a dental condition called gingivitis. It may sound scary, but actually it’s very common and easily treatable with good oral hygiene and regular visits to your dentist. Gingivitis is actually a form of mild gum disease, however if left without treatment it can turn into a more serious condition which often requires specialist intervention. Recently gum disease has even been linked to other serious health problems such as diabetes and heart disease.

Apart from bleeding after brushing or flossing your teeth, some other symptoms of gingivitis include:

Swelling of your gums
A change in colour from normal pink to a darker red colour
Bad breath
Gums that seem to be receding or moving back or away from your teeth

You can also have gingivitis without having any symptoms and because it is a painless condition you may not notice the changes occurring in your gums. Once you visit your dentist they will be able to detect any signs of gingivitis and will be able to recommend that you adopt good oral hygiene practices to avoid it getting any worse. Obviously the sooner you correct the problem the less damage your gums and teeth will be subjected to.
What Is Good Oral Hygiene?
If your dentist does detect signs of gingivitis, they will recommend that you stick to a regular routine of good oral hygiene. This will include brushing at least twice a day with a soft bristled toothbrush. Some people think that a hard or medium bristled toothbrush will really help remove any build up on the teeth, however most dentists believe that vigorous brushing with anything but a […]