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Dental anxiety – how you can overcome it and face your fear

We all know how important it is to visit the dentist regularly, but for some people, the mere thought of the dentist sends shivers down their spine and leaves them feeling nervous and anxious. And, while you may associate a fear of dentists with children, dental anxiety affects as many as 1 in 6 adults. There are different types of anxiety but most commonly these cause people to stop visiting the dentist and delay appointments until absolutely necessary. In this article, we’ll look at some of the ways that you can help overcome your fears.

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5 Reasons to book a visit to a dental hygienist

Most people understand that regular dental check-ups are important to help keep their mouth healthy but very few think that a visit to a dental hygienist is beneficial. In this article, we’ll take a look at the reasons why you should be visiting a dental hygienist as part of your dental hygiene routine and why it is beneficial.

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6 ways a dentist can improve your smile

Is your smile letting you down and ruining your confidence? Would you like to replace missing or broken teeth, or fight the staining caused by tea, coffee or smoking? If you are looking to improve your smile, then your dentist can help. In this blog, we’ll take a look at the 6 ways that your dentist can help you get a whiter, brighter and better smile and cover some of the best options available to you.

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Sugary snacks that you should definitely avoid

We all know that sugar is bad for us and that we should try to cut down as much as possible, but it can temptation can sometimes get the better of us. In this blog, we’ll take a look at some of the sugary snacks that you should definitely avoid if you want to minimise your sugar intake and keep it in line with the World Health Organisation guidelines. And, while some of the items on this list are obvious, you may be surprised by others.

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Are you damaging your teeth in your sleep?

While we’re all aware of the detrimental effects that sugary food and drinks can have on our teeth, not many people realise that they could be damaging their teeth while they sleep. Jaw clenching and teeth grinding known as bruxism can cause just as much damage to our teeth during the day or at night while we sleep. In this blog, we’ll look at what causes bruxism and how it can be treated.

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Signs that your wisdom teeth need removing

Wisdom teeth generally come in during your late teens to mid-twenties and date back to a time when our jaws were larger and could accommodate this additional row of teeth. And, because our jaws have shrunk, wisdom teeth can cause pain and other problems. In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the signs to look out for that could indicate that you need your wisdom teeth to be extracted.

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Gum disease and how it affects your health

Gum health is one of those topics that most people don’t really know much about. We all know the importance of looking after our teeth but when it comes to our gums the majority of people don’t know what the signs of unhealthy gums are. In this article, we’ll take a look at the function of the gums, how gum disease affects your health and how best to prevent it to help avoid gingivitis and periodontal disease.

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Orthodontics aren’t just for teenagers

When you think of braces the image that probably springs to mind is an awkward looking teenager with metal braces on their teeth, but times they are a-changing. Thanks in part to social media and reality TV programmes adults are now increasingly likely to seek out a straighter and whiter smile than ever before. In fact, according to recent statistics from The British Orthodontic Society, 80% of private orthodontic treatments carried out are for patients aged between 26 and 55.

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Why you shouldn’t ignore a chipped or broken tooth

Chipping or cracking a tooth is something that is relatively common with adults and children alike. While enamel is an incredibly strong substance biting hard substances such as ice can easily cause damage and chip your teeth. Teeth grinding and tooth decay can also cause your teeth to break or chip. And, while it may be tempting to just ignore a chipped tooth, especially if it is a back tooth, in this article we’ll look at the reasons why you shouldn’t ignore it.

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7 questions that we get asked about dental crowns

Thinking of getting a dental crown but not sure if it is the right choice for you? Or, perhaps you just have a couple of questions that you need answers for. In this article, we’ll answer common questions that we get asked about crowns as well as some general guidance on the procedure.

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At SmilePad Centres the health, well-being and safety of our patients, their families and our people is our priority. We have dentists’ on-hand to help with dental emergencies and give support and advice on any dental concern, and should you need emergency face-to-face support, then they will direct you to the best available support location for your needs. Please call your nearest practice for more information. We appreciate your understanding during this unusual time. Stay safe and we look forward to seeing you soon.
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