All Posts in Category: Preventive Dentistry

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How to recognise, treat and prevent a dry socket

Firstly, just what is a dry socket? Alveolar osteitis or dry socket is a painful condition that occurs following tooth extraction in adults. Usually, a blood clot forms at the site of the tooth extraction and protects the bone and nerve endings and aids recovery. Where a blood clot doesn’t develop or becomes dislodged this is known as a dry socket.

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7 reasons to visit your dental hygienist

Did you know that a dental hygienist can do a lot more than just scale and polish your teeth? Hygienists are specially trained professionals who are able to prevent and treat gum disease as well as provide dental advice based on your dental hygiene. In this blog, we’ll take a look at the 7 reasons why you should book in a regular visit to your dental hygienist as well as your dentist.

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What causes your teeth to become rough

Do your teeth feel smooth to the touch when you run your tongue over them? Or, do they have a rough surface? Those with rough teeth should get their teeth checked by a dentist as it is a sure sign that your teeth need some attention. In this blog, we’ll take a look at some of the common causes of tooth erosion and also some of the solutions that can help you get the smile you’ve always dreamt of.

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Preventative dentistry starts with regular check-ups

Healthy mouths chew more easily, are less prone to sensitivity and are less likely to need fillings in the future. Good oral hygiene always starts at home, but preventative dentistry at the clinic is just as important.

Regular check-ups with your dentist are necessary for good oral health. We recommend you visit your dentist every 6 to 12 months.

Regular check-ups help spot the earliest signs of tooth decay and gum disease, allowing these problems to be sorted before they escalate into anything serious. Your dentist can also help you understand how to take care of your teeth. This can differ between patients, making personalised advice invaluable.

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How To Practice Good Oral Hygiene

A regular, strong oral hygiene routine is the key to having healthy teeth and gums, now and into the future. If you’re looking for the best way to avoid problems with your teeth, as well as issues such as bad breath, then getting into a regular positive oral hygiene routine will be key.

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5 Ways To Keep Your Teeth Healthy At Christmas

Christmas is a wonderful time for food, fun, gifts and family – but it’s not such a great event for your teeth. Sugary foods, extra alcohol and letting oral hygiene routines slip can all have a negative impact, leaving you with some dental problems to solve come the new year. So, we’ve prepared 5 ways to keep your teeth healthy at Christmas that you can use to help keep your teeth healthy this festive season!

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Mouth Cancer – Know The Risks

Mouth cancer is one of the least well-known cancers but has a higher proportion of deaths per number of cases than breast cancer, cervical cancer or skin melanoma. Mouth cancer has a mortality rate of around 1,700 people per year, despite treatment, and this figure is predominantly the result of late detection. It’s important to find out about mouth cancer so that you know the symptoms and the risks.

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Why Preventative Dentistry Is Important

Here at Smilepad we spend a lot of time fixing problems that have arisen with people’s teeth that originate from a lack of care.

Tooth decay, cavities and periodontal disease are just some of the issues we deal with on a daily basis, all of which can have long lasting effects on oral health.

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3 Signs of Gum Disease

Gum disease is often underestimated as a problem for oral health. There are different types of gum disease and these can affect your mouth and health to varying degrees. Gingivitis is probably the most common type of gum disease, an early sign that there may be problems to deal with. Without treatment, gingivitis can progress to periodontitis, which can cause gums to shrink back from teeth and may be responsible for tooth loss, as well as dental pain. Perhaps the most dramatic type of gum disease is acute necrotising ulcerative gingivitis, which causes bad breath, ulcers and fever.

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A Guide to Spring Cleaning Your Teeth

You’ve cleaned out the cupboards, thrown out old clothes, reinvigorated the garden and dusted the house from top to bottom ready for the warmer months, but that’s not where your spring clean should end. Now that you’ve finished preparing your home it’s time to move on to your mouth with these great tips for an oral spring clean.

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