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Should children use fluoride toothpaste?

Fluoride is naturally occurring in rocks, water, and soil. When it comes into contact with teeth, it is absorbed into the surface of the tooth making it more resistant to decay or acid erosion. Fluoride has been used in toothpastes for several decades and there are many studies showing its effectiveness in reducing tooth decay… Read More…

Looking after your teeth at Christmas time (aka eat and drink all day – day)

As this festive time is upon us we know that normal dietary habits can often go out the window which can wreak havoc on your dental health. So we’ve put together a few tips on how to avoid the usual aftermath of sensitive teeth and dental erosion, but we appreciate that the silly season can… Read More…

What’s the deal with Colgate Total and Triclosan?

Many people may have concerns about the safety of the Triclosan contained in Colgate Total following recent media coverage. A lot of the information in this coverage has been shown to be false when fact checked by Snopes, but that doesn’t mean that there is no reason for concern. What Is Triclosan? Triclosan is an… Read More…

Combat Cold sores with Honey and Lasers!

A recent Listener article (Feb 2017) discusses an interesting new study which is looking to establish whether honey – a known wound healer – is as an effective cold sore treatment as Acyclovir, which is considered the gold-standard for cold-sore treatment. So far, 450 participants with a cold sore that has already formed a blister… Read More…

Your two-minute guide to sensitive teeth

We all feel a hot or cold sensation in our mouths when eating an ice cream or hot soup, but for people who suffer with teeth sensitivity, the pain can be uncomfortable enough to put them off eating ice cream for life – unthinkable! Recent reports reveal that tooth sensitivity is on the rise, and… Read More…

Making brushing fun for kids

If you are a parent do you struggle with motivating your kids to brush? Here are a couple of little songs that may make the process a bit easier and a lot more fun!

Simply You Magazine Article

Our dentist Jeremy Bywater was recently asked by Simply You magazine to contribute to an article in their Body and Beauty edition. Click on the link below to view the article. Anti-age your smile article

Tooth Whitening helps fight tooth decay!

I often encounter patients who would like to whiten their teeth but are worried that it might damage their enamel. This idea may have stemmed from non-dentists previously offering whitening with un-safe chlorine based materials which are also sold online. Not only is professional tooth whitening completely safe but home whitening in trays made by… Read More…

Stained Teeth

Stained or discoloured teeth can add years to your appearance. Surprisingly, some of the foods that stain your teeth are extremely good for your health.  Even short-term exposure of the tooth enamel to some foods can cause discolouration. Knowing which foods can possibly stain your teeth and learning how to minimize risks can be of great… Read More…

Tired of Headaches?

When your bite is healthy, it’s physiologically sound and the top jaw is aligned with your bottom jaw. This means that your bite is in an optimal position, the muscles are calm and relaxed and your jaw functions comfortably.  A number of issues can affect the alignment of your jaw, from losing teeth to having teeth wear down unevenly. … Read More…

Dry Horrors

This issue we’ll address another common area people come in with quite often… dry mouth. Not just a result of too much partying the night before, when it happens frequently we need to take note. Dry mouth can be more than just an inconvenience, it can also be the sign of major health problems.  … Read More…

10 toothbrushing mistakes

Here’s a few quick and useful tips to help fight cavities and gum disease. Toothbrushing Mistake No. 1: Not Using the Right Toothbrush. Consider the size of your mouth when picking a toothbrush, the more comfortable it is in your mouth and your hand, then the more likely you will use it and use it properly. Which is… Read More…

Top 10 reasons to smile

Did you know that something as simple as a smile can dramatically improve your health, mood and appearance? A smile is one of the most wonderful and simple things in the world. Below are 10 great reasons to smile as often as you can and how smiling can bring so much more positivity into your life. Smiling makes us… Read More…

Teeth Whitening Tips

When you think of summer, what comes to mind? Is it time spent at the beach, picnics and barbecues, nights of fun with friends and end of year celebrations? With summer fast approaching, gleaming white teeth and a wide smile convey an air of confidence and is one of the first things people notice when they meet you. With… Read More…

Need to floss?

Flossing helps to counter bad breath, bleeding gums and receding gum lines and is a very important way of removing harmful bacteria and other debris that your toothbrush can’t reach. Many dental professionals believe that flossing is the single most important weapon against plaque. In any event, daily flossing is an excellent and proven method… Read More…

What causes bad breath?

Bad breath (halitosis) is an embarrassing condition and can be a social handicap to those suffering from it. Often people can be unaware they have it especially if it comes and goes…people are often just “too polite” to let them know. Fortunately in most cases it can be treated. Most commonly it comes from the… Read More…

What is cosmetic dentistry?

More and more people are becoming curious about cosmetic dentistry and what it has to offer them. Essentially it is any aspect of dentistry which improves your appearance. Once the domain of actors, models and the very wealthy, advances in the field have made cosmetic dentistry available to everyone. I’ll list some of the options… Read More…

Saving neglected teeth

We often see people who have let their regular dental checks slide. Sometimes because of circumstances or because they seem to “feel okay”. Unfortunately many dental conditions that can become quite advanced often have no pain and if left over time, problems can become quite complicated and expensive. The old saying of “a stitch in time” holds… Read More…

Ouch!… toothache

Toothache normally refers to pain from teeth or jaws from a dental condition. Ranging from very mild to severe pain, its natures way of letting you know there’s a problem! The most common type of toothache is from tooth decay (dental cavity) which initially starts off as sensitivity to hot, cold or sweet things and… Read More…

Drinking your teeth away?

Most people realise that drinks containing a high sugar level can cause tooth decay. Soft drinks for example can contain as much as 1kg of sugar per ten litres. Frequent consumption of carbonated drinks, mixers, energy drinks and some fruit juices is a common cause of tooth damage. Not so well known is that acidity of… Read More…

Ancient origins

As far back as 7000BC there is evidence of teeth with dental drill holes! A Sumerian text from 5000BC describes dental decay being caused by “tooth worms”, a belief held well passed the Middle Ages. There is even…

Dental anxiety

Many people are apprehensive about visiting the dentist. This is known as dental anxiety. Memories of bad dental experiences in the past, “white coat” syndrome, childhood visits to the “murder house”, or even just embarrassment can make people feel anxious about seeing a dentist. Unfortunately if this delays or even stops them for going then problems… Read More…

Children’s teeth

Apart from cute smiles, children’s teeth help them eat, bite everything in sight and are also important in speech and helping the adult teeth appear in the right place. Children normally get twenty teeth, typically erupting around the age of six months and completed by the time they are two and a half years old…. Read More…

Ouch!!!… hurts to bite?

Finding it painful to bite on one side? Following on from last months issue we look at why teeth can be sore to bite on. With children, pain when chewing is usually from teething as new baby teeth or adult teeth start to come through. Sometimes though it can be from either food jamming between… Read More…

Amalgam fillings

Amalgam is the silver or black looking filling you may have in your mouth. It’s made by mixing a powder of mainly copper, silver and tin with liquid mercury. Mercury makes up approximately half the weigh of an amalgam filling. Is the mercury a health risk? Most of the loss of mercury happens during the… Read More…

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