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  1. Kids smile fun day!

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    We are in the process of organising a day at the dental clinic just for kids!

    We will be open all day on Thursday 20th February just for children to give free diet advice, oral hygiene instruction and dental examinations.

    We will have a kid’s entertainer and children’s DVDs playing in both reception areas.

    If you find it hard to get your children to brush their teeth or to eat healthy foods, our Kids Smile Fun Day will be the perfect excuse to get your children to come for a free check-up and to be shown effective tooth brushing techniques; they will also learn about ‘good’ and ‘bad’ foods in a fun environment. Tracy our hygienist will be giving informative instructions and demonstrations on the hour every hour!

    YOU DON’T NEED TO BE REGISTERED WITH US! Even if you have not been seen for a long time or do not have a dentist… Don’t worry! Every child is welcome!

    Ring us now to book an appointment on 01923859678 or just pop in on the day!


  2. Toothache – Causes and Solutions

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    Toothache happens when the innermost layer of the tooth – called dental pulp – becomes inflamed. Dental pulp is made up of soft, delicate tissue that contains sensitive nerves and blood vessels.

    There are many different causes of toothache but the most common would relate to having tooth decay or cavities in which case a filling or extraction of the effected tooth may be necessary.

    Another main cause of toothache could be because the tooth has become infected and has an abscess.  This is where the nerve has become infected and you may require root canal treatment.

    Other causes of toothache are:

    • Sinus infection or inflammation

    • Periodontal (gum) disease

    • Tooth grinding

    • Impacted wisdom teeth

    • Cracked, chipped or broken teeth

    • Damaged fillings

    Depending on the cause of your toothache, the pain may subside on its own but if you have severe or chronic toothache that lasts more than a couple of days, you should contact your dentist for an appointment.  Your dentist will examine your mouth and may carry out an X-ray to try to identify the problem.

    The best way to avoid getting toothache and other dental problems is to keep your teeth and gums as healthy as possible. To do this, you should:

     

    •brush your teeth twice a day using fluoride toothpaste; gently brush your gums and tongue as well

    •clean between your teeth using dental floss and, if necessary, use a mouthwash

    •limit your intake of sugary foods and drinks; you should have them as an occasional treat and only at mealtimes

    •don’t smoke as it can make some dental problems worse

    Visit your dentist once a year for a dental check-up. Children should have a dental check-up every six months so that tooth decay can be spotted and treated early.

    If you would like to book a exam with your dentist please click here


  3. Black Tooth

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    A common reason why your tooth or teeth may appear black is because of staining. The more staining foods or drinks you have such as red wine, coffee, soy sauce and smoking, the quicker your teeth will stain. Also some mouthwashes can cause staining such as corsodyl. This is because they contain a chemical called chlorhexidine gluconate — an antiseptic designed to reduce bacteria and remove plaque, both of which can lead to bad breath. Visit your hygienist at least every 6 months to help maintain clean and white teeth.

    If you notice black shadowing between your teeth or on the biting surface of your teeth this could be a sign of decay. You must visit your dentist as soon as possible to get it checked out before the decay spreads.

    A dark, discoloured, black tooth is a sign your tooth may have died or is partially dead, this may have been caused by previous trauma or deep decay. Patients with a discoloured tooth often recall knocking their tooth in an accident some time ago which can then cause the nerve to die over time. This can actually take up to a few years for the tooth to change colour after trauma. The cause of the discolouration is thought to be decomposing blood products from the pulp inside the tooth.

    This usually means that you would need to have the nerve removed and the root filled. There are many different ways to improve the colour afterwards from internal bleaching of the tooth to a crown if the tooth is also quite broken. To help prevent trauma or injury to your teeth it is always recommended to wear a mouthguard when playing contact sport.

    If you need further advice or you are concerned click here to book an appointment with your dentist.


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