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My wisdom teeth aren’t painful – why should they be removed?

Wisdom teeth often begin to move into position around age 17 to 25 – and it is normal for dentists to request an x-ray to determine their position within the bone of the jaw. When they sit fairly vertically beneath the gum, they could move nicely into place behind the second molars, so if they […]

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Should I use an electric toothbrush?

An electric toothbrush is not an instant solution for poor oral hygiene – however where arthritis or any condition makes holding and manoeuvring a brush difficult, it certainly can help. Manual or electric tooth brush for a better clean. . . It is possible to do a better clean with a manual brush used well […]

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A link between diabetes and periodontal disease

Two types of diabetes The acquired, or Type ll diabetes, is now considered to double the risk of periodontal disease compared with healthy individuals. Other consequences can include heart and kidney disease, peripheral nerve damage and damage to other organs including the eyes. However, if caught early, this form of diabetes is considered to be […]

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‘Recaldent’ and other sugar-free gums

Sugar-free gums after a meal are regarded as beneficial for oral health. So how do they work? Dental plaque and carbohydrates Carbohydrates we eat provide food for the bacteria that reside in our mouths. Dental plaque together with this bacterial ‘digestion’ produce lactic and acetic acids.  Therefore, in this low pH environment that follows eating, […]

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TMJ pain: when it hurts to chew or yawn

TMJ, or temporo-mandibular joint, is the joint between the temporal bone of the skull and the mandible or jaw. It is easily felt by placing fingertips just in front of the ear holes and opening and closing the mouth. The anatomy of this joint allows for incredible stretching open, for example to bite into an […]

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Tooth sensitivity and what to do about it

When just thinking about eating ice cream puts your teeth on edge, you already know about tooth sensitivity. But what causes it? And can you prevent it? The most common reason for sensitivity is a breakdown of the tooth’s normal protective mechanisms. Enamel, the hardest structure in the human body, normally protects the softer, sensitive […]

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Best dental care during pregnancy

Health during pregnancy is about caring for both yourself and your growing baby. It is a time to eat well, ensuring you take in the extra protein, calcium and essential vitamins to meet the increased demands. Recommendations also include drinking plenty of water and reducing your sugar intake. This also the best advice for taking […]

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Toddler’s teeth and getting them to brush

There is no reason why tooth brushing for toddlers should be a ‘big deal’ – unless they perceive that avoiding it or fighting it is a ‘big deal’ for parents! Aside from keeping it a stress-free ‘no fight zone’, there are few things to keep in mind: The earliest method of tooth ‘cleaning’, actually more […]

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Are interdental brushes better than dental floss?

Interdental brushes are narrow, bristled brushes used for cleaning between the teeth, or around braces, bridges and implants. They come in a range of sizes, some are straight and some angled. With a huge range on the market, it is highly recommended that you ask your dentist for the size that best suits.   When […]

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A guide to choosing dental floss

What to look for in a dental floss If you find yourself in the supermarket aisle, gazing in confusion at the selection of dental floss, this guide is for you! Floss comes waxed or unwaxed, flavoured or unflavoured. It can be a ribbon ( or tape), string or woven! There’s even a vegan version which […]

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