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Tooth staining – how and why, and what you could do to help

Why don’t teeth stay white? Foods and drinks we choose, and factors such as smoking, play a role in staining our teeth. Sometimes certain antibiotics or other medications can cause some tooth yellowing. Generally, understanding which foods and beverages are more likely to discolour teeth and knowing preventive tips can help. About foods and tooth […]

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What to do for dental pain before your dental appointment?

Dental pain is the stuff of horror movies Scary dentists and acute tooth ache feature in many movies as part of the entertainment! Surely this comes from the widely held fear and unpleasant memories of dental pain? Dental pain can come on suddenly from a cracked tooth or trauma. Or may come and go over […]

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Where to get calcium if you’re ‘dairy-free’

Other sources of dietary calcium Dairy products provide calcium which, as we learn from childhood, is essential for strong bones and teeth. But even if you are cutting back or cutting dairy from your diet, there are a variety of other foods providing sufficient amounts for bone and dental health. Vegetables & leafy greens Eating […]

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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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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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What your dental chart tells the dentist

Your dental chart What does this even mean: “One eight missing, one seven M.O. composite, one six M.O.D. amalgam, one five has M.O. caries . . .”?  Previously recorded on paper, today this jargon is transcribed to picture format, either 2D or 3D, and saved in a digital dental chart. The above is an example […]

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Thinking about a lip or tongue piercing?

Before putting your jewellery where your mouth is. . . Tattoos and piercings are increasingly popular and accepted forms of self-expression, and this includes piercings inside or near the mouth. The mouth is a unique environment Unlike many other piercings however, the mouth carries a greater risk of the site becoming infected. Inside the mouth […]

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Role of the baby teeth

How important are those first teeth, really? Baby teeth are still important even though they will be replaced by permanent teeth in a few years’ time. (Click on link to see table for an idea of ‘normal’ teething.) During the early growth years, a healthy diet providing much needed nutrition requires a lot of chewing! […]

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Best care for your baby’s teeth

Caring for first teeth The very best care for a baby’s teeth is to start on a healthy diet. Sugar is the main thing to keep in mind here. Liquids taken from a bottle are in contact with the teeth for longer than when drinking from a cup. Therefore, bottles should only ever contain milk or water. […]

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