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UK children score relatively low on the DMF index

Posted on January 27, 2017 at 9:05 AM Comments comments (21)

LONDON, UK: Compared with other countries in Europe, UK children score relatively low on the DMF index. Despite significant improvements in the state of oral health since the early 1990s, however, a large gap exists between children of different economic backgrounds, a new national health report has indicated. The 42-page paper published this week by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) in London on the state of health in children in all four countries found that 5-yea...

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What does root canal treatment entail

Posted on January 24, 2017 at 9:35 AM Comments comments (7)

Learn more about this quick, comfortable procedure that can relieve your pain and save your natural tooth.

Has your dentist or endodontist told you that you need root canal treatment? If so, you're not alone. Millions of teeth are treated and saved each year with root canal, or endodontic, treatment. Remember, root can treatment doesn't cause pain, it relieves it. Watch our videos below to learn more!

 

Inside the tooth, under the white enamel and a hard layer called ...

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Why should I use dental floss?

Posted on December 5, 2016 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Dental floss helps to prevent gum disease by getting rid of pieces of food and plaque from between your teeth. Plaque is a sticky substance made of bacteria. If it builds up, the bacteria can irritate the gums and cause inflammation.

If your dentist advises you to clean between your teeth (interdental cleaning), they may recommend using dental floss.

How to use dental floss

 

Dental floss is a thin, soft thread made of nylon or plastic...

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What is Bad Breath or Halitosis?

Posted on November 19, 2016 at 7:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Bad breath, or halitosis, affects 1 in 4 people in Britain. In most cases, people with bad breath aren't even aware of the problem. Halitosis has a significant impact, both personally and socially, on those who suffer from it. If you think that you suffer from bad breath, your dentist can help determine the source of the odor. If your dentist believes that the problem is caused by a systemic (internal) source, such as an infection, he or she may refer you to your family physician or a special...

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How to Choose the Right Toothbrush

Posted on September 20, 2016 at 10:25 AM Comments comments (0)

"Nowadays, you can purchase everything from a frills-free manual toothbrush to a top-of-the-line, electric version. With all the options it can be tricky to decide which is better: the new tech or your old standby? To help, here are all of the factors to consider before buying your next toothbrush.

 

Check the label. Toothbrushes that have been examined for safety and efficacy will have an American Dental Association (ADA) seal. To earn the certification, the brushes must be ...

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How is Oral cancer diagnosed?

Posted on November 23, 2015 at 6:45 AM Comments comments (0)


 

As part of your routine dental check-up, your dentist will conduct an oral cancer screening examination. More specifically, your dentist will feel for any lumps or irregular tissue changes in your neck, head, face and oral cavity. When examining your mouth, your dentist will look for any sores or discoloured tissue as well as check for any signs and symptoms mentioned above.

 

Your dentist may perform an oral brush biopsy if he or she sees tissue in y...

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Why are regular dental visits important?

Posted on November 3, 2015 at 7:10 AM Comments comments (0)


 

 

One of the keys to keeping teeth for a lifetime is to visit a dentist regularly. But many older people don't.

Many older people grew up during a time when preventive dental care was not emphasized. Some may not realize how important it is. They may believe that toothaches, bleeding gums, loose teeth or mouth pain are just part of getting older. In fact, these can be signs of gum disease, or other problems.

 

Regular denta...

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What is in toothpaste?

Posted on April 7, 2015 at 11:35 AM Comments comments (0)

What is in Toothpaste?

- Abrasives

- Detergent (1-2%)

- Binding agents (1%)

- Humectants (10-30%)

- Flavouring, sweetening and colouring agents (1-5%)

- Preservatives (0.05-0.50%)

- Fluoride and other therapeutic agents

- Water

 

Toothpaste ingredients are usually shown on packs w/w' - that is weight for weight, or grams per 100 grams. Under newToothpastes are the most widely used oral health care product and there is...

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How do acidic foods and drinks affect my teeth?

Posted on March 3, 2015 at 6:45 AM Comments comments (0)

 

Some foods and drinks are more acidic than others, and some are acidic enough to attack your teeth directly. The acidity of a product is measured by its ‘pH value'.

 

The pH values of some food and drinks are listed below. The lower the pH number; the more acidic the product. Anything with a pH value lower than 5.5 may cause tooth erosion. ‘Alkalines' have a high pH number and cancel out the acid effects. A pH value of 7 is the middle figure between a...

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Tips to ease dental fear

Posted on February 4, 2015 at 10:40 AM Comments comments (0)


If you’re anxious about seeing the dentist, here are tips to ease the fear:

Once you've found someone you think may be suitable, visit the surgery to have a look around, meet the receptionist and dentist and see the environment. Tell the dentist that you're anxious so they know beforehand.

Pick an appointment time early in the morning so you have less time to dwell on it.

The first appointment will simply be a check-up so don’t worry that y...

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