When you’re pregnant, your hormones will cause your gums to be more liable to inflammation and bleeding; you will need to thoroughly brush your teeth every morning and night and floss daily.
Additionally, your teeth are exposed to a lot of acids due to morning sickness (which often leads to vomiting and extra snacking to reduce the feeling of nausea); try to at least rinse your mouth with water after vomiting or snacking, but ideally run toothpaste on your teeth with your finger or use an alcohol free fluoridated mouth rinse. Avoid brushing your teeth immediately after vomiting or snacking, otherwise you risk damaging the tooth structure.
A check-up every six months is recommended in order prevent cavities and other dental problems. However, everyone has different oral health needs and risk levels which determine how often they should have a check-up. Our dentists can tell you when and how often your child should visit based on their personal oral health.
Most children will have all of their baby teeth between 2-3 years of age. Around 18 months to two years is a good time to start having a check up. At SmileCo we believe in making your child’s visit to the Dentist as enjoyable and positive as possible.
A dental check up at this early age will allow your child to become familiar with the sights, sounds and smells of the dentist.The dentist will be able to detect any early signs of tooth decay and other dental conditions and enable staff to give advice and instructions on toothbrushing and good eating habits.
We approach all treatment in a non-threatening and minimally invasive way, where possible. It is a good idea for your child to attend the dentist as part of the family dental visit so that it becomes a part of a normal routine.
Bad breath (halitosis) can result from poor dental health habits and may be a sign of other health problems. Bad breath can also be made worse by the types of foods you eat and other unhealthy lifestyle habits.
If you don’t brush and floss teeth daily, food particles can remain in your mouth, promoting bacterial growth between teeth, around gums and on the tongue. This causes bad breath.
If you eat food with strong odours (for example garlic or onions), smoke or chew tobacco, these can also cause bad breath.
Persistent bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth may be a warning sign of gum disease.
Other dental causes of bad breath include poorly fitting dental appliances, yeast infections and dental caries.
The medical condition dry mouth (xerostomia) can also cause bad breath. Saliva is necessary to moisten the mouth, neutralise acids produced by plaque, and wash away dead cells that accumulate on the tongue, gums, and cheeks. If not removed, these cells decompose and cause bad breath. Dry mouth may be a side effect of various medications, salivary gland problems, or continuous breathing through the mouth.
No, teeth whitening is not bad for the enamel. The strength of the enamel is not affected at all after completing teeth whitening. Some patients may experience some sensitivity during and immediately after whitening treatment. To ensure that this is minimal you will be required to have a check up with one of our dentists before beginning any tooth whitening treatment to ensure that there are no areas of decay or exposed root surfaces which may contribute to this sensitivity.
Over time, the inner layers of the tooth become thicker and more mineralised and this results in the tooth taking on a darker, more yellow appearance. This is a natural ageing process that can be combated with teeth whitening or porcelain veneers. and this results in the tooth taking on a darker, more yellow appearance.
This is a natural ageing process that can be combated with teeth whitening or porcelain veneers. and this results in the tooth taking on a darker, more yellow appearance. This is a natural ageing process that can be combated with teeth whitening or porcelain veneers.
Sometimes there is the option of layering the front of the tooth surface with a tooth coloured material to both mask discoloured teeth and slightly change the shape of the front teeth. This is called veneers and may be done in the composite resin filling material or ceramic. Occasionally it is too difficult to change the position of teeth with this option and orthodontic treatment is indicated.
Occasionally teeth have cracks present which lay ‘dormant’. The crack may not stimulate the nerve of the tooth to cause pain and discomfort but may still considerably weaken the tooth structure. These teeth are still susceptible to splitting in half or having a large piece come loose when eating or biting on hard things. Sometimes preventive treatment of this tooth with a ceramic restoration is required to stop the tooth from breaking down.
It is very common for people to grind and clench their teeth at night time whilst sleeping. This is sometimes referred to as bruxism. This can be very damaging to both the front and back teeth and may result in considerable enamel loss as well as cracking or splitting of the back teeth.
It may also result in jaw or muscle pain. Most often patients and their partners are not aware that they grind their teeth because they are sleeping when the bruxism occurs Often wear marks are visible on the teeth which indicate that there is a grinding habit and these can be identified by the dentist during a check up.
Treatment may include a small guard which is worn overnight to protect the teeth.
No, the placement of a dental implant is a painless procedure performed under local anaesthetic. Some mild gum discomfort can be expected during the days following the procedure, but this can be minimised with appropriate pain relief and postoperative care. Patients commonly report greater discomfort during and after a dental extraction than after dental implant placement.
Yes, when properly placed, a white filling is very strong and adhesively bonded to the tooth to ensure longevity and function. Unlike silver amalgam fillings, white composite resin fillings stick to the tooth at a microscopic level to reduce the risk of the filling falling out or bacteria seeping in underneath the filling.