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Tips for Managing Dental Problems at Home

A healthy smile has been ranked as the physical attribute most likely to attract a new partner, according to research carried out by the Oral Health Foundation

Dr Nigel Carter OBE, CEO of the Oral Health Foundation, discussed what the findings may mean to our hopes of finding love. He said: “I think it is fair to say that our oral health is closely related to attraction and our chances of finding love. A nice smile seems to be a deciding factor between getting a second date or never getting a text back.”

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Nobody wants bad breath but how can we tell whether ours smells? You may have tried cupping your hands over your mouth and nose and smelling your exhaled breath or licking the inside of your wrist, waiting for it to dry and then smelling it.

With the wearing of face masks now the norm, more of us are noticing the smell of our breath. This is because the face mask is acting just like your cupped hands. If the smell isn’t as pleasant as you expected read on to find out the main causes of bad breath and what you can do to prevent it.

Tips for Managing Dental Problems at Home

Most people already have, or will have, a filling at some point in their lives. There are two options that you and your dentist can choose from. Silver fillings (amalgam) and white fillings (composite). Your dentist will discuss with you the type of filling most appropriate for your clinical needs. Read on to find out the advantages and disadvantages of the two options.

Tips to help avoid stained teeth

Many every day foods and drinks can cause staining on teeth. One of the many benefits of regular appointments with a hygienist is that they can professionally remove these stains. As we are currently unable to see patients for face to face treatment, and are waiting for guidance on when this is likely to change, here are a few tips to help you minimise staining on teeth.

Tips for Managing Dental Problems at Home

Whilst we are unable to see our patients face to face during the Covid-19 pandemic, it is important to try to prevent dental emergencies. Broken teeth, crowns and lost fillings usually account for many of our emergency appointments and can often be caused by biting down on certain foods. Here are some of the worst offenders:

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Easter is fast approaching and it’s likely to be a bit different for many of us this year. The staying home guidelines mean we are unable to get together to celebrate with family and friends. However, one thing that is unlikely to change is the consumption of delicious chocolate treats!

Tips for Managing Dental Problems at Home

Here are some tips to help you manage dental problems at home until normal practice can resume.

If you have a dental emergency please call the practice during opening hours and a member of the team will direct you accordingly.

What should I do following an extraction?

With regular dental check-ups and good oral care at home we hope to minimise the need for tooth extractions. There will however always be occasions when a tooth extraction is unavoidable such as where a tooth is severely decayed or badly broken or where it is required for orthodontic reasons. Although no one enjoys having a tooth removed, the procedure itself is usually straightforward and your dentist will provide you with post-operative instructions. It is important that these instructions are followed to reduce the risk of post-operative bleeding and infection and the chances of a dry socket which can be very painful.