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Hygienist Treatments – What’s the Difference Between a Hygenist and Your Dentist?

Hygienist treatments

When it comes to the health of our teeth, many of us would ideally do all we can to ensure our teeth and gums remain as healthy as possible. Toothache is an extremely painful condition which can cause a great deal of discomfort and distress. Visiting the dentist however, or rather even the prospect of visiting the dentist, is something that strikes fear into the souls of people all over the world. By contrast, the word ‘hygienist’ has a far less sinister ring to it. In fact, many people, initially traumatised by the idea of visiting their dentist, are far happier to visit their dental hygienist, and are finding the experience far less traumatic than they would have at first initially thought. Most people don’t realise this, but dentists and dental hygienists have very different roles and provide very different treatments. Here’s a more in-depth look to help clear things up once and for all.

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Preventive Dentistry and Dental Procedures to help Keep Teeth Healthy and Prevent Gum disease

Preventive Dentistry Tips and Procedures

If you’d love a smile that would make a Hollywood superstar envious of, you will need to ensure that you take the best possible care of your teeth and gums. Most of us don’t make our teeth and gum health one of our main priorities when in reality we really should. Not only will taking care of our teeth and our gums help make our teeth look healthy and attractive, it will also benefit our bodies in a number of different ways as well. As far as preventive dentistry and dental procedures go, there are a number of techniques and procedures that can be performed that have been proven to help encourage good oral health, many of which you can carry out yourself in the comfort of your own home. Here’s a look at some of the best preventive dentistry and dental procedures to help keep your teeth and gums as healthy as they can possibly be.
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The Effects of Tobacco on Our Teeth and the Oral Cancer Connection

Are you aware of the link between smoking and gum disease, or the link between gum disease and cancer?

When it comes to our general health and well-being, it doesn’t take a medical genius to work out that in order to be fit and healthy, we need to live a healthy and balanced lifestyle. We should cut out junk food, or at least cut right back on it. We should eat fresh fruit, fresh vegetables, and fresh and natural produce. We should drink more water, and we should get more exercise. Whilst all of those things are constantly stressed to us, and every day we hear more and reasons why we need to heed that advice through media and television, there is another factor that we should address:  The effects our lifestyles in general, or more specifically, our lifestyle choices and habits, have on the health of our teeth and gums, together with the further ranging consequences of that. Read More

Preventative Dentistry: Everything You Need To Know About Dental Plaque

Dental plaque is not just about the build-up of film on your teeth caused by bacteria or bad brushing. It is the first line in a whole array of oral problems, including gum disease and periodontal disease, which left untreated, can cause other more serious illness throughout the body. Preventative dentistry is about just that: preventing oral problems from developing in the first place, rather than just treating the symptoms as they appear. Nothing in the body is isolated. In terms of “good health”, it is important to remember the whole body functions as one unit. Each process is inter-connected to another in some way, shape, or form. That means if you want a healthy body, you can’t ignore your teeth!
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Why Your Wisdom Teeth Are Not As Wise As You May Have Hoped

What exactly are our wisdom teeth, what is their purpose, and above all else, why are they called wisdom teeth at all?

When people talk about excruciating pain from natural causes, probably top of the list (certainly if you are female!) would be child birth. Depending on the person and their medical history, passing a kidney stone, suffering from an intense migraine, or severe back pain may also make it into their personal top three. Another cause of extreme pain however, which many of us are unfortunately able to relate to, is the agonising toothache associated with problem wisdom teeth. Read More

Four of the Best Foods and Drinks for Healthy Teeth

According to the National Obesity Council, the UK is the world’s 6th most obese nation. And according to the World Health Organisation, nearly 100% of adults in industrialised countries (of which we are one) have dental cavities. That paints us in a pretty unhealthy light! When it comes to our health and overall well-being, more often than not we focus on what we perceive to be the more pressing health issues prevalent in our society today: Diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, strokes and arthritis – conditions which are often directly or indirectly associated with the alarming rise in obesity and our culture of unhealthy living.  One issue that we don’t tend to prioritise, until we actually have a problem, is our teeth, or rather the health of our teeth and gums.  Read More

15 Random Facts About Dentistry, Gum disease and Periodontitis You Probably Never Knew

We all know that too much sugar causes tooth decay and that we need to go to the dentist regularly if we want our teeth and gums to stay healthy. But if you thought that tooth decay and gum disease were the scourge of a modern society, addicted to too much sugar and fat, or that ‘cosmetic dentistry’ was a modern trend, you may be surprised.
So how far back do such things as toothbrushes, toothpaste and dentures really go? Who first discovered gum disease? Who coined the name ‘Dentist’? And who was the first dentist – or periodontist for that matter?
Read on to discover some of the weird and wonderful facts about dentistry and gum disease you probably never knew (or even thought you’d need to know… until now!) Read More

Informed Dental Care to Help with Bleeding Gums

Our teeth are a fundamental part of our overall appearance, giving us the confidence to welcome the world with a smile. Because a good smile is such an integral part of our beauty-conscious culture, persuading people to spend money on products and treatments to make their teeth whiter, brighter and ‘healthier’ is easy. But your teeth are not the only component of a healthy smile. Healthy gums are an essential but all too often over-looked part of the mix. Minor symptoms, for example bleeding gums, tend to get overlooked and dismissed as “unimportant”, when in fact, they can be one of the early signs of gum disease and, as such, far more important than most people realise. Read More

Why Your Bad Breath May Be More Serious Than You Think

Halitosis, commonly known as bad breath,  can be a major turn off and can even cause lower self-esteem because it makes you conscious of how close you get to people and how you interact in your social life. Since dealing with it means you need to address the root cause for lasting results, finding out the underlying cause of your bad breath is paramount. It is also important to note that bad breath has been identified as an underlying symptom of other more serious diseases, which, left untreated go far beyond the embarrassment and discomfort of having a bad taste in the mouth. Read More