Insights

As part of our duty of care for your oral health we will keep you up to date on news, insights and information from the world of dentistry

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Dental Care myths unraveled

Does an electric toothbrush make your teeth cleaner? Do you need to use mouthwash and why do we have more dental problems as we age.  Dr Dianne Sainsbury unpacks all the dental myths below. An electric toothbrush is better than a normal toothbrush It all depends on your technique.   If your technique is up to…

Getting Wise to Wisdom Teeth

For many of us wisdom teeth can seem unnecessary, costly and even painful. Here Dr Christina Liew tell us why we have wisdom teeth, when they appear and when we should see a dentist. Wisdom teeth, or third molars, are thought to have been bequeathed to us by our stone-age ancestors, whose jawbones were larger…

Getting to the Root of the Problem

Your teeth are meant to last a lifetime and with modern treatment methods this is often possible, despite damage or decay.  Take root canal treatment (RCT) for example.  Once-upon-a-time a tooth with an infected nerve had to be extracted; now it can be saved through root canal (or endodontic) treatment.  Any fears conjured thinking of…

Top five questions about bleeding gums

My gums only bleed when I’m flossing and have done for years.  Is this normal? Having bleeding gums is not a sign of good dental health. In fact, it is the body telling you that you have inflammation directly as a result of an increase in the amount of plaque in the region. In other…

Fissure sealants and why they are important for kids

Fissure sealants are an important tool in protecting children’s dental health now and in the future, Dr Pauline Lee tell us all we need to know. What exactly is a fissure sealant? Teeth have grooves called fissures, and a fissure is five times more likely to develop decay than other tooth surfaces. A fissure sealant…

Welcome to Dr Thushala Ubaya

Smilefocus is pleased to welcome Dr Thushala Ubaya to the team. Dr Thushala has over 20 years experience in dentistry and orthodontics and spent her professional career in the United Kingdom, including working in senior positions in the NHS and in private practice. Read below to learn a little more about Dr Thushala . Why…

Why do I need to see the Dental hygienist?

Who needs to see a hygienist? In an enlightened world in which we are more aware than ever of what we put in our mouths – and how it can impact on the health of our teeth and gums – it would be rather delightful to think that there is little need for professional oral…

Your Oral Health during Menopause

Hormones and Menopause effect every aspect of your health, even our teeth.  Dr Christina Liew explains all.   What happens during Menopause? The gradual decline in female hormone levels during menopause can create oral problems such as burning sensations in the mouth, dry mouth or a bad taste.  Gums may also become sore and sensitive. …

All you need to know about Adult Orthodontics

Braces aren’t just for teenagers. Now many adults are making the choice for straighter teeth and investing in orthodontics. Dr How takes us through the in and outs for braces.    I had braces as a teenager but my teeth have moved out of place? After you completed wearing braces as a teenager you would…

Braces aren’t just for looks! Orthodontics can solve a host of dental problems

Orthodontics is not about just having aesthetically pleasing teeth. Orthodontics will solve a host of dental problems, from making space for a tooth implant to fixing jaw alignment.   Not enough tooth? Have you recently had a root canal?  In some cases the dentist may not have had enough tooth to put a crown on. …

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