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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10 Fun Facts about Teeth and Dentistry

There’s more to teeth than meets the eye. Check out these 10 interesting facts! One. The average American spends 38.5 total days brushing over a lifetime. Dentists recommend you spend 2 minutes brushing your teeth after each meal, at least twice per day. Technique is more important than time, though, so less time but proper…

Why do my child’s new teeth look gappy?

We feel very excited when our children’s milk teeth start to wiggle and fall out, and new permanent teeth begin to erupt. However, these new teeth often do not look perfectly straight and aligned like the milk teeth, and may have big gaps between them? Dr Pauline Lee tell us why The arrangement of the…

CONFIDENCE | CALMNESS | CONTROL – How does a paediatric dentist put frightened children at ease?

Children are keen readers of body language; if anyone is worried or uneasy about the visit, you can be sure that your child will sense it! And if he or she is already nervous, the tension would only get worse. Paediatric dentists are trained to be confident and calm about what needs to be done,…

Is flossing really necessary?

There is a lack of high-quality studies about how effective flossing is against dental disease, but if we take a look at the science behind dental cavities and gum disease, the answer to this question is clear. Bacteria in our mouth feed on the sugars and carbohydrates in our food, and start producing acid. This…

Teeth Whitening – How to get a selfie-worthy, beautiful smile?

Everyone would love to have a white and natural looking smile but we live in a world filled with teeth staining factors such as coffee, carbonated drinks, tea, red wine … So how DO we get a selfie-worthy, beautiful smile? Well, achieving those pearly-white smiles is easier than most people think and many achieve that…

Has the stress of Covid-19 increased dental issues?  

During and after the circuit-breaker Smilefocus saw a significant increase in adults of wear-related problems such as cracked and chipped teeth.  We saw an increase in these problems in children too, though to a lesser degree.  The recent substantial growth in tooth trauma during the pandemic may be a result of a lot of different…

5 habits you want to instil in your children

1. 2-minute brushing, 2 times a day! Everyone knows we should brush twice a day, but did you know that research supports a minimum duration of 2 minutes each time? The longer we brush, the more plaque we remove from more areas in the mouth, and the longer the contact time between our teeth and…

Oral cancer – need to know

  The best way to prevent oral cancer is to avoid tobacco (both cigarette and chewing tobacco). Tobacco use together with alcohol has been shown to greatly increase the risk of oral cancer. It is unclear whether vaping is also linked to increased risk, but some early studies are suggesting that it is. Because there are…

3 dental symptoms you should not ignore

Many of us have been hesitant to go to the dentist over the past couple of months due to the Circuit Breaker measures. It can sometimes be easy to ignore minor dental issues however often they can be a warning sign of further issues in the future. As restrictions reduce, it is important not to…

Stress and Oral Health – be aware

It would be no surprise if many of us were experiencing stress and anxiety at the moment. Not only does stress affect our physical and mental health, but it can have a big impact on our oral health as well. Bruxism or ‘Grinding’ Bruxism is characterised by excessive clenching or grinding of the teeth.  It…

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