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How To Save a Knocked Out Tooth

The rugby season is well underway, so it's a good time to talk about what you should do if you, or your child, has a tooth knocked out on the pitch. Us dental folk refer to it as an 'avulsed' tooth - when a tooth is knocked out entirely and the crown and root are intact. It's easy to panic if you see blood and feel a gap, but there are steps that can be taken to save your gnasher. 1) Pick it up by the crown (the lighter-coloured part that is usually visible in your mouth).  Don't touch the root. 2) If it is visibly dirty rinse it very quickly under running water for just a few seconds. 3) Now do this part GENTLY.... try and push the tooth back into it's socket. (Yes, we know it sounds gross, sorry!) 4) If you are unable to get the tooth back into its socket either put it in a glass of milk, or store it in your mouth, inside your cheek. Like a boiled sweet.  Just don't swallow it! 5) Call your dentist and make your way straight to the pract
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Leave the Dentistry to Us!

A few days ago I was scrolling through Facebook, putting off all the other things I should have been doing, when an advert popped up from a 'legitimate company', offering a not-to-be missed opportunity to straighten your teeth in the comfort of your own home.  No pesky dentist, no messy impressions,  no fuss, simply order a one-size-fits-all appliance that would have your teeth straight within weeks. On further investigation the 'appliance' turned out to be a cheap sports guard type device.  This was to be worn at night, and within days your teeth would magically begin to straighten. A glutton for punishment, I went straight to the comments. One young man asked  "How much is this please? I've been quoted over £2000 to just have 6 teeth at the top and 6 teeth at the bottom straightened!" A lady thoroughly recommended the device. "I got these and could feel my teeth moving within 2 days, I swear!".  Another user a

Dementia - A Carer's Guide to Oral Health

A diagnosis of dementia is a truly traumatic time for everyone involved.  Partners and family members find themselves in a position where they become carers to their loved one, feeling a huge amount of fear and uncertainty about what the future holds.  The simplest of daily tasks can become overwhelming. While we can't help you overcome every hurdle, we can provide advice and support on helping someone with dementia maintain their oral health, such as tooth brushing and dietary advice, denture care where necessary and recognising when someone may be in pain or discomfort caused by toothache. Daily care Establishing a daily routine is of real benefit, particularly in the early stages of dementia.  Encourage the person to care for their own teeth for as long as possible.  As a carer you can help by reminding them when to brush, and show them how to apply toothpaste to the brush if necessary.  It might be worth considering an electric toothbrush as they may be easi

Snoring - Causes, effects and how we can help

Snoring isn't that serious, is it?  Really, it's just a bit of a nuisance, right? For many this is true enough, they snore occasionally, or their partner is woken from their sleep from time-to-time, but it's usually resolved with a swift kick under the covers, the offender turns over, and silence reigns again. Unfortunately this is not always the case, and snoring has become a serious problem for some.  Not only does it affect the health of the snorer, but it can have detrimental effects on their partner too.  We all need an adequate amount of sleep to function properly, both mentally and physically.  Sleep deprivation can lead to increased anxiety and depression, high blood pressure and weight gain, lowered immunity, trouble concentrating and memory loss. So why do people snore?  For the most part, it is a physical  issue - relaxed muscles make the airway smaller, air travels through this narrower space faster and vibrates the soft tissues.  The result tis that

Dental Implants

IF YOU’RE suffering with loose teeth or irritating dentures, you may feel like you have no option but to ‘put up with things’. Fortunately, there is a modern solution – dental implants. A natural-looking and stable replacement, implants are securely connected to your mouth; just like real teeth. Many people choose implants because they dislike the discomfort and stigma associated with dentures, or are looking for an alternative to bridges. Dental implants look and feel just like ‘normal’ teeth, giving you the freedom to enjoy the foods you love in complete confidence. Teeth In A Day ‘Teeth in a Day’ is a type of implant treatment, which has been streamlined to deliver a stable set of teeth in just one day; it works by placing dental implants as a secure anchor in the jaw, and can be used to replace one or more missing teeth, up to a full set. The ‘Teeth in a Day’ implant method means less dental appointments and less time spent in the chair. There’s no need to wa

4 signs you might be grinding your teeth at night

Canva I have been a life-long tooth grinder.  As a child my parents could hear my nocturnal gnashing from their bedroom and it continued into adulthood.  However, despite my line of work, I only recently had a splint made to wear at night and I've noticed a huge improvement. I knew all the symptoms and issues that can arise from tooth grinding, but seemed to just accept it as a part of my life. But no more! So I've put together a list of signs to watch out for, so that you don't do what I did.  While the following symptoms are common in those of us who grind our teeth, they may be the result of a different ailment, so always get any issues you have checked out. 1. Headaches Headaches can be a common symptom of grinding or clenching, particularly when you experience them first thing in the morning and the pain is located around your temples and/or ears. 2. Jaw pain or tenderness The average human bite produces 70

Cosmetic Bonding and Contouring

Image: Canva Hooray, Spring is on the way! I don't know about you but I do prefer leaving work in daylight. You might be thinking about how to improve your smile leading up to the summer season, but you're concerned about the cost and time involved. Here Dr. Emma Dougherty discusses a fast and  affordable way to achieve a beautiful smile. "Cosmetic bonding and contouring is a great way to give you a beautiful, natural looking smile. It is much less destructive to your teeth than traditional porcelain veneers, provides an instant result and is very affordable.  As a result, the technique is growing in popularity, with Glamour Magazine dubbing it "The hot new way to get a celebrity smile".  The treatment requires no needles  and no drilling, we are simply adding small amounts of tooth-coloured filling material and reshaping your teeth to achieve a more youthful and symmetrical appearance.  This can be done in one visit to give you a perfect, sam