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Common Mistakes Made When Brushing Teeth?

Brushing your teeth is a crucial part of your oral health routine. It is recommended you brush your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes each time, alongside flossing and regular dental appointments. This helps prevent the buildup of bacteria and plaque which can be harmful to your teeth and gums. However, there […]

How TMJ Dentistry Can Help If You Grind Your Teeth

Although you may grind or clench your teeth during the day, teeth grinding is more common overnight while you sleep. This can result in headaches, soreness in the jaw and sensitive teeth. Also known as bruxism, teeth grinding can wear your teeth down and lead to sleeping issues as well as further health complications. Bruxism […]

The Link Between COVID-19 and Mouth Sores

COVID-19 has been seen to increase the risk for some people from mouth ulcers, canker sores and oral thrush. Research is ongoing into the effects of the virus on the oral cavity, but COVID-19 has also been linked to gingivitis, the early stages of gum disease. Dry mouth as well as a weakened immune system […]

What Causes Tooth Enamel Erosion?

Tooth enamel forms the outer, protective layer of your teeth. Although it is the hardest part of a tooth, enamel can be eroded, leading to cavities, sensitivity and tooth decay. Beneath the enamel is the dentin layer, and a sign of tooth enamel is when the yellow dentin becomes exposed. There are four primary contributing […]

Dentist, Orthodontist or Periodontist?

A dentist must complete a bachelor’s degree plus a further three to four years of medical school before qualifying. They also serve a residency before being able to practice. Therefore, you are in well-qualified hands when you sit in a dentist’s chair.

What You Can Expect From Invisalign

Invisalign offers a less visible orthodontic treatment compared to traditional metal braces. Invisalign uses clear, removable aligners to straighten teeth — which means they are barely visible. Also, you can remove them to eat your favorite foods, and you can clean them with a toothbrush.  These comfortable aligners provide an alternative to anyone who has […]

Why Do Gums Recede?

“Receding gums” means the gums pull back from the teeth and is often a result of improper oral care. When the gums start to recede, your teeth can become more sensitive and even painful — especially with hot and cold drinks/foods. The teeth may also look longer than usual, with the potential for the tooth […]

Can You Pull Out Your Child’s Loose Baby Tooth?

A child’s permanent teeth start to push through when they are between six to seven years old. Once a baby tooth becomes loose, you know a permanent tooth is on the way through. The baby tooth is gradually eased out of the way by the incoming tooth. When your child’s baby tooth becomes loose, you […]

Using Dental Sedation to Overcome Dental Anxiety

Dental anxiety or a phobia can prevent people from visiting the dentist and receiving the treatment they need. This can further worsen oral health issues and have a negative impact on their smile.  However, modern dentistry provides various degrees of dental sedation which can help relax patients who suffer with dental anxiety, making it easier […]

When Is It Time For Braces?

Braces are very common and highly effective, and the technology has rapidly advanced over the past few decades. So, the results are even more stunning than ever before.  The Power of a Smile Many choose braces for aesthetic reasons. After all, their main purpose is to correct issues with teeth such as misalignments and gaps. […]

The Importance of Regular Teeth Cleanings for a Healthy Smile

Regular teeth cleaning appointments with a dentist or dental hygienist are important in maintaining a healthy smile. Although previous guidance recommended teeth cleaning every six months, your dentist may advise you to visit more often depending on your personal circumstances.  Some people tend to have greater plaque buildup, despite regular brushing, so it’s best for […]

Oral Cancer: What You Should Know

While dental exams are best to keep your teeth and gums healthy, they have another critical benefit. Your dentist will also check for signs of oral cancer, which can be very serious, even deadly. More Than Meets the Eye One of the confounding issues with this type of cancer is that the symptoms might seem […]

Jaw Popping: Causes, Symptoms and Solutions

Does your jaw seem to “pop” from time to time? This can be a painful experience and yet, a dentist will normally be able to provide solutions.  Some symptoms include stiffness around the jaw, tenderness and difficulty opening or closing your mouth. This condition may be related to teeth grinding, a bite problem, frequently chewing […]

Signs That Signal You Need a Dental Checkup

According to NHS England, In the 24-month period ending 31 March 2018, 22.1 million adult patients were seen by an NHS dentist, representing 50.9 per cent of the adult population. Hence, half the people in England choose to avoid visiting the dentist even though all the evidence points to the need for regular dental health […]

The dangers of DIY Teeth Whitening, is it worth it?

  You only have to walk into Boots or Superdrug in Wimbledon and see the plethora of over the counter (OTC) whitening products available to the aesthetically hungry public.  The packaging the glossy pictures and the lure of saving hundreds of pounds compared to a professional whitening at a dental surgery makes these products really […]

Dental anxiety and how you can overcome it

Although there are various anxiety scales and practice specific questionnaires, most dentists assess patients anxiety levels with a face to face meeting, either in the dental surgery or in another room in the practice. The acceptable location for the patient in itself is an indication of the anxiety level with various patients, although agreeing to […]

Halloween, sugar tax and dental decay

Halloween celebrations seem to be getting more popular year on year in the UK and almost approaching the serious levels of festivities in the states where it marks the start of their holiday period with Thanksgiving just around the corner. It seems to me that you are forced to join in the festivities just to […]

How to choose a toothbrush

A good tooth brush is one that removes plaque effectively first and foremost. The sole purpose of a tooth brush is to remove a sticky film called bacterial plaque biofilm. This is the biggest cause of tooth damage and decay. The plaque biofilm produces acids which damage the tooth’s hard surface layer, called enamel. Left […]

Common Questions About Home Teeth Whitening

In the quest for a pearly white smile, thousands of individuals across the UK have their teeth whitened every year. This relatively risk-free and cost-effective treatment is the fastest way for anybody to get a pearly white smile, but before you go ahead, there are some things you should know. First of all, good oral […]

Daily Tips for Good Oral Hygiene

If you want to have a pearly white smile, then you’ll be glad to know that a few daily tweaks to your routine could make it happen. Many people think that good oral hygiene comes down to expensive treatments and products but that is not the case at all. Instead a solid, daily oral routine […]

10 Tips on how to brush your teeth

Patients are always surprised when either the hygienist or the dentist gives them some advice on how to brush your teeth and they often say “I didn’t know that!”. The patients’ reaction has not changed in my over 25 years of being in Dentistry. 19 years of that have been at my own practice where […]

Can you brush your teeth too much

We would advise that brushing your teeth only once a day is not enough and that regular twice daily brushing is considered best. This is the most helpful way of ensuring healthy teeth and gums as well as maintaining a nice taste to the mouth and fresh smelling breath. But is it actually possible to […]

4 things you need for brushing your teeth

It is a common misconception that all you need for brushing your teeth is a toothbrush and some toothpaste and that would be enough to ensure your mouth is clean healthy without tooth decay or gum disease. Brushing your teeth with a toothbrush alone whether manual or electric is never going to be enough to […]

Teeth whitening at home: the pros and cons

Teeth whitening at home, professionally monitored by your dentist is probably the most widely used whitening technique. It’s simple to use, relatively low cost, safe and offers highly successful results. The ability for patients to stop and start at will without having to commit to a regimented daily routine due to the cumulative nature of […]

What is the best method for teeth whitening

There are many ways of teeth whitening ranging from in-surgery power whitening to at-home whitening, where a custom made tray is used to deliver the whitening agent to the teeth. Other forms of home whitening involve stock trays or plaster like applicators placed on the teeth and moulded into place using finger pressure. In addition […]

Merton Dental Patient Survey Results – 2013

Over the past few weeks we set out to survey as many of you, our patients, as possible. The results are in and have been overwhelmingly positive. Below are some of the highlights from the survey, along with a selection of comments that some of you have made. 100% of patients were satisfied with the […]

Am I At Risk From Mouth Cancer?

The incidence of mouth cancer has always been related to age with just under half  or 44% of all mouth cancer cases diagnosed in the UK were in people aged 65 and over; with more than a quarter diagnosed in the under 55’s.

Who is Afraid of the Dentist?

Many people find going to the dentist a very frightening experience. This fear even prevents some people from going in cases when they have a severe toothache while others prefer to attend the local A&E in the hope of a miracle cure. Fear of the dentist can be caused by many factors such as having […]

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