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Drinking Water Regularly Is Best for Your Oral Health



Drinking water regularly through the day is good for both your overall health and for the health of your teeth and gums. Your dentist can advise you on how much water you should be drinking each day.

Key takeaways:
-  Drinking water helps to rinse the mouth, clearing away trapped food particles which if left in the mouth can result in enamel damaging bacteria.
-  Drinking enough water helps replenish saliva production levels and avoids the condition of dry mouth.
-  Plain water or tap water are the most beneficial forms of drinking water.

"Without the buffer of saliva, dry mouth makes it easier for acids and bacteria to harm the teeth, and lead to an increased risk for cavities, bad breath, and gum disease."

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What Are Mini Dental Implants?



Just like traditional dental implants, mini implants are artificial teeth roots that are surgically fused into the jawbone to provide support for false teeth. If you're considering a mini dental implant, then here's what you need to know.

Key takeaway:
- Mini dental implants are used in patients who have a thin bone and small teeth.
- They are less expensive and provide excellent, long-lasting service despite their small size.
- Compared to regular implants, mini dental implants have a faster healing time.

Visit your dentist today to see if you qualify for mini dental implants.

Three Tips To Help You Choose Your Family Dentist


Finding the right family dentist can save you valuable time and help ensure everyone’s teeth and gums are healthy and in good shape. Here are some tips to find the right family dentist.

Key takeaways:
-  Enquire about flexible payment plans.
-  Find out about their opening hours and emergency services and make sure they suit your schedule.
-  Make sure they can offer treatment to every family member, including children.

You can also book a get-to-know-you appointment to make sure they’re the right option for you.
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Dental Treatments That Can Help Acid Reflux Sufferers



Acid reflux is a digestive condition (called GERD) that can affect your dental health and ruin your smile. The stomach acids are pushed up into the mouth, which over time damages the enamel.

However, there are several dental treatments that can restore your smile to its best.

Key takeaways:

-  Dental bonding is appropriate in cases where enamel damage is not extensive, as a tooth-coloured resin is used to restore teeth.
-  If your teeth are severely damaged, you may benefit from dental crowns, or caps, on your teeth.
-  Porcelain veneers are also effective, as they are used to cover your teeth.

Also importantly, you must get your GERD/acid reflux condition under control with the advice of your doctor. Otherwise, these treatments will not work over the long term.

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Are Teeth Whitening Treatments Safe?



Dental whitening is a cosmetic procedure that improves stained or discoloured teeth. This treatment is usually safe, as long as certain conditions are met.

Key takeaways:

-  Whitening treatments done by a dentist pose minimal risks.

-  At-home whitening treatments are safe if they’re only used occasionally. Repeated use can cause permanent sensitivity.

-  If you have sensitive teeth, speak to your dentist before going for a whitening treatment.

To find out if you’re a good candidate for a whitening treatment, make an appointment with your oral healthcare provider.

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Multi-purpose Uses for Invisalign



Most people are familiar with the Invisalign method for straightening teeth but there are other uses to which the system can be put. Invisalign works by using a series of specially prepared, almost invisible, aligners which the dentist changes over a period of time to push the teeth into the desired position.

Because the system adjusts the position of teeth it can also be used to:
- Close gaps between teeth
- Fix an overbite
- Correct an underbite

Invisalign is also an option for those who simply wish to improve the general appearance of their smile. Find out more at

Your Child's First Trip to the Dentist




Ensuring your child's first trip to the dentist is positive will reap rewards for the rest of their life:

- Try not to relay any of your own dental fears to your child.
- Book your child's first appointment during the morning when they are well-rested and have eaten, rather than at a time they would usually be napping.
- During this first visit the dentist will examine your child's teeth, give them a clean and discuss their oral care routine.

Working with a dentist you trust and whom you feel has a great rapport with your child is important.
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Give Smile Therapy a Try



The act of smiling, whether genuine or fake, is good for your overall health and happiness, science shows.

Key takeaways:
- When you smile, your brain releases chemicals called endorphins which help to improve your mood and reduce stress levels.
- Smiling can improve your self-confidence and foster good relationships.
- Smiling has also been linked to a stronger immune function and lower blood pressure.

Your smile reflects your quality of life, so keep your teeth clean and visit your dentist for regular checkups.

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Visiting the Dentist Should be a Comfortable Experience



Visiting the dentist is an essential part of keeping in good oral health: 

- Modern dentists put the comfort of patients first; dental visits are no longer something to be feared.
- For those with severe anxiety about visiting the dentist and treatment, sedation can be an effective way of ensuring you receive the treatment you need with minimal fear.
- Make sure you select a dental practice where you feel relaxed.

Committed to providing comfortable treatment to keep your teeth and gums healthy, your dentist is your partner in having strong teeth for life.
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