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Do Pacifiers Impact on a Child's Oral Health?


A pacifier can be beneficial in comforting a child, but prolonged use may impact on their oral health. By visiting a child-friendly dentist you can be advised on best practices when using a pacifier. Key takeaways:

  • Using a pacifier for a prolonged time can impact the roof of a child’s mouth and lead to an open bite.
  • If your child uses a pacifier for long periods it may lead to crooked or misaligned teeth.
  • Try avoiding sweet items such as honey on the pacifier as this increases the risk of tooth decay.

"By using a pacifier properly, you can enjoy its benefits while reducing the risk that your child would experience oral health problems as a result. Talk to your dentist or pediatrician more about safe pacifier use!"

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How Many Years Will Dental Veneers Last?


A dentist will often recommend veneers if you have crooked, stained or chipped teeth. It is still a good idea to take a look at how durable these appliances are in order to appreciate how long you can expect them to last. 

What do the experts have to say?

  • Porcelain veneers are able to stand up to a significant level of wear and tear.
  • Most models will last for over a decade.
  • When properly maintained, they may last for up to 20 years.

"Veneers are a popular form of treatment that can cover crooked teeth."

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Pregnancy and Sensitive Gums


During pregnancy the body undergoes hormonal changes and this can impact on both bodily and dental health. While physical changes are obvious the effect on dental well-being may go almost unnoticed until it becomes a problem. Some possible adverse affects of pregnancy are:
- Sensitive teeth
- Sensitive and swollen gums
- Increased risk of periodontal (gum) disease
Looking after the body is vital during pregnancy but so is maintaining good dental health. Seeing your dentist while pregnant is safe and is important “not only for your health but for the health of your baby” as gum disease has been associated with premature births. Read more at

A Look at Some Common Causes of a Toothache


Are you experiencing pain in one or more teeth? If so, it is important to see a dentist without delay. It is also a good idea to take a look at some of the basic causes of this condition in advance.
What are three common reasons why a tooth might hurt?
- You might be suffering from an advanced form of gum disease.
- You could have developed a cavity.
- In some cases, individuals who grind their teeth will experience pain.
"A tooth that’s painful, aching, or sensitive is not something to be ignored."
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Complications of Misaligned Teeth


Apart from possibly looking unsightly misaligned teeth could be impacting negatively on dental and bodily health. Because the teeth don’t line up as they should the jaw must work harder and food may not be digested properly. This can lead to conditions such as:
- Tooth sensitivity due to uneven wear
- Aches in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ)and sometimes accompanying headaches
- Gastrointestinal issues
In many cases “misaligned teeth might not be as easy to spot as you think” and regular check-ups at the dentist are a necessity in order to spot any irregularity early and take corrective measures. More detailed information can be found at

A Look at the Average Dental Visit


It is always important to see the dentist in order to ensure the health of your teeth and gums. So, what does the average visit involve? Let us take a quick look at what to expect.
- Your teeth will be examined by a hygienist.
- They are then cleaned; removing any plaque and tartar.
- You may need a fluoride treatment to provide additional protection.
"Fortunately, a simple trip to the dentist can get your teeth sparkly clean and typically takes less than an hour."
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Did You Know Gum Disease Can Be Inherited?

undefinedDental health is a combination of genetic makeup and environmental influences:

- If your parents have a history of gum disease this means you are more likely to develop it yourself.
- As gum disease is a progressive condition, it cannot be ignored.
- Gum disease can be prevented by good oral hygiene and regular checkups at the dentist.

"It’s possible to have a healthy smile even with a history of oral disease. Visit your local dentist to learn more about how regular checkups and professional teeth cleanings can help you have the healthiest smile possible!"
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Water Flossing Versus Regular Flossing: Which is Best?


Flossing is an important part of your dental routine to ensure all food particles and plaque are removed from the nooks and crannies between your teeth:
- Standard dental floss is string-like material that you manually use in between your teeth.
- A water flosser uses batteries to shoot a tiny stream of water between your teeth; studies have shown this is more effective than standard floss.
- Your dentist will advise you to floss daily, whichever method you prefer.
"If the water flosser will make you more likely to floss, it can be a wise investment in your oral health."
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Dental Crowns: What Are The Risks?


Ceramic dental crowns are fitted to the top of teeth to improve their appearance or preserve the structure. It is a common and straightforward procedure, however, there are a few risks:

- If the crown is not fitted correctly, bacteria can multiply, resulting in decay of the tooth beneath it.
- Some people may experience sensitivity, nerve damage, gingivitis (inflamed gums) and infection.
- Your dentist will be happy to discuss the procedure before your crown is fitted.

"Thе dental crown procedure саn bе a great solution fоr patients wіth weakened оr traumatised tooth/teeth."
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Do Dental Implants Prevent Gum Disease?


Dental implants are one of the best methods for replacing missing or damaged teeth. Although an implant cannot develop a cavity, this does not mean that it is not subject to other dental problems including gum disease.
The advantage of an implant over leaving a gap in the teeth is that it supports the jawbone which is responsible for the maintenance of:
- Teeth
- Gums
- Connective tissues
A dentist will recommend dental implants as they “halt the bone loss process and generate better jawbone density” which can result from missing teeth. More information regarding dental implants can be found at

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