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October 8, 2021
Courteney Styles

What are dentures and how to take care of them?

What are dentures and how to take care of them?

In this blog, find out what are dentures and how to take care of them? why-have-dentures

what are dentures and how to take care of them?

What are dentures?

dentures

Dentures are essentially replacement or false teeth due to many factors such as tooth loss.

The purpose of dentures are to replace any missing teeth and they fit and sit on the gums nicely. As well as to eliminate any potential problems caused by the gaps.

Worst case scenario, if you don’t have a replacement tooth, you gums will become infected and could potentially cause tooth decay to your remaining teeth.

Furthermore, if you have gaps and don’t get anything done, eating and speech will become a slight problem.

In addition, your teeth do shift and can move in an angle where the tooth or teeth that are missing in the gap.

What are the different types of dentures?

  1. Complete
  2. Partial

Complete dentures are basically a full set of teeth, generally these are for people who have had complete tooth loss and have no teeth and takes up the whole mouth.

Also they are removable and most commonly made from acrylic.

 

Partial dentures are basically partial but sometimes called a bridge, which is just 1-2 teeth and generally fits in the gaps between your natural teeth.

Basically a bridge between the natural teeth and the dentures and commonly made with nylon or metal.

What type of materials can dentures be made from?

Acrylic (plastic) dentures are made with a plastic type material and with this type of material it is easily moldable.

Acrylic is a great candidate for time as it can change over time.

Commonly used for full dentures and sometimes partial dentures.

Acrylic Dentures

Nylon dentures is an alternative type of denture, and a flexible type of material.

Mostly used for partial dentures.

Due to the material type, nylon being flexible and water solvent so essentially this is a brilliant alternative and that this type of material does not release allergens.

Nylon Dentures

Metal dentures are usually smaller than plastic dentures and have clasps to attach to natural teeth.

Most likely constructed with titanium or colbolt/chrome metal.

Chrome metal is a stronger metal with a high resistant to erosion.

And commonly used for partial dentures.

Metal Dentures

Depending on what the dental surgeon (specialist dentist) recommends to you.

How to clean and take care of Dentures?

Well it is an easy step by step process.

Are you cleaning your dentures correctly?

Most people are not!

Furthermore, if the dentures are damaged during the cleaning process it is very likely that they will become stained and are much more likely to fracture.

However, this is usually due to the over use of bleaching agents, which are found in most denture cleaning products.

So here at Smiles we go to great lengths making sure that our customers are cleaning their new dentures in the best possible way to make sure that they last a long time and stay healthy to use.

You too can take advantage of this cleaning regime by following our simple 3 step rule; brushing twice a day, disinfecting twice a week and de-scaling twice a month.

It is that simple!

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Check out this blog to find out how to get used to new dentures: top-tips-help-get-used-new-dentures

What about the products that help dentures stay in?

The recommendations are many to choose from.

Ideally you want to use the one that works for you but also listen to the specialist dental practitioner recommends.

Recommended products for denture adhesive by dentists are:

  • Secure denture adhesive
  • Poligrip
  • Fixodent
  • Cushion grip thermoplastic denture adhesive
  • Olivafix
  • NaturDent vegan dental adhesive
  • Ultra Wernets Powder
  • Seabond
  • Super Poligrip

In answer to what are dentures and how to take care of them?

Well, from this blog and from research dentures are essentially replacement teeth and caring for them is similar to a usual dental routine. The products are relatively easy to get but always double check with your dentist on which one to get.

Contact us

At Smiles, we are here to help you with your best dental care plans.

To find out more, please get in Contact Us for a no -obligation chat.

To find out more about smiles, and the extremely high customer service we deliver, please head over and have a browse of our Facebook. While you are there, don’t forget to hit that like and follow button.

September 24, 2021
Courteney Styles

What does the dentist do to get my teeth straight?

What does the dentist do to get my teeth straight?

In this blog, you can find out ‘what does the dentist do to get my teeth straight?’

How does it happen, the do’s and don’ts, before and after, and why?

What does

So what exactly does the dentist do to get a patient’s teeth straight?

Well, the answer is quite simple!

Firstly, you get a dentist appointment and they take an X-Ray of your teeth. Then the dentist will refer you to an orthodontist. Or if most of your teeth are straight they will remove (extract) the tooth that is compacted or not needed.

When you see the orthodontist, they will take a mould of your teeth, and take a picture of your teeth to see the before.  They will also show you want braces are.

what does the dentist do to get my teeth straight? Braces

The orthodontist will then clean and prep your teeth for the brackets of the braces.

They then would put a wire on the brackets and close the brackets with the wires on it.

Then they will ask you to book other appointments to change the wires.

do-braces-hurt

Well, the majority of the time, braces don’t hurt, and only ache for about 4 days when a new wire is put in.

From personal experience, my teeth only ached for about 3-4 days when the braces were first put in and when the wires were changed but when I got my braces removed it didn’t hurt at all.

The Before and After

Before

After the braces are removed, the orthodontist will take another mould of your straight teeth and make a retainer to keep your teeth straight.

You can get a clear retainer that you only wear at night and you can also get a permanent retainer as well.

You’ll only get the permanent retainer if your teeth still try to migrate after the braces.

However, the orthodontist will explain what type of retainer you need.

The Do’s and Don’ts

This video covers the do’s and don’ts when you have your braces in.

With retainers, the do’s and don’ts are very similar.

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The main do’s are:

Knowing when to wear the retainer, and the orthodontist will tell you when you’ll have to wear your retainer. I can tell you that I only have to wear mine at night.

Remove the retainer before eating.

Clean the retainer gently either with a toothbrush and toothpaste or soak the retainer in mouthwash.

The main don’ts are:

Do not expose your retainer to heat because it can damage the retainer.

Do not use your retainer if it is dirty and not clean because the remaining bacteria of when it is dirty can lead to bad breath and eroding of the retainer.

What does the dentist do to get my teeth straight? and Why?

So we now know what the dentist does to get your teeth straight,

But why does the dentist do this?

The dentist goes through a process to get your teeth straight and to determine if you need braces or not.

The process is checking your teeth, an x-ray and the examine your teeth.

If you do need braces they refer you to a specialist (Orthodontist) and if you don’t really need braces they recommend tooth extraction (removal) if the rest of your teeth are straight.

Sometimes they will refer you to an orthodontist for just a retainer.

The reason for this is because we all want our teeth straight and we ask the dentist at our checkups or the dentist refers and talks to you about your options as well.

However, it does depend on what the dentist says about getting your teeth straight but half or the majority of the time it is a simple fix and depends on if it is an urgent need or not.

Contact us

At Smiles, we are here to help you with your best dental care plans.

To find out more, please get in Contact Us for a no-obligation chat.

To find out more about smiles, and the extremely high customer service we deliver, please head over and have a browse of our Facebook. While you are there, don’t forget to hit that like and follow button.

September 10, 2021
Courteney Styles

What are the top most dental questions asked?

What are the top most dental questions asked?

In this blog, we will go through, what are the top most dental questions asked, and answering some of them.

 Top most dental questions asked

We thought we would do a blog about these questions because we want to provide our patients with the best knowledge and self-care for their oral hygiene. Asking these questions is so important, but knowing the answers is vital for healthy gums and teeth.

What exactly are cavities?

cavities-tooth-decay

Cavities in teeth are generally the beginning of tooth decay and easily treatable when caught early.

The treatment is usually a deep clean to help clean the tooth out, however, in some cases we may have to do a filling, which is perfectly safe.

With fillings they can sometimes be temporary or last a lifetime depending on the type of product is used to fill the tooth in.

If the cavities are big and need more work, don’t worry there are other treatments out there. For example, A crown,  which covers the top of the tooth.

It is so important that you have regular check-ups with your dentist and hygienist, to ensure any cavity is treated early.

What is the best way to whiten my teeth naturally?

There are many ways to whiten teeth naturally:

teeth whitening

Bicarbonate of soda and tooth paste, the reaction to using your tooth paste is the fluoride in the toothpaste reacting with the bicarbonate of soda which creates a foam and does work, when done regularly.

In some cultures, they use oil by swishing any oil, such as coconut oil, in their mouths, however it isn’t technically scientifically proven to be effective to whitening teeth.

Charcoal toothpaste is another way because charcoal in the charcoal toothpaste has a natural whitening agent in the toothpaste, this shows results after everyday use for two weeks.

An unorthodox way is using hydrogen peroxide, which is a natural bleaching agent, but in most toothpastes, they have hydrogen peroxide in it so by using a higher concentration there are no scientific studies by using this alone to whiten teeth.

Whitening toothpastes always work, when you brush your teeth every day with them.

When you go to the dentist, get some disclosable tablets, and use your normal toothpaste to brush what the tablet has shown you and it does show you where you have missed. Repeat this every day.

Brushing your teeth twice a day every day helps keep your teeth white, flossing always helps!

What are wisdom teeth?

wisdom teeth

Wisdom teeth are the last back molars that generally affects young adults and adults (18-25).

These are the last teeth that come in and can be slightly more painful when pushing through because of all of your other adult teeth and sometimes lack space.

When they come through, they normally come through in each corner at the back of the mouth, but our 28 adult teeth are fixed in place. The wisdom teeth have no where to go so they can grow partially in, emerge at an angle or get stuck, meaning that the wisdom teeth are impacted.

As time has progressed we don’t actually need our wisdom teeth, unlike back in the stone age days. This is because we had bigger heads and jaws due to climate and hunting.

If your wisdom teeth are not causing you any pain, there is no need to go to the dentist.

What mouthwash should I use?

mouthwash

According to some advertisements, the most recommended mouthwash is Listerine.

However, there are many brands of mouthwash and they all do the same job.

  1. Colgate
  2. Listerine
  3. Corsodyl
  4. Dentyl
  5. Sensodyne

(Not all mouthwash is suitable for children, make sure you check the label before)

You may need to try a variety of mouthwashes before you find which one works best for you.

Remember to not swallow the mouthwash and to rinse your mouth with water after each use.

Top most dental questions asked and answered: contact us.

At Smiles, we are here to help you. We offer an affordable, monthly payment plan making sure your teeth get the care they deserve.

To find out more, please get in Contact Us for a no -obligation chat.

To find out more about smiles, and the extremely high customer service we deliver, please head over and have a browse of our Facebook. While you are there, don’t forget to hit that follow button.

 

August 27, 2021
Harry Bailey

What is Tooth Sensitivity & Why do I have it?

What is Tooth Sensitivity & Why do I have it?

What is Tooth Sensitivity & Why do I have it?

What is Tooth Sensitivity & Why do I have it?. Here I will explain why you have tooth sensitivity which is also known as dentin hypersensitivity –  this affects the tooth which means the protective layer known as enamel gets thinner : This means the tooth is more sensitive resulting in this tooth overload, also it can happen when gum recession occurs, or when exposed root surfaces appear, so in conclusion the protection enamel and gums have provided to the tooth and root has become thinner.

What is Tooth Sensitivity & Why do I have it?

What causes sensitive teeth

Some individuals will have sensitive teeth naturally due to having a thinner enamel. Enamel is the outer layers that gives it protection. In many scenarios, the tooth’s enamel can be worn out by many things such as:

  • Brushing your teeth too hard
  • Using a toothbrush with hard bristles
  • Teeth grinding at night
  • Regular consumption of acidic foods and drinks

although there are numerous other conditions that can cause tooth sensitivity. such as Gastroesophageal reflux (GERD) which will make acid come up from stomach into oesophagus leading onto your teeth, wearing it down over duration of time. Conditions that cause regular vomiting like gastroparesis or bulimia will cause acid to wear down the enamel.

Gum recession can leave parts of the tooth expose, with no protection leading to sensitivity

How are sensitive teeth diagnosed

If you do experience a sensation of tooth sensitivity for the first time, its urgent to contact your dentist to make appointment. Doing this allows us to find and rectify the issue with health of your teeth, allowing us to look for problems like loose fillings, cavities and much more that could be cause of the tooth sensitivity
Also your dentist can do this during your regular dental check up. what they will do is clean your teeth, doing a visual exam. they will use dental instruments to check for sensitivity; and possibly could order a X-ray on your teeth to rule out the serious problems like cavities.

How is tooth sensitivity treated?

If your tooth sensitivity is mild, there is over the counter dental treatments which you can try.

Choosing toothpaste that is labelled as being made for sensitive teeth, Toothpaste like these wont have any annoying ingredients that irritate you; also they may have desensitizing ingredients that can help block the discomfort from travelling to the nerve of the tooth.

Using mouthwash can help, make sure to use an alcohol-free moth rinse, as this will be less annoying to the sensitive teeth.

Another way to reduce irritating your teeth is to use softer toothbrushes/heads, gentle brushing will also help.

Usually it will take time to find the right remedies that work, try one for a week and you should see a improvement, if you don’t then move onto another.

If home treatments such as remedies you use, don’t work then you will need contact your dentist, talking to them about the problem should result in prescription toothpaste, and mouthwash or something else as they know best.

How we can help you?

Here at Smiles, we know how important it is to provide a high standard of dentistry care to our patients, after all everyone deserves that celebrity smile. Therefore we know how vital it is to make dentistry affordable. The Smiles Centre offer a fantastic Smile Plans to all their patients. To find out more, please get in Contact Us for a no -obligation chat.

To find out more about smiles, and the extremely high customer service we deliver, please head over and have a browse of our Facebook. While you are there, don’t forget to hit that follow button.

Also if you would like to find out more about tooth sensitivity : click here for more information relating to What is Tooth Sensitivity and Why do I have it?

 

 

 

August 16, 2021
Harry Bailey

How Often Should I Get a Dental Check up?

How long should you wait until you get a check up? 

How Often Should I Get a Dental Check up? A dental appointment varies between person to person so how long should you wait until you get a check up? A usual rule for adult patients is to visit a dental practice once or twice a year, even if your mouth is in perfect condition. By this way you can get your teeth professionally cleaned on a regular basis, and maintain that perfect orally clean healthy teeth you have. 

Who Should Go to the Dentist More Often? 

Although going to dentist once or twice a year might feel like quite a lot, there is still numerous amounts of people that are prone to go more. Usually this will come down to higher risks of dental disease and other health conditions that you will need to factor in, such as this list below: 

  • Diabetics  
  • Smokers 
  • Pregnant women 
  • Individuals with gum disease 
  • Individuals with a weaker immune response 
  • Individuals who are more likely to get cavities and plaque build up 
Dentist Appointment
How often should i get a dental check up

Why is Going to the Dentist Important? 

So, you brush twice a day with regular flossing daily, you will still be required to visit a dental practice regularly! Your dentist and dental hygienist are trained professionally to check for any issues, or pain that you might not see or feel on your own. Some things such as cavities or gum disease aren’t even visible, and can be painful until they’re more advanced. 

Then there’s oral cancer, where a dental practice is usually first to find it for lots of patients. So seeing a dentist early will allow a more early, approachable, conceivable way to find the issue before it starts to worsen. It will prevent and will be more easy when found early (such as Oral Cancer) with the regular visits your dental practice will find a solution to any red flags that do come up, saving you time, money and any uncomfortable sensation in your mouth.

Instructions to maintain Good Oral Hygiene

Oral hygiene is so important for the health of your teeth and gums. Maintaining a good oral hygiene is great, but poor oral health can cause consequence’s to your overall health, for example: can cause a risk factor for heart disease and diabetes. To prevent this I have come up with some oral health instructions that you can try:

  • Brushing twice a day for two minutes each time
  • Using floss clean between your teeth everyday, use interdental brushes, water flosses and floss picks, making sure to not skip any teeth
  • Use toothpaste and mouth wash that contains fluoride (if your unsure links will down below)
  • Any dentist treatment plan and dental hygienist’s oral hygiene recommendations must be followed

Healthy teeth and gums can make you look and feel better, help you eat and talk comfortably, and can save you money in healthcare expenses.

How often should children go to a dental practice?

How Often Should I Get a Dental Check up? Just like adults, children should be visiting the dentist regularly. After their first visit,  children should visit the dentist at least every six months, for a kid’s dental cleaning, These visits then will extend fairly well into adulthood, preparing them for the rest of the individual’s life. To find out more about when your child should go to the dentist, check out this blog When should my child go to the dentist?

How we can help you?

Here at Smiles, we know how important it is to provide a high standard of dentistry care to our patients, after all everyone deserves that celebrity smile. Therefore we know how vital it is to make dentistry affordable. The Smiles Centre offer a fantastic Smile Plans to all their patients. To find out more, please get in Contact Us for a no -obligation chat.

To find out more about smiles, and the extremely high customer service we deliver, please head over and have a browse of our Facebook. While you are there, don’t forget to hit that follow button.

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