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September 10, 2021
Courteney Styles

What are the top most dental questions asked?

What are the top most dental questions asked?

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

 Top most dental questions asked

I search and ask these questions because I want to know what is best for my teeth and oral care. I know we all care if our mouth is as healthy as our body. However, dental care is important and if you are asking these questions here are some of the answers.

What exactly are cavities?


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

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

With fillings they can sometimes be temporary or long life time depending on the type of product they use to fill the tooth in.

But if the cavities are big and need more work.

You can get a crown which covers the top of the tooth.

Another possibility is to have the tooth removed, if the cavity has gone straight to the root of the tooth to the nerves and can be more painful before getting the cavity solved.

I can personally tell you I have had a few cavities and all I had done was a filling because my dentist caught it in time.

What is the best way to whiten my teeth naturally?

There are many ways to whiten teeth naturally, and some are very simple remedies.

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 everyday using these toothpastes.

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 everyday.

Brushing your teeth twice a day everyday 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 though because of all of your other adult teeth are there.

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 need the wisdom teeth unlike back in the stone-age, because we had bigger heads and jaws due to climate and hunting.

Now they are just there. There is no need to worry because if they are not causing you any pain, there is no need to go to the dentist.

Should I go to the dentist if I have wisdom teeth?

dentist checking wisdom teeth

Generally, yes but in some dental practices, they’d already have an x-ray of your teeth and the wisdom teeth would show on the x-ray.

Only go to the dentist if your wisdom teeth are causing you any pain or discomfort.

The dentist will check your teeth and would assess and advise you whether or not to get your wisdom teeth extracted (removing of the teeth).

However, if the wisdom teeth need to be extracted, the dentists would refer you to a dental surgeon, but most of the time they will try other methods first.

Should I get braces again if my wisdom teeth or teeth are out of line?


Well this depends, some people who haven’t had braces and there are some that have, like myself. Normally you wouldn’t unless the wisdom teeth have undone all your orthodontists work.

But if you can get your retainer in after the removal it should technically fix itself or you can get a new retainer to help straighten your teeth again.

What mouthwash should I use?


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

There are some that are suitable for children and it says on the bottle.

With some mouthwashes you’ll have to be careful with the age on it and it states clearly on the bottle.

You can buy any of these mouthwashes at local supermarkets.

Personally, I would definitely recommend Listerine as it makes my breath, mouth and teen feeling minty fresh and very clean. This is my personal preference.

You should find a mouthwash that works best for you, try as many as possible then decide what mouthwash is good for you. As everyone’s mouth is unique.

Top most dental questions asked and answered: contact us.

I have answered these questions and hopefully this is very useful information to know.

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.

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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.

August 16, 2021
Opal Hewlett

When should I consider Dental Implants?

When should I consider Dental Implants?

When should I consider dental Implants? – This one is a tough question, but hopefully here you will find out everything you need to know in making that decision easier for you.

Before you can decide whether:

1. Dental implants are right for you

2. When to consider them

you need yo know what dental implants are.

What are dental Implants? 

Dental Implants are small Titanium posts that are surgically placed within the jawbone. These posts and your bone fuse together, making the Implant stable enough to support permanently placed false teeth, such as: Crowns, bridges and over dentures.

Dental implants

When to consider Dental Implants? 

If you have missing teeth from an Injury, gum disease or tooth decay, or have dentures that are not fitting properly. Then maybe it is time to consider dental implants. Compared to other other treatments available when it comes to missing teeth, dental implants are an outstanding option.

Benefits of Dental Implants 

  • Supports Jaw Health – Implants connect directly
  • to the bone helping to preserve the strength and appearance of the jaw.
  • Natural look and feel – Dental Implants will look and feel more natural. They will also feel normal when it comes to biting and chewing, making them a very popular option.
  • Durable with a long lifespan – Dental Implants last longer than any other tooth restoration, including bridges and dentures.

How long do Dental Implants last? 

If you look after your Implants well, with proper at home oral hygiene and regular visits to the dentist, your implants should last for the rest of your life. This is why they are such a great long-term investment, I mean you can’t put a price on life long teeth.

How to care for Dental Implants? 

Believe it or not dental implants require minimal special care. Just like normal teeth you just need to brush and floss regularly, along side regular dental check ups every 6 months.

If you have bridge implants or implant-supported dentures, these do require a little bit more upkeep but still very manageable.

Surgical process of Dental Implants 

Getting your new Implants involves several steps in a team effort that includes your implant surgeon, restorative dentist and a dental lab.

Firstly, your implant surgeon will plan and implement the surgical placement of the Implants. This is a carefully planned procedure using information gathered through diagnostic tools and computer guidance. These implants set the foundations for the crown/s that will be placed by the dentist.


Next the dentist and dental lab work together to design, create and place the prosthesis over your implant/s – giving you teeth again!

– Is the procedure painful? – Like any surgery you will experience some discomfort but thankfully due to the new technology, any pain in minimal compared to past methods. 

– Are there risks involved? – Like any surgery it does involve some risks but are reduced with treatment planning. 

When should I consider getting Dental Implants? 

If you’re considering Implants and would like to speak to a professional then please get in touch and book your free Dental Implants consultation today.

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July 13, 2021
Opal Hewlett

When do baby teeth fall out?

When do baby teeth fall out?

When do baby teeth fall out? – Are you a first time parent wondering when you will take on the role as the tooth fairy, on top of the thousand of endless roles you already do. Wonderful being a parent, right?

For many new parents, this milestone in their little ones life may feel daunting – the unknown of when it will happen, what to expect and how to handle it. Hopefully this helps put any worries to bay.

What are baby teeth? 

Deciduous teeth, known as milk teeth, baby teeth, primary teeth – are the first set of teeth in the growth and development of humans

How old are children when they start to lose their milk teeth?

Lucky for any parent this milestone isn’t usually reached until the age of 5 or 6. They milk teeth fall out, making way for the adult teeth. Baby teeth usually fall out in the same order of which they grew.

Baby Tooth
Baby tooth

Caring for milk teeth 

Even though these are first teeth and will eventually be replaced by adult teeth, it is still vital you do all we can to look after them. It is so important that baby teeth get careful care and protection from tooth decay – known as ‘ baby bottle tooth decay’ or ‘ nursing mouth syndrome’. This condition occurs when a babies teeth is exposed to sugary liquids frequently. Although baby teeth fall out and are replaced by adult teeth, a decayed primary tooth could lead to infection and may damage the permanent adult tooth growing underneath.

General time line for milk tooth development 

The pattern in which the baby teeth emerge varies from baby to baby, but generally you would expect to see:

  • 8 teeth present around 15 months
  • 12 teeth present around 19 months
  • 16 teeth present around 23 months
  • 20 teeth by around 27 months

Visiting the dentist 

To ensure milk teeth are growing correctly and are in a healthy condition, it is so important your little one visits the dentist as soon as their milk teeth starts to make an appearance. To find out more about tooth decay What causes teeth to decay?  and When should my child go to the dentist? have a read of these blogs.

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