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May 6, 2021
Opal Hewlett

Why are my teeth sensitive?



Tooth sensitivity occurs when the enamel that protects your teeth starts to wear down (gets thinner). When gums recede, they start exposing the underlying surface, the dentin. This will start reducing the amount of protection the enamel and gums provide to the teeth.


Being a suffer of sensitive teeth can be a real challenge, it can effect our everyday living with having to constantly think about what we put into our mouths. If you experience sensitivity you are going to want to find out wants causing you discomfort. I wish there was one definitive answer but unfortunately there are many reasons that could be the root cause.

  • Brushing too hard: It could be something really simple like brushing too aggressively and using a hard toothbrush. This eventually starts to wear down the enamel, a key factor to sensitive teeth.
  • Tooth Erosion: It comes back to ‘watching what you put into your mouth’, tooth erosion is causes by consuming highly acidic food and drink.

Sensitive tooth

  • Tooth Decay: This links with tooth erosion. Leaky fillings, broken teeth that expose the dentin of your teeth will cause sensitive teeth. If you think you suffer from tooth decay, have a read of What causes teeth to decay? and book any appointment to see your dentist.
  • Gum Recession: Again gum recession will cause root exposure. This will lead to tooth sensitivity.
  • Grinding your teeth: Believe it or not grinding teeth is very common and yet so many are aware they even do it. Any yes, grinding your teeth could be the answer to ‘ Why are my teeth sensitive’. If you think grinding your teeth could be the cause to sensitive teeth, then a trip to the dentist may be in order.
  • Post dental treatment: Sensitive teeth can be a common symptom to some dentistry work, for example: Teeth whitening, fillings and crowns. Sensitive after these treatments are temporary and will go with time.


The treatment required for sensitive teeth will all depend on what’s causing it and how severe it is. If you are suffering from sensitive teeth the best cause of action is to see your dentist, they will be able to diagnose what’s causing it and put a treatment plan in place. Treated could be directly with the dentist or at home.  This could be as simple changing to a soft toothbrush and a sensitive toothpaste.

Selecting sensitive toothpaste


If it’s time to say goodbye to those sensitive teeth then look no further.

We are a privately ran dentist who put our patients at the heart of everything we do. Everyone deserves outstanding dental care, a joyful, affordable experience and with our smiles plans this has been possible for so many. Its wonderful to watch so many enjoying their dental journey. If you would love to find out more about our Smile Plans and services, or just want a friendly chat with a dental guru, please get in touch  Smiles Centre we would love to hear from you.

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April 19, 2021
Opal Hewlett

What causes teeth to decay?

Tooth decay is an issue so many suffer from, yet are still in the unknown on what is it, or most importantly what causes teeth to decay? Before we look into this further, we need to be confident on what tooth decay is.

Tooth Decay

You may be familiar with cavity or cavities, this is tooth decay. It occurs when when the bacteria living in your mouth creates an acid that slowly starts eating away at your teeth. Tooth decay starts with unnoticeable damage to the enamel, progressing to the deeper layer of the tooth. Over a period of time it will eventually reach the pulp. (The pulp of your teeth contain very high- sensitive blood vessels and nerves). This will inevitably lead to tooth lose.

Tooth Decay

What causes teeth to decay?

Now we know what tooth decay is; it is vital we know what causes teeth to decay, so we can do all we can to prevent it. One of the most common causes for tooth decay is poor oral hygiene.

  • Poor oral hygiene: This cause is avoidable and we should all be performing excellent oral hygiene to prevent tooth decay.

What is excellent oral hygiene? So many think excellent oral hygiene is brushing your teeth twice daily for at least 2 minutes. They are mistaken, this is good oral hygiene but alone isn’t always enough to prevent tooth decay. You need to also floss regularly and have regular visits with your hygienist and dentist.

Deep Tooth Crevices and Enamel Issues: Anyone who suffers from either of these are highly likely to suffer from some form of tooth decay, due to the deep crevices allowing bacteria and plaque to grow fairly easily. You can get dental sealant to help – see your dentist for advise.

  •  Poor Nutrition: Eating a lot of food that is high is sugars, carbohydrates and acids ultimately will lead to tooth decay over time. Sugary food and drink are bacteria’s best friend, they thrive off them. A lot of our drinks contains acid, but fizzy drinks and juices are the main causes – watching how much you consume will help to prevent tooth decay.
  • Dry Mouth Issues: Tooth decay and other dental issues are likely to occur if you suffer from a dry mouth, this is due to the fact saliva helps to reduce the growth of plaque.
  • Tooth Grinding: Tooth grinding is very common,many people don’t even realise they are doing it. It usually happens when sleeping or when either stressed or anxious.

Grinding Teeth

  • Age: Tooth decay is something that does become more common with age, this is down to many factors; with medication being one along with improper oral hygiene catching up.
  • Genetics: Unfortunately for some people they are prone to tooth decay and other dental issues due to genetics; Deep tooth crevices and enamel issues are inherited.

So we now know what causes teeth to decay, but also how we can prevent it. Visiting the dentist and hygienist regularly is the best thing you can do for your teeth. Smiles Centre have a incredible team as well as offering wonderful Smile Plans, allowing you to give your teeth the love and care they need and deserve. If you would like more information about the Smiles plans or on how the fabulous team at Smiles Centre can help you, get in touch Contact Us. The team at Smiles are waiting to help you on your dental journey.

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April 8, 2021
Opal Hewlett

Why do my gums bleed?

Why do my gums bleed?

This seems to be a big, maybe even reoccurring problem for many, yet that question we think every time it happens ‘Why do my gums bleed?’ is still unanswered for many. So it’s finally time to find out what could be causing your gums to bleed and how to treat/prevent it.

Why are my gums bleeding? 

Many people think bleeding gums is an automatic sign of gum disease; Yes, it can definitely be a possibility, it isn’t always the sole cause. Their are many other health problems that can cause gums to bleed.

  • Brushing too vigorously – Bleeding gums can be caused by something so simple like brushing too hard. To help control this, you can use a soft, bristle brush; brush slowly using gentle back and forth movements at a 45 degree angle. Or invest in a Oral B smart series electric toothbrush. This toothbrush lets you know when you’re brushing too hard. If you know this is something you are prone to doing, invest in this smart toothbrush. Have a read of Are electric toothbrushes better than manual? to see all the other benefits of using an electric toothbrush.
  • Wearing poorly fitted dentures- If dentures do not fit correctly, they will be rubbing against the gums, making them sore and maybe even causing some bleeding. If you believe your dentures could be the cause, see your dentist or dental technician as soon as possible. It may be time for some new dentures.

Bleeding Gums

Dental Conditions that causes bleeding gums 

Their are a few dental conditions that could be the root cause to ‘ Why do my gums bleed?’

  • Gingivitis- This is usually caused when plaque stays on the gums for too long. The only way to prevent this, is to make sure your are brushing and flossing regularly and visiting a dental hygienist.   – Pregnancy Gingivitis – This is very common during pregnancy, in fact over half of pregnant women experience this. This is partly caused by the hormone changes – it can cause the gums to be more sensitive to the bacteria in the plaque.
  • Periodontitis- Periodontitis disease occurs when gingivitis becomes advanced. It is an infection of the gums, jawbone and supportive tissue that connects the teeth and gums. Periodontitis can lead to teeth become loose, and in some severe cases tooth lose.

Health problems  

Personal health problems can also be reasons as to ‘Why do my gums bleed?’ for instance:

  • Vitamin K and C deficiencies – can also cause bleeding gums. Please consult your doctor if you think your bleeding gums are not caused by improper dental care. Making sure your diet contains a good balance of vitamins enables you to stay healthy.

Bleeding gums can also be a sign or a more serious illness, like:

  • Hemophilia (Impairs the body’s ability to make blood clots)
  • Leukemia (Cancer of the blood)

Blood – thinning medication can also cause bleeding gums, like warfarin and aspirin.

How do I know for sure why my gums are bleeding 

Book an appointment with your dentist. They can do a physical examination and determine whether the bleeding gums are down to an underlying issue.

Dental Check Up

Treatment for bleeding gums 

The first thing to prevent bleeding gums, is good oral hygiene; visiting your dentist at least once a year and your dental hygienist, using a soft bristle or electric toothbrush. By visiting your dentist on a regular basis, they will be able to show you how to clean your teeth correctly and thoroughly, and pick up on any oral diseases early on. Treatments will very depending to your condition.

If you are suffering from bleeding gums and would like to see a dentist, please  Contact Us to book your meet and greet appointment.

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March 24, 2021
Opal Hewlett

When should my child go to the dentist?

When should my child go to the dentist?

Believe it or not, it is actually recommended that you take your child to the dentist as soon as they start to get their first milk tooth/teeth. This is usually around six months but can be earlier or later. So many parents are not aware of this and wait until they are at least one, if not older.

Why take your child to the dentist when their first milk teeth appear? 

Some may think its a bit ‘silly’ taking a child so young to the dentist with maybe only a couple of teeth. The reason we recommend taking your child to the dentist when their first milk teeth appear, is because we want them to become familiar with the environment, the process and the dentist but of course check for any oral issues – Tooth decay affects 1 in 5 children.

What to expect at your child’s first check up 

This check up is to get the child use to going to the dentist. The dentist will also checking for:

  • Tooth decay
  • Gums
  • Jaws
  • Bite
  • Problems that may affect teeth or speech
  • Frenum issues

The dentist will also gently clean your baby’s gums and teeth. During the check up your baby can sit on your lab or in the chair with you. They wouldn’t be expected to sit in the chair alone, we need to make the child feel as comfortable as possible, making the whole experience fun and positive.

Child learning to brush teeth

In this appointment the dentist will also advise on starting to brush the teeth (If haven’t already) and what to use. That’s right, as soon as those milk teeth make an appearance the brushing should start, you should:

  • Clean your babies teeth twice a day with fluoride tooth paste. Use a child’s toothpaste containing no less than 1000ppm or a Family toothpaste containing between 1350ppm – 1500ppm.
  • Use only a smear of toothpaste ( grain of rice)
  • Make sure your baby does not eat or lick the toothpaste from the tube.
  • Brush the teeth for 2 minutes each time, make sure the last brush is just before bed.

What we can offer your family at Smiles Centre 

So we have helped answer’ When should my child go to the dentist?’ but the help doesn’t end there. We at smiles put our patients at the heart of everything we do, going above and beyond in making private dentistry affordable for all.

To ensure this we offer a Family Smile Plan, check it out to find out more about how this can benefit you and your family Smile Plans. *Anyone on a Smiles family plan – Children under 3 are free*

As we are currently unable to offer tours around the practice, here is a virtual tour for you to get a feel.

If you think Smiles Centre is the practice for you and your family, or you would like more general oral hygiene information, contact the team at smiles Contact Us. Who will be more than happy to help. We look forward to welcoming you to the Smiles family.

March 8, 2021
Opal Hewlett

Are Electric Toothbrushes Better Than Manual?

‘Are Electric toothbrushes better than manual?’ This seems to be a question a lot of patients ask their dentist and the simple answer is usually yes!

So I guess the next question would be  ‘why are electric toothbrushes better?’ Electric toothbrushes have many advantages to a manual toothbrush, making them more beneficial.


Advantages of a electric toothbrush 

  • Less reliant on the ‘brushing technique’ – An electric toothbrush takes the ‘hard work’ out of brushing to ensure you are cleaning your teeth properly. With the high-speed motions and configured bristles, it takes brushing your teeth to a whole new level. You can feel confident knowing you teeth have been cleaned thoroughly, making the electric toothbrush more effective.
  • Built in timers – 2 minutes is the recommended amount of time to brush you teeth. When using a manual toothbrush a lot of people think they are brushing their teeth for this recommended time, however, this time is actually a considerable amount less, with the average being 45 seconds. With the built in timers on an electric toothbrush, this will encourage the users to brush their teeth for longer, which is fantastic for removing plaque and improving overall dental health.

Electric Toothbrush

  • More encouraging for children –  Speaking as a parent I know how challenging it can be to get your little ones to brush their teeth, let alone for 2 minutes. With an electric toothbrush, brushing has got a whole more fun, for you and the children. The built in times actively simulate interest in brushing teeth. Electric toothbrushes are also colourful and fun, you can even get ones with their favourite characters. Seems like a win, win if you ask me.
  • Pressure Senors – Some electric toothbrushes have built in pressure- sensors. The benefit for this, is to prevent users applying too much pressure. Too much pressure when brushing your teeth could damage tooth enamel.
  • Reduced Dexterity- Electric toothbrushes are also very good for cleaning dentures etc for anyone who has dexterity issues as they require little effort and are very effective.

So the question was  ‘Are electric toothbrushes better than manual’ and we have given some advantages as to why electric toothbrushes come out on top. But what are the disadvantages of an electric toothbrush?

  • Electric tooth brushes are more expensive than a manual
  • You need to regularly change the brush heads, which could be more than replacing a manual toothbrush.

‘Are electric toothbrushes better than manual’ we have stated many of the advantages an electric toothbrush has, but what advantages does a manual toothbrush have?.

Advantages of a manual toothbrush 

  • Manual toothbrushes are cheap and cost effective. They can be purchased for a little as £2 and needs to be replaced every 3 months.
  • Easily Transportable –  A manual toothbrush is easy to transport and won’t take up much room. You don’t have to worry about being able to charge them aboard.

Manual Toothbrush

Unlike the electric toothbrush a manual one has many disadvantages.

  • A lot more physical effort is required compared to an electric toothbrush to make sure a you remove all plaque.
  • No built in timer

So ‘ Are electric toothbrushes better than manual’? from comparing advantages and disadvantages, the answer is yes.

If you would like to purchase an electric toothbrush or would like more information on ‘Are electric toothbrushes better than manual’ or your general dental health, get in contract with the team at smiles  Contact Us. 

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