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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 
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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.

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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.

If you need a family dentist and want more information about the affordable family dental plan we offer, please get in contact Contact Us.  

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June 30, 2021
Opal Hewlett

Are dental x-rays safe?

Are dental X-rays safe? 

Are dental x-rays safe? – Just like every medical procedure, dental x-rays have pros and cons. However, the amount of radiation exposure makes the risks of potentially harmful effects very small. Making dental x-rays a safe and in some cases vital procedure.


Dental x-rays a 2D images used with low levels of radiation to capture images of the interior of your teeth and gums. This can help the dentist identify any oral health problems, for instance:

  • Small areas of decay between teeth
  • Decay beneath fillings
  • Cysts and other types of tumors
  • Bone loss in the jaw
  • Position of the teeth
  • Abscesses

There are two types of dental x-rays, film and digital.



  • You need less radiation with a digital x-ray to produce the same quality of image
  • Digital x -rays can store the images onto a computer
  • Offers 256 shades of grey
Digital x-ray machine
Digital x-ray machine

We are very fortunate to have this x-ray machine on site, here at  Smiles Centre. Not all dental practices do, so make sure your check prior if this is the x-ray method you’d prefer.


  • Difficult to store and retrieve images as the film degrade over time
  • Uses higher radiation (Still a very low, safe amount)
film x-ray
Film x-ray


All of the listed above are massive pros to having a dental x-ray. X-rays help with early detection of an infection/problems and can limit or prevent further issues.


Like any use of radiation, dental x-rays can promote a small increased risk of cancer in the future. However the chances of this is minimal – ‘ Are dental x-rays safe?’ making this question a simple yes, dental x-rays are a safe, positive procedure.


The great thing about both types of x-rays is that the machine does all the work. All you have to do as the patient is sit in the chair. Dental x-rays are simple, painless with minimal risk.


If you are interested in more information about our digital x-ray machine, please get in touch  Contact Us. Also head over and check out our customer reviews – they speak for themselves Facebook

June 15, 2021
Opal Hewlett

What toothpaste should I use?


We all want to look after our teeth, to have a pearly white smile that doesn’t break the bank. One of the basic decision we all face on a daily basis to ensure our teeth are healthy and well cleaned is the toothpaste we decide to use. This decision is so important, it could have ramifications for years to come. Before we can made a decision we need to know what toothpaste is.

Toothpaste Smile


Toothpaste is an abrasive that aids in removing plaque and food from teeth; It is used to promote oral hygiene. However, if you are lazy with your brushing technique it won’t work.


Fluoride is the most important component in any good toothpaste. It is the primary reason tooth decay and cavities have declined dramatically over the years.

Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that protects your teeth when you eat. Every time you consume food, it leaves trace elements of sugar and starch on your teeth.

Fluoride helps  to strengthen tooth enamel, this added strength makes your teeth less susceptible to chipping and cracking.

Fluoride also fights off previous damage by reversing the process of tooth decay. So for these two reasons it is so important that when you are shopping for toothpaste you pick one that has fluoride.

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So now you know when shopping for toothpaste it is so important to make sure the toothpaste you choose has fluoride, but what brand is best for you?

The brand you choose we all depend on what you want from the toothpaste and your lifestyle, For example:

If you are a smoker or coffee drinker you should choose a brand with the highest fluoride content.  (The highest concentration of fluoride you can buy over the counter is Sensodyne – you are looking for a minimum of 1000 PPM)

If you have yellow teeth, you need a toothpaste that has a higher number of silicates – Silica is used in tooth whitening toothpastes, to it will gradually alter the shade from yellow back to white.

If you have sensitive gums and/or teeth, the best toothpaste to use would be one that treats the underlying problem of sensitivity.

If you have more questions about toothpaste and would like to speak to one of our dental care professionals, book a free meet and greet today! smilescentre. 






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