oral cancer, cancer screening, oral health, HPV, HPV Vaccine, cancer

HPV or the Human Papillomavirus is a group of viruses and is the most common sexually transmitted virus. But what has this got to do with dentistry? Well, HPV is most commonly attributed to causing genital warts or cervical cancer but HPV can also cause oral cancer. HPV is the leading cause of oro-pharyngeal cancers…

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social media, sharing, online, web, internet, social, engagement, practice management

How can your practice benefit from activity on popular social media ? Nowadays, everyone is constantly connected. Whether it is chatting with family, friends and colleagues or engaging with brands and companies. Social media is a great way of getting the conversation flowing and it’s right at our finger tips. Social media can be a…

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kids, childrens oral health, dentistry, kids at the dentist, NHS

Promoting good oral health in children is vital.   The younger they learn, the better! We really do take our teeth for granted. We need them to eat, they play a vital role in holding the structure of our face and they help us to look great in photos too. Ensuring good dental care from…

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gum lift, gum, gums, teeth, smile,

Gum lifting, also known as ‘gingivectomy’, is a cosmetic dentistry procedure which improves the overall appearance of your smile. This popular procedure ensures that the gum line of your teeth is in the best possible position to show off your teeth. Usually, a cosmetic gum lift is carried out in conjunction with other cosmetic dentistry…

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reviews, dental practice reviews, dental reviews, practice management, dental practice management, review systems, SEO

Do you look at reviews before you pay money for a good or service? Often, before we fork out on a big purchase we’ll look at reviews. Have you ever thought that a holiday destination looks really nice but then you read reviews on Trip Advisor and changed your mind completely? Have you ever wanted…

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smiling, smiling, mental health, smile, teeth, britain

Smiling – something that more of us should do more often! On average, women smile a whopping 62 times every day compared to men who smile only 6 times a day! Are we really shocked at that though? C’mon men, crack us a smile!   Eight in ten brits say that they are confident enough…

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extraction, dental extraction, tooth extraction, wisdom teeth, tooth out, smile

Extraction of a tooth is one of the most common dental procedures. But what should you do after you’ve had a tooth removed? As with all dental procedures, making sure you follow a strict aftercare routine is vital. Extractions need that little bit of extra care because there is essentially a gap in your mouth…

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mouth cancer, mouth cancer action month, illness, health, general health, be mouthaware

November is Mouth Cancer Action Month   Dentists are not only great at looking at our teeth and gums, we know from previous Defacto Dentist blog posts that dentists can also spot the signs of some other health problems, including cancer.   What is Mouth Cancer? Mouth cancer seems like quite a generalised term, and…

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NEW V-Posil – your solution to quick and precise impression-taking It’s all about choice, convenience and comfort with VOCO’s family of V-Posil VPS impression materials. Recently enhanced by the introduction of V-Posil Mono Fast, the range now enables clinicians to easily select the most suitable impression material for every technique and speed. When it comes…

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BulkEZ is a game changing filling material A NEW filling material that dramatically changes the way you work. With unlimited cure depth, no leakage and fast setting without light curing; it really is in a class of its own. The easiest ever way to fill teeth. Designed for direct restorations, it combines excellent flowable cavity…

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halloween, treats, trick or treat, teeth, healthy

Halloween is just around the corner! It’s that time of year again where the supermarket shelves fill up with sweet treats and kids go crazy from all of the sugary sweets. While giving kids treats in moderation is fine, at Halloween, things can get a bit out of hand!  We’re probably all guilty of pinching…

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clear retainers

As a teenager, there was nothing quite like getting your braces off. You were excited and couldn’t wait to show off your new smile you had waited so long for! After the braces come off, the retainer comes out and you vow that you’ll wear it. You do, day in and day out, it’s almost…

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covering smile

Missing several teeth can severely affect your daily life. It can affect your general health, your appearance and diminish your self-esteem. Not only will replacing missing teeth make you look better and boost your confidence, it is crucial for the overall health of your other teeth and your gums. You may think that missing only…

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drinking, drink, alcohol, quitting, sweet tooth, tooth decay

Giving up alcohol can’t be easy. With the pressures of social gatherings, national holidays, and celebrations, the temptation to drink can be a hard one to beat! Studies have shown that those who try to give up alcohol are more likely to crave sugar. People who binge drink are more likely to suffer from fluctuations…

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dementia-friendly dentistry

FGDP(UK) has published a new guide on dementia-friendly dentistry With around 850,000 people in the UK with the condition – 5% of the population – the Faculty says that dental professionals need to understand it, and adapt their patient management and clinical decisions accordingly. The result of a multidisciplinary collaboration, notably with the Alzheimer’s Society,…

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invisalign, invisible brace, braces, orthodontic, smile

It would seem that the search for the perfect smile is never-ending. There is now no such thing as too-straight or too-white! Cosmetic dentistry is on the rise and it doesn’t look like it set to peter out any time soon.   We all want straight teeth. Invisalign is one of the most searched for…

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wisdom teeth, wisdom, teeth, smile,extraction

Wisdom Teeth – What are they and why do we have them? Most adults have 32 teeth, including 4 wisdom teeth that usually emerge between the ages of 17 and 21. This final set of molars can play a useful part in the mouth for many people. However, for some people, if the wisdom teeth don’t come through properly, or…

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dental phobia, dental fear, phobia, sedation

Sedation dentistry could be a dream come true for nervous and anxious patients.   Unfortunately, not everyone loves going to the dentist. Some people would rather suffer in silence than go to their dental practice about their persistent toothache. Some patients would rather ignore their sensitive teeth than go to the dentist for a treatment.…

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animals, animal, dental, teeth, primal

Animals have pretty cool dental structures. Animals can have similar dental structures to humans, but some are completely different and much more scary! Today on the Defacto Dentists Blog, we thought we’d take a look at some of the most interesting ones! First up: Giraffes. Giraffes are pretty similar to humans when it comes to…

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bspd welcome 'starting well'

Innovation in children’s dentistry with Starting Well. The launch of the new Starting Well scheme has been welcomed by the British Society of Paediatric Dentistry (BSPD). It is seen as an important step in trying to reduce oral health inequalities in children. Starting Well is to operate in 13 areas of England where children’s oral…

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snacks, children, food, lunch box, healthy, ideas, foods, fun

Kids will do anything to get their hands on sweet treats. We’ll admit it, sometimes handing our kids a chocolate bar is easier than dealing with a tantrum or two. Dishing out sweet treats is fine on occasion but we should try to limit how often we hand over sweets, biscuits, cakes or chocolate! Today…

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social media, dental practice, facebook, twitter, instagram, dentists, promotion, patients

Social media is a great tool that can help boost the number of patients you are treating in your practice! Not only can it help you reach a new, wider audience, it is also a brilliant communication tool that will allow you to engage with your existing patients. Today on the Defacto Dentists Blog, we’re…

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stress, stressed, mental health, bruxism, bad breath, anxiety, dental, problems

Stress can damage our teeth just as much as a bad diet or poor dental hygiene can. Stress can really affect our emotional and physical health. It can also wreak havoc on our teeth and gums. Today on the blog, we’re looking at what you can do to help ease the harsh effects of stress…

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Strictly come dancing invisalign

Strictly star Giovanni Pernice has opted for Invisalign treatment in a bid for better teeth. The 27-year-old professional dancer opted for orthodontic treatment to perfect his smile after being encouraged by his ex-girlfriend and former Strictly partner Georgia May Foote. Foote had also undergone Invisalign previously and was delighted with the results. Like many of…

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