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Smiling – The Key To Looking Younger?

Smiling – something that we 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 to smile at…

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What to expect at your next dental appointment

What should you expect from your next dental appointment? Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the things we are able to do are looking a little different to life before lockdown. Many are calling it the ‘new normal’. No one knows how long these measures are going to be in place for. Whether it’s just for…

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Natural Teeth Whitening Tips

When looked after properly, our teeth are naturally white. However, many people prefer to have whiter teeth. The attraction is that white teeth are healthy, therefore ultra-white teeth are ultra-healthy. There are a number of chemical solutions available that take teeth from their natural white to an ultra-white. Typically, these solutions will include a peroxide…

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An Entirely New Way To Protect Teeth & Gums With Zendium Toothpaste

Want to boost your mouth’s natural defences? Zendium toothpaste is finally available in the UK! Unilever brand, Zendium, is has taken Austria, Switzerland, Croatia, France and Belgium by storm. This innovative toothpaste cares for your whole mouth and can overhaul your oral health in just 14 weeks, keeping your teeth and gums healthy. What is…

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How Much Do You Spend On Your Teeth?

How much do you spend on your teeth? A new survey has shown that us Brits are spending just short of £200 every year to keep our teeth and gums fresh and clean. We spend almost £17 every month on dental products including toothpaste, brushes/brush heads and mouthwashes. The £17 also includes extras including sugar…

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The Truth About At Home Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is a multi billion pound industry. We are all desperate for that Hollywood smile. We see the pearly whites of those celebrities that we love and it would seem that we would do anything to get a similar look, except visit the dentist! Today on the Defacto Dentists blog, we’re looking at the…

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Wisdom Teeth: What Are They And Why Do We Have Them?

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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Morning Sickness & Your Smile

Morning sickness is one of the major downsides of pregnancy. While some women suffer only from the nauseous and queasy feeling, some women suffer from intense morning sickness and are sick multiple times a day. Being sick can really damage our teeth, and this is something that people rarely discuss. Sick is extremely acidic and…

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Taking Control of Your Dental Health

Are you in control of your dental health? Do you feel like you have bad teeth? Have they always had cavities? Every time you go to the dentist, they find something different. A new hole. A problem with your gums. Maybe a broken tooth? Your teeth are weak. Or maybe it was bad genes? If…

Make A Point of Making Appointments!

Make A Point of Making Appointments!

Missing dental appointments is something you shouldn’t make a habit of. One missed appointment can easily become many year’s worth of missed appointments. The problem is, too many of us don’t make visiting the dentist a priority. Unfortunately, by doing this, we open the doors to more dental problems further down the line!   No…

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The City With A Sweet Tooth

Sweet treats are hard to resist. Whether it’s cakes, chocolates, sweets or ice cream, we’re all guilty of occasionally over indulging on our favourite treats. In a recent survey, it was discovered that out of all of the major cities in the UK that Belfast have the sweetest tooth, with over 80% of all residents…

The Food That Is Good For Our Teeth.

The Food That Is Good For Our Teeth.

The food that we eat can hugely impact our dental health.   On the blog before, we’ve looked at Food that can help to whiten our teeth. We also briefly looked at the food we should pass up on to avoid tooth discolouration. Today, we’re looking at the food that is actually surprisingly good for our…

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Designer Dentistry?

Designer Dentistry has a whole new meaning. When we think of designer dentistry, we think of the bright white and perfectly straight smiles. Smiles that are  customised and designed by patients and their dentists with extreme precision. Now, streetwear fashion brands are giving designer dentistry a whole new meaning. As an International Fashion Branding student,…

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Tooth Loss in Adults

Tooth loss in adults can be worrying and really knock your confidence. It’s a dental problem that adults never really think about but it does happen, probably more than you think. The most common reasons for tooth loss in adults are: bad oral hygiene routines, serious illness, chronic illness such as diabetes, gum disease, sudden…

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Tooth Loss In Children

Tooth loss in children is expected. When a child’s first tooth falls out, it can be a pretty scary moment for both you and them but it is an exciting experience! This week, for part of our National Tooth Fairy Day celebrations, we looked at how to introduce The Tooth Fairy to young children. If…

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Going Back To The Dentist

Going back to the dentist after a long period of avoiding appointments can be a daunting experience.   Everyone has their own reasons for not going to the dentist – some people have dental phobia and are scared of the dentist, some people don’t feel the need to visit the dentist unless they feel pain…

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Social Media Selling and Dental Products

With the rise of social media selling, everywhere is slowly becoming a retail platform.   It’s unusual to scroll down social media sites such as Instagram or Facebook without online influencers pushing products in our faces. While influencers may say that they are ‘really loving’ a product, there is a possibility that they haven’t even…

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Oral Health Problems and Your Overall Health

Did you know that your Oral Health can really affect your health?   Our teeth and gums are brilliant indicators of our overall health.  Teeth and gums can show tell-tale signs of heart problems, digestive problems and poor brain function.   The human body really is amazing and our overall health truly does start with…

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The Bad Dental Habits You Need To Break

The saying goes ‘old habits die hard’ and it’s true. Even when it comes to oral care! Today, we’re taking a look at some of the worst dental habits that can be hard to break. Do any of these apply to you? Brushing too hard. Believe it or not, there is such a thing as…

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Can Dentists Identify Health Problems?

When we think of going to the dentist, we automatically think of our teeth – check-ups, fillings, visiting the hygienist but did you know that your dentist is there to care for more than just your teeth? Your dentist is able to identify a number of health problems.   Can dentists identify eating disorders? People…

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Celebrities With Braces

There have been more celebrities with braces than you might think. For kids, teenagers and even some adults, the prospect of having braces can be quite daunting. Maybe they feel self-conscious about smiling or eating, or they may even feel like the odd one out but it can be reassuring to know that just about…

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The Dangers of at Home Whitening

Everyone wants to have a bright white smile and while most dentists offer teeth whitening at their practices, patients often do to try and get the same results from the comfort of their own home. From using at home whitening kits, to using harsh abrasive concoctions, it is certain that people will try just about…

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Teeth Whitening With Food!

When talking about teeth whitening, everyone mentions the foods that you shouldn’t be eating. Wines, rich sauces, acidic fruits… you’ve probably heard them all. As bad as they are for causing stains to develop on the teeth, in moderation, they are completely fine. BUT, did you know that here are also foods out there that…

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Kelly Osborne Suffers from Dentophobia!

Dentophobia, the fear of visiting dentists and receiving dental treatment is not uncommon. In fact, you probably know someone who isn’t hugely fond of visiting the dentist. Dentophobia can manifest itself in anyone. There are many celebrities who are just as scared of sitting in the dentist’s chair! Kelly Osbourne, TV presenter, fashion critic, designer…

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The State of Children’s Oral Health in the UK

Children’s oral health within the UK has improved drastically since the 1970’s. This is due to greater awareness of oral hygiene and the consequences of a lack of good oral hygiene. However, children in the UK are still facing common dental issues such as tooth decay, infections and abscesses. These require costly treatments, putting pressure…

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A Third of Us Suffer From Dental Fear!

Over a third of the UK’s population has dental fear! We, at Defacto, work with those suffering from dental fear regularly. However, the vastness of the issue is shocking. Around 34% of Brits admitted to having a fear of the dentist. The research questioned 2,000 British adults about their fears when visiting the doctors, dentists…

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Ice Age Filling in Italy One of the Oldest Signs of Dentistry

The earliest known use of filling teeth has been found in Italy! A pair of 13,000-year-old front teeth appears to have been worked on with bitumen by an Ice Age dentist. So for all of you with a slight fear of the dentist, be glad you’re able to go now and not 13,000 years ago.…

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Dental Hygiene Rules You Don’t Know but Should Follow

We think we know all the basic dental hygiene tips. But we probably don’t. You’ve been brushing your teeth your whole life but its likely there are a couple of things you could be incorporating into your dental hygiene routine that you haven’t already. Brushing and flossing twice a day is still important. However, we’d…

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Dental Tips for Diabetics

Around 700 people are diagnosed as diabetics each day. That’s roughly one person every two minutes. Since 1996, the number of people diagnosed with diabetes in the UK has more than doubled from 1.4 million to almost 3.5 million. Not only can diabetes wreak havoc on your body, it can do the same to your…

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Deprived Areas are Receiving Poor Dental Care

Adults living in deprived areas are likely to receive worse dental care than those in less deprived areas according to new research. A new study, published in the journal PLOS One, has found that the type of dental care your receive could vary depending on your state of deprivation. Adults from highly deprived areas were…

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Why are Teeth Sensitive After Whitening?

Whether you’ve had it done or not, we’re sure we’ve all thought about teeth whitening. When done properly, it’s a sure fire way to have the pearliest of whites. However, it comes with a downside, tooth sensitivity. More often than not, patients will experience tooth sensitivity after a whitening procedure. This can lead to discomfort…

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Why You Shouldn’t Skip Dental Appointments

Dental appointments can feel inconvenient. You might need to go during work and they cost money. However, they are necessary. We’ve seen a couple of articles this week explaining how people are skipping their dental appointments to save money. Here’s a few reasons why that isn’t a great idea. Flossing and brushing isn’t enough. You…

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The History of Dentistry: Where Did it Originate?

When we think of going to the dentist, we think of a sterile environment, 6-month check ups and the whirr of the dental drill. But, what is the history of dentistry? Whether or not you like going to the dentist, there’s no denying we have it lucky. We live in an age of advanced technology…

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Why do Scuba Divers Need Regular Dental Visits?

We all need to visit the dentist regularly. However, it seems that scuba divers might need some special attention… A study, by the British Dental Journal, suggests that scuba divers commonly suffer from dental issues. More than 40 percent of a small group of divers surveyed online had “experienced dental problems during a dive.” A…

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Teeth Whitening With Turmeric

Not everyone can afford a new set of dazzling veneers. It’s no wonder we head off into the depths of the internet to find home remedies for teeth whitening. That’s where turmeric comes in. Turmeric is a root that has long been used as a cooking spice, but right now it’s having its time in…

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Robert De Niro Has Dentophobia!

Celebrities are just like us after all! Apparently, Robert De Niro suffers from Dentophobia. As you can imagine Dentophobia is a fear of the dentist and we know Robert De Niro isn’t the only one out there who has it. The Goodfella’s actor believes that dentistry equipment can and will cause diseases. While that may…

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A Quarter of Brits Attempting DIY Dentistry

Here at Defacto we focus on the large number of the UK public who avoid the dentist. Whether its poor memory or dental anxiety, we encourage those people to get the dental care they need. However, it appears that British people are trying their hand at DIY dentistry. It goes without saying that we are against…

The Toothbrushing Programme Improving Children’s Oral Health

The Toothbrushing Programme Improving Children’s Oral Health

A pilot scheme in nurseries is paving the way for improving children’s oral health. A toothbrushing programme in early years settings has made children less reluctant to clean their teeth. The programme was piloted in 68 nurseries and with 20 childminders from April. The Smiles4Children programme explores the best ways of getting children under five…

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E-cigarettes Shown to Damage Gums

Whether it’s for health or a hobby, we’re pretty sure we all know someone who uses an e-cigarette. The business of e-cigarettes has boomed over the last few years. It’s no longer a business solely for weaning smokers off their habit. Vaping now even has a solid fan base of enthusiasts. A surprising hobby, but…

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Self-Help Guide Launched For Children With Dental Anxiety

A self-help guide has been launched to help children with dental anxiety deal with the issue themselves. The guide was launched with the hopes to help children with dental anxiety combat their fears. In turn reducing the number of children with phobias of the dentist. Academics at The University of Sheffield led the production of…

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Teeth Whitening With Activated Charcoal

You may have seen this teeth whitening trend here and there. Activated charcoal has become the trendiest DIY way of whitening your teeth. If you haven’t heard of activated charcoal, then this is the article for your. We’re going to explain what it is, how it works and why it works. Just keep on reading!…

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Improving Children’s Oral Health

To improve children’s oral health, issues need to be tackled in schools first. Children’s oral health has become more of an issue of late. With child tooth decay rising rapidly, it’s no surprise people want to see the problem addressed. In 2014/15 over 26,000 children aged between five and nine were admitted to hospital for…

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Imperfect Teeth are Brit’s Biggest Turn Off

Imperfect teeth have turned out to be one of British peoples biggest turn off in the world of dating. A survey from Iwhite Instant has discovered this. A third of Brits base their first impression on physical appearance alone. However, imperfect teeth were one of the biggest issues. The top five biggest turns off in the survey…

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Why is Tongue Scraping Important?

Of course we know that brushing and flossing is an important part of your dental routine, but why is tongue scraping important? You may or may not have heard of this technique before, however, tongue scraping does a lot to aid in your dental health. The small instrument is a plastic tool that you would…

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Children’s Teeth Damaged by Common Chemicals

Early exposure to two commonly found chemicals could cause irreversible damage to children’s teeth. A new study has noted that bisphenol A (BPA) and vinclozolin, which are found in food packaging and fungicides, may cause issues with the hormones involved in the growth of teeth. It seems that the most at risk component of your…

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Gingivitis More Common in Pregnant Women

Recent study shows that pregnant women are more likely to suffer from gingivitis. Pregnancy is likely to heighten the risk of moderate to severe oral health issues according to the new study, which was presented at the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) meeting in Seoul, South Korea. It is estimated by some sources that…

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The Teeth of Studying Teens Might be Suffering.

Teenagers who sleep less because of exams get more stressed. A study has found that less sleep can lead to academic, behavioural and health issues. Its exam season and teens are getting more worried, however, this can result in constant stress related sleep problems. Disturbed sleep patterns and everyday anxiety caused by the prospect of…

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Brits Are Hiding Their Teeth in Selfies

New survey shows that fans of selfies are more likely to hide their teeth than have an open mouth smile. Issues with their teeth are prompting fans of selfies in Britain to pose closed mouth instead of showing their teeth to the world. Discoloured teeth are the biggest reason behind 33% of those surveyed for hiding teeth…

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Nursery Staff Teaching Kids About Dental Hygiene

Tooth decay in young children is on the rise and nursery staff are trying to change that. The cost of removing teeth in hospital has risen by 66% since 2011 according to the British Dental Association. However, although there may be children going through the discomfort of having fillings or extractions, there are many other children…