Dental Health

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What exactly is a dental emergency?

What is a dental emergency? Getting scheduled appointments with your dentist can take time. Getting an emergency appointment at inconvenient times can be a struggle. That alone can make dental issues feel more urgent. Deciding what truly constitutes as a dental emergency can be difficult. Who provides emergency dental appointments? Many dental practices offer a…

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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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Prevention is better than cure

We all know that prevention is better than cure. In the strange and ‘unprecedented’ times we are currently living in, it means so much more. We are all practising prevention by doing our best to slow and eventually stop the spread of Covid-19, or Coronavirus. However, we should be mindful of the same mantra with…

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Coronavirus and Dental Health

Coronavirus and Dental Patients Coronavirus or COVID-19 as it is properly called, is causing a huge amount of fear and anxiety. It is a virus which attacks our respiratory system – our lungs and everything that leads to them. You will have seen the news. All of the statistics about reported cases and number of…

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Thinking of stopping brushing your teeth?

Ever wondered what would happen if you stopped brushing your teeth altogether? Have you ever wondered what would happen? Exactly what would happen if I stopped brushing my teeth altogether? You’ve probably thought “my teeth would probably just fall out if I stopped brushing and that would be it”. You’re half right. Kind of. Not brushing…

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How do you look after your teeth in winter?

Just how do you look after your teeth in winter? The weather forecast doesn’t look too good. Snow is forecast for most of the UK over the coming weeks. Here are some helpful tips on how to protect your mouth. It’s getting colder! Ok, you have already looked out your coat, hat, scarf and gloves.…

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Your appointment with the dental hygienist

Why your hygiene appointments are as important as dental check ups guest blog by hayley irons We all know that we should attend for a dental check-up. Normally this is as regularly as every six months. This helps your dentist to keep a close eye on your oral health and spot any changes early before…

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Why are gums just as important as teeth?

Why gums are just as important as teeth GUEST BLOG BY HAYLEY IRONS When you think about your dream smile, you probably focus on the appearance of your teeth. Perhaps you’ll consider the shape of your lips, but it usually doesn’t go much further than that. Why should it? Those are the only bits people…

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Do I Need Dental Implants?

WHAT ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS AND DO I NEED THEM? GUEST BLOG BY HAYLEY IRons We now seem to live in a world where looks mean everything. Falling short in any way is not an option in this social media/selfie-driven world. It is easy to hear the term ‘dental implants’ and believe that this could be…

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What are orthodontic treatments?

What types of orthodontic treatments are available? Guest Blog by Hayley Irons Have you always thought about having a straighter smile? Have you been put off by traditional ‘train track’ braces? Then it’s time to think again! There are orthodontic treatments for you! Thanks to advances in technology, and some very clever people with some great…

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Are you scared of the dentist?

OVERCOME your fear of the dentist GUEST BLOG BY HAYLEY IRONS   Being afraid of the dentist might sound like a cliché. However for many people this is a reality.  In fact, according to the Oral Health Foundation, around half of UK adults admit to being scared of the dentist. Around 12% of us have…

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Why you should attend regular dental check-ups

a defacto dentists guest blog from Hayley Irons Dental check-ups. They’re not the most exciting plans in your diary and you can probably think of about 10 different things you’d rather be doing instead! However, they are one of the most important errands you need to run, and it’s worth remembering why…   Attending regular…

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What are Your Teeth Telling You?

Your teeth and your mouth can highlight a lot of underlying health issues. You may notice some abnormalities but what are they trying to tell you? What can your mouth tell you about any underlying health issues? We’re going to delve into some common symptoms of the teeth and mouth and explain their potential health…

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Fear of visiting the dentist – an easy option!

nearly one in three adults do not see a dentist for up to ten years at a time due to anxiety. it’s important for dentists to offer the best possible patient experience. We take a look at some dental clinics to see how they deliberately create an angst-free patient experience. Consideration of the practice décor One…

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How to Make Oral Health Easy for Children

How do you make oral health easy for children? It’s worrying that figures from Public Health England show that more than 160,000 five-year-olds have dental decay when they start school.Large numbers of these children are having to endure extractions as a result. To help prevent tooth decay in young children and promote good oral health…

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Should Everyone Stop Moaning About The Coca Cola Truck?

Is it too soon to talk about Christmas? Already, Christmas adverts are taking over the TV. We watched on social media, the banned ‘due to political reasons’ Iceland Foods advert. The Boots advert was surprisingly emotional. Kevin the Carrot is now a household name as he fights off Pascal The Parsnip and the John Lewis…

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Why are levels of Mouth Cancer on the rise?

The number of mouth cancer cases has risen sharply over the past decade. It’s Mouth Cancer Action Month, and we’re dedicating November to raising awareness among our followers. Sadly, mouth cancer rates are on the rise in the UK, with almost 3000 Brits dying from the disease in 2017 alone. In today’s blog we’re talking…

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Can The Winter Months Affect My Oral Health?

Did you know that your oral health is more likely to worsen during the winter months? New research has shown that your oral health is more likely to worsen in the winter months, due to a number of factors. In this blog post, we look at the reasons why your oral health is likely to…

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What Happens When You Stop Brushing Your Teeth?

Ever wondered what would happen if you stopped brushing your teeth altogether? You’ve probably thought about it. You’ve probably thought  ‘my teeth would probably just fall out and that would be it”. You’re half right. Kind of. Not brushing opens the door for bacteria leading to tooth decay and gum disease. However, not brushing won’t…

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A Dental Check Up Before Cancer Surgery is a Good Idea.

New research shows that attending a dental appointment before cancer surgery could be the difference between life and death. It sounds shocking, but that’s because it is. A simple dental check up before undergoing major cancer surgery could prevent death, or other post-operative illnesses. It might not be at the top of your to-do list…

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Four Common Misconceptions About Fillings

Due to get a dental filling soon Having a dental filling nowadays is more common than not. A sad but true fact. Some people are shocked when they find out that they need a filling. They brush and floss every single day, so the news that they have a cavity can be quite shocking! We…

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Are Sports Lovers Really More Prone To Gum Disease?

Do you participate in sports frequently? Maybe you’re an avid gym go-er. Or maybe you love to go outdoors for a run or a jog. Maybe you prefer a contact sport, such as rugby or martial arts? Well, regardless of what sports you enjoy, the more sports you do, the more prone you are to…

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Is Vaping The Reason For The Staining On Your Teeth?

Are you one of those people who switched from smoking cigarettes to vaping? Maybe you made the switch to vaping for the health benefits, maybe it’s because you like treating yourself to a new vape-y flavour whether it be toffee, cherry or blueberry muffin, or maybe you bowed to peer pressure after someone asked ‘do…

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The Top Ten Best & Worst Drinks For Your Teeth

The foods and drinks we consume can really affect our oral health. Recently, a group of dentists ranked the top ten best to worst drinks for your teeth. We thought we’d be able to guess them all, but a few of them surprised us! How many of these do you regularly have?   Let’s start…

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Binge Drinking and Bad Bacteria!

It’s entering the warmer (kind of!) months here in the UK! That can only mean one thing. Spontaneous barbecues, garden parties and trips to the beer garden. We’re really looking forward to it, even if it is only going to last a maximum of three days! Shifting levels of good and bad bacteria in your…

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Too Many Adults Are Skipping Out On Hygienist Appointments

When was the last time you visited the hygienist? Almost one third of adults in the UK have never had a hygiene appointment at the dentist,  research from Tepe has shown. This is a truly shocking statistic. Some people think that visiting the dentist is enough. And in some cases, that is true. There are…

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Dental Care and The Elderly.

Dental health is important at all ages, but it can decline as you get older. Even with vigilant dental care as a child and an adult, a whole host of dental related problems can emerge later in life. Tooth sensitivity and tooth loss are not just a fact of life as you age, they can…

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Tea and Crisps Are Causing Tooth Erosion!

It would seem like we learn of something else that isn’t good for our teeth just about every day. First it was sugar, then it was using the wrong toothbrush, and now? It’s drinking tea and eating salt and vinegar crisps. Yep, you heard it. Herbal teas and crisps. There’s a good chance you do…

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Further NHS Cuts – What Do They Mean For You?

Inequalities in dental care are set to soar! In the UK, dental care is available on the NHS, to make good dental health available to everyone. But, with more dentists going private, inequality in dental care is becoming ever more obvious. But this is before many proposed governments cuts have been implemented. Changes to NHS…

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Aftercare Tips for Fillings!

Getting fillings is a pretty common procedure, but what should you do after treatment? Most adults have at least one filling. Although they are not the worst possible thing you could have done at the dentist, they’re not a lot of fun. If you don’t care for them, you might land yourself back in the…

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Special Needs Patients At The Dentist

Children and adults with special needs require frequent dental check-ups and occasional treatment, just like everyone else. We know that visiting the dentist isn’t a lot of fun. But it can be particularly distressing for patients who have special needs. Similarly, to anxious and phobic patients, the sights, sounds and smells of a practice can…

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Smile Your Way Into A New Job

Looking for a new job? Look at your smile first. Studies have shown that you can smile your way into a new job whether it be with a new company, or as a promotion. When it comes to preparing for an interview, we instantly think about preparing for tough questions, selling ourselves or what we’re…

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Constantly Tired? It Could Be Gum Disease.

We all have those days where we feel like we could fall asleep on the spot. But some people suffer from constantly feeling tired, otherwise known as chronic fatigue. While chronic fatigue is a symptom of many illnesses and disabilities, chronic fatigue is also a symptom of gum disease. What is Gum Disease? Well, gum…

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How to Remove Stains From Teeth

It seems like we will never stop searching for that ‘perfect’ smile. One of the main thing that people search online is ‘How To Remove Stains From Teeth’. So today on the Defacto Dentists blog we though we would share our two cents on how to beat staining. How to remove stains from teeth… You…

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Beat Bad Breath!

Nobody wants to be told that they have bad breath! Bad breath, also known as halitosis or fetor oris, affects an estimated 25% of people, globally. There are a number of potential causes of halitosis but the vast majority come down to oral hygiene. It is unpleasant, and can make socialising and professional situations  awkward…

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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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Look After Your Teeth in 2018!

It’s the new year, what better time to create and maintain new dental habits to look after your teeth in 2018? No matter what your new year resolutions are, here are some ways you can look after your teeth in 2018.   Change up your brush. One in five Brits don’t remember the last time…

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The Unusual Suspects: Surprising Things That Harm Your Teeth.

Are we subconsciously ruining our teeth? When we think of the things that can harm our teeth, we automatically think of foods that stain our teeth or sugary foods. We think of not brushing our teeth and missing dental appointments. While all of those will certainly cause damage to your teeth, have you ever considered…

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Alcohol: How Is It Affecting Your Teeth?

It’s party time! The festive season is well under-way! It’s a time full of parties, fancy meals, cosy nights in and celebrations with friends and family. More often than not, they all include an alcoholic drink or two (or 10!). While moderate alcohol consumption can be part of a healthy lifestyle, alcohol isn’t generally considered…

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Prosecc-ho-ho-ho

Let’s talk about Prosecco Smile…again. A few months ago on Defacto Dentists, we looked at the infamous ‘Prosecco Smile’ which was horrifying dentists up and down the country. Christmas is just a few days away and we know that Prosecco will be flying off the supermarket shelves in order to stock up in time for…

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The Unico Smartbrush: A Toothbrush That Cleans Teeth in THREE Seconds?

What would you say if someone offered you a toothbrush that could clean your teeth in just 3 seconds? We’d say that it sounds totally bonkers, but a Kickstarter company seems to think it is the way forward!   The device looks like a bit of a weird contraption. Kind of like a cross between…

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Gift Guide: Electric Toothbrushes

Christmas is coming folks! With only a handful more sleeps to go, we hope you’re getting organised! Have you thought about giving the gift of a new electric toothbrush this year? Our electric toothbrush gift guide is here to help! Whether you’re looking to save or splurge, we have options to suit every budget this…

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Coca-cola, Christmas & Kid’s Teeth!

The holidays are coming the holidays are coming! If you didn’t sing along to that in your head, you probably haven’t seen the iconic advert yet. That, or you’re a massive scrooge! The Coca-cola advert has been on our screens for year as the festive period begins.  The ever famous Coca-cola truck is gearing up…

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It’s The Most Sugar-Filled Time of The Year!

Christmas is coming! It’s not unusual for people to go to multiple shops while getting that good old Christmas food shop! It could be to save money, or maybe you can’t get all your ingredients in one place.But did you know that switching up your supermarket shop could save your teeth too?   Calorific Christmas.…

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White Spots on Your Teeth: Spotting The Signs of Decay

Nowadays, it can seem like there is so much to look out for in term of our dental health. Swollen gums, increased sensitivity and shifting teeth to name just a few. We hate to add to the list, but there is something that many people have and don’t realise there is a problem! Ever noticed…

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Caring For Your Teeth During The Cold Months

It’s getting colder! It’s time to look out the winter coats, our hats, scarves and gloves and it is also time to start taking care of your teeth. The cold weather can cause our teeth problems if we don’t take care extra care of them in the winter months.   What should you watch out…

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HPV & Dentistry: How They’re Linked & What You Need To Know.

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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Ensuring Healthy Development of Kid’s Teeth!

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 Lifts: What Are They & Who Are They For?

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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Extraction – What You Should and Shouldn’t Do Afterwards!

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 Action Month

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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Halloween Treats That Won’t Harm Kid’s Teeth!

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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Retain Your 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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Why Should You Replace Your Missing Teeth?

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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Is Giving Up Alcohol The Cause Of Your Sweet Tooth?

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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New Guidance on Dementia-Friendly Dentistry Published by FGDP(UK)

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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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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Sedation Dentistry: What Is It?

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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Healthy Snacks for Kids That Won’t Damage Their Teeth!

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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Stress Could Be Harming Your Teeth…

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…

Subconsciously Damaging Our Teeth?

Subconsciously Damaging Our Teeth?

If we are brushing our teeth twice daily, visiting the dentist regularly, surely our teeth must be fine? We wish that was the case! We might have a really good dental hygiene routine, but there are plenty of things we do subconsciously every single day that are seriously damaging our teeth – let’s take a…

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Apple Cider Vinegar – The Natural Tooth Whitener?

Apple Cider Vinegar has grown in popularity over the last few years. Apple Cider Vinegar – eating it, drinking it, using it on our skin, rinsing our hair with it – you name it, someone is bound to have tried it. Once only available from niche stores, it’s now well stocked in our everyday supermarkets.…

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Tooth Decay Vaccine Being Developed

Scientists are developing a tooth decay vaccine to boost your oral health. Of course, here at Defacto we are advocates for practicing good oral health and attending regular dental visits. However, if you could give your dental health a head start with a tooth decay vaccine, would you? Researchers from the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIOV) of…

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The Future of Dentistry

Dentistry has come a long way.   The dental industry is constantly advancing and introducing new technologies and treatments that ensure our trips to the dentist are a lot more pleasant than before. It’s likely that your grandparents have told you horror stories of what dentistry used to be like ‘back in the day’. No…

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Picking the Perfect Practice!

Picking the right dental practice for you is vital. Picking a dental practice that suits your needs will ensure that you get the best possible care. But everyone always wonders what factors they should look at before choosing. Today, we’re going to look at the 5 main factors you should consider when choosing a practice.…

Children Urged To Take Good Care of Their Teeth.

Children Urged To Take Good Care of Their Teeth.

Children in the UK have access to free dental care on the NHS. Ensuring that children attend dental appointments from a young age is crucial to ensure that they develop good dental habits from a young age. If a child pays good attention to their teeth and gums when they are young, they can prevent…

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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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How Do Your Teeth Affect Your Sleep?

Sleep is crucial for the day to day functioning of our bodies. Too much caffeine from coffee or energy drinks, feeling too full after a big meal, or worrying too much can cause us to have a terrible night’s sleep. But did you know that your teeth may be the reason that you can’t fall…

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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…

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Patients Are Suffering From Dental Care Drought

Patients are going without vital dental appointments.   This morning it was announced that almost 50% of dental practices in the UK are not accepting new adult patients while 40% are not accepting new child patients! Shocking Statistics BBC news have recently conducted a survey which showed that out of 7000 dental practice in England,…

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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Off to University!

It’s that time of year again!   University and college students are away to revel in the fresher’s week celebrations and moan about their fresher’s flu for at least three weeks… So, you’ve moved out.     Your parents are worried sick and you’re excited at the prospect of complete freedom and new friends. You’ve…

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Is There Such a Thing as Bad Brushing?

Brushing your teeth for two minutes, twice a day is a sure-fire way to keep any dental problems at bay. But are you doing it right?   Sure, you might be brushing twice a day for the right amount of time, but doing it wrong could be just as bad as not brushing at all.…

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Prosecco – The Drink That’s Destroying Our Teeth.

Prosecco –  one of the most on trend drinks of the moment. Prosecco is all over every twenty something’s Snapchat and Instagram stories. It’s the current pre-drink of choice and just the other week, people were queuing in their hundreds outside Aldi stores to snap up 6 bottles for only £20 – a total steal!…

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Why Do We Fear The Dentist?

Dental Fear is more common than you think. We’ve looked at Dental Fear and Phobia here before on the Defacto Dentists blog but today, we thought we’d take a look at some of the most common reasons why people are scared of visiting the dentist.   We don’t understand the Jargon. Ever been to the…

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The Many Uses of Toothpaste

Toothpaste has many uses.   While it keeps our teeth clean and helps to freshen our breath, it also has many other uses, making it very handy to have around! Today on the Defacto Dentists blog, we’re looking at some surprising uses of toothpaste. Have you or would you try any of these?   It…

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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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Discounted Dental Treatment – Do’s and Don’ts.

Today we’re looking at Discounted Dental Treatments. In recent weeks on the Defacto Dentists Blog, we’ve been looking at the do’s and don’ts of teeth whitening and buying dental products online. From charcoal whitening powders being pushed on Instagram by our favourite Instagram stars, to beauty salons offering illegal whitening.   But what about discounted…

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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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National Tooth Fairy Day!

The Tooth Fairy was undoubtedly a big part of our childhoods. We got excited about our very first wobbly tooth and waited impatiently for it to finally fall out, all so we could get a visit from the Tooth Fairy. We’d leave our tooth tucked safely under the pillow in exchange for a small sum…

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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…

0% Finance At The Dentist – A Guide for Patients

0% Finance At The Dentist – A Guide for Patients

Getting the perfect smile can be an expensive process. Whether it’s a cosmetic procedure you’ve been longing for or it’s clinic treatment that’s crucial to improve your oral health, the costs can really begin to mount up. This doesn’t mean that you can’t get the treatment that you need. Many dental practices offer 0% Finance…

The Things Your Dentist Wishes You Knew

The Things Your Dentist Wishes You Knew

Investing in your smile is crucial, the more you take care of it, the less problems you’ll encounter. There is more to looking after teeth than just brushing, flossing and going for regular dental check-ups, here are a few things your dentist wishes you knew! Honesty is the best policy.  If you have been having…

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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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Electric Toothbrush Poll Results!

Manual toothbrush or electric toothbrush? Which one is favoured by the public? Which one do you use? These are the questions we asked ourselves regarding people’s habits with brushing their teeth. So we conducted a survey! We started off by asking people if they have ever bought an electric toothbrush and received the results that…

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The Difference Between Dentists in Scotland and Germany

My name is Sophie and I’m from Germany. For my apprenticeship as an industrial clerk in Germany I’m staying in Glasgow for four weeks working for Defacto Dentists to improve my English skills. Here I’m learning more about dentistry in the UK and I’ve noticed some differences. In the following article I’ll compare the systems…

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Helping Autistic Children With Dental Visits

Sometimes, taking a child to the dentist can be particularly challenging. The experience may be new to them – they may be scared of feeling pain or feel worried about not knowing what is happening. Often, children will grow out of this and after their 3rd of 4th visit, heading to the dentist will be…

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First Visit to the Dentist!

Your child’s first visit to the dentist is a big milestone! It’s a new experience for both you and them and it can be quite nerve-wracking as it’s difficult to determine how they will react. Here are some of our top tips to ensure that your child’s first visit to the dentist runs as smoothly…

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Common Dental Problems in Children

As a parent, it’s crucial that you encourage your kids into a brilliant dental hygiene routine. The earlier that you instil this into them, the more likely they are to maintain it throughout their childhood, teen years and into adulthood. Unfortunately, dental problems in children are the norm due to various factors. Here are a…

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Caring for Kids’ Teeth

We wanted to share some top tips for keeping your kids’ teeth healthy! The more you teach a child to take care of their teeth from a young age, the less likely they are to encounter problems with their teeth as they reach their teens and progress through adulthood. Take your child to the dentist…

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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…

Invisalign: the barely there brace

Invisalign: The Barely There Brace

Invisalign is a modern alternative to metal braces. Invisalign works like a normal brace but are much less noticeable and more comfortable to wear. These braces have been around since the early 2000s but hadn’t gained much popularity until recent years. Many celebrities including, Khloe Kardashian and Zac Efron, have been opting for Invisalign and…

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Caring for Braces

Looking after your teeth well while you have braces is crucial. After a dentist has fitted their patient’s braces, they will explain to the patients all of the steps that should be taken to ensure that the braces remain clean and in good working condition. Many dental surgeries will provide information leaflets on care and…

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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…