Gum Disease

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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 disease…

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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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What should you have in your Emergency Dental Kit?

What if you have a dental emergency? When you we have a dental problem, or pain, most of us will instinctively reach for the phone to call our dentist. In normal circumstances this is absolutely the right thing to do. During this current Covid-19 pandemic, dental practices are closed. This means that it is good…

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Are you worried about bad breath?

What is Bad Breath? Bad breath, or halitosis, is a common problem that can cause distress, worry and embarrassment. When you eat certain foods like garlic or curry their smell and taste can linger. The same is true for drinking alcohol. Chewing gum, sucking mints or using breath freshener can help. But what if there…

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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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Pregnancy and Oral Health

Guest Blog by Hayley Irons You’re pregnant, congratulations! This means there are plenty of changes happening with your body. Some that you’ll be expecting and others that you perhaps weren’t. For starters, pregnancy comes with an influx of hormones. This is something you will probably have already noticed. While most people believe these hormonal changes…

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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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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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Oral Health and Your Skin – How Are They Linked?

Can your oral health really affect your skin? If you think that your oral health has nothing to do with the appearance of your skin, you’re wrong. Just like every other area of our body, everything is linked. Skin can make us or break us. It can make us feel super confident, or super self…

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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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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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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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Can Being Pregnant Really Harm Your Teeth?

Can Being Pregnant Harm Your Teeth? Pregnancy. Some women love it. Some women hate it. Regardless, being pregnant can impact teeth and gums. As such, when women are pregnant, they should be taking extra care of their oral health to ensure there are no complications. Today on the Defacto Dentists blog, we look at the…

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Five Fantastic Foods For Healthy Gums

As well as our teeth, we need to look after our gums. If we neglect our gums, they can become, sore, irritated and even infected (nasty, we know!). That’s why we need to care for our teeth as well as our gums, and it’s actually pretty easy! One of the easiest ways to take care…

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How Can Good Oral Health Help Manage Type 2 Diabetes?

A new study has highlighted the importance of oral hygiene for those who have type 2 diabetes. This is after discovering that people with Type 2 Diabetes  may have better blood glucose levels if they look after their teeth. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form, and it accounts for 90–95 percent of all cases.…

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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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E-cigarettes & Your Oral Health

E-cigarettes have soared in popularity over the past few years. More and more people are attempting to quit smoking and are opting for e-cigarettes or are ‘vaping’ instead. These e-cigs have been hailed as a safer alternative, and in some respects that is true. We all know that cigarettes are harmful on the teeth, but…

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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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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…

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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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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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Restoring Long-term Neglected Teeth

Here at Defacto we always promote maintaining healthy teeth, however, we do understand that sometimes people can have neglected teeth. Whether it is from accidents, not maintaining oral hygiene or a lack of dental visits, it can happen. It goes without saying that these patients will need extensive and restorative care. Neglected teeth will need…

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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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How Our Teeth Age

We all get older and we know the standard side effects. Like wrinkles, poor eyesight and age spots. But, have you ever thought about when you age, how your teeth age too? Your teeth can change dramatically over short spaces of time. If you’re really consistent with brushing, you’re teeth will look a lot whiter…

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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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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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What Causes Dry Mouth?

We’ve all experienced dry mouth at some point in our lives, but what causes it? We don’t mean dry mouth in the sense that you’ve woken up with a hangover or an illness. What we mean is chronic dry mouth. Frequent dry mouth can be a sign of underlying health issues and we want you…

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What Does Smoking Do To Your Smile?

We all know that smoking is bad for us. However, while the majority of us are focusing on the cancer risk or our lungs, what does smoking do to our mouth? It has been estimated that every year in the UK around 96,000 people die from diseases caused by smoking. Also, about half of all…

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What Can Plaque Tell Us?

You may be familiar with adverts in TV showing plaque being buffed away. But what do we actually know about it? What many dentists know is that plaque is a biofilm, a combination of bacteria (500+ types), fungi, and protozoa. This mixes with nutrients from foods and drinks in the mouth to create a self-sustaining…

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How to Keep Bad Breath at Bay

We’ve all had bad breath at some point in our life. Whether it’s in the morning or after a meal heavy on garlic. However, for some it’s a daily struggle. It is caused by the accumulation and breakdown of bacteria in the mouth. That’s why frequent bad breath–also known as halitosis–is also a sign of…

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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…