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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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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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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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Is The Heatwave Affecting Your Teeth?

Are you enjoying this heatwave? We know we certainly are! We can’t quite believe this weather. We’ve almost forgotten what rain looks like… almost. Did you know that this lovely warm weather can really affect your oral health? Heatstroke, dehydration and heat exhaustion can be bad news for your oral health. What are the signs and symptoms…

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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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KCL Study Finds Key to Activating Stem Cell Growth with Reserves

King’s College London study finds how to activate stem cell growth from reserves Stem cells provide renewable sources of cells in many adult tissues, enabling tissue growth and repair. But what happens when the stem cells themselves become depleted, or the tissue needs to go through periods of more rapid growth? A recent study by…

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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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Dry January & Increased Sugar Intake

The festivities are over! Three course dinners have been swapped for salads, nobody wants the left over chocolates, we’ve bought our gym memberships and even given up alcohol. Dry January has made its return! People are swapping beer and wine for water and avoiding all things party! What is Dry January? Dry January is an…

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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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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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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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Alpha Omega London Charitable Trust donate new dental unit to Todos Juntos Children’s Trust

Alpha Omega London Charitable Trust have donated a new dental unit to Todos Juntos Children’s Trust in Buenos Aires. Children living in the slums of Buenos Aires were very excited to see a brand new dental chair roll into their clinic recently when the Alpha Omega London Charitable Trust donated a new dental unit to…

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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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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…

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Smiling About The Flu Jab

Smiling is good for the soul. Just last week on Defacto Dentists, we looked at the reasons why we should smile more. Not only is it a great natural mood booster, make us more attractive and make us appear more trustworthy and welcoming, but it turns out that it is really good for our immune…

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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…

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…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Five Reasons to Whiten Teeth

In recent years, inspired by celebrities and influencers, the general public has been choosing more and more to whiten teeth. Whether you’ve thought about going to the dentist for professional whitening treatment or considered trying the newest Instagram teeth whitening craze, it’s something we’ve definitely all considered. We had a look at the five main…

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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…

8 Ways to Reduce Braces Pain

8 Ways to Reduce Braces Pain

Braces are one of the best ways of effectively straightening teeth. However, braces pain can be hard to deal with… It’s very common now for young adults to experience having braces, as they are available at no cost to under-18s through the NHS. However, it’s becoming more and more popular to But, the most common…

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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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Dentist is Driven to Raise Funds for Dentaid!

A dentist is gearing up to raise money for Dentaid by driving from Britain to Siberia in his grandma’s ageing Renault Clio. Chris Shorrock is revving up for the Mongol Rally, a 10,000 mile driving challenge that will take him from Goodwood racing track, near Chichester, to Ulan Ude in eastern Russia. Along the way…

The Mobile Dentaid Unit Provides Care For Vulnerable People

The Mobile Dentaid Unit Provides Care For Vulnerable People

Homeless and vulnerable people in Winchester and Salisbury have been provided with dental care onboard the mobile Dentaid unit. The mobile Dentaid unit has visited Trinity House day centre in Winchester and the Trussell Trust in Salisbury to provide free dental treatment for people who find it difficult to access NHS care. Many had not…

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Calls for Better Heart Emergency Measures on Planes

Heart emergency measures need to be better on planes according to doctors. Although the event of cardiac arrest on board flights is rare, airlines are being called upon to carry more medical equipment focused on this issue. About 1,000 people a year die from cardiac arrest in the air, according to data presented at a…

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How Does a Cleft Lip and Palate Impact a Child?

It’s likely you’ve heard of cleft lip and palate, however it only impacts around 1 in 700 children in the UK. Cleft lip and palate are birth defects that occur when a baby’s lip or mouth do not form properly during pregnancy. Together, these birth defects commonly are called “orofacial clefts”. The two can occur…

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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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Change a Child’s Life! #OperationDefacto

Corporate responsibility is something that Defacto takes seriously. In partnership with Operation Smile, we want to positively change the direction of as many children’s lives as possible. How are we going to achieve this? Simple, with your help! For the next two months (May and June), DefactoDentists.com will donate £1 to Operation Smile for every…

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Operation Defacto!

Corporate responsibility is something that Defacto takes seriously. In partnership with Operation Smile, we want to positively change the direction of as many children’s lives as possible. How are we going to achieve this? Simple, with your help! For the next two months (May and June), DefactoDentists.com will donate £1 to Operation Smile for every…

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Dieting Could be Having a Negative Impact on Your Teeth!

Summer is fast approaching and we’re all doing our best to be swimsuit ready. Or at least thinking of doing our best some time soon… What you might not realise about dieting is that it can have quite the impact on your teeth, and not the good kind. While it’s great the people are becoming…

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8 Ways to Cut Down on Sugar

Sugar is a nation wide addiction. Should you want to kick the habit, we can offer you 8 ways to cut down on sugar. We don’t expect people to cut it out entirely. Sugar is hard to escape these days. But, there are ways to skirt around it without eating too much. Not only will…

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How Does Stress Impact Your Teeth?

Stress can have an overpowering impact on our whole body. From poor diet, sleepless night and laziness to depression, stress can seriously alter your life. However, how does stress impact your teeth in particular? Stress can lead to a lot of harmful things regarding your teeth. It can even lead to tooth loss and the…

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NHS Satisfaction Rating at Highest Point in 20 Years

Survey reveals that NHS satisfaction ratings have climbed to their highest since the 90’s. The survey, which was carried out between July and October of last year, revealed good things. The National Centre for Social Research’s British Social Attitudes (BSA) survey asked a nationally representative sample of nearly 3,000 people about their satisfaction with the…

NHS Prescriptions and Dental Costs Set to Rise

NHS Prescriptions and Dental Costs Set to Rise

NHS prescriptions costs are set to rise in England on April 1st. The government has announced that NHS prescriptions will rise by 20p due to inflation. This makes the new cost of NHS prescriptions £8.60. Health minister Philip Dunne explained that this rise was “broadly in line with inflation,”. However, in comparison to the rest…

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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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Self-Medicating Neanderthals: How Their Tartar Reveals All

You wouldn’t be the only one if you thought Neanderthals were completely primitive. Turns out they’re more like us than we thought… Thanks to samples of Neanderthals tartar we know more about them than ever. Analysis of teeth of Spanish Neanderthals shows a diet of pine nuts, mushrooms and moss and indicates possible self-medication for…

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Why You Shouldn’t Go to Your GP for Dental Problems

More and more reports are circulating about the public heading to their GP for dental problems. Research suggests that 600,000 patients a year see their GPs with dental problems, instead of a dental professional. The British Dental Association (BDA) believes that this number is due to the charges at the dentist. Therefore, people meaning to…

Appropriate Adjuncts for Patients with Eating Disorders

Appropriate Adjuncts for Patients with Eating Disorders

The latest statistics show that approximately 725,000 people suffer from a form of eating disorder in the UK. Alternative adjuncts could be of some assistance. Eating disorders involve a constant preoccupation with food, a distorted body image and excessive measures taken to control weight. Excessive to the point of harming your body’s health, as well…

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Save the date! The Dentistry Show 2017

The Dentistry Show is back for another year! Co-located with The Dental Technology Showcase (DTS), it also makes it a fantastic networking opportunity with lead technicians. The Dentistry Show and DTS 2017 will be held on Friday 12th and Saturday 13th May at the NEC in Birmingham. Designed for you and your team! Bringing the…

ADI Team Congress 2017 Promises to be the Best Yet!

ADI Team Congress 2017 Promises to be the Best Yet!

The ADI Team Congress is shaping up for the 30th Anniversary congress. Running from the 2nd – 4th of March this year, this ADI team congress is aiming to be the best one yet. The Association of Dental Implantology is a registered charity. They are dedicated to providing the profession with continuing implant education and…

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The ADG considers the impact of Brexit

The Association of Dental Groups (ADG) focuses on representing corporates and groups. They also ensure that a high standard of patient care is maintained at all times. But, right now, they are questioning the potential impact of Brexit. The potential outcomes of Brexit have been discussed at length on the news, in magazines and, we’re sure, throughout…

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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…

Disney: The Future of Digital Dentistry

Disney: The Future of Digital Dentistry

When we think of Disney, we think of animated movies and theme parks. That might not be the case for very much longer… They could be the future of digital dentistry. The face of digital dentistry could be very different in the coming years. Disney Research have partnered with ETH Zurich to create something that…

How Does Alcohol Damage Teeth?

How Does Alcohol Damage Teeth?

We all like a drink at the weekend, or even after work. It’s considered normal now to regularly drink alcohol whenever the notion takes us. Have you ever thought ‘how does alcohol damage teeth?’ Probably not. We’re not surprised! There’s nothing wrong with enjoying a drink every now and then. It all depends on the…

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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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Dentists Could Reduce Pressures on A&E

According to the BDA, dentists could lessen the pressure on A&E departments by dealing with dental related emergencies. The British Dental Association believes that more in-hour urgent care slots will help to relieve pressures on A&E. These issues in Accident and Emergency have been much reported on in the past. With members of the public…

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Could This Tooth Repair Drug Replace Fillings

It’s possible that a tooth repair drug could be the answer to dental cavities. Research has found that this tooth repair drug encourages teeth to repair themselves. This could also mean an end to fillings. The drug in question is Tideglusib. It has been assessed for use in the treatment of Alzheimer’s. However, that may not…

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How Can Dentists Help with Sleep Apnea

Do you have trouble with snoring or sleeping? Do you wake up tired? It’s possible that you may be suffering from sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a common disorder in which you have one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while you sleep. These pauses can last from a few seconds to minutes.…

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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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Diet Drinks May Have No Influence on Weight-loss

It’s the New Year and no doubt many of us are dieting. You may have switched out that full sugar fizzy drink for diet drinks. However, they may not actually help you achieve any of your weight-loss goals. We’re not going to tell you that you’re better opting for Coca Cola instead of Diet Coke.…

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Why You Should Visit Your Dentist Over the Holidays

Christmas and New Year can be a busy time for us all. But, you should be making it a busy time for your dentist. We’re not saying we want dentists laden down with work over the holidays. What we are saying is that you should be focusing on maintaining your dental health over this festive…

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Dentaltown UK Announce Their Honorary Editorial Board

Dentaltown UK has been forming an impressive honorary editorial board in preparation for the upcoming launch. Dentaltown (Farran Media) is one of the largest dental media companies in the world. The Dentaltown website and magazine have a global reach of around 300,000 dental professionals. With Farran media keen to expand their reach overseas, ourselves at…

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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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How Drinking Too Much Water Can Kill You

It’s common when you’re ill to be told to drink plenty of fluids. However, recent events have shown that this isn’t the case. In fact drinking too much water could actually do you harm. After a woman was submitted to hospital suffering from ‘water intoxication’, healthcare professionals are pondering over what a safe water intake…

Do we need dentistry awards?

Do We Need Dentistry Awards?

Dentistry awards are becoming more common, but do we really need them? It seems like there are award ceremonies for everything now. What may have once been considered a night for the elite, full of glitz and glamour is now something that most industries have regularly. However, dentistry awards seem to be causing a bit…

mouth cancer action month

Mouth Cancer Rates Are Soaring Nationwide

In the last few days of Mouth Cancer Action Month, it’s important to remind people of why it needs awareness. Cancer Research UK has revealed that rates of mouth cancer have jumped by 68% in the UK over the last 20 years. It’s the 11th most common cancer in the UK and it has a…

bupa takeover

Oasis Speaks Out Over Bupa Takeover

The news of Bupa’s takeover of Oasis Dental Care broke last week. Previously ran by Bridgepoint, Oasis was bought over for the sum of £835 million. Yesterday the dental giant spoke out about the Bupa takeover. Oasis currently runs 380 dental practices around the UK, with over 1,800 dentists and more than two million patients.…

bupa, oasis dental care takeover

Bupa Buys Oasis Dental Care for £835 Million.

Bupa has successfully bought over Oasis Dental Care in a £835 million takeover. Oasis Dental Care, previously owned by Bridgepoint, runs 380 dental practices around the UK, with over 1,800 dentists and more than two million patients. Justin Ash, Chief Executive of Oasis Dental Care, said: “As part of the Bupa family, we can really develop further…

brain wifi

Brain Wifi Could be the Secret to Reversing Paralysis

An implant, dubbed Brain Wifi, could be the key to helping paralysed people walk again. Brain Wifi is an implant in the brain that beams signals and instructions out of the brain in an attempt to restore movement in the body. The implant has already been successfully used in primates for the first time. Scientists…

what causes dry mouth

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…

anxiety in children at an all time high

Anxiety in Children at an All Time High

The number of calls made regarding anxiety in children is at an all time high according to recent figures. Figures from the NSPCC’s Childline service suggest calls from anxious children have risen rapidly. Childline deals with calls from distressed children. However, they answered 11,706 calls dealing with anxiety in children in 2015-16. When compared to…

dentists warn over halloween horror

Dentists Warn Parents Over ‘Halloween Horror’

We all know that during the night of Halloween kids will be hitting the streets looking for sugary treats. However, dentists have warned against the dangers of overloading children with sweets on Halloween. It’s hard not to just go for the easiest option when providing trick or treaters with their reward. They want sweets and…

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Henry Schein and ‘The Pamoja Programme’

Henry Schein UK is supporting dental screening and treatment for school children in Tanzania. Henry Schein has donated healthcare products to ‘The Pamoja Programme’. This donation allows the programme to continue their mission to help school children receive the dental treatment they need. ‘The Pamoja Programme’ is a joint venture from the European Dental Students’…

what does smoking do to your smile

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…

sugar tax

Every Country Urged to Employ a Sugar Tax by The World Health Organisation

Childhood obesity rates are through the roof and the World Health Organisation is urging countries to enforce a sugar tax on sugary drinks. Their advice on the sugar tax comes alongside more and more countries are considering fiscal measures to dissuade people from buying large quantities of sugary soft drinks. Which have been identified as…

oral cancer symptoms you should look out for

Oral Cancer Symptoms You Should Watch Out For

Oral Cancer is the 11th most common cancer, in males, in the UK. Do you watch out for oral cancer symptoms? There has been a 92% increases in cases of oral cancer since the 70s. There are thousands of new cases diagnosed annually. It’s estimated that 91% of the cases are preventable if they are…

improving children's oral health

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…

birth control linked to depression

Birth Control Has Been Linked to Depression

A newly published study has found a link between depression and birth control. This study on birth control is the largest study of its kind. It was conducted by The University of Copenhagen and confirmed a link between hormonal contraceptive and depression. One million Danish women between the ages of 15 and 34 were tracked…

40% of children not seeing a dentist

40% of Children Not Seeing a Dentist

Over 40% of children didn’t attend the dentist last year. NHS statistics show that 4 in 10 children haven’t been for regular check ups. The British Dental Association calls the figure ‘embarrassing’. Tooth decay remains the most common reason young children go to hospital. The BDA say regular dental check-ups are the key to preventing…