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Are We Unconsciously Damaging Our Teeth?

Could we be unconsciously 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 unconsciously every single day that are seriously…

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Smiling – The Key To Looking Younger?

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

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The Unusual Suspects: Surprising Things That Harm Your Teeth.

Are we subconsciously harming 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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The things your dentist wished you knew

What does your dentist wish that 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…

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Diets and their affect on your teeth

Did you know that some diets can affect your teeth? Post lockdown has made most of us think about dieting. But is this having a negative impact on our teeth? What you might not realise about dieting is that it can have quite the impact on your teeth, and not the good kind. How can diets…

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Are you ruining your smile?

You could be ruining your smile without even knowing it! You have a more extensive knowledge of dental health these days. Brushing twice a day with toothpaste is not all you need to do though. Here are some hints and tips on how and why these things could be wasting your teeth and therefore ruining…

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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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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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Protect yourself from the flu and other nasty viruses

We all want to protect ourselves from flu and other nasty viruses. Have you had the flu recently? Are you worried about other nasty viruses? Coronavirus is all over the news. Just how do you protect yourself from catching the flu and other nasty viruses? Get a flu vaccine The best way to protect yourself…

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How to keep your toothbrush clean

Keeping your toothbrush clean can seem like a simple task… Your toothbrush should always be kept clean. You may think that storing it in the cupboard is the best place for it. You may also think there’s no harm in sharing it with your partner. There’s a lot that goes into keeping your toothbrush clean.…

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Do you suffer from sensitive teeth?

Sensitive teeth cause anything between a mild twinge to having severe discomfort that can last several hours. It is most common in people between the ages of 20 and 40. It can also affect people in their early teens and when they are over 70. Did you know that tooth sensitivity is more common in…

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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 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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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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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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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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How Much Do You Spend On Your Teeth?

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

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HOW CAN YOUR DENTAL PRACTICE BENEFIT FROM REVIEWS?

How often do you look for reviews? Whether it’s a restaurant, a holiday or a salon, we guarantee that you look for them.  After all, who is more honest than other customers? Would you take the risk buy something with no reviews or negative reviews? Maybe. Would you take the risk and visit a dental…

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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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Chocolate Is Good For Your Teeth – There Is Proof.

Can chocolate really be good for your teeth? Never did we think we’d hear those words. Here at Defacto Dentists, we love chocolate as much as the next person. Luckily for us, it’s just been Easter and we’ve still got plenty of chocolate eggs to work our way through in the office. How can our…

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Too Big For Dental Treatment?

People in the UK are being forced to go to specialist treatment centres to receive dental treatment because of their weight. Is there such a thing as being too big for the dentist? Can weight really affect how you can be treated by a dentist? In short, yes. Obesity levels are soaring. Unsurprisingly, obesity is…

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You’re Looking After Your Teeth Completely Wrong.

Think you know everything about looking after your teeth? Think again.   Spit and DON’T RINSE Too many of us after brushing our teeth, are guilty of rinsing with water. If you rinse your mouth with water after brushing your teeth, you’re washing away the fluoride that helps harden your teeth. Fluoride is vital for…

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The Link Between Dementia and Dental Care – Defacto Blog

Preventive dental care provided in the early stages of dementia could help limit major tooth problems later, researchers say. According to Dementia UK, Dementia is an umbrella term used to describe a range of progressive neurological disorders. There are many different types and Alzheimer’s disease is the most common. Some people may have a combination of…

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Dentists Will Spot The Signs of Eating Disorders.

Dentists are able to spot the initial signs on eating disorders. Dentists can play a key role in the detection of health conditions including anorexia nervosa and bulimia according to new research from King’s College London. Data which has been published in the British Dental Journal has found that many of the medical conditions that…

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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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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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Dentists Can Spot The Signs of Domestic Abuse

Dentists are undergoing training so they can spot the signs of domestic abuse. Our dentists are trained to recognise a whole host of problems. From gum disease and decay, to illnesses such as oral cancers or even diabetes. But Dentists all around the world are being trained to recognise symptoms of abuse. Today on the…

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Dental Health in Deprived Areas: A Vicious Cycle

Tooth Decay is the top reason why children in the UK are admitted to hospital. Completely preventable, kids are filling up hospital beds up and down the country because of their poor oral health. Sadly, this is more prevalent in less affluent areas. People from deprived areas are twice as likely to end up in…

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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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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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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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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…

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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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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Five Things People Forget Before Their Wedding Day

Weddings are listed in the top 10 most stressful events in a person’s life. It’s no wonder people get a little forgetful on the lead up to their wedding day… There’s so much to think about for your wedding day. Flowers, cakes, dress, suits and guests and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. The…

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

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

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Recovering From Dental Surgery: Do’s and Dont’s

Dental surgery could be required for a multitude of reasons. From tooth removal to implants, there are various reasons you may need dental surgery. However, it’s likely that your surgery will be a pain free ordeal. Dealing with the aftercare is where people might be a bit lost. For the first two days it is…

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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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How to Have a Good Dentist Appointment: What You Should and Shouldn’t Do

You might be approaching your six-month check up, or you might have just registered at a new practice. It’s common that we all want to have a good dentist appointment. But, it goes beyond excessive brushing beforehand. Actually that could be one of the things you don’t do. Brushing right before you go for your…

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Deprived Areas are Receiving Poor Dental Care

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

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When Should You Replace a Filling?

It’s common nowadays for an individual to have a filling. However, it may not be common knowledge that sometimes you need to replace a filling… Tooth decay affects around 31% of adults. So, it’s not surprising that fillings are as common as they are. But, before we get to why you would need to replace…

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Why You Shouldn’t Skip Dental Appointments

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

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The History of Dentistry: Where Did it Originate?

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

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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 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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Winter Tooth Pain: Does the Cold Affect Your Teeth?

Are your teeth feeling the chill? We wouldn’t be surprised if they were. With temperatures plummeting we’re expecting some people to be experiencing some winter tooth pain. At Defacto we’re asking ourselves, does the winter affect your teeth? Long story short, yes it does. If you already have sensitive teeth there’s a chance you may…

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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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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…

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Wisdom Teeth: Why They May Need To Go

Wisdom teeth are inevitable for us all. However, keeping them might not be all it’s cracked up to be. Having your wisdom teeth coming in can be painful and can undo whatever cosmetic work you may have already had done. But, there is also the possibility of other unforeseen issues with cutting these teeth… Impacted…