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dentists and sleep apnea

How Can Dentists Help with Sleep Apnoea

Do you have trouble with snoring or sleeping? Do you wake up tired? It’s possible that you may be suffering from sleep apnoea. Sleep apnoea 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.…

scuba divers need more dental visits

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…

dentist over christmas

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…

teeth whitening with turmeric

Teeth Whitening With Turmeric

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

DIY Dentistry

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

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…

e-cigarettes damage gums

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…

winter tooth pain

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…

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…

children with dental anxiety, self help guide

Self-Help Guide Launched For Children With Dental Anxiety

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

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. When compared to the figure…

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…