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2 March 2016 Read more

Oral cancer checks

New research has revealed that only a quarter of GPs feel they have sufficient knowledge about oral cancer. If you have concerns about anything in your mouth, a lump, white patch or an ulcer that has not healed after more than 2 weeks, go to your dentist to have it checked rather than your GP, they are the mouth experts. Early diagnosis improves prognosis as well as reduces adverse effects of treatment such as speech difficulties, difficulty in chewing and disfigurement. Any ulcer or lump in the mouth or neck,

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1 February 2016 Read more

Sugar is in the news

The newspapers and tv are full of stories about reducing sugars, at last!!! We dentists have felt we have been lone voices nagging our patients for years! Great that the media has finally caught on. The total amount of sugars we eat is very important to our general health, particularly our risk of Type 2 diabetes. Regarding the teeth, it is not just the quantity of sugars but HOW OFTEN those sugars are taken and in what form. Even a small amount of carbohydrate ( including sugars) will allow the bacteria

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29 December 2015 Read more

Don’t ignore pain

Over 50% of the brain that deals with sensation covers the head alone, with the rest of the body being covered by the rest. This is why pain in the mouth and face affects us more than any other part of the body. Ignoring long standing pain can lead to permanent tissue damage which, in turn, can lead to permanent nerve damage. Such nerve damage can mean the pain continues even after the cause of the pain, such as a decayed tooth, has been removed. If you start getting pain, get it treated

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2 May 2014 Read more

Prevention of caries in adults

Information from the English Dental Department of health toolkit. Brush twice daily, including just before bed time. Use 1450 ppm fluoride toothpaste. Spit out paste, do not rinse mouth after brushing. Limit sugary food and drinks to meal times only. An oscillating/ rotating power toothbrush could be helpful in improving plaque control. A fluoride mouth rinse used at a different time from tooth brushing, will be helpful to individuals with caries problems.

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7 March 2014 Read more

Prevention of dental caries in children 7-15 years

Information from the English Dental Department of health toolkit. Brush twice daily, including just before bed time. Use 1450 ppm fluoride toothpaste. Spit out paste, do not rinse with a large volume of water. Restrict the consumption of sugary drinks and food to meal times only. A fluoride mouth rinse 0.05% NaF will be helpful to individuals with caries problems. Use when child returns home from school.

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