Brunel Dental Practice

Serious Effects Of Cigarette Smoking

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Cigarette smokers have a higher risk of developing different diseases. In addition to heart disease, asthma and stroke, smoking also destroys your teeth and cause serious dental health issues.

Key points:

– Cigarette smoke affects gum tissue and prevents blood circulation in the mouth, resulting in gum infections.

– Smokers have weaker immune systems, thus take longer to respond to treatments.

– With the plaque and tartar buildup, gum infections and recession, smokers are at a higher risk of tooth loss.

See your dentist for treatment and discuss oral cancer screening.

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How to Avoid Problems With Your Dental Bridge

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Following a good oral care routine of regularly brushing, flossing and rinsing your teeth can prolong the life of your dental bridge. You can also avoid problems with your bridge by:

– Making sure the bridge has been fitted properly; your bite should feel normal after a few days.

– Avoiding foods that could physically dislodge the bridge such as crusty bread.

– Regularly visiting the dentist for check-ups and booking regular professional cleaning with the hygienist.

“In the event that the bridge does fall out, the patient should seek professional help to replace the bridge.”

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What Type of Pain Medication is Used During Periodontal Surgery?

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If you have problems below your teeth, in the gums, you might need to undergo periodontal surgery. Thankfully, your dentist will provide a number of pain-mitigating options. These will vary from individual to individual. Let’s look at three takeaway points.

– You might be given an anaesthetic if the procedure is lengthy.

– There are many times when localised pain medication will be injected.

– Before the medication takes hold, these injections can be slightly uncomfortable, but they will ultimately protect you from pain during the procedure.

“During the procedure, the dental surgeon uses sterile equipment to lower the risk of infection.”

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Looking After Your Dental Bridge

teeth, health, smile, dentist, dentalhealth , oralhealthMost people will feel some discomfort or sensitivity in the days immediately after receiving a dental bridge. It can take a little bit of time to adjust to the feel of a new bridge after its fitting by your dentist.

Key takeaways:

– Brushing your teeth with toothpaste specifically designed to ease sensitivity can ease any immediate discomfort.

– Consult your dentist if your bite does not adjust and continues to feel unusual.

– Practice a good oral routine including regular flossing to help look after the dental bridge in the long term.

In the first few days after the dental appointment to place a bridge, it is common for patients to experience some tooth sensitivity, particularly when eating hot or cold foods.

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Can dental implants be damaged?

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When you lose a tooth or need to have one removed, the dentist will offer some options like a dental implant. This is a replacement for a tooth that includes a crown (cap) secured by a titanium post that sits easily amid your natural teeth.

Dental implants are designed to be strong and secure with a view that they should last a lifetime. However, just like natural teeth, the dental crown of an implant can be damaged by:

– The impact of a fall

– Biting down on something very hard

– Bruxism (teeth grinding)

“While a chipped or broken dental crown is not a strict dental emergency, you should still see your professional dentist as soon as possible.”

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Are There Alternative to Traditional Braces?

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Were you aware that there are options for a teenager who is hesitant to be fitted with traditional braces? While it is wise to speak with your dentist, we should still list three common alternatives.

–  Lingual braces are placed behind the teeth; hiding their presence from the world.
– Invisalign fixtures employ a clear plastic trough to align the teeth over time.
–  Clear brackets known as “Damon braces” will reduce the visual impact of metallic elements.

“Your orthodontist can evaluate your child’s teeth for lingual braces.”
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Benefits of red wine that can protect your teeth

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Pour yourself a glass of wine without worrying about your teeth. Although wine leaves stains on teeth, researchers have revealed benefits of red wine that can protect your teeth.

Key takeaways:

– Red wine contains polyphenols with antibacterial and antioxidative properties that kill harmful bacteria in the mouth and gut.

– Red wine can help to balance hormones, prevent heart disease and keep the brain young.

– P-coumaric and caffeic acid in wine keep off bad oral bacteria that cause cavities and periodontitis.

Brush your teeth before bed and see the dentist for assessment.

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Our new Website and Brand identity

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We’re really pleased to release our brand new brand identity and website.

We worked with Clifton Media to revamp our logo and website as the previous site had been developed over 10 years ago and was getting dated. A big change is the new site works across all devices including smartphones, tablets and desktop browsers.

Other features include:

  • A secure Patient referral form allowing other dentists to refer their patients to us for specific treatments
  • More information on our fees
  • A short online ‘smile assessment‘ which visitors can fill in to find out more information about treatments which can help them
  • Updated information about treatments and services on offer
  • Information on 0% Finance options and our dental plan.

We would always appreciate any feedback you might have on the new site – you can provide this through our contact form

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