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How can smoking affect my oral health? standard

Most people are now aware that smoking is bad for their health. Smoking can lead to tooth staining, gum disease, tooth loss, and in more severe cases mouth cancer. Let’s talk about this! Tooth staining: One of the effects of smoking is staining on the teeth due to the nicotine and tar in the tobacco. It can make your teeth yellow in a very short time. For this we often recommend thorough cleaning and to keep a closer check on the health of your mouth Gum disease: Bleeding gums when brushing and flossing are a common symptom of gingivitis but, because nicotine restricts the blood flow to the gums, smokers may not experience this early warning signs of gum disease. ...

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How can I maintain healthy teeth? standard

Our teeth have such an important role to play in our lives. They help us chew and digest food, they help us to talk and speak clearly and they also give our face its shape. Good oral and dental hygiene can help prevent bad breath, tooth decay and gum disease—and can help you keep your teeth as you get older. At Heath Street Dental, we believe in always aiming to preserve the teeth and extend the longevity of tooth tissue. Here are our tips on maintaining healthy teeth! Tip 1: Brush at least twice a day. The best time to brush teeth is after meals. We recommend using a small soft toothbrush-something that has better access to the back teeth and gentle on the gums. ...

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Do you want whiter teeth? standard

You’re not alone. In recent years, teeth whitening procedures have become a commonplace procedure as more and more people visit their dentist to obtain home whitening kits or whiten their teeth trough ’chair-side’ procedures.   At Heath Street Dental, we offer Zoom Whitening and Enlighten Whitening. With Enlighten, we can provide both home whitening and chair-side whitening, allowing you to have an effective combination treatment tailored to your liking. Zoom whitening is done from the comfort of home, with the dentist supervising you through the process, allowing you to whiten your teeth in a timeframe that suits you. Our team of Dentists can advise you on the most likely shade you can achieve after whitening and address any concerns or ...

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So, what is Invisalign? standard

Invisalign offers the world’s most advanced aligner system. They are orthodontic devices that are transparent, plastic form of dental braces used to adjust teeth. They help you achieve the straightest, clearest smile while being as discreet as possible.   You are provided with a series of clear aligners that apply gentle and sustained pressure aiming to move and rotate the teeth. Your dentist works alongside these aligners, monitoring your progress and undertaking the necessary dental treatment. We ask you to wear your aligners for at least 22 hours a day for typically 12-18 months to achieve the best results.   Here are a few reasons we love Invisalign:   There’s not a metal bracket or wire in sight. Just virtually ...

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What It’s Really Like To Get Adult Braces standard

Braces will always be associated with awkward teenage years, but many people deal with metal braces and orthodontic treatments well into adulthood. We spoke to three real people about why they got adult braces and what it was really like. Braces will always be associated with awkward teenage years, but many people deal with metal braces, rubber bands and orthodontic treatments well into adulthood. There are many reasons why someone might need adult braces: those whose teeth relapsed after they didn’t wear their retainer, for instance, or those who weren’t able to afford them when they were younger. Getting adult braces can carry a certain amount of metal mouth stigma, but it’s more common than you would assume. We spoke ...

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Do you find brushing your child’s teeth challenging? standard

We’re told we should brush our child’s teeth as soon as they come through but how do we go about this? Here are a few tips from us! Children learn through imitation, for younger children, making brushing a fun activity carried out alongside a parent, video or accompanying song, can make it fun for them. Independence is a key part of your child’s development. Allow your child to be involved in their own brushing routine; perhaps even choosing their own toothbrush, and as soon as they are able, applying toothpaste to their toothbrush. Of course, it’s important to be supervising children under the age of 7 whilst they are brushing. Different children will respond to different techniques and you may ...

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How to deal with dental anxiety? standard

Being ‘afraid of the dentist’ may mean different things to different people. The good news is that at Heath Street Dental our dentists understand their patients’ fears. They realise that kindness and gentleness can do a lot to make dental treatment an acceptable, normal part of life. Whilst most people can live with having some anxiety about going to the dentist, for some the thought of a dental visit is terrifying. An underlying fear of dental treatment can often stem from a previous bad experience and it might mean you’re reluctant to book in for regular check-ups or to have treatment. Thousands of people all over the world suffer from some degree of dental phobia or anxiety, if you are one of them, here are a few tips and tricks to help you at your next dental appointment. Firstly, let’s understand what dental anxiety is. Those ...

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What are the benefits of having dental implants? standard

Hi everyone!Have you ever wondered what are the benefits of having dental implants?Dental implants are a fantastic solution to missing teeth that look and function just like the real thing. They replace both the root and crown of the tooth and won’t damage any of your surrounding teeth.Implants also help to prevent bone resorption – the disappearance of alveolar bone – which is a side effect of missing teeth. This is another reason we recommend acting quickly after the loss of a tooth, while you still have enough bone for an implant and will also help to maintain the position of the surrounding teeth, which otherwise could drift towards the empty space. If you’ve had a gap for a while, ...

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Is teeth whitening safe? standard

Teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dental treatments around. It can offer fantastic results and it’s relatively inexpensive, with solutions to suit most budgets.A pearl white, perfect smile is becoming increasingly desired. As a result, the number of websites offering teeth whitening tips is on the rise – as is the number of interested parties.Home solutions frequently encouraged by websites include baking soda, salt and rubbing lemon peel directly on teeth. While these may seem like ordinary and harmless ingredients, they can damage the enamel that coats your teeth – the hard white surface on your teeth.In addition, salons, spas and also some less-than-reputable companies selling teeth whitening kits pose an additional risk – so shop and ...

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Age is no barrier when it comes to straightening teeth! standard

A straighter smile can make the world of difference to your face. Orthodontic treatment can achieve jaw-dropping results and it can improve the health of your teeth and gums. Crooked teeth are harder to keep clean and can therefore contribute to tooth decay and gum disease.Regardless of the type of brace you choose – fixed or removable, clear or metal – they ultimately work in the same way – gently moving your crooked teeth little by little using gentle forces.As your teeth move, the alveolar bone that surrounds them remodels to support their new position. Once your brace is removed it’s important to wear retainers to give your teeth enough time to settle in their new position.We’re proud to offer ...

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