What Do You Know About Wisdom Teeth?

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Ipswich dentist, Dr Codrin Tocca explains more about these sometimes problematic teeth.

Wisdom teeth are so named because they are the very last teeth that we develop as adults. Because they often erupt during our late teen years or early twenties, they are considered to come through at an age when we should have a certain amount of wisdom, hence the name! In some cases though, these teeth do not erupt as they should, or even not erupt at all.

You may have heard, perhaps from older relatives, that your wisdom teeth are the most difficult to remove if there is a problem with their development. Modern dental surgery means that this is now much more straightforward than in the past, but a problematic wisdom tooth can certainly be more challenging to extract than a tooth further towards the front of the mouth.

Wisdom teeth problems

Because the wisdom teeth develop at the back of the mouth and often have little space into which they can erupt, they can sometimes cause problems as they develop. In some instances they may become trapped under the gum line, only partially erupt, or come through at an angle which can cause a number of issues. These situations are what are often referred to as impacted wisdom teeth.

When a wisdom tooth is impacted, it can result in a number of problems, including potential infection, gum swelling and bite issues, and also potentially painful facial swelling. When this happens, it is possible that the wisdom tooth will need to be extracted from the socket.

Extracting a wisdom tooth

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How to make your teeth feel stronger

January’s Golden Globes ceremony marked the beginning of the 2019 Awards Season. The 91st Academy Awards (aka the ‘Oscars’) will take place later this month. The familiar red carpet fashion show usually generates as many headlines as the winners themselves. But what is the one accessory almost every celebrity (male or female) shares? That’s right, a dazzling bright smile.

 

Most of us would love white, even ‘film star’ teeth, but we’re not always sure where to start. Did you know that white teeth are usually the result of strong, healthy enamel? So if you’d like an Oscar-worthy smile, there are steps you can take to build strong, healthy teeth. We can’t promise you Hollywood fame and fortune. But establishing excellent oral health habits can help you look and feel like a superstar.

 

Calcium consumption

It may be a cliché, but we are what we eat. It’s important to follow a good diet in order to be healthy and fit. Your teeth are no exception. And they need calcium to stay strong.

Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the body. Together with Vitamin D and phosphorus, it plays a vital role in the formation of strong teeth and gums. It’s important that we eat a healthy diet, which contains plenty of calcium, to keep our teeth (and jawbone) strong. According to the NHS, adults aged 19 to 64 need around 700mg of calcium every day.

 

So what are the best foods to consume to achieve this? Dairy products, leafy greens such as broccoli, nuts, and certain types of fish, are all good sources of calcium. Tofu, soya beans, pulses and sesame seeds are excellent vegan alternatives. Some good news for carb lovers: did you know that brown and white bread contain calcium? In the UK, it’s added to both white and brown flour by law. So that lunchtime sandwich could actually be helping to strengthen your smile!

But consuming calcium alone isn’t sufficient, because it doesn’t operate in isolation. You need Vitamin D to regulate the amount of calcium in your body. Good sources include fatty fish, egg yolks, cheese – and natural sunlight.

 

Brush and floss

To stay strong and healthy, your teeth need to be clean. Practice good oral health by brushing gently but thoroughly at least twice a day. But don’t rush to brush straight after consuming all that calcium! It’s best to wait at least 30 minutes after eating. This is because if you’ve eaten anything acidic, brushing it straight into your teeth will weaken its enamel.

For best results, use a fluoride toothpaste, and brush for two minutes, to prevent plaque building up. Remember to change your toothbrush regularly. Most dentists recommend at least every three months, and more often if you’ve been ill. That’s because gems can lurk in toothbrush bristles. In addition, normal wear and tear means older brushes are less effective than new ones at removing plaque.

 

Daily flossing is another way to help keep your teeth strong. That’s because it helps to dislodge any food debris from between your teeth. Flossing also helps to remove plaque along the gum line. Strong healthy teeth can’t exist without strong, healthy gums, so do take the time to floss. Floss firmly but gently, or you’ll damage your gums. If you’re not a fan of floss per se, try dental tape or interdental brushes instead.

 

Drink sensibly

To keep your teeth strong and healthy, you need to avoid enamel erosion. So anything sugary and/or acidic is bad news. That’s why fizzy drinks (of the alcoholic and soft variety) can damage your teeth as much as sugary snacks.

Protect your teeth by keeping an eye on your liquid consumption. Dry January might be done and dusted, but cutting back on alcohol will help to keep your teeth strong. For context, it takes about an hour for your teeth enamel to remineralise after encountering acid and sugar. So if you’re constantly snacking or sipping on sodas, your teeth are in trouble. Switch to water instead. We all know how important it is to keep hydrated. But did you realise that water can protect your teeth too?

Water can help to physically rinse away any leftover scraps of food and bacteria that are lurking in your mouth. It can also neutralise the acid that erodes enamel, and subsequently weakens your teeth.

 

Resist the temptation to multi-task

Your teeth are not tools. Using them exclusively for chewing food will help keep them strong and healthy. Don’t risk cracks and chips, or weaken their structure, by using them for anything else. Resist the temptation to tear open crisp packets, nibble your nails or bite off sticky tape! Take extra care around hard foods too. Don’t attempt to bite open nuts with a shell. If you do indulge in the occasional beer, use a bottle opener to access it – not your precious pearly whites!

 

 

Visit your dentist regularly

The importance of attending regular dental check-ups can’t be overstated. Maintenance visits are vital to keep you teeth healthy and strong. They allow us to identify, and treat, potential problems before they get worse. They’re also a great opportunity to discuss different treatment options, and dispense guidance and advice.

Dentistry evolves all the time, so make sure you’re aware of everything the Lighthouse Dental Practice has to offer. There are lots of ways we can help you keep your teeth strong. To find out more, or to book an appointment, call us today on 01473 257379. If you’re on Twitter, follow us on @LighthouseDent2. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Are You Having A Fizz Free February?

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Our Ipswich dentists look at how patients might benefit from taking part.

There seems to be a trend in allocating specific months to certain health campaigns, usually when the name ties in, e.g. Veganuary. Whether you went vegan for that month or not though, there is still an opportunity to do something for your health this month too.

A new campaign, named ‘Fizz Free February’ has been started with the aim of encouraging people to cut down on the amount of sugary drinks that they consume. This is especially important for those who drink these regularly, but all of us could benefit from cutting them out, or at least reducing them.

Adding up the pounds

Before you are tempted to dismiss this as ‘just another health campaign’ and move on, it is worth looking at the the cost of these drinks, ignoring for now, the cost of any additional dental treatments you may well need because of them. Drinking just one fizzy drink a day will cost you around £500 each year, and obviously more if you are a more regular drinker. As the bulk of these drinks consist of water and sugar, that is a pretty large amount.

A more important factor in this campaign though, is the health aspect of it, both general and from an oral health perspective.

Your future health

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How to show your teeth love this Valentine’s Day

On Valentine’s Day, it’s traditional for us to show our affection for our loved ones. We send cards, flowers and gifts to each other. We arrange romantic nights out (or in). Also, we lavish time, attention and money on the people who are important to us. So this year, why not go one step further and show your teeth some love, too? After all, they’re a vital part of you that totally deserves some time and attention. And you’d certainly miss them if you lost them, through decay or disease.

Keep it clean

A kissable mouth starts with clean teeth and fresh breath. Excellent oral hygiene is a must all year round, not just on Valentine’s Day. So make sure you brush your teeth gently but thoroughly at least twice a day. Use a fluoride toothpaste and brush for at least two minutes, to help keep plaque and cavities at bay.

Above all, pay proper attention to your brushing technique. Effective cleaning means brushing ALL the surfaces of every tooth. To make this easier, why not treat yourself to a new electric toothbrush (or drop hints to a loved one)? It might not be as romantic as a bouquet of red roses, but it will last much longer. After brushing, don’t rush to rinse, as this will dilute the fluoride’s effect. And don’t forget to brush your tongue, because plaque and bacteria can lurk there too. And that’s definitely not what you want if you’re planning to get up close and personal.

Many people rush to brush their teeth straight after eating, but this isn’t necessarily a good idea. If you’ve consumed anything acidic, you’ll simply be helping to weaken your tooth enamel. Wait at least 30 minutes to be on the safe side.

Focus on flossing

Daily flossing is another way to show your teeth some TLC for Valentine’s Day and keep your breath fresh. It’s also a great way to safely dislodge any food or debris that’s wedged between your teeth. (Nobody wants the embarrassment of ‘spinach teeth’ on a hot date). Flossing also helps to remove plaque along the gum line. This means it can also reduce gum disease and the likelihood of bad breath. So there’s no excuse to not make the effort, in February or any other month!

If you are really struggling with flossing, do speak to your dentist, and we’ll be happy to help. We can demonstrate the correct technique and advise where you’re going wrong. Don’t forget that there are lots of alternatives to standard floss. So don’t be afraid to experiment with dental tape and interdental brushes instead.

It’s worth making an effort to use mouthwash too. It’s a fast, easy way to freshen your breath. But its effects are more than just cosmetic. Mouthwash can also help to prevent cavities, kill germs, prevent tartar build-up and desensitise your teeth. All that in under one minute! If you’re still worried about bad breath, chewing sugar-free gum after eating can help.

All white

There’s no denying that a bright, white smile is attractive, and enhances your appearance. It can also boost your self-confidence – very useful if you’re on the lookout for love this Valentine’s Day! Unfortunately, not all of us are blessed with naturally white teeth. And if you’re a fan of curry, coffee or red wine, you’re more likely to suffer from teeth staining.

However, help is at hand, in the form of teeth whitening or bleaching. This is a safe, effective way to achieve whiter, brighter teeth. Don’t risk a dodgy DIY kit that could damage your teeth. We create bespoke whitening trays that are safe and comfortable. We can also recommend the correct amount of whitening gel to use to obtain the required results. It’s never been easier to dazzle your beloved with your pearly whites!

A stunning smile

Stained or yellowing teeth are not the only reason that many people are unhappy with their smile. If your teeth are broken, missing or crooked, it’s difficult to beam brightly at your beloved. If that is the case, why not give yourself the gift of a great smile this Valentine’s Day? We offer a range of cosmetic dentistry services including white fillings, dental crowns, and dental implants.

We help if you suffer from dental anxiety or dental phobia. These are often the key reasons why so many people don’t visit their dentist regularly, and consequently have damaged teeth. We realise that dental anxiety can have serious consequences, and do all we can to help you overcome it. So you can be confident of obtaining the treatment you need without fear or discomfort.

Many people are anxious about visiting the dentist thanks to previous unpleasant/painful experiences, often as a child. We always take care to perform all necessary dental procedures with minimal discomfort. And we even offer a range of sedation services, for severely phobic patients.

A committed relationship

With most relationships, you get back what you put in. It’s no different with your dentist. So don’t play hard to get – be committed instead. Visit us regularly, as often as we recommend. Prevention is always better than cure. Maintenance check-ups are vital, as they allow dentists to spot the early warning signs of potential problems before they get serious. They also provide a great opportunity to give guidance and advice, and recommend the right treatment solutions.

For more information on how to enhance your oral health, follow us on Twitter @LighthouseDent2.

‘Deep Cleaning’ – Who Needs It?

Failure to receive regular professional teeth and gum cleaning could result in the need for more invasive treatment.

As regular patients of the Lighthouse Dental Practice will be aware, we put a great deal of emphasis on preventative dental care. This means not only brushing your teeth well and seeing the dentist every six months, but also, in our opinion, should include having your teeth professionally cleaned by a hygienist. This should not be seen as an ‘additional extra’, but as a key part of your regular oral health care programme.

Having your teeth cleaned by the hygienist, also known as a ‘scale and polish’  not only means that some surface staining is removed, making your teeth look nicer, but that hardened bacteria is also removed from the parts of our teeth and gums that even the best flossing can’t remove. Failure to remove this may result in the patient eventually suffering from gum disease.

Gingivitis

Before we move on to the main topic of this blog, it is worth distinguishing between gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis occurs at an earlier stage, and, whilst potentially creating some unpleasant symptoms, such as bleeding and soreness, is often reversible with better care at home and a course of professional cleaning. Failure to treat gingivitis is likely to result in it advancing to the periodontitis stage. This is a more serious form of gum disease where not only the gums, but also the root section of the tooth, and the surrounding bone tissue, may become infected. This can result in loose teeth, or even their loss.

A ‘deep’ clean

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The causes, prevention and treatment of toothache

Unfortunately, toothache is a common condition that many of us have experienced at some point in our lives. It can be mild or severe and last for days if untreated. However, a number of factors can cause this discomfort. Toothache can actually be a misleading term. The associated pain is often present in the jaw or face, as well as the affected tooth. Depending on the cause, toothache can feel like continuous throbbing or a sharp intermittent pain. Tooth sensitivity, triggered by eating something cold, hot or sweet, can also cause discomfort.

Sometimes mild toothache can occur due to a variety of factors. In children or young adults, for example, it can be a side effect of teething or the eruption of new teeth. However, you should see your dentist about any toothache that lasts more than two days. You should also seek advice if you have a high temperature, swelling or a bad taste in your mouth.

What causes toothache?

A number of issues can cause toothache. The most common include tooth decay, tooth abscesses and tooth damage. Tooth decay happens when plaque builds up and produces acid. In turn, this can lead to dental caries (holes in your teeth). Cavities can penetrate the tooth enamel to reach the sensitive dentine inner layer with predictably painful results.

Another cause of toothache can be physical tooth damage. For example, if you chip or break a tooth due to trauma, this could cause problems. Teeth grinding and/or jaw clenching (sometimes known as bruxism) can also lead to problems and pain. As you’d expect, a damaged filling, crown or dental implant can also feel very uncomfortable.

A dental abscess, caused by a bacterial infection, can trigger extremely painful toothache. An abscess is formed with pus that gathers inside the teeth, gums or bone that holds the teeth in position. It won’t go away without treatment and it can spread to other parts of the body, too.

Gum disease (also known as gingivitis or periodontal disease) is another condition that can contribute to tooth pain. Temporomandibular Disorder – one of the most common causes of jaw pain – can also affect your teeth.

It’s worth being aware of the fact that a number of non-dental conditions can cause toothache. The most common culprits include sinus infections, cluster headaches and Vitamin B12 deficiency.

Toothache prevention

In many cases, toothache can be preventable. Maintaining excellent oral hygiene is the best place to start. So make sure you take care of your teeth and gums. Brush for at least two minutes, with a fluoride toothpaste, at least twice a day. This helps to stop the build-up of plaque that causes tooth decay (and toothache). And don’t forget to floss! Flossing helps to dislodge food from your teeth, to keep them cleaner. It also helps to remove plaque along the gum line.

Watching what you eat – and consuming less sugar in particular – won’t just help to ward off weight gain. Too much sweet stuff seriously raises the risk of cavities. Every time you eat something, bacteria react with leftover food to produce yet more enamel-attacking acid. So try not to constantly ‘graze’. And swap those sugary sodas for water to further limit tooth erosion. Remember to keep a watchful eye on your alcohol consumption, too.

One of the best ways to prevent tooth decay, and the toothache that accompanies it, is to visit your dentist. There is no substitute for regular check-ups. We can then spot a potential problem before it becomes serious. If you’re already suffering, we will be able to treat your toothache promptly, and offer appropriate guidance and advice.

Our qualified dental nurses and knowledgeable practice receptionist are also available to provide you with additional support. You can  follow us on Twitter @LighthouseDent2 for regular updates about how to keep your teeth healthy and pain-free.

Toothache treatments

If your toothache is minor, or you need interim relief until you can get to your dentist, try an over-the-counter painkiller. Rinsing your mouth with warm salt water can also help to relive pain.

How your dentist treats your toothache will depend on its causes – and severity. If your tooth decay is in the early stages, your dentist could apply a fluoride gel to the affected area. This will help to strengthen your tooth enamel and make it more resistant to acid/plaque erosion.

If a cavity is causing your toothache, your dentist may recommend a filling. A filling literally repairs a hole in a tooth. These days, there are a number of different materials available. The most common colours are silver and white. If your dentist is unable to fill the hole, we may decide to fit a crown instead. This is simply an artificial cover or “cap” that fits over an existing tooth. It’s a very common restoration option for teeth with cavities that are just too big to be filled.

If your tooth is very damaged (or even loose thanks to severe gum disease), your dentist may feel it is necessary for extraction. Simple extractions are usually carried out under local anaesthetic. It may be possible for us to replace the extracted tooth with an implant, partial denture or bridge.

If your tooth is badly infected – but salvageable – root canal treatment may be an option. As the name suggests, this procedure treats the infection within the dentine’s main canals. During the treatment, the tooth pulp is removed, and the tooth’s interior is cleaned and sealed. It might sound scary, but you’ll be given a local anaesthetic to ensure the procedure is pain-free. Best of all, your restored tooth could then last a lifetime, if cared for properly.

Think Before You Drink!

What we consume has different effects on our teeth and gums – not all of it good.

This month is Dry January, an attempt by some people to stop drinking for one month.

Alcohol, as we will show in this blog, is potentially harmful to our oral health, but it is not the only drink that can affect both teeth and gums. In today’s Lighthouse Dental Practice blog, we take a look at how what we drink, can make a big difference.

Alcohol

Let’s start with one of the more ‘serious’ ones. Many of us enjoy a drink or two, and, providing that this is kept in moderation, it probably does us little harm. Where we drink in excess or too regularly though, health issues are probably not too far away.

The most serious problem that alcohol causes, with regards to oral health is mouth cancer. This potentially deadly disease is on the rise, with numbers expected to increase in the years to come. Whilst it can prove to be fatal, it can also leave significant facial disfigurement following treatment. As with most serious illnesses, the sooner it is detected, the more effective and successful any subsequent treatment is likely to be. Potential signs of oral cancers are one of the things that we look for during your regular examinations at our Ipswich dental practice. Where relevant, we may refer you to your own GP for further checks.

Alcohol is also well known to cause a dry mouth. This, as we have discussed before, is a significant contributor to gum disease.

Sports and energy drinks

Despite the benefits that these are supposed to offer; they generally contain very high levels of sugar, Even natural sugars, such as fructose, from fruit, will eventually lead to tooth decay. The way that these drinks are consumed, often sipped over a period of time, also means that the teeth are exposed to these sugars over a long period.

Fizzy drinks and colas

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New Year resolutions for your teeth

The turkey has been picked clean, the Quality Street tub is empty and the Christmas tree has been packed away. That can only mean one thing: the festive season is over and January has begun. Lots of people dread the post-Christmas period, but there’s plenty to enjoy about the start of a new year. A fresh beginning means a chance to make important lifestyle changes. Don’t miss this ideal opportunity to evaluate what’s working for you and your family – and what needs to change.

Above all, don’t neglect your teeth when it comes to writing your New Year resolutions. Most of us resolve to lose weight, get fit, or learn a new skill during the first month of the year. But your dental health is a key part of your overall wellness. So make sure taking good care of your teeth and mouth is top of your to-do list this New Year.

Smile like a celebrity

Celebrities tend to have a fabulous teeth – it’s a universally acknowledged fact. But it takes a little effort to achieve a celeb-worthy smile. If one of your New Year resolutions involves teeth that are white, bright and even, start with proper brushing. Great oral health and hygiene begins with clean teeth and gums.

How to perfect your technique

It’s important to brush at least twice a day, in order to remove bacterial plaque successfully. How you brush and regularity are just as important. Position your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle towards the gum-line. You need to gently move your brush back and forth in short (tooth-wide) strokes. Make sure you brush the outer, inner and chewing surfaces of your teeth. Remember, thorough teeth cleaning takes time. Make 2019 the year you commit to brushing for the recommended two minutes, morning and night. Why not head to the sales and treat yourself to a new toothbrush with a built-in timer? It’s an easy way to remove the guesswork element from keeping your teeth clean. However, don’t get too attached to your new toothbrush (or head)! It will need regular replacing in order to function effectively. Buy a new one at least every three to four months – more frequently if you notice the bristles are frayed. It’s also a good idea to replace your brush after a bout of cold or flu.

Don’t fear the floss

Daily flossing should be another one of your New Year resolutions. Men – that means you, too! According to a recent YouGov survey, men are less likely to floss than women. Only 25% of men questioned said they flossed on a typical day! That’s despite NHS advice that flossing should form part of a daily oral health care routine from the age of 12.

Does the thought of flossing intimidate you? Do you worry it could be difficult, painful and time-consuming? That’s really not the case. If you’re not sure how to do it, ask your dentist. We’ll be pleased to offer guidance and advice. And don’t use a busy schedule as an excuse not to participate. Effective flossing can be completed in just two minutes. That means it’s a fast, easy way to reduce your risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Your breath will be fresher too.

Watch what you eat (and drink)

We know that for some January can be synonymous with self-deprivation. Why not try to change your mind-set where food and drink is concerned? Don’t pine for unhealthy choices that are full of fat, acid and sugar. Instead, treat yourself to wholesome foods that deliver benefits to your entire body. Drinking plenty of water can be another one of your New Year resolutions. Introduce tasty raw or crunchy vegetables to your diet. If you must snack, choose a few celery sticks or some fruit. Your heart and your waistline will thank you for it, in addition to your teeth.

Stop smoking

Smoking is bad for your health – and your teeth. Stopping will help you to live longer and feel better. More specifically, giving up tobacco will help to prevent teeth staining, and give you fresher breath. Non-smokers are also less likely to get gum disease and prematurely lose their teeth. Giving up also means you’re protecting your loved ones from the damaging effects of second-hand smoke. Nicotine is a hard habit to break, but there is plenty of help available, from shops, pharmacies and on prescription.

Dentistry treatment: Take the plunge

If you know, or even just suspect, that you may require some dental work, don’t procrastinate any longer. Once it exists, the need for a crown, implant or filling is not going to go away. Putting it off is only likely to make the problem worse. Act now and you stand a much better chance of preserving your original tooth structure.

If you’ve been delaying treatment because you’re nervous, help is at hand. Lighthouse Dental Practice offers a successful dental anxiety service to help patients overcome their fears. It’s a common problem, we but tailor our solution to individual patients.

Even if you don’t think you need any complex treatment, regular check-ups are important. Add making a maintenance dental appointment to your list of New Year resolutions. It’s the best way to ensure any potential problems are nipped in the bud before they can escalate. And your dentist is the best person to offer tailored advice and recommendation about your oral health.

For enquiries, or to make an appointment, simply call us on 01473 257379. For more information on how to take care of your teeth in 2019, follow us on Twitter @LighthouseDent2.

Minimising The Effect Of Teeth Staining Products

Some tips for those who want whiter teeth but enjoy products that contribute to the problem of staining.

When offering advice to patients, we often consider the types of foods, drinks and lifestyle habits that should be moderated or avoided to help maintain healthy teeth, gums and indeed overall well-being.

An example of this would be patients who smoke. If we advise you to avoid this habit and you don’t, or can’t, then the potential results can be devastating, and even fatal. Ultimately of course, it is your decision but also our responsibility to offer advice where we feel it will be beneficial.

Other suggestions may not be as clear cut and this especially applies to advice given about keeping your teeth whiter for longer. Whilst it is true that if you avoid products such as red wine, tea, coffee and soy sauce, there is every likelihood that you will have whiter teeth, this does entail a certain amount of self-control, something many of us are not very good at.

The fact is that most of us don’t have the time, or the will, to devise a diet that will not stain our teeth, and certainly one that we also actually enjoy. Even though we may advise patients to avoid food staining products, we know that very few will cut them out altogether. So, if it is the case that people want whiter teeth, but won’t stop consuming tooth staining products, is this achievable?

Moderation

The first thing we would say is that if you don’t wish to eliminate these products, then try to at least reduce their use. Some of these products are probably not eaten regularly anyway, whilst others, such as tea, are probably drunk very frequently, building up discolouration. Even in this case though, you can still ease up a little. Try drinking your tea less strong than usual, drink water with it and maybe cut down by the odd cup or two if you drink a lot of it. Every little will help.

Drink water

Some patients have asked whether brushing their teeth after drinking tea etc would help retain the whiteness. This is generally not advised. Although it may remove some staining, it will also mean that enamel could erode, especially if you do this regularly. What you might find useful to do however, is to swill water around your mouth after eating or drinking anything that may stain your teeth. This will remove at least some of the staining material without harming your teeth.

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Your New Year Smile Makeover

Tips on how to give your smile a real boost for 2019 at Lighthouse Dental Practice!

In our last blog we discussed dental care at Christmas and avoiding the risks from all of those sugary festive treats.

Although this is now just a few weeks away, it won’t be long until it is all over and many of us will start to turn our thoughts towards the New Year. This is a time when we look to renew aspects of our life and potentially decide to make changes. This might be a decision to get fit, stop smoking or even to change your job.

At the Lighthouse Dental Practice in Ipswich, we may not be able to help you lose weight etc, but we can help you to have a much nicer smile through the use of cosmetic dentistry. This can lead to a more attractive smile and also have a positive impact on other areas of your life, as we will discuss later.

Your personalised smile makeover

When it comes to improvements to our teeth, everybody is unique. There is no ‘one size fits all’ makeover and a consultation, carried out at our Ipswich practice, is necessary to ascertain the best approach for each individual.

There are a number of treatments available that can contribute to a smile makeover, from dental implants through to faster procedures such as teeth whitening. The main treatments that are often included for those seeking to give their smile an immediate boost are:

  • Teeth coloured fillings
  • Teeth whitening procedure
  • Dental veneers

Before any of these cosmetic treatments take place, it will be necessary to make sure that your mouth is healthy and free of decay and gum disease, Following this, your treatment can start.

White fillings

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