May 13th, 2016
Dental hygienists are experts in the field of freshness and treatments that keep oral diseases at bay. If you suffer from gum disease or have a high risk of developing the condition, your dentist might advise you to see the hygienist. However, you don’t need to be suffering to benefit from hygiene treatment. Whether you’re battling with bad breath, are prone to plaque or simply want to treat your mouth to a fresh, clean feeling, why not book yourself in for an intensive cleaning experience?
What can a hygiene session do for me?
Dental hygiene sessions can make a massive difference to your oral health, especially if you’re at risk of dental disease. Cleaning treatments remove stubborn plaque, tartar and bacteria that your toothbrush can’t get, as well as giving your mouth that clean, fresh feeling.
Our amazing hygienists also offer preventative treatments and can offer advice about oral hygiene at home, healthy eating for your teeth and giving up smoking. We aim to promote good oral health and help you enjoy a beautiful, healthy smile.
Oral hygiene and gum disease
Dentists and hygienists work together to effectively treat and manage gum disease. Regular hygiene sessions are an essential way to tackle plaque and prevent gum disease from developing or getting worse.
How can I find out more?
To find out more about dental hygiene and the services we offer, contact reception today.
April 16th, 2016
Although metal braces are extremely effective at straightening teeth, they are highly visible and can have a huge impact on your self-confidence in social situations. Thankfully metal braces are no longer the only option if you’re unhappy with your teeth. Invisalign braces are virtually invisible and straighten your teeth comprehensively without the metal brackets and wires.
What you need to know
Because they are made from clear plastic, Invisalign braces are often known as ‘see through braces’ or ‘invisible braces’. Like traditional braces they are constructed to fit the exact shape of your mouth so that the maximum effect is achieved. Modern dentists use computer technology which means that Invisalign aligners can be made and fitted quickly, without the need to wait while dental putty moulds are made into impressions.
Invisalign braces are completely removable, but for the best results you should wear them for at least 20 hours a day. They are more comfortable than traditional braces too, because there is no tightening of wires involved. Instead, your dentist will provide you with a new set of Invisalign braces as and when you need them to continue the process of adjusting your teeth.
March 18th, 2016
Humans have a complicated relationship with wisdom teeth. In ancient Arabic they are referred to as being the “teeth of maturity” and the Korean culture calls them “love teeth” due to the pain they can cause when growing in. Wisdom teeth, the latecomers to the mouth, can also be the cause of many dental problems for patients in Oxford.
Most people begin to start experiencing problems with wisdom teeth between the ages of 16 and 25. When wisdom teeth come in they generally produce pain and make chewing uncomfortable. The emergence of these new teeth tends to disrupt the entire alignment of the jaw and mouth, enhancing the pain they cause. This drastic altering of the jaw’s alignment can lead to tooth decay, inflammation and gum problems.
Although useful in later life (once fully formed, wisdom teeth function as any other molars and can be used for grinding and chewing), wisdom teeth can bring with them a host of problems. Common symptoms of wisdom teeth problems include stiffness in the jaw, swelling of the gums around the emerging tooth, pain and irritation and tooth decay.
Because wisdom teeth tend to force their way into a mouth that is already aligned and has been aligned with its adult teeth for some time, crowding is a common problem resulting from the arrival of wisdom teeth. It is a problem that is so serious that it warrants the removal of the wisdom teeth by extraction.
In addition to problems with overcrowding, wisdom teeth are removed for the pain they cause when they rub against the inside of the cheek and jaw. Wisdom teeth are also removed if they haven’t come in properly and remain impacted either in the jaw bone or beneath the gums.
Wisdom teeth commonly pose a lot of problems and in fact only 10 percent of all adults report never experiencing discomfort or pain associated with wisdom teeth. While they do seem troublesome, it is important to know that wisdom tooth extraction is a routine procedure at dentist surgeries around the world and is usually performed effortlessly and with few negative side effects.
February 18th, 2016
If you noticed a cut bleeding on your arm, you’d probably do something to stop it immediately. However, many people ignore bleeding gums and this is why gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in British adults. The reality is that gum disease is preventable, and all you have to do is spend a few minutes each day giving your teeth and gums a bit of TLC to battle bleeding gums and prevent early tooth loss.
About gum disease
Gum disease is a very common oral disease, which is usually caused by plaque. Plaque is a sticky film made when food debris combines with saliva and bacteria. Plaque irritates the gums and when you eat, the acids released by bacteria also erode the enamel, increasing the risk of sensitivity and decay.
Thankfully, there is an easy way to prevent plaque from forming and this involves devoting just five minutes of your day to your teeth and gums. Brushing for two minutes twice a day and flossing once a day helps to remove bacteria and food deposits from the mouth before plaque can develop, as well as ensuring your teeth look sparkly and clean.
Spotting the signs of gum disease
The most noticeable symptom of gum disease is bleeding when you brush, but you may also notice that your gums feel swollen and sore and they may also look redder.
If you notice the warning signs of gum disease, contact us so that you can see your dentist as quickly as possible.
Often, it will turn out to be nothing, but if you do have gum disease, seeing a dentist early ensures that it can be treated as early as possible. Gingivitis, the mild form of gum disease, is much easier to treat than periodontal disease, the advanced form of gum disease.
January 25th, 2016
At The Smile Practice in Oxford, we are proud to offer the latest treatments and the safest and most effective treatment methods. We are a mercury-free practice and provide white fillings for natural looking aesthetics and the safest possible treatment.
About white fillings
Fillings are restorative treatments used to fill cavities and strengthen a tooth that has been weakened as a result of decay or injury. Fillings are a very common dental treatment.
White fillings are made from composite material matched to the colour of your natural teeth. The composite is poured into the cavity in putty form and then hardened using a curing light. Composite does not contain any metal; it is made from quart resin and has a light-reflecting agent, which gives a natural finish.
How are fillings fitted?
The procedure to fill a tooth is relatively quick and simple and there is nothing to worry about. Before the procedure, the tooth will be numbed to eliminate discomfort. The first stage of treatment involves removing the decayed tissue from the cavity and cleaning the cavity thoroughly. This helps to prevent infection from spreading through the tooth and ensures that the cavity is free from harmful bacteria.
The second stage is to fill the cavity. The composite is poured into the hole and then set firm using a powerful light and it takes around 45 seconds to cement the filling. Once the filling is hard, it will be trimmed to make sure it fits into the cavity perfectly.
Our white fillings enable you to enjoy a healthier, more attractive smile as well as reducing your risk of suffering further injury or decay. If you would like to find out more about white fillings or book an appointment, call the practice today.