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Oral Health for Busy Lives

Oral Health for Busy Lives

Dr. Emma

Is being "too busy" an excuse to neglect your dental health? According to HIF dental health blogger, Dr. Emma, "The answer is no. Being "too busy" has become glamourised in our society. It's seen as a sign of being driven and achieving your best. But being busy isn't always good for your health, and unfortunately it's easy to think "I'll brush properly tomorrow" when you're constantly on the go." With this in mind, we've asked Dr. Emma for her three top tips on how to squeeze effective dental care into our busy day.

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What is a Dental Filling?

What is a Dental Filling?

Dr. Emma

Have you ever thought about what happens when you have a filling? According to our resident dental health blogger Dr. Emma, “A filling is one of the most commonly performed dental procedures, but perhaps the most misunderstood. It seems simple, right? There's a hole in a tooth, fill it up with stuff. Well, this isn’t the case – teeth are tricky creatures, and the mouth is an incredibly hostile environment in which to get materials to stick and last. There's a lot that goes into preparing a tooth to be filled, as well as selecting the right material.” In this article, Dr. Emma helps us to understand by detailing her step-by-step procedure when completing a common filling.

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When Was Your Last Dental Check-Up?

When Was Your Last Dental Check-Up?

Dr. Emma

When was your last visit to the dentist? If you can't remember then that probably means it's been too long. Seeing your dentist for a just a couple of hours in a single year could mean the difference between advancing dental disease and a clean bill of dental health. According to dental health expert, Dr. Emma, "Early decay is mostly painless and undetectable to the layperson, but can be fixed with remineralising agents or small fillings. Wait until the holes get big, and you're in for bigger fillings which cost more. Consider also the risk of needing more complex treatment like root canal therapy and crowns, and the costs add up fast. In this article, Dr. Emma discusses why a regular check-up should be something you set as a high priority. 

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New Year Dental Habits

New Year Dental Habits

Dr. Emma

Many of us make resolutions at the start of a new year to be healthier but do your health resolutions for 2017 include improving your dental health? Healthy teeth can lead to a better smile and overall better health, so if you've decided to make your teeth a priority this year, follow Dr. Emma's four simple steps to ensure your smile is in tip top shape.

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Teeth Whitening for Teenagers

Teeth Whitening for Teenagers

Dr. Emma

Is Teeth Whitening Safe for Teens? This is a question dental health professional Dr. Emma is being asked more and more frequently and according to Dr. Emma "The clinical aspects of whitening teenage teeth are very relevant, as there are some differences compared to adults which need to be considered.So is teenage whitening a good idea for you or your child? It can be done safely, but with caution." In this article, Dr. Emma discusses the risks associated with whitening and shares her advice on the best option to treat your teenager. 

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Toss the Floss?

Toss the Floss?

Dr. Emma

Flossing our teeth is something we're supposed to do on a regular basis, yet a new review by the Associated Press states there's little evidence to support the effectiveness of floss - so why do dentists worldwide still recommend it? We caught up with our resident dental health blogger, Dr. Emma, to hear her thoughts on this topic...

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Keeping Your Smile Straight

Keeping Your Smile Straight

Dr. Emma

How long do I have to wear my retainers? If you’ve ever worn braces before, this is probably the first question you asked your dentist. According to Dr Emma. “After months and months of sporting dental hardware, it's not surprising that people are keen to have their mouths free of metal. The answer however; is pretty disappointing -  you need to wear your retainers for as long as you want your teeth to stay straight. Why? Well, essentially, retainers keep teeth from moving back into the position from which they started. Without being held in place by retainers, your post-braces teeth will drift back to the most natural position they can find.” In this article Dr Emma discusses the main differences between a fixed and removable retainer and explains why wearing one for life is the only way to keep our teeth straight after orthodontic treatment.

 

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Dental Erosion

Dental Erosion

Dr. Emma

What is tooth erosion and how is it caused? According to dental expert Dr Emma, "The process of tooth decay involves bacteria, (found in plaque), digesting the sugar we eat and turning it into acid. This acid then dissolves tooth structure, resulting in the holes we know as tooth decay. Erosion happens when acid finds its way directly into the mouth without the germs even needing to get involved." In this article, Dr Emma discusses the causes of tooth erosion and the changes we need to put in place to keep our teeth in tip top condition.

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