44 Dental Care – Leicester Dentist https://www.44dentalcare.co.uk 44 Dental Care is a family-friendly practice, able to perform all kinds of dental surgery, with both kids and adults more than welcome. Fri, 29 Nov 2019 14:07:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3 3 Reasons To Get Dental Veneers https://www.44dentalcare.co.uk/3-reasons-to-get-dental-veneers Fri, 29 Nov 2019 14:06:00 +0000 https://www.44dentalcare.co.uk/?p=1552 One of the main reasons to get dental veneers for many people is to improve or enhance their smile. While it’s a simple, convenient and effective way of improving the look of your teeth did you know that there is a lot more to porcelain veneers than meets the eye? Here are 3 key reasons why you might want to undergo veneers treatment and they’re probably not what you might think…
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reasons to get dental veneersOne of the main reasons to get dental veneers for many people is to improve or enhance their smile. While it’s a simple, convenient and effective way of improving the look of your teeth did you know that there is a lot more to porcelain veneers than meets the eye? Here are 3 key reasons why you might want to undergo veneers treatment and they’re probably not what you might think…

Awkward spacing or uneven gaps

Let’s face it, not everyone is born with perfectly straight teeth and in many cases, having slight tooth gaps (diastemas) are what defines you. For some, they can be a proud source of identity and many people including high-profile celebrities (think Samuel L Jackson, Eddie Murphy, Madonna and Lauren Hutton) continue to wear their diastema’s like a badge of honour.

For others, however, it’s a totally different story. A diastema can be a constant source of ridicule, a negative aesthetic trait, an awkward spacing that only adds to feelings of insecurity. For these people, one of the best fixes is porcelain dental veneers.

On this occasion, the veneer is placed and bonded onto the front of the tooth acting as a mask, covering up any gaps or imperfections between two teeth. Once in position, the thin translucent piece of porcelain becomes extremely durable and very difficult to break. The end result is a perfect smile, achieved without undergoing any type of surgical procedure.

Teeth whitening

Believe it or not, another of the key reasons to get dental veneers is to whiten teeth. But hold on a minute… aren’t their other procedures that do a great job of whitening teeth that aren’t as expensive and aren’t quite so…. well… permanent?

Of course!

But what you might not know is that even when undergoing the latest chairside teeth whitening treatments, not all staining can be removed – particularly in cases where the staining is deeply ingrained.

To be clear, we’re not talking about the type of ‘extrinsic’ staining typically caused by foods and beverages. Instead, we’re talking about the type of staining that is deeply embedded into the tooth.

Otherwise known as ‘intrinsic’ staining, this type of discolouration is often formed in utero or can be the result of trauma or through taking certain medications. So while no amount of teeth whitening is going to eradicate the problem of intrinsic staining, porcelain veneers can at least be bonded onto the affected tooth or teeth, thus covering up the problem, giving the look and feel of a whiter, brighter smile.

Orthodontic alternative

If you have a slight or mild tooth misalignment and really don’t like the thought of being stuck with braces or aligners for months or years on end, then porcelain veneers – in some cases, can be used to great effect.

By bonding them to the affected area, they reshape the tooth or teeth giving the appearance of a straighter seamless smile – all of which is achieved with no braces required!

Do remember though that this won’t work for everyone. It does depend upon the degree of your tooth/teeth problem. As such your dentist will be able to quickly determine if porcelain veneers are the right option for you.

So there you have it – 3 key reasons to get dental veneers! While they might not be the reasons you thought, it does highlight their unique versatility.

At 44 Dental Care, we have a team of experienced dentists who are well-versed in a wide range of preventative, restorative and cosmetic dental procedures including the fitting of porcelain dental veneers. So if you’re looking to do something about your less-than-perfect smile, then we invite you to come and have a chat with our team. Contact us on 0116 251 9647 today to book an appointment.

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5 Interesting Facts About Teeth-Staining You Might Not Know https://www.44dentalcare.co.uk/teeth-staining-facts Fri, 18 Oct 2019 08:53:25 +0000 https://www.44dentalcare.co.uk/?p=1545 While the vast majority of people suffer from teeth staining to a certain degree, there are some interesting facts you may not know. With this in mind, let’s dive straight in and take a closer look.
Fact 1 – Teeth colour is all about genetics
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teeth stainingWhile the vast majority of people suffer from teeth staining to a certain degree, there are some interesting facts you may not know. With this in mind, let’s dive straight in and take a closer look.

Fact 1 – Teeth colour is all about genetics

You could be forgiven for thinking that every person’s teeth start the same colour. Unfortunately, you’d be wrong!

Did you know, for example, that sporting a flawless pearly white smile is not the norm? On the contrary, some people have natural smiles that are more of a dull ivory colour, while others have smiles that appear more yellowish-white.

In fact, just like the colour of our hair or eyes, the shade, tone and hues of our teeth are genetically determined. People with a fair complexion, for instance, tend to have naturally whiter teeth. This has a lot to do with the amount of melanin contained within the body. So two people can undergo the same teeth whitening treatment and achieve different results.

Fact 2 – Not all teeth staining is created equal

It’s true! There are two types of teeth staining; Intrinsic and extrinsic.

The most common type of teeth staining is extrinsic staining. As the name suggests it occurs when the hardest and outermost layer of the teeth (the tooth enamel) becomes stained. This is usually caused by foods and beverages which can dull the teeth over time. The good news is that this type of staining can usually be removed or corrected using a variety of teeth whitening products or procedures.

Intrinsic teeth staining, on the other hand, is more complex. It occurs when staining is situated within the inner structure of the tooth known as the dentin. As you can imagine, this is far harder (but not always impossible) to remove.

Some of the factors that can cause intrinsic teeth staining are:

  • Exposure to too much fluoride as a child
  • A Mother’s use of Tetracycline (an antibiotic used to treat infections) during the second half of pregnancy can cause teeth of the baby to adopt a yellower pigment.
  • The tooth has experienced trauma and is dying from the inside
  • Dentino-Genisis imperfecta – This is a relatively rare condition that causes the discolouration of the teeth (usually a blue/grey colour)

Fact 3 – It’s an age thing!

The older you are, the less chance you have of maintaining naturally white teeth. It’s true! As we age, the outer layer of tooth enamel thins over time and loses its translucency. When this happens the dentin below (naturally a yellow colour) will show through more, hence the yellowish-white appearance.

Fact 4 – Stain a carpet, stain your teeth!

If you are wondering what foods or drinks make up the worst teeth-staining offenders, then a good way to look at it is this…

Whatever can badly stain a carpet is highly likely to stain your teeth.

So sauces like tomato sauce, curry sauce (particularly those coloured with turmeric) and soy sauce; beverages like blackcurrant juice, red wine, and coffee; and foods like beetroot, blueberries, and cherries can all do a good job of staining teeth.

Of course, the best way to ensure teeth don’t become stained is to avoid these type of foods altogether, but that that probably isn’t going to happen. One way to aid the situation is to ensure you drink water just after eating or drinking the offending food or beverage. In addition, you might want to ensure (where possible) that you give your teeth a good brush after eating or drinking.

Fact 5 – Teeth staining and fluoride – A fine balancing act

I’m sure you know that fluoride is good for your teeth. In fact, before fluoride was introduced into toothpaste back in the 1950s, dental products didn’t hold too much promise. What you might not know, however, is that too much exposure to fluoride can also stain them.

Known as fluorosis, too much exposure to fluoride can cause faint brown spots or white streaks to appear on the teeth. It can be a problem particularly in areas where drinking water contains particularly strong levels of naturally occurring fluoride. This could include areas where the main source is well water.

So there you have it – 5 interesting facts about teeth staining you might not know.

If you are not entirely happy with the colour of your teeth and feel it’s about time you jazzed up your smile, then come and talk to the team at 44 Dental Care. We use the latest proven teeth whitening techniques to ensure that you get the perfect smile you want. Schedule an appointment today and take the first steps towards a healthier, whiter smile.

 

 

 

 

 

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Top 5 Questions to Ask Your Dentist https://www.44dentalcare.co.uk/questions-to-ask-your-dentist Wed, 18 Sep 2019 10:02:35 +0000 http://www.44dentalcare.co.uk/?p=1540 From a very early age, we’re encouraged to ask questions; yet when we visit the dentist, many of us simply undergo the check-up and leave, hoping that everything is going to be okay for the next 6 months or so, until the next visit.
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questions to ask dentistFrom a very early age, we’re encouraged to ask questions; yet when we visit the dentist, many of us simply undergo the check-up and leave, hoping that everything is going to be okay for the next 6 months or so, until the next visit.

Instead, wouldn’t it be better to take full advantage of your time at the dentist and play a more active role in your dental health? Why not use this time to run a few questions by your dentist.

Asking the right questions can give you a better understanding of what you need to do to improve your long-term health care.

Most dentists will be pleased that you are taking a vested interest in your oral health and will be only too happy to impart those pearls of wisdom and advice you want to know.

With this in mind, here are the top 5 questions to ask your dentist during a dental examination.

How do I better manage my dental health?

During a routine check-up, your dentist should be looking for areas of concern that you may need to work on. After any check-up they should give you a summary of your present oral health as standard, but why not ask them what you can do to improve it. Questions like

  • Am I brushing correctly?
  • Is the toothbrush I’m using the best choice for my teeth?
  • Is there anything I should be keeping an eye on?

Are all relevant queries you should be asking.

Is there anything I need to talk to my GP about?

Here at 44 Dental Care we often tell patients that the condition of their mouth is a window to their overall health. As an example, certain changes in the mouth can be a sign that you have

  • Osteoporosis
  • Vitamin deficiencies
  • Diabetes

So if your dentist notices any unusual conditions, it could be a sign that you may need to talk to your GP.

How can I improve the whiteness of my teeth?

Among some of the best questions to ask a dentist is how you go about improving the whiteness of your teeth. Most people experience some type of discolouration over the years, usually caused by pigmented foods and drinks. Your dentist may make suggestions like

  • Where possible, drink teeth-staining beverages like Coca Cola through a straw
  • Sip a glass of water to rinse the teeth after drinking a cup of coffee
  • Try to brush teeth after every meal to prevent excessive staining

You might also want to consider undertaking professional chairside or take-home teeth whitening to keep your teeth looking bright and white.

What are the warning signs of gum disease I need to look out for?

According to the NHS website, most adults have gum disease in one form or another at some point in their lives. While mild forms of gum disease such as gingivitis typically cause little or no discomfort, it pays to recognise the early signs.

Of course, your dentist will check for any signs of gum disease during your dental examination, but it helps to know what you should be looking out for. This way if you do have a problem, you can take the appropriate steps before it escalates into something more serious.

What foods are good and bad for my teeth?

The final question to ask your dentist during your check-up is what foods are good and bad for your teeth. While it’s pretty well known that the type of foods we eat affect our overall health, what you may not know is that the same goes for our teeth.

Generally speaking, a diet rich in protein, leafy greens, and whole fruits is good for your dental health, whereas, acidic, sticky, and sugary foods can cause harm. Together with your dentist, you can discuss what food choices may or may not be damaging your teeth and gums.

Here at 44 Dental Care, we want to help you to take better care of your teeth. As such we’re very happy to pass on any knowledge that we have to help you take better care of your teeth. So if you have any concerns or questions to ask our dentist during your dental examination, feel free to express them.

We’re committed to your comfort and satisfaction and during your dental check-up and do all that we can to help you feel relaxed. Call today on 0116 251 9647 to book your appointment. On behalf of the team, we look forward to meeting you.

 

 

 

 

 

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Manual Toothbrush – Soft vs Hard Bristles – Which Type Is Best? https://www.44dentalcare.co.uk/manual-toothbrush-soft-vs-hard-bristles-which-type-is-best Tue, 20 Aug 2019 08:55:34 +0000 http://www.44dentalcare.co.uk/?p=1533 For those of you who feel more comfortable using a manual toothbrush, we have some good news….
Evidence suggests that a manual toothbrush can be as equally effective at maintaining good oral health provided that you adopt a good technique and brush both frequently and sufficiently.
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manual toothbrushFor those of you who feel more comfortable using a manual toothbrush, we have some good news….

Evidence suggests that a manual toothbrush can be as equally effective at maintaining good oral health provided that you adopt a good technique and brush both frequently and sufficiently.

While that might not come as much of a surprise to some, perhaps what is more surprising is the array of toothbrushes on offer – particularly with regards to bristle type. Soft, medium, hard – which one should you choose? Our dentist explains…

Be prepared for change

Did you know that the bristle type you choose should really depend upon your oral health circumstances at the time? In other words, you should choose your bristle type to suit your needs or requirements. This may depend on whether you currently have sensitive gums, sensitive teeth, or are undergoing orthodontic treatment. Let’s take a closer look…

Extra soft manual toothbrushes

Extra soft brushes are also known as periodontal brushes and although they have become less prevalent in stores over recent years, they’re the ideal toothbrush of choice for those suffering from conditions like

  • Receding gums
  • Gum disease and
  • Severe gingival problems

So if your teeth require a gentler approach to cleaning, then an extra-soft toothbrush is a good fit. If you’re in any doubt about their effectiveness, don’t forget to ask your dentist. You can even ask for tips on better brushing techniques to ensure you get the most out of the brush, without it causing any damage or discomfort.

Soft-bristled toothbrush

Contrary to popular belief, a soft toothbrush has the ability to get your teeth as clean as a hard-bristled toothbrush and much of the difference lies in the brushing technique. Even though plaque is a tricky substance to remove, it really isn’t about how hard you brush. Instead, it’s about how you go about it.

Try angling your manual toothbrush bristles towards the gum line and use gentle circular massaging strokes. Keep the pressure regular but light. Did you know that any firm or hard brushing – even with a soft toothbrush, can and will result in many of the same problems you’d get from using a medium or hard brush?

Because of the fact that soft manual toothbrushes do a good job in removing plaque – and – are unlikely to cause damage, many dentists including the team here at 44 Dental Care recommend them.

One caveat though….

Buy the best manual toothbrush you can from industry recognised names like Colgate and Oral B. They are usually better designed and better equipped for the job. Don’t be tempted to buy a pack of toothbrushes just because they happen to be dirt cheap.

Medium-bristled toothbrushes

Medium-bristled toothbrushes are the most commonly sold type in our stores today. Arguably, this is because many people don’t really know what type of toothbrush they should really be using – and because of this – they tend to take the safe middle option.

But while one study, in particular, suggested that medium-bristled toothbrushes have the ability to remove more plaque from the molar area than their softer-bristled cousins, they were also found to cause more dental abrasions, particularly around the gingival margin.

If you are brushing as often as you should be, then you do need to be aware that long-term use of a medium-bristled toothbrush can be problematic over a period of time.

Hard-bristled brushes

While no dentist recommends the long-term use of a hard toothbrush, they may have their uses. Some smokers, for instance, prefer to use them in conjunction with softer brushes to eradicate unpleasant staining. While others may use them for cleaning dentures. There is no clear evidence however to suggest that they fare any better than other bristle-types and patients need to be aware that they may, in fact, be doing more harm than good.

The key-takeaway

Manual toothbrushes containing hard and medium bristles should be used with caution. This is despite the fact that many people still use them. The recommended toothbrush of choice -and the one most likely to keep your teeth and gums healthy without causing any damage – is a soft-bristled toothbrush. However, for best results, look to buy a toothbrush from a well-known brand. They will last longer and are better engineered to provide maximum cleaning capability.

Are you ready to make the manual toothbrush switch?

Talk to our dental team at 44 Dental Care. We will give you all the information you need to make an informed decision and help you to maintain optimum oral health in the process. Call us today on 0116 251 9647 to book an appointment.

 

 

 

 

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Oral Cancer Screening – What You Can Expect https://www.44dentalcare.co.uk/oral-cancer-screening-what-you-can-expect Wed, 31 Jul 2019 08:25:13 +0000 http://www.44dentalcare.co.uk/?p=1529 An oral cancer screening is, in essence, a physical and visual examination of the oral cavity and connecting tissues and is done to reassure patients that there are no problems, or to initiate immediate and early treatment if there are. For this reason, dentists will usually carry out a screening during a dental check-up.
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oral cancer screeningAn oral cancer screening is, in essence, a physical and visual examination of the oral cavity and connecting tissues and is done to reassure patients that there are no problems, or to initiate immediate and early treatment if there are. For this reason, dentists will usually carry out a screening during a dental check-up.

A dentist may also suggest that a patient undergoes a screening based on their lifestyle choices, or alternatively, a patient may request a cancer screening as a precaution, based on previous family history. Either way, oral cancer screening is an integral part of preventative dentistry, so what can you expect?

Visual examination

When you visit the team at 44 Dental Care, we will pay particular attention to the neck, face, lips, inside of the nose and of course, the oral cavity itself. Do bear in mind that we will ask you to remove any dental appliances such as dentures so that we can check out the area properly. Once that’s done, we’re good to go.

We may then ask you to lie down or stay sitting up, but what we are initially looking for are asymmetries. This could be any abnormal swellings, bumps, patches of discolouration and ulcerations. We will also use a small light to peer into the nose and mouth and use a stick-like object known as a tongue depressor to gently hold down the tongue while we take a look at the back of your mouth towards the throat area. We may even get you to say ‘ahh’ to expose the areas at the back of the throat towards the tonsils and at the same time, we’ll look at the inner cheeks, the roof of the mouth and under the tongue.

The physical examination

The second part of the oral cancer screening is the physical part. This can be carried out either during or after the visual inspection and involves:

  • Touching the head and neck area
  • Feeling gently around the cheeks
  • Checking inside the oral cavity to feel for any nodules

We may also ask you whether you feel any discomfort in a particular area as this may be an indication that further tests may be needed. That said, while some oral swellings can be painful, not all are, so to err on the side of caution, they all need to be checked out.

The good news is that the whole process is non-invasive and is over in just a few short minutes

What happens next?

It’s important to note that any oral cancer screening is carried out as a precautionary measure and is not meant to be diagnostic. So when we suggest that you undergo an oral cancer screening or do it as part of the dental check-up procedure, don’t panic because it’s usually only routine. If our team to need to carry out more tests they will inform you. Even then it might not necessarily be for an oral cancer diagnosis.

Here at 44 Dental Care anyone who undergoes oral cancer screening can rest assured that they are in knowledgeable hands. In addition to being a medical examination, it’s also the perfect time for patients to ask us any questions they may have or to voice any concerns. Its also the perfect time for us to give you advice – if requested – about reducing your health risks.

If you’re looking for a new dentist and/or haven’t had oral cancer screening for a while, then come and talk to the team at 44 Dental Care. We take your oral and overall health very seriously and will do everything we can to ensure you remain oral cancer-free. To book a consultation, or to find out more about oral cancer screening, call the 44 Dental Care team on 0116 251 9647 today.

 

 

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Everything You Need To Know About Wisdom Teeth? https://www.44dentalcare.co.uk/everything-you-need-to-know-about-wisdom-teeth Tue, 30 Jul 2019 20:49:33 +0000 http://www.44dentalcare.co.uk/?p=1523 Let’s face it, wisdom teeth are something that us humans have come to dread. In fact
according to EZ Teether, as much as90% of all UK 20 year old’shave at least one wisdom
tooth that hasn’t erupted at all, or has erupted partially. So this begs the question…why
would we be given teeth that cause us so many problems? Well, the answer goes way back
to our ancestors.

Why we have wisdom teeth? – Blame our ancestors!

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Let’s face it, wisdom teeth are something that us humans have come to dread. In fact
according to EZ Teether, as much as90% of all UK 20 year old’shave at least one wisdom
tooth that hasn’t erupted at all, or has erupted partially. So this begs the question…why
would we be given teeth that cause us so many problems? Well, the answer goes way back
to our ancestors.
Why we have wisdom teeth? – Blame our ancestors!
Needless to say our earliest ancestors had a totally different diet. Rather than cooked fish
meat, vegetables and the occasional pizza, they were living on raw meat, nuts, roots and
berries. They didn’t have the luxury of using knives to cut and prepare food or heat to cook
them. As such, chewing these foods sufficiently enough for digestion needed broader jaws
and stronger molars and therefore third molars – more commonly known as wisdom teeth –
were vital for our ancestors to be able to survive.
As the larger jaw was common in ancient people these third molars could easily be
accommodated as it allowed them to erupt in the jaw naturally. Wisdom teeth were so
important to our ancestors that without them, it’s possible a person could die. In fact, a
skeleton unearthed in Kenya in 1984 was dated to be approximately 1.6 million years old. He
was a relatively young man and the cause of death was thought to be in part because his
wisdom teeth hadn’t erupted properly and therefore he hadn’t been able to digest food
properly.
So, why don’t we need them today?
Fast forward a million or so years to our present day and our diet plays a very big part in the
non-reliance on our wisdom teeth. Nowadays we cut, dice, boil, steam or bake pretty much
everything we eat. This lengthy food prep ritual has made the action of chewing and eating,
a pretty easy experience. Experts believe that over thousands of years of evolution, our jaws
have naturally become smaller due to our diet and the way we prepare and cook foods. As
such, there isn’t much room in the modern-day jaw to accommodate our 32 teeth including
our third molars – and this is the reason why our wisdom teeth cause us so many problems.
What problems can wisdom teeth cause?
One of the main issues of modern-day wisdom teeth is that because there is limited space in
the jaw, when they do erupt they can undermine or crowd many of the adjacent teeth
causing further problems.
On other occasions wisdom teeth don’t fully erupt because they’re blocked by the existing
teeth and therefore become impacted. Even in patients where wisdom teeth do manage to
grow, dentists may suggest that in some instances, third molars are extracted for better long
term health. In many cases everyday oral care of wisdom teeth can prove difficult because
they’re located so far back in the mouth. Therefore keeping them free from plaque and
bacteria is a tricky task at the best of time.​
Why are they called wisdom teeth?
You might think that there isn’t much ‘wisdom’ in having teeth that don’t really serve a
function. However it’s more to do with the time they erupt that predetermines why they’re
often referred to as ‘wisdom teeth’.
Because the third molars are always the last to erupt (usually between the ages of 17 and
21) the name harps back to the old adage that with age comes wisdom.
If you haven’t had a regular dental examination you mightn’t even be aware that there’s a
problem with your wisdom teeth. Dr Altaaf Hathiari and the team at 44 Dental carry out
thorough dental examinations using the latest technology. This enables them to highlight
problems early and suggest the best course of action for your long-term oral health.
If you’re experiencing wisdom tooth pain or feel it’s about time you underwent a dental
check-up, then call 44 Dental Care on 0116 251 9647. Our highly experienced team can help.

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What (And When) To Eat After Dental Cleaning https://www.44dentalcare.co.uk/what-and-when-to-eat-after-dental-cleaning Thu, 18 Jul 2019 20:47:53 +0000 http://www.44dentalcare.co.uk/?p=1521 What (And When) To Eat After Dental Cleaning
On more than one occasion when a patient has completed their dental cleaning with us,
we’re often asked ‘what can I eat and how long do I need to wait?’ This is an understandable
concern. After all, no one wants to immediately undo the 20-30 minutes of hard work
needed to get their teeth looking and feeling great, agreed?
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What (And When) To Eat After Dental Cleaning
On more than one occasion when a patient has completed their dental cleaning with us,
we’re often asked ‘what can I eat and how long do I need to wait?’ This is an understandable
concern. After all, no one wants to immediately undo the 20-30 minutes of hard work
needed to get their teeth looking and feeling great, agreed?
Of course, if you’re one of those patients who tend not to eat prior to a dental clean, then
you’re likely to feel pretty hungry afterwards. The good news is that in general terms it’s
okay to eat right after your dental examination, the bad news is that if you’ve undergone
fluoride treatment or your teeth and gums feel a little sensitive after your clean, you may
want to wait 1-2 hours longer. This is so that any fluoride treatment has sufficient time to
form a proper seal around the teeth, or alternatively, your gums have had time to rest.
Okay, so provided you feel okay, we know that you probably won’t want to spoil that super-
clean, plaque-free feeling by devouring a sugary doughnut, however did you know that there
are also other food groups that you may want to initially avoid? These include:
Cold
Spicy
Crunchy
Sticky, and
Citrus foods.
This is purely because your gums may still feel a little sensitive and the food groups listed
above may cause some slight discomfort. So, while it appears that (initially at least,) you
have very little food that you can actually eat right away, the redeeming factor is that within
a couple of hours, any sensitivity felt during the dental cleaning process should have eased
and after this time, you can feel free to eat whatever you like.
So assuming that your teeth and gums are all good, what are the best foods you can eat
right after a dental clean? Here are some top tips…
Stick to foods like:
Non-spicy soups – Chicken soup for example is always a firm favourite. While it’s
good for the soul, it’s also good for teeth and bones – Bet you didn’t know that?
Conversely, tomato soup contains pigments that can stain teeth – So if you’re not
going to clean your teeth again right away after eating, you may want to avoid it until
the next day at least.
Scrambled or hard-boiled egg – If you like eggs, then you’re in luck. Eggs cooked in
either of these ways are thought to be easy on the gums and are also easy to chew.
Non-citrus fruits like bananas and avocados (yes it is technically a fruit) are also good
for munching on immediately after a dental clean – Despite the fact that bananas
contain natural sugars they don’t stick to your teeth and are also packed with
potassium (used to improve bone mineral density.) Avocados on the other hand are a
good source of magnesium (around 29mgs) which helps to harden teeth.
What about Liquid?
Again you may want to avoid anything too hot or too cold, too fizzy or too sugary
immediately after a dental clean, so I guess that just leaves water! But in reality, it’s only for
a few hours and besides, it’s a great hydrator that won’t stain your teeth.
So there you have it, what and when to eat after dental cleaning! If you feel it’s about time
you had a dental check-up and clean or you’re looking to find a new dentist to provide the
best oral care needs, then give us a call at 44 Dental Care. We’re committed to delivering the
highest standards of dental care for all the family, so why not
book an appointment today
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6 Healthy Foods That Are Also Great For Your Teeth https://www.44dentalcare.co.uk/6-healthy-foods-that-are-also-great-for-your-teeth Sun, 17 Feb 2019 10:32:14 +0000 http://www.44dentalcare.co.uk/?p=1410 If you’re one of many millions of people trying to shed a few pounds after the festive period, then don’t worry, you’re not alone. According to the latest news, us Brits spend a staggering £2.8 billion on trying to get healthy. So if you are looking to eat healthier then it’s good to know that there are certain foods which are not only good for your body, but also great for your teeth. Let’s take a closer look.
Leafy greens

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If you’re one of many millions of people trying to shed a few pounds after the festive period, then don’t worry, you’re not alone. According to the latest news, us Brits spend a staggering £2.8 billion on trying to get healthy. So if you are looking to eat healthier then it’s good to know that there are certain foods which are not only good for your body, but also great for
your teeth. Let’s take a closer look.

Leafy greens

Love then or hate them, the fact is that if you consult any type of healthy eating list, it’s likely that Spinach, Kale will be there. While they’re packed with vitamins and minerals and are low in calories, did you know that they’re also high in calcium – known for strengthening teeth enamel – and, high in folic acid – a vitamin B type that can help to treat gum disease?
If you just can’t face the thought of devouring them ‘as is’ – why not consider throwing a handful of succulent baby spinach leaves on your next salad, or strategically placing some kale on the top of your next pizza? Alternatively, how about adding some greenery to a smoothie. It’s not as bad as you might think!

Apples

According to the saying – ‘ an apple a day keeps the doctor away’
but did you also know that eating this crisp fruit can help your teeth? Of course, they do contain natural sugars and acid, but they’re also packed with nutrients, vitamins and fibres so the good far outweighs the bad, as far as your teeth are concerned anyway. The fibrous content of apples for
example, acts as a scrubbing brush that cleans teeth, but in addition they stimulate saliva – the body’s natural plaque protector. As a suggestion, if you’re at work and you don’t have access to a toothbrush then why not pack a few slices of apple into a lunch box to help keep your mouth clean after a meal.

Carrots

Just like apples, carrots in their raw state are both crunchy and full of fibre. If the only kind ofcarrots you eat are those found in a carrot cake, then how about slicing them up into batons and serving them with a nice healthy dip of your choice. Alternatively, they’re the perfect accompaniment to stir-fries, especially when still crunchy, or how about grating them and adding them to a salad. Not only will they pep up the colour of your greenery, you’ll feel better for it too!

Celery

Celery gets a bad rap for being a little bland, but just like apples and carrots, the fibrous makeup of a stick of celery can do wonders for your teeth. This is in addition to being a good source of Vitamin A and C

Salmon

Like many fatty or oily fish, salmon is a great source of vitamin D. This is vital in any diet for boosting mineral density, but in addition it helps absorb, carry and deposit calcium to various parts of your body including your teeth.

Almonds

Who doesn’t like almonds? They’re rich in proteins and calcium while being low in natural sugar. If you do find almonds a little dry on their own, then how about throwing a handful of sliced almonds into a salad or stir fry. Alternatively try roasting them to intensify the flavour and adding them to couscous. Either way, your overall health and teeth will thank you for it!
Remember your diet makes a real difference to a healthy smile, so when it comes to your teeth, you really are what you eat!

If you feel it’s about time you had a dental check-up, or you have a lingering tooth problem that needs checking out, then come and talk to the team here at 44 Dental. Call today for an appointment
on 0116 251 9647

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Why A Cold Winter Could Affect Your Teeth https://www.44dentalcare.co.uk/why-a-cold-winter-could-affect-your-teeth Sat, 15 Dec 2018 09:32:48 +0000 http://www.44dentalcare.co.uk/?p=1395 Why A Cold Winter Could Affect Your Teeth

If the long-range weather forecast is to be believed, the UK could experience its coldest winter in
10 years. While you can prepare for this by wearing extra layers of clothes when you’re outside,
what about your teeth? Did you know that the cold weather can affect them too?
We’ve probably all experienced pain in a sensitive tooth when something too hot or too cold
comes into contact ...

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Why A Cold Winter Could Affect Your Teeth
If the long-range weather forecast is to be believed, the UK could experience its coldest winter in
10 years. While you can prepare for this by wearing extra layers of clothes when you’re outside,
what about your teeth? Did you know that the cold weather can affect them too?
We’ve probably all experienced pain in a sensitive tooth when something too hot or too cold
comes into contact with that part of our mouth but it’s not just diet that can cause discomfort of
this type. Cold weather can also cause tooth pain.
Can cold weather really make my teeth hurt?
Yes, it’s true! Teeth expand and contract in response to extreme heat and cold. Over time this can
lead to tiny cracks in the tooth enamel which expose the dentin beneath. This is essentially the
core of your tooth and is covered by enamel on the visible surface and by your gums at the base.
When the dentin loses its protective layer of enamel, it leaves the inner system of nerves and cells
open to attack from heat, cold, or acidic foods. This causes tooth sensitivity and is similar to the
pain you may have felt from cavities or gum disease. As a result, if you have any problems with
your gums or tooth enamel, such as periodontal disease, it can leave you more vulnerable to tooth
pain from cold weather.
Sensitivity can occur no matter how good your oral hygiene is, but you’re more at risk if your oral
health is poor or your home county has extreme lows and highs of temperature. To minimise any
sensitivity let’s take a look at what causes sensitive teeth and what you can do if you notice tooth
pain in the cold weather.
Reasons for sensitive teeth
People can wear down their tooth enamel or suffer from receding gums for any number of
reasons, including:
•Periodontal disease
– Severe gum disease can expose the dentin and cause tooth
sensitivity. Bleeding when you brush your teeth is a sign of gingivitis, the early stage of gum
disease.
•Brushing teeth too hard
– Contrary to popular belief there is no need to brush vigorously to
remove stains on your teeth. In fact, too much force can weaken your enamel and wear it
away.
•Tooth decay
– If your teeth are sensitive to cold then it could be that you have an
undetected problem with tooth decay. If a tooth hurts then visit your dentist as soon as you
can.
•Clenching and grinding –
Some people grind their teeth in their sleep or when they’re
anxious and this can wear away the tooth enamel and cause sensitivity
•Teeth whitening agents
– Who doesn’t want whiter teeth? But if you’ve recently changed
your whitening toothpaste, for instance, and your teeth are starting to hurt, it could be the
ingredients are bypassing the surface stains and beginning to damage your tooth enamel.
Stop the treatment right away and pay your dentist a visit.
•Acidic drinks
– Coffee, tea, fizzy drinks, and fruit juices with a high acid concentration can
also erode your teeth and expose your dentin.
•Other lifestyle habits
– Other lifestyle habits such as smoking or not brushing your teeth or
flossing correctly, can impact your gums and cause them to recede. This exposes the dentin
at the base of the gums and can lead to temperature sensitive teeth.
How can I fix my sensitive teeth?
If you’re suffering from tooth sensitivity, your dentist may recommend:
•An application of fluoride
– A thin layer of this natural mineral applied to the surface of
sensitive teeth will strengthen the enamel, guarding against sensitivity from exposed
dentin.
•A sealant
– A fluoride varnish applied to the tooth root surfaces can help fix any problems
associated with receding gums; or your dentist may prescribe a strong toothpaste to
strengthen the root surfaces.
•Root canal treatment
– The purpose of root canal treatment is to remove the dentin inside
a tooth that is badly cracked or decayed and causing pain. It’s an alternative to extraction
and may then be covered with a dental crown to strengthen it.
•A custom mouth guard
– If you clench or grind your teeth at night your dentist can custom
a mouth guard which prevents you from damaging your teeth as you sleep. It also helps
relieve any jaw pain you may be experiencing.
When to visit your dentist
It’s worth making an appointment with your dental practice as soon as you can if you’re starting to
feel tooth pain in the cold weather. Your dentist can determine which of your teeth are sensitive
and recommend the appropriate treatment to resolve your pain.
If you have tooth sensitivity or are overdue a check-up then we’re here to help. Call 44 Dental
today on0116 251 9647 to make an appointment.

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Invisalign vs Clear Braces – What’s The Difference? https://www.44dentalcare.co.uk/invisalign-vs-clear-braces-whats-difference Mon, 17 Sep 2018 13:05:14 +0000 http://www.44dentalcare.co.uk/?p=1378 Many adults considering straightening their teeth understandably prefer to do so discreetly. However, there seems to be some confusion between two of the most popular choices – Invisalign and Clear Braces. This isn’t surprising because if you’ve searched online then you’ve probably discovered that Invisalign tends to crop up in the search results for clear braces. Here at 44 Dental, we’re often asked if they’re one and the same thing. In fact, they’re two options which treat different dental problems ...

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Many adults considering straightening their teeth understandably prefer to do so discreetly. However, there seems to be some confusion between two of the most popular choices – Invisalign and Clear Braces. This isn’t surprising because if you’ve searched online then you’ve probably discovered that Invisalign tends to crop up in the search results for clear braces. Here at 44 Dental, we’re often asked if they’re one and the same thing. In fact, they’re two options which treat different dental problems according to the individual’s case and the severity of the problem. We’ve put together 7 differences which hopefully will help you decide which is best for you.

 

First of all, though, let’s run through the basics of each option to help you identify them more easily.

 

Invisalign – Invisalign is a treatment which uses a series of clear plastic aligners to move the teeth into their correct position. The aligners are worn for a minimum of 22 hours a day and are changed every one to two weeks for the next set in the series. By the time you reach the last set of aligners, your teeth should have reached their desired location.

 

Clear braces – Clear braces are essentially the same as metal braces with the difference being that the brackets are made from ceramic, which can be made transparent for a ‘clear’ look or matched to the colour of your tooth enamel so that they blend in seamlessly with your teeth. The brackets are joined together with an archwire which puts pressure on the teeth to move them. Adjustments are made roughly every 6 weeks.

 

8 Differences Between Invisalign and Clear Braces

 

  1. Invisalign is less visible – The big selling point of Invisalign for many patients is the fact that the transparent aligners fit over the teeth like a mouthguard and are barely visible to others. While clear braces are designed to blend in with a person’s teeth, the brackets are more obvious than the aligners.

 

  1. Invisalign is removable – Invisalign is designed to be removed easily in order to eat, drink, and brush and floss your teeth, all of which makes it easier to maintain your oral health throughout your treatment. On the downside, you do need to discipline yourself to remove the aligners and brush your teeth after every meal. In addition, if you leave your aligners out for too long each day, you may undo any progress that you’ve made in your treatment. While clear braces are fixed permanently to the teeth and can make eating, brushing and flossing a challenge, they’re working around the clock 24 hours a day straightening your smile 🙂

 

  1. Clear braces can treat more complex cases – Invisalign can treat a wide range of cases provided they’re not too severe. For instance, they can treat crooked teeth, gapped teeth, and over and underbites. Clear braces can treat all of the same dental problems that Invisalign handles but in addition, they can treat very crooked teeth, malocclusions, crossbites, and various other jaw and teeth problems.

 

  1. Clear braces require less adjustment – Clear braces are adjusted every 4 to 6 weeks whereas Invisalign trays are changed at least every 2 weeks for the next corrective set. However, most dentists will provide you with the first few sets of aligners so you won’t need to visit the dentist every time your aligners need changing.

 

  1. Clear braces may irritate your soft tissues – Although you’ll probably get used to how they feel, clear braces can feel a little rough and may irritate your cheeks and lips. Aligners are made from softer materials and with no wires, they’re more comfortable to wear.

 

  1. Ceramic braces can break – Ceramic (clear) braces are more brittle in nature than Invisalign and are susceptible to chipping or breaking. Invisalign trays can be worn even if a small crack appears until they’re due to be replaced.

 

  1. Your teeth can stain with clear braces – While it’s not the ceramic brackets that stain your teeth, if you eat a lot of ‘coloured foods’ like curry or you smoke, it’s possible that the elastic wires will stain and these, in turn, will stain your teeth.

 

If you’ve decided it’s about time you corrected your smile, then we can help. We’re an Invisalign provider and can examine your teeth and discuss your best braces options depending on your dental needs, budget, and lifestyle. Why not call 44 Dental today on 0116 251 9647 to book your braces consultation.

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