Mothers and Teeth: Two Stages of Oral Care

Mothering Sunday, a time to celebrate a key person in your life.  Although 2020 was a bit different from previous years, it still should have come with the same love and appreciation, even if it is expressed over video call rather than in person.  Here at Love-Teeth Dental Practice we believe there are two key stages of motherhood and teeth.

Firstly – Look after your own 

Some pregnant women experience tooth pain.  Increased hormonal activity can cause your body to respond differently to plaque, this can put you at risk of tooth decay and gum disease.  Having good oral habits prior to your pregnancy will help reduce this risk, so make sure you brush twice, floss, and check in with your dentist regularly.

Morning sickness can also affect your oral health.  Vomiting coats your teeth with acid, and the action of brushing your teeth after can damage the enamel.  So make sure to not brush straight after vomiting. Instead, rinse your mouth with water, and then fluoridated mouthwash

Once you have fallen pregnant, it is worth mentioning your status to your dentist as some dental treatments require x-rays.

Secondly – Your baby

When your baby’s teeth start coming through it can be an exciting period.  It’s also important to start getting them used to the daily routine of brushing teeth.  There are baby toothbrushes, make sure to use a tiny smear of toothpaste. Brush the teeth in small circles, covering the surface, then encourage the child to spit the paste out.

As your child grows more independent, make sure to watch them to ensure they are doing it properly.  For more tips on teaching your children to brush their teeth, take a look at our blog.

Keeping track of your baby’s diet is also vital for oral health.  Putting sugary drinks in bottles increases tooth decay, so keeping them drinking milk and water is important for protecting the baby teeth.  Also it is recommended that dummies are not used for children over 12 months, as this can affect tooth development and placement.

If you have any questions about dental health and pregnancy, please give us a call and we’ll be happy to help.

3 Ways to Tackle Sleep Apnoea

With Sleep Awareness week running from the 8th-14th March this year, and considering that dentists are sometimes the first to pick up on sleeping disorders due to their symptoms, Love-Teeth Dental Practice wanted to raise awareness of treatment options for a sleep problem that affects approximately 1 in 5 people.

Sleep apnoea is a condition that causes you to momentarily stop breathing or have shallow breaths.  The most common type is Obstructive Sleep apnoea, which is where the muscles in your throat and mouth relax, causing a blockage.  If you think you may have sleep apnoea, then have a chat with your GP who can arrange a sleep study.  

There are a number of things you can do to improve your situation if you have this condition.

CPAP Machine

For more serious cases, or where other treatments have not worked, a machine called a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) may be an option for you.  This machine has a mask which provides a constant flow of air, keeping your airways open while you sleep.

Life Adjustments

There are a couple of small adjustments that can be made in your life to improve the symptoms.  The first of these is to lie on your side, which eases the obstruction. Try getting a special pillow to stop you turning in the night.  The second of the things you can do is to reduce your weight if you are overweight, as this can contribute to the condition.

Speak to a Dentist at Love-Teeth Dental Practice

An image of Dr Ilana Pine, standing outside Love-Teeth Dental Practice.

There are a number of treatments available for sleep apnoea, but depending on the case, speaking to a dentist may offer a solution. We may advise the use of a Silensor which brings the soft tissue forward.  Take a look at our treatment page for more information.

It might be that it is not the apnoea that is the issue but the symptoms such as the grinding of the teeth, which can cause disruption with other members of the household as well as causing damage to your teeth.  We can help with this, offering splints to prevent contact.  Take a look at our blog to learn more.

With its surgery in Prestwich, Love-Teeth Dental Practice has many years’ experience working with people who are having issues with their sleep. Whether the problem is teeth-grinding, snoring, or sleep apnoea, we would be delighted to talk through how we can help improve your overall sleep quality.  Call us on 0161 773 7080 to arrange an appointment.

Why Do I Grind My Teeth?

Various factors including an abnormal bite and anxiety may be attributed to tooth grinding – also known as Bruxism. Let’s delve into the reasons behind why people grind their teeth, the results of this and how it can be prevented.

The Causes of Tooth Grinding

Tooth grinding often happens during sleep, so many are unaware of the problem until pain occurs. However, tooth grinding can also happen during the day.

Stress and anxiety can trigger tooth grinding, but it may also be triggered by an abnormal bite, a missing or cracked tooth, or a sleep disorder such as sleep apnoea.

The Effects of Tooth Grinding

If you regularly wake up with a headache and/or a sore jaw, it is likely that you are grinding your teeth in your sleep. Additionally, those that grind their teeth may:
Damage the tooth structure
cause sensitivity
loosen teeth
shorten the teeth
Cause crack or breaks
Damage the structure of the jaw

Treating Tooth Grinding

Thankfully, there are a wide variety of methods for treating bruxism, and your dentist will be able to advise you what the best method for you.

Soft Bite Splint

If you do not suffer from headaches or jaw pain because of tooth grinding, you may be advised to wear a soft bite splint to help prevent further wear of the teeth.

Hard Bite Splint

A hard bite splint may be used in cases where jaw pain and clicking is a problem. It may also be used to help move the jaw back into its normal position and reduce strain from the Tempero Mandibular Joints (TMJ). This reduced strain effectively relieves the wearer from the associated pain.

Cerezen Device

One of the most modern solutions for tooth grinding is the Cerezen device. The device is custom-made to suit the shape of the ear canal shape in the wearer, and printed using a 3D printer. The aim of the device is to keep the ear canal in an open jaw position, which results in a reduction in grinding, clenching and the associated pain.

Love-Teeth Dental Practice

If you are concerned about jaw clenching or tooth grinding, make an appointment with us today. We’ll assess any damage to your teeth and discuss the treatments available. Please call 0161 773 7080 or book your appointment online.

Teaching Children to Brush Their Teeth

Every child is different, so don’t be surprised if you have to use different techniques in order to remind or motivate your children to brush. When compared to toy cars, lego and dollys, teeth brushing doesn’t seem as exciting to a child.

Teach Them Early

Children are like sponges and are constantly learning new things and copying. Brushing your own teeth around your young children will get them used to the idea and demonstrate the best ways to brush.

In addition to leading by example, nurseries and schools will often have talks form dental professionals, giving your child another perspective on the importance of this task. If your child doesn’t go to nursery full time, try and make sure they are present for these talks.

For a more interactive experience at home, you’ll find plenty of engaging videos on YouTube.

When Should a Child’s Teeth be Brushed?

A child’s teeth should be brushed as soon as the first milk teeth come through, which is typically around 6 months (though this can vary).

Invest in a toothpaste that has been specifically formulated for young children and use only a smear of it on the brush.

Whilst children can often brush their own teeth around age 7, they should still be supervised to ensure they are brushing correctly. If you have the advantage of being able to brush your own teeth at the same time, go for it, that way you can consistently demonstrate the best routine.

Keep The Motivated

Whether it takes a star chart, post-it reminders, a special toothbrush or a fun tooth brushing timer, there are plenty of ways to remind your child it’s time to brush their teeth and ensure they do so. We all know it can take time for new habits to form, but making the chore fun by including a celebratory dance or song, can make it easier.

Love-Teeth Dental Practice

If you or your child(ren) are due a dental appointment, call today and we’ll ensure we get you all in on the same day. Dial 0161 773 7080 or click through to our online appointments section where you can book online.

Relieving Toothache Before You Can Get to a Dentist

Sometimes toothache strikes at the most inconvenient of hours – you could be out and about or just about to fall asleep. If you’re unable to see your dentist straight away, for whatever reason, there are a few remedies you can try before your dentist can help you. It should be noted that all remedies should only be used as temporary relief and are in no way a permanent solution.

Why is Toothache Worse at Night?

Many people claim that their toothache feels worse at night. Whilst this may simply be because there are fewer distractions at night, it may also have something to do with increased pressure as your blood rushes to your head when you lie down. Try propping up your head with your pillow to provide some relief.

If toothache strikes at night, there are various things you can try to help relieve the pain:

Cold Compress

Wrap a small bag of ice in a towel and apply to the side of your face that the pain is coming from. Whilst the cold may help to distract you from the pain, it may also constrict the blood vessels in that area which can reduce pain and swelling.

Painkillers

Ibuprofen can help to reduce the pain and swelling of mild to moderate toothaches. Any medication must be taken as instructed on the box, regardless of whether the pain goes away or not. You should notice your symptoms ease 20-30 minutes after taking ibuprofen orally.

Rinse With Saltwater

A saltwater rinse is often used by people to help soothe a sore throat and ease mouth ulcers, but it can work just as well when it comes to toothache. Whilst it is certainly not a permanent solution, the natural antibacterial properties of salt can help to clean the affected area and potentially reduce swelling.

Brushing and Washing

If you have a toothache, you may want to be particularly careful when brushing your teeth, but this does not mean that you should not keep your mouth clean. In fact, keeping your mouth clean can help to reduce the pain felt by toothache. If you are unable to see your dentist, try to brush as normal, being careful of the affected area. You may also want to keep a suitable mouthwash on you to rinse after brushing, at a separate point throughout the day. Many types of mouthwash come in handy mini sizes.

Love-Teeth Dental Practice

Feeling pain in your teeth or gums can be worrying, but the good news is we are here to help. We take emergency and non-emergency appointments, so please call 0161 773 7080.

What is Oral Surgery?

You see your dentist at every check-up and come to feel at ease with the way they work. If your dentist refers you to an oral surgeon for treatment, you may feel apprehensive at thought of seeing someone you aren’t familiar with. An oral surgeon, however, is trained to perform dental surgeries that you general dentist may not be qualified to do.

There are various types of oral surgery procedures;

Impacted wisdom teeth
Gum graft
Tooth implants
Maxillofacial surgery
Root canal
Jaw and teeth repair following an injury

Am I Asleep During Oral Surgery?

You may be awake or asleep during oral surgery procedures, depending on the type of procedure carried out and how anxious you feel about the treatment.

Intravenous Sedation

IV sedation will make you feel relaxed and sleepy and is used for patients with or without a fear of the dentist that would prefer not to know what was happening during their treatment. For dental treatments, once you are sedated, you will also be given an anaesthetic in your mouth to numb the area being treated.

Following a procedure involving IV sedation, you will not be allowed to drive or operate heavy machinery, so must ensure you have someone there to pick you up. You will typically wait around 30 minutes in the dentist before leaving.

You will be informed of any special measures to be taken before having IV sedation, such as not eating or drinking for a certain period of time.

Our Specialist Oral Surgeon, Sandra Glass

At Love-Teeth Dental Practice, we are happy to have specialist oral surgeon, Sandra Glass at the surgery. Sandra can provide IV sedation for patients that request it and is highly regarded for putting even the most anxious patients at ease.

For any problems you are experiencing with your teeth, please contact our lovely team on reception who will happily book you an appointment. Call 0161 773 7080 or head to our contact form and send us an enquiry.

How to Find a Reputable Dentist

No matter whether you’re a nervous patient or not, finding a dentist that you can trust to deliver expert care shouldn’t be difficult. We’ve compiled some top tips to help you find a dentist that will deliver great patient care.

General Dental Council

Firstly, it should be noted that all dentists should be registered with the General Dental Council, a regulatory body that monitors all dental professionals in the UK.

CQC Report

The Care Quality Commission carries out inspections of health and social care services at least once every five years, and reports their findings publically. You can search for a company and the CQC findings by heading over to their website. The key five things the CQC inspects for are whether a service is safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led.

Reviews

Reviews are a great way to hear opinions from other people about a product or service. If you want to find out more about a dental practice before booking an appointment, consider checking them out on social media and Google. Both social media and Google my Business allow business owners to respond to reviews and engage with their audience, so you should be able to get a feel for how they treat their patients on these platforms.

Free Consultation

If you are considering a particular treatment, many dental practices will offer a free consultation, allowing you to get to know the staff and the surroundings before you sign up.

If you are not considering any particular treatment, but would still like to see the practice in person before signing up, you could always take a trip down to the dentist and speak with the receptionist about their availability for new patients. There is no obligation for you to sign up on that day and you could simply take a leaflet about their treatments or membership plan and save your decision for another day.

Love-Teeth Dental Practice

We take pride in the high level of patient care we provide and continuously strive to improve our range of services. If you are looking to register at a new dental practice, we welcome you to give our friendly team a call, come down and see us or register online.

Key Facts About Toothache

There are no two ways about it, pain in your mouth is always unpleasant. There are various things that may cause toothache and a variety of treatments available. If you are experiencing toothache, you should always consult a dentist to minimise any longterm damage and get you out of pain as soon as possible.

What Causes Toothache?

Cavities as a result of tooth decay are a common cause of toothache. Gum disease, losing a filling, injuries or abscesses can also cause toothache.

The type of pain you feel may be mild to severe. If you have lost a filling but do not feel any pain, it is still highly important to visit your dentist as the tooth will be weakened and pain could come on suddenly.

What Does Toothache Feel Like?

The pain felt from toothache may come and go or be constant. The level of pain you feel may vary, but any pain in the teeth should always be checked out by a dentist.

Toothache is often a sharp and sudden pain, but, depending on the cause of the pain, may also feel like a dull ache.

It is not uncommon for people that are experiencing toothache to find it difficult to pinpoint where the pain is coming from; pain in a lower molar can sometimes feel like it is stemming from the ear. Additionally, pain felt in the top jaw may feel as though it is caused by your sinuses.

Why Does Toothache Hurt More at Night?

Many people report that their toothache is worse at night. This is just another reason to get your pain seen to as soon as possible and not delay until the next day.

Pain may feel worse at night because you are lying down and putting extra pressure on your teeth. The pain felt during the day may also have worsened and peak during the night,

Of course, it may also be psychological. Whilst the pain itself may not have changed, there are fewer distractions to focus on when going to sleep, meaning your thoughts are only on the pain, making it seem worse.

What Are The Best Painkillers for Toothache?

Toothache often comes alongside swelling in the mouth and where this is the case, anti-inflammatories such as Ibuprofen may work best. If you are unable to take anti-inflammatory medication, paracetamol is your next best option until you can see your dentist.

Book in Today

Coming in for your routine dental appointment will ensure that any issues are spotted quickly so that preventative measures can be taken.

No matter when your last dental appointment was, we always welcome emergency appointments. Please call 0161 773 7080 today.

Types of Teeth and Their Functions

Once all your permanent, adult teeth have come through, you should have 32 teeth in total. Your adult set of teeth will be made of various types of teeth;

8 incisors
4 canines, also called cuspids
8 premolars, also called bicuspids
12 molars, including 4 wisdom teeth

Incisors

The eight incisors sit at the front of your mouth, with four in the upper part of your jaw and four in the lower part.

These front teeth help you chew foods such as apples, and the adult set will grow in from around six to eight years old.

Canine Teeth

You have four canine teeth, which sit next to your incisors. Once again, two sit on the lower jaw and two sit at the top.

The canine teeth have sharper and more pointed edges than the incisors, helping you to tear food.

Typically, your upper canines will grow first, followed by the lower set.

Premolars

Moving onto the eight premolars. These teeth are bigger than the incisors and canines and you will have eight of them in total in your mouth – two that sit on the bottom jaw and two at the top.

Premolars will often come in around the age of ten and help to chew tough foods.

Molars

Molars make up most of the teeth in your mouth and you have 12 of them in total – six coming through on the bottom jaw and six on the upper jaw.

Molars are big, strong teeth that sit at the back of the mouth. They have a large surface area which helps you to chew food into small enough pieces to swallow. Your molars include four wisdom teeth which will often come in between the ages of 17 and 25. Wisdom teeth are sometimes referred to as third molars.

Our teeth help us to chew and speak properly and have a big effect on our jaw shape and overall appearance. There are a wide variety of tooth replacement options on the market today so you can select the option that is right for you, should you suffer the loss of a tooth.

Booking Your Dental Appointment

We have plenty of ways you can make an appointment with us and offer a free consultation;

Call our reception team on 0161 773 7080.
Book online using our handy booking forms for new or existing patients.

The Benefits of White Fillings

On the 1st July 2018, the NHS published new rules that meant dentists could no longer use mercury amalgam fillings in children under 15, pregnant or breastfeeding women. The controversy surrounding fillings containing mercury has been popular since they became regularly used in the 1830s. Whilst it is still a dental solution used by many, white fillings are becoming increasingly popular for those who would like a more natural-looking solution.

Here at Love-Teeth, we are passionate about providing dental solutions that restore your confidence in your teeth and smile. In today’s post, we discuss some of the many benefits of white (composite) fillings.

Natural Looking Dental Solutions

An image demonstrating the difference between a mercury filling and a composite filling in situ on a tooth.

For many years, there was no choice when it came to the colour of the filling you received. The consequences of this were that fillings were easy to spot and many people lost confidence in their teeth and smile.

Today there are many more options available for preventing the need for a filling. If you should require a filling, however, white fillings are a great solution.

White fillings are barely visible when in situ and can be made to suit the colour of your natural teeth so there is no visible mark between your teeth and the filling.

What Are Tooth Coloured Fillings Made of?

Composite
Glass ionomer
Porcelain inlays

Typically, your dentist will advise you regarding the best type of filling for the cavity you have.

The cost of your filling will depend on the material used and the size of filing required.

Protected Teeth

Unlike mercury fillings which can slightly change in size, white coloured fillings remain the same, meaning there is no chance of your teeth being fractured during contracting and expanding.

Love-Teeth Dental Practice

If you are interested in replacing your amalgam fillings with new white fillings, please call our dedicated team today on 0161 773 7080. Alternatively, book your appointment using our online booking form. We look forward to seeing you at the practice soon.

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0161 773 7080
ilana@loveteethdp.co.uk

3 Kings Road, Prestwich
Manchester, M25 0LE

Dentists:
Ilana Pine: GDC 74579
Leo Klein: GDC 44239

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