Sober October: What Does Alcohol do to Your Teeth?

An image of a glass of white wine and a glass of red wine.Alcohol may be consumed in moderation and as part of a balanced diet. When consumed in excess, however, alcohol can begin to take its’s toll on the body and this may be manifested in many ways.

Alongside complications in the body, alcohol can also cause problems with the teeth. This month is sober October, so to give you an extra incentive to push through until the end of the month, we take a look at some of the ways alcohol can affect your teeth.

Staining

Like many coloured drinks, alcohol can stain the teeth. What’s more, the acidity in alcohol can make them even more susceptible to staining. Consequently, even if you drink a light coloured drink, you are still at risk of tooth staining.

Wine is one of the most common drinks to drink both on nights out, with dinner and at home. White wine is more acidic than red wine, but red wine is more commonly associated with teeth staining.

Dryness

Saliva helps to protect the teeth from bacteria and plaque, but consuming drinks high in alcohol, such as spirits can cause a dry mouth.

Drinks such as vodka can also vary in ph. Some have a ph as low as 4, whilst others have a ph of 8. The lower the ph, the more at risk there is of exposing your teeth to damage.

Damage to Teeth From Alcoholic Beverages

In addition to staining and dryness, the negative effects of alcoholic drinks can also be from additions to the drink such as fruit or soda, which can erode the enamel.

Love-Teeth Dental Practice

Here at Love-Teeth Dental Practice, we are here to help you show off a smile you can be proud of. Our dedicated dentists and hygienists can provide invaluable information about the effects of your diet on your teeth as well as treatments that can improve your confidence in the appearance of your teeth.

To book an appointment, please call today on 0161 773 7080. Alternatively, click through to our new patient sign up or book an appointment online.

November: Mouth Cancer Action Month

An image of a dentist preparing to extract an impacted wisdom tooth.

The NHS states that every year around 6,800 people are diagnosed with mouth cancer. This statistic equates to 2% of all cancers diagnosed. November is mouth (oral) cancer action month and in the latest post from Love-Teeth Dental Practice, we take a look at some of the most common symptoms that are associated with mouth cancer and detail further information on this topic.

Early Detection is Important

As with any type of cancer, early detection is vital. If you spot any of the below symptoms, you should consult your doctor.

Signs and Symptoms

Sore mouth ulcers that don’t heal within several weeks
Unexplained, persistent lumps in the mouth
Unexplained, persistent lumps in the neck
Unexplained looseness of teeth, or sockets that don’t heal after extractions
Unexplained, persistent numbness or an odd feeling on the lip or tongue
White or red patches on the lining of the mouth or tongue – these can be early signs of cancer and should be investigated
Changes in speech, such as a lisp

Factors That Can Increase Your Risk

Oral cancer can form when cells on the lips or in the mouth develop changes. You can find out more about how cancers develop on the National Cancer Institute website.

There are various factors that can increase the risk of mouth cancer:

The use of tobacco – cigarettes, cigars, pipes, chewing tobacco and snuff etc.
Heavy use of alcohol
Excessive sun exposure to the lips
Human papillomavirus (HPV)
Weakened immune

Your dentist is trained to spot signs of mouth cancer, so paying regular visits to your dentist is important.

Boost Awareness of Mouth Cancer

The Mouth Cancer Foundation has various ways to donate and get involved with the charity. If you would like to raise awareness of this type of cancer, head over to their website to see how you can get involved.

Love-Teeth Dental Practice

If you are experiencing any problems with your teeth or mouth, we welcome you to contact our dedicated team. We check for signs of oral cancer at every check-up. To book your appointment, please call 0161 773 7080.

Your Guide to Stain Removal

An image of teeth before and after stain removal, using airflow.Figures show that many people are unhappy with the colour of their teeth. Whilst it has become popular to have pearly white teeth, having slightly darker teeth does not mean they are any less cared for. In fact, the colour of teeth can vary, depending on the thickness of the enamel.

Aside from the colour of your teeth, you may be concerned about tooth staining, causing your tooth to appear discoloured. Let’s discuss staining in further detail.

Whilst there are a plethora of products on the market that claim to remove stains and whiten teeth, you will get the best results from receiving tailored treatment through your dentist. You will also be able to guarantee that the treatment you are receiving is safe and approved by a medical practitioner.

Treating Discolouration

In order to successfully treat discolouration and ensure the long-term effects of any treatment, it is necessary to understand what is causing it.

The treatment of stain removal is effective for those with stained enamel (extrinsic staining). Stain removal may be achieved within a regular hygienist appointment: a hygienist will use a combination of a scaler and hand instruments to remove plaque. Following on from this, the teeth will be polished.

Where there are multiple or severe stains on the teeth, airflow may be used to achieve great results. Airflow is a treatment of water, air and fine powder – usually sodium bicarbonate. Airflow is a powerful treatment that can clean the tooth’s surface and in between the teeth.

The Difference Between Whitening and Stain Removal

Whilst stain removal is an effective way of restoring teeth to how they looked prior to the stains, teeth whitening is the only way to change the colour of the teeth.

Many dentists will recommend a hygiene appointment, prior to teeth whitening.

Love-Teeth Dental Practice

If you are interested in the stain removal or teeth whitening, we welcome you to get in touch. Please call our team today on 0161 773 7080. Alternatively, use the links on our homepage to book your appointment.

Healthy Lunch Box Ideas

An image of two children hugging in autumn leaves and smiling.The start of this week marked the first week back at school for many children. Alongside ensuring school uniforms are neatly ironed and alarm clocks are set, comes the chore of making packed lunches.

Finding inspiration for yummy packed lunches can be challenging, especially when you’re trying to keep them healthy and low in sugar.

Here at Love-Teeth Dental Practice, we’re well-versed when it comes to foods that can be harmful to teeth, so for our latest blog post, we have put together some helpful inspiration for you to take away.

Why is Sugar Bad for Teeth?

It is a well-known fact that sugar is one of the main causes of tooth decay, but how does this occur? When sugar is broken down by the bacteria in your mouth, it produces an acid which dissolves a tooth’s surface – this is the first stage of tooth decay.

Are Fruit Sugars Bad For You?

Whilst fruit is an essential part of a healthy diet, fruits also contain a lot of natural sugars. Whilst natural sugars can still be harmful to your teeth, they are more healthy to the body overall and contain vitamins required for a balanced diet.

Being mindful about the type of fruits you are eating, and the portion sizes can be helpful. Certain fruits, such as apples, contain more fibre than others. Fibre stimulates the production of saliva in the mouth, which can help to neutralise the acids on your teeth and wash away excess food particles. Some fruits that contain the lowest amounts of sugar are blueberries, strawberries and raspberries.

Combatting the Effects of Sugar

The most effective way to lessen the effects of sugar on your teeth is to consume less sugar. On the other hand, considering sugar is in one of the major food groups – fruit – cutting it out entirely is not altogether beneficial. You can, however, cut down or cut out, some of the major culprits for a beneficial change, including sugary drinks, sweets.

Additionally, becoming wise to foods often described as having “hidden sugars” such as ketchup or certain cooking sauces can also be beneficial.

There are various things you can do in order to ensure the sugar you consume has a less damaging effect on your teeth. Brushing at least twice a day is beneficial to the overall health of your mouth and will significantly help to protect against decay.

Another way to help protect your teeth is to leave at least an hour after eating or drinking before brushing your teeth. When you consume certain food and drinks, you can cause the enamel to become more vulnerable; brushing straight away may mean you disrupt this enamel further and brush away tiny particles, rather than letting it settle down before you brush.

Lastly, it goes without saying that a good oral hygiene routine plays a vital part in protecting against decay. Whilst brushing is important, flossing is also a necessary part of your routine and will mean that you remove more plaque than brushing alone.

Healthy Lunchbox Ideas For Kids

Keep it simple with star-shaped sarnies. If you have young children, giving them something fun to open up at lunchtime cannot only make them smile, it will also warm your heart, knowing they’ll get a surprise at the fun addition in their lunchbox.

Sandwiches don’t have to be boring. Cut your sarnies into star shapes and freeze the excess crusts for breadcrumbs.

For an interesting filling, stir red pesto into cream cheese and spread onto both sides of the bread. Pop in the fridge the night before and there you have it, a fun and tasty treat come lunchtime. Pair this with slices of cucumber and carrot. You can use any leftover sandwich filling as a dip.

If your children are a little older, why not make them healthy wraps? Lay the tortilla flat and spread hummums on the bottom third, then top with lettuce, carrot and cucumber or avocado. Line with some salsa on top and sprinkle on some cheese.

Tasty Treats

If it’s a snack you’re looking for, rather than a full lunch, how about making your own energy balls?

Ingredients

100g pitted medjool dates
100g pecan

nuts
50g pumpkin seeds
50g rolled oats

4 tbsp cacao powder or unsweetened cocoa
2 heaped tbsp almond butter
zest and juice 1 orange

Blitz together the above ingredients until it is starting to clump together, adding a drop more juice where necessary. Roll the ingredients together into walnut-sized balls, with lightly oiled hands and you’re finished. A healthy snack, ready to eat.

Why is a Healthy Lunch Important?

By mid-day, your little one is likely to need some sustenance to keep them going throughout the afternoon. Whilst they might feel they need a quick energy boost in the form of a sugary drink or a quick chocolate bar, the best type of food will be one that releases energy slowly.

Foods high in sugar will provide what is commonly referred to as a “sugar high” but these energy levels are not sustainable and will quickly drop, causing a crash in energy.

Understanding what foods will release their energy slowly will help your child feel energised throughout their school day.

Consider some of the following:

Hard-boiled eggs
Bananas
Vegetables and dip
Trail mix

Love-Teeth Dental Practice

Book your little ones in for a dental check to ensure no nasty surprises. We take a preventative approach to dentistry, helping to minimise the risk of any tooth pain.

To book an appointment for yourself or your child, please call today on 0161 773 7080. Alternatively, existing patients can book their appointment through our online booking portal.

What Is Cosmetic Dentistry?

An image showing the before and after results of a teeth whitening procedure.The term cosmetic dentistry refers to any procedure which is carried out to enhance the appearance of the teeth and gums, but is not medically required.

There are many types of cosmetic dentistry offered to help improve the confidence individuals have in the appearance of their smile. Cosmetic dentistry treatments include teeth whitening, composite bonding, teeth straightening and veneers. Whilst some of these treatments may have a wide range of benefits to the patient, including making the teeth easier to clean and helping to maintain a healthy mouth and jaw structure, when used for cosmetic reasons, they aren’t a necessity.

What’s the Process?

As with any dental treatment, you will have a consultation with your dentist, prior to having any treatment carried out. Within your consultation, your dentist will discuss all available solutions that will help you achieve your desired smile.

You will be given timeframes for treatment as well as costings, helping you to make a well thought out decision.

Smile Statistics

Research undertaken by the Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors found that 40% of the British public are unhappy with their teeth and 48% are considering undergoing cosmetic dentistry.

Andrew McDougall a Global Beauty & Personal Care Analyst states that over the next two years, the dental and beauty industries will continue to align with each other. He believes the popularity of teeth whitening will continue to grow, alongside oral care devices and apps.

Our Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments

Here at Love-Teeth Dental Practice, we provide a wide range of dental treatments to ranging from dentures to teeth straightening procedures, ready to help you feel happy with your smile.

Whether you are a patient of ours or are looking for a new dentist, we welcome you to chat with us today. Please call 0161 773 7080 or send your enquiry through to our online contact form and a member of our team will be in touch shortly.

Your Guide to Dental Bridges

An image of two elderly people, after receiving dental treatment.In the modern-day, there are various solutions to replace missing teeth. Once missing teeth are replaced, you may often be able to chew easier, talk more clearly, maintain a healthy face structure and feel more confident in smiling.

How Does a Dental Bridge Work?

Traditionally, a dental bridge will require the teeth either side of the missing tooth to be filed down to support a crown. The false tooth will be connected to the crowns on either side which are supported by the natural teeth underneath. In other cases, implants may be used either side of the missing tooth to hold the pontic in place.

Another type of dental bridge is a Maryland bridge, which requires very little filing down of the natural teeth either side of the gap. With a Maryland bridge, the false tooth is supported by metal wings which are attached behind the adjacent teeth.

Creating a Dental Bridge: The Procedure

When left with a gap, many people worry that they will have to wait a long time for their new bridge to be made. Whilst your impressions will need to be sent off to a dental lab, your dentist will provide you with a temporary bridge that will be used to protect your gums.

Typically, your first bridge appointment will consist of your dentist taking impressions and filing the abutment teeth to make room for a crown. On your next visit, your dentist will fit your bridge and then adjust as necessary to ensure a perfect fit.

Aftercare of a Dental Bridge

There are no specific aftercare instructions for a bridge, but you will need to ensure that you maintain good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing in between all of the teeth, daily.

When a dental bridge is taken care of effectively and regular dental appointments are maintained, a dental bridge can last anywhere between 5 and 15 years.

Dental Bridges at Our Practice

If you are looking for an effective way to replace one or multiple missing teeth today, talk to our dedicated team. We have a wide variety of solutions available to replace missing teeth and welcome you to book a consultation where we will talk you through all of your options in detail, ensuring you make the right one for your lifestyle. Call today on 0161 773 7080. Alternatively, send your enquiry through to our online contact form and a member of our team will be in touch shortly.

Chips in Children’s Teeth

An image of a child brushing her teeth whilst being supervised.When your child begins walking, naturally, you may worry about them falling or walking into something. As the months go on, your child will become more proficient at walking and will be a bundle of energy that enjoys running and playing.

Sometimes accidents happen and your child may fall and cause a chip in their baby teeth. Whilst some chips are superficial and nothing to worry about, some are more serious. Here at Love-Teeth Dental Practice, we have been taking care of children’s teeth since we opened our practice, and in our latest post, we discuss chips in children’s teeth and the symptoms you may notice.

Consult Your Dentist

No matter how big or small the chip on the tooth is, you should always make an appointment with the dentist so they can examine the tooth and the extent of the damage. Whilst some chips may be small, they can leave the remaining tooth extremely sharp, causing cuts on the inside of the mouth or tongue and require filing.

Tooth Discolouration

Any force on your children’s teeth can cause discolouration of the tooth which may be temporary. People often note that a chipped tooth turns brown, red, black or grey, which is a symptom of damaging the blood vessels. Once the blood vessels heal, you will usually see the tooth gradually going back to its normal colour. If the tooth does not go back to its normal colour, you should visit your dentist again.

Dental Care at Home

Once your dentist has analysed the chip and carried out any necessary work, you will need to continue with thorough dental care at home, making sure the area is properly cleaned. Even chips that have only caused superficial damage can still weaken the overall structure of the tooth and be more prone to decay. This is where keeping up to date with regular dental appointments is vital.

Love-Teeth Dental Practice

We have been taking care of children’s teeth for many years, priding ourselves on providing a comfortable and relaxed environment that children feel at ease in.

If your child has suffered a chip in one of their teeth, no matter how minor, we welcome you to book an appointment at our practice, putting your mind at ease and ensuring the dental health of your child.

To book please call 0161 773 7080. Alternatively, existing patients can book through our appointment portal. New patients can sign up using our new patient service.

All You Need to Know About Dental Implants

An image of a woman showing her front teeth which have veneers fitted.Dental implants are a great long-term solution for replacing missing teeth. Implants are preferred by many, especially when the tooth that is missing is visible. There are many questions surrounding dental implants and how the treatment works. Whilst we would always recommend you coming into the practice to discuss any treatment in detail, we have put together a few of the most common questions surrounding this treatment, giving you an insight into what to expect.

Firstly, let’s explain what dental implants actually are. The term “implant” refers to a titanium screw which is implanted into the gum, an extension will then be added to support a replacement tooth.

What Will the Implant Tooth Look Like?

It is important to note than your implant tooth will look very natural, seamlessly blending in next to your existing teeth. The replacement tooth will be made from a ceramic material, created by a specialist dental technician. As well as matching the colour of your teeth, the dental technician will also contour and shape the tooth to ensure it looks as natural as possible.

What are The Advantages of an Implant Over a Denture or Bridge?

The main difference and advantage between a dental implant and a bridge or denture, is that an implant is fixed in place. With a replacement tooth being fixed in place, you will have full confidence that it will not slip when talking, eating, drinking, laughing or carrying out any daily activity.

Another great advantage between a denture and an implant is that you will be able to taste more, as you will not have any plastic covering the roof of your mouth.

Whilst a bridge makes for a suitable solution for missing teeth, the teeth on either side of the gap need to be ground down for the anchors of the bridge. With a dental implant, however, no other teeth in the mouth need to be touched. An implant is, consequently, a more conservative solution.

Is the Procedure Painful?

Many people are concerned about the possibility of pain when they visit the dentist. With modern medicine and dental techniques coming on a long way, however, there is really no need to be concerned about pain. Your dental implant will be gently placed in your gum, under local anaesthetic. Whilst you may feel some discomfort during the days following the procedure, this is all part of the healing process and any discomfort can be alleviated with painkillers.

How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

Dental implants are a durable solution to replace missing teeth and can last many years. When studied over a 15-year period, dental implants had over a 95% success rate.

How Long Does Implant Dental Treatment Take?

The time it takes to complete the work required for your dental implant will all depend on the complexity of the case.

The entire treatment can take between 5-10 months. At your consultation, however, you will be advised of how many appointments it will take for the treatment to be completed, as well as the time that will need to be aloud for in between these appointments.

Are Dental Implants Expensive?

In the long-run, dental implants are a very cost-effective solution. Other solutions to replacing missing teeth may be cheaper, but implants are often seen as the gold standard when it comes to a fixed, comfortable and natural-looking replacement for missing teeth.

Is Everyone Suitable for a Dental Implant?

The minimum age for dental implants is often around 20 to 21, as the dentist will need to be sure that your jawbones have stopped growing. There is, however, no upper age limit for dental implants, as long as there is sufficient bone to hold the implant in place.

Certain medical conditions, especially those that affect the bone or healing, can make the treatment difficult. Your dentist will be able to advise whether you will be able to have implant treatment following your consultation.

Dental Implants at Love-Teeth Dental Practice

Here at Love-Teeth Dental Practice, we are fortunate enough to work alongside expert restorative dentist Dr Leo Klein, who has been placing and restoring dental implants for many years.

If you are not a suitable candidate for successful dental implants, Dr Leo Klein has a wide variety of other solutions to replace missing teeth, ensuring you can feel fully confident with your smile.

If you would like to book a consultation to discuss implants, please call us today on 0161 773 7080. Alternatively, send us your enquiry through our online contact form.

Braces for Children

An image of a young girl wearing permanent braces and smiling.Braces are intended to help you make the most of your teeth, moving them back into alignment to ensure you can properly take care of your teeth and gums.

Children may need orthodontic treatment for a number of reasons, including, overcrowded or overlapping teeth or malocclusion (a “bad” bite). Having orthodontic treatment as a child, rather than in adulthood, is preferred as it means you will be able to better take care of the new adult teeth from the offset. Additionally, adults are typically more concerned with the appearance of their teeth and would often prefer not to have braces past their teenage years.

Before a child can have braces, their teeth and gums must be healthy. Once the braces are fitted, it is essential that the teeth are properly cleaned to avoid gum disease or tooth decay.

Depending on the extent of the treatment needed, traditional braces may be worn anywhere from 18 to 24 months. More modern teeth straightening treatments, however, such as Invisalign and the Inman aligner can provide great results in a shorter time period.

Once the braces have been fitted, regular appointments back to the orthodontist are needed for them to monitor how the treatment is progressing and tighten the braces when necessary.

Whilst children can still pick their braces and brace bands (if required) in a variety of colours, clear and white options are also available and are much less noticeable for those that are looking for a more discreet brace.

Once the teeth are in their new position, your orthodontist will then be concerned with ensuring they stay in their new position and do not begin gradually moving back. Keeping up with your orthodontic appointments is important to ensure your treatment does not extend longer than it needs to.

Love-Teeth Dental Practice – Orthodontics

If you would like to make an appointment to discuss orthodontic treatment for your child, please make an appointment today. Call 0161 773 7080 or make your appointment through our online booking portal. New patients can sign up here.

I’m Nervous About Calling the Dentist

An image of a woman making a phone call to the dentist.We know that some people are nervous about the dentist, but that coupled with a fear of talking on the phone can mean many people wait a very long time before booking a dentist appointment, even when they really need one. In our latest post, we’ll be discussing what it can be helpful to prepare before you call us and what will happen when you give us a ring.

Calling The Practice

If you get nervous about speaking on the phone, it can be handy to have an idea of how you will explain the dental problem you are having before you ring. We won’t ask you specifics of exactly which tooth is hurting or expect you to know any medical terminology, but if you can tell us whether the tooth you are having problems with is at the front or back of your mouth and if it is at the top or bottom, that can be very helpful.

If you are experiencing pain in your mouth, the type of pain you feel may be different, depending on what is causing it. Telling our receptionists the type of pain you are experiencing can be helpful.

What Happens at My Appointment?

When you arrive at your dental appointment, you will walk into the reception area where you will be greeted by our friendly receptionists. In our reception area, we have a wide range of magazines for you to choose from. You will also be asked if you’d like a hot or cold drink. Further to this, in our reception area, we have calming classical music playing to help you feel at ease.

When it is your time to go into the dental surgery room, you will be called from the reception area by a dental nurse. Inside the dental surgery, you will find state of the art equipment and a television you can watch when laying down in the dental chair. Your dentist will listen to any concerns you have about your teeth and will work with you to create a tailored treatment plan to help you feel fully confident with your smile.

Love-Teeth Dental Practice

If you would like to make an appointment with us, please call today on 0161 773 7080. Alternatively, you can make your appointment online. Click through to our “Book Online” button or the “New Patient Sign up” button. We look forward to seeing you soon.

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Sunday 10am - 1pm
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ilana@loveteethdp.co.uk

3 Kings Road, Prestwich
Manchester, M25 0LE

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

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