Start the School Term with a Smile – Three Back-To-School Oral Health Tips

The start of a new school term is ideal for making sure your child has a healthy mouth. These three tips will help set you on the right path.

  1. Bring Your Child to See Our Dentist

Contact us to book your child’s dental exam and cleaning. We will make sure their mouth is free from dental problems, and a dental cleaning ensures they have a clean mouth and fresh breath. If needed, we can talk about other preventive dental care procedures such as fissure sealants and fluoride treatments to help reduce the risk of cavities.

  1. Choose School Snacks Carefully

Healthy snacks will make sure your child has plenty of energy to enjoy the school day without harming their teeth. Avoid packing granola bars and fruit leather as these are packed with hidden sugars. Instead, provide fresh fruit and crunchy vegetables, and cubes of hard cheddar cheese.

  1. Make Oral Care Fun

Twice daily brushing and once-a-day flossing is essential for dental health, so make this task more fun by using stickers that your child can place on a calendar every day when they brush and floss. Get your child to choose a favourite two-minute song to play while they brush their teeth.

Medications and Your Oral Health

Over-the-counter and prescription medications can affect your oral health, and one common side-effect is dry mouth, a condition called xerostomia. With xerostomia, you produce less saliva, increasing the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Saliva is an essential protective fluid that helps rinse away excess bacteria and food debris, and it helps your mouth maintain a more neutral pH level.

If you are affected by dry mouth, we can provide a prescription for a saliva substitute and talk about managing this condition. We may also suggest more frequent checkups and cleanings to help protect your dental health. It may also be worth discussing the problem with your GP to see if they can prescribe anything different, but you should never stop taking prescription medicines without consulting them first.

Oral thrush is a fungal infection that can affect people who use inhalers. If you use an inhaler, try to rinse your mouth afterwards to prevent this kind of infection. Cancer treatments, especially for the head and neck, can affect your saliva glands or have other side effects. If you need this treatment, make sure you see your dentist first. We can ensure your mouth is healthy and can liaise with your medical doctors to help you maintain optimal dental health.

Cosmetic Dentistry: How We Can Help Improve Your Smile

Cosmetic dentistry is becoming increasingly popular, and there is a wide range of exciting treatment to help improve your smile. Some, such as teeth whitening, dental bonding and white fillings, and crowns, bridges and veneers, are relatively quick to complete. Others, like braces and dental implants, take longer but can provide results that last for years or life.

  • Teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dental treatments and the most affordable. Choose from whitening in our dental practice, a procedure that only takes an hour or so. Alternatively, whiten in the privacy of your home with our custom whitening kit.
  • Dental bonding uses tooth coloured filling material to change the shape or colour of teeth and mend small cracks and chips.
  • Dental veneers are made from porcelain and can dramatically improve the appearance of stained, chipped or misshapen teeth.
  • If you have old, discoloured fillings, replacing them can brighten your smile.
  • Teeth that are damaged or decayed can be hidden and protected with beautiful all-ceramic crowns, while a dental bridge can fill an unsightly gap.

A cosmetic dental consultation with our dentist will allow you to discuss these procedures more fully so that we can provide a custom treatment plan.