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Prevention of Dry Mouth for Good Oral Health

A preventable problem such as dry mouth can have a negative impact on your teeth.

In general, our mouths are kept moist by the production of saliva. It plays an important part in maintaining our oral health by washing away food particles, along with the bacteria that form in our mouths.

Occasionally, our mouths may become dry and, whilst we probably think of this as little more than a slightly unpleasant feeling, the reality is that it can do damage to our teeth and gums over a period of time.

The good news is that dry mouth is, on the whole, largely avoidable and, provided they are noticed in the early stages, some of the problems caused by dry mouth can be treated in a relatively straightforward manner.

Symptoms of a Dry Mouth

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Strengthening a Broken Tooth with a Dental Crown

When a simple filling is not enough to restore a badly damaged tooth.

During our lifetime, most people will have a filling or two. The lucky few with naturally resilient teeth may, with the addition of good oral care, avoid these, but for most of us, fillings are a likely consequence of our daily eating habits, especially if we have a sweet tooth!

At Beau Monde Dental Care, our patients have the benefit of being able to have tooth coloured fillings to replace the dark coloured amalgam ones that are commonly used to fill a tooth and which can spoil an otherwise healthy smile.

These tooth coloured fillings have improved greatly over the years and offer a level of strength almost equal to that of amalgam. Even this improvement though may not be sufficient if  a tooth has been badly broken or decayed and there is insufficient natural tooth remaining for the filling to bond to.

Dental Crowns

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Healthy Diets and Your Teeth

Did you know that even a ‘healthy’ diet can cause oral health problems?

When we think of a healthy diet, we generally mean one that is relatively low in fat, and certainly saturated fat, but high in fresh fruits and vegetable. Sugar and too many carbohydrates are also usually ruled out too.

Although there is general agreement that this does constitute a healthy diet, is this also the case when it comes to our oral health?

Sugars

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Your Questions About Traditional Amalgam Fillings

Are mercury free fillings a healthier option?

Amalgam fillings have been used for a long time and have proved to be a strong method of filling a damaged tooth.

Increasingly though, patients are beginning to question whether they want this type of filling due to its lack of aesthetic appeal but also to the potential dangers of the use of mercury in them.

Our Bristol cosmetic dentist takes a look at some questions about amalgam fillings and the white tooth filling alternatives below.

Q – Why the concern about the use of mercury?

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2 Minute Oral Health Tips

Taking care of your teeth and gums doesn’t have to take up a lot of time.

Life, it seems, just gets busier and busier and, as we rush about our daily lives, whether working or looking after the children, it is almost inevitable that some things fall by the wayside to make room.

Usually, the things that go first are those  that don’t seem to need our immediate attention. One of these may well be our oral health care. Whilst most of us will still, at least, give our teeth a cursory brushing morning and night, often this is done largely because it makes our mouths feel fresher rather than due to any concerns about our oral health.

Decay and Gum Disease

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Tooth Decay in Young Children

The rise of sugary drinks and their effect on children’s teeth.

The rise in consumption of sports drinks has seen an increase in tooth decay in dental practices throughout the country.  Despite being sold as beneficial to health, most of these contain high quantities of sugar or derivatives.

Even those with less sugar contain high amounts of fruit extract which also contains sugars which, although natural, are still damaging to our teeth.

One of the most worrying rises in tooth decay though, has been in young children.

Drink Consumption

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Eight Ways to Damage Your Teeth

A quick list of things you should NOT do if you want strong and healthy teeth.

There are many lists on the internet of things to do to keep your teeth clean and healthy. Few of these though cover the things that a surprising amount of people do on a regular basis which make a large contribution to the poor health of their teeth.

Although some of these may appear light hearted; the fact is that the damage that can be done to your teeth by these things is certainly no laughing matter. Sadly, we have seen the result of some of these at our very own Bristol dental practice!

1. Neglect cleaning your teeth

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Gum Disease – The Deep Cleaning Procedure

Corrective dental procedures for treating gum disease in Bristol.

Although gum disease is something that will affect a number of us during our lifetime, often without us even being aware of it; it should, none the less, be taken seriously as it can have devastating consequences if it is not treated in its early stages.

Whilst gum disease can even be treated by a simple improvement to a patient’s oral health regime, including better brushing and flossing, if it is left to advance beyond this stage, then some dental treatment will be necessary. The reality is though that gum disease should not reach this stage if regular appointments at our Bristol dentist are maintained, allowing us to monitor your oral health.

Beyond Brushing

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Broken and Chipped Teeth

How Beau Monde Dental Care of Bristol treats and repairs damaged teeth.

Education about dental health is widespread and arguably at its peak. The effects of social media means that information and experiences can be shared and improvements can be made to a person’s overall oral health care regime. Despite this though, and the increasing knowledge and expertise of those working in the world of dentistry, sometimes breakage or chipping of a tooth can result from an accident that is unavoidable.

Whilst healthy teeth should stand up to the odd knock or two without breaking or chipping, some accidents will inevitably result in damage however well a person looks after their teeth.

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Looking for a New Dentist in Bristol?

What to expect as a new patient at Beau Monde Dental Care.

It is not uncommon for a patient to stick with the same dentist for a number of years without taking into consideration what other practices might be able to offer them. This applies especially to those dental practices who offer the basics only; i.e. procedures that purely keep the teeth healthy and functional.

Whilst this is the most important aspect of dentistry without a doubt, dental advances and technology now mean that there is so much more on offer for those who are willing to look around.

So, if you would like to expand the range of dental procedures on offer to you, or, perhaps, you are new to the Bristol area, let us introduce the benefits that you can receive at Beau Monde Dental Care.

Initial Offer for New Patients

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