Month: February 2014

Different Approaches to Teeth Whitening in Bristol

Why a professional teeth whitening procedure is the best option.

Although it has been relatively common in the US for a number of years, it wasn’t until relatively recently that teeth whitening procedures became popular in this country. When they did however, it certainly generated a lot of interest, to the point where a number of ‘shops’ started to appear on the high street offering this procedure alone.

Unfortunately, most of these shops were staffed by insufficiently trained and unskilled personnel, resulting in a number of cases where patients were left in pain with burnt lips and gums from the whitening agent that was used in the procedure. Thankfully, these shops have now been made illegal and only a professional dentist, such as those at Beau Monde Dental Care, are allowed to perform this procedure.

Tooth Whitening Toothpastes

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Teeth Grinding Solutions in Bristol

Problems caused by teeth grinding and solutions for its prevention

Teeth grinding is a problem that is sometimes ignored, at least until the problem causes significant damage to the person’s teeth. Whilst the grinding of teeth can be portrayed as humourous in cartoons and the like, for a teeth grinder, the consequences can be disastrous.

Teeth grinding, or to give it its medical term, ‘bruxism’, is relatively common and can occur in most of the population from time to time. Although we occasionally may be conscious of it, such as when we are angry with someone, the reality is that, for most of us, the majority of it occurs during sleep.  Because of this fact, bruxism is almost impossible to control through willpower alone.

At Beau Monde Dental Care we regularly see the damage which this habit can cause, ranging from the gradual wearing down of the teeth through to complete breakage in extreme cases. This damage can usually be repaired, for example by the use of dental crowns but without a doubt, prevention is much better than cure.

Causes of bruxism

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Taking Care of Dental Veneers

A Bristol dentist’s advice on looking after your new veneers

If you have had, or are thinking of having, dental veneers fitted at our Bristol dental practice, it is worth spending a little time considering their aftercare.

Dental veneers are an excellent option for those who have severely stained teeth and wish to have whiter teeth again. They are also very useful for those with chipped or cracked teeth. Veneers are not, however,  fitted to rear teeth as they are primarily designed to be of aesthetic use and would not take the pressure which is generated by the grinding and chewing actions of the rear teeth.


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