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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An Even Smile in Just Six Months in Bristol

Adult Orthodontics at Beau Monde Dental Care

The idea of dental braces has been around for a very long time and rudimentary versions of them have been found during archeological excavations from time to time. Needless to say, these are of a variety that we would now refuse to wear. In fact, braces from just twenty years ago were still relatively unsophisticated and unfortunately many of us now have  crooked teeth as a result of refusing to wear these “train track” versions as teenagers. This refusal is probably not surprising given the appearance of traditional dental braces, combined with the fact that our teen years are when most people are looking for their first relationships.

It is often the thought of these old-style braces which puts most of us off the idea of wearing orthodontic appliances, even as we get older. However, its not too late to straighten teeth in older people and, what’s more, there are now new styles of brace which are much more comfortable and discreet to wear.

Six Month Smiles

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Avoiding Gum Disease

Our Bristol dental team offers advice about caring for your gums

Gum disease, it is thought, is one of the biggest causes of tooth loss. This may come as a surprise to many people who, quite naturally, presume that the major cause is actual decay of the tooth itself. Gum disease though, is a progressive problem which, if detected early enough, can be treated very simply, sometimes purely by improving the cleaning regime and leaving no residual problems. If left though, it can even lead to periodontitis, where the bone that holds the teeth in place come under attack, threatening the teeth themselves.

We will cover the available treatments in a future blog, but, as prevention is better than cure, we felt that it would be useful to suggest ways in which gum disease can be avoided in the first place.

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Facial Aesthetics Now Available At Beau Monde Dental Care

Facial aesthetics complementing quality oral healthcare at your local Bristol dentist

Most of us would probably claim to clean our teeth at least twice a day and consider that we look after our teeth fairly well on the whole. The majority of us visit  a local Bristol dentist on a regular basis to keep on top of any problems that may, if left untreated, escalate into more significant problems such as gum disease.

This is certainly to be commended although there may still be room for some improvement. At Beau Monde Dental Care in Bristol, we advise our patients to try using a timer when they brush their teeth, ensuring that they brush for the full two minutes. Many patients express surprise at how long this feels when it is actually being timed.

Another top tip for your dental care is to make sure that you floss your teeth to remove the debris that becomes trapped between your teeth and which can lead to decay or gum disease. We appreciate that some people do find this difficult but, generally, practice makes perfect and after doing this for a while, most people find it becomes second nature. There are also interdental sticks now available which some people prefer to use.

White and Bright

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Whiter Teeth For The New Year

Tooth Whitening Procedures Available At Our Bristol Dental Practice

It is hard to miss the fact that Christmas is just around the corner and many of us will take this opportunity to take a break from our daily working lives and relax; possibly overindulging just a little too. This time spent with the family, enjoyable though it is, is over all too soon and is then followed by a short period before the New Year festivities begin.

New Year, New You

With the New Year often comes a determination to make some changes in our lives. Sometimes this stems from the guilt of overindulging at Christmas and results in a flood of gym memberships, often unused after a few months, or even weeks.

Other resolutions though can be made and action taken quickly, whilst the motivation is still there, which will give positive results for many months to come.

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Dental Care for All the Family

Family dental services offered at Beau Monde Dental Care of Bristol

Having healthy teeth is something that many of us don’t think about until it is too late. However, if we follow the fundamentals of good dental health i.e. good preventative care and also ensuring that our teeth are cleaned well and on a regular basis, then we can go a long way to keeping our oral health in great shape. Secondly, when minor issues do arise, we must ensure that these are treated by a professional dentist whilst still in the early stages and not allowed to develop into a major problem.

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The Benefits of Cosmetic Dentistry

How visiting a cosmetic dentist in Bristol can put a smile on your face

Whilst most of us visit a dentist on a reasonably regular basis to ensure that our teeth remain healthy, a growing number are also now going, not only to have healthy teeth and gums, but teeth that look great too.

With the growing number of cosmetic dental procedures that are now available, we are pleased, at Beau Monde Dental Care, to be able to offer these latest treatments to our dental patients from Bristol and the surrounding areas.

Whether your teeth have become discoloured over a period of time or are, perhaps, not correctly aligned, we are able to help you to correct these problems and put a real smile back onto your face.

Tooth Whitening

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