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Tooth decay develops in distinct stages

What causes erosion of dental enamel? Tooth decay is caused by the action of normal oral bacteria. Plaque is a clear, naturally occurring film produced by the resident bacteria in our mouths. Plaque coats out teeth, and particles of our food stick to it in turn becoming food for the bacteria. The bacteria release acids […]

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Is Hygienist the same as an Oral Therapist?

Oral Health Therapy is a four year full-time Bachelor degree course which differs from the qualification of Dental Hygienist. Like your Hygienist, an oral health therapist can scale and polish, root scale and deep clean. Oral Therapists can also  diagnose and carry out treatments such as simple fillings. Both practitioners take dental x-rays and remove sutures, and […]

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Tooth decay develops if plaque is not removed . . .

Plaque needs to be cleaned away . . . When not properly and regularly removed, plaque leads to tooth decay. Bacterial activity within plaque produces acids which gradually erode the tooth’s enamel. The first stage of decay:  The first stage is typically pain-free. Tiny caries (areas of decay) are soft and tacky and difficult to […]

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The link between plaque, calculus and gum disease

Starting with plaque . . . Plaque is unavoidable. The normal bacteria in our mouths produce and live in the sticky clear film that coats our teeth from within a few hours after a visit to the dentist. These bacteria live on the debris from food and drinks – especially the sticky and sweet ones! […]

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Disclosing tablets – why and how to use them

Kids love disclosing tabs! What are disclosing tablets and how do they work? These tiny chewable tablets contain a harmless vegetable dye that adheres to plaque – showing up bright pink or purple. Used AFTER brushing, they demonstrate clearly areas where plaque has been missed or not properly cleaned away. And so, you brush again, [...] Read More

Effective tooth brushing: what you need to know

It's important to brush effectively: The purpose of tooth brushing is the effective removal of plaque – a clear film that is easy to shift with good technique. Removing plaque is the best way to protect teeth from decay, so it makes sense to do it well. Firstly, the brush is important: A soft bristled [...] Read More

Not ‘just’ a check-up . . .

Lots of people have regular check-ups with their dentist – often every 6 months. In fact, it is easy to become very casual about it but few of us realise the level of assessment going on.

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Plaque: what it is and how to remove it

During a visit with the hygienist, tips and advice will be given to improve oral hygiene which can markedly reduce the development of tartar.

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