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Having Orthodontics When You are Older

As you get older, there is no reason why you cannot have an attractive and healthy smile. Increasingly, older adults are choosing to have orthodontic treatment, sometimes when they are well into retirement. In fact, it is never too late to move your teeth, and there isn’t any such thing as being too old for braces. Nowadays, it is estimated that one out of every five people wearing braces are adult. However, there are many more who might benefit from treatment and who never had the chance to wear braces during childhood. Why Straighten Up? An attractive smile is an excellent way to boost self-confidence, and the effects can positively impact a person’s social life or even their career, but there are other, less obvious benefits too. Adult braces can correct a whole host of different orthodontic problems, including issues with overcrowded or misaligned teeth that cannot bite together properly.…

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May 17, 2019 by
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Protecting Your Family’s Teeth During Sports with a Mouth Guard

We know that many people in Newcastle play sports regularly and that these recreational activities are frequently important for general health and well-being. However, we often see dental injuries caused by participating in sports. The severity of many of these injuries could have been reduced or even eliminated entirely had a well-fitting custom sports mouth guard been worn. Any injury to your teeth can be very upsetting, and especially if you knock out or severely damage a tooth. It is also worth remembering that dental injuries will often require a lifetime of restorative dental care, and a mouthguard is a far more cost-effective solution! Who Should Wear a Sports Mouth Guard? Sometimes it is easy to know when you should be wearing a mouth guard, and our national sport has seen the demise of many a smile! However, there are lots of other sports where it is best to wear…

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May 10, 2019 by
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Dry Mouth and How to Treat It

Saliva is one of those things we take for granted until it is no longer there, creating an uncomfortable condition called dry mouth or xerostomia. Did you realize the average adult produces an amazing three pints of saliva each day, and this body fluid has some important qualities? How Saliva Helps Your Oral Health When you chew food, it prompts your body to produce more saliva which begins the process of digestion, breaking down food and making it moist, so it’s easier to swallow. Saliva contains a digestive enzyme called amylase that begins to break down starch. It also acts as a buffer, helping to reduce the impact of enamel-eroding acid created by bacteria. The antibodies in saliva help to fight oral bacteria and other infections. Your mouth needs to be moist for you to speak clearly because it allows the tongue to create the intricate sounds necessary for speech.…

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May 3, 2019 by
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Choosing and Caring for Your Toothbrush

Did you realize you will most likely spend more than 1,000 hours cleaning your teeth during your lifetime? Your toothbrush is an essential tool that our dentists in Newcastle hope you use at least twice a day, so it is critical to ensure you select the right toothbrush. Without the proper brush, cleaning your teeth is much harder and is less likely to be effective, but given the wide selection available, choosing a toothbrush can seem a little daunting. The reality is that almost any brush will work well for you provided it feels comfortable to hold and that you brush your teeth properly and for the full two minutes each time. Most people, without a timer, will only brush their teeth for less than one minute but you need at least two minutes to reach all your tooth surfaces effectively and to remove dental plaque that contains cavity-causing bacteria.…

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Apr 26, 2019 by
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Is Your Smile in Shape for the Wedding Season?

The wedding season is about to begin in earnest, and nowadays those wedding photos are posted everywhere for people to enjoy. If you have an invite or two, you have almost certainly given some thought about what you will wear, but have you thought about your smile? Weddings are an occasion when everyone wants to smile, laugh and talk, and the last thing you want, or need is to feel unsure about your smile. Trying to smile with your mouth closed or hiding behind your hand could mar your enjoyment of the day. If you do feel a bit self-conscious about the appearance of your teeth, now is the time to take action. Often, the solution for improving it might be quicker and more cost-effective than you realize. If it has been a while since you last saw a dentist in Newcastle, the best way to investigate the cosmetic dentistry…

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Apr 19, 2019 by
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