SENSITIVE TEETH.

September 27th, 2017

Tooth sensitivity can be caused by brushing teeth too vigorously, which can lead to dentine exposure and damage to the gums.   The symptoms are pain and discomfort, usually with cold or sweet substances, around the affected areas.  If you think you suffer from this call us at Tavistock Drive Dental Care on 0115 9602717 and a correct treatment and maintenance programme can be arranged with you.  We may also suggest a visit to our hygienist who will advise on how to clean your teeth to avoid further damage.

Tavistock Drive Dental Care, 0115 9602717.  Mapperley Park NG3 5DU.

GRINDING YOUR TEETH.

August 23rd, 2017

Grinding your teeth in your sleep is very common, with many people not aware that they do this.

You may have woken up with discomfort or pain in your jaw, shoulders or neck and not known what may have caused it.

Your dentist can tell you if there is any abnormal wear and tear due to grinding your teeth and if it has damaged the enamel.

To prevent you from grinding your teeth your dentist can make you a night guard to wear. This is an appliance that keeps the teeth apart and allows the muscles to relax in a normal position.

If you feel that this might be a problem, visit us at Tavistock Drive Dental Care and we will be happy to advise on the best solution.

Private or NHS Dental Care.

August 14th, 2017

If you are looking for a good dentist with time to ensure you are receiving the best care for your teeth you may be wondering what the difference is between Private or NHS care?

It is not a matter of private dentists charging more for the same level of care as you receive in an NHS practice.  It’s about finding a good dentist who will do everything they can to help you keep your own teeth for as long as possible, whilst giving advice on the best methods of oral hygiene and preventive care.

Tavistock Drive Dental Care provide adult care on a private basis which allows us to spend chair-side time with you.  We believe it is not possible to offer the care current standards demand without the extra time spent.

We also offer emergency appointments on the same day, wherever possible, for any patient who is already registered and new private adult patients appointments within a week.

Our practice is on the NHS list as we have a contract to see children on the NHS, but are unable to see adults on the NHS.

If you would like to know more please call us on 0115 9602717. NG3 5DU.

DRY MOUTH.

July 26th, 2017

Not only is a dry mouth uncomfortable and sometimes painful, it can affect your dental health.  Saliva is essential to neutralise plaque acids that cause tooth decay.

Plaque is a sticky soft bacterial deposit that sticks to your teeth close to the gum line and between the teeth.

When you eat foods which contain sugars and starches bacteria produces plaque acids, which if not removed can dissolve the enamel on your teeth or combine with minerals to harden and form tartar deposits.

Plaque will always be produced, but with careful brushing and flossing you can minimise its effects on your oral health.

Regular chewing of a sugar free gum can also help to reduce the amount of plaque.

Brush your teeth twice daily, use inter-dental aids and visit us at Tavistock Drive Dental Care regularly for advice on controlling this problem.  0115 9602717.

EMERGENCY COVER FOR DENPLAN PATIENTS.

July 17th, 2017

It’s nearly the school holidays and many of us will be going away for a well deserved break.

If you are away from home on holiday and have a genuine dental emergency, as long as you are a Denplan member and are more than 40 miles away from your dentist, you can ring Denplan on 0800 328 3223 and they will find a dentist who can see you.  This also includes Denplan cover abroad.

For more details our patients can contact us at Tavistock Drive Dental Care, Mapperley Park, Nottingham.  0115 9602717.

Remember to take the Denplan telephone number with you or have it in your contacts.

SUGARY DRINKS.

July 10th, 2017

There are plenty of drinks, including smoothies and sports drinks, available which contain more than the six teaspoons of sugar – the daily limit recommended by the government.  Many of the drinks are also high in acidity.

Most people are aware of the damage these drinks cause to teeth but because of the marketing, believe the benefits outweigh the problems caused.  The teeth begin to erode and could become yellow, weak and sensitive.

Water is still the best way to re-hydrate, but if sugary drinks are consumed they should be limited.  Avoid sipping these liquids over a long time as this gives the sugar longer to attack the tooth enamel and may cause more damage.

For more advice or to book an appointment call Tavistock Drive Dental Care. 0115 9602717.

SUMMER WHITES!

July 5th, 2017

The tennis season is upon us and white is the only colour the players are allowed to wear at Wimbledon.  Teeth look particularly good in white – but very white teeth can look false and too obviously whitened.

We offer home whitening and in-surgery whitening.

We use effective and safe whitening gel if used correctly, to help you get the best out of your smile.

If you have been thinking about getting your teeth whitened then ask for advice at Tavistock Drive Dental Care on 0115 9602717.

CROWNS.

June 28th, 2017

Crowns are an ideal way for dentists to improve the look of your teeth after damage or decay.  Crowns can be made from a variety of materials which our dentists at Tavistock Drive Dental Care will advise you on before treatment.  You would need at least two appointments – the first for the preparation and the second, about two weeks later, for the fitting.  You will have a temporary crown during the interim.  Crowns are made to match as closely as possible to the rest of your teeth.  They may be used to strengthen heavily filled or broken teeth, after a root filling or to hold a bridge or denture in place.

If you would like to know more please contact us at 1 Tavistock Drive, Mapperley Park, NG3 5DU on 0115 9602717.

ARE YOU CELEBRATING THIS YEAR?

June 19th, 2017

If you have a special birthday or a wedding coming up don’t forget that your teeth need to look their best too.

Don’t feel embarrassed about the appearance of your teeth when introduced to new people, or friends you haven’t seen for years.

Old dental work or discoloured teeth can add on years,  so book an appointment for advice on how to improve your smile – and confidence!

Often a simple case of teeth whitening can have a huge effect on your looks, but you may wish or consider having  old crowns or bridgework replaced?

Call us at Tavistock Drive Dental Care today, to book your consultation with one of our highly experienced dentists.

0115 9602717. (NG3 5DU)

When Should A Child Start Seeing A Dentist?

May 31st, 2017

It is important for carers to bring their children to the Dentist as soon as possible, bring them along with you for the first time and get them used to coming.   This prepares them for future visits, the earlier the visits begin the more relaxed the children will be.  You should then take them for regular check ups as often as the Dentist recommends, usually every 3-6 months.

Cleaning your child’s teeth should be a part of their daily hygiene routine and should begin as soon as the first teeth start to come through.

Try to limit sugary or acidic food and drinks to mealtimes only and if you want to give your child a snack stick to cheese, vegetables and healthy alternatives.

It is important to supervise cleaning until your child is at least seven.  Once all of the teeth have come through use a small-headed soft toothbrush in small circular movements concentrating on one area at a time.  Remember to brush behind teeth and onto the gums.  If you can make tooth brushing a routine in the morning and last thing before your child goes to bed this will become a good habit.

Always encourage your child and praise them as this will often get results.

Tavistock Drive Dental Care, 0115 9602717.

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