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Don’t Start the New Year With Dental Pain!

Nobody wants to usher in a brand new year nursing dental pain. Although accidents happen, there are ways of reducing the risk of dental injuries, infections, and toothache. Here are some simple tips to help you keep dental woes at bay over the festive period:

  • Keep tabs on your dental hygiene regime: it’s very easy to get distracted at this time of year when you’ve got a to-do list as long as your arm and party season is in full swing, however, there’s no excuse for forgetting to brush your teeth. We strongly recommend twice-daily brushing using fluoride toothpaste. We also advise your patients to floss daily to achieve a more comprehensive clean.


  • Go steady on the festive treats: we all like to indulge over Christmas and the New Year, but try and be kind to your teeth. Avoid snacking, and try and moderate your sugar intake. It’s fine to fill your boots and indulge on Christmas Day but don’t embark on a mission to finish your stash of sugary delights in record time and spend the whole of January scoffing sweets and sugared almonds.



  • Book a dental check-up: nobody wants to have to deal with toothache or sore gums at Christmas. If you haven’t been to the dentist in a while, or you’ve noticed that your teeth are a bit more sensitive than usual or your gums are swollen, now is the time to pick up a phone and book an appointment.

Three Helpful Tips to Protecting Your Veneers

Dental Veneers are among the most popular cosmetic dental treatments. If you’ve recently had veneers fitted, you probably want to keep your gorgeous, gleaming smile in pristine condition for as long as possible. Here are 3 helpful tips to protect your veneers:

  1. Avoid hard foods: dental veneers are not immune to damage and if you bite down on something hard like a boiled sweet or a popcorn kernel, you may find that you damage your veneers just like you would your natural tooth.
  2. See your dentist every 6 months: when you’ve got an amazing new smile, it’s understandable to want to keep it in check for as long as possible and seeing your dentist on a regular basis can help to preserve your beautiful smile and keep your natural teeth and gums health. Ideally, we recommend routine check-ups every 6-9 month, but if you have any problems between appointments, don’t hesitate to get in touch.
  3. Use a straw: many foods and drinks contain staining agents, which can discolour the teeth and may stain your veneers if you don’t have stain-resistant veneers. We recommend using a straw to drink to prevent direct contact with the veneers.

If you have any questions about caring for your dental veneers or you need some more tips, our dental team will be happy to help.

Why Six Monthly Check-Ups are So Important

It is important for everyone to make a visit to his or her dentist at least once every six months, to prevent the causes of tooth decay and gum disease along with a number of other dental health problems that can developed unnoticed in the mouth.


Tooth decay occurs when holes form in part of the enamel of your tooth, mainly due to a build up of plaque. Plaque contains bacteria, which ultimately react with the sugars and starch present in food to form acids. These acids can attack the teeth for up to half an hour after eating and are held to the teeth by the plaque. This then leads to the acids dissolving the tooth enamel, causing the tooth to become decayed. This can result in the need for fillings, crowns and inlays and there may even be cause for the tooth to be removed.


Gum disease occurs when the tissues surrounding the teeth become infected or inflamed. This is usually caused by plaque, which contains many different forms of bacteria. Gum disease is generally broken down into two categories: Gingivitis, which is the inflammation of the gums and Periodontitis, a progressed form of Gingivitis, which affects the tissues joining the teeth and gums. Gum disease is the most common cause of tooth loss in adults and is a major cause of bad breath.


You can help prevent problems like this by employing a good dental hygiene routine, which should include: brushing regularly, cleaning your tongue, using mouthwash, flossing, not smoking and maintaining a healthy diet. Even if you do maintain a good level of oral hygiene it is still important to visit your dentist, because they are able to spot the problems you cannot see or feel.

If you would like a dental hygienist session to thoroughly clean your teeth please feel free to book an appointment at Advance Dental Clinic.

Checking-up with your Epping Dentist

There is no question that the modern world has become a very demanding place to live and you will find yourself scurrying around faster and harder to make ends meet- even in a leafy little suburb like Epping. This also raises other problems such as finding time to do other important things in your life- like caring for your general wellbeing each day, especially when it comes to your oral health. If your teeth and gums become unhealthy, this will impact on the rest of your body and you may well find your general health throughout spiralling out of control. Now you may think that all those wonderful products you have got are good enough to prevent problems in the mouth from arising- and of course don’t ever stop using them, but tooth decay and gum disease strike quickly, which is why it is very important to keep regular check-ups with your dentist. During this session, your dentist can spot any irregularities and get to work on them immediately, aside from giving them a complete and thorough clean in a way that you can’t. However a check-up is more than just doing an inspection; utilise this time and discus issues with your dentist- these people are very well educated in all fields of anything that can affect your mouth and can give you advice on varying subject matter from diet to giving up smoking. The Advance Dental Clinic from Chelmsford serve the town and can help with any problems or questions you may have about caring for your teeth. Call 01245 268 494 for a free consultation at Advance Dental Clinic in Chelmsford.




Advance Dental gives advice on Dental Check-ups in Epping

So, it’s that time in the year again for you to have a dental check-up in Epping. Now, the majority of people would see this as an irritating inconvenience…’I haven’t got time’ or ‘I hate the dentists’ or ‘if you make me go, I’ll hate you forever’. Well, before any of you start to throw your toys out of the pram, let’s paint a very ugly picture; if you start missing appointments, plaque will lead to tooth decay or worse, gum disease that will make you old and ugly because your teeth are rotting and falling out whilst the toxins from the gum disease will start to poison your bloodstream an cause your heart to fail over time…heard enough? The whole point of a dental check-up is not to inflict pain on you or do things that you don’t like, it is designed to protect you and care for you- these are the basic laws of dentistry- to stop plaque and tartar from developing in the mouth, and if you have lapsed in the way you clean your teeth and problems have started, the dentist can fix them before they get worse. You also shouldn’t see your dentist as an enemy, you should see them as someone to confide in, and a dental check-up is the perfect chance to share any concerns you may have on anything dental to protect your teeth in the future. Advance dental can give you advice on how to care for your teeth. Call 01245 268 494 for a free consultation at Advance Dental Clinic in Chelmsford.


Your Dental Check-up in Epping

Yes, it’s that time of the year we all love so much in Epping, where you have someone rooting around inside your mouth with strange looking instruments and buzzing devices- the dental check-up! This is the time to get your dentist to possibly fix those little things you may have missed, or forgot to do since the last time you paid a visit. The logic behind a check-up is to make sure you have managed to keep your mouth healthy and aren’t suffering from more ghoulish problems such as tooth decay or gum disease, and if you feel that something has been going awry, now’s the time to mention it so it can get sorted. A simple x-ray will determine if you have any decay getting into the teeth, whilst the dentist will clean around your gums and teeth to remove any tartar that has started to build up. If any decay has set in, this can be remedied by a simple filling. Of course, as we get older, missing an appointment can be costly, for if some decay has managed to eat its way into the teeth, then what would have been a filling has suddenly become a root canal with possibly a crown. This is how quickly things move in the mouth, but sticking to those two dates a year with your dentist should be enough the stop anything serious happening to your teeth- that and looking after your teeth at home and the check-up is also a good time to talk about that too. Call 01245 268 494 for a free consultation at Advance Dental Clinic in Chelmsford.

Dental check ups with Epping dentists: Why are they important?

Keeping your mouth clean, healthy and free from disease is absolutely essential as part of a stress free life. The unfortunate fact is that dental ailments can be painful and ultimately require invasive procedures which might lead to life long issues with your mouth. You should be taking great care of your teeth at home of course, by brushing and flossing as recommended by dental professionals by you must get into the habit of having regular check ups at the surgery too.

Dentists recommend that you go for a check up every six months unless otherwise directed. Dentists have trained for many years in all aspects of the mouth and are ideally placed to monitor the health of your teeth and gums so that you can do all the things that you take for granted like eat, drink and talk without even having to think about them.

Your dentist will be on the look out for early signs of complications with your teeth and gums so that they can be dealt with swiftly before they can get worse. Most dental problems which might occur are actually relatively simple to sort out but can lead to complications if they are not diagnosed early. If one takes gum disease as an example, the most basic form – known as gingivitis – can usually be rectified just be improving your home oral hygiene routine. The consequences of not getting it sorted out can be the very painful business of tooth loss as a result of inflammation in the bones which normally hold teeth securely in place.

Don’t be anxious if you haven’t been to the dentist in a while. Book an informal appointment with your Epping dentist and they can talk you through all the changes which make dental surgeries far more convenient and friendly places to visit nowadays. Call 01245 268 494 for a free consultation at Advance Dental Clinic in Chelmsford.

Oral cancer diagnosed early by Harlow dentist at six month check up

One of the worst conditions that can affect your mouth is oral cancer. This extremely serious affliction has quite a high survival rate but it must be diagnosed early to allow treatment to be effective. Trained to look out for the early signs of oral cancer, your dentist can play a vital part in diagnosing oral cancer by being vigilant for white or red patches on the soft tissue of your mouth which don’t naturally fade.

British males are twice as likely to contract oral cancer as women. If you smoke tobacco and drink alcohol your chances of developing the disease increase too but about twenty five per cent of oral cancer patients are either women or non-smokers or those who drink very little. Even if you are not in high risk category, you must be vigilant about oral cancer.

The first signs of oral cancer might be rusty spots or small swellings on the inside of your mouth. If you experience oral bleeding without any apparent cause or sudden weightloss, you should inform your Harlow dentist so he or she can examine you further. This applies if you are suffering from a sore mouth which causes you difficulties when eating and drinking.

If you keep a balanced, healthy diet and avoid consuming tobacco and too much alcohol, you are doing much in the fight against oral cancer and you can even examine yourself at home, visually and manually. But visiting your dentist every six months is most important of all as they are trained to spot the early signs of oral cancer and might prevent you from having to undergo painful surgery. Call 01245 268 494 for a free consultation at Advance Dental Clinic in Chelmsford.

Two-minute oral cancer exam from Chelmsford dentist saves life

According to the Oral Cancer Foundation in America, someone dies at least every hour from the disease in the United States alone. Expand this across the rest of the world and we’re talking about a very serious killer. 300,000 new cases of oral cancer are diagnosed every year across the world and the disease is a serious threat, although it is very curable in its early stages. This is why it so important to have yourself checked as a routine, every six months. The perfect place to do this is at your dentist.

Dentists are trained to spot the signs and symptoms of oral cancer and will conduct a check as part of a standard check up. This will give you the best chance of spotting the disease early and an 80 per cent chance of survival. Oral cancer is described as any cancer that affects the oral cavity including the lips, tongue, gums and throat. It usually manifests itself as sores or a red or white colour on the soft tissue in the mouth. These sores are painful and don’t disappear naturally after a week or so like non-threatening sores. There are other symptoms such as unexplained weight loss or bleeding in the mouth. If you are in any way concerned about something in your mouth, make an appointment to see a Chelmsford who will examine you and carry out a brush biopsy if necessary.

There are several risk factors for oral cancer that may make you a more likely candidate. As you might expect, smoking is one of the very high risk factors for contracting the disease. As is alcohol and they are particularly dangerous when combined. Age and sex also make you more likely to be at risk, with men being twice as likely to be a sufferer.

You can protect yourself against oral cancer by avoiding dangerous substances such as tobacco and also avoiding unnecessary sunlight. Seeing your dentist every six months will also give you the best possible chance of beating the disease. Even a short two minute dental exam could make the difference and save your life. Call 01245 268 494 for a free consultation at Advance Dental Clinic in Chelmsford.