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Did you Know Advance Dental Clinic Can Help Stop Gum Disease?

Did you know that gum disease is the most common cause of adult tooth loss in the UK? Thankfully, we are here to spread the word that gum disease can be stopped in its tracks! If you’re keen to learn more about gum disease prevention, you’ve come to the right place.

Preventing gum disease

Gum disease can be very severe, but it is preventable. The best ways to prevent gum disease include:

  • Brushing twice a day for at least 2 minutes each time
  • Flossing daily
  • Visiting the dentist every 6-12 months
  • Avoiding sugary and acidic foods and drinks

As gum disease is a progressive condition, it’s hugely beneficial to be aware of the symptoms. If you spot potential warning signs, seeing your dentist early can reduce the risk of gum disease becoming more serious. Mild gum disease is relatively easy to treat, but if left untreated, gum disease can become more advanced. Periodontitis, also known as periodontal disease, can cause irreversible damage to the bone tissue that supports the teeth and gums. Signs to look out for include:

  • Bleeding when you brush
  • Swollen gums
  • Soreness and pain
  • Redness

Treating gum disease

If you do have signs of gum disease, we have a team of highly trained dentists and hygienists on hand to get your smile back on track. Commonly, we use cleaning treatments, such as a scale and polish. Cleaning therapies are designed to remove plaque and tartar and rid the mouth of harmful bacteria. Frequent hygiene sessions are recommended for patients with gum disease. In more severe cases, treatments like root planing, may be recommended.

If you have questions about gum disease, or you’re keen to find out more about how you can protect your gums, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

3 Ways To Make Your Smile Shine this May Day

Nothing makes you look or feel better than a bright, beautiful smile. If your teeth could do with a touch of sparkle this spring/summer, why not treat yourself to a trip to the dentist? Here are 3 simple ways we can make your smile shine.

  1. Tooth whitening: tooth whitening is a hugely popular cosmetic dental treatment, which can transform the appearance of the smile. Whitening lightens the tooth enamel, giving you a stunning, radiant smile. We offer home whitening and Enlighten, both of which are capable of making your smile shine. If your teeth are a little dull or they are discoloured, why not give us a call and find out more about wondrous whitening?
  2. Dental cleaning: when you brush at home, you probably do a grand job, but there’s nothing quite like a dental cleaning treatment. Our expert hygienists can provide intensive cleaning treatments, which can remove surface stains, shift plaque and give your smile some added sparkle. Cleaning treatments aren’t painful, and they’re brilliant for your oral health too.
  3. Veneers: if you dream of a flawless smile, veneers may be the ideal option for you. Veneers are thin shells, which are usually made from porcelain. They can also be made from composite and other types of ceramic material. Veneers are designed to look like natural teeth, and they are placed over your teeth to create a spectacular smile. Veneers are ideal for discoloured and stained teeth, but they can also provide a solution for those with gaps between their teeth or crooked or crowded teeth.

If you’re dreaming of a sparkling smile, why not get in touch with us today?

5 Ways to Refresh Your Smile For Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and what better way to celebrate than treating yourself to a smile revamp? If you’re keen to look your best, we’ve got you covered! Here are 5 fantastic ways to refresh your smile this February:

  1. Tooth whitening: tooth whitening is a rapid, effective way to make your smile look stunning. Whitening lightens the enamel, giving you a brighter, more beautiful smile. We offer convenient, safe home whitening treatment, which produces swift, scintillating results.
  2. Dental cleaning: if your teeth are looking a little drab, our hygienists are here to help! Intensive cleaning treatments polish the surfaces of the teeth, removing stains and giving your smile a gorgeous, healthy glow. Seeing a dental hygienist is also really good for your dental health.
  3. Cosmetic bonding: are you searching for a solution for chipped, worn or misshapen teeth? Do you have gaps between some of your teeth? If so, cosmetic bonding is an excellent option. This treatment takes just one hour to achieve amazing results. Bonding involves using dental composite to repair chips, reshape the teeth and close gaps between the teeth.
  4. Veneers: veneers are a versatile solution, which can transform the appearance of your smile in just one or two appointments. Veneers are fine laminate shells made from ceramic or composite. They are attached to the surface of your natural teeth to create a flawless smile. Composite veneers can be bonded directly onto the teeth, giving you a new smile in a single session.
  5. White fillings: do you feel self-conscious when you smile because you’ve got dark fillings? If you have an amalgam or metal filling, we can replace it with a brand new white filling. White fillings do the same job, but they’re invisible when you smile.

To find out more about our incredible cosmetic treatments, give us a call today!

Five tips for more effective teeth cleaning

Cleaning your teeth may seem like a mundane chore, but it’s incredibly important. Brushing and flossing play an instrumental part in preventing the build-up of plaque, the number one cause of decay and gum disease. If you’re keen to improve your oral hygiene routine, here are 5 top tips:

  1. Invest in an electric toothbrush: electric toothbrushes are more powerful than manual brushes and they are proven to remove plaque more effectively. If you don’t already have an electric brush, it’s worth investing in one to improve your oral health. You don’t have to spend a fortune. Even the most basic models will work wonders.
  2. Brush twice a day: it’s so important to brush regularly to prevent the formation of plaque and eliminate harmful bacteria and lingering odours. We recommend brushing in the morning and before you go to bed.
  3. Clean between your teeth: brushing is brilliant, but it has limitations. You can’t fit a brush head between your teeth, for example. This is why using inter-dental brushes or flossing is so important. By doing this, you can remove traces of bacteria and food debris from the mouth, reducing the risk of oral disease.
  4. Use fluoride toothpaste: fluoride toothpaste can help to strengthen and protect your enamel, keeping your teeth safe from cavities.
  5. Swap your brush head: worn bristles won’t be as effective as new ones, so remember to swap your brush or your brush head every 3-4 months.

If you need any more tips or advice about cleaning your teeth, don’t hesitate to get in touch or talk to your dentist or hygienist at your next appointment.

Five Ways to Prevent Bad Breath

Bad breath is a very common problem that can cause you to feel self-conscious, especially in public. If bad breath is getting you down, here are 5 ways you can put the problem to bed:

  1. Chewing sugar-free gum: chewing sugar-free gum helps to stimulate saliva production and freshen the breath after eating.
  2. Keeping a food diary: it’s very common to experience bad breath after eating certain foods. If you find that you’re prone to bad breath, keep a food dairy so that you can identify triggers. If you know that certain foods give you bad breath, you can avoid them in the future.
  3. Brush up on dental hygiene: the vast majority of cases of bad breath are caused by a lack of attention to brushing and flossing. Bad breath is caused by bacteria in the mouth, which produce odorous gases when they feed. Brush for 2 minutes every morning and evening and use inter-dental brushes or dental floss to clean between the teeth.
  4. Clean your tongue: many cases of bad breath are linked to bacteria lingering on the tongue. When these bacteria feed, they give off gases, which have an unpleasant smell.
  5. Book a dental hygiene session: dental hygienists are experts in dental hygiene and they can provide much more intensive cleaning treatments than brushing at home. Your dental hygienist will target areas of plaque and tartar and give your mouth a really good clean, leaving it feeling lovely and fresh. It’s also important to keep up to date with regular routine checks.

What Advance Dental Clinic Can Do To Stop Periodontitis in Chelmsford

At Advance Dental, your dental health is our priority and we’re always eager to promote the message that prevention is better than cure whenever possible. Gum disease is a common oral disease, but it is preventable. If you have early signs of gum disease or you’re hoping to steer clear of sore and swollen gums, you’ve come to the right place. Here are some of the ways Advance Dental Clinic stops periodontitis in its tracks.

About gum disease

Gum disease is the most common cause of adult tooth loss in the UK even though it’s almost always preventable. Gum disease is caused by harmful bacteria, which combine with saliva and food debris to form plaque. Plaque is a sticky substance that clings to the gum line and the tooth enamel. The bacteria in plaque release acids when they feed and these acids irritate the gums, causing them to become swollen. In the early stages, mild gum disease (known as gingivitis) is relatively easy to manage. However, it can quickly become more advanced if it is left untreated. Periodontitis or periodontal disease causes permanent damage to the bone structure, which supports the teeth.

If you notice signs such as swelling in the gums, bleeding when you brush or painful gums, see your dentist as soon as possible.

Treating gum disease

If you have gingivitis, it’s often possible to treat this form of gum disease with good oral hygiene and dental cleaning treatments. Periodontitis is more difficult to treat and treatment usually involves a series of sessions, which are designed to clean the gums and try and prevent the infection from getting any more serious.

If you’re worried about gum disease or you’d like to find out more about teeth cleaning, healthy eating or dental hygiene services, why not give us a ring today?

5 Ways to a Brighter Smile

Most of us would love to have a whiter, brighter smile. So, how do you achieve this? If you’re looking for ways to make your smile sparkle, here are 5 top tips.

  1. Brush up on dental hygiene: brushing is not just a way of clearing debris and bacteria from your mouth. It’s also an important method of cleaning and polishing your teeth. Make sure you brush twice a day for at least 2 minutes each time.
  2. Book a dental hygiene appointment: dental hygienists are experts in oral hygiene, and they provide intensive treatments, which blitz plaque and tartar, and give your teeth an incredible powerful clean. These techniques can also remove surface stains, making your smile look brighter and healthier.
  3. Consider tooth whitening: tooth whitening is a cosmetic dental treatment, which lightens the shade of the tooth enamel. You can choose from in-chair treatments or at-home therapies, which are very convenient, especially if you have a busy schedule. If you’re looking for noticeable results, tooth whitening is usually the best option.
  4. Cut down on coffee: do you start your day with a cup of tea or coffee? Are you partial to a glass of wine? If so, your smile may be suffering. These foods are known to contain staining agents, which dull the whiteness of the teeth and increase the risk of discolouration.
  5. Give up smoking: smoking is one of the main causes of tooth staining. If you’d like help with quitting smoking, we are here for you. We understand that it’s not an easy process, but with our help, we are confident that you can do it!

Seven Top Tips for Top Teeth in 2017

If you’re looking for ideas for New Year’s resolutions, look no further than your pearly whites. Why not make 2017 the year you enjoy a bright, healthy smile? Here are 7 top tips to get you started.

  1. Brush twice a day: this is the most important piece of advice you’ll receive when it comes to keeping your teeth health. Brushing helps to eliminate bacteria and food debris, reducing the risk of plaque formation.
  2. Brush with fluoride toothpaste: fluoride is a mineral, which helps to reduce the risk of dental decay by strengthening the tooth enamel.
  3. Avoid rinsing after brushing: many people automatically rinse after brushing their teeth. But it’s actually better to brush and go. If you rinse, you’ll wash away the fluoride.
  4. Swap your brush every 3-4 months: if you haven’t replaced your toothbrush for a few months, it’s time to invest in a new brush or swap the brush head over if you have an electric toothbrush. Worn bristles won’t do a thorough job.
  5. See your dentist ever 6-9 months: regular dental appointments can reduce your risk of developing gum disease and cavities by up to 60 percent. Ideally, you should attend a routine check every 6-9 months.
  6. Don’t snack! You may be trying to give up snacking to lose weight, but avoiding eating between meals also has amazing benefits for your oral health. Eating causes bacteria in your mouth to release acids, which weaken your enamel. It takes time for the enamel to recover. If you’re eating all day, your enamel will be under constant attack.
  7. Wait an hour after eating to brush: brushing when the enamel is soft can cause damage. Always try and wait an hour after eating or drinking anything sugary or acidic to brush your teeth.

Toothpaste: The Oral Health Superhero

Before you can understand how toothpaste works, it’s a good idea to take a look inside your mouth. Toothpaste is designed to combat problems caused by bacteria. The mouth is full of bacteria at all times, but the amount of bacteria in the mouth increases when you eat. If you eat starchy or sugary foods the bacteria start to produce plaque acids, which are harmful for the teeth as they attack the enamel surfaces and increase the risk of erosion and decay. Volatile sulphur molecules are responsible for bad breath, also known as halitosis, and one of the major roles of toothpaste is to prevent this.

Toothpaste does a lot more than simply giving our pearly whites a shiny glow. It also:

  • Removes plaque
  • Strengthens the teeth
  • Prevents plaque growth

The ingredients in toothpaste have the following functions:
Detergents are responsible for the foaming action when you brush your teeth. They remove food debris and plaque from the mouth and also give the mouth a fresh, clean feeling.
Abrasives are responsible for polishing the teeth and removing stains and plaque from the surfaces of the teeth. It is important that abrasives are strong enough to remove plaque but not so powerful that they damage the enamel covering of the teeth. Examples of abrasives include silica and calcium carbonate.
Preservatives are designed to prevent bacteria and plaque growth.
Flavourings and colourings are used to give toothpaste flavour and colour to make it more appealing. The most popular flavour is mint, but there are many others available, especially for young children.
Humectants are important for keeping toothpaste moist.
Organic ingredients are becoming increasingly popular as more and more people try to live a greener lifestyle. Natural ingredients such as peppermint, clover oil, aloe vera and fennel are often used.

Visit your  dentist today to learn more about what oral healthcare products are best suited to your individual requirements.

10 Top Tips for Perfect Oral Health

Gum disease and tooth decay strike fear in even the healthiest smiles, but the good news is they can be prevented. There are some super easy steps you can take to keep those gnashers healthy and make sure they still sparkle:

1. Brush twice a day

Even if you’re against the clock in the morning or desperate for an early night after a busy day, you need to find time to brush your choppers. Just two minutes every morning and evening is all you need to reduce your chances of gum disease and tooth decay.

2. Brush along to a song

If your toothbrush doesn’t have a timer it can be hard to work out exactly how long you’ve been brushing for, but a great way around this is to brush along to your favourite tune. Most songs are between two and four minutes long, so it’s a fab way to make brushing more fun!

3. Floss

It’s important to floss because it picks up where your toothbrush left off. When you brush normally, you won’t get to those cheeky gaps in between the teeth, but flossing can do that job. It gets rid of icky food debris and bacteria to stop plaque from forming.

4. Don’t forget your dentist!

Regular check-ups can cut down your risk of mouth problems and help keep your teeth all sparkly and clean.

5. Use fluoride toothpaste

This will help to protect that tough enamel layer on the outside of your teeth, to keep harm away from the sensitive dentine underneath.

6. Watch out for red flags

Keep an eye out for signs like toothache, extra sensitivity, bleeding or swollen gums and call your dentsit if any of these show up. It’s always best to get symptoms treated early, before they get out of hand and become something worse!

7. Avoid sugary snacks

When we eat, our enamel goes a bit softer for a while, so it can only fight against a small number of acid attacks a day. Try not to snack too much and stick to your main meals. If you do get peckish in between, keep away from sugary or acidic delights as these are the worst offenders for tooth decay.

8. Wait before you brush

If you brush straight after eating, it can actually damage your enamel, so it’s better to wait at least 45 minutes before picking up your toothbrush, giving your enamel chance to harden again.

9. Try to stop smoking

Not only does smoking stain your teeth, it also makes gum disease and loads of other health problems a lot more likely. Your dentist might be able to give you some good advice about how to quit if you are struggling.

10. Watch what you eat

Eating a lot of sugar spells bad news for our oral health, so keep an eye on your diet and look out for pesky ’hidden sugars’ in the foods you eat. These are often lurking in ready meals and hot drinks from chain coffee shops.