As well as regularly visiting the dentist, it’s just as important to visit the dental hygienist to maintain your dental well-being. Dental hygienists are specifically trained to look after the health of teeth and gums, providing thorough, deep cleaning and educating patients on how to prevent gum disease and tooth decay.
As Hallowe’en is just around the corner, Malcolm Harbour, the dentist at Harbour Dental Care in Ipswich thought he’d enter into the spirit of the season by concentrating on the less pleasant dental problems of bleeding gums, bad breath and gum disease.
These mouth issues may be gruesome, they may be ghastly, they may be downright unpleasant – but the good news is that with expert dental advice and extra hygiene care and attention, they are mostly curable.
Women have a 13 per cent higher chance of developing oral cancer if they suffer from diabetes, according to new research highlighted by Ipswich dentist Malcolm Harbour at Harbour Dental Care in Ipswich.
Overall, women face a 27 per cent increase of developing any form of cancer if they have diabetes, while men also face a 19 per cent increased risk discovered the study published in Diabetologia, the official journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes.
It’s amazing that some people will put up with gum infections, toothache or even broken and unsightly teeth to avoid visiting the dentist. Therefore as well as finding a dentist whose work is high quality, it’s important that they also put you at ease, are thorough yet gentle, and take the time to talk things through before any appointment and should you need any treatment.
We are committed to helping our patients achieve excellent dental health and a beautiful healthy smile that they are proud to show off. We also understand that a huge percentage of people suffer from some degree of anxiety about visiting the dentist. Not only do we keep up to date with the latest techniques and tools so we can deliver the highest quality dental care, we have also invested in learning techniques to help ease dental anxiety and phobia, helping you to feel relaxed and reassured when in the dentist’s chair.
Whilst it may seem that there’s not much to your dental appointments, it’s not just a case of making sure your teeth are still in good condition. In fact there are a myriad of things we check and assess each time you visit us for your check up. Here’s a run down of what to expect.
Most of us are painfully aware of mouth ulcers. For those lucky few who have never had one, they are painful sores that can appear on the inside of your cheeks, lips and gums. They look like blisters and are often raised on the outside edge with a dip in the centre.
No one is 100% sure what causes mouth ulcers, explain the dentists at Harbour Dental Care in Ipswich, but we do know that they hurt. The inside of the mouth is one of the most sensitive and tender areas of the body. Mouth ulcers can catch on our teeth, rub when we speak, become inflamed when we eat and irritated when we drink.
British adults are spending £196 a year looking after their smile by purchasing oral health care products, according to the results of a nationwide survey.
An investigation by the Oral Health Foundation, looking at the spending power of more than 2,000 people from across the UK, found that we are spending an average of £16.34 on products such as toothpaste, mouthwash, interdental brushes and sugar free chewing gum each month.
As the number of people visiting a dentist continues to rise and with treatments such as tooth whitening becoming more popular, the population is now placing a much greater emphasis on good oral health. As an advocate of preventive dentistry and healthy teeth for life, this is music to the ears of Ipswich dentist Malcolm Harbour from Harbour Dental Care.
Be proud to show off your healthy smile
At the time of writing this, the sun is shining, says Ipswich dentist, Malcolm Harbour. It’s glorious out there and with the warmer weather comes the shedding of our winter wardrobe. Legs are bared, arms uncovered and feet revealed.
As the layers come off, we can often be our harshest critic. But what about our smile? We wear that every day – are you happy to reveal yours?
Healthy smiles are stunning
Tooth brushing won’t stop decay for children who snack all day, reiterates Malcolm Harbour from Harbour Dental Care following the publication of a new study on pre-school children.
Researchers from the University of Edinburgh and the University of Glasgow found children who snack all day – compared with just eating meals – are far more likely to have dental decay.
The snacking habits of more than 4,000 pre-school children were looked at by scientists, who found that tooth brushing only partly protects against the effects of sugary snacks on children’s teeth.
Tooth whitening is a safe and effective way to give your smile a boost – but only when carried out by a qualified dental professional, otherwise it’s illegal.
The popularity of tooth whitening has made it an attractive venture for illegal providers, says principal dentist, Malcolm Harbour from Harbour Dental Care. This means that unsuspecting people are being put at risk from serious and permanent damage to their mouth.
The UK’s leading dental charity, the Oral Health Foundation, has put together a definitive guide on unscrupulous tooth whitening. The following points will enable everybody to protect themselves from dangerous providers and products, and get a pearly white smile without any risk to their health.