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Excessive computer use linked to poor oral health in teenagers

Teenager on a laptop - Are you concerned about your teenager’s oral health? Call our Ipswich dentists now for help and advice.

Are you concerned about your teenager’s oral health? Call our Ipswich dentists now for help and advice.

Three hours of computer use each day is enough to put teenagers at risk of poor oral health says a new study* revealed by the Ipswich dentists at Harbour Dental Care on the High Street.

An examination of more than 1,500 18-year-olds showed those who spend more time on computers (e.g., for internet and computer games) are significantly more likely to neglect their oral health. In England, nearly a half (46%) of 15-year-olds and a third (34%) of 12-year-olds have obvious signs of tooth decay.

Researchers found those who spent longer on a computer were less likely to brush their teeth, floss and visit the dentist. The results are particularly worrying for boys, where twice-daily brushing dropped below 50% for those with excessive computer use.

Further findings discovered that youngsters with excessive computer use are up to 25% more likely to suffer from bleeding gums, and almost twice as likely to be absent from school because of dental pain.

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Do you use your teeth to open bottles, tear clothing tags or bite your nails?

A woman with tooth pain contacts Harbour Dental Care in Ipswich for advice

A woman with tooth pain contacts Harbour Dental Care in Ipswich for advice

If so, you are not alone but the advice from our Ipswich dentists is to stop! Most of us are putting our oral health at risk by using our teeth as tools for jobs they weren’t intended for.

Joint research by the Oral Health Foundation and Philips, and highlighted by Harbour Dental Care, has found that 65% of us frequently use our teeth for tasks other than eating and drinking.

The most common misuse for our teeth is tearing sticky tape with 41% of us admitting to doing this regularly. More than a quarter of us bite our nails while over a fifth use our teeth to carry things when our hands are full.

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How happy are you to pose for a photograph?

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Do you feel self-conscious about the appearance of your teeth? Speak to the Ipswich dentists at Harbour Dental Care.

As part of National Smile Month 2019 the organisers carried out a nationwide poll that found most of us regularly feel self-conscious about the appearance of our teeth.

The Oral Health Foundation found that more than half of British adults (51%) are often made to feel anxious about how their smile looks and less than a third (29%) are likely to pose for a photograph with an open-mouth smile.

Findings showed that discoloured teeth are the biggest reason we are not smiling for the camera (33%).

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Complex or essential dentistry, our new dentist can help

Dentist Dalia Odeh is welcomed to the team at Harbour Dental Care on Ipswich High Street.

Dentist Dalia Odeh is welcomed to the team at Harbour Dental Care on Ipswich High Street.

We are pleased to welcome experienced dentist Dalia Odeh to the team at Harbour Dental Care on Ipswich High Street.

Dalia qualified in 1997 and has had an interesting career in dentistry so far. Her first job was with the Royal Medical Armed Forces in Jordan, where she worked for five years, during which time she finished two years as a senior house officer in restorative dentistry.

Dalia lives in Suffolk with her husband and two boys where she enjoys walking, travelling, exploring and spending time with her family. She is really excited to join principal dentist Malcolm Harbour and his team.

Patients under Dalia’s care will be reassured to learn that she has gained a wide experience in many disciplines of dentistry and also attended the Oral Surgery Department at Ipswich Hospital to expand her surgical knowledge.

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Do your teeth work properly?

Ipswich dentist Malcolm Harbour wants every one of his patients at Harbour Dentyal Care to have faith and confidence in their teeth, have their concerns and problems fixed and enjoy predictable results for their treatment. We don’t want our patients to hide their smiles!

Ipswich dentist Malcolm Harbour wants every one of his patients at Harbour Dentyal Care to have faith and confidence in their teeth, have their concerns and problems fixed and enjoy predictable results for their treatment. We don’t want our patients to hide their smiles!

If we had bad toothache, we would book an appointment to see our dentist. But if we have lost a back tooth or have a twinge on one side of our mouth, we often accommodate this by chewing on the other side or choosing different foods.

At Harbour Dental Care in Ipswich, we saw a new patient recently who was aged in her 50s, had lost several back teeth and had a failing bridge. She hadn’t eaten a juicy steak for years and took so long chewing her food with her front teeth that her tea was cold by the time she had finished.

The psychological impact was causing her to avoid going out for meals with her friends and she felt so embarrassed by the state of her teeth that she covered her mouth when she spoke. Does this sound familiar to you?

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Searching for kind, calm dental care?

Malcolm Harbour from Harbour Dental Care in Ipswich High Street

Malcolm Harbour from Harbour Dental Care in Ipswich High Street

Malcolm Harbour and his team at Harbour Dental Care combine a modern approach to dentistry with traditional attitudes to patient care.

At our practice on Ipswich High Street you will experience first class dentistry with a focus on prevention, education and attention to detail. Our small, friendly team takes pride in its personal service and gentle, meticulous dentistry that reassures patients of all ages. With us you are assured of a warm welcome and top-notch dental care.

Our team makes a conscious effort to give our patients all the time, space and opportunity they need to let us know about any concerns they may have about their teeth, mouth or gums. And we promise to listen.

Unhurried

When our mouths work well, we barely give them a second thought. But the moment we have a problem, we realise just how vital a healthy mouth is for everything from eating, speaking and smiling, to our sense of wellbeing. Our modern approach to dentistry prevents problems starting in the first place, allowing you to live your life to the full.

We want every one of our patients to have faith and confidence in their teeth, have their concerns and problems fixed and enjoy predictable results for their treatment. We allow plenty of time for our appointments so that patients do not feel hurried or rushed.

We genuinely care

Our personal, professional care and attention is open to patients of all ages and will provide you and your family with a lovely, reassuring service. As our name suggests, we genuinely care – we care about our patients and about making sure that they are comfortable and happy, and we care about dentistry

If that’s the kind of dental care you think you’d enjoy, then please give us a ring. Our door is always open to new patients, so please get in touch to find out more.

27 High Street, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 3QH

01473 253599

 

Do you feel listened to by your dentist?

The listening dentist - Malcolm Harbour and his team at Harbour Dental Care in Ipswich

The listening dentist – Malcolm Harbour and his team at Harbour Dental Care in Ipswich

Being listened to when we speak and feeling we are being truly heard is important in every area of our lives – and something many of us feel is not often achieved!

Of course, there are lots of reasons why someone can’t give us their full attention. They may be too busy, too stressed or too distracted by their phone, the TV or planning what they are having for tea.

The team at Harbour Dental Care in Ipswich makes a conscious effort to give our patients all the time, space and opportunity they need to let us know about any concerns they may have about their teeth, mouth or gums. And we promise to listen.

Unhurried, calm dental care

We want every one of our patients to have faith and confidence in their teeth, have their concerns and problems fixed and enjoy predictable results for their treatment. We allow plenty of time for our appointments so that patients do not feel hurried and rushed.

If that’s the kind of dental care you think you’d enjoy, then please give us a ring.

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Treatment Focus: Implants

 

Our latest blog in the Treatment Focus series looks at implants: what they are, what they’re made of, when are they needed, and how long do they last?

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Treatment Focus: Crowns

Dental crown being fitted

Our latest blog in the Treatment Focus series looks at crowns: what they are, what they’re made of, when are they needed, and how long do they last?

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