Mature couple learns from Ipswich dentists that a healthy diet can help ward off mouth cancer
Ipswich dentist, Malcolm Harbour, explains that more than 2,000 people lose their life to mouth cancer in the UK every year. Although the number of mouth cancer cases has increased steadily over the last decade, more people are being treated successfully and are living for longer.
Early detection for mouth cancer results in a survival outcome of 90% but delayed diagnosis means survival rates plummet to as little as 50%. So, the message from the dentists at Harbour Dental Care in Ipswich is please ensure you attend regularly for your dental and hygiene appointments. Make it a resolution in 2017 to put your health and wellbeing at the top of your list of priorities.
Malcolm Harbour, principal dentist at Harbour Dental Care Ipswich
If you suffer from gums that bleed when you brush them, bad breath or bad tastes in your mouth, or loose or drifting teeth, it is most likely you are suffering from gum disease.
A staggering 90 per cent of us suffer from gum disease at some point in our lives but with good dental care the risks can be easily controlled.
Children smile up to 400 times a day – and their smiles are powerful! A study called the Smile Back Project by the University of Cambridge revealed that adults smile 13 per
A mum and daughter look after their dental health, thanks to advice from Harbour Dental Care in Ipswich
cent more frequently when with children than when in the presence of adults or being alone.
It also shows how the condition of our teeth can make a big difference to how often we smile. The study found a significant correlation between healthy teeth and higher intensity of smiling; study participants who reported better oral health also reported higher levels of self-esteem and life satisfaction.
A calm and relaxing dental surgery at Harbour Dental Care in Ipswich
Fear of the dentist has once again been in the media spotlight recently and we would like to remind our patients that modern dentistry methods make a patient’s visit to the dentist easy and almost completely pain free.
In the UK as a whole, more than 80 per cent of adults suffer from dental decay and 90 per cent experience a degree of gum disease at some time in their life. Regular visits to the dentist are a big factor in preventing this but very often it is dental anxiety that keeps patients away.
Free relaxation sessions
What does a healthy smile look like to you?
As dentists we strive to keep your mouth, teeth and gums in great shape but what makes a smile look healthy in your opinion? This is the question the dental team at Harbour Dental Care in Ipswich asked and here are the top five things we discovered:
Clean and shiny teeth
When it comes to our teeth, it seems that debris, plaque and dull teeth are the epitome of poor health. Healthy teeth are spotlessly clean and shiny – and the best way to achieve this is by brushing our teeth for two minutes, twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste. The areas between our teeth are incredibly important too and to get to these hard to reach areas, we suggest using interdental brushes. These tiny brushes are inserted between the teeth to ensure any food particles or plaque are removed.
Dental anxiety was under the spotlight in a recent programme on Channel 4 called Never Seen a Doctor*. It followed a couple in their 50s who had avoided visiting the dentist following traumatic experiences in the dental chair.
Dental fear – also called dental phobia, dentophobia, dentist phobia and dental anxiety – is the fear of dentistry and of receiving dental care.
People who are very fearful of dental care often experience a ‘cycle of avoidance’ in which they avoid dental care until they experience a dental emergency requiring invasive treatment, which can reinforce their fear of dentistry.
You’re never too old to enjoy straighter teeth and Harbour Dental Care in Ipswich offers quick braces that can work in as little as six weeks and crystal clear aligners that no-one will know you’re wearing.
Inman Aligners – work fast
A man and woman consider straightening their teeth with braces from Harbour Dental Care in Ipswich
The Inman Aligner is the perfect solution for crowded or protruding front teeth. It is really fast, very safe and great value. Your front teeth can be gently guided to an ideal position in just a few weeks – with most cases being completed in 6 to16 weeks. Aligner treatment is perfect for mild to moderate problems with the front top and bottom teeth.
Clear Aligner – your secret
Our virtually invisible braces from Clear Aligner are made from transparent plastic and are completely smooth, with no metal screws or brackets making them a more comfortable alternative to traditional braces. The aligners are suitable for patients aged 14 and over and can be removed for occasional nights out.
A woman with tooth pain contacts Harbour Dental Care in Ipswich for advice
A comfortable mouth is a wonderful thing and something we rarely give much thought to until there’s a problem. When issues do strike we have two choices: address them or grin and bear it.
At Harbour Dental Care in Ipswich, it always amazes us just how many people live with uncomfortable mouths or change their lives in a bid to avoid the problem.
How many of us say no to an ice-cream because we have sensitive teeth? Choose soft food instead of steak because we are afraid our bridges or dentures won’t cope? Chew on one side of our mouth because the other is uncomfortable or we have missing teeth? Or take painkillers for the headaches caused by teeth grinding?
No more grinning and bearing it!
If you could see the bacteria in your mouth… you’d book a dental or hygiene appointment right this minute.
Woman surprised at the amount of bacteria in her mouth
Malcolm Harbour, the principal dentist at Harbour Dental Care in Ipswich is a Dental Phobia Certified dentist but what does this mean?
Through its website, Dental Phobia has developed a directory of dentists to help nervous patients find practitioners best suited to their needs. To be featured on the website, certified dentists must meet a minimum criteria, which includes endorsements from other nervous patients and the provision of dedicated treatment.