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27 High Street, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 3QH

27 High Street, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 3QH 01473 253599

Harbour Dental Care in Ipswich reveals its Top Ten Smile Tips

Smiling woman - Love your smile with the Top Ten Tips from Harbour Dental Care in Ipswich

Love your smile with the Top Ten Tips from Harbour Dental Care in Ipswich

As dentists, our main aim is for you to feel happy and confident about your smile. Here are Harbour Dental Care’s Top Ten ways to help you enjoy a stunning smile every day.

  1. The easiest, most effective – and cheapest – way to keep your teeth and gums looking great is to brush for two minutes twice a day using fluoride toothpaste.
  2. Visit your dentist regularly. There’s nothing more attractive than strong, healthy teeth and regular visits will help ensure your teeth stay this way.
  3. Discoloured teeth were the biggest reason (33%) given in a recent survey for people feeling self-conscious about their smile. Visit your hygienist for a thorough clean and polish to bring back the natural sparkle to your teeth.
  4. Cut down on how often you have sugary foods and drinks, including fruit and smoothies. Decay-causing bacteria feed on sugar, so by cutting out their food you will reduce the chance of tooth decay.
  5. Choose foods rich in the minerals that help protect your teeth from harmful acids. Calcium rich foods promote good bone density and affect the quality of bone around the teeth.
  6. Chewing sugar-free gum after eating and drinking is a convenient way of looking after your oral health. It washes away food debris, helps to neutralises damaging plaque acids and remineralises tooth enamel by stimulating the flow of saliva which helps protect teeth.
  7. Are your teeth stained? Try cutting down on curries, red wine, tea and coffee and you’ll love the difference this will make.
  8. What better time to quit than now? Stopping smoking will improve your general and oral health, reduce your risk of cancer and boost your smile.
  9. Do you hide your smile or feel embarrassed about your teeth? Let us know – we have lots of treatments that can help, and most won’t break the bank.
  10. Love your smile! Smiling is contagious and also linked to a boosted immune system and reduction in stress – and we could all do with that!

Our door is always open to new patients, so please get in touch to find out more.


Head for the mistletoe with complete confidence

Couple kiss at Christmas

Feel confident your breath is minty fresh with a hygiene clean at Harbour Dental Care in Ipswich

Bad breath is the last thing you want when puckering up under the mistletoe! Make sure your breath is minty fresh with a visit to the dental hygiene team at Harbour Dental Care in Ipswich High Street.

Our meticulous hygienists are experts at removing every last speck of plaque from every surface of every single one of your teeth, leaving you with a spotlessly clean and fresh mouth.

We make it our business to help people have fresher breath. Bad breath is a common problem and we are used to helping people with this issue, so there’s no need to feel embarrassed.

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Should I be worried about mouth cancer?

Hand with the words STOP ORAL CANCER - Harbour Dental Care in Ipswich joins the fight against mouth cancer

Harbour Dental Care in Ipswich joins the fight against mouth cancer

In the UK, more than 7,800 people were diagnosed with mouth cancer last year, says Ipswich dentist Malcolm Harbour, the principal dentist at Harbour Dental Care in Ipswich High Street. The number of people being diagnosed with mouth cancer has grown by around a third in the last decade and it remains one of very few cancers that are predicted to increase further in the coming years.

Although there are risk factors heavily linked to the disease, mouth cancer can affect anyone – that’s why it’s so important that we all know what to look out for.

  • Don’t leave a mouth ulcer unattended for more than three weeks.
  • Don’t ignore any unusual lumps or swellings or red and white patches in your mouth.
  • Early detection could save your life. If you notice any changes in your mouth speak to a dentist or doctor immediately.

Mouth Cancer Action Month is a charity campaign that takes place in November. It aims to raise awareness of mouth cancer and make a difference by saving thousands of lives through early detection and prevention.

How can mouth cancer be detected early?

Mouth cancer can often be spotted in its early stages by your dental team during a thorough mouth examination. If mouth cancer is diagnosed early, then the chances of a cure are good. Many people with mouth cancer go to their dentist or doctor too late.

Mouth cancers are more common in people over 40, particularly men, whether they have their own teeth or not. However, research has shown that mouth cancer is becoming more common in younger patients and in women.

Most cases of mouth cancer are linked to tobacco and alcohol. Alcohol increases the risk of mouth cancer, and if tobacco and alcohol are taken together the risk is even greater. Over-exposure to sunlight can also increase the risk of cancer of the lips.

Many recent reports have linked mouth cancer to the human papillomavirus. HPV is the main cause of cervical cancer and affects the skin that lines the moist areas of the body. HPV can be spread through oral sex, and research now suggests that it could soon rival smoking and drinking as one of the main causes of mouth cancer.

If in doubt, get checked out. We screen our patients at every dental health examination for signs of mouth cancer. Please get in touch to find out more.

Find us at: 27 High Street, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 3QH

Call us on: 01473 253599

Looking Good: Reshape and Repair

No one deserves to go through life not wanting to smile or laugh because they are self-conscious about their teeth. Luckily, if you are anxious about your teeth, gums or mouth in general, then there are lots of things that can be done to help you discover your smile!

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Treatment Focus: Fillings

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

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HDC visits St Helen’s Primary School

Everyone knows that as part of a good oral hygiene routine it’s important to brush your teeth twice a day. So why is it that so many children under 10 years of age are being treated in hospital as a result of tooth decay?

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The Importance of Oral Hygiene

Dental Hygienist - Linda AllisonAs 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.

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What’s lurking inside your mouth?

Little girl dressed as a witch

“Been over 12 months since you’ve been seen? Book an appointment and a hygiene clean!”

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.

Gruesome ghastlies

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.

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Women with diabetes face increased chance of mouth cancer

Harbour Dental Care in Ipswich joins the fight against mouth cancer

Harbour Dental Care in Ipswich joins the fight against mouth cancer

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.

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Harbour Dental Care: Why Choose Us?

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.

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