Looking After Your Dental Health During Pregnancy

Excellent dental health is even more critical during pregnancy. Looking after your teeth and gums will help protect your unborn baby.

Many women can develop gum disease during pregnancy because of hormonal changes, and any existing gum disease may worsen. Severe gum disease or periodontal disease is a particular worry during pregnancy because it could increase the risk of a low birth weight baby or premature birth. Morning sickness is another problem that can affect dental health, exposing teeth to strong stomach acid and increasing the risk of tooth erosion. Although it’s tempting to brush your teeth immediately afterwards, it’s better to rinse your mouth with plain water or add a teaspoon of baking soda to the water to help reduce acidity. Aim to wait at least half an hour before brushing your teeth to avoid damaging softened tooth enamel.

Ideally, we suggest having a full dental checkup and cleaning before you become pregnant but otherwise make an appointment to see our dentist as soon as you learn the happy news. Regular preventative dental care is perfectly safe during pregnancy and will help to protect your oral health and the health of your unborn child. We can provide a carefully tailored treatment plan to help keep you smiling right throughout your pregnancy.

Simple Tips to Help You Enjoy a Healthier Summer

Everyday routines tend to take a backseat during summer, but you can use this time to improve your health by following our simple and easy tips.

Eat More Fresh Berries

Make the most of fresh berry season by having a cup of mixed berries each day. They are packed with antioxidants, reducing the risk of age-related illnesses and damage to tissues.

Get Planting

Cultivating a small garden or even a flower box or a few flowerpots can help reduce stress levels. Working with soil is grounding, relieving mental and physical stress.

Floss Regularly

You know you should be flossing every day and now is a time to start. Not sure how to floss correctly? Ask us to show you. It’s incredibly easy and quick when you know how.

Make the Most of the Great Outdoors

Take your exercise routine outside and enjoy a nature walk or hike, or get active by playing with your kids, take a cooling swim, or go cycling or rollerblading.

What Are Crowns and Bridges?

Crowns and bridges are both fixed dental restorations to restore or replace teeth entirely. They are cemented onto existing teeth or onto dental implants and are only removable by a dentist.

Crowns

We may suggest a crown if you have severely damaged a tooth perhaps because of trauma, decay or where a tooth has had root canal treatment. A crown covers up the tooth entirely, strengthening and protecting it and restoring its appearance and shape. Dental crowns can also be cemented or screwed onto dental implants.

Bridges

Our dentist might suggest a bridge if you are missing one or more teeth next to each other. A bridge literally bridges the gap left behind by the missing tooth and is supported by dental crowns cemented over the adjacent teeth which are called abutments. The replacement tooth is called a pontic, and it is attached to the crowns, creating a restoration that looks and feels natural and comfortable, restoring appearance and functionality. A dental bridge can also be supported by dental implants.

Crowns and bridges are made from a variety of materials and may have a metal substructure covered up with tooth-coloured porcelain, or they can be entirely metal free. All-ceramic crowns and bridges provide excellent aesthetics and are an especially good choice for restoring teeth that are visible when you smile.