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Toothpaste Tablets: Do They Work Better Than Regular Paste?

January 26, 2023

 

We know we should brush our teeth at least twice a day to remove food debris and prevent the build-up of plaque and tartar. This helps prevent cavities, gum disease and keeps our breath fresh. 

However, there may be times when it’s not practical or easy to brush your teeth — when you are travelling, for instance. In these situations, there are some alternatives to brushing teeth with toothpaste.

Tooth-brushing alternatives

When brushing teeth with toothpaste is not an option, try rinsing your mouth with water. This will help to remove food that’s left behind that bad bacteria likes to feed on. 

It’s also a good idea to drink plenty of water between meals too. This keeps your mouth, gums and body hydrated.

Chewing sugar-free gum is useful too. Chewing encourages your mouth to produce saliva which contains special enzymes that deal with the bacteria that can lead to tooth decay.

Dental flossers are useful for removing the food debris that gets stuck between your teeth. When food gets trapped in the crevices around your gums it can cause irritation and the gums may swell as a result.

Also, you can carry toothpaste tablets and chew one when necessary.

What are toothpaste tablets?

Toothpaste tablets, also known as ‘tooth tabs’, are a practical alternative to brushing your teeth with toothpaste and a toothbrush. 

Toothpaste tablets contains similar ingredients to regular toothpaste: usually fluoride which helps protect your teeth, and abrasives design to remove plaque from the teeth. 

The tablets may also contain flavourings or colourings that help freshen the breath. 

The water content that would be in your regular tube has been removed and the active ingredients are pressed into a tablet.

How to use toothpaste tablets

Pop a tablet in your mouth and chew. The tablet mixes with your saliva to form a paste. If you have access to a toothbrush and water, this is ideal as you can wet your toothbrush and brush for two minutes like you would using regular toothpaste. 

Next, rinse your mouth to remove any grittiness and residue. If you do not have access to a toothbrush and water, the chewing action and the abrasives in the ‘tooth tab’ will help shift the plaque on your teeth.

Do these new tablets work better than regular paste?

The jury is still out. There is not enough research at the moment to prove whether toothpaste tablets are more or less effective than regular toothpaste. 

What are the advantages of using ‘tooth tabs’?

One of the key advantages of a toothpaste tablet is that they have the potential to prevent billions of plastic toothpaste tubes ending up in landfill and the oceans of the world. 

Some manufacturers are actively researching more sustainable tube packaging while others are focusing on developing toothpaste tablets as an alternative. 

Just like the shampoo bars that are now available, the packaging for these new tooth tablets is designed to be environmentally friendly such as compostable card, or easy to recycle like tin or glass. 

If you would like to reduce the amount of plastic in your bathroom, tooth tabs could be an option. However, like switching to shampoo bars, you may need time to adjust to the habit.

Another benefit: toothpaste tablets are also a great option when you are travelling and can be taken in your carry-on luggage. If brushing your teeth at work or the gym is not currently an option, carrying a pack of tooth tabs could be a great solution.

And, because the companies developing tooth tabs are focused on sustainability and our environment, most of the brands opt for natural ingredients and try to avoid preservatives and parabens. 

Most still contain fluoride which is an important mineral and key ingredient used to protect your teeth. 

It’s always a good idea to check for fluoride and to make sure that you are happy with the ingredients listed on the pack. There are a lot more options available for people who are gluten-free or prefer their cosmetics and health products to be cruelty-free. There are also some vegan options too.

What are the disadvantages? 

As previously mentioned, more research is needed into the effectiveness of new tooth tab products — and currently, they are more expensive than regular tubes. 

However, your smile is priceless and so is our planet. If you need access to a more portable and practical way of brushing teeth and want to reduce your use of plastic, then tooth tabs could be the option.

For more information: 
https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/selecting-dental-products/what-are-toothpaste-tablets

Invisalign Offer-Our Invisalign Open Days

January 12, 2023

We have an incredible Invisalign offer running in February! We are delighted to announce that we are running two Invisalign Open Days on the 16th & 17th February. If you start your Invisalign journey on one of these days and take advantage of this incredible Invisalign offer, you could save up to £1400 on this amazing treatment and get the beautifully straight smile you’ve always dreamed of in 2023.

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Make huge savings when starting your Invisalign journey on one of our open days

What Is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a system of clear aligners used to straighten teeth. The aligners are completely clear, meaning that you can’t tell if someone is wearing them. They are also completely removable which means they can be cleaned fully inside and out. Your projected smile can be viewed digitally before the treatment has even started, and the finished straight smile is digitally mapped out so that each aligner shifts the teeth slightly until the perfectly straight smile is reached. It’s our most popular treatment for straightening teeth due to it’s discreet and practical nature, which is why you should take advantage of our amazing Invisalign offer.

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The Invisalign aligners are completely clear and removable

One of the major advantages of Invisalign is that everything is digitally mapped out and recorded which ensures complete accuracy. It also means that each step of the journey is controlled and predicted. 3D scans are taken at every visit and these are put together at each stage so you can see the progress that is being made. So join our open days and take advantage of this Invisalign offer.

What’s Included in the Invisalign Offer?

 

  • Discount of up to £600 off the cost of Invisalign treatment
  • FREE dentist consultation, smile simulation and X-Rays worth £300
  • FREE premium professional teeth whitening (Boutique) worth £300
  • FREE lab made retainers worth £300
  • 0% finance options available

Why Take Advantage of our Invisalign Offer

If you book into one of our Invisalign open days you could save up to £1400 on this treatment. Due to our 0% interest payment plans you could even be paying as little as £50 per month to get your dream smile. There really has been no better time to book in for this treatment. See the information below for what’s included in this incredible offer.

We have completed hundreds of Invisalign cases here at the practice and our dentists are highly skilled in this treatment area. We have a wealth of patients who are overjoyed with the Invisalign treatment they have received. They are so happy they completed their smile journeys and now have the perfect smiles they’ve always wanted.
Click here for more information on Invisalign: https://www.cheadlehulmedental.com/treatment/invisalign-manchester.html

Watch our video to find out more about this treatment and our incredible Invisalign offer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XoSU82k9j68&t=7s

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Contact us to enquire or book into one of our open days.

 

Teeth Whitening: At the Dentist vs At Home

December 19, 2022

Teeth Whitening Manchester

Teeth whitening of many kinds has grown in popularity in recent years. Our teeth are mostly white, but tooth enamel can develop various shades over time or be damaged or infected. Tooth discoloration may be due to a variety of causes, many of which you have control over – but teeth whitening Manchester can help.

Recent surveys have shown that the thing that most people would like to improve about their smile was the colour of their teeth, with some surveys showing that as many as 90% of those surveyed would like to have their teeth whitened.

Before you decide to teeth whitening, be sure you know the facts about the process and what to expect. You should also contact your dental provider to find out if teeth whitening is appropriate for you and to learn the best whitening method for your situation.

What can cause tooth discolouration?

You may notice a change in the colour of your teeth over time. There are several possible reasons for this change:

  • We all have a softer layer called Dentin under our tooth enamel. Our tooth enamel becomes thinner over time, exposing more of the yellowish dentin below.
  • Food & Drink. Coffee, tea, and red wine are among the staining culprits that cause discoloration or staining on the white, outer part of your tooth (enamel). They contain chromogens that bond to the enamel and cause discoloration.
  • Some antihistamines, antipsychotics, and high blood pressure medications may have a side effect of tooth darkening. Teeth may turn brown if young children are exposed to tetracycline and doxycycline during tooth development or in the womb, chemotherapy or neck radiation darkens teeth, or chemotherapy and radiation treatment are used.
  • Tooth stains are caused by tar and nicotine in tobacco. Tar is naturally dark and stains teeth, while nicotine is colourless and stains them when mixed with oxygen. When nicotine is combined with oxygen while smoking, it produces a yellowish substance that stains teeth.
  • If a person’s tooth receives inadequate blood flow after getting hit in the mouth, it may change colour. The tooth may heal itself or may perish. It is critical to see to dental damage after a mouth injury and get a treatment plan developed by an emergency dentist Manchester.

How does tooth whitening work?

The process of teeth whitening can be broken down into three steps, regardless of whether you do it at home or at the dentist. Depending on what product you use and whether you want to whiten professionally or at home, the steps vary.

Whitening treatments use either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide to break down stains and reduce the amount of colour, making your teeth more visible.

Do teeth whitening work on everyone?

Unfortunately, not all teeth can be whitened. Therefore, it is critical to ask your dentist about the right process for your teeth. Certain whiteners may not correct all kinds of staining and discoloration. For example, yellowed teeth whiten well, whereas brown teeth might not and teeth with gray tones might not bleach.

Do not expect whitening to work on dental appliances such as caps, veneers, crowns, or fillings, as well as on teeth that have been bleached. The most common cause of teeth that are discoloured is medication or injury, so whitening is unlikely to be effective.

What tooth whitening options are available to me?

There are many methods for teeth whitening in addition to at-home teeth whitening. Make sure to speak to your doctor before starting any teeth whitening plan. The range of teeth whitening options includes both gentle surface whiteners as well as more powerful ones that can eliminate deeper stains.

#Whitening Toothpaste

Toothpaste is the gentlest way to whiten your teeth. It is best to use toothpaste that doesn’t contain bleaching chemicals, since they are so gentle. It doesn’t work as well as bleaching toothpaste, but it is safe for sensitive teeth. Whitening toothpaste polishes the teeth rather than bleaches them, so it doesn’t have as much of an impact on the tooth’s appearance. This might take some time to see results, though.

#At-home Teeth Whitening

You can buy whitening kits from your dentist or from the medicine counter. There are whitening strips, trays, lights, rinses, and brushes, all of which are available in at-home whitening kits. Peroxide, which works below the surface to lighten tooth enamel, is applied to the teeth occasionally over several days or weeks.

Your dentist may create a whitening tray that fits your upper and lower teeth better than the typical one-size-fits-all trays sold at the store. You’ll squeeze the whitening gel into the trays and wear them for short periods of time during the day or throughout the night, depending on your dentist’s recommendation. If you wear the trays for too long, the peroxide in the gel may irritate your teeth and/or gums, so be sure to follow your dentist’s instructions.

#Professional Teeth Whitening

At-home whitening methods are not nearly as powerful as professional whitening. In addition to being more powerful, in-office whiteners contain more peroxide. That means your teeth can be transformed faster than with other approaches.

The in-office whitening process takes about an hour. To keep the teeth protected, a rubber or protective gel shield can be used in conjunction with the peroxide. Occasionally, a laser or light is used in conjunction with the peroxide.

What are the differences between at-home and dentist teeth whitening?

It is important to choose the correct teeth whitening strategy based on your dental health and goals, at-home or professional teeth whitening. The following are some of the most important differences between the two:

  • Tooth whitening at the dental office is usually more expensive than at-home teeth whitening kits. At-home teeth whitening kits are more dependable but take longer to achieve and maintain whitening than professional teeth whitening. Tooth enamel may vary in quality based on your oral health, so consistent results may not be achieved with at-home kits.
  • The length will last. Depending on the concentrated solution used for in-clinic teeth whitening, the tooth’s surface may be able to penetrate deeper below the surface, resulting in a longer-lasting tooth-whitening effect.
  • The time it will take. The amount of time you would spend whitening your teeth at the dentist’s office versus whitening them at home would be significant. At the dentist’s office, you would spend 1 to 2 hours and leave with teeth 8 shades lighter, whereas at home you would have to spend 1 to 2 hours a day over a series of days or weeks to achieve 3 to 6 shades lighter.

If you are interested in having your teeth whitened, or other dental treatments such as dental implants Manchester then why not schedule an appointment with Cheadle Hulme Dental to talk over your options?

What Are Permanent Dentures? Are They the Right Choice for You?

December 12, 2022

all-on-four dental implantsDentures are false teeth that help maintain the natural appearance of your smile. They are very common, with over 40 million Americans using them. Replacing missing teeth can also help prevent the bone loss which may otherwise lead to a sagging of the face.

However, there are two types available, removable and permanent. If you are looking for a more stable and comfortable denture, as well as ones which can last for years if properly looked after, then permanent dentures may be the more suitable option.

What Are Permanent Dentures?

Permanent dentures are a form of dental implant that are surgically implanted into the jawbone. This is in comparison to a denture which is removable and uses an adhesive to bond them in place. The adhesive means they can be removed and placed back in the mouth whenever required.

A permanent denture can be custom-made to replace a single tooth or a row of missing teeth. They bring more stability when chewing and talking than a denture you can remove. 

They can last for up to 10 years providing you look after them through a good oral hygiene routine. This includes regular brushing to keep them free of plaque and tartar, plus regular dental appointments. You should avoid biting down on hard foods where possible.

How Are Permanent Dentures Fitted?

In the first phase, you will have titanium posts surgically inserted into your jawbone. These serve as the “root” of the implants. You need good jawbone density to support the implants. If you have waited a while before visiting a dentist, you may need a bone graft first to replace any bone loss.

Once the implants are inserted, you will need to wait for the jaw to heal. Small incisions are required to insert implants, with sutures used to aid the healing process. Once healed, the custom-made crowns are securely attached to the implants – and should last many years.

Are There Different Types?

Dentures can be used to replace one tooth or a whole row of teeth. To account for the different scenarios you may face, there are different forms of denture. The following are examples of the most common permanent denture types.

  • Full dentures – these can be the solution when you need to replace a whole arch of missing teeth. To provide a permanent option, the dentist might need to insert in the region of six dental implants for support.
  • Partial dentures – these are used to replace a row of missing teeth, and like full dentures have both a removable and a permanent denture option.
  • All-on-Four dental implants – this solution uses just four implants to support a full arch of dentures.
  • Dental bridges – this option uses fused prosthetic tooth pieces, which can be supported by implants for a permanent denture option.

Pros and Cons

Weighing up the main pros and cons of permanent dentures will provide some insight into whether they are the right choice for you.

  • Stability – implants embedded into the jawbone provide a more stable and secure denture. A removable denture can slip or even fall out when talking or eating. Ones that are permanent remove this issue.
  • Natural appearance – custom-made to match the appearance and color of your surrounding natural teeth. This can return confidence in your smile. This in turn can lead to an improvement in your overall self-confidence in public situations.
  • Comfort – Being custom-made to fit your gum-line, a permanent denture can feel more comfortable, as well as cause less irritation.
  • Duration – Looked after properly, they can last up to 10 years.
  • Improved oral health – a permanent denture, supported by implants, can help prevent jawbone loss.

Cons:

  • Surgery – a permanent denture requires surgery to insert the implants that support them. This can be understandably off-putting to some.
  • Post-surgery discomfort – as with any surgery, there can be an element of pain or discomfort while the affected area heals.
  • Cleaning – as a permanent denture consists of more parts it can be harder to keep clean.
  • Bone density – you will need sufficient jawbone density to support an implant.
  • Not permanent – they will still need replacing after around 10 years.
  • Cost – more costly than the removable option.

If you are considering dentures, consult with your dentist on the pros and cons and how they may affect you. Your dentist can advise on whether you are a suitable candidate for the permanent option and whether they are the right choice for you.

Permanent dentures have several benefits compared to their removable counterparts, including improved longevity, comfort and stability. Your dentist can advise on whether they are the right choice for you.

What Does An Emergency Dentist Do?

December 5, 2022

What Does An Emergency Dentist Do

Most dental procedures are scheduled in advance, but certain situations require immediate dental care. For example, uncontrolled bleeding due to an oral wound is an emergency, and it must be treated immediately. Because emergency dentists provide urgent dental care in cases of injury or life-threatening dental conditions, they are sometimes called upon to perform procedures.

Unfortunately, many people do not recognise dental emergencies and when to see an emergency dentist, so this article is for you. To find out more about emergency dentistry, keep reading.

What is an emergency dentist?

In addition to being dentists, emergency dentists obtain additional specialisation and training to treat dental problems and injuries that may be life-threatening and require immediate treatment. Though dentists from other specialties only provide their services during business hours, many dental offices are open round the clock or at least have emergency hotline numbers for patients to request an urgent appointment if they are in trouble.

What is classed as a dental emergency (and what isn’t)?

A dental emergency is defined as a situation that must be addressed immediately if it is to be saved. For example, uncontrolled bleeding, severe infections, and extreme pain are all examples of dental emergencies. Cosmetic dental treatments like whitening and veneers, on the other hand, are not regarded as dental emergencies.

What are the most common dental emergencies?

Dental emergencies can include any of the following:

  • Uncontrolled bleeding
  • Severe dental infection that extends to other body parts
  • Pericoronitis is a condition where the soft tissues around an impacted tooth become inflamed
  • Dry socket, a painful condition related to clot dislodgement following tooth extraction
  • Tooth fracture or chips
  • Tooth pain
  • Tooth decay that causes tooth sensitivity
  • A dislodged orthodontic wire that impinges on oral soft tissues
  • Dislocated or fractured jaw
  • Tooth decay that causes tooth sensitivity
  • Tooth sensitivity following tooth decay
  • Severe toothache that is not relieved with pain medication
  • Tooth decay that lasts longer than six months.

What are often considered dental emergencies, but actually aren’t?

It is not necessary to treat a dislodged orthodontic bracket as an emergency. Your orthodontic treatment will probably be delayed a little, but it is not something you must be terribly concerned about. It is possible to wait until the next day to correct the problem if you accidentally inhale the bracket.

Does an abscess require immediate treatment?

An oral abscess develops in a localized area due to a longstanding dental infection producing the pus-laden collection. Swollen and red sites are likely in the case of a dental abscess that is left alone, however, if the infection travels to other areas, it may cause systemic problems such as fever, malaise, and shortness of breath. Abscesses can turn into life-threatening dental problems if they are left untreated. Therefore, they should be treated as soon as possible. The lower the chance of side effects and complications, the quicker the treatment is sought.

What is classed as emergency root canal treatment?

Your dentist will remove the infected pulp and replace it with an inert material inside your teeth in a root canal treatment. If the dental pulp tissue raises the pressure inside a tooth and causes extreme pain and discomfort, an emergency root canal is typically required. To relieve the pressure and pain, a dentist may perform a tooth labour in which he or she drills a hole in the tooth and exposes the pulp tissue inside. The following steps in a root canal procedure are accomplished after the emergency has been dealt with.

When should you contact an emergency dentist?

If you or someone you love is experiencing dental infection or pain, you must get to an emergency dentist near me immediately. Even if you’ve got an emergency after hours or over the weekend, you can still contact your dentist using the emergency hotline. Even if you aren’t sure whether it’s an emergency, you should call your dentist and get their opinion first.

How will you know if you need emergency dental treatment?

You might require emergency dental treatment if you experience any of the following:

  • An avulsed or broken tooth
  • A severe toothache
  • Severe swelling causing fever and difficulty in breathing
  • A bleeding tooth
  • Pain in the teeth that makes it difficult to chew or swallow
  • Swelling that makes it difficult to talk or breathe

How can an emergency dentist help?

An emergency dentist is trained to deal with a wide range of dental emergencies, from fractured teeth to dislocated jaws. If you see your dentist immediately after the avulsion of a tooth, your dentist may reattach the tooth and reattach it to the socket. A dislodged crown needn’t be repaired or replaced in this scenario. Thus, you must go to an emergency dentist as soon as possible if you are suffering from an injury or another emergency situation.

What should you do if you have a dental emergency?

Try to prevent damage in emergency situations. For example, if you are bleeding, use a clean cloth to apply gentle pressure to the area to control the blood. If you have an avulsed tooth, try to reinsert it into its socket. However, don’t apply excessive force if it doesn’t fit properly in the socket. You should contact your dentist as soon as possible in case you are away from home.

At Cheadle Hulme Dental, we are committed to providing fast, professional dental care to local residents. Whether you’re suffering from severe toothache or a bleed, we can help you immediately. We also offer high-quality non-emergency dental care, such as dental implants Manchester to give you a beautiful, healthy, and attractive smile. If you’d like your entire family to be cared for at one location, don’t hesitate to contact us for a free video consultation.

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