Author Archives: Smile Dental

Practical Guide to Children’s Teeth

The Importance of Fluoride  Fluoride plays an important role in strengthening tooth enamel.  It can be found in some water supplies, toothpaste and oral health products.  When brushing with fluoridated toothpaste, please do not rinse your child’s mouth as you will wash away the fluoride and lose its protective effect. “Spit – don’t rinse” is […]

Visting the Dental Hygienist

Dental hygienists are mainly concerned with ‘preventive’ dental health and treating gum disease – showing you correct home care and helping you to keep your teeth and gums healthy. This includes professionally cleaning your teeth by removing plaque and tartar (usually called a ‘scale and polish’). However, perhanps their most important role is showing you […]

Dementia and Oral Health

Dementia is an umbrella term for a range of progressive conditions that affect the brain. There are over 200 sub-types of dementia, but the five most common are: Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, dementia with Lewy bodies, fronto-temporal dementia and mixed dementia. Older adults with dementia-related conditions like Alzheimer’s disease are at increased risk for tooth decay and gum disease and may […]

Diabetes and Gum Disease: Understanding the Link to Protect Your Health

Diabetes affects your body’s ability to process sugar. All food you eat is turned to sugar and used for energy. In Type I diabetes, the body doesn’t make enough insulin, a hormone that carries sugar from your blood to the cells that need it for energy. In Type II diabetes, the body stops responding to […]