Broxbourne’s Experts in Answering Your Dental Questions

With years of dentistry experience in the Hertfordshire and Essex region, the Broxbourne Dental Care team are here to answer all your dental questions.

Why is it so important to maintain dental health?

Maintaining your teeth and gums as you age is an important step is sustaining your general health and well-being. Whilst exercising, eating right and regular health checks are important, looking after your teeth and gums is also essential. Good dental health will help you to lead a long, happy and healthy life.

What is the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatment undergone by patients?

Tooth whitening is probably the most popular cosmetic procedure available today. This is the case as tooth whitening can be the quickest, most effective way to enhance the appearance of your smile. Teeth can be significantly whitened within several days safely without causing any damage to your teeth.

How can I maintain my smile as I age?

Routine visits to your dentist are of paramount importance. Visiting your dentist every six months for a thorough examination and clean will enable them to detect any dental problems early and limit the extent of the problem. It is also essential to brush at least twice each day (after breakfast and dinner) and floss once a day. This will help to prevent decay and gum disease. Speak with your dentist during your next visit for more information on preventive care and hygiene.

What can I do to improve the health and appearance of my smile?

If your teeth become damaged, lost or simply worn over time, there are a number of options available to treat these problems. If teeth are lost, then implants, dentures or bridges may be an option for you. If a tooth needs rebuilding, then crowns, inlays or onlays could be the solution. For cosmetic changes, tooth whitening, veneers and bonding are amongst some of the treatments that you could consider.

What are the main benefits of dentistry treatment?

Achieving optimal dental health has the power to change your life for the better. Just a few of the major benefits, dentistry treatment may provide patients include:

  • Improved confidence and self-esteem
  • Improved oral health and general well-being
  • Improved facial appearance
  • Improved comfort
  • Improved speech
  • Improved dietary habits

Why do teeth seem to darken when people age?

Teeth may seem to darken as plaque can build up faster and in larger amounts as we age. Staining from coffee, tea, soft drinks, certain medications and smoking can also occur. Changes in dentin may cause teeth to appear a little darker as well.

What is cosmetic dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry is the ultimate mixture of art and dental science. These procedures endeavour to create beautiful, aesthetically pleasing smiles utilising the latest restorative technologies and materials.

What are the benefits of cosmetic dentistry treatment?

Cosmetic dentistry treatment has the power to change lives and can provide patients with many benefits including:

  • Improved confidence and self-esteem
  • Improved oral health and general well-being
  • Improved facial appearance
  • Improved comfort
  • Improved speech

Who is a candidate for cosmetic dentistry treatment?

Previously, little could be done to attain the smile you always dreamed of. The treatments available to treat chipped, stained or crooked teeth were limited. However today, with the vast range of cosmetic dentistry treatments available, every smile can be aesthetically enhanced.

What are some of the results cosmetic dentistry treatment can achieve?

  • Rejuvenate discoloured / stained teeth
  • Close gaps between teeth
  • Reduce the over-crowded nature of teeth
  • Straighten overlapping or crooked teeth
  • Cover chips
  • Conceal blemishes
  • Replace missing teeth
  • Repair breakages
  • Replace amalgam fillings with tooth-colour restorations
  • Gum re-contouring for gummy smiles

When should I start caring for my child’s teeth?

Proper dental care should begin before your child’s first tooth appears. It is important to remember that just because their teeth are not seen, doesn’t mean they are not there. At birth your baby has 20 primary teeth, some of which are fully developed in the jaw. Running a damp washcloth over your baby’s gums following feedings can prevent build-up of damaging bacteria. Once your child has a few teeth showing, you can brush them with a soft child’s toothbrush or rub them with gauze at the end of the day.

How can cavities be prevented?

Brushing at least twice each day and along with routine flossing will help maintain a healthy mouth. Your child’s first dental check-up should begin around age two. Such visits can help in the early detection of potential problems and allow your child to get use to visiting the dentist. When all of your child’s primary teeth have come in (usually around age two and a half) your dentist may start applying topical fluoride. Fluoride hardens the tooth enamel, helping to ward off the most common childhood oral disease and cavities.

What should I do if my child is complaining of toothache?

In some instances even the most diligent brushing and flossing will not prevent a cavity. Please contact Broxbourne Dental Care as soon as possible to schedule an appointment.

Is thumb sucking harmful?

Thumb sucking can lead to problems with the normal growth and development of the mouth and tooth alignment. Children should stop sucking by the time their front permanent teeth start erupting by age six.

What should I do if my child’s baby tooth is knocked out or chipped?

Baby teeth are usually not put back in the mouth but we should see your child to determine if any roots remain or any teeth or other structures have been injured. Please contact Broxbourne Dental Care as soon as possible to schedule an appointment.

Still Have a Dental Question?

Contact Broxbourne Dental Care today. We’re happy to answer your dental questions. Use our online booking form, simply email us or call us on 01992 478578.