How to Have Good Oral Hygiene With Braces​ | Brushing Tips & Advice

How to have good oral hygiene with braces​

Braces do more than just improve your smile, they are responsible for correcting problems such as malocclusion as well as overcrowded and misaligned teeth. If ignored, these problems will worsen and will lead to oral and physical discomfort in the form of gum inflammation and even tooth loss.

Once your braces have been applied, it is essential  to take the necessary steps to ensure you maintain a healthy standard of oral hygiene. Neglecting to follow simple hygiene rules will lead to the braces becoming damaged which can cause discomfort and several trips to your orthodontist – which would otherwise be unnecessary.

Can bad oral hygiene cause health problems?

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Bad oral hygiene can cause more than just bad breath. Neglecting standard oral hygiene practices can lead to cavities and sometimes more severe cases, such as heart disease.

We have outlined some of the more severe consequences that bad oral hygiene can lead to:

Heart disease: if your gums become inflamed due to poor oral hygiene standards, you’re increasing the risk of periodontal disease entering your bloodstream and travel to the arteries in the heart. This can cause atherosclerosis (when your arteries become hardened). The disease causes plaque to develop on the inner walls of the arteries. The walls then become thicker, decreasing blood flow and increasing the risk of a heart attack or a stroke. In some cases, the inner lining of your the heart can also become inflamed (endocarditis). The link between bad oral hygiene and heart disease can easily be dismissed by following simple oral care practices.

Dementia: if you develop gingivitis and the bacteria finds its way into the brain (though nerve channels in the heard or your bloodstream), then it may even lead to Alzheimer’s.

Respiratory problems: some studies indicate that gum disease can cause lung infections and even pneumonia. Although the connection between gum disease and respiratory infections is still under debate, evidence suggests that breathing in bacteria from infection gums over a long period of time could be damaging to the lungs.

Diabetic complications: controlling your blood sugar may become more difficult in the presence of inflamed gum tissue and periodontal disease. Diabetics are also more likely to suffer from gum disease. For this reason, diabetics should pay closer attention to the dental care routine.

Following simple oral hygiene practices will help prevent these conditions and diseases. If you are ever concerned that you’re displaying similar symptoms to the above, please contact your local dentist or orthodontist.

Effects and symptoms of bad oral hygiene

symptoms of bad oral hygiene Bad breath is one of the most common and noticeable symptoms of poor oral hygiene with braces. Fortunately, the simple act of brushing and flossing should alleviate any concerns relating to bad breath.

It is important to visit your dentist twice a year to ensure no problems have arisen. However, you should visit your dentist or orthodontist if you present the following symptoms:

  • Ulcers, sores or you experience discomfort in your mouth (that has not healed within two weeks)
  • Swollen and/or bleeding gums
  • Persistent toothaches
  • Loose teeth
  • Receding gums
  • Pain when eating
  • Headaches relating to your jaw (chewing, biting)
  • Cracked or broken teeth

Additionally, if these bad oral hygiene symptoms accompany a fever or severe swelling of the neck, throat and face, you should seek attention from your dentist as soon as possible.

Controlling bad oral hygiene with braces

Floss your teeth for good oral hygiene

However, with braces, careful cleaning is required to ensure you are cleaning properly (in-between the teeth) and not damaging the braces. Bacteria can easily become trapped inside and around certain parts of your braces (brackets, wiring etc).

Here’s a simple brushing and flossing routine to ensure you stay on top of your oral hygiene with braces:

  • Before brushing, take off the elastics of your brace and other removable parts (your orthodontist may have advised you on these parts).
  • You may now start gently cleaning your braces, taking care to clean in and around the wiring and pins. Brushing at a 45 degree angle may help with this. Brush in the usual top to bottom fashion, making sure you’re cleaning the top and bottom of each wire.
  • Now, you can brush your teeth. Try to clean each tooth individual, minding your brackets. Placing your brush at a 45 degree angle to the gum line, apply gentle pressure in a circular motion. Do this for each tooth inside and out, tilting as you go to ensure you clean to the hard to reach areas.
  • Floss after you have cleaned the brace and your teeth. Your orthodontist will show you the best techniques to floss in and around your teeth and braces and what products to use.
  • Rinse and check. After flossing, be sure to rinse your mouth with water to ensure all lose debris is removed. Examine your teeth in the mirror to double-check.

This routine should eliminate any effects of bad oral hygiene and keep your braces and teeth clean.

Bad oral hygiene and your tongue

One of the most common symptoms of bad oral hygiene is having a ‘white’ tongue. Fortunately, this is usually a harmless symptom but it still needs to be treated. This white tongue appears when germs, debris and food particles get stuck in-between papillae (small bumps on your tongue).

Unless it is a serious medical problem (such as leukoplakia or oral thrush), a white tongue can be treated by:

  • Cleaning the tongue with a toothbrush and toothpaste (using a mild toothpaste is advisable)
  • Avoiding alcohol, cigarettes and fizzy drinks
  • Brushing your teeth twice a day, followed by flossing and rinsing

Controlling bad oral hygiene with braces

Maintaining a good standard of oral hygiene is very simple. Combining regular brushing and flossing with visits to your dentist (or orthodontist) should see your oral hygiene remain healthy and problem-free. It is recommended you visit your dentist twice a year to ensure your teeth and gums remain healthy, unless otherwise directed by your dentist.

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Does Whitening Toothpaste Work?

How Effective is Teeth Whitening Toothpaste?

toothpasteTeeth whitening toothpaste is a popular choice when it comes to products that whiten your teeth. They are easy to obtain and cheaper than many other treatments. But does whitening toothpaste actually work?

There are many different varieties of toothpaste and brushing your teeth using one is vital for maintaining good dental hygiene. However, not every brand of toothpaste is designed to give you whiter teeth.

What’s Different About Teeth Whitening Toothpaste?

Ordinary, non-whitening toothpastes work by removing some of the surface stains that change the colour of your teeth. Whitening toothpastes are designed for removing surface stains that would otherwise be harder to get rid of. They usually contain a range of coarse ingredients for stain removal, such as silica, that scrub the surface of your teeth.

Many brands of toothpaste also contain a whitening product, such as carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide. Some might also contain the chemical blue covarine, which creates an optical illusion that can make teeth appear less yellow.

How Long Does it Take to Work?

Whitening toothpastes that contain blue covarine can have an immediate effect. When using a toothpaste that contains other whitening agents, it can take several weeks for you to notice a change. When used twice a day, it can take from two to six weeks for teeth to appear whiter.

With this in mind, it must also be noted that you can undo results by continuing habits that will stain your teeth. Teeth whitening toothpastes do not change the actual colour of your teeth. As such, if you smoke, or drink a lot of coffee or red wine, you may not see the results that you were expecting from your toothpaste.

Staining is not limited to habits which are bad for you. Even foods such as blueberries and beetroot can darken your teeth when eaten. Instead of avoiding these, remember to always brush your teeth after eating and drink water during your meals to rinse your mouth.

What are the Advantages and Disadvantages?

teeth whitening toothpasteAn advantage of teeth whitening toothpastes is that they can combat stains on your teeth that would normally form in the time between dental appointments. Daily cleaning helps to prevent a build-up of stains which make your teeth noticeably darker.

However, while whitening toothpastes can resolve minor damage and some dark surface stains, they are not able to reach far enough into the enamel to eradicate deeper stains. These may still show through, even if there is improvement on the tooth’s surface. The abrasive ingredients present in the toothpaste may even damage the tooth enamel if it is overused in the long term.

What Should You Look for in a Whitening Toothpaste?

If you are looking for a whitening toothpaste, always look for a reputable brand. This should preferably be one with a seal of approval from a known dental organisation. It indicates that the product is safe to use and effective at removing stains.

Are There Alternatives?

toothpasteTreatments won’t give you extremely light teeth unless you already have very white teeth naturally. However, if you are unhappy with the results of your tooth whitening treatment, there are alternatives to consider. These include bleaching products such as gels, whitening strips, and tray-based teeth whiteners.

Results from these products are usually easier to predict, as they stay in contact with the tooth surface longer. They may also be more expensive, but may give better results than whitening toothpaste. There is a chance that they will make your teeth sensitive, but this is reversed by stopping use.

You can also have your teeth whitened professionally, at a qualified dental clinic.
It is best to consult with an expert before whitening, especially if you have a history of sensitive teeth.

Talk to Your Dentist or Orthodontist

Whenever you consider buying an over-the-counter teeth whitening treatment, or even booking an appointment to get your teeth whitened at a clinic, it’s worth consulting your dentist first. A qualified and trained professional can take you through all your options and help you to understand if the process is right for you.

At Splash Orthodontics, our team is highly trained and we are committed to providing the best care we can. If you are worried about your teeth yellowing, or if you have another question about your oral and dental health, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us.

We even offer a free consultation with dedicated experts before any treatment starts!


Three Ways to Improve Gum Health

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Three Ways to Improve Gum Health

improve gum healthA good oral-hygiene routine — brushing for at least two minutes and flossing twice a day, particularly before bed — is essential for gum health. However, it’s a misconception that hard-bristled brushes are best for removing daily debris from your teeth. Professor Damien Walmsley, the British Dental Association’s scientific adviser, says that dentists recommend softer bristles to protect the gums.

“Scrubbing with a hard toothbrush can cause damage to the delicate gum tissue,” Walmsley says. “And it is easier to get a brush under the gum if it has soft bristles rather than hard.” Flossing has come under scrutiny by some dental authorities, but it is still recommended by the NHS for reducing gum disease.

Head over to The Times for the full list on how to improve gum health.

Artificial Intelligence and Other Tech Innovations Are Transforming Dentistry

improvements in dentistryIf you’re like the majority of humans on the planet, going to the dentist isn’t on the top of your list of things to do for fun. But with artificial intelligence (AI) and new tech and innovative design, it might start to be a bit more intriguing. AI might not be able to do the actual brushing and flossing for you (yet), but it will certainly change your experience the next time you’re sitting in the dentist’s chair.

From analysing X-rays to documenting the results of your visit, artificial intelligence will be relied upon to make your dental appointment more efficient and to enhance your care.

Dentem created a platform that integrates machine learning APIs, including the ability to auto-populate tooth charting. It offers dental practices software services that synchronize appointments across all platforms and maintains all patients’ records electronically. They currently offer Dx Vision that uses machine learning to assess dental images for areas of concern and soon will offer D Assistant, a virtual assistant that will respond to a dentist’s voice commands.

Head over to Forbes for the whole story on the tech innovations.

A Dentist Spills the Beans on all the Dental Mistakes You’re Making

dentists on mistakesTooth ache, yellowing, dentures, it’s not an attractive prospect. But despite the fact we all want strong and healthy teeth, we’re not always brilliant at looking after them. Dentist Pauline Lamant, who works for Your Smile Direct, has put together a list of the biggest mistakes we make with regards to oral hygiene.

How many are you guilty of?

Find out in The Metro’s article.

7 Flossing Products So You Don’t Skip This Dental Hygiene Step

flossing hygiene stepsSo you brush twice a day, use the newest toothpaste that hits the market, gargle after every meal and yet your dental problems won’t leave you at peace? Then it’s possibly because you’re not flossing. Often skipped until it’s time to visit the dentist, flossing removes plaque and stray food particles from between your teeth which in turn, reduces the risk of tooth decay, gum disease and more. Reason enough to start flossing again, for which you can choose from these 7 dental floss products.

Find out what they are over at Swirlster.

How to Stop Grinding Your Teeth in Your Sleep and Eliminate Bruxism

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Why am I Grinding my Teeth at Night?

Teeth grinding is a very common condition that will affect around 80% of the population during their life. Teeth grinding is also referred to as bruxism and there are a number of reasons why you might be grinding your teeth at night. Below is a guide to why you may be grinding your teeth and what you can do to help stop it.

What is Bruxism?

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Bruxism is a fairly common sleeping disorder that causes you to grind or clench your teeth during your sleep, although this can occur while awake. Symptoms include tight, sore jaws, headaches and toothaches.

Bruxism is not uncommon, it is thought to affect 80% of the population during their life. As the condition is not likely to cause any serious issues or discomfort for many people, it is largely overlooked and undiagnosed. However, there are people who do experience persistent and painful side effects such as headaches, jaw pain and migraines.

Bruxism in Relation to Stress and Anxiety

anxiety and bruxismIf you find yourself clenching or grinding your teeth during your sleep, it may be closely related to anxiety or stress. Bruxism is closely linked with anxiety, so it is worth addressing anything that is causing you to feel stressed or anxious before seeking orthodontic or dental intervention. There are a few helpful ways to reduce the effects of bruxism before bed, including:

  • Deep breathing
  • Reading
  • Listening to music

Understanding what’s causing you to grind your teeth at night will help you identify ways to rectify the causes. If your symptoms continue, you may want to consider alternative options, such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).

Other tips on how to stop grinding your teeth in your sleep include:

  • Avoiding alcohol – as it tends to encourage teeth grinding
  • Refrain from chewing on pens, biting your nails etc
  • Avoid chewing gum (or at least don’t always use it)
  • Apply a warm flannel or cloth to your cheek in front of your earlobe to ease jaw muscles

Teeth Grinding in the Day vs Night

Grinding your teeth in the day (or when you’re awake) is easier to assess and address in contrast to night bruxism. Being conscious of your teeth grinding makes it easier for you identify why you’re doing it. The reasons may not be too dissimilar to grinding your teeth in your sleep. Tracking how many times a day you grind your teeth and finding out what scenarios encourage it will help you to find ways to address it.

Once you become consciously aware of your teeth grinding, it will become far easier to treat. If you find you’re more likely to grind your teeth in stressful situations, try to relax your jaw and perform deep breathing. Some people also find that resting their tongue at the roof of their mouth helps to tackle teeth grinding.

Grinding Your Teeth at Night

Teeth grinding during sleep is far more common than when awake. You may find that your symptoms are closely related to a sleeping disorder known as sleep apnea. This is a common sleeping disorder that narrowed the walls of your throat, causing you to snore and sometimes interrupt your sleeping pattern.

Fortunately, there are a number of mouthguard appliances on offer to help minimise the effects of teeth grinding. If you would feel more comfortable sleeping with a mouthguard appliance, please speak to one of our friendly team members to see what options are available to you.

Why is Teeth Grinding Harmful?

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The symptoms detailed above (jaw, head and tooth pain) if left untreated can result in the fracturing, loosening or general weakening of bone and tooth structure. Constantly grinding your teeth will eventually wear them down, which can result in the need for bridges, crowns implants and even root canals. In severe cases, constant tooth grinding can even change the appearance of your face.

Do Children Grind their Teeth?

Although adults are more prone to grinding their teeth (mainly due to anxiety and stress) children can also grind their teeth. In fact, it is thought that around 15% to 33% of children grind their teeth. The most common time for children to grind their teeth is when their baby teeth begin to emerge and when their permanent teeth start to push through. Once a child’s two sets of teeth have come in, their teeth grinding symptoms should disappear, or at least lessen considerably.

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Like adults, children tend to grind their teeth more during their sleep. Medical and dental professionals are still unsure as to why children grind their teeth during their sleep, but we can safely assume that improperly aligned teeth (or malocclusion) may be some of the causes.

In the vast majority of cases, grinding of baby teeth rarely ever leads to problems. You may find that your child suffers from headaches and minor jaw pain, but these symptoms can be alleviated by wearing a mouthguard, changing their diet or breaking bad habits (thumb sucking, chewing on pencils, etc).

Is Chewing Gum Bad for Your Teeth?

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Does Chewing Gum Have a Negative Effect Your Teeth?

chewing gum teethChewing gum is known for its ability to mask bad breath and freshen up your mouth, but how harmful is it for your teeth? If at all?

Not all chewing gum is the same, which is why it can be difficult to identify which gums are good for your teeth and which are bad. Chewing gums that are high in sugar will obviously place your teeth at a higher risk of developing cavities, however ‘sugar-free’ gums can be viewed as a healthier alternative.

Is Chewing Gum Bad for Your Teeth?

The short answer is no, but only if the chewing gum is the right kind. Leading dental industries have claimed that chewing gum can help keep tooth decay at bay but only if it’s sugar-free gum.

What’s So Special About Sugar-Free Gum?

Chewing gum should never be seen as a replacement for brushing or flossing your teeth. However, there are some chewing gums that can aid teeth cleaning, especially if they include xylitol; a sugar alcohol that acts as sugar replacement. Some studies claim that xylitol has been found to be promising in reducing dental caries disease and also reversing the process of early caries.

Gum containing xylitol is widely understood to be ‘better’ for your teeth than gums high in sugar. Chewing xylitol after a meal is thought to help neutralise acids inside bacteria (which results in plaque). Chewing gum also stimulates saliva production, which again, helps neutralise acids released by bacteria.

Does Xylitol Help Reduce Bacteria?

Combining sugar-free gum with xylitol is thought to help reduce the growth of Streptococcus (a bacteria that causes cavities). Xylitol is thought to help stop bacteria from sticking to your teeth, which helps fight off cavity-causing bacteria.

Which Chewing Gums are Bad for You?

bad chewing gumAs stated previously, chewing gums that are high in sugar are worse for your teeth. Stay away from bubble-gums as these are usually very high in sugar and can have the opposite effect on your teeth, contributing to plaque buildup and the spread of bacteria.

The Pros and Cons of Chewing Gum

We’ve summarised the key pros and cons for chewing gum below:


Chewing sugar-free gum increases saliva production – chewing sugar-free gum after a meal is thought to help prevent tooth decay due to the amount of saliva you produce. Your saliva essentially helps rinse your mouth of the bacteria that would otherwise remain.

Improves oral hygiene – chewing sugar-free gum will help negate the positive effects that come with chewing (saliva production, rinsing etc). Chewing gums that are high in sugar will have the opposite effect, as bacteria requires sugar in order to survive.

Hardens your enamel – casein phosphopeptide-amorphous calcium phosphate (CPP-ACP) is a substance that’s now being used in selected chewing gums. The short name for CPP-ACP is Recaldent, and it’s thought to help harden tooth enamel and fortify it against the threat of tooth decay.


Tooth decay – chewing gums that are high in sugar (such as bubble gum) are more likely to cause tooth decay, gum diseases and cavities. When you chew these gums, the sugar released clings to your teeth and will slowly wear away at your enamel. The longer the sugar coats your teeth, the weaker your enamel becomes. Brushing your teeth immediately after consuming sugary foods and drink is essential.

Jaw ache – overeating chewing gum can result in jaw ache, and while manufacturers will claim that their gum can be consumed regularly, it’s not advised. Common side effects of chewing too much gum too regularly can result in headaches and sometimes even toothache. In extreme cases, this can cause Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TPD) a condition that causes discomfort around the face, neck and jaw.

Stomach problems – chewing gum for longer than necessary can cause your stomach (specifically your intestines) some stress. Chewing gum after a meal is common routine for some, but it’s advised that you abstain from chewing gum immediately after a meal to help your food properly digest.

Keep on Top of Your Oral Hygiene

is chewing gum bad for your teethThe term ‘sugar-free’ when it comes to chewing can be slightly misleading, but it isn’t a bitter-tasting as it’s sweetened using xylitol or other agents (mannitol, aspartame, sorbitol etc). Fortunately, your saliva is unable to break down these ingredients, so they won’t cause cavities.

Only 3% of Children in England Visit Dentist Before Their First Birthday, Study Finds

Only 3% of Children in England Visit Dentist Before Their First Birthday, Study Finds

children not visiting dentist enough Research led by the University of Birmingham has revealed that just three per cent of children in England visited the dentist before their first birthday.

Analysing the 2016/17 NHS Dental Statistics for England Annual Report, researchers at the University of Birmingham’s School of Dentistry in collaboration with the University of Edinburgh and Public Health England, also found that nationally only 12 per cent of children had visited the dentist by their second birthday.

Birmingham Mail report more on this study.

US Women’s Tennis Star Nicole Gibbs, 26, Withdraws from French Open After her Dentist spotted a Rare Form of Cancer in Her Mouth

tennis player suffers cancer scare Gibbs first announced her diagnosis in a tweet on Monday, ahead of her surgery scheduled for Friday, May 17.

‘Fortunately, this form of cancer has a great prognosis and my surgeon is confident that surgery alone will be sufficient treatment,’ she wrote.

‘He even okayed me to play an extra couple of tournaments these past few weeks, which served as a nice distraction.’

Gibbs wrote that her recovery period is slated to last between four to six weeks and she hopes to return to the court by the end of June to compete in qualifiers for Wimbledon.

For more on Gibbs’ recovery, click here.

Four Out of Five Adults Visit the Dentist Regularly

adults visiting dentist regularly More than four out of five adults (82%) visit the dentist at least once every two years.

This increases for patients on dental payment plans, with 89% visiting the dentist every six months, according to the latest Consumer Oral Health Survey 2019 from Simplyhealth Professionals.

Despite these promising numbers, 6% of adults admit they never visit the dentist.

‘While it’s encouraging that the majority of the population visit their dentist at least once every two years, almost one in five aren’t seeing their dentist regularly and are missing out on this important health check,’ Dr Catherine Rutland, dental spokesperson for Simplyhealth, said.

For more on this study, head over to Dentistry.

Two Out of Five Somerset Kids Haven’t Seen a Dentist in the Last Year

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Two Out of Five Somerset Kids Haven’t Seen a Dentist in the Last Year

cornwall dentist crisisThe figures also reveal similar levels of adults haven’t seen an NHS dentist in the last two years.

NHS England has said the problem is a national one, with work being done on both recruiting and retaining dentists, as well as providing preventative advice and support to the public to reduce demand.

Calls for a public waiting list similar to those operating in Devon and Cornwall have been rebuffed, with health officials believing they will not be an effective solution to the problem.

For more on this story, head over to Chard and Illminster News.

Charcoal Toothpastes ‘Don’t Whiten Teeth’

charcoal toothpaste The charcoal products, which are increasingly popular, often contain no fluoride to help protect the teeth.

And there is no scientific evidence to back up the claims they make, the authors say.

Excessive brushing with them can do more harm than good, they add.

They advise people to go to their dentist for advice on bleaching, or whitening, their teeth.

And they say it is better to stick to using a regular fluoride-based toothpaste.

For more on the supposed charcoal myth, head over to the BBC.

Lifeboat Volunteer Who Knows the Drill is Named Scotland’s Young Dentist of the Year

scotland dentist successSince graduating in 2012 she has worked at the Torwood practice in Inverness, one of two practices in the city operated by Clyde Munro Dental Group. She was honoured at the glittering Scottish Dental Awards held in Glasgow.

Delighted Jane said: “I couldn’t believe it when my name was read out.

“There’s a team of around 20 of us at Torwood and they are all brilliant.”

More on Jane’s story can be found over at Deadline News.

Cornwall’s NHS Dentist Crisis is Reported to the Government

cornwall dental worriesCornwall Council is set to look at what it can do to help tackle the shortage of NHS dentists in the county with more than 48,000 people on the waiting list.

The council has agreed to ask its health and adult social care overview and scrutiny committee to work with health partners to look at what could be done to solve the problem.

Independent councillor Loic Rich had tabled the motion to yesterday’s full council meeting and had initially called for the council to use its community network panels to investigate what could be done.

But Liberal Democrat councillor Colin Martin put forward an amendment which would take the issue to the council’s scrutiny committee for consideration.

Find out more on Cornwall’s dental crisis by reading the full article at Cornwall Live.

Why Oral Health Should be on Your Wellbeing Agenda

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Why Oral Health Should be on Your Wellbeing Agenda

keeping on top of your oral healthOral health is often overlooked, but it costs the economy £105 million a year in missed work days. Employers have an important role to play, and the key to solving the problem lies in preventative dental care.

Oral health is often overlooked. It’s so easy to be conscious of a problem like neck pain or a bad back. But often, toothache is brushed off and people think dental problems will go away on their own, or will wait until later.

Research shows that one in 20 of us admit to never visiting the dentist1, and over half would cancel a dental appointment if they had financial worries1. It seems that in some cases, oral health is just not as valued as our overall health.

People Management reports more on the importance of oral health and keeping up with oral hygiene standards.

Why Wonky Teeth are Smiles Ahead for Brits

brits teeth straighteningDazzling white veneers like those of Simon Cowell or Cheryl Tweedy were once a must-have for anyone after a celebrity smile.

But the new trend is for ‘wonky’, natural-looking teeth, according to a Harley Street dentist.

Dr Mark Hughes says he has seen a shift away from overly uniform teeth to ‘a more natural smile with perfectly imperfect teeth’.

Celebrities such as US pop singer Ariana Grande and Keira Knightley are known for their ‘wonky smiles’, while A-listers Margot Robbie and Jessica Alba have shied away from porcelain veneers that give bright white smiles.

For more on this new trend, head over to this news source.

‘Staff should be able to perform oral care and spot abnormalities’

staff performing dentistrySome patients admitted to hospital have pre-existing tooth decay or gum disease; others have healthy mouths on admission but will develop problems related to poor mouth care during their stay.

My son Nick had poorly controlled epilepsy, autism and learning difficulties, which made me very aware of the problems that could be a barrier to achieving good oral care. Some days brushing his teeth could be a real challenge.

Nursing Times reports more on this important issue.

Saving the Teeth of Patients With Special Needs

special needs dentistryA new dental center is built to welcome patients with special needs and those in wheelchairs, who often run into obstacles elsewhere.

Cheryl Closs, a mother of four from West Islip, N.Y., wanted to save her daughter Bella’s two front teeth. They were badly decayed, and one dentist wanted to just pull them out. But Ms. Closs was having none of it.

Bella, who is 15 and in 8th grade, has special needs and uses a wheelchair.

Fore more on this important story, continue reading at NY Times.

Investors Continue to Pour Money into Dental Startups

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Investors Continue to Pour Money into Dental Startups

dentist investingTeeth straightening startup Candid has raised another $63.4 million in a Series B round from Greycroft, Bessemer, and others. The new injection of cash brings its total funding to $90 million.

Candid, which 3D prints its FDA-approved aligners, is designed for people who need mild to moderate orthodontic work. The modeling kit costs $95, and then the actual aligners cost $1,900 upfront or $88 per month over two years, while braces can cost up to $7,000 and Invisalign can cost up to $8,000.

In addition to its at-home impression process, Candid enables people to come into a physical office to get their teeth scans completed. Currently, Candid operates 13 brick and mortar locations. By the end of this year, Candid aims to have more than 60 locations across the U.S.

Tech Crunch reports on the reasons behind investors’ keen interest in dental startups in their article.

Cornwall’s NHS Dentist Crisis is Reported to the Government

nhs dentist crisisCornwall Council is set to look at what it can do to help tackle the shortage of NHS dentists in the county with more than 48,000 people on the waiting list.

The council has agreed to ask its health and adult social care overview and scrutiny committee to work with health partners to look at what could be done to solve the problem.

Independent councillor Loic Rich had tabled the motion to yesterday’s full council meeting and had initially called for the council to use its community network panels to investigate what could be done.

But Liberal Democrat councillor Colin Martin put forward an amendment which would take the issue to the council’s scrutiny committee for consideration.

Cornwall Live shares the full story.

Tens of Thousands of Patients Now Stuck in 16-month Wait for NHS Dentist

patients waiting list nhsTens of thousands of patients have to wait 16 months for an NHS dentist.

Thousands are turning up at A&E in desperation to have painful teeth removed as the Tory funding crisis continues.

Dentists blamed lack of funding, with practices not paid to treat extra patients once quotas are filled.

Henrik Overgaard-Nielsen, chairman of the British Dental Association, said: “The crisis in NHS dentistry is hitting communities from Cornwall to Cumbria. Underfunding and a failed contract have left dental practices without dentists, and patients are seeing the result.”

Devon and Cornwall have 48,000 people on waiting lists, with average waits of 477 days – up from 18,500 in 2016, councillors there claim.

For more on the struggles regarding dentistry in the NHS, head over to The Mirror.

Do I Need Braces? Identifying Common Signs and Symptoms

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Do I Need Braces? Identifying Common Signs and Symptoms

Signs that You May Need Braces

signs that you need bracesThere are several notable signs that may indicate you are a candidate for braces, and these signs can appear early or late in your life. Visiting a dentist regularly will help identify any early problems that may lead to braces later in life. Without visiting a dentist, here are some common signs to look out for:

  • Irregular loss of baby teeth (this can be early or late loss)
  • Thumb sucking (commonly associated with malocclusion)
  • Crooked and/or overcrowded teeth
  • Cracking or snapping jaw
  • Trouble with chewing
  • Trouble with breathing

If you or your child is experiencing any of these symptoms, you must seek the advice of a dentist. Such signs and symptoms may suggest dental or orthodontic intervention is required.

When to Visit a Dentist

when to visit a dentistIt’s recommended that every child should see a dentist before they reach seven years old. While there may not be any immediately apparent issues with your child’s teeth, it’s advised you arrange a checkup to confirm this. Be wary of children who are prone to thumb-sucking as this habit is linked to poor oral development and may increase the likelihood of requiring braces later in life.

What is a Good Age to Get Braces?

There is no ‘good age’ to get braces. However, the earlier a problem is noticed, the faster an orthodontist can act to help promote healthy oral development. Most orthodontic treatment begins between the ages of 10 and 14 as childrens’ mouths are still developing and they should have all their permanent teeth.

the best age to get braces

Those who neglect to visit their dentist may exaggerate a problem that could cause poor oral development later in life. A dentist will be able to spot and rectify any early signs of malocclusion or abnormal mouth development. This will not only reduce the need for further treatment but may also save you a small fortune in dental bills.

Adult Treatment

The American Association for Orthodontists claims that one in five orthodontic patients is over the age of 18. Adult treatment has never been more popular and

studies show that adults opting for braces are experiencing excellent results. While they are known to rectify problems faster in younger patients, adults can still see great improvements as a result of orthodontic treatment. Adults who require orthodontic

when do adults get braces

treatment can expect to wear braces for up to two years (depending on the severity).

What Kind of Braces Will I Have to Wear?

Until you visit a dentist (or orthodontist), you won’t know what type of brace will best suit your needs and requirements. However, in most cases, you do have a choice regarding what braces you would prefer. The most common are still fixed braces and these come in metal, plastic or ceramic brackets that are bonded to your teeth. We have detailed the most popular and trusted braces below:

Fixed braces

Still the most successful choice. Fixed braces use brackets and arch wire in a ‘train track’ formation to gently shift teeth into their new formation. They have seen several improvements since their introduction in the 1920s, which is why they remain the most successful brace in the orthodontic market.

Lingual braces

Lingual braces are growing in popularity thanks to their discrete design. Lingual braces work in a similar way to fixed braces, both are utilise brackets and arch wires to help gently push your teeth into their new positions. The only difference is that lingual braces are attached to the backs of your teeth (hidden in plain sight).


Currently the most popular choice with the younger generation. Invisalign has gained international fame thanks to its ‘invisible’ and removable aligners. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign uses two clear, plastic aligners to gently shift your teeth into their correct positions. Every two weeks, you will swap out your aligners for new ones that will continue your tooth straightening process.

Book Your Free Consultation Today

If you’re not sure whether you are an appropriate candidate for braces, why not book into see Dr Hoeltschi today? We will talk through all our braces options and which route would be most appropriate for your requirements. Call or visit our clinic today to begin your journey to a brighter smile.