Children’s teeth

It is recommended that children should go to the dentist with their parents as soon as possible. You should then take them regularly, as often as your dentist recommends. This will let them get used to the noises, smells and surroundings and prepare them for future visits. The earlier these visits begin, the more relaxed the children will be. For further information on children’s teeth please speak with your dentist, you may also find it useful to click on the following link.



Most people are now aware that smoking is bad for our health. It can cause many different medical problems and, in some cases, fatal diseases. However many people don’t realise the damage that smoking does to their mouth, gums and teeth.


Smoking can lead to tooth staining, gum disease, tooth loss and in more severe cases, mouth cancer. For further information please speak to your dentist and hygienist. For further information on smoking and oral health please click link


for advice on smoking cessation please use link



Healthy Eating

Lots of dental problems can be caused by food and drink.

Too many carbohydrates (sugars and savoury foods and starches) can cause tooth decay. The bacteria in plaque break down these carbohydrates, producing acids which can cause tooth decay.

Certain types of bacteria in plaque can also cause bleeding gums (gingivitis) and if not treated will result in irreversible gum disease.

Acids in food and drink can also directly dissolve away the teeth surfaces - this is acid erosion, and can cause profound sensitivity.


For further information on healthy eating please speak your dentist and hygienist. You may also find the following link useful.




• British Society of Occlusal Studies

• American Equilibration Society

• Denplan

• British Dental Association

• British Dental Trade Association

• Faculty of General Dental Practitioners

• Oral Health Foundation



• General Dental Council

• Department of Health

• Dental Practice Board



• British Dental Journal




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