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If it’s been a while since you have seen a dentist or you are starting to notice any of the following signs/symptoms, then we would recommended seeing a dentist at your soonest convenience.

Pain or swelling in your mouth/neck/face.

Bleeding gums- maybe you have noticed blood when you brush your teeth?

Difficulty chewing or eating food.

Dry mouth- maybe you suffer with dry mouth? This can be a side effect of medication, but can have a negative effect on teeth/gums.

Bad breath- this is something that can make a lot of people very self-conscious, and should be checked by a dentist in case of an underlying issue.

Patches in the mouth/sores or ulcers that last- It is also a good idea to get a dentist to look at anything new you notice in the mouth that concerns you, or an ulcer that lasts for a week or more.

Jaw pain- whether this is just when you wake up in the morning or in general it could be a sign of a few things including an uneven bite.

Written by Chloe Collier, Dental Nurse.

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Looking to improve your Dental Routine? Here are a few tips we would recommend to improve your dental routine at home-

1) Brush your teeth twice a day-
Preferably before breakfast to help protect your teeth from acids in foods/drinks, and last thing before you go to bed at night.

2) Changing your toothbrush/toothbrush head roughly every 3 months (Even if it doesn’t look worn out) Toothbrushes accumulate a lot of nasty bacteria.

3) Fluoride toothpaste-
Make sure your toothpaste contains fluoride as this helps to keep your teeth strong and avoids early onset of tooth decay.

4) Cleaning in-between your teeth-
There are many different products available such as floss, Tepes and interdental sticks. Cleaning in-between your teeth once a day could prevent tooth decay and gum disease.

Lastly, making sure that you see a dentist at least twice a year, and preferably a hygienist. This will help to prevent your teeth/gums from needing as much treatment if any at all.

Written by Chloe Collier, Dental Nurse.