Leukoplakia: What You Need to Know About this Dental Condition
20 October 2016
If you have noticed any white or grey patches on your tongue or the inside of your cheeks, you may be suffering from leukoplakia. Although these patches are painless, the condition can be a sign of other more serious problems. Below is a guide to commonly asked questions about leukoplakia.
What is leukoplakia?
Leukoplakia is caused by an abnormal growth of keratin within your mouth. This light-coloured growth will feel rigid and rough when you run your tongue over it.
Herbal Teas and Your Teeth: What You Need to Know
28 September 2016
Everybody knows that drinking regular caffeinated tea can have a negative impact on your teeth causing bad breath, staining and discolouration. But what about herbal teas? They have many established general health benefits, but what effect do they have on your dental health?
The good news
Drinking herbal alternatives to black tea reduces the risk of discolouration. This is because the chemical agent in caffeinated tea which causes staining (tannin) is absent from herbal alternatives.
The Lure of Luxury: Six Benefits of Gold Dental Crowns
12 September 2016
If you need a crown put on your tooth, you can choose from a range of materials including gold. Wondering what the benefits of gold crowns are? Take a look:
1. Mimicking ancient smiles
If you love vintage jumpers or t-shirts from the charity shop, a gold dental crown can be another way to tap into old timey styles. In fact, gold has been used in dentistry since long before the common era, and historians and anthropologists believe that some women in ancient times used to purposely remove healthy incisors just so they could have the privilege of replacing them with fake and flashy gold teeth.
3 Orthodontic Treatments You Have Probably Never Heard Of
29 August 2016
Most dental patients are aware of retainers and braces. They are perhaps the most frequently used treatment options provided by an orthodontist. However, retainers and braces are by no means the only way an orthodontist treats misaligned teeth. Below is a simple guide to 3 lesser-known treatments an orthodontist may use on teeth.
Fixed Palatal Cribs
A fixed palatal crib is a device which is used to discourage a child from sucking their thumb.