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Three Tips to Taking Care of Your Teeth and Gums in Liverpool

Thursday, January 4th, 2018

At Liverpool Dental Spa, we’re always keen for our patients to enjoy optimum oral health and we strongly believe that prevention is better than cure. If you’re hoping to protect your teeth and gums in 2018, here are three top tips to take on board:

  1. Learn to brush properly: if you’re guilty of cutting your teeth cleaning sessions short or your enamel is worn because you brush too hard, now is the time to hone your brushing skills and start enjoying the benefits of effective cleaning. Spend two minutes every morning and evening brushing your teeth, taking care to cover the gum line and each individual surface of every single tooth. Use a timer to make sure you brush for long enough and be gentle. If you’re too firm, this can damage the enamel and increase the risk of sensitivity and cavities.
  2. Clean between your teeth: brushing is brilliant, but it can only do so much. To enjoy a more thorough, deeper clean, it’s important to clean between the teeth. This will help you remove bacteria and bits of food and prevent plaque formation. You can floss or use inter-dental brushes to clean the tiny cracks and gaps between your teeth.
  3. Book a dental appointment: if you haven’t been to the dentist for at least 6 months, it’s a good idea to make it your mission to keep up to date with dental checks in 2018. A check-up is painless and it only takes around 5 minutes. If you see your dentist on a regular basis, you can lower your risk of developing gum disease and decay by up to 60 percent. Call us now to make an appointment!

If you need any other tooth-friendly tips or you’d like some advice about keeping dental issues at bay, don’t hesitate to get in touch!

Five Ways to Protect Your New Smile This September

Monday, September 4th, 2017

If you’ve had dental treatment and you’ve got a stunning new smile, here are 5 steps you can take to protect your pearly whites this September:

  1. Book a dental check: regular dental checks are important for your dental health, but they can also help to ensure that your teeth look beautiful for years to come. If you haven’t been to see us for a while, what are you waiting for?
  2. Brush your teeth properly: most people know that they should brush their teeth twice a day, but sometimes, it can be tempting to do half a job, especially if you’re tired. Always make the effort to spend just 2 minutes cleaning your teeth and try and do a thorough job every time. Brushing your teeth isn’t just important for your dental health. It’s also beneficial for your overall health.
  3. Wear a mouth guard: if you’re playing sport, wear a mouth guard to protect your teeth. If there’s any risk of dental injury, it’s better to be safe than sorry. We recommend mouth guards for team sports such as rugby and hockey and fighting sports like boxing and wrestling.
  4. Use a straw: if you have bright white, beautiful teeth, using a straw can help to reduce the risk of discolouration, especially if you’re drinking strongly coloured drinks like cola.
  5. Clean between your teeth: when you brush, you can only cover the accessible surfaces of the teeth, so it’s also hugely beneficial to clean between your teeth with floss or inter-dental brushes.

Do you know what to do if you have a toothache?

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

If you’ve ever had toothache before, you’ll know that it’s very unpleasant. Toothache can be incredibly painful, but many people try and tough it out and hope it goes away. If you develop toothache, we’re here to help.

What causes toothache?

There are many possible causes of toothache, including dental injuries, infections and decay. If you have toothache, we strongly recommend seeking advice from a dentist, as pain can often be a symptom of underlying issues. If you have pain when you bite down, for example, this may indicate that you have a cavity. Toothache can also be a sign of dental infection. Abscesses can cause severe, throbbing pain, as well as making you feel unwell, and it’s best to get them checked out as quickly as possible. Unlike other types of abscess, dental abscesses need to be drained and removed, so you’ll need to see your dentist.

What to do if you have toothache

If you have toothache, it’s a good idea to take some over the counter painkillers and call your dentist. If your pain has got worse or it is coming on more frequently, this is a sign that you need to see your dentist. Applying an ice pack to your tooth can also help to ease discomfort while you wait to be seen. When you go to the dentist, they will have a good look at your mouth and try and ascertain the cause of the problem. Once they’ve determined the cause of your pain, they will discuss treatment options with you. You may be advised to have a filling or you may need treatment for an abscess.

If you’re in pain, don’t suffer in silence. Call us today, and we’ll have you smiling again in no time!

How We Detect Tooth Decay In Central Liverpool

Friday, February 21st, 2014

The problem with detecting decay

By the time tooth sensitivity or pain occurs, substantial damage may already have occurred. Regularly attending a check up every 6 months is the only way to ensure that the signs of decay are not going unnoticed. At Liverpool Dental Spa, we have the latest in dental technology to ensure we scour your mouth for signs: Under our intense magnification and specialised lighting, causes of decay will have no place to hide. Plus, as you already in a dentist’s, you will not even have to wait if action should need to be taken or arranged! Small holes and other dental problems may be nigh-on invisible to the naked eye, but not to our crack team of tooth sleuths.

The comfort of certainty

Tooth decay is far more common than you might first think; it is, in fact, second in commonality only to the common cold, something so common that the word is in its name! Thankfully, piece of mind is always available for you at Liverpool Dental Spa. With our expert team of dental professionals, we will be able to keep an eye out for those little things that go unnoticed.

Call us

Unlike other services, this one doesn’t require a specific problem to be solved. Everyone is equally open to decay, so everyone needs a dental check up! Call us at Liverpool Dental Spa to book yours today.

What are the Best Ways of Protecting the Teeth of Children in the City of Liverpool?

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

Your may think that because children’s milk teeth are replaceable that they don’t need as much care as adult teeth. This couldn’t be more wrong and children’s teeth are of incredible importance to the health of adult teeth because:

  • They provide a guide for the adult teeth to come through.
  • They allow the child to eat a range of food.
  • Keeping milk teeth clean helps to keep adult teeth clean, as bacteria can spread from one set of teeth to another.

Children’s tooth decay

Children’s teeth can become decayed for a number of reasons, including:

  • Poor oral hygiene.
  • Too many sweets.
  • Sugary drinks before bed.
  • Not enough calcium in their diet.

Whatever the reason for childhood tooth decay the effects will be shared with the adult teeth, with tooth decay able to attack an entire tooth and affect the gums and teeth beneath.

Protecting your child’s teeth

In order to stop such damage from occurring there are a number of easy tips, which every parent throughout Liverpool and the UK can follow.

These include:

  • Taking your child to the dentist from the age of 1 year.
  • Regular appointments every 6 months.
  • Brushing their teeth for two minutes a day using a fluoride toothpaste.
  • Keeping sugary snacks to a bare minimum and keeping them to around mealtimes.
  • Only giving them water before bed if they need a drink.
  • If they do want to snack in between meals give them celery or carrot sticks, which are good for the health of the teeth and body.
  • Provide straws with all sugary drinks and fruit drinks.

Protecting your children’s teeth now will ensure have a health and long-lasting smile for the future.

If you would like more information of children’s dentistry or to book an appointment please call the practice today.


Dental Check-Ups to Help Patients in Liverpool Maintain Their Beautiful Healthy Smiles

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Here at Liverpool Dental Implant and Aesthetic Dental Spa we not only provide amazing cosmetic treatments for our Liverpool patients, we also ensure that their teeth, mouth and gums are in the very best of health.

Visiting the dentist every 6 months will allow your dentist to keep an eye on the health of your mouth and notice any changes quickly, after which they will be able to treat them swiftly, before any lasting damage is made.

Why are dental check-ups so important?

Problems such as tooth decay and gum disease begin unnoticed. In the case of tooth decay no pain will be felt until the infection has eaten through your dental enamel and dentin and infested the inner dental chamber. This will often mean that the tooth must be treated using root canal treatment, or it will have to be removed. Gum disease may start as some mild bleeding when you brush your teeth, but can soon spread to the rest of your mouth, causing pain and tooth loss.

You dentist can spot even the smallest signs of decay and disease and will use preventative treatments such as fillings, periodontal cleaning and fluoride sealants.

Dental check-ups and oral cancer screening

Another disease your dentist can check for is oral cancer. The number of oral cancer cases rose to 6,000 in 2011 and it is thought these numbers could get even bigger. Risk factors for oral cancer include drinking, smoking and the HPV virus. Symptoms include white and red patches found within the mouth, sores that take a long time to heal and pain in the neck or back of the throat.

If caught in the early stages treatments are 90% successful, however, if the problem is allowed to progress this drops to 50%.

It is therefore imperative that you visit your dentist every 6 months, so they will be able to spot and prevent these diseases and conditions from developing.


Detecting and Treating Even the Smallest Instance of Tooth Decay for Patients in Liverpool

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

Tooth decay is a silent problem, creeping up on the teeth gradually, never revealing itself until it has caused lasting damage and persistent pain.

However, at Liverpool Implant and Aesthetic Dental Spa we can spot and treat even the tiniest bit of decay during a routine check-up.

How we can spot and treat tooth decay

The early stages of tooth decay are usually unnoticeable and they cause no pain. However, we use magnification during our dental check-ups to pin-point evening the smallest instance of decay and fill it before it can spread and become a cavity.

We can also use dental x-rays to explore the inside of a tooth if we feel it may be infected.

How does tooth decay occur?

The start of decay may begin with a mild rise in the level of sugar you consume or a decline if the amount of time you spend on your dental hygiene, whatever the root cause tooth decay generally occurs for the same reason each time-dental bacteria creates plaque, which eats away first at the enamel, then the dentin before reaching the dental chamber inside the tooth and infecting the pulp and tissue inside.

Once this infection has entered the tooth the pain begins and sadly it may be too late to save the tooth. The dental pulp inside a tooth is what keeps it alive, so once this has become infected the tooth is technically dead. Treatments such as root canal therapy can be used to clean and sterilise the tooth, after which a crown will be placed over the damaged tooth to restore its strength, but it will never match the strength of a natural tooth.

During our dental check-ups we locate the very early signs of decay to stop this from happening and prevent you from loosing your teeth, for beautiful and healthy smiles.


How to Clean Your Teeth Properly after an Easter Egg Binge this Easter Sunday in Liverpool

Friday, April 6th, 2012

The Easter egg: A seemingly innocuous cavity monster. Behind that cute facade, the Easter bunny is little more than a plaque merchant. This may sound pretty polemical, but looking after your teeth during, and post a chocolate binge is an absolute must!

A question of time

Realistically, Easter eggs won’t pose too much of a threat provided some simple rules are followed, even before you start: Try and keep when you eat them to after meal times, as snacking on them throughout the day can actually cause more damage. Also, try and keep some sugar free chewing gum to hand for between meals (in case you do succumb). This will encourage the flow of saliva, reducing the effect of sugar on teeth.

Regular brushing

Brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes with fluoride toothpaste, just as you would any other day. However, make sure you leave at least an hour after eating chocolate before you brush, as the acid in food will soften your tooth enamel and brushing can potentially wear the enamel away. Waiting an hour gives your saliva a chance to neutralise the acid. Brushing before bed is especially important as saliva production slows down at night. Spitting after brushing, as opposed to rinsing, is recommended, as rinsing can reduce the effectiveness of the fluoride. Also, be thorough when brushing: Leave no nook or cranny unbrushed!

To conclude

Do remember that Easter comes round just once a year so, provided you keep your teeth clean and eat healthily the rest of the year, one decadent weekend shouldn’t do too much harm. Just try and stick to the rules above, not just for Easter but for every day! If you have any concerns, make sure to book an appointment with your Liverpool dentist.



6 Dentistry Awards!

Winners for National UK Award

  • > 2009 Best Dental Team

Winners for North West Awards

  • > 2009 Best Dental Team
  • > 2008 Best Dental Practice

Finalists for North West Awards

  • > 2009 Best Practice
  • > 2008 Best Dental Team

Finalist & Highly Commended for

  • > 2007 Best Young Dentist Dr Marius McGovern