Are mercury fillings safe? Why is the EU restricting their use in children? We discuss everything you need to know…
You might have them in your mouth right now, but they’ve been the cause of a bit of a stir in dental health lately. We’re talking about mercury fillings, which the EU recently decided to restrict the use of in children under 15. But why? While amalgam – or silver […]
From virtual reality to 3D printing – and even growing your own teeth! – we explore the future of dental care.
Technology moves so fast you only have to blink and you’ve missed the latest innovation! However, developments in dentistry have been relatively slow to hit the dental surgery. Let’s take a look at some surprising research which could shed light on the future of dental treatment… Smart devices Some electric […]
It won’t replace a doctor’s note to get you out of work or PE, but a sprained tooth really does exist!
If you’ve ever bitten down on your tooth and thought Ow! – then you might assume you’re in need of a filling. But there could be another explanation. Sprained tooth syndrome (also known as STS or a bruised tooth) is real, and just like any other part of your body, it’s […]
During summer holidays sugar consumption goes through the roof – we’ve got some stats that will put your teeth on edge!
School’s out – and it seems so are the rules on dental care! A recent survey polled 1000 parents of 2 to 17-year-olds and found that one third admit to letting their children consume as much as five times more sugar over the summer holidays than at other times of […]
If you find it difficult to open your jaw, experience clicking and popping or misaligned teeth, you might have TMJ disorder. But what is it?
At Number 18 Dental, we see a fair few patients who are convinced they have something wrong with their teeth when in actual fact they’re experiencing pain associated with their temporomandibular joint (TMJ). The TMJ works like a hinge, which connects your jawbone to your skull. If you experience difficulty […]
If you’ve just undergone dental work, here’s our 6 tips on how to care for your new filling…
Having to have a cavity filled can leave your mouth feeling a little strange. If you want to know how to care for your new filling, take a look at our 6 tips… 1. Be mindful You will be given an anaesthetic to numb the area of your mouth where […]
There’s no hiding from smart technology…even your diet can be monitored with this new piece of kit!
Have you ever been tempted to twist the truth about how many biscuits you had with your cup of tea? Well, a new piece of tech is putting paid to that! With smart wearables such as fitness watches increasingly helping us to live healthier lives, it wasn’t going to be […]
It might be the season of ghosts and ghouls, but what happens when your teeth reach the end of their lives? We answer the question: just what is a dead tooth?
If your dentist has told you one of your teeth is effectively ‘dead’, they aren’t playing a Halloween trick. But just because your tooth is dead doesn’t mean it’s no longer useful. Below we look at what makes a tooth dead and whether there is anything you can do to […]
Do you get a sudden pain when you eat or drink anything hot or cold? You may have sensitive teeth. Here’s what you can do…
It’s thought that 1 in 8 people suffers from sensitive teeth. But how much do you know about this dental problem? What are sensitive teeth? You may have felt a short sharp pain when drinking or eating anything hot, cold, sweet or sour. Sensitivity feels a bit like toothache but […]
Fluoride is essential for healthy teeth. But what is it, how do you get it, and can too much be dangerous?
If you’ve ever been to see our Notting Hill dental hygienist here at Number 18, they’ll likely have made sure you’re using fluoride toothpaste. That’s because fluoride can help prevent tooth decay. What is fluoride? Fluoride is a natural mineral found in drinking water, toothpaste, varnishes and a variety of […]