This month find out how to stop teeth grinding, how to avoid damaging your teeth, good dental health practices for your children to learn and our special offer for Invisalign patients.
This month we are offering Free tooth whitening for yourself and a friend when you sign up for Invisalign this month.
Treatment includes free consultation, diagnosis and x-rays.
Find out more about Invisalign.
Preventive Dental Care
It's so important to establish good habits during childhood, so that you can prevent any problems that might occur later in life. Good dental health habits that are established early are the key to long term protection against most oral health problems.
- Regular dental check-ups allow children to get familiar with going to the dentist. This is very important for reducing the chance of dentist phobia developing.
- Encourage regular brushing using a fluoride toothpaste and supervise this activity to ensure it's done correctly. Many children don't spend the recommended two minutes brushing if left unsupervised.
If you take the time to educate children on their oral health, you will give them the best chance of having a beautiful full smile for years to come.
How to Avoid Damaged Teeth
Your teeth are very strong. They need to be so they can withstand the huge amounts of pressure our jaw muscles can exert.
However, they're not indestructible, and there are some common things that we all do which can cause damage to them. Here are four tips for avoiding damage to your teeth.
1. Avoid Chewing on Ice
Some blenders have special settings and parts for crushing ice, but your teeth certainly don't! While it may be a habit for some, chewing ice can chip or crack your teeth, so it's best to avoid it as much as possible.
2. Avoid Chewing Hard Sweets
There are several reasons why you should avoid chewing hard sweets, including their high sugar content, the long period of time that the sugar stays on your teeth and that they can crack your teeth. You can enjoy these on occasion by licking them instead.
3. Avoid Unpopped Popcorn
It's tough to avoid unpopped popcorn, especially when you're focused on your movie! However, you should try to be aware of what you're putting in your mouth, otherwise you could end up with a painful surprise.
4. Avoid Using Your Teeth as Tools
Your teeth aren't tools, they aren't pliers, scissors or bottle openers. Using them as tools can cause cracks or chips.
If you have cracked or chipped your teeth, you should contact your local dentist so you can discuss the best course of action.
Clenching or grinding your teeth is something that most people do on occasion, however doing this frequently or excessively - such as while you're sleeping - can cause damage. Grinding your teeth is also known as bruxism, the most immediate and obvious effects of this are unexplained headaches and jaw pains.
Bruxism can cause problems such as loose teeth, tooth fractures or tooth loss. It can also damage and wear down your teeth and any fillings or crowns. If left untreated, it can lead to bone loss in your jaw. Noticing bruxism can be difficult, as most people tend to do it whilst they're asleep. This can mean that the issue isn't noticed for a long time.
If you do find that you're waking up with headaches or jaw pains, you should visit your local Midlands Smile Centres practice for a check-up. We can help diagnose and recommend treatments that can help fix the problem.
There are a number of different treatments for bruxism, depending on its cause. These can include custom mouth-guards or orthodontic treatment to help your teeth align more comfortably.
Working at MSC
If you're looking for work, a dental career could be just for you. Have a look at our current openings.
Read what our staff have to say about working at Midlands Smile Centres:
MSC has a really friendly team to work with. The managers and Dr Fickert all give really good support and are happy to advise you with career options.
Aneka - Dental Practitioner
Public Holiday Opening Hours
On Public Holidays the practices listed below can be contacted for emergency dental care. New and existing patients are able to make use of this extended service.
On Public Holidays the practice listed below can be contacted for emergency dental care.
Both new and existing patients are able to make use of this extended service.
|Date||Holiday||Practice||Opening times||Contact Number|
|29/05/17||Spring bank holiday||West Heath||10am - 1pm||0121 476 09760121 476 0976|
|28/08/17||Summer bank holiday||Kings Heath||10am - 1pm||0121 444 19280121 444 1928|
|24/12/17||Christmas Eve||Selly Oak||10am - 5pm||0121 414 15510121 414 1551|
|25/12/17||Christmas Day||Selly Oak||10am - 5pm||0121 414 15510121 414 1551|
|26/12/17||Boxing Day||Selly Oak||10am - 5pm||0121 414 15510121 414 1551|
|31/12/17||New Year's Eve||Selly Oak||10am - 5pm||0121 414 15510121 414 1551|
|01/01/18||New Year's Day||Selly Oak||10am - 5pm||0121 414 15510121 414 1551|
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