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Welcome to the Dental House blog!  Read all the latest news from the clinic and hear our take on the latest hot topics in dentistry and orthodontics.

DIY Dental Treatments – Why it’s better to avoid these and choose a General Dentist

Before you take your dental health into your own hands based on the promises and ease of any DIY treatments, it’s critical to talk to the expert – your registered general dentist.dental treatments

The benefits of a clinic visit:

People may seek DIY services for dental treatments like teeth straightening because they feel they can’t fit clinic visits into their schedule or think that it will cost less than in-person treatment. Products such as at-home aligners are also called direct-to-consumer, or DTC, products. However, working with a dentist can actually offer more options for your unique case as her or she can assess what’s actually happening in your mouth and provide you with  alternative treatment plans and options that address any budgetary concerns you might have.Visiting a dentist can also catch issues beforehand and ensure treatment doesn’t cause more problems than it cures. A dental clinic is a safe place where a trained professional is ensuring you’re not only getting safe care but also care that will actually treat the root of your problem. They want to make sure (for example) that if you utilize aligners to straighten your teeth, that the teeth you’re straightening are healthy and sound.

Talk to your dentist. We’re always here for you and open to discussing new trends that you may have seen in the news or on social media. Let us know what you are thinking so we can think it through with you and help you make a healthy and safe decision for your smile.

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How a custom-fitted mouth guard and gum shields work and why you need them

If you play a contact sport, you risk injuring your teeth. Many sports hold a risk of contact and therefore serious dental injury. The good news is that it can be avoided.custom made mouth guards and gum shields

Custom-fitted mouthguards can protect you from some serious sporting injuries, such as broken jaws, fractured, cracked or knocked-out teeth, cut lips and tongues. You don’t just have to be playing obvious contact sports like rugby or hurling. Non-contact sports like basketball, football and skateboarding, can carry a real risk of accidental collision, and resulting dental trauma.

A custom-fitted mouthguard works by absorbing and spreading the impact of the damaging blow. It is fabricated based on an impression of your teeth and jaw taken by us.

A mouthguard that is custom-fitted by us is far superior to an over-the-counter mouthguard because it is specially designed to fit the exact contours of your mouth.  It is resilient, balances your bite and allows speech and normal breathing.

If it is properly used, stored, and checked by us every year, it should last several seasons.

In comparison, self-fitted, over-the-counter mouthguards, (boil-and-bite mouthguards) do not protect the teeth, are loosely fitted, impede breathing and speaking, and can even wedge in the back of the throat at impact which could be life-threatening.

Custom-fitted mouthguards, by virtue of their exact fit, let you talk normally, don’t restrict your breathing and stay firmly in place, allowing you to concentrate on playing the sport you love. You should consider it a mandatory part of your sporting equipment, no matter your age or experience.

To keep your mouthguard in tip-top working order, you’ll need to keep it out of the sun, wash it in cold water after use, keep on the supplied plastic model cast and get us to make sure it’s still OK when you go in for your regular check-ups.

Contact us today to have yours’ fitted.

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