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The surprising power of your smile

They are one of our most powerful facial expressions and both giving and receiving one feels good. In fact, the act of smiling, which humans do so naturally and instinctively from babyhood onwards, is a gift that science is only just beginning to properly understand. All smiles are not the same Not all smiles are…
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Is it possible to reverse tooth decay?

What is tooth decay? Decay occurs when acid created by the interaction of everyday sugars and bacteria eats into the enamel and dentine of the tooth. When left untreated, the acid results in a painful hole, or cavity, which is what sends most of us running to the dentist for a filling, root canal –…
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Mouth Piercings and your dental health

How many of you have tongue or lip piercings, or know someone with one? There are many issues that can arise from these types of piercings, so let’s start at the beginning. Much like anywhere else on the body a new piercing in the oral cavity is effectively an open wound, making it prone to…
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Sugar and children’s dental health

The British Dental Association (BDA) has been campaigning for public health legislation that helps to limit the amount of sugary food and drink children consume in the UK. They support the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges report (2013), which recognises that current strategies are failing to improve the diet and health of children and that…
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More to your hygiene visit than you realised

For around a decade now research has investigated the relationship between gum disease (periodontal disease) and general health. There is strong evidence for relationships between gum disease and heart disease and diabetes. Poor gum health increase risk of future heart disease and affects blood sugar levels. It has recently been shown that improving gum health…
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