The Anatomy of an Adult Mouth

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It’s probably been a few years since you were sitting in class learning about the human mouth. In fact, very few of us will know the anatomy and functions of our own teeth as adults. It can be useful to understand the basics of what’s going on in there to help you realise when something needs a bit of attention. One of the many reasons why Ipswich Family Dental Practice are a clinic you can trust is the fact that all of our staff are happy to have a chat, provide you with valuable information, and help you gain a better understanding of your oral health. We’ll give you a basic introduction to the inner workings of your adult mouth;...

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Why Do We Straighten Our Teeth?

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Straight teeth are a common part of looking your best. They’re seen as a beautiful characteristic in human beings, so a lot of us strive to get our teeth as straight as possible. But what are the health benefits of a straighter smile? Why do we and our dentists care so much? We’re here to discuss why a straighter smile is a happier smile.   The Benefits of a Straighter Smile Straight teeth look amazing, but they can also have numerous benefits on our overall oral health.   Healthy Gums Gum disease is awful to deal with, and when your teeth aren’t close enough together or are too overly crowded, inflammation occurs. When you find a treatment that helps to...

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Should I Get My Wisdom Teeth Removed?

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The idea of getting your wisdom teeth removed is one a lot of people have to face. There are a number of complications that can come with having your wisdom teeth grow, and getting them removed is a process that a lot of adults have to go through. It can be tricky to know when to consider getting your wisdom teeth removed, and if you even should. Is it a necessary part of adulthood, or are there times when you can just let them be? Ipswich Family Dental Practice has all the answers for you. If you're considering wisdom tooth removal, you can read more about our services here.   What Does the Process Involve? If you don’t know what...

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You Should Be Flossing Your Teeth Daily

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It's something we all know we should be doing, but a lot of us can't be bothered with. Flossing after brushing should be a mandatory part of your oral hygiene routine. It's all a part of maintaining strong and healthy teeth, which is something a lot of us can be a little better at.   The Benefits of Flossing We all know it's good for your teeth, but exactly how is flossing good for us? Maybe if we gain a deeper understanding of our oral hygiene, we'll make flossing a part of our daily oral hygiene routine.   Gets Rid of Bacteria and Food There are millions and millions of bacteria in places your toothbrush just can't reach. There are...

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What is Periodontal Disease?

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It's important to maintain good oral health and hygiene practices. Part of this is scheduling in a regular appointment with your dentist. A healthy mouth is a happy mouth, and your dentist can help provide you with the maintenance and treatments necessary to combat nasty diseases. One common issue that people deal with is periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is another name for gum disease and it's characterised by symptoms like swollen gums and bleeding around the teeth. People of all ages can experience this, but it's easily treatable and simple to avoid. The team at Ipswich Family Dental Practice offers treatment for children as well as adults when it comes to combating gum disease, and you can learn more about...

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Adult Braces are Better Than You Think

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The thought of getting braces as an adult can be daunting and downright terrifying to many people. An adult's confidence and appearance tend to be more on the firing line than they would have in childhood, and it can be tough when an orthodontist tells you they're necessary. However, in this day and age, adult braces are a lot better than you think. There are many discrete and common options that allow adults to take care of their teeth without taking a hit to their confidence. At Ipswich Family Dental Practice, we offer a wide range of orthodontic services for both children and adults, and there are a few modern options that are available if you would like to take...

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How Teeth Affects Your Self-Confidence

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A smile is a person's most precious and beautiful expression. When someone smiles at you, it brings joy and happiness straight away. Being proud and confident in your smile is a sure way to smile more often and share your positive vibes with the people around you. What then, is the consequence of being self-conscious of your smile? In this article, we will discuss some of the ways that your teeth can affect your self-confidence.   Aesthetics The most obvious effect of misaligned, discoloured, broken or missing teeth their appearance. In the world of Hollywood, movie and TV stars almost unanimously have great teeth. Furthermore, bad teeth are usually used as a visual device for creating mistrust and mockery about...

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Top 10 Foods That Damage Your Teeth

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Everybody knows that it's important to take care of their teeth. Regular brushing, flossing and routine trips to the dentist are the basics, but it's also important to know that some foods are particularly damaging to teeth. Many dentists will avoid these foods altogether, but for many, that may not always be practical. It is useful to understand potentially damaging foods so that extra care can be taken to limit the harm. In this article, we will briefly touch on the top 10 foods that damage your teeth.   Carbonated Soft Drink Soft drink, even diet and sugar free soft drinks, are damaging to teeth. Soft drinks contain corrosive acids that can damage tooth enamel.   Potato Chips While satisfying...

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How to Maintain Strong, Healthy Teeth

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A strong tooth is a healthy tooth and maintaining this health is important if you want to avoid tooth decay, gum disease and cavities. Fortunately taking care of your teeth is easy if you just follow the few basic guidelines listed below.   Always Floss Flossing is just as important as brushing because it is the only way to remove debris left in small gaps between or behind the teeth. You should floss once a day with whatever kind of floss or tape you find best, and make sure that you are doing so effectively. If you’re unsure of what technique to use, then ask your Ipswich family dentist for advice at your next appointment.   Drink Water Staying hydrated...

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How a Root Canal Procedure Is Performed

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A root canal treatment is prescribed when an injury or cavity damages the root of a tooth and causes an infection. The pulp tissue inside your teeth provides nerves and nutrients to each tooth. When this is damaged by infection, a root canal saves the rest of the tooth by removing the dead or diseased pulp. It’s very important to have this procedure as soon as possible to avoid developing an abscess, damaging the underlying bone tissue, or letting the infection spread to other teeth. While the idea of a root canal treatment may sound intimidating, the modern technique is comfortable and should feel no different from getting a filling. Read on to find out more about how a root...

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