Patient education is a big part of what we do here at Park Dental Care, and this includes making patients aware of misconceptions and myths surrounding keeping their teeth and gums in tact. Below, we’ve put together some of these, to help you better care for your smile and maintain great oral health and hygiene. 
Today, the options for straightening your smile and correcting other orthodontic issues like crowded and widely spaced teeth are better than ever. Thanks to treatments like Invisalign clear aligners and aesthetic and comfortable fixed brace designs, patients can undergo less invasive treatment than in the past. Whilst teeth straightening will inevitably improve the aesthetics of your smile, did you know there are a whole host of other benefits that often go overlooked? Let’s take a look at some of these below. 
Like any other part of the body, teeth have a way of letting us know when they need some attention. With the slow easing of lockdown, it might be tempting to put off what you believe to be is an issue with your smile. However, it’s essential to get such issues looked into as soon as possible before any serious problems that require complex intervention can manifest. 
Like everyone else across the U.K, we’re thrilled that the country will slowly be coming out of lockdown soon, and are so very grateful to the wonderful NHS staff, who work incredibly hard to get us all vaccinated as quickly as possible. Whilst some people have been able to attend a routine dentist and hygienist appointment since dental practices were allowed to open, many have not yet had the chance to visit the practice due to the constraints imposed by Covid-19. 
In recent years, orthodontic treatment has become much more attractive to adults, a demographic who previously saw the limited brace options available to them as a deterrent. One particular treatment that has been popular during the lockdown period (thanks to its suitability to remote care) is Invisalign. 
The pandemic has been a tough time for many of us and we hope our readers are keeping well during this 2021 winter lockdown period. Whilst there is hope on the horizon, it’s likely that everyday life won’t resume just yet and consequently, many of us are indulging in simple pleasures, spending more time in the kitchen and enjoying home cooking. It’s great that the U.K has embraced the idea of home cooking but for those with missing teeth, the enjoyment that food brings can become lost. 
According to a survey on the impact of smiles, carried out by the Academy of General Dentistry, 40% of people said they felt a smile is the feature they first notice about an individual. During lockdown, we’ve all embraced the concept of video calling, which leaves us staring at our own face more than usual! Perhaps you’ve noticed your teeth need a little TLC and rejuvenation after 2020 and you’d like a brighter and healthier-looking smile? Lifestyle factors like smoking, alcohol consumption (especially wine), diet and certain medications are all things that can gradually discolour our teeth. Thankfully, teeth whitening treatment is here to help and here’s why it has the potential to transform lives. 
We’re now well into a third lockdown here in England and we hope all our clients are staying safe and well. One of the big differences between this early 2021 lockdown and last year’s March lockdown, is that dental practices remain open for treatment and routine appointments. This is great news for the country, allowing patients to have their all-important routine dentist and hygienist appointments. Once you’ve had your appointment with us, remember to avoid the pitfalls below and in turn, avoid the need for serious dental intervention later in life. 
Determining what constitutes an ‘emergency’ when it comes to your teeth can be tricky. Here in U.K the ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ attitude sometimes has the tendency to hinder our judgement when it comes to seeking out help (for a lot of things!), but there are some scenarios where getting in touch with your dentist urgently is vital to your immediate health and wellbeing. Here are a few examples of cases that warrant emergency care. 
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