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Oil Pulling

Oil Pulling | What you need to know!

Oil pulling seems to be one of the biggest crazes to hit the market. Not sure what it is or never heard of it? Read on to find out more. Here at Camden Place, Preston, we urge all our patients to seek medical advice when planning on trying out this method. Oil pulling is not recommended as a substitute to regular oral hygiene practice.

Oil Pulling – What exactly is it?

Oil pulling is the procedure of rinsing/swilling your mouth with oil, pulling it through the teeth. As the oil washes past your teeth and gums it supposedly picks up the microbes present, acting as almost a magnet for the bacteria. It is an ancient, traditional folk remedy that has been used for centuries in Southern Asia and India.

The swilling should take place from anywhere between 5 minutes up to 20 minutes and the supposed benefits include:

  • Whiten the teeth
  • Reduce gingivitis
  • Enhances oral health

Which oils are used?

Most people using oil pulling techniques use a tablespoon of edible sesame, sunflower, olive or coconut oil. Coconut oil is the preferred oil as 50% of the fat it contains is comprised of lauric acid.

What are the effects of oil pulling?

In the current reports on the health benefits there has been little medical evidence in the surrounding research which doesn’t have clear limitations. Scientific studies have not provided the clinical evidence to show that oil pulling does reduce cavities, whiten teeth or improve the mouths overall hygiene.

There have been some instances where users have experienced an irritated stomach and diarrhoea. Owing to this we recommend that patients visit their dentist in order to be fully aware of the best treatments available for them and their mouths.

At Camden Place, Preston, we offer dental hygienist services, teeth whitening treatments and propose regular check-ups for our patients in order to maintain their oral health. As stated, we recommend that patients do not use oil pulling as a substitute for their regular dental hygiene routines.

To arrange an appointment for your free consultation please contact us, or call 01772 556 050.

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Cosmetic Dentist Treatments at Camden Place, Preston

Cosmetic treatments are some of the best ways for patients to achieve their dream smile. There are lots of different treatments on the market depending on what you are looking for and what you would like your end result to look like.

Cosmetic Treatments Available

Here at Camden Place, Preston, we offer the following cosmetic dentistry treatments:

  • Smile Makeover – a customised multidisciplinary approach using a combination of some of the following treatments to improve your smile and overall facial profile.
  • Cosmetic Veneers – one of the most popular treatments we offer, they are custom-made shells which are designed to cover the front surface of the teeth to improve their appearance.
  • Emax Crowns – a tooth-shaped cap to cover the tooth, can help to restore size, shape, strength and the appearance of the tooth.
  • Teeth Whitening – to brighten and help white teeth that have been stained over time.
  • Invisalign Braces – a clear and less obvious form of braces which helps move the teeth into position using a serious of different braces which can be removed and changed with the progression of the teeth.
  • Laser gum contouring – to remove excess gum that could be making your teeth appear smaller, as part of our Smile Makeover.

Why would you have these treatments?

If you are not happy with the appearance of your teeth and are looking for a way to achieve that perfect smile, then cosmetic treatments are the best way of resolving the issue. Consulting with your dentist about the possible options for your teeth will be the best place to start with when embarking on your journey to that desired smile. They will be able to discuss with you, in detail, the various treatments available and what would work best for your desired smile result.

If you’d like to find out more information about the cosmetic treatments we offer at Camden Place, Preston, or you’d like to book your free consultation then please do not hesitate to get in touch with our friendly and professional team. You can contact us or call 01772 556 050, we look forward to hearing from you!

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Mouth Cancer, Camden Place Preston

Mouth Cancer

Mouth cancer is not something you hear about as regularly in comparison to other cancers, such as breast cancer and skin cancer. But, mouth cancer is equally as common and equally as dangerous.

Mouth cancer, or oral cancer, can affect the lips, tongue, cheek and throat, and it can affect anyone. In general, oral cancer is more common in those over the age of 40 and in particular men, but there are increasing numbers of the disease affecting younger patients and more women.

It is important to note that even though mouth cancer is not as widely heard of it is still a very serious disease and can cause death if not diagnosed and treated early enough. Therefore, visiting your dental practice is so important. Those with oral cancer have a higher chance of dying than those with melanoma skin cancer or cervical cancer.

What can cause mouth cancer?

Mouth cancer cases are usually linked to:

  • Tobacco use – cigarettes, cigars, pipe smoking and other traditional forms of tobacco use including chewing tobacco.
  • Alcohol consumption.
  • Sun exposure – when done excessively this can increase the risk of cancer of the lips.
  • Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) infection.

What are the symptoms of mouth cancer?

  • Mouth ulcers that do not heal within several weeks.
  • Lumps within the mouth that are unexplained and will not go.
  • Lumps in the neck which are unexplained and will not go.
  • Numbness on the lips or tongue which is unexplained.
  • Looseness of teeth or sockets that do not heal after extractions.
  • White or red patches in the mouth lining or tongue.
  • Changes in speech, such as a lisp.

Mouth cancer can be spotted in its early stages by your dentist during a mouth examination, that’s why it is important to visit your dentist on a regular basis when they recommend an appointment.

There are a couple of ways to treat mouth cancer including surgery to remove any cancerous cells, radiotherapy and chemotherapy.

If you are concerned about mouth cancer or are worried you may be suffering from the symptoms of mouth cancer and want to book an appointment at Camden Place Preston, then please contact us or call us on 01772 556 050 to speak to our team.

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Tooth Pain - Camden Place, Preston

Tooth Pain

Tooth pain and toothache are both pain in and around the teeth and jaws that is usually caused by tooth decay.

Firstly, if you are experiencing any toothache or pain in the mouth and it has been more than one or two days then please contact your dentist or contact us here. The longer you leave it, the worse it will get and problems such as dental abscesses can occur if untreated.

Toothache can be felt in many ways, it can be sporadic or it can be a constant pain. In terms of the amount of pain, this can vary from being fairly mild to quite severe, and it may feel sharp and start abruptly. There are also things that can increase the pain, laying down can sometime aggravate the pain, so at night this can cause a lot of discomfort, and eating and drinking can also increase the pain, especially when they are hot or cold.

What causes tooth pain?

There are several things that can cause toothache and pain in the mouth. Lost fillings, broken teeth, receding gums and tooth decay are usually the issues which start the pain.

Locating the source of the pain can also be hard. It can sometimes be difficult to determine whether the pain is coming from the upper or lower teeth or jaw, and the pain can even feel like it’s coming from the ear (lower molar infection), sinuses, the cavities behind your cheekbones and even your forehead (all from pain in the upper teeth).

How is tooth pain treated?

This will be dependent on the type of tooth pain and what is causing the issue. At Camden Place our dentists will ask you to come into the Preston practice and examine your mouth; an x-ray may also be done to identify the problem.

The following can be done to resolve the issue:

  • Tooth decay – the decayed area will be removed and replaced with a filling.
  • Broken filling – the filling will be removed and replaced with a new filling.
  • Pulp inside your tooth is infected – root canal treatment.
  • Impacted tooth – the tooth will be removed.

How to prevent tooth pain

This is fairly simple, if done correctly! The best way to avoid getting toothache and tooth pain is to keep your teeth, gums and mouth healthy. Check out our previous blog posts for how to maintain a happy and healthy mouth.

If you require more information, want to become a new patient at Camden Place Dental Practice, want to have a chat regarding our service or have any other queries then please feel free to contact us on01772 556 050 or click here.

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Teeth Whitening Preston

Teeth Whitening: Dos and Don’ts!

Teeth whitening is just one of the ways for us to achieve the perfect smile that we have always wanted. But, with many high-street alternatives now on the market, people are lightening their teeth outside of the dental practice and in their own homes; sometimes with little to no results, sadly.

We at Camden Place, Preston have collated a list of dos and don’ts so you’ll never be in the dark about how to get that brighter, whiter smile. Here’s how to do it…

Teeth Whitening Do’s…

  • Research professional teeth whitening treatments. There are numerous teeth whitening options available on the market but the safest and most effective will be those you can get from your dentist. Contact us to get more information about which option would be best for you and we can book you in for your free consultation at our Preston clinic.
  • Eat vegetables! As much as you may not like them, they are not only good for your body, they’re also good for your mouth. Crunchy veg is particularly great for your teeth, it helps to remove stains from the surface to help create a whiter smile.
  • Maintain your dental hygiene. Brush and floss your teeth twice a day, as well as visit your dentist regularly. This helps to remove most of the food and drink residues that stain your teeth. Your dentist or dental hygienist will help you maintain a healthy mouth and can even give your teeth a polish for an instant result. If you’re interested in what teeth whitening treatments we have available click here. You can even book in to see our resident dental hygienist Justine!

Teeth Whitening Don’ts…

  • Use a tooth whitening product you’re not sure about. Not everything out there will be good for you and your teeth, some may be too harsh or completely useless, and if you are concerned with keeping a happy and healthy mouth then the risk is not worth it.  Instead, consult with your dentist, they will be able to make a recommendation based on your situation and provide you with the necessary treatment to achieve your goals.
  • Eat food that will stain your teeth. Obviously, this cannot always be avoided, but reducing the amount of coffee, red wine, chocolate and smoking will help to reduce the staining on your teeth. Acidic food and drinks, like sugary snacks, can erode the tooth’s enamel, making it easier for food such as these to stain the teeth.
  • Overdo it. Teeth that are too white look unnatural and will look very stark and obvious to others. Also, the ingredients in teeth whitening products, when over-used, can alter the structure of the teeth, making them very sensitive, particularly to hot and cold foods.

If you’re interested in having your teeth whitened, or are just interested in having a discussion about the procedures available and what will be best for you then please contact us, or call 01772 556 050, to arrange your free consultation at Camden Place, Preston.

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dental hygienist camden place preston

Dental Hygienist | Why you should see one!

Keeping your mouth happy and healthy not only includes visiting your dentist on a regular basis for check-ups, it also includes other care that a dental hygienist provides. They are an important part of any dental practice and work mainly in preventative treatments and treating gum disease. They can also provide essential advice to patients, ensuring they understand how to correctly look after their teeth at home.

Visiting a dental hygienist could mean that you could be receiving one or several treatments.

Dental Hygienist Treatments Include:

  • Professional teeth clean or a scale and polish, as it is sometimes called, where they remove the build-up of both plaque and tarter from the teeth.
  • Dental x-rays, to aid diagnosis.
  • Apply fluoride varnish and administer other fluoride treatments.
  • Place fissure sealants.
  • Tooth whitening.

It is recommended that patients visit a dental hygienist where available to make sure their teeth are being well maintained and that their mouth is looking healthy. This not only has the benefit of ensuring your teeth and gums are healthy but will also lead to improvements in your mouth’s appearance and fresher breath.

Dental hygienists will also provide patients with recommendations on diet and other ways to prevent tooth decay, gum disease and other associated issues.

You may be thinking, why doesn’t the dentist do this? Well, in most cases a dentist can perform all these treatments, but a dental hygienist will be specifically trained to carry out tooth polishes and scaling, and will be able to dedicate more time to your mouth.

Justine Eastwood, Camden Place’s resident dental hygienist, has over 10 years of experience looking after the dental health of those within Preston and the North West. She is a member of the British Dental Hygienist Association and regularly keeps up to date with her knowledge and skills in the area.

As Camden Place’s dental hygienist, Justine is an integral part of the team and is an asset to the practice. If you have any queries regarding dental hygienist services, or wish to book a free consultation with Justine at our Preston practice then please feel free to contact us or call 01772 556 050.

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Private Dentist Camden Place Preston

Dental Hygiene: Are you getting regular check-ups?

Keeping your mouth looking clean and healthy should be important to you. But, keeping up to date with appointments that you’d probably rather not attend should also be just as important.

Many of us would rather not visit the dentist for a check-up but trust us it’s in your best interests to do it. You need to listen to what your dentist tells you, if they recommend an appointment in 3 months or 6 months it’s usually for a reason.

Why do I need a dental check-up?

These dental check-ups allow your dentist to see if you have any dental issues which need resolving and help you maintain a healthy mouth. Leaving any problems untreated can not only make them more difficult to remedy in the future, but it can also affect your overall health and well-being. Doing this helps identify problems early or even prevent them entirely.

Problems such as oral cancer, plaque, tartar, cavities and gum disease are just some of the reasons you should be visiting your dentist for a check-up on a regular basis. Leaving some of these issues without diagnosis can not only cause your oral health to deteriorate they can also very quickly become life threatening. Your dentist will be able to spot any of the symptoms associated and inform you on what would be the best option for you to take.

Keeping your mouth clean also helps to maintain your oral health. Here at Camden Place Dental Practice Preston we take pride in providing our patients with the best available care. Our Dental Hygienist, Justine, plays an essential role in preventing gum disease, tooth decay and other related dental issues.

Her role includes scaling teeth, polishing teeth, cleaning teeth and applying topical fluoride and fissure sealants. Justine is a wonderful and essential part of the Camden Place Dental Practice team and provides a high level of patient care and customer service to those who visit us in clinic.

If you have any queries regarding a dental check-up or are interested in booking a dental hygiene appointment at our Preston practice please contact us here or call 01772 556 050.

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