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News from Healthy Smiles Dental Group, April 2013

Whitening methods explained

Dear  Andrew Ramsay

What’s the difference between pharmacy whitening kits and whitening treatments from dentists?

Teeth whitening has never been so accessible. With all the various teeth whitening kits and procedures on offer, just how do you know what’s the best method for you? 
They all promise to enhance your pearly whites, yet differ in price and method. Some rely on the dentist professionally performing the procedure, while others are a sold over-the-counter DIY job leaving no room for error. 

Read more about dental whitening procedures explained to help you make an informed choice.
Tight skin under the tongue explained

What is causing Frenulum Linguae and how can your dentist remove it?

A frenulum is the medical world refers to a small fold of mucous membrane (skin) that limits the movement of an organ or body part. When the thin strip of tissue running vertically from the floor of the mouth to the tongue's under-surface is tight, it is known as a lingual frenulum.  
Dental Myths
  • MYTH: Chewing Sugar-Free Gum After A Meal Is Just As Effective As Brushing
  • TRUTH: Although chewing gum can reduce plaque build-up and help to reduce acid levels in the mouth, it is not recommended in place of brushing and flossing to remove dental plaque and debris. Brushing and flossing are essential for removing bacteria building up on and in between teeth.
  • MYTH: Put Aspirin On An Aching Tooth
  • TRUTH: Only a good idea if the aspirin is taken orally. Placing it next to the tooth and gums can actually burn the gum tissue.

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