Eliminating Bad Breath During the Holiday Season

The holiday season is once again nearly upon us. You can enjoy the holiday season yet keep bad breath at bay. A few suggestions:

  • Be sure to brush your teeth before heading out.
  • Drink plenty of water during the event to wash your mouth.
  • Chew on sugar-free gum.

A dental cleaning will also help provide a clean, healthy mouth. Learn more:



Treatment Options For Cracked Or Broken Teeth

Teeth can get cracks or breaks due to injury or decay. If this happens, visit your dentist as soon as possible to get the problem treated on the spot.

Key takeaways:

  • If you experience a minor crack, having a crown fitted may be all you need.
  • If there’s risk of nerve damage and / or infection, your dentist may recommend having a root canal.
  • Sometimes it’ll be necessary to remove and replace the affected tooth.Treatment Options For Cracked Or Broken Teeth

Don’t ignore a broken tooth, as this can only make the problem worse and more complicated to treat.

Read the full story here: https://yourdentalhealthresource.com/should-you-repair-or-replace-that-broken-tooth/ 

Protect Teeth with a Custom-fit Mouthguard

In any contact sport there is always a risk of injury to the head and jaw. The teeth are also vulnerable during sporting activities and this is why a mouthguard is an extremely important piece of kit. 

Ready-made mouthguards are cheap but offer only limited protection. It is worth paying a little extra to have your dentist make a personal guard. The advantages over store bought guards include:

  • Better, more comfortable fit
  • Increased protection for teeth and gums
  • Easier breathing 

Some research has shown that “custom mouthguards may help reduce the rate and severity of concussions” in sports and more detailed information can be found at https://yourdentalhealthresource.com/dont-forget-a-custom-mouthguard-for-your-student-athlete/

Taking Care Of Your Teeth In Old Age

Ageing brings changes to our bodies, and that applies to our teeth and mouth too. Here are some suggestions on how to look after your teeth in your senior years.

Key takeaways:

-   Step up your dental care routine, brushing and flossing daily.

-   Inform your dentist about any medications you’re taking, as these can affect your teeth’s health.

-   Talk to your dentist if you have dry mouth, as this can lead to tooth loss.

Don’t forget to keep regular dental appointments so your dentist or hygienist can remove plaque and check for any problems.

Read the full story here: https://yourdentalhealthresource.com/why-do-we-lose-our-teeth-as-we-age/

Getting Your Smile Back With Dental Implants

SPORTS INJURIES, ACCIDENTS, tooth decay and gum disease are just a few of the reasons we might lose a tooth. Thanks to modern dentistry, however, we don’t need to settle for having a gap in our smiles for the rest of our lives. There are a few ways to fill that gap, and one of them is with dental implants.

Implants Or False Teeth?

Partial and full dentures have been a common solution for missing teeth for many years, but they have their disadvantages. They are prone to slipping and falling out if not properly secured, and they can lead to jaw pain and soreness in the gums. They also do not stimulate the jaw bones, so patients with dentures tend to suffer bone loss.

Implants, on the other hand, are permanently fixed posts placed in the jawbone under the gums and are basically a new root for a replacement tooth that looks and acts like a natural tooth. The only advantage dentures have over implants is that they are cheaper. It’s important to fill in the gap with an implant as soon as possible so the bone doesn’t erode and the surrounding teeth don’t collapse into the hole causing alignment and bite issues.

Types Of Implants

The health of the underlying jaw bone will determine a patient’s eligibility for implants and which type they will receive. In a patient with healthy bone, an endosteal implant will be used. This is simply a titanium post placed into the jawbone. After a healing period, the patient will then have a crown placed on top of the post.

For patients with bone that can’t support an endosteal implant (or patients who don’t want the surgery involved with them), there are subperiosteal implants. Instead of a titanium post, a metal frame is placed under the gums but on top of the jawbone. Posts are then added to this framework, and they protrude from the gum line like endosteal implants so that crowns can be attached.

Check out this video to see how implants are made:


Implants And Braces?

In most cases where a patient needs orthodontic treatment as well as implants, the braces come first, because once an implant is in the jaw, it won’t move. On rare occasions, if the braces only need to shift the front teeth and the missing teeth are located in the back, the implant can be placed before or during orthodontic treatment!

Come Talk To Us About Implants in Rhiwbina, Cardiff!

Getting dental implants is nothing to be worried about! Thousands of people in Wales alone have at least one dental implant and that number continues to grow. If you need a dental implant or want to enquire more about them, just schedule a consultation and come and talk to one of our friendly team at Cloves Dental Care, Dentistry & Aesthetics! We’ll evaluate your situation and develop the perfect plan to get you the smile you deserve. We also accept referrals from other Dentists in South Wales and are one of the few dental practices to be able to take a 3D scan of your jaw in-house with our high tech CBCT machine to make the procedure much safer and more predictable!

Book your complimentary consultation online or give us a ring (phone lines open 24/7). We are open weekdays until 8pm and Saturdays for your convenience.

Keep taking care of those teeth!

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The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

Impress Your Friends With Dental Trivia

MOST PEOPLE OUTSIDE of teeth-related professions probably only think about their teeth when something’s wrong, like when there’s something stuck between them in the middle of a date, they’re sore from a toothache, or they’re stained after drinking coffee or juice. That’s why we thought our patients would appreciate an opportunity to think about teeth in a more fun and interesting context. So get ready, because it’s time for some dental trivia!

You Probably Didn’t Know…

These are seven of our favorite pieces of dental trivia! How many of them did you already know? If you know any cool dental facts we didn’t include in our list, feel free to share them in the comments!

  1. A Lifetime Of Brushing: If you brush your teeth for two minutes twice a day, that means you’re spending a whole day brushing your teeth for every year of your life! Keep up the great work!
  2. First Impressions: After your eyes, your smile is what people notice most about you, so make sure you’re taking care of it!
  3. Teeth Tattoos: It is possible to tattoo your teeth, though technically the tattoo is on a cap or crown that covers the tooth, not the tooth itself. (We probably wouldn’t recommend this one!)
  4. Super-healing: The mouth heals faster from injuries (like a bitten cheek or burned tongue) than any other part of the body. This is because of the ample blood supply, the simplicity of the tissues in the cheeks, tongue, and gums, and the healing properties of saliva.
  5. Congenitally Missing Teeth: Most of us will have 20 baby teeth and between 28 and 32 adult teeth (depending on how many wisdom teeth we have) in our lifetime, but for 3-8 percent of the population, some of those teeth might never develop at all!
  6. Baby Teeth: One in about 2,000 babies are born with at least one tooth already erupted! These are called natal teeth (or neonatal if they erupt within the first month).
  7. Ice Age Dental Fillings: Archaeologists have discovered evidence of crude dental fillings in teeth from 13,000 years ago in northern Italy!

For a few more weird dental facts, check out this video:


Keep Taking Care Of Those Teeth!

There are plenty of weird and fascinating things we can learn about teeth, but if you ever notice anything about your own teeth that strikes you as unusual, go see your dentist. It’s always better to make sure nothing out of the ordinary is going on, and your teeth will thank you for doing so earlier rather than later.

Remember to keep brushing and flossing!


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The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring!

WE CAN’T BELIEVE winter is over! Our team has had such a blast, and the time has flown by. That’s why we want to share some of our favorite winter adventures with you, as well as some of our plans for the spring!

Our Winter Fun

Jo: "This Winter I enjoyed riding my horse on the weekends and celebrating the many engagements of my friends!"

Sarah: "This winter I went to the Forest of Dean with my partner where I finally got engaged!!"

Spring Plans

Jo: "This Spring, I am going on holiday to the South of France for 4 days, we are staying just outside Cannes so will be sure to visit where the Film festival takes place and to taste lots of lovely wines!"

Sarah: "This Spring I will be focusing on my wedding planning ahead of the big day in August! Can't wait!"

Need some spring activity ideas for your family? Check out this video!


What Are Your Spring Plans?

We’ve told you what we love about our jobs, but what about you? We’d love to hear about where you work and what you enjoy about it, so share with us in the comments or on Facebook!

We hope all our patients have a wonderful spring!

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.