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An embarrassing oral health problem can be fixed with the right help; We asked the experts at New Smile Company in North Shields to tell us the thing that embarrasses their patients most about their teeth.

LET'S face it, oral health problems are never fun, but the good news is that the vast majority of them can easily be prevented.

Brushing twice a day, flossing daily, eating the right foods and regular dental check-ups are all essential steps in preventing oral health problems.

Many oral health problems, such as bad breath, receding gums and tooth decay, can leave people both physically uncomfortable and reluctant to smile, but with the right treatments these common and embarrassing problems can be solved. Some of the most common issues are: 1) Missing teeth Having a missing tooth can be miserable because it often affects your self-confidence. Even if the missing tooth isn't visible, it can create spaces between your teeth and affect the way you speak and eat. To prevent this problem, you should consider having a missing tooth replaced with a dental implant, a bridge or a denture.

A New Smile Company spokesperson said: "Here at New Smile Company, a missing tooth does not have to be the end of the world (or the end of that nice smile anyway!).

"The treatments used vary according to the location and size of the missing tooth but bridges, crowns and implants are all ways that a 'gappy' smile can be restored to its former glory with relative ease.

"Our implant surgeon and restorative dentists are available for complimentary consultations."

2) Cracked or broken teeth Whether your tooth is cracked due to an injury or general wear and tear, you can experience a variety of symptoms ranging from pain when you chew to pain when your tooth is exposed to hot or cold temperatures. If you experience any of these symptoms, it's best to see a dentist as soon as possible.

The New Smile Company said: "These not only look pretty bad but they are now prone to decay, infection and further collapse if not treated promptly. Treatment is at its most effective if you seek attention as soon as possible after the damage is done. We use natural-looking fillings, crowns and other cosmetic dental innovations which can be used to correct all kinds of cracks, breaks and damage to teeth."

3) Discoloured teeth There are several reasons why teeth may darken, including food and drinks, tobacco use, poor dental hygiene, disease and trauma.

A few simple lifestyle changes may be able to prevent teeth discolouration. For example, if you are a coffee drinker or a smoker, try cutting back or quitting all together.

The New Smile Company said: "Everyone aspires to have that dazzling white smile these days. The internet is not really the best place to begin your quest, though.

"Most over-the-counter whitening kits are pretty ineffective and often contain harsh chemicals that can actually damage teeth.

"Your dentist, on the other hand, has the safe, effective and long-lasting whitening solutions you are looking for, as well as a few tips on how changing the way you eat, drink and care for your teeth can keep them that way.

"These treatments are affordable and designed so as not to cause damage to teeth and gums."

4) Gum disease/bleeding gums/ wobbly teeth Gum disease, if left untreated, can lead to tooth loss.

Some of the common symptoms of gum disease are bad breath, swollen and bleeding gums, painful chewing and sensitive teeth.

Regular dental check-ups can catch this problem early.

The New Smile Company said: "Rather than ignoring those 'little gum bleeds', make an appointment to do something about it today, before the problem gets worse or becomes irreparable.

"We use qualified and experienced hygienists and dental therapists to deliver the best possible care."

5) Bad breath Having bad breath can be extremely embarrassing as it can lower self-esteem and make conversation awkward. Although mouthwash might mask the odour, it doesn't completely eliminate the underlying problem.

Only professional dental care and following a dentist's advice can combat it.

The New Smile Company said: "Dentists are here to help, not to judge. Never be afraid to discuss bad breath - or any other oral health concern - with us.

"Trust us, we've pretty much seen it all before and our only concern is helping to fix the problem, not making you feel bad about it."

Check-ups/preventative care Cosmetic dentistry can work wonders, but don't overlook the fact that preventative care can also help keep teeth stronger, healthier and less prone to damage in the first place.

Also, don't forget to wear a mouth guard. Make an appointment with New Smile Company for a fitting for a custom-made mouth guard providing maximum protection.

You will even get to choose the colour!

Tooth straightening/orthodontics Those crooked teeth can make you conscious of your smile and avoid the selfie stick!

Teeth that aren't aligned also cause many problems like trouble chewing, accidental lip and cheek biting, grinding and clenching.

When misaligned teeth start causing you problems, it might be time to see if you need braces.

New Smile Company is a Platinum Invisalign provider and can provide a convenient and discreet solution to your needs.

Arrange a complimentary consultation today. Call Gill Gaffney on 0191 307 7060.

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Oct 30, 2017
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