Health Advice

Health Advice Blog

Oral health is really important for your general well-being.  In our Health Advice Blog we endeavor to highlight health issues with links to the health of your mouth, as well as any other general health news items we think may be of interest. Last updated on February 26th, 2014

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Antibiotics and toothache

Here at Birchwood we’re Antibiotic Guardians meaning we only use Antibiotics when it’s appropriate. Most toothaches need treating by your dentist to relieve pain and other symptoms. Unnecessary use of antibiotics leads to resistant infections meaning they won’t be available for treating more serious infections.

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We are breastfeeding friendly

A new Start4Life poll shows many new mothers feel uncomfortable about breastfeeding in public, despite broad public support. At Birchwood Dental Practice we support mothers who wish to breastfeed in our waiting area and understand the benefits for the baby. Read more about this on .gov.uk

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Sports Mouthguards

It is important to wear a professionally made mouthguard whenever you play sport that involves physical contact or moving objects. This includes: cricket, hockey and football – which can cause broken anddamaged teeth; and American football, boxing and rugby – which can all cause broken or dislocated jaws. A mouthguard[…]

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Pain killers for children

Find out which pain killers you can safely give your children on NHS choices http://www.nhs.uk/chq/Pages/820.aspx?CategoryID=62&SubCategoryID=64 Last updated on February 26th, 2014

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Facts about teeth whitening

WHITENING IS SAFE if carried out by a trained dental professional.  Based on their knowledge of your oral health your dentist will discuss with you the options available, decide if tooth whitening is appropriate for you and develop an overall treatment plan that gives the desired result. Find out the[…]

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Coffee may reduce Oral Cancer

A new study by the American Cancer Society finds a link between drinking coffee and reduced risk of death from oral/pharyngeal (mouth and throat) cancer. People who drank more than 4 cups of caffeinated coffee a day were about half as likely to die from oral/pharyngeal cancer as people who[…]

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Mouth Cancer Action Month

November is mouth cancer action month. Find out more here. You can get more information on signs and symptoms of mouth cancer here. Remember your dentist will always screen you for mouth cancer at your check ups. If you’re worried about anything unusual in your mouth do give us a[…]

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Oral Cancer Rising

Dentists urged to probe patients’ personal lives in battle to curb oral cancer Independent Article – read here As part of your routine examination your dentist at Birchwood Dental Practice will fully examine your mouth for signs of oral cancer and discuss any risk factors you may have such as[…]

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Toothache and Sinusitis

Patients quite often attend with pain in their upper teeth also complaining of problems with their sinuses situated just above.  It can be difficult to ascertain what is the cause of the pain as it manifests as poorly localised aching.  Where patients are unsure whether the pain is dental or[…]

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Need Ibuprofen for toothache? Be careful if it’s Nurofen

NHS choices reports: Many newspapers have reported today that some packets of Nurofen Plus have been found to contain the wrong medicine. A warning has been issued by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). It is advising people to be extra vigilant if taking Nurofen Plus pain relief tablets.[…]

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