Crooked Teeth? I Don’t Need Them Straightened, Do I?

If you have crooked or overlapping teeth, there are many reasons to get them straightened, as apart from knocking the self-confidence and affecting the self-esteem, oral health could also become problematic. Research has shown that there are quite a few ways in which this dental issue can be detrimental to your health.

It can be harder to brush and floss teeth, especially between them, due to wonky teeth, and this can cause a number of issues such as gum disease, interference with proper chewing, wearing away of the teeth, bad breath and can even increase the risk of tooth injuries if the teeth are protruding.

If you are finding that having teeth that are not straight is affecting your day-to-day life for various reasons, don’t panic, there are always solutions for dental problems, but one of the best for straightening the teeth is the Invisalign treatment from Clear Braces Direct in London.

What options are best for me??

Contemporary clear braces are certainly a good option and much more discreet than the metal braces of old.  With modern aligning systems, no one needs to ever know you are slowly getting your teeth straightened as these braces are so clear as to be nearly invisible.  This innovative treatment also allows the wearer to remove the aligners for brushing and flossing the teeth and also for eating and drinking.

So how do these clear braces work?

Dental technology has come on in leaps and bounds and this new type of clear brace works via 3D mapping.  The whole plan for the patient is cleverly set up so that your dental practitioner will give you a dental scan and design the treatment specifically for you.

You will have a series of aligners given to you to wear for around two weeks at a time before you progress to wearing the next set of aligners.  As the system is mapped on the computer your dental practitioner will be monitoring the process for you every step of the way.

The whole treatment can take as little as 4 to 6 months when finally, in the end, you will see the breathtaking smiling fruit of your labours!

A beautiful smile and a healthy mouth

No one wants to go through life embarrassed by their crooked teeth and it is such a shame when some people don’t take advantage of today’s dental innovations.

Through getting your teeth aligned, you will not only gain the confidence you have lost over the years but also reap the benefits of establishing a much better home oral care regime, thus producing a much cleaner and healthier mouth!

So why not make the most of the dentistry options available to you and grab the opportunity of a straight, wide beaming smile with both hands? It will make you feel good, look good and become healthier, plus no one will ever notice that these clear little miracles are working away discreetly to straighten your teeth!


Are You In Need of Some Dental Help Quickly?

Have you been rather too enthusiastic when playing football with your mates?  Or maybe you slipped whilst cooking up a storm in the kitchen?  Accidents, unfortunately, do happen and when they do, this could be the time that you may have to take a trip to see an emergency dentist.

Whilst it is imperative that you maintain the health of your family with a good oral care regime at home and regular trips to your dentist for check-ups, sometimes, when the unexpected occurs, this may not be enough.

Trips and falls can happen at any time and some injuries will need treating straight away.

Which injuries are seen as an emergency?

There is no rhyme or reason as to which injuries will be most severe.  Just biting too hard on your favourite toffee could cause a minor fracture or it may simply pull a filling out. A fall could result in a very badly cracked tooth or just a small chip. The main thing to note is where the damage is located in your mouth and how much pain you have.  A small chip or fracture could possibly wait for your dentist to look at when the practice is open, but if the tooth has been knocked out completely, for example, you should seek emergency dental attention.

If you do knock your tooth out completely, it is a good idea to gently wash away any dirt and to keep the tooth in milk to take it with you to the dental professional you are seeing. It is also wise to apply a wet compress to the area which is bleeding


When does a toothache stop just being an annoying inconvenience and become something more serious? If you have a bad abscess, it can be absolute agony and very frightening.   If you are unfortunate enough to experience this, the first thing to do is to contact your dental surgery, they will have an emergency phone number which you can ring. Your dental practice will try to get you in for an appointment quickly if the pain is very bad.

If you are unable to get a quick appointment at your regular dentist for any reason, then take yourself off to the emergency department at your hospital.  They will be able to assess if you need treatment straight away or whether they can offer you painkillers until your dentist is open.

Patched up and ready for home!


It can be very scary having an accident and causing injury to your teeth and mouth, especially when there is a lot of blood involved.  But help is always at hand either from your dentist or the emergency department at your nearest hospital.

Some injuries are unavoidable, but prevention is better than cure.  So maintaining good oral care at home, through brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing, will ensure that if an accident does occur, your treatment and healing process will run more smoothly.

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3 Tips to Know When Buying CBD for Your Dog

If you’re completely confused about what to look for when buying CBD for your yourself, let alone when you’re trying to figure out which kind is right for your dog, then you’re in the right place. While CBD oil has been around for awhile it’s popularity has exploded, and it looks like it’s going to be staying around for a while.

So today, I’m here with my three best tips, and really, what you need to know when you’re buying CBD OIl for your dog.

But before we move on, let’s start with a bonus tip: read customer reviews. Right now, it can be hard finding vet CBD reviews, so make sure to look at customer reviews. As well, think about joining a CBD social media group where you can talk to other pet owners about using CBD oil. Even when the CBD product looks completely legit, check reviews!

Tip #1. Hemp CBD Oil

CBD oil derived from hemp is the first thing you need to look for whenever you’re buying CBD oil for your dog, and there are several important reasons why.

First, CBD derived from hemp will have 0.03% THC or less, and this will be a completely safe amount for your pets. Unlike humans, dogs are much more sensitive to THC and it can cause severe complications if they consume too much.  

Second, THC is what makes marijuana illegal because it’s actually the chemical substance that produces marijuana’s mind-altering, psychoactive effects. Since hemp has practically no THC, all parts of the plant are legal.

Tip #2. CBD Oil is Not Hemp Oil

This one can definitely be a head scratcher, but don’t worry it’s pretty easy to understand.

Hemp oil or hemp seed oil is what you commonly see on grocery store shelves — you’ll see the products talk about how they give you healthier skin or that they’re rich in healthy fats and amino acids. This all true, but hemp oil doesn’t have CBD in it. As you can probably guess from above, hemp oil comes from the seeds by a extraction process known as cold pressing.

CBD oil comes from the stalks and flowers of the plant and will contain a completely different health profile, which will produce physiological effects that can replace both over-the-counter and prescription meds — often with many fewer side effects.   

Now you may find hemp oil in your CBD oil. CBD oil is only fat-soluble and needs a carrier oil such as hemp oil or coconut oil to improve its bioavailability and stability. Both hemp oil and coconut oil are fine, however, hemp oil boosts a healthier profile, especially in the fat department, and your CBD oil will be 100% hemp — if that kind of thing is important to you.

Oh, and don’t worry about getting caught up on human CBD oil and pet CBD oil. For the most part, it is all the same. Sometimes you’ll see CBD isolate when looking at CBD oil for humans, but CBD isolate is only required in rare cases and isn’t recommended because it requires a precise dose.

Pet CBD is always full spectrum CBD and most human CBD oil is as well.

Tip #3 How Much To Give and Are There Any Side Effects

When you purchase CBD oil from a company, it’s always a great idea to look and see if they have a dosing calculator. Dogs have the habit of varying in size a lot, and even dogs of the same breed can have a substantial difference in weight. Calculators just make it easy, plus they have other cool features like telling you how much CBD is in your bottle.

For a guideline you can use this chart:

  • Low — 0.22 mg/lb or 0.05 mg/kg
  • Average — 0.068 mg/lb or 0.15 mg/kg
  • Strong — 0.136 mg/lb or 0.30 mg/kg

For most cases, you can start low and slowly work your way up until you find where the CBD oil is working the best. For most medical and health conditions the average dose will work the best. The only time a substantially higher dose is required is for sleeplessness-related conditions.

While CBD has a very mild side effect profile, it’s not without them. For the most part tiredness, stomach irritation, and some weight loss is all that’s seen, and this is fairly rare. There is one area of concern, and that is care needs to be taken when mixing CBD with drugs metabolized in the liver — this is the majority of prescription drugs.   

In most cases, there is little concern for interaction, but CBD can affect the concentration of these drugs in blood plasma, and if this is a concern, it’s recommended to monitor with blood tests. Again, this is rarely seen, and most pets react either extremely well, while a few others don’t really see anything at all.

Because of the very last reason, it’s always a smart idea to purchase CBD oil from a company that provides a money back guarantee. And with that I bid you adieu — you should now be feeling better about purchasing CBD oil. If you need additional help, check out our store for more information on all things CBD.


5 Dental Emergencies that Need Urgent Care

You’re all pumped up, thinking to yourself that you can definitely do those skateboard flips your next-door neighbor has been flaunting off. You’re finally off work and in the dim light of your corner street lamp, off you go and then, thump!

Immense pain (and embarrassment) fills you as you are curled up in pain. You taste blood in your mouth and then you realize that a tooth got knocked off. So aside from a badly bruised ego, you also got a painful jaw and a broken tooth with it.

Dealing with Dental Emergencies

Accidents happen and when they do, they usually don’t come with a warning.

Your sporty pursuits may have ended up knocking you (and your tooth) down, but do not despair. You only need a reputable dentist of a premier 24-hour dental clinic who can readily attend to your dental emergency.

Because accidents do not happen at your convenience, access to a 24/7 emergency dental clinic is a much-needed reassurance.

It is a welcome thought that your dental emergencies could be expertly attended to by experienced dentists on weekends and even on holidays. Even more important is the fact that you won’t need to bear the pain for long as you can easily get the urgent care and attention that you need.

Below is a list of usual dental situations that require immediate attention:


1. Toothache

When you’ve unfortunately developed cavities and tooth decay, you will definitely need relief from the pain whether you are an adult or a child.

Some toothaches come and go in their early stages but always get worse. Toothache will usually bring a feeling of pain in and around your teeth. It may even extend to your jaw, behind the cheeks, the ear, or the sinuses, depending on where the affected tooth is.

You may also feel slight or excruciating pain that may arrive suddenly. It is best to have a dental check as soon as you feel any lingering pain in case there is an emergency coming. Ignoring the pain can lead to infection, abscess and continuous throbbing pain.

To get momentary relief, try the following:

  • Rinse the affected site with water.
  • Try to remove the debris from obvious cavities with a toothbrush or dental floss but never with any sharp objects.
  • If there is swelling, place a cold compress on the outside of the affected area.
  • You may also take pain relief medication that you know are safe for you.

The best course of action is to go see a dentist at the soonest possible time.


2. Swollen Gum or Face

Swollen gums or a swollen face usually indicates infection and at their worst be life-threatening. This may cause abscesses and further complications such as blockage of your airways or infection of your brain. There are instances when dental infections have been known to cause death so it is best to seek emergency care when swelling occurs.


3. Knocked Tooth

An avulsed tooth, is one of the most serious dental emergencies for permanent teeth. However, if handled quickly, it may still be fixed and replanted. Baby teeth should never be replanted.

Since the nerves, blood vessels, and supporting tissues are also damaged in cases when a tooth is knocked out, you will also often need to undergo root canal.

To save your knocked-out tooth, it must be handled carefully and quickly.

  • If the tooth is dirty or has fallen to the ground, do not wipe it but rinse it with milk or saliva instead. Tap water will kill the cells on the surface of the tooth which are critical for survival and success.
  • Hold it by the crown and try to put it back in its socket. Some force may be necessary to get it down.
  • If it doesn’t slip in easily, just keep it moist by putting it in between your cheek and gum or get the tooth in position as best as you can.
  • For children who may not be able to hold it inside their mouth without the risk of swallowing it, place it in a cup of milk, or their own saliva to keep it moist until you reach the dentist.

Your pediatric dentist can save the kid’s tooth. However, if it is still a baby tooth, it will not be replanted to avoid damaging the permanent teeth that will grow in time.


4. Broken Tooth

An accident or biting into something hard can cause your tooth to be chipped, cracked or broken. When this happens, try to find the broken pieces and save it so you can bring it with you to the dentist. Some fragments can still be invisibly bonded back together.

If the tooth is chaffing the insides of your cheeks or tongue with its rough edges, go to the dentist immediately to get fast relief. The same goes when you feel sensitivity on your broken teeth as this means that the tooth’s inside layers have been exposed. A dentist will need to cover it to stop it from throbbing and sensitivity.


5. Irritation from Braces or Retainers

When you have braces or retainers, there is a chance that it might irritate the insides of your mouth or scrape your tongue.

If the wire is the cause of irritation, cover it with a piece of gauze, a tiny cotton ball, or soft wax. If it becomes embedded in the cheek, tongue, or gum tissue, do not attempt to remove it. It is ideal that your dentist or orthodontist takes care of your dental braces and the problems that arise with it.


Smile Brightly

Prevention and early detection of tooth problems are key to avoid painful dental incidents. It is highly encouraged that you maintain a religious dental care regimen as well as pay regular visits to your dental clinic to ensure the health of your teeth and gums.

As for dental accidents and emergencies, it is imperative that you seek immediate help to make sure that your teeth and gums will be attended to with utmost care and attention. So when you make an extra effort to care for your teeth, your smile will definitely be brighter and happier.



Dr. Michael Letham is the owner and dentist at 24/7 Dental and Bayside Smiles. He graduated from Sydney University in 2000 with Honours, receiving the R Morse Withycombe Prize for Proficiency in Clinical Periodontics (gum treatment). Striving to provide a modern, holistic approach to dental care that is tailored to each individual’s requirements, Mike’s focus is on being thorough and meticulous whilst being caring and compassionate.