1. Did you know it was National stop snoring week this week!

    26th April 2013 by thecourtyardclinic


    We are pleased to show you a short 7 minute program made by ITV London Life about the Somnowell appliance.

    The Somnowell appliance is a popular appliance with our patients.

    It works by gently bringing the jaw forward which opens the airway and so stops the snoring.



    The British Snoring & Sleep Apnoea Association has also released the results from a recent survey they carried out.



    The Somnowell appliance has also appeared on ITV This Morning this week in Dr Chris Steele’s Health Alert.

    The Courtyard Clinic offers a free initial consultation to anyone who is concerned about their (or their partner’s!) snoring.

    Call Alison on 01932 582949



  2. Does Bleaching or Whitening Damage the Teeth?

    24th April 2013 by thecourtyardclinic


    When carbamide peroxide, the active whitening agent, contacts water, hydrogen peroxide is released which whitens the teeth. Bleaching does not soften, demineralize or weaken the teeth.

    Do Over-the-Counter Bleaching Products Work?
    There is some evidence that over-the-counter bleaching products do whiten teeth, however, many of the products are too abrasive and can damage the teeth with extended use or misuse.

    Supervision by your dentist is always the safest and most effective way to whiten your teeth.

    The Courtyard Clinic often have special offers running so look for the whitening offers or call Alison on 01932 582949.

  3. Tips for Good Dental Care and Preventing Tooth Loss

    17th April 2013 by thecourtyardclinic

    The following dental-care tips, recommended by many leading dentists, will help you keep your teeth and gums healthy and avoid tooth loss:

    Get regular exercise — Just as exercise helps you stay healthy in other ways, regular exercise also may lower your risk of gum disease.

    Brush with power — Use a high-quality electric toothbrush with a small head. Electric brushes clean your teeth more thoroughly than regular toothbrushes and are optimized to remove plaque.

    Practice deep cleaning — Use floss for more efficient cleaning between teeth and along the gum line. If your gums recede, which often happens as people age, try using interproximal brushes. These brushes look like small pipe cleaners and may work better than floss to remove plaque from partially exposed roots.

    Brush at the right time — Wait 30 minutes to an hour after eating before you brush. It takes that long for saliva to neutralize the acids in food. Brushing right after you eat can wear away essential tooth enamel.

    Drink tap water — Many brands of bottled water do not contain fluoride, a powerful cavity-prevention chemical that is added to public drinking water. Rather than drink bottled water, consider filtering your tap water, which will remove impurities and harmful chemicals but leave the fluoride.

    Stay moist — Saliva removes microbes from your teeth and gums. If you suffer from dry mouth, ask your dentist to prescribe a special rinse than can help.

    Get regular checkups — Schedule regular appointments with your dentist for routine dental care, such as teeth cleaning and examinations to check for early signs of tooth decay and gum disease.

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