Even though e-cigarettes don’t contain toxic chemicals like tobacco, vape liquids still contain nicotine and are made up of other chemicals, such as glycols – some of which are cancer-causing (carcinogenic). This can lead to the changes in your mouth, and other parts of your body.
When we need to see a doctor, we visit our GP as and when the need arises. But if you have good physical health it can be possible to go a few years at a time without seeing a doctor. Like physical health, your dental health is just as important and it can be harder to know when something is wrong with your teeth or gums, which is why it is encouraged to see your dentist and hygienist at least once a year.
This month is host to Mental Health Awareness Week from 15 – 21 May, and the focus this year is ‘anxiety’. Anxiety can be a very normal emotion that we all feel, but if it is overwhelming or out of control it can become a mental health problem that may require support to manage.
Frequently asked questions about NHS dentistry in England and Wales
In this article, we provide answers to several of our frequently asked questions about NHS dentistry in England and Wales. If you are still unsure or would like to ask further questions, please contact one of our practices directly.
Why should I see my dentist if I can order clear braces online?
Treatments for straightening teeth have traditionally been carried out by specialist orthodontists and dentists, however it is now possible to straighten your teeth from home, with no dental visits required. Is this safe?
Searching for a sparkling smile this festive season – Is teeth whitening safe?
With the promise of brighter and whiter teeth, many people are investing in teeth whitening, with growing numbers buying various kits to use at home, such as strips, gels, pens, paints or powders, but are they safe?
At Portman Dental Care, the quality and care of our patients is at the forefront of everything we do, which is why we are taking this opportunity to work with the Oral Health Foundation (OHF) to raise awareness of what mouth cancer is, signs, symptoms and treatment options.
Halloween is fast approaching, and whether you celebrate by trick or treating with the kids, enjoy a fancy dress party with friends or simply cosy up with a favourite film – there is no avoiding the influx of sweets. Find out more about keeping your teeth healthy during spooky snacking season below.
If you are self-conscious because of multiple missing teeth, dentures may present an initial or temporary solution to give your confidence a boost and restore your smile. The first of three options in our missing teeth series.
As a parent, you will understandably want to ensure that your children have the best overall health possible and good oral hygiene is a key part of this as your children grow; however, it can also be one of the hardest to monitor and influence.
At your orthodontic assessment, the orthodontist will use a two-part grading system called the ‘Index of Orthodontic Treatment Need’, commonly referred to as ‘IOTN’ to determine whether orthodontic treatment is necessary and whether this can be completed on the NHS for those under 18.
Not only did Portman retain the title of ‘Outstanding Business of the Year’ (more than 25 employees), making it three years in a row, but our Director of Mergers and Acquisitions UK and Europe, Gary Chapman was awarded ‘Dental Industry Employee of the Year’.
Celebrating our 10th anniversary, over 100 practices, and our 2000th Portmanite seemed like the perfect time to reflect on the Portman journey so far, with the following message from our Founder and CEO Sam Waley-Cohen.
Low Sugar Swaps to Help You Maintain a Healthy Smile
Whilst we all like to enjoy the occasional sweet treat (yes, even Dentists!), excessive sugar intake is damaging for your oral health, and is still one of the primary causes for tooth decay in the UK. So how does sugar have such an impact on our teeth?