Want to know how to manage a knocked out tooth?

As the weather warms up and we head into summer, you are probably anxious to spend time outdoors. Maybe you and your family enjoy bike riding or playing sports. Always remember that safety comes first. You probably know that it is a good idea to wear a helmet while riding a bike or playing sports. However, you may not have given thought to the importance of wearing a sports guard when participating in vigorous outdoor activities. A sports guard can go a long way in preventing dental trauma. Once such dental injury you can avoid is an avulsed tooth. An avulsed tooth is the term dentists use to describe a tooth that has been knocked out. If you are faced with a tooth avulsion, chances are good that the tooth can be saved and re-implanted if the proper steps are taken immediately.

Follow these tips to increase your chances of saving the avulsed tooth:

  • Carefully handle the tooth and avoid touching the root as it can be easily damaged.
  • If the tooth needs to be cleaned, hold it by the crown and rinse it with milk. If you don’t have milk, gently rinse it with water. Allow it to air dry.
  • The tooth must be kept moist. You can place it in a cup of milk. If milk is unavailable you can store it in your mouth, between your gum and cheek. A child may not be able to safely keep the tooth in his mouth. In this case, you can have the child spit in a cup and put the tooth in the saliva. If this is not possible, you can simply keep the tooth in water. The idea is to keep the tooth from drying out.
  • You can try to slip the tooth back into its socket. If this is an adult tooth. There’s a good chance it will slip right back in. You shouldn’t force it. Make sure it is facing the correct way. If the tooth won’t easily go back in place, then simply store it to keep it moist until you see us.
  • It is important to contact us immediately to increase the chances of re-implanting the tooth successfully.

It’s never too late to smile with confidence

Do you avoid smiling due to yellow teeth or staining? Or maybe you hate your crooked teeth and have unsightly gaps when you smile which lowers your self esteem and confidence? If this sounds like you Newby Dental Practice can help!

Here at Newby Dental Practice we offer a wide range of dental treatments such as Invisalign, dental implants, Boutique teeth whitening and composite bonding. We are committed to ensuring our patients both existing and new patients leave with a confident smile! We believe everybody should have a confident smile regardless of age or gender!

If you’d like to know more about what Newby Dental Practice can offer you please get in touch for a complimentary appointment to see on of our highly trained treatment coordinators who will be happy to discuss treatment options and start your journey to your new, confident smile!

What is an Intra Oral Scanner, and how does it provide a superior digital workflow for your dental care…..

Intra oral scanner at Newby Dental Practice, advanced digital workflows.

An intraoral scanner is a handheld device used to directly create a digital impression of the mouth. Light source from the scanner is projected onto the scan objects, such as full dental arches, and then a 3D model processed by the scanning software will be displayed in real-time on a touch screen.

This means that any dental care required, that involves communicating with a lab (Crowns, bridges and Aligners such as Invisalign), can be completed digitally, usually without any in the mouth impressions!

This state of the art scanner is completely safe, does not emit any radiation, is pain free, and allows you to see the 3D image for your teeth and gums instantly.

Ask one of our dentists for a demo at your next visit- you’ll be amazed at what you can see!

Investing in your smile…..

According to the Oral Health Foundation, millennials spend three times more on dental treatment than any other generation, amounting to around £750 annually.

Over half of under 35s have had cosmetic treatment, whereas this reduces to just 10% of those in older groups. The most popular of these treatments is teeth whitening.

Of those millennials who haven’t yet had whitening treatment, nearly half plan to do so.

Boutique Whitening…….

The Foundation attributes this trend to the fact that we associate a smile with beauty, just as much as a bright smile is seen as an aspect of good health.

Whilst of course people of all ages can suffer from tooth loss, gum disease or tooth decay, younger generations experience fewer problems than older people. It is therefore reasonable to assume that the younger generation will opt for cosmetic enhancement as part of their dental care.

Initially, investment in a smile might be attending for regular dental checks, then visits to a dental hygienist for scaling and polishing. This might lead to further treatment, such as making a choice to have cosmetic bonding to fill any unwanted gaps between the teeth.

In the age of ‘celebrity’ and at a time when social media influencers are making people more aware of what is available to enhance appearance, we are tending to consider what impact we might have on others, such as when we attend a job interview or first join a group to meet new people. There’s no doubt that a bright and open smile is an attractive feature, which boosts confidence and encourages connection.

With all this in mind, a few words of caution about whitening are called for. Reports in 2020 indicated that illegal teeth whitening treatments had increased by 26%. Illegal teeth whitening is whitening treatment carried out by someone who is not a registered professional. The reason that it is so important to go to a dentist or dental hygienist for whitening is that the product used contains bleach, and to be effective and produce the results hoped for, the percentage of bleach has to be stronger than over the counter or online products can offer. Only professionals can ensure that the product is used and applied safely, and only professionals can carry out an initial examination to be sure that your teeth can be safely whitened.

So please be aware that the potential damage to your mouth, if you don’t take professional advice, could be painful, costly and permanent. There is nothing to be gained by trying to save money or believe in promises of a quick fix. It is worth knowing that in 2019, half of the online tray-based and whitening strip products on offer were not compliant with safety regulations; neither were a shocking 78% of brush-on whiteners.

It just takes a phone call to us, and a chat wit our reception team, to find out what’s involved in the whitening treatment – what the process is, how long it will take and what you can expect to pay. We even offer complimentary consultations with our treatment coordinators. It is well worth investing just a little of your time for the reassurance you need.

Foods to help your teeth whitening – and those that don’t

The foods you should and shouldn’t eat to maintain your sparkling white smile

If you’ve just had your teeth whitened by us at Newby Dental Practice, you’re likely to want to maintain your new smile for as long as possible. These few tips will help whether you opted for Day Time Boutique smile or a Night Time Boutique smile

You probably already know that there are foods that you should avoid, but did you also know that some foods can help to keep your teeth white?

Foods that you should eat

Strawberries – Strawberries contain an enzyme called malic acid, which helps to whiten your teeth.

Apples – Apples also contain malic acid, but this is not the only way that they help to keep your teeth white. The act of chewing an apple also helps to clean your mouth.

Carrots – Like apples, the crunchy nature of carrots can scrub your teeth while you eat them.

Cheese – A deficiency in calcium can lead to discoloration of teeth, so it is important to eat foods which are rich in calcium, such as cheese. In addition to this, cheese contains lots of lactic acid which helps to prevent tooth decay.

Citrus fruits – Citrus fruits cause the mouth to produce more saliva, which helps to wash your teeth as you eat. Don’t eat too much though, as these are very erosive for your new white smile!

Foods and drinks that you should avoid

Chromogens give food strong colour and some foods contain tannin. Foods with a high acid content can erode enamel, allowing stains to set in. As a general rule, if it colours your tongue or stains your clothes, then that’s what it will do to your teeth.

Foods: Berries, beetroot and berry juices; curries; tomato-based products, such as tomato soup and pasta sauce, which contain a bright red pigment called lycopene, which, again, can cause staining over time.

Condiments: Balsamic vinegar and soy sauce

Drinks: Cola, red wine, tea, coffee

What to do after having an extraction?

If you have to have a tooth extracted, our Team will discuss with you the processes involved before, during and after your appointment. We will also help you decide what you might like to do about the gap this procedure has created. Whether this is to have Dental Implant, or another tooth replacement option.

Having a tooth extracted can in some instances be a dental emergency. If you are not registered with us, we can still help if you are suffering from toothache. Give our team a call to see what we can do for you. We have emergency dental appointments in Scarborough available every week day.

Emergency dentist in Scarborough

To provide you with further information about what you should do after having a tooth out, have a read through the helpful tips and hints below.

I’ve had my tooth out – what should I do now?

Take it easy for the rest of the day. Take as little exercise as you can, and rest as much as you can. Keep your head up to avoid any bleeding.

What precautions should I take?

Avoid hot food or drinks until the anaesthetic wears off. This is important as you cannot feel pain properly and may burn or scald your mouth. Also be careful not to chew your cheek. This is quite a common problem, which can happen when there is no feeling.

If you do rest, try to keep your head higher for the first night using an extra pillow if possible. It is also a good idea to use an old pillowcase, or put a towel on the pillow, in case you bleed a little.

Should I rinse my mouth out?

Do not be tempted to rinse the area for the first 24 hours. It is important to allow the socket to heal, and you must be careful not to damage the blood clot by eating on that side or letting your tongue disturb it. This can allow infection into the socket and affect healing.

Is there anything else I should avoid?

Avoid alcohol for at least 24 hours, as this can encourage bleeding and delay healing. Eat and drink lukewarm food as normal but avoid chewing on that area of your mouth.

When should I brush?

It is just as important, if not more so, to keep your mouth clean after an extraction. However, you do need to be careful around the extraction site.

What do I do if it bleeds?

The first thing to remember is that there may be some slight bleeding for the first day or so. Many people are concerned about the amount of bleeding. This is due to the fact that a small amount of blood is mixed with a larger amount of saliva, which looks more dramatic than it is.

If you do notice bleeding, do not rinse out, but apply pressure to the socket. Bite firmly on a folded piece of clean cotton material such as a handkerchief for at least 30 minutes. Make sure this is placed directly over the extraction site and that the pad is replaced if necessary.

If the bleeding has not stopped after an hour or two, call us.

How soon can I have a cigarette?

It is important not to do anything which will increase your blood pressure, as this can lead to further bleeding. We recommend that you avoid smoking for as long as you can after an extraction, but this should be at least for the rest of the day.

The longer you go without smoking,the better the area will heal.

Is there anything I can do to help my mouth?

Different people heal at different speeds after an extraction. It is important to keep your mouth and the extraction site as clean as possible, making sure that the socket is kept clear of all food and debris. Don’t rinse for the first 24 hours, and this will help your mouth to start healing.

After this time use a salt-water mouthwash, which helps to heal the socket. A teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water gently rinsed around the socket twice a day can help to clean and heal the area. Keep this up for at least a week or for as long as your dentist tells you.

Take all your regular medication as usual, unless we have advised you not to.

I am in pain, what should I take?

There will usually be some tenderness in the area for the first few days, and in most cases some simple pain relief is enough to ease the discomfort. What you would normally take for a headache should be enough. However, always follow the manufacturer’s instructions and if in doubt check with your doctor first. Do not take aspirin, as this will make your mouth bleed.

Are there any medicines I should avoid?

As we have said, it is important not to use anything containing aspirin as this can cause further bleeding. This happens because aspirin can thin the blood slightly. Asthma sufferers should avoid Ibuprofen-based pain relief. Again check with your chemist or dentist if you are worried or feel you need something stronger.

I am still in pain, what could it be?

Sometimes an infection can get in the socket, which can be very painful. This is where there is little or no blood clot in the tooth socket and the bony socket walls are exposed and become infected. This is called a dry socket and in some cases is worse than the original toothache!

In this case, it is important to call us, we may place a dressing in the socket and prescribe a course of antibiotics to help relieve the infection. You may also feel the sharp edge of the socket with your tongue and sometimes small pieces of bone may work their way to the surface of the socket. This is perfectly normal.

Will you need to see me again?

If it has been a particularly difficult extraction, our Team will give you a follow-up appointment. This could be to remove any stitches that were needed, or simply to check the area is healing well.

We can also arrange a follow up consultation to discuss how you would like to manage the gap that has been caused by the removal of the tooth.

Implants are commonly use to replace missing teeth, and they are fixed replacement of the entire tooth. Other options such as bridges and dentures may also be possible, depending on where the gap is in your mouth.

Ask us or click here if you would like to know more about how to replace missing teeth.

Tooth Decay and your Health

Dental decay is a disease that destroys the tooth’s enamel and its underlying layer, the dentine.  It occurs when specific types of bacteria in your mouth produce acid after you have eaten or drunk anything containing sugar. ‘Dental decay’ is the same as tooth decay and is also known as ‘dental caries’.

Dental decay is caused by plaque acids that gradually dissolve away the enamel and dentine of the tooth. Decay damages your teeth and may lead to the tooth needing to be filled or even taken out.

The signs of tooth decay

In the early signs of tooth decay there are no symptoms, but our Team at Newby Dental Practice may be able to spot early tooth decay when we examine and x ray your teeth.  This is why you should visit us regularly, as early tooth decay is much easier to treat than more advanced decay.

When tooth decay is not treated early, you may have:

  • Toothache.
  • Tooth sensitivity to sweet things.
  • An unpleasant taste in your mouth.
  • Dark spot on the surface of your tooth.

Without treatment, these symptoms could get worse and you may need a root canal treatment or even risk losing a tooth that could have been saved.

If you have any of these symptoms, contact us for an appointment.  If you’re not registered with us, now is your chance, our new patient consultations are just £50 and include a full examination, all the x rays you might need, a bespoke treatment plan and a Denplan Assessment if required.

There are also a number of ways you can help prevent and manage tooth decay at home.

Treating tooth decay

In the very early stages of decay, our Team may apply a fluoride varnish onto the area.  This can help stop decay getting worse and help ‘remineralise’ the tooth.

If the decay is not too serious, we will plan to remove all the decay and repair the tooth with a filling.

The extent of the decay in your tooth will be discussed with you before any treatment is completed.

In some instances, teeth cannot be repaired, and teeth are required to be extracted.

The risk of having tooth decay

Anybody can suffer from tooth decay and it is very common.  Around eight in ten UK adults have one or more teeth with decay, are filled or have been extracted out due to dental decay.  It is also extremely common in children, with more than one in five showing signs of tooth decay.

Despite this, there are a few groups that are more at risk of tooth decay.  These include:

  • The elderly.
  • Those on medication containing sugar.
  • Dry mouth sufferers, or those on medications that cause dry mouth.
  • People undergoing cancer treatment causing dry mouth.
  • People with diabetes.
  • Those having orthodontic treatment.
  • People with receding gums
  • Those with poor oral hygiene.
  • People with high sugar diets.
  • Those who do not attend a dental appointment regularly.

If you fall into one of these groups, book an appointment with us for an assessment. We will be able to guide you to reduce your risk factors and offer you a range of different options for preventing and treating tooth decay at home. One of which may be prescribing you a high fluoride toothpaste.

We also offer Oral Health Educator sessions- where your risks can be discussed and management strategies planned.

Preventing tooth decay

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The best way to prevent tooth decay is by brushing your teeth thoroughly last thing at night and at least one other time during the day, with a 1450ppm fluoride toothpaste.  This should take around two minutes.

Make sure that you brush the inner, outer and biting surfaces of your teeth and carefully along the gumline.  Using ‘interdental’ brushes, or dental floss or tape, also helps to remove plaque and food from between your teeth.  These are areas an ordinary toothbrush can’t reach.  Daily use of a fluoride mouthwash at a different time to brushing can also help.

Talk to us to see how we can help.

As the new dentist In Scarborough “We’re here to make you smile”

Worried about bad breath?

Worried about bad breath? Your new dentist in Scarborough can help!

If bad breath is something you worry about, you’re not alone. Studies show that over 60% of the population worry about havng bad breath, but only 20% of these people seek advice from their dentist.

Bad breath can be caused by lots of factors, smoking and diet are the main causes, both of these can be changed to reduce the effects. Our oral health educator can help you make some improvements to your habits which will reduce the causes of bad breath.

Gum disease and dental decay can also cause bad breath, and this is where we can help. By maintaining a good oral hygiene routine, regular dental and hygienist check ups, we can help make bad breath worries a thing of the past.

Another concern that can result in bad breath is also oral cancers. This is the most important reason for keeping up to date with your routine dental checks, as at each visit we complete a thorough soft tissue check to make sure your mouth is nice and healthy.

If you’re concerned about bad breath see how we can help you keep your mouth fresh and healthy.

Want to know more about the dental treatments we offer?

If you would like to know more about the different treatments we offer at Newby Dental Practice, why not book a complimentary appointment with one of our Treatment Coordinators. 

Our Treatment Coordinators can discuss with you any dental treatment that you might be interested in, so you can get a better idea of what is involved, how it can help you, and further information on cost. 

Beth and Beth are particularly experienced in discussing our more complex treatments such as Implants (to replace missing teeth), Invisalign (to get you straighter teeth), Dental Sedation (to help keep you relaxed) and facial aesthetics procedures. 

Why not get in touch with the new dentist in Scarborough, see if we can help you 

Call now on 01723 670 500 

E mail info@newbydental.co.uk

We’re here to make you smile!


Well done to our amazing Dental Nurse Claire, who has just passed all her Nursing exams.

Claire has worked so hard, throughout all the struggles with COVID, working through her portfolio and revising for her examinations.

We’re so proud of you Claire!

So what qualification is on the cards next………..