Reliable dental advice for patients! When you have a dental problem or question, reliable dental advice can be hard to find. Which websites can you trust? Who wrote them?
Often, the dental qualifications of the writer aren't obvious. Many sites have been written by people with little dental training, which can be a problem if you need safe and accurate information about certain dental conditions.
If you are looking for URGENT 24 hour dental advice line you can contact me at JustAnswers by clicking here, or, if I am unavailable, chat with another dental expert.
I can say this in all truth because I'm a dentist myself!
My name is Dr Richard Mitchell. I've been a dentist since 1979, working in the United Kingdom, Barbados, Germany, Australia, Spain, and New Zealand. That means I have 40 years of experience in six countries in general dentistry, and I've seen it all. Click here for more about me.
If you look at the Navigation Menu on the left side of this screen, (on a mobile device the Menu is at the top of this page), you will find the main areas that I have divided the website into.
This website offers safe, impartial and straightforward advice all about teeth, gums, jaws, and more. I also want to explain my knowledge as simply as I can, and what better way than online?
If you have arrived on this page, then you may well be having bad toothache. The first page you should look at is THIS ONE, about pain from a hot tooth.
Moving on, one of the most visited pages on this website is to do with photos of tongue cancer. This is definitely something to be aware of, especially if you smoke or drink alcohol. Please be aware that some of the photos are of a graphic nature, showing advanced cases of tongue cancer.
Here are the next most popular pages on this site, in the order that most folk find most useful. Just click on the highlighted text link to go to the indicated page.
My latest pages have a lot of information about What causes Lower Jaw Pain.
I have also written a page about the recently discovered links connecting gum disease to Alzheimers disease. VERY IMPORTANT. Read about it by clicking on that link.
This risk of developing Alzheimers if you have gum problems is being researched by several universities around the world. Eric Reynolds at the University of Melbourne and Caroline Genco at Tufts University in Massachusetts are working on vaccines that may prevent the gum-disease bacteria getting started.
The British magazine New Scientist has also reported more recently on
the bacteria involved in gum disease being responsible for a host of
other health issues. This may well end up becoming extremely important. So, to protect your general health, make sure to brush your teeth slowly and carefully, and then use dental floss. Every day.
My latest dental news page covers what's happening in dentistry, and things of note and things to look out for.
On my website I've tried to cover ALL the questions that my patients frequently ask me. I have found that people are generally interested in just 3 things when it comes to teeth:
Actually, there's a 4th one too!
I have recently added 2 new pages about straightening crooked teeth:
Quite a few people are terrified of the thought of visiting a dentist. It's a very common problem, and I can identify with the fear. You are putting your total trust in someone who is six inches from your face, and they are usually holding something sharp!
Here's a link to my page about Dental Surgery Phobia for nervous patients and those with a dental phobia. There's information about how to deal with a dental phobia, options for treatment, and links to dental hypnosis downloads.
In my experience over 40 years, dental hypnosis is one of THE BEST solutions for fear and apprehension when faced with a visit to the dentist. So check out that page on Dental Phobia!
Have you ever tried to find a new dentist, maybe after you have moved home to a new area (or even a new country)? I know that I have! Well, I have written a page of advice all about how to find a great dentist. Read ALL about it here. You might be surprised at the advice I give you.
I've written some pages on this website about things that can cause problems with chewing, such as dental infections and wisdom teeth.
I am here to give you the straight and honest dental health advice that you need to make the best decisions about your dental health. I want to provide the information you need so that you can ask your dentist the right questions, and make informed decisions about your dental health.
In the rest of this website I've covered lots of other topics, such as:
Just look on the menu at the left of your screen, or else type into the Search Box at the top of the page.
If you have any general questions or comments, just use the contact me link and I'll get back to you as soon as I can about any general questions to do with the Dental Advice website.
If you have a specific dental question, you can reach me through the JustAnswer website - be sure to mark your inquiry for my attention only.