When you have a dental problem or question, reliable dental health advice can be hard to find.
Which websites can you trust in 2022? Who wrote them?
Often, the dental qualifications of the writer aren't obvious. And, sadly, I've come across many websites that give dental health advice and information that's just plain wrong.
They have been written by people with little dental training, or worse, no dental training at all. What they have written is just their own personal opinion – and THAT can be dangerous, especially if you need safe and accurate information about certain dental conditions.
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.
Recently, I ran my own private practice for 10 years on the Costa Blanca in Spain, and then moved to New Zealand in 2021. I am still registered with the Dental Council of New Zealand.
I am a validated Expert at JustAnswer, where I can answer questions on dental issues. Here is the link to my page at JustAnswer. Remember to mark your inquiry for my attention only.
I am a mentor at Career Re-Do, a service helping people who are thinking about a change in career into dentistry.
I have also completed a Certificate in Proofreading and Copy editing (with Distinction), and I now proofread professionally. You can send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org about this service.
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.
Over the past 40 years of dentistry I have seen just about EVERYTHING in the six countries that I have worked in. I've written this website to give safe, honest and reliable dental advice that doesn't depend on you being a patient of mine.
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?
Moving on, the most popular page 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.
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 have recently added 4 new pages to this website, titled:
This page tells you about the different options you have for a filling.
If you're interested in getting straight teeth with braces, look here!
The Invisalign system uses clear splints to straighten your teeth.
Find out what myths and fake news there are when it comes to teeth!
Check them out to take a short-cut to the most common questions I get, and to discover which myths have an element of truth in them.
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.
There is also recent research to suggest a link between your gum health and how sick you may get if you contract Covid-19.
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!
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!
A lot of people contact me for advice about pain and swelling after getting a tooth extracted or having a dental implant put in. So my latest pages have a lot of information about the various types of Lower Jaw Pain.
ANDPain After Tooth Extraction.
I am sure that these pages will be of help to those folk seeking information
about possible causes of pain in the jaw bones, particularly after a
tooth extraction. I had to get a molar tooth removed myself a few years ago; from my own experience, as well as training as a dentist, I have written a page about the best foods to eat after a tooth extraction. Read about my recommendations HERE!
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 Health 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.