By dentist Dr. Richard Mitchell
When you have a dental problem or question, reliable dental health advice can be hard to find.
Which websites can you trust? Who wrote them?
Often, the dental qualifications of the writer aren't obvious. And sadly, I've come across several 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 and Spain. That means I have 40 years of experience in general dentistry - I've seen it all. Click here for more about me...
I am now living in Spain, recently retired from clinical dentistry, but still registered with the Almeria Dental Board.
Below is my registration certificate.
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. If you can't find what you are looking for, just use the Search box at the top right side of this page!
Over the past 40 years of dentistry I have seen just about EVERYTHING in the 5 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.
But first . . . .
March 15, 2020.
The current world situation has everyone worried. Read my latest page giving you the scientific facts and the latest advice HERE. Find out how to protect yourself, what the symptoms of the infection are - and whether it's safe to visit your dentist yet.
As well as wearing a mask and keeping 6 feet away from others when out in public, I recommend avoiding touching any surfaces in public that others have touched, like ATM buttons or touchscreens, elevator buttons, door handles, railings, tables, and even bank notes. Use contactless card payments at the supermarket where possible.
Even better, do your grocery shopping online and get home delivery.
If you cannot avoid this sort of contact, use a hand sanitizer frequently, and wash your hands with soap and water as soon as possible. And don't touch your face.
Updated September 11, 2020.
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.
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... what better way than online?
I have recently added 4 new pages to this website, titled;
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 recently written a page about the recently-discovered links connecting gum disease to Alzheimers disease. VERY IMPORTANT. Read about it HERE.
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.
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 6 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 to 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 that those pages will be of help to those folk seeking information about possible causes of pain in the jaw bones, particularly after a tooth extraction. This is where a good-quality aloe vera product can really help.
I've written some pages on this website about things that can cause problems with chewing, such as dental infections and wisdom teeth.
There are also pages about all about dentures, migraine headaches, and mercury-amalgam fillings.
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.
I have now set up my personal, one-to-one consulting service, to answer your clinical dental questions and to give you honest impartial Dental Health Advice. If you have a personal clinical problem that you would like my opinion on, just go to Ask The Dentist to find out more about this service, and how to ask your question.
Most times, I can put your mind at rest about an issue or a treatment you may have had recently. Other times, I give a "second opinion", and contradict what the patient's own dentist has said! So don't hesitate to ask your question.
Just click on Ask The Dentist and let me know what's bothering you.
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.
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