Cause and effect

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Here at Paul Lowe we believe that arming you with the correct information is key to supporting your oral health. From smoking to coffee consumption, red wine to thumb sucking, it’s no surprise that the choices we make in life can drastically effect our health, and teeth are no exception. Sugar consumption and its dental effects are never far from your social media news feed at present but it’s not just those juices and sweets which can impact on a smile.

Grinding of teeth

Bruxism is the medical term for grinding the teeth and clenching the jaw. It is sometimes an unconscious habit; often it’s the people around you who notice it first. Your dentist however will be able to spot the signs. Excessive grinding can wear down your teeth, lead to tension headaches and cause jaw ache. It is often associated with stress and can be a side effect of certain medications. Treatment can vary according to the cause, however here at Paul Lowe we can talk you through some practical tips for prevention. It might be that using a mouth guard at night helps or we may suggest further investigation is needed from your GP.


According to the British dental association smokers are nearly three times more likely than non-smokers to suffer from gum disease. Repeated use can lead to substantial staining as well as increase healing time if you pick up an infection. Dental treatments for smokers range from preventative methods with a hygienist to cosmetic procedures such as whitening and veneers. Paul Lowe offers a range of options and can also sign post you to support should you express a desire to give up.

Acid reflux

If you struggle with acid reflux, it’s likely you’re no stranger to heart burn, indigestion or sore throat, however your teeth can also suffer with you. Acid reflux causes the enamel on your teeth to wear away, leading to sensitivity, pain and an increased risk of gum disease. Repeated vomiting, through pregnancy, bulimia or purging disorder can also create havoc with your smile. Paul Lowe dentistry believes that it’s important to treat all our customers with sensitivity, kindness and understanding. We do not judge, and instead, we can offer advice and tips on how your lifestyle or condition might affect oral health.

Here at Paul Lowe dentistry we believe that prevention is always better than cure. We are more than happy to discuss your concerns and offer treatment accordingly. Whatever your needs are, whether it is just preventative advice, general dentistry, teeth whitening or dental implants, you will receive the same high standard of dedicated attention and a warm welcome to put you at ease.

Please visit the individual treatment sections of this website to find out exactly how we can help you achieve sound dental health and a great smile. Also, remember to take a look at our gallery so you can see some of our outstanding results for yourself.