Meet the man with the answers on oral health issues
The Leicester Mercury has teamed up with Leicestershire dentist Dr Adam Patel (pictured) to help readers with any dental and oral health problems they might have.
People are invited to send in any questions, and Dr Patel will answer a selection of them through a regular column on this page, the Leicester Mercury's Monday health section.
Dr Patel said: "I hope I will be able to help people with information and advice which they can put into practice. My experience in seeing patients is that there is quite a lack of dental and oral health information and education."
"Your mouth is the start of your digestive system and people often don't realise there is a distinct link between oral and general health.
"It can also have a big impact on a person's psychological and social wellbeing.
"Bad oral health is very visible and can impact on aspects of life, from a person's personal life to getting a job."
Dr Patel, who was educated at Leicester City School and Leicester College, added: "I hope I will be able to help readers with information I can provide."
Dr Patel's replies should only be used as a reference – he is not a replacement for your own dentist.
If you have a query you would like to raise please summarise it in about 200 words and e-mail it to te address below. Put "health questions" in the subject line.
Alternatively, send your 200-word summary to Cathy Buss, Health Questions, Leicester Mercury, St George Street, Leicester LE1 9FQ. Please note, an edited version of the information you send us might appear on this page.
Please include a contact name and phone number in case we have any queries about your submission. These details will not be published.
Dr Patel will not be able to send personal responses to letters.