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20 Quotes That Will Make You Want to Keep on Smiling

Having teeth and the ability to use them in a smile is something we all have in common. Here are 20 quotes about teeth, dentistry and the power of a smile that will make you want to look after your pearly whites properly so that you can keep smiling!

  1. ‘Every tooth in a man’s head is more valuable than a diamond.’ – Miguel de Cervantes
  1. ‘Smile, it lets your teeth breathe’ – Author Unknown
  1. ‘Blessed are those who can hold lively conversations with the helplessly mute, for they shall be called dentists,’ – Ann Landers
  1. ‘Life is short. Smile while you still have teeth.’ –Mallory Hopkins
  1. ‘There is no weaponry in the feminine armoury to which men are so vulnerable as they are to a smile.’ – Dorothy Dix
  1. ‘She laughs at everything you say. Why? Because she has fine teeth.’ – Benjamin Franklin
  1. ‘You’re never fully dressed without a smile.’ – Martin Charnin
  1. ‘Hair is the first thing. And teeth the second. Hair and teeth. A man got those two things, he’s got it all.’ – James Brown
  1. ‘Cleaning with dogs in the house is like brushing your teeth with Oreos.’ – Author Unknown
  1. ‘You don’t have to brush your teeth, just the ones you want to keep.’ – Author Unknown
  1. ‘An aching tooth is better out than in. To lose a rotting member is a gain.’ – Richard Baxter
  1. ‘If a patient cannot clean his teeth, no dentist can clean them for him.’ – Martin H. Fishcer
  1. ‘A smile is an inexpensive way to change your looks.’ – Charles Gordy
  1. ‘The man with a toothache thinks everyone happy whose teeth are sound.’ – George Bernard Shaw
  1. ‘A smile remains the most inexpensive gift I can bestow on anyone and yet its powers can vanquish kingdoms.’ – Og Mandido
  1. ‘Adam and Eve had many advantages, but the principal one was that they escaped teething.’ – Mark Twain
  1. ‘If you have more cavities that you have teeth, then you’ve led a ‘sweet’ life.’ – Stanley Victor Paskavich
  1. ‘Lying through your teeth does not count as flossing’. – Author Unknown
  1. ‘Good looking people with strong, fluoridated teeth get things handed to them on platters.’ – Douglas Coupland
  1. ‘Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.’ – Mother Theresa

Give the Gift of a New Smile: Cosmetic Christmas Gifts

Christmas is a time for giving, but it can often be a difficult task to find a present that will be truly appreciated by your loved one. Instead of ending up with a last-minute gift-voucher to put under the Christmas tree this year, why not give a truly special and uplifting gift instead? Giving the gift of a cosmetic dentistry procedure can dramatically improve the self-confidence of the special someone in your life and is guaranteed to be a Christmas present to remember!

Teeth Whitening

Brightening the teeth can completely transform the face and boost confidence. Professional teeth whitening procedures are becoming more and more commonplace among people who have discoloured teeth. The results are very fast so your loved one will see the results immediately.

Composite White Fillings

Many older people who have had dental fillings have had the metal variety adhered to their teeth. While this works efficiently to protect the tooth from further decay, many people consider them to be unattractive. Today, composite white fillings, which are the same colour as the tooth, are a much-preferred option as they are not noticeable when you talk, eat or laugh. If an old filling needs replacing, why not help to cover the cost as a Christmas gift?

Invisalign Orthodontics

Crooked teeth can be a big source of embarrassment so some people causing them to be reluctant to smile or show their teeth as a result. Instead of having braces fitted, there is now a procedure known as Invisalign Orthodontics where clear, thin trays are fitted to straighten and correct the teeth. Unlike braces, almost no one can tell that they are being worn. They are more comfortable, less expensive and work faster than traditional braces. Giving the gift of straight teeth would truly be a gift to cherish for years to come!

Dental Bonding

For teeth that need reshaping or recolouring, dental bonding might be the answer. This procedure allows dentists to change the size and colour of a tooth by applying a tooth-coloured adhesive to the tooth. This might be a nice gift for someone who is concerned about the appearance of one or more of their teeth.

Dental Implants

For people who have missing teeth, the gift of a new tooth would be a present to treasure. Dental implants serve as a tooth root to anchor in a replacement tooth, bridge or denture and would be a gift to remember.

What is the Difference Between a Dental Assistant and a Dental Hygienist?

Confused about who does what at the dentist? Dentistry is a field that encompasses a range of different positions and during an appointment, you won’t be seen by the dentist alone. The dentist will usually have a dental assistant as well as a dental hygienist to assist during consultations and procedures. During routine cleans, it is common for the dental hygienist to run the consultation, rather than the dentist. Here is a breakdown of the different roles in dentistry and what you can expect from whom:

Dental Assistant:

As the name suggests, the primary role of a dental assistant is to assist the dentist with many aspects of the dental practice. A range of duties and responsibilities encompass this position, which are mainly based around:

  • Patient interaction
  • Record-keeping
  • Small procedural tasks under the direction of the dentist
  • Assisting the dentist during procedures and examinations
  • Preparing patients for dental procedures
  • Preparing the dental consultation room with the appropriate tools and equipment
  • Administrative tasks such as billing and the scheduling of appointments

Dental Hygienist:

A dental hygienist is an oral healthcare professional who is trained specifically in preventative oral care. Whilst still working under the supervision of a dentist, it is common for dental hygienists to run routine examinations and cleans without the dentist present. The dental hygienist performs tasks that are more complex and independent and ones that were only performed by dentists in the past. The dental hygienist takes a much bigger hands-on role with patients than a dental assistant does and routinely performs the following duties:

  • Performing preliminary steps in identifying dental conditions
  • Providing dental care information and advice to patients on good oral hygiene practices
  • Cleaning and scaling
  • Polishing teeth
  • Applying dental sealants
  • Perform x-rays
  • Administer fluoride
  • Oral cancer screenings
  • Depending on the location, dental hygienists may also administer anaesthetic, apply fillings and remove sutures

There are varying qualification requirements between the two positions, with dental hygienists requiring a bachelor’s degree and dental assistants needing to complete a one to two year training program. There are also differences in the salary across the two positions, with dental hygienists earning a much higher income than dental assistants. This corresponds to the differing qualification requirements as well as the differencing levels of responsibility. Both positions fall under the overall authority of the dentist who oversees the entire practice.

What Happens at a Dental Check-up?

For most people, a visit to the dentist for a check-up can be a source of dread. Basic dental check-ups are, however, essential to maintaining good oral health and should be done regularly. So what should you expect during a dental check-up? This guide will give you an overview of what will generally happen during your visit.

In most cases, the dental hygienist will conduct the dental examination. The hygienist will generally examine your teeth and gums and discuss the proper way to care for your teeth at home. Although not every dental surgery operates in the same way, most check-ups generally include the following components:

Examination: Your mouth and teeth will be thoroughly examined to look for any signs of decay or any changes since your last visit. A rubber probe may be used to measure the distances between your teeth and gums. Another tool will be used to explore your teeth to determine if there are any cavities present and a mirror will be used to help see all sides of your teeth.

Cleaning: A professional clean effectively removes tartar, which forms when plaque hardens over time. It is only possible to remove tartar at the dentist. A special instrument is used to remove the tartar, which scrapes it away.

Polishing: After your teeth have been cleaned, they will be polished using a rotating brush or cup and an abrasive polishing substance. This serves to remove any final remnants of plaque or surface stains. The substance will feel gritty in your mouth and after the polishing is complete, you will be given the chance to rinse your mouth.

Discussion about oral care: During the examination, the hygienist will discuss your oral care routine and advise you how to care for your teeth in the best way possible at home.

X-rays: During some check-ups, your dentist may wish to take an x-ray of your mouth to look for signs of decay or impacted teeth.

How to get the most out of your dental check-up:

There are some things that you can do to ensure that you get the most out of your visit to the dentist. These include:

  • Notifying the dentist or hygienist of any changes you have noticed in your mouth
  • Advising them of any diagnoses you have had since your last visit by your doctor such as diabetes, pregnancy or heart disease, etc.
  • Bringing a list of all the medications you take
  • If you suffer from dental anxiety, letting your dentist or hygienist know so that they can make you feel more comfortable during your visit

FAQ’s – adult orthodontics.


What is adult orthodontics?

Adult orthodontics is the process of correcting crooked teeth to produce a straight, confident and beautiful smile.

How is adult orthodontics different from children’s orthodontics?

On adult orthodontics we mainly concentrate on the appearance of the front teeth, and would tend to accept the position of the back teeth. With children’s orthodontics, it may well be necessary to move some of the back teeth as well as some of the front teeth to achieve a stable smile. This can be achieved in adults without having to move the back teeth. (more…)

Behind the scenes…

Private Dentist Chatham

Fresh Dental Care – behind the scenes …

Louise is our practice manager and, with Julie, our Treatment Coordinator, works behind the scenes to ensure the smooth running of the practice day to day and also with an eye to our long term planning. Fresh Dental Care has a commitment to continual investment in up to date technology and staff training to ensure we can be confident we are able to provide the most modern, advanced treatments for the benefit of our patients. (more…)

Marcus’s FAQ’s

Dr Marcus Spry’s FAQ’s:

Patients frequently have asked me five questions over the years.

  1. How can I keep my teeth?

The simple answer to this is that you need to brush the plaque off your teeth. Plaque is a bacterial deposit that builds up on the teeth daily and needs to be removed by the cleaning action of a toothbrush. Additionally, ensure that you don’t have too much sugar in your diet. Leaving plaque leads to gum disease, which can mean the gums shrink away from the teeth and, if you consume a lot of sugary food and drink, the plaque germs will turn this to acid which will tend to erode the tooth and create a cavity. It’s a good idea to have a regular dental examination because early intervention is the key to minimal treatment. (more…)

For there was never yet philosopher

‘For there was never yet philosopher

That could endure the toothache patiently’

William Shakespeare, MuchAdoAbout Nothing

The most common cause of toothache is dental decay – i.e.: a cavity. This is caused by bacteria (plaque) turning the sugar we eat into acid, this slowly over time produces a hole in the tooth.

The hole allows toxins to irritate the nerve in the tooth and this causes pain. It’s treated in the early stages by removing the decay and placing a filling in the tooth.

At a later stage we would need to also remove the nerve itself by using root canal therapy. (more…)

Our new website is now live!

We’re very excited to launch the new Fresh Dental website. The new, easy to navigate design will give both our new and existing patients a better insight into the services we offer, as well as our commitment to treating every patient as an individual.

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