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Back to school – make sure your child’s teeth are healthy before the school year begins

It’s not too long before primary and secondary schools go back for Autumn term. With this in mind, have you thought about having your child’s dental hygiene checked over after the summer period?

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During the summer period it’s likely that your child’s brushing and dental hygiene routine became disrupted and perhaps you had less of a view over the kinds of foods they were eating.

 

Here at Fresh we offer general check-ups for your child as well as hygienist appointments which fulfil a different purpose but are just as important. Whilst general check ups with the dentist assess the health of your child’s teeth, the hygienist can offer a deep clean of their teeth if they are suffering from surface stains as well as advice on cleaning techniques to parents and children alike. The dental hygienist can also advise on the types of food to eat and avoid in order to avoid cavities and fillings.

 

Examples of foods that are good for your child’s teeth:

  • Dairy products – dairy products have actually been proven to help your teeth and offer them strength. Dairy products lower the ph level in your mouth and in turn protect tooth enamel – a vital part of the tooth.
  • High-fibre veg – high fibre foods act like a deep clean of your teeth especially spinach, which is high in water and helps wash away unwanted food particles that linger in your mouth.

 

Examples to avoid:

  • Sticky confectionary – toffee and caramel-based confectionary in particular.
  • Chewy high starch food – bread and bagels.
  • Food and drink high in acid (fizzy drinks and citrus fruits) – the opposing side to dairy, food and drink high in acid makes the ph level in your mouth higher and thus renders your tooth enamel more susceptible to damage. Once our tooth enamel has worn away it cannot be restored and this is why regular check-ups are essential for young children who are establishing their brushing patterns and routine.

 

 

If you would like more information about check-ups for your child at Fresh, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Smile consultations at Fresh Dental

Everyone has their own individual anxieties surrounding their smile and here at Fresh, we know that each and every patent is different.

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What is encompassed as part of a smile makeover?

  • Tooth whitening.
  • Orthodontic treatment.
  • Fillings/white fillings
  • Dental implants.
  • CEREC crowns (single day crowns).

 

Let’s break down some of the treatments on our list above…

 

Tooth whitening

Tooth whitening at Fresh is a bespoke process where the whitening trays are made up to be an exact fit for your teeth, rendering the treatment 100% safe. You should always seek to have this treatment performed by a medical professional and never an unqualified beauty therapists as this can cause irrevocable damage to your teeth. You can read more about this here.

 

Veneers

Dental veneers are porcelain shells that fit over a damaged, decayed, discoloured or chipped tooth.

 

Orthodontic treatment

Fresh offer several types of orthodontic treatment including Invisalign (removable discreet aligners) and Cfast (fixed aesthetic braces for cosmetic issues).

 

Dental implants

Do you have a missing tooth? Replacing a missing tooth as soon as possible is essential to your dental and overall health. Your chances of developing gum disease are increased the longer a missing tooth is left untreated and your jawbone can also suffer as a result as it does not have the support it needs from your teeth.

 

White fillings

Do you have a filling you’re not happy with? White fillings can replace this and render your smile more aesthetically pleasing. White composite fillings are also stronger and do not cause extreme sensitivity when consuming hot or cold food and drinks.

 

CEREC crowns

Fresh Dental are one of the only practices in the Maidstone area to offer same day crowns. This incredible technology allows patients to undergo the fitting of a custom crown in a single appointment. The crown in made to be inkeeping with the natural aesthetic of your existing teeth.

 

Cosmetic dentistry and anti-wrinkle treatment

Many patients choose to combine their smile makeover with facial aesthetic treatments in order to maximise the effects of the cosmetic dentistry treatment. You can take a look at the different facial aesthetics treatments we offer here.

 

If you would like more information about smile consultations and cosmetic dentistry at Fresh, please do not hesitate to contact us. 

Are dental implants the right option for me?

Thinking about getting dental implants to replace a missing tooth? Here are the things you need to know.

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What exactly is a dental implant?

Dental implants are tiny titanium screws that replace your tooth’s root. They are considered to be the best option after a natural tooth, fusing with the patient’s jawbone and thus becoming a natural part of the body.

 

Who is eligible for dental implants?

It’s rare for patients not to tolerate dental implants and they can be used to treat tooth loss across a wide range of ages – it really depends on the health of the patient’s jawbone. In some cases, a person’s jawbone is not strong enough to support the implant as there is insufficient bone. If this is the case, a bone graft can help to create new bone to support the implant. Please ask your dentist here at Fresh for more details on this. Your dentist will always carry out a thorough assessment to ensure that you are 100% compatible for dental implants.

 

What are the benefits of getting dental implants?

Unlike dentures, dental implants are a fixed solution and will not cause you any stress in social situations by falling out or get in your way when eating and speaking. You can maintain them in the same way as you would your natural teeth and if you are suffering from resorption, they are the only option that will help tackle this. Check out our blog ‘The benefits of dental implants’ to find out more.

 

Do dental implants have a high success rate?

A very high success rate in fact. In 98.5% of cases, patients undergo the procedure without rejecting the implant – a very rare occurrence.

 

What is involved in the procedure?

The procedure itself is not very long and you will be under locals anaesthetic whilst the team here at Fresh place the implant. You will then need a healing period in order to allow the implant to fuse with your jawbone.

 

If you would like more information about dental implants at Fresh Dental, please do not hesitate to contact us and we can arrange a free consultation for you.

Are cFast braces for me? Frequently Asked Questions…

What is Cfast?

Cfast treatment is an orthodontic-based method used to treat misaligned, crowded or crooked teeth. Cfast focuses on your front teeth, visible when you smile.

 

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What properties do Cfast braces possess?

Cfast are designed to be a discreet treatment and incorporate tooth-coloured brackets and wires into their design to achieve this.

 

How do Cfast braces work their magic?

The nickel titanium wires work with the ceramic brackets to gradually and gently guide your teeth into a desired position.

 

What is the difference between Cfast braces and tradition metal braces?

As well as the aesthetic differences, Cfast differ from traditional metal braces in a couple of other ways. Whilst traditional metal braces aim to shift your teeth and jaws, Cfast braces focus on moving the teeth for purely cosmetic reasons and do not address more serious functional issues. They’re also not suitable for younger patients. Here at Fresh we offer Invisalign Express which is a similar treatment but focuses on less complex orthodontic issues and can straighten your teeth in as little as 6 months– take a look here.

 

How will the braces affect my lifestyle?

You will have to make a couple of amendments to your diet, avoiding harder foods so that they do not damage your brace. Your should also avoid chewy foods that could become lodged in the smaller parts of your brace, as these foods will make your more susceptible to the build up of plaque and tartar.

 

How long does treatment take?

Cfast braces are designed to be a short-term orthodontic treatment (fairly obvious from the name!). Treatment will take up to 9 months though most patients only require 4-6 months in order to achieve the results they were expecting.

 

Your dentist here at Fresh will be able to provide you with a prospective 3D image of your teeth after treatment, so you’ll know what to expect.

 

If you would like more information about Cfast braces or indeed the other orthodontic options we offer here at Fresh, please do not hesitate to contact us.

All about All-On-Four 

Are you having problems with your teeth? Or is your bridge beginning to give you problems? Perhaps you’re done with wearing dentures because of their impracticalities? All-on-4 is a cost-effective way or replacing missing teeth.

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All-on-4 replaces an entire arch or both arches of failing or missing teeth using a fixed bridge attached to some dental implants over a single visit.

 

 

How do All-On-4 implants work?

The day you come in for treatment your dentist will fit you with a temporary bridge for the new implants. You will not need to wear dentures for the entire treatment period. 6 months down the line you will need to return to us here in Maidstone for the final fitting of your bridge. The bridge will be designed to your exact tooth structure and will offer a natural aesthetic. Similarly, your permanent bridge will also be cosmetically sound and reinforced with with metal to ensure the bridge is long-lasting.

 

 

Can I benefit from All-On-4?

If you already wear dentures, All-on-4 could benefit you, offering big lifestyle improvements. Many patients with dentures come to us at Fresh saying that their dentures have become loose and All-on-4 tackles this as it is a fixed treatment. Patients who are missing an entire or both arches of teeth find that this is a very cost-effective solution as opposed to having individually placed implants.

 

 

The benefits of All-on-4 implants

  • Fixed solution so you don’t have to worry about taking them out as with dentures.
  • Enjoy the foods you love without jeopardising your teeth.
  • Chew, smile and kiss with confidence – you may have experienced some embaressment during social situations where your dentures are concerned (loose and wobbly/falling out when you eat). This is not the case with dental implants.
  • Cost-effective – as the implants are on a bridge, the cost is reduced.

 

 

If you would like more information about your options for missing teeth, please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

 

Considering your dental hygiene….

Dental hygiene is often overlooked, hidden in the shadow of dental check-ups and appointments. Dental and oral hygiene is just as important as dentist check-ups and an appointment with your dentist should not be substituted for a hygienist appointment, as these serve different purposes. Here is a little bit about the importance of the dental hygienist….

 

Difference to the dentist

Your dentist is essentially a GP for your teeth, identifying problems such as disease, carrying out restorative, cosmetic and repair work, as well as writing prescriptions and carrying out X-rays. A dental hygienist is responsible for deep cleaning your teeth and will sometimes perform certain cosmetic procedures. They will also teach patients how to look after their oral hygiene. Dentists possess more training than dental hygienist, but the two work together to make decisions about your dental health, each contributing information from their respective fields.

Scale and polish – This is one of the most common procedures carried out by a hygienist. A scale and polish is a deep clean of your teeth. There are certain stains in form of plaque and tartar which cannot be removed by brushing and flossing alone.

Your hygienist can also advise you on how to take preventative measures to ensure you do not develop plaque and tartar-laden teeth. Your hygienist can also show you how to brush and floss correctly, so that you get the best out of your at-home dental hygiene routine.

Dental hygiene at Fresh

Here at Fresh in Maidstone, we focus very much on prevention, tackling problems such as gum disease and fresh breath treatment, so that you can be confident about your oral hygiene. We use your regular examinations (known as 10-point clinical assessments) to screen for any potential symptoms of oral cancer – early detection is the most significant element in overcoming this.

Your 10-point clinical assessment and hygiene appointments will involve discussing your diet and lifestyle choices and how they impact upon your dental hygiene.

If you would like more information about check-ups and hygienist appointments at Fresh, please do not hesitate to contact us.

CEREC and crowns

What is CEREC?

CEREC technology is state-of-the-art technology that allows patients to get porcelain crowns in a day. CEREC has revolutionised the process of producing, designing and fitting crowns. Here at Fresh, we can create crowns in house in a single appointment.

CEREC allows us to use the very best computer imaging techniques to generate comprehensive chair-side dental impressions of your teeth and without the need to make physical moulds of your teeth – a process that can be very uncomfortable and time consuming. These digital impressions offer the highest level of accuracy. The ceramic materials used are more biocompatible and offer a more aesthetic alternative to other materials such as amalgam and gold.

CEREC have a 10 year lifespan – longer than gold inlays and individually-manufactured ceramic inlays. Research has shown that the CEREC success rate is 95.5% following a period of 9 years, and 84% after 18 years.

 

This imaging technology can be linked to the in-house CEREC milling unit which then creates your bespoke crown in as little as 6 minutes. With CEREC, there is no need for temporary restorations in between appointments (as everything can be performed over a single visit) and only local anaesthetic is used.

 

Crowns

Do you have broken, chipped, decaying, or damaged teeth? A restoration such as a crown could be the answer for you.

 

 

The benefits of crowns:

  • Improve the aesthetics of your tooth – Crowns can improve the colour and shape of your tooth according to your desires. You dentist at Fresh will talk through this with you.
  • Protect your tooth – Crowns are durable (crowns at Fresh are made from porcelain), offering the best possible protection for your tooth.
  • Durable – Research has shown that crowns are the most durable solution over other dental restorations.

 

Other restorations such as veneers and fillings can also be created in a single appointment via CEREC.

 

If you would like more information about CEREC or dental crowns at Fresh, please do not hesitate to contact us.

How can Invisalign help me?

Invisalign is a revolutionary orthodontic treatment that makes use of plastic removable aligners to straighten your teeth. Invisalign technology has an international reputation.

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The best things about Invisalign…

  • Removable appliance – the fact that Invisalign is a removable treatment makes things a lot simpler for patients in many different ways. Firstly your dental hygiene is easier to keep on top of in comparison to fixed brace solutions which can make this challenging. This is because food particles become stuck in-between the brace hardware such as the brackets. If these particles are not removed, you could develop higher levels of plaque and tartar, exposing you to gum disease.
  • Enjoy the foods you love – another perk of the treatment’s removable capacity – you do not have to be as strict with your diet as you would if you were wearing fixed braces. You can continue eating harder foods which would jeopardise fixed brace treatments.
  • Treatment is custom – the aligners are made to your exact tooth structure so that they are as effective and comfortable as possible.
  • Discreet treatment – the aligners are clear and therefore discreet. You don’t need to worry about your appearance changing.
  • Reputable – many celebrities have favoured Invisalign to treat orthodontic issues, namely Justin Bieber, Kathy Bates and Tom Cruise.

 

Invisalign at Fresh Dental

We offer two types of Invisalign treatment here at Fresh.

Invisalign i7 – Invisalign i7 is a fairly new additions to the Invisalign family. It is designed to deal with minor tooth movements as well as crowding, orthodontic relapse and spacing issues.

Invisalign Express – this range of Invisalign combines the features of its predecessors with a faster treatment time. Instead of taking 12-18 months treatment can take as little as 6 months depending on the type of work you are having done. Both systems use a computer-generated image of your teeth to create the aligners and show you the intricacies of your tooth movement.

You can read more about our choice of Invisalign treatment here. 

 

If you would like more information about orthodontic treatment at Fresh, please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

 

 

 

Dentistry Jargon Buster for patients – Part 1

The world of dentistry can be a confusing place where there exist a myriad of tricky terms to get your head around. Here at Fresh we think it’s important that each patient is very well-informed about the ins and outs of the treatment they are choosing to undergo, which involves knowing certain complex terminology – here is some of this terminology explained…..

 

 

Abutment – An abutment is the connecting element between a dental implant and a restoration (crown or bridge).

 

Alveoloar bone – A person’s teeth are connected to the jaw via the alveolar bone – it is the principal support for teeth.

 

Bone augmentation – Phrase used to define a group of procedure that are used to build bone for those who do not have a sufficient amount for dental implants to be fitted.

 

Bone resorption – This process occurs when a patient has missing teeth. If the missing teeth are left untreated for a long period, the jawbone begins to shrink away (resorb), causing the face to appear sunken.

 

Bruxism – The medical term for grinding teeth and clenching the jaw.

 

Crown – Type of restoration that is used to cover a damaged tooth, rendering it more aesthetically sound and more resistant to damage and decay.

 

Dental implant – Dental implant permanently replace a missing tooth root. A restoration such as a crown or a bridge is fixed over the top to create an aesthetic result.

 

Dentures – Dentures are a removable option for replacing missing teeth. Dentures are sometimes made from porcelain and metal but are generally made from acrylic plastic. Partial dentures are also available to patients who do not have all of their teeth missing.

 

Edentulous – Medical term for those who are toothless.

 

Gingivitis – This is when the gums become inflamed and is recognised as the first stage of gum disease.

 

Impression taking – Dental impressions are used to create custom made restorations and dental appliances.

 

Incisors – A person’s top and bottom 4 front teeth. These are the sharpest teeth, used to cut into food using their thin edges.

 

Lower arch – The arch of teeth located on the lower jaw (also known as the mandibular arch).

 

Malocclusion – A poor bite – top and bottom teeth do not meet correctly.

 

 

If you would like to know more about the treatments available at Fresh, please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

 

 

 

Jargon buster part 2

The second half of our jargon buster – letters M-Z. 

 

Mandibular – Medical term for the lower jaw that holds the lower teeth in position.

 

Marginal bone loss – Marginal bone resorption/marginal bone loss, is when the bone contained in the jaw shrinks as a result of lack of stimulation.

 

Maxilla – The bone that forms part of the jaw, nose and eye socket.

 

Molar – The teeth located right at the back of the mouth – they have roots into the upper maxilla.

 

Osseointegration – When a bone heals and fuses around a dental implant.

 

Periodontal disease – This begins when gum disease begins to affect the gums, supporting structures of the teeth and bone. Gingivitis precedes periodontal disease.

 

Pontic – Artificial tooth.

 

Pre-molar – Located behind the canine teeth. Their properties include a flat chewing surface, which helps break down foods.

 

Restoration – The collective term for the various types of false tooth (crowns, bridges, inlays, fillings) that are secured to a dental implant via an abutment.

 

Root canal – A root canal is a procedure carried out to treat an infection located in the soft tissue of a root canal system. This is done by removing the tissue that contains harmful bacteria and then sealing the tooth with a filling or a crown.

 

Short span bridge – A bridge created for a single missing tooth.

 

Smile makeover – A treatment plan incorporating more than a single cosmetic dentistry procedure. Popular combinations are tooth whitening and veneers and orthodontics and veneers and crowns.

 

Temporary denture – These are created before any tooth extraction or surgeries are carried out. Temporary dentures are placed immediately after surgery in order to help maintain the shape of the face over the healing period.

 

TMD/TMJ – Complications surrounding a person’s bite (temporomandibular joint disorders). This can be treated with orthodontic treatment. Pain sometimes occurs around the ears and the neck and also manifests itself through headaches.

 

Upper arch – Upper arch of teeth is known as the maxillary arch.

 

Veneer – Custom made layers of porcelain designed to cover a decayed, damaged, chipped or broken tooth, rendering it healthier and more cosmetically sound.

 

If you would like more information about the variety of dental treatments available at Fresh, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Top 7 reasons to have dermal fillers at Fresh

Dermal fillers are a fantastic way to rejuvenate your appearance without the need for expensive surgical procedures. Read on to find out about the other benefits of dermal fillers treatment at Fresh Dental…..

 

 

  • Benefit from a safe and highly effective procedure – Here at Fresh, our team are medically qualified to carry out the procedure for dermal fillers. This procedure should never be performed by anyone who does not possess the correct medical credentials, as this could result in irrevocable damage to the skin and your overall health. The team at Fresh have ample experience with this.

 

  • A welcoming team and atmosphere – we value the personal touch and will always seek to address any anxieties you might have or answer any questions you would like to ask.

 

  • Natural solution – Dermal fillers use a substance that is naturally-occurring in the human body, known as hyaluronic acid. When you grow older the body produces less hyaluronic acid which makes the skin appear saggy and less hydrated. Your dentist will inject the substance into your body, rejuvenating your appearance by increasing definition and restoring volume.

 

  • Benefit from a pain-free and non-invasive treatment – Dermal fillers are a simple procedure taking between 15-30 minutes and involve non surgical elements – a better alternative to surgical cosmetic procedures. You can leave our practice straight after treatment as there is no recovery time involved and you can resume your normal daily activities immediately.

 

  • Your facial expressions are not jeopardised, unlike with some cosmetic surgical procedures – Dr Marcus Spry will target specific facial muscles so that you get noticeable results where your fine lines and wrinkles appears smoother, whilst retaining your natural facial expressions.

 

  • Improve your self-esteem and confidence – Certain lifestyle choices can fast-forward the ageing process, which can leave you feeling low in confidence about the way you look. Dermal fillers are a fast-acting solution to a healthier and more youthful-looking face, giving your back your desire to smile. Your first treatment will also lay the foundations for future treatment, rendering facial aesthetics treatments slightly longer-lasting in the future.

 

  • Benefit from a long-lasting treatment – dermal fillers can last between 4-18 months, though this varies from one individual to another and depends on your general health and wellbeing.
If you would like more information about dermal fillers and facial aesthetics at Fresh Dental, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Avoiding the need for a root canal….

When is a root canal necessary?

A root canal (also known as endodontics), is a treatment designed to tackle infections at the centre of a tooth (known as the root canal system). Such infections are caused by harmful bacteria that reside in the mouth and go on to invade the tooth. This can occur after tooth decay, damage to a tooth as a result of a trauma and leaky fillings.

 

If your dentist suspects you have a bacterial infection, they will take a dental X-ray to confirm that pulp has been damaged. If this is the case, the bacteria will multiply and spread.

 

 

Symptoms to look out for:

  • Pain when eating hot or cold food and drink.
  • Pain when biting and chewing.
  • Loose tooth.

 

It is essential that you visit your dentist here at Fresh if you have any reason to believe you may have an infected tooth. When the infection advances, the symptoms above will regress as the pulp in your tooth dies which may lead you to believe that the tooth has healed when in actual fact the infection has spread through the root canal system.

 

The anatomy of a tooth explained:

There are 2 main parts to a tooth which are:

  • The crown – this is the visible top part of a tooth.
  • The root – the non-visible part in the bone of the jaw that anchors the tooth in position.

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Other parts of a tooth include:

  • Tooth enamel – the hard protective outer coating of a tooth. This is the part that stops your teeth corroding as a result of general wear and tear. Protecting your tooth enamel is particularly important as once it has corroded (as a result of smoking/diet/unhealthylifestyle choices) it cannot be restored.
  • dentine – Softer matter supporting the tooth enamel. This makes up most of a tooth.
  • Cementum – hard matter coating the surface of the tooth’s root.
  • dental pulp – soft tissue located at the centre of a tooth.

 

If you would like to arrange a check-up or you are worried about any of the symptoms above, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. It is important to detect problems early therefore regular dental and hygiene check-ups are paramount.

 

 

 

 

Cosmetic dentistry can change your life 

Cosmetic dentistry is as much about improving the aesthetics of your smile as it is about improving your dental health.
The cosmetic services we offer at Fresh include: 
  • Tooth whitening.
  • White fillings.
  • Veneers
  • Crowns and bridges.
‘So how can each of these treatments benefit my appearance and my health?’ you may be asking yourself. Here we explain how some of these treatments can benefit your health and happiness.
Tooth whitening
Tooth whitening is a safe and bespoke treatment here at Fresh, using whitening trays that are a custom fit for your teeth. Before the whitening process begins, the dental hygienist here at Fresh will deep clean your teeth, otherwise known as a ‘scale and polish’. This is when tenacious stains such as plaque and tartar and removed from your teeth, allowing your to ‘reset’ your dental health and hygiene. Following this, the tooth whitening process can begin. Leave the practice on a path to brighten, healthier-looking teeth for the future.
Veneers 
Veneers are thin shell-like custom made porcelain shells that fit over the top of damaged, chipped and decayed teeth and repair discolouration. Veneers are applied by your dentists and matched to the colour of your existing teeth so that you can retain an authentic-looking smile. Your damaged tooth becomes protected by the veneer and is no longer exposed to further, more severe damage.
Crowns and bridges
In contrast to veneers which over the front surface of a tooth, crowns cover the whole tooth, offering additional protection for damaged teeth, as well as a sound aesthetic result for patients.
Missing teeth can lead to severe health complications further down the line, so seeking to replace these is significant investment into your long-term wellbeing. Dental bridges are used to replace 1 or more teeth and rely on surrounding teeth for support. Dental bridges can last over 10 years if properly maintained.
Cosmetic dentistry is an investment into your emotional wellbeing as well as your physical wellbeing. When you are not feeling confident about your smile, this can leave you feeling down and under confident. Cosmetic dentistry could be the best investment you ever make!
If you would like more information about cosmetic dental services at Fresh Dental, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Dental implants – the procedure

There are factors that determine the length of time required to carry out the procedure.

This include:

– Your dental health.

– The number of teeth you wish to have replaced.

– The type of teeth you are looking to have replaced.

– Whether you need a tooth extraction beforehand.

 

What does having dental implants involve?

You will be invited to an initial consultation where the process will be outlined to you in detail. You will be able to ask any questions you have and discuss any anxieties. Our dentists here at Fresh are friendly and approachable and will make you feel at ease. There are generally 2 phases when when your tooth or teeth are being restored with a dental implant.

Phase 1 Your dentist will apply an anaesthetic in order to numb your mouth from any pain. Your dentist will then make an incision into your gum where the implant is to be placed, exposing the bone that is underneath. A quiet dental drill will be used to make space for an implant in the bone. The implant will be screwed in place. Once the implant is in place, the abutment will be placed on top of the implant and will remain until throughout the healing process. Your gum will be closed over the implant with a stitch. During the healing period, the implant will fuse with your jawbone.

Phase 2 The implant will once again be exposed so that an incision can be made in your gums. If an impression is needed, an extension is placed on top of the implant so that this can be made possible – this will be used to fit your new restoration. Your crown will be made up based on the impressions that provided the models of your teeth – this is so that it is an exact fit for your existing teeth. The final step is the placement of the crown. Caring for my implant You can care for your implant like a natural tooth which includes brushing twice a day for 2 minutes and flossing regularly, as well as attending annual appointments with your dentist and hygienist.

If you would like more information about options for missing teeth, please do not hesitate to contact us and we can arrange a consultation for you.

 

What can veneers do for me?

What are veneers?

Veneers are thin shell-like layers of porcelain designed to be directly fitted onto the front of your teeth via a very strong adhesive. Veneers offer patients a lastable option for changing the position, colour and shape of your teeth – changing the appearance of your smile and face.

Veneers can also be used to close unnatural gaps between teeth, resurface discoloured teeth that cannot be whitened with whitening gel and replace worn edges. Veneers differ from crowns and caps which cover an entire tooth – veneers cover the visible section of your tooth a and can wrap over the biting edge.

 

Benefits of veneers

  • Strong and durable – Porcelain veneers are made from a durable and strong material that allows you to eat your favourite foods without having to worry. If looked after correctly, veneers can last up to 15 years.
  • Natural, authentic looking results – Porcelain veneers are bespoke and created to match your tooth colour. Impressions of your teeth are taken before treatment so that your veneers are hand-crafted to fit your individual teeth.
  • Quick and simple procedure – Generally speaking, veneers can be placed over 2 visits.
  • Cosmetic benefits – Porcelain veneers improve cracked, chipped, badly discoloured, widely spaced or broken teeth.
  • Stain-resistant – Porcelain veneers are resistant to staining and you can still have white teeth and enjoy the things you love.
  • No recovery period – Placement is simple and no in-practice after care is needed – you can resume normal activities immediately.
  • Combine as part of a smile makeover – You can combine veneers with other treatments and part of a smile makeover bundle. Veneers are popular alongside teeth whitening and orthodontic treatment.
  • Improve your confidence – Having damaged or broken teeth can be a cause of low self-esteem – veneers can help restore your smile and give you back the confidence you deserve.

 

If you would like more information about cosmetic dentistry at Fresh Dental, please do not hesitate to contact us and we can arrange a consultation for you.

 

 

Teeth whitening – why is it essential to have professional teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening is a cosmetic dentistry procedure that has become increasingly popular over the past 20 years.

Mouth and teeth before and after whitening

Research shows that 25% of people who seek to have their teeth whitened in the UK do not opt for a professional service but instead go to a beauty therapist or cheaper unqualified individual offering the service. This is where the procedure can become dangerous for patients.

 

So how does this relate to the procedure? Teeth whitening should ways be a bespoke procedure that uses your exact tooth measurements. Here at Fresh Dental, the whitening trays used to apply the whitening agent are custom made and the whitening agent is applied safely, so that there are no gaps where the agent can seep through and cause harm to your gums. In contrast, unqualified beauty therapists and other businesses without the relevant credentials use a ‘one-size-fits-all’ design that is not measured to the patient’s tooth structure, allowing for whitening agent to potentially leak and harm your gums.

 

The process here at Fresh Dental

You will need to attend an initial consultation where you can talk through the process with your dentist here at Fresh. You and your dentist will choose the shade that you would like your teeth to be. Once you are happy, we will proceed and take impressions of your teeth so that your custom whitening trays can be created. When we have created these the whitening agent can be applied to your teeth and you can continue the process at home.

 

The advantages of teeth whitening at Fresh Dental:

  • Benefit from a bespoke process that is 100% safe.
  • Initial consultation where you can talk through any questions with your dentist.
  • Reset your dental health and the colour of your smile.
  • Benefit from a scale and polish (deep clean of your teeth to remove plaque and tartar carried out by the hygienist before treatment).
  • A chance to look after your teeth in the future.
  • Improve your self-esteem and confidence to smile.

 

If you would like more information about teeth whitening or cosmetic dentistry at Fresh, please do not hesitate to contact us and we can arrange a consultation for you.

How can a smile makeover benefit me?

What is a smile makeover?

A smile makeover is a procedure that encompasses several other cosmetic treatments including veneers, teeth whitening, crowns and fillings and dental implants.

Tooth whitening

Teeth whitening is a bespoke process that is very popular all over the world. Here at Fresh our dentists are fully qualified to carry out this procedure and use bespoke whitening trays where the whitening agent cannot leak through and over onto your gums. This is a potential risk with non-bespoke methods carried out by those who do not have the right qualifications and use a ‘one-size-fits-all’ method.

Veneers

Do you have a cracked, chipped, broken, damaged or discoloured tooth? Veneers procedure an amazing cosmetic result. They are porcelain shells than fit over the front of your tooth surfaces. Veneers can also be used to close gaps in your teeth. There is a small amount of preparation involved in creating dental veneers including etching the tooth inquisition down to the correct size. This is so that your new tooth does not protrude. A special adhesive is used to bond the veneer to your tooth. One of the great advantages of veneers is that they are stain-resistant, so you can continue enjoying the foods you love without feeling too guilty!

Crowns and bridges

If you have a tooth that has previously been filled or cannot be repaired due to a larger break, you may need a crown to save the tooth. Crowns are single tooth restorations that can be matched and shaped to suit your existing teeth. In some situations a bridge is more suitable and can replace the gap left by one or several teeth. Bridges are attached to your existing natural teeth each side of the gap. This can be created using CEREC technology.

White fillings

There are certain smile makeover combinations that are particularly popular, such as veneers and teeth whitening and/or orthodontics. Ask your dentist here at Fresh if you would like to know other common combinations.

 

If you would like to find out more about the choice of cosmetic treatments at Fresh Dental, please do not hesitate to contact us. 

Common questions about dental implants – the best tooth replacement solution…

Dental implants are widely considered the best solution for replacing a missing tooth, being a fixed option designed to fuse with your jawbone – a permanent part of you. Here are a few questions that you may have in anticipation of getting dental implants…

  • Why choose dental implants? Dental implants are the most natural-looking solution after a real tooth. Here at Fresh, we can create hand crafted crowns to place on top of the implant,
  • What are dental implants? Dental implants are made from titanium and work by replacing your tooth’s root – it is then left to fuse with your jawbone.
  • What does the dental implants procedure involve? You will be invited to attend an initial consultation where you can discuss your needs with your dentist. Once a bespoke treatment plan has been established, you will need to return for a future appointment so that the first stage of the procedure can be carried out. Your dentist will place the implant into your jawbone. This will then be left to heal for several months and once the implant has bonded with your jawbone, an abutment can be fitted and the restoration (such as a crown) is placed over the top to give a stunning aesthetic finish.
  • Am I eligible for dental implants? In some cases, certain patients do not have sufficient bone to withstand dental implants. If you are looking to have dental implants, your jawbone needs to have enough bone in order for the implants to be supported. If this is the case, a procedure called bone grafting can be performed in order to build up enough bone for you to have the implant placed safely and effectively.
  • Does the implants procedure hurt? Placing dental implants is a surgical procedure and requires a small operation. This means you can opt for local anaesthetic for sedation – you will be able to discuss this with your dentist beforehand.
  • How do I care for my implants? Your dental implants can be maintained in the same way as your natural teeth. This means brushing twice a day for 2 minutes a day and flossing at least once a day, as well as attending regular check ups with your dentist and dental hygienist, who can advise you further.

 

If you would like more information about dental implants at Fresh Dental, please do not hesitate to contact us and we can arrange a consultation for you.

 

 

Smile consultation and makeover at Fresh Dental

What is a smile makeover? It is very simply, when patients would like more than a single treatment to cosmetically improve their smile, for example, tooth whitening and veneers.  It is a bespoke solution where a plan is created with the patient’s specific needs in mind. So which treatments can be classed as being part of a smile makeover? Find out below….

 

Tooth whitening

Tooth whitening has become an extremely popular treatment worldwide and has a very patient satisfaction rate. Tooth whitening is a bespoke process that can be performed at the practice and then continued by the patient at home. Here at Fresh Dental, your dentist will create bespoke whitening trays and a whitening agent is safely applied to the trays – this is what is responsible for whitening your teeth. It is essential that you have the procedure carried out by a dentist or doctor and not a beauty therapist, as they do not have the relevant qualifications to perform this though still offer the treatment all over the world. This is unsafe and can cause irrevocable damage to your teeth as the whitening agent can leek into your gums as the trays used are not bespoke.

 

White Fillings 

White tooth-coloured composite fillings or ceramic restorations can give you rejuvenated-looking smile here at Fresh. White composite fillings can be colour matched to your existing teeth, giving a discreet and natural appearance. As well as being an improved aesthetic solution, these material are stronger than amalgam fillings and do not cause as much sensitivity to hot and cold drinks.

 

Crowns and Bridges 

Crowns can be perfectly colour watched to fit in with your existing teeth and here at Fresh Dental we use Cerec technology to offer same day crown appointments. In some cases a bridge is a more appropriate restoration Dental bridges can replace gaps left by one or more teeth, bridging the gap with a small cluster of false teeth.

 

Veneers 

Veneers are thin layers of porcelain that are fixed onto your tooth with a very effective and strong adhesive. Veneers are a durable option if you are looking to change the shape, colour and position of your teeth and this can totally transform your smile.

Unlike a crown, a veneer covers mainly the visible front part of the tooth and can sometimes wrap over the biting edge. Veneers are a durable solution that offer natural-looking results and there is no recovery period.

 

 

If you would like information about cosmetic dentistry here at Fresh, please do not hesitate to contact us and we can arrange a consultation for you.

 

Braces – frequently asked questions 

Below are some of the most common questions patients ask about orthodontic treatment and braces….

 

Am I too old for orthodontics? 

From 2015 onwards, 1 in 5 patients seeking orthodontic treatment is an adult. The stigma around braces for adults have dramatically evaporated in recent years. There are a range of orthodontics treatments to suit adults and children alike.

 

Are invisible orthodontics suitable for everyone? 

Here at Fresh Dental, we offer Invisalign i7@ and Invisalign Express, which are suitable for minor problems such as crowding of your front teeth. However, these systems are not recommended for more complex orthodontic problem. Fresh Dental offer are consultations for patients, and you will be able to talk through what kind of action to take and ask any questions.

 

How long does orthodontic treatment take? 

This varies and depends on several factors. These factors include your age, the severity of the problem to be treated and the type of system used. Invisalign i7@ can present noticeable results for minor problems very early on during treatment (around 3 months), whilst cFast can take a year or longer.

 

Do fixed braces hurt? 

Fixed braces can sometimes give patients some discomfort during the first few days that they are fixed to the teeth. As you begin to adjust to the sensation of the ceramic brackets and wires in your mouth, this will quickly disappear.

 

Why Cfast braces? 

Fast braces allow you to choose from ceramic brackets and clear wires, so if you are worried about wearing your braces in front of others, they are the perfect cosmetic option. The brace is indeed still slightly visible, but the innovative design means that you do not have to wear it for as long as traditional fixed methods.

 

What are the most commonly treated orthodontic problems? 

  • Protruding upper front teeth.
  • Cross bite
  • Open bite
  • Deep bite.
  • Crowding.
  • Misaligned teeth.

 

How do I care for my braces?

This is very dependant on what type of brace you have opted for. For example, fixed braces methods require different kind of maintenance to removable options. Fixed options are usually a little more restrictive as they are permanently treating your teeth – this means there are certain foods you need to avoid, whilst removal aligners (such as Invisalign) are a little flexible where this is concerned. You should also observe the important of wearing a retainer post-treatment as this will ensure that your teeth do not fall back into their original position.

 

If you would like to arrange a free consultation, please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

 

Addressing gum disease

Are you experiencing signs that you think might be pointing to gum disease? It’s important to get yourself checked by your dentist and hygienist, as if left untreated, this can lead to more serious problems. You should also be attending regular check-ups to prevent problems such as gum disease before they occur.

 

Dealing with gum disease at home

  • Be careful about the foods you eat – foods containing lots of sugar and acid such as lemons and confectionary (toffee and caramel).
  • Try not to consume high sugar drinks and drinks that stain your teeth. Red wine is a particular danger to teeth as it contains tannins, the pigment that causes your teeth to go red after your drink it. Think of when you spill red wine over a white carpet and how difficult it is to remove – this is the effect it has on your teeth. Be sure to drink a glass of water after a few glasses of wine, as this will help wash away the tannins. Do not brush immediately after drinking, as the acidity of the wine will render your teeth susceptible to abrasion and you may damage your tooth enamel (the protective coating on your teeth). You should also avoid brushing your teeth immediately after being sick as the acid in your sick will also make your teeth vulnerable to abrasion. Many women suffer from tooth decay and gum disease during pregnancy and one of the reasons for this is morning sickness (amongst many others). Read our blog on gum disease and pregnancy here.
  • Arrange check-ups with your dentist and hygienist every 6 months – yearly. You may not be aware that you are suffering from tooth decay or gum disease and sometimes such complications can only be flagged up by your dentist or hygienist.
  • Use toothpaste containing fluoride as this will contains a natural mineral that is proven to protect against tooth decay.
  • Floss at least once a day – failing to floss means you are neglecting 33% of your tooth surfaces!

Hygienist visits

Many people overlook visits to the hygienist, believing that these appointments can be substituted for visits to the dentist. Your dentist and your hygienist have different roles which both play a part in maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Your dental hygienist here at Fresh will show you how to keep your teeth free of plaque and tartar. The bacteria in plaque produces certain chemicals that trigger gum disease which can develop into more serious complications such as gum shrinkage, tooth loss and bleeding gums.

Here at Fresh we know that every patient is different and some are more susceptible to certain conditions than others. Your dental hygienist will address complications in context with your personal dental history

 

If you would like further information about gum disease and what to look out for, please do not hesitate to contact us.

The benefits of facial aesthetics treatment at Fresh Dental 

Facial aesthetics treatment here at Fresh encompasses dermal fillers and Botox, both of which are highly successful treatments worldwide, delivering lasting and impressive results. Here are some of the fantastic benefits these treatments can yield.

  • Improve your appearance – Botox and dermal fillers can dramatically improve your self-esteem and restore confidence in yourself.
  • Tackle ageing – Facial rejuvenation treatments eliminate ageing signs and can leave you with a fresher, more youthful-looking appearance.
  • Botox treatment is minimally invasive – you can leave the practice straight after treatment is complete.
  • Safe – Treatment is 100% safe when performed by a qualified doctor or dentist.
  • The treatment time is very short – around half an hour of your time.
  • Mild discomfort – Dermal fillers and botox use very fine needles and therefore you will experience only very mild discomfort.

 

Botox? 

As you age, your skin naturally loses a lot of elasticity and volume, becoming prone to wrinkles and fine lines. This is as a result of repeated contraction of your expressive facial muscles. Botox (Botulinum Toxin Type A), is a naturally-occurring protein that temporarily paralyses the movement of the small muscles in your face, smoothing out the age lines and wrinkles.

Botox injections can be used to treat a variety of problems which include brow lines, smokers lines and crow’s feet. The treatment is meticulously performed and targets the correct muscles and areas.

Clinical Director Dr Marcus Spry has received extensive training and has much experience in this area and will be happy to speak to you about possible treatment. You can read more about Marcus here. 

 

Dermal Fillers 

Dermal fillers use hyaluronic acid, a substance that is naturally-occurring in the body. From your early twenties onwards. your skin begins to lose its volume and elasticity overtime and this is what contributes to ageing.

Results are visible almost immediately and can last for between 4-18 months though this depends on the kind of treatment you have opted for. The fact that results are visible very early on contributes enormously to patients having more confidence.

 

 

If you would like more information about facial aesthetics treatment, please do not hesitate to contact us. 

 

 

 

The consequences of not replacing a missing tooth….

Missing teeth cause problems that stretch beyond aesthetics, including serious health complications. Here at Fresh dentist Marcus Spry  has been treating patients for dental implants and bridges for a number of years and has extensive experience in this area. Dental implants are the most effective and durable way of replacing a missing tooth – you can read more about this here.

 

 

Jaw bone loss at site of the gap – Consider that when you exercise your body you help to keep muscle tone – jaw bone mass is preserved when you stimulate through biting and chewing. If you are missing a tooth, the area where your tooth stood will no longer received the same amount of stimulation and will begin to disappear (a process otherwise known as resorption).

Neighbouring teeth will become misaligned, shift and loosen – If you do not have adjacent teeth, teeth will begin to shift into the vacant gap created by your missing tooth. Drifting teeth will also destabilise your tooth roots.

Change of facial structure – Your facial structure relies heavily on the structure of your teeth. When you have a missing tooth for too long, your facial muscles can begin to droop and cause a change in your facial appearance which can lead to a huge loss of confidence.

Disruption to your daily life – A missing tooth can cause chronic headaches as your remaining teeth do not have opposing teeth to bite down on to. Remaining teeth can begin to over erupt and damage opposing gums and cause pain. Overtime this will cause stress to your Temporo Mandibular Joint, causing dull headaches.

Speech and chewing problem – It is fairly obvious that if you have a missing tooth you are going to have some trouble breaking down food though many people do not realise that missing teeth also affects the way you speak which can cause some embarrassment and confidence issues. Overtime digestion can be affected as your mouth cannot break down foods correctly.

Sinus expansion – This is particular to teeth that are lost from the back upper jaw.When this occurs, the sinus cavity located above can expand, eroding your jaw bone.

 

If you would like to arrange a consultation with us here at Fresh Dental, please do not hesitate to contact us. 

Treat yourself to cosmetic dentistry in 2017 

It’s a new year and a time when people think about positive and beneficial changes they can make in their lives. Perhaps you’re feeling self-conscious about the way your teeth look and would like to take steps to restore your confidence? Here at Fresh we can help. We offer cosmetic dentistry treatments that can change your life.

 

White fillings

Once upon a time, if you needed a filling the only option you had was a fairly conspicuous dark-coloured filling. Today, white fillings can offer your the brightest and freshest looking smile possible as your smile can look natural and no-one need know you have had a filling. If you already have a mercury amalgam filling, your smile can be transformed by simply replacing this with a coloured composite filling or a ceramic restoration. As well as being more aesthetic, white fillings are stronger and less sensitive to hot and cold temperatures.

 

Crowns and Bridges

Here at Fresh we use state-of-the-art technology known as Cerec to offer same day crown appointments. Crowns are single tooth restorations that can be match to suit the colour and shape of your other teeth, restoring your smile and your confidence. They can be used as restorations for dental implants, giving a finishing aesthetic touch to your smile.

In some cases, a bridge may be a more viable option and can be used to replace gaps by ‘bridging’ the space using false teeth.

 

Veneers

If you have a cracked, discoloured, chipped or damaged tooth, veneers are one of the best ways to restore your tooth. Veneers are often likened to how a false fingernail fits over a nail and replace the whole tooth unlike with crowns. Veneers require little preparation and are custom made porcelain laminates that are fixed onto your teeth. You can discuss what shade and colour you would like your veneer(s) to be and ensure that they match the appearance of your other teeth.

Veneers can also be used to close gaps in-between teeth as well as replace worn edges and resurface discoloured teeth.

 

If you would like to arrange a consultation to discuss cosmetic dentistry, please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

 

Orthodontic mouthguards – the benefits

It’s a new school term and your child may be taking part in some contact sports. Did you know that your child is 55% more likely to suffer a serious tooth related injury if they do not wear a protective mouthguard? With this in mind, it’s paramount that you protect your child from any possible dental injury such as a chipped or cracked tooth or even tooth loss.

 

Here at Fresh we offer orthodontic moutguards that are custom made and more resistant to damage. Shop-bought mouthguards are not fitted to your tooth structure and the excess space can cause your teeth to shift if they are exposed to contact.

 

Why orthodontic moutguards?

Custom fit moutguards are very durable in comparison to shop bought versions and retain their shape overtime. As well as protecting your child’s teeth, mouthguards can also protect against jaw and head pain that occurs from contact to the face.  A prominent problem associated with shop-bought moutguards is that they can cause an uncomfortable gag reflex though this does not occur with custom appliances as they are a perfect fit your your teeth.

 

If your child has braces they can still compete in contact sports and be protected from dangerous contact as special brace mouthguards are also available. Please contact us for more information on this.

 

How are orthodontic moutguards made?

Your orthodontist here at Fresh Dental will invite you and your child to an initial consultation so that the process can be discussed. Impressions of your child’s teeth will be taken so that the appliance can be made up to be an exact fit for your child’s tooth structure.

 

Looking after your mouthguard

  • Do no expose your mouthguard to high temperatures as this can change the shape of the appliance and therefore reduce the protective effect of the mouthguard.
  • Leave your guard away from hot surfaces and direct sunlight.
  • Keep your mouthguard in a protective case when you are not using it so that it does not collect dirt and bacteria.
  • Rinse your mouthguard in cold water and clean it after each use.

 

 

If you would like to arrange a consultation to discuss orthodontic mouthguards, please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

A little bit about Fresh Dental …..

Here at Fresh Dental, our approach has always been the personal touch with our patients and to offer personalised attention, care and support. We understand that visiting the dentist can be a great source of anxiety for many and patience and empathy is always part of the care that you receive here.

 

Our aim is to restore confidence and happiness to people’s lives and offer them the tools and knowledge to maintain a healthy life. One of our particular areas of expertise is cosmetic dentistry and our Clinical Director Dr Marcus Spry offers patients 30 years of experience coupled with a particular interest in implant dentistry, cosmetic braces and facial aesthetics.

 

We believe that patients have aright to expect a high standard of care and treatment and our ongoing philosophy is to develop our knowledge and technology.

 

Clinical Director Dr Marcus Spry

Our Clinical Director Dr Marcus Spry qualified from the Royal London Hospital Dental Institute in 1985 where he also had the role of clinical tutor. Fresh Dental Care was established in 2008 with the vision of offering patients a personal service. Marcus possesses a wealth of experience in general dentistry and has a particular interest in dental implants and Invisalign (as well as cosmetic dentistry as mentioned above), having extensively trained in these fields.

 

Marcus’s genuine passion for his work has solidified an excellent reputation for Fresh Dental across the Maidstone area and beyond. Marcus and his team believe in a friendly, non-formal approach that has helped many with dental phobia feel more comfortable about visits to the dentist.

 

The team at Fresh

Our team is made up of dentists, hygienists and nurses who have prestigious experience (Sophie our hygienist and therapist trained at the Royal London hospital) as well as years of valuable experience, so you know you’re in safe hands at Fresh.

 

If you would like to arrange a consultation, please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

 

How can Cfast braces benefit me

What is Cfast?

Cfast is a game-changing way to realign your teeth, taking only six months. The treatment bears strong cosmetic advantages such as their tooth-coloured nickel titanium wires and clear-finish brackets.

 

How do Cfast straighten my teeth?

The treatment uses low force in order to move teeth more comfortably. The treatment places an emphasis on the cosmetic appearance of your teeth rather than on the position of your bite. You will need to visit us every 4-5 weeks for check-ups and adjustments to the brace.

 

Orthodontic treatment and adults

It was not so long ago that adults were resistant to the idea of undergoing orthodontic treatment as it meant a fairly significant change in appearance. Since 2011, 20% of people undergoing treatment is now an adult, due to more cosmetically discreet treatments such as Cfast.

 

Foods to avoid whilst wearing braces

As this is a fixed treatment, it is paramount to avoid foods that might jeopardise your treatment. Such foods include:

  • Caramel/toffee/sticky confectionary.
  • Crisps.
  • Popcorn.
  • Certain dense breads (bagels).

 

Benefits of Cfast

  • Renew your self-confidence
  • Improve the appearance of your smile.
  • Have a healthier smile – having gaps in your smile can promote the growth of unhealthy bacteria (plaque and tartar) which if left untreated, can lead to tooth decay and gum disease.
  • Chew and smile with confidence and ease.
  • Misaligned teeth can cause speech impediments – Six Month Smiles can help to improve your speech.

 

How can I look after my braces?

As Cfast is a fixed treatment, you need to avoid eating the foods listed above. You should also thoroughly brush your teeth for 2 at least 2 minutes twice a day and floss as often as you can to remove any food particles and to cover all of your tooth surfaces (failing to floss means you are neglecting to clean 30% of your tooth surfaces!).  This will also prevent plaque and tartar from building up in the gaps of your teeth.

 

You should clean your teeth after eating and use a small toothbrush to cover the more difficult areas of your mouth. This will allow you to clean each bracket carefully – this sounds time-consuming but it will ensure you do not develop gum disease and render the treatment successful.

 

If you would like to arrange a consultation to talk about Cfast treatment, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Start a-Fresh in 2017 with facial aesthetics treatment

Start 2017 with a fresh new look and and newly restored dose of confidence with dermal fillers. This treatment is a great gift to a loved one or can be a treat to yourself going into the New Year or for Christmas.

 

At the centre of dermal fillers is a substance that occurs naturally the body – hyaluronic acid. This substance gives the skin volume and is responsible for a youthful-looking appearance. This supply of hyaluronic acid begins to deplete as you get into your early twenties and this will gradually cause your skin to lose its elasticity and volume. There are other factors that contribute to your skin ageing which include smoking, drinking alcohol, frequent sun exposure, sun beds, disease and changes in weight.

 

Dermal fillers can work by targeting specific areas of the face, smoothening out wrinkles and age lines. They can also help to give volume and definition to your lips. The areas that can be targeted include

  • Crows feet
  • Nose lines
  • Lines around the mouth
  • Lips

 

Why have dermal fillers

  • Restore confidence in yourself.
  • Restore your desire to smile again.
  • Have healthier-looking skin.
  • Benefit from a safe treatment.
  • Benefit from a treatment that has successfully helped millions around the world.

 

Dermal fillers treatment & orthodontics or cosmetic dentistry

Enhance your facial aesthetics treatment by combining with cosmetic dentistry such as teeth whitening or veneers. A combination of younger looking skin and teeth gives for a fresh, healthy and youthful appearance.

If you have a missing tooth, this can affect the way your skin appears, as the gap left in your mouth can cause your skin and features to droop. In some instances, dermal fillers or Botox treatment can be used to give additional volume to the skin that has sagged overtime as a result of your missing tooth (though replacing the tooth will also help restore this).

 

Here at Fresh, dentist Marcus Spry has expensive experience and training in facial aesthetics treatment and understands how to maximise the benefits of dermal fillers and Botox. His knowledge has helped many patients, creating subtle and authentic-looking improvements.

 

 

If you would like more information about facial aesthetics treatment at Fresh, please do not hesitate to contact us.

How to do Christmas with braces

It’s the most wonderful time of the year….! But if you’re undergoing treatment for braces, this can seem a bit of a daunting time as you might think you can’t enjoy some of your favourite Christmas foods…. But don’t fret as we’ve compiled a list of Christmas Christmas tips as well as general tips on how to stay healthy during your orthodontic treatment period.

 

Cheese – You’ll be pleased to hear that cheese is in the ‘yes’ column when it comes to foods you can enjoy with braces. Dairy is also generally good for your teeth as it is full of calcium which strengthens tooth enamel (the protective coating over your teeth). Bring on the Christmas cheeseboards!

Turkey – Turkey is low in fat and full of nutrients that render your teeth and bones strong and stimulates the production of saliva which can protect against cavities.

Pumpkin – More of a Thanksgiving food but pumpkin is a great festive choice of sweet, full of vitamin A which helps keep your gums and teeth healthy.

 

Invest in a timer

During your orthodontic treatment, it’s essential that you give your teeth the utmost care. This means brushing thoroughly for 2 minutes a day twice a day (at least)! Having a timer can make it easier to keep track of how long you’ve brushed and ensure that your brushing routine is regimental.

 

Adjust your brushing routine

As mentioned above, it’s important to have a rigid brushing routine. However, you should also be aiming to brush after each time you eat. This is because food particles become very easily lodged in between the brackets of your brace and in between your teeth and if these are left in your mouth long enough they will cause decay. Did you know bacteria begins to form a mere 3 hours after you eat? As you are more susceptible during orthodontic treatment, you should be sure to remove any debris as quickly as possible so that any further complications such as periodontitis to evolve.

 

Use a small toothbrush

A smaller toothbrush with smaller and softer bristles will access food particles more easily and allow you to cover more of your tooth surfaces.

 

Use waterfloss

It’s notoriously difficult to floss during orthodontic treatment. However, you can work around this by using waterfloss which is clinically proven to be more effective than regular floss for people with braces as it is much easier to manoeuvre between the gaps in your teeth.

If you would like to arrange a consultation, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Ideas for a dental-friendly stocking for Christmas

Are you trying to keep your kids and loved ones healthy over the Christmas period? There are some great tooth-healthy stocking fillers that you can offer them that they’ll love!

 

Here are a few ideas ….

Gingerbread

Although gingerbread contains a lot of sugar and still come under the ‘biscuits’ category, it is one of the healthiest Christmas sweets over other confectionary such as caramel, chocolate and candy canes. It’s also fairly soft and not too difficult to chew for younger children.

 

Cheese selection

Cheese is one of the most tooth-friendly foods around, so it makes a great Christmas treat! Cheese is packed with calcium which strengthens tooth enamel (the protective coating on your teeth) Remember that cheese is fairly high in fat so enjoy in moderation.

 

Unsalted nut ad fruits selection

Nuts may be high in calories but they’re full of good fats and also full of nutrients that are good for bone and tooth development. Although some of the fruits in the selections may be citrus fruits, they are dried out which removed some of the corrosive acid, making them a healthy alternative to confectionary. Like cheese, cashews stimulate the production of saliva which helps to remove food particles and bacteria that cause gum disease and tooth decay and walnuts are packed with a multitude of vitamins including zinc, potassium, fibre, vitamins e and b6 and magnesium.

 

Character-branded toothbrush

Sometimes it can be a drag to get our kids to brush their teeth! Character-branded toothbrushes can be a great incentive to make them enjoy brushing again. There are plenty available from Disney and Nickelodeon.

 

Electric toothbrush

Electric toothbrushes have become a popular Christmas gift and bring proven results. Their advantages over manual toothbrushes include their dentist-inspired brush heads which are proven to remove plaque more effectively.

 

2 minute timer

A small novelty timer can be a good gift for an individual who struggles to brush for the correct time. Oral-B have also released a brush that uses Bluetooth to offer real-time brushing suggestions. Just connect with your phone!

 

 

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like to arrange a consultation or check-up with us.

Botox at Fresh Dental Care

What is Botox ?

Botox, otherwise known as Botulinum Toxin Type A, is a purified natural protein, chemically derived from bacteria that your dentist will inject into a specific muscle to cause temporary relaxation or paralysis. Botox is an increasingly popular treatment and it’s no surprise why, when it can help reduce the appearance of wrinkles by 80%.

 

Reasons to have Botox injections

Safe – Botox, as well as dermal fillers, is a safe procedure when carried out by a qualified professional. Our dentists here at Fresh have a high level of training and experience in this area and have successfully performed the treatment for a number of patients.

How does Botox work to reduce the appearance of wrinkles?

Botox works by obstructing the signals from the nerves to the muscles. Once this has it has been administered, the muscle can no longer contract, causing wrinkles to soften and relax. Botox is commonly used on forehead lines, frown lines and crow’s feet (lines around the eyes).

What does having Botox injections involve?

You will be invited to attend a consultation so that you can discuss your treatment with Dr Marcus Spry. A numbing cream will be applied to the areas in question and the area will be cleaned. Following this the Botox injections will be administered. This takes around 15 minutes.

When will I see the effects of Botox?

You will notice a change in volume almost immediately. The area may be slightly red or swollen after treatment. You will continue to see changes to your facial definition and skin for several days after treatment. The effects last for several months.

Before we can administer the injections, we will need to discuss your medical history at your consultation. We will need to know about any medication that you are taking as well as if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. This is because the effects of Botox injections on babies is not known.

 

If you would like further information about cosmetic treatments and facial aesthetics treatments at Fresh, please do not hesitate to contact us and we can arrange a consultation for you.

Fresh Breath Treatment

What are the causes of bad breath?

Sometimes bad breath is easy to cure through diet or lifestyle changes – it could be down to something as simple as consuming the wrong foods. However, on some occasions bad breath is as a result of a medical problem which can be a little more complex to tackle. Here at Fresh, we can help identify the cause of your bad breath so that you can lead a healthy and confident life.

Dry mouth can be a medical condition otherwise known (xerostomia). It means that your mouth produces less saliva which then causes bacteria to build up in your mouth, leading to bad breath. There are several changes you can make to your lifestyle that will help your mouth produce more saliva.

  • Bad breath can be caused by certain medicines, which also stop the production of saliva and therefore food particles cannot be washed away.
  • Medical conditions can cause bad breath – liver and kidney problems. If you have a healthy mouth but are suffering from bad breath, you may be referred to a specialist or your GP so that the cause can be detected.
  • Smoking causes its own type of bad breath – stopping smoking will help to prevent bad breath as well as keep your gums health, as tobacco irritates the gums and also stains your teeth. You are more likely to suffer from gum disease and periodontitis if you are a smoker.
  • Throat infections can cause bad breath.
  • Build- up of bacteria on your tongue.
  • Poorly fitted crowns, bridges and dentures.

 

How can Fresh Dental help?

We can arrange a consultation for you here at Fresh Dental so that we can diagnose the cause of your bad breath. It may just be a question of cutting out certain foods or changing certain habits. If you have a poor oral hygiene routine or dental routine, you may need to make certain changes here, as failing to brush your teeth for 2 minutes twice a day will cause a build up of bacteria in the form of plaque and tartar.

We can treat gum disease by cleaning and root debriding – a non-surgical procedure where we clean the root surfaces of your teeth. We will also offer advice on general oral hygiene practice and create a specific tailored treatment plan for each patient. Regular visits to the dental hygienist will help you to avoid bad breath and unhealthy teeth.

 

If you would like to know about fresh breath treatments at Fresh Dental, please do not hesitate to contact us and we can arrange a consultation for you.

The advantages of Invisalign over other orthodontic treatments

Invisalign treatment has revolutionised the world of orthodontics, placing responsibility and freedom into the hands of the patient. Unlike fixed orthodontic methods, Invisalign is a removable treatment that offers the patient flexibility where diet is concerned and generally takes less time than traditional fixed brace methods.

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Why seek Invisalign orthodontic treatment?

  • You’ll have healthier teeth and gums – When teeth are properly aligned, your gums have a better fit around your teeth which means they are set up to provide the strongest and healthiest defence against gum disease and more serious gum-related complications.
  • Improve your overall health – Your teeth are generally a good indication of your overall health. By maintaining good oral hygiene and dental health, you’re on a good path to a high level or overall health.

 

How are my aligners created?

You will need an initial consultation with our orthodontist here at Fresh Dental so that you can discuss your treatment. We value the personal touch and wish for your treatment to suit your lifestyle as much as possible. Once this has been discussed, you will need to return for a second appointment so that impressions of your teeth can be taken and your aligners made up. These impressions will be taken digitally and your aligners will be created from this information.

You will be given advice and instructions on how to maintain your treatment effectively at home including how to clean your aligners, how long to wear them for each day (22 hours) and how often to visit your orthodontist for a check-up.

 

The benefits of Invisalign:

  • You can continue enjoying the foods you like as Invisalign is a removable type of orthodontic appliance.
  • Orthodontic treatment can help improve the way you chew and break down food, thus improving your digestion.
  • Traditional fixed metal orthodontic appliances can make it challenging to clean your teeth and remove the bacteria and food particles from in between your teeth. As Invisalign aligners are removable, you can continue cleaning your teeth and flossing as normal.

 

If you would like further information about orthodontic treatment at Fresh, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Fresh – Frequently Asked Questions about Dermal fillers

Are you considering having dermal fillers? Below are the frequently asked questions we receive from patients here at Fresh Dental….

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Q. What are dermal fillers?

A. Botox is a prescription procedure administered via injections, around particular muscles in order to temporarily keep age lines out of view. Dermal fillers are injectable gels which can add volume to particular areas of your face, rendering your appearance more youthful.

 

 

Q. How do dermal fillers work?

A. Dermal fillers/Botox work by relaxing the muscles that are responsible for creating unaesthetic age lines and wrinkles, but they leave the natural structure and elements or your appearance in tact.

 

 

Q. Do Botox and dermal fillers have any side effects?

A. The side effects associated with these treatments are particular to the patients. Allergic reactions are very rare but a possibility in some patients, usually with weaker health. If you are in good health, there is no reasons why Botox should not be a great treatment for you.

 

 

Q. How do dermal fillers work?

A. As you age, the collagen and the elasticity in your skin begins to sag and cause deep folds. Many patients choose to fill in the folds around the mouth area, restore their cheek height, add volume to their lips using lip fillers as well as focusing on other areas.

 

 

Q. How long do dermal fillers and botox last?

A. Fillers can last between 4 and 12 months. Many people opt for top ups after their first injection.

 

 

Q. Is Botox an invasive process?

A. No. This is one of its main advantages – it is a non-surgical procedure that allows you to simply walk out after treatment. Hassle-free and lasting between 20-40 minutes, the procedure is quick and painless.

 

 

Q. What is involved in treatment?

A. Initially you’ll have to attend a consultation where your eligibility for the procedure will be assessed. Your skin will be prepared with a numbing and cleansing cream, so that the filler can be painlessly applied. You’ll be given aftercare products to use at home.

 

 

Q. What should I do after treatment?

A. Try to avoid any prolonged sun exposure and vigorous exercise for the 48 hours that follow your treatment.

 

 

Q. Are fillers safe?

A. Here at Fresh Dental we use a type of gel called Restylane, which is one of the most commonly used types of gel amongst professionals. Restylane is safe and effective in temporarily eliminating wrinkles.

 

If you would like more information about dermal fillers and Botox at Fresh Dental, please do not hesitate to contact us and we can answer your questions or arrange a consultation for you.

Fresh technology and facilities

The technological advancements in dentistry have allowed dentists to carry our procedures with ease and speed. Here at Fresh, we use several pieces of state-of-the-art kit in order to help our patients and make our job as dentists easier.

 

Here are a couple of examples …

 

Itero scanner

Gone are the days of tricky impressions that are uncomfortable and time consuming….

The Cerec scanner simplifies orthodontic treatment for patient and orthodontist alike. It’s digital set-up allows your orthodontist to simply scan your teeth and send it of to the dental lab immediately. Conventional liquid impressions have to be physically sent off which can increase the process by 3 or 4 weeks.

Your mouth is scanned using a radiation-free laser.

 

 

Oral-surgery with PRFG-Endoret

When we go through an injury, we release proteins to trigger the repairing process. PRGF- Endoret technology works by isolating the patient’s plasma from the blood, and it is this plasma that contains the proteins which can speed up regeneration.

One your dentist applies a dose to the area of treatment, your body’s regeneration cycle speeds up due to the proteins.

Your dentist will need to draw a small amount of blood – this blood is then centrifuged and processed to obtain the proteins that are essential for regeneration. These proteins are applied to the area where the tissue regeneration is necessary.

 

This technology reduces inflammation as well as the risk of infection or post surgical complications. The use of PRGF-Endoret guarantees a significant improvement and absence of pain.

 

We can also link this to imaging technology with out in-house Cerec milling unit which has the ability to produce a full crown –  totally bespoke to your teeth and taking a mere 6 minutes. You’ll also only need to attend one visit to Fresh Dental Care.

 

If you would like to know more about our range of equipment here at Fresh Dental, please do not hesitate to give us a call and we can see what we can do for your dental needs.

What can my dental hygeinst do for me?

Visits to the dental hygienist are often overlooked by patients or substituted for visits to the dentist. Visits to the dental hygienist are vital in maintaining a healthy mouth, and your dental hygienist’s role differs from your dentist’s.

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  • Perform a deep clean of your teeth to remove the build up of plaque and tartar coating your teeth.
  • Offer advice on how to maintain good oral hygiene.
  • What kind of tools to use at home to ensure you are maintaining a healthy dental routine?
  • Perform certain injections such as sedative injections?
  • Carry our treatments such as fissure sealants and fluoride treatment.

 

Why should I look after my dental hygiene?

Your mouth is your body’s gateway and 90% of all systemic diseases produce oral symptoms – the state of your mouth is a good indicator for your overall health. An unhealthy mouth can increase your chances of heart disease and heart attacks.

 

How often should I visit the hygienist?

Regular visits to the dental hygienist mean you are more likely to rule out any unpleasant dental health issues as they can be caught early. Bacteria build up on your teeth on a daily basis and your gums make up the foundation of your teeth, so it’s important to keep an eye on them. It may be that your hygienist notices a subtle change that you may not – keeping on top of such changes is important.

 

Your dentist works in conjunction with your dental hygienist so that their assessments do not clash and so that they can inform one another of developments in their respective fields.

 

Every appointment is different as each patient is treated as an individual, therefore the course of treatment or check-up is bespoke. The services performed by the dental hygienist depend on the state of your oral health.

 

Your dentist’s role differs from your dental hygienist’s role. Dentists possess more training across a broader range of fields, acting as a GP for your teeth. A dental hygienist’s knowledge is not as broad as a dentist’s though they are specialists in their field. Dental hygienists are specially trained in preventative dental care.

If you would like to book an appointment with our dental hygienist, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Gum disease and pregnancy – taking extra care of your oral health…

40% of women will develop gingivitis during their pregnancy and if you already have gum disease, pregnancy can make it significantly worse – so it’s important to keep your eye out for developments during your pregnancy.

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Caring for your gums is an important thing to factor in to your daily routine, as this will contribute to staying healthy and fit.

Pregnancy causes a shift in hormonal changes, increasing your chances of developing oral health problems such as gingivitis and periodontitis. But do not worry – regular check ups with your dentist and hygienist can help keep these at bay and/or under control.

 

Increased levels of progesterone are what give gingivitis-causing bacteria to settle – gum tissue also becomes more sensitive to plaque.

 

Gum disease usually worsens between the second and eighth month of pregnancy and one of the principal symptoms is redder looking gums that also bleed easily.

 

Preventing Gingitivits

It’s difficult to fight your body’s desire to weaken its defences, but it can be done if you apply a healthy oral hygiene routine. This means:

  • Flossing once a day – if you’re unsure about how to floss, your dental hygienist can show you the correct technique as well as the type of floss to use.
  • Brush twice a day for 2 minutes each time.
  • Visit your dental hygienist and dentists for regular check-ups, as these will help monitor any onset of severe gum disease.
  • Use mouthwash that contains fluoride.
  • Avoid foods that are particularly detrimental for your teeth.
  • Using antibacterial mouthwash can also help with keeping infections at bay.
  • Gum disease that does not improve with an enhanced oral hygiene routine may need to be treated with antiobiotics.

 

Research has suggested that there is a correlation between gum disease in pregnancy and premature birth, though further studies are to be conducted before this is pronounced true or not.

As well as gum disease, pregnancy tumours are also common throughout pregnancy. These are lumps with red markings found on inflamed gum tissue. Gum tumours are known to occur at any time throughout pregnancy but are most common during the second trimester.

 

If you would like further information on pregnancy and dental hygiene or your would like to speak to a dentist about this, do not hesitate to contact us to book a consultation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cfast braces at Fresh Dental

Cfast focuses on aligning what dentists call the ‘social six’ teeth (those most exposed to others).

 

A round –up of the benefits:

  • Fast-acting. Your front teeth will be straight in 6 months.
  • Cost-effective. As the treatment time is shorter than other brace treatments, the cost is dramatically less.
  • The archwires and brackets are inconspicuous.
  • They are worn for a small fraction of the time compared to traditional brace methods.
  • More comfortable than traditional metal braces, as the pressure applied is minimal.

 

What is Cfast?

We offer Cfast braces as they have several benefits in comparison to traditional fixed braces. Treatment is straightforward and fast-acting as well as minimally invasive, aligning your top and bottom front six teeth and levelling out your arches. Although Cfast braces are not invisible, they are very discreet  as the archwires and brackets are made clear coloured and made from nickel-titanium, so they’re also strong and hardwearing.

 

Are Cfast braces comfortable?

Cfast braces apply minimal force to move your teeth into a desired position. The arch wires employ minor pressure to move the teeth and there is no need for harsh tightening to achieve this.

 

Cfast origins

Cfast braces were created by Dr Biju Krishnan in 2009.

 

Am I eligible for Cfast braces?

Many people believe that their age is a factor contributing to whether or not they can have orthodontic treatment or not. In fact, it is more to do with your dental health.

Since 2011, 1 in 5 patients undergoing orthodontic treatment is an adult and the stigma around having a ‘metal mouth’ is no longer prevalent. ‘Invisible’ treatments have also encouraged many adults to undergo treatments, as they do not their appearance in the workplace. Cfast braces cannot address any complex orthodontic issues, though straightening your front teeth is a good start to fixing more fundamental problems.

Your orthodontist here at Fresh Dental can talk your through more details regarding Cfast braces entail and address whether or not you are eligible.

 

 

If you would like more information about Cfast braces, take a look at our Cfast braces page. You can also arrange a consultation with one of our orthodontists to discuss possible treatment.

6 things you should know before getting braces

 

Are you looking to straighten your smile? Here at Fresh Dental, we have an extensive and specialist knowledge of orthodontics. Here are a few pointers to bare in mind before undergoing treatment….

 

  1. There is absolutely no age limit for orthodontic treatment

Usually when people think of braces, the first thing that usually comes to mind is a teenager with a mouthful of metal. But these days an increasing amount of adults are getting braces, especially now thanks to the virtually invisible aligners, Invisalign. We also offer other ‘invisible’ brace treatments if you’re worried about your appearance changing during the treatment period.

  1. Fixing the alignment of your jaw, is as important as the aesthetics of your teeth

Not only will the brace make your teeth perfectly straight, but they will also contribute to straightening your bite. This makes the result of the treatment even more remarkable, as you will notice the whole profile of your face will be improved dramatically.

  1. Cost and treatment times vary

Both the typical cost of braces and treatment time depends on the type of brace chosen, the practice, the patient’s oral health and whether or not there are any other dental issues. The average treatment time is around 24 months (2 years) but with braces such as Cfast, this can be reduced to as little as 6 months.

  1. Make sure you choose the right brace

Take careful consideration into the type of brace you wish to have for your orthodontic treatment. Ask yourself this…what would I feel most comfortable with? For example, you may find Invisalign to be the best choice, as you attend many social events and you love the idea that you can remove the brace. Lifestyle factors are usually a good basis to work from, as you need whatever brace you choose to easily fit into your day-to-day life.

  1. Take good care of your teeth

You must ensure that you keep your mouth and teeth as healthy as possible. You may find with fixed braces there are more crevices for food to get stuck in, which could lead to a build-up of cavity causing bad bacteria. To address this problem make sure you floss regularly, and spend slightly longer brushing so you can reach those tricky areas. It’s also important to avoid eating any sticky or tough foods, as these can damage your braces and easily become lodged in the brackets.

  1. You will need to wear retainers afterwards

Most people just assume that once their braces are off, that their orthodontic journey is over. But if you want to keep that perfectly straight smile, you will need to wear a retainer at night time to stop your teeth from drifting back into their original position.

 

 

 

 

’10 point assessment’ at Fresh Dental

Why are check-ups so important?

When you become a patient with us, we will invite you to attend an oral examination twice a year. This will be like a check-up but not in the conventional sense. These appointments will focus on a 10-point clinical assessment. This system is centred around prevention and identifying problems in their early stages.

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  1. Radiographs – If necessary, we will take X-rays of your teeth to examine the structure of your teeth and get an overall picture view of your mouth.

 

 

  1. Photographs – These help us plan your treatment and are a good visual tool to help us to explain your oral health. We also use these in conjunction with our dental laboratory to asses your facial shape and symmetry.

 

 

  1. Tooth Check – A thorough assessment of the health, function and appearance of your teeth and any existing restorations.

 

 

  1. Gum Heath – You will undergo an extensive gum assessment so we can analyse the your teeth’s foundations. Depending on the outcome, we may recommend a hygienist programme or bespoke at home products.

 

 

  1. Bite Records – Your bite is an important aspect of your dental health. We will check and record how your teeth meet and move across one another. This is an important indicator when it comes to any new restorations.

 

 

  1. Jaw Joint – If your external jaw joints are misaligned, you could suffer from headaches and migraines. The 10-point assessment will help keep these kind of complications at bay.

 

 

  1. Internal Soft Tissue – The health of your cheeks, palate and tongue are vital to your overall oral health. A comprehensive oral cancer screening will also be carried out at each consultation.

 

 

  1. Lifestyle – your lifestyle affects your oral health. We will discuss your diet, lifestyle and habits, so that we can help you make any improvements and offer your advice.

 

 

  1. Your needs – Your dentist will listen to any worries or questions that you raise.

 

We’ve just released a free essential guide to ‘secretly straightening your teeth’. Download it online here. If you would like to arrange a consultation, please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

 

 

 

Smile Consultation/Makeover – Frequently Asked Questions

Here at Fresh Dental, we offer Smile Consultations and makeovers, a treatment that encompasses one or more cosmetic or restorative procedures, to help you rejuvenate your smile.

Restorative procedures: 

  • Dental crowns
  • Bridgework
  • Inlays and onlays
  • Dentures
  • Crowns
  • Implant restorations and placements

 

Cosmetic procedures:

  • Replacing discoloured filings (front teeth).
  • Whiten teeth to a more natural shade.
  • Straightening crooked teeth using orthodontic treatment such as Invisalign.
  • Re-contouring your teeth.
  • Dealing with crowded or mis-spaced teeth.
  • Porcelain or resin veneers to change the alignment and shape of your teeth.
  • Tooth-coloured fillings as opposed to silver fillings as a more aesthetic alternative.
  • Porcelain or resin inlays.
  • Replacing missing teeth with implants of bridges.
  • Remove stained fracture lines from your tooth enamel.
  • Restore chipped teeth.

 

Some of the treatments in each list are the same. Restorative procedures can be amended or double up to become classed as ‘cosmetic’ treatments. For example, fillings are classed as ‘restorative’ however, tooth-coloured fillings are a ‘cosmetic’ procedure as they focus on fitting in with your natural appearance.

 

Q. How long does a smile makeover take?

A. This varies from patient to patient and depends on which treatments you choose to undergo. If you have chosen one or two treatment types, your makeover may only take one or two visits, though some procedures such as dental implants take a little longer, as the implant needs time to fuse with your jawbone.

Q. What are the benefits of a smile makeover?

A. Each treatment has its own benefits and so does a smile makeover as a whole. As it is tailored to you, each treatment will revolve the structure of your teeth, for example if you’ve chosen to have your teeth whitened, the trays will be made for your teeth only.

– improve your self confidence and wellbeing.

– improve your oral health and your overall health.

– revive your desire to smile again.

Q. What is the difference between restorative procedures and cosmetic procedures?

A. Restorative dental procedures focus on replacing and repairing damaged teeth, amending the function of your teeth. Cosmetic dentistry focuses the position, alignment, size and shape of your teeth and gum and includes procedures such as porcelain veneers, gum contouring, teeth whitening and Invisalign.

Q. Are there treatments that function both as restorative and cosmetic? Some procedures go hand in hand to offer reparation and aesthetics such as teeth whitening and porcelain crowns, dental implants and porcelain veneers.

Q. Is a smile makeover expensive?

A. This depends on the treatments that you select. More complex treatment that require several visits will cost more than straightforward walk-in walk out on the same day procedures.

 

If you would like to arrange a consultation, please do not hesitate to contact us. 

 

10 reasons why we love orthodontics

Orthodontics can be a particularly dry topic. However, it has a fascinating history that dates back to the Ancient Egyptians as well as many facts and stats that boggle the mind! Let’s take a look at some of these….

 

1. The range of treatments available just keeps growing and growing….Once upon a time, orthodontics meant putting up with an uncomfortable metal mouth, complete with annoying brackets and archwires. Today, these metal models have been modernised to be more comfortable – achieved by rendering the brackets smaller, creating more space in your mouth.

2. Other options such as the range of ‘Invisible braces’ available, including Invisalign, lingual braces and six-month-smiles bring flexibility to the table for patients – their lives no longer have to fit around their treatment.

3. Braces can be fashion-friendly. Many young people in Asia are actually considering braces to be a recent trend, with many wearing fake braces merely for aesthetic purposes! It can be a drag trying to inspire children to wear their braces. But the traditional metal braces of today can be accompanied by coloured archwires, which are a great incentive for kids!

4. Braces are suited to people of all ages. Did you know, 1 in 5 patients undergoing treatment are adults – many this is a huge rise from in previous decades.

5. Orthodontics doesn’t involve any unpleasant drilling or needs – so you need worry about any severe pain.

6. Celebrities are loving orthodontics. Some of the celebrities who have embraced orthodontic treatment and braces include singing sensation Zara Larson, Gwen Stefani and Niall Horan. Celebrities are also discovering the benefits of Invisalign – a set of clear, removable and discreet aligners. The likes of Tom Cruise, Eva Longhoria and Nicholas Cage used Invisalign to straightening their teeth (though many journalists did not catch on due to their inconspicuous nature)!

7. The most common commonly treated orthodontic problem is crowding of teeth. Some teeth can be poorly aligned as a result of a patient’s dental arch or teeth being too large or small. If left untreated, the gums and bone that cover the roots of exceptionally crowded teeth can grow thin and begin to recede.

8. Dental impressions originated in the 17th century thanks to Matthaeus Gottfried Purmann, who used wax to carry these out. Later in 1756, Philip Pfaff began to used plaster of Paris. Another pioneer of orthodontics was Pierre Fauchard who invented the ‘bandeau’, an appliance used to correct misaligned teeth. This basic appliance was a U-shaped piece of metal lined with holes for each tooth.

9. Here’s one that is a little confusing…. All orthodontists are dentists, yet only 5% of dentists are orthodontists…. Orthodontists must first train as dentists and then branch off into the specialist field of orthodontics.

10. It takes 7 years to become a qualified orthodontist. As mentioned above, all orthodontists must first possess the arsenal of knowledge and skills it takes to be a dentist. Following this, 2 additional years must be spent building on this to become an orthodontist thus learning about misaligned teeth and jaws.

What is a ‘Smile Makeover’ treatment?

The concept of ‘smile makeover’ is one that we receive much curiosity over here at Fresh Dental.

A Smile makeover encompasses several different treatments, all centred around rejuvenating and accentuating your smile, though the process is different for each patient. Some of treatments included as part of this process is:

  • Crowns/cracked or chipped teeth. These are also used for teeth that require straightening due to damage as a result of root anal treatment or a filling.
  • Orthodontic work to align crowded teeth.
  • Correct a ‘gummy smile’ by treating crooked or overlapping teeth.
  • Tooth whitening.
  • Implants to replace missing teeth – missing teeth can be the source of insecurity for many. Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth or several missing teeth. Missing teeth can also affect your bite which can become uncomfortable and lead to health complications if left untreated.

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Am I eligible for a smile makeover?

You will need to attend a consultation so our specialists can assess whether you need any treatment carried out before you undergo smile makeover treatment. You will be checked for signs of gum disease, severe misalignment and teeth grinding as well as any build up of tartar and plaque. This is because it is important that your mouth and teeth are as healthy as they can be beforehand, as this renders the treatment more successful and safe.

A smile makeover takes involves taking your whole face into consideration. Your skin tone, facial appearance and tooth colour.

Smile makeovers are for many different degrees of treatment –  whether you would like to change one or two things about your smile, or completely redefine your smile, at Fresh Dental we can help.

 

Benefits of Smile Makeover

A smile makeover is probably the most bespoke orthodontic treatment you can undergo as it’s essentially a pick and mix of treatments. A smile makeover will:

–  Boost your confidence.

–  Improve your smile and the overall appearance of your face (depending on the treatments selected).

– ‘Reset’ your dental health.

If you would like more information on the treatments we offer, please do not hesitate to contact us. 

 

 

14 reasons to love braces….

Here at Fresh Dental, we are always receiving such positive feedback from our patients about the orthodontic treatments we provide. We thought we would share 10 of our patients’ favourite reasons for having braces.

 

1. Braces can be super subtle – With advancements in brace technology such as Invisalign, your treatment can be virtually invisible. Or if you are feeling more adventurous and wish to flaunt your treatment, you can always brighten up your smile with a rainbow of colours, as you can choose to have coloured braces if you wish. We have found this an be a great way to pursuade young children to em(brace)! their treatment!

2. Braces are suitable for everybody – No matter what the dental alignment issue may be, we can access each patient perfectly on an individual basis. And we are seeing more adults embrace orthodontic every year! In fact, since 2011, 1 in 5 patients seeking braces is an adult.

3. Orthodontics fixes what you’ve got – braces straighten your natural teeth rather than hiding them behind a perfect veneer. They are the cheaper option if you wish to have flawless looking teeth.

4. No needles! – We understand that needles can be our patients’ biggest fear when visiting the dentist. But fear not! There will be no drilling or filling involved!

5. Celebs embrace braces too – You can be safe in the knowledge that even celebrities have braces – they aren’t naturally perfect either! Kendall Jenner, Niall Horan and Gwen Stefani have orthodontic treatment to thank for their star smiles. The stigma behind having a ‘metal mouth’ is disappearing rapidly, with more and more celebrities wearing them in the public eye. There are also some famous faces such as Justin Bieber and Tom Cruise who take the subtler approach, opting for Invisalign treatments.

6. Straight teeth are easier to keep clean – With fewer crevices and gaps for food and bacteria to hide in, post orthodontic treatment, your cleaning routine is made so much easier.

7. Braces just keep on getting better – With Invisalign braces, you can now straighten your teeth without metal wires or brackets in sight. Invisalign is a removable treatment that allows for flexibility and comfort.

8. Orthodontics can chance your whole face – Not only do braces straighten teeth, they can also improve the profile of your face, aligning your jaw and the way your teeth bite together.

9. Braces are only temporary – If you are worried about the appearance of the brace, don’t worry! Take some comfort in the fact that they are not on forever…the only thing that lasts forever is the perfectly straight smile you will receive.

10. The results are AMAZING! – It is always such a pleasure to see how joyful our patients are with their smiles after orthodontic treatment.

 

What can cosmetic dentistry do for me?

Cosmetic dentistry encompasses several treatments that can restore your teeth and smile as well as boost your confidence and improve your dental health. We’ve seen cosmetic dental treatments change patients’ lives  – but what are the procedures involved and how can they benefit you? We take a look at some of the most popular treatments….

 

Teeth whitening – Teeth whitening is becoming more and more popular across the UK and indeed worldwide. If you are considering getting your teeth whitened, be sure to have the procedure carried out by a trained specialist and not someone unqualified. When this procedure is carried out at a dental practice, is it safe because it is bespoke.

How does this procedure work? – Your dentist will take impressions of your teeth, so that the whitening trays are pinpoint accurate to your teeth’s structure. Bespoke impressions are essential to your safety, as the ‘one size fits all’ trays that come with DIY kits and which are used by many non-qualified beauticians, can cause the whitening agent to leek into your gums and cause serious damage. Once these have been created, the whitening agent can be applied to your teeth, giving you a brand new smile.

Dental Hygienist – If your teeth are simply in need of a deep clean, our dental hygienist can give your teeth a deep clean, removing the tenacious tartar and plaque that sits on your tooth enamel.  You should aim to visit your dental hygienist each year, though they will advise you on how often this should be depending on the condition of your teeth. Here at Fresh Dental, our dental hygienist can also offer you friendly advice on how to keep plaque and tartar at bay.

Veneers – These acts as a substitute for tooth enamel. They are thin shells designed to go over the front of your teeth, enhancing your appearance. Veneers are used to change the size, length, shape and colour of your teeth, depending on what you are looking to achieve.

When can veneers help?

  • If your teeth are discoloured.
  • Your teeth are misaligned.
  • You have gaps between your teeth.
  • Teeth that are worn, broken or chipped.

Dental implants – These are generally made from titanium and are the next best thing to a real tooth. Your dentist inserts a titanium screw into your gum, which acts as a new tooth root. Following this, a crown (false tooth), is placed over the top.

Why are implants the next best thing to a natural tooth?

  • It is very rare for a patient’s body to ‘reject’ a dental implant.
  • They’re comfortable and feel like a normal tooth.
  • Improved speech.
  • Eat the foods you enjoy without hassle.
  • Improved oral health.
  • The best aesthetic solution for replacing a missing tooth.

Tooth- coloured/white fillings – Fillings no longer have to be a worry or a hassle. Tooth-coloured blend in with your teeth’s natural colour, so you need no longer feel self-conscious about fillings. As well as being more aesthetically pleasing, the material used is stronger than mercury amalgam fillings.

If you would like any further information on these treatments, please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

Why are dental implants so highly regarded?

Dental implants have become a popular solution to missing teeth. Although there are other options available to patients, this is the clear winner, and it’s not difficult proving why…..

 

So what is all the fuss about? 

 

  • Dental implants are the closest replacement to a real tooth. As they fuse with the bone in your jaw, they become a natural part of you, which means your body will not reject them. Cosmetically, they have the closest semblance to a real tooth (and basically are a real tooth)!

 

  • Replacing one or more missing teeth can help restore your facial structure. When you have a tooth missing, your skin can droop which causes you to look older and sometimes even unhealthy.

 

  • Dental implants offer the best cosmetic results amongst all the treatments that can be used to solve the problem of a missing tooth.

 

  • Caring for your implant is easy. You can look after it in the same way you would look after your natural teeth. This encompasses brushing twice a day for 2 minutes per day, bi-monthly visits to your dentist and hygienist and flossing regularly. In keeping these up, you reduce your chance of needing attention into your older years.

 

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Why bother replacing missing teeth?

People often fail to look beyond the aesthetic benefits of replacing missing teeth, or believe that missing teeth are only worth replacing if they are visible to others. This is a misconception that could cost someone’s overall health.

Missing teeth can cause continual bone loss into older age, affecting the way your mouth functions.

If left untreated for a prolonged amount of time, ‘bite collapse’ can occur if several back teeth are missing. In turn your front teeth are pushed forward, but they are not designed to support the facial weight that they have to when they relocate to the front of the face, which can expose you to further damage.

Missing teeth can also become a huge source of anxiety, as it stops people from wanting to smile and show their teeth to others. Having a dental implant can be one of the most significant and beneficial decisions a patient makes – here at Fresh we have had many patients tell us that their new implants are a source of great happiness and confidence

 

Dr Marcus Spry has extensive experience in this area and would be more than happy to speak to you about the implants procedure at a consultation.

Dermal Fillers & Botox…. The Lowdown

Lip fillers and Botox are non-surgical cosmetic procedures that are safe and effective – if carried out by a professional. When seeking these type of treatments, it is paramount that they are performed by a reputable and experienced specialist.

 

More on Botox….

Like many products, Botox (or botulinum toxin injections), are prescription-only for a reason and beauty therapists do not have the necessary knowledge to guarantee that your treatment will yield the results you need or that it will be carried out safely.  With this in mind, it’s important to do your research beforehand. Here at Fresh Dental our specialists are fully qualified to perform such a treatment.

Botox injections generally take a maximum of 20 – 30 minutes, with results showing after a mere 4 days. These injections are a very simple procedure and there is no need to remain at the practice after you have completed treatment.

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Popular reasons for having Botox are:

  • Botox can eliminate your frown lines, crow’s feet and wrinkles, preventing them from deepening.
  • It’s a fairly long-term solution to ageing, lasting up to 6 months.
  • The side effects are minimal.
  • They enhance your natural beauty rather than change your features.
  • They smooth out
  • Get your confidence back.

 

It is essential to have these type of cosmetic treatments carried out by a professional who has a detailed understanding of your facial anatomy. DIY methods can leave irrevocable harm and not only leave you with damage in the area you’re looking to alter, but other areas of your face. If performed at home or by an under-qualified beauty therapist, Botox and fillers can expose you to an allergic reaction.

More on lip fillers…..

Lip fillers are becoming increasingly popular each year, with patients seeking treatment for several common reasons. These include:

  • Natural ageing & sun exposure – over your lifetime your lips work hard, constantly moving and also becoming exposed to sunlight, causing the elastic framework and collagen (the main structural protein found in your skin) in your lips to reduce. This causes your lips to droop and become less defined which is where fillers can help – smoothening out the lines, wrinkles and folds in your skin, to give a more youthful-looking and rejuvenated appearance.
  • To remove smokers’ lines.
  • Many are unhappy with the natural appearance of their lips and use lip fillers to give more volume.

The fillers we use here at Fresh Dental are a type of gel called Restylane, which is completely safe, highly effective and natural-looking. This gel can also be used to enhance other areas of the face.

 

If you would like further advice on Botox and Dermal Fillers, please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

 

 

Reasons for your child to undergo orthodontic treatment early….

Complications with misaligned teeth and jaw complications are usually best solved with early orthodontic intervention intervention. As your child’s bones are more malleable and softer, their jaws are more easily pushed into a healthy shape. A second reason for this is because young children grow faster which means treatment takes less time to complete.

 

Early intervention also helps to prevent crowded teeth. An example of this is if your child were to lose their baby molar (for any number of reasons, such as decay), this could cause their adult molar to shift forward and crowd their emerging adult teeth. By taking early action in shifting this adult molar back into an optimum position, you can prevent your child from requiring intervention later in life, such as removing the tooth altogether.

 

Help keep tooth decay at bay – if your child has overlapping, misaligned or crooked teeth, this can render flossing and brushing thoroughly difficult as some of the teeth’s surfaces become hard to reach which is when bacteria and food particles are allowed to build-up.  This is when teeth become susceptible to tooth decay. By undergoing braces treatment, your child’s teeth can become straighter

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Braces can help prevent heart disease – your child’s gums can become unhealthy due to malocclusions (jaw problems caused by misaligned teeth).  As tooth alignment and jaw issues cause difficulty cleaning, your child’s teeth will build up layers of plaque and tartar on their teeth. Following this, their gum tissue becomes inflamed, promoting the growth of harmful bacteria. if left untreated, this bacteria can enter the bloodstream and become a primary cause of cardiovascular disease.

 

Help your child avoid other health issues – Misaligned teeth can present a range of health issues, ranging from mild to severe. For example, jaw misalignment can cause migraines, chronic chewing and biting issues, speech problems and earaches as well as irregularities in the temporomandibular joint (otherwise known as the jaw joint).

 

Increase your child’s self-esteem and self confidence – Children can suffer at the hands of other children for having jaw or teeth problems as if affects the way they look. Correcting a misaligned jaw could be one of the biggest confidence boosters for your child, helping restore belief in themselves.

The Lowdown on Teeth Whitening

Over-the-counter teeth whitening products and teeth whitening treatments performed by beauty therapists may seem like an attractive and cheaper path to new shiny white teeth. However, many people are not aware of the risks that these methods encompass. Teeth whitening should only ever be carried out by a professional, this means a specialist in a dental practice. Here are a few reasons why…

 

  • Beauty therapists do not have the proper qualifications or training to carry out this procedure safely.
  • Hydrogen peroxide is dangerous. Teeth whitening is only safe when the whitening trays are custom made for your teeth. As this is not the case with the DIY kits or when carried out by a beauty therapist, you cannot be 100% safe from the risk of the hydrogen peroxide gel leaking over onto your gums. Wrong-sized trays also present the risk of swallowing the hydrogen peroxide which
  • DIY kits do not last as long as teeth whitening performed by a specialist.

 

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Professional tooth whitening offers long-lasting results and is custom down to the last detail. The whitening agents can be customised so that you can choose your desired shade of white and you’ll have full cosmetic dentist supervision every step of the way.

 

So how does the process work?

Our specialist will take impressions of your teeth so that your whitening trays can be made up by our dental technician in the lab. Following this, the peroxide gel is placed into the whitening trays and this is what causes your teeth to whiten. As the trays are perfectly cut to your teeth, the whitening process is effective, safe and of a high quality. Following your in-practice treatment, your dentist will give you the remainder of the custom-made trays to take home and wear at home.

Ultimately, this procedure should not be performed without full supervision from a trained professional

 

What are the benefits of teeth whitening?

  • Restored, stain-free white teeth for a prolonged period of time.
  • It is possible to have your teeth whitened even if you have gum disease or cavities.
  • Restore your confidence and your desire to smile.
  • Give your teeth a reset – teeth whitening is a great opportunity to start-a-fresh. Before whitening your teeth, your dentist will deep clean your teeth, removing any plaque and tartar staining your teeth, so your oral hygiene will be resotred as well as the colour of your teeth.

 

To get the best out of your treatment, you must make sure you look after your teeth by brushing twice a day for 2 minutes, as well as floss regularly.

 

 

 

The Importance of Mouthguards

Mouthguards are an essential piece of protective sports gear for anyone taking part in a contact sport such as rugby, hockey or boxing. There various types of mouthguards but the most effective by far is a custom-made one that you can have made up by your orthodontist.

Mouthguards help protect against injuries of the lips, mouth, teeth and soft tissues in and around your mouth. Think of one as an investment – if you were to lose a tooth, this would cost a lot more to replace than a custom-made mouth guard!

 

 

Why custom-made over shop-bought?

Custom made mouthguards are created by your orthodontist to suit your teeth. For this reason, they are a lot more effective than what is called a ‘boil and bite’, the kind that you might buy over-the-counter. Custom-made moutguards are more effective at protecting you from sports-related injuries, as each individual tooth is protected, whilst a boil and bite guard does not shelter each tooth in the same way.

 

How to look after your mouth guard

If you’re going to purchase a custom-made mouth guard, it’s important to look after it in order to make it last. Here are a few pointers for looking after it….

  • Before and after each use, remember to rinse your mouth guard with cold water or mouth rinse – you can also use a toothbrush and some soap to do this.
  • Make sure you have a good plastic container to store it in – never place it into a bag on it’s own as it will collect debris which is unhygienic and renders the guard less effective overtime due to wear and tear.
  • Avoid storing your mouth guard in high temperatures – doing this will change the shape of the guard and it will no longer be custom made!
  • Each time you have a general check-up with your dentist, bring your mouth guard with you so it can be examined for signs of wear and tear.

 

Can I wear a mouth guard if I am undergoing orthodontic treatment?

 

Yes! However, if you are going to wear a mouth guard it must be a custom fitted one. A boil and bite could damage your appliance or indeed your teeth whilst a custom made one will protect both. Ask you dentist for more information on this.

 

 

 

Orthodontics – The Frequently Asked Questions

What does ‘orthodontics’ actually refer to?

Orthodontics is the field of dentistry that specialises in correcting jaw and teeth complications by fitting patients with orthodontic appliances.
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Is there a difference between an orthodontist and a dentist?

Orthodontists are specialists in their field, having completed the normal 6 years of dentistry training plus an additional 2 or 3 years to qualify in orthodontics. Dentistry encompasses more general treatment and could be likened to the equivalent of your GP. However, an orthodontist helps treat more extensive problems usually centred around restructuring teeth and jaw complications.

 

 

What types of treatment does the term ‘orthodontics’ cover?

The most common of orthodontic treatment is braces treatment/re-aligning teeth. Braces date back to Ancient Egypt when metal bands were used as well as cords made from animal intestines. They have continued to evolve, with a range of types to choose from today including ‘invisible’ braces designed to go unnoticed by others – these put comfort and aesthetics at the lead of their design. Braces has evolved with the social expectations and aesthetic normalities of today, with many designs being centred around discreet and minimal.

Invisalign alingers are an increasingly popular option as they are removable, transparent and subtle. A non-invasive form of straightening teeth, Invisalign do not have the sharp bracket pieces that characterise traditional metal braces, but are one slick looking piece of plastic easily placed over your teeth.

 

 

Is there a favourable age for orthodontic treatment?

If you’re a parent and want your child to undergo orthodontic treatment, you may find your orthodontist wants to wait a few years before your child’s teeth develop properly. Intervening too early can do more harm than good and even be detrimental to a child’s dental development.

Why did it always used to be teens getting braces? Braces used to be a statement associated with teenagers and youths – this was what created a lot of the stigma around braces. However, with the new ‘invisible’ treatments available, it’s easier than ever to get orthodontics treatment if you’re an adult – one in 5 patients treated for braces is actually an adult accordingly to a survey in 2012.

 

If I’m undergoing orthodontic treatment, do I need to see a dentist as well?

Yes. Ensuring you have healthy teeth comes under the responsibility of a dentist – regular check-ups are important to ensure you do not develop tooth decay or cavities.

 

How often do I have to visit my orthodontist whilst undergoing treatment?

This depends on the type of treatment you are having and your orthodontist will be able to provide you with more accurate information on this. Generally, appointments are necessary every 4 to 10 weeks.

 

What Are Overdentures?

This week we’re covering another topic to help you understand orthodontic services a little better!

 

This week it’s overdentures.

 

 

What are overdentures?

Overdentures are removable dentures for people with a few or no remaining teeth. They’re designed to fit over the top of a person’s tooth roots – they use roots as support anchors in order for the dentures to fit.

 

 

What are the benefits of overdentures?

– They’re an affordable solution.

– Overdentures will make you want to smile again, rendering you less self-conscious
about the appearance of your teeth.

– You’ll still be able to enjoy your favourite foods. Overdentures are strong and sturdy, so once fitted you’ll be able to chew as normal.

– If you’ve been struggling with a speech impediment as a result of your oral health, overdentures will improve this greatly and possibly even eliminate it entirely.

– You won’t need a bone graft (as with implants) but you’ll have all the benefits of implants.

– Overdentures are actually said to promote better digestion. The improved stability in your mouth enables you to chew food more effectively so that your body can break food down more easily, thus, taking in more nutrients from your food.

– More than just about your smile – overdentures contribute to retaining your facial structure and your features. Replacing missing teeth in this way can totally change the way your face sits – those with teeth missing often have drooping features – overdentures contribute to gaining this back.

 

What steps does the process involve?

    – Firstly, you’ll have a consultation with one of our specialists. This will be the chance to discuss the whole procedure and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have or address any anxieties you might have.

    – Following this, your dentist will need to examine whether you have enough bone for the implants to sync with. We will do this by carrying out x-rays and an impression of your jaw, allowing us to access a tailor-made ‘cut-out’ of your teeth.

    – We’ll then identify whether you need any other treatment before we fit you with overdentures. This is because it’s really important that your mouth is in the best possible health before treatment so that the procedure can be straightforward and unaffected by other factors.

    – The first part of surgery wil involved your orthodontist placing the implants into your jawbone.

    – Once you have healed from this (your jawbone has fused with the implants), teeth are placed, creating a brand new smile for the patients.

 

 

 

Braces Braces & More Braces!

Dental braces, or braces, as the majority of us know them, are designed to straighten and re-align our teeth. Braces are fitted by Orthodontists worldwide and as well as having aesthetic benefits, they can help straighten our bite which in turns helps maintain a good level of dental health. These are all desirable attributes in this modern day of the “perfect smile”, but what types of braces are there? And what can they do for you?

 

Fixed metal braces: Traditional braces that yield proven results and are cost-effective. Fixed metal braces offer patients a pain-free way to a straighter smile, gently guiding your teeth back into position over the duration of your treatment.

 

Throughout the treatment period of 12 to 24 months your progress can be carefully monitored by a specialist, giving you every confidence of exemplary results, so long as you maintain a healthy dental hygiene routine along the way.

 

Blocks are fixed to the front of the teeth with a clear adhesive in a quick and painless procedure. There’s even the option of coloured bands on each block for the kids and teenagers alike.

 

Retainers: Designed to prevent the good work from being undone, the retainer will prevent relapse. Relapse occurs when the tissue and bone around your mouth reverts back to its previous shape before treatment. Retainers will stop this from happening and as a result are a vital part of your orthodontic treatment. They are commonly removable, but in some circumstances, permanent.

 

Made of thin thermosetting plastic, removable retainers are virtually unnoticeable and extremely comfortable to wear due to their bespoke design (custom-made for your mouth). Fixed retainers are secured behind the teeth on either your upper or lower jaw, or both. This offers round-the-clock stability for your mouth.

 

As with many material objects and appliances, retainers become worn over time and will need to be checked by your orthodontist or your dentist to ensure your smile remains straight.

 

Functional braces: A popular option for young and adolescent patients, functional braces reduce the projection of the front teeth during growth of the jaw. The brace can influence the way the teeth grow, pushing the top row inward and the bottom outward.

 

For optimal results, treatment is best undergone between the ages of 9 and 14, however it is important that most of the adult set have come through which naturally varies from patient to patient.

 

It is not uncommon for a patient to have fixed braces fitted soon or immediately after functional brace treatment. The functional brace improves the way in which the teeth bite together, essentially “setting up” the teeth for further alignment from the fixed brace.

 

For more information on our braces, or other treatments available please contact us…

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sports & Energy Drinks – The Lowdown

It is widely known that certain drinks advertising themselves as ‘energy’ drinks are high in sugar, as their purpose is to provide energy to sportspeople. Among these are electrolyte drinks which professional sportspeople use to replenish their sugar and salt stocks. However, these drinks have been known to cause tooth decay in many professional and amateur sportspeople who have featured in national news. 

Statistics show that 1 in 5 professional athletes’ performance has been affected due to poor oral health and 50% had not visited a dentist in 12 months.

One of the reasons athletes’ teeth are suffering is due to sports/energy drinks, which are marketed to enhance performance by providing additional energy.  However, these drinks are high in acid and sugar making them an enemy to tooth enamel, which is worn away after their consumption.

 

The solution?

Mouthwash and toothpaste high in fluoride will help wash away the acid that corrodes your teeth. Acid and sugar begin wearing away your enamel 3 hours, which is why it’s important to consume plenty of water soon after the consumption of these drinks – this will contribute to washing away the acid.

Using a straw will also reduce the likelihood of tooth decay and other tooth-related complications

Professor Ian Needleman of UCL said that ‘we’re not trying to demonise energy drinks and that athletes shouldn’t be using them. But that ‘people should be aware of the risks’

 

Are there other energy-giving options other than/in addition to energy drinks?

As mentioned above and to further emphasise Professor Needleman’s statement, energy drinks aren’t a complete no-go for athletes, though if possible they should be consumed in moderation. There are many people who consume energy drinks and who do not go on to burn off the calories they provide, which then leads to weight gain, so it’s important to limit these drinks to when you actually know you’re going to burn them off.

 

Other energy giving foods that don’t have a damaging impact on your teeth include:

  • Bananas – bananas are a well-known source of potassium and offer slow-release energy which means your sports performance is sustained, rather than energy drinks which offer a short and sharp energy surge (which is why they have to be consumed often, causing damage to teeth). Bananas are also very versatile – the longer you let them ripen, the more sugar they accumulate (which will provide more energy), though even if they are not very ripe they are still considered an excellent source of energy.
  • Gingerbread – Although it is still considered confectionary, gingerbread is one of the least damaging to your teeth. Instead of eating an energy bar (tooth-unfriendly sugars), why not try a piece of gingerbread before heading out on the track or field? Don’t forget to drink some after afterwards though, as this will help wash away the bits that linger between your teeth and cause tooth decay.
  • Veg/fruit smoothie – green smoothies are currently having a huge period in the spotlight ever since many LA-based celebrities started consuming them a couple of years ago, and they’ve stayed there since! Kale is full of vitamins including iron and vitamin B which makes them a great energy giver as well as all-round healthy choice. Obviously kale doesn’t have the greatest track record when it comes to tasting great…so you can add a few things to compliment it and turn your smoothie into delicious creamy energy-giving goodness, such as cashews, banana, dates, vanilla extract and water.

 

 

 

Invisalign’s Growing Popularity

With the introduction of Invisalign over 20 years ago, more and more adults have been seeking orthodontic treatment in order to straighten their teeth. Invisalign offers a way back to the perfect smile, without having to draw attention to your teeth.  Why now and why Invisalign? Invisalign are part of the ‘brace family’ though they are not a fixed appliance…. They’re also transparent and barely visible. If you’re really worried about standing out from the crowd, you needn’t be, as Invisalign’s design is centred around subtlety.

 

With Invisalign braces you can:

 

  • Remove the appliance – Invisalign are essentially a set of retainers that you wear behind your teeth. You wear each one for 2 weeks at a time and remove them yourself at home, unlike fixed braces which you wear right through for between 18-24 months. Invisalign make it easy to eat and clean your brace.
  • Undergo a faster treatment – Treatment achieves results in half the time that fixed braces take (though unfortunately Invisalign isn’t for everyone).
  • Be more comfortable than you would be in traditional braces – With no brackets and sharp edges, Invisalign are far more comfortable to wear than fixed braces.

Undergo treatment that does not affect your appearance – You may be worried if you’re in a customer-facing job and don’t want people to notice you’re having orthodontic treatment. Fear not as Invisalign is designed to eliminate this anxiety, going unnoticed by many due to their transparent material and finish. In addition and contrary to 20 years ago, today one in 5 people who get braces are adults, therefore the stigma around them has somewhat reduced.

 

 

A few statistics about Invisalign….

  • Since it’s introduction, Invisalign maintains a 96% satisfaction rate.
  • The average treatment time is 13 months.
  • Around 2.6 million people have Invisalign treatment each year.
  • Invisalign is currently available in 45 countries.

How to Brush and Floss properly

Everyday we get bombarded with advice and commands on what to do to keep our teeth in the best possible state, so that they last the journey of life. Of course it’s all very well throwing this information at us, but we’re never told how to carry out these techniques properly. ‘Brush properly for 3 minutes’ and ‘floss often to dislodge bacteria and bits of food’. 47.2% of people over the age of 30 in the UK have experienced some kind of periodontal complication which suggests that many of us are not brushing or flossing properly.

 

Flossing

The best time to floss is the evening after you’ve eaten your final meal/before you go to bed. There is not a lot of point in flossing in the mornings as you shouldn’t have anything to dislodge from your teeth (that is if you’ve flossed and brushed property the previous night!).

 

What kind of floss?

Make sure you use nylon or PTFE floss – these are the best two types.

 

Technique

  • You should be using about 18” of floss as this leaves you excess with which to work.
  • Weave in and out in the curves of your teeth.
  • Clean below the gumline but be careful not to snap the floss on your gums.

 

Brushing

  • It’s important to know that you should be looking at changing your toothbrush every 3 months (when it starts to wear). If you continue using a worn toothbrush, it won’t do its job properly. Simple.
  • Brush for 2 – 3 minutes at least twice a day – this is the bare minimum!
  • Don’t forget to brush your tongue – this will leave you with much fresher breath.
  • Brush the outer sides of your upper teeth, followed by your lower teeth. Then,
  • brush the inner sides of your upper teeth followed by your lower teeth.
  • Brush the chewing surfaces.
  • The brush should be at a 45 degree angle against your gumline, rolling the brush away from your gumline to sweep away the bacteria and bits of food.
  • Make sure you’re careful and tentative when flossing. You shouldn’t be seeing any blood or be in any pain.
  • Flossing before you brush is more effective than the reverse, allowing more fluoride from your toothpaste to reach the nooks and crannies between your teeth where foods are likely to lodge themselves.
  • DON’T wrap floss around the gums of multiple teeth. The results will NOT be as effective and you risk hurting your gums.

 

Choosing A Dentist

It can be difficult to decide on which dental practice you are going to choose, especially if there are many in your area. It can be easy to choose the practice that offers the most convenience, though this may not be the one that delivers the highest quality of service. We’ve put together a few pointers to help you in your search for a dental practice you can trust.

A warm welcome and friendly approach to customer service should never go undervalued. Here at Fresh, we have patients of all ages and our team are a great bunch who are not limited to simply offering dental services – we believe we are people people!  Of course, our high quality of service goes without saying.

 

What to look for:

 

  1. Go further… – It can be so easy to choose the dentist that’s just round the corner from your house – especially if you have children, are pushed for time or don’t have your own transport. However, going the extra mile (literally) can be one of the best investments that you make – it’s your dentalcare in question after all! Carry out some research as there might be an outstanding practice just a handful of miles further but offering  better service and maintaining a stronger reputation. Surly long-term dental health is worth it?!
  2. A warm welcome- Although, generally speaking, you don’t visit the dentist all that often, if you ever encounter any complications with your teeth, you could be spending a lot of time there…. This means you need to choose somewhere you don’t mind spending time and where the staff and ambiance will make you feel at ease.
  3. Treatment options – Contrary to what some believe, not all dental practices offer the same treatments, so check out what each practice on your shortlist offers before deciding on a final choice. Perhaps reading up on a few different treatments would help you understand what you need from your dentist? If there is a history of a particular condition in your family that you might need to have treated in the future?  Here at Fresh we’re happy to talk you through the types of treatment we offer.
  4. General vibes – Here at Fresh we take our patients’ wellbeing and comfort seriously. We understand that a lot of people do not feel comfortable about visiting the dentist – it’s our job to help you beat this fear. A good practice will have friendly staff (as previously mentioned), as well as a welcoming space and atmosphere (the waiting room, the atmosphere).
  5. A good support base. Dental practices are made up of teams of dentists, hygienists and receptionists. A good dental practice has these staff working as a team, creating a good vibe amongst the practice and putting the patient at ease.

5 Bad Habits that Ruin Your Teeth

We all have some natural bad habits like biting our nails or clenching our jaws due to stress, which wears down the teeth. However, there are some more subtle habits in your daily lifestyle that could be sending you to the dentist more than necessary. Here are six different habits that could be damaging the health of your mouth.

Oral Piercings

Movements of your tongue bar or lip piercings in your mouth can cause you to chip or crack your teeth. The jewellery can also increase the risk of gum disease, injure gums from direct contact but can also cause receding gum tissue. All of these factors can lead to either tooth loss or loose teeth, which will result in replacing the teeth with either bridges or dental implants.

Chewing Gum

They may only be small but they are packed with sugar, even the ‘sugar free’ versions damage the enamel. The sugar and sweeteners in gum reacts with the sticky plaque that coats your teeth – so don’t be fooled into thinking they help to clean your teeth after a meal. Continuous chewing of gum wears down your jaw and can alter your bite. This can hugely affect your mouth as you may end up grinding and chipping away parts of your teeth.

Teeth Grinding

Many people find that they grind their teeth in times of stress or when they are experiencing bad sleeping patterns. This nasty habit can wear down the enamel that protects your teeth. Try to wear a mouth guard at night, as this can limit the damage while you sleep. If you grind your teeth during the day when experiencing anxiety, try to be more aware of the damage you are doing to your teeth to put you off the habit.

Eating Sugary Carbs

Anything like white bread, pasta, rice and cereals are classed as sugary carbohydrates. This type of food contains a lot of starch and refined carbohydrates, which convert sugar in the mouth. So by eating sugary carbs leaves a residue of paste in the mouth, which lodges in your teeth and builds up in your molars. This creates an ideal breeding ground for bad bacteria which causes cavities.

Drinking Fizzy Drinks and Fruit Juices

Many fizzy drinks and fruit juices contain not just sugar which we already know is bad for our teeth, but also contain phosphoric acid, citric acid and tartaric acid which causes severe damage to the teeth. The high levels of these ingredients in drinks such as Coke can be helpful for cleaning household items such as toilets. So just imagine what damage it does to your teeth!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Weekend Antics that could be Damaging Your Teeth

During the weekends, we all indulge in a little treat or two to relieve the stress of the week’s events. But did you realize the stress and damage that you could be causing to your teeth in the process? Here are some common weekend activities and things to avoid, preventing you from harming your oral health.

Watching a Movie

Eating popcorn may be a cinematic tradition, but those little corn kernels are a hazard for your oral hygiene. When they get wedged in-between the gaps of your teeth, they help to harbour the bad bacteria that causes cavities. Try to ensure you floss after the film has finished, as this will prevent any cavities from occurring.

Enjoying a Night Out

Fizzy drinks such as cider and prosecco are a popular choice for many on a night out. But did you know that the bubbles in these drinks contain high levels of highly acidic carbon dioxide? This acid erodes and attacks the enamel coating on the teeth, which makes them weaker and more sceptical to decay. An alternative option if you do not wish to ditch these drinks is to use a straw to avoid any contact with the teeth.

Eating a Takeaway

At the weekend there is nothing more tempting than a takeaway. But not only can this treat wreak havoc on our waistlines they can also heavily damage our teeth. Heavy pigmented foods such as curries or Chinese dishes can stain teeth yellow over time. Other takeaways like pizza and pasta cause acid erosion which leads to tooth decay, due to the refined carbohydrates in the dough and pasta that contains sugar.

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A home beauty evening with friends is not without some DIY treatments like face masks, hair treatments or shop bought dental whitening kits. But many are aware of the dangers associated with whitening their teeth at home. Many kits have been found to contain hazardous levels of bleach and hydrogen peroxide. Dentists warn that using these kits can cause stomach problems, toothache, gum-shrinking, mouth infections and nerve damage.

Eating Out With Friends

It is tempting when you eat out with friends to indulge in the mouth-watering, sugar filled desserts on the menu. But by doing this you are posing a huge risk to your overall oral health. Rather than eating tooth destroying desserts like chocolate, cake or ice-cream, have something that could benefit your teeth instead.  Eating fruits like apples are a sweet alternative as they produce salvia in the mouth, which washes away any build-up of bacteria from your meal. They essentially act as a natural toothbrush until you are able to next clean your teeth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The A – D of Vitamins and Minerals Vital for a Healthy Mouth

Your gums and teeth depend on particular nutrients to stay in excellent condition. Here are some vitamins and minerals you need to include in your diet, to maintain good oral health.

Vitamin A

Normally vitamin A is associated with clear skin, a strong immune system and good eyesight, but it also helps to maintain a healthy salivary flow in the mouth. Not only that it makes sure that your gums stay healthy and helps them to heal – thus reducing the risk of gum disease.

You can find vitamin A in:

  • Sweet potatoes
  • Egg yolks
  • Fish
  • Carrots
  • Mangoes
  • Spinach
  • Kale

B Vitamins

Do you suffer with tongue inflammation or mouth ulcers? Well you may not be including enough B vitamins in your diet to prevent these appearing. And if you are a vegan, it is much harder to get enough B vitamins, as it is predominantly found in meat products. So if that is the case you may need the supplement B12 to ensure you can include this in your dietary needs.

You can find B vitamins in:

  • Fish
  • Egg
  • Poultry such as chicken and duck
  • Dairy

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is essential for repairing and building connective tissue, which aids in preventing gum inflammation and gum disease. If you don’t include enough vitamin C in your diet, it could lead to getting a serious gum disease called scurvy.

You can find vitamin C in:

  • Citrus fruit
  • Broccoli
  • Kale
  • Berries

 

Calcium

To maintain strong teeth a diet rich in calcium is highly beneficial – helping to prevent bone fractures and weak bone tissues around the teeth. It also protects you against getting periodontal disease and keeps your jaw bone healthy.

You can find calcium in:

  • Dairy products like milk and yoghurt
  • Salmon
  • Leafy green vegetables
  • Almonds
  • Soy milk

Coenzyme Q10

You may not have heard of this vitamin, but it is naturally produced by the body and plays a key part in kick starting the healing process for unhealthy gums. To improve your oral health it will reduce pain, swelling and bleeding associated with gum disease.

You can find Coenzyme Q10 in:

  • Pork
  • Beef
  • Chicken Liver
  • Parsley
  • Some vegetable oils

Vitamin D

This vitamin is commonly known as the ‘sunshine vitamin’ as it helps your skin when you are out in the sun. Like the illuminating sunshine, vitamin D brightens up the health of your teeth. It prevents tooth decay and helps your body to absorb calcium.

You can find vitamin d in:

  • Milk
  • Fortified breakfast cereals
  • Cod liver oil

 

 

 

 

 

 

6 Reasons Why You Should Consider Orthodontic Treatment

  1. No one will know you’ve even got braces

Here at Fresh Dental Care, we can provide some of the most innovative forms of orthodontic treatment. Advance treatments such as Invisalign are virtually invisible, so people will not notice that you are going through orthodontic treatment. We also offer Cfast braces which uses thin wires and ceramic fixtures, to create a more invisible appearance than traditional braces. With these treatments provided, the overall appearance of your mouth will more attractive and the brace will be almost invisible to other people.

  1. The result will be a perfect, aligned smile

Invisalign is specifically adapted to move your teeth gradually from their original position towards a final projected placement. This means that you will be able to see the final outcome of the treatment before it has even started – guaranteeing you a flawless, straight smile. The Cfast treatment uses innovative wire technology, which are stronger than most other orthodontic treatments. This means even the most serious of teeth misalignments can be treated.

  1. Your self-confidence will be greatly improved

Research studies have found that having braces can provide higher levels of self-esteem and personal confidence. These newfound benefits can be used in order to succeed in personal, social and professional pursuits. Orthodontic treatments can also reduce problems associated with anxiety and the results can last a lifetime!

  1. Age is not an issue when wearing braces

With the current orthodontic treatment provided means that you can achieve a beautiful smile, without it affecting your daily lifestyle. Many celebrities have had braces as an adult such as Tom Cruise, Gwen Stefani and Katy Perry.

  1. Your oral health will not suffer

The Invisalign aligner can be easily removed, to ensure that you can still retain a normal cleaning routine and good dental hygiene. The Cfast system uses wires and cannot be removed, it is still very manageable to keep a good oral hygiene routine, but you will need to pay more attention and use the right tools. It is still just as easy to keep everything cavity-free and clean, you just need to implement a thorough cleaning routine.

  1. The treatment time will not be as long as traditional braces

The types of orthodontic treatments we provide are so innovative, that you do not have to wear the brace for as long as traditional braces. Both can have minimal treatment time, especially Invisalign which can be as little as 6 months.  Cfast braces can reduce the amount of time from six months less than traditional braces.

 

 

 

The treatment will have minimal if not no pain or discomfort

 

23 Tooth Truths!

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23 Tooth Truths to Make You Smile

  • Dolphin’s jaws do not have muscles, so they use only their teeth to grasp.
  • In the Middle Ages in Germany, kissing a donkey was the only remedy for painful teeth.
  • Ancient Greeks were the first to invent dental pillars.
  • The enamel on your teeth is the hardest tissue in your entire body.
  • An elephant’s molar tooth weighs nearly 4 kilograms and is almost 7” square.
  • When a crocodile loses a tooth, unlike humans, another one grows to replace to old one.
  • Originally toothbrush bristles were made of hog hairs.
  • According to the Guinness World Records from 2002, Sir Isaac Newton had the record for the most valuable tooth of all times. It was sold in London for £3,000 in 1816 and the tooth was put in a ring.
  • Your dental plaque comprises of more than three hundred species of bacteria.
  • It takes 43 muscles to frown but only 17 to smile.
  • 80% of us on a night out would be more likely to talk to a random person if they smiled at us.
  • A ‘smile’ is one of the first things we psychologically notice when meeting a new person.
  • 50% of us would not tell a friend if they had bad breath, in danger of risking a friendship.
  • Teeth and smiles are rated the second most important attractive feature after personality.
  • Nearly 48% of the UK population are unhappy with their teeth.
  • More than half of us would share our toothbrush with someone.
  • 1 in 5 of us cannot recall when we last replaced our toothbrush
  • 1 in 4 think electric toothbrushes are for lazy people and a third think they do not have to brush for as long when using one.
  • 1 in 5 people don’t believe in using fluoride.
  • Chocolate is top of the list for foods that make us smile the most, then Sunday roast, curry and a fry up.
  • When seeking a new partner, a smile is the most wanted trait, beating body shape, dress sense and eyes.
  • A toothbrush is top of the list of things we ensure we always take when we go away on holiday.
  • The colour yellow is psychologically known to make us smile the most. And purple makes us smile the least.

 

Tips for Taking Care of Your Children’s Teeth Over Easter

Easter is about to spring upon us and we all know it can become difficult to limit our children’s sugar intake, especially with all the chocolate goodies that the Easter bunny will bring. Their oral health however, doesn’t have to suffer if the right precautions are taken.

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Ensure chocolate is kept to mealtimes

It is not always the case of how much chocolate your child consumes, but mainly how often that causes oral health problems. By keeping the chocolate to mealtimes, means that the teeth can be cleaned after, preventing cavities which could be caused by sugar.

Give your child a glass of water after eating chocolate

This will help to produce salvia in the mouth, which will help to rinse away any plaque, bacteria and debris. A glass of water also doesn’t contain any sugar, so is the healthiest option for your child to drink whilst washing down their Easter egg.

Monitor their intake

The longer amount of time chocolate is in the mouth, will produce more acids that cause tooth decay. Oversee your child’s intake of their Easter egg, and give them small pieces that won’t stay in their mouth for long periods.

Give them sugar free options

If you are really worried about your child eating chocolate, due to the sugar content, there are sugar free options available online. You will still have to ensure they have a good dental routine to clean their teeth after eating to reduce tooth decay. But the lack of sugar compared to their sugar filled counterparts, will prevent cavities further.

Give them certain foods to clean the mouth

Eating crunchy fruits and vegetables such as carrots, apples and celery stimulates the production of saliva. This is beneficial for teeth, since saliva helps to protect the teeth from bacteria, by helping to break down and wash away chocolate that can become stuck in the teeth. Or you could give your child a small piece of cheese after eating chocolate, as this will help to neutralise the acids that cause tooth decay.

Offer them other forms of treats than the traditional chocolate egg

If you wish to completely eradicate your child sugar intake from eating chocolate, you could offer them other fun alternatives. Why not swap chocolate eggs for fancy dress items or cuddly toys? Or you could take them on a day trip to the zoo or a fairground, as a special treat in the Easter holidays. Just make sure you don’t let them indulge in other forms of sweet treats, like candy floss, that could harm their oral health just as much as chocolate.

 

 

 

The Mysteries of the Mayan Molars – Dentistry in the Ancient Mayan World

The Mayans practiced a form of modern dentistry and were very advanced for their time. These ancient dentists filled cavities, cleaned tartar with copper instruments and removed teeth. What is even more remarkable is that they had names for every procedure and tooth. In the present day, when we have a dental procedure we rinse our mouths out after with a saline solution. Did you know that the Mayans thousands of year ago also used to do this? This just shows how forward-thinking and sophisticated their level of dentistry really was.

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Ancient Mayan dentists used a bow drill to perform procedures. The drill was made from metal, mounted on a shaft and was then rotated by the bow. It was the main tools that the Mayans used to carry out various dental procedures. They were so skilled with this tool, that they could carefully carve into a tooth without generating an infection, break a tooth or provoke the loss of a tooth.

 

The most popular form of Mayan dentistry was not for corrective or restorative dental procedures. Instead the dental skills they had devised were mainly for religious or ritual purposes. They would use their skills to place stunningly carved stone inlays, in precisely prepared cavities, cutting a perfect hole around the tooth enamel. These inlays were made of minerals such as; turquoise, quartz, cinnabar, serpentine and jadeite. Two different types of adhesives were used to secure the inlays including liquid amber and the other from the maguey plant. Archaeologists have found that due to the gems used, the inlays were mainly confined for the upper classes. Typically, the inlays were found in the upper and lower teeth and were for aesthetic purposes.

 

The Mayas also carried out other forms of fashion statements with their teeth, to boost the appearance of their smile. Women were known to dye their teeth red or black and it was said that many Mayan men didn’t like coloured teeth. The red dye was derived from insects and was named cochineal. Other aesthetic procedures included filing their teeth in different ways. It is not completely known what the significant reasons for this are, but it is thought that it was possibly done for tribal or religious meaning. Archaeologists have discovered more than fifty different patterns.

 

Nowadays popular cosmetic procedures that are carried out, do not involve inserting gems into a patients tooth. Contact the surgery today, to discuss some of the most up-to-date procedures.

 

 

 

Extracting the Egyptians – Dentistry in Ancient Egypt

Just like us, the ancient Egyptians had many different oral health problems. The main contribution to their oral ailments was a combination of their poor diet and bad dental hygiene. This would lead to various diseases like attrition, dental caries and periodontist that affect the overall health of the mouth. The Egyptians however, were very inventive and devised many practises and treatments, to treat their dental issues.
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The most common dental affliction in ancient Egypt was Attrition. This was caused by their diet of uncooked vegetables and lack of necessary vitamins and minerals. Archaeologists have previously discovered skulls and jaws in burial shafts and tombs, that all show signs of the disease. If untreated it could lead to abscesses, inflammation of the jawbone and gums and tooth loss.

 

As previously mentioned, the Egyptians had bad dental hygiene. This was partly due to their bread having grit and sand in it, which wore away their enamel. Whilst they hadn’t established dentistry, they did create the world’s oldest known formula for toothpaste. They would crush rock, mint, salt, pepper and dried iris flower to create a tooth cleaning powder. However, the concoction is now known to have caused bleeding gums. Luckily we have various different types of fluoride based toothpastes, which have the opposite effect by preventing bleeding gums, cavities and can create a whiter smile.

 

Egyptians also had numerous mouthwashes to combat gum disease, which usually had to be chewed up and spit out. The mouthwashes were made up from ingredients such as bran and celery, and some included more active ingredients. This was to provide the patient with some form of pain relief from toothache and other oral pains. Others were just for the precise purpose of preserving a healthy mouth and teeth.

 

According to many historians, dental braces date back to as far as the Egyptian period. Archaeologists have discovered mummies with crude metal bands around their teeth and believe that the bands were used, to create pressure to move around the teeth. It was also found that lost teeth were reattached by means of silver or gold wire to the neighbouring teeth. But it is not completely proven, if these procedures were performed during the life of the patient or after death. Because Egyptians placed value on the appearance of the dead, to ensure they were sent off correctly to the afterlife.

 

With up-to-date dentistry these techniques are outdated, but have set the basics for the modern day procedures that are around today. Contact the surgery today, to discuss some of the more current choices with your dentist.

 

 

Dental Health Concerns for Women

Everyone needs to look after their oral health, but for women, surges in hormones at specific periods in their life can affect their oral health significantly. Women have special oral health requirements during the unique stages of puberty, menstruation, pregnancy, lactation and menopause, making it even more important to maintain good dental hygiene habits during these times. Women can expect their dental health to change during these specific periods of their life in the following ways:

 

  • Puberty: The increase in oestrogen and progesterone causes blood vessels to dilate which can affect gums and can cause bleeding, swelling and redness. The changes in hormones affects the bacteria in the mouth at this time, meaning that cavities and bad breath can develop. Ulcers are also more common in teenagers than children.

 

  • Menstruation: In the lead up to their period, some women experience swollen or sensitive gums that are prone to bleeding, while others can experience mouth ulcers or cold sores. Once menstruation begins, these symptoms commonly disappear.

 

  • Use of oral contraceptive: Taking an oral contraceptive is commonplace for many women. The synthetic hormones in these tablets can cause gingivitis, an inflammation of the gums, which results from an excessive build up of plaque. It is important to remove plaque adequately through careful brushing and flossing to avoid gingivitis.

 

  • Pregnancy: The significant changes in hormones during pregnancy make oral health care a priority for women during this time. Gingivitis is, again, common in pregnant women, but also ‘pregnancy tumours’, which are non-cancerous, benign growths that develop when swollen gums become irritated. Normally, these tumours will naturally shrink and disappear after the baby’s birth, although if they interfere with brushing or are uncomfortable, the dentist may decide to remove them.

 

  • Lactation: There are many benefits of breastfeeding for both mother and baby, but the period of lactation can also negatively impact a woman’s oral health. Adapting to life with a new baby can often mean that women skip brushing and flossing their teeth, resulting in an increased likelihood of cavities and gum disease developing. The increase in stress and tiredness can also cause Bruxism to develop, which is the grinding or clenching of teeth during sleep. This can result in headaches, neck and jaw pain, or teeth cracking.

 

  • Menopause: There are many possible changes that can occur in a woman’s mouth during menopause. These include burning mouth syndrome, dry mouth, gingivitis and mucosal changes which can result in changes in the appearance of gums and can cause them to bleed easily.

 

 

 

 

Cosmetic, Preventative and Restorative Dentistry Explained

Dentistry is about much more than visiting your dentist for a routine check-up. Dental care is multi-faceted and encompasses three distinct levels: preventative dentistry, restorative dentistry and cosmetic dentistry. Each of these different approaches is unique and aims to care for the teeth in a different way. But what exactly is the difference between these types of treatment?

Preventative Dentistry
Preventative dentistry is about caring for the teeth in order to keep them healthy and to prevent the need for future corrective dental procedures. Preventative care involves maintaining good oral health in the form of daily brushing and flossing as well as regular dental check-ups and professional cleans. This helps to minimise the risk of developing cavities, gingivitis, enamel loss and periodontitis, which require restorative dental treatment.

It is important to take responsibility for your own dental health by engaging in good oral health practices and combining this with regular visits to the dentist. This is the most effective form of preventative dentistry.

Restorative Dentistry
Dental procedures are sometimes required to treat decay or damage in the mouth. This is known as restorative dentistry. This branch of dentistry is different to preventative dentistry in that it seeks to correct dental problems that are already in existence. The aim of restorative dentistry is to restore the appearance and function of teeth.

Some of the common reasons for which patients seek out restorative treatments include tooth decay, chipped or cracked teeth, missing teeth, discolouration, misaligned teeth and gaps in teeth. There are many treatment options to correct these problems and your dentist may recommend fillings, crowns and bridges, dental implants or dentures, among many other possibilities.

Cosmetic Dentistry
Cosmetic dentistry generally refers to any kind of dental work that improves the appearance of a person’s teeth without being an essential procedure. The primary aim of cosmetic dentistry is to improve the aesthetics of a person’s teeth, gums or bite. It deals specifically with the overall appearance of the smile including the colour of the teeth, alignment, position, shape and size and also the appearance of gums.

There are a variety of cosmetic procedures available that are appealing to many people. The most popular procedure is tooth whitening in which teeth are bleached to remove stains and appear brighter. Other common procedures include tooth reshaping in which parts of the enamel are removed to improve the appearance of a tooth, gum lifting and veneers.

How to Manage Dental Anxiety

Anxiety about going to the dentist can be crippling and for some people, can result in the postponement of regular dental check-ups or procedures. Improvements to dental technology and treatment methods mean that there is much less to be worried about today than there once was. If you’re someone who gets anxious about visiting the dentist, here’s the best way to manage your anxiety:

 

  1. Talk to your dentist about your anxiety

Despite what you might think, your dentist sees anxious patients every day and knows a thing or two about putting them at ease. One of the most pro-active things you can do is to be upfront and make your concerns known to your dentist. You’ll find that the simple act of talking about it helps relieve stress. Your dentist will also be able to reassure you about what exactly the visit will involve and talk you through every step of the way.

 

  1. Ask questions

During your visit you should feel comfortable asking questions about any of the dental tools or procedures. If there’s anything that makes you feel uncomfortable, speak up and ask about it. This will help to put your mind at ease if you know exactly what is happening.

 

  1. Agree on a cue

Before your procedure begins, discuss a cue you can use with your dentist that will act as a signal if you are becoming distressed. This will alert the dentist to how you are feeling and will be a sign for he or she to stop and check in with you. Your cue could be as simple as raising your right hand.

 

  1. Engage in positive self-talk

An excellent strategy for dealing with anything that makes you feel stressed or anxious is the practice of repeating positive mantras to yourself. This can be as easy as saying, ‘I choose to be in control of my feelings’ or ‘I am capable of this’. Our thoughts have so much power in shaping our behaviour so if you try to actively think positively about your dental visit, you’ll find that it becomes less overwhelming.

 

  1. Listen to soothing music

As you are driving to your appointment or waiting in the waiting room, listen to some soothing music on your phone or iPod. This will work wonders for calming your nerves. While you’re listening, become conscious of your breathing and try to focus on taking long and slow breaths.

25 Fun Facts About Your Mouth You Probably Didn’t Know

  1. Without saliva, we would not be able to taste anything.
  2. The inside of your mouth contains as many bacteria as there are people on Earth.
  3. Teeth start to form before you are even born but don’t come through until you are between 6 – 12 months old.
  4. Children have 20 teeth while adults have 32.
  5. Many diseases are linked to oral health including heart disease, diabetes and osteoporosis.
  6. Close your mouth while swimming because chlorine can wear down enamel.
  7. Plaque is a residue that is made up of excess bacteria in the mouth.
  8. The tongue is the only muscle in the human body that works without any support from the skeleton.
  9. One third of your tooth is hidden underneath your gums.
  10. Green tea contains antiseptic properties, which can help to keep your gums healthy.
  11. There are approximately 10,000 taste buds in our mouth, of which most are located on the tongue.
  12. No two people have the same set of teeth. A person’s teeth are as unique as their fingerprint.
  13. We produce about 37,854 litres of saliva during our lives – enough to fill two swimming pools.
  14. An average person spends 38.5 days brushing their teeth over the course of their lifetime
  15. Smiling helps you live longer. Every time you smile, your body produces greater amounts of antibodies, giving you an immunity boost.
  16. The enamel on the surfaces of your teeth is the hardest substance in your whole body.
  17. We have four different types of teeth in our mouth: incisors, canine, premolars and molars.
  18. Teeth, like your bones, are alive. They have their own blood supply and nerves. A tooth can die.
  19. Relative to its size, the tongue is the strongest muscle in the human body.
  20. If you’re right handed, you tend to chew your food on your right side. If you’re left handed, you favour chewing on your left side.
  21. If you don’t floss, you miss cleaning approximately 40% of the surfaces of your teeth.
  22. Surveys indicate that 50% of people say that someone’s smile is the first thing they notice.
  23. A tooth that gets knocked out will begin to die within 15 minutes.
  24. Humans have two sets of teeth in their lifetime, whereas sharks have 40.
  25. Modern toothpaste has only been available for the past 100 years.

Accelerated Orthodontics: Straighten Your Teeth Fast

For someone with crooked teeth, having braces fitted is the solution. Whilst many people have braces fitted in their teen years, adults may also choose to get braces to correct their teeth. The median length of time that braces are fitted for is between two and four years, which for most adults, is a very long period of time. Fortunately, advancements in orthodontic procedures have meant that with accelerated orthodontics, this time span is reduced to under a year, with most people only needing to wear braces for between three and eight months.

What is accelerated orthodontics?

Accelerated orthodontics is a type of orthodontics in which braces are fitted in combination with a minor surgical procedure. This surgery is what lessens the time needed for the braces to work in straightening the teeth.

What does the procedure involve?

Before the braces are fitted, the orthodontist will perform a procedure in which the gums and bones are shaved and reformed to allow the teeth to align into the correct position more quickly.

Accelerated Orthodontics Pros:

  • The most obvious benefit of accelerated orthodontics is the shortened amount of time that is needed to correct the alignment of teeth. For adults with professional careers, this can be a particularly attractive benefit.
  • Any type of braces can be used.
  • Correcting misalignment has been shown to drastically boost self-confidence in people.

Accelerated Orthodontics Cons:

  • The surgical procedure can add an extra layer of discomfort, especially immediately afterwards.
  • It is a very expensive procedure and one that is not commonly covered by most insurance companies.
  • Because the procedure is fast-tracked, your teeth will shift much more quickly than they would with regular braces fitted. This means that you will need to make very frequent visits to the orthodontist to regularly have your braces tightened.
  • Because accelerated orthodontics is such a new field, there isn’t much research relating to the long-term effects of the procedure and whether the teeth will remain aligned. However, at this stage, all indications point in the direction that the accelerated orthodontics procedure is just as effective as having traditional braces fitted for an extended period of time.
  • Accelerated orthodontics is not possible for everyone. If your teeth are severely misaligned, unfortunately traditional orthodontics are the only option.

For more information about the procedure, make an appointment with your dentist or orthopaedist to discuss the procedure in detail.

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.

Food and Drinks That Mask Bad Breath

We all know that embarrassing feeling: after enjoying a delicious lunch with lots of tasty garlic and onion, we then have to face returning to the office contending with bad breath all afternoon. Some foods, such as onion and garlic, linger in the system and cause bad breath, or halitosis. The good news is that you can still enjoy the foods you love that cause unpleasant breath. There are some foods and drinks that mask bad breath so simply consuming one of these after your meal will help your mouth stay fresh afterwards:

  • Parsley: Parsley is probably one of the best-known foods that can fight bad breath. It’s the oil the parsley leaves that helps to mask unpleasant odours. Other herbs such as rosemary, eucalyptus and cilantro or coriander also work in a similar way.
  • Crunchy fruits and vegetables: Eating crunchy fruits and vegetables such as apples, pears, celery and cucumbers stimulates the production of saliva, which assists in rinsing the mouth of odour-producing bacteria.
  • Yoghurt: Yoghurt is full of good bacteria, which helps to combat the bad bacteria that causes bad breath and re-balance the ratio of good and bad bacteria in the mouth.
  • Green tea: The active ingredient in green tea that helps to mask bad breath is catechin, a powerful antioxidant that helps to fend off bacteria.
  • Nuts: Nuts such as almonds work in much the same way as crunchy fruits and vegetables in that they help to stimulate the production of saliva. Their consistency also helps to remove bacteria on the teeth as well.
  • Water: Simply having a glass of water after eating helps to rinse out your mouth and wash away bacteria.
  • Chewing sugar-free gum: This not only serves to mask the odour of your breath with a pleasant, minty aroma, but it also stimulates the production of saliva.
  • Breath mints: Popping a breath mint after eating will help to mask bad breath, at least for a little while.

In the end, masking bad breath is only a short-term solution. Practising good oral hygiene is the most important way to minimise halitosis. Be sure to brush your teeth twice a day, including your tongue where odour-causing bacteria like to live, as well as remembering to floss daily. If bad breath continues to be problematic for you, discuss this with your dentist or dental hygienist during your next routine check-up.

The Perils of Piercing: How Oral Piercings Can Affect Your Dental Health

While the practice of piercing the lip, tongue or cheek can be attractive, particularly to young people, many don’t fully understand the risks associated with oral piercings. In fact, these piercings can be very detrimental to oral health and can cause a number of complications.

Dental Health Risks:

  • Infections: one of the most common complications associated with oral piercings are infections. Because of the large amount of bacteria in the mouth, infection can occur when the piercing creates a wound, which can also contain additional bacteria on its surface. Because the mouth is a moist place, it is an ideal breeding ground for bacteria, meaning that infection can spread quickly. It’s important to treat any infection promptly as it can quickly become dangerous if left untreated.
  • Swelling: Given the trauma that occurs when your tongue, cheek or lip is pierced, significant swelling and bruising is expected. Usually this will begin to subside after three to five days. Depending on the level of trauma, in some rare cases, the tongue can become extremely swollen which can block the airway, although this is uncommon.
  • Difficulties in oral function: While the area around the piercing is swollen, oral function such as speaking clearly and swallowing may be more difficult until the area heals. In some cases, there can be a permanent loss of sensation if nerves are damaged during the piercing. The jewellery can also stimulate excessive saliva production, which can cause temporary or permanent drooling.
  • Damage to teeth: When teeth come into contact with the hard metal surface of jewellery, they can chip or crack. A high proportion of individuals with tongue rings damage their teeth.
  • Nerve damage: Sometimes a piercing can damage a nerve, which can, in turn, cause numbness or loss of sensation around the piercing.
  • Gum disease: Studies have found that those people with oral piercings, especially tongue piercings, have a much higher risk of gum disease than those who have no piercings. This is because the jewellery can cause a recession of gum tissue by frequently coming into contact with gums. In severe cases, this can lead to tooth loss.
  • Transmission of diseases: Piercings can potentially transmit diseases such as hepatitis B and C as well as the herpes simplex virus.
  • Allergic reaction: Some people discover that they are allergic to the metal in the piercing, which is known as hypersensitivity to metal.

Manual vs Electric Toothbrushes: Pros and Cons

Choosing an effective toothbrush is vital for maintaining good oral health. With so many toothbrushes on the market these days, it can be difficult to decide on what is the best option for you. The first decision you need to make, however, is whether to use a manual toothbrush or an electric toothbrush. To help make the decision easy, here are the pros and cons of each:

Manual Toothbrush:

Pros:

  • With correct brushing technique, a manual toothbrush effectively cleans the teeth
  • It is easy to travel with. There is no need to worry about packing batteries or charging outlets. All you need is a toothbrush case.
  • It is inexpensive and easy to replace. You should replace your manual toothbrush every three months and they are very affordable.

Cons:

  • Correct brushing technique is important for the effective removal of plaque.
  • You must estimate how long to brush your teeth for since manual toothbrushes have no timer.

Electric Toothbrush:

Pros:

  • Studies have shown that electric toothbrushes do a more effective job of cleaning your teeth than manual toothbrushes.
  • The built-in timer takes the guesswork out of the length of time you need to brush your teeth for. The timer stops the toothbrush after two minutes.
  • Electric toothbrushes are very easy to use. All you need to do is angle the head 45 degrees and the toothbrush will do all of the work for you.
  • Children find them fun to use. Brushing the teeth can be a chore for children, resulting in challenging behaviour or ineffective brushing. Using an electric toothbrush adds an extra element of fun to the routine, making children more likely to want to brush.

Cons:

  • Electric toothbrushes are considerably more expensive than manual toothbrushes. Although there are a number of different types on the market at varying prices, expect to pay a lot more money for an electric toothbrush.
  • You need to charge an electric toothbrush or have it plugged into a power socket.
  • Travelling with an electric toothbrush is more of a hassle than travelling with a manual toothbrush. They are bulkier and you need to think about power outlets and charging.
  • If you drop an electric toothbrush, it is quite easy to break, which can be a financial burden given the cost to replace.
  • You need to buy replaceable heads that fit onto the top of an electric toothbrush, which are also a lot more expensive than manual toothbrushes.

Cosmetic Dentistry: Your Options

Many people are self-conscious about their smile and imperfections in the teeth can be detrimental to confidence. These days, more and more people are visiting their dentist to discuss cosmetic dentistry options in addition to having regular check-ups and restorative procedures. So what cosmetic procedures are available to you at your dentist? This guide gives an overview of the most common options for the enhancement of your smile.

  • Teeth Whitening: Over time and as we age, it is normal for our teeth to discolour and to darken in colour. This process occurs much faster in people who smoke, consume food and beverages such as coffee, tea and red wine, as well as those who take certain medications. One of the most popular procedures at the dentist is the bleaching of the teeth to restore whiteness. Generally, the dentist will create a custom-fitted mouthpiece that contains a whitening solution.
  • Bonding: If you are someone who has chipped or cracked teeth, undergoing a bonding procedure in which the dentist applies a bonding material to protect and fill the area of concern can improve the appearance of the affected tooth.
  • Crowns: Also known as caps, crowns completely cover the surface of a tooth to protect it and restore it to its original shape and appearance. Crowns may be recommended to you if you have heavily damaged teeth. This is one of the most expensive cosmetic dentistry procedures, although it is also one of the most long lasting.
  • Veneers: Similar to crowns, veneers are thin pieces of porcelain or sometimes plastic that are placed over the surface of the teeth to restore the original appearance of the tooth. Veneers are a common option for people who have uneven surfaces on their teeth, oddly shaped teeth or teeth that are unevenly spaced or crooked. This is a relatively pain-free procedure and no anaesthesia is required. Veneers are also a much more cost-effective alternative to crowns. They treat the same type of problems as bonding does, although are more durable and long lasting.
  • Contouring and reshaping: If you are someone who has crooked, uneven or overlapping teeth, a contouring and reshaping procedure might be of interest to you. This procedure is appropriate for people who have relatively healthy and stable teeth but who are concerned about their appearance and want subtle changes. It is common for dentists to combine this process with bonding.

Keep Teeth Healthy This Halloween

Halloween is quickly creeping up on us, which for many people is a favourite holiday full of spooky fun. Unfortunately, for many children especially, Halloween also involves stockpiling bags and bags of sweets, accumulated on trick or treat missions around the neighbourhood. For many parents, it’s a tricky balance between allowing the kids to have fun in celebrating the traditions of the event, while trying to care for the kids’ teeth and keep those cavities away! These tips will help you keep a healthy mouth during this sugary time.

Choose soft, chewable sweets

When purchasing sweets for trick or treaters, choose soft and chewable rather than sweets that are hard. Sucking on hard sweets means that the sugars are coating the teeth for a longer period of time, playing a large role in tooth decay.

Eat sweets near mealtimes

If sweets are going to be consumed, it should ideally be around mealtimes, when saliva production increases. Saliva helps to wash away bacteria and neutralise acids that are left in the mouth after eating sugary treats.

Avoid sticky sweets

Refrain from purchasing sticky sweets like gummy bears and toffees, which stick in the grooves of the teeth. These sticky substances are difficult to wash away and put the teeth at higher risk of decay.

Drink water

Encourage your children to drink water regularly and particularly after they consume sugary treats. Like saliva, water helps to wash away bacteria and acids, but it also has the added benefit of containing fluoride, which helps to prevent tooth decay.

Maintain regular eating patterns

Children should be encouraged to eat normal meals at breakfast, lunch and dinner and avoid snacking on sweets throughout the day. You don’t want them filling up on sugar and not feeling hungry for their normal meals!

Brush at least twice per day

Brushing twice per day should be a normal routine anyway, but during times of high sugar consumption, brushing is especially important in order to remove plaque and bacteria. If you can, encourage your children to brush their teeth after they eat sweets.

Visit the dentist

Dental appointments should be made every six months for a routine check-up, but if you are concerned about the state of your child’s teeth after Halloween, it never hurts to check in early for an examination. Catching problems early always makes them easier to treat.

10 Common Causes of Tooth Sensitivity

Does eating an ice cream or drinking a glass of cold water make you wince? Tooth sensitivity is a common source of discomfort among adults. Thankfully, you don’t have to put up with the pain because there are things you can do to minimise this painful sensation at home. Here is a list of the most common causes of tooth sensitivity with tips on what you can do to minimise the pain.

  1. You brush with tooth-whitening toothpaste: some people experience greater sensitivity to the tooth-whitening chemicals found in this kind of toothpaste, which can cause discomfort. Switch to an ordinary fluoride toothpaste instead.
  1. You have a cracked tooth: a damaged tooth can cause sensitivity or pain. It is important to consult with your dentist to discuss treatment options.
  1. You brush too forcefully: brushing your teeth with too much pressure can wear away the enamel, exposing the soft dentin underneath. Try to brush more gently or with a toothbrush with softer bristles.
  1. Your mouthwash is to blame: some mouthwashes contain alcohol or other chemicals that can aggravate sensitive teeth. Opt for fluoride neutral mouthwashes instead.
  1. You grind your teeth at night: sufferers of Bruxism (the grinding, clenching or gnashing of the teeth most commonly during sleep) can experience a wearing down of the enamel on their teeth. This again exposes the dentin, which leads directly to the nerves, where tooth sensitivity originates. Your dentist will discuss the possibility of using a mouthguard in the night to protect your teeth.
  1. You suffer from gum disease: gum disease results in the recession of gums, which is a common cause of tooth sensitivity. There are dental procedures that can treat gum disease as well as changes in oral health habits such as careful brushing and flossing that can assist.
  1. You eat acidic foods: If the dentin of your tooth is already exposed, which leads directly to your nerves, acidic foods that come into contact with this part of your tooth can cause pain. Try to avoid foods such as citrus fruits, pickles and tomato sauce.
  1. You have a build up of plaque: excessive plaque can cause tooth enamel to wear away and once this occurs, your teeth become sensitive. Maintaining good oral hygiene habits as well as visiting your dentist for regular cleanings will assist in removing plaque.
  1. You have tooth decay: the bacteria that are present in tooth decay produce acid, which accelerates the breakdown of enamel. It is very important that you see your dentist if you suspect you have decay in your teeth.
  1. You have had a recent dental procedure: it is normal to experience increased tooth sensitivity after a dental procedure or visit to the dentist. This is nothing to be concerned about unless the sensitivity does not disappear on its own.

Tooth Brushing Tips

Brushing your teeth regularly is the key to maintaining good oral health. Even though we’ve been brushing our teeth multiple times per day ever since we were children and it seems easy enough, brushing with the correct technique and choosing the most appropriate toothbrush and toothpaste is essential. Here are some tips to help you brush your teeth most effectively:

Choosing a toothbrush

  1. Choose a toothbrush that sits comfortably in your hand, whether manual or electric.
  2. If you have a small mouth, select a toothbrush with a small head and if you have a larger mouth, select a toothbrush with a larger head.
  3. The toothbrush bristles should be softer rather than harder to protect your enamel.
  4. Replace your toothbrush every three to four months.

Choosing a toothpaste

  1. Adults should use toothpaste that contains at least 1,350ppm fluoride.
  2. Children over the ages of seven and young adults should use toothpaste that contains between 1,350 – 1,500ppm fluoride.
  3. Children between the ages of three and six should use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste.
  4. Children below the age of three should use a smear of toothpaste.

Brushing technique

  1. Brush your teeth at least twice per day: in the morning and in the evening.
  2. Spend approximately three minutes brushing your teeth to ensure that you remove plaque, food debris and bacteria effectively.
  3. Rinse your toothbrush before and after use.
  4. Ensure that you spend adequate and equal time cleaning all the surfaces of each tooth before moving on to the next.
  5. When you brush the upper part of your teeth close to the gumline, angle your toothbrush towards your gums.
  6. To clean the inside surfaces of the teeth, tilt the brush vertically and use up and down brushing motions.
  7. Use a gentle brushing motion using short strokes instead of a forceful, scrubbing one.
  8. Use just enough pressure to feel the bristles against your teeth and gums. The bristles should not be squashed.
  9. Pay extra attention to hard-to-reach places, the gumline and areas around fillings, crowns or other restoration work.
  10. Watch yourself brushing in the mirror to ensure that you don’t neglect any areas.
  11. Brush your tongue to remove bacteria that can cause bad breath.
  12. After brushing your teeth, use floss to clean in between the teeth and remove any food particles lodged there.

6 Ways You Can Make Your Smile Brighter

A whiter, brighter smile can make you appear years younger and can do wonders for your confidence. Fortunately, there are many ways you can make your smile brighter without breaking the bank.

  1. Boost your calcium intake

Since a healthy mouth and white teeth are intimately connected, one of the best ways you can improve the health of your teeth is by making them stronger with an increased intake of calcium. Eating a balanced, vitamin and mineral-rich diet does wonders for your oral health and helps to fight against oral health problems that can negatively impact the appearance and nature of the teeth, such as periodontal disease and tooth decay. Improve your calcium levels by consuming more dairy products such as milk, cheese and yoghurt and green, leafy vegetables.

  1. Avoid things that stain the teeth

Even though we might enjoy them, consuming things like red wine, coffee and tea can stain the teeth and reduce the brightness of your smile. In addition, tobacco is a huge culprit when it comes to staining the teeth, so cutting back on this is a positive step to improving the whiteness of your teeth.

  1. Use a DIY whitener

While you will undoubtedly get better results from professional whitening, if you can’t afford the treatment, try a DIY whitener from a pharmacy. These products can help penetrate the deeper layers of the tooth to bleach the teeth.

  1. Look after your oral hygiene

It sounds simple and it is. The number one way you can assist in making your teeth whiter and brighter is by looking after your oral hygiene. This means brushing at least twice per day and flossing once.

  1. Increase your Vitamin C levels

Like calcium, Vitamin C assists in maintaining a healthy mouth. Vitamin C works as an antioxidant to help repair tissue and prevent bacteria that can cause disease from taking hold in the gums. Be sure to include fruits and vegetables that are high in Vitamin C such as papaya, strawberries, kiwifruit and broccoli in your diet.

  1. Eat crunchy fruit and vegetables

Eating crunchy fruits and vegetables such as carrots, apples and celery is great for maintaining bright teeth, since eating these foods stimulates the production of saliva. This is beneficial for teeth since saliva helps to protect the teeth from bacteria caused by plaque by helping to break down food particles that can become stuck in the teeth.

How to Manage Burning Mouth Syndrome

We’ve all experienced the painful sensation of burning our mouth after eating or drinking something that is too hot. Some people suffer from this same burning sensation recurrently, with no known cause. This is known as Burning Mouth Syndrome. This condition can appear suddenly and can be intense, as if you have scalded your mouth.

Symptoms

The main symptoms of Burning Mouth Syndrome include:

  • a recurring burning, scalding or tingling sensation that can affect the mouth, tongue, lips, inside of cheeks or roof of the mouth
  • a dry mouth and an associated increase in thirst
  • changes in taste; most commonly a metallic or bitter taste in the mouth
  • loss of taste

Some people notice a pattern where the level of discomfort changes over the course of the day. For example, the sensation might not be very strong in the morning, but becomes progressively more unpleasant as the day wears on. Conversely, other people may experience the discomfort at consistent levels all day.

Cause of Burning Mouth Syndrome

Unfortunately, the cause of Burning Mouth Syndrome is often not able to be determined exactly. If tests don’t indicate an underlying medical problem, the Burning Mouth Syndrome is considered Primary BMS which is linked to damaged nerves that control pain and taste. If there is an underlying medical issue, the syndrome is therefore considered Secondary BMS and is the result of another condition such as hormonal changes, reactions to medication, allergies, acid reflux or nutritional deficiencies among others.

Treatment

Burning Mouth Syndrome is a complex condition and treatment success varies considerably from one person to the next. There are medications that can be prescribed that can help to reduce discomfort as well as relieve dry mouth. If a patient is diagnosed with Secondary BMS, treating the primary medical condition will cure the syndrome.

Irritants

There are some types of food and drinks that can serve to irritate the mouth and amplify the symptoms of Burning Mouth Syndrome. These include spicy food, hot food, alcohol, mouthwashes containing alcohol, tobacco as well as food and drink with high acidity levels such as citrus fruits and pickles. It is helpful to keep a food diary where you can track what you eat and drink and how this corresponds to an increase or decrease in discomfort levels. Instead of consuming aggravating substances, it is recommended that patients instead suck on ice cubes, sip cold drinks and chew sugarless gum to stimulate the production of saliva.

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

Flossing Your Teeth: A Guide

While brushing your teeth twice per day is a necessity for good dental health, flossing is also vital. In fact, cleaning the small spaces in between your teeth to remove food particles that have become lodged there is just as important as using your toothbrush.

Why you should floss

Regularly flossing your teeth has many benefits. Firstly, dental floss assists in removing food debris that has become trapped over the course of the day. Flossing also assists in the removal of plaque, which generates acid and can cause tooth decay and cavities. Plaque can also inflame gums and even cause gum disease, so it is important to remove it properly.

How often should I floss?

Dentists recommend that you should floss daily.

Flossing correctly

It’s important to floss correctly to ensure that you can get into those hard-to-reach places and clean them well. Here are a few tips on flossing technique:

  1. Use a piece of floss approximately 45 cm (18 inches) long.
  2. Wind the floss around the middle fingers of each hand and leave about 5 cm (2 inches) in the centre.
  3. Use your fingers to guide the floss in between the spaces of each of your teeth.
  4. Glide the floss back and forth gently, ensuring that you follow the contours of the tooth.
  5. Slide the floss up and down from the base of the tooth to the surface.
  6. Ensure that you use a clean portion of the floss for each tooth.
  7. Be gentle to ensure that you don’t damage the gum tissue.

Bleeding gums

Don’t worry if your gums bleed a little during the flossing process. Bleeding gums mean that they are inflamed because plaque has built up and needs to be removed. By flossing, you are treating this problem.

Types of floss

There are a few different types of floss on the market. Most flosses are made of either nylon or Teflon and there isn’t one more effective than the other. If you have wide spaces in between your teeth or suffer from gum disease, you will benefit most from using a wide, flat dental tape. If you have small gaps between your teeth, on the other hand, a thin floss will be much more effective. The most important thing is to select a floss you feel comfortable with and one that you will actually use.

7 Foods That Are Good For Your Mouth

We all know that brushing, flossing and eating a healthy diet are key habits in maintaining a healthy mouth. Certain kinds of foods such as sugary drinks, acidic foods and candy are bad for our teeth, but did you know that there are a number of foods that are also good for our mouth? Here is a list to help you select the right foods in your diet to look after your teeth:

Green tea

Green tea contains polyphenols, which assists in cleaning plaque from the teeth. When plaque builds up and is not removed, it turns to tartar and can result in cavities developing.

Cheese and milk

The high calcium content in cheese and milk acts to protect teeth and strengthen enamel. These products also help to reduce the levels of acidity in the mouth, which is harmful to teeth. The best cheeses to consume are those with a high bacterial content such as blue cheese, brie and camembert.

Raw onion

Onion breath is never pleasant, although eating a slice of raw onion can actually have positive effects on the health of your mouth. Research has found that raw onion has powerful antibacterial properties. Bad bacteria in the mouth can damage teeth.

Yoghurt

Yoghurt contains high levels of probiotics, the healthy bacteria that counteracts the bad bacteria that causes illness. A healthy balance of bacteria can reduce the negative impacts that bad bacteria can have on the mouth.

Crunchy fruit and vegetables

The main reason that eating firm, crunchy fruits (e.g. apples and pears) and vegetables can assist in maintaining a healthy mouth is because these foods stimulate saliva production. Saliva helps to protect teeth against decay by washing away remnant food particles and assisting in neutralising acids. These types of foods also contain a high water content, which acts to dilute the sugars they contain.

Raisins

Even though raisins are sticky, which would normally be bad news for teeth, in actual fact, eating a handful of raisins has more of a positive impact than a negative one. Raisins are high in fibre and contain polyphenols like green tea. Be aware that raisins are quite acidic, however, so consume a food or drink that neutralises the acid afterwards, such as cheese or milk.

Shitake mushrooms

Research has found that shitake mushrooms can work to remineralize teeth and also assist in neutralising acid in the mouth.

Impacted Wisdom Teeth: Causes and Symptoms

Problems with wisdom teeth are one of the most painful oral health abnormalities. In the most severe cases, surgery is required and time off work to recuperate is necessary. Wisdom teeth can become either partially impacted, where part of the crown of the tooth comes through, or fully impacted, when it never erupts through the gums.

What causes teeth to become impacted?

Wisdom teeth become impacted when they don’t have enough room to grow or if they develop abnormally. There are a number of reasons for this and it is most likely caused by abnormalities in the direction of tooth growth, most commonly when:

  • There is overcrowding in the jaw
  • They grow towards the angle of another tooth
  • They grow towards the back of the mouth
  • They grow sideways

Consequences of impacted wisdom teeth

If impacted wisdom teeth are left untreated, a number of serious consequences can develop. These include:

  • Pericoronitis: this is an infection of the surrounding tissue of the tooth as a result of the trapped food and bacteria in between the crown of the wisdom tooth and the overhanging gum.
  • Tooth decay: it is sometimes very difficult to clean the impacted tooth or the surrounding teeth properly. This can result in tooth decay.
  • Alignment: if the wisdom tooth grows in the direction of another tooth or if there is not enough room in the mouth, the alignment of the teeth in the mouth may be compromised.

Symptoms:

If a wisdom tooth is impacted, it is possible that there will be no symptoms. If the tooth or surrounding gums become infected, however, a patient may experience one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Pain
  • Swelling around the jaw
  • Swollen or bleeding gums
  • Difficulty opening your mouth
  • Headaches
  • Bad breath
  • Unpleasant taste in the mouth

Treatment:

If the impacted wisdom tooth becomes completely absorbed in the jaw, never erupts and causes no discomfort, it may be unnecessary to remove it. If the tooth causes continual discomfort and is affecting the other teeth in the mouth, extraction may be necessary. The best course of action is to book an appointment with your dentist and have a dental examination after which treatment options will then be discussed. One of the first actions that will take place will be an x-ray to help the dentist understand the extent of the problem and to determine a treatment plan.

8 Easy Steps to Better Oral Health

1. Understand your own oral health needs

Different people have different oral health needs and concerns. Factors such as your age, diet, medical conditions and habits all have an impact upon your oral health. It is important to understand your oral health status so that you can maintain a healthy mouth and address any issues as they arise.

2. Commit to a good oral health routine

Discussing your oral health routine with your dentist or dental hygienist will help you to determine whether you are caring for your teeth in the best way. Your oral health routine should be based on your specific individual needs and should take into account medical and lifestyle factors. For example, if you take medication that dries your mouth, it is important to use fluoride every day.

3. Use products that contain fluoride

Using toothpaste or mouthwash containing fluoride is an effective preventative measure that strengthens teeth in children and helps to prevent decay in adults. You can purchase products containing fluoride at most supermarkets and pharmacies and your dentist can prescribe you a product with a higher concentration if needed.

4. Brush and floss at least twice daily

You should be brushing your teeth at least twice per day, if not three, and flossing once per day. Cleaning your teeth in this way helps to remove remnants of food and gets rid of plaque, which is constantly forming on your teeth. If plaque isn’t removed regularly, it can harden to form tartar. This makes it difficult to clean your teeth properly, putting your teeth at risk of decay and possibly causing gingivitis in your gums.

5. Limit snacking especially those high in sugar or acidity

Even though we all love to snack, doing so regularly is bad for your oral health. Every time you snack, bits of food become lodged in your teeth, triggering the production of acids that can cause tooth decay. It is best to brush your teeth after you snack or chew sugarless gum afterwards.

6. Quit smoking

Smoking is bad news for your oral health in many ways. Not only can it cause bad breath and stains on your teeth, but it can also contribute to decay, gingivitis, periodontics and even oral cancer.

7. Be aware of changes in your mouth

You know your mouth better than anyone else. If you notice any changes such as swollen gums, tooth sensitivity or changes in the appearance of your teeth, book an appointment with your dentist.

8. Visit your dentist regularly

Visiting a dental professional on a regular basis is the best way to maintain or improve your oral health. Undergoing regular examinations will help you keep track of any changes and treat them as quickly as possible.

15 Signs You Need to Visit the Dentist

  1. You have pain in your mouth, face or neck

This could be a sign that you have Bruxism (a condition where you grind your teeth or clench your jaw during the night), which can damage your teeth.

  1. Your gums bleed when you brush or floss

There are many reasons why your gums might bleed, including simply brushing too hard or gum disease such as gingivitis.

  1. Your teeth are sensitive to hot or cold

This could be a sign that the enamel on your teeth is worn away, exposing the soft dentin underneath.

  1. You have a family history or gum disease or tooth decay

A family history means that you could be predisposed to these conditions as a result of genetics. It’s best to have regular dental check-ups to monitor your oral health.

  1. You are pregnant

The changes in your hormones during pregnancy can affect the health of your mouth and can make pre-existing dental conditions worse.

  1. You have persistently bad breath

This unpleasant condition can be caused by a number of factors from gum disease to medical conditions. Your dentist will help you to determine the cause.

  1. Your mouth is often dry

The lack of saliva produced by a dry mouth can cause tooth decay.

  1. Your jaw sometimes pops or is painful when you chew

This can be sign that you have Bruxism or a temporomandibular joint problem.

  1. You have fillings, dentures, dental implants etc.

It’s important that these are examined regularly to ensure that they are performing adequately.

  1. You have difficulty chewing or swallowing

Difficulties in chewing or swallowing can be a symptom of a number of conditions but is a sign that your mouth should be examined by a medical professional.

  1. You have medical condition such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease or HIV

Medical conditions such as these affect your mouth as well as other parts of your body so regular visits to the dentist are important.

  1. You smoke

Smoking has a very negative impact on your oral health and can cause a range of dental issues.

  1. You have a sore in your mouth that isn’t going away

If a mouth irritation or sore doesn’t disappear on its own, have your mouth examined to determine the cause and treatment options.

  1. You are undergoing medical treatment such as chemotherapy or hormone replacement therapy

Medical treatments such as these can affect your oral health and regular dental examinations are advised.

  1. You don’t like the way your teeth look

If your teeth are misaligned or discoloured, your dentist will be able to discuss some treatment options with you.

What to do in a Dental Emergency

Unfortunately, accidents do happen. It’s important to know what to do in a dental emergency because it could mean all the difference in saving or losing a tooth! No matter what kind of emergency it is, it is important to see your dentist as soon as possible after the incident has occurred. Here’s a guide to what you should do in the most common dental emergencies:

You chip or crack a tooth:

If you crack a tooth, immediately rinse your mouth with water to clean the area. If you chip a tooth, try and save any broken pieces. There is a strong possibility that swelling will occur, so place a cold compress onto the area to minimise this. Make an appointment with your dentist as soon as you can to have it repaired.

You knock out a tooth:

It is important to keep the tooth that has been knocked out moist at all times to keep it healthy. If you can, place it back in the tooth’s socket or inside your mouth between your check and gums. This is the best environment for the tooth to be in. If you are unable to do this, place it in a jar of milk and get to your dentist as soon as possible. There is the highest possibility of your tooth being able to be saved if you see your dentist within one hour of the incident occurring.

You break your jaw:

If you suspect that your jaw might be broken, immediately apply a cold compress to reduce inflammation. Immediately go to your dentist or the emergency department at the hospital to get an x-ray.

A tooth becomes partially dislodged:

Try to relieve pain by applying a cold compress to the outside of the mouth or by taking an over-the-counter pain medication. See your dentist as soon as possible.

Soft tissue injuries:

These are injuries to the soft tissue inside your mouth such as your tongue, cheeks, lips and gums, which cause bleeding. Your first priority is to control the bleeding by rinsing out your mouth with warm, salty water, applying pressure to the affected area with a moistened piece of gauze and reducing swelling by applying a cold compress. If the bleeding does not stop, go directly to your dentist or doctor and continue to apply pressure on the area until you can be treated.

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