Category: Dental Care

When is the correct time to take your child to the dentist?

As a parent, you always have your child’s health at the forefront of your mind. However, a large percentage of parents don’t have the same concern when it comes to their child’s dental health. 

In the UK, a shocking two in five children have not visited the dentist in the past year. We want to work with parents to improve these statistics and educate people on the importance of dental health from a young age. 

We have put together this guide for parents who are unsure of how to introduce their child to the dentist, and when they need to do this. 

When should you start bringing your child to the dentist?

Many parents are unsure when they should register their child at a dental practice. You should start taking your child for regular dental check-ups with a dentist when their first milk teeth start to appear, or when they turn one – whichever is sooner. 

What is the best way to introduce your child to the dentist?

We always recommend that our patients bring their children along to their own dental appointments. Doing this from when your child is a baby will get them used to the environment of the dental practice. The sights, sounds and smells will be familiar to them already when they come to have their own appointments. 

We know that many patients feel anxious when they come to visit the dentist. However, it is important that you try not to show this to your child. They will pick up on your nerves and can affect how they feel about the situation. 

Why is it important for your child to regularly visit the dentist?

Tooth decay is currently the most common reason that children are having to spend time in hospital. Despite this being completely avoidable, the amount of cases that have to be referred to a hospital is ever increasing. 

Dental check-ups are vital for children. It allows the dentist to check for any early signs for potential problems in later life, including alignment issues. The dentist will also offer you, the parent, vital advice on looking after your child’s teeth and making sure they get the best possible start to their oral hygiene care.

If you would like to book an appointment at Gwersyllt Dental Care for you, or your child, please click here to be taken to our online contact form, or call us on 01978 757409

Do I need my wisdom teeth removing?

Wisdom teeth are the culprit for many of young adults’ dental pain. When wisdom teeth start coming through the gum, much like babies teething, it can cause varying levels of discomfort. Some people don’t experience any pain, but others can suffer with severe discomfort and even infections. 

What are wisdom teeth?

Wisdom teeth are molars, positioned at the back of the mouth, on each side of the upper and lower jaws. They are the final teeth to appear, usually around the age of twenty. They adopted their name, from the theory that people are ‘wiser’ when they reach adulthood, than they are in childhood when the rest of their teeth come through. 

Why do we have wisdom teeth?

Scientists believe that we originally had wisdom teeth when our diets were much more coarse and abrasive on the teeth. This would wear the other molars down over time, and they needed a replacement. Now that our diet (and dental health care) is much better, we no longer need the replacement molars. 

As we have evolved, so have our teeth and some adults are no longer having wisdom teeth come through at all. Those that do, are sometimes encouraged by dentists to have them removed. This is because we don’t need them, and they can often cause more harm than good. 

Why are wisdom teeth removed?

When your wisdom teeth start to emerge, or even before, your dentist will take an X-ray of your mouth to assess the position and state of your wisdom teeth. 

They will also look for reasons to take them out including:

  • Potential damage to other teeth
  • Jaw damage
  • Sinus problems
  • Inflamed or infected gums
  • Cavities
  • Alignment issues

How can we help?

At Gwersyllt Dental Care, we will assess your wisdom teeth and let you know if we think they will need removing. We will only remove them if we feel your overall dental health is at risk. If you are in pain with them, or have any concerns, please let your dentist know. 

To book an appointment with us, please call us on 01978 757409

4 ways to be happier with your teeth in 2018

It’s almost the end of January, and by now many people will have already broken their new year’s resolutions. However, it is never too late to start something new and change an aspect of your life – and that includes looking after your teeth. If you’ve found yourself unhappy or uncomfortable with your teeth or self-conscious about your smile, now could be exactly the right time for you to take control with cosmetic dentistry. And if you thought this was reserved only for the rich and famous, think again – it doesn’t cost as much as you may have thought. Here are some of the options on offer.

1. Teeth Whitening

As the most popular cosmetic dental treatment, it seems natural that teeth whitening should feature at number one on our list. Although an increasing range of self-whitening products are available from high street shelves and online, the reality is that very few people find the results satisfactory. This is largely because the law allows them only to contain a very limited amount of the essential ingredients that have the whitening effect. When you opt for professional teeth whitening with a dentist, you will benefit from having much more effective preparations and processes – as well as being able to relax in the knowledge that there is no risk to your teeth or your health. To ensure that the treatment is suitable for you and that you get the best possible results, we offer all of our patients a free consultation.

2. White Fillings

If you are have found yourself reluctant to get essential fillings carried out on your teeth because you don’t want to show them when you speak and smile, then white fillings could be a perfect solution. Unlike traditional amalgam fillings, they produce a good aesthetic result that is invisible to the untrained eye. The process takes longer than amalgam fillings, but the benefits far outweigh any disadvantages.

3. Adult Braces

Not all adults are aware that your teeth can be straightened at any time, even if you missed out as a young adult, and even better – there is no need to spend many months wearing unsightly metal braces that are permanently fixed to the teeth. With Six Month Smiles, you could have the straight teeth you’ve dreamed of in an average of six months, using Innovative Lucid-Lok® clear brackets and tooth-coloured wires that are discreet and barely visible. As well as working quickly, it is a comfortable, safe and hygienic process that will leave you with a smile you want to share with the world.

4. Crowns & Bridges

If you have a missing or broken tooth, a crown could be the ideal solution to restore your smile. Although there are different types of crown available, the preparation is similar for all cases. After a discussion with you about the type of crown we are going to make, the tooth is very carefully shaped. An impression is taken and a custom-made temporary crown is made to fit your tooth. The colour and any characteristics of your new crown are also decided at this appointment. We often ask you to bring photographs of your teeth with you to this appointment so we can ensure your new crown will match your teeth perfectly. At the next appointment we will try your new crown(s) and check they look good and fit well. If we think they look as good as they should, we bond them permanently onto your teeth.

In some cases, it may be necessary to use a bridge rather than a crown. In this case, the teeth either side of the space are crowned with a false tooth within the space. Bridges are made within a dental laboratory and are then fitted by the dentist.

To become a member now or to learn more about the range of dental services and treatments available from Gwersyllt Dental Practice, call now on 01978 757409 or click here to contact us online.

Should I Floss My Teeth?

In recent months, a number of articles in leading magazines and newspapers have suggested that flossing the teeth after meals has no benefit to our teeth. This is despite many people flossing regularly at their dentist’s advice for several years. In order to help clarify the situation, The British Society of Periodontology recently published a bulletin outlining the benefits of flossing and the best advice for UK patients.

Mind the Gap!

Almost everybody has gaps between some or all of their teeth. These gaps may vary from a fraction of a millimetre to a visibly noticeable gap that is considerably bigger. There is rarely any need to worry – it is completely natural and part of the unique natural formation of your teeth. What can cause concern, however, is effective cleaning of these tight spaces which traditional toothbrushes simply can’t get into. Allowing food particles to remain in these gaps can increase the formation of acid, and in turn the risk of tooth decay is higher. Both floss and interdental brushes offer a solution to help address the problem.

What’s Better – Interdentals or Floss?

Tiny toothbrushes known as interdental brushes, which are often not unlike toothpicks in appearance, have become increasingly popular over recent years and are now widely available in the tooth care section of most supermarkets. With a choice between interdental brushes and floss, it is natural that a debate has arisen about which is more effective. In answer to this key question, the British Society of Periodontology conducted research into the prevention of gum disease and concluded that there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Ultimately, the decision about whether to use interdental brushes versus floss should be decided by the size of the gaps between teeth.

Generally speaking, if the gap between the teeth is large enough to allow access with an interdental brush and does not cause pain or discomfort, this is the most effective solution and should be incorporated into your daily oral hygiene routine. If, on the other hand, regular interdental brushes do not fit, then floss offers a good alternative that can still offer benefits.

Smile Like You Mean It

The British Society of Periodontology and Public Health England have publicly endorsed the use of both interdental brushes and floss. In order to promote the wider health benefits of looking after the teeth and gums, they have recently launched the #howsyoursmile campaign, whose mission is to promote the importance of understanding gum disease and its effects not just on the teeth and gums but on the wider health. The #howsyoursmile website offers a wealth of information including educational videos and a quiz to help you get to grips with gum disease and help fight it off through good oral hygiene practices. With statistics indicating that over 45% of UK adults are currently experiencing some form of gum disease, there has never been a better time than now to take action and protect your quality of life.

At Gwersyllt Dental Care in Wrexham, we offer the very best in family dentistry and preventative treatment in a relaxed, comfortable and stress free environment. To book an appointment now or enquire about becoming a member, call us on 01978 757409 or contact us online for a swift response.


References:

http://www.bsperio.org.uk/howsyoursmile/

Four Minutes to Healthier Teeth

When it comes to keeping your smile healthy, regular visits to the dentist are only part of the equation – the real key to healthy teeth and gums is good brushing on a daily basis. Like most people, you probably faithfully brush your teeth twice a day – but are you brushing as effectively as you can? Here’s how to make sure that your teeth get the care and attention they need in just four minutes a day.

The 2 Minute Rule

By brushing your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes, you can substantially improve your oral hygiene. Any less than this is significantly less effective and can leave you at an increased risk of problems as it can allow plaque to build up. Plaque forms a film of bacteria over your teeth which can lead to tooth decay and gum disease.

Brushing your teeth before bed is an absolute must; this not only ensures that any food remains are removed, but more importantly will help to reduce acidity in the mouth caused by foods and drinks consumed during the day.

Cover All Angles

It doesn’t matter if you use an electric or manual toothbrush – the key is to make sure you brush from every angle to ensure all surfaces are effectively cleaned. The two minutes prescribed in the previous section has been found to allow sufficient time to ensure that no area is left untouched. It is important to make sure that you get your brush in and around your back teeth and don’t focus only on your smile.

String It Out

Have trouble getting into the gaps between your teeth? Use dental floss to tackle the trouble spots that a standard toothbrush just doesn’t seem to reach. You may also find that interdental brushes can be helpful. It is important to remember that everybody’s teeth are different – that’s why we recommend seeking professional advice from your dentist about how best to protect your teeth and gums. If you are struggling with brushing effectively, don’t be afraid to ask.

Brush Now, Rinse Later

Did you know that you shouldn’t rinse your mouth with water or mouthwash directly after brushing? It seems completely logical to do so, but actually it can seriously reduce the protective benefits of your chosen toothpaste as it can wash away a significant amount to the fluoride protection.

For best results, it is recommended to rinse at a different time of day, for example after mealtimes.

From Invisible braces through to family dentistry and prevention treatment, the high-quality service we offer at Gwersyllt Dental Practice in Wrexham is all about giving you a brighter, whiter smile. We pride ourselves in being friendly family dental experts who are always happy to give you advice on every aspect of dentistry, whether it’s corrective or cosmetic. To get in touch, call us on Wrexham 01978 757409 or click here to request a call back. Alternatively, you can request an appointment online using our special form and we’ll contact you to confirm a suitable date and time.

New Year’s Resolutions That Are Easy To Keep

Happy 2015 from everyone here at Gwersyllt Dental Care! How are your New Year’s resolutions going? It’s hard to break old habits or make new ones, which is what resolutions are all about. But if we can all just stick to one new habit, let’s choose not to be so hard on ourselves.

Why we’re bad at New Year’s resolutions

Most resolutions fail because they’re just too hard. Getting fit is a prime example. Vowing to get up early for a five-mile run three times a week seems perfectly do-able from the comfort of your armchair. It’s a totally different story at 6am in the dark with rain thundering down outside.

Be nicer to yourself

So, instead of setting yourself up to fail, try making your goals easier to achieve. If you need to lose weight, try switching to smaller portions rather than cutting out your favourite foods altogether. If you’re out of shape, start small; getting into the habit of regular exercise is more important than the activity or intensity – do something you enjoy.

Most of all, remember you’re only human. We all fall off the wagon when we’re tired, fed up or tempted. The main thing is not to give up, and forgive yourself if you make a mistake. Accepting you’re not going to be perfect will help get back on track when you inevitably slip up.

Easy ways to a healthier you

If you want to be a better you this year, looking after your teeth and gums is a good place to start. Keeping on top of your oral health is good for your whole body, not just your mouth. And, a well cared for smile can make you look younger, more attractive, and more successful.

Here are two easy-to-keep resolutions that will make you healthier and keep you smiling in 2015:

1. Commit to keeping your teeth and gums clean
Brush your teeth twice a day for about two minutes with fluoride toothpaste. If you can do that, you’re well on your way to better dental health. It doesn’t matter if you use a manual or electric toothbrush so long as you cover all the visible surfaces of your teeth. Flossing at least three times a week will take care of the areas of your teeth that you can’t see.
2. Book your 2015 checkups – and stick to them
Get dental problems treated early and even prevent future treatment by getting your teeth checked. A check-up helps keep your mouth healthy and allows your dentist to look for signs of serious problems such as oral cancer.

We hope you find these practical tips useful. Whatever you have planned for 2015, we wish you every success, and look forward to seeing you in the practice soon.

These Facts About Children’s Teeth Will Shock You

30% of the children in the UK have tooth decay before they’re five, according to a recent study by Mintel. And almost 26,000 children in England between five and nine years old were hospitalised for multiple tooth extractions in 2013-14 — that’s nearly 500 a week, says The Sunday Times.

Kids’ teeth in crisis

The report included more shocking facts about the state of tooth care for the under 12’s. Out of almost 500 parents surveyed:

  • Nearly half didn’t take their children to the dentist regularly
  • Only 1 in 5 thought children needed to visit the dentist once they had baby teeth
  • Just 63% of mums and 50% of dads made sure their children brushed their teeth every day

Healthy teeth for kids

The main culprit in this epidemic of children’s tooth decay, apart from poor dental care, is sugar – especially sugary drinks. A fizzy drink with fun cartoon characters on the bottle might seem harmless. But these drinks aimed at children are usually packed with sugar.

Slogans such as “no added sugar” are often misleading – these products do contain sugar (manufacturers just don’t add extra). And even natural “unsweetened” fruit juice can harm teeth if drunk often.

So limiting sweet drinks is very important. Offer kids water or milk instead of tooth-rotting alternatives.

Why do baby teeth matter?

Milk teeth fall out. It’s a natural process that starts happening when kids are around six years old. But these temporary teeth need as much care as permanent adult teeth. Here’s why:

  • Kids need healthy teeth to help chew their food
  • Young children need their teeth as they learn to talk
  • Learning to care for teeth is part of growing up

What age should a child first visit the dentist?

Babies don’t have teeth, so it stands to reason they don’t need to start going to the dentist until they’re older – right? In fact, it’s never too early to start little ones on the road to healthy teeth and gums.

Get children used to the dentist early

Bringing baby along to your regular checkups introduces them to the dentist gradually. Children should see the dentist regularly from when their baby teeth or “milk teeth” come through.

Call the team at Gwersyllt Dental Care in Wrexham to make a dentist appointment for your child on 01978 757409.

Emergency Dentist Abroad – How To Avoid A Holiday Disaster

It’s the time of year when many of us jet off to foreign climes for our annual summer holiday. When you’re packing your sunblock and swimsuit, spare a thought for your teeth. Just a few preparations before you go can avoid a lot of hassle later. Leaving you free to enjoy your trip.

Prevention is better than cure

If you’ve got an underlying dental problem, the last place you want to find out about it is on holiday. So if you haven’t had a checkup for a while, or you’re having tooth problems, book an appointment before you go. Your dentist will check your teeth and treat any issues, giving you a clean bill of dental health before you get on a plane.

Get your European Health Insurance Card

Emergency dental treatment abroad could be very expensive. If you’re going to Europe on holiday, remember to pack your European Health Insurance Card. The card entitles you to essential medical treatment while you’re away. And it’s free to apply for an EHIC.

Make sure you’re covered

Travel insurance may be the most boring purchase you make for your holiday. But you’ll thank yourself later if the worst does happen while you’re away. Seeing an emergency dentist abroad could cost quite a lot of money. So make sure your policy covers you for dental treatment.

Fingers crossed you won’t need to use your insurance. But if you do need emergency dental treatment on holiday, remember to keep all your receipts. Doing so will mean you can claim the money back when you get home. And, ask the dentist who treats you to give you details to support your claim, such as what caused the problem and the treatment given.

If you have any questions about dental care while on holiday, please call our friendly team at Gwersyllt Dental Practice on 01978 757409.

New ITV Programme Lifts The Lid On “The Dentists”

A new ITV documentary, The Dentists, is going behind the scenes at the University Dental Hospital of Manchester. The programme tells the extraordinary stories of some of the 90,000 people who visit the hospital every year.

Every week, The Dentists deal with a wide range of oral health problems. Some are dental emergencies such as a broken tooth. While other patients need advanced facial reconstruction plastic surgery.

On the frontline of tooth decay

One of the most devastating problems The Dentists face is tooth decay, often caused by sugary foods and drinks. Over 90% of British adults suffer from decayed or missing teeth. And children in the north-west have the worst teeth in England.

The programme follows newly qualified, Kirsty Woodmason as she carries out her first multiple-extractions of the day. After removing 9 teeth from a young patient, Kirsty says: “If I was a parent, I don’t think I’d like to admit that the reason my child was going under general anaesthetic to have teeth taken out is the foods and the drinks I’d been giving them.”

Even dentists fear the dentist

Kirsty confesses her own fears about visiting the dentist, saying: “I myself am absolutely terrified when I go to the dentist. I sit in the waiting room with my fists clenched, sweating.”

For University Dental Hospital, fighting this fear – labelled dentophobia – is a priority. Oral surgeon, Erik Andreson, has spent years finding ways to reassure nervous patients.

Erik says: “Back when I was training, the emphasis was far more on the practical nature of what we do. But as you go on through your professional career, you pick up the best psychological tricks. I envy Derren Brown.”

He continues: “If people say to me they don’t like injections, I’m very honest with them, neither do I. I’m very biblical when it comes to injections. It’s better to give than to receive.”

The high price of dentophobia

The programme meets Danielle, a 25 year-old patient whose fear of the dentist means a lifetime of neglected teeth. Danielle undergoes sedation so the dentist can extract her bad teeth. Whilst she regrets now having dentures on her wedding day, Danielle says: “When we do get married, I want dentures in. I want to be able to smile and have teeth.”

Rebuilding lives and faces

A year ago, patient James had some devastating news. He says: “When you’re told you need your nose removed because you have a pretty aggressive cancer, and it’s a life-saving operation, would you say no?”

The programme follows James as he undergoes the latest of a series of operations to reconstruct his face and give him back his front teeth.

His dentist, Craig, graduated at just 21. He now specialises in restoring faces that have been damaged by cancer. Craig says: “I have the best job in the world, because I have the great chance of doing things that make a vast difference to people.”

The Dentists, ITV, Monday 16 June, 9pm.

If you need to see a dentist, whether it be for a routine checkup, an emergency appointment or to improve the appearance of your smile, get in touch with our friendly team at Gwersyllt Dental Care.

National Smile Month Challenge – What Will You Do?

It’s National Smile Month (May 19 – June 19), and the spotlight is the UK’s oral health. Research says smiling makes us seem more attractive, sociable and confident. And, clean, healthy mouths have more to smile about. So, take our National Smile Month challenge and improve your oral health this summer.

What’s National Smile Month about?

The UK’s largest and longest running oral health campaign has 3 key messages. They are:

  1. Brush your teeth for 2 minutes twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste
  2. Cut down on how often you have sugary foods and drinks
  3. Visit your dentist regularly, as often as they recommend

These 3 steps to better oral health sound simple. So what’s the catch? The good news is, there isn’t one. Like many self-improvement goals in life (think getting fit or losing weight) small consistent steps are much better than big, radical changes. So, let’s get started.

1. Brush your teeth like a pro

Brushing our teeth is something we don’t think about. We pick up the brush, squeeze on some toothpaste and off we go. But are we wasting precious minutes in front of the bathroom mirror each morning? This video from Colgate is the perfect refresher course on how to brush our teeth properly. How does your technique measure up?

2. Tweak your snacking habits

Sugar is public enemy number 1 when it comes to tooth decay. But even though we know it’s bad for our health, most of us can’t help scoffing a chocolate bar now and again. We may not be able to resist indulging our sweet tooth, but adopting a smart snacking strategy can help:

  • Eat sweets at mealtimes instead of snacking in between meals
  • Use a straw to drink sugary drinks and fruit juice
  • Rinse your mouth with water after sugary food and drink

3. Make a date with your dentist

It may not be top of our lists of fun things to do, but regular checkups are the best way to avoid a trip to the emergency dentist. It’s easy to forget about our teeth until something goes wrong. Even if teeth seem fine, your dentist will check for underlying issues and address them before they start causing problems. Setting a reminder on a smartphone is a great way to remember routine checkups.

So, the key is, small changes make a big difference to oral health. And, if you need to book a dental checkup or have any questions, please get in touch with our dental team in Gwersylt, Wrexham.