Category: Dental Check-Ups

Toddlers & teeth – why you should visit the dentist early

Research that has recently been published in the UK has revealed that a growing number of parents are not doing enough to look after their toddlers’ teeth. By not getting your young ones into the habit of going to the dentist regularly, you risk problems developing even at an early age. So why is it so important for your dentist to check the milk teeth and why should you start early?

The milk teeth myth

Dental care in the UK is available for free to all children under the NHS. Despite this, research shows that over 80% of one to two-year-olds in England did not visit a dentist in the last year. A significant proportion have never even been. This is largely attributed to many parents being less inclined to worry about the milk teeth, which are naturally lost as the child grows.

However, it is a myth that children do not need to see the dentist until their ‘adult’ teeth start growing. There are two reasons why children should start having dental visits as early as possible. Firstly, so that they can become familiar with the environment. Secondly, so that any problems can be identified early on.

The problem is not just parents not knowing either. There are mixed and sometimes conflicting messages from the NHS which are also contributing to the problem.

Avoiding distress

With modern dentistry techniques and specialist equipment tooth extractions are relatively painless for children, but the experience can still be distressing for both children and parents. It also puts further strain on the NHS.

Latest figures published by the Royal College of Surgeons show that there were 9,220 cases of tooth extractions performed in hospitals in England on children aged one to four – which comes out as a 24 per cent rise in a decade, with 48 of the cases involving infants were less than a year old.

In 90% of cases, the tooth extraction was due to tooth decay – a problem that is easily avoidable with a minimum of effort.

An informed approach

The research hasn’t been published to point fingers, but to help all concerned to take a more informed approach to help reduce the scale of the problem. The fundamental message is simple – get your little ones to the dentist as soon as you can, ideally as soon as the first teeth appear in the mouth.

Professor Nigel Hunt, dean of the Faculty of Dental Surgery at The Royal College of Surgeons, said: “The earlier a child visits the dentist, the earlier any potential problems can be picked up, so it is easier to prevent children having to go through the trauma of having their teeth removed under a general anaesthetic.”

It is a great idea to bring them along to your own appointments. This allows them to become “comfortable in a dental environment” and reduce the likelihood of developing a fear of the dentist.

As well as regular dental visits, lifestyle factors have a big impact. Introducing a low-sugar diet and discouraging sweet snacks and drinks between mealtimes can have a dramatic effect, and of course, ensure that your children brush their teeth twice a day under supervision.

At Gwersyllt Dental Care in Wrexham, we offer a wide range of dental services for the whole family in a relaxed, comfortable and stress-free environment. To enquire about becoming a member now or to book an appointment, call us on 01978 757409 or click here to contact us online.

Based on an article published in the Telegraph online, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/06/08/toddlers-having-teeth-parents-wont-take-dentist/

 

Step into Spring with Confidence with a Half Price Dental Examination

After what seems to have been an endless winter, the temperature is finally on the rise and the sun is beginning to shine. You may have even noticed that the flowers are beginning to open in the garden, bringing with them a welcome splash of colour. Spring is traditionally a time for new life and new beginnings, so what better time than now to give your teeth a ‘spring clean’ so that you can step into spring with confidence? To help you, we’re offering half price examinations until the end of March here at Gwersyllt Dental Care in Wrexham.

Why should I get my teeth checked?

If you don’t remember your last visit to the dentist or it’s been over half a year, we recommend that you book a dental examination now. Even if you are not aware of any problems, it is important for a dentist to examine your teeth and gums to make sure that there are no problems developing.

Early signs of tooth decay, gum disease and even oral cancer are often only visible to the trained eye. Catching them quickly means that they can often be addressed and treated before they become a noticeable and painful problem. At Gwersyllt Dental Care, we pride ourselves in a proactive approach to dentistry that is based on prevention rather than cure – but we need to see you first!

Why choose Gwersyllt Dental Care?

Here in our Wrexham dental practice, we offer the very best in dental care and customer service for every patient. We have a team of family friendly dental experts who will make you feel relaxed and comfortable, and are always available to answer your questions. We can offer you all the advice you need to maintain healthy teeth and gums for you and your family, as well as advice on the wide range of corrective and cosmetic dentistry available from us including teeth whitening, crowns and veneers, bridges and dental implants.

Where can I find Gwersyllt Dental Care?

Gwersyllt Dental Care is located just off Mold Road at number 2 High Street, Gwersyllt, Wrexham, just a few metres walk from Gwersyllt train station. Our convenient location means that you can avoid the town centre traffic, saving time and stress.

How can I book my half price examination?

To book your half price examination at Gwersyllt Dental Care, simply call our friendly team now on Wrexham 01978 757409 or use our simple online facility to book an appointment or request a call back.

Book your half price examination now and step into spring with confidence!

Myth-busting: 5 reasons people avoid seeing the dentist  – and why they’re wrong!

Procrastination is something we all do to varying degrees – especially when it comes to the things we generally find unpleasant. And if there was ever one thing which we probably unanimously dislike, it is going to the dentist. Ultimately, however, our fear or dislike of the dentist often stems from a lack of understanding. In this article, we’ll look at five common myths about going to the dentist and why they are wrong.

1. I can tell if I have problems

True, some tooth problems are visible in the mirror.  If you have discoloured, missing or visibly damaged teeth you are probably very much aware of it in terms of the visual side of the problem. What only a qualified dentist can tell you, however, is what underlying problems might be caused by such issues, or indeed if there are other problems such as gum disease, tooth decay or even mouth cancer which are only visible to the trained eye.

The condition of your teeth and gums is of vital importance to your wellbeing and has wider implications on your health.  Left undiagnosed, seemingly invisible dental problems can quickly lead to discomfort and pain,  taking the pleasure out of eating and drinking and on some occasions wreaking havoc on your diet.

A thorough check up gives your dentist an opportunity to identify any issues that are a cause for concern before they become a problem, allowing preventative treatment to be carried out as early as possible.

2. Dentists don’t listen

Of course you may have had a bad experience in the past, but a lot has changed over recent years when it comes to dentists and the way they treat patients. Here at Gwersyllt Dental Care in Wrexham, we have made it our mission to put the patient at the heart of what we do from the outset and pride ourselves in listening to your concerns, no matter how large or small you feel they are.

We believe in maintaining a relaxed atmosphere where our patients feel completely at ease, and able to talk to our friendly and approachable staff with regard to every aspect of their dental care.

3. I’ll have to give up the things I enjoy

It is now widely known that common lifestyle factors such as what you eat and drink or whether or not you smoke can affect your dental health. But this does not necessarily mean that your dentist is going to convince you to give up the things you enjoy.

What is much more important is having the opportunity to discuss your lifestyle choices with your dentist and hygienist so that you can get personalised advice on how best to be proactive and minimise the impact on your oral health and hygiene.

4. I’m not a name, I’m a number

Here at Gwersyllt Dental Care, we embrace the fact that every one of our patients is a unique individual, and put this principle at the heart of our personalised approach to care.

From booking your next appointment to conducting the check-up, we tailor everything to give you a personal, patient-centred experience, so that you can walk out with a smile on your face after every visit.

5. You can’t avoid cancer

As well as performing all the traditional checks, dentists are also now trained to spot signs of mouth cancer, now recognised as one of the fastest growing cancers in the UK. In fact, your dentist is at the forefront of the battle against what has become one of the biggest health challenges of modern years.

Even if you have no noticeable issues with your teeth and gums, it is worth going to the dentist regularly for your own peace of mind. Regular dental checkups increase the the chance that any important symptoms will be recognised as early as possible, so that you will have the best possible chance for successful treatment.

Whatever your reasons for putting off visits to the dentist, make it your resolution for 2017 to book an appointment and get yourself seen. We are confident that once you’ve had a check-up here at Gwersyllt Dental Care in Wrexham, you will be positively surprised by just how easy and comfortable it is. Just take a look at our patient reviews to see what others are saying about us! To book an appointment or enquire about becoming a member of our Wrexham based dental practice, call us on 01978 757409 or contact us online for a quick response.

 

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.

Fewer Children Suffering From Tooth Decay In Wales

Fewer children in Wales are suffering from tooth decay, and overall dental health is improving, according to a new report. The report on Designed to Smile, the Welsh Government’s programme to improve the oral health of children under 7 in disadvantaged areas, is good news for children’s teeth:

  • 60% of children aged three to six took part in the Designed to Smile programme
  • 93,000 children take part in supervised brushing at home, up 5,500 since 2013
  • Over 91,000 children received oral health education sessions
  • 6% drop in the proportion of five-year-olds with dental decay

Free dental check-ups for children

At Gwersyllt Dental Care, we are also committed to children’s dental care. Children who have a parent or guardian on our Dental Care Plan are entitled to free check-ups along with 50% off any treatment. Children may join the practice as patients with their own monthly care plan.

Designed To Smile programme

Designed to Smile promotes oral health and educates children about caring for their teeth. It also features clinical intervention to prevent decay including:

  • Supervised tooth brushing in schools and nurseries
  • Application of fluoride varnish and fissure sealants

The programme has received £12m in funding since it began in 2009. Minister of Health and Social Services Mark Drakeford said, “Six years after the launch of Designed to Smile, children and young people in Wales are seeing the benefits of this programme”.

Fewer children experiencing decay

“While it is still too early to gauge the full impact of Designed to Smile, there has been some encouraging progress,” said Chief Dental Officer David Thomas. “Across all social groups, dental disease levels in children are decreasing. This contrasts with previous dental surveys, when reductions in levels of tooth decay were usually associated with widening inequality”.

“Crucially, we are seeing fewer children experiencing decay, not just a reduction in the number of teeth affected among those children with tooth decay”.

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.

Routine Dental Check-Ups

There are many misconceptions surrounding how often people believe they need to visit their dentist for a routine check-up, and that is because the frequency at which a person needs to see their dentist is relevant to the individual. For example, a dentist may wish to see a patient again after three months if a problem or condition has been identified, whereas a patient with good oral health may not need another appointment for up to two years.

The main reason that dentists recommend routine check-ups is so that any dental issues or conditions that could conceivably arise are not left untreated and therefore allowed to cause significant harm to your oral health. As with many medical or health conditions, the earlier the point at which they are identified, the more efficiently and effectively they can be dealt with.

A standard dental appointment should involve:

a) A discussion of any problems a patient has been having with the teeth, gums, or mouth.
b) A thorough examination of the teeth, gums, and mouth.
c) A discussion about how general lifestyle and dietary habits may be affecting your oral health.
d) Advice on effective tooth brushing and cleaning, and which methods and products would be best suited to your needs.
e) A clear recommendation on a recall period and how soon you should be soon for your next dental appoint.

If you’re interested in booking a dental-check up or simply have some questions regarding our services, please contact us via our website or call us directly at the practice on 01978 757 409 and a member of our team will be more than happy to help you.