Category: Dental Tips

Our Top Tips For Nervous Patients

If you are a nervous patient, you are not alone. In fact, approximately 1 in 4 adults confess to being nervous or anxious when it comes to visiting a dental practice. Some nervous patients have so much anxiety that they put their oral health at risk by not attending regular dental check-ups.  

We are on a mission to change this, and help patients realise that there really is nothing to be scared of when it comes to your dental treatment. Here are our top tips to help you overcome your dental anxiety. 

Talk to us

If you are feeling nervous, the best thing to do is to let us know. We are very experienced in treating nervous patients and even helping them overcome their fear. If we know about your anxiety before your appointment, we can take more time to make you feel comfortable and at ease. Our dentists and dental nurses will be able to answer any questions you may have and talk you through the process. 

Visit the practice

We always recommend new patients to visit the practice before they attend their first appointment, whether they are nervous or not. A visit gives you the opportunity to have a look around and get a feel for the practice. You can meet the friendly reception team and ask any questions you may have. It can really reduce your anxiety levels, even from just knowing how long it will take you to travel there from your home. 

Bring a friend

We often get asked if bringing a friend along to your appointment is acceptable. Our answer is always that it absolutely is, just make sure that your friend isn’t also a nervous patient. Having a familiar face with you, in an unfamiliar situation will put you at ease. However, after a couple of visits, if we have done our job correctly, we feel that you will be confident enough to attend on your own. 

Book an early appointment

The time of day that you book your appointment for can be very important. We would recommend booking yours for early morning. This helped with relieving your anxiety because you don’t have extra time to spend worrying about your appointment. If you are struggling to sleep the night before your appointment, try taking a relaxing bath and listening to some music. 

Have you been putting off making an appointment because of your nerves? Now is the perfect time to take control and look after your oral health. 

If you have any more questions or concerns about overcoming your dental anxiety, please contact Gwersyllt Dental Care on 01978 757 409. Remember, we are here to help you. 

What causes teeth staining?

Over time, teeth start to discolour and lose their dazzling pearly look. When your teeth become stained, it can make you feel conscious of your smile.

Although tooth discolouration is inevitable through ageing, there are many factors that can speed up this process including certain foods, drinks and habits. In this article, we will explain how you can reduce your risk of any potential staining.

What causes the staining?

As you get older, your tooth enamel can weaken and start to crack. The cracks will show the stains more than the enamel, meaning your teeth will appear discoloured. There are three main things that can cause teeth staining:

    • Chromogens – these are compounds with strong pigments that cling to enamel
    • Tannins – these are plant-based compounds that make it easier for stains to stick to teeth
    • Acids – these make tooth enamel softer and rougher, so it’s easier for stains to develop

Coffee and Tea

Do you enjoy a morning cup of coffee or tea? Coffee is very acidic and high in chromogens – you can tell this just by its colour. However, tea can cause more staining than coffee. This is due to it being acidic and containing tannins. Whether you drink it black, milky or iced – over time your teeth will become stained. It’s a good idea to drink a glass of water after enjoying a cup of coffee or tea to wash away some of the acids.

Red wine

You may enjoy a glass of red wine at the end of a long day but it is not a good idea if you want to maintain a bright smile. Red wine contains all three components that we explained earlier, meaning it is very likely to stain your teeth.

Food Dye

Have you ever eaten a sweet and your tongue has changed colour? This is the artificial dye that can be found in sweets, ice lollies, and some sugary drinks. The staining effects are visible on the soft tissues of the mouth instantly, so imagine the damage it can cause on the teeth over time.

Smoking

Many smokers have visibly stained teeth, often being a yellow colour. The tar and other substances found in tobacco will stick to the teeth and quickly turn the surfaces a yellow colour. Smoking can also cause a whole host of dental problems including; gum disease, mouth cancer and tooth loss.

There are a lot more lifestyle choices that will affect the colour of your teeth but these are the most common. If you would like more advice on keeping your teeth pearly white, the dentists at Gwersyllt Dental Care are here to help you. Call us on 01978 757409 to book an appointment.

Tooth Brushing Mistakes You Could Be Making

We all know that we should be brushing our teeth twice a day but did you know that without the correct technique, you could be putting your mouth at risk.

If you do not successfully clean your teeth when you are brushing, you could be letting plaque and tartar buildup around your teeth which can increase the chance of you developing tooth decay.

You may think you know how to brush your teeth, but we see a large number of patients make the same mistakes. Here’s a list of the most common mistakes that we see and how to resolve these.

Picking the wrong brush

There are a large range of toothbrushes available on the market. This can make it difficult to decide which one will suit your needs. A brush that is too big can make it difficult for you to clean the hard to reach areas of your mouth. Hard bristled brushes can cause damage to your enamel.

The right brush for you can be either electric or manual, they are both effective in removing plaque and debris from the mouth. Your toothbrush must have soft bristles that can easily bend, in order to get under the gumline. You should use a brush that is suitable for the size of your mouth. They are lots of different sized toothbrush handles and heads available now, pick the one that feels comfortable for you.

Brushing too hard

A lot of patients believe that if they scrub their teeth as hard as they can, they will be cleaning them better. This is not true.

Plaque is a soft substance and loosens from the teeth very easily with a soft-bristled toothbrush. A tip for you to remember when you are brushing your teeth is to massage the surfaces, rather than scrub.

Not brushing for long enough

You should be brushing your teeth for 2 minutes, twice per day. If you are either skipping these or cutting them short, you will not be cleaning your teeth correctly. Make time to take care of your oral health – those 4 minutes a day could save you hours in the dentist’s chair.

A great way to make sure you are brushing for the correct amount of time is to use the timer on your mobile phone. Set it for 2 minutes and don’t stop brushing until that timer goes off.

Keeping hold of your brush

If you find a brush that suits you, you may find it difficult to give it up. However, you should change your toothbrush, or brush head, at least every three to four months. If you see changes in the bristles including discolouration or fluffiness, it is time for a change. When bristles become frayed or dirty, it loses its ability to clean your teeth as effectively.

We would also recommend changing your brush after you have been unwell to prevent any bacteria from spreading.

Forgetting the gum line

It is extremely common for people to forget to clean their gum line when brushing their teeth. We all remember to clean the surfaces of our teeth but the gum line is just as important. Bacteria and plaque can collect just under the gum line and this can led to gum disease. Gum disease causes bleeding and inflamed gums, receding gums and even tooth loss.

When brushing your teeth, try to direct the bristles just under the gum line (where the tooth meets the gum). Using a 45-degree angle against the gum line will help you to do this. Your gums may bleed a little to start with, but persevere with it and they will get better.

If you would like more advice on the best way to clean your teeth or any other aspects of oral hygiene, ask your dental hygienist or dentist at your next appointment. To book an appointment with Gwersyllt Dental Care, call us on 01978 757409.

Happy Holidays, Healthy Teeth

The summer holidays are upon us and the kids are more than happy in anticipation of six weeks without school. Parents, on the other hand, tend to be a little less excited as they try to figure out just how to keep the children occupied. Sadly, most of us don’t get to enjoy a month and a half of freedom. Whether you’re going on an adventure holiday, sending your kids to an activity camp or simply entrusting them to the grandparents, it is important to ensure that your children’s teeth stay healthy during the holidays. Here’s how you can help.

1. Sweets & Snacks

Left to their own devices, children will quite happily live off snacks and sweets rather than waste precious playing time sitting at the dinner table. And with all the commitments you have as a busy adult, it is easy to take the course of least resistance and let them do just this. Unfortunately, snacking between meals can be a major cause of tooth decay, especially if sugary snacks are consumed. Making sure your children have a balanced and nutritious breakfast and dinner will help to offset hunger and reduce snacking. If you do give your children snacks, try to keep them as natural and healthy as possible, opting for low sugar snacks wherever possible. Also try to avoid allowing your children to consume too many sweets. If they are given chocolate and other confectionary, this is best eaten at mealtimes to reduce how long teeth are exposed to sugar for.

2. Drinks

Research has shown that drinks with high sugar content are a major cause of tooth decay in children – so much so that new rules have been introduced to help prevent them being advertised to young audiences. When the sun is shining and the kids are active, it is essential that they stay fully hydrated. However, do your best to ensure that they drink sugar free or at least low-sugar drinks as much as possible. The best drink of all is pure water – although you might struggle to convince the kids on this one.

4. Brushing

Another big risk during the summer holidays is that your children fail to keep to their tooth brushing regime. Recent reports show that late nights are one of the biggest culprits, especially when it comes to teenagers, who often claim to be too tired to brush, or simply forget. The biggest problem is when children stay up later than you do and therefore don’t have any supervision. The same is also true of they stay in bed until after you’ve gone to work.

Make sure that you have a system in place to ensure that teeth are being brushed properly at least twice a and be sure to remind them at appropriate times – the dinner table is an ideal place for such conversations. Admittedly your interest may not be popular, but they’ll come to appreciate it one day!

4. Bangs and Bumps

In your efforts to get your child doing more than simply sitting in front of the TV, you’ve probably done your best to ensure that their holidays include a healthy dose of outdoor activities. Whatever sport or activity your child will be participating in, make sure that they wear any protective equipment that is recommended. If your child is involved in a bang or a bump involving the teeth or jaws, it is worth contacting your dentist for advice – even if there is no evidence of damage. In most cases, there is no need to worry but it is always best to check in order to avoid future problems.

At Gwersyllt Dental Care, we offer the very best in preventative dentistry for the whole family, helping to avoid disease and decay before they become problems. To enquire about becoming a member or book an appointment now, call us on 01978 757409 or click here to contact us online.