Category: Miscellaneous

Helpful advice for nervous patients

Below are several useful tips that may help ease your concerns about making an appointment to visit the dentist:

 

  1. Speak to people you know who have had dental treatment. Ask them about how comfortable their dentists made them feel, and how they felt about the treatment they received. Consult as many people as you feel necessarily, and select your dentist from the recommendation you either trust most or were most impressed by. If possible, ask the person who referred you to your new dentist to attend your appointment with you.
  2. Prior to making a firm booking with a dental practice, ask the practice you are thinking about visiting about coming to see them so that they can show you around their premises and introduce you to their team. Explain to them that the reason for this is that you are not feeling very confident about visiting the dentist, and this should prompt them to do everything in their power to make you feel at ease.
  3. Something to remember when you come to book your appointment is to try to book it as early in the day as possible. It sounds simple, but by booking an early morning appointment you will spend less of your day worrying and will be far less anxious by the time you see your dentist.
  4. Essentially, there is genuinely nothing to worry about in terms of your first appointment. Your first trip to the dentist will merely be a consultation, and if any further treatment is required, it will almost be certainly scheduled for a different day. It is highly unlikely that any of the dental treatments you dread will be performed during your initial consultation.
  5. If it is cosmetic dental surgery that you are ultimately interested in, then it would be a good idea to try a less intensive treatment first (such as polishing or teeth whitening) in order to allow you to become accustomed with receiving dental treatment. From here, you may feel more willing to approach the prospect of the treatments you are more interested in which require more work.
  6. If you do require a procedure or treatment that you feel worried or anxious about, then discuss this with your dentist before it commences. If possible, ask him if there will be opportunities for the dentist to allow you to stop him when you feel it is necessary. This is usually done by some form of physical signal (for example, raising of a hand).

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.

Tooth Whitening

Everyone wants a bright, white, natural and glowing smile. It’s well documented that some celebrities go to great lengths to achieve it too, whether that’s through vastly expensive treatments or brushing their teeth a dangerously excessive amount of times every day (as Helen Flanagan infamously did, please see our previous blog post).

Stains come in all shapes and sizes: spots, blotches, a line that crosses the tooth or even a dark ring that circles between the teeth. Some stains are small, covering a small section of a single tooth and some are far larger, covering several teeth. Some stains can be tackled with a regimented brushing routine and off the shelf whitening products whilst some will demand much more specific treatment.

There’s no single cause of stains either. Stains can occur for a variety of reasons and some of these can be very complex, such as those that develop as a tooth forms. These are known professionally as intrinsic stains and often require very specialist treatments. Others are formed as a result of consuming certain certain foods and drinks. With food and drink, a combination of two factors – the level of acidity and the strength of the enamel – will determine the likelihood of any stains. Strong enamel will stain far less easily and low acidity foods are much less likely to stain your teeth.

The good news is that these stains are both preventable and in most cases treatable. As with many things, prevention is often better than the cure, so be sure to brush your teeth well twice a day, adhere to a balanced and healthy diet, target low acidity foods and use enamel boosting toothpastes. But if you think your teeth need specialist Tooth Whitening treatment, or you would like to find out more about the treatments we have available for you, please get in touch with us here at Gwersyllt Dental Care either via our website, or by calling us directly on 01978 757409.

Strongest evidence to date links Gum Health to Heart Problems

“This research is truly ground-breaking. The potential link between what goes on in your mouth and the health of your heart has been an intense topic of debate for some time. This research clearly shows the more you improve and maintain your gum health, the less chance there is of developing a potential life-threatening illness.” Dr Carter, 2013.

Leading researchers (Desvarieux, M et. Al 2013) in the public health field have recently published ‘the most direct evidence yet’ that there is a positive correlation between the health of your gums and the strength of your heart.

Compelling evidence published in a study by the researchers from Columbia University has shown that as an individual’s gum health improves, their chances of developing ‘Atherosclerosis’ is significantly reduced.

According to NHS Choices (2013), Atherosclerosis is a ‘potentially serious condition where arteries become clogged up by fatty substances, such as cholesterol. These substances are called Plaques or Atheromas’. These blockages narrow the arteries that carry blood to and from your organs, including your heart, restricting the blood flow and causing potentially fatal effects.

The researches sampled 420 adults for an average of 3 years and in short, the evidence shows a positive correlation between the amount of plaque in an individuals mouth and the build up fatty substances on the arteries.

These findings place more emphasis than ever before on the importance of brushing your teeth twice a day before rinsing with anti-bacterial mouthwash and flossing to ensure you keep the level of plaque in your mouth to a minimum.

If you are unsure if you’re keeping your teeth as clean as you could be, or have any queries about your oral health, please contact us via our website or call us directly on 01978 757409.

References:

Desvarieux, M., Demmer, R.T., Jacobs, D.R., Papananou, P.N., Sacco, R.L., Rundek, T., 2013. Changes in Clinical and Microbiological Periodontal Profiles Relate to Progression of Carotid Intima. Journal of the American Heart Association.

NHS Choices, 2013. Atherosclerosis.

Crowns, Veneers and Bridges – An introduction

Dental treatments aren’t your typical topic of conversation. It’s not very common to rank them by glamour or popularity and it’s quite rare to find a group of friends discussing which dental treatment gets the most media coverage – but if you had to pick the least glamorous of all of the dental treatments, then you could argue a good case for crownsveneers and bridges. They are quite possibly the quietest members of a metaphorically larger band of treatments.

But despite this arguable consignment to the quieter regions of the dental industry, they are perhaps the three of the most regularly performed treatments. So with this in mind, it might well be time to give them a little spotlight.

Crowns

Put very simply, crowns (or caps) are a very successful way of restoring heavily damaged or broken teeth by placing a tooth coloured cap over the existing tooth.

Over just a few appointments with your dentist, impressions of the affected teeth are taken and crowns are created with the goal of reaching the perfect fit and look.

They are also a very durable treatment, with an expected life of 10-15 years, depending on how well you look after them, of course.

Veneers

A veneer is a thin layer of porcelain that is individually made to fit over the front of a tooth. These can be used to easily change the shape and colour of a tooth and can also be used to disguise unwanted gaps between teeth.

Veneers can improve the colour, shape and position of your teeth. A precise shade of porcelain can be chosen to give the right colour to improve a single discoloured tooth or to lighten several front teeth.

In many cases, by covering the whole of the front of a chipped tooth with a section of porcelain to conceal the broken part, a chipped tooth can look intact again. Veneers can also be used to close small gaps, when orthodontics (braces) are not suitable. (BDHF, 2013).

Bridges

A bridge is fitted where a tooth is missing. The teeth either side of the space are crowned to support a false tooth that’s fitted in the space between.

Teeth only remain where they are in your mouth because they all support each other, if one is lost, then commonly the teeth each side of the space start to move into the space and tilt. This can lead to food getting trapped between your teeth and gum disease around the tilted teeth. The way your teeth “bite” may also change. A well-designed bridge will last many years and is a very good method of replacing one or two teeth. They can be made to replace more teeth than this if there are enough teeth in your mouth to attach them to.

If you would like more advice on any of these treatments, please book an appointment at the practice today via our website or call us directly on 01978 757 409.

References:

British Dental Association, 2013. Veneers – British Dental Health Foundation[online]

Three Dental Tips For Students

With the 2013/14 academic year now well and truly underway, students all over the country should now be back in the swing of things at their respective at schools, colleges or universities.

Because of the nature of the student lifestyle and it’s associated stresses, it can sometimes be difficult to take the fullest care of your teeth and gums. Here are some helpful tips to keeping your mouth healthy and your breath fresh.

1) Drink lots of water

Drinking water regularly is a great way to rinse away the bacteria that can cause tooth decay and bad breath. It is also generally healthy to stay well-hydrated, so try to make sure drinking water is always readily available.

2) Eat healthy snacks

While the typical student lifestyle may not involve large amounts of fresh fruits and vegetables, try to eat as healthily as you can. When snacking, try to go for foods such as dark chocolate, nuts, yoghurt, dried fruit and cheese sticks.

3) Get a good toothbrush/brush and floss regularly

Electric toothbrushes are recommended by dentists for their ability to effectively brush and reach difficult areas of the teeth. Good quality electric toothbrushes are a fantastic long term investment and are available on the market at reasonable prices. Make sure that you brush twice a day for two minutes each time, and that you floss everyday. Mouthwashes can also be useful as their liquid form enables them to reach all areas of the mouth – consult your dentist for the best advice on this.

If you would like an appointment to assess your oral health and the best possible advice on dental care, we recommend that you make an appointment with our dentist and/or hygienist.

To book your consultation appointment, please do not hesitate to contact us via our website, pop into our practice near Wrexham or contact us directly by telephone at the practice today.

Ronaldinho’s Smile Makeover

One of the most recognisable figures in world football and two-time FIFA World Player of the Year, Ronaldinho, has undergone cosmetic dental treatment to realign and straighten his trademark buck-tooth smile.

The Brazil international underwent gum reduction surgery, teeth realignment, and also had veneers fitted to improve the uniformity of his smile and restyle the teeth that over the years have somewhat characterised the player.

The dental work was reportedly swift and did not affect in any way his ability to appear for his current club, Brazilian side Atletico Mineiro, according to his brother and agent, Roberto Assis.

There is little doubt that the former Barcelona, AC Milan and Paris Saint Germain forward will be hoping his new smile will dazzle in the same way his outrageous skills did the world’s top defenders in his pomp!

If you are interested in having your very own smile makeover, we encourage you to make an appointment at the practice for an initial consultation. Contact us via our website or call us directly at the practice today.

Great News For Tea-Drinkers

Further to our previous blog, labelled Dental News for Tea-Drinkers, we have more tea-related dental information for you!

 If you are a regular tea drinker, you will pleased to hear that recent studies have found that those who drink three or four cups of tea per day may benefit from a reduced risk of gum disease and tooth decay.

Tea, and black tea in particular, consists of ingredients that are able to fight the bacteria that can cause problems for your teeth and gums, meaning that those who drink it regularly are potentially aiding their oral health care regime.

And it isn’t just plain black tea that can help fight bacteria. The studies also showed that black tea with sugar and green tea offered a similar level of combativeness towards bacteria in comparison.

If you are interested in finding out more about how your diet and lifestyle can contribute towards great oral health, we encourage you to make an appointment with our dentist or hygienist.

If you would like to book a consultation, please do not hesitate to contact us via our website or directly by telephone at the practice.

Tooth Whitening: What Is The Law?

You may or may not be aware of the changes that have been made to the legal guidelines surrounding tooth whitening in recent times. Tooth Whitening, though a very popular cosmetic dental treatment, must only be carried out by a person who is qualified and authorised to do so.

Tooth whitening treatments are regulated by the General Dental Council, and there are a number of clear and strict guidelines that must be adhered to by providers that all prospective patients should be aware of.

The Tooth Whitening Information Group have launched a website containing all of the important information regarding the treatment. Visit www.safetoothwhitening.org for more information on the laws on tooth whitening products, over-the-counter products, and who is allowed to provide tooth whitening treatments.

Our dental clinician is fully trained, qualified and authorised in providing tooth whitening treatments in accordance with the guidelines set by the General Dental Council.

If you are interested in having tooth whitening treatment, we encourage you to arrange an appointment for a consultation at our practice. Contact us via our website or by telephone today.

Get Your Hollywood Smile

You may have read or heard the recent comments made by worldwide comedy superstar Ricky Gervais regarding the difference in attitudes he has noticed towards the appearance of teeth between people in the United Kingdom and those in the United States.

Gervais described this as “the biggest difference between Brits and Americans”, and outlined just how strongly Americans aspire to the straighter, whiter smiles that they see flashed by their Hollywood heroes.

A beautiful smile is a wonderful asset, and the range of cosmetic dental treatments at our practice can help you get the perfect teeth you’ve always wanted. From teeth replacement or straightening treatments to tooth whitening, our dental experts can recommend a course of action and plan that lead you on the path to your very own Hollywood smile.

Whether you have a treatment in mind that you are interested in, or would like the advice of our dental professionals on how to get the best from your smile, we encourage you to book an initial consultation at our practice so that we can take the time to learn about your goals and aspirations and make a considered recommendation on how we can best help you reach them.

If you would like to arrange an appointment with us at the practice, please do not hesitate to contact us via our website or directly by telephone.