Category: Routine Check-Ups

Why Dental Check Ups Matter For Children

Recently published data from the NHS has revealed that well over a third of children are missing out on NHS dental care – even when it is free. This translates to almost 5 million children not seeing a dentist at least once a year as recommended by leading health bodies. So why are so many children not having a regular checkup and what are the risks? With the focus on children going back to school, now is the perfect time to look at the issue.

The confusion factor

One of the reasons that was identified for the poor statistics for children’s visits to the dentist is confusion among parents about what exactly is covered by free dental care and who is eligible. An increasing number of adults are avoiding checkups and treatments because of the associated costs, but are unaware that all children under the age of 18 are entitled to free routine checkups.and dental care regardless of their financial situation.

The dangers of decay

The biggest risk for children who do not see the dentist on a regular basis is tooth decay. Another area of confusion is over the role of ‘milk’ teeth and whether or not decay on these early teeth is anything to worry about. Whilst these teeth do indeed give way to the new teeth that become your permanent adult teeth, it is now known that excessive decay can spread beyond the visible teeth and affect the underlying adult teeth that haven’t even emerged – risking substantial problems later on in adult life.

Tooth decay can also result in children having to undergo surgery to remove teeth. Although this is generally painless, it is nonetheless distressing for both children and parents alike.  Given that such situations are entirely preventable with a good oral hygiene regime, the importance of seeing the dentist is highlighted.

The statistics published by the NHS also reveal that tooth decay is also now the leading cause for children to be admitted to hospital.

When to start seeing the dentist

Another area of confusion among parents is when to start taking their children to the dentist. Simply put, the best time is as early as possible – even if only to get them used to visiting. It is recommended to bring your baby or toddler along with you for your own checkups to help them become used to the environment and reduce the likelihood of fear developing later. As soon as teeth begin to come through, they can begin having their own checkups, meaning that any problems will be identified at the earliest possible stage.

Parents can also help at this stage by encouraging young children to learn about the dentist through various activities and games – ask your dentist for more advice and tips.

Here at Gwersyllt Dental Practice, we pride ourselves in offering a proactive approach to preventative dental care for all the family. We provide the highest standards of dentistry in a friendly and relaxing environment. To find out more about becoming a member of our practice or to book an appointment now, call us on 01978 757409 or click here to book an appointment online.

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.

Will Your Next Dentist Appointment Be An Emergency?

Toothache, abscesses or damage to teeth are problems that could prompt a call to the emergency dentist. But there are things we can do to help avoid the pain and inconvenience that goes along with needing dental help fast.

Visiting the dentist regularly

It’s something you probably look forward to as much as getting your car MOT’d. But regular dental checkups are essential if you want to stop your teeth ’breaking down’. Checkups allow your dentist to spot any issues before they become an emergency. Because everyone is different, your dentist might suggest you have checkups every six months or once a year.

Looking after teeth and gums

Regular checkups are an important element of avoiding a dental emergency. But how we look after our teeth in between appointments is just as crucial. Here are three ways to stay on top of your oral health:

Regular cleaning and flossing

The British Dental Health Foundation recommends brushing your teeth for two minutes, twice a day.
Replace your toothbrush every three months (or sooner if you’ve been ill). Use fluoride toothpaste and aim to floss every day or at least three times a week.

Curb the junk in your diet

You probably had it drummed into you as a kid that eating sweets will rot your teeth. Well, unfortunately, it’s true. So if you need a snack, try a lump of cheese, some plain yogurt or some raw veg crudités. These foods are not only better for your teeth; they’re better for your body. We all like a few sweets, crisps and chocolates from time to time, but they do less damage to teeth when eaten at mealtimes.

Protect teeth from damage

Trauma to the mouth from accident or injury is another way you might need an emergency dentist appointment. Wearing a gum shield if you play contact sports, or a full-face helmet if you ride motorbikes will help protect teeth from impacts. And avoid using your teeth to open things or hold keys.

Even with the best care, sometimes we need dental help in a hurry. So if you are in pain and need an emergency appointment, please call Gwersyllt Dental Care in Wrexham on 01978 757409 in or out of practice hours.

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.