Choosing The Right Toothbrush

One of the questions we most often receive from patients at our practice is about whether they should stick with their manual toothbrush, or make the investment in an electric toothbrush.

Our advice is that a good electric toothbrush is the better choice.

One of the best things about an electric toothbrush is that the brushing actions are performed for you, making the brush more reliable and easier to use. The other major benefit of the automatic function of the electric toothbrush is that it offers a superior level of plaque removal, reducing the risk of gum disease.

With advances made in technology, many electric toothbrushes are able to make your daily oral hygiene regime all the easier by providing you with reminders to change the head of your toothbrush, and timers to help you ensure that you are brushing for the correct amount of time. Many electric toothbrushes also have numerous interchangeable head options so that you can choose the type of bristle that feels best for you when brushing.

If you would like advice on how you can best look after your teeth and gums, we recommend that you make an appointment with our hygienist. Our hygienist is able to perform a professional scale and polish and can provide expert recommendations on how you can perfect your oral health care regime. Contact us today via our website or by telephone to book your appointment.

Keeping Breath Fresh

For those who suffer from bad breath, or halitosis as it is also known, a trip to see your dentist could be your very first step towards curing what can be a very awkward and unpleasant problem.

In the majority of cases, the underlying cause of bad breath is a dental condition. This is why it is important for you to ensure that you visit us if you are suffering from such a problem, as we are in the perfect position to help you overcome it.

There are a number of dental health issues that are known to cause bad breath, including gum disease, dry mouth and cavities, among others. If you suffer from bad breath, make an appointment at our practice so that our dentist can identify the problem and recommend a suitable treatment.

Toothpastes and mouthwashes are helpful and of course recommended, but it is important to remember that these aids alone are not the answer as they will not treat the root cause of the issue. This is why a dental appointment is essential in order to help you enjoy the benefits of cleaner, fresher breath.

Dental Advice at Easter

Easter, and more specifically, Easter eggs, means that the popularity of chocolate is higher at this time of year than any other. Here is some advice to help you keep your teeth and gums healthy over Easter without having to give up Easter eggs:

– Try not to go for the biggest egg you can possibly find. Treat yourself, but do so with a smaller-sized egg. Also, it is best to find an egg that is just an egg, without the additional chocolate bars and packets of sweets that often accompany them.

– It is best to eat portions of the egg as a dessert for after your meals rather than as a snack.

– Dark chocolate is often a good choice as it can contain less sugar than other chocolate options.

– Remember to maintain a high level of oral care and hygiene, with regular brushing and flossing.

The main thing to remember at Easter is that looking after your teeth and gums is an essential part of looking after your general health, and eating healthily and sensibly is an important habit to maintain all year round.

Newsletter

As you will know Gwersyllt Dental Care are dedicated to your continued Dental Health and providing a long term service to the local people of Gwersyllt and surrounding areas for many years to come.
You may also be aware that Dental Practices have traditionally been set up with the dentist as the business owner, however as you can imagine this comes with a host of problems, largely the fact that running a business draws Dr Guest away from being a dentist and looking after your Dental Health.

Dr Phil Guest has wanted for some time to find an alternative to this that can provide:

Increased quality of Dental Care for all patients

A structure where fees can be kept at an affordable level

The benefits of a larger company for business support whilst maintaining the personal attention to detail that Gwersyllt Dental Care has become well known for.

We are pleased to announce that Dr Guest has made the bold step of handing his practice over to us, his staff. This has been done by us all becoming partners of Future Health Partnership which is a revolutionary new business model similar to John Lewis.

This means that All staff at Gwersyllt Dental Care are now partners in the practice, along with all partners in other Future Health Partnership practices. This provides a perfect way for Dr Guest to fulfil his mission of providing long term, quality Dental Care to the patients of Gwersyllt Dental Care.

Future Health Partnership is a joint owned company where everyone that works here is a partner, the company has no share holders and can never be sold , with its sole purpose to provide a great place to work and quality health care.

If you have any suggestions for us, ideas or thoughts about our service or treatments then we would like to invite you to speak to anyone at the practice we are all now partners and would love to help.

Gwersyllt Dental Care Joins Future Health Partnership

Gwersyllt Dental Care is pleased to announce its status as an employee-owned practice through the Future Heath Partnership. The restructure in ownership has been effective since September 2012.

Businesses such as John Lewis are synonymous with employee-ownership, and we believe that their model promotes excellence in customer service in their environment. As such, the Future Health Partnership has become the first employee-owned company to follow this model.

The option to own your practice through the Future Health Partnership offers owners an alternative opportunity to selling their practice on an outright basis. Ownership through the Future Health Partnership empowers all of the employees of a practice to adopt their best approach to patient care.

Gwersyllt Dental Care looks forward to maintaing its high standards of treatment and patient care in association with the Future Health Partnership.

We would also like to take this opportunity to wish all of our patients a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We look forward to seeing you in 2013!

Looking after your child’s teeth

The importance of brushing your teeth is a notion that is wise to instil in children from an early age. If you are able to provide a routine for your child whereby they are aware of how often they need to brush their teeth, the likelihood is that they will carry a positive attitude towards oral health as they grow up.

You can begin the process from a very young age. For babies, you can use a soft toothbrush to brush their gums at bath time, even allowing them to do so themselves if supervised. This will go some way to establishing a habit of brushing teeth when washing. As soon as your baby’s first tooth appears, you may use a fluoride toothpaste to begin brushing – it is important to use a fluoride toothpaste as this will go a long way towards the prevention of tooth decay from an early stage.

For children under three years of age, it is best to ask your dentist for a recommendation on the specific toothpaste you should use to brush their teeth. In terms of how much toothpaste you should use, an amount the size and shape of a pea should suffice. With children at this age, it is important to remember that they typically like the taste of the toothpastes they brush with, so keep an eye on them to make sure they do not consume any toothpastes directly from the tube.

Cleaning a young child’s teeth should take around two minutes and should be done twice a day, ensuring that one is done just before bed time. Your child should be told to spit out any toothpaste left in the mouth, but do not perform a thorough rinse with water, as this can nullify the positive effects of a toothpaste.

It would be advisable to watch over your child as they brush their teeth up until the age of seven or eight years. This can be done by virtue of either direct supervision, or you and your child can brush your teeth together. Once your child reaches the stage at which you feel confidently that they will responsibly brush their teeth as and when they should, it is still a good idea to supervise them occasionally in order to ensure they are doing so correctly.

There are a few pointers that can help you ascertain whether or not your child is brushing their teeth properly. They should:

a) Be using the correct movement/motion (guide your child on this if necessary)

b) Brush for exactly two minutes, and use a stopwatch or timer so that your child is aware.

c) Provide a mirror so that your child can clearly see what they are doing.

d) Be pro-active in ensuring that your child does not use their toothbrush as a toy, or run around with their toothbrush in their mouth.

Welcome to the Gwersyllt Dental Practice Blog

Welcome to the Blog page of Gwersyllt Dental Practice. Here, we will keep you regularly updated with practice news, photos, videos, changes to our services, developments, treatments, as well as providing you with a regular source of dental information that we believe our patients will be interested in.

Having launched our new website just over two months ago, we hope that you are enjoying the experience of using the site, and that it displays all the information you are looking for. If there is anything you think would be useful for us to add to the site, please feel free to contact Practice Manager Anne, who will be happy to take any patient suggestions on board.

For members and patients who already know about the practice, the Blog page and the entire website provide good opportunities for you too keep in touch with us and what we are doing. For more information on how to become a member, please visit the ‘Membership‘ page. For those who have not visited us before, we hope that our website reflects our practice accurately and positively enough that you may pay us a visit in the future.

Our aim is to provide a website that fulfils a wide variety of purposes. Whether you need to know where the practice is, want to book an appointment, want to find out about our treatments and prices, want to find out more about our staff, or are looking for something through which to keep up to date with our practice in general, we recommend that you visit our pages on a regular basis for consistent posts.

We will use our Blog section to bring you frequent updates about anything and everything related to Gwersyllt Dental Practice. If you see a blog post you like or that you think somebody else might enjoy, we would encourage you to share it with your friends across social media.

Please enjoy the new website and our new Blog section!