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Dental Anxiety: How to Stop Fearing the Dentist

If you feel a little anxious or nervous when coming to see us, you certainly aren’t alone! We also know that some people avoid dental care or delay essential dental care because of deep-seated fears. No matter your degree of anxiety, we are here to help you, and everyone here is extremely friendly, easy to talk to and compassionate.

Talk to Us

The first step in overcoming dental anxieties and fears is to talk to us. Once we understand why you have these feelings, we can work with you to ensure you receive treatment more comfortably. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, and if you have a low pain threshold, let us know. Receiving dental care should never feel scary or painful.

Taking Your Mind off the Dental Exam

Our dental team are here to help you feel comfortable and relaxed. An alternative is to wear headphones and listen to your favourite music or audiobook. Some people find it helpful to bring a stress ball or fidget spinner.

Relaxation Techniques

Try using deep breathing exercises to release tension by inhaling slowly and exhaling for the same number of breaths. Focus on releasing tension from your forehead downwards until you relax all your muscles.

Why We Might Recommend Dental Bonding

Dental bonding is a good option if you have slight imperfections in teeth; for example, a tooth is cracked or chipped or discoloured. The process is very straightforward as we apply a tooth-coloured composite resin to the tooth, using a shade that blends in with your natural teeth. Dental bonding is very cost-effective compared with other cosmetic dental procedures like veneers and crowns and can usually be completed during a single visit to our dental practice.

What Is the Process for Dental Bonding?

We need to prepare your teeth by applying a special etching fluid to the tooth surface, which roughens it slightly. This helps to increase the bond between the composite resin and your tooth. Once the tooth is ready, our dentist applies the composite resin directly to the tooth surface, hardening it with ultraviolet light. When all the material is in place, they will carefully shape and polish the resin, creating a natural-looking appearance and lustre.

 

 

Caring for Bonded Teeth

Caring for your teeth afterwards is easy as you simply need to brush them at least twice a day and floss a day. Be sure to come and see us for regular checkups and cleanings every six months.

Root Canals: FAQs About Treatment That Can Save Your Teeth

A healthy tooth is protected by tooth enamel, but if this becomes damaged, it can let in harmful bacteria that eventually infect the soft, inner part of the tooth called the dental pulp. In this case, we may suggest root canal treatment to save the tooth from extraction.

What is a Root Canal?

Root canal treatment removes the dental pulp and other soft tissues extending into the root canals in the tooth roots. The empty pulp chamber and root canal are cleaned and disinfected before being permanently filled and sealed.

Can I Get Treatment during a Regular Checkup?

No, you will need a separate appointment, or we may choose to refer you to an endodontist who specialises in root canal therapy.

What to Expect If I Need a Root Canal?

If you need a root canal, it shouldn’t feel any worse than a dental filling but takes longer to complete, using local anaesthetic to ensure you don’t feel a thing. You will need at least two visits to our dental practice. During the first visit, we can clean out the root canals and disinfect them. Once we are sure the infection is eliminated, we can permanently restore the tooth, usually with a dental crown.

Proud of Your Mouth. The Importance of World Oral Health Day

Did you know it is world oral health Day on the 20th of March? It’s a day when dental professionals worldwide try to raise awareness about the importance of good dental health. This year the theme is “Be Proud of Your Mouth”.

We think it is a wonderful theme and hope to inspire our lovely patients to focus even more on maintaining excellent oral health, and not just during March. While good dental health helps you enjoy all the benefits of a healthy and more attractive smile, it’s especially important for good overall health. Taking care of your teeth and gums can help reduce the risk of serious disease. There is a close connection between dental health and general health, and poor oral health has been associated with several major diseases, including diabetes and heart disease.

Helping You to Be Proud of Your Mouth

It isn’t hard to get a mouth that you can be proud of, and we can help you attain your very best level of dental health simply with regular dental visits combined with excellent oral care at home. If you haven’t visited us for a while, this month is a great time to book that appointment.

Dental Injury and Sport, How to Gain the Most Out of Your Mouthguard

Did you know that most dental injuries occur while people are enjoying sporting and recreational activities? Those aged under 25 are more at risk. Unfortunately, a dental injury can be painful and expensive to treat and can harm the appearance of your smile. It can result in knocked out or chipped teeth, a broken jaw, and cut lips, gums and cheeks. You may need to take time off school or work to recover, and the lifelong costs of restorative dental treatment can add up quickly. We much prefer to help our patients prevent these kinds of injuries by supplying a well-fitting custom mouthguard.

The Advantages of a Custom Fitted Mouthguard

A custom-fitted mouthguard is made to fit your mouth exactly. Because the mouthguard fits over your teeth closely, it is comfortable to wear and offers the best level of shock absorption. It’s a far more cost-effective option than waiting until you have an expensive dental injury.

We can make your mouthguard from a strong tear-resistant material that has no taste or smell. The mouthguard is designed to make sure it doesn’t hinder your breathing and that it cannot fall out during use. Adult mouthguards should last for several years, while a child’s mouthguard Read More

Our Snack Smart Guide! How to Have an Easy Easter with Your Chocolaty Treats

Enjoy your Easter treats with our easy tips.

Buy Better Quality Chocolate in Smaller Quantities

Instead of bulk buying cheaper chocolate, choose quality over quantity and savour each bite. Remember, darker chocolate is a bit healthier as it contains antioxidants.

Share the Joy

If you do buy too much, you don’t need to eat it all! Instead, share your Easter goodies with family, friends and work colleagues.

Finish a Meal with Chocolate

Have a protein-rich or high fibre meal before eating chocolate, so you are satisfied with a smaller portion. It is also healthier for your teeth because you produce more saliva during a main meal, helping to wash away the chocolate more quickly.

Look for Wholegrain Hot Cross Buns

Hot cross buns are a delicious seasonal treat but look for wholegrain buns with more vitamins and minerals and more fibre.

Have a Little Chocolate Each Day

Researchers have discovered that people who regularly eat chocolate tend to have a lower body mass index than those who don’t normally indulge. But the key is only to eat a little; look for small hollow chocolate eggs so you can enjoy a small portion, rather than larger eggs where it is tempting to eat the lot.

Are Electric Toothbrushes Really Better for Your Teeth?

A good toothbrushing routine is the foundation of an effective preventive dental care plan. Electric and manual toothbrushes both remove dental plaque that otherwise cause tooth decay and gum disease, but electric toothbrushes can be easier to use.

An electric toothbrush has bristles that rotate or vibrate, providing more micro-movements every time you brush your teeth to help remove plaque buildup. Studies have found that generally, they are more effective at reducing plaque compared with manual toothbrushes.
People with limited mobility can find it difficult to hold a manual toothbrush comfortably. An electric toothbrush is designed to do most of the work for you, and the larger handle is easier to grasp firmly.
You need to brush your teeth for two minutes each time to clean all tooth surfaces effectively. Electric toothbrushes usually have built-in timers making the task easier.
Toothbrushes need replacing every three months or sooner if they begin to look worn. With an electric toothbrush, you only need to replace the head rather than throwing away a manual toothbrush.
Anyone with braces needs to ensure they clean around braces thoroughly. Using an electric toothbrush can make it easier to brush more easily.

However, if you prefer a manual brush and have an excellent Read More

Easy Sugar Swaps to Save Your Teeth

Most children (and many adults) enjoy a sugary treat, but with the risk of tooth decay, it is worth exploring how to reduce your family’s sugar consumption.

Choose Healthier Breakfast Cereals

Instead of sugary and chocolatey cereals, opt for a whole-grain cereal like wheat biscuits or oatmeal, or muesli without any added sugar. Make the cereal more interesting with a good dollop of Greek yoghurt for more protein and calcium.

Swap Out Soft Drinks

A soft drink can contain huge amounts of sugar. Instead, try sparkling water and if you want to sweeten it, add some freshly squeezed berries or a little low sugar fruit juice.

Beware of Hidden Sugars in Snacks

That granola bar or fruit leather may seem healthy, but you will probably be shocked by how much sugar it contains if you read the label. How about trying a crunchy apple, popcorn or nuts, or a handful of grapes instead?

Cook Your Own Spaghetti Sauce

Grabbing a jar of ready-made sauce makes a quick and easy meal, but it is nearly as quick and a lot healthier to make your own. Add your favourite herbs and spices to a can of chopped tomatoes, and don’t forget to include fresh veggies like sweet peppers and mushrooms.

Four Myths About Dental Veneers Debunked

Dental veneers are an excellent way to help perfect a smile, hiding small cracks and chips in teeth or teeth that are extensively discoloured. However, there are some common myths about treatment that we’d like to debunk.

Myth 1 – Veneer Treatment is Painful

Receiving veneers should not be painful as we thoroughly numb your teeth before preparing them, making sure you remain entirely comfortable during treatment.

Myth 2 – The Entire Tooth Needs Reshaping for Veneers

Treatment is relatively non-invasive, and the dentist will only need to remove a tiny amount of tooth enamel from the front surface of the tooth, leaving the rest of the tooth intact. Sometimes even this isn’t necessary, and the entire tooth remains fully intact.

Myth 3 – Veneers Look Unnatural

Well-designed veneers should look perfectly natural, and we take extensive care to design and make each veneer in a shade and style that complements your appearance. When a veneer looks unnatural, it’s often because it is too big and bulky and in a shade that is too white.

Myth 4 – Veneers are Only for Cosmetic Purposes

Veneers are largely used for cosmetic purposes, but they can also be useful in covering teeth that may be chipped or cracked slightly, restoring Read More

Cosmetic Dentistry: How We Can Help Improve Your Smile

Cosmetic dentistry procedures are designed to improve the appearance of your smile. Over the past few years, the techniques used in cosmetic dentistry have improved considerably, along with the materials. Now we can create natural-looking smiles custom-designed to enhance your appearance.

Cosmetic Dental Treatments to Consider Include:

Teeth whitening can quickly remove surface stains from teeth, lifting the colour by several shades.
Dental bonding is where tooth coloured composite resin is applied directly to a tooth to change its overall shape, size or colour. We also use this material to fill teeth nearly invisibly.
Dental veneers are individually designed porcelain shells that fit over the front surface of a tooth. They can hide the appearance of teeth that are discoloured internally or which are chipped, worn down or unattractively shaped or spaced.
Adult orthodontics has improved considerably over the past few years, and now there is the option of wearing nearly invisible braces that may be fixed or removable.
If you are missing teeth, consider having dental implants to replace them. This long-lasting treatment is the next best thing to recovering your natural teeth.

If you are considering improving your smile, the best thing to do is to book a consultation. We can listen to your aims Read More