It’s almost December, meaning that the Christmas party season is about to officially open. For many, the much anticipated work and family gatherings are the highlight of the year and are awaited with excitement. However, if you have are not happy with the appearance of your teeth, you may well be a lot less enthusiastic about the idea. Instead, you will be focused on ways to escape the photos, avoid having to show your smile and dodging questions about why you look so unhappy. Luckily, there is still time to restore your sparkle with professional teeth whitening.
In this article, we’ll answer your questions about teeth whitening and leave you ready to truly celebrate a white Christmas.
Teeth whitening – is it worth it?
Patients frequently wonder if they can justify investing in what is essentially seen as a purely cosmetic treatment. The answer is that if you are unhappy with the appearance of your teeth and find yourself doing anything to avoid showing them, investing in a professional teeth whitening treatment could do far more than simply enhance your appearance – it is also proven to leave you feeling much more happy and confident, and others will quickly see this. Restoring the natural beauty of your smile can also help to roll back the years and leave you looking younger.
I’ve tried to do it myself – why doesn’t it work?
We frequently hear stories of people who have purchased DIY teeth whitening kits online and been completely dissatisfied with the results. Although they do not cost as much as a professional treatment, people often feel that they have wasted their money and are left unhappy and out of pocket.
So why don’t these DIY kits work? Due to UK laws, those kits which are legally (and sometimes illegally) available online or on the high street contain a very small amount of the active ingredients that tackle stains, often only enough to have a small effect on superficial surface stains. This is often not enough to make a significant change to your appearance.
What do dentists recommend?
Here at Sharoe Green Dental Practice, our Principal Dentist Dr Graeme Fisher BDS PGDip MJD recommends choosing one of the following options:
Phillips Zoom! in-surgery power whitening
The most popular and effective solution by far is our Phillips Zoom! in-surgery power whitening treatment. Over 10 million patients have had their smiles brightened by this Zoom treatment and there are a range of treatment options available to meet specific patient requirements, meaning that you can almost always get the results you desire. Using the most advanced technology available, Phillips Zoom! Can get you the shiny white smile you’ve dreamed of in as little as 45 minutes of treatment time. The cost of this treatment is just £395 but patients that are on our membership plan get 20% off making it just £316.
White Beauty home whitening system
In addition, we also offer patients teeth whitening kits to use at home. The system we use is White Beauty Dental Teeth Whitening System because it’s a worldwide market leader in tooth whitening materials, it’s easy to use, and it delivers great results. We charge £150 for this treatment but patients that are on our membership plan get 20% off, a great saving making the treatment £120.
Here at Sharoe Green Dental Practice we are committed to maintaining the very best standards of care for our patients, and will always need to conduct an initial consultation prior to starting a teeth whitening treatment in order to ensure that it is suitable. To book your consultation now and get on the way to having a brighter, whiter smile for Christmas, call us on 01772 718753 or contact us online now for a quick response.
It’s almost halloween, and the shops are filled with all manner of halloween merchandise from the spooky and amusing to the downright ghoulish and ghastly. As well as the usual costumes, characters and decorations, there is also an incredible range of halloween confectionary on display to tempt the children – a true nightmare for teeth-conscious parents. And then there is the inevitable trick or treating too, which seems to feature ever increasing volumes of sweet treats. So what can you do to help your children have a happy but tooth-friendly halloween and half term? Here are some top tips.
With Halloween traditionally marking the half term holidays, it can be a challenge to keep the kids away from the lure of sweets and snacks throughout their well earned week off. Keeping them busy is one of the most effective ways to distract them. So why not get creative and set them to work on some halloween handicraft that will keep their little hands off the sugary snacks? With such an excellent range of crafting materials available both online and in high street retailers, families can have immense fun making their own halloween decorations, costumes and more – the only limit is your imagination (but luckily there is Google to help with that too). Order online and you won’t even have to drag the kids past sweet-filled displays!
Whether you are planning a spooky party or simply having fun getting the kids to create some creepy cakes or spooky snacks during the break, look for recipes that are based on sugar free or low sugar ingredients to reduce the risk to your children’s teeth. If you are cooking with chocolate, consider using dark chocolate as an alternative, which typically has a considerably lower sugar content than milk chocolate (but do check the labels as this does very from product to product). You might also want to consider substituting sweets and processed snacks for natural alternatives such as nuts, dried fruit and fresh fruit – all of which you can have some frightful fun with. Don’t overlook how much halloween fun can also be had with seasonal vegetables for both main meals and snacks too. Dentists do, however, recommend that sweet snacks and foods are consumed at mealtimes wherever possible to reduce the amount of time that your children’s teeth are exposed to sugar.
Have your pumpkin and eat it
You’ve almost certainly had fun carving pumpkins with the kids – but did you know that pumpkin can be used for a variety of delicious and nutritious dishes too, and not just the famous pumpkin pie. Why not hunt around for some good quality pumpkins (squashes work well too) and experiment with some creepy cuisine. There are plenty of ideas available online. You can’t always have your cake and eat it – but who said the same has to be true for pumpkins?
Don’t forget the fangs
It’s particularly easy at times like half term to let the kids have a bit of a break from the usual routine and give them a little more freedom in the evening. This is all well and good, but be sure not to let them off the hook when it comes to polishing those fangs. Brushing the teeth at least twice a day for at least two minutes is essential to maintaining healthy teeth for the future – especially at a time of year when sugar consumption tends to be higher than normal.
Here at Sharoe Green Dental Practice in Preston, we pride ourselves in offering a friendly and caring environment for the whole family. If you have any concerns about your childrens’ teeth, we are more than happy to discuss them with you and arrange a visit with a dentist as required. To book an appointment for your family now or to enquire about joining the practice, call us on Preston 01772 718753 or contact us online with our simple form available here.
Although the children haven’t even been back in school for a month yet, the evenings are already drawing in and the weather is decidedly colder. Christmas is now less than three months away and like it or not, the shops are making sure we know about it, reminding us that it’s never too early to start the Christmas shopping. If you’ve ever dreamed of having a perfect white smile for Christmas, now is also a great time to act and get your teeth whitening sessions booked in at your dentist.
What’s in a Smile?
A lovely, genuine smile is one of the most memorable things a person can share with us – and ultimately is worth far more than any present money can buy. Smiles bring about feelings of warmth, affection, happiness – exactly what you want at the special time of year that is Christmas. Unfortunately, the brightness of our teeth fades over the years, as a natural result of the things we eat and drink as well as other lifestyle factors. This often leaves people reluctant to smile and expose their teeth – which at Christmas could leave you looking like the grumpy Scrooge. Luckily, with professional teeth cleaning, there is still plenty of time to make sure this isn’t you.
Why tooth whitening?
Evidence shows that people who are happy with the appearance of their teeth are happier and more confident themselves, and also perceived by others as being the same. Restoring the natural beauty of your smile with professional tooth cleaning can also make you look and feel younger. And if your family are going to be sharing their Christmas pictures online for the world to see, you certainly want your smile to be at its best!
It is worth noting, however, that whilst there are many DIY tooth cleaning kits available on the high street, these rarely give the desired results and can leave you feeling frustrated. That’s why we recommend investing in professional tooth whitening.
The Latest Techniques
Teeth whitening has a long history and has evolved into one of the most popular aesthetic dental treatments available today. In fact, many Dental Professionals consider teeth whitening the safest cosmetic procedure available.
Here at Sharoe Green, we offer a range of options to suit every patient. Our standard teeth whitening procedure works as follows:
- A Dental Professional here at Sharoe Green will ensure your gums are protected with a special covering during the procedure
- A pH booster swab will be applied to your teeth, followed by our unique EU Compliant Zoom gel formula.
- The gel is activated using the WhiteSpeed lamp to break down stains
- After 4 x 15 minute sessions you will see visible results and be provided either our DayWhite or NiteWhite take-home kits to continue your whitening at home.
We ask all patients to book a free tooth whitening consultation to determine suitability for the treatment, which will also include a shade assessment.
If you are looking for something even more advanced, why not try our Phillips Zoom in-surgery power whitening treatment. Over 10 million patients have had their smiles brightened by this Zoom treatment and there are a range of treatment options available to meet specific patient requirements.
The cost of this treatment is £395 but patients that are on our membership plan get 20% off making it £316.
Again, an initial consultation will be required where a professionally trained dentist will assess your suitability to ensure that the procedure is completely risk free.
Here at Sharoe Green Dental Practice in Preston, we know how much the perfect smile matters and pride ourselves in offering the very best in teeth whitening services. To find out more or book your consultation, call now on Preston 01772 718753 or click here to contact us online.
The summer holidays are mid-flow and most parents are either in holiday mode or survival mode. With the typically unseasonable weather added to the equation trying to keep the kids amused and occupied is something of an art form. One of the risks, especially when the kids are cooped up inside, is the tendency to pacify them with sweets and snacks to buy five minutes of much needed peace. However, before giving in the innocent demands of your children, take a moment to consider just what sugar actually does to the teeth.
Inside the mouth – an oral ecosystem
The human body is a complex organism and contains many of its very own ecosystems, all of which are vital to our health and wellbeing – provided of course that the balance is maintained. The mouth is one such ecosystem. A natural sea of bacteria constantly surrounds our teeth and gums, some of which is good for us and helps to repair and restore the teeth, whilst other bacteria are harmful, causing the creation of acid and attacking our teeth. Every day, a battle of the bacteria is taking place in which these two forces are constantly fighting for victory. Sugar is one of the biggest deciders as to which force wins.
Attack of the acid
When you introduce sugar into the mouth, harmful bacteria that are naturally present begin to feed on it. This causes the creation of acids almost instantly, which then begin to attack the enamel surface of your teeth – the shiny protective layer on the outside that gives our smile its natural shine – and also protects the more delicate inner layers of your teeth as well as the root. This attack can last for up to an hour every time you consume a sugary food or drink, according to the British Dental Association. Regular consumption of sugar means such attacks can continue for prolonged or even constant periods of time.
As acids keep on attacking the teeth, they cause the minerals to be removed from the enamel, a process known as demineralisation. The fight against demineralisation is led by your saliva, which is rich in calcium and phosphates and helps to replace the minerals and repair the damage caused by acid. Although this important work can be supported by using a fluoride toothpaste which also helps to strengthen the enamel, the biggest weapon against acid attacks is reducing sugar consumption.
The onset of cavities
The hardest part of the tooth is the all important outer layer of enamel, whose job is to protect the softer and highly sensitive inside layers. If acid is allowed to continuously attack the enamel it causes the surface to become porous and eventually cavities will form. Cavities are holes in the protective layer, which if left untreated can continue to grow and gradually penetrate deeper. Whilst in adults, it typically takes at least six months for a cavity to form, children have softer enamel and cavities can take hold in as little as three months. If the cavity reaches all the way to the inside where the nerve endings are, it will result in discomfort and toothache. A high sugar diet, even if it is only during the summer holidays, is more than enough to cause cavities to take hold.
Dealing with decay
If a cavity grows enough for the damage to extend into the softer inner layer known as dentine, it becomes known as tooth decay. If caught at this stage, it can usually be treated by thorough cleaning followed by a filling. Whilst the procedure is fairly straightforward, it is nonetheless a cause of discomfort and distress for both parents and children. Left unchecked, tooth decay can progress until the root of the tooth is damaged and eventually destroyed, usually leaving little choice but to remove the tooth – something that most parents will be keen to avoid.
Although recent statistics indicate that tooth decay in children remains a major issue, more and more parents are becoming aware of the role that sugar plays. If you’d like more information on preventing tooth decay in children, don’t hesitate to contact your dentist.
Here at Sharoe Green Dental Practice in Preston, we pride ourselves in promoting a proactive, preventative approach to dentistry for all the family, helping our patients of all ages to maintain a healthy mouth and a happy smile. To find out more or to book an appointment now, call us on 01772 718753 or enquire online here for a swift response.
So school is almost out. The kids are more than happy as they look forward to six weeks of relative freedom, while parents are making last minute preparations to keep them occupied and out of trouble. With the inevitable change of routine, it is important to think ahead to make sure your family’s teeth stay in tip top condition through the holidays. Here are our top 4 tips.
1. Be Snack Wise
Without the usual school day routine, it is normal during the summer holidays for children to consume more snacks than they would otherwise. Try to ensure that your children have low sugar snacks as much as possible, and encourage them not to snack too much between meals. If they do have sugary snacks, these are best eaten at meal times rather than between to reduce the length of time that teeth are exposed to sugar. Ensuring that your kids have nutritious breakfasts and lunches will help offset hunger and help to reduce snacking. Also, be cautious of what you have in the cupboards if the kids are at home – we all know what happens when we are distracted with work and other adult duties…
2. Drink Sensibly
Another major cause of tooth decay in children is sugary drinks. Your kids will need to stay hydrated during the holidays, but try to ensure they consume low sugar or even sugar free drinks as much as possible – pure water is great if they will accept it but there is plenty of choice in most supermarkets. Taking the time to check the labels is definitely time well spent.
3. Play Safe
For many parents and kids alike, action packed activities are a staple ingredient of a fun filled summer holiday. Whether it’s dad and the boys having a bit of rough and tumble or a sports activity camp for the kids, make sure that your children have tooth protection if recommended – some sports such as rugby advise the use of a specialist gum shield to help protect the teeth. In any case, if your child does experience any form of impact with the teeth or jaws, don’t be afraid to contact your dentist and seek their advice. Even if there is no visible damage, a checkup may be recommended.
4. Keep Brushing
Another big risk during the summer holidays is that your children fail to keep to their tooth brushing regime. Late nights are one of the biggest culprits, especially when it comes to teenagers. If your children stay up later than you do, there is a risk that they simply won’t bother to brush their teeth. Make sure that you have a system in place to ensure that teeth are being brushed properly at least twice a day. Your children may not like your keen interest now, but trust us – they’ll thank you for it later.
At Sharoe Green Dental Practice in Preston, we offer the very best in preventative dentistry for all the 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 01772 718753 or click here to contact us online.
We often assume that when it comes to our young ones’ teeth, it is not until the milk teeth start giving way to adult teeth that we really need to bother with visiting the dentist. New research, however, indicates that this is far from the case – and it’s costing toddlers dearly.
Despite parents being advised to take their toddlers to the dentist as early as possible, even if just to get them used to the experience, the true figures may well surprise you. Even with free dental care available to all children under the NHS, it appears that over 80% of one to two year olds in England did not visit a dentist in the last year.
One of the main causes was found to be parents simply not knowing when was the right time to bring their child for a first visit, which was ultimately put down to a widespread misunderstanding of the entire process of teething. The researchers did admit that it wasn’t just parents to blame either – there was also confusion in the messages being given by the NHS.
The cost of this delay in taking toddlers to the dentist is a huge rise in children needing to have their teeth removed in hospital – often before the age of one. Not only does this put pressure on the NHS, but costs dearly in terms of the stress that such experiences can put a child through.
Latest figures published by the Royal College of Surgeons show that there were 9,220 cases of tooth extractions performed in hospitals in England on children aged one to four – which comes out at a 24 per cent rise in a decade.
In 48 of the cases reported, infants were less than a year old.
The research also indicated tooth decay was the main cause of extractions – which translates as 90 per cent of cases being preventable through good oral hygiene.
Start out right
The key to ensuring that your young ones don’t add to the statistics is simple – get them to the dentist as soon as you can, ideally as soon as the first teeth appear in the mouth.
Professor Nigel Hunt, dean of the Faculty of Dental Surgery at The Royal College of Surgeons, said: “The earlier a child visits the dentist, the earlier any potential problems can be picked up, so it is easier to prevent children having to go through the trauma of having their teeth removed under a general anaesthetic.”
It is important to get children “comfortable in a dental environment” as early as possible, to avoid them becoming frightened of going to the dentist.
In addition, ensuring that as a family you adopt tooth friendly practices such as supervised brushing twice a day, relatively low sugar diets and avoiding sugary snacks, especially between meals will all help to offset early decay. Finally, follow your dentist’s advice with regard to the frequency of visits, which for a toddler may vary between three to six months.
At the award winning Sharoe Green Dental Practice in Preston, we specialise in providing preventative dental care for all the family, whatever your age. Join us now to become a member and enjoy being looked after by our friendly and experienced team. For more information or to book an appointment, call now on 01772 718753 or click here to contact us online.
Based on an article published in the Telegraph online, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/06/08/toddlers-having-teeth-parents-wont-take-dentist/
Did you know that right now it is National Smile Month 2017? The 41st edition of the annual oral health awareness campaign started on May 15th and runs until June 15th. Want to know more? Read on to learn how it all begun and how it has evolved to the present day.
Good things begin with smiles
The concept of National Smile Month was first created by the Oral Health Foundation (then the British Dental Health Foundation) in 1977. The aim was to address an increasingly critical problem of how to get people to look after their teeth, after studies revealed that over 60% of the population had lost some or all of their natural teeth. The campaign debuted with the ‘Smile 77’ project, a week long event which was created to break down the patient-dentist communication barriers that were seen to exist at the time.
At the heart of the project was the concept of preventative dentistry. This might seem standard practice today, but 40 years ago this was quite the opposite – at the time it could be seen as a dramatically reformed outlook on oral health care. A highlight of the 1977 campaign was poet Pam Ayres writing ‘Oh, I Wish I’d Looked After Me Teeth’ for the event – a poem that would later be voted into the top 10 of a BBC poll to find the Nation’s 100 Favourite Poems.
The current slogan ‘National Smile Month’ was introduced in 1979 and has remained unchanged ever since.
Into the eighties
With the huge interest from both dentists and the media and a willingness from those across the profession to participate, National Smile Month launched to a fantastic reception and the message quickly spread across the UK.
It was in 1984 that the campaign peaked public and media interest, as a result of the enormous launch at the iconic London Transport Museum. The theme for that year’s event was ‘Eat Well and Stay Biting Fit’, and healthy food buses were sent out into the city to bring the art of sugar-free cooking to thousands of children – a message whose importance has not diminished to the present day.
It was during the 1980’s that National Smile Month truly became a nationally recognised event, helping to establish its position as an important event on the annual health calendar.
Brushing to Brit Pop
It was the 1990’s – the golden age of Brit Pop. While the UK population was riding a new wave of popular music that seemed to redefine the very notion of ‘Britishness’. dentists and healthcare professionals were working hard to redefine attitudes towards dental health and encourage people young and old to look after their teeth. With an increasing amount of support and recognition for the campaign, the dental profession ensured that the message was spread into the heart of communities.
With millions of pounds worth of press coverage and dental practices using the event as a platform to bring oral health messages to the wider public, it continued to grow and grow.
The public became more aware of their own oral health under the ‘Show Your Teeth You Care!’ theme as they recognised the importance of eating the right foods, brushing your teeth and regular visits to the dentist all had in fighting tooth decay and gum disease – all of which remain at the heart of the campaign’s message through to the present day.
Today, tomorrow and beyond
In 2016, National Smile Month celebrated its 40th year, establishing its position as the largest and longest-running oral health campaign in the world. With thousands of organisations now taking part, the campaign was able to reach over 60 million people worldwide, becoming the focal point of the dental world.
The key messages of the campaign today are:
- Brush your teeth last thing at night and on at least one other occasion with a fluoride toothpaste.
- Cut down on how often you have sugary foods and drinks.
- Visit your dentist regularly, as often as they recommend.
At the award-winning Sharoe Green Dental Practice in Preston, we are dedicated to providing the best possible dental care possible for all the family, here in our friendly, calm environment. We focus on preventative dentistry, helping our patients of every age to have a healthy and confident smile. To book an appointment now or enquire about becoming a member, call us on Preston 01772 718753 or click here to book an appointment online.
This article is adapted from National Smile Month – History and Background
With the Easter holiday behind us, our attention has already begun to shift towards summer and thoughts of holiday selfies. If, however, you have the misfortune of having damaged, discoloured or missing teeth, you have no doubt found yourself secretly dreading anybody asking to see your holiday snaps. Luckily, there are many cosmetic dentistry options to help you get the smile back on your face – and there is still time if you act now!
Teeth whitening for faded smiles
If you find yourself disappointed by the colour of your teeth in holiday snaps, do not despair. Firstly, you are not alone – a significant proportion of the UK’s adult population is unhappy with the appearance of their teeth. Secondly, most tooth discolouration is fully reversible with professional teeth whitening provided by your dentist.
No matter how well we brush our teeth, they naturally lose their colour and shine over the years. This is largely a result of superficial staining caused by consumption of foods and drinks – especially things like red wine and coffee. Smoking also causes severe staining.
With the Philips Zoom! whitening system available at our Preston clinic, you could see yourself with a smile that’s up to eight shades lighter in considerably less time than traditional methods. Click here to learn more.
Veneers for instant improvement
If you have a tooth that is discoloured through damage, or have concerns about chips, cracks or gaps, then veneers could be an ideal solution. These thin slices of porcelain are specially made to fit to your tooth and bonded onto the surface to restore your smile in a precise, natural and healthy way. They work rather like a false fingernail, but last for much longer.
In order to get the best possible result, the veneer is colour matched to your natural teeth. As a result, few people other than you and your dentist will ever be able to tell. With a minimum amount of preparation required, it is a simple and highly popular solution for teeth that are otherwise structurally sound.
Bridges for missing teeth
If you have a tooth that is completely missing or damaged beyond repair, dental bridges could be the perfect option. A bridge is usually made from a porcelain and precious metal blend, which is supported by the teeth on either side. Provided the surrounding teeth are healthy and strong, it is suitable in most cases.
It is important to replace missing teeth – not only to improve the appearance of your smile – but to prevent the weakening of the teeth either side, decay and gum disease caused by trapped food particles, or alterations to your bite.
Dental implants for trickier teeth
If for any reason dental bridges are not suitable to replace missing teeth, dental implants still remain an option. They are typically used when more than one tooth is missing, or where the damage to the tooth or jaw means that other methods will be ineffective.
Dental implants are essentially a way of replacing the natural root with a strong and reliable alternative upon which permanent replacement teeth can be mounted. With today’s advanced dentistry techniques, it is a very straightforward procedure with a minimum of discomfort and well worth the end result.
A typical dental implant treatment takes between 4 – 6 months to complete, so you could still have a shiny new smile in time for a late summer holiday if you get started as soon as possible.
To discuss the best cosmetic dentistry options for you with one of our friendly and professional dentists here in our Preston dental practice, call us now on 01772 804430 or click here to contact us online.
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