News & stories relating to our dental & cosmetic treatments.
Sugar and Fissure Sealants
We are aware that sugar is bad for our teeth and causes dental decay.
But did you know just how many sugar cubes are in common every day things we eat and drink?
Bottle of Luccozade = 15.5 sugar cubes
Bottle of Coke = 13.5 sugar cubes
Bottle of Flavoured fizzy water = 5 sugar cubes
Bottle of Water = 0 sugar cubes!
It's common knowledge that these drinks contain lots of sugar. But hidden sugars in common foods can be shocking too...
Tin of baked beans = 5 sugar cubes
Salad cream = 3.6 sugar cubes
Small fruit yoghurt = 2.7 sugar cubes
Did you know that fissure sealants can reduce the rates of decay by as much as 88%?
Everybody has grooves on the chewing surfaces of their back molars. Sometimes, these grooves can be deep and collect the plaque bacteria, which increases the risk for dental decay.
Fissure sealants are thin plastic coatings that are painted onto the grooves of the back teeth. The sealant forms a protective layer that keeps food and bacteria from getting stuck in the grooves.
The process is usually quick and easy - typically taking just 1 minute per tooth. Each tooth is thoroughly cleaned and prepared with a special solution prior to placing the sealant.
Sealant usually last for many years, but they can wear down over time with chewing foods, so the seal will be checked at each dental visit to ensure they are still in tact. They can be replaced quickly and easily.
5 Reasons to See your Hygienist
1) To Prevent Gum Disease – Gum disease causes bleeding gums, painful gums, bad breath, and loose teeth. Gum disease can be treated, stopped and even reversed if caught in it’s early stages. Your Hygienist will not only treat and prevent gum disease, but will give you the control to prevent it yourself at home with a better oral hygiene regime.
2 ) To Prevent Bad Breath – Bad breath or Halitosis is usually caused by a dental problem. Fear of Halitosis is a very common reason for people seeking dental care. The odour can be released by bacteria from under the gumline, where only a dental professional can clean.
3) To Have A Whiter Smile – External stain that builds on your teeth cannot be removed by brushing alone. This stain is often the result of tea, coffee, tobacco, red wine or other dietary factors. Your hygienist has many way of removing these stains to restore your teeth to their natural whiteness.
4) Prevent Other Diseases – Poor dental hygiene has been linked to the development of several diseases including; heart disease, diabetes and respiratory problems.
5) To Prevent Oral Cancer – When you have a dental hygiene appointment, your hygienist is also screening you for oral cancer. Oral cancer is highly curable if detected early. Your hygienist will give you advice on risk factors for oral cancer and how to reduce them. Risk factors include smoking, alcohol and infection with Human Papilloma Virus (HPV).
Almost half of UK adults have a fear of the dentist. This may not come as a surprise! But 12% of these suffer from an extreme dental anxiety! Visiting the Dentist is ranked number one (22%) for making people nervous, even more so than fear of heights (19%).You may be more likely to meet a person who doesn’t want to go to a dentist than a person who won’t go bungee jumping!
Conscious Sedation is one of the popular ways to deal with this fear!
Conscious Sedation dentist’s use commonly prescribed sedation medications to calm their patients. These medications, which have been subjected to rigorous study, are administered in different ways and leave the patient able to respond to questions, yet be completely relaxed and unaware/unaffected of the sights, smells and sounds of the dental office. The majority of the experience of dental treatment is forgotten after the sedation session!
Sedation can be given in a number of ways:
Intravenous sedation (IV)- The most commonly used form in adults and is administered via an injection in the arm or back of hand. You will be aware of everything going on around you during the procedure but you will be more relaxed. Your dental surgeon will advise you if any other techniques are appropriate such as inhalation sedation.
Inhalation sedation (IS) - Nitrous Oxide gas mixed with oxygen. It is a pleasant sedative air which can be breathed in through the nose via a small soft nose hood.
Your dentist will explain the treatment planned and check that you know what will be done before the sedation starts to make sure you are suitable for this treatment. This usually happens in your examination and treatment plan appointment.
On the day of sedation you will be welcomed with a light conversation on what is planned. The sedation is then given by the trained dentist slowly through this tube which encourages you to relax. Your breathing, Heart rate, Oxygen saturation and vital signs will be closely monitored throughout the treatment.
Your dentist will also use local anaesthesia to numb the area where the treatment will be done. We will do our best to make sure you feel as comfortable as possible during the procedure.
The effects of sedative medicine take some time to wear off and your dentist will tell you how long the drug will take to clear from your body therefore following the sedation you will need to stay at the practice until the dental team is satisfied you are safe to be accompanied home by a responsible adult. You will also not be able to drink alcohol, drive or work machinery and sign any legal documents/contracts during this time. This is because your judgement may be affected for the next 24 hours.
As the drowsiness wears off your mouth will be numb. Be careful not to burn or bite yourself until the numbness wears off which may last up to 8 hours.
This means that he is trained in dealing with patients who have severe anxiety and have avoided dental treatment for a long time. As a team we help you to relax, by creating a safe and comfortable dental experience and environment. We understand that for far too many people, dental fear and anxiety complicates access to essential treatment.
Find out more by calling us on 01932570099 where one of our friendly receptionists will advise you and book you in for a consultation.
Stained teeth can be just as embarrassing as misaligned or disfigured teeth. Even dulled and yellowed teeth may make you pause before readily sharing your smile.
But there are ways to overcome staining and restore the natural brilliance your teeth should have. It begins first with finding the cause of the discoloration and using the appropriate techniques to brighten your smile once again.
There are two types of tooth staining that can occur: Outside of the tooth (extrinsic) or Inside the tooth (intrinsic).
Extrinsic stains happen because of the structure of tooth enamel. While your teeth may feel smooth, the enamel actually contains microscopic depressions. These have a tendency to catch and retain stain-producing substances that come into our mouths. Food or beverages like red wine or tea (with chemicals called tannins) can stain, as well as tobacco. Even substances used for oral hygiene, like the anti-bacterial ingredient chlorhexidine (Corsodyl mouthwash), can stain teeth after long term use. Smoking is also a very common form of staining that can be removed.
Among its many properties, saliva helps clear the mouth of food debris after we eat. When saliva levels are too low more food particles remain in the mouth longer, increasing the potential staining effect of these foods.
Intrinsic stains on the other hand, stems from causes within the tooth. Certain materials used for dental fillings or traumatic tooth injuries can alter tooth colour significantly. In some cases, the tooth may not appear discoloured viewed by itself, but stands out in relation to nearby teeth with a different shade of colour. Antibiotic treatment, particularly tetracycline may also cause intrinsic staining if taken during tooth development as a child, however this is rare.
This depends on whether the staining has an extrinsic or intrinsic cause. For some extrinsic staining, changes in diet and lifestyle, like avoiding or limiting foods known to stain or quitting the use of any form of tobacco, will help reduce mild staining. Along with flossing, twice-daily brushing with fluoride toothpaste that contains a whitening agent can remove stain-causing food remnants and add some brightness to your teeth. Twice-yearly visits to your dentist or hygienist for professional teeth cleaning and polishing can also reduce extrinsic staining.
Teeth whitening (or bleaching) is another option, especially for extrinsic staining that doesn’t fully respond to lifestyle or hygiene changes. Most teeth whitening choices are either home kits from your dentist, or professional applications by a dental provider. Both types use similar bleaching agents; the chemical concentrations in professional applications, though, are usually stronger, and along with other techniques can produce a brighter result with one session (as opposed to several weeks for home kits). Professional applications will also last longer on average before fading, a year or more if you limit staining foods in your diet and practice consistent hygiene.
Here at Estetica we have a fantastic offer called ZOOM TUESDAY. At only £198 for Zoom instant whitening along with a home kit (normally £450) it is the perfect combination for keeping teeth white for longer. Find out from our reception and pick up a small booklet.
Only a dentist can perform bleaching techniques for stains originating inside a tooth, since it requires access to the tooth’s interior. One such technique places a bleaching agent in a tooth’s pulp chamber during a root canal treatment before the dentist fills and seals the tooth.
Making the Right Choices for Treating Stained Teeth
Your dentist is your best source for advice on what types of treatments will work best for you and the costs involved. Knowing all the facts will help you make the right choices to brighten and reinvigorate your smile.