All you need to know about Facial Aesthetics

At Dental Care Group, we take a comprehensive approach to helping you feel and look your best. Admittedly, there is no better complement to a healthy smile, than beautiful looking skin. If you are worried about wrinkles and fine lines on your face, you can now benefit from Facial Aesthetics at some of our practices. By accompanying your cosmetic dental treatment with facial aesthetics, you can achieve the smile of your dreams and a more youthful appearance, all at the same time.

What is Facial Aesthetics?

Facial Aesthetics is an incredibly popular non-surgical cosmetic treatment used for wrinkle reduction. Facial Aesthetics is toxin found in a particular type of bacteria, which has the ability to relax muscles and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. This includes crow’s feet (around the eyes), creases between the eyebrows and on the forehead.

How does Facial Aesthetics work?

Facial Aesthetics is a procedure where botulinum toxin type A solution is injected into the skin and works by temporarily preventing muscle movement, specifically targeting those muscles that cause wrinkles. Results from the injection can be seen anywhere between 24 hours after injection, up to 12 days later. Although each case is unique, most patients find that their injections last up to 4 months. These injections should be repeated after your initial treatment if you want to maintain the same fresh look.

Are there side effects with Facial Aesthetics?

When used appropriately and administered by a skilled dentist, Facial Aesthetics has no side effects. Although if you do choose to have Facial Aesthetic treatment, your dentist will recommend avoiding anti-inflammatory medications, vitamin E and aspirin for 2 weeks prior to your treatment in order to avoid bruising during your procedure.

Contact us

Our practices in Clacton, Brentwood, Southend, South Benfleet and Great Yarmouth offer Facial Aesthetics, so if you would like any further information about Facial Aesthetics or you would like to request an appointment with one of our friendly dentists, please get in touch with one of our practices.

Food and Drink

The food and drink you consume on a daily basis can affect your teeth and gums as well as your general health. A poor diet can cause tooth decay and can even lead to gum disease. Food and drink high in sugar, will increase the amount of plaque present on your teeth and this can cause tooth decay. Eventually, plaque causes tooth enamel to break down and this is what causes a cavity.

In this blog, we will suggest what types of food and drink should be avoided and what types of food and drink you should try and consume more of in your diet.

What types of food and drink should I try to avoid?

Any food and drink that is high in sugar should be cut out of your diet, as the more food and drink you consume with added sugar, the more plaque that will build up on your teeth.

Try to avoid foods such as sauces like BBQ sauce and tomato ketchup. These sauces tend to be very high in sugar even in small servings. It is highly recommended to avoid candy as most candies are just pure sugar. Hard candies can do further damage to your teeth by chipping or cracking them when trying to bite down on them. There are many more foods that can be extremely high in sugar like breakfast cereals, yogurt, frozen pizzas, biscuits, cakes and chocolate and many more different foods.

The drinks that you should try and avoid the most out of any other are full-fat fizzy drinks/soda. These drinks are packed with sugar and have proven over many years to be really harmful to your oral health. Although fruit juices can be high in vitamins, these juices also tend to be very high in sugar and are also known to be bad for your teeth. There are many more drinks that can affect your oral heath such as sports drinks, iced tea, flavoured green tea and coffee, vitamin water, energy drinks and certain types of alcohol and many other different drinks.

What types of food and drink should I include in my diet?

A varied diet that is rich in vitamins, minerals, fresh fruit and vegetables can help to prevent gum disease and tooth decay, as long as you stick to brushing your teeth twice a day, two minutes each time.

Try to include foods such as apples in your diet. Apples are full of vitamins and the acidity of an apple can help to eradicate bad breath as it helps to kill bacteria that causes bad breath. Green vegetables like spinach and lettuce come with a variety of dental benefits. As well as antioxidants and iron, they are also full of beta-carotene which helps to keep your teeth strong and healthy. There are other foods that are brilliant for your oral health such as fish, nuts, raw vegetables, cheese, milk and sugarless chewing gum.

The best liquid that you should definitely drink every single day, is of course, water! Water with fluoride is especially good as it helps to strengthen and clean your teeth. With every sip, water cleans your teeth by removing any leftover foods or acids in your mouth. Milk is also very good for your oral health. Milk is rich in calcium, which helps to strengthen bones and teeth. Milk also contains a protein called casein, a substance that helps fight tooth decay by strengthening tooth enamel. There are other drinks that help to improve your oral health like low-sugar vegetable juice, low-sugar fruit juices, clear tea and root beer.

Dental Treatment For All The Family

Dental Care Group welcomes new patients of all ages to all of our practices that are currently taking on new patients, no matter what your requirements may be. People have different dental needs at different stages of life, but one thing that should remain the same, is that you should visit your dentist and a hygienist on a regular basis to ensure that both your oral and dental health remain in top condition.

Our practices all have teams of highly-qualified dental professionals that are highly committed to providing effective treatment for all the family. Let’s take a look at what our dentists can do for patients at various stages of life…

Babies and Children

Bringing your child to the dentist from a young age is an important step in helping them to have good oral health for life. Early visits to a dental practice, can help to familiarise youngsters with a dental practice and to see a dentist as a friendly face whom they enjoy visiting every six months, so that they can show off their progress on looking after their teeth.

Fissure sealants and fluoride varnish are available to all children at our practices to help protect and strengthen their teeth against decay. Should decay be found, prompt intervention makes the process much more bearable and avoids the need for distressing procedures such as tooth extractions. Early warning signs of orthodontic problems will also be picked up on, making treatment easier.

Teenagers and Adults

Teens and adults require regular dental check-ups to avoid problems such as tooth decay and gum disease. For those who experience tooth staining, teeth whitening is a popular option, whilst regular visits to the dental hygienist help to ensure tooth cleaning routines are efficient, helping to avoid problems such as bad breath.

Pregnant women

Pregnant women are more susceptible to conditions such as gum disease and enamel erosion. Nodules (pregnancy granuloma) can also often develop on the gums. Nodules are harmless, but visiting the dentist helps to reassure patients.

Older people

Getting older doesn’t need to mean that you will lose some of your teeth. Your dentist can help you to keep your natural teeth healthy. However, if you do experience tooth loss, your dentist can provide you with dentures or bridges as replacements. Some of our practices offer Dental Implant treatment which is the best way to replace any missing teeth. To find out more about how the Dental Implant procedure works, please click here.

Teeth in a Day

What is Teeth in a Day?

If you have loose dentures or missing teeth and find it difficult to eat the foods you enjoy, then Teeth in a Day could change your life. Traditional dental implant treatment takes a staged approach, placing the crowns or bridges on the implants after a healing period, which means you would usually be fitted with a temporary denture, prolonging your discomfort and limited function. With Teeth in a Day, there are no dentures, you will have teeth fitted in just one day!

How much does Teeth in a Day cost?

Teeth in a Day can vary in price depending on each person’s individual needs. If you need all your teeth replacing using Teeth in a Day, then you could be looking at a figure of around £30,000. If you have Teeth in a Day treatment for just one arch, (upper or lower set of teeth) then the figure would be around £15,000. At Dental Care Group, we offer interest free finance for up to 12 months, as well as finance from 24 months to 60 months at an interest rate of 9.9% APR.

Benefits of Teeth in a Day:

• Greater chewing capability
• Improved aesthetics
• Improved speech
• Greater comfort
• Less Bone resorption
• Improved confidence
• Improved social life

Teeth in a Day might be right for you if:

• You wear old and worn partial dentures, which don’t stay in place properly
• All of your teeth are loose and you fear the worst
• You would not even consider full dentures because you feel there is a stigma attached to them and your lifestyle and career require implanted fixed teeth
• You have suffered lifelong problems with dentures and you cannot eat the foods you like and feel there must be a better way
• You have not seen a dentist for some time and have a dental phobia and you may feel it’s gone too far to save your teeth and are looking for a long term solution
• The look of your smile and natural teeth depresses you and it affects your confidence and quality of life

For more information, check out https://www.dentalcaregroup.org/teeth-in-a-day/

Invisalign

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that helps to straighten teeth without having to wear typical metal braces. Known as cosmetic orthodontics, this type of treatment enables you to wear a removable appliance while straightening and aligning your teeth. Patients now have a different option besides metal braces. This is often a favourable option for adults who have professional careers and don’t feel comfortable wearing metal ‘train track’ braces for months on end.

Invisalign involves wearing a series of custom-made clear plastic aligners that help shift your teeth into the proper position. The technology behind invisible orthodontics is highly advanced and often gives patients a much shorter treatment time (depending on your individual case) compared to metal braces.

How much does Invisalign cost?

At Dental Care Group, Invisalign treatment starts from £1800, however the price will depend on the level of treatment required. If you would like to know the price of your Invisalign treatment, you would need to book a free consultation at one of our practices.

Is Invisalign worth the money?

Our patients regularly tell us we have changed their lives, so we believe Invisalign is certainly worth the money! The confidence that Invisalign treatment brings to our patients, who often would hide their smile, is priceless.

Benefits of Invisalign:

• A great way, if not, the best way to straighten your teeth
• This treatment can not only enhance your smile but can boost your confidence
• Removable, comfortable & clear, so it fits around your lifestyle
• Invisalign generally takes 9 – 18 months to see full results, whereas traditional braces can take up to 5 years.
• Clinically proven – ‘Invisalign has treated over 3 million people worldwide’ (Invisalign UK)
• High success rate

Teeth Whitening and why you should only see a Dentist

How does Teeth Whitening work?

Teeth whitening treatment such as Boutique Whitening works by gently bleaching your teeth. The concentration is an effective level which doesn’t harm your teeth in anyway.
You will receive a custom made set of trays which fit over your teeth comfortably. The active teeth whitening gel is placed in the trays and fitted onto your teeth. For best results we recommend you use your trays overnight and avoid coloured food or drink such as curries, berries, tea, coffee and red wine.

Does having your teeth whitened hurt?

Some people experience some sensitivity in their teeth whilst whitening. This is usually temporary but if you do experience sensitivity, smearing sensitive toothpaste on the affected areas works really well. Also, you can put sensitive toothpaste in your custom trays and alternate between the whitening gel one night and using sensitive toothpaste the next night.

Can whitening gel damage your teeth?

There has been no evidence that any persons tooth surfaces have become damaged in any way after going through with the home whitening treatment.

How old do you have to be to have your teeth whitened?

Patients must be over 18 to have their teeth whitened.

Only DENTISTS can legally prescribe teeth whitening treatment!

Teeth whitening is a safe procedure that whitens and brightens your smile. You will need to have your teeth checked for suitability of the whitening treatment by a dentist. It is ILLEGAL for anyone other than a dentist to prescribe teeth whitening treatment. Some beauty salons offer teeth whitening, but this is illegal if there is no dental professional present and it may put your oral health at risk. Make sure you only go to a registered dental professional for teeth whitening because whitening by people who aren’t qualified, is illegal.

Dentures / Overdentures

What are Dentures?

Dentures are removable false teeth made of acrylic, nylon or metal. They fit snugly over your gums to replace missing teeth and eliminate potential problems caused by gaps in your teeth.

Would Dentures be suitable for me?

If you have a few or all of your teeth missing, then Dentures would be a suitable solution to fix this. A denture is made from hard-wearing material that mimics the look of teeth and gums to give your mouth a natural appearance. Your denture will be made to fit snugly on your gums and you will be able to remove it for cleaning.

Are Dentures easy to eat and chew in?

When you wear dentures for the first time it may take some getting used to when eating and chewing. When you first start wearing dentures, you should try to eat soft foods cut into small pieces and chew slowly using both sides of your mouth. You should avoid eating sticky sweets or hard foods with sharp edges.

Importance of good dental hygiene with Dentures

Keeping your mouth clean is just as important when you wear dentures. It is important that you take extra care in your hygiene regime so that you can avoid bad breath, tooth decay and gum disease. You should brush any remaining teeth, your gums and tongue every morning with fluoride toothpaste to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. The hygienist will be able to show you how to best take care of your denture and gums and will tell you about specialised brushes you can use to do this.

What are Overdentures?

Overdentures are removable dentures for people with a few or no remaining teeth. They
are secured by dental implants with a fitting which allows the denture to ‘clip’ onto.

Would Overdentures be suitable for me?

If you have loose or ill-fitting dentures, then Overdentures would be suitable for you. Your
ability to eat and speak may become affected if you have loose or ill-fitting dentures. Due to
advances in dentistry, there is now a procedure whereby your denture can be fixed to your
jaw with dental implants. This treatment, known as implant overdentures or denture
stabilisation, offers patients with dentures a more permanent solution and can improve
quality of life significantly. You will be able to enjoy your favourite foods again and feel
comfortable smiling, safe in the knowledge that your dentures are staying put.

The Overdentures treatment procedure

Here is how the Overdentures procedure works:
• You will have a minor procedure to place implants into your jaw.
• Once the implants have integrated with the bone and surrounding tissues for a period of time, your dentures are placed on top of the implants through a range of special fixtures.
• This means your dentures can still be removed for cleaning, but will stay put once in place.

Life Benefits of having Overdentures

• Enjoy a natural-looking smile and improved confidence in public.
• Experience less irritation of your gums caused by dentures and you don’t need to take your teeth out at night.
• You can eat, chew and bite without your dentures falling out or having to stick to a soft food diet for the rest of your life.

IMOS Contracts Awarded to Dental Care Group

Dental Care Group are proud to announce that twelve IMOS (Intermediate Minor Oral Surgery Services) Contracts have been awarded to 18 of our practices across East Anglia.
Dental Care Group, operates 20 practices in East Anglia and Northamptonshire and provides both NHS and private dental services. The group, which was formed in 2010, has an ambitious growth plan which focuses on delivering high quality affordable patient care to both NHS and Private patients.

Chief Clinical Officer, Mayur Pandya said, “This is a fantastic opportunity for our Group and testament to the hard work and commitment of our dedicated teams. To be entrusted by NHS England to be delivering this service is a reflection of the quality of our clinical governance framework and our teams’ commitment to total patient care. We aim to provide an excellent, equitable and patient-centric service for all patients.”

Having provided IMOS Services at three of DCG’s Essex practices for the last 4 years, James Anang, Specialist Oral Surgeon, has been appointed as IMOS Director and is pleased to be leading the IMOS Surgical Team. James is also the Oral Surgeon and Clinical lead at Essex County hospital and Colchester General hospital.

CEO, Sanjay Shah said, “We are proud to have been awarded these contracts and look forward to working with NHSE now and in the future to provide more NHS services for patients.”

Importance of Attending Regular Check-ups

Why do I need a dental check-up?

A dental check-up allows your dentist to see if you have any dental problems and helps you to keep your mouth healthy.

There are many problems that can occur with your gums and teeth and your dentist will try to help improve the issues you have and they will advise you on the best techniques to keep your oral hygiene standards high.

Leaving any problems untreated could make them more difficult to treat in the future so you should go to your dentist as soon as a problem occurs so you can prevent them problem getting worse.

How often should I visit the dentist for a check-up?

Right after your dental check-up, your dentist will suggest a date for your next check-up depending on how good your oral health is. The time between your most recent check-up and your next dental check-up could be as short as 3 months and as long as 1 year.

You may also be advised to visit the Hygienist who will look after your gum health. At a hygienist appointment your teeth will be cleaned below the gum line, which is where plaque and tartar can build up and lead to gum disease if left untreated.

What should I do between every dental check-up?

You should try your best to take care of your teeth and gums between regular dental check-ups. Plaque is always forming on your teeth but you can help reducing the amount of plaque by brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day every day and especially before you go to bed at night.

So, is it important to go more regularly to the dentist, even from a young age?

In our opinion, the answer is yes, you should try to go to the dentist more regularly even from a young age as prevention is better than cure when it comes to issues with your teeth and gums.

When you are young, you tend to get fewer problems so you may not feel the need to go as often. However, if you don’t go for a check-up for many years and a problem occurs and you don’t rectify the issue quickly, you may end up with bigger health issues.

It is better to spend a small amount of time going to a dental check-up regularly, making sure your oral health is okay rather than spending a lot of time and money to try and fix the problems that were missed by not attending regular appointments. We suggest visiting a dentist twice a year.

Why Should I Visit a Hygienist?

What does a hygienist do?

Dental hygienists show children and adults how to look after their gums and teeth and carry out procedures which will deep clean and protect the teeth and gums. The main priority for a dental hygienist is to save teeth, keeping your teeth and gums healthy.

Hygienists help prevent gum disease

Gum disease causes painful gums, bad breath, bleeding and worst of all, tooth loss. You cannot have healthy teeth unless you have healthy gums, as gums provide the foundation for your teeth. Gum disease is in most cases, treatable. A hygienist will treat gum disease but most importantly, hygienists will show you an oral hygiene routine to make sure you take good care of your teeth at home.

Hygienists can help stop your gums from bleeding

Bleeding gums is usually caused by the inflammation of your gums which is also an early sign of gum disease. If you see a hygienist as soon as you notice your gums bleeding regularly, then it can be reversed. A hygienist will clean around your teeth and under your gums to remove causes of inflammation. They may also suggest an appropriate toothpaste and mouthwash to help ease the inflammation.

Hygienists can help to prevent tooth loss

Gum disease is the leading cause of adult patients losing their teeth. In the later stages of gum disease, teeth become very painful, loose and often become infected. This can sometimes lead to no other option but to remove the teeth that have become painful and loose. Sometimes, teeth become so loose that they will eventually fall out without having to get them removed. A Hygienist’s priority is to improve the oral health of the patient, reducing the risk of further tooth loss.

Whiter teeth, preventing bad breath and improving self-esteem

Stains build up on your teeth and are a real struggle to remove just by brushing your teeth. Tea, coffee, wines, certain foods, fizzy drinks and smoking can all cause your teeth to stain a yellowy/brown colour. A Hygienist will attempt to remove stains and restore your teeth to their natural colour.

Visiting a hygienist can also help prevent bad breath. An odour can be released by bacteria trapped under your gum line where only a hygienist can get to and clean properly.

Visiting a hygienist can really help your self-esteem as you will leave your appointment with cleaner, whiter teeth and you will also have a lot less chance of having bad breath. When your mouth feels clean and your teeth look whiter, it tends to make you feel better about yourself. The feeling of fresher breath can also make you feel better in social situations.

So, should I visit a Hygienist and how much does it cost?

We recommend that all adults that have good oral hygiene habits and a healthy mouth should visit a hygienist at least twice a year. Even though your oral hygiene may be to a very good standard, it is recommended that you visit a hygienist to get a professional clean so all plaque and stains can be removed from your teeth and from your gums.

At Dental Care Group, the charges for visiting a hygienist start from £49.00 depending on what practice you decide to book the appointment with. If you would like to view all our fees for the treatments we offer at Dental Care Group, please click here.