Category: Oral Health

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.

Quality dental care for all the family

Regular dental check-ups are important to patients of all ages, from infants to great-grandparents. Clarence House Dental Care in Watton offers dental treatment for all the family, addressing the specific needs specific ages and groups may face.

quality-dental-careBabies and children

Bringing a child to the dental practice from an early age can help them to view visiting the dentist as a positive experience, preventing dental phobia later in life. You should start bringing your baby in for dental check-ups as soon as their teeth start to appear. As well as ensuring that these teeth are developing correctly and are free from dangerous plaque, this helps to familiarise youngster with the practice environment, and to teach them to see the dentist as a friendly face.

As children get older, fissure sealant and fluoride varnish may be offered. These are designed to strengthen and protect the teeth, helping to prevent tooth decay – still a big problem for UK children.

Potential orthodontic issues can often be spotted at an early age, too, making them easier to treat.

Pregnant women

When you are pregnant, your teeth may be the last thing you are thinking about. In fact, there are some dental conditions that are specific to pregnancy, because of the hormonal changes the body is going through.

The commonest concern is pregnancy gingivitis – gum disease. Gum disease is a serious condition but isn’t anything to be scared of if you visit the dentist as soon as you notice symptoms such as bleeding gums.

Pregnant women can also suffer an increased risk of enamel erosion if morning sickness is persistent or severe, whilst pregnancy granuloma – small growths on the gums – can be scary and sometimes uncomfortable. Again, your dentist can help treat or manage these issues.

Older people

Older people also have specific sets of dental needs. This can include needing replacements for natural teeth, with the over-75 age group most likely to wear dentures.

A modern solution to the problem of loose dentures is to have them secured by dental implants, which help to preserve the density of the jaw bone. Denture sore mouth and oral thrush also need to be treated promptly – or ideally avoided.

Quality dental care for all the family

Regular dental check-ups are important to patients of all ages, from infants to great-grandparents. Clarence House Dental Care in Watton offers dental treatment for all the family, addressing the specific needs specific ages and groups may face.

dental-care-wattonBabies and children

Bringing a child to the dental practice from an early age can help them to view visiting the dentist as a positive experience, preventing dental phobia later in life. You should start bringing your baby in for dental check-ups as soon as their teeth start to appear. As well as ensuring that these teeth are developing correctly and are free from dangerous plaque, this helps to familiarise youngster with the practice environment, and to teach them to see the dentist as a friendly face.

As children get older, fissure sealant and fluoride varnish may be offered. These are designed to strengthen and protect the teeth, helping to prevent tooth decay – still a big problem for UK children.

Potential orthodontic issues can often be spotted at an early age, too, making them easier to treat.

Pregnant women

When you are pregnant, your teeth may be the last thing you are thinking about. In fact, there are some dental conditions that are specific to pregnancy, because of the hormonal changes the body is going through.

The commonest concern is pregnancy gingivitis – gum disease. Gum disease is a serious condition but isn’t anything to be scared of if you visit the dentist as soon as you notice symptoms such as bleeding gums.

Pregnant women can also suffer an increased risk of enamel erosion if morning sickness is persistent or severe, whilst pregnancy granuloma – small growths on the gums – can be scary and sometimes uncomfortable. Again, your dentist can help treat or manage these issues.

Older people

Older people also have specific sets of dental needs. This can include needing replacements for natural teeth, with the over-75 age group most likely to wear dentures.

A modern solution to the problem of loose dentures is to have them secured by dental implants, which help to preserve the density of the jaw bone. Denture sore mouth and oral thrush also need to be treated promptly – or ideally avoided.

Did You Know You Can See a Hygienist Without Seeing a Dentist?

Most people when they come to visit us will book an appointment to see our dentist in Clacton as well as a hygiene appointment. It makes perfect sense as it’s a quick and effective way to maintain a good preventative dental care regime that will typically only take an hour or so of your time every six months. However did you know that you don’t need to see a dentist in order to see a hygienist? Although we certainly don’t recommend skipping your regular check-ups, if you wish to have a hygiene treatment at any time then you can simply give us a call to book one.

dental-hygienistAnother good thing about being able to do this, is that it can be quite a nice way for a nervous patient or for someone who hasn’t seen a Clacton dentist for quite some time to begin gradually easing themselves back into regular dental care. Treatment is very gentle and non-invasive and you will find here at Clacton Dental Care that we are all very easy to talk to and are extremely sympathetic towards nervous patients.

What Is the Purpose of a Hygiene Treatment?

Plaque can soon harden into tartar as this is a process that only takes a couple of days which is why regular brushing and flossing is so important. The purpose of a hygiene treatment is to remove tartar from your tooth surfaces; it can only be scraped or scaled away by a dental professional as it is too hard to be removed through regular brushing and flossing. Tartar can build up in areas regularly missed by a toothbrush, normally right at the gum line and in between your teeth. When tartar builds up on your teeth, the bacteria in tartar produce toxins that inflame your gums, greatly increasing your risk of gum disease. By having tartar regularly removed from your teeth during your hygiene appointments, we can help reduce your risk of gum disease. It’s a great preventative treatment.

This isn’t the only thing that your hygienist can do for you, as they can identify areas you might be regularly missing out during brushing and flossing and can help you improve your brushing technique. Do you struggle to floss properly? Ask us for help as our hygienist can give you lots of tips and practical advice and can show you how to use alternative tools such as interdental brushes. These are tiny Christmas tree shaped brushes that fit in between your teeth and they can be much easier to use than dental floss. If you have any bridgework or dental implants or other dental appliances, our hygienist can also show you how to thoroughly clean around these, keeping your mouth fresh and clean.

During your hygiene treatment your teeth will be scaled and polished which helps to remove some surface stains. It’s a really nice treatment for just quickly brightening up your smile and course it’s always good to know that you are looking after your teeth and gums by seeing a hygienist. Our hygienist works closely with our dentist in Clacton and if they spot any dental problems then they may recommend you book a visit.

If you would like to book an appointment to see our hygienist or our dentist in Clacton, please give us a call on 01255 221001. You can also find out much more information about preventative dentistry on our website at www.Clactondentalcare.co.uk.

Ways to Give Your Smile That Wow Factor

A healthy and attractive smile can be a huge asset and may help you both personally and professionally. The really good news is that there are lots of ways you can help your smile look its best and many of these treatments are quite quick and affordable. They include teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, white fillings and dental bonding and our Downham Market dentist can restore badly damaged or missing teeth with beautiful crowns and bridges. So if you are interested in cosmetic dentistry in Downham Market, where do you start?

wow-factorPlanning Your New Smile

Perhaps the best place to start is to sit down and have a think about your ideal smile. Make a list of any issues that particularly bother you such as gaps in between your teeth, any chips or cracks, or any teeth that are oddly shaped or stained. Next, book an appointment to come and see our dentist in Downham Market. They will listen to your concerns and after examining your teeth will be able to recommend the most suitable treatments. You will receive a personalised treatment plan that can be tailored to take into account your budget. If you wish to improve your smile in time for a big event or holiday, we can also factor this in. We do take quite a bit of time to explain all possible treatments to you and you may already have a good idea about how some of them work, for example teeth whitening.

Taking a Closer Look at Possible Treatments to Help Improve Your Smile

Teeth whitening is enormously popular and with good reason as it can reduce great results very quickly and is very affordable. Having your teeth whitened by your dentist in Downham Market is definitely the safest way to get a whiter smile as we will ensure your treatment is fully customised, minimising any unwanted side effects such as tooth sensitivity. Our practice offers two different kinds of tooth whitening which include power whitening where your teeth will be whitened in the dental chair in just one hour, or if you prefer you can have a custom-made whitening kit to use at home. Both are equally as effective. Any teeth that do not respond to teeth whitening and which are internally stained can be covered up with our beautiful porcelain veneers. This treatment is also great for correcting the shape of teeth.

Renewing old fillings can be surprisingly effective in brightening up your smile, particularly if you have any older discoloured amalgam fillings that are creating darker areas in your mouth. We use the very latest composite resins that can invisibly repair teeth and which come in an enormous range of shades, ensuring your new filling will blend in with your existing tooth. The same material can be used to bond your teeth. This is a process that can be great for mending small chips and cracks in teeth and for building up areas that might have become worn down.

If you need crowns or bridges, then this is a treatment that will help protect your dental health while improving your smile. We can make your crowns and bridges from the very latest all-ceramic materials so they can be entirely metal free for the best aesthetic results.

If you’d like a nicer smile then why wait any longer? Give Downham Market Dental Care a call on 01366 382265 to book your appointment today. You can also find out a lot more information about all our cosmetic dentistry treatments on our website at www.Downhammarketdentalcare.co.uk.

Don’t Miss out on Your Regular Check-ups

We know most people are trying to juggle busy lifestyles and it can be tempting to neglect regular dental check-ups unless you think something is wrong. If this sounds like a familiar scenario them we’d urge you not to ignore any reminders for dental check-ups as this could prove to be much more costly in the longer term and you may end up requiring multiple visits to our dental practice to put things right.

dental-check-upHow Often Should I See a Dentist?

Most people will need to see a dentist in Basildon every six months but this can vary and is something we will discuss with you during your initial appointment at our practice. For example, some people with certain medical conditions may require more frequent check-ups or we might just suggest more frequent hygiene appointments.

Why Are Regular Dental Check-ups so Important?

Dental check-ups are such an easy way for us to detect any small problems with your teeth and gums, hopefully at a stage before they begin to cause you any problems or pain. At this stage any issues are much easier and cheaper to treat and you will require shorter appointments to put things right. Certain conditions such as gum disease are far more easily treated when caught at an early stage. In comparison gum disease can become chronic if allowed to progress without treatment. This means ongoing treatment is required to help control it as it cannot be completely cured. Additionally, keeping your teeth and gums healthy and free from disease will help protect your general health as there is a close link between the two.

We also offer regular screenings for oral cancer during your check-ups. An oral cancer screening is quick and non-invasive and our dentist in Basildon has been specially trained to assess the inside of your mouth for any symptoms or signs that something might be wrong. Possible symptoms include changes to the texture or colour of your oral tissues, as well as any unexplained lumps or bumps or sore patches that aren’t healing up very easily. Oral cancer, just like any cancer, will respond much more easily to treatment when caught at an early stage. Unfortunately oral cancer is often diagnosed very late in the day which is why regular screenings are so important.

Why Not Book a Hygiene Appointment at the Same Time as Your Check-up?

Nowadays you don’t need to see a dentist to book a hygiene appointment, but it can be a great idea to book both at the same time as hopefully it will only take an hour or so for you to get all the treatment you need for another six months. Regular hygiene appointments are vital for good gum health and can be a nice way to brighten up your smile. You will also find our hygienist is great at patient education so please just ask if you have any questions about brushing and flossing at home. We know flossing is often a real problem but we can show you some alternative techniques and tools to try.

If you know it’s time for your dental check-up then why not give Felmores Dental Care a call today on 01268 726789. Alternatively you can contact us through our website at www.Felmoresdentalcare.co.uk.

Does Your Child Have Fissure Sealants?

Here at Downham Market Dental Care, we love seeing younger patients and our friendly dental team go out of their way to help children feel relaxed and comfortable during their visits. We focus heavily on preventative dental care, particularly where children are concerned, as with the proper care and advice it’s possible for your child to enjoy strong, cavity free teeth well into adulthood. There are a number of preventative dental treatments that can help achieve this, one of which is fissure sealants.

childrens-teethWhat Are Fissure Sealants?

These are a way of protecting the chewing surfaces of a child’s adult back teeth. These chewing surfaces contain lots of fissures and grooves that help grind up food. While they may do this very effectively, these fissures can be quite deep and will often trap bacteria and food, greatly increasing the risk of tooth decay. Fissure sealants consist of a very thin layer of flowable plastic that completely seals the tooth surface, preventing bacteria from getting in and protecting the tooth against decay. Once the fissure sealant is in place, it is virtually invisible and is thin enough not to interfere with the way teeth bite together. Fissure sealants are a very cost-effective and easy way to protect a child’s teeth, particularly as treatment is extremely quick and non-invasive.

When Is the Best Time to Have Fissure Sealants?

We normally suggest children have fissure sealants soon after their adult back teeth have pushed through. This is because we can only use fissure sealants on teeth that do not have any fillings or any signs of decay so it’s important to take action quickly to protect these teeth. It may sometimes be possible to use fissure sealants on teeth that have extremely small lesions as sealing them can help prevent the decay from progressing any further, but this is quite rare. If your child has particularly deep fissures in their milk teeth and has a high risk of tooth decay then we might suggest using fissure sealants to protect these teeth. This is because it’s vital that milk teeth aren’t lost to soon as they help the adult teeth to emerge in the correct positions.

How Are Fissure Sealants Applied?

There isn’t any need to use local anaesthetic when applying fissure sealants. For this treatment, our dentist in Downham Market will carefully clean your child’s teeth. Next a special liquid is used to lightly etch the tooth surfaces as this will create a better bond in between the tooth and the fissure sealant. The teeth are then washed and dried and the fissure sealant is simply painted onto the chewing surfaces. We can then leave it to harden naturally or it can be hardened more quickly using a special blue light. Afterwards your child will be able to eat and drink normally.

Once in place, fissure sealants should last for quite a few years but they can be reapplied if they begin to look worn. This is something our dentist in Downham Market will assess during your child’s regular dental check-ups.

To find out more about children’s dentistry then why not visit our website at www.Downhammarketdentalcare.co.uk? If you’d like to book an appointment with a dentist in Downham Market, please give us a call on 01366 382265.

Do You Floss Every Day? Learn Why You Should

Do you floss every day, or only just before you visit a dentist in Watton for your check-up? We are well aware many people find flossing awkward, and that some just think it is unnecessary unless they can feel something is stuck in between the teeth. Here at Clarence House Dental Care we have heard just about every single reason for not flossing, which is why we’d like to explain to you the reason for flossing and its importance to your dental health.

oral-healthWhy You Need to Floss

Lots of people think the whole reason for flossing is to get rid of bits of food stuck in between your teeth when in fact the main reason is to get rid of plaque. Every day a sticky layer of plaque builds up over your teeth and in between them. Most plaque is removed through brushing, but any plaque in the contact areas in between your teeth will remain.

The problem with plaque is that it contains bacteria that produce toxins which will infect your gums and these bacteria are responsible for causing gum disease which is the main reason for tooth loss. Plaque hardens into tartar within just a couple of days and this is a hard substance that can only be scaled or scraped away by a hygienist during your regular scale and polish. Tartar also produces toxins that are harmful to your gums. If you think brushing is good enough then just consider this; the contact areas in between your teeth account for around a third of all your tooth surfaces. Do you really want to neglect such a large surface area?

Problems with Flossing? We Can Help

Often people don’t floss regularly because they find it too tricky. It really isn’t that difficult once you know how. A common mistake is to use a piece of dental floss that is much too short when ideally you need a length of at least 30-45 cm. Wrap the ends of the dental floss around the middle finger of each hand so you can use your thumbs and forefingers to manipulate the floss. Gently slide the floss in between your teeth, taking it right down to just below the gum line. Next, form a C shape with the floss to follow the shape of the tooth and slide the dental floss up and down several times to remove as much plaque as possible from this area. Then you can move onto cleaning the next tooth, winding on the dental floss so you use a clean section each time. If you’d like a quick demonstration on flossing then just ask our Watton dentist next time you visit us.

Using Interdental Brushes Instead

If you cannot get on with dental floss then there are alternatives and interdental brushes can be very useful for anyone who finds dental floss a bit hard to manipulate. Interdental brushes are tiny brushes that come in a variety of widths and which will fit in between your teeth, cleaning these contact areas. They can be very effective and are especially good for cleaning around dental appliances such as braces and dental implants and dental bridges.

Please don’t forget that we are here to help you and are always only too happy to demonstrate the correct way to brush and floss your teeth or to talk to you about alternative ways to clean your teeth. You can book an appointment at www.ClarenceHousedental.co.uk or just give us a call on 01953 882777.

Is it Time for a New Toothbrush?

You cannot have good oral health without having good oral hygiene. This is important not only for your dental health, but also for your general health, as clinical studies have linked gum disease to numerous serious health conditions that include diabetes and heart disease.

oral-healthIn order to brush your teeth thoroughly, you do need to have a good toothbrush but this is one essential tool that is often overlooked. If the bristles on your toothbrush begin to look splayed or worn, then it’s time to change it. Most people need to change their toothbrush every two or three months and as a new toothbrush is pretty cheap, it’s a tiny investment to make in your dental health.

When choosing a new tooth brush, pick one with soft to medium bristles. You really do not need or want to have a brush with hard bristles as these could damage your teeth and gums, wearing away tooth enamel and gum tissue. The ends of the bristles should be gently rounded and the toothbrush head needs to be small enough to fit right to the back of your mouth. If you have a particularly small mouth, then don’t be afraid to pick a child sized toothbrush.

But is it better to use a manual or electric toothbrush? This is something our Downham Market dentist is often asked. Both manual and electric toothbrushes have their advantages and disadvantages and both can work equally well as it’s all down to brushing techniques.

Comparing Manual and Electric Toothbrushes

Manual toothbrushes are cheap to buy and come in a huge variety of sizes. They are also great for people who need to travel a lot and who don’t want the hassle of having to charge up their brush. In comparison electric toothbrushes can be quite the investment and you still need to replace the brush heads as frequently as you would a normal disposable toothbrush, and of course you need to remember to charge them up before you go on holiday or to pack a separate charger.

However people with limited dexterity, for example anyone with a painful condition such as arthritis may find it more comfortable to use an electric toothbrush. Additionally many have built-in features such as two-minute timers that make it easy to tell when you have brushed your teeth for long enough. This doesn’t mean that electric toothbrushes clean teeth any better than a manual toothbrush as overall there shouldn’t be any significant difference between their ability to remove plaque and food debris and to prevent gum disease. Provided you use the correct techniques, both should be equally successful and if you prefer using a manual toothbrush then it can be useful to keep a small timer in your bathroom, just to make sure you brush for two minutes each time.

Worried Your Brushing Technique Isn’t up to Scratch? Ask Us for Help

If you feel your brushing and flossing techniques could do with a little help then please just ask our Downham Market dentist for advice and a practical demonstration on how to brush properly. Patient education is very important to all of us here at Downham Market Dental Care and we’d all be delighted to help you.

To make an appointment to come and see one of our friendly dentists, just call us on 01366 382265 or alternatively you can book online at www.Downhammarketdentalcare.co.uk.

Why Your Child’s Milk Teeth Deserve Great Dental Care

It’s true that milk teeth only last a few years but this doesn’t mean they are any less important than adult teeth. Here at Clarence House Dental Care, we strongly recommend parents bring their child to see us for their first dental visit soon after they get their first tooth or by age 1. The really nice thing about starting dental care at such an early age is that your child will grow up seeing regular visits to our dentist in Watton as simply routine and nothing to be feared.

children-teethWhy Milk Teeth Matter

Your child’s milk teeth not only give them an attractive smile, but enable them to learn to speak clearly so they can communicate easily and they will find it easy to eat a wide variety of foods. This is important for their general health as it will make it much easier for them to receive all the nutrients needed as they grow and develop. Milk teeth also help prepare the way for the adult teeth to erupt normally. They hold open the correct amount of space in the jaw so there is a far greater chance that their adult teeth will come through nicely aligned. If milk teeth are lost to soon, the remaining teeth can drift into the gaps, increasing the risk of adult teeth coming through crowded and crooked.

What to Expect during Your Child’s Initial Visits to Our Dental Practice

These initial visits to our dental practice enable our Watton dentist to check that your child’s teeth and jaws are developing nicely, but just as importantly they are a chance for you to chat to our friendly dental team. Patient education is a vital part of our dental practice and we are here to help you. We know it’s not always easy to brush a young child’s mouth but we can show you how to brush their teeth correctly in a way that will be easy for you both to cope with. Once their teeth come into contact you will need to begin flossing in between them, and again this is something that we can help you with.

During these visits we can also assess your child’s risk of tooth decay and will provide you with a preventative dental care plan designed to keep their milk teeth and eventually their adult teeth healthy and strong and free from disease. We can work with you to make sure their milk teeth remain healthy and if necessary any cavities can be filled or we can carry out a baby root canal treatments. Extraction is always the last resort.

What Can Be Done If My Child Needs to Have Their Milk Teeth Extracted?

If we do need to extract one or more of your child’s milk teeth then this might not be an issue if their adult teeth are due to erupt quite soon. However if their adult teeth are still quite a long way from emerging, we can hold open the correct amount of space in your child’s jaw using what’s called a space maintainer. This remains in place until the adult teeth are ready to come through.

If you’d like any more information about our children’s dentistry services then give us a call to talk to our friendly dental team on 01953 882777. You can also book an appointment online at www.ClarenceHousedental.co.uk.