Bleeding gums are one of the most common signs of gum disease. If you’re worried about gum disease, here are five things you can to stop bleeding gums.
- Practice good oral hygiene: good oral hygiene is the best form of defence against plaque, the main cause of gum disease. Brush your teeth twice a day every day and floss to reduce the risk of gum disease.
- Attend regular check-ups: if you haven’t been to the dentist for a while, now is the time to get in touch. Dentists are trained to spot the early warning signs of gum disease and decay and they can address any problems before they become more advanced.
- Stop smoking: smoking is a risk factor for gum disease because it reduces blood flow to the gums. We know that it’s not easy to quit, but we’re here to help if you’re keen to try and give up.
- Be mouth aware: gum disease is relatively easy to manage if it is diagnosed at an early stage. If you know what signs to look out for, this will enable you to seek help at a time when it’s possible to prevent permanent damage. Look out for swollen, bleeding and sore gums and see your dentist if you are worried or you notice changes in your gums.
- Eat well: your diet is really important for your oral health, so try and increase your intake of nutrients, fibre and vitamins and keep an eye on sugar consumption. If you need advice about healthy eating, simply give us a call or talk to your dentist at your next appointment.
At The Frederick Dental Clinic, we appreciate that some of our patients are very nervous about having dental treatment or even setting foot in a dental surgery. We have a highly-trained team made up of caring and compassionate individuals and we use advanced techniques and modern equipment to make the treatment process as hassle and pain-free as possible. We are here to help you relax and soothe your nerves and we hope that we can banish your fears for good.
How we can help to soothe dental nerves
Dental anxiety is one of the most common fears among adults. At The Frederick Dental Clinic, we aim to make all our patients feel comfortable and calm and we offer treatment under sedation for anxious patients. Sedation is not the same as general anaesthetic and you won’t lose consciousness. If you want to, you will be able to speak to your dentist during the procedure. You will feel drowsy and sleepy and you won’t experience any pain when you are sedated. After treatment, it can take a few hours for the effects of the sedative to wear off completely, and we recommend bringing somebody with you so that they can take you home. Sedation is widely used in medicine and dentistry and it can help patients to feel relaxed before and after treatment.
If you are nervous about having dental treatment, our team will be happy to discuss options, including sedation, with you. Sedation is often recommended for long or more complex procedures and it can help to ensure that you remain relaxed throughout.
If you’re an anxious patient, we are here to help. We have extensive experience in caring for nervous patients and we’ll do everything we can to ensure that you feel safe in our hands.
Are you searching for an alternative to fixed braces? If so, Invisalign may be the ideal option. Here are four reasons why Invisalign is a clear favourite:
- Aesthetics: many people want straight teeth without having to worry about the impact wearing braces will have on the way they look. With Invisalign clear braces, you can undergo treatment without even telling anybody that you’ve got braces. The aligners are made from clear plastic, and they’re virtually impossible to spot when you smile.
- Convenience: it’s natural to be anxious about the impact of wearing braces on your diet and your daily routine. With Invisalign aligners, you can enjoy maximum convenience, as you can remove the braces when you want to eat, drink or clean your teeth.
- Comfort: Invisalign uses gentle forces to realign and reposition the teeth and there are no metal parts or bands that need tightening or adjusting.
- Confidence: many people are worried that wearing braces will affect their confidence as a result of changes to their image or the opinions of others. With clear braces, you can smile with confidence throughout your treatment.
If you like the sound of Invisalign and you’re keen to find out if it would be a good match for you, call us now and make an appointment. This could be just the treatment you’ve been looking for!
If you’re in need of a filling, and you’re searching for an aesthetically-pleasing, environmentally-friendly alternative to mercury amalgam fillings, you’ve come to the right place. At the Frederick Dental Clinic, we offer tooth-coloured fillings, which can restore and protect your tooth without impacting on the look of your smile.
About tooth-coloured fillings
Tooth-coloured fillings are also known as white or composite fillings. These fillings, which are designed to blend in seamlessly with the rest of the tooth, are made from a mixture of dental composite and resins. Composite is a material that comes in many different tooth-coloured shades. Your dentist will select the shade that represents the closest match to your natural tooth colour to achieve flawless results. Once the filling is in place, you won’t be able to spot it when you smile.
White fillings are very popular for their aesthetic benefits, but they also offer a safer and more environmentally-friendly alternative to mercury amalgam fillings.
Why would I need a filling?
Fillings are used to fill cavities, which are holes in the teeth. If you leave a cavity, harmful bacteria can penetrate further into the tooth, increasing the risk of further infection. Filling the cavity reduces the risk of a spread of infection and it also strengthens and protects the tooth.
The treatment process
Having a filling is nothing to worry about. The tooth will be numbed before the procedure, so you won’t feel any pain and the process takes less than an hour. Before the cavity is filled, your dentist will clean out the hole, removing any decayed tissue. They will then etch the surface and apply bonding material, which will facilitate adhesion. The composite is then poured into the cavity and shaped to fit the hole perfectly. A light source is then used to set the composite so that it becomes firm. The final step is to trim the filling.
We can provide both new and replacement filings. If you have mercury fillings and you’re keen to replace them with white fillings, get in touch today!
At this time of year, when you’re rushed off your feet, there’s nothing more important than a good night’s sleep. If snoring is disturbing the peace, we can help.
What causes snoring?
Snoring is very common. In the majority of cases, snoring is a temporary issue that is related to illness (coughs and colds), allergies, drinking or sleeping on your back instead of your side. Snoring can also be linked to being overweight and smoking. If you snore every now and again, this is completely normal, but if you snore on a regular basis, it may be time to try and do something about it. Snoring may not necessarily affect you, but it may be impacting the people around you. If you’re tired of lying awake at night or you’re a snorer and you don’t want any more disagreements about keeping others up, why not get in touch with our expert team?
How we can help snoring
Snoring can be a sign that your body isn’t getting enough oxygen when you sleep. To prevent this, we can provide you with a device known as the Silensor, which is designed to improve air flow while you sleep. This plastic appliance, which is moulded to fit your teeth, pulls the lower jaw forward slightly, opening up the airways and enabling more oxygen to flow. The Silensor isn’t painful or uncomfortable and it will help you (and your partner) to sleep silently though the night. We can also offer advice about making lifestyle changes that may have a positive impact.
If you live with a snorer, or your snoring is causing unrest at home, call us today!
Are you keen to add a little extra shimmer and sparkle to your smile this winter? If so, we have some exceptional treatments available at the Frederick Dental Clinic. Here are 3 ways we can make your pearly whites glisten this Christmas:
- Tooth whitening: if your smile is looking a little drab and dull, we have the perfect solution. Our home whitening system is convenient, effective and completely safe. To achieve amazing results, all you have to do is wear customised trays for around 6 hours per day. These bespoke trays contain whitening agent, which lightens the enamel on contact. It takes just 10-14 days to create beautiful, white smiles.
- Dental hygiene: our diets, lifestyle habits and general wear and tear can take their toll on our teeth. If your teeth are looking a little off-colour, a dental hygiene session could be just the tonic. Dental hygienists are trained in providing intensive cleaning treatments, which remove surface stains and plaque and give your smile a stunning radiant glow. Dental hygiene services are designed to improve the aesthetic of the smile, but they can also be incredibly beneficial for your oral health.
- Veneers: if you long for a flawless smile this winter, veneers may be an ideal choice. Veneers are ultra-fine shells, which can be made from composite or porcelain. They are placed over the top of the teeth or bonded to the tooth surface to create a brand new smile. You may benefit from veneers if you have worn, uneven, chipped or stained teeth.
If you like the sound of these terrific treatments, why not get in touch with us today?
It is very common for patients to come to us with a desire to achieve straight teeth without the hassle or embarrassment of wearing visible braces. Many people don’t want to wear fixed braces that can clearly be seen when they smile, and with Invisalign, you no longer have to worry about the aesthetic impact of having orthodontic treatment. Invisalign is an invisible aligner system, which can give you a gorgeous straight smile without anyone even realising that you’re wearing a brace.
The ins and outs of Invisalign
Invisalign is a removable aligner system, which uses a series of bespoke clear braces to gently reposition and align the teeth. Each aligner is worn for 2 weeks and there is a specific order, which is determined by software that accurately predicts the movement of the teeth. Invisalign aligners are made entirely from transparent plastic and once they are in place on the teeth, it’s virtually impossible to spot them.
Invisalign treatment is different to many other orthodontic systems because a series of appliances is used to move the teeth. Each patient receives a supply of custom-made braces, which are worn in sequence. The aligners are removable, and you should take them out to brush your teeth, eat and drink. Ideally, Invisalign aligners should be worn for at least 21-22 hours per day for the best results.
Can You Benefit from Invisalign
Invisalign is a versatile treatment option, which caters for patients with a wide range of minor and moderate orthodontic issues. Invisalign is particularly beneficial for patients who are looking for an invisible solution, which won’t impact on their daily life. With Invisalign, it’s very easy to incorporate treatment into your daily schedule, as you can take the aligners out to eat and clean your teeth.
If you’re interested in Invisalign and you’d like to see if you’re a good candidate for treatment, why not ring us and book a consultation? We can have a good look at your bite and give you some more information about the system and how it works.
Christmas is coming, and what better time of year to treat yourself? If you’ve spent the last few weeks shopping for gifts for others, now is the time to spoil yourself. If you’re looking for a unique treat that will keep on giving, why not consider one of these amazing dental treatments?
- Tooth whitening: do you dream of a bright, beautiful smile? If your teeth are a little discoloured or they’ve lost their sparkle, we can help! Tooth whitening treatment is a safe and effective way to spruce up your smile and make you feel more confident this Christmas. We offer convenient home whitening treatment, which whitens your teeth without impacting on your daily routine.
- Veneers: if you have chipped, worn or stained teeth and you’re looking for a solution, look no further than veneers. Veneers are tooth-shaped shells, which are applied to the surface of the teeth to create a stunning smile. We offer Empress composite veneers, which are a cheaper and faster alternative to porcelain veneers.
- White fillings: if you dread posing for photos or looking in the mirror and catching a glimpse of black fillings, we will be happy to make your Christmas dreams come true and replace any old metal fillings you have with pristine, aesthetically-pleasing white fillings.
- Cosmetic braces: if all you want for Christmas is straight teeth, we have good news! Our range of cosmetic braces offers solutions for patients looking for speedy results and discreet aesthetics.
- Dental implants: do you have a missing tooth? If so, you may be searching for a long-term replacement. Implants offer lifelike aesthetics and results that will last for many years.
If you’re dreaming of a beautiful smile this Christmas, why not give us a call and book a consultation today?
If you have bad breath, you probably feel very self-conscious about going on dates or having one to one meetings at work. Bad breath is a very common issue, but it can be treated very easily. If you have bad breath, call us and make an appointment. Once we’ve tackled the problem, we recommend following these simple steps to keep bad breath at bay:
- Good oral hygiene: keeping your mouth clean is the best way to prevent bad breath. Most cases of bad breath occur as a result of a build-up of bacteria in the mouth, most commonly at the back of the tongue. When you brush, take care to cover every surface of each tooth and clean the tongue. You can do this with a normal brush or a tongue scraper. Spend at least 2 minutes brushing your teeth every morning and evening and use floss or inter-dental brushes to clean between the teeth.
- Avoiding certain foods: many people find that they develop bad breath after eating certain foods. If this sounds familiar, keep a food diary to enable you to ascertain which foods you react negatively to. You can then avoid triggers or ensure you have your toothbrush with you if you don’t want to give up some of your favourite foods.
- Chewing sugar-free gum: chewing gum stimulates saliva production, which cleanses the mouth and removes bacteria and food debris. Sugar-free gum can also freshen up your mouth and neutralise strong odours after eating.
Most of us know that brushing our teeth can help ward off evil dental diseases, but have you given much thought to the role your diet plays? Your diet is incredibly important when it comes to protecting your teeth and gums. If you’re looking to boost your oral health, here are 4 ways changing your diet could benefit your teeth and gums:
- Avoiding snacking: how often you graze between meals? Snacking is one of the most dangerous habits when it comes to oral health. When you eat, your enamel becomes softer temporarily and at this point, there’s a higher risk of erosion and decay. If you’re always eating, this means that your teeth are under constant attack. Instead of snacking, have three larger main meals. Go for something hearty such as porridge, whole grain cereal or poached eggs on brown bread for breakfast to keep you full until lunchtime.
- Reducing your sugar intake: do you know how much sugar you consume in an average day? If you don’t, you may be surprised if you use an app or a food diary to track your intake. Many of us consume far more than the recommended daily guidelines (around 30g or 7-8 teaspoons for adults) without even realising. If you’re worried that you consume too much sugar, try and reduce your intake by swapping fizzy drinks for sugar-free cordial or water, cutting down on sugary treats and avoiding adding sugar to hot drinks and breakfast cereals.
- Avoiding acidic foods and drinks: acidic foods and drinks are harmful for your teeth because the acids wear away the protective enamel coating. Use a straw when you’re drinking and dilute juices. Take care with salad dressings and vinegar-based sauces and try and moderate your intake of wine and fizzy drinks. Even diet drinks can be bad for your teeth due to their pH value.
- Increasing your calcium intake: we often tend to focus our attention on foods that are bad for our teeth, but it’s also beneficial to pay attention to foods that are good for your teeth. Calcium helps to build strong, healthy teeth, so make sure you hit your RDA of 700-1000mg. Good sources of calcium include milk, cheese and yoghurts, tofu, soya beans and leafy green vegetables.