April 30th, 2012
Knowing exactly how and when to start cleaning your child’s teeth can be confusing for some parents. However, the answer is simple and the moment teeth are present you should begin to clean them. When they are still very young a washcloth can be used, but as more teeth appear switch to a soft toothbrush designed for children.
Take special care while using toothpaste and only use a small smear for those under two and a pea size amount for over two year olds. Teach your child to spit out the toothpaste from an early age, as consuming fluoride can be harmful to children.
If there is a family history of tooth or mouth problems, or if your child sucks their thumbs, patients from Dukinfield and surrounding areas are recommended to bring their child into the practice sooner rather than later. It is also a good idea to bring along your child to the dentist before their own appointment, so they can grow accustomed to the strange surroundings.
Diet can play an important part in the health of your child’s teeth and gums. Make sure they do not eat too many sugar foods and that they clean their teeth afterwards. This is to help in the removal of bacteria from the teeth and gums.
The best way to ensure your child has good oral hygiene is to lead by example. This is because children at a young age will want to copy their parents and it instils the habit of good oral hygiene at an early age.
April 26th, 2012
Celebrities and cosmetic treatment go hand-in-hand, if you believe the gossip. There are some well-known examples who have taken it too far, but a lot of the time results are much more subtle. Cosmetic dentistry is popular with the stars as it can improve their appearance, make them look younger and keep their faces appearing in the magazines and on the big screen.
Many of the cosmetic dentistry treatments that celebrities use are available at Mossley Dental Care, where patients from Rochdale and nearby areas can take advantage of advanced options. Teen star Miley Cyrus and prominent figure Kate Middleton, the newest member of the Royal family, are rumoured to have had veneers; a set of perfect teeth that cover crooked and stained smiles. Both have been spotted with straight grins a few weeks after photographs showing their smiles quite differently.
Orthodontics may be able to achieve the same look, but only after months of wearing braces. As with many cosmetic procedures it is very easy to go too far – and there are several stars that have chosen veneers that are far too bright compared to their natural tooth colour and end up with smiles that look fake.
Dozens of celebrities appear to have had teeth whitening treatments at some point in their careers, as an appearance pick-me-up ahead of an important red carpet event. Everywhere these stars go they are expected to have dazzling grins. Many hip hop stars also choose gold teeth. Kanye West, for example, raised a few eyebrows when he revealed that he had his entire bottom set covered with veneers made of diamonds. However, we hope to help our patients do down a more discreet route in terms of cosmetic dentistry treatment.
April 24th, 2012
Orthodontic treatment is one of the most common forms of dentistry. Problems with crooked teeth and gaps may require braces if this affects the function or perhaps aesthetics of a smile. Teenagers can dread being told that they need braces, as many still imagine that they will have to spend years with ugly metal “train-tracks” stuck on their teeth. However, the orthodontic solutions available today are very different.
Whether the patient is a teenager or an adult patient, the problem is tooth gaps or crooked teeth, there are likely to be the same fears and concerns. Will orthodontic treatment hurt? Will the braces look ugly? How long will the treatment take? The thing about these concerns is that are often a fear of the unknown – or worse, a fear brought on by false horror stories spiralling around the school playground.
Modern braces available to patients from Stockport and surrounding vicinities are much more comfortable. Many are even designed to be virtually invisible. The trend today is towards removable aligners rather than fixed braces, so you can even take them out if you have a special occasion coming up. However, don’t be tempted to take them out too often or the treatment will take a lot longer than it should.
There are plenty of people who just have a general fear of the dentist – and their hearts are bound to sink when they hear that they need orthodontic treatment. Teeth straightening can involve several appointments to make sure things are progressing, but we are happy to help you overcome this anxiety. Please come and see one of the friendly team members at our practice and we will be happy to answer your questions, show you round the clinic and do what we can to make you feel more comfortable and relaxed.
April 19th, 2012
Regular dental check-ups are crucial for the prevention of problems associated with teeth and gums. Potential problems can be identified at the very onset and necessary treatment taken. It saves a lot of bother and inconvenience for patients in terms of pain and money. A comprehensive dental check-up invariably covers the mouth, head and neck areas to check everything is functioning as it should.
Such checks-ups should be commenced from childhood where problems such as crowding, missing or crooked teeth can be very early. This will enable a child’s healthy smile into adulthood if a healthy stance is maintained. This is also an opportunity to highlight any problems associated with a child’s diet and the effects of poor dental hygiene.
For most people, dental check-ups twice a year should suffice. But some people may need to go more often based on their oral health, genetic predisposition or if they have a weakened immune system. There are other factors that can cause a dental problem – things such as stress or illnesses can cause changes to the mouth and the development of an infection. Dentals check-ups also show any other underlying health problems, which can be addressed in good time.
Following a check-up, patients from Glossop and surrounding areas can benefit from oral care advice that specific to their oral health condition. This could include tips on cleaning, the proper use of dental floss and dietary advice. Furthermore, the dentist can provide advice on preventive treatment for common dental diseases. Some dental diseases do not show up in their early stages. However, a dentist can diagnose and provide appropriate treatment before it becomes a full blown problem.
April 17th, 2012
A number of options are available for patients in need of smile makeover treatment. Whether the issue you have is to do with gaps or crooked teeth, or simply overly stained teeth, there is sure to be a cosmetic dental solution that is right for you.
The main methods of smile makeovers include veneers, tooth whitening, invisible braces and dental implants. Without a doubt the most versatile option is porcelain veneers, which can be used to cover chips, cracks, crooked teeth, gaps in teeth and severe staining.
Tooth whitening has become very popular in recent years, with film stars and celebrities setting the trend. This is a perfect option if you are happy with the shape of your teeth but simply want them to appear whiter and brighter. In most cases a single session can make your smile up to 7 shades brighter.
Invisible braces are an option if the misalignment of the teeth is too severe to be covered up by veneers. This can be done via rear fitting braces or clear plastic aligners. Either way the outcome is the same; the average time to complete a treatment is around 12-24 months.
Dental implants can be used when a tooth is either missing or has to be completely removed. The benefit of having an implant is not just about aesthetics, as gum recession and bone loss are common issues of missing teeth that can be avoided with this treatment.
In order to work out the best solution you will need to have a discussion with a dentist. Patients from Stalybridge and surrounding areas are welcome to visit Mossley Dental Care to discuss treatment options. You can highlight what you want changed and we can provide the best options available.
April 14th, 2012
Cerec is an innovative new system which can save both dentists and visiting patients time. It involves the manufacture and fitting of ceramic false teeth, crowns and veneers in-practice on the same day. Mossley Dental Care is ecstatic to offer this fantastic treatment option, and it is already proving a big hit with our patients from Hyde and nearby areas.
Having a crown, false tooth or set of veneers fitted would normally take two appointments, but the Cerec system allows your dentist to take an impression and create a tooth restoration on-site based on bespoke measurements. This is a vast improvement on the traditional method in terms of treatment time, when the first appointment would be where measurements were taken and the second where the new tooth is fitted.
There is also no need to worry that quality has been sacrificed in the name of speed and convenience – the Cerec manufacturing system uses only the best quality ceramic, which is available in several different shades. This is so the dentist can match your false tooth as closely as possible to the natural colour of your smile. Ceramic is not only a tough, long-lasting material for false teeth, it has also been proven to be a healthier alternative to more established materials such as gold and other metals.
This system is increasing in popularity all the time, so if you want to see what all the fuss is about – or find out if Cerec is a suitable treatment option for your particular dental problem – make an appointment for a consultation with one of our friendly staff and we will be happy to help.
April 12th, 2012
Implant retained dentures are one of the most effective methods of securing false teeth in the mouth. Rather than the false tooth or teeth being anchored in position via the neighbouring teeth or a plate, a dental implant is fitted into the jawbone itself and is then used to secure the false tooth in place.
What are the advantages of implant retained dentures?
Aside from the false teeth being held in position more securely, implant retained dentures create a more natural-looking smile and can even help keep the jawbone healthy. A missing tooth can also cause the deterioration of the jawbone if left unfilled. The metal implant acts as a replacement root, keeping the jawbone healthy and strong.
Will the procedure hurt?
Having dental implants fitted usually takes place over two appointments. During the first session a local anaesthetic will be administered, before a drill is used to create a tiny hole in the jawbone for the screw to be fitted into. Once this has healed the patient will return after time to have the false tooth affixed to the implant. Although the procedure itself doesn’t hurt some patients have reported mild discomfort for a couple of days after the first stage, but this can usually be treated with over-the-counter painkillers.
How long do implants last?
Whereas false teeth attached via plates can become loose and uncomfortable, the presence of an implant means that this isn’t a problem. So long as you take good care of your teeth, there is every reason to expect that your implant retained dentures will last many years. They are an effective, stable means of replacing missing teeth for patients from Droylsden and around the UK.
April 10th, 2012
The role of a dental hygienist is to professionally clean a patient’s teeth, which is also referred to as scaling and polishing. In addition to the cleaning aspect a hygienist will also advise patients on how to keep their teeth free from plaque and bacteria.
The scaling is carried out with either an electronic scaler or an ultrasound cleaning device. This tool enables the hygienist to carefully remove the build up of plaque on each tooth. These tools can even clean below the gum line and are able to clean far better than any at home cleaning method. Patients from Denton and surrounding areas can easily benefit from this treatment.
The next step is the polishing, which is carried out to ensure no damage has occurred to the tooth’s enamel. The process may seem a little invasive to begin with, but it is an important part of oral health. There may be a part of your mouth that you cannot clean properly on your own, and this is where plaque will build up. If left untreated the build up will eventually cause problems such as tooth decay or gum disease.
During a visit to the hygienist a set of x-rays may be taken. This enables them to diagnose issues and plan the correct treatment with the patient. Regular visit to the hygienist are recommended, as this will help keep your mouth healthy and reduce the risk of tooth loss.
It is recommended that a professional cleaning be carried out every 6-9 months and at the very least it should be done once a year.
April 5th, 2012
Dental implants replace a lost tooth with an artificial one, a treatment that is normally available to most dental patients. However, certain health conditions such as diabetes, smoking or alcohol abuse can adversely affect the healing process of dental implants – so a careful evaluation of your health history will be needed before treatment can begin.
Dental implants typically fuse with the bone, making it as strong as a natural tooth and root. A careful evaluation of the jawbone will be required to check if there is enough bone density to receive the implant. Wear and tear resulting from years of using dentures may result in insufficient bone levels to support the implants. In such cases a different procedure needs to be adapted, which strengthens the jawbone to provide a strong foundation.
Besides the bone the gums will also have to be in a good enough condition, with sufficient tissue to support the implant. In cases where the patient is showing signs of gum disease, this will need to be addressed before the implant process can go ahead.
The procedure for dental implants is more invasive than some other cosmetic dental treatments, but the level of experience of Mossley Dental Care’s team ensures patients from Hyde and nearby areas receive only the highest levels of treatment.
Dental implants are not advised during pregnancy or if there are signs of gum diseases. Severe cases of diabetes will also need to be brought under control to aid the healing process required after dental implants. Smokers will need to abstain before and after the procedure as it can impair the healing process.
April 3rd, 2012
There are certain behavioural patterns that have a direct impact on the condition of a person’s teeth. Though it is often advised to brush teeth after every meal, most people relegate it to the morning and evenings, while a significant number choose to brush just once a day. The intervening period is enough for the enzymes in the mouth to react with the food particles and form an acid, which is strong enough to penetrate the tooth enamel and cause cavities and other associated problems.
Snacking between meals also provides fertile ground for dental problems to manifest; particularly when these snacks are foods rich in carbohydrates and sugar, which further aggravates the problem. Every intake of food should be followed with a good cleaning of the mouth to remove any food particles. If brushing after every snack or meal is not a practical option, then the mouth should at least be rinsed with water.
Some people enjoy sipping a soft drink slowly, but this can allow the sugar content to form acids, which are potentially harmful to the teeth. Stretching the length of time you drink means there is a steady production of acid in the mouth, which results in a constant assault on the teeth.
Behaviour, habits and tendencies all play an important role in our dental health. Dental education is essential if good oral health and healthy smiles are to be maintained. Patients from Dukinfield and surrounding areas can visit Mossley Dental Care to have their teeth looked at and learn about improved dental behaviour.