Did you know that your should never share your toothbrush with anyone? Here at Alexandra Dental Care in Swadlincote we often see patients for routine dental hygiene appointments as well as those who need additional care to manage gum disease. We are happy to help them on their journey to excellent oral health and to see the results of healthy gums and teeth.
To give you our overview of dental hygiene, along with some handy tips, we have created an infographic.
Simply scroll down to see the full infographic, and use the zoom tools to make it larger or smaller.
Dr Yogi Savania of Alexandra Dental Care takes a closer look
Having worked in the dental profession for many years now, we have heard many different reasons why people haven’t been to see a dentist for a long time, before being forced to because of a painful toothache. Some of these reasons may be legitimate for a short period of time, such as illnesses. Unfortunately, all too often, these ‘temporary breaks’ last for much longer than initially intended. Especially where there are no obvious problems, such as a painful tooth, it can be all too easy to presume that everything is OK, so why bother to see their local dentist?
Unfortunately, even where the patient may not notice any problems, it is possible that decay or other issues such as gum diseases could be starting, potentially with more serious longer-term consequences such as periodontitis. With this in mind, we take a look at some of the reasons that people occasionally give for not seeing a dentist, and also our replies and recommendations.
I’m terrified of the dentist
Dental anxiety is a major reason why some people don’t see a dentist and may be founded on a bad experience when they were younger. Dental practices have changed dramatically over the years though and, if you haven’t been for some time, we feel that you will likely be surprised at the difference. Dentists are now generally more aware of and sympathetic to nervous patients and will treat you as gently as possible. It is important to remember that, by not seeing a dentist on a regular basis, it is almost certain that you will eventually need to have more extensive treatment than if you had regular care. We do offer sedation for our more nervous patients, so please do ask us about this so that you can access essential dental care.
It’s too expensive
‘The best things in life are free’, as the saying goes, but unfortunately this does not apply to dental care. Like all businesses, we need to cover the costs of years of training and modern dental equipment to allow us to maintain a high-quality service. At Alexandra Dental Care, we have taken time to seek out the best payment plans for our patients, and these can be used to help you to spread costs over a longer period of time. These can also be used for cosmetic treatments, as well as routine dentistry.
I hate the sound of the drill
Here at Alexandra Dental Care our practice ethos is based on the whole team being dedicated to providing you with the very best in dental care.
Since principal dentists George & Yogi took over the practice in 1996 our aim has been to deliver the highest level of patient care and dentistry on a relaxed and friendly environment. We are proud to serve our community in Swadlincote and we love helping our patients to have optimal oral health, which is strongly linked to general health.
Here are just a few things our patients have said about our team and our practice:
- – “I am someone who suffers with generalised anxiety and after a bad experience with a hygienist at another practice, I avoided visiting the dentist for literally years! My partner is a patient here and after some gentle persuasion, I realized my teeth wouldn’t take care of themselves and made the phone call. From my very first phone contact I received understanding and reassurance, which gave me the confidence to make an appointment for a check up. In the space of a month, I have now visited three times, even seeing the hygienist! All of the staff are so lovely and approachable and Yogi is clearly very knowledgeable and experienced in his field of work. In such a short space of time my fear of the dentist has been completely eradicated and I honestly cannot recommend this practice highly enough. Thank you so much.”
This could well be an early warning sign of something more serious warns dentist, Dr Vishal Rana.
We may not think about our teeth a great deal of the time, and generally, we probably sail along with our regular routine of brushing our teeth twice a day and paying a visit to our local dentist every six months or so. This is definitely a good start for anyone wishing to have a healthy mouth. Other than this though, unless we break a tooth, or have a toothache in between, we probably don’t think much about our teeth and gums at all.
To make sure that our mouth remains healthy, we would like to take this opportunity to remind patients of Alexandra Dental Care to be aware of anything that seems unusual in the oral cavity at any time. Some of these may be harmless and have a logical explanation. Sometimes though, they may be early warnings of trouble ahead. Early intervention, where appropriate, can mean the difference between a minor procedure and one that is more extensive. Where medical treatment is necessary, starting it early can make a big difference to the outcome.
In today’s post, we look at some of the unusual signs that we would recommend you have checked out at our dental practice in Swadlincote, near Ashby.
This is probably one of the better known issues, thanks to regular advertisements for gum disease toothpastes on TV. The presence of blood in your saliva when you spit after cleaning your teeth, is never a good sign. There are occasions where this may happen because your brush has a sharp edge or even if you floss incorrectly. Generally though, if this happens more than once, you should allow us to examine your mouth.
One likely cause of bleeding gums is gingivitis. This can usually be managed quite well if treated early on, and is often reversible. However, advanced gum disease is much more serious so we do urge you to contact us if your gums have started to bleed when you clean your teeth.
Soft tissue soreness
Here at Alexandra Dental Care we often see patients who are unhappy about the alignment or positioning of their teeth. Over the years we have helped many people to feel confident again about the appearance of their teeth with the help of modern teeth straightening systems such as Invisalign, Six Month Smiles and Inman Aligner.
To show you some of the results our patients have seen with their teeth, we want to share a recent case with you. This patient was unhappy about the alignment of her teeth. She felt that her two front teeth were prominent and her back teeth were in standing so the treatment she chose was Invisalign.
Our facial aesthetics team member, Dr Usha Sirdevi, addresses some common questions.
Quite a few of the patients who come to Alexandra Dental Care, curious as to what our facial aesthetics treatments can offer, understandably ask questions about Botox and dermal fillers. Most of these questions are about Botox, perhaps due to the publicity it has received in the media over the years.
To help patients make an informed choice as to whether these treatments are suitable for them, we attempt to answer some of these questions below. It is important to remind patients though, that they will need to have a consultation with us, prior to any treatment being given. This is also a great opportunity for our Ashby and Swadlincote patients to ask us any other questions that they may have.
Are anti-wrinkle treatments dangerous?
Whilst anti-wrinkle products are made from purified natural “toxins”, they are used in very small, safe quantities. We can assure all of our patients that the amount used in our anti wrinkle treatments is minimal, and our experienced facial aesthetics team will ensure that the procedure is carried out safely.
Will it make me look strange?
No doubt, patients that ask this question are referring to some of the stories they have seen in the media about the inability to smile, or the now infamous ‘trout pout’, following a treatment. In nearly all cases, these procedures will either have been carried out by an inexperienced or even unqualified practitioner. Alternatively, money may have persuaded some to carry out ‘extreme’ modifications. This will not happen at Alexandra Dental Care. You will be told what results can be expected and we also reserve the right to refuse any treatment which we feel is inappropriate or potentially dangerous.
Does it hurt?
Does having straighter teeth feel like an impossible dream to you? You might be thinking that it will be too expensive, too uncomfortable and take too long. Here at Alexandra Dental Care we offer patients teeth straightening solutions to suit different budgets and lifestyles. We use Invisalign, Six Month Smiles plus Inman Aligner. You may have heard of some of these before and we would be happy to explain how they work in detail at your next appointment 01283 216347.
The term we use to describe the effective long-term solution to straightening your teeth and correcting your bite is orthodontics. Orthodontics focuses on aligning and straightening teeth using wires and brackets that apply a gentle force to the teeth to guide them into a particular position. The discipline has advanced over decades and today treatment is a lot shorter and more comfortable than it was in the past. Our team member Dr Yogi Savania have trained and qualified and treated many patients to deliver orthodontic treatment to a high standard at Alexandra Dental Care.
What to expect from treatment
Here is an overview of the teeth straightening process:
Seeking prompt treatment to restore a damaged or infected tooth.
Whilst there might be some confusion as to what actually constitutes a dental emergency; in our view it would be anything where prompt treatment is required. This is sometimes obvious, such as when a tooth has been badly damaged in an accident, but may also include things like a toothache, where the pain is causing a great deal of suffering. Our experienced receptionists will discuss your problem when you ring for an emergency appointment, and will prioritise your appointment accordingly. Where we possibly can, we will see all emergency dental patients on the same day. More severe cases will, naturally, be given priority.
Making a dental appointment is the first thing that you should do when damage or pain occurs. Unless you have also received a head trauma, you should not call 999 as this is for serious emergencies only.
Managing the pain
Once you have made your appointment at Alexandra Dental Care, the next thing you should do is to keep yourself as comfortable as possible, and not cause any further damage to the tooth.
In most cases, your normal painkiller will be sufficient to ease any discomfort to a manageable level, until your appointment time. If the tooth is very painful though, your local pharmacist may be able to suggest something more appropriate.
If the tooth is broken, it is important that you try to keep the remaining tooth structure as intact as possible. This could, potentially, make all the difference between having a filling or a dental crown, or even having the tooth extracted. Avoid eating hard foods and avoid using that tooth altogether. As the enamel will almost certainly have been damaged, you are likely to notice an increased sensitivity and we recommend avoiding very hot or cold food or drinks.
Pain can be very distracting, especially where it comes in short, and often unexpected, bursts. Because of this, we recommend that you avoid doing anything that might be dangerous if you are distracted. Driving or operating certain types of machinery are cases in point. Because of this, it may be necessary to take time from work until your treatment has been carried out.
Here at Alexandra Dental Care our practice ethos is based on providing the very best in dental healthcare to our patients. With this in mind, we wanted to create a dental practice that makes dental care as accessible as possible to all our patients. Our practice membership plan offers patients a great way to spread costs over monthly payments and the benefits include:
Every six months, our member are entitled to-
- – A dental appointment, including a clinical examination, checks for signs or oral cancer and routine xrays.
- – A hygiene appointment to provide a full clean of the teeth and gums and advice on how to keep your mouth healthy.
- – 20% discount on any laboratory-based treatments required, i.e. crowns, bridges and dentures.
- – 20% discount on any fillings.
- – 20% discount on any other treatments such as extractions etc.
- – 20% discount on additional hygiene care.
- – 10% discount on oral hygiene products purchased at the practice.
- – Worldwide Dental Trauma Assistance to protect against the cost of unforeseen accidental damage.
- – Emergency Callout Assistance should you need a dentist in an emergency, anywhere in the world.
- – Redundancy protection for your monthly payments up to 12 month.
Some common errors you might be making with your brushing routine.
It can’t be said often enough, how important it is to clean your teeth well, both morning and night. This is the bedrock of good oral health care and, along with dentist and hygienist visits, provides the essentials necessary to keep your teeth and gums in good health.
Hopefully, we have covered many aspects of this daily routine in some of our other Alexandra Dental Care blogs. In today’s post, we also take a look at some of the aspects of your bathroom care that you may not have even have thought about.
Never share your toothbrush
Your toothbrush is YOUR toothbrush. It doesn’t matter how close you are to another person, you should never share your toothbrush with them. Colds, flu viruses and other diseases are easily spread if you do this. Even if you are on holiday and have forgotten your brush, don’t share anyone else’s. Simply brush your teeth using toothpaste on a soft cloth and buy a new toothbrush as soon as possible.
Take your time – brush diligently
Whether we are running late for work or very tired at bedtime, there is always an excuse to give your teeth the most cursory brushing. Although our mouth may feel fresher after a twenty second brush, it will not remove the food and bacteria that can lead to decay and gum disease. You should brush for at least two minutes each time. It really is a small price to pay for healthy teeth.
Don’t spit after brushing