White Spots? Need a solution? Look no further!

No drilling, no pain, no unnecessary damage of healthy tooth structure.

Modern dentistry is focused on prevention by encouraging a healthy oral hygiene routine at home and by advising our patients of the need to visit a dental professional as often as their dental health requires which is usually 6-12 monthly.

In early stages, caries can be treated with fluoride. As caries deepen and progress the need for a filling may become necessary. Even in proximal areas (in between teeth) this means sacrificing healthy tooth structure to reach the infected lesion.

Caries infiltration with Icon builds a bridge between prevention and minimally invasive therapy methods. Infiltration with the highly fluid resin enables an innovative treatment of incipient proximal caries as well as smooth surface white spots which can occur following the removal of orthodontic brackets.

How does it work?

Take a look at this short video to see how Icon can help you:

To book your consultation with one of our experienced team please call, email or contact us via our website.

4 Calling Birds, 3 French Hens, 2 Turtle Doves and a 6MS Sharne!!

 

So, I almost getting to the end of my six-month smile journey and I am over the MOON!!!

On the 14th December I will have been wearing my braces for exactly 5 months and the time has flown by!

At the start of my treatment I was made aware of the risks involved and that my crowding on the lower teeth may prove to be a difficult case but instead of extracting any teeth we tried the six month smile hoping it would work miracles…… guess what it did!!!

After the 5 months of wearing the braces I can safely say that I have no regrets other than I wish I had done this sooner.  Like every treatment it had its tough times and the adjustment appointments can be sore but with a great team they are done quickly and are over before you know it. I did find that after an adjustment appointment my teeth would be tender but for only a day or so and the more my teeth have moved the less discomfort I have at each appointment.

The new Curaprox Ortho range……

……..Is amazing! The manual toothbrushes are great as they have a small line of bristles in the middle to adapt brushing around the brackets and the single tufted brushes help getting into the gaps a larger toothbrush just won’t reach.

I am now looking forward to finishing my treatment and moving on to wearing retainers ?

Until next time – Merry Christmas!!!

Sharne the Selfie Elfie xxxxxx

 

A life saving check – in 45 seconds!

During each and every examination our dental professionals will examine for signs of mouth cancer. There is a simple routine you can carry out at home which is very quick and could be life saving. Please share this blog with your friends and family too – they may be unaware of the signs.

Head and Neck – Look at both sides of your neck, do they look the same? Look for any lumps, bumps or swellings that are only on one side.

Neck – Feel and press along the sides and front of your neck. Is there any tenderness or lumps?

Lips – Pull down the lower lip and look inside for any sores or changes in colour. Then use your forefinger to feel the lip for lumps, bumps or changes in texture. Repeat on the upper lip.

Cheek – Use your finger to pull out your cheek so that you can see inside. Not opening so wide allows you to pull your cheek out a little further. Look for red, white or dark patches. Put your index finger inside your cheek and your thumb on the outside. Gently squeeze and roll the cheek to check for any lumps, tenderness or ulcers. Repeat on the other cheek.

Roof of your mouth – Tilt your head back and use a mirror to look for any change in colour. Run your finger across the roof of your mouth to feel for any lumps.

Tongue – Stick out your tongue and look at the surface in a mirror for any changes in colour or texture. Gently pull out your tongue holding it with a handkerchief or gauze and look at one side first then the other side. Look for any swelling, change in colour or ulcers. Put your tongue up to the roof of your mouth and use the mirror to look for swellings or ulcers.

Floor of your mouth – Look at the floor of your mouth (under your tongue) in the mirror. Look for any colour or texture changes. Press your finger along the floor of your mouth to feel for any lumps or tenderness.

November is Mouth Cancer Action Month A dedicated month-long campaign to raise awareness of mouth cancer. Our team is taking part in a 10km walk in Hyde Park in London to raise money for the Mouth Cancer Foundation. You can sponsor us in the clinic or via our Just Giving page:

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/trinitydental 

Thank you for your support 🙂

Bleeding – What to do

Bleeding Gums

Recent research shows that many people stop or do not floss or use inter dental cleaning as their teeth bleed. Commonly the same complaint occurs with daily brushing. These affects people daily.

This usually puts anyone off brushing harder or more thoroughly however this is in fact the opposite to what your teeth need. Our gums should be pink, firm and secure the teeth in place.

Gum disease is not always painful and this is when it is not recognised early enough to rectify.

The first stage of gum disease is called gingivitis. The common signs for this are swollen red gums and bleeding when brushing and flossing.

If this goes untreated the gingivitis advances into periodontal disease. This is when the soft tissues are affected and the following symptoms appear,

  • Bad breath
  • Unpleasant taste in the mouth
  • Loose teeth and difficulty to eat
  • Gum abscesses

It is important to seek advice from your dentist or hygienist as soon as you suspect these symptoms with regular appointments and improved home oral care this can be reversed. If this is left or ignored bone loss can occur and this can cause extensive dental work being required.

Pester Power – Do you give in?

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According to new research, British parents give in to pester power for unhealthy snacks, a shocking 21 times a week on average – that’s 1,092 times each year!
 
The survey commissioned by Yazoo No Added Sugar milk drinks, found the average parent hears the words “I’m hungry” from their children nine times a day, with chocolate emerging as the snack children pester for the most, followed by sweets, crisps, biscuits and sugary drinks.
 
According to the poll, if parents do attempt to withhold sweets from their offspring, 40 per cent are rewarded with a strop, a further 31 per cent are hit by name-calling and tantrums– and 28 per cent can expect tears and a complete meltdown.
 
The majority (86 per cent) of parents admit to giving in FIVE times a day to pester power, with a quarter (22 per cent) saying they just do it for an “easy life”.
 
A further 67 per cent regularly bribe their children with sweets in return for good behaviour.
 
A spokesperson from Yazoo Milk Drinks who commissioned the research says: “It can be really difficult to find snacks and drinks that kids will enjoy but that also taste good. Parents shouldn’t beat themselves up, offering a treat to top tummies up until tea time is normal, but it’s always better if it has some nutritional value too. That’s why we’ve launched a new range of No Added Sugar milk drinks which not only taste great and have no added sweeteners but provide kids with essential nutrients like calcium, protein and vitamin B2 whilst keeping them full.”
 
Mums and dads endure six food-related battles a day with the average parent giving in to pester power from their children after five minutes on average.
 
The majority (67 per cent) claimed that even though they have tried to feed their children healthier snacks, their children simply refuse to eat alternatives such as fruit, yoghurt, olives, carrot sticks or dried fruit.
 
Meanwhile, 46 per cent of adults admitted that before they became a parent they thought they would be tougher on their children than they actually are.

Mouth Cancer Action Month November 2016

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This November Trinity Dental will be supporting the oral health foundation in informing our patients and the local community on the importance of preventing mouth cancer.

We all know someone who has been affected by this heart-breaking illness and the statistics keep increasing. In the last year 6,767 have been diagnosed with mouth cancer in the UK – an increase of more than a third compared to a decade ago.

Sadly, more than 1,800 people have lost their lives in the UK to mouth cancer every year. Those who are diagnosed with mouth cancer are more likely to die than those who are diagnosed with cervical or melanoma skin cancer.

These ever-rising statistics can be prevented by catching mouth cancer in the early stages and recognising the signs.

Mouth cancer can appear in various different forms and it is important to regularly attend dental check-ups where your clinician can monitor your mouth every 6 months detecting any changes.

We advise seeing your clinician every six months unless advised otherwise and this is because the checks carried out are accurate and they can see the areas you cannot check yourself.

If your clinician was to detect a suspicious area they would then refer you to a consultant who would investigate further. If mouth cancer is caught early on the chances of a cure is good. Most people who have been diagnosed with mouth cancer have been to visit their clinician or doctor to late.

Throughout this month we will be raising awareness to the risk factors and signs and symptoms of mouth cancer whilst encouraging people to visit a dental professional on a regular basis.

With your help, we can start to fight back and beat Cancer!!

Oral Cancer – Be in the know!

Oral cancer is one of the most unrecognised cancers that can be caught and treated if the symptoms are recognised at the early stages.

The statistics for this are shocking. Since 2013 there has been 7591 new cases detected and from 2012 there has been a saddening 2119 deaths from this.

Here at Trinity Dental we are passionate about our patients and screening for oral cancer is vital. Whether you book for an examination or a hygiene treatment the clinician will carry out the screening and eliminate all possibilities.

Oral cancer can be a result of many causes and can be prevented through certain life style changes,

  • Smoking. Mouth cancer is just one cancer which has a much higher incidence in smokers than in non-smokers
  • Alcohol. Drinking a lot of alcohol can increase your risk of developing mouth cancer
  • Chewing tobacco or the betal leaf
  • Poor dental hygiene
  • Dietary factors (eating a well-balanced diet – high in fruits, vegetables and fish and low in high-fat and cholesterol meats, rice and refined grains – can reduce the risk of oral cancer)

The signs and symptoms of oral cancer are not always apparent and these need to be checked by a professional if you have any doubts!

  • White patches anywhere in your mouth (leukoplakia)
  • Red patches anywhere in your mouth (erythroplakia)
  • A lump on the lip, tongue or in the mouth or throat
  • Unusual bleeding or numbness in the mouth
  • Pain when chewing or swallowing
  • A feeling that something is caught in the throat
  • Unusual bleeding or numbness in the mouth
  • Loose teeth or dentures feeling uncomfortable and not fitting properly
  • A change in your voice, or speech problems
  • Weight loss
  • A lump in the neck
  • If the cancer spreads to other parts of the body, various other symptoms can develop

Sadly, this life threatening disease is on the rise.

Help us to fight back and lower these statistics for the future!

Happy 40th Birthday National Smile Month!

This is a dedicated charity campaign to promote the importance of a healthy smile by raising the awareness of important health issues. With the support of this campaign we work together to improve the oral health of millions of people throughout the UK making a positive difference.

The campaign has been running since the 1970’s by creating opportunities for supporters, organisations, schools and workplaces to get involved by hosting games and competitions as well as educating on how the failure of oral health can also lead to systemic illnesses and diseases throughout the body and does not only affect the mouth if neglected.

We are passionate about working with our local community to promote the three key messages that go a long way to great oral health!

  • Brushing your teeth twice a day keeps the dentist away!
  • Cut down on how often you have sugary foods and drinks
  • Visit your dentist on regular visits or as recommended

Not just for us adults! Tooth decay in children is the most common chronic disease affecting more than one in four five year olds in the UK. A staggering 500 primary aged children a week need hospital treatment for tooth decay.

Be proud, be positive and support the Trinity team to motivate people from the 16th May – 16th June to spread to word among our community by taking your smiley selfie today.

#Joinoursmileyselfie!

Photo Credit Justine Forrest, RR3622 Smilies Images, Academy Students and Staff

Dental Anxiety – The Reality

Fear: noun: an unpleasant emotion caused by the threat of danger, pain, or harm
At Trinity Dental we understand that many patients are nervous about visiting the dentist. This does not have to be case. As a clinic our aim is to make sure every patient has the best experience and feels comfortable from the moment they enter the clinic to time they leave. Our dedicated team offer the best support and welcome everyone with a warm smile.

Horror stories and old wives tales are a thing of the past with all the latest technology and techniques there is no string tying to extract teeth or a shot of whiskey for the anaesthetic we make sure all procedures and discussed and are carried out thoroughly talking you through every stage.

We ensure a pain and stress free environment in the surgery, with our sonos system we can even play your favourite Justin Bieber or AC/DC track to ease any nerves.

A phobia of needles??

We offer an alternative called INJEX- the soft shot! This is a soft shot of anaesthesia on to the tissue. This completely avoids the needle and has the bonus of wearing off quicker after the treatment.

Still unsure?

We also offer IV sedation at the clinic, this is a small sedative administered into the back of hand or arm and will induce you into a state of deep relaxation.

Here are some statistics….

  • One in 7 adults who have ever been to the dentist suffer with dental anxiety.
  • Women are more likely to suffer from extreme dental anxiety than men.
  • The common fears for visiting the dentist are having a tooth drilled (30%) and having a local anaesthetic injection (28%)
  • Visiting the dentist is ranked number one for making people nervous (22%) followed by fear of heights.
  • Nearly 10 times as many people are nervous of visiting their dentists compared to their doctor.

“Let us make impossible possible and help you overcome your fear today”

Team TD