Floss Everyday – Or just the teeth you want to keep…..

Look at these three pictures, what stands out to you?

 

 

I was recently looking on the internet for some oral health information that I could share with you when this campaign caught my eye. I tested this on a few of my colleagues and the result was the same for us all.

Colgate have launched this campaign to promote flossing and its importance.

So, who looked at the three pictures and saw the food caught in between the teeth first?

This clever campaign highlights that our eye is drawn to food debris or the smile first. In each photograph there is a physical defect that goes unnoticed or at least unnoticed until you look again in detail.

Photograph 1 – There is an ‘Extra’ arm on the gentleman’s shoulder

Photograph 2 – The gentleman is missing his right ear

Photograph 3 – The lady has an extra finger

Flossing and keeping on top of our oral health is key to maintaining healthy teeth and a smile that lasts forever.

Book to see our hygienist’s today and receive your personalised oral hygiene instruction to discuss a cleaning routine that works for you.

#flosseveryday #onlytheteethyouwanttokeep

Five Oral Health Hacks to Keep You Smiling

Brush up – Simple steps first, twice a day with a manual or electric toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Spit don’t rinse and do not use water whilst you brush only to wash your brush off at the end. The longer the toothpaste is around the teeth the better the effects! If you use mouthwash use it at different time to brushing, after a meal for example.

Think between the lines – Brushing alone only covers two thirds of the tooth surface it cannot reach in between the teeth. Flossing or using interdental brushes sometimes dipped in mouthwash are the only ways to clean in between and reach that third surface. Visiting your hygienist regularly is crucial to optimum oral health and they can do a thorough clean on your visit on those hard to reach areas.

Stay regular – Keep your dentist visits as regular as they recommend. This can be once or twice a year and your dentist will let you know what is best for you. As well as checking your teeth your dentist checks all the soft tissues in your mouth and will have a feel of your jaw and neck during your oral cancer screening which is now a crucial part of each visit.

Keep fresh – Chewing sugar free gum between meals is a great way to keep your mouth fresh and to create a good level of saliva around your teeth to reduce acid attacks on your enamel. Making you oh so kissable!

Smile! – The key attraction is your smile! Your smile is a powerful emotion and it really can make someone’s day. Use it to your advantage.

 

The importance of dental hygiene

It is extremely important to keep a good level of oral health always. It will prevent the formation of plaque, which is the sticky film of bacteria that forms on the surfaces of the teeth. This can lead to further dental and oral problems, such as tooth decay, tartar, gingivitis or gum disease.

dental-hygiene-in-rothwellOver 300 species of bacteria reside in the mouth at all times. Some of these bacteria thrive in-between the gums and the tooth and some even thrive between teeth and in gaps within the tooth.

In the early stages, these bacteria inhabit your teeth and are called plaque. At this point they can easily be physically disrupted with flossing and regular brushing. It is important to disrupt this plaque early in the development or they will progress into a hardened type of plaque called tartar. Consulting a dentist such as those at Trinity Dental in Rothwell, will help to gain further knowledge on exceptional dental hygiene.

Will what I choose to eat help my dental hygiene?

If you are dedicated to keeping your teeth in the best possible condition, what you eat and drink is very important. There is nothing wrong with treating yourself to a sugary snack occasionally. But you will do much more damage to your teeth if you eat sweet things all day. Without a break between sugary foods, you are not giving the natural defenses in your mouth time to work and protect your teeth.

Scale and polish

At the dentist, dental hygienists can perform a scale and polish to thoroughly clean and remove all traces of plaque and tartar.

Scaling aims to remove the hard tartar on your teeth, which cannot be removed by simply brushing alone. The polishing stage helps to clean away unsightly surface stains from your teeth, which may have been caused by smoking, red wine, coffee or tea. Regular polishing involves using a rotating brush with a pumice polishing paste.

Having a regular scale and polish at dentists such as Trinity Dental in Rothwell, will complement your tooth brushing at home and help you to maintain healthy gums and teeth.

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!!

The importance of good dental hygiene – and how to improve yours

Most people know that good dental hygiene is important to your oral health – but did you know it helps to protect your general health, too? At Trinity Dental in Rothwell we believe the services of a hygienist should be as easily accessible as possible. That’s why we offer on-demand, walk-in dental hygiene appointments to all of our patients.

dental-hygieneThe General Dental Council (GDC) recently changed the rules regarding dental hygiene appointments, meaning that you can now see a hygienist without the need for a dentist’s prescription.

At these appointments, the hygienist will perform a professional tooth clean, removing common stains, calculus and plaque deposits. Your hygienist will also help you to improve your home cleaning routine to ensure that you avoid a build-up of dental plaque in the future. You will need to complete a medical history questionnaire before treatment, so make sure you leave enough time to do this before your appointment.

A hygienist does not carry out a full dental health examination or offer diagnosis beyond their scope of practice, but will refer you to one of our dentists if they spot any areas of concern.

Dental hygiene and general health

Plaque is bad news, and not just for the appearance of your teeth. It causes both tooth decay and gum disease, which are leading causes of tooth loss – which can have serious implications for your ability to eat a healthy diet, risking a range of general health problems.

Gum disease has also been linked to a wide range of serious health concerns, ranging from heart and lung disease to rheumatoid arthritis and strokes. Therefore, it is best avoided.

Rothwell hygiene options

There are three levels of dental hygiene treatment available at our Rothwell clinic. These are:

Regular Refresh

This is the basic hygiene option, designed to ensure you have fresh breath and a healthy, attractive smile. We recommend a professional tooth clean every six months.

Diamond Shine

This is a cosmetic procedure using the Airflow air polishing system to remove stains and brighten up your smile. After air polishing a luxury polishing treatment is performed to complete your smile makeover.

Regular Refresh and Shine

This is the perfect way to boost your Regular Refresh to Diamond level, and is great for teeth that are easily stained.

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!

Healthy Smiles Made Easy!

Here at Trinity we understand that it can become overwhelming with all the do’s and don’ts when it comes to oral health.

Electric or manual?

Floss or brushes?

Mouthwash or salt water?

The truth is it’s all about the technique in which all of the above are used and we are going to share these tips with you! (Top Secret)

When brushing with a manual brush its great if you set a timer so you can be sure you are brushing for the full 2 minutes! NO CHEATING.  We recommend starting in one section of the mouth and working round in circular soft motions making sure all areas are covered! This may seem alien to those who scrub like your cleaning mud off of football boots or tough stains on dinner plates. It is the biggest myth that the harder you brush the cleaner the teeth, if anything this causes trauma to the teeth in later years. Slow and steady wins the race so take your time and you will feel much fresher for longer.

Electric tooth brushes, once again this is the part where we all want to whizz around our teeth with the adaptive brush heads. Stop right there! With the advance in dental technology these brushes are designed to do the work for you, Starting again in one section of the mouth the best technique is to simply walk the brush around the mouth holding it over each tooth and let it do the work for you. Really its that’s easy!!

Floss, the most underestimated product! This is simply the core of maintaining the best oral health, Flossing eliminates the bacteria you could never reach or see. When bacteria are left it hardens into plaque and this then eats away at the tooth causing decay.

How to Floss

 

 

 

Finishing your brushing with a splash of mouth wash is very refreshing and leaves you feeling squeaky clean. However it is recommended that you do this at a separate time to brushing so as to keep as much fluoride on those pearly whites from your toothpaste as possible.

Following these steps will leave you with a strong healthy smile to be proud of!

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

“Goodbye Cavities We Are On To You!!!”

Our teeth are delicate when it comes to our everyday lifestyles, without the care and attention they need they can deteriorate causing decay. Whether it’s through our sugary diets or lack of oral hygiene the outcome can change the structure of the tooth causing pain and sensitivity.

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This can be easily avoided and I will share the secret with you……..

Regular routine examinations to your dentist will help detect any decay early on, keeping on top of oral hygiene at home brushes away any nasties before they find themseleves settled on our teeth and limiting sugar in our diets.

Don’t worry if you have already suffered with decay its not too late to fight back! We have simple procedures that stop any further damage possibly leading in severe cases to tooth extraction. Direct tooth restoration involves placing a filling into a prepared tooth cavity immediately. This procedure can be done in a single visit.

We have many filling options such as amalgam (silver) and composite (tooth coloured) for anyone with allergies and can replace any previous fillings you may not be happy with.

Work with our team today to zap these cavities and keep your teeth healthy!

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Dental hygiene: so much more than just a scale and polish

Think about a dental hygienist and the first thing that comes to mind is usually a scale and polish. Whilst this professional tooth clean is an important part of a hygienist’s job, it is not all that they do. In fact, your dental hygienist is vital to keeping your mouth healthy, and can also offer alternatives to traditional teeth whitening treatment to brighten up your smile.

dental-hygieneIn 2015, the General Dental Council changed the scope of practice for both dental hygienists and dental hygiene therapists, enabling them to provide hygiene treatments without the need for a dentist’s prescription and without the patient having to see a dentist first. This means that at Trinity Dental in Rothwell we are now able to offer walk-in hygiene appointments, the perfect way to boost your smile and leave your teeth feeling amazingly clean before a special occasion.

So, what else does a hygienist do except cleaning your teeth?

A hygienist can also help in the prevention and treatment of gum disease. They can provide dietary advice to patients of all ages, which will be given in an age-appropriate, engaging and easy to understand manner. Many people do not fully understand the impact of a diet that is high in sugar or acidic foods and drinks on the teeth, and your hygienist can help you to see how changes to your diet can improve your oral health.

At our Rothwell hygiene spa, our hygienist offers an alternative to standard teeth whitening treatment to remove everyday stains such as those caused by tea and coffee from the teeth. Known as The Diamond Shine, this cosmetic treatment involves the use of an Airflow microcrystal system to quickly and effectively remove stubborn stains. Luxury polishing treatment is then applied for a true diamond shine – effectively an instant smile makeover.