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May 29 17

When should I start brushing my baby’s teeth?

by Admin

A recent survey by Brush-Baby  revealed a great amount of confusion about a bit and the dentist:

  • 72% of the mums survey said they had not seen  any information about teeth and gum care for their babies
  • 53% of mums turned to their own mothers for advice on managing their babies teething pain
  • 17% of mums  turned to their grandmothers for this same advice
  • and last of all,  only 10% of mums asked their dentist for any advice about their babies teeth and gums
Brush-Baby Mums & Gums Survey infographic reveals baby oral care confusion amongst mothers. (PRNewsfoto/Brush-Baby)

Brush-Baby Mums & Gums Survey infographic reveals baby oral care confusion amongst mothers. (PRNewsfoto/Brush-Baby)

The information gathered by Brush-Baby in their research seems to support the government statistic that 25% of five-year-olds have tooth decay within average of 3.4 teeth involved.

It’s never too early to start forming a habit of good dental hygiene, so let’s take a look at what those habits could include for your baby and children.

Baby tooth eruption sequence.

Baby tooth eruption sequence

As you can see from the chart your baby’s teeth will start to erupt after approximately 6 months. Clearly, it is therefore important to begin a dental health routine at this early stage, if not before.

Brushing your baby’s gums

Baby

Even before baby has any teeth it’s a good idea to get them into the habit and feeling  of having their mouth is cleaned. This will make it easier to transition into using a toothbrush  when the time comes  and their first teeth erupt. To clean your baby’s gums use some cause  or a wet flannel and gently rub it over your baby’s gums,  no toothpaste is required at this early stage.

Baby tooth brushing

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When baby’s teeth first begin to erupt you can  gently switch from rubbing their gums with balls oral wet flannel to using a small baby tooth brush with toothpaste the size of a grain of rice. As your baby grows slowly increase the amount of toothpaste up to a pea sized amount by the time your child reaches three years old.

Be sure to clean all of your baby’s teeth  as they appear, this means you will need to regularly check to see which teeth are appearing…  If baby doesn’t let you know they are teething already!

Tips to help a teething baby

Teething rings

These can give your baby something to chew which can help to ease any discomfort. Calling them in the fridge also creates a soothing effect on your baby’s gums, however please ensure they only ever go in the fridge and NOT in the freezer.

Teething gels

These gels are usually not suitable for babies under the age of four months, for older babies they can be very helpful as they contain a mild local anaesthetic which eases the pain and may also contain antiseptic which can help prevent any infection around sore gums. Apply the gel with your little finger ensuring that you wash your hands before and after applying.

Soothing a teething baby

When should I start bringing my baby to the dentist?

Many people mistakenly believe that they should only take their child to the dentist when I have all of their teeth or when there is a problem.  We recommend taking your child to the dentist as soon as their first tooth appears which could be as young as six-month-old, but certainly no later than 2 years old.

When you bring your child to the dentist for the first time we will normally ask for you to sit with your child on your lap, this makes it easy for you to keep them comforted and ensures they stay relaxed and calm.

Even bringing your child to the dentist when you come for your own appointments can help them see that their parent will calmly sit in the chair and that it’s nothing to be scared about, this in itself is a great lesson for your child to learn from a young age.

Bringing your child to the dentist:

  1. Familiarises your child with the environment and people that they will meet.
  2. Gets them used to the words and phrases used in a dental practice.
  3. Allows your dentist to take a quick look to ensure that everything is okay.

We usually recommend seeing the dentist every six months  for both adults and children, progressing on to see the hygienist as soon as they have all of their teeth.
Images courtesy of Patrisyu & Nualpradid at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Mar 24 17

Why are my teeth yellow?

by Admin

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This is a question we get asked lots at our dental practice here in Watford, so we thought we would take some time to take a look at the common reasons why your teeth may not be quite as white as you’d like to be…  Some of those reasons are obvious but others aren’t!

What are you eating?

ID-10068181thephotoholicIt sounds quite obvious  but there are many foods which have any impact on the colour of your teeth. Some foods that stain your teeth directly whilst others contribute to dental decay by being rich in sugar.

Foods which contain high amounts of sugar feeds the acid excreting bacteria which live in your mouth, the more sugar there is in your food the more this bacteria is able to feed and excrete the bacteria which then attacks your teeth causing dental decay. Teeth can then become dark  either through the dental decay or by the bacteria forming solid deposits, known as plaque, which then become stained by  the strong colours in some foods.

Some food on the other hand has naturally dark staining such as dark berries, tea and red wine. These may stain your teeth on their own but the staining is compound it if you have plaque on your teeth caused by a combination of poor oral hygiene and sugar in the diet.

Of course, so many of us like to eat  foods like this, so if we want our teeth to be bright and white then we just have to get on top of our dental healthcare!

Are you brushing as well as you could?

Even if your diet isn’t too rich in sugar and you avoid the food with strong colours then your teeth could still be yellow  then you would like if your oral health care routine isn’t as good as it should be.

Your mouth contains so many bacteria, more than the population of the world in fact, so it’s really important that you keep on top of this and remove as much bacteria and food as you can after each meal.

When brushing your teeth we recommend using a pea sized amount of fluoride toothpaste twice per day for 2 min each time. We also recommend flossing daily to ensure your teeth clean in between and then using a fluoride mouthwash in between meals (never after  brushing as the mouthwash has less fluoride in than toothpaste).

Are you scrubbing rather than brushing?

Yes, it’s possible to clean your teeth too much!  If you scrub your teeth too much then the gum can recede as it will often become irritated due to the excessive brushing. As the gum recedes it may expose the softer dentine part of your tooth which is lower down towards the root. This part  of the tooth is softer than the enamel (apart which you usually see)  and is therefore more susceptible  to both dental decay and staining..

When you brush, go easy and don’t scrub,  if you visit a dental hygienist regularly they will be able to tell you if it looks as though you may be pressing too hard when you clean your teeth. It may also be worth considering an electric toothbrush, many of these have pressure sensors and light up red  if you are pressing too hard, really useful aid if you find this is a problem for you.

Your teeth just are naturally yellower!

Some people’s teeth are just not naturally as white as other peoples. Over the years celebrities have had so much teeth whitening that the commonly accepted shade for teeth is now considerably whiter than it was a few years ago.

Additional bleached white shades added by the manufacturers to the conventional shade guide

Additional bleached white shades added by the manufacturers to the conventional shade guide

Dental manufacturers have had to create  new whiter and brighter colours for their materials to match this new trend,  what was considered an average tooth colour 10 years ago would now be considered yellow.

Perhaps you are taking medication which makes your teeth look yellow?

The first thing to say is that you should never stop taking any medication that has been prescribed to you without first consulting your doctor. It has however been reported that some medications may affect the colour of your teeth, most often this happens if the medication is taken during childhood  whilst the teeth forming, rather than extrinsic staining of the teeth  at a later date in adulthood.

Some medicated mouthwashes can also stained teeth, so please ensure that you read the label of any medicated mouthwash that you may have been prescribed.

Rest assured though, if your teeth have been stained through using a medicated mouthwash  this can easily be removed by your dentist.

Do you smoke?

Well, you knew this would probably come up at some point! Smoking darkens teeth because it changes the delicate PH balance in your mouth, it also dries your mouth out which leads to an excessive buildup of bacteria. This bacteria not only have  a rather noticeable smell, but also can contribute to increased rates of dental decay.

The smoke itself also has  many this colouring components which, particularly when coupled with poor oral hygiene, can stain the teeth quite noticeably.

As a sidenote, if you have any damage to the gum in your mouth then smoking also slows down the healing process, just another reason to begin the quitting process.

You are older than you were yesterday!

It’s just a fact that as we age various things happened to our body! Gravity takes over and alas, our teeth can appear yellower. The reason for this isn’t because your teeth are actually going yellow, it’s because that as we get older the outer surface of the tooth  (enamel) wears away,  as the enamel wears away with age the yellower underlying dentine becomes more exposed. As that dentine nears the surface it has the effect of making the teeth look yellower.

This is often more prominent on the lower teeth towards the biting in size or age, it can be noticed that there is significant yellowing or staining right on that chip area, this is known as secondary dentine and is a common concern with people in, shall we say, more senior years!

And the good news is…

The good news is that most of these problems can be quickly and simply resolved. If you give up smoking, look at your diet and  ensure your oral health care routine follows the suggested procedure then you can have a big impact on the colour of your teeth. Your dentist can also whiten the teeth in a couple of ways.

If your teeth just have surface staining perhaps from smoking  or food stains then this can be removed with an air abrasion technique, this blasts very small particles at the end at your teeth which very gently remove the surface stain.  If however the enamel of your tooth is intrinsically not as white as you would like them teeth whitening could also be the perfect option for you.

What ever you decide, your friendly dentist in Watford, Senova Dental Studios  is here to help, please contact us today to book your appointment  and begin your journey to brighter, whiter teeth.

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Mar 3 17

5 Ways to Prevent Children’s Tooth Decay

by Admin

The press reported only the other day that tens of thousands of children are having to have decayed teeth removed in hospital each year and, according to the latest figures,  this shows an increase for the fourth year in a row. In one single year between 2014 and 2015 there were 33,781 children under 10 years old admitted to hospital to have teeth taken out,  quite a shocking statistic.

One of the things which is most concerning is that  90% of this tooth decay is preventable, according to Prof Nigel Hunt, the Dean of dental surgery faculty at the Royal College of Surgeons.

So what can you do at home?

Here are 5 easy ways to prevent children’s tooth decay at home

1. Set a daily routine.

We all know that children love to know what’s coming and what’s going to happen, that’s why they love to hear the same story every night. By setting a routine your children will begin to understand  the importance of cleaning their teeth and may even remind you if you forget. Forming this good habit early on in life is a critical part of helping them develop a good dental health care routine.

2. Ensure your brushing technique is good.

When you brush their teeth, use a small pea sized amount of children’s toothpaste, brush each tooth individually spending 30 seconds on each quadrant (top left, top right, bottom left, bottom right). Clean all the surfaces of the tooth, the tongue side, the cheek side and the biting surfaces. As you do this, tell your children what you’re doing so that they can begin to understand the importance of good technique.

Poke your tongue out.

Get your children into the habit  of looking after their whole oral health, not just their teeth. Their tongue may also harbour bacteria and is important to keep this clean also.

Visit your dentist regularly.

If your children see you visiting the dentist regularly then they will become familiar with the routine themselves. Also, you may have developed bad habits yourself with cleaning your own teeth, when you visit your own dentist  they can let you know if your own dental hygiene routine is adequate or needs improvement, you can then pass this information on to your children also.

Maintain a healthy diet.

A healthy diet that is low in sugar helps to keep your dental health in good condition. Diets which are high in sugar feeds the acid excreting bacteria in your mouth which can cause dental decay. This is particularly important with children who have a tendency to eat sweets and fizzy drinks regularly. Try to avoid lollipops as these keep the sugar in contact with the teeth for a long time and if your child likes fizzy drinks, encourage them to drink through a straw as this will keep the bacteria away from their teeth also. Ultimately, reducing the amount of sugar intake should be the aim.

Senova Dental Studios is a family dental practice in Watford, Hertfordshire helping the local people Rickmansworth, Chorleywood and Jarrett cross with their dental health. If you or your child would like information or advice  then please request an appointment today.

Source: www.theguardian.com/society/2016/feb/27/england-hospital-treatment-children-severe-tooth-decay

Feb 14 17

Nanotechnology in Dental Implants

by Admin

The low failure rates of dental implants is one of the primary reasons that they have become one of the most successful and sought after treatments in modern dentistry. Implants are often the preferred option by both dentist and patients for replacing missing teeth.

Dental implant diagramA recent press release from Transparency Market Research “Nanotechnology in Dental Implants Market – Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast 2016 – 2024” indicates that the use of nanotechnology has revolutionised multiple branches of medicine, including dentistry. Nanotechnology could enhance the work we do by influencing the integration process of the dental implant in to the bone and remarkably, the chances of post implant placement infection.

Dental implants are also becoming increasingly popular due to:

  1. The high number of patients with missing teeth.
  2. Increased training and education about dental implants for the general dentist.
  3. Public awareness about oral health.
  4. New technology such as nanotechnology or CADCAM (Computer Assisted Design, Computer Assisted Manufacturing)

Reasons to Consider Dental Implants

Dental implants have multiple reasons for being the preferred option, but let’s first take a brief look at the results that are possible:

dental implants before and after

MALCOLM HAD MULTIPLE FAILING TEETH AND BRIDGES

Malcolm did not wish to have a denture as he liked steak too much. Following removal of all the failed teeth, bone grafting was carried out and 9 implants placed in all back areas of his mouth and veneers placed on his top and bottom front teeth to improve his smile.

Reasons that patients like dental implants

The primary reason that patients give for liking dental implants is the fact that they look so natural and appeared to ‘grow’ out of the gum like natural teeth.  Dental implants in themselves also do not necessarily impact adjacent teeth, unlike dental bridges where reduction of potentially healthy teeth either side of the gap is required.

Reasons that dentists like a dental implants

The role of your dentist is to educate about dental health, carry out treatments which can prevent dental health from worsening and to restore dental health in the event of any problems. All implants both prevent dental health from deteriorating and restore dental health at the same time, here’s how…

Dental implants restoring dental health

Clearly, the function of a dental implant is to replace a missing tooth,  this not only allows  the patient to chew again but also may restore the way the teeth function and work together, known as the occlusion. With a fully functioning occlusion the patient is far less likely to develop any jaw joint problems which can be manifested as headaches.

Dental implants preventing dental health from worsening

resorptionWhen a tooth is extracted it leaves a socket in the bone. Rather than new bone form in this socket, what actually happens is that the surrounding bone collapses in. This ultimately leads to a reduction in the quantity of bone in that area. The reduction of bone can also lead to a loss of gum creating an unsightly gum line.

A dental implant is uniquely capable of preventing this bone resorption. The implant needs to be placed as the tooth is extracted, if this happens the implant takes the place of the tooth root and prevents this bone resorption from happening.  Thereby maintaining the gum line.

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After a tooth is extracted neighbouring teeth can tip and over erupt

 

All of the teeth in your mouth are also in very fine balance with one another. If the tooth is removed the adjacent teeth will have a tendency to tip into the gap, the opposing teeth will also have a tendency to over erupt. Having a dental implant placed will support the surrounding teeth and prevent this happening.

Summary

Our hope is that  the nanotechnology continues to improve the success rate of dental implants  to enable as many people as possible to enjoy smiling, eating and chewing again with absolute confidence by replacing missing teeth.

Senova Dental Studios is a blooper accredited  private dental practice in Watford, Hertfordshire. Patients travel  from around the local area including Rickmansworth, Chorleywood and Gerrards Cross to enjoy the highest standard of dental implants and restorative dentistry.

Dec 20 16

Are bleeding gums a problem?

by Admin

Bleeding gums dentist WatfordSo many of us have seen the adverts on TV which talk about bleeding gums whilst brushing and flossing,  but is it really a problem if your gums bleed? In this blog post our Watford dentists take a walk through the dental health issues related to bleeding gums whilst brushing.

What are the causes of bleeding gums?

Gum disease or gingivitis

The most common cause of bleeding gums is gingivitis, this is the first stage of gum disease  and is really simple to treat if caught early. The acid excreting bacteria which live in your mouth congregate where your cleaning is not quite so efficient, usually in between the teeth. As the bacteria congregate because plaque and this plaque  can irritate and infect the gums. When the gums become irritated they become swollen, tender, red and can bleed whilst brushing. Gingivitis responds well  to a change in cleaning habits and a good visit to the hygienist or dentist.

Medication

Sometimes medications can have the side-effect of bleeding gums, these include:

  • Phenytoin, a seizure medication.
  • Cyclosporine, an immunosuppressant drug often used to prevent transplant rejection.
  • Blood pressure medications called calcium channel blockers, which include nifedipine, verapamil, diltiazem, and amlodipine.

Cleaning Technique/Routine

If you are used to using a floss or interdental brush in between your teeth and forget for a few days then you might find that your gums bleed slightly when you reintroduce this interdental cleaning. This shows how quickly the gums can become inflamed if cleaning is not consistent. If you change your technique, for example switching from flossing to interdental brushing then you may also find that the gums are slightly sensitive at the beginning.  You will normally find that the gums settle down after about a week of changing your routine.

Implements Used

We’ve use the word ‘implements’ here deliberately. All manner of household items  such as credit cards and safety pins get used to clean between your teeth. We highly recommend you don’t do this, primarily because of the risk of cross infection… Who knows where those credit cards or safety pins have been!

Smoking

Smokers are at a much higher risk of gum disease than in non-smokers as the toxins in the cigarettes inhibit your body’s ability to fight disease and infection in your mouth.

Pregnancy

During pregnancy some women find that their gums swell and have more of a tendency to bleed, this is due to hormonal changes which alter the body’s response to the bacteria that cause gum disease. So long as a healthy oral hygiene routine is maintained during the pregnancy the gums should return to their prepregnancy state afterwards.

What to do if your gums bleed

The answers to this really lie in addressing the causes which we have described above. Principally this involves:

  1. Making sure you clean adequately in between your teeth, for 2 min twice per day to ensure  that the plaque buildup is at a minimum.
  2. Being aware of the medication you are on (but never stopping without the advice of your doctor).
  3. Addressing your cleaning technique/routine and ensuring that you clean regularly.
  4. Using only  dental floss or interdental brushes  to clean in between your teeth, never be tempted to use a pin, for example!
  5. Maintaining a healthy diet. A healthy diet plays an important part  in enabling your body to fight infection and disease. A high sugar diet will also increase the amount of bacteria in your mouth which increases the likelihood of dental disease and bleeding.
  6. Visit your dentist regularly. Your dentist is able to detect the early signs of gum disease much better than you are at home. If your dentist spots the early warning signs then you can be referred to hygienist for more intensive cleaning and assistance.

Can you catch gum disease?

The quick answer to this is yes. For example, a kiss can exchange up to 80,000,000 bacteria, some good and some harmful. If your own immune system is suppressed for any reason then the concentration of bad bacteria may just tip the balance over the edge in your mouth, leading to gum disease.

It’s important to note however that gum disease is not infectious, in the same way  as many other diseases are. it’s much more complex than that.

The same is true for sharing drinks or utensils such as straws or  forks. Always maintain a healthy cleaning routine to ensure that the bad bacteria  stays well away from your mouth!

Vitamin deficiency causing gums to bleed

Whilst this is rare in the United Kingdom, vitamin C deficiency, otherwise known as scurvy can cause gums to bleed.

My gums bleed when I’m at the dentist, why is this?

Image source: www.deardoctor.com

Image source: www.deardoctor.com

When you visit your dentist they will usually probe around all surfaces of the tooth. This is to check the space between your gum and tooth, they will be looking for the depth that the probe can go and scoring this. If this is monitored between dental appointments  then the score can be monitored to see whether it goes up or down, this is then a good indicator as to  whether your oral health is improving or getting worse.

During this probing process, if your gums are inflamed then bleeding may occur. You may find that your gums bleed during this probing when they don’t normally during brushing, this is another reason why you should visit your dentist regularly to ensure that your gums are not inflamed.

Oct 26 16

Common Problems Whilst Wearing Dental Braces

by admin

If you are thinking about having orthodontic braces then you may be wondering about some of the common problems that people experience, if this is you then we’ve written this blog post and laid out  some of the concerns that our patients have told us about prior to going ahead with orthodontics here at our dental practice in Watford.

Whilst it’s important to be fully informed of the various issues  that may arise  it’s equally important to bear in mind the advantages  of having orthodontic braces  to help you eat, chew and smile again with absolute confidence.

We’ve written in the past about some of the problems of NOT having straight teeth which can include dental health problems  caused by an inability to clean crooked teeth properly and bite problems which can lead to headaches and neck pain.

Before and after braces

Will I have problems eating with braces?

If you have removable braces then you will probably find that eating is virtually unaffected during orthodontic treatment. However,  many clinical situations require the use of fixed orthodontics and some patients  find a few problems eating.

To ensure you continue to enjoy food  and eat it easily we recommend you follow our top tips:

  1. Eat slowly.  Cutting your food into smaller pieces and chewing slowly will make things easier.
  2. Softer food. It sounds obvious but soft food is far easier to eat  than hard crunchy food.
  3. Avoid stringy food. Some food, like mozzarella, can be extremely stringy when pulled apart.. This can get caught in intricate braces and make cleaning very difficult.
  4. Reduce the amount of nuts and seeds. These can get stuck in braces and often be really difficult to remove. Popcorn is also to be avoided wherever possible.
  5. Change the way you bite. When you bite into something, rather than using your front teeth, try using the side of your mouth. This might be a little bit difficult to master and certainly isn’t natural you might find it easier than using your front teeth to bite.
  6. Make sure you can see what you’re eating. Some foods  like tortilla wraps and pies can have hidden lumps  or nuts. It’s best to chop this type of food up so you can see exactly what you’re eating beforehand to avoid any surprises.
  7. Build a recipe book of meals you can  prepare quickly and eat easily. The British orthodontic Society have a recipe book which you may find useful.
  8. Ease the pain. If your braces are sore whilst you eat remember to use your wax in between meals can keep the inside of your cheeks pain-free. A little dab of teething gel may also help to relieve pain.

Will I get cavities around my braces?

Anyone can get dental cavities, the challenge when you have braces is to ensure that you clean the teeth properly. Your dentist will be able to provide you with  a range of cleaning items such as Tepe brushes, tape and floss which can be threaded through underneath your braces.

How to clean your teeth properly with braces

  1. Choose the right toothbrush. A regular toothbrush may work for you but you might find that a sonic or electric toothbrush is easier to work around the brackets. You might find that the bristles wear down much faster so be prepared to change your brush more often.
  2. Brush the outer side of your teeth. This is the side against your cheek which you see when you smile. Most people cleaned this side of their teeth extremely well as it is so visible, but do make sure you go right to the back of your mouth cleaning this outer surface using small circles to brush the braces.  We recommend you spend about 25 seconds  working the toothbrush around on each bracket.  You may also need to wiggle an interdental brush around the bracket between the wires.
  3. Brush the inner surface of your teeth. This is the side against your tongue. Many people miss this area but it’s just as important to keep clean as the outer side of your teeth. If you have lingual braces then you will need to modify the technique from .2 above, making sure you clean around the brackets on the inside.
  4. Brush the biting surface of your teeth. These are the parts that meet each other make sure you work toothbrush into the nooks and crannies on each tooth and between the teeth.
  5. Brush your tongue. The tongue can harbour many bacteria which can often lead to bad breath. Just give your tongue a quick brush with your toothbrush to ensure your whole mouth stays healthy.
  6. Go interdental. Clean in between your teeth, known as the interdental area. This is where plaque can build up  which is as a result of the bacteria in your mouth. Using a good quality interdental brush, floss or tape can help to clean in this area.
  7. Rinse your mouth out. In between meals rinse your mouth with a fluoride containing mouthwash. Don’t use mouthwash after you have cleaned your teeth with toothpaste as the toothpaste contains more fluoride than mouthwash does. If you use mouthwash after cleaning with toothpaste then you actually reduce the amount of fluoride against your teeth.

Braces are very expensive how can I pay for them?

Many dental practices offer treatment finance plans to pay for your braces. Typically this can be 0% interest on anything up to one year and interest-bearing after one year.

If one things rationally about it, a mobile phone contract can easily cost £500 per year, each and every year. Over a ten-year period your mobile phone could end up costing £5000! Financing dental braces over a couple of years  will have a result for life and can be considered far better value than a simple mobile phone.

Will I have bad breath with braces?

No. At least not related to the braces. So long as you keep your teeth clean and avoid smoking your breath should remain fresh. Bad breath is often caused by either a medical condition (which would be unaffected by braces) or by poor oral hygiene.

Where can I get dental braces?

If you live in the Watford, Chorleywood, Rickmansworth, Garston, Gerrards Cross and Hertfordshire areas then our dental practice offers a wide range of orthodontic services, please visit our website for more information.

Sep 29 16

Your Complete Guide to Dental Cavities and Fillings

by admin

Complete guide to dental cavities and fillingsIn this blog post our Watford dentist takes a detailed look at dental cavities and fillings.

What is a dental cavity?

A dental cavity forms when the outer surface of your teeth are attacked by acid excreting bacteria. The bacteria excrete acid as they digest sugar in your diet. The cavities can become larger as more bacteria sit in the cavity, excreting more and more acid.

In the beginning small cavities may have zero pain as they are in the outer surface of the tooth, but as they deepen and get closer to the nerve your teeth may become more sensitive or even painful whilst eating or drinking, particularly hot or cold food/drink.

What is a dental filling?

A filling is simply filling up this cavity with a suitable material, your dentist will remove any decay and then fill the cavity back up to the original contour of the tooth.

What do they fill cavities with?

The exact material used to fill a cavity depends upon various factors:

  • The size of the cavity
  • The location of the cavity (in between the teeth, on the biting surface, on the front of the teeth etc.)
  • The philosophy of the dental practice, some practices prefer not to use mercury containing amalgam.
  • Affordability

What is a filling made of?

Depending on the criteria listed above there are a variety of filling materials which can be used.

Amalgam

This is a malleable metal alloy containing mercury. It has been shown to be extremely durable as a dental filling material and lasts many years. It does not however look particularly attractive.

Gold

Gold is virtually inert and is very well tolerated by the body. It’s highly polished surface also very closely matches the surface of dental enamel when viewed microscopically. This means it does not wear the opposing teeth and can be considered a highly biocompatible material.

Many people like the look of gold, it does not however look particularly natural and some people prefer to have a more natural looking filling.

Porcelain

Dental porcelain is made by combining various minerals with quartz, effectively making dental granite, an extremely hard and durable material! The porcelain is naturally tooth coloured and can be made highly aesthetic to blend in with the surrounding teeth. A porcelain filling will be made by a dental technician; this adds time to the procedure which means a porcelain filling often takes two weeks to complete.

Dental bonding.

Your dentist can also use a tooth coloured composite material to pack into the cavity once the diseased area has been removed. This has the advantage of being highly aesthetic and also highly convenient as it can be placed in one appointment. Dental bonding does however tend to discolour over time so may need to be replaced more often.

The cavity filling procedure

The procedure for having a cavity filled depends upon the material being used, generally the procedure will be similar to the following:

  1. Either your dentist or you notice the cavity and decide to take action.
  2. A discussion is had as to the best material to use clinically, there may be a few options which can be discussed that have different prices.
  3. A decision about the material is made, based on this decision the dentist will prepare the cavity accordingly. Some materials require specific shaped cavities in which to fit and so your dentist will prepare the cavity in the correct way.
  4. If you are having a direct dental bonding them the composite material will be placed directly, if not your dentist will take an impression of the prepared cavity, place a temporary filling and send this impression off to the dental laboratory to have the new restoration manufactured.
  5. If you had a dental bonding composite filling then step 4 would have been your last stage, if a dental laboratory is manufacturing your filling then this will be returned approximately 2 weeks later and you will visit the dentist to have this fitted.
  6. A review of this filling will take place at your six monthly check-up at the dentist.

Tooth cavity fillings at home

There are cavity filling kits available in various pharmacies and online. They may seem like a cheap and convenient option however they should never be used as a permanent solution.

Home kits may well fill the cavity however the chances are you will be filling over bacteria which will continue to cause dental decay underneath. This means you may not notice this decay until it has reached the nerve of your tooth, by which time more expensive dental procedures may be required.

If you need to use a tooth cavity filling at home, consider this an emergency repair and always make an appointment to visit your dentist within the next week or so.

Preventing dental cavities

It is always better to prevent problems arising in the first place rather than try to cure them once they do. The best way to prevent dental cavities is to:

  • clean your teeth twice per day for 2 min using a fluoride releasing toothpaste.
  • Clean in between your teeth with an interdental brush or floss.
  • Use a fluoride mouthwash after meals but NOT after brushing.
  • Visit your dentist regularly as they will be able to detect the tiniest cavities in places that you cannot see.

By doing everything you can to prevent cavities forming and then visiting your dentist regularly so that if there is any decay it can be dealt with quickly and simply, you can keep the cost of dentistry down and ensure you remain fit and healthy for life.

Our Watford based dentist is here to help you stay dentally fit for life, keeping dental decay and cavities to the absolute minimum.

Jun 13 16

Straight Teeth in a matter of weeks with the Inman Aligner

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slider-1Straight Teeth in a matter of weeks with the Inman Aligner

In recent years the Inman aligner has revolutionised dental braces around the world and is one of the fastest orthodontic braces available.

It has even made it to an article in magazines such as Marie Claire. Because the Inman aligner uses a unique system of springs which push and pull different parts of your tooth at the same time it is possible to straighten teeth in approximately 12 weeks.

This article takes a detailed look at the aligner, from the cost, the problems, the results and the process.

How does the Inman Aligner work?

 

At the beginning of treatment the aligner may only be putting pressure on a single tooth, but as the treatment progresses and that tooth moves into position other teeth will then be touched and affected which means these will also have pressure pushing or tipping them into the correct place.

The aligner has a wire on the front of the teeth and one on the inside part of the teeth with strings attached. The front part on the outside of your teeth will be pulling the tooth inwards and the inside part will be pushing the tooth outwards, thereby meaning it is rotated and pushed into the correct position.

This action is limited to smaller amounts, if your teeth are extremely rotated you may find that the Inman Aligner  is not suitable for you, in which case another form of orthodontics may be best.

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bracegpx2101_468x643What results can be expected with the Inman Aligner?

The important thing to remember is that we should be limiting our goals and expectations, we are not trying to achieve the perfect result using this type of rapid orthodontics. We’re not necessarily trying to fix your bite although the bite can be affected and often improved.

With the Inman Aligner we are focusing on the front (anterior) six teeth and moving them to a more acceptable cosmetic position.

The process of having an aligner

The actual dental process is very simple.

  1. Your dentist will assess your teeth for suitability and have a discussion with you about the pros and cons of using an Inman Aligner.
  2. Dental impressions will be taken and sent off to the laboratory.
  3. About two weeks later the brace will be sent back to the dentist ready for your appointment.
  4. You have your dental brace fitted and the dentist will give you instructions on how to look after it and wear it.

 

Problems with the Inman aligner

One of the biggest problems people experience is not wearing the Inman Aligner for long enough each day. The recommended daily amount is to wear your Inman Aligner for 20 hours per day, only taking it out whilst you eat and brush your teeth.

This means it takes some effort on your part to ensure that you do your thing to be part of the process and help things along.

If you only wear your liners for 11 hours per day you could end up doubling the amount of treatment time, which contradicts one of the main reasons for using this type of rapid orthodontics in the first place.

Will I be able to eat with an Inman aligner?

You will not be able to eat whilst wearing your orthodontic brace. You need to remove the aligner whilst eating and for cleaning.

What will the results be like after wearing the Inman Aligner?

 

 

How much does an Inman Aligner cost?

The Inman Aligner typically costs between £2,000 and £3,000.

Would the Inman aligner work for me?

The inner man aligner is typically suitable for people with:

  • Crowded upper teeth
  • Crowded lower teeth
  • Protruding front teeth
  • Gaps between the teeth
  • Uneven teeth
  • Misaligned teeth

 

It is less suitable for people with biting problems and cannot be used to move back teeth.

The aligner can also be used in what is known as pre-restorative alignment.

You may have a chipped or broken down tooth, typically we could use dental bonding or dental veneers to restore this tooth but if the body of the tooth is in the wrong place this can be compromised.

By using an Inman aligner to move the body of the tooth into the correct place it allows your dentist to restore them using veneers, bonding or crowns in a more conservative and natural way.

Does the Inman Aligner hurt?

They should not normally be any pain when wearing this type of orthodontic brace. You may find that your teeth feel a little tender for the first week or so but as the pressure from the brace reduces you should become more accustomed to this pressure.

Here’s a great video which shows a patient having an Inman Aligner From Start To Finish…

What does the Inman Aligner look like?

Inman alignerThe Inman Aligner. is almost imperceptible, the part which wraps around the front of your teeth is clear and unobtrusive. Also, because the Inman Aligner is only worn for a couple of months it is a highly acceptable form of orthodontics.

Senova Dental Studios is a dentist in Watford offering cosmetic and general dentistry, for more information please call the number above or request an appointment online.  You may also find our page on how to find an orthodontist near you quite useful.

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May 13 16

Understanding who does what – it’s all in the specialism

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In life we know that if things are particularly complicated then a specialist in that area is the best person to sort it out. Dentistry is no different.  Understanding which specialist to see can often be rather confusing so in this blog post,  our Watford dentists  takes some time to go through each of the specialist areas to help you understand which person can best solve your dental problems. The following definitions are taken from the General Dental Council specialist register.

Orthodontist

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The development, prevention, and correction of irregularities of the teeth, bite and jaw.

Many general dentists are now offering what are known as either short term orthodontics (STO) all limited outcome orthodontics, these treatments move teeth to a more cosmetic situation and include treatments such as Invisalign (clear braces), Six Month Smiles (tooth coloured brackets) and the Inman aligner (rapid orthodontics).  These systems typically only move front teeth and don’t address more complicated biting problems.

A specialist orthodontist will typically use more complex techniques  to move teeth greater distances. A specialist orthodontist can correct biting problems and even work with a growing jaw during the early teenage years to help move the jaw and bone into a better position.

If you have a child whose teeth don’t seem to be biting correctly then a specialist orthodontist may be the person to see, many children begin  their orthodontic treatment at the age of 12, but it’s worth seeing an orthodontist sooner if you suspect they could be a problem.

Adults with crooked teeth could start with a general dentist, see if one of the short-term orthodontic techniques could work and have a discussion about whether a specialist orthodontist would be better suited due to biting problems.

Periodontist

The diagnosis, treatment and prevention of diseases and disorders (infections and inflammatory) of the gums and other structures around the teeth.

Gum  disease can often progress painlessly, it can start as red inflammation with bleeding on brushing, this may be a sign of gingivitis. As this gingivitis and inflammation spreads it can move down the  tooth towards the root at this point it becomes the more serious periodontitis which can lead to tooth loss.

At this point your dentist will probably refer you to a periodontist. The periodontist will then look at the extent of any disease and work with the treatment and help you prevent it happening again.

Prosthodontists are also the specialist which place dental implants. Their detailed knowledge of the  gums and other structures surrounding the teeth makes them the perfect person to restore your missing teeth with implants.

Prosthodontist

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The replacement of missing teeth and the associated soft and hard tissues by prostheses (crowns, bridges, dentures) which may be fixed or removable, or may be supported and retained by implants

A Prosthodontist will work extremely closely with a dental laboratory.  It will be the dental laboratory which manufacture your crowns, bridges or dentures to replace any missing teeth. These restorative options are also offered by your general dental practitioner but in some instances the restoration of the missing teeth becomes extremely complex, perhaps combining crowns, bridges and dentures in complex ways. Understanding how these restorations perform together takes specialist knowledge, in this case a Prosthodontist will often help to restore your smile.

You may also find that a prosthodontist  will work with a periodontist. The periodontist may place the dental implants (as in the example above) and the prosthodontist may work closely with the dental laboratory to make the denture on top. It is a close coordination of a specialist team to achieve the best result.

Endodontist

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The cause, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of diseases and injuries of the tooth root, dental pulp, and surrounding tissue.

Endodontics is a specialist field which many general dentists do not offer themselves. It takes many years training to be able to work in the small environment which is the root of a natural tooth. Many people think that root canal treatments are painful, the reality is that this type of treatment actually gets you out of pain. The results can be quite immediate!

Working with an endodontist your general dental practitioner is able to save teeth rather than remove them. This is always the preferred option of treatment if at all practical.

Oral Surgery

The treatment and ongoing management of irregularities and pathology of the jaw and mouth that require surgical intervention. This includes the specialty previously called Surgical Dentistry.

There are times when, unfortunately, some form of surgical procedure is required, for example:

  • Simple and complex dental extractions
  • Removal of Simple and Complex Wisdom teeth
  • Removal of retained roots
  • Orthodontic extractions
  • Exposure and bonding of Unerupted teeth for Orthodontics

This is when an oral surgery specialist will step in and support your general dental practitioner in the more complex surgical procedures.

Restorative Dentistry

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The restoration of diseased, injured, or abnormal teeth to normal function. Includes all aspects of Endodontics, Periodontics and Prosthodontic

A specialist in restorative dentistry works particularly with your natural teeth in order to restore them. This could be the complex combination of crowns, bridges, bonding, looking after the gums or treating complex problems with the teeth themselves. It involves a wide range of skills in order to save teeth.

You only ever get one set of adult teeth so it would make sense to restore them whenever possible, rather than have them extracted and be lost for ever. A restorative specialist helps you do this.

With so many specialists working to help save, restore and generate your  perfect smile it can be a little overwhelming to know where to start. Our dental practice in Watford works with resident specialists, in all areas,  we can refer you to the right person for you, alternatively you could search the specialist register on the GDC website.

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Apr 12 16

How do I chose an orthodontist near me?

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Choosing where to go for your orthodontic treatment can be a little bit of a mine field,  how do you choose an orthodontist? How do you even begin finding  a dentist that can offer orthodontic braces near you?  in this blog post we’re going to look at a series of questions you could ask an orthodontist and how to go about finding one in the first place.

Finding and orthodontist

 

1. Ask for recommendations

“I can’t begin to tell you all just how much all your hard work and effort means to me. It was worth every minute and every penny.”
Mrs V. (Watford)

The best way to find many things in life is to ask your friends and family, personal recommendations are one of the best ways to ensure that your service providers are of the highest quality.

If you have friends that have had dental braces then these would make the ideal person to ask. Towards the end of this blog post will also give you a list of questions that you could ask your preferred dentist once you have found them.

2. Search on Google

 Google location marker for dentist in whatModern technology is extremely clever and it is likely that Google will know your geographical location, so searching for something like ‘orthodontist near me’ should return some good results. It is important to remember that just because someone is top of the search results does not mean that their clinical services will be good.  Here are a few things to look out for on a dental practice website which would indicate that they are a trustworthy dentist:

  •  Lookout for patient testimonials and reviews, these tell you how good the service was from this practice, lookout for sites with  lots of reviews, ideally recent ones.
  • Does  the dental practice offer a low risk way of seeing them in the first place, either by a free consultation or perhaps a refund of the initial assessment.
  • Is the website regularly updated? Look for a date on the website,  this is often at the foot of the page. ‘Last update’ or ‘copyright date’ are a good indicator of how often the site is updated. A frequently updated site indicates a dentist that wants to hand out the most recent and useful information.
  •  Does the website display registration numbers for all of the dentists? The General Dental Council require all dentists to list their GDC numbers on the website, this gives traceability and ensures you are visiting a registered dentist.

3. Ask your existing dentist

Another way to find a dental practice that can offer orthodontics near you is to ask your existing dentist. General dental practitioners often refer to a specialist orthodontist in the local area, if you ask your general dentist  for a referral then they should be able to recommend an orthodontic practice locally to you.

 Specialist orthodontists have extensive  postgraduate training in orthodontics, they are able to offer more complex treatments which can deal with  almost any orthodontic problem.

4. Other online resources for orthodontics

The following places give some good information on your options.

The British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry aims to promote clinical excellence in cosmetic dentistry, that is carried out in an ethical, minimally invasive way. They have a list of various treatment options which explains how the treatment works and what it may end up costing.

This is a completely independent website which lists your options sorted by dental problem for example you could view ‘Straighter teeth’ and see all of your options available.

As ever, the Wikipedia community continues to keep this page updated with most of the modern treatments available.

We recommend you take some time to view each of these resources to see which treatment option may be best for you. We would then be privileged to answer any questions personally by way of an initial consultation.

Questions that you could ask before having treatment

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Once you have found a dentist you believe may be right you or your child then you will need to book an appointment. Many dentists offer either as free consultation or perhaps a refund of your initial assessment fee.  Ensure that you are given adequate time to ask all of the questions you feel appropriate, sitting in a relaxed environment, perhaps over a cup of coffee can help the conversation flow with your dental team member.

A few questions to ask your dentists  at that assessment:

  • Are you certified?

 Each of the differing orthodontic systems such as Invisalign, Inman Aligner or Six Months Smiles  have extensive training courses and certification programs. Dentists offering these systems should have certificates clearly displayed. Specialist orthodontists are the only dental professional entitled to use the word specialist, this means they have postgraduate training  enabling them to offer a wider range of treatments.

  • How long have you been  offering orthodontics?

 This question also helps you identify the experience of your chosen dental professional.

  • How many patients have you treated?

Again, another question to help you identify experience.

  • Can I see examples of your work?

A good dentist should have plenty of examples to show you, before and after photographs are a great way to help you understand your treatment. Your dentist may be able to show you photographs of patients treated with clinical situations very similar to your own, this will give you a good understanding of what the possible results maybe.

  • How often will you review my progress?

Before you commit to treatment you will want to know how often you may have to visit the dentist, hopefully, you will find a dentist near you to make things as convenient as possible. With orthodontics, you may find that you need to visit the dentist  roughly every 4-8 weeks.


Senova Dental Studios  are a local dentist in Watford offering clear orthodontics with Invisalign & rapid orthodontics with the Inman Aligner and Six Months Smiles. If you live locally, around Rickmansworth, Chorleywood, Bushey or Gerrards Cross and are looking for a dentist near you then please do give us a call.

 

 

Mar 1 16

Lifestyle and perceived facial age

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It has long been known and understood that your lifestyle can have a dramatic impact on your risk of age-related diseases. However, there has been less information available looking at the link between lifestyle and facial ageing… Until now.

A recent study [Gunn, Dick & van Heemst 2015] that was published in the British Journal of dermatologists look at the links between various factors and perceived facial age, specifically, they looked at skin going red in the sun, sun bed use, wearing false teeth, not flossing between teeth, few remaining teeth, body mass index (BMI) and irregular skin moisturisation.
The research consisted of data from two cross-sectional studies of 318 Dutch men and 329 women aged between 45 and 75, they also studied 162 Englishwomen in the same age range.

Results for men

In Dutch men, smoking, having skin that went red in the sun, being outside in the sun most of the summer, sunbed use, wearing false teeth and not flossing were all significantly associated with a total of 9.3 years higher perceived facial age.

Results for women

In Dutch women, smoking, sunbathing, sunbed use, few remaining teeth and a low body mass index (BMI) were associated with a total of 10.9 years higher perceived facial age.
In English women, cleaning teeth only once a day, wearing false teeth, irregular skin moisturisation and having skin that went red in the sun were associated with a total 9.1 years higher perceived facial age.

Interestingly, smoking and sunbed use were associated more strongly with aging in women than in men.

Although associative in nature the results of this study support the notion that lifestyle factors can have long-term beneficial effects on your youthful looks.

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What can you do to lower your perceived facial age?

The first thing to consider is how you can prevent your face from prematurely ageing.

Prevention

It would seem from the studies that regular skincare in both the forms of avoiding excessive sun and regularly using moisturiser is a good place to start.

The other thing that the study mentions this looking after your teeth. it certainly seems that for men, wearing false teeth and not flossing are significantly associated with higher perceived facial age.

With women, cleaning teeth only once a day and wearing false teeth increases perceived age, therefore looking after your teeth by cleaning them adequately is a pre-requisite for keeping them healthy for life.

Restoration

Unfortunately, things don’t always go to plan, here are a few ways you may be able to restore your perceived facial age.

  • If you are missing tooth and want to replace them, consider dental bridges or dental implants.
  • If you have false teeth then consider dental implants as a viable alternative.
  • If you have excessive winkles and/or lines then consider anti-wrinkle injections or fillers.

Senova Dental Studios in Watford have experience in restoring the signs of facial ageing using a combination of dentistry and facial rejuvenation techniques.

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References
Gunn DA, Dick, van Heemst et al ‘Lifestyle and youthful looks’. D Br J Dermatol. 2015;172(5):1338-45. doi: 10.1111/bjd.13646. Epub 2015 Apr 15.

Feb 8 16

How You Can Use The New Sugar Smart App to Monitor Sugar Intake

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It seems that, each day, many of us may be eating too much sugar.

It may come as a surprise to discover the amount of sugar you are eating and how quickly the added sugar that many of us consume can build up during the day.

The government are now advising that parents take action by installing a new app onto their smart phone which is able to read the barcodes on many food products giving them a visual representation of the amount of sugar a product contains.

The “sugar smart app”, from Public Health England (PHE), functions by checking bar code scans and revealing total sugar content of the food in either cubes or grams.

Authorities hope it can help combat tooth cavities, weight problems and type 2 diabetes and encourage families to select more healthy options with their daily diet.

TOOTH CAVITIES & DENTAL DISEASE

Approximately 46,500 children and young people under 19 were admitted to hospital for a primary diagnosis of dental caries in 2013–14 according to The state of children’s oral health in England report by the Faculty of Dental Surgery – that’s more children than were admitted for tonsillitis.

As a nation, if we are going to reduce these hospital admissions for young people we need to get dental disease under control.

Dental cavities arise when the bacteria in your mouth secrete acid. This acid secretion happens as they digest the sugar in your diet. This acid attacks the hard enamel of your teeth and can continue to penetrate deep into the tooth structure.

If this acid attack is left unchecked then the tooth can become seriously infected.

The only way to stop the dental cavity from continuing to grow is to visit the dentist, have the caries removed and then the hole filled. Advice on a good oral health routine can then be given as well as dietary advice.

It is this acid attack which can be limited if we control the amount of sugar that we have in our diets.

There are however other reasons to limit the amount of sugar.

Straight Teeth can also be more Healthy Teeth

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Straighter teeth can be easier to clean in the areas between your teeth.

It’s true. The hardest area to reach when you clean your teeth is the area between them, this is where the bacteria lurk and where plaque tends to build up the most.

If you keep these areas clean by using floss or an interdental brush then you will reduce the chance of developing caries, however if these areas are difficult to reach due to teeth being crooked or overlapping then you may not be able to keep them quite so clean.

It is therefore particularly important to manage your sugar intake and dental health routine if your teeth are crooked.

TYPE 2 DIABETES

Chris Askew, Diabetes UK Chief Executive, said:

“Diets that are high in sugar are fuelling the rise in obesity, and in turn the dramatic rise in Type 2 diabetes, a serious health condition that can lead to devastating complications such as blindness, amputations and stroke. This is unlike Type 1 diabetes which cannot be prevented and is not caused by being obese. With the average child consuming three times the recommended daily amount of sugar, the need for action has never been more urgent. The new Sugar Smart app will help parents to understand and take control of their children’s sugar intake.”

PHE states that young people are eating 3X more sugar than is recommended in their new Change4Life marketing campaign. Their research indicates that normally children aged 4 to 10 years of age are consuming 22kg of added sugar annually. That equates to about 5,500 sugar cubes which is more that the average 5-year old weighs!

It’s all as simple as 3 easy steps:

  1. Get The App
  2. Start Scanning
  3. Reveal The Sugar

HERE’S HOW TO USE THE SUGAR SMART APP

  • Download the application through the Apple Store or Google Play.
  • Based on how old you are, your everyday sugar allowance will differ. The application informs you on the maximum you should eat.
  • Select the product that has a barcode.
  • Open the application.
  • Permit the application the use of the digital camera on your phone- a box will appear requesting permission.
  • Line the barcode track up with the red-colored line and wait for a beep. If it’s doesn’t work, yo may be trying to scan too close up, so move the camera further away.
  • The application will let you know just how much sugar there is in the product – however the application does not have every food item available yet as it is still in it’s development stage.
  • After that you can share the end result together with your connections on Facebook, Twitter & other social media sites.
  • Clicking the menu button gives you more about sugar content in meals, a scanning history and let’s you go to the app’s website.

If you have children we can highly recommend that they download the app and begins scanning food, this can be a fun way to educate your kids about the amount of sugar in food.

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Senova Dental Studios are a Watford Dentist, helping the local people around Rickmansworth, Chorleywood, Gerrards Cross and Garston with their dental health.

Jan 7 16

Why Have a Dental Hygienist Checkup?

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Many people wonder if it’s actually important to visit a dental hygienist or not, in this article we will look at some of the problems that can arise and how a dental hygienist can help you spot these early symptoms.

In a recent article, it was reported that sugar-free sweets and ‘diet’ soft drinks are just as bad for teeth as their high sugar competitors. The sugar substitutes can also wreak havoc on people’s dental health, according to health researcher Eric Reynolds from the University of Melbourne

“Although the link between sugar and dental caries is widely recognised, dental erosion, another damaging dental condition, is less well known and is caused by some foods and beverages that are perceived by consumers to be healthy” – An extract from a BRIEFING PAPER

Heightened levels of acid in the mouth can occur for a range of medical and lifestyle reasons, but the most common cause of dental erosion is repeated exposure to acids in foods and drinks. Beverages with pH levels below 5.5 are comparatively acidic. This includes soft drinks, sports drinks, energy drinks, fruit juices, cordials and wine.

“CONSUMERS SHOULD BE AWARE THAT MANY SUGAR-FREE PRODUCTS ARE POTENTIALLY HARMFUL TO TEETH DUE TO THEIR CHEMICAL COMPOSITION.”

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Why Have a Dental Hygienist Checkup

Dental hygienists are specially trained to work as part of the dental team, to give care to patients.

They play an important part in dental health care and are mainly concerned with preventive dental health and treating gum disease – showing you correct home care and helping to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Dental hygienist are an integral part of the dental team, and in fact, can save you a great deal of money at the dentist by helping you keep your teeth healthy and prevent gum disease.

Symptoms of gum disease include:

  1. Bad breath that won’t go away
  2. Red or swollen gums
  3. Tender or bleeding gums
  4. Painful chewing
  5. Loose teeth
  6. Sensitive teeth
  7. Receding gums or longer appearing teeth

How much is hygienist appointment.

Using advanced screening methods, our highly trained hygienists can determine the level of infection (gum disease) in your mouth. Advice and education on how to achieve good gum health and prevent further periodontal problems.  At our practice in Watford an Initial New Patient Periodontal Assessment is £149.00

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Tooth Cleaning Tips

It is easy to get your mouth clean and healthy, and keep it that way. A simple routine can help prevent most dental problems:

  • brushing your teeth last thing at night and at least one other time during the day, with a fluoride toothpaste
  • cleaning between the teeth with ‘interdental’ brushes or floss at least once a day
  • using a good-quality fluoride mouthwash at least once per day, but not at the same time as cleaning your teeth. (Toothpaste has a higher fluoride content then mouthwash, so if you rinse your mouth out with mouthwash after cleaning then you actually reduce the amount of fluoride in contact with your teeth.)
  • good eating habits – having sugary foods and drinks less often >>> further advice on cutting down on sugar
  • regular dental check-ups.

Although most people brush regularly, many don’t clean between their teeth and some people don’t have regular dental check-ups. A few small changes in your daily routine can make a big difference in the long term. Your dental team can remove any build-up on your teeth and treat any gum disease that has already appeared. But daily dental care is up to you, and the main weapons are the toothbrush, toothpaste and cleaning between your teeth.

How often should you visit the hygienist?

If you have good oral hygiene habits and a healthy mouth, your dentist and dental hygienist will probably suggest professional teeth cleaning at least twice a year. Many dental insurance policies will cover two cleanings per year, If you have insurance it is well worth ensuring that you make full use of its benefits.

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Dec 1 15

Fast Food, Take Aways and Your Dental Health at Christmas

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As Christmas approaches we can often find ourselves having less time to cook  food at the end of each day. The temptation to snack or pop out for a takeaway becomes ever increasing. But what can it do to your dental health? And if you do decide to have the odd takeaway what can you do to protect your teeth and gums?

The purpose of this blog post is to give you some information about how you can look after your teeth better during the festive season, perhaps cut down on some of the most harmful foods and then change your dental health routine to be more efficient. We want you to enjoy Christmas and all of that delicious food and remain healthy at the same time, it is possible, we will then finish this article by giving you our top tips to enjoying the amazing food available over Christmas and staying dentally healthy at the same time… Read on.

Think about what you are eating

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Our first piece of advice is to think clearly about what you are eating, look at the entire meal, particularly sauces. Many sauces are processed and during that processing extra ingredients such as sugar are added. It is sugar that feeds the bacteria in your mouth, the bacteria are responsible for the acid attack on the enamel of your teeth each time you eat.

Just being aware of all of the ingredients in every meal, thinking about the amount of extra sugar you may be eating is a simple step in becoming more dentally health conscious.

What about all those take-aways?

The holiday season is a classic time where we want to slow down and do less, popping down the road for a takeaway becomes a popular past time! We want to encourage you to support your local businesses, but at the same time be dentally health aware. Each time you eat a takeaway just be aware of the ingredients and how they might affect your dental health.

If you have orthodontics then you might find that eating highly coloured food, such as some curries can discolour your brackets, choosing a less strongly coloured meal can mean that you can still enjoy the takeaway without discolouring your orthodontic braces.

Sandwiches for lunch

Having sandwiches for lunch are a great English tradition, but the same rule applies, think about what you’re having in them. If you are going to go out for a takeaway in the evening then you may want to consider having a healthier option sandwich for lunch, perhaps with fresh food rather than anything process which typically has more sugar.

>> Discover 50 of the best lunchtime sandwiches

Your Christmas dental health routine

We want you to enjoy all of the amazing food that is available over the festive season, so here are our top tips to enjoying your food and keeping your teeth and gums healthy.

Wait 20 min after eating before cleaning your teeth.

Immediately after you eat the bacteria in your mouth are at their most active. They will be feeding on the sugar in your food and as they do this they excrete acid, this acid attacks the outer surface of your teeth, making it slightly softer. If you wait 20 minutes before brushing it gives time to the natural process whereby your saliva neutralises this acid attack. 20 minutes after you have eaten your teeth have begun to recover and the enamel is not quite so vulnerable. You can now brush your teeth without fear of damaging them anymore.

After you’ve eaten that take-away or your amazing Christmas dinner, spend some time unwrapping a few more presents so that 20 min have passed… Then you can clean your teeth.

Use Interdental brushes daily

te=peInterdental brushes are extremely good at cleaning in between your teeth. They allow you to quickly and simply clean that difficult to reach area much easier than a regular toothbrush. If you like, you can use these brushes at the same time as you clean your teeth, but if it’s more convenient you can use the interdental brushes at other times of the day.

Over the Christmas period, you might find you need a little time away from grandad moaning at the television… It’s a perfect opportunity to pop to the bathroom and spend a couple of minutes with your interdental brushes giving them a little clean.

Use a mouthwash but NOT when cleaning your teeth

ID-100349752Many people mistakenly use a mouthwash after they have cleaned their teeth. You should avoid doing this as mouthwash contains less fluoride than toothpaste. Fluoride helps to strengthen teeth and protect them from the acid attack, if you use mouthwash after toothpaste then you are effectively rinsing off much of the fluoride.

After you clean your teeth don’t rinse with anything, simply leave the toothpaste in your mouth. Then, perhaps midway through the day, use a mouthwash to freshen your breath and give your mouth a quick rinse out.

 

So there you have our guide to surviving the holiday season food intake whilst maintaining a happy, healthy smile.

Senova Dental Studios are a Hertfordshire-based dental practice helping the local people of Watford, Gerrards Cross, Chorleywood and Rickmansworth areas look after their dental health and keep their teeth bright and healthy life.

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Nov 2 15

Mouth Cancer Action Month – November 2015

by Admin

Mouth Cancer Action Month was set up in the late 90’s to look at ways to combat the large increase in the diagnosis of mouth cancer. The primary concern was that there seemed to be a lack of general awareness about the signs and symptoms of oral cancer, knowing what to look out for and being confident to report it to a healthcare professional. This year our dental practice in Watford is doing its part to raise the awareness of mouth cancer.

The causes of mouth cancer.

Tobacco

Most mouth cancers can be linked back to smoking cigars and pipes, there are also instances of habits such as chewing tobacco being a contributory factor to mouth cancer. Alcohol also gives an increased risk of mouth cancer, particularly if consumed at the same time as tobacco.

Sunlight

With a tendency for people to lay out in the sun more, over exposure to sunlight can also responsible for causing some cancer of the lips.

Sexual Preferences

Many recent reports have linked mouth cancer to the human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV is the major cause of cervical cancer and affects the skin that lines the moist areas of the body. HPV can be spread through oral sex, and research now suggests that it could soon rival smoking and drinking as one of the main causes of mouth cancer. Practicing safe sex and limiting the number of partners you have may help reduce your chances of contracting HPV.

The signs of oral cancer

There are many different forms of oral cancer. However, the primary signs and symptoms may include:

  • A lump or thickening of the soft tissue in your mouth, including the gums, tongue and cheek.
  • Soreness and/or a feeling that something is caught in your throat.
  • Difficulty in chewing or swallowing.
  • Jaw pain.
  • Difficulty moving your tongue or jaw.
  • Numbness of the tongue or other area of your mouth.
  • Hoarseness.
  • White or red patches in the mouth the do not normally. (Typically these areas should heal within three weeks)
  • Mouth ulcers that don’t heal within three weeks.

Early detection of mouth cancer

The two best ways of detecting mouth cancer early are to be mouth aware at home and to have regular visits to your dentist. A modern dental practice should always undertake the mouth cancer check with every dental health assessment and this is a primary way of spotting the first signs of mouth cancer.

In order to be more mouth aware we have created a free guide, this goes through seven points for self-assessment at home. Looking at the risk factors for oral cancer and how you can lower them. You can download your 7 point mouth cancer self assessment guide here.

If your dentist believes they have found an early sign of mouth cancer than they will immediately refer you to the local hospital who can carry out more extensive tests which may include biopsies.

If mouth cancer is spotted early, the chances of a complete cure are good, and the smaller the area or ulcer the better the chance of a cure.

 

How to keep a healthy mouth

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Mike’s Story

Mike tells us how he found his mouth cancer early. Learn about possible symptoms of mouth cancer and why it is important to see your doctor as soon as you have symptoms.

 

Blue Lip Selfie Campaign – #bluelipselfie

Blue Lipstick Selfie #bluelipselfieGet involved with our Blue Lip Selfie campaign and show your support for mouth cancer!

This year, the British Dental Health Foundation have joined forces with main sponsors Denplan and created a fantastic new campaign to help raise awareness of mouth cancer.

They’re asking people to wear blue lips as a visible sign of support for mouth cancer and take a selfie. We hope this positive, interactive approach will significantly boost awareness of the disease and get everybody taking about mouth cancer, the risk factors involved, the signs and symptoms, and what we can do to help reduce our risk.

So what are you waiting for? Show the world your perfect pout and be part of something huge that aims to get everybody talking about mouth cancer!

Take your  #bluelipselfie and donate to mouth cancer

How to take part

Everybody can take part in the Blue Lip Selfie campaign; men or women, old or young, it doesn’t matter.

All you need to do is take a selfie of yourself or alongside family, friends or colleagues, and share it with the hashtag #bluelipselfie to help raise awareness get the campaign going viral and encourage others to show their support for mouth cancer.

Sep 9 15

10 ways to kick your sugar habit

by Admin
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You may already know about the health benefits of reducing the amount of sugar you eat, and equally you may already know that sugar is a great source of food for the bacteria which can cause dental decay. If you can cut down the amount of sugar you eat then you greatly reduce your chances of dental decay, so here are 10 ways to kick your sugar habit.

1 – Eat regularly

Eat 3 balanced meals and 2 healthy snacks per day, this will help prevent your blood sugar levels dropping dramatically. The more hungry you feel the more you will stray toward sugary snacks and junk food.

2- Choose whole foods and read the label

Choose natural foods that haven’t been processed. Real food is fresh and can perish. Packaged, branded food is often processed and contains added and/or hidden sugars. Look out for hidden sugars such as sucrose, fruit juice, maltodextrin and honey. Food labels are listed by mass, some manufacturers can use many types of sugars in small amounts to fill out one product.

>> More information about hidden sugar

3 – Don’t start the day with sugar

Breakfasts containing high starch and added sugar will only lead to cravings later in the day as your blood glucose spikes and dives. Eggs, fats and whole grains (whole oats, wheat, brown rice) can help you feel fuller for longer, with slow-release energy.

4 – Fruit, not fruit juice

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The fibre in whole fruit helps us to balance out its sugar content. Smoothies and juices shred or remove the fibre completely which expose us to high levels of fructose, which raises blood sugar. Stick to water if you’re thirsty.

5 – Spice up your life

Use spices and herbs to add a natural sweetness to foods. Add nutmeg, cinnamon or coriander to your food to kill off cravings.

6 – Keep busy

Filling your day with distractions, even a simple stroll can help you ignore the nagging need for a sugar hit.

7 – Get physical

Exercise

Exercise improves your insulin sensitivity which helps with blood sugar levels. By increasing muscle mass you increase your body’s ability to use energy from food and reduce fat.

8 – Sleep and distress

Tiredness can tempt us to use sugar for extra energy. Aim to get adequate sleep. Look at the causes of stress or emotional issues that may be pushing you to find comfort in junk food.

 9 – What you don’t have, can’t harm you

Keep sugary snacks and junk food out of the kitchen and office. You then won’t have access to it when temptation hits. Try whole fruits and unsalted nuts and seeds when hunger strikes.

10 – Drink plenty of water

By keeping hydrated and drinking plenty of water you will reduce the likelihood of turning to sugar filled juices or fizzy drinks in order to quench your thirst.

By looking after your teeth with daily cleaning and following a responsible and healthy diet you are far more likely to be able to keep your teeth fresh and healthy life which is, after all what everybody wants.

If you find you need further advice on your dental health and live in the local Watford, Rickmansworth, Chorleywood or Gerrads Cross area then please do give us a call or request an appointment online.

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Aug 3 15

Going to university? Will your teeth suffer as a result?

by Admin
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A recent report by www.shieldsgazette.com said that going away to University could be bad for your teeth.  They interviewed a leading cosmetic dentist who said:

“For young people away from home for the first time, it’s inevitable that they are going to embrace a party lifestyle, this can lead to dehydration and reduce the flow of saliva, which helps protect teeth, putting people at real risk of acid damage.

Many youngsters then compound the problem by drinking energy drinks to stay awake. Carbonated drinks like these, even sugar-free versions, contain significant acid in the fizz which soften the enamel on your teeth, and if you then brush softened teeth, they wear down really fast. I’ve had patients come home from university after just one term and I can see the damage immediately” – Dr Ken Harris

In light of this recent report it seems like a good idea to go into university life educated about looking after your teeth, so here are our Watford Dentist’s top tips to surviving university with your teeth intact

Wait before brushing your teeth.

If you drink carbonated drinks of fruit juice we recommend that you wait a couple of hours before brushing your teeth. These drinks contain acid and this acid can have a softening effect on the enamel of your teeth. The natural saliva in your mouth will neutralise this acidity and help to restore the natural balance in your mouth, but this process happens slowly and if you drink these drinks in rapid succession your teeth don’t have time to fully recover.

Waiting a couple of hours before your brush your teeth gives you take time to recover and brushing then removes any sticky sugar which may still be attached to your teeth. It’s important to remove this sticky layer as it is upon this that the harmful bacteria which cause tooth decay will feed.

Drink plenty of water.

breakingmuscle.com gives These top 10 tips for why you should be drinking water.

  1. If you don’t drink water, you will die. It’s that important. Depending on our environment, we can live only a few days without water – maybe a week. We can live much longer without food. For most of us, we should prioritize the consumption of water far more than we currently do.
  2. Prevent cancer. Yes, that’s right – various research says staying hydrated can reduce risk of colon cancer by 45%, bladder cancer by 50%6, and possibly reduce breast cancer risk as well.
  3. Be less cranky. Research says dehydration can affect your mood and make you grumpy and confused. Think clearer and be happier by drinking more water.
  4. Perform better. Proper hydration contributes to increased athletic performance. Water composes 75% of our muscle tissue! Dehydration can lead to weakness, fatigue, dizziness, and electrolyte imbalance.
  5. Lose weight. Sometimes we think we are hungry, when actually we are thirsty. Our body just starts turning on all the alarms when we ignore it. For those of you trying to drop some pounds, staying hydrated can serve as an appetite suppressant and help with weight loss.
  6. Have less joint pain. Drinking water can reduce pain in your joints by keeping the cartilage soft and hydrated. This is actually how glucosamine helps reduce joint pain, by aiding in cartilage’s absorption of water.
  7. Flush out waste and bacteria. Our digestive system needs water to function properly. Waste is flushed out in the form of urine and sweat. If we don’t drink water, we don’t flush out waste and it collects in our body causing a myriad of problems. Also combined with fiber, water can cure constipation.
  8. Prevent headaches. Sometimes headaches can be caused by dehydration, so drinking water can prevent or alleviate that nasty head pain. Next time your head hurts, try drinking water.
  9. Make your skin glow. Our skin is the largest organ in our body. Regular and plentiful water consumption can improve the color and texture of your skin by keeping it building new cells properly. Drinking water also helps the skin do it’s job of regulating the body’s temperature through sweating.
  10. Feed your body. Water is essential for the proper circulation of nutrients in the body. Water serves at the body’s transportation system and when we are dehydrated things just can’t get around as well.

To add to that, when you drink plenty of water it keeps you hydrated which means that the saliva in your mouth flows more freely. If you become dehydrated  your mouth has a tendency to dry out and the saliva can’t neutralise any of the acids which naturally accumulate, especially during eating or drinking fizzy drinks.

There has been research to show that there is a connection between the amount of exercise you undertake and your academic success, however, exercising more vigourously will also mean you have a tendency to dehydrate so if you want to achieve academic success and exercise you must also remember to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.

How much water should you drink?

Authority nutrition recommend that you drink eight 8-ounce glasses, which is the same as 2L or half a gallon of water per day. If you are exercising you should be drinking more than this.

What to do if you vomit!

We’re not saying you’re likely to do this at University, but the truth is, you probably will! When you vomit there will be acid that will come into contact with your teeth, if you clean your teeth straight afterwards you run the risk of damaging them as they will have been softened by this acid attack. The best thing to do is to rinse your mouth out with clean fresh water and wait a few hours before brushing.

We hope our guide to keeping your teeth healthy at University has been useful. We are a private dental practice in Watford, Hertfordshire offering a range of dental health and restorative treatments for the local people of Gerard’s cross, Bushey, Rickmansworth, Chorleywood and the wider Hertfordshire area.

Acknowledgements:

Source article: http://www.shieldsgazette.com/news/education/why-university-can-be-bad-for-your-teeth-1-7358264

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Jun 30 15

What is the cost of dental implants? You might want to read point #3!

by Admin
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With more and more patients now seeking treatment overseas for dental implants we thought it would be a good idea to write a blog post about the cost of dental implants and replacing missing teeth.

The true cost of dental implant includes many factors which need to be taken into account before deciding where to go.

Our Hertfordshire-based dentist answers these rather technical and intricate questions in their latest blog post.

How is the cost of the dental implant made up?

The cost of a dental implant is made up of the following components:

  1. Your dental implants surgeon’s time in preparing all of the diagnostic stages, analytic stages and presurgery preparation work required.
  2. Training and education for the surgeon themselves and the surrounding terrain.
  3. The actual dental implant hardware components which are manufactured to exacting tolerances of thousandths of a millimetre.
  4. The final restoration of the dental implant in the form of the crown/bridge/denture which is fixed to the top of it.
  5. Postsurgical care to ensure that the healing and integration of the implant into the jaw is as required and comfortable.
  6. Post fitting dental implants care to ensure that not only the implant is working and healthy but that the surrounding bone and gum are also healthy, thereby reducing the chance of infections and disease in the long-term. This is ongoing care for the rest of your life, much as you would with natural teeth.

Each dental implant restoration is bespoke and custom made to you. Think about the use your dental implant will get, it will be in use 24/7, even when you are asleep many people grind their teeth is slightly, during this teeth grinding process your implant will be taking some load and working. Ensuring that your dental implant and care is of the highest quality will ensure that your implant lasts for many years to come making it a very worthwhile investment.

What is the exact cost of the dental implant?

This is a little like saying, ” How much is a car?” – the answer depends on which manufacturer, which model and which extra features? The same basic rule applies the dental implants. Because they are custom-made each individual, each individual will have a different cost. If you have little bone then you may be required to have bone augmentation or regeneration, if you have a complex clinical situation then a complex restorative option may be required involving more components and more time. All of this adds to the cost.

However, one can normally estimate the following costs to be around:

  1. £112 for an initial consultation with our oral surgeon. This will not be per tooth but would be the same if you are replacing a single to or all of your teeth with a dental implant.
  2. £1350 for the placement of a dental implant. To replace a single tooth you would need one implant, but, for example to replace 4 teeth you may only need 2 implants.
  3. £695 per tooth for the crown/bridge.

Here’s a typical example of a single tooth restoration cost and a multiple tooth restoration cost.

The cost of replacing one tooth*.

  • Initial assessment £112
  • dental implant placement £1350
  • dental crown on top of the implant £695
  • TOTAL – £2157

The cost of replacing 4 teeth*.

  • Initial assessment £112
  • dental implant placement £1350 X 2= £2700
  • dental crowns on top of the implant £695 X 4=£2780
  • TOTAL – £5592

The cost of replacing 4 teeth then actually works out at £1398 Per tooth, this reducing cost per tooth tends to increase the more teeth you have replaced.

We will also ensure that you have all of these costs and all of the alternatives provided after the initial consultation and before you go ahead with any other treatment, thereby ensuring you are fully informed of all of your options and costs at the beginning.

Can I go to another country for dental implants?

The simple answer this question is yes of course, you could travel abroad for dental implants, however let’s look at this rather tricky subject in a little more detail.

“If you’re considering dental treatment abroad, do your research and be aware of the potential risks.” – NHS CHOICES

As well as providing you with dental implants our dental practice in Watford, Hertfordshire also wants to look after your continuing dental health to ensure that you keep your teeth and actually don’t need to have any more implants in the future.

Having this continuity of care is extremely important and something you may not achieve if you have different dentists do different parts of your treatment.

“You may not get all the information or reassurance you would normally get from your dentist at home.” – PROF DAMIEN WALMSEY

Consider what the NHS website says About going abroad for your dental treatment.

 

This is backed up by Damien Walmsley, professor of restorative dentistry at the University of Birmingham.

 

Here is a list of questions that the General Dental Council recommend you consider before going abroad for any form of dental implant treatment.

1. Who will be carrying out my treatment and what qualifications do they have?

Dental implant diagram

An extremely important aspect with dental implants is that you trust your dental implants surgeon. The first stage in this process is getting to know them and ensuring that you like them. This is why an initial assessment with a local dentist, such as our practice in Watford, is important. You need to have someone you can pop in to see, Get to know and ask questions of.

Dentists in the United Kingdom also required to register with the General Dental Council. This gives a level of protection to the general public and ensures that any specialists are also registered. Dental implants are often placed by specialists in periodontics, this is a person that has undergone extensive postgraduate masters level education in managing the gum and bone in your mouth. These periodontist is often perform gum surgery and understand the anatomy of your mouth exceptionally well.

They can also manage the aesthetic contouring of your gum around the dental implant to ensure you get the best looking result at the end. The question to ask now is, we get this same level of trust and education if you go to visit a dentist overseas?

2. Does your dental practice have many reviews from patients that have had dental implants?

Looking for reviews and testimonials on a dental implant website, and indeed in the practice itself, will give you a clear picture as to the quality and assurance provided by your chosen practice. Here is a list of useful links:

3. Is the dentist which will place my implants and the practice that I am going to attend registered and regulated?

Practising dentist’s in the UK must register with the General Dental Council (GDC), the GDC say “We set and maintain standards in UK dentistry. Your dental professional must be registered and must continue to meet our expectations throughout their careers. We can take action if they do not.”

Individual dental practices must also register with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and be subjected to regular checks. CQC policies also mean that the practice must have had complaints procedures, cross infection control procedures and many other things designed to help you be assured that the practice you are dealing with is regulated and registered.

If you do decide to travel abroad you need to ensure that your dentist is registered and regulated by organisations such as we are in the UK. You must also check the validity of those organisations to ensure that their regulation and registration processes are worth anything!

4. If I’m not happy with the results of my dental implants who pays the costs in travelling abroad to rectify them?

Whilst we endeavour to ensure that your dental implant is correct the first time, it is a precision piece of engineering and inevitably there may be small tweaks and changes to get it looking perfect in the final stages. Our dental technician works just around the corner from our practice in Watford which means that they can easily visit you whilst you are with us. Visiting a local dentist also means that any return appointments for final adjustments keep the cost to you as low as possible.

Imagine if you had a dental implant overseas and had incurred costs of flights and hotels and when you went to have a dental implant fitted you were not quite happy with the result? Who would pay for you to travel back again once adjustments have been made? Or would you simply have to accept whatever was provided for you if you weren’t 100% happy?

The beauty of using a local dentist who in turn uses a local dental laboratory is that these airfares and hotel costs are eradicated, thereby actually reducing the overall cost of the dental implant.

5. What complaints system you have in place and where can I see a copy of it?

Part of compliance with the CQC, which is compulsory in the UK, is to have a robust complaints procedure. This ensures that you have the means to complain to your dentist if things don’t go right, they then have an obligation to follow-up this complaint. The CQC audit these complaints in the UK and ensure that the procedures are strictly adhered to. If you travel abroad for your dental implants will you get the same level of compliance? Who is going to monitor any complaints? Who will ensure that any complaints are followed up? Here is our full audit with the CQC.

*Not to be taken as an exact cost or an estimate, this is for guidance purposes only and individual treatment prices may vary considerably depending on your clinical situation.

Apr 10 15

Faith Hill Has Invisible Braces – See If You Can Spot Them

by Admin

It is becoming more and more acceptable for adults to wear braces nowadays, and it seems that the celebrities are paving the way to making adult orthodontics more acceptable.

With modern invisible braces it’s almost impossible to see which people are wearing orthodontics and which are not!

Take a look at this video of Faith Hill, and see if you can spot her braces as she speaks.

So why would adults wear braces? Well, one of the most common reasons is that children have orthodontics and once completed tend not to wear the retainers, over the years the teeth can then have a tendency to drift back to where they were before. Here’s what Faith Hill says:

“They are about four months old. I’m getting used to them, I forgot to wear my retainer — kids, wear your retainer,” she advised, explaining why she had to get them put on. “I had braces as a kid.”

As the interviewer points out it really is possible to look great and wear braces at the same time!

What types of braces are available?

Broadly speaking orthodontic braces offered by your general dental practice can be broken down into three categories:

  1. Rapid braces.
  2. Tooth coloured braces.
  3. Almost Invisible braces.

Let’s look at each of these in turn.

Rapid braces.

One of the most common systems available today is the Inman AlignerInman aligner

The Inman aligner is a revolutionary new removable device which is able to both push and pull the teeth at the same time. The way the springs are designed is unique to this system and allows the removable braces to straighten teeth in approximately 16 weeks.

Advantages of the Inman aligner

Because the Inman aligner is only working on your front teeth, which generally have smaller roots than the back teeth, it’s possible to move them much faster than has been previously possible with traditional fixed braces. Because the device is removable it also allows you to remove it for eating and cleaning, making it comfortable and convenient.

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Inman Aligner Results

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Tooth coloured braces

We offer a range of invisible braces at Senova – the ones Faith Hill are wearing looked to be similar to the tooth coloured ceramic braces that are Six Month Smiles. This is a revolutionary new orthodontic system which is fixed and can move the front teeth in around six months.

The system utilises a revolutionary new bracket, this bracket reduces the amount of friction against the wire enabling the braces to work faster than conventional fixed orthodonticsSix month smiles

As you can see, the difference between tooth coloured braces and conventional metal, train track braces is quite extreme. This makes them the perfect option if you would like to have straighter teeth, in the fastest time with no one else knowing!

Once again, six month smiles moves teeth faster than some other conventional orthodontics because we are only straightening that anterior (front) teeth.

Six Month Smiles Results

Six month smiles results

Six month smiles results

Almost Invisible Clear Braces.

The final option is Invisalign, these are a clear aligner which are removable which people find are almost completely invisible when they are wearing them on a daily basis. The aligners work by putting a small amount of pressure on your teeth in the required direction in order to move them. Each aligner moves of teeth a small amount.

You will typically where each player aligner for approximately 2 weeks, and then replace it for a new one which will continue the movement of your teeth towards their final destination.

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Invisalign uses modern high-tech computer assisted technology to design each of the aligners. Treatment typically takes between 18 months and 2 years, depending on the amount of movement required.

You will need to wear your aligners for 20 hours per day, removing them only to eat and clean your teeth.

If you are conscious about your smile and want to have straighter teeth with no one else knowing then Invisalign may be the option for you.

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Senova Dental Studios are a dental practice situated in Watford, Hertfordshire. They offer a range orthodontic tooth straightening solutions to the people of Chorleywood, Rickmansworth, Gerrards Cross & Bushey. If you would like to find out more about how you can begin to smile confidently too, then please do give them a call or download their voucher today for a refund of your initial assessment fee.

 

 

Jan 5 15

What are your options if you want to replace missing teeth?

by Admin

If you have missing teeth and want to replace them it’s good to know your options in advance, this means that when you go to your dentist you have a good idea of how you can proceed and can have an informed discussion about the way forwards.

It’s important to replace missing teeth for a variety of reasons which we have spoken about in previous blog posts, in this post we don’t talk exclusively about your options, so let’s list them:

  1. Dentures.
  2. Dental bridges.
  3. Dental implants.

We’ll now take some time to look at each of these in turn.

Replacing missing teeth with dentures.

DenturesDentures can be an excellent way to restore teeth which you have lost. Dentures can either be provided to replace a few teeth (known as a partial denture) or to replace all of your teeth (known as a full denture).

Partial dentures are often secured in place using clasps, these are small clips which attached to your adjacent teeth.

One of the biggest problems with dentures is that they are removable. Whilst this can be good for cleaning it means they may have a tendency to move whilst you eat. This can wear down adjacent teeth and may put unnecessary pressure onto the surrounding gum area, when this happens the gum can recede for around the adjacent teeth.

Dental bridges.

A dental bridgeDental bridges are often preferred as they are a fixed alternative. They are permanently secured into your mouth and can be used to replace one single missing teeth or to replace multiple missing teeth. To have a dental bridge you need to have existing teeth (or have dental implants placed). These form the support mechanism to hold the missing tooth replacement in the correct place.

One of the biggest disadvantages of a dental bridge is that there is often a requirement to reduce the teeth either side of the gap to a stump. This could potentially mean removing otherwise healthy tooth tissue which is something many dentists would rather not do. Most dental practices prefer to work in a minimally invasive way and retain as much to structure as possible.

Dental bridges have been used for many years and have an excellent reputation, especially modern bridges which have no metal inside. So that the bridge is extremely strong modern techniques (amongst others) involve the use of zirconium oxide as a framework. This is a high-strength, naturally occurring material which is inert and is used in hip replacements.

Dental implants to replace missing teeth.

Dental implant diagramOften a dental implant is the best option to replace your missing tooth. Dental implants support the underlying bone structure around the missing tooth. This can help to prevent additional bone loss which occurs after a tooth has been extracted. Dental implants also do not require reduction of the adjacent teeth, meaning they can be a more conservative option.

The longevity of dental implants is also excellent, they can last many years and be an excellent investment in your smile.

A dental implant is essentially a replacement of your natural tooth root. However, it is always advisable to do everything you can to keep your natural teeth and not rely on artificial replacements later on in life!

Dental implants don’t give your body the receptive feedback that a natural tooth does, this means it can be harder to gauge how hard you are biting so you need to be careful if you have dental implants.

Whilst dental implants can be the most costly alternative in the short-term, their ability to outlast dental bridge means they can be the best value option as a long-term treatment. When this is coupled with things like 0% finance and payment plans it makes dental implants are very cost-effective alternative.

Summary

There are many options to replace missing teeth and each of them will be customised for your own clinical situation. We don’t recommend deciding in advance exactly which treatment you want, indeed, sometimes a combination of treatments is right for you. For example, you may have many missing teeth and decide that you want dental implants as a fixed option, however, sometimes we need to rebuild the lost gum work which accompanies lost teeth. This is to rebuild the profile of your face and can often only be done with a denture. In this case we might recommend a combination of a denture fixed in with dental implants.

The key is to have an open mind when you go to visit your dentist, have a discussion with them to see what options are available to you, take home a fully costed treatment plan with all of your options and then make a decision.

Places to find out more

We thought it might be useful to put some links to other resources where you can go to find out more about dental implants.

Since its formation in 1987, the ADI has been dedicated to providing on-going postgraduate education to the dental profession in order to extend awareness of dental implant treatment as an option for improving patient oral health.

Visit their website here >> www.adi.org.uk/public/index.htm

The British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry aims to promote clinical excellence in cosmetic dentistry, that is carried out in an ethical, minimally invasive way.

Visit their website here >> www.bacd.com/about-the-bacd

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Senova Dental Studios is a dental practice located in Watford, Hertfordshire. They offer a range of cosmetic, restorative and preventative dental treatments to the local people who travel to see them from Garston, Bushey, North Watford, Gerrards Cross and further afield. They offer a refund of an initial consultation with £85, simply complete the form to the right of this page.

Dec 17 14

5 Hours in surgery and a Few Weeks of Mashed Vegetables But This Lady’s Implants Were Totally Worth It

by Admin

We recently saw an article in the Daily Mail online showing a retired sales manager by the name of Holly Merrick, 68 having dental implants to improve her confidence. She spent £30,000 on the treatment, had five hours of surgery and had to eat mashed vegetables for weeks, so why do people put themselves through this to replace missing teeth?

The reasons could be many, it seems that in Holly’s case she wanted to feel more confident after her divorce and she even comments:

“Last September I even went for  a cruise around the South Pacific on my own, which I’d never have had the confidence to do before.”

So what would your reason be? To feel more confident? To feel more attractive? Perhaps to be able to eat, smile and chew again? Or something else…

The top reasons to replace missing teeth

These are, of course, the top reasons that many patients give us, they are all emotional reasons and are extremely powerful and did you know there are also some clinical reasons why you might want to replace missing teeth.

Preventing further bone loss.

resorption

One of the primary objectives of any dentist is to retain as many natural features as possible, this includes gum, bone and teeth. Not many people want to lose please! When you have a tooth extracted in naturally leads socket, the way the body repairs this is that the surrounding bone collapses into the socket. This has the effect of reducing the overall amount of bone in that area.

This has an aesthetic effect meaning that any tooth we use to replace the missing tooth tends to look longer, Plus it has a clinical dental effect in that if we ever want to replace the missing tooth with a dental implant in future, we have less bone into which we can fix the dental implant. Of course, we could augment the bone but this can be uncomfortable and add increased expense to the treatment.

Preventing the opposing teeth from over erupting.

Did you know that all of your teeth in your mouth sit in what is known as the neutral zone. This neutral zone balances out the forces of your tongue pushing out, your cheeks pushing in and the opposing teeth pushing up or down. If something within this balanced neutral zone changes your teeth will have a tendency to move, in fact some patients thrust with their tongue and are able to push the teeth out creating a distinctive look that many want corrected with orthodontics.

adult-tongue-thrust

The power of the tongue is very strong and is able to push the teeth forward in some cases.

 

over-eruption-supra-erupted-tooth

What happens if you have missing teeth is that the opposing teeth can begin to drift and over erupt into the space. This can create byte problems and potentially cause headaches or jaw joint pain.

Preventing the adjacent teeth from tipping.

bone-lossWith the tooth missing not only can the opposing teeth over erupt and drift down but the adjacent teeth can begin tipping into this space also.

Again, this has the effect of moving your teeth around which can result in what is known as a mal occlusion, this is when the teeth don’t meet together properly and the muscles of your jaw, head, face and neck need to compromise in order to move your jaw joint in a different way. This can lead to biting problems and also muscle pain in these areas.

Are dental implants the answer?

Dental implants are not the only solution to replacing missing teeth, dentures and bridges can also be highly effective. The advantage that a dental implant has is that it sits directly into the bone and supports it. This means that the collapsing effect of the surrounding bone once a tooth is removed can be minimised, so long as the implant is placed soon after the tooth has been removed.

In many cases it is possible to use what is known as an immediate dental implant. This is where the dental implant is placed immediately into the socket once the tooth has been removed. This makes the surgical procedure slightly more effective as everything happens in one go.

Dental implants, whilst being one of the more expensive treatments in dentistry, can lead to a life of confidence eating, cheering and smiling which is why people, such as the lady mentioned here, Are prepared to go for five hours in surgery and eat mashed vegetables for a few weeks.

Is it your turn now to confidently replace missing teeth? If you feel it is please give Senova Dental Studios in Watford a call, we are a local-based dental practice helping the people of Garston, Chorleywood, Rickmansworth, Gerrards Cross and surrounding Hertfordshire areas replace their missing teeth.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2746133/30-000-5-hours-surgery-weeks-mashed-vegetables-implants-really-worth-it.html

Feb 26 14

Cleaning your teeth with an electric tooth brush

by Admin

Many people still use a manual toothbrush to clean their teeth, a few of the problems associated with this are:

  1. You have no idea if you are pressing too hard when you brush.
  2. Many people’s action with a toothbrush is not the most efficient for the best cleaning.
  3. It is difficult to reach some areas of your teeth, especially the inside and right at the very back.
  4. People often tend not to brush for the correct length of time.

This can result in your teeth not being quite as clean as you had hoped. A green solution to this is to start to use an electric toothbrush, and here’s how.

How to clean with an electric toothbrush.

Always and all the bristles up towards the gum line on the top teeth and down towards the gum line on the lower teeth. This will ensure that this critical gum/tooth area is kept clean, if you brush with the bristles angled straight on towards the tooth it will clean, but nowhere near as well as if you angle the bristles.

Apply a pea sized amount of toothpaste to the toothbrush and placed toothbrush in your mouth for you turn on the electric motion, this saves you splashing toothpaste everywhere!

Then simply allow the toothbrush to run over the outer surface of your teeth keeping the brush in place for a few seconds on each tooth, there is no need to work in any rushing or circular motion, as the toothbrush is designed to do this for you. Move gently  from one tooth to another along the whole outer surface (the cheek side), once this is done repeat on the top surface (the biting side) and then finally on the inside of your teeth (that tongue side).

Most electric toothbrushes deep after 30 seconds, this indicates that you have finished cleaning this quadrant and it is time to move onto the next quadrant-again cleaning the outer surface, biting surface and inner surface of that quadrant for 30 seconds.

Many of the more advanced electric toothbrushes also have a pressure sensor, these are good to go for if it fits within your budget as these will show you if you are pressing too hard when cleaning your teeth. People often feel they need to press hard to get the deepest clean, however this can damage the sensitive gumline if too hard and action is used.

 

The video above shows the use of a Philips toothbrush, however there are also other makes of electric toothbrush on the market. If you would like any further advice about brushing your teeth with an electric toothbrush then please do request an appointment with our dental health educator.

Senova Dental Studios are a Private dental practice in Watford, Hertfordshire our patients travel from around the UK to visit us.

Jan 16 14

Information and advice about white fillings

by Admin

What can cause you to have a filling?

A good question to which there are several answers.

Too much sugar in your diet can cause a build up of plaque – the white sticky film of bacteria that sits on the tooth or teeth. If this is not efficiently removed by tooth brushing and flossing the bacteria attacks the enamel and causes a hole. This is what is commonly known as tooth decay. A poorly constructed filling can also cause a collection of plaque/bacteria, again creating an attack on this area. Another possible cause can be a natural imbalance in the ph of your saliva which can lead to softening of the enamel leaving it prone to acid attack which causes decay.

This article is written by Dr Jay Padayachy of Senova Dental Studios, Watford.

Keeping your mouth and your teeth clean

Keeping your mouth and your teeth clean with regular brushing can prevent you from having a filling. Regular visits to your dentist and hygienist will also assist with your oral hygiene. Unfortunately, neglected teeth may lead to decay. Decay is the formation of a hole in the tooth or teeth. Decay starts in the enamel and you may not experience any pain at this point. However, as it spreads to the dentine and finally to the nerve of the tooth a lot of pain can be experienced. This will lead on to a visit to the dentist for a filling or even a root filling (where the nerve of the tooth has to be removed). There are two options for fillings – silver or white.

Replacing silver fillings

Anyone with a silver filling, visible when you smile or laugh, would probably think of having it replaced. We all desire a perfect set of white teeth. This could include having all of the silver fillings removed and replaced with directly placed white ones. The end product is a white, bright, clean smile. But beware, this may incur some sensitivity as directly placed white fillings contract slightly in the mouth as they set, causing more fractures. Thus, are white fillings worth the pain and trouble they can cause?

The answer is not always.

What are white fillings?

White fillings can make a vast improvement to the appearance of teeth but patients need to be aware that they have their limitations. They were never designed to replace large silver fillings. Some patients opt for replacing their silver fillings with white fillings, when they’re not suitable. The composite used in white fillings is not strong enough to fill large areas of a tooth. As the composite material sets in the mouth it shrinks slightly which can create a very small gap. If the filling contracts away from the next tooth, this will allow food to get trapped between these neighboring teeth. If it shrinks between the filling and the tooth itself then bacteria and food will work their way down between this junction and cause it to fail.

Can white fillings be made any size?

The bigger the size of the white filling, the more chance there is that the pressure of biting will cause the weakened tooth to fracture. This can lead to sensitivity and pain when drinking and eating, more usually associated with tooth decay. But when these teeth are x-rayed there can often be no sign of any problems.

Not all is lost with white fillings. There is an alternative and that is an inlay. These forms of inlay can be made from porcelain or reinforced composite materials. Not only do they look beautiful but being bonded to the tooth, they can reinforce and strengthen the remaining tooth structure thus minimising the removal of any remaining sound enamel as would be required for a conventional crown preparation

So why don’t dentists offer this? It’s a matter of cost. White fillings are cheaper and tooth coloured inlays are more expensive. But inlays in the long term will last longer, are stronger and so better for your mouth.

Nov 19 12

Six Month Smiles – Case Reviews – Is This You?

by Admin

One of the most popular treatments today in orthodontic dentistry is Six Month Smiles, this is because this particular type of tooth straightening treatment is not only fast (typically six months) but it is also almost invisible as tooth coloured brackets are used during the treatment.

In this blog post we want to review some of the treatment results from Six Month Smiles so that you are better able to see before and after photographs and have a chance to review these cases yourself. As you read through this post, we recommend you compare your own situation with that of the people shown, and ask yourself how you would like your teeth to look after orthodontic treatment. This is always a good place to start as it tells us the extent of the tooth movement, we can then work out the best orthodontic therapy to you.

Six Month Smiles case review 1

This patient disliked the fact that there to front teeth seemed to be angled backwards and the laterals (the teeth either side of the two front teeth) were angled forwards. You can see from this photograph from the side that the amount of rotation was quite severe. The Six Month Smiles braces were able to re-align the teeth very neatly as you can see in the after photograph.

You will also notice in the book for photograph that the shape of the lateral incisor on the right of the photograph is more rounded at the tip. In the after photograph this has been smoothed off and flattened. In many cases orthodontics moves the teeth to the correct position and then a small amount of dental bonding or gentle reduction of the tooth allows us to reshape it in a way that is right for you.

six month smile case review one

 

Six Month Smiles Case review two

In the before photograph you can clearly see that both the upper and lower teeth are quite crooked. Many times orthodontics is not the only treatment undertaken, and sometimes it is used in combination with dental bonding (to add small areas to the tooth), reshaping of the tooth and teeth whitening to ensure a whiter and brighter smile.

Six Month Smiles Case review two

 

Six Month Smiles Case review three

This case highlights one of the areas for concern that people with crooked teeth complain about, and that is black spaces or triangles between the teeth-especially towards the insiders and edge or tip of the tooth. If you look at the two front teeth in this case, you can see that the tips do not meet towards the centre. This has the result of creating a black triangle which looks unsightly.

By simply re-aligning the teeth with Six Month Smiles it is possible to make the whole arch line look far more attractive and appealing.

Another thing to notice is that the lateral incisor on the right of the photograph (on the patient’s left) looks darker. This is an optical illusion due to the fact that the toth is set back and out of the arch line. When teeth are in standing like this the result is a shadowed area, and by using Six Month Smiles orthodontic braces it is possible to bring this to into line, reducing the shadow area and giving the overall effect of the tooth looking lighter.

Six Month Smiles Case review three

More information on six month smiles can be found here.

If you are interested in Six Month Smiles treatments then please fill in the voucher form at the top right of our website where you can claim a refund of your initial assessment fee. Senova dental practice is pleased to see patients from around the Watford area including Chorleywood, Rickmansworth, St Albans, Gerrards Cross, Kings Langley, Croxley Green and around the Hertfordshire area.

 

 

Sep 21 12

Free Tooth Whitening with Every Six Month Smile

by Admin

Are you concerned about crooked or on even front teeth?

Would you be interested to see a way of straightening your teeth in a matter of months not years?

Would you like whiter teeth and straighter teeth?

Six Month Smiles is a revolutionary new way to straighten teeth with on unobtrusive orthodontic fixed brace. This orthodontic procedure is part of a new phase of cosmetic dentistry called align, bleach and bond. This involves the process of moving teeth into the correct position using a range of orthodontic systems. Once the teeth have been aligned we can then whiten them with effective and safe teeth whitening. After the teeth have been whitened the final stage is to correct any areas that are chipped or broken down, this is done using a tooth coloured material which is bonded to the surface of the tooth.

So many patients like the concept of whiter, straighter and more even teeth that we have decided to offer free Tooth Whitening with every Six Month Smiles orthodontic system. So if you are thinking that you would like straighter teeth with nearly invisible braces, then six month smiles may be the perfect system for you-and now you can enjoy free teeth whitening as well.

To find out more about our amazing special offer of free tooth whitening, then please book for your initial consultation at the practice today as this offer expires on the 31st October 2012, call 01923 233600.

 

Sep 7 12

Staying dentally healthy this summer

by Admin

We know we know, there’s hardly been a summer this year… Yet. We can remain ever hopeful though!

In anticipation of a fantastic and glorious summer, we thought we’d give you some top tips to keeping your teeth fresh and healthy whilst you are on holiday.

Dental health plan

Staying in perfect dental health is a team effort between yourself, your dentist and your hygienist. Always ensure that you have regular hygiene appointments to ensure that your teeth and gums are healthy.

Consider an electric toothbrush.

Modern quality electric toothbrushes have the ability to tell if you are pressing too hard on your gums, they also have a convenient timer. These features ensure you brush your teeth well enough, without damaging the delicate gum margins.

Clean well.

The spaces between your teeth are delicate areas, which need gentle care and attention. Ensure you follow  the hygienist’s instructions with regards to cleaning these areas, if floss, tape or inter dental brushes have been suggested, please ensure you use them in the way described.

Quit smoking.

Smoking damages not only your health, but your gums and teeth. It can stain your teeth, attack the gums and give you bad breath. It has been shown that people who smoke typically have poorer oral health and are more prone to gum disease, this results in a higher incidence of tooth loss in later life.

Remember fluoride.

A good quality toothpaste and mouthwash will ensure that fluoride levels are optimal to protect your teeth. Remember, children should always use a child specific toothpaste as this has an appropriate amount of fluoride for their age.

Consider teeth whitening.

Brighter and whiter teeth look fantastic with a summer tan (fat chance in this country this year!), Teeth whitening is one of the simplest and quickest ways to achieve a confident smile. If you have a couple of weeks until you go on holiday, it’s not too late to give us a call to find out more about whitening your teeth before you go.

It’s all about the H2O.

We all know that staying hydrated is important, and drinking water with and after your meal is a great way to neutralise any acidity that remains from the food.

Chew gum.

Chewing sugarfree gum after a meal helps to stimulate the production of saliva, this is your body is natural defence against the bacteria which form cavities. Chewing sugarfree gum can help protect your teeth.

Quit those fizzy drinks.

Many fizzy drinks are highly acidic, as you know this can attack your teeth. If you really want to drink fizzy drinks a good trick is to drink them through a straw, this then tends to keep the acidic drink away from your teeth slightly more. Although our preference is to not drink these fizzy drinks at all!

Clean your teeth after meals.

After a meal we recommend you clean your teeth, HOWEVER, we recommend that you wait 20 min. Otherwise you may be damaging the enamel of your teeth which could possibly have been softened by the acid in the food.

We hope you found these tips useful for a healthy and confident smile in the summer. For more information please call our dental practice in the centre of Watford, Hertfordshire on 01923 233600.

 

Aug 24 12

Why do you need to see a dental hygienist?

by Admin

In this blog post we thought it would be good to highlight the role of a dental hygienist within the dental practice. Dentists are often recommending that you see  hygienist , but why is this?

Gum disease is when your gums become infected, this is indicated by red, swollen or puffy and even bleeding gums. If left untreated this gum disease can turn into what we call periodontitis. This is a much more serious disease and affects the bone surrounding your teeth, if this bone becomes infected then it has a tendency to shrink. This shrinking means that ultimately your teeth can become loose and fallout in extreme cases.

As gum disease is the precursor to periodontitis it is a good idea to treat it at an early stage!

Even if you clean your teeth with an electric toothbrush, it is still possible to occasionally miss difficult to reach areas. These difficult to reach areas are typically the places between your teeth. The role of a dental hygienist is to work in close partnership with the dentist, to spot the early warning signs of gum disease which may be invisible to you as the patient. The dental hygienist is able to detect early gum disease and treat it effectively.

As you will know, the more you do something the more proficient and efficient you become at it. This is the same with dental hygienists, because they are specially trained in oral hygiene they are able to treat gum problems and look after your oral health in a much more efficient way.

A dental hygienist does so much more than clean your teeth! They are an integral part of the dental team, and in fact, can save you a great deal of money at the dentist by helping you keep your teeth healthy.

So there are so many reasons that you need to continue to visit your dental hygienist, and now you know exactly what they do, making an appointment is simple by calling us on (01923) 233600.

Senova Dental Studios are a Watford-based dental practice with a keen interest in helping you keep your teeth healthy for life by visiting a dental hygienist. More information about our hygienist in Watford can be found here.

Aug 6 12

Are you only cleaning 60% of your teeth?

by Senova

Family using an electric toothbrush

Brushing alone will only clean about 60% of your tooth’s surface, so it’s important to remember that products such as interdental brushes and floss are available to remove plaque and debris between the teeth where your toothbrush can’t reach.
 
Only 27% of adults use an electric toothbrush. Rigorous tests have shown that brushes with small, oscillating heads are up to twice as effective at removing plaque compared to a manual toothbrush. Many now have 2-minute timers to ensure that brushing is done for the recommended amount of time.
 
Gum disease, the first pointer of which is bleeding gums, is entirely preventable by investing time in a good oral health routine both morning and night. If you need to buy an electric toothbrush, pop in and see us at Senova!

 

 

 

May 13 12

How to Avoid Tooth Decay

by Admin

Some call it a cavity, some call it dental decay or dental caries. They’re all names for a hole in your tooth and none of them are good!

The root cause (pardon the pun) of tooth decay is plaque, a sticky substance in your mouth made up mostly of germs. This plaque is caused by the build up of a film that covers all the surfaces inside your mouth, this film is known as ‘biofilm’ and it’s when this really builds up that plaque forms.

Dental decay starts in the outer layer of your tooth, called the enamel. We always prefer prevention rather than treatment, but if we do need to treat this then we need to drill out all the decay and replace it with a white filling.

So, what can we do to prevent tooth decay?

Here’s our quick and simple advice

  • Brush your teeth every day with a fluoride toothpaste
  • Clean between your teeth every day with floss or tape
  • Snack smart – limit sugary snacks
  • Rinse after meals with a mouth wash to reduce the bio-film
  • See your dentist regularly so we can spot the early signs of tooth decay and disease.
Apr 27 12

How to deal with dental emergencies

by Admin

We occasionally see patients at the practice that have had some sort of dental trauma or emergency, so we thought it a good idea to let you know what to do in such an emergency

A permanent tooth that is knocked out can sometimes be reimplanted. In most cases, only permanent, adult teeth are reimplanted into the mouth. Baby teeth are usually left out.

If you are unfortunate enough to have a tooth knocked out, immediately contact us. If you can find the tooth after the accident or injury, bring it with you.

Dental First Aid

Keep any tooth that has been knocked out (avulses) as we may be able to put it back in for you, but please do bring it to us as soon as possible as tooth will slowly start to die if it is starved of blood for too long. Please only touch the tooth only by the crown (chewing edge) to keep the chance of infection as low as possible.

Use one of the following options to transport the tooth:

  1. If you can, replace the tooth in the socket, to the same level as the adjacent teeth. Bite down gently on gauze to help keep it in place, but please be careful not to swallow the tooth
  2. If the tooth cannot be replaced in the socket, place it in a container and cover with a small amount of whole milk or saliva. The tooth can also be carried between lower lip and lower gum or under the tongue.

For additional first aid, please also follow these steps:

  • Apply a cold compress to the mouth and gums for pain.
  • Apply direct pressure, using gauze, to control bleeding.
  • Contact us as soon as you can, the sooner the better to give the best chance of reimplanting the tooth successfully and to keep the risk of infection as low as possible

If a tooth has simply chipped and has not been knocked out, this does not need to be seen as an emergency as we can repair the chip easily with dental bonding or instant veneers.

Here are some DON’Ts

  • Do NOT handle the roots of the tooth. Handle only the crown, or the part of the tooth that you can normally see
  • Do NOT scrub the tooth to remove dirt.
  • Do NOT brush or clean the tooth with alcohol or peroxide.
Apr 13 12

Invisalign Invisible Braces

by Admin

Crooked teeth happen when there is simply a lack of room within your jaw for all of your teeth to fit normally.

When this is neglected, your teeth can be harder to clean which can result in tooth decay and/or gum disease, if this still remians untreated then eventually tooth loss is the result.

This means that not only are straight teeth more attractive and confidence building, they are also more healthy!

A common objection to moving teeth with dental braces is people don’t like to be seen wearing them – this is a valid point, so we’d like to introduce our almost invisible braces with Invisalign.

Your Invisalign therapy consists of a sequence of virtually unseen, aligners that you remove and change every two weeks for the next set of aligners. Each aligner is independently manufactured for your teeth, and your teeth only. As you replace each aligner, your teeth will move – little by little, until they have arrived in the final position prescribed by us.

What’s more, a virtual 3D image (ClinCheck© therapy plan) shows the sequence of small steps your teeth will go through over the course of the therapy. This allows you to see in advance what your teeth are expected to look like at the end of the treatment. From the results of the ClinCheck, your custom-made clear aligners are produced especially for you.

If you’re ready for a look that changes your appearance, Invisalign braces is your answer. Although there are many choices out there, no other therapy works as perfectly as Invisalign braces.

A confident look and improved self-esteem aren’t the only benefits of straightening teeth with Invisalign braces — your oral health can be efficiently enhanced as well. Learn more here.

Jan 11 12

Liquorice And Dental Health

by Senova

For those of you that love liquorice, a recent study has shown that a
couple of substances in it are capable of killing bacteria associated
with tooth decay and gum disease, follow the link to read more if you’re
interested.

http://www.dentistry.co.uk/

Jan 9 12

Whoopi Goldberg’s Personal Experience With Gum Disease

by Senova

Take a look at this youtube video from Whoopi Goldberg’s personal experience with gum disease, where she sheds light on how serious it can be and how easily it can be prevented

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLDL8NhNxWA

Jan 4 12

Link Between Poor Gum Health And Pneumonia

by Senova

As many of you may already know there have been proven links between
gum/periodontal disease and systemic diseases such as heart disease.
This recent report from the USA now shows that there is a link between
poor gum health and pneumonia. Click on the link to read more. Here at
Senova we take gum health very seriously hence the time we encourage you
to invest in your home care as well as the time spent with our excellent
team of hygienists.
http://www.dentistry.co.uk/

 

Dec 2 11

Mouth Cancer Checks

by Senova

Some of you may have read about the results discussed in the attached
article. Jay Padayachy would like to reassure you that here at Senova we
do mouth cancer checks as routine – in hygiene and in the yearly checks
with Jay. If the hygienist has any concerns at the 6 monthly
hygiene appointments, then Jay will happily come in to check.

http://www.dentistry.co.uk/

 

Dec 1 11

How Diet May Influence Tooth Position

by Senova

For those of you with braces we thought you might like this article on how
diet may influence tooth position. Please click on the link to read
more

http://www.dentistry.co.uk/dental-news/

 

Nov 25 11

Senova’s Orthodontist Refurbs His London Practice

by Senova

Asif Chatoo, the specialist orthodontist at Senova, has refurbished his
main practice in London. Jay and his wife were very pleased to be able
to attend the opening party to celebrate this next phase, please click
on the link below to read more about it

 http://www.dentistry.co.uk/news/4639–Invisible-braces-New-phase-for-UK’s-first-qaposinvisible-smileqapos-clinic

Nov 24 11

National Mouth Cancer Awareness Month

by Senova

It’s national mouth cancer awareness month and Jay and the practice have been featured in the Watford observer for the free oral cancer screening being offered, please follow the link to read all about it.

 
http://www.watfordobserver.co.uk/news/9352766.Dentist_offers_free_cancer
_screening/

Nov 16 11

Tattoo Removal in Watford Hertfordshire

by Senova

We’re Sorry.

Senova Dental Studios no longer provide this service.

Sorry for any inconvenience.

Jun 6 11

Orthodontics – Part 2

by Senova

Mum: “OMG ….to use the vernacular of the day, how amazed am I? The day Chloe had her brace fitted I cleared my diary of events, in fact I left the whole week free, believing that she would be wracked with pain, bleeding gums, swollen tounge, possibly ulcers on the inside of her cheeks and generally have the week in bed. I stocked up on paracetamol, ibruprofen and extra DVD box-sets and imagined we would be holed-up in darkness whilst Chloe came to terms with the enormity of her pain and discomfort. But not a bit of it! Chloe had her brace fitted at 4pm and was at her piano lesson by 5:30pm, she skipped to school the next morning too!

If you read Chloe’s Blog – Part 1 you will know that we had already been through an unsettling experience with a different orthodontic practice. We decided to seek a second opinion from the very highly recommended Senova Dental Studios and this has proven to be exactly the right call. with their attention to detail and consideration at our first consultation, their ability to put us at ease and now the ‘pain free’ brace fitting, they certainly deserve their ‘ Dental Centre of Excellence’ title”.

Here’s what Chloe had to say about her experience:

” When I was having my braces fitted it was painless. At first I was afraid at the thought of having things stuck to my teeth, but after 3 minutes the reassuring smiles and the care they took made me relax so much. I felt like I was in good hands. I have suffered very little discomfort since the brace has been fitted and don’t feel self-conscious as I love choosing the funky coloured bands to match my outfit and mood each time I go”.

Chloe’s next consultation will involve the replacement of her wires for much stouter ones…….watch this space for the next report!

 

Mar 4 11

Orthodontic – Part 1

by admin

LIFE CHANGING DENTISTRY

Orthodontic treatment at Senova Dental Studios in central Watford

We bring you Part 1 of a regular blog from Chloe, who is about to embark on a course of orthodontic treatment at Senova Dental Studios. We will give you regular updates on how the treatment is progressing, including the initial consultation, “before” photographs, the brace fitting, the highs, the lows, the brace removal, then finally the Senova smile! We start with both mum’s and daughter’s perspective of what brought them to Senova.

Mum: ”There is much publicity about children being forced to grow up too soon, and I must say it concerns me too. So when my 11 year old daughter Chloe, was told by her first orthodontist (NOT at Senova) that she had to go into her consultation…. alone, I must admit, this raised alarm bells for me.”

“What could she possibly be told that I was not going to be allowed to hear? I soon found out, as we were shunted through the post-appointment consultation. She had been told horror stories by the orthodontist about what could be the consequences to her teeth, if she didn’t take the one option they were saying was available to her; this being the removal of a perfectly healthy tooth, filing down other good teeth and quite literally if she didn’t do it NOW there was no option but to wait until she was 21 to pay for it herself!”

“Quite understandably Chloe was distraught and when I raised my serious concerns and asked what alternative options we had, my concerns were dismissed by the Orthodontist; I was treated with disdain and was promptly asked not to make a fuss, to sign the paperwork and move along. I decided it really was time to find somewhere else!”

“We decided to go for a second opinion. I had heard about Senova Dental Studios (centrally located opposite the Harlequin Centre in Watford) and they came highly recommended, but understandably we were bruised and doubtful about dentists in general. Thankfully we found the rave reviews well founded. The treatment we received from the initial telephone call, to our first consultation were exemplary. We were both treated with concern, consideration and understanding… what a world of difference!”

“Everything was explained, options were discussed, recommendations were given but not forced upon us. Everything was consultative and for this reason Chloe became visibly relaxed under the care of Dr Asif Chatoo and Dr Jay Padayachy. She became happy and willing to go ahead with her extensive 18 month treatment plan. Oh and the good news is… she has managed to keep ALL her teeth! Here’s what Chloe had to say about her experience:”

“When I first went to Senova Dental Studios I was really scared but the kind smiles and reassurances from every single one of the staff made me relax very quickly.
The reason I was scared was because an orthodontist that I went to before was saying that I had to do lots of things to my mouth – which there was no reason for doing, as Senova proved; this was a huge relief when I found out. The orthodontists at the place I used to go to seemed like they didn’t care what they were saying and just moved us on without fully explaining it and Senova did the complete opposite, they took time and care to explain it to us and if we didn’t understand something then they would explain it again.”

Dec 8 10

A different take on dentistry

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If we’re honest most of us would admit to being a bit cowardly when it comes to going to the dentist, with just the thought of it being enough to set the teeth on edge. However, with Senova Dental Studios in Watford all that could be about to change, as it aims to offer a dental experience with a difference.

And sitting in the reception area of the centre in Beechen Grove the difference is already obvious, as rather than being filled with the usual amount of dread over what the next few minutes may hold in store, instead I’m happily singing along to the music from the radio playing softly in the background. This welcoming first impression is summed up perfectly by a fellow patient commenting on the centre’s ‘positive energy’.

Patients arriving tor their appointments can help themselves to fresh tea and coffee and browse through the daily newspapers or the latest issue of the celebrity magazines while they’re waiting. Beyond the reception area the facilities resemble a health spa rather than a dentist surgery, with everything imaginable on offer to put even the most nervous patients at their ease, including a relaxation suite and spa therapy room.

Shaped like a giant molar, the Senova Studios have nine surgery rooms which all feature rear delivery of equipment, so the patient sees nothing and can simply lie back and relax, even listening to their own choice of music or watching a DVD while dentistry is carried our. And it’s not just your teeth that Sen ova can look after, as the Studios offer a complete cosmetic experience, from simple teeth whitening and oral hygiene to mole and tattoo removal. Senova also offers a walk-in oral cancer screening service for just £20, a small price to pay for peace of mind.

Principle dentist Dr Jay Padayachy has been a familiar face in dental care in Watford since he joined the Leavesden Road practice back in 1998. The practice re-located the premises to its present Beechen Grove location two years ago in order to accommodate the complete range of specialisms. “Our clients come to us from all spectrums of life, from dinner ladies to multi millionaires, all recognising the importance of looking after their oral health, it’s never too late. We offer each client a full consultation to discuss their options and to help them make the decisions that are right for them,” says Jay, who is an accredited member of the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

For more information or to book a consultation call 01923 233600 or visit www.senovadental.com

 

Nov 30 10

A patients makeover experience by Cecil Pickard

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A before and after. Cecil Pickard explains “what my dental makeover did for me and why I recommend it”.

Nov 30 10

My face my body TV

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MyFaceMyBody TV

The UK’s First Cosmetic Surgery TV Show

Nov 8 10

Spa Therapy News

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Senova now offer permanent tattoo removal and semi permanent Make up Artists on site in the Spa Therapy room, as well as our Osteopath, David Haynes and Sports Massage Therapist, Jason North.

Oct 8 10

All Dental Specialties in house ‘under 1 roof’

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Senova Dental Studios now have nearly all Dental Specialties in house ‘under 1 roof’.

We are pleased to announce the appointment of  Dr Adi Moran and Dr Asif Chatoo.

Dr Adi Moran will be providing our Endodontics (root canal) Services and Dr Asif Chatoo will provide specialist orthodontic (braces) services.

They can both take referrals from our own dentist, from a patients’ own dentist, if the patient is not a patient at Senova, or patients can self refer themselves.

Dec 8 09

Referral Centre of the Year

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Senova Dental Studios are the Winners the WOW Awards 2009 for the Referral Centre of the Year.

Oct 29 09

Our list of awards

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By entering competitions at the very highest level we challenge ourselves to continually develop and improve.

Referral Practice 2009
National WOW Awards

Probe Dental Awards 2009
Shortlisted for Dentists of the Year, Hygienist of the Year and Practice of the Year.

Private Dentistry Awards 2008
Shortlisted for Most Innovative Practice, Most Attractive Practice

Business Excellence Awards 2008
Finalist in the catergories of Success Through People and Innovation.

American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry Convention 2005
Winning: 1 gold, 3 silver and 1 bronze medal

UK practice of the year UK Private Practice of the Year 2003
Special Commendation

UK Private Practice of the Year 2001, 2002, 2003
Runner Up

Probe Dental Awards 2001
Oral Health Initiative Winner

We’re in Business 2000
Regional Winner National Runner Up

Colgate Prevention in Practice 1999
Winner

Probe Dental Awards 1999
Hygienist of the Year Winner

Probe Dental Awards 1997
Practice Manager of the Year Winner

Oct 22 08

Extreme Makeover UK

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Making people feel good

Jay has performed smile makeovers for Living TV’s Extreme Makeover UK.

Extreme Makeover

These patients were so delighted with their wonderful new smiles and it was truly a privilege to perform the dentistry for such deserving people.

These cases are shown below:
Extreme Makeover

Extreme Makeover

Sep 8 08

Focus: The needs of older patients

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As we start to get older, it becomes increasingly important to monitor our health and wellbeing, and that’s certainly true of teeth and gums.

A lot of our mature patients have issues with gum health. Your gums are much more at risk of receding as you get older, leading to the roots being exposed, decay setting in and the possible loss of the tooth. Here at Senova, our dentists and hygienists will keep a regular look out for any early signs of problems and can advise on diet or oral health techniques to combat certain conditions associated with age.

The incidence of oral cancer also gets far higher as you get older, and again we are perfectly placed to monitor for this, with screening carried out as part of every examination. The good news is that oral cancer is one of the most treatable cancers if spotted early enough.

Dry mouth (or Xerostomia to give it its clinical name) can also become more of a problem as the years progress, and is often associated with certain medications such as high blood pressure and anti-depressant tablets. Dry mouth can be very uncomfortable and can lead to rampant tooth decay very quickly. We will be able to advise on treatments and ways to alleviate the symptoms.

Finally it is inevitable that teeth can fail, which is hardly surprising given how much work they do! Any of the Senova dentists are happy to explain all the options to you if this should happen, which might include dentures, implants or bridges. Did you know that even if you have none of your natural teeth left, you should still see your dentist regularly? We can check that the gums around your dentures are still healthy.

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