Facial Rejuvenating Treatments At Hello Dental

Although we are widely recognised for our expertise in dentistry Hello Dental also offers  safe, highly effective anti-wrinkle treatments to help soften lines and wrinkles, and boost confidence.

What does the treatment involve?

Treatment is carried out by our qualified facial aesthetics practitioner Dr Neel Sanghavi. As a dental professional his training means he has an in depth knowledge of facial anatomy and muscles which means you are less likely to  have side effects and adverse reactions from misplacement of Botulin Toxin or dermal fillers. The initial stage is a free consultation to discuss not only the procedure in full but your hopes and expectations, and the benefits of the different treatments available to achieve the best results for you.

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Areas that can be treated:

  • Frown Lines
  • Crow’s Feet
  • Forehead Lines

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The treatment involves a series of very small injections, so small that patients often describe the treatment as pain free. It takes an average of 2-3 weeks to see the maximum effects of your treatment, but most people notice a difference within a few days. Results last on average for 3-4 months.

At Hello Dental we legally prescribe wrinkle smoothing toxins Botox, Azzalure and Bocouture so you can be assured we have sourced our supplies from reputable distributors.

Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers work by adding support and volume. Treatment is much more variable so our enhancement techniques are tailored to each individual.

Results are visible immediately and last for 6-12 months dependent on the product used. At Hello Dental we use Belotero, Juvederm and Restylane fillers.

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For further information, prices or to book a consultation please contact us on  01206 589777 or via email at info@hellodental.co.uk

http://www.hellodental.co.uk/treatments/facial-rejuvenation/

Caring For Teeth With Crowns

A dental crown is a restoration that fits over the remaining part of a prepared tooth, making it strong, plus giving it the shape and appearance of a natural looking tooth. Dental crowns are also known as caps. Crowns are an ideal way to repair teeth that have broken, cracked, or have been weakened by decay, have a very large filling, have been root canal treated or be used as the final restoration for a dental implant.

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When you go home, you can treat your crown as though it were your natural tooth. A crowned tooth is protected from decay, except for the gum line. You should continue an effective oral hygiene with routine of brushing twice a day and cleaning in-between your teeth daily. When you brush, the bristles cannot reach between your teeth. So, without cleaning in-between the teeth, you are missing around 30-40% of the surfaces of your teeth.

It’s important you visit your dentist for regular check-ups to have your crown and teeth assessed and the dental hygienist who will guide you to improve your oral hygiene and clean under the gum level where you cannot reach with your tooth brush.

Gum Disease

Gum disease is extremely common and affects 3 out of every 4 adults over the age of 35 in the UK.

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Gum disease is a bacterial infection that gradually causes the gum, bone and supporting structure around your teeth to be lost. As the foundation is lost it can eventually lead to loss of teeth if untreated. Gum disease, not decay is the biggest cause of tooth loss.

At Hello Dental we have a particular interest and expertise in treating gum disease.

Causes of Gum Disease:

Some people are more prone to gum disease. in about 30% of the population there are various genetic factors that cause the gum disease to progress more rapidly. In some people the genetic predisposition is so strong that the gum disease is very aggressive and needs specialist management.

Poor oral hygiene is a main contributor. A build-up of plaque on our teeth that is not removed will harden and form tartar, which brushing cannot remove. The longer that plaque and tartar are left on the teeth, the more destructive the bacteria becomes. It’s important to use an effective brushing technique twice a day for at least two minutes and clean in-between your teeth daily.

Diabetics especially if your diabetes is uncontrolled can have an impact.

Smoking is very strongly linked with gum disease. The toxins in cigarette smoke together with nicotine prevent the body effectively fighting off the bacteria that cause gum disease.

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For further information on the causes of gum disease and how we can help with our laser therapy, follow our link..

http://www.hellodental.co.uk/treatments/laser-gum-disease/

Which Toothpaste Should I Use?

One question that comes up time and time again is ‘what toothpaste should I use?’ As an adult, it is important to use a toothpaste that contains 1450ppm sodium fluoride. This is to keep teeth strong and resistant to decay.

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Sensitive toothpaste is helpful if you suffer from sensitivity, they work by building up a layer over micro tubules in the tooth structure and blocking any sensitivity.

Sensitive toothpastes all have different active ingredients so if one doesn’t work for you, you can always try a different one.

Oral B pro expert toothpaste contains sodium fluoride and stannous fluoride which has been proven to help with plaque/stain/tartar build up, bad breath and prevention of caries.

If I was to recommend one toothpaste it would be Oral B Pro Expert.

Jodie.

Dental Hygienist at Hello Dental

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Mouth Cancer Action Month: Risk Factors

Mouth cancer action month is a charity campaign to raise awareness of mouth cancer every November. It may shock most people to know that last year 7000 people were diagnosed with mouth cancer and it remains one of very few cancers which are predicted to increase further in the coming years.

The campaign informs people of the risk factors and signs to look out for. It’s also encouraged you regularly visit your dentist where an oral cancer screening is completed at every check-up appointment. It is still important for patients who have lost teeth and wear dentures to see a dentist yearly at least for the screening.

Do not wait for your annual appointments and book in to see your dentist immediately if you have any unusual lumps or swelling in the mouth and neck area, mouth ulcers that have not healed in three weeks or any red or white patches in the mouth.

Here are some of our team raising awareness with a blue lips selfie!

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The Risk Factors

Although mouth cancer can affect anybody, 91% of all diagnosis is linked to lifestyle factors:

Tobacco- Around one in five people in the UK currently smoke, which accounts for roughly two in every three mouth cancer cases.

Alcohol- Drinking alcohol to excess is a major risk factor. People who smoke and drink alcohol to excess increase their risk of mouth cancer by up to 30 times. Drinking in moderation is important.

The Human papillomavirus- The Human papillomavirus (HPV), transmitted mostly through oral sex, will overtake tobacco use as the main cause of mouth cancer within the next decade. Limiting the number of partners, you have and practising safe sex will reduce the risk.

Diet- Up to half of all mouth cancer cases are partly due to poor diet.  A diet rich in fruit and vegetables will not only keep your body fit and healthy, it will help to reduce the risk of mouth cancer.

Chewing or smokeless tobacco- Like cigarettes, smokeless tobacco is a serious risk to a person’s health. Both contain nicotine, which is a very addictive drug. One can of chewing tobacco can release as much nicotine into your body as 60 cigarettes.

Environmental- Mouth cancer risk is 87% higher in those who have never smoked and that have been exposed to tobacco smoke at home or work, compared with unexposed non-smokers.

If you have any concerns or questions about mouth cancer,  call us on 01206 589777

 

 

Tips For Healthy Halloween Teeth

Halloween is almost here! If your kids are like most they have probably picked out their costume and are ready to indulge on sweet treats. Here are some tips to keep your child’s teeth healthy this Halloween…

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  • Have a good meal prior to trick or treating, this will help suppress your children’s overwhelming urge to eat all the Halloween sweets they collect.
  • Ensure your child brushes for two minutes first thing in the morning before breakfast and last thing at night. Its advised that children up to the age of 9 should be assisted with their brushing.
  • Limit when your child has sweets. Saving sweet treats for meal times will reduce the amount of time your child’s teeth are under an acid attack.
  • Find alternatives to sweets as treats this year. Swap the usual sweets for stickers, vampire teeth, temporary tattoos, pencils, erasers, toothbrushes, sugar-free gum and sugar-free sweets.

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What Options Do I Have for Straightening My Teeth?

Dr Neel Sanghavi gives an overview of different braces…

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Over the last 10 years’ teeth straightening has become very popular as research, technology and innovation in dentistry has meant that people can have their teeth straightened faster and more affordable than ever before.

 

Fixed Braces,

These are the kind of braces that are stuck to your teeth and traditionally have been called ‘train tracks’ with a metal bracket and wire.

The appearance of these have improved greatly and nowadays there is also the option of having these using clear or white brackets with a white wire, making them a lot more conspicuous.

Short term braces, brands that fall into the fixed braces category are Fastbraces, Six month smiles, Efast, Quick straight teeth and Damon braces.

There are differences between these brands and the results you can expect; we primarily use Fastbraces.

There are fixed braces that are unbranded which in the right case can give good results, though treatment can take a bit longer in inexperienced hands.

Specialist orthodontists primarily use unbranded fixed braces, and at Hello dental we will occasionally give the option of using these if appropriate.

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Lingual Fixed Braces,

As above these are fixed to the teeth, but crucially they are stuck to the inside of the teeth.

They are often custom made and are more difficult to tolerate that usual braces stuck to the front.

While being more appearance friendly the extra time taken and custom-made nature means they almost always cost more than conventional fixed braces.

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Removable ‘Invisible’ Braces,

These consist of a hard clear plastic tray that are worn sequentially to move the teeth. They are generally taken out to eat but worn for around 22 hours per day.

The concept has been around for about 20 years, but was brought to mass use by Invisalign.

Invisalign is the most common invisible brace system by virtue of the fact that it was the first and is very heavily marketed to the public, dentists and specialist orthodontists which also can mean it comes with a hefty price tag.

At Hello Dental we provide more cost effective alternatives to Invisalign, called Clear Correct and Clear aligner.

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Other Removable Brace Systems,

There are many other removable brace systems, the most common of which is the Inman aligner.  The Inman aligner works well for very minor crowding but cannot be used for more complex cases.  Typically, it works well and cost effectively for people who had braces and the teeth have just started to move and look a little crowded. This can happen in retainers are not worn after the teeth straightening treatment.

We hope this article has given you a good summary of the braces options available.

If you are thinking of having your teeth straightened, please call us to book a free consultation on 01206 589777 or email info@hellodental.co.uk if you have any comments or queries.

Porcelain Vs Composite Veneers….

Veneers are a great way to improve the colour, shape and position of your teeth. Done well they can give people the smile they have always wanted and the confidence to go with it!

Many factors have to be taken into consideration when deciding if veneers are right for you and with veneers comes a commitment to maintain them with excellent oral hygiene and home care. Not to mention regular visits to your dentist or hygienist to maintain them and ensure they keep looking their best.

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What are Composite Veneers?

Today’s composite materials can provide a life-like, beautiful appearance that conserves tooth structure and can last for a long time.

Composite is a resin filled material, which is used as white filling material. The composite is sculpted directly in your mouth and bonded to the tooth and in most cases there won’t be a need to drill down any of your teeth, causing non to minimal damage to the natural tooth.

Composite veneers are similar to porcelain veneers, but are different because they can be completed in one visit and are significantly cheaper.

What are Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain is the most popular material used by dentists worldwide when fitting a patient with veneers for their teeth. Porcelain veneers are extremely strong and durable and last many years before being replaced.

Compared to composite veneers they have a more natural look and colouring and are less prone to staining than the alternatives. When researching the cost of porcelain veneers always bear in mind the extra quality materials that are being used.

Two visits are required to complete the procedure for the fitting of porcelain veneers. At the first appointment the teeth are filed down into the appropriate shape to allow the veneers to be securely fitted, impressions are then taken of your mouth for the veneers to be made. We fit you with temporary veneers whilst the porcelain veneer is being created. At the second appointment we bond the porcelain veneer to the natural tooth.

 

If you would like more information about veneers or improving your smile call us today on 01206 589777 for a free consultation.

 

What checks are completed at your routine dental appointment?

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Regular dental visits are essential for the maintenance of healthy teeth and gums, but are you also aware of the checks we do during your check-up appointment at Hello Dental??

  • We check for swelling and blockages of your glands and lymph nodes
  • We complete an oral cancer screening – 7591 cases of mouth cancer were diagnosed in the UK in 2013. It important for patients with missing teeth or dentures to still attend the dentist regularly for this screening.
  • We check your jaw joint and chewing muscles. Tension in these muscles can help indicate signs of clenching and grinding.
  • We check your soft tissues- cheeks, tongue, lips, palette and back of mouth to ensure there are no signs of dental diseases .
  • It’s crucial the teeth are checked for signs of wear and decay. Detecting tooth decay early on offers many benefits. From an oral health perspective, early stage tooth decay is treatable with very small restorations Catching tooth decay early can preserve more than just tooth structure.
  • Your gum health is checked and a measurement is taken every time you are seen for a check-up to check for pockets between the tooth and gum. Many people suffer from gum disease without realising the impact this can have on their lives. Gum disease is not only one of the main causes of tooth loss, it also impacts your overall health. Gum disease has been linked with conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and stroke in numerous studies.
  • X-rays and photographsX-rays are taken at your first appointment with us and then again every few years or as often as appropriate, dependant on each patient’s mouth. Early tooth decay does not tend to show many physical signs. Sometimes the tooth looks healthy, but your dentist will be able to see from an x-ray whether you have any decay under the enamel, or in-between the teeth, any possible infections in the root, or any bone loss around the tooth.

We often take photographs to monitor things within your mouth and this way we are able to show you things you may possibly not be able to see in the bathroom mirror. We feel this gives                 our patients a greater understanding of the dental treatment we can provide and how to look after your own oral health

 

Many dentists do not perform all these checks, here at Hello Dental we feel that every check is vital to a health mouth and body!