General Dentistry

How Smoking effects Oral Health!

13th March 2013

It is National No Smoking Day Wednesday 13th March 2013. Wouldn’t it be great if everyone was smoke free?

No Smoking Day encourages people to STOP smoking giving support and Advice Swap Fags for Swag.

For those who have already taken the plunge and decided to use today as D-Day for kicking the habit, WELL DONE! The Smile Stylist team wish you all the luck in the world, keep us updated with how you’re getting on. Why not follow @NoSmokingDay on twitter or find them on facebook, to get some valuable support?

Smoking is bad for your health in more ways than one, and the extent damage it has on your oral health is profound. These are just a few problems smoking can lead to.

Smoking leads to dental problems, including:

  • Bad Breath
  • Tooth discoloration
  • Inflammation of the salivary gland openings on the roof of the mouth
  • Increased build up of plaque and tartar on the teeth
  • Increased loss of bone within the jaw
  • Increased risk of leukoplakia, white patches inside the mouth
  • Increased risk of developing gum disease, a leading cause of tooth loss
  • Delayed healing process following tooth extraction, periodontal treatment, or oral surgery
  • Lower success rate of dental implant procedures
  • Increased risk of developing oral cancer

Want a super sexy smile, but can’t afford it? Why not use the calculator on www.wequit.co.uk to see how much you could save. You’d be surprised, within a month, if you smoke 20 per day, you would have saved enough for some professional tooth whitening to get rid of those nasty nicotine stains.

Take part in the National No Smoking Day for tips & advice to quit remember you’re not on you own. Click the link below to take the first step.

SWAP FAGS FOR SWAG

There is also a fantastic app for phones that can be downloaded from www.smokefree.nhs.uk is particularly good, and if you need any advice of encouragement on how and why should quitting can benefit your oral health speak to the team at Smile Stylist.

How Smoking effects Oral Health!



It is National No Smoking Day Wednesday 13th March 2013. Wouldn’t it be great if everyone was smoke free?

No Smoking Day encourages people to STOP smoking giving support and Advice Swap Fags for Swag.

For those who have already taken the plunge and decided to use today as D-Day for kicking the habit, WELL DONE! The Smile Stylist team wish you all the luck in the world, keep us updated with how you’re getting on. Why not follow @NoSmokingDay on twitter or find them on facebook, to get some valuable support?

Smoking is bad for your health in more ways than one, and the extent damage it has on your oral health is profound. These are just a few problems smoking can lead to.

Smoking leads to dental problems, including:

  • Bad Breath
  • Tooth discoloration
  • Inflammation of the salivary gland openings on the roof of the mouth
  • Increased build up of plaque and tartar on the teeth
  • Increased loss of bone within the jaw
  • Increased risk of leukoplakia, white patches inside the mouth
  • Increased risk of developing gum disease, a leading cause of tooth loss
  • Delayed healing process following tooth extraction, periodontal treatment, or oral surgery
  • Lower success rate of dental implant procedures
  • Increased risk of developing oral cancer

Want a super sexy smile, but can’t afford it? Why not use the calculator on www.wequit.co.uk to see how much you could save. You’d be surprised, within a month, if you smoke 20 per day, you would have saved enough for some professional tooth whitening to get rid of those nasty nicotine stains.

Take part in the National No Smoking Day for tips & advice to quit remember you’re not on you own. Click the link below to take the first step.

SWAP FAGS FOR SWAG

There is also a fantastic app for phones that can be downloaded from www.smokefree.nhs.uk is particularly good, and if you need any advice of encouragement on how and why should quitting can benefit your oral health speak to the team at Smile Stylist.

Clean your teeth to avoid a stroke

20th September 2012

4 ways to maintain perfect oral hygiene


Look after that smile

New research suggests that gum disease carries a higher risk of causing a stroke than diabetes, and its impact is nearly the equivalent of high blood pressure as a major cause of strokes.

The research was presented last month at the 89th International Association for Dental Research (IADR) General Session and Exhibition in San Diego, in the US.

Whether you’re worried about strokes or not, we’d all like to maintain our teeth in the best condition possible. These four steps will keep your mouth, teeth and gums in good shape.

  1. Regular trips to the dentist. Dentists and hygienists are trained to look out for signs of abnormalities, including oral cancer, when they carry out routine checks. Early detection can improve the long-term prognosis and survival rate of the condition.
  2. Plaque control. Plaque bacteria are the major cause of gum disease, dental decay and bad breath. Aim for a balanced diet, regular cleaning and dental checkups, plus you could also try taking ProDen PlaqueOff, a dental hygiene food supplement derived from seaweed that can combat tartar and plaque build-up.
  3. Remove plaque. If not removed effectively on a daily basis, plaque can lead to gum disease, dental decay and bad breath. Keep a check on how clean your teeth are with disclosing solution, which highlights problem spots, making it easier to spot and remove plaque.
  4. Clean your tongue. Doesn’t sound sexy, but using a tongue scraper helps keep down bacteria, prevent plaque formation, head off stale breath and revive taste buds.

Be part of the Privilege Club…

30th January 2012

You are one step away from a Healthy Smile

1st November 2011

Lifelong protection for both teeth and gums starts with regular dental and hygiene visits.

80% of adults have gum disease to some degree and everyone needs advice on oral healthcare.

Gum disease is a common cause of tooth loss in adult patients. Tooth loss is associated with its own set of problems. At Smile Stylist, our prime concern is for our patients to have a healthy mouth with a good standard of oral hygiene.

Detection of Gum Disease

Gum problems are mostly painless, and patients are often not aware that gum disease is present. The main causes of gum disease are plaque and tartar deposits around the teeth and gums.

As part of our oral health screening, we assess each patient for:

  • Signs/severity of any gum disease
  • Levels of plaque/tartar present
  • Amount of gum inflammation
  • X-rays, special gum measurements and a dental assessment accurately show us how
  • Serious the problem is.

 The hygienist

After careful assessment by a dentist, the hygienist carries out all the necessary treatment to ensure a healthy mouth. The needs of each patient vary from one visit of thorough scaling and polishing of teeth, to multiple visits requiring deep cleaning under local anaesthetic. Hygienists are qualified to give local anaesthetic, and can also carry out other types of treatment such as fissure sealants on children. The hygienist works very closely with the dentist to ensure that your mouth is as healthy as possible.

Laser Gum Treatment

Using a state-of-the-art dental laser machine, we can re-contour gums for a more attractive smile. Lasers can also correct difficult gum problems in advanced cases without the need for surgery!

Routine Care @ Smile Stylist – the dental practice

Full examination fee is £45.00 (include x-rays and treatment plan)

Treatment Coordinators

3rd October 2011

Treatment Coordinators

Treatment Coordinating is a new way to offer potential clients an experience which is new to dentistry.

The role of a Treatment Coordinator (TCO) is rapidly growing within UK dental practices.. Every type of practice in the UK can now take advantage of having a productive Treatment Coordinator not only in private practice, but in mixed and NHS practices too.

So what is a Treatment Coordinator?

A Treatment Coordinator is someone in your practice who, with the right skills and training, will facilitate the new patient, by giving them a complete new experience than the ‘dentist appointment’ A Treatment Coordinator is a friendly face to the practice that looks at the patients wants and needs with out giving the clinical verdict! The TC promotes and sells the practice and its services by revealing their true value to prospective patients, frees up dentist’s time, increases case acceptance ratios and increases practice profits.

Consider the time spent by the dentist with the New Patients and think how much of that time is nondiagnostic?

A Treatment Coordinator can often reduce up to 60% of doctor/patient time; you work out the maths! And rather than this being a barrier to patients – which is indeed what many dentist’s think – in my experience patients actually feel much more at ease with the Treatment Coordinator and open up more and therefore better informed.

At Smile Stylist Dental and New Street Dental our two treatment coordinators are Rachel Teeling & Sharon Kaur. Both have a dental nursing background which is not nessacary but does help! Both have taken training under Laura Horton consulting, who is always on hand to help if needed.

If you are thinking of indroducing this is your practice then take a look at her fantastic website www.laurahortonconsulting.co.uk

If you are a potential patient then please feel free to call any two of the practices for more information about consultations with treatment coordinators.

Importance of wearing a Retainer

26th September 2011

So it’s finally time to get your braces taken off, after months, maybe years, of wearing them. Congratulations! But there are a few things you need to know about post-orthodontic care for your teeth.

Your dentist has probably already told you that you’ll need a retainer to keep your teeth straight and in line. There are several different types of retainers; if you are not going to be wearing fixed retainers, and then this post is meant for you.

Removable Retainer

Fixed Retainer

Here at Smile Stylist Dental we cannot stress this enough, but it is extremely important to wear your retainer as much as your dentist tells you. If he/she tells you to wear it at least 12 hours per day, do it. If you don’t, your teeth WILL move out of place, into their original, crooked places. Braces put pressure on your teeth, forcing them to move to a straighter position, after your braces are removed, the pressure doesn’t just go away. It takes a while for your mouth to get used to your teeth being in the new positions. A retainer will hold your teeth straight while your teeth settle and pressure subsides. Not wearing a retainer lets your teeth move, because there won’t be anything there to keep them in place.

Many people make the mistake of not wearing retainers when they are younger as this is not stressed enough to them. This is how 70% of our patients make it to our practice through in correct after care, resulting in costing them for treatment later in life.

Even patients that come into our practice who have never had orthodontic treatment need to realize the important of correct after care wearing the retainer for the amount of time given. Not wearing your retainer can not only effect your teeth it can effect your bank balance to!

Six Month Smile

12th September 2011

Everyone should Smile With Confidence.

Are you one of the millions of adults who are unhappy, self-conscious or even embarrassed of your smile?  

Many adults spend their entire lives covering their mouths when they laugh, smile or talk.  They feel stuck because they do not want to wear metal braces for years or they are concerned that other corrective procedures could be too invasive or too expensive.  Now, there is an effective, safe and affordable cosmetic solution that fits your lifestyle.

A revolutionary combination of proven orthodontic techniques, modern materials, and innovative thought – Six Month Smile utilizes specialized clear braces to gently straighten and align teeth in an average time of just six months.

Take the first step towards improving your smile, your confidence and your life!

What Is Six Month Smiles?

Six Month Smiles is a modern twist on tried-and-true orthodontics.  Six Month Smile has taken the best aspects of braces and modified the treatment and the materials to give adults a common-sense, cosmetic solution that fits your lifestyle. Average treatment times of only six months

  • Clear brackets and tooth-coloured wires are barely visible
  • Six Month Smiles Patient Tray Kits™ ensure that your appointments are fast and comfortable
  • Low forces and short overall treatment times increase comfort, safety, and hygiene.

Keep a look out for our patients testimonials!

Testimonial – Keith Hepherd

25th August 2011

 Q. What motivated you to change your smile?

A. Gum Disease bad teeth (stained and crumbling) and a denture i could not stand.

Q. What treatment did you have?

A. Extractions, fillings, Implants and whitening

Q. How comfortable did you feel during the treatment process?

A. 2 hrs having implants was not the best but otherwise everything was explained and performed very professionally.

Q.How did you feel about the results? Did they match or exceed your expectations?

A. The results are there for all to see, check out my photos. I’m well chuffed!

Q. What difference has your new smile made to your life?

A. It sure has, Confidence has gone through the roof not ashamed of the look anymore

Q. Did you find the Smile Stylist Team helped you through this experience? If so in what way?

A. Sandeep and the team WOW! what a team, very friendly professional and polite. The Best!

Any other comments you would like to make?

From having 3 teeth at the top to 10 teeth and no plate is the best feeling i could have. My confidence has improved tremendously and its all down to the team! Thanks a million guys!

Nervous to see the dentist? Dont be………..

15th August 2011

We understand and sympathies what our nervous patients must feel when they are attending for their appointments.

Most people fear the dentists due to previous experiences at the dentists from childhood or they get worked up by the scary tales to by family members and friends when they visited the dentist.

People tend to remember negative experiences more then positive experiences and this plays a major part in the stories and tales that travel around as they are most likely to be 90% negatives stories.

So we have thought of methods from our own research and experiences with nervous patients to help you to relax at your next appointment.

1. Bring a mp3 player with you. Some patients are terrified of the noise of the drill which makes them anxious so listening to music can make you feel at ease.

2. Talk to your dentist. By talking to your dentist before treatment will allow you to feel comfortable with the dentist. You can tell your dentist face to face exactly what you fear and they will reinsure you and meet your needs.

3. Technology. The technology and methods have advanced so fast over the recent years which have made treatments much safer and easier for dentists and patients. Maybe your childhood dentist was cruel and old fashioned but those are the old days which have gone. Research into dentistry is happening as we speak.

4. Breathing. Try doing breathing exercises before coming into the practice to bring your heart rate down and to relax you. Taking in breaths through your nose slowly and exhaling out of your mouth slowly will help you relax.

5. Remember you can always tell the dentist to stop whenever you like before or during a treatment. So you are in total control!

Why not read what our patients think.