Follow this routine, ideally by yourself, or with the help of a carer:
Brush your teeth and gums at least twice a day, most importantly after meals and at night time. Use a toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste;
Start at the front top teeth and work your way around all the gum teeth surface until you reach the very back tooth, ensure that you clean around the back tooth and carry on brushing the palatal surfaces of all teeth and gums all the way from one top tooth to the opposite side then clean around that opposite back tooth and continue to brush the outer gum teeth surfaces until you join up to where you started, then repeat the process on the lower teeth.
If the gums bleed brush them more and ensure that you floss or use tepes brushes in the troublesome areas more frequently. Healthy gums do not bleed and if this persists when you have continued to clean your teeth well do seek advice from your dentist.
Remove any debris that you can see in your mouth or on your tongue by gentle brushing with a soft toothbrush. If possible, do this regularly but mainly after meals and at bedtime.
If you wear dentures, remove them at night. Clean dentures with a soft toothbrush . Soak overnight in a denture solution containing sodium hypochlorite. Rinse before use the next day. (soak metal dentures in chlorhexidine solution.)
If you have a high risk of developing mouth problems (for example, if you have radiotherapy to the head or neck), it is best to increase the frequency of the measures above. For example, rinse your mouth every 1-2 hours.
More about mouthwashes
water or saline (described above) are the most commonly used mouthwashes. They are soothing, do no harm, and are safe to use as often as you like.
chlorhexidine mouthwash is sometimes advised if you are at risk of mouth infection. However, you should not normally use this more than twice a day. It contains alcohol which may sting, especially if your mouth is inflamed. If you do use this twice a day, you can always use water or sodium chloride mouthwashes as often as you like in between.
other mouthwashes such as ascorbic acid solution, hydrogen peroxide mouthwash or sodium bicarbonate mouthwash may be advised by a doctor or nurse in certain circumstances.
it is best not to use glycerine or lemon mouthwashes. They often increase the sensation of a dry mouth.
Some mouth problems that may occur if you are unwell
Dry mouth has various causes. Simple measures such as drinking frequent sips of water and chewing sugar-free gum will often help. This may be all that is needed in many cases. Artificial saliva or medication to stimulate the salivary glands is sometimes used. See separate leaflet called 'dry mouth' for details.
Oral thrush (oral candida)
Thrush is an infection caused by a yeast germ called candida. Small numbers of candida commonly live in a healthy mouth. They are usually harmless. However, certain situations may cause an overgrowth of candida which may lead to a bout of oral thrush. These include a dry mouth, and if you are in general poor health. The classical symptom is for white spots to develop in the mouth. However, often there are no white spots and areas within the mouth may just become red and sore. Most cases are treated with drops, lozenges or a gel which contains an anti-thrush drug such as nystatin, amphotericin or miconazole. Anti-thrush tablets such as fluconazole are sometimes used. See separate leaflet called 'thrush - oral' for details.
Aphthous mouth ulcers are the most common type. They are painful, and can recur from time to time. Each bout of ulcers usually goes away in time without treatment. Mouthwashes and steroid lozenges may ease the pain, and may help the ulcers to heal more quickly. For details see separate leaflet called 'mouth ulcers (aphthous type)'. Other types of mouth ulcer sometimes develop. Your doctor will advise on treatment.
Halitosis (bad breath)
In most cases of persistent bad breath, the smell comes from a build-up of bacteria within the mouth - in food debris, plaque and gum disease, or in a coating on the back of the tongue or due to gastric regurgitation. Good oral hygiene will sometimes solve the problem. That is, routine mouth care described above, and in addition (if possible) regular flossing, scraping the back of the tongue, and antiseptic mouthwashes. See separate leaflet called 'bad breath' for details. Other causes of bad breath may develop in people who are unwell. For example, oral thrush, a dry mouth, and tumours in the mouth can cause bad breath. If these can be treated then this may clear the bad breath.
According to research more than a third of adults in the UK are likely to delay dental treatment due to cost.
This is very understandable given the current economic climate however it ends up being a false economy as dental problems will only progress and what started out a simple problem can quickly become more serious and much more costly to put right.
The best way to keep your dental costs down is to regularly visit your dentist to ensure any problems are identified as early as possible, thus reducing the likelihood of needing costly, complex treatments.
You may not know Emily and many of you will not yet have met her as she works behind the scenes at Birchfield. Emily has been with us for a little over 2 years in the capacity of Business Manager, making her the newest addition to the Birchfield team and her role is to manage all aspects of the practice and she works hard to keep things running smoothly.
Emily is the face behind our Facebook page and twitter feed, she is responsible for all of our marketing including design and up-keep of our website, she spends a large proportion of her time administrating things at the practice to ensure you receive the best level of service possible.
Emily started her career in private healthcare running the busy front of house department of a large private hospital. She moved into dentistry in 2006 and trained as a dental nurse going on to manage a group of practices. In 2008 Emily joined the UK’s largest private dentistry provider and worked with them as a Business Manager until joining Birchfield in 2011.
Emily plays a very hands on role at the practice and she enjoys interacting with patients wherever possible. Her passion and ambition drives Emily to consistently strive to improve what we have to offer.
Emily lives in Bovington near Wareham with her husband and 3 children. Emily’s personal life is centred around her family. Living in the isle of Purbeck she enjoys getting out and about to appreciate the local scenery , her favourite local gem is Worbarrow Bay in Tyneham. She regularly enjoys walks, picnics and fun by the sea with her family. Travel is Emily’s favourite thing to do, she has spent time in the Middle East including Jordan, Israel and Eygpt and more recently (before the children) she enjoyed travelling to Thailand and Bali for the trip of a lifetime.
Emily is currently working in a rather diminished capacity as the newest addition to her family, baby Eddy, is just 6 weeks old!
It hasn’t made worldwide headlines but there has been an exciting development in dentistry this week.
From 1st May 2013 Dental Hygienists have been granted direct access to patients, this means they no longer need to work on prescription from a dentist for treatments within their scope of practice such as a scale and polish.
Up until this week, if you wanted to see a hygienist you had to undergo an examination by a dentist before you could be treated by the hygienist but thanks to this new ruling by the General Dental Council this is no longer the case.
This is a fantastic step in making dentistry more accessible to patients.
Hygiene care is a vital part of your dental routine but it certainly does not negate the need to see a dentist for regular check-ups. Your hygienist will be able to help you keep your teeth clean, advise you on oral hygiene and monitor your current gum health status but they cannot diagnose common dental diseases such as decay or oral cancer, you still need to see your dentist for this.
What this exciting change of the rules will allow is for a patient to visit any hygienist without the need for a prior assessment by a dentist so if you’ve got a special occasion and would like your smile freshened up with a scale and polish you can now simply book an appointment with the hygienist.
Call us today to book your hygiene appointment on 01425 615080 or request an appointment by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcome to the first edition of our team blog, each week we’ll be posting about a different member of our team, helping you get to know us better and find out what we’re up to at the practice.
Most of you will already know Hamish, he’s been at Birchfield for the majority of his 22 year career. The practice was originally run by his father and then later taken over by Hamish. Today Hamish is the senior partner at Birchfield and has been instrumental in the growth and improvement of the practice.
With almost 22 years of experience in Dentistry, you know you’ll be in safe hands with Hamish, his skills and expertise are well appreciated amongst his patients.
Hamish lives locally with his wife and 3 children. He enjoys cycling, a hobby that regularly takes him far- a-field to participate in challenges many of us wouldn’t dare take on, most recently he travelled to the USA and cycled through Death Valley, the land of extremes. Later in the year Hamish will be taking part in a cycling challenge in Nepal to fundraise for NDCS, this incredible bike ride will take him from the buzzing capital of Kathmandu to the charming lakeside town of Pokhara. He is also doing a cycle ride from Genova to Paris in July. Hamish is a great supporter of the National Deaf Children’s Society, regularly taking part in fund raising events for this charity.
Day to day Hamish can be found working hard in his surgery treating a variety of patients from young children to the elderly population. When he’s not treating patients he can usually be found in the office catching up on admin, fixing a computer or looking at ways we can improve the practice.
Hamish has a keen interest in helping elderly patients look after their oral health and is passionate about providing the best care, he has lots of experience in proving predictable dental outcomes.
Hamish also enjoys helping patients to improve their smiles and he has recently completed some further training to extend his skills in tooth straightening, now offering the Inman Aligner and very soon will be offering Six Month Smiles.
Last week Hamish took some time out to attend the British Dental Association Showcase, an event that hosts all the latest advancements in dental technology. Hamish went with a view to seek out the best available opinions for improving what we offer to our patients and came across some interesting finds including online appointment booking facilities, text messaging facilities and much much more, watch this space.
In support of this years No Smoking Day we thought we'd write a short post to provide some dental motivation for breaking the habit.
Not only does smoking increase your risk of developing serious medical conditions such as heart disease and cancer it also increases your risk of developing oral conditions such as:
So there you have it, 10 reasons to stop smoking today! But if that's not enough motivation use the calculator below to see just how much money you could be saving by not smoking, you could use all that spare cash to improve your smile!
Having straight teeth is one of the most common wishes we hear about in dentistry.
The pursuit of the perfect smile often starts with the desire for perfectly aligned teeth. Historically getting straight teeth in adulthood has been a long and expensive process but this is no more the case!
One of the most common orthodontic problems we see in adults is mild to moderate crowding of the front teeth, a problem we can now quickly and effectively resolve with the inman aligner!
This revolutionary appliance works in just 6 – 16 weeks and can be used to treat a range of minor orthodontic problems.
Watch this video to find out how the appliance works, if you’d like to book your FREE no-obligation consultation click here to request an appointment or call us on 01425 615080.
Cosmetic bonding is a great solution for improving or modifying minor comsetic problems with your teeth.
Bonding can be successfully used to improve appearance, shape and colour of teeth. It is effective in filling spaces and also offers a cosmetic alternative to amalgam (metal) fillings.
Bonding can be used to restore the appearance of teeth in areas of gum recession by repairing and protecting the sensitive root surface that has become exposed.
In some cases bonding is a cost effective alternative to crowns or veneers.
The procedure is very straightforward and usually involves a single visit to your dentist. Yur dentist will prepare the tooth and place the resin material onto the tooth surface, this will then be cured using a special light and will then be shaped and polished to give a smooth and natural appearance.
Cosmetic bonding is one of the most straightforward and cost effective options for improving the appearace of your smile. Unlike the use of crowns and veneers, the bonding process involves the removal of minimal tooth surface reducing the risks associated with preparation of teeth for crowns and veneers. Bonding can be used for the treatment of a single or multiple teeth.
The materials used in cosmetic bonding can be suceptible to staining, more so than porcelain restorations and by its nature is much weaker and therefore has a shorter life-span than crowns and veneers. As the material is weaker in comparision to porcelain alternatives it may not be a suitable option is areas under great load such as back teeth or people with bite problems, the material may fracture and break away natural tooth surface.
Cosmetic bonding is an effective option for minor cosmetic options or for front teeth, speak to your dentist about your suitability for this treatment.
Click here to request your no-obligation consultation.
Tooth whitening is a well known procedure that has increased in popularity over recent years.
The aim of tooth whitening is to lighten the shade of your natural teeth to give a whiter appearance.
There are several ways in which this can be achieved from kits you use at home to a procedure carried out in the dentists chair.
For many patients tooth whitening is a fast and cost effective way to dramatically improve their smile.
We promote the use of a professional tray whitening system, one that has been tried and tested and is approved by your dentist.
Tooth whitening is a straight-forward and simple procedure but it does give rise to various possible risks and complications and therefore should only ever be done on the recommendation of your dentist and under the supervision of a suitably qualified dental professional.
If whitening is something you are interested in the first step should be to consult with your dentist. An evaluation will be performed to determine your suitability for the procedure and a discussion will take place about what results you can expect from the treatment.
Your dentist will then take some impressions to have some custom made whitening trays constructed and you'll be asked to come back about 1 week later to have these fitted and be shown how to use the whitening solution.
We recommend wearing the trays and the solution for an agreed period of time each day over the course of 1-3 weeks. The results can often be seen quickly and once the desired result is achieved you can stop the treatment and top it up as and when needed.
It is important to remember that tooth whitening will only effect natural teeth so if you have any fillings or crowns/bridges then you should speak to your dentist about your opinions before commencing any treatment.
If you'd like to book your no-obligation whitening consultation give us a call on 01425 615080 or click here to request an appointment.
Tooth Whitening is currently HALF PRICE at Birchfield Dental Practice! Just £100 per arch! terms and conditions apply, offer ends 31.08.13
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We would like to wish everyone a very happy new year and lots of health & happiness for 2013!
As the new year starts many of us will be striving to keep our new years resolutions and if your resolution was to improve your smile, your appearance, your self esteem or confidence or even just your quality of life then look no further because we may have the solution!
Over the next week we'll be running a series called 'New Year, New You'. Here you will find a whole host of useful information, advice, tips and ideas to transform your smile, so stay tuned
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