As a result of Covid 19 the number of dental appointments in the UK has halved in 2020. The impact on the nation’s dental health is incalculable. Set alongside the life and death consequences of the pandemic it could be argued tooth decay and gum disease pale into insignificance. However we believe that dental health is part of general health and well-being and this should not be overlooked.
Every check- up that has been missed is an oral cancer screen missed. The referral rate for specialist investigation has dropped by 80%. A delay in diagnosis delays treatment and equals a reduced survival rate for a condition that is a potent cause of death. We urge you to visit your dentist if you have swelling or ulceration in the mouth that does not resolve within two weeks.Even an image from a smartphone sent to your dentist could be a life saver.
Children’s Dental Health
Pre- Covid the state of children’s teeth in the UK was in sharp decline. The number one reason for general anaesthetics given to children under age seven is the removal of rotten teeth. On this and on other levels we are literally poisoning our children with sugar and confectionery.Lockdown misery and boredom has led to increased snacking which will exacerbate this.Prevention is down to personal responsibility. Reduce the amount and frequency of sugar intake to a minimum.Use a fluoride toothpaste twice daily. Spit don’t rinse!
Most practices will have worked extremely hard to reinforce our already excellent cross infection controls. We believe we offer the safest primary healthcare setting and this is especially important for patients who require regular support from their hygienist.It is surprising how quickly a stable and healthy dentition can decline without this vital cog in the battle against gum disease and tooth decay.
We know that the effects of Covid 19 are most acute and dangerous in individuals with co morbidities. It is important to remember that dental health plays a major role in general health and dental practices must do all we reasonably can to maintain access to care for all our patients. If you need help or advice please feel free to call 01600 712020 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Healthy Mouth: Make sure you have a healthy mouth. There is little point in spending money restoring your teeth when you have gum disease for example. Any cavities will also need to be treated to ensure good foundations.
- Fillings: Tooth coloured fillings are now available for most fillings and are matched to your tooth colour.
- Missing Teeth:Dental Implants are now the gold standard to replace missing teeth. Dental implants are artificial tooth replacements that can restore your bite and prevent bone loss which can happen when teeth have been extracted for a length of time.
- Orthodontics:Dental braces/aligners are not just for teenagers. Straight teeth can improve oral health as they are easier to clean and prevent food being trapped. There is now a wide range of modern braces some of which are invisible such as clear aligners (Invisalign) which are removable.
- Cosmetics: Crowns, veneers and composite bonding are all techniques that can restore badly damaged or weakened teeth. These have both cosmetic and practical benefits. For minor tooth chips and tooth wear, composite bonding can restore teeth to their original shape and colour whilst being minimally invasive.
- Tooth Whitening: Once teeth are straightened, repaired or replaced, tooth whitening can be the final touch to brighten our smile and give us a youthful smile. Tooth whitening is straight forward and non- invasive. Home whitening can improve the whiteness of your teeth by several shades. This involves making bespoke trays which can be worn overnight with the whitening gel in situ. The alternative option is a combination of in-house whitening using a light system to accelerate the whitening process. Here at the Mayhill we use a system called Philips Zoom.
If you would like further information on how we can help you turn back the years a little and improve your smile please feel free to call us on 01600 712020 or email email@example.com
How to manage your dental issues at home read more
This guidance is to support you in helping managing minor symptoms at home, to reduce the risk of virus transmission to you and our staff.
Do have any of the symptoms below?
- Facial swelling affecting your vision, breathing or preventing your mouth opening more than 2 fingers width.
- Bleeding following an extraction that does not stop after 20 minutes of solid pressure with a gauze.
- Trauma causing loss of consciousness, double vision or vomiting.
If so, you need to go straight to A&E.
My tooth hurts!
Do have any of the symptoms below?
- Intra oral or slight facial swelling.
- Severely broken tooth, or tooth fallen out with pain.
- Toothache that is preventing you from sleeping and eating, combined with swelling or fever that is not manageable with painkillers.
We will evaluate cases individually. We may be able to prescribe you with antibiotics or analgesia. If absolutely necessary we can refer you to an Urgent Dental Care Centre
– you cannot self refer.
I’ve got a dental issue!
Do you have any of below?
- Loose or lost crowns, bridges or veneers.
- Broken, rubbing or loose dentures.
- Bleeding gums.
- Broken, loose or lost fillings.
- Chipped teeth with no pain.
- Loose orthodontic wires
If so, you need to wait until we re open. However the following advice that may help!
Advice for non urgent care
- Over the counter pain killers can help but take in accordance with the instruction in the packet.
- Patients who have confirmed COVID 19 or believe they have COVID 19, should take paracetamol in preference to ibuprofen.
- If you have extreme sensitivity to hot or cold, sensitive toothpaste can help. Rub toothpaste directly on the affected area and don’t rinse afterwards.
- Anaesthetic gel can also help ease pain.
Wisdom teeth pain
Most flare ups can be managed with good home care:
- Thorough cleaning (even if painful).
- Corsodyl mouthwash (max 1 week use).
- Soft diet.
- Warm salty mouthwash.
- Pain killers.
If you have difficulty swallowing or swelling in your cheek, you may need antibiotics. Call us or NHS 111.
Most ulcers heal within 7 10 days. To ease the pain try:
- Warm salty mouthwash.
- Difflam Benzydamine ) spray or mouthwash.
- Thorough cleaning (even if painful).
- Corsodyl mouthwash (max 1 week use).
- Soft diet.
- Pain killers.
- Bleeding from gums is not a dental emergency. Bleeding gums are usually due to gum disease, and will not stop until brushing improves.
- Brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste for 2 minutes. Concentrate especially on the areas that are bleeding. Use floss or tepe brushes to clean between your teeth every day
- Denture adhesives like Fixodent may help secure a loose denture. Sharp edges can be filed using an emery board.
The Pros and Cons of Dental Implants read more
Tooth loss can happen through decay, gum disease, failed root canals and accidents. The importance of replacing teeth once they are lost is more than a cosmetic issue. Once a tooth is lost, the bone in the jaw that supports the tooth begins to disintegrate, which can affect the structure of the face including the jaw, muscles and issues with bite (how teeth come together). This can lead to difficulty in chewing and poor nutrition. It’s therefore important to replace missing teeth as soon as possible.
What is a dental implant?
Implants are a substitute for a natural tooth root made of titanium and are normally screw shaped. This is inserted through the gum into the jaw bone to support missing teeth. Once it has healed an internal screw is placed into the implant to support crowns, bridges or dentures.
The Pros of Dental Implants
- Aesthetics: They look and feel just like regular teeth, with no clicking noises or speaking and chewing difficulties that can occur with dentures.
- Bone health: Bone loss is less likely since dental implants actually replace the tooth and its root.
- Durability: As they are fused to your jaw bone, they are very stable, and if you take good care of them, you can expect them to be just as durable as your natural teeth. When you consider the fact that typically dentures last for only about five to eight years, dental implants are a great choice for those looking for a long-term option.
- Tooth Preservation: Unlike bridges, implants don’t rely on neighbouring teeth for support which can help protect remaining teeth from damage.
- You care for your implants: in the same way you do for real teeth, regular visits to the hygienist and dentist.
The Cons of Dental Implants
- As with any surgery, complications may occur including bleeding, infection and nerve damage. However in expert hands this is very rare.
- Dental implants are not a quick fix. It can take up to three months to have a new tooth.
- The implant can get infected by bacteria called peri-implantitus, a periodontal disease that can lead to bone loss if left untreated.
- If your bone is weak or sparse you may need a bone graft.
- Although there are some drawbacks, implants are a safe and reliable option that improves the quality of life due to their functionality, durability and appearance. The procedure has a success rate of more than 90% and is the best option for replacing missing teeth.
If you would like further advice please call The Mayhill on 01600 712020 where our implantologists have over 25 years experience in placing dental implants.
Unfortunately like many things in life skin ageing is inevitable. As we age, the skin becomes less hydrated, thinner, takes longer to heal, is less elastic and gets wrinkles and fine lines. As well as age, changes in our skin could be caused by smoking, harmful UV rays, alcohol, environmental pollution and poor maintenance of the skin.At the Mayhill we are passionate about offering treatments and advice to help your skin look its best and includes the following;
This is a widely used treatment to temporarily reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles most often associated with the forehead, frown lines between the eyebrows and crows-feet. Our injections are purified protein. Thetreatment works by blocking the transmission of chemical messages which cause muscles to contract. The aim is to create a natural result, giving a more youthful appearance whilst retaining a normal expression.
They work by boosting the skins supply of hyaluronic acid to revitalise and add volume, instantly diminishing the appearance of lines and wrinkles but can also be used to add volume. Fillers are a man-made substance that mimics the body’s own naturally depleted hyaluronic acid to give a plumped and youthful appearance with treatments available for lips, marionettes and nasolabial.
We’re proud to use the market leading SkinPen® device which uses tiny needles to penetrate the skin to induce a wound healing action by the body. This results in hundreds of micro channels that stimulate the production of new collagen and elastin fibres. This reduces the effect of wrinkles and fine lines as the treatment results in a firmer, smoother and toned skin. It is also highly effective for treating scars such as post acne & other blemishes. We also offer WOW Fusion therapy which is a combination of microneedling with a taylor made skin care cocktail which stimulates and improves texture and tone.
These are designed to exfoliate the skin and encourage it to refresh itself by creating fresh new skin cells. They also stimulate the skins natural collagen production to help target the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.Peels are used to reduce the appearance of open pores, remove dead skin cells, target blemishes, improve acne, reduce pigmentation and visibly smooth fine lines and wrinkles.
If you would like further advice please feel free to contact our skin practioner Catherine Tait here at the Mayhill on 01600 712020 or email firstname.lastname@example.org who is also offering free skin consultations in a safe environment.
Acid Erosion and the Impact on Your Teeth! read more
Although we are all now aware of the damage sugar can cause to our teeth, our healthy living style has now introduced a new type of damage to our tooth enamel; acid erosion and tooth wear.
This condition is rising in the under 35’s and can be linked to healthier lifestyles. It’s therefore important to identify the causes and minimise the risks to our teeth.
What are the signs of tooth wear?
- Increased sensitivity.The enamel is the outmost part of the teeth that protects the sensitive dentine underneath. When the enamel wears away, the dentine underneath is exposed which can lead to pain and sensitivity. Acid softens the enamel and wears down its mineral content.
- Thinning of the enamel with chipped or rounded edges.
- Yellowing of teeth due to the exposed dentine.
- Translucent tips.
What are the Causes?
- Fruit juices.
- Fruits especially citrus.
- Salad dressings.
- Fruit teas/lemon water.
- Carbonated drinks including sports drinks, fizzy water and diet drinks.
- Dry mouth can cause the acid to linger longer in the enamel and weaken it. Saliva is important as it washes away bacteria in the teeth.
- Chronic medical conditions such as acid reflux, heartburn and more serious medical problems like anorexia and bulimia can contribute to tooth erosion.
How Can we Minimise Risks?
- Limit the frequency of eating acidic foods to less than 4 a day.
- Use a straw for fizzy drinks.
- Consider cheese or milk at the end of a meal to neutralise acids.
- Chew sugar free gum to stimulate saliva and neutralise acids and drink plenty of water.
- Use fluoride toothpaste twice a day with 1450ppm of fluoride.
- Spit, don’t rinse after brushing so you don’t wash the fluoride away.
- Avoid brushing for an hour after meals to allow the teeth to recover from acid attack and prevent causing extra damage.
- Attend your dentist regularly who can identify early stages of teeth erosion.
Treatment of Tooth Wear
Consult your dentist for treatment options to restore enamel. The type of treatment will depend on the level of erosion and presence of cavities and can include crowns, composite fillings and veneers.
If you would like any further advice please feel free to call 01600 712020 or email email@example.com
A smile is one of the first things we notice in others. Smiling is a sign of friendliness and trust and our ability to smile is also important for our mental health. Sadly, many of us hide our smile due to insecurities on how it looks. New research by the Oral Health Foundation and GSK revealed the 4 biggest anxieties we have about our oral health, most of which can be prevented or treated simply.
One of the most common nightmares is dreaming our teeth are falling out so it’s not surprising that tooth loss is top in the list of smile anxieties. Missing teeth can have a significant impact on our confidence to smile. The good news is preventing tooth loss can be relatively simple. Cleaning our teeth with fluoride toothpaste twice a day, reducing the amount and frequency of sugar and visiting a dentist and hygienist regularly can keep tooth decay and gum disease (the most common cause of tooth loss) at bay.
Our media driven environment has helped to create the illusion that white teeth are a sign of healthy teeth. This is untrue and seems to be having a negative effect on how we view our smile. Discoloured or yellow teeth can easily be whitened using safe whitening gels as prescribed by your dentist. Tooth whitening can add an extra sparkle to your teeth and is a fairly simple and safe procedure. However it’s important to remember that the health of our teeth is not determined by how white they are. White teeth are just as susceptible to decay as natural looking teeth.
We are all self- conscious of bad breath. Many of us know someone whose bad breath gives off an unfavourable scent so we are very conscious of how unpleasant it can be. Bad breath can have a big impact on our personal and professional lives. Always take advice from your dentist if you feel you have bad breath. There are a number of factors that can cause this including gum disease and dry mouth. We can help keep our breath fresh by brushing regularly, chewing sugar free gum and a daily mouthwash will help keep breath fresh.
Tooth enamel is a protective layer over our teeth. This can be eroded and softened by acidic foods and drinks, particularly fizzy drinks, alcohol and fruit juices, leading to tooth wear. Enamel loss can expose roots and nerves which can be quite painful and lead to tooth sensitivity. This can also be costly to treat. Unfortunately our body cannot regenerate enamel as it doesn’t contain any living cells. Toothpastes like SensodynePronamel can help re-harden tooth enamel to reduce potential wear.
If you would like further information or advice please call the Mayhill Dental Centre on 01600 712020 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Digital Teeth Scanning – The Future of Dentistry read more
Has “magic wand” treatment finally arrived in dentistry? Well not quite, but digital scanning has transformed the type of dentistry we can offer. From simple procedures to complex rehabilitation smile design digital technology has helped dentists design and execute treatment with unparalleled accuracy.
Sadly at the moment there is a low penetration and uptake of technology like this within UK dental practices. However here at the Mayhill we have fully embraced the future!
Many patients will ask “ What will my teeth look like when they are straight?”
Seeing is Believing
With the new 3D scanning technology it is possible to see your teeth move into a final position, before commencing treatment. By simply scanning your teeth electronically, the software will show you a three dimensional view of how your teeth are currently and how they could look after treatment.
A Better Patient Experience
Previously we would need to take impressions and wait for another appointment to see the results. Digital scanning now makes the process quicker, cleaner and more convenient. We can now make braces, mouthguards, crowns, bridges and dentures without the need to take impressions by capturing highly accurate 3D scans of our teeth which are digitised and sent for processing to a dental laboratory.
Digital images at the speed of light is quicker and greener than postal vans delivering dental impressions. The whole process is a lot quicker and more accurate, making life more convenient and greener with all those materials that we no longer have to use.
All our team members have been trained to use digital scanning and are available for free consultations. At the appointment we encourage patients to tell us exactly what their concerns are. We can then gather all the information that the dentist needs to make accurate treatment plans.
If you would like a free consultation or advice with our treatment co-ordinators please feel free to call 01600 712020 or email email@example.com
Having suffered horrific dental treatment as a child, I truly hated visiting the dentist. I needed my whole mouth changing which is why I never smiled.
Jason and the wonderful dental nurses allayed my fears completely. I cannot fault the time and patience Jason takes to reassure you before and during my very complicated treatment.
I can now smile for the first time! What a difference to my life Jason and the team has made.
I cannot thank everyone at the Mayhill enough for everything and like I just said for changing my life and making me smile.
I would and have recommended the Mayhill to anyone and everyone.
Elaine Parker [July 2019]
Why Top Sports People Are More Prone to Tooth Decay read more
Half elite British sportspeople suffer tooth decay and two thirds have gum disease according to new research. In the largest study of its kind published by Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiologymore than 350 sportsmen and women from 9 GB Olympic teams, along with Team Sky, England Rugby and Reading FC underwent oral health screening.
Nearly half were found to have tooth decay and 77% had gingivitis, an early indicator of gum disease and 39% reported having bleeding gums whilst brushing their teeth, a sign of gum inflammation. Only 1.1% had excellent periodontal health.
A third reported that this affected their performance along with their ability to eat, relax and sleep. The odds of having tooth decay were 2.4 times greater in team sport than endurance sport. The possible causes is that nutrition in sport is heavily reliant on carbohydrate intakes which are known to increase inflammation in the body and gum tissues.
In sports there is also a lot of air flow, such as running or cycling and breathing hard can make the mouth dry so teeth lose their protective benefits of saliva and there is also evidence of lower quality saliva with intensive training. Stress can also be another cause. Some athletes report vomiting before a run as a result of pre-competition anxiety. Vomiting brings stomach acid into the mouth, leading to enamel damage. Rejuvenating sports drinks don’t seem to have much correlation with tooth decay but it is still theorised that their acidic nature creates a bad oral environment.
Ways to keep your teeth healthier as an athlete.
- Focus on a balanced diet and don’t succumb to fad diets or overloading on certain food types.
- Energy drinks and protein shakes cause a favourable environment for tooth decay. If you use these rinse your mouth with water afterwards and use sugar free gum to encourage saliva.
- If you notice you have a dry mouth consult your dentist.
- Focus on hydration.
- Use fluoride toothpaste and mouthwash.
- Brush and floss regularly.
- If you do a contact sport use protective gum shields.
It is possible to maintain your sport and oral health at peak performance. For further advice please call the Mayhill on 01600 712020 or email firstname.lastname@example.org