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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 info@themayhill.co.uk

Acid Erosion and the Impact on Your Teeth!

How to Ease Common Smile Anxieties read more

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.

Tooth Loss

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.

White Teeth

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.

Bad Breath

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

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 info@themayhill.co.uk

How to Ease Common Smile Anxieties

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.

Greener Dentistry

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.

Free Consultations

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 info@themayhill.co.uk

Digital Teeth Scanning

Testimonial 29 read more

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.

Thank You
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 info@themayhill.co.uk

Why Top Sports People Are More Prone to Tooth Decay

Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Share a Toothbrush read more

According to the findings of a new study one in four Brits don’t mind sharing their toothbrush with others. Commissioned by the Oral Health Foundation and Philips, as part of National Smile Month 2019, it discovered that more than a quarter of the population admit to sharing their toothbrush with a family member, friend or partner. The poll showed that men are more likely to allow someone to borrow their toothbrush (32%) than women (20%)

The Oral Health Foundation is advising people against the idea of sharing their toothbrush as it can lead to a number of health problems.

  • Brushing can cause gums to bleed which exposes everyone you share your toothbrush with to blood stream diseases. Sharing blood is a lot riskier that just swapping saliva.
  • According to the study published in the Journal of Clinical Microbiology the mouth is home to more than 700 species of bacteria. This bacteria can be shared via kissing, drinking out of the same cup or someone else’s toothbrush. Whilst not all are harmful, some can lead to infection and illness. This could just be a cold or cold sore but more serious illnesses such as hepatitis or HIV can also be passed via a toothbrush.
  • A borrowed toothbrush can expose you to what someone else had for dinner especially if they didn’t rinse their toothbrush properly.

Other findings show that younger people are more willing to share a toothbrush with a stranger. The research is part of National Smile Month, a charity campaign by the Oral Health Foundation that promotes the benefits of good oral health. The #habits4life campaign encourages simple messages such as visiting your dentist regularly, brushing for 2 minutes twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and reducing the amount of sugar in your diet will help improve oral health and wellbeing.

If you have forgotten your toothbrush use your finger to brush your teeth with toothpaste or use a mouthwash or even eat an apple or floss, all will help give you fresher breath. Although skipping brushing isn’t ideal its better than sharing a toothbrush.

Rinse your toothbrush with water after every use and store it in an upright position, separate from other brushes.

If you would like any further advice please feel free to contact the Mayhill on 01600 712020 or email info@themayhill.co.uk

Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Share a Toothbrush

The Facts about Tooth Whitening read more

Cosmetic Dentistry is increasing in popularity and a recent survey carried out by RealSelf found that 40% of British people want to improve their teeth with whitening, veneers or Invisalign. There are still many myths out there about tooth whitening so the following tips will help you separate fact from fiction.

  1. There are many factors that can affect the whiteness of your teeth. What we eat and drink such as tea, coffee and red wine can stain your teeth over time, as can smoking.
  2. Plaque needs to be removed regularly with brushing and flossing, otherwise it hardens into calculus which can affect the colour of your teeth.
  3. Professional bleaching is the safest form of tooth whitening and willlighten your natural shade. The active ingredient in the product is hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. As the active ingredient breaks down, oxygen gets into the enamel of the teeth and the tooth colour lightens.
  4. In the UK and EU, tooth whitening can only be legally performed by a dentist or hygienist under prescription. Getting your teeth whitened at a beauticians is unregulated and an illegal practice. It could expose you to dangerous products and cause lasting damage to your teeth and gums.
  5. In the UK, tooth whitening products sold over the counter can only legally include 0.1% hydrogen peroxide. This concentration is too low to have any noticeable effect on the colour of your teeth. Dentists can treat you with 6% hydrogen peroxide which is why tooth whitening by a dentist or hygienist will give you the best results.
  6. Tooth whitening can only lighten your existing tooth colour and won’t be able to get rid of deep stains. Crowns, veneers and white fillings will be unaffected.
  7. You can maintain white teeth by cutting down on the amount of food and drinks that stain your teeth. Stopping smoking can also prevent discoloration and staining.

Here at the Mayhill we offer a number of tooth whitening options including Enlighten, Philips Zoom and Home Whitening.

For further advice or information please feel free to call the Mayhill on 01600 712020 or email info@themayhill.co.uk

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Testimonial 28 read more

I came to see Dr Guppy today for a root canal filling. I would like to thank Dr Guppy and his team for the kind and professional treatment I received. I was quite apprehensive to have this procedure but was put totally at ease. Please can you pass my sincere thanks onto Dr Guppy, he did a fantastic job. Thank you 😊
– Lorraine Revell [ April 2019 ]

Reasons Not to Be Nervous About Implant Surgery read more

It might be stating the obvious but most patients having a dental implant have never had one before. They are probably familiar with most procedures encountered at the dentist but placement of an implant can be a little bit different. Fear of the unknown can lead to patients simply accepting tooth loss or taking an inappropriate treatment decision which might further jeopardise their dentition.

In our experience implant therapy can be one of the most benign and comfortable experiences a patient can have at the dentist. From the outset the treatment is mapped out using digital planning software. We can see a three dimensional view of the jaw bone and combine this with an optical real life scan of teeth and gums. This makes the minor surgery precise and safe. We often employ key hole techniques which encourage healing with virtually no post- operative pain. In many cases sutures are not required.

Local anaesthetic is required but because the treatment is far less traumatic than an extraction the numb feeling is confined to soft tissues so patients can return to normal life and function within about an hour. Generally there is now more confidence in immediate restoration with same day teeth becoming a preferred option for many.

The days of “gloop and gag” impressions are coming to an end so once again the patient experience is much improved. We have known patients avoid treatment simply because of difficulty they have with impressions. The accuracy of scanning is far superior to impression taking and allows us to construct life like restorations that function like natural teeth. Once we have captured the scan data it can also be used for cosmetic treatments like invisible orthodontics. Treatment simulation can show us the outcome prior to starting any case in earnest.

These new strategies are open to patients who are facing imminent tooth loss and are looking at a transition without compromising function or aesthetics. Similarly patients who have lost teeth and struggled with dentures can access implant therapy which can be life changing. Even where bone conditions are challenging synthetic grafting materials can encourage the patient’s own bone to regrow.

Dentistry and implant therapy in particular are entering a new age where digital planning, design and treatment are expanding the opportunity for patients to receive high quality solutions with minimally invasive techniques.

For further information or advise please feel free to contact info@themayhill.co.uk or call 01600 712020.

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Testimonial 27 read more

I received a Philips Zoom teeth whitening, and it’s changed my teeth completely, excellent service and brilliant attitude throughout my short stay, if you think your smile needs a whole new whiter look then go to these guys you won’t be disappointed !!!!
– Clarke Dockerty [ January 2019 ]