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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

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

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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 or call 01600 712020.


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 ]

Testimonial 26 read more

I was referred to Mayhill by my regular dentist as he thought 2 implants would be the best option for me, Apprehensive at first but the whole procedure was A ok. I now have 2implants with a 3 tooth bridge which I don’t know is there, Excellent
– Nicholas Sutton [ December 2018 ]

Testimonial 25 read more

Dr David Guppy is an amazing surgeon. Been a patient for 16 years now. He has saved so many of my teeth that other surgeons wanted to extract, says it all. I’ve had implants, root canals, crowns and cosmetic procedures done, I can eat properly again and don’t have to look downwards anymore when smiling. I used to be a very nervous patient, not anymore. Brilliant service from Helen and team. No wonder to me they are a multi award winning dental practice.
– Quentin Morgan [ November 2018 ]

Testimonial 24 read more

I had a consultation with a really kind and friendly orthodontist at this practice, Dr Cross, I was a little nervous about talking about my aesthetic concerns, however he put me at ease straight away and gave honest, sensible advice. I have always been a nervous patient, but Dr Cross puts me at ease and is very talented. Definitely recommend: at first I was concerned it was a lot of money to pay, but once I realized the level of support I would be given throughout the treatment it seemed really good value for money: especially since the result was so good.
– Michael Turnbull [ November 2018 ]

Dentistry and the Environment read more

Two words you don’t often see in the same sentence!As healthcare providers we all have a role to play in tackling the biggest threat to global health in the 21st Century: Climate Change. The healthcare sector is the largest carbon emitter in the UK with the NHS contributing to approximately 4.5% of the UK’s carbon emissions. We are compelled by overwhelming evidence to make changes in our daily lives to limit the impact each one ofus has on the environment around us. Obvious examples like re- cycling, limiting air travel and transition to battery powered vehicles have become mainstream in our attempts to minimise our carbon footprint. Our efforts may prove to be futile as industrialisation in developing countries will overpower ourefforts but it does feel worthy at least to consider how we can modify our behaviour.

There are35,000 dental practitioners in the UK and I would suggest that most of them have a negative impact on the environment. We consume electricity to power lighting, compressors, sterilising autoclaves and countless other devices which we simply can’t do without.Cross infection control of the highest standards require disposal of plastics on a massive scale. Once again it is completely unacceptable to abandon this or chemical disinfection of surfaces. In order to be effective these chemicals are pretty nasty substances. Even impression material and plaster models require specialist disposal. When you really start analysing it dentistry is an environmental disaster!

So what can we do?

Clean those choppers and avoid sweets,fizzy drinks ……..

Yes you’ve heard it all before but avoiding dental treatment is good for you and the planet.

We are taking the next step in the digital age and digitising all our impressions apart from alginate (seaweed). So no more gloop and gagging and a much more comfortable experience for the patient. So what does this do for environment?

  • No more silicone
  • No plaster models
  • No transportation, push the button and the digital impression can be in Los Angeles, Beijing or Bognor Regis.
  • Crowns, dentures, and just about anything else can be printed.

Orthodontics and cosmetic dentistry have now entered the digital age.The quality of outcome is amazing !

Okay so the digital production line is not carbon neutral but it is getting there and so are we!

If you would like any further information please feel free to call The Mayhill Dental Centre on 01600 712020 or email

Dentistry and the Environment

Six Common Causes of Jaw Pain read more

Jaw pain is often associated with throbbing, uncomfortable pain. It can come on suddenly or it can start off mild and become more intense over time. The symptoms will depend on the root cause and here are few to look out for.

Teeth Grinding

This is a common problem that most people are not aware of as it usually takes place during sleep. This involves tightly clenching and moving your jaw which grinds the teeth. Causes include stress or anxiety or even side effects of medication. Wearing a mouth guard at night specially designed for night time grinding can help alleviate symptoms.65% of people who are convinced they do not grind their teeth actually grind regularly but are unaware of it.

Temporomandibular (TMD or TMJ)

This condition is often known as TMJ and affects the temporomandibular joint of the jaw. This is often associated with restricted jaw movement. Other symptoms include tenderness in the jaw, face, ear or even the neck and shoulders as well as a clicking sound when opening the mouth or chewing. In severe cases, the disorder can even cause the jaw to become permanently stuck in an open or closed position.

Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth typically erupt between the ages of 17 and 25 and can cause trouble in the jaw, especially if they are impacted. Wisdom teeth can become infected and cause acute swelling and pain.

Untreated Cavities

Tooth decay can cause pain which can radiate into the jaw area, especially if a cavity goes a long time without being filled, an infection can spread into surrounding teeth and jaw causing pain.

Abscessed Tooth

An abscessed tooth is when the dental pulp or nerve of the tooth has become infected. It usually happens when decay has been left untreated for an extended period. When the bacteria from the infection begins to spread from the root, it can also affect surrounding bone tissue, causing significant jaw pain. Regular dental examinations and treating decay promptly is the best way of avoiding this problem.

Gum Disease

This is often caused by poor oral health and as it progresses can lead to problems with the tissues and bones that support the teeth.

If you are experiencing jaw pain that isn’t going away, and would like some advice please feel free to call The Mayhill Dental Centre on 01600 712020 or email

TMJ Pain