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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

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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

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A New Smile for a New Year read more

Most of us will be making New Years resolutions. It could be taking up a new hobby, exercising more or eating healthier. What about starting 2019 with a great new smile? Whether it’s altering the shade, position or shape there is a range of treatments now available that can help you achieve this.

Teeth Whitening

This can be an effective way of lightening natural teeth. This is a process of oxidation which removes chemical stains and whitens the tooth structure. There are a number of tooth whitening options ranging from home whitening to in surgery such as Zoom Philips or Enlighten. They all involve bespoke whitening trays and achieve a great result. It is also inexpensive to repeat in the future.

Invisible Braces

Recent developments have made braces more discreet and less bulky which is why more and more adults are now having orthodontics. You will be pleased to know there is no age limit for braces. However, your teeth would need to be healthy and suitable for treatment. The main options are fixed or removal appliances. Brackets are now tooth coloured and thin tooth coloured metal wires will gently push your teeth into the right position. These are reliable and almost invisible.

Lingual or invisible braces is a traditional metal brace that is fitted on the back of your teeth so they are invisible to the eye. However, treatment can take longer.

Removable Aligners commonly known Invisalign is a brace system that uses clear , removable aligners that are taylor made to correct crooked and overcrowded teeth. These aligners are changed every two weeks . The length of treatment will vary depending on the severity of the crowding.

Cosmetic Bonding and Contouring

A tooth coloured putty can be used to fix chips or reshape teeth. This is then set with ultra violet light. Bonding however, will only last a few years before it needs replacing.


These are made from porcelain and are like thin fingernails cemented on the front of teeth. This is more permanent to bonding or whitening. It is a quick way of achieving a perfect smile. However, a thin layer of tooth enamel needs to be removed to bond the veneer.

All the above treatments are available at the Mayhill Dental Centre so if you would like to make a change this year and would like further advice please feel free to call the Mayhill Dental and Specialist Centre on 01600 712020 or email

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How Digital Dentistry Can Improve the Patient Experience read more

Technology has had a huge impact on our daily lives in recent years. What does an all- digital practice mean and how does it impact on your dental care?

What is Digital Dentistry?

A digital dental practice that incorporates computer aided design and manufacture.This could include digital x-rays, digital impressions, smile design software and computer guided surgical techniques like guided dental implant placement. It also includes digital patient records and storage.

The Benefits

  • Precise Treatment Planning

    Digital smile design lets us show patients what their new smile will look like after cosmetic, orthodontic or restorative cases. This takes the guess work out of treatment planning and can also reduce the amount of visits to the practice especially in terms of orthodontic treatment.

  • Early Intervention

    Digital x-rays allows us to detect cavities, cysts and other oral health concerns in the early stages which means patients are less likely to experience advanced dental damage that requires in depth treatments. Three dimensional radiographs are now gold standard in diagnostic terms.

  • Saves Time

    Digital files are immediately available for dental labs, specialists and other health providers. There is no longer a need to mail x-rays or bite impressions. Digital files also make each treatment visit much shorter and can reduce the amount of appointments required. Digital x-rays are instantly available to view at chairside. Digital impressions can be captured by a handheld wand so there is no time wasting and no gagging issue. Traditional impression moulds are subject to slight changes that can occur during handling. This might lead to slight adjustments being made to bridges, crowns and veneers. Dental putty can be messy and uncomfortable.

    Digital impressions deliver prosthetics with improved precision, reducing the margin of error. With direct access to the digital impression on the computer screen, the patient will get a much clearer picture of their own care.

    Scanned impressions can also be easily stored and if a crown is lost or damaged a replacement can be made without the need for a new impression.

  • Maintain Patient Records

    With a digital record keeping system, a dentist can quickly reference past treatments, pull up x-rays to compare current issues and update information as necessary. There are no large paper files to store and sort through and no lost paperwork. Your information is completely secure and private.

    You will be pleased to know that here at the Mayhill we have already invested in digital technology and are about to complete this with digital scanners to become a fully digital practice. If you would like to know more about how digital dentistry can improve your experience at the dentist please feel free to call the Mayhill Dental Centre on 01600 712020 or email

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6 Effects Bulimia Has On Your Teeth read more

Bulimia is an eating disorder that’s described as a destructive pattern of eating and purging (vomiting) to control weight. This cycle of constant bingeing and purging not only causes stress on the heart, kidneys and other organs but it can be especially damaging to the teeth.


Vomit is toxic because it contains stomach acids. These acids are corrosive and can wear away the enamel that covers and protects your teeth. This in turn leads to tooth decay. Brushing teeth too hard after vomiting can also cause tooth decay. Bingeing on sugary foods and fizzy drinks can also contribute to tooth decay.

Yellow Brittle Teeth

The colour and texture of the teeth can change as the erosion gets worse. As the enamel erodes, the dentine is exposed which is yellow in colour. Teeth will become more brittle and chip easily.

Mouth Sores

Stomach acid can also wear away the skin of the roof and sides of your mouth and damage your throat. Painful sores can then develop in the mouth and throat which can become infected and swollen.

Swollen Salivary Glands

The acids can also irritate the glands on the side of your cheeks which produce saliva. Infected swollen salivary glands will reduce saliva production in the mouth which is what protects your teeth against decay.

Dry Mouth

A lack of saliva production is known as dry mouth which can affect the way you eat by changing the flavour of food. Dry mouth can also be damaging to the teeth as saliva washes away bacteria that causes tooth decay.


As the enamel of the teeth wears away it exposes the dentine which is the sensitive inner part of your teeth which can make your teeth hurt. Other symptoms are sensitivity or pain to hot or cold food or drinks.


The short term solution is treating the dental conditions such as filling the cavities and replacing broken teeth. The long term solution is to get treatment by arranging an appointment with your GP. The following sources can provide help and support:

For further advice or support for your teeth please call the Mayhill Dental Centre on 01600 712020 or email


Testimonial 23 read more

I started my journey 6 months ago at the Mayhill Dental Surgery… Being a young 76 year old lady… After having a consultation and myself explaining what I would like to achieve I went ahead with the placement of 6 dental implants and fixed teeth. Now my treatment has been completed I am so pleased with the outcome I really do not know I have implants they look so lovely.. just wished I had done this long long ago.
– Patricia Babbage [ September 2018 ]

Dead Teeth: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment read more

Why do teeth die on us?

Teeth contain a blood supply and healthy teeth are very much alive. The pulp of the tooth extends from the crown to the roots. When the nerves in the pulp of the tooth become damaged either through injury or decay, they stop providing blood to the tooth. The nerve basically dies and your dentist would describe it as a “non-vital” tooth.

Signs of a Dead Tooth

Discoloration might be one of the first signs. A tooth that is dying will be different in colour to the rest of the teeth. It might be a dark yellow or light brown in colour. This will get worse over time as the nerve continuous to die off.Pain when biting or chewing could also be another symptom but not always. Some people don’t experience any pain and may be unaware that the tooth has died. Other signs may include swelling around the gum line, bad breath or bad taste. Oversensitivity in the affected tooth when you drink hot or cold beverages is also another sign in the early stages.

What Causes a Tooth to Die?

Trauma or injury is one possible cause. For example falling over and hitting your mouth or getting hit in the mouth. A tooth can die instantly or slowly over several months or years. Any injury to your teeth should always be investigated by your dentist.

Tooth decay when left untreated can also destroy the nerves in the teeth and the surrounding bone. Decay will eat away at the enamel and eventually reach the pulp. The infection cuts off the blood supply to the pulp. The symptoms are usually intense pain.


Dead teeth should be treated as soon as possible to give them the best chance of survival otherwise the bacteria from the dead tooth can spread which can affect the bone and surrounding area. The treatment for dead teeth is either extraction or root canal therapy. This involves cleaning out the infection in the pulp (roots of the teeth) with small instruments and filing and sealing the roots to prevent further infection. In many cases a crown is recommended to protect the tooth as root filled teeth can become brittle over time. If crowning is not necessary tooth bleaching may be used to treat tooth discoloration to the affected teeth. Porcelain veneers are also another option to disguise the discoloration.


It is not always possible to cure badly infected teeth. Referral can be made to specialist Endodontists who use microscopes and can deal with difficult roots. Failing that, extraction would be necessary. The tooth lost can be replaced with an implant, denture or bridge. Your dentist would be able to give you the best options.

If you would like further advice from our Endodontist please call 01600 712020 or email

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5 Most Popular Cosmetic Dental Procedures read more

Cosmetic dentistry focuses primarily on the appearance of teeth usually expressed when smiling. Whilst dentists should always put dental health first, dramatic improvements can be made without resorting to excessive removal of tooth structure. Computer simulation and smile design allow the dentist and patient to rehearse treatment to obtain more predictable outcomes. The five treatments detailed below are the most popular and conservative options available.

Teeth Whitening

This involves bleaching your teeth to remove any discoloration or stains on the enamel of the teeth. There is a large choice of whitening procedures which includes in the dental chair, at home or a mixture of both, depending on preference and budget. Tooth whitening only works on natural tooth enamel so fillings, crowns or veneers will not change colour.


This is a tooth coloured putty that can fix small chips or minor discolouration. It is moulded to fill holes or chips in the teeth. This is then set hard with ultra violet light. Bonding can last a few years before it needs to be replaced.


This involves reshaping a patient’s tooth or teeth. This could involve altering the position, shape, width or length. This requires strong healthy teeth as it involves sanding or using a laser to achieve the new shape. Contouring is often used with bonding to fill in chips.


These are made of porcelain shells and are placed over the front of the teeth. They are cemented on to each individual tooth, changing the colour and shape and providing a more permanent change than whitening or bonding. It is very popular with celebrities as its an easy way to gain the perfect smile. You do however need to remove a very thin layer of tooth enamel to bond the veneer.

Invisible Braces

This is becoming a very popular option and is used to straighten teeth. Invisalign uses a series of virtually invisible custom made aligners to gradually straighten teeth without the need for metal wires or brackets. Each aligner is worn for about 2 weeks and should only be removed for eating , brushing and contact sports.

If you are curious about whether any of these procedures might be suitable for you please feel free to contact the Mayhill on 01600 712020 or email We are always happy to answer any questions or concerns.

How to stop bleeding gums read more

It is tempting to ignore a small amount of blood when you brush your teeth. However, bleeding gums should not be ignored as it could be a sign of gum disease. Treating bleeding gums quickly can prevent serious damage to your teeth and gums later on.

Causes of Bleeding Gums

There are a number of reasons why gums may bleed during brushing. One of the most common causes is gingivitis, which is the first stage of gum disease. This is the stage where gums become inflamed due to bacteria and plaque build-up around the teeth and gums. More advanced stages of gum disease can also cause the gums to bleed.

Other causes could be:

  • Vitamin C and K deficiencies
  • Infection
  • Leukaemia
  • Brushing too hard
  • Hormonal changes

Symptoms of Gum Disease

  • Swollen, tender red gums
  • Blood in saliva
  • Pus around the teeth and gums
  • Bad taste in the mouth
  • Loose teeth
  • Bleeding when brushing
  • Constant bad breath

Treating Bleeding Gums

If you have any of the above symptoms book an appointment with your dentist. They will help you identify the problem and may recommend a professional clean or surgery depending on the severity of the problem. Severe cases would be referred to a periodontist who specialises in treating gum disease.

Good Oral Care

This is the most important part to stopping gums bleeding and overall dental health. This would include brushing at least twice a day for 2 minutes each, flossing and interdental brushing once a dayand visiting the dentist regularly. A toothbrush with soft bristles can also help the gums heal.

A Balanced Diet

Focus on foods that give the body nutrients to include fresh fruit and vegetables and wholegrains. A diet full of sugary foods will increase the risk of increase the risk of gum disease as sugar is converted into acid which attack the teeth and gums.

Low Stress

High stress levels can contribute to bleeding gums. Stress increases inflammation which makes gums bleed more readily. It also lowers your immune system so it takes your body longer to fight infections. Learn to say no to pressure when you feel overwhelmed.

Stop Sharing

Gum disease can be contagious. Your risk of developing gum disease increases if your partner has a lot of bacteria in the mouth. Try not to share items that contact another person’s mouth such as toothbrushes, drinks and utensils.
For further advice please contact the Mayhill dental centre on 01600 712020 or email

Testimonial 22 read more

Dear Jason and All

Comments have been “You look well and happier-something different-what is it?” or when pointed out, “They really do look like your own teeth” or “They look so natural, you really can’t tell, can you? So thank you so much for the new me.

Best Regards
– Helena [ April 2018 ]