Summer 2004

How would you like to change your smile?

First impressions count. In the UK it has been shown that half of us make instant judgements on people based on their smile. So how can you change things? Stained teeth can be polished to remove those tea, coffee and wine stains. Teeth can be lightened if you prefer a lighter brighter smile by tooth bleaching. This is an easy and safe procedure, which works extremely well in the vast majority of cases. Teeth that are chipped, cracked or have gaps between them can be improved with a technique called bonding which allows tooth-coloured composite resin materials to be added to the tooth surface. For major changes in your smile, veneers and crowns are often the answer; while missing teeth can be replaced with bridges or implants.

Six simple steps for a gorgeous grin:

• Brush your teeth properly – Most people spend less than 30 seconds; ideally you need to spend 2 – 3 minutes. Consider investing in an electric toothbrush

• Don’t brush too hard – this can cause receding gums, worn roots, sensitive and notched teeth.

• Try to brush before meals – this will remove the plaque, then afterwards rinse out with water, swish with a mouthrinse or chew some sugar-free gum. You will be reducing the time your mouth is acidic and reducing the risk of decay.

• Floss your teeth – this will remove debris and bacteria from between your teeth and reduce the risk of decay and gum problems. Interdental brushes eg: Tepe brushes are a good alternative.

• Avoid food and drinks that can stain your teeth.

• Finally, one for the women – dark coloured lipstick can make your teeth look whiter by comparison. If your teeth are yellowish, avoid orangey coloured lipstick as these just emphasise the yellow hues.

Children

We believe children of all ages benefit from visiting us regularly. It allows the dentist to spot any problems at an early stage; it allows the youngster to build up confidence and for us to demonstrate good techniques at this formative stage. We recommend parents bring their children soon after they are born, as it is never too young to start.

One question we are often asked is whether thumb sucking will cause problems later. It is a perfectly normal activity but can be gently discouraged from the fairly early age of about two. However, after the permanent teeth start to appear, usually at around the age of six, it should be positively discouraged explaining that it is best to stop thumb sucking as the teeth need to come through straight. Try weaning your child off gradually, offering praise and encouragement, and consider offering rewards when certain milestones are reached, such as not thumb sucking for a whole day.

We have provided a play area under the stairs, which we hope helps make the time here fun. For their own safety and for the benefit of our adult patients who would prefer to sit and read in peace, we do request that parent’s keep their children quietly under control at all times while in the Practice.

Car Parking
Please use the local side roads or the car park off Brewery Road. Parking vouchers are needed when using the local side roads and can be purchased at the reception desk for immediate use or can be kept for future visits.