44 Dental Care – Leicester Dentist https://www.44dentalcare.co.uk 44 Dental Care is a family-friendly practice, able to perform all kinds of dental surgery, with both kids and adults more than welcome. Fri, 28 Feb 2020 09:42:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.2 Dental Implants – 6 Interesting Facts You Might Not Know https://www.44dentalcare.co.uk/dental-implants-6-interesting-facts-you-might-not-know Wed, 26 Feb 2020 09:42:28 +0000 https://www.44dentalcare.co.uk/?p=1570 There is no doubt that the popularity of dental implants has risen over the last decade and they remain the gold standard of missing tooth replacement. So to celebrate, here are 6 interesting facts about dental implants you may not already know
Fact #1 – 15 million people have dental implants
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dental implants There is no doubt that the popularity of dental implants has risen over the last decade and they remain the gold standard of missing tooth replacement. So to celebrate, here are 6 interesting facts about dental implants you may not already know

Fact #1 – 15 million people have dental implants

Since their induction in 1965, dental implants have been placed into the mouths of approximately 15 million individuals. This is growing by around 500,000 per year with a net spend of 4.5 billion dollars. Until recently, the biggest market for dental implants was the US but this has recently been overtaken by Europe with countries like Hungary, Spain and the UK seeing the largest increases.

Fact #2 – A dental implant is the longest-lasting tooth restoration available

Dental implants have a pretty good track record with regards to longevity. Take the first-ever implants for instance; they were placed into a Swedish man back in 1965 and continued to function well until his death in 2006 some 40 years later. While conventional bridges and dentures need to be replaced periodically, dental implants – on the proviso that they are cared for correctly – can comfortably last for decades

Fact #3 – Age is no barrier to implant-based restorations

You may think that age is a barrier to getting dental implants – after all, it’s a surgical process and along with that carries risks right? True… However, what’s more important is that the patient is generally healthy and the jaw remains in good condition to sustain a dental implant. If these two criteria are in place, then it isn’t important what age a person is.

With this in mind, the oldest person to receive dental implants was an American woman called Filomena Battista. Born in 1912, she was 100 years and 210 days old when she underwent treatment back in Florida in 2012.

Fact # 4 – A dental implant comes in 3 parts

How many of you thought that a dental implant was actually the visible crown that replaces a missing tooth gap? Don’t worry, it’s a common misconception. In actual fact, a dental implant is made up of 3 parts

  • The implant itself – the rod or screw that is secured down into the jawbone
  • The abutment – a tiny shock absorber that helps to attach the implant to the crown and…
  • The crown itself – The visible tooth-like restoration that everyone sees.

Collectively they combine to create a natural-looking, long-lasting and durable restoration

Fact #5 – Dental implants halt bone loss

Bone loss occurs naturally after a tooth is missing and is why we look ‘aged’ as the jaw continues to shrink. When a dental implant is anchored into the jaw, it re-stimulates the bone tissue, thus halting the bone loss process. A dental implant is the only form of restoration to achieve this and the changing shape of the jaw is also the reason why conventional bridges and dentures need to be replaced often.

Fact #6 – Dental implants are ‘Nasa’ proof

Just in case you didn’t know, dental implants are mainly designed using titanium. This is the same material that encased Space Shuttle engines enabling them to withstand thousands of degrees, but also on Formula 1 racing cars as skid blocks preventing them from crashing during high-speed corners.

Apart from its incredibly lightweight yet durable nature, titanium has one more redeeming feature …It happens to be one of only a handful of materials in the world that can bring about a process known as osseointegration – This is vital to dental implant success and occurs when over time, bone tissue fuses with the implant and creates a super-strong platform.

So there you have it, 6 interesting facts about dental implants you might not know!

If you are interested in how dental implants can help you to restore a missing tooth or teeth then come and talk to the team at 44 Dental Care. We used the very latest technology and equipment to ensure that you get a healthy confidence-boosting smile that you can be proud of for many years to come.

Call today on 0116 251 9647 and book a consultation.

 

 

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Professional Teeth Cleaning – 6 Key Reasons To Go Pro! https://www.44dentalcare.co.uk/professional-teeth-cleaning-6-key-reasons-to-go-pro Thu, 23 Jan 2020 16:32:32 +0000 https://www.44dentalcare.co.uk/?p=1561 So you clean your teeth twice a day and floss daily. You’ve invested in a quality toothbrush and you even spit after brushing but don’t then rinse (a great habit to have by the way!). Why then would you need to visit the dentist for professional teeth cleaning? Here are 6 key reasons why you really should.
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So you clean your teeth twice a day and floss daily. You’ve invested in a quality toothbrush and you even spit after brushing but don’t then rinse (a great habit to have by the way!). Why then would you need to visit the dentist for professional teeth cleaning? Here are 6 key reasons why you really should.

Addressing the inevitable

No matter how well you brush, floss and rinse at home, there is almost certain to be some type of plaque build-up. Unfortunately, it’s impossible to stay on top of your teeth 24/7. The trouble is that once plaque hardens it turns into tartar. This can only be removed using professional cleaning tools and techniques. If plaque and therefore tartar is allowed to continue to develop, it can weaken the gums leaving your teeth susceptible to a whole host of other conditions.

It reaches places you can’t

To put it simply, professional teeth cleaning reaches the places that you simply can’t. When brushing at home you might be confident that the front of your teeth are as plaque-free as they can be, but what about the back? These areas usually require more attention because they are closer to your saliva glands and therefore are more likely to get a build-up of plaque. A professional dental clean can ensure that those difficult-to-reach areas are as plaque and tartar free as your front teeth, giving you complete peace-of-mind.

It doesn’t hurt one bit

Much of professional teeth cleaning is done using the latest technologies and techniques. An airflow device, for example, utilises a combination of water and fine powder to blast surface stains and takes the place of the old-fashioned scraper. In addition, for those with sensitive teeth, or for those who haven’t undergone a professional clean in a while, most dentists will also provide gentle numbing agents should you request them. The result is a pain-free process that is quick and easy.

Professional teeth cleaning is a real confidence booster

Just like professional teeth whitening, the immediate effects of undergoing pro dental cleaning can be extremely noticeable. Not only will you have teeth that feel cleaner, but you’ll also have a smile that appears brighter. Removing 6 month’s worth of surface staining caused by tea, coffee, and red wine is normally achievable in just one appointment and is recommended before you move onto other cosmetic dental treatments such as teeth whitening.

It prevents gum disease

Well, not single-handedly, but along with regular check-ups and early intervention, professional teeth cleaning can prevent the onset of extensive gum problems like gingivitis and periodontitis. Given that gum disease has been linked with more serious medical conditions such as heart disease, stroke, and potentially cancer, a little time invested now, is an insurance policy which helps you to remain healthy both now and in the future.

Professional teeth cleaning offers the chance to spot other problems

During a cleaning appointment, your dentist or hygienist will also be looking for other problematic signs. These are signs that could lead to other (more costly) problems if left untreated. Potential problems like oral lesions, gum shrinkage, or cavities may otherwise go unnoticed when brushing at home.

During the clean, a basic periodontal examination (BPE) is carried out to monitor the possibility or extent of gum disease. Any problems can then be addressed fast, ensuring that healthy gums are maintained.

Here at 44 Dental Care, we pride ourselves on thorough dentistry carried out in a gentle and compassionate manner. Why not book an appointment with our hygienist and see for yourself. Call us on 0116 251 9647 today.

 

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Root Canal Therapy – Sorting the Facts from The Fiction https://www.44dentalcare.co.uk/root-canal-therapy-sorting-the-facts-from-the-fiction Sun, 29 Dec 2019 15:55:02 +0000 https://www.44dentalcare.co.uk/?p=1556 If you ask anyone what their most feared dental procedure or treatment might be then it’s likely that root canal therapy will be high on the list. It’s arguably one of the most dreaded procedures and one that continues to evoke feelings of dread and angst amongst anyone looking to undergo it.
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root canal therapyIf you ask anyone what their most feared dental procedure or treatment might be then it’s likely that root canal therapy will be high on the list. It’s arguably one of the most dreaded procedures and one that continues to evoke feelings of dread and angst amongst anyone looking to undergo it.

However, despite its ‘scary’ reputation, very few people actually take the time to think about what root canal treatment actually is.

The problem with many feared encounters is that the myths, half-truths and exaggerations surrounding them are etched in folklore making it hard to separate fiction from the cold hard facts. With this in mind, we’ll aim to address some of the most common myths surrounding root canal treatment in a bid to lay many of these long-held fears to rest once and for all.

Firstly, the truth about root canal therapy

The purpose of undergoing a root canal is a pretty simple one in that when the central pulp cavity of the tooth becomes infected, a root canal procedure is carried out to alleviate any pain. What typically happens is that if a root canal isn’t performed, discomfort increases greatly as time goes by.

The term ‘root canal’ refers not to the dental procedure but the chambers contained within the tooth. This is where the procedure is carried out to restore and maintain the inner workings of the tooth. So rather than something to be feared, it’s far better to look upon a root canal therapy as an ‘angel in disguise’ because it’s designed to get you out of pain, instead of causing it.

So now we’ve cleared that up.. Let’s take a closer look at the myths…

Root canal therapy hurts!

The truth – As already stated, a root canal procedure is not designed to cause pain, but instead, it alleviates the issues surrounding your discomfort. By removing any infected tissue and effectively sealing off the chamber, any pain will be greatly reduced and eventually cease entirely, allowing you to live a normal, happy life.

A root canal procedure requires 4-5 separate appointments to treat

The truth – Naturally, each case is different as the extent of the damage or infection varies. So while a particular procedure may require the intervention of a specialist endodontist, the procedure remains the same. So whether your procedure is carried out by an experienced general dentist or a specialist, most root canal therapy treatments can be completed within just 1-2 visits.

Root canal therapy is only necessary when pain is felt

The truth – Although infected pulp chambers typically cause significant discomfort, this isn’t always the case; especially if the tooth is already dead. Unfortunately when in this condition, infection can spread and cause further damage, so in these cases, it may be best to perform treatment, even when no pain is felt.

A root canal is only ever a temporary solution!

The truth – This is a common misconception and is perhaps a myth brought about by those people whose treatment hasn’t gone so well.  Fortunately, if you seek out an experienced dentist then such problems are few and far between. On the contrary, thanks to great advances in dental technology, root canal therapy can protect the tooth for many years to come with far higher success rates than ever before.

The reality of root canal therapy

As you can see, all the hype surrounding the ‘dreaded’ root canal treatment is really just that and in fact, using the latest gentle dental techniques the treatment itself is really nothing to worry about.

If you’re experiencing any kind of tooth pain or sensitivity, then come and talk to the team at 44 Dental Care. With our brand of gentle dental care, we have the experience and the skills to put an end to your discomfort as quickly and efficiently as possible. Call us on 0116 251 9647 today and let us help you to maintain a healthy smile you can be proud of.

 

 

 

 

 

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3 Reasons To Get Dental Veneers https://www.44dentalcare.co.uk/3-reasons-to-get-dental-veneers Fri, 29 Nov 2019 14:06:00 +0000 https://www.44dentalcare.co.uk/?p=1552 One of the main reasons to get dental veneers for many people is to improve or enhance their smile. While it’s a simple, convenient and effective way of improving the look of your teeth did you know that there is a lot more to porcelain veneers than meets the eye? Here are 3 key reasons why you might want to undergo veneers treatment and they’re probably not what you might think…
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reasons to get dental veneersOne of the main reasons to get dental veneers for many people is to improve or enhance their smile. While it’s a simple, convenient and effective way of improving the look of your teeth did you know that there is a lot more to porcelain veneers than meets the eye? Here are 3 key reasons why you might want to undergo veneers treatment and they’re probably not what you might think…

Awkward spacing or uneven gaps

Let’s face it, not everyone is born with perfectly straight teeth and in many cases, having slight tooth gaps (diastemas) are what defines you. For some, they can be a proud source of identity and many people including high-profile celebrities (think Samuel L Jackson, Eddie Murphy, Madonna and Lauren Hutton) continue to wear their diastema’s like a badge of honour.

For others, however, it’s a totally different story. A diastema can be a constant source of ridicule, a negative aesthetic trait, an awkward spacing that only adds to feelings of insecurity. For these people, one of the best fixes is porcelain dental veneers.

On this occasion, the veneer is placed and bonded onto the front of the tooth acting as a mask, covering up any gaps or imperfections between two teeth. Once in position, the thin translucent piece of porcelain becomes extremely durable and very difficult to break. The end result is a perfect smile, achieved without undergoing any type of surgical procedure.

Teeth whitening

Believe it or not, another of the key reasons to get dental veneers is to whiten teeth. But hold on a minute… aren’t their other procedures that do a great job of whitening teeth that aren’t as expensive and aren’t quite so…. well… permanent?

Of course!

But what you might not know is that even when undergoing the latest chairside teeth whitening treatments, not all staining can be removed – particularly in cases where the staining is deeply ingrained.

To be clear, we’re not talking about the type of ‘extrinsic’ staining typically caused by foods and beverages. Instead, we’re talking about the type of staining that is deeply embedded into the tooth.

Otherwise known as ‘intrinsic’ staining, this type of discolouration is often formed in utero or can be the result of trauma or through taking certain medications. So while no amount of teeth whitening is going to eradicate the problem of intrinsic staining, porcelain veneers can at least be bonded onto the affected tooth or teeth, thus covering up the problem, giving the look and feel of a whiter, brighter smile.

Orthodontic alternative

If you have a slight or mild tooth misalignment and really don’t like the thought of being stuck with braces or aligners for months or years on end, then porcelain veneers – in some cases, can be used to great effect.

By bonding them to the affected area, they reshape the tooth or teeth giving the appearance of a straighter seamless smile – all of which is achieved with no braces required!

Do remember though that this won’t work for everyone. It does depend upon the degree of your tooth/teeth problem. As such your dentist will be able to quickly determine if porcelain veneers are the right option for you.

So there you have it – 3 key reasons to get dental veneers! While they might not be the reasons you thought, it does highlight their unique versatility.

At 44 Dental Care, we have a team of experienced dentists who are well-versed in a wide range of preventative, restorative and cosmetic dental procedures including the fitting of porcelain dental veneers. So if you’re looking to do something about your less-than-perfect smile, then we invite you to come and have a chat with our team. Contact us on 0116 251 9647 today to book an appointment.

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5 Interesting Facts About Teeth-Staining You Might Not Know https://www.44dentalcare.co.uk/teeth-staining-facts Fri, 18 Oct 2019 08:53:25 +0000 https://www.44dentalcare.co.uk/?p=1545 While the vast majority of people suffer from teeth staining to a certain degree, there are some interesting facts you may not know. With this in mind, let’s dive straight in and take a closer look.
Fact 1 – Teeth colour is all about genetics
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teeth stainingWhile the vast majority of people suffer from teeth staining to a certain degree, there are some interesting facts you may not know. With this in mind, let’s dive straight in and take a closer look.

Fact 1 – Teeth colour is all about genetics

You could be forgiven for thinking that every person’s teeth start the same colour. Unfortunately, you’d be wrong!

Did you know, for example, that sporting a flawless pearly white smile is not the norm? On the contrary, some people have natural smiles that are more of a dull ivory colour, while others have smiles that appear more yellowish-white.

In fact, just like the colour of our hair or eyes, the shade, tone and hues of our teeth are genetically determined. People with a fair complexion, for instance, tend to have naturally whiter teeth. This has a lot to do with the amount of melanin contained within the body. So two people can undergo the same teeth whitening treatment and achieve different results.

Fact 2 – Not all teeth staining is created equal

It’s true! There are two types of teeth staining; Intrinsic and extrinsic.

The most common type of teeth staining is extrinsic staining. As the name suggests it occurs when the hardest and outermost layer of the teeth (the tooth enamel) becomes stained. This is usually caused by foods and beverages which can dull the teeth over time. The good news is that this type of staining can usually be removed or corrected using a variety of teeth whitening products or procedures.

Intrinsic teeth staining, on the other hand, is more complex. It occurs when staining is situated within the inner structure of the tooth known as the dentin. As you can imagine, this is far harder (but not always impossible) to remove.

Some of the factors that can cause intrinsic teeth staining are:

  • Exposure to too much fluoride as a child
  • A Mother’s use of Tetracycline (an antibiotic used to treat infections) during the second half of pregnancy can cause teeth of the baby to adopt a yellower pigment.
  • The tooth has experienced trauma and is dying from the inside
  • Dentino-Genisis imperfecta – This is a relatively rare condition that causes the discolouration of the teeth (usually a blue/grey colour)

Fact 3 – It’s an age thing!

The older you are, the less chance you have of maintaining naturally white teeth. It’s true! As we age, the outer layer of tooth enamel thins over time and loses its translucency. When this happens the dentin below (naturally a yellow colour) will show through more, hence the yellowish-white appearance.

Fact 4 – Stain a carpet, stain your teeth!

If you are wondering what foods or drinks make up the worst teeth-staining offenders, then a good way to look at it is this…

Whatever can badly stain a carpet is highly likely to stain your teeth.

So sauces like tomato sauce, curry sauce (particularly those coloured with turmeric) and soy sauce; beverages like blackcurrant juice, red wine, and coffee; and foods like beetroot, blueberries, and cherries can all do a good job of staining teeth.

Of course, the best way to ensure teeth don’t become stained is to avoid these type of foods altogether, but that that probably isn’t going to happen. One way to aid the situation is to ensure you drink water just after eating or drinking the offending food or beverage. In addition, you might want to ensure (where possible) that you give your teeth a good brush after eating or drinking.

Fact 5 – Teeth staining and fluoride – A fine balancing act

I’m sure you know that fluoride is good for your teeth. In fact, before fluoride was introduced into toothpaste back in the 1950s, dental products didn’t hold too much promise. What you might not know, however, is that too much exposure to fluoride can also stain them.

Known as fluorosis, too much exposure to fluoride can cause faint brown spots or white streaks to appear on the teeth. It can be a problem particularly in areas where drinking water contains particularly strong levels of naturally occurring fluoride. This could include areas where the main source is well water.

So there you have it – 5 interesting facts about teeth staining you might not know.

If you are not entirely happy with the colour of your teeth and feel it’s about time you jazzed up your smile, then come and talk to the team at 44 Dental Care. We use the latest proven teeth whitening techniques to ensure that you get the perfect smile you want. Schedule an appointment today and take the first steps towards a healthier, whiter smile.

 

 

 

 

 

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Top 5 Questions to Ask Your Dentist https://www.44dentalcare.co.uk/questions-to-ask-your-dentist Wed, 18 Sep 2019 10:02:35 +0000 http://www.44dentalcare.co.uk/?p=1540 From a very early age, we’re encouraged to ask questions; yet when we visit the dentist, many of us simply undergo the check-up and leave, hoping that everything is going to be okay for the next 6 months or so, until the next visit.
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questions to ask dentistFrom a very early age, we’re encouraged to ask questions; yet when we visit the dentist, many of us simply undergo the check-up and leave, hoping that everything is going to be okay for the next 6 months or so, until the next visit.

Instead, wouldn’t it be better to take full advantage of your time at the dentist and play a more active role in your dental health? Why not use this time to run a few questions by your dentist.

Asking the right questions can give you a better understanding of what you need to do to improve your long-term health care.

Most dentists will be pleased that you are taking a vested interest in your oral health and will be only too happy to impart those pearls of wisdom and advice you want to know.

With this in mind, here are the top 5 questions to ask your dentist during a dental examination.

How do I better manage my dental health?

During a routine check-up, your dentist should be looking for areas of concern that you may need to work on. After any check-up they should give you a summary of your present oral health as standard, but why not ask them what you can do to improve it. Questions like

  • Am I brushing correctly?
  • Is the toothbrush I’m using the best choice for my teeth?
  • Is there anything I should be keeping an eye on?

Are all relevant queries you should be asking.

Is there anything I need to talk to my GP about?

Here at 44 Dental Care we often tell patients that the condition of their mouth is a window to their overall health. As an example, certain changes in the mouth can be a sign that you have

  • Osteoporosis
  • Vitamin deficiencies
  • Diabetes

So if your dentist notices any unusual conditions, it could be a sign that you may need to talk to your GP.

How can I improve the whiteness of my teeth?

Among some of the best questions to ask a dentist is how you go about improving the whiteness of your teeth. Most people experience some type of discolouration over the years, usually caused by pigmented foods and drinks. Your dentist may make suggestions like

  • Where possible, drink teeth-staining beverages like Coca Cola through a straw
  • Sip a glass of water to rinse the teeth after drinking a cup of coffee
  • Try to brush teeth after every meal to prevent excessive staining

You might also want to consider undertaking professional chairside or take-home teeth whitening to keep your teeth looking bright and white.

What are the warning signs of gum disease I need to look out for?

According to the NHS website, most adults have gum disease in one form or another at some point in their lives. While mild forms of gum disease such as gingivitis typically cause little or no discomfort, it pays to recognise the early signs.

Of course, your dentist will check for any signs of gum disease during your dental examination, but it helps to know what you should be looking out for. This way if you do have a problem, you can take the appropriate steps before it escalates into something more serious.

What foods are good and bad for my teeth?

The final question to ask your dentist during your check-up is what foods are good and bad for your teeth. While it’s pretty well known that the type of foods we eat affect our overall health, what you may not know is that the same goes for our teeth.

Generally speaking, a diet rich in protein, leafy greens, and whole fruits is good for your dental health, whereas, acidic, sticky, and sugary foods can cause harm. Together with your dentist, you can discuss what food choices may or may not be damaging your teeth and gums.

Here at 44 Dental Care, we want to help you to take better care of your teeth. As such we’re very happy to pass on any knowledge that we have to help you take better care of your teeth. So if you have any concerns or questions to ask our dentist during your dental examination, feel free to express them.

We’re committed to your comfort and satisfaction and during your dental check-up and do all that we can to help you feel relaxed. Call today on 0116 251 9647 to book your appointment. On behalf of the team, we look forward to meeting you.

 

 

 

 

 

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Manual Toothbrush – Soft vs Hard Bristles – Which Type Is Best? https://www.44dentalcare.co.uk/manual-toothbrush-soft-vs-hard-bristles-which-type-is-best Tue, 20 Aug 2019 08:55:34 +0000 http://www.44dentalcare.co.uk/?p=1533 For those of you who feel more comfortable using a manual toothbrush, we have some good news….
Evidence suggests that a manual toothbrush can be as equally effective at maintaining good oral health provided that you adopt a good technique and brush both frequently and sufficiently.
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manual toothbrushFor those of you who feel more comfortable using a manual toothbrush, we have some good news….

Evidence suggests that a manual toothbrush can be as equally effective at maintaining good oral health provided that you adopt a good technique and brush both frequently and sufficiently.

While that might not come as much of a surprise to some, perhaps what is more surprising is the array of toothbrushes on offer – particularly with regards to bristle type. Soft, medium, hard – which one should you choose? Our dentist explains…

Be prepared for change

Did you know that the bristle type you choose should really depend upon your oral health circumstances at the time? In other words, you should choose your bristle type to suit your needs or requirements. This may depend on whether you currently have sensitive gums, sensitive teeth, or are undergoing orthodontic treatment. Let’s take a closer look…

Extra soft manual toothbrushes

Extra soft brushes are also known as periodontal brushes and although they have become less prevalent in stores over recent years, they’re the ideal toothbrush of choice for those suffering from conditions like

  • Receding gums
  • Gum disease and
  • Severe gingival problems

So if your teeth require a gentler approach to cleaning, then an extra-soft toothbrush is a good fit. If you’re in any doubt about their effectiveness, don’t forget to ask your dentist. You can even ask for tips on better brushing techniques to ensure you get the most out of the brush, without it causing any damage or discomfort.

Soft-bristled toothbrush

Contrary to popular belief, a soft toothbrush has the ability to get your teeth as clean as a hard-bristled toothbrush and much of the difference lies in the brushing technique. Even though plaque is a tricky substance to remove, it really isn’t about how hard you brush. Instead, it’s about how you go about it.

Try angling your manual toothbrush bristles towards the gum line and use gentle circular massaging strokes. Keep the pressure regular but light. Did you know that any firm or hard brushing – even with a soft toothbrush, can and will result in many of the same problems you’d get from using a medium or hard brush?

Because of the fact that soft manual toothbrushes do a good job in removing plaque – and – are unlikely to cause damage, many dentists including the team here at 44 Dental Care recommend them.

One caveat though….

Buy the best manual toothbrush you can from industry recognised names like Colgate and Oral B. They are usually better designed and better equipped for the job. Don’t be tempted to buy a pack of toothbrushes just because they happen to be dirt cheap.

Medium-bristled toothbrushes

Medium-bristled toothbrushes are the most commonly sold type in our stores today. Arguably, this is because many people don’t really know what type of toothbrush they should really be using – and because of this – they tend to take the safe middle option.

But while one study, in particular, suggested that medium-bristled toothbrushes have the ability to remove more plaque from the molar area than their softer-bristled cousins, they were also found to cause more dental abrasions, particularly around the gingival margin.

If you are brushing as often as you should be, then you do need to be aware that long-term use of a medium-bristled toothbrush can be problematic over a period of time.

Hard-bristled brushes

While no dentist recommends the long-term use of a hard toothbrush, they may have their uses. Some smokers, for instance, prefer to use them in conjunction with softer brushes to eradicate unpleasant staining. While others may use them for cleaning dentures. There is no clear evidence however to suggest that they fare any better than other bristle-types and patients need to be aware that they may, in fact, be doing more harm than good.

The key-takeaway

Manual toothbrushes containing hard and medium bristles should be used with caution. This is despite the fact that many people still use them. The recommended toothbrush of choice -and the one most likely to keep your teeth and gums healthy without causing any damage – is a soft-bristled toothbrush. However, for best results, look to buy a toothbrush from a well-known brand. They will last longer and are better engineered to provide maximum cleaning capability.

Are you ready to make the manual toothbrush switch?

Talk to our dental team at 44 Dental Care. We will give you all the information you need to make an informed decision and help you to maintain optimum oral health in the process. Call us today on 0116 251 9647 to book an appointment.

 

 

 

 

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Oral Cancer Screening – What You Can Expect https://www.44dentalcare.co.uk/oral-cancer-screening-what-you-can-expect Wed, 31 Jul 2019 08:25:13 +0000 http://www.44dentalcare.co.uk/?p=1529 An oral cancer screening is, in essence, a physical and visual examination of the oral cavity and connecting tissues and is done to reassure patients that there are no problems, or to initiate immediate and early treatment if there are. For this reason, dentists will usually carry out a screening during a dental check-up.
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oral cancer screeningAn oral cancer screening is, in essence, a physical and visual examination of the oral cavity and connecting tissues and is done to reassure patients that there are no problems, or to initiate immediate and early treatment if there are. For this reason, dentists will usually carry out a screening during a dental check-up.

A dentist may also suggest that a patient undergoes a screening based on their lifestyle choices, or alternatively, a patient may request a cancer screening as a precaution, based on previous family history. Either way, oral cancer screening is an integral part of preventative dentistry, so what can you expect?

Visual examination

When you visit the team at 44 Dental Care, we will pay particular attention to the neck, face, lips, inside of the nose and of course, the oral cavity itself. Do bear in mind that we will ask you to remove any dental appliances such as dentures so that we can check out the area properly. Once that’s done, we’re good to go.

We may then ask you to lie down or stay sitting up, but what we are initially looking for are asymmetries. This could be any abnormal swellings, bumps, patches of discolouration and ulcerations. We will also use a small light to peer into the nose and mouth and use a stick-like object known as a tongue depressor to gently hold down the tongue while we take a look at the back of your mouth towards the throat area. We may even get you to say ‘ahh’ to expose the areas at the back of the throat towards the tonsils and at the same time, we’ll look at the inner cheeks, the roof of the mouth and under the tongue.

The physical examination

The second part of the oral cancer screening is the physical part. This can be carried out either during or after the visual inspection and involves:

  • Touching the head and neck area
  • Feeling gently around the cheeks
  • Checking inside the oral cavity to feel for any nodules

We may also ask you whether you feel any discomfort in a particular area as this may be an indication that further tests may be needed. That said, while some oral swellings can be painful, not all are, so to err on the side of caution, they all need to be checked out.

The good news is that the whole process is non-invasive and is over in just a few short minutes

What happens next?

It’s important to note that any oral cancer screening is carried out as a precautionary measure and is not meant to be diagnostic. So when we suggest that you undergo an oral cancer screening or do it as part of the dental check-up procedure, don’t panic because it’s usually only routine. If our team to need to carry out more tests they will inform you. Even then it might not necessarily be for an oral cancer diagnosis.

Here at 44 Dental Care anyone who undergoes oral cancer screening can rest assured that they are in knowledgeable hands. In addition to being a medical examination, it’s also the perfect time for patients to ask us any questions they may have or to voice any concerns. Its also the perfect time for us to give you advice – if requested – about reducing your health risks.

If you’re looking for a new dentist and/or haven’t had oral cancer screening for a while, then come and talk to the team at 44 Dental Care. We take your oral and overall health very seriously and will do everything we can to ensure you remain oral cancer-free. To book a consultation, or to find out more about oral cancer screening, call the 44 Dental Care team on 0116 251 9647 today.

 

 

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Everything You Need To Know About Wisdom Teeth? https://www.44dentalcare.co.uk/everything-you-need-to-know-about-wisdom-teeth Tue, 30 Jul 2019 20:49:33 +0000 http://www.44dentalcare.co.uk/?p=1523 Let’s face it, wisdom teeth are something that us humans have come to dread. In fact
according to EZ Teether, as much as90% of all UK 20 year old’shave at least one wisdom
tooth that hasn’t erupted at all, or has erupted partially. So this begs the question…why
would we be given teeth that cause us so many problems? Well, the answer goes way back
to our ancestors.

Why we have wisdom teeth? – Blame our ancestors!

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Let’s face it, wisdom teeth are something that us humans have come to dread. In fact
according to EZ Teether, as much as90% of all UK 20 year old’shave at least one wisdom
tooth that hasn’t erupted at all, or has erupted partially. So this begs the question…why
would we be given teeth that cause us so many problems? Well, the answer goes way back
to our ancestors.
Why we have wisdom teeth? – Blame our ancestors!
Needless to say our earliest ancestors had a totally different diet. Rather than cooked fish
meat, vegetables and the occasional pizza, they were living on raw meat, nuts, roots and
berries. They didn’t have the luxury of using knives to cut and prepare food or heat to cook
them. As such, chewing these foods sufficiently enough for digestion needed broader jaws
and stronger molars and therefore third molars – more commonly known as wisdom teeth –
were vital for our ancestors to be able to survive.
As the larger jaw was common in ancient people these third molars could easily be
accommodated as it allowed them to erupt in the jaw naturally. Wisdom teeth were so
important to our ancestors that without them, it’s possible a person could die. In fact, a
skeleton unearthed in Kenya in 1984 was dated to be approximately 1.6 million years old. He
was a relatively young man and the cause of death was thought to be in part because his
wisdom teeth hadn’t erupted properly and therefore he hadn’t been able to digest food
properly.
So, why don’t we need them today?
Fast forward a million or so years to our present day and our diet plays a very big part in the
non-reliance on our wisdom teeth. Nowadays we cut, dice, boil, steam or bake pretty much
everything we eat. This lengthy food prep ritual has made the action of chewing and eating,
a pretty easy experience. Experts believe that over thousands of years of evolution, our jaws
have naturally become smaller due to our diet and the way we prepare and cook foods. As
such, there isn’t much room in the modern-day jaw to accommodate our 32 teeth including
our third molars – and this is the reason why our wisdom teeth cause us so many problems.
What problems can wisdom teeth cause?
One of the main issues of modern-day wisdom teeth is that because there is limited space in
the jaw, when they do erupt they can undermine or crowd many of the adjacent teeth
causing further problems.
On other occasions wisdom teeth don’t fully erupt because they’re blocked by the existing
teeth and therefore become impacted. Even in patients where wisdom teeth do manage to
grow, dentists may suggest that in some instances, third molars are extracted for better long
term health. In many cases everyday oral care of wisdom teeth can prove difficult because
they’re located so far back in the mouth. Therefore keeping them free from plaque and
bacteria is a tricky task at the best of time.​
Why are they called wisdom teeth?
You might think that there isn’t much ‘wisdom’ in having teeth that don’t really serve a
function. However it’s more to do with the time they erupt that predetermines why they’re
often referred to as ‘wisdom teeth’.
Because the third molars are always the last to erupt (usually between the ages of 17 and
21) the name harps back to the old adage that with age comes wisdom.
If you haven’t had a regular dental examination you mightn’t even be aware that there’s a
problem with your wisdom teeth. Dr Altaaf Hathiari and the team at 44 Dental carry out
thorough dental examinations using the latest technology. This enables them to highlight
problems early and suggest the best course of action for your long-term oral health.
If you’re experiencing wisdom tooth pain or feel it’s about time you underwent a dental
check-up, then call 44 Dental Care on 0116 251 9647. Our highly experienced team can help.

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What (And When) To Eat After Dental Cleaning https://www.44dentalcare.co.uk/what-and-when-to-eat-after-dental-cleaning Thu, 18 Jul 2019 20:47:53 +0000 http://www.44dentalcare.co.uk/?p=1521 What (And When) To Eat After Dental Cleaning
On more than one occasion when a patient has completed their dental cleaning with us,
we’re often asked ‘what can I eat and how long do I need to wait?’ This is an understandable
concern. After all, no one wants to immediately undo the 20-30 minutes of hard work
needed to get their teeth looking and feeling great, agreed?
Of course, if you’re one of those patients who tend not to ...

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What (And When) To Eat After Dental Cleaning
On more than one occasion when a patient has completed their dental cleaning with us,
we’re often asked ‘what can I eat and how long do I need to wait?’ This is an understandable
concern. After all, no one wants to immediately undo the 20-30 minutes of hard work
needed to get their teeth looking and feeling great, agreed?
Of course, if you’re one of those patients who tend not to eat prior to a dental clean, then
you’re likely to feel pretty hungry afterwards. The good news is that in general terms it’s
okay to eat right after your dental examination, the bad news is that if you’ve undergone
fluoride treatment or your teeth and gums feel a little sensitive after your clean, you may
want to wait 1-2 hours longer. This is so that any fluoride treatment has sufficient time to
form a proper seal around the teeth, or alternatively, your gums have had time to rest.
Okay, so provided you feel okay, we know that you probably won’t want to spoil that super-
clean, plaque-free feeling by devouring a sugary doughnut, however did you know that there
are also other food groups that you may want to initially avoid? These include:
Cold
Spicy
Crunchy
Sticky, and
Citrus foods.
This is purely because your gums may still feel a little sensitive and the food groups listed
above may cause some slight discomfort. So, while it appears that (initially at least,) you
have very little food that you can actually eat right away, the redeeming factor is that within
a couple of hours, any sensitivity felt during the dental cleaning process should have eased
and after this time, you can feel free to eat whatever you like.
So assuming that your teeth and gums are all good, what are the best foods you can eat
right after a dental clean? Here are some top tips…
Stick to foods like:
Non-spicy soups – Chicken soup for example is always a firm favourite. While it’s
good for the soul, it’s also good for teeth and bones – Bet you didn’t know that?
Conversely, tomato soup contains pigments that can stain teeth – So if you’re not
going to clean your teeth again right away after eating, you may want to avoid it until
the next day at least.
Scrambled or hard-boiled egg – If you like eggs, then you’re in luck. Eggs cooked in
either of these ways are thought to be easy on the gums and are also easy to chew.
Non-citrus fruits like bananas and avocados (yes it is technically a fruit) are also good
for munching on immediately after a dental clean – Despite the fact that bananas
contain natural sugars they don’t stick to your teeth and are also packed with
potassium (used to improve bone mineral density.) Avocados on the other hand are a
good source of magnesium (around 29mgs) which helps to harden teeth.
What about Liquid?
Again you may want to avoid anything too hot or too cold, too fizzy or too sugary
immediately after a dental clean, so I guess that just leaves water! But in reality, it’s only for
a few hours and besides, it’s a great hydrator that won’t stain your teeth.
So there you have it, what and when to eat after dental cleaning! If you feel it’s about time
you had a dental check-up and clean or you’re looking to find a new dentist to provide the
best oral care needs, then give us a call at 44 Dental Care. We’re committed to delivering the
highest standards of dental care for all the family, so why not
book an appointment today
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