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Throughout May and June, dentists across the UK are joining forces to celebrate National Smile Month 2019. The annual campaign has taken place for over 40 years and takes place this year between  from 13th May to 13th June. It is supported by dentists, schools, pharmacies, community groups and others are all working hard to promote healthy teeth for life.

At the heart of the annual campaign is a key message that matters all year round - it is never too late to make positive changes to give our family’s teeth the best chance.

What is National Smile Month?

Organised by UK oral health charity The Oral Health Foundation, the campaign objective is to raise awareness of important health issues, and make a positive difference to the oral health of millions.

With the support of dentists, dental practices and healthcare professionals throughout the UK, National Smile Month strives to engage communities and emphasise three key messages, which together can go a long way in helping us develop and maintain a healthy mouth. These are:

  • Brush your teeth last thing at night and on at least one other occasion with a fluoride toothpaste.
  • Reduce the amount of sugary foods and drinks you consume.
  • Get regular dental checkups - as often as your dentist recommends.

 

The aim of the  campaign is to encourage adults and children across the UK to follow these simple daily steps to improve their oral health not just for the duration of the campaign, but for the long term - and to have fun doing it.

The campaign is supported not just by dentists, but also by health professionals, schools, pharmacies, community groups, colleges and workplaces are participate to help educate, motivate and communicate positive oral health messages and improve the quality of smiles all around the UK.

Who is National Smile Month for?

National Smile Month is for anybody who is passionate about health and wellbeing, keen to raise awareness of important health issues, and ultimately, ready to help make a positive difference to the oral health of millions of people throughout the UK.

In particular, it is of particular relevance to parents and families to help ensure that children get their teeth off to the best possible start.

What is the Oral Health Foundation?

Formed in 1971, the Oral Health Foundation’s core principle is to promote the preventive message that 'Teeth are for Life' as widely as possible to the public with the aim of improving the overall oral health of everyone.

The Oral Health Foundation is an independent charity (not for profit) dedicated to improving oral health and wellbeing around the world. It has now spent over 40 years providing expert, independent and impartial advice on all aspects of oral health directly to those who need it most.

The organisation works closely with UK and European governments, dental and health professionals, manufacturers, the dental trade, national and local agencies and the public, to achieve its mission of addressing the inequalities which exist in oral health, changing people's lives for the better.

Keeping your family smiling

If you and your family haven’t seen your dentist or hygienist for a while, then now is the perfect time to book an appointment and get up to date. Although regular dental visits are promoted as an essential part of good tooth care, dentists recognise that it can be hard to keep regular appointments in this busy and demanding world - so don’t worry how long it’s been, just call now and book your check ups.

At the award winning Field House Dental Practice, we pride ourselves in offering expert dental care for all the family in a relaxed and comfortable environment. To book an appointment today, call us on 01892 782300 now.

 

Posted on | Blog | Comments Off on Are Easter Eggs Bad For Your Teeth?

This year, Easter is later than usual - and it seems that the shops have been full of chocolate eggs for an awfully long time! The British tradition of exchanging chocolate eggs and all manner of chocolate confectionary has made Easter an eagerly anticipated celebration for children for over a century - but just what are the risks of all this chocolate and how can we ensure that our teeth are not put at risk? Let’s take a closer look.

A brief history of the chocolate Easter egg

Did you know that the chocolate Easter egg is believed to have been introduced to England by J.S. Fry & Sons in 1873? The first chocolate Easter eggs were made in Europe in the early 19th Century with France and Germany taking the lead in this new artistic confectionery, and their introduction to the UK proved to be an immediate success. In 1875, the first Cadbury Easter eggs were made and by 1893 there were no less than 19 different lines on the Cadbury Brothers Easter list in the UK. Today, over 80 million chocolate eggs are sold in the UK every year.

How much sugar does an Easter egg contain?

The problem with Easter eggs is not the chocolate, but rather the amount of sugar it contains. Here are some incredible statistics about the amount of sugar in our Easter edibles:

 

66% Highest sugar content found in an Easter egg
24 Average number of teaspoons of sugar in a medium Easter egg
73 Number of teaspoons of sugar in a large egg with two chocolate bars
13 - 28 Average number of teaspoons of sugar in a chocolate bunny
6 Maximum recommended sugar intake for a 6 year old child in teaspoons*

 

Sources:

Safefood.eu

* World Health Organisation

What does sugar do to our teeth?

Excessive consumption of sugar is bad for our overall health as well as our teeth. If our teeth are exposed to high amounts of sugar, the natural balance of our oral ecosystem is disturbed and sugar acids can begin attacking our teeth. The more are teeth are exposed to these acids, the greater the risk of tooth decay occurring.

As sugar acids attack the enamel that protects out teeth, dental caries or cavities will eventually form. If these are not identified and treated quickly, the damage may reach the sensitive inner layer of the tooth known as dentine. This can lead to pain and discomfort. If the root of the tooth becomes damaged, it may become necessary to remove the entire tooth.

How can I reduce the risk of tooth decay at Easter?

It is important to understand that it is not just the amount of sugar you consume that puts your teeth at risk, but more importantly how often your teeth are exposed to sugar. It typically takes around an hour for acid levels in your mouth to return to normal after eating sugar. If you consume chocolate or other sweet confectionary several times a day, your teeth will be constantly exposed to dangerous levels of acid. For this reason, it is advisable to limit consumption of sugar to meal times.

In order to reduce the risk of tooth decay at Easter, we would recommend the following:

  • Try to limit consumption of chocolate to meal times
  • If possible, opt for low sugar Easter eggs
  • Avoid eggs that contain chocolate bars or sweets
  • Explore alternatives to chocolate, such as traditional painted eggs, wholefoods, etc.
  • Ensure children brush their teeth twice a day for at least two minutes, using a fluoride toothpaste

The team at Field House Dental Practice would like to wish all of our patients a very happy Easter. If you have any questions or concerns about tooth decay or would like to enquire about becoming a member, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today on 01892 782300 and we’ll be happy to advise you.

 

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Are you Mouthaware? The Causes and Symptoms of Mouth Cancer

New research just published by the Oral Health Foundation, one of the UK’s leading health charities, has revealed an urgent need for British adults to improve their knowledge on the common causes and symptoms of mouth cancer.

Mouth cancer in numbers

More than 8,300 people have been diagnosed with mouth cancer in the United Kingdom over the last twelve months, making it one of the fastest-growing cancers in the country. Of those diagnosed, 2,700 have sadly gone on to lose their lives.

Alarmingly the number of cases has risen by 135% over 20 years -  at a time when many cancers are seeing a trend in the opposite direction. So what is behind this drastic rise and can it be prevented?

What causes mouth cancer?

Many people are not aware that the most common causes are popular habits - smoking or chewing tobacco and drinking alcohol to excess. Other common risk factors are the human papillomavirus (HPV) and poor diet.

Dr Nigel Carter OBE, Chief Executive of the Oral Health Foundation, says: “By making a few simple changes to our lifestyle, we can considerably lessen our risk of mouth cancer.  Cutting down on alcohol, quitting tobacco and eating healthier, will not only reduce our chance developing mouth cancer but will also provide wider benefits to our general health.”

In the survey, conducted with members of the general public, it was discovered that a third of people are not aware that smoking causes mouth cancer while more than half do not know that alcohol contributes to the disease.

What are the symptoms of mouth cancer?

The survey also reveealed that only a third of people recognise the vital early warning signs of the mouth cancer – long-lasting mouth ulcers, lumps in the mouth and red or white patches. It is also important to look in other areas, notes Dr Carter.

Mouthaware

Image credit: Oral Health Foundation

“Mouth cancer can appear in the mouth, lips, head and neck. Look for mouth ulcers lasting longer than three weeks, red of white patches, or unusual lumps and swellings.

“If any of these are seen, we should visit a dentist or doctor immediately.”

Although the key message is that prevention is better than cure, spotting mouth cancer early can greatly improve our chances of survival.

“By regularly examining the mouth and seeking professional help quickly, we can improve our chances of beating the disease and have a better quality of life.

Benefits of being Mouthaware

Behind the Oral Health Foundation’s latest Mouthaware campaign is the belief that by improving our knowledge of mouth cancer, we can significantly reduce the number of lives affected by the disease.

Dr Carter says: “When compared with other cancers, our awareness of mouth cancer remains staggering low. Education about mouth cancer is without doubt the biggest roadblock we face in transforming the landscape of the disease.

“Both the number of people being diagnosed with mouth cancer, and those losing their life to the disease, can be dramatically improved with more information about the causes and early warning signs.”

“Being Mouthaware is about being able to recognise and act on any changes in our mouth,” adds Dr Carter.

Visit www.mouthcancer.org to find out more about mouth cancer signs, symptoms and other key information about the disease.

If you have any questions or concerns about mouth cancer, don’t hesitate to contact your team here at Field House Dental Practice today on 01892 782300 and one of our experts will be happy to advise you.

 

 

Posted on | Blog | Comments Off on How do dental implants work?

Dental implants are an increasingly popular and highly successful solution to replace one or more missing teeth permanently. They can also be used to replace a full set of teeth, replacing removable dentures with a fixed alternative. If you have been considering having dental implants but would like to know a little more about that they are and how they work, then read on to discover everything you need to know.

Are dental implants a good idea?

If you are struggling with missing teeth and want a long term solution, then dental implants are definitely a good idea to consider. They are suitable for almost everybody and are proven to be extremely reliable. Looked after properly, your new teeth can easily last a lifetime.

There are many reasons to choose dental implants. Firstly, when you lose a tooth, your jawbone can become weaker and start to shrink. Over time, this can result in your face aging more quickly than it would if you had all of your teeth.

Gaps in your teeth can also cause the remaining teeth to shift position. These gaps can trap food and be difficult to clean, meaning you can be at risk of developing tooth decay and gum disease, as well as being at risk of losing further teeth.

Replacing missing teeth can also help to boost your confidence and self-esteem. When you have gaps within your smile, you can often feel the need to cover your mouth when you speak or smile. In some cases, this can have a real detrimental effect on your professional and personal life. Dental implants will allow you to eat, smile and speak with confidence.

What is a dental implant?

Most people think of dental implants as replacement teeth, however it is important to understand exactly what a dental implant really is. There are actually three components that work together -  the implant, the abutment and the crown.

The implant is the key component. It serves to replace the root of your missing tooth, providing a strong base for your replacement tooth or teeth and helping to restore the strength in your jaw. The implant is a titanium screw which is placed into the jawbone and is able to bond with the natural bone.

After this bonding process has taken place and the implant has fully healed, the abutment will be fitted, which connects the implant and the crown.

Finally, the crown will be fitted. This is the visible tooth, and will look and feel just like your natural teeth.

Is dental implant treatment painful?

The dental implant procedure itself is carried out under anaesthetic and you will feel nothing at all during the treatment itself. It is important to bear in mind that dental implant treatment is a minor surgical procedure and therefore some patients may experience mild discomfort during healing.

Don’t be put off by this however - your implant team will make sure you have a plan in place to ensure fast and comfortable healing, and the results once your treatment is complete will be well worth it - as you will see in our testimonials.

How long does dental implant treatment take?

Dental implant treatment usually takes place over two to three dental visits. This will include an initial consultation, having your implants fitted and getting your new teeth fitted. The most important factor in determining how long this entire process takes is how long it takes for the titanium implants to fully fuse with the bone in the jaw. In most cases, this will take around four to six months.

Some patients may need a bone graft in order to provide enough strength for their replacement teeth. In this case, the treatment may take a little longer. In the vast majority of cases, patients can expect to be enjoying their new smile in around six months.

How do I find out more?

To find out more about dental implant treatment, we invite you to get in touch with the expert team at Field House Dental Practice today. Call us now on 01892 782300 or click here to request a call back online.

 

Posted on | Blog | Comments Off on My teeth hurt on frosty mornings - should I worry?

After a particularly mild winter so far, the papers are promising that an Arctic front is on its way, supposedly bringing freezing temperatures and some much-awaited snow fall. Whilst many people love the beauty of frosty mornings and fresh snow, others struggle with the cold. Some people complain of sudden attacks of toothache in wintry weather - so is this normal and should you worry? Let’s take a closer look.

How temperature changes affect our teeth

The human body has a built-in temperature control system. It ensures vital organs and systems are kept at a perfect 37℃. Unless things go wrong, this temperature is maintained almost all of the time. Our blood and bodily fluids all stay at this temperature, including the saliva in our mouths. The result is that our teeth effectively have a nice warm blanket to protect them.

If, however, we shock our teeth by eating an ice-cream or sipping a scalding hot tea or coffee, it is normal to experience a sudden sensation of pain due to the sudden change in temperature. To replicate this, place your hands under a hot tap after throwing some snowballs or scraping the windscreen - a similar thing occurs.

Breathing in a mouthful of cold air can have exactly the same effect. This can be exacerbated if, for example, you have just finished a hot coffee with your breakfast.

What causes increased sensitivity?

Tooth defects

Even people with completely healthy teeth can experience pain in response to cold air. Extreme discomfort, however, can be experienced if you have defects in your teeth. Damaged fillings are a major culprit. They cause the sensitive inner layers of the tooth to be exposed to cold air, whilst defective crowns or bridges also leave sensitive parts of the tooth exposed. Another common cause is having cracks in the teeth. Remember that teeth are porous, so even the slightest surface damage can have a significant effect.

If you find that you experience prolonged or severe pain on a regular basis when the weather is cold, it is possible that you have a tooth defect that may require dental treatment. We’d recommend you arrange a dental health assessment in order to catch any problems as early as possible. Chris, Janet or one of our hygiene team can also advise you on the best way to care for sensitive teeth if this is a problem you suffer from.

Problems with your gums

Your gums also play a vital role in your oral health. They can be behind your tooth pain in cold weather. Periodontal disease is a fairly common problem and left untreated can lead to recessed gums. This leaves the sensitive base of the teeth exposed. This is a very sensitive area of the tooth and if exposed directly to cold air will almost certainly cause noticeable discomfort.

The effects of low temperatures can also be exaggerated by other infections of the gums. Your dental examination will involve a thorough check of both your teeth and gums so it is highly recommended to contact us to book an appointment if you do have concerns.

Missing teeth

If you have large gaps caused by missing teeth, you may well be experiencing a lot of discomfort in cold weather. This is because a missing tooth can leave the inside edges of the teeth around it exposed to low temperatures. Large metal fillings can become very cold and affect the surrounding tooth in a similar way. There are many options for replacing missing teeth, with dental implants often proving to be an effective and reliable solution.

Be tooth aware

If you experience any discomfort or pain in your teeth on a regular basis, this is a sign that your teeth and gums may be in need of attention and we would recommend that you come and see us as soon as possible for a dental health assessment. Even if you are prone to sensitive teeth, it’s worth seeing your dentist to rule out any other possible problems that may have developed. Regular dental visits are the best way by far to make sure that you keep your teeth and smile in the best possible condition and avoid future problems.

To get professional advice from the team here at Field House Dental Practice or to book an appointment now, call us on 01892 782300.

 

Posted on | Blog | Comments Off on A new year, a new you with Field House Dental Practice

There is always plenty to smile about at Christmas and the new year. But if you would like a smile that will last for longer or want to improve your confidence, Field House Dental Practice has some great ideas to help you enjoy a new you in 2019.

Teeth Whitening

Whether you want to boost your career prospects for the coming year, look your best for a big day or simply feel happier on a daily basis, teeth whitening is a simple, safe and cost-effective way to transform your smile and more importantly improve your confidence. Within a short amount of time, your smile can be given a transforming boost.

At Field House Dental Practice, we offer a home whitening treatment that is closely monitored by one of our qualified dentists, so you can rest assured you are in safe hands. At your first appointment, we will discuss the treatment process in detail and make sure you are fully aware of what is involved and what results you can expect.

Dental Implants

If you’ve been struggling with missing teeth, dental implants might be the perfect solution. Dental implants are a highly successful solution to replace one or more missing teeth permanently. A dental implant is made of three parts: the implant, the abutment and the crown. The implant is a titanium screw which is placed into the jawbone. After this is healed, the abutment will be fitted which will hold the crown in place.

Dental implants are designed to look completely natural, meaning it will look no different to the rest of your teeth. Your replacement tooth will be strong and hard wearing, lasting you for a lifetime if you look after it well.

Dental implants are more than just replacement teeth - they can also:

  • Boost your confidence
  • Improve your smile
  • Stop premature aging of the face
  • Make sure bone loss doesn’t occur
  • Stop other teeth from changing position

Here at Field House Dental Practice, we have a highly experienced team comprising Mr John Tighe, who has a great many years of experience working as a consultant surgeon  within the NHS and private sector and Mr Chris Ibbott, who has been restoring patients mouths using dental implants for over 15 years. Along with the support of our passionate and dedicated hygiene team, Victoria and Heather, we feel we are very well placed to deliver and maintain a very high standard of implant care.

Adult Orthodontics

Another way you could transform your smile in 2019 is adult orthodontics. Orthodontics refers to the process of moving teeth into a better position and is ideal if you have crowded teeth or gaps in between teeth. There is no real age limit for orthodontics so in most cases as long as your teeth and gums are healthy they can be straightened.

At Field House Dental Practice we offer a wide range of modern orthodontic treatments including the highly popular and in-demand Invisalign system to move the teeth – resulting in quicker and more comfortable treatment times.

As well as Invisalign, our range of adult orthodontic options also includes the Inman Aligner, clear aligners, ceramic fixed braces, Damon/Insignia fixed braces and invisible/lingual fixed braces. The choice of technique will vary depending on each patient's unique needs as well as budget, but we are confident that with priced starting from as low as £1800, we can help you to get the smile you desire.

Veneers / Composite Bonding

If you’ve been suffering from a chipped, worn, discoloured or misshapen tooth, you could be smiling again in 2019 thanks to a new veneer. A veneer is a thin slice of porcelain or tooth-coloured composite that is made to fit precisely over the front surface of a tooth. They are bonded to the tooth and are very strong and durable. The fitting process of veneers often requires very little tooth reduction or damage.  

Although they are used much less now than in the past due to the wide range of cosmetic dentistry options now available, porcelain veneers remain a good option to consider when there is discolouration or irregularities within the surface enamel.

An attractive alternative to veneers that we prefer here at Field House is composite bonding, a non-invasive cosmetic dental treatment in which tooth-coloured composite material is applied to the surface of the tooth and moulded to suit the desired shape. We use this treatment to change the shape of the teeth, make them thinner, wider, longer and to close small gaps.

The finish of this treatment blends perfectly into your natural teeth. We tend to use composite bonding as an alternative to veneers as the teeth aren’t damaged in any way.

To discover how you could transform your smile in 2019, call the team at Field House Dental Practice today on 01892 782300 to book a consultation.

 

 

Posted on | Blog | Comments Off on Dreaming of a white Christmas? We’ve got the answer

Everybody dreams of a white Christmas and that chance to share those snowy selfies on your social media. Unless you are unhappy with the colour of your teeth, that is. If you’ve found yourself looking for ways to avoid being in front of the camera because you don’t like your smile, you are not alone. Luckily with professional teeth whitening, it couldn’t be easier to have the smile you dream of in time for Christmas. Safe and straightforward, it won’t just transform your smile - it’ll transform the way you see life. Read on to learn more.

Why choose professional teeth whitening?

As we get older, our teeth naturally lose some of their natural sparkle. A major factor in this is lifestyle choices we enjoy as adults such as smoking or drinking red wine or coffee. However, even the normal food and drink we consume on a daily basis can play a role in the gradual discolouration of our teeth. For some people, this can have a real impact on their confidence and sense of self-esteem, which in turn can have an impact on both their personal and professional lives. It isn’t uncommon for such people to find themselves avoiding family photos and dropping off of social media.

Many people will have tried over the counter products such as whitening toothpastes and been disappointed by the results. This is because long term staining penetrates the enamel and requires a much stronger chemical process to remove. Only dentists have access to solutions of a suitable strength to get really visible improvements.

Is teeth whitening safe for me?

Provided you use a registered dentist, you can be sure that the teeth whitening treatment you receive is completely safe. A qualified, registered dentist will be able to guarantee that any substances used comply with strict hygiene and safety rules. They will also be able to conduct an examination to ensure that the treatment is suitable for you. They will ensure that your gums are protected as much as possible, oversee the process and be available should you have any questions or concerns during your treatment.

How long does teeth whitening take?

With the home whitening solution available from Field House Dental Practice, you will usually be able to see visible results within 2-3 weeks. Bear in mind that this will vary depending on the individual circumstances. It is also worth noting that the process often takes longer as you become older. With our exclusive special offer, why not start now to be sure of enjoying a ‘white Christmas’ - and still have money left in your pocket to splash out on all your Christmas essentials!

What does the procedure look like?

First, you’ll attend an appointment with your dentist, where we will discuss the treatment process in detail and make sure you are fully aware of what is involved. Then, you’ll be given a home bleaching kit. This contains a whitening gel which is applied in a laboratory fitted tray. This is usually worn overnight, but can be worn during the day if you wish. Your dentist will give you detailed instructions and demonstrations, and take photographs before you start so that you can compare the difference later on. Within 2-3 weeks you’ll start to see a real difference.

How much does teeth whitening cost?

With our fantastic special offer now running for our Denplan Patients, you could have your teeth whitened in time for Christmas for even less than you might think. For a limited time only*, teeth whitening for Denplan patients is now reduced from £330 to just £199. If you are not yet a member, this attractive offer is also open to non Denplan patients who sign up to Denplan Essentials following a Comprehensive Assessment.

To transform your smile in time for Christmas with our special offer on professional teeth whitening, call the award winning Field House Dental Practice today on Wadhurst 01892 782300.

*Offer ends January 2019.

Posted on | Blog | Comments Off on Be tooth aware this half term

It seems that the kids are only just back into school and the family routine is starting to return to normal - yet somehow October half term is already almost upon us! After relaxing the rules over summer and letting the children get away with a little more than they’d usually be able to - including many a late night - most families have finally restored order and set the standard for the months ahead. However, most parents will admit to occasionally turning a blind eye to tooth brushing during school holidays in order to keep the peace - but did you know that insufficient brushing is now a huge problem that is putting UK children’s oral health at risk? With the growing trend for celebrating halloween with sweet treats, now is a particularly important time to be tooth aware.

Gone in 30 seconds

We all know that adults and children alike should brush their teeth twice a day for at least two minutes. Yet according to a recent survey commissioned by Playbrush and reported on Dentistry.co.uk, an alarming number of children are brushing their teeth for less than 30 seconds. Researchers found that as many as 12% of children brush for less than half a minute, whilst almost two thirds clean their teeth for no more than a minute and a half. Such statistics have serious implications for the future, with children being exposed to a much higher risk of problems such as tooth decay and gum disease. These can persist into adulthood, even if your child still has only milk teeth.

Too bored to brush

There are many reasons that children are neglecting their brushing, but according to the research, in most cases it comes down to a simple problem - children don’t enjoy brushing, and parents don’t enjoy the inevitable conflict situation that tends to arise when they have to step into the role of ‘enforcer’ rather than ‘encourager’. The research indicated that as many as 40% of children stated they had tried to avoid brushing simply because it’s ‘boring’.

Catch me if you can

Children are no fools and will stop at nothing to wriggle out of brushing. Some of the top techniques identified by the researchers included:

  • Crying (17%)
  • Throwing tantrums (21%)
  • Claiming to have brushed when they hadn’t (50%)
  • Trying to bargain (21%)
  • Hiding (21%)
  • Hiding items for brushing such as toothbrush and toothpaste (5%).

All this can add up to a recipe for disaster, with as many as a quarter of parents reporting that they’d lost their temper whilst getting their children to brush their teeth. The risk is that in order to simply keep the peace and survive bathroom time, parents will inevitably settle for anything that looks like the vaguest attempt at teeth brushing.

Encouraging better brushing

In order to ensure that your children are not risking their future dental health, it is essential to encourage better brushing and explore new ways to capture your child’s attention and keep them engaged. There are many different approaches, such as games, videos and even technology such as mobile phone apps. It is worth noting that whilst these may help, they can also prove to be a distraction. Ultimately, it is a case of trial and error until you find what works best for you and your family.

Here at Field House Dental Practice in Wadhurst, we pride ourselves in providing the very best in family dentistry in a caring and compassionate environment. We recommend that all of our child patients see our hygienist on a regular basis so that she can make sure they are doing things properly and home and using the right techniques and for the right time! In fact, our hygienist Heather frequently visits schools to explain the importance of excellent brushing. The latest was Wadhurst Primary School only this week.

To book an appointment now or to enquire about becoming a member, call us today on 01892 782300.

 

Posted on | Blog | Comments Off on What’s the best way to straighten my teeth?

Dreaming of a straighter smile this autumn? You are not alone! Many adults do not realize that it is never too late to get their teeth straightened and may not be aware that a straighter smile is a lot more achievable that they thought. With a range of modern techniques to choose from, it is now possible to correct crooked, crowded or irregular teeth in a way that fits your lifestyle and guarantees the best possible results, no matter what your age. Let’s take a closer look at the options available.

What is Orthodontics?

Orthodontics refers to the process of moving teeth into a better position and is ideal if you have crowded teeth or gaps in between teeth. Contrary to popular belief, there is no real age limit for orthodontics so in most cases as long as your teeth and gums are healthy they can be straightened.

Although people traditionally connect orthodontics with the metal braces they may have been familiar with as a teenager, there is now a range of discrete options for adults available. Modern techniques also allow for quicker results and greater comfort.

For most adults, the visual appearance of their teeth is the greatest priority, as this can have a significant impact on confidence and self-esteem. This means that aesthetic orthodontics, which is solely concerned with the appearance of your front teeth and typically offers the quickest results, can be a great option. In some circumstances, however, it is recommended to undergo comprehensive orthodontics which will improve the function of your jaw and bite and may lead to a more stable long-term outcome.

Discrete Ceramic Fixed Braces

For those who need precise repositioning of the teeth but want to keep things as discreet as possible, fixed ceramic braces can be a good option. The brackets are made out of materials that can be entirely transparent, allowing the natural shade of the teeth to show through. To help prevent the braces from being notices, they can be combined with tooth coloured or clear wires.

Damon/Insignia fixed braces

If you are experiencing orthodontic problems such as misaligned bites, gaps between teeth, overcrowding and crossbites, then Damon fixed braces may be the best option. Using a combination of memory wires and very low friction brackets, the fixed braces are able to quickly move the teeth into the desired position. To help make them more comfortable, they use a smaller and flatter bracket than conventional braces. For extra convenience, they are customised so that you require less frequent dental visits during the treatment.

Invisible/Lingual fixed braces

Lingual orthodontics refers to the correction of crooked teeth by means of fixed braces bonded to the inner side of the teeth. This allows correct tooth positioning to be achieved without the braces being seen. As long as the teeth and gums are healthy, there is no age limit for lingual braces and more and more adults are opting for this type of treatment.

Invisalign®

Known as the clear alternative to fixed braces, Invisalign® is one of the most popular choices for adult teeth straightening. The innovative brace system uses a series of clear plastic aligners that are virtually invisible to the untrained eye - so nobody needs to know that you are having your teeth straightened (until you are ready to wow them with your new smile). The aligners are custom made to fit exactly over your teeth and are replaced every two weeks to gently but effectively move your teeth into the correct position. Your treatment plan is prepared using advanced computer technology to ensure the best possible results.

Whilst the aligners are fully removable, they do need to be worn for 22 hours each day for treatment to be completed within the predicted time frame. However, this gives you the flexibility to remove them should you wish to for personal or professional occasions, so that you don’t have to make changes to your lifestyle.

Inman Aligner

For patients who have crowding just affecting from 4 to 6 teeth, the Inman Aligner is a fantastic solution. It is a removable brace that is ideal for straightening front teeth in a short space of time. The system uses two nickel wire aligner bows that are powered by titanium coil springs. One bow is fitted across the front of the teeth while the other bow is fitted across the back of the teeth. The bows use opposing forces to squeeze the teeth into the correct positions.

Clear Aligners

Where only a small number of teeth or even individual teeth require straightening, clear aligners can be a good choice of treatment. They allow teeth to be straightened using a set of custom-made, removable aligners which gradually move the teeth until they reach their optimum position.

Removable and fixed orthodontic retainers and repairs

It is important to be aware that the tissues around the roots take time to adjust to the new tooth positions. This means that there is a particular risk of relapse in the early months after braces are removed, as well as a longer term risk. For this reason, retainers are always used near the end of a course of orthodontic treatment. Retainers hold newly straightened teeth in place while the surrounding gum and bone adjusts to the new position of the teeth. This part of the treatment may be long term or even infinite to preserve results.

If you are interested in having your teeth straightened but are unsure about what might be the best option for you, please contact the experts at Field House Dental Practice to arrange a no charge consultation with one of our dentists who will help you to make the right choice. Call today on 01892 782300.

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Overcome your dental anxiety with Field House Dental Practice

Suffering from dental anxiety or nervousness is very common. In fact, 1 in 4 people suffer with a form of nervousness or anxiety surrounding dentists and dental treatment.

If you have dental anxiety, you’ve probably heard it hundreds of times, but there is really is nothing to be afraid of. At Field House Dental Practice, our dentists are experienced in putting nervous patients at ease. We will make sure you feel as relaxed as possible, from the initial consultation to the treatment process itself.

Some people suffer with so much anxiety around dentistry that they put off making a dental appointment at all. Attending regular dental health assessments is vital if you would like to keep your mouth healthy. During an assessment, your teeth, gums and the skin in the mouth will be examined, meaning any potential problems will be caught early before they become more complicated.

Overcoming your dental anxiety is not only beneficial to you, but it is also ensuring your teeth and gums can be well looked after by your dentist. There are several ways you can reduce your dental anxiety. We have listed some of our top tips that we often recommend to our nervous patients.

Visit us before your appointment

We would always recommend nervous patients coming to visit us before their first appointment. This gives you the opportunity to meet the reception staff, have a look around the practice and meet your dentist. It is a great way for you to familiarise yourself with the practice.

Bring someone with you

When you come along to the appointment itself, we think it’s a great idea for you to bring someone along with you. Whether it be a family member or close friend, having someone familiar there with you will instantly help you to feel more relaxed. Just make sure you choose someone who has no dental anxiety themselves.

Appointment timing

If you are an anxious patient, why not book an appointment that’s early in the morning. This will mean you aren’t worrying about it all day, which will automatically mean you are more relaxed by the time you get to the practice.

Trust your dentist

At Field House Dental Practice, we don’t want patients to be nervous of us. We are here to help you. We will talk you through everything that we need to do to assess your dental health, as well as any treatment that you may need. We will make sure you feel as comfortable and relaxed as possible. Before we start your dental health assessment or treatment, we will agree a signal for you to use if you want us to stop and we will make sure that everything is taken at your pace. You will have all the time you need.

If you would like more tips on how to control your dental anxiety, call us on 01892 782300 and speak to one of our friendly team. We know it’s very hard to even pick up the phone but we know we can help you get over this hurdle.

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Shockingly, over 2 million Brits have not visited a dentist in over a decade. Whether you are putting off making an appointment due to a fear of the dentist, being unsure of the costs involved or simply forgetting, you are putting your dental health at huge risk.

At Field House Dental Practice, we will carry out a detailed examination of your mouth and then risk assess you (we know its a boring term but its so important when it comes to mouth health) so that we can advise you on how often you need to see the different members of our team, be that dentist, hygienist, oral health educator.  Some patients will require appointments every six months, and others will only need to be seen every nine to twelve months. Your dentist will advise you on this once they have assessed your dental health.

Here are some important reasons why you should attend regular dental appointments with your dentist.

Assessing your teeth

The fundamental aim of a dental health assessment is for the dentist to assess the condition of your teeth and gums. A series of specialist tools are used to check your teeth over for any signs of dental decay, excessive wear and movement.

We also use very high magnification glasses with LED lights called loupes so that we can really see everything in the mouth in detail.

We also love to take photos of teeth so that we can show patients any problems and help them to make decisions about what to do next and choose treatment options.

A recording of your teeth will be taken at every appointment, meaning we will have a full record of your dental history. This is useful to monitor how your teeth have altered over time. Taking regular photos also helps to build a picture and see if things are changing.

The great thing about having assessments regularly is that any problems can be detected early and treated before it worsens. This often means treatment is easier, quicker and more often than not, cheaper for you.

Checking for oral cancer

As well as assessing your teeth, your dentist will also carry out observations on the skin in and around the mouth. One of the main reasons for doing so is to check for any warning signs of oral cancer.

1 in 75 men and 1 in 150 women will be diagnosed with oral cancer during their lifetime. The good news is, if caught early, oral cancer has a high survival rate. If you have any concerns about something you have noticed in your mouth, it is important to point it out to your dentist.

Offering advice

Similarly to a hygienist, your dentist is there to offer you advice and guidance on the best way to care for your teeth and gums. They are always happy to answer any questions you have too. Your dentist will be able to recommend and demonstrate the best cleaning technique, best diet and best products to use to ensure your teeth stay healthy and strong.

We know we’re a bit sad but we do get excited about new developments with new cleaning aids. When Oral B came out with the cross-action head we were beside ourselves. Game changer!

If you are in need of dental treatment, we will put together a treatment plan for you. This will detail the cost, timings and procedures. We will also explain any possible complications and make sure you are fully educated and well-informed on the treatment.

We sometimes invite our patients to return for an ‘Options Meeting’. This is a consultation (free of charge) where we deliver a presentation using photographs to help a patient see any problems we have identified, and to outline the options and costs for any treatment. This can be carried out in our comfortable treatment coordination office with Mandy (link to Mandy on team page) over a coffee!

Thorough cleaning

Our hygienists are on hand to help you and support your cleaning efforts at home. Using the latest equipment, they will remove any tartar (hardened bacteria) that has built up over time in difficult to reach areas. This thorough clean will leave your teeth feeling amazing and help to fight off gum disease. Find out more about our hygiene maintenance treatment here.

These are just some of the benefits you will gain from attending regular dental check-up appointments but there are many more. To find out the benefits yourself, call us on 01892 782300 to register as a new patient. Our dentists are exceptionally trained and registered with the General Dentist Council (GDC), meaning they will offer you the very best treatment.

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The weather has been kind so far this year and those who have already enjoyed one of the early music festivals around the UK, such as Download or the One Big Weekend, have been lucky enough to avoid a major mud bath. That’s not to say it won’t be another picture altogether as the remainder of the summer festivals get underway. Anybody who has been to a music festival will tell you that after the tent, waterproof clothing should be top of the list of priorities. Most people, however, overlook another extremely important item that you really shouldn’t go without - your toothbrush. Read on to learn why this should be one of the most important items to pack.

Festivals - a growing trend

Here in Britain, we love a music festival - even if it does mean getting soaked to the skin and covered in mud. Of course, Glastonbury is the king of all festivals, but there are many others both well-known and not so well known throughout the country.

According to the latest statistics, as many as one in ten 18-34 year olds have either attended or are planning to attend a festival this summer. Whilst younger generations are by far the largest demographic, many more people either side of this age group are also planning to get in on the fun.

Neglecting the basics

Although there has been a notable increase in awareness of the importance of good oral health over recent years, the research conducted by the Oral Health Foundation and Polo Sugar Free during the 2017 festival season made a concerning discovery. They found that people are putting their oral health at risk when attending music festivals by simply neglecting the basics and not prioritising their teeth.

The survey, regarded as the first study of its kind, revealed that as many as thirty percent of festival goers brushed their teeth as little as once a day or even less - putting themselves at serious risk of experiencing trouble with their teeth.

By brushing your teeth just once a day instead of the recommended twice, you increase the risk of tooth decay by up to 30% as acids are able to attack the teeth for considerably longer periods.

Unfortunately, even a few days of neglect can lead to long term problems and even cause irreversible damage in more extreme cases - especially if this is combined with a poor diet.

Diet dangers

The second major problem for teeth that was discovered by the researchers was that of the diet. A typical festival fan’s diet was found to include frequent consumption of large amounts of sugary foods and drinks, and of course there was plenty of alcohol in the mix.

All of this means that, if anything, brushing at a festival should be an even higher priority than usual. After eating anything sugary, your teeth are attacked by acid for up to an hour, and if you consume sweet products regularly throughout the period of a weekend, for example, the attack will become continuous.

The two trends combined create a potentially catastrophic mix as far as oral health is concerned, substantially increasing the risk of tooth decay developing.

Signs of hope

Despite real concern at the lack of brushing, the Oral Health foundation did also find some encouraging signs - a toothbrush was top of the packing list for over a quarter of people surveyed, often coming ahead of other essentials such as deodorant, baby wipes and even toilet roll. The intention, it seems, is there - but like anything else, it is action that is important, and this is crucial when it comes to protecting our teeth.

If you haven’t been to a festival yet but are still planning to, the advice is simple - don’t just pack your toothbrush, remember to brush properly twice a day!

Here at the award winning Field House Dental Practice in Wadhurst, we pride ourselves in our proactive approach to healthy teeth and gums and are always happy to provide excellent dental care at our friendly and professional practice. To book an appointment now or enquire about becoming a new member, call today on 01892 782300 or click here to find more contact options online.