3 Simple tips to stop your kids teeth from rotting this summer…

Schools out and the kids are ruling the roost! As parents, we know how sometimes you just need to keep our little darlings quiet for just a moment. We reach for a sugary treat be it a lolly, a biscuit or chocolate bar. It’s easy to slip into bad habits over the summer. But here are our top 3 ways to keep ahead and keep the kid’s teeth decay-free this summer.

1) Don’t forget to brush!
During the school holidays, your regular routines can slip and things you would usually do are easily forgotten. But please don’t let toothbrushing slip. Brushing your teeth last thing before bed and at one other time during the day with fluoride toothpaste is one of the best ways to prevent dental problems for your children.

2) Don’t snack all day!
Give your kids food at the right time so they have all the three essential meals and fall to snacks and in-between meals less often. Hunger can often be a reason for falling to sugary treats so a good way to combat it and help them avoid sugar is to give them full balanced meals at meal-times.

Also, avoid frequent sipping on juice or pop. This can be disastrous when it comes to their teeth. It doesn’t allow the ph of the mouth to stabilise meaning their little teeth are under constant attack. Encourage sipping of water through the day and if the juice is a must then limit to mealtimes.

3) Don’t reward them with sweets!
This is an easy trap for many to fall into. Sweet treats used to be just that – treats! Treats would maybe be a weekly thing. It has now turned into a daily ritual. Consider treats that you or relatives could replace for the sugary ones.

The warmer months and laid back days can mean frequent sipping on juice or pop. This is a disaster when it comes to their teeth. It doesn’t allow the ph of the mouth to stabilise putting the teeth under constant attack. Encourage sipping of water through the day and if the juice is a must then limit to mealtimes only.

Sadly Leicester children have the worst teeth in the UK according to an NHS survey. Twelve-year-old children in Leicester have the highest rate of tooth decay in England. The latest figures found 45.3% of 12-year-old children in the city have experienced tooth decay, compared to an England average of 17.5% in 2008/09.

If your child needs a dental health check-up then please take a look at our children’s services here

Sun, sand and selfies!

The holiday season is finally upon us and there is no better time to perfect your selfie-taking skills. We want all of our patients celebrating their beautiful smiles with a selfie this summer! Selfies are a fun way of documenting a moment in time and sharing a moment with those you’re connected to.

Here’s how you can take the perfect summer selfie!

Lighting Lighting lighting!

Lighting really is everything when it comes to the perfect selfie! Snap your pic outside on the beach or on your balcony. No one looks good with a shadow cast all over the face.

For that extra bit of special glow take advantage of the golden hour. The golden hour is the period of daytime shortly after sunrise or before sunset, the daylight is redder and softer than when the Sun is higher in the sky.


Relax into your selfie. The best selfies are always fun and lighthearted so relax into it, pull a daft face smile big and laugh loud!

I like to move it, move it!

Snap away whilst laughing and moving around. As well as moving yourself move your arm to different positions. Review the photos that you like the most and then snap away again focusing on what looked best in your last set of selfies. The best selfie-takers are the celebs and they report taking as many as 500 – yes 500 photos before selecting one that they like. Even the fussiest person would probably find 1 they like in 500!


A photo doesn’t always capture the magic of the moment or the true beauty of a person. That’s why we have filters! Apps like Facetune can help to smooth away wrinkles and even brighten your smile! But take it easy you don’t want people to not recognise you. Inbuilt filters can change the colour and hue of your photo. Experiment with them and see if they help to capture the magic of the moment.

Set the scene and use props if necessary

Holidays provide the perfect backdrop for selfies! The scenery can really help to make your selfie sparkle so make use of the beautiful backgrounds, pretty flowers and sparkly water. You can add interest to your selfies with the use of holiday props such as sunglasses, hats, cocktails and fun pool inflatables!

All Of Your Botox UK Questions Answered!

FAQ Botox UK Guide

All Of Your Botox UK Questions Answered!

We have been offering facial aesthetics at our Leicester Botox clinic for nearly a decade under the care of our qualified Botox Practitioner Dr Lina Kotecha.

Most of the women we see for facial aesthetic treatments like anti-wrinkle injections such as botox don’t actually want to change their look or even turn back the clock. They just want to look fresh and revived.

Lina is a dentist that developed a passion for facial aesthetics back in 2010 and has since attended regular training to cover other aspects of facial rejuvenation. Her most notable success was receiving a distinction in ‘Masterclass in Facial Aesthetics’ run by the Faculty of General Dental.

Because of her in-depth knowledge of the facial muscles she knows exactly how to work with them, so she can do clever things like get rid of the angry expressions and soften the happy expression lines.

Here’s a full list of questions we get asked by our patients at our Leicester Botox Clinic

1) Does Botox Hurt?

The treatment consists of a small number of tiny injections, given with a minimum of discomfort to the targeted muscles causing them to relax.

When having Botox treatment we use a topical numbing cream to help make the treatment more comfortable. Also as Lina is a dentist she has mastered the injection technique through her years of practice and experience.

If you usually breeze through getting your eyebrows threaded then you’ll probably find having Botox treatment completely fine. However, if you usually find eyebrow threading uncomfortable then the numbing cream should help ease any discomfort.

2) What is Botox?

Botox is actually a trade name for the substance called ‘Botulinum Toxin’. Due to its popularity, the brand Botox has actually become synonymous with the treatment and now the treatment is most recognised as Botox treatment. Botulinum toxin works by temporarily relaxing the muscles and this relaxes them and in turn, the skin becomes smoother and your lines and wrinkles appear reduced. Treatment with Botox is only ever temporary and the results will fade away with time.

Botulinum toxin has been used for decades in medicine originally being used to treat twitches in eyes. The patients then reported the reduced wrinkles and it started to be used for cosmetic treatments.

Lina uses tried and tested brand Azzalure, one of the few Botulinum toxins approved by the FDA. It has a 20+ year history and is regarded as consistent and safe.

3) Is Botox safe?

‘Botox has a remarkably safe history. Only 36 serious adverse effects associated with cosmetic use were reported to the FDA between 1989 and 2003, according to a 2005 study. And of those, 13 patients had underlying medical conditions that may have explained their response to the drug.’

Here’s a good article in The Guardian that discusses the safety and concerns surrounding Botox… 

4) When will I see the results?

It takes two weeks to see the full effects of Botox treatment but you will start to notice the first changes after four to five days. Your Botox practitioner should see you after two weeks to review the effects of the treatment and carry out any top-up Botox treatment (which is usually including in the overall price).

5) How long does Botox last for?

The effects of Botox usually last three to four months depending on your response, but following repeat treatments the effects may last for longer. Botox treatment is not reversible but does gradually wear off.

6) What are the side effects of Botox

Most side effects are short-lived and mild, the most common being mild bruising to the site of the injection. Some patients also report mild headaches shortly after the treatment, but these usually subside within 24 hours.

7) How does Botox work?

It works by reversibly targeting the small muscles of the face and damping down their contraction, relaxing the muscle and thus softening lines and wrinkles. It also works in a similar way on sweat glands to stop the production of sweat.

8) What will my Botox treatment look like?

This depends on where you having the Botox treatment as it used to treat many things. Most commonly forehead lines, frown lines and crows feet. A skilled practitioner will discuss what sort of look you would like and if that’s possible and offer you their guidance. Your Botox doesn’t have to come with the full frozen look and you may also want to gently lift the eyebrows.

The frozen Botox look ironically is requested more by the younger women, which works well as they can get away with having zero lines and wrinkles and it can help to prevent them from developing. Older women and men usually go somewhere in the middle reducing lines and wrinkles but keeping some movement to their face so the treatment looks natural. This is often referred to as ‘Baby Botox’ or ‘Botox Sprinkles’.

What can Botox be used for?

– Anti-ageing treatments – to soften lines and wrinkles
– Brow and jowl lifting
– Help with teeth clenching and grinding
– Gummy smile – it helps to relax the upper lip in the case of a high smile line.
– Reduce fine lines (smoker’s lines) around the mouth
– Treat cases of excess sweating (hyperhidrosis)
– Facial Slimming – slim the lower face (masseter muscle)
– In conjunction with dermal fillers for a non-surgical facelift

How much does Botox cost UK?

Botox injections can range from £150-£350 per treatment.

How do I find a Botox practitioner?

Complaints about facial aesthetics are growing as the demand for them has skyrocketed and this has led to many unsuitably qualified people carrying out the treatment. You should always choose to have treatment with a suitably trained medical professional such as a doctor, dentist or nurse within a clinical environment. The NHS has good advice that you can trust when choosing a Botox practitioner…

If you’re thinking of Botox treatment in Leicester then we suggest booking an appointment for a short, free, no-obligation consultation by giving us a call on 0116 2891317. At this appointment, you will be able to discuss what you would like to improve, gain advice and treatment options from Dr Lina Kotecha and be given a treatment cost.

What it means for our patients – Gold Membership of the British Dental Association Good Practice Scheme.

The BDA scheme is designed to recognise high standards of care, excellent teamwork and commitment to providing a positive patient experience and the gold standard represent 15 years of adhering to the high standards set out by the British Dental Association.

We are one of the first dental practices in Leicester to achieve Gold Membership of the British Dental Association Good Practice Scheme. President of the BDA Dr Barry McGonigle said: “Gold Membership is a symbol of a decade of commitment, hard work and dedication; all practices honoured with the award should be very proud.”

What does membership to the Good Practice Scheme mean for our Leicester patients?

It means that we are totally committed to supporting patients towards achieving and maintaining good oral health. Achieving the best possible outcomes for our patients depends upon the skills and professionalism of the whole dental team.

Good Practice Scheme membership means that:

1. We will work with you to provide care that meets your needs and wishes. We will explain what we are proposing to do and tell you about any significant risks. We will explain options and cost so that you can make an informed choice about your care and we keep all information about you confidential

2. We look after your general health and safety whilst you are receiving dental care by undertaking risk assessments and managing any potential hazards at our premises. Infection control and cleanliness is also essential for safety and we follow current guidelines on preventing cross infection

3. All our staff are given training in practice procedures, staff members responsibilities are clear and staff take part in continuing professional education to keep their skills and knowledge up to date

4. Our practice working methods are reviewed regularly and we ask patients for their views on our service in order to identify any opportunities for improvement.

Take a look at all of the high standards we set at our Leicester dental clinic…

5 ways your teeth show your age and how you can stop them!

As we age so do our teeth. It makes sense as you know your Granny and Gramps’ teeth look quite different from yours (real teeth or not!). However, it isn’t something we necessarily think about or ponder the question ‘hmmm how can I keep my teeth looking youthful?’.

Let’s discuss the 5 ways that your pearlies are showing your age and advice from our Leicester dentists on how you can keep them looking youthful.

1) Ageing – Worn Down Teeth

As we age teeth can become more worn due to general wear and tear. However, for some, they may be grinding their teeth excessively. This generally occurs when they are sleeping and as a result, many people are unaware they do it. Bruxism is the medical term for this type of teeth grinding. Whilst Bruxism can affect you at any age it is most common in 25 – 44 year olds. Stress, drinking alcohol and caffeine can worsen the symptoms.

There are a few things you can do to check if you suffer from this. First, ask your partner if they have noticed you grinding your teeth (most people discover this way!) also, take a look at your teeth in the mirror are the edges of the teeth flat? Take a close look at your canine tooth as this is should be generally more pointy but gets worn down over time from tooth wear and grinding. You can also ask your dentist at your next appointment. In our Leicester dental practice, this is something we always monitor and discuss with our patients.

You can reduce the chances of your teeth becoming overly worn by keeping lifestyle factors such as stress, smoking, drinking and caffeine to a minimum. Discuss potentially wearing a guard to protect your teeth at night with your dental practitioner.

2) Teeth Get Darker As You Age

This happens for a few reasons, we. Firstly the stains from what we eat and drink build up on the teeth, they become more ingrained as we get older (think of your favourite tea mug). There’s also of course smoking and drinking red wine which is notorious for causing heavy staining and discolouration.

Secondly, it’s caused by the thinning of the outer tooth surface – the enamel which is generally whiter which shows the underlying dentine which is a more yellow shade. Also with ageing, the tooth lays down more dentine, which reduces the translucency of the tooth, making it appear darker.

There are several things you can do to help this. You can be careful with the food you eat and drink and you most definitely should stop smoking. You can reduce staining by drinking or rinsing with water afterwards, using a reputable fluoride toothpaste which helps with daily stain removal (Colgate Total Whitening) and using an electric toothbrush – we love the Philips Sonicare electric toothbrush.

You should be mindful about enamel erosion and wait at least an hour after eating or drinking before brushing or you could be brushing away the whiter tooth enamel. Finally, be careful about consuming acidic foods and drinks e.g. sipping lemon water.

Consider professional teeth whitening. Home tooth whitening can be fantastic for lightening the teeth. You usually carry out the treatment each evening for around 14 nights. You can see the improvement daily so you can always stop the treatment if you’re teeth become as light as you would like. It’s important to note that teeth whitening only works on teeth and will not lighten dental fillings, crowns or veneers.

Young Adult Teeth

Older Adult Teeth

Take a close look at the images above can you see the different ways that the smile has aged?

3) Ageing and Receding Gums

Gum tissues do naturally recede with age but it is often our own handling of gums that does the most damage. Overzealous brushing (or scrubbing!) can damage the gums, particularly for the delicate area where the teeth and gums meet – the gum margin.

Also receding gum lines are often caused by gum disease. This condition begins with dental plaque, a sticky substance that contains bacteria, mucous and food debris – is left on your teeth. Often missed by brushing along the gum margins and in between the teeth – an area where your toothbrush can’t reach.

By visiting our Leicester oral health team regularly they can advise you on the correct and most effective routine for you and spot signs early to prevent them from becoming problems.

Other warning signs your brushing too hard is that your toothbrush is flayed or you are using an electric toothbrush but instead of letting the brush do the work you continue to use it as a manual toothbrush and are moving it around as opposed to letting it glide over your teeth.

4) Ageing and Missing Teeth

Tooth loss seems to accelerate in the older years. The most common cause for this is gum disease. But it can also be due to teeth becoming decayed or heavily filled over the years.

It’s important to get tailored advice from your dentist about replacing missing teeth. Even if you just lose one tooth it can be detrimental to your teeth. If there is a space where your tooth was it could lead to your other teeth moving (a popular phrase in dentistry is – teeth like to have neighbours!). There is likely something going on that may affect your other teeth, so get advice and stop things from progressing.

Every tooth in a man’s head is more valuable than a diamond. ~Miguel de Cervantes

5) Ageing and Discoloured or Old Fillings

Often dental patients mistakenly think that fillings last forever. Sadly this isn’t true. All fillings will have to be replaced at some point. Old fillings can really age the teeth that are visible when you smile. When fillings are old they can have leaky margins (where the filling connects to the tooth) this can attract staining and also harbour plaques and debris causing more extensive problems.

Getting your fillings checked regularly is very important. Our modern Leicestershire dentists are focused on prevention rather than restoration. Dental X-rays are a useful tool for your dental team to check and areas they can’t visibly see such as between the teeth and underneath your fillings.

Take a look at how our Leicester dental team can help to keep your mouth healthy and your gums in great condition…

Direct access to our Leicester Hygienist…

Do I have to see a dentist before seeing a hygienist? There was a change in legislation several years ago which means that patients can now see a dental hygienist without a referral or recommendation from their dentist.

Dental hygiene is a key element of good oral health and improved access to dental hygienists should help to improve standards of oral health and reduce the risk of hygiene-related diseases, such as decay and gum disease.

By seeing our dental hygienist and therapist in Leicester and following their treatment and advice you will:

• Minimise your risk of tooth loss
• Reduce the risk of developing gum disease
• Reduce the risk of developing tooth decay and need for fillings
• Minty fresh breath and sparkly clean teeth
• Better overall health and wellbeing

It is also good news for nervous patients who may delay visiting a dentist due to dental phobia as they may feel more comfortable seeing a hygienist than a dentist. Regular hygiene sessions can help to reduce the need for more complex treatment.

Even if you have strong, healthy teeth, seeing your hygienist will help to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Hygienists are able to provide a much more intensive clean than brushing at home; hygiene sessions remove all the plaque and bacteria from the mouth, leaving your teeth glossy and smooth and your mouth clean and fresh.

Find out more about our hygiene services…

National Smile Month Campaign

It’s National Smile Month, a month-long campaign designed to create more public awareness about oral health. Smile Essential Dental Practice in Leicester along with thousands of other individuals and organisations

The campaign aims to promote 3 key messages:

• Brush your teeth last thing at night and on at least one other occasion with a fluoride toothpaste.

• Cut down on how often you have sugary foods and drinks.

• Visit your dentist regularly, as often as they recommend.

National Smile Month isn’t just about education and stressing the importance of a healthy mouth. The key to the success of the campaign is that we have lots of fun whilst doing it!

By taking part in National Smile Month Smile Essential, are helping to create a healthier, happier and smilier world. The campaign channels positivity and promotes the true value of a smile, not only for its benefits towards physical health but mental wellbeing too.

Our teeth have such an important role to play in our lives. They help us chew and digest food, they help us to talk and speak clearly and they also give our face its shape. A smile also has other day-to-day benefits. It can give us greater confidence, as well as influence our social lives, careers and relationships.

National Smile Month is our chance for us to take a fresh look at our current oral health and make any necessary changes required.

Over recent years, more evidence has been gathered suggesting that poor oral health also puts you at an increased risk of heart attacks, strokes, dementia and complications during pregnancy.

The best way to maintain great oral health is to:

• Brush twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste

• Clean in-between your teeth once daily with floss or interdental brushes

• Visit your dentist regularly

• Chew sugar-free gum after eating or drinking, especially sugary foods, to help protect your teeth and gums in between meals.

• Wait an hour after eating or drinking anything before brushing as then enamel will be softened and you could be brushing away tiny particles.

• Avoid snacking and try to only have sugary foods and drinks at mealtimes, reducing the time your teeth come under attack.

National Smile Month Competition!

We are celebrating National Smile Month, a month-long campaign between 13 May and 13 June 2019.

National Smile Month is the largest and longest-running campaign to promote good oral health and share positive messages and engage others to develop and maintain a healthy mouth and smile they can be proud of.

During this month dental and other health professionals and organisations, try to highlight three key messages, all of which go a long way in helping us develop and maintain a healthy mouth.

  • Brush your teeth last thing at night and on at least one other occasion with a fluoride toothpaste.
  • Cut down on how much sugary food and drink you have, and how often you have them.
  • Visit your dentist regularly, as often as they recommend.

Ultimately, the aim is to help us achieve good physical and mental wellbeing by improving our oral health.

To coincide with National Smile Month we are running a competition for our patients to share a photo on Facebook using the smiley station we have set up in our reception area.
To take part snap and share a selfie at our ‘smiley station’ and share on Facebook tagging us @smileessential and we will share on our Facebook Page.
Our team are on hand to help you take a photo and show you how to tag us. Please follow our page for updates and if you don’t see your photo on our timeline drop us a message so you don’t miss out on your chance of winning the fabulous Fortnum and Mason hamper!
All entries will be placed into a hat and the winner picked at random on the 13th June and announced on Facebook. Please follow our page for updates and if you don’t see your photo on our timeline drop us a message so you don’t miss your chance of winning the fabulous Fortnum and Mason hamper.

Terms and Conditions

This competition is open to Smile Essential Patients only, the last day people can take part and upload their smiley selfie is Wednesday, June 12th , we cannot accept entries after this date, it is the patients responsibility to ensure that they tag us correctly, we will share all patients ‘smiley selfies’ unless inappropriate on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/SmileEssential/), therefore patients can check we have seen it by looking on our Facebook page and looking for their photo, in the event we have not shared it and the patient still wishes to take part they may message the photo to our page and we can share that way. The photo remains the property of the person sharing it and they have the responsibility to ensure any permissions required to take an image of any person/persons in the selfie photo have been sought by the person sharing and tagging us to take part in the competition. The competition closes on Wednesday 12th June and the winner will be announced on Thursday 13th June 2019. There is only one prize which is the hamper, the prize cannot be exchanged and there is no cash alternative. The prize must be collected from the practice within 6 weeks of winning.

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Lip Fillers Leicester…

What’s Involved in the Lip Filler Procedure?
The lip area can be sensitive, therefore a topical anaesthetic is first applied to the lips to ensure the area is numb. Often the filler being used also contains some anaesthetic, so the treatment can be carried out as comfortably as possible. Dr Lina Kotecha has almost a decades experience of perfecting her technique and skill. Lip fillers are very carefully injected into key area’s required to give you the lips you desire. The whole lip enhancement procedure should take no more than 30 minutes.

Dermal/lip fillers can be used to improve the appearance of the lips. They can help to:

• Improve volume/fullness
• Improve symmetry
• Improve hydration
• Make the lips more defined
• Make lips appear more supple and youthful

Results and Aftercare Following Lip Enhancement Treatment
The great thing with lip filler treatment is that you can see the results immediately, with the full results visible within 2 weeks. Immediately after the treatment, you may experience some slight bruising, swelling and tenderness which can last between 6-10 days. Sometimes our patients are concerned about the initial swelling, so we tend to carry out treatments for them on a Friday giving them the weekend to let the initial swelling settle, then feeling confident they return back to work on a Monday. You will then be left with naturally more voluminous lips.

How Long do Lip Fillers Last?
This can vary from person to person and depends on what type of dermal filler is used. Generally, the treatment will last a minimum of 6 months and can last up to 18 months. All the dermal fillers used by Dr Lina Kotecha are semipermanent as this has the most reliable safety record, at a consultation appointment the length that the treatment is expected to last will be discussed.

Lip Filler Treatment Cost
Lip filler enhancement costs vary and depend upon each patient’s individual requirements and your desired outcome. But generally, the treatment starts from £210. Dr Lina Kotecha will discuss your desired outcome and treatment options at a free consultation and will provide you with an accurate lip filler treatment cost.

Get in touch to arrange a free consultation…

Keeping your teeth bright and white at home…

If you’ve started to notice your teeth aren’t as white as they could be maybe you need to tweak your home dental care routine. Now we’re not promising these tips will lighten your teeth by several shades. You’ll need our professional Enlighten whitening for that. But a few home tweaks could certainly help you brighten up your smile a little.

Invest in an electric toothbrush we love the Phillips Sonicare. It can help to remove surface staining which could lighten your teeth by a shade a two! An electric toothbrush is more efficient at removing the daily stains that build up on your teeth causing them to discolour.

Team your new Sonicare toothbrush with a good whitening toothpaste. Now don’t be confused whitening toothpastes don’t whiten your teeth. They do, however, help to remove some surface staining. We recommend using a reputable brand such as Colgate Total whitening. Whitening toothpaste and polishes should be used caution. Some toothpaste are too abrasive and could actually damage your teeth if used too frequently or you use a particularly harsh paste.

Watch your diet! It isn’t just teas, coffees and red wines that stain teeth. There are many drinks and foods that can stain your teeth. Juices such as blackcurrant, currys, fruit teas, beetroot juice, green tea, balsamic vinegar and tomato sauce. The best way to avoid your teeth discolouring is to eat only white foods! But seriously, life is for living! One way to have your cake and eat it (please don’t eat too much cake it really is bad for your teeth) is to drink water with limit stain-causing foods and keep up with the Sonicare and toothpaste.

Clean between your teeth. Clean teeth are bright teeth. Plaque has a yellow appearance and if you’re not following a vigorous oral health regime you may be leaving some plaque behind.

All of these tips will help to keep your teeth white and in tip-top condition. However, if you want to lighten your teeth by several shades then you may want to have a look at our professional whitening. This is a two week home whitening programme using customised whitening trays and an in-office laser whitening treatment at the end of the whitening course. Your teeth will achieve the lightest shade on our natural tooth shade guide – B1 and that’s guaranteed.

Whitening Your Teeth at Home Summary

The safest way to keep your teeth white at home is to remove daily staining by using a good electric toothbrush, a whitening toothpaste and avoid stain-causing foods and drinks. If you would still like whiter teeth than maybe it’s time to try professional tooth whitening.