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 (, 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.

Your teeth whitening questions answered!

Does teeth whitening work?

Professional teeth whitening carried out by a dentist can lighten your teeth by several shades. This method of whitening works. Over the counter whitening kits and toothpaste remove minimal superficial staining, so are less effective.

Does tooth whitening at the dentist work better?

Hydrogen peroxide is one of the most effective materials for whitening teeth. In the UK only dentists can provide products containing or releasing more than 0.1% hydrogen peroxide up to 6% hydrogen peroxide. Over the counter products are generally much weaker and ineffective at lightening teeth.

How long does it take to whiten teeth?

Up to 14 nights or 1-hour dependant on the treatment. Generally, professional whitening treatments from the dentist fall into two categories – home and in office. Home whitening takes around 2 weeks wearing customised mouth trays each evening. The other option is in office whitening which takes around 1 hour.

How long does tooth whitening last?

The effects of whitening are thought to last up to 3 years if you don’t carry out maintenance treatments. Over time teeth will get darker again due to staining and lifestyle factors such as smoking. You can maintain the effects of whitening with regular top-up treatments.

Does teeth whitening hurt?

Whitening your teeth can cause them to become sensitive. This sensitivity is usually intermittent and will disappear when you have completed whitening your teeth. There are products which can help ease tooth sensitivity during the whitening process.

Will tooth whitening damage my teeth?

Whitening carried out correctly under the professional guidance of a dentist will not harm or cause any damage to your teeth.

Does whitening work for everyone?

Whilst teeth whitening works for the majority of people it’s important to note that it doesn’t work for everyone. Some teeth are too deeply stained or otherwise resistant to the effects of whitening gels. Whitening also won’t lighten dental work such as fillings, crowns etc.

How much does it cost to get your teeth professionally whitened?

In the UK teeth whitening ranges from £199 to £500. Often the biggest cost is the initial outlay of the customised trays and whitening kit. Following the initial treatment costs, your teeth will require regular top-up treatments using the whitening gel these cost approx £50 per year.

Is it worth getting your teeth whitened?

Professional teeth whitening can be an effective way to improve the aesthetics of your smile. Lightening your teeth by several shades. A brighter smile is often seen as an attractive trait.

Which is the best tooth whitening?

For the best teeth whitening treatment you need well fitting whitening trays (similar to mouthguards but much thinner) and a quality whitening gel containing hydrogen peroxide. The trays stop the gel leaking into the mouth and stops the gel becoming diluted with saliva.

Have more teeth whitening questions? Contact us here and send us your teeth whitening questions…

Brush up your routine…

Most of us know that taking care of our teeth is now more important than ever. We want to ensure our teeth not only look great, but our breath is fresh and our mouth healthy. With this said it is easy to fall into bad habits that’s why we thought we would share some tips from our Leicester dentists to keep you on track with that winning smile.

• Brush your teeth last thing at night and don’t have anything else to eat or drink after that. You should also brush your teeth at least one other time during the day. You should always use a fluoride toothpaste when brushing your teeth.

• Clean between the teeth. This can be done by either flossing or using interdental brushes. You’ll be surprised at just how much food and plaque you will find squashed in between those gnashers!

• Quit smoking. Our Leicester dentists advise that it will help to reduce tooth staining, gum disease, tooth loss, and in more severe cases mouth cancer.

• Change your toothbrush every two to three months or sooner if it becomes worn. Toothbrushes aren’t as effective when they are worn they also harbour bacteria. If you stock up on spare toothbrushes then it’s easier to keep on top of swapping.

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

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

• Wait an hour after eating/drinking before brushing. The saliva is more acidic after eating/drinking which makes the enamel softer. Brushing could cause unnecessary abrasion.

• Avoid snacking and try to only have sugary foods and drinks at mealtimes. Constant snacking increases the time your mouth is acidic and teeth under attack. Try to just stick with water between meals.

Need to arrange a dental appointment at our Leicester clinic? Get in touch here…

Diabetes and your dental health…

Brushing and flossing are a lot more important than you may think! You’re probably aware of the effects of not brushing and flossing to brush on your teeth but what about the effect it has on your body?

The mouth is the gateway to your body and if you have a healthy mouth then you are more likely to have a healthier body. Your mouth is has millions of bacteria and most of them are harmless. Usually, the body’s natural defences and good oral hygiene, such as daily brushing and flossing, help to keep these bacteria under control. However, without proper dental care, bacteria can reach high levels that might lead to tooth decay and gum disease and even diabetes.

Many people are surprised to discover the link between dental health and diabetes. Research has been ongoing for many years now and shows that there is an increased prevalence of gum disease among those diagnosed with diabetes.

Inflammation from diabetes impairs the body’s ability to utilise insulin. By improving your oral hygiene and treating gum disease you can help to bring diabetes under better control.

Having diabetes can increase your risk of dental problems? Managing your blood glucose levels is a crucial factor in deterring any likely problems. If your blood glucose levels are poorly controlled you are more at risk of developing serious gum disease, more so than non-diabetics.

What’s more, is that serious gum disease may be a factor in causing your blood sugar to rise and make your glucose levels even harder to control.

Other oral problems associated with diabetes include thrush, an infection caused by a fungus that grows in the mouth, and dry mouth which can cause soreness, ulcers, infections and cavities.

You might be wondering how you can prevent dental problems associated with diabetes… First and foremost, control your blood glucose level. Then, take good care of your teeth and gums, along with regular dental checkups every six months. To control thrush, a fungal infection, maintain good diabetic control, avoid smoking and, if you wear them, remove and clean dentures daily. Good blood glucose control can also help prevent or relieve dry mouth caused by diabetes.

Sometimes people don’t realise that they need to tell their dentist that they have diabetes. However, having the most up to date information on your medical health enables us to offer you the very best care and advice possible. To be able to advise you accurately it’s crucial our Leicester dentists have a full medical history to stop any problems from arising.

Diabetes Prevention Week 1-7 of April 2019. Check your risk of Type 2 diabetes… 

We now offer Invisalign…

Whatever your age you don’t have to put up with crooked teeth! If you have always wanted straighter teeth we could help. We have been offering cosmetic fitted braces for some time now and we delighted to announce we have just added Invisalign clear braces to our list too.

Here are some frequently asked questions about Invisalign we hear at our Leicester dental practice

How does Invisalign Work?

Invisalign works by gently exerting pressure on your teeth to move them into the correct position. Each aligner is changed every 7-14 days so it can adjust the pressure in the right spots as your teeth move.

Is Invisalign really discreet?

Absolutely. The clear aligners make them virtually undetectable at a social distance. They are one of the most discreet cosmetic brace system available on the market.

Will Invisalign affect my lifestyle?

You should wear your Invisalign aligners day and night but they can be removed to eat, drink and to brush and floss your teeth. This is often a big bonus for patients that have previously had conventional orthodontics as you have to adjust the food you eat.

Does it hurt?

It’s generally considered less painful than traditional fitted brace systems. Most people being treated with Invisalign report some discomfort when changing their aligners. This usually dissipates shortly after.

Will Invisalign work for me?

Invisalign isn’t a suitable treatment option for everyone. That’s why we always invite people in for a complimentary consultation. This will allow our Leicester dentists to have a chat with you to see if Invisalign would work for you and they would also advise you of your other options, including if an alternative treatment with an orthodontist would be more suitable. If it is decided that this is the right treatment for you, we will invite you back for a more detailed assessment.

How long does Invisalign take?

This depends on the position of your teeth and the complexity of your case. Invisalign can take as little as 3 months. Your Invisalign provider will be able to provide you with an approximate timeline once the Invisalign treatment process had begun.

How much does Invisalign Cost?

Again this depends on your personalised Invisalign treatment plan. Though your Invisalign provider will be able to give you an approximate cost at a complimentary consultation. It’s important when looking at the cost of Invisalign treatment you check what is covered. Such as retainers following the treatment to keep your teeth in place and also any added benefits such as free teeth whitening.

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Meet Gurpreet…

Tell us a bit about yourself?

I’m a local girl I was born and educated in Loughborough and then went over to Sheffield to embark on my dental degree. I have been a dentist now for nearly twenty years and have worked in numerous dental practices in Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire.

Your role at the dental practice?

I am a Dental Associate at Smile Essential and alongside my experienced colleagues, I help to provide dental care to patients from routine examinations to a variety of dental treatments. These include simple fillings to more complex treatments such as crown and bridge work and cosmetic treatment including tooth whitening and adult orthodontics.

Your favourite part?

I especially enjoy the cosmetic side of dentistry – there’s an immense amount of satisfaction in providing patients with treatments that allow s them to feel more confident about themselves and their smiles.

What do you like about being part of the Smile Essential team?

This might sound like a cliché – but it’s the feeling that I belong to a family here. I feel a valued member of the team. This perhaps explains why the majority of staff have been here years!

When you were little what did you dream of doing when you grew up?

A backing vocalist for Wham or Madonna.

Favourite film?

Goodfellas or anything by Martin Scorcese.

Favourite TV programme?

Any good comedy – Modern Family.

How important do you think a good smile is?

A good healthy smile is essential in allowing people to go about their daily lives with that inner confidence. Good dental health is vital to ensure that we can function as we should e.g. so we can eat drink and speak normally – otherwise this can have a major impact on our daily lives. This is why regular dental visits are so important. Seeing a dentist regularly ensures that possible problems can be spotted early and corrected preventing major problems in the future.

Dental membership plan offers a real saving…

Dr Niket Patel and his team at Smile Essential Dental Practice in Leicester are committed to providing their Leicestershire patients with the best quality dental care and treatment in a friendly environment.

Our mission is to help our patients to maintain the health of their mouth and encourage them to adopt a preventative approach to their dental care. Our membership allows you to attend for your regular dental appointments for only £12.40 per month. Attending regularly means your dentist can spot any concerns before they have a chance to develop into something more serious.

For just £12.40 per month, we will provide you with comprehensive dental care and more.

Here’s what is included:

• 6 monthly dental health checks. This includes a mouth cancer screening, all necessary x rays and photographs.
• 6 monthly hygiene appointments. These appointments with the dentist/hygienist include a thorough assessment of your gum health, fresh breath treatment, techniques to prevent gum disease, periodontal advice, and most of all, the thorough removal of built-up plaque that causes decay and a polish that refreshes your smile
• 15% discount on most dental work you may require – including most cosmetic treatments.
• 12-month guarantee on all restorative work (provided due care has been taken).
• Priority appointments for your convenience.
• Same day assessment of dental emergencies and dental pain.
• Dispensing of most antibiotics.
• Emergency call out.
•Dental insurance for treatment needed anywhere in the world as a result of dental emergency or accidental damage to your teeth.
• Worldwide emergency callout.
• Redundancy protection cover

By taking care of your dental health and attending regular dental appointments you will have fewer fillings, a healthier mouth and are less likely to suffer from toothache.

Find out more about our membership plan…