Monthly Archives: October 2013

The Cost Effective Dental Plan Open to Everyone


“I became a patient of Smile Essential dentist just over a year ago and joined their membership plan immediately. I knew I would get my check ups and dental cleaning as part of  the package as well as other things. I needed some treatment as my teeth were in a bad way after not seeing the dentist for 23 years. As I was on the dentists membership plan I received 15% discount from the treatment which really helped me to manage the costs. “

‘I would certainly recommend the dentists Smile Plan membership as a very good and cost effective plan.’

Mrs R.W, Leicester.

Our membership plan is £12.40 per month and includes all of the following-

  • 6-monthly clinical examinations
  • 6-monthly hygiene appointments with dentist/hygienist for:
    • Scaling and polishing
    • Assessment of gum health
    • Fresh breath treatment
    • Techniques to prevent gum disease
    • Periodontal advice
    • Oral cancer screening
    • All neccessary small X-rays
    • 15% discount on most dental work you may require (including cosmetic treatment)
    • 15% discount on facial rejuvenation (not to be used in conjunction with other facial rejuvenation offers)
    • 12 month guarantee on all restorative work (provided due care has been taken)
    • Children of plan members will be treated under NHS arrangements
    • Priority appointments
    • 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
      accidental damage to your teeth

We are pleased to offer this membership plan to all current and new patients. To arrange membership today or discuss more details please call-

0116 2891317


Why a Visit to the Dentist Could Save Your Life


There are more than 6,500 new people each year in the UK who suffer from mouth cancer- that’s 18 people diagnosed every day.

Experts believe these figures are set to rise, and the fact remains that action needs to be taken collectively to reduce growing incidence and mortality rates. Even with vast advances in technology, without early detection half will die. By visiting the dentist on a regular basis we can catch the disease early and transform survival rates by 90 per cent.

The groups of people at risk of mouth cancer are more diverse than they have ever been. Mouth cancer is traditionally been a risk for people over 45, tobacco and alcohol users but new research shows a younger population increasingly at risk and a rising threat of cancer transited by oral sex, through the human papilloma virus (HPV). The disease is no longer predominately a problem for men. The proportion of women contracting the disease has steadily increased.

Do you know the causes?

  • Smoking

It is still considered to be the leading cause of mouth cancer in the UK. Tobacco transforms saliva into a deadly cocktail that damages cells in the mouth and can turn them cancerous.

  • Alcohol

Studies show that alcohol is another major cause of mouth cancer. Excessive consumption is linked to more than third of mouth cancer cases in men and a fifth in women. Heavy drinkers and smokers are up to 35 times more at risk, as alcohol aids the absorption of tobacco into the mouth.

  • Smokeless tobacco

The types of smokeless tobacco products most used in the UK often contain a mix of ingredients including slaked lime, arceca nut and spices, flavourings and sweeteners. The main types are Gutka, Pan Masala and Mawa.

Smokeless tobacco is used particularly by South Asians communities.

  • The Humam Papillomavirus (HPV)

HPV, transmitted through sexual activity, is increasingly being linked to mouth cancer and is considered to be a direct cause of the rise in cases among younger people.

  • Poor diet

Around third of cases are thought to be linked to an unhealthy diet. It is recommended that people eat a healthy, balanced diet including five portions of fruit and vegetables each day.

Do you know the signs and symptoms of mouth cancer?

Mouth cancer can strike in a number of places, including the lips, tongue, gums and cheek.

Often, signs and symptoms of mouth cancer are not painful. The most common signs are:

  • An ulcer in your mouth or on your tongue which does not heal in three weeks.
  • Red and whites patches in the mouth
  • Unusual lumps or swellings in the mouth or head and neck area.

Early detection is so crucial with mouth cancer, it’s vitally important everyone knows the signs and symptoms.

It’s is so important that you have a regular dental health check because the dentist at Smile Essential Leicester can often spot the early stages of mouth cancer.

Please call and book your dentists appointment for your Mouth Cancer check today on 0116 289 1317.

Fantastic Team Has Helped Me Overcome My Nerves

“To say I was petrified of the dentist would be an understatement, having left it far longer than I should have. “

“Every step of the treatment and service I have received at Smile Essential dentists has been brilliant. My treatment options were clearly explained and most importantly Lina and the team were patient, fantastic at putting me at ease and overcoming my fear of the dentist.”

“I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this dentist to anyone, especially anyone who is nervous about seeing a dentist.”

‘Thank you to everyone at Smile Essential dentist for your help!’

Mrs L.D, Aylestone, Leicester

Oh No! It’s the Dentist!

Are you a  nervous patient?

If you are a nervous patient, you are not alone – most people are anxious before visiting the dentist. At Smile Essential in Leicester, you will be treated gently and with understanding to help you overcome any fears and anxieties you may have. We have years of experience in treating nervous patients and have helped to transform hundreds of mouths during this time.

It is fair to say that a visit to the dentist is not high on most people’s ‘must do’ lists and the majority of patients have feelings ranging from mild anxiety to outright fear. In extreme cases, these feelings are so strong that they cause the individual to fear dentists in general and avoid them as a result – in other words, dental phobia.

Our unique approach to nervous patients:

At Smile Essential, we understand that you may feel anxiety, fear or phobia at the thought of undergoing treatment – after all, the Smile Essential team are, at one time or another, dental patients themselves so understand dental treatment from the patient’s point of view.

Our approach to nervous patients is quite simple – we will treat you gently and with understanding to help you overcome your fears,  Shrikesh Kotecha of Smile Essential in Leicester says ‘ I regularly see new patients at our practice who may be nervous about seeing a dentist. What I will do is work together with each patient individually to provide dentistry in a personalised manner.  I tend to use a variety of techniques to overcome anxiety including educating my patients on special breathing and relaxation exercises and the use of a ‘stop’ signal and can ensure that I do everything possible to make EVERY patient have a pleasant experience when they come to see me’.

With modern techniques and dental materials, discomfort is minimised and our approach is to treat our patients gently and with understanding so that they leave realising that dental care is nothing to be frightened of.

What you can do:

  • Discuss with the dentist any particular things that may increase your level of anxiety so they can make adjustments tailored around you.
  • Understand that you are not alone – most people experience some form of anxiety before a dental visit but maintain regular visits even so.
  • Attend regular dental examinations – they don’t hurt and maintaining regular checkups will ensure that any problems will be spotted early when they are easily treated.
  • Ask your dentist to explain the treatment fully to you so that you understand exactly what will happen and when.
  • Remember that it’s your mouth – you must consent to treatment and can withdraw that consent at any time – the dentist will not do anything to you without your permission.


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