Monthly Archives: May 2016

National Smile Month 2016…

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The National Smile Month Campaign is aimed to improve the UK’s oral health. Organised by the health charity the Oral Health Foundation strives to raise awareness of important issues relating to oral health, and make a positive difference to the oral health of millions. This year, the campaign celebrates it’s 40th Birthday!

National Smile Month highlights three key messages, all of which go a long way in helping us to 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 often you have sugary foods and drinks
• Visit your dentist regularly, as often as they recommend

National Smile Month started back in 1977, aimed to address an increasingly critical problem of how to get people to look after their teeth in a time when only one in three people had their natural teeth! It began as a week long campaign called Smile 77 project which focussed on the concept of preventative dentistry. Over the years more and more health and dental organisations have supported the campaign and it transformed into a month long campaign, now reaching thousands of people in the UK and overseas.

7 Tips for a healthier mouth

• Brush your teeth last thing at night and at least one other time during the day with a fluoride toothpaste. Clean in-between your teeth once daily with interdental brushes or floss.

• Quit smoking to help reduce the chances of 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 as it will not clean the teeth properly.

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

• 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.

If you would like any further advice or would like to arrange a dental visit, please give us a call on 0116 2891317

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I dreaded every dental visit. Not anymore…

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After several years with my previous dentist – and dreading every visit – I decided I needed to change. I can’t believe the difference, not only in the quality of care but also the dentistry which is far more advanced than I have experienced before. I have just had root canal treatment and can honestly say that on each of my visits I haven’t felt the slightest bit nervous – the team have looked after me fantastically and I am very happy with the results.

Ms. J.B. Leicester.

8 reasons you should choose Smile Essential for your dental care…

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Never worried about a trip to this Leicester dentist…

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Always a pleasant experience to visit Smile Essential, friendly service and treatment from everyone- and completely painless!
Great treatment for all the family, our children are never worried about a trip to the dentist.

Mr G.B, Leicestershire.

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Six essential vitamins for dental health…

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Flossing, brushing and dodging fist fights might be the obvious ways to protect your teeth and gums, but diet also plays a crucial role. Here are nutritionist Anita Ellis’ recommendations for a perfect smile.

Vitamin K

“This helps to build bone and keep your jaw healthy,” says Ellis. It’s found in kale and other green leafy vegetables, pistachio nuts, dairy and meat products.

Vitamin D and calcium

“Found in whitebait, cheddar cheese, sardines, milk and tofu, calcium maintains healthy bones and teeth,” says Ellis. Vitamin D, which you can get from fish oils, butter, eggs and liver helps to stimulates calcium’s absorption.

Coenzyme Q10

“This has been found to reduce the build-up of plaque and tartar, which can erode your gum tissue and your teeth,” says Ellis. It can be found in meat, nuts and oils, and is also available in supplement form.

Vitamin C

“Similarly to Coenzyme Q10, Vitamin C acts as an antioxidant and boosts immunity, limiting bacteria in the mouth,” says Ellis. It’s abundant in colourful fruits and vegetables like oranges and peppers.


“Phosphorus helps stop gum disease and bleeding,” says Ellis. Find it in eggs, fish, meat nuts, seeds and wheat germ.

Zinc and quercetin

“Zinc is useful because it speeds up healing,” explains Ellis. Add to this a daily dose of quercetin (a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory found in garlic, onion, fruits and vegetables and blue green algae) and your gums and teeth will thank you.

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dental clinic reviews I would happily recommend Smile Essential to our family / friends and anybody looking for a new dental practice, for their first class professionalism and care.

The customer service is absolutely outstanding and they genuinely know their individual customers needs really well. So are the results of their professional work and caring attitude.

They are a unique forward looking practice.

Ms B.G, Leicester.

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Proud to be a Leicester Dental Phobia Certified Practice…


dental phobia advice in leicesterDental phobia is something that we come come across frequently at Smile Essential dental practice. One in four people in the UK suffer from dental phobia. If you are brave enough to reach out and take the first step by getting in touch; then we see it as our personal mission to help you continue your journey to become dentally fit (and hopefully a lot less scared!).

If it has been several years since your last dental visit, then you may be holding onto the image of yesteryear. However, modern dentistry has changed significantly and at our Leicester dental clinic, we are proud that our efforts have culminated in achieving Dental Phobia Certification.

There are many reasons people are afraid of the dentist:

  • Fear of anaesthesia
  • Fear of choking
  • Fear of diagnosis
  • Fear of the drill
  • Fear of embarrassment
  • Fear of future dental work
  • Fear of needles
  • Fear of pain
  • Fear of feeling powerless

At Smile Essential dental practice, we take your anxiety seriously. As dentists we understand you may feel embarrassed about your problems, but you need not worry, we are here to help. We are confident that by working together, we can help you to overcome your fears and give you a smile that beams with pride.

Modern dental techniques have advanced a great deal, meaning most treatments are now pain free. All our dentists have ongoing training in pain management and the treatment of anxious patients. We also have a STOP signal, so that if at any time during treatment you feel pain or are uncomfortable, we will stop the treatment and do all we can to help. As the patient, you are always in control.

The dentist and dental assistant are also trained to guide you through the whole process with meditative breathing techniques to help you control your anxiety. Many of our patients find this hugely beneficial.  If you’re a nervous patient, you might find it helpful to bring a friend or family member along to your appointment for support and comfort of seeing a familiar friendly face.

Fear of pain is a common dental issue and we routinely use a topical gel or spray for all patients to help prevent any pain. For patients with an extreme dislike of needles, we offer ‘The Wand’. The Wand is a digital method of delivering anaesthetic which prevents the bee-sting pain associated with traditional injections. It ensures anaesthesia is delivered in a controlled, pain-free manner.

It is with the above mentioned tips, technology and compassion that we have earned the right to become Dental Phobia Certified.

Get in touch with one of our friendly team for help and support on taking the next step – 0116 2891317

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