Monthly Archives: June 2016

I had zero pain during my root canal treatment in Leicester…

root canal treatment review of Leicester dental

Just finished having my root canal work done by Shrik and throughout the two appointments and in between them, I have felt absolutely ZERO pain or discomfort! Thanks for an extremely positive and professional experience.

Mr D.E, Leicester.

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I was blown away by the thumb sucking aid…

thumb sucking solution

Thumb sucking is something we see often at Smile Essential Dental Practice. Problems start to arise when the habit isn’t broken by the age 4. If thumb sucking isn’t stopped it can lead to problems with tooth position and may require braces later in childhood or adult years to correct.

thumb sucking leicesterWe advise patients to discourage their children from thumb sucking and review it at every 6 month dental appointment. We discovered the Thumbsie® when one of our patients came in proudly wearing one, up until then we have never heard of the Thumbsie® thumb guard. We loved it and her mum let us take a picture. This is one gadget that seems to be working and a thumb guard can help children to stop sucking their thumb.

Thumbsie® was created by a mum of three girls when her third daughter couldn’t stop sucking her thumb. Her daughter’s problem was that she didn’t know when she was sucking her thumb. The Thumbsie® thumb guard can help act as a visual reminder for those children who want to stop thumb sucking but need some help at times such as on a car journey or when watching television. The fabric thumb guards are suitable for children aged 3 – 12 years. They are comfortable to wear and for best results are worn day and night. The Thumbsie® comes in a great range of fabrics, so there should be something for every child.

Lots of children stop sucking their thumb naturally, however dental problems may arise if thumb sucking is prolonged. A lot of the comforting a child associates with thumb sucking is to do with texture and the Thumbsie® is a great solution to help any child break their habit.

Here’s a great parent review from Hannah

“She has been wearing her Thumbsie for ten days now and my husband and I are blown away with how successful they have been. I never thought it could be this easy. She hasn’t sucked her thumb since putting one on, despite being a prolific thumb sucker since she was 5 weeks old – she is now 5! I am so proud of her, especially as it took me until I was 11 to stop sucking mine! The transformation has been wonderful to watch, she is much more engaged in family life and seems much happier and more up for trying new things. We have a different child!.”

Hannah mum to 5 year old daughter Illana

Whether your child is a thumb sucker or a finger sucker Thumbsie® have a solution for you. Check them out by clicking here…

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I had root canal treatment…

Patient review of our leicester dental clinic

I’ve been with the practice a while now and had a few treatments including root canal, as someone who has panic attacks, finding the right dentist was really important to me, Nik and the Smile Essential team have been amazing and always put me at ease. They’ve given a whole new feeling to visiting the Dentist and it’s not such a dreaded experience for me anymore. I highly recommend this practice, especially for nervous patients or people with needle phobias as ‘The Wand’ injection is 100% pain free.

Ms J.S, Leicestershire

Find out more about The Wand and how you could benefit…

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Last chance to benefit from National Smile Month 2016…

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Today is the final day of National Smile Month 2016. National Smile Month is a month long campaign designed to create better public awareness about oral health. There are 3 main messages the campaign promotes.

• 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.

If we are honest, maintaining a good level of oral health is a straight forward task. Many of us already know what’s required to keep our teeth in tip top condition. But we still choose to ignore the most basic day-to-day hygiene routines and put our health at risk.

A shocking number of people brush for less than two minutes, our diet as a nation has become over-reliant on added sugars while millions of us haven’t seen a dentist in the last two years.3

Consequences of the above over a long period of time, often leads to unnecessary, invasive and expensive treatment.  Most people aren’t aware of the direct impact our oral health problems can cause such as gum disease and tooth decay while the repercussions of poor oral health go further than our mouth.

Over the recent years more evidence has been gathered suggesting that poor oral health also puts you at an increased risk of heart attacks, strokes, dementia, complications during pregnancy and male sexual health problems are just a few of the likely outcomes of not looking after our teeth. Now that should have you running to to grab your toothbrush!

Your oral health

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.


Your childs oral health

Brush your child’s teeth as soon as they appear with a toothpaste appropriate for their age.

Help your child to brush their teeth until they are at least seven.

Take your child to the dentist early, as soon as their teeth start to appear, this will help them get used to the sights, sounds and smells of a dental practice.

Use a timer or brush a long to a song to ensure your children are brushing for the correct amount of time.

Using a reward chart to track your children’s brushing habits and get them actively involved in brushing their teeth.

Using disclosing tablets are a great way to show areas of your children’s mouth which may need better brushing.

Arrange a dental health check today by clicking here…

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All my dental care was explained…

Cosmetic braces in Leicester

After searching around for an Orthodontist to get some treatment carried out on my teeth, I came across Smile Essentials. My experience was a fantastic one, throughout the whole process, from the enquiry and booking process and to the treatment and aftercare process. Everything was explained very well in detail by Dr. Patel and the staff at the practice are very friendly. If you’re considering any type of dental treatment this is the place.

Thank You

Mr K.D, Leicestershire.

Learn more about cosmetic braces and how they could improve your smile, by clicking here….

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Oh I Wish I’d Looked After Me Teeth…

looking after your teeth

Pam Ayres created this funny poem back when National Smile Month first launched in 1977. Whilst it’s great to appreciate how fun it is, it does offer a poignant reminder of the importance of taking care of your teeth. In 1977 only 1 in 3 people had their natural teeth. We wanted to share it with you to celebrate National Smile Months 40th birthday.

Oh, I wish I’d looked after me teeth,
And spotted the dangers beneath
All the toffees I chewed,
And the sweet sticky food.
Oh, I wish I’d looked after me teeth.

I wish I’d been that much more willin’
When I had more tooth there than fillin’
To give up gobstoppers,
From respect to me choppers,
And to buy something else with me shillin’.

When I think of the lollies I licked
And the liquorice allsorts I picked,
Sherbet dabs, big and little,
All that hard peanut brittle,
My conscience gets horribly pricked.

My mother, she told me no end,
‘If you got a tooth, you got a friend.’
I was young then, and careless,
My toothbrush was hairless,
I never had much time to spend.

Oh I showed them the toothpaste all right,
I flashed it about late at night,
But up-and-down brushin’
And pokin’ and fussin’
Didn’t seem worth the time – I could bite!

If I’d known I was paving the way
To cavities, caps and decay,
The murder of fillin’s,
Injections and drillin’s,
I’d have thrown all me sherbet away.

So I lie in the old dentist’s chair,
And I gaze up his nose in despair,
And his drill it do whine
In these molars of mine.
‘Two amalgam,’ he’ll say, ‘for in there.’

How I laughed at my mother’s false teeth,
As they foamed in the waters beneath.
But now comes the reckonin’
It’s methey are beckonin’

Oh, I wish I’d looked after me teeth.

Pam Ayres

Learn more about National Smile Month…

I was so nervous of the dentist…

real patient reviews of dental practices

Thank you so much to Lina and the team my first visit to you today and as I am a very nervous person you were all very patient and understanding. Excellent service and consideration for your patients will definitely be returning and recommending you 100%.

Ms D.H, Leicester.

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