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Top dentist…

Patients testimonial of our Leicester dentist

I’ve been coming to Smile Essential dental practice for about 5 years. I find their care and service outstanding.

Fortunately, I have only had a couple of fillings. These were done with great care and whilst it wasn’t a particularly pleasurable experience it was certainly pain-free and straightforward.

I would recommend this dental practice.

Mr T.L, Leicester.

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Do your teeth look a little see through?

What causes translucent teeth

Have you ever noticed that your teeth may appear a little translucent? Now they may have always been that way and it’s just a part of how you are genetically made. However, if you have noticed they are becoming more see-through (translucent) then it could suggest enamel erosion.

To grasp why teeth become more translucent it’s important to understand the basic anatomy of a tooth’s structure. Teeth mainly consist of dentine and the dentine is covered in a thin layer of enamel. Enamel is the hard white, shiny layer that you brush.

The enamel is the thinnest layer, it is quite translucent and unlike the rest of your body, it cannot repair itself. This poses a problem when through our daily habits we can cause unknown damage.

Enamel erosion happens when acids wear away the enamel on teeth, making them thinner and more translucent.

The following can cause enamel erosion –

  • Excessive soft drink consumption – due to their high levels of phosphoric and citric acids
  • Fruit drinks – some acids in fruit drinks are more erosive than battery acid!
  • Eating disorders such as Bulimia
  • Dry mouth called Xerostomia
  • High sugar diets
  • Environmental factors such as grinding, friction, wear and tear, and corrosion.
  • Acid reflux
  • Gastrointestinal problems
  • Medications such as aspirin and antihistamines
  • Inherited genetics conditions

Now it’s important to remember that we will all see a little enamel erosion as we age, due to the general wear and tear of everyday life. However, if you are concerned about how translucent your teeth are becoming it’s important to seek the advice of a dental professional.

There are quite a few things you can do to prevent enamel erosion –

  • Eliminate highly acidic drinks from your diet. Anything carbonated such as coke, lemonade and citrus juices. If you do have an acidic drink you can reduce the damage it causes by consuming at meal times only. drinking with a straw and rinsing with water afterwards.
  • Frequent snacking throughout the day not only increases the chance of enamel erosion but also of tooth decay. The mouth is acidic for a couple of hours following consumption of high sugar foods.
  • If you notice that your mouth is dry then be sure to sip on water throughout the day to avoid your mouth becoming dry.
  • This one is easy to do – chew sugar-free gum between meals. Chewing boosts saliva production and help to bring the mouths acidity back down to a normal level. Try to select sugar-free gum with xylitol. Xylitol can help to strengthen the teeth and prevent problems
  • Use fluoride toothpaste. Fluoride strengthens teeth, so make sure fluoride is listed as an ingredient in your toothpaste.

If you’re at all concerned then book a visit to see your local dentist

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We just love this dental clinic…

Leicester dentist Niket Patel

What can I say about Smile Essential, they have completely changed the way I feel about dentists. I have had awful experiences over the years with dentists not listening to me, rude receptionists and being rushed in and out.

Smile Essential couldn’t be any better. My dentist Nik listens to me, explains what needs doing and I feel confident for the first time probably ever I am getting good treatment and care.

The team are really friendly and helpful. Adele always makes me a cup of tea as I normally arrive early due to my bus.

Would recommend to everyone in Leicester that needs a great dentist!

Miss P.R, Leicester.

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Getting to know our Natasha…

Leicester dental team member

Meet Natasha our decontamination assistant at Smile Essential Dental Practice in Leicester. Natasha joined the Smile Essential dental team in May 2016.

She is a lovely, warm and helpful team member who has made herself part of the Smile Essential family. We love that she so keen and enthusiastic about her role at the dental clinic.

Tell us a bit about yourself? I’m quite new to the dental team. I am a graduate in Forensic Science. In my spare time, I enjoy spending quality time with my friends and family, going out for meals and watching movies.

Your role at the dental practice? Decontamination Assistant.

Your favourite part? That I have a variety of roles to carry out.

Your least favourite part? Standing! Sometimes I’m standing for long hours.

What do you like about being part of the Smile Essential team? That they were so friendly and welcoming when I joined. They are all nice people.

When you were little what did you dream of doing when you grew up? I wanted to be a primary school teacher.

Favourite film? I can’t decide one! Mean Girls and The Notebook.

Favourite TV programme? Eastenders

How important do you think a good smile is? Very important. A good smile can improve your confidence and make you feel good about yourself.

Why is good dental health important? It’s important to have a healthy mouth to prevent problems such as gum disease.

How important are regular dental visits? It’s very important to identify problems early so they can be either prevented or treated.

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The most amazing calming and caring dentist you will ever find…

Leicester dental practice

Myself and my husband cannot say enough great things about Smile Essential on Narborough Road Leicester. All the staff without exception are fantastic. Nothing is too much trouble and they all make you feel welcome and more importantly relaxed.

Our dentist Shrik is the most amazing calming and caring dentist you will ever find. His skill is of the highest quality and his ability to reassure us is wonderful. So good for nervous patients…. we are not nervous now. Don’t even give it a second thought go to this dentist and they will look after

Mrs S.R, Leicester.

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7 Things you absolutely need to know about mouth cancer…

mouth cancer action month

This month is Mouth Cancer Action Month and we want to help create awareness of this particular type of cancer. Screening for mouth cancer or as we often refer to it oral cancer, is part of each dental check that you have. In fact, your dentist may notice something before you do. Mouth cancer screening is one of the many reasons why attending regular dental health checks are so important.

Here are 7 things you absolutely need to know about mouth cancer –

• Cases of mouth cancer are on the increase! Experts expect incidences of mouth cancer to increase to continue to increase.

• Cancer of the tongue and oral cavity are the most common forms of mouth cancer, followed then by the throat.  Lip, neck and other mouth cancers make up the rest of cases.

• Mouth cancer in most cases is linked to lifestyle choices. Smoking is one of the main causes of mouth cancer however, alcohol consumption is now a known contributor. Also on the lifestyle list is diet –eat your veggies.

• People being affected by mouth cancer are getting younger. It used to be rare for a person younger than 65 -70 to have mouth cancer. But because of our current lifestyle people are getting diagnosed younger and younger.

• The human papillomavirus (HPV) is estimated to overtake smoking as the number one cause of mouth cancers in the future.

• Mouth cancer kills more people each year than cervical and testicular cancer combined.

• Early detection of mouth cancer results in a survival outcome of 90%. However, delayed diagnosis means survival rates drop to around 50%.

If you would like more information on mouth cancer then you might like to read this …

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