Monthly Archives: May 2018

The cleanest teeth you’ll ever have…

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That dentist feeling of clean is now even better! Thanks to a new development in dental technology your regular dental hygiene appointment just got upgraded! Say hello to the innovative AirFlow Polisher. The AirFlow Polisher is an electrical machine that cleans and polishes the teeth with a mixture of water, pressured air and fine powder particles.

This method of stain removal at our Leicester dental practice is far superior to traditional polishing methods. A powerful jet of water, air and fine powder polishes all the surfaces of a tooth, removing plaque, discolouration and soft deposits, it reaches into the difficult to clean interproximal (in-between) areas which tend to attract more plaque and staining. The result of using the AirFlow polisher to remove excess staining helps teeth to looks shades whiter and ultimately make the whole mouth feel much healthier.

At Smile Essential dental practice we use a dual approach with this cleaning method. Firstly, removing the hardened calculus deposits with hand instruments and then ultrasonic scalers, then we polish teeth your teeth the traditional way using a brush and polish; finally, the grand finale – the AirFlow polisher. The AirFlow polisher and its microparticles help to lift any remaining plaque and staining.

The AirFlow polisher is not only efficient at removing stubborn staining but it’s also superb at removing the damaging biofilm that sits around the teeth and gums. Biofilm develops when dental plaque is colonised by bacteria and over time this can lead to gum disease. Breaking that biofilm is the finishing touch in our most advanced cleaning system.

The AirFlow polishing system is more comfortable than traditional methods of stain removal. If you suffer like so many of our patients with sensitivity especially whilst cleaning then you’ll love the air flow polisher. The polisher doesn’t have direct contact with the teeth, so it doesn’t make a squeaky noise nor does it vibrate. In fact, the experience is quite pleasant. The air polishing powders come in a variety of flavours, our favourites are lemon and spearmint.

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It’s National Smile Month…

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 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 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 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.

If you are concerned about your dental health then drop our friendly team an email here…

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Is flossing really essential…

Despite ongoing press attention that there isn’t any evidence, that flossing significantly improves gum health, we strongly advise you to continue to floss! One of the key points in the media is that there is no evidence. This is because there haven’t been any significant studies!

However, we in the dental profession witness on a daily basis the difference flossing or any form of interdental cleaning in a person’s oral health.

Proper flossing removes plaque and food particles in places where a toothbrush cannot easily reach like under the gum line and in-between your teeth. Not flossing is thought to be the equivalent of not brushing your teeth for 2 full days a week! It’s important because plaque buildup can lead to tooth decay and gum disease, daily flossing or interdental cleaning is highly recommended if you want to keep your teeth for the rest of your life.

How to floss?

Starting with about half a metre of floss, wind most of the floss around each middle finger, leaving about 3-4cm to work with Holding the floss tautly between your thumbs and index fingers, slide it gently up-and-down between your teeth Gently curve the floss around the base of each tooth making a C shape, making sure you go beneath the gum line. Never force the floss, as this may cut or bruise delicate gum tissue, after each tooth roll the dirty floss on to the finger and move on to the next tooth using a clean section of floss. Continue to do this as you move from tooth to tooth until you have done all of the teeth. It’s quite likely that your gums may bleed during the early stages of flossing. Don’t let this deter you! This is a sign that you should definitely floss and any bleeding should resolve after 3-4 days.

If you find flossing too fiddly or suffer a medical condition such as Parkinson’s or arthritis you may find flossing just too tricky. However, this shouldn’t deter you from seeking alternative ways to clean in between your teeth.

There are many alternatives to flossing such as interdental brushes such as Tepes, floss sticks and AirFloss. It’s always best to seek tailored advice on your oral health from a dental professional.

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Amazing Leicester Dental Practice…

Found this amazing practice upon good recommendation from other people. Staff are super friendly and helpful. The appointment system is so efficient. Always notified me straight away when a sooner appointment became available. Didn’t get ripped off for my cosmetic dental treatment like other practices were offering.

Would definitely come here again for all my dental needs as the dentist I saw provided me amazing care, treatment and advice.

Mr F.I, Leicester.

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