Monthly Archives: August 2018

Dental Phobia Certified Leicester Clinic…

Dr Niket Patel and the Smile Essential Dental team are delighted to have been awarded Dental Phobia certification for another year.

You may be wondering what it means to be a dental phobia certified dentist? It means that we have dedicated treatments and services especially to help people who have a phobia of coming to the dentist. It also means that we have had to put forward testimonials from patients that we have helped overcome their dental phobia.

Here at Smile Essential Dental Practice in Leicester, we have helped hundreds of people with varying degrees of dental anxiety. Every patient that walks through our doors is unique and so is their fear of visiting a dental clinic. That’s why our first step is always a friendly open and honest chat. We listen to your fears and any specific reasons that make you feel nervous about your dental appointment. We have heard so many different fears including – the dental chair, a bad experience in the past, the school dentist, fear of injections, feelings of helplessness, the sound of metal, the feel of cotton wool and even the fish on the TV.

We have also invested in The Wand which is a digital method of delivering anaesthetic which prevents the pain associated with traditional injections. It ensures anaesthesia is delivered in a pain-free manner.

Find out more about visiting our dental practice as a nervous patient…

Such an understanding dentist…


I think the service provided to me at Smile Essential Leicester, was fantastic! All the members of staff are very friendly. I found them to be especially welcoming, which was such a huge help at making a very nervous patient such as my self-feel at ease. The dentist was so understanding towards my needs.

Miss S.C,  Narborough, Leicester.

Learn more about our 10-point dental health check…

Preparing your child for their first dental check-up

Many parents may think that there is no need to take their child to the dentist until they start school. However, this is not the case and dental care should start long before this. Our Leicester dentists advise parents to take their child for their first check-up by the age of twelve months.

Preparing for a check-up

A little preparation can make a huge difference to your child when going to the dentist. Try to promote going to the dentist as a fun thing to do and do not let your child detect that you are nervous or anxious about seeing the dentist. Try to be very positive when talking to your child even if you, as a parent, suffer from dental anxiety; your child will notice if you seem tense or anxious and this will affect them.

Talk your child through what is going to happen when they go to the dentist; it is also helpful to read stories about going to the dentist with your child. If your child is a little emotional and tense, sit with them and reassure them constantly. You will find that your dentist and the staff at the dental practice will make every effort to interact with your child and make their experience a positive one.

Oral health for children

It is really beneficial to introduce your child to their dentist early on and making sure you see a dentist that you feel confident in. Taking them for regular check-ups will get them used to going to the dentists and this will help to prevent them from suffering from dental anxiety when they are older, as well as reducing the risk of them developing oral health problems.

Try to encourage your child to adopt a healthy attitude towards oral health from an early age; encourage them to get involved in oral hygiene, set a good example for them to follow and keep an eye on what they eat and drink. Talk to your child about healthy eating and the effects of drinking and eating sugary foods and drinks on the teeth. We at Smile Essential Dental Practice in Leicester are fortunate enough to have oral health educators at the practice who are always happy to help.

If you are having trouble persuading your child to clean their teeth, try to make teeth cleaning fun by making up games, setting challenges and buying oral hygiene products which are specially designed for children. Many toothbrushes are decorated with bright colours and pictures of popular cartoon and film characters which are more attractive for children.

Find out more about children’s dental care…

Friendly Leicester Dentist…

I am very pleased with the treatment and work carried out. I would recommend them to anybody. All the team are very friendly and everyone makes you feel very comfortable, I was a very nervous patient, to begin with, and now I don’t feel worried at all. You receive a tailor-made service and feel that your views are listened to.

Mrs J.H, Sileby, Leicester.

Find out more about why you should choose us as your dental practice…

Finally boys are being protected too…

Dentists, as well as many other medical professionals, have been campaigning for the Government to give boys aged between 12 and 13 in England the vaccine against the human papilloma virus (HPV). HPV causes around 2500 cases of cancer in males every year in the UK, including the mouth, throat, anal, and penile cancers.

We are pleased to report that the UK Government’s scientific advisors have finally listened, and have recommended expansion of Human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccination programme to cover school-age boys.

More than 30 people in Britain are diagnosed with oral cancers every day, with incidence rates increasing by 23% over the last decade. It is one of the fastest rising types of cancer and has a higher incidence among men.

This vaccine has been around for about a decade and has been routinely given to girls to reduce various types of genital cancer – predominantly cervical. Figures from Public Health England show that the rate of Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) in women aged between 16 to 21 who were vaccinated between 2010 and 2016 has fallen by 86 per cent. The same types of HPV that infect the genital areas can infect the mouth and throat.

Most unvaccinated people will be infected with some type of HPV at some time in their life. In most cases, the virus does not do any harm because their immune system clears the infection. But in some cases, the infection stays in the body for many years and then, for no apparent reason, it may start to cause damage.

What is HPV?

HPV is the name given to a very common group of viruses. There are many types of HPV, some of which are called “high risk” because they’re linked to the development of cancers. Other types can cause conditions like warts or verrucas. HPV infections do not usually cause any symptoms, and most people will not know they’re infected.

The leading cause of oropharyngeal cancer is from HPV, a very small number of oral cavity cancers also occur from HPV. The HPV family contains almost 200 strains, and it is one of the most common viruses. It is important to understand that of all these, only nine are associated with cancers. Of the nine that are high risk, only one is strongly associated with oropharyngeal cancer, HPV16.

How does the HPV vaccine work?

Currently, the national NHS HPV vaccination programme uses a vaccine called Gardasil.

Gardasil protects against 4 types of HPV: 6, 11, 16 and 18. Between them, types 16 and 18 are the cause of most cervical cancers in the UK (more than 70%).

HPV types 6 and 11 cause nearly all cases of genital warts (90%), so using Gardasil helps protect against some form of cancers and genital warts.

It’s important to understand that the HPV vaccination does not protect against other sexually transmitted infections.

Further reading can be found: 

Government News

The Guardian -Teenage boys to be vaccinated against cancer-causing HPV 

The Telegraph – HPV vaccine has almost wiped out infections in young women, figures show

NHS – HPV vaccine information

National Fresh Breath Day…

August 6 is the annual celebration of Fresh Breath Day dedicated to commemorating oral hygiene and its importance. Our Leicester dentists understand the importance of not just oral hygiene but of celebrating this day and using it to enhance and improve your oral hygiene as you would other important parts of your health.

Fresh Breath day is a great opportunity every year to celebrate and remember your oral health, taking care of your teeth, maintaining fresh breath and great dental and oral hygiene.

Bacteria can be found in the mouth and contribute to bad oral hygiene so you need to understand this, know how to combat it and make the best of your oral hygiene. Leicester dentists advise using this day to store up on the important dental products most people forget about. This is a big change this day can make for you.

There are 3 main reasons why people suffer from bad breath. First of all, it can just come down to what you eat garlic, onions and coffee are all known to cause a stench. Then there’s dental hygiene. Many people think that brushing their teeth twice a day is enough to keep bad breath at bay, but they’re wrong. Over a third of your tooth surfaces are in between the teeth so if you’re not flossing then you are leaving behind plaque and food which is going to breed bacteria and cause a pong. Lastly, bad breath can be caused by an underlying medical cause for that, such as throat, nose or lung infections and sinusitis, bronchitis or diabetes.

You can be fresh breath confident by doing the following:

• Visit your dentist and hygienist regularly. They can carry out any hygiene work that’s’ required or look at an underlying problem.

• Eat a healthy balanced diet, including lots of veggies as it helps to promote a more alkaline environment, so the bad-breath-causing acid in your body balances out.

• Stay hydrated. Drinking water throughout the day will help your mouths own cleansing abilities to avoid your breath turning stagnant and saliva sticky.

• Brush, floss and clean your tongue every single day. Remove as much plaque build-up and food debris as possible from all areas of your mouth, not just the teeth surfaces reached with a toothbrush.

• Chew sugarless gum or mints which contain xylitol. Chewing gum increases salivary flow and helps remove some bacteria and staining, but you want to make it’s sugar-free so you’re not feeding the bacteria in your mouth and contributing to bad breath. Opt for a brand that contains the sweetener xylitol, which is antibacterial. It helps fight cavities and bacteria while improving the health of your teeth and gums.

• Do not smoke. Smoking not only dries out your mouth and body tissues, the nicotine actually squeezes the blood vessels so you’re not getting healthy saliva flow. This combo is what disrupts your mouth’s normal functioning process and leads to bad breath.

Are you worried about bad breath? Call us now on 0116 2891317 for expert guidance and information.

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