Monthly Archives: October 2018

Absolutely loving my new smile…

Absolutely loving my new smile …… thanks to Nik and the team. It was great to see my holiday photos this year and not be embarrassed by my smile. Nik assured me he could get my teeth straight and white and he never failed to deliver.

Thank you to Nik and the lovely, friendly staff at Smile Essential. I would recommend you to anybody. First class service

Mrs J.S, Leicester.

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Help your kids teeth survive this Halloween with these 5 tips…

Halloween is just around the corner, and many people will be heading out this weekend for Haloween fun, parties and sweets! Halloween is likely to be the one time of year we let our children have easier access to all kinds of sweets than we wouldn’t at any other time of year. But have no fear Smile Essential is here with 5 handy tips to help your little monsters happy and mouth healthy this Halloween.

1) Have dinner before you go trick or treating or to a party. Ensuring the kids are full will hopefully limit how many sweet treats they munch!

2) Ensure good brushing in the build-up to Halloween. They should know that they can only have treats if they have brushed well enough. On the day that they eat sweet treats ensure they have cleaned 2-3 times, thoroughly for 2 minutes especially before bed.

3) Get rid of the loot as quickly as you can! However, you can manage it try and get rid of those sweets as quickly as possible! The more often your child snacks on these the more chance they stand of causing tooth decay. You don’t want your kids to be snacking on sweets and candy for the next week! If you can try and avoid any particularly bad treats – chewy and sticky sweets really stick to the teeth and in between gaps. This can cause a lot to teeth.

4) Drink water. Just because they are having sweets doesn’t mean this has to include sweet or fizzy drinks. In fact, this should be a rule that if they have sweets they will only be drinking water. This will help to minimise any damage. Encourage them to sip frequently and always have a good drink of water once they’ve finished eating.

5) Throw in some kinder to teeth treats. If your kids are old enough then maybe have some sugar free gum. This is great for helping to minimise damage. It also works well to add this in at the end of them scoffing as the last thing they eat from their collection.

Have fun stay safe and clean well! Check out how you can help keep your children’s teeth healthy…

Smile Essential Wear It Pink…

We will be wearing it pink in October. Will you support us? On Friday 19th October we at Smile Essential will be wearing pink, all to support Breast Cancer Now and raise money to support life-saving research.

Why? Because breast cancer is still here. It’s still tearing apart the lives of families and it’s still taking the lives of the women we love on a heartbreaking scale.

Signs and Symptoms of Breast Cancer

Everyone’s breasts are different, and your breasts can change with age and at different times of the month. It’s important to get to know how your breasts normally look and feel so it will be easier to spot if there are any unusual changes for you.

If you do spot any unusual changes to your breasts you should get them checked out by your doctor.

Breast Cancer Now’s Research

If we are to meet our ambition that by 2050, everyone who develops breast cancer will live, then we need to make sure we fund the most impactful research.

Our research is focused on four key areas – risk and prevention, early detection and diagnosis, treatment and secondary breast cancer. We believe this approach to research will allow us to achieve our ambition and stop breast cancer taking lives.

You can help us at Smile Essential raise funds by buying our raffle tickets.

Gentle dentists…


I have been to numerous dental practices before coming here, I always felt very very anxious and nervous. Everyone at Smile Essential does their utmost to put you at ease and nothing is too much trouble for them. The dentists and team are so brilliant and they take the time to explain everything before and during the visit.

They are so gentle and you don’t experience even on the initial injection. Also, there is no feeling that you have been to the dentist the day afterwards or even later after the appointment.

I would recommend this dentist and everyone that works there.

Mrs S.Y, Leicester.

Find out more about what to expect at your first dental appointment…

7 Oral health symptoms you really shouldn’t ignore…

1) Toothache
Okay, this one is pretty obvious yet it’s surprising just how many people do try to ignore a toothache. Unfortunately, teeth cannot repair themselves so if you are experiencing toothache even if it then goes away you should get it checked out by a dentist immediately.

2) Sensitive Teeth
Tooth sensitivity can be caused by many things. Commonly people suffer from cold sensitivity but you can also have sensitivity from hot and sweet things. The cause of sensitivity needs to be investigated by a dental professional. Common causes of tooth sensitivity are tooth decay, fractured teeth, worn fillings, gum disease, worn tooth enamel or gum recession. Knowing the cause of your tooth sensitivity will help to either address the problem or prevent the sensitivity from worsening.

3) Bleeding or Sore Gums
Bleeding or sore gums can be a sign of gingivitis, an early and reversible stage of gum disease. Left untreated gum disease will cause inflammation of the gums and eventually lead to teeth becoming loose which is not treatable and the tooth will have to be removed. If your gums bleed regularly you should make a dental appointment.

4) Mouth Ulcers
Some people suffer from frequent mouth ulcers and if this is you should seek an appointment with your dentist or GP to check there isn’t an underlying cause. If you have a mouth ulcer that lasts two weeks or longer it’s very important to seek dental advice urgently.

5) Jaw Ache
Jaw ache is mainly caused by teeth grinding known as Bruxism. Almost 65% of people who grind their teeth is due to stress and anxiety, so treating the underlying cause is crucial. Feeling stressed or anxious tends to make us clench our teeth, which results in unnecessary tooth grinding.
Continually grinding your teeth can cause your teeth to wear down and jaw joint problems. There are treatments available to help with the symptoms of teeth grinding your dentist can help to discuss the options available to you.

6) Bad breath
Bad breath not only makes you self-conscious when speaking it could also be a sign that something isn’t right. Persistent bad breath can be one of the warning signs of gum disease or tooth decay. Other causes of bad breath could be caused by what you have eaten, not cleaning your mouth, dry mouth, smoking or other medical conditions. Your dentist can determine the cause of your bad breath and treatment.

7) Broken Teeth
Broken teeth if left untreated can start to cause incredible pain and create bigger problems if left. Teeth can break for a number of reasons from tooth decay to biting something too hard on a heavily restored or weak tooth.

One of the best ways to prevent dental problems from occurring is by brushing twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and flossing daily. In addition to this regular dental health checks will ensure any problems are spotted early. Our Leicester dentists are focused on preventative care and when potential problems are spotted early then we can avoid more extensive dental work and help you to keep your mouth healthy and teeth for life.

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