National Smile Month kicking off next week: some dental data that won’t make us all smile!

Dental data that might not make everyone smile!

Dental data that might not make everyone smile!

The British Dental Health Foundation is kicking off National Smile Month 2013 from May 20 and the campaign organisers have put together some very interesting facts and figures about our nation’s oral health – see above graphic.

According to the Foundation’s guide on the National Smile Month 2013 not everyone looks after their oral health.

In fact, according to their research, one in four people still don’t brush their teeth twice a day while four in ten don’t visit their dentist as regularly
as recommended. This has led to one in 10 adults suffering from tooth decay and a further two in three having visible dental plaque.

Their findings into the UK’s attitudes to oral health further discovered that when it comes to attitudes to oral health care –

• 60 per cent of people aged 65 and over regret not looking after their teeth in earlier life
• 67 per cent of 16-24 year olds worry more about their teeth compared to the same age group five
years ago

When it comes to Work and oral health the research uncovered the following statistics –

• 43 per cent of the UK workforce is allowed to take paid time off work to visit their dentist

• 13 per cent of workers have to take time off without pay to visit their dentist

• Nearly three in every ten people (29 per cent) take holiday or visit the dentist in their own time

• 62 per cent of parentssaid they eithertook unpaid leave or holiday to take their children to the
dentist
• 7 per cent of people say they have had a sick day due to poor oral health in the past five years

• 4 per cent of adults say they have had to take a day off work to look after a child’s tooth problem

The British Dental Health Foundation stated:

“It isn’t all down in the mouth.To coincide with National Smile Month, we’ve seen some great improvements in oral health.
The UK is one of the most likely nations in Europe to visit their dentist for
a check-up – helping to prevent the battle against poor oral health.

“The UK was ranked second(72 per cent), after the Netherlands (79per cent),in a recent survey.

“There’s more good news.Over three fifths of adults in England and Northern Ireland (61per cent and
60 per cent respectively) and over two thirds inWales and Scotland (both 69 per cent) now attend their dentists regularly.
In 1978, the figure was just 44 per cent in England and 39 per cent in Wales.”

If you’re one of the people who doesn’t visit the dentist as often as recommended make the decision to change your oral health maintenance routine – and book an appointment for check-up!
Our team here at our Glasgow dental clinic is hear to help. You can contact us on 0141 339 7579.

*Sources used by the British Dental Health Foundation:
• AdultDentalHealth Survey 1978 and 2009 (England,Wales and Northern Ireland).
• NHSDental Epidemiology Programme for England -Oral Health Survey of 12 year old Children 2008 / 2009.
• NHSDental Epidemiology Programme for England;Oral Health Survey of five year old children, 2007/2008.
• National Dental Survey, British Dental Health Foundation, 2007 & 2010.

Do you have old metal fillings? Ready to go all white?

The topic of white fillings and the question as to whether or not they should be replaces are often raised in our Glasgow dental clinic.

Are you conscious of having old amalgam or silver fillings in your mouth?

Are they a legacy of dentistry done decades ago?

Perhaps you notice when you’re caught on camera laughing or smiling widely and there in the darker recesses of your mouth are the tell-tale signs of fillings of yesteryear!

Today’s techniques and specially produced materials allow dentists to achieve great results that can play a key part in a smile makeover or part of a programme of cosmetic dentistry.

White fillings are a first-class way to return both the colour and shape to teeth.

By using dental composite bonding we can match the shade, translucency and texture of your own teeth. The new materials mean the fillings should be just as effective as the ones being replaced.

The end result far surpasses the old amalgam or silver fillings which can be unsightly and, as we stated earlier, unnatural when you smile.

It is important to have a full consultation and dental examination carried out before embarking on any such treatment.

Should you have any questions about this blog post or if you’d like to find out more information about replacing your old fillings with white ones then please contact us on 0141 339 7579. Our reception team will be happy to help with your enquiry.

Denture makeover patient undergoes transformation at our Glasgow dental clinic

Denture makeover work is one of our areas of restorative dentistry at the clinic…

Dentures are a well used and traditional means of restoring the spaces resulting from tooth loss and come in many forms – they can be full or complete dentures if all teeth are lost, or partial if only some teeth are lost. Dentures are made from a variety of materials including acrylic and chrome. Dentures are relatively quick to produce, but are a removable solution.

Technology and manufacturing techniques have made great advances and the results for a denture patient can be pretty amazing.

The photo montage shown here features a recent denture case we worked on at our Glasgow dental clinic.

The denture makeover in images.

The denture makeover in images.

The male patient who was 71 came to the clinic having worn an upper denture for many years following a football accident.
The existing denture (top left photo) was worn, fractured and not as retentive in function as it once had been.

The patient wished a rejuvenated solution with improved function. The one remaining upper molar was utilised in the design and retention and a new, chrome based upper denture (top right photo) was provided to the specific requirements of the patient in terms of tooth shade and set up.

This patient’s denture makeover was completed and in the lower photo we see him smiling with his new upper denture in situ…

Should you have any questions arising from this blog or you wish to find out more information about the denture work we can offer our patients please feel free to contact us on 0141 339 7579.

Are you sitting comfortably? A look at how surgery chairs have changed over the decades

A look back at how dental clinic chairs looked over the decades.

A look back at how dental clinic chairs looked over the decades.

How many of you can remember when your dentist’s surgery looked like any of the images in the montage above?

We’re grateful to dental equipment supplies company KAVO for delving into their archives and sharing these interesting photographs with us.

Today’s 21st century surgery chair is a very different piece of equipment.

When we planned our new Glasgow dental clinic we aimed to source the very best in equipment and fixtures to ensure our patient experience is the best in terms of comfort and available treatment.

We’ve installed five KAVO chairs which ensure the patient’s experience is the most comfortable and stress-free as well as meeting the stringent hygiene, decontamination and safety standards.

BENEFITS

Here are two photos of our modern day chairs – look what we can pack into a 2 cubic metre space…and see the benefits on offer…

One of our clinic's five KAVO chairs giving patients  the very best in comfort and equipment.

One of our clinic’s five KAVO chairs giving patients the very best in comfort and equipment.

- patient-friendly, comfortable, fully adjustable chair with soft moulding comfort padding for head, back and legs ensuring the patient’s ultimate comfort at all times during the clinic visit.

- fully adjustable headrest for neck support.

- fully adjustable lumbar support.

- non porous, antibacterial, seam-free cover

EASY CLEAN

- fully sealed unit for hygiene and easy clean, smooth surfaces in up stands.

One of the KAVO chairs in our Glasgow dental clinic

Today’s chair is a sophisticated piece of equipment with patient comfort and care at forefront.

- high and low volume aspiration for highly effective spray and saliva removal during treatment

- fully automated internal cleaning and decontamination programme

- heated spittoon/rinsing water

- multiple screens for patient education and demonstration

- integrated digital x ray machine for maximum image detail, speed and minimisation of dosage

If you have any questions about this blog or would like to find out any more information about our clinic please feel free to call us on 0141 339 7579.

Guest blog: Dentist Jillian reveals plans for new course study

Jill Clare, dental implant and cosmetic dentist

Focus on new cosmetic techniques


GUEST BLOG: This month’s blogger is dentist colleague Jillian Clare (pictured above).

Each month one of our team here at the Glasgow dental clinic will be writing a ‘guest blog’ – and giving us an insight into something that’s new in their dental world.

Today dentist colleague Jillian Clare tells us about a new course she’s started to ensure she’s up to date with the latest cosmetic dentistry techniques that can be used in a smile makeover. Here are Jillian’s words –

“In the past, the practice of dentistry was primarily based upon the prevention and the treatment of dental disease.

While this still holds true, and is of vital importance, dentistry is evolving.

The press and media focus on beautiful smiles, over the past decade especially, has seen an enormous demand for the cosmetic improvement of the smile.

An attractive smile can be seen as an important social asset. Surveys have shown that, more than any other feature- the smile is what both men and women find most attractive in other people.


ART AND SCIENCE OF A BEAUTIFUL SMILE

A smile can be enhanced by the most simple of cosmetic treatments, such as professional home whitening, or the changing of a visible, traditional amalgam filling, to a more attractive and natural looking “white filling”; right up to complex full mouth reconstruction following a comprehensive smile design planning process.

I have recently started a nine month course on advanced aesthetic and cosmetic dentistry, in London.

This course aims to teach us “the art and science” of a beautiful smile, and is taught by two highly respected, London based, cosmetic dentists, together with guest speakers from different interlinked specialities.
The structure is largely hands on, together with a sound theory core.

Dentistry has changed so much, even in the 14 years since my graduation from Glasgow dental school.
I have attended many courses within that time, in order to keep up to date with current best practice.

At dental school, we were, of course, taught how to place “white” composite fillings, and how to prepare and bond veneers, but with so many new advancements in materials, techniques and technology, I wanted to ensure that I am able to offer my patients the very best treatment options, both in routine restorative dentistry, and also should they be looking to cosmetically enhance their smile.

SMILE DESIGN

The course starts with several days devoted to the all important planning stages, including smile design, dental photography, and cosmetic imaging.

The cosmetic imaging training, is for me, one of the most exciting aspects of this course, as it allows modification of an onscreen picture of a patients own teeth, to show the cosmetic dentistry enhancement possibilities.

Changes in the length and width of teeth, straightening, whitening, closure of gaps, the lifting of the gum to reduce a gummy smile appearance, and many more cosmetic dental options, can all be visualised in the image of the patients own mouth, and this simulation can then be compared next to the patients existing smile picture.

Essentially, this will allow patients to visualise all possibilities, and be involved in any modification, to achieve the smile that they desire, prior to a decision being made on the progression of treatment.
I am hoping to be able to offer cosmetic imaging to patients in the clinic as soon as possible after appropriate training.

In future blogs I will discuss in greater detail treatment options that are available to enhance the smile.”

We’re grateful to Jillian for her blog input. If you have any questions arising from the blog please feel free to contact the clinic on 0141 339 7579.

Mouth cancer awareness campaign: meeting with charity at Glasgow dental clinic

Meeting between Michael Walton, Liz Grant and Philip Friel at our Glasgow clinic

Michael Walton, Liz Grant and Philip Friel at clinic meeting

We told you last week we’ve launched a campaign to raise awareness of the signs and risk factors of mouth cancer.

We’ll be blogging about the topic in the months to come and on Friday we met up with two members of the Ben Walton Trust – a charity set up in memory of a young student, Ben Walton, who at the age of just 22 lost his fight with mouth cancer in December, 1995.

We met Michael Walton, Ben’s father, and fellow charity representative Liz Grant at our dental clinic in Glasgow.

The charity has the following aims…

• to give funding to King’s College Dental School, London, and other institutions, for research into mouth cancer in the under 45s
• to distribute information and advise individuals and organisations on mouth cancer, without charge
• to collaborate with the media to increase public awareness
• to work with health professionals to encourage sharing of best
practice
• and to givs emotional and financial support to vulnerable patients

The aim of our meeting with Michael and Liz was to share our year long schedule of activities and messaging and brainstorm some ideas. We’re delighted that we’ll be working with their team too on a couple of initiatives that are coming up in the months ahead.

Should you wish to donate to this worthwhile charity you can do so via their online donation page here.

If you have any concerns about the potential warning signs or issues relating to mouth cancer our team here is happy to discuss them with you.

You may find our launch blog which outlines the potential warning signs and also the traditional causes of mouth cancer helpful to read. You can find it by clicking here.

The best ‘tools for the job’ at our Glasgow dental clinic

The newest and best equipment is very important for today’s clinic and we spent a lot of time researching the pieces we need to deliver the best in patient care and treatment.

That research took me all over the world – literally visiting clinics and suppliers personally – or surfing dozens of dental related websites to source the best for our purposes.

Each of our five state of the art surgeries is equipped with some of the most up to date equipment and technology that’s available in the world of dentistry.

Dental magazine Dentistry Scotland’s new issue carried a feature highlighting some of the key items they’ve labelled as the equipment we ‘couldn’t live without’!

‘BEST EQUIPMENT’

It gives you some insight into how important we view the need to have the best equipment on hand to deliver the best experience possible for our patients.

Should you have any questions about this blog, please don’t hesitate to contact us here at the Glasgow dental clinic.

A spotlight on some of the equipment we have in our surgeries and clinic.

A spotlight on some of the equipment we have in our surgeries and clinic.

Charity project underway: first young patients arrive for dental consultation

Glasgow dental clinic in pledge to help group of young people

Our pledge to help

From time to time we focus on some charity work to help those people less fortunate in life – often through no fault of their own.

Last month we announced a collaborative project with the excellent team from Action for Children, a Glasgow based charity, which helps support young people in need.

The dental clinic team will look after the dental health of four of the charity’s young men and women who are given help and support in their lives for a variety of reasons.

As you’ll see from above we gave details of our pledge to support this worthwhile cause at a fundraising lunch organised by the Women of Influence organisation which is chaired by clinic friend and patient Jo Mickel. We’ve worked with Jo and her team on the Women of Influence committee for several years now.

The idea for this joint project came through a brainstorming session to discuss how the clinic could further support Action for Children in the year ahead.
SMILE MAKEOVER

LAst week the first of those young people identified by the charity as potentially requiring our professional help visited us at the clinic and it was a pleasure to welcome them.

Whether the young people require ongoing dental maintenance, hygienist appointments or some more advanced treatment or care to achieve a smile makeover, we’ll be on hand to do the necessary.

By committing to this project, we as a clinic want to help the charity organisers make a big difference to the lives of these young people.

Without question a great, confident smile can go a long way in helping cement professional as well as personal relationships – and the lack of good dental function or aesthetic appearance can reduce a person’s self-esteem and confidence.

We’ll keep you posted on the progress of this exciting project.

Should you require more information about the Action for Children charity in Scotland please click here.

Be aware of the potential warning signs of mouth cancer: our new campaign launches

We’re launching a campaign to raise awareness of the risks of mouth cancer in the year ahead.

Mouth or oral cancer is not the most commonly discussed cancer although globally experts have identified it as having a rapid rise in cases over a ten year period.

In the UK there are about 6200 new cases each year – with around 700 of them in Scotland.

In Britain, more people die annually from mouth cancer than are killed in road traffic accidents (2010)*.

EARLY DETECTION

Early detection is possible through regular oral check-ups – and, as with most cancers, the sooner mouth cancer is diagnosed the better the chance of successful treatment.

All dentists are trained in the detection of mouth cancer – and look for any signs during regular check-up appointments with our patients.

We also have access to the Velscope – an innovative, hand-held device that provides dentists and hygienists with an easy-to-integrate examination system for the early detection of a wide variety of oral diseases, including pre-cancer and cancer.

Potential live saving tools such as Velscope, provide valuable assistance during examinations of the soft tissue in the mouth.

It is a simple and highly effective adjunct to our normal examination and can detect very early signs of oral cancers and abnormalities that may otherwise remain unnoticed. As clinicians, it is our duty of care to offer patients the most advanced treatments available.

During our campaign we will be working with the Scottish-based charity – The Ben Walton Trust. The Trust was set up in 1996 to commemorate the life of Ben Walton who was a university student when he lost a year-long battle with mouth cancer.

We are meeting the charity’s Michael Walton later today and will share more information about this charity following our meeting.

WARNING SIGNS

So what are the potential warning signs of mouth cancer?

• Lumps in the mouth that increase in
• Mouth ulcers that do not heal after two weeks
• Red, white or mixed patches in the mouth
• Persistent soreness in the mouth.

Please do bear in mind that most mouth conditions are not cancerous – but if you do have any concerns about any of the above you should contact your dentist or doctor as soon as possible.

MAIN ISSUES

Mouth cancer can be caused by a number of issues and the main ones are listed here…

• regular high alcohol consumption.
• smoking.
• poor diet
• poor oral hygiene.

The combination of the first two factors considerable heightens the risk.

What is interesting is that among patients under the age of 45, these traditional causes do not always seem to apply.

In the weeks and months ahead we’ll be sharing with you more information about mouth cancer and highlighting the work we, as dentists, do in its detection.

Should you have any questions about any of the above information, please don’t hesitate to contact us at the Glasgow dental clinic. Contact can be made via the website or by phoning the main clinic number on 0141 339 7579.

*information from the Ben Walton Trust www.benwaltontrust.org<

Denture patient at our Glasgow dental clinic labels his result “perfect”

Sports trauma and injury can compromise a person’s smile as well as his or her dental function.

 

Over a course of a year we’ll see several people who’ve suffered tooth or teeth loss as a result of a sports related incident.

 

Recently we saw a 68-year-old male patient who had lost three teeth when he was a teenager after clashing with a goalkeeper during a football match.

 

His decision to come to our Glasgow dental clinic was fuelled by his need to find a replacement for his partial upper denture.

 

RESEARCH

The patient carried out some research before selecting our clinic and we’re delighted to receive a great testimonial from him about his experience with us.

 

Appreciated the line in his testimonial that we made sure ‘to the last detail that my denture was perfect”.

 

We’re always very pleased when a patient finds the time to send us feedback about the experience they’ve had at our clinic.

See the photograph for more information about this patient’s experience.

 

Should you require any additional information about dentures please click here.

Denture patient at Glasgow dental clinic

Denture patient delivers his verdict