Media spotlight on ‘cheesy’ cure for sensitive teeth

From time to time on our blog we spotlight some of the media stories from all over the world that are focusing on teeth and dental issues.

Many of the stories relate to research – some of which may not be 100% conclusive and some often in its early stages.

Yesterday the focus was on sensitive teeth issues and a study being carried out in a Taiwanese medical university.

If you have issues with sensitive teeth, consult your dentist.

If you have issues with sensitive teeth, consult your dentist.

CLAIMS OF REDUCTION IN SENSITIVITY

The medics have been working on creating a toothpaste containing an ingredient that’s found naturally in cheese and meat which they claim may reduce – by almost 80% according to the reports – the incidence of teeth sensitivity.

This ingredient is called arginine and the researchers used a study group of 43 patients. They found that the paste reduced sensitivity by 61% in the first four weeks and 78.1% after using daily for eight weeks.

The team from the Chung Shan Medical University – states the Daily Mail – point out that arginine can play a role in wound healing and is found in dairy product, fish and meat.

GUM RECEDES

Tooth sensitivity can occur for a number of reasons but particularly if the gum recedes and exposes a sensitive later called dentine. The arginine is believed to reduce the sensitivity by helping to form a protective later over the dentine.

Should you have any issues with teeth sensitivity it is always worth having a dental check-up to ascertain the reason.

If you have any questions about this blog post or would like to find out more about all our services and treatments please call our clinic on 0141 339 7579.

Cuppas combat cavities? New research reports on tea benefits

From time to time the humble cuppa is credited with assisting a myriad health issues.

Tea – in various guises of green, mint and the normal brew – has been credited in medical and media reports to help cases of Parkinson’s Disease, high blood pressure and indigestion as well as to reduce certain cancer risks.

Now the latest reports claim that at least three cups a day can help keep your teeth in good condition and cut the risk of decay.

photo showing a simple cuppa

The humble cuppa…at centre of new research

Black tea – according to the report in the Daily Mail at the weekend – can help to combat two particular types of bacteria – Streptococcus mutans and Lactobacillus – associated with tooth decay and gum disease.

FIGHT DECAY

Dr Carrie Ruxton who has written about her findings in the British Nutrition Foundation’s “Nutrition Bulletin” headed up this new study and believes that the most effective tea dose was 3-4 cups per day.

The research scientists reported that black tea continued to fight decay, even when some sugar had been added to it.

Green tea – long associated with having health benefits – also appeared to have a similar effect – but in addition helped prevent cases of bad breath by effectively neutralising the sulphur compounds that contribute to the condition.

Dr Ruxton believes that there is good evidence that tea drinking protects against tooth loss and is quoted as saying: “Evidence specific to black tea suggests that three to four cups a day could help to reduce levels of bacteria in the mouth,
‘I’m sure this news is set to be welcomed by dentists and hygienists alike as as they continue to educate the nation on the need for greater oral care.’

Tea contains antioxidant ingredients called flavonoids and catechins, tannin-type substances, that have an anti microbial effect.

The new report also looks at how green tea could help weight loss, increases energy expenditure and burning up more body fat.

REDUCING RISK OF DENTAL CARIES

As you can imagine the Tea Advisory Panel, set up by the industry, was positive in its welcome for this latest research.

Their spokesman Dr Tim Bond was quoted in reports saying: “A relatively little known benefit of tea until recently has been its potential for reducing the risk of dental caries.

‘This benefit is thought to be due to a reduction in inflammation in the oral cavity and prevention of the adhesion and growth of bacteria linked to periodontal disease.”

Our dental hygiene team here at our Glasgow dental clinic can provide you with information about foods and drinks that may cause some additional risk of dental decay. We can also give advice on maintaining good dental hygiene which in turn can help minimise the incidence of bad breath.

If you have any questions about this post or would like to find out more information about the dental services and treatments we can offer patients please call our Glasgow dental clinic reception team on 0141 339 7579.

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What’s in a name? The story behind our Glasgow dental clinic

Exterior of the Philip Friel Advanced Dentistry Clinic which offers bespoke general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry and life enhancing dental implants

Exterior shot of our clinic – with our name displayed.

We’re often asked about our Glasgow dental clinic’s name – Philip Friel Advanced Dentistry at Hyndland Dental Clinic – and why we selected that name to be proudly displayed on our premises here in the West End of Glasgow.

As the founder of the clinic I was more than happy to have my name ‘above the door’ but I also wanted a clinic title that sums up exactly what we offer in terms of treatments and services for our patients.

The title’s key word is “advanced” which, in our view, covers a myriad aspects of our patient care package…

Here are just three advanced aspects that we feel sum up exactly what we’re about –

Advanced care – this is key to everything we do at the clinic. From the moment our reception team receive your initial call or welcome you for the first visit patient care is our number one priority. Our dental care professionals are well qualified and experienced in their fields to deliver the right treatment plans for each patient, whether it’s for bespoke general dentistry, maintenance and hygiene services to more complex services such as cosmetic dentistry, restorative dentistry, specialist orthodontic work or dental implant surgery which is one of our Glasgow clinic’s particular focuses.

Advanced technology – when we were setting up our clinic we scoured the world for the best in cutting-edge equipment to ensure that with our professional skills we were able to offer the patients 21st century advanced treatment. We continue to upgrade/renew our equipment and technology and are constantly researching the latest advances in the dental care world.

Advanced dentistry – we work hard every day to ensure our ‘patient journey’ is right. We consider that our standards of care/treatment are such that we believe our patients are assured of the very best at all times. We consider that our ‘package’ of care/treatment along with our high levels of professionalism, supported by our clinic’s technology and equipment more than earns the label ‘advanced dentistry’.

We are also happy that the name we selected for our Glasgow clinic – Philip Friel Advanced Dentistry at Hyndland Dental Clinic – was approved by the General Dental Council before we went ahead with the official naming back in 2010.

Summing up we believe we offer ‘dentistry with a difference’ and are happy to discuss your dental care/needs.

Should you have any questions about this blog post or would like to discover more about the treatments/services we can offer our patients at our Glasgow clinic then please get in touch with us on 0141 339 7579 or via the contact section of the website.

Good reason to visit the dentist? Read on…

Struggling with toothache? Bleeding gums when you brush? Unhappy with your smile?

All the above are sound reasons for visiting your dentist for a check-up but just how good is our country when it comes to visiting the dentist?

Recent survey results issued by the British Dental Health Foundation revealed that the UK is one of the most likely nations in Europe to visit their dentist for a check-up – ranked second (72%), after the Netherlands (79%).

At our dental clinic here in Glasgow the dental professionals recommend you visit for a check-up twice a year/every six months.

The Foundation’s survey found that when it came to reasons for visiting the dentist –

27% of adults only visit their dentist when they have a problem

9% of adults visit their dentist with pain

90% of visits to the dentist are for check-ups

The survey also found that teeth/smiles are rated the second most important attraction feature, after personality, and the most important body feature surveyed (including body shape, height, hair, face and eyes).

We also recommend regular visits to our hygienist team to ensure you maintain good cleaning standards to ensure all round oral health and maintenance.

Should you have any questions about the above post or would like to find out more about the treatments we offer here – ranging from general dental care to cosmetic dentistry – please contact our reception team on 0141 339 7579.

Dental implants: questions and answers

SPOTLIGHT ON DENTAL IMPLANTS

The clinical team at Philip Friel Advanced Dentistry has experience of a wide range of implant, cosmetic and restorative dentistry techniques – from whitening to complete dental/aesthetic rehabilitation – as well as offering a range of general dentistry services including routine maintenance, check- ups and hygienist appointments.

One of the greatest advances has been dental implant surgery and Philip and his team of dentists and dental nurses are highly trained in this aspect of advanced dentistry.

Implants have transformed dentistry over the last 40 years and are now often the first choice of treatment for the replacement of missing teeth.

artwork shown in our Glasgow clinic where dental implants are offered

Implants can make significant difference in function and appearance.

An implant is a titanium substitute for a natural tooth root and is placed into a socket created in the jaw. It is usually inserted into the socket creating an initial stability, which over time is steadily enhanced by further growth of bone on to the implant surface. The internal design of the implant allows a variety of fitments to be attached to it, which support replacement teeth, providing the foundation for long-term support of crowns, bridges or dentures.

As well as offering implants at his Glasgow dental clinic, Philip also offers dental implant surgery at the New Town Dental Care clinic in Edinburgh.

Here Philip answers many of the questions that can arise when someone is considering dental implants.

AM I SUITABLE FOR DENTAL IMPLANTS?

If you have good general health and maintain good oral health, then implants will almost certainly work for you.
It is rare to have health problems that will prevent the use of implants although some medical conditions may affect the success rate of implants.
As well as a complete examination of your mouth and remaining teeth you will be expected to supply details of your medical history.
In addition, full discussion with regards to requirements and expectations will allow us to determine if implant treatment is appropriate.

HOW MANY TEETH CAN BE SUPPORTED?

All the common forms of tooth replacement, such as bridges or dentures can be supported by implants. If you are missing just one natural tooth, the one implant will likely be all that is required – but larger spaces of two, three or more missing teeth will not necessarily need one implant per tooth.

WHAT ELSE CAN BE DONE WITH DENTAL IMPLANTS?

If you have no teeth in the lower jaw, a conventional lower denture can be considerably improved with an implant retained “over denture” which involves two implants placed at the front of the lower jaw to secure a denture. The same concept can be used in the upper jaw which requires four implants. Implants make dentures much more stable and also allow the denture to be smaller which means reduced palatal coverage by the denture.
Like conventional dentures, overdentures should be removed for daily cleaning. There are many implant options available and it is crucial that you have a thorough dental examination to be aware of what treatment would be best for you.

HOW LONG DOES TREATMENT TAKE?

For routine cases, from the time of implant placement to the placing of the first tooth, treatment times can vary between a few weeks to six months. The better the bone the less will be the treatment time. With poorer bone more time must be taken which can extend treatment time beyond six months.

HOW DO I TAKE CARE OF THE IMPLANTS?

You will be fully advised on care and maintenance of the implants or the superstructure they support. Instruction will include how to clean adequately. It must be understood that the adequate care and maintenance of the implants requires regular effort on the patient’s part at home for ideal maintenance.
It is recommended that implants be cleaned every three to six months by the dental hygienist depending upon individual case requirements.

HOW LONG WILL THE IMPLANTS LAST?

Once your implants and surrounding soft tissues are seen to be healthy and your new teeth are comfortable, it is the quality of your home care and willingness to present for regular maintenance reviews, that will most influence how long they will last.
Implants, much like natural teeth, will last longer if they are cared for adequately. Well-maintained implants, placed into adequate bone, can be expected to last for many years.

If you have any questions arising from the above blog or would like to find out more information about dental implant work carried out by our team please contact the clinic on 0141 339 7579

Gum disease clue to dementia? Researchers raise major questions.

A number of media reports have been appearing this week raising the questions about links between gum disease and dementia.

Most of the reports state that research is suggesting that brushing your teeth regularly and properly could stave off dementia with the studies claiming that people with poor oral hygiene are more likely to develop Alzheimer’s Disease.

The research work has been carried out at the University of Central Lancashire and the scientists there focused on 20 people in their study.

art work to promote dental hygiene at our Glasgow dental clinic

A message for all to help achieve good oral hygiene.

Half had dementia where the products of bacteria P. gingivalis, associated with chronic gum disease, were present.

One of the scientists, Dr Sim Singhrao is quoted: “Continued visits to dental hygiene professionals may be more important than currently thought.”

The university’s dean of dentistry, Prof StJohn Crean, said: “The bacteria could be a trigger that sets off a chain reaction in people pre-disposed to dementia.”

To see more about this study please click here.

Our Glasgow dental clinic’s message is always that good oral hygiene is of paramount importance for everyone to maintain not only good oral health and function but also to reduce other health risks.

As well as brushing properly and regularly we also recommend dental flossing on a daily basis.

Our hygienist team can share advice and guidance on how best to achieve the best oral hygiene.

Our book of testimonials: for patients at our Glasgow dental clinic

We’re always delighted whenever our patients here at our Glasgow dental clinic take time to give us feedback on their experiences.

Over the months we compile selections of the testimonial messages we receive from the patients and put them together in a book which is on display in the reception area of our clinic.

Reception and waiting area in the new clinic - showing the reception area in the Philip Friel Advanced Dentistry clinic on Hyndland Road, Glasgow

Reception and waiting area – ready to welcome our patients

Throughout the pages we share some of the patients’ own words – many of the words are very poignant as they chart the story of their patient journey…some of them having undergone dental/aesthetic rehabilitation work to transform their smile appearance.

In this blog we’re sharing just a few lines from some of the patients we’ve seen since we set up the clinic. We hope you’ll find their words of interest.

From an orthodontic patient –

“I am so pleased with my decision to use a lingual brace to do so – it did the job very quickly and painlessly!”

From a dental implant patient –

“I had decided on 2 implants and 4 crowns rather than a replacement bridge.
Throughout all treatment, I received superb care and friendly, professional advice – all in very pleasant, state-of-the-art surroundings.
When I look at the “then and now” photos, I barely recognise myself and find myself smiling with new-found confidence.”

From a patient who underwent major restorative dentistry the following from the testimonial in which she highlighted various team members…

Ross Henderson for his deft, intricate and precise root canal work, executed brilliantly, with his steady and congenial manner.
Jill Clare for her superb white fillings, and her mastery in extracting a tricky impacted wisdom tooth- with immense care, she has a heart of gold.
Glen Frew, a great Ambassador of Dentistry, wonderful in a crisis , and is extremely kind .
Dental nurses Kasia, Louise and Pam for their; empathy, understanding, who cannot do enough to ease any discomfort, and are always ready with a reassuring arm.
Dental Hygienist Jennifer, for her pristine thoroughness, recommendations ,and cheery disposition.
Siobhan, Karyn and Carly, always with a welcoming smile , who are accommodating and professional at all times. They create a great first impression and give continual ongoing friendly advice if required.

Last and most importantly of all, Philip’s Friel himself has amazing dexterity, skill and artistry when fitting crowns for me. He makes well- calculated decisions without ever compromising his Professional reputation. His knowledge is phenomenal, he instills confidence , exudes calm, pays fine attention to detail and is always focused. His teamwork and overseeing of my treatment was second to none. He ensures his clinic has a lovely relaxing ambience and is beautifully appointed, with immaculate state of the art equipment.”

We appreciate the efforts of all those patients who take the time to share their views and opinions about their experiences. You can read more of our reviews by clicking here.

Should you have any questions about this post or would like to find out more about our treatments and services please contact our dental reception team on 0141 339 7579.

Spotting the phobic patients – and caring for them at our Glasgow dental clinic.

Caring for phobic patients is something that we take seriously here at our Glasgow dental clinic.

Our dental hygiene team of Jen and Viv recently penned an article about the signs to spot in a phobic patient and how that patient is cared for from our team’s perspective.

It will give you an insight into the whole topic of dental phobia – and more importantly the things that can be done to help someone who is afraid of coming to the clinic.

Here are their words…

Now we’re all used to hearing the words “I hate coming to see the dentist”, ” I hate this, my last hygienist was worse than the dentist” or even ” I’d rather have a baby”!

While the latter may be a little extreme it does, at least, give a small indication that this particular patient is not overjoyed at the prospect of time in the dental surgery.

Our hygienist team - Jen and Viv

Our hygienist team – Jen and Viv

So what about this one – “I’ve got phobia of the dentist”.

Paramedics are taught that in emergency situations it will usually be the quiet ones who need most help and attention – different situation but same theory should be applied.

While more vocal patients give us the chance to quickly tailor our approach so that during their time with us we can accommodate for and hopefully allay their fears, it is the silent type that can be far more difficult to spot and it is often these patients who are truly phobic.

So how do we know if the patient doesn’t say? We’re not mind readers after all. Well, give yourself some credit here – you’re probably far better at reading a person in a short space of time than even you realise.

From the first call of their name in the waiting room when they look at you like a deer caught in headlights – but only for a split second – before regaining their composure, through to all the little things when actually in the chair such as pallor, sweating, tightly clasped hands, finger wringing, skin pulling (usually of the hands) and breath holding.

I once saw a patient who held her breath for as long as she possibly could during treatment and continued to do so even after a long, gentle discussion on how this was not the most sensible course of action as breathing really is quite important! The event that changed her behaviour was when she almost fainted through lack of O2. She now carries on – and breathes – normally!

As these are only a small example of some of the many, many signs that all is not quite right with someone we all must remember to pay a huge amount of attention to all aspects of our patients behaviour, then something out of the ordinary will be easy to spot.

So, how do we treat these patients effectively?

Well, if they fall into the first camp then they can be relatively easy to treat; the most important thing can be to calm them down and make them feel at ease, so a good conversation about something other than dentistry is a good distraction. We try to keep our own voice steady, calm and even and patients will subconsciously follow suit.

We empathise and try to find out what it is exactly that they really don’t like and cater for this…

Is it the ultrasonic scaler? Hand scale. Drilling noises? We provide headphones or suggest to the patient to bring in their own music. It may take a little more effort and imagination sometimes but is it not worth it for happy, relaxed patients who want to tell the world what an amazing dental practice they go to?

One of the things consistently mentioned as a dreaded part of any trip to the dentist is ‘THE NEEDLE!’ even people with tattoos complain about it! We must explain to the patient that although they have the impression that this nasty, sharp needle is the sore bit, this really isn’t the case – the worst part is more likely to be pain felt when the anaestheitc liquid is inserted into the soft tissues.

One piece of equipment trying to combat this is the wonderfully named The Wand from DPS (Dental Practice Systems). This is a pen-like syringe, synced to a specific computer programme, which automatically delivers the anaesthetic at a slow, constant rate therefore reducing any pain felt.

Admittedly this sounds like a pretty cool gadget to impress your patients with (and we all know that we love our gadgets…) and it probably works very well, but is it neccesary?

SEDATION

How about just using lots of topical gel and actually leaving it on long enough to be effective (10-30 seconds) gently heating the anaesthetic cartridges, which has been shown to reduce the patients awareness of delivery and most importantly…..OUR DENTISTS WILL TAKE THEIR TIME!

So how about the genuinely phobic patients? In our view and experience most can be treated successfully using many of the same techniques used with nervous patients but may require more time spent at each visit or spreading out appointments, whatever is going to work better for the patient. We believe it is important to know your limitations though. Certain patients may only manage to get through treatment with the help of sedation, whether oral or I.V no matter what you try first, whereas some may even have to call on outside help such as hypnosis or acupuncture.

So we don’t rule out anything that may help our patients and we certainly don’t underestimate the power of fear!

If you have any questions arising from this post then please contact our team on 0141 339 7579.

Hygiene focus: key to good dental health

According to recent figures released by the British Dental Health Foundation, the nation’s dental cleaning habits are the subject of somewhat interesting reading.

The figures which were released as part of the recent National Smile Month revealed the following…

42 per cent of adults use just a toothbrush and toothpaste for their oral care.

31 per cent of adults use mouthwash

and perhaps the most concerning, only 21 per cent of adults use dental floss.

art work to promote dental hygiene at our Glasgow dental clinic

A message for all

So that means only one in five of us is flossing on a regular basis.

Hygiene Therapy should be an integral and key part of your dental regime – EVERY DAY!

Our team of hygienists here at our Glasgow dental clinic are on hand to advise on all aspects of dental hygiene.

Flossing – thereby cleaning the tiny spaces between your teeth – should be an important part of your regime.

An effective oral hygiene regime is vital if your teeth are to stay strong and healthy.

In addition to cleaning with toothpaste, daily flossing and brushing the tiny spaces between your teeth – the interdental areas – are also recommended.

EFFECTIVE FLOSSING

Here is a step-by-step guide to effective flossing compiled by the team at Oral-B:

1. Tear off 45cms (18 inches) of dental floss and wrap it several times round the middle fingers of both hands until the length is reduced to about 10cms (4 inches).

2. To clean the interdental areas in the upper jaw stretch a short section of floss firmly over both thumbs and carefully insert the floss to avoid injuring your gums.

3. Wrap the floss around each tooth in a U shape and move it up and down approximately SIX times, applying slight pressure. Never move it from side to side.

4. To clean the interdental areas in the lower jaw stretch the floss over the tips of both index fingers and floss as for the upper jaw.

5. Use a fresh piece of floss for each tooth by re-looping the floss over your fingers.

Should you have any questions about this blog or you wish to consult any of our dental professionals in relation to any treatments or services we offer please contact us via the website or by telephoning 0141 339 7579.

The importance of a check-up: it’s not just your smile to think about…

As we’ve mentioned in previous blogs, it’s currently the 2013 National Smile Month and the message coming out from the organisers underlines the importance of a regular check-up to ensure your dental health and function are in tip top condition.

How often do you attend the dentist for a check-up?

The British Dental Health Foundation which runs National Smile month emphasises the links between bad oral health and many other health issues.

The campaign organisers write…

“Poor oral health doesn’t just cause problems inside the mouth. A smile is hugely important to our personalities, self-confidence, relationships and success.

GENERAL HEALTH AT RISK TOO

“General health is also at risk too as studies continue to associate poor oral health to serious health problems such as diabetes, heart disease, strokes, pneumonia, premature babies and other major conditions. With a good oral health routine, most of these conditions are preventable.”

Aside from committing the time and intention to visit your dentist there can be other reasons such as dental phobia that will lead to someone putting off that important check-up appointment.

According to the National Smile Month 2013 website, 15 per cent of adults who have been to a dentist suffer from extreme dental anxiety.

The site also reveals how visiting the dentist is ranked number one (22%) for making people nervous, closely followed by heights (19%). Nearly 10 times as many people (22%) are nervous of visiting their dentists, compared to their doctor (2%).

Our team here at our Glasgow dental clinic is experienced in supporting people who suffer from varying degrees of dental phobia. From the moment a patient arrives at our reception, the team will be on hand to extend a warm welcome and give any advice and support you require.

We also have a team focused on helping those phobic patients undergoing treatment via sedation techniques. Our hygienist team is also well experienced in caring from any phobic patients attending the clinic.

Should you have any questions about the points raised in this blog post, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team here by phoning 0141 339 7579. We look forward to hearing from you.