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

New study into dental phobic patients by University of Hong Kong: YouTube videos used for research.

Our team here works hard at helping phobic patients and we can use sedation techniques to help patients overcome their fears in attending for appointments.

It’s an important service we offer patients and our entire team is used to looking after those patients who have difficulties in feeling relaxed or confident about the dental clinic environment.
Our colleague Jamie Maguire has a particular focus on patients sedation and you can read more about our sedation treatments by clicking here.

Jamie Maguire has a focus on sedation for patients at Philip Friel Advanced Dentistry in Glasgow.

Jamie Maguire – has a particular focus on sedation for phobic patients.

According to DentalNews.co.uk a new study at the University of Hong Kong which used YouTube as a platform has revealed multiple manifestations and impacts of dental fear and anxiety, including immediate physical reactions (eg, crying, screaming, and shivering), psychological responses (eg, worry, upset, panic, helplessness, insecurity, resentment, and hatred), and uncooperativeness in dental treatment.

Testimonials from children, adolescents, and their parents suggested diverse origins of dental anxiety, namely personal experience (eg, irregular dental visits and influence of parents or peers), dentists and dental auxiliaries (eg, bad manner, lack of clinical skills, and improper work ethic), dental settings (eg, dental chair and sounds), and dental procedures (eg, injections, pain, discomfort, and aesthetic concerns).

The selected YouTube videos were transcribed verbatim. Non-verbal expressions such as facial expressions and body postures were also described.

A panel of three members consisting of a paediatric dentist, a behavioural scientist/public health practitioner, and a layperson with no dental background, read through the transcripts and watched each video carefully to ensure that the context was precisely understood and documented.

The research concludes that dental anxiety is better prevented than treated, through coordinated efforts of dentists, dental auxiliaries, pediatric patients, and their parents.

You can read more details about this study by clicking here.

New Friel baby arrives! Welcome to Camilla Rose…

Delighted to announce the arrival of our new baby daughter, Camilla Rose Friel, who was born on Monday, April 8, in Glasgow’s Southern General.

Camilla weighed 7lbs 3oz and is the perfect little sister for big brothers Arnold and Hugo.

She’s now settling in at home and is as good as gold.

Everyone very happy with her arrival.

New baby for endodontic focused dentist Ross and wife Suzie: Congratulations from the Glasgow dental clinic team!

Some lovely news about one of our team today…

We’re delighted to hear that our dentist colleague Ross Henderson who looks after our endodontic patients at the Glasgow dental clinic and his wife Suzie had their new baby last night.

They welcomed little Olivia who weighed in at a healthy 6lbs and 8ozs.

We all know how excited Ross has been at the prospect of becoming a new daddy so we look forward to hearing from him very soon!

Ross Henderson is an endodontist with a particular focus on treatments such as root canal therapy at the Glasgow clinic of Philip Friel Advanced Dentistry

Proud new dad Ross

Dundee dental student Joshua visits our Glasgow clinic: implant case on his agenda

From time to time we have dental course students from a number of Scottish universities visiting our Glasgow dental clinic.
We enjoy hosting them – and we always find they have a really keen interest in learning from their in-clinic experience.

Recently we hosted Dundee Dental School student Joshua Low at the clinic and he’s just written us a note sharing with us his feedback on the time spent with us.

Here are Joshua’s own words…

“I would like to say thank you for giving me the opportunity to visit the Philip Friel Avanced Dentistry Clinic earlier this week. I would also like to thank your colleague Liz for inviting me and Carly for organising the dates for the practice visits.

It was truly a great experience getting to know more about the practice and how it is run as well as witnessing dental care of such a high standard. I acknowledged  how important treatment planning is for patients and how well it was explained to the them, particularly when I saw your colleague, Dr. Frew, use an intra-oral camera to show patients exactly where necessary treatment will be taking place.

IMPLANT CASE

I would also like to thank Dr. Frew who let me watch an implant case on Wednesday afternoon.

Dentist Glen Frew

Dentist Glen Frew – allowed Joshua to witness an implant case in the clinic

It was a great opportunity to see implant treatment being performed which I would rarley see at the Dundee Dental School so I was very excited and privelidged to witness this particular case.

UNIQUE RELATIONSHIP

What was interesting was the the amount of instruments needed for the surgery as well as the different types of implants  Dr Frew had which was necessary to make sure the patient had the correct implants suited for the patient’s particular type of mouth.

I also noticed the unique relationship Dr Frew had with his patient making sure she was comfortable throughout the whole appointment and updating her when beginning a new stage of the treatment.

I enjoyed every minute of my visit and appreciated how welcoming and nice everyone was. Thank you Dr. Friel, and the rest of the Philip Friel Advanced Dentistry Clinic staff,  for giving me this opportunity and I took forward to visiting the practice in the future.”

We’d like to thank Joshua for his time in writing to us about his clinic visit and we look forward to a return visit in the future as his course progresses.

Step by step process of dental implant work at our Glasgow dental clinic

In this blog we’ll look at the step by step process for routine dental implant work.

Each individual patient’s process will potentially be different but this gives you an idea of what to expect if you opt for dental implants as a solution in a smile makeover or to improve function.

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Diagnosis and treatment planning appointments together with the completion of any reparative or preparatory work on remaining teeth or bone.

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Implant placement is usually followed by a healing period of anything from six weeks to six months. Often the implants are completely hidden beneath the gum; however, one-stage procedures where the implant is visible from the time of placement are also common. Stitches are normally removed within seven to 10 days and many will dissolve on their own.

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Several visits may be needed over the first few weeks to adjust temporary teeth or dentures and to monitor healing.

The time allowed for implants to integrate may be increased or decreased to suit the bone conditions.

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In some cases, the first teeth fitted in the implants are not the final ones, but replicas of the proposed design. This stage can be used to assess the restorations, particularly in areas like the front of the mouth where appearance is more critical. This also gives the gums time to mature around each implant before the final teeth are fitted.

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Final teeth are commonly fitted between three and nine months after placement of the implants.

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In conjunction with the patients maintenance of an excellent oral hygiene, regular examination and hygiene appointments are then all that is required to maintain the health of the mouth, teeth and implants.

You can access more information about dental implant work carried out here at our Glasgow clinic by clicking here.

Our team is happy to help with any questions you may have about dental implant surgery.

Teeth whitening at our Glasgow dental clinic: an insight into how it works

Here, in the first of our ‘guest blogs’ by our team members, dentist colleague Elizabeth Glass, gives us a full insight into the world of teeth whitening – a topic that’s certainly been in the dental world news over the last year.

Elizabeth, pictured below right, is well experienced in the techniques of effective teeth whitening and is on hand to offer any advice and answer any questions should any arise…

Here is Elizabeth’s blog –

If you’ve ever looked in the mirror and wished your teeth were whiter and brighter, read on:

Professional tooth whitening is one of the most effective ways to improve your smile and has the advantage of being simple, predictable and cost effective.

Elizabeth Glass is a dentist at the Philip Friel Advanced Dentistry Clinic in Glasgow

Whitening words from Elizabeth Glass

It is important to start with the small print –tooth-whitening is legal and safe when carried out by a dentist or under direct supervision of a dentist – it is illegal and ungoverned when carried out by a beautician (or other non dentist qualified individual), at a shopping centre or a wedding fair, so beware. Using the wrong product can cause irreversible harm to your teeth including discolouration and erosion so always consult a dentist if you are considering tooth whitening.

Firstly let’s consider- why do teeth discolour and how can we whiten them?

Although teeth seem solid, they are, in fact, permeable. This means that colours from food, drink and medicines can actually penetrate enamel and remain there long after that cup of tea or glass of wine is gone.

Fortunately that same permeability means that dental whitening gels can penetrate teeth and virtually bleach out these stains.

So how do we carry out professional tooth whitening?

Teeth are whitened by being covered  in whitening gel for a period of hours – generally overnight. This is achieved by making you a “tray” that fits your mouth perfectly and  holds the whitening gel against your teeth exactly where we want it to be.

Here at Philip Friel Advanced Dentistry our whitening trays are carefully constructed at a professional dental laboratory by a qualified dental technician; this ensures a well fitting tray.

We take time to check that the tray fits your mouth perfectly.

We then demonstrate how to put exactly the right amount of gel into the tray and show you how to place the soft tray into your mouth at bedtime.

We can determine how many nights you will use your tooth-whitening for and if you require any special instructions.

Tooth whitening will permanently change the colour of your teeth however if your diet contains food or drink that stain your teeth, you might feel that you want to give your teeth a whitening boost after six months or so. Hence it’s important you are given detailed instructions on caring for your whitening tray. We will discuss the best way of doing this so your tray maintains its exact fit and hence can be re-used at regular intervals as discussed with your dentist.

Porcelain restorations e.g. crowns, bridges and veneers are not permeable so don’t discolour and stain in the same way that teeth do. If you have these restorations it’s important to discuss tooth whitening with your dentist prior to proceeding with any treatment.

The science behind tooth-whitening products:

There is only one product that can safely be used to whiten teeth – hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide in the correct concentration and formula is safe and extremely effective. One drawback of hydrogen peroxide is that it rapidly breaks down into inactive by-products; within an hour it has broken down and is completely ineffective. Hence dental companies produce whitening gels containing a simple chemical called carbamide peroxide. Once placed in the mouth this gradually breaks down into hydrogen peroxide. Carbamide peroxide is effective because it provides active hydrogen peroxide for 6-8 hours. The British Dental Bleaching Society recommend using 10% Carbamide peroxide – giving a sustained release of 3% hydrogen peroxide as the most effective product. Twenty years of research have shown that this results in the most effective tooth whitening, oddly giving better results than stronger concentrations.

What’s happened to power bleaching, Zoom, laser whitening and in-surgery whitening?

On 31st October 2012 changes were made to the Cosmetic Products Regulation 2008 and all products containing more than 6% Hydrogen peroxide were banned. This led to an overnight ban on in-surgery whitening as most of these systems were based on using 20-22% hydrogen peroxide.

Are there any side effects in professional tooth whitening?

The only side-effect some patients report is a temporary sensitivity. Whitening gel manufacturers are constantly trying to improve their products by adding desensitisers. If you do suffer from or develop sensitivity we can advise you on the best way to manage it using the very effective desensitisers now available. It’s important to understand that this sensitivity is temporary.

If you are considering tooth-whitening, Philip Friel Advanced Dentistry can offer you:

  • Professionally made whitening trays
  • The best whitening products available
  • Detailed instruction and demonstration on using your whitening system
  • Advice on caring for your whitening trays
  • Discuss any future needs you may have for top-up whitening
  • Advise you on an integrated treatment plan if you already have fixed porcelain restorations on any of your teeth or if you are planning such restorations.
  • Help you manage sensitivity if it occurs

We are happy to answer any questions about tooth whitening both from our own patients and anyone else who has an enquiry. You can contact us either via the website of by telephoning the Glasgow dental clinic on 0141 339 7579.

 

 

 

 

 

Great news – dental nurse Pam announces engagement!

Pamela Wood has passed her dental nurse exams at Philip Friel dental clinic in Glasgow

Happy news from Glasgow dental nurse: Pamela Wood

The team here at our Glasgow dental clinic is delighted to hear of the engagement of our dental nurse colleague Pam Wood.

She and partner Ian announced their happy news on Facebook – they were on a holiday to Las Vegas, took a helicopter trip down into the Grand Canyon and Ian proposed there!

Pam tells us she was completely surprised at the proposal and of course said yes.

We’re all very pleased to hear Pam’s happy news and wish the couple a very happy and fun-filled future together.

Team from Glasgow clinic heading to key dental implant congress in month’s time

Manchester venue for key event in the dental implant calendar.

Manchester venue for key event in the dental implant calendar.

In just a month’s time a team from our Glasgow clinic will be heading south to attend one of the most important events in our dental world calendar.

It’s the Association of Dental Implantology’s Team Congress, held in Machester from May 1-3 and a magnet for dental professionals working in the dental implant sector.

Speakers are coming from all over the world and will share their expertise with the delegates.

I have been a member of the ADI for several years now and am very active in its work throughout the UK. Indeed I am currently the president-elect and will assume the role of president later this year – something exciting and challenging to look forward to…

The event will also mark the organisation’s 25th anniversary so it’s a special occasion too.

Several of our team are booked in to attend this important event.

Aside from the opportunity to hear some fantastic speakers, it’s also a first-class networking event.

OUTSTANDING CONFERENCE

Camel Ucer the ADI’s current president tells us:

“We have invited some of the world’s most eminent implantologists and researchers from Europe, Asia and the USA to lead the Congress. In this respect, I am indebted to our Scientific Chairman Eddie Scher and the ADI staff for working hard to plan the congress so meticulously in every small detail, from the choice of experts to developing highly focused learning objectives for each lecture and constantly negotiating with our speakers to ensure coherency and consistency throughout the congress. Needless to say, I am also grateful to all our speakers for accepting our invitation to participate – we can all imagine how busy they must be.

“We trust that it will be an outstanding conference fit to celebrate our association’s 25th anniversary. Frankly, there will be so much to learn and debate for all of us; from the most experienced clinicians placing thousands of implants to novices hoping to get involved. To cap it all, John Wibberley, Simon Wright and David Speechly have put together one of the best line ups for the whole implant team: the nurses, practice managers, hygienists, therapists and dental technicians.”

If you’re a dental professional reading this and would like more information about attending and for booking details then click here.