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.

Specialist orthodontist Imran makes keynote speech at 60th anniversary event

Our Glasgow dental clinic team’s most recent recruit is specialist orthodontist Imran Shafi.

He bring his orthodontic expertise to our clinic after years of study, training and experience in this area of dentistry.

He recently had the honour of addressing the British Society for Oral and Dental Research to mark this prestigious organisation’s 60th anniversary.

Specialist orthodontist Imran Shafi at Glasgow dental clinic Philip Friel Advanced Dentistry receiving top award

Our Glasgow dental clinic’s specialist orthodontist Imran receives his award from Professor Watson

WINNING LECTURE

Here Imran tells us what the event was about and the focus of his keynote speech…

“I had been previously awarded the TC White Lecture Award by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, and was invited by the British Society for Oral and Dental Research to present my winning lecture earlier this month.

This was the society’s 60th annual meeting hosted by the University of Bristol in the unique town of Bath.

My presentation was called “Computer prediction systems for planning the surgical correction of facial deformities.”

It was about my research undertaken at the University of Glasgow and involves using advanced cone beam CT and surgical predictions to help patient with dento-facial deformities.

We have a similar cone beam CT machine in the Philip Friel Advanced Dentistry Clinic, which we use for all our dental implant, cosmetic, orthodontic and endodontic work.

WELL RECEIVED

These highly specific and specialised machines capture radiographic images in detailed 3D, which allow the dental team at the Glasgow dental clinic to provide advanced dentistry.

I received my certificate and award from Professor Tim Watson who is the President of the British Society for Oral and Dental Research, and from the feedback I’ve had, the lecture was well received.”

If you have any questions about this blog post or would like to find out more about the orthodontic services we offer at our Glasgow dental clinic then please contact us via the website by clicking here or calling 0141 339 7579.

Two day dental implant course for dentists starts today

We’ve mentioned before in our blog about the many courses our Glasgow dental clinic team participate in as part of their continuing professional development.

These range from courses for our dental nurses and our hygienists to courses in areas of cosmetic dentistry and dental implant surgery.

artwork shown in our Glasgow clinic where dental implants are offered

Two-day implant course for dentists gets underway at our Glasgow dental clinic

Today and tomorrow our Glasgow dental clinic will be welcoming a group of dentists from all over the UK and Ireland who are participating in a course taken by fellow dental implant focused dentist Stephen Jacobs and Philip Friel.

The particular focus of the course will be sinus bone augementation for dental implant rehabilitation. Those dentists participating will already have fairly extensive experience of working in the field of dental implant surgery.

Stephen and Philip will be conducting the course in the Philip Friel Advanced Dentistry clinic here in Glasgow’s west end and also at Glasgow University’s Department of Human Anatomy.
We will update you with how the course progressed and also share news of any future courses the clinic is planning.

If you have any questions about this blog or would like to find out about the benefits of dental implants please contact our reception team on 0141 339 7579 or contact us via the website by clicking here.

Guest blogger: Liz Grant from The Ben Walton Trust

This year on our website and other social media platforms for our Glasgow clinic we’ve been highlighting the risk factors of mouth cancer.

We’ve been liaising with the team from The Ben Walton Trust, a Scottish-based charity which was set up to raise the awareness of this particular cancer.

This month’s guest blogger is Liz Grant from the Ben Walton Trust who has focused on a key event in the charity’s calendar.

Liz writes:

MOUTH CANCER AWARENESS EVENT

“November is Mouth Cancer Awareness month and as such, The Ben Walton Trust is hosting a dinner for people who have had mouth cancer and can find it difficult socialising in restaurants with family and friends.

For some people, trying to explain to restaurant staff that they can’t have food with any lumps in it, there must be lots and lots of gravy with potatoes and veg and all food must be taken with copious amounts of liquid, is just too huge a task.

Added to which, ultimately the presentation of the dinner is completely different from any one else’s (and that is assuming the chef has the time and patience to work on the menu request).

Liz Grant from the Ben Walton Trust is our guest blogger for September

Liz Grant from the Ben Walton Trust is our guest blogger for September

On Monday 18th November 2013, staff at Brown’s Restaurant in Giffnock are going to present a menu that can be eaten by everyone there, to highlight not only the difficulties that patients have eating but also to show that in actual fact, this type of menu can be produced from foods available to the typical diner.

Patients, their friends and families, healthcare professionals, dieticians, the press and the local MSP are all attending.

COOKBOOK PLAN

We are also, as a spin off of the planning, in the initial stages of producing a cookbook using patients’ recipes and also incorporating tips as to ingredients that work well together..and those that don’t. Iain the chef from Brown’s is helping with this.

Should anyone like to attend the dinner or have some recipes/tips/advice for the cookbook that you would like to share, please get in touch.”

If you have any questions about the above blog or wish to make any comment about the content please contact us by clicking here.

You can read more about the warning signs of mouth cancer in this previous blog on the topic.

Caring for children’s teeth: prevention better than cure

For children starting the regular dental check-ups is of paramount importance and we often welcome youngsters at our Glasgow dental clinic.

My eldest son, who’s four, popped in for his six monthly check-up just the other day with his mum who’s a paediatric dental specialist.

Six-monthly check-up for children is key part of dental care.

Six-monthly check for children is key part of dental care programme.

His clinical and x ray examinations showed a healthy, well maintained dentition and some fluoride was applied for good measure.

Even the children of dentists enjoy sweet treats from time to time, but with thorough brushing twice per day and regular check ups, the potentially destructive effects of these treats can be controlled.

BRUSH REGULARLY

If your child enjoys sweet treats or drinks, ensure that they brush their teeth regularly (even straight away after the treat if possible).

And aim to limit the intake of sweets and fruit or carbonated drinks to meal times.

Prevention is always far better than cure.

If you have any questions about this blog post or would like to find out more about the treatments and services we can offer at our Glasgow clinic then please contact our reception team on 0141 339 7579 or via our online email by clicking here.

Glasgow dental patient gets smile boost with implant retained denture

At our Glasgow dental clinic we see a number of patients who are encountering issues with dentures.

The benefits of using dental implants can greatly improve the functionality and appearance if the patient opts for dental implant retained dentures.

This 61 year old patient visited our Glasgow dental clinic complaining of a loose and poorly functioning upper denture which was retained in place by two loose teeth.

The patient had lost her remaining upper arch teeth many years previously and following the loss of these teeth, had lost a great deal of bone height and width in the upper arch.

The patient's denture was no longer functioning well and its appearance was not pleasing the patient.

The patient’s denture was no longer functioning well and its appearance was not pleasing the patient.

After a full examination and on presentation of all of the options available, this patient elected an implant retained denture on the basis of the stability of the final solution in function, the aesthetics of the solution and its affordability.

In addition, she felt that the removable denture option would be easier to maintain in years to come.

Four dental implants were placed in the upper arch. Given the bone loss, this was a fairly difficult case which required bone grafting and sinus elevation. Following healing the implants were uncovered and restored with a milled bar and locators which were used to retain the new upper denture.

Treatment completed and the patient was happy with her new smile - both in terms of function and appearance.

Treatment completed and the patient was happy with her new smile – both in terms of function and appearance.

The final solution looked great with the patient giving our team input in the design of her new smile, and this together with the stability of the solution in function restored the patient’s function with and confidence in her dentition and smile.

The retention of the implant retained denture by the implants means that there is less need for coverage of the palate and as such, the palate is largely uncovered.

Should you have any questions about this blog post or would like to find out more about the benefits of dental implants if you are a denture wearer, then please contact our Glasgow dental clinic on 0141 339 7579. We look forward to hearing from you.

Teeth whitening: team attends lecture by UK authority

Furthering our knowledge of the latest dentistry techniques is a key priority for our team of dental care professionals.

Teeth whitening is a cosmetic dentistry treatment that can bring great results for patients and improve the aesthetic appearance of their smiles.

Teeth whitening can bring aesthetic benefits to your smile.

Teeth whitening can bring aesthetic benefits to your smile.

Our team at the Glasgow dental clinic recommend the use of whitening trays – bespoke produced trays which allow the patient to use special whitening agents that generate a gradual whitening effect on teeth.

On Monday night our dentists Liz Glass, Glen Frew and Jillian Clare attended the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Glasgow for a course entitled “Modern Bleaching Techniques”.

The course speaker was Dr Wyman Chan, one of the country’s most widely respected dentists on the subject of tooth whitening. According to our dental colleagues’ feedback, the course turned out to be very interesting and informative.

Our colleague Liz Glass who has made a particular focus on the topic of teeth whitening recently wrote an interesting blog about how we, at the Glasgow clinic, carry out the treatment for our patients. Liz is also a member of the British Dental Bleaching Society. It’s well worth a read if you missed it.

Should you have any questions about this blog post or wish to make an appointment to learn more about our teeth whitening treatment then please contact our Glasgow dental clinic’s reception team in the first instance by telephoning 0141 339 7579.

The age of your smile can ‘speak’ volumes

Can your smile give away the secret of your age?

With so many TV shows and media reports focusing on age – and how to stop the effects of ageing – we’re looking in this blog post at the types of issues that can be prevalent regarding your teeth and smile as you get older.

We’re looking at the 40+ decades and highlighting some of the issues you may encounter.

Our team here at the Glasgow dental clinic is on hand to help discuss any of the issues covered here and of course can look at some of the recommended cosmetic dentistry solutions – including dental implant surgery – which can help.

40s and 50s

During your 40s and 50s, stains can become much harder to erase with wear and tear and ageing and gum recession can become more pronounced.

As your face starts to age, your teeth can often push forward which in turns leads to causing lower front teeth to crowd.

Regular professional cleanings can help erase minimal stains – and that’s where we would always recommend regular visits to see our dental hygienists’ team here at our Glasgow dental clinic. But if that doesn’t work, then whitening, crowns or veneers may be necessary recommended solutions.

Veneers can offer a solution, providing, in essence, a new outer layer of enamel for the tooth or teeth. They can disguise worn teeth and can look very natural – a key word in any treatment for patients.

Check the surface of your teeth. Is it rough? The rougher the texture, then the more likely your teeth will be to retaining stains and causing your aesthetic issues. Your dentist should be able to smooth out or polish the tooth enamel so it will be less likely to absorb stains.

Into the 60s

Moving into the 60s then the patient could have additional issues facing them…

Gum recession may make your teeth look longer than they actually are. Saliva production may decrease, reducing the protective benefits of saliva and leading to bad breath.

Even if you’re whitening their teeth, your smile could still be ageing you. One solution is to think about ceramic crowns or veneers to enable lighter teeth set up to a bespoke design – and improved smile.

When the back teeth are worn or missing, the facial structure they support tends to collapse or fall in which can lead to deep facial folds. In addition, without the back teeth, far more pressure than is normal is placed on the front teeth which may be to their detriment over time.

Teeth that support the lips and ideally positioned give optimal support to the overlying soft tissue, meaning less obvious folds and creases. The end result is a more balanced, youthful appearance for an overall younger look. Subject to any cosmetic or restorative work being carried out – including dental implants – there would be a full examination carried out and an assessment of the patient’s medical history and status.

Should you have any questions arising from the blog or would like to make an appointment to discuss any of the issues please call our Glasgow clinic reception team on 0141 339 7579.

What’s what in your teeth line-up?

In our blog posts from our Glasgow dental clinic we can cover a multitude of topics – from cosmetic dentistry, dental implants and patient testimonials right through to staff courses and family events.

Today’s blog post is going back to basics on the dental front with some facts about teeth.

We decided to share a brief and simple description of the teeth that humans should have in their mouths…assuming they’ve not undergone any trauma, loss or decay.

We can help improve both aesthetic and function qualities of your smile.

We can help improve both aesthetic and function qualities of your smile.

If they have dental issues then of course our experienced team of dental professionals here in Glasgow can assist. Cosmetic dentistry and restorative dentistry techniques have made huge advanced especially in the last few decades.

The use of dental implants, for instance, can ensure both aesthetic and functional benefits for patients with only a few missing from their existing line-up of teeth – or for patients with few or no teeth and who could perhaps need upper or lower dentures retained by the implants.

Each tooth has a different shape and function – and of course exist to help the process of eating. Most adults should have 32 teeth – while as youngsters we’ll have 20 primary – or baby – teeth that eventually make way for the permanent set.

INCISORS

Firstly lets check out the incisors…These are the four front teeth on the top and on the bottom jaw and are used for cutting and chopping food. Usually first ones to erupt in babies.

CANINES

Then we move onto the canine teeth – the sharp, pointy teeth. We have one on each side of the incisors on your top and bottom jaw, making a total of four. These teeth aid the tearing apart of food.

PREMOLARS

Premolar are situated next to your canine teeth. Premolars are also called bicuspid teeth. There are eight premolars in total – four on the top jaw and four on the bottom. These teeth are bigger and wider than the incisors and canine teeth. Their function is to crush and grind your food.

MOLARS

Then we have the molars. There are eight of these – four on the top and four on the bottom.
Molars are your strongest teeth and these work with your tongue to help you swallow your food, mashing it up until it’s ready to be swallowed safely.

WISDOM TEETH

There are also third molars – known more commonly as your wisdom teeth. These are the last teeth to erupt and won’t often do so until late teens or even your 20s – if at all. If wisdom teeth do come through they can cause issues such as crowding and will often need to be removed.

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

Kasia embarks on course in dental implant nursing

Our dental professional team at our Glasgow dental clinic is well qualified to carry out the treatments and services we offer our patients.

But, like every other UK-based dental clinic professional, the emphasis for our Glasgow team is very focused on learning more and gaining further knowledge and qualifications in a range of treatments from teeth whitening to cosmetic dentistry and dental implant work.

Continuing professional development is a key priority at our Glasgow clinic and the staff were are often attending seminars or courses. Sometimes our own clinic will be the venue for courses and seminars with delegates coming from all over the country to attend.

Dentist Jillian Clare is currently enrolled on a smile design course which she attends monthly in London.

Our endodontist Ross Henderson has recently completed his thesis for his Masters in endodontics – more commonly known as root canal therapy.

Dentist Liz Glass recently completed studies and subsequent examination to become a Member of the Faculty of Dental Surgery.

Kasia Zawada who's embarking on dental implant nursing course.

Kasia – embarking on further studies in dental implant nursing

And now our dental implant nurse Kasia Zawada is embarking on a year-long course which will see her attending monthly sessions at London’s King’s College Hospital.

Next July she will complete the course and on passing the exam should receive their certificate in dental implant nursing.

As well as being based at our Glasgow clinic, Kasia works with me at the Edinburgh New Town Dental Care clinic when I’m seeing dental implant patients there.

We look forward to hearing how Kasia progresses on the course and we’ll keep you posted on news of any other courses are Glasgow team embark on in the coming months.

Should you have any questions about the above blog post or would like to find out more about the services and treatment on offer please call our reception team in the first instance on 0141 339 7579.