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We are supporting Mouth Cancer Action Month 2017

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Most people have heard of cancer affecting parts of the body such as breasts, skin or lungs but there are 640,000 cases of mouth cancer diagnosed each year with more than 2,000 people losing their life to mouth cancer and this number is rising.

Anyone can be affected by mouth cancer but it is strongly associated with age and gender of a person. Around twice as many men are diagnosed with mouth cancer than women and it is more common in those aged over 40.

Mouth cancer can strike in a number of places including the lips, tongue, gums and cheek with the most common symptoms being:

  • sore mouth ulcers that don’t heal
  • unexplained persistent lumps in the mouth that don’t go away
  • unexplained persistent lumps in the lymph glands in the neck that don’t go away

More than nine out of ten cases of mouth cancer are linked to our lifestyle choices and certain risk factors:

  • Tobacco – is the leading cause of mouth cancer with two thirds of all cases linked to smoking or chewing tobacco. Smokers are putting themselves at almost three times higher risk of developing the disease. Having a morning cigarette doubles your chances of getting mouth cancer as the tobacco transforms your saliva into a deadly cocktail damaging the cells of your mouth
  • Alcohol – excessive use of alcohol is linked to more than a third of mouth cancer cases. Heavy drinkers and smokers are up to 35 times more at risk
  • Diet – more than half of cases in the UK are linked to poor diet however new research has suggested there is a noticeable risk reduction with each additional daily serving of fruit or vegetables.
  • Sunlight – over exposure to sunlight can cause cancer of the lips.


Early detection of mouth cancer can result in a 90% survival rate so it is extremely important that you are aware of what is going on in your mouth and that you have regular routine dental appointments. Examine yourself regularly for ulcers that haven’t healed within 3 weeks, unusual red or white patches, lumps in your neck or jaw or persistent hoarseness. If you have any of the symptoms it may not be anything to worry about but it is imperative that you let a dental professional have a look.

If you would like any further information or are worried about any symptoms, please call us on 0115 9733591

Don’t let your ghoulish smile let you down – we can help!

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Research shows that quite a lot of people lack confidence when smiling or when having photographs taken. Being unhappy with the way you look is a very disheartening and common problem and can have a dramatic effect on your life.


Studies agree that a smile is usually the most important and best remembered feature when we meet a new person, so if you are concerned about the impact your smile is having on first impressions, such as at a job interview, business meeting or when having a romantic meeting a smile makeover may be the answer.

Many patients are anxious about seeing a dentist either as a result of past dental experiences or through embarrassment at having not been to a dentist for a while. Here at Sunshine Dental we are very different. We will manage your dental journey with care, consideration and compassion which patients find refreshing.

Sandy describes her recent treatment with us:

“Wonderful, friendly service. Very happy to have found this excellent practice – everyone is super friendly and helpful and put you at your ease, but most importantly they are really patient, listen to your requirements and work wonders on giving you a lovely smile. Highly recommended!”

Not everyone is looking for total perfection which is why at your initial consultation we will listen to your needs and concerns. We will explain all the treatment options available to you and we will plan your treatment to give you the look that YOU want.

A smile makeover can not only transform your smile but your whole face, giving you greater confidence to smile naturally.

The alternative to not having a smile makeover is to continue feeling a lack of confidence or discomfort.

A smile makeover doesn’t just transform your mouth, it changes your life!

So, if you would like to go from this to this


Call 0115 9733591 to discuss how we can help you.

Have you thought about having dental implants?

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Have you got one or more teeth missing?

Do you avoid eating certain foods?

Have you thought about having dental implants?

Come and speak to Roddy for a free no obligation consultation

Click here to find out why it is important to replace missing teeth and the benefits of having an implant.

implantsIf you have missing teeth it can severely influence your daily life as well as affecting your general health, your appearance and self-esteem. Missing teeth causes bone loss within your jaw and can make your face look older and wrinkly and for your cheeks to become hollow and saggy.

Dental implants are the alternative to dentures and are the most natural looking option available. They provide a long-term solution, lasting longer and provide greater function and support than either bridges or dentures and are therefore worth investing in.

Our implant surgeon, Rob, has over 25 years’ experience qualifying from Birmingham dental hospital in 1992. He has worked in the oral surgery department and has gained a certificate in restorative dentistry in 1998. He uses only the finest dental implants for reliability and works closely with Roddy our clinical dental technician to produce beautiful, strong natural looking teeth. We find that with extensive training and experience, coupled with the use of fantastic implants and laboratory techniques we produce consistently great results.

The benefits of having an implant are:

  • They look, feel and function like natural teeth so no-one will know the difference
  • They are strong and long lasting
  • They do not involve preparation of any other teeth unlike bridge work
  • You avoid the embarrassment of loose dentures
  • They can help restore your chewing ability with confidence

So, if you would like a free consultation with Roddy to discuss your options, please give us a call on 0115 9733591.

Mouth Guards

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Do you play a contact sport such as cricket, hockey, rugby?

Do you participate in recreational sports such as mountain biking or skate boarding?

Are you wearing a custom-made mouth guard?

Click here for more information on how Sunshine Dental can protect your teeth and prevent serious mouth injuries


What is a mouth guard?
Often referred to as a gum shield, mouth guards sit over your teeth while you are playing sports to prevent damage to your teeth and serious mouth and jaw injuries.

Who should wear a mouth guard?
Mouth guards should be used by anyone, children and adults, participating in a sport that involves physical contact or moving objects, such as cricket, hockey and rugby.

Why have a custom-made mouth Guard?
There are several types of mouth guards available, such as boil and bite and take your own impressions, which may be cheaper than a custom-made guard however the materials, comfort, fit and protection of a custom-made guard are far better than the cheaper alternatives.
Cheaper alternatives are often bulky and uncomfortable to wear and can become deformed which means the teeth are not covered effectively.

Our guards are designed and tailor made by our professional clinical dental technician, Roddy, specifically for the person who will be wearing it to provide the best protection and a more comfortable fit. He will take an accurate impression of your mouth and will note how your jaws bite together to ensure it fits your mouth exactly, protecting your teeth and gums properly.

How much does a custom-made mouth guard cost?

The expense of a mouth guard outweighs the cost of not wearing one – the cost of repairing a chipped tooth or replacing lost teeth if knocked out can be several times more than the cost of a mouth guard.

Our prices start from £45 depending on which sport is played and which custom colours are chosen.

We urge everyone who is taking part in a sport that involves contact, a stick or a ball or the chance of falling over or off something that they get a custom-made mouth guard as part of their essential kit.

Click here to find out about our custom made mouth guards.

Call us on 0115 9733591 to see how we can help.

Plan your perfect wedding day smile

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With summer just around the corner it means the wedding season is almost upon us. Your wedding day is likely to be the most photographed day of your life so follow our advice to get your smile as radiant as possible.

Plan your perfect wedding day smile
Six months before the big day both bride and groom should visit the dentist for a thorough examination. This will give you the opportunity to discuss any work that you would like completing such as fillings, whitening, braces or even implants. It’s amazing what results we can achieve even in a short period of time.

15941458_654771244647985_4982461065014665625_nImplants will fill gaps with replacement teeth and are a great long term solution. An initial consultation costs £100 with implants starting from £1,350 per implant.

Braces aren’t just for children. With our quick straight teeth system, it is an affordable and gentle way to straighten teeth quickly, prices start from £1,800 per arch, however even though technology has improved, they don’t work overnight so aim to start treatment as soon as you can if you want a perfectly straight smile on your wedding day.

Broken, chipped, cracked or stained teeth can be restored using 12987016_520991301359314_7125482196516877063_na variety of techniques, we can even reshape and recontour teeth, similar to filing your nails so come and ask us how we can give you your perfect smile

Tooth whitening is a fantastic, quick and inexpensive way to dramatically improve the appearance of your smile with minimal intervention. Tooth whitening by a dental professional ensures complete safety and longer lasting results. It takes 2-4 weeks for tooth whitening to be effective but top up gels can be bought nearer the time. The cost of tooth whitening starts at £150 per arch.

So if you think your smile will let you down on those everlasting wedding photos come and have a chat with us, there are many ways in which we can help.

To discuss your needs, call Vikki on 0115 9733591

Are you too embarrassed to have a dental check-up?

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Are you too embarrassed to have a dental check-up?

Reluctant to visit the dentist because you are afraid of what we might say?

Do you feel awkward and self-conscious?

Here at Sunshine Dental we understand that nobody enjoys going to the dentist. For many of us, it’s a necessary evil, with one in four of us dreading it for fear of being “told off”. That will not happen here – we never pass judgement on our patients and are simply here to help you achieve a healthy happy smile.

Sunshine Dental We offer a unique experience in a friendly, relaxing atmosphere and encourage new patients to come and have a cup of coffee with us before even meeting the dentist so you can meet the whole team.

We are trained to help people who are experiencing problems with their teeth and have various ways in which to fix these problems. You will be treated with kindness, patience and understanding and we ensure you won’t feel the overwhelming sense of being out of control. We want your visit to us to be as stress free as possible.

So if it’s been a while since you visited a dentist, why not come and see for yourself how things have changed. With modern surgeries, pleasant reception areas, polite, friendly staff and advances in technology you will find it’s altogether a much gentler experience and much more bearable.

Dental health is very important – not just for keeping our smile in check but for our overall health too. The sticky bacterial plaque that builds up on our teeth if left untreated leads to inflamed and bleeding gums as well as being linked to heart problems and diabetes.

So our do’s and don’ts are:

  • Don’t worry – we are not judges! We are here to professionally guide you to an improved, healthier smile.
  • Do tell us if you are nervous – there are ways we can help you to put you at ease
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions – we love talking teeth!
  • Do talk about any embarrassing problems you may have such as bad breath or bleeding gums – we have heard it before and by discussing them with us you are one step closer to improving your smile
  • Don’t put off visiting us any longer. Our friendly team is here to offer you tailor-made dental health advice and care, so book that long overdue appointment today by calling 0115 9733591

And remember, if you don’t like going to the dentist you’re not going to the right one!

Visit our testimonials or our Facebook Page to see what our patients say about us.

No Smoking Day 2017

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Practically everyone knows that smoking can have a deadly impact on your body, however, many people don’t realise the damage smoking causes to our mouths, teeth and gums.

Every puff of smoke that gets into our bodies starts by passing our lips, tongue, teeth and gums, impacting on our oral health by causing tooth staining, gum disease, tooth loss and in more severe cases mouth cancer.

A smoker’s mouth is not pretty thanks to the unattractive yellow stains that tar and nicotine leave on our teeth. Over time this discolouration can become more permanent as it seeps into the enamel. Regular hygiene appointments can prevent this from happening. We recommend seeing Rebecca every three months.

veneers-before-kerIt’s no surprise that smokers have bad breath and it’s not the kind that can be easily disguised by sucking a mint! More than 4,000 chemicals pass through your mouth every time you smoke, many of which collect on the surface of your mouth. This may cause a dry mouth as well as increasing the risk of gum infections.

The gums are affected because smoking causes a lack of oxygen in the bloodstream, so the infected gums fail to heal.  Smoking causes people to have more dental plaque and for gum disease to progress more rapidly than in non-smokers.  Gum disease still remains the most common cause of tooth loss in adults. If you are concerned about your gums or you are finding your teeth are becoming loose – we can help. Why not come and speak to one of the team to find out ways in which we can get your mouth healthy.

Here at Sunshine Dental we encourage you to attend regularly so that any changes in your mouth can be identified such as white patches and ulcers that don’t heal. We routinely carry out oral cancer screening at examination appointments and as dental care professionals we can help you maintain good oral health and give you advice, support and encouragement on stopping smoking. By cutting down or stopping your mouth benefits very quickly and you will notice changes almost immediately.

If you would like further information or are worried about your teeth and gums, why not ring us for a friendly chat on 0115 9733591. We are here to help.

New Year, New You! Your smile is something worth celebrating

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Our teeth are one of the first things people notice about us – we can help you take care of your oral health as well as finding ways to improve the appearance of your teeth to give you a smile that makes you beam with pride.

A healthy smile starts at home

cheeseEveryone should be brushing their teeth for two minutes every morning and every evening, this will help to keep cavities and gum disease away. The toothbrush head should be half on the tooth and half on the gum but make sure you don’t “scrub” too hard as this can damage the gums, remember gently does it!

Flossing twice a day is essential to prevent the build up of plaque and bacteria. Make sure you don’t just saw in and out, tension the floss at an angle to clean the inside of your teeth. Alternatively you can try interdental brushes like tepe. These are inserted between your teeth and remove 40% more debris than brushing alone – if you are unsure what’s best for you come and see our hygienist Rebecca.

To safeguard against decay, dentists recommend cutting down on your sugar intake, eating no more than four teaspoons a day and avoiding acidic food and drink which erode the enamel of your teeth.

Give yourself a smile makeover

The quickest way to make a dramatic difference to your teeth is by whitening them. A bright white smile helps you look and feel year’s younger, boosting self esteem. A fast, convenient and affordable way to brighten your smile.

One of the biggest advances in dentistry is the invisible brace. Crooked and over lapping teeth is a key reason for dental problems and it’s never too late to opt for braces in an effort to sort things out. Modern braces are less bulky and painful and are virtually invisible – we offer free consultations to discuss your needs. Call us on 0115 9733591

A generation of Britons haven’t had access to advanced dental technologies, or even good toothpastes and have suffered with advanced decay resulting in unhealthy mouths that are beyond the point of repair. You may think there is no hope but here at Sunshine Dental we have solutions such as hand crafted dentures or implants that will give you your smile back. Call us on 0115 9733591

Get ready to sparkle with gleaming white teeth that reflect the real you

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Our lifestyle and the aging process can take its toll on our teeth

Our lifestyle and the aging process can take its toll on our teeth. Drinking tea, coffee, red wine and smoking can stain our teeth causing them to look dark and unattractive.

Tooth whitening is a fast, convenient and affordable way to brighten you smile.

Tooth whitening treatments are transformational, adding a sparkle to your smile that can leave you with greater confidence. One of the most important benefits of tooth whitening is that it improves your looks, boosts self esteem and a white bright smile helps you to look and feel years younger. Our tooth whitening treatment can get your smile looking its best by restoring your teeth back to their original colour very quickly without the need for cosmetic dentistry.

Is tooth whitening safe and suitable for everyone?

When performed by a registered dentist, tooth whitening is a quick, safe procedure however it is not suitable for everyone. If you have tooth decay or gum disease, these problems would need to be treated before tooth whitening commences. Our dentist will check first to see if it’s suitable for you and what options are best.

Is tooth whitening painful and are there any side effects?

Tooth whiting has been proven to be safe and effective however a very small percentage of people may feel some minor tooth sensitivity, particularly to very hot or very cold food and drink during treatment. Symptoms usually subside and disappear within a few days of stopping the treatment.

How much does tooth whitening cost?

Tooth whitening is a cosmetic treatment and therefore not available on the NHS. Our cost of £350 includes the taking of impressions to enable our skilled technician, Sian, to make your bespoke custom made trays. Your dentist will see you to fit the trays making sure they are perfect for you before supplying you with the professional tooth whitening gel and thorough instructions. A review appointment a week later is made to ensure you are happy with the procedure and to review the shade of white you want to achieve.

How long does tooth whitening last?

The length of time tooth whitening lasts depends on each individual and their life style choices and diet. It will usually last between 12-18 months but in other cases as long at 2-3 years. If you smoke or frequently eat and drink products that stain your teeth such as red wine, tea & coffee the effect is less likely to last as long. However once you have had trays made top up gels are available to purchase. These are especially effective if you have a special occasion coming up such as a wedding, holiday or job interview.

Are teeth whitening kits sold on the Internet safe to use?

Tooth whitening is only safe when carried out by a registered dental professional who has been fully trained. There are many offers on the internet, looking like a cheaper solution but you may be left with damaged gums and teeth, potentially risking your health. The only safe way of whitening your teeth is by first talking to a dentist.

Do whitening toothpastes work?

Whitening toothpastes don’t stay on the teeth long enough to make any major change, they are really for maintenance. Whitening toothpastes do not permanently alter the colour of the teeth; they simply contain polishing agents that remove deeper stains from the teeth. You should avoid using toothpastes with a gritty texture as these can erode tooth enamel, so avoid ones that contain salt, pumice, silica and mica.

If you would like an honest assessment on how to achieve a whiter, brighter smile contact us on 0115 9733591 to see how we can help.