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National Smile Month

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This month is National Smile Month – a national campaign which aims to make a positive difference to the oral health of people throughout the UK.

Here at Sunshine Dental, we are passionate about putting the smiles back on people’s faces as good oral health has so many wonderful life-changing benefits.

From greater self-confidence to better luck in careers and relationships, a healthy smile can truly transform your appearance, the positivity of your mindset and your general health.

Our teeth play such an important role in our lives, enabling us to eat the foods we enjoy, talk and speak clearly and give our face its shape. So, our key messages to help people look after their teeth and smiles are:

  • Care for your mouth by brushing your teeth last thing at night and at least one other time during the day with a fluoride toothpaste
  • Clean in between your teeth at least once a day using interdental brushes or floss
  • If you use a mouthwash don’t use it directly after brushing as you will rinse away the fluoride from the toothpaste
  • Change your toothbrush every 2-3 months or sooner if it becomes worn
  • Quit smoking to help reduce the chances of tooth staining, gum disease, tooth loss and in more severe cases mouth cancer
  • Visit the dentist regularly. If you are nervous about visiting us – talk to us first we will work with you to help you overcome your fears.
  • Cut down on how often you eat sugary food and drinks
  • Avoid snacking and only have sugary foods and drinks at meal times, reducing the time your teeth come under attack

Maintaining a general level of good oral hygiene is not time consuming or costly yet many of us still choose to ignore the most basic day-to day hygiene routines.

A staggering number of us brush for less than 2 minutes a day and our diet as a nation has become heavily laden with sugary drinks and foods, while millions of people don’t see a dentist regularly. The consequences of this can lead to unnecessary, invasive and expensive treatment with repercussions of poor oral health having effects on the whole body and increasing the risk of heart attacks, strokes, and dementia.

Poor oral health isn’t just about problems inside the mouth it is hugely important to our personalities, self-confidence, relationships and success so if you would like help improving your oral health or would like to chat to one of us on ways in which we can help.

Please contact us or call us on 0115 9733591

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.

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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.

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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
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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.

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.

Best Team – Sunshine Dental

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Best Team

At Sunshine Dental we are a creative and focused team. The whole team participates actively and positively with patients taking the initiative to get things done.

Our team consists of nurses (one is dually qualified as a dental technician), receptionists, practice manager, dentist, clinical dental technician and hygienist; with an age range from 22 – 59. As well as the human team members we have registered pets as therapy (PAT) dog who is available to sit with nervous or phobic patients in reception.

It is the aim of the team to put patients first and at the heart of everything we do and work towards. From the first moment of contact we treat patients as individuals ensuring the patient ‘journey’ is managed carefully and with compassion. We spend time getting to know our patients building positive relationship which leads to knowledge about preferences and on occasion concerns. One patient recently commented that she doesn’t feel like she is in a dental practice but actually visiting friends.

All of our team talents were put to full use with Mrs S who called us very upset about her appearance. The patient works in London within the beauty industry where she feels appearance matters. Mrs S was both embarrassed and nervous. It took all of all of skills, working as a team, with genuine concern and care to take the patient through the process of gaining her confidence and creating her new smile.

I can totally recommend this wonderful dental practice. For anyone even slightly nervous it’s the place to go. No one likes going to the dentist but when anyone meets the friendly, professional staff it makes a difference to such an ordeal. Nerves calm immediately.

The standard of their work is the best and better than anyone can imagine. The atmosphere is great and the clinic is spotless but is welcoming. After a few bad experiences I am so happy and lucky to have met them all. I have a new look now that is so natural and comfortable.

Thank you all for your help and understanding. Will miss going to my appointments.

We regularly go above and beyond the normal duty of care, willingly working early or later, home delivering ‘forgotten’ debit cards or personal belongings to elderly patients, making drinks for patients and their chaperones whilst waiting to be seen, remember patient’s ‘special’ birthdays or anniversaries and come in at a weekend to mend a denture, in our on-site laboratory, for someone going on holiday; this is all.

As a practice we are involved locally with sponsoring a bursary at the Long Eaton Rugby Club, this assists children who may have financial difficulty in purchasing sports kit. Chris Brooks (Chairman and Development Manager) commented:

The bursary fund provided to the club has huge social and community benefit; it enables the most vulnerable junior players to continue and be involved in sport.

In conclusion we aspire to be a team who through effort, enterprise and hard work, will provide safe, high quality dental care. So why not come and see for yourself what excellent service you can receive from a best team!