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National Smile Month May 16th – June 16th

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Sunshine Dental Practice are proud to support National Smile Month – the UK’s largest and longest running campaign to promote good oral health.

Sunshine Dental Smile Week

There are three key messages which go a long way in helping us develop and maintain a healthy mouth.

  • Brush your teeth last thing at night and on at least one other occasion with a fluoride toothpaste
  • Cut down on how often you have sugary foods and drinks
  • Visit your dentist regularly, as often as they recommend.

The mouth is the window to the body and a healthy smile is a great asset, benefiting us socially by giving us confidence in our relationships and careers. As well as helping us to chew food our teeth help us talk and speak clearly and also give our face shape.

Maintaining a general level of good oral health is a fairly simple task yet many of us still chose to ignore the most basic day to day hygiene routines.
A staggering number of us brush for less than two minutes, as a nation we are over reliant on added sugars within our diet and millions of us haven’t seen a dentist in the last two years.

The consequences of this over a long period of time can lead to unnecessary, invasive, expensive treatment. The repercussions of poor oral health can go further than the mouth as new findings support dental problems can lead to an increased risk of heart attacks, strokes, diabetes and dementia.

So if you are one of those millions who haven’t had a dental check up for a while why not come and talk to us – we are here to help.

We can offer direct access to our dental hygienist, Rebecca as well as offering a full range of dental treatments with our dentist Vishal Rana.

For more information call us on 0115 9733591 or visit our website www.sunshinedental.co.uk

Smile…
the most beautiful thing in life

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the most beautiful thing in life

Tooth whitening is a fantastic, quick and inexpensive way to dramatically improve the appearance of your smile with minimal intervention

Sunshine Dental - WhiteningSmoking, drinking tea, coffee and alcohol as well as age can cause teeth to become discoloured or darken and although home application kits are available in stores, supervised tooth whitening by a dental care professional ensures complete safety and longer lasting results.

The advantages of tooth whitening are that it is a quick, safe, painless procedure that restores the natural colour of the teeth with no structural damage. The benefits of this are that your teeth will be lighter and brighter giving you a more attractive, confident smile. Products such as whitening toothpastes or strips will not produce the same glowing results.

The procedure is simple, safe and can be done from the comfort of your own home, normally only taking a couple of weeks to see a difference with the affects lasting between 2-3 years depending on lifestyle habits. Top up gels can be bought for future use.

Impressions are taken of your mouth so that custom made trays can be provided ensuring a perfect fit. The whitening gel will be dispensed by the dentist along with complete instructions. We will show you how to apply a small amount of gel into the tray and how to slide the trays over your teeth. You then wear the trays overnight or for short periods of time during the day. Dramatic results are normally seen within 2-3 weeks.

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No whitening is permanent and maintenance will be required to keep that bright smile. We advise that you see a dentist first to check your teeth are healthy before you start treatment as teeth and gums can become permanently sensitive if they are not healthy first.

So if you would like a more youthful looking smile or have a special occasion or event coming up why not come and talk to us, prices start from £150 per arch.

Tips and advice for denture wearers

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Read our tips and advice about dentures, where we have answered some of the most frequently asked questions from denture wearers.

What is a denture?

A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth. It can be made from plastic (acrylic), injection moulded materials or metal.

Are dentures my only option?

No – fixed options such as implants & bridges are available

Should I see a dentist or a clinical dental technician to provide my dentures?

Gone are the days when only a dentist could provide patients with new dentures, you can now go directly to a Clinical Dental Technician. The benefits of this means you will be treated by someone who is focused purely on denture design and construction forming a unique partnership with excellent rapport, removing any issues that may arise due to miscommunication. A Clinical Dental Technician can work with you whilst you are in the chair with the advantage of the work being done within the same premises.

How long does it take to make a denture?

The construction of a denture can be complex and precise and will take a minimum of 5 visits. An initial impression is taken of your mouth so that a special tray can be constructed. This is unique to you. Following that your bite is recorded before we try-in your new dentures, once you are happy with the shape, colour and look we will then fit your new dentures.

How long will it take for me to get used to my dentures?

When you first have dentures fitted your mouth needs time to adjust and your jaw muscles and tongue need to learn to keep your dentures in place. Some people adapt very quickly to wearing dentures whilst other people take longer.

Will I be able to eat my favourite food?

Eating and pronouncing certain words will take a little practice. Start with soft foods cut into small pieces. Chew slowly using both sides of your mouth at the same time to prevent tipping. As you become more accustomed to your dentures introduce other foods until you return to your normal diet. However you should avoid eating sticky toffee and soft bread.

How long will dentures last?

Dentures will eventually need to be replaced but with proper care they can last several years. Dentures wear with regular use and your gums may change shape or shrink over the years. We recommend denture wearers have an annual check with either a clinical dental technician or dentist.

Further information can be obtained from our in depth guide, from our website www.sunshinedental.co.uk or by calling one of our team members 0115 9733591