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Snoring – a serious issue with serious effects

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Are you or your bed partner one of the 40% of the population who snores?

Do you or your bed partner dream of having a good night’s sleep?

Simple snoring is the noise resulting from a partial closure of the airway during sleep. As we fall asleep, our muscles relax. For snorers, this causes the lower jaw to drop back and partially obstruct the airway. As a highly common ailment, affecting nearly half of the population, snoring can heavily impact a person’s life. Not only can it lead to a number of side effects for both sufferer and bed partner, it can also be a symptom of something more sinister – obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) – a potentially life-threatening condition.

Snoring can result in diminished energy levels, a lack of concentration, increased risk of stress and depression, and can affect your libido. Habitual snoring can also result in increased chance of high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease, especially if Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) is present.

Snoring can have a significant impact on your bed partner. Bed partners often report as little as 3 hours’ sleep a night. This can have major health implications.

Many people are unaware that dentists play a crucial role in the diagnosis and treatment of snoring & OSA and can provide a number of dental appliances to combat the problem, known as a mandibular advancement splint (MAS). Such appliances are designed to prevent the lower jaw from dropping back during relaxation (sleep), in turn keeping the airway open and oxygen saturation high.

The use of MAS has been clinically proven to have a significant impact on snoring. As part of the screening process, your dentist will ask you to complete a short questionnaire that assesses the quality of your sleep, as well as your level of tiredness in certain scenarios. There is also a section for your bed partner, if you have one, to complete. The results will be used to rule out OSA by determining your risk level. If you are suspected of suffering from OSA, your dentist will refer you on to your GP for further investigation – a non-invasive sleep study, which will accurately measure your sleeping patterns and oxygen saturation levels.

SleepwellHere at Sunshine Dental, we can help understand your snoring better, suggest lifestyle changes and prescribe a clinically-proven, tailor-made splint.

Sleepwell is one of the most clinically-proven dental appliances, with studies showing that 97% of patients deem it a suitable treatment option.

If you would like to find out more or would like to book an appointment call the team on 0115 9733591.

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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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.

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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

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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

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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.