Mouthwash And Your Oral Care Routine

Mouthwash And Your Oral Care Routine

When considering your oral health it is very important to remember that prevention is far better than intervention.

By this we mean that avoiding oral health problems (prevention), is likely to be much easier than having to undergo treatment for an issue (intervention).

The majority of us are aware that in order to do this we need to be brushing our teeth twice per day, and flossing once a day.

However, some people are unsure where mouthwash should fit into their oral care routine.

Read on to find out more…

Should I Use Mouthwash?

As with a lot of things, this is a question that cannot be answered with a simple yes or no. However, providing that you stick to the above advice to maintain your oral health, mouthwash will not be a necessity.

Mouthwash: The Pros

Doctor Schwartz DDS suggests that mouthwash can be helpful in three ways:

Reducing the amount of acid in the mouth – Exposure to acid can cause the surface of your teeth to erode, this is referred to as dental erosion.
Cleaning hard-to-brush places – Some areas may be harder to clean than others, especially around the gums. Children may struggle to clean their teeth efficiently, and can use mouthwash with the addition of some water.
Remineralising teeth – This is a process that repairs lost enamel. Whilst teeth cannot be ‘rebuilt’ by practising good dental hygiene, remineralisation can be beneficial.

Dry mouth – Further to Doctor Schwartz’s suggestions, mouthwash may also be an effective way to deal with persistent dry mouth, which may occur due to different types of medication. However, if you are using mouthwash for this purpose it is important to find one that is alcohol free, as the alcohol may contribute to dry mouth and possibly lead to sores.

Mouthwash: The Cons

Ineffectual – Whilst many brands of mouthwash claim to provide you with fresher breath or whiter teeth, in actuality if a mouthwash does not contain fluoride it will be of little, or possibly no, benefit to your oral health.

Staining And Irritation – Cetylpyridinium chloride is an ingredient found in a number of mouthwashes that may stain your teeth, or cause irritation.

Antibacterial mouthwashes often contain chlorhexidine. Although this may be helpful for short-term use following some dental procedures, such as tooth extraction, or to reduce gum inflammation, long-term use is not advised as this can result in teeth staining.

Tooth Decay – Perhaps counterintuitively, some mouthwashes may actually lead to tooth decay. Acidic stabilising agents are commonly found in mouthwashes, as they extend shelf-life, however these ingredients have also been shown to erode tooth enamel and increase the risk of decay. Furthermore, many mouthwashes remove the ‘good bacteria’ found in the mouth, weakening your oral microbiome and leading to future problems.

Bad Breath

Many individuals who struggle with bad breath choose to use mouthwash frequently as a way to manage the problem. Unfortunately, this may be simply treating the symptom whilst ignoring a possible underlying issue.

If you find yourself concerned about bad breath, book in with us today.

Get Booked In

To schedule an appointment at Yew Tree Dental Care, simply head over to our website.

Alternatively, you can call us on 01753 522 500 or email us at info@yewtreedental.co.uk.

Aesthetic Procedures At Yew Tree Dental Care

Aesthetic Procedures At Yew Tree Dental Care and Implant Centre

Here at Yew Tree Dental Care and Implant Centre we work hard to ensure that all of our methods and equipment are up to date, as is evidenced by our investment in a new CBCT scanner.

As well as keeping up with the latest technology, we also seek to provide our clients with the most cutting edge and in-demand procedures available.

It’s for these reasons that we are very proud to announce that from August we are introducing a new range of aesthetic procedures!

Anti-Wrinkle Injections And Dermal Fillers

Whilst the right skincare can do wonders to drastically improve the signs of ageing, it is only capable of so much, particularly if you start to use these products later on in life.

Fortunately, anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fillers provide a solution for those fine lines and wrinkles that are otherwise impossible to avoid.

These treatments correct flaws with the help of hyaluronic acid and Botulinum toxin, substances that can restore volume and smoothness to the skin.

Dr Natasha Nosimohomed

Dr Nosimohomed is the driving force behind the introduction of our new aesthetic procedures. Having graduated from the highly regarded Dental School of Guy’s, King’s and St Thomas’ London she soon found a passion for facial aesthetic procedures.

Following this, she went on to hone her skills in top institutions around the world, including the highly esteemed postgraduate Chris Orr Aesthetic Dentistry Course. This course is focused around a number of cosmetic procedures, including veneers and composite bonding.

Over the past ten years, Dr Natasha Nosimohomed has helped patients to look and feel their best. Her work in cosmetic dentistry and aesthetics has resulted in her patients’ increased sense of self-esteem, which is critical for good mental health.

Her impressive credentials, ever-increasing skill set and patient-centred approach make us proud to have her leading us into new territory.

Contact Us

If you would like to make an enquiry, or get booked in for one of our procedures, please email us on info@yewtreedental.co.uk or call us on 01753 522 500.

Alternatively, you can book an appointment online via our website.

CBCT Scanner

Introducing Our New CBCT Scanner

Exciting news here at Yew Tree Dental Care and Implant Centre! We are delighted to have acquired a new, state-of-the-art CBCT (Cone Beam Computed Tomography) scanner. It has us smiling, and will be keeping our patients smiling too! Read on to find out more.

What Is A CBCT Scanner?

A CBCT scanner is a diagnostic tool, which means that it is a piece of equipment used to identify any problems that you may be having with your oral health. It can then help your dentist decide on the best course of action for you.

The scanner will take images of your teeth, soft tissues, bone and nerve pathways in one single scan. This gives your dentist a more in-depth, detailed view of your oral health, meaning that they can provide a more accurate diagnosis and a more effective treatment!

What Is A CBCT Scanner Used For?

A CBCT scanner is used to create a 3D image of your mouth. This allows your dentist to examine your jaw, teeth and bones, as well as your soft tissue.

  • Your dentist may suggest that you have a CBCT scan for a multitude of reasons, including:
  • Dental implant planning and placement
  • Periodontal disease
  • Diagnosis and detection of infections and tumours
  • Orthodontic treatment
  • Oral surgery
  • Complex endodontic cases

CBCT Scans And Dental Implants

One of the most common reasons for having a CBCT scan is for dental implants.

The scan will help our dentists gain a more complete view of your teeth, jaw and soft tissue. This influences the success of the implant procedure, making such treatments even smoother than ever before.

What Are The Benefits Of Using A CBCT Scanner?

As stated above, using a CBCT scanner to help with an implant procedure achieves optimal results. However, it isn’t just useful for the dentist, it can also give you a better understanding of the procedure. Whether to put your mind at ease, or just to satiate your curiosity, the scan will improve your overall treatment experience.

The level of detail provided by a CBCT scanner also helps to reduce the potential risks associated with treatments and increases their efficacy.

All necessary images can be collected in one quick and easy appointment.

What Is Having A Scan Like?

When you come in for a scan you will be asked to take a seat. Your dentist may position you slightly, to ensure that your head is in the right place. The CBCT scanner will then pan around you, creating the 3D image.

Unlike an MRI scan, a CBCT scan only needs to take images of your head, so you will not be in a full body machine. The experience of having a CBCT scan is more similar to a CT scan in which just your head is scanned. However, unlike a CT scan, you will not be lying down. This helps to avoid claustrophobia.

What If I Struggle With Claustrophobia?

As mentioned above, due to the CBCT scan being centred around the head, and the patient able to stay seated throughout, claustrophobia is easier to manage.

However, if you have found that being in a small space often elicits anxiety, we suggest that you let us know. This allows the member of staff conducting your scan to support you at every stage. They will talk you through the process step by step and offer reassurance.

Additionally, the scan will take less than one minute, so any unease you may feel will be very short term!

Are There Any Risks Involved?

One of the many great things about CBCT scans is that they are minimally invasive – having a scan will not be painful or in any way difficult.

The only thing of note is that a CBCT scan will expose you to some radiation. The level of radiation that you would be exposed to is higher than your typical X-ray, however, it is lower than a CT scan, and is therefore nothing to worry about.

How Do I Prepare For My Scan?

Do not worry! You don’t need to do anything to prepare for your scan. Just get yourself booked in and we will take care of the rest.

Yew Tree Dental and Implant Centre

If you would like to contact us about a treatment, or you have any further questions about our use of CBCT scanners, please either email info@yewtreedental.co.uk or call us on 01753 522 500.

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What Causes Teeth Staining And How Can It Be Solved?

A study conducted on behalf of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry found that nearly half of the adults involved (48%) claimed that after meeting somebody new, that person’s smile remained their most memorable feature. Moreover, the memory of their pearly whites was more significant than the first thing that they said. 

With National Smile Month running between 17th May and 17th June, let’s explore how to keep those teeth bright and healthy so the next time you meet someone new, they remember your smile for all of the right reasons. 

What Are Stained Teeth? 

Staining refers to the discolouration or darkening of teeth, moving them away from their natural white colour, to shades of yellow, brown or grey. Tooth staining falls into three distinct categories: extrinsic, intrinsic and age-related. 

Extrinsic staining is caused by lifestyle choices and affects the enamel, or surface, of the tooth. Conversely, intrinsic discolouration occurs within the tooth, resulting from injury, certain medications, tooth decay and, in some cases, genetics. Age-related teeth staining is often the culmination of years’ worth of extrinsic and intrinsic factors. 

Five Common Causes Of Teeth Discolouration

Food And Drink

Various things that we eat and drink can cause extrinsic staining. Food and drink residue can accumulate in the film of protein that covers the tooth enamel. Coffee, tea, wine, bread, pasta and other starchy foods are notable examples of this. 

Tobacco Use 

The nicotine and tar found in tobacco are absorbed into the microscopic pores found in the teeth, causing a yellow or brown discolouration. Nicotine itself is colourless, however, when it mixes with oxygen, it turns yellow. This means that even electronic cigarettes containing nicotine may stain teeth. 

Poor Dental Hygiene

Forgetting to brush and floss leads to a buildup of plaque and tartar which can appear yellow or brown in colour. Food stains that are not addressed lead to further discolouration. Stained teeth often contain cavities so it is important to arrange an appointment with your dentist to address these more serious issues.

Disease And Medication

Certain diseases prevent the development of tooth enamel and dentin, the porous core found under the enamel, which often results in discolouration. Medical treatments such as chemotherapy may also cause teeth staining. 

Ageing

Tooth enamel wears away as we age, exposing the darker dentin found beneath. Years of food and drink staining adds to the discolouration. The margins where a filling meets the tooth can change shape over time, attracting foods that cause staining and harbouring plaque. It is important to replace old fillings to prevent these problems from occurring.  

Solutions To Teeth Staining At Yew Tree Dental

Teeth Whitening

Teeth Whitening is one of our most popular cosmetic procedures. We provide these treatments at our clinic or in the form of a home whitening kit. The severity of your teeth staining and the results you hope to achieve will determine which type of treatment we recommend. 

At the clinic, your dentist will apply light-activated gel containing hydrogen peroxide directly to your teeth. A light source causes a reaction in the gel which, in turn, reacts with the teeth to brighten the enamel. Heat accelerates the process, resulting in faster and long-lasting whitening.  

Home whitening involves wearing trays containing a small amount of whitening gel for up to two weeks. The trays are custom-made for your mouth, ensuring the treatment is as comfortable as possible. 

Porcelain Veneers

Acting like tooth-shaped covers, Porcelain Veneers sit over the entire front surface of the teeth. Rather than treating the existing stains, veneers disguise your natural teeth, covering them with white porcelain. 

Your dentist will take digital scans of your teeth in order for the veneers to be made. Treatment begins by preparing your teeth in order to snugly fit the veneers. These are then applied with adhesive glue, giving you the dazzling smile you have always dreamed of having. 

Book An Appointment At Yew Tree Dental

During National Smile Month, put your oral hygiene first. Yew Tree Dental offers teeth whitening, veneers and many more treatments which will bring out your brightest smile. Call 01753 522500 to discuss your options with one of our experienced team members. Alternatively, make an enquiry through our website and we will get straight back to you.

invisalign in slough

Choosing The Right Braces For You

According to a recent study conducted by OnePoll, 57% of Americans feel self-conscious about the appearance of their teeth. Although we may not be based in the US, we would not be surprised if this figure also reflected changing opinions towards dental hygiene in the UK, as more and more people than ever before are looking for a way to achieve their dream smile.

The fact of the matter is that very few of us are born with perfectly shaped, straight, gleaming teeth, and you shouldn’t be ashamed or embarrassed about that – we are all human, after all. Just because you weren’t gifted with a picture-perfect smile, that doesn’t mean that it is out of reach! Orthodontic and dental care has advanced significantly in the past few decades which means that tackling teeth misalignment or a crooked smile is becoming easier by the day.

Lots of people are now choosing to have braces to fix their smile, but did you know that there are many different types of braces available? Today, we are going to explore the different types of braces and when and why they are used!

What Are Braces?

Before we get our teeth stuck into the nitty-gritty, we thought we’d give you a quick overview of what braces actually are.

Simply put, dental braces are devices that are used in dentistry to straighten or move your teeth. Although this is usually done to improve the appearance of someone’s smile, in some cases, braces can also provide many practical benefits. These include the prevention of common oral issues, like gum disease or tooth decay, and more complex problems such as a bad bite.

Traditionally, most people who need braces will get them between the ages of 8 and 14. By this time, most people will have lost their baby teeth and had the majority of their adult teeth replace them. Despite popular belief, there is no upper age limit on braces and you can have them whenever you want – as long as your gums and teeth are healthy and strong!

The Different Types Of Braces

In our modern day and age, we have the luxury of being able to choose from a selection of different braces, each coming in a different shape, size and offering distinctive benefits. For example, some are so discreet you won’t even know that they are there, like one of our most popular treatments – Invisalign®.
Invisalign® Braces

Whilst it is on the tip of our tongues, we may as well begin with Invisalign® – the leading brand in ‘clear aligners’ and a favourite of our patients. For many people, Invisalign® is the only option they will consider and in the last fifteen years alone, these have seen a staggering growth in popularity.

Invisalign® braces come with a host of benefits. First and foremost, they are custom-made using innovative imaging technology for added comfort. Unlike other braces, they are also easily removed at your convenience. However, as per their name, their main appeal is near-invisibility which allows teenagers and adults to improve their smile in a discreet and less intrusive manner.

Here at Yew Tree, Invisalign® would be our recommendation for a good proportion of our clients if this treatment suits their needs.

Traditional Braces

For many of us, the thought of traditional metal braces might bring back horrible memories. Though it is safe to say they are highly effective, they haven’t always been the most popular! Despite this, traditional metal braces are the best way of dealing with severe cases of teeth misalignment and are still used frequently by our dental team.

Traditional braces tend to work quicker than the less invasive alternatives, and also offer the best value for money. Furthermore, you won’t ever have to worry about wearing or losing your aligners!

Although the main disadvantage of traditional braces is their appearance, they are significantly more subtle than they were a few years ago. In some cases, a range of colour options may even be available for both the brackets and elastics, something that just wasn’t thought of back in the day!

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces are similar to metal braces, however, instead of the in-your-face metal brackets and wires found on traditional braces, ceramic ones use clear or tooth-coloured brackets.

You could almost consider ceramic braces to be a mix of Invisalign® aligners and traditional metal braces. Many people opt for these as they’re less visible than metal braces, but move your teeth faster than Invisalign®.

Yet, the trade-off is that they are also more expensive than traditional braces, and aren’t as unnoticeable as Invisalign®. Despite this, they are a great alternative for anyone feeling self-conscious about wearing their braces.

Picking The Right Braces For You

Before you begin your journey towards a straighter and healthier smile, you need to decide on which brace best suits you. For many, this comes down to their unique priorities. For example:

  • Speed

Some people will happily have braces that are more noticeable if it means that they can come on and off as quickly as possible. This could be especially important if you have a big event or celebration coming up.

  • Cost

If you have a limited budget, then you will want to look for the option that gives you the best results possible within your means. Usually, most people find that traditional braces are the most cost-effective option.

  • Appearance

For some people, having their teeth straightened is an embarrassing process that they do not want people to find out about. If this is the case, or you just want a less invasive and more comfortable treatment option, then you might want to prioritise aligners like Invisalign®. These may be slower than traditional braces but are far less intrusive.

  • Complexity

Sometimes, the choice is taken out of your hands. If you have a particularly complicated issue, such as severely crooked teeth or a problematic bite, then your options may be limited and your dentist might recommend a certain treatment.

Yew Tree Dental

Remember, the above points are things to consider before having your dental treatment, but they are not the be-all and end-all. Every dentist has a specific way of doing things and particular brands or products that they will recommend. You must choose a dentist you can trust and listen to their advice carefully – they are the experts after all.

Yew Tree Dental Care and Implant Centre is an award-winning dental practice that has been established for over fifty years! We have helped generations of satisfied patients with their dental care and hygiene and we aim to build long-term relationships that last.

If you have any dental queries or concerns, please get in touch with us on 01753 522 500 or email info@yewtreedental.co.uk. Alternatively, you can also contact us via this link.

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