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.

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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 [email protected].

Get Your Smile Back With Teeth Whitening At Yew Tree Dental

Get Your Smile Back With Teeth Whitening At Yew Tree Dental

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, it’s clear that 2020 isn’t exactly panning out anyone expected it to. For many of us, this has meant getting used to alternative ways of doing things and learning how to balance our work and home lives like never before. That’s why we’re trying our best to keep things as normal as possible at Yew Tree Dental.

As part of this mission, we’ve become more committed than ever to providing all of our patients with exemplary dental care, regardless of the reason for their visit. And, in addition to performing several general dentistry procedures in this time, we are also meeting a heightened demand for more cosmetic procedures such as teeth whitening.

Looking to get your smile back? You’ve come to the right place.


What is teeth whitening?

It’s rare that any of us has a perfectly white set of teeth, but that doesn’t mean that things have to stay that way. Teeth whitening is a treatment in which bleaching agents are used to eliminate staining and discolouration that has emerged on our teeth over time. This can appear as a natural by-product of ageing, but can also be influenced by several lifestyle factors such as whether or not you’re a smoker and the regular consumption of drinks such as red wine, coffee or tea.


How does it work?

At Yew Tree Dental, patients can choose from a number of different teeth whitening options. The first of these takes place at our practice and involves the application of a light-activated gel to your teeth by one of our highly trained dental professionals.

If you’d rather complete this treatment in your own time, we can also provide you with the tools to carry out your own personal teeth whitening programme from the comfort of your own home. In this instance, we will create a mouthguard unique to the shape of your teeth and supply you with enough bleaching solution to last up to two weeks.

Alternatively, you can enhance your smile by combining the best elements of both of these treatments and we can help you put together a treatment plan to meet all of your individual aims and outcomes.


Book your treatment today

With results lasting up to three years, teeth whitening is certainly a viable way of leaving your teeth looking their best and restoring the confidence you’ve lost as a result of these less-than-desirable blemishes and stains. To book your teeth whitening treatment with Yew Tree Dental, call us on 01753 522500 or visit our website today.

Why Do Our Teeth Hurt

Why Do Our Teeth Hurt?: Possible Reasons For Your Toothache

Toothache can be enough to ruin anyone’s day. In the most extreme cases, those affected can experience persistent periods of discomfort and see their mood, work and sleep pattern disrupted by this lingering and relentless pain.

But why do our teeth suddenly begin to hurt? There are a number of possible reasons for the development of toothache, some temporary and some which can only be remedied by medical intervention.


Common Causes of Toothache

Our teeth endure their fair share of strenuous activity, helping us to break down food for digestion and supporting us in the formation of speech. Through life, the foods we eat and the amount of time we dedicate to the upkeep of our oral hygiene really can have an effect on the condition and health of our teeth.

Poor dietary choices and the lack of a proper brushing and flossing routine can leave us open to the development of dental and oral health problems, a symptom of which is toothache, an often very aggravating condition.


Listed below are some of the most common causes of toothache:

  • Sensitive roots: Gum disease can lead to the exposure of the roots of our teeth. As bacteria linked to gum disease can break down the bone that normally protects the root of a tooth, this is left to experience heightened sensitivity. In this instance, certain foods – hot, cold or spicy – can result in our teeth becoming unbearably sensitive and force us to abandon eating some of our favourite meals.
  • Tooth decay: Over time, the enamel that covers our teeth can be weakened by plaque bacteria. This can lead to cavities (holes in our teeth) and increased pain when eating and drinking. Dental intervention may be required to ensure that this does not spread to the entire tooth.
  • Abscesses: An abscess occurs due to a buildup of pus in certain parts of a tooth, often as a result of infection. When abscesses occur, toothache can range from moderate to severe and, if left unchecked, can lead to the development of incredibly serious health conditions.
  • The loss of a filling: After a cavity has been plugged by a filling, many patients enjoy being able to use their teeth to their full potential. There are occasions, however, when these can become dislodged and fall out. When this occurs, it makes sense that the pain that originally accompanied the emergence of a cavity once again reveals itself, making routine, teeth-based tasks difficult to complete.
  • Wisdom teeth: The process of wisdom teeth establishing a place in your mouth can be a painful one, with specific areas of the mouth enduring great tenderness and swelling. In this instance, it is quite often the wisdom teeth themselves that are the source of the pain.

How Should Toothache Be Dealt With?

As with most common health conditions, there are a number of home remedies for managing toothache. These include taking pain relief, avoiding certain foods for a set amount of time, placing an ice pack around the affected area, gargling salt water or a solution comprised of garlic/cloves and elevating the head when trying to get some sleep.

However, these are quite often only momentary solutions to toothache. If you’re suffering with constant toothache, and this is only increasing in severity, it’s vital to get in touch with a dental professional.


Yew Tree Dental Care and Implant Centre

Yew Tree Dental Care and Implant Centre is a family-run dental practice with a long and established history. We make it our mission to ensure that all of our patients have a positive experience whenever they visit us and we’re well-known for the fabulous and sensitive care we provide to patients of a more nervous disposition.

If you’re struggling with a persistent and nagging toothache and would like to book an appointment with us, visit our website or call 01753 522 500.

What Are Porcelain Veneers and How Do They Work?

What Are Porcelain Veneers and How Do They Work?

What Are Porcelain Veneers

Warm and positive, a smile is very often one of the nicest gifts we can offer to someone. For many of us, a smile from the right person can be more than enough to make our day.

Yet, this isn’t always so easily done. As there are some of us who are extremely self-conscious about the appearance and condition of our teeth, sharing a smile can sometimes be very difficult.


Why do we lose our smile?

Dissatisfaction with our teeth can stem from a number of problem areas. Discolouration, whether as a result of consuming certain foods/drinks or as a side effect of previous dental surgery, is one of the major causes of lost confidence. The source of this self-consciousness can also be the emergence of broken or chipped teeth over time or lifelong concerns over the alignment and symmetry of these hard-working body parts.


What are porcelain veneers?

The addition of porcelain veneers to our teeth can be an extremely effective method of helping us to recapture our lost smiles. Designed to cover the most common and confidence-destroying of teeth concerns and irregularities, porcelain veneers are fixed to the front of our teeth in order to alter their length, colour, shape or size.

As these veneers are created in accordance with the unique shape of each mouth and set of teeth, they offer patients a custom-made solution to their tooth-based hangups. And the benefits of porcelain veneers are many: they’re natural-looking, stain-resistant and can brighten even the darkest of teeth.


How do porcelain veneers work?

At Yew Tree Dental Care and Implant Centre, we take the utmost care in helping patients achieve the smile of their dreams. As such, when we fit porcelain veneers, we follow a thorough and meticulous process.

Following an initial consultation in which we’ll discuss all of the finer points of this procedure, we’ll take some moulds and photos to ensure your veneers are constructed in line with the shape of your mouth and teeth. Your second appointment will consist of your veneers being fitted and finished, leaving you ready to take on the world. A final aftercare appointment will then take place in order to ensure the success of the procedure and to make sure you’re satisfied with the end result!


Book in at Yew Tree Dental Care and Implant Centre

At Yew Tree Dental Care and Implant Centre, we’ve been providing patients with outstanding dental care for over fifty years and we’ve become well-known for the high quality of our treatments and customer service.

To find out more about us, or to book in for your first porcelain veneer consultation, visit our website today or call us on 01753 522 500.

Yew Tree Dental Care | Award Winners

Yew Tree Dental Care: Award Winners

With the roots of our modern-day surgery in the 1960s, at Yew Tree Dental Care & Implant Centre, we’ve delivered outstanding dental care to patients across five very successful decades.

In this time, we’ve managed to stay true to the highest standards of oral hygiene and become specialists in all areas of general dentistry, dental implantology and Invisalign treatments. With this in mind, it’s fair to say that, when it comes to dentistry, we represent the gold standard in terms of professional, attentive and highly-skilled dental care and patient satisfaction.

Award Nominations

With such a proud history behind us, a ferociously dedicated team and principal dentists of unrivalled calibre in Drs Neel and Natasha Shukla, it’s our mission to continue to provide a range of high-quality treatments to all of our patients, placing positivity at the heart of the individual oral healthcare journeys of everyone on our books.

To this end, it was a great honour to be nominated for two prestigious dental industry awards at the tail-end of last year: Best Care of Nervous Patients at the Oral Health Awards and Best Young Dentist at the Private Dentistry Awards.

Up for contention for these awards against a range of other outstanding dental professionals and practices from across the UK, these nominations proved further recognition of our dedication to quality and how we very often move beyond the regular duty of care expected by our patients.

Well Done, Dr Neel!

It’s a great pleasure to be nominated for such highly-regarded awards, but winning one is a different feeling altogether. Following a well-attended award ceremony, it was announced that our very own Dr Neel had managed to scoop the prize for Best Young Dentist for the South East region at the Private Dentistry Awards. Awarded this esteemed prize for his ceaseless commitment to his patients as well as his determination and drive to stand out in his field, we’re all very proud of Dr Neel and just as honoured to work alongside him each and every day.

Proud Nominees

Although we weren’t so lucky at the Oral Health Awards, our nomination in the category of Best Care of Nervous Patients went some way to affirm our efforts to help those with anxieties around attending dental appointments have the best experience possible.

Visiting the dentist can be a distressing time for anyone and we take great steps to ensure that nervous patients are provided with all of the support and care they need during every step of their oral healthcare journey. A huge congratulations to the eventual winner of this award and all of those who were nominated, it was truly wonderful to see so many practices who share our dedication to our patients.

Yew Tree Dental Care and Implant Centre

At Yew Tree Dental Care and Implant Centre, we pride ourselves on offering patients a range of essential dental services, from routine check-ups through filling procedures to dental implantology.

With us, quality and a friendly, relaxed experience are assured, so get in touch today by calling 01753522500 or visiting our website

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