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Why is it important to keep on top of your oral hygiene?

The process at home

From a young age the majority of people are taught and instructed on ways to clean their teeth at home. Unfortunately, the detail to this teaching is often lacking and therefore a quick brush when we wake up and before we go to bed can become the normal routine. Whilst this brushing is of course important, on its own and without a high level of efficiency the overall effectiveness of the clean can be somewhat muted and lead to problems such as bad breath and bleeding of the gums.

So how can you improve your overall cleaning process?

The first important thing to do when looking after your oral hygiene Sutton is to attend regular dental appointments with us at Benhill Dental Practice and in some cases our hygienist as well. These appointments not only discover any potential problems early on, but can also provide you with tips and tweaks to make to your daily cleaning process. This is of extreme importance, as it puts in place preventive measures reducing the probability of more serious dental treatments and procedures further down the line.

During your appointments, whilst a dental education may not seem interesting, your dental team will be able to discover any flaws within your cleaning process and help educate you on how to improve it. This can range from encouraging flossing or using an electric toothbrush to employing a combination of a variety of dental equipment. Whilst this education is of great importance, the responsibility then lies with you to ensure you follow the advice given and work on improving your oral hygiene Sutton.

Bleeding and swollen gums

When we cut ourselves and bleed we often deal with the problem there and then, learning our lesson and yet many people with gums that bleed choose to ignore the bleeding. As with most injuries this bleeding is a warning sign and one that should not be ignored. Gingivitis which can develop into periodontal disease is quite common among patients and is often the result of plaque build-up around the teeth. Whilst a little bleeding may seem insignificant, over time this can result in further dentals problems such as tooth loss. It is therefore essential to work with your dental team and hygienist to ensure that your overall oral hygiene Sutton is at the top of its game.

Creating positive experiences from a young age

Whilst it may seem a little far fetched taking a baby to the dentist when they first get a tooth, putting the visitation process in motion is of great importance. Not only are you setting the overall dental hygiene regime up for success, but you are also establishing a firm dental routine for them which hopefully will continue throughout the rest of their lives. Studies have shown that patients who visit the dentist regularly from a young age are less likely to suffer from fears and anxieties towards their dental visits later in life. Putting in the groundwork at a young age therefore encourages positive experiences from the start, whilst also ensuring a high level of oral hygiene Sutton.

What are the causes of sensitive teeth?

There are many different factors which can result in sensitivity of your teeth and here at Benhill Dental Practice we know that sensitivity is an uncomfortable and painful problem. Rest assured however that it is a common problem that we deal with on a regular basis and we encourage you to book an appointment with your dentist at our practice to find out more about how we can help you with sensitive teeth Sutton.

One of the main causes of sensitive teeth Sutton is the loss of tooth enamel. Tooth enamel is the essential thin outer layer of your tooth which is designed to protect the dentine underneath. Over the course of life, although it is the hardest tissue in the human body, unfortunately enamel can gently erode away and become worn, which slowly leads to the exposure of the dentine underneath, thus causing sensitive teeth Sutton. Enamel erosion occurs as a result of high levels of sugar and acids in your diet which lead to the formation of plaque and tartar on your teeth. Unfortunately, this can not only affect the enamel, but cause other dental diseases such as tooth decay or gingivitis too. Smoking and tobacco can have a detrimental effect on your tooth enamel. Other factors such as brushing your teeth too vigorously or misalignment of your teeth or jaw which results in grinding of your teeth can also damage the enamel. There are some underlying diseases which can result in enamel erosion and eating disorders are also detrimental to your oral health. Our dentist here at Benhill Dental Practice will provide friendly and experienced advice to help you deal with sensitivity.

The signs and symptoms of sensitivity

One of the first signs of sensitivity, which is also the main symptom, is pain or tingling in your mouth when you are eating or drinking. This is usually worsened by either extremes of temperature, so you may find that you are unable to enjoy ice creams or cold drinks, or tolerate hot food or hot drinks such as tea and coffee. In this situation it is important that you contact us as soon as possible so that we can help ease your discomfort and prevent further complications in the future. Sensitive teeth are a common problem and you can rest assured that your comfort and ease is our main priority. We want you to experience optimal oral health for as long as possible in life, so speak to us at Benhill Dental Practice to find out how we can help you. We know that sensitivity issues can hinder lifestyle choices and with good advice we  will prevent this as much as possible for you. Speak to us to find out about how you can protect your tooth enamel and also so we can help advise you on how to combat the symptoms of sensitive teeth as effectively as possible, so that you are able to smile confidently, enjoy an ice cream and be comfortable and pain free again soon.

The importance of looking after your teeth and gums

Visiting your dentist on a regular basis

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Clean teeth and healthy gums in Sutton are vital for good oral health and overall well-being. It is important to visit your dentist on a regular basis so that your teeth can be fully examined and the dentist can check to make sure that your mouth is clean, healthy and that there are no underlying issues present. Not all dental issues are symptomatic however toothache, bleeding gums, sensitivity and bad breath are symptoms that should not be ignored. If you are experiencing any of these issues it may be a sign of underlying dental problems and need to be attended to immediately to prevent further damage and complications. Visiting your hygienist alongside your dental appointments at Benhill Dental Practice is an extremely important form of preventive therapy in dental hygiene and is required to help maintain clean teeth and healthy gums in Sutton.

The role of the hygienist in maintaining healthy gums

Optimal gum health is vital for good dental health. Your hygienist will help educate you about good oral hygiene techniques, advise as to how to maintain good dental health and give nutritional advice and information about specific foods which may be beneficial or should be avoided to make sure that you have healthy gums in Sutton. The hygienist is concerned with identifying and preventing dental issues by examining your mouth thoroughly to check for any signs or symptoms and to identify them early on and therefore prevent further complications by treating them successfully before they can cause damage to the surrounding dentition. The Field of dentistry concerned with gum health and issues of the supporting structures of the teeth is known as periodontics. The periodontium consists of your gums, alveolar bone, the cementum which attaches the tooth to the alveolar bone and the ligament which holds the tooth in place. Periodontics is involved with the diagnosis and treatment of the diseases and conditions affecting these structures. These include gingivitis, which is commonly known as gum disease, which is an infection and inflammation of the gums and if left untreated can result in periodontitis, which is the infection of the other structures of the periodontium.

Gingivitis and periodontitis

Gingivitis can occur throughout all stages of life and is a key dental issue that may be experienced by most adults at least once in their lifetime. Gingivitis usually occurs as a result of poor oral hygiene and avoiding regular visits to the dentist. Other factors such as pregnancy, smoking, poor nutrition, specific medications and another underlying disease can also result in gingivitis. Bad breath and bleeding gums are the key symptoms of gingivitis and should never be ignored. The earlier that this can be detected the fewer complications there will be in the future, if left untreated gingivitis can spread and infect your remaining healthy gums and other structures of your mouth resulting in periodontitis. Periodontitis is a severely painful condition and can ultimately result in tooth loss. Book an appointment with your dentist here at Benhill dental practice and you can undergo a full examination to make sure that you have clean teeth, healthy gums in Sutton and start enjoying better oral health from today.

Are you worried about seeing the dentist? How our team helps nervous patients at Benhill Dental Practice

When you have had a bad time during a dental appointment, it can really impact negatively on your life.

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In the UK, three out of four people have expressed concerns about needing to attend dental check-ups and dental phobias remain fairly common. And while it is all too easy to avoid the dentist if you are a nervous patient, this is rarely a good idea; it can cause less serious issues to become more complex and can allow significant problems to go undetected.

If you are an anxious dental patient, you will be glad to hear that dental care has evolved and now, all dental teams are trained to handle even the most anxious of patients; including ours!

At Benhill Dental Practice, we are proud of the services that we offer to nervous patients Sutton. We aim to help them to overcome their fears and anxieties without the use of sedatives. We build a relationship with all of our patients, to change their perception of dental care and to help them make the best choices possible for their dental health.

How do we help our nervous patients Sutton to relax without sedative medications? Read on to find out!

We aim for pain-free dental care

If you have had a bad or uncomfortable experience in the past with a dental team, you will be glad to know that with our emphasis on providing dental care with as little discomfort as possible, we can help.

When our nervous patients Sutton attend our surgery, we use state-of-the-art tools and medical guidance to make every procedure as comfortable as feasible and can assure you that your visits with us will be with far less stress.

Communication

As we mentioned before, when you come to us at Benhill Dental Practice, we will work with you to help you overcome your phobias and concerns.

We have helped many anxious patients overcome their concerns about the dentist and we really want to help you too! If you feel worried about attending your first appointment with us, please inform our friendly reception team and we will accommodate you and make you feel welcome.

Prevention

We touched on this briefly at the start of this article; when it comes to nervousness and dental care, it can often act as a hindrance towards getting help.

And so, while we will aim to restore any issues caused by lapses in dental care, we will also take steps to ensure that any and all potential issues are prevented.

This can include scales and polishes for those at risk of gum disease, and the application of fluoride sealants for those with acid damage. So when you visit us in the future, it won’t be linked to discomfort or associated concerns!

Local anaesthetic

We do not offer sedatives to our patients but, as we mentioned earlier, we always aim to provide pain-free dental care.

And so, when you come to us we will use as much local anaesthetic as required to help you feel comfortable (and numb!) while we work on your mouth.

What to know before choosing veneers

At Benhill Dental Practice, we consider veneers Sutton as a powerhouse in the arsenal of cosmetic dental treatments. We offer top-quality veneers Sutton (also known as dental caps) to patients looking to improve the look of their teeth. While dental caps are commonly used to fix aesthetic issues related to teeth, these are also used to protect the health and function of teeth.

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Veneers Sutton can be relied on to rectify a range of aesthetic problems that include: teeth that are broken or chipped, teeth that are irregular in size or shape, teeth that look stained or discoloured as well as relatively minor gaps between teeth. In addition to its versatile use, there are plenty of other plus points about dental caps that promote this cosmetic dental treatment as a relevant dental solution. We take a look at what some of these plus points are.

Why dental caps are worth considering

Dental caps prevent structural issues from worsening

The real worry about chipped or fractured teeth is the compromise to the structural integrity of teeth. A dental cap is a thin covering that is placed over the affected tooth and which provides much-needed ‘strength’ to the tooth. Any weaknesses in the structure of the tooth present a real danger to the life of the tooth as chips and cracks can open a pathway for bad bacteria and germs to enter the vulnerable layers of the tooth.

Dental caps offer a customised solution

Dental caps are fitted according to each patient’s individual needs. Some patients may need to balance tooth symmetry, others may need to improve teeth shape or need the cap-like coverings to hide the discoloured look of badly stained teeth. Our friendly dental practitioners can help patients determine which shade of ‘white’ would be best to bring about a natural bright look.

During a consultation, we will factor in the age and gender of the patient and face shape to ensure that the veneers treatment achieves the aesthetic outcomes sought after.

Dental caps can be regarded as a quick fix

Seeing that there is very little preparation of teeth needed (this is dependent on the patient’s situation) for dental caps to be inserted, many regard this treatment plan as a quick way to address cosmetic issues. Some patients require as little as two visits to complete their treatment.

Dental caps must be well cared for to provide a long service life

Dental caps are well-known for offering a comparatively long-standing solution but it must be said that these dental devices must be looked after in return for their dependable service. Most important for patients to remember is that their oral hygiene practice at home should be a priority if dental caps are to remain in a pristine condition.

Dental caps can be used alone or as an add-on to other dental treatment plans when a patient is in need of them. Reach out to us at Benhill Dental Practice should you wish to know more about how veneers can improve the look of and protect the health of your teeth. We offer professional consultation with a well-experienced dental practitioner in which we will gladly answer all of your questions.

Curious about why dentists use white fillings? 5 advantages from Benhill Dental Practice

Were you a child of the 70s or 80s? Or even the early 90s?

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If you were, chances are that when you visited your dentist for a check-up and needed a filling, you were given an amalgam one. While effective at preserving the tooth, these black/green fillings were far from visually pleasing and could often cause insecurities when many people laughed or smiled.

And, a metal-based filling is not without its own functional issues, too many people would lose these filings as, due to drinking hot tea, the filling would expand, crack the tooth and then shrink as the temperature dropped. And so, they were easy to displace.

Fast-forward to 2021, and many dental surgeries are now phasing out amalgam fillings for more lifestyle-friendly alternatives.

When you come to Benhill Dental Practice, if you require a filling of any size (or even a crown), we will provide you with white fillings Sutton. Made from either a composite material or porcelain, these fillings offer a more aesthetically pleasing variation to amalgam and are also less likely to come loose.

But why else are we opting to use white fillings Sutton over metal ones? Read on to find out!

Aesthetics

OK, so we have already spoken about the cosmetic advantages of white fillings Sutton, but we figured we could talk a bit more!

Our team can perfectly colour match either the composite or the porcelain to the rest of the tooth that the filling is in, making them completely undetectable to the naked eye and therefore far more aesthetically pleasing.

Durability

Don’t let the materials fool you! Yes, metal is usually stronger than porcelain, but in your mouth a porcelain filling is extraordinarily tough and can last for triple the time!

And we aren’t just talking about being able to handle the daily wear and tear of chewing – if you grind your teeth when you sleep, if you have a composite filling or crown, there is no need to worry about it coming loose or cracking.

Bonding

Metal fillings rarely bonded well to teeth, once again putting them at a higher risk of falling out with daily use.

However, as composite is a resin that requires curing with a UV lamp to harden, it bonds better to the tooth. This protects against the tooth falling out and also stops the root or the pulp from becoming accidentally exposed.

Expansion or lack of

A composite or porcelain filling is not able to expand or contract in the way that metal ones do, and so, no damage occurs to the surrounding tooth parts once they are fitted.

This means that there is also a lower chance of the decay spreading due to cracks in the enamel.

Versatile

Of course, you may need a composite or porcelain filling for restorative purposes besides decay. If you have cracked or chipped a tooth playing football or in daily life, we will repair the damage with one of these materials, restoring your tooth to its former glory. What more could you want?

Boost your confidence with teeth whitening Sutton

If you are looking for quality results that are both consistent and safe, why not choose a product that dentists themselves use to whiten their teeth? That’s what you’ll get here with us, so let our experts talk you through the process of teeth whitening Sutton so that you can feel empowered knowing what to expect with this, frankly empowering experience.

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Teeth whitening Sutton is an opportunity for you to feel more comfortable with your own smile, allowing the removal of several years of stains over the course of a few weeks in a safe and relaxed way. We can perform this treatment using different formulas to suit your lifestyle needs, you can opt for the treatment to be completed in a way that is most convenient for you so that you can enjoy the best possible results.

Both options, either the day or night wear options, guarantee your safety and we will provide you with all of the equipment and information that you need to competently complete the whitening treatment at home.

The overnight kit consists of either 10% or 16% carbamide peroxide which is designed to be worn for 6 hours consistently. You get the same outstanding results with your day kit, consisting of 6% hydrogen peroxide and can be worn for up to 2 hours daily.

One of our team will be assigned to your teeth whitening Sutton experience and care. They will determine what kind of whitening your smile needs and discuss with you pros and cons for each solution for your personal situation. This encompasses both your physical needs as well as your expectations and daily demands so that we can together establish an experience that works the best for you.

You can expect to see results after a few days using this treatment with optimal results seen at around the three-week mark. There are a few things that you can do to extend the life of your treatment and ensure that your smile is looking its greatest for the longest possible time.

How can I extend the life of my treatment?

By understanding what has caused the staining to your teeth in the first place, we can understand what is likely to continue to stain your teeth again in the future. Many of us consume red wine, tea or coffee on a regular basis and these products, alongside others are the main culprits for standard tooth discolouration. If you’re unsure what might stain your teeth, simply consider a white shirt and if the food or drink would stain the shirt, over time it will stain your teeth.

Consume less of these products and rinse your mouth with water after every meal, if not giving your teeth a light brush to remove any residue left over.

It is important to maintain good oral health and to keep your smile clean. Regular hygienist appointments will remove any surface stains that have accumulated over the past few months, so by visiting a professional often, you can maintain that whiter, healthier looking and feeling smile for longer.

Reasons why dental hygiene Sutton is essential

Most know how important dental hygiene Sutton is, yet still take it for granted. Any dentist will tell you that most of the cases they see are preventable, typically caused by neglect or partial neglect.

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So what exactly are you doing wrong, and what can you do to improve the condition of your mouth, teeth, and gums? Read on to find out; perfect teeth are easier to achieve than you might think at our clinic, Benhill Dental Practice!

Where can I improve?

  • Brush your teeth

Improve your dental health by strictly and conscientiously adhering to the basics. This includes regular brushing and trips to the dentist twice a year, or as instructed by your oral health practitioner.

You need to dedicate an appropriate amount of time to clean your teeth, which is approximately two to three minutes, at least twice a day. A quick, 30-second swap will do little to remove bacteria accumulating on your gum line and between your teeth. Additionally, excess plaque will cling to the surfaces of your teeth, turning them an unsightly yellow. You may also suffer from bad breath.

  • Floss daily

Don’t forget to floss either, as these filaments remove plaque where your brush can’t reach. Many people see flossing as optional when it should form a crucial part in upkeep your oral health.

  • Tips for parents

Parents struggling to get their easily distracted offspring to brush their teeth for the prescribed time is challenging, but not impossible. Make the task fun by turning it into a competition with the winner receiving an award. Ensure that the prize doesn’t negatively impact their dental health, like sweets.

  • Best brushing technique

Learn the techniques necessary to eradicate most germs hiding in your mouth. Considering that the mouth is a breeding ground for a trifecta of bacteria, you won’t reach them all. However, by brushing your teeth correctly increases your chances of optimising your oral health. If you think that your teeth cleaning ritual isn’t correct or only partially removing germs, ask our dentist for a quick demonstration.

  • Choosing the right brush

The brush you use on your teeth is also essential. Choose one with soft to medium bristles as this allows the brush to bend and reach under the gumline, which is a popular breeding ground for harmful bacteria. Don’t make the mistake of choosing a utensil with more rigid bristles, thinking it will remove more bacteria as you might be wearing down tooth structure at the same time.

If you don’t like manual brushes, go electric. Electric toothbrushes equipped with rotating heads are as efficient and beneficial for those with limited mobility.

  • Stick to your dental appointments

Life’s busy but stick to your dental appointments for the sake of your dental hygiene Sutton and health. These routine checkups make detecting dental issues a possibility, saving you time and money in the future on larger problems that require complicated and expensive procedures to treat.

  • Change your diet and lifestyle

It’s not only cleaning your teeth and seeing the dentist that’s important. Adopting a balanced, nutritious diet also contributes to better oral health. Do this by curbing your intake of sugary and greasy food, while eating more fruit, vegetables, and lean proteins. Remember to hydrate often and moderate your drinking habits. If appropriate, look into smoking cessation therapy!

Benhill Dental Practice can help with Smoking Cessation in Sutton!

Are you concerned about how your teeth look? Are they looking stained or are you developing bad breath? If you are a smoker, what you may not realise is how smoking can affect your oral hygiene. At Benhill Dental Practice, we want to help you with smoking cessation in Sutton. We know that it is difficult and that you may have had a bit of ‘stick’ of friends and family about giving up to the point where you don’t want to think about it anymore (the ostrich method can be a firm favourite – stick that head in the sand) but we really do believe that it is important for your health to try and quit. We understand that this isn’t easy, but we have lots of support available; it is important that you have regular checkups with us to monitor your oral health.

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What are the dental issues that can arise from smoking?

A lot of people don’t realise that smoking is the main cause of mouth cancer. In fact, every year, thousands of people die from this type of cancer and while it isn’t a pleasant thought, through smoking cessation in Sutton, you can avoid this happening to you if you put your mind to it and stop smoking. We can offer a lot of advice and support on ways to do this when you come to visit us here at Benhill Dental Practice.

Other issues that can also arise from smoking, which may not be as serious but can have a detrimental impact on your self-esteem and well-being are numerous. Tobacco products can be responsible for causing you to have a reduced sense of taste and smell. Also, tobacco can cause your gum tissue cells to be affected and become more prone to periodontal diseases and infections. Perhaps surprisingly, you can also suffer from jawbone loss and shrinking gums, as well as mouth sores which can be difficult to heal, alongside a hairy tongue. Needless to say, the effects of smoking on your oral hygiene don’t sound great and they can be serious if left untreated.

How we can help

While we can’t wave a magic wand to help you stop smoking, we do have a lot of advice about how to quit and most importantly, we can explain in more detail the risks to your mouth if you don’t. Keeping an eye on your mouth is extremely important when you are a smoker; we have the expertise to identify issues you may not be aware of yourself and we can help to treat those problems. We understand that you don’t need to be preached to, so we won’t be trying any of that either! We just want to ensure that your mouth is as healthy as possible with regular checkups and treatment as required.

For further information about how we can help, why not book in for a consultation where we can discuss your individual situation and you can ask as many questions as you need to. We are here to listen to you and advise you accordingly. If you want to book in, our friendly reception staff are ready to take your call, so don’t delay!

Want to get white teeth in Sutton? Come to Benhill Dental Practice!

If you’re feeling self-conscious about the appearance of your teeth because they are discoloured, you may be wondering what you can do about it. Drinking tea, coffee or alcohol, smoking, and even taking certain medication can affect the colour of your teeth. Other factors such as ageing, stress, illness and disease can also take its toll on your teeth. Reducing the amount of these drinks you consume and quitting smoking can certainly help to improve the appearance of your teeth, along with regular brushing, flossing and dental check-ups. However, if all of these things still don’t make you feel like you have the pearly whites you’re after, then there is another way to get white teeth Sutton. At Benhill Dental Practice, we offer Boutique Whitening to help improve the appearance of your teeth and give you a whiter and brighter smile.

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What is Boutique Whitening?

Getting your teeth whitened professionally with a dentist is the only safe and approved way to achieve an improved appearance for the colour of your teeth effectively. Boutique Whitening is our choice of treatment for patients looking for white teeth Sutton because it offers flexibility of when you choose to use it, wearing a more concentrated solution for a couple of hours in the day time, or a less concentrated solution for a longer period at night time. It is a premium quality brand that delivers – we even use it ourselves!

How does Boutique Whitening work?

After an examination of your mouth to check that you are eligible for whitening treatment, your dentist will discuss which treatment would work best for you and your lifestyle – night or day. You will then have photographs taken of the colour of your teeth, as well as some scans or impressions which will be sent off to the laboratory at Boutique Whitening. There, they will make your bespoke and custom-fitted whitening trays.

Once the trays return to us, one of our dentists will fit them to your mouth and show you how to use the whitening syringe. You will also be told how long to wear the trays with the solution in for and you should start to see noticeable results in just a few days. It’s really easy to do and you will be smiling brightly when you know you’re making great progress on the aesthetic appearance of your teeth.

What does the solution contain?

The formulas vary depending on whether you have the night or day kit. For the day kit, it contains 6% hydrogen peroxide; the night kit contains either 10% or 16% carbamide peroxide. The end results should be the same, but we can advise you on which formula will work best for you based on your dental history, your lifestyle and your preferences. 

If getting a glowing smile is currently on your wishlist, why not make your wish come true? Visiting us at Benhill Dental Practice for white teeth Sutton will ensure that you get the treatment you need to achieve effective and noticeable results in a safe and reliable way. We have substantial experience in supporting our patients in this area of dentistry and we understand the desire to have a smile that looks like it’s from the pages of a magazine. We also don’t see why anyone shouldn’t have a little bit of magic in their lives and make their dreams a reality. Stop feeling self-conscious and seize the day.