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Problems we solve at Advanced Dentistry

When it comes to problem solving, Advanced Dentistry works hard to offer the very latest treatments and high quality care in relation to dental problems.

Having specialised in areas of aesthetic dentistry, restorative dentistry and cosmetic dentistry for many years now we have come to understand the importance of maintaining teeth and gums for the benefit of overall health and as a way to build or enhance your self-confidence.  It’s no secret that the notion of liking yourself has a lot to do with how you interact with your friends, with your work colleagues and how you generally feel about life.

LOSS OF SELF-CONFIDENCE

The loss of self-confidence can be attributed to many factors where it comes to your teeth. In terms of aesthetics many people invest a lot of time, money and energy on their general appearance but seem to neglect the condition of their teeth, gums and overall dental health and then end  up feeling bad because they know their teeth don’t look right.

Ultimately, everyone feels more confident with a healthy and natural smile. It is one of the most attractive features anyone can possess. Dental conditions that are visible through a person’s smile can vary from the minor to the major including:

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Could Easter be bad for your oral health?

Surprising as it may seem, Easter is almost upon us – which means only one thing for most people.  Chocolate!

Many people love chocolate and with millions of people getting an extra fix or two at this time of year it’s really important to make sure you know what eating chocolate means for your teeth and overall oral health.

Many people don’t always realise that eating lots of chocolate can lead to acid attacks on your teeth, the result of which might be an increased risk of broken down teeth, tooth wear and erosion and even increased risk of gum disease if you do not have a thorough cleaning regime.

While we wouldn’t expect people to avoid chocolate forever, there are a few things you can do that mean you can still enjoy your chocolate Easter egg, while reducing the risks associated with the sugary treat.

Take note:

  • The higher the cocoa content of chocolate the less sugar there will be.  This is obviously less damaging to your oral health and is a good reason to go for plain chocolate.
  • Avoiding chocolate with sticky centres like toffee or caramel will also help.  These types of centres are not only high in sugar but their consistency can mean they get stuck to the grooves within your teeth.
  • Try to limit your chocolate consumption and opt for enjoying it as a dessert or with a glass of milk.  If you eat chocolate all day then you will get a build-up of sugar in the mouth, which in turn means that it can do damage throughout the day.
  • You should always brush your teeth at least twice a day, but during Easter, you may want to opt for some additional oral care.  This may be a good mouthwash or even an additional brush if you have eaten some chocolate.  Do take care here though as you can over-brush your teeth which can be damaging.

Dark Chocolate is better for you…

Cocoa powder itself is a much healthier option to processed cocoa powder, which tends to have a lot of sugar added to it. As a result, if you like home baking, you could make your own treat and have a lot more control over what goes into it.  Mixing a good cocoa powder with nuts or coconut butter tastes great but it’s also free from artificial additives.  Oh and it is full of antioxidants.

If you have young children and you want to reduce their intake of Easter chocolate then consider dried fruit or even sweets made with fructose, which is the sugar that naturally occurs in fruit.  However, do be aware of their sticky consistency so you will want to ensure you back-up the treat with a bit of teeth brushing.

Even the most self-motivated people like to enjoy treats but for long-term happiness with your smile it’s really important to make sure you have a good oral cleaning routine.

Equally, if you’ve enjoyed a few too many Easter eggs over the years and you’ve ended up with  decayed teeth or an unattractive smile, this can be fixed at Advanced Dentistry, so do contact us if you want to fix your oral health issues this year.

Do you like to smile?

There cannot be many people who would tell you that they would not like a beautiful smile.  However, if you are someone who feels it’s never going to happen because your teeth just aren’t up to the job, then this can be a problem.

Quite wrongly, many people assume it’s all about teeth whitening but truly great dental work comes from so much more.  It’s about knowing what the best treatments are to give you the radiant smile you’ve always wanted and in order to get there it’s important to understand how to communicate and how good treatment manifests itself.

To get the best out of aesthetic dentistry or cosmetic dentistry it’s important to have a good relationship with your dentist and feel that you can tell him or her the kind of results you want.  Of course, part of this process of communication includes listening to what your dentist is telling you and then mutually agreeing the best way forward where it comes to treatments.

A good dentist will always want to set-up an initial consultation with you so that your aims and potential treatments can be discussed.  In fact you should be very wary of any dental service that does not ask for this.  If they are happy to promise treatment without having seen you then alarm bells should ring.

Preparing for your first consultation

It’s important to feel at ease when you visit the dentist for the first time but equally you should have an idea of what you’re thinking and feeling.  In order to do this you will need to be realistic and not feel that when your dentist sees your teeth he or she is going to think “I’ve never seen teeth as bad as this before”! There are dentists who sadly end up giving people phobias for every with bad people skills so it’s important to understand that you are the client and you are paying for the treatment and that you deserve to get a kind and considerate approach.

If you’re worried you can’t communicate what you would like from a new smile, then try taking a photo of your smile from the front.  Look at it carefully.  What do you / don’t you like about it?  Try and forget it’s your smile and ask yourself what it is you would change if you could.

This isn’t to dictate to a dentist but an action that will help you gain a bit more confidence and perhaps feel a little more in control of things.  A good dentist will understand and will try to interpret what you want with the treatments available in order to get the very best results.

At this point, it’s vitally important to tell you NOT to make any cosmetic assessment.  You’re not a dentist and this action is therefore counterproductive.  We all have fear and embarrassment from things but these are usually seated with how we feel about ourselves and not what others see.

At Advanced Dentistry Windsor we are proud to offer a holistic service that is both caring and of a very high level of standards.

We work closely with our patients to restore their smiles, while looking after their overall oral health for a better long-term result and are always happy to meet you for an initial consultation to discuss what you would like and how we can help.

 

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