News

19/Feb/2015

Here at St Stephens Dental Surgery our goal is to make sure that every visit is enjoyable and that you leave feeling happy and relaxed. We understand that for some people, a trip to the dentist is not a nice thought and that’s why we put so much effort into ensuring that our surgery, treatment rooms and staff are all first class. At St Stephens Dental Surgery we like to think that you will love our surgery as much as we do and we have made sure that it has a relaxed an inviting atmosphere.

Whatever your age we want you to leave with a smile on your face, so we have things to keep the little ones amused and beautiful décor to create the perfect ambiance. We also pride ourselves on having all the latest technological dentistry equipment and all our staff are up to date and fully trained to deal with all your needs.

So if you are looking for a friendly, welcoming and professional dental surgery then St Stephens is the answer.


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08/Feb/2015

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What is acid wear and what causes it?

Acid wear, also called acid erosion, is when acids dissolve the enamel (outer surface of the teeth). This makes the tooth soft and easily worn or chipped away. This leads to teeth looking smoother, shorter and more yellow and the tips of the teeth may appear see-through. Acid wear can also make the teeth become more sensitive to hot, cold and sweet things.
Once worn away the enamel cannot be replaced or grown back. The acids that cause erosion may come from foods you eat and drink. pH is a way of measuring how acidic something is. If the pH of food or drink is less than 5.5, it will dissolve your tooth enamel.
As well as foods and drinks, acids can also come from your stomach. If you vomit, or get acid reflux (heartburn) regularly, this can cause acid erosion. If you think this is happening to you, ask your doctor or dentist. People who drink a lot of alcohol are particularly susceptible to erosion as most alcoholic drinks are acidic. Excess alcohol consumption can also lead to vomiting.
How do I stop acid wear?
Changing your diet to reduce the amount of acidic food and drinks is important to stop further wear. Ideally, you need to cut out anything more acidic then pH 5.5 (to the left of the black line on the picture above). If you must drink something acidic, it is best to only drink it with a meal to help neutralise the acid, and/or drink using a straw. Drink it straight down without holding it in your mouth and after, use a mouthwash or rinse your mouth out with water but DO NOT brush your teeth for about 30 minutes. The acids cause the surface of the enamel to soften and if you brush during this period it is possible to physically brush the enamel away. Natural saliva will remineralise (harden) the enamel in about 30 minutes.
Brushing twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste (on the back of the packet, it should say that it contains more than 1450ppm or 0.312% of fluoride) will help to harden the enamel. Ask your dentist, who may recommend stronger toothpaste.
What treatment is available?
With acid erosion prevention is the key as there is not treatment that can help repair the enamel once is has been lost. However teeth affected by acid wear can be repaired with fillings and crowns. Unfortunately for very badly worn teeth extraction may be the only treatment available.
If you any questions regarding acid wear then do not hesitate to contact us at the surgery and we will answer all your questions.

St Stephens Dental Practice. Giving you the confidence to smile on 01227 452668 or at www.martinsouthondentist.co.uk


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08/Feb/2015

Would you like a haircut, blow-dry or colour treatment for your hair?

Can I give you a beauty treatment?

I am offering new treatments although I have no experience of them and have had no training.

 Tempted? …I thought not!!
Tooth bleaching is a service offered by many Hairdressers and Beauticians with no training or dental knowledge. This is illegal and this treatment should only be carried out by dental professionals. Tooth bleaching is not a difficult treatment to provide but it should only be provided by a dental professional who can spot if there are other dental problems. Tooth bleaching should be regarded as the “icing on the cake” after any other dental issues are resolved or treated and not as the primary treatment option. Some conditions should be treated as soon as possible before bleaching  and  can even be made worse if not treated before the use of dental bleaching compounds. So if you are interested in any cosmetic tooth bleaching treatments please make sure you use a dentist and not your local Beauty Therapist or Hairdresser.

So for your teeth bleaching or any other dental needs, contact me and my team at the surgery.

St Stephens Dental Surgery …giving you the confidence to smile and keeping your whole mouth healthy and bright!

Contact us on 01227 452668 or at www.martinsouthondentist.co.uk

 


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03/Feb/2015

If you have been to see Tom at St Stephens Dental Practice then you may have noticed a poster about tooth bleaching on the door of his surgery. If not then here is all the information you need to know about Teeth Whitening…

WHITENING IS SAFE

If carried out by a trained dental professional, whitening is perfectly safe. Based on their knowledge of your oral health your dentist will discuss with you the options available, decide if tooth whitening is appropriate for you and develop an overall treatment plan that gives the desired effect.

ONLY A TRAINED DENTAL PROFESSIONAL CAN WHITEN TEETH

It is illegal for anyone other than dentists or their teams to carry out teeth whitening. Anyone else offering teeth whitening will not have the right training and knowledge. They will probably be using products that are not licensed for use by any other than dental professionals. Existing dental problems will be overlooked and not diagnosed. Teeth and gums could be damaged with no hope of help if there are problems.

THE PREFERRED OPTION

Whitening will not remove or damage the surface of your teeth or change their shape. It is often a better option than alternatives such as veneers for inherently changing the tooth colour if that is all that is required, because it does not involve permanently removing tooth tissue. Tooth structure is maintained and is thus easy to look after.

SELECTING THE RIGHT PRODUCT FOR YOU

Your dentist is trained to know which whitening products will be safe for your teeth and gums as they will be correctly licenced dental products only available to dentists. Products provided by non-dentists often are not GB licensed and bought through the internet. They are not British dental products with enough safety data and evidence to support their use and lack a CE stamp. They can result in damaged teeth, burned gums and/or blistered lips or even more serious consequences. Using products that are not appropriate for you will produce poor results.

HOW IT WORKS

A carefully controlled concentration of Carbamide Peroxide “bleach” is applied to your teeth using bespoke trays that fit in your mouth. Your dentist will be able to discuss with you the level of whitening you want to achieve and give you an idea of how many treatments you may need to achieve the shade you want.

WHAT TO EXPECT

You may experience some sensitivity for a short time during your treatment but this is normal and will soon fade away. Not everyone has this symptom and it goes away when bleaching is finished. We can supply you with products that can ease this sensitivity.

OVER THE COUNTER KITS MAY NOT BE SAFE

The products you can buy online or from high street shops often fail to declare the precise chemicals used so it is very difficult to assess their safety or effectiveness. Because of this they should not be considered safe. These products won’t produce the same good results you can expect by visiting your dentist.

ASK YOUR DENTIST ABOUT WHITENING
Phone on 01227 452668 or Email to ststdental@gmail.co.uk