50 YEARS IN DENTISTRY
We would like to say a happy retirement to our colleague and friend Richard Butler!
Richard qualified in 1968 from the University of Newcastle and joined the Royal Air Force Dental Branch soon after, we have been lucky enough to work alongside Richard for over 6 years and will miss Richard’s wealth of knowledge at the practice.
Richard joined Dental Excellence to offer his expert services in denture design and construction and also to do some general dentistry, we wish Richard all the best in his retirement.
As the New Year is fast approaching we would like to say a huge thank you to all our patients for their on-going support and for recommending us to their friends and family!
2017 has been a fabulous year for our hygienist Libby who won Hygienist of The Year 2017! This is a huge award and we could not think of a more deserving winner! Congratulations again Libby, we are very proud to have you as a member of the Dental Excellence family. Libby is available to see via direct access and offers early morning appointments, specialising in children, nervous patients and periodontitis.
REVIEW OF THE YEAR
‘After a dreadful experience with another dentist Jeremy not only put my teeth back together with amazing implants & ongoing bits & bobs, but totally restored my confidence in dentists – which is some sort of miracle!’ – Dr Fraser
This year we have been joined by two new members of staff. Our Head Dental Nurse – Liane and a returning face – Elizabeth, our practice receptionist. Our team is ever growing and we are proud to work together to create an efficient and friendly environment.
We have lots of surprise projects for next year! Keep in touch via facebook, Instagram or our website – www.dental-excellence.org.
FROM ALL THE TEAM
We would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New year!
We hear different dental myths almost everyday! Here we give our take on the most common ones
1. It’s always best to brush your teeth straight after eating
We would always recommend waiting at least 30 minutes before brushing your teeth after eating, brushing straight away can ruin the tooth natural enamel.
2. Mouthwash should be used in between daily brushing if required and not after brushing
Mouthwash is great to freshen your breath but is not required after brushing – leave the toothpaste to do the hard work!
3. Only fizzy drinks with sugar are bad for my teeth
ALL fizzy drinks can damage your teeth, this even includes fizzy water! The carbonic acid in fizzy drinks can erode your teeth over time . If you are going to have the odd fizzy drink make this at meal time!
4. Never rise your mouth with water after brushing, it can wash away the fluoride that has been left of your teeth by the toothpaste.
We recommend ‘spit don’t rinse’ .Fluoride helps prevent cavities.
5. Using a hard toothbrush cleans teeth more thoroughly
A soft toothbrush, used effectively cleans teeth better and at a lower risk to gum damage and enamel loss.
Good oral health is not difficult to achieve, but most of us live busy lives, juggling our jobs and families, as well as trying to find time for our own hobbies.
It is perhaps not too surprising then, that some of the ‘little’ things can sometimes be ignored.
It is often just the things that do take a few minutes that can make all the difference to how healthy our teeth and gums are. Please take a look below, at the oral health checklist to see if you are missing any of these, thereby potentially putting your teeth at risk.
- Diet – Yes, it’s the sugar thing again. Unfortunately, it is a fact that sugar is one of the most unhealthy foods for our teeth. Reducing the amount of sugar that you eat and drink will certainly be better for your teeth and gums.
- Hydration – Stay hydrated with water. Not only will water not damage your teeth as sugary drinks will, but a dry mouth can harbour excessive ‘bad’ oral bacteria and may well lead to gum disease.
- Brush your teeth – Most of us do this, but too many of us do so using an old toothbrush. If yours is more than three months old (or the head of an electric brush is), throw it out and replace it. It will not be very useful in removing food and bacteria from the mouth.
- Fluoride – Check your toothpaste. Most toothpastes do contain fluoride, which hardens the enamel of the teeth, improving their protection. Not all do though, especially ‘natural’ ones. If yours doesn’t, make sure that you change to a fluoride toothpaste.
- Floss – Many dental problems start in the spaces between our teeth where a toothbrush struggles to reach. Dental floss is an effective way of cleaning this area if done correctly.Our dental hygienist’s will be able to demonstrate the best way to do this. Interdental brushes are also available as an alternative to floss.
- Hygienist visits – Never underestimate the role of a dental hygienist in keeping your teeth and gums healthy. Not only will they clean them, removing hardened bacteria which home brushing alone is unable to, but also offer advice on how to improve the way you look after your teeth and gums.
- Keep dental appointments – Everyone should see their dentist for a checkup every six months or even more frequently should your dentist recommend it. Your oral health check will determine if there are any areas of improvement needed in the way that you look after your teeth and gums. Regular checks also mean that, where any problems are detected, they can be treated in a less invasive manner than if left for longer.
- Chew sugar free gum – This is not essential, but studies have shown that doing so can help to remove minute food particles and bacteria from your teeth and gum line. Remember though, to dispose of your gum carefully and do not swallow it.
Whilst some of us may develop phobias about visiting the dentist, possibly due to a previous bad experience with another dentist; for many of us, it is a fear that builds up over a long period of time, and may possibly start when we are very young. In some cases, this dental phobia may even be passed on, accidentally, by parents who are afraid of the dentist themselves!
Parents will always want the best for their children, and will want them to have healthy and attractive teeth. If children develop a fear of the dentist, they may go on to avoid appointments, allowing their teeth to deteriorate.
Bring them to see us early on
Some studies have indicated that taking children to the dentist very early on in life allows them to get used to the smells and sounds of the dental practice. The idea of this is that dental visits will then seem to be perfectly normal and nothing to be feared. Whilst there is no fixed age at which you should first bring a child, the general feeling is that around the time of their first birthday is probably a good time, as it is early enough for them to start to take things in, but too early for any treatment to be needed. Doing this will provide them with a gentle introduction to the Dental Excellence team.
Did you know that you can become a member of the Dental Excellence family?
Joining our membership plan means that you can budget for your routine dental care and enjoy great discounts on treatment should you need it.
At Dental Excellence we offer two different membership plans; our first is only £19.50 per month and covers our patients for 2 dental health checks and 2 visits with the hygienist per year and a 10% discount off any routine treatment. Our second plan is £25.50 and covers our patients for 1 dental health check and 4 visits with the hygienist per year, as well as 10% off all routine treatment that may be necessary. These plans also has the added benefit of worldwide accident and emergency insurance.
By spreading the payments, you can budget for your dental health, making administration easier (no bills to pay on the day of your check-up!) and enjoy the added benefits of the emergency cover.
If you would like to join our membership plan, please give us a call on 01494 876128 today, we can complete the paperwork with you whilst you wait and you can start enjoying the benefits from day 1!
At Dental Excellence we love to help out in the local and neighbouring communities, so when we were asked if we would sponsor a nearby junior football team, we jumped at the chance.
Here are Harefield’s St Mary’s Colts in their football kits that we have sponsored, and don’t they look great!?
Everyone at Dental Excellence is wishing them all the luck in their football league and competitions!!
Good Luck and Well Done so far to you all!!
White Dental Beauty. Dental Excellence is delighted to announce that we provide White Dental Beauty tooth whitening system.
White Dental Beauty is a worldwide market leader in tooth whitening materials.
This professional range of exclusive products offer ease of use, stylish presentation and predictable results that you can control from home.
Tooth whitening is the safest and most cost- effective way of enhancing the appearance of teeth and it is the most requested dental procedure of patients between the ages of 18-60 years of age. Most results will last a long time with good maintenance and top ups can be used without fear of damaging the teeth.
Every smile is unique and therefore every treatment is customised to achieve the best possible results for you. These professional materials are designed for use under dental supervision as part of a professional treatment.
Why is White Dental Beauty different?
White Dental Beauty gels are carefully formulated to maintain a neutral pH, contain water to avoid dehydration of the teeth and include a desensitising agent to help eliminate sensitivity during recommended treatments. They are gently flavoured with a pleasant mint taste which leaves your mouth feeling fresh and clean.
- Novon enhanced formula for the best possible result
- Neutral ph which is kind to the enamel
- Potassium nitrate and fluoride desensitizer keeps it comfortable to use
- Optimum viscosity keeps the gel in tray for great results
- Pleasant mint flavour for a fresh clean feeling
The other good news is that up until now, people with sensitive teeth have struggled to whiten their teeth or have had to avoid whitening all together. White Dental Beauty Mild is a gentle and safe tooth whitening gel that has been formulated to help reduce sensitivity when whitening your teeth.
If you would like to experience White Dental Beauty, please ask a team member for more information or call us on 01494 876128.
The White Dental Beauty whitening experience is just £350 (this includes custom whitening trays, a starter kit of White Dental Beauty whitening gel and a review appointment with one of our dentists to ensure you achieve the best results!)
Here at Dental Excellence, we are please to announce that Dr Sarovi Drone will be reappearing on BBC Radio London on Sunday 9th July at 10am to deliver some more fantastic dental advice to the general public.
As you may know, Sarovi is a great asset to the practice and greatly loved by all her patients! Her kind and caring nature brings a smile to everyone’s face and she welcomes everyone with her very own dazzling smile!
We are so proud of Sarovi and her achievements and welcome everyone to show their support and tune into 94.9FM!!
Good Luck Sarovi and Well Done!!
Did You Know There Are Many Ways To Get Whiter Teeth Naturally? No? Well I’ll Let You In On This Little Secret!!
Many people want whiter teeth without the cost of Dental Whitening, and although profession Dental Whitening will always get you the best results, there are ways to whiten your teeth naturally from home.
Activated Charcoal – The thought of brushing your teeth with a black substance is terrifying! However, charcoal is proven to be a natural stain remover. At first, you may think you’ve been part of a cruel prank that will stain your teeth even more, but this works because activated charcoal is a highly absorbent porous substance that binds to things like tannin’s that stain teeth and leave them yellow or brown. How Does It Work? Simply dip your toothbrush into some powdered charcoal and brush as normal. Another way that will produce results more quickly is to mix a teaspoon of charcoal powder into some water and swish with it for a few minutes. Then, spit the water and leave the remaining charcoal in the mouth for a few minutes so that it has time to bind to stains. (Please be aware that the charcoal should be Activated Charcoal from a food/health store – NOT the charcoal you put onto your BBQ!
Oil Pulling – The basic concept here is swishing oil (like sesame or coconut) in the mouth for 20 minutes to help remove plaque and bacteria from the mouth. Coconut oil has been proven effective against the streptococcus mutans bacteria that contributes to cavities and gum disease. Oil pulling on a regular basis should make your teeth smooth and shiny and reduce levels of plaque. What Should You Do? Swish with a small amount of coconut oil for 20 minutes a day, preferably first thing in the morning before eating.
Tumeric – Another counter-intuitive remedy that actually works. Turmeric is known for staining things yellow (including cloth, skin and other surfaces) and it has even been used as a dye for cloth in the past. It isn’t the first thing you’d think of for whitening teeth, but it works surprisingly well.
These are all proven ways to whiten teeth naturally by removing stains, however, if you want that dazzling white smile, your best bet is to opt for Dental Home Whitening that can lift your colour by several shades within 2 weeks!!