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Ben smiles again after getting rid of ill-fitting dentures

A breakfast cereal taster and self-confessed ‘dentist’s nightmare’ has had his life transformed with dental implants.

Ben McDavitt blames the wear and tear on his teeth on having a very sweet tooth and on his job of 30 years as a taster of high-sugar breakfast cereals.

As his teeth decayed he went from fillings to crowns to dentures which left him miserable, unable to smile and unable to eat his favourite foods. Ben could not tolerate his traditional dentures and wanted the less bulky, tighter, more comfortable and more retentive option of implant-supported dentures.

Finally Ben, from Wallasey, consulted his brother, a dentist in Scotland, about the possibility of dental implants as a better option than traditional dentures.  His brother agreed, did some research and came up with Dr Paul Sherrard’s name as the dentist to go to for treatment in the Wirral area.

Dr Sherrard recommended  upper and lower implant-retained dentures, secured by placing six implants.   Ben agreed and began the treatment process.  

Nine months later Ben can’t stop smiling with his new teeth and says they have ‘revolutionised’ his life.

“I’m absolutely delighted with the outcome. I haven’t been able to smile for a few years but now you can’t stop me smiling. People tell me how happy I look and that I look younger,’ said Ben.

Work friends have started calling him ‘the posh boy’ because his appearance has improved so much and because he can now pronounce words properly again.

His new teeth are also helping him at work because the implant-retained upper denture has no palate so he is able to taste food much better than previously.

The new teeth also mean Ben can now enjoy one of his favourite foods again-corn on the cob- something he had been unable to tackle wearing traditional dentures.

Picture: Ben with implant team members Stacey Collins, Laura Hill and Dr Paul Sherrard

 

Posted on in Treatments
Live longer with a healthier smile

Have you hit the gym, cut the calories and given up the booze to kick start your healthy new year?

But did you remember to put a visit to the hygienist on your to-do list too?

People with poor oral health are more likely to suffer from other diseases, and unfortunately as we age we are more likely to have gum disease.

Fifty percent of the over 45s suffer from gum disease which has links to other conditions such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and even dementia. 

But there is plenty you can do to tackle it and get a healthy smile at the same time.

Regular visits to the hygienist will ensure the removal of plaque from your teeth as well as provide you with advice on the best way to care for your teeth at home.

The hygienist will also show you how to use floss and interdental brushes correctly to remove the hard-to-reach plaque between your teeth.

Plaque is a sticky, colourless film of bacteria and sugars that constantly forms on our teeth and is the main cause of cavities and gum disease.

Our hygienists are are also able to advise on dental implant hygiene and maintenance. Our website Moreton Dental Care has more information about our Hygienist Services, including video demonstrations showing correct brushing and flossing techniques.

Contact our reception team on 0151 677 2917 to make an appointment with one of our hygienists.

 

 

Cutting out booze in January will benefit your mouth as well as your pocket!

If you're cutting back on alcohol for the New Year, or even taking part in Dry January, you'll probably be looking forward to feeling healthier in yourself and having a few more pennies in your pocket! But did you know that your oral health will thank you too?

Cutting back on booze will give you a more sparkling smile, give you a fresher feeling in your mouth, lower your risk of tooth decay and gum disease, and lower your risk of mouth cancer. Dr Henry Clover, Chief Dental Health Officer at Simplyhealth, explains why:

Enjoy a more sparkling smile this January

•There are many ways in which alcohol consumption can affect the colour of your teeth. If red wine is your usual tipple, you’ll be familiar with the magenta tinge that sneakily stains your teeth after a couple of glasses. For the self-conscious, this is not a desirable look, and can be pretty hard to avoid according to Henry Clover, Chief Dental Officer at Simplyhealth: “Tooth enamel isn’t perfectly smooth, and it’s common over time for micro fractures to appear, into which pigments from dark-coloured alcohol - such as red wine – can settle into. Staining is very common and the only way to reduce the effect is to limit your intake of red wine, drink plenty of water, and keep up a good brushing and flossing routine. Many types of alcohol, including prosecco and other wines, are also acidic which can erode the tooth enamel, revealing the darker dentine layer underneath if drunk frequently. Adjusting your alcohol habits, alongside a good oral health routine, can help to keep your smile sparkling.”  

Enjoy a fresher-feeling mouth

     .Have you ever woken up after a big night out and felt as though your mouth has been replaced by an arid desert? Alcohol has a diuretic effect on your body, meaning that you can quickly lose water and become dehydrated, according to Henry. “Saliva production is reduced when we’re dehydrated, resulting in an uncomfortable dry mouth, thirst, and bad breath to name just a few effects. Reduced saliva also means you’re at an increased risk of tooth decay and gum disease. By cutting back on alcohol, you’ll notice a difference in how fresh your mouth feels.”

Lower your risk of tooth decay and gum disease


“Alongside the aforementioned issues with reduced saliva flow and tooth decay, many alcoholic drinks are sugary and acidic, which can increase your chances of developing cavities and enamel erosion,” says Henry. “Your snacking habits often change after drinking alcohol, meaning you’re much more likely to nibble on unhealthy snacks under the influence, which is another major cause of tooth decay. Studies have also shown that excessive alcohol consumption can aggravate existing gum disease, and can also make you less likely to keep on top of your oral hygiene, such as regular brushing and flossing. Reducing your alcohol consumption can make a real difference to your oral health.”

Lower your risk of mouth cancer

According to Henry, people who regularly drink alcohol to excess are at an increased risk of mouth cancer and adjusting your habits will reap the benefits. “Cutting back on alcohol in January alone might not seem to make much of a difference to your mouth cancer risk in the short-term, but studies have shown that taking part in Dry January makes you more likely to adjust your drinking habits going forward, which will help to reduce your risk of developing the disease in the long-term,” he says. 

According to a recent survey conducted by the Oral Health Foundation and Simplyhealth , awareness of the links between alcohol and mouth cancer are low amongst UK adults. The survey discovered that just under half of UK adults (45%) don’t realise alcohol is linked to an increased risk of mouth cancer and, worryingly, only a third (30%) said they would reduce their alcohol consumption knowing that it put them at an increased risk of mouth cancer. “With cases of mouth cancer rising by a third in the last decade, it’s very important that people are aware of the risks that increase their chances of developing the disease,” says Henry. “By adopting a healthier attitude towards alcohol consumption in the long-term, your mouth will thank you.”

So, with so many oral health and overall health benefits of taking part Dry January, raise your cup of tea and drink to good health this 2018.

To find out more about taking part in Dry January or how you can make positive changes to your alcohol habits, visit the Alcohol Concern website. 

 

Posted on in Patients
Daniel’s exciting visit to the dentist.

Young Daniel McGee was so excited to be visiting the dentist he had his photo taken in the surgery chair to show his friends.

The happy six-year-old also hoped the photo would allay any fears his chums might have about going to the dentist.

Mum Hayley explained how the idea for the photo came about after Daniel’s friends had been concerned about him when he told them where he was going.

She said: "Daniel was telling his friends he was going to the dentist and they said they were worried about him. We thought it would be good for the other children to see Daniel sitting happily in the dental chair enjoying himself.  He took his favourite cuddly toys along with him and was delighted to meet the staff and see the big X-ray machine that I’d been in. He had a very exciting visit."

"I’ve taken Daniel to the dentist from a very early age to get him used to it and he’s always been happy to go.   I think this is a wonderful practice anyway but Daniel was excited about this visit because it was the first time he’d been here.  The staff thought it was a very good idea that he’d brought his toys with him," added Hayley.

Dr John Bankes. a dentist at Moreton Dental Care, said: "A lot of children can be nervous about visiting the dentist but this shows there is no need to be.  It is certainly a good idea for parents to bring their children along from as young an age as possible to get them used to coming here."

Posted on in Awards
Sincere thanks for mission support

Dr Paul Sherrard offers a big thank you to everyone who supported his charity trip to Africa this summer.

Paul, principal dentist at Moreton Dental Care, and his son Edward, a 5th year dental student at Newcastle University, spent two weeks working with a medical mission visiting remote communities in Uganda where villagers would not normally have access to healthcare.

Their services were in huge demand- the pair extracted more than 1,000 teeth during the fortnight, thus relieving the toothache of hundreds of adults and children, as well as giving oral hygiene instruction and diet advice.

They took with them all the dental equipment they needed to set up temporary surgeries in the rural villages which had no electricity or running water. These were often in wooden huts using whatever tables and chairs were available for operating

Paul said it was a joy to be able to help the hundreds of Ugandans he met. "It was very humbling being able to help such gracious people who have so little and were totally unable to access dental or medical treatment in normal circumstances," he added.

The trip was organised with the Rock of Joy Trust (rockofjoy.co.uk) which was established to support schools and communities in Uganda after initial visits from Heswall medics and church members in 2007.

Since then volunteers from Wirral have returned annually to work towards their goals of establishing clean water supplies, building new schools, sponsoring teachers and attending to the medical needs of the communities.

Paul is grateful to patients and friends who generously responded to his appeal to made donations to Rock of Joy before the trip. The £500 he raised helped buy 900 life-saving mosquito nets which were put up in the homes of Ugandan families by members of Heswall Youth Fellowship who also went on the trip to volunteer in the charity's three schools.

Other Wirral dental practices also donated equipment for Paul and Edward to use while on the trip.

It is the fourth time Paul has made the trip, each time working alongside a team of Ugandan and British doctors and nurses aiming to promote sustainable healthcare in these far-flung communities.

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