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How to sparkle like Markle

Everyone will agree Meghan Markle has a gorgeous smile- so healthy and bright- but how did she achieve it? How can we ‘Sparkle With Markle’?

Dentists speculate as to whether she has had braces, veneers or some other cosmetic treatment, or whether she was born lucky with lovely straight teeth.

Two things we can be pretty sure about is that she’s had her teeth whitened and that she looks after her teeth very well indeed.

And for those reasons MDC felt there was never a better time to highlight the benefits of tooth whitening, and of Denplan.

The popularity of tooth whitening continues to soar- it’s in demand for that special occasion, such as a wedding, a special party, a holiday, or a job interview, or if you just want to boost the appearance of your teeth. Whiter teeth can brighten your smile, making you look younger and feel more confident.

Anyone booking in for tooth whitening at MDC from now until June 30th will have the chance to win a whitening top-up worth £56.  We will have a draw of names in early July.

Any Denplan patients visiting the hygienist this week will receive a wedding-themed goody bag, and all our current Denplan patients are being entered into our wedding-themed draw. Prizes include a luxury Owen Drew candle similar to the one he created as the Royal couple’s wedding gift, and a bottle of Nyetimber English sparkling wine from West Sussex which is being tipped as the tipple of choice for Saturday’s nuptials.

A Denplan care plan is an easy way to spread the cost of routine dental care. The main emphasis is on prevention, helping patients to keep their teeth in excellent condition and avoid any surprises. Patients signing up for our Denplan Essentials plan pay £14.55 a month which per year covers the cost of two private dental exams, two hygiene visits, all necessary x-rays and 20% of most other private treatment required, as well as preventive dental advice.

Welcome to Cath as the practice expands its key hygiene services

A warm welcome to our new hygienist Cath Evens who will be helping to deliver our key hygienist services at Moreton Dental Care.

Cath, 32, from Eastham, expands our hygienists’ team to three, highlighting the importance the practice places on oral hygiene.

Good oral health is the cornerstone of good dentistry- it’s great to have sparkling white teeth, but it is also essential to have healthy gums. This is not only for good general health and wellbeing, but also to ensure a successful long-lasting result for people who have undergone complex dentistry such as having crowns and dental implants fitted.

Cath was a dental nurse for eight years before qualifying as a hygienist in 2016.  In her free time Cath enjoys being with her large family- she is one of six and has 10 nieces and nephews.  She also enjoys walking and going to music festivals.   

We are delighted to welcome Cath who is working two days a week at MDC.

Cath started working here last summer to help cover Steph Farrell’s maternity leave, taking up the offer to become a permanent team member  at New Year.

Patients can book an appointment directly with the hygienist- they do not have to see the dentist first.  We recommend having a hygiene appointment every six months, although some patients may benefit from more frequent visits.

The Hygienist Services page on our website www.moretondental.co.uk has more information, including videos demonstrating correct toothbrushing and flossing methods.

Periodontal disease, commonly known as gum disease, can affect your whole body. In recent years studies have shown that many health problems can be aggravated by poor oral hygiene, including stroke, respiratory infections, heart disease, diabetes and preterm or low birthweight babies.

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.

How to have fresh breath on National Kissing Day

Today (July 6th) is National Kissing Day which is now celebrating its 22nd year after being launched by Denplan in 1995

However, those hoping for a romantic encounter today may need to check their breath if they want to have any chance of a kiss.

Clearly your chances of love could be at risk if you go in for a kiss if your date takes a dislike to your breath. So what can be done?

Here are some tips:

1. Make sure your oral hygiene is good. First and foremost your current oral health has a huge impact on the freshness of your mouth. Bacteria can build up in the mouth and release unpleasant gases, so make sure you’re removing plaque- the white sticky deposit that collects on your teeth- by brushing your teeth for two minutes twice a day. You also need to clean between your teeth every day to remove plaque and food particles as these will start to smell as food breaks down. Visit your dentist and hygienist regularly and follow their instructions for cleaning your teeth and gums. Gum disease and other infections in the mouth can cause very bad breath, so regular dental visits are vital to keep on top of things.

2.Food and drink

Avoiding strong-smelling food will help to keep your breath fresh. These include onions, garlic, and spices, and drinks such as coffee and alcohol. It’s also worth noting that crash-diets, not eating enough, and low carbohydrate diets can cause bad breath because your body starts to break down body fat to feed itself, which produces chemicals called ketones that can be smelt on your breath.

3.Smoking

Smoking stays on your breath a long time as well as your hair and clothes. It also increases your risk of gum disease, which is another potential cause of bad breath.

4. Staying fresh on your date

Feeling a bit nervous before an important date? Staying hydrated is important for fresh breath, as a dry mouth and lack of saliva, which can sometimes be caused by nerves, can cause bad breath. Drink plenty of water. Sugar-free chewing gum and mints will increase your saliva flow and give you extra confidence before and during your date.

This advice was issued by Denplan to mark National Kissing Day’s 20th anniversary.

Why not visit the hygienists page of our website to see our two videos demonstrating how to clean and floss your teeth correctly.

 

Posted on in Charity
Spreading smiles around Moreton

Starting today it’s National Smile Month and already we’ve been out and about in Moreton spreading the word about healthy smiles.

Over the next few weeks we will be getting businesses, community groups and individuals to join in our Smileathon by posing with Smilies. They will be entered in the national photo competition #MySmileySelfie competition, the best one winning tickets to a local comedy club.

Look out for the photos on our Facebook page Moreton Dental Care. They will also be uploaded to social media using #MySmileySelfie and #smileathon.

The aim of National Smile Month is to get more people to realise that maintaining a good oral health routine is quite simple, and, by getting the basics right, we can avoid most oral health problems and the pain and discomfort that comes with them.

“We urge everybody to adopt three relatively simple steps in order to look after your oral health,” says Dr Nigel Carter, CEO of the Oral Health Foundation, the charity running the campaign.

“By brushing our teeth last thing at night and at least one other time during the day with a fluoride toothpaste, cutting down on sugary foods and drinks and visiting the dentist regularly, as often as they recommend, we can develop and maintain great oral health.

“It’s also important to remember that poor oral health is not just about toothache and decay. It has a much wider impact on general bodily health than you may think. Research over the past decade has revealed growing evidence linking poor oral health to serious health conditions, which account for many more days off work.”

In recent years, poor oral health has been proven to have very close links to such diseases like heart disease, diabetes, problems during pregnancy and dementia.

Dr Carter says: “National Smile Month is all about re-engaging the nation about the importance of a healthy mouth and the benefits our smile can have.”

The campaigns organiser, the Oral Health Foundation, along with Platinum Sponsors Oral-B, with further support from Wrigley’s Extra, POLO® Sugar Free, Philips and Regenerate, are looking to take their important messages of oral health to more people than ever in an effort to let people take control of their own oral health.

Posted on in Charity
Father and son plan charity dental trip

Dr Paul Sherrard is set to make his fourth charity trip to rural East Africa this summer, this time working with his son Edward, to offer dental care to impoverished communities.

The pair will be travelling many miles along poor roads and dirt tracks into the Ugandan bush to set up temporary surgeries in villages with no running water or electricity and where the inhabitants would not normally have access to medical or dental treatment. 

Edward, a fourth year dental student at Newcastle University, and his dad expect to find a huge need for help- on a previous visit Paul extracted more than 1,000 teeth in two weeks to relieve toothache. They are also hoping to provide oral hygiene instruction and give out hundreds of toothbrushes. Two of the main causes of the villagers' tooth decay is grazing on sugar cane and the increasing availability of sugary drinks.

Edward and Paul will be working alongside a team of British and Ugandan doctors and nurses aiming to promote sustainable healthcare in these far flung communities.

The trip has been 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 churchgoers in 2007.

Since then volunteers from the UK 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 community.

The volunteers on this trip will include 30 teenagers from Heswall Youth Fellowship, some of whom will assist the medical team, while the rest will run fun clubs, sports sessions and lessons in the three Christian schools supported by the trust. The youngsters will have spent a year training and preparing for the trip.

Paul and Edward will be taking all their dental equipment with them in two suitcases, and are also hoping to raise funds to buy mosquito nets for villagers- a simple but effective way to provide protection from malaria.

Said Paul: "It is always a privilege to be part of the trip, and I always feel humbled by the team spirit and sincere kindness shown to us by the Ugandan people we meet."

 

 

 

 

 

 

World Oral Health Day- a reminder about how long you should spend brushing your teeth each day.

In aid of World Oral Health Day today the UK's leading dental charity, the Oral Health Foundation, have looked at just how long we spend brushing our teeth during our lives with some amazing findings. 

The charity has discovered that, with the UK's average life expectancy currently standing at 81.5 years, if a person brushes their teeth for two minutes twice a day over the course of their life it would equate to 118,990 minutes - the equivalent of 1,983.16 hours or slightly more than 82 days.

In the sporting areana the charity have worked out that you could play more than 1,322 football matches or 1,487 rugby matches, or even sit through 16 five-day cricket test matches.

They also found that you could watch all of the current 60 episodes of Game of Thrones a whopping 33 times each, or the whole run of 236 episodes of Friends 22.9 times or even the whole Lord of the Rings trilogy a huge 192.8 times.

By releasing these statistics, the charity is hoping to draw attention to just how important our oral health is and make people realise how much time they should be dedicating to looking after their mouths.

Dr Nigel Carter said: "From experience, in reality we know that a lot of people do not always spend two minutes twice a day, every day, brushing their teeth. But our message is simple, you should be!

"The health of our mouth is so incredibly vital, from eating, drinking, speaking and even breathing a problem with our oral health can seriously impact our quality of life and by making sure we spend a relatively small amount of time looking after it every day we can have a big impact on our health.

"World Oral Health Day is an excellent opportunity for people to find out a little bit more about looking after their oral health and I encourage everybody to think about how important their mouths are and consider if they are doing enough to look after theirs."

The Oral Health Foundation want to draw attention to the shocking statistic that more than 40,000 children have had teeth removed under general anaesthetic in hospitals within the last year alone due to tooth decay. 

They are hoping that by making people more aware of what we need to do to look after our oral health we can help to reverse this shameful statistic. 

The charity is determined to get people to understand that almost every single one of these cases is entirely preventable, and that by following three simple rules of oral health they can make a huge difference: Brush your teeth last thing at night and at least one other time during the day, with a fluoride toothpaste, cut down on how often you have sugary foods and drinks, visit the dentist regularly, as often as they recommend. 

Bizzare Dental Facts

  • The enamel on the top surface on your tooth is the hardest part of your entire body.
  • In the first adult dental health survey in 1968 over one third of the population (37%) had no natural teeth - it is now about 6% of adults.
  • More than one in ten (14%) of people find cleaning the toilet more appealing than flossing every day.
  • The average person produces over 5,000 gallons of saliva in a lifetime - that's enough to fill 78 bathtubs.
  • Our ‘smile comes top of the things we first notice when meeting a new person.
  • A toothbrush came top of the list of things we could not do without when we go on holiday.
  • If we only had five minutes to get ready in the morning, one in twenty would skip brushing our teeth.

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Help your child stop thumb sucking!

Are you looking for an effective way to stop your child thumb sucking?

This very common habit can be a difficult one to break and can lead to youngsters needing complex orthodontic treatment if not stopped in time.

Moreton Dental Care dentist Dr Lucy Benbow has found a solution- the Thumbsie”.

The Thumbsie is a thumb sucking glove that your child can wear in bed at night or at any other time when thumb sucking is an issue, such as when they are tired, travelling in the car or watching TV.

The glove comes in a range of brightly-coloured fabrics that youngsters would be delighted to choose from.

Dr Benbow says her daughter, aged seven, has worn the glove at night for three months now but right from the start it stopped her sucking her thumb while she was asleep.

“It’s a fantastically simple idea and has really worked for us, said Dr Benbow, a mother of two.

The British Orthodontic Association says thumb sucking can permanently affect the position of the adult teeth, and that beyond the age of seven when the adult teeth start to appear, self correction is less likely to occur.

If a a thumb sucking habit is not stopped in time, it can cause a vertical gap to develop between the front teeth which can make biting certain foods difficult, upper front teeth may protrude and the upper jaw may narrow, causing the back teeth not to meet in the correct position.

The association says thumb sucking is very common in youngsters and can start as early as three months.  One in eight children are still sucking their thumbs or fingers between the ages of 7 and 11.

For more information visit the thumbs website www.thumbsie.co.uk. The company sells thumb guards and finger guards.

 

Posted on in Uncategorized
A resolution you can keep

Some simple oral health resolutions you can stick to.

Each year many of us set resolutions with the best intention of sticking to them; yet come February we’ve already started to veer off-track, and by March our endeavours are completely forgotten. 

That’s why this year we’ve put together some simple oral health resolutions you can stick to, that will not only help to keep your teeth and gums healthy, but may also boost your confidence and improve your general well being. 

For a New Year’s resolution to be proud of, take your pick from the list below:  

  • I will remember to clean between my teeth every day 

Whether you choose floss or an inter-dental brush, cleaning between your teeth can be easy, and helps to remove bacteria that can cause tooth decay. 

  • I will spit after brushing and not rinse with water 

Rinsing your mouth with water after brushing removes the fluoride coating left by toothpaste, which if left can protect your teeth for hours after you brush. 

  • I will only eat sugary snacks at meal times 

If you’re going to eat something sugary, do so after a main meal to reduce the amount of time damaging acids remain in your mouth throughout the day. 

  • I will swap fizzy drinks with water 

Acids found in fizzy drinks can soften your tooth enamel, which, once lost will not regenerate. Replace them with water which helps to remove particles of food left in your mouth and keeps your hydrated. 

  • I will make regular visits to see my dental team 

If you can’t remember the last time you saw your dental team, chances are it’s time to visit them again! Regular visits will help to stop problems before they start, and give you the best chance of avoiding costly, invasive dental treatment in the future.

 

Taken from Denplan's MyTeeth blog

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Seven reasons why banishing booze can help your smile.

Dry January is here and if you’re thinking about cutting out the alcohol, you’ll already be aware of the great benefits it can have on your health, wellbeing and your pocket!

But did you know there are also some great reasons to bin the booze for your oral health too? Denplan’s Chief Dental Officer, Henry Clover, explains how alcohol can affect our oral health.

1. Acid erosion of your tooth enamel

Many alcoholic drinks are acidic and sugary, which are two things that can have a significant impact on tooth enamel. The enamel, which is the protective outer white layer on our teeth, is softer after being exposed to acid and can wear away over time. Swapping mixers (which can be high in sugar and are acidic) for diet alternatives or soda water, and opting for a straw to reduce exposure to the acids, are easy ways to help look after your teeth and gums.

2. Dehydration can cause tooth decay

We know that having alcohol dehydrates the body, which means that there is reduced saliva flow in our mouths. Saliva is important because it protects our teeth from decay by neutralising the acids; so if your mouth is dry, you are at a higher risk of tooth decay. If you know you’re off out to a party or having a few drinks with friends and family, it’s a good idea to alternate your alcoholic drink with a glass of water to help keep hydrated. Having a piece of sugar-free chewing gum too, especially one that contains xylitol which inhibits bacteria forming, is a good way to stimulate saliva.

3.Plaque build-up and gum disease

There is a risk that if you are regularly drinking alcohol and not looking after your oral hygiene, the build-up of plaque will cause inflammation in the gums. With frequent brushing (twice a day, for two minutes) and seeing your dentist or hygienist regularly, you can help prevent a build-up of plaque and minimise the risk of gum disease.

4. Alcohol can increase your chances of mouth cancer

Having the odd glass of alcohol every now and then can be part of a balanced lifestyle; however, drinking alcohol to excess, especially spirits, can greatly increase the risk of mouth cancer. Last year, alcohol accounted for nearly a third of all cases of the disease. Mouth cancer is devastating and is one of the few cancers that is actually on the increase with over 7,000 cases diagnosed each year. And for anyone who smokes as well as drinks, the chances of developing the disease are a whopping 30 times more likely.

5. Teeth staining

Not limited to alcohol, dark coloured drinks such as, cola, coffee and tea can stain your teeth over time. A whitening toothpaste can help to keep minor staining under control, and regular visits to your hygienist can help to remove stubborn surface stains.”

6. Being sick!

There is no delicate way of putting it, but if drinking alcohol makes you vomit, the acids are corrosive on tooth enamel. So, afterwards it is a good idea to drink some water and wait at least 30 minutes before brushing your teeth. That way, you minimise any damage to the enamel, which will be softer after those acids!

7. Neglecting a regular oral hygiene routine

It’s very easy to be less diligent about brushing teeth if we’re feeling the worse for wear, either at the end of the night or the morning after, but it is really important to maintain a good oral health routine. The fact remains that only through regular brushing and flossing, and making sure your visit your dentist and/or hygienist frequently (for many people this is about once every six months) are the best ways to maintain good oral health. Even if we still like a drink or two!

Even by following just two or three of these tips, as well as cutting out the alcohol, you’ll be well on your way to maintaining better oral health and getting in great shape overall for 2017!

 

 

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Can't stop smiling

Rene Littler just can't stop smiling after having her front teeth straightened at Moreton Dental Care.

The 26-year-old support worker was so pleased with her orthodontic treatment she kept all her friends up to date with her progress using Instagram to post pictures of her teeth gradually realigning.

"it's the best thing I've ever done," said the mother-of-two from Bidston.  "I had noticed over the years my teeth were getting more and more crooked, and I thought my confidence would be a lot better if I had them straightened, and it really is. I just can't stop smiling."

Rene praised Dr Tam Haque who carried out the orthodontic work using clear braces on her teeth over a six-month period.

"Tam explained everything to me very clearly and gave me appointments to fit in with me, and particularly got the work done on time for my holiday. Thank you Tam for my wonderful smile," she said.

Dr Haque said: "Rene has been a lovely patient to treat, and we are all absolutely delighted she is so pleased with the results."

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Get your smile ready for that special day.

If you have an important event coming up, perhaps a wedding or a special birthday, and you want to ensure your teeth look good, make sure you leave enough time.

Patients want their new smile to last well beyond the big event so we don’t want to rush and cut corners.

Moreton Dental Care recommends allowing 6 to 8 months for major treatment like dental implants.  

Here’s Margaret’s story about how she achieved her wedding day smile:

 

Mother-of-three Margaret Pauling was beaming from ear to ear on the day of her youngest son’s wedding- thanks to the dental implants she had fitted at Moreton Dental Care.

 

The four implants securing a fixed upper arch of teeth enabled her to thoroughly enjoy the occasion.

Not only could she smile for the cameras with confidence but also laugh with friends and family, and eat anything she wanted without fear of the consequences.

 

Margaret from Liverpool told how she had had crowns fitted as a teenager and after having had them replaced so many times over the years she had become embarrassed to smile.

 

She also felt her poor teeth were affecting her health, and when her third son announced his wedding plans she decided to take action and find a more permanent solution to her dental problems.

 

Dr Paul Sherrard carried out the implant treatment over a period of six months, from the extraction of her crowns to the placement of the implants and fitting the new teeth.

 

Throughout the whole process Margaret was never left without teeth, and had temporary bridges until the final fitting of the new permanent bridge.

“The whole thing has been fabulous from start to finish,” said Margaret who had felt the hardest part would be having the crowns extracted.

 

 

“I felt once the teeth were gone that’s the last, but I’ve never looked back. The implants were very easy to put in, the teeth came out without pain, my health has improved, and Dr Sherrard made sure the treatment was finished ready for the wedding.  I can smile now and laugh and eat anything I want. Its been absolutely fabulous.”

 

 

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Twenty years at Moreton Dental Care for Dr Tam Haque

Congratulations are pouring in for our delightful dentist Dr Tam Haque as he celebrates his 20th anniversary at Moreton Dental Care.

And he was overwhelmed when staff threw a surprise party for him at the practice to mark the occasion.

“Unbelievable! “ said Tam who joined Moreton Dental Care as a vocational trainee in 1996 after qualifying as a dentist at Sheffield University.

Tam is much loved and respected by his dental colleagues, dental nurses and patients alike, as the many comments on Facebook attest.

One dentist wrote: “What a fabulous achievement and a wonderful surprise. Clearly you are part of an amazing team that think a lot of you.”

A dental nurse added: “Congratulations to one of the most lovely dentists I’ve nursed for in 17 years.”

Many patients and friends also added their hearty congratulations.

Principal dentist Dr Paul Sherrard described Tam as an “incredible man, fabulous dentist and much loved by the whole team.”

Tam gave his sincere thanks to Paul and all the staff for the party and his anniversary presents. “Thanks to Paul Sherrard and everyone for the amazing surprise 20th anniversary party, and for the incredible gifts!” he said.

Tam was joined at the party by his wife Huma and their two children.

Huma said: “Thank you Paul and Anne for all the love , support and being there for us for the past two decades.

Tam was brought up in Liverpool and attended the city's Bluecoat School before winning a place at Sheffield University. While working at Moreton Dental Care he has continued his studies, gaining further qualifications in endodontics and orthodontics. He has also gained the MJDF and the MFGPD- both post-graduate dental qualifications awarded by the Royal College of Surgeons.

 

 

Olympic torch at Moreton Dental Care- thanks to grateful implant patient.

We’re getting into the Olympic spirit at Moreton Dental Care- thanks to dental implant patient Jack Blakemore.

Jack, 73, remembers how four years ago he was selected to carry the iconic Olympic Flame on a Merseyside leg of the torch relay leading up to the London Olympics.

Rather than let the impressive torch he carried sit in his loft at his Wallasey home he has offered to let us put it on view at the practice for the duration of this year’s games.

He made the offer after being so delighted with implant treatment carried out by MDC’s principal dentist Dr Paul Sherrard. Jack is pictured above with Dr Sherrard and was particularly proud of his new smile after having implant treatment to secure a new bridge.

Jack was selected by Wirral Council’s chief executive to be a torchbearer, thus joining a list of celebrities, including stars from the world of sport and entertainment, taking part in the relay. He took part in the Southport leg, cheered on by family, friends and crowds of well-wishers as he ran for 300m carrying the torch along Scarisbrick Road on June 1, 2012.

The retired local authority pastoral care officer is very modest but a quick search on Google revealed he has received quite a few awards for his good deeds- among them a long service medal from the Football Association for services to refereeing, and a Civic Award from Wirral Council in 2001 for his services to the community.

We’re delighted Jack has lent us the torch which is now part of our 2016 Olympics display at reception.  

We’re also thrilled Jack is pleased with his dental treatment. Jack says he loves visiting Moreton Dental Care. “I’m sure not everyone says they feel relaxed in the dentist’s chair, but when you know you are in the hands of a true professional I feel very relaxed,” he said.

 

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Wirral dentist slams criticism of flossing.

Dr Paul Sherrard has hit out at reports today that flossing does not work.

He says in his 30 years working as a dentist he sees patients on a daily basis who are benefiting from flossing.

“Every day we see evidence of less bleeding of gums and pocketing (spacing between gum and tooth which indicates gum disease) in patients who floss.

“We even have patients who floss some teeth but not others for whatever reason, and it is the unflossed teeth which are showing signs of disease and will therefore be lost more quickly” said Dr Sherrard.

He explains that just examining and smelling the length of floss after use shows it has had some benefit- it can have a foul-smelling odour after being used to remove debris between teeth.

Dr Sherrard was hitting out at recent studies which claim there is weak evidence that flossing is effective in plaque removal and in reducing gingival (gum) inflammation.

In Britain the NHS recommends flossing, but the US government has recently removed advice to floss from its dietary guidelines, despite recommending the practice for almost 40 years.

But the US government did concede that the effectiveness of flossing over a long period had not been thoroughly investigated.

Dr Sherrard says flossing has particularly significant benefits for people more prone to gum disease, such as diabetics, smokers and implant patients, but stressed that patients must learn to floss correctly for it to be effective.

“That is why at Moreton Dental Care we remind every patient of the importance of flossing and demonstrate clearly how to do it,” added Dr Sherrard.

The British Dental Association states on its patient website that flossing helps “in the battle against tooth decay and gum disease”.

 

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MDC backs dementia initiative

Receptionist Jan Sumner is leading the way in Moreton Dental Care’s drive to support dementia sufferers and become a more dementia-friendly practice.

Big-hearted Jan is set to undergo training as a Side By Side volunteer to increase her knowledge of the condition and offer help to sufferers and their families.

Side By Side, a Wirral initiative run by the Alzheimer’s Society, aims to help dementia sufferers feel less isolated, empowering them to get out and about with the help of a volunteer.

A volunteer will offer one-to-one social contact to a person living with dementia, helping them to pursue the things they enjoy.  It might be accompanying them on a visit to their local park, the cinema or taking up an old hobby or new leisure activity, or even just having a helpful chat on the phone.

Jan was inspired to train after witnessing an elderly relative struggling to cope with Alzheimer’s Disease. She will spend six hours a month volunteering in her spare time but also feels the training will help her in her receptionist’s role, and has taken up the Alzheimer’s Society’s offer to give a talk to the rest of the MDC team.

MDC staff are now planning a sponsored walk to raise money for the charity this summer.

Practice principal Dr Paul Sherrard said: “Jan is doing a great thing.  We will all benefit from learning more about dementia, particularly in a work capacity, so that we can sympathetically adapt and provide tailored help for people living with dementia and their carers who may need more time and support.”

Rachel Meadows, manager of Side By Side based at The Laurels, Birkenhead, explained that the extra support from a Side By Side volunteer would help people with dementia do things that others might take for granted, and also help them feel part of the community.

 

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