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Posted on in Events
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. 

 

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