September 13th, 2017
New figures from the NHS show that around half of adults living in England haven’t seen an NHS dentist in the last two years.
Statistics from NHS Digital show that 51.4 percent of adults saw an NHS dentist in the 24-month period leading up to June 30th 2017 despite recommendations from dentists. Ideally, most dentists recommend check-ups every 6-12 months for adult patients.
The figures come as stories appear in the press claiming that people are being forced to go private or even remove their own teeth because they can’t get an appointment at their local dental practice. BBC research suggested that around 50 percent of the practices in England listed on NHS Choices aren’t accepting new NHS patients and 40 percent aren’t advertising child places.
Recently, a couple from Yorkshire appeared hit the headlines after claiming that they had been refused access to a dentist and forced to extract their own teeth. Rebecca Brearey, from Dewsbury, said that she had been trying to register with a dental practice for four years, but had repeatedly been told that there were no places available. She said that she reached the point of begging for help, but was still unable to see a dentist and ended up removing her own tooth.
Chair of general dental practice at the British Dental Association, Henrik Overgaard-Nielsen, accused successive governments as viewing dentistry as a “Cinderella service” and said that urgent action needs to be taken to prioritise dental access and also to improve morale in the dental profession, which the BDA chair claims is at “an all-time low.”
The NHS stated that 95 percent of patients who wanted a dental appointment in the 2-year period leading up to the end of June 2017 were able to get one.
August 9th, 2014
We understand that when it comes to children’s dentistry it can be difficult to get your children into a good oral health regime. It is important to realise the long term damage that can occur by ignoring your child’s tooth-time habits. Cavities are painful and unsightly stains from bacteria can discolour the teeth in a short space of time. These can be difficult to remove.
For young children it’s a good idea to help them see brushing as a positive thing to do by playing fun games or singing their favourite song for the time it takes to brush. It’s important to bring your child early to the dentist to get them familiar with a dental environment. The sights and particularly the sounds of a dental surgery can be scary for young children and they need to see that it’s a safe environment early on.
We request that you bring children for a dental check-up almost every 6 months to ensure maximum dental efficiency. It’s important for children to start with a soft brush to use as they can be sensitive to hard brushing which can make them reluctant to continue brushing.
We can give parents further advice, help and tips when it comes to your child’s precious oral health. You should pop into a London-based dental clinic for a chat.
September 26th, 2013
It can be very easy to skip a check-up with your dentist if you are a very busy person in London; you well may think that ‘why go?’ you have all the products that money can buy so hey, maybe I don’t need to see my dentist. You’d be an utter fool to think this way though for as good as the products are that you are using, you can’t see the things that your dentist can, and it only takes a weekend of debauchery for plaque and bacteria to start doing their work, and before you know it, tooth decay can set in and threaten you with gum disease. Your dentist will spot this instantly with a prod around and with an x-ray, and if anything is wrong, it can be fixed on the spot in order to maintain your oral health. Your teeth can be thoroughly cleaned in places that you wouldn’t have dreamed of going, above and below the gums and then they can be polished up as well. It is also a good chance for you to sit down and have a good old chat about anything that may be on your mind so please, for the sake of your oral health and your overall health, don’t miss out on a check-up- use it to your advantage.
February 7th, 2013
Missing the odd dental check-up can be forgivable on a few occasions throughout your life, but if you continue to flout your check-ups, you are not only being reckless and lazy, but you are also putting your oral health at risk. On top of this, corrective treatments can become very expensive in London the more complex they get. There is one thing that you have to bear in mind with your oral health, whatever you do to maintain it things can start to go wrong within 24 hours of you skipping your cleaning; bacteria will get to work on your teeth and gums immediately. Skipping an appointment means that it may be a year before you get seen again and an awful lot can go wrong in that time. At a check-up, your dentist has a few set laws to check out your oral health. An x-ray can highlight cavities, periodontal and gum disease and any excess wear from teeth grinding. The build up of tartar can be scraped from around the base of the teeth, and any other problems can be planned for and put right immediately. Your dentist can also help you with any problems that you may be having at home. A check-up is vitally important for so many reasons and so it should be seen as a valuable time to be spent with your dentist and sifting through all ranges of subject matter.
October 27th, 2012
So, with all of the most remarkable products available to you on the market to keep your gums and teeth healthy with, what’s the point of going back and forth to the dentists in London for a check-up twice a year? Well foolish person, unless you are a dentist and have a dental theatre in the garage, you’d be a mug to ignore a dental check-up for numerous reasons. The point of a dentist prowling around in your mouth is to ensure you haven’t missed anything at home. Dentists will first start with an x-ray to determine any signs of tooth decay or bone loss in your mouth. Then, they will poke around to see if there is any change in your mouth since you last visited- who knows, the stresses of the city may have caused you to grind your teeth, you may have let your guard down a bit allowing plaque and tartar to set up camp around your teeth, and so on- things you couldn’t possibly have picked up on at home. Any sign of things going wrong and the dentist is in like a shot to save your bacon and stop problems from getting worse- they will even advise you on how to prevent issues from arising again. Then they will clean up any mess you have overlooked, clean and polish your teeth and set you free again to make the same mistakes you made before… thanks for coming and take better care this time eh?! That’s what dentists do, so don’t miss your next check-up.
April 19th, 2012
Oral hygiene includes practices used to keep the mouth clean, free from debris, healthy and fresh. Poor oral hygiene results in the build-up of sticky plaque that encourages infection-causing bacterial growth. Good oral hygiene maintenance prevents plaque build-up, tooth decay and gum disease.
Following dentistry-recommended oral hygiene guidelines, such as those provided by London dentists, ensures healthy teeth and gums. Not following dental advice may result in over-brushing that inflames the gums and leads to receding gums and gum tissue infection.
Children, the elderly and people with disabilities may need help with oral hygiene maintenance due to dexterity problems making it hard for them to handle a tooth brush for proper teeth cleaning. Ensuring that the vulnerable receive regular dental check-ups with professional dental cleaning is essential for their health and well-being.
Good oral hygiene practice involves:
- Regular daily recommended teeth brushing after meals and before bed.
- Daily teeth flossing, particularly after meals to remove food debris.
- Use of fluoride toothpastes and antibacterial mouth rinses to prevent tooth decay.
- Having regular dental check-ups to screen oral health.
- Seeing a dental hygienist for teeth scaling and polishing.
- Moderating sugary and acidic food intake that erodes tooth enamel.
- Not smoking and limiting alcohol consumption that causes cancer.
Those who practice good oral hygiene and receive necessary dental treatment from NHS or private dentists when in London are at lower risk of gum infections, oral diseases and mouth cancer. Early detection and treatment for oral trauma prevents further damage to teeth and gums, and reduces cost of future treatment.
Cosmetic dentistry treatments are also available in London to improve oral hygiene, and whiten discoloured and stained teeth. Treatments, such as laser or power teeth whitening and veneers, transform smiles for a fresh, healthy feel and look.
February 13th, 2012
During times of economic recession it’s easy to think that cutting back on dental care is a sensible option. The truth is that doing this will damage your own finances as much as it will damage your oral health.
It’s true as well that health should be a priority and one of the last things we cut back on during hard times, and your oral health is just as important as the rest of your body. But cutting back on dental care can be a big risk financially, too.
Regular dental check-ups ensure that any problems are caught early, and stop you from having to pay the bigger fees associated with more serious problems. For example, if you let too much calculus build up on your teeth, this can lead to tooth decay and gum disease, either of which could require costly surgery to have the tooth removed.
If anything, it’s during times of stress and pressure that it’s most crucial we keep our health in check. Stress is well-known to cause bruxism, otherwise known as grinding the teeth, which can erode the enamel of your teeth and leave a tooth exposed. Also, cheaper diets often contain higher levels of sugar, which contributes to tooth decay.
You don’t have to spend a lot to keep your teeth in good condition. One way you can save money without damaging your health is by looking for bargains and offers on toothpastes and brushes.
It should be clear that maintaining oral health is very important all of the time – not just in times of economic boom. Spending a few pounds on check-ups and maintenance now could save you hundreds in the future. Make sure you attend regular check-ups with your London dentist at all times.
May 20th, 2011
Do you find yourself getting stressed most days in central London, because it is a busy bustling place to work- you can get through a lot of coffee and tempers can flare; and when you get home, do you find yourself agitated and short tempered? Do you find the next day that you don’t feel you’ve slept well? Take all this on board, for you may be a prime candidate for the destructive force of teeth grinding. Not only can this cause damage to your teeth (easy to remedy with a mouth guard), but it can seriously affect the joints and muscles in your jaw, damage your hearing and cause problems in your neck.
It’s hard to know whether you have a problem at first, but worn teeth and aching jaws are signs that you have a problem, but as long you keep up appointments with the dentist, they should be able to spot the issue. However, it’s going to take a lot more than a dental check-up to overcome the condition, it will take a bit of a lifestyle change. It’s important that you sit down and identify what it is that you are doing during your average day that makes you stressed, and then turn it on its head. A stress management plan will not only allow you to control anxieties and any anger during the day, but it can also teach you sedation and relaxation techniques when you get home so you sleep less anxiously, and more calmly.