February 2016

Cleaning baby's first teeth.

Congratulations, your baby's teeth are on their way! This is such an exciting milestone, you're right to celebrate! So now your baby is sprouting their first pearly whites, it is time to start looking after them. Whilst this set isn't permanent, the first teeth are extremely important and the health of them is an essential part of ensuring your baby's gums and adult teeth are healthy too. We meet many parents at our Egham dentist to discuss how best to keep their baby's teeth healthy. Whilst it is always best to talk about this face-to-face and with some demonstrations, in the meantime, these useful tips are a great start: Bring Your Baby In With You When You Come For Your Appointment Your baby doesn't need to come in to us until about 6 months, or when their first tooth comes through. We recommend you bring them in with you on your appointment so that they can get used to all the sights, smells and sounds of the dentists before they come in for their very own appointment. Our Egham dental staff have special training in how to make babies feel happy and comfortable at dental appointments. Start Early It is a great idea to start wiping your baby's gums with a warm, clean, wet piece of muslin or similar before they get their first teeth. This helps them get used to having the area cleaned, and it helps keeps the gums healthy. Once The Teeth Come Through, Look After Them Immediately

Discreet braces for adults and teens.

Here at our Egham dentist we provide a wide range of professional services including both general and cosmetic dentistry. One area of our expertise that falls into both categories is adult teeth straightening. Not so long ago, adults who had been putting off having their teeth straightened only had one choice - old fashioned braces which tend to take a long time and have quite an adverse aesthetic effect on the person wearing them. For this reason, many adults put off transforming their teeth. However, in recent years, simplified, gentle teeth straightening has become available in the form of cosmetic adult orthodontics. Special product design has meant the materials used to straighten the teeth are nearly invisible. The treatments are also faster than traditional options, generally taking between 5-9 months. CFast Our Egham dentist uses the CFast system for adult teeth straightening. It is a minimally invasive treatment that realigns the top and bottom front 6 teeth. It does this using 'invisible' brackets and tooth coloured wires and tends to be faster than the alternative clear aligner systems. A lot of our patients also choose to combine CFast with other treatments like teeth contouring and teeth whitening to ensure a complete smile transformation. All of these treatments are minimally invasive and not only help restore the teeth back to looking and feeling how they should, but they also restore a person's confidence as well. This really is a pleasure to see. CFast ART System

Bite problems - a closer look at this relatively common condition.

Our Egham dental practice receives many new patients annually, and one problem we often hear about is a misaligned bite, otherwise known as malocclusion. It may also be called an underbite, open bite, overbite, crossbite, or simply as overcrowded teeth. It is an issue with the jaw and teeth that can cause many different health concerns if left unchecked or untreated. The teeth may struggle to do the job they are designed to do if they aren't properly lined up, which is why it is important we diagnose it quickly so we can create a treatment plan to help protect your oral health. How Can You Tell? A dentist will look for various telltale signs that you have misaligned teeth. Of course you can usually see the issues but, there may be other features only a trained eye is able to spot. Most often we will be checking that your teeth fit properly within your mouth, showing that there are no crowding problems. None of the teeth should twist around or be facing the wrong way and the teeth on the top jaw should ever so slightly go over the teeth on the bottom jaw so the top and bottom molars fit together. When your teeth do not align, this is called a malocclusion. Typically the dentist will look for altered facial appearance, regular biting of the cheeks or tongue, pain or discomfort with the bite (i.e. when chewing), a lisp, speech issues and breathing through the mouth more than through the nose. What Causes It? Often malocclusion is inherited but sometimes incidents, habits or conditions will cause the problem to arise. Problems such as: ●     Sucking a thumb, dummy or bottle after the recommended age to stop using these things (around 2-3) ●     A cleft palate or lip ●     Injuries ●     Growths ●     Improper oral health care ●     Improper dental treatment ●     Teeth that are shaped abnormally The reason a person has malocclusion may also be a combination of any of these reasons. How Is It Diagnosed?

 A long-lasting dental gift!

Valentine's is quickly approaching and we are sure many of you are already grinning about gifts you have bought a loved one, or about the romantic plans you have made for the day. Many of you, however, won't be doing any of that because you're single. Here at your local Egham dentist, we think Valentine's Day is a day for celebration whether you're single or already in a relationship, because love comes in many forms - family, friends, partners, even pets. You will have lots of love to appreciate this Valentine's Day, even if you are single! In the case of this article, we're championing self appreciation. You're single, you're happy, you're ready to mingle and this is a great day to love and appreciate yourself. And what better way to do that, than by treating yourself to a new smile? Your smile is the feature prospective partners consider to be the most important and it is widely thought to be the feature that makes you most memorable too. Basically, smiling is great and getting an upgraded version is the perfect way to love yourself this February 14th!

Why Get A New Smile?

Teeth straightening and "bite" issues.

It is all well and good hearing dental terminology banded around when you know what it means, but sometimes it can be daunting hearing it when you have no idea what it involves. Orthodontics is a term people often use but don't actually know the full meaning of it, which is why we thought we would do a brief guide so you, our valued Egham dentist customers, could feel more informed, especially if you think it is a service you may need.

So, to summarise what orthodontics is:

Anyone with an orthodontic problem has an issue with their bite ('malocclusion') or teeth which are in some way misaligned. So what we would call a 'malocclusion' would be deemed an orthodontic problem. A person might have a malocclusion because of too many teeth, teeth that are missing, big teeth, a crossbite, overbite, underbite - there are many different reasons for having an orthodontic problem. The treatment itself would be correcting that malocclusion in order to make the bite better, more comfortable and more aesthetically pleasing. Why Would A Person Need Orthodontic Treatment?