Your Christmas Oral Health

Tooth pain and worry

Festive Tips From Crown House Dental In Egham

Christmas comes around so quickly doesn’t it? Summer ends and before you know it, you’re writing Christmas gift lists, accepting invitations to events and pondering your Christmas decoration arrangement this year.

Between your decisions over standard pine and Nordic spruce, Christmas brings a lot of reasons for smiling. Parties, gifts, social events, family events, Christmas movies, and of course the food and drink.

The problem is, although this season brings lots of smiling, it is also a very risky season for your oral health. Many patients come into our Egham clinic in January with issues that have unfortunately come from, or been exacerbated by the party season. Even worse, emergency visits occur over Christmas and the festivities can be ruined because of problems that occur.

Don’t fret though, with some caution and awareness, your smile can stay beautiful and healthy over Christmas.

Top Tips To Help Your Smile Stay Healthy And Beautiful Over Christmas

TIP – Don’t Use Your Teeth As A Tool

When you’re relaxing back and you want to crack a nut, or open a bottle of beer, it might seem more tempting to use your teeth than to get up and get the appropriate tool, especially if you are full of Christmas dinner! The problem is, your teeth, although strong, are not designed for this kind of thing and using your teeth as a tool is a really bad idea. Cracked teeth happen regularly at Christmas because of this type of reckless activity. It is also important to mention that it is incredibly dangerous to ever attempt opening a bottle using your teeth as the carbonated bottle can shoot the cap out into your mouth or throat leading to a nasty injury. Do always reach for the appropriate tool, which is never your teeth!

TIP – Too Many Mince Pies Is Bad News!

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Inner Confidence And Dental Health

Confident smile

How Does Your Smile Make You Feel?

Exactly how do you feel about your smile? Sure, it feels great to chew confidently without worrying about teeth shifting or moving and it feels wonderful to have the firm, facial structures your teeth help support. It feels excellent to talk as you always did, and to eat what you want, when you want.

But how does having a healthy, happy smile really make you feel?

We smile when we are happy, we show our teeth whilst expressing ourselves, when we meet friends or family, and when we say thanks or communicate our wishes to others. So a really strong, natural, happy smile that is healthy does far more than function physically; it has a huge impact on how we feel about ourselves. Understanding how integral an attractive and healthy smile is in relation to how you feel about yourself is really important, so you can look at improving your smile, in a way that also improves your confidence.

Your Smile And Your Confidence

A smile is incredibly important when it comes to a person’s confidence, for many different reasons.

Expression & Communication

We express ourselves using our smile, in lots of different ways. Visually you let people know you are happy with your smile. You also speak using your teeth, tongue and lips, which allows you to let people know what you are thinking, feeling and what you want them to know. Your teeth help you exhibit emotions and your smile is a massive part of self expression.

Social Life

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Sleep Disorders And Your Dental Health

Making The Connection

Snoring can be so very irritating and sometimes downright rage-inducing, particularly if you’re the one sleeping next to the person doing it!

Snoring can lead to sleep deprivation in both the person who is snoring and their partner, leading to cranky moods, lack of concentration and sleepiness in the day, amongst other symptoms.

Snoring may even be related to more serious conditions such as sleep apnoea, where a person stops breathing several times through the night. Sleep apnoea can cause even more worrying symptoms on top of those you get because of snoring, such as increasing your risk of strokes or high blood pressure.

So whether you snore, grind your teeth or you have sleep apnoea, the fact of the matter is you aren’t sleeping as soundly as you should, and the chances are your partner isn’t either. The good news? Your dentist can help! First things first though, lets take a closer look at snoring, sleep disorders and your dental health.

Snoring

Snoring is a common issue experienced by both men and women and you tend to be more likely to snore if you are overweight, smoke, drink large amounts of alcohol, or sleep on your back. It is caused by the parts of the mouth vibrating as you breathe in and out and can be very mild, or quite extreme. Snoring often causes more issues for the partner of the person who snores as it keeps them awake. However, the person snoring may wake themselves up several times and they may find their sleep quality isn’t very good, causing tiredness and sleep deprivation over time.

How Crown House Dental Can Help

We recommend you see your GP if snoring is having a drastic effect on your quality of life as they may wish to check you don’t have sleep apnoea which is more serious than snoring alone. We may be able to help with your snoring issue by treating you with a special dental device which brings the tongue forward if the problem is mild and if you do not require sleep clinic intervention. At the very least we can provide help and support in keeping your oral health in good condition alongside medical issues you may be challenged with.

Sleep Apnoea

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Securing loose, uncomfortable dentures

Your Egham dentist wants you to know about the latest in denture innovation!

Standard dentures are much better than ever, but they only go so far into ensuring your smile is as secure and natural as it can be.

With standard dentures you can have a more beautiful smile, better confidence, eating ability, speech, facial structure and better long term oral condition than if you didn’t do anything about missing teeth. Indeed, leaving missing teeth alone is never recommended and having dentures made at Egham dental is a great way to restore your smile.

However, dentures are not without their faults. Even with the amazing denture-making team at your Egham dentist creating bespoke dentures than fit incredibly well, dentures can cause a patient problems that are beyond the parameters of this treatment. Those problems though can be fixed by a new, innovative, modern treatment known as “implant retained dentures“.

Implant retained dentures look, feel and function in a very natural way. No need for messy glue or covering your mouth in case your dentures pop out. With this incredible new treatment your smile can be functional and beautiful again. Your smile can be secure for the first time in a long time, giving you back your confidence.

What’s Wrong With Standard Dentures?

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The First Step Towards A Treatment Plan Right For You

Your consultation at Crown House Dental

Here at your Egham dentist we ask that we see you for a consultation before specific types of treatments can go ahead.

We offer all kinds of professional cosmetic, restorative and general dentistry and many treatments are heavily in demand. Often patients want to come in and get started right away because understandably, having a new smile is exciting! But the consultation is often the very first step in your journey, and it forms an important part of that journey.

We don’t always need to see you for a consultation before treatment, but sometimes we do, and we wanted to tell you why that is.

What Is A Consultation?

A consultation is our first meeting with you to discuss the treatment you want. It forms the first step in your detailed, bespoke treatment plan moving forward.

The time it lasts for depends on the treatment that you are coming in to talk to us about. Some consultations need to be longer because there is more to discuss and we need more time to do important diagnostics like X-rays or to take impressions of your teeth or gums. Some consultations can be shorter as the screening process is less detailed.

We can book your consultation during our opening hours at a time most convenient to you. Just call us on 01784432641 and our friendly dental team will help you. They will book you an appointment during our opening hours, which are Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5.00pm, and ensure you are booked in with the right member of our team. They can also provide you with some basic information over the ‘phone if you need it.

When Does A Consultation Occur?

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Thinking About Quitting Smoking?

Dentist Dr Ahmad Sami

Now’s A Good Time For You To Start With Help From Crown House Dental!

According to NHS Smokefree one out of two smokers will die from their habit. Smoking is the biggest preventable cause of death in the UK and it comes with many risks, health issues and associated negatives.

You may well already be aware of the risks, but perhaps it hasn’t been the right time to quit smoking yet? Smoking addiction has been compared to true drug addictions and it can be very hard to quit; but if you speak to an ex smoker, they will likely tell you it was worth it, and even better, it gets easier and easier the longer you abstain.

The longer you don’t smoke, the better your health and in some cases, you can completely reverse some damage done by smoking. Dr Ahmad Sami takes a closer look below:

Why Now?

We wanted to speak to you about quitting smoking now because we are approaching Stoptober, one of the government’s initiatives to help people quit smoking. The idea is that you quit for a month and that increases your chances of quitting for good four-fold, compared to attempting to quit for a week, or mentally preparing for a lifelong quit all in one go.

Although you might not necessarily want to take part in Stoptober, this time of year is a great time to think about quitting because you’ll be doing it at the same time as lots of other people, which can be helpful. It also means you would get a head start on quitting ready for next year, or at the very least making plans to quit into 2019, for your healthiest year yet. Your Egham dentist wants to help by providing you with information and support!

What Smoking Does To The Body

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The ‘Perfect Smile’ For 2019?

Let Crown House Dental In Egham Help You!

From reality TV stars sharing their aesthetic secrets, to dental technology becoming so advanced it is able to replace not only the tooth but the tooth root, cosmetic dentistry is officially here and able to give you the smile you have always wanted.

Cosmetic dentistry is now more accessible than ever and is readily available here at your local Egham dentist. From dental veneers to complete smile makeovers, we offer a full range of treatments to rejuvenate your smile and hopefully enhance your confidence as a result.

If you’ve been thinking of having your smile make over and don’t know where to start, please keep reading! We’ll give you an excellent starting point for your research so you’re well on your way to having that ‘perfect smile’ for 2019.

Who Is Suitable For Cosmetic Dentistry?

All kinds of patients have these transformative treatments, and the extent of the treatment is individual to the person. Common issues to correct can include:

  • Chipped teeth
  • Cracked teeth
  • Gaps in your smile
  • Stained or yellowing teeth
  • Missing teeth
  • Receding or excess gums

Often, patients come to visit us at our professional Egham clinic in preparation for an event like a wedding or an important job interview. Other patients have regular treatments as a part of their beauty routine.

In some instances, the techniques we provide can change lives significantly for the better. A patient may have spent years covering their mouth whilst they laugh or talk, avoided dates or job interviews and generally experienced low confidence because of a smile they hate. Following treatment to give them their dream smile, patients can feel they have been given their life back with a renewed sense of confidence and self esteem.

Different Types Of Treatment:

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Planning an exotic trip overseas?

Dr Hana Khan - Crown House Dental

Preparing for oral health care with your Egham dentist

Cheaper travel rates, accommodation and social media showing us that we can all be more adventurous if we really want to be, means that exotic holidays are more accessible than ever. There are lots of things to consider with trips like these, but we want to help you with one very important consideration, and that is your oral health.

There’s nothing like a horrible toothache to ruin any trip, but it is a lot worse when you don’t have access to a dentist until you get home. You also want the best possible smile for that incredible jungle/abandoned beach/mountain top selfie you’re going to break the internet with! Dr Hana Khan shares some sound advice below:

Take Spares And Then More Spares!

On a normal holiday you might take a toothbrush and toothpaste, knowing you could buy replacements at the local supermarket with English products or, products just like those you buy at home. However, when the holiday is more exotic and you won’t have a shop to visit, or you won’t be able to understand labels and language is a true barrier, you need to take spares. Just take two brushes and two toothpastes instead of one, so you know if you leave a toothbrush behind in your accommodation, you’ve got a spare available to you.

Keep Up Oral Health Routines

The less you care for your teeth daily, the more likely an issue is to arise whilst you are away. Daily oral health routines of brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time will make a lot of difference to how healthy your teeth look and feel. So even if you are partying or, travelling overnight, try to remember to brush twice a day for two minutes at the very least.

Watch What You Eat And Drink

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Taking Care Of Your Smile As A University Student

Diligent oral care whilst studying.

Being at university is exciting, confusing and at times overwhelming. There are lots and lots of reasons you need your smile to be in the best condition during this memorable time of life. You’re meeting new people, going for important interviews and doing presentations, you might even be going on a few dates!

To help you maintain the most beautiful smile for these important years, follow your Egham dentists tips for taking care of your smile as a new university student. Dr Elizabeth Ahearne from our team offers you some essential advice:

Register With Your Local Dentist

It is so important that you register with your local dentist when you move to university. It certainly won’t be the most exciting thing you do, as you pick fancy dress for endless parties and nights out, meet all different kinds of people from all walks of life, and even go on your very first food shop as an independent adult. However, it is one of the most important things you’ll do, as you’ll be able to book checkups which help prevent nasty toothaches and issues that could cause you disruption and pain you don’t have time for. You’ll also have a local dentist to go to should you sustain a tooth injury at one of the many sports clubs you join, or just tripping up the stairs after a late night of studying.

Maintain Good Daily Oral Hygiene Habits

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Effective Care Of Your Teeth On The Go

Personal dental care away from home

Tooth care at home is easy because you have a dedicated area for your toothbrush and toothpaste and you have an established routine.

But what if you’re on the go a lot? What if you spend most of your time out of the house? Your teeth may require a little extra attention when you don’t have your usual toothbrush and toothpaste to hand.

So how do you keep your smile beautiful wherever you are? Take a look at these handy tips from your Egham dentist to keep your grin gleaming regardless of where you are:

Keep Chewing The Sugar Free Gum

Sugar free chewing gum comes with a multitude of benefits for the mouth. It provides fresh breath short term, with the minty flavour that chewing gum usually comes in. Chewing gum also helps to remove food debris from the teeth, and it stimulates saliva production which helps rinse the teeth and to neutralise the acid levels in the teeth. Saliva also has ‘good’ bacteria that fights ‘nasty’ bacteria so the more of it there is, the more protected the teeth are.

Carry A Mini Tooth Brushing Kit

You can get mini travel toothbrushes, mini toothpastes and floss kits. These can help you give your teeth a quick scrub in a bathroom or even in the car if you need to, should a situation arise where you need to get your teeth properly freshened for a meeting or a date.

At the very least, floss is a great on the go tool because it helps to clean debris from between the teeth which is often what causes bad smells and which may taint an otherwise beautiful smile.

Drink Lots Of Water

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