Wednesday 8th March was National No Smoking Day and we were very proud to support it.
National No Smoking Day was launched on Ash Wednesday 1983 and each year leads to many people quitting for not just the day, but forever. Even if you only stop for 24 hours your lungs will begin to clear out the mucus and debris caused by smoking. Click here to see a timeline of what happens when you quit.
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It goes without saying we support all patient endeavours to quit as you will not only see an improvement in the health of your mouth, specifically the gums, but you will also lower your risk of mouth cancer.
For more information on smoking cessation and the benefits to your dental health please book an appointment by calling reception on 020 8958 0136.
If you were one of the people who took part in our recent Patient Satisfaction Survey we’d like to thank you for the resounding endorsement in the service we provide.
As you will see from the above image, over 98% of people who took part rated the confidence level in their dentist as Excellent or Above Average.
We are delighted with this and also some of the very kind statements made, a few of which we’ve outlined below:
“Excellent service and customer care”
“Very professional and their attention to details to every patient is remarkable”
“Always a great, comfortable, professional experience, with all options explained thoroughly”
“It is always a pleasure to see everyone. I had a huge fear of dentistry but Jonathan very calmly explained away all my worries”
We live in very demanding times, and more and more people are being diagnosed with stress, with recent figures suggesting it affects up to 10% of the population.
The fact that it’s still remarkably cold outside, events like Storm Doris have happened, we’re in politically uncertain times and many people are still financially recovering from Christmas/New Year make it understandable why so many suffer stress. Whilst there is a general awareness of the majority of symptoms of stress many people do not realise the oral health implications.
In fact, there are a high number of people I see who don’t realise the extent of their teeth clenching and grinding (bruxism). Headaches can be an immediate side effect of this grinding while permanent tooth damage can be a long term one. The majority of sufferers are aged between mid-twenties to mid-forties.
Although bruxism may be the most common stress-related complaint, others include;
Mouth sores and cold sores
Poor oral hygiene/unhealthy eating routines
Prolonged grinding can lead to TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) problems
What can you do?
If you are clenching or grinding we may recommend the use of a night guard which you pop in while you sleep and which will help to minimise the effects of the grinding. Underlying stress or anxiety may be treated with cognitive behavioural therapy.
If you are concerned that you have stress-related bruxism, visit us for a dental health check which will include an inspection of your mouth and jaw.
“I qualified as a dentist just after turning 21 years old. My aim was to travel and see the world. Like many of my classmates, I headed to the UK, probably because English is my first language, the UK at the time was crying out for dentists, and they recognised our university degree, also the UK was a great base from which to explore Europe and the world.
My first practice was in Scotland, Aberdeen which I enjoyed, I then proceeded to further my training at the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary in their Maxillo-Facial and Oral Surgery unit. I returned to general dental practice eventually moving down to Oxford and now London.
I believe that having a balance between private practice, academia and research and teaching, allows me to have a continuous wonderment of the dental profession. Although my training is primarily in oral surgery, I have always maintained a solid footing in general dental practice.
I love the variety that general dentistry allows, fillings, root canals, crowns and inlays, oral surgery, orthodontics and cosmetic and minimally invasive dentistry are all in a days work. Difficult surgical extractions, implant surgery, IV sedation all these skills make me better at routine dentistry, and routine dentistry makes me better at surgery.
I have invested an enormous amount of time, money and effort to continually be trained on new techniques within dentistry, and believe its vital that a good dentist is aware, confident and knowledgeable about new technology, like FASTBRACES for example.”
Have you been putting up with a smile which you are embarrassed to flash because of overcrowded or misaligned teeth? Get your confidence back with Adult Orthodontics.
Leigh-Ann loves seeing the result which FASTBRACES can achieve in just a few months. If you’ve always wanted straighter teeth, call us on 020 8958 0136 to book a consultation.