National Smile Month draws to a close

But its important message remains!

National Smile Month has had another great year promoting oral health and dental wellbeing around the country. Just because it’s over for another year that doesn’t mean we’ll stop promoting the need for great oral care and hygiene within the practice though.

We want your smiles to last a lifetime and with regular dental and hygiene appointments we can help make that happen, but we need you to do your part too. After all you take care of your smiles more often than we do here at the Coventry dental practice don’t you?!

With this in mind here are some ‘top tips’ to keep your smiles looking great:

  • Clean in between your teeth at least once a day using floss or inter-dental brushes
  • Make sure your toothpaste contains fluoride; it helps strengthen tooth enamel making it more resilient to decay
  • Change your toothbrush or toothbrush head every two to three months, or sooner if it becomes worn as it will not clean your teeth properly
  • If you use a mouthwash don’t use it directly after brushing as you risk rinsing away the fluoride from your toothpaste
  • Wait an hour after eating or drinking before brushing your teeth as the enamel could be softened and your risk brushing away tiny particles of it
  • Avoid snacking and try to only have sugary foods and drinks at meal times to cut down the amount of times your teeth are under attack

National Smile Month what’s in a smile

You have probably seen in the news the issues surrounding oral health at the moment with regards to the effect sugar has on our teeth.

People need to be more aware of the devastating effect sugar can have on their oral health and be conscious to how often they are consuming it. They need to recognise when there are ‘hidden sugars’ in supposedly healthy foods and take measures to prevent against their effects.

One of the most worrying issues is the state of children’s oral health in the UK: nearly a third (31 per cent) of five-year-olds and half (46 per cent) of eight-year-olds have visible signs of dental decay. This can be down to many reasons such as a poor diet or a lack of oral health education and needs to be addressed urgently. We encourage patients to register their children with the practice as soon as possible. It’s often a good idea to bring the little ones with you on a visit so they can get used to the unusual sights, sounds and smells before their first appointment.

We want your smiles to last a lifetime so if you are at all concerned about your or your family’s teeth, please do contact our Coventry dental practice and make an appointment to see one of the friendly dental team.

National Smile Month at Coventry dental practice

May sees the start of National Smile Month. Now over 40 years old, it aims to highlight three key messages , all of which will help you to maintain your smile for a lifetime.

  • Brush your teeth last thing at night and on at least one other occasion with a fluoride toothpaste.
  • Cut down on how often you have sugary foods and drinks.
  • Visit your dentist regularly, as often as they recommend

Here are a selection of top oral health tips to help your smile last a lifetime!

  1. Brush your teeth last thing at night and at least one other time during the day with a fluoride toothpaste.
  2. Clean in between your teeth at least once a day using interdental brushes or floss.
  3. To check if you have bad breath lick your wrist, let it dry and give it a sniff, if it smells your breath probably does too.
  4. If you use mouthwash don’t use it directly after brushing as you rinse away the fluoride from your toothpaste.
  5. Quit smoking to help reduce the chances of tooth staining, gum disease, tooth loss, and in more severe cases, mouth cancer.
  6. Make sure your toothpaste contains fluoride; it helps strengthen tooth enamel making it more resistant to decay.
  7. Change your toothbrush every two to three months or sooner if it becomes worn as it will not clean the teeth properly.
  8. Visit your dentist regularly, as often as they recommend.
  9. Some dentists may offer home visits for people who are housebound or have difficulty visiting the surgery.
  10. If you are nervous about visiting the dentist, make sure they are aware of why so they can improve your treatment.
  11. Help to overcome dental anxiety by taking a friend with you for support or listen to music to help you relax and focus on something else.
  12. Your dentist will carry out a visual mouth cancer check during your regular check-up.
  13. Visiting a dental hygienist can help give you excellent tips and advice on preventing dental problems.
  14. Chew sugar-free gum after eating or drinking, especially sugary foods, to help protect your teeth and gums in between meals.
  15. Wait an hour after eating or drinking anything before brushing as then enamel will be softened and you could be brushing away tiny particles.
  16. A varied diet that is rich in vitamins, minerals, and fresh fruit and vegetables can help to prevent gum disease.
  17. Finishing a meal with a cube of cheese is a great, and tasty, way to reduce the effect of acids from the foods damaging your teeth.
  18. Avoid snacking and try to only have sugary foods and drinks at mealtimes, reducing the time your teeth come under attack.
  19. If you have a sweet tooth try to choose sugar free sweets and drinks which contain xylitol as it can actively contribute to your oral health.
  20. Weaning your baby off the bottle early can help them avoid developing dental problems.
  21. All children up to three years old, should use a smear of toothpaste with a fluoride level of no less than 1000ppm (parts per million). After three years old, they should use a toothpaste that contains 1350ppm -1500ppm.
  22. Parents should try and supervise your children’s tooth brushing until they are about 7 years old.
  23. Take your child to the dentist early, as soon as their teeth start to appear, this will help them get used to the sights, sounds and smells of a dental practice.
  24. Use a timer or brush a long to a song to ensure your children are brushing for the correct amount of time.
  25. Use a reward chart to track your children’s brushing habits and get them actively involved in brushing their teeth.
  26. Use disclosing tablets to show areas of your children’s mouth which may need better brushing.

Dazzling smiles this Spring….

Over time our smiles can become dull and stained. They can lose their natural whiteness just from us getting older. Certain foods and drinks can also stain our teeth and if you smoke then you’ll recognise that a stained smile is another negative impact of smoking!

Professional tooth whitening, when performed by a registered dental professional is a fast, effective and safe way to whiten teeth, remove stains and give a brighter smile. At our Coventry dental practice we offer in practice whitening and also at home kits. Both whitening systems give whiter, brighter smiles in quick times but Zoom2, our in practice whitening option, can give you a more dazzling smile in about an hour! The at home kits take 1-2 weeks to achieve the same results, either way your smile will be several shades whiter with fewer stains and less dullness.

To book a whitening consultation today simply contact our friendly Coventry dental practice.

Spring clean your smile!

Spring is a fantastic time to not only have a good clear out at home but also make sure your smile is In tip top condition for the sunny months ahead.

The hygienist at our Coventry dental practice is trained in the prevention of gum disease and dental cavities. She has a passion for oral health and hygiene and is best placed to ensure your home regime is as good as it should be whilst also offering advice and answering any questions you may have.

The hygienist will record the condition of your teeth and gums, making a special note of any inflammation, bleeding or soreness. She’ll talk you though what you should be doing at home, how to floss if you’re unsure and what special dental tools you can use to make the job easier, such as inter-dental brushes.

You’ll then have the plaque and surface stains which build up gently removed leaving you with a fantastic clean feeling.

If you’re due a hygiene visit or can’t remember the last time you visited the hygienist then contact us today to book your appointment and let’s get your smile summer (and beyond!) ready!

Are you happy with your smile?

We want all our patients to have smile that lasts a lifetime so having confidence in your smile is a must!

There are many reasons why people don’t love their smile but for almost all of these reasons we can offer a solution.

Whether it’s the straightness of your smile that bothers you or unwanted stains and discolouration, our Coventry dental practice can help. Perhaps you have a chipped or damaged tooth and it affects your confidence? Whatever the problems, speak to our friendly team in Coventry and find out how we can improve your smile.

How to get YOUR ‘Hollywood’ smile!

If the phrase ‘Cosmetic Dentistry’ conjures up images of two rows of horribly bright, white tombstone sets of teeth which look far too big for the persons face and slightly ‘horse-like’, then we’re here to put your mind at rest!

Our cosmetic dentistry is not designed to give you a Hollywood ‘perfect’ smile; it’s designed to give you YOUR Hollywood perfect smile!

Using the very latest in cosmetic dentistry, innovative procedures and state of the art equipment we design a smile that is right for you, that fits your face, and complements your other features.

From simple tooth whitening through to full Cosmetic Smile Makeovers, at Dental Perfection in Coventry we can enhance almost every smile so if you’re interested in finding out more about YOUR perfect smile please contact our friendly dental team.

Walk straight this way to a more attractive smile

There are many adults living with crooked smiles that dent their confidence and make them want to smile less. At our Coventry dental practice we think everyone should have a smile they can’t help showing off so we offer a range of orthodontic brace treatments designed to enhance your natural smile.

We realise that many people are put off wearing braces because they remember the appearance of ‘train track’ style braces from school – this no longer has to be the case!

At Dental Perfection in Coventry we offer a wide range of brace treatments including ‘invisible’ aligners.

  • Invisible braces are convenient – Because they are removable they fit seamlessly in with people’s lifestyles.
  • Invisible braces are discreet – Being virtually invisible means that when you are wearing them hardly anyone will notice.
  • Invisible braces are comfortable – There are no fixed wires or brackets and the clear aligners gently reposition your teeth so they are comfortable to wear.

We are offering FREE consultations for invisible braces and other orthodontic options at our Coventry dental practice. To book contact our friendly team on Coventry 02476 220420 or 02476 229726

Coventry dental practice offers discreet invisible braces

Are you totally happy with how straight your teeth are? Do they overlap in places? Are they uneven or not set in a level arch?

Whatever the reason you don’t like your crooked smile, our Coventry dental practice could have a solution for you!

Many people have been putting off seeking treatment for misaligned teeth because they don’t want to have to wear ‘train-track’ style metal wire and bracket braces, but did you know there are other options available today?

If your smile is suitable we can offer ‘invisible’ braces, which are transparent and so hardly anyone will notice you’re wearing them. These braces, as well as being discreet, are comfortable, painless and removable, so they can fit into anyone’s lifestyle.

To find out more about the different braces options available, or to book a consultation simply contact us at our Coventry practice today