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Bancroft Dental Practice

Spring | Summer 2010

7 Bancroft Court, Hitchin, Herts SG5 1LH Tel 01462 451167

Practice News Welcome to our Spring | Summer Newsletter. If you have always secretly wanted straighter teeth, we thought you’d like to hear that our range of adult orthodontic treatment options now includes the invisible Clearstep™ and fast acting Inman Aligner™; putting us at the forefront of the latest orthodontic techniques. Clearstep™ uses a series of clear, customised, comfortable positioners which move your teeth in small increments, gradually reaching your desired beautiful smile. Inman Aligner™ works differently in

that it uses small powerful springs that can have your front teeth straight in as little as 6–16 weeks. It is a very quick and efficient way of straightening front teeth, particularly in adults. If the originally successful orthodontic treatment you had as a child has over the intervening years regressed (which is quite common) leaving your front teeth again uneven, then this is the ideal solution for you! If you would like to know more, please ask and we will arrange a free consultation. Best wishes from all the team.

an easy confidence boost

Brighten up your summer! One of our most popular treatments, Tooth Whitening, is a quick and easy way to brighten your smile - a perfect summer treat. Bright, white teeth can take years off your appearance and give you an easy confidence boost, so what better time to show off a sparkling summer smile? Power Whitening is safe, effective and very fast, and performed within the practice. It is an easy and non-invasive system which can lighten your teeth up to eight shades, giving you a natural, beautiful, younger looking smile in only one hour. For those of you who would prefer to whiten your teeth at home, we can provide comfortable custom-made trays (similar to a light-weight gumshield) and special whitening gel. A little gel is placed into the trays which are then worn for a few hours every other day or night over a two to three week period, until the required shade is attained. The ageing process alone can result in our teeth losing their whiteness, as can many of the things we do on a regular basis: coffee, tea, cola, red wine and smoking being well known culprits. But stained, yellow or darkened teeth can easily be a thing of the past with today’s advanced whitening techniques which are convenient, quick and affordable.

Little known fact... More people use blue toothbrushes than red ones.

Cleaning your baby’s teeth

Dental care for the elderly Nowadays, regular dental checkups and hygiene visits, combined with the right home care, mean it is possible to keep your teeth for life. However, older people may experience some tricky issues and we are here to help. Gums tend to recede with age, and you may find your teeth may become a little more sensitive as a result. We can show you the best brushing methods to keep any gum problems under control, and may suggest a mouthwash to deal with sensitivity. Gum disease can affect the bone that supports the tooth roots, leading to tooth loss. Common signs are: gums that bleed when brushed; teeth that are loose; receding gums and bad breath. Do let us know if you have any of these symptoms. If you have lost some teeth in the past and have a bridge or dentures, you may have particular cleaning needs and difficulties which we can help with. Similarly, normal cleaning may become rather more difficult if you have problems with your hands or arms, or if your eyesight is less than perfect. A magnifying mirror and a good light are often


helpful and we can offer advice on the best aids to use. Some elderly people take regular medication which can make their mouth more dry than usual. Saliva helps to protect teeth against decay, so if you find you have less saliva than usual, do let us know. Special products to alleviate dry mouth symptoms are also available over the counter in most chemists. The same dental plaque which causes gum inflammation can cause decay, particularly when combined with sugary foods and drinks. Gum disease and tooth decay can be prevented by ensuring you thoroughly remove plaque from your teeth (and dentures if you have them) at least twice a day. To clean your teeth properly you need a small-headed, medium–textured toothbrush and a fluoride toothpaste. To help clean between your teeth you could use an interspace brush, tape, woodsticks or floss. If you have arthritis you may find it difficult to grip a toothbrush handle, but handle adapters are available. Electric toothbrushes are also ideal for people with limited movement. The handles are thicker and easier to hold and the oscillating head does most of the work.

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Can you help Ben find his toothpaste?

Babies are obviously not able to clean their own teeth and as soon as the first baby teeth begin to appear you should start to clean them. At first you may find it easier to use a piece of clean gauze or cloth wrapped around your forefinger. As more teeth appear, you will need to use a baby toothbrush. Use a smear of fluoride toothpaste and gently massage it around the teeth and gums.This may be easier to manage if you cradle your baby's head in your arms in front of you. As the child gets older it may be difficult to use this technique, but you can gradually give more responsibility for cleaning their teeth to the child. It is important to clean teeth twice a day with a toothpaste containing fluoride.

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Smile wish list �� We want to meet your needs and are here to help with all the following issues. Please � any that concern you and let us know your findings. We look forward to helping you achieve the feeling of well-being that comes when you know that your mouth is healthy, your smile is attractive, and that you are well equipped to keep it that way. I am self-conscious about my teeth when I smile. I wish my teeth were brighter and whiter. I would like to feel more confident about the colour of my crowns/fillings. Some of my teeth are dark, chipped or misshapen. I have some missing teeth which affect my smile. My gums bleed when I brush my teeth and I get a bad taste in my mouth. I wish my teeth were less sensitive. I wish my dentures were more comfortable. I am worried about the cost of treatment and how to pay for it. On a scale of 1-10 (10 being best), I would rate my smile

The articles featured in this newsletter are intended for information only and, as such, should not be interpreted as recommendation for any particular dental procedure or treatment. Your dentist will advise on the best course of treatment for you as an individual. Design & Production: © Cathy Johnson Design Limited.