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June, 2015

Are you adding to your family in the near future? Congratulations! This will be an exciting—not to mention busy—time in your life. You’ll have a nursery to decorate, furniture to buy, and plenty of checkups with your doctor.

With everything that’s going on, though, it’s important not to lose sight of your oral health. In fact, regular brushing and flossing will never be as important as they are now. Besides causing symptoms like swollen or bleeding gums, gum disease has also been linked with certain pregnancy complications, like premature birth.

To ensure that your smile stays healthy during your pregnancy, and that your baby stays safe, we recommend the following:

  • Clean your smile regularly, paying special attention to your gumline. Gum disease is caused by the accumulation of bacteria and plaque along the gums.
  • Enjoy a balanced and nutritious diet. Foods that are processed or sugary will increase your chances of developing gum disease or cavities.
  • Talk to your dentists about when to schedule a checkup during your pregnancy. The best time is often during the second trimester.

Like any mom, you want to give your baby the best possible start. With preventive brushing and flossing, you’re already well on your way.

If you have questions about the connection between pregnancy and gum disease, don’t hesitate to talk to your regular family dentist.

Source:http://bestdentistnews.com/

May, 2015

Dental anxiety can be experienced in varying degrees of severity, from a feeling of uneasiness at having to visit a dentist to a full-blown, highly prohibitive phobia. Whilst it’s common for people to be a little wary of dental work (with images of drills and other painful looking implements imbedded in our cultural consciousness) it can be seriously detrimental to your oral hygiene and, by extension, your overall health to neglect scheduling regular check ups.

Indeed, in severe cases a sufferer might avoid going to seek a dentist’s services, even when experiencing severe pain. Obviously, as well as the sheer discomfort of the situation, this also puts you at a much higher risk of suffering from gum disease, early tooth loss or any number of other potentially serious problems as time goes by.

There are a variety of reasons you might feel anxious about getting dental treatment. Pain is a common concern, with many people, especially those under 24, worried that the treatment they require will hurt. Whilst, some procedures can be uncomfortable, it’s worth noting that dentistry is continually advancing and many treatments that may have hurt in the past can now be done without the patient noticing any unpleasant sensations.

Lack of control is another recurring theme that crops up amongst peoples’ reasons for wishing to avoid getting in the chair. (As we’ll see down the article, there are ways around this, as receiving dental treatment by no means needs to be a completely passive experience.) The intimacy involved can also be a reason for people to feel uneasy or embarrassed. Likewise, negative past experiences are often put forward as reason people would rather stay away from the dentist.

The good news is, whatever source your discomfort springs from, there are ways you can go about overcoming it.

The first step is to get talking about your concerns. You may find it extremely helpful to talk to friends and family members. If they have had similar experiences they may be able to point you towards helpful resources they’ve used themselves. Though they may not be your first port of call, one of the places you’re most likely to find useful advice is actually from a dentist.

Many dentists actually specialise in treating people who suffer from dental anxiety. Looking online for such a practice and going in to talk about your problems can help push things forward. If your phobia prevents you from being able to take these initial steps, then you may have to look to your GP for help instead. They may be able to put you forward to a professional specialising in cognitive behavioural therapy; a technique that can be used to change the way you think about certain aspects of life that has been successfully used to treat a wide range of conditions from insomnia to eating disorders.

If you are able to get help from your dentist, there are a number of ways they may be able to go about making you feel more comfortable. For instance, having discussed things with you, they may be able to ease you towards a state where you’d feel able to undergo treatment by taking things slowly, perhaps allowing you to first feel at ease in the surroundings of the practice (even something as simple as sitting in the chair) before making any attempt to progress things any further. This could be especially effective if your anxiety is based on a bad experience during childhood and has prevented you from visiting a dentist for many years. In this time dentistry may have made considerable advances and your idea of what goes on in a practice could be exaggerations based on an outdated way of doing things. Knowing about the latest technology may make you feel far less uneasy about getting work done.

Even if it does come to the stage where you’re able to start having a basic check up, having had an open talk with your dentist you could still come to an agreement whereby you can retain a certain level of control over proceedings by taking things at your own pace and requesting they stop if things are going too fast. Many people devise signals they can use to communicate with their dentists, allowing them to have their say throughout.

 

Another popular way to boost your confidence is simply to bring a friend along for morale support. Many sufferers of dental anxiety fare a lot better when they are not alone and most dentists will not mind if you wish to be accompanied. Of course, if the cause of your anxiety stems from one particular episode, talking to a dentist about it could, in of itself, be enough to help you feel better, offering a view from a professional’s prospective and making a little more sense of things.

Beyond simply talking things through there are a number of more involved avenues you could explore.

Psychological Methods
As your anxiety is essentially psychological, there are a variety of ways you can use psychological strategies to help you remain calm, collected and comfortable. One of the most straightforward is the distraction technique. This involves using a pleasant stimulus to keep your mind off the procedure itself and help you to relax. This might take the form of using mental concentration to focus on something else, or it could be a tangible distraction. For example, depending on the facilities available at the practice in question, you might be able to watch a DVD of a favourite film or listen to some music or an audio book. If you’re wrapped up in a good story, you may barely even notice the dentist at work.

Another option is hypnotherapy. Though this hasn’t been concretely proven as a medically certified way to cure anxiety, it does help people to feel more relaxed and better able to cope with certain situations in which they might otherwise struggle. It works by using the power of suggestion to help alter your mental approach to certain problems, helping you to surmount obstacles in your thinking. Hypnotherapy isn’t the same as stage hypnosis acts you might have seen where the hypnotist is able to control a subject. You’ll remain lucid through the process and do not have to worry about surrendering your will or being manipulated. If you don’t feel that any of these options will work for you, you may want to look at using sedation instead.

 

Sedation
Despite what you might think, using sedation doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be rendered unconscious. Many forms of sedation will leave you awake, but in a state of heightened tranquillity. Your memory could be affected and there’s a good chance that you will not have a particularly detailed recollection of events. Your powers of reasoning and sense of coordination may also be diminished, and for that reason, with certain kinds of sedation, you may need to be accompanied to the practice by a friend or family member and be seen home again too. Oral sedatives such as diazepam may be used either on the day of your procedure, or even the night before. Alternatively, at the practice you might take ‘gas and air’ and inhale a sedative, the effects of which can wear off quite quickly. Intravenous sedation is another option. In this scenario the medicine will be injected into your body, normally via your hand. Though you will be lucid enough at the time to converse with your dentist, after it’s over you may not remember the exchange.

Finally, you might opt for a general anaesthetic if it’s appropriate. It’s generally seen as being a last resort and would only be employed if you were genuinely unable to undergo treatment via any of the other methods described above. You will be completely unconscious for the entirety of the procedure and will need someone to keep an eye on you for up to 24 hours after you receive treatment, as you may not quite have all your faculties during that time.

FAQs

If I Have Treatment Whilst Hypnotised How Can I Know What My Dentist is Doing?
As stated above, despite common perceptions of hypnosis, you will not be under anyone’s power or unable to exercise self control using this psychological aid. You will be conscious and aware of your surroundings. You will also be able to remember events as they occur whilst under hypnosis.

The experience is similar to being absorbed in a daydream or a gripping film. You might describe it as trance like, but you’ll still be able to respond to normal stimuli. Needless to say, this will only ever be practised by an experienced professional who will be able to talk you through the whole process in great detail, explaining exactly how it will all work. They will be happy to answers whatever questions you have and to address any concerns you’re harbouring in full before going ahead with things. Of course, you’re free not to proceed if you feel at all uncomfortable

Will Using Sedation Once Mean I’ll Always Need It?
No. It’s still possible for you to overcome your anxiety through the various methods outlined in this article, however, it should be stressed that having got through treatment with the help of sedation may not contribute towards you getting past your anxieties, especially if you don’t remember much of the experience. Having small scale dental treatments that are less intimidating, such as a thorough cleaning, could help, as could talking to and forging a relationship with your dentist. The more familiar you are with their work, the more likely it is you will feel comfortable undergoing treatments. Of course, if you’re unable to overcome your phobia and still require urgent dental work, you may have to fall back on sedation if psychological methods aren’t working.

Do All Dentist Deal with Dental Anxiety?
No. Depending on your particular case you may want to seek out a specialist who has the requisite skills to treat you in the way you desire, whether that be through conversations, hypnosis or sedation. Indeed, you may decide you would rather use Behavioural Cognitive Therapy, in which case your GP may need to refer you somewhere else entirely. If you are set on sedation, you could go to an NHS sedation clinic or a private practice with a background in such work.

I’m Booked For An Appointment But Am Still Nervous. What Can I Do to Prepare?
As discussed above, arming yourself with more knowledge about what will be happening is a good tactic. Simply ask as many questions as you like before hand to ensure that you are completely in the know with regards to your procedure.

I Know I Will Appear Nervous to My Dentist and am Scared I Will Put Them Off. Should I Be Worried?
No. Dental anxiety is very common and even people who don’t feel a need to avoid treatment are often a little nervy when visiting a dentist. Yours will have experience of dealing with patients that aren’t entirely at ease. The best course of action is to speak your dentist before hand and make the situation clear.

Source: http://www.toothpick.com/

April, 2015
With Easter almost upon us, children's teeth are preparing themselves for a chocolate onslaught.

Striking a balance between letting your child indulge on their treats and keeping an eye on their consumption is the best way to make sure their oral health doesn't suffer. It is how often, not how much sugary food and drink is consumed that causes oral health problems.

To help, the British Dental Health Foundation is offering the following tips and advice to help make Easter a treat for everyone.

 

TEN FACTS ABOUT CHILDREN'S TEETH AND DIET 

  1. Britain is in the top five for the amount of chocolate consumption rate in Europe.1
  2. Some research suggests dark chocolate high in cocoa has oral health benefits.
  3. Two in three 16-24 year olds say chocolate is the food most likely to make them smile.2
  4. Tooth decay affects three in 10 children starting school.3
  5. It is not the amount of Easter eggs eaten that would cause tooth decay - it is how often they are consumed.
  6. Whenever your child eats anything sugary, their teeth will be under attack for up to one hour.
  7. Sugar causes the bacteria in plaque to produce acids. It is these acids which attack children's tooth enamel and cause tooth decay.
  8. Confectionery bars in Easter eggs containing fondants and caramel are potentially more damaging to teeth than the chocolate egg.
  9. Sugar-free Easter eggs are available to buy.
  10. Breadsticks, vegetables, cheese are healthy snack alternatives.

FIVE TIPS FOR A HEALTHIER EASTER

  1. Ensure sweet treats are kept to mealtimes.
  2. Ensure your child stops eating Easter eggs at least one hour before they go to bed.
  3. Monitor your child's chocolate intake, and give them small pieces that won't stay in their mouth for long.
  4. A glass of water is the best drink to give your child after eating chocolate.
  5. If your child still has a sweet tooth, give them sugar-free sweets. Those containing Xylitol may help to reduce tooth decay.

Dental Advisor Karen Coates added: "Sugar is a very prominent topic at the moment, so there's no better time for parents, educators and older children to take on board some key information about the potential damage sugar can do.

"Obesity is a large issue, but the first point of contact for these Easter eggs will be teeth. It is vital to keep them to mealtimes and not snack on them throughout the Easter break. The recent Children's Dental Health Survey3 highlights just how many children are suffering from tooth decay, an entirely preventable disease.

"These tips may sound simple, but they can go a long to improving the current level of tooth decay in children and herald further reductions in the future."

Source: http://www.dentalhealth.org/

March, 2015

A beautiful smile can make a significant difference in your life. That’s why so many patients look for cosmetic help every year. With the care provided by an experienced cosmetic dentist, you can face the people in your life with an improved sense of confidence and wellbeing.

The most common cosmetic services are:

Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic services available today. Depending on your needs and your level of sensitivity, your dentist may recommend an in-office whitening solution or a take-home option. Regardless of which you use, both will help you see amazing results.

Porcelain Veneers

Veneers are handcrafted from quality dental porcelain to produce results that look natural and beautiful. Once in place, veneers can help you create a smile that looks straighter and whiter without the need for teeth whitening or braces. A complete veneers procedure is typically completed in two or three visits.

Clear or Invisible Braces

For teens and adults who want a straighter smile but don’t want to wear traditional braces, clear braces can be an excellent alternative. They’re more discreet, allowing patients to maintain their mature and professional image while going through treatment.

Tooth-Colored Fillings

Tooth-colored fillings are used to help patients treat decay, which is among the most common oral health problems. Made from composite fillings, they will blend in with your smile for results that are seamless and durable.

Cosmetic Bonding

Cosmetic bonding is a simple procedure that, similar to porcelain veneers, will help you improve the appearance of a cracked, chipped, or stained tooth. Bonding is a single-visit procedure that takes just a few minutes to complete.

If you’re seeking cosmetic help, your dentist will complete a full oral health assessment before recommending a specific treatment plan. Some patients may need just a single service to achieve the results they want to achieve while others will benefit from a plan that includes multiple services.

Source:http://bestdentistnews.com/

February, 2015

We are proud to present many new dentists who joined us in our London and Budapest Clinics.

 

 
Dr Norbert Nagy-Matyas, DDS
LONDON AND BUDAPEST

Dr Janos Schmidt, DDS

BUDAPEST

Dr Agnes Holler, DDS

LONDON

Dr Szilvia Filadelfi, DDS

BUDAPEST

Dr Csilla Ehreth, DDS

LONDON

Dr Fruzsina Nadaskay, DDS

BUDAPEST

January, 2015

SIGNIFICANT CHANGES THIS YEAR IN BOTH OF OUR CLINICS TO PROVIDE YOU AN EVEN BETTER SERVICE…

Budapest

We have upgraded our dental chairs in both of our surgeries in Budapest to the newest state-of-the-art chairs incorporating the latest in technology and comfort to provide an even better experience for all our patients travelling to us from all over the world.    With our superior laboratory support using the latest digital techniques and European standard rated materials, we can now confidently say…..… coming to the dentist is not so bad after all!

Further Budapest news……We are happy to report that we are now welcoming many new Swiss patients from Geneva and Zurich along with our regular British, Irish and French clients, we can now proudly boast that we expanding across Europe! 

 

London

We are very proud to announce our recent purchase of the very best in digital technology, a 3D CT scanner.  Since January 2015, London-Dental-Implants provide a dental imaging service for our patients on site at our practice in Battersea, saving both time and money. Since CT imaging outperforms all other existing scanning methods it is considered the best standard of care in implant dentistry.

December, 2014

November, 2014

The holidays are a great time for family, lots of food, and guilt-free indulgence. However, the last thing you probably want is to have to spend some quality time with your local dentist right in the middle of all this fun. That’s why it’s always important to make smart choices and be aware of potential problems that could threaten your oral health. Here are five helpful tips to keep in mind when you’re sitting down at the table with your loved ones to enjoy that big, scrumptious meal:

  • Be careful when it comes to chewy treats. Having a sweet tooth is fine in moderation, but when it comes to sticky substances, less is always more. Foods like caramel and taffy can encourage tooth decay and even yank out fillings.
  • Don’t crack nuts between your teeth. Nuts offer several valuable health benefits, but don’t treat your mouth like you would a nutcracker’s. Shelling nuts with your teeth can cause serious enamel and gum damage. You’re definitely better off removing the shells before enjoying your snack.
  • Enjoy your wine, but not too much. The high acidity levels in wine can eat away at the enamel on your teeth, which is really important to retain when it comes to fighting off decay and cavities. Avoid swishing wine around in your mouth for too long, and be sure to drink plenty of water in between glasses.
  • Don’t let stress get you down. Holiday anxiety is a very common, understandable problem, but be careful – it can lead to grinding and clenching of the teeth. Seeing your local dentist about a nightguard can help you protect your smile while you sleep and avoid unpleasant damage.
  • Feel free to feast! Yes, you heard right! When you eat, more and more saliva is produced, which can be a beneficial agent when it comes to neutralizing acids and repairing tooth enamel. Just be sure to take breaks here and there from the food so that it has time to work within your mouth.

Source:http://bestdentistnews.com/

October, 2014

Smoking leads to dental problems, including:

  • Bad breath
  • Tooth discoloration
  • Inflammation of the salivary gland openings on the roof of the mouth
  • Increased build up of plaque and tartar on the teeth
  • Increased loss of bone within the jaw
  • Increased risk of leukoplakia, white patches inside the mouth
  • Increased risk of developing gum disease, a leading cause of tooth loss
  • Delayed healing process following tooth extraction, periodontal treatment, or oral surgery
  • Lower success rate of dental implant procedures
  • Increased risk of developing oral cancer

How Does Smoking Lead to Gum Disease?

Smoking and other tobacco products can lead to gum disease by affecting the attachment of bone and soft tissue to your teeth. More specifically, it appears that smoking interferes with the normal function of gum tissue cells. This interference makes smokers more susceptible to infections, such asperiodontal disease, and also seems to impair blood flow to the gums - which may affect wound healing.

Do Pipe and Cigar Smoking Cause Dental Problems?

Yes, like cigarettes, pipes and cigars do lead to oral health problems. According to results of a 23-year long study published in the Journalof the American Dental Association, cigar smokers experience tooth loss and alveolar bone loss (bone loss within the jawbone that anchors teeth) at rates equivalent to those of cigarette smokers. Pipe smokers also have a similar risk of tooth loss as cigarette smokers. Beyond these risks, pipe and cigar smokers are still at risk for oral and pharyngeal (throat) cancers -- even if they don't inhale -- and other oral consequences -- bad breath, stained teeth, and increased risk of periodontal (gum) disease.

Are Smokeless Tobacco Products Safer?

No. Like cigars and cigarettes, smokeless tobacco products (for example, snuff and chewing tobacco) contain at least 28 chemicals that have been shown to increase the risk of oral cancer and cancer of the throat and esophagus. In fact, chewing tobacco contains higher levels of nicotine than cigarettes, making it harder to quit than cigarettes. And one can of snuff delivers more nicotine than over 60 cigarettes.

Smokeless tobacco can irritate your gum tissue, causing it to recede or pull away from your teeth. Once the gum tissue recedes, your teeth roots become exposed, creating an increased risk of tooth decay. Exposed roots are also more sensitive to hot and cold or other irritants, making eating and drinking uncomfortable.

In addition, sugars, which are often added to enhance the flavor of smokeless tobacco, can increase your risk for tooth decay. A study published in the Journal of the American Dental Association showed that chewing tobacco users were four times more likely than nonusers to develop tooth decay.

Smokeless tobacco also typically contains sand and grit, which can wear down your teeth. 

Source: http://www.webmd.com/

September, 2014

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