November 3, 2011
Mouth Cancer Action Month is now one of the major springboards for raising awareness of a disease that kills one person every 5 hours in the UK. We’re continuing to support the campaign by getting involved and ultimately, to help save lives.
Over the past few years, the profession has rallied to help promote awareness of mouth cancer, Confidental has been among the first to offer free oral cancer screenings. If mouth cancer screening is performed on each patient at regular intervals, especially on high risk patients, this will make a major contribution to the early detection of the disease. Explaining your screening work to your patients will also improve awareness among their families and friends also.
This year’s campaign focus is on the benefits of early detection, which increases survival to 90%. It’s estimated that 6,000 people will be diagnosed with mouth cancer this year and with your help, early detection will extend the lives of around 5,400 of them. Your participation is crucial. Together we can make a difference.
Did you know?
• The Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), which can be transmitted via oral sex, is increasingly being linked to mouth cancer. Younger people are particularly at risk, and those with multiple sexual partners even more so
• Around a fifth of the UK’s population smoke and the habit is still considered the leading cause of mouth cancer
• Drinking to excess can increase mouth cancer risks by four times
• As alcohol aids the absorption of tobacco into the mouth, those who smoke and drink to excess are up to 30 times more likely to develop the disease
• Although some people believe ‘smokeless’ tobacco is safer than smoking, the reality is that it is much more dangerous
Facts and figures
Latest figures (2008) show 5,790 cases of mouth cancer are diagnosed annually in the UK
• Mouth cancer cases increased by 46% between 1997 and 2008
• In the UK, Scotland has the highest incidence of mouth cancer
• 1,822 people died from mouth cancer in 2008
• Over two-thirds of mouth cancer cases are diagnosed at a late stage, reducing the chances of survival
• One person dies from mouth cancer every five hours in the UK (source: CRUK)
• Mouth cancer kills more people than cervical cancer and testicular cancer combined
• 50 years ago mouth cancer was five times more common in men than in women; now it’s only twice as common
• The possibility of mouth cancer remains high for ex-smokers for 20 years or more after quitting
• Although mouth cancer is more likely to affect people over 40 years of age, an increasing number of young people are developing the condition
How Confidental can help
Well over half the UK population received a dental examination in the last two years; this means Confidental’s dental team is in the ideal position to share information about the risks and symptoms of mouth cancer. Few people are aware of the disease itself, let alone the symptoms. The more you can do to educate patients, the better their chances.
• Creating an in-practice display using the oral cancer campaign poster
• Offering free oral health + oral cancer screenings with regular check ups
• Discussing lifestyle habits with our patients
• Encouraging smokers to quit
• Highlighting the symptoms
• Checking for signs of the disease at each patient visit
For more information about the campaign, visit the website http://www.mouthcancer.org
Thank you in advance for your participation. Together we can make a difference.
September 19, 2011
Regular checking at Confidental could save your life
Check for mouth ulcers that don’t heal in 3 weeks, red and white patches and unusual lumps or swellings in your mouth
If in doubt, get checked out
*one person dies every five hours in the UK – visit mouthcancer.org to find out if you are at risk
September 14, 2011
Because we believe that everyone should feel good about the way their teeth look and feel.
Because everyone should have access to comfortable dental care.”
Here at Confidental, we believe that everyone should receive high quality dental care in a setting in which they are comfortable.
September 13, 2011
Dentistry is a multi-faceted and rapidly evolving sector of medical science that is greatly influenced by technological innovation.
Throughout our lifetime we have seen vast changes in the technologies that surround our lives.
Dentistry is an area in particular that has seen such a change.
Much has improved in dentistry, where patients can now benefit from more effective dental materials, procedures and techniques. The changing practices of dentists have helped dental practices to have more of a community role within their area. Of course, all of these aspects of modern dentistry have now helped make a visit to the local dentist’s a little bit more of an enjoyable, relaxing and comfortable experience
At Confidental we have Digitalised X-rays: This ensures a quicker, more efficient and accurate treatment for the patient with 90% less radiation exposure. Digital CT scans can also be made to ascertain a complete 3D representation of facial aspects for even greater accuracy in more crucial diagnostic decisions.
At Confidental we keep up to date and we have equipped ourselves with some of the other notable advancements within dentistry, which include: new local anaesthetic drugs and delivery systems; we use computer modelling techniques with dental Implants; we carry out aesthetic dentistry – creating natural looking teeth; we can perform same-day procedures through CAD/CAM and CEREC equipment; we have dental lasers that allow the gums and teeth to be treated more effectively.
Confidental is much more inviting and technologically advanced in its appearance – ‘There are flat-screen TVs and coffee dispensers, which make our customers and patients feel right at home!’.
For some elderly patients, when they were children, visiting the dentist was a part of the school programme. Some even had a dental practice annexed onto their school. However, these were often the roots of their dental anxiety and phobias.
As a group they all agreed that their ‘school’ dentist was abrupt and pompous with a lack of empathy.
However, most of them mention that their visits to the dentist are vastly better at Confidental – ‘I now feel less anxious to visit the team at Confidental. They are kind, patient and explanative – far from the dentists I encountered in the past!’
Patients also recognise the changes in dental technology, where faster and more powerful drills have been developed for patient-comfort and greater precision.
On asking both the elderly and the young about their expectations for an ideal dentist they gave the following interesting criteria which Confidental always adheres to:
• Good manual-dexterity
• Up-to date
• Happy and enthusiastic
All of these changes have helped develop and expand dentistry into a more positive and beneficial service. After all, as long as science continues to evolve, so too will dentistry.
September 6, 2011
As a dentist Sandeep Mohal finds that an increasing number of patients recognise the benefits of preventive care. That taking greater care of their teeth and gums and attending the dentist regularly they can reduce the need for costly treatments and save money.
Minimal Intervention dentistry is good, enabling a patient and their dentist to focus on regular care, and by minimising risk factors before they cause pain and require treatment.
Attending the dentist regularly is widely acknowledged as an important part of a balanced healthy lifestyle. We find that more patients are visiting the dentist regularly which shows that people are prioritising their dental health
Affordability - At Confidental in Sandhurst we can help by spreading the cost of treatments, utilising dental insurance, looking at 0% finance options etc. We find that our patients visit us regularly in an attempt to reduce the risk of potential costly treatments developing. This shows that our patients are interested in managing their finances and shows that our patients understand that a ‘minimal intervention’ approach to dentistry does not cost more.
Private Care - At Confidental we try and provide the best quality care possible. We help patients to enjoy this by utilising membership plans which help in budgeting through affordable monthly payments, avoiding unexpected treatment costs, and opening up a wider choice of treatments.
Fear of the dentist / fear of pain - At Confidental our dentists take their time to explain options and try to get everyone as relaxed as possible, we use the latest technology for example super slim needles that hurt less and wand technology, we also have the option of dental sedation, this makes you sleepy and relaxed while you have your dental work carried out
Quality - Confidental’s team is focused on providing the best quality care possible, this is by using experienced staff and using the best quality materials available.
Customer service - At Confidental our team is customer focused and we work hard to provide you with good customer service on each and every visit
Reputation - Confidental has been in Sandhurst since 1965 caring for the dental health of our local population, we find that our patients visit us regularly in an attempt to reduce the risk o potential costly treatments developing. This shows
What is encouraging our patients to choose private care?
The increasing popularity of payment plans helps our consumers to move to private dentistry
The ability to budget for dental care
Payment plans and dental insurance provide a better option for consumers, giving them access to a wider choice of modern treatments.
At Confidental our patients are taking more preventive care to try and avoid dental treatments, we build time into our appointments to allow for preventive education and advice.
Preventive dentistry includes advice on;
- regular hygienist visits
- regular dentist visits
- limiting alcohol
- smoking cessation advice
- using a straw for fizzy drinks or juices
- cutting own on sugary food/sweets
- drinking more water
- reducing frequency of snacking
- brushing half an hour after eating
- using disclosing tablets
- using mouthwash
- using interdental bushes
- flossing daily
- brushing at least twice a day, etc
Preventive care and attitudes towards oral hygieneThe recession and economic climate has had some impact on our patients behaviour. Our survey/studies show that in the current climate more and more patients are taking more responsibility for maintaining their teeth and gums by using mouthwash, drinking more water, brushing at least twice a day, visiting the dent it more regularly.
Our patients agree that good oral health supports overall well being. Tooth decay is almost entirely preventable. Over 30% of our survey respondents said that the main reason for attending Confidental was to keep a good smile, and keep their gums and teeth healthy.
Patients’ smiles are being considered a priority in terms of beauty and aesthetics, many patients are prepared to invest money on maintaining an attractive smile and teeth.
September 5, 2011
If you are a new mother, or will be one soon, then you should know that your smile is key to having a healthy baby.
On top of feeling good about having a brand new bundle of joy, your teeth and gums should reflect good oral hygiene, which has been linked to health care measures to prevent premature birth in expectant women.
You need another reason to be happy about giving birth, good teeth and gums are at the top of the list so you and your baby are healthy.
Dentists at Confidental emphasise the need for good oral hygiene and dental care before and during pregnancy. In addition, a number of studies have found that pregnant women with periodontal disease – a more serious form of the gum infection gingivitis – are more likely to have a preterm or low birth-weight baby. Preventing oral disease is key to overall health, dentists say. And that not only includes improving access to dental care but making changes at home.
According to Baby World, some mothers often worry that dental treatment during pregnancy is not safe. This is not true. There should be no difficulties in maintaining your routine dental programme during pregnancy, and it is in fact strongly advised.
Due to hormone changes, some women’s dental health may require closer attention at this time. One of the more frequent problems is that you could start to notice your gums begin to bleed easier than before and more often.
Hormone changes during pregnancy increase the risk inflamed gums, and as a result, they will bleed.
The best course of action to prevent this is to maintain a strong level of oral hygiene and go to the dentist for regular check-ups as often as recommended.
This could include visits to the Confidental’s hygienist for a comprehensive clean. They will also be able to give you further advice on how to care for your teeth when you are at home.
Even though visiting the dentist is essential during pregnancy, some dental-related treatments are probably best left until after the birth.
For instance, the Department of Health recommends that if you require need an amalgam filling, or a top-up of an old filling, that it waits until after the child is born. Additionally, if you require for any reason, a dental X-ray during pregnancy, dentists will generally avoid this until after the birth also.
Another vital point for pregnant women in maintaining good oral health is that you must have a healthy and balanced diet. Getting all the required vitamins and minerals into the body has an overwhelmingly positive effect on the development of the baby’s overall bodily health and dental health.
A good idea would be to cut out sugary snacks and drinks between meals to prevent your teeth from decaying.
So before you try for a baby, make an appointment with a dentist at Confidental to check your teeth and gums. This way, any problems can be rectified, and if you need a filling, this can be done before you are carrying a baby.
Make sure you are brushing daily, flossing and using mouthwash (alcohol free!) to keep your mouth healthy before you conceive. If your toothpaste is making you feel sick during your morning sickness stage, switch to a bland tasting brand.
The dentists at Confidental will be able to advise one to you. As stomach acid is damaging to teeth, rinse your mouth with water following sickness.
While pregnant, if you have suffered from any gum disease or bleeding gums during pregnancy, it’s important to see your dentist after you have given birth to have your oral hygiene re-examined. Again, amalgam fillings are not advised for breastfeeding mothers.
If you’re not registered with a dentist, Look for Confidental, the number should be in your phone book, or look online. You will be able to visit us at Confidental without waiting too long. Another option would be to look at our discount scheme. With a very inexpensive membership fee, you can sign up and see a participating dental practitioner immediately at Confidental.
One of the few discount dental schemes in the UK is through Healthy Discounts, and you and your family can participate for not a lot of money. If you are pregnant, or are planning a pregnancy soon, one of these plans may help you speed up the process of maintaining proper oral hygiene. Remember, life is precious, especially when you are dealing with babies. It’s in your best interest and that of your child to keep your smile in great shape. You’ll have more than one reason to do so. Love your smile, and love your baby.
August 23, 2011
A little meal-time forethought can go a long way toward maintaining a child’s oral health and educational performance.
Confidental, reminds parents to take care when packing a child’s school lunch.
It’s no secret that poor nutritional habits in children are a serious problem in this country.
Sugary treats like cookies, candy and fruit snacks mix with bacteria in the sticky plaque that constantly forms on teeth to generate acid, which can wear away enamel and cause tooth decay.
Gooey or chewy sweets are particularly damaging because they spend a prolonged amount of time stuck to teeth.
Sweets may provide a temporary jolt for kids, but that sugar rush soon turns into a crash and kids are left feeling lethargic. That is not the kind of mental state kids need to be in to be attentive for afternoon classes.
‘Sweets in general contain too many calories from fats and sugars and very few beneficial nutrients,’ said Dr William Kohn, DDPA’s vice president of dental science and public policy.
‘Limiting sugar intake will not only be good for children’s teeth, but for their overall health.’
Instead, Delta Dental recommends packing healthy snacks like fresh fruit and veggies, baked chips or whole-grain crackers in your kid’s lunch. Unhealthy snacks like cookies are acceptable only in moderation.
‘At the end of a year, simple substitutions at snack time like water instead of a sugary drink, or an apple and carrots instead of a candy bar, will add up to a lot of saved calories and a much healthier diet’
‘Almost all tooth decay can be prevented with a healthy diet, good toothbrushing habits, and regular visits to the dentist for preventive care.’
May 17, 2011
Confidental Gears Up for National Smile Month – Have you got the Smile Factor?
15th May 2011 – 15th June 2011
May sees the launch of National Smile month which is an annual education campaign in association with the British Dental Health Foundation. It aims to promote looking after teeth and maintaining them for life. This year there is the ‘Smile Factor’ as the campaign theme.
It has the following key messages:
• Find out Your Dental Scores, confidental’s team do this assessment naturally on very exam visit
visit The Dental Scores Website
• Brush your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste
Fluoride is added to most toothpastes to help prevent decay. Using a fluoride toothpaste will also help to strengthen your teeth. It is important to remember that the main cause of tooth decay is not the amount of sugar and acid in the diet, but how often it is eaten or drunk. Thorough brushing for two minutes, twice a day – before breakfast and particularly last thing at night – will prevent tooth decay.
• Cut down on how often you have sugary food and drinks
A balanced healthy diet is really important to care for your teeth and general health. Sugary foods can contribute to serious health problems, such as heart disease and obesity. Fizzy drinks can increase the risk of dental problems. Even fruit smoothies can be bad for your teeth, coating them in sugar and acid, which can cause both tooth decay and erosion. In recent years monitoring what you eat has become easier
with improvements to nutrition information labelling on food products. And the range of healthier food products to choose from is continuing to improve. It is recommended that you eat at least five portions of different types of fruit and vegetables a day. It is also better for your teeth and general health if you eat three meals a day instead of having seven to 10 snack attacks. Remember, sugary drinks are particularly harmful to teeth. Where possible try sugar-free drinks, or drink safe alternatives like water and milk.
• Visit the dentist regularly as often as they recommend
Regular dental visits are really important to look after your health. With the help of your dentist, dental nurses, hygienists, oral health educators and therapists, people can help prevent tooth decay and gum disease – the main causes of fillings and tooth loss. And it is not just about caring for your teeth. Scientific research continues to prove a link between gum disease and heart disease, strokes, diabetes, breast cancer and premature babies.
October 1, 2010
Here’s a frightening statistic for you – one person in the UK dies from mouth cancer every five hours. Over the last decade cases of mouth cancer have risen by 41% and it seems that lack of public awareness is part of the reason for this rise, meaning that about 70% of mouth cancers are detected at a late stage, reducing the chances of survival. Catching mouth cancer early is very important – that’s why we routinely conduct a soft tissue check during patient check ups. We also encourage patients to keep an eye on their mouths between appointments and to let us know if they are concerned about any unusual symptoms. These include ulcers that don’t heal within three weeks, red or white patches and any other unusual lumps or swellings in the mouth. November is Mouth Cancer Action Month which seeks to raise awareness of mouth cancer and urges people to get screened, so pop in and make an appointment to get checked out and we can work to lower these frightening statistics.
June 23, 2010
If you were one of the many England supporters grinding your teeth in despair this last week you are not alone! Joking aside, this is really quite a common problem and a huge 25% of us may suffer with the problem, many of whom may not even know, because they only experience it in their sleep. For those who are aware of it many don’t seek treatment because they think it is insignificant or just an irritation.
Bruxism as it is known in the medical world can lead to serious dental problems if it remains untreated. So how do you know if you are suffering? Some of the common symptoms are waking with earache or headache, or with facial or jaw pain which may ease as the day goes on. Some sufferers will have sensitivity to cold or pressure. If this continues untreated the teeth will gradually be worn down which can cause irreversible damage such as gum recession and considerable tooth loss.
The good news is that treatment can be simple with mouth guards being a common solution. Worn teeth can also be fixed with crowns or veneers. So if you suspect that you are grinding your teeth at night please visit us for an assessment.