Flossing Teeth With Braces: Our Top Tips

Maintaining pristine oral hygiene is crucial for any patient, but even more so for patients with orthodontics, as you run a higher risk of developing gum disease, enamel scarring, bad breath and even tooth loss if your oral hygiene is neglected.

Cleaning and flossing are just as (if not more) important to your daily dental routine when you have orthodontic braces. Keeping your teeth and gums healthy will massively reduce the risk of dental problems later down the line and will keep your smile in perfect order!

With that being said, many patients with braces find flossing a little tricky, and others skip flossing out of their oral hygiene routine altogether. If you do have braces or are considering orthodontic treatments, you should be aware of the best ways to floss with braces. Keep reading to find out our top tips! 

Take Your Time

Flossing can take much longer when you have braces, so you should expect to spend at least twice as long compared to when you didn’t have braces. 

Our top tip with flossing is taking your time and not rushing, as you may damage and irritate the gums if your flossing is too harsh. Though it may be tedious to take your time and gently floss, it’s definitely worth it in the long run when your braces are removed and you’re left with straight teeth and healthy gums, and a lowered risk of gum disease.

Careful Movements

Flossing (with or without braces) is about carefully manoeuvring the floss to avoid damaging the gums. Carefully flossing also means that you floss the correct way to rid the mouth of as much bacteria and food debris as possible.

In order to carefully floss between the teeth, you’ll want to thread under the main wire of the braces before moving between the two teeth. Gently move the floss up and down against the side of each tooth. You’ll then want to keep repeating these steps until you have reached every gap between your teeth.

In order to stay focused when flossing, we always advise flossing in front of a mirror. To ensure you are flossing carefully, you may prefer to ask your dentist to demonstrate in front of you to physically give you a better idea.

Floss Threader

Floss threaders are flexible loops of material that make it easier to clean difficult to reach areas in the mouth. They are much easier to floss with compared to traditional floss when flossing with braces. 

Floss threaders are fantastic for flossing with braces and makes it easy to pull floss behind the wire of your orthodontic braces. Using a floss threader can save several minutes compared with attempting to floss with traditional floss. Without a floss threader, flossing between braces would be difficult and time-consuming.

You can purchase floss threaders from your dentist (usually), from a supermarket or your local pharmacy. Along with regular brushing, floss threaders can help keep your mouth healthy throughout your orthodontic journey.

Water Flossing

An oral irrigator, also known to many as a water flosser, is an oral care device that removes food, bacteria and plaque from between the teeth and gums with a pressurised stream of water. Water flossing can really enhance your oral care routine.

A huge benefit of water flossing is the convenience of flossing for those with orthodontic braces who would otherwise struggle with traditional floss. 

Water flossing is proven to reduce gum disease and bleeding. It also makes it easier to floss correctly, as many patients are still unaware of the proper technique with traditional flossing.

We also recommend reading our guide to water flossing to find out more.

Straight and Healthy Teeth With Orthodontists in Essex

At Perfect Smile Spa, we provide our patients with the most pleasant dental experience to enable them to overcome any fears and maintain their teeth for the rest of their lives.

To maintain your oral care even with braces, you should ask your orthodontist for step-by-step advice if they haven’t already talked you through your maintenance. 

In order to keep your teeth and gums healthy with braces, it’s absolutely vital that you visit a dental hygienist as regularly as your orthodontist recommends. And if you do notice any changes in your gums, teeth or mouth, it’s critical to visit your dentist for a dental hygiene visit as soon as possible. 

Our dental practice is located in Essex and is easily accessible from most areas around the UK. For more information on our cosmetic dental treatments, please get in touch with us or call us on 01708 442 114.

Teeth-Staining Foods and Drinks You Should Limit

In life, the things we indulge in usually come with consequences. And the food and drink we consume are no different. Many of the products we eat and drink are likely to affect the colour of our teeth. While you may not notice this, these effects are clearly visible over a long period of time.

However, there are particular foods and drinks that can drastically stain the teeth and give a yellow appearance.

If you’d like to reduce staining and keep your teeth looking naturally white, you may wish to limit your consumption of teeth-staining foods and drinks. In this guide, we explain the products that are most likely to stain your teeth.

Teeth-Staining Food

When eating food that is likely to stain your teeth, we would always recommend drinking a glass of water alongside. While we know avoiding these foods altogether isn’t possible, and we would certainly not recommend this, you may wish to limit the following teeth-staining foods if these are a huge part of your diet:

Dark Fruits

Fruits are packed full of essential vitamins and minerals. Berries, in particular, are super healthy, low in calories and high in fibre, vitamin C and antioxidants. 

With that being said, berries are one of the biggest tooth-staining foods out there! Dark in colour,  blackberries and blueberries cause your teeth to discolour most compared to any other berries, so you might want to be careful when packing your smoothie full of dark berries!

Beetroot

Before piling into your soups, salads and desserts, you may want to think about the effects of beetroot on your teeth. Anyone who has ever come across a beetroot will know just how much they can stain surfaces and clothes. Your teeth are no different! 

While they are packed full of vitamins and minerals, they are an extremely powerful staining agent. So you may wish to eat in moderation.

Sauces

Sauces are essential for adding flavour and smooth consistency to the foods we eat. While they may be tasty, dark-coloured sauces can be the most damaging to our teeth and are more likely to cause stains. Soy, tomato and curry sauces are the most likely to cause staining.

If you can, try to switch to light-coloured sauces or rinse after eating.

Sweets and Chocolate

As a nation of sweets and chocolate lovers, we love to indulge in the sugary things in life. Not only can sweet treats increase the chances of tooth decay, but they can also speed up the process of tooth discolouration.

As a general rule of thumb, any sweet that changes the colour of your tongue can make a huge difference in staining your teeth. 

Teeth-Staining Drinks

Similar to the teeth-staining foods, we don’t think you should cut out teeth-staining drinks altogether, but you may wish to limit consumption where possible. You can also use a straw to prevent drinks from touching your teeth.

Tea & Coffee

It wouldn’t be a Monday morning without our morning brew! Brits are known for their love of tea and coffee. While tea and coffee come with a wealth of health benefits, darker varieties of these drinks can cause the most staining. Black tea can actually cause more staining than coffee.

Carbonated Drinks

Carbonated drinks are deliciously sugary and contain a huge amount of sweeteners, flavouring, colours, and acids. We all know that fizzy drinks can cause long-term damage to our teeth and gums, but they can also cause serious stains.

As these drinks tend to have colourants to give them their familiar colour, these chemicals can eat away at the protective enamel on your teeth.

Energy Drinks

Energy drinks and sports drinks, like carbonated drinks, can erode the enamel with their high acidity content. This then paves the way for stains to appear much sooner. If you can, try to switch to water instead.

Alcohol

When opting for heavily coloured alcohol, you guessed it, you can definitely end up with stained teeth! Red wine, colourful cocktails and dark spirits can stain your teeth. While you may just think only dark drinks can stain your teeth, you’d definitely be wrong! White wine contains high levels of acid that can erode the enamel and allow for quicker staining.

Teeth Whitening Treatments

If you find that all of your favourite foods and drinks are listed above, don’t panic! The easiest way to refresh your smile is with teeth whitening procedures that can effectively brighten the teeth. In just one treatment, teeth whitening can make a tremendous difference and is a quick and effective method of removing stains on the surfaces of the teeth.

We offer a free no-obligation consultation to allow us to check your suitability for treatment and to make sure you understand every option available, including our in-surgery and at-home teeth whitening service.

Are you ready to take advantage of a pain-free, brightening treatment to restore the whiteness in your teeth? Find out more about our teeth whitening treatments.

Or, if you have any questions, please get in touch.

Experiencing Any of These Symptoms? You May Need to Visit Your Dentist…

When we experience some symptoms with our teeth, gums or mouth, we should always visit the dentist immediately for a check-up to investigate the cause. Unfortunately, many symptoms go undetected or ignored.

Even symptoms, such as bleeding gums, tooth sensitivity, chipped teeth, toothache, unexpected lumps, and tooth discolouration can indicate further underlying issues that only your dentist can rule out.

As well as visiting your dentist for a routine checkup every six months (or however frequently your dentist advises), you should also be visiting us as soon as you notice any symptoms, no matter how big or small.

In this guide, we talk through some of the most common symptoms and what could be causing them.

Bleeding Gums

Bleeding gums usually are a sign of poor dental hygiene, with the gums becoming inflamed and bleeding when there’s a buildup of plaque along the gum line. Unfortunately, bleeding gums are more common than you think, and are generally caused by gum disease.

Gum disease, which affects 3 out of 4 adults in the UK, is a leading cause of tooth loss. It occurs when plaque and tartar on the teeth build-up and the associated bacteria irritates and inflames the gums, causing them to recede, bleed and become sore.

As untreated gum disease can lead to infection and in some cases, tooth loss, it’s important to not delay visiting your dentist. Therefore, if you notice any changes in your gums, teeth or mouth, it’s critical to visit your dentist for a dental hygiene visit as soon as possible. 

Sensitivity

Sensitive teeth are typically the result of worn tooth enamel or exposed tooth roots, and you may notice sensitivity more when eating hot/cold foods or drinks and even when brushing.

Tooth sensitivity can be caused by a number of different factors, however, most commonly by cavities, chipped teeth, worn fillings, or gum disease.

Sometimes, however, tooth discomfort is caused by other factors, such as a cavity, a cracked or chipped tooth, a worn filling, or gum disease.

If you’re bothered by sensitive teeth, visit your dentist. They can identify or rule out any underlying causes of your tooth pain. Depending on the circumstances, your dentist might recommend treatment or using specific dental products to aid the sensitivity.

Chipped Teeth

Our teeth are able to withstand a lot of pressure and trauma over the years, however, this doesn’t mean that our teeth are completely invincible. 

If you’ve noticed your teeth beginning to chip or crack, this may indicate something a little more serious, for example, cavities, trauma, teeth grinding (bruxism), poor hygiene, or biting down on extremely hard foods.

Leaving a chipped tooth untreated can expose the root of the tooth and eventually, result in a weaker tooth, leading to a higher risk of the tooth completely breaking. This means that, even if your tooth has slightly chipped due to eating hard foods, you should still visit your dentist immediately for advice and treatment.

Toothache

Toothaches can range from slight discomfort, all the way through to unbearable, excruciating pain that you may require emergency treatment for.

A toothache can be caused by many different reasons, whether that’s a bacterial infection, infected gums, damaged filling, or even from the grinding or clenching of your teeth. 

One very common cause of toothache is tooth decay, which refers to damage to the tooth when the enamel and other outer parts of the tooth are degraded and softened. Eventually, the tooth may be left with a hole, also known as a cavity. 

This decay damages the structure of the tooth and has to be removed and filled to protect the rest of the tooth. If the decay is left to continue and spread, the tooth will not survive. Often the first stage of decay is plaque building up on the tooth. This plaque build-up, if it is not effectively treated, will lead to dental decay. 

While some patients might be tempted to jump on the internet and search for toothache relief or ways to stop a toothache, you should visit a dentist if your toothache lasts longer than two days. 

Unexplained Lumps in the Mouth

Unexplained lumps found in the mouth aren’t uncommon and may indicate irritation or injury, and can also be a sore or cyst.

While this is usually nothing to worry about, we still recommend continuing to have a check-up every six months to allow your dentist to check the health of your teeth, gums and tissues. 

We advise visiting your dentist particularly if the lump is painful, doesn’t heal, makes it uncomfortable to chew or swallow, changes in size or appearance, or even has an odour. If the lump doesn’t go away within a week or two, you should visit your dentist immediately.

During a check-up, your dentist will also carry out a visual examination for mouth cancer – just to be on the safe side.

Tooth Discolouration

Stained teeth are a common issue that many of us face in our lifetime and can be caused by a variety of different factors. Tooth discolouration is a natural part of life, however, if you notice an unusual change in the colour of your teeth, you may want to visit your dentist as soon as you can.

Of course, tooth discolouration can be caused by poor dental hygiene, tobacco usage, foods/drinks and medications. With that being said, tooth discolouration can also be caused by some diseases and infections, which is known to be slightly more common in pregnant women.

Dental Checkups in Essex

At Perfect Smile Spa, we recognise how important a smile is to our patients which is why we pride ourselves on ensuring your teeth, gums and mouth are healthy at all times. We provide our patients with the most pleasant dental experience to enable them to overcome any fears and maintain their teeth for the rest of their lives.

Our dental practice is located in Essex and is easily accessible from most areas around the UK. For more information on our cosmetic dental treatments, please get in touch with us or call us on 01708 442 114.

The Most Popular Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments

Cosmetic dentistry was once considered something that only the rich and famous could afford and access. However, modern dentistry and affordable payment plans now mean that cosmetic dentistry treatments are accessible to anyone.

If you dislike the way your teeth look or are looking to have a perfect smile to show off, then cosmetic dentistry treatments could certainly be the answer to your prayers. Cosmetic dental treatments can resolve virtually any issue or flaw with your teeth, which is why it’s a perfect option for any patient looking to transform their smile or even repair minor flaws.

As a cosmetic dentist in Essex, we have a variety of cosmetic dentistry treatments available which are popular with our patients. If you’re contemplating having cosmetic dentistry treatments, here are just a few of the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatments that you might like to consider…

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are known as the treatment for the perfect Hollywood smile. They completely change the shape, size and look of the teeth, creating a rejuvenated and youthful look that many of us desire. 

Veneers can resolve issues with teeth that are chipped, discoloured, misshapen, overcrowded or gappy, with a quick treatment that can leave you with long-lasting results for many years to come.

The main advantage of having veneers is that it creates exceptional results and completely transforms the smile. Contrary to popular belief, veneers also require minimal preparation, conserving the maximum amount of natural teeth underneath. 

Our skilled dentists will work closely with you over around 5 appointments to ensure your veneers give you the dream smile you have always wanted.

We also recommend reading our porcelain veneers VS composite veneers comparison to find out which type of veneer is best for you.

Cosmetic Bonding

Cosmetic bonding is another popular cosmetic dentistry treatment that can enhance your smile in as little as an hour. 

With cosmetic bonding, the dental resin is skillfully moulded and placed on your teeth to improve their shape, before being set to your natural teeth.

Cosmetic bonding is the ideal treatment to transform your smile and boost your confidence.

It is perfect if you suffer from gaps, cracks, stains, misshapen teeth, short/long teeth, or even a damaged root through gum issues.

While cosmetic bonding is not designed to be as durable as veneers, it is still an excellent option for a special occasion like a wedding and where you want to get your smile on point quickly and very affordably.

Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is, by far, the easiest and most affordable way to refresh your smile and can make a fantastic difference.

As teeth can naturally stain due to lifestyle choices, medication, illness and general ageing, having a teeth whitening treatment can reverse this and give you the appearance of clean, white teeth.

Teeth whitening is one of our most popular treatments because it provides such incredible results in such a short space of time. Our in-house teeth whitening treatment only takes an hour to transform the colour of the teeth, while our at-home teeth whitening treatment only takes two weeks (depending on your desired outcome). 

Both of our teeth whitening treatments are effective at making the teeth several shades lighter, instantly uplifting and rejuvenating the smile for an improved smile image, and hopefully, improved confidence too!

Dental Implants

For many patients, tooth loss can be a huge confidence drain and can lead to some patients even hiding their smiles by covering their mouths. Fortunately, dental implants are a long-term solution to missing teeth and other dental problems. The process of dental implants involves inserting a titanium screw that is placed within the jawbone.

Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth, which make them an ideal solution if you’re looking for something natural. They heal and integrate with the jawbone three to six months after being fitted. When looked after with complete care, dental implants can last a lifetime.

We also use the most advanced equipment to ensure we give you perfect results, with the option of sedation for optimum comfort.

The only thing to consider with dental implants is that your teeth and gums will need to be healthy. We’ll also need to check the bone quality and anatomical structure of your mouth is suitable for dental implants through an x-ray to plan your treatment.

Cosmetic Dentistry in Essex

If you are looking to improve your smile and are still unsure of which cosmetic dentistry treatment is suitable for you, we would be more than happy to see you during a free consultation to provide you with guidance and as much information as possible.

Based in Essex, our clinic has been here for over 50 years and continues to offer exceptional oral health services to patients of all ages. We strongly believe patients should only ever be given a five-star service, which is why we only use the most innovative and modern dental treatments, technology and techniques.


Our dental practice is located in Essex and is easily accessible from most areas around the UK. For more information on our cosmetic dental treatments, please get in touch with us or call us on 01708 442 114.

Ways to Improve Your Dental Hygiene Routine

We all have our own personal dental hygiene routine and a collection of our favourite dental hygiene products. With that being said, there are still a lot of us that fail to maintain a full dental hygiene routine and often miss parts out of our routine that is vital for healthy teeth, gums and even a healthy body.

The best way to improve your dental hygiene is by booking an appointment to see a dental hygienist, which allows you access to a complete dental checkup and advice to improve your dental routine, tailored to the condition of your teeth and gums.

If you are looking for ways to improve your dental hygiene routine, keep reading. We have composed a list of the top ways our patients have been able to improve their routine in some simple steps.

Visit a Dentist More Regularly

You should ideally be visiting your dentist every six months, as a good rule of thumb. This is the standard frequency for most of our patients, and we may ask you to visit more regularly if we have any concerns.

However, according to studies carried out by Chemist4U, only 56.1% of adults are estimated to actually visit the dentist as much as they should, meaning that almost half of the UK population either do not visit the dentist or do not visit as much as they should. This has led to a number of UK adults requiring emergency treatment and treatment to reverse common dental problems.

As your dentist can recognise the early signs of these dental problems, before they even become a problem, visiting your dentist regularly for a check-up can give you complete peace of mind.

Get Your Teeth Professionally Cleaned

As well as visiting the dentist for routine check-ups, you should also be having your teeth professionally cleaned on a regular basis in order to improve your oral health. During a dental hygienist appointment, your hygienist will check over your teeth and gums before professionally cleaning your teeth.

They will remove any hard deposits, also known as calculus, and stains by scaling and then polishing the teeth. Having this professional clean will remove those hard deposits that cannot be removed with normal brushing, flossing and mouthwash.

Brush with Fluoride Toothpaste

When shopping for toothpaste, many of us tend to go for the most affordable product and may not even check the brand that we buy, meaning that most of us certainly are not checking the ingredients either!

When it comes to oral hygiene, you must be brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. Toothpaste containing fluoride is proven to prevent cavities and can save you a lot of trouble later on, so we strongly advise avoiding fluoride-free toothpaste.

You can easily find this information by looking at the packaging of the toothpaste. You’ll be unlikely to find this out on the front of the packaging, so you may have to read through the ingredients and small print on the back to be sure.

To make your life a little easier, we recently compiled a list of the best toothpaste!

Brush Before Breakfast

To many of us, it might make more sense to brush our teeth after eating breakfast in order to remove food particles and start off our day. However, it’s actually better for you to brush before you have breakfast as this has a better effect on your teeth and gums. Brushing your teeth before breakfast can rid the mouth of plaque build-up overnight.

You should never brush your teeth immediately after eating as your teeth will be weaker due to the pH level in your mouth. While we know it seems to make more sense to brush after having breakfast, this can be harmful to your protective enamel. This is why we recommend waiting at least 30 minutes to brush your teeth after having a meal.

Don’t Forget to Brush Your Tongue

The tongue can hold a significant amount of bacteria and can contribute to bad breath and gum disease. However, some patients forget to brush their tongues and will only brush their teeth and gums.

It’s just as important to clean the tongue as it is to brush and floss between the teeth. Plaque can very quickly build up on your tongue and, when left, can lead to other oral health problems. When brushing your teeth twice a day, be sure to gently brush your tongue before you are done.

Always Floss

You may be surprised to know that a lot of patients neglect to floss as they have the belief that brushing alone is an appropriate routine. However, brushing can only remove some particles, whereas flossing can get rid of the particles stuck between the teeth, as well as reducing plaque and stimulating the gums.

We recommend flossing once a day, whenever is most convenient for you. If you find flossing difficult or feel uncomfortable flossing, you may wish to explore the different floss options that may work better for you. During your check-up appointment, we can talk you through the best option for you.

Drink More Water

Guidelines state that the UK adult should drink between 6-8 glasses of water each day in order to stay healthy and hydrated, however, this isn’t always achieved.

Water is e the best drink for your overall health, including your oral health too. As a general rule of thumb, you should be drinking water after every meal in order to help wash out any food particles and residue left behind.

How Can We Help?

Our award-winning cosmetic dentists use the most advanced equipment and aim to offer painless dentistry for nervous patients, including the option for sedation for optimum comfort.

At Perfect Smile Spa, we recognise how important a smile is to our patients and we pride ourselves by giving our patients the most pleasant dental experience to enable them to overcome any fears and maintain their teeth for the rest of their lives.

Our dental practice is located in Essex and is easily accessible from most areas around the UK. For more information on our cosmetic dental treatments, please get in touch with us or call us on 01708 442 114.

Our Top Tips to Calm Dental Anxiety

The fear of visiting the dentist is not uncommon, and you’d be quite surprised to know how many patients experience dental anxiety – also known as dental phobia. One in three of us suffer from moderate dental anxiety and roughly one in eight suffer from dental phobia.

Some symptoms of dental phobia include a feeling of tension, problems sleeping the night before the dentist, increased nerves while in the waiting room, heightened anxiety at the thought of dental instruments or the dentist and panic or problems breathing during your appointment. These symptoms are more common than you think, and unfortunately, most are caused by negative experiences during childhood.

Those experiencing dental anxiety are likely to avoid visiting the dentist altogether, meaning that when they do require treatment, they will often wait until the treatment becomes an emergency. This anxiety may also be linked to a fear of pain, loss of control, negative past experiences and feelings of embarrassment about the way our teeth look. If you are putting off a visit to the dentist due to feeling self-conscious about the way your teeth look, please do not worry! 

Looking for top tips to calm your dental anxiety? Keep on reading!

Find a Dentist You Trust

Part of dental anxiety (and anxiety in general) is the fear of the unknown and fear of past experiences. You may have had a negative experience in the past with a dentist that has led you to have dentophobia during your adult years. Fortunately, dentistry has come a long way, and visiting a private dentist can really eradicate this fear. Not only will you have access to leading technologies that allow for gentle and more effective treatments, but you’ll also have more experienced dentists who are highly qualified.

We strongly recommend that you find a dentist that suits you, whether that be an NHS dentist or a private dentist. 

If you find that your dentist is making you anxious, then you really should change your dentist and find one that makes you feel more at ease and comfortable.

Talk to Friends and Family

Word of mouth is a fantastic way to find the right dentist for you. Your friends and family will happily suggest a good dentist that they are comfortable and satisfied with. This means that you can find a dentist and feel at ease knowing your family or friends trust them.

As well as this, many private dentists also provide incentives for patients that recommend them. At Perfect Smile Spa, we’ll give you a free hygienist appointment if you refer a friend!

Look at Reviews

If you aren’t able to get recommendations from friends or family, if you have just moved to a new area for example, then another great way of finding the right dentist is to look at reviews for local dentists.

We recommend searching “dentists near me” which will bring up your local dentists and show all of the reviews and ratings from their patients so you can locate a trustworthy dentist. 

Painless Treatments

Believe it or not, dental treatments can be completely painless and comfortable if you visit the right dentist. Many patients fear the dentist out of a phobia of experiencing pain or discomfort, so if you do suffer from dental anxiety, we strongly advise you to visit a dentist that provides painless dentistry treatments, as this can completely change your perspective and outlook of visiting the dentist!

Our dentist and hygienist give painless injections and painless treatment to ensure you feel comfortable and safe during all appointments. We are proud to have treated many patients who would have otherwise avoided the dentist out of fear.

Whether you’re having a tooth extraction or porcelain veneers, you don’t need to worry. We will make your experience comfortable!

Start With Check-Ups

It’s inevitable that you will require some form of dental treatment in the future. If this is something that worries you, we do recommend scheduling a check-up appointment to start off with rather than beginning with a treatment. 

For patients that put off visiting the dentist, we strongly advise you to book a check-up appointment with our dental hygienist.

During a dental hygiene appointment, we will give you a check-up and provide you with full cleaning by scaling and polishing the teeth. We’ll also provide you with dental advice relevant to you. Dental hygiene appointments are nothing to worry about, and like all of our treatments, the appointment will be completely painless and comfortable.

How Can We Help?

At Perfect Smile Spa, we understand the importance of having confidence in your teeth and know the consequences that stress can have on your oral health and smile. If you do suffer from dental anxiety, it’s important that you still visit the dentist for check-up appointments and find a way that helps you to feel calm, even if that means visiting a private dentist.

Our cosmetic dentists have numerous dentistry awards as they use the most advanced equipment and aim to offer painless dentistry for nervous patients, including the option for sedation for optimum comfort.
Perfect Smile Spa is located in Essex and is easily accessible from most areas around the UK. For more information on our treatments, please get in touch with us or call us on 01708 442 114.

Should You Visit a Dentist for Anti-Wrinkle Treatments

Demand for anti-wrinkle treatments has soared in popularity in recent years with many of us desiring young, radiant and youthful skin with a reduction in wrinkles around the forehead, eyes and lips.

Anti-wrinkle injections are effective in smoothing out the skin to eliminate the appearance of creases, frown lines and wrinkles that inevitably develop over the years. These injections can give you younger-looking skin without the need for invasive cosmetic procedures.

If you are looking for anti-wrinkle treatments, we strongly recommend discussing this with your dentist who will be more trustworthy and experienced in administering these procedures. Keep on reading for an insight into why your dentist may be the best person to administer this treatment.

Experience of Facial Injections

Dental professionals issue injections on a daily basis when administering local anaesthetic for certain dental treatments. Dentists are also highly qualified and trained to inject in the most effective way possible, unlike some unreputable beauticians who do not hold relevant qualifications to safely administer facial injections.

You can be sure that dentists will provide injections in the safest possible way. If you choose to have anti-wrinkle injections at a beauty salon, we strongly advise you to carry out your own research and find out if the relevant beautician is qualified and reputable.

Better Understanding of the Facial Anatomy

Your dentist has spent years studying the facial anatomy and proportions of the face, so they’ll have an extensive understanding of the blood vessels, bones, nerves and muscles. 

This means that dentists know exactly where to administer your anti-wrinkle injection in order to give you the most natural, balanced and effective results. Using a dentist with a strong understanding of facial anatomy will also leave you with longer-lasting results.

Painless Anti-Wrinkle Treatment

Many of us can relate to feeling a sense of anxiety when thinking about visiting the dentist, this fear also replicates to those who would love to have treatments to reverse the signs of ageing but have a fear of the potential pain as an implication. 

Fortunately, when anti-wrinkle injections are administered professionally, they should be completely painless with minimal discomfort. At Perfect Smile Spa, we deliver completely painless treatments using a variety of techniques, with our extensive experience in dentistry and our investment in medical technology.

If you are feeling nervous about having anti-wrinkle treatments, you can even relax in our soothing and stress-reducing massage chairs prior to your appointment. 

Keen Eye for Detail

Dentists have a keen eye for detail and are skilful in noticing the smallest of changes with your teeth, gums and general oral health. So there’s no surprise that dentists are also the most experienced with injectable treatments.

They are highly accurate when carrying out treatment and have a great level of precision with attention to detail. This means that you’ll be able to achieve the best long-lasting results you’re looking for with minimal complications.

Lower Risks of Complications

Dental professionals have a scientific understanding of potential reactions and the high-risk anatomical areas of the face that should be avoided. They know exactly the best areas to give you optimal results, and which areas to avoid.

This means that we’re in a great position to provide you with the best possible results while preventing medical complications. In the extremely unlikely event that there are any issues, a dentist is skilled in safely resolving any issues if they do occur.

Clean and Sterile

Any form of injection must be administered in a sterile environment to reduce the risk of infection and complications during treatment. 

As dental clinics must be clean and sterile at all times, they are, by far, the most sensible, safe and appropriate environment for administering anti-wrinkle treatments. You can rest assured that all equipment is thoroughly sterilised and the environment is cleaned before and after every patient visit.

Discreet and Private

Many of our patients favour visiting us for anti-wrinkle treatments over our competitors due to the discreet and private service you receive.

 If you’d prefer that no one knows you’ve got an appointment for anti-wrinkle treatment or dermal fillers, we would be more than happy to combine it with other treatments. Anti-wrinkle treatments at Perfect Smile Spa are safe and quick, only taking several minutes.

How Can We Help?

Wondering how to get rid of wrinkles? We provide free botox consultations and can provide guidance if you are looking for ways to improve your appearance and are thinking of anti-wrinkle injections as a solution. Anti-wrinkle injections have provided added confidence and self-esteem to many of our patients to look more youthful and feel more confident.

If you are interested in anti-wrinkle injections in Essex to improve the appearance of your skin, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us or call us on 01708 442 114.

Water Flossing: What Is It and What Are The Benefits

According to YouGov, only 31% of UK adults admit to cleaning between their teeth on a typical day, despite guidance stating that from the age of 12, people should floss as part of their daily oral health routine.

As food particles can become stuck between the teeth, flossing is one of the most important steps in keeping your teeth and gums healthy and can even remove up to 80% of plaque. Flossing between and around the teeth on a daily basis may help prevent cavities and gum disease.

While brushing can clean the surfaces of the teeth, flossing can clean around a third of the tooth surface, which a normal toothbrush would be unable to do.

Something you may (or may not) have heard of is the practice of water flossing. When routinely practised, water flossing can really enhance your oral care routine.

What Is Water Flossing?

An oral irrigator, also known to many as a water flosser, is an oral care device that removes food debris, bacteria and plaque from between the teeth and gums with a pressurised stream of water.

Water flossing is a great alternative to traditional flossing, as many of our patients admit that bleeding gums put them off of traditional flossing. It shouldn’t be used to replace your usual brushing so you will still need to brush twice a day. However, water flossing is a great way of really getting rid of remaining food debris and plaque that regular brushing doesn’t rid.

With that being said, we still advise you to continue flossing (using traditional floss) and practising water flossing in order to maximise your oral care routine.

Types of Water Flossers

You can choose from four different types of oral irrigators, including cordless battery-operated, countertop, shower connected and tap connected.

  • Cordless / Battery-Operated: perfect for those on the go and looking for flexibility. Not as powerful as countertop flossers. Ideal for travellers.
  • Countertop: ideal for everyday use as it is bulky and can be plugged into a nearby electrical socket.
  • Shower Flosser: also ideal for everyday use as it easily attaches to your shower head. No need for electricity, batteries or refilling.
  • Tap Flosser: similar to a shower flosser but connects to a tap instead. A popular choice and one of our favourites.

Benefits of Water Flossing

A huge benefit of water flossing is the convenience of flossing for those with orthodontic braces who would otherwise struggle with traditional floss. Water flossing is also proven to reduce gum disease and bleeding.

With traditional flossing, many of us are unaware exactly how to effectively floss our teeth and tend to just floss between the teeth. It’s recommended to adopt the C-shape technique to reach all surfaces of the teeth and gums. 

Improper flossing can damage the gum tissue, it’s recommended to learn the correct flossing technique. Water flossers are easy to use and are less damaging than traditional flossing for those who do not adopt the correct C-shape technique. 

Water flossing is also a gentle way of cleaning dental implants, dental crowns and dental bridges.

Is Water Flossing as Good as Regular Flossing

Water flosser VS regular flossing, which is best? Traditional dental floss is extremely effective in ridding the mouth of plaque, bacteria and food debris. The only real issue with traditional flossing is that many of us do not use the right method, called the C-shape technique, to effectively reach all surfaces. For those with sensitive gums, you may also experience bleeding when you floss. This can be a sign that you are flossing too harshly, or in some cases, can be the first sign of gum disease.

If you are finding some difficulty with traditional flossing, we advise you to use waxed floss to see if that helps. Otherwise, we would be more than happy to show you the best method of flossing when you visit us. 

Some other alternatives to flossing include flossing brushes or picks that are designed to clean between the teeth.

Does Water Flossing Remove Plaque?

Water flossing is a fantastic way of removing food debris, however, it isn’t as effective at removing plaque compared to traditional flossing. 

For this reason, you should still be using traditional floss and shouldn’t replace this with water flossing. With that being said, water flossing is effective in aiding the reduction of bacteria, even below the gumline.

Maintaining Your Oral Hygiene

Flossing is a crucial part of keeping your teeth clean and healthy, which is why you must incorporate it into your daily oral care routine. As well as this, we also recommend visiting your dentist regularly for a dental hygienist appointment, where a dental hygiene professional will thoroughly clean your teeth and gums. They will also provide you with tailored oral hygiene instructions to help you maintain your oral hygiene at home.

At Perfect Smile Spa, we recognise how important a smile is to our patients and we pride ourselves on giving our patients the most pleasant dental experience to enable them to overcome any fears and maintain their teeth for the rest of their lives.

Our dental practice is located in Essex and is easily accessible from most areas around the UK. For more information on our cosmetic dental treatments, please get in touch with us or call us on 01708 442 114.

Choosing a Toothpaste That’s Right For You

When shopping for toothpaste, many of us Brits will choose the most inexpensive option or one that claims to whiten your teeth up to four shades. It’s extremely difficult to know and understand which brands live up to their claims, meaning that many consumers buy into these claims without giving them a second thought.

And, unfortunately, many modern-day kinds of toothpaste contain sulfate, triclosan, artificial sweeteners, and parabens that can cause a number of issues to your oral and overall health, including dry mouth, hormone imbalance, increased resistance to helpful antibiotics, intense stomach aches, and even changes to your taste buds.

This is why it’s important to carry out your research to find a toothpaste that works for you, or alternatively, talk to your dentist to see which toothpaste they recommend specifically for you. The two most important things to look for is fluoride concentration and your own personal needs.

In this guide, we’ve listed our top recommended toothpaste which are worth the money and are completely safe to use.

Aquafresh Triple Protection Toothpaste

Designed to clean with calcium, fight cavities and is also approved by several dental associations, the Aquafresh Triple Protection strengthens the teeth while gently removing stains. Whilst you brush, its great-tasting formulation protects your gums, keeps your teeth clean, strong and also leaves you with a fresh breath for longer.

Oral-B Pro-Expert Professional Protection Toothpaste

The Oral-B Pro-Expert Professional Protection is clinically proven for all-around protection, so you can be sure that it’s completely safe and effective to use. The active clean crystals also provide a unique cleaning sensation for fresh breath throughout the day.

It prevents tartar, cavities, plaque, gum problems and enamel erosion. For those of us with sensitive teeth, it also increases protection against painful sensitivity. However, it won’t solve the issue so if you are suffering from sensitive teeth, you should visit your dentist.

Colgate Total (Original) Toothpaste

The Colgate Total (Original) effectively cleans and protects your gums, teeth, cheeks and tongue, providing 12-hour protection for the whole mouth against bacteria. The toothpaste also combines cavity-fighting fluoride with an antibacterial system for superior protection against some of the most common dental problems.

Sensodyne Pronamel Mint Essence Toothpaste

The Sensodyne Pronamel Toothpaste is designed to actively strengthen enamel that has weakened and provides effective cavity protection. For those with sensitive teeth, it helps reduce this pain and protects your teeth from the effects of acid wear.

It makes your teeth feel more comfortable while the minty taste leaves you with fresh breath.

Sensodyne Repair and Protect

For sensitive teeth and preventing tooth decay, Sensodyne Repair and Protect continuously strengthens the teeth with a clinically proven calcium formula designed to repair and protect. 

Similar to other Sensodyne products, the Repair and Protect toothpaste relieves painful sensitivity, meaning that you can enjoy the foods and drinks you love without worrying about the pain of sensitive teeth. It also has a refreshing minty taste to leave your mouth feeling clean and fresh.

Oral-B’s Gum & Enamel Repair Toothpaste

Finally, Oral-B’s Gum and Enamel Repair, which has been referred to as the best clinically proven toothpaste from Oral-B, aims to help reduce gum problems and prevent enamel erosion.

According to Dentistry, Oral-B Gum & Enamel Repair toothpaste can deliver up to 72% greater reduction in gum problems and three times stronger protection against enamel erosion, compared to ordinary toothpaste.

Choosing Toothpaste For You

Dental guidance states that your toothpaste should have at least 1350ppm fluoride, which you can find out on the back of the toothpaste packaging. Toothpastes containing 1,350 to 1,500ppm fluoride are the most effective.

Providing you find a toothpaste that has this, you can generally use any toothpaste. However, we do advise talking to your dentist as they may recommend a certain toothpaste depending on your personal circumstances.

We are often asked if whitening toothpaste actually helps in whitening the teeth. While some kinds of toothpaste can remove surface stains, it’s impossible for toothpaste to completely whiten the teeth. If you are looking to whiten your teeth, we advise you to discuss professional teeth whitening with your dentist. We would also advise against using toothpaste with natural abrasives, for example, charcoal toothpaste.

Your dentist or hygienist will be able to advise a suitable toothpaste for you, so we strongly advise regular visits to the dentist.
Our dental practice is located in Essex and is easily accessible from most areas around the UK. For more information on our treatments, please get in touch with us or call us on 01708 442 114.

Ways to Relieve Dental Pain At Home

Dental pain affects all of us throughout our lifetime. Surprisingly, many patients will avoid visiting the dentist due to fear of pain, even if they are currently experiencing pain and require professional treatment. 

A visit to the dentist is ranked in the top five things that people fear. This does, unfortunately, mean that patients will continue to put off visiting the dentist until it’s too late.

If you are experiencing dental pain, we do advise you to visit an emergency dentist as soon as possible. In the meantime, if you are looking for ways to relieve dental pain at home, keep reading.

What Causes Dental Pain?

Dental pain, also known as a toothache, is caused by the surrounding of, or a nerve in, the root of the tooth becoming irritated. This is likely to be due to a tooth infection, tooth decay, an injury, damaged filling, or a tooth eruption.

A toothache can be felt with mild discomfort, moderate pain, or severe pain that some may describe as excruciating. Regardless of the level of uncomfort your toothache is causing, we advise you to visit your dentist as soon as possible.

Pain Relief Methods

Over-The-Counter Medication

Of course, you can use over-the-counter medications, like paracetamol, to relieve the pain. If you feel like you may need something a little stronger, if paracetamol isn’t relieving the pain, we do advise you to contact your doctor or dentist for advice. 

Your dentist (or doctor) will be able to provide you with guidance on which medications may suit your condition best while you wait for an appointment.

Salt Water Rinse

If you have swollen gums or a sore tooth, we recommend rinsing your mouth with warm saltwater and swishing it around your mouth before spitting out. You can repeat this as often as you like.

As saltwater is a natural antibacterial agent, it can reduce inflammation, protect damaged teeth from infection, and help remove any food particles or debris stuck in the teeth or gums.

Peppermint Oil and Tea

Peppermint oil can numb pain in the mouth and soothe sensitive gums, which is why it is a favoured traditional pain reliever for toothaches. The essential oil has been used for many centuries and is proven to be useful and effective. Use a cotton ball to apply a few drops of peppermint oil to the affected area.

Alternatively, if you have peppermint tea bags going spare, a used tea bag (cooled down) can also be soothing when applied to the affected area. It’s recommended that the teabag is around room temperature (or, is not too hot or cold).

Our Advice

When experiencing dental pain, you should avoid the following:

  • Food and drink of extreme temperatures, including hot drinks, ice-cold drinks or ice cream
  • Sugary foods and drinks, including sweets or fizzy drinks
  • Acidic foods and drinks, including some meats, dairy products and high-sodium processed foods
  • Smoking, as this can make some dental problems worse

We would also advise you to continue brushing and flossing your teeth as normal and as thoroughly as possible, followed by rubbing toothpaste directly onto the sore tooth or area.

Massaging the gums around the affected area can also ease pain. You should continue to clean the affected area, even if it is painful or uncomfortable to do so. Keeping the affected area clean can prevent the issue from worsening.

Finally, you should visit the dentist as soon as possible and try to see an emergency dentist if you are unable to get a quick appointment. Emergency dentists can usually give you an appointment on the very same day.

It’s also important to understand that these remedies we have listed above can work wonders for inflammation and aches, however, this doesn’t treat the root cause of your symptoms and they only provide temporary pain relief. For this reason, it’s absolutely crucial that you visit a dentist as soon as you can to get checked out. Dental pain can often be an easy and quick fix if you visit a professional. With that being said, the longer you leave it without seeing a dentist, the higher the chances are of prolonged and increased pain, as well as providing an opportunity for the issue to become worse.

Emergency Dental Care

As a dentist in Essex providing emergency dental care, we aim to offer you treatment within 24 hours on our normal working days. For emergency treatment or if you have a query about dental pain or discomfort you are currently experiencing, please call us on 01708 442114.

Always consult your dentist if you’re suffering from tooth pain. We can conduct a thorough dental examination to discover the root of the problem and find a solution. Best of all, our pain-free dental treatments mean that you’re in safe hands and that any treatment you do have will be completely comfortable. 

If you are feeling nervous about having treatment to resolve your dental pain, we can offer methods of sedation to relax you and put you at ease.