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.

Can Gum Disease Be Reversed?

When plaque and tartar build up on the teeth, the associated bacteria irritates the gums and causes them to recede, bleed and become sore. This is also known as gum disease, which affects 3 in 4 UK adults.

As gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss, if you are noticing signs of gum disease in between visits to the dentist, it’s crucial that you book an appointment with your dental hygienist as soon as possible.

Some of the symptoms to look out for include swollen gums, tender gums, receding gums, gaps developing between the teeth, loose teeth, a change in the way teeth fit together when biting, bad breath, bad taste in the mouth and bleeding gums.

When patients with gum disease visit us, the most common question they will ask is “Can gum disease be reversed?”. This guide explains everything you need to know about the types of gum disease and whether or not they can be reversed.

The Types of Gum Disease

Many patients get confused with the different types of gum disease and assume there is just one type. However, gum disease is separated by different stages and can be more complex to treat as it progresses to the next stage. In total, there are four categories of gum disease.

Gingivitis

Gingivitis is a non-destructive form of gum disease where gums appear red, swollen and can bleed easily. At this stage, there are only a few signs at this stage and most are painless, meaning that gum disease can often go unnoticed. 

Gingivitis is most commonly caused by a lack of oral hygiene and is reversible. As the mildest form of gum disease, gingivitis must still be treated by seeking professional treatment otherwise it can progress to periodontitis. Gingivitis is the only stage of gum disease that is completely reversible as it has not yet had time to attack the bones. Excellent oral hygiene and regular dental checkups can treat and reverse gingivitis.

Slight Periodontitis

Slight periodontal disease is the second stage of gum disease that spreads below the gum line and can also affect the gum tissue. Some common symptoms of periodontitis include bad breath, receding gums and pockets around the gum line where bacteria hides. At this stage, the infection has already spread to the bone. 

It is not reversible, but it is manageable. This does mean that patients will need to visit their dentist for treatment as excellent oral hygiene is not sufficient in reversing the damage thus far.

Moderate Periodontitis

The third stage of periodontal disease, also known as moderate gum disease, cannot be reversed. Unfortunately, the systems are the same as the second stage (slight periodontitis) however, the effects are greater, with bacteria beginning to attack your bloodstream and immune system. While it isn’t completely reversible, it can be controlled and managed with expert medical care and treatment. Treatment can be given in the form of scaling and root planing to deep clean the gums and remove the deposits of bacteria.

If moderate periodontitis is left untreated, it can progress to bone and tooth loss, gum sensitivity and increased bleeding.

Advanced Periodontitis

The fourth and final stage of periodontitis is known as advanced periodontitis and occurs when the infection spreads and evolves into disease-causing bacteria. This, unfortunately, gives you a much higher risk of bone loss. Advanced periodontal disease causes red, swollen gums that ooze pus and can also be paired with the loosening of teeth, cold sensitivity, painful chewing, and severe halitosis. 

This stage of periodontitis requires treatment in order to clean the periodontal pockets developed through the stages and rid them of bacteria. If left untreated, advanced periodontitis can lead to gum recession, spacing or gaps between the teeth and serious health problems.

Gum Disease Treatment

Gum disease treatment will depend on the extent of your gum disease and how severe the case is. We do recommend reading our guide to the Ways To Stop Bleeding Gums, however, even if the bleeding does stop, you will still need to visit your dentist.

You cannot cure gum disease, but you can control it as best as possible. The main goal of treatment is to control the infection.

If you do suspect you have gum disease, we advise you to contact us as soon as possible. We also advise that you:

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day and after meals with a fluoride toothpaste
  • Floss regularly to remove plaque from between teeth
  • Using interdental brushes in between your teeth that are the correct size
  • Visiting your dentist/hygienist routinely for a check-up and professional cleaning
  • Quit smoking (this can make treatment for gum disease less successful)
  • Eat healthy

Book a Dental Hygiene Visit

Treating periodontal disease quickly is extremely important and critical in preventing further damage and serious health issues. The best way to keep on track and reduce the risks of gum disease is to schedule regular check-ups and cleanings, while practicing good oral hygiene on a daily basis.

If you are noticing the signs of gum disease, it’s important to visit your dental hygienist before it’s too late. Dental hygienists are specially trained in the prevention and treatment of gum disease and they can also give you detailed advice on improving your personal oral health regime.

As gum disease can affect other areas of the body including your lungs and your heart, it’s crucial to have regular checkups and that you visit your dentist as soon as you spot the signs of gum disease, even if you only notice one symptom.

We offer a wide range of treatments for gum problems, including advanced oral hygiene care and cleaning, as well as professional restoration treatments such as composite fillings, gum coloured fillings, gum surgery and ongoing hygienist services.

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.

Six Things to Consider With Orthodontics

Realigning teeth can be achieved through a variety of procedures and are most common for patients looking to fix issues with misaligned teeth, crowded teeth, gappy teeth or problems with an anterior bite, underbite, crossbite or overbite.

If you have already decided that you would like to straighten your teeth with orthodontics, you’re most likely wondering how to begin and what steps you need to take. As there is a wide variety of treatment options available, you might be wondering how to choose which treatment is best for your lifestyle, oral health and your budget.

This guide explains the six things you should consider with orthodontics, including budget, appearance, treatment time, maintenance and how to choose the right orthodontist for you.

1. Appearance & Visibility

Orthodontics are extremely popular with younger adults and older children who have misaligned teeth. However, the thought of having orthodontic treatment to many adults is daunting and is something they would usually avoid as they feel embarrassed about others finding out. When we think of orthodontics, we most likely think of the old-fashioned metal brackets, also commonly referred to as “train tracks”.

Modern orthodontic treatments provide a variety of discreet solutions that are completely invisible to others. Some examples of discrete orthodontics include Invisalign and Smilelign, which are extremely effective.

2. Treatment Time

There are a wide range of orthodontic treatments to choose from, each with a very different treatment time. Of course, the treatment time does depend on the condition of your teeth (how aligned they are) and also if you have oral health problems or require treatment before undertaking orthodontics.

As each orthodontic treatment can move your teeth at a different pace, the type of orthodontic treatment you choose can impact the treatment time. While many patients are looking for orthodontic treatment ahead of a work event, wedding or birthday, they are usually looking for a quick treatment that can provide results in as little as a few weeks.

During your initial consultation, your orthodontist will give you a tailored plan of your orthodontics journey and how long you should expect each treatment to take. As an example, Invisalign, which is the most popular form of orthodontics, takes between 12-18 months for the complete treatment time. 

3. Treatment Cost

Orthodontic treatments massively vary in cost due to the duration of treatment and your preferred option which can both play a part in determining the final cost of treatment. As you may require treatment before having orthodontic treatment, this can also impact the overall cost and may influence your decision of which treatment is best.

As we provide 0% finance on all treatments, this also gives you interest-free and low cost payment plans to pay for your treatment, without the need for a deposit.

4. Maintenance of Braces

Orthodontic treatment is a commitment. While most orthodontic treatments require minimal fuss of maintenance, others will require you to use particular orthodontic floss to clean your teeth, while some orthodontic treatments require you to wear them for a set amount of hours each day.

With Invisalign, for example, you need to clean your teeth before replacing them each time while regularly cleaning the removable retainers throughout the day.

You can live a completely normal life with orthodontics with no restrictions. With that being said, you may be advised to steer clear of sticky foods that can get stuck in your teeth (e.g. chewing gum) or foods that are hard and crunchy (apples or raw carrot).

5. Pain and Discomfort

It’s inevitable that you may experience minor discomfort with orthodontic treatment when it is first applied. Every orthodontist is different but you should never experience significant pain during any stage.

If you are concerned about pain and discomfort or if you have a general phobia of the dentist, we do recommend carrying out research on orthodontic clinics and to opt for painless dentistry if possible. At Perfect Smile Spa, we provide completely pain-free dental treatment meaning that you will never experience pain during or after a treatment.

6. Your Orthodontist

Whether you’ve decided on which treatment option you’d like, or if you still can’t yet decide, the next step will be to find an orthodontist to discuss your treatment options and give you a tailored plan of what to expect. At this point, you’ll also get an idea of how much each treatment will cost.

Orthodontics are best placed to identify which treatments are suitable and unsuitable for you, so don’t panic if you are still unsure.

An experienced orthodontist can also give you a strong estimate of exactly how long each treatment will take and which will produce the best results for your budget and preferred timescale.

Orthodontics in Essex

If you are considering orthodontics, we are more than happy to provide you with a free consultation to guide you on each treatment we have available.

All of our treatments are completely pain-free too, so there’s no need to worry about feeling uncomfortable during any treatments or appointments. Best of all, we offer 0% finance and affordable monthly payment options if you’d like to spread out the costs.

For more information, please get in touch or call us on 01708 207526.

7 Reasons Why You Should Get Your Teeth Professionally Cleaned

We all know that we should be visiting our dentist for regular checkups, however, one thing we may not be aware of is that we should also be scheduling routine dental hygiene appointments to have our teeth professionally cleaned.

Regular maintenance of our oral health at home is essential in keeping our teeth healthy and clean, however, this doesn’t necessarily mean that our oral hygiene routine should stop there.

This guide explains the core reasons why you should be scheduling a dental hygiene appointment, and the importance of getting your teeth professionally cleaned.

  1. Keeps Your Teeth in Tip-Top Condition

Brushing at home, your teeth may look and feel clean, but the back of your teeth and molars are usually areas that get missed and need close attention.

It’s critically important to also have your teeth professionally cleaned to keep your teeth in tip-top condition. Professional dental cleaning helps to thoroughly clean the areas of our mouth that we can’t see or struggle to reach with a toothbrush. This prevents the build-up of plaque that can lead to infections later on.

  1. Can Remove Stains

Teeth whitening is the most effective way to brighten your smile and achieve whiter teeth, however, professional dental cleaning can remove some stains on the surface of your teeth that normal brushing can not.  Whereas teeth whitening removes all stains and gives you a whiter smile.

Although our popular teeth whitening procedure is the most effective way of giving your smile a boost and can brighten your teeth several shades whiter, a professional cleaning can remove some stains, for example, from tea or coffee consumption.

  1. Removal of Tartar

Tartar is a collection of bacteria that build on your teeth and the gum line and is a form of hardened plaque. However hard we try to avoid the buildup of tartar, it can be difficult to avoid, particularly in those hard to reach places. 

Over time, tartar can become a breeding ground for bacteria to collect and can increase the chances of gingivitis and periodontitis. Our professional dental hygienists provide dental cleaning to remove any tartar that cannot be removed at home with normal brushing.

  1. Gum Disease

Gum disease is a very common condition that is experienced by most UK adults at least once in their lifetime. 

Bacteria that sit in your mouth can cause your gums to become inflamed and infected, resulting in gum disease that is experienced by many of us each year. If gum disease remains untreated, it only gets worse.

Regular dental hygienist appointments remove the deposits that create the environment that can lead to gum disease. As gum disease is also linked to other conditions, including heart problems and diabetes, taking the time now to have your teeth professionally cleaned can prevent gum disease from causing further damage later on in life.

  1. Prevents Bad Breath

Bad breath is extremely common, and can most often be prevented by changing our daily habits. Bacteria that sits on the teeth can turn into tooth decay and gum disease, which can cause issues with bad breath.

When visiting a dental hygienist for a professional cleaning, they will be able to provide you with guidance on what is causing your bad breath, and outline ways to prevent this issue from occurring in the future. In most cases, regular professional cleaning can prevent long-term bad breath completely.

  1. Reduces Chances of Heart Disease or Strokes

Unfortunately, there are higher risks of having heart disease or strokes if you have gum disease. As gum disease can often go undetected, visiting your dentist regularly for check-ups and having professional cleaning from a dental hygienist gives you the best possible chance of reducing these risks.

Clean teeth are the best way to prevent gum disease. If your mouth isn’t healthy, it makes it harder for the rest of your body to stay healthy too.

  1. It Can Prevent Future Problems

Emergency treatment can be costly, which is why taking the time to invest in your oral health can prevent major problems in the future. While many of us fail to visit the dentist when we really should to save a few pounds, we are very likely to spend a lot more in the long run unless we really take care of our teeth now.

During your appointment, the hygienist can give your teeth a thorough clean and can spot other issues that may need further investigation. As the hygienist will inspect your mouth before cleaning, you’ll have an additional level of reassurance that your mouth, gums and teeth are all healthy.

Dental Hygiene Appointments at Perfect Smile Spa

At Perfect Smile Spa, we offer cleaning-only appointments, so you can take care of routine maintenance without visiting the dentist first. Regular visits to the hygienist help identify problems as early as possible and also prevents potential complications.

If you’re wondering what to expect from dental hygiene appointments, we recommend heading over to our Dental Hygienist page.