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Fizz Free February

Fizz Free February has arrived at Blairgowrie Dental Care for the first time, can you join us and make the pledge to #gofizzfree?

Friday 1 February marks the start of Fizz Free February meaning it’s time to ditch sugary drinks for 28 days.

Fizz Free February is a great way to reduce your sugar intake by cutting out fizzy drinks. By going fizz free for all of February, it can help you on your way to drinking less sugary drinks for the rest of the year too.

Throughout this campaign, we aim to raise awareness of the health implications of drinking fizzy drinks which often contain high amounts of sugar.

Latest figures from Scottish Health Survey show that the average Scottish child (aged 2-15) is consuming five sugar sweetened soft drinks per week. 

Even the sugar free 'diet' fizzy drinks are damaging to your teeth as they are acidic. Acidic drinks cause tooth erosion (teeth being worn down over time) which doesn't look good, can be very sensitive and is very difficult to correct.

The best alternatives to fizzy drinks are water and milk. That's why we've teamed up with our fantastic local dairy - Robertsons Dairy  https://robertsonsdairy.co.uk/ - to deliver a fantastic deal to our patients... 

Your first milk order free’ for any NEW customers signing up before the 28th of February using code ‘BDC19’. Enjoy!

The HARD truth about SOFT drinks:

  • You can save £438 a year if you stopped drinking one bottle of soft drink, per day for a year
  • Drinking just one 330ml can of fizzy drink a day could add up to over a stone weight gain per year
  • Tooth decay is the leading cause for hospitalisation among 5-9 year olds in the UK, with 26,000 children being hospitalised each year due to tooth decay – in other words, 500 each week

To join in, just pledge to give up fizzy drinks for 28-days and tweet using #gofizzfree. You can take part by signing up at https://www.sugarsmartuk.org/news/fizz_free_february_2019/

But if the thought of giving up completely is a bit too much to cope with then why not consider 'Reducing Fizzy Drinks'. Not quite as catchy a slogan but will still bring lots of health benefits. We suggest limiting fizzy drinks to meal times and drinking through a straw to provide protection to your teeth. 

 

Spring/Summer 2018 Newsletter

 

Firefighters Charity Car Wash

We were delighted to join up with the Firefighters from Blairgowrie Fire Station to help them with their charity car wash at Blairgowrie Tesco on Saturday 7th April 2018.

 

The Firefighters Charity is Blairgowrie Dental Care's charity for 2018 and we will be taking part in several events to help raise as much money as possible for them. They are a tremendous charity helping active and retired firefighters in their time of need.

 

10 of the team from BDC were able to make it along to wash as many cars as possible, we even managed to have a shot with the fire engine hose!

 

Brilliant team spirit on the day, we all had a super time. The Blairgowrie firefighters were great fun and helped make the time fly by.

 

When all totalled up we found out that we'd raised £1002 for the FIrefighters Charity which was superb!! Everyone delighted.

The next event will be the Blairgowrie Fire Station Open Day on the 12th July where we will be competing in some firefighter training exercises, more details to follow. If you would like more information about the great work that the Firefighters Charity then click the link https://www.firefighterscharity.org.uk/

 

 

We are delighted to announce that BDC have achieved the BDA Good Practice award for a fantastic 8th year in a row!!

A "confident, professional and inspired team"
 
The Good Practice Accreditation is awarded by the British Dental Association to only a few dental practices, that can demonstrate that they strive to deliver the highest quality of dental care to their patients. Blairgowrie Dental Care is one of only four practices in Perthshire to hold this status. To qualify for the award, an independent BDA member completes a thorough inspection of Blairgowrie Dental Care, including a review of all our procedures, equipment and interviewing several members of staff. 
 
Displaying the award is like wearing a badge of honour for our practice and our dental team. We were all involved in the assessment process and therefore we should all share the credit. Well done everyone! In particular, we would like to thank our practice manager Michelle Gormley, who worked long and hard behind the scenes preparing all the paperwork! 
 

In accepting the award we show that we are committed to developing and maintaining a consistent quality of service for our patients and ensuring we continue 

  • To provide dental care of consistently good quality
  • To work with you to provide care that meets your needs and wishes
  • To make your treatment comfortable and convenient
  • To check for mouth cancer and tell you what we find
  • To look after your general health and safety
  • To follow current infection control standards
  • To keep our skills and knowledge up to date
  • To monitor the quality of our service to identify opportunities for improvements
We are currently registering new NHS, private and dental plan patients. If you would like to come long and join our practice then please follow this link https://www.blairgowriedentalcare.co.uk/contact-us/

At Blairgowrie Dental Care we pride ourselves in being a family friendly dental practice, commonly having several generations of the same family coming to see us. With this in mind, we considered how we could be even more inclusive and discovered that one area which we hadn't addressed directly was autism. April, as it so happens, was Autism Awareness Month so we had a look at how we could make our dental practice more welcoming to children on the autistic spectrum. To help direct us, we consulted a fantastic local autism charity - Perth Autism Support for some expert advice and guidance.


 

                                                

 

 

 

Here are a few of the ideas that we came up with -

  • Make a video to show the structure of a normal dental check up that can be watched before coming to the practice. This allows the child to visualise what will happen at their dental appointment. We included a short description of some of the equipment that could be used during the visit, along with introducing the staff that the child may encounter. We also describe what we are doing, like a commentary, so that the everyone knows what is happening and regularly let the kids get involved especially when it comes to the dental chair. Pushing buttons and making the chair move before sitting on it normally makes it a little less intimidating.

 

  • Provide toys and distractions which can make the wait for an appointment a little less stressful for the child. We already had books and beaded puzzle boards in our waiting rooms, however, following advice from Perth Autism we have bought some specific toys to go into a 'calm box'. These include sensory and fidget toys which some children with autism can find helpful when in a new environment.

                                        

  • We learnt that kids with autism can be real sticklers for detail and that it may be useful for them to be able to see a photo of the specific staff that they would be seeing before the appointment. The video is good for the structure of the appointment, however, it is likely that it won't be that dentist and that nurse that the child will be meeting. This is straightforward with regards to the dentist, as we understand the importance for continuity of care, but our nursing and reception staff can vary from visit to visit. Up to date staff photos on the practice website (which we are in the process of doing) and suggesting that the child's parent phones the practice to be advised of the staff members that they are likely to meet. This may help to make the appointment a little more predictable. We also welcome a visit before the actual appointment if this may help.

                                       

  • Unfortunately dental appointments can run late creating delays which is annoying for everyone but can be very distressing for children on the autistic spectrum. To combat this we have looked at trying to make appointments at times less likely to be delayed e.g. first thing in the morning or straight after lunch. However if an appointment runs over then it is a essential to let the child's accompanying adult know as soon as possible to allow them to relay to the child when they will be seen to try and reduce an anxiety. 

Most of these changes/improvements are relatively straightforward to put into practice but makes a huge difference to all children especially those on the autistic spectrum.

For more advice regarding autism have a look at our friends at Perth Autism Support's website http://www.perthautismsupport.org.uk/

BDC's charity of 2016 was The Archie Foundation Tayside and we have had a great time raising money for it. We totalled up our donations and are delighted to have raised a whopping £1444. Claire, Kimberly, Kayleigh and Denise popped up to Ninewells hospital to present the cheque and also see the tremendous work being carried out by the charity first hand. They are currently trying to reach a £2million target to allow the construction of a new children's operating theatre and are making good progress however they need more generous donations to help them get there. 

Our fundraising year included
Beards for bairns. Three of our dentists received sponsorship to not shave for a month! The results were a load of hair and a load of cash!!
 
 

 

We had a sponsored dress up day with the theme of Toy Story. Great fun and the superb effort by all the staff was rewarded with very generous donations from our patients!
 

 

We entered 3 teams into Archie's virtual walking challenge where each team wore a pedometer and had to try to clock up the distance from Lands End to John O'Groats! Excellent challenge and one of our teams (Nikki M, Nikki F, Emma, Sharoon and Lorraine) made it all the way! And raised lots of money!
 
 
 

 

We were also selling all the super Archie's merchandise throughout the year..
 
 
Thank you to all our fantastic staff for their tremendous effort and thank to everyone who made a donation! 
 
We will have a new charity for 2017 but would like to wish The Archie Foundation the very best of luck in attaining their target
for more information about The Archie Foundation click here
 

We tried curling in the practice a few years ago.......

 

but as you can see from that video, we quickly realised that we required some advice from the experts!

We enlisted the help of the fabulous coaches at Fofar Curling Centre Club http://fis.scot/sports/curling/forfar-curling-centre-club.html and arranged a coaching session for Team BDC. We had a brilliant time and fantastic fun!

Thank you to all the coaches and team members who kindly helped us with great patience and good humour. We would definitely recommend it for a night out, we will be returning....

Festive Fruity Snacks

Festive food doesn't all have to be sweeties and cakes....

Try this Fruit Christmas tree with your little ones, they'll love decorating the grape tree with decorations.

Chop some green grapes in half and arrange them in a Christmas tree shape. Chop up a bundle of other fruit (ideally brightly coloured), raisins and pomegranate seeds and put them in a few bowls and then let your kids decorate the tree. I used a chopped up orange for the star and a rice cake for the pot but any fruit combination will do. Great fun & healthy!!! Merry Christmas!

 

Here is another festive fruity snack great for kids- A Banana Snowman.

Chop a banana to make head and body & thread them onto a straw. Decorate face and buttons with raisins and sultanas and add an orange peel scarf. Finally make a hat with a grape/rice cake and cheesy arms.

 

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Facial Aesthetic Treatments at BDC

Facial aesthetics treatments such as Botox and dermal fillers are excellent complementary treatments to dentistry and we are delighted to offer both at Blairgowrie Dental Care. Claire Williams and Rachel Wallace are both experienced dentists and their background in facial anatomy and surgery gives them an excellent understanding of the facial muscles. This allows safe and effective treatments creating results that are both beautiful and natural, without looking overdone.

We have found that many patients combine cosmetic dental treatments such as tooth whitening and straightening with facial aesthetics and are left both looking and feeling younger.

Botox is perhaps the most common and well known facial aesthetics treatment used nowadays. It involves using a purified version of the botulinum type A toxin to reduce unwanted lines and wrinkles on your face. It is specifically aimed at softening wrinkles  of the forehead, frown lines and crow’s feet, giving you the result of a  refreshed more youthful complexion.

Treatment with Botox works by blocking nerve impulses to the tiny facial muscles, forcing them to relax and smoothing out the skin to lessen the appearance if lines and wrinkles.

                                                  

Common areas that are treated include crows feet, frown lines and forehead lines. It can even be used for excessive sweating.

Fillers can help lift jowels , soften smokers lines and volumise the lips

 

                                           

You will only require a short appointment for treatment with botulinum toxin or dermal fillers. Results from dermal filler treatment are visible straight away, with Botox the full results take a few weeks to fully develop. Although not a permanent treatment, you can expect results to last three to four months for Botox and 9 months for fillers.

 

 

Dr Wallace says, 

“ whether it is through smiling or frowning, we all develop dynamic wrinkles that can prematurely age us .  If your aim is to prevent these wrinkles or to look your best at a special occasion,  this  can be easily  and painlessly  achieved with Botulinum therapy in our practice.”  

 

 Initial consultation appointments,  to discuss your treatment goals , can be arranged with our reception staff via http://www.blairgowriedentalcare.co.uk/contact-us/ Prices are below -

Facial Rejuvenation

   
Botulinum Toxin    - 1 area from £187.50 from £187.50
                            - 2 areas from £269.50 from £269.50
                            - 3 areas from £359.50 from £359.50
Dermal Fillers      - Cheek Filler from £375 from £375
                            - Lips, upper and lower from £350 from £375
                            - Nose to Mouth lines from £285 from £285
                            - Smokers lines from £350 from £350

 

Happy Healthy Halloween

Halloween is not traditionally a dentists favourite celebration.... all those chewy sweets and sticky toffee apples send a shiver down my spine! However with a bit of imagination and creative thinking you can turn a healthy menu into a ghoulish feast. We have put together a couple of simple ideas which are easy to make, look devilishly Halloweeny but are actually pretty healthy.

We will be putting one recipe out each day for the rest of the week so keep checking back to see them all...

First up we have - 

A Pepper Monster Dipper that's foaming at the mouth

Ingredients -

  • 2 peppers (different colours)
  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 2 spring onions
  • 3 tablespoons natural yoghurt (not low fat as that usually has added sugar!)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 clove of garlic
  • breadsticks, cucumber etc as dippers

Instruction

  • Cut top of pepper/deseed and cut out a scary face
  • Fill spaces with pieces from other pepper (save rest of that pepper for dippers)
  • blend together avocados, spring onions, cumin, garlic and yoghurt
  • fill spooky pepper with mix and replace lid
  • serve with healthy dippers of breadsticks, cucumber, pepper etc and enjoy!

 

check back tomorrow for another spooky recipe!

                                                                 

We all dressed up as our favourite Toy Story characters for a day to raise money for The Archie Foundation and their appeal to build a new children's operating theatre at Ninewells hospital, Dundee. http://www.archietayside.org.uk/

Everyone had a great time and had put a tremendous amount of thought and effort into their costumes. Our fabulous patients on the day all joined in the fun as well and were extremely generous with their donations. If you would like to donate you still can when you are in for your next appointment as The Archie Foundation are our charity for 2016 and we have collecting tins at our reception desk. You can also donate via text message, just text "TCH15 £5" (or other amount) to 70070.

Here's a round up of all the costumes, which is your favourite?

Wheezy the penguin, slinky dog and Keep Fit Barbie

Mr and Mrs Potato Head

Stinky Pete, Jessie and Woody

Buzz Lightyear

Toy Soldiers

 

Mouth Cancer Action Month - Self Check by doing the Tongue Hokey Cokey

 
The number of mouth cancers diagnosed has increased by a third in the last decade alone, making it one of the UK’s fastest increasing cancers.
 
The good news is that early detection of mouth cancer can give you a near 90 per cent chance of survival. HOWEVER if you leave it too long or don't check your mouth regularly your chances of survival plummet to 50 per cent. Keeping regular dental appointments and self checking your mouth really could save your life!
 
We have all become quite good at self checking for breast and testicular cancer but only 1% of us feel confident about checking for mouth cancer. By standing in front of the mirror and sticking your tongue out, left, right, up, down and all around (checking underneath it) you'll be doing the #tonguehokeycokey which covers the most common site of mouth cancer. Areas to also check include roof of your mouth, right to the back (tonsils), inside and outside of your lips. 
 
 
 
Be on the lookout for mouth ulcers which do not heal within three weeks, red or while patches in the mouth and any unusual swellings. If you have any of these signs then you should visit a dentist or doctor as soon as possible.
 
This video from the excellent 'Lets talk about Mouth Cancer' charity shows you how to do it...
 
 
 
We challenge you to do the #tonguehokeycokey draw a face on your chin and take an upside down selfie and stick your tongue out! (We found it easier to take the photo and then rotate it, unless you're a bat)
 
Share your photo on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using #tonguehokeycokey and then challenge 5 of your friends to do the same. It might just save their lives!
 
If in your in doubt about anything you see in your mouth the get it checked out by a dentist or doctor.

It’s better than a kick in the teeth

 

 

Mouth guards are an excellent way of preventing damage and injury in a number of sports, be it contact or non-contact. In many sports you will not be allowed onto the pitch without one. Other sports are not quite a strict, but maybe they should be.

Mouthguard Gum shield Rugby Blairgowrie DentistMouthguard Gum shield Football Ronaldo Blairgowrie Dentist

 

It’s currently the beginning of a new school year. Box-fresh school shoes and brand new uniforms for all. But maybe it is time for a new mouth guard too?

 

A lot of sports shops will sell “boil in the bag” type of mouth guards. These work by heating the plastic element of the mould and get the wearer to bite into this while the material is soft. This then sets and just like that you have a mouth guard. Unfortunately, these are of limited use.

Making a mouth guard in this way is not very accurate. Due to this, the mouth guard can become loose very quickly. If your mouth is hit while wearing a loose mouth guard the force is not dealt with in an effective way and trauma can still occur.

 

Alternatively, if you had a mouth guard made at your dentist, this would reduce the chances of this happening. We take dental impressions every day using special materials to record your teeth very accurately. From these impressions our skilled laboratory technicians can make a mouth guard that will fit you perfectly.

 

Our mouth guards can be customised in almost any colour combination you like. Team colours/national flags/multi-coloured patterns we can do just about anything while still providing a mouth guard that will fit you.

Mouthguard Gum shield Hockey Team GB Blairgowrie Dentist

So no matter what sport you play or what age you are, a new dentally made mouth guard might be a good idea. Feel free to give our reception staff a call to make an appointment or speak to your dentist at your next routine check up. If not Google the words “Dental trauma” followed by the sport you play. Not for the faint hearted.

 

 

Mont Blanc Charity Expedition

Many of you are already aware that I was part of a group of 11 guys who recently climbed Mont Blanc in aid of a charity that helps provide orphanages and education for children in Colombia.

I agreed to take part in the trip back in October 14 without fully realising what I was agreeing to. We arranged a winter skills course in the Cairngorms back in February to enable us to learn some basic winter ice walking skills that would prove to be invaluable as we ascended Mont Blanc. It was also a chance for everyone to meet each other. 8 of the team lived in Northern Ireland and 3 of the team were based in Scotland.

 

 

On arriving at our base in Chamonix we immediately saw what lay ahead of us.  At 4810 metres  Mont Blanc is the highest mountain in western Europe and it dominated the view from most points around the valley.

 

 

 

 

As part of acclimatisation we climbed the Gran Paradiso, Italy’s highest mountain at just over 4000m (13,100 feet). This is us about to set off from the base of the mountain – not quite sure of what lay ahead.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hut Vitorio Emmanuele Mont BlancHut Vitorio Emmanuele is a mountain hut situated above 3000m and was our overnight accomodation on our way up the Gran Paradiso.

It was packed with around 200 people of all nationalities trying to make it to the top. Dinner was a military operation – each group was given a time they would be eating yet they still  managed to serve a delicous 3 course meal.

 

 

 

 

Early morning start Mont BlancA very early morning start meant starting our ascent by head torch. At this altitude it was a slow, steady trek gradually working our way up towards the summit. Thankfully the weather was very kind to us with clear skies most of the way up and down.

 

 

 

 

The view from the top of Grand Paridiso

 

 

 

The view from the top of Gran Paradiso. You can see the ant like procession attempting to make it to the summit. This is a very popular mountain to climb as you can see!

 

 

 

 

The descent. Safely roped together with our guide, Elodie at the rear. Back down to the minibus to venture back through the Mont Blanc tunnel into France.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Preparing for Mont Blanc ……………..

 

 

Rock Climbing Mont BlancThe next day there was no time for rest! It was straight to the local rock face to practice our rock climbing skill for Mont Blanc. Once our guides were happy with us they allowed us to head back to base to get our kit ready for the attempt at Mont Blanc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another group photo as we set off to catch the mountain train that would take us to the start of the climb.  At this point we also met the other guides who would be joining us on the ascent. For safety reasons we had one guide for two climbers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mont Blanc ascentThe first stage of our ascent started up the rocky paths to the Refuge de Tete Rousse which would be our accommodation for the night. Unbelievably we bumped in to someone that my dad knew on the way up!

A pre-dawn start meant we crossed the Grand couloir before temperatures had risen to minimise the chance of us being hit by falling boulders. (If you don’t believe me just look it up on YouTube!)

 

 

 

 

Refuge de Goutier

 

 

 

From here it was a steep climb up to the Refuge de Goutier just as the sun was rising and just in time to sneak in for a coffee prior to attempting to make it to the top.

 

 

 

 

 

Mont Blanc

 

 

Refuge de Goutier perched on the edge of the cliff. This would be our overnight accommodation on the way down and our coffee top on the way up.

 

Crampons ice axe steady ascent

 

 

 

 

Crampons on, roped up and ice axe ready we made slow, steady progress towards the summit. Each half step seemed to drain more energy as the altitude took its toll.

 

 

 

 

Top of Mont Blanc

 

 

             At the top!

 

 

 

 

Team photo at the top of Mont Blanc

 

              

 

Made it! A great sense of achievement knowing that we’d achieved what we set out to do. 11 guys along with 6 guides all safely on the top of Mont Blanc. Half way there! We now needed to get down safely ……

 

Descending Mont Blanc

We descended back to the Goutier Hut, exhausted, relieved and with a bit more spring in our step.

 

Descending Mont Blanc

 

 

 An early start the next morning to go back down the steep section between the two huts and across the couloir before heading back to the mountain train that would take us back down.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Chamonix Running Festival ………..

The adventure doesn’t quite end there…….. The Chamonix running festival was on the weekend after our adventure. I don’t know why but someone thought it would be a good idea if we entered a selection of races. Four of us entered the 10Km race, two of us the 23Km race and two had entered the 42Km race.

 

Myself and Eddie entered the 23Km race. This sounds straight forward but it had a height gain of 1600m and was absolute torture!

 

Relief that it’s over!

 

 

 

 

Many thanks to our families for the time and space for this boys adventure trip, to Ronnie, Paul and Andy for our winter skills training and making the difference. To KE adventures and Chamex for the quality of the trip. Thanks also to the great team at Blairgowrie Dental Care who were so supportive of what they called a “mid-life crisis” adventure! Thanks to everyone who generously donated both on line and into the collection bucket in reception. 

Thankyou for supporting and encouraging us in our training and contributing to the £16,000 raised to help Stand by Me kids in Colombia. Your generosity will make life changing difference to these kids.

(If you missed the chance to contribute and would like to support this initiative, the website address is https://standby.me/projects/mont-blanc).

 

Toothpaste – What are you brushing with? by BDC Dentist Pete Ovenstone.

In this modern day, we are bombarded with adverts about our oral health. Between the different types of electric toothbrushes, “advanced” mouthwashes and a whole host of toothpastes, it can become quite confusing. A lot of people will get to the toothpaste shelf in the supermarket not knowing where to start and what to put in their basket.

 

What should you look for when you are choosing your toothpaste?  Start with the most important ingredient: FLUORIDE.

 

Fluoride is the active ingredient in toothpaste.  It is clinically proven to prevent dental decay. Brushing twice daily with fluoride toothpaste will protect your teeth from dental decay by being absorbed into your teeth, causing them to be stronger and more resilient against plaque. If you have a look at any packet of toothpaste you should look for the fluoride ingredient and how much of it is there. In the UK the most common fluoride ingredient is “Sodium Fluoride”. Its amount will be listed in the ingredients and is measured in “Parts per million (PPM)”. The maximum in over the counter toothpastes in the UK is 1450ppm and you should aim to have this amount of fluoride ready to be squeezed onto your toothbrush.

 

If you want to get an even better effect from fluoride toothpaste make sure you do not rinse out after brushing. If you get into the habit of spitting and not rinsing then your teeth will have the fluoride sitting on your teeth for longer. This means it is strengthening up your teeth and not the pipes under your sink.

 

A word of warning. There are a lot of toothpastes out there that claim to be “natural” or “organic”. Without fluoride in your toothpaste you could end up with an increase in dental decay. Make sure the fluoride is in there.

 

A lot of toothpastes will claim to whiten your teeth. These are usually quite gritty toothpastes and work by “buffing” away stains caused by things like tea, coffee, soft drinks and nicotine. The disadvantage of these toothpastes is that they are not very effective at doing this and with long term use you could actually start to wear away the surface of your teeth.

 

Sensitive toothpastes are one of the most marketed aspects of toothpastes. In a lot of cases they can be very effective at reducing or almost eliminating sensitivity from your teeth. The ingredients in these toothpastes form a very thin barrier around sensitive areas of teeth. This barrier prevents food and hot/cold liquids getting to these areas. This will stop/reduce the horrible shock you can get when eating ice cream or drinking cold gin and tonic water. A lot of companies focus on these ingredients and some charge a lot of money for this. Just remember, you cannot grow enamel back on a tooth, no matter how expensive your toothpaste is.

 

Tooth Whitening

Professional tooth whitening is an effective and safe way to achieve a whiter smile whilst retaining your own healthy, natural teeth. In this blog we are answering common questions we are asked regarding tooth whitening. 

Why do teeth darken and stain? 

 

Your teeth have lots of tiny little holes in them which can allow stains (from tea, coffee, red wine…) to get stuck in the deeper tooth layers, too deep for toothpastes and cleaning to remove. The tooth whitening provided by Blairgowrie Dental Care, uses a product which penetrates these layers, breaks up the stain and bubbles it out leaving the tooth unaffected. The staining from tobacco smoking is one of the worst culprits but even this can usually be improved with tooth whitening!

  

 

How does it work and what's involved? 

We provide ‘at home’ tooth whitening as we believe it is the most predictable, manageable and safest technique available. You may have read about ‘In surgery’ or ‘Laser’ whitening, these techniques don’t allow for monitoring of the whitening as the procedure progresses which can lead to your teeth ending up a much lighter shade than expected. 'At home' whitening gives the same results but also allows you to stop when your teeth are the whiteness you want....

     

 

‘At home’ bleaching involves your dentist taking impressions or 'moulds' of your teeth from which thin, soft mouthguards are made which exactly fit your teeth. This is one of the major advantages of having your dentist carry out tooth whitening rather than any shop or internet product. The close fitting trays prevent overspill of the whitening product, irritation of the gums and patchy/uneven whitening, all of which can be caused by ill fitting, DIY whitening kits.

You are then shown how to apply a small amount of the whitening gel into the mouthguard and are asked to wear it for either two hours at night or 30 minutes in the morning and 30 minutes at night, depending upon the whitening system used. We then set up a review appointment after 2 weeks to ensure that all is proceeding as planned however you can contact us at any point throughout the treatment via email, facebook or phone call if you have any questions. 

http://www.blairgowriedentalcare.co.uk/contact-us/

                       

 

How long does it take? 

Different people's teeth lighten at different rates so its quite difficult to accurately predict. However normally we can see a good shade change at our 2 week review assuming you have been able to wear the mouthguard regularly. Older teeth and heavily stained teeth take longer to lighten. 'At home' whitening allows us to tailor the whitening for you as not everyone wants BRIGHT white teeth, you may just want a freshen up. Once you achieve the shade you are happy with you can stop the treatment and your teeth won't whiten any further. 

 

How long does it last? 

Over time your teeth will darken again as stain particles will again settle in your teeth. How quickly this happens is dependent upon your teeth, how regularly you consume tea, coffee, red wine and if you smoke. The good news is that the mouthguards you had made up can be used again for 'topping up' the whitening. All you need to do, is get a top up pack of the whitening product from Blairgowrie Dental Care reception (£25) and carry out the treatment again, normally just for a couple of nights. This can be great if you want to freshen up your smile before going on holiday or a wedding so it's very important to keep your mouthguards somewhere safe, dogs love to chew them! 

 

Does it hurt? 

The process itself is not painful and does not harm your teeth. Tooth whitening can however make your teeth sensitive during the treatment period. This varies from person to person with most people experiencing only a mild discomfort but we usually recommend using a sensitive tooth toothpaste whilst you are whitening your teeth. The sensitivity is transient meaning that once you finish whitening the sensitivity will go. If you are experiencing a stronger sensitivity then reduce the frequency you are wearing the mouthguard i.e. instead of doing it every night, have a night off. You can also use the mouthguard with a little sensitive toothpaste in it on the nights you are not whitening.  

Mild gum irritation can occasionally occur but rarely as the professionally made mouthguards fit your teeth very accurately. 

 

Can everyone have their teeth whitened? 

No, and that’s why its very important to have your teeth checked before commencing with tooth whitening. Decayed teeth and infected gums both require treatment before tooth whitening. Fillings and crowns (caps) on the front teeth do not lighten with tooth whitening and may need to be changed to match your new whiter teeth. It may also be that tooth whitening is not the most suitable treatment option for you. Your dentist will help you explore other cosmetic dental options such as veneers, tooth coloured fillings, crowns, implants to find the best way for you to achieve the smile that you want. 

Who can carry out tooth whitening?

Tooth whitening can only be carried out by a registered dentist (or dental hygienist or dental therapist working to a dentist’s prescription). Anyone else offering tooth whitening (even if they are not touching your teeth) is doing so illegally and faces prosecution. 

How much does it cost? 

To whiten your upper and lower teeth it usually costs £345 HOWEVER if you start your treatment in May 2015 it costs only £199! 

                                        

To book an appointment phone, email or message via Facebook and we can arrange a tooth whitening consultation. 

http://www.blairgowriedentalcare.co.uk/contact-us/

 

 

 

 

 

Easter Tooth Survival Guide

Easter is a tough celebration for kids teeth… but with a bit of preparation and enthusiasm it can be both fun and tooth kind.

Use the week before Easter as a training period so your family will we well prepared for the main event. 

We need our little people to be on top form with their brushing so start practicing now.

Easter is a great time to buy a new brush! Make it fun… favourite colours, tv characters, flashing lights all help make brushing more appealing. We have these great firefly brushes in stock for £2.80 they have flashing handles and choice of batman, spongebob & Hello Kitty.

 

Keep a brushing diary. Morning and night, getting a big tick or even better a smiley face after each brushing session will inspire your child to keep brushing. You can download one here http://www.child-smile.org.uk/uploads/documents/4352-MyToothbrushingDiary7_10.pdf

We are running a special Easter Childsmile toothbrushing clinic on Wednesday 1st April for children 5 and under, phone or email our reception to book a slot. (We will be having another toothbrushing clinic on the 24th April). If you can’t make it then there is a hints and tips video on our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/blairgowriedentalcare

We now need to consider the EGG 

If you can get away with it then keep your sweet treats to a minimum (sorry we can't help it, we are dentists!). One of my favourite memories of Easter as a child is the Easter Egg hunt! They are fantastic and can be adapted for children of all ages. Importantly you don't need an egg at each stage of the search, instead try a series of clues or riddles leading to one egg. Much more challenging and fun with the egg being a worthy reward at the end.

With regards to the egg itself, try to avoid ones filled with sticky, jelly or toffee sweets. Sticky sweets are held around teeth for longer making them much more likely to cause decay. Chocolate buttons are a better alternative.

Then give some consideration to when your child is going to eat it. Sugary snacks are best eaten at mealtimes not as a snack. Having little bits throughout the day leads to teeth being under constant sugar attack, whereas tying it in with lunch or dinner ensures there is plenty of saliva about to protect your child’s teeth. Ideally have a bit of cheese after a sugary snack, it helps reduce the acidity.

Happy Easter!

SUGAR - THE FOOD NINJA

Dentists are over the moon about the current upsurge in concern and media coverage about the dangers of sugar. We have been warning our patients about the evils of sugar since 1890 when the link between sugar and tooth decay was first proven. We therefore have a bit of experience when it comes to hunting down those cunning, devious and downright naughty…. ‘Hidden Sugars’!

Never heard of ‘hidden sugar’? Well it's the Ninja of the convenience food industry. It sneaks into foods in great numbers without you realising, wreaking irreversible damage on your teeth. It is the stealth-like nature of these sugars which is particularly dangerous.

For example ..... You are running late for work, no time for breakfast before you leave so you pop into the corner shop on the way and pick up a Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain Fruit Breakfast Bar (strawberry) and a Frijj banana milkshake – sounds breakfasty and healthy…?

Think again! That combo clocks up a colossal 14 and a half teaspoons of sugar (58g)! Unless you brush your teeth as soon as you arrive at work, your teeth are in trouble!

To help visualise the amount of sugar we have made a couple of display boards which hang in our reception area showing the sugar content of popular drinks and breakfast cereals. Patients are amazed by the worst offenders especially as they are primarily targeted at children and teenagers.

In making the displays I needed to find out the exact sugar content of each product, this proved to be difficult. They provide information about ‘sugar’ but not the exact amount in the container, it was e.g. per 100g therefore requiring some sums to work out the answer.

Look at this yoghurt…

 

Standing in the chilly fridge aisle, the last thing you want to be doing is searching for the tiny writing on the packet and calculating the actual sugar content. Much more likely that you just take note of the fact that it says ‘Low Fat’, has a nice picture of a peach and put it in the basket thinking it’s healthy. It actually contains almost 6 teaspoons of sugar!

It may a deliberate ploy to confuse the consumer or just lazy packaging but either way it's frustrating and could be made so much easier.

The ‘Traffic Light’ system is used by many food companies and makes the choice and comparison of products much, much easier and quicker.

 

We would love it to be used by ALL food manufacturers!

What you eat and drink is your choice BUT you need all the facts before you decide to consume it.

No Smoking Day

Today is No Smoking Day with smokers up and down the country being encouraged to give up cigarettes for good. We would like to join this call and also congratulate everyone who has already given up! This blog will explain why dentists are so keen for our patients to give up smoking and how we can help

                                                        

Dentists are in the unique position that we see our patients on a regular basis, even if they don't have an acute problem. This is great as we are able to get to know our patients and their families and is a part of the job I personally really enjoy. The down side of this is that we can see people’s health deteriorate greatly between 6 month appointments and this is especially apparent with smokers. As well as the internal effects of cigarette smoke, smokers also look different. 

One of our dental nurses, Karena, kindly posed for a photo to show the effects of cigarette smoking, see the difference if Karena smoked for 10 years compared with not – she may still be smiling but she has a much greyer pallor and more wrinkles. Try it for yourself using the BHF app - 

https://nosmokingday.org.uk/i-want-to-quit/smoking-time-machine-app/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=cheetahmail&utm_campaign=email no_smoking_day 10236025

As well as making you look older, all the nasties in cigarette smoke also cause a thick black stain to build up on your teeth. Thankfully this can usually be removed from your teeth with regular cleaning and polishing BUT imagine how your lungs must look with all that gunk building up over the years!

  

People who smoke are more likely to have gum disease. The smoke causes more dangerous bacteria to grow in your mouth and slows your mouth’s defences against attack. This means smokers have a much higher chance of their teeth becoming wobbly and falling out!

Smokers also run a much higher chance of getting mouth cancer. Year on year, more people are dying from mouth cancer. Last year alone around 2000 people died from mouth cancer, that's around the population of Coupar Angus each year! It is therefore especially important that smokers and ex smokers have regular dental check ups to spot any suspicious areas before they become too big and more difficult to treat.

MOUTH CANCER SCREENING - 

What to do now? Well, if you currently smoke (or have a friend or relative that smokes) and want to stop then finding the correct  help and advice is essential if you're going to stop for good. At our practice we try and identify our patients who are interested in stopping and then refer them down the High street, to our good friends at our local chemist -  Davidsons. They have a fantastic track record at helping smokers stop. They achieve this by offering -

  • A 12 week support programme
  • FREE treatment, including a range of Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) and varenicline (Champix)
  • Friendly one to one support and advice from their trained support staff
  • Welcome Pack – containing useful help and advice
  • Reward discount scheme for successful quitters
  • CASH via “quit for you” an NHS service where patients are given a weekly payment if they stop smoking.

Don't do it alone! All the studies show that you are much more likely to stop and STAY STOPPED if you receive help from a professional smoking cessation service.

Pick a date, pop into the chemist and prepare to be Smoke Free! Good luck!

 

 

Address to the Toothache 

Robert Burns wrote so many wonderful poems that it is very difficult to choose a favourite. However if you work as part of a dental team then it really has to be 'Address to the Toothache'. Written by Burns whilst he was suffering from raging toothache (a condition he was regularly plagued by), it aptly describes toothache as 'thou hell o' a' diseases'. Have a read of the text and watch our video below and see if you can pick out the imagery he uses to convey his discomfort.

If you are suffering toothache (hopefully not as bad as Burns'!) then phone or email our reception to make an appointment asap.

Happy Burns Night!

VIDEO -

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iIoFlpaKkw0
- See more at: http://www.blairgowriedentalcare.co.uk/blog/address-to-the-toothache/#sthash.5ht0N6Gs.dpuf



Dry January

Several of the staff at Blairgowrie dental care volunteered to take part in the “Dry January” alcohol awareness campaign run by Alcohol Concern. In doing so we are trying to highlight the numerous benefits that can be gained from reducing your alcohol intake.

As we are now half way through Dry January we thought that some info about the positive impact you have already had upon your health would make the next couple of weeks fly by -

Weight Loss - Alcoholic drinks contain 'empty calories' which means that they have no nutritional value. It can be quite surprising how many calories are in many popular alcoholic drinks and to illustrate this we created the 'Blairgowrie Doughnut Scale' (pictured below) which we have hung on the wall at our reception. We took seven commonly drunk beverages and worked out their calorific content and displayed it in terms of a sugared ring doughnut (bought from Asda = 135KCal). We found it quite surprising!
- See more at: http://www.blairgowriedentalcare.co.uk/blog/dry-january/#sthash.dg1VD93z.dpuf

Losing weight not only makes you feel good but it also reduces your chance of heart disease, high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes and suffering a stroke. - See more at: http://www.blairgowriedentalcare.co.uk/blog/dry-january/#sthash.dg1VD93z.dpuf