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The Importance Of Dental Care On Your General Health And Protection Against COVID-19

At Brightside Dental we have noticed that some patients are putting off visiting the hygienist or dentist until the situation with the pandemic settles down. 

Unfortunately, our personal situations during lockdown can adversely affect our oral health and this has meant that we are seeing a number of patients with significant deterioration in the health of their mouth.

The Covid-19 pandemic has made a lot of changes to our lives and it is completely natural to feel stressed. However, being stressed is well known for the negative health symptoms it causes. While you probably know that stress causes headaches, insomnia and an upset stomach, did you know that it can damage your dental health as well? Feeling stressed may make you more prone to overaggressive brushing, which scratches away your enamel and leaves your teeth sensitive and weakened.

For adults, working from home can mean a longer, more productive day but it can also impact one’s dental hygiene – rolling out of bed, hopping on that Zoom call and forgetting the usual morning routine. Snacking also tends to increase throughout the day.

As for teens, their lack of schedule coupled with late nights can throw off their dental routines. They go to bed late, forget to brush and sleep in with their mouths filled with bacteria. Waking up late doesn’t help either because they jump start their day midafternoon, forgetting that crucial morning dental hygiene component.

It is well known that advanced gum disease has an impact on many areas of general health and systemic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. Research since the onset of the  pandemic is indicating that people with gum disease are also likely to be more seriously affected by Covid-19. A recent study indicates that people with gum disease who test positive for Covid-19 could be up to 9 times more likely to die from the disease.

In many ways, Covid-19 has caused all of us to take a step back and reassess our basic hygiene habits. We are more aware than ever about taking general precautions in order to stay healthy. This should also be applied to our dental care. 

Here are few tips to help you get back to healthy dental care habits:

  • Brush in the morning – it’s not just good for a clean mouth, it’s a good pick me up!
  • Set an alarm twice a day to stay on track with your brushing and flossing
  • Choose snacks wisely – limit sticky, gummy sugary sweets
  • Limit late night snacking. Not only is this good for your mouth, it’s good for the rest of your body
  • Limit sugary drinks. Instead wash those snacks down with plenty of water. This will keep the bacteria growth at bay and wash any particles away.

At Brightside Dental, we offer dental hygiene appointments from Monday to Saturday to help treat and prevent gum disease and assist you in keeping your mouth as healthy as possible. We have comprehensive measures in place to protect your safety and it is completely safe for you to visit us.

To arrange your appointment or if you need any assistance or advice, please call us on 020 88884401.

Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day While On Lockdown

It may be a Valentine’s day like no other this year, with many of us spending Valentine’s in lockdown, but that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate it.

Being stuck at home for Valentine’s Day can be seen as a massive downer for some people but it doesn’t mean it can’t be fun. So, here are some ideas for celebrating Valentine’s day in lockdown at home while still making it special.

  • Start off right with a Valentine’s breakfast

There’s nothing sexier than a breakfast in bed, and nothing beats it better than being surprised with breakfast in bed. Have a look at a local restaurant who may be offering chef-made meals straight to your door or make it more special by preparing one yourself. Check here for some delicious Valentine’s day breakfast ideas for a romantic morning.

  • Use your outdoor space

There may be no better time to enjoy and evening under the stars than Valentine’s day lockdown. Wrap up cosy, get some blankets and snuggle under the winter sky. Have a BBQ? Light it! Pizza ovens, camping stoves…they’re all options. Alternatively, you could plan a nice romantic walk.

  • Create a home spa experience

Treat your partner or treat BOTH of you with an at-home spa experience. Candles, massages, and a hot bath sprinkled with rose or a bath bomb.

  • Send a Valentine or plan a virtual date

If you can’t be with your loved one in person this year, then you might as well send them something sweet in the mail. Make it sweeter by creating you own handmade chocolate gift.

Find creative ways to express your love and celebrate it together. Here are some ideas which may help you  https://www.missguided.co.uk/babezine/culture/how-to-celebrate-valentines-day-in-lockdown

Here are some ideas for a lockdown date night https://www.list.co.uk/article/115813-lockdown-valentines-date-night-ideas-and-inspiration/

Crossing our fingers that this is the last occasion we have to celebrate indoors. The upside is, that it will make us appreciate past and future special occasions that much more.

Sources: https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/holidays/valentines-day-ideas/g30459063/valentines-day-breakfast-ideas/

Brightside Smile Of The Month February 2021

Denise has been a long standing patient of Brightside Dental for well over a decade. She had been unhappy with her smile for a number of years, in particular the spaces between the teeth.

Her main concern was whether it would even be possible to improve her smile. Following a consultation with Dr Ketan Shah, treatment was planned and Denise went ahead with Invisalign clear aligner teeth straightening.

The treatment went as planned and her teeth were straightened and whitened to brighten up the colour in 14 months. This would have been considerably less time, but for the impact of Covid-19, lockdowns and difficulties in arranging appointments.

Denise shares her story:

Find out more about Invisalign here:https://www.brightsidedental.co.uk/invisalign-bounds-green.html

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7 Top Tips To Deal With Homeschooling Like A Pro

With schools closed and the UK in another lockdown, parents are again faced with the challenging prospect of helping their kids keep on top of their studies.

If you are managing your children’s virtual and home-based education, you know how home learning can be challenging for both parents and students. 

Here are seven tops tips to organise your children’s homeschool learning:

1) Create a designated learning space if possible – Homeschooling can be fun, exciting, and often messy. Keep your children’s study materials organized and designated a specific learning space where they keep supplies and books.

2) Follow a daily schedule – Homeschooling brings a wonderful level of flexibility and spontaneity to children’s education. Consider creating and following a daily schedule. You can always adapt, but a schedule gives your child focus and direction each day.

3) Map out the school week ahead of time – Plan out your school week to track progress and your goals, and plan out big projects whenever you get details of lessons in advance. You can use organization charts, mind maps, road maps or flow charts. 

4) Set learning goals together – Have a vision and a plan of where you want to go (learning outcomes). Outline some key learning objectives for your child ahead of time. This is also a great opportunity to teach your child goal-setting skills and best practices.

5) Make learning a family activity – Is there a subject or activity that the family enjoys? Lean into that and make it more fun and relevant to the family to enhance enjoyment and effectiveness of learning.

6) Collaborate with other homeschoolers – Connect online with other homeschoolers and parents from school online to collaborate and share resources.

7) Be patient – Don’t be afraid to experiment with your learning styles and schedule. Listen to your child and pay attention to what works well for them and adapt as needed. It can be very hard for everyone with tempers becoming frayed. Take a step back and regular breaks as needed.

Here are some further resources which may help you and also other activities that can be done with your children:

6 tips for homeschooling during Coronavirus

How to turn a home into a school without losing your sanity

How to keep your kids educated at home during lockdown

Lockdown 3 – Brightside Dental Is Open And Here For You

We are writing to confirm that Brightside Dental remains open and ready to care for you and your family during the new lockdown.

Having got to the end of a challenging year, we were all looking forward to better times. Lockdown 3 therefore comes as a blow, but one thing that doesn’t need to suffer is your dental care.

We understand that the reinstated lockdown restrictions bring uncertainty and concern for many. 

Be assured that, as a dental practice, we have always maintained a high level of hygiene and safety protocols. The arrival of the Coronavirus saw us reinforce these already stringent safety measures still further.

During lockdown 3 we will continue to maintain our enhanced Covid-safe procedures so you can visit us with the confidence that it is safe for you to do so.

We are also offering telephone and video consultations for those who need help and are unable to visit the practice. 

We look forward to welcoming you. If you have any particular concerns you would like to speak to us about, please do call us on 020 8888 4401. We are here for you. 

Stay safe. Stay well. Stay positive.

The Brightside Team

Brightside Smile Of The Month January 2021

Yolanda visited Brightside Dental Because she was unhappy with her smile, in particular the gap between her upper 2 front teeth. This had bothered her for a number of years and meant she avoided smiling.

Invisalign teeth straightening was carried out with removable clear aligners by Dr Ketan Shah to straighten the teeth and close the gap between the front teeth, followed by a course of teeth whitening to brighten Yolanda’s smile.

Yolanda Shares Her Story

The treatment took 9 months in total, including a delay during the first lockdown due to Covid. Yolanda can now smile with confidence.

If you would like to know about how we could help improve your smile contact us on 020 88884401.

Happy Holidays From Brightside Dental

We’re approaching the end of 2020 and what an unpredicatable year it has been!

Surviving two lockdowns through a global pandemic has not been easy on anyone or their business. At Brightside, we have had many challenges during this period, but are grateful that after having to close the practice during the first lockdown, we have been able to serve our patients since June.

Brightside’s Principal Dentist Ketan With A Festive Message

We a ready to celebrate a very low-key Christmas, have a break to recharge and be ready to start the new year on a positive note. It has been a heartbreaking, tragic year filled with loss, chaos and immeasurable stress but throughout it all, our team have persisted and we plan to make 2021 a much better year. 

We would like to thank all our patients for their ongoing support towards the practice. We look forward to seeing you in 2021.

Brightside’s Christmas Opening Hours

Brightside Smile Of The Month December 2020

Jayden initially visited Brightside Dental because he was unhappy with his crooked lower front teeth and also with the colour of his teeth.

We discussed various treatment options with Jayden. The planning and treatment was more complicated because he had braces when younger but only for his upper teeth. This meant the upper teeth were still quite straight but we had very limited space to move the lower teeth.

It was agreed to remove one lower incisor in order to help create space and Jayden undertook Invisalign teeth straightening with Dr Ketan Shah.

Once were teeth were straightened, we carried out a course of teeth whitening and composite bonding treatment to restore the chipped lower front teeth.

Treatment time was 17 months, which was significantly longer than planned due to Covid-19, however Jayden was very patient and now has the smile he always wanted.

A big benefit with Invisalign treatment during these uncertain times is we can monitor the treatment remotely which means less appointments needed in the practice and also treatment can often continue even during lockdown.

If you would like to find out more how we could help improve your smile, please contact us on 020 88884401.

Can Covid-19 Cause Tooth Loss?

There are recent reports that coronavirus may cause inflammation of the gums and possibly lead to sudden tooth loss.

This comes as many patients continue to report symptoms of ‘long COVID’, a term used to refer to those suffering from prolonged effects.

Common symptoms of long covid include fatigue, breathlessness and muscle aches and pains.

According to a report by the New York Times, patients who already have dental difficulties and test positive for Covid-19 may see them get worse due to the virus.

Brightside Dental’s Principal Dentist Ketan discusses the issue here

It is very important to maintain good oral health at the best of times, however this highlights the increased need with the current pandemic.

We advise on diligent daily cleaning habits, along with regular dental checks and hygienist visits.

At Brightside Dental, we have found significant numbers of patients who are having increased gum issues, partly due to lockdown measures and restrictions imposed on us with the care we could provide and also because some patients have been unable to visit the practice.

We are able to provide a full range of dental hygiene services to help improve and maintain your oral health.

If you need any advice or would like to make an appointment with us, please give us a call or email us.

Veganism And Dental Health

There are increasing numbers of people becoming vegetarian or vegan for varying reasons. Historically it was generally based around religious beliefs but for many now it’s a lifestyle choice to be more healthy and to help protect the environment.

People generally know what’s bad for their teeth – things like sweets, chocolate and fizzy drinks. There are foods that help protect the teeth which are full of vitamins such as calcium and phosphorous, however these foods generally contain meat and dairy.

So what does this mean for a vegan diet? Vegan diets mean removing dairy and can reduce protein, which contain key vitamins for healthy bones and teeth.

When substituting food groups, it can mean an increased intake of sugars, carbohydrates, fruit and vegetables which can be damaging to the teeth leading to dental decay, erosion and gum disease.

If you are vegan, or considering the switch please bear in mind the importance of a balanced diet and also that you may need some supplements to ensure your vitamin and nutrients are at good levels.

This isn’t a reason to give up! It is still possible to follow the vegan diet while also taking care of your teeth and overall health. Staying in good health while on a plant-based diet is all about eating a well-balanced diet with all of the vitamins and nutrients that your body needs, avoiding acidic and sugary foods (even if they are vegan-friendly), and keeping up with brushing and flossing routine. Lastly, and most importantly, visit your dentists for regular check ups.

When you choose to adopt any kind of diet, it’s important to consult your dentist, doctor, and nutritionist who can help you make the right decisions for your body.

Brightside’s Practice Manager Elena has chosen to become vegan for a month is support of Cancer Research UK. If you would like to support this great cause follow the link : https://fundraise.cancerresearchuk.org/page/elenas-veg-pledge-7

If you would like any advice or help on diet and its impact on your dental health, do let us know.