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Easter Treats : Tips For Good Dental Health

With Easter comes an abundance of sugary treats, which can undo all the good dental habits practiced during the year.  It’s not just children who love Easter eggs, most of us adults are the same. With so many varieties and choice available, you could end up having a lot more chocolate than planned over the Easter break.  

Here are some tips to help you minimise the risk of damaging your teeth and having dental problems as a result of overindulging.
 Not all treats are the same. Some sweets are less harmful to teeth than others. Choose chocolate over sticky or hard sweets that linger in the mouth and/or chip or damage teeth.
 Save treats for mealtimes. Saliva levels are higher during a meal. Having sugary treats afterwards can lessen the time sugar stays on the teeth. Saliva helps to remove plaque
and to neutralize the acid that leads to tooth decay.
 Rinse with water . Give your child a glass of water or ask them to rinse their mouth after eating sugary treats to help reduce the amount of sugar in the mouth.
 Everything in moderation . You don’t have to deprive your child of special sweet treats to enjoy good dental health.Choose small portions, and encourage them to share with friends and family members.
 Brush, brush, brush. Holidays can be a great time to reinforce the importance of daily brushing – in the morning (after breakfast) and especially before bedtime. Remember, don’t brush immediately after a sweet treat, as you could actually cause more damage to your teeth this way.

 Remember chocolate doesn’t go off and have an expiry date of a few days or few weeks, so why not have Easter eggs in small amounts and let them last for a few months.

Happy Easter from all the team at Brightside Dental. Enjoy the break! 

5 Benefits of White Fillings

I recently attended a course learning about the latest research and techniques in placing (composite) white fillings. It is a common thought that once you have learnt how to do something, you don’t need any further knowledge and I could have thought that about white fillings, having been in dentistry for over 20 years.    

I feel very fortunate to be part of a profession where there is constant progress and opportunities for learning, as well as having fantastic dentists who are willing to share their knowledge. As with many other professions, it’s great to have wide options for learning – whether it be reading, online or at a seminar.








Here are 5 Benefits of Choosing White Fillings:

  1. Appearance – Unlike silver coloured fillings, composite fillings can look just like your natural teeth since the colour can be carefully blended for a seamless finish. This makes them an ideal choice for front teeth which would look very unattractive with a silver filling.
  2. Versatility – Composite resin is very versatile and besides fillings can also be used to repair teeth that are chipped, broken, or badly worn.
  3. Stability – A composite filling also requires very little of the tooth structure to be removed for placement which means more of your natural tooth is preserved. Since the filling bonds with the actual tooth it offers additional stability for a tooth that has already been weakened by decay or breakage.
  4. Metal Free – White fillings do not contain any metal. Some countries no longer use mercury containing fillings and studies have suggested that mercury used in amalgam fillings can pose a threat to your health, although this is not conclusive.
  5. Protection – White fillings are not affected by any changes in temperature which occur in your mouth, unlike amalgam fillings which tend to contract and expand, and this protects your tooth from fracture.

If you would like to know more about white fillings or would want to consider replacement of any existing metal fillings, let us know.

Tips To End Your Sugar Addiction

Sugar is your teeth’s unfavourable friend. Sugar-related dental problems remain one of the most widespread causes of poor oral health. By reducing the amount of sugar in your diet, it will go a long way towards improving your overall oral hygiene. As well as dental issues, high sugar intake leads to many general health problems. The image shows a great initiative by my local gym in educating and helping people improve their health.

It might seem difficult to lower the amount of sugary substances you eat because it seems to be added to virtually everything – and tastes great!

Here are some tips to help you:

  1. Check labels on all products Check labels for hidden sugars with unusual names such as sucrose, glucose, fructose, maltose, molasses, hydrolysed starch and corn syrup.
  2. Watch what you eat for breakfast Having a healthy breakfast is possibly the most important meal of the day and will stop snacking mid-morning. 
  3. Is it snack time, what shall I eat? If you have the urge to snack throughout the day, consider a handful of nuts or sugar free foods.
  4. Fat free does not mean sugar free! Many ‘fat free- healthy options’ such as yoghurts contain high levels of fructose or refined sugars.
  5. Changing our diets for life and how we eat Set yourself some new ground rules:
  • Don’t eat an hour before you go to bed
  • Don’t add sugar to foods
  • Don’t eat a dessert every meal
  1. Get plenty of sleep
  2. Reduce alcohol intake Alcohol accounts for 11% of the UK population’s daily intake of added sugar. Try to reduce the amount of alcoholic drink you have and remember to wash it down with water. This will wash away some of the sugar from your mouth and your head will thank you the next day.

It is also important to maintain regular assessment and hygiene visits to maintain your mouth in the best possible way. If you need any further advice give us a call on 020 88884401.

Sugar – The Tooth Killler

We live in the real world. Sweet foods and chocolates are part of our everyday lives and its unrealistic to suggest that we will just stop having anything sweet.

Every time we consume sugar, the bacteria which sticks to the teeth surface converts it into acid during an acid attack which gradually eats away at the tough outer protective enamel and once through the enamel will lead to rapid destruction of your tooth.

Around half of 8 year olds have dental decay and that means likely decay in their adult teeth. Over500 children a week in England alone are being put under general anaesthetic in hospital to have rotten teeth removed.

Here are 7 top tips to help reduce dental decay:

1)   Cut down how many times per day you have sugary snacks, it’s the frequency not quantity that worsens decay.

2)   If you eat sugary food, consume them after a meal as your saliva defence is at its best and so will reduce the duration of the acid attack.

3)   Chew sugar free gum after eating sugary food as this boosts saliva flow.

4)   Check food and drink labels and always choose the sugar free option.

5)   If you have a sweet tooth, try artificial sweeteners and always choose sugar free mints or sweets alternatives.

6) Don’t brush for at least 20 minutes after eating as this can cause more damage to the teeth because of the increased acid levels.

7) Avoid sugary food and drinks close to bedtime as when we sleep saliva levels in the mouth are reduced, thus increasing the risk of decay.

See you next week for tips on how to end your sugar addiction.

Straight Teeth – Increased Confidence

It is becoming increasingly common for adults to want to improve their smile and it is thought that well over 50% of people are unhappy with their smiles. Americans are generally known for having nice smiles, but us Brits are now catching up. With the advances in dentistry, you don’t have to accept a smile you’re unhappy with.

One option to improve your smile is teeth straightening, which can be very straightforward. Orthodontic treatment is no longer just for children and many adults are now embracing this treatment to improve their smile.

Dipti discusses how she was unhappy with her smile for a long time and how the experience of teeth straightening has been for her.

At Brightside Dental we offer a wide range of teeth straightening solutions and it doesn’t mean ugly metal braces on your teeth for a few years. Contact us to find out more.

Do You Know Anyone Nervous of Visiting The Dentist?

If you are a regular patient of ours, hopefully you are aware that we work hard to reduce peoples fears about dental visits. We are constantly looking for new ways we can help make your visit more comfortable and manage fears.

One method is with The Wand which we have been using for around 4 years. It is an electronic anaesthetic system which has many benefits over the traditional syringe and needle for numbing. It makes it much more comfortable having your mouth numbed and also there is no swollen face or fat lip, which means you can go about your day as normal once treatment is finished.

We have 100’s of patients who have tried The Wand and were so happy with it that they would’t go back to the syringe and needle.

Marie recently came to see us and was scared about a having dental treatment. She shares her experience in the video below.

At Brightside Dental we love seeing nervous people and we get the most satisfaction from being able to make a positive difference in the lives of our clients. If you would like to know more about how we can help with dental fears, or you know someone who could benefit from seeing us, please give us a call on 020 88884401.

Customer Service Training and Charity Fundraising

Elena, our practice manager and myself attended a 2 day conference in Manchester at the end of January. Here we learnt from the speakers and other dental professionals about ways to improve our customer service; new technologies in dentistry, how to improve our leadership skills and also about the importance of our health on our performance and how we can improve our patients’ general health as well as the health of their mouth.

Full concentration during the fantastic presentations

Full concentration during the fantastic presentations

We were very fortunate to learn from a wide range of speakers who are experts in their fields and who we would not usually have such an opportunity to learn from their knowledge.

Ketan giving a talk to 150 dental professionals About some of the things working well at  Brightside.

Ketan giving a talk to 150 dental professionals
About some of the things working well at




There was also charity dinner in support of Dental Mavericks who we regularly support in the practice and whom I have travelled to Morocco with twice to help ease the daily dental pain of children there. Over £10000 was raised for this fantastic charity.


Ketan on stage with Phil Olley seeing first hand how we can expand our comfort zones and achieve much more than we think

Ketan on stage with Phil Olley seeing first hand how we can expand our comfort zones and achieve much more than we think



After the event, we had a full afternoon annual team meeting to share what had been learned and to help plan the direction of the practice for the coming year. We’re really excited about 2017 and are sure you will see positive changes in the practice.




Give Your Mouth Some Lovin’ This Valentines

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, thus it is the perfect opportunity to take a closer look at our oral health. A simple smile is a great asset for attracting the perfect partner. What more if it would be that healthy bright smile!Givin' Your Mouth Some Lovin' this Month of Love

Here are some helpful guidelines for avoiding dental issues and making sure your teeth truly shine when you step out on the town with your date:

  • While bad breath can be a common after-effect of a great meal, it’s probably not that appealing to the person you’re sharing it with. Keep some floss in your pocket so that you can quickly get rid of food particles and pesky bacteria in the bathroom; then, pop in some sugar-free chewing gum to give your smile a fresh, appealing feel. If your bad breath persists even after the minty scent has worn off, though, that may mean it’s time for a checkup with your dentist.
  • Cross your fingers for chocolate on the big day! Solid chocolates don’t tend to stick to the teeth like more chewy treats too, making them better for your oral health. In fact, dark chocolate is an even better option, as it contains less sugar than milk chocolate!
  • It’s best to avoid gummy sweets, hard sweets, and sticky caramels, if possible. These can be a nightmare for your teeth. Instead, why not give your loved ones flowers, a card, or even a romantic dinner at home?
  • If you and your main squeeze just can’t stay away from the sweets, it’s best to enjoy a few with a meal or just after it in order to keep from constantly exposing your teeth to sugar and harmful bacteria. Also, be sure to drink water and practice a good, thorough oral hygiene routine afterwards!
  • Looking to surprise your sweetheart? Teeth whitening may be just the gift their smile needs to look its very best! At Brightside Dental, we can use this common cosmetic dentistry method to erase stubborn stains and improve the colour of your teeth by several shades. The systems we use, purely improve your smile without causing any damage to your teeth.

If you would like to know more about our teeth whitening solutions, give us a call on 020 88884401 or email us.

Are There Links Between Oral Health and Menopause?

A woman`s body is one of God`s most beautiful creation. The different stages of life: puberty, The Link Between Oral Health and Menopausemenses, pregnancy, and menopause have varied influences on oral health. During the menopause, women go through biological and endocrine changes, particularly in their sex steroid hormone production, affecting their health.

Here are some changes and potential problems in the mouth that may be associated with menopause:

  • Burning mouth syndrome. It’s a common cause of intense pain and can affect the tongue, lips, palate, gingival and areas of denture support.
  • Dry mouth. Decreasing oestrogen can cause mouth dryness.
  • Mucosal changes. Gums can bleed easily and appear pale, dry and shiny.
  • Women can become more susceptible to this destructive form of gum/periodontal disease following menopause.
  • Bone loss in the mouth may be related to osteoporosis.
  • Eating disorders. Psychological distress related to menopause can lead to improper eating habits in some women, including intentionally vomiting. These habits can cause trauma to the mouth, including erosion of tooth enamel.

Contact us if you have any of these concerns and would like some help to combat unwanted effects the menopause may have on the health of your mouth

Perils, Pitfalls and Problems of Dentures, Missing and Wobbly Teeth

There can be many causes of missing and wobbly teeth. Dental implants are the ideal solution for replacing missing teeth.

Here is our recent post about dental implants if you missed it:

Our offer of a FREE consultation (worth £95), plus 1 years free insurance if you go ahead with treatment (worth £80 per implant) runs until 31st January. Contact us now to arrange a consultation. The offer has been very popular and there are limited appointments available. implant voucher 1

Here are 13 of the most common questions we are asked about dental implant treatment. If you have one that is not covered here, please let us know and we will answer it for you.

1) Why Dental Implants?
Dental implants are widely recognised to be the most successful method of tooth replacement used today. Placed by specially trained dentists, implants and modern prosthetics are hard to tell apart from your natural teeth. The color, shape and contour of replacement teeth can be adapted to match that of your natural teeth. And with dental implants, healthy teeth do not have to be compromised.

2) When Are Implants Appropriate?
When one tooth or several teeth are missing, or when the whole jaw is completely without teeth. Various treatment processes and implant solutions are available that take the medical and personal needs of the patient into account. Our dentist will advise you on the optimal solution.

3) Are They Better For My Other Teeth?
With conventional dental bridges, adjacent teeth are used as anchors and must often be ground down. Dental implants eliminate this need and allow natural, healthy teeth to be preserved in their original state.

4) Will They Help Me Maintain My Appearance?
Maintaining your natural bone is one of the most important advantages of dental implants. With missing teeth, the bone begins to resorb over time. Significant bone loss can shrink the contours of the jawbone, causing wrinkled lips and a sunken mouth and chin. Dental implants can help counteract that by preventing resorption of the jawbone and stopping bone loss.

5) How Long Do They Last?
The latest implant solutions are very durable. They are more stable, more comfortable, and more functional than conventional dentures. And because dental implants are made of biocompatible materials, they are also more tolerated by the body. With proper care and good oral hygiene, a prosthetic solution will last for many years. A dental implant can actually last a lifetime.

6) Why Is Placing An Implant Recommended?
Dental implants ensure that the jawbone remains functional and help prevent further bone loss. This reduces the risk of a chain reaction, which, in the most extreme cases, can result in the loss of all teeth. Dental implant treatment can help restore your natural appearance, self-confidence and ability to eat the things you like.

7) Are They Stable?
The stable retention of implant solutions and implant-supported tooth replacements offers strength, reliability and durability similar to that of natural teeth. Crowns, bridges or dentures are securely anchored to integrated dental implants. This eliminates some of the main problems of conventional dentures: poor fit, gum irritation, pressure points, speech and taste impairment. The result is an aesthetically comfortable, reliable and stress-free solution.

8) What Material Are Implants Made Of?
Dental implants are made of commercially-pure titanium – a material proven to be accepted by living tissue (biocompatible). Adverse reactions to titanium are extremely rare.

9) Is Implant Treatment Unpleasant Or Even Painful?
No, implants are generally placed under local anesthesia. Placing the implants involves minimal discomfort for the patient.

10) Will I Be Able To Feel The Implant?
Once placed, implants cannot be felt. Titanium implants are completely biocompatible and very well-tolerated by the body. The same applies to all-ceramic replacement teeth.

11) What Are The Age Limitations For Implants?
Typically, implants are not placed in individuals whose jawbones have not yet fully developed. But, good health is a primary deciding factor. In healthy older adults, the prospects of success are virtually the same as for younger people.

12) What Does Tooth Replacement Cost?
Everyone is different. As a result, the cost of the implant procedure and preparation of the tooth replacement will differ as well. For this reason, it is not possible to give an all-inclusive cost estimate.

13) With Implants, How Long Do I Have To Wait For My New Teeth?
In ideal cases, some implants can be restored right after the implant is placed, during the same visit. This means that you can leave our practice with a temporary, or even permanent, prosthetic in place. In most cases, you will have to wait until the implant is sufficiently bonded to the bone.