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National Stop Snoring Week 2021

National Stop Snoring Week takes place from April 19th to 23rd this year. The purpose of the event is to promote awareness about snoring and that, contrary to popular belief, it can often be treated.

The sound of snoring,  is often very loud and can be irritating and annoying for the partner (and possibly neighbours) of the snorer. Some levels of snoring can reach over 100db, which is similar in sound to that of a motorbike or drill.

Sleep deprivation from snoring can leave you feeling tired and sleepy during the day, suffering from a lack of concentration, as well as being bad tempered and generally irritable. It can also have an impact on your general heath and the function of systems and organs in the body. Even if you manage to sleep an adequate number of hours, the quality of sleep can be poor.

Many partners put up with snoring, however many get to the point where they end up sleeping in a separate room.

A more serious snoring-related condition is Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA). This is where the snorer stops breathing for a period of time and is a much more serious condition. If you suspect this is happening, seek the advice of a doctor or dentist immediately.

There can be many causes of snoring, which, when known, make it easier to treat. Some are based on lifestyle. For example, obesity, smoking and alcohol all significantly increase the chance of snoring.

There are various solutions to try and help stop snoring, from improving lifestyle to surgical treatments. At Brightside Dental, we custom make anti-snoring devices which consistently have great results. Find more information here

See what impact the Sleepwell device has had for Dean :

He used to spend £50 every few months on off the shelf and online products and now has a much more cost-effective, comfortable, well-fitting solution which stops his snoring, helps his sleep and keeps his wife happy!

If you would like to find out more about your (or your partners!) suitability for treatment give us a call on 020 88884401.

Brightside Dental Smile Of The Month April 2021

Susan came to Brightside (very reluctantly) for the first time, having been recommended to us by her cousin Brenda. Brenda saw us, having avoided the dentist for 30 years and for Susan it was over 15 years, having previously had her dental treatment carried out whilst in the military.

She had various bad experiences and finally got to the point where she was too unhappy with her smile not to do anything about it and the push from her cousin finally gave her the confidence to book an appointment.

Susan’s main fears were around the noises and in particular the drill. Extensive treatment was carried out by Brightside’s principal dentist Ketan and Clinical Dental Technician Caroline, including:

  • hygiene treatment
  • extractions
  • fillings
  • crown work
  • teeth whitening
  • denture work
  • composite bonding

Much of the treatment was carried out using intravenous sedation to make the experience more comfortable and pleasant. Find out more about sedation here: https://www.brightsidedental.co.uk/sedation-dentistry-bounds-green.html

Susan now has a smile she is happy with and is more confident about visiting the dentist and will now be attending regularly as part of Brightside’s Membership Club https://www.brightsidedental.co.uk/dental-payment-plan.html

If you have a friend or family member who is nervous or super scared of visiting the dentist, please encourage them to visit us and we are confident we will be able to put them at ease and meet their dental needs.

Please contact us on 020 88884401 or email: [email protected]

Easter Tips For Dental Health

Whilst chocolate eggs and sweets can be fun and tempting during Easter,
increased amounts can lead to tooth decay. Over Easter, it is important to
balance enjoying sweets and protecting the long-term oral health of you
and your family.

Here are 6 Dental Health Tips for you this Easter:

1) Choose Your Sweet Treats Wisely. Sticky sweets stick to your teeth and
wreak havoc on your enamel for longer. Try and choose sweets that won’t
stick to your teeth as easily and has lower acidic components.

2) Don’t Graze Throughout The Day. Try to eat your sweets treats with a meal.
If possible, have some fruits after you chow down on chocolate. The texture
of some fruits and vegetables such as apples and celery can help clean some
of the plaque and bacteria from your teeth. Just leave some time for your
mouth to neutralize the acids formed by the bacteria in your mouth after
eating the sweets.

3) Remember To Rinse. Brushing immediately after every meal can be harmful
to your enamel and encourage acids to attack. Rinsing with water is the best
thing to do after eating sweet treats.

4) Chew Sugarfree Gum. Chewing sugar free gum for 15-20 minutes can
stimulate saliva production which helps neutralize the acidic compounds in
your mouth.

5) Stay Hydrated. When your mouth is dry, it will not produce enough
saliva that is needed to neutralize acids in your mouth. Drinking
plenty of water throughout the day is a great way to ensure
your mouth is free from cavity-causing bacteria.

6) Practice Good Oral Hygiene. Brush your teeth twice daily
for at least two minutes with fluoridated toothpaste and
floss every day. You may also want to make
appointments for your entire family so your
dentist can thoroughly check to make sure that
you don’t have tooth decay or signs of gum
disease once the Easter eggs are gone.

Wishing you a lovely Easter break from all the Brightside Team

Join The Brightside Club 😃

Over the last year, lockdown has changed all our lives and disrupted our usual routines and schedules.

The combination of an increase in stress levels and interrupted dental appointments has meant that we are now seeing many patients with a deterioration in the health of their mouth. This includes gum issues which, without the appropriate attention, can lead to dental problems, pain and costly treatment. 

The good news is that by getting back to the right support from our dentists and hygienists to complement your homecare regime, you can rectify any dental issues you may now have.

Join The Brightside Club

You are invited to take this opportunity to join our Brightside Healthy Mouth For Life Membership Club. We believe this is the ideal solution to give you a healthy mouth and enjoy all the benefits this provides.

Learn about The Club Here

As you’ll see, you can select from various membership options to suit your needs. Plus our club membership fees have not been affected by the price increases that have taken place since the Coronavirus pandemic, including for emergency visits and dental hygiene treatments. So you benefit from additional savings when you join the club.

Here’s the evidence…

See what our patient Judy has to say about being a Brightside member:

Act quickly and benefit from immediate savings!

To discuss which membership level would be best for you or to sign up, just email the practice at [email protected] or call our friendly reception team on 020 88884401.

We look forward to welcoming you to our club!

Brightside Dental Smile Of The Month March 2021

Pratima first visited Brightside, having had ongoing issues with her teeth for a number of years. She had had various treatments carried out by her local dentist and also some treatment in hospital.

She was unhappy that over the years she had lost a number of teeth to the point where she was finding it difficult to eat. It was also affecting her confidence especially in social situations.

We carried out a full assessment and looked at various treatment options with Pratima. It was decided to restore the gaps on the lower left and lower right side of her mouth with dental implants and to rebuild her front teeth which had become very worn over time as a result of taking additional pressure when eating due to the lack of teeth at the back of the mouth.

Treatment was planned and carried out by Brightside’s oral surgeon and implantologist Dr Shahrokh Navaee and Principal Dentist Ketan Shah.

The process was more complex as some Pratima’s teeth had been missing for many years which had led to significant bone loss and the need for bone grafting to ensure the best support for the dental implants before they were placed.

Following the bone grafting, the dental implants were placed 3 months later, and the upper and lower front teeth were rebuilt with composite restorations which were completed in one visit.

Just before we were due to start the crown and bridgework, we entered lockdown due to Covid-19. This led to a five month pause in continuing the treatment. Fortunately, Pratima had no problems during this period and we were able to complete the treatment as originally planned and just with a slight delay.

Pratima was very happy with the outcome of the treatment and is now enjoying being able to eat all her favourite foods as well as being able to smile confidently again.

Pratima shares her story here:

If you would like to find out how we could help improve your smile and restore your ability to eat or if you would like to know more about dental implants, please contact us to request a FREE copy of our guide to dental implants .

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

We are currently offering limited FREE* Invisalign virtual consultations for our patients. Book here now: https://brightsidedental.info/optin1590657987970

*Fully refundable deposit taken to secure booking

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