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Brightside Smile Of The Month August 2019

Cosmetic teeth straightening and Enlighten whitening

Rosa came to Brightside Dental on the recommendation of family members who had seen us for treatment. She was unhappy with her smile and in particular the crooked upper teeth and also the colour. It impacted her confidence and meant she avoided smiling in public.

We looked at various treatment options and Rosa opted for cosmetic fixed braces which offer a simple and fast way to straighten teeth, with discreet and comfortable braces. The braces were in place for around 9 months and then the teeth were whitened over a 2 week period using the Enlighten Premium teeth whitening system.

Rosa was delighted with the end result and her new smile. She discusses her experience here:

If you would like to find out how we could help improve your smile, give us a call now on 020 88884401.


Treatment For Sensitive Teeth

In our last blog, we discussed some of the most common causes of sensitive teeth. You can see that here :

Treatment to help with sensitivity depends on the cause of the problem. A simple first line measure is to try using a desensitising toothpaste, of which there are various brands available, the most common ones being Sensodyne and Colgate. For some people, it may be a matter of trying more than one type as they may find that one has no impact and another could significantly help with the sensitivity as they have different ingredients within them. If the problem continues to persist, arrange a dental visit to have your mouth checked in case there are any underlying issues causing the sensitivity.

Brightside Dental’s principal dentist Ketan, discusses further treatment options here :

1) Tooth brushing wear: Over vigorous toothbrushing can lead to wear and recession of the gums. When brushing try and apply gentle pressure to the teeth and gums. If using a manual toothbrush, a medium or soft brush is best. Ideally, change to a battery powered toothbrush which can be kinder on the gums and less likely to lead to wear or damage.

2) Recession due to gum disease: Your daily oral hygiene habits are the single most important way to maintain the health of your gums, along with regular dental and hygiene visits to help you. Unfortunately once the bone has reduced and gums have receded, they won’t grow back so some of the other treatments mentioned below can help.

Fluoride gel can be applied by your dentist to help with sensitivity. This can be very effective but is a temporary measure. A densensitising varnish can be placed over any exposed roots to help seal nerve endings that can cause sensitivity. This is a simple treatment that can be very effective. Another option is to place fillings to cover the exposed roots. In some situations, gum surgery can be appropriate to help with sensitivity and also cosmetically.

3) Dental Decay : When these is decay within a tooth, it is often not painful or may start by being sightly sensitive. This could be treated with a filling or if very deep. root canal treatment may be required.

4) Acid erosion causes wear to the teeth : The first step to helping with this, is to find and reduce the underling cause, which is often due to diet – acidic food and drinks or health issues and medicines. Ideally the cause of the problem should be first eliminated or reduced, otherwise the problem is likely to continue or get worse. A desensitising toothpaste or high fluoride toothpaste or gel may help and it may be indicated to rebuild the worn areas on the teeth.

5) Dental Treatment : Sensitivity can occur soon after having dental treatment and usually should settle down within up to 2 weeks. You can try the above measures of a desensitising toothpaste.

6) Teeth Whitening: When carried out by a trained dental professional, whitening usually isn’t overly sensitive. If you do suffer from sensitivity in your teeth, let your dentist know and they will advise you the the best way to manage it. When carried out correctly, the sensitivity due to whitening should pass once the treatment is completed.

If you have any questions or concerns, give us a call on 020 88884401 to find out how we can help.

6 Reasons Your Teeth May Be Sensitive


Tooth sensitivity or root sensitivity is a very common and often treatable condition. If your teeth feel uncomfortable or painful after having acidic, cold, or sweet foods and drinks, then you have sensitive teeth. Simple oral healthcare routines like switching to a desensitising toothpaste can reduce the sensitivity issue. If the problem is severe or persistent, then its best to see a dentist to find the underlying cause and treat it.

Click to see Brightside Dental’s practice principal discuss causes of tooth sensitivity :

The following are 6 reasons which may make your teeth sensitive.

1. Brushing Teeth Forcefully – The use of a hard-bristled toothbrush and aggressively brushing your teeth exposes the tooth roots. This also damages the enamel of your tooth exposing the dentine located underneath the hard enamel causing discomfort while eating and drinking hot or cold items. Other than the cementum damage, over-brushing causes gum recession which exposes the soft parts of your tooth and nerve endings, which leads to pain and sensitivity. To prevent this, brush your teeth gently with a soft brush and if you are using a manual toothbrush, switch to an electric one which can be much kinder on your gums.

2. Dental Decay – If you have a cavity or dental decay affecting a tooth, this can often become sensitive when eating or drinking. However, please be aware that often there is no pain due to dental decay, even when it has progressed to an advanced stage.

3. Gum Disease and Recession – If you suffer from advanced gum (periodontal) disease this may lead to loss of supporting bone around your teeth and cause gum recession. If left untreated, this can cause infection, damage the surrounding tissue, and further degrade the bone structure of your teeth. Sometimes, it can also lead to receding gums i.e. loss of teeth. Other physical factors that lead to receding gums include misaligned teeth, grinding your teeth, tongue piercings, or damage from dental treatment.

4. Acid Damage – Intake of foods and drinks that are high in acid levels can cause tooth erosion. Foods high in acid levels are oranges, lemons, tomatoes, pickled products, and limes. Excessive drinking of drinks like fruit juice, wine, and sports and fizzy drinks can soften the enamel of your teeth. If you combine acidic foods with frequent brushing sessions, then the enamel erosion process quickens further.Acid erosion can also be caused from certain medical conditions; reflux; regurgitation; prolonged sickness or eating disorders.The common symptoms of tooth erosion are tooth discoloration and sensitivity.

5. Dental Treatments – Teeth can become sensitive following dental treatment, which may be hygienist or restorative dental treatment such as fillings, crown work or root canal. This will usually settle within a few days or 1-2 weeks. If not, do seek advice from your dentist.

6. Teeth Whitening – Teeth whitening is a simple procedure used to brighten teeth and freshen up your smile. The use of whitening products during teeth whitening can cause sensitivity. According to Reader’s Digest, almost 78% of people who undergo teeth whitening felt some tooth sensitivity. Most professionals use hydrogen peroxide to carry out this procedure. Many people feel the discomfort and sensitivity due to a chemical reaction that occurs within the tooth. During the procedure, you might feel tooth discomfort and temporary gum irritation as well. The only side effect that comes with it is the sensitivity, which is short term and fades away with time. Only carry out whitening after assessment with a qualified dental professional and under their advice as over the counter/internet kits and treatments offered by beauty salons are illegal and can often permanently damage your teeth.

See next weeks blog for advice of how to help manage and treat sensitivity.

Thanks to Emma Gill for contribution to this post.

Brightside Dental Smile Of The Month July 2019

Emma first came to Brightside Dental as she was unhappy with her smile. She had braces as a teenager but her teeth had moved out of line and it was impacting her confidence.

See Emma share her story:

As with many adults we see at the practice for teeth straightening, Emma’s teeth had moved following orthodontic treatment as a child. She opted for fixed cosmetic braces which as very discreet and much more comfortable than metal “train-track” braces. Treatment was completed within 9 months.   

At the end of treatment, Emma said the process was easier and faster than she had expected and she now has the confidence to smile for photos without covering her mouth.

Something that is very important following orthodontic treatment is to have retainers which can be fixed and/or removable. The purpose of these is to prevent unwanted movements of the teeth once they are straight. We recommend these should be worn for life, as otherwise you run the risk of the teeth moving again and over 60% of adults we see for teeth straightening have had some form of orthodontic treatment in the past.

For more information about our straight teeth solutions, visit

or call us on 020 88884401 to arrange a consultation to assess your suitability for our straight teeth systems.

Officially A Supercharged Dentist

I was on a training course titled “The Supercharged Dentist” recently and being part of a fast moving and ever changing profession, expected to come away from it learning about the latest gadgets and techniques for treating our patients.

Click to see a video with more about the course and learnings from it:

Instead, I was pleasantly surprised that between the various speakers, most of the content was not necessarily things I didn’t know but was presented in a way to change the thinking about approaches to dental treatment and communication with our patients and support teams such as dental laboratories.

As a result, we will be putting place a number of small changes in the way we work on a daily basis at Brightside Dental, which I believe will have a significant and positive impact on our patient care.

This applies to all of our lives and some of the things we don routinely and not just related to work. As an example, many of our patients see our dental hygienists on a regular basis. Often they know what they should be doing every day at home to maintain their mouth in the best way, however this doesn’t always happen – as LIFE gets in the way. By having some assistance and reinforcement on a regular basis, it is easier to keep good habits.

What other areas in your life could you make simple changes for the better?

If you have any questions or need further help or assistance, please give us a call on 020 88884401.

The Effects Of Alcohol On Teeth

When you’re out on a Friday or Saturday night, understandably the last thing on your mind is likely to be your teeth.

Most people are familiar with tooth decay and the causes of it – the main one being consumption of sugar containing food and drinks. However, if you’re out drinking and have drinks without added sugar, your teeth are still at risk from tooth erosion.

Most people are not aware or erosion affecting their teeth until it gets to an advanced level where the teeth may start looking smaller in size; look darker in colour due to loss of enamel or start becoming sensitive.

Brightside Dental’s practice principal Ketan discusses the issues further and advises on how you can protect your teeth :

Dental erosion is the wearing away of your teeth due to acidic things, which can either be from the food drinks you consume or sometimes other factors, such as illness or medications. A measure of acid levels is by pH. 7 is a neutral pH and anything below 5.5 will start to damage teeth.The lower the pH of a drink, the more chance your teeth have of eroding. Beer has a pH of 4-5; wine has a pH of 2-4; Coke’s pH is 2.7 and a gin & tonic 2.2. Sparkling mineral water comes in at 3.7.

What Can You Do To Help Protect Your Teeth?

  • Stick to plain water which is pH neutral. This may not be a feasible option and is a bit boring
  • If you have low pH drinks, limit the frequency of intake and avoid sipping on drinks for a long period of time as the acidic levels in your mouth will remain high
  • Drink plenty of water in between alcoholic drinks as this will reduce the acidic levels and also stimulate saliva production, which is protective of your teeth
  • Drink through a straw as the liquid will be in contact less with your teeth
  • Don’t brush your teeth for at least 30 minutes after drinking as you may do more damage
  • Chew sugar free gum in between drinks to improve saliva flow and reduce acid levels faster
  • Eat foods that stimulate saliva flow such as nuts or vegetables
  • Avoid alcoholic drinks that also contain sugar as then you run the risk of erosion of the teeth as well as dental decay
  • Use a toothpaste that helps protect teeth against acid erosion

If you would like further advice, give us a call on 020 88884401.


What Are The Signs & Symptoms And Treatments For A Cracked Tooth?

There can be a number of different causes of a cracked tooth and it is important to know that many of us naturally have small cracks within our teeth, which often will never be an issue. However concerns occur when cracks cause damage to our teeth or lead to pain.  

Brightside Dental’s principal dentist Ketan discusses the subject here :

The main things that can cause a crack within a tooth are:

-Having a large filling which makes the rest of the tooth weaker and can cause the tooth to crack. This is generally seen more commonly with amalgam(metal fillings) compared with composite(tooth coloured) fillings because the metal is stronger than the natural tooth

-Trauma to a tooth caused by an accident or fall; sporting injury; or being involved in a fight

-Excess repeated pressure from tooth grinding (or bruxism)

-Eating particularly hard foods such as nuts, ice, hard sweets or biting into a bone

– Using your teeth for things they are not designed for such as opening bottles and tearing clothes tags

The main symptoms of a cracked tooth:

-Pain on biting or chewing that usually lasts a very short time

-Pain that comes and goes but usually doesn’t last any extended period of time

-Swelling and possible soreness of the gum around a tooth

-Sensitivity especially to hot; cold; and or sweet things

-Part of a tooth moving with pressure   

Treatment options for a cracked tooth:

Treatment will largely depend on how severe the problem is and how much the symptoms bother you. You would need to seek advice of a dentist to be able to correctly diagnose the problem and advise on the treatment options that would be suitable for you. Sometimes a cracked tooth can be very difficult to diagnose as the crack may be deep within the tooth or underneath an existing restoration so would not be visible directly in the mouth and often not on a X-ray.

  1. No treatment – this would be based upon the symptoms and diagnosis as to whether would be appropriate
  2. Composite bonding to fill and seal the crack
  3. Removal of existing restoration if present then to investigate the tooth and remove part of all of the crack and restore with a temporary or definitive filling and review to see if the symptoms settle
  4. Root canal treatment – if the crack has reached the nerve (pulp) of the tooth this may be necessary because a normal filling won’t help
  5. Crown. A crown may be placed either as a stand-alone treatment or following root canal treatment. The purpose of this is to protect the tooth and balance the forces on the tooth when eating
  6. Extraction. This may be necessary if the crack has progressed so deep within the tooth that it’s unrestorable

At Brightside Dental, we try and follow treatment in order of the above list where possible so that the least invasive treatment is carried out to resolve the problem and if it doesn’t settle, we may consider moving on to the next option. However, can’t go backwards the other way – won’t a tooth is extracted, there is no gong back!

If you would like any advice or wish to make an appointment, call us on 020 88884401.

Brightside Dental Smile Of The Month June 2019

Miriam has been coming to Brightside for many years for her dental care. In 2009, we replaced some failing crowns and fillings with 4 new crowns.

Before treatment in 2009



After crowns in 2009








Around 2015, one of the crowned teeth had some issues due to gum problems which meant it moved out of position and needed to be extracted. Miriam had a denture for a few years, which she never got on well with.

She had considered dental implant treatment, but was scared of the treatment being painful. After many discussions, she finally made the decision to go ahead with the dental implant.

Miriam shares her story here:

The treatment went very smoothly and Miriam was overjoyed with the outcome of treatment, with her main regret (one we regularly experience) is that she wished she had gone ahead sooner with the treatment.

If you would like to know more about our options for replacing missing teeth please call us on  020 88884401.


Health And Care Awareness In The Community

Brightside Dental’s practice principal Ketan was a volunteer at the recent Oshwal Health and Care Awareness Fair in Potters Bar. It was a full day event to promote and educate about physical and mental health and well being. There were over 350 volunteers helping out on the day and over 3000 people attended the event.

Ketan speaks from the event:

There were various stands and stalls from medical professionals, alternative practitioners, exercise and diet and lifestyle advisers; along with talks throughout the day on a wide range of relevant topics from experts in their field; plus careers advice for younger members of the community.

On the dental side, there were 18 dentists at the event who provided general dental health advice; along with careers advice and diagnostic screening for mouth cancer and general dental issues. Almost 150 patients were seen throughout the day. Some people hadn’t been to a dentist for many years and others were regular attenders who wanted some advice or a second opinion.

The event was a huge success, which was hugely rewarding for the organisers who had spent many months planning the day.

Speaking to many of the patients highlighted that they were not always clear about the problems that had been raised by their dentist to them or of the treatment options available.

If you are a patient of ours and we haven’t been clear on our recommendations to you and you need clarification, or if you haven’t seen us before and would like a second opinion, give us a call on 020 88884401.

Brightside Dental At The Dentistry Show 2019

The Dentistry Show took place in Birmingham on the 17th and 18th of May. It’s the biggest dental trade show of the year and Brightside’s principal dentist Ketan attended. Here’s some insights from him:

The show is a mixture of stands with dental suppliers exhibiting their services and latest products. It’s a great opportunity to learn about the latest innovations in dentistry, along with lectures and interactive sessions giving an opportunity to refresh knowledge and learn about the latest things happening in the dental world. There was even a Christmas themed stand in May!

At Brightside Dental, we will be making a number of changes within the practice and introducing ways to make out patients interactions with us easier and more enjoyable over the coming months. Keep posted for these and we hope you will notice positive changes within the practice.