Bradley and Partners
St Peters House, 2 St Peters Lane,
Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2BP

Restoration Of Neglected Teeth

It’s never too late to turn the tide on poor oral health.

Tooth crownHopefully, even in these troubled times, our Canterbury patients are still making sure to look after their teeth as well as they can.

The upcoming weeks may be a challenge for many of us and some potentially harmful habits may result from our dramatic change in lifestyle and routine.

Boredom might be a problem for many people and, especially if you are using the time to watch a lot of TV and films, reaching into your chocolate and sweet supplies might be very tempting.

A lack of regular routine may also mean that we skip cleaning our teeth if we are used to doing it before we leave for work and are no longer doing so. The usual ‘rules’ for healthy teeth apply. Please watch what you eat and clean and floss your teeth regularly.

With a little luck, this period of relative isolation should be short, but oral health neglect often lasts for much longer. This may be due to a poor understanding of oral health care or even a fear of visiting the dentist. However badly you have looked after your teeth though, it is never too late to start to return them to better health. At Bradley and Partners Dental and Implant Clinic in Canterbury, we offer a range of treatments that can be used to restore your teeth following a long period of neglect.

Hygienist services

Even if you look after your teeth well, some bacterial and mineral deposits will build up in places around the teeth and gum line. If you have neglected them, this will be much worse. Along with any obvious and noticeable problems such as bad breath, you could also be suffering from gum disease. This is not only be unpleasant for the patient, with sore and bleeding gums a possibility, but in its advanced stage, can cause teeth to become loose and even fall out. This is due to damage to the supportive bone structure.

Our hygienist can help to reverse this if caught early enough, with a straightforward and non-invasive treatment called a ‘scale and polish’. This removes the tartar from the teeth and gum line. However, if the disease has reached below the gum line, you may also need to see a suitably qualified dentist for a deep clean, below the surface of the gums.

Fillings

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Introducing Our Dental Team – George Mathioudakis

A quick look at the roles of team members here at Bradley and Partners Dental and Implant Clinic, Canterbury.

Dentist with x-raySince opening in 1880, our Canterbury dental clinic has seen many changes including, of course, members of staff. The methods of treating patients will have changed dramatically in that time as well; something that our patients would definitely appreciate if they could travel back in time!

The training, skills and experience of our dentists now means that most dental problems of all types can be effectively treated within our practice. Our clinical team is trained in general dentistry, but as you might expect, most dentists have fields in which they are particularly interested too.

In today’s blog, we take a look at some of the treatments that Dr George Mathioudakis who joined us in 2005 as a full time associate, previously practicing in Athens, Greece, can provide.

George has two areas of particular interest which we will take a look at now. They are restorative dentistry and endodontics.

Restorative dentistry

Most of us are probably familiar with some restorative dental treatments, with fillings being the most widely used. These are used where tooth decay has occurred and is used to fill the decayed area either with traditional amalgam or, increasingly, with a more natural coloured ‘composite’ filling.

Another common way to restore a tooth is the use of a dental crown. These are generally used where a tooth has suffered either decay or has fractured or broken to a degree that it can’t be restored using a filling. Produced in both shade and shape to match the patient’s other teeth, they help to protect the tooth from further decay, whilst also adding a significant level of strength to the affected tooth, helping the patient to eat normally again. They are also often used in both of George’s particular areas of interest, the restoration of dental implants and root canal treatment.

Endodontics

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Taking Care Of Teenage Teeth

This stage of life can be problematic for young teeth

tooth painAs parents, we do the best that we can when our children are younger, to make sure that they look after their teeth well. We encourage (and probably ‘nag’ a little) to get them to brush their teeth both morning and night.

Indeed some of us may wish that we had received the same encouragement when we were younger, as we may have grown up with less than healthy teeth ourselves.

Providing that we are diligent with this and supervise and encourage them not to eat too much sugar, most of our children will arrive at the teenage years with at least a reasonably healthy set of teeth, many of which will be their final adult set. Once the ‘teens’ start though, it can be a different matter altogether and things can start to go awry.

Early teens

As we probably know from our own experience, our early teens are where we really start to exert our own independence.  This is a natural part of growing up but it does come with many potential pitfalls, and this applies to our oral health as well. As adults, we may have been able to push our children to clean their teeth and keep an eye open to make sure that they were doing so when younger, but it becomes increasingly difficult to do so as they grow up. When they say they have cleaned their teeth, we generally have to believe them.

As they get older, it isn’t just neglect that can cause problems for their teeth and gums, but other factors come into play too.

Mid to late teens

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Sports And Exercise Following Dental Implant Placement

How long after implant placement can you resume your usual physical activities?

Single dental implantWhere once, physical activities were largely found at organised sports clubs, seeing someone jogging along the road or cycling as exercise is a very common occurrence these days. Add to that, those that go to gyms or exercise at home on fitness machines and it seems that some of us at least, are seeking a healthier lifestyle than before.

Exercise is good for us, and very few people doubt that anymore. When we start, it makes sense to continue as much as we can, avoiding it only when we are ill or injured. A general dental treatment such as a large filling or extraction may mean that it is advisable to rest for a day or so before resuming exercise. When having dental implants placed at Bradley and Partners Dental and Implant Clinic though, patients sometimes ask us about when they can resume exercising. Let’s take a look below.

Immediate post surgery care

Elsewhere in our blog we have covered immediate aftercare of a dental implant when it comes to cleaning and eating. Once the implant has been placed though, is it OK to start exercising again the same, or next day?

We strongly advise against this and indeed it is unlikely that you will want to exercise for a few days anyway. The procedure does require some minor surgery, so you may feel soreness and even a little discomfort for a few days afterwards. Because of localised trauma caused by the procedure, we do recommend that you rest for a few days to allow yourself time to recover properly and also allow the wound to heal. Even gentle exercise may cause some jarring and therefore some discomfort in the area of the procedure. It may also slow down the initial healing process.

Resuming exercise

After a few days rest, you might be itching to get your running shoes back on, hoping to pick up from where you left off. This should be thought through carefully and will depend, to some extent, on the type of sport or exercise that you do.

The following is general guidance for participants and we do still recommend that you discuss this with your Canterbury implant dentist before resuming any sporting activity.

Running and jogging

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Oral Problems Resulting From Trapped Food

Even if you brush your teeth well, lingering food debris can still cause problems….

Oral inspectionFrom a very young age, we are taught by our parents to brush our teeth well. The way that we do this will change over time as techniques develop and new technologies, such as electric toothbrushes, come into being.

Making this a habit twice a day every day is the foundation of good oral health care. Too often though, parents forget to tell their children how to clean between the teeth.

Whilst toothbrush bristles will, to some extent, help to clean in the spaces between the teeth, there are areas that are almost certain to be missed. Without making an effort to remove the small pieces of food that become trapped there, along with the accompanying bacteria, tooth decay and gum disease are likely to follow.

With this in mind, we asked our hygienist at  Bradley and Partners Dental and Implant Clinic to offer advice on the various ways that patients can help to clean between their teeth.

Water

A good start to removing trapped food is to swill our mouths with water after we have eaten. This won’t remove all of the food and bacteria but it will help to remove the bulk of it. This is especially useful at times when you won’t be carrying out your usual brushing routine for a few hours, such as at lunch time.

Mouthwash

As above, swilling mouthwash around the mouth and spitting will help to remove some food and bacteria from between the teeth. Some mouthwashes have additional antibacterial properties which may also help. There are some brands that also use an effervescent which ‘fizzes’ and expands and can help remove tiny trapped particles more effectively than those which don’t have this property. It is important to remind our Canterbury patients though, that the use of mouthwash should be additional to, and never a replacement for brushing your teeth well.

Toothpicks

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Are You Looking For An Improved Smile in 2020?

Our Canterbury based dental team can help you to achieve your aims.

People smiling with great teethIt is not only the start of a new year, but the start of a new decade too, and what better way to go into this new era with a smile that you are proud to show off to the world. You may think that your current smile is a long way off this at the moment, but cosmetic dentistry can really change it for the better and often boost your confidence too!

Everybody is different, and some patients may require a relatively varied course of treatments to achieve their aims, whilst others may only need a single treatment. The best way to assess your options is to arrange a no obligation consultation with one of the cosmetic dentists at Bradley and Partners Dental and Implant Clinic.

Let’s start by taking a look at some of the treatments that we currently have available to help you.

Dental implants

With our own laboratory, and a wealth of experience in our team, we are well placed to be able to offer dental implants to any of our Canterbury patients who have missing teeth or are unhappy with their current replacements. Dental implants are now a well established and highly effective way of replacing missing teeth and have a number of advantages over other methods.

Teeth implants are not only long lasting, with a typical lifespan of 20 years or more with good care, but they are also straightforward to look after. No more messy cleaning rituals as with dentures; you can simply treat them as though they are natural teeth. In addition to this, implants not only replace the crown part of a tooth, but the root too, helping to prevent bone loss from occurring in that area of the jaw.

Orthodontics

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Take Care Of Your Teeth This Christmas

Have fun, but don’t let overindulgence compromise your oral health!

Woman flossing teethChristmas is just around the corner and it’s a great time of year when we can get together with family and friends. Many of us will probably let our hair down a little more than usual and perhaps suffer the consequences the next morning!

Of course there is nothing wrong with enjoying ourselves at this time of the year, but it is important that we don’t let our teeth and gums suffer because of it.

There are a few things that we sometimes do (or don’t do) over the holiday period that could have a detrimental effect on our mouth health. So in today’s blog, we offer our Bradley and Partners Dental and Implant Clinic, tooth friendly guide to Christmas!

Snack healthily

If you have been around the shops in Canterbury, you can’t help but have noticed all the extra sugary goodies on sale. Whether sweets, chocolates, cakes or biscuits, all that additional sugar is not good for our teeth (or our waistline).

Instead of the extra chocolates and sweets, why not snack on more tooth friendly foods such as nuts, cheese and vegetable dips over the holiday period? Chocolate can be very nice but we can have too much of a good thing. As we know, high sugar consumption is very likely to lead to tooth decay if it continues over a period of time.

Cigarettes and alcohol

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Cfast Braces – What Are They And Am I A Suitable Candidate?

Are you looking to improve a crooked smile? This orthodontic system might be for you!

Dentist with x-rayA lot gets written about Invisalign braces, and for good reason. They are discreet, comfortable and removable for eating and cleaning. They are useful for a range of treatments, including more complex straightening; for example involving the teeth towards the rear of the mouth that you don’t generally see.

Although they are excellent, there are other systems which might be considered to be more suitable where more minor corrections are needed.

Although the Bradley and Partners Dental and Implant Clinic prefers that all teeth are straight so patients have a correct bite; understandably, it is those who have a visibly crooked smile that are most likely to seek out orthodontic treatment at our Canterbury clinic.

The ‘social six’ smile

Few people see our back teeth when we smile and therefore it is not surprising that patients focus on straightening the front six top and bottom teeth. These are known in dental circles as the ‘social six’. Even a single crooked tooth at the front can detract from an otherwise attractive smile and for this reason, there are orthodontic systems available that are designed specifically for this particular problem.

Partially because teeth at the front of our mouth are single rooted, these are easier to correct and don’t take as long as rear teeth. For this reason, some orthodontics, including Invisalign, may not be the most appropriate treatment for this purpose.

Naturally, we will need to examine your teeth to determine the best treatment plan, but one of the most common treatments that we use at our Canterbury practice for this purpose is Cfast braces.

Cfast is a widely used ‘wire and bracket’ approach to teeth straightening. The components are made in tooth-coloured materials to make them as discreet as possible. These work by applying gentle pressure to the teeth, encouraging them towards their desired position. It should be noted that these are suitable only for cosmetic purposes and other options may need to be considered where functional issues are a concern.

Why Cfast and some frequently asked questions

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Making The Most Of Our Hygienist Services In Canterbury

How our Canterbury patients benefit from regular oral hygiene visits

Dental hygiene check upFor most people, a trip to the dentist twice a year for a checkup, combined with brushing their teeth at home, is the extent of their oral health care regime.

This is a very good start for sure, but if you follow this regime alone, you are missing out on a great opportunity to have a really healthy mouth.

At Bradley and Partners Dental and Implant Clinic, we are firm believers in preventative dental care and one of the best ways to achieve this is by seeing the hygienist on a six monthly basis.

This is an inexpensive and effective way of preventing many common dental problems and helping patients change the way that they look after their teeth and gums for the better.

What does a dental hygienist do?

The role of the dental hygienist is mainly twofold. They have a physical role to play in keeping your teeth and gums clean through a procedure called a ‘scale and polish’ but they also play an educational role which enables patients to look after their teeth and oral health in general.

The scale and polish procedure

When we brush and floss our teeth well, we remove much of the residual food debris and bacteria that can lead to problems like decay and gum disease. It is almost inevitable though, that however well we clean them, some will remain attached to the teeth and gum line, especially in those areas that can be difficult to clean ourselves.

These bacteria will form a hard ‘crust’ on our teeth and gums that can only be removed by the hygienist. If you run your tongue over your teeth and they feel rough, this is very likely to be this hardened bacteria and mineral deposit which we call ‘tartar’. This rough surface then attracts more bacteria as the roughness of the surface makes it easier to stick to. Over time, tartar will damage teeth and gums if not removed.

The scale and polish procedure comes in three parts….

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Planning Cosmetic Treatment For The Festive Season

Facial aesthetics & cosmetic dentistry – get ready for those Christmas & New Year celebrations!

Patient after cosmetic dentistryYou may not have given too much thought to Christmas yet, or perhaps just started to get ready, buying in food and maybe a few Christmas presents as well.

In the rush for Christmas though, we may sometimes have a tendency to forget ourselves and how ‘we’ can make the most of it, as well as for our friends and family.

One aspect of Christmas and the New Year that we sometimes don’t spend too much time planning for are the parties and social gatherings that happen at this time of year. We may be pleased when they are all over and we can put our feet up, but most of us enjoy them and want to look our best when we attend. This is where our Canterbury based professional team can help!

The importance of planning

When we are going to a party, we can open our wardrobes and slip on the garment of our choice, but when it comes to changing our appearance though, we need to plan in advance. With this in mind, let’s take a look at the two main options available to help you here at Bradley and Partners Dental and Implant Clinic.

Facial treatments

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