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  1. Why do you keep asking me about my medical history?!

    Recently many of our patients have been using our new Clinipad tablets to fill out a fresh medical history. For some it has been a little bit tricky and we thank you for your patience! Once you have filled it in once next time the information you have entered will be there just for you to check. By using the tablets, we hope to save paper and reduce the time spent scanning the sheets into your records.

    We need you to fill out a new medical history once a year that you have signed. Why is this? Well firstly to comply with safe practice but also to ensure our medical records for you are accurate and correct. If we just ask you if there has been any change it is very easy to say yes, all the same and forget a new medication/change.

    So why is your medical history important and relevant to your dental care? Well your mouth is an important part of your body. General health affects your mouth and vice versa. Some illnesses or conditions have a direct impact on your mouth, others a more subtle effect.

    Saliva is important for keeping our mouths clean and neutralises acid from plaque bacteria. Over 500 medications can reduce your saliva. If we know you are at risk from dry mouth we can help you manage it. Also, we can help you to reduce the risks of dry mouth particularly tooth decay.

    Many people are on medication that “thins” your blood and so increase the time it takes to clot. Your dentist needs to know about this, so you can be treated appropriately, especially if you need an extraction.

    Gum disease is a condition that we spend a lot of time at the practice helping you fight. Ill health, some medications, hormones and so on can affect your gums.

    You may be on medication for osteoporosis. These drugs affect the turnover of bone throughout the body. This can affect healing after oral surgery procedures, so we need to know about these.

    If you are diabetic this may cause you to modify your diet and so may put you at higher risk of decay. Diabetes also increase your gum disease risk.

    Many of us are allergic to various things. If we know about your allergies we can provide safe treatment and prescribe appropriately if you need some antibiotics.
    Smoking and alcohol we ask you about both as these are risk factors for oral cancer.

    So, informing your dentist of your general health is important. Work with your dental team and think of your dentist as a mouth doctor rather than a tooth fixer.
    If you have any questions about your oral health do get in touch with us at Lindley Dental

    Sharon Jardine
    Principal Dentist
    Lindley Dental

  2. Jackie Smith – OHE March Blog

    At Lindley dental we have 2 nurses who are qualified oral health educators. This month the blog is from one of them Jackie Smith:

    As an oral educator at Lindley Dental I enjoy promoting good oral health to our patients, teaching them good oral hygiene and tooth friendly diet.

    I recently organised and ran an oral health day for children during February half term. I spent time emphasising our three oral health messages: Brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, avoid sugary drinks and snacks plus visit your dentist twice year.

    During the oral health day, I ran some fun activities and showed top tips for tooth brushing. The children were advised to brush twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste, always before bedtime and on one other occasion, also to spit but don’t rinse. I always ask parents to supervise their children’s tooth brushing until they are at least seven years old.

    I will talk about how different sweet foods and drinks can cause holes in teeth and by limiting their frequency we can stop this from happening. I always encourage a healthier snack choice.
    By encouraging regular attendance for routine dental health checks we can see how much the tooth brushing has improved as well as looking for holes in the teeth and checking any changes in the diet.

    The children always go away with a goody bag and a “smile on their face”

  3. Dental implants are continuing to revolutionise the way we solve the problem of losing teeth!

    No longer do patients need to put up with loose or annoying dentures, and the adjacent teeth don’t have to be compromised to make a bridge. It gives me great satisfaction to see patients returning year after year, following dental implant treatment, commenting how much it has helped them. They’ve been able to enjoy their food more and have confidence in their smiles again. The most significant benefits I’ve seen however, are to those patients with no teeth left at all, whereby as few as two implants can provide support to a denture, which can quite simply be life changing.

    2017 was a busy year for dental implants for me. I managed to complete my Masters in Dental Implantology with a Distinction! It was the culmination of several years of hard work and research, building on the knowledge I already had from previous courses and experience with dental implants. Near the end of last year, I also completed another course in advanced bone grafting techniques, which should allow me to help more patients, including those that have previously been told they may not be able to have implants due to a lack of bone.

    I am hoping 2018 will be a big year for us as well as we intend to start taking on referrals for implant treatment from other local dentists who don’t place implants themselves. It is a very privileged position when not only patients, but fellow professionals see the quality in my work which allows them to trust me to help care for their patients.

    So, if 2018 is to be the year you consider dental implants give us a call or e -mail.
    The initial appointment to find out more is free of charge.
    01484 425192 implants@lindleydental.co.uk

    Karl Walker – Finch

  4. Teeth Straightening for the New You

    As the new year approaches, we find ourselves enjoying the festivities and having those good times and creating ever-lasting memories with family and friends.

    It is also the time we think about our new year’s resolutions and aspirations, maybe a new project we always wanted to start, or maybe some aspects within ourselves we always wanted to improve on…

    So why not let teeth straightening and a more confident smile be one of those aspirations to aim for?

    I am going to try and briefly explain what we provide here at Lindley Dental to make you achieve the smile you always wanted but probably never made the first step to achieve this…

    Teeth alignment (also known as orthodontic treatment) is one of the most common ways that people use to improve their smile to achieve straighter teeth and create a more confident smile that reflects a more confident you. After all we are always drawn socially to those perfectly aligned teeth that unfortunately nature doesn’t always intend.

    Here at Lindley Dental, we always strive to provide the most up-to-date systems and dental techniques for our patients and our dentist Haider provides the option of teeth straightening to those who are suitable using the specialist-led Quick Straight Teeth system.

    Some questions our patients ask us regarding teeth straightening?

    Who can have braces?

    People of any age can have braces. Yes, that is true. You don’t have to be teenager for treatment to work and it is certainly never too late to look into having the perfectly aligned teeth you always hoped for.

    What is the Quick Straight Teeth system?

    It is an orthodontic (usually fixed braces) system designed by a number of UK-based orthodontic specialists to be used by general dentists to help their patients in their own practices achieve the teeth alignment and the smile they always wished for. It is for patients who require alignment of the anterior (front teeth) within certain limits and exceptions.

    What kind of cases do you usually treat?

    Cases we usually see in our practice are crowded teeth that are tilted out of place.

    Some cases can also be spaced out teeth and teeth that are rotated out of place.
    As with any orthodontic systems used by general dentists, not all patients can be treated and this depends on the complexity of the case and the teeth movement required to achieve the teeth alignment desired.

    We can advise you of whether you’re suitable to be treated at our practice or whether a specialist referral is needed.

    Do you use metal wires?

    The system uses tooth coloured (ceramic) brackets that are fixed to teeth and an option of tooth-coloured wires is also available. The braces are a lot more discrete compared to the average metal (train track) wires/brackets.

    How long does treatment take?

    Of course, this varies widely but in most cases teeth straightening is carried out within 6 months of commencement of treatment. However, in certain cases as little as 3 months is needed. In some cases, the treatment may take longer than 6 months depending on many variables.

    How much does the treatment cost?

    This depends widely on the expected time needed to complete the case and we are happy to give you a tailored quote for treatment cost depending on what you would like to improve. This quote usually includes everything from fixed and removable retainers (to maintain the end result) as well as teeth whitening trays and gel too.

    As an example, a case we completed recently of both upper and lower teeth that took around 6 months to complete was an investment of £2600 to the patient.

    How often do I need to see you during the treatment?

    We usually see patients once every three to four weeks from the date the braces are fitted to the day the braces are removed and the treatment is finalised.

    Is there anything else I need to consider?

    There are many points we discuss before embarking on treatment and we usually provide you with an information and consent pack for you to have a detailed understanding of the treatment you would like to have prior to starting anything.

    A case treated recently (lower brace only)

    Close-up of Ceramic tooth-coloured brace

    After treatment with fixed retainer

    I hope the details above may provide some understanding of what can be provided here at Lindley Dental and demystifies the art and science of orthodontic treatment.

    For more of a tailored assessment of your smile case and your treatments needs, you can call us and book a chat (free of charge) with myself Haider. If you have some questions you would like me to answer during this appointment, jot these down and bring them with you on the day.

    For more online information, please visit www.quickstraightteeth.net

    Merry Christmas to all and a Happy New Year – Haider Hussain, Dentist Lindley Dental

  5. So, the year is drawing to a close. How was 2017 for you?

    It’s time now to look forward to 2018.
    Many people think about improving their health at New Year.
    Last year I did dry January for the first time and I would recommend it to you. If like me you like a few wines at the weekend you will most likely lose a bit of weight easily by giving it up for a while, I did. I also found it reset the amount I drank, when I went back to it in February I drank less. As I write this we are in Mouth Cancer Action month, alcohol is a major risk factor for oral cancer. So why not give it a go.

    Sticking with oral health are you using an electric toothbrush yet? Switching from manual to electric has shown to improve gum health as they are more effective at removing plaque than a manual brush. Gum health has been increasing linked to diabetes and heart disease. So, improving your gums may well improve your general health as well.
    So, if all your family are nagging what do you want for Christmas the answer is an electric toothbrush! (From Lindley Dental of course)

    Also at the start of this year I read Michael Mosley’s book the 8-week blood sugar diet. I brought this book following an interesting discussion with a patient about it. Obesity and diabetes are on the increase and both are a serious threat to our health.

    This book explains very well how we all consume too much sugar/starch in our diets and rather than satisfying us it just makes us want more. The book advises how to re-programme yourself and so lose weight, stay healthy and live longer. It is a very interesting read and it has changed how I eat. So, another request to Santa for you! Of course sugar is bad news for your teeth so reducing it helps them too.

    When looking through your Christmas photos you may decide that the appearance of your smile could be improved. Why not make 2018 the year you do something, maybe some whitening or some adult braces? Any of the Lindley team would be happy to discuss it with you.

    So, enjoy what is left of 2017!
    Have a lovely Christmas break.

    Best wishes for a happy and healthy 2018 from all of us at Lindley Dental

  6. Mouth Cancer Action Month


    Mouth Cancer Action Month is held in November every year and is supported by the British Dental Health Foundation and the Mouth Cancer Foundation.
    The aims are to raise awareness of mouth cancer and make a difference by saving thousands of lives through early detection and prevention.
    Here are some facts about mouth cancer from the Mouth Cancer Foundation:

    Mouth cancer causes more deaths per number of cases than breast cancer, cervical cancer or melanomas.

    • Around 60,000 people will be diagnosed with mouth cancer over the next decade.
    • In the UK there were 7,700 cases of mouth, throat and head & neck cancers in 2011.
    • Tobacco use is still considered the main cause of mouth cancer.
    • Drinking to excess can increase the risk of mouth cancer by four times. Those who smoke and drink are up to 30 times more likely to develop mouth cancer.
    • Poor diet is linked to a third of all cancer cases.
    • Cancers can occur in any part of the mouth, tongue, lips, and adjacent areas like the throat, salivary glands, pharynx, larynx, sinus, and other sites in the head and neck area.
    • Human Papilloma Virus transmitted by oral sex is an increasing risk factor. .Limiting your number of partners and practicing safe sex reduces your risk


    Mouth cancer patients suffer greatly owing to disabilities such as facial deformity, loss of teeth and damage to the tongue and throat, with consequent difficulty in talking and eating in public places.

    Early detection is where we come in at Lindley Dental. All our patients who attend for an Oral Health Check are screened for oral cancer. We also ask about your smoking and drinking habits.
    Self-awareness is also important and if you spot any of these things you should see a dentist to get it checked out;

    • A sore or ulcer in the mouth that does not heal within three weeks.
    • A lump or overgrowth of tissue anywhere in the mouth.
    • A white or red patch on the gums, tongue, or lining of the mouth.

    During mouth cancer action month, we are offering Free Oral Cancer checks, just ring us to book a time ;01484 425192

  7. Choosing the right interdental cleaning method

    You may think you’re getting your mouth clean with your toothbrush. Did you realise though that a large area of your gums is located in between your teeth and just can’t be reached by your regular toothbrush? This is called the interdental area.

    This is the place where most of the plaque biofilm (bacteria) settles and causes inflammation.

    To prevent the inflammation – a sign of gum disease, you need to clean this plaque away.

    To do this there are a variety of interdental aids that can be used depending on the size of the interdental spaces and each individual person’s manual dexterity or ability.

    Floss and interdental brushes are the most common ways of cleaning between teeth and Dental Implants. Research has shown that Interdental brushes, such as TePe’s and Wisdom Clean Between are the most effective way of cleaning interdentally. Floss or Tape is more suitable for very tight or awkward interdental spaces.

    Interspace brushes (single tufted) are good for large spaces and to clean around lone standing teeth, wisdom teeth, dental implants and bridges.

    Also available are Airflossers and Waterpiks. These are most useful in large interdental spaces and around bridge / crown and Implant work.

    This video shows how to use an Airflosser.

    So, there is a lot of choice! Don’t get put off. When you visit one of our Dental Hygienists they will suggest what would be suitable for your month. Everyone is different and it isn’t one rule for all, the important point is to have a personalised preventive plan drawn up for you by our team.

    We will also monitor your progress and see how you are getting on with the chosen method altering if necessary.

    To have a healthy month you need healthy gums so why not call and book to see one of our hygiene team at Lindley Dental?

    See you soon!

    Dr Sharon Jardine

    Principal Dentist
    Lindley Dental

  8. Minimally Invasive Aesthetic Dentistry-or Less is More

    I was at the Denplan conference last weekend and the theme of the lectures was Minimally Invasive Aesthetic Dentistry. So, what does this mean? In simple terms it means doing as little as possible work to the teeth whist still getting the teeth to look good. Newer techniques mean less preparation of teeth with more use of adhesive materials.

    This is great news for patients! No one wants lots of dentistry done, we want functional beautiful teeth. From a health point of view the best tooth is an untouched tooth and everything you do to a tooth will weaken it to some extent. So, this approach recognises this, as little tooth as possible is removed then the adhesive materials are used to restore the tooth, blending in with the natural tooth to provide a beautiful result.

    This challenges some of the techniques that we learnt in dental school when I qualified some years ago, (ok nearly 20). There are less occasions for instance when we need to prepare a tooth for a crown. We can now use adhesive techniques that stick the dental work to the tooth so less tooth needs to be removed in the preparation.

    If patients have worn down their teeth previously they may then have had the remaining tooth trimmed down to fit crowns. So worn teeth were reduced still further-it doesn’t really make sense, but this used to be the only way to make them look good again. One of the lectures beautifully showed how adhesive techniques can be used to rebuild worn teeth.

    Recently one of our team, Dr Karl Walker-Finch showed a case he had treated using MID, you can read more about it here

    In between all these lectures was the excellent Denplan hospitality. So, don’t feel too sorry for me studying at the weekend!

    It is important that the dental team keeps their knowledge up to date and doesn’t stop learning. You can be assured at Lindley Dental the whole team does just that.

    If you would like the minimal amount of dental work but want beautiful teeth why not get in touch and see how we can help?

    Dr Sharon Jardine

  9. The holidays are coming

    Not long now until the schools break for the summer. Hopefully, your thoughts are turning to holidays.

    So, what can you do to prepare as afar as your oral health is concerned?

    If you are having an odd niggle from your mouth or you know your dental health check is due try and get into the practice before you go away. You don’t want to spend valuable holiday time at the local dentist! Don’t worry if you have left it late just give us a call and we’ll see what we can do.

    Are you due a hygiene visit? You don’t want stained teeth in your holiday pictures so get booked in before you go.

    If you are a Denplan patient you have cover for holiday emergency treatment worldwide. Ideally take Denplan’s telephone number with you and your registration number. If not, you can find Denplan on-line and they can find you from your date of birth etc. So, if you have a problem whilst away ring Denplan for advice and they will advise you the best way to proceed. http://www.denplan.co.uk/patients/dental-emergency-support

    What should I pack? Personally, I would say yes take your electric toothbrush if you usually use one as you will soon notice the difference if you switch back to a manual brush. Plus, bacteria don’t have holidays! If you usually use Tepe brushes don’t leave them at home as all your good work can quickly be reversed. You can leave behind the bulky mouth wash, as this is not essential. We often have small sample tubes of toothpaste in the practice so do ask if you’re going away.

    Unfortunately accidents do happen and if you or a child knock out a tooth or break a tooth, follow the advice in our blog www.lindleydental.co.uk/dental-trauma-2 and get to see a local dentist as soon as possible.

    Remember we are available for advice too via our Facebook page so considering posting a message there too.


  10. The benefits of being on a dental plan

    At Lindley Dental we are firm believers in preventive dentistry and dental hygienists play an important role in providing this type of care.

    Dental hygienists can help you to look after your mouth in the best way. They can help you prevent tooth decay and gum disease.

    We find that our patients who are members of a dental plan see the hygienist more regularly than those who are not. As such they enjoy better dental health.

    Viv Weston, one of our four hygienists has put together some of the benefits of regularly seeing her:

    1) To Prevent Gum Disease

    Gum disease causes bleeding gums, bad breath and loose teeth. It is one of the leading causes of tooth loss in adults but is largely preventable. Gum disease can be treated and even reversed if it is caught in its initial stages.

    Gum disease is caused by bacteria present in the plaque that build up on teeth. Visiting your hygienist regularly can help to prevent and treat gum disease by removing the hard plaque with professional cleaning. They will also teach you techniques at home to maintain a clean mouth and keep your plaque level as loss as possible.

    We all start off well after our hygiene visit and have good intentions. At each visit we will re-motivate you, spurring you on to keep up the good habits needed for good plaque control. Attending regularly helps to keep you on track.

    2) Prevent Bad Breath and Halitosis

    The most common cause of bad breath is poor oral hygiene. If you don’t clean your teeth correctly the food debris and bacteria will collect in your mouth releasing an odour. A thorough dental clean by the hygienist may help individuals with bad breath and again we will show you how to maintain your mouth.

    3) Have a Whiter Smile

    Some stains build up on your teeth and cannot be removed by brushing alone. Factors that can cause staining are tea, coffee, tobacco, certain foods and red wine! Your hygienist may be able to remove these stains and restore your teeth to their natural whiteness.

    4) Mouth Cancer Screening

    Your hygienist will routinely screen for oral cancer. Oral cancer caught in the early stages is more likely to be treatable. Risk factors for oral cancer include smoking and alcohol intake.

    5) Prevent Other Diseases

    Research shows that poor oral health can have a negative effect on the whole body with recent studies showing links between gum disease and heart disease, diabetes and pregnancy complications

    6) Improve confidence and Self Esteem

    Overall a clean, healthy mouth can help improve your appearance, confidence and most importantly your health. If your mouth feels clean it makes you feel good. If you feel your teeth are less stained it makes you feel more confident. If your breath feels fresher, it makes you feel more comfortable talking. Knowing that healthy gums can affect your general health also, can make you feel good about yourself.

    So, for most people, regular hygiene visits are the gateway to good oral health!
    So if your attendance at the dentist can be a bit hit and miss we strongly recommend signing up for a dental plan to ensure you visit more regularly and get better dental health and better general health!