Important of flossing your teeth

How Important Is It To Floss Your Teeth?

Unlike mouthwash and toothbrush adverts on TV, dental floss is rarely spoken about or shown in mainstream media, it’s only until you visit your Bath dental practice that you will be encouraged to floss your teeth daily from that point onwards! As it’s not spoken about as much as other elements of dental care and oral hygiene, we wanted to answer the question ‘how important is it to floss teeth?’ in this article and give you a breakdown of the benefits, tips and tricks on the best technique and which materials you should use for long-lasting dental care. 

 

So, why should you floss your teeth? 

Dental flossing should make up one third of your daily tooth cleaning routine – brush, mouthwash and then floss. Without flossing your teeth, as well as attending regular dental hygiene appointments you’re leaving behind plaque particles to sit between your teeth and gum line, which neither brushing or mouthwash will be able to reach. No expert toothbrush or high-strength mouthwash will be able to get into these small areas where tiny bits of food reside, so it’s best to use dental floss to make sure the teeth are thoroughly clean. 

 

What happens when you don’t use dental floss?

If plaque is built up over a period of time, it can lead to cavities in the tooth (holes in the teeth which require fillings) and if an infection occurs, or if the cavity is left for too lunch without being treated and it reaches the root of the tooth, you may require root canal treatment. This is why keeping the spaces between your teeth clean is so important. Let’s be honest, you don’t want to keep having to come back to your Bath dental clinic every year for another filling or two! 

As dentists we believe it’s important that adults of all ages get used to a routine which encourages 3-5 minutes of dental flossing daily, which will lower your risk of dental problems in the future. 

 

What should I use to floss my teeth?

There are a few different types of dental flossing devices which are all just as good as each other. Sometimes it is down to personal preference as to which device you use, but we have picked a few below which you can find in all supermarkets or pharmacies: 

 

Dental floss

Dental floss is the most common type of flossing type and is easy to keep in your purse or day bag when eating out or on-the-go. Simply take 18-20cm of the floss and wind it around your two forefingers for the best grip and then simply slide the floss in between your teeth, reaching up to your gums, making sure you get into all of the gaps. It may take some practice, but it is definitely worth the time and effort in the long run!

 

Interdental brushes

Interdental brushes are great if you’re looking for something slightly easier than the dental floss and come in a range of sizes so you can choose the best and most appropriate for your teeth and gums. Both dental floss and interdental brushes reach the gum line and in between teeth where your normal toothbrush can’t, so it’s important you find the best flossing solutions for you. 

 

Tooth Picks 

Many people would normally associate toothpicks with cocktail sausage sticks! However, we encourage you to use professional tooth picks which you buy online easily, which you can use in between meals. Many of the professional toothpicks are made using a flexible material so you can easily get in between small gaps. 

 

Keep up with your oral health with Widcombe Dental Practice 

Of course, there are many ways to keep in check with your oral health, including regular dental hygiene appointments and 6 month – one year dental check-ups. In the meantime, and if you’re not sure the best dental floss device to use to maximise your oral health, contact our friendly and knowledgeable dental staff who will be able to instruct accordingly. It’s important to us that our patients receive the best oral care possible, both in and out of our Bath dental practice. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

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Our Somerset Dentists Welcome National Smile Month!

There has not been much to smile about in recent months, with the coronavirus pandemic sweeping large parts of the world and self isolation becoming the reality for us all. However, with National Smile Month fast approaching, our Somerset dentists are set to welcome it in with a big smile!

The Somerset Dentists Giving You Reasons to Smile 

At Widcombe Dental Practice, we make it our mission to make our patients smile – whether it is providing you with a pleasant dental experience or through the dentistry work that makes your smile so beautiful. Most recently, our dentists in Somerset have been keeping spirits high among patients aged 70+ and the most vulnerable by checking in over the phone during the coronavirus outbreak. Ensuring that our patients have access to essential food and medical supplies has been our top priority for us at Widcombe Dental Practice. 

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We have also set out to restore smiles and provide a solution to dental emergencies by offering patients free filling materials and crown cement, which can be collected via the new window hatch at our Somerset dental clinic. You can learn more about this via our recent article, Support From Your Bath Dentist During the Coronavirus Outbreak.

About National Smile Month 

National Smile Month, celebrated annually from May 18th to June 18th, is almost here! So, what is National Smile Month all about? Here are some intriguing facts and information about the month that we love to celebrate at Widcombe Dental Practice:

  • Firstly, National Smile Month is the biggest and longest standing oral wellbeing campaign, having first been celebrated in 1977! 
  • At its inception, it was known as ‘Smile 77’. 
  • It was inspired by a poem titled ‘I Wish I’d Looked After Me Teeth’, created by Pam Ayres.
  • The main goal of National Smile Month is to encourage mental and physical wellbeing by advocating good oral health. 
  • There are three staple tasks that our dentists in Somerset cite as the key to good oral health throughout National Smile Month; brushing and flossing regularly, cutting back on sugary foods and visiting your dentists regularly for check-ups.
  • There are thousands of physical or online events that take place every National Smile Month. Events that help spread positive messages about oral health and its importance.

For further information on National Smile Month, visit the dedicated National Smile Month website.

Dentistry Treatments to Enhance Your Smile

There are several dental treatments that can enhance the appearance of your smile. In fact, no single cosmetic dentistry treatment may be required at all if you visit your Somerset dentists on a regular basis for general dentistry treatments, such as routine check-ups. If you are looking for that extra bit of sparkle in your smile, there are several cosmetic treatments in Somerset, offered by our professional dentists. These include:

Invisalign aligners on teeth

  • Invisalign Treatment – A unique and revolutionary way of achieving perfect straight teeth and, with that, the dream smile! Our Invisalign treatment in Bath is non-invasive and enables you to eat and drink what you like throughout the course, in complete comfort. Our team of Invisalign dentists are able to map out your Invisalign journey at a free, initial smile consultation. 
  • Bath Teeth Whitening – Our GDC-registered Somerset dentists can provide you with Boutique Teeth Whitening, a treatment that is proven to yield lasting and natural results. 
  • Dental Hygienists – Sometimes, all your teeth require is a deep clean and a good polishing. That’s exactly what our Bath dental hygienists can provide during either an hour or half an hour appointment.
  • Dental Veneers – A superb, long lasting and simple dental treatment. Dental veneers simply slot into your existing teeth and give a flawless finish, presenting you with the perfect smile.

Celebrate National Smile Month with Widcombe Dental Practice

Sure, it is a strange time right now. Self isolation and social distancing does mean, however, that we are spending more time online and on social media. We would love to hear from you this National Smile Month, whether it’s through social media or by any other means of communication. 

Head to the Widcombe Dental Practice Facebook page and show us your unique smile by commenting on one of our National Smile Month posts, or by tagging us in your post. Our handle can be found via the Facebook link provided in this article.

If you would like to get in touch with us in relation to National Smile Month, booking or rescheduling an appointment, or coronavirus support, please find our details on the contact us page. Our Somerset dentists would love to hear from you!

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Support From Your Bath Dentist During the Coronavirus Outbreak

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak continues, we are here to reassure you with advice and support during this anxious time. We are taking steps to ensure that our patients stay safe throughout the outbreak and are here to provide everyone with advice, should you require it. 

Advice & Guidance From Your Bath Dentist

By now, we should all be aware of the preventative measures necessary to avoid contracting and, therefore, spreading COVID-19. The three golden rules; wash your hands regularly, apply hand sanitiser for further protection and keep interaction with others to a minimum.

If you wish to speak to our team of Bath dentists and get help with regards to dealing with the coronavirus outbreak, call us directly today on 01225 317 681 or on our contact us page. 

You can find advice from the UK government on coronavirus by following the link.

Can I still Visit the Dental Practice at This Time?

Our dental practice is closed at this current moment in time, yet we are offering emergency general dental treatments to those who should require it. Emergency appointments via telephone and video call can be made with our Bath dentists, to assess your current dental situation. At this difficult time, we understand that it is hard to access filling materials and crown cement on the high street. Therefore, we are offering emergency telephone or video call appointments to assess if you are suitable for filling materials and crown cement, which we will provide you with for no charge at all. These can be collected via our new window hatch, to avoid coming into contact with each other at this time.

At Widcombe Dental Practice, we are adhering to Public Health England guidelines and are monitoring the wellbeing of each staff member very closely on a daily basis. Should you need to collect anything from our new hatch, our Bath dentists can assure you that we have taken every measure to ensure complete safety during your visit. You can also keep up to date with all the latest news and updates during the coronavirus outbreak via the Widcombe Dental Practice Facebook page.

Checking-In With Patients

Bath dentist Team

Over the last week or so we have made it our priority to contact all of our patients aged 70+ to check that they have sufficient help and support, the right measures in place to deal with the outbreak and access to essential supplies. We will continue to check in our most vulnerable patients, and indeed any other patients who may inform us of the need for help. If you have not received a call from Widcombe Dental Practice and would like our assistance, we are free to speak to you anytime during our opening hours. Here’s a reminder of our opening hours:

  • Monday 09.00-17.30
  • Tuesday 09.00-17.30
  • Wednesday 09.00-17.30
  • Thursday 09.00-17.30
  • Friday 08.00-15.00

Stay Safe & We Will Defeat Coronavirus

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All of us here at Widcombe Dental Practice hope that you stay safe during the coronavirus outbreak. Once again, please do not hesitate to contact us if you need assistance on safety. We look forward to seeing you soon at our Bath dental practice  If you’d like to learn more about the people of Widcombe Dental Practice providing help and support during the coronavirus outbreak, meet the team today.

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Celebrate National Dentist’s Day with Your Somerset Dentists!

National Dentist’s Day, held on the 6th of March every year, is fast approaching! This is a significant day in the calendar of our Somerset dentists and indeed the dental industry as a whole. In our latest blog post, we provide information about National Dentist’s Day and share ways in which you can celebrate the occasion.

Why Celebrate the Day with Our Somerset Dentists?

Dentists all over the world devote their time and apply their medical knowledge to help patients stay on top of their oral health. With sound oral wellbeing being an integral part of overall health, the role dentists play is crucial to patients sustaining a healthy life. Our team of Somerset dentists are dedicated to helping you put your best smile forward, calming fears over visiting the dentist and, ultimately, keeping your mouth and teeth healthy in order for you to live a happy, healthy life.

These are some of the main reasons to celebrate the work of dentists on March 6th and, from all of the team here at Widcombe Dental Practice, we’d like to share an industry-wide message; keep up the good work dental professionals!

Participate with Our Dentists in Somerset

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There are several ways in which you can celebrate National Dentist’s Day, whether it is online, with friends and family or with our team of professional dentists in Somerset. Here are some of the ways that you could celebrate National Dentist’s Day this year:

  • Take a picture of your Somerset dentist or our Somerset dental practice when you are next in! Share it with the hashtag #NationalDentistsDay on the day. 
  • Tag us on Facebook, using @WidcombeDentalPractice and say something about #NationalDentistsDay.
  • Bring a touch of class to proceedings by writing your dentist a hand-written, personalised thank you note.
  • Sign up to one of our comprehensive Bath dental plans and gain greater organisation in your dental visits.
  • Commit to improved dental habits and reduce the work that your dentist needs to do at routine checkups. 
  • Schedule your next routine checkup at Widcombe Dental Practice. Make sure you are doing all the right things when it comes to your oral health by checking in with our dentists.
  • Show off your big, beautiful smile, which has come to fruition because of your impressive oral health regime and the work of our skilled dentists.
  • Leaves us a Google Review – We welcome any feedback on our practice environment, dental services and the overall patient experience. We would greatly appreciate it if you took the time to leave us a Google review!

How-to: simply enter Widcombe Dental Practice into Google and our Google My Business profile will appear. There will be a button down the right-hand side saying ‘Leave A Review’. 

Fun Dental Facts for National Dentist’s Day 2020

Did you know:

  • In 1866, Lucy Beaman Hoobs became the first licensed female dentist.
  • Although they are not used to identify a person in the strict sense of the word, your teeth are as unique as your fingerprints.
  • Sir Isaac Newton’s teeth are the most valuable out there today, having sold for around £2900 pounds in 1816. That is almost £27,500 in today’s money.
  • The hardest substance in the human body is tooth enamel.
  • The average human has 32 teeth.
  • What hand you write with usually determines which side you chew most of your food on!

Please feel free to get in touch with our Somerset dentists if you have any facts that you think should feature here.

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Your Leading Somerset Dental Practice 

National Dentist’s Day is not the only important industry date to note for the coming months. The month of April is Oral Health Month, therefore we will be celebrating oral wellbeing throughout. 

A stand out part of this celebration is National Dental Hygienists Week, which is celebrated annually April 4-10. We look ahead to providing you with more industry-related content around the time of Oral Health Month and Hygienists Week.

Contact us if you would like to wish our dentists in Somerset a very happy National Dentist’s Day! Alternatively, if you wish to book an appointment with our team, you can call us on 01225 317 681 or make use of our online booking system, by clicking on ‘Book Online Now’.

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Your Dentist In Bath Helps You Smile Away on Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and whether you have plans to enjoy this day of romance with your partner or you’re looking to find the one this year, make sure you’re ready with the assistance of your dentist in Bath.

Discover A Confident Smile With Your Dentist In Bath

perfect smile from our dentist in Bath

Having complete confidence in the appearance of your teeth allows you to wear your smile freely and proudly, and what better day than Valentine’s Day to show your beaming smile? The expression of joy and happiness on your face should not be inhibited by staining, a chipped tooth or any other dental situation that may cause embarrassment and reservation. 

Avoid such instances by booking an appointment with our Bath dentists before Valentine’s Day. General treatments such as routine checkups or fillings, can help get your oral hygiene and teeth in perfect condition for the 14th of February.

A Visit to Our Bath Hygienists 

At certain points of the year, our Bath dental hygienists see waves of patients attending our practice as part of preparations for special occasions. Valentine’s Day is undoubtedly one of those. Is your smile Valentine’s Day ready for 2020? A trip to see one of our dedicated hygienists can help address issues such as staining, bad breath and general bad oral health of both teeth and gums. Wherever the setting for your romantic encounter, your smile will be one of the first things noticeable following a trip to the hygienist!

It is unsurprising to see more people perfecting their smile during events such as Valentine’s Day and Christmas, with a trip to our dental hygienists in Bath. However, it is important to note that a visit to see a dental hygienist has as many health benefits as it does cosmetic. Our dentists in Bath recommends that you see a hygienist routinely throughout the year to keep on top of your oral health. 

Give the Gift of Straight Teeth – Invisalign Treatment 

 

Invisalign treatment

If you are unsure of what to get a loved one this Valentine’s Day, we have a fabulous suggestion in our Invisalign treatment. While morish chocolates and enjoying beautiful flowers are likely to be ever-present this Valentine’s Day, set them on the Invisalign journey and watch their face light up as they realise that they’re on the pathway to perfectly straight teeth!

Has your partner hinted at a desire to achieve perfect teeth through Invisalign treatment? The beauty of this present is that you can show you care with a thoughtful idea while going as far as you wish in terms of the cost. Book them in for a free smile consultation or go all the way and pay for their Invisalign treatment outright. 

Perhaps achieving 100% confidence in their smile was a New Year’s resolution for 2020? We can safely say from experience that our Invisalign treatment will provide your partner with a smile to be envious of. 

Show A Loving Smile With the Help of a Dentist in Bath

Our team of Bath dentists hope that you have a romantic time this Valentine’s Day and we look forward to doing all we can to provide you with a confident smile in the lead-up. You can book an appointment to see a skilled dentist in Bath dentist or one of our bath dental hygienists online. Alternatively, you can contact us by phone or email to arrange an appointment or a free smile consultation for Invisalign treatment. 

The Perfect Journey

The Perfect Patient Journey With Our Bath Dental Clinic

At Widcombe Dental Practice, we work tirelessly to make our patients’ experiences the best they can possibly be. Our committed team do all they can to provide patients with a welcoming Bath dental clinic and an experience that is as comprehensive as the treatments we carry out. 

We thought it important, for those who are yet to visit us at our Bath dental clinic, to outline the steps our established team take to make your time at our practice enjoyable. Whether you visit our practice for general treatments such as checkups, cosmetic dentistry or to get your Invisalign treatment underway, we are here to provide the perfect patient journey.

Patient Comfort & Dentist-Patient Relationship 

We value all of our lovely patients, which is why we go above and beyond to get to know each and every person that comes into our Bath dental clinic. As well as getting to know the ins and outs of your dental history, providing our expertise wherever possible to ensure your oral wellbeing, we make it our duty to get to know the person in the chair! As a family-run Bath dentists that has been serving Somerset for generations, we love to exchange stories and enjoy hearing what our interesting during their appointments.

Creating A Serene Environment In Our Bath Dental Clinic

patient at our bath dental clinic

Making a trip to your dentist; we understand that it can be a daunting, and often unwanted, appointment to make. However, we continue to do all we can, in terms of making our practice a vibrant, accommodating and warm place, to ensure that once you are nice and relaxed. If you have booked an appointment for your children to see us at our Bath dental surgery, or you bring them to your own appointment, we have games and reading material to keep them occupied whilst our leading dentists see to you. Want to familiarise yourself with our team right now? Head to our meet the team page to learn all about us!

Understanding that it is the Patient’s Journey

From all our years in the industry, we know how important it is to understand the patient journey from the perspective of our practice visitors. That’s why we are always considering what our patients want, appreciate and may change about our Bath dental clinic. Building a rapport and sense of community is very important for our Bath dentists and the whole Widcombe Dental Practice team.

In addition, we won’t use industry-specific jargon and language that our patients aren’t likely to understand. We simply communicate with you to understand your objectives – whether it may be to improve the appearance of your teeth or to reinstate a full set, for example – and clarify the necessary steps that need to be made to get there.

The Five Steps to Ensuring a Thorough Plan of Action

There are five things that we do with all patients, to determine the best course of action and provide you with the most appropriate treatment or dental plan:

  • Assess your dental history, teeth & gums, general oral health and account for any medical issues.
  • Take any necessary x-rays.
  • Discuss any concerns you may have or answers any questions about the first two steps.
  • Talk about future visits to our Bath dental surgery.
  • If treatment is needed, outline the options and devise a written treatment plan if required.

Visit our Bath Dental Clinic for the Perfect Patient Journey

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We always welcome feedback from our long term and new patients so, please contact us if you would like to share your experience(s) at our Bath dental clinic and if you have any suggestions on how we can improve the patient journey. Our team looks forward to seeing you at Widcombe Dental Practice soon. Browse our range of treatments via our website and book an appointment online!

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When Should Your Baby First See Our Bath Dentists?

Data regarding children and their first trip to the dentist has been analysed by a group of scholars, leading us to pose the question, when should you bring your baby to see our Bath dentists for the first time? 

First time parents may be unaware of the right time to introduce their baby to the serene surroundings of our Widcombe dental practice, but studies suggest the vast majority of infants aren’t visiting a dental professional soon enough. Our family run dentists in Bath welcome children of all ages to our clinic as we understand that your child’s oral health is key to sustaining future wellbeing. 

During early general treatments and routine check ups, we can detect existing issues and devise a solution before the problem worsens and becomes more difficult to treat. 

The Issue with Child Attendance

The University of Birmingham has coincided with The University of Edinburgh and Public Health England to analyse a study on when babies first visit their dentist. The results suggest an inherent problem with attendance figures for babies aged one and two, with parents failing to meet recommended guidelines for routine checkups. 

The three parties have recently presented the findings and researchers involved in the process have expressed their shock at the extent of their findings. The data was taken from the 2016/17 NHS Dental Statistics Report for England

Oral Health and Reducing Anxiety

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Dr John Morris, who is a senior lecturer in dental public health at the University of Birmingham, contributed to the analysis of the report and has stressed the significance of early trips to a dentist. 

Talking of the impact of missing early check ups can have on the future of a child’s oral health and anxiety levels with regard to visiting the dentist, he said, as reported by Dental Nursing: “There is a broad consensus that children should have a dental examination from a dentist as soon as the first teeth erupt, and no later than the child’s first birthday. 

“Early dental visits not only provide parents with information they require to prevent early childhood oral health issues, but it is also believed that such dental visits familiarise children with the dental environment and reduce future dental anxiety.”

Vital Early Appointments Being Missed

Data taken from the report states that just 3% of babies under the age of one visited a dentist while only 12% of babies had visited a dentist by the time they reached the age of two. Even if we can’t carry out a complete observation of your babies mouth during an appointment at our Bath dental practice, we’ll be able to provide valuable advice on how to maintain healthy teeth and gums throughout fundamental points in his or her oral development. 

No Link to Economics

The results show that babies in the first few years of their lives are not missing out on dental attention through economic circumstances, as stats reveal that those living in a number of less deprived areas visited dentists more than those in more affluent regions. For example, only 1% of babies under the age of one in West Berkshire, which is known to be one of the most affluent regions in England, attended a dentists. In comparison, 12.3% of babies under the age of one and living in South Tyneside attended a dentists over the same period.

Friendly, Experienced Somerset Dentists 

Ensure the early development of your babies oral health by visiting our clinic. Contact us of experienced industry leaders to arrange an appointment for your baby today. Book an appointment online today or contact us directly to speak to a member of our dedicated team. Our dental experts look forward to welcoming you and your baby to Widcombe Dental Practice very soon. 

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10 Signs It’s Time To See Our Bath Dentist

Visiting our Bath dentists for regular check-ups is the key to impeccable and sustained oral health. Routine visits to see our established dental professionals at Widcombe Dental Practice afford patients the knowledge that their oral health is in good order, and any issues detected can be addressed in a timely manner with our general treatments..

While it may be relatively common for people to procrastinate and avoid a trip to the dentist, warning signs arise for a reason and evading the issue will more than likely lead to further relinquishment of your oral wellbeing. Electric Teeth report that: “Over 2 million UK adults haven’t been to the dentist in over 10 years” and that “1 in 5 Brits admit to being afraid or anxious about visiting the dentist.”

Here, our Bath dental experts outline 10 signifiers that it’s time to visit your local dentist:

 

Chronic Bad Breath

Bad breath, or halitosis to give it its medical label, can be caused by a lack of brushing or a bad habits when brushing. It indicates a buildup of plaque and bacteria and may be the first indicator of an infection or other dental problems, which are only identifiable by a dental professional. Organise a general treatments appointment with our leading Bath dental clinic today if you suffer from consistently bad breath.

 

Tooth Sensitivity

Tooth Sensitivity

If your teeth are sensitive to either hot or cold food and drink, or even foods with a high sugar content, you should seek the judgement of your dentist. Sensitivity could be caused by a cavity, root exposure or gum recession, however it may also define the early stages of something much more serious.

 

Shorter Teeth Than Normal

You may notice your teeth look smaller in appearance as a result of excessive grinding. The grinding of teeth leads to the break down of enamel, leaving your teeth vulnerable to cavities as well as exposed nerves. Gum swelling and overgrowth can also make your teeth appear smaller, although we can solve this swiftly by removing the excess gum tissue.

 

Bleeding Gums

If your gums bleed during flossing or brushing you may have gum disease and could be on your way to tooth loss. Bleeding gums can be caused as a result of hard brushing but could also be a sign of gingivitis, an early stage of gum disease. You should consult your dentist if your teeth bleed during cleaning rituals – after all, you wouldn’t ignore blood coming from any other body part on a regular basis. If gum disease has led to tooth loss already, talk to us about a solution, such as having dental implants in Bath.  

 

Jaw Pain (TMJ)

As we outlined in a previous article, TMJ & Jaw Pain: How your Dentist in Bath can help, jaw pain can be brought on by a number of things, but it is essential to decipher what is causing the discomfort. A leading cause of jaw pain is impacted wisdom teeth, yet at Widcombe Dental Practice we also treat a lot of patients suffering from TMJ (Temporomandibular Disorder).

TMJ affects the muscles in the base of the skull and lower jaw. Visit us for a dental x-ray and consequent evaluation if you experience any sort of jaw pain, including:

  • Clicking or popping when you move your mouth
  • Difficulty opening your mouth
  • Earache or buzzing noise

 

Discoloured Teeth

A discoloured tooth ordinarily suggests that it has been injured physically or damaged by dietary habits and a lack of general oral cleanliness over time. It is significant to notice a tooth that is getting darker, as delaying the issue with the help of your dentist could lead to an extraction or root canal treatment.

 

Frequent Headaches

Headaches caused by tooth pain

If you gnash or grind your teeth at night – otherwise known as bruxing – you may be asserting so much pressure on your jaw muscles, in particular the masseter and temporalis muscles, that severe headaches are brought on. If you notice a correlation between regular headaches and teeth grinding, book an appointment to organise a solution to the issue with our dentists in Bath. The most common solution to this issue is a custom fitted mouth guard.

 

Head, Neck and Lymph Node Checks

As well as assessing your tongue, mouth and gums and checking for oral cancer, your dentist will also check your neck, jaw and lymph nodes (located just under your jawline) for any swelling or other abnormalities. Swollen lymph nodes generally don’t cause pain or seem a problem, making this side of a routine check-up all the more significant.

 

A Bump or Rough Surface in Your Cheek, Mouth or Tongue

Checking mouth for signs of disease

If you detect a bump, cut or rough surface in your mouth, it is important to get it checked by your dentist as it could be a sign of HPV (Human Papillomavirus) or oral cancer. You do not have to be a smoker or experience pain to have a pressing problem, therefore if you notice any of the above, you should arrange a meeting with your dentist immediately.

 

You Haven’t Been to Your Bath Dentist in a While

Sure, this sounds like common sense, however as we know a trip to your dentist probably isn’t at the top of many people’s things to do throughout the week. However it is important to come and see your Bath dentist at regular intervals as, even if you can’t feel or see anything amiss with your oral well-being, we’re able to detect current or developing issues and treat them before they turn into something more pressing.

 

Visit Our Leading Bath Dentists

At Widcombe Dental Practice, we utilise our industry experience and professionalism to provide each patient with a thorough examination of their oral well-being. We have four comprehensive dental plans to choose from, each of which have a list of additional benefits attached. Contact our friendly team on 01225 317 681 to arrange a routine check-up, or to speak to us about any dental issues you may be having.

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Our Dental Treatments and Procedures Explained

Our Bath dental practice offers everything from general dentistry to modern industry techniques such as Invisalign teeth straightening. It can be confusing to know exactly what dental treatment you require without speaking to a professional, that’s why we’ve created this complete guide to our services, to find out which one is right for you.

Whether you are looking to book in for a check-up, or would like to discuss dental veneers or teeth whitening, we are here to help you choose only the right treatment for you. With a range of dental plans, it is even easier to get a smile you love.

 

General Dentistry

  • Hygiene Treatments – Looking for a dental hygienist Bath? Look no further. Dental hygiene is pivotal for the retention of your sparkling smile. But there are other important factors, besides appearance, that make this process important. Seeing our hygienists will contribute to the prevention of bleeding gums, halitosis (bad breath) and ultimately tooth loss.
  • TMJ – Many people are unaware of TMJ (Temporomandibular disorder) or fail to spot the signs, passing them off as natural consequences of a knock or just the way the jaw is formed. Do you experience muscle pain around the jaw, difficulty opening your mouth fully or frequent earache?

If so, you’ll want to consider our BTX treatment before the onset of debilitating headaches. This will strengthen the muscles in your jaw and diminish the pain caused by TMJ.

 

Cosmetic Dentistry Bath

Teeth Whitening Smile

  • Teeth Whitening: Our team consult each patient before going through the teeth whitening process, to understand what you want your smile to look like upon completion. Our teeth whitening procedure, Boutique Whitening, is only available through GCD-registered professionals like ourselves.  
  • Dental Implants: An Implant is usually made from titanium and contains a screw that will hold one or more teeth in place. This is an ideal permanent solution for single or multiple tooth loss and while it may not be for everyone, we can suggest alternatives.

You will want to consider false teeth or a bridge – a dental bridge literally bridges the gap between a singular or several missing teeth – if you don’t have enough bone in your jaw (Osteoporosis). These alternatives may also be more suitable for smokers and those who have diabetes.

  • Veneers In Bath: Porcelain dental veneers have been popularised by celebrities in recent years, but they’re not as expensive as many believe them to be. We offer affordable single and full set veneers in Bath and guarantee impeccable results.

Perfect to cover up stained or chipped teeth, veneers generally last a long time given sufficient care and attention. A leading advantage of veneers is that they restore full confidence in your smile as they take on the appearance of natural teeth.

 

Invisalign Dentistry

As we recently established in our article The Appeal of Invisalign Over Traditional Braces, there are a number of ways in which Invisalign treatment proves more beneficial than traditional braces. Starting with a complimentary smile consultation that will show you exactly what your teeth will look like after the Invisalign process, we’ll set you on your way to a short journey to straight teeth.

Your invisible, removable aligners will be changed every two weeks and an alteration in the structure of your teeth will be visible at each checkpoint. Of course, the Invisalign trays are removable and near enough invisible but if you wish to have them removed for a special event, we are more than happy to accommodate this.

Invisalign Braces

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Our customers love the final results! In a recent testimonial for our Invisalign treatment, one patient said: “I approached Widcombe Dental Practice after seeing an advertisement for Invisalign Braces. I had been unhappy about the way my teeth looked for years and would often cover my mouth when laughing or smiling.

“After an initial consultation, where the treatment was explained in full, I was given time to think it over before I made any commitment. Once I decided to go ahead I’ve never looked back. It has changed my life and I should have gone for the treatment sooner. Invisalign gave me the smile I’ve always wanted.”

 

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Invisalign Treatment

The Appeal of Invisalign Over Traditional Braces

We’ve been delivering effective Invisalign treatment in Bath for many years and demand for the treatment continues to rise, but exactly what are the outstanding differences from traditional braces? Invisalign treatment is a relatively new treatment in our industry, having first been introduced in 2000, whereas, traditional braces have been about for a number of decades now.

Both options hold the same objective – to align and straighten teeth – but more and more people are opting for Invisalign braces over wire braces.

How Do Invisalign Aligners Work?

With traditional braces, alignment of the teeth is a consequence of metal wire and brackets being attached. These have to be worn for an extended period of time while some will need to wear them for several years to see a set of fully aligned, straight teeth.

Invisalign aligners are full trays that are completely transparent and similar to gum shields in appearance. Made from an advanced BPA-free (bisphenol A) plastic, Invisalign plans the exact stages that your teeth will go through on their journey to fully straight alignment through computer modelling. A succession of specially formed trays is made for each of the stages.

Invisalign Appearance

An obvious benefit of Invisalign is that it’s near enough impossible to tell that someone is wearing a brace as subtle, clear or tooth-coloured braces are applied. Traditional braces, however, are much more conspicuous.

Are Invisalign Braces Hygienic and Easy to Maintain?

Trays are very low maintenance and once created, you do not need to go back to your dentist. With braces, you’ll need to go to an orthodontist for check-ups and tightening. Trays are removed for eating, meaning hygiene and cleanliness are extremely easy to monitor, while traditional braces can cause discolouration of the teeth and in some cases breakages. It is important to take note of The Do’s and Don’ts of Cleaning Your Invisalign Aligners to avoid replacement costs. 

Are Invisalign Braces Comfortable?

Naturally, traditional braces are going to cause discomfort due to wires rubbing a getting caught in your gums. Certain areas of the mouth will become sore throughout the process of your teeth re-aligning. You may experience slight discomfort with Invisalign, however not on the scale that you could with wire braces.

Generally, having Invisalign braces are less likely to hinder you in performing your daily routine. Eating hard or sticky foods and participating in contact sports, for example, may pose difficulties with traditional braces.  

Book Invisalign Treatment With Widcombe

Invisalign braces or trays have one glaringly exceptional advantage over wire braces: their ability to go undetected day-to-day. However, as outlined above, choosing Invisalign treatment over traditional braces will not only benefit you appearance-wise during the alignment process, but also in terms of comfort and practicality.

Come in and see a highly-skilled Invisalign dentist today, or visit our dedicated cosmetic dentistry page to learn of other treatments we offer to improve the appearance of your teeth! Our Bath dental clinic offers specialist Invisalign treatment, get in touch to book a consultation.

 

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