Cosmetic dentistry offers you the chance to whiten your teeth, make them more straight and, in general, get the perfect smile without having to do more than pay a dentist to help you. However, it won’t be right for everyone. There are always risks involved with any kind of cosmetic procedure, especially those that could involve surgery. And if you decide to have a procedure, it’s important you understand whether the results will live up to your expectations.
This is where the consultation comes in. It’s so important that you understand both what will happen during the procedure, and how your teeth will look at the end of it. A consultation is a chance to spend some time with a dentist and make sure you understand the process, and get some clear insight on what to expect at the end. You should only ever choose to visit a dentist that offers cosmetic consultations ahead of procedures.
Teeth whitening treatments are popular in the UK, allowing you a simple way to brighten up your teeth. It is simple in that you can keep the whole of your own teeth, unlike with bridges or veneers. All that will happen is that your dentist will lighten your teeth using a solution, in a controlled environment.
Is it almost too easy to have your teeth whitened? It is now such an accessible treatment, it is worth really thinking about whether it is something you want. If it is not, the cost can be very high and you might be unwilling to pay it. You really must go to a professional dentist to have the treatment, as the do it yourself kits are not reliable.
If you find that you really suffer in confidence because of your teeth, then a tooth whitening treatment could be perfect for you. Nobody should have to put up with feeling embarrassed about their smile.
The BDIA (British Dental Industry Association) Dental Showcase is coming soon; The Dental Showcase it is one of the UK’s largest shows where thousands of delegates of the dental profession attend each year. The show aims to put forward new innovative techniques in dentistry, through a showcase of developments from the various manufacturers, distributors and suppliers.
Visitors to the showcase will get to see the latest innovations in dentistry across an unmatched selection of exhibitor stands, where they can view engaging product demonstrations and take up unmissable showcase deals; as well as purchasing the latest dental products. There will also be stimulating lecture sessions also available to attend, where visitors can top up their CPD (Continuous Professional Development).
The showcase will be held at the ExCeL (Exhibition Centre London) in London between 6 – 8 October 2016.
Check out the list of Exhibitors that will be attending on the Dental Showcase website, and view the floor plan.
Recently the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) brought out some new guidelines for improving dentistry and general dental practice. The leading charity British Dental Health Foundation (BDHF) has welcomed these new guidelines, and believes they will help dental practices make better informed decisions regarding dental care and promotion of oral health.
An outline of these guidelines, is advice on Oral hygiene and the use of fluoride; diet, smoking, smokeless tobacco and alcohol intake. There are two areas of the guideline, that are set to make a big impact on general dental practices, and the challenges that will arise as a result of these proposed changes; these are as follows:
- The challenge: delivering patient‑centred oral health advice.
- The challenge: developing new incentives for general dental teams to improve people’s oral health.
Who are these guidelines for?
- Dental care professionals – this includes dental hygienists, dental nurses, dental therapists, dental technicians and orthodontic therapists.
- Dental practice owners and managers.
- Dental practice administrative staff, including receptionists.
- Directors of public health, dental public health consultants and strategic leads who plan local dental services.
- Dental bodies corporate.
- People responsible for educating dental professionals.
- Members of the public
For a more in-depth analysis, and the two focus areas of the guidelines, you can check out the NICE guidelines for December 2015 on their website.
Sterilization and the prevention of cross contamination are extremely crucial in health care. In fact, it is a primary role for all dental assistants. Dental assistants make extensive use of Personal protective equipment (PPE) for all dental surgery procedures. It is therefore important to understand the fact that once PPE has been established, the acknowledgements of clean, semi clean and dirty are put in place in the dental surgery.
How to clean a dental surgery
In the process of cleaning a dental surgery, it is strongly advised that we always start with the cleanest surfaces and gradually proceed to cleaning what is considered to be most dirty or contaminated. Some of the clean zones include sterilized instruments, equipment and other medication. Common contaminated zones around the dental surgery usually include the items which are used in treating patients coupled by each and everything which comes into contact with this zone.