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Can you get straight teeth as an adult?

Posted on 24 February, 2021  in News

Many children have braces to straighten up their teeth, but as an adult these can move back or you may have missed out on braces altogether. Having straight teeth is something most of us dream of but the fact is that not many people naturally do.

IF you are an adult and thinking about braces then you may not have to choose the typical train track braces that were used when you were younger. There are many different ways in which to straighten your teeth, some of which can’t even be seen.

Retainers are often used in adults and worn behind the teeth or over night so that people can not even tell you have them. The issue is that they are not cheap and you may be expected to pay up to £3000 for the contraption.  Many dentists that offer teeth straightening also offer finance packages as they know it is a lot of money to find upfront. You should be able to spread the costs over more affordable monthly payments. Some offer 0% interest finance whereas others may charge interest, in which case you may be better to tray and get a 0% interest credit card or a low rate loan.

How to Keep Your Teeth White

Posted on 30 January, 2021  in News

Keeping teeth white is indicative of good oral hygiene, as well as being important for your appearance. This means that having white teeth is highly desirable. How can you keep your teeth white, and how can you make them whiter if you are unhappy with the way they look currently?

If you are happy with your teeth but want to maintain their appearance, there are various things you can do. You should brush your teeth twice a day and floss, and be careful about your sugar intake, as well as the intake of foods that might affect the appearance of your teeth. These include fizzy drinks, sugary foods, red wine and coffee, which can damage your teeth and also cause staining.

The other important step to take is visiting a dentist and hygienist on a regular basis. A hygienist will perform a scale and polish, helping to remove staining from your teeth.

Are you still maintaining a high level of dental hygiene?

Posted on 9 January, 2021  in News

With the whole of the UK at a stand still again, many of us are finding ourselves back at home again. It may be that you have been furloughed or maybe you are still working but doing it from your home. During these times it is very easy to get complacent and not keep up our usual hygiene standards. It may be that you are just answering calls from your home in which case you may think that there is no point in getting dressed. Often brushing our teeth is something that we do when we go up to get dressed, so if we are not getting dressed for work you may forget to brush your teeth. Research also shows that we are consuming more sweet treats at the moment so this will only add to the need to brush your teeth properly.

It is important to try and keep some sort of schedule to your daily life as not only will this ensure you are more organised but it is also good for our metal health. Try and keep any dental appointments you may have and be sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day.

Sedatives for Nervous Dental Patients

Posted on 31 July, 2020  in News

Many patients are very nervous about going to the dentist and may need some support from their dentist to help make the experience better. Sedatives can really help these types of patients, and an IV sedative can be just what they need to get through a stressful treatment such as a root canal treatment or a filling.

Many practices can offer sedation for nervous patients and it requires some specialist training. You will need to know how to administer a sedative safely and how to keep patients safe throughout the treatment, plus you will need to be able to react if something goes wrong. This type of training is a great asset to your professional profile and it will really help you to offer services for a broader range of patients, who might otherwise be too afraid to visit the dentist. Look into where you can get the relevant training if you want to offer sedative to dental patients.

Dental Immediate Life Support Training – What is it and Why do you Need it?

Posted on 27 March, 2020  in News

Some dentists and other dental professionals will need to undergo dental immediate life support training, not just to satisfy requirements, but to be able to carry out their work safely and ensure the safety of their patients. This ensures they can practice safely and carry out necessary treatments, whilst having the right skills and knowledge to provide these services. It is an advanced type of training that won’t be needed by every dental team, but it’s essential that dentists and nurses that offer sedation to patients have this training, so they can react if an emergency situation does occur.

Who needs to undertake dental immediate life support (DILS) training? How much study is required?

Dentists and dental teams that offer sedation to patients will need to undergo dental immediate life support training, with the idea being that they will be able to react quickly if a patient goes into cardiac arrest. This is a very unlikely situation, and many dental practices offer sedation to patients on a daily basis, managing the process very safely. However, sedation is an increasingly popular option, especially for people who may have a phobia of going to the dentist. This makes it essential to manage sedation safely and make sure the team treating the patient can look after them properly. DILS training will help you to do just this.

DILS certification is required as a prerequisite of your record of competence. The CQC guidelines say all members of any dental team providing conscious sedation ‘must undergo a minimum of 12 hours of continuing professional development every 5 years.’ This will keep knowledge current and up to date, so you’ll learn the latest industry best practice.

When might you need to use your dental immediate life support training?

There is a very low chance of you needing to put your training into practice, but if you do find yourself in a situation where a patient is unwell, then you’ll be able to treat them more effectively. The training goes into how to manage patients who are experiencing a cardiac arrest, giving you and a nursing team the skills to carry out airway management, cardiopulmonary resuscitation and defibrillation, if needed. This will give your patient a higher chance of recovery if you’re able to carry this out immediately, rather than waiting for a cardiac arrest team to arrive on site.

Who provides DILS courses – where can you undertake the necessary training?

There are various providers offering DILS courses, so you need to find the right one to gain your qualifications and have all the required knowledge as a dentist or dental nurse. As this is very important training that also ties in with CQC guidance, it’s best to look for a course that will cover all necessary information in regards to this. Look for courses that are tied to the Standards for Conscious Sedation in the Provision of Dental Care 2015, as this will cover everything you need. A good, thorough training course in DILS will cover both adult and paediatric care.