If you suddenly have a dental emergency and have to go to an out of hour’s dental clinic, you should be able to find one in your local area if a city or somewhere in the town. These are usually private companies that are part run by the NHS and you will generally just pay a prescription charge and a check up and treatment fee of about £20 (not London). If you are working full time, you might not be eligible for NHS treatment and they may charge you a lot more than £20, and you won’t always be guaranteed to get treatment if they have assessed you over the phone and determined that your problem is not severe enough to count as an emergency; you usually can’t walk in and expect treatment as they usually assess over the phone and you are more likely to get turned away. It’s only a good option if you can’t actually talk over the phone and have to write something down for them as you answer their questions that way; don’t expect any sympathy from them though if you try to get there-and-then treatment using that approach.
Usually if you fell over and chipped your tooth and there is some blood they won’t offer you treatment, same if you have toothache and there are no loose teeth; they usually tell you too book an appointment with your regular dentist and wait for that appointment.
Once you get an appointment with them, they expect you to arrive 15 minutes before your appointment to fill in the paperwork they need, but your appointment could be any-time from 10 minutes to an hour and a half after your appointment time depending on when you go there and availability of their staff. It’s quite common for them to ignore patients when they are short staffed and have to take a break; just be glad there is a service that can help you and don’t create a scene if you do end up waiting more than an hour.
The usual way for brushing teeth is effective when you have seemingly perfect teeth, and 30 seconds of brushing is ok. But if you have crooked and missing teeth 30 seconds and normal routine just won’t cut it; you can actually make your teeth a lot worse by not taking care of your teeth by effective brushing.
So what about mouthwash, is these going to fix the problem?
Actually no and yes; mouthwash has been linked with oral cancer, and should not be used to replace brushing; it has some health benefits though with removing bacteria, but should be used in conjunction with good hygiene habits.
So what about standard brushing?
If you brush too hard you will probably do more harm than good, so be efficient not rough. Also if you’re going to be brushing your crooked teeth, you may find that you will also need to use dental floss to get between the gaps of your teeth to remove bits of food; sometimes you will have overlapping teeth though and flossing will become a real chore when trying to get the angles right for the dental tape/floss.
It’s probably best to get invisalign treatment to straighten your teeth if they are too crooked or badly aligned; that will cost money and take time, but well worth it in the long run, and getting it done will make your nightly/morning routines easier.
Get a good toothbrush, with medium soft bristles, and an electric toothbrush in conjunction with that; sonic usually works better, but cost more though.
Conclusion: Use regular brushing in conjunction with an electric toothbrush to prolong the life of the electric toothbrush heads; brush with the normal toothbrush, and use the electric one after rinsing to get the bits you missed between your teeth from regular brushing. If you are comfortable with using dental floss/strips then use them too if need be.
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.
One of the most crucial lessons children can learn as they grow up is how to take care of their teeth, gums and mouth properly. As you get older you can undo a little bit of the damage caused by poor dental hygiene but it can be expensive and, depending on your childhood eating and brushing habits, difficult to undo damage. Eating a lot of sugary foods as a youngster, coupled with poor dental hygiene, can cause irreversible damage.
So it is very important to teach your children from a young age how to take care of their mouths properly – much like they have done in America. You need to teach about flossing, brushing, tongue hygiene and, crucially, gum maintenance. It’s small changes, but it’s very important to get into a habit from a young age so that they carry it forward into adult life. It’s important to give them the proper equipment that they need as well.