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Braces. What Works and What Doesn’t?

There are many types of orthodontic appliances, which work to to straighten teeth. However, for every pro, there’s also a con. I’m here to get make them clear you you!

It’s important to know what there is to offer:

  • Fixed braces (Train tracks) in clear or standard silver.
  • Clear aligners. From brands like QuickStraightTeeth and Invisalign.
  • Palatal Brace.
  • Lingual Braces.

Here at Eccleshill Dental we offer both fixed braces and clear aligners. Our orthodontic-dentist, Dr. Rishi has completed many life-changing cases which patients have been over the moon with. Here as a few of the range of cases he has completed below!

So, what’s the difference?

Fixed Braces:

We offer two types of fixed appliances – Quick Straight Teeth and FastBraces. Both systems are fantastic but the severity of the teeth would determine which system would benefit yourself. Dr.Rishi is trained and skilled to understand the rotation/movement your teeth need to make before he’s even started!

Here are the advantages:

  • Fixed braces allow more movement and control so you tend to get a better result!
  • They’re cemented in so you will not forget to wear them!
  • You can have ceramic/clear brackets which are unnoticeable.
  • You can have straight teeth in as little as three months!

Here are the disadvantages:

  • Fixed braces can look unsightly.
  • Sometimes they can be hard to clean.
  • In the first few days they can be slightly uncomfortable but all braces can! If children can do can you!

Clear Aligners:

The main brand people tend to associate with aligners is Invisalign. They are basically clear retainers which have to be worn for 22 hours of the day to get the best results, but you can hardly tell they are there.

Every few weeks you will have a new aligners to wear and each one moves the teeth slightly until they are perfectly aligned!

Here are the advantages:

  • Hardly visible at all which is the main reason people are drawn to them.
  • Very easy to clean!
  • At the end of the treatment you don’t need cemented brackets and wired removing which can be slightly uncomfortable – but in no means painful.
  • Everything is controlled by you, there are no adjustment appointments, just simply pick up your new trays every few weeks.

Here are the disadvantages:

  • Since aligners are removable, people can forget to out them back in!
  • You can NOT eat or drink with them in.
  • Teeth must be cleaned after every meal to advoid cavities.
  • They don’t always allow for certain movements.

If you are curious as to which system would work for yourself, contact us here at Eccleshill Dental! We are running a free orthodontic consultation right up until the end of September!

Tel – 01274 633 406 for more information.

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How To: Make Tooth Brushing Enjoyable For Children!

Do you find tooth brushing time is difficult with your child/ren? Gaining cooperation with children can be difficult and it can be stressful for a parent. Here are some top tips to make tooth brushing time easier for the little ones!

Tooth brushing can be made fun, right?

Children may find tooth brushing boring which will lead to a loss in interest. Meaning they quickly become uncooperative. Children feed off energy and enjoy being surrounded in a positive environment. A child would be more open to spend time on toothbrushing if it was enjoyable for them. Praising a child for doing well is key to move them into continuous routine, but the question is, how?

How can I praise my child?

  • Sticker charts – This shows they are doing well so they are rewarded.
  • Treats – e.g. brush twice a day for 2 weeks and have a small treat. As time goes on children will fit into a routine you can extend the time period to monthly. Soon this will become second nature to them.
  • Allowing them to pick their own toothbrush and toothpaste. This will make children feel independent and excited to use their new toothbrush which they have picked. Flovaoured tooth paste will also ensure that the flavour is not a reason to be put off at brushing time!

Gaining Trust.

Brushing you child’s teeth has to be made enjoyable for them. Brushing twice a day for 2 minutes is ideal. So maybe try brushing to their favourite song, a flavoured toothpaste, a character toothbrush of their choice or brushing with a cuddly toy. Children like to teach and be in charge, so allow your child to teach you or their toy th best ways to brush!

Children are influenced!

Children trust their parents and are influenced by their actions. Have you ever noticed your child copying something you do? That’s because they know your actions are right so they are influenced by them. Why not brush your teeth as you little one do there’s! This will get them into a routine and will try copying your techniques.

Interacting with children.

Let them brushing your teeth! and then you can brush theres. This is something alot of parents do to ensure the teeth are getting cleaned as well as possible. Youtube have some fantastic videos with characters, songs and ryhmes children will enjoy. The videos are designed to last as long as toothbrushing should, this is so children get into a routine of brushing for 2 minutes twice a day and still find it fun and exciting. Only play the video at brushing times, so they relate the song to brusing their teeth.

It is important that children are engaging from a young age so as soon as you see a little tooth come through, introduce a toothbrush to them!

If your little one is over 12 months old, get them booked in with the dentist so they can get used to the dental environment!

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What Causes A Tooth Decay?

A cavity is another name for tooth decay. Which is caused when bacteria breaks down tooth enamel. Tooth decay can cause pain or can take place secretly. How can we prevent this from happening? First it is importance to understands what happens.

The main factories include:


There are various types of bacteria – some destructive and some protective. It’s aim is to balance and neutralise the mouth environment.


Plaque is a mixture of saliva, bacteria and left over foods. The plaque tends to stick to enamel. This leaves the tooth with small white patches or holes which can lead to the dentine being damaged too.

Sugar Intake:

A high sugar intake may lead to the progression of tooth decay as sugar will sit on the tooth’s surface and if not cleaned away will begin to root the tooth, making its way to the nerve.

Food breaks down into small into small sugars which can be left on the teeth. Acid absorb minerals which cause deterioration. If acid reaches the dentine (which is much softer than enamel) it can lead to nerve pain.


Sometimes there can be no symptoms for a cavity. It can fester for a long period of time before giving any signs! However, when decay reaches closer to the heart of the tooth as time goes on, you do tend to get more symptoms. These can include:

  • Sensitivity to hot and/or cold.
  • Twinges or short bursts of pain.
  • Ache – this can be dull or a throb.

How can I prevent this?

Tooth cavities can be prevented by having a diligent brushing regime and therefore bacteria and plaque can not sit on the teeth for a long period of time. Bacteria on the teeth becomes toxic after 24 hours so it is important that we are brushing well for 4 minuets each day – 2 minutes is a morning and 2 minutes on an evening.

In addition, it is important and dentist tend to stress is introducing flossing into a daily routine to ensure plaque is removed from in between the teeth as well and the areas which can be reached with a tooth brush.

Having a low sugar diet will reduce the risks of tooth decay as there is less sugar to be left harbouring on the tooth surface. This means acids will not be able to break down the tooth enamel leaving it strong and protected.

Prevention is the main factor to minimise risks of tooth decay. This is why routine check ups every 6 months are vital to help catch sign of tooth decay early to stop the progression and treat them early.

For more information of if you feel like you have a problem contact Eccleshill Dental on 01274 633 406.


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How To Combat Staining!

Are you concerned about the staining on or inbetween your teeth? Then this post is perfect for you. Tooth staining can cause people to be conscious about their smile. Firstly, it is important to understand why staining occurs!

Staining appears on the teeth from;

  • Smoking.
  • Eating heavily coloured foods.
  • Excessivly drinking red wine, tea or coffee.
  • Certain mouthwashes.

Well, how can I remove staining?

Step 1.

Start by using a slightly abrasive toothpaste, this will remove extrinsic staining. A whitening toothpaste will usually do the trick for minimal amounts of staining.

Step 2.

Flossing or using interdental brushes. This will help keep staining down by removing plaque and debris from areas the toothbrush cant reach!

Step 3.

Book in with Eccleshill Dental Practice. Our Specialist hygiene therapist will assess whether those difficult stains require a hygiene scale and polish r an airpolish. If the staining is heavy and has been there for a while then you would require an air polishing appointment. The pressurised sand removes extrinsic staining without damaging the tooth surface.

What is Air Polising?

Air polishing is a a high pressurised sand which is blasted at the teeth to remove staining from the areas of the teeth a toothbrush cannot reach. This is pain free and works wonders for for stain removal!

How Air polishing is beneficial.

  • Creates a brighter and cleaner smile.
  • Removes years of stain build up.
  • Perfectly safe towards tooth surface.
  • Quick and easy.
  • Pain-free.

To book an appointment today, contact Eccleshill Dental on 01274 633 406.

Alternatively email our treatment coordinator for more advise.

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5 Ways That Quitting The Cigarettes Will Benefit Your Health!

Smoking is a very debatable topic as people are either for or against it. Over the years smoking has always been a popular activity but in recent years cigarettes have become harder to get hold of and have increased in cost massively. However, I’m not here to talk about the costs or availability. I am here to focus on the health benefits of quitting those cigarettes.

There are many different to aids to assist quitting smoking. For example; E-Cigarettes, patches, Nicotine chewing gum, hypnotising and the list goes on! Quitting smoking is easier said than done as I’m sure many will know…but its worth a shot! Here’s how your health will benefit from quitting.

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Interdental Brushes Or Floss. Which Works Best For Me?

A diligent tooth brushing regime is important to ensure we have healthy teeth and gums throughout our lives. However, brushing twice a day for two minutes is just the bare minimum we can do to ensure we are looking after our mouths correctly, as dentistry has progressed over the years we are now aware that most leading problems in tooth loss comes from unhealthy gums causing recession and wobbly teeth. It is now proven that cleaning in between the teeth is how we can ensure we are looking after them properly! Daily flossing allows the removal of plaque and bacteria every 24 hours and because bacteria becomes toxic after 24 hours, it ensures you are on the right tack to keeping the mouth at its healthiest state.

There are many benefits which are associated with inter-dental cleaning (cleaning in between the teeth) including the lowered risk of gum disease which is the leading cause of tooth loss. As well as fighting any bad smelling breath as it helps to remove the plaque and debris which could not be removed with an ordinary toothbrush. It is also known that people have improved self confidence when they have got flossing in their daily lifestyle as they are no longer conscious of smells and food getting trapped in their teeth throughout the day.

Interdental Brushs Vs Floss. Which will win?

Tepes are inter-dental brushes which come in all sizes and some are softer than others. If you can fit an interdental brush through the gaps between your teeth I would highly suggest doing this once a day than using dental string floss. This is because it pushing out more plaque and debris than dental floss would. As dental floss can be tricky to establish the correct technique, some people prefer using Tepes as they are easier to manage as all you need to do is push the brush through each gap once per day. At Eccleshill Dental our dental hygienist deep cleans the gums and will demonstrate which type of product to use for inter-dental cleaning during the appointment. As shes the expert she will assess whether floss or interdental brushes will work for you specifically, as well as explaining which size or type will work best. For example, someone with larger gaps may benefit from a interdental brushes but someone with smaller gaps and overlapped teeth, may find it easier to use string floss.

Floss is great if you can use the right technique and is also a well known product. Over the years floss was not deemed essential as part of the oral hygiene regime but in most recent years studies have been put together show that flossing is key and dentists are now focusing on making sure everyone’s regime is changing for the better. Here at Eccleshill Dental we are now demonstrating and educating the younger generation to introduce floss into their daily routine so that they have grown up knowing the importance of floss, as well as persuading the older generation that their routine has to change.

What If My Gums Bleed?

Keep flossing! Bleeding is encouraged when there is active disease present, but do not worry this may only be mild. The body’s immune system attempts to fight off the bacteria and this is why it bleeds. I’m in no way suggesting that bleeding is a good sign or that this is the aim, but when there is a significant change in the brushing regime the bleeding should reduce in approximately 10 days and even further as flossing continues. My advice would be, do not be put off by bleeding. Be encouraged to tackle the problem at its earlier state and watch the obvious signs of progression!

Interdental brushes are the gold standard option but if you find floss works better for yourself, then use floss. Cleaning is personal preference and can be adapted to anyone! Your dentist will be pleased that you’re spending more time on cleaning!

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Tooth Whitening – What Works and What Doesn’t?

 Tooth whitening is a cosmetic treatment which is used to improve the smile aesthetically. A brighter and whiter smile is appealing to the public as it is known that the eyes and the smile are the first thing a person looks at. There are many different types of methods for tooth whitening, some better than others, some even illegal.  


Whats the deal about whitening toothpaste?

Whitening tooth paste for big named brands is used to promote business and selling, as no toothpaste will whiten your teeth like in house dental tooth whitening or laser whitening. So you could say it’s a slight gimmick to boost sales. Whitening tooth paste is known to brighten teeth by removing stains, but not actually improving the colour of the teeth. Their abrasive texture dislodges some stains making them appear cleaner and brighter.  

The new craze – charcoal toothpaste.  

Charcoal toothpaste has been floating around social media quite a lot recently and is now sold across many supermarkets and high street stores. I can assure you that charcoal toothpaste will only give similar affects as whitening toothpaste, stain removal and brightening the smile. Except that they have a very low concentration of fluoride, if any. This can actually be more clinically harmful as fluoride strengthens the teeth which is why it is included in toothpastes and mouthwashes, I’m sure you can imagine why a toothpaste without it would not be beneficial.  



Home Remedies.

Home remedies like bicarbonate soda and banana peels won’t make a massive difference in terms of wanting to gain that Hollywood smile.  These are made up methods of whitening teeth which not only can be harmful but essentially are a waste of time. Some stain removal can be seen by using bicarbonate soda but using imagine using an abrasive powder against you teeth 2-3 times a day, this can create notches, recession and even tooth surface loss exposing the dentine from underneath the enamel, which is actually more yellow in colour so it defeats the point of using a tooth whitener.  

What about / UV whitening and ordering from online. 

Please BE CAREFUL when ordering whitening gels and systems from online as it is not legal to prescribe gels at a high percentage online, the only people who are legally allowed to sell higher percentages is dental practitioners with a GDC registration number. The risks of UV whitening and online whitening gels are very high which can lead to severe sensitivity, soft tissue burns or even nerve damage to the tooth. I would recommend seeing a specialist for tooth whitening to be on the safe side and please please do your research.  

The big debate. Beautician and in-salon whitening.  

Lots of beauticians offer tooth whitening. However, this in some cases is illegal as they have not had the official training like a dental professional has had and they are not registered under the GDC to be  legally allowed to prescribe dental tooth whitening. In some circumstances beauticians may feel like that have had in depth training through courses they have been on but they have not had 5 years studying the mouth like a dental professional. Also, if a something happens during the treatment the insurance will not cover for any damage done during the whitening procedure, which is not ideal as you or the beautician are not covered for any problems which may occur. In some cases beauticians do provide tooth whitening but this is a weaker solution and therefore you wouldn’t get the results that you aspire for. 

Dental Whitening and why we advise it.  

Dental professionals have had the correct training to know the mouth inside and out, which is why they are the best people to approach regarding whitening. At Eccleshill dental we offer two different systems, Enlighten and Boutique. Enlighten is actually the Gold standard system and it is promised that you will see a great improving across the shade guide.  

With dental whitening it is the most effective way to improve your smile without causing any tooth damage. In most cases tooth whitening actually masks initial problems that patients present with. So in this way it is the most  cost effective as you only have to ever buy it once and only need to top it up every couple of years and this is if you feel they have slightly faded but will never return to original shade.  


So why not come and try out our Whitening Wednesdays for 20% off when two or more people book in!  


Jodie McG uinness 

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