Testimonial – W.D

Lost and Found.
      During this pandemic I, like most people, have not been able to see my lovely dentist, Biruntha Vaheeswaran, but the time came when I could put it off no longer, so I was devastated to find out she had left the practise in Chatterton Road. I had been her patient for many years and, having previously had a bad experience with a ‘lucky dip’ search for a dentist, was unwilling to go the same route again.  I should not have worried, having asked around I found her!  She is now at Highfield Dental in Crofton Road. Orpington. It was such a relief – and added bonus, Claire, the receptionist, was also there!  It is a very friendly surgery, super friendly receptionists – and a lovely garden to gaze out on while you wait your appointment, and, big bonus, easy to get to by bus.  If you are looking for a dentist, look no further!
Wendy D.

Testimonial-R.E

I just wanted to say how impressed I was with Martina Oboh. She was such a pleasant person and explained everything she was doing during my filling which is very reassuring as it was my first visit with her.
R.E

MORE ON GUM DISEASE AND IMPACT OF SMOKING

So far, we have been looking at all things “gums” from defining gum disease, causes, risk factors, treatment, and things to expect after having gum treatment.

In this blog we are looking at the consequences of not having gum treatment as well as impact of smoking on gum disease.

The consequences of not having gum treatment include:

1) The disease could get worse than it was

2) Teeth could become loose with gaps appearing between the teeth and teeth drifting

3) Bad breadth which could get worse

4) Teeth and gums could become painful

5) Increased likelihood of losing teeth early

It is worth bearing in mind that sometimes extraction (removal of teeth) may be an acceptable alternative in cases where the disease is severe.

 

There is the option of exploring replacement for these teeth from dentures, bridges or dental implants as deemed appropriate by your dentist.

Dental implants and bridges are only recommended if the gum disease is no longer active.

It is usually more challenging adapting to replacement teeth especially with eating.

 

SMOKING AND GUM DISEASE

Smoking has an impact on gum disease.

We usually advice Smoking cessation for those who do.

There are organisations that can assist and offer help with quitting Smoking.

 

Please speak to your dentist for more information on this.

Smokers who carry on with this habit are:

1) More likely to develop gum disease

2) Find that the gum disease may deteriorate at a much quicker rate

3) The gum disease is less likely to get better after treatment

4) Smokers may also notice a higher tendency for relapse following gum treatment.

Please visit the British Society of Periodontology ( BSP) for additional information and resources.

Many thanks for stopping by!

 

Martina

How we adapt to change

At Highfield dental we are constantly evolving to provide our patients with the best possible service we can offer. So we have made a few changes over the last few months to make your experience here the best we can.

Firstly we have introduced online booking for dental appointments, this can be done through our website, or if we send your dental reminder, this will give you a unique link for you to book in at a time that suits you, along with a gentle email reminder of your appointment a few days before with a dedicated patient portal link to complete your medical history’s and forms all in the comfort of your own home.

As you come in to the practice for your appointments, you will notice that one of our changes is our reception desk has relocated, we have now made way for a brand new surgery on the ground floor for Mr Patel, along with a ramp from the road to provide an easier access into the practice.

You will also see a few new happy faces around the practice and on reception, as sadly one of our long term staff members has now retired and they are now currently enjoying a well deserved rest.

This comes as a great loss to the practice and I am sure to our patients as well, but don’t worry we’ve got this covered, we are currently training our new reception team to continue to give you the best possible service you have always been accustomed to.

We are so lucky to have such lovely patients, and we are so appreciative of the kindness, support and patience from you all during our changes.

By Clare N.

WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER PERIODONTAL TREATMENT

Hello Everyone!
We have so far looked out what causes gum disease, the risk factors, what gum treatment involves
and the benefits of having gum treatment.

In this blog we would be looking at what to expect after you have had gum treatment (periodontal
treatment) carried out.

The following may occur following gum treatment:
1) The gums are likely to bleed more initially but not to worry.
Keep cleaning the teeth effectively and this would improve2) As the gum become healthier, they shrink and spaces may appear between the teeth known as ‘black triangles’.
The teeth may also appear longer.
3) As the gums shrink the teeth become more sensitive hot, cold or sweet things.
Usually this gets better in a few weeks but you may need to use a sensitivity toothpaste or have
other treatments to help with this.
4) Ongoing maintenance of the gums is required with regular checks up and hygiene visits every
three months.

Please feel free to contact your dentist for more information.

In the next blog I would be exploring the consequences of not having gum treatment.

Thanks for stopping by!

Martina

BENEFITS OF GUM TREATMENT

Hello there!

Many thanks for stopping by at our practice blog.

We have been looking closely at gum disease in the previous blogs and we do hope you have found the information useful.

My last post was on what the treatment of gum disease involves.

However today we will be looking the benefits of having gum treatment.

Gum treatment makes for healthy gums all round.

The benefits are summarised as follows:

  1. Greater confidence from having a fresher mouth.
  1. The gums stop bleeding and are no longer sore when you brush them.
  1. It helps eliminate bad breadth.
  1. Teeth become less wobbly.
  1. Less discomfort when you eat.
  1. The ultimate goal is to keep the teeth as long as possible.

It is worth bearing in mind that the success of the gum treatment depends significantly on how well you clean your teeth and on how your gums respond.

Brushing the teeth thoroughly twice a day, cleaning effectively between the teeth and paying regular dental visits are good habits to adopt for life.

Do hope you have found this post useful.

In the next post we will be examining the results of having no treatment.

Martina

Excessive Tooth Wear

Tooth grinding and clenching habits often occur durring sleep, habits such as chewing finger nails or chewing ends of a pen/pencil.

Acid erosion- This can be excessive amounts of acidity in your diet- fruit based beverages, fizzy drinks, alcohol consumption or from stomach acids as a result of health issues.

Abraction – is tooth wear visible on the sides of teeth near the gum line, seen as a notch or v shaped edge worn from the surface. Often caused by a combination of grinding, erosion and aggressive hard brushing techniques.

Tooth wear – weakens the structional integrity of the tooth, this results in the risk of tooth fracture, sensitivity and tooth decay.

Regular dental checkups will identify areas ofweaknesses, the rates of wear and carries. We can then formulate a treatment plan to restore and protect worn areas and advise on preventing further tooth wear.

Testimonial – K.B

Dear Practice manager,

I would like to submit this testimonial about the care we received from Martina Oboh.

We all attended for our routine 6 monthly check ups to find our dentist Victoria Plumpton had left the practice, and at first like many we were unsure of seeing a new dentist.

I must say that after meeting Martina and all receiving a thorough check up, the whole family found her to be very caring and professional.

Our granddaughter who had been waiting an appointment with the orthodontist and to date had not received an appointment – this was immediately chsaed by Martina whilst we were there.

Our daughter has some cavities which required treatment and these were done with no discomfort and she was pleased with how they felt on completion.

Myself and my husband both had thorough check ups and the best hygienic clean of out teeth .

We would recommend anyone to Martina, she is a really good dentist, who is caring, gentle and thorough with her examinations.

 

your sincerely

KB, KB, KR, PS

 

 

 

Getting Back to Normality

As everyone starts returning back to their normal day to day activities, we are so happy to be seeing all our regular patients coming through our doors, as well as welcoming new patients who join our practice.

Maintaining healthy teeth and gums is so important, even though we are all hiding them – behind masks!

If you have missed our smile as much as we have missed yours, you can book to see us using our online booking tool or just simply call our friendly reception team today on 01689 823786 to book for your dental check up.

So don’t be worried about coming to see us, we’re a friendly bunch really! And looking after your teeth and smile is what we do best.

By Clare N.