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Dear Patients and Friends,

We hope you are all well, enjoying the warmer weather and sunshine ☀️ That is half the year gone, can you believe it? Time flies! We certainly have been enjoying seeing you all and having some normality back again.

It has been a while since we catched up and on this edition we wanted to share lots of amazing news and some inspirational stories from our lovely staff 🧡

IBLU-Duns Dental Practice

We are so excited to announce that Infinityblu has acquired a 6th dental practice in the beautiful town Duns, in Berwickshire, Scottish borders. ‘We're looking forward to working with this incredibly hard working and passionate dental team, and along with the already outstanding high standards of dental and patient care, it's such an exciting journey ahead’ Chris Barrowman.

Find Out More Here

Auchterarder Online Booking! Now Available

You can now book all your appointments at a click on your fingers and at your convenience. Click here to book your next appointment or to check it out! We are always looking for ways to improve our customer journey from even before visiting us and online booking is definitely one of them. We are now launching it for Auchterarder and hopefully roll out for the rest of the practices to follow.

KILLIN! We’re coming!

Exciting times are ahead, please stay tuned on our social media for more news to come on this.

Interesting Facts and Figures about Wisdom Tooth & Tooth Extractions

Roughly 85% of people need to have their wisdom tooth extracted during their lifetime and 74% of British adults have had one tooth removed! Tooth extractions are a lot more common than we think!

Audrey Kershaw

For some, wisdom teeth do not need any removal and they come through normally and cause no problems however for others when they come there is often not enough space in your mouth for them to grow properly and can cause problems leading to them needing to be removed.

If you or someone you know needs relief from wisdom tooth problems, then meet our Specialist Oral Surgeon Dr. Audrey Kershaw BDS, FDS RCS (Ed), who is an expert with vast experience in oral surgery which includes wisdom tooth removal, tooth extraction and even tongue tie releases! Yes, that’s right tongue tie release and much more.

To find our more please call us today on 03333 050886 or email us on dunkeld@infinitybludental.co.uk or click here to find out more

Stories from our Team

Can an experience you had shape your entire career path?

Root Canal to Career!

I was so petrified of the dentist... because I had a bad experience when I was younger, (isn’t that most people?) Find out what our lovely nurse Jen has to say 🧡.

I moved to Pitlochry and joined Infinityblu as a patient.

My first appointment I was so nervous but then instantly felt at ease with the warm welcome and great care received that day.

A little while later I joined the team at iblu to work on reception.

Then one weekend I woke up with toothache I made an appointment to see Chris when I returned to work, turned out I needed root treatment on it.. (oh my days, I heard how horrible and painful this was)

I got numbed up, Chris did some treatment on it... I never felt a thing. Can root treatment be as bad I thought??

I went back for the second part of the treatment, this time the appointment was a little longer, I was nervous - didn’t know what to expect. An hour later I'm at home, completely out of pain trying to drink a cup of tea, dribbling it all down me...

I wonder..... Could I see myself as a dental nurse??? Is this something I'd like to do? Would I be good at it? The very next day I went into work and asked what the procedure is to become a dental nurse... From that moment I have had fantastic training, guidance and support and about to start college 🙂 all because of RCT 🙂. Jen

Our Principal Chris Barrowman Takes the Triathlon

Chris Barrowman

"There’s no sport that puts you in a world of pain for 5 hours, but the satisfaction and endorphins afterward are unbeatable #swimbikerun #castletriathlonseries #triathlonlife", Chris.

Recently Chris has taken on the first Triathlon in over 24 months and has shared with us the inspiring route he has taken and lessons learned below; "After the last 18 months of 15-20 hour a week swim, bike and run training, plus numerous cancelled and postponed races, finally triathlon racing is back!

This race was a middle-distance triathlon in the lovely grounds of Cholmondeley Castle near Chester, England. Distances were 1.9km lake swim, a 3 loop 96km cycle, finishing with a 21km run in the grounds of the estate.

The swim went well, I was pretty happy to get into the water for the swim, with a wet cold start to the day setting up the transition, meant a cold start to the day. I had a reasonable 2-lap swim with an Australian exit for a bit of uniqueness, the 3-lap bike went well, except the 3rd lap I had some mechanical issues with the bike which meant a 10-minute stop and repair roadside. Thankfully, I managed to nurse the bike home to finish the day with a reasonable half marathon run on pretty tired over-biked legs.

I came home way behind my expectations, 8th in age group and 31st overall, but big lesson learned in bike set up, last minute tinkering, and bike being race tested.

Next race is in 2 weeks' time on 25th July, again same distance at Castle Howard near Yorkshire, so can't wait until race day"

Keep up the amazing work Chris!

Invisalign, the Worldwide Game Changer for Straighter Teeth

Get your picture-perfect smile today! Our Invisalign clear and discreet teeth straightening treatment is now available at Pitlochry, Crieff and Alyth practices. Call us today to find out more and book your consultation.

Find Out More Here

Become a Member

Have you heard of our plans that allow convenient and premium dental care?

Benefits of our membership plans:

- Enjoy Members only fee across all our treatments
- Affordable plans to enjoy premium private dental care
- Reduce your risk of any dental problems in the future
- Access to all Infinityblu Dental Care and Implant practices
- Emergency visits
- Dental Emergency Assistance Support for all plans
- Maintain your dental health for a healthy smile, gums and teeth for life
- Worldwide Dental Assistance cover

We will continue to post updates on social media as always, follow us to stay up to date Social media

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Best wishes, iblu team 🧡

Pitlochry

Dear Patients and Friends,

It has been so lovely to see most of you since we were back to doing general dentistry at our own practices. The team has been delighted to see you and to catch up with you on how you have been over the past challenging and difficult past months.

Things have been different since we been back with the new normal but we are delighted to you are well and being able to care for you and your smiles again fully. We aim to make sure you continue to get the treatments you need safely and with a seamless experience.

The year is almost done, we have made it and just like that Christmas is almost here, the most wonderful time of the year! We are even thinking of putting our Christmas tree up early this year for positive vibes and excitement, is it too soon?

On that note, we would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year from all the team here at Infinityblu Dental and we look forward to a new year caring for you in 2021.

Recap on 2020 from the Team and how we made it!

2020 was certainly a challenging year for all of us but on the bright side we would like to take this opportunity to reflect on all the great things we have managed to achieve on this challenging year!

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Transforming lives by Transforming Smiles

Ortho

Lovely messages from our dear patients and their Ortho journey.

We love to hear your experiences and how you feel about your smiles 💙

Amazing results from our lovely patient Michelle

"Cannot explain how over the moon I am with my end result, 18 months of braces have been worth every second and every period of discomfort!

A huge huge thank you to Bruce Duguid for making this all happen!" 🙌

Another amazing ortho journey and result from our lovely patient and friend Ashley.

Ortho

"🎉 WOW!! 🎉 Words cannot describe how amazed I am at my results after getting my braces off!

It was a 6 month longer journey than planned due to Covid however they are finally off and I can't stop smiling and taking photos! 😁 (Some would say I'm obsessed!) 😂 However I was so paranoid about my teeth all my life up until now and that's changed.

Absolutely proud of my new smile. Thank you so much to Bruce Duguid , Infinityblu's Orthodontist for coming on board this journey with me and I've loved coming to visit you and kinda sad that I no longer need to come. Thank you to Chris Barrowman, my old boss for making my dreams come true to getting a new smile. You guys are awesome! 👏👏 Ashley xxx"

Alyth Updates and News

We are now fully open in Alyth and we have to reveal our most exciting news that we are adding a 2nd surgery and extension to Alyth to be able to attend to our patients needs better and growing base as we are now registering new NHS, private and membership plan patients and deliver more treatments in-house.

Please also meet and welcome our newest Dentist Lorne Brockbank who will join our team in Alyth.

Lorne Brockbank

Lorne graduated from Dundee Dental School in 2004 and was awarded the most outstanding student in restorative dentistry. She has gained extensive experience working in the general dental service throughout Scotland. She has experience of restoring dental implants and is qualified to provide Invisalign and whitening treatments. She pays great attention to detail and is a good listener.

‘I enjoy all aspects of dentistry and particularly building relationships with patients, easing their anxieties, and helping them smile with confidence!’; Dr. Lorne Brockbank

In her free time, she has completed three triathlons and regularly runs socially with friends. She enjoys sailing and skiing and loves to take her two children on adventures.

Invisalign In Alyth

We are excited to announce that Invisalign is NOW available in Alyth. You can book your appointment today for a consultation on a new smile.

Pitlochry

More exciting NEWS Auchterarder

Some exciting news for our Auchterarder Infinityblu patients and the town of Auchterarder!

After months of lockdown delay, our dental practice refurbishment is finally underway at 81 Feus Road!! So all being well, by the end of the year, we’ll be relocating to further along the Auchterarder high street and moving into our new 3 surgery premises.

Our NHS and Private patient lists are OPEN and we’re welcoming new patients, so please share, tell your family, friends and colleagues about Infinityblu. We’d love to meet them and have you and them part of our practice 💙💙

Here are some images of our before for Alyth and Auchterarder renovations. STAY TUNED for our after photos!

Pitlochry
Pitlochry

Are you ready for Christmas and New Year?

Why not give your smile a new makeover with our Tooth Whitening offer for the festive season?

Become a Member

Have you heard of our plans that allow convenient and premium dental care?

Benefits of our membership plans:

- Enjoy Members only fee across all our treatments
- Affordable plans to enjoy premium private dental care
- Reduce your risk of any dental problems in the future
- Access to all Infinityblu Dental Care and Implant practices
- Emergency visits
- Dental Emergency Assistance Support for all plans
- Maintain your dental health for a healthy smile, gums and teeth for life
- Worldwide Dental Assistance cover

We are looking forward to a new year caring for you and your smile and continuing to make sure you are happy and confident with your smiles daily.

A quick reminder that our FREE Virtual Consultations are still available. To book your appointment on www.infinitybludental.co.uk/virtual/

We will continue to post updates on social media as always, follow us to stay up to date Social media

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Best wishes, iblu team

Pitlochry

Dear Patients

We hope you and your families are all keeping well, staying safe and healthy.

Now that we are taking a slight turn towards normality as advised by regulatory, we are glad to announce that with the Emergency Appointments that have been running at our Dunkeld practice for the past 4 weeks, we are NOW able to resume Aerosol Generating Procedures/Treatments on a Private basis. To ensure a safe re-opening for our patients and team, we are re-opening the remaining practices on a week by week basis. Click here.

Chris

We cannot wait to meet you all and welcome you back fully soon as it is safe to do so Heart

Re-opening

The team at infinityblu have working hard to ensure that your visit to the dental practice will be a pleasant, effective, and most importantly, a safe experience. The procedures and protocols that were routinely part of safe delivery of dental care are already well developed and practiced at infinityblu.

With the COVID-19 pandemic, certain aspects of your visit to us at the practice will be different, we have upgraded these routines to ensure that we are offering you the latest in safe dental environments. The aim is keeping you safe by maintaining social distancing, minimising contact and limiting travel, whilst still providing you with a pleasant and comfortable treatment experience. The risk of virus particle contamination will be managed carefully in all areas of the building and surgeries. How we will take care of you safely and what is different? Click here

The Team

PPE

A visual on what you will see when you visit us.

Pitlochry

Diet and Oral Health

We often read about what is bad for our teeth in terms of foods and drink so we decided to share what is also good for your teeth health generally and naturally. A few foods are listed below which are naturally good for your teeth:

Healty

- Carrots
- Celery
- Apples
- Almonds
- Yogurt
- Leafy Greens
- Cheese

Some of these foods provide us with Calcium and Phosphorus which protect our tooth enamel.

For those who are lactose intolerant or prefer to keep milk products at bay then green vegetables such as broccoli and spinach which are said to be high in Calcium

Oral Cancer Self-Check and Preventative Measures

Step By Step Guide to Self-Check

- You will need a bright light/torch and a mirror to carry out your self-examination. It may be more helpful to ask someone for assistance.
- Ensure you have removed any foreign bodies in the mouth including dentures, removable braces and piercings.
- Firstly, look and feel the lips on the outside and inside.
- Secondly look at the roof of your mouth. This is best done by tilting your head backwards.
- Check the cheeks and gums as far back in the mouth as possible. It is advised to pull the cheeks outwards to ensure greater visibility.
- Fourthly check your tongue. Remember your tongue has four different surfaces and each surface should be checked in turn. Please refer to the oral cancer screening picture showing the underside, both sides and the top of the tongue.
- Check the neck for any lumps and bumps or patches. You are checking for inflamed lymph nodes. Please note that lymph nodes can be enlarged for any reason ad it may not be linked to cancer.

What are you looking for?

You are looking for any abnormality in the mouth. Regular screening will alert you to any changes in the mouth and will pick up any disease early on.

Check for ulcers that have been present for over a week, red and white patches, lumps and bumps, thickening of the skin, swellings in the neck region and difficulties in swallowing and speaking.

What to do if you are unsure or worried?

Face

It is important to make sure you do not ignore any signs of abnormality in the mouth. If you are unsure, please contact us at Infinityblu and a dentist will do a soft tissue examination. Most lumps, bumps and ulcers are not oral cancer, however, it best to be safe.

Preventative Measure

Things to avoid to lower the risk of Oral Cancer:
- Diet with low Fruits and Vegetables intake
- Tobacco
- Drinking Alcohol

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Some Good News

Congratulations from all the team at Infinityblu to our Pitlochry Dentist Ailsa on the birth of her baby boy Carter! We all can't wait to meet him and get a cuddle.

And Finally.....

A quick reminder that our FREE Virtual Consultations are available for booking as well as the Emergency Appointments at Dunkeld Practice. For advice on all your dental issues and concerns through the Virtual Consultations, click here to book your appointment.

We will continue to post updates on social media as always, follow us to stay up to date Social media

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PS Thank you to all our NHS heroes and for the stay at home heroes Heart

Stay Safe

Dear Patients and Friends,

We hope you and your families are all keeping well, staying safe and healthy. It has now been 2 months of lockdown and we are missing all our lovely patients and cannot wait to get back to normal.

As you will know from our updates on social media, all Scottish Dental practices are still being advised by our regulatory bodies and the Scottish Government to remain closed for face-to-face dental treatment. We await further guidance on when we might be able to re-open our doors.

We would like to assure you all that Infinityblu Dental Care & Implant Clinic will only re-open when it is safe for our patients and staff to operate.

We have been working hard to ensure that the practice is as safe as it can be when we do open up again. We have been putting together a detailed plan and procedures to re-open with all the new safety measures in place.

We have always taken cross-infection control seriously, focusing on excellent standards in decontamination and cross infection, and are aware of the importance of this for our patients and team.

However, there is going to be the need for change at infinityblu Dental Care & Implant Clinic to move forward in the COVID environment and we will ensure that our safety and cross infection measures are in place even more than previous, and that our practices are a safe place to be in. We are now sourcing the personal protective equipment (PPE) that we feel will be needed in order to keep both you and our team safe when we resume dental health reviews and dental treatment again.

We have also been using our new-found free time to learn new skills and re-connect with our own community of dentists and their teams which you can read more about in this newsletter or on social media.

Our team are still here for you and we have loved keeping in touch with many of you via social media and on the phone.

If you have any concerns about your dental health, please don’t suffer in silence. Please contact us with any dental issues and concerns through Facebook direct messenger, over the phone on 01350 729198, our book a FREE Virtual Consultations through the link below.

Book your appointment here

Do remember that we are continuing to post regularly across our social media channels with oral and general health tips, advice on what to do if you have any issues with your mouth during this time, and team updates which have been helping to keep us connected and positive.

Please do follow us!

What we know and don’t know,

What we know

1. We have always taken cross-infection control seriously, focusing on excellent standards in decontamination and cross infection, and are aware of the importance of this for our patients and our team.
2. There is going to be the need for change at infinityblu Dental Care & Implant Clinic to move forward in the COVID environment.
3. We will ensure we put in place increased measures to reduce the risk of surrounding COVID at our practices when re re-open.
4. When we do re-open, the services and treatment we will be able to offer will gradually be increased in Phases.
5. There will be a reduction in numbers of patients we can see on a daily basis but we will address this with increased days and/or extended surgery hours.

What we don’t know

1. When Dental practices will be allowed to re-open.
2. What forms of treatment and services we will be able to offer in what phase of return.
3. Exact PPE (Personal Protective Equipment )that we will be required to wear.
4. If we will need to keep social distancing guidelines.
5. If we will need to leave time between patients in surgeries to allow the treatment to "cool-down".

Once again, we are missing seeing you every day and are looking forward to welcoming you back again very soon. The practices will be operating slightly differently, and we may look slightly different in our new PPE uniforms when we do return, however, we’ll still be the same team, same faces you have come to recognise at infinityblu Dental care & implant Clinic.

COMMUNITY

How to Build A Micro-corporate in a beautiful area of Scotland and Carry on Growing during lockdown and beyond

Listen to our Director Chris Barrowman talk about the Infinityblu story and background on the Two Reds are Better than One Podcast.

Podcast

THE TEAM

Are you addicted to TikTok yet? We ARE!

Our team members Paula and Michelle have taken on a new challenge Keepie Uppie Lockdown Challenge. We are all surprised about the performance which was NOT expected but well done for no football experience.

Check the videos below to see how they have both done.

7 Day Lockdown Progress

Harder than it looks but with motivation and determination it can be done! Check our Chris’s great progress on walking the Slack Line.

LOOKING AFTER OUR MENTAL HEALTH

The lockdown has had a huge impact on many people across the UK and the world. It is important to pause, reflect and look after our mental health. Below are a few ideas from the Iblu team to ensure your mental health is in check:

- Stay Active. Keep your physical activities going as they have a good impact on us mentally, even if it is putting music on and getting your dance moves on too

- Keep in Touch. Reach out to your family and friends to talk about how you feel and to check on how they are doing with coping with the lockdown

- Eat Healthy. Make sure you keep a balanced diet and research on healthy diets that work for you and have a good impact on your overall health

- Try to learn something new to keep a challenge and accomplish by making use of the time we now have

- List down all the things you want to do and miss doing once the lockdown is relieved

- Keep a journal or a diary on your daily lockdown routine and a place to reflect as well as refer to when this is all over

- Try home yoga and meditation to relax and improve mental health. There are lots of options on Youtube with different levels as well

Mental Health

WHAT'S NEW?

NEW Iblu Practice Launch In Alyth.

Infinityblu Dental Care and Implant Clinic is pleased to announce the opening of a 5th practice in Alyth It seems a strange time to purchase a dental practice, however, once the COVID19 restrictions are relaxed, we will be all set to open as Infinityblu.

All Alyth staff will remain in post as the practice switch to the respected Infinityblu Dental Care and Implant Clinic brand.

Click here to access the editorial on the Alyth Launch and details about the practices wide range of services and goals.

PS Thank you to all our NHS heroes and for the stay at home heroes

NHS heroes

Please stay safe and we cannot wait to see you all very soon. Keep checking our social media for updates and to stay in touch.

Dear Patients and Friends,

We hope you are well and safe. We want to remind you that we are still here for you during this time, through social media, website or telephone to advise you with your dental health issues, concerns and emergencies and through our newly launched virtual consulting service to have a face to face consultation with your dentist.

While we cannot see you at the practice, we would like to keep in touch and stay connected through different platforms and we look forward to welcoming you again to Infinityblu Dental Care and Implant Clinic soon.

Oral Health

ORAL HEALTH #101

The health of your mouth can have a big effect on your overall health and wellbeing. We have all been encouraged to try and stay fit and well to minimise any additional pressure on our front-line healthcare facilities.

During this period of social isolation, take some time to refresh your oral health habits and help make sure that your teeth and gums stay healthy. Remember:

  • Brush with a fluoride toothpaste twice daily, morning and evening. Spit out the excess and do not rinse with water afterwards.
  • Use interdental aids (Tepe brushes and floss) daily to clean between your teeth and any dental restorations.
  • Limit the consumption of sugary food and snacks
  • Limit the consumption of sugary and acidic drinksRinse your mouth with/sip water after eating to prevent plaque build up
  • Don’t scrub too hard on your gums as you may do them more harm than good!
  • If you use an electric toothbrush, hold at a 45-degree angle toward the gum line and move in a circular movement over the front, top and back of teeth
Dr Bruce A Duguid

COMMUNITY

Dr Bruce A Duguid BDS MSc (Dent Sci)(Ortho)
Dental Surgeon, InfinityBlu

‘As a General dental practitioner I had no hesitation in putting myself forward to help out out in these unprecedented times. Having filled in the skills form supplied to me by NHS Tayside I was identified as having skills suitable for deployment as a Generic medical Clinician. I Had previously worked for NHS Tayside as an SHO in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. I was then rapidly slotted in to have my FPP3 mask fitted. Once fitted into the mask you also have to go through a 32 point check to ensure it is effective. I have also today received training in filling in hospital documentation, monitoring deteriorating patients and also setting up drips and taking blood. I’m now good to go and await the call’.

Dr Bruce A Duguid

THE TEAM

#StayHome #StaySafe

Infinityblu team has taken an initiative to create messages to encourage everyone to stay home and stay safe and stay connected. The whole team took part and even their family members have joined.

StayHome StaySafe

7 Day Lockdown Challenge

The iblu team members have set themselves a lockdown challenge to stay active, busy, motivated and driven at these unprecedented times. The challenge is to pick something or a skill to learn that you have always wanted to do and have not found time to do it, turning the lockdown into an opportunity to achieve something new.

Week 1: Our dentist Chris is teaching himself how to slackline and walk 10 meters from one end of the tape. We are rooting he will make it what do you think seeing the video?

To see the progress so far of Chris challenge head to our Facebook page or Instagram page

WHAT'S NEW?

We have now introduced FREE face-to-face virtual consultations.

Talk to us and see us from anywhere! A lot has changed recently, and we want to be there for you as much as we can to answer your questions, concerns and advise you with all your dental issues.

Please call us on 01350 729198 to arrange your virtual free of charge consultation with your dentist

Virtual consultations

PS Stay Safe and Stay home

For updates and follow us on Facebook and Instagram to stay connected and in touch.

Your Child’s First Visit

Key Advice

Use fluoride toothpaste
Keep sugar to mealtimes
Visit us for regular check-up appointments

First Visits

We feel your child’s first visits to our practice are among the most important they will make.

It is often because of a bad experience early on that older children become worried about visiting a dentist. That’s why we make every effort to make sure these early experiences here are just right.

What To Expect

We encourage you to register your child with the Practice as soon after birth as possible. This allows us to enrol you on our Childsmile programme and work with you, at this crucial early stage, to help prevent dental decay and gum problems from occurring. It also lets your child get used to the strange surroundings and meet out Team in a relaxed way whilst we answer any questions you may have. It helps us spot problems early and this can avoid the need for teeth to be taken out at a later stage.

Understandably it takes some children longer to get used to their surroundings than others. Don’t be worried if, at these initial appointments we don’t manage to look in your child’s mouth. It’s more important these visits are pleasant ones and that they are taken at each individual child’s pace.

Registering Your Baby Or Child

It’s never too early to register your child. We recommend you register your baby as soon after birth as possible. This not only ensures early availability of introductory visits but also access to our out of hours emergency service and our Childsmile programme.

Older Children

We to ensure that visits as easy as possible for all children. Your child may need treatment when they first visit our practice and we try to take this slowly with a few shorter appointments initially. We spend time gradually introducing instruments and treatments and progressing as far as possible, at the individual child’s pace.

Preparing Your Older Child

You can play an important role in making these visits a success. Before attending with your child explain to them who they will meet and what will be expected of them. There are children’s books available which many parents find very helpful in doing this. Preparing your child with a positive picture is an invaluable help to us.

Young Patient's General Guide

Key Advice

Use fluoride toothpaste
Keep sugar to mealtimes
Visit us for regular check-up appointments

Brushing Tips

Children's teeth need to be brushed twice daily, after breakfast and last thing at night.

Begin brushing when your baby's first tooth appears, usually around the age of 6 months.

Use a soft dry brush with a small head so it's easy to get into the more difficult areas and we recommend changing it every 3 months.

It is best to help children up to the age of 7 to make sure inside outside and biting surfaces of their teeth are cleaned properly. Children under this age don't have the skills to do it properly themselves yet. Proper brushing takes at least 2 minutes.

Your Child's Sugar Intake

Our advice is to cut down the number of times a day your child has sugary foods and drinks. If the child is to consume these, please try to give them to the child only at mealtimes.

Sweetened drinks in baby bottles encourage decay to form very quickly within your baby's teeth. Therefore juice should be well diluted and given in a feeder cup or beaker. These are more likely to cause a problem if given at bedtime, during the night or as comforters for long periods of time.

Watch out for hidden sugars on labels, these include glucose, syrup, fructose sucrose, dextrose, maltose concentrated fruit juice, and honey. These all harm children's teeth. A hidden sugars guide can also be found on our website.

Try replacing chocolate, sweets, ice-cream, biscuits, cakes and sweet drinks with fruit, raw vegetables, cheese, crisps, crackers, bread, milk and water.

Fluoride Toothpaste

It is best to use fluoride toothpaste to clean your children's teeth. It strengthens teeth and makes them more resistant to decay. A small pea sized amount is plenty.

Encourage your child to spit out after brushing, but not rinse with water. This removes the fluoride left to work on your child's teeth after brushing.

Dental Visits

We feel this is the most important aspect of caring for your children's teeth.

Every child is different and visiting us regularly gives us the chance to detect, and take necessary action to prevent, dental problems.

Post Extraction Aftercare

Key Advice

Always remember that a clean mouth heals more rapidly than a neglected one.
Do not take alcoholic stimulants or smoke for the next 24 hours.
Rest for a few hours but do NOT lie down.
Sleep with head raised above the height of the body.
Do not be alarmed if small fragments of bone are felt because these are the edge of the socket and will be absorbed and disappear.
Some discomfort after extractions is normal and its’ intensity varies from person to person. We recommend that you take a dose of anti‐ inflammatory pain killers within one hour of the procedure and expect continue these for the following 48 – 72 hours. Do not exceed the stated dose. If the pain is severe, consult us.
On the day after the extraction, a warm saline mouthwash may be used to bathe the wound. Do not rinse out the mouth. Take a level teaspoon of salt and add it to a glass of warm water. This may be carried out after each meal until healing is complete.

If Excessive Bleeding Occurs

Avoid all exertion.
Do not use facial packs or rinse mouth.
If there has been more than one extraction, clean the mouth with tissues and see which part of the mouth is bleeding.
Use the sterile gauze provided (or some damp cotton wool if you run out) to make a small compress, place on the bleeding point, sit up and bite on it, DO NOT LIE DOWN. Maintain this position for 10‐15 minutes and repeat treatment if necessary.
Consult the surgery if excessive bleeding occurs for more than a few hours

Caring for dentures

Key Advice

If you have an old set, keep them safe in a rigid container such as a soapbox. Keep plastic dentures in water if possible to prevent them drying out. Remember to change the water regularly, and to disinfect the dentures before using them if required.
Remove your dentures after every meal and give them a thorough cleaning. This is especially important if you have some of your own teeth, which will also need to be thoroughly cleaned to stop the food getting trapped around them where they are in contact with the denture. Any proprietary denture cleanser or toothpaste is suitable, although be careful with metal frameworks, as most proprietary cleaners advise against using them on metalwork.
It is better to remove your dentures at night / while you are asleep if possible.
Disinfect the dentures once a day by soaking them in diluted Milton for at least 20 minutes. (Do not soak metal framework dentures in Milton)
Please attend for regular check-ups. 6 monthly if you still have some of your own teeth left and annually if you wear full dentures. (We still need to screen your gums, cheeks, and tongue regularly to ensure that they are healthy).

Guide to Hidden Sugars

Key to Hidden Sugars in Popular Foods

Most of us are aware that an excessive intake of sugar is bad for us. It not only damages your teeth but can also have serious implications for your general health. It may for example, increase your risk of developing diabetes or becoming obese.

Whilst food manufacturers have a legal obligation to list any sugars contained within their product, the information they provide can often be misleading. You may think that you don’t have a lot of sugar in your diet because, for example, you don’t eat sweets or take sugar in your tea and coffee. Beware! Sugar is often present in foods under a different guise. Names used include: – honey, dextrose, fructose, corn syrup, galactose, lactose, polydextrose, mannitol, sorbitol, xylitol, maltodextrin, turbinado sugar. For more information about food labelling please refer to our first practice newsletter which can be found here.

We have provided you with a table of some popular foodstuffs and their sugar content over the page. If you have any queries please feel free to discuss them with a member of our team.

Biscuits Sugar Content

Product Portion size Tspn of sugar
Chocolate digestive 1 2
Digestive 1 0.5
Gingernut 1 1
Jaffa Cakes 1 1.5
Rich Tea 1 0.5
Savoury Cracker 1 Trace

Cakes Sugar Content

Product Portion size Tspn of sugar
Sponge cakes 1 med slice 1.5
Scone - sweet 1 scone 0.5
Scone - cheese 1 scone 0
Sandwich cake 1 med slice 4.5
Lemon pie 1 med slice 3.5
Currant bun 1 bun 1.5
Chocolate cake 1 med slice 2

Desserts Sugar Content

desserts sugar content Portion size Tspn of sugar
Angel delight I packet 8
Choc. Sauce 3 teaspoons 2
Custard pot 150g 3
Ice Cream Family block 9
Rice Pudding Pot 150g 3

Soft Drinks Sugar Content

Product Portion size Tspn of sugar
Slush puppy 1/2 sm cup 6.5
Blackcurrant 4 fl oz's 4
Bitter lemon 1 glass 4
Coca cola 1 can 7
Ginger ale 1 glass 3
Lemonade 1 glass 3.5
Orange squash 1 glass 2.5
Lucozade 1 glass 8
Ribena 1 glass 5
Monster 1 can 11
Tonic water 1 glass 2.5
Irn Bru 500ml 5

Cereal Sugar Content

Product Portion size Tspn of sugar
All bran 3 tablespoons 1
Branflakes 6 tablespoons 1
Cornflakes 6 tablespoons 0.5
Muesli & sugar 2 tablespoons 2
Rice krispies 6 tablespoons 0.5
Shreddies 2 tablespoons 0.5
Shredded wheat 2 biscuits 0
Special k 6 tablespoons 0.5
Krave 30g Servng 2
Puffed wheat 6 tablespoons 0

Auces & Pickles Sugar Content

Product Portion size Tspn of sugar
Brown sauce 3 teaspoons 1
Salad cream 3 teaspoons 0.5
Tomato ketchup 3 teaspoons 1

Confectionery Sugar Content

Product Portion size Tspn of sugar
Aero 1 bar 4
Boiled sweets 1 tube 10
Milk chocolate 1 sm bar 6
Plain chocolate 1 sm bar 6
Crunchie 1 bar 6
Dolly mixtures 4 ozs 20
Fruit pastilles 1 tube 6.5
Kit kat 2 fingers 4
Liquorice allsorts 4 ozs 18
Maltesers 1 packet 2.5
Snickers bar 1 bar 4
Mars bar 1 bar 5
Milky way 1 bar 1.5
Murray mints 1 pack 10
Polo mints 1 tube 5
Yorkie 1 bar 6
Smarties 1 tube 4.5
Topic 1 bar 4
Twix 1 finger 1.5

Spreads Sugar Content

Product Portion size Tspn of sugar
Chocolate spread 2 teaspoons 2.5
Honey 2 teaspoons 2.5
Jam 2 teaspoons 2
Lemon curd 2 teaspoons 2
Marmalade 2 teaspoons 2.5
Syrup 2 teaspoons 2.5
Treacle 2 teaspoons 2.5
Peanut butter 2 teaspoons 0.5

Hot Beverages Sugar Content

Product Portion size Tspn of sugar
Bournvita 3 teaspoons 1.5
Drinking choc 3 teaspoons 2.5
Horlicks 3 teaspoons 1
Ovaltine 3 teaspoons 1

Soup Sugar Content

Product Portion size Tspn of sugar
Tinned Tomato 1 bowl 1
Packet minestrone 1 packet 1

Tinned Veg Sugar Content

Product Portion size Tspn of sugar
Baked Beans 1/2 med tin 2
Peas 1 sm tin 0.5
Sweetcorn 1/2 med tin 1.5

The World Health Organisation (WHO) states that the recommended daily allowance (RDA) for sugar is a maximum of 6 teaspoons per day. This includes sugar incorporated into foodstuffs and drinks.

Maintaining healthy gums

Gum disease describes swelling, soreness or infection of the tissues around the teeth. It causes destruction of the tissue and bone that support your teeth and, if left untreated, may loosen them to the point where they fall out.

The primary cause of gum disease is plaque, an adhesive layer that forms from food debris. When plaque is not removed it hardens up into tartar (calculus) – an ideal home for the bacteria which cause gum disease. We refer to the combination of plaque and the bacteria living in it as Biofilm. Tartar and Biofilm build up are not ideal as the bacteria contained in them secrete toxins that cause infection and destroy the gums and bone that support the teeth. In addition, your body produces substances that destroy infected gum and bone as well as killing the bacteria.

Most people suffer from some form of gum disease, however, the disease develops slowly in most people and it can be slowed down to a rate that should allow you to keep most of your teeth for life. Unfortunately, because gum disease progresses painlessly, most people do not notice the damage it is doing and over a number of years the bone supporting the teeth can be lost. The longer the teeth are left untreated, the more complex treatment can become.

Please note that gum disease may sometimes be present without any symptoms and most people feel no pain.

Symptoms of gum disease include – Bleeding while cleaning your teeth, red/reddish gums, swelling, unpleasant odour/taste from the mouth, loosening of the teeth, receding gums and exposure of the neck of the tooth

Regular dental check-ups are very important as this is where your gum condition can be assessed and, if necessary, treated. Regular professional periotherapy combined with your home care will help maintain a clean and healthy mouth. This will improve your appearance, help you keep your teeth and give you fresh breath. There are also several general health benefits too as gum disease is related to your general health in several ways:

Treating Gum Disease

The first step in the treatment of gum disease is to have tartar removed professionally by a dentist, hygiene therapist or hygienist (periotherapy). Hygiene therapists and dental hygienists are specially trained to work with dentists in providing dental health care and especially preventing disease. They will work with your dentist to provide care tailored to your needs.

Their main roles are to remove existing build ups of tartar, flush away/disrupt the Biofilm and assist you to develop the most effective routine for maintaining your own oral hygiene. This is usually pain free. However, if you do experience some discomfort the hygienist can eliminate this with the use of local anesthetic or by changing the method of periotherapy. You are more likely to experience discomfort if there has already been a lot of damage done by gum disease or if your gums are inflamed and it is therefore very important that you let the clinician know at the time so that some pain control can be given. It is very important that we remove these deposits to help you keep your gums and teeth healthy for life.

You may experience slight discomfort or sensitivity to hot and cold for a few days after treatment, especially if large deposits of tartar have been removed from below your gums. Mild analgesics will relieve this if required and your dentist or hygienist may also recommend special gels or toothpaste to minimise this.

The hygiene therapist’s most important role is to help you find the best way to keep your teeth, and the spaces between them, free of plaque buildup (Biofilm) in future. This will include:

  • Twice daily brushing with fluoride toothpaste after breakfast and before sleep, for a minimum of 2 minutes each time.
  • Once daily cleaning of the spaces in between your teeth as demonstrated by your dentist or hygienist.

The dentist and hygiene therapist may also suggest changes to your diet and habits (e.g. smoking) to help reduce the risks of gum disease. Occasionally, other chemical treatments may be suggested to help decrease the number of harmful bacteria present.

Periodontal disease is never “cured”. If, however, you keep up the home care you have been taught, attend regularly for checkups and cleaning and inform your dentist and hygienist of any changes in the condition of your gums, any further loss of bone should be very slow and it may stop altogether.

Key info

Smokers are up to 7 times more prone to gum disease than non-smokers.
Diabetics are more prone to gum disease and uncontrolled infections can make it more difficult to control their blood sugar levels. They have to work much harder than non-diabetics do to maintain healthy gums.
Recent studies have shown that people with gum disease may be at increased risk from coronary heart disease.
Some drugs used to control heart conditions and epilepsy can make you more prone to developing puffy, swollen gums that are more difficult to keep clean. Your dentist or hygienist can advise you on these.
People who suffer from blocked noses and have to breathe through their mouths frequently are more prone to developing gingivitis, particularly on their upper front teeth, If you suffer from this you will need to work harder to keep your gums healthy.
People who take steroids, particularly inhalers, will also need to work harder to keep their gums healthy as the steroids dampen down their immune response and stop them fighting gum disease as well as people who don’t need to use them.

Acidic Drinks Guide

If you drink acidic drinks frequently, you are at risk of eroding the enamel on your teeth and causing dental decay. To minimise any possible damage limit your intake of acidic drinks – pH 7 is neutral. Any figure lower than this is acidic. The lower the number the more acidic, and therefore, damaging the drink may be.

Key Advice

Try to drink mainly still water if possible.
Dilute fresh fruit juices/diluting juices as much as possible.
Try and limit fizzy juices/herbal teas and other drinks below pH 3.9 to one glass/can per day if possible
Do not clean your teeth straight after drinking acidic drinks (Preferably wait 1/2 an hour).
There is some evidence to suggest that chewing sugar free gum helps your mouth neutralise acids quicker and may, therefore, minimise any damage done.

Type of Drink Ph Level
Carbonated drinks (Sugar and Sugar free)
Lemonade/orangeade/Cola etc
.
2.7 - 3.2
Diluting drinks
Sugar free whole orange drink
.
3.1 -3.7
Fruit drinks
Apple/Orange/Pineapple etc
Pure fruit juice for babies
.
3.2 -3.7 3.2
Herbal teas
Apple and Pineapple
Orchard, mixed fruit Rosehip and Hibiscus
.
3.0 -3.2
 
Mineral Water (pH depending on source)
Still
Sparkling
.
7.6
5.4
Beverages
Unsweetened Tea/coffee
Cow's milk
.
5.9 - 6.3
6.9
Miscellaneous
Lager/bitter
Shandy
Cider
Red wine
Sparkling Grape juice
.
4.0
3.2
3.2
2.5
3.2

Tooth Whitening Guide

A Guide to Tooth Whitening

There are several different methods of tooth whitening available. Tooth colour is genetically determined and everyone’s teeth have a natural biologic limit as to how "white" they can become, dependent on skin tones and other factors. Once you reach this limit, no amount of bleaching will lighten them more. Some people will, therefore, experience a better result than others.

Generally we prefer to use a Custom made tray system and special bleaching pastes for external tooth bleaching although for individual teeth which have been root treated and become discoloured an internal bleaching method may also be appropriate. Your Dentist will advise you which method they feel is most suited to your needs.

Materials Used

Bleaching of the teeth is accomplished by wearing custom made bleaching trays filled with a bleaching gel. These trays are made of thin, clear vinyl and most patients find them comfortable to wear and sleep with. They are designed to be a "snug" fit and often have special gaps or reservoirs on the outer side of each tooth to be bleached. These reservoirs hold the bleaching paste.

The kit you will be given will include a custom made tray, storage case for the tray and several syringes of bleaching paste.

Tooth Whitening Theory

The active ingredient in the bleaching paste is carbamide peroxide. It gives off oxygen, which penetrates the teeth to lighten the colour.

It is the custom made trays that are the primary reason this type of bleaching works so well. They allow room for excess bleach and help provide a seal at the gum line. The trays in "Do it yourself" kits do not have these reservoirs and because they are "one size fits all" they don’t seal the bleach in place. This means that the paste is washed out of the tray very quickly by your saliva, decreasing the depth of the whitening and possibly damaging your gums with the excess bleach.

The "Do it yourself" kits also tend to be acidic in order that the bleach works faster, because they cannot achieve the amount of time or the concentration necessary. This acid will damage fillings, crowns and any exposed root surfaces. The whitening pastes supplied by the Practice have NO acid in them and will not damage your teeth or fillings in this way.

In addition to whitening, the oxygen released by our system also deep cleans the tooth, removing microscopic debris from between the crystals of tooth structure. After bleaching, these "pores" are cleansed and open. These open pores are of great significance and we will talk about them later.

Directions For Use

Bleaching needs to be done for a minimum of 2 hours per day and for ease may be done overnight. The whitening paste may cause a temporary inflammation and soreness of the teeth and gums and although there are steps which can be taken to minimise this, described later, it is possible to take mild anti-inflammatory painkillers, such as ibuprofen, if necessary.

Brush your teeth immediately before each bleaching session. This is crucial as proteins in your saliva coat your teeth very quickly after brushing and may inhibit the bleaching agent. If you normally have teeth that are sensitive to tooth brushing, cold or sweet use a sensitive tooth formulation instead of your normal toothpaste.

Squeeze a small amount of paste, as directed by your dentist onto the inner side of the outer wall of the tray (i.e. the side that will touch the fronts of the cheek and lips sides of your teeth) Once the tray is seated gently push the tray back against the teeth to establish a seal at the gum line.

Excess paste may ooze out from under the edge of the tray. This can be gently removed with a cotton bud. If you have used too little paste you will see open voids in the reservoirs not completely filled with paste. DO NOT remove the tray, there is enough paste to start the bleaching process but use slightly more paste next time.

Leave the tray in place a minimum of 2 hours or overnight.

When you remove the tray, rinse your mouth out with tepid water. Very hot or cold water may be slightly uncomfortable. Rinse your tray out gently in COOL water. You may give it a gentle scrub with your toothbrush to remove excess used paste.

Everyone is slightly different and depending on your teeth you may need to use the paste for 2-8 weeks (Occasionally longer for patients with tetracycline staining). Your dentist will advise you on this at your review appointments.

You will usually have review appointments at 2 week intervals but if you have any concerns in the interim please contact us.

What to Expect

Your teeth and gums may become sore and sensitive during and a few days after bleaching. Mild anti-inflammatory painkillers such as Ibuprofen or Paracetamol will help this. The sensitivity usually decreases after 1-3 days. Occasionally your dentist may recommend that you use a sensitive brand toothpaste or alternate with a fluoride gel if sensitivity persists.

You may notice that your teeth may develop white spots, the colour may look too opaque or chalky, or the tooth nearest the gum line may look dark. Do not worry. This will even out, usually about 2 weeks after you stop bleaching.

You may also find that your lower teeth do not lighten as quickly as the uppers. This is because the lower teeth are smaller and the reservoirs are, therefore, smaller. Thus, there is not as much surface area in contact with the paste. To compensate for this you may want to use the last syringe on your lower teeth only, for a few nights longer than the upper if you feel it is required. The lower front teeth have thinner enamel than the uppers. The underlying dentine is yellow and tends to shine through the thinner enamel more. Your lower teeth may never, therefore, lighten up quite as much as the uppers and may appear slightly darker than the other teeth. This is OK – it’s normal and looks natural.

maintaining your new white tooth colour

It is normal for all natural teeth to darken with time. Research shows that 74% of patients will stay "colour stable" for up to 18 months after bleaching and that over 60% of people maintain their colour for 3 years. The lightened teeth can be touched up periodically if required. You may wish to use your bleaching trays for one night every six months to maintain your colour. Rembrandt Age Defying Toothpaste or Rembrandt Dazzling White toothpaste may give some additional protection against darkening. They use Papaya extract and not abrasives to deep clean the teeth. Unfortunately, these toothpastes are still quite difficult and expensive to come by in the United Kingdom at present. In the interim we would suggest you use a mild, non-abrasive toothpaste i.e. not a sodium bicarbonate, current whitening or smokers toothpaste as the abrasives dull the tooth surface and also roughen it so that stain accumulates more easily.

Other Important Info

During the 2 weeks after bleaching stay away from staining foods and drinks e.g. Coffee, tea, red wines, deeply coloured foods such as Kormas and Tikkas. The open "pores" due to the deep cleaning effect of the oxygen that we mentioned earlier may fill up with these stains and decrease the success of the bleaching. If possible when drinking a staining beverage, use a straw. Keep smoking to a minimum, as this will compromise the end result too.

Store the bleaching trays safely in the container provided. Keep them away from heat, as this will distort them.

We trust that you will be delighted with the results of your tooth lightening treatment. Do not wear the trays any longer than recommended by your dentist as due to the natural biologic limitations of your own tooth shading you will not be able to achieve a "whiter" result without placing some sort of indirect restoration. Your dentist will advise as to what is best for your situation.

If there are any queries please do not hesitate to contact us.

Dental Problems and What to do...

There are a number of reasons why you might need the help or advice from us between visits. Some are more serious than others. We have listed some of the more common problems people encounter along with some recommendations about what to do.

Mild Toothache or Temperature Sensitivity

Keep extremes of temperature away from your tooth. Try taking a painkiller, such as paracetamol or ibuprofen.

Contact the practice to make an appointment in the next week – as you may, for example, need a new filling.

Keep extremes of temperature away from your tooth. Try taking a painkiller, such as paracetamol or ibuprofen. Always check first that you are able to take the medication concerned. Contact the practice to make an appointment in the next week – as you may, for example, need a new filling.

Severe Toothache

Severe toothache keeps you awake at night and is very distressing, there may also be some swelling – painkillers will help. If you can take it, Ibuprofen is best, but may not take away the pain entirely. Please cross check against any other medications you may be taking and with any advice you may have been given by your doctor before taking pain relief.

Contact the practice during working hours and we will see you as soon as possible. Out of hours, an emergency dentist is available for advice, see end of this section for details.

Pain After Having a Tooth Out

Your dentist will advise you to take painkillers after having a tooth out because the gum and bone around the extracted tooth will be sore when the local anesthetic wears off. Swilling out with a warm salty mouthwash the day after having your tooth out will help keep the area clean. Brush your other teeth as normal.

Occasionally the socket may not heal correctly and you may get a “dry socket”. If this is the case you will usually experience severe toothache 2 to 3 days after having your tooth out. You need to contact the practice and have the socket dressed. Please ring during surgery hours and we will see you as soon as possible.

Bleeding After Having a Tooth Out

Sometimes the gum and bone around an extracted tooth may continue to ooze a little blood for some time after taking a tooth out. This often looks worse than it is as it mixes with your saliva. Try to leave the area alone and do not rinse out too much. Sit quietly and sleep with an extra pillow. On the night of the extraction do not drink alcohol as this raises your blood pressure. If your mouth is very obviously bleeding from the site where the tooth was removed, you need to apply pressure to the area with the sterile gauze pack we gave you, or a clean, rolled up cotton handkerchief. Do this for at least 20 minutes. Once the bleeding stops, follow the suggestions above.

If the bleeding does not stop contact the practice during surgery hours and we will see you as soon as possible.

If this happens out of surgery hours use the emergency number for advice.

Crowns that have Become De-cemented

Sometimes the gum and bone around an extracted tooth may continue to ooze a little blood for some time after taking a tooth out. This often looks worse than it is as it mixes with your saliva. Try to leave the area alone and do not rinse out too much. Sit quietly and sleep with an extra pillow. On the night of the extraction do not drink alcohol as this raises your blood pressure. If your mouth is very obviously bleeding from the site where the tooth was removed, you need to apply pressure to the area with the sterile gauze pack we gave you, or a clean, rolled up cotton handkerchief. Do this for at least 20 minutes. Once the bleeding stops, follow the suggestions above.

If the bleeding does not stop contact the practice during surgery hours and we will see you as soon as possible.

If this happens out of surgery hours use the emergency number for advice.

Sore or Bleeding Gums

This is a very common problem that can be controlled by thorough brushing and flossing of your teeth on a daily basis. Our hygienist will be able to advise you.

Occasionally the gums around wisdom teeth get infected and are very sore. Corsodyl mouthwash if you have any, or a hot, salty mouthwash will help. Gums can hurt due to an abscess, so if any problem persists contact the practice to arrange for a dentist to examine you.

Lost Fillings or Chipped Teeth

Please contact the surgery and an appointment will be offered to you over the next week. If it is causing you a lot of pain we will see you as soon as possible.

Broken teeth in children, especially new adult teeth, should be attended to promptly. Please call the surgery straight away if your child has an accident and breaks or chips a front tooth

Tooth Trauma

If a tooth is knocked out completely do not panic. If possible, find the tooth and if it is clean push it back into the socket, and attend the practice promptly. Try not to touch the root of the tooth if possible. If it is not clean or you cannot replace it, store the tooth in milk or just inside the mouth of the child who has lost the tooth, (Cheek side of their back teeth). This will help to keep it clean and stop it drying out.

Go straight to the practice during surgery hours, ring ahead if possible. The quicker the tooth is replaced the more chance it has of surviving. Teeth pushed out of line also need prompt attention.

If the accident happens outside of surgery hours use the emergency number.

Raising Issues Related to my care

We will always do our utmost to ensure that you receive the best possible treatment. Regrettably, sometimes things go wrong. Our Quality Assurance scheme aims to give you a quick, but thorough, response to any concern about your treatment. In the first instance please raise any concern directly with the Practice.

If you are not satisfied with our response The Dental Complaints Service, an independent service funded by the General Dental Council, aims to address any outstanding issues related to private dental treatment. NHS Borders and the Scottish Public Services Ombudsmen are responsible for ongoing National Health Service related issues.

Tooth Emergency

Wisdom Tooth Removal

We understand that problems with your wisdom teeth are irritating at the very least, and that, despite being the most common surgical procedure performed in the UK, the prospect of wisdom tooth surgery can be daunting. Fortunately, at infinityblu, we have our very own Oral Surgery team working under the direction of Dr Audrey Kershaw. Audrey is a GDC-registered Specialist with over 30 years’ experience and has worked all over the UK in clinical and teaching roles. She is particularly excellent with patients who feel anxious about dental treatment and is committed to a holistic and patient-centred approach. She always mindful that while what she does may be routine for her, for her patient, it can very much be a new and unknown experience.

Audrey Kershaw

Our modern and welcoming infinityblu practices are fully equipped with state-of-the-art equipment to support us in giving you the highest quality care. This means that there is no need to travel far from home to busy dental hospitals, nor suffer long delays on waiting lists to get the treatment you need. Instead, we offer the reassurance of thorough and unhurried visit to our friendly high-street practices no more than two weeks from referral.

Whether you’ve been an infinityblu member for years, have been referred to us for the first time, or wish to get in touch as a self-referral, our highly trained clinical team ¬will take you from initial consultation, to radiographs, and on to surgery all under one roof, and often, even in one appointment.

Why Choose InfinityBlu?

  • You’ll see a specialist Oral Surgeon with over 30 years’ experience
  • We will see you in a comfortable and modern surgery within a multi-award winning high-street dental practice
  • Your appointment will be scheduled within two weeks of your referral – no waiting lists
  • We can offer IV sedation for particularly nervous patients
  • We can take any radiographs or CT scans required for safe planning of your surgery in house, so we won’t need to refer you to another practice

What Are Wisdom Teeth?

Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars or ‘eights’, grow in between late teenage years and early adulthood. Most people have one in at each of the four corners of the mouth.

Why Might I Need my Wisdom Teeth Removed?

Because wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt, there sometimes isn’t enough room left for them by the time they come through. This means that they can end up getting stuck halfway or erupting at an awkward angle. Your dentist may have described them to you as ‘partially erupted’ or ‘impacted’ during your regular check-ups.

When this happens, wisdom teeth become very difficult to clean properly and can be susceptible to bacterial build-up. This damages healthy tooth and gum tissue in the area; and can result in pain, irritation, and infection. This is most commonly a condition called ‘pericoronitis’, but infections in and around impacted wisdom teeth can have a few other causes. Your dentist may have had to prescribe you antibiotics for this; or have flushed out the area with an antibacterial wash to get the pain and infection under control.

Because impacted wisdom teeth are so difficult to access, there is often no way to cure or reliably prevent these types of infections persisting and reoccurring, and this can start to damage to healthy, functional teeth nearby. That is why removing the tooth is often the best solution as it permanently eliminates places for the bacteria to hide, and helps infection settle down straight away. Fortunately, wisdom teeth contribute very little to chewing function and are not noticed in the smile, so they are rarely missed; and the procedure is safe, reliable, and effective.

We follow NICE and NHS guidelines at all stages of our treatment and ensure everything we do is evidence-based.

Who Will Be Performing my Wisdom Tooth Surgery?

All Oral Surgery at infinityblu is performed by Dr Audrey Kershaw. Audrey has over 30 years’ experience performing wisdom tooth surgery and is particularly excellent with patients who are anxious about dental procedures. You can find her full biography here

Why Do I Need to See an Oral Surgeon?

Oral Surgeons specialise in taking out teeth and undergo a minimum of three years of highly competitive postgraduate training to master the most effective techniques for safe tooth extraction. Because wisdom teeth can be more challenging than other teeth, this extra training makes Oral Surgeons extremely well placed to perform the procedure safely and effectively, while giving you the reassurance that your care is being handled by a clinician who is fully up to date with best practice. That’s why most dentists working in general practice refer wisdom tooth cases on to Oral Surgeons, and why all Oral Surgery within infinityblu is handled by Dr Kershaw.

We treat patients throughout Scotland and are proud to accept referrals for our Specialist Oral Surgery service from Dundee, Fife, Stirlingshire, Highlands, Glasgow, Edinburgh, and Perthshire to name a few.

What Should I Expect on the Day?

infinityblu’s Oral Surgeon, Dr Audrey Kershaw, takes pride in being able to call on her 30+ years of experience to make your wisdom tooth surgery as comfortable and stress-free as possible.

To start off with, we’ll welcome you through to one of our modern surgeries and have a relaxed run-through of your medical and dental history. If you take medication, it can be helpful to bring along a copy of your prescriptions so we can add this to your records.

Dr Kershaw will then perform an examination of your mouth (just like a regular dental exam) and may request some x-rays or a Cone-Beam CT scan to visualise the tooth’s position and plan the surgery.

If Dr Kershaw thinks that treatment is advisable, we’ll take the time to explain the procedure fully and talk through risks, benefits, and alternatives with you. We can take the time to answer any questions you have ¬– or simply just get on with it if you’d prefer!

If you wish to go ahead, Audrey will then administer local anaesthetic to freeze up the area around the tooth. This is often all that is required to make the procedure pain-free and can sometimes be so effective that many patients don’t even realise when the tooth is out! The procedure is done in using a fully sterile set-up and you’ll feel no more than a bit of pushing and possibly some water spray from a handpiece as the tooth is removed. Some stiches may then be placed to close the area up. Altogether, this part of the appointment usually takes between 5 and 30 minutes.

We’ll finish up by making sure that any bleeding has stopped, and you will be able to leave as soon as you feel ready.

What Should I Expect After Extraction?

It is common to feel a bit fatigued after wisdom tooth surgery and to experience some postoperative pain as the area settles down. There may also be some bruising or swelling. We’ll give you all the postoperative advice you need during your appointment, but we usually recommend setting aside a few days after your surgery to rest and recover. Most people are completely back to normal after 7-10 days.

A copy of the sheet we’ll give you to take away with you, so you know exactly what to expect. If you have any questions or require any further advice, don’t hesitate to call the practice which you attended for your surgery.

Where Can I Find More Information?

The British Association of Oral Surgery have a patient information booklet about wisdom tooth surgery which can be found here.

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