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    1. Spread the cost of your dental hygiene appointments

      29th January 2018 by St Raphaels Dental


      St Raphaels Dental Practice in Upholland near Wigan, Ormskirk & Skelmersdale is proud to announce that we have recently launched our new Halo Oral Health plans allowing our patients to spread the cost of seeing the dental hygienist over the year by paying monthly Direct Debits.

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      The benefits of our oral health care plans:  

      • Hassle free
      • No need for credit checks or completing lengthy forms
      • No set up fees or interest to pay
      • Plan members save when spreading the cost over the year compared to pay as you go
      • Simple monthly Direct Debit via our payment partner gocardless
      • Plan members receive a 10% discount off any advance hygienist treatment where required
      • Plan members can decide on 6 monthly or 3 monthly appointments
      • Rapid air flow stain removal included as standard where necessary

      To find out more follow the link below to download our oral health plan brochure and to find out more about periodontal disease:  St Raphaels Dental Practice gum health

      If you are concerned about gum disease or you already visit our dental hygienist and would like to know more about how our oral health care plans can benefit you, please call us on 01695 627 617 or email us at hello@straphaelsdental.co.uk


    2. Tooth Decay in Infants and Young Children

      12th October 2017 by St Raphaels Dental


      Caring for the dental health of your newborn infant and young children, things you can do and things you should avoid tooth decay.

      NHS oral health care survey in England

      Public Health England conducted a national dental health survey in 2015.  The survey was conducted on 5 year old children living in England.

      The survey highlighted 25% of 5 year old children had experienced tooth decay, with an average of 3 or 4 teeth being affected and the majority untreated.

      The North West of England saw the rate of tooth decay in children at 13% higher than in the South East of England.  The highest rate of tooth decay recorded was found in Blackburn and Darwen where 56% of children aged 5 have tooth decay.

      The sixth most common child hospital procedure and the most common reason for hospital admission of children between 5 to 9 years old was tooth extraction.

      Child dental health facts

      • Each child missed on average 3 days of school due to dental problems
      • 38% of children had sleepless nights due to dental pain
      • 26% of children who had teeth extracted missed days at school
      • The average cost to the NHS for each child seen in hospital for tooth extraction was £836.00
      • The total cost a year to the NHS for tooth extractions of children under 5 was £7.8m

      Advice for dental health for infants

      • Breast milk is the only food or drink babies need for around the first 6 months of their life. First formula milk is the only suitable alternative to breast milk
      • Bottle-fed babies should be introduced to drinking from a free-flow cup from the age of 6 months and bottle feeding should be discouraged from 12 months old
      • Only breast or formula milk or cooled, boiled water should be given in bottles
      • Only milk or water should be drunk between meals and adding sugar to foods or drinks should be avoided   

      Advice for dental health for young children

      • Reduce the quantity and frequency of foods and drinks that contain sugar, only give sweet foods and dried fruit at mealtimes
      • Squashes sweetened with sugar, fizzy drinks, soft drinks and juice drinks have no place in a child’s daily diet
      • Limit the amount of fruit juice and smoothies your child drinks to a maximum of 150 ml (1 portion) in total per day and drink it with meals to reduce the risk of tooth decay
      • Always ask for sugar-free medicines

      Remember to visit the dentist on a regular basis, every 6 months or sooner if advised by a dentist.  Infants straight after birth or within the first 6 months should be registered with a dentist.

      If you would like to know more contact St Raphael’s Dental Practice on 01695 627 617.


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    3. Six Common Dental Problems

      31st July 2017 by St Raphaels Dental

      Why Do My Teeth Hurt?

      Six common dental problems that cause tooth pain.

      The main causes of tooth pain or tooth sensitivity have the potential to be dangerous, so it is always worth it to play it safe and get your teeth looked at early on. If hot or cold foods are causing you discomfort then you may be suffering from the common dental problem broadly referred to as tooth sensitivity.

      Pain is usually included as a sensitivity issue and can be linked to a number of illnesses. Sensitivity in your teeth can happen for a lot of different reasons, six of the most common dental problems (that can cause sensitivity) include:common dental problems

      A lot of these problems sound scary but thanks to dental science and technology sensitive teeth can be treated. Being able to identify a problem in its early stages makes treatment easier.

      Sensitive Teeth

      Your dentist may recommend desensitising toothpaste if the damage is not too severe or other treatment options are available as well, which your dentist will be able to recommend based on the cause of your sensitivity.

      If you do suspect that your teeth are hurting due to one of the problems mentioned above then visit your dentist straight away.

      Good Oral Hygiene

      Proper oral hygiene is always the key to preventing sensitive-tooth pain. Regular visits to your dentist can help you avoid a lot of dental health issues and your dentist will be more than happy to answer any questions and queries.


      If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms ot pain or would like to seek further professional advice, please call us on 01695 627 617 or email us at hello@straphaelsdental.co.uk for the best advice.



    4. 3 Top Tips on How to Care for Your Dental Filling!

      by St Raphaels Dental

      3 Top Tips on How to Care for Your Dental Filling!


      A filling is usually done after a root canal but can be done for other reasons. There are a few different types of fillings, the most common being composite white filling and amalgam. The composite white filling will resemble your other teeth whereas the amalgam is a silvery metallic colour. Each has their own benefits but let’s not get into all that just yet. So you’re probably here because you have had a filling done recently.taking care of fillings

      Fillings need to be cared for in the first hours and sometimes, the first few days to ensure that they stay where they are and so that you can be as comfortable and pain-free as possible.

      • Anaesthesia’s numbing effect can last a good few hours and because your poor mouth has lost all sense of feeling it is important to be as careful as you can. A lot of common accidents involve, a) accidentally burning the mouth; by drinking a beverage that was too hot only to realise later that you’ve scalded your tongue and mouth and b) accidentally biting the tongue or lips and cutting them open as a result. So taking extra precautions in the first few hours is important.


      • Although most fillings allow you to eat as soon as they are done, it is always best to wait at least a few hours and avoid hard foods. Eating while still numb can lead to accidental biting and there is a slim chance of the filling coming loose. As it will still be fairly fresh the area around your filling will still be sore and sensitive and eating may irritate or harm that area.


      • Once your filling has settled in and the anaesthesia has worn off, it is important to maintain an oral health regime. Brushing, flossing and generally eating healthy is key to keeping your filling and your mouth fresh and in good health.


      Visiting your dentist regularly is also a key step because it will ensure that there are no problems with your fillings and if there is, it will be detected and dealt with fast and efficiently!


      If you are having any problems with your current dental fillings or are in pain, please give us a call on 01695 627 617 to speak to our Treatment Advisor, Mel, who will be happy to help.

    5. Why Do My Teeth Get Stained & Discoloured?

      3rd March 2017 by St Raphaels Dental


      Why Do My Teeth Get Stained & Discoloured?

      There are many reasons why your teeth could become discoloured, and tackling the problem at its source could help you to prevent further problems in the future. Many people also choose to reverse the discolouration on their teeth using teeth whitening treatments or airflow procedures, which can leave your teeth brighter and whiter than ever.


      Causes of Discolouration

      There are many factors that can cause discolouration on the teeth, but the main issues include:

      • Smoking – Smoking cigarettes is a common cause of yellow teeth, and can transform teeth quickly if you smoke frequently.
      • Food and drink – dark food and drink can cause staining over long periods of time. Coffee, cola and wine are some of the most common causes.
      • Ageing – As you age, the dentin in your teeth will naturally yellow, and thinning enamel allows this to show through.
      • Injuries – Chipping or knocking your tooth can lead to discolouration, particularly if the pulp is damaged.


      Should I Get My Teeth Whitened?

      zoom teeth whiteningTeeth whitening is a very popular treatment, but sadly many people are opting for cheap but dangerous whitening procedures performed by untrained professionals. The resulting scepticism can be daunting, but by choosing to have your teeth whitened with your dentist you could gain all the benefits of whiter teeth without the high risk.

      Teeth whitening provides a number of benefits, but for many, the decision to undergo the procedure is fuelled by a lack of confidence. With whiter, brighter teeth, you could feel like you finally have a smile to be proud of, helping you to progress in work, socialise more and even feel more confident on dates.




      What is Airflow Treatment?scale and polish wigan

      Airflow teeth whitening is a specific type of whitening treatment that uses a spray of air, polishing powder and a jet stream of water to rapidly remove any surface stains from your teeth. Non-invasive, the treatment provides gentle stain removal without damaging your teeth and provides noticeably whiter teeth in minutes. Airflow treatment is quick and easy, and can simply be requested ahead of your next check up or hygienist visit.


      To discuss in detail about how you can get teeth whitening, please call your personal treatment advisor on 01695 627 617 or fill out the Contact Us form.


    6. How to Stop Gingivitis?

      9th November 2016 by St Raphaels Dental

      What is Gingivitis and How Can I Stop it?


      Suffering from any oral health issues can knock your confidence and leave you lacking in self-esteem. One of the main problems facing dental patients today, gingivitis is a common cause of bad breath, bleeding gums and swelling. We’ve explored what actually causes this common problem, and how it can be tackled and prevented.gum disease

      What is Gingivitis?

      Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease, and thankfully is the easiest to treat. Commonly identified by the inflammation of gums, gingivitis is the result of sticky bacteria (plaque) being left to form on the teeth and gums.

      If this plaque is regularly removed it can cause very little harm to the mouth, but left to its own devices it will ultimately result in irritation of the gums. Typical symptoms of this irritation include red and tender gums, bleeding when you brush your teeth, bad breath, and receding gums. If left to develop, these symptoms can develop into the next stage of gum disease, periodontitis, and may eventually lead to loose teeth.

      How Can I Prevent Gingivitis?

      teeth cleaningYour oral hygiene routine is key to preventing gingivitis, and proper brushing can help you avoid the symptoms by removing plaque and debris from around the teeth. Flossing is also a vital part of your routine, helping you to remove bacteria from places unreachable to the brush.

      Another important factor in preventing gum disease is booking regular appointments with your hygienist. Professional cleanings can help to remove any bacteria or plaque that has hardened, or become tartar, which is impossible to remove with a normal toothbrush. Hygienists can also provide you with advice so you can perfect your routine and safeguard your teeth against gingivitis in the future.



      If you would like more information or would like to make an appointment with the dentist or hygienist then please call us on 01695 627 617 or fill in the ‘Contact Us‘ form and one of our team members will call you back.

    7. 5 Tips on How To Reduce Bad Breath

      by St Raphaels Dental

      5 Tips on Reducing Bad Breath


      It’s not uncommon for patients to ask their dentist about ways in which they can reduce bad breath, but many are often surprised by some of the main causes of this prevalent issue. We’ve explored the top five causes of bad breath, and how you can tackle them.


      1. Food and Drink

      While garlic and onion are typically associated with temporary bad breath, many patients don’t realise that these smelly foods can result in bad breath on a long-term basis if they are regularly consumed and not properly removed from the mouth. Coffee is another frequent offender, and should be both cut down and followed up with cleaning to prevent bad breath.

      2. Smokingbad breath smoking

      Smoking is known to cause discolouration on the teeth, but did you know that it can also result in bad breath? Of course, it’s not easy to remove this problem without giving up completely, but even the use of nicotine patches can remove the cause of bad breath and help you on your way to a healthier lifestyle.

      3. Old Oral Hygiene Products

      If you fail to regularly change your toothbrush you may find that you’re doing almost as much harm as good when you brush your teeth. Make sure you refresh your products regularly, and always choose a brush that can reach all areas of your mouth.

      4. Dehydration

      One of the body’s main defences against oral health problems is saliva, but it’s hard to produce enough to keep your mouth fresh if you’re not drinking enough liquids. Try to up your water intake so you can avoid dry mouth and the bad breath that accompanies it.

      5. Poor Oral Health

      gum diseaseNaturally, failing to keep up an efficient oral health routine can quickly lead to issues such as gum disease, which is one of the main reasons that patients develop bad breath. If you’re worried about your routine, contact your dentist or hygienist to book an appointment and receive some professional advice. Dental Marketing




      If you would like more information or would like to make an appointment with the dentist or hygienist then please call us on 01695 627 617 or fill in the ‘Contact Us‘ form and one of our team members will call you back.


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