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4 weeks ago

Preparing Your Child For The First Dental Visit

Ideally, your child's first visit to the dentist should be for a "well check-up". That is, don't wait until your child has a problem with his (or her) teeth before you make the first appointment to see the dentist. In addition to this, there are many things you can do to help prepare your child for his (or her) first dental visit.

1. Have your child accompany you for your appointment

Even before you make an appointment for your child to see a dentist, you should take your child along with you when you see the dentist for your own appointment. One of the best ways to show a child what an experience at the dentist is like is to let him (or her) watch while Mummy or Daddy sits in

1 month ago

NHS Dentistry

Birchwood Dental Practice provides affordable, quality dental care for the whole family. Our NHS dentists work from a purpose built facility next to Birchwood Shopping Centre in Warrington. Many of our patients live locally but unlike GP surgeries you don't need to live nearby to benefit from our services. Many people who work or shop in Birchwood choose to come and see us to look after their oral health.

NHS dental treatment includes all treatment necessary to secure and maintain your oral health.

Band 1 course of treatment -

2 months ago

Relaxation, rest can ease TMJ pain

Temporomandibular disorders, more commonly referred to as TMJ disorders or just TMJ, are a group of conditions that affect the muscles around the jaw and related joints. TMJ is actually the abbreviation for the joint that connects the mandible (lower jaw) to the temporal bone (skull). You can feel the joints move when you place your fingers in front of your ears and open and close your mouth.

According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), TMJ disorders are the second most common pain-causing musculoskeletal conditions after chronic low back pain. TMJ disorders affect 5 percent to 12 percent of the population, and women are twice as likely to experience TMJ disorders as men. Most people who have TMJ experience temporary but recurring pain that may go away on its own. However, some cases result in long-term problems.


The most common symptoms of TMJ include headache, face pain and aches in and around your ear. People with TMJ may also experience a sense of dizziness or imbalance and feel like their ears are clogged or ringing. TMJ disorders usually limit jaw movement and make chewing painful or difficult. Your jaw may also make a clicking or popping sound when you open your mouth. However, jaw-clicking without the presence of pain is common and alone does not mean a TMJ condition.

See a medical professional if you experience continuous pain or if the range of motion of your jaw is limited. Your doctor, dentist or an ears, nose and throat doctor can diagnose TMJ. Some conditions and diseases, including whiplash, arthritis and gum disease, can cause TMJ-like symptoms. Medical professionals can complete a full dental evaluation, or use X-rays, CT scans or MRIs to recognize TMJ or jaw irregularities.


According to the NIDCR, researchers have yet to determine the definite cause of TMJ disorders and the most effective form of treatment. Any jaw trauma could play a role in TMJ. Other theories include a bad bite or misalignment of the teeth and habitual gum chewing or nail biting. Teeth grinding and clenching, possibly caused by stress, are often associated with TMJ disorders. Holding the phone between your jaw and shoulder and poor posture can strain your neck and face muscles, which may cause pain.


TMJ symptoms may come and go, and there are simple ways to handle the pain

Minimize the use of your jaw and rest it by making a conscious effort not to stretch your mouth too wide if you have to yawn. Avoid chewing gum and biting your nails, and eat soft food. You can also learn exercises to stretch, relax and massage your jaw area. Anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen can provide temporary pain relief. You can also apply ice to the sore spots. Antidepressants and muscle relaxers may relieve jaw pain. Sleeping with or wearing a mouth guard, bite guard or stabilization splint can prevent you from grinding your teeth at night and reduce pain.

Many people tense their jaw and clench their teeth when they are stressed. Learn and practice healthy stress management techniques like yoga, deep breathing and meditation. Support groups and cognitive behavioral therapy may help with stress relating to underlying issues. In general, exercising regularly may help body's ability to tolerate pain. You could choose to get corrective dental surgery as a last resort, but it could worsen symptoms.

3 months ago

Afraid of the dentist? 9 tips to calm your child’s dental fears

You were probably terrified of going to the dentist as a kid, but with consistent oral hygiene, regular dental visits and the new technology now available, your kids don't have to be.

Even so, some kids are still anxious about dentist appointments. Usually it's because they don't know what to expect, but one of the most common reasons actually has to do with you.

In fact, a study published in the International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry found that if one family member was anxious about dental visits, that fear was oftentimes passed onto other members.

What's more, children took cues from their dads when deciding if the dentist was something to fear.


3 months ago

Tests That Check For Thyroid And Neck Cancers

According to the National Cancer Institute, the following tests and procedures may be used to examine the thyroid, neck, and blood to detect (find) and diagnose thyroid cancer, and decide on appropriate thyroid cancer treatments:

Physical exam and history: An exam of the body to check general signs of health, including checking for signs of disease, such as lumps or swelling in the neck, voice box, and lymph nodes, and anything else that seems unusual. A history of the patient's health habits and past illnesses and treatments will also be taken.

Laryngoscopy: A procedure in which the doctor checks the larynx (voice box) with a mirror or with a laryngoscope. A laryngoscope is a

4 months ago

Elderly Care :: Dental Implants and the Elderly

Dental implants have helped millions of patient's young and old achieve a natural looking, and beautiful smile. Unfortunately, there is a common misunderstanding about age and implants, which leads many elderly patients never to pursue a procedure that could change their life for the better.

Age Requirements

It is a common misconception that senior citizens cannot receive dental implants. Actually, there is no age limit to dental implants, only health requirements. While there are some health issues that are more common in the elderly that could inhibit a successful implant, most of these same health issues could occur in much younger patients as well. The only true way to know if your body will accept them is to see a dentist or orthopedic surgeon with extensive implant experience.


For senior citizens who have used dentures or other tooth replacements in the past, dental implants are a welcome, permanent fix for missing teeth. While dentures require glues to stay put temporarily, and can make eating and talking uncomfortable, dental implants look and feel like natural teeth. A dentist or orthopedic surgeon will even work with the patient to make sure the tooth color matches up perfectly to the rest of their teeth.

Bone Condition

No matter what age the patient is, the jawbone must have sufficient height, width and mass in order for the implant abutments to be properly anchored. With age, it is not uncommon to lose some bone mass, and this too can lower the chances of an elderly person qualifying for implants. However, if the patient is in good health otherwise, they may be able to receive bone graft work, giving them the proper mass for an implant.

Medical History

One factor that could make it less likely for a senior to qualify for dental implants is there medical history. Dental professionals use a patient's medical history to help determine the likelihood of the procedures success, as well as the chances of an infection. Some of the medical conditions that could be considered problematic are more common for the elderly, such as recent heart attacks, or strokes.

Healing Ability

One of the most vital factors of a successful dental implant procedure is the healing process. Osseointegration is the process of joining implants directly with bone, which in dental implant surgery would be the titanium implants and the jawbone. In order for osseointegration to succeed, the surgical site must heal quickly and correctly. Unless an elderly person has trouble healing, such as a medical condition like severe diabetes, they should have no problem with this part of the procedure.

Implant Upkeep

In order to make the dental implant procedure fully successful, the new implants need to be taken proper care of both immediately after the surgery and daily from then on. Several check-ups also need to be made following the procedure to make sure the healing process is coming along well. Due to this, dental implants are best suited for elderly persons still living independently who are willing and able to keep up their dental hygiene.

4 months ago

Patients can spot trouble with new dental implants

Patients with new dental implants may be able to detect signs of trouble early enough to help prevent complications that can damage gums and bone, a British study suggests.

When researchers asked 75 people who received dental implants in the past year if they had