Archive for September, 2016

Keeping Up With Your Six Monthly Checks!

29th September, 2016

Listening to the dentist counting teeth with the nurse repeating the numbers and tapping away on a keyboard, it must feel like a bit of waste of time for some and it would be if all we did was look.

But the value of a decent dental check up is often about looking back and  more importantly looking forwards. A good dentist will look in the mouth and compare the current situation to the last check up looking for change.

Examples of good change are-

– Less plaque

– Better brushing

– Flossing etc

Bad change can be-

-Bad fillings wearing out

Crowns cracking etc

In dentistry predicting the future is actually not that hard. Careful examination and an up to date dental examination history will give strong clues as to how long our teeth and our dentistry will last.

The positives for the patient are that

  • they can focus their resources on dealing with issues that need immediate attention (ensuring they stay out of pain and continue to be able to eat a normal diet and smile at people)
  • they can plan ahead for problems ‘on the horizon’ ie 6, 12, 24 months and even 5 or 10 years ahead.

A good dentist can give you realistic predictions about the longevity of your teeth and dentistry for years ahead.

When your mentally prepared its easier to come to terms with issues predicted well in advance as you will have been given an idea of work to be carried out and a rough cost.

Knowing is better, and less expensive, than not knowing. And that’s why we give patients detailed estimates of any work we notice needs doing or may need to be done in the future

So even the worst problems have been dealt with in advance and managed correctly it is that preparedness which brings peace of mind.

Here at Ninety 2 Dental we understand how busy life gets and how hard it is to remember when your six monthly check is due. If you would like to book in advance we send you a reminder text the day before your appointment or if you don’t know your schedule in six months time we are happy to send you a reminder closer to the time.


Overcoming Dental Phobias In Sutton

Dental anxiety is one of the most common phobias in the world with nearly a third of all adults disliking the dentist and 1 in 10 of us having a phobia so strong that we actually avoid making visits to the dentist. Dental fear is a problem that needs to be tackled head on however as our oral hygiene is incredibly important for our health.

Overcoming Mild Dental Anxiety

Mild dental anxiety is discomfort and nervousness at the dentist It can be treated in a number of ways.

Talking to your dentist

Talking to your dentist is the first step to overcoming your dental fears. Make sure your dentist understands your exact fears and work with them to make your appointment as relaxed as possible by taking breaks and letting them put you at ease. Here at Ninety 2 Dental we aim to make patients feel happy and comfortable, If you are a nervous patient we will be happy to allocate extra time for appointments as we want to make the dental surgery a calm, relaxing environment for you. We want you to remember you are in control, During treatment if you would like us to stop you can simply raise your hand whether it be because you need more anaesthesia, want to rinse, or simply need a break.

Practicing breathing techniques

Controlled breathing relaxes your body and shifts your focus to other things in order to preoccupy your mind. This is fantastic when you are at the dentist as you can avoid a lot of discomfort and anxiety. The easiest breathing techniques simply involve inhaling and exhaling through your nose for a slow count of three – so three seconds breathing in followed by three seconds breathing out. This technique is particularly useful as it also overcomes the breathing issues many of us feel when things are in our mouth.

Using relaxation techniques

There are a number of relaxation techniques that may work for you. You could bring music into your appointment with you, ask to have your favourite radio station on or just have the nurse chatting to you about something. Different relaxation and distraction techniques work for different people so try and find something that will work well for you.


You can receive counselling for your phobia. This will aim to look at the root causes of your phobia and will try to work through it so that you can move beyond it. Counselling is free on the NHS for severe phobias and helps hundreds of people.

If your a nervous patient and would like more information on how we can help please click the link below to see our website page Nervous Patient Programme or simply call a member of our team on 0208 337 1168





Article On Educating Children On Oral Health

One in five children now have dental work by the time they are five, according to a research by Oasis Dental Care which looked into the tooth brushing habits of 2,000 parents of 2-11 year olds across the UK.

Of those more than a third (37%) have had fillings, a quarter (26%) needed at least one crown, whilst a third (35%) needed gum disease treatment. By the age of nine, the survey found that nearly a third of children (29%) have had one of these treatments.

A fifth of children aged two to five only have their teeth brushed once a day, and over a quarter (26%) regularly go at least one day a week without having their teeth brushed. Only 57% of parents could confidently say that their child never goes a day without cleaning their teeth. Brushing habits appear to get better as children get older with 18% of children aged 8-11 going one day a week without brushing their teeth.

The report also found that the typical parent with a five year old supervises teeth brushing for just 67 seconds per day. Only 7% of parents manage the recommended two minutes twice a day even though 69% of parents knew that children need to brush their teeth for two minutes.

Over a quarter (29%) of UK parents with five year olds find cleaning their children’s teeth the most stressful part of the day and dread it, resulting in one in ten (9%) leaving their children to get on with it themselves. For those that supervise they often meet resistance; children either runaway (9%), have a tantrum (8%), make excuses (19%) or get upset (14%).

Ironically, the survey revealed that as they try to deal with teeth cleaning tantrums, more than one in ten parents with five year olds bribe them with sweets.  Meanwhile looking at parents of 2 – 11 year olds, 5% thought that it’s not necessary to brush milk teeth as they ‘will fall out anyway’. 12% of parents didn’t think you could have fillings in milk teeth and more than one in five parents wrongly believed that children under the age of five shouldn’t use fluoride toothpaste.

Talking about the findings Eddie Coyle, Dentist and Head of Clinical Services for Oasis Dental Care, commented: “This research shows that education is really important. Many people are simply unaware of how to take care of their children’s dental hygiene. In this campaign we are encouraging parents to ‘take two’ twice a day to ensure their children are brushing their teeth properly. If parents invest time in their children’s dental care early on, they could avoid invasive dental procedures not only in childhood, but also in adult life.”

Of those parents whose children have needed dental work, 74% of parents surveyed admitted to feeling guilty or upset when their child needed their first filling. However, only 15% changed their tooth brushing habits and only 6% changed their diet.

Eddie commented: “It’s only natural to feel guilty when your child needs dental work and one thing we have noticed across our 350 dental practices is that people often simply neglect to brush their teeth properly, getting into bad habits and cutting corners. But, it’s not just about how you brush your teeth – diet plays a big part too, and reducing the intake of sugary snacks is really important.”

Of those surveyed only 5% of children don’t eat a sugary snack every day. Nearly half (46%) of two year olds have 2-3 sugary snacks a day and by the age of five this increases to two thirds (62%) of children. Add to this the daily consumption of sugary drinks and it becomes clear that brushing regularly and properly is very important.

74% of children have at least one sugary drink a day and by the age of three a third of children are having 2-3 sugary drinks daily.  By five a third of children are having between 3-4 sugary drinks such as fruit juices, squashes or soft drinks a day.

Eddie added: “These findings paint a worrying picture as children as young as two are eating and drinking sugary snacks and drinks regularly every day.  We would therefore urge parents to think about the levels of sugar content in foods and drink that they and their children consume as foods high in sugar and carbohydrates increase mouth bacteria which attack the teeth, causing decay. The teeth’s natural defence, salvia, takes around an hour following consumption of these high sugar foods, to build up. That’s why it’s really important to reduce the frequency of sugar consumption as well as the volume.”

Ninety 2 Dental in Sutton offers FREE NHS dental treatment for children under the age of 18. Please call Ninety 2 Dental on 0208 337 1168 to arrange an appointment