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Five Tips to Taking Care of Your Teeth Into the New Year

December 28th, 2017

If you’re thinking about what you want to achieve in 2018, why not put keeping your smile in pristine condition at the top of your list of resolutions? There’s nothing more attractive than a bright, healthy looking smile, and thankfully, this is resolution that is pretty easy to stick to. Here are 5 tips you’ll need to take care of your teeth in the New Year:

  1. Brush twice a day, every single day: can you find 2 minutes every morning and evening? If so, use your time wisely and brush your teeth. Good oral hygiene will help you to reduce the risk of decay, gum disease and several other health problems.
  2. Check in with your dentist: if it’s been a long time since your last dental visit, now is the time to start looking after your oral health and ensuring you have a check-up every 6-9 months.
  3. Be mouth aware: with dental issues, the longer you leave them, the worse they get, so being mouth aware can be incredibly beneficial. Look out for signs such as pain, swelling, sore gums, bleeding when you brush and sensitivity and see your dentist as soon as possible if you do have problems.
  4. Floss: brushing does a great job of cleaning your mouth, but you can’t brush properly between the teeth. This is where flossing comes in handy. Floss daily to prevent plaque and keep your smile sparkling.
  5. Watch what you eat (and drink): many of us make a vow to eat well in the New Year, but losing festive weight is not the only reason to improve your diet. Diet has a major impact on oral health, so try and avoid snacking, don’t exceed the recommended daily sugar intake and ensure your diet is packed with vitamins, minerals and nutrients.

How Liverpool Dental Spa can detect tooth decay this Christmas

December 20th, 2017

Tooth decay is one of the most common preventable ailments out there. The best thing to do if you suspect that you may have a cavity or more extensive decay is see your dentist. As with many health issues, the longer you leave decay, the worse it becomes.

How we detect tooth decay

We check for signs of dental decay as part of routine check-ups and examinations. During your appointment, your dentist will use advanced magnifying techniques and powerful lighting to look deep into the mouth to check for the earliest signs of decay. The sooner these are spotted, the higher the chance of a successful outcome. Cavities can be very difficult to spot in the early stages and our dentists use the latest detection techniques to increase the chances of spotting potential warning signs at the earliest possible opportunity.

We strongly recommend coming in for a routine check-up every 6-9 months. Regular appointments help to reduce the risk of decay and gum disease and enable us to treat any developing issues as quickly as possible.

Treatment for decay

If you have signs of decay, for example, you’ve been suffering with toothache, your tooth feels weak when you bite down or your teeth have been more sensitive than usual of late, we urge you to book an appointment as early as possible. When you come in for your check, we will have a good look at your teeth and discuss treatment options with you. If you have got a cavity, we usually recommend placing a filling to prevent bacteria from spreading and protect the tooth. Fillings are usually made from composite and resins, and they help to strengthen the tooth and reduce the risk of further infection. The procedure to fill a tooth can usually be completed within an hour and the tooth will be numbed first to prevent pain.

Three Tips to Keeping Your Teeth Clean this Christmas

December 20th, 2017

Christmas is a wonderful time of the year for a lot of reasons, but it can also be a difficult time, especially when it comes to your oral health. If you are keen to keep dental dramas at bay, here are 3 tips to help you keep your teeth clean this Christmas:

  1. Brush twice a day: polls suggest that a large proportion of people only brush once a day, despite advice from dentists to clean the teeth twice a day. Brushing is a means of removing food debris and bacteria from the mouth and reducing the risk of plaque formation. When you brush, use gentle circular strokes, brush along the gum line and use fluoride toothpaste.
  1. Clean between the teeth: brushing is brilliant, but it can’t clean the entire mouth. It’s impossible to fit a brush head between the teeth and this is why cleaning the gaps between the teeth is so important. You can either use dental floss or inter-dental brushes, which are tiny hand-held brushes that are specially designed to clean between the teeth.
  1. Avoid snacking: it’s not just important to keep an eye on what you eat. It’s also beneficial to think about when you eat. When you eat, bacteria in the mouth start to feed and this causes them to release acids, which erode the enamel. If you eat throughout the day, this means that your enamel never has chance to recover, making the teeth susceptible to damage and decay.

How Implant Retained Dentures Can Give Peace of Mind

December 15th, 2017

Have you had troubles with your dentures? Are you worried about eating in public or do you wish your dentures felt more secure? If you’ve answered yes to these questions, we recommend implant-retained dentures. With this type of denture, you can enjoy peace of mind, as well as a host of functional benefits.

What are implant-retained dentures?

Implant-retained dentures are dentures that are stabilised and secured by dental implants. Usually, the denture is held in place by the natural suction power of the gums, but in this case, dental implants are used to support the denture. Dental implants are small titanium appliances, which assume the role of the tooth root when the natural tooth has been lost. Once an implant is in place, it offers the same level of stability and functionality as a healthy root.

Implant-retained dentures are advantageous for denture wearers because they offer greater strength and stability. There’s no risk of the denture coming loose when you eat and the denture will fit you perfectly, which eliminates the risk of sore spots and irritation. With implants there to support the denture, you can also enjoy increased bite power, so you won’t have to worry about what you can and can’t eat.

If you’re interested in implant-retained dentures and you’d like to find out how they could benefit you, call and book a consultation today or get in touch with us online. We could help to make your denture dramas a thing of the past.

How Liverpool Dental Spa can stop Snoring

December 13th, 2017

If snoring is keeping you awake at night and you’re dreaming of a good night’s sleep, we may be able to help. At Liverpool Dental Spa, we have experience in treating patients who snore on a regular basis and we can help to bring peace back to your household.

Why do I snore?

You may not know that you snore, but it’s highly likely that others will tell you if you’re keeping them up. If you’re tired of getting a barrage of complaints every morning or you feel guilty about keeping your other half up, we may have just the solution. The noise you hear when you snore is caused by the soft tissue at the back of the throat vibrating. In many cases, snoring occurs as a temporary effect of illness, for example when you have a cold, or when you change sleeping position. It’s very common to snore when you lie on your back, for example. Snoring can also be caused by drinking, as alcohol relaxes the muscles in the throat. Persistent snoring may be a side-effect of smoking and it is also linked to being overweight.

How we can help

If you’ve tried changing your sleeping position and you’re still snoring, we may recommend wearing a specially designed bite guard at night. This bite guard is a device, which helps to improve air flow while you sleep, increasing the amount of oxygen you take in. The appliance works by adjusting the position of the jaw, moving the lower jaw forward slightly to maximise oxygen uptake.

Our bite guards are designed for the individual and they’re comfortable to wear.

If snoring is getting you down or you live with a snorer and you can’t remember the last time you had a peaceful night, now is the time to get in touch! We might just be able to make sleepless nights a thing of the past.

Five Tooth-Kind Christmas Food Swaps

December 11th, 2017

Christmas is a time of year when many of us tear up the diet rulebooks and go to town with edible treats. While it’s enjoyable to indulge your taste buds at this time of year, spare a thought for your teeth. If you’re keen to preserve your smile, here are 5 tooth-friendly food swaps to consider:

  1. Honey-roasted ham for salmon: ham is a traditional crowd-pleaser at Christmas, but if you’ve basted the joint in treacle, cola or honey, the sugar content will increase significantly. Instead of a honey-roasted ham this year, why not opt for salmon instead? You can use salmon as a main dish or create tasty canapes. Salmon is rich in omega oils and essential fats, which help to keep your gum healthy.
  2. Full fat for diet drinks: if you’re cracking open the pop or choosing mixers to go with spirits, opt for diet versions, as they contain very little sugar. Although diet drinks are sugar-free, they are still acidic, so use a straw and avoid drinking them between meals.
  3. Christmas pudding for a cheese board: Christmas pudding may taste great, but it’s packed with sugar and sticky raisins that will cling to the teeth. Instead, opt for a cheese board. Cheese is high in calcium and it also has a high pH value, which helps to neutralize acids in the mouth.
  4. Sugary cereals for porridge: it’s Christmas morning and you need plenty of energy to get through the day. Instead of reaching for sugary breakfast cereals, make a bowl of porridge. Porridge oats are high in fibre, they release energy slowly and they have a much lower sugar content. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, add blueberries, a banana or a spoonful of honey.
  5. Eggnog for prosecco: if you’re having a drink this Christmas, choose prosecco instead of eggnog. Prosecco has a much lower sugar content and it’s also less calorific. Try and stick to drinking at mealtimes only, as prosecco is acidic.

Reshaping your Smile With Gum Contouring Treatments

December 8th, 2017

Have you got a gummy smile? Are you conscious about posing for the camera or do you feel like your smile is unattractive? A gummy smile isn’t a dental emergency or anything to worry about in terms of oral health, but it can affect your confidence. With a gummy smile, the teeth tend to look short and small and this can affect the balance and symmetry of the smile. If you wish you had a more attractive smile, we can help! Using advanced gum contouring techniques, we can alter the shape of the gums to give you a beautiful, balanced smile.

What is gum contouring?

Gum contouring is a technique we use to alter the shape of the gums and remove excess tissue from the gum line. With a gummy smile, the gum tissue covers more of the tooth than usual, and this means that the teeth look small. Contouring provides a solution by trimming the gums and reshaping them to unveil more of the tooth structure. This means that the teeth look slightly larger and longer and creates a much more balanced aesthetic.

We use modern techniques to achieve incredible results with minimal discomfort and we can transform your smile in a single session.

If you’re concerned about the appearance of your gummy smile or you dream of feeling more confident when your smile is in the spotlight, why not call us and find out more about gum contouring at Liverpool Dental Spa? We can arrange an informal consultation, have a look at your smile and go through the procedure with you. We’ll be more than happy to answer questions and we can give you an idea of the difference this type of treatment can make.

How Liverpool Dental Spa’s Non-invasive facial rejuvenation treatments can refresh your smile this Christmas

December 6th, 2017

At Liverpool Dental Spa, we pride ourselves on creating stunning smiles, but we also offer incredible non-invasive facial rejuvenation treatments. If you’re keen to refresh your smile and give your skin a healthy, youthful glow, we’ve got you covered!

Our facial rejuvenation treatments

We offer Botox and dermal fillers as part of our collection of confidence-boosting treatments. Both Botox and dermal fillers are proven to reduce the visibility of lines and wrinkles, giving you smoother, younger-looking skin.

Botox is a purified form of botulinum toxin type A, which is used to soften lines by relaxing the facial muscles. It does this by blocking nerve signals to the muscles, preventing them from contracting. Botox has been used for many years and our expert team has a wealth of experience in creating natural results. Botox treatment is commonly used to reduce the visibility of laughter and frown lines and tackle crow’s feet. The treatment process is relatively simple and we use a very fine needle and precision techniques to prevent pain. Typically, treatment takes around 20-30 minutes and the effects will become visible after 24-72 hours. The results of Botox treatment last up to 6 months.

Dermal fillers are another option for those looking for a non-surgical means of rolling back the years. Fillers help to combat a loss of structure and firmness in the skin, which results from depleted collagen stores. We can use filler to soften wrinkles and define the facial features and we can also boost fullness in the lips. Like Botox, this is a temporary solution and the results tend to last up to 9 months. The procedure is simple and involves using a fine needle to inject carefully-controlled amounts of filler into the skin.

If you’re keen to banish wrinkles and make your smile shine this Christmas, why not call us now and find out about more about our fabulous facial treatments?

Three Reasons You Should Consider Fixed Braces at Liverpool Dental Spa

December 4th, 2017

Do you wish you had a beautiful, straight smile? If you’ve got crowded or crooked teeth and you’re looking for a solution, we have some excellent treatment methods on offer. If you’re desperate for brilliant results guaranteed, we recommend fixed braces. Here are just 3 of the reasons why fixed braces may be an ideal option for you:

  1. Amazing results: with fixed braces, the treatment process is very straightforward and you don’t have to worry about remembering to put your brace back in or hitting daily targets for wearing your brace. Once your fixed brace is in place, it does all the hard work for you. There’s no risk of getting to the end of treatment and being disappointed because you haven’t been wearing your brace for the required time each day. You’re guaranteed a gorgeous smile!
  2. Discretion: in days gone by, fixed braces were seen as ugly and bulky, but today, it’s a very different story. Modern fixed braces are much sleeker, finer and more delicate than previous generations, and they are often made from tooth-coloured parts to maximise discretion. We can even fit lingual braces, which are fixed braces that are attached to the back of the teeth, if you’re keen on undergoing treatment in secret.
  3. Confidence: orthodontic treatment doesn’t just change the look of our smile, it also makes you feel a lot more confident about your appearance. If your smile has been holding you back, fixed braces can help to give your self-esteem a boost.

If you’re thinking about getting braces, why not call and book a consultation today?

How Liverpool Dental Spa can relax you before, during and after treatment

December 1st, 2017

Did you know that dental phobia is one of the most common types of phobia among adults in the UK? If you’re anxious about having dental treatment or even sitting in the chair, Liverpool Dental Spa can help you to relax before, during and after treatment.

How we can help you to relax

We offer a wide range of modern dental treatments, which are designed to produce results with minimal discomfort and we also have a friendly, compassionate team on hand to provide expert care. As well as providing dental services, we also offer spa treatments, which can help to make you feel calm and relaxed before you see your dentist.

If you’re having treatment, and you’re anxious about the procedure, we may recommend sedation. Sedation is a technique, which is used commonly in medicine and dentistry. It helps you to feel completely relaxed while you have treatment and ensures that you don’t experience any pain. When you’re sedated, you’ll still be awake, but you will feel drowsy. Being sedated helps to prevent anxiety both before and during the procedure, as many patients find that they’re more comfortable with the idea of having treatment if they know they’re not going to feel any pain.

Often, our patients are fearful of treatment because of a phobia of needles. If this sounds familiar, we have just the solution for you. With The Wand, we can provide painless injections and help you to feel less anxious. The Wand is a device, which looks similar to a pen. It is controlled by a computer, which regulates the flow of liquid through the needle. It is very common for people to fear needles as a result of negative experiences in the past, and with The Wand, we can ensure that the process will be completely pain-free.

If you’re anxious about having dental treatment, why not come and see us and have a look around? You can meet the team and we’ll be happy to tell you all about our amazing treatments.


6 Dentistry Awards!

Winners for National UK Award

  • > 2009 Best Dental Team

Winners for North West Awards

  • > 2009 Best Dental Team
  • > 2008 Best Dental Practice

Finalists for North West Awards

  • > 2009 Best Practice
  • > 2008 Best Dental Team

Finalist & Highly Commended for

  • > 2007 Best Young Dentist Dr Marius McGovern