Children’s Dentistry – Prevention is way better than cure. Look after your childs teeth

Tooth decay has become the number one reason why children are admitted hospital in the UK and any solution will require parents, business and the authorities to play their part.

The British Dental Association (BDA) has commended the councils for their leadership on sugar as the Local Government Association (LGA) issued calls for transparent and child friendly labelling on fizzy drinks.

Russ Ladwa, Chair of the BDA’s Health and Science Committee said: “Local councils are now offering the kind of leadership on the sugar crisis we expect to see from national government.”

The BDA has called on the government to put prevention at the heart of its approach to the crisis on child tooth decay, as new figures showed over 14,000 children aged 5 and under had been admitted to hospital for tooth extraction in 2014/15.  Analysis of data from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) has also revealed a 10% increase in children requiring tooth extraction in the last 4 years.

News comes as the government has supposedly abandoned plans for a sugar tax as part of its long delayed obesity strategy.  The BDA has led calls for action to improve children’s oral health and championed action on sugar.

Mick Armstrong, Chair of the BDA said: “these new figures should offer a wake up call to government on its failure to get to grips with prevention.  Under fives are ending up in hospital for tooth extractions because successive governments have treated oral health as an afterthought.  An entirely preventable disease has been left to emerge as the leading cause of hospital admissions among children.  That means paying a premium for general anaesthesia, when we should be saving pain and money by aiming to keep healthy teeth in healthy mouths in the first place.

At Fellows Dental Practice we really believe in preventative dental care and encourage our patients to bring their children to the practice from an early age. Regular check-ups from a young age will ensure children won’t suffer from untreated dental decay with devastating effects to their growing dentition. We will be able to give you advise on diet and snacking to try and reduce the risks of dental decay. There are a number of preventative treatments that our team can provide for children.

  • Fluoride applications are a safe and effective way to safeguard your growing child’s teeth from developing decay. The fluoride is painted onto the surface of the child’s teeth and this helps to mineralise the teeth and make them stronger.
  • Fissure sealants are tooth coloured and where clinically needed, these are applied to the biting surfaces of children’s teeth to prevent decay.

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Studies have shown that the younger the age that you bring your child to the dental practice, even if just for a check-up, the more likely they are to have a positive experience and grow up not to be afraid of a visit to a dental practice. Our team will take special care of your child to make them feel safe and cared for.

Treating a child from an early age also allows the dentist to spot early signs of underbites, cross bites or overbites developing. As with most things, the sooner you can start to treat it, the quicker it can be resolved.

Look! We have a TV on our ceiling!

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To help make your child’s visit to the dentist as fun as possible we have created a relaxing waiting area with toys and books for younger patients to enjoy.

In the surgery, we have a television screen on the ceiling which plays fun DVDs to watch during your appointment. We find this is great for adults as well. Feel free to bring your favourite DVD or you can choose from our selection.

Prevention is always better than cure so call the practice today to make an appointment for your child.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dental Team of the Year Finalists!

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The Team at Fellows Dental Practice are so proud to have been nominated for the prestigious Dental Awards and have made it to the final of the Team of the Year.

We are one of three practices South of London and the only one in East Sussex to have made the final.  There were hundreds who entered, making this the biggest and best Dental Awards to date.

The Dental Awards is the UK’s premier annual awards scheme, developed to recognise and reward the very highest standards in UK dentistry & oral healthcare through outstanding individuals and teams whose commitment and drive continues to raise standards throughout UK dentistry.

Sponsored by market-leading businesses serving the dental profession and supported by key dental associations and all the leading dentistry magazines, the Dental Awards are the most coveted awards program serving the sector, being seen as the gold standard. Winning one represents a pinnacle in the career of any individual or practice.

Our nomination is a wonderful acknowledgement of our achievements.  At Fellows Dental Practice, our patients are at the center of everything we do.  We work together as a team to ensure everyone has a lovely journey through the practice and the quality of the dentistry we provide is not simply high but also how we would wish to be treated ourselves.

We are very proud of our team – they are dedicated and hard working, yet a fun bunch to work with! We are delighted to have made it to the final….watch this space to see how we do.

Our team is Mark Fellows (Owner and Dentist); Sharmila Sarin (Associate Dentist); Catherine Fellows (Co-owner Practice Manager and Dental Nurse); Jennifer Kinnish (Hygienist); Kelly Hardy, Stephanie Mainstone, Melissa Ringsell and Amy McGowan (Dental Nurses and Reception Team).

The winners are announced on Friday 22nd April at an awards ceremony in Birmingham, which we will be attending.

Thank you for all your support.

 

Cosmetic dentistry: your gateway to a Hollywood smile

Once upon a time, cosmetic dentistry was only available to the rich and famous. However, it is now increasingly popular with patients of all backgrounds. At Fellows Dental Practice in Eastbourne, our skilled cosmetic dentists have a number of treatments at their disposal to provide you with a beautiful Hollywood smile.

cosmetic dentistryCosmetic dentistry is an umbrella term that covers a large selection of treatments, from simple teeth whitening to full mouth reconstructions involving dental implants or discreet orthodontics. At our Eastbourne practice we welcome patients who have a clear idea of which cosmetic treatment they need, as well as those who are unhappy with their smile but unsure which is the best course of treatment to improve it.

If you are interested in cosmetic dentistry, we invite you to join us for a smile makeover consultation here at our Eastbourne practice. Your dentist will carefully examine your teeth, gums and surrounding structures, and will take the time to find out what you like and dislike about your current smile, along with what you would like to achieve.

After taking all this information into account, your dentist will recommend the best course of treatment to give you the smile of your dreams. This may be one procedure, or a combination of two or more from our extensive cosmetic dentistry menu.

Smile makeovers are as individual as the patients we provide them for. Common treatments at our Eastbourne practice include:

Porcelain veneers

Thin pieces of porcelain placed over the front surfaces of your teeth to improve their appearance, disguising permanent staining, small chips and cracks, and minor alignment issues.

Teeth whitening

Special dental bleaching gel is used to remove everyday stains from the teeth. This is one of the fastest ways to boost your smile.

Dental implants

Implants can be used to permanent replace missing teeth.

Dental implants: frequently asked questions

Dental implants are an increasingly popular way to replace missing teeth. The implantology team at Eastbourne’s Fellows Dental Practice is highly skilled and can treat even the most complex implant cases. If you have lost one or more of your teeth, we would recommend considering using dental implants to replace them.

dental-implantsOf course, we understand that having dental implants is a big decision – but we also believe it is one of the best that you can make. Here are some common questions patients ask dentists about implants. If you can’t find the answers you are looking for here, please get in touch with our Eastbourne practice and we will be more than happy to help you.

How do dental implants work?

Dental implants are small titanium screws placed directly in your jaw bone in a minor surgical procedure, carried out here at our Eastbourne dental practice. They replace the root portion of a missing tooth and support crowns, bridges or dentures.

Why should I replace missing teeth?

We would always recommend replacing missing teeth. As well as increasing your self-confidence, replacing teeth has health benefits. Remaining teeth can become crooked and harder to clean, thus more at risk of decay, if you don’t fill in the gaps. Your diet can also be affected.

Do dental implants hurt?

Implant placement is carried out under local anaesthetic, so you should experience no discomfort. Your dentist will ensure you have adequate pain relief to deal with any post-operative pain, which is usually mild.

What if I’ve suffered bone loss?

Patients who have experienced bone resorbtion can still have dental implants; you will just need an additional procedure first to rebuild the bone. At our Eastbourne practice we can carry out bone grafts and sinus lifts to ensure your bone is dense enough for implants.

Dental implants for patients who have experienced bone loss

Dental implants are a thoroughly modern way for dentists to replace missing teeth. At Fellows Dental Practice in Eastbourne our experienced implantology team have helped countless patients to restore confidence in their smile and regain their ability to eat a full, balanced diet with the help of implants – even in complex cases for patients who have experienced bone loss.

dental-implants-eastbourneSome dentists will tell you that if you have experienced bone loss you are not suitable for implant treatment. However, this is no longer the case. Our skilled Eastbourne implant team are able to help patients who do not initially have enough bone density to support dental implants by performing an additional procedure first to rebuild your bone.

Why bone loss happens

Bone loss is a common side effect of having missing teeth. It is particularly prevalent in patients who have worn traditional dentures for some years, because without any replacement for the tooth root the jaw bone starts to shrink back or resorb. This can lead to dentures that once fitted perfectly becoming loose, uncomfortable and prone to slipping out, affecting your speech, ability to eat some foods, and your confidence.

How dental implants help

Dental implants help to prevent bone loss because they replace the root portion of a tooth or teeth. Because they are made from titanium, which is highly compatible with the body, they promote bone growth and help to stop resorbtion.

Additional procedures at our Eastbourne practice

Patients who have already experienced bone loss may need additional procedures to rebuild their bone prior to implant placement. A sinus lift or bone graft uses donor material to build the bone back up, after which your dental implants can be fitted. This will increase your treatment time, but most patients agree it is worth the wait.

Why you should take children to see the dentist from an early age

Many people who are nervous or phobic of the dentist cite a bad experience during childhood as the trigger point for their fears. At Fellows Dental Practice in Eastbourne, our practitioners are skilled at working with young patients. We firmly believe that by bringing your child to visit the dental practice from an early age, you can help them to have a good relationship with the dentist, and good oral health, for life.

preventative dentistryAt Fellows we are proud to be a family dental practice, treating many youngsters from Eastbourne and beyond. Our dentists take the time to form a relationship of trust with young patients, so that they learn that visits to the dental practice are nothing to be afraid of.

We recommend bringing your child into the practice soon after their first teeth start to appear. By coming along with parents, guardians or siblings, they can observe and copy what they see, such as sitting in the chair and opening their mouth for the dentist to examine their teeth.

At our Eastbourne dental practice we also offer a number of preventative treatments for children, including fissure sealants and fluoride varnish, which help to strengthen the teeth and prevent tooth decay. This, combined with early intervention, can help to prevent the need for more invasive treatment at a later age, which can otherwise be distressing for both child and parent.

Children in the UK still have a very high amount of tooth decay. Whilst statistics are improving, there is still a lot of work to be done, and bringing your child to see the dentist sooner rather than later is a good place to start. We have a strong focus on preventative dentistry at our Eastbourne practice, providing age-appropriate hygiene advice and tooth brushing tips.

Are you cleaning your teeth properly?

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How to clean your teeth?
The best way to have clean teeth is to visit a dentist for professional cleaning and follow a regular oral health routine of twice-daily toothbrushing and daily flossing. Read on for more tips from Fellows Dental Practice on the best way to clean teeth.

How to clean your teeth properly….

Nice Sparkly Clean TeethYou can achieve and maintain clean teeth easily if you have the right tools and technique for brushing your teeth. We recommend using an electric toothbrush; a flouride toothpaste with at least 1450ppm flouride; Dental floss or tape and tepe brushes for cleaning between your teeth. We sell all of the above items and can guide you through how best to use them to clean your
teeth to maintain a sparkly set of nashers!

 

Toothbrushing with an Electric BrushWe recommend using an electric toothbrush if possible – rechargeable Oral B or Sonicare brushes are our favourites. Hold the brush at a 45-degree angle and slowly move it over all surfaces of your teeth, using a systematic process so each area  of your mouth gets a proper clean. If you prefer to use a manual toothbrush, hold it at approximately a 45-degree angle to the teeth you are brushing. Use small strokes and brush your teeth in sections. Don’t forget to go all the way behind your last tooth on each side. Do not brush too hard, but ensure you use a suitable firmness of bristles for your teeth and gums.

 

Floss between your teeth ensuring that you clean the edge of each tooth. Brushing cleans the top, front and back surfaces of the teeth but flossing is needed to clean between each tooth. This is best achieved using dental tape or Tepe brushes. The size of Tepe brush you flossingneed will vary depending upon the amount of space there is between your teeth.

Rinse away teeth stains: if you can’t brush your teeth after consuming food or beverages that may stain your teeth, preserve clean teeth by rinsing your mouth with water or a dental rinse.

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Quit smoking: Smoking is one of the top factors that undermines clean teeth – ask us how we can help you.

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For further information please call us to arrange an appointment with one of our lovely dentists or our great hygienist. 

We can help you to keep your teeth clean more easily.   

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New Dental Hygienist has started

Easier to have a healthy mouth  – visit the Hygienist!

We now have a new hygienist to help with maintaining your mouth in a lovely sparkly healthy condition.

According to new regulations you can now see the hygienist without having to see the dentist first. We have a new Hygienist – Jennifer.  You can book in with Jennifer currently every Friday. She comes highly recommended to us, and has a fabulous reputation of being so gentle, kind and a lovely person – you will definitely enjoy your visit to the hygienist with Jennifer!

Most importantly though, Hygienists are fantastic at keeping your gum health in tip top condition. There are also many other health benefits for your whole body of having heathy gums.

Jennifer will gently clean and polish your teeth and help you return and maintain your gums in a super healthy condition. Dietary advice will be given and you will be shown which toothbrush is right for YOU. She will also advise and show you how to use  dental floss and interdental brushes – some of the most important tools for keeping a healthy mouth. If Jennifer has any queries she will refer you to your dentist – Mark or Sharmila.

With our new hygienist we can help make achieving good oral health easier and more affordable for everyone. We have reduced the cost for you of having your teeth professionally cleaned helping to keep a fresh healthy mouth.

Another barrier to a healthy mouth –  gone!

Cosmetic Treatments in Eastbourne

Once upon a time, cosmetic dental treatment was the preserve of the rich and famous. These days things have changed, and more and more people are turning to cosmetic dentistry to get the smile they’ve always wanted.

cosmetic treatments in EastbourneYour smile is the first thing many people notice when meeting you for the first time. Improving the aesthetics of your smile can provide a massive boost to self-confidence, and can have a hugely positive influence on social and business interactions.

Our dentist, Sharmila Sarin, holds a Masters Degree in Aesthetic Dentistry and has a passion for helping patients to achieve the smile of their dreams. We offer a wide selection of cosmetic dental treatments, from a quick and easy boost to your smile with tooth whitening treatment to more extensive treatments such as full smile makeovers.

One of the best options for patients considering cosmetic dental treatment is to book a smile assessment with Sharmila. You can discuss with Sharmila what you want to achieve and choose from a variety of different treatments, depending on your individual wants and needs.

Options for smile makeover treatment include:

Every treatment is individually designed to meet the unique needs of each patient. Often we can combine two or more treatments to give you the perfect smile. Our most important concern is to keep your best interests at the forefront of any treatment, so if we don’t think a particular treatment is the best thing for you and your teeth in the long term, we won’t recommend it, but may provide you with other options.

After a smile makeover consultation, should you decide to go ahead with treatment, Sharmila will undertake thorough treatment planning to design your new smile. She’ll even create a trial smile for you so you can see exactly what results to expect before treatment begins.

Open Day and 150th birthday of Alice in Wonderland

Fellows Dental Practice Open Day, Alice in Wonderland 150th Birthday

Fellows Dental Practice Open Day, Alice in Wonderland 150th Birthday

Fellows Dental Practice Open Day, Alice in Wonderland 150th Birthday

Fellows Dental Practice Open Day, Alice in Wonderland 150th Birthday

Fellows Dental Practice Open Day, Alice in Wonderland 150th Birthday

Fellows Dental Practice Open Day, Alice in Wonderland 150th Birthday

Fellows Dental Practice Open Day, Alice in Wonderland 150th Birthday

Fellows Dental Practice Open Day, Alice in Wonderland 150th Birthday

Fellows Dental Practice Open Day, Alice in Wonderland 150th Birthday

Fellows Dental Practice Open Day, Alice in Wonderland 150th Birthday

Fellows Dental Practice Open Day, Alice in Wonderland 150th Birthday

Fellows Dental Practice Open Day, Alice in Wonderland 150th Birthday

Fellows Dental Practice Open Day, Alice in Wonderland 150th Birthday

Fellows Dental Practice Open Day, Alice in Wonderland 150th Birthday

Fellows Dental Practice Open Day, Alice in Wonderland 150th Birthday

Fellows Dental Practice Open Day, Alice in Wonderland 150th Birthday


“Alice“ is 150 !
Last Weekend we celebrated Alice in Wonderlands 150th Birthday with a Mad Hatters Tea Party and an Open Day.

The world famous fantasy story “Alice in Wonderland” was first published in 1865. The author of the book was Lewis Carroll, the pen name of Reverend Charles Dodgson.

This highly talented Victorian gentleman enjoyed Eastbourne so much that he spent 22 summer holidays staying at 7 Lushington Road, where he rented rooms from a Mrs Dyer who owned the property and ran it as a guesthouse. The house is currently a dental practice run by Mark Fellows and his wife Catherine and has been granted a Blue Plaque to commemorate the connection with Lewis Carroll.

Lewis Carroll’s imaginative mind first created the story of “Alice in Wonderland” to entertain the three children of an Oxford colleague. Alice Liddell and her two sisters enjoyed boating and taking a picnic during the summer at Oxford where Carroll was a Don at the University. He taught Mathematics, Theology and Philosophy and wrote many papers and books on a wide variety of topics.

It was Alice who persuaded Lewis Carroll to write down his story of “Alice in Wonderland”. From that beginning it developed into the book that we know today with all its imaginative adventures and captivating images.

An intriguing dental link occurs when one reads that the fastidious Lewis Carroll, who enjoyed the Eastbourne theatres and Downland walks, also enjoyed his visits to his dentist on Seaside Road. He would visit his dentist to have his teeth cleaned almost daily during his stays. He also encouraged others to do likewise if they wanted to keep their teeth free of problems. A great example to us all even if it was a little over the top!

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of “Alice in Wonderland” Mark Fellows, his wife Catherine, their enthusiastic colleagues and staff dressed up in colourful costumes of characters encountered in “Alice in Wonderland” and served up a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party at the dental practice.

There were tempting cakes, jam tarts of course, and freshly brewed tea, all from Victorian style china. Games for children – Pin the Grin on the Cheshire Cat! And a fantastic Hat and Teapot cake creation to admire. Prizes, balloons and themed bunting all added to the celebratory atmosphere.

Patients, friends and passers-by had the opportunity to find out about Lewis Carroll, the famous author of “Alice in Wonderland”, and his historic connection with 7, Lushington Road, Eastbourne in the surprising setting of Fellows Dental Practice! Please do feel free to pop in and view some of our memorabilia on display.