We hope this letter finds you and your family in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the past few months and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed all around us and indeed in our dental practice, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.
Infection Prevention and Control has always been a top priority for us and you hopefully will have seen this in previous visits. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it is both safe and comfortable…
We extend our best wishes to all our patients and hope you are keeping well and safe through these testing times.
We are currently advised by the public health authorities to limit treatment to emergency care only. We wish however, to remind you that we remain available to advise on any dental concerns or queries that you may have over the period of suspension of normal practice and routine dental care…
Tooth whitening (bleaching) is a safe and successful procedure as long as the recommended materials and clinical protocols for use are adhered to. The currently recommended products contain 10% carbamide peroxide which releases 3.5% hydrogen peroxide. The maximum permitted 21% carbamide peroxide releases 7% hydrogen peroxide.
Until a recent EU Directive limiting bleaching to dental professionals, the prescribing of whitening products was completely unregulated with no controls on the agents used or the amount of peroxide they contained (up to 35%).
It is increasingly recognised that oral health plays an important role in general health and well- being and this is particularly relevant in pregnancy. Before pregnancy or as soon as a woman becomes pregnant we, at Fitzwilliam House Dental Practice recommend a visit for a comprehensive assessment of her oral health status to include having any appropriate treatment carried out and receive advice on the particular ways to maintain optimum oral hygiene and home- care during this time.
The answer is maybe but it’s not necessarily a direct cause and effect relationship.
This is because there are two distinct types of tooth grinding or jaw clenching behaviour (bruxism in scientific terminology).
One occurs during the day (wake bruxism) and the other at night (sleep bruxism) and they differ in terms of their behavioural characteristics.