How a healthy mouth makes a healthy body

If you’re stepping up your fitness regime and overhauling your diet in preparation for the summer, take a moment to consider your dental fitness, too – because if your teeth and gums aren’t in top condition, they could actually undo all your good work. As evidence mounts to support the theory that gum disease leads to chronic health conditions, we’ve highlighted the top three you should be aware of. 

The problem: type 2 diabetes
Type 2 diabetics are known to be at a higher risk of gum disease – but did you know that gum disease may actually lead to diabetes? Scientists are still working on the exact reason behind it all, but the theory is that gum disease causes inflammation in the mouth, which in turn affects the body’s ability to control blood sugar. 
The solution: speak to your hygienist about combining good oral hygiene with a healthy diet that offers the right balance of carbohydrate, protein, dairy and fats, and which limits sugar.

The problem: heart disease 
Untreated gum disease can cause harmful bacteria to enter the bloodstream, which is thought to damage blood vessels in the heart and brain. Recent studies have shown that those who brush less than the recommended two minutes, twice a day, are at a much higher risk of heart disease. 
The solution: boost your brushing routine to ensure you clean for the full two minutes, twice a day – and book in with your hygienist for a scale and polish to remove plaque from areas that brushing can’t reach.

The problem: respiratory infections
Did you know your lungs are vulnerable to the harmful bacteria in your mouth? Bacteria from unhealthy gums can reach your lungs both when you inhale and via your bloodstream. This causes lung tissue to become inflamed, which can lead to conditions such as bronchitis and pneumonia. If you smoke, the risk of respiratory infection is dramatically higher – smoking not only directly damages the lungs, but exacerbates gum disease, too, creating a perfect storm. 
The solution: quit smoking – your hygienist can support you with this; and be extra-vigilant about your oral hygiene, especially when bugs are circling. 

Want to take control of your oral hygiene? Schedule your next check-up or hygiene appointment at Rhiwbina Dental on 029 2062 6551. We’re here to help keep you on the path to good health – from top to toe.

Ready for a spring refresh?

Spring might have delayed its arrival this year, but that doesn’t stop us from feeling like it’s time for a change – whether that’s a fresh wardrobe update (one that doesn’t compromise on warmth; a good old-fashioned clear-out (albeit in the most modern way; or a zingy new dish to boost winter-worn taste buds. It’s the perfect time to give yourself a rejuvenating boost, too – and that’s where Rhiwbina Dental can help. With our fabulous cosmetic treatments, we can offer everything from a subtle refresh to a complete makeover. Here, we round up our most popular treatments to create the ultimate health-and-beauty toolkit for spring.

The express smile enhancer: teeth whitening
If you want whiter teeth, fast, our Philips Zoom! Quick Pro treatment is the perfect solution, getting smiles up to four shades lighter in just four days. Unlike traditional whitening treatments, the Quick Pro system does require dental impressions or whitening trays; instead, an innovative bleaching varnish is applied to the teeth and ‘locked in’ with a sealant. There is little or no sensitivity with this method, and it won’t harm any of the soft tissues in the mouth. Call us today to book a consultation to get a dazzling smile in time for spring.

The de-stresser: botulinum toxin
Botulinum toxin – the same ingredient used in the Botox brand – now has decades of scientific backing to prove just how safe and effective it is in smoothing out deep expression lines and preventing new ones from forming. If you are bothered by persistent frown lines, forehead wrinkles and crow’s feet, these are the areas on which Botox is especially effective. Expertly placed injections will freeze those underlying muscles, lifting away the effects of stress and tiredness and leaving your complexion looking rested and rejuvenated for up to four months. Book your consultation at Rhiwbina Dental to find out just how simple it is to look refreshed and de-stressed all spring!

The skin-plumper: dermal fillers
Dermal fillers replace the volume that naturally reduces as we age, so they’re ideal for restoring a youthful glow to tired complexions. Dermal filler injections contain a synthetic version of hyaluronic acid, the substance in our bodies that’s responsible for collagen production, the key to plump, firm, healthy-looking skin. The treatment is most popular on lips and cheekbones, but can be used on the whole face to smooth, sculpt and recontour as required. Book your consultation today with our experienced facial aesthetics team and look forward to a rejuvenated new-season look.

The game-changer: a smile makeover
Your smile is one of the first things people will notice about you – but just like your complexion, it loses its lustre over time. If you’re not happy with your smile, but know that a quick fix such as teeth whitening won’t be enough, book in for a smile makeover consultation. We’ll give you our professional opinion on what’s required to get you smiling confidently, for life, and draw up a treatment plan that explains the journey you’ll need to take. From treating gum disease to dental implants and orthodontics, we can offer everything under one roof at Rhiwbina Dental, and we’ll hold your hand every step of the way!

Ready to hit refresh for spring? Call us today on 029 2062 6551 and let’s get started!  

Why you should care about World Health Day on 7 April

This year, the World Health Organisation (WHO) celebrates its 70th birthday – and, with the help of World Health Day on 7 April, it is ramping up the pressure to close the yawning gap between the 50 percent of people in the world who can access basic healthcare, and those who can’t. But how does this affect you?

Well, while WHO works on persuading world leaders to make concrete policy changes, it’s down to healthcare providers like Rhiwbina Dental to target people at grassroots level. Oral health has long been neglected and marginalised by governments – but with recent research highlighting a link between dental and general health, oral health is moving into the spotlight as the key to achieving and accelerating world health goals. 

Dental disease not only places a direct pressure on the NHS (tooth extractions in 0-19-year-olds, for example, cost the taxpayer over £50 million a year, but is also believed to be linked to a host of other health problems, from Type 2 diabetes to heart disease and some cancers. With the right education and tools, good oral health is easily achievable, cost-effective and has the potential for life-changing, global impact. Here at Rhiwbina Dental, we’re always working to promote oral health – so here are 6 things you can do to maintain yours. 

Get on board with the latest advice
If you haven’t changed your brushing and flossing routine for the past few decades, newsflash: times have changed! Common ‘old-fashioned’ habits include brushing straight after meals (especially breakfast) and rinsing with water after brushing – both of which are now widely agreed to be counter-productive to protecting your teeth effectively. Check in with the team at Rhiwbina for the latest advice, techniques and products on cleaning at home.

Book a direct-access hygiene appointment
At Rhiwbina Dental, you can book your hygiene appointment without needing to see the dentist first – ideal if you need a deep-clean in-between dentist visits, or if you need help cleaning around braces, implants or restorations. The hygienist will carry out a thorough scale and polish to remove disease-causing plaque and tartar, lifting away stains to leave teeth feeling fresh and shiny-white. You’ll also be able to get qualified advice on cleaning at home, getting the right diet for your teeth and making positive lifestyle changes such as stopping smoking. 

Don’t put off seeing the dentist
Even if your teeth and gums are looking and feeling great, it is still important to see your dentist twice a year – x-rays and professional examinations are essential for spotting problems you wouldn’t otherwise notice until they became more serious – not to mention more expensive – to treat. Putting off your visits, conversely, makes your mouth, teeth and gums vulnerable to the onset of disease and decay further down the line. 

Consult our specialist periodontist
If you have been diagnosed with gum disease, we can refer you to our in-house periodontist, a specialist in their field. The type and length of treatment you have will depend on the severity of your gum disease – but rest assured that our periodontist will get your problem under control and get you back on the path to good oral health. 

Join Denplan for peace of mind
Denplan is our recommended payment plan, spreading the cost of your routine check-ups and hygiene over the year through simple monthly direct debits. Because Denplan covers all your essential dental needs, it makes patients less likely to skip appointments, which in turn helps prevent problems from being allowed to become difficult and costly to treat.

WHO was founded on the principle that everyone in the world should have the right to the highest possible level of health. Good oral hygiene is arguably the first step on the road to long-term health and wellbeing – so get started today with Rhiwbina Dental. Call 029 2062 6551 to schedule your next appointment – and spread the word about #HealthForAll on 7 April!

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