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January 5, 2022
Opal Hewlett

Do you suffer from dental phobia?

Do you suffer from dental phobia?

Do you suffer from dental phobia? – You are not alone! Believe it or not, this is a real thing that affects millions of people daily; physically stopping them from visiting the dentist.

We are going to dig deep into what dental phobia is, and what you can do if this is something you suffer from.

What is dental phobia?

Dental phobia is where people are petrified; affected with panic at the thought of visiting a dentist; therefore doing anything to avoid the dreadful visit.

The emotions that come with the ‘fear of the dentist’, like anxiety and avoidance are natural, rational, and resolute reactions. After all, our mouth is one of the most intimate and sensitive parts of the body, so a visit to the dentist can make you feel vulnerable.

Although experiencing these emotions are normal to some degree, it’s difficult for many to get by without any professional dental care. (Remember a smile is our biggest power; we need to give it the care it deserves. Have a read of Top 10 Celebrity Smiles )

So what causes dental phobia, and how can you overcome it?

What causes your phobia of the dentist?

There are many things that can cause people to develop an extreme fear of the dentist, such as:

  • Bad experiences
  • Fear of pain
  • Embarrassment
  • Needle phobia
  • Indirect experiences
  • Non-dental traumatic experiences

How to overcome suffering from dental phobia?

(Before you can truly work on overcoming your fear, you need to try and work out the underline cause)

Alongside finding out the core reason for your fear, there are many other things you can do/think about to make the experience of visiting the dentist more calming for you, like:

  • Find a dentist you trust and like; one that is understanding of your fear. Of course, you need to be comfortable with the environment of the practice too, so bear this in mind. (Treat your first appointment to get the know the dentist and surroundings)
  • Always go for a morning appointment, this ensures you have less time to dwell and build anxiety.
  • Take some moral support with you to your appointment,  such as a friend.

Have a read of Fear of the dentist – NHS (  for more tips on how to help your fear of the dentist.

How Smiles Centre can help you!

We understand it can be a worry to see the dentist. We want to ensure we are providing a comfortable, stress-free experience for all our patients, and that’s why we offer a meet and greet appointment. At this appointment, it is a fantastic way for you to get a feel of the practice, the team, and the dentist.

There is no pressure for you to become a patient or to undergo any check-ups or treatments, it is just a friendly informal chat, which you are in full control of.

We also fully recognize that many fears stem from painful experiences, and so we offer many PAIN-FREE treatments.

To book your no-obligation meet & greet appointment, or to discuss pain-free treatments in more detail then please Contact Us. 





December 16, 2021
Opal Hewlett

What causes white spots on your teeth?

What causes white spots on your teeth?

before ICON dental treatment

If you are suffering from white spot lesions, you will want to know what the root cause is, and more importantly, can it be treated? Let’s dig deeper into ‘What causes white spots on your teeth?’

Unfortunately, there isn’t just one specific root cause, and it can be due to a number of factors, such as:

  • Fluorosis – Caused by ingesting a large amount of fluoride. While there are many benefits to fluoride ingesting too much, whether that’s from swallowing toothpaste or drinking overly fluoridated water can cause teeth discoloration. The discoloration that appears can be anything from chalky white, yellow, or even brown.
  • Enamel Hypoplasia – A defect where there is thinner enamel than normal. There are many reasons which can cause this, for instance: It can be hereditary, Vitamin Deficiency, Trauma to teeth, and Preterm Births. 
  • Demineralization – Creates white areas on the enamel of teeth, resulting from the build-up of plaque. This is commonly seen in people who wear braces. It can also be an indication of poor hygiene.

If you suffer from white spot lesions and don’t like it from an aesthetic view, don’t panic, it is fully treatable.

Preventing ‘What causes white spots on your teeth?’

We know that having white spots on your teeth can be challenging, but there are many things that we can do to help prevent them from appearing, (of course this depends on the root cause). Like:

  • Visiting the dentist regularly
  • Using fluoride-free water
  • Using the correct amount of toothpaste (A pea-sized skirt is more than enough)
  • Reducing sugary and acidic food and drink

If you have any unanswered questions on what we have discussed today, then please get in Contact Us for a no-obligation chat.

How to remove white spots on your teeth?

This is a great question and one that’s so important for us to answer. White spot lesions can be a real burden to many people, preventing them from smiling; showing off a vital feature that expresses so many emotions. However, there are some fantastic treatments out there that can help remove white spots…

  • Enamel microabrasion
  • Dental veneer
  • Topical fluoride
  • ICON

(Some believe that teeth whitening or bleaching can help, however, it can make the white spots more prominent)

If you want to discuss the treatment for you, or would like more information about the new, modern technique ICON please get in Contact Us.

(Don’t forget to head over a check out our Facebook for more treatment videos and patient testimonials)




November 25, 2021
Opal Hewlett

What qualities should a dentist have?

What qualities should a dentist have? – We thought this would be a great question to explore. After all, a dentist plays an essential part in our overall oral health; yet so many dread visiting them.
However, what we have found is, once patients find a dentist they like, they often become committed to them for life. So what traits should a dentist have to gain loyal patients?

What qualities should a dentist have?

When you visit a dentist before you decide to become a loyal patient, you need to stop and think about whether they are displaying the attributes that you’re wanting. Everyone will be looking for different aspects in a dentist, but the top things to look out for are:

  • Do they educate patients?A great dentist seeks to educate their patients about proper dental care, the treatments available, and to encourage good care habits.
  • Do they have extensive knowledge? A great dentist should have a wealth of knowledge and be able to identify problems quickly and offer the best course of treatment.
  • Welcoming atmosphere? A great dentist will never make his patients feel rushed or uncomfortable, there should be a warm, friendly atmosphere throughout the entire practice.
  • Get patients involved – A great dentist involves patients with any decision-making, making sure the patient is aware of all treatment options available
  • Honest and compassionate A great dentist always needs to be honest and compassionate.  For example, A dentist needs to be sensitive to the problems caused by poor dental hygiene.
  • Has great communication skillsStrong communication skills is one of the most important things a dentist can have. Dentists help to educate their patients, being able to explain information and easy to talk to is key.
  • Trustworthy – Patients need to feel they can trust their dentist to solve the problem, and with care.
  • Passionate –  A great dentist needs to enjoy their profession of work, caring for patients and providing the very best care/treatment.

Our Team

These qualities mentioned above are not just traits you need to be looking out for in a dentist, but the whole dental practice. Here at Smiles, we have a fabulous team that we are proud of. We are the leading private dental practice in our town, and that is because each and every one of our team holds all these qualities and more. Head over and Meet The Team to find out more.

To find out more about Smiles, and what makes us stand out, head over and follow our Facebook. 


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November 5, 2021
Courteney Styles

Can you brush a baby’s gums? If so, How do you do it?

Can you brush a baby’s gums? If so, How do you do it?

Can you brush a baby’s gums? If so, How do you do it?– This is an interesting question to answer and one we will be diving into, keep reading to find out more.

Can you brush a baby’s gums?

The answer to ‘can you brush a baby’s gum’s?’ is fairly simple and it is YES you can! 

For this, we would recommend brushing a baby’s gums between 3-6 months old, or when they start getting teeth. You should use a soft bristle brush/silicone finger brush with baby toothpaste.

Can you brush a baby's gums? If so, How do you do it?

However, some dentists would say as soon as possible to start brushing your baby’s gums. But it is a matter of preference for you as the parent and/or guardian. It is up to YOU to decide when you should consider brushing your baby’s gums.

So, how do you do it?

  • Research first, always do you research if you are a first time parent, you would want the best for you baby and what would be considered as the best.
  • Order what ever is the best such as a silicone finger brush as it is gentle for the baby.
  • As the baby teeth grow in and develop, a soft bristle toothbrush you can use and actually if you give the toothbrush to the toddler they’ll get into the habit of brushing their teeth.
  • Baby toothpaste or suitable toothpaste for young children especially the toothpaste has to be fluoride free (no-fluoride) or just water. Check out this blog for more information: teach-good-dental-habits-children
  • Bare in mind that all baby’s are different and their teeth and gums are unique but still follow the development process.

Simply giving the baby the toothbrush to play with and explore will make the process of brushing teeth a lot more enjoyable.

Why is it important to brush a baby’s gums?

Well, brushing the baby’s gums is vital because they are prone to tooth decay (bottle tooth decay) due to the sugary milk. When you brush the baby’s gums you are preventing tooth decay early.

It’s important, especially for a first time parent, we all want what is best for our baby’s and children, and if you decide to start brushing you baby’s gums, no one should judge due to the fact you are putting your child first and the child’s heath first. Don’t worry at all!

Here at Smiles, we are glad to help you and answer your questions. As well as to help you with your best dental care plans for you and your child. We always put your needs first, and if you have worries we will listen and put a plan together with you.

Contact us

To find out more, please get in Contact Us for a no-obligation chat.

To find out more about smiles, and the extremely high customer service we deliver, please head over and have a browse of our Facebook. While you are there, don’t forget to hit that like and follow button.

October 20, 2021
Courteney Styles

What is the amazing history of Dental Care?

What is the amazing history of Dental Care?

What is the amazing history of Dental Care?- This is an interesting question to answer.

What is the amazing history of Dental Care?

So, what is the amazing history of Dental Care?

Well, some people know when diving headfirst into history that it can be hearsay but there is some truth in what is noted down by historians and/or people of the time period.

Here are some interesting facts about dentistry and where it all began:

  • Did you know up until the Regency Era, people never really cared about their teeth?
  • Also, some people sold their teeth for money?
  • And that only the rich used toothpicks? – This fact is mind-blowing because when thinking back to our history from what it is today, it really has changed.
  • The first toothbrush was made during the Georgian Era but Tooth Picks were around during Ancient Egyptians and toothpastes were called toothpowder’s!– How intriguing, right?
  • The first toothbrush was made with boar bristles and held in place with metal wire on a piece of wood, 1780.
  • Boar bristle remained until 1938, boar natural fibre bristles were replaced by nylon bristles and are what we mainly use today.
  • The intriguing part is that dentistry itself has been around a lot longer, as early as 5000 BC.
  • The first Dental College was introduced 1840 in Baltimore America- this was basically established as the first dental school. However, in Britain, it was in 1820, just after the Regent king George IV became King, there was a man called Claudius Ash who established a dental manufacturing company based in London. Check out this link from Google: when+was+the+first+dentist+in+britain
  • In 1948, the inception of dental practices just after World War 2, and that the NHS founded and is still in practice and celebrated today.

So why is the history important to now in the 21st Century?

By understanding the history of Dental Care, we can adapt methods and make changes to make sure that they’re safe. It is amazing to understand and dive deep into what was practiced then to what it is now.

Here at Smiles, we work hard and make sure that out patients have a great experience. We make sure that whatever that needs to be done for your dental care is safe. Also, we make sure that it is as pain-free as possible and we explain everything that can help you understand.

Contact us

At Smiles, we are here to help you with your best dental care plans.

To find out more, please get in Contact Us for a no-obligation chat.

To find out more about smiles, and the extremely high customer service we deliver, please head over and have a browse of our Facebook. While you are there, don’t forget to hit that like and follow button.

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