Dental Website Regulations

Thanks to the guys at for the heads up on the regulations regarding website design for dentists.
At the mopment, over half of all dental websites out there are actually in breach of the GDC rules regarding site design and content, and the dental businesses who run these sites face having their websites taken down for non compliance.
Dental websites must, among other things, contain the following elements :

The dentist’s GDC registration number
The type of qualification and what country it was gained in.
When the site was last updated.
The site’s complaint procedure and who to contact if not happy with the process.
A link to the GDC website
The name, address, telephone number and email address of the practice.

Also, practices must be really careful in not calling themselves “specialists” unless they are specifically qualified and on a registered specialist list acceptable to the GDC, so for example, you can’t say you specialize in orthodontic treatments unless you actually are a qualified orthodontist.

It’s definitely worth visiting the GDC website and having a look at the PDF on Ethical Advertising which goes into a lot more detail on the dos and do nots in relation to the setting up of dental websites, but for the moment there are thousands of dental practices out there who are blissfully or flagrantly flouting the regulations, and who may be heading for a bad day at the office !

The Benefits of Dental Implants

The Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental implants are artificial teeth roots which are normally placed into the jaws to hold bridges or replacement teeth. These are the best options for individuals who have lost teeth or a tooth due to an injury and periodontal disease among other reasons. As the technology improves and becomes cheaper, implants are an increasingly affordable option for people who are missing teeth. The other main reasons why a dental implant an ideal choice for people with damaged or missing teeth include:

Retain Your Natural Smile

A face with some missing teeth can seem sunken, sad and sagging. In fact you might end up looking way older, but with a dental implant your face will retain its natural shape and appear younger with a beautiful smile.

Keep Your Tooth In Place

Dentures can easily slip off when you are talking, laughing, coughing, yawning or eating, so you will always have to reposition it every time it slips off, which can be very uncomfortable. A dental implant is fixed in place & fused naturally into your jaw bone, so you will never have to worry about it moving, shifting or clicking.

Protect Your Healthy Bone

Leaving some empty spaces in the mouth after losing some teeth can result in various additional problems like the loss & deterioration of your jawbone. When a part of your jaw isn’t being used for supporting a natural tooth, it tends to lose its firmness and strength.

Restoring Your Self-Esteem and Renewing Your Self Confidence

Missing teeth affect your beautiful smile and this always ends up affecting your self-esteem. But dental implants can help you regain your self-esteem and confidence especially when in public. A dental implant can improve your overall comfort, function and health.

Convenient Oral Hygiene

Actually its way easier for you to care for the implant supported crown, since it can be cleaned naturally just that the other teeth. Plus cleaning a full set of dental implants is way more convenient than the traditional denture. A tooth that is supported by a bridge also requires flossing too.

What is Chemotherapy?

What is Chemotherapy?

Literally meaning treatment with chemicals, chemotherapy is the most well-known type of cancer treatment. It is where a person is treated for their illness through an intricately prescribed course of drugs that perform a very specific set of actions. What these drugs are and what cancer they fight vary widely.

There is no one set method of treatment, as the type of chemotherapy a person can get is dependent entirely on a number of factors. The most prevalent of these is where in the body a cancer occurs. If, for example, someone has colon cancer they would need vastly different drugs than someone who has neck cancer. If a person has skin cancer, their treatment would be different from someone who has lung cancer. Think of it like treating a cold with the right tablet and then trying to combat a cough with the same tablet. Just because the area affected is similar, it doesn’t mean the illness can be combatted in a similar manner.

The ways of being treated are also widely varied. Drugs injected intravenously are what most people would think of when talking about chemotherapy. It allows for the drugs to get in to the blood stream quickly and act fast. Someone who is being treated for lung cancer might get what is known as a central line, a sort of semi-permanent drip line attached to the chest that allows for an IV to be attached in an unassuming manner. Instead of someone having a cannula inserted every time they go for treatment, someone with a central line emanating from the upper chest or neck that has been inserted internally to remain in place over the course or treatment. Common models of a central line include portacaths and PICC lines and advancements in chemotherapy have seen different types of lines used improve greatly.

So what does chemotherapy aim to do exactly? The drugs are trying to perform some very complicated things and aiming to stop new cells from forming in the area tumours exist. Why is this necessary? Because no cellular growth means no chance for a cancer to grow and spread. Chemotherapy tries to stop this growth and make a tumour shrink in on itself, Cancerous cells grow faster than healthy cells so it is vitally important to reduce that growth as quickly as possible.

Side effects associated with chemotherapy can include prolonged tiredness while your body is fighting as hard as it possibly can, a lack of hunger due to having a sore mouth or your sense of taste being diminished, temperature flux with a constant feeling of sickness due to reduced cell growth and thinner hair or hair loss around the body. The last one is the most noticeable side effect of course, mostly due to the fact that hair cells divide in a way that cancer drugs would attack just the same way as other cells and are quite vulnerable. What has to be known is that this hair loss is going to be temporary.

It is vitally important to remember this when learning about chemotherapy: treatment isn’t a quick fix. A patient will go through cycles of chemo over a number of months in order to attack the tumour as thoroughly as possible and allow the body time in between to recover from the burden it is under.

New Age of Dentistry

Years ago, if you had a problem with your teeth, you had a very limited number of options available to you to solve your problem. Today, dentists like offer a dazzling array of cosmetic dental solutions. You only have to go back 30 or 40 years and if you had a painful tooth the inevitable outcome would be extraction, followed by a dental bridge or plate. Dentures were loosefitting, painful, prone to falling out and clicking, and had to be kept in a glass of water overnight.

Move on a couple of generations, and dental landscape has changed forever. Celebrity makeovers and raised public awareness of oral hygiene means that today the standard and quality of dental care has never been higher and access to it has never been greater. The range and complexity of dental procedure is available today is simply staggering, and the world of cosmetic dentistry is booming. Below, you will look at some of the main treatments that are now routinely available across the length and breadth of Britain.

Teeth whitening:

By far the most commonly paid for cosmetic dental treatment in the UK is teeth whitening. Whether it be home-based, using trays and gel or in practice-based laser teeth whitening, if your teeth have become yellow and stained them for a very small investment you can have a completely new smile within a couple of hours. Laser treatment involves firing blue light at a gumshoe filled with a special type of gel. The light activates the cleaning ingredient within the gel and the results can be spectacular.

Dental veneers are another much more common technique for fixing gaps in teeth and improving the appearance of your smile. Veneers are very flexible form of treatment which can fix many different problems with minimal pain or invasion required. Essentially very thin layers of porcelain are glued or bonded onto the surface of the existing teeth. A very small amount of drilling may be required for the contouring effect and a small amount of enamel needs to be removed from the surface of the existing teeth in order for the bonding agent to work. Veneers can last for many years and can transform someone’s smile. Depending on the type of veneer chosen costs can vary from around £200 to around £1000 per tooth. The vast majority of dentists now offer full flexible finance options and you can normally pay for these treatments over a number of years.

dental veneers

Orthodontic braces:

There are huge variety of teeth straightening braces out there now, including invisalign, inman aligner, lingual and other invisble braces. Effectively all of these devices do the same thing, which is straighten your teeth. In the past the only option was to wear a wire braces which were unsightly and could take years to do their job. Nowadays certain types of braces can straighten teeth within six weeks. Prices vary and your dentist should be able to advise you on the correct product for you.

Dental implants:

Dental implants are a more invasive type of treatment where extracted teeth are replaced with a new false tooth root, normally made from titanium. Effectively titanium implant is our screw which is fixed into your jawbone, the jaw then grows around the screw and makes a rocksolid artificial root. Once the implant is solidly placed an abutment is attached which allows a crown, bridge or denture to be attached. The whole process of dental implants can take up to 6 months to complete and it is one of the more expensive treatments out there. However, it is without doubt the best option for people with several missing teeth who don’t want to wear dentures. Not everyone is suitable for dental implants and it is a fairly invasive process so your dentist should advise you at the initial consultation whether or not dental implants are for you. At this stage x-rays and MRI scans can be used and sometimes bone grafts are required.
Dental implants can last a lifetime with minimum maintenance so although they appear to be expensive over a long period of time they can work are very price effective method of replacing your teeth.

What is an Orthodontist?

What is an Orthodontist?

Just as there are doctors that specialist in areas such as paediatrics and cardiology, certain dentists also choose to specialise in certain areas.  One of these specialist areas is the study of Orthodontics.

Orthodontics is a dental specialty that seeks to prevent, diagnose and treat dental irregularities. Orthodontists are themselves fully qualified dentists who then decide to study for an additional three years as well as get far-reaching clinical experience via an orthodontic residency program.

What does an orthodontist do?

Orthodontists are specialists in rectifying misalignments of the teeth and jaw.  There are many debilitating problems associated with misalignment, for example, speech defects, difficulties chewing and difficulty maintaining adequate oral hygiene.

How does an orthodontist realign jaws and teeth?

The treatments will begin with the orthodontist conducting a comprehensive examination of the jaw and teeth. X-rays and bite impressions will be taken prior to the orthodontist making treatment recommendations.  The orthodontist will then make a treatment recommendation based on the patient’s condition. Some of the treatments that an orthodontist may recommend are:

  1. Dental braces
  2. Headgear and facemasks
  3. Retainers

So if you are suffering from any teeth or jaw misalignments then try and find a specialist orthodontist in your area such as Stoke Bishop Dental Centre

Dental Implants – What Exactly Are They?

If you have a tooth or two missing and the prospect of a bridge or denture is filling you with nothing but dread and embarrassment, then have you explored the other options that are available to you? If you haven’t already heard about the amazing progress that cosmetic dentistry has undergone in the past decade then you are really missing out in what could be the solution to your dental problems.

Dental implants are becoming more popular by the year and even though they were once thought of as the rich mans solution to the hideously uncomfortable denture, more and more of the ordinary joe’s amongst us are going for this as it is not only becoming a more affordable but in terms of practicality it means not having to do anything differently with your dental hygiene routine than you normally would as it is just like having your own tooth again.

You will see that there are more and more dental practices offering dental implants as a more up to date alternative to dentures and even favour them to giving patients crowns these days.

NHS patients will find that this type of procedure is not available to them unless there is a valid medical reason for the work to be carried out and at at the present moment, there are very few patients that would fit the criteria for this. It is generally considered to be cosmetic but many NHS dentists offer their services privately as well.

So if this is really something that you would consider as an alternative to a bridge, crown or denture, then why not make an enquiry at your dentist to find out if they offer this procedure and see whether the price is something that you could live with. Granted, many cosmetic dentists offer finance to people with decent credit ratings for this type of procedure, you just have to decide if this is the right course of action for you.

For more information on the dental implants procedure please visit this page on the Glasgow Smile Gallery site

Cosmetic Dentistry is Booming

The trend for people to emulate their Hollywood idols when it comes to their smile shows no sign of abating, despite the ongoing recession. Dr Jameel Gardee of the Glasgow Smile Clinic explains – our dental business is booming year on year, and is forecast to increase by 40 per cent over the next couple of years, and we think that might be conservative. With dental clients becoming ever more savvy about the cosmetic treatments available to them, there are no shortage of patients queuing up to pay several thousand pounds for dental implants procedures or treatments like porcelain veneers, which can cost up to one thousand pounds per tooth.

The cult of celebrity, mingled with the vast amount of information freely available at the touch of a button has made today’s cosmetic dentistry business a heady place to be. Add to that the start of the New Year, with people looking to get healthy and improve their appearance, and you can understand why January and February are usually the two busiest months of the year for most cosmetic dentists. The vast majority of dental practices offer payment plans or finance to spread the cost of treatments, and some practices have actually gone the whole hog and become members only, where you join a dental practice the same way you would join a gym – a monthly payment each month and you never have to worry about being hit with a big bill when hunting down your perfect smile.

Whatever the underlying trends tell us, there is no doubt that people are putting much more store by the appearance of their teeth and smile, and for the average cosmetic dentist out there, the future looks rosy indeed.

The Rise of Cosmetic Dentistry

In the UK, there’s two kinds of dental patient – NHS patients, which is generally preventative dentistry that is subsidised by the government and is usually more affordable, and private patients. Some dentists will only work with private patients as they tend to be more valuable customers, but these dentists generally offer treatments that an NHS dentist won’t.

These procedures are commonly known as cosmetic dentistry, and are geared as much towards the physical appearance of the teeth as they are for dental functionality. There are several common treatments available which can really take your smile to the next level.

Dental veneers – a small porcelain cover is custom fitted to your tooth and is attached using a strong adhesive. The result is a better colour and shape of tooth, and can turn a normal smile in to something spectacular. Generally people will have several veneers fitted at once, as having individual veneers can look a little strange!

Dental implants – these work as a permanent solution to any missing teeth a person may have. A metal rod is surgically attached to the patient’s jawbone, and a dental bridge or denture is attached to the rod. Dental implants are becoming increasingly popular as an alternative to dentures, and although they can be expensive they can last an extremely long time.

Teeth whitening – this involves the dentist placing a bleaching agent on the teeth, which removes any stains on the teeth and helps to make them appear whiter. This is an extremely popular treatment, and as a result there are several services available which are not provided by trained dental professionals. These services, as well as home whitening kits, are best avoided unless specifically recommended by your dentist.

Having functional teeth is extremely important, but in an age where appearance is increasingly important to people cosmetic dentistry is providing a valuable service for many people. There will be several cosmetic dentists is your area, so shop around to see who can offer the kind of services you’re looking for.

Road Haulage Good Samaritan

Another completely off topic post, but nevertheless it improved my health ! I was returning from Inverness to Glasgow on Saturday night via the horrible A9 road. The weather was horrendous, freezing cold, windy and chucking it down with rain – ah- summer in Scotland I hear you sigh…. Anyway, I was somewhere a good few miles past Bruar when my car decided to go on strike .  I couldn’t believe it. I managed to limp the car into a parking area on the A9 where I found to my deep joy that my mobile phone had no signal. I was stuck, in freezing conditions, in the middle of the night with practically no chance of getting home.  I sat in the car with the hazard lights on and prepared for a long, cold night.

Around 20 minutes had passed when my car was flooded by the headlights of another vehicle. Behind me, a lorry had come to a stop in the parking area. The driver came out of his cabin and introduced himself. His name was Dave, and he worked for Monarch Transport, a road haulage company in Glasgow.  He had seen my warning lights and had stopped to see if everything was ok. What a toff ! He gave me a lift to an all night place just off the main drive, where I was able to contact the recovery services and sit and wait in the warmth to be rescued. So a big thank you to Dave of Monarch Transport. Little does he know, but with my own business, I have to transport a lot of goods throughout the UK, so the next time I’m looking for road haulage Glasgow and Monarch Transport will be the haulier for me.

New Private Investigators in Glasgow

Just a quick heads up, completely off the main health and dental focus that I will be focusing on in this blog, for a group of guys I know who have recently retired from the police after many years of unstinting service. ( You can probably tell they never caught me !) Anyway, I promised them a small plug for their new venture. They haven’t decided to sit and vegetate watching daytime telly into their dotage, these guys are all fit and active, retired at 50 and raring to go doing something that will bring their combined experience and expertise into use and allow them to continue in a similar career. And so the new private investigators Veritas Investigations is born. It is based in Glasgow but the guys can take on cases from acrosss the UK ,and I really do wish them the very best of luck because they’ve helped me out with a few things over the years and it’s nice to think maybe I can help them a bit now. Although I can’t name the guys involved, for obvious reasons, suffice to say all of them have worked for the majority of their police careers as detectives, often working undercover in covert, sting type operational environments. They are firearms trained, have worked on many organised crime cases, and are capable of producing really robust results. So if you’re looking for private investigators in glasgow then I would thoroughly recommend giving Veritas Investigations a call on 0141 354 1468