Overcome Your Dental Phobia

Let Kent Smile Studio help you get the treatment you deserve!

Worried womanIt can feel like everyone else in the world comfortably goes to the dentist, gets an appointment and comes out fine. So why is it that you are stuck feeling like you couldn’t possibly visit the dentist for an appointment, and maybe even calling the clinic is too much?

If you suffer from a dental phobia it is important that you know you are certainly not alone.

Here at your local dentist in Chatham and Maidstone, we are sympathetic to anybody struggling with a dental phobia. We have helped many patients get over their fear of the dentist whether they are a little anxious, or struggling to even walk through the doors to reception. Our dental clinics remain open to any patient who needs that additional support, so they can get the dental treatment they deserve.

To us, the key is to treat each and every person as a complete individual with individual fears and worries about the dentist. We don’t apply the same approach to each and every fearful patient because we know everybody has a different trigger. Some people are scared of noises, some are scared of pain, others might be triggered by the worry something will happen beyond their control.

All we know is that the phobia is stopping you from getting the treatment that you need. You deserve to have healthy, happy teeth like everybody else and with our sensitivity and sympathy for your situation, we can help you get over your phobia and get the dental care that you need.

What Is Dental Phobia? Understanding Is The First Step

There are lots of people who would describe themselves as being anxious about the dentist, but they are usually able to get in the chair and have the work done. They simply feel some anxiety when they visit the clinic. Even those with no fear of the dentist usually wouldn’t look forward to their visit, the same as a routine doctors appointment wouldn’t be something to look forward to. These kinds of appointments form an important part of general maintenance but they’re not life highlights, cosmetic dentistry transformations aside, which often do change people’s lives

When it comes to dental phobia, the symptoms can be much more extreme than anxiety. Dental phobics may suffer from symptoms such as:

  • Deep anxiety
  • Sweating
  • Nausea
  • Breathing quickly/shortness of breath
  • Feeling dizzy
  • Losing appetite

Just the thought of the dentist can bring on these kinds of symptoms, and it is important to understand that a person’s experience of dental fear will be different to another person’s experience.

Often, the phobia is paired with crippling shame. A person may think that nobody understands them, or that they will be judged because of their oral health. They may even think their oral health is worse than it is, because they are anxious and haven’t seen a dentist in a long time. They may only require a simple filling, but their anxiety has led them to believe they require extractions and lots of painful work. In reality, any issues can be fixed with up-to-date treatments and tools, with the majority of treatments being widely pain-free, and at most, marginally uncomfortable. Dentistry has come a long way in the last decade and dental practices like Kent Smile Studio take pride in providing the latest in general, restorative and cosmetic dentistry to ensure that patients are as comfortable as possible, helping them to maintain a long-term healthy smile.

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High-Quality Denture Treatment At Kent Smile Studio

Example of a denture

Affordable new teeth at your Maidstone and Chatham Dentist

Dentures are a popular tooth replacement option for many people who want an efficient and affordable treatment that restores the smile either partially, or in full, depending on where the tooth loss is. At your local Kent Smile dentist in Maidstone and Chatham, we offer high-quality dentures in different materials and styles to suit each patient’s individual needs.

There is a denture option for everybody, and we can guarantee that they will be as comfortable and as natural-looking as possible when you have them fitted at Kent Smile Studio.

What Our Denture Materials Are Made Of

We seek to use the highest quality materials possible when we create dentures for our patients. Materials have to be both flexible and durable, whilst enabling us to create the most realistic looking teeth and gums too.

Polymethyl Methacrylate (acrylic resin) is a common material used and it’s great for making natural looking dentures. Most dentures use acrylic resin to some degree.

Alternatively we may use a flexible resin which is used to fit around existing tooth structures. It is useful for very specific circumstances, albeit not the ideal denture system for longevity.

In some instances cobalt chromium is used which is incredibly lightweight and durable, and completely suitable for working with the body without causing any reactions. With this kind of denture we build the framework using the cobalt chromium and then acrylic resin to form the natural-looking teeth and gums.

Often the metal used as the framework can be very helpful in partial dentures as it fits solidly around existing healthy teeth, preventing damage to those teeth and to the tongue and gums.

Different Types Of Dentures Offered At Kent Smile Studio

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National Ice Cream Month And Other Summer Challenges For Your Smile

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Reduce the risks of teeth and gum damage – top tips from Kent Smile Studio.

July is National ice cream month which is great news for those of you who adore this frozen treat any which way, but especially when the sun comes out and finally decides to show itself.

The third Sunday in July is traditionally ice cream day, and the rest of the month is dedicated to all things cold and creamy, thanks to American Ronald Reagan proclaiming it so in 1984! Of course, your Chatham and Maidstone dental teams love an ice cream like everybody else; however, in abundance and especially combined with other summer treats, ice cream can be bad for your oral health.

But there is a way to maintain balance without having to miss out on hot summer’s day food and drink. For that reason we want to give you plenty of information on how to enjoy summer and all the delicious treats it has to offer, whilst maintaining a great smile too.

But First, Some Fun Information About National Ice Cream Month!

National Ice Cream month was started in America following a resolution that was proclaimed by Ronald Reagan on July 9th 1984. The idea was only meant to relate to July in that year but America continued the tradition year on year afterwards and it spread to the rest of the world, including the UK. We’re not sure about celebrating the whole month with ice cream everyday, but for National Ice Cream Day on the third Sunday of the month, why not try any of these ice cream related activities:

  • Try making your own ice cream! Grab a recipe online and try something new!
  • Get to your favourite local ice cream parlour and treat yourself
  • Have a ‘build your own sundae’ party with friends and family
  • Get your pets involved and make pet friendly ice cream for them
  • Buy your favourite tub of ice cream and take the time to enjoy it at home
  • Enjoy ice cream in your favourite spot. Weather pending, why not catch a view to enjoy whilst you devour your favourite frozen treat

National Ice Cream Day is there to be enjoyed. Have some fun with it, and enjoy it with friends and family for a great excuse for memory making.

Ice Cream, Summer And Your Teeth

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The Essential Summer Oral Care Guide

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Courtesy of your Kent Smile Studio dentist in Maidstone!

Summer is finally here, and the weather forecast for mid and late summer so far looks to be pretty great.

Realistically though, you can’t rely on the weather in the UK, and most Brits know all too well to have a backup plan for any pre-planned outdoor activity.

What your Maidstone dentist does know for sure is that Summer can be a really challenging time for your oral health. The change in routine, the garden party buffet foods, the barbecues, the summer cocktails, the summer sports – your smile can have a lot to contend with during these longer, warmer months!

For that reason, we wanted to help you with some oral self care tips to keep your summer selfie in great shape. And because we love our patients so much, we also wanted to share some general summer self care tips with you too.

So please read on for essential summer self care tips to help you stay happy and healthy in the coming (hopefully hot) months:

Enjoy A Drink, But Keep It Sensible

Nobody likes the word sensible, especially when it comes to lovely cocktail parties and late picnics in the park. However, most of us also hate a nasty headache and groggy head the day after a few drinks too many. To boot, your teeth also suffer when you consume acidic, sugary alcoholic drinks, especially when you do it regularly.

To approach drinking alcohol more sensibly, try and minimise it to government drinking guidelines which is usually one or two drinks on any given day. For the sake of healthy teeth, try and avoid fruity ciders, full sugar cola and spirits and fruit juice based cocktails. Do also try and maintain your oral health regime even when you’re getting home late and perhaps having the odd bank holiday lie-in.

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20 Reasons Why You May Need To Go To The Dentist!

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Any of the following warrant a visit or enquiry with Kent Smile Studio

Going to the dentist is not something most people would say they particularly enjoy, but rather, it forms part of a healthy lifestyle and is a necessary thing to do. Visiting our friendly and professional local dentists is something we take care to be as convenient, efficient and nice of an experience as possible for all our patients.

However, we are sensible enough to know that it isn’t top of the list for most people!

There is nothing wrong with visiting the dentist only when you need to, but a grey area comes when trying to recognise when you do need to visit us. Often many patients might not recognise an early sign that they should be in touch with us. With many oral problems, the earlier you get a diagnosis and treatment, the less pain, inconvenience and money is involved in correcting the issue. So, even though nobody really wants to go to the dentist regularly, it is a good idea to recognise signs that you need to go, so that we can help you quickly and efficiently.

Here are 20 reasons you may need to go to the dentist:

You’re due a checkup

If you are due a checkup then you should call our friendly team and get your appointment booked in. Routine checkups are so important when it comes to your oral health, and we can prevent diagnose and treat a lot of issues in these short 6 monthly appointments.

You’re thinking of becoming pregnant

If you want to become pregnant, it is a good idea to visit your dentist to have any X-rays or specific dental work done before you are actively pregnant. We can also then advise you on what to expect with your oral health pregnancy needs.

You’re on new medication

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The Spotlight On Facial Aesthetics Treatment

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Roll back the signs of ageing at Kent Smile Studio in Chatham and Maidstone!

Over the last ten years, dental services across the UK, and worldwide have extended far beyond the high levels of general dentistry that we’ve become accustomed to. Cosmetic dentistry services are much more widely available and affordable, enabling patients to achieve the celebrity smile they have always dreamed of, enjoying a smile that is both healthy and beautiful.

In addition, further cosmetic services are now standard practice for many modern dental practices. As the smile is often considered to be central to the beauty of the face, naturally, the surrounding features work together with the smile to form the complete facial aesthetic. So offering services such as facial aesthetics is a natural addition to dentistry, and your Kent Smile Studio team is pleased to offer a wide range of latest treatments for patients.

The facial aesthetics services offered by us are focused on dealing with commonly unwanted signs of ageing such as fine lines, wrinkles and sagging or loss of volume in the skin. Often patients want to further their dental smile enhancement with non-surgical, pain-free treatments like Botox and fillers, which can be skillfully applied in just one appointment.

Why Can I Get Facial Aesthetics At My Dentists?

Although being able to get Botox and fillers at the dentist is fairly common now, a lot of people are still surprised that their local dentist offers this kind of service. Botox and fillers were something previously associated with a cosmetic surgery clinic only, and so finding out about the easily available services from qualified facial aesthetics team members does come as a surprise to patients. From your Kent Smile Studio dentists perspective, a dental clinic is the ideal space for facial aesthetics. It is a hygienic, medical setting with strict safety and hygiene laws and standards, and only the highest expectations with qualifications, training and service. Facial aesthetics are a natural addition to our services because smile enhancement relates to the overall beauty of the face, and Botox and fillers can further enhance or minimise features that patients feel unhappy with.

Compared to backstreet beauty clinics, home-visit ‘beauty’ experts and other spaces where medical procedures like Botox and fillers should not be available, your dental clinic really is a safe choice for these kinds of treatments. We are pleased to offer these services in a place patients can trust is safe and hygienic.

Are Facial Aesthetics Right For You?

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The Keto Diet

Dentist in surgery

Any implications for oral health?

The keto diet is the latest in hot health trends to hit the world, and it seems to be all you hear about in health circles obsessed with the best way to lose weight and stay trim. Is it effective or healthy?

Your Kent Smile Studio dentist can’t answer that, and we can’t recommend anybody starts keto or any other diet without consulting a medical expert first.

However, what we can do is take a closer look at the trend, and put the spotlight on how it might affect your oral health, which is what we do know plenty about. As with any extreme diet choice, it is important to understand how it might affect all areas of your body, so you know how to avoid problems or seek additional support with them.

Here’s a handy insight into ‘keto’ and your oral health from Kent Smile Studio.

So, What Is A Keto Diet?

Keto, has been compared to the Atkins diet because it is also a low carb eating plan. Keto is a shortened version of ketogenic which relates to ketones. Ketones are little molecules that provide energy for the body when glucose isn’t freely available. The body makes ketones when a low amount of carbs are consumed and a small-medium amount of protein. Fat is the main ingredient used by the liver to make ketones, and the body then uses the ketones. The brain is thought to benefit particularly from lots of glucose or ketones, ketones of which, with this diet, are thought to be preferable to glucose.

Keto And Fat Loss

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High Street And Pro Teeth Whitening Options

Nice white teeth

Are Any Of Them Guaranteed To Work?

Teeth whitening is something that most people hadn’t even heard of 20 years ago, and if you did, it was usually in relation to movie stars having treatments. Much like cosmetic veneers, teeth whitening was a concern only of the rich and famous.

Then reality TV crept in and shows like The Only Way Is Essex showed that everyone could have white teeth if they wanted. With that, professional clinics like Kent Smile Studio, started offering cosmetic smile treatments including teeth whitening, at prices affordable to many. Since then, various other whitening options have appeared, with almost every dental product offering to whiten your teeth, and many celebrities and influencers promoting all kinds of products to help you get white teeth just like them.

To help you navigate your way through the world of teeth whitening options and to ensure your teeth remain beautiful and healthy, we have an overview of the majority of the treatments currently available to you in both professional settings, and on the high street:

Charcoal Products

There seems to be charcoal in everything at the moment, but it came about as a new and innovative teeth whitening treatment, even though activated charcoal has been thought to whiten teeth for a long time.

So, what is it? Activated charcoal is treated carbon which causes the particles within it to be porous. Those pores are thought to suck in and absorb dirt oil and debris, washing away as the charcoal is rinsed away.

Is it good for the teeth? Opinions are mixed but, it might be an abrasive that could cause damage to your enamel in the end. It may also get rid of important medications or things in your mouth you don’t want to go. At the very least, we do know it doesn’t whiten the teeth but rather it removes surface stains and gives the teeth a good clean. Whether your teeth are suitable for that is dependent on your dental condition and we do recommend you speak to your Maidstone or Chatham hygienist or dentist before using a charcoal product.

Whitening Toothpaste

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Keep Your Smile Healthy This Easter

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15 Need-To-Know Tips From Kent Smile Studio!

Easter is nearly here, and the holidays are a fantastic time to enjoy days out, time with friends and family, and most importantly, to enjoy the odd Easter egg.

The problem is, that this time of the year can be incredibly tricky when it comes to oral health. One or two Easter eggs over a couple of weeks isn’t going to do any long term damage, but it isn’t always that easy to keep Easter treats limited.

As well as Easter eggs there are Easter themed buffets, sweeties, cakes and other food and drinks that when consumed regularly, can cause problems. Children are particularly at risk of dental damage from this time of year, predominantly from the fact that bad habits can form, paving the way for future mouth issues.

With that in mind, Kent Smile Studio want to help you enjoy your Easter with a healthy and happy smile at the end of it, and all year round. Take a look at these 15 need-to-know tips to help you keep your families smiles healthy and happy this Easter!

1. Consume Treats At Mealtimes

Whether it is a beautiful Easter cake, a thick chocolate egg or a small piece of confectionery as a prize for best Easter bonnet, it isn’t necessarily the bulk of sugary products consumed that is the issue, but how often they are eaten. The teeth are attacked for up to an hour after eating so if you can limit the consumption of Easter treats to mealtimes it will be much better than eating one piece of egg, then another in an hour, and so on, prolonging the tooth exposure to sugars and acids.

2. Avoid Purchasing Fondants And Sweeties

If you can, buy eggs and other Easter treats that do not have any toffees, fondants or other sticky elements in them. Those kinds of treats stick to the teeth, prolonging the acid and sugar attack on the teeth.

3. Make Easter About More Than Just The Eggs

Easter is very exciting because of the chocolate, but there is so much more to be excited about. That means there is a lot for your children to look forward to that doesn’t involve Easter eggs, which can mean a healthier focus. So days out, Easter egg hunts which involve non-chocolate prizes, Easter bonnet competitions and other non-food based events will be a really good distraction from the focus on how many eggs they get on the big day.

4. Limit The Sugary Free-For-All To One Day

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Robot Dentists

Maidstone dental surgery

Could they become reality?

An article featured in The Independent recently reported on an entire dental procedure completed by robots in China.

3D teeth were printed and then fully implanted by robots in a successful procedure designed by Beihang University, although dentists were present to supervise throughout.

The robots operated using pre-programmed movements but were able to still adjust if the woman being operated on moved.

The technology is being designed for several reasons. Primarily the focus is to wipe out the room for human error, which can happen even with the most qualified dentists. In China, precision dentistry is even more valuable as there are a lot of underqualified (or completely unqualified) people providing services to patients that they really shouldn’t be, so the errors are a lot more prevalent. Additionally, there is a real shortage of dentists and dental services in China overall, so technology to fill that gap would be invaluable.

So, could robot dentists soon be a reality in the UK?

Realistically in this lifetime? Probably not. The technology is extremely new and there are plenty of roadblocks ahead including the cost of the products, and finding a place for them in a society that largely appreciates the human dentistry currently available. In other countries where human dentists are lacking the gap is much larger, but in the UK, we have phenomenal dentistry available both privately and on the NHS so, there isn’t so much a call for that kind of service at this time.

That doesn’t mean that technology doesn’t have a place within modern dentistry in the UK though…

3D Printing, Dental Technology And Dentistry

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