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Why should I visit my dentist every 6 months?

2017 November 13
by Sanjay Narda
  1. They check for plaque and tartar. Even if you feel you are very thorough with your tooth brushing, plaque is forming in the mouth all the time and it is hard to remove it all. Plaque that is left will form tartar and this is impossible to remove without the help of your dentist and hygienist. Plaque and tartar can cause cavities in teeth and also causes gum issues.
  2. They check for gum disease. Plaque that builds up on the teeth can start to damage the gums causing them to become inflamed and bleed. This is the start of gum disease and if it is allowed to progress, the gums will detach from the root surface and eventually cause bone loss, loosening the teeth.
  3. They check for tooth decay. Bacteria in the mouth can produce acid that attacks the teeth, leading to cavities. If seen early, these can be fixed easily with small tooth coloured fillings. If left, they can make the tooth sensitive and then eventual painful.
  4. Oral cancer detection. As part of your dental check-up, your dentist will check for signs of oral cancer which is a very serious disease and can show no obvious signs at first.

As well as the above, there are many other abnormalities that can occur in the mouth and the dentist is highly trained to recognise these. New technologies mean that they can also straighten crooked teeth in short amounts of time which makes look better and makes them easier to clean. They also offer advice and help correct any bad habits that may potentially cause future problems.

If you live in Princes Risborough, Aylesbury, High Wycombe, Thame, Wendover or any of the other surrounding areas, call us on 01844 343381 to book an appointment with our dentist in Princes Risborough .

Tips for a dry mouth

2017 November 7
by Sanjay Narda

We all have a dry mouth from time to time due to dehydration, stress or nerves but long-term dryness will cause problems with your oral health. Other causes of a dry mouth can be blocked salivary glands, a cold, medication, chemo or radiotherapy and syndromes such as Sjogren’s syndrome.

Saliva plays a very important role in our mouths and not only moisturises, but also helps to neutralise acids in the mouth which helps to prevent tooth decay.

A dry mouth can cause sores and ulcers in the mouth, cracked and dry lips, an increase in tooth decay, mouth infections and a decreased sense of taste.

Some tips for people who suffer from a dry mouth:

  • Increase your intake of water taking regular sips throughout the day
  • Artificial saliva (this can be bought in the form of a spray)
  • Cut down on caffeine and alcohol, including alcohol mouthwashes
  • Suck on sugar free sweets and ice cubes to help stimulate the production of saliva

It is vital to determine the underlying cause of a dry mouth so it is important to visit a dentist or doctor to discuss your symptoms. If you are worried about a dry mouth call us on 01844 343381 or visit our dental surgery in Princes Risborough to book an appointment. We see patients from Princes Risborough, High Wycombe, Aylesbury, Thame and the surrounding areas.

Dr. Sanjay Narda

Am I too old for cosmetic dentistry?

2017 October 23
by Sanjay Narda

Many people believe that they are too old to have cosmetic dentistry or think that it is something only ‘young people’ do but that is not the case.

You are never too old to be happy with the way your teeth look and it is becoming much more common for people of any age to have cosmetic dental work.

How can I improve my smile?

Tooth whitening: tooth whitening is a very simple and safe procedure and it is the fastest and easiest way to improve the look of the teeth. As long as your teeth are healthy you will be suitable for treatment and in just two appointments you will be able to start your whitening.

Teeth Straightening: if you are unhappy with the position of your teeth it has never been easier to fix this problem. We offer many different types of orthodontics from removable appliances to fixed braces and we can straighten teeth in as little as 12 weeks.

Implants: if you are unhappy with missing teeth, have a denture that you find uncomfortable or have a tooth that needs extracting but you are worried about having a gap, then implants will change your life. The implant placement procedure is much easier and much less painful than having a tooth out. A couple of months later you the permanent crown can be fitted. People are always surprised at how simple it is!

If you have any questions about any of the above procedures then you may come for a free dental consultation to discuss these with the our implant and cosmetic dentist, Dr. Sanjay Narda. We see patients from Princes Risborough, Thame, Aylesbury, High Wycombe, Wendover and the surrounding areas.

Please call us on 01844 343381 or visit out dental centre in Princes Risborough to book an appointment!

How Do Dental Plans Work?

2017 October 2
by Sanjay Narda

A dental plan is a monthly payment plan to cover the cost of dental treatment and is a popular choice for many of our patients. Denplan is the best known dental plan and we are proud to be the only Denplan practice in Princes Risborough to be fully accredited.

There are different plans to choose from, depending on which feels right for you. Some cover all your check ups and hygiene appointments, and give discounts on treatments. More comprehensive plans cover check-ups, hygiene appointments and the vast majority of treatments for a fixed monthly fee.

Once you have decided you would like to go onto a plan, you first need to have your regular check-up and complete any necessary treatment which is outstanding. The dentist will then put you into a category which will determine your monthly amount. All future appointments will then be under the new plan.

A dental plan is a good way of helping you stay on track with your regular dental appointments, keep your mouth healthy and help you pay for any treatment you may need along the way.

If you are interested in going onto a plan then give us a call on 01844 343381 and we can book you your check-up appointment or visit our dental practice in Princes Risborough. We see patients from Princes Risborough, Thame, Aylesbury, Wendover, High Wycombe and the surrounding areas.

Dr. Sanjay Narda

How Stress Can Damage Your Teeth

2017 September 25
by Sanjay Narda

Most of us encounter stress at some point in our lives and for some people it’s a daily occurrence. Whether it’s due to a stressful job, raising young children, financial difficulties or dealing with illnesses in the family it can have a real impact on our oral health.

Studies have shown direct links between stress and the development of dental problems. So, what are the main causes of damage?

Bruxism: Otherwise known as grinding, this is one of the biggest causes of tooth damage. Grinding in the day is bad enough, but at night we can grind up to 20 times harder causing teeth to break and wear. One of the tell-tale signs is a sore jaw in the morning. If you think you are grinding your teeth it is important to get a night guard made.

Gum disease: Studies have shown that prolonged stress can affect our immune systems which increases how susceptible we are to infections including gum disease. The bacteria in our mouths can cause inflammation and infection of the gums, resulting in bleeding and eventually bone loss. Visiting the hygienist regularly will ensure you stay on top of the gum condition and in turn will help you keep your teeth for longer.

Ulcers: Ulcers do not affect the teeth directly but are a very unpleasant and painful side effect of stress. When our immune system is low, we are more likely to get ulcers. If an ulcer on the gum or inside of the lip is very painful it can lead to us avoiding the whole area, meaning that it doesn’t get brushed properly for a few days. If plaque is left on the tooth it can begin to damage the teeth and gums.

If you are feeling stressed, don’t neglect your teeth and gums and especially don’t use smoking or alcohol as a stress reliever! They also have negative impacts on the teeth and oral health in general and can become difficult habits to stop.

If you are concerned that stress might be affecting your teeth or gums it is important that you book an appointment to see a dentist. Visit us our dental practice or contact us on 01844 343381 to book an appointment. We see patients from Princes Risborough, High Wycombe, Aylesbury, Thame and the surrounding areas.

Dr Sanjay Narda

Our Smile Gallery

2017 August 21
by Sanjay Narda

If you are wondering how you can improve your teeth but are finding it hard to visualise the type of outcome you are able to get then have a look at our smile gallery.

We have put together a selection of the many cases of smile improvements we have carried out in our Princes Risborugh Dental Practice, to give you an idea of what we can do. If you click on the picture, we have included a brief description of how we achieved each result.

We can improve the look of the teeth in many ways so whether it’s cosmetic bonding, orthodontics, veneers or tooth whitening you are looking for, we will achieve a great result.

Knowing what you need is sometimes tricky, so we offer a free consultation for cosmetic work which will enable us to give advice and allows you to ask any questions you may have.

To book a free cosmetic consultation please call us on 01844 343381. We see patients from Princes Risborough, Aylesbury, High Wycombe, Thame and the surrounding areas.

Dr Sanjay Narda

What to do about toothache

2017 August 7
by Sanjay Narda

Toothache can be felt in many different ways. It can be a constant throbbing ache, or a mild pain that comes and goes – sometimes made worse by eating or drinking. When the pain is severe, it is impossible to ignore and a trip to the dentist is the biggest priority. If the pain is bearable it is easy to put off for a while hoping that it won’t get worse or will go away.

The key thing to remember with toothache is that it is your body’s way of letting you know that something isn’t right and usually the longer you leave it the worse it will get. If it gets bad enough that it is a constant throbbing pain, then usually the only treatment possible is root canal treatment or an extraction.

It is always a good idea to contact the dentist and book an appointment as soon as you notice a toothache so we can discover the cause of the problem. If the cause is identified early enough, it is possible that on simple treatment will be needed – which also keeps the cost down!

While you are waiting for your appointment, painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen may be necessary to help relieve the discomfort. Some pharmacies offer numbing gels which can help relieve some pain by slightly numbing the area.

If you are suffering from toothache or have been noticing a pain that comes and goes, contact us to book an appointment on 01844 343381 or visit our dental practice in Princes Risborough and we will try to see you the same day. We see many patients from Princes Risborough, Aylesbury, High Wycombe, Thame, Wendover and the surrounding areas.

Dr Sanjay Narda

What makes The Bank House Dental Centre different?

2017 July 31
by Sanjay Narda

Here at The Bank House Dental Centre, we believe we approach dental care in a unique manner – providing all types of dental treatment in a relaxed and friendly way. We only have one dentist, so you are guaranteed continuity during your treatment, and will always know what to expect each time you come.

We offer a wide range of dental treatments all under one roof so whether you just want regular check-ups and hygienist appointments, or whether you need orthodontics or dental implants we have got it covered.

We have a very caring approach and have the ability to treat anxious patients to help them overcome their fear of dental treatment and restore their mouth to full health.

Many of our staff have been here a long time so you will grow to know us all! Our receptionist and practice manager Maryann has been here over 30 years, dentist Sanjay 12 years and hygienist Fiona and head nurse Hayley both nearly 8 years. Trainee nurse Elle has been here 2 years and is hoping to qualify soon (find out more about our dental team).

Please take time to browse our website to see the types of dental treatments we offer, view our Smile Gallery to see before-and-after transformations carried out by our team. Don’t just take our word for it, see what patients think of us on our testimonials page.

For dental implants and cosmetic dentistry we offer a free consultation which will enable us to answer any questions and queries you may have, which will reassure you before you book in for treatment.

To book an appointment with Sanjay, call us on 01844 343381. We look after many patients from Princes Risborough, Aylesbury, High Wycombe, Thame and the surrounding areas and look forward to seeing you soon!

Tips to cut down on sugar

2017 July 17
by Sanjay Narda

We all know that sugar is bad for our teeth but what does it actually do to them?

It’s not the sugar itself that does the damage, but the sequence of events that happens after consuming it. The bacteria on our teeth (in plaque) feed on the sugars, producing acid as a result. The acids destroy the tooth enamel which is the first stage of decay. It’s not just the amount of sugar we eat, but also the frequency of eating it that is causing the damage. Here are a few ways to help us cut down on the amount of sugar that we are consuming:

  1. Be aware of ‘hidden’ sugars. Sugar has many names including sucrose, glucose, fructose, maltose, molasses, hydrolysed starch and corn syrup. Recognising these names helps us to avoid them.
  2. Opt for sugar free snacks. Snacking is one of the main culprits of acid attacks – it’s all too easy to reach for the biscuit tin! Find some healthier sugar free snacks, e.g. a handful of nuts, cheese, cucumber or raw carrot sticks with hummus, and restrict sugary snacks to meal times.
  3. Give up sugar in tea and coffee. Many people drink cups of tea or coffee throughout the day and if they take sugar this can quickly add up! Reducing or completely cutting out the sugar will really give your teeth a break.
  4. Drink water. Drinking water is very important to hydrate and wash away food debris, but it also keeps your saliva levels high to help neutralise sugars effectively.
  5. Eat the right breakfast. Breakfast cereals and smoothies are often very high in sugar. Swapping high sugar cereals to to low sugar cereals and muesli, or other low sugar options like wholegrain toast and eggs will have a massive impact on your oral health.

Making sure you visit the dentist regularly is very important to help spot any early signs of decay. Book an appointment with the Bank House Dental Centre in Princes Risborough so we can help you look after your teeth.

Dr Sanjay Narda

Gum Disease and Overall Health

2017 July 10
by Sanjay Narda

Gum disease isn’t just detrimental to the condition of the mouth but can also be detrimental to the rest of the body. Studies have shown that while it doesn’t cause these conditions, it can have harmful effects on people already suffering from heart disease, stroke, diabetes and dementia.

How can gum disease affect these things and how are they related?

Many years of studies have shown that the same bacteria responsible for the inflammation of the gums can get into the blood stream and over long periods of time it slowly damages the blood vessels in the heart and brain.

The good news is that you can prevent and treat gum disease by regular brushing and thorough oral health care, along with regular visits to the dentist. This has been shown to improve your overall health and reduce the risk of such problems.

The best home routine to have is to brush twice a day with an electric toothbrush for two minutes each time (using a fluoride toothpaste). It is also important to clean between the teeth once a day with interdental brushes or floss. Visiting the dentist regularly is very important to check for gum disease and to monitor existing gum disease.

Contact us by calling 01844 343381 to book an appointment or visit our dental practice in Princes Risborough.

Dr Sanjay Narda