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Marlborough Dental – The precision fitting of dental implants

Newspapers have reported recently that a robot dentist has been developed in China. It is designed to place dental implants. The reason for this technology is a dentist shortage in the Xian province, with millions of people waiting to have an implant fitted. Continue reading

Enjoy a brighter, whiter smile this winter!

Ask someone to describe a healthy mouth and they will no doubt say ‘white teeth’. Although stained teeth may be strong and healthy, their dull appearance can suggest otherwise.

At Marlborough Dental Studio near Swindon and Devizes, we offer a range of cosmetic and tooth whitening solutions to brighten tired-looking teeth.

Tooth whitening Swindon can give your smile an instant boost, lightening your teeth by up to 12 shades, and the effects can last up to two years.

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So much more than just a scale & polish

Many people like seeing the hygienist to get their teeth cleaned and enjoy the removal of staining and that professional clean feeling. However, a visit with a dental hygienist at Marlborough Dental Studio near Swindon and Devizes can provide so much more than a scale and polish.

Did you know that many other dental health issues are taken into account and advice can be given on different dental topics? Appointments include: Continue reading

“My crown was done and dusted on the same day – it was such a relief”

It means the world to us when our patients from across Marlborough, Swindon and Devizes are happy to provide a testimonial and talk about their dental care and our service. Here, our patient Roger Littleworth from Marlborough, shares his experience at our Marlborough dental practice.

“My fear of dentists started when I was about six or seven and I had an abscess. I remember the abscess and the treatment for it being incredibly painful and that I did not want to go back. This has had a lasting effect on me, even as an adult.

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Keeping our dental patients safe

The media coverage of a dentist in Nottingham, who was accused of not keeping his surgery clean, not changing his gloves between patients and general unhygienic practices, has caused understandable worry in the wider community.

High standards of cleanliness at Marlborough Dental Studio

High standards of cleanliness at Marlborough Dental Studio

Our Team at Marlborough Dental Studio thought now would be a good time to remind our patients from Swindon, Devizes, Newbury, Hungerford and beyond that your safety is of utmost importance to us.

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Pain-free injections are music to the ears of nervous patients

“That was so gentle I almost fell asleep! And I had a filling! When was the dentist ever a pleasure? Thank you!” – Tim

At Marlborough Dental Studio we try to make dental visits as calm and stress-free as possible for our patients across Marlborough, Swindon, Devizes and beyond.

Often patients worry about having local anaesthetic injections. This is why we have invested in a new computer-controlled anaesthetic delivery system called The Wand.

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Do your teeth show signs of wear?

Are your teeth chipped or wearing around the edges? Are some of your teeth discoloured? The solution is simple and affordable at Marlborough Dental Studio near Swindon and Devizes.

We are a mercury free practice, which means we don’t offer traditional amalgam (metal) fillings. Instead, our fillings are colour-matched to your teeth so your smile looks natural from every angle!

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Do you have diabetes? Please tell us

People with diabetes are at ‘significantly’ greater risk of developing head and neck cancer, according to new research.

The study discovered that groups of patients with diabetes are almost 50 per cent more likely to develop the disease compared to those without diabetes.

From those cancers identified, it was cancer of the mouth and throat that were the most common areas diagnosed, with diabetics aged 40-65 discovered to be the most at risk.

In the UK, 3.2 million people have diabetes. A further 630,000 people are predicted to have Type 2 diabetes that has not yet been diagnosed. Left untreated, diabetes can cause many health problems, including damaged blood vessels, nerves and organs.

Diabetes has previously been linked to poor oral health, yet this is the first time it has been linked to mouth cancer.

Regular dental visits are an absolute must as we routinely check for mouth cancer and can provide extra advice to those with diabetes.

Think of your oral health this Christmas

Christmas and New Year can often be a busy time of festive parties and evenings out that include drinking alcohol. We are not saying bah humbug to having a good time but please do consider your teeth!

The main threats to your teeth from alcoholic drinks are their high sugar content and acidity.

The sugars create a breeding ground for bacteria and plaque, while the acids can cause erosion of your tooth enamel, making them more susceptible to decay and sensitivity.

Research also tells us that drinking alcohol to excess is linked to around a third of all cases of mouth cancers.

Those who mix alcohol with energy drinks should be especially careful because theses can contain up to 16 teaspoons of sugar per pint and have higher acid levels than most other fizzy drinks – even the diet versions.

What can I do to help?

* Swish water around your mouth after each alcoholic drink to rinse away any sugars. (Drinking water will also keep you hydrated and this will help you avoid a hangover.)

* Chew sugar-free chewing gum during the evening and on your way home to help stimulate saliva flow. This will help clear the mouth of harmful sugars and acid.

* After a night out, brush your teeth before you go to bed for two minutes with a fluoride toothpaste. Remember to leave about an hour after your last alcoholic drink before you brush.

One of the best ways of keeping your mouth, teeth and gums in the peak of health is to visit your dentist and hygienist regularly, at least every six months. If you have any concerns, please give us a ring, or ask next time you visit and our team will be happy to help.

If in doubt, get checked out – it might just save your life

In the UK, mouth cancer is diagnosed in more than 6,750 people annually and without early detection, half will die.

Mouth cancer affects young, old, smokers and non smokers and the disease has increased by approaching 50 per cent in the last ten years – yet many have still not heard about it or know what the symptoms are.

At Marlborough Dental Studio near Swindon and Devizes, we are trying very hard to change that. Our Marlborough dentists routinely screen existing patients for mouth cancer and every new patient receives a thorough mouth cancer examination as standard.

During Mouth Cancer Action Month in November Marlborough Dental Studio is offering free mouth cancer examinations on Wednesday, November 19. Booking is essential, so please call us to reserve your space.

Mouth Cancer Action Month aims to highlight this disease and stress that professional assessment and regular self-examinations are the best route to early detection. Early diagnosis saves lives, improving survival chances from half of cases to more than 90%.

Early warning signs

  • ulcers that do not heal within three weeks
  • red and white patches in the mouth
  • unusual changes in the mouth

Risk factors

  • Smoking – One in five people in the UK smoke and the habit is still considered the leading cause of mouth cancer.
  • Alcohol – Drinking to excess can increase mouth cancer risks by four times. As alcohol aids the absorption of tobacco into the mouth, those who smoke and drink to excess are up to 30 times more likely to develop the disease.
  • HPV virus – The Human papillomavirus, transmitted via oral sex, is increasingly being linked to mouth cancer. Younger people are particularly at risk.
  • Poor diet – Around half of cases are thought to be linked to an unhealthy diet.
  • Chewing or smokeless tobacco – Although some people believe this type of tobacco is safer than smoking, the reality is that it is much more dangerous.

Three-quarters of cases are linked to tobacco and alcohol so it is important that smokers are encouraged to quit and alcohol is drunk in moderation. Prevention is key and lifestyle choices can help minimise risks.

Please make sure you visit a dentist regularly and check your mouth as often as possible, it could just save your life.

For more information, please visit www.mouthcancer.org or www.mouthcancerfoundation.org. We have also created this PDF with information about mouth cancer. Please take a look – it includes lots of facts and figures.

MDS mouth cancer info