Covid19 - how it affects your dental treatment

OUR PRACTICE WILL REOPEN on the 4th May 2020.

The road ahead

We have always followed a world class infection control protocol at our practice. All our instruments are thoroughly washed and then placed in a cold sterile bath for the recommended period. Heat sterilisation is then carried out afterwards with a top of the range autoclave.

  • All staff will wear PPE at all times.
  • From now onward extra time will be allocated at the end of each appointment to allow for extra stringent infection control implementation.
  • Each staff member will be allocated a designated clinical zone which they are held responsible and accountable for.
  • There will be a designated area for patients to leave their personal belongings during treatment.
  • All communal areas ( door knobs , pay point etc. ) will be regularly disinfected.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available in all surgeries , reception area and bathroom. Please make use of these.
  • Unfortunately we will no longer be able to have magazines in the waiting room - please bring your own.

We would like to wish all our patients good health and peace during these trying times ahead.

From all the staff at Molteno Road Dental Practice.

3 Ways to get Whiter Teeth

According to a recent article in the Houston Chronicle, “bad teeth may help Houston police catch a home invader.” Two burglars had broken into a home and held up a family at gunpoint, and police were able to make a sketch of one of the men based, in part, on a description of his distinctive teeth — which had visible, black decay.

Although tooth decay is unlikely to lead to your arrest, it’s certainly true that people notice bad oral hygiene, and that the health of one’s teeth is often judged by the color, however fair or unfair this is. Teeth can become discolored in a number of ways. Decay is one big factor, but so is the consumption of staining foods and drinks. Everything from soda to tea can leave your teeth a bit dingier than before. Here are three ways to get whiter teeth.

Available Options for Teeth Whitening:

1. Brushing Teeth Often, the Right Way

Dentists recommend that patients brush their teeth two to three times a day, ideally after meals. An easy way to make sure you spend long enough on your teeth is to divide your mouth into quadrants, and spend 30 seconds brushing each quadrant. Harder isn’t always better: brushing too hard can cause your gums to wear down, or even cause enamel to erode, both of which will detract from the appearance of your teeth, and have the potential to invite decay.

2. At Home Teeth Whitening

As of 2013, the teeth whitening industry is now worth over $11 billion, and products range from special toothpastes to stick-on strips that bleach teeth as you go about your daily activities. If you have mild tooth discolouration, there are a wide range of whitening products available to you. Although whitening toothpaste is great for everyday upkeep, you will need, at the very least, a tray or strip treatment to see visible results. We recommend reading online teeth whitening reviews on all the latest products. Some might produce better results, for example, but can be especially difficult for individuals with sensitive teeth to handle.

3. Cosmetic Dentistry Services

If you need more than just a small lift on your tooth’s color, then you might want to consider visiting a dentist in order to have your teeth professionally whitened. The advantage here is that you can get very white teeth in one visit: perfect if you have a special event you need to be ready for. Teeth whitening costs about $200 a session on average, though this is dependent on what type of treatment your dentist is giving you, as well as the extent of your problems.

Do you think the cost of teeth whitening is worth it for the white teeth you get? Let us know in the comments.