at 108 Southchurch Drive, Nottingham, NG11 8AD United Kingdom
A Nottingham based family dental practice
Rivergreen Dental Practice was established in 1988 by Dipak Gosrani (BDS, DPDS). Dipak and his very experienced team aim to provide all their patients with high quality family dental care in a professional, relaxed friendly environment. Each and every member of the team takes great pride in the quality of the treatments at Rivergreen and we can assure you and your family will be in the safest of hands, each and every visit. You can express a preference about which dentist you will see. We will make all reasonable efforts to ensure the request is met, but this may not always be possible.
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Ways to lessen the risk of oral cancer While it may not be possible to entirely prevent oral cancer, here are some ways to reduce the risk: Stop smoking Non-smokers are less likely to develop oral cancer than smokers. If you are a smoker, quitting for good will reduce your risk of oral cancer. Smoking cigarettes and chewing tobacco exposes the cells in your mouth to many harmful substances proven to increase the risk of cancer. Examples include carbon monoxide, ammonia and formaldehyde. It’s not easy to quit smoking, but it is possible, especially with the support of your dentist or GP. If you’re interested in giving up or would like to find out more about the health benefits of quitting, contact your GP or dental surgery and they’ll be able to tell you about NHS Stop Smoking services, including group sessions, smoking advisors and informative packs. Think before you drink Drinking alcohol increases your risk of developing oral cancer because alcohol contains nitrosamines. If you drink more than the recommended daily amount, it puts you at a higher risk of developing oral cancer symptoms. The recommended maximum weekly intake is 21 units for men and 14 units for women. The more you drink, the higher the risk of oral cancer. It’s important to be aware of what constitutes as a unit of alcohol. One large glass of wine equates to 2-3 units. If you’d like to cut down on your drinking, go for smaller measures and alternate alcoholic drinks with soft drinks. If you’re worried about your alcohol intake or want to find out more about the effects of drinking alcohol, your GP can help. Eat well A healthy diet will help to reduce your risk of several forms of cancer. Eating plenty of fruit and vegetables, lots of lean meat, fish and poultry and moderating your intake of saturated fats, salt and sugar will help to keep illnesses at bay. Fruit and vegetables are especially beneficial for reducing the risk of oral cancer because they contain important nutrients and anti-oxidants. Keep an eye on your sexual health HPV is spread through sexual contact and there are over 100 different forms of the virus. Some forms are linked to oral and cervical cancer. HPV is relatively common and many people contract at least one strain of the virus in their lifetime. In many cases, the virus causes no problems at all, but it has been proven that some strains of HPV can increase the risk of oral cancer. Visit your dentist When you have a routine dental check-up, your dentist will pick up on any signs of oral cancer such as red or white patches and abnormal swelling. They’ll also ask if you’ve had any problems such as swollen gums, toothache or pain in your mouth. Regular appointments help to make sure symptoms are identified early.
Could a Good Old Cuppa be the Secret to Dental Bliss? As a nation of tea lovers, many of us believe that any problem that can’t be solved with a good old fashioned cuppa simply isn’t worth solving. As it wasn’t soothing enough, a new study has suggested that sipping on a cup of hot tea could also help to keep dental disasters at bay. Experts have discovered that standard tea bags often contain higher levels of fluoride than more expensive blends. Fluoride is a mineral that helps to reduce the risk of tooth decay by strengthening the tooth enamel. A team of nutritionists analysed the fluoride content of more than 40 different types of tea bag and found that budget blends and decaffeinated versions tend to have the highest fluoride content. Dr Carrie Ruxton, lead author and member of the Tea Advisory Panel, explained that the analysis revealed that 4 cups of tea per day would provide the average person with their recommended fluoride intake. Black tea, the most commonly consumed tea product in the UK, was found to have the highest fluoride content, with Tesco and PG Tips coming out on top in terms of fluoride content. Tesco Original tea bags contain 2,300mg per kg, while PG Tips contain 1,700mg per kg. There were significant differences between different brands of tea – Twinings English Breakfast tea contains just 470mg/kg, while Waitrose English Breakfast contains 540mg per kg.
5 Oral Health Benefits You’ll Notice When You Quit Smoking Sample N Smoking carries major health risks and these are not just limited to the organs in your body. As well as increasing your risk of lung cancer, heart disease and respiratory problems, smoking also poses a risk for your oral health. If you’ve decided to quit, here are just 5 of the many oral health benefits you’ll soon be experiencing: Fresher breath Smoking is one of the most common causes of halitosis and once you’ve given up you’ll soon notice a positive change in this department. Many smokers chew sugar-free gum after a cigarette to help freshen their breath and it is also advisable to drink water afterwards and use mouthwash if possible. Bad breath can have an effect on self-confidence and the best way to prevent it is to practice good oral hygiene. Healthier gums Smoking increases your risk of developing gum disease because it reduces blood flow to the gums, decreasing oxygen supply. When you quit smoking, you’ll soon find that your gums look and feel healthier and your risk of developing gum disease will fall. The most common symptoms of gum diseases include swelling, bleeding and sore gums. Reduced risk of oral cancer Smoking is a major risk factor for oral cancer and giving up will help to reduce your risk of developing the potentially life-threatening disease. Your risk is also increased if you drink, but if you drink on top of smoking you’re up to 30 times more likely to develop oral cancer than a non-smoker who doesn’t drink. Signs of oral cancer include swelling in the mouth, abnormal lumps in the mouth or throat, red or white patches, slow-healing mouth ulcers and a persistent sore throat. Whiter teeth The chemicals in cigarettes are known to cause enamel staining, making the teeth look yellow and unhealthy. Giving up smoking will help to prevent further staining. If you do feel self-conscious about discoloured teeth as a result of smoking, a dental hygiene session will be beneficial. During this session the hygienist would provide a clean and polish treatment to remove surface staining. For an even brighter smile, it’s worth considering professional whitening treatment. However, please be aware that teeth whitening is only legal when carried out by a registered dentist and having treatment with anyone without a GDC registration will put you at risk of dental damage. Increased tooth life-span When you give up smoking, you’ll be more likely to keep your natural teeth for longer as a knock-on effect of the reduced risk of gum disease. Gum disease is the most common cause of premature tooth loss for adults in the UK. In advanced cases of gum disease, pockets form between your teeth and gums and the bony structure that holds the teeth in place becomes damaged. This leads to the teeth becoming loose in their sockets and eventually falling out.
British Dental Association Warns Against Home Whitening Kits The British Dental Association has issued a warning over the use of home whitening kits. The advice is relevant to all but is specifically aimed at teenagers, among whom home kits have become incredibly popular. The BDA believes that some kits, especially those purchased online, may contain potentially harmful products and the public should be wary of the risks of using kits that have not been provided by a qualified and registered dentist. Speaking on the Victoria Derbyshire programme, Made in Chelsea star Fran Newman-Young admitted that she uses and endorses whitening products, but urged young people to do thorough research and seek advice from their dentist before starting treatment. Whitening has become big business in the last 30 years, since it was pioneered by celebrity dentist Dr Mervyn Druian, who told the programme that treatment can have major aesthetic benefits and lead to increased confidence, but should only be carried out by trained dentists. According to EU legislation, products available to UK consumers over the counter should contain a very small amount of bleaching agent. Those containing higher quantities of agents such as hydrogen peroxide should only be offered and used by dentists registered with the General Dental Council. A BBC One documentary also revealed that many home whitening sets available in chemists and supermarkets had very little impact on the shade of the teeth. In a trial overseen by Dr Wyman Chan, several popular high street products were tried and tested by a group of volunteers and the results were very poor, with many experiencing no change at all and some just half a shade, which is unrecognisable to the human eye. For the best results, Dr Chan recommended professional treatments provided by dentists.
Bad Dental Hygiene Linked to Heart Disease and Dementia Sample News Big A two-part documentary aired earlier this month on the BBC showed how poor dental hygiene can affect overall health. Celebrity doctor Dr Christoffer Van Tulleken went for two weeks without brushing the teeth on one side of his mouth to discover the consequences. After the two weeks he had developed mild gum disease. The University of Birmingham School of Dentistry carried out lab tests to find out exactly what had happened. The results showed that neglecting to brush his teeth for a fortnight had caused damage to his immune system; his white blood cells were less effective at treating infection. This triggered an inflammation in his entire body. Inflammation is the body’s response to an infection and is usually seen as red, swollen tissue. In the long-run, less effective white blood cells could lead to chronic inflammation which is capable of damaging the body’s organs and circulatory system. Studies have also linked gum disease to diseases such as stroke, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease and cancer.
NHS Dental Charges Increase from April Health minister Dan Poulter has announced that NHS dental charges will increase from April. Band 1 dental fees, which include routine check-ups, will increase by 30p to £18.80. The cost of band 2 treatments, which include root canal treatment and fillings, will rise by 80p to £51.30 and the cost of band 3 treatments, such as crowns and dentures will increase by £3.50 to £222.50.
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Could Your Toothpaste be Harbouring Dangerous Chemicals? A leading UK dentist has warned consumers about the dangers of using certain types of toothpaste. Dr Tony Talbot, a member of the Royal College of Surgeons and an expert in restorative dental treatment, warned that many commercial toothpastes contain ingredients that may have harmful effects for health. Dr Talbot believes that manufacturers often base formulas based on chemistry rather than dentistry or medicine and this may be contributing to members of the public ingesting chemicals, which may be linked to a higher risk of health issues. Manufacturers often use slogans to increase sales, including ‘used or recommended by UK dentists’, but this is purely because they send out free samples to a large number of clinics up and down the country. He advised the public to be wary of commercial products and to take the time to read labels. Dr Talbot mentioned a number of chemicals, including SLS (sodium lauryl sulphate), which is used as an agent to make toothpaste wetter, enabling it to cover more ground more easily. The issue with SLS is that it contributes to the formation of gaps in the mucosal cells in the mouth, which enables toxins and carcinogens (cancer-causing substances) to get inside. SLS can increase the risk of recurrent mouth ulcers and irritation. Dr Talbot also issued a warning about the use of triclosan, an ingredient, which has already been removed from toothpastes in America. This ingredient was found to reduce the risk of gum disease, but it was also linked to the growth of cancerous cells. Microbeads can also be a cause for concern, as Dr Talbot says that they are becoming increasingly commonplace in the ecosystem and this may contribute to environmental issues. In contrast to warnings against commercial ingredients, Dr Talbot advised the public to stick with fluoride toothpaste, as this mineral has proven benefits for oral health. His thoughts were echoed by Prof Damien Walmsley, scientific adviser to the British Dental Association, who advised the public to be wary of buying some products due to the reluctance of manufacturers to reveal exactly what is inside them. He cited Colgate’s use of triclosan as an example and said that it was difficult enough for dentists to work out which products to use, let alone consumers. The advice from the experts is to go with a reputable brand, which offers basic fluoride toothpaste.
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Dental Experts Urge Diabetics to be Mouth Cancer Aware This November November is Mouth Cancer Action Month, and dental experts are urging diabetics to be mouth cancer aware. Mouth cancer has become more prevalent in the UK in the last decade and studies show that people who have diabetes have a higher risk of developing mouth cancer. In the UK, more than 3 million people have diabetes and research has suggested that diabetics are up to 50 per cent more likely to develop mouth cancer than non-diabetics. Researchers discovered that diabetics aged between 40 and 50 years old were most likely to be affected. Dr Nigel Carter OBE, chief executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, the charity responsible for Mouth Cancer Action Month, said that it is extremely important that people are aware of the causes and symptoms of mouth cancer. Mouth cancer takes more lives in the UK than cervical and testicular cancer combined, yet many are still unaware of the warning signs and risk factors. Last week was World Diabetes Day and dental experts were eager to stress the importance of being mouth cancer aware for diabetics. Dr Nigel Carter stated that the study was a “very significant piece of research” and hoped that it would help to save lives in the future. Diabetes has been linked to oral health issues, but this is the first study to identify a link between diabetes and an increased risk of oral cancer. Dr Carter also stressed the importance of regular dental checks for diabetic patients.
Over a Quarter of Fruit Juices More Sugary Than Fizzy Pop Research has shown that more than 1/4 of fruit juices consist of a higher quantity of sugar than fizzy drinks such as cola. Research carried out by Action On Sugar (AOS) revealed that more than 1 in 4 juices, fruit drinks and smoothies contained a higher quantity of sugar than cola. A 100ml serving of Coca Cola contains 10.6 grams of sugar. During the extensive study, researchers from AOS and Queen Mary University, London, analysed 200 different products and found that many products being marketed as healthy alternatives to fizzy pop actually contained the same amount or even more sugar than popular fizzy drinks. The most surprising finding was a Tesco brand fruit drink for children, which had a startling 16.1g of sugar in a 100ml serving. The Chosen by Kids Tropical Juice from Concentrate from Asda was also high on the list, with 13g of sugar per 100ml serving. Kawther Hashem, a nutritionist at AOS, said that the results of the study were alarming, especially as many parents buy fruit juices and smoothies thinking that they provide children with nutritional benefits and believe that they are buying a healthy alternative to cans of pop. Juices made from fresh fruits tended to be better than those made from concentrate, but even fresh products contained added sugars and the advice from AOS is for parents to read the labels carefully.
New research has discovered that people taking statins for general health problems were almost three times less likely to suffer from tooth loss compared to those not on the drug. Patients on statins were compared with those not on the drug over a period of five years, and after taking into account environment influences researchers discovered that use of statins could reduce the effect of gum disease and bone loss with the consequence of keeping teeth for longer. Statins, often used to lower blood cholesterol levels, are the most commonly prescribed medicines in the UK. They can help to reduce the risk of strokes and heart attacks, two problems that have been linked to increased poor oral health in the past. Although the research is promising for patients currently on statins, Chief Executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, Dr Nigel Carter OBE, believes there's no excuse for not keeping to the charity's key messages. Dr Carter said: "There is plenty of evidence to suggest statins have several health benefits. Some people do remain on them for quite some time, and it is encouraging to see this research highlighting a knock-on effect of this is better oral health. "However, this does not mean people on statins can forego basic oral health principals. Tea, coffee, a healthy diet and not smoking are just a few things that have been linked to improved oral health, but they all require the foundations of a good oral care routine. "Gum disease affects most people at some point in their lives, so there is no excuse for ignoring good dental hygiene. The good news is that poor oral health is nearly always preventable, so it is important that people make caring for their teeth a top priority. Regular visits to the dentist, as often as they recommend, are really important to give the dentist a chance to assess your oral health and, if necessary, give your teeth a scale and polish. "Doing this alone won't help your oral health. That's why I'd also encourage a simple routine of brushing teeth, twice a day for two minutes using a fluoride toothpaste, which will help to remove plaque - the cause of gum disease. It is also important to clean in between teeth using interdental brushes or floss." As well as keeping your mouth healthy, Dr Carter offered another reason to keep gums healthy, especially for patients with heart problems. "A recent study in America looked at almost 350,000 patients with gum disease and discovered that after treatment for gum disease, on-going costs for those with strokes and heart problems decreased by more than 40 per cent and 10 per cent respectively.
How Your Mouth Could Be Showing Dangers Of Serious Illnesses Most people are aware that looking inside the mouth can give away clues about diet and lifestyle, but did you know that your mouth can show warning signs of serious general health problems? Dentists often say that the mouth is a window to the rest of the body and research suggests that oral health and general health are closely linked. Even minor dental issues can indicate potentially serious health problems. Bad breath, a very common issue, which affects most people from time to time, is usually a side-effect of poor oral hygiene, but in cases where an individual has good oral hygiene, it can indicate stomach disorders and even liver disease. Dry mouth, which occurs when there is a lack of saliva in the mouth, may be a sign of diabetes, while recurrent or slow-healing mouth ulcers can be symptomatic of oral cancer, a form of cancer, which is becoming increasingly common in the UK. Stress usually affects sleep patterns, as well as your mood, but if you have worn teeth or you wake up with headaches or pain in and around the jaw, this may be a sign that you’ve been grinding your teeth. Bruxism, the medical name for tooth grinding, is often caused by anxiety and stress and is most commonly diagnosed in people who have high power, stressful jobs and those who have certain character traits, such as being a perfectionist and being highly-strung. Keep an eye on your mouth and to see a dentist if you notice any changes or you develop symptoms, such as recurrent ulcers, bleeding gums and swelling, and keep up to date with routine check-ups.
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END OF THE DENTAL DRILL ? A new idea to encourage teeth to repair themselves may see the end of the fear-inducing sound of the dentist's drill, researchers say. Researchers at King's College London believe electricity can be used to strengthen a tooth by forcing minerals into the layer of enamel. They hope it will get rid of the need for drills, injections and fillings. A company has been set up to bring the technique to the dentist's chair in the next three years. Minerals such as calcium and phosphate naturally flow in and out of the tooth. Acid produced by bacteria munching on food in the mouth help leach minerals out. The group at King's apply a mineral cocktail and then use a small electric current to drive the minerals deep into the tooth. They say "Electrically Accelerated and Enhanced Remineralisation" can strengthen the tooth and reduce dental caries - areas of tooth decay. This is the launch of a company - Reminova - which will be based in Perth, Scotland. There is no device to see and due to confidentiality there has been no published evidence of the technique's effectiveness in medical journals. Prof Nigel Pitts, one of the inventors and an investor in the new company, told the BBC: "This is early stage - you don't start with the finished product - but we're excited because we think it is groundbreaking. "We have set up a company to convert it from a demonstration technology into a viable commercial product that we can put into the hands of dentists around the world." He said the technology had the potential to replace the need for many existing fillings, but could not tackle large "end-stage" cavities. "What it wont do is physically re-grow a tooth," he added.
Research Links Smoking To Higher HPV Risk Sample News Big A new study has linked smoking to a higher risk of HPV (human papilloma virus) infection. Research has revealed that smoking increases the risk of HPV by three times, making smokers much more likely to develop oral cancer than non-smokers. The study, which was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, involved a group of 6,887 people. Researchers discovered that HPV-16, a strain of the human papilloma virus linked with cancer, was found in 3 times more smokers than non-smokers. The study also confirmed that young men were most likely to be smokers. The findings also indicated that people who were less educated and those who had a high number of sexual partners were more likely to have the HPV-16 strain.
What's the Infection that Sends Most British Youngsters to the Hospital? Child at the dentist Surprisingly, tooth decay or rotting teeth is the biggest cause of hospitalization among primary school children, said the UK Health and Social Care Information Center. The center revealed that some 26,000 primary school children were treated for tooth decay in the past year. This made tooth decay the most common reason youngsters are admitted to hospital. Some 500 children aged five to nine were hospitalized due to rotten teeth each week in 2013-14. The number of hospital admissions for five to nine-year-olds with dental problems rose by more than 3,000 in just three years. This comes to 22,574 hospital admissions in 2010-11 and 25,812 in 2013-14. In some cases, dentists were forced to remove all 20 baby teeth from a number of youngsters. Some pediatric dentists are dismayed by the need to resort to this drastic measure, which they believe is the result of sugary diets. The astounding figures ignited louder calls for a crackdown on sugary drinks and fruit juices throughout the UK. The British Dental Health Foundation agreed, saying the surge in tooth decay all relates to the consumption of sugary drinks. Dr. Kathryn Harley, a consultant in pediatric dentistry, noted that many children need four to eight teeth removed but that having 10 to 14 extracted is no longer uncommon these days. She wants fruit juices to be banned in schools to prevent the problem worsening. She also pointed a finger at parents who were inadvertently responsible for the sad condition of their children's teeth. NHS England said parents of young children should discourage them from drinking sugary drinks since this can lead to tooth decay. Tonsillitis was the second most common reason for children aged 5 to 9 being admitted to hospital. There were 11,522 tonsillitis case
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END FOR THE DENTISTS DRILL ? The new treatment encourages the tooth to repair itself by speeding up the natural movement of calcium and phosphate minerals into the damaged tooth The new tooth decay treatment that could see fillings become an unpleasant memory New technique encourages the tooth to repair itself by pushing naturally occurring minerals such as calcium into the tooth using a tiny electric current Fillings and the dentist drill could soon become an unpleasant memory after scientists developed a technique to rebuild teeth using tiny electrical pulses that could be available within three years. Tooth decay is normally removed by drilling and the cavity is filled with a material such as amalgam or composite resin. The new treatment encourages the tooth to repair itself by speeding up the natural movement of calcium and phosphate minerals into the damaged tooth. Known as Electrically Accelerated and Enhanced Remineralisation (EAER), the process developed by scientists uses a tiny electric current to push minerals into the repair site. The tooth is repaired without the need for drilling, injections or filling. Professor Nigel Pitts, from King's College London's Dental Institute, said: "The way we treat teeth today is not ideal. "When we repair a tooth by putting in a filling, that tooth enters a cycle of drilling and re-filling as, ultimately, each 'repair' fails. "Not only is our device kinder to the patient and better for their teeth, but it's expected to be at least as cost-effective as current dental treatments. "Along with fighting tooth decay, our device can also be used to whiten teeth." A Scottish company is now trying to find private investment to develop the technique. Reminova Ltd, based in Perth, Scotland, hopes EAER could be available within three years if appropriate funding is found. The company has been established from the King's College London Dental Innovation and Translation Centre which was set up in January to use technologies and turn them into commercial products and services. The technique is the second to be developed in recent months that could help end the pain of root canal surgery. Last month researchers from the US government's dental research team found a blast of intense light from a laser beam activated a chemical in the mouth which "woke up" stem cells within the tooth. The stem cells then formed new dentine, the hard core of the tooth that can easily rot away, around twelve weeks later. Just five minutes under a laser was enough to kick-start the healing process inside the mouth, researchers found.