Nothing beats that just-cleaned feeling you get after a visit to the dentist. Except perhaps that just-cleaned feeling when it’s combined with a sparkling white, confidence-boosting smile. Tooth whitening is an increasingly popular cosmetic procedure that can be done at the dentist’s office or in the privacy of your own home. Read on to find out whether professional whitening is for you. 
For adults, the idea of conventional brace treatments can be off-putting. But if you’re avoiding orthodontic treatment because you’re self-conscious about your appearance, take another look – there are hidden brace options that are just as effective as traditional alternatives and far more discreet. 
Does the thought of sitting in the dentist’s chair leave you quaking with fear? You’re not alone – more than 10 million adults in the UK have some level of dental anxiety, and an estimated six million suffer from dental phobia. According to a recent study published in the International Dental Journal, dental anxiety can impact people both psychologically and socially, leading to feelings of shame, poor self-confidence, and social isolation. Read on to find out how you can beat your fear of visiting the dentist and boost your mental well-being. 
Cosmetic dentistry has become increasingly popular over the past decade, especially among adult patients looking for that picture-perfect smile. Although there are numerous options for conventional and invisible brace treatments, one in particular stands head and shoulders above the rest: Invisalign. Developed by two Stanford University graduates in 1997, the company has since gone from strength to strength, treating more than 5 million patients worldwide. Read on to find out why Invisalign is proving so popular among orthodontic patients. 
Have you been delaying the dental treatment you need? Maybe you’re worried about spending too much time in the dentist’s chair, or going through treatment that negatively impacts your everyday routine? Modern cosmetic dentistry is more flexible for adult patients than ever before, and with numerous studies showing how improving your smile can boost confidence and improve your overall quality of life – why wait? 
 
Meeting new people can be nerve-racking enough at the best of times. But if you’re worried about your breath, attending a work conference, wedding, or social event can cause anxiety levels to soar. Fortunately, there are long-term solutions that can help you banish bad breath once and for all. 
 
 
The health benefits of smiling are well known, but did you also know that your smile can kickstart your career? Whether you are looking for a new job, taking the next step on the career ladder, or starting your own business, improving your smile can make a vital difference to your future career success. 
 
An attractive smile improves your chances of getting hired 
Despite the old adage that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, during a job interview first impressions count. Interviewees with brighter, whiter smiles are more likely to be hired than those with less attractive teeth and are also more likely to receive higher salary offers. Keeping a natural, relaxed smile during an interview conveys a sense of quiet confidence and helps to build a rapport with the interviewer. Although your skills, experience, and qualifications play key roles in getting you the position you want, being the more likeable candidate can help swing opinions in your favour when there are other applicants who are equally well qualified. 
 
Smiling makes you appear more trustworthy 
Building trust is vital in all aspects of career success, from interdepartmental teamwork to client acquisition. Psychological studies show that a genuine smile goes a long way toward increasing trustworthiness and cooperation. The mirror effect of neurons in the brain means that when you smile at someone, the mirror neurons for smiling in that person’s brain also fire up. This creates a sensation of the feeling associated with smiling, helping to build better relationships. People who are insecure or self-conscious about their smile find it more difficult to establish this bond with others. 
 
Smiling boosts your job performance 
Researchers have found that smiling reduces levels of cortisol in the body, a stress-related hormone that can cause high blood pressure, interfere with learning and memory, and lower the body’s immune function. Although some workplace stress is normal, excessive stress can interfere with productivity and cause long-term health issues. Smiling – even if you don’t really feel like it – can decrease stress levels and increase workplace productivity. The general consensus among researchers is that you should ‘fake it until you make it’ and having the confidence to fake it is much easier when you are happy with your smile. 
 
Park Dental Care can boost your confidence in your smile by: 
• Replacing missing, broken, or damaged teeth 
• Cosmetically whitening your teeth 
• Straightening misaligned teeth 
• Improving tooth shape or size 
 
Contact us today for a free consultation. We look forward to seeing you. 
 
 
Many people view dental treatment as a routine necessity to maintain their oral health but taking steps to improve your smile can mean so much more. People who are confident with the way they look are happier, healthier, and more successful in their personal and professional lives. Read on to find out how changing your smile can change your whole outlook. 
 
 
1. You’ll make a great first impression 
First impressions really do matter, and one of the first things that people notice is your smile. A study by Kelton Research found that after meeting someone, the facial aspect that 24% of people remember most is their teeth. People with straight teeth are far more likely to be perceived as being happy, healthy, and smart than those with crooked teeth, and 73% of study participants were more likely to trust someone with a nice smile than someone with a good job, outfit, or car. 
 
2. You’ll gain self-confidence 
If you’re unhappy with your teeth you are less likely to smile, which can negatively impact your self-esteem. Smiling releases chemicals called endorphins in your brain, which boost your mood and help to create a positive attitude. This has a knock-on effect on the people around you, improving your relationships and creating the perception of a friendly, confident, and successful individual. Having people view you this way gives you the confidence to believe in yourself, forming a positive reinforcement loop that benefits everyone. 
 
3. Your dating and employment prospects will improve 
When meeting a prospective new partner or employer, first impressions count – some studies suggest that bad teeth is the number one turn-off on people’s dating profiles. In contrast, those with straight teeth are seen as 57% more likely to get a date based on their picture than those with crooked teeth. People with straighter, whiter teeth are also more likely to be hired by prospective employers and receive higher salary offers, proving that your smile really is a worthy investment. 
 
4. You’ll have healthier teeth 
If you invest time, money, and effort into cosmetically improving your smile, you’ll be much more motivated to keep it that way. Straight, evenly spaced teeth are easier to brush and floss and when properly cleaned they are less likely to develop cavities. 
 
5. You’ll live longer 
Smiling alleviates stress and helps to lower blood pressure, and researchers have found that people who smile more live longer, happier lives. One study of Major League Baseball players from the 1952 player register found that players who were smiling authentically in their photos lived an average of seven years longer than players who weren’t smiling. Keeping your teeth in good condition also helps to prevent major health conditions that have been linked to gum disease, including diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. 
 
If you’re considering a smile makeover, contact Park Dental Care to book a free consultation with one of our expert team members. We look forward to your visit. 
Many people grind or clench their teeth from time to time, especially when they are suffering from stress. This habit, medically known as bruxism, is usually harmless when it only happens occasionally. However, when grinding occurs on a regular basis it can cause damage to the teeth that may necessitate dental treatment. 
How do I know if I’m grinding my teeth? 
Tooth grinding frequently occurs at night, and you may not realise that you are doing it in your sleep. Signs of tooth grinding include: 
 
• Headaches, or facial pain in the cheeks, ears, or temples 
• Broken teeth or fillings 
• Pain and stiffness in the jaw joint 
• Teeth that are sensitive to cold temperatures 
• Flattened eye teeth (canine teeth) at the front of your mouth 
 
What are the risks of tooth grinding? 
Over time, chronic grinding can lead to fractured or broken teeth and damage to the jaw joint. Bruxism may also cause teeth to become loose through gum damage, because as they grind together the teeth are rocked back and forth in the gum. This may cause or worsen gum disease; the leading cause of tooth-loss in the UK. 
 
How can I stop grinding my teeth? 
Treatment for tooth grinding may depend on the reason you are developing the habit. Here are some suggestions you can try: 
 
Reduce stress levels – Bruxism is often the result of a high-stress lifestyle. If you are suffering from stress, try relaxing exercises before you go to bed, take up yoga, or attend a stress counselling or cognitive behavioural therapy course. You can also ask your doctor about a prescription for muscle relaxants. For many of us, our stresses are bound up with our every-day lives and so it is not realistic to change this. It may be necessary to simply prevent the consequences of the stress. 
 
Make a few lifestyle changes – Caffeine and alcohol can intensify grinding issues, so reducing your consumption of foods or drinks that contain these substances can help to alleviate the problem. Chewing gum should also be avoided because it allows the jaw muscles to get used to clenching, making tooth grinding more likely. If you notice yourself clenching or grinding your teeth during the day, train your jaw muscles to relax by placing the tip of your tongue between your teeth. 
 
Tackle your sleep disorder – If you suffer from snoring or disorders such as sleep apnoea, insomnia, or sleep paralysis, you are more likely to grind your teeth while you sleep. Your doctor may be able to help you treat these conditions. 
 
How can my dentist help? 
If you suffer from severe bruxism, the Park Dental Care team can help in a number of ways. To help prevent damage from clenching, we can construct an acrylic night guard to protect your teeth from grinding while you sleep. Alternatively, we can order “Cerezen” anti-bruxing devices, which you wear in your ears, rather like hearing aids. We also help many people restore their teeth, improving both comfort and their appearance by replacing tooth worn away by clenching with tooth-coloured composite resins. This technique is far more natural and more conservative that the crowns dentists used to restore teeth in years gone by. 
 
For more information or to make an appointment at Park Dental Care, please contact us today. We look forward to your visit. 
You can’t beat the fresh, just-cleaned feeling you get after a visit to the dental hygienist. But did you know that regular appointments with your hygienist also play a vital role in the prevention and treatment of gum disease? Read on to find out how an appointment with one of our dental therapists can benefit you. 
How do hygienists differ from dentists? 
Dentists and hygienists work together to take excellent care of your teeth, however there are key differences between them and hygienist appointments should not be substituted for regular dental heath assessments with your dentist. Dentists are like GPs and surgeons rolled into one; they can write prescriptions, perform surgical procedures, and administer local anaesthetics. Many dentists have specialist areas of interest in fields such as endodontics or orthodontics. In contrast, hygienists focus on providing services based on prevention and the hygiene of the mouth, teeth, and gums. They play a vital role in identifying and treating the early signs of gum disease. 
 
Why should I see a hygienist? 
Dental hygienists are experts when it comes to the health of your gums. They provide therapies to remove hardened plaque (tartar) that cannot be removed through brushing alone and demonstrate effective brushing and flossing techniques that can help prevent gum disease. It is also crucial that your hygienist helps you to understand your disease and teaches you how to help yourself. Only by truly understanding what is going on in gum disease can you get the best healing. Park Dental Care dental therapists Claire, Karen and Christina offer both preventative and cosmetic hygiene treatments that are available to you even if you are not currently registered with a dentist. 
 
What services do you offer? 
Hygienists Claire, Karen and Christina offer several gentle and effective professional hygiene treatments at Park Dental Care, including: 
 
Cosmetic Polish – A gentle 20-minute treatment that removes staining from tea, coffee, red wine, and smoking from the surface of your teeth, leaving them feeling fresh and smooth. 
 
The Classic – A traditional scaling, tartar, and stain removal treatment using modern ultrasound to loosen calculus and plaque from your teeth and the spaces between them. Once the loosened material is removed, our professional team carry out a cosmetic polish using specially formulated prophylaxis paste. This treatment takes around 40 minutes. 
 
The Full Works – Both of the above treatments, plus an additional polish with Janina tooth whitening paste. During this hour-long treatment, your hygienist will provide advice on effective brushing techniques, dietary habits, and maintaining good oral hygiene. This package is designed and recommended by Park Dental Care dentist Timothy Webber. 
 
I’m not a patient, can I still book a hygiene appointment? 
Yes – Claire, Karen and Christina provide an independent service under the ‘Just Hygiene’ name, and you do not need to be registered with a dentist to benefit. However, this service is not a substitute for regular and professional assessment by a qualified dentist and all clients are advised to visit a dentist for a full assessment. Hygiene appointments are available evenings and also on Saturdays. 
 
To book your next dental hygienist appointment with Claire and Christina, contact Park Dental Care today. 
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