Today we have an interview with cosmetic dentist Dr Jameel Gardee of the Glasgow Smile Clinic, who gives us some dental care tips and shares his views on the future of dentistry. Enjoy!
What would you describe as the golden rules of good dental care ?
Good dental care encompasses 2 general areas: Work that your dentist does when he sees you and secondly, work that you do at home to maintain a healthy mouth.
Seeing a dentist every 6 months to make sure that the teeth, gums, oral tissues and head/neck are healthy is essential to catching disease at its early stages and treating anything found in a conservative and cost effective manner. The dentist should carry out a comprehensive examination and ideally show you areas in your mouth needing attention via digital photos and xrays. Treatment recommended should include routine maintenance things like scaling and polish to get rid of the hardened calculus/tartar caked onto the teeth that cause gum disease.
Work done by the patient at home should be effective and efficient cleaning of the teeth on a daily basis. This will decrease the chance of tooth decay, gum disease and allow recent dental work the best chance of remaining pristine and long lasting. It must be borne in mind that a good diet is also essential!
It’s well known that sugar is bad for teeth, but are there are any other common foods or drinks that are harmful that people may not be so aware of ?
Hidden sugars are a big danger to teeth especially childrens. It is important to read the food labels and check the amount of sugar present before buying items. Fruit juices, diluting juices and ketchup all contain surprising amounts of refined carbohydrates.
Are there any secrets or tips you can give us on getting whiter teeth ?
Everyone would like a healthy white smile. The usual culprits causing staining of the teeth are tea/coffee, red wine, nicotine from cigarette smoke and foods with colour. It is impractical to cut these out totally from ones diet (except smoking!) but attending a dentist regularly to remove stains early will help, together with home teeth whitening systems provide by a dentist to keep the teeth as white as possible. It should be borne in mind that almost all of whitening products sold by pharmacies etc don’t work and are a waste of money!
What do you think are the main reasons why many people do not visit the dentist regularly and how would you change this ?
In the past, infrequent attending at the dentist was down to bad experiences with poorly delivered dentistry. Nowadays attending clinics such as ours where experts treat patients in a relaxed, gentle manner helps a lot, especially if the clinic is modern and uses the latest equipment and treatment modalaties. We are happy to treat dental phobics at the Glasgow Smile Clinic and a re proud to say that all become regular attenders after seeing how we do dentistry – this can be seen by the number of positive testimonials on our website.
Today, infrequent attending has more to do with the cost of dentistry. However, we base our prices on those recommended by the General Dental Practitioners Association allowing our patients to know that they are not overpaying for excellence in dentistry. We also offer low cost dental plans and interest free finance which helps, not to mention different types of special offers and discounts!
In your opinion, what does the future hold for dentistry? Any interesting treatments or technologies on the horizon ?
The future is very bright for dentistry mainly due to advancements in technology. New white filling materials, dental implants and 3D printers allowing fillings/crowns to be made almost instantly have revolutionized the profession. The ability to give patients greater choice in booking their appointments via online booking, keeping them abreast of special deals and news via social media also has led to a better relationship between dentist and patient and I see this area as a very exciting one as people today have a lot of options and choice – they deserve to be treated excellently!