I am dreaming of a white Christmas

white Christmas

Are you dreaming of a white Christmas? The team at Maidstone Dental & Implant Centre have the perfect way to ensure that this Christmas is white, with a course of at home or in surgery teeth whitening.

Teeth whitening is so popular is because it is non-invasive, easy to complete and most importantly it works. Helping to dramatically improve the appearance of your smile for relatively little outlay.

white ChristmasWhat causes teeth staining?

When you eat and drink staining foods, such as curry, red wine, tea, and coffee, or you smoke – the highly coloured organic molecules can enter your teeth via microscopic pores in the enamel and underlying dentine. In essence if a food or drink has the ability to stain your top or tablecloth, it can also stain your teeth.

How does the whitening gel get rid of these stains?

When you apply the whitening gel to your teeth the small peroxide molecules pass easily through the micropores and encounter the staining molecules that have built up in your enamel and dentine, breaking them down into active oxygen and water. The overall result is that your teeth look brighter and whiter!

What treatment options are available?

Here at Maidstone Dental & Implant Centre we are able to offer both in surgery and at home teeth whitening:

white ChristmasAt Home Teeth Whitening

At home teeth whitening is the perfect treatment for people who want to improve the look of their teeth without interrupting their daily routine. The treatment has an excellent track record and produces incredible results.

Before the treatment can begin, one of our highly trained dentists will take impressions of your teeth; this will be used by the technician to create custom made whitening trays. The dentist will then show you how to apply the teeth whitening gel to the trays. You will then be able to take the trays and whitening gels home to complete the treatment at a time to suit you.

white ChristmasIn Surgery Teeth Whitening

In this instance the whitening solution will either be painted onto your teeth or loaded into custom made bleaching trays and then a special light will be shone onto the teeth to help activate the bleaching solution. The treatment will normally take around an hour and during this time the procedure may be repeated with fresh solution two or three times.

What are the side effects of teeth whitening?

Some people may find that their teeth become sensitive to cold during or after the treatment. Others may have discomfort in the gums, a sore throat, or white patches on the gum line. These symptoms are usually temporary and should disappear within a few days of the treatment finishing.

How long will my teeth whitening last?

Once completed, it will be necessary to top up your whitening every 1-2 years to keep your teeth looking their best.

So, what are you waiting for, call Maidstone Dental & Implant Centre on 01622 682 029 to book an appointment today and ensure you get your white Christmas!

What to do in a dental emergency

dental emergency

If you attend for your regular dental appointments, the chance of developing a dental emergency should be rare, but unfortunately things happen that are out of our control. Therefore the team at Maidstone Dental & Implant Centre have some useful advice and guidance on what you can do should you suffer a dental emergency over the festive period.


If you find that you are suffering from unexplained toothache, ring the surgery as soon as possible and we will endeavour to fit you into one of our emergency appointments.

While waiting to be seen, it is okay to take over the counter painkillers to help relieve the pain. You can also apply a cold compress to your cheek over the painful area. At your appointment, the dentist will be able to find the source of the pain, this may be an infection in the tooth or gum or a chipped or cracked tooth where the sensitive dentine has become exposed.

dental emergencyChipped or broken tooth or lost filling

If you chip or break a tooth or lose a filling, you will need to book an appointment. The dentist may be able to re-fill or crown the tooth or in the worst case the tooth may need to be extracted. If this is the case the dentist will be able to advise on the treatments available to replacing a missing tooth, this could be a bridge, a denture or a dental implant.

It is possible to buy over the counter dental cement to help relieve any discomfort temporarily.

Knocked out tooth

If the tooth has been knocked out by a direct trauma, trip or fall, if possible, try to put the tooth back into the socket ensuring that it is the right way around. If this is not possible, store the tooth in a container of body temperature milk.

If there is severe bleeding apply direct pressure to the area and in all cases, seek immediate dental help. There is the greatest chance of a successful outcome if you can see a dentist within an hour of the incident.

dental emergencyLost Crown

If you lose one of your crowns, try to ensure that you keep the crown safe and book an appointment as soon as possible with the dentist. If you are unable to get to your dentist, it is possible to temporarily recement the crown using over the counter dental cement available in pharmacies.

Broken braces or wires

If a wire on your braces breaks or sticks out of a bracket, it can be very irritating. If it is not possible to reposition the wire, place a small amount of orthodontic wax over the end of the wire to help protect your mouth and gums from further damage. Never cut a wire as you may end up swallowing it! Book an appointment to see the dentist as soon as possible.

dental emergencyThe team at Maidstone Dental & Implant Centre will be open as normal in the run up to Christmas, until Friday 24thDecember. Should you have any problems while the surgery is closed, please call 01622 682 029 and the answerphone message will provide details of how to contact the on-duty dentist.

How does Invisalign straighten my teeth?


There are a number of key steps involved in using Invisalign to straighten your teeth.

In this month’s blog we look at these key stages.

  • Attend a consultation appointment

Using the iTero Element scanner, your dentist can take a fast and precise 3D digital scan of your teeth determining if you are a suitable candidate and mapping out a custom treatment plan.

  • Moulding Process

2021_11_03_blog_image_006Digital scan, photographs, and x-rays create an accurate model of your mouth and teeth. These are sent to the Invisalign laboratory for your custom aligner trays to be created

  • Start wearing your aligners

When you pick up your first custom aligners, your dentist will examine your smile, ensuring high standards from start. With your trays fitted, and your aftercare program clearly explained, you’re ready to go! Your Invisalign aligners are virtually transparent and easy to take out, so you can eat and brush your teeth as normal.

  • Regular appointments

You’ll have check-ups roughly every 6-8 weeks to check your progress and collect your next set of aligners. Your dentist will check your tooth movements, and tray fit. before providing you with your next set of trays. Depending on the complexity of your case, you could complete your treatment in 6 months, and you’ll start seeing results in a matter of weeks.

  • Straighter teeth

2021_11_03_blog_image_007After a period of time, your teeth will have straightened out and you will have the smile you desire.

  • Retainers

It is important that you wear your retainers following treatment to ensure that your teeth do not regress back into their initial position.

At Maidstone Dental & Implant Centre you can be safe in the knowledge that you will always receive the highest possible level of care, in a relaxed and calm environment. If you would like more information about Invisalign and teeth straightening or have any questions do not hesitate to ring the surgery on 01622 682 029.

Mouth Cancer Action Month


The team at Maidstone Dental & Implant Centre are pleased to be supporting this year’s Mouth Cancer Action Month. Whenever you visit one of our dentists for a routine examination, they will also perform an examination for mouth cancer.

Mouth cancer is one of the few cancers in the UK which has seen cases rise, over the past decade there has been an increase of over 50% in the number of people being diagnosed with mouth cancer.

Oral health checks and visual examinations are the best way to identify any suspicious lesions. Another great reason to ensure you book in for your routine dental appointment.

  • Your appointment

When you come in for your appointment the dentist will ask you a number of lifestyle questions. If you smoke, drink more than the recommended amount of alcohol per week, are over 50 or use chewing or smokeless tobacco these factors can increase your risk of developing mouth cancer.

2021_11_03_blog_image_002The dentist will then perform a methodical examination of your mouth to detect any abnormalities.  They will use a mirror to check all the tissue in your mouth including your tongue and the sides of your mouth.

If the dentist finds anything that is unusual or abnormal they will refer you to the local hospital for a specialist to perform a thorough examination of your mouth and throat. They may take a biopsy of any affected areas, so the cells can be looked at closely under a microscope.

If mouth cancer is spotted early the chances of a complete cure are very good and the smaller the area or ulcer the better the chance of a cure. However too many people do not visit their dentist for routine dental appointment so often any problems are noticed too late.

2021_11_03_blog_image_003Top tips to ensure that your mouth stays healthy

  • Visit your dentist for regular appointments so that any problems can be identified early and treated quickly.
  • When brushing your teeth look out for any red or white patches or ulcers that do not clear up within three weeks
  • Ensure you have a full a varied diet, rich in vitamins.
  • Cut down on the amount you smoke and drink
  • When out in the sun be sure to use a high factor sun cream on your face and neck and a barrier cream on your lips.

2021_11_03_blog_image_004If you are concerned about any changes in your mouth or would like advice on reducing your risk of developing mouth cancer call Maidstone Dental & Implant Centre on 01622 682 029 to book an appointment today.

Can I get braces even though I am an adult?


Feel that you’re too old for braces? Think again! Teeth straightening treatment can improve your smile no matter what your age is. There are a number of options now available from clear Invisalign aligners to more traditional fixed braces.

Here at Maidstone Dental & Implant Centre we work hard to ensure that we provide you with enough information about your teeth straightening treatment so you can make an informed choice about your dental health.

2021_10_04_blog_img006Questions we will answer prior to treatment

  1. How will dental braces correct your problem?
  2. What type of braces are available to you?
  3. How long you will need to wear braces for?
  4. What the overall cost of treatment will be?
  5. What payment modes we off and when the payments are due?

Types of Braces

The different options include:

  • Metal braces – these are the traditional train track braces
  • Clear ceramic braces – they work just like metal braces but are less noticeable.
  • Lingual Braces – The brackets on these braces aren’t visible as they are attached to the back of the teeth
  • Clear aligners – These are clear removable trays, that allow you to straighten your teeth without anyone knowing

2021_10_04_blog_img007Reasons to get adult braces

  • Lower Risk of Decay – It might not be a surprise to learn that having crooked teeth can actually impede your toothbrush and floss from accessing all the spaces in-between the teeth. Remember that improper cleaning of the teeth can cause gum disease, tooth decay and other oral health issues. Spaced out and straight teeth are much easier to access and clean.
  • Release Oral Discomfort –Did you know that in certain cases misaligned teeth can cause headaches, jaw pain, and difficulties swallowing? This is true for more people than we would like it to be. Thankfully, teeth straightening can help with all those discomforts that arise from misaligned teeth. If you are one of the individuals currently living in discomfort due to your smile, please contact our team. We would love to be part of the solution.
  • Correct Jawbone Changes – The body changes as we age, and the jawbone is no exception to that rule. Unfortunately, with age your jawbone can begin to shift which can cause the teeth to crowd in the front of the mouth and become generally misaligned. Teeth straightening can correct this issue.

Invisalign Over Traditional Braces

There are various options available for adult braces. One of the most popular adult braces options is Invisalign. There are several reasons why Invisalign is a top pick amongst adults.

  • 2021_10_04_blog_img008Firstly, Invisalign aligners are much easier to clean than traditional braces. With Invisalign, you can easily remove the aligner trays and gently clean them in the morning and at night. This also means you don’t have to make food adjustments, as you can remove the aligners when you eat!
  • In addition to less cleaning time, Invisalign results in fewer office visits than metal braces as you do not have to come in to have the wires and bands tightened.
  • Perhaps most important for the busy adult – Invisalign looks much better than metal braces. They are often barely noticeable, as they are made from transparent material!

A Perfect Smile

We wanted to put this last, but we understand that for most people a perfect smile is the main reason to have teeth straightening. No matter how old you are, a perfect smile will make you feel confident. You deserve to navigate through life with confidence and with a glowing, happy smile. Teeth straightening can grant you that.

2021_10_04_blog_img009The decision to have teeth straightening as an adult can be full of uncertainties. Our team at Maidstone Dental & Implant Centre is here to help guide you through it. Give us a call on 01622 682 029 to set up an appointment. We are happy to assess your personal situation and to provide you recommendations on which braces would work best for you.

The biggest threats to dental health


What is standing in the way of you having a beautiful, strong, healthy smile? In this month’s blog we look at four of the biggest threats to your oral health and how you can safeguard your smile for the future.


Until it is brushed or flossed away, plaque builds up on your teeth. If left it can lead to gum disease, tooth decay and in the long run tooth loss.

Plaque is a sticky film that builds up on your teeth. Technically speaking, it is a microbial biofilm that contains a range of bacteria strong enough to continue thriving in the dark crevices of the mouth.

Any foods or drinks containing carbohydrates can trigger the formation of plaque, especially those with high sugar content like fizzy drinks, chocolate, cake, and sweets. As you chew, carbohydrates combine with the natural bacteria in your mouth to create plaque.

2021_10_04_blog_img002Plaque’s acidic base slowly eats away at your tooth enamel. This is why cavities are considered the first warning sign of plaque damage.

In order to keep your teeth healthy, it is important to schedule regular scaling and polishing with the hygienist. The hygienist will remove any plaque and calculus build up, will provide advice on lifestyle factors that may be affecting your oral health and will help you put together an oral hygiene routine that will keep your teeth looking their best in between appointments.

Teeth Grinding

Millions of people grind their teeth and night, also known as bruxism and may not even realise that they are doing it. They may be coping with the symptoms like tooth sensitivity, headaches, and jaw pain, without realising the cause.

Night-time teeth grinding is difficult to identify as it occurs completely subconsciously while you are asleep. Chronic clenching and grinding place so much pressure on the muscles, tissues, teeth, and other structures around the jaw, symptoms can be felt long after the grinding stops.

A few of the most common bruxism symptoms include the following:

  • Jaw pain and stiffness
  • Sore gums
  • Sensitive or broken teeth
  • Clicking jaw joints
  • Chronic dull headaches
  • Earaches
  • Flat, short, or blunt teeth surfaces

If left untreated tooth grinding can wear down your teeth, cause breakages and leave you in chronic pain. If you have been experiencing any of the common symptoms, as your dentist to examine your mouth for signs of teeth grinding at your next appointment.

2021_10_04_blog_img003Misaligned Teeth

Most people want to straighten their teeth for the aesthetic benefits, but there are many important dental health benefits to fixing crooked teeth.

Common misalignment issues like crowding, spacing, and poor bite make it difficult to perform a thorough oral hygiene routine, meaning you are at increased risk of developing gum disease and tooth decay.

Gum Disease

There are many different reasons that the bacteria in your mouth might gain too much power: smoking, poor oral hygiene, and a high-sugar diet are just a few common causes. This very quickly can progress to gum disease.

The following are all symptoms of gum disease:

  • Bad breath that doesn’t fade even after brushing or drinking water
  • Bleeding gums
  • Pain when chewing food
  • Loose or wiggling teeth
  • Increased tooth sensitivity
  • Receding gums
  • Unexpected tooth loss
  • Multiple cavities and infections

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms it is important that you book an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible.

2021_10_04_blog_img004Unfortunately, the damage caused by gum disease isn’t limited to your mouth. It also has serious implications on the rest of your body as well. Researchers have been studying the link between gum disease and cardiovascular disease for decades. Statistics indicate that people with gum disease are two to three times more likely to have a heart attack, stroke, or other serious cardiovascular problems.

Stop The Threats to Your Dental Health Now

By contacting your dentist, keeping your appointments every six months, and receiving any treatments or procedures your dentist suggests, you can restore health and balance to your smile.  Call Maidstone Dental & Implant Centre, today on 01622 682 029 to schedule your appointment and put yourself on the path to better oral health.

5 common myths about root canal treatment


For many people when the dentist mentions the word root canal treatment, they reel back in horror. In this month’s blog we look to bust some of the most common myths about root canal treatment.

  • Root canal treatment is painful!

2021_09_01_Blogimg_006The perception that root canal treatment hurts started decades ago when root canal treatment was painful. Today with the advances of modern technology and better anaesthetics,  root canal treatment is no more painful than having a filling. Recovery times are just a few days and post appointment discomfort should be minimal. Normally root canal treatment is able to relieve you of the toothache you are experiencing. Yes, that is right root canal treatment relieves pain.

  • Root canal treatment requires multiple visits!

With the advances in technology, it is possible for root canal treatment to be completed in as little as one or two visits. Many root canal treatments can be completed in one appointment while some cases require two or three visits due to the infection and inflammation. Often people think that an extraction is a faster option, which may be true, but you will then need to attend for a bridge, a dental implant or denture treatment to fill the missing gap, meaning it can actually require much more time in the dental surgery.

  • An extraction is a better alternative!

Keeping your natural teeth for as long as possible is very important for proper eating and chewing functions. Root canal treatment can also provide a less expensive option than having the tooth extracted and replaced with a bridge, a dental implant or denture.

  • Root canal treatments are not often successful!

2021_09_01_Blogimg_007This is not true. Root canal treatment has about a 95% success rate. The tooth and gums will need to be kept healthy with good oral hygiene to ensure that the natural tooth lasts a lifetime without further treatment.

  • Root canal treatment causes illness ! 

This was a rumour started by Dr Weston Price in 1910. His researched claimed that endodontically treated teeth could leave patients susceptible to infection and illness. Dr Price’s research has been criticized and proven to be flawed. Having root canal treatment does not increase your likelihood of illness or disease. There is no medical evidence that confirms a link between root canal treatment and the cause of other illnesses. In fact, root canal treatment aims to remove bad bacteria from the mouth and prevent reinfection. This means that root canal treatment is designed to fight off illness and infection. Not cause it!

2021_09_01_Blogimg_008At Maidstone Dental & Implant Centre you can be safe in the knowledge that you will always receive the highest possible level of care, in a relaxed and calm environment, ensuring that you can keep your teeth as healthy as possible for as long as possible. If you would like more information or have any questions do not hesitate to ring the surgery on 01622 682 029.

7 steps to ensure your child’s smile lasts a lifetime.


It is important to ensure that you start to brush your child’s teeth from the moment their first tooth appears to ensure that you can start to build healthy habits that will last a lifestyle.

The team at Maidstone Dental & Implant Centre has some simple to follow steps to ensure that your child’s smile lasts a lifetime. By putting in place a good oral hygiene routine you can ensure that you protect your child’s oral health for the future.

  • Brush teeth twice a day

It is important to ensure that you brush their teeth twice a day using a fluoride toothpaste and soft bristled, small headed toothbrush, before bed and at one other time during the day.

  • Supervise children until at least 7 years old.

2021_09_01_Blogimg_002It is important that you supervise your child while they are toothbrushing to ensure that they do not miss any areas. Using disclosing tablets once a month can also help to give your child a clear understanding of any areas that they may be missing.

  • Spit don’t rinse!

After toothbrushing just spit out the toothpaste. Do not rinse your mouth as this will wash away the fluoride protection.

  • Reduce the amount and frequency of sugary foods and drinks.

2021_09_01_Blogimg_003It is important to keep sugary foods and drinks for mealtimes, helping to protect your child’s teeth from frequent sugar attacks that can lead to tooth decay.

  • Wear a mouthguard when playing sport.

Ensuring your child wears a mouthguard while playing contact sports can help to protect your child’s teeth and jaw from damage.

  • Consider fluoride varnish applications.

Fluoride varnish provides extra protection against tooth decay when used in addition to brushing. Fluoride varnish is a pale-yellow gel that sets quickly when applied to children’s teeth using a soft brush. The varnish sets quickly, has a pleasant taste and a fruity smell. Scientific studies have shown that fluoride varnish gives added protection to teeth against decay when used in addition to brushing teeth regularly with fluoride toothpaste.

  • Attend for regular dental appointments.

2021_09_01_Blogimg_004It is important that you attend for regular dental appointments as soon your child’s first tooth appears. By starting visits at a young age, you can reduce the risk of dental fear. Your dentist will then be able to advise you on how often you should be bringing your child in for routine dental appointments.

If you would like to find out how to ensure your child’s teeth last a lifetime, call Maidstone Dental & Implant Centre, today on 01622 682 029 and book your children’s dental appointment today.


How many teeth can be supported on All on 4 dentures?


Are you missing a number of teeth? If you find yourself in the unfortunate situation of having several missing teeth, you may find that you are experiencing a great deal of frustration and loss of confidence as a result. Missing teeth can be a contributing factor to several other dental health problems and can also have significant effects on your overall well-being.

While dentures are a tried-and-true solution for many patients who are missing multiple teeth, they do not always deliver the level of comfort or confidence that leads to complete satisfaction with your treatment. Fortunately, advancements in dental science and technology have led to the development of a better solution for the replacement of multiple teeth that delivers far greater results and many advantages over other treatment options. This solution is known as All-on-4.

Blog_image_August2021_006All-on-4 offers a more effective way to replace your missing teeth as fewer dental implants are required than traditional methods. This process can be planned intricately such that you walk out with temporary fixed dentures, made from a resin, which puts less pressure on yourdental implantsas they heal, on the same day. These will be replaced by a final set of dentures 6-9 months later.

All-on-4 dentures are fixed in place and should act just like natural teeth in terms of appearance, chewing and comfort. There is no risk of them slipping out of place when you are talking or eating. If looked after carefully, your dental implants should last for at least 10 years. You will need to return to the dentist for regular check-ups and maintenance.

Maidstone Dental & Implant Centre uses the best, tested and approved dental implants materials to ensure the best possible for your All-on-4 dentures.

Blog_image_August2021_007There are a number of benefits of choosing All-on-4 dentures to restore your smile including:

  • Treatment time is drastically reducedAll-on-4 dentures can be completed in one day, unlike traditional dental implants that can take 3-6 months.
  • All-on-4 dentures are suitable for patients with jawbone loss – your dentist will perform a complete 3D scan prior to treatment to plan exactly where the dental implants should be placed.
  • All-on-4 prevents bone lossAll-on-4 is effective in minimizing the effect of bone loss since the dental implants are affixed directly to the jawbone and act in a similar fashion to the roots of natural teeth.
  • Cost effectiveAll-on-4 dentures are cheaper than traditional techniques that may require as many as 8-10 dental implants.
  • All-on-4 gives greater self-confidenceAll-on-4 gives a complete set of natural-looking teeth connected securely and comfortably, enabling you to enjoy all your favourite foods, and a great variety of food and drink, without worry.

If you would like to discuss our All-on-4 dentures treatment please get in touch today on 01622 682 029 to book a consultation and find out how our expert team at Maidstone Dental & Implant Centre can help you reclaim your smile.

Impact of fizzy drinks and sugars on teeth


Sweetened beverages have become a treat that many people have every day. Drinking high-sugar soft drinks is most commonly associated with obesity, type 2 diabetes, and weight gain, but these can also have an impact on our dental health and smiles.

When you drink fizzy drinks, the sugars contained interact with bacteria in your mouth to form acid. This acid attacks your teeth. Both regular and sugar-free fizzy drinks also contain their own acids, and these attack the teeth too. With each swig, you are starting a damaging reaction that lasts for about 20 minutes. If you sip all day, your teeth are under constant attack.

There are two main dental effects of drinking fizzy drinks: acid erosion and cavities.

  • Acid Erosion

Acid erosion begins when the acids in fizzy drinks encounter the tooth enamel, which is the outermost protective layer on your teeth. Their effect is to reduce the surface hardness of the enamel.

While sports drinks and fruit juices can also damage enamel, they stop there.

  • Cavities

Blog_image_August2021_002Fizzy drinks, on the other hand, can also affect the next layer, dentin, and even composite fillings. This damage to your tooth enamel can invite cavities. Cavities, or caries, develop over time in people who drink fizzy drinks regularly. Add in poor oral hygiene, and a lot of damage can occur to the teeth.

How can I prevent damage to my teeth?

The obvious solution? Stop drinking fizzy drinks. But many of us just cannot seem to kick the habit. However, there are things you can do to lessen the risk of damaging your teeth.

Drink in moderation – Do not have more than one soft drink each day. Just one will do damage enough.

Blog_image_August2021_003Drink, don’t sip – Sipping gives the bacteria more time to eat the sugar and to create cavities. Drink quickly to give your body time to wash away the bad stuff. Try to drink sweetened coffees, teas, or fizzy drinks in one sitting instead of sipping on them over a longer amount of time.

Rinse your mouth with water afterward – Flushing your mouth with some water after drinking fizzy drinks will help wash away any remaining sugars and acids and stop them from attacking your teeth.

Wait before you brush – Despite what you may think, brushing immediately after you have a fizzy drink is not a good idea. That is because the friction against the vulnerable and recently acid-attacked teeth can do more harm than good. Instead, wait 30 to 60 minutes.

Use a straw – This will help keep the damaging acids and sugars away from your teeth.

Get regular dental appointmentsRegular check-ups will identify problems before they worsen.

Blog_image_August2021_004Soft drinks are not a healthy choice, but they are a popular one. If you have to drink soda, do it in moderation and protect your dental health in the process.

If you would like to book a routine dental appointment, please contact Maidstone Dental & Implant Centre on 01622 682 029 today!