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Five reasons to choose an electric toothbrush

Are you in the dark about the benefits of using an electric toothbrush compared to a manual one?

Gulshan Dhanoya, one of our associate dentists at our Jesmond clinic, shares her top five reasons why an electric toothbrush should be on your Christmas list this year.

(Thanks to Gulshan’s patient Leanna for modelling the toothbrushes in this photo!)

  1. Better plaque removal

“Whenever my patients ask me which kind of toothbrush gives a better clean, I always recommend electric ones. A recent study (from the Journal of Clinical Periodontology) has found that electric toothbrushes really do clean teeth and gums much better than manual toothbrushes do.

“This research took 11 years to complete and is the longest study of its kind into the effectiveness of electric versus manual brushing. Scientists found that electric toothbrushes resulted in 22% less gum recession and 18% less tooth decay over the 11-year period.

“They also found that people who use an electric toothbrush keep their teeth for longer, compared with those who use a manual toothbrush.”

  • Easier to use

“An electric toothbrush actually does the hard work for you. With a manual toothbrush, you need a keep up a consistently good brushing technique to clean each surface of the tooth effectively. An electric toothbrush automatically carries out the brushing action, so all you have to do is gently guide the toothbrush across your teeth. Hold the toothbrush at a 45 degree angle to make sure the bristles are touching the tooth and the gum line.”

  • Timers

“Electric toothbrushes have a whole range of features to help you brush correctly. They can connect to specially designed apps on your phone, which then time you as you brush your teeth – making sure you don’t cheat on the two-minute rule!”

  • Changeable heads

“Electric toothbrushes come with a range of changeable heads, so if you prefer a compact, full size or angled brush head, you’ll be able to find the right product for you – especially if your dentist has recommended a particular style, such as softer bristles.”

  • Pressure sensors

“If you scrub or brush too hard, you can increase the risk of gum recession, and even wear away the enamel of your teeth, increasing sensitivity.

“Electric toothbrushes can come with a pressure sensor, which uses a warning light to alert you when you are brushing too hard. It’s a great feature to help protect your teeth and gums.

“Remember – whichever toothbrush you choose, the most important thing is to keep up a good oral hygiene routine. Brush your teeth for two minutes, twice a day, with a fluoride toothpaste, and floss or use interdental brushes once a day.”

To make an appointment for a dental health assessment with Gulshan at Honour Health, click the ‘book now’ at the top of this page and choose our Jesmond practice. You can also call 0191 281 3913 or email jesmond@honourhealth.co.uk

We’re Winners of ‘Dental Team of the Year 2019’!

It’s been a fantastic weekend for Honour Health! We won DENTAL TEAM OF THE YEAR 2019 at The Dental Awards! Here’s our principal dentist Onkar Dhanoya with our dentist Gulshan Dhanoya and our award!

Well done to our excellent team of dentists, therapists, nurses, receptionists and management. This is a huge achievement for our team and we’re thrilled to have been recognised for our dedication to helping our patients achieve smiles they love.

A big thank you to all our patients too – you make coming to work each day so much fun!

Aside from our fantastic award-win, we were also picked out as finalists for:

  • Dentist of the Year (Onkar Dhanoya)
  • Dental Therapist of the Year (Caroline Short)
  • Dental Practice of the Year

The results were announced on 17th May at an awards ceremony at The Hilton Metropole NEC in Birmingham, alongside The Dentistry Show, which is the leading UK dental trade exhibition and conference.

This year is significant for The Dental Awards, as 2019 proudly marks the 20th anniversary of this prestigious event that for many years has sought to recognise the outstanding individuals and teams whose dedication and drive continues to raise standards throughout the UK dentistry profession.

Each category was judged by a panel of leading dental experts and key opinion leaders within their respective field, representing a broad range of disciplines and dental associations.

As part of our entries, we provided examples of clinical excellence, marketing literature, team training and development information, photos and videos of our practices, evidence of team leadership and happiness, evidence of uniqueness in our practice and how we go beyond the regular duty of care, how we connect with the local community, and patient testimonials.

The Dental Awards is considered throughout the industry to be the most original and respected awards programme in UK dentistry.

Congratulations to everyone. What a great way to kick off a new working week!

It’s Marriage Week!

Calling all brides and grooms! Did you know that this week is Marriage Week (13th-19th May)?! Are you preparing to get married soon – or are you gearing up to be a guest at several weddings this summer?

If you’d like to have a brighter smile for walking down the aisle, then teeth whitening is a really effective treatment, and can provide you with a great confidence boost for those all-important wedding photos.

However, it’s important to do your research. Did you know that anyone who carries out teeth whitening is legally required to be a dental professional registered with the General Dental Council? If they’re not a dentist, or a dental hygienist, dental therapist or dental technician working under the supervision of a dentist, then it’s illegal for them to carry out the procedure.

Practitioners in beauty businesses and hairdressing salons are not qualified to carry out teeth whitening, and there is no guarantee that it will be carried out safely. In fact, it could even lead to lasting damage to your teeth and gums.

At Honour Health, we thoroughly examine your teeth and gums to establish whether or not teeth whitening treatment is suitable for you, before explaining your options.

We offer a choice of in-surgery teeth whitening or at-home teeth whitening. For the in-surgery option, we use ‘Zoom!’ – a 45 minute bleaching process, during which time you can relax and read or listen to music, before leaving the surgery with a whiter smile.

We also offer the option for you to whiten your teeth in your own home. We’ll manufacture bespoke bleaching trays to fit on your teeth and gums, apply your first treatment with a special whitening gel from Boutique Whitening, and show you how to continue whitening independently.

Bear in mind that the whitening effect won’t last as long if you smoke, or drink red wine, tea or coffee, which can all stain your teeth.

Not sure about teeth whitening? We also offer our signature hygiene package, Honour Diamond Airflow, featuring an Airflow machine that cleans and polishes the teeth with a mix of water, compressed air and fine powder particles. It’s hugely effective for gentle stain and plaque removal and is ideal for implant patients, orthodontic patients, smokers, those who have veneers, crowns, bridges and sensitive teeth.
 Our patients love it as a stand-alone treatment to reveal a brighter smile, and also as a pre-whitening treatment to achieve even better teeth whitening results!

Book a free consultation this Marriage Week via our website or call your chosen practice to see how we can help you to achieve a brighter smile during wedding season.

We’re finalists in The Dental Awards 2019!

We’re delighted to announce that Honour Health has been shortlisted in The Dental Awards 2019 in not one, not two, not three, but four categories!

This is a huge achievement for our team and we’re thrilled to have been recognised for our dedication to helping our patients achieve smiles they love.

We’re finalists for:

  • Dentist of the Year (Onkar Dhanoya)
  • Dental Therapist of the Year (Caroline Short)
  • Dental Practice of the Year (Honour Health Jesmond)
  • Dental Team of the Year (Honour Health Stanley)

The results will be announced on 17th May at an awards ceremony at The Hilton Metropole NEC in Birmingham, alongside The Dentistry Show, which is the leading UK dental trade exhibition and conference.

This year is significant for The Dental Awards, as 2019 proudly marks the 20th anniversary of this prestigious event that for many years has sought to recognise the outstanding individuals and teams whose dedication and drive continues to raise standards throughout the UK dentistry profession.

Congratulations to our principal dentist Onkar Dhanoya for being in the running for Dentist of the Year. Onkar has more than 30 years of experience in looking after the dental health and wellbeing of patients across the North East. He works across all three of our practices in Jesmond, Ponteland and Stanley. Find out more about Onkar here.

Congratulations also to our dental therapist Caroline Short for being shortlisted in the Dental Therapist of the Year category. Caroline has been with us for more than three years, working at our Jesmond and Ponteland practices, and is a member of the British Society of Dental Hygiene and Therapy. Caroline worked as a dental nurse for eight years prior to becoming a dental therapist, giving her an excellent insight into the world of dentistry. Find out more about Caroline here.

Well done to our fantastic teams too! We’re so proud of everyone for reaching this stage in such a prestigious event.

Each category is judged by a panel of leading dental experts and key opinion leaders within their respective field, representing a broad range of disciplines and dental associations.

As part of our entries, we provided examples of clinical excellence, marketing literature, team training and development information, photos and videos of our practices, evidence of team leadership and happiness, evidence of uniqueness in our practice and how we go beyond the regular duty of care, how we connect with the local community, and patient testimonials.

The Dental Awards is considered throughout the industry to be the most original and respected awards programme in UK dentistry.

We’re keeping everything crossed!

How to be kind to your teeth this Easter

Easter is fast approaching, and we all know that this a hugely tempting time to indulge in sugary chocolate Easter eggs, which can play havoc with your teeth.

So, how do you enjoy some chocolate this weekend and look after your oral health at the same time?

We’ve put together five top tips to help you be kind to your teeth this Easter:

1. Choose dark chocolate

Swap your usual Easter treats for dark chocolate this year. Dark chocolate (at least 70% cocoa) is rich in antioxidants and contains less sugar than milk or white chocolate, so it will be less damaging to your teeth.

2. Eat chocolate all in one go

That’s right! Crack open your Easter egg after your main meal on Easter Sunday and eat it for dessert. Don’t graze on chocolate constantly during the day, because every time you do this, harmful acids produced by the sugar in chocolate attack the enamel on your teeth. If you eat your chocolate all in one go, it minimises the time that sugar lingers on your teeth, meaning that it is less likely to result in tooth decay. The less time you spend exposing your teeth to acid, the better!

3. Stick to good oral hygiene habits

Over Easter, you might have a break from your usual routine in favour of sleeping in, nights out, or trips away to stay with friends or family, but remember to look after your teeth. Make sure you still brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste – and wait at least 30 minutes after eating chocolate before brushing. This gives time for your enamel to re-harden after being softened by acids. If you were to brush your teeth straight after eating chocolate, you would risk harming the enamel further. Keep up other good oral hygiene habits too, such as flossing, using a fluoride mouthwash, and chewing sugar-free gum.

4. Drink water after eating chocolate

Drinking water helps to wash away lingering chocolate on the teeth, and also increases the flow of saliva in the mouth, which in turn works to neutralise the harmful acids produced by the sugar in the chocolate egg you’ve just consumed. Drinking water has so many more health benefits too, such as increasing energy levels, improving digestion, helping blood circulation, flushing out toxins and boosting your skin complexion. It’s a win win!

5. Book an appointment with your dentist and hygienist at Honour Health

If you’ve been overindulging in chocolate treats and you’re concerned about the effects of sugar on your teeth, come and see us. At a Dental Health Assessment, our dentist will carefully check your teeth and gums, and our hygienist will carry out our state-of-the-art Diamond Airflow treatment to quickly, comfortably and effectively get rid of plaque and staining, revealing a healthier, brighter smile. Prevention is the key to maintaining healthy teeth and gums this Easter – and all year round!

Book an appointment at your chosen practice here.

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