Archive for December, 2009

Gum disease and heart problems

Sunday, December 20th, 2009

There have been recent articles and research papers to indicate and possible link between gum disease (periodontitis) and heart disease (cardiovascular disease).  It has been found that people with periodontal diseases are twice likely to get coronary artery disease as those without any gum disease.

Research has shown almost 92% of people who have CVD also have severe to moderate periodontitis (gum disease).

Some studies suggest that oral bacteria can enter the bloodstream and contribute to a thickening of the arterial walls or clot formation.  Any blockage of the arteries can lead to heart attacks.

Latest research suggest that gum and heart disease may actually share the same variation of a gene.  The researchers found that a locus on chromosome 9p21 is associated with both heart attack and gum disease.  Both disease share several risk factors including smoking, diabetes and obesity.  So people with periodontal disease should take care to reduce their risk factors and keep the disease from progressing.

It is very important that every individual has good up to date oral hygiene techniques to minimise the collection of plaque in the mouth.  Regular visits to your dentist, hygienist and in some cases a specialist periodontist is a good way in ensuring that conditions are picked up and managed, to reduce risk of future problems.

written by Dr Amit Dodia

Amit and Melanie

Saturday, December 19th, 2009

Hi!
Just wanted to write and thank Amit and Melanie for the excellent treatment I have received over the last couple of months. You’d think that after 4 appointments I’d have had enough but to be honest, I’d come back tomorrow for a chat and a check-up!
My teeth feel great now and the whole thing was painless, clean and quite exciting with all the cameras and sunglasses, flutes and whistles you now have at your disposal. Thanks for answering all my many questions… I just love knowing what all that stuff is for!
I did appreciate your 2 for 1 offer as well.

Take care and see you in 6 months.
D.

How often will I need an appointment if I start orthodontic treatment?

Friday, December 18th, 2009

Appointments for orthodontics usually are between four and eight weeks depending on each individual case.

Once the appliance has been fitted…the appointments tend to be short ie: 20 to 30 minutes, therefore they won’t take up too much of your time.

Going the extra mile.

Friday, December 18th, 2009

The Courtyard Clinic’s first priority is customer care with a bespoke service, and the very best dentistry. All of our patients receive a phone call or text message to tell them their appointment is due, and we will contact them the day after or two days after their treatment just to make sure all is well and answer any queations they may have.

There are  always  staff available to talk through any questions or concerns, either in the practice or on the phone.

Testimonial Via Text message

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

From a patient treated by Dr. George…..

I love my new teeth! Z x

Everyone has commented without me even saying anything, and I can’t actually stop smiling! :o

Thank you Miss ZB xx

Thank you

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

Dear Dr Dodia
I would like to convey my sincerest appreciation and thanks for the dental work carried out by yourself, getting my dental problems sorted out. I am extremely happy with the results. The level of professionalism shown by yourself and assistants is to be admired. Please pass on my thanks to all concerned including the hygienist, reception staff and your assistants. I have no hesitation in recommending dental health care to anyone that is in need of professional dental treatment.

Mr V.

General dentistry

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

 

Someone came to the surgery the other day, and…. this happens a fair bit….. they apologised for their teeth.

It reminded us that we should put  ‘something on the website’ about this, as we’re really not here to judge anyone and people should not feel the need to be embarrassed (even if it is human nature) or concerned about being nervous or the condition of their teeth.

We are here to help…..You see, its only when people really need us that we get to make the most difference.

And if its not too selfish of us, we’d be delighted to see you.

Bite splint

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

Do you suffer from dizziness, headaches, earaches, face, head, neck, shoulder or back pain? You could be suffering fromTMJ (temporomandibular joint) syndrome.

Splint/jaw repositioning appliances are used as a treatment to eliminate the bite disharmony and resulting problems that can occur in some individuals.

Dr. George and Dr. Dodia have considerable experience in these types of cases and have studied at The Pankey Institute in Florida, a well recognised  ’centre of excellence’ in the teaching of  TMJ, bite (occlusion) problems, worn teeth and comprehensive management of  such cases.