1. Regularly Brushing Your Teeth Could Help Prevent a Heart Attack

    10th November 2016 by thecourtyardclinic

    teeth, oral health, dental health, Plaque-fighting toothpaste can be used to protect heart health. These are the results of a small study looking into the effects of oral health on heart health. The effect was similar to taking stating drugs, without the side effects.

    Key takeaways:

    • Thoroughly brushing teeth with toothpaste to remove plaque helps to keep gums healthy, preventing damaging inflammation in arteries which reduces risk of stroke and heart attacks.
    • Using plaque-fighting toothpaste was successful in removing plaque with a 29 percent drop in inflammation levels.
    • Other measures that help prevent accumulation of plaque include reducing sugar consumption.

    The reduction in C-reactive protein seen with the better tooth cleaning could translate into a reduced risk of heart disease, but this would require a much larger and longer-term study to prove.

    Read the full story here


  2. What Dental Problems Reveal About Your Health

    8th November 2016 by thecourtyardclinic

    teeth, oral health, dental health, It is recommended that we should brush the teeth at least twice every day. Not to be forgotten are the semi-annual dental visits for checkups and to rule out any oral health problems.

    Key takeaways:

    • Cavities are caused by sugary foods and should be filled as soon as possible to prevent damage to nerves.
    • Bad breath could be a pointer to gum disease, a gut problem or post-nasal drip. A dental visit will diagnose the root cause of the problem.
    • Cankers and cold sores are a source of concern if they persist for 2 or 3 weeks. See your dentist to get the cold sores treated.

    “Research shows that infections in the mouth can travel via the bloodstream, permeating organs and your immune system,” says Dr. Habsha. “Studies have linked poor oral hygiene, tooth decay and periodontal disease to a number of illnesses, including heart and respiratory disease.”

    Read the full story here


  3. Stress May Affect Your Oral Health

    26th October 2016 by thecourtyardclinic

    smile beauty teethDid you know that stress may cause problems in your mouth? Stress is linked to a number of conditions that affect the gums, teeth and mouth.

    Key takeaways:

    • Foul mood caused by stress may cause people to skip routine oral healthcare tasks such as brushing and flossing. Stress also causes poor eating habits that lead to poor oral health.
    • Stress causes cold sores and mouth ulcers since it leads to compromised immunity.
    • Teeth grinding is linked with stress and will cause damage to teeth.

    Stress can lead to depression, and depressed patients, according to research, have twice the risk of an unfavorable outcome from gum disease treatment compared to those who are not depressed.

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  4. Stoptober at The Courtyard Clinic

    7th October 2014 by thecourtyardclinic



    Here at The Courtyard Clinic we not only look after our patients teeth but we also want to look after the health of them and their family.

    We are encouraging all of our patients who smoke to start their ‘stop smoking’ voyage in October with the help of Public Health England’s Stoptober challenge.

    Launched in 2012, Stoptober helps and supports smokers to give up for 28 days along with many thousands of others. Those taking part are provided with a detailed step-by-step programme to support them in their attempt to give up their habit.

    It has been shown that people who can stop smoking for 28 days are five times more likely to be able to quit for good compared with smokers who only manage to stop for a day or less, thereby reducing their risk of adverse health effects such as mouth and lung cancer, poor oral health and respiratory disease. The 2013 campaign saw 250,000 people take part and 65 per cent of those who took part successfully quit for 28 days.

    So If you are interested in stopping smoking contact one of our team and we can help you on this life changing journey. Call today on 01932582949

  5. Why should you go to the hygienist?

    17th June 2014 by thecourtyardclinic

    Our dental hygienist is an integral part of the oral health care team here at The Courtyard Clinic. Dental hygienists specialise in the prevention and treatment of gum disease (also known as periodontal disease).

    One of the hygienist’s main roles is to provide “scale and polish”- the aim of this is to remove the soft and hard plaque or tartar from the teeth, followed by removal of stains with a polish to leave the teeth feeling incredibly clean and smooth. Further to this, an integral part of the hygienists job is to promote oral hygiene, we understand here at The Courtyard Clinic that there are hundreds of oral health products on the market these days, many of which seem difficult to use or fit into your daily regime. It is the role of the hygienist to provide our patients with a bespoke oral care plan which will maintain their teeth and gums in a healthy state whilst also not being a burden on their day to day routine! Some people will have to work harder than others to maintain good oral health but with a plan specially designed for their mouth it is always easier- unfortunately dentistry is not ‘one size fits all’!

    We recommend that patients come to see the hygienist between 2 to 4 times a year depending on their risk of disease. The other benefits of this regular review is that hygienists can check for presence of any obvious disease and refer you to the dentist for an exam sooner rather than later. They can also give you advice on other problems such as dry mouth, staining, sensitivity and acid erosion.

    As with most things in medicine and dentistry – prevention is better than the cure! Regular visits to the hygienist will reduce the need for fillings and other treatment, keep your mouth in tip top shape and even save you money!

    If you would like to book in for a hygiene visit in Chertsey please call Alison on 01932 582949

  6. National Smile Month May19th-June 19th at The Courtyard Clinic

    11th June 2014 by thecourtyardclinic


    In a nutshell, National Smile Month is the UK’s largest oral health campaign.
    National Smile Month promotes three key messages, all of which go a long way in helping us develop and maintain a healthy mouth. They are:

    •Brush your teeth for two minutes twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste
    •Cut down on how often you have sugary foods and drinks
    •Visit your dentist regularly, as often as they recommend.

    The aim of National Smile Month is to ultimately improve the UK’s oral health. Organised by oral health charity, the British Dental Health Foundation, the campaign hopes to raise awareness of important health issues, and make a positive difference to the oral health of millions of people throughout the UK.

    Here at The Courtyard Clinic we fully support National Smile Month and so to celebrate this fact we have put on some great offers for the rest of the month- please check the offers section of the website to find out more!!

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