How to Find a Good Local Dentist


Everyone wants to find a good local dentist. The ideal is to find one close to home that you know is capable of keeping your teeth in great condition. However, the harsh truth of things is that you’ll often find yourself spending weeks on end ringing up dentists further and further away from your home only to be met with 6 months long waiting lists. Not so ideal. Let’s talk tactics on how you can cut through the hassle and find yourself the perfect local dentist as soon as possible.

how to find a good local dentist

How to Find a Good Local Dentist

Private or NHS?

The first thing you need to consider is if you would like to go for a private local dentist or an NHS local dentist. Both have their merits. Although private dentistry may be considered expensive you can actually join a plan such as the Bamboo Care Plan for as little as £13.38 per month. You will also find a big difference in availability across private and NHS dentistry. If you opted to join a private dentist then you are likely to be able to join right away. Yippee! However, if you choose to go with an NHS dentist then this is where the long waiting lists can start to appear. If you’d like to learn more about the pros and cons of NHS versus private dentistry you can check out a previous article here.


Make a List!

To save on time it is always best to make yourself a list of potential dentists. Getting an ordered list together at step 1 means that you can canvas the area with ease making sure that you don’t miss any options. A great way to do this is to use location as the key preference. You can use this tool to map out the local NHS dentists for you to choose from. As for private dentists, Google is your friend.


Once you have created a list of those dentists in close enough proximity to you, it is advisable to check out further details depending on what is most important to you such as…


Patient Reviews and Testimonials

When choosing any service the best way to find out on the quality you will receive there is to see what previous visitors have to say. There are a few different places you can go to take a look at these. Google reviews are always very telling and are easy for visitors to leave a review on. If a dental practice has no Google reviews then it may be wise to proceed with caution. Another key place to check out is Trust Pilot. These reviews are carefully verified adding much credibility to the review. Another key place to listen out for comments from patients is social media. If a dental practice is as great as it seems then you’ll see those patients shouting out about it on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Consider both the overall practice and the dentists

It can be easy to get sidetracked when checking out the credibility of a dental practice. It’s advisable to not only look at what people are saying about the overall practice but also how each of the key dentists are perceived. You may also consider what kinds of treatments you are looking to go for in the future. If you are thinking about some form of cosmetic treatment such as invisible braces or dental veneers then you may end up having to visit a private dentist after all. It is often the case where people prefer to stick to just one dentist and so going to the private dentist from the start may be something to consider. You will be able to find out the range of treatments offered at any given dentist on their individual websites.


Convenience and Parking

Can you get to the place easily? This may sound like an obvious question but one that is often overlooked. If it becomes an effort to get yourself to the dental practice then you will tend to find excuses at to why you shouldn’t bother going in for check ups. If you end up avoiding check-ups then this is where dental problems can start to worsen and become a wider problem for your overall health.


Some things to look at when making sure the dental practice is accessible are as follows. If you don’t drive then is there some form of public transport close to the dental clinic? If you do drive then is there a place for you to park? And if you have some form of disability then is the dental clinic accessible to you?


In conclusion

You may end up with more than one dental practice available to you. This is where you need to look at the pros and cons of each local dentist. One person will value different things with a different amount of weight and so it’s really down to preference at this point. Knowing what is most important to you is the first step you need to take so that you can then find the best local dentist for you.


I hope that this article has been helpful in your search for a new dentist. If you would like to read further into the dental plans available at Bamboo then you can find them here. And if you’ve any questions or want to find out more about Bamboo Dental then feel free to get in touch with us!


Is the Inman Aligner Right For You?


The Inman Aligner is one of the few teeth straightening solutions that can give great results in a very short amount of time. In fact, it can straighten your teeth in just 12 weeks. So, if you are looking for a quick fix to create a confident smile then Inman Aligner may just be the ticket. Read on to find out if you could be a great candidate for the treatment!

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Is the Inman Aligner right for you?

So why is it that the Inman Aligner can straighten teeth so quickly? And are there any scenarios where it won’t work for certain teeth types? Well, you’re in the right place to find out.


The Inman Aligner is actually most useful for less severe teeth movements. If your teeth are very crooked or spaced out, then another option such as Invisalign may be a better option. However, if you fall under the category where your teeth need to be straightened but there is not a whole lot of movement needed then it may be a little too much to go for a treatment such as Invisalign or Six Month Smiles. In this case, we recommend that Inman Aligner is the treatment to you. It is not only much quicker but also a lot more cost effective!


How does the Inman Aligner work?

The Inman Aligner has two key components – the two aligner bows and the titanium coil springs. The bows are actually powered by the titanium coil springs. The two bows oppose each other and work to guide the teeth into the desired position. The force is gentle but active over a wide range of movement. This is what makes the Inman Aligner work so quickly.


Previous patients have described the Inman Aligner as ‘extremely user friendly’ and ‘such a simple way to straighter teeth’. The fact that this teeth straightening solution is also removable is a huge bonus for many. It means that for certain occasions such as eating food you are able to actually remove the aligner from your mouth. It is still recommended to wear the Inman Aligner for at least 20 hours per day though. If this rule isn’t adhered to then you may see stalls in the speed of your treatment.


Inman Aligner was right for Julie!

Ever since experiencing the simply fantastic results of the Inman Aligner, Julie has done nothing but sing its praises. She can’t understand why others wouldn’t want to invest a little money and just a few months of their time to gain such improvements in their smile and their confidence.


Julie had one ‘rogue tooth’ according to her description. That’s all it took to knock down the confidence of a very successful woman in her early thirties. Said rogue tooth happened to be one of those at the front and as it was just the one it seemed to be all the more noticeable. After much research and little action taking, Julie decided that she needed an expert opinion.


On arrival at her free consultation, Julie broke down tears. She explained how she felt half the person she knew she was. It was just impossible to have a conversion with anyone else without feeling a deep prickle of anxiety over her chest. The worry of judgement engulfed her mind into a frenzy. This took its toll over the years and her confidence had spiralled down into nothingness. Letting this all out to the dentist at her consultation was the first step for Julie to turn her life around and get back on track!


The options…

Julie had a few different treatments available to her. However, her situation fell into the Inman Aligner bracket just perfectly. That was great for Julie as this particular treatment is not only one of the fastest teeth straightening treatments available but it is also one of the least expensive. After realising how little effort would even be needed to straighten up her rogue tooth, Julie felt an immense sense of happiness and frustration at the same time. The frustration came from the fact that she had left it so long and would not get that time back again. ‘Regret is a funny thing’ she said. ‘You don’t feel that until its too late and there is no way to get rid of the feeling, it’s just something you have to live with.’


The treatment…

Two months past in no time. The treatment was straightforward as the Inman Aligner is simply a removable aligner type device. Julie would wear the device for the majority of the day, only taking it out to eat food and for the occasional drink. Regular check-ups enabled the dentist to make sure the Inman Aligner was working effectively and after two months the treatment was complete! Following a complimentary teeth whitening, Julie was ready to enter the world once again, beaming smile and all.


Julie’s advice…

We asked Julie what advice she would give to anyone else considering the treatment. Well here’s what she said; ‘I know it sounds cliche but time really is of the essence. I have to live with the regret that I waited close to 10 years before taking action. That really hurts when I think about it. If I could give any advice it would be that if you are going to do this eventually, just do it now. Why wait? My life has improved 100 fold since going through the treatment. It may just be the one most important thing i’ve done so far in my life!’


You can find reviews from patients covering a wide range of treatments here…


You, Me & Dental Implants: A Patient’s Guide


Possibly the most incredible way to bolster teeth back to full strength, dental implants have become the go to treatment for patients all over the world seeking to replace missing or damaged teeth. The sheer strength and function of dental implants has lead to them being branded ‘your third set of teeth’ and they may just be your best set of teeth so far. With the help of various knowledgable professionals, this extensive guide has been created to give you everything you need to know about the treatment before jumping in teeth first.

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You, Me & Dental Implants: A Patient’s Guide

The first thing you need to be aware of is exactly what dental implants are and how they work. In a nutshell, dental implants are small titanium posts that are embedded into the gums as a structure to attach a new fabricated tooth.


The Treatment Process of Dental Implants

Under the eye of an experienced dental implants surgeon, treatment is fast and very safe. The very first step is for us both to get together and talk through the procedure. Here, our award winning dentist will carefully assess the current condition of your teeth to make sure that you are a suitable candidate for the procedure. Bamboo Dental take our patient’s safety very seriously and so will only accept a new patient if they are suitable for the requested treatment. You will also get the chance to ask your dentist any questions that you may have in your mind at this point. You may also have a few oral x-rays taken to help with the assessment.


Treatment time…

A local anaesthetic will be used for treatment in most cases. If requested, it is possible for a sedative to be used in conjunction with this. If your treatment involves multiple dental implants then it may be an option for you to have the procedure under a general anaesthetic.


During the treatment our experienced dental surgeon will create an area in the jawbone to fit in the implant. It is then fitted and you will be given an artificial tooth whilst your implant starts to fuse to the bone in your jaw. After a short amount of time you will return to the clinic for your final crown to be fitted to the implant.


Being Suitable for Dental Implants

Wondering if you are suitable for dental implants? Well, we can give you a good idea here – although a full assessment is required to be sure! The first factor that is important is that your gums are healthy. You also need enough bone in the jaw to be able to fit around the implant properly. These two aspects are crucial for the implant to fit securely and work effectively as your new tooth. The structure needs to be correct for the implant to be a long term solution for you.


You must also be the type of person who is able stick to the maintenance of great oral hygiene. A key component of this is to make sure that you attend check ups to the dentist at least every 6 months. Your general health is also something that needs to be taken into account when checking for suitability. Some diseases can hinder the progress of the treatment. For example, osteoporosis can halt the healing process involved in the rebuilding of the bone structure around the implant. This can lead to a failure of the treatment and so it is important to disclose any medical illness to your dentist.


Let’s Talk Advantages of Dental Implants

1.They look so realistic you wouldn’t even know they aren’t real!

Yes, they are designed to look just like real teeth. Not only this but the way that they are fixed to your jaw bones makes them potentially even stronger than your original teeth.


2. Improved speech

Many people decide to move from dentures to implants. For those people who went through this process a dramatic change happened. Whilst wearing dentures the removable nature of them can often cause them to slip and click in the mouth. This can create a slurry speech and cause great embarrassment to the wearer. After having these dentures replaced with dental implants we have had many reports of speech returning back to perfect. And confidence restored!


3. Dental implants will last a lifetime

The titanium material used in the creation of your dental implant coupled with the extra resilient crown on top mean that your new dental implant is a tooth for life. It will stand the test of time. On the other hand, alternative treatments will need replacing after some time.


Here are some more advantages of dental implants that you may want to read about.


Let’s Talk Downsides to Dental Implants

Of course it is worth considering both the pros and cons of any treatment available. In the case of dental implants it is really difficult to find any downsides and so the ones to consider mainly stem from what you may be missing out on from choosing an alternative treatment.


1. More expensive than alternative treatments

Alternative treatments such as dentures are much less expensive. If you feel that the added benefits of dental implants are not worth the higher price tag then perhaps dentures are the option for you!


2. More complex procedure

As the procedure involves an anaesthetic and a surgically placed implant there is a lot more expertise involved than if you had something else such as a denture. If you are someone who is not comfortable with this type of treatment then perhaps an alternative is a better option. The recovery of the treatment also involves the regrowth and bonding of bone to the implant. This can  mean that it can take a little more time for the treatment to be complete compared to alternatives such as dentures.


Help! Teeth Grinding is destroying my Relationship!


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Teeth Grinding Patient reveals her story

My story is quite unusual… or so I thought. See, I had a problem… a problem I didn’t know I even had. I may not have ever known if it hadn’t been for my boyfriend.

My name is Lucie, I’m 26 and I’m a Journalism student in Cardiff. Im a fourth year, and it’s about this time of year that work gets a bit stressful. I’ve always found deadlines stressful. I’m not one of those people who can leave things to last minute. As a result, I feel I’m constantly stressed – from the minute I receive the essay topic  – to the minute I hand the essay in.  On top of that, I had some family drama that made my life very stressful. At times, I felt I was the one holding the family together. The pressure on me was enormous.

I couldn’t have survived the past few years if it hadn’t been for my wonderful boyfriend George. He’s a bit of calm sanity with all the uni deadline madness. He’s not a student so it’s nice to escape from all the stress and be around his care free life sometimes. He lives in Cardiff too so I’d often stay at his place. It was in second year where things started going a bit wrong.

Teeth Grinding – Bruxism Fix

My boyfriend is not a morning person by any stretch of the imagination. Quite the opposite in fact. However his grumpiness started to extend beyond the morning. I felt like he was snapping at me all the time. He’d say he was just tired but when I asked him why he’d brush it off.  Whenever I’d question his mood with me he’d get all defensive until I asked him if I was the reason behind it. All of a sudden he’d be super nice and sympathetic to me. It wouldn’t be long however, before he was back in a mood with me.

I thought our relationship was coming to an end. He started avoiding the idea of me staying over. He’d always make up some excuse. If he wanted to break up with me though, he’d just have done it right? That’s what I thought anyway. Around his mates, they’d all say he was super into me, so I was confused naturally… until one day one of his friends let something slip. One of his pals made a joke about me being noisy at night. I knew I didn’t snore so I assumed my boyfriend had been sharing details of our private life. I was devastated, naturally.

Teeth Grinding Problems

I stormed over to my boyfriend’s place and asked why he’d been sharing stories with his mates about us. He looked extremely uncomfortable but promised me he’d said nothing about our private lives. When I demanded he tell me what on earth our problem was, he finally gave me the answer. Teeth Grinding.

Yeah, that’s right. Teeth Grinding. I was outraged at his response. So he’d been annoyed with me all this time for what…? A bit of teeth grinding?

“You don’t understand just how bad it is. You keep me up frequently with your teeth grinding. I love you but it’s intolerable. I can’t sleep with you in the same room” he told me.

It was heartbreaking to hear his words, but at the same time it still seemed ridiculous to me. How on earth was teeth grinding such a big problem? I didn’t know even know I would grind my teeth. No one had certainly picked up on it before. I was more frustrated that he hadn’t told me sooner but that’s another story.

How to stop teeth grinding

So perhaps I did have a problem. Perhaps I did grind my teeth, but it’s no different to snoring right? You can’t help snoring when you’re asleep. This is where I was in the wrong. After a bit of research I realised that Teeth Grinding, or bruxism as it’s commonly called is a huge thing. It’s often caused by stressed and I was very stressed at this time. I had been grinding my teeth without even realising. What worried me most however was the damage that bruxism can do to your teeth.

A google search lead me to the Bamboo Dental website. I was worried how long I had been grinding and the effects that this might have had on my teeth. I wasn’t in any pain with my teeth but I thought that it was best to get my teeth checked out. I hadn’t made a dentist appointment in ages so it was a good excuse to reach out to a local dentist.

At my checkup, my dentist had asked if I had any neck pain. As a matter of fact I had. The dentist told me that clenching and grinding can cause neck pain. He explained that bruxism effects more people than you think- almost 8 out of 10 people at some time in their lives. Bamboo Dental confirmed that I was indeed suffered from bruxism and needed treatment. The dentist offered me the SCi Treatment for just over £100. The SCi treatment is a small splint that fits over the front teeth to separate the teeth at night, preventing grinding. Think of it as a small little mouth shield that goes over the teeth…

I thanked Dr. Dan for the treatment and told him the problems it had caused between me and my boyfriend. I phoned my boyfriend up after the treatment and told him he would be able to sleep in peace once more. He apologised for not telling me sooner but I know he was trying to protect my feelings.

Bruxism had almost destroyed my relationship when all that was necessary was a simple trip to Bamboo Dental! Thank you Bamboo for saving my relationship. Both my boyfriend and I can sleep safe at night!

Thanks to Lucie for contributing this blog post. If you, like Lucie, suffer from Bruxism, contact us today on 02920569769 on our contact page.


Dental Phobia: Choose the Upward Spiral!


When it comes to dental phobia there is some what of a snowball effect that can take over your action. If you give in to the phobia then the anxiety feeds into itself on an endlessly worsening loop until it can become incredibly difficult to overcome. It’s up to you to intervene this cycle and turn it around!

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The Downward Spiral of Dental Phobia

This is an all too familiar hole that many dental phobia sufferers find themselves digging. You may start with with perfectly fine teeth. They are healthy and in good condition. But one day you felt some anxiety. Enough anxiety to stop you attending that check up. You thought, ‘well it’s just this once’. It usually isn’t. By the time the next appointment comes around you may be experiencing a little tooth ache. Now your once healthy teeth are starting to have problems.


If you felt anxious about visiting the dentist for a check up when your teeth were healthy, imagine the anxiety you will now feel when you know there is something that needs correcting! This is the start of the downward spiral. If you don’t visit the dentist again then your issues will get worse and worse until you may be left with an extremely uncomfortable visit to the dentist to finally get your issue sorted. Don’t let it get to this stage. You need to intervene that downward spiral before it goes any deeper.


The Upward Spiral of Dental Phobia

This is where you want to be. As you get onto the upward spiral you will see your dental phobia disappear so quickly you will wonder what all the fuss was about. As soon as you break the bad habit and finally take the plunge to visit the dentist you will realise that you can cope. You will have anything that needs fixing fixed. Next time you are due for an appointment it will be so much easier. Why? Because your teeth will be in better shape and more importantly you will have built up that reference experience to teach your brain that it’s okay. You will be okay.


Now each time you visit the dentist it will get a little easier and easier until you have exposed yourself to the anxiety enough times that you barely feel it anymore. Once you reach this stage it is important to visit your dentist every six months. Failure to do so may land you back in the downward spiral.


How Do I Get the Ball Rolling?

Of course what we’ve just said is easy to say. It is much harder to take that first step in practice. Here are some great ways that you can alleviate the stress and anxiety when you start taking action to get in the upward spiral.


1. Distract the Mind

It is hard for the mind to concentrate on more than one thing at once. You can use this to your advantage. How? By choosing something such as music or television to occupy your mind enough so that it is distracted away from painting irrational futures into your head. Many dental practices now will offer you to play your own music and many will also have TV screens built up on the ceiling that you can watch to keep your thoughts at bay.


2. Meditation

When allowed to the mind can be an open floodgate of anxious thoughts and worrying predictions. An incredibly effective way of dealing with this is through meditation. Meditation allows you to see these thoughts, accept them and let them pass. Eventually you will be able to find quiet in your mind where these thoughts no longer pop up. At this point you will free from all of your dental anxiety.


3. Talk to your Dentist!

As daunting as it may sound, opening up to your dentist can often be the best possible route towards overcoming your phobia as quickly as possible. Although it may feel like it, you aren’t the first one to feel such immense fright for the dental surgery. That makes most dentists incredibly practised in understanding and helping these types of people. If you haven’t tried talking to your dentist yet then I would strongly advise it. They are an expert in helping people just like you.


4. Channel your Frustration

Have you ever watched a movie where a woman is giving birth? Or perhaps you have been there in person. Either way I am sure you would have noticed the stereotypical heavy squeezing of the partners hand. Why does the mother do this? Well, it diverts the attention away from the pain of giving birth. You can do the same thing with your dental anxiety. Only we advise you to use a stress ball instead!


In Conclusion…

If you are feeling any form of dental anxiety right now then it is very important that you take control. Do not let it lead you down a path that you cannot find your way out of. Use some of the techniques mentioned above to help you take that first step to seeing your dentist for a check up. After your first visit you will feel much more comfortable and be able to attend subsequent visits much more easily. Your dental hygiene is incredibly important not only for the condition of your teeth but for the rest of your body too. It is not something to neglect. Now you have the power to take action and overcome your fear so go forth and book your dental check up right now!


7 Amazing Anti-snoring Remedies


Snoring is not simply a noisy nuisance. Sufferers find themselves tired and on edge due to erratic sleep patterns arising for rumbling mattresses. This can affect their quality of life in a snowball effect. The great thing is that there are many anti-snoring remedies out there that can help fix this problem. So let’s get started!

7 amazing anti-snoring remedies

7 Amazing Anti-snoring Remedies

1. Try sleeping on your side

Theory shows that the throat muscles become more relaxed when a person is lying on their back. The throat muscles are key when it comes to the way you let air in and out of your body. If the throat muscles become too relaxed then the air flow may be slightly narrowed. The effect of this is a deeper rumble caused by a restricted air flow. Now if you are too sleep on your side instead then you can change all of this! By sleeping sideways, you can count on reduce the effect of this. You throat muscles will not be so relaxed and so will give more structure to the airway.Therefore sleeping on your side where can help air flow more freely will quieten down your snoring sounds.


2. Use a humidifier

It has been identified that nasal and throat congestion can be a trigger for snoring. If you happen to have dry air in your sleeping area then this can worsen the problem. But, this need not be the case. The solution is very simple. With the use of a humidifier you can make sure that your respiratory system doesn’t dry out. A humidifier basically adds some moisture to the air making it less dry. You may have heard of dehumidifier. This works in the opposite way and can be useful in fixing issues when you have damp in your house. This isn’t going to be useful in solving your snoring issues though! The use of a humidifier will only be effective if you first know the cause of your snoring. If it is not due to throat congestion then you may need to jump on to one of our other amazing anti-snoring remedies.


3. Yoga

Yoga is as much about the way we breathe as the positions you move in to. Pranayama is the targeted practice of controlling the intricacy of the process of breathing. This is the source of our vital life force or our ‘Prana’. Check out some of these exercises to improve your respiratory control. This yoga exercise aids in the perfection of taking deep and slow breaths. This both relaxes the lungs and improves the capacity of air that you can take in. The result is a much stronger respiratory system that has been found to be a very valuable snoring deterrent.


4. Sleepwell anti-snoring aid

The Sleepwell anti-snoring aid works by preventing the closure of your airways during sleep. It achieves this by stopping the lower jaw from moving backwards. What is Sleepwell? It is a special, custom made mouth piece that is produced to fit the patient’s teeth perfectly. Patient comfort is at the forefront of the device. A soft inner lining allows for side to side movement. The device is also adjustable to allow for the patient to maximise effectiveness. The device works so well that during clinical trials over 98% of patient’s found the device to be a viable snoring remedy.


5. How firm are your pillows?

The use of a firm pillow is very important and helpful in elevating the head. Keeping your head slightly raised actually prevents the tongue from slipping backwards and getting in the way of your airways. This certainly gives a help in hand when reducing the volume of your snoring although it won’t get rid of it altogether.


6. Could losing weight help?

This certainly won’t be the solution for everyone. People of all sizes can snore. However, in some cases the cause of snoring can be excess fat that has built up around the neck causing the airway passages to become constricted. Losing that bit of extra weight can help you lose that unwanted snoring habit too!


7. Open up your nasal passages

For some suffers of sleep apnoea, the snoring actually starts in the nose. In these situations, keeping the nasal passages open may be able to help. This allows the air to move through with less ferocity. If your nasal passage is blocked then air is forced through a smaller gap thus increasing the speed and chance of snoring.


So what can be done to open up your nasal passages? Well, a simple hot shower before bed can be a great start. The hot steam will work wonders on opening up the airways. You can also use saltwater to rinse out your nose. This may take some getting used to but does work incredibly well.


Other options include a neti pot or any type of nasal strips that work by lifting the nasal passages to open them up.


How Straighter Teeth Could Land You Your Dream Job


It may sound unusual, or even bizarre, but we have on numerous occasions had patients say the same thing to us – my straighter teeth have helped me land my dream job! The reasons behind this is not purely aesthetic. There are much deeper rooted forces at play that can yield incredible benefits to your life yet they are so often overlooked by those looking to straighten their teeth. When you are looking to improve your smile you should consider benefits further than the improved appearance you will have at the end of your treatment. A new smile could change your life forever.


Straighter Teeth Are Not All They Seem

how straighter teeth could land you your dream job

Signals of Health

Assume we stood two almost identical people next to each other, one smiling with straight white teeth and the other forcing a reluctant smile with crooked and discoloured teeth. If we then asked you which seemed to be more healthy what would you say?


The answer of course, is the one with straighter teeth. Scientific studies have shown that a persons smile is one of the first things we look at when meeting them for the first time. First impressions certainly count, especially at a job interview. It is built into our genes since living out in the wild that a healthier person is more valuable as they have longer to live, can hunt more vigorously or will be most likely to make it through child birth. These traits are deep rooted in our evolutionary brains. So, when you attend the interview for your dream job a healthier appearance is certainly helpful to your prospects.


Sure, companies should be impartial about this type of thing but subconsciously these small factors will influence decisions with more force than you may think. You wouldn’t attend an interview without showering and grooming yourself first and this is all to show that if you can look after yourself and your own presentation then you are capable to steer the ship of the job you are applying for. Don’t stop at your clothes and your hair cut, your teeth are just as important!


Confidence is Key

You need to be sure of yourself. You need to be confident. This sends a message out to your potential employer that you have self belief and that you know that you can do this job well.


Crooked teeth are among the top confidence killers and if not corrected can send out the wrong message to the people you talk to. If you are in an interview and seem unconfident and self conscious then this feeling will transfer straight on to your interviewer. They will know that you aren’t so confident and will wonder why. This doubt in their mind will not help your prospects of getting hired!


These behaviours are very telling but are not the only factor that confidence plays. If you were to have your smile straightened then you would walk into that interview with a right happy smile. You would seem more approachable and more friendly, an ideal person to work with as part of a team. You would most likely have prepared for the interview with more vigour and attention instead of worrying about what the interviewer will think about your teeth. All of these details add up and could be the difference as to whether you land that dream job or not.


Patients with insecurities often worry about the appearance of their braces when they are considering the treatment. The great thing about cosmetic dentistry in today’s world is that this has been greatly considered in the development of new products. There are several discreet options that you can go for. Invisalign is a see through, removable aligner form of brace that will enable you to straighten your teeth without anyone noticing.


Another option is the Six Month Smiles brace system. This system aims to incorporate both speed with discreetness. The brace is fixed with train track style brackets to give the fastest treatment possible. However, unlike regular braces, Six Month Smiles braces are clear making them hard to notice!


You Will Have More Initiative

One of the biggest revelations we have had from patients is that when they finished their treatment they simply put themselves out there more. They felt more value and self worth and so decided to go for those jobs that before seemed out of grasp.


The boost in self confidence is the catalyst for this and provides a quite incredible snowball effect. Just a small increase in confidence will help you to take more action than you previously did. When those actions yield positive results it will back up the idea in your head that you are good enough and you can achieve these goals. You will then take that momentum and take further action rolling the snowball along into bigger and bigger gains. And it can all start with something as simple as a teeth straightening treatment!



You Will Be More Attractive

Studies have shown that a persons smile is one of the top factors in how attractive you think they are. By going through a treatment to create straighter teeth and a beautiful smile it is obvious that you will look more attractive afterwards. But how will this help you land that dream job?


Your confidence will sky-rocket. You will find that more opportunities land at your feet. This may not necessarily be directly related to the increase in your attractiveness but ore so to your higher feeling of self worth. When you look at yourself in the mirror showing  smile to be envied you will feel more value in yourself. This will lead you to take more chances and seek out those opportunities all because you perceive yourself to be ore attractive.


Not only this but your new demeanour will lead to increased response and engagement from potential employers as they notice how much you value yourself and so value you more automatically.



It Doesn’t Stop at Your Dream Job

These benefits of straighter teeth will help you in many other areas than just on your vocation. You will be in a better position to find that loving soulmate you have been searching for. You may be more energetic and friendly in your social circle. That shy, unspoken person may blossom into a confident, happy person who can share their true self with those round them. That is something to seriously consider when deciding how important your smile is to your life.


Foods and Drinks That Help Battle Bad Breath


Bad breath can be the devious ally of low self-esteem. As soon as you catch whiff of your pongy breath there is no turning back. Your conversation partner will likely look at you strangely as you attempt to subtly sniff to see what’s up with your mouth. Let’s not let it get to that point!

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Food and Drinks that Helps Battle Bad Breath

So, what exactly causes bad breath? Well, there are several culprits that could be to blame and so it will take a little self-diagnosis to find out for sure. Some of the main factors include; the build up of plaque, gum disease, smoking, some types of medication and of course, the foods and drinks that your are putting in your mouth.


In this article we are going to focus on the foods and drinks that you choose to consume. In most cases, people will tell you what NOT to eat in order to AVOID bad breath. Well, we are going to look from another perspective – what foods and drinks CAN you consume to actually HELP promote fresh breath!


1. Did Someone Say Tea?

When you drink black tea you will be consuming helpful polyphenols. These chemicals can aid your recovery from bad breath woes in more than one way. The first way that black tea can help you is by stunted the growth of bad bacteria that would usually develop into plaque and cause you to have bad breath. The second benefit is the reduction in byproducts created by the bacteria in your mouth.


There has also been evidence to support the idea that black tea prevents tooth decay which is the cherry on the cake! But don’t get ahead of yourself, too much black tea will result in too much caffeine. If you take in too much caffeine then your mouth can dry out and this can be very detrimental to your breath! So, drink your tea in moderation and it will be a useful tool in the battle against bad breath.


2. Dear Dairy

Acidity in the mouth is most often the cause of your bad breath. If you choose to eat a slice of cheese after your meal then this can actually neutralise some of those acids and thus limit the effects of bad breath post meal.


If you aren’t a huge fan of cheese then a small helping of unsweetened yoghurt would be the perfect alternative. A study in Japan found that those subjects who ate a serving of yoghurt each day ended up reducing levels of acidity in the mouth, in particularly hydrogen sulfide, one of the compounds that causes halitosis.


3. Beat Bad Breath with a Crunch

Soft and sticky foods are the types of textures that end up getting stuck in your teeth, eventually causing the build up of smelly bacteria. The way to combat this is to eat foods that are crunchy (no, not crunchy chocolate bars!).


The foods you should be considering are the fibrous type such as apples and carrots. These foods actually act as an edible toothbrush scrubbing your teeth as you eat them. The result is the promotion of much better oral hygiene and fresher breath than if you had been eating soft and sticky foods.

4. Chew Your Way to Fresh Breath

Bad breath can be attacked by increased saliva flow in the mouth. This can be achieved by chewing sugar-free gum as your body sends up flows of saliva to digest what it thinks is food (due to signals you send whilst chewing).


Chewing gum also helps to clean your teeth due to its unique texture. The softness allows the gum to mould into your teeth and potentially pull out small pieces of trapped food.


5. Water Down Your Bad Breath

A dry mouth is bad breaths best friend. It allows those left over concoctions of garlic and curry to attack full strength. If you make the decision to drink plenty of water then this can help in multiple ways. Firstly, the water will wash through your teeth pulling out some of the food that may be stuck. Water also helps to move saliva around the mouth more easily thus reducing bad breath.


Is There Any Alternative?

Here are Bamboo, we understand the frustration that bad breath can give to a person. That’s why we have created our very special fresh breath clinic. The aim of the fresh breath clinic is to pin point exactly what is causing your bad breath and to rectify it as soon as possible.


There are several different causes of bad breath but thanks to the unrivalled expertise of our dentists and hygienists we will be able to find out what the root cause of your issue is. Upon finding this knowledge we will be able to treat you accordingly whether that be replacing poorly fitted fillings or advising you on how to improve your oral hygiene.


Why is Your Local Dentist Important to You?


People can have the same local dentist for their entire lives. There are many benefits to seeking out the perfect local dentist and sticking with them. Of course, you do need to make sure that you have the right one to begin with.


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Your Local Dentist is Part of Your Life

It may sound cheesy but you should be seeing your local dentist multiple times a year and this means that they will be a part of your life. It is very important for you to feel comfortable around your dentist, especially as he will be in close proximity examining your teeth. You will find that there are probably a few dentists close to your proximity whom you could make your regular. Here are some key things to take into consideration when choosing who your local dentist should be.


Do You Trust Your Local Dentist’s Expertise?

You really need to have faith in your dentist’s ability. If you don’t then you won’t value visiting for regular check ups and this can lead to the neglect of your oral hygiene. As an add on to this, if you don’t believe your dentist is good enough then there is likely something to be creating that belief and so it is probably true.

When seeking out a new dentist a great way to gauge on their ability is to check out what others are saying about them. If there are no reviews online from patients discussing recent visits to the dentist then you can suspect that this dentist has little to shout about.


Some great places to check out your local dentist’s reviews are; Google reviews, Facebook reviews and TrustPilot reviews. You are putting your health in the hands of your dentist and so you need to be confident that they are capable to handle this responsibility.


Ease of Access

This is something that patients often overlook. An ideal dentist will be easy to travel to, have available parking and be in close proximity to public transport (if needed). Anything that makes it more difficult to get to your dentist will put you off going in for your check ups as well as making it difficult for you to attend your appointments. It is often a stressful time to visit then dentist and so any environmental conditions that are controllable should certainly not be adding to the stress.


Opening Hours

Before enrolling at your local dentist you should check their opening hours. Here at Bamboo Dental we are open 7 days a week as well as closing late on week days. We do this as many people struggle to get time off work. We therefore make ourselves as available as possible to our patients by opening at times when they won;t be hindered by trying to get the time off work.


Range of Treatments

Finding out down the line that your local dentist does not provide a certain treatment that you need is a real pain. It means that you have to find another dentist who you are not familiar with and who is not familiar with your dental history. This not only makes the whole experience more of an ordeal but it will often prolong the treatment time that you require. Finding a local dentist who offers a full range of treatments is the answer to this. Even better is if there is some form of loyalty system in place that rewards you for staying with your dentist. This not only gives you an added benefit but shows you that your dentist sees you as a valuable patient and is willing to give you added benefits to thank you for choosing them.


Private vs NHS Local Dentist

Another key objective to research is whether you are looking for an NHS dentist or a private dentist. Check out this article on the benefits of private vs NHS dentists to understand which is going to be the right choice for you.


You will find that many dental practices operate with two arms to their practice covering both private and NHS dentistry. You may be surprised to know that private dentistry is actually not expensive at all. You can join a private practice for much less money than you would pay for your mobile phone contract each month. With private dentistry, you will be able to rap many more benefits than if you had joined an NHS dentist and so it is definitely worth checking out.


Regardless of which you choose, the first thing you will need to do is to call up to find out if there are waiting lists and if there are spaces for you to join the dental practice on either an NHS or a private list.


Why Should You Stick With Your Dentist?

Assuming you have gone through all of the steps to find the perfect dentist it is beneficial for you to then stick with them. They will get to know you and get to know your teeth. This means that they will understand exactly the situation of your teeth in detail. On top of this, they will know you as a person. This is especially helpful if you struggle with dental anxiety. You will feel more at ease with a familiar face and your dentist will know your limits and know what they can do to keep you calm should you become anxious whilst in the dental chair.


In Conclusion

It is clearly important to not rush into anything when deciding on who should be your local dentist. You should not just go for the first dentist that will take you. It is imperative to think about the long term. Choose a dentist who you feel comfortable with and who you are happy to look after your teeth for the foreseeable future.


Take-home Teeth Whitening in Cardiff


Imagine being able to whiten your teeth whilst sat at home on the sofa watching an episode of your favourite TV show. Well with our take-home teeth whitening treatment this could be your reality. No more booking days off work to scramble your way into the dentist every few months. With Bamboo’s take-home teeth whitening treatment in Cardiff you will simply have to come in to the dental practice once to have moulds of your teeth created. After you have those set up that’s all you need to become a teeth whitening super star.


Teeth Whitening On Your Terms

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Quality and Convenience

The two key benefits to this take-home teeth whitening system are the very high quality and excellent levels of convenience.


High Performance Teeth Whitening

The whitening solution that you use to whiten your teeth at home is specially developed to enable your teeth to reach their saturation point. This means that your teeth, if desired, can reach the whitest level that they possibly can reach. This will not be the same level of whiteness for every patient. The great thing is that you get to choose how white you want your teeth. If you want to reach saturation point then that is entirely possible. However, if you want to take a more subtle approach then this is perfectly achievable too. The only thing that changes is the amount of exposure that you give your teeth to the teeth whitening solution.



Those that go for in chair whitening treatments will envy you no end for whilst they have to spend their time travelling to and from the dental surgery you get to put your feet up, relax and get that bright smile all at the same time. One of the key benefits of the take-home whitening treatment is that you can keep spare whitening solution at your home for exactly when you need it. As an important event or holiday approaches you are all set to get your teeth whitened in time. No need to book dentist appointments in advance!


So, how exactly does it work?

The very first step is to make sure that a teeth whitening treatment is the right thing for you. This starts in the form of a free consultation with our award winning dentist. During this time a dental examination will take place in which we will make sure you are dentally fit. You will also get the chance to chat through the procedure and discuss your objectives and the level of whiteness that you desire.


Time to make a good impression…

Assuming you are dentally fit, we can start work on your treatment. This commences with the creation of your very own whitening trays. A special dental putty is used to create an impression of your teeth. This impression is then used to fabricate a set of clear trays that sit perfectly over your teeth. Only a dental professional is able to make these trays accurate enough to sit over your teeth comfortably but more importantly, safely.


These trays are given to you to take home along with some syringes of our special whitening formula. Whilst at home you can then place the whitening solution into the trays and wear them over your teeth for 1.5 hour periods. You can repeat these steps until you reach your desired level of whiteness.


Enjoy Your White Smile!

That’s all you need to do. Our patients love it so much that the most common question they ask next is, how do I carry on doing this in the future? The great thing with this procedure is that once you have initially had your trays made, all you need is extra whitening solutions in order to top up your shade of white. So when you come to whiten your teeth again in the future you don’t need new moulds of your teeth made. The whitening solution is fairly inexpensive and you are good to go again! Of course, your teeth still need to be dentally fit in order for you to safely go through the whitening treatment. As long as you are having check ups with your dentist every 6 months you are fine to continue with the home whitening treatment.


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If this is something that is of interest to you then please get in touch with our 5 times award winning dentist to book a free consultation in which you can find out if your teeth whitening aims can be met by our treatment!