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Anti-Wrinkle Injections Explained

September 25, 2017 by Fairlight Dental

I am often asked when is the correct age to start having Anti-Wrinkle Injections.  The short answer is… there is no recommended age to start, so ultimately the choice is yours. However, under 21 years is probably a little young in my opinion.

Suitability for anti-ageing treatments such as Anti-Wrinkle Injections is based on various factors. These will include your skin type, the amount your skin has aged and what you want achieve. Factors such as skin type, genetics and environment eg: smoking, sun exposure and skin care all influence the rate our skin ages.

Dynamic lines on your forehead, frown and around your eyes occur naturally with facial expressions but as we get older the effects of ageing mean that these lines become static which means that they are present all the time regardless of whether we are frowning, smiling or lifting our eyebrows. These lines become wrinkles so treatment with Anti-Wrinkle Injections would be corrective rather than preventive. As with all aspects of anti-ageing, prevention is better than cure.

It’s only natural to be a little apprehensive before having a cosmetic treatment for the first time. Our fears are reinforced with media images of overly frozen faces which promote the misconception that this is the only outcome of Anti-Wrinkle Injections injections. It is important to remember that the result of the treatment with Anti-Wrinkle Injections is dose dependent; the more Anti-Wrinkle Injections injected the more frozen the look. Preventive Anti-Wrinkle Injections uses smaller doses so you can still retain movement and achieve a more natural look. This tends to be my approach.

Opting for preventive Anti-Wrinkle Injections in “baby doses” is a good way of stopping lines of expression becoming permanent wrinkles.


15 years of Dentistry- So what’s changed?

September 14, 2017 by Fairlight Dental

This month I suddenly felt really old. With my 40th Birthday looming next year and my 15th Anniversary of graduating from dental school, it made me reflect on the wealth of changes that I have seen in my practicing career. Advances in science, technology, materials, research and a host of other fields have affected dentistry over the years. These breakthroughs have resulted in a higher quality of care, increased comfort and more choices for patients.

St Helen’s 2002, my first job! I was really fortunate to have a great boss who was really forward thinking- the practice was computerised (not many were then!). We still had the old fashioned paper notes too as he couldn’t quite completely trust the new computers. The NHS dentistry provided, although of good quality was very much, drill and fill focused, with not an awful lot of emphasis on prevention. On returning home to South Wales I worked as a locum in a few practices which didn’t share my VT bosses visions. In 2004, I was lucky to land a job in Chepstow and the practice was awesome! I had a state of the art chair which even had a camera on it. I couldn’t work without this now, it helps patients to see what we see, and to understand the issues in their mouths. Imaging has come on leaps and bounds. We first introduced digital x-rays in 2007 and it made a huge difference to my practicing life. Images appear instantly on screen and we can use ever developing software to manipulate them to see more detail than ever before. We have recently invested in a state of the art digital panoral machine and the quality is mind blowing! 3D imaging is the next step for us and it is out there.

These days, technology aside the main difference in my working life is the breadth of treatment that we are able to offer. Implants are readily available I myself have been placing them for 10 years! 15 years ago there were a handful of specialist practices placing implants and general dentists didn’t seem to know much about them, let alone the public. Adult orthodontics has taken off with the advent of invisible braces and short term orthodontics. It is much more accessible and treatment times are becoming shorter and shorter – my own before and after photos will be posted soon- 3 weeks to go! Whitening treatments are cheaper than they were 15 years ago! Solutions are better, resulting in less sensitivity and better results. Filling materials, crown and bridge materials have all come on leaps and bounds, with more aesthetic alternatives- gone are silver fillings and unsightly metal restorations.

As a profession, prevention has become much higher on our agenda than cure. I have always been fortunate to work with a team that have this attitude. In support of us dentists, our hygienists are constantly helping our patients understand their mouths and how to prevent disease. Gum disease is still the leading cause of tooth loss in the adult UK population but as a profession we are tackling it more thoroughly.

Raising Standards- The year that I graduated saw the implementation of compulsory CPD, unbelievably, before this there was nothing! In 2008 our nurses all had to register with the GDC and hence they are now required to undertake regular CPD. As a practice this has brought us together more, as we have regular practice outings to conferences and guest speakers in to train us and we all benefit from the motivation that this gives the team. A few dentists in the national press, unfortunately giving us all a bad name, has resulted in a shift in legislation and required standards. These changes have resulted in a change to the working week as we now have a designated decontamination room, with very distinct procedures (not an autoclave in the corner of the room in sight!!), legionella tests, risk assessments, the list goes on! We have a defibrillator on site and the team are generally much more geared to patient safety than they were 15 years ago- it can only be seen as a good thing.

Websites, social media, emails, text messages have all evolved in the last 15 years and keeping in touch with our patients is a far cry from the 6 monthly reminder card that was sent back in the day. Embracing this technology has helped us reach our patients and give them more choice. Why not like us on facebook!

All of these changes have resulted in extraordinary progress in the dental profession, and it has been quite a ride! I can’t wait to see what the next 15 years hold.

Dr Sian Jones


Our New Look

July 26, 2017 by Fairlight Dental

“Is this the Dentist?” This was asked numerous times when new patients walked into our building! For years Sian and I have been discussing ways of getting us noticed more when a fellow Mum at school said to Sian “I was sitting in traffic outside your practice the other day and until I actually saw your name by the door I never knew there was a dentist there!” I too had a friend come from London and she rang me to say she was lost….she was standing outside on the opposite side of the road!

“I thought you were a podiatrist,” “What do you do here?” And even “I couldn’t find you but I parked across the road in Oasis and they directed me here” (How many did they not direct….?) All these were other comments we had over the years.

Something had to be done. Neon signs, large banners and even getting Liz to stand outside with a sign were discussed and thankfully rejected. We decided that we would speak to expert sign man Kevin from local company “That Media Group” He was incredibly helpful and basically said “you have a beautiful building, rather than spend thousands with me why not paint it a stand out colour and I will do some tasteful signage which won’t be fortunes”

Although “Fairlight” has been the name of the practice for nearly 50 years we felt that it did not exactly tell you what we did or indeed where we are. So the name “Chepstow Dental Care” was devised and my good friend Katherine of “Spokes Design” has done all the brilliant artwork. The name Fairlight will not be lost entirely as it is the name of the building.

Gulp! We now had to be brave to decide the colour and the cost was going to be a major factor too. Various quotes later and James “Gwent Handyman” was chosen and away we went. The “Clifton Blue” colour was chosen after much research locally and we also chose a darkish blue for the window sills. Eek! Big error with the darker blue which thankfully we spotted before the scaffolding came down. The building now looked like a kindergarten! Back to Kevin and we chose the charcoal colour that you will now see and hopefully think looks classy.

This whole process has taken the best part of 2 years but we now believe we have the building we need and hopefully will see the practice grow as a result. Thanks for putting up with us whilst the work has been going on.

Finally the car park. This has always been a tricky issue as we only have a few spaces that are allocated to us. Over the years the lines and signage have faded and so nobody can tell where to park. This then causes problems with the neighbours. We will get “our” spaces marked in blue so would be grateful if you could use these in future.

Just as a footnote. I just had a phone call from an old friend in the Ascot area. “Hallo Jon etc. It’s been years etc. and by the way I have some tooth trouble can I come and see you on Tuesday!” No problem, appointment made and I was able to say “As you come down Welsh Street from the racecourse, we are the clearly marked Blue Building on the right. You cannot miss us!” It may be working already…..”Something to Smile About”


Valentines Competition Winner!

February 20, 2017 by Fairlight Dental

Congratulations to Mel Hayden the lucky winner of our Valentines Competition. Mel won her partner a professional tooth whitening by writing in to tell us why she loves her partners smile.

‘I love my partner’s smile though he doesn’t smile much but when he does, it lights up his face, the room and my heart!’

Well done Mel and hope you all had a Happy Valentines!


Autumn Newsletter

October 17, 2016 by Fairlight Dental

Our latest newsletter is now available, with all the up to date news and information about the practice.

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Membership

April 29, 2016 by Fairlight Dental

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could solve all the problems of the NHS in a really easy way? This is so easy I am baffled as to why no one has suggested it before. I am not saying that we could cure all diseases and therefore get rid of the NHS, just saying that we could distribute the same money for far less disease.

Not rocket science this but my four suggestions are:

• As a nation we eat less and healthier
• We stop smoking
• We drink less
• We exercise more
In short we are talking prevention. If these measures were undertaken GP’s surgeries would be half empty, hospitals would have empty beds and the nation would be better off.
Here at Chepstow Dental Care there is probably not a lot that we can do about much of the above, although there possibly is, of which more later. We can however do something for Dental disease. To prevent dental disease there are another 4 parameters that should be adhered to
• Cut sugar out of our diet
• Brush and floss our teeth more efficiently
• Stop smoking
• See the Dentist and the Hygienist at least every 6 months

It is well known that those people who come more often to see the dentist/ Hygienist need far less treatment than those who for whatever reason decide to come sporadically or “when it hurts” This is one of the main reasons that we recommend our membership plans. The basic plan includes 2 visits to the Dentist and 2 visits to the hygienist per year. Coupled with 10% discount on treatment, free toothache appointments, global dental insurance and spreading the cost you can see why we think it is a no brainer. If you are one of our few patients who are not a member and would like to talk about it please let anyone of our magnificent team talk you through it.

Finally referring to the general health problems the nation suffers from it is now known that 91% of people with heart disease have periodontal/ gum disease. If that is not an incentive brush your teeth and see us more I am not sure what is!! We also now know that there are links between periodontal disease and diabetes, strokes and more is being discovered all the time


Smile it’s Root Canal Awareness Week!

April 1, 2016 by Fairlight Dental

Okay, unless you have never needed one, you might not be excited. Sometimes a tooth needs a root canal and you would never know it. But, if you have ever had severe dental pain alleviated by a root canal, you are ready to celebrate all week long.

A root canal is a dental treatment used to repair and save a tooth that may be infected or decayed. Your teeth are composed of many layers including an outer layer of enamel, a second layer called dentine and the inner layer called the pulp (often referred to as the nerve) In the pulp layer there are nerves that run through a canal and into the root tip.

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A deep cavity or tooth fracture may cause a bacterial infection in the canal which can create a lot of pressure and discomfort. An x-ray of the tooth will allow for the dentist to see if there is an infection.

Is the treatment of a root canal really painful? Patients have reported the procedure is no more painful than having a filling done. Jon has even had some people nod off during root canal treatment! Generally, the entire procedure can be completed in just one visit. The dentist will simply clean out the infected canal and fill it with a biologically inert substance. The canal will be sealed and your tooth ready to go! The tooth may need crowned or at least filled after treatment.

To help prevent future infections, it’s important to maintain good oral health and regular dental visits to help identify and prevent any future issues.

Don’t wait any longer! If you think you may need a root canal or want to come in for a consultation, call our surgery today!

Really having a lot of pain? Call us today and we’d be happy to help you schedule an emergency visit.


Jonathan’s London to Paris cycle ride

March 14, 2016 by Fairlight Dental

My lovely wife is a Crohn’s sufferer. This is a horrible disease for which there is no cure.  If you don’t know what Crohn’s is let me just outline what Liz has to put up with. At least a dozen loo trips a day and not pleasant when there. Very restricted diet. Constant fatigue. Constant tummy ache. Living with the knowledge that she is far far more likely to contract bowel cancer than “normal” people. Living with the likelihood of a colostomy bag in the future. Planning every journey so as to know where the toilets are every mile. A list of drugs that would sink the Bismarck. Liz counts herself lucky… some people suffer worse problems.

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