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Welcome to our new dentist’s reception

We recently carried out a patient survey asking patients for their views on our waiting room and reception.  70% of people agreed that the waiting room was welcoming and comfortable but a few commented that they thought the décor was a bit “dated”, therefore we decided to refurbish the waiting area. The flooring was replaced with nice new laminate, walls decorated and new cushions and pelmets made at the window seating area. As we are now fully computerised, the old filing cabinets were removed to allow more space behind the reception desk. We even added a TV! I hope you enjoy seeing the before and after pics.


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What is baby bottle tooth decay?

Baby bottle tooth decay is a term used for the damage sugars and other ingredients in some drinks given to babies and young children do to their teeth.

What goes in a baby’s bottle can affect the health of their teeth, especially if they hold on to the bottle themselves and sip for long periods of time.

We recommend only giving babies and young children water or milk in their bottle, if possible, to reduce the risk of decay.

Fruit juices, no matter how natural they are, contain sugars and acid that can attack the baby’s teeth. Even weak squash drinks can cause problems for a baby’s teeth.

Giving an infant a sugary drink at nap or night-time is particularly harmful, as the flow of saliva decreases during sleep, meaning sugars stay in the mouth for longer.

While baby bottle tooth decay typically occurs in the upper front teeth, other teeth may also be affected.

If you think baby teeth are temporary, and therefore, not important, think again. Baby teeth are necessary for chewing, speaking, and smiling. They also serve as placeholders for the adult teeth. If baby bottle tooth decay is left untreated, pain and infection can result. Severely decayed teeth may need to be removed.

If teeth are infected or lost too early due to baby bottle tooth decay, your child may develop poor eating habits, speech problems, crooked teeth, and damaged adult teeth. In addition, the chances that adult teeth will end up being crooked are greatly increased.

The good news is that a few simple steps can help stave off baby bottle tooth decay. They include implementing good oral hygiene at an early age. Here’s how:

Wipe the baby’s gums with a clean gauze pad or flannel after each feed.

As soon as the teeth start to come through, you should start brushing them. You can buy special brushes for babies and make sure you use fluoride toothpaste Clean and massage gums in areas without teeth.

Floss once all the baby teeth have come through.

Book regular dental check-ups. We recommend making an appointment for a child as early as possible. The more your child is used to the sights and sounds of the dental practice, the more comfortable they’re going to feel about going.

Other techniques to help prevent baby bottle tooth decay include:

Not filling bottles with sugared water and soft drinks. Bottles are for milk, water, formula, and special electrolyte-containing solutions when the child has diarrhoea. Juices mixed one part juice to

10 parts water to avoid empty calories are a way to interest your child in a beaker. Soft drinks are not recommended for children as they have no nutritional value.

Never allowing your child to fall asleep with a bottle containing anything but water.

Never giving your child a dummy dipped in anything sweet.

Decreasing your child’s sugar intake, especially between meals.

It’s never too late to break bad habits. If your child drinks sweetened liquids from the bottle and/or sleeps with a bottle, break the habit now and reduce the risk of baby bottle tooth decay by:

Gradually diluting the bottle contents with water over two to three weeks.

Once that period is over, fill the bottle with water.

Remember that healthy baby teeth will lead to healthy permanent teeth.

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Teeth Whitening

Do you have a wedding or special occasion coming up? If you are a bride to be you will want to look your very best for your big day. Teeth whitening will enhance your smile and make it brighter for those special photographs.  Teeth whitening is a very popular cosmetic treatment due to the fact that no tooth surface is lost, unlike veneers or crowns.

What is tooth whitening?

Tooth whitening can be a very effective way of lightening the natural colour of your teeth without removing any of the tooth surface. It cannot make a complete colour change, but it may lighten the existing shade.

Why would I need my teeth whitened?

There are a number of reasons why you might get your teeth whitened. Everyone is different; just as our hair and skin colour vary, so do our teeth. Very few people have brilliant white teeth, and our teeth can also become more discoloured as we get older.

Your teeth can also be stained on the surface by food and drinks such as tea, coffee, red wine and blackcurrant. Smoking can also stain teeth.

‘Calculus’ or tartar can also affect the colour of your teeth. Some people may have staining under the surface, which can be caused by certain antibiotics or by tiny cracks in the teeth which take up stains.

What are the side effects?

Some people may find that their teeth become sensitive to cold during or after the treatment. Others may have discomfort in the gums, or white patches on the gum line. These symptoms are usually temporary and should disappear within a few days of the treatment finishing.

If any of these side effects continue you should see your dentist.

Can a single tooth which has been root filled be whitened?

Yes. Sometimes dead teeth go discoloured after a root filling. If the tooth has been root treated, the canal (which contained the nerve) may be reopened. The whitening product is applied from the inside to whiten the tooth.

How long does tooth whitening take?

Active treatment will take 7-10 days but the treatment will continue to work for 4-6 weeks. First, your dentist will examine you and assess your suitably for tooth whitening.   Your dental team will need to make a mouthguard and will take impressions for this at the first appointment. Once your dentist has started the treatment, you will need to continue the treatment at home. This means regularly applying the whitening product over 7-10 days  for one to two hours at a time.
Your dentist will advise you how use the tooth whitening gel.

When might tooth whitening not work?

Tooth whitening can only lighten your existing tooth colour. Also it only works on natural teeth. It will not work on any types of ‘false’ teeth such as dentures, crowns and veneers.

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Raising Funds for Blind Children UK

Thanks to our patients who helped raise £55.12 for Blind Children UK by putting money in a collection tin situated in reception.

Our dental nurse Tracey is running the 5K Night Charity Fun Run round The Kelpies on 7th November 2015 in aid of SANDS Lothian. Good luck Tracey, your outfit looks fab!


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The Childsmile Practice programme is designed to improve the oral health of children in Scotland from birth by working closely with dental practices. It is being developed to provide a universally accessible child-centred NHS dental service.

Our Childsmile nurse is Karen and she has weekly sessions with our pre school and school age patients.

This includes: oral health advice (for example, on healthy weaning; teething and toothbrushing instruction); advice on diet and provision of free dental packs;  regular dental check-ups from birth plus twice-yearly fluoride varnish applications to the child’s teeth from 2 years of age.

If you would like your child to be included in our Childsmile programme please contact the practice or ask at their next check up.

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New Dentists and Free Check-ups

Our new dentists Craig and Gillian have settled in well to the practice. Both work Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. They are now taking on new patients. If you would like an appointment with either of them, please call the practice. Remember check ups are FREE to all patients.

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A Lifesaver

All the practice staff at Iriston House Dental Surgery in Bathgate recently took part in a life saving CPR course organised for us by Bathgate based training provider The Training Consultancy.

At the end of the course we were very proud to learn that the Iriston House team had achieved the highest score of all of the Training Consultancy’s clients.

Well done to the team.

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British Dental Association Good Practise Award 2015

We’ve done it again! Iriston House Dental Practice have once again achieved the highest quality standards and we have been awarded the Good Practice accolade for 2015.

BDA Good Practice is UK dentistry’s leading quality assurance programme. By becoming members, dental practices demonstrate a visible commitment to providing quality dental care to nationally recognised standards, through good team working, efficient practice systems, and an improved patient experience.

As BDA Good Practice members, we are committed to developing and maintaining a consistent quality of service for our patients. Our commitments as a member practice are:

  • To provide dental care of consistently good quality
  • To work with you to provide care that meets your needs and wishes
  • To make your treatment comfortable and convenient
  • To check for mouth cancer and tell you what we find
  • To look after your general health and safety
  • To follow current infection control standards
  • To keep our skills and knowledge up to date
  • To monitor the quality of our service to identify opportunities for improvements
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We’re on the ball with infection control

We have recently undertaken our mandatory yearly training on Infection control and Decontamination. This is done in the practice by National Education Scotland decontamination specialist nurses. This ensures that all staff remain fully up to date with best practice . We are happy to say the practice passed with flying colours.

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