Category: Oral Health and Prevention

What Is A Mandibular Advancement Splint?

February 16, 2019 6:30 am

What Is A Mandibular Advancement Splint (MAS)? A Mandibular Advancement Splint is an oral appliance which is used to position the lower jaw in a more forward position. This forces the tongue to be in a more forward position making sure air is able to pass unobstructed along the airway.   There are many types of mandibular advancement splints available. The best types are those where you can re position the lower jaw more forwards incrementally. The Sleepwell® appliance allows this to happen. Other types of MAS appliances include Silensor, Negus and Herbst.   What Is The Sleepwell®? The Sleepwell® Appliance is an example of a mandibular advancement splint. The Sleepwell® consists of two appliances worn on each arch similar... View Article

How Can My Dentist Help Me Stop Snoring?

February 12, 2019 10:45 am

What is Snoring? Approximately 45% of the population snores. Snoring is a noise which is made by individuals during sleep. An obstruction or partial closure of the airway causes this sound. This can lead to sleep disturbance for the individual involved and their partners or house mates (Young et al 2003). Those who snore very loud can have relationship issues, sleepiness during the day, stress and depression.   Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) is a severe condition in which snoring is a part of. This can be potentially Life Threatening.   What is Obstructive Sleep Apnoea? Obstructive Sleep Apnoea is where there complete (apnoea) or partial (hypnoea) obstruction of the airway. This is repeated throughout the sleep and lasts 10 seconds... View Article

What To Expect After Root Canal Treatment

August 16, 2018 6:39 am

What are root canal treatments?   Teeth can sometimes become infected where the blood supply gets cut to the tooth. Root canal treatments are  where the inside of the tooth is cleaned free of infection and then filled to prevent further ingress of bacteria and infection. Root canal treatments have been shown to have a 95% chance of lasting 5 years. If a root canal treated tooth becomes re-infected then the tooth may need root treatment again. As a last resort the tooth could need to be taken out and then replaced.   Will My Tooth Hurt After RCT?   Your tooth may feel slightly sensitive for a few days after Root Canal Treatment. Due to the process of cleaning... View Article

Composite White Fillings

July 4, 2018 1:00 pm

 What Are Composite White Fillings?    Composite white fillings also known as white fillings are tooth coloured. They are made from a plastic and glass mixture and are used to restore teeth if decay has been present. Due to them being tooth coloured they are less visible within the mouth. Composite material can also be used to cosmetically improve a smile by changing the shape and colour of the teeth.  As many people want a natural looking smile, composite white fillings are now becoming more and more popular.     Can I Have My Amalgam Silver Fillings Changed?    Amalgam fillings can be change to Composite fillings but it always advisable to seek advice from your dentist.     Are Composite Fillings Free on the NHS?   ... View Article

Useful Tips To Help Prevent Tooth Decay

June 5, 2018 6:33 am

Useful Tips To Help Prevent Tooth Decay   Most children have a sweet tooth and allowing children a treat is ok, but sugar intake needs to be controlled to reduce the damage it causes to your children’s teeth and by following these helpful tips from the dentists at Viva Dental Studio in Hornchurch, Essex to help prevent tooth decay in your child.   Brush Twice A Day – Make sure your child is brushing their teeth once in the morning and once in the evening, this will help in preventing tooth decay. Dental Examinations – Children should see the dentist every 6 months to have their teeth checked. The dentist will be able to identify any problems or cavities your... View Article

Sugar is a Sweet Hole in the Tooth

June 1, 2018 6:26 am

Children and Sugar Tooth Decay In Children   Most parents are unaware of the high risk of tooth decay in young children. According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research up to 42% of children aged between 2 and 11 years old will develop cavities within their baby teeth. Parents must implement a good Oral Hygiene routine for children at home, for children to understand the importance of looking after their teeth and the dentists at Viva Dental Studio in Hornchurch, Essex, can be part of your child’s oral hygiene routine.     What Does Sugar Do To Children’s Teeth?   When children have sugar, bacteria within the mouth use the sugar and break it down. This produces... View Article

Oral Cancer Self Examination

April 10, 2018 12:37 pm

  What is Oral Cancer? Oral Cancer is one of the leading cancer’s in the world. There is a 50% survival rate up to 5 yrs in a person diagnosed with Oral Cancer. Oral Cancer kills one person every 24 hours totalling approximately 8000 deaths per year. Here we will look into how you can self examine your mouth to detect any abnormal signs. Any abnormality should be checked by your trained dentist. Viva Dental Studio provide Oral Cancer Screening with every examination and hygiene appointment. Routine Dental appointments are the only effective way to diagnose oral cancer as self examination can be tricky to carry out.   Which Age is most affected?   Oral cancer is recently being seen... View Article


March 17, 2018 6:00 am

What is mouthwash and what does it do?   Mouthwash is a liquid that can be used to help remove food debris and plaque from around the tooth. You place a cap full of mouthwash into your mouth and swirl it around for the required time before spitting it out. Mouthwash is used for a variety of different reasons, either to freshen breath, to help prevent gum disease, reduce plaque and tartar and to also help prevent tooth decay and is recommended by dentists. Brushing and flossing alone does not always remove bacteria that has formed around the teeth, research has shown that using mouthwash can help to reduce plaque by up to 25%.   Reasons for using mouthwash  ... View Article

Why Tooth Brushing Is Important?

March 15, 2018 6:25 am

Why Tooth Brushing is Important   Cleaning your teeth is important if you want to maintain good oral health. Brushing your teeth helps to maintain fresh breath, by removing bacteria that has built up around the teeth and in the mouth. If you do not brush your teeth you are at risk of plaque build-up, which can cause inflammation and bleeding of the gums. If plaque is left it can lead to early stages of gum disease known as Gingivitis. Studies have also shown that poor oral hygiene can increase your chances of developing a serious illness. You should be visiting the dentist every 6 months for your routine dental examinations.   How to correctly Brush your Teeth   Making... View Article

James Hornsby School Careers Day

March 13, 2018 2:07 pm

James Hornsby School, Laindon, Basildon, Essex   Viva Dental Studio were given the pleasure to speak at James Hornsby School in Laindon in the borough of Basildon, Essex. On Tuesday 6th March 2018, Dr Parminder S Battu attended the school to speak with year 7 children. The Year 7’s had careers day where they were told about different professions and pathways they can take after leaving school and college. They were told about the various aspects of dentistry and the team which helps deliver optimal patient care. The children were 11-12 years of age. Many of the children had not thought about their career pathway whereas a few already knew their chosen career path. Many wanted to be Teachers, Hairdressers, Engineers... View Article