Your Dental Appointment 100 Years Ago

When you go the dentist today, you know the routine: Check in, read a magazine and sip a tea in the dental room, and when you’re name’s called, enjoy a stress free chat with your dentist and receive quality care and expert treatment job done. However, if you were living a hundred years ago, your trip to the dentist might be not so stress free. Up until 1859, there was no formal qualification for practitioners of dental care in Britain, these practitioners being your barber or general physician (if you could afford one!).

Around one hundred years ago, a staggering fifty percent of the population would lose all their teeth in their lifetime. Clinics were basic, the dentist chair non existent and meant the ‘dentist’ would do all his treatments whilst standing. Antibiotics hadn’t been discovered and anesthetic was rarely used at all, although Novocaine was introduced around this time. This meant procedures were extremely painful, and due to primitive early dental instruments, often slow and torturous. As a result, infection control was poor and many fell ill and died as a result of extractions and operations. You would have been unknowingly exposed to high radiation doses from the early X-ray machines (the first x-ray had an exposure time of about 40 minutes!), as little was known about the risk of radiation, something which dentists today are extremely careful to minimise for our safety (a current dental exposure is approx. 0.8 seconds).


We take for granted he level of care we receive, dental implants to replace missing teeth, orthodontics (with short term orthodontics offering straight teeth in approx. 6 months), tooth whitening, all examples of modern day treatment that would have been inconceivable one hundred years ago, and the wealth of knowledge and understanding that has been discovered in only one hundred years concerning oral health and the practice of dentistry is staggering.  Finally, you’ll be pleased to hear that only around ten percent of the population today lose all their teeth, and you get a sticker at the end of your appointment if you’re good!


New Years Resolutions – How are they going?

New Year’s Resolutions. 

What a great opportunity to really set ourselves up for some magnificent failures and disappointments !

There comes a time when you just have to acknowledge that your New Year’s Resolutions were unreasonable and unrealistic, and that time is a fortnight into the New Year! 

Rejoice in your new found freedom from torturous diets and horrible exercise regimes, pick up that pack of cigarettes and down another glass of wine. Ditch New Year’s Resolutions Day sets you free from your first mistakes of the New Year.


Ditch New Year’s Resolutions Day is as old as New Year’s Resolutions. In the inebriated, hopeful light of the dawn of the New Year, we all believe that the next year is going to be different, that we won’t return to our old habits, and we won’t let things continue as they are. What a terrible shame that some things just don’t change .

Now here is the good bit ….

Do not keep yourself tied to them any longer, realize that you’ve got to make real strides, all year long to make any kind of change happen, and start looking at real lifestyle changes. Little bits at a time you can make whole life resolutions…..

The best way to celebrate a New Year is by re-evaluating your all areas of your life and start finding real and meaningful reasons to change that inspire you with will and determination .

It’s also important to realize that some of your New Year’s Resolutions are just foolish limiting or depressing. 

Get out there and start living your life and being satisfied with who you are, and if you aren’t genuinely satisfied, change it for that reason, and not because a new calendar has flipped over!


Straighter Smiles

This week is was a pleasure to see an article in the media about a positive side to UK dentistry. It was also uplifting to read about the stories of people that we help through the treatments we offer.

We have been treating patients using the Inman Aligner for many years here at Absolute and always enjoy being part of the transformation.

If you would of course like to discuss this or indeed any treatment do call one of the team a call on 01548 852165 or drop us an email


Before and After pictures of Inman Aligner treatment here at Absolute Dental by Rhodri John

Happy New Year!


As we leave Christmas behind for 2016, our thoughts turn to the New Year, and the opportunities this could bring:

H appiness depends upon your outlook on life. – Find the good in all situations.
A ttitude is just as important as ability.- Keep your attitude positive.
P assion find yours this year! – Do more of what you love.
P ositive thoughts make everything easier.- Stay focused and stay positive.
Y ou are unique, with special gifts, use them. – Never forget you have talent.N ew beginnings with a new year.
E nthusiasm a true secret of success.
W ishes may they turn into goals.

Y ears go by to quickly, enjoy them.- Wisdom comes from your elders, listen.
E nergy may you have lots of it. – Take care of yourself.
A ppreciation of life, don’t take it for granted. – Live each day.
R elax take the time to relax in this coming year.- Keep a balance in your life.

Make Your Decisions Count 
A new year is a time to get your options clear and to make a significant decision to do what it is that makes you really happy. The real issue here is that you must take each day as a new opportunity to keep moving towards what you want. Do not look at what will happen in a year but more what will you do each day you awake to change, to move forward, to put into action knowing that each day wasted can never be found again. Each day is a new beginning, the chance to do with it what should be done and not to be seen as simply another day to put in time.

Make It More Than A Dream
Turn those dreams into a realistic plan where you are able to take steps even if it is only one action to keep your dream traveling forward and not stuck on the tracks with no power to the wheels. Wheels of a train only can move with energy and that energy must be directed to the wheels. And, just like a train, life moving forward needs your energy directed to life’s wheels. Each revolution of the wheels, each revolution of your steps keeps the train and your life moving – do not waste energy.

By Catherine Pulsifer

Christmas Opening Times at Absolute

Christmas is nearly upon us, and here at Absolute, we are looking forward to spending some time with our loved ones, as we’re sure you all are too.

We like our patients to know that we are here to look after them – even over the Christmas period.

Our opening hours this year are as follows:

Friday 23rd Dec 8.30am – 5pm

Saturday 24th Dec Closed

Sunday 25th Dec Closed

Monday 26th Dec Closed

Tues 27th Dec Closed

Weds 28th Dec 8.30am-5pm

Thurs 29th Dec 8.30am – 5pm

Friday 30th Dec 8.30-5pm

Saturday 31st Dec Closed

Sunday 1st Jan Closed

Monday 2nd Closed

Tues 3rd Jan 8.30a.m-5pm

Weds 4th Jan Normal hours

We hope that you will not need us outside of these hours, but if you do, call us on 01548 852165 and follow the instructions on the answerphone message. baubs


Absolute Dental Website Re-Launched

We at Absolute Dental are acutely aware that the internet browsing habits of the nation are changing, and more and more of us are using mobile devices (mobile phones and tablets) to browse the internet.

We’ve always been very proud of our website, and the reflection it gives of the beautiful practice we work in and the uncompromising dentistry we offer.

Our website has now been redesigned so that it meets the needs of both the mobile web browser and also the more conventional user too.

We’d love to know what you think, please visit our new look website today by clicking here.

For those of you who subscribe to our blog, you will now no longer automatically receive each post, but you can visit the website weekly to keep up to date with our news, events and useful information.

Online DIY braces are a bad idea!

There are now websites that offer people the opportunity to carry out their own tooth straightening in the comfort of their own home….

The websites encourage you to take a series of “selfies” and these are used to carry out an assessment and based on this, a person is deemed suitable (or not) for the treatment.

The British Orthodontic Society (the branch of dentistry specialising in improving the appearance, placement and function of teeth) have warned people of the dangers of this treatment.

“When it comes to the health of your teeth and gums, cutting corners is a really bad idea.” says Richard George (their director of external relations).

He goes on to say that the aligners that you would purchase online for this treatment, and then actually carrying out this treatment unsupervised, could actually end up causing permanent damage to your teeth.

Taking selfies and uploading them to a website in order to purchase DIY aligners cannot match the level of care and skill of a qualified clinician trained in the clinical diagnosis and treatment planning of such specialist treatment.

People need to be aware that these websites are not regulated and are run by non-dentists (sometimes even business operating from abroad) and there is absolutely no protection for those undertaking the DIY procedure.

The cost of treatment may be lower but the risks to health and wellbeing are far greater”.

So, the message is, if you want to know more about tooth straightening, speak to your dentist!

Don’t let too much festive cheer ruin your Christmas teeth!

Christmas is nearly upon us and regardless of whether or not you’re excited about it, there’s no doubt you will be indulging in plenty of delicious food over the coming weeks. Buffets, Christmas parties, Boxing Day leftovers, various tins and boxes of chocolates, shortbread biscuits, cakes – the list is endless. Whilst all this food is fabulous for our tastebuds, our teeth really aren’t such big fans.

At such an exciting time of the year with presents, music, socialising and generally having a good time it really is no surprise that all aspects of our health are neglected. Oral care in particular is something most people don’t think about at all over the holidays, usually because there’s often no obvious quick consequence like there is with overeating or drinking.

We love to help you care for your teeth, so it’s important we gently encourage you to protect your beautiful smile over Christmas so you don’t end up suffering in the New Year.

Here are some festive treats to be aware of in relation to your oral health:

Food That Cracks Your Teeth

We get a lot of cracked teeth to treat over the Christmas period, which some people may find surprising. However, when you think about the many different types of food we indulge in, it becomes more obvious why so many people’s enthusiastic eating has caused them this dental injury. Toffee is a common culprit for cracking teeth, especially as many people don’t eat it often and forget that it can be rock solid, unfortunately something they only remember once the damage is done. Whole nuts are another common cause of cracked teeth, with people either biting into a particularly hard nut, or failing to see a bit of the shell still attached to the nut and biting down on it.

Food That Actively Damages Your Teeth

There’s a lot of sugary and acidic food around at Christmas – exactly what your teeth hates. All the sweets, cakes and chocolates can damage your tooth enamel. Red wine, coffee and strong coloured foods can stain your teeth, and all the acid in the fruits and alcohol can provide a hefty acid attack that leads to tooth erosion. Basically, all of the popular Christmas treats combined make for a pretty terrifying few weeks for your teeth.

Neglecting Your Oral Care

Unfortunately, this is the time of year when we most commonly put the least effort into our dental care. The amount of patients who have told us they have fallen asleep without brushing (at least once), or they have simply not had time to even think about flossing or paying any attention to their teeth over Christmas is high.

What To Do About It

We completely understand that Christmas is a really hectic time of year.  It is important to be kind to yourself, relax and accept that not everyone is perfect and you will eat more treats than usual, and you might well forget to floss once or twice. However, your oral health does still need to be considered so you don’t end up regretting this after a few weeks indulgence, in the New Year. Consider your oral health part of your general health; that way, it won’t seem like you’re having to make any extra effort.

●     Only treat yourself to the nicest, most special foods when you do have something naughty, don’t waste your indulgence on any old treats!
●     Stick to government guidelines when it comes to drinking (you can find out more about government alcohol guidelines on-line easily enough)
●     Chew on sugar free chewing gum after eating to increase saliva production which helps combat decay
●     Leave your toothbrush and toothpaste out if you’re going out and think you might forget to brush – if it is right there in front of you, you might be more likely to remember
●     Drink lots of water in between eating

Talk To Absolute Dental Dental About Festive Dental Care

Avoid starting the New Year with toothache, cracked teeth, missing fillings or stained teeth and care for your teeth over Christmas so you can keep grinning through all the festivities.
If you’re due for a visit to us in the next few weeks, please ask us about caring for your teeth over Christmas – we want to help you go into 2017 smiling!

A quarter of men want straighter teeth

A new survey has revealed that 26% of men would like to straighten their teeth.

The survey was taken to find out more about men’s confidence in their appearance and showed that those aged 18-24 were most likely to have looked into treatments to change something, despite being the most likely age group to say they thought it wrong for a man to try to change his appearance.

Issues surrounding tooth appearance ranked highly as a concern, with statistics showing just over a quarter of men surveyed admitting they would straighten their teeth if they were given the chance to change one thing.

The survey taken in October 2016 by Align Technology, asked men of all age ranges, socio-economic groups and geographical regions asked men what they were most likely to change about themselves, and although they said they would like to change their appearance, many were reluctant to take the plunge.

The survey also showed interesting regional variations:

  • Those from the South West and West Midlands were least likely to consider themselves happy with their appearance (only 57% and 56% respectively saying they were happy)
  • Only 2% of those surveyed from Yorkshire and Humber were confident about their teeth
  • Those most likely to be confident about their teeth were from Scotland

We carry out short term orthodontics here at Absolute, if you want to know more, call us on 01548 852165 or email us today!

Imperfect teeth – “One of the biggest turn offs”

A new survey from Iwhite Instant has found that imperfect teeth are one of the biggest turn offs.

The research shows that the top five turn offs for Brits as being:

  1. A cheesy chat up line – 77%
  1. Imperfect teeth – 65%
  1. If they pay too much attention to their mobile – 64%
  1. Arrogance – 53%
  1. Lack of hygiene – 52%

Carien Veldhuis, marketing manager at Iwhite Instant said “’It’s interesting to see what Britons consider to be the top turnoffs when meeting new people, and that cheesy chat up lines are considered to be the worst.”

“That being said, it’s no surprise that imperfect teeth came second on the top turnoffs either; this is one of those evolutionary things we look for in a mate.”

“That’s not to say people have to have the kind of perfect pearly whites we see in a magazine, but make sure you take good care of your teeth!’’

If you aren’t happy about any aspect of your smile, come and see us at Absolute Dental for a consultation and we may have a simple fix that could make your teeth less imperfect and make you smile more!

rj-before     rj-after

The pictures above are before and after pictures of a patient who came to see our clinical director Rhodri John, as they were unhappy about their smile.

After a course of tooth whitening and composite build ups (where the teeth are added tooth with a tooth coloured material and no natural tooth removed) the results are amazing, and this patient went away VERY happy.