Monday, 10 June 2019

10 Things we are doing to be more 'Environmentally friendly'

Aloe Vera Dental Studio goes Greener!

We thought we would share with you 10 things that we are doing at the practice to be more environmentally friendly.


Disclaimer- As a medical setting, hygiene and cross contamination will always be something that we prioritise and take very seriously, so for certain areas within the practice we are aware and appreciate that we are not very eco friendly, but we are trying to make up for it in other areas where possible.

1. We do not offer Amalgam (Silver) Fillings.

From the day that Aloe Vera Dental Studio began, we made the conscious decision to only offer white fillings. This wasn't done just because they look nicer, Amalgam fillings contain mercury which really isn't good for us or the environment. Our Principle dentist Mozhgan felt that it wouldn't be right to offer a treatment that she doesn't particularly agree with, and we are so pleased that she made that decision!

2. Digital X-rays

This is something else that has been used since Aloe Vera Dental Studio opened. By using digital x-rays the amount of radiation sent up to the universe is reduced by 90%. It also avoids the use of toxic processing chemicals and lead foils.

3. Trying to be more 'Paperless'

This one is still very much a working progress! But we are starting off by printing the bare minimum. A way that our patients could really help us out with this one, would be to provide us with a contact email address (we promise we won't spam you with marketing information unless you really want us to!). This way appointment reminders can be emailed rather than posted.

4. Autoclavable metal trays

We have stopped using single use plastic trays, and instead we are using metal trays that are sterilised after every use. This in turn has reduced our waste a great deal.

5. Reusable Water bottles

Our staff are encouraged and continue to use reusable water bottles here at the practice. This one hasn't gone unnoticed either...We receive lots of comments on our bottles, particularly at the front desk. This was such an easy change to implement.

6. Refillable packs

We always order the refillable packs of disinfection wipes instead of ordering the whole plastic tub. This has continued to reduce the amount of plastic waste that we produce at the practice for a long period of time now.

7. Paper Straws

This may seem like a strange one for a dental practice, but during long dental treatments, we will often take a five minute break, and offer our patient a drink of water to stay hydrated. When your mouth is super numb from the injections, drinking from a cup can be very difficult so using a straw can help! Like many companies have done, we have stopped buying plastic straws and switched to paper straws.

8. Floss Picks = Temporary

We have started advising our patients to try and switch to floss. Although floss picks are a great way to start off and to get into the habit of inter-dental cleaning, they produce so much waste plastic and should only be used temporarily.

9. Recycle/Reuse cardboard boxes

Any deliveries we receive at the practice, tends to be in a cardboard box. We re-use these cardboard boxes where possible and anything that can not be used, we recycle.

10. Bamboo Inter-dental brushes

We are currently in the process of switching over to bamboo, biodegradable inter-dental brushes. We have used Tepe brushes for such a long time and this switch has been so refreshing! Inter-dental brushes are key to maintaining good oral hygiene, however they produce so much waste plastic. When we saw Piksters being introduced we just knew instantly that we needed them at the practice.
They have a sustainably grown bamboo handle, 100% recycled biodegradable packaging and are naturally anti-microbial. We also advise that if you take good care of your inter-dental brushes, they can be used more than once, and do not need to be discarded after one use.

















Have you made changes that have worked really well at home or for your business? Perhaps you have a suggestion to help us improve? We would love to hear from you, so please leave us a message in the comments below, we would really appreciate your support!

'We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our children'

Monday, 3 June 2019

Get Summer Ready!

Confidence is beautiful

Summer is upon us and there’s no better time to give our confidence a boost so that we look and feel great all summer long.

Tip #1
Don’t damage your skin by using sunbeds and by laying in the sun all day. It ages us, gives us wrinkles and can also cause serious skin problems such as Skin Cancer. Its great to be outdoors, but use SPF!
If you really want a golden glow, try using some fake tan, or get a professional spray tan.

We recommend trying the new Isle of Paradise range of tanning lotions. Its vegan friendly, smells great, and gives a beautiful looking tan. (Remember to use a mitt!)















Tip #2
Take extra care of your face. Using SPF 50 on your face all year round will provide you with protection against harmful UV Rays and will therefore help fight off signs of ageing!
Environ have some great skin care products, each product designed to suit different skin types and needs. As a registered stockist of Environ, Dr Setoodeh can discuss suitable products and can order them in accordingly.

We recommend using La Roche Posay 50+ Anthelios XL on your face everyday.

Tip #3
Brighten your smile. With a simple whitening treatment your teeth will look brighter, whiter and more youthful.
Here at Aloe Vera Dental Studio, we offer two types of whitening treatments;

Zoom! In Chair Whitening

· Produces Instant Results
· Done in the surgery by the dentist
· Home Kit Included

£500

Home Kit

· Done over 10-14 Nights
· Done in the comfort of your own home
· Contains 4 Syringes of solution & custom made whitening trays

£300

Keep your gums healthy, and your teeth looking fresh by having regular Dental Hygiene appointments.

Our Dental Hygienist costs just £49.00 for a 30 minute session

What can be done if I am already showing signs of ageing, or have sun damaged skin?

We offer a variety of anti-ageing treatments, that can reduce wrinkles and fine lines, reduce deep lines and give fresh glowing skin.

Azzalure Botox Injections

These tiny injections work well reducing frown lines, crow’s feet and forehead lines etc.
It is recommended that you have them every 3 months for at least your first year however Dr Setoodeh can discuss this with you in your consultation.

Excess sweating? Did you know that Azzalure botox injections can be given underarm to drastically reduce sweating. 
Speak to a member of our team to find out more.
01245 357735






Monday, 6 May 2019

Say 'I do' to a more perfect smile.

Wedding season is upon us, and what better time to achieve a more perfect smile!

Teeth Whitening

Our most popular treatment before a wedding is Teeth Whitening. Having nice white teeth not only looks great in all of the wedding photos, but gives a fresher more youthful look. So whether you're the bride, the groom, a bridesmaid or just a special guest, teeth whitening could be a great option for you.
Don't let your wedding dress be whiter than your teeth!


Orthodontics

If having straighter teeth is something you desire, there are a range of orthodontic treatments on offer that could provide the solution! That being said, orthodontic treatment is not a 'quick - fix' so ideally give yourself at least a year so that the treatment can be finished before your big day.

















Dental Veneers

 ' veneer is a thin layer of porcelain made to fit over the front surface of a tooth and can improve the colour, shape and position of your teeth' Dental veneers are becoming more and more popular. We have had some beautiful results using dental veneers, some of which we have shared before and after photos on Facebook and our website. From start to finish, the treatment time of having a veneer/ multiple veneers is around 4 weeks.

Deep Clean and Polish

Keep it simple, at the very least you will want to have fresh breath for that all important first kiss! Booking in with the hygienist for regular appointments will improve your oral hygiene, giving you healthier teeth and gums, fresher breath and can remove any stains. 
Our hygienist appointments cost just £49.00* for a 30 minute appointment, pay monthly memberships are also available.


Love, Laughter and Happily Ever After ♥





* £49.00 at the time of this blog post being written  - May 2019

Monday, 29 April 2019

The Dental Hygienist

Why should I see the dental Hygienist?

What does the hygienist do?

Dental hygienists are mainly concerned with ‘preventive’ dental health and treating gum disease – giving you helpful advice on correct home care (sometimes the tiniest tweaks can make the biggest impact!) and helping you to keep your teeth and gums healthy. 
This includes professionally cleaning your teeth by removing plaque and tartar (usually called a ‘scale and polish’). 
Hygienists also give advice about diet and about preventing tooth decay. The hygienist will work with your dental team to give you the care that is tailored to your needs. 

How often should I go?


Most people should visit the hygienist every 6 months, however if you are a smoker or have gum disease you will need to book in more often. The dental hygienist will advise you on how often you should book on your first appointment, and will modify this if it changes after a period of time. 



How long does an appointment last?

One appointment lasts approximately 30 minutes in total. However if you have a lot of plaque and tartar build up, you may be asked to book a double appointment for your first visit by the dentist. 

What is the cost?

Currently the cost of one appointment with the hygienist here at Aloe Vera Dental Studio is £49.00. We do also offer a fantastic membership plan, where you can pay a small monthly fee and have a set amount of check-ups and appointments with the hygienist included. 
To find out more about the membership plan, please give a member of our team a call on 01245 357 735.


Regular appointments with the hygienist to remove plaque and tartar, combined with looking after your teeth and gums at home effectively will keep your mouth healthy. A clean and healthy mouth not only gives you fresh breath but improves your appearance and gives you the confidence to smile more! :) 

Monday, 8 April 2019

Easter Hacks!

Easter bank holiday is fast approaching, and the shops are filled with chocolate. No wonder it is so easy to over-indulge this time of year!

We have come up with a list of 'hacks' to help you avoid the sugar rush - You're sweet enough already! :) 

1. Try your hand at some refined sugar free baking; The internet is a wonderful source of endless recipes!  We loved Davina's refined sugar free brownies, these definitely satisfied our sweet tooth.

2. Easter Crafts - This one is particularly great for keeping the children entertained whilst on the Easter half term, and can be enjoyed as a family activity. Home sense, The Range, Home Bargains and Poundland have some fantastic Easter crafts on offer at very reasonable prices. We found so many wonderful ideas on Pinterest, but this one was one of our favourites; DIY Bunny bunting, with pom-pom tails.

3. If you do receive way too many Easter eggs (again particularly aimed at those with children), melt the chocolate down, bake with it, and give them away as cute little Easter gifts. It goes without saying that you will need to test one or two of course! These chocolate Easter nests are so simple to make, and all the family can join in on the fun;

4. Get active! Organised some Easter themed games for all the family to join in and have some fun! Whether it's the classic egg and spoon race, or treasure hunt, a little imagination goes a long way!

We hope that this has been useful and has given you some Easter inspiration, and we'd love to hear from you if you tried any of our ideas or took inspiration from them. Perhaps you have an Easter hack of your own? Leave us a comment below as we love to read your comments.

We hope you all have a wonderful Easter break! - The AV Team 

Friday, 22 March 2019

Spring has sprung!

No matter how long the Winter, Spring is sure to follow! What a great time for new beginnings...


Here at Aloe Vera Dental Studio, we are committed to being a part of your journey to health and wellbeing. We thought what better way to celebrate the start of spring than with a little motivation for a 'Spring Clean'.

Is it time for a 'Spring Clean'?

Dental hygienists are specially trained to look after all aspects of oral health and play a big educational role to help prevent dental problems. Gum disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss in adults but is largely preventable. Visiting a hygienist regularly can help to prevent and treat gum disease by removing plaque and calculus with professional cleaning as well as teaching you techniques at home to maintain a clean mouth. Developing a good oral cleaning routine is key to achieving excellent oral health!
Research shows that poor oral health can have a negative effect on the whole body with recent studies showing links between gum disease and heart disease, diabetes and pregnancy complications, with more links being discovered to other diseases.
Hygienists are also trained holistically to give diet and lifestyle advice to prevent tooth decay, oral cancer and tooth wear.
Overall a clean and healthy mouth can help improve your appearance, confidence and most importantly your health. 

Our hygienist works Mondays + 1 Saturday per month and costs £49.00 for 1 session. The session will last around 30 minutes. 

If you would like to schedule an appointment with our hygienist, please give us a call today on 01245 357735 and speak to a member of our team.