Can your dentist in Stevenage help you quit smoking?

Smoking affects a considerable part of the population. In addition to the effects smoking has on general health, it is also harmful to the oral health. More specifically, smoking can cause gum disease and oral cancer.

At Smilecraft, we believe in the benefits of smoking cessation, especially when implemented by dental professionals. Instead of not addressing the elephant in the room, our dentist in Stevenage will bring up the issue with patients whose smoking habits are detrimental to their oral health.

Dentist in StevenageWhat are the effects of smoking on your teeth and gums?

Gum disease and oral cancer are the two major conditions affecting smokers. Implant failure is also a common consequence among smokers. Other effects that smoking may have in your oral health include:

  • staining and yellow teeth
  • bad breath
  • reduced ability to smell and taste
  • oral thrush
  • tooth decay and cavities
  • and coated tongue.

Gum disease and smoking – a parasitic relationship

The relationship between smoking and gum disease has been well-established in the past 15 years. Clinical studies have shown that smokers have a greater risk of developing severe gum disease (periodontitis) compared to non-smokers. While the reasons behind the effects of tobacco on the gum tissue are not clearly illustrated, researchers have found that smoking delays the flow of blood to the gums, disturbing the way gum tissue responds to healing and other treatments. Moreover, the development of gum disease on smokers is likely to be considerably faster compared to non-smokers.

What can your dentist in Stevenage do?

While a dentist cannot persuade a patient to quit smoking, they can help them consider the option by providing information on smoking cessation. Our dentist in Stevenage will answer all your questions and provide adapted feedback after your examination. Your dentist can be a great ally in your quest to quitting smoking since you have a longstanding relationship with them and you see them regularly.

There are many methods and nicotine replacement therapy products that can help you quit smoking, so it comes down to what fits your lifestyle and individual needs. In general, there is no compelling evidence that one technique is more successful than another and often a combination of treatments can prove more beneficial.

Sore jaw? See the dentist in Stevenage

It seems like, despite all the advances in technology to help us save time, we have less and less of the stuff, or just too much, either way, modern life is stressful. Stress shows up in many forms. Some people lose sleep. Others lose hair. Some lose teeth.

Dentist in StevenageStress and your jaw

It’s very common to develop jaw joint problems. They may be due to stress or they could be due to something else. It is estimated that about 70% of the UK population will suffer from jaw problems at some juncture in their lives. For many, in these days of high stress, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders can be ongoing.

You may not even know that you have jaw joint problems, as the symptoms may not be felt in that area. But if you have any of the following symptoms, it is worth coming into Smilecraft Dental Care to get your jaw joint checked out by Dr Bradley Abrahams, our resident jaw joint dentist in Stevenage.

TMJ disorder symptoms

  • Ongoing pain in your shoulders, back or neck
  • Regular headaches or migraines
  • Ear problems such as tinnitus, earache or deafness
  • Pain in the jaw joint area
  • Jaw joints that click or lock
  • Jaw clenching or grinding (this may be when you are asleep)
  • Difficulty in opening your mouth wide.

Are your jaws properly aligned

Often the cause of jaw joint problems is that the jaws are not lining up properly. One way Dr Adams often treats patients is to fit them with a custom-made Tanner appliance, which is a kind of splint that you wear at night to bring the jaws into alignment. The Tanner device will also help stop you grinding your teeth when you sleep.

Save your teeth

If you do have TMJ disorder and are grinding your teeth at night, they may well start to crumble away, so it is worth getting your jaw joint looked at by our dentist in Stevenage. Dr Adams has been interested in jaw joint problems for more than 30 years and has studied under 2 of the world’s leading TMJ experts, so he will be able to give you well-researched treatment and advice.

Reasons to smile with Smilecraft

We love being a great dentist in Stevenage. It takes time and effort to make sure that at Smilecraft Dental Care we offer that extra something that keeps our patients coming back, but we think we have got the recipe right. Here are some of the things we do that make us stand out from the crowd:

Dentist in StevenageMouth cancer screenings

Mouth cancer is on the rise. As it is directly linked to lifestyles, it shows up most in people aged 50-74. The national advice is to have a mouth cancer screening once a year, but at Smilecraft Dental Care, your dentist in Stevenage, we will give you a screening every time you come in for a consultation. Mouth cancers are easy to deal with in their early stages, but they grow quickly, so having one every time you come in for a consultation gives you added protection.

Emergency dentistry

We guarantee to see every emergency patient, and we will always do our best to fit you in to see the emergency dentist in Stevenage on the day that you call. But, please try to call as early in the day as you can, as the later you leave it, the harder it is for us to find a slot for you.

Modern techniques and equipment

The dental world moves fast these days, so at Smilecraft Dental Care we make a point of ploughing our income back into new techniques and equipment. For example, we use The Wand, a computerised local anaesthetic delivery system that takes the pain out of receiving injections. It looks like a small pen, there are no needles and it is so gentle that many patients do not even know they have received an injection.

Making payment less painful

One thing that puts many people off going to the dentist is the bills. At Smilecraft Dental Care, we have 0% finance and membership plans to help you save money and spread the costs of treatments.

If you are looking for a dentist in Stevenage, why not come into Smilecraft Dental Care and meet the team? We’d love to tell you more about us.

War of the worlds inside your mouth

Believe it or not over 700 different types bacteria have been detected in human mouths. Although the number in any one mouth is likely to be less than 72, it’s still a bit of a shock to find out we have a whole microbiotic world co-existing within us. Although most do no harm and are part of our natural biology, others directly attack our mouth, gums and teeth. The health of our teeth and gums is highly important if we want to lead a full, happy life without the fear of missing, decayed or stained teeth that spoil our smile and comprise the food we can eat, its therefore important that we maintain good oral health.

Dental Hygiene in StevenageIn Stevenage, dental hygiene appointments play a vital role in this battle of the mini worlds by keeping in check the little monsters that want to eat your teeth. At your dental hygiene appointment your dentist will remove any plaque build-up and give your teeth a thorough descale and polish.

We are here to support you

At Smilecraft, our dentists can support your ongoing oral health by providing tips and information on how to take care of your teeth and gums. We can help you improve your brushing and flossing technique to ensure cleaning your teeth and gums effectively.

Prevention is better than any cure, by following our advice and visiting us regularly you can ensure any red flags or issues with your teeth and gums can be treated quickly before it develops into a more serious condition. If you have dentures, bridges, crowns or implants you’ll also have specific oral health requirements which our dental hygienists can address and they can also provide you with ongoing support and information.

Setting all the family up for good oral hygiene

Our dentists encourage you to bring in your children for regular check-ups. Studies have shown that having positive dental experiences at a young age sets up a routine that will last a lifetime.

If you’d like to book a check-up and start the war on bacteria, ring our reception and they can book an appointment for you today.

Filings no longer need to stand out

Metal amalgam fillings stand out, creating dark patches in your teeth and undermining the integrity of your tooth. As your dentist in Stevenage, at Smilecraft, we’ve trained in white composite fillings to give you a great alternative to the grey standouts of traditional dentistry.

Dentist in StevenageWhenever you think about fillings, traditional grey amalgam comes to mind. This old style fills the gap in your tooth once the decayed part has been removed. However, because it doesn’t bond to the tooth, it leaves gaps which could mean bacteria can get into the gaps and continue to undermine your damaged tooth. Thanks to white composite fillings, this is no longer an issue. It bonds to your tooth, creating a seal and locking in the gap, so the integrity of your tooth is maintained.

Bright white and looking great

This new style of filling not only protects your teeth, it looks great as they totally blend in with your natural tooth. We take care to colour match your filling and to follow the contours of your natural teeth. It means there’s no compromise on the way you look and when you’re enjoying laughter with friends, the only thing they notice is the joy in your eyes and not the grey in your mouth.

Your dentist in Stevenage goes that extra mile

Although we know your smile is important, we also want to ensure your fillings are durable, long-lasting and make your teeth strong. Since we take your health seriously, Dr Bradley Abrahams and Dr Caroline King have trained with one of the leaders in the field of white composite filings, Dr Didier Dietschi. It means when you come to receive a new filling or to have your old metal amalgam replaced, you can guarantee that we can offer you a great service based in the latest techniques.

Smilecraft, as your local dentist in Stevenage, goes that extra mile to make you smile. We offer a range of treatments that looks after the day to day maintenance of your teeth through to providing care to resolve missing teeth or correct overbites. We’d love to hear from you, so ring our reception today to book in your consultation with one of our dentists.

Nice and easy at your dentist in Stevenage

Think back on the times when you’ve felt anxious. Perhaps before sitting your driver’s test, or giving a speech at your friend’s wedding, or maybe it was when you noticed that nagging toothache getting worse and realised you’d have to visit the dentist in Stevenage. Dental anxiety affects more people than you think. But today dentists are trained to help you work through your anxiety.

Dentist in StevenageAt Smilecraft, we certainly go the extra mile to make sure each and every one of our patients feels at ease when they see us for anything from a check-up to a root canal. Here’s how:

A warm welcome

Our bright and homely reception area is staffed by our approachable reception team, who will always give you a warm welcome. You’ll get the same friendly approach when you meet our dentist in Stevenage.

Time for you

Whether it is your first appointment or your 50th, our dentist in Stevenage will always have time to talk you through your procedure, discuss your concerns, and find out how you’re doing.

Painless injections

The phrase painless injections may sound like an oxymoron but we’re not kidding. There are certain dental treatments that require local anaesthetic to be applied so that any pain will be numbed. That’s all well and good once that anaesthetic kicks in but if you dread the thought of getting an injection, the prospect of having local anaesthetic can be nerve-wracking itself.

That’s why when you come to us in need of treatment under local anaesthetic, your dentist in Stevenage will use The Wand, an innovative injection system that keeps pain at bay. The Wand itself looks like a pen and your dentist will hold it like one too. A computer-controlled delivery system enables your dentist to slowly and comfortably deliver just the right amount of anaesthetic to numb an individual tooth, or more if needed. Surrounding tissues, such as your tongue, lip and cheek, won’t be affected, so after your procedure you can drink and smile as normal.

What are you waiting for?

Now you know that dentistry today can be a pleasant experience, why not book your first appointment with our dentist in Stevenage? We’ll keep you smiling a healthy smile.

It’s going to be all white

If you took a survey of why people put off dental treatment, we’re fairly certain some would cite wanting to avoid wearing glinting metal train track braces to straighten out their teeth, while others might mention equally unattractive metal fillings to sort out teeth ruined by decay. Thankfully today, these reasons don’t hold any water, as dentistry has moved on.

Dentist in StevenageAt Smilecraft, your dentist in Stevenage, we provide modern dental care that doesn’t just take care of your oral health but also looks out for the aesthetics of your smile during and after treatment.

Bye-bye metal braces

If you want to finally sort out those crooked front teeth, which just weren’t crooked enough to qualify you for treatment on the NHS as a child, then we’ve got the solution for you: Six Month Smiles. Our dentist in Stevenage is accredited to provide this discreet, fixed braces treatment. Using clear brackets and tooth-coloured wires, your braces won’t dominate your teeth. Focusing on just the front teeth means your treatment will be speedy too, taking, on average, just 6 months.

Auf wiedersehen amalgam fillings

If you’ve experienced tooth decay, then you’ve probably had a filling or 2 in your time. If those amalgam fillings have left you hesitant to smile for fear of everyone seeing just how much work your teeth have had, there is a solution at your Stevenage dentist. White composite fillings are tooth-coloured and so blend in with your teeth. They are just as strong as amalgam fillings and come with the added bonus of bonding to the surface of your teeth. Amalgam fillings don’t do this, which means there is a tiny slither of space into which bacteria can creep. So, whether you have old amalgam fillings you want replaced, or are in need of new fillings, why not go with white composite?

Sayonara stains

It’s all well and good having dental treatments that blend in with the colour of your teeth, but if your teeth are stained and discoloured, that may not be a colour you want to stick with. Get the natural gleam to your teeth back by asking our dentist in Stevenage for teeth whitening to remove those surface stains.

Way to go with white fillings

Having great-looking teeth has become very important in the last couple of decades. The truth is, it has always been important. Archaeologists have found evidence of dentistry, such as braces, dentures and dental implants that are hundreds, if not thousands, of years old. People have always wanted teeth that look good and function well. The difference is that, since the 1980s, treatments to make teeth look great and work really well have become widely available.

White Fillings in StevenageTake white fillings, for example. They have been around for quite a while now. At first, you had to go hunting for a dentist that did white fillings and if you were a tooth grinder, they may not have lasted very long because the material was not as resilient as good, old, but ugly, amalgam.

Nonetheless, people were willing to pay to get rid of their amalgam because they didn’t want people knowing of their childhood love affair with sweeties every time they opened their mouths for a good laugh or a yawn. Researchers then focussed their efforts on ways to make white fillings more durable, and now, they are every bit as good as amalgam. In fact, in some ways, white fillings in Stevenage are better.

Bonding, not packing

White fillings go in to the tooth cavity in layers. Each layer is cured with a UV light and bonds with the walls of the cavity. Amalgam is simply packed in very tightly, so there is always a tiny chance that decay-causing bacteria can get in round the edges of the fillings and the tooth underneath it can rot.

Stronger teeth

Dentists do not have to remove as much healthy tooth material for white fillings, which means that there is more tooth material surrounding the cavity, and the tooth remains stronger for longer.

Get the curves back

Because white fillings can be hardened, the filling can be built up and then sculpted to give it back the lumps and valleys that molars have for grinding up food. Amalgam can only be packed in flat so your teeth lose some of their ability to process your food effectively.

Why not ask us at Smilecraft in Stevenage for white fillings next time you get a cavity?

A trip to the dentist in Stevenage

By now you probably know what to expect from a trip to the dentist in Stevenage. We will thoroughly assess your teeth, gums, cheeks and tongue to check you are in good oral health and advise on any treatment that may be necessary.

It’s also a chance for you to talk about any dental problems you have had since your last visit and receive top tips on how to make sure you are cleaning your teeth efficiently.

Dentist in StevenageWhat you might not know, or be less aware of, is that these check-ups are very important not to miss, as we can spot early signs of serious diseases, such as gum disease and oral cancer.

Your oral health can also be a sign of problems with your general health. Even if you look after your teeth well and feel perfectly okay, these signs aren’t always obvious. When noticed early, these problems are easier to tackle.

Time for treatment?

If you need treatment, we’ll arrange a follow up appointment and aim to see you as soon as we can to get your teeth back on the straight and narrow. Here at Smilecraft, we provide many treatments to solve your dental problems. Whether you need to restore your smile after tooth loss with dental implants or are simply looking to brighten up your smile with teeth whitening, we have the solution for you.

Restoring teeth

The state of your teeth can have a significant impact on your day-to-day life. Your teeth have an effect on how you eat and digest your food, your speech, and how you look. If you find yourself with unsightly gaps in your teeth, we offer solutions such as dental implants, bridges, dentures, and denture stabilisation.

Boosting confidence

As well as restoring the function of your teeth, a trip to the dentist in Stevenage can boost your self-esteem. Your teeth affect how you look, and if you feel insecure about your smile that can negatively affect your interactions with others.

We provide treatments such as crowns, white fillings, teeth whitening, inlays and onlays and veneers to help you feel more confident in your smile. We also provide Six Month Smiles for those looking to speedily straighten out their teeth.

What do you want from your dentist in Stevenage?

Has anyone ever asked you what you want from a visit to the dentist in Stevenage? It’s a funny question, we know, but it’s one worth asking yourself. If you answer that you want good dental care, then you have to ask yourself some more questions.

Dentist in StevenageWhat does good dental care look like to you?

For us at Smilecraft, we have to ask ourselves and you as our patients these questions so that we can make sure that we are the kind of dentist in Stevenage that you want to come to and that we can feel proud of being.

Good dentistry is about so many things, here are some of them:


You want your dentist in Stevenage to know what they are doing, of course, but, how do you know that we are keeping up to date with knowledge in a profession that has made so many advances in the last couple of decades? The answer is that each of our dental staff at Smilecraft attends continuing professional development training to keep up to date with the latest techniques, materials and equipment.

Can you trust us?

If we know what we are doing in terms of treatments, then how we administer those treatments is the next big area of interest. About 13% of the UK population has a dental phobia, which is much more than mere nervousness. Maybe you are one of them. You will want to know that when you come to us we will be treating you with kindness, compassion and understanding, that we are very happy to talk you through everything we do, that you will be able to relax when you are with us. We do all of this, as many of our long-term patients can attest. If you can’t relax at the dentist in Stevenage, then it’s time to find a new one.

What about treatments?

We offer all the treatments that you expect to find from a general dentist and we also offer cosmetic treatments, such as veneers, cosmetic braces and teeth whitening. Older patients, as well as those who have lost teeth, will be glad to know that we have a long partnership with a good dental implant surgeon too.