Welcome to Midlands Smile Centres September newsletter. This month’s issue contains news from both our Handsworth Wood and Northfield dental practices, dental tips, and information about veneers.
Tooth Fairy Customs from Around the World
The tooth fairy must have a very hard job collecting all our children’s baby teeth, fortunately she doesn’t have to cover the whole of the globe on her own, she has some help:
The French ‘la petite souris (or little mouse) has responsibility for taking baby teeth that have been left under the pillows of sleeping children.
In Bhutan it is tradition for the child to throw their tooth onto the roof of their house as an offering to the moon goddess. She is supposed to grant them strong a new healthy teeth.
The Egyptians wrap the milk tooth in a cloth and then throw it as high as they possibly can to Ra (the sun God) while reciting “Shiny sun, shiny sun, take this buffalo’s tooth and bring me a brides tooth”.
Mongolian children roll their lost teeth in meat fat, then they feed them to their dogs. They do this hoping that their adult teeth will be as strong as the bone of the dog that has eaten them. When the family doesn’t have a dog they bury their tooth near the largest tree so their new teeth can grow as strong as the roots.
Swiss Children leave their teeth in their shoes overnight waiting to see if they find sweets in place in the morning.
Spanish children get visited by a Rat called Ratoncito Perez at night. When they lose their teeth Perez who lives in Madrid in a box of sugar cookies with his wife La Ratita Presumida (vain little mouse), and his children. After hearing the child’s falling tooth, he kisses his wife goodbye, then scurries through the maze of pipes to the child’s room. He will exchange the tooth for a gift, usually a cookie from his home.
To keep your toothbrush clean after brushing your teeth. Always rinse your toothbrush with water. Make sure you store your toothbrush in an upright position, thus allowing the bristles to air dry before the next use. Covering your toothbrush or storing it in a closed container can encourage the growth of bacteria.
What are Dental Veneers?
Midlands Smile Centres usually recommend veneers to patients when their teeth have become damaged, decayed or discoloured. Veneers help change the visual aesthetic of teeth improving smiles by masking the visual discrepancies. They can also be used to cover up irregularly shaped or misaligned teeth. Veneers are often made of porcelain just like crowns, unlike crowns however, they are only fitted to improve the look of a patient’s smile and don’t require large areas of healthy tooth to be removed. Often just one or two veneers are needed to make a difference in their overall smile.
Most Midlands Smile Centres carry out this procedure with prices starting from £278 click here to book an appointment to discuss veneers.
Great news for MSC, Handsworth Wood
There is Good news for patients at our Handsworth Wood practice that are thinking of having a straighter, whiter smile. Dr. Akash Minhas, our experienced orthodontist is now providing six months smiles.
Six Months Smiles is a revolutionary braces system that can straighten teeth in record time with the average treatment being between four to nine months.
The braces used for Six Month Smiles are not only comfortable, they are also discrete. Being tooth coloured, they blend in with your teeth. If you’re interested in a consultation about Six Months Smiles at Handsworth Wood click here.
Dental Hospital Changes
Birmingham Dental Hospital have stopped providing a walk in emergency service.
Midlands Smile Centres still provide emergency dental treatment nearly every day of the year. Our emergency number is 07960344510.
12% Savings Bond
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We are currently seeking Dentists as well as Associate Dentists to work in one of our well-run busy Birmingham practices. The practices are fully computerised with up-to-date equipment and are composed of friendly hard-working staff. You can view all our dental vacancies here.
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