Wisdom teeth have a reputation for being problematic and we will keep a close eye on the development and position of any still to erupt. So what are the signs that it is time to get your wisdom teeth removed?

Reasons for Removing Wisdom Teeth

We will suggest their removal if there is no chance of your wisdom teeth being able to erupt normally. This might be the case if they are positioned so they will try to come up underneath the adjacent tooth, or they could try to push sideways through the gums. Sometimes a wisdom tooth will partially erupt; initially this might not seem like too much of a problem except a partially erupted tooth will still be partly covered by a flap of gum tissue that will be tricky to keep clean, increasing your risk of infection and decay.

Removing Wisdom Teeth Before they Cause Problems

Our aim is to identify any potential issues with your wisdom teeth so they can be removed before they cause you any discomfort or pain and before they can damage the teeth adjacent to them.

If the time has come to have your wisdom teeth removed then you can rest assured we’ll make sure the entire procedure is as smooth and problem-free as possible. Dr Hollander has more than fifteen years’ experience in wisdom teeth removal and we can offer you happy gas in our dental practice or general anaesthesia can be given at hospital.


Spring is here, so celebrate the warmer weather with our tasty and refreshing salad.


4 x 200g chicken breast fillets, each sliced into three

200g podded frozen or fresh broad beans

¼ cup extra virgin olive oil

1 cup mint leaves, finely chop half the leaves

¼ cup chopped flat leaf parsley

2tbs honey

2tsp wholegrain mustard

Finely grated zest and juice of 1 lemon, plus additional tablespoon of lemon juice

200g garlic ciabatta, halved lengthways and torn into small pieces

400g can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed

½ finely chopped cucumber

Large handful of baby spinach or mache (lambs lettuce)

125g halved cherry tomatoes


  1. Preheat grill to medium-high.
  2. Mix lemon zest, juice, chopped mint, honey and 11/2tablespons oil in a large bowl and season with salt and pepper. Add chicken and stir to coat. Place in fridge for 10 minutes to marinate.
  3. Blanch broad beans in boiling water for 1-2 minutes. Drain and cool under running water. Remove outer skins of broad beans and set aside.
  4. Grill ciabatta on a baking tray for 4-5 minutes until crisp and golden.
  5. Pre-heat a chargrill pan to high and cook chicken for 2-3 minutes each side until cooked through and caramelised.
  6. Toss spinach or mache, ciabatta, broad beans, tomatoes, cucumber, chickpeas, parsley and mint in a large bowl.
  7. Whisk together the remaining oil, mustard and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and season to taste. Divide the salad among 4 plates, pour over salad dressing and top with chicken.

Serves 4



Bad breath or halitosis is embarrassing. If your bad breath is down to eating certain foods then you will need to wait until these have been eliminated from your body, although mouthwash will help temporarily mask the odour. Good dental care can prevent more persistent bad breath.

Book Regular Dental Check-Ups

Untreated dental diseases can cause halitosis. Making sure you visit us regularly will allow our dentists to diagnose any small problems such as leaky fillings, untreated decay or early gum disease, hopefully before they cause any symptoms or bad breath.

Have a Regular Scale and Polish

Scaling and polishing removes hardened bacteria, called calculus or tartar from your tooth surfaces. This is great for maintaining good dental health and fresh breath.

Practice Good Oral Care at Home

Ensuring you brush at least twice daily and that you floss once-a-day will remove plaque and food debris before they can cause noxious odours. If you’d like any advice on oral care at home then please don’t hesitate to ask our friendly dental team for help.


Your dental care regime doesn’t need to be complicated or expensive and we have identified five quick tips that can help improve it with minimal fuss.

  1. Replace your toothbrush every two or three months. Toothbrushes cannot do their job properly if they are worn.
  2. Brush a minimum of twice a day, preferably first thing in the morning and last thing at night.
  3. Brush your teeth for at least two minutes each time, spending around 30 seconds on each quarter or quadrant of your mouth.
  4. If you want to brush after eating, wait at least half an hour so your mouth is less acidic.
  5. Pick a dental floss you’re happy to use and make sure you floss once-a-day, preferably last thing at night. There are many different types of dental floss so experiment until you find one that is easy for you to use.

Need some advice on how to floss or brush more effectively? We are here to help so please just ask.


Have you been considering dental implants to replace missing teeth? Integrated Dental Care thinks implants can be a great choice and here is why:

  • Dental implants preserve your jawbone. We feel this is one of the top reasons for choosing dental implants. An implant consists of a titanium post that is inserted into your jawbone to support the replacement tooth. The post is able to closely replicate a natural tooth root, preserving and protecting your jaw from bone loss that occurs after natural teeth are removed.
  • There is no need to cut down healthy teeth. We hate removing any healthy tooth material, but with bridges and dentures we often need to reshape or cut down adjacent teeth to provide support for your new prosthesis. Dental implants are self-supporting so we won’t need to modify otherwise healthy teeth in any way.
  • Dental implants help your natural teeth. Your dental implant will ensure your remaining teeth cannot move or shift position and will spread the pressure and forces created during eating, ensuring your teeth wear down evenly so they are less likely to chip or crack.
  • Dental implants are very versatile. You can use a single implant to replace just one tooth, while multiple implants can support bridges and even complete arches of teeth in the form of a fixed bridge or an implant supported denture.
  • Dental implants are long-lasting. With the proper care they can provide you with many years of use.
  • Dental implants can look and feel fantastic, providing you with stable, natural looking teeth that look just like your own.


This recipe is quick and easy and makes a tasty vegetarian meal.


375g dried penne

700g butternut squash, peeled and cut into 2cm cubes

Olive oil cooking spray

2tbs extra virgin olive oil

1 onion, peeled, halved and cut into thin wedges

2 crushed garlic cloves

2tsp sweet paprika

2tsp ground cumin

½ cup vegetable stock

2 x 400g tins chickpeas, drained and rinsed

100g baby spinach

2tbs chopped flat leaf parsley

Shaved parmesan or another cheese of your choice to serve


  1. Preheat oven to 200°C (180°C fan oven). Line a large baking tray with baking parchment and arrange pumpkin on the tray. Spray the pumpkin with oil and roast for 20 minutes until tender and golden.
  2. Cook pasta in a saucepan of boiling salted water until tender. Drain and cover to keep warm.
  3. Heat oil in a large deep frying pan and cook onion for five minutes or until softened. Add paprika, garlic and cumin and continue to cook for another minute or so until the spices are fragrant. Add pumpkin and chickpeas and cook for two minutes. Use the back of a wooden spoon to lightly crush around a quarter of the chickpeas.
  4. Add the spinach and stock to pan and season to taste. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes until the spinach begins to wilt. Add parsley and pasta and toss until all the ingredients are evenly mixed and heated through. Serve and top with Parmesan.


There is a lot of talk about needing a bit of “me time” but does it really matter? The answer is definitely yes and putting aside a little time for yourself will help reduce stress, enabling you to recharge your batteries.

The Dangers of Stress

Most of us get stressed from time to time, but if you don’t take action to address this problem it can take a serious toll on your physical and psychological health. Chronic stress can lower your immune system, may lead to higher blood pressure levels and raises your risk of heart disease. Stress increases your susceptibility to depression, can worsen diseases such as diabetes and cancer and it speeds up the aging process.

Make Time for You

You need “me time” on a regular basis, so take some time out to do something nice for yourself. Even fifteen to thirty minutes each day can make a difference, improving concentration levels and creativity and hopefully making you feel happier and healthier.


Good dental hygiene helps prevent tooth decay, but there are numerous other reasons why it is important. Maintaining a good oral hygiene regime will help reduce your risk of gum disease as this can be far more destructive than tooth decay.

Gum disease is a bacterial infection that is incredibly common. It is often due to inadequate dental hygiene allowing bacteria to build up on the teeth and gums where they can cause inflammation. This inflammatory response can destroy gum tissue, the ligaments securing teeth in their sockets and even the bone surrounding your teeth. Advanced gum disease, or periodontitis is the most common cause of tooth loss and yet it is entirely preventable with good oral hygiene.

There’s another reason why you should practice good oral hygiene as it will help protect your general health. Poor dental health, in particular gum disease can affect your overall health, increasing your risk of certain diseases or worsening any conditions already present.

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