Dr Minesh Patel – How Stress Increase the Risk of Gum Disease

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Most of us experience stress. If you watch the TV or browse the internet, you can see studies about the effect of stress on your general health. What you don’t know is that experiencing stress on a regular basis can also damage your gums. This is based on recent studies that evaluated the impact of chronic stress on gum diseases and the factors that contribute to it. The study found out that there is a positive relationship between gum diseases and stress, depression and loneliness. The study was so startling that most dentist now advise their patients healthy ways to relieve stress by eating a balanced diet, have plenty of sleep and maintain a positive mental attitude.

The researchers are not sure how stress contributes to the development and progression of gum disease but they have identified some likely suspects. The studies show a link between constant stress and vascular diseases like coronary artery and angina. There’s no doubt chronic stress can affect the body’s ability to circulate the oxygen and nutrient-rich blood necessary to keep organs and tissues healthy. Healthy circulation plays a large role in maintaining healthy gums. So it is no surprise that if stress affects blood circulation, it will also have an effect on the gums.

Researchers also found that the immune system reacts in response to stress. This reaction plays a role in promoting gum disease. Many research shows that when we experience chronic stress, we are also likely to experience inflammation of tissue in the body. Inflammation of blood vessels and tissues damage the body all on its own. Scientist now understand that the inflammatory response causes additional changes that can result in an ongoing cycle of damage. The ongoing damage causes the immune system to malfunction, and it begins to attack even healthy tissue, including gums.

Reducing stress is not easy. But there are ways to help relieve stress and avoid gum diseases. Maintaining a regular sleep schedule helps ensure the body can manage stress. You can also provide a list of healthy foods for your balanced diet. Getting an exercise is also an option. Exercise is not only good for blood circulation but can also reduce stress. If you have chronic stress and anxiety, it’s also a good idea to talk to a resident psychologist about strategies and even medications that may help you cope. Managing stress is one of the most important things you can do – not just to avoid gum disease, but also to maintain optimal physical and emotional health as well. Visit a dentist like Dr. Minesh Patel frequently for checkups so that gum diseases can be battled at its earliest and most treatable stages. Connect with him on the official Dr Minesh Patel page to learn more.

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The Early Warning Signs of Periodontal Disease

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A huge number of people are not aware of the numerous risk factors and signs of periodontal disease. It is important to know these signs to have a better understanding of the disease and when to take action. Smoking and poor oral hygiene are the most common risk factors to take note. But there are other factors that we must consider and these are the following:

• stress
• poorly controlled diabetes
• bite problems
• teeth grinding
• hormone changes
• certain medications
• a weakened immune system
• genetic/hereditary conditions

The most common warning sign of periodontal disease is inflamed gums. If you notice that you have this issue, contact your family dentist as soon as possible. Periodontal disease effects more parts of the body and not just the mouth. The disease can raise serious health issues such as heart diseases. Once you visit your dentist, they will give a treatment plan the best fits your situation. Many people assume wrongly assume that periodontal disease means they will need surgery. In many cases, you don’t need surgery. Dentists usually recommend non-surgical treatments. These non-surgical treatments include scaling, root planting, bite correction and antibiotics.

Just in some cases, when non-surgical treatment does not improve the health of the patient, the expert may opt to surgery as the best option. Surgery is performed in the dental clinic and you are most likely to be sent home right after. The most common surgery on periodontal patients are reduction surgeries, gingival surgeries and regenerative procedures. Like in most surgeries, you can expect a little pain and discomfort for a small period of time. Prescribed drugs given by your dentist will help in lessening the pain and the infection as well.

Patients are usually required to return after 1 to 3 weeks after surgery for the removal of the stitches and dressings. Treatment alone will not cure the disease. It is important that the patient undergo maintenance of medications to make sure the disease is under control. It is really essential to protect your teeth even if you don’t have periodontal disease. You can do this by brushing, flossing and rinsing your mouth.

If you encounter these symptoms of periodontal disease contact Dr. Minesh Patel and schedule a checkup. Find out more about dental health on the Dr Minesh Patel Bedford blog here and Dr Minesh Patel Bedford VisualCV here. You can also learn more about Dr Minesh Patel Bedford work and career on his Soundcloud page here.

Dr Minesh Patel on Prevailing Dental Fear & Anxiety


Do you feel calm before your dental appointment or are you a little nervous about a visit to the dental office? Are you someone who is actually terrified about dental treatment and worries about it all the time? Whichever end of this line you might be on, it may be helpful to know that you are not alone.

Actually, having a little or even a lot of nervousness about dental visits is usual. Some studies have concluded that up to 75% of people surveyed have at least a little fear about dental visits. As a consequence these persons who avoid having dental treatment suffer for years with toothaches, infections and poor dental appearance.

While dental fear can result in stress and avoidance of dental care, it can also have more grave consequences. For some it affects their whole identity and sense of self-worth. They may see other people who don’t seem to have the same reactions to dental treatment and begin to feel that something is wrong with them. Remember that untreated oral diseases may result in even worse general health complications. In the end, it’s in everyone’s interest to find ways to overcome dental fear and make dental treatment a calm and safe adventure.

First, it’s helpful for many people who are fearful to know that they are not alone. It’s also important to realize that help is available. Experience has shown that even people who have extreme fear about dental procedures can get over their fears and learn to have dental treatment in a manner that feels calm and safe. It’s possible, even for those people who are the most fearful, to reduce their fear and to learn to have dental treatment in a way that feels calm and safe. In order to counteract past bad experiences you need to have new positive experiences which lead to the development of improved feelings and attitudes. The more bad experiences you have had or the longer they have gone on, the more good experiences you need before you will have different reactions to the same situation. Dental health professionals know that your mouth is a very personal place and trust is a big part of allowing us to partner in your care.

Here at Chrysalis Dental Centre, Dr. Minesh Patel specialises in dental hygiene check-ups and treatments. We will build you a healthy relationship with our resident dentists to lessen your fear and anxiety. Imagine a relationship with your dentist where you feel you have the time you need to go at your own pace, the listening relationship that you need to feel safe, and the sense of control you need to reduce any automatic anxiety responses. It might take some faith in the beginning to realise that this is possible, but you really do have the opportunity to have a lifetime of good dental health.

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Signs of Gum Disease


Here at Chrysalis Dental Practice we want our patients to be aware of the need to send monitor and inform us as soon as possible if you feel you have these early warning signs of gum disease.

Dr Minesh Patel said “As a dentist, an early diagnosis is important as the treatment for gum disease become generally more successful.

Please report to us if you have :

1. Red gums
2. Gums are bleeding while brushing
3. Bad Breath or Halitosis
4. Pain and sensitivity from your gums.

Gum disease is preventable and if not cured as soon as possible, it can lead to moderate to advanced gum disease and this can lead to tooth loss. It is usually caused by bacteria in the plaque above and below the gums that start and progressively lead to periodontal disease.Take note that healthy gums should be pink and firm.

Dr Minesh Patel also said that “all the dentists will advise you on how to treat the periodontal disease which is very common and together with regular visits to the hygienists we would formulate a plan to suppress and manage the condition.” Bad breath is assign that gross plaque is not being removed. Bad breath can also be due to gum problems.

Dr Patel qualified from Cardiff in 1986. As student elective, he observed Professor Linkow in New York. After an SHO post in oral-maxillofacial surgery, he entered general practice. He has also attended numerous year courses in Implants.

He gained his MFGDP in 1996, the Diploma in Implant dentistry in 2005 and his MSc in Implantology in 2006. He has placed well over 4000 implants and carried out over 500 sinus and block grafts.

Dr Patel is a principal of two multi surgery practices in Watford and Bedford for 27 years. He also has a special interest in sinus ridge augmentation and the rehabilitation of compromised dentitions. He has also instilled a culture of constant learning in the practice and all his dental associate colleagues are on postgraduate programs to Master’s level.

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Chrysalis Dental Practice Charity Work


Dr Minesh Patel is a principal of two multi surgery practices in Watford and Bedford for 27 years. He is passionate about charity work and uses his many year’s experiences in dentistry to help improve the lives of those in need. Dr Minesh Patel current charity work involves working at Dental Clinic at Clinic Nepal in Meghauli. Here is an account of Dr Minesh Patel experience at Clinic Nepal in Meghauli.

Although inspire gave us a broad idea of the number of patients to be seen in one day, they were still unsure. This, therefore, made us unconfident of how much dental materials and equipment to bring.

Ram Krishna was superb with all his explanations of the setup and history of Clinic Nepal. He was friendly and also extremely helpful to us, especially on the first day where he acted as an interpreter.

During our week of volunteering at Clinic Nepal, we stayed in the ideally situated Cushion Cottage, which was indeed very spacious. It was a godsend to have the generators come on when the electricity cut out.Sahadev, is a fine cook as he was able to cater for all our needs during the week. He was very obliging and the volume of food provided was more than enough. The food he prepared was so tasty aspect especially the dhal.

During the week, Manesh, a local Megauli volunteer to assist us with the communications between the dentists and patients. He had a very funny and bubbly personality, and he helped to make the clinics fun. He spoke good English and was therefore very good at interpreting as well. Manesh helped to organise other activities for us in the evenings after we had finished the clinic. He was able to organise an elephant safari in a forest near the edge of Chitwan National Park, together with a close acquaintance of his, called Prem. I would strongly recommend Manesh to assist any other volunteers. Sarswati was also a good nurse and was helpful with the communication problems.

On the first day, we started working at 9.00 and it was initially a slow start, but by 10.00 we were in full flow. By the end of the day, we had treated 30 patients. The treatments that Kalpana and I carried out ranged from simple fillings to complex extractions.

We saw many patients who didn’t want their cariously exposed teeth to be extracted. We were also in a dilemma because the local charge for a route canal was up to 700 rupees. We knew that the villagers couldn’t afford this, but they still did not want extractions.In these cases, we made it clear to the patients as to what their situation was and, as an alternative, placed a crushed Endomethozone tablet mixed with Corsodyl in their mouths as a lining, then filled it up with a Gloss Ionomer Cement (GIC).

However, it was frustrating when a patient came to us with anterior activities, as we were placing GIC in the front teeth when composite would have been much better and more aesthetically pleasing.

We used a chair as the dental chair and asked the nurse to support the head of the patient. I strongly recommend a high quality LED head light.

The main problem with GIC was that it set very very quickly, as the temperatures were reaching up to 40 degrees centigrade. This meant that we had to make the GIC extremely runny so placing it in the cavity was difficult.

Isolation and maintaining a dry field was also a challenge so I would bring butterfly sponges and saliva cheek pads next time to resolve this. We could also research self-bonding resin and self-curing composites with matrices.

On the second day, we had to turn away approximately 20 patients due to the high volume of patients that were already waiting. As the week went on, we were finding that the volume of patients kept on increasing, as word had spread to other villages. We were also finding that more patients were presenting with multiple cavities and extractions. This took more time and as a result, we were not able to get through all of the patients.

After the first day, we did have to ban patients, friends and other people from coming into the operating room and gazing at the treatment in progress.

I organised a teaching session to all the staff on the last day.I taught them with the aid of diagrams and notes about dental diseases, signs and symptoms as well as simple non-intrusive treatment.

I also wanted to educate them about oral cancer – I wish I had brought photos of the early signs of cancer. I will send them posters so they cam put these up on the walls of the clinic operating room.

The posters I want to send will cover the following topics:
  • Oral cancer
  • Toothbrushing and flossing technique
  • Dietary advice
  • Simple restorations -how they are carried out

On the 25.07.12 our last full both Kalpana and I were prepared to work late into the night to help as many people as possible. The clinic gave us unconditional support throughout out final day.

Jayna and Riya have been teaching in a kindergarten and I know that they have thoroughly enjoyed this. In the afternoons they became our nurses and this help was invaluable as it allowed us to see more patients. They have really suffered in the 35-degree heat of the operating room but both have been so determined in the cause.

By the end of the last day, we had really worked hard and totally exhausted.

We started from 9am to 7pm with a 30 minutes break for lunch. Both Kalpana and I saw 71 patients between us on the last day. The system worked really well, but we still had to turn away 30 patients and more were ringing in. Most patients were waiting 1-3 hours, and most had travelled quite far to see us. Some patients had walked up to 2.5 hours to see us or travelled on a local bus for up to 1 hour.

The support in the surgery from Manesh and Saraswati was excellent and invaluable. We had to say no to patients who requested teeth cleaning and stain removing.

We have left many disposable including gloves, masks and swabs.

We also left many new mirrors and probes. We gave out many free samples of toothpastes and tooth brushes.

These people are poor yet so happy .Dental health to them is not a priority as just having food is more important.

Many people with missing teeth did not have dentures. There was a significant evidence that most is the adult patients showed significant tooth wear. Buccal abrasion cavities were also very prevalent.

Patients showed from very gross scale to no scale. In general, there was systemic staining In the 3 and a half days we were there we saw 193 patients.

Carried out 121 fillings and 129 extractions.

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Dr Minesh Patel Dentist Career Achievements

Here summary of Dr Minesh Patel Career Achievements.

Dr Patel qualified from Cardiff in 1986. As student elective he observed Professor Linkow in New York. After an SHO post in oral-maxillofacial surgery, he entered general practice. He has also attended numerous year courses in Implants. Dr Minesh Patel gained his MFGDP in 1996, the Diploma in Implant dentistry in 2005 and his MSc in Implantology in 2006.

Dr Patel is a principal of two multi surgery practices in Watford and Bedford for 27 years. He also has a special interest in sinus ridge augmentation and the rehabilitation of compromised dentitions. He has also instilled a culture of constant learning in the practice and all his dental associate colleagues are on postgraduate programmes to Master’s level.

He has also travelled extensively in both USA and Europe for his implantology education. He was a past lecturer for an implant company in Harley Street, the Association of Dental Implantology and has been and is currently a foundation trainer for 18 years for the Health Education East of England.

Dr Patel holds a primary qualification in Dental Law and a PG Cert in Education both from Bedfordshire University. He is also an accredited Mentor for the Association of Dental Implantology.

Dr Patel has been awarded as course director for Implantology at Warwick University. He is also the Surgical Module lead for Block grafting, Sinus grafting and Soft Tissue grafting for the Masters students.

Dr Patel is an examiner for the Diploma in Implant Dentistry at the Royal college of General Dental Practitioners, Royal College of Surgeons of England.

Dr Patel has also attended advanced courses in Reconstructive Dentistry, Crown and Bridgework, Endodontic Treatment and Outside the practice Dr Patel plays competitive league cricket and tennis. He also enjoys snowboarding, salsa dancing and travelling.

Dr Minesh Patel recently gained a Masters Degree in Restorative and Aesthetic dentistry from the elite Manchester University. He gained the difficult to achieve merit pass and the highest achiever prize.

Minesh was also bestowed the highly prestigious award for the highest mark in a complex clinical case in the whole year. The entries comprised of 60 expert dentists throughout the world in the field of Restorative dentistry. This award was given by the dean of Manchester dental school.

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New Dental Videos Released by Dr Minesh Patel

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Learn more about complex and aesthetic dentistry by watching and listening to these tutorials. They are hosted by Dr. Minesh Patel from Chrysalis Dental Centre. If you like the videos be sure to subscribe to the channel for more! Here are the links:

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