Non-surgical beauty treatments tailored to your needs


Christmas will no doubt be a little different this year. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t want to look and feel your best. It isn’t shallow or superficial to care about your appearance and beauty treatments can help to improve your self-esteem. What we see in the mirror most definitely affects our mood, and vice-versa. Did you know, for example, that negative emotions trigger the release of certain hormones? In fact, chemicals can to lead to thinning hair and even eczema flare-ups.


Beauty treatments at Lighthouse

 A bright smile and clear, glowing skin are two things that can totally transform your look and mood. That’s why Lighthouse Dental Practice is diversifying to embrace other aspects of health, beauty and wellbeing, in addition to offering routine, complex and cosmetic dentistry services. Over the years, we have become so much more than somewhere to have a routine dental check-up. As a modern dental practice, we have expanded our portfolio to include popular aesthetic options, such as teeth whitening, veneers, and cosmetic crowns. So we’re delighted to reveal that we are now taking this area of the business one step further. We have joined forces with Anna Charters at Skin Revival to offer a range of popular non-surgical anti-ageing beauty treatments. These will include chemical peels, dermaplaning and microneedling. These beauty treatments will be available as stand-alone options. However, we will also be combining them with certain cosmetic dental treatments. In fact, these will take the form of bespoke packages tailored to suit individual patients’ needs.


Safety first

 Anna set up Skin Revival earlier this year She’s a qualified dental hygienist with a special interest in advanced skin treatments. As someone who suffered previously with acne breakouts, she knows first-hand how common skin problems can affect self-confidence and self-esteem.

Safety first is Anna’s mantra. Did you know that much of the beauty treatments industry is unregulated? That’s why it’s always worthwhile doing some research and making sure you choose a fully qualified practitioner. There are clear rules and regulations about who can prescribe and administer anti-ageing injections, for example. In terms of the beauty treatments Anna is offering, she has extensive knowledge of the head and neck structure. In addition, she is fully up-to-date with all necessary cross-infection protocols.

Where your beauty treatments take place is just as important as who performs them. Lighthouse Dental Practice is a safe, clean, sterile environment. Anna will create a suitably pampering ambience with scented candles and relaxing music. But you can rest assured hygiene is paramount and her clinic is completely COVID-secure.

Which beauty treatments are on offer?

 To begin with, the three non-surgical beauty treatments on offer will be dermaplaning, chemical peels and micro-needling. We will add more in the foreseeable future.


Sometimes known as face shaving, this is a treatment that uses an exfoliating blade to safely remove dead skin and any unsightly downy “peach fuzz”. In fact, the official term is fine vellus hairs. It’s a fast, effective way to achieve softer, smother skin, and create an instant radiant glow. Dermaplaning is the ideal beauty treatment to counter dullness and dryness, and improve texture and tone. It banishes build-up, boosts cell turnover, and allows skincare products to penetrate more deeply and perform better. It can even reduce acne scarring and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Chemical peel

This is another great anti-ageing beauty treatment to consider if your skin is dull, dry or damaged. Peels use a chemical solution and there are different strengths to choose from. This will then exfoliate the top layers of dead/damaged skin, stimulate the repair process, and rejuvenate the complexion. They can also tackle issues such hyperpigmentation, milia (milk spots), scarring and sun damage. And this beauty treatment isn’t just for the face. Anna can use a chemical peel on the neck, too. Winter is a great time to experiment with this type of exfoliation treatment, as sun exposure isn’t recommended straight afterwards.


This is another multi-tasking beauty treatment designed to regenerate and rejuvenate your complexion. It helps the skin to repair and renew itself naturally, by stimulating stores of collagen and elastin. These are vital ingredients for healthy, youthful-looking skin. So, don’t be put off by the name! The needles used are tiny and super fine. In fact, micro-needling is an excellent scar treatment, You can choose this to tackle stretch marks, enlarged pores, hyperpigmentation and fine lines and wrinkles. This type of non-surgical resurfacing procedure is a great way to achieve smoother, younger looking skin. However, you can also achieve a visibly enhanced radiance, texture and tone.

Initially, Skin Revival beauty treatments will be available at Lighthouse Dental Practice one Saturday a month. To book, please call 01473 257 379.

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The advantages of a professional teeth whitening dentist

As the ‘new normal’ becomes more familiar, the majority of us are once again prioritising our appearance. It’s perfectly understandable that certain standards slipped during lockdown. With hairdressers and beauty salons closed – and huge amounts of people working from home – how we looked seemed less important. Visible roots, untrimmed locks and ragged manicures were just part and parcel of living through a pandemic.


Slowly but surely, however, things are changing. Bars, restaurants, schools and offices are gradually re-opening. How we present ourselves to the world is once again important. This is in no way superficial or shallow. There is plenty of scientific evidence to show that what we see in the mirror has an impact on what we feel about ourselves. Put simply, looking good boosts our self-esteem. Of course, nothing transforms anyone’s appearance quite like a bright, healthy smile. So now is the perfect time to think about a visit to a reputable teeth whitening dentist.

Why choose Lighthouse Dental Practice?

At Lighthouse Dental Practice, we are currently accepting new patients. So if you need to reassess your oral health regime, our team will be happy to help. Perhaps you missed an appointment during lockdown – or your regular dentist is booked up, or only offering urgent care? We provide a wide range of treatments, from general and cosmetic dentistry, to more complex restorative procedures. We also offer the highest standards of patient care to restore and enhance the natural beauty of your smile. So if you’re looking for a teeth whitening dentist based in Suffolk, we’re the perfect choice.

What causes teeth staining?

Even if you brush and floss your teeth regularly, there’s no guarantee you’ll have perfect pearly whites. Quite a lot of what we eat and drink can stain our teeth. And simply getting older can have an adverse effect too! It might help to understand that there are three main types of teeth staining: intrinsic, extrinsic and age-related. Intrinsic staining is when the inner structure of your teeth (the dentine) becomes darker or discoloured. The key causes of this include tooth trauma, over-exposure to fluoride, or the use of tetracycline antibiotics in pregnancy/early childhood.

Extrinsic staining happens when the outer layer of the tooth (the enamel) becomes discoloured. This is often diet-related, or the result of smoking. Lastly, age-related staining combines both intrinsic and extrinsic factors. As we age, our tooth enamel thins, and our dentine naturally yellows. Any physical damage such as knocks or chips, can also cause discolouration.

Luckily, there are plenty of ways to address all three types of staining. First and foremost, if you smoke, stop! There are plenty of free, friendly local services that can support you while you try to give up. Next, try to avoid consuming the foods and drinks that are known to stain and discolour your teeth. As you’d expect, dark-coloured foods and beverages such as coffee, tea, red wine, curry and beetroot are common culprits. Acidic foods should also be avoided, where possible. This is because acid erodes tooth enamel, making it easier for pigments in food to stain and discolour your teeth. If this has already happened, do not despair. Professional help, in the form of a teeth whitening dentist, can undo the damage and create a bright, white film-star smile.

Why choose a professional teeth whitening dentist?

With so many DIY kits available, you might wonder whether it’s worth the time and expense of visiting a teeth whitening dentist. The answer, however, is a resounding ‘yes’! Did you know that to bleach teeth legally in the UK you need to be a trained dentist, hygienist or dental therapist? You also need to be registered with the General Dental Council.
So don’t be tempted to cut corners with over-the-counter whitening kits. There are some temptingly cheap ones available, but it’s almost always a false economy. It’s difficult for such kits to offer the optimum level of whitening ingredients. Too little, and your teeth stay stained. Too much, and you could experience increased sensitivity, blistering, and/or serious damage to your gum line.

What can a teeth whitening dentist do?

An experienced teeth whitening dentist will first of all assess your suitability before beginning any type of treatment. At Lighthouse Dental Practice, we’ll check thoroughly for any issues that could affect the outcome, such as cavities or gum disease. A reputable teeth whitening dentist will then take impressions of your teeth, and create a bespoke whitening tray tailored to the exact shape and size of your mouth. DIY whitening strips or gel trays are often too big or too small. One size really doesn’t fit all, and any bleach that comes into contact with the wrong part of your mouth can cause serious damage. In contrast, we will provide you with the correct amount and concentration of whitening gel to add to your tray. And we’ll advise how often and how long you need to wear this. The result? Safe, visible improvements that are personalised to your individual needs. As a rough guide, you should be enjoying whiter teeth – with no painful side-effects – in around three weeks. As you’d expect from a professional teeth whitening dentist, we also offer a range of other advanced cosmetic dentistry treatments. These include white fillings, veneers, and cosmetic crowns. Simply get in touch and we will be pleased to advise which procedures are best suited to your overall objectives.

Get in touch

Our  team is led by Dr Tocca. If you’re ready to invest in yourself and enjoy the bright, healthy smile of your dreams, call now on 01473 257 379. We’ll be happy to arrange a consultation, or provide more information about out teeth whitening service. You can also find out more about our practice by following us on Twitter (@LighthouseDent2), Facebook @LighthouseDentalPractice or Instagram @lighthousedentalipsiwch



Choosing the best anti-ageing cream

We all like to look our best but ageing beautifully takes time and effort. There are, of course, some easy wins. Firstly, don’t smoke. In addition, make sure you use sunscreen daily. Also, try to eat sensibly and drink in moderation. Last, but by no means least, take regular exercise. But these are just the basics. In fact, the next level involves specialist aesthetic beauty treatments. Some, like facials, are non-invasive with short-lived results. Then there are the injectable options, which include anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fillers. In fact, in the hands of a skilled practitioner, the effects are almost instant and can last for months. You can further enhance your appearance, however, if you look after your skin between treatments. So commit to gentle but thorough cleansing, twice a day. Then complement this with a great topical formula, to moisturise, nourish and protect.

There is such a vast array of products available, choosing the right formulation isn’t always easy. So we’ve put together our personal fab five, to help you choose the best anti-ageing cream for your skin and its needs.

Crème de la Mer

Now, Crème de la Mer is a cult classic and with good reason. In fact, the original formula was born when Aerospace Physicist Dr Max Huber suffered burns in a lab accident. After 12 years, he discovered a fermentation process that transformed sea kelp and a selection of other ingredients into Miracle Broth™. Then, this renewing elixir transformed his skin and an anti-ageing legend was born.

Fans rave about Crème de la Mer’s peerless moisturising properties. After all, it soothes dryness, softens dry lines, and restores radiance. Now, the original Crème de la Mer Moisturizing Cream is part of a much wider collection that includes eye products, cleansers, and make-up. It’s definitely not a budget option but we think its visible results suggest it’s worth every penny.

Staying with the sea theme, another great anti-ageing option is the Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream. Its ingredients have been clinically proven to reduce the depth of wrinkles and improve skin firmness, tone and hydration in just 14 days. So what’s not to like? In fact, if you’re considering anti-wrinkle injections, this could be a great candidate for best anti-ageing cream, too. We hear the formula features Mediterranean algae and Gingko Biloba for superior free radical protection. Also, Harper’s Bazaar 150 Best of the Best Beauty Awards 2017 voted it the ‘Best for Mature Skin’.


Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil

Depending on your skin type, the best anti-ageing cream might not be a cream at all. So, if your skin is very dry or dehydrated, you could instead choose an oil for a better option. Step forward Drunk Elephant’s Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil. A lady called Tiffany Masterson founded the brand as she wanted to create cosmetics without toxins and certain other ingredients such as silicones. The result was a new ‘clean-clinical’ beauty collection that is definitely worth the hype.

Hero product Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil delivers clinically proven results to reverse the signs of ageing and offer serious antioxidant benefits. Therefore, it moisturises, rejuvenates and nourishes skin, while restoring a youthful glow. It also relieves redness and blotchiness, while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. So, this beauty product is definitely on our wish-list.

Olay Regenerist 3 Point Super Age-Defying Cream

Unfortunately, lines and wrinkles are not the only telltale signs of ageing skin. Loss of texture and tone can be countered with the help of dermal fillers – an ideal way to add volume and restore youthful contours. However, many anti-ageing creams also claim to lift and firm the skin. One modestly-priced option is Olay Regenerist 3 Point Firming Anti-Ageing Cream Moisturiser. It’s been specifically designed to give dramatically younger looking skin in the areas most prone to ageing: the eyes, jawline and neck. In fact, Olay’s most concentrated amino-peptide complex ever, aims to stop the sag in its tracks.

This Works No Wrinkles Midnight Moisture

In your quest to find the best anti-ageing cream, don’t neglect the night time. In fact, there’s evidence to suggest that skin cells are at their most productive when we’re asleep. Therefore, this means they are more receptive to renewal.

This Works No Wrinkles Midnight Moisture is a fabulously fragrant formulation that firms, smooths, plumps, renews and detoxifies. It even contains retinol, a vitamin A derivative that speeds up cell turnover, boosts collagen production, and promotes skin renewal. So, you simply apply, go to sleep and wake up to a complexion that’s plumper, firmer and more radiant.

WIN! A Dermalogica Your Most Radiant Skin Set (worth £125)


We’re offering you the chance to help restore youthful vitality if you win this fabulous skincare collection. This combines three brightening and firming products that help to target the signs of ageing while reigniting a luminous glow. The set contains Dynamic Skin Recovery SPF50, Multivitamin Power Firm and Rapid Reveal Peel. And we think all three products are an excellent complement to our advanced aesthetic anti-ageing treatments.

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A beacon of hope: We pledge our support to domestic violence charity

Domestic abuse is a major issue in today’s society. In the UK, 1.9 million adults experience domestic abuse every year. Over 90% of high-risk domestic abuse victims are women. And tragically, two women a week are killed by a current or former partner. There are, however, many domestic violence charities dedicated to protecting and empowering abuse survivors. Lighthouse Women’s Aid is one such beacon of hope. Lighthouse Women’s Aid is the chosen charity beneficiary of the 2019 Suffolk Fashion Show. As an official event sponsor, we’re proud to be supporting the life-saving work they do. And with this interview, we’re pleased to raise awareness of the help and support they offer to those in need.

Tell us more about Lighthouse Women’s Aid:

Lighthouse Women’s Aid is a domestic violence charity working with women, young people and children affected by domestic abuse across Suffolk. It’s an established domestic abuse charity that has operated in Ipswich for over 40 years. It helps people who have suffered many different types of abuse, including emotional, psychological, financial and physical. The charity helps to keep them safe while they recover from this abuse, and helps them move towards a brighter future.

How can domestic abuse affect you?

When most people hear the words “domestic abuse”, they think of physical violence. While this is a sad reality for many of the women Lighthouse supports, it goes much further. It’s really important to recognise that domestic abuse is an abuse of power. It’s about one individual taking control over many aspects of another person’s life, limiting their choices, rights and freedoms. It can include financial abuse, and almost always emotional and psychological abuse, in order to manipulate, control and induce fear. This form of abuse is called Coercive Control. It became an offence as part of the Serious Crime Act 2015

How do you aim to help women, young people and children who have been affected by domestic abuse or violence?

As a domestic abuse charity, we aim to help in a number of ways. For example, we provide refuge accommodation for women and their children needing to flee domestic abuse to ensure their safety. We also run a Community Women’s Centre in Ipswich. This Centre provides a range of valuable services, including access to legal, financial and housing advice, and therapeutic and educational programmes. Lighthouse also delivers training to local employers, health professionals and partner agencies, to raise awareness of domestic abuse.

Lighthouse believes we have an obligation to work with children and young people to help them understand the differences between healthy and unhealthy relationships as a preventative measure to reduce domestic abuse. We have delivered a programme in Suffolk Schools called Expect Respect over the last three years. This has, in fact, reached more than 4,000 children and young people, aged from 5 to 18 years. We are expanding this project in response to the increase in demand from schools where Healthy Relationship Education becomes statutory in September 2020.

What sorts of warning signs should you look for?

When you begin a relationship, it’s not always obvious whether or not it will become abusive. It can be difficult to recognise some of the signs of a partner being overbearing or dominant. But here are some of the more common warning signs to look out for:

  • You start to see less and less of your friends and family
  • You start changing your behaviour, your appearance or your actions to suit them
  • Sometimes you feel scared about how your partner will react
  • You don’t express your opinions because your partner will make you feel small or stupid
  • They make all the decisions
  • You feel pressured into doing things you don’t want to do
  • You have to justify yourself because your partner is jealous
  • Your partner criticises you a lot and you begin to feel bad about yourself.

When would you provide refuge accommodation to women and their children?

Refuge accommodation is for women and their children who need to flee an abusive relationship. They need to flee, because they are at high risk of serious harm at the hands of their perpetrator. Taking the decision to leave an abusive relationship is often not enough to ensure their safety. In fact, a woman’s risk increases when she decides to leave. This is because the abuser will often escalate the level of abuse they use to try and maintain control. So it can be a very dangerous time for women and their children.

Women and their children may be housed in a refuge outside the county where they have lived with the abuser. This helps to keep them safe. But it may mean they have to leave their home, job, friends, family, school, pets and toys. They have to move to an unfamiliar area and start all over again. Typically, the average stay in a refuge is six months, although it will vary. Ultimately, it lasts for as long as it needs to.

Tell us more about the available programmes you offer:

One of our roles as a domestic violence charity is to offer a range of therapeutic programmes designed to break the cycle of abuse. We do this by helping survivors to understand the tactics and behaviours of the abuser. Then, we help to build self-esteem, self-determination and empowerment.

 We work with mums and their children to help re-establish their parent/child relationships. Also, we give mums the tools to support their children to come to terms with the abuse they’ve been exposed to. Throughout our courses it is vital that we reiterate that abuse is not the fault of the children or their mothers. They need to know that they are not to blame.

Are there any factors which a professional (dentist/hygienist) could take into account, which might make them more aware of this problem when treating patients?

It’s important for any professional working with the public to be aware of the warning signs of domestic abuse. These can be physical signs, such as injuries like bruising. However, by this stage an individual will already be at high risk. To support victims earlier, there are other signs to be aware of and look out for. These include:

  • Always being accompanied to appointments
  • Constant phone calls (and their reaction to them)
  • Certain changes in their behaviour, for example, withdrawn, upset, agitated or nervous
  • Changes in their mental and emotional wellbeing, such as evidence of self harming, anxiety, depression

Lighthouse offers Domestic Abuse Awareness training for professionals. This training is designed specifically to develop a better understanding of domestic abuse. It also instructs how to respond to disclosures of abuse, and how to signpost patients to get the help they need.

How would you hope your local dentist could take action if required? 

There are simple things any dental practice can do. These include putting up posters about domestic abuse (the back of toilet doors is a good place). Distributing Lighthouse leaflets in the surgery is another option. Practices can also ensure that all staff are knowledgeable about domestic abuse. Staff also need to know what to do/say if someone makes a disclosure, or they suspect a patient is being abused. Telling anyone about being in an abusive relationship is really difficult. So if a patient decides to tell their dentist, it’s vital they get the right response.

Why volunteer for Lighthouse?

Our volunteers are a hugely valuable part of the Lighthouse team. It’s through their gift of time, and their commitment to our work, that we are able to support so many people. By volunteering with Lighthouse you can:

  • Make a real difference to people’s lives
  • Put your skills to good use
  • Learn new skills and get some experience
  • Meet new and like-minded people
  • Work as part of a dedicated, professional team
  • Feel great that you’ve helped others

Firstly, we recognise that each volunteer is an individual. We work hard to understand what’s important to you about volunteering, so we can match you to the right role. Then, we offer a full induction, ongoing training and a range of opportunities to get involved. We are also flexible in how we work, so can often offer opportunities to match your availability.

How can we all help to raise awareness for such a worthwhile local cause?

Domestic abuse remains a major issue in our society. Yet those who suffer domestic abuse find it difficult to talk about it for many reasons. We all have a responsibility to raise our awareness of domestic abuse, and take opportunities to develop understanding in others. If you belong to a community group, why not arrange for Lighthouse to come and talk to you? At work, suggest appointing a Domestic Abuse Champion. Book Lighthouse to do some Domestic Abuse Awareness in the Workplace training. Finally, if anyone you know is behaving in a controlling or abusive manner to their partner or family member, challenge them.

Lighthouse Women’s Aid can be contacted on 01473 220 770 (general enquiries) or email: For confidential advice and support, please call 01473 228 270.

Looking After Your Teeth When Playing Sports

Sore teeth

Taking part in active sports could spell trouble for your teeth!

Most of us are aware that taking part in some physical activity is good for us. It not only helps to keep our weight down and helps us to have a healthy heart, but can also help us to feel better about ourselves, especially if we get plenty of fresh air.

Some low level activities such as walking or relaxed swimming are quite gentle and should have no ill effect on the teeth. Particularly where people take part either in contact sports, or higher level competitions though, their teeth may be at risk. Indeed, studies have been done to show that quite a lot of top athletes have poor oral health (ref 1 below).

What are the risks?

Patients of the Lighthouse Dental Practice who go for brisk walks or even casual swimming at their local pool are unlikely to be affected by most of these risks, but anyone competing at a higher level or playing sports such as rugby or football, should consider these risks very carefully.


This is the most obvious issue for anyone playing contact sports. The risk to tooth damage from an elbow, boot or even ball is significant in high contact sports such as football or rugby. Even the seemingly more gentle game of cricket can lead to teeth being knocked out.

Ultimately, if you play a sport such as this, you need to take steps to protect your teeth. The most effective way to do this is to wear a mouthguard whilst taking part in the sport and these should be custom made so that they are both comfortable and fit correctly. Our Ipswich dental team will make sure that your mouthguard fits correctly and comfortably by taking impressions of your teeth so that the dental laboratory can produce a custom made guard that will protect your teeth and gums from damage.

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Local dentist Dr Tocca appears on Style & Decor blog

Dr  Tocca sat down with journalist and blogger Sarah Worswick to discuss the importance of good dental health and how to choose a great local dentist that offers treatment tailored to your needs. The entire interview appears on their Style & Decor blog however you can see most of the interview right here, right now!

Tell us more about Lighthouse Dental Practice

There has been a dental practice at 34 High Street in Ipswich for over 70 years. In 2007, I joined the local dental community as one of the dentists in Ipswich. I completed my dental degree at the Karolinska Institute, School of Dentistry, Stockholm, Sweden in 1994. Since then I have worked in general practice in both England and Sweden. I strongly believe in high quality dentistry; a personalised, respectful and gentle approach; as well as dental prevention. I am committed to the ongoing development of my professional skills. Consequently, I have regularly attended postgraduate courses in clinical subjects in both in the UK and abroad. My special interests are in Aesthetic and Minimally Invasive Adhesive Dentistry, Periodontology and Implantology. One of my favourite aspects of the job is getting to know my patients. I also enjoy showing them that dentistry can be gentle, aesthetic and constitutes an integral part of the body’s general health.

What is your aim?

We aim to provide the highest level of treatment and service to our patients. We pride ourselves on delivering optimal dentistry, rather than maximal dentistry. Furthermore, we always try to suggest treatments that suit our patients. Each patient is an individual, with individual needs; therefore we assess and treat each patient on an individual basis. One particular aspect that we are proud of is our patient and staff retention. Most of our staff have been with us long-term, and have delivered safety and comfort for many patients over the years. Currently we have several families of four generations amongst our patients. We believe we are an excellent choice for anyone in Ipswich looking for a local dentist.

Are there any particular treatments that you specialise in?

Firstly, despite the fact we are a local dentist, we also provide a wide range of treatments from general and cosmetic dentistry to more complex restorative procedures. That said, Lighthouse Dental Practice is well known for its experience and success with patients who suffer with dental anxiety. Our gentle approach goes a long way in treating most patients. However some need extra help to receive dental treatment in a relaxed manner.

We can offer dental sedation for patients who suffer from dental fear, dental anxiety or dental phobia. Our dedicated website Dental Anxiety Services explains more about dental anxiety and the sedation services we offer.

Which other treatments do you offer?

As a local dentist, Lighthouse Dental Practice also offers the highest standards of patient care in Ipswich to restore and enhance the natural beauty of your smile. We offer personalised and painless restorative and cosmetic treatments. We also offer facial aesthetic treatments for those who wish to have smoother and younger looking skin.

Tell us more about the new facial aesthetics procedure you’ve added to your portfolio?

We are pleased to announce a revolutionary new facial aesthetics procedure using the remarkable technology PRGF®-Endoret® technique. It is ‘Plasma Rich in Growth Factors’, which can be used to help reverse the signs of ageing.

PRGF can help with:

  • Anti-ageing
  • Skin rejuvenation
  • Hair growth
  • Nerve pain

It also promotes painless healing and bone regeneration.


  • 100% Autologous – it comes from your own body, so there’s no risk of rejection. You provide and receive your own growth factors
  • No external additives
  • Improved skin consistency
  • Wrinkle reduction
  • Better facial hydration
  • Increased brightness and luminosity
  • No facial expression changes



Why should we visit our dentist regularly?

Our local dental practice is only as good as our team. We have highly qualified staff that fit our dental practice culture, provide excellent customer service, and complete the highest-quality work possible. So visit us regularly, as often as we recommend (a big advantage of having a local dentist). Maintenance visits are vital to keep your teeth healthy and strong.

Prevention is always better than cure. Maintenance check-ups at your local dentist allow dentists to spot the early warning signs of potential problems before they get serious. They also provide a great opportunity to give guidance and advice and recommend the right treatment solutions.

Our friendly, expert staff, and the extensive range of treatments on offer, are just two great reasons to choose the Lighthouse Dental Practice as your regular Ipswich dentist.

Why is a great smile so important?

A great smile is important for many different reasons. Your teeth play a key role in your lives, so it’s vital you take good care of them. Without them, you can’t chew and digest your food, or even speak clearly. Then there’s the aesthetic aspect. A great smile can transform how you look. It can also have an impact on the way you feel. When you’re confident about your appearance, your self-esteem soars. So keeping that smile bright helps keep your mind-set positive too. But don’t despair if your pearly whites aren’t as radiant as you’d like them to be. There are lots of easy ways to improve your oral health, and achieve and maintain a healthy smile, from basic dental care to teeth whitening.

How would you describe the basics of brushing?

Bright, healthy teeth are clean teeth, so regular and individually adapted tooth-brushing is important. Use fluoride toothpaste and brush gently but thoroughly for as long as necessary to clean your teeth, without causing any damage. This helps to stop the build-up of plaque. Plaque is a sticky, bacterial film like a carpet of bacteria on our teeth surfaces. It forms constantly. If it’s not kept in check, it causes cavities and gum disease, and can harden into tartar. None of which is conducive to a healthy smile! So keep your plaque under control with regular brushing – and don’t forget to change your toothbrush regularly. A fresh brush will clean your teeth effectively without causing damage to the surrounding tissues. Applying the correct amount of pressure is also important. Too much pressure will simply wear off your tooth enamel and damage your gums.

Why should we watch what (and when) we eat?

Too much sugar is the enemy of strong, healthy teeth. Constant snacking isn’t helpful, either.

Give your teeth a 3-4 hour break between meals and avoid large or frequent amounts of fruit. Eat vegetables instead! They aren’t as acidic as fruit, so they won’t attack your enamel. They also contain less sugar, which will benefit both your teeth and your general health. Less than 5% of our energy should come from sugar, so try hard to avoid it, even in drinks or smoothies. In our opinion, fruit smoothies are far from innocent, since they are high in both acids and sugars. Unless your doctor recommends otherwise, we would suggest eating four portions of vegetables per day, and only one of fruit.

What are your thoughts on snacking?

Just say no to snacking if you want a bright, healthy smile! Drinking plenty of water can help to neutralise acid attacks, as can chewing sugar-free gum after eating. If you must indulge, try to avoid foods and drinks that are known to stain and discolour your teeth. Popular culprits include tea, coffee, red wine, beetroot and curry.

Should Dental Veneers Be Used On Healthy Teeth?

A white smile with veneers

Our Ipswich dental team takes a look….

Dental veneers were first used by the Hollywood industry to produce nicer looking teeth when actors were filmed close up and were designed to last only for a short while whilst the film was being made.

They are now much more widely used, not only by actors and celebrities, but increasingly by the general public too.

Moreover, modern veneers can now last for around ten years or more with appropriate care.

We use veneers for a number of purposes at the Lighthouse Dental Practice in Ipswich. They can be used to whiten teeth, where staining or discolouration is too far advanced for a teeth whitening procedure to be successful. They can also be used to cover up minor defects such as cosmetic chips and cracks in the teeth. Finally, they can also be used to protect a tooth that has suffered enamel erosion, and occasionally can also be used to close a diastema (gap in the front teeth) too.

A possible dilemma

Above, we have listed the problems that porcelain dental veneers can be used for. The question that both dentist and patients need to jointly decide is whether they should be used for these purposes i.e what are the pros and cons for each individual circumstance?

We take a look at some of the typical decision points below.

Whiter teeth

Preventative dental care is the best way to keep your teeth looking whiter for as long as possible, where diligent brushing and avoiding staining food and drinks will help to keep your teeth nice and bright. Eventually though, your teeth will gradually darken as they age and a teeth whitening procedure should be the first consideration as it is quite straightforward and also non invasive. However, you could also consider our porcelain veneers where staining is more advanced, but this will require an invasive dental treatment to prepare the teeth before the veneers are fitted.

So there is a balance here. Generally speaking, dentists prefer not to do any invasive work on a healthy natural tooth unless it is essential. On the other hand, badly discoloured teeth are unsightly and can have a negative effect on your confidence and general well being. There are no right or wrong answers here, and the best thing that you can do it to arrange a consultation with one of our Ipswich cosmetic dentists to discuss the options open to you.

Chipped or cracked teeth

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How to look younger with cosmetic & facial treatments

If you want to know how to look younger, you may find you’re in need of a cosmetic or facial treatment to give you a little helping hand. At Lighthouse Dental Practice, we are known for our work on various procedures, which can help you turn back time. So, if you are looking for ways in which to reverse some of the signs of ageing, you’ve certainly come to the right place. Our dental practitioner Dr Tocca at our Ipswich practice in Suffolk, explains how these all work:

Plasma Rich in Growth Factors (PRGF®)

We can now offer you a revolutionary new facial aesthetics procedure called PRGF®(Plasma Rich in Growth Factors). This uses remarkable technology, which has been developed by the BTI, (BT Bio-Technology) is called the PRGF®-Endoret® technique. However, this procedure is so versatile, it can be used to reverse the signs of ageing, it can help skin rejuvenation and hair growth, it can promote painless healing and bone regeneration and even reduce nerve pain.


How to look younger with the PRGF®-Endoret® technique

If you are concerned about what this new treatment involves, let us help to put your mind at rest. We simply take a blood sample from a vein in your arm, just as you would expect from a normal blood test. Then, we use a centrifuge to separate the blood into its components. As a result, we take clinically effective fractions from these components, which help to regenerate the tissues. Secondly, we will ask whether you would like them to numb the points where they will then inject the plasma into your skin. In fact, the treatment takes between 45 minutes and 1.5 hours so it’s a relatively quick procedure. So, you can ask for a time estimate beforehand as this will depend on how many areas or how large the area is to be treated.
If you need to choose specific areas to help you on your anti-ageing journey, you could for example pick facial and neck-lines, the scalp for hair generation and/or the back of your hands. However, you can also use the PRGF®-Endoret® technique for socket preservation in preparation for a future implant following tooth extraction.

The benefits

There is no risk of rejection, which can occur with other anti-ageing treatment methods, because this method is 100% Autologous (we use your own tissues) so you are providing and receiving your own ‘growth factors’. External additives are not used in this technique and there’s no need to worry about losing the character in your face as your facial expressions will remain. In addition, you can benefit from increased skin consistency and wrinkle reduction, so this could be the perfect solution, if you want to know how to look younger.

How does PRGF®-Endoret® work?

In fact, the actual procedure is not only relatively quick, but the results are too. So, you should find noticeable effects around 24 hours later, which will increase following further sessions. We tend to suggest more sessions with further maintenance treatments, within the first three months depending on your individual skin type and age.

We recommend three sessions in the first three months, however we initially provide you with a 15- minute consultation, which is free of charge You can expect to pay from £450 for one treatment (Therapeutic Process) or £1,200 for a course of three. Following this, treatment sessions tend to be between one to three per year, depending on your age and skin type. Our clinician will inform you our your most appropriate treatment according to your unique profile. In fact, we charge for each individual session on an appointment by appointment basis. O% finance is available however this is subject to status.

Dermal fillers

We offer these injections to fill wrinkles and creases in the skin. This is a popular method, which can also be used to increase the volume and definition of the lips and cheeks, for those who want a solution for how to look younger. In fact, the fillers are made from a variety of materials and the effects can be either temporary or permanent. But this will depend on the filler type. If you’re considering dermal fillers, we always recommend that you need to be certain about why you want them first. If you’re wondering how much money you may need to part with, you can expect to pay from £150 to £300 per session for facial fillers, which depends on the amount of product used.

 What to expect & what it involves

Our dentists or nurse can provide a local anaesthetic cream or injection first. We will then inject the filler in a series of small injections and we may massage the area. So, you may find that each treatment feels uncomfortable but it won’t be painful; this can take from 30 minutes to one hour. You’ll find that most fillers aren’t permanent. In addition, there is no guarantee that you will achieve the desired effect. Also, you’ll need to bear in mind that the ageing process will still happen in areas we are unable to inject, such as the eyelids. Afterwards, the area may be a little swollen, feel tender and look red for 24 hours. In addition, during that time, we may advise you to avoid coffee, alcohol, hot drinks and the sun.

Are there any risks?

We believe that risks will depend on whether the procedure is carried out correctly (which is why it’s important to ensure you check your practitioner’s credentials) and the type of filler, which is used. In fact, we know that permanent fillers carry the highest risk of developing problems and some practitioners feel they are best avoided.

How to look younger with muscle relaxing injections

This wrinkle reduction treatment can work on a whole host of areas on the face. From frown (glabellar) and forehead lines to nose and mouth (nasalabial) lines, not forgetting smile lines, crow’s feet and lip enhancements, these are a number of areas, which are perfectly suited to this treatment. However, if you’re considering these injections, which contain botulinum toxin, we want you to be certain about why you want them.

What are they?

Injectable anti-ageing treatments are a quick and convenient way to smooth out those lines on the forehead and around the eyes and mouth, without the need for surgery. At Lighthouse Dental Practice, your dentist/nurse will inject small amounts of anti-aging solution in the area of the wrinkles. This way, it works by temporarily relaxing the facial muscles that are responsible for producing the wrinkling of the facial skin. Therefore, you can achieve a more youthful appearance with smoother, flatter skin. So, you will benefit from less obvious crow’s feet and frown lines. In fact, muscle relaxing injections can temporarily alter your appearance.

How to alleviate any concerns

Although this method can achieve fantastic results, the effect isn’t permanent and there’s simply no guarantee that your desired effect will be achieved. Please bear in mind that the ageing process will still occur elsewhere. Sagging eyelids are one such example as previously mentioned because these injections can not fix this issue. In addition, for those of you who may have safety concerns, botulinum toxin is a prescription-only medicine. Basically, this means that only an appropriately trained healthcare professional should prescribe and provide this method. So, you can expect treatment from a doctor, dentist, pharmacist, prescriber or nurse prescriber. However, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, we will not administer botulinum injections. This is because the effects on a baby are unknown. It tends to cost from £150 to £350 per session for botulinum toxin injections, however this price depends on the amount and brand used.

What the treatment involves

Firstly, we must stress that the importance having a face-to-face consultation with your dentist. After all, they will be administering the anti-ageing injections. Secondly, we will want to discuss your medical history with you. This will include any medications you have or are currently taking so we can understand your health background. We will also want to know why you want this treatment before we go ahead. We believe it’s important to discuss your expectations, too. Thirdly, we don’t tend to use local anaesthetic. Instead, we will clean your skin. Then, we will inject small amounts of botulinum toxin into the facial muscles, earmarked for treatment. We tend to carry out several injections at different sites, which takes around ten minutes. These injections can be a little painful, however most people tolerate the discomfort well.


You’ll find the results are not instantaneous although some patients may experience treatment effect in 48 to 72 hours. In fact, most patients do not notice the full treatment effect till 7 to 14 days have passed. We always advise on a 30-day wait if you desire additional treatment. Also, we recommend that you avoid rubbing or massaging the treated areas for up to three days. Then, you can enjoy the effects for around four to six months. In terms of the results, this will depend on your skin type, thickness and degree of wrinkling. Then, if you want to maintain the effect, you’ll need regular, follow-up injections.

What’s the best way to achieve natural-looking rejuvenation (not fake/frozen)?

You can only suffer from a frozen look when you have too many anti-aging injections in one area. However, we work under the strictest regulations in the UK, exceeding all mandatory and voluntary requirements. So, our Lighthouse Dental Practice dentists and nurse are qualified to prescribe the correct dosage and treatment frequency. In fact, we target only the small, specific muscles responsible for unwanted lines and wrinkles. So, this means your normal facial expressions will remain unaffected.

We will discuss the best plan for you to achieve your desired look.


The Long Term Implications Of Gum Disease

Gum disease

Ipswich dentist, Dr  Tocca, explains why diligent gum care is essential.

You will probably have seen various adverts on TV  extolling the virtues of toothpastes that claim to prevent gum disease.

In many of these, the patient brushes their teeth and spits into the sink and notices there is blood amongst it. This is one of the more obvious symptoms of gum disease, but unfortunately a little blood isn’t the only consequence of periodontal problems.

At The Lighthouse Dental Practice, we have a duty to make sure that our patients are aware of the reasons why they should keep their gums clean. In this blog, we look at what the effects might be if you don’t look after them properly.

Unpleasant symptoms

Before we look at the effects of gingivitis and periodontitis (stages of gum disease), let us take a look at some of the possible symptoms you might exhibit if affected by this problem. In themselves, they can be quite uncomfortable, or, in the case of halitosis, socially unacceptable.

The most common symptoms are, as mentioned earlier, spitting blood following brushing. You may also find that your gums are sore, red or inflamed. Other possible symptoms include receding gums, persistent bad breath and potentially, teeth that are loose.

It should be noted that just because you don’t have any of these symptoms doesn’t mean that you are necessarily free of gum disease. You should always have your oral health monitored on a regular basis, no matter how trouble free you think your teeth are.

Dental consequences

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Perfect your posture with Pilates

There’s no doubt that exercise in all its forms, from running and swimming to walking and badminton, is important to keep in shape and stay healthy. In fact, at Lighthouse Dental Practice, we enjoy taking regular exercise, from running in Christchurch Park, Ipswich, to local Pilates classes. It’s so important when the NHS advices that adults, aged between 19 and 64, should try to be active every day. Their physical activity guidelines include a whole host of recommendations you can follow. And one piece of advice is to do strengthening exercises that work all the major muscles, for two or more days a week.


So, if you’re looking for a way in which to strengthen and realign your body, we think Pilates classes could be just what you’re looking for. After all, this form of exercise has been popular for decades, for men (including footballers and athletes) and women. From correcting posture and soothing aching muscles to energising the body and mind, it seems this particular workout is steeped in benefits.


Tailor Your Holiday is a dynamic company based in Ipswich, Suffolk, which offers a whole host of Pilates and yoga workshops and retreats or even bespoke holidays. So, we caught up with the co-founder, Pilates instructor Asimina Kourouni, recently to find out what they can offer and why Pilates should be top of your to-do list. Here’s what she had to say:


 Tell us about your background?

Well, I have more than 15 years’ experience in the fitness industry and I hold a University degree in Sports and Exercise Sciences. My qualifications include EREPS Level 6 health and exercise specialist, aerobic dance, prenatal Pilates, rehabilitation of the spinal cord and related musculoskeletal conditions, and Body Balance certification. Along with my Pilates studies, I have become an accredited 2nd Degree Reiki therapist of the Usui System of Natural Healing. So, the combination of my studies makes my teaching approach more holistic.

Do you remember your first training session?

When I attended my first Pilates class, I felt that it fitted my body perfectly. The way I moved during this session felt so natural. In fact, the following morning, it was that feeling, which made me fall in love with Pilates. I remember I ached in parts of my body that I had never ached before. However, that ‘pain’ was ‘sweet’. It was the result of the effort I had put in, without feeling exhausted at the end of the session.

How has your health and exercise experience altered your perception of wellbeing?

Our motto at Tailor Your Holiday is: “Train your body, free your mind and feed your soul”. After 15 years’ practicing, training and coaching, you get to a point where every detail makes a difference. In fact, the experience gives you a better perspective of the human body and your approach becomes more holistic. After all, everything is connected; the body, mind and spirit. So, you cannot be strong if your mind is weak and you cannot achieve mentally without the physical strength. Hippocrates of Kos, the Greek physician who is well known as the ‘Father of Medicine’’, once said: “A healthy mind is a healthy body”. Yes, this is my greatest belief.

What makes Tailor Your Holiday different?

Well, we connect with the communities where our activities take place. In fact, this ingredient is essential to create a blissful, well-being experience for you and a sustainable business strategy for us.  We have carefully curated only small and medium-sized, family-run businesses who employ local experienced staff as our partners. So, this way, we can deliver a truly authentic local experience during your bespoke holiday.

We also build long-lasting relationships with our partners based around respecting all our cultural diversities, protecting the surrounding ecosystems and the need to preserve local traditions, trades and professional activities. This way, we can offer a comprehensive collection of well-being workshops workshops coaching  and retreats or you can consider a bespoke holiday plan at home or abroad – the choice is yours…

Tell us more about your Pilates classes?

We separate our Tailor your Holiday Pilates classes into levels: Pilates for beginners, intermediate and advanced. You can use the Pilates reformer machines for compound exercises that really focus on balance and stability. However, if the Pilates reformer is not for you, we offer mat Pilates classes, too. My classes on the Allegro Reformer Machine with a hands-on approach are hosted at Pulse Pilates  & Fitness Studio in Ipswich. Meanwhile, I hold mat Pilates classes at Quay Place Heritage and Wellbeing Centre, Ipswich.

Why should we take up Pilates?

  • It restores your posture and you learn how to breathe properly, so any pain related to the spine gradually decreases.
  • Pilates increases flexibility and balance, giving you a feeling of being faster and lighter.
  • It activates the muscles in a way that, after a couple of sessions, the body is firm and you look taller and thinner even if you haven’t lost a pound. It carves/shapes the body in a magical way.
  • Pilates teaches you strength and balance.
  • You will work muscles you didn’t know you had.
  • You will notice the difference in your arms. Pilates doesn’t seem like the sort of exercise to work your biceps and triceps, but it really does.
  • Pilates involves a lot of small, intricate movements working muscles that don’t want to work, so it requires a lot of concentration.
  • It also helps to relieve physical tension in your body, making you feel nice and relaxed.
  • It gives you a great sense of achievement.

Are Pilates classes more suitable for women?

No, Pilates is suitable for everyone.  For example, we help competitive cyclists, both female and male, build Pilates into their regime, both on and off-season. Off-season, we can use it to help you build strength and improve alignment. However, during the season, it will help you to stretch and release tight muscles, whilst improving core strength.

Core strength, flexibility, balance and efficient movement patterns are highly relevant to men’s fitness. In fact, the integrative component of Pilates can be especially beneficial for men, whose workouts often emphasise a part-by-part approach to muscular development. Increasing flexibility is a goal that Pilates addresses in a way that men often feel comfortable with.



What activities can you take part in on a retreat?

Our retreats provide seaside or countryside accommodation, the meals are locally sourced and all-day healthy snacks and different activities, depending on the location. We customise every aspect of the Tailor Your Holiday experience to your unique needs. So, from the moment you contact us, we’ll make you feel as comfortable and relaxed as possible. We then provide everything you need to design and deliver a unique experience. We can offer cycling, running, trekking and hiking retreats combined with yoga, Pilates and nutrition.


We have teamed up Suffolk’s leading independent department store Coes to offer you the chance to win a £100 voucher for use on fitness clothing in their sports department. So, you’ll have no excuse not to get fit. With a new outfit, you could instantly feel more confident when you join a local Pilates class this summer!

To be in with a chance of winning, simply FOLLOW Lighthouse Dental Practice Twitter account (@LighthouseDent2) and Coes (@CoesIpswich). Them RETWEET one competition post on our Lighthouse Dental Twitter feed (@LighthouseDent2). The winner will be chosen at random, after the closing date [30.6.19] and will be notified accordingly. Good luck!

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  • Closing date for all entries is midnight Sunday 30 June 2019.
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