July 16th, 2013
Plaque just never knows when to throw the towel in: always ready to strike, always ready get nasty and people in central London should always ensure that they maintain a high level of oral hygiene because when it is aloud to grow, it can then throw its big guns at you, like tooth decay and periodontal disease. Plaque is a horrible sticky substance that breeds from bacteria on the teeth and if not removed, it will quickly harden into tartar and strangle the life out of the gums, and then infect them. Once this happens, the gums will then start to pull away from the teeth, allowing the infection to move down into the bone structure below the tooth- you are now looking at tooth loss. All this can be prevented in the beginning and there is no excuse really because there are two things on your side- products and your dentist. More and more, the products on the shelves of shops are designed at dealing with plaque: there are plaque and tartar busting toothbrushes, toothpastes and mouthwashes; you can even get a dye that will show up the areas where plaque is lurking. Then you have your dentist who will spot tartar straight away and remove it. Getting rid of periodontal disease is not so easy though: it can take months to remove the infection after which, you may require bone and tissue grafts, so do yourself a favour, work harder at keeping your teeth clean.
May 29th, 2013
As you get older in central London, you will start to notice how the more indestructible qualities start to fade and how problems can start to crop up. This is also true of the way your teeth and gums start to succumb to problems; it gets harder to keep on top of things but one condition you should always be alert to is gum disease. I not only rip’s the heart out of your gums, threatening you with tooth loss, it can also rip the life out of your heart as well over time. As soon as you start to suffer from this condition, it will leak toxins and poisons into your blood and if left unchecked, it will promote disease in your heart, causing it to fail in the future. It will also demand a lot of hard work and effort in order to beat it. If your teeth show any signs of bleeding once you have brushed them, you must act fast. Talk to your hygienist about everything that you do in your life and come up with a game plan in order to fight the disease. This may well involve a huge change in lifestyle with your diet, your habits at home- smoking and drinking and then sorting out your oral hygiene. You need to throw everything you can at gum disease, because the trail of destruction it can leave throughout your body can be fatal in the long run.
February 28th, 2013
If there is one disease in central London that causes more devastation and complications in your mouth more than any other, it’s gum disease, and not content just to destroy your gums, it will be poisoning your blood, your heart and other organs as well. It starts, like anything does in your mouth, with the build up of tartar and plaque on the surfaces of your teeth and whilst unleashing the threat of tooth decay upon you, it will start to infect your gums. The first signs of this can either be picked up by your dentist, or if your gums weep, you have a bad taste in your mouth or you have blood on your toothbrush after you have cleaned your teeth. This is the time to strike back as stopping the problem now will also help to save your teeth further down the line (as well as your life). Your dentist will do all that can be done in the dental surgery, but it is the way you deal with it at home that really counts. For a start, cut out any bad habits you may have like smoking and drinking and then enrich your diet to build up you immune system: this provides your mouth with saliva and you need it to help fight off bacteria. The it’s down to oral hygiene- change it, rinse with salt water after brushing, use herbal remedies on your brush and dental floss and at the end of the day, treat your gums with a herbal massage to stimulate them and get the blood flowing again within. And even once the disease is under control, keep these new found ways of looking after your gums and teeth going.
January 19th, 2013
For some people, the wearing of dentures not only symbolises the onslaught of old age, but also as some form of imprisonment that has taken away the general freedom to ever be you again. And dentures in the past have done nothing to destroy these myths either. But thankfully, modern dentures, and the time and effort put into developing them, has rather brought them back from the verge of extinction and dare it be said, made them ‘cool’ again. The treatment of gum and periodontal disease has meant that dentists save a lot more teeth these days, which has seen a big rise in people wearing partial dentures. They are not only cheap; they are softer- meaning they adhere better to the gums and surrounding teeth, and are easy to pop in and out. The same can be said of full dentures too: they look natural and again, being made from softer materials, they adhere better to the mouth. But alongside the ever improving adhesives that are being used to keeping dentures in the mouth, it’s the use of mini dental implants that have brought about the revolution and freedom for today’s denture wearers; a handful of these located around the jawbone lock the dentures solidly into place.
January 4th, 2013
Central London is a very demanding place to live and expects the best of you at all times; the way you look is essential in this as appearances mean everything and can be the difference between you getting ahead or not. However, all of this is pointless if you suffer with bad breath as it can undo everything you have strived to achieve- so it needs to be fought against to get yourself back in the game. The causes can be many-fold; habits such as smoking, heavy drinking and a poor diet can help to dry up the saliva in the mouth, and if this happens, you are leaving yourself open to gum disease and tooth decay- another two protagonists in bad breath. Firstly, you need to see your dentist and hygienist in order to check for problems in your teeth and gums and then work out a way to tackle your diet and bad habits in order to get the saliva levels up in your mouth again. Your oral hygiene must change and improve: introducing herbal remedies into your daily programme can help to calm your mouth down and restore the blood flow back into the gums; your tongue must also be cleaned as it harbours lots of bacteria. Drinking lots of water can also help in keeping the mouth hydrated, as can chewing gum and sucking on sugar-free sweets. If all of these methods fail to work, then you’ll need to see a doctor, as the problem could well be emanating from deep inside you and completely unrelated to your mouth.
December 25th, 2012
Your gums and teeth are very complex combinations that need constant care and attention, because the things that attack them are equally as complex; out of the two, the gums are probably more susceptible to disease. Poor lifestyle and oral hygiene are two of the main reasons why plaque will build up around the teeth and turn into tartar, and soon it will infect the gums. The early signs of this are when you clean your teeth and discover blood on your toothbrush- this is the time to act and act fast: talk to your dentist, clean up your act when it comes to your diet and your hygiene and start to care for your gums. Incorporate herbal remedies when you brush and floss and massage your gums daily to encourage stimulation in the blood flow. Gum disease can be beaten, but you have to keep on top of it at all times, otherwise, aside from leading to your teeth falling out, it is a killer. Whilst it is present, it will leak deadly toxins into the bloodstream and these will be deposited into your heart and other vital organs in your body and over a sustained period of time, these organs will pack in. it truly is a disease not to be taken lightly and should be acted upon fast in central London.
October 20th, 2012
The gums house your teeth: they are delicate yes, but they keep the blood flowing around the mouth in order to keep your teeth healthy. However, their fragility leaves them vulnerable to abuse from the elements that enter the mouth. As ever, all of us are different, and some gums are stronger than others, but generally, if you have a healthy lifestyle, you gums will be strong as well, as long as you eat well and maintain a good level of oral hygiene. If only that were the case in such a tempting place like London eh? Sometimes, we may well throw caution to the wind and let our hair down: this is where the gums come under threat and if you continue on this course, they can well become diseased. The first signs being when you are rinsing blood out of your mouth after brushing and this is the time you must act fast to stop it going any further and get along to see your dentist. If after the check-up, you check out okay, then it may be that you are just using too hard a brush for your mouth. But, a dentist will pick up on any signs of gum disease and will take the appropriate measures by deep cleaning and scaling below the gum line. This alone won’t solve the problem, but your dentist or hygienist can also enlighten you as to what to do at home in order to stop the gums from bleeding, and then what you should continue to do to avoid the problem from ever happening again.
August 1st, 2012
Gum disease at some point and in some form, will affect over 70% of people in living in London and once you get it, it’s difficult to get rid of as it is so persistent. In its infancy you probably wouldn’t see the early signs of it. It begins when plaque is allowed to build up around the base of the teeth and this will then start to infect the gums. From this point, it will cause the gums to bleed after brushing and that’s when you know you have a problem; your gums will also ‘weep’ and start to recede. If this is allowed to progress further your teeth will decay and you will develop periodontal disease that will eat away at your jawbone and your teeth will start to disappear. Even more sinister, while all this destruction to your mouth is going on, the toxins from the gum disease will leak into your bloodstream and there have been links between the disease and organ failure in the body, especially the heart. Solving it means immediate action; the dentist is your first call in order to evaluate how bad the problem is and your teeth and gums will be deep cleaned. The next stage is down to you- the way you care for your mouth, and body too, in the home must change. Throw every product you can at the problem and ‘up’ the way clean your teeth and gums- then change your lifestyle. Smoking is a real killer for diseased gums and can hinder and treatments. Your diet must also improve to build up your immune system.
July 2nd, 2012
Do your gums bleed when brushing or flossing? Do you experience tenderness in your gums? Do they look swollen? Do you have persistent bad breath? If you answer yes to some or all of these questions you may have gum disease. Even with modern dental treatments, gum disease is still a very common problem. At best it can cause discomfort when eating or talking, at worst it can lead to tooth loss and serious infections.
Your local London dentist can help you prevent gum disease, or treat it if you already have it. The sooner you can spot gum disease the more easily it is treated; regular visits to the dentist will help you it early. As mentioned, the first symptoms of gum disease can be very mild: bleeding gums, tenderness, swelling, or even bad breath. If you experience any of these you should make sure that you are taking good care of your teeth, many mild cases can be treated with good dental hygiene. Brush at least two or three times a day and floss regularly. Gum disease is predominantly caused by the build up of plaque on the teeth around the gums. Plaque is predominantly bacteria and so should be removed as quickly and effectively as possible before it can spread. If the symptoms become pronounced you should make an appointment with your dentist.
Beyond the first symptoms there can be serious complications to gum disease if left untreated. Tooth abscesses (pockets of pus) can build up in your gums. The tissue that connects your tooth to its socket can degrade until your teeth fall out. Visit your dentist if you have any concerns and they will be able to offer a professional cleaning and treatment that is very effective at reducing gum disease.
June 28th, 2012
Gum disease is a common dental problem with serious effects. Left untreated it can result in terrible tooth ache and eventual lose of teeth. Caused by the build up of plaque, a ‘biofilm’ of bacteria, on your teeth and around your gums it is essential to brush with a fluoride toothpaste and floss regularly to remove the plaque.
The first symptom, called ‘gingivitis’, you may be suffering from gum disease will be an inflammation and irritation of the gums; they will begin to look red and swollen and feel tender. You may also find that brushing and flossing your teeth causes bleeding of the gums. The occurrence of persistent bad breath, known as ‘halitosis’, may be a sign of gum disease. If you notice any of these symptoms appearing it is very important that you maintain good dental hygiene and visit your Central London dentist before the gum disease reaches the next stage.
Without being treated gingivitis will develop into ‘periodontitis’, the next stage of gum disease. At this point, very serious issues can begin to occur as your teeth’s connective tissue begins to break down. Your teeth will become looser within your gums accompanied by pain and bleeding. Becoming looser, your teeth will have a much higher chance of falling, or being knocked, out.
As the gum disease causes more of your teeth to be exposed to plaque and bacteria the rate of damage will become much higher. Without early treatment your dentist will have to extract the infected teeth and replace them with artificial alternatives. Visit your dentist regularly to catch the signs early and prevent any serious damage from happening.