November 1st, 2011
Every time you light up a cigarette in London, you are putting quite a strain on your mouth, teeth and gums. The nicotine and chemicals in a fag attack the natural saliva in your mouth and over a prolonged period of time, this will cause the mouth to dry up. Apart from the staining from nicotine, the lack of saliva will put your mouth at danger to periodontal disease, cavities and inevitably gum disease- which is a killer in itself as it can have detrimental effects on the heart. Overcoming the problem isn’t easy either and may require intricate techniques down at the dentists, let alone the fact that you are going to have to be more attentive to the way you look after teeth and gums. Dentists are very aware of such issues and some will also give you advice on how to quit smoking altogether. Once you have a habit, it isn’t that simple to just drop, but it is important that you are completely aware of the dangers that come with smoking and the damage it can cause to your gums; no-one is telling you how to live your life, far from it, but you can at least try to cut down and learn to look after your oral hygiene. Your dentist will be there to give you all the advice you need so don’t be afraid to ask.
September 15th, 2011
Many people are aware of flossing but either don’t get around to it or think it is unnecessary to carry it out. In fact flossing is a vital weapon in the fight against plaque in the mouth and the failure to floss can have, in the long term, consequences as serious as tooth loss through advanced dental decay.
Dental floss is easily available in super markets and pharmacies and is affordable too. It comes in handy, small boxes which means that it can easily be carried around and taken on trips and holidays. Within the boxes you will find a long roll of dental floss that can be torn off into small lengths using a serrated section on the lip of the box. Tear off an amount that will be easily manoeuvrable with both of your hands and pull it in between two teeth. Move it backwards and forwards and then repeat the process in the next gap.
This is necessary to do regularly because brushing alone cannot always remove plaque from what can be tight gaps between teeth. If plaque stays in these gaps then it will begin to erode the protective enamel from the surface of teeth and also cause gum disease. Too much contact between gums and acidic plaque causes gums to become inflamed. If this inflammation spreads to the jaw bone then tooth loss becomes a serious concern.
Central London dentists report that many people are put off flossing because the first time they do it they experience bleeding from the gums. This is quite normal and should cease after a few more time as your gums become hardier.
September 13th, 2011
Plaque is not just a bothersome substance when it comes to teeth. It also has a profound effect on gums when it is exposed to them. As such, taking the right care of your mouth is doubly important because it means not just saving your teeth from erosion but also stopping gum disease. Often misunderstood, gum disease can cause teeth to be lost and is something that it is worth doing your best to side step if possible.
The good news is that gum disease is pretty easy to avoid if you follow the simple processes of maintaining good oral hygiene. The thing to remember is that plaque left on the gum line of teeth will cause the gums to become inflamed. Bear this in mind when brushing so that you are removing plaque from those particular areas of teeth as well. But make sure that you are not over compensating and brushing too hard because this can damage the gums.
Flossing is vital too because plaque, not to mention food debris can easily hide in the gaps between teeth. Once there it can do immense damage, not only to teeth but to the gums also. Regular brushing is unlikely to be able to remove the plaque and debris from the tight gaps between teeth and, without flossing, the plaque there can start to cause the inflammation that heralds gum disease. By pulling medicated dental floss between your teeth you will be doing the best job to remove plaque from those sensitive areas.
Your City of London dentist will tell you that healthy gums are a shade of pink. Any reddening or swelling should be reported to your dentist immediately.
August 19th, 2011
A fact that may surprise many people is that gum disease actually accounts for more cases of tooth loss than the decay of teeth themselves. The real tragedy that is the backdrop to that fact is that gum disease is easily avoidable by following a simple set of advice and staying in a situation of good communication with your dentist.
In understanding the causes of gum disease, one can go a long way towards stopping it from happening. Just like the decay of your teeth, gums are damaged by being over exposed to plaque. It causes the gums to become inflamed and reddened and to feel rather sore as a result. This stage is known as gingivitis but if things get progressively worse, this can develop into periodontitis where the gums begin to recede as the inflammation spreads to the jaw bone too.
Brushing your teeth well and using a brush with firm bristles should remove most of the plaque from your mouth but it is vital that you floss as well. This is because plaque does not only live on the surfaces of teeth, it will also prevail in the small, tight gaps between teeth. Flossing is the only way to remove it from these gaps and by doing so you will significantly reduce the chances of developing gum disease.
At your regular dental check ups with your Central London dentist, the signs of early gum disease can easily be spotted thanks to the thorough examination that you will be subject to. Usually your dentist will simply remind you to floss but if the problem is a lot worse then more drastic action might be needed.
July 4th, 2011
It is teeth that tend to grab most of the headlines when it comes to dentistry. But this is changing as the public realise that they need to take just as much care over their gums as their teeth. This recognition is timely as gum disease is a real problem amongst adults in the United Kingdom and accounts for more cases of teeth being lost than actual tooth decay.
This is hardly surprising when you think about it. Gums are essentially what hold teeth in place, with help from the jaw bone too of course. Yet they can become diseased in much the same way that teeth can become unhealthy. The prime culprit in both cases is the plaque that is formed when you eat and drink. If it is not adequately cleared from the gums then they will lose their health and there will be an impact on your mouth.
Initially gum disease can be diagnosed because of slight reddening and feelings of sensitivity when substances that are hot or cold are consumed. In advances stages then the gums will be far from the pink colour that indicates excellent health, instead they will turn a fierce hue of red and begin to recede, giving the effect that teeth are lengthening.
The best way to combat gum disease is not only to brush as normal but also to make sure that are flossing too. Flossing is a vital activity that removes the plaque from the places where tooth brushes are simply unable to reach: between your teeth. In the early stages of gum disease (called gingivitis) this is probably all that your City of London dentist will advise and the condition is quite reversible. But once things have progressed and periodontitis takes hold, tooth loss becomes a great possibility and more drastic action might be needed.
June 20th, 2011
Every good parent wants their child to have the best possible start in life so that their offspring can be happy and healthy. Taking care of teeth is of paramount importance because any damage sustained to teeth will affect the child for the rest of their life. We only get one set of healthy teeth so it is worth taking care of them, but for young children the responsibility rests with their parents or guardians.
Plaque is as much of a concern for children as it is the rest of us. Everything ought to be done to ensure that plaque doesn’t take hold, causing dental decay and or gum disease. But trying to get children to brush their teeth can be nothing short of a nightmare. You can’t brush their teeth for them forever so it is essential that you encourage them to do it themselves. Brightly coloured tooth brushes featuring cartoon characters can be helpful, as can give them incentives.
Restricting the amount of sugary snacks that they eat is also advisable, especially if you are having difficulty getting your son or daughter to brush their teeth. Dental sealants can be a useful tool because it provides youthful teeth with an extra layer of protection against the plaque which can attack enamel.
Get your child comfortable with being in the dental surgery so that it becomes a lifelong habit for them. Dental phobia can form in children if you pass on negative attitudes about the dentist to them. It is not a good idea to get your child into a position where they don’t want to see the dentist and, as such put themselves at risk from oral ailments. With their teeth developing, it is imperative that your City of London dentist keeps an eye on how they are coming through.
May 31st, 2011
At any time the blood is poisoned, it is circulated straight away to the whole body by your heart. Death by serious poisoning is instantaneous because all of the organs are hit viciously at the same time and shut down through the trauma. However, a gentle, mild poisoning, builds up in the organs over time and when the body can take it no more, the organs start to fail. Dentists in the city of London have identified the risk to the heart and constant infections of the blood, by diseases that emanate from the mouth. Gum disease is the major criminal here. They will bang on and on about it, but they have a point- poor oral hygiene will get you in the end. If you’re lazy, miss appointments and fail to do the basic oral hygiene procedures, you are putting your life at risk, maybe not now, but further on down the line. Once plaque gets in, it collects around the teeth and attacks the enamel of the teeth; the bacteria that grows from this, then starts to poison the gums. In the ‘good old days’, the dentist would just pull your teeth and fit you with dentures- but that couldn’t reverse the fact your blood had already been damaged and your body infected. Come on people! How hard is it to visit your dentist regularly and to brush, floss and rinse at least twice a day? It’s your life and you choose the outcome.
May 25th, 2011
All dentists in central London have always been aware of the importance oral hygiene, but it’s thanks to scientific studies over the past 20 years, that they now also know how a bad mouth can affect the rest of the body, and one of these examples is the link between gum disease and diabetes. Unless you are of an immaculate constitution, gum disease will get to most of us, in some form, at some stage of our lives. It emanates from poor oral hygiene and diet to begin with, growing out of the build up of plaque around the teeth. Once it sets in, it starts to poison the blood that flows into the rest of the body and if left to roam, has been proven to cause diabetes. If you have diabetes, or know anyone that has, it’s an awfully hard condition to keep on top of- you have to monitor everything you eat and drink to maintain the sugar levels in your body, or you die. Of course, some people get diabetes early on in their lives- totally unrelated to gum disease. But diabetics are among the highest group of people to then suffer from gum disease and tooth loss; it isn’t a very attractive merry-go-round to find your-self on. Either or, it makes it imperative to maintain a very intense level of oral hygiene for yourself and between you and your dentist, and the amazing range of products on the market, you have a great opportunity of fighting the problem.
May 23rd, 2011
Most products that we use to keep our mouths healthy in London work wonders, better than ever before. Yet in striving to maintain our oral hygiene, we may be overdoing it and actually doing more damage. If we get the wrong brushes and toothpastes, they can be abrasive and damage the tooth’s enamel and gums, opening the doors for bacteria to flourish, leading to decay and gum disease. Other toothpastes contain ingredients that with over use, can dry up the mouths saliva- the natural fighting agent against bacteria and plaque, without which, leaves the mouth dry and very vulnerable to attack. Similarly, most mouthwashes contain alcohol- great for killing some bacteria, but again with over use, can leave the mouth bereft of the saliva it needs. One of the greatest dangers to the teeth and gums, are home tooth whitening techniques, and this is a big market right now as we clamber to get our teeth white Both whitening toothpastes and the kits themselves contain bleaching agents. Used in moderation, they work fine, but over used they can dry out the tooth enamel and the surrounding gums, doing irreversible damage. If you have any doubts about oral products, most dentists can supply you with information on how to care for your teeth sensibly.
April 1st, 2011
Many people who lose their teeth now opt for dental implants to replace them. The benefits of dental implants are obvious: they are extremely permanent and durable. However, dental implants are not suitable for everybody and some patients might be better choosing another method of replacing their teeth, perhaps a set of dentures (either full or partial) or dental bridge work if the conditions are right.
Dental implants have become popular because the implants themselves are such a secure housing for replacement teeth. This is possible because an implant is placed carefully beneath the gum against the jaw bone. Over time the implant will fuse with the bone in a process that scientists call osseointegration. Effectively the implant becomes part of the mouth and the false tooth that is housed in it will be very secure in its position.
In order for this procedure to be carried out, dental implants require fairly invasive surgery to take place. This will not be suitable for every single patient. Usually the operation is done under local anaesthetic which will be too much for some patients who are especially frail. Those with blood disorders might not be suitable patients either.
Dental implants can be done with the purpose of housing just a stand alone tooth but they can also be used to support a bridge of replacement teeth. In this case it will have to be determined whether your jaw bone is up to the job. Such a procedure will put the bone under some strain; most healthy people will be able to cope with it but not everyone, particularly if you have a bone disorder.
Your London dentist will be able to give you a full consultation to determine whether you are a suitable candidate for dental implants.