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The Benefits of a Dental Implant as a Restorative Procedure in London

Sunday, February 6th, 2011

As we grow older in London, there is a greater chance that we may lose one or two teeth due to various reasons- the main one being gum disease and tooth decay. This can cause problems with the other teeth that remain, and as well as affecting your speech and the way you eat, it can also play havoc with your vanity and knock your self confidence. Dental implants are designed to rectify these problems. Implant technology has improved greatly since they were developed way back in Sweden and with modern laser surgery and healing techniques, having an implant fitted into the mouth has never been easier- it’s become quick, painless and most importantly, cheaper. Implants restore a natural look and feel to the mouth, maintain the oral health and will last a lifetime; such are the benefits of having an implant, we may well see the extinction of dentures for good in the future. Dentures can have a tremendously negative psychological affect. They can make you feel old, they can be uncomfortable to wear and keep in the mouth, and you are constantly aware that you have them- they also need replacing every so often. An implant is a permanent one-off, (as is the price) and requires no extra special treatment- they are cleaned and maintained like normal teeth and if a tooth becomes cracked, chipped or discolored, a new one can simply be fitted onto the implant. Implants are a proven restorative procedure for replacing a tooth, or teeth and will give you peace of mind.

Gum Disease and Halitosis in the City of London

Friday, February 4th, 2011

If you suffer from halitosis in the city of London, there’s a good chance that you may be suffering from gum disease as well, for the causes of both these problems are very similar. Poor oral hygiene is the main offender- if foods are not removed from the mouth, pungent bacteria can build up, this not only leads to bad breath, but to gum disease as well. The saliva in the mouth works to remove this bacteria, but if there is not enough fluid to combat this, the mouth can become dry. It’s important to have a good diet and be aware of what foods are being put in the mouth; smoking and excessive drinking also add to the problem. A bad diet can lead to gastric problems and a breakdown of the immune system in the body, both of which can lead to gum disease and halitosis. As with anything of the body, prevention is better than cure, but if the problems have already set in, treatment is required from a dentist. Having either of these problems is not the end of the road, but treating them can mean a change in lifestyle and attention to detail when it comes to oral hygiene. Fixing gum disease can also be expensive and is not reversible- but it can be prevented from spreading and by reducing it you can reduce one of the causes of halitosis.

A London Guide to Stopping Heart Disease through Oral Hygiene

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

If you suffer from any form of periodontitis in London, you are not only running the risk of expensive treatments to correct the problem, but you are tripling the risk of having a heart attack or stroke. Gum disease can lead to infection of the blood which can lead to the narrowing and/or the hardening of the arteries. Yet, with a little common sense, these problems can be avoided by having a healthy programme of diet and oral hygiene. What you put in your mouth can affect your teeth and gums, so it’s important to have a fairly balanced diet and maybe cut down on the smoking. But the best way of maintaining your teeth and gums is through good oral hygiene. This begins with regular visits to the dentist and then keeping up a high level of hygiene at home. Of course, this starts with brushing, flossing and mouthwashes at least twice a day, but it doesn’t stop there. It’s also important to get the right toothpaste and brushes that suit you. There are many to choose from on the market and it may be a matter of trial and error until you get the combination that suits you, but you should also confer with your dentist if you have any doubts. If any emergencies arise, dentists are there to help- they can correct any problems in the mouth and put a stop to such diseases developing in the mouth. Heart disease is difficult to fight once it has set in and can seriously disable your life; preventing it should be high on your agenda and this starts by keeping your mouth healthy.

Getting Dental Implants in the City of London

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

If you have a tooth missing and are considering getting it replaced in the city of London, or are having problems with your dentures slipping around, you may like to consider having a dental implant fitted to help you with the dilemma. Implants are used for a number of dental procedures these days and with radical advances in implant methods mean that they are easier and quicker than ever to fit, and are considered to be as strong and as efficient as the root they replace. They also help maintain a healthy mouth; a missing tooth can lead to movement in the remaining teeth, house unwanted bacteria and lead to gum disease. If you are considering having one for a bridge or just to house a single tooth, it’s a pretty straight forward operation, thanks to modern micro surgery and protein healing agents. The implant is screwed into the jawbone through the gum and allowed to heal, before a temporary tooth or bridge is attached so that the gums can mature. Then the new fixture can be set in the mouth. In the case of dentures, mini implants can be fitted in a day by the same process. Once they are in, the dentures simply click onto the implants, holding the dentures strong and true in the mouth and combined with a fixative, there will be no embarrassing moments with your teeth falling out over dinner. The cost for an implant has dropped considerably- some coming in for as little as £400, though that is the implant alone, you then have to take into account the cost of the other work required. Mini’s cost far less

Preventative Dentistry and Gum Disease in London

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

One of the biggest and possibly most dangerous problems that occur in the mouth in London is gum disease and it needs to be remedied quickly. Not only can it cause problems in the mouth such as tooth loss, it can lead to repertory, kidney, diabetes and heart problems too. The immediate solution is to seek a dentist’s advice. Gum disease is caused by a build up of plaque and so, if it can’t be removed by normal oral hygiene practices, then a regular visit to your dentist can. They will be able to check for any problems and remove any build up of tartar and plaque. They will also be able to treat any tooth decay to stop further problems arising in the future. And this is also the perfect chance for you to have your say discuss any problems that you have and take preventative steps to stop the disease in its tracks. Discuss your diet, those bad habits that you have such as smoking and learn about treatments you can do in the home. Fighting gum disease depends on good oral hygiene and it can be as simple as choosing the correct brush, paste and mouthwash, but there are some excellent inexpensive herbal remedies out there that are designed to tackle the problem head on such as Echinacea and aloe vera- simple, but extremely effective. Do your research and beat the disease.

Having a Dental Check-up in the City of London

Monday, January 17th, 2011

It seems incredible that a large percentage of us in the city of London do not consider a visit to the dentist a priority, but see it rather as a chore. But this could be a very fatal attitude, as what goes into the mouth and what happens in the mouth can affect the rest of the body. The build up of plaque can lead to gum disease, tooth decay cavities and eventually tooth loss. Gum disease can lead to halitosis, problems in the kidneys, heart and premature birth in women, whilst losing teeth can affect the ‘bite’ in the mouth, and that can lead to problems with the ears nose and eye, cause headaches and pain in the neck and upper back. A simple visit will address all these problems. Your dentist can check for all these problems and assess the health of your mouth. An x-ray can check for decay or cavities forming, how your teeth bite together and then solve any problems. The dentist will remove any build up of plaque and tartar to stop gum disease, and if you already have a problem, recommend solutions. You can talk about any cosmetic work you are thinking about having. It’s also a chance to discuss how to keep a good level of oral hygiene going in the home. Your dentist is there to look after your mouth and keep you healthy, but start missing check-ups at your peril. Apart from the health implications, there’s the cost-getting your teeth back in shape can put a dent in your pocket.

Tooth and Gum Disease in the City of London

Saturday, January 8th, 2011

Gum and tooth disease in the city of London go together like eggs and bacon, one goes hand in hand with the other and gum disease can affect over 50% of us. And unfortunately, it can go unnoticed until it develops into something more sinister like tooth decay. More worrying, it can have a knock-on affect throughout the body- gum disease has links with premature births, heart attacks and kidney failure. It all starts quite simply with poor oral hygiene and bad habits such as smoking and a poor diet, as this can lead to a weakened immune system that feeds gum disease. If plaque and tartar build up and are allowed to go unchecked and run wild, they can lead to periodontitis and eventually, cavities and tooth decay. Early signs of the problems are bleeding gums, weeping gums that leave a bad taste in the mouth, and loose teeth. Depending on how advanced the disease is, it is treatable, though not reversible. The dentist can administer de-scaling around the teeth to remove the plaque and can fill cavities via fillings and/or root canal work, but further treatment lies in our hands. The dentist can advise on a solid program of good, healthy oral hygiene and there are very effective herbal remedies that attack gum disease. But gum disease can come back very quickly, so regular check-ups and maybe, losing some of the bad habits, are essential in fighting the disease.

Easing Gingivitis or Gum Disease with Herbal Remedies in the City of London

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

It’s very easy just to place a lot of oral problems in the hands of your dentist in the city of London and expect modern medicine to do its work in curing you. But, as we become more aware of new treatments available to us, you may be surprised to learn that modern dentistry also utilises traditional methods such as herbal remedies to fight problems, especially with gum disease. It’s no secret that gum disease not only affects all things oral, but all things body too, so it’s extremely important to nip this problem in the bud and there are some great herbal remedies out there to help the cause. If you are starting to have problems such as bleeding and weeping gums, this can lead to soreness and needs to be treated by your dentist, but until then, applying clove oil to the problem area can soothe the affected area, as cloves are a natural anaesthetic and great for soothing any discomfort. Another well proven remedy for gum disease is Echinacea, a fantastic tonic to build up your immune system- one of the causes behind this disease is a low immune system. Simply drop a little of the oil into a glass of warm water, rinse and swallow at least three times a day, as it will fight against any infection. Tea tree oil is great when soaked on dental floss, but the most popular remedy is applying aloe vera gel straight onto the gums. Combine all of these remedies and you can fight off gum disease for ever and keep your mouth healthy.

Dental and Mouth Problems Can Affect You in Your Bodily Health in Central London

Sunday, January 2nd, 2011

If you think about it, the mouth is the gateway to the rest of you, and what you put in it and how you look after it, can directly affect the health of your whole body. In central London, oral hygiene should be high on everyone’s list because if gum disease is allowed to develop in the mouth, it not only leads to oral problems such as tooth decay and loss, but it has been linked to more serious problems throughout the body. For starters, gum disease can lead to inflammation in the heart, causing disease and stroke; also, the problem can cause digest problems, leading to diabetes and kidney disease. But women are further at risk- when pregnant, they are more vulnerable to gum disease because of hormonal changes and this can lead to premature birth. Aside from this, the occlusion of the mouth is very important- this is how the jaws come together, or the ‘bite’. A bad bite needs to be rectified (normally done through orthodontic procedures such as braces) because there is a lot of pressure placed upon to small joints where the jaws are hinged. A bad occlusion can lead to the joint becoming worn, causing the jaw to click and directly affects the upper body. Head, ear and eye aches and neck pains are directly caused by a bad occlusion and can lead to the whole upper back being put at risk.

Simple But Effective Ways to Fight Bad Breath in London

Saturday, January 1st, 2011

If you have bad breath in London, chances are you may not be aware that you have it, but others around you most certainly will and they might well feel too embarrassed to point it out to you. Bad breath can be caused by a myriad of things from poor oral hygiene, gum disease to poor diet, yet there are simple ways to combat the problem, though you have to be prepared to put the effort in. The first port of call is the dentists- they will be able to advise you on a good course of hygiene; brushes, pastes and mouthwashes to start with. But if you seriously suffer from the problem, it will take a lot more than this to remedy. For a start, if something tastes bad in the mouth, rest assured it won’t smell nice either. Apart from the obvious hygiene methods, these following little tips will get you there. Eat well for a start and slow down on the smoking and drinking. Chewing mint leaves or cloves can fight the odour and gargling with warm, lemon and salty water is great for the mouth especially if you are using strong alcohol based mouthwashes; (best to avoid as they can have the reverse effect). Baking soda and tea tree oil have long been good deterrents against bad breath and they can be used on the toothbrush or in water and in the case of the oil, it attacks gum disease and is best when soaked into dental floss.