March 16th, 2011
Keeping your mouth healthy is not just about ensuring that you are able to eat, drink and talk in comfort. These matters are, of course, important but you might be surprised to find out that good oral hygiene can help you in your general health. Sadly too, having poor oral hygiene can affect the health of the rest of your body.
Even though your mouth is dealt with by a specialist in that area, it is of course connected to the rest of you in numerous ways and so it is vital that you take care of it. Problems such as infections or abscesses in the mouth can affect the rest of you because of the blood stream. The last thing you want to happen is for the infection to spread. Advanced forms of gum disease such as periodontitis can have serious effects on your health and the inflammation of the jaw bone can cause more serious conditions.
Nerves too, are worth thinking about. If you are grinding your teeth and consequently develop temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) where the joint connecting your jaw to your skull goes into spasm then this can put great pressure on surrounding nerves and you might find you are suffering from pain in the neck and shoulders as well as the face.
It is best then to think of general health and dental health as being complimentary. By eating a healthy balanced diet you are not only helping your general health in terms of cholesterol and your weight but you are helping to protect your teeth too by not exposing them to as much of a risk from plaque.
Your Central London dentist can give you further expert advice on this subject.
March 10th, 2011
Taking good care of your teeth begins at home with how you look after your teeth. You should be brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing so that plaque doesn’t build up between your teeth. This is essential in order to make sure that you don’t suffer from tooth decay and gum disease. But just as important is ensuring that you have regular check ups at your dentist.
You should visit your dentist every six months so that your mouth can be examined by a professional who is expert in all aspects of your teeth and gums. At these check ups your dentist will be able to assess how successful your home oral hygiene routine is and offer you advice about how to improve it if necessary. He or she might say, for example, that you should consider using a softer bristled brush.
Your dentist will be able to spot early signs of things like tooth decay and gum disease and offer diagnosis before the problem gets any worse. It is always better to pre-empt these things and avoid the need to have invasive surgery. Dentists are also trained to spot the signs of oral cancer, early diagnosis of which might just save your life.
No matter how well you take care of your teeth at home there are some things that only your dentist can do. If plaque has built up on your teeth, for example, then it is only your dentist which can remove the tartar which it will be forming into. Don’t delay, book an appointment for a check up at your City of London dentist today.
February 28th, 2011
If you take medication, or have had some form of radio therapy in central London of late, there is a good chance that you may suffer from some form of xerostomia or dry mouth. One of the biggest side effects of this problem is the loss of saliva to the mouth. It can be an extremely uncomfortable condition and can lead to other serious complications in the mouth, especially if you wear dentures. Of course, the usual ‘criminals’ such as smoking and bad diet, stress and constant dehydration, can help to compound the problem. Saliva, is important to the mouth, it breaks up the acids and bacteria that lead to plaque, gum disease and cavities in the teeth. A lack of saliva will also lead to bad breath and speech impediments. It’s important to have your dentist monitor the problem so that risk of gum disease and decay are checked straight away. In the meantime, it’s important to fight the afore mention ‘criminals’. It’s always good to keep the mouth hydrated as much as possible by drinking lots of water and using sugar free sweet to activate the saliva in the mouth. Good hygiene and diet should be a high priority, avoid heavy smoking if you can and excessive drinking.
February 7th, 2011
Having bad breath in London is a very delicate matter. Friends, if you still have any, can be put in a very difficult situation and will be wary to point it out, and it can make you very socially unacceptable to others. If you are aware that you have a problem, you would be wise to seek treatment. Your dentist should be able to give you a check up and correct any issues that may lie behind the problem, such as gum disease and tooth decay. They will also be able to advise you on how to keep your mouth healthy, but then it’s down to you. Looking after your mouth starts at home and this starts with regular brushing and flossing, but combating bad breath doesn’t stop there. Having a reasonable diet helps to settle gastric problems and keep the blood clean; it can build up your immune system and helps to promote a good level of saliva in the mouth to fight oral bacteria- limiting the amount you smoke and drink helps. Your choice of brush and pastes can also fight bad breath, but herbal remedies are also helpful. Natural products such as tea tee oil, cloves, mint and Echinacea are very good for neutralising odours and attacking gum disease, as is baking soda, and these can be incorporated with your toothpaste and floss. Some mouthwashes are alcohol based and can promote bad breath, so it’s important to remove this from the teeth by gargling again with lemon and salt based water. It may seem complicated, but keeping your breath fresh will greatly improve your lifestyle.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.