March 31st, 2011
Having a healthy mouth has a great many benefits. The ability to talk, eat, drink and smile in comfort are things that you might easily take for granted if you have a mouth which is free from problems. But the reality is that if you stop taking care of your teeth then you are leaving your mouth open to tooth and gum diseases which will stop you from being able to talk, eat, drink and smile with the comfort that you have become accustomed to.
Plaque presents a great danger to the health of your mouth. It is a substance that is created every time you eat, particularly food and drink which contains a high level of sugar and or starch. If left on teeth, plaque can attack the hard, protective enamel and cause it to break down, leaving your teeth exposed to acids which can erode them. Plaque is also a major cause of gum disease, leaving them inflamed, swollen and painful.
You might find that cavities begin to form in your teeth, small holes which will require fillings with dental composite. In severe cases, teeth might even need to be removed because they are so broken down that they are unable to function properly even if they have fillings installed. In bad cases of gum disease your teeth are also at risk of being lost because the bones holding them in place can become inflamed.
As advised by your dentist you should be brushing your teeth at least twice every day, using a fluoride tooth paste and flossing so that plaque cannot build up between the teeth. But be sure to visit your London dentist every six months too so that early signs of tooth and gum disease can be spotted.
March 25th, 2011
Your teeth are not the only important part of your mouth, far from it. Your gums are just as vital in maintaining excellent oral hygiene and ensuring that you can talk, eat, drink and even smile in comfort. Allowing your gums to become diseased actually puts you at greater risk of losing teeth than tooth decay itself. Gum disease is usually quite easy to rectify should it occur but it is always best to act first and do what you can to stop it from taking hold in the first place.
Plaque is the main thing to think about when taking care of your gums. It is produced every time you eat, particularly sugary and starchy foods. You should make sure that it is removed from the gum line of your teeth so that it doesn’t inflame your gums. Gingivitis can take hold and, if left to progress, can turn in to periodontitis. This condition is definitely worth avoiding so you won’t suffer from inflammation of the jaw bone and likely tooth loss.
This is where preventive dentistry comes in. What it means is protecting the mouth from developing these conditions in the first place. The most simple thing to do is to brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day and again after meals should you feel it necessary give what you have just eaten. This ought to be enough to remove the plaque from your mouth and ensure that it does not cause your gums to become inflamed.
As well as taking good care of your mouth at home, you should be sure to visit your City of London dentist every six months so that your teeth and gums can be thoroughly examined by an expert. They can identify any problems in their early stages and offer advice and treatment before they get worse.
March 17th, 2011
Gum disease is something that ought to be taken seriously given that as much as seventy five per cent of the adult population of Britain is suffering from it in some form at any given time. Gum disease is actually a greater cause of tooth loss than tooth decay itself and you ought to seek advice from your dentist if you think you are suffering from it. But there are also effective ways to relieve gum disease using herbal remedies at home.
Gum disease in its most basic form is called gingivitis and can occur as the result of sub-standard oral hygiene. If plaque builds up against the gum line on your teeth then the gums can become inflamed and swollen, giving you greater sensitivity and visible redness when they ought to be a healthy pink. Gingivitis is easily dealt with by making effective changes in the way you look after your teeth at home but herbal remedies can also help.
Certain toothpastes contain particular herbs which can benefit your gums, for example, sage, peppermint and basil. You can even get hold of certain substances and apply them directly to your gums. These include calendula, Echinacea and extract of grapefruit. This can sometimes be a little aggressive for those with particularly sensitive gums so you should always seek the advice of your London dentist.
If your gums are already rather inflamed then aloe vera and clove can provide effective relief. But of course the best way to guard against gum disease is to be sure to take the best possible care of your mouth as a whole and go and visit your dentist every six months for a check up.
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.