January 20th, 2017
It’s a brand new year, and many of us have made resolutions. If you’re keen to boost your health this year, don’t forget about your teeth and gums. An attractive, healthy smile could be your best weapon if you’re hoping to find ‘the one’ or land that dream job this year. Here are 5 resolutions that will help you achieve beautiful, bright, healthy teeth:
- Quit smoking: many people automatically think of the lungs when they consider the impact of smoking. However, it’s also damaging for your mouth. Smoking stains the teeth, and increases the risk of gum disease. It also slows the natural healing processes after dental surgery, and it’s one of the main risk factors for oral cancer. Giving up smoking is no mean feat. It takes willpower, strength of mind, and commitment. If you’d like to try and give up smoking, we are here to help you.
- Cut down on sugar: most of us consume too much sugar. If you have a high sugar diet, this can increase your risk of dental problems, obesity and type 2 diabetes. Avoid adding sugar to hot drinks, and replace fizzy drinks with sugar-free cordial or water. Use a food diary or an app to keep track of your sugar intake, and always read the labels to check the sugar content of the foods and drinks you buy. Even ‘healthy’ products like cereal bars and bottles of juice can contain a lot more sugar than you’d think.
- Keep up to date with dental appointments: has it been a while since you went to the dentist? If so, make 2017 the year your dental attendance record is perfect. Seeing a dentist for regular check-ups reduces your risk of developing cavities and gum disease by up to 60 percent. It will also help to save you money on dental care in the long-run.
- Clean your teeth: Have you been lax with your dental hygiene routine in the last few months? If so, it’s time to make up for lost time, and get brushing. You should brush your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes each time.
- Exercise: you may not think that exercise has benefits for your oral health, but you’d be amazed at just how good for you a jog in the park or a session at the gym can be. Exercising boosts your immunity, which reduces your risk of oral infections, and it also improves circulation, which decreases your risk of developing gum disease.
August 1st, 2013
Getting to grips with your oral hygiene in the city of London can be quite complex and though you may think it’s just about cleaning your teeth, it goes a lot deeper than that. Sure, using a good brush, getting the relevant toothpaste, floss and getting a sterling mouthwash will do the job for you as long as you learn to use them right, yet it isn’t all about your teeth. Your gums are precious to you and they need a little TLC every now and then; massaging them is excellent for keeping them alive. Your tongue also needs a clean too, as this harbours more bacteria than any other part of your mouth. But taking the issue of oral health and hygiene further, having a good diet will keep your immune system up and running and in turn, this will help you fight off bacteria in your mouth. You also need to watch what you put in your mouth and the lifestyle you live: drinking and smoking will always weaken the mouth’s resistance and if you like doing these two bad boys, you will have to work harder at your hygiene. Finally, your dentist is there to help you out whenever you fall from grace and can bail you out of jail; this is the final part of your plan and keeping up with dental visits will perpetuate good oral hygiene.
September 23rd, 2011
From the day a child is born, the teeth start to develop and will continue to do so until the wisdom teeth start to come through around the age of seventeen, so looking after the health of your children’s teeth in the city of London means you are in it for the long haul. In the early years, the first thing that you need to be attentive of is when the teeth start to erupt through the gums. For some children this can be very painful so it’s important to ensure that you help this by allowing the child to chew on a dummy to aid the process and use mild soothers around the gums. It’s also important to ensure that the teeth are cleaned well as they are very suceptible to tooth decay. As soon as the child is able, they should be taught how to clean their teeth, you should enlist the help of a paediatrician and soon after, a dentist, for soon, the secondary teeth will be breaking through. Other than ensuring your kids have good oral hygiene and a good diet, the dentist will do the rest until the next major hurdle- your child may need an aligner or brace fitted to maintain the mouth bite or occlusion. Again, a tempestuous time and one where you need extra vigilance and instruct them on how they keep their teeth free from food and bacteria. And if you haven’t managed to get rid of them by their late teens, you’ll have to nurse them through their wisdom teeth. Kids eh?!
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.
September 11th, 2010
Fear is part of the human condition. An inbuilt defence mechanism that keeps us safe form harm and stops us doing things that are bad for us. However, sometimes the fear can be slightly misplaced and irrational leading to ultimately more harm than good. For example, having a fear of being burgled may lead you to lock your door at night. Nothing wrong with this, a perfectly sensible reaction to a legitimate fear but what if you are afraid of the dentist? This may seem rational at first. All those scary looking tools, the unfamiliar environment, it can be a lot to take in but is it really scary and what are the long-term consequences of dental fear?
In reality, most people are able to overcome their fears pretty easily and receive the dental treatment that they need. This helps to keep their teeth clean and healthy and avoid nasty dental complications. However, for those suffering from a more severe fear or phobia, visiting a dentist may be an impossibility. This can lead to all sorts of dental problems that are definitely not in your best interests. Ironically, avoiding the dentist makes it more and more likely that you are going to need to see one.
Fortunately, there are now many ways to overcome this phobia with relative ease. Modern dentists are trained to deal with anxious patients and understand the need to talk things through slowly with patients who are afraid. This has perhaps been overlooked in the past, which is often where the initial fear stems from; the fear of the unknown. As well as this here are many relaxation techniques that your City of London dentist can help you with which will help to calm nerves before a treatment.
July 13th, 2010
We all know the importance of keeping ourselves fit and healthy and the benefits to your well being this can bring. But sometimes it can be easy to overlook the health of your teeth and this could be just as important for your overall health. Dental problems can be very painful and costly to treat. They can also have wide ranging and serious health concerns including links to heart disease and even strokes.
Yet the truth is that looking after your teeth and dental health can be very simple if you follow a few simple rules. The most important of these is to make sure you are brushing your teeth correctly and for the necessary amount of time each day. London dentists recommend that you brush for three minutes at least twice a day, preferably after eating. This will help to remove plaque and bacteria that build up on the teeth and cause dental decay that leads to all manner of nasty dental complaints. It is also advised that you use a brush with a small head to allow greater access to al the teeth in the mouth. Try to angle the brush at forty-five degrees so that the gums are also cleaned at the same time. This is because gum disease can be just as damaging as dental decay.
It is also very important that you are flossing your teeth every day. This removes bacteria, plaque and particles of food trapped in the small areas between the teeth and in pockets between the teeth and gums.
Finally, it is crucial that you have your teeth monitored by a dentist every six months with a simple check up appointment. This will ensure that your teeth are not suffering and allow the dentist to treat any problems that may occur as early as possible.
December 25th, 2009
Having healthy teeth isn’t a gift, it isn’t a lucky thing either, it is a by-product of having a healthy attitude to oral care. That attitude is best taught when someone is a child; eating habits and dental hygiene are an important part of our education. We teach our children the rights and wrongs of life, so if we exclude dental care we aren’t doing our jobs properly as parents. There’s an old saying that goes “give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, teach a man to fish and you feed him for life”, what great wisdom there is in that saying. If we take the literacy of that and apply it to dental and oral care, we will be doing our children a great service. Not only will they have their teeth longer, but we won’t have to sit outside the dentist room so often, while they get treatment that could be avoided with a little common sense. Eating the right food isn’t only good for our diet, but it is also good for our teeth. When we eat food we chew it first, and in this process we produce saliva that helps us swallow and break down the food into energy. However, this process also produces bad bacteria that damage our teeth, often beyond repair. Teeth aren’t only just for childhood; they can be for life if we use a little common sense, and an early learnt routine of oral care. Oral care isn’t just about brushing, flossing and mouth washes, it is also about healthy eating and keeping bad bacteria to a minimum. Fish, fresh fruit and vegetables as well as sugarless drinks will help us to keep tooth decay to a minimum, as well as those expensive dental bills as adults.