September 21st, 2011
Oral hygiene is important to us all in London and one of the most important elements to this is getting the right toothbrush. What we are trying to do by brushing is remove the bacteria and debris left by food and plaque. Many dentists advocate small heads with soft bristles as they are better for getting into the areas that are hard to reach and with a strong grip handle and a scraper for your tongue on the reverse of the head- these are essentially the basic rules of a toothbrush. However, not all of our mouths are the same so getting it right at first can be very hit or miss and if you have any doubts about what your requirements are, you could always ask your dentist first for advice and they’ll be able to point you in the right direction, as they know the shape of your mouth from the inside. It’s important that any brush you use feels comfortable in the mouth; what are very popular these days are electric toothbrushes- they not only do the hard work for you but probably do it better than you could brush. Again these come in various guises- some rotate, some alternate and in the case of a sonic toothbrush, they are specifically designed to break down tartar and plaque. What is fact is that they need to be changed at regular intervals- around every three months as they tend to become worn and hence, their ability to do the job can become hindered and inefficient. The heads also harbour bacteria, so they need to be cleaned each day too…happy brushing!
September 11th, 2011
There are many potential causes of dental cavities but just one course of action if you want to avoid them in the first place. Dental cavities can be painful and inconvenient but by taking the right steps to ensure good oral hygiene you can make sure that you won’t have to deal with the problem in the first place.
Primarily dental cavities are caused by an excess of plaque on the surfaces of teeth. This acidic substance is created when we eat food and drink things that are high in sugar and starch. Plaque is the main reason why we brush our teeth and make sure that plaque is removed from the mouth. Plaque has the capacity to erode the string coating of teeth which is called enamel. This erosion creates holes in the teeth that will not stop growing unless they are filled by dentists.
A period of ill health or an extended lapse in one’s oral hygiene can allow plaque to take hold on teeth. If you have teeth which are particularly bunched up then they might be more prone to the development of cavities because it will be harder to clean them of plaque. In such cases it might be desirable to undergo some sort of tooth straightening treatment to get the requisite levels of spacing between the teeth.
Those who suffer from dry mouth (clinically known as xerostomia) will be more prone to cavities also because they are experiencing a lack of saliva. Saliva not only helps to strengthen enamel but it is also a natural defence against plaque in the mouth. See your dentist in central London if you are having problems with dry mouth or are worried about cavities.
September 4th, 2011
From as soon as children are born, it is essential that they are given the best care in terms of their health that it is possible to give. This extends to dentistry as much as other aspects of general health and it is important that young children have their teeth looked after. We only get one set of natural, healthy teeth and if a filling needs to happen in a young child, that filling will always be there.
As a parent, it is your responsibility to take charge of the oral hygiene of your child because they will not be able to look after their mouths properly without adult help. You will need to be monitoring their teeth and gums and the way they are looking after them. For very young children, it is important that parents actively lead the process until they are old enough.
Until the age of two, it is not recommended that children use tooth paste containing fluoride but apart from that, children’s teeth need generally the same type of care that adult teeth do. The primary aim should be the successful and consummate removal of plaque from teeth so that it can’t foment dental decay or gum disease. Just be careful that your child is not brushing too hard because that can cause damage to their gums.
Dental sealants are available for children and this can help with the fight against plaque. Many Central London dentists feel that the most important thing in childhood oral health is the instillation of a sense of personal responsibility so that once they grow out of childhood they have oral hygiene as part of their natural routine.
August 27th, 2011
We all know how beautiful London can be and how it gently seduces you into playing hard- that’s why we love it. Nothing wrong in that at all, but as long as when we play hard, we should also know when look after ourselves hard as well. If you think about it, your mouth is always going to be at the forefront of anything you do, so it’s vitally important that care and attention is at the top of your to-do list when it comes to oral hygiene- that’s if you want to remain the best thing on two legs ever! First, get into a rhythm of a routine everyday that involves using a good brush, toothpaste floss and mouthwash, especially after eating. This will ensure that the bacteria from foodstuffs, is kept to a minimum in the mouth. Secondly, you should always try to keep a balanced diet: this will help to prop up your immune system that maintains the natural saliva in the mouth- the greatest agent against tooth decay and gum disease. Finally, never miss a check-up at the dentist- this is two-fold. A dentist will be able to pick up on anything you may have missed and rectify it. But it is also the best opportunity to ask about any doubts or concerns that you have about oral hygiene. Lest we forget, dentists know more about your mouth than you probably do so they will be able to point you in the right direction when it comes to looking after your teeth at home.
July 18th, 2011
When you have children you are responsible for their health and it is something that you won’t want to compromise on. Health problems that develop during childhood can hinder them for the rest of their lives and so you’ll want to ensure that they have the best possible start in life when it comes to health. This includes taking the best care of their teeth too and so you should establish a rapport with a London dentist early on in their lives.
Childhood oral hygiene is not that much different to adult oral hygiene really. You should make sure that your children are brushing their teeth at least twice a day so that plaque cannot wear away the enamel and start to cause cavities and the resulting necessary fillings. Very young children should not use fluoride tooth paste but once over the age of about two years old they ought to so that their enamel is being strengthened.
Supervise your children so that they are brushing all of their mouth and not doing so too vigorously. In time though it will be important to give them autonomy over their tooth brushing so that they take ownership over the activity and it becomes part of their routine. Providing incentives and rewards for successful patterns of brushing can be very effective in this regard.
It can be difficult but try and restrict the amount of sugary snacks that they eat. Adults are not alone in yearning for sweet treats but children need to be careful with them so that they are not exposed to excess plaque. Try to explain why this is important so that they see the sense behind it.
July 16th, 2011
Having health teeth can easily be taken for granted. Such a situation allows us to eat, drink and talk with the minimum of effort and fuss. Thankfully it needn’t be something that takes a huge amount of effort either; just a few minutes each day and making the right decisions when it comes to lifestyle. If you are worried about your oral hygiene, read on for some tips that come straight from the experts.
The main aspect of maintaining optimum levels of oral hygiene is the care you take of your teeth at home. This ought to comprise a rigorous routine of brushing and flossing at least twice a day. By doing so you are removing the plaque which is the enemy of good oral hygiene in all of our mouths. It is plaque that causes teeth to decay by eroding enamel and it is plaque that causes gums to become diseased too.
Think about your lifestyle choices too. Smoking is not good for most parts of your body and your mouth is no exception. It has links with oral cancer and inhibits saliva production which constitutes an important natural defence against plaque. The same can be said of consuming excessive amounts of alcohol too.
Make sure you go and see your Central London dentist too. No matter how well you take care of your teeth at home, accidents can happen or ailments might develop that you simply have not noticed. Dentists are trained to spot the incipient signs of dental hygiene concerns so that they can be rectified before they become a major issue. A check up every six months ought to be sufficient.
June 18th, 2011
Regular visits to your dentist in the city of London should be seen as an integral part of life’s oral hygiene program and not, as some of us may view them, as an inconvenient day in the diary. Many of us are good at looking after ourselves at home, and there are enough incredible oral products on show to help us through our oral journey through life. But just as there ample amount of ways to care for our teeth, there is also many modern ways to destroy them as well. Smoking, drinking, snacks and fast foods have given us an extra challenge to our mouths, which is why we have our dentists to give us the extra support we need to get through life. Dentists have their own agendas when it comes to our teeth- to protect and repair; they can also be a great sense of comfort for advice too. A bi-annual visit can help determine any signs of problems with cavities, plaque, or gum disease that can then be rectified to prevent further, complex damage being done. The dentist will also de-scale your teeth of tartar, clean them and then polish them. But before you rush out of the surgery, it’s a good opportunity to discuss any issues you have about your mouth, your oral hygiene and any cosmetic treatments that have tickled your fancy on the television.
June 4th, 2011
There are many emergencies that crop up in the mouth as we wander through life in the city of London, some major, some minor, but there is one that should never be ignored, nor underestimated- an abscess. This generally arises from a lack of oral hygiene that has allowed plaque acids to develop and over time, can lead to gum disease and more seriously for the teeth, decay can set in. These complications make the teeth extremely very exposed to an abscess infection. Some abscesses, may only cause minor problems and pain to the teeth and face, you’ll know when you’ve got one because the face will start to swell, but an abscess quickly starts to poison the bloodstream affecting the heart and the brain and can lead to a life threatening situation. Hence you should treat one as an emergency and seek treatment immediately, from either your dentist if available, or the hospital. The important thing before treating an abscess is to reduce the inflammation and reduce the levels of poisoning of the blood- this is done by strong antibiotics. Only after the problem has been got under control, then your dentist can tackle the problem of the abscess. It can involve a root canal to remove any decay inside the tooth. However, an abscess is like a volcano, they have a habit of erupting again, which may mean the tooth has to be removed.
May 28th, 2011
Modern oral hygiene products are incredibly affective these days and getting better to the point where one day, we may never need to visit a central London dentist again…one day. In the meantime, our dentists are a fantastic back up to our misgivings if something goes wrong, which is why regular visits should be seen as a luxury, rather than a chore. How many of us can honestly say we really know what we’re doing when we clean our teeth, getting into the places that we need to? That’s why we have dentists, because they do! To stop the evils that can affect the mouth in the long run, things like plaque and tartar that need to be checked first, and a dentist can do this effectively with a scale and polish. With more modern technology, a modern dentist can de-scale your teeth in many ways. Traditionally they would scrape the teeth, now they can air blast or aluminum blast the plaque away from the teeth. Lasers or ultra-sound are used too- this is down to the preference of your dentist and also what is best for your teeth. Naturally, this is followed by a polish to ensure your teeth are smooth enough to treat again, should the problem re-occur.
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.