January 23rd, 2011
Oral hygiene should fit into your regime in London as importantly as anything else in your life, for it can have very serious implications to your overall health, let alone your bank balance in the long run. If you have any doubts about how you should care for your teeth, the first point of contact should be your dentist (for a check up anyway!). Every mouth is different as are most people’s constitution, so your dentist can advise you on what is best for you. Your choice of toothpaste and brush are the important tools to start with and sometimes this can be a little bit of trial and error to get right at first. Mouthwashes are also useful to have in the bathroom cabinet as they help to fight plaque and tartar. Dental floss and tiny brushes are very good for getting into areas that general brushing misses. Yet, along with these obvious products, it’s also helpful to plan ahead for any crisis that may arise. There is no harm in having a few herbal remedies such tea tree, Echinacea, clove or aloe vera oils lying around the house- all of which can be used with general products anyway, but along with painkillers, they are great for soothing any discomfort that may crop up. Of course, it’s quite important what you put in your mouth too. Smoking, heavy drinking and poor diet can reduce the immune system and allow gum disease to have its wicked way in your mouth. And lest we forget, all this information is readily available on-line so, do a little research yourself and keep your mouth healthy.
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.
December 10th, 2010
Often commonly known as tooth ache, dental pain can take a number of forms. It can be very inconvenient and might be a sign that you have more profound problems with your teeth or gums. Every day activities like eating, drinking and talking can be made much more difficult by dental pain and it is very important that you contact your City of London dentist quickly if you find yourself experiencing it.
A common form of dental pain is one that you might experience when eating or drinking things which are particularly hot or cold. This can mean that the enamel which protects your teeth has been worn away, allowing plaque to interfere with nerves and cause greater sensitivity. This can lead to chronic pain which is basically a permanent tooth ache which won’t go away, even if you are not eating or drinking.
Having an accident or the formation of an abscess in the mouth might cause what is known as excruciating pain. This can be accompanied by a swelling in the face and needs to dealt with immediately. If your teeth are especially painful when you eat or drink you might even have a cracked tooth which is leaving the nerves exposed. Dental pain might be a sign of a medical problem that doesn’t even have anything to do with your teeth. It is best to report pains to your dentist swiftly so that complications do not ensue.
It is even possible that pain in a certain tooth has nothing to do with that tooth at all, and your City of London dentist is trained to examine your mouth thoroughly to determine the exact cause of tooth ache and offer the appropriate solution. This might involve having a cavity filled or root canal work or simply the fine tuning of your home dental hygiene routine.
December 9th, 2010
Your teeth have natural defences to stop them from decaying. The hard substance known as enamel which coats all of your teeth protects them from harm but if plaque is left to build up without being removed then acids in certain of the foods you consume can attack your teeth. The small holes – known as caries – which appear can be extremely painful and lead to further problems if left untreated. Dental decay can occur at any age, not just amongst children.
Having a poor diet puts you at increased risk of dental decay, as does the failure to pursue a good home oral hygiene regime of brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day. The food most dangerous to your teeth is that which contains a lot of sugars or starch. They break down the enamel and plaque can enter your teeth and interfere with the nerves inside. If this happens you will experience great pain and difficulty doing things which you take for granted like eating, drinking and talking. As such, if you eat a lot of sugary or starchy foods you might wish to brush and floss your teeth after meals too to guard further against dental decay.
The aging process itself subjects your teeth to great wear and tear and the chances of dental decay actually increase as you get older. Smoking tobacco means less saliva is produced and plaque is not so easily defeated by your mouth. This too can lead to dental decay. Drinking only bottled water will not protect your teeth as much as is possible; tap water is preferable because it is fortified with fluoride which strengthens enamel.
If you are suffering from tooth ache, bad breath or odd tastes in your mouth you may be experiencing the first signs of tooth decay. You should contact you Central London dentist if this is the case and have them examine your mouth so that the problem can be dealt with early.
November 5th, 2010
Any dentist in the city of London will tell you that good oral hygiene is central in the fight against tooth decay. If bacterial plaque is allowed to build up it forms tartar- leading to cavities and infection of the gums. Cavities (or caries) occur on the chewing surface of the tooth. These are hard to reach and the build up of acids begin the decay process. Gums will bleed and infection will set in. Brushing is paramount- choosing the right brush and tooth paste is too. Dentists recommend cleaning at least twice a day and after meals with a brush that is designed for you. Bleeding gums can be combated by rinsing with warm, salty water. But food has a habit of getting in places where the brush will not reach. This calls for flossing to remove the food and check the build up of plaque. Keeping the tongue clean is important, by light brushing and mouthwashes. A dentist will also advocate professional cleaning twice a year, de-scaling and polishing the teeth, and if required, debridement, followed by a good fluoride treatment. A good diet helps in the growth of healthy, strong teeth. Vitamin’s A and C, and polyphenol antioxidants can be found in fruit and vegetables, green tea, milk and cheese, all will maintain a ph balance in the mouth. Keeping your mouth healthy is important to the whole of body. Bad oral hygiene can lead to pneumonia, heart disease, diabetes and osteoporosis (weak bones}. Always consult with your dentist
October 18th, 2010
Brushing your teeth is one of the most important ways of looking after your teeth as it removes plaque and keeps the teeth free from debris and food particles which attract bacteria and lead to enamel erosion and dental decay. As well as brushing the teeth it is also advised that you floss at least once a day to get to the areas that are hard to reach for a regular toothbrush.
When choosing a toothbrush, dentists recommend using a brush with soft bristles as this removes more plaque and bacteria. Hard bristled brushes can also can also over-stimulate the gums and cause the erosion of gum tissue. Once this tissue has been removed it cannot be restored and will leave the teeth exposed and looking uneven.
As well as having soft bristles, it is also advised that you use a brush with a small head as this will allow you to reach more areas of the mouth. This is important because it is often in these areas where plaque and bacteria build up the most and cause the most damage over time.
You should hold the brush at a forty-five degree angle which and use a small circular motion which will both remove plaque form the teeth and also stimulate the gums keeping them free from gum disease. Central London dentists recommend that you brush the teeth twice a day for at least three minutes. This will be sufficient to keep the teeth clean, although you should also keep up your six monthly check up appointments with the dentist to ensure that no other problems are developing in the harder to reach areas. Catching dental problems early is the key to successful treatment.
October 15th, 2010
You can be forgiven for being confused about the nature of fluoride as there is a lot of misinformation going around, especially on the internet that causes the problem of confusion. It can also make it very hard to know which advice to follow. For example, some toothpastes contain fluoride and depending on what website you have looked at this can either be good for the teeth because it hardens them or bad for the teeth as well as the rest of the body. It is also important to remember that fluoride is added to many water supplies so there must be a reason for using it in the first place.
Fluoride certainly does harden the teeth and make them stronger against plaque and bacteria. However, it is true that fluoride can damage children’s teeth if used too early in their lives. Dentists advise against giving children any kind of fluoride as it can lead to damage and discolouration later in life. Therefore you should always check with your London dentist before letting your child use any kind of fluoride product.
Your London dentist will also be the best person to ask about the levels of fluoride in the water and how this might affect your teeth. They can also advise which toothpastes are suitable for your teeth. Once the teeth are fully developed they can certainly benefit from small amounts of fluoride. The decision to add fluoride to the water supply has seen a dramatic reduction in the rate of dental cavities over the years. Although this might have had an adverse affect on a small number of patients’ teeth in the long run it has been very beneficial to the health of the public’s teeth.
October 7th, 2010
If you knew that you could protect your body from disease and infection by spending just a few minutes each day carrying out a simple cleaning routine you would definitely do it, and you’d make sure to be thorough. But that is the case with your teeth yet millions of adults in the UK suffer from dental and periodontal disease each year with serious health consequences both for the teeth and gums and the body as a whole.
Cleaning your teeth really is a simple matter of following your City of London dentist’s advice and they will be free from disease and decay-causing plaque and bacteria. The most potent force against these nasty substances is brushing the teeth. This involves brushing for about three minute twice a day (or after every meal if convenient). This will remove the plaque that builds up on the surface of the teeth and prevent decay. Dentists recommend that you use a brush with a small head for maximum reach and also angle the brush at forty-five degrees to the gums. This will help to stimulate them and keep them free from painful gum disease.
As well as brushing, it is also important to floss at least once a day. This gets to the areas too small for a regular toothbrush such as between the teeth and around their base. Food particles can get trapped in these areas and act as breeding grounds for bacteria. Your dentist will be able to show you how to floss properly for maximum cleanliness.
As well as this it is necessary to see a dentist every six months for a check up to ensure that your dental hygiene routine is going according to plan and you are not suffering from any plaque build up.
October 1st, 2010
Dental infections can be very nasty and unpleasant. Not only can they be very painful, but they can also result in lost teeth and wider health complications such as heart disease. One of the ways a dental infection manifests itself and spreads, is in the form of a dental abscess. This occurs when infected matter in the tooth causes the gum around the tooth to swell and fill with a substance called pus. This can be very sensitive and painful and make even simple, every day activities such as eating and talking very difficult.
The first stage of a dental infection occurs when insufficient brushing or flossing allows a cavity to develop in the tooth enamel. The enamel is the hard outer covering for the teeth which protects it from damage. Plaque and bacteria erode this layer over time and causes small holes to appear. This allows bacteria to penetrate to the central part of the tooth that contains the dental nerve. This is where the infection happens and how the tooth comes under risk of falling out.
Once an infection has started, the body will attempt to fight back by producing an excess of white blood cells. This will bombard the bacteria and attempt to kill the infection. This produces the pus that swells up in the gum tissue around the tooth causing the abscess. These abscesses can be very fragile and susceptible to bursting. This will spread the infection around the mouth to other areas and even into the bloodstream. It is therefore very important to have the infection treated before it gets to this stage. A regular six monthly appointment with a London dentist will ensure that the problem does not get to this stage and will treat any early signs of infection.
September 10th, 2010
Dental bridges are an effective and solid way of replacing missing teeth that have been lost either to dental decay or some kind of physical trauma. The bridge fills the gap left by a missing tooth with an artificial tooth attached on either side by a dental crowns or resin-bonded strips.
When tooth enamel is worn away either by plaque or bacteria acid, the central part of the tooth can be exposed to infection and decay. If this is not addressed it will eventually lead to the tooth dying and falling out. This will leave a very noticeable and often embarrassing hole in the dental arc. Not only this, but it can often be very painful and can lead to further dental complications. This is because the hollow left by a missing tooth is the perfect breeding ground for bacteria, which can cause further decay and infection.
Tooth can also be encouraged to lean and rotate if the tooth next to it is lost for whatever reason. This is why Central London dentists always recommend replacing lost teeth with dental substitutes. There are other ways or replacing teeth such as dental implants and partial dentures, but the dental bridge is the most popular. This is because it is both cost effective and functional. The bridge is attached firmly using dental crowns and if it is maintained properly it can last for up to fifteen years. Caring for your dental bridge is very similar to caring for your teeth. Brushing and flossing will remove plaque and bacteria and also keep the teeth free from discolouration and staining.
Find out more about dental bridges and other dental restorations by asking your dentist at your next appointment.