September 9th, 2010
Our teeth are very important to us. Not only do they enable us to talk and eat properly, but they also act as rigid support for facial structure. However, our teeth are constantly under attack from bacteria and plaque, which can erode the protective layer of tooth enamel and cause problems with our teeth.
Plaque is a filmy substance that sticks to the surface of the teeth. It contains a large amount of bacteria, which feed on food particles that are trapped in the mouth, especially sugar and starch that is contained in sweet food. When this bacteria begins to break down it releases acids, which cause the tooth enamel to disintegrate.
When this starts to happen, holes begin to develop in the tooth enamel called cavities. If these holes continue to grow they will eventually penetrate through the enamel and into the more sensitive inner part of the tooth. Once this has happened, the dental nerve and pulp at the tooth’s centre are exposed to plaque, bacteria and dental infection. This can be painful and unpleasant and will eventually lead to the destruction of the tooth.
Thankfully, dental decay is easily prevented with a strict and efficient regime of dental hygiene. This involves brushing and flossing twice a day for the recommended amount of time. This will help to remove bacteria from the teeth before it has the chance to cause any significant problems. It is also possible to treat dental decay at various stages with fillings, inlays or dental crowns. These all strengthen the natural defences of the teeth making it harder for plaque to do any damage. Your City of London dentist is also instrumental in helping you avoid dental decay, as they are usually the first people who will notice that your teeth are suffering.
August 23rd, 2010
It is one of the most common diseases in the UK with over three quarters of adults suffering at some point in their life. It can be the source of great pain and has been linked to causing heart problems and even fatal heart attacks. Yet this problem is often ignored or dismissed as not being serious. Even more astonishingly, this disease is easily treated and in most cases completely preventable by taking a few easy steps each day.
Gum disease is often overlooked as a serious dental problem but dentists for years have been trying to emphasise the importance of looking after your gums as well as your teeth. Gum disease occurs when plaque and bacteria build up on the gums and begin to irritate the tissue. This ultimately leads to an infection that will cause redness, soreness and will spread quickly to other parts of the mouth. Because the soft tissue in the mouth is linked to the bloodstream, the infection can also easily pass into the blood and travel to other parts of the body. This can cause a narrowing of the arteries and ultimately lead to high blood pressure and heart issues.
Gum disease can be prevented easily by brushing and flossing your teeth more regularly and more effectively. Central London dentists recommend that you brush your teeth for at least three minutes twice a day using an appropriate brush. This will remove plaque and bacteria and keep the teeth and gums clean. It is also important to maintain your six-monthly appointments with your Central London dentist who will be able to monitor the gums for any sign of disease and offer the necessary treatment.
August 16th, 2010
When we are young we are often told how important it is to clean our teeth everyday. Like anything we are told when we are young, we assume we know best and can often overlook the seriousness of the advice. When it comes to dental hygiene, the things we are told as children about looking after our teeth are absolutely true, as anyone who has suffered from dental decay will be able to tell you.
If you do not clean your teeth effectively each day with brushing and flossing, using the right kind of brush and tooth paste your teeth will come under attack form plaque and bacteria, which will gradually begin to erode the protective enamel layer around the outside of the teeth. When this layer has been breached, the more sensitive inner parts of the teeth are exposed to the bacteria which may cause infection. If the infection takes hold it can destroy the inner parts of the tooth and the dental nerve, which will ultimately lead to the tooth falling out and the possible spread of the infection. This whole process is called dental decay, and while very real and very unpleasant, is easily preventable with improved oral hygiene. Brushing and flossing will help to keep levels of plaque and bacteria low. This limits the damage that can be done by plaque and protects teeth.
It is also vitally important that you see a City of London dentist every six months so they can examine your teeth for the signs of dental decay and offer any necessary treatment. By following these few simple steps just like you were told as a child you will be able to keep your teeth free from the pain and discomfort of dental decay.
July 16th, 2010
Everyone has heard the old saying that prevention is better than cure. This saying is often very true, especially when it comes to the health of your teeth and gums. Dental problems can range form being easily treatable to being very serious and cause for urgent treatment. However, in many cases, dental problems are caused by factors that can easily be prevented. These include tooth decay and gum disease, both of which can be virtually eliminated with improved oral hygiene.
The two main prongs or oral hygiene are brushing and flossing. Brushing the teeth is perhaps the most important defence against dental disease. Brushing removes plaque and bacteria that builds up on the surface of the teeth and gums. Using toothpaste, gently brush the teeth angling the brush towards the gums. This should be done for about three minutes, twice a day after eating. Ideally you should brush your teeth after every meal but this is not always convenient. London dentists recommend using a soft-bristled brush with a small head for maximum efficiency when cleaning.
After brushing comes flossing; this helps to remove bacteria from the areas between the teeth and around the base near the gums. These areas are very small and almost impossible to clean with a toothbrush. This means they can often be the most dangerous areas for the start of decay and disease. Flossing at least once a day will help to remove bacteria and also any trapped food, which may be the cause of bad breath.
However, even if you have a very strict oral hygiene routine, there is still no substitute for a regular dental check up at least every six months. This will ensure that the first signs of any decay or gum disease are identified and dealt with before they can become a problem.
July 12th, 2010
Gum disease occurs when the gums come under attack from plaque and bacteria. Acid is released which begins to irritate the tissue and cause an inflammation. If this is not treated in time it can become infected, which poses a more serious problem.
In its milder form, gum disease is known as gingivitis, which can be treated with relative ease by a dentist and with improved oral hygiene. However, if the problem is allowed to persist it will eventually become periodontitis, a more dangerous form of the condition. In recent years several studies have identified a link between periodontitis and heart disease, one of the biggest killers in the UK.
The link occurs because infected matter in gum tissue enters the bloodstream. There it causes a chemical chain reaction which leads to a narrowing of the arteries and heart concerns. Treatment of periodontitis ranges from antibiotics to tissue removal and even hospitalisation.
The key symptoms of gum disease are swollen, red or inflamed gums, an unpleasant smell and bleeding gums. Gum disease can be prevented by maintaining regular check ups with a Central London dentist every six months.
In an age where heart disease is a very serious problem and affected by so many aspects of our modern life it is important to give yourself every possible chance of avoiding this very serious condition. Heart disease can result in high blood pressure, heart attacks and even fatalities. Ask your dentist for more information about the link between the two.
July 1st, 2010
Looking after the health of your teeth and gums is very important. This is true, not only because this will keep your teeth and gums looking healthy but also because a healthy mouth is a good indicator of your overall health and any oral problems could be the result or even cause of wider health problems.
There are many mild and series dental problems that can affect the teeth and gums. Dental decay begins with small dental cavities in the surface enamel. Although easily treated, like with all dental problems, if left without attention it can quickly become something more serious. For instance, if the cavities penetrate to the centre of the tooth, they can cause an infection that will attack the dental nerve. This is not only pretty painful but can also result in the loss of the tooth and spread of the infection to others in the mouth.
It is a similar story with the gums. Constantly under attack from plaque and bacteria, it is not uncommon for the gums to become irritated and suffer from mild infections. Again, if the problem is addressed it can be easily cleared up but if left can lead to more serious concerns. This includes periodontitis, the most serious form of gum disease, characterised by bleeding gums and swollen tissue. This may well need treatment with antibiotics and even some tissue removal.
Bleeding gums can also be the sign of more serious concerns in the oral cavity including oral cancer so it is always wise to visit your Central London dentist if you notice that your gums are bleeding.
June 21st, 2010
If you want to look after your body and stay healthy you need to eat healthily and do plenty of exercise. This will keep your body in the best possible shape and fit to fight off disease and infection. When it comes to the health of your mouth, maintaining a good standard of oral hygiene will have the same effect.
Dental problems such as tooth decay and gum disease are caused by plaque and bacteria that build up in the mouth on the surfaces of the teeth and gums. This plaque releases acid that erodes the protective layer of tooth enamel around the teeth and irritates the gums causing infection.
The most effective way to prevent this happening is to brush your teeth twice a day and floss. This removes the bacteria and plaque, keeping the enamel free from attack, the teeth free of food particles, which attract bacteria and the breath fresh. City of London dentists recommend that you brush your teeth for at least three minutes twice a day, using a soft bristled brush at a forty-five to degree angle in favour of the gums. This will remove the majority of the bacteria responsible for enamel erosion and stimulate the gums to keep them healthy.
Flossing is equally as important as brushing as it helps to remove bacteria from the difficult to reach places in between the teeth and around their base. Normal toothbrushes find it very difficult to clean these areas and it is often in these paces where the decay takes hold.
It is also important for your oral hygiene to regularly visit the dentist for a check up. Every six months is the standard amount of time you should leave between check ups in order to give you the best chance of avoiding dental disease.
June 11th, 2010
Over the course of your life your teeth and gums are constantly under attack from bacteria and plaque that damage the teeth and cause dental problems. In some cases this can result in losing teeth due to severe decay. Having missing teeth not only looks unattractive but can have wider health consequences, such as causing the facial tissue to sag. This leaves a sunken appearance that can become permanent if not addressed in time.
For these reasons, City of London dentists usually recommend that patients who have lost all or the majority of their teeth have a set of dentures fitted. In the past dentures have often come with a stigma that they look false, are uncomfortable and are prone to falling out causing embarrassment. However, over the last ten years improvements in denture technology have seen vastly more realistic and well-fitting dentures become available for all patients.
A good pair of dentures should remain in place through suction around the gums alone. Many patients resort to using denture adhesives to keep loose dentures in place. These are effective but can also be messy and limit what foods the patient can eat. Your dentist can adjust your dentures so they will stay securely in place without the need for adhesives.
Alternatively, you could opt to have mini-implants fitted to the jawbone to act as a secure base for the dentures. These will keep the dentures securely in place without any unnecessary fuss or mess. You can even still use your regular dentures, which can be fitted with special clips so they can attach to the implants. In all, five mini-implants are used to secure one set of dentures.
April 15th, 2010
Most of us, if we knew something was wrong with our body, would go and see a doctor yet so many of us are reluctant to see the dentist, even if we know something is wrong with our teeth or gums. Even when some people are in pain, they still believe that the dentist will somehow make the situation worse. This is of course not the case, and with 90% of adults in the UK suffering from gum disease at some point in their lives it is all the more important that we visit the dentist as often as possible.
Tooth and gum disease is caused by a build up of plaque and bacteria. This is allowed to happen through a lack of or ineffectual dental hygiene. In this sense the problem is self-inflicted, yet we are still reluctant to ask for help to beat it. This could be making a very serious error, as tooth and gum disease have recently been proven to have a significant effect on heart disease and can even cause heart attacks. This is because infected matter from oral disease enters the bloodstream where it can head straight to the heart. This causes a chemical reaction that can cause arteries around the heart to narrow putting strain on the heart.
City of London dentists will be able to treat any signs of tooth or gum disease in its early stages to avoid it becoming a more serious problem. They can also provide you with tips and advice on how best to keep your teeth clean and which products are most suited to your individual teeth. Tooth and gum disease are both completely preventable with a little extra effort. Just one or two more minutes a day and you could avoid a whole range of unnecessary and unpleasant health complications.
April 15th, 2010
We all know the importance of good oral hygiene and are probably aware of the consequences of not maintaining it as we should. Yet the fact that tooth decay is on the increase and that 90% of us will experience gum disease at some point shows that we should be doing more.
Effective oral hygiene can be achieved in two ways. Firstly, by proper cleaning of teeth at home with brushing and flossing and secondly, by going to the dentists every six months for a check up. Brushing and flossing remove plaque and bacteria from the mouth that cause tooth decay and gum disease. Plaque is a filmy substance that coats the teeth and releases acids, which erode the tooth enamel. If this is allowed to continue it will eventually penetrate to the sensitive central part of the teeth and cause an infection. Not only will this be painful but it could also result in tooth loss. By brushing and flossing you can keep your teeth free from as much plaque as possible helping to reduce the chances of enamel erosion. There are other ways of keeping your teeth clean such as inter-dental brushes and tongue scrapers also help to remove harmful bacteria from the oral cavity. Ask your Central London dentist how best to look after your teeth.
Brushing and flossing don’t just keep teeth clean but they can also help to prevent bad breath. Food particles that are stuck in the teeth attract bacteria which release foul odours. This is the cause of most cases of bad breath and is quite easily dealt with by stepping up your oral hygiene.
Finally, remember to visit your dentist on a regular basis. They can address any issues that are nor being dealt with by teeth cleaning and treat the first signs of any decay or disease, as well as checking for oral cancer.