December 2nd, 2013
London is a demanding place: it expects a lot of you and you need to be on top of your game to get by. However, with such requirements comes stress and at first, you may not even notice the pressures put upon you, but one tell-tale sign is teeth grinding. This is a highly destructive condition that will not only destroy your teeth, but it can wreck your jaw-joints, cause serious problems to your hearing and damage your neck and upper back. The thing is that if you don’t learn to de-stress at the end of a hectic day, you will take your issues to bed with you and this is where teeth grinding has the most potent effect. A mouth-guard can protect your teeth, but it won’t stop the physical action of clenching your teeth together; this will require more serious attention. You may well be suffering from anger issues or an overload of stress and for this you will need professional help in order to identify what it is that is causing the problem. You need to learn to unwind at the end of the day and with the correct help and direction, you will not only be able to diffuse the antics of the day that have got to you, but it will put you in a better frame of mind when you go to bed.
September 16th, 2013
You know, for all its beauty and luxury, London can be a very taxing and stressful place to live. This stress that the city throws at you each day can get under your skin without you knowing it and it can manifest itself in peculiar ways- one of which is teeth grinding. Without you knowing it, the frustrations that build up in the day can lead to you taking it to bed with you, and before you even know it is going on, you may well be grinding your teeth in your sleep and this will do terrible damage to your teeth over time. Yes, a mouth-guard may well do the job of saving your teeth from a kicking from grinding, but it won’t stop the actual process of grinding and if it continues, it can reap havoc on your jaws, your head, neck and upper-back; it can also lead to issues with your central nervous system. What you have to do is seek some help from your dentist in order to solve the issue because it could be a little more serious than you think, so sit down and have a chat about your issues that you go through each day. It is your oral future we are talking about here.
February 22nd, 2010
Making sure your teeth are clean and healthy is very important, but it is important never to forget how important it is to look after your gums. Gum disease is responsible for more tooth loss in the UK than tooth decay and gum disease has recently been established to be a major contributing factor to heart disease and even strokes.
Keeping your gums clean is a simple matter of removing plaque. Plaque is a filmy substance that sticks to teeth releasing acid which erodes tooth enamel causing decay. It also sticks to gums destroying tissue and causing infections we know as gum disease. Most gum disease is mild and can be treated with improved cleaning but if it becomes the more serious periodontitis it can require tissue removal and hospital treatment.
The gums can be cleaned easily by angling the toothbrush at a forty–five degree angle when brushing. This gently clears gums of plaque and food debris which cause disease. Flossing below the gum line also helps to remove bacteria and food trapped in small pockets between the gums and teeth.
It is also important to make regular visits to a Central London dentist who can examine teeth for the first signs of gum disease and carry out thorough cleaning. Don’t get caught out by gum disease, as it can be a painful and unpleasant experience and one that is easily avoided.
September 12th, 2009
Tooth sensitivity can be defined as the tingling feeling or the flash of pain that can be constantly or intermittently felt on all the teeth or one or more teeth. This is a very common condition that affects many people worldwide and can be caused by various reasons;• Aging – with progressing age, the tooth enamel gradually wears down exposing the dentin which can cause sensitivity.
• Receding of the gums
• Excess intake of acidic beverages like soda which can cause thinning of the tooth enamel
• Using a hard toothbrush or brushing the teeth too harshly; this can also wear down the enamel revealing the dentin.
• Tooth grinding
• Dental procedures like teeth whitening root canal therapy or teeth restorations.
• Periodontitis, chipped tooth or root nerve damage.
It is ideal to consult your London dentist to ascertain the root cause of your hypersensitivity. There are various treatment options to control or cure tooth sensitivity. These include self-help options like toothpastes, gels and fluoride rinses which leave a protective coating on the sensitive tooth. Use of a soft bristled toothbrush is extremely effective to get relief from this condition.
Dentists can also recommend the use of a desensitizer which are of two types; an in-office desensitizer which is applied by the dentist on the sensitive teeth and over-the-counter desensitizer which can be purchased at any local pharmacy store. If you have the habit of using tobacco or snuff, it is time to kick the habit if you have sensitive teeth as this can only worsen the condition.
And always remember to brush and floss regularly and keep your teeth clean to avoid the deposition of plaque which can cause irritation and teeth sensitivity.
July 20th, 2008
Dental veneers have a cosmetic as well as a functional role to play. They not only help protect a damaged tooth surface, but also aid in enhancing your smile, lending it a natural, aesthetically pleasing appearance.
The dental veneers are specially made casings of tooth-resembling ceramic material which when put on the tooth surface, can screen worn thin tooth enamel, lopsided tooth arrangement or spacing and cracks or fractures. Dental veneers are a part of the cosmetic dentistry category as they generate a brilliant, white smile with perfectly positioned, well-shaped teeth. What’s more, the modern day veneer’s translucent ceramic quality lends a more natural appearance than what was earlier available.
Irrespective of how unsightly teeth are produced, London dental veneers could be the answer to nearly all of your enhancive dental problems, including:
Worn enamel: After a while, the fine, strong white substance that covers your teeth (enamel) might get damaged, tarnished, and stained. This kind of damage and staining could either be natural or due to a genetic tendency. But, it’s usually because of your habits (drinking coffee or tea, soft drink, smoking, taking medicines, and so on).
Wear & tear: With aging, the teeth naturally wear away. Aged teeth tend to have more fractures, cracks or by and large don’t have a uniform look.
Genetics: Some people, from birth may have irregular spaces between their teeth that get bigger with age.
Irregular teeth: General wearing away or tooth grinding may cause irregular teeth.
April 13th, 2008
Cracking of a tooth is something that does need immediate attention. The dentists in London send out a very clear message. They say to not consider any tooth problem minor because it can affect your life pretty bad.
There can be a lot of reasons for a tooth to crack such as trauma, tooth decay, weakened tooth, etc. Another very important cause of tooth cracking is tooth grinding, which in medical terms is known as bruxism.
When a tooth is cracked, depending on its location, it then has very sharp edges that can damage the inside of your cheeks and also affect your diet, which in turn will affect your health. So, this is something that needs immediate attention or you start losing weight.
If you have a cracked tooth, then use warm water to rinse your mouth and then apply cold compress so as to minimize the swelling. You now must be thinking as to what can be done to repair the fractured tooth.
Well the first step that the dentist takes is to smoothen out the edges of the cracked tooth. Then different options can be adopted to repair it such as bonding, repaired with restorative material such as gold, alloy, silver, etc.
In bonding, porcelain as well as enamel is applied to the fractured tooth. So anyone who has a fractured tooth, must seek the care from your dentist as soon as possible. The care is sought not only for health reasons but also due to cosmetic basis too.
February 27th, 2008
Most parents in London could have heard their kids grinding their teeth during sleep. Some people grind/clench their teeth when they get anger or stress. That is quite normal. But this tooth grinding action can be with or without their knowledge. The Medical term for teeth grinding is bruxism. Teeth grinding or chewing action is a complex neuromuscular reflex activity, which is controlled by the brain (higher center) when we are awake. During sleep, the higher center or brain is inactive and the chewing reflex center, which becomes active, is not controlled by the inactive higher center resulting in bruxism. Most people who grind their teeth do so during sleep and this is called sleep bruxism. These people are quite unaware of it until someone sleep with them notices. Sometimes people don’t notice at all and become aware of it when evaluated for other conditions such as jaw pain, headaches, dental sensitivity or dental erosion or TMD. The aetiology of this complaint is actually unknown. There are various theories such as stress, psychological causes, nutritional deficiency of vitamins such pyridoxin, vitamin D, calcium, magnesium etc. In some people, it is associated with some sleep disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea, snoring, etc. Teeth grinding is very common in children during teething, both when milk teeth appear and also when permanent teeth develop. Children generally outgrow this problem when the teeth erupt completely hence, no treatment is required. However, if your child grinds off his/her teeth for long, it might require treatment. In London, dentists generally suggest the use of mouth guards to protect the child’s teeth, if they don’t require any specific treatment. Sometimes they might be just stressed out or anxious before going to bed. So, when you identify this problem, don’t wake him/her from sleep to tell them, “hi you’re grinding your teeth”. Instead, just help them relax by telling or reading out some good small stories, or by just talking to them about nice things when they go to bed. Some adults are also found to have this problem, which occasionally is associated with other dental problems such as nonalignment of teeth, malocclusion, structural abnormalities of the jaws etc., hence treating the root cause helps to get rid of this problem without any special treatment. So if you suspect you have bruxism, better not hesitate to visit your dentist and find out whether you have any dental conditions that is causing this problem. Sometimes this clenching or grinding of teeth could result in serious problems with temporomandibular joints. Bruxism can also lead to wearing off of teeth, chronic headaches, pain in jaws, restriction in the movement of mandible, ear pain, etc. For adults, the use of dental guards could be of some help in constraining bruxism and protecting their teeth from irregular wearing and early erosion. So, the next time you feel like clenching your teeth, just relax… count 1,2, 3,…. and your teeth are saved.