January 30th, 2019
Most of us know that brushing and flossing can help to keep our smiles sparkling, but did you know that caring for your gums could also help to reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease?
Previous studies have linked gum disease to an elevated risk of Alzheimer’s, but new research has shed light on the connection between oral health and the progressive neurological condition. Researchers have found traces of bacteria linked to advanced gum disease, known as Porphyromonas gingivalis, in the brains of people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.
Tests conducted on mice revealed that it was possible for these strains of bacteria to travel around the body to the brain, and flagged toxic proteins secreted by this specific form of bacteria. This protein, known as gingipain, destroys neurons in the brain tissue. The presence of the bacteria also accelerated the production of amyloid beta, a form of plaque, which is connected to Alzheimer’s.
After discovering the bacteria, scientists analysed the impact of drugs used to inhibit the toxic proteins in mice, and found that they stopped neural degeneration.
The study authors suggested that the research highlighted the connection between specific strains of bacteria and gum disease and provided an insight into new treatment options. In light of the study findings, the team has developed a new drug, which they are hoping to test on humans as part of a clinical trial later in the year.
Prof Tara Spires-Jones, from the UK Dementia Research Institute, which is based at the University of Edinburgh, said that the drug trials involving mice provided positive news. She also added that it would be interesting to see the results of the human drug trials that are due to take place later this year.
March 30th, 2013
It is easy to think that your have got your oral hygiene down to a fine art in the city of London and in some cases, maybe you have- bravo! But you should never get complacent about it and it is always good to take time out to review what you are doing with your hygienist and maybe look at even better ways, as there are always new and better products coming out all the time. Brushing and flossing seem to say exactly what they do on the tin. But aside from you changing your brush regularly and buying new floss, there are always new ones to try out; they are not expensive and could improve your oral health even further, and there is nothing wrong with that. Electric brushes have evolved tremendously; ultra sound, sonic, pulse and water-pick, all remarkable in the work they do to give you a thorough clean like never before. Flosses too change in certain ways and as you get older, so will your teeth, so it is always again, good to keep trying them out. Getting your technique right in the bathroom is also essential because for all that these products promise, it you that will be doing it, so never be afraid to take time out to practise, it will benefit you in the end and do this at least twice a day and you should never have problems.
June 27th, 2012
People often forget about the spaces between their teeth. But in these tiny gaps there can be a build up of plaque and bacteria which left unattended can cause great damage. Using floss or interdental cleaning brushes will allow you to make sure the space between your teeth is as clean as the rest of your mouth.
Regular flossing is very effective for interdental cleaning. Your local London dentist recommends doing at least once or twice a day. Floss is easy to find in most supermarkets and comes in a variety of different forms depending on your needs. Simply taking a length of floss and run it along the edge of each tooth to clean off any food particles or plaque. Make sure to gently run the floss above the gum line to remove anything that might cause gum disease. Floss holders are available for those who cannot hold the floss comfortably.
If you have larger spaces between your teeth you may find that interdental brushes are a more effective instrument for cleaning. Starting with sizes as small as 0.4mm and going up to 1.5mm, these brushes offer a very effective way to remove built up deposits of plaque. During your regular visit, or as necessary, your dentist will be able to do a scaling and polishing that will thoroughly clean your teeth and remove any stubborn material that is stuck between your teeth.
When you fist begin to clean between your teeth you may find your gums begin to bleed in the process. Some bleeding is normal to begin with and should not cause concern. After a couple days you will find the bleeding reduces and eventually stops. If the bleeding is excessive or continues beyond a few days you should visit your local dentist as soon as possible.
August 2nd, 2011
It should only take up a small proportion of your day but when you brush your teeth and floss them you will be improving your oral hygiene and lessening the chances of developing a number of undesirable dental ailments. Just by following a simple set of principles, you can brush and floss your way to a healthy set of teeth and gums and reap the benefits as a consequence.
Brushing in the morning is vital because plaque easily forms at night when you are producing less saliva. By doing so again in the evening you are ridding your mouth of the plaque and food debris that will be present after your daily meals. You should always brush thoroughly so that you are removing all of the plaque that you can from the surfaces of your teeth. Use a fluoride tooth paste and make sure that your tooth brush is easy to hold and has a set of firm bristles.
Flossing must be carried out also. Tear a convenient length of dental floss from the roll and pull it between the gaps in your teeth. Even the most expert of brushing regimes will not be able to remove all the plaque from these tiny gaps and so flossing is very important to stop cavities forming there and lessen the chances of gum disease.
The consequences of not brushing and flossing properly are potentially serious. Cavities can form which will need to be filled, lest plaque ruins your teeth and leaves them not fit for purpose. A leading cause of tooth loss though is gum disease which is also caused by plaque which is not dealt with. Your City of London dentist can give you more information on these matters.
April 21st, 2011
Even with the best of care at home, it is still very much worth your while to go and see your City of London dentist on a regular basis. Only so much can be achieved by the rigorous routine of brushing and flossing that you should be pursuing. Going to see the dentist allows your mouth to be checked for potentially bothersome ailments which you might have missed and permits the professionals in the surgery to carry out work that has to be done there.
When plaque forms in your mouth, it can harden into a substance known as tartar. The properties of plaque and tarter are much the same and they can both cause dental decay and gum disease. However, the crucial difference between the two is that tartar is a lot harder and cannot be removed by your brushing at home. The only way to get rid of bouts of tartar is to let your dentist clean it off in the surgery using their specialist tools.
Your dentist will also be able to give your mouth a thorough and consummate examination so that if there are any problems then they can be sorted out immediately. They have had many years of training and experience in looking out for things like dental decay and gum disease. A swift diagnosis is desirable so that these problems can be sorted out before they can cause any real damage to your healthy set of teeth.
It is advisable to go and see your City of London dentist every six months but you might be directed otherwise. Your dentist might summon you sooner than that if a check up reveals a problem. If you find any problems yourself then you should make an appointment immediately rather than wait for your next scheduled meeting.
March 21st, 2011
Having a set of healthy teeth and gums is something that one can easily take for granted and many people don’t consider how much such a situation helps with being able to eat, drink and even talk in comfort. What can threaten the health of your mouth is bad oral hygiene and it is to be avoided at all cost. Thankfully, it is not a particularly complicated matter and you can guarantee good oral hygiene by taking a few simple steps.
The most important thing to remember is to brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss too. This is done to remove plaque from your teeth. Plaque is a substance which is formed every time you eat and drink but there will be more of it after you have consumed food or drink which contains a lot of sugar and or starch. If plaque builds up then it can attack the protective enamel surface of your teeth and lead to tooth decay.
Plaque can be a problem for your gums too and lead to gingivitis. This evidences itself with reddening of gums which ought to be a healthy pink and feelings of sensitivity. Gum disease is actually a greater cause of tooth loss than tooth decay itself, especially if it progresses into periodontitis, an inflammation of the bones which hold teeth in place.
Your London dentist can help with your oral hygiene by offering you advice and guidance on these matters. You should get into the habit of having a check up every six months with your dentist so that your mouth can be examined by a trained expert and your oral hygiene monitored. Book an appointment today and reap the benefits of good oral hygiene.
February 2nd, 2011
If you suffer from any form of periodontitis in London, you are not only running the risk of expensive treatments to correct the problem, but you are tripling the risk of having a heart attack or stroke. Gum disease can lead to infection of the blood which can lead to the narrowing and/or the hardening of the arteries. Yet, with a little common sense, these problems can be avoided by having a healthy programme of diet and oral hygiene. What you put in your mouth can affect your teeth and gums, so it’s important to have a fairly balanced diet and maybe cut down on the smoking. But the best way of maintaining your teeth and gums is through good oral hygiene. This begins with regular visits to the dentist and then keeping up a high level of hygiene at home. Of course, this starts with brushing, flossing and mouthwashes at least twice a day, but it doesn’t stop there. It’s also important to get the right toothpaste and brushes that suit you. There are many to choose from on the market and it may be a matter of trial and error until you get the combination that suits you, but you should also confer with your dentist if you have any doubts. If any emergencies arise, dentists are there to help- they can correct any problems in the mouth and put a stop to such diseases developing in the mouth. Heart disease is difficult to fight once it has set in and can seriously disable your life; preventing it should be high on your agenda and this starts by keeping your mouth healthy.
June 3rd, 2010
Besides brushing and flossing, the most important thing you can do for the health of your teeth is to have a dental check up every six months. Check ups are crucial because it allows the dentist an opportunity to assess the health of your teeth and check for any signs of dental decay or infection. This could be crucial for your chances of avoiding costly and painful dental treatment in the future, and as with any kind of condition or disease, the earlier you catch it the easier it is to treat.
Dentists recommend an average time of six months between check ups. This could be more or less depending on the nature of your teeth but it is important to listen to your London dentist’s advice about how often you should be visiting. A routine check up will take little more than twenty minutes to half an hour and involve no pain. As long as you are regularly visiting the dentist for a check up, you stand a pretty good chance of avoiding dental pain altogether.
Dentists are also able to investigate the signs of any decay or possible gum disease. With both on the increase in the UK it is very important that you have your teeth and gums checked. If you allow decay or disease to progress unchecked, it could lead to the need for antibiotics, extraction and even hospitalisation.
Another very important reason to visit your dentist for a check up is oral cancer. This is one of the most virulent forms of the disease but very treatable if caught in sufficient time. 80 per cent of patients who have the disease spotted early on survive, a number that drops rapidly as time passes. Dentists will carry out a routine check for any signs and investigate any suspicious looking areas. Proof that a dental check up could just save your life.
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.
March 24th, 2010
Typing ‘bad breath cures’ into an internet search engine instantly yields hundreds of thousands of sites promising the latest completely effective cure for bad breath. Some openly reveal their secret while others are more tantalising with their information. Countless herbal, dietary and medicinal solutions are cited as ‘guaranteed cures’ for bad breath but the real cure is actually a lot more simple.
Most cases of bad breath are caused by food particles getting trapped in the teeth and in the grooves of the tongue. These gradually decay and release nasty smelling odours that are carried out during exhalation. The secret to stopping bad breath is to make sure you do all you can to remove these food particles. This can be achieved relatively easily with better brushing, flossing and using other implements such as tongue scrapers.
Oral products such as mouthwash and sprays are generally not recommended by dentists as they do little more than mask the problem for a short period and then the embarrassing breath can return. This can be all the more frustrating because it is often very hard to tell when you have bad breath in the first place and some oral products may be giving you false confidence.
Central London dentists can help you to learn more effective ways of keeping your mouth and teeth clean to prevent bad breath. They can also recommend the most suitable toothbrush and toothpaste for your teeth. In some circumstances, the bad breath may not be being caused by oral problems and may require medical attention to cure. Your dentist will be able to advise you on the best course of action should this be the case.