August 9th, 2014
We understand that when it comes to children’s dentistry it can be difficult to get your children into a good oral health regime. It is important to realise the long term damage that can occur by ignoring your child’s tooth-time habits. Cavities are painful and unsightly stains from bacteria can discolour the teeth in a short space of time. These can be difficult to remove.
For young children it’s a good idea to help them see brushing as a positive thing to do by playing fun games or singing their favourite song for the time it takes to brush. It’s important to bring your child early to the dentist to get them familiar with a dental environment. The sights and particularly the sounds of a dental surgery can be scary for young children and they need to see that it’s a safe environment early on.
We request that you bring children for a dental check-up almost every 6 months to ensure maximum dental efficiency. It’s important for children to start with a soft brush to use as they can be sensitive to hard brushing which can make them reluctant to continue brushing.
We can give parents further advice, help and tips when it comes to your child’s precious oral health. You should pop into a London-based dental clinic for a chat.
October 29th, 2013
Xerostomia is a one of those conditions that doesn’t seem that bad on paper, but in reality, it can play havoc in the mouth in central London. It is essentially a dry mouth; now this can be caused by taking lots of medication, smoking a lot, recreational drugs or having a poor diet; heavy drinking doesn’t help either The saliva in the mouth is a natural defender against bacteria and helps to fend of plaque. However, if the saliva levels fall for whatever the reason, the teeth are then vulnerable to attack and before you know where you are at, cavities will form on the surfaces of the teeth. Now you are facing the very real danger of full blown tooth decay and gum disease- inevitably leading to tooth loss and more sinister problems later on in life. There are ways you can tackle xerostomia, but you will have to get help from your dentist or hygienist; it certainly won’t be easy if you take severe medication and you will have to work hard in order to turn the condition around for the sake of your oral health, but it can be done as long as you are willing to put in the effort, and in the long run, it will only benefit your overall health in the future if you confront the problem head-on.
June 26th, 2012
Without proper care, over time your teeth can develop cavities, holes in the teeth. To stop the cavity from destroying the whole tooth, your dentist will often recommend a filling. Amalgam fillings are a composite of different metals (such as silver and copper) that when placed into a tooth will stop any further food particles or plaque causing internal damage. Fillings are very common with many of them being metal. Metal fillings have very high endurance will last many years before needing to be replaced.
The process of getting a filling is relatively straight forward and your City of London dentist will be able to talk you through the process before they begin. A local anaesthetic will be administered to remove any sensation from the affected area. Using a small drill any damaged part of the tooth will be removed and the inside of the cavity cleaned. If the cavity has affected the sides of the tooth a band can be used to support the filling as it sets, to assure that a natural tooth shape is formed.
There are two main types of filling: amalgam and composite resin. The composite resin can be colour matched to your existing teeth to make it unnoticeable, it is for this reason that resin will often be used on front teeth where a filling would be especially noticeable. But the resin is not as durable as amalgam and will need to be replaced sooner. Teeth that do the majority of chewing and grinding will more often use amalgam due to its excellent endurance, this is especially true of your back teeth where the metal colour will also be less visible.
August 5th, 2011
Cavities can form in teeth as a result of plaque that is left on teeth. So acidic is plaque that it causes the enamel to erode and holes to be formed. If this process is not stopped then teeth will lose their functionality. Regular visits to the dentist ought to ensure that this doesn’t happen because they will monitor your teeth and take action before cavities can form. But in the event that cavities should occur, you will need to get them filled before the problem gets any worse.
For many years, your only option for filling cavities in teeth was to get metal fillings. These were never particularly popular with dentists because the metal that was used could be difficult to work with. As a result, dentists often could not be as precise as they wanted and sometimes the fillings would fail. This was unsatisfactory for patients too and even if the fillings were successful they had a rather unsightly appearance. Having spots of black metal inside the mouth was not something many people were keen on.
Using a new composite of dental substances dentists can now fill cavities in teeth in a new way that is far more popular. It is called cosmetic bonding; dentists find it easier to work with and patients are happier with the results. The material used in cosmetic bonding is tooth coloured so it is far more subtle. Dentists can even tailor it so that it matches the colour and shade of the surrounding teeth. The fact that it is far more malleable than metal means that dentists can be more accurate and are finding that the results are a great deal more successful.
Contact your City of London dentist if you want to get your metal fillings replaced using cosmetic bonding.
June 29th, 2011
With a diligent routine of home care for your mouth, dental decay should not be something that will need to concern you in your life. But sometimes your standards can slip because of a difficult personal time, or general health issues. Dental decay then becomes something that has to be dealt with by a trained, dental professional. Over many years they have built up an arsenal of techniques to restore teeth to health and functionality that have begun to decay.
Tooth can start to decay if they are subjected to too much plaque over a prolonged period of time. The hard, outer layer of your teeth – this is called enamel – is usually very resilient but cannot withstand too much acidic plaque. Once the enamel is worn away or a small hole is created, the inside of the tooth is exposed and decay can start to foment.
Once holes appear in the enamel they must be filled. In their small form they are called caries and if slightly larger they are known as cavities. They can be rather painful because once the enamel is compromised the nerves inside your teeth are exposed to hot and cold food and drink even breathing in cold air on a chilly day.
Your dentist can fill them in using cosmetic bonding. This is a development from the days of metal fillings. Cosmetic bonding utilises malleable, tooth coloured dental composite that is much easier to work with and produces and much more aesthetically pleasing finish. If you think that dental decay is starting to take hold in your mouth, don’t hesitate in going to see your Central London dentist. It will not just stop of its own accord; it needs to be dealt with.
May 3rd, 2011
The development of holes in your teeth, known as cavities, is definitely something to be avoided. Teeth cannot grow back once a hole has formed in them and you will need to have a filling installed to protect the rest of the tooth. Most people are aware of the main cause of dental cavities: the build up of plaque which breaks down the protective layer of enamel. But what many are unaware of is that having a persistently dry mouth (known clinically as xerostamia) can be a contributing factor in the formation of dental cavities.
Xerostamia is fairly common amongst older adults and there is panoply of potential causes for the condition. Smokers often suffer because their saliva production is stymied. Those on certain medications and people undergoing certain cancer treatments can also experience extended periods of dryness in the mouth. The mouth often feels sticky and dry and sores can develop.
If this is the case then less saliva is being produced. Aside from aiding in the eating of food, saliva is absolutely crucial in strengthening the enamel which protects your teeth. If there is less saliva then your teeth can be weakened; if they are weakened then there is more opportunity for plaque to break them down and cause cavities.
Your Central London dentist will have been trained in all aspects of xerostamia. They will be adept at spotting the signs of it and then being able to act. Certain mouth washes can help increase saliva production and moisten your mouth and chewing gum and sugar free sweets can do the same. There is several medical solutions too that your dentist might prescribe.
March 31st, 2011
Having a healthy mouth has a great many benefits. The ability to talk, eat, drink and smile in comfort are things that you might easily take for granted if you have a mouth which is free from problems. But the reality is that if you stop taking care of your teeth then you are leaving your mouth open to tooth and gum diseases which will stop you from being able to talk, eat, drink and smile with the comfort that you have become accustomed to.
Plaque presents a great danger to the health of your mouth. It is a substance that is created every time you eat, particularly food and drink which contains a high level of sugar and or starch. If left on teeth, plaque can attack the hard, protective enamel and cause it to break down, leaving your teeth exposed to acids which can erode them. Plaque is also a major cause of gum disease, leaving them inflamed, swollen and painful.
You might find that cavities begin to form in your teeth, small holes which will require fillings with dental composite. In severe cases, teeth might even need to be removed because they are so broken down that they are unable to function properly even if they have fillings installed. In bad cases of gum disease your teeth are also at risk of being lost because the bones holding them in place can become inflamed.
As advised by your dentist you should be brushing your teeth at least twice every day, using a fluoride tooth paste and flossing so that plaque cannot build up between the teeth. But be sure to visit your London dentist every six months too so that early signs of tooth and gum disease can be spotted.
June 6th, 2010
Cosmetic bonding is one of the most versatile and useful of all the dental treatments, both for offering protection and for cosmetic purposes. In fact, it forms such a big part of modern dentistry that there are even dentists who specialise solely in the application and mixing of composite resin used for bonding.
Dental bonding is perhaps best known for its use in filling dental cavities. In the past, most filings were made of silver amalgam but in recent years this has cause some controversy due to the presence of mercury vapours. Silver fillings were also quite unseemly because of the metallic appearance they produced in the mouth. Dental bonding, although not quite as strong as silver filings, is perfectly safe and can also be mixed to closely match the colour of the existing teeth, meaning the aesthetic quality of the teeth is preserved.
Dental bonding is also used to attach crowns and veneers. The resin is mixed up and acts as a bonding cement between the porcelain and the tooth enamel. Once happy with the desired appearance, the dentist will set the bonding hard with a dental laser. Once set, dental bonding is very tough and durable and provides an extra layer of protection to the teeth.
Dental bonding can be used on its own to restore the appearance of chipped, cracked and discoloured teeth. The resin is applied to the area in question and shaped to the desired affect. Again it is then set hard using a dental laser restoring the appearance of the teeth. It is a very popular treatment, not just because of its versatility but also because it is very affordable.
London dentists offer dental boding to repair and improve the appearance of teeth effectively and cheaply. If you require any dental work but are unable to afford expensive porcelain veneers or teeth whitening, ask your dentist about dental bonding.
March 2nd, 2010
The important thing about treating tooth decay is that the earlier it is carried out, the easier it is and the more successful it will usually be. Dental decay is not a condition that will ever improve of its own accord. Enamel will never grow back once it has been removed and once the process has started it will only worsen making the situation more serious.
Patients can prevent tooth decay by effective and regular brushing and flossing and by paying regular visits to the dentist. However, if decay does happen it is usually accompanied by a toothache as the sensitive dental nerve is exposed to extremes of hot and cold and other stimuli. Early stage treatment of dental decay involves filling the cavities caused by plaque eroding the protective enamel. Filling material used to be commonly made of silver amalgam but due to controversy about its safety and metallic appearance in the mouth it is increasingly being replaced by composite bonding, which is tooth-coloured. The dentist will first clean the cavity and remove any infected material or bacteria that is in there. The cavity is then filled and set hard to protect the tooth.
For larger cavities it may be necessary to use a porcelain inlay as bonding can become brittle in large areas. The inlay will be cemented into place using bonding. For even larger damage and root canal treatments it may be necessary to cover the whole tooth exposed above the gum with a ceramic dental crown to offer a larger degree of protection. If you suspect dental decay or are suffering from a toothache, make an appointment to see a Central London dentist for treatment.
January 22nd, 2010
Foods that are healthy and good for your teeth are not surprisingly the foods that are healthy and good for the whole body. It is a similar story for foods that have a bad effect on your dental health, as they tend to be bad for your whole body also.
Obviously foods that are high in sugar are very bad for your teeth as they encourage the production of plaque acid in the mouth that causes cavities. Eating foods with a high sugar content, or even chewing sugar-rich gum can be very bad for the teeth. Although it must be said that brushing or rinsing your mouth with water immediately after eating sugary foods does limit the effect of the sugar. Parents who are concerned about their children’s teeth could encourage their children to eat sweets immediately after dinner and then to brush their teeth to limit the impact. After all, we all know how hard it can be to stop kids eating sugary food altogether.
Foods that are good for the teeth unsurprisingly include dairy food such as milk and cheese. Dairy products have a low pH and have the effect of neutralising acids that cause damage to teeth. Dairy products are also calcium rich which helps to make teeth stronger. For people who have a sweet tooth, fruit is an excellent way of getting your sugar hit and still getting a lot of beneficial vitamins and anti-oxidants. The same is true of vegetables during the main course as they are full of vitamin A, which is essential for the formation of enamel. City of London dentists can give you more information about what foods are good and bad for your teeth and can help you to draw up a tooth-friendly eating plan.