January 3rd, 2019
As the dust settles on the festive period, many of us will be making resolutions for the year ahead. While most tend to try and up their intake of greens and hours in the gym, there’s a lot to be said for making an effort to keep your smile in check. As surveys reveal that the majority of us consider our smile out most important feature, here are some simple, affordable ways to achieve a more attractive smile in 2019.
The best way to brighten up your smile and keep dental disease at bay is to adopt and stick to a daily oral hygiene regime. This should feature two two-minute cleaning sessions and daily flossing. When brushing, take care to cover every individual tooth, and reach right into the corners of the mouth. Electric toothbrushes are proven to be more effective at removing plaque than manual brushes, and they are available from around £15. Flossing is often neglected, but it plays an important role in promoting good oral hygiene, as it targets areas that cannot be cleaned with a brush, including the gaps between the teeth.
Diet also plays a crucial part in oral health, and after the indulgence of the Christmas holiday, it’s good to get back into the swing of healthy eating and moderate your intake of sugary foods. Try and eat a varied diet, with plenty of fruit and vegetables, whole grains and foods rich in fibre and nutrients, and ensure sweets, cakes, biscuits and chocolate bars are treats, rather than a staple part of your diet. It’s also wise to keep an eye on what you drink. Flavoured coffees, smoothies, juices and fizzy drinks often contain a vast amount of sugar.
Another brilliant resolution to make for the New Year is to see your dentist more frequently. If you tend to reach for the phone only when you have toothache or swollen gums, make it your mission to attend 6-12 monthly check-ups. Regular appointments reduce the risk of dental decay and gum disease, and they can also keep your smile looking great and minimise the risk of problems like symptoms of oral cancer being spotted at an advanced stage.
May 3rd, 2012
There are many dangerous dental diseases that can crop up in the mouth and though this is what all dentistry is based on in London, the prevention of such evils, it is important that you know the signs and learn to prevent them as well going to the dentist. It all starts quite innocuously: a little plaque can develop and then tartar will form around the base of the teeth; this can be removed by your dentist or by a specially designed sonic toothbrush. If however, the cycle is allowed to continue, the plaque will soon start to attack the surface of the teeth and caries will form and then tooth decay will set in.
In the meantime, the tartar will also start to infect the gums and then gum disease will take hold. Rectifying such problems gets harder and more expensive the more the issues are ignored and the work can become very complex indeed; it can involve bone and tissue grafting in order to re-construct your mouth. At the end of this destructive cycle, the inevitable outcome is the loss of your teeth. Identifying these problems can be sourced from your dentist or from the internet, but the basic signs are toothache or bleeding gums- sure indications that something is going wrong with your mouth.
Between getting a decent oral hygiene program for yourself that suits you and your dentist, you should be able to prevent such things happening. Plus, if things do go wrong, you should work hard to ensure you they don’t spiral out of control.
December 12th, 2010
Many people feel nervous about making an appointment to see their dentist even though they know how important it is. Dentists are trained professionals who examine your mouth for signs of disease and decay and it is vital that you keep the habit of visiting them every six months or immediately if you think you have a problem. If you feel apprehensive about such a visit, you should be aware that dental practices have changed an awful lot in recent years.
Unpleasant memories of childhood visits to the dentist or even a fear of needles can both be causes of dental phobia and it is hard to overcome these ingrained memories and fears which might have been with you for many years. If this has stopped you from making an appointment for some time then you might feel embarrassed about the state that your teeth are now in, making it even more difficult for you to make that appointment.
Sometimes people avoid the dentist because of a personal disagreement with their dentist in the past. You might feel that your dentist was not sympathetic towards your needs. Such personality issues can make it extremely awkward to visit the dentist again. This might be made worse by the negative portrayals of dentists and their practice which you can find in the media or from friends and colleagues.
If any of these feelings are familiar to you and you have been avoiding going to the dentist it is important to remember that dentists these days are extremely concerned with making their patients feel relaxed. DVDs are used, as is soothing music and pain free gel can help make injections less uncomfortable. There are plenty of dentists available and you should do your best to find one who is sympathetic and with whom you can get along. Contact your Central London dentist today if you are worried about dental phobia
August 26th, 2008
Xerostomia or dry mouth is a condition when the glands that produce the saliva for the mouth stop producing enough to keep the mouth moist. This problem in London dental patients seems to be very common and is usually a result of high stress. If the problem continues for longer duration of time, it is wise to find a good dentist in London to have them check the problem. Dry mouth can also be a symptom of other, more serious dental diseases.
If you think you may have dry mouth problems, the following symptoms may be present. See your dentist right away.
• Saliva thickens and you feel as though you can not talk or swallow correctly.
• The tongue gets a rough feel to it
• Your throat feels dry as does your mouth
• You may have a burning sensation in the mouth or be sensitive to spicy and salty foods
• Halitosis or bad breath may be present
• Sores in the mouth are common
• Lip cracking can occur
• The tongue can be red, dry and raw
• If you wear dentures, it is more difficult to have them in than usual
• Your thirst increases
The reason dry mouth is such a problem is because saliva is needed for many things. It helps us to chew our food, swallow without choking, talk, taste correctly, and aids in the digestion of food. It also keeps certain bacteria in the mouth, under control so we do not have to deal with infections. Saliva also protects the teeth from decaying.
April 27th, 2008
Dental hygiene services in London, as in most parts of the world, are specialized services centred on promoting general or specific dental wellness. Along with checking patients up for symptoms and signs of oral diseases, dental hygiene services provide immediate services to affected patients as well as educate them on taking measures for preventing dental or gum-related diseases at home. The best dental hygiene services involve preventive procedures for tooth decay and gum infections.The primary predilection among the dental hygiene providers is oral prophylaxis, popularly known as teeth and gum cleaning services. Generally, the procedures involve scaling the amputation of the hard calculus depositions below and above the gum-line, in the subgingival and supragingival areas. These calculus deposits are the breeding site infection-causing bacterial colonies that give rise to the most popular oral diseases, like teeth and root decay, teeth loss and other periodontal diseases.
However, it is important to note that dental hygiene services do not include coronal polishing or supragingival scaling. Since, most of the times, periodontal diseases initiate from below the gum-line, scaling should also be directed at the same area and should be treated with utmost care. It is not expected of a professional dental hygienist to provide the patients with negligent polishing, and portraying it as thorough dental hygiene services. A dentals hygienist’s responsibilities are immense and any negligence here can trigger harmful changes in the gums and teeth. For instance, the fluoride-containing tooth enamel may get removed causing damage to the structure of the tooth lying underneath.
Other important dental hygiene services include applying sealants on teeth fissures and pits, thereby offering greater teeth protection against damage and decay.