December 19th, 2018
A new study has linked mental health disorders with an elevated risk of oral diseases.
A research project, which has been published in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology, suggests that experiencing symptoms of illnesses, including depression, can increase the risk of gum disease.
Researchers evaluated and monitored both the mental and oral health of a group of more than 500 people from birth to the age of 30. The findings show that people who have symptoms of depression have a 20% higher risk of developing periodontal disease, an advanced form of gum disease. The study links depression with difficulty in fighting inflammation, the most common sign of severe gum disease.
Chief executive of the Oral Health Foundation, Dr Nigel Carter OBE, said that the findings of the study highlight the importance of mental health. Several studies have linked poor oral health and physical conditions, such as heart disease and diabetes, but less is known about the connection between the mind and the mouth. This research underlines the significance of a healthy mind and provides an insight into how other forms of health can impact oral health.
Dr Carter also added that the study provides an interesting and useful resource and point of reference for dental professionals. Depression is an increasingly common condition in the UK, and it’s crucial that health and dental workers are able to spot signs and symptoms to support and treat patients effectively. It is estimated that around 20% of people in the UK have symptoms of anxiety or depression, but the figure may be much higher, as many cases go undiagnosed.
Depression can be a barrier for seeking any kind of medical treatment, and Dr Carter suggests that dental patients may be anxious about seeing a dentist due to phobias, a fear of the unknown, or even shame or embarrassment linked to their oral health status.
August 22nd, 2013
Some things in life can get nasty in you mouth in central London, but a particularly evil one is gum disease and you need to go ‘hell for leather’ in order to fight this off. Like most things that cause issues in your mouth, plaque is always the start of them; once this sticky film gets dug in, it will turn to tartar and once it starts to build up around the base of the teeth, it will begin to infect the gums and hence, you will be veering towards gum disease. In the early days, it is hard to spot, but the indication of early problems are when your gums bleed when you brush; your gums may also weep and leave a bad taste in your mouth. If you act quickly to fight it with better oral hygiene, diet and greater care for your mouth in general, you can overcome the threat. Get your dentist involved too, as well as a hygienist because they can advise you on where you are going wrong and help you to see the things that you have done to kick this disease off in the first place. But you should bear in mind the outcomes that gum disease can cause later down your life: your teeth will fall out and it will destroy the bone structure below, which will make repair work even harder to perform. Worse still, the toxins fed into the bloodstream by this disease will end up destroying your heart and other vital organs in your body.
February 28th, 2013
If there is one disease in central London that causes more devastation and complications in your mouth more than any other, it’s gum disease, and not content just to destroy your gums, it will be poisoning your blood, your heart and other organs as well. It starts, like anything does in your mouth, with the build up of tartar and plaque on the surfaces of your teeth and whilst unleashing the threat of tooth decay upon you, it will start to infect your gums. The first signs of this can either be picked up by your dentist, or if your gums weep, you have a bad taste in your mouth or you have blood on your toothbrush after you have cleaned your teeth. This is the time to strike back as stopping the problem now will also help to save your teeth further down the line (as well as your life). Your dentist will do all that can be done in the dental surgery, but it is the way you deal with it at home that really counts. For a start, cut out any bad habits you may have like smoking and drinking and then enrich your diet to build up you immune system: this provides your mouth with saliva and you need it to help fight off bacteria. The it’s down to oral hygiene- change it, rinse with salt water after brushing, use herbal remedies on your brush and dental floss and at the end of the day, treat your gums with a herbal massage to stimulate them and get the blood flowing again within. And even once the disease is under control, keep these new found ways of looking after your gums and teeth going.
January 19th, 2012
Keeping a Good Mouth and Body in London
The body is a well oiled machine and when everything is working in delicious harmony you are going to have a healthy life-style in London. However, deflate one of the equations in this machine of yours, for whatever the reason and the rest of your working parts have to work harder to maintain the balance. One of the most important elements of your body is your mouth, for if it falls into decay, it can have devastating effects on some of the body’s most vital organs. It can all start innocuously with a build up of plaque and if unchecked, it becomes tartar that can start to attack the gums and your teeth. Allowed to continue and you will start to develop gum and periodontal disease. Now any type of disease means that something in your body is being infected and when it comes to your teeth and gums, it means poison is being leaked into your blood. Over a long period of time, this means that the infected blood is being fed around your body will start to breakdown your heart, your kidneys and your liver and in the end, they will simply cease to fight the cause. Any sign of things getting out of hand in your mouth should be fought immediately and although it is an old adage, if you are looking beautiful with stunning teeth, you will feel a million dollars, as well as feeling healthy- it’s an important part of the machine.
January 9th, 2012
Periodontal Disease and the way to stop it in London
Periodontal Disease is pretty much the end of the road for your teeth in London. If you have been very lazy when it comes to oral hygiene over a long, sustained period, periodontal disease is the final problem at the end of a series of problems and attacks the bone structure of the jaws, causing the teeth to fall out. There are two ways you can try to avoid this in the first place- good oral hygiene and regular visits to the dentist. By doing this you will be avoiding the build up of plaque and tartar in your mouth, ignore this though and it can lead to gum disease which causes the gums to weep and bleed. Following on from this is tooth decay and then full blown periodontal disease. As each of these problems start, rectifying them becomes harder, complicated and expensive the more they become entrenched in the mouth. The aim is to stop any of these problems cropping up and if they do, fixing them as soon as you can. There is a massive range of products on the market designed to fight these issues and between you and the dentist, the pair of you should be able to nip this disease in the bud before it gets a foothold.
October 12th, 2011
It’s very easy to get fed up in central London with dentists and adverts hammering home the message of how to look after your teeth- how to clean your teeth, what to clean them with, when you should clean them….on and on. But, there is a very real reason involving the danger to your health why you should sit up for moment and listen. Get oral hygiene right and pay regular visits to your dentist and you will be avoiding the horrible catalyst that, if left to develop can leave your mouth and the rest of you in horrible tatters- plaque. This develops quickly and then forms tartar around the teeth. If this continues, it can lead to the breakdown of the tissues that support the teeth, cause gum disease and tooth decay- periodontal disease. Caught early and if you look after your teeth through using all of these great products you see in adverts, you will never have any problems and you should be able to avoid these perils- ignore and you are facing catastrophe: you will be putting the health of your mouth and your body in the hands of the Devil and in the end, you’ll be having to foot-up for some very expensive restorative treatments and be in danger of losing your teeth altogether. Ask your dentist about your teeth and your oral hygiene if you have any doubts but overall, please, keep up regular appointments.
April 15th, 2011
When most people think about plaque they conceive of it as a threat to their teeth. This is of course true, plaque breaks down the enamel which the usually robust layer of protection on your teeth. Painful cavities can then ensue which need to be filled by a dentist. But plaque does not only threaten your teeth, it can cause your gums to become diseased too. This is a threat that is worth taking seriously because gum disease – known medically as periodontal disease – is actually a bigger cause of tooth loss than cavities themselves.
This is why it is so important to brush your teeth properly, including along the gum line, and also floss as well. If plaque builds up on your teeth next to your gums then in can inflame them. This will be rather painful and you might notice that eating cold foods like ice cream or drinking hot tea will give you feelings of sensitivity that you are not accustomed to. This most basic form of gum disease is called gingivitis and it can usually be rectified by making sure that you are taking care of your teeth properly.
But if it is not sorted out then the consequences for your mouth are dire. The inflammation can easily spread so that it affects the bones which securely hold your teeth in place. This is not edifying prospect as your gums will become red, swollen and begin to recede away from your teeth. Extreme pain will follow and, ultimately, tooth loss if the problem is not dealt with.
Don’t put your gums at risk of disease that can threaten tooth loss. At your next six months check up, ask your City of London dentist what the best ways are to avoid periodontal disease by combatting plaque.
January 10th, 2010
As children, we are always taught that if we take good care of our teeth then they will last a lifetime. While it is true that the standard of dental care has dramatically increased since our grandparents were children, many dental problems are still very prevalent.
Judging by the levels of tooth decay and periodontal disease, we are forgetting the lessons of childhood and not taking proper care of our teeth. With the first pace of modern day life, it seems that proper brushing and flossing are becoming the victims of complacency. We might not think it is that important if we forget to floss every now and then, or if we miss a dental check up a couple of times but the importance of proper dental care can not be overstated.
Our mouths are the gateway to our body and what goes on in there can have a serious impact on our overall health. In recent years, studies have conclusively proved the link between periodontal disease and heart disease. Oral infections can cause the arteries to narrow greatly increasing the risk of a heart attack or a stroke. Likewise, poor dental hygiene has been linked to both osteoporosis and diabetes. And we haven’t even mentioned the painful and costly dental complications that can occur if you neglect your teeth. Ask anyone who has undergone a root canal treatment and they will certainly tell you to look after your teeth properly.
The lesson is to start brushing and flossing as dentists recommend and to make an appointment for a check up every six months with a London dentist, regardless if you think your teeth are fine. Dentists can spot and treat the first signs if infection and help to keep you and your teeth healthy.
November 22nd, 2009
As dental technology improves with the increased use of computer aided design and manufacture dentists are able to achieve more realistic and lifelike results. One aspect of dentistry that has significantly improved over recent years is the manufacture of dentures. In the past dentures have often been poorly made and fitted and at best only partially lifelike. Perhaps because of this, dentures always seemed to have a stigma attached and were often a source of great embarrassment for wearers. Fortunately this seems to be becoming a thing of the past, relegated to the dental dustbin.
Dentures are required when a patient has lost some or all the teeth in a dental arc. This could be due to periodontal disease or tooth decay, or even as the result of some kind of head trauma. Whatever the cause, tooth loss can be very embarrassing causing several psychological issues such as loss of confidence or self-esteem. But missing teeth affect more than just a patient’s emotional state. Missing teeth in a dental arc can cause remaining teeth to lean or slide into the space. This can cause disruption in bite which can be irritating and even be the cause of painful jaw disorders called TMJ.
Cosmetically, teeth act as supports for much of the facial tissue which will sag if not held in place by teeth. This sunken appearance makes patients look much older than they are and can become permanent if the teeth are not replaced soon after they are lost.
Dentures are artificial sets of teeth that, if fitted correctly should stay attached to the gums by suction alone. Often, if dentures are ill-fitting they can fall out causing embarrassment to the wearer. Many patients resort to wearing sticky and messy dental adhesive gels or strips for extra security. It is now possible to attach dentures using a series of mini implants secured to the jawbone. This provides the added security hat denture patients need without the mess.
It is important for denture wearers to keep up regular visits to the dentist as dentures can cause gum irritation and even erosion that can be very damaging. A London dentist will be able to offer further advice about the benefits and possibilities of dentures.
February 5th, 2009
Gum disease (gingivitis) is widespread throughout the U.K. Gingivitis occurs when bacteria, their by- and end- products, and dental plaque, cause the gum tissues to become inflamed. Signs and symptoms of gingivitis include swelling, redness, pain, temperature, and bleeding and/or visible pus around the gums. Although gum disease is caused by local conditions, such as bacteria and plaque, it can be made worse or better by the body’s responses to the inflammation. If treated early enough, gingivitis can be reversed. If not treated in time or properly, gingivitis can progress to periodontal disease, which causes oral bone loss, tooth loosening and/or tooth loss. Periodontitis can also lead to abscesses and bad breath (i.e., halitosis).
Your London dentist can treat your gum diseases, however they will tell you that prevention if the key to good gum health. You should have regular checkups and professional cleanings. Your London dentist and dental hygienist will teach you how to brush and floss your teeth properly. You should brush your teeth twice daily for 2 minutes each time, and make sure that you floss your teeth at least once daily. If your gum disease is very severe, you may be referred to a gum specialist (periodontist). Tooth scaling and root planning can help with gum diseases, along with antibiotic treatment. Other times, gum surgery may need to be used to correct your gum problems.