February 24th, 2013
Although we have our dentist to fall back on if things start to go wrong in our mouths, there are lots of things we should do at home to prevent these issues cropping up in the first place, and something we should always be evolving throughout our lives in south east London is the way we brush and floss our teeth on a daily basis: your teeth will change as you get older and hence, so then should the way you care for them. Brushing and flossing should be done at least twice a day, especially after eating so that you ensure any film carrying bacteria and acids are removed from the surfaces of your teeth. Getting a good brush is imperative and there are some brilliant ones on the market to choose from- especially electric ones and then once you have settled on your choice, you need to learn how to use it until it becomes second nature to you; your dentist can advise you on these techniques. Brushes however are unlikely to remove foodstuffs from between the teeth and up around the gums, which is where flossing comes in. Flosses too come in different guises and thicknesses so it’s vital to get one that suits your mouth. Again, practise make perfect and keep doing it until you have got your technique perfect. These things that we can sometimes take for granted are the difference between a healthy mouth and one that has tooth decay and gum disease.
July 1st, 2012
It cannot be overstated how important good oral hygiene is. Damaged teeth and gums can cause immense pain, long term issues and a complete loss of self-esteem. A regular routine of brushing and flossing is necessary to make sure your teeth and gums stay healthy.
Throughout the day food particles and plaque will begin to build up, lining your teeth, using a soft toothbrush with a fluoride toothpaste will eliminate the vast majority of the material and prevent this bad material from causing tooth decay. Flossing, or interdental brushing, will remove debris that gathers in between your teeth, and cannot be reached by a regular brush. When the build up of plaque is not regularly removed it will harden and become calcified, this is referred to as ‘calculus’, and becomes hard to remove yourself.
Regular visits, at least once a year, to your London SE1 dentist will assure that this stubborn calculus is removed. Your dentist will be able to use high powered dental instruments to remove the most stubborn material. They will also be able to do a polishing to maintain the healthy white look of your smile. Your dentist will be able if there is anything specific that you need to do to assure your own oral hygiene.
Alongside tooth decay, gum disease is an equally dangerous dental problem. Gum disease is when the soft tissue around the teeth becomes infected. The infection can build up inside the tooth or in pockets along the gums. Without proper treatment, sometimes involving root canal surgery, the infection can spread and cause serious, long lasting damage to teeth, gums and jaw bone. Proper oral hygiene will prevent the build up of bacteria and significantly reduce the risk of gum disease. Some anti-bacterial mouthwashes may also help to reduce the chance of infection.
November 20th, 2010
Looking after your teeth is very important. They are an extremely important part of your body that enable you to eat and drink, talk and provide valuable support for the facial structure. When problems occur with the teeth they can be very unpleasant and cause a great deal of pain not to mention expense and anxiety. However, what many people often overlook is that the gums are equally important for the health of your mouth and wider health in general.
The gums are the support structure for the teeth and are inexorably linked to them. They too can suffer at the hands of plaque and bacteria, which cause gum disease. When plaque acid begins to irritate the gum tissue it can become infected, leading first to gingivitis and then to periodontitis, a serious form of gum disease that can result in losing teeth and even heart disease.
Nearly three quarters of the adults in the UK will suffer from gum disease at some point in their life, which gives you some idea of just how common it is. The best way to protect against gum disease is by brushing and flossing. Angle the toothbrush at forty-five degrees to the gums to gradually stimulate them and remove the thin layer of plaque that has built up. It is also vital to floss as this removes plaque and food particles around the base of the tooth. These areas are very hard to clean with a brush so are often the source of gum disease issues. Finally, make sure that you see your London SE1 dentist every six months for a check up. They will be able to examine your gums in detail for any sign of disease and carry out any necessary treatment.
July 12th, 2010
Far too many people don’t take oral hygiene seriously enough these days, bad breath and constantly infected gums are the result of this lax regime says a London SE1 dentist. The best way to healthier teeth is through a simple, but disciplined program of brushing, flossing and rinsing. Flossing is the best thing you can do, but we don’t do it often enough and that’s a shame as it is the best way to keep down the production of oral acid. Yes, we do floss in the morning and at night, but it is during the day when we don’t floss that acid is produced in huge amounts. The times that mostly damage our teeth are during the day and at night, when we sleep and eat fast food, it is then that saliva is not produced and acid cannot be neutralised. That`s why our breath smells so badly in the morning. We need saliva to swallow, and to neutralise acid build up that is produced by oral bacteria. In the daytime we eat snacks and fast foods, it’s a sign of the busy times we live in, and that is good news for the bacteria, but bad news for our breath, gums and teeth. Drinking water during the day, and at nigh, will go a long way to neutralising acid that damages your gums and teeth; it is also good for taking toxins out of the body on a regular basis. Brushing also needs some attention to detail as most of us brush the wrong way, ask at your local dentists or chemists for information on brushing correctly.
May 7th, 2010
Missing teeth can be a great source of embarrassment, especially when in a prominent position in the smile. They are very noticeable and can really knock a person’s self-confidence, even more so when the lost tooth has been the result of a sudden trauma or accident. But there are ways of replacing the teeth that are both very realistic and functional.
One of the most realistic ways to replace a lost tooth is a dental implant. This is the only kind of tooth replacement that restores the whole tooth from root to tip. Other dental prosthetics such as dental bridges and partial dentures only restores the tooth from the gum line and as a result are more prone to damage and are less sturdy. This can make it difficult to eat certain foods and can cause anxiety about breakages.
The implant itself is a smell titanium screw that is drilled directly into the jawbone. This sounds a lot more unpleasant than it actually is and the procedure is relatively painless. Once secured into the jaw, the implant is left for some weeks or months to fuse with the gum tissue and bone. When this is complete the dentist will then attach a post and ultimately an artificial crown which is usually made of porcelain. This closely resembles the colour and consistency of other teeth for a greater degree of realism.
Dental implants are a lot more solid because they are anchored to the jaw just like real teeth. Unlike other dental substitutes they can last a whole lifetime without needing to be replaced. South East London dentists can assess suitability for implants at your next appointment and also give some guide as to their cost. But whatever the price, it is surely worth it to restore the appearance of your smile.
April 5th, 2010
Brushing and Flossing is probably the most important part of our dental hygiene regime, says a dentist from South East London. However, it has to be done properly in order to have the fullest effect and to keep gum disease away. The method of brushing is as important as the brush itself, there tends to be a fallacy about the fact that if you use an electric brush you don’t need to brush for too long, fallacies in dental care can cost you your teeth. A hand brush is the best method in a lot of cases as it allows you to feel the way around the teeth, and to get into all those awkward places that electric brushes often miss. That said, electric brushes are just as useful and effective as the old method, many of them have a timer and that is a handy tool in itself. A good mouthwash can dislodge recently consumed food particles, and that followed by a good flossing session will usually dislodge almost all the bits of food hiding in between the teeth. When we brush it should be the last part of the operation, a clean and healthy mouth will ensure that the teeth last a long time, and keep gum disease at bay. Carrying around a few floss sticks for cleaning in between the teeth after a sandwich or a light meal will also help in the fight against tartar, this is the hardened bacteria that accumulates around the base of the teeth where the gums meet the tooth. Tartar is usually removed at our 6 monthly visits to the dentist, but don’t let that make you lax in your regime, brushing and flossing should be kept to a high standard and never relaxed.
December 13th, 2009
Dental hygiene is the process of keeping your teeth and mouth clean and healthy by following a correct brushing and flossing routine. The third and possibly most important factor is maintaining regular visits to the dentist every six months for dental check ups.
Brushing and flossing help to prevent the build up of plaque on the enamel surface of teeth. Plaque is a sticky, bacterial substance that releases enamel damaging acid causing tooth decay and gum disease. The purpose of dental hygiene is to use good brushing and flossing techniques to remove this plaque and prevent it turning into harder, immovable tartar. This will result in healthy, debris-free teeth surrounded by healthy pink gums that are not sensitive and a mouth that smells nice.
Teeth that are not clean and healthy are often prone to painful or bleeding gums, bad breath, yellow or brown stains on the teeth and teeth that become loose over time. These are all quite unpleasant conditions that can be easily remedied with better dental hygiene. Ignore these problems and they become worse and can eventually lead to painful periodontitis, tooth decay and eventually tooth loss.
In addition to brushing and flossing it may be necessary to use mouthwash or fluoride to protect your teeth but it is only recommended to use these products under advice from a South East London dentist. The dentist can also advise patients which toothpaste is most suitable to use and what brush is most suited to your teeth. Seeing a dental hygienist can also help to improve the overall quality of your dental heath.