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Give That Grim Gum Disease the Slip in Central London

2658670_blogMost people living in central London would like to think they have a good take on oral hygiene and know how to look after their teeth and gums; after all, just look at the most amazing products on sale that will help get the job done – lest we forget the dentists who are there to pick up the pieces should things go astray; this combination is perfect for fighting off the evils that threaten the mouth each day.

Hang on though, who can honestly say they have all this down to a fine art and doesn’t occasionally skip a check-up or gets carried away with the joys and naughtiness the city has to offer?

The Pain Of Gum Disease

All roads to pain start with plaque and if not removed properly, it will cause tooth decay and gum disease quickly. Gum disease is especially a killer – literally. Not only will this devil wreck the tissue that supports the teeth, causing them to fall out in the long term, but the toxins leaked from it will start to poison the blood and leave deposits all around the vital organs of the body- especially the heart.

It has been medically recognised that there is a strong link between heart failure and gum disease. If you have started to notice blood on the toothbrush or that you gums are leaking foul tastes onto your palette then act fast.

See your dentist or hygienist because this can be a complex condition to cure which can involve dental procedures, dietary and lifestyle changes, improvements in your oral health involving herbal remedies and generally bucking up your ideas so that you don’t suffer traumas as you get older in your mouth and throughout your body.

A dental hygienist in South East London can aid the health of your smile

A dental hygienist is adept in the prevention and treatment of oral health problems. Most oral health diseases are a result of a build-up of bacteria in the mouth and oral hygiene treatments can help to prevent plaque and tartar development and subsequently keep oral diseases at bay. Dentists are most often associated with treating developing and existing problems, while hygienists are focused on the prevention of diseases and infections.

Why would I need to see a hygienist?

There are many reasons why you may wish to see a dental hygienist. Hygienists offer intensive cleaning treatments, which are much more effective than brushing and many people enjoy the feeling of a deep clean, as it makes the mouth feel fresh and the teeth look and feel smooth and glossy. You may be advised to see a hygienist if you have plaque or tartar, you are prone to decay or you suffer from bad breath. Hygienists can also play an important role in treating gum disease.

Hygienists often provide preventive treatments for children, who may be advised to have fluoride varnish treatments or sealants to reduce the risk of decay.

What services does a hygienist offer?

Hygienists offer a range of services, including:

• Bad breath clinics

• Fluoride varnish treatment.

• Sealants

• Scale and polish

• Oral hygiene advice (including oral hygiene instruction and advice about oral hygiene products).

• Gum disease prevention and treatment.

• Advice about healthy eating, giving up smoking and other lifestyle factors associated with oral health.

• Tooth polishing to prevent staining.

Finding a hygienist

Hygienists predominantly work in dental practices. Ask your dentist about the dental hygiene services available at a South East London dental practice.


Your Child’s oral Health in South East London

Children are beautiful things and it can be the proudest day of your life when a stork flies one onto your doorstep in south east London- but you better strap yourself in for a turbulent ride and be prepared to look after your ‘little cherub’. As they grow it is just so important how you look after their health by how you feed them and it is also important how you look after their dental health as well. Every child is at risk from tooth decay the moment pop into the world so it is vital you have a game plan in your back pocket and enlist the practice of a fine pediatrician in the early days. All children go through such turmoil with their teeth up until their teenage years and then by this time, they should be able to care for themselves. You are going to have to nurse them through the teething period, then you are going to get them around their secondary teeth coming through- how you teach them to look after their teeth at this stage will stick with them forever. But you don’t get off that lightly, because then they may have to wear braces in their early teens. Then the icing on this dental cake is that you may have to watch them deal with their wisdom teeth as well. You had them and no one ever said it was going to be easy but look after the lovely little rascals, and they will, hopefully thank you for it later in life- that’s the plan.

Healthy mouths restored after root canal treatment from London SE1 dentists

For most people, a bit of diligence when it comes to taking care of their teeth at home and regular visits to the dental surgery will mean a long life of excellent oral health. But things do sometimes go wrong in the mouth and often not even because of something you have done or not done. Although your teeth are highly resilient and durable parts of your body, they are also complex.

One procedure that is sometimes necessary for dentists to carry out in the event of a problem with teeth is called root canal treatment. The aim of root canal treatment is to make sure that the inside of the tooth is healthy. Far from just being a solid block of enamel, your teeth are actually hollow. Inside them they have what is known as the pulp chamber which contains many vital tissues that help the health of your teeth.

If anything inside the chamber becomes infected then it will be necessary to clear it out so that an abscess is unable to form, with all the detrimental effects that it can bring. The best way to get into the chamber is through the root canal which is the opening at the base of the tooth, through which the blood vessels and nerves go. This is called root canal treatment and your London SE1 dentist will be an experienced expert in how to carry it out effectively.

Your dentist will be looking to remove any infected material and generally clean the pulp chamber if it has become compromised. It is a complex operation but modern dentists are very good at putting their patients at ease during such procedures and you will leave the surgery knowing that your tooth is healthy once more.

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