Oral hygiene is a must for us all in Surrey, and when we are not leaning on the dentist for help, it is down to us to be responsible for our teeth at home. However, whilst on the subject of the dentist, this is the best starting point for advice. Oral hygiene starts with ensuring that you get the right brush you need and that you know how to use it. That might sound silly, but it’s incredible how many people still have problems brushing their teeth; your dentist knows your mouth, they seen it, worked on it, been inside it- so they’re are perfect to chat to about getting the right brush i.e., there’s no point getting a hard bristled brush if you have sensitive teeth and gums, etc, etc, your dentist can set you straight on this. Then it’s down to personal preference and, a little bit of trial and error before you get it exactly right. Most popular today are the incredible selection of electric brushes- some pulse, some go up and down, others round and round, but whatever one you opt for, they are very efficient and take all of the hard work out of brushing. One thing is very important about brushes and that’s the bristles. These should be cleaned after brushing to prevent the build up of bacteria, and it is widely agreed in dental circles, that they be changed after about 6 months.
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You may find hard to believe in a world flooded with dental products, but tooth decay is as strong in Shepperton as it ever was and it leads to one quite worrying conclusion: that people still do not know how to clean their teeth properly. Shocking, well maybe not so, because do you ever really remember anyone showing you how to clean your teeth? Still, in today’s world, there really is no excuse for it. You will find a demonstration on the internet somewhere if you still have problems, but with what you can buy in supermarkets and chemists, there are some fantastic toothbrushes around, especially electric ones that make the process easier to do than ever and that get into places where a generation ago, brushes feared to tread. But also, unlike a generation ago, there’s a whole array of extras to help you get the job done too. Flosses and small inter-dental brushes are designed to remove food and bacteria from between the teeth and are there to accompany the brushing process. Then, there are pastes and powders for every occasion, from some designed to remove plaque specifically, to stain removers and whitening- others for more sensitive teeth that actually help to preserve the enamel on the teeth and are understanding on the gums. And let’s not forget mouthwashes too. Surely with these products around, tooth decay should be on the decline? And then of course, there is also the dentist to sound off to for advice.
Dentists are trained experts who are very knowledgeable about each and every aspect of your mouth. Not only can they examine your mouth for signs of poor oral health, they can diagnose the problem and offer appropriate dental treatments where necessary. Read on if you want to find out more about some of the many dental treatments which are on offer in your Weybridge dental surgery.
If you have an excess of plaque that has built up on your teeth then it can start to erode the protective layer of enamel, causing holes to form in your teeth. Dentists can offer treatment for this by filling these holes. In the past, dentists used metal fillings but now they favour cosmetic bonding techniques which give patients more aesthetically pleasing and precise tooth coloured fillings.
In the case of an infection which has affected the interior of a tooth, dentists can offer root canal treatment. This complicated and specialised practice is carried out so that the tooth can be cleared of compromising material without having to be drilled into. Instead dentists enter the tooth via the root canal. The level of expertise needed to perform this kind of work exemplifies how talented dentists are at what they practice.
In a similar vein, dental implants require a high level of technical ability. These clever devices act as a replica of the root part of a lost tooth. They need to be placed below the gum and precisely against the jaw bone so that the implant and the bone can fuse together. If you need any dental treatments then you should go to your Weybridge dental surgery where you will be able to find out how they work, the costs and other information.
Life can be fraught with lots of little worries but some have a greater effect than others. Getting that scary spider out of the bath when you are terrified of it is hardly great fun but at least arachnophobia won’t compromise your health. On the other hand, being afraid of going to the dentist and thus avoiding it, can impact on your health. It is for this reason that dental anxieties need to be overcome and overcome properly.
Part of the problem when it comes to dental anxieties and dealing with them properly – especially when it comes to giving the right advice – is that different people will have different reasons for their dental anxieties. These can range from fears that stem from childhood experience to anxieties about needles to simply not liking the ambience of dental surgeries.
Being educated about the way that modern dentistry works is a potential way of overcoming dental anxieties. The dental drill is not used as widely as it was previously. In many cases, jets of water are employed instead and patients are given a much better experience as a result. Pain-free gels make injections much more bearable and dental surgeries are generally friendly and welcoming places.
Once you’ve overcome your dental anxieties, you can look forward to a life time of good oral health. Visits to the dental surgery every six months or so are really helpful when it comes to the health of your mouth as the experts can spot the signs of potentially damaging conditions as they are developing. The next time you are in Kingston upon Thames, book an appointment with your dentist.
Dentures are sets of false teeth which are mounted on a platform and worn in the mouth when a number of teeth have been lost. They are probably most common in cases of complete tooth loss where the patient has no teeth left, but they are also available in partial sets. They have not enjoyed the best of reputations but that is all changing as the techniques used to make dentures improve and offer patients a far better experience with the product.
Sets of dentures are able to be held in place either with special fixing gels or just through the suction of your gums. Modern dentures are made to order with the dentist taking note of the contours of your mouth. This means that they are far more comfortable and better at staying put in your mouth, where they are meant to be. This is a great improvement on the situation in the past where wearers had to put up with what they got and just where a set of dentures that might have not really fit their mouth at all. What’s more, special material is usually used nowadays that is effectively friction-free.
There are, of course, other ways to replace lost teeth and they all have their pros and cons. Dental implants, for example, are becoming very popular. They are far more permanent than dentures but they also require invasive surgery and are quite an expensive choice. Have a chat with your local dentist in Sunbury and get him or her to talk through what is involved with wearing dentures. You might just find that it is the solution that suits you best when it comes to the problem of multiple tooth loss.
Who wouldn’t want to enhance their smile so that it looks better? Even with the finest standards of home oral care and regular visits to the dentist, it is possible to have one or two teeth which just don’t look as good as you’d like them to. There is an easy way to solve this though and you should take the time to talk to your dentist in Surbiton about dental veneers and what they can do for you.
Rather than removing a tooth that is perfectly functional but looks a little unsightly, dentists offer an excellent way to conceal the unsightliness but leave the healthy tooth intact in the mouth. Dental veneers are the solution. They are basically thin strips of tooth coloured material that are discreetly attached to the front of teeth to cover up a chip, crack or stubborn stain.
Increasingly, dental veneers are made from porcelain which has a number of properties that make it ideal for use on teeth. For a start it is extremely strong but, more than that, it can be used in very small amounts without any drop in the strength of it. This is ideal for dentistry because dentists don’t want the veneer to be too large, lest it is difficult to fit on and cumbersome too. Porcelain won’t stain either, so you won’t have to worry about that at all.
You won’t have to take much time out from your daily routine in order to get fitted with dental veneers. Modern technology allows Surbiton dentists to use digital techniques and fit dental veneers in just a short visit to the dentist, allowing you to walk out of the surgery with a brilliant, new smile.
With excellent care of your teeth at home, you should find yourself with a handy set of strong teeth and healthy gums. This will help you to eat, drink and talk with ease and look good too. Even if your standards of home care are excellent, it is still worth your while to visit your local dentist every six months, just to have things checked over by a professional. Find out more about what you can expect at one of these dental visits.
Your dentist will be looking to check every area of your mouth thoroughly to ensure that it is in good health. Your teeth will be examined in detail to check that the enamel is fully intact and not succumbing to the acidic influence of erosion from plaque. The alignment of teeth will be checked too as having misaligned teeth or teeth which are too bunched up might cause bruxism or make cavities more likely. If you are of a certain age then the development of your wisdom teeth will be monitored too.
The gums will be checked over too as their health is paramount for your mouth. Inflamed gums that are experiencing gingivitis can start a process that might end with periodontitis and a substantial risk of tooth loss. If gingivitis seems to be present in the mouth then your dentist might advise you to brush more thoroughly or make sure that you floss. In some cases, antibiotics are prescribed to the patient.
Book an appointment to go and see your Molesley dentist at the next opportunity. Don’t be embarrassed if it has been a while since you last had a check up.
Ask any dentist what the best way to take care of your teeth is and, aside from looking after them at home with brushing and flossing, they will say that regular visits to the dental surgery are very important. This is something that most people will do, every six months or as directed. But for a significant minority of people in the United Kingdom, going to the dentist is something that is hard to even contemplate on account of their dental phobias.
There is no one, single explanation for peoples’ dental phobias and they come in a great variety. They can all have an equally invidious effect on the health of those who are suffering from them though. Dentists provide a vital window into the world of dental expertise as they can and do notice the signs of nasty dental ailments before they get really bad. Without going to the dentist you are potentially missing out on the chance to have things like gum disease, tooth decay and even oral cancer diagnosed early.
Some people have a fear of the dental drill and others are worried about having to have an injection or just have a stranger intrude in their mouths. These feelings can be hard to overcome, especially as the dentist is something that it is easy to avoid in many ways. No-one is going to force you to go and many people go for years without a visit.
If it helps you then you should take the time when choosing dental surgery in Surrey you are going to register with. Have an informal chat with the dental staff there and this may well put your mind at rest when it comes to some of your anxieties.
Many years ago dental scientists determined that the chemical known as fluoride could have beneficial uses when it came to the oral health of dental patients. But ever since them the subject has been dogged by controversy, claims and counter-claims. By talking to your Shepperton dentist you will be able to cut through the hyperbole and access the facts about the use of fluoride. Then you will be able to make an informed decision based on what you have heard.
The primary benefit of fluoride in dentistry is that if your teeth are exposed to it, it will strengthen your enamel. Enamel coats all of your teeth, helps to stop cavities developing and protects the sensitive interiors of your teeth from becoming damaged by the intrusion of plaque and outside elements. As such, fluoride is added to many tooth pastes and has even been supplemented into the water supply in many areas of the world, including parts of the United Kingdom.
But some say that fluoride is damaging to your health. This is partly based on the existence of a condition called dental fluorosis which is what happens when a human is over exposed to fluoride. Dentists on the whole agree that fluoride is a perfectly safe and beneficial substance and the quantities needed to bring on a bout of fluorosis are rather large and unlikely to occur at all. However, children who are under two years of age should not use fluoride in their tooth paste.
The decision is yours and there are tooth pastes which are available that contain no fluoride. If your area has fluoride in the water then you can always choose to drink bottled water instead.
There are two main stakeholders when it comes to the health of your teeth: you and your dentist. You should be working together to make sure that your teeth stay in excellent health, with all the benefits that that will bring. What you and your dentist are essentially looking avoid is the poor oral health that will lead to bad teeth and the negative consequences that follow.
Healthy teeth ought to be strong and free from sensitivity so that you can eat and drink substances that are a wide range of temperatures without experiencing any pain. They should be a nice shade of white, although it should be noted that staining on the teeth does not necessarily mean that they are in poor health. What should be looked out for though is the deep yellowish colour that can signify that plaque has hardened into tartar.
To achieve healthy teeth you ought to be brushing them twice a day, usually in the morning and evening. Use a tooth brush that is comfortable to hold and applied with tooth paste that contains fluoride. Brush all the areas of your mouth but be careful not to do so with excess force as you might damage your gums. When it comes to gums, flossing in between your teeth is a great help to them. You don’t want them to become inflamed and diseased because that can actually cause teeth to be lost in the long term.
Going to see your Weybridge dentist will be a great help too as they can look for any problems in your mouth and make sure that they are dealt with before you have to deal with the consequences of bad teeth.