August 10th, 2011
Grinding your teeth together is probably something that most people don’t do in their every day lives. It doesn’t feel pleasant and it has bad consequences for the health of teeth. But what about when you are sleeping? The problem is that you might not even know that you are doing it. This is what dentists call bruxism and it can cause complications when it comes to your oral health.
Medical professionals reckon that there are two primary causes of nocturnal teeth grinding. Stress can manifest itself in all sorts of different ways in different patients, including the grinding of teeth during sleep. The second major cause is that teeth are not aligned properly and therefore the patient grinds them together while sleeping.
Kingston upon Thames dentists cannot do much to help with the stress of their patients; that is a matter for health professionals of a different stripe. But in cases where bruxism is being caused by misaligned teeth then dentists can advise patients to undergo some sort of tooth straightening treatment. It is essential that bruxism is stopped wherever it occurs because it can have serious implications for the health of sufferers’ mouths.
The substance called enamel guards our teeth and it is generally very hard wearing. However it is threatened not only plaque but also by teeth grinding. Once the enamel is worn away then plaque has an even better chance of attacking the fundamental structure of teeth and causing cavities. For any patient who suffers from bruxism it will be advisable to wear a mouth guard during sleep. These devices take the impact off the grinding and protect the enamel.
August 8th, 2011
Dentists are not only expert in the area of adult teeth. During their rigorous training they also come to know all about the way that children’s teeth work and need to be cared for. This is good because kids teeth need just as much care as adult teeth and any problems that are developed during childhood can lead to life long difficulties that are frankly best avoided.
Essentially the maxims at the heart of looking after the oral health of children are not much different to that of adults. They should be avoiding plaque and looking to strengthen the enamel on their teeth as much as possible. Alongside this, dietary considerations can help with avoiding tooth decay. But the difference is that children have to be taught to take responsibility for the health of their teeth because they are in the care of their parents or guardians.
This is the real challenge of those looking after children: trying to instil in them a sense that they need to take care of their own teeth. Starting early with this idea will do no harm at all. Encourage children to brush their own teeth from a young age but be careful to keep an eye on them. Sometimes children can brush with some aggression and this can damage their gums. Be careful with how much tooth paste they are using and be aware that infants are advised not to use fluoride tooth paste.
Take your children to see their Sunbury dentist so that they feel relaxed and comfortable with being in the dental surgery. This will equip them for the routine of adulthood where they should be going for a check up every six months.
August 6th, 2011
Having a tooth extracted is thankfully something that most people will never have to think about. It is the last resort of dentists who are understandably anxious for patients to have as many natural teeth in their mouth as possible. But sometimes a tooth has become so unhealthy or damaged that it is best to remove it and think about replacing it with something that, although not a natural tooth, can function properly.
Dentists perform many tooth extractions and they have to be very well trained to qualify as practitioners. Even so, the aftermath of a tooth extraction will always be rather painful. This is normal when you consider that the nerves and the blood vessels at the site will be having adjust to the loss of the tooth. But if the pain is particularly bad is simply not going away then you must contact your dentist because you might be suffering from dry sockets.
Quite simply, dry socket is what happens if the blood is unable to clot properly at the site of a tooth extraction. This can occur as a result of a number of causes. Those who are taking immune-suppressive drugs or are using a birth control pill can have problems with the clotting of their blood anyway, as can people with other underlying health issues. Sometimes the blood clot can be dislodged if adequate care is not taken of the area. Smoking can sometimes hinder the recovery of an extraction and cause dry socket as can too much sucking, for instance through a straw.
Keeping in touch with your Surbiton dentist is the best course of action if you have had a tooth extracted so that you will feel like you can report any problems to them.
August 3rd, 2011
Having stains on your teeth can mean that you won’t want to show off your smile. This is a great shame as your smile is a vital social tool that is frequently used – often subconsciously – to put other people at ease. Staining gets more likely with the passing years and can be especially likely in people who drink tea and coffee and red wine as well as those who smoke. There is no need to live with stains on your teeth, however; you can get rid of them with help from your Molesey dentist.
Essentially teeth whitening procedures usually comprise teeth bleaching. This is where a bleach-like substance is applied to teeth in order that the stains are removed from the surfaces of the teeth. Usually this substance comes in the form of a gel and it has to be kept on teeth for a certain amount of time so that it can do its work. This is usually achieved by the use of special trays.
Teeth whitening kits are available from many retail outlets and the work can be carried out by you in your own time. Although many of these kits are effective, sometimes the results can be uneven because the trays in which the gel is placed to be worn over teeth are mass produced in one size only and so the coverage of the gel is not always perfect.
Better is to get your dentist to make you a set of trays to wear on your teeth. These trays will be tailored to the shape of your mouth and so the coverage of the gel will be optimum. Teeth bleaching can also be combined with the application of special curing lights.
August 1st, 2011
Thanks to advances in dental science, dentists are now able to replace lost teeth in a way that is so secure and permanent that patients soon forget that they ever lost a tooth in the first place. Using a clever technique that allows a replica of the root to naturally bond with the jaw bone, dental implants provide patients with an incredibly secure solution to their problems with missing teeth.
Filling up the space where a tooth used to be is very important. Even one missing tooth can have effects on the mouth as other teeth have a tendency to shift into any space that has been vacated by a tooth that has been lost. This might compromise the alignment of teeth and leave the patient’s bite out of line.
Dental scientists found out a number of decades ago that the metal titanium can fuse with living human bone. Ever since then they have been honing the technique of making and fitting dental implants until it has reached the high standards available today. Titanium is also incredibly light in weight and so it does not put excess strain on the mouth.
The implant is placed beneath the gum and against the jaw bone where the titanium and bone can fuse together in a process that scientists call osseointegration. Then a replacement tooth can be fixed into the implant and the patient has a realistic and stable replacement to their lost tooth that can be treated just like natural tooth.
To get all the requisite information about dental implants and what is involved in the surgery, you can speak to your dentist in Surrey. The success rate is very high and a growing number of patients are delighted with their dental implants.