November 9th, 2011
The backbone of preventative dental care is the daily routine of brushing and flossing your teeth. You should be brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice a day. Any left over sugar on your teeth from the foods and drinks you consume feed bad bacteria in your mouth and begin to dissolve the hard surface of your teeth. Properly brushing and flossing at least twice a day helps defend your teeth from decay, cavities, and gum disease. Flossing before you brush allows your fluoride toothpaste to reach more places in your mouth for a better clean. When you floss, shape the floss in a c-shape around each tooth and do be careful to not snap the floss against your gums as this will cause trauma to the soft tissue. Brush your teeth with a soft bristled brush. Don’t forget to brush your tongue, where food particles and plaque get also get trapped. Be sure you are using a reliable fluoride toothpaste. If you want further tips and recommendations for brands of toothbrushes, floss, and toothpaste, consult your dentist in Weybridge who will be more than happy to advise you. Brushing and flossing are vital to maintaining your oral health. As important as it is to brush and floss at least twice a day, don’t forget to visit your dentist at least twice a year as well.
November 7th, 2011
Tooth decay is another name for dental caries or dental cavity. Tooth decay can affect people of all ages, not just children with constant cravings for sweets. Very sugary foods and fizzy drinks certainly contribute to tooth decay, however, the most common culprit is inadequate brushing and flossing after consuming even a healthy meal. Tooth decay poses a serious threat to your oral health and can lead to a lot of pain, difficulty eating, and the loss of your precious teeth. Bad bacteria in your mouth feed off the sugar left on your teeth from anything you consume. They produce an acid that wears away at your teeth in a process known as demineralization. The process breaks down the hard tissues of your teeth and in severe cases of tooth decay, you will see pits and holes in your teeth. If you are genetically prone to more plaque and tartar build up, you are more vulnerable to tooth decay. If you are already suffering from gum disease, this also makes you a more likely candidate for tooth decay. When tooth decay becomes so severe that it rots away the core of your tooth, you will lose the tooth and need a dental implant or dentures. If caught early, tooth decay can be treated with a simple fluoride treatment or repaired with a filling by your dentist in Kingston Upon Thames.
November 5th, 2011
Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, begins at a stage called gingivitis. With gingivitis, you are unlikely to experience any pain, but you will experience inflammation of the gums. If you notice your gums bleeding frequently when you brush your teeth, you may have gingivitis and should consult your dentist in Sunbury straight away. In mild cases, you may not notice frequent bleeding, but your gums may look very red, tender and swollen.If left untreated, gingivitis will worsen and progress into the stage called periodontitis. With periodontitis, the connective tissues of our teeth becomes affected, loosening our teeth from your gums. You will experience pain and significant bleeding of the gums. Without immediate attention from your dentist, you will experience tooth loss. Gum disease exposes more of your teeth to bacteria meaning your teeth become more vulnerable to decay. With gum disease, you may also experience halitosis, constant very bad breath. Gum disease is painful, makes eating difficult, and dangerous to the longevity of your oral health. Poor oral hygiene, smoking, and diabetes make you susceptible to gum disease. The best way to prevent gum disease is to clean your teeth at least twice a day with proper flossing and a good brushing with fluoride toothpaste. It is also imperative that you visit your dentist at least twice annually for clean ups.
November 3rd, 2011
Persistent snoring is a common symptom of sleep apnea, particularly people who are suffering from obstructive sleep apnea. With obstructive sleep apnea, your airways are obstructed causing you to snore and experience pauses in your breathing while you sleep. The pauses in your breath can last more than ten seconds. This disturbance in your sleep from sleep apnea can have unfortunate side effects such as depression, fatigue, hypertension and high blood pressure. Getting a good night’s rest is important to your overall health, and if you are suffering from sleep apnea, your dentist in Surbiton can help you.Before you consider more invasive methods such as surgery for your sleep apnea, speak with your dentist about getting inter oral devices. Inter oral devices are made specifically to fit your mouth and keep your throat airway open while you sleep. Another possible treatment option is correcting the alignment of your jaw with orthodontic braces. If your loved ones have been complaining about your excessive snoring, please have a consultation with your dentist. Your dentist can help you get back the good night’s rests that you desperately need. Getting the proper amount of sleep each night makes a significant difference in your overall health. Don’t hesitate to treat the problem of sleep apnea, a serious disorder affecting tens of millions of people. You are not alone and your dentist can help!
November 1st, 2011
Also known as endodontics, root canal treatment is a dental procedure that treats bacterial infection in the centre of your tooth, referred to as the root canal system. Infection in the pulp or root of your tooth can occur from tooth decay or severe trauma to your teeth and gums. Typically done under local anesthetic, your dentist will drill into the pulp chamber of your tooth in order to remove the infected pulp. Your dentist will also remove the nerve from your root canal and then fill up each of the root canal and the empty pulp chamber with a filling. It is a relatively invasive procedure, but a necessary one to preserve a severely damaged tooth. After the root canal treatment, your dentist will most likely want to place a crown over the affected tooth to complete the restorative process. Many patients fear the idea of a root canal treatment because the pain they are experiencing from an abscessed tooth is so great. However, any mild discomfort actually caused by a root canal procedure is nothing to the severe pain and intense damage your infection will cause if left untreated. If you are concerned about having a root canal treatment done, speak to your local dentist in Kingston Upon Thames. There is nothing to fear from this safe, well established procedure.