May 17th, 2013
When you waft through life in Weybridge, you can often ignore your health, and that includes your dental health as well: life can be so busy at times. However, your teeth are an integral part of your persona and so you should be aware of things that could go wrong at any time. One of them is tooth decay, because this can lead to so many other things going wrong within the mouth: it can be quite innocuous in the beginning- a little bit of food left on the surfaces of the teeth. But the acids from these deposits can burn through the enamel of the teeth quickly and then you are into the world of fillings and root canals. The problem is that the results from this, if left unattended, can lead to periodontal and gum disease which will mean that your teeth are in danger of falling out and your mouth suffering from severe problems in the future. The way to avoid such atrocities is to maintain a high level of oral hygiene and to keep up with dental appointments when you can: Mulberry Dental operates in the area and can give you advice and comfort when it comes to avoiding all of the pitfalls when it comes to dental decay.
June 5th, 2011
Some people in Molesey still live under the illusion that dentists are put of this earth to inflict pain- they’re not. A dentist’s prime directive is to look after your teeth and if you miss a regular check-up, you do so at your peril for things can get out of hand in your mouth pretty quickly if left unchecked. The point of a check-up is to firstly check your mouth for any signs of decay or gum disease and that your teeth are in good health; if there are any problems, they will rectify them. Then they will remove any buildup of plaque and tartar and then clean your teeth. But you should also see your dentist as your confidant and confide in them like you would your doctor. Seeing your dentist is a good time to discuss oral hygiene and maybe, talk to them about any problems you have; you can even discuss the options of cosmetic dentistry. Remember, your dentist knows as much about your mouth as you do and they can build up a history of your mouth and teeth, that will make treatments easier to diagnose and carry out (for them and for you), in the future. Failure to get your teeth checked out can also lead to serious issues arising in your mouth, and by going unchecked, can be very costly to rectify in the long run.
May 25th, 2011
If you’ve been rather bad of late in Surbiton, missed dental appointments and been rather frugal with your oral hygiene, you are at risk to exposing your teeth to decay. It normally starts by plaque acid eating away at the tooth’s enamel and forming a cavity. If left to carry on, the cavity will eat its way deeper into the tooth, through the pulp and into the roots. The problem with tooth decay is that it is cunning, and you may not realize that you are suffering from it until it starts to cause pain or worse, form an abscess. If you’re a regular at your dentist, they will be able to detect this at an early stage and simply administer a filling. But if you’ve ignored a regular check-up and the problem is well advanced, at best you may be able to save the tooth with a root canal, at worse the tooth may have to be removed all together. Then you’re into implants and bridges to ensure the rest of your mouth doesn’t suffer the same fate. Keeping your teeth clean is the key to fighting the problem to ensure that any sugary or starchy foods are kept off the teeth’s enamel, because these are the worst for promoting the bacteria and acids that cause tooth decay in the first place.
May 13th, 2011
Any sort of pain in your teeth that won’t go away can seem like the end of the world and make things like eating and talking really difficult when they should be second nature activities. This pain is also something that you should be concerned about because it might be evidence of a nasty problem in your mouth. It is imperative that you get it looked at by your dentist so that it can be sorted out an anything worse is headed off at the pass.
Serious pain in one or more of your teeth might be a sign that you have developed an abscess in your mouth. Abscesses are most common after an accident to the mouth but they can occur too after an infection that has been left untreated. Dental pain will not be the only symptom and sufferers often experience severe swelling in the face.
Abscesses will not just go away of their own accord and need to be treated. Leaving them without treatment can lead to undesirable consequences such as blood clots. All of your body is interlinked and any serious problem in the mouth can lead on to affecting the rest of you too.
They are another reason to take the health of your mouth seriously as a further major cause of abscesses is dental decay. If bacteria flourish in a dental cavity then the infection can spread, causing pus to gather, which will be part of the cause of the swelling in the face.
Go to see your Kingston upon Thames if you have any of the symptoms which can be associated with a dental abscess so that it can get sorted out quickly and effectively. It will save you a lot of bother in the long run.
April 17th, 2011
Maintaining good oral hygiene is not really a complicated business. It is mostly about following the advice that you get from your dentist so that you have a healthy set of teeth and gums. The main aim of the maintenance of oral hygiene is to try and minimise the amount of plaque that is in your mouth. This is because plaque damages teeth and gums, causing teeth to decay and gums to become inflamed and diseased.
The most important thing to do is to brush your teeth. Use a brush with firm bristles that have not been worn down or become dirty. Apply a pea sized amount of fluoride enriched tooth paste and brush every corner of your mouth, including the inside of your teeth. Once you have done this, don’t forget to floss. By pulling dental floss between your teeth you are removing the plaque which can lurk there, out of the reach of the bristles on your tooth brush.
Along with this, you should go and visit your Weybridge dentist every six months so that your mouth can be checked over. Preventive dentistry is far more preferable than having to undergo treatment for a condition that has begun to develop such as gum disease or dental decay. As part of this you should pursue a generally healthy lifestyle, eat a balanced diet and avoid activities such as smoking tobacco and drinking excessive amounts of alcohol.
Having excellent oral hygiene means that you will be able to eat and drink in comfort. Not only that, you will be able to smile, knowing that your teeth look strong and healthy. If you follow the simple advice set out above then you won’t even have to think about the health of your teeth and gums.
January 10th, 2011
Fluoride is a substance that can help the mouth to defend itself against plaque. Teeth’s natural protection is the durable substance called enamel which is on the outer surface of all teeth. If plaque is allowed to take hold then enamel can be compromised and the teeth themselves interfered with. This can lead to cavities forming in teeth and even dental decay.
Fluoride can be found in tap water and many tooth pastes too. It has been shown to reduce levels of tooth decay by between forty and sixty and per cent. For some, though, fluoride is a subject of controversy and, in the years since fluoride has been added to tap water, there have been a number of claims that fluoride can be harmful to humans.
It is certainly true that a condition called dental fluorosis can occur in young children who have too much fluoride or even swallow a significant amount of fluoride tooth paste. However this is a very rare occurrence and most experts agree on the benefits of drinking tap water that contains fluoride. Around three hundred million people around the world already do so.
It is best that children under two avoid using fluoride tooth paste but for infants above that age, fluoride has been shown to be extremely beneficial in the development of strong, healthy teeth. The amount of fluoride in tap water varies from area to area and it might be necessary to take a fluoride supplement if there are low levels of fluoride in your water supply.
Your Surbiton dentist is able to offer expert advice on fluoride, which tooth pastes are the best and how appropriate fluoride is for your young children.
December 9th, 2010
Dental decay in Weybridge affects almost all of us at some point in our lives. If you’ve had a filling, you’ve had dental decay and it’s more commonly caused by a combination of diet and poor oral hygiene. The consumption of foods with a high content of starch and sugars are the main protagonists that can cause plaque to form on the teeth. If not removed, it will start to breakdown the outer layer of the tooth and form cavities and this can lead to expensive repair work such as root canals and the fitting of crowns; worst case scenario is the loss of the tooth, which is even more costly to replace. Dental decay can also lead to gum disease and other health issues throughout the body such as heart problems and even pneumonia. Yet, it seems ridiculous to think that it’s the easiest of conditions to prevent. Regular visits to the dentists should be a high priority as it’s the chance to clear any plaque or build up of tartar from around the teeth in a single visit. But it’s also the perfect opportunity for you to discuss a programme of oral hygiene and a diet of nutrients and vitamins that will help protect the teeth. Brushing and flossing are important, as is the right choice of brush and toothpaste. Combined with a good mouthwash it should be enough to fight any dental decay until you’re next visit to the dentist.
October 18th, 2010
Not so long ago, having great looking teeth was considered to be out of reach for most of us. They are for pop stars, actors, models, etc. But porcelain veneers have come way over the years and are available to virtually everyone, explains a dentist from Kingston-Upon-Thames. Veneers can give you back your self esteem and put that smile on your face. In time, our teeth can become tired. They are subceptible to staining, damage, wear and decay, which can bring other perils like gum disease. Bad teeth can also form gaps and cause the gums to recede. This is where porcelain veneers can benefit your look. They are strong, with a natural, transluscent look. They can close those gaps, re-instate the length of the teeth, hide the damage and are more resistant to staining. But like any treatment, you must first consult with your dentist so he understands your needs and reasons. Once agreed on the procedure, the teeth will be shaped and the porcelain removed before a mould can be taken. Until the veneers are fabricated, you may be fitted with temporary veneers to protect your teeth. When the day of the fitting comes, your teeth will be cleaned before the veneers are cemented on and cured with a special light. The look is great and gives you back instant confidence. Porcelain veneers should last between 5-10 years depending on how you treat them, but will have to be replaced in time. Cost can be quite expensive, between £300-£500 pound each, though, in this case you, get what you pay for. It’s a snip for looking wonderful!
December 18th, 2009
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root placed directly into your jaw to act as a base for an artificial tooth replacement. They are ideally suited to patients with a good general standard of oral health who have lost a tooth or teeth due to decay or accidental damage. Implants do not rely on adjacent teeth for support so they avoid any unnecessary damage to healthy teeth common in other dental replacement surgery.
The man advantage of a dental implant over other replacements such as bridges or partial dentures is the natural looking feel and visual effect they produce. Implants are permanent replacements designed to act just like a real tooth and can carry out all the necessary functions of a real tooth. This creates an increased feeling of confidence in a dental implant that can be missing from other replacements. If properly fitted and cared for, a dental implant can last a lifetime without causing any unnecessary interruption to the patient’s life.
Dental implants are usually made form titanium and come in the shape of small screws anchored directly into the jawbone. Once there they are allowed to fuse with the bone and tissue before having an artificial tooth attached. One implant can act as the base for several replacements and a series of mini-implants can support a whole denture, providing much needed security.
Certain conditions need to be met for a dental implant to be successful, which usually include an otherwise good standard of dental health. Only strong jaws and gum tissue can support an implant properly so consult a Molesey dentist to see if you are a suitable candidate.
December 16th, 2009
Most people will have heard of dental crowns but many of those might not fully understand just how important and useful they can be. Dental crowns can protect, and in some cases save, damaged teeth and can also completely restore their appearance. New dental technology has also greatly improved the quality of dental crowns and slashed production timer to only a few hours.
So what exactly is a dental crown? In essence it is a cap usually made of ceramic, metal or a combination of the two that is fitted over an existing tooth that has suffered either structural or aesthetic damage. The crown is fixed using tooth coloured composite resin, which also adds another dimension of protection.
Crowns are used when teeth are cracked or broken due to some kind of head trauma or when the structure is undermined because of dental decay. The dentist will repair any damage as best as possible before removing some of the top layer of enamel to create room for a dental crown. Modern crowns are incredibly thin limiting the need for enamel removal, which is irreversible. The surface of the tooth is then etched to allow for greater grip before the crown is cemented over the top. A well fitting crown should cover all parts of the tooth that are proud of the gum offering complete protection from further damage and strengthening the tooth so the patient’s life is not adversely affected.
New computer technology available at Sunbury dentists has significantly improved the quality of treatment as crowns can be manufactured and designed using the amazing accuracy of three-dimensional imaging. This has also reduced appointment and treatment times for surgery making a dental crown a perfect solution to a variety of dental problems.