September 17th, 2011
Once you are happy with your toothbrush and it works perfectly for you in Molesey, it’s down to getting the right toothpaste as well. Seems a strange thing to say, but it’s as important. With what’s on the market, the choice can get a tad confusing, so if you are having problems with this, you may like to sound out your dentist for advice first, but essentially, a toothpaste that contains fluoride is a necessary starter The choice of paste you choose can also rely on the state of your teeth and gums and how you use your mouth throughout the day. Sensitive gums require sensitive toothpastes that helps protect the teeth’s enamel and the gums themselves. However if you are a smoker and a connoisseur of red wine, you may require a toothpaste, nay powder that has more abrasive qualities to remove stains. Some pastes are designed to specifically fight plaque. What has become very popular over the recent years is whitening toothpastes and work extremely well- leaving the teeth looking white and healthy. On the other end of the scale, you can buy herbal toothpastes that contain aloe-vera, clove oil, Echinacea and tea tree oil. These properties are recognised as being very efficient in the fight against gum disease. There’s toothpaste out there for every occasion and every condition, and it may be a case of experimenting until you settle for one you like and that works best for your mouth.
August 14th, 2011
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.
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.
February 13th, 2010
Baby bottle tooth decay is not a subject that usually gets brought up in Ante- natal classes, but it is an important part of baby care says a Molesey dentist. The problem isn’t just one that is easily solved by breast feeding; it starts almost as soon as the baby is born even though teeth won’t start to grow till much later. All baby formulas contain bacteria; we all have bacteria in our bodies as we need them to break down enzymes, acids and fats into the energy that we need to feed our organs. When a baby salivates the mouth is producing an anti acid agent to dilute the acid in the formula, but when the baby falls asleep this activity stops and acid builds up. That acid is what damages the teeth by destroying or weakening the enamel of baby’s first teeth. This comes at a time when your baby is beginning to develop a personality, and they will pick up on any negative vibes they feel from anyone around them. A baby can tell by the tone of a voice if it is receiving a negative compliment, bad teeth can cause problems that will affect their smile and facial features. The baby will also have constant pain problems with their first teeth from baby bottle tooth decay. The way to counteract this is a simple one, firstly keep your baby awake for at least 15 minutes after a bottle, that way the saliva production will be sufficient enough to dilute the acids. Secondly ask your doctor about safe fluoride levels in the water supply, and then enquire at your water supplier for their level tables. Fluoride is a big friend to our teeth, and your baby needs to have sufficient levels to fight tooth decay in their early years.