July 26th, 2012
Most people have a filling. Over time even with the most diligent brushing and flossing cavities can form. And so, it is important to have regular check ups with your dentist to catch the cavities while they are small. Once a cavity has developed your dentist will likely recommend a filling. Traditionally fillings have been made of silver amalgam (a combination of silver with several other metals). But new composite resins have been developed that can be used to create white fillings.
Your Kingston upon Thames dentist recommends you weigh up the benefits that each type of filling offers. White fillings are almost invisible when you talk or laugh. The resin composite can be developed in a variety of different shades of white that can be matched closely to your natural teeth colour, assuring only the closest inspectors would ever be able to recognise them. While silver amalgam fillings are as not as cosmetically pleasing they are still the most durable type of filling, lasting several years, though white filling materials are increasingly beginning to match the endurance.
The process of having a white filling is fairly easy. When getting silver amalgam fillings the process is longer because your dentist will need to drill the tooth to create the correct shape for the filling. Resin composite has the advantage that it can mould to the given shape of the tooth, and so drilling is not normally necessary. When a choice is available, most people opt for white fillings for cosmetic and functional reasons. Silver amalgam fillings can be replaced with white fillings but it is best to wait until the old fillings fall out. Speak to your dentist about which type of fillings will best serve your needs.
April 24th, 2010
We all know the statistic that one in three of us will develop cancer at some point in our lives. While this maybe true, it is also true that modern medicine is becoming more effective at treating, fighting and beating many forms of cancer. One of the most crucial factors when treating cancer is early intervention. Catching the disease as early as possible gives you the best chance of surviving. When it comes to cancer it really is a matter of life and death.
One of the most virulent forms of cancer is oral cancer. This affects cells located in the soft tissue of the oral cavity, including the cheek lining, tongue, gums and throat. It usually manifests itself as small red, white or blotchy sore patches that do not clear up naturally in a week or so. There are many other telltale signs of oral cancer including unexplained bleeding in the mouth, extreme and sudden weight loss and pains in the neck and head. Kingston-upon-Thames dentists are trained to spot the signs of oral cancer during regular check ups, just another reason why seeing your dentist every six months is very important.
By catching the disease early, you stand a greater than 80 per cent chance of survival, so that alone should be an incentive to be vigilant. There are certain groups who are more at risk from oral cancer. Smokers are up to six times more likely to develop cancer than non-smokers, and drinking alcohol to excess may also have a large impact. Men, especially those over the age of fifty, are also at a higher risk, although you should always bear in mind that anyone can be struck down with oral cancer at any time. The best you can do is to try and live as healthily as possible and make regular appointments to see your dentist.