Childrens Oral Health

Fluoride Benefits In Sutton

15th January, 2019

Fluoride is something used daily that we may not realise we are consuming even though it is being used in vast quantities in our everyday lives, from water to toothpastes

The negative reports from the use of fluoride stem from the fact that it is toxic. Too much fluoride has been proven to be terminal in some children and over use in later life can lead to what is termed fluorosis- this is where deposits are found throughout the brain. Strangely, it can also cause problems of discolouration in the teeth and in some countries, the use of fluoride has been banned altogether.

However a Sutton dentist explains even though it has these negative factors attached to it, fluoride is very good for the enamel of the teeth. It is proven to help in the fight against tooth decay whilst enriching it and giving it extra strength. Fluoride also reduces the amount of eroding acids that emanate from bacteria, which is why the majority of toothpastes still use it. When used in moderation, fluoride seems to be a great advantage in dentistry but everyone has a right to know the facts either way.

For more information on fluoride talk to our dental team at Ninety 2 Dental

Creating Healthy Smiles In Sutton



Taking care of your general health as well as your teeth is the key to great oral hygiene.

Brushing your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, flossing them daily and having regular check-ups with a dentist can help keep your teeth healthy. But diet, smoking and drinking alcohol also have an effect on dental health.

A healthy diet

What you eat and drink can cause tooth decay, so a healthy diet is important for your teeth. A healthy diet contains foods from different groups, including fruit and vegetables, starchy foods (rice, pasta, bread and potatoes), some protein-rich food (such as fish, meat, eggs and lentils) and some dairy foods.

Sugar

Limiting the amount of sugar you eat and drink is important to prevent tooth decay. Have sugary food and drink only at mealtimes and don’t eat sugary snacks between meals.

Most of the sugars we eat and drink are contained in processed and ready-made food and drinks. These include:

  • sweets, chocolate, cakes and biscuits
  • buns, pastries and fruit pies
  • sponge puddings and other puddings
  • table sugar added to food or drinks, such as tea
  • sugary breakfast cereals
  • jams, marmalades and honey
  • ice cream
  • dried fruit or fruit in syrup
  • syrups and sweet sauces
  • sugary drinks, including soft drinks, fizzy drinks, milk drinks and alcoholic drinks
  • fruit juice

A glass of fruit juice counts towards your five portions of fruit and vegetables a day, but it also contains sugar. When you have sugary food or drink with a meal, it can be less damaging to your teeth than if you eat or drink it on its own. Try to drink fruit juice only at mealtimes.

Smokers’ teeth

Smoking can prevent you from having gleaming, healthy teeth. Smoking turns your teeth yellow, causes bad breath and increases your risk of gum disease, breathing problems and lung cancer. If you smoke 20 or more cigarettes a day, you’re six times more likely to develop mouth cancer than someone who doesn’t smoke. So giving up smoking is important if you want to look and feel better.

Alcohol and tooth decay

Excessive consumption of alcohol has been linked to an increased risk of developing mouth cancer. According to Cancer Research UK, 75-80% of mouth cancer patients say they frequently drink alcohol.

Alcohol can also erode the enamel on the outside of your teeth, leading to decay. If this happens, you may need to go to the dentist for a filling.

A whiter smile

If you want to keep your teeth as white as possible, try cutting out substances that can stain them. Wine, cigarette smoke, tea and coffee can all discolour teeth. Keep these to a minimum or cut them out completely to stop your teeth from becoming stained.

The Importance Of Your Six Monthly Check-Up

10th January, 2019

Listening to the dentist counting teeth with the nurse repeating the numbers and tapping away on a keyboard, it must feel like a bit of waste of time for some and it would be if all we did was look.

But the value of a decent dental check up is often about looking back and  more importantly looking forwards. A good dentist will look in the mouth and compare the current situation to the last check up looking for change.

Examples of good change are-

– Less plaque

– Better brushing

– Flossing etc

Bad change can be-

-Bad fillings wearing out

Crowns cracking etc

In dentistry predicting the future is actually not that hard. Careful examination and an up to date dental examination history will give strong clues as to how long our teeth and our dentistry will last.

The positives for the patient are that

  • they can focus their resources on dealing with issues that need immediate attention (ensuring they stay out of pain and continue to be able to eat a normal diet and smile at people)
  • they can plan ahead for problems ‘on the horizon’ ie 6, 12, 24 months and even 5 or 10 years ahead.

A good dentist can give you realistic predictions about the longevity of your teeth and dentistry for years ahead.

When your mentally prepared its easier to come to terms with issues predicted well in advance as you will have been given an idea of work to be carried out and a rough cost.

Knowing is better, and less expensive, than not knowing. And that’s why we give patients detailed estimates of any work we notice needs doing or may need to be done in the future

So even the worst problems have been dealt with in advance and managed correctly it is that preparedness which brings peace of mind.

Here at Ninety 2 Dental we understand how busy life gets and how hard it is to remember when your six monthly check is due. If you would like to book in advance we send you a reminder text the day before your appointment or if you don’t know your schedule in six months time we are happy to send you a reminder closer to the time.