Archive for October, 2010

Wimbledon Dentist advises on cosmetic dentistry

25th October, 2010

Cosmetic dentistry these days can be anything from teeth whitening to a precious stone being fitted to a tooth, vanity gets the better of us sometimes and the dentist profession has like all other related professions, adapted to the needs of the times. Teeth whitening is now available in home kits and at salons in every High Street, this is done by bleaching the teeth or using a gel that is activated by an intense light beam.Veneers are one of the most common things a dentist will apply to the teeth; they come in 2 types, a thin veneer and a porcelain veneer which are much thicker. The thin ones are like a false nail and are fitted in much the same way, with a glue or dental cement. The tooth is roughed up a little on the surface to make a key so it bonds better, but they don’t last as long as the porcelain versions. The porcelain veneers are thicker and that means the amount of tooth surface taken off is much more, it will be equal to the thickness of the veneer. This version lasts 10-15 years and is possible to polish when and if they stain around the 10 year mark. Thin veneers are possible to replace when they become damaged, and this can be done over and over again. With porcelain veneers it is a bit more complicated as the tooth is much thinner after the first fitting, and can generally be replaced just the once. Dental implants are another cosmetic procedure available; these are false teeth that are screwed into the jaw, just like a real tooth.

Causes of Bad Breath explained by Worcester Park Dentist


Bad breath is a subject that most people will avoid, and that’s mainly because most people have had, or have a problem with it. There are a number of reasons for it says a Worcester Park dentist, and the most common is a poor oral hygiene regime. Other causes are liver disease and diabetes, both of which use bad breath as a warning sign that there is a problem. Spicy food consumption is another one, especially garlic, even garlic tablets can cause an odious odour, which is best dealt with by switching to non-odorous tablets.   Inefficient Oral hygiene  is the single most cause of the problem, and although you may follow all the usual rules in brushing your teeth and using a mouthwash, the problem can still occur. Flossing is the best way we have in the fight against bad breath, it  removes  the food residue that bacteria feed on to produce acid and that odour. Cupping the hands to test your breath is fruitless, and the spraying of a mint flavoured mouth odouriser will just mask it for a short while. Chewing gum is a good way of producing saliva that will neutralise the acid production in the mouth. It is therefore essential that we clean all the food bits from the mouth before we go to bed as the saliva glands stop working whilst we are asleep. Flossing during the daytime after a snack or meal will also help you to keep a fresh breath, and drinking water throughout the day is also not just good for the body, but for the acid production on those sugary and fatty foods we eat during the day. Sweets and chocolate feed the bacteria more than any other food we eat, so when you have a sugar fix make sure that you rinse the mouth and floss if you can.

Protect your teeth with a mouth guard says Ewell dentist

18th October, 2010

Playing sport is a fantastic way of staying fit and having fun. But many sports come with many dangers that you need to protect yourself against. This could involve wearing padding or protection to protect vulnerable or fragile areas of the body such as shin pads or even a helmet, depending on the sport. However, many people overlook their teeth when they are playing sport, not realising that sporting injuries are very common causing broken or knocked out teeth.

 Knocked out teeth can be replaced in some circumstances, but if not, then you may require some lengthy and costly dental restoration like a dental bridge. These procedures are very effective but they can never quite as natural as a real tooth in both appearance and feel.

The best way of protecting your teeth when playing sport  involves wearing a mouth guard. This will act as a cushion, spreading the impact and lessening the chance of sustaining serious damage to the teeth. It is possible to buy mouth guards from sporting goods stores although Ewell dentists recommend that you always have a custom made mouth guard made to fit your mouths contour exactly . This is because most off the shelf mouth guards are not close fitting enough so do not offer sufficient protection. In some case they actually only offer minimally more protection than no mouth guard at all.

Your dentist will make a mould of your teeth before using that to make a mouth guard that fits you individual teeth. This will help to keep your teeth safe during  sporting activities that involves the possibility of facial and dental injury.