Archive for January, 2019

The Benefits Of Dental Implants In Sutton

25th January, 2019

In the world of modern dentistry, technology is advancing at an incredible rate. Dental appointments have been a inconvenience for employers for many years now, particularly if their staff are needing to take a whole morning, afternoon or even the entire day off work because of an oral procedure. But things are changing in dental surgeries which mean that dental procedures can be carried out quicker than ever. With the majority leading busy lifes surely anything that can reduce the time that patients need to spend in the dental surgery is good news. Dentists can fit more patients in and solve their pain problems more efficiantly.

The use of digital x-rays is at the heart of this change. Traditional x-rays have done a fine job for many years but they did have their drawbacks. For one thing, every single x-ray would have to be developed by expert staff in a special lab, This is a lengthy process and can often lead to the need for further appointments, which can be time consuming. There are also associated problems with overexposure and ruined film. Digital x-rays can be processed immediately for the dentist to examine solving patients dental problems quickly and easily.

X-rays can highlight hidden problems.  They can reveal the extent of dental damage such as tooth decay (cavities), bone-loss due to disease, check the growth of teeth, the condition of the mouth’s occlusion or ‘bite’, and continue to monitor any previous work done. The results of digital x-rays can be seen instantly on the computer screen giving you answers to your questions.

Digital x-rays also address the issue of safety. They require about 80 per cent less radiation meaning they are safer for both the patient and the dentist, who use them every day, Making them a quick, easy and safe option every time.

Ask Dr Shah  how a digital x ray can improve and solve your dental care problems.

Measuring Acidity In Food and Drinks



Acidity is measured using the PH scale. This rates acidity on a scale from pH1, which is extremely acid, to pH14, which is extremely alkali and Neutral is rated as pH7.

Tooth enamel dissolves at an acidity below pH5.5. Dentine, which makes up the inside of the crown plus the root dissolves at pH6. So, if we start with the mouth being neutral and then change it to a pH of 3.5 by drinking an acid drink, the tooth surface can be dissolved because the tooth is bathed in something that’s a hundred times more acidic than needed to dissolve it!

An acidic diet, combined with abrasive whitening toothpaste will strip the enamel leading to a rough hollow in the tooth that will collect stains. The only sensible solution here is to clean away the stain and then fill the area in with white filling material. But the white filling material will eventually pick up stain itself.

Remember the cut off for safety is at 5.5 for enamel and 6 for dentine. And what happens if the tooth surface is eaten away is the teeth become very senstitive!

The Link Between Your Teeth And Your Lifestyle

15th January, 2019

Our lifestyle choices affect our general health, but what some people don’t realise is oral health is also affected by our habits and what we consume. A healthy diet is important for your teeth A healthy diet means foods from different groups, including fruit and vegetables, starchy foods such as rice, pasta, bread and potatoes, some protein-rich food such as fish, meat, eggs and lentils and some dairy too. Limiting your sugar intake is also very important in helping to prevent tooth decay. Have sugary food and drink only at mealtimes and don’t eat sugary snacks between meals.

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

It should come as no surprise that smoking affects your teeth and gums in a bad way. It makes your teeth turn 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. Excessive consumption of alcohol has also been linked to an increased risk of developing mouth cancer. 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.

Research has shown that mouth cancers are more common among people over 40, particularly men. It is also becoming more common among younger people and women. Mouth cancer can affect the lips, tongue, cheeks and throat. It can appear as a painless mouth ulcer that does not heal normally. Less often, a white or red patch in the mouth may develop into a cancer.

It is important to see your dentist on a regular basis so they can check for any changes in the mouth or for early signs of decay