Happy 2015 from everyone here at Church View Dental Practice! How are your New Year’s resolutions going? It’s hard to break old habits or make new ones, which is what resolutions are all about. But if we can all just stick to one new habit, let’s choose not to be so hard on ourselves.
Why we’re bad at New Year’s resolutions
Most resolutions fail because they’re just too difficult. Getting fit is a prime example. Vowing to get up early for a five-mile run three times a week seems perfectly do-able from the comfort of your armchair. It’s a totally different story at 6am in the dark with rain thundering down outside.
Be nicer to yourself
So, instead of setting yourself up to fail, try making your goals easier to achieve. If you need to lose weight, try switching to smaller portions rather than cutting out your favourite foods altogether. If you’re out of shape, start small; getting into the habit of regular exercise is more important than the activity or intensity – do something you enjoy.
Most of all, remember you’re only human. We all fall off the wagon when we’re tired, fed up or tempted. The main thing is not to give up, and forgive yourself if you make a mistake. Accepting you’re not going to be perfect will help get back on track when you inevitably slip up.
Easy ways to a healthier you
If you want to be a better you this year, looking after your teeth and gums is a good place to start. Keeping on top of your oral health is good for your whole body, not just your mouth. And, a well cared for smile can make you look younger, more attractive, and more successful.
Here are two easy-to-keep resolutions that will make you healthier and keep you smiling in 2015:
1. Commit to keeping your teeth and gums clean
Brush your teeth twice a day for about two minutes with fluoride toothpaste. If you can do that, you’re well on your way to better dental health. It doesn’t matter if you use a manual or electric toothbrush so long as you cover all the visible surfaces of your teeth. Flossing at least three times a week will take care of the areas of your teeth that you can’t see.
2. Book your 2015 checkups – and stick to them
Get dental problems treated early and even prevent future treatment by getting your teeth checked. A check-up helps keep your mouth healthy and allows your dentist to look for signs of serious problems such as oral cancer.
We hope you find these practical tips useful. Whatever you have planned for 2015, we wish you every success, and look forward to seeing you in the practice soon.
Posted by admin on 7th Jan 2015
Anybody who has ever had a toothache will testify that it’s one of the worst pains imaginable. When you hear the word ‘tooth pain’ it sounds pretty harmless. It isn’t until you actually experience a toothache that you realise just how unbearable it can be. So what exactly is it and why does it occur?
Understanding tooth pain
Tooth pain can affect the teeth and the jaws and it is considered to be the first sign of tooth decay. It affects people differently. Some will feel constant pain, while for others it will come and go. You may also find that eating or drinking something makes the problem worse. This typically occurs with foods that are either really hot or really cold. Many people also notice the pain is worse at nights than at any other time of day.
You’ll get tooth pain when the dental pulp located in the innermost layer of the tooth is inflamed. Dental pulp basically refers to delicate tissue that contains numerous blood vessels and sensitive nerves. There are many potential causes of inflamed dental pulp and the main ones include:
- Tooth decay
- Damage to the tooth
- Broken or loose fillings
- Periapical abscess
- Receding gums
When you suffer with tooth decay, it causes small cavities in the hard surface of your tooth. You may also have some damage to the tooth, such as a small crack. Often these cracks are extremely tiny and difficult for the naked eye to see.
If you have a bacterial infection, it can cause pus to build up at the end of the tooth. A Periapical abscess can be extremely painful.
Finally receding gums can expose the softer, sensitive roots of a tooth and that can lead to a lot of pain and discomfort.
Other causes of tooth pain
While the majority of tooth pain is caused by a problem with the dental pulp, there are a few other causes that could be to blame. These include:
- Periodontal abscess
- Swollen gums
- Joint injury in the jaw
A collection of pus could form in the gums if you have a bacterial infection. If a tooth is breaking through, you could also experience pain and swelling in the gums surrounding it. Or there could be a problem with the joint in the jaw.
Posted by admin on 16th Apr 2014
In recent months, a number of publications and reports have drawn attention to studies that have found a possible link between poor oral health and the eventual onset of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
Studies at the University of Central Lancashire found that a strain of bacteria found in the brains of patients who had suffered from dementia prior to their deaths was consistent with that found in patients who suffer from gum disease.
The unconfirmed theory is that these bacteria transmit from the gums through to the brain , causing the immune system to possibly kill off brain cells where such bacteria then becomes present. This is believed to be the cause of memory loss – one of the most prominent and devastating effects of dementia and Alzheimer’s.
The studies are thus far inconclusive but the best way to combat poor oral health and any of the associated problems it can cause for your wider health, is to continue to visit the dentist on the basis you are recommended to as an individual.
If you would like to arrange an appointment with our dentist or hygienist, please do not hesitate to contact us using the function on our website, or contact us directly by telephone at the practice.
Posted by admin on 9th Apr 2014
Teeth are vital to our overall health, helping us to bite and chew food. How much do you know about them?
Babies’ teeth begin to develop before they are born, but in most cases don’t come through until they’re between 6 and 12 months old. Most children have a full set of 20 milk or baby teeth by the time they’re three years old. When they reach five or six, these teeth will start to fall out, making way for adult teeth.
By the age of 12 to 14, most children have lost all their baby teeth and have their adult teeth. There are 32 adult teeth in total, 12 more than in the baby set. The last four of these, called wisdom teeth, usually emerge later than the others, generally between the ages of 17 and 21.
Wisdom teeth removal
If wisdom teeth don’t come through properly, or at all, it may be necessary to have them removed.
What are teeth made of?
The part of the tooth that you can see above the gum is called the crown. This is covered in hard, shiny enamel. Enamel is the hardest substance in the body and protects the more sensitive inner parts of the tooth.
Underneath this is the dentine, a sensitive substance that makes up most of the tooth. Dentine is a hard substance, though not quite as hard as enamel.
Dentine protects the inner part of the tooth, called the pulp. The pulp is where each tooth’s blood supply and nerve endings are found. The blood supply is what keeps the teeth alive and healthy. The nerve endings send messages to the brain, such as whether you’re eating something hot or cold or if you have a decayed or damaged tooth.
The pulp goes all the way into the root of the tooth, which is hidden under your gum. Cementum covers the root of the tooth, and periodontal fibres connect the tooth to the jawbone.
Types of teeth
There are four different types of teeth:
Incisors: These are your four front teeth on the top and bottom jaw. They’re used for cutting and chopping food.
Canine teeth: These are sharp, pointy teeth. You have one on each side of your incisors on your top and bottom jaw, making a total of four. They help to tear food.
Premolars: Next to your canine teeth are your premolars (also called bicuspid teeth). You have eight premolars in total, four on your top jaw and four on the bottom. They are bigger and wider than your incisors and canine teeth, and are used for crushing and grinding food.
Molars: You have eight molars, four on top and four on the bottom. These are your strongest teeth and work with your tongue to help you swallow food, mashing it up until it’s ready to be swallowed safely.
Posted by admin on 14th Mar 2014
Having a positive approach to your general condition and maintaining a conscientious approach to a healthy lifestyle is the biggest step you can take towards ensuring you look after your teeth and gums.
Here are some lifestyle habits you can adopt in order to make sure you are doing as much as you can to protect your oral health:
Vary your diet. Ensure that the foods you eat are spread across all of the food groups, taking extra care not to overload on any on type. With specific relation to your teeth, make sure that your intake of foods with exceptionally high sugar levels are restricted to just meal times, and avoid excessive intake of fruit juices and carbonated fizzy drinks. The following foods contain levels of sugar that can cause harm to your teeth:
- Sponge-based puddings
- Sugar added to drinks such as tea or coffee
- Certain breakfast cereals
- Ice Cream
- Dried Fruit
- Carbonated soft drinks/Fruit juices
Be very careful not to intake too many of these types of foods, and on a broader scale, make sure you when you do intake them, you do so as part of a healthy, balanced diet. One other disadvantage of eating or drinking too many of the products listed above is the fact that they can often be of very high calorie content, which if over-consumed over a period of time can lead to weight gain and other complications.
Smoking is know to have a dulling, discolouring effect on the teeth which is difficult to counteract. Aside from causing bad breath, smoking also puts you at risk of gum disease. Aside from your oral health, smoking can also lead to very serious issues, such as problems with breathing and lung cancer. Statistically, regular smokers are much more likely to develop lung cancer than those who do not.
While it may not be widely-known, drinking of alcoholic beverages has been proven to be a major contributor towards tooth decay. It erodes the enamel which protects your teeth, and can lead to having to have dental treatment. Also, a large number of people who have been found to suffer mouth cancer admit to have been drinking alcohol regularly.
Posted by admin on 20th Jan 2014
There are many misconceptions surrounding how often people believe they need to visit their dentist for a routine check-up, and that is because the frequency at which a person needs to see their dentist is relevant to the individual. For example, a dentist may wish to see a patient again after three months if a problem or condition has been identified, whereas a patient with good oral health may not need another appointment for up to two years.
The main reason that dentists recommend routine check-ups is so that any dental issues or conditions that could conceivably arise are not left untreated and therefore allowed to cause significant harm to your oral health. As with many medical or health conditions, the earlier the point at which they are identified, the more efficiently and effectively they can be dealt with.
A standard dental appointment should involve:
a) A discussion of any problems a patient has been having with the teeth, gums, or mouth.
b) A thorough examination of the teeth, gums, and mouth.
c) A discussion about how general lifestyle and dietary habits may be affecting your oral health.
d) Advice on effective tooth brushing and cleaning, and which methods and products would be best suited to your needs.
e) A clear recommendation on a recall period and how soon you should be soon for your next dental appoint.
If you’re interested in booking a dental-check up or simply have some questions regarding our services, please contact us via our website or call us directly at the practice on 0113 264 7133 and a member of our team will be more than happy to help you.
Posted by admin on 6th Dec 2013
The health of both your teeth and gums is vitally important. It can be easy to believe your teeth are in great condition if you brush twice a day and it’s not rare for people to dismiss what are actually warning signs as harmless everyday occurrences. We’ve listed a couple of these warning signs for you below, along with some notes on how to both fix and prevent the problems.
Often characterised as sudden and sharp pains in various areas of the mouth, twinges are commonly dismissed as knocks or bumps to the gum when brushing or the effect of a particularly tough piece of steak. However, they’re often a sign of underlying dental problems. They could be caused by decay to the gums, cracks in old fillings or bacteria build up in the inner tooth.
Therefore Twinges shouldn’t be ignored. They can be easily fixed with a visit to our dentist, who can run a series of diagnostic checks to identify the problem before planning an appropriate course of treatment to repair any damage. To prevent them occurring in the first place, you should be sure to stick to the big three of brushing, rinsing and flossing twice a day whilst making regular appointments to see your dentist, ideally twice a year!
Sensitive Teeth and Painful Gums
Many people have sensitive teeth and we see many patients that believe they’ve always had them. Many of these patients believe this to be a valid reason to ignore the symptoms and disregard it as nothing more than an everyday inconvenience. However, sensitive teeth are often caused by periodontal disease, which has eroded their gums and impacted upon the nerve structures. Many people are unaware of any problems until extensive damage has occurred and more than half of adults over 55 have had at least a mlld case.
The moral here is to let your dentist know about your sensitive teeth. S/he can then provide appropriate advice – after all, they are the experts! And once again – be sure to brush, rinse, floss and book regular appointments with your dentist in order to prevent the symptoms from occurring at all!
If you have any questions regarding twinges or sensitive teeth or would like to learn more about our treatments, please drop us an email to email@example.com or call us directly at the practice 0113 264 7133.
Posted by admin on 29th Nov 2013
Brushing your teeth twice a day should be a very important part of your dental routine. There are many reasons to brush your teeth twice a day, some of them are common knowledge and some of them aren’t. We go through ten of the most important reasons below:
1. Save money – Prevention is cheaper than cure! Brushing your teeth twice a day will improve the health of your teeth and gums and help to prevent problems in the future – leaving you with lower dental bills.
2. Fresh Breath – Bacteria can build up in your mouth if you don’t brush your teeth regularly. You can prevent this build up by brushing twice a day – chewing sugar free gum after every meal can also help to prevent the build up of bacteria.
3. Stay kissable – Who wants to kiss someone with food between their teeth or bad breath? Brushing is the cheapest and most effective way to remove food & bacteria.
4. Prevent gum disease – Gingivitis (inflammation of the gums and the first stage of gum disease) is caused by plaque build-up in the area where your teeth meet your gums. This can lead to swollen gums that bleed when you brush them. Plaque is an accumulation of food and bacteria which appears in everyone’s mouth.
5. Reduce your chance of a heart attack or stroke – Bacteria from your mouth can make its way into your bloodstream and increase the likelihood of a build up cholesterol on your arteries, which in turn increase the chance of a heart attack or stroke.
6. Prevent or minimise Diabetes – Any gum disease can make it harder to control your blood glucose. The relationship between serious gum disease and diabetes is two-way. Not only are people with diabetes more susceptible to serious gum disease, but serious gum disease may have the potential to affect blood glucose control and contribute to the progression of diabetes.
7. Have a healthy baby – Gum disease has been shown to increase the chance of premature birth and low birth weight. It can also be one of the many causes of delayed conception and impotence. So get your mouth and gums healthy first.
8. Prevent Dementia – Some studies have shown that poor oral health increases your risk of developing dementia by a third.
9. Toothpaste – on your brush is the best way to apply fluoride and other desensitizers. Fluoride in toothpastes becomes part of a tooth’s surface, protecting the enamel from the acid released by plaque.
10. Remove stains – There are mild abrasives in toothpaste that remove debris and surface stains. Examples include calcium carbonate, dehydrated silica gels, hydrated aluminium oxides, magnesium carbonate, phosphate salts and silicates.
So that 2 minute brush, twice a day can actually save your life. The Dental and Hygiene team at Church View Dental Care can provide even more information on brushing your teeth and keeping them clean and for more information, either contact us via our website or call us directly today on 0113 264 7133.
Posted by admin on 22nd Nov 2013
Everyone wants a bright, white, natural and glowing smile. It’s well documented that some celebrities go to great lengths to achieve it too, whether that’s through vastly expensive treatments or brushing their teeth a dangerously excessive amount of times every day (as Helen Flanagan infamously did, please see our previous blog post).
Stains come in all shapes and sizes: spots, blotches, a line that crosses the tooth or even a dark ring that circles between the teeth. Some stains are small, covering a small section of a single tooth and some are far larger, covering several teeth. Some stains can be tackled with a regimented brushing routine and off the shelf whitening products whilst some will demand much more specific treatment.
There’s no single cause of stains either. Stains can occur for a variety of reasons and some of these can be very complex, such as those that develop as a tooth forms. These are known professionally as intrinsic stains and often require very specialist treatments. Others are formed as a result of consuming certain certain foods and drinks. With food and drink, a combination of two factors – the level of acidity and the strength of the enamel – will determine the likelihood of any stains. Strong enamel will stain far less easily and low acidity foods are much less likely to stain your teeth.
The good news is that these stains are both preventable and in most cases treatable. As with many things, prevention is often better than the cure, so be sure to brush your teeth well twice a day, adhere to a balanced and healthy diet, target low acidity foods and use enamel boosting toothpastes. But if you think your teeth need specialist Tooth Whitening treatment, or you would like to find out more about the treatments we have available for you, please get in touch with us here at Church View Dental Care either via our website, or by calling us directly on 0113 264 7133.
Posted by admin on 15th Nov 2013
“This research is truly ground-breaking. The potential link between what goes on in your mouth and the health of your heart has been an intense topic of debate for some time. This research clearly shows the more you improve and maintain your gum health, the less chance there is of developing a potential life-threatening illness.” Dr Carter, 2013.
Leading researchers (Desvarieux, M et. Al 2013) in the public health field have recently published ‘the most direct evidence yet’ that there is a positive correlation between the health of your gums and the strength of your heart.
Compelling evidence published in a study by the researchers from Columbia University has shown that as an individual’s gum health improves, their chances of developing ‘Atherosclerosis’ is significantly reduced.
According to NHS Choices (2013), Atherosclerosis is a ‘potentially serious condition where arteries become clogged up by fatty substances, such as cholesterol. These substances are called Plaques or Atheromas’. These blockages narrow the arteries that carry blood to and from your organs, including your heart, restricting the blood flow and causing potentially fatal effects.
The researches sampled 420 adults for an average of 3 years and in short, the evidence shows a positive correlation between the amount of plaque in an individuals mouth and the build up fatty substances on the arteries.
These findings place more emphasis than ever before on the importance of brushing your teeth twice a day before rinsing with anti-bacterial mouthwash and flossing to ensure you keep the level of plaque in your mouth to a minimum.
If you are unsure if you’re keeping your teeth as clean as you could be, or have any queries about your oral health, please contact us via our website or call us directly on 0113 264 7133.
Desvarieux, M., Demmer, R.T., Jacobs, D.R., Papananou, P.N., Sacco, R.L., Rundek, T., 2013. Changes in Clinical and Microbiological Periodontal Profiles Relate to Progression of Carotid Intima. Journal of the American Heart Association.
NHS Choices, 2013. Atherosclerosis.
Posted by admin on 8th Nov 2013
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