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FEB 20
13
THURSDAY 13TH OF FEBRUARY 2020
Genetics play a significant role in determining the overall health and appearance of a person. Aside from shaping the height, bone structure, and facial features, genetics also largely contribute to the oral health of a person. DNA contributes to the weakening of the enamel, which ultimately increases the risk of gum disease. For most people, it significantly determines the size of the teeth, as well as the alignment of the jaw. Crowding, gaps, overbites, underbites, and crooked teeth are common for children as early as five years old due to hereditary factors.

Many people resort to dental genetic testing to determine the risk of hereditary oral health issues. Genetic testing is a proper examination of one’s DNA. It reveals a person’s distinct biological strengths and limitations. It also gives an overview of one’s food sensitivities or allergies, as well as ethnic or racial factors. Genetics testing also gives a proper reading of what kind of dental problems are likely to happen. It indicates whether a person has certain markers in their DNA that are associated with tooth weakness or gum disease. These give people the chance to prevent those problems from worsening.

While genetics are known to have adverse effects on one’s oral health, they are not the only contributing factor for tooth decay and gum disease. Instead of allowing genetics to take over one’s future, people must take action against the risks brought about by genetics. There are many ways to take care of the teeth to prevent these harmful effects. Here are two of the best ways to reduce the risks of dental issues caused by genetic issues.

  1. Practice good oral health habits


While genetics may contribute to oral health problems, lousy hygiene increases the chance of accumulating bacteria inside one’s mouth. Brushing and flossing are a great way to reduce the risk of gum problems and cavities. These help to eliminate bacteria and prevent them from flourishing in the mouth. Good oral habits include brushing at least twice a day, flossing once a day, and visiting one’s dentist for regular check-ups at least twice a year.

           2. Make healthy lifestyle changes

Another contributing factor to one’s oral health is the unhealthy lifestyle of a person. Bad habits, such as smoking or excessive drinking, lead to redness and bleeding of the gums. People who have these bad habits are more susceptible to gum disease or cavity build-up. For healthier teeth and gums, it is best to make healthy lifestyle changes, such as avoiding tobacco or nicotine. It is also advised to have a healthy and balanced diet with lower intakes of sugar.

Conclusion

Genetics don’t need to dictate the future of a child’s dental health. Before a child develops gum disease and dental decay, it is best to have them checked with a dental professional. With the guidance of a reliable dentist, children have the chance to improve dental health, as well as enhance their smiles.

We’re rated as one of the best dentists in Fulham London that offer a wide range of dental services from check-ups to dental implants to cosmetic dentistry. Get in touch with us today for a consultation.

 
FEB 20
11
TUESDAY 11TH OF FEBRUARY 2020
Parents need to teach their children about healthy dental habits while they are young. Healthy dental habits take time to develop, so it’s good to start them young to keep their teeth far from cavities. Aside from teaching children what to do, parents must also teach them what not to do.

Children may have simple habits, such as nail-biting or thumb-sucking, that may appear normal. However, unknown to many parents, these common habits may lead to adverse oral health outcomes. That said, it is crucial to prevent these bad dental habits before they turn into bigger issues in the future.

Here are five bad habits that children commonly do that are bad for their health:

  1. Brushing Teeth Too Harshly


Children develop the habit of brushing their teeth as early as their toddler stage. However, while they may be consistent in brushing their teeth, they may not be doing it the right way. Brushing one’s teeth too hard may cause bleeding or injury to their teeth and gums. It may also cause problems, such as receding gum and enamel wear. This puts the child at risk of tooth sensitivity.

  1. Swallowing Toothpaste While Brushing Their Teeth


Many children love to brush their teeth. However, parents must also watch out for those kids who love to taste their toothpaste and end up swallowing them. There are many kinds of children’s toothpaste out there that have artificial flavouring. This makes children want to taste them all.

While it may appear harmless, swallowing toothpaste is bad for kids. Excessive intake of fluoride from the toothpaste may cause dental fluorosis. It is a common disorder that causes permanent brown spots on the tooth’s enamel due to overexposure to fluoride during enamel formation.

  1. Frequently Sucking Their Thumb


Many children undergo the phase of regularly sucking their thumb. Some parents think that this habit is tolerable and wait for their child to outgrow it. However, this habit is detrimental to the child’s teeth, so it is crucial to find a way to stop this bad habit as early as possible because it affects how the teeth form as it grows. If this habit goes on for an extended period, it may cause the teeth to shift forward or misalign with the typical 'rabbit' teeth appearance. This is not a good look and can lead to playground taunts.

  1. Having the Habit of Nail-biting


Aside from thumb-sucking, many kids have the terrible habit of biting their nails with their teeth. Apart from being a common impulse problem for most kids, it also has damaging effects on their tooth enamel. This habit may cause the roots of their tooth to become exposed and result in teeth sensitivity. The best way to prevent this habit is to make sure that children’s nails are cut regularly. Doing so reduces their temptation to bite their nails.

  1. Being Afraid of the Dentist


Many kids are afraid of the dentist. Parents have the constant challenge of encouraging their kids to go to the dentist. Instead of giving in to the fear of children, parents must be innovative in motivating their children to visit the dentist. For example, parents may encourage their child by buying a new electric tooth brush after the dentist appointment.

Conclusion

Even without apparent dental issues, parents need to bring their children for a dental check-up at least twice a year. Routine check-ups help detect dental issues and address them before they become bigger problems.

We’re rated as one of the best dentists in Fulham & London. Get in touch with us today for a consultation.
FEB 20
07
FRIDAY 7TH OF FEBRUARY 2020
2020 is flying by and January has thankfully passed with slightly longer days ahead of us.

Our case of the month for January involves a simple yet effective one using the Social 6 lingual brace to make one tooth more visible on smiling. Often we seen huge dental transformations where there is huge difference in the overall smile with multiple veneers, crowns and crazy white shades that resemble white goods rather than teeth!

This is not our style. For those of you that read our blog, you will know that we strongly believe in minimally invasive dentistry that looks natural, highly aesthetic and lasts a long time.

Our case involves one using the Social 6 lingual brace (one of our favourite treatments), to align one tooth and dramatically change the smile in just 3 months. Here are the before and after photos:

 

One front tooth sticking outwards


Back in line!


Lingual braces are ideal if you do not wish for braces to be seen during treatment. In fact, they can be considered the only truly invisible brace. Whether you are a young professional working in the City of London or someone who is enjoying a well deserved retirement, looking like a teenager with metal train tracks is probably not ideal!

In most cases, Social 6 lingual braces take 3-4 months only; another huge advantage. After all, time is precious. Give us a call if you would like to change your smile this year.

Treatment completed by Dr Nissit Patel using 2-D brackets.
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