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MAR 20
When you have an intense craving or fondness for sweet foods, then you are said to have a sweet tooth. The chances are that you drool over the likes of chocolates, cakes, cookies, and sweetened drinks.

Delicious but full of sugar!

The problem is that sugary foods and beverages are your teeth’s greatest adversaries. Know that oral bacteria feed on sugars, producing acids that erode the protective enamel layer of your teeth. When consumed in excess amounts, sugary foods and drinks can impact your teeth significantly. If left uncleaned and unattended, they can lead to tooth decay and even tooth loss.

That’s why if you are the kind who has a sweet tooth, then you must go beyond your usual teeth cleaning routine. Let’s go back to the basics. Here are some cleaning tips, particularly for those with a sweet tooth.

  1. Brush and floss your teeth after every meal

Brushing and flossing your teeth after every meal is, of course, the best way to prevent tooth cavities and tooth decay. It’s not enough that you brush your teeth at least twice a day. If you have a sweet tooth, then it’s best to do so after every meal. Also, make sure to floss your teeth after each meal to remove the residue in between your teeth.

Please take note that if you love acidic foods and drinks, we would not advise brushing directly afterwards. For example, drinking a hot lemon drink followed by brushing is like rubbing battery acid all over your teeth! In this case, wait for the natural buffering effect of saliva to take effect for follow steps 2 and 3 first prior to brushing.

  1. Take time to rinse your mouth after a meal too

Apart from brushing and flossing your teeth, it’s a good idea to use mouthwash after every meal. Rinsing your mouth helps remove as much sugar and sticky residue as possible. Know that sugary foods and drinks can increase harmful oral bacteria in your mouth, which quickly occurs within the first 20 minutes of consuming food. Rinsing your mouth after brushing your teeth further kills bacteria in your mouth.

  1. Make sure to chew sugar-free gum

Sugar-free chewing gums are widely available in the market, which is particularly helpful for those with a sweet tooth. These chewing gums can help clean your teeth after consuming sugary foods and drinks. They work by increasing the production of saliva in your mouth, which does two vital things. First, the saliva production removes any sugar coating on the teeth. Second, it neutralizes the acids in your mouth that prevent damages to your tooth enamel.

  1. Have a general dental checkup and cleaning

Regular brushing and flossing may not be enough to eliminate the harmful bacteria in your mouth completely. It is all the more concerning if you have a sweet tooth where you always crave and indulge in sugary foods and juices. That’s why visiting your dentist, and getting dental cleaning is a must. In fact, dentists suggest that you get an oral checkup and cleaning at least twice a year. For those of you at most risk, cleaning visits may be needed every quarter.

Final words

The truth is, excessive sugar consumption has negative consequences for your teeth. The more sugars you eat, the higher the risk of damage to your tooth enamel.

That said, make sure to follow the tips outlined above—brush and floss our teeth, rinse your mouth, chew sugar-free gum, and regularly have a dental cleaning. If you have a sweet tooth, then you should be all the more robust in your routine oral care.

Progressive Dentistry is rated as one of the best dental practices in Fulham, London, offering a wide range of dental services. Get in touch with us today for an oral consultation and dental hygiene.

MAR 20
They say that with age comes wisdom. Your wisdom tooth, which is the last to emerge during your early 20s or late teens, hence the term “wisdom tooth.”

The wisdom tooth belongs to the molar group known as the third molar, which is found in the back of the mouth. When the wisdom tooth emerges, some people do not have problems at all. But for some, it results in oral issues, such as swelling around the tooth, bleeding, pain, infection and possibly contributing to teeth crowding.

An impacted wisdom tooth refers to the wisdom tooth that fails to break through the gums at all or only partially through. This tooth problem may obstruct the normal development of your other teeth. It may even lead to infection, as well as pain and discomfort. The worse things that may result out of this include dental problems, such as cysts and bone damage.

When confronted with an abnormal wisdom tooth, the best course of action is to visit a dental office and consult a dentist. Be wary of the following signs:

  1. Jaw pain

The common sign of a wisdom tooth is having pain in the back of your jaw, where the emerging tooth appears to press against the neighbouring back molar. It happens when there is a lack of space in your jaw needed to give way to the tooth development. Also, a partially erupted tooth may create food trapping which allows bacterial infiltration between teeth leading to tooth decay. This is often pain free for a while but if the decay spreads, the pulp (nerve) may become involved which could lead to a root canal treatment. This can be extremely painful.

  1. Swollen and bleeding gums

In line with the aforementioned, the inflammation brought by the impacted tooth can cause swelling and bleeding gums. You’ll notice redness in your gums and experience pain from time to time. When you brush or floss your teeth you may see  bleeding. If left unattended, the infection may impact the other molars and lead to serious oral problems.

  1. Difficulty in opening mouth

An impacted wisdom tooth significantly impacts how you open your mouth, with difficulty brought by the teeth misalignment and affected jawline. This happens when the tooth tries to have space in your jaw, moving the neighbouring teeth and jawline. As a result, you may experience excruciating pain and stiffness in the jaw area, to the point that you may find it hard to open your mouth. Often, the wisdom tooth can be the first point of contact especially when the gum is swollen.

  1. Bad breath

A partially erupted tooth, as mentioned above, creates a breeding hub for bacteria, causing infections or decay. As a result, this infection or decay leaves a bad taste in your mouth. If left unattended, it can even lead to bad breath or halitosis.

Final words

Having an impacted wisdom tooth can lead to dental problems, so it is essential to be aware when you have one and do the necessary steps. As outlined above, watch out for signs, such as jaw pain, swollen gums, difficulty, bad breath, and difficulty in opening your mouth.

When you have one or some of these conditions, consult your dentist right away. He or she will be able to assess your condition with a proper diagnostic and oral examination and provide you with the appropriate dental solution.

If you’re looking for a local dentist in Fulham, London, to help you with your impacted wisdom tooth, get in touch with Progressive Dentistry today.

MAR 20
Our case of the month for February 2020 involves using one of our favourite teeth straightening options- the Social 6 lingual brace and teeth bonding to correct asymmetry.

The treatment was completed by Dr Nissit Patel who comments: ' Over many years of being a dentist, I have realised how important it is to have teeth in the correct position before attempting any form of cosmetic dentistry. There are many benefits of this. Ultimately, if the front teeth are properly aligned then the following cosmetic dentistry treatments can be simple and have great results. For example, simple tooth whitening and teeth bonding can have a profound effect without having to even touch the teeth in question. After all, enamel is precious and we should not be removing it for the sake for a quick fix. Modern day dentistry should not involve elective removal of tooth enamel - full stop.

If teeth are crooked, without some form of orthodontic treatment, the only option is to drill the tooth down to create space for the restorative material to alter the appearance. This could be ceramic or composite resin. If any of you watched the series Extreme Makeover, you will recall how the patient was left with little stumps prior to the ceramic crowns and veneers. Yes, the transformation was profound but at what cost? Once the enamel is removed, which is the hardest tissue in the body, the protective layer has vanished leaving the tooth weak and prone to attack. We can be certain that a tooth that has been cut down will need additional treatment in the future whether this is replacement crowns, root canal treatment, post core crowns or even removal. Why take the risk?

I advocate a minimal approach to cosmetic dentistry where the risks are extremely low. In our case below, the steps are simple:

  1. Straighten using a Social 6 lingual brace

  2. Tooth whitening with a take home kit

  3. Teeth bonding with composite to enhance the symmetry

  4. Retainers

In this case, there was absolutely no drilling of the enamel at all. Therefore the biology remains exactly the same and all that remains is a maintenance program to maintain the alignment using retainers and the polish of the composite. Yes, this is a commitment also but everything in life requires maintenance from cars, houses, fences (Storm Dennis recently took ours apart!) and teeth.

Please take a look at the before and after photos. I was delighted and so was our patient.'

Before treatment

After Social 6 lingual brace, teeth whitening and teeth bonding

If you would like to discuss a minimally invasive smile makeover this year, please contact us.

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