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May 2013

Tooth wear and erosion

You may have noticed the increasing number of adverts for the treatment of tooth sensitivity and tooth erosion. Why is this? The answer is simple; our diets and habits. DIET In general, our diet has become far more acidic over the years. For example, you may be surprised to learn that certain fruits have a very high acid content that can dissolve healthy tooth enamel. Citrus fruits are especially acidic. Fizzy drinks are also very acidic. Did you know that a typical cola drink could dissolve your entire tooth overnight? Shocking, yet these drinks are a normal dietary item. Not only this, but the non diet varieties contain up to 4 large tablespoons of sugar! HABITS Did you know that over 80% of the population grinds their teeth at night? Teeth grinding will lead to loss of tooth enamel and cause tooth sensitivity. In conjunction with an acidic diet, this is a recipe for disaster! It is not unusual to see tooth wear that would normally be seen in an elderly person in a twenty or thirty year old. If you have tooth wear or sensitive teeth, then please read on. WHAT TO DO 1. Reduce the acid content in your diet immediately. 2. Chew sugar free gum after eating or drinking acidic foods and drinks. 3. Do NOT brush your teeth immediately after eating acidic foods or drinks. 4. Use dedicated pastes and gels as prescribed by your dentist to reduce tooth sensitivity and protect teeth. 5. These pastes and gels should be used TOPICALLY. This means applying them directly to the teeth with your finger tip and allowing direct contact overnight. 6. Do NOT rinse with water or mouthwash after applying the topical paste. This will simply wash the paste away. 7. See your dentist immediately if you develop sensitive teeth or notice your teeth chipping, becoming more translucent at the tips or becoming flat. PREVENTION Prevention is far better than cure. By spotting the signs early, advanced tooth wear or sensitivity can be prevented. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you are concerned with any of the issues mentioned.


Mar 2021

Case of the Month February 2021

Our case of the month for last month is a stunning case which involves a smile transformation using three techniques:1. Lingual Braces2. Tooth whitening using a take home whitening kit 3. Cosmetic bonding We like to call this a Progressive Smile transformation as there is no drilling, no injections, no pain and the process is affordable and easy to maintain. In contrast to porcelain veneers or crowns which require drilling away of healthy tooth enamel to cover the teeth with the ceramic. Granted, this may l… READ MORE
Jun 2020

We have opened our dental practice in Fulham!

We are delighted to say that from the 8th June we have opened our dental practice after a huge amount of work behind the scenes to keep our staff and patients safe. We have made a major investment in our business including: Newly painted exterior and signage. No more black!New flooring internally with a lovely white oak effect vinyl which can be steam cleanedPPE for all staff including custom made washable gowns, masks, caps, half face respirator masks by 3M and full face visorsVirus Killer air filtration u… READ MORE
Apr 2020

Managing Orthodontic Emergencies at Home during Lockdown by Dr Nissit Patel

If you are undergoing orthodontic treatment at this present time, I can appreciate that it is probably quite a worry about when your next appointment may be. After all, orthodontic treatment is all about seeing progress for teeth straightening and it is unlikely the next adjustment or review appointment will be for some time yet.However, it is important to stay positive and remember the fact that things will return to some level of normality in the near future and that teeth can always be straightened despi… READ MORE
Dec 2019

Christmas Opening Hours

It's that time of year again, Christmas! We will be taking a short break over the festive period. Our opening hours are: Monday 23rd December 0900-1300 Christmas Eve Closed Christmas Day Closed Boxing Day Closed Friday 27th December Closed Saturday 28th Closed Monday 30th 1000-1500 New Years Eve Reception only 0900-1500 New Years Day Closed 2nd January Normal opening hours resume Should you have an emergency out of hours, please e mail info@progressivedentistry.co.uk and a dentist will respond as soon as… READ MORE


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