Fluoridation is the process by which fluoride is added to the main water supply to prevent cases of tooth decay amongst the general public. Cases of dental decay remain high in the UK and in some areas are even increasing as people take the health of their teeth for granted. The idea behind fluoridation is that it creates low levels of fluoride in the saliva, which protect the tooth enamel from developing cavities.
Fluoridation has been the source of some controversy over the years as in some cases, especially young children, early exposure to fluoride leads to discolouration in later years. This staining of the teeth is irreversible and in some cases can be very severe. The process has been used in the UK for many decades and for the most part is harmless. It is always worth finding out from a dentist what the fluoridation levels are like in your area. Your Swindon dentist will be able to tell you at your next appointment.
In some cases, where the levels of fluoride are low, and if you are in a high-risk group, you may need to use products such as tooth paste with added fluoride or even add it to your water manually. Again, you should always seek advice from your dentist before acting.
Whatever people feel about fluoridation, the truth remains that it has substantially reduced the cases of tooth decay in the UK over the years and for the most part is extremely effective. In some cases it may cause damage but this is easily prevented as long as you have the right knowledge.
Brushing is not enough to keep your teeth in pristine condition says a Swindon dentist. To keep your teeth in pristine condition and disease free requires more than a quick brushing in the morning. Flossing is really important as it helps to prepare your teeth for brushing, brushing alone won`t shift the food particles trapped in between the teeth, and it is this that is your mouths worst enemy. Flossing dislodges it before the brush gets to work, then if you brush properly, using the correct brush, your mouth will be bare of food stuff, and that means the bacteria in your mouth won`t be able to produce much acid. That acid eats away at the enamel on your teeth, and once it’s gone it won`t grow back, it also makes your gums tender and subject to cuts when you eat food, those cuts allow the bacteria to enter the blood system and new research shows that it can cause heart disease. Receding gums are painful and once they are gone they can never grow back either, we are all carrying out a continuous battle against gum and tooth disease. However, help is at hand in the form of the dental super hero known as `The Dental Hygiene Nurse`, they are attached to every surgery and are there specifically to hand out advice on oral hygiene. You won`t learn oral hygiene at school, so your dentist provides this service as part of their preventative program, leaflets usually accompany the advice.
Gum disease isn’t curable in its advance stage; this is called Gingivitis and is the periodontal disease that eats away at the gum line. It is caused by bacteria infecting the gums by entering them through cuts and sores on the bottom of the ridges. Bacteria is a resident of our mouths and we need it to get rid of the food residue that lingers in between the teeth. However, like all good things it has its drawbacks and acid production is one of them, this eats away at the tooth enamel and the gums and sets them up for infection. Once an infection takes a hold a lot of damage can be done in quite a short period of time, obvious ones are an abscess or a boil which can both be very painful. A dentist cannot work on a tooth that is infected by either one of these, first they will need to prescribe a course of antibiotics to clear up the complaint. Then they can look at the root cause of the problem, this is usually due to bacteria seeping into the gums and can lead to further problem. The worse case scenario as mentioned is Gingivitis which is an advanced case of periodontal disease; and is irreversible. Once the gum line disappears then tartar builds up on the exposed root of the tooth and wears it away, this always leads to the loss of the tooth prematurely unless it is kept at bay. One of the best ways is to make sure you floss in between the teeth at every opportunity, and especially after a snack or meal. Plaque is dead bacteria and tartar is an accumulation of that plaque, your dentist will clean tartar away when they do your half yearly check up, but you must also do your bit to keep this build down to a minimum.
Food is the fuel we need to keep our bodies working and we all have our favourites, but do we know which ones are good for our teeth. A Bath dentist has advised patients that although certain foods may be good for us, they are harmful to our teeth, on the top of the list are sugar and acid based foods and that doesn’t just mean sweets, chocolate and candy products. Literally any food that is hard to chew is not good for your teeth or gums, these foods will cause an abrasion on the gums and also at the same time scratch off the enamel that protects the surface of a tooth. Ice is a no-no and should be avoided like the plague, especially if you wear braces. Fruit is good for us and we are advised to eat five a day as apart of our diet, this will also help to keep our gums and teeth healthy through the vitamins they naturally have within them. However, fruit contains acid and it is this acid that harms our teeth. We therefore have to take counter action to avoid this rather than avoiding the fruit itself, and washing our mouths with water afterwards will go a long way to neutralising that acid. A swishing motion is needed to do this, think of it as a mouth wash, and indeed use a mouth wash after eating fruit especially citrus types and apples. Lots of so called healthy bars are also a no-no as they use sugar based chewy substances to hold the bars together. The food content may seem appealing and healthy with lots of natural seeds and nuts, but take a look at the labels to see what else they contain. It isn’t just a case of certain foods being good for our bodies; we need to be careful what they contain as our mouths are also part of our body.
As anyone who has experienced serious dental problems will tell you, it is definitely a good idea to look after your teeth now to prevent problems occurring in the future. Dental health is something that is very much in your own hands. Effective cleaning and regular dental check ups with a Gloucester dentist can help to prevent costly and painful dental treatment for tooth decay and gum disease.
Gloucester dentists are available for general dental health check ups and are able to offer state-of-the-art dental treatment and the latest advice on effective cleaning. A short check up every six-months as recommended could help you to prevent any significant dental problems and catch any signs of tooth decay and gum disease as early as possible.
A poor standard of dental hygiene can lead to a build up of plaque in the mouth and around the teeth. Plaque is a bacteria-rich substance which releases acids that breaks down the protective layer of enamel around the teeth. This can lead to dental cavities ultimately responsible for infections, abscesses and tooth loss. Plaque can be easily removed by effective brushing and flossing twice a day, as recommended by Gloucester dentists.
Dentists are also able to effectively treat all forms of dental problems ranging from minor cavities to knocked out or broken teeth. Dental technology has advanced rapidly in recent years and incredibly effective and realistic treatments are available for all forms of dental concerns. There is also a wide range of cosmetic dentistry procedures available to make aesthetic improvements to give you the smile you have always wanted.