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Are acidic foods and drinks destroying your tooth enamel?

Acid erosion is caused by the chemical action of acids on the teeth that are not of bacterial origin. The most common cause cause of erosion is by acidic food and drink with a ph value below 5.0, with acidic liquids such as fruit juices, carbonated drinks and alcoholic beverages such as wine sited as being a major factor.

Research published in the British Dental Journal found that more than one in eight youngsters were consuming 22 cans of cola every week, with a further one in ten drinking high levels of other carbonated drinks.

With a rise of 135% in the consumption of carbonated soft drinks between 1977 – 2001  we are finding that our modern eating habits are wreaking havoc upon out dental enamel.

The early signs of acid erosion include:

A change in tooth colour. This can be noticed either as a transparent cutting edge of a tooth or as a yellowish tint to the teeth.

The teeth will appear to be broad and round and the gaps between the teeth will become larger.

There can be pain when eating hot, cold or sweet foods. This is due to the enamel having been eroded away exposing the sensitive dentin.

Any fillings can seem to be lifting out of the tooth, due to the surrounding tooth  eroding away.

The most severe sign of acid erosion is cracking.

Dental erosion has been named as the most common chronic disease between children aged between 5 – 17 so it is imperative to teach our children the effects of acid erosion early in their lives

While a parent has control upon their child’s eating habits they must encourage good habits that may protect their teeth in future years.

One simple method to reduce acid erosion is to rinse the mouth with water after a meal, this can neutralise the pH in the mouth and reduce the effects of the acid.

Other preventative measures are of course to reduce the intake of acidic drinks. This can improve overall dental health with the reduction in sugars and acids and help prevent other health issues such as childhood obesity.

Drinking milk, eating other dairy products, drinking through a straw can also help to reduce acid erosion.

Any use of toddler cups with lids should never be used with carbonated or high-sugar drinks as they can lead to catastrophic results on young teeth.

Although acid erosion is often due to exterior influences such as food and drink it can often be a result of an underlying medical condition such as bulimia. Regular vommitting can cause the stomach acids to have the same erosive effect on the teeth.

Whilst regular brushing is vitally important brushing immediately after an acid attack can further erode teeth. The acid acts to soften the enamel of the teeth and brushing while this is the case can lead to the enamel being literally brushed away. It is advised that you should wait at least half an hour after eating or drinking to prevent this.

Most importantly we have to be aware that what we eat and drink can have a long lasting effect on our smile and making a few choices in our lifestyle can help protect your teeth for years to come.

The treatments available at Windsor Centre for Advanced Dentistry are substantial. The areas covered are:

  • Dental Implants
  • Restorative Dentistry
  • Aesthetic Dentistry
  • Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Periodontics
  • Orthodontics
  • Endodontics

For more information please Contact Us.

Pregnancy and Dentistry

One of the things that often worries pregnant patients is their dental care while pregnant. There are unfortunately many myths that have contributed to a fear of dentists during pregnancy but like all myths, there is generally no scientific reason to buy into them.

So in today’s blog, Advanced Dentistry takes a look at oral health whilst pregnant and hopefully in the process of doing so, will make any pregnant patient feel a lot more confident about seeking out treatment.

Looking after your oral health

It’s actually very important to look after your teeth and your gums while you are pregnant as the body experiences a considerable amount of hormonal changes – which can actually increase the risk of gum disease for example.

These things in turn actually can affect baby’s health. This is why it’s so important to visit your dentist before you become pregnant, as any issues can be addressed ahead of time.

Tips and advice
Dental treatment during the first trimester and second half of the third trimester is something you should avoid if you can. This is important development time for your baby. However, routine dental care can be received during the second trimester. This is why it’s important to see your dentist prior to pregnancy, as any elective procedures can be carried out in good time.

Other things to note:

-Always make sure your dentist knows of any medications you are taking (including prenatal vitamins).
-Avoid x-rays during pregnancy
-Do not avoid your dentist for your regular check-up just because you’re pregnant! You should work hard to maintain your oral health.
-Take a little extra care of your gums as during pregnancy periodontal disease is a much higher risk.
-Brush your teeth twice a day, for at least two minutes with fluoride toothpaste. Flossing is also essential.

Avoid sugary foods and snacks during pregnancy if you can. They aren’t good for your teeth or baby’s overall health. A balanced diet is best! Calcium rich foods are also good for your baby’s teeth which develop about three months into pregnancy.

Putting things straight – solutions for crooked teeth from Advance Dentistry

Crooked teeth are a common problem that affects people of all ages. In many cases children are born with crooked teeth and this is often rectified using fixed orthodontic braces. However, the structure of our mouths change as we grow older so the problem can also develop later in life. The obvious issue here is that as an adult you are unlikely to want to be seen with wire braces. However, we have a range of less invasive solutions that will draw less attention to your teeth. Equally crooked teeth can also be a source of anxiety and embarrassment for those who are affected. Indeed,  it can result in loss of confidence, low self-esteem and an unwillingness to smile. That is why here at Advanced Dentistry we consider cosmetic dentistry and aesthetic dentistry to be of great importance as it can have a positive impact on people’s lives enabling them to smile with confidence. So if you are an adult who has crooked teeth then we have a range of teeth straightening solutions available to you.

Teeth straightening is the most obviously solution to the issue of crooked teeth, however, in some cases veneers can be used. However, these can have a bulky in appearance and feel uncomfortable in the mouth. Orthodontics are ultimately the best solution because they will cause minimal alteration to your existing teeth. Braces work with your teeth, which will readily shift into position. However, teeth straightening can cause problems if any teeth are missing. Typically the migration of teeth that this causes results in the titling of teeth, with ultimately result in the collapsing of the surrounding jaw as the chewing pressure us altered. This is a process which occurs naturally, occurring over a period of time, which differs from person to person. For this reason it is best to infill lost teeth with a dental implant or bridge before commencing  orthodontic procedures.

So let’s take look at just a couple of options to help you to consider which solution might be good for you.  We have mentioned just a couple of treatments here but the best thing to do is to get an initial consultation so that we can professionally evaluate your teeth and run through the best possible solutions for your needs.

Lingual fixed braces

Lingual braces are placed on the inside of the teeth. They require specialist expertise to fit but have the wonderful advantage of being hidden as they are sat at the back of the teeth and therefore not visible when you smile.

Labial (exterior) fixed braces

Conventional labial fixed braces are great value and do come in a wealth of varieties.  They can be useful for children (especially the funky coloured options), making the need to wear braces less embarrassing for your child.

Ceramic braces

These are generally the same colour as your teeth and therefore are very difficult to see, making them a good option if you are in anyway worried about how braces might look.

If you have crooked teeth and want to gain confidence again and feel free to smile without worry then Advanced Dentistry can really help you.  Why not contact us today to get things started?

How e-cigarettes impact our oral health

As people have gone from smoking cigarettes to what some deem as the ‘healthier option’ in e-cigarettes, we thought it would be a good time to take a closer look at these inventions and consider the impact they may actually have on your oral health.

The reality is that many consumers now feel a false sense of security in these e-cigarettes because they claim to have no harmful effects, as they use water vapour. In real terms, the idea that these products will pose no threat is in actual fact not 100% proven. We actually don’t know if there will be any long-term effects until time has passed – and by then it could be too late.

E-cigarettes have worked hard to encourage smokers and even non-smokers in to using them and it has been shown that many avid smokers have long-since given up nicotine and replaced their daily habit with an e-cigarette instead.

When cigarettes were introduced popular culture and society took it up with a vengeance. In fact virtually everyone seemed to smoke and non-smokers during this period were certainly in the minority. However, after glorification in movies and even TV addictions grew and before long, we had nation of smokers on our hands.

When it was discovered that the health implications of smoking were serious to health giving up smoking was pushed everywhere on a daily basis. This is how we’re at the point of e-cigarettes and their growth as a substitute.

However, researchers are starting to look at them closely and have conducted a range of experiments. One finding shows that consumers of e-cigarettes are acquiring much higher levels of chemical toxins – this is in stark contrast to the harm reducing patter in the advertising on offer by e-cigarette companies.

What you may not realise is that e-cigarettes do have as key ingredients:

Formaldehyde

Propylene Glycol

Acetaldehyde

And they do contain carcinogenic chemicals

The nicotine absorbency is actually very high in e-cigarettes due to the higher concentrations within the cigarette (although this will vary on brand).

Why you shouldn’t smoke cigarettes or e-cigarettes

Apart from the obvious health implications, smoking does severe damage to your oral health. E-cigarettes still contain nicotine which can be extremely harmful to your mouth. It can cause damage to your mouth, your gums and your tongue.

Things like gingivitis, periodontal disease, tooth decay and teeth loss are all effects you could experience by smoking cigarettes and e-cigarettes.

It should dawn on most people that anything that is not a natural part of living (such as sucking on a cigarette or e-cigarette) is not going to be healthy and perhaps now is the time to be free of that addiction once and for all!

 

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