December 2015

Pre-bedtime oral health routine

Here at your local Egham dentist we probably have a lot more to do with your general health than you might realise. Your oral health and general health are completely linked together. Symptoms within the body might be caused or linked to an oral issue, and the same goes the other way around, an oral issue might be caused by an issue with the body or be linked to an issue with the body. General habits that affect general health can also affect oral health, and again the other way around; oral health can affect our general habits and our approach to life. With that in mind, we thought you might find it useful to read about the link between brushing your teeth and getting better sleep. We need good quality sleep to restore, rejuvenate, repair ourselves, grow muscle and lots, lots more. Before we go to sleep, it is important we brush our teeth thoroughly for 2 minutes, spending about 30 seconds on each section of the mouth. It's a really good idea to remove all the sticky plaque from your teeth before going to bed. This means your teeth won't be under attack from any acids, sugars or plaque while you are asleep, and the active ingredients in your toothpaste can set to work. Brushing your teeth is also important in terms of having a bedtime routine, which lets your brain and body know it is time for sleep.

Here are some other tips to help you sleep well:

Babies and their first teeth - some helpful facts.

Here at Crown House Dental Practice we have a lot of young patients visiting us absolutely delighted at their first wobbly tooth. This is usually exciting to them because it means they are 'growing up' and also, they might get a visit from the tooth fairy. It is an exciting time for children, but for parents the entire tooth growing period can be very worrying. Why haven't they got their first tooth yet? Why haven't they got a wobbly tooth yet? It's all very tense, especially when you fall into the game of comparing your child's physical progress to that of other children. At our Egham dentist we offer reassurance and guidance for this important time, when you bring your child in to see us. That is one of the reasons regular dental checks are so important - they enable us to check everything is OK and provide peace of mind for you and your child. Just to reassure you further, we thought this baby tooth Q&A might be useful to you: What do I do if my child is worried about their baby teeth coming out? Reassure them that it is natural and means they have to lose the little teeth to get their proper grown up big teeth. If they are worried about pain, let them know it is unlikely to hurt, but if they do get any pain, there are special creams and gels to help that pain go away. How many baby teeth should my child have? Your child will get their first baby tooth come through when they are around one years old, although they might be as young as six months. By age 3 they should have a full set of 20 baby teeth, which tend to come out in the same order they pushed through. Which teeth are likely to come out first?

An alternative Christmas present from your Egham dentist!

As Christmas quickly approaches, it can be so easy to get sucked up in a whirlwind of tinsel, Christmas parties and manic shopping without really stopping to think about ourselves and what we might like to ask Santa for this year. If you're still considering what to put on your Christmas list, or you're thinking about treating yourself to an early Christmas present, why not consider cosmetic dentistry from Crown House Dental, your local Egham dentist? Whether your smile is misaligned, crooked, chipped or discoloured, or its perfectly fine but you fancy that A-list perfection, our modern TW20 clinic can help you. We offer a wide range of cosmetic dentistry procedures that are efficient, modern and long-lasting. We also ensure we start any treatment plan with a thorough examination and detailed consultation so that we can give you all your treatment options, and clearly explain what they involve, including the costs. This ensures that you get complete transparency, full information and the ability to ask any questions you might have and maintain complete control over your treatment plan. Here are just a few reasons cosmetic dentistry could be a great addition to your Christmas list:

What is this common oral condition?

Our Egham dental practice is well known for offering modern, professional and friendly dentistry to patients living in the TW20 area. We offer lots of fantastic cosmetic dentistry treatments, but general dentistry is at our heart and we make every effort to ensure we offer unbeatable, high quality services which keep patients happy, placing their continued trust in us to care for their oral health. We get plenty of questions about different conditions, treatments and issues at the surgery, and one is in relation to geographic tongue, a more common oral condition than many realise. The condition is called geographic tongue because of the shapes it leaves on the surface of the tongue, where the skin looks like a map. A person with the condition would have irregular patches on the top and sides and sometimes on the bottom. The patches might be white, or red, some might appear more or less raised than other areas. Area might also have wavy white lines near them. The shape and position of the areas might change over time. The condition is caused by an irregularity in a normal process where the skin on the tongue is shed in different patches, some not quick enough (white patches) and some too quick (thin red sore patches). Usually we shed the skin on our tongue continuously as it replaces itself, so don't notice it at all. However, when this process is irregular, the very thin red patches can be very sore. Sometimes these red patches can become infected with thrush which makes the condition more painful than usual.