At Crown House Dental in Egham Surrey, we really do make a huge effort to keep all our patients informed about anything and everything we think is useful to help you have the best possible oral health. One of the most common dental topics of the moment is sugar.
A certain Mr Oliver has made sure it is at the forefront of our health headlines at the moment, and this is great - it is something we need to be talking about in order to make much needed improvements. We're not looking to tackle such a huge subject today, but simply draw your attention to one tiny section of our diets where sugar is prominent - sweets. To be more specific, we are talking about sour sweets, because they happen to be a double enemy of your teeth. We know you, our valued patients, know that sugary sweets are bad for the teeth, but we are also aware many people don't know exactly how bad sour sweets are.
We know sugary sweets are bad for our teeth, but those described as sour or tangy - the ones that make you pull a funny face when you eat them, can be extremely damaging to teeth.
Why Acid Is Bad
On the PH scale, soapy water is alkaline and sits at quite a high alkaline point, typically around PH12; whereas stomach acid sits nearer PH2 which is really quite acidic. Our saliva should happily sit at around a PH7 and it is desirable for our bodies to be a little bit more alkaline than acidic. Whenever we eat acidic foods, our PH level drops towards the more acidic levels and acid in the mouth is very bad for teeth because it wears down enamel. This will happen regardless of whether or not the food is sugary, the sugar just adds another attack on top!
What About Acidic Sweets?
At our Egham dental practice we are proud to have Dr Raj Joshi leading our dental implants team.
Dental implants are an extremely advanced aspect of both restorative and cosmetic dentistry, and they have absolutely phenomenal scope in terms of how they can be used, and also how they can be useful to the patient.
So What Is A Dental Implant?
If you're still unfamiliar with dental implants, they are used as a replacement tooth root. They look like a screw and are placed under your gums in order to fuse with the jawbone and surrounding tissues. For patients with bone or gum loss issues, there are grafting solutions which can be performed before the implant is placed. Once the implants have successfully fused (this takes a few months), we can add the permanent replacement teeth ('crowns') or bridges which attach to the implants.
What Can Dental Implants Do?
Dental implants have massive scope when it comes to all their uses. We can use them to support just one crown, or a bridge (with more than one implant), or even a complete set of dentures.
Why Have Dental Implants?
Our Egham surgery offers a broad range of dentistry that is designed to help maintain dental fitness. Whilst we are justifiably proud of the general treatments at the heart of our clinic, we also offer many exciting cosmetic dentistry treatments as well.
Over the years cosmetic dentistry has become extremely popular as we all strive to make the best of ourselves; to have a white, straight, beautiful smile to rival any 'A list' personality. Because of the increasing interest in these types of procedures, we make sure we stay abreast of the latest techniques so we can offer all of the latest options to our patients.
Why Consider Cosmetic Dentistry?
Through injury, habits, bad oral hygiene, a lack of regular dental visits, or just ageing, our teeth can become chipped, discoloured, stained, misaligned, or just not how you want them to be. For some people, they accept their teeth that way and are confident with it. For others, their smile is most precious to them and they feel so self conscious about it, they might avoid smiling, or even hold their hand over their mouth when they smile or laugh.
Cosmetic dentistry can rid you of that insecurity and enable you to smile from ear to ear, completely proud of your pearly whites. There are lots of different treatments available at our Egham dentist that can have an exceptional effect on your appearance, truly lifting your smile.
Here at your local Egham dentist, we like to give you information in as many ways as possible. We display information in the clinic, we give you lots of information during your appointment, and we like to provide information via our website and blog as well.
So, we thought it would be a great idea to give you some useful Q&A's relating to your bedtime oral health routine.
How you look after your teeth when you aren't visiting us at our local Egham clinic really does matter, and the bedtime routine matters a lot because it affects the activity in your mouth during the hours you are asleep. You're not going to be eating during this time, but the acids and bacteria in your mouth will be very much alive and active, so it is important to ensure you set your mouth up for success when preparing it for the hours you are asleep.
Is It That Bad Going To Sleep Without Brushing Your Sleep?
It is actually, very bad to go to sleep without brushing your teeth. Every time you eat, the bacteria that happily live inside your mouth eat on the food you have consumed and then expel waste afterwards. This waste is acidic which is very damaging to your teeth, and will work to attack your precious tooth enamel eventually breaking it down enough to cause tooth decay.
If I Don't Brush My Teeth One Night, Will The Damage Done Be Permanent?
Your Egham dentist offers advice to help overcome this common problem.
At our Egham dental surgery one of the most common problems our patients tell us about is sensitive teeth. This is no surprise as it is something a large amount of the population suffer with. Dealing with sensitive teeth can be really hard; not being able to eat or drink certain things because you know the pain will be unbearable and knowing you might get sharp pain when you don't expect to.
Sensitive teeth can range from being a slight irritant, to a truly debilitating problem that really does have a large negative effect on the person suffering.
Luckily, there are lots of ways to either reduce tooth sensitivity, or protect yourself from getting it at all. Your Crown House dental team wants you to be able to enjoy a pain-free mouth at all times - so here are some tips to help:
Sensitive Toothpaste For Sensitive Teeth
Your first stop should be toothpaste for sensitive teeth. It makes sense that the product you are using to help protect your teeth is designed to protect you against sensitive teeth. There are lots of different brands out there offering a solution to this problem, and the more regularly these types of toothpaste are used, the better. When you visit your Egham dentist we will be more than happy to advise you on which brands we consider the best.
Acid Is The Enemy