June 2016

A worrying dental problem for young and old.

Gum disease is something we would usually only consider being a problem that adults experience. Unfortunately, the real truth is that children are susceptible to gum disease too. Less children are found with tooth decay than a decade ago because we are, as a society much more aware of the dangers of sugar, and many of us are making conscious choices when feeding our children. However, tooth decay and gum disease is certainly still a problem. The Different Types Of Gum Disease Children May Be Susceptible To Gingivitis Stage 1 This type of gum disease is the most common type found in children. Signs and symptoms will be the gums swelling, being red and bleeding very easily (usually noticed when brushing). This type of gum disease can be prevented with avoidance of sugary, acidic or starchy foods, and a great dental hygiene regimen of brushing, flossing and regular visits to the dentist. It is so important gum disease is caught at this stage so it doesn't progress to a more serious problem.

Discussing modern dental braces.

Orthodontics is a part of dentistry focused on aesthetics, jaw and teeth placement and it continues to be more and more popular every single year. Previously children and teenagers were the main patients for this type of dentistry, but with modern cosmetic dentistry and orthodontic solutions, adults are now reaping the benefits of this fantastic range of treatments. Orthodontics is all about creating a great harmony between your mouth and jaws. Once your bite is good, you can be more comfortable, eat more comfortably, look after your gums and teeth better, and of course, smile much brighter. At our Egham dentist we will refer you to an orthodontist if that is required, or it may be that one of our resident dentists can help - it depends on your needs. Often a dentist may have additional training enabling them to treat you but more complex cases may require the services of a specialist dentist. Either way, we can help you. The Benefits There are so many benefits to orthodontic work, it really is no wonder so many people are choosing treatments within this particular branch of dentistry. Just some of the benefits are: ●     Closing unwanted spaces in the mouth ●     Aligning arches ●     Correcting the bite ●     Enhancing aesthetics ●     Accommodating teeth that need space ●     Preparing the mouth for further dental work A more recent benefit is the fact that adult orthodontics are so advanced now. We use Cfast and ART anterior repositioning trays, two advanced systems that provide an almost invisible way to correct common orthodontic issues with teeth. Adults don't need to choose between suffering with aesthetic issues, and wearing a visible brace any more - modern dentistry understands that modern adults need a more gentle, less obvious type of treatment. Here are just some of the reasons people seek orthodontic work:

Alternatives to amalgam fillings at your Egham dentist.

When you visit the dentist and need fillings you will usually be offered two different choices, amalgam (silver coloured fillings), or white fillings. The cheapest option are silver fillings, however, many people do prefer a more natural look in the way of white fillings. This is because silver fillings can show when you laugh or smile, and whilst some people simply don't like that look, other people have no issue with it at all. Here at your local Egham dentist, we offer both white and silver fillings. Patients who might consider white fillings will usually do so for aesthetic reasons; however some people do have health concerns regarding the mercury component used in amalgam and so select them for that reason. We must state at this point that the various governing medical bodies in the UK suggest that amalgam fillings are safe and that they are still in very wide use. Are White Fillings More Expensive Than Amalgam Fillings? White fillings are more expensive than amalgam fillings but there is no set price, it depends on the dentist and the work that needs completing. Your Egham dentist will be able to give you a price for any work that needs completing. Are White Fillings As Effective As Silver Fillings?

What you may not realise if you've lost a tooth.

Here at your local Egham dentist we have a wide variety of modern general and cosmetic dentistry treatments that enables us to improve the speech, health, comfort and aesthetics of patients with missing teeth. Many people are affected by this issue but don't necessarily choose to seek treatment. This can be for a variety of reasons including: fear of the dentist, a lack of information about modern treatments, or a worry the results will not look or feel natural. Some people also simply believe tooth loss will not cause any issues. The problem is, tooth loss has a lot of consequences many people aren't aware of. Generally the more teeth that are lost, and the longer the gaps remain, the more issues that can arise. The Effects Of Tooth Loss You Might Not Know About The most obvious effect is of course aesthetics. Those with missing teeth might feel socially conscious, and under-confident about smiling. As well as the way it looks, a missing tooth (or teeth) will also affect many other things in the mouth. Your bone is what is most affected, because it requires stimulation from tooth to maintain its shape and density. When a tooth is gone, the bone that supports the teeth loses volume. This not only affects the way the face looks, but it can affect chewing abilities, and speech. The more teeth you lose, the bigger the problem gets. Surrounding teeth can also be more prone to issues because they have no supporting teeth. The sockets where the teeth sat can also be problematic as they become reservoirs for bacteria. Solutions