November 2016

Blood sugar issues and your teeth and gums.

Diabetes is a common condition, so common in fact, over 3.5 million people are said to suffer with it in the UK alone according to Diabetes.co.uk. By 2025 that figure is set to rise to over 5 million. You might not know that gum disease and diabetes do have a link? Studies and research suggests that those with diabetes may be more prone to gum disease; so just like diabetes increases your risk of heart problems, strokes and kidney disease, it also increases your risk of gum disease too. It Could Go Both ways Certain studies suggest that gum disease and diabetes might be linked together either way. So someone with diabetes is more at risk of gum disease, and someone with gum disease at an advanced stage could find it contributes to the progression of diabetes. Diabetes & Increased Risk Of Dental Issues If you have diabetes and it is not being managed, you are more at risk of getting gum disease than somebody who does not have diabetes. Also, gum disease is an infection which can make diabetes harder to manage. Other oral issues associated with diabetes are: ●     Thrush - a fungal infection you can get in the mouth ●     Dry mouth - dry mouth can cause bad breath, soreness in the mouth and increase the risk of cavities and tooth decay Preventing Diabetes Oral Health Issues

Stress and anxiety and how it can affect teeth and gums.

Your emotional health is important in relation to your overall physical health. Emotional issues can cause headaches, insomnia, aches and pains, increased risk of heart problems, and a plethora of other physical problems, including issues with your oral health. If you are stressed regularly you probably already know how much of a toll it takes on your body, but you might not know about other common issues it causes with your mouth. So here are some key oral issues your emotional issues can cause, so you can be aware: Grinding Your Teeth Some people grind their teeth at night anyway, but stress can be the cause, or it can exacerbate the problem. Grinding your teeth at night is really bad for them, and even clenching your jaw without noticing can be bad for your oral health. Clenching your jaw regularly may cause issues with the TMJ (temporomandibular joint), the joint which connects your jaw to your skull. This joint is one of the most complex in the body and is almost always being used, so any additional stress or strain can cause problems. Grinding your teeth can also affect that joint, as well as your teeth. Prolonged grinding can also cause your tooth enamel to get worn down, making you more susceptible to sensitive teeth, or even tooth decay. Gum Disease

Frequency of dental visits - what is recommended?

A long time ago, dentistry really wasn't much of a focus. Dentistry was around, but, there weren't the advances in technology and treatment we have today; most dentists focused on fixing issues rather than preventing them, and nobody really knew how to look after their teeth, let alone how often they needed to go to the dentist. Today, it is recommended that you visit the dentist twice a year and this is typically the number of visits deemed necessary to keep up to date with any new changes in your oral health. This isn't based on any particularly strong evidence, but it is a good, regular visit basis that works for many people. However, it is important to remember that it is always a good idea to plan the amount of times you visit the dentist around your own personal oral health, hygiene, habits and medical conditions. Even if you are fantastic at looking after your oral health at home, it is still important you see your Egham dentist regularly. That is because your dentist is trained in spotting issues you might not be able to see, or that might not have presented symptoms to you. Many different dental problems, and medical issues that occur in or around the mouth, don't show visible signs, symptoms or pain until they become advanced. Gum disease, tooth decay and oral cancer are good examples of this. Visiting your Egham dentist regularly ensures you are checked regularly for any oral issues, they are picked up nice and early and treated as early as possible, providing the opportunity for the best possible recovery outcome.

Sensitive winter teeth?

As the leaves fall from the trees, and the first mention of snow comes up on the weather predictions, we all get used to a drop in temperature. The central heating is definitely on, and the winter coat is certainly in regular use. While you feel your body tense up from the cold, you might not know about how cold weather affects your teeth. Your teeth may well go through major changes or sensations during the winter months. Here's how: Extreme Temperatures Affect Your Teeth Too Your teeth are strong and hard, but that doesn't make them immune to the effects of extreme temperatures. As teeth are porous they can be prone to being sensitive when exposed to cold temperatures. Various different conditions or scenarios may present you with winter tooth pain, and it's important to understand them so that you can avoid them or reduce their likelihood as much as possible. Sensitive Teeth When your gum line is checked at the dentist they will often find a point that seems to send a jolt through you. That reaction to an external stimulus can also be caused by cold air in winter. Hot and cold foods can cause sensitivity, but so can breathing in cold air. It actually causes your teeth to contract just a tiny amount, so when the air hits the gum line, it can cause pain or discomfort. The teeth then relax again when you close your mouth. This continual process can actually cause tiny cracks in the teeth that are sensitive to hot and cold food, and cold air. Jaw Clenching

Watch out for too many sweet treats!

The days have just become shorter, the leaves are falling and Halloween and Bonfire Night are officially here. Both holidays, especially Halloween, have increased in popularity over the years as we embrace the larger celebrations of the day seen in America. It was originally named Mischief Night when it started in the UK many, many years ago, and unfortunately with all the sweet treats and indulgent food around, it could certainly cause mischief with your teeth if you're not careful! The Good & The Bad Treats There are good and bad treats to consume at this time of year, plus treats that are just that - treats, and won't do you any harm if you rarely consume them. The worst offenders are most definitely sticky sweets because not only are they in your mouth for a while whilst you chew, but they get into all the little parts of your teeth and gums possible and stay there doing damage until they dissolve or are removed. The bacteria gets loads of time to make nasty acid which your teeth are bathed in. Hard sweets are similar, but they don't stick to your teeth but instead expose them to acid and sugar for a long period of time. Plain chocolate is certainly better than sticky or boiled sweets, and, as long as it doesn't have any fillings, it won't stick to the teeth for too long. Treats that could be considered the best options are anything sugar free like gum, which actually helps create saliva which helps combat nasty bacteria, and toffee apples because munching on the apple after you eat the toffee helps break down and get rid of sweetie residue. Moderation Ideally, you will consume some treats but not lots of them, as this is a season of indulgence and it is so easy to get swept away in the festivities without considering the consequences on your health and your teeth. The odd treat won't hurt you as long as it really is consumed in moderation. Limiting The Damage