Here's The Lowdown From Crown House Dental in Egham…
With chewing gum, the types with sugar in are undoubtedly bad for your teeth, just like any other high sugar product. Certain brands do have a lot of sugar in them and chewing them could be as bad for you as chewing a sugary sweet, exposing your teeth to harm for long periods of time.
However, types without sugar in are actually proven to be good for your oral health, particularly if they contain a certain type of sweetener. Obviously, nothing can replace a good dental health regime where you brush for two minutes twice a day every day, avoid bad habits like smoking, and visit your Egham dentist regularly. However, sugar free gum can support a good oral health regime and form part of excellent daily dental health care.
A Natural Teeth Cleaning Action
Chewing sugar free gum after a meal helps to remove some of the food debris that has built up on the teeth. The additional production of the saliva helps to rinse the teeth further and it helps neutralise any acid present in the mouth. If the gum is naturally sweet, the sweet flavour will stimulate even more saliva, rinsing away even more debris and further protecting the teeth.
Xylitol Tackles Nasty Bacteria
Regularly, the newspaper headlines mention child tooth decay and how younger and younger children are needing fillings.
These headlines are scary for all of us, but luckily, there is so much we can do so our own children are not part of this trend.
Your local dentist in Egham wants to help you ensure your children have great oral health with these useful tips:
Bring Your Child To The Dentist Before They Even Have Teeth
You can start wiping your child's gums with a clean, warm cloth when they are a baby to get them used to you touching their mouth and to help keep the area clean. You can also bring them to the dentist with you to help them get comfortable with the environment. As soon as they have their first tooth, it is time for their very first dental appointment where your Egham dentist will be happy to greet them and give them their very first checkup!
Oral Care At Home Once Your Child Is Teething
Once your baby is teething, you can brush their teeth with an infant-friendly toothbrush. If you want advice on this, please speak to your Egham dentist and hygienist. You will want to minimise the amount of toothpaste being swallowed by your child and at age 2 your child should learn how to spit out toothpaste during brushing. Up to the age of 8 you will supervise your child's brushing to help them if needed and to ensure they are brushing properly. From the very beginning of teaching them oral care you should try to get them into the morning and evening brushing for two minutes routine so they get used to it as soon as possible.
Helping Your Child Avoid Tooth Decay
A closer look at modern tooth replacement in Egham.
A lot of patients in Egham come to us for effective, professional solutions to replace their missing teeth. We help lots of people every year to replace their missing teeth with the most appropriate restoration option for them.
At the moment, there are four main options for tooth loss which are, to leave the gap as it is, to replace the gap with dental implants, to place a dental bridge or to have dentures fitted.
The most worrying option from a dentists perspective, is when a patient opts to leave a missing tooth gap empty. This is because it can cause a number of issues. For example, the bone underneath the tooth that has gone is absorbed back into the body which pulls the gums around it down, causing the teeth to look longer. Adjacent teeth can also move and become misaligned.
Aside from the dental aesthetics being an issue for some, it also creates future issues if you do want a dental implant later on. Implants need bone to be placed into and if the bone near the gap has degraded, a bone graft will likely be required.
Other issues that can occur when a missing tooth is left are:
The other teeth move and fall into the gap
The teeth facing the gap from above or below may sink into the space and your bite may be affected
The gap can be prone to infections or soreness
The shape of your face, your speech or eating may be affected
In most instances, we would advise patients to consider their options for replacing missing teeth rather than leaving gaps, because it will likely mean less problems in future.
The Options For Replacing Missing Teeth
No matter how diligent you are at brushing your teeth, how often you go to the dentist or how little sugar you consume, dental emergencies can still happen.
They can happen through oral disease or through injury, and they will usually be very painful, and sometimes even frightening for the person with the issue.
If you are faced with a dental emergency, your Egham dentist is here to help you feel comfortable with what to do in that difficult situation. So here are our guidelines for what to do in a dental emergency:
Is It A Real Emergency?
Organising a general dental appointment can take a few days, or sometimes weeks to get booked in. If there is a dental emergency, you won't be able to wait for that length of time to be seen by your Egham dentist. However, it isn't always that clear if you have a real emergency or if it can wait until your next appointment. So how do you tell the difference?
We would recommend always trying to get advice on the situation where possible. During working hours we can advise you on what to do, and help you take further steps to get help, whether that is with us or at another facility. You can also call NHS 111 for further advice if you are unsure on whether or not the problem is an emergency.
Injuries That Are Likely To Be An Emergency
The World Cup continues to keep even the most unlikely football fan enthusiastic about the beautiful game this year.
Your Egham Dentist is here to help you maintain your beautiful smile so that if the big wins keep coming, you'll have a healthy and happy smile ready for the victory!
The tournament, along with the exceptional weather we are being treated to this summer, is encouraging many of us to venture outside and take part in sport, whether that is football, tennis, rugby or even something solo like cycling or running. This is a great thing for our oral and dental health, but it does come with its risks.
Dental Injury Through Sport
All sports, but especially contact sports, come with a risk of dental injury. The injuries can range from sharp knocks cracking a tooth, to extensive soft tissue and jaw injuries. These types of injuries can have a long-lasting effect, causing lots of pain and the need for costly, extensive dental treatment long-term, long after the World Cup has finished. Nobody wants their summer selfie to be with an ice pack on their cheek, or tainted by dental pain that could have been avoided with a simple, dental device.
Custom Dental Guards For Effective Tooth And Gum Protection During Sports