Author: Crown House Dental

Regular check-ups and prevention of gum disease.

At our Egham dental clinic we are passionate about preventing dental disease. Gum disease remains the leading cause of tooth loss in the UK, so there's still a lot of work to do when it comes to working with patients to help them not only manage gum disease if they have it, but avoid and prevent it where possible, with maintenance and education. Preventing gum disease is extremely important because it has been linked to lots of other health conditions, including diabetes and heart disease. This means that when we help you avoid or manage gum disease, we help you with your overall health as well as your dental health. Visiting The Hygienist Tooth decay and gum disease can often be found together. Decay can be prevented with excellent dental hygiene habits alongside preventative measures like fluoride toothpaste, fluoride applications and fissure sealants. With gum disease prevention, our hygienist at our Egham clinic is a leading source of knowledge and experience. She is able to: ●     Give you advice and guidance on how to clean your teeth - there isn't one method that fits all when it comes to brushing and it is important to know the method that works best for your teeth ●     Give you advice and information about gum disease, talking you through how best to prevent it ●     Give you advice and guidance on how to avoid look after your gums properly in a way that is convenient and manageable for your lifestyle ●     Provide a scale and polish removing any hardened plaque ●     Give you a fluoride application and other treatments that might be needed ●     Apply fissure sealants ●     Perform some diagnostics like X Rays How Is The Hygienist Different From The Dentist?

The team at Crown House Dental in Egham look more closely at dental phobia.

Are you one of the high percentage of the UK population who is scared of visiting the dentist? Do you find yourself worried a few days before the appointment, or even a few weeks? Are you so nervous you avoid going to the dentist at all? Do you feel like your dental anxiety is completely beyond your control? First things first, you need to know you are not alone. Here at your local Egham dentist we are trained to help patients just like you overcome their dental anxiety, because there are so many people suffering with this problem. Most people have at least a little dental anxiety, and about 10-15% of those with dental anxiety are so crippled by it they avoid going anywhere near a dentist. Some people have anxiety to such an extent they are plagued by nightmares about the dentist, or even avoid any activities or food that could compromise their teeth and cause them to need dental treatment. As a consequence of this anxiety and avoiding the dentist, these people often suffer for years with pain, infections, problems eating, and a degraded smile which then affects the person's confidence. Overcoming Your Fear Of The Dentist

Do it now to avoid bigger problems later....

One of the most common treatments at our Egham dentists is fillings. They can be done very quickly, painlessly and serve a very important purpose. However, some people do avoid having them done, even when they have been recommended by the dentist. This is a really bad idea and we wanted to explain why in our latest blog. You may think that dentists act in a preventative way with everything we do - and that is absolutely correct, we are always striving to prevent bad things happening to your teeth. However, when we perform a filling it serves as both preventative measure against future issues, and as a treatment. If we don't think you need a filling but you might in the future, we will advise that the tooth in question is observed for now, so we can treat if necessary later; but also avoid the tooth being treated if possible as well. However, if a tooth already has a cavity, unfortunately that is permanent and hence why you need a filling. So we would only ever suggest you need a filling if you do actually need one. How Cavities Form When a tooth decays gradually over time, bacteria thrive which causes further decay. Decay and the degrading of teeth is prevented by an effective oral health regime which involves flossing and brushing twice a day. However, we must also avoid sugary food and drink, highly acidic and starchy foods in order to keep our mouth healthy. Food and drink like this 'works' with any residual plaque to increase the negative effect of nasty bacteria which in turn release acids which harm the teeth. The acid will break down tooth enamel and eventually cause a permanent cavity. The Consequences Of Avoiding A Filling

Your Egham dentist looks at the UK's leading cause of tooth loss.

Gum disease remains to be the leading cause of tooth loss in the UK. Here at your local Egham dentist we are passionate about preventing gum disease, helping patients perfect their oral health regime to avoid it as much as possible. We are pleased to have Dr Schiefung Tay on our team at our Egham clinic. Dr Tay is a gum disease specialist (periodontist) which is ideal for patients, particularly those who may be suffering, or have suffered from advanced stage gum disease.

What Is Gum Disease?

Gum disease is gum inflammation that is called gingivitis in the early stages. It can progress to be periodontal disease which is very serious. At the early  stage of gum disease the gums may bleed when you brush your teeth, they may also be red and inflamed, particularly where the tooth meets the gum. The good news is that the disease can be completely reversed at this stage as long as it is diagnosed and treated effectively. If the disease progresses, the bone that supports the teeth becomes affected and the teeth start to loosen and could eventually fall out. What Are The Signs Of Gum Disease? So many people don't know they have gum disease. It is actually possible to have it without having any of the symptoms, but usually a person will have at least one of these symptoms: ●     Tender gums ●     Swollen gums ●     Bleeding gums after brushing or flossing ●     Pockets next to the teeth where the gums have pulled away ●     Loose teeth ●     Pain when chewing ●     Pus or sores between the teeth ●     Sensitive teeth ●     Smelly breath that stays pungent even after brushing Some of these symptoms may only occur when the disease has progressed. At the later stages of periodontal disease the teeth and gums tend to be in a very poor state. What Causes Gum Disease?

Exploring their adverse effect on your teeth....

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?

Natural, strong, missing tooth replacement.

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?

Treatments to spruce up your smile this spring!

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.

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Don't skip the bedtime brush and floss!

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

Cleaning baby's first teeth.

Congratulations, your baby's teeth are on their way! This is such an exciting milestone, you're right to celebrate! So now your baby is sprouting their first pearly whites, it is time to start looking after them. Whilst this set isn't permanent, the first teeth are extremely important and the health of them is an essential part of ensuring your baby's gums and adult teeth are healthy too. We meet many parents at our Egham dentist to discuss how best to keep their baby's teeth healthy. Whilst it is always best to talk about this face-to-face and with some demonstrations, in the meantime, these useful tips are a great start: Bring Your Baby In With You When You Come For Your Appointment Your baby doesn't need to come in to us until about 6 months, or when their first tooth comes through. We recommend you bring them in with you on your appointment so that they can get used to all the sights, smells and sounds of the dentists before they come in for their very own appointment. Our Egham dental staff have special training in how to make babies feel happy and comfortable at dental appointments. Start Early It is a great idea to start wiping your baby's gums with a warm, clean, wet piece of muslin or similar before they get their first teeth. This helps them get used to having the area cleaned, and it helps keeps the gums healthy. Once The Teeth Come Through, Look After Them Immediately