5 Tooth Harming HabitsAre you causing untold damage to your teeth without even realising it? Here at Valley Dental Practice we have looked at the 5 top habits which over time can have a detrimental effect on your oral health.

1. Fizzy drinks & acidic food

Have you always got a fizzy drink beside you or in your bag or a love for everything citrus, the high acidity in these food and drink can over time begin to wear away the tooth enamel. Dental erosion is the loss of enamel and dentine caused by the acid in the foods and drinks we consume each and every day. In order to help limit the damage to your teeth, try to restrict acidic food and drinks to mealtimes and wherever possible drink water in between. Fizzy drinks drunk through a straw can also help to reduce the time teeth are exposed to sugar and acids. We would also advise that you drink any fizzy drinks rather than sipping at them continuously as this will increase the length of time that your teeth are exposed to the acid attack.

Dental_Implants_newsDental implants are becoming an increasingly popular choice to help fill the gap caused when a tooth is extracted or to help anchor dentures and bridges in place. Implants can provide a means of tooth replacement that is as close to your natural tooth as currently possible and which can last as long as your natural dentition provided that they are properly looked after.

What happens during the Dental Implant procedure?

Prior to treatment you will need to attend for a consultation appointment. At this appointment the dentist will complete a full assessment and take x-rays to determine the bone levels present in your jaw. If there is not enough bone or the bone is not healthy enough it may be necessary for bone grafts to be completed before implants can be attempted.

ToothWhitening_newsTooth whitening is an effective way of lightening the natural colour of your teeth, without damaging your teeth and gums. Tooth whitening can effectively lighten stains caused by food, drinks and smoking. It can also improve staining caused by certain antibiotics and the general ageing process.

In 2012 new regulations where brought into effect, stating that teeth whitening is a dental procedure and as such should only be carried out by qualified dental professionals. Regulation was also bought into effect to limit the strength of the whitening solutions used. Dentists can use solutions up to a maximum of 6% hydrogen peroxide whereas over the counter products and kits can only contain 0.1% hydrogen peroxide. This would be considered too low to have any noticeable effect on the colour of your teeth. So if you are looking for a safe and effective way to whiten your teeth consider asking your dentist at your next appointment.

Jaw_Problems_and_HeadachesEach time you attend for your six month examination appointment, not only will the dentist check the health of your teeth and gums, they will also check the way your teeth meet when you bite together, this is called your dental occlusion.

Jaw Problems

If your teeth do not bite together properly, you may experience a number of different problems including:

  • Fillings may wear down quickly and you often break or chip your teeth. You may also experience sensitivity when you bite down.
  • Clicking, grinding or pain in your jaw joints, ringing in your ears and difficulty opening and closing your mouth.
  • Muscle spasms, headaches, pain behind the eyes or sinus pains and pains in your neck and shoulders

The Hygienist Dental hygienists are specially trained to focus on preventative dental care and treating gum disease. They provide thorough scalings of your teeth to remove any plaque and calculus and will advise you on the best oral hygiene routine to use in between visits. They will also advise on lifestyle factors that can affect your teeth and gums.

Regular scalings are important to ensure that your teeth and gums stay healthy, enabling you to keep your natural teeth for as long as possible. The hygienist will also help to advise you so that you feel confident in caring for your teeth in between visits. They will give you focused advice to help care for implants, orthodontic appliances and may also suggest that you try to give up smoking. Smoking will have a detrimental effect on your teeth increasing the risk of gum disease and staining.