WHY SEEING YOUR HYGIENIST IS AS IMPORTANT AS… SEEING YOUR DENTIST

GENERAL HEALTH AND ORAL HEALTH

There are many people who do not visit their dentist or hygienist regularly. Today, we all seem to be a lot more health conscious as well as aware. The online world has opened us up to, healthy eating blogs, fitness pages, and Facebook ‘juice’ advocates, need I go on? But in all of this, for some reason, dental health seems to fall way outside of this. The ironic thing is, not many people know about the impact that one has on the other. Poor oral health can lead to a variety of illnesses and diseases.  So what exactly is the difference between a hygienist and a dentist?

“…a hygienist is like the ‘personal trainer’ of dentistry.”

A hygienist is all about preventative dental care, and the practice of caring for your teeth, which is completely individual and catered to you. This can be treatments, procedures, dental health techniques, info about products, lifestyle, diet and more. I mean, they’re not going to give you a healthy eating meal plan, but they can talk to you about sugary habits (delights) affecting your teeth.  

Are you looking for a great hygienist? Contact the Glow Medical And Dental Center to find out more.

THE DENTIST VS THE HYGINIEST

A dentist’s role is to evaluate your dental health, which usually includes a dental x -ray. A dentist is looking for any current dental health issues and any procedures you may need, be that restorative, treatment for infection, cleaning and more. What to expect in a dental check up.

A hygienist is also a registered dental health care professional who is specially trained in preventative dental care. Preventative dental care is crucial to dental health, as it is the practice of caring for your teeth as well as keeping them healthy. A hygienist appointment is catered to you, your lifestyle, your personal health and your regime.

WHY IS ORAL HYGIENE IMPORTANT?

Ok, let’s start with how things get “bad”. In dentistry the source of all evil is bad bacteria, it’s where all the problems begin. The mouth is a host to a whole colony of microorganisms, and some of them are harmful. When we eat and drink, bad bacteria causes plaque and tartar around our teeth.

Let’s talk about plaque and tartar…

Plaque

This is like a sticky film that forms on teeth and contains millions of bacteria. The bacteria within this can actually cause gum inflammation, tooth decay and more, if not properly cleaned from the mouth.

Tartar

Plaque that is not removed from the mouth will eventually develop and harden into tartar. Tartar hardens at the bottom of the tooth and below the gum line. This causes gum inflammation as well as recession, meaning gum disease, tooth loss and in severe cases, bone loss.

Tartar cannot be removed through flossing and brushing, this must be removed by a dental health care professional.

Did you know?

Poor oral health is linked to cardiovascular as well as respiratory diseases.

WHAT HAPPENS IN AN HYGIENIST APPOINTMENT

Your hygienist doesn’t just give you any clean, this is a deep clean, scale and polish which removes plaque and tartar (where the bad bacteria likes to hang) from your teeth.  Your hygienist will also be able to remove some stains, making your teeth brighter and even whiter.

Your hygienist will have a chat with you about lots of things, such as your medical history, for example, if you have diabetes you will be more prone to gum disease. He or she will also speak to you about lifestyle, your dental health regime, like how many times you brush your teeth a day. What type of products you use and so on. Don’t worry it’s not an interrogation, your hygienist is there to help you achieve the best oral care, as well as ways of maintaining it.

In some cases, your hygienist will also give you a protective treatment such as a

prophylaxis paste or a pit and fissure sealant.

Prophylaxis Paste

This type of paste is a blend of cleaning and polishing elements, which contain sodium fluoride. Fluoride, in the correct doses, works as a protective sealant. It helps prevent tooth decay by protecting the tooth against acid as well as combating early forms of tooth decay.

Pit and fissure sealant

A pit and fissure sealant is a safe and painless way to protect your teeth from decay. As the name suggests this colourless coating which is applied to the molars and premolars (biting teeth at the back of the mouth) acts as a shield that keeps food and bacteria out of the pits and grooves of teeth which are prone to decay.

Did you know?

That brushing straight after eating can damage your tooth enamel, tooth enamel is the outer, protective layer of the tooth.

5 REASONS TO VISIT YOUR HYGIENIST

Seeing your hygienist can prevent and fight against…

Gum Disease

Gum disease caused by bacteria can cause many different problems such as bleeding gums, painful gums, tissue loss, tooth loss and bone loss.

Oral Cancer

During your appointment, your hygienist will also be screening you for signs of oral cancer. Oral cancer is life threatening, however, if caught early, it can be easily treatable. If you smoke, you increase your chances of oral cancer.

Disease

Poor dental hygiene leads to a lot of bad bacteria harbouring in your mouth. This bad bacteria can actually make you ill. There is evidence that supports that poor oral hygiene can lead to the development of other diseases such as heart disease, respiratory diseases, stroke and more.

Bad Breath

Bad bacteria causes bad breath which is also known as halitosis. Bacteria are living organisms that create gases, which can create a foul odour. Poor oral hygiene = a frenzy of bad bacteria in your mouth giving you bad breath, which can become chronic.

Tooth Loss

By visiting the hygienist, you can eliminate plaque and tartar,  which are the main causes of gum diseases, which is the leading cause of tooth loss.

Are you suffering from tooth loss? Find out more

It is never too late to start a good habit…

There are many benefits from improving your oral health! If you would like to arrange a check up or assessment, you can find your nearest clinic here.

 

WHY YOU SHOULD SEE YOUR DENTIST EVERY 6 MONTHS

5 REASONS TO REGISTER TODAY

IF WE CAN PREVENT PROBLEMS, SHOULDN’T WE?

When you get sick, you go to the doctors, and people seem to apply the same rule to the dentist. If your tooth hurts, or you see a problem, you go to the dentist. In the history of dentistry, this is how dental care worked, many dentists focused on fixing existing problems but took no preventative measures in dental care. As modern dentistry has developed, preventive dentistry has become crucial, which seems pretty logical, if we can prevent problems, we should.

But, our idea of the dentist hasn’t particularly changed; many people do not see the importance of going to the dentist if no problem seems present. Many people don’t realise that regular trips to the dentist help maintain good oral health, as well as being a preventative measure against oral health problems and diseases.

But why should we take oral health care so seriously?

What your dentist is looking for

… and why it’s important.

CAN’T SEE ANYTHING WRONG?

Everything is not always what it seems. Well, it could be, but it could not. When you visit the dentist your dentist isn’t just looking at your teeth, they are looking at your gums, surrounding tissue in your mouth, including your tongue and throat. Dentists will also have a look at your bite, jaw alignment and neck as well as things going on beyond the gum line. Meaning, without being a dentist and having the proper facilities, you can’t really diagnose your teeth as “alright” because nothing hurts. Have you heard the term asymptomatic? Even if you have the oral health regime of a saint, through no fault of your own, you could still have an underlying issue like an impacted wisdom tooth.

Your dental health is affected not only by your own oral hygiene and regime but can also be affected by hereditary conditions or other diseases. Did you know that there is a link between diabetes and gum disease?  This is one of the reasons it is so important to visit your dentist, as every assessment is individual and catered to you. If you want to find out how not going to the dentist can increase your chances of stroke, heart disease and more, have a look at our 5 pretty good reasons to get a check up – and regularly.

5 REASONS TO SEE YOUR DENTIST REGULARLY

1. To reduce your chances of oral cancer.

Oral cancer can affect anyone! That means any age, any sex and anyone with or without teeth. This disease can affect your lips, mouth tissue, tongue or throat, and with 640,000 cases of oral cancer being diagnosed each year, makes it eleventh on the list of most common types of cancer. Oral cancer is life threatening and kills around 2,000 people a year in the United Kingdom. If oral cancer is caught early enough it can be easily treated. In a regular dental checkup, your dentist will look for signs of oral cancer, this is why it is paramount to have regular dental check-ups.

2. To reduce your chances of illness.

Studies have revealed that there is a direct link between your oral health and your overall health, such as oral health causing or increasing your risk of illness and disease. Poor oral health has been linked to cardiovascular and respiratory diseases.

3. To prevent gum disease.

Even if you clean and brush your teeth every day, twice… this doesn’t completely eliminate you from getting gum disease. For example, if you have an existing condition such as diabetes, you are actually more prone to gum disease. Heck, you can even be more prone to gum disease because it’s hereditary.

But the important thing is, by going to the dentist regularly you reduce your risk of gum disease. This is because your dentist can check the health of your gums, treat an inflammation or disease, and professionally clean your teeth for preventive care.

If gum disease is left to manifest, this cannot only cause tooth loss but it also increases your risk of heart attack and stroke.

4. Behind the scenes, x-ray vision.

At least once a year you should have a dental X – Ray. They are a lot more important than you think and can detect things from impacted teeth to destructive diseases.  An x – ray pictures your mouth, jaw and throat. This enables a dentist to check for tumours, cysts, bone loss and more.

5. Tooth Loss

Poor oral health causes a buildup of plaque and tartar, which is filled with bacteria. This bacteria causes tooth decay as well as cavities, which will eventually lead to tooth loss.

Tooth loss affects us mentally as well as physically. Such as lowered self-esteem and inhibiting your ability to chew. If tooth loss is not managed through restorative dentistry, this could eventually lead to bone loss.  

Do you suffer from tooth loss, find out more about dental implant treatment.

Could you be more at risk?

If you have an ongoing medical issue such as diabetes or heart disease, take regular medication or treatment such as radiation therapy, are pregnant or smoke, your oral health could be at a greater risk. This is because there is a range of factors that can have an adverse effect on your oral health. This is why it is so important to have regular check – ups with your dentist so that you can maintain good oral health.

Your oral health is as important as your overall health, and one is directly linked to the other. This is why we should take our oral health so seriously. Caring about our oral health is caring about our overall health, so pass it on!

Is there something else that is stopping you from going to the dentist? Are you scared to go to the dentist? Do you have a dental phobia? Contact us we can help.

 

WHY WE SHOULD CARE ABOUT TOOTH WEAR

Causes, Effects & Conditions  

NO ONE CAN ESCAPE TOOTH WEAR

Unfortunately, there is nobody that can escape tooth wear, it happens to us all and is part of the natural ageing process. Although, in saying that, for some of us this is accelerated or more severe due to a range of different factors. This can be because of our dental health or a dental trauma, we can even be more susceptible to tooth wear just because it’s hereditary! So what happens when our teeth begin to wear and more importantly why should we care? This article has a look at the different types and causes of tooth wear, including physiological tooth wear (Bruxism).

What is tooth wear?

TOOTH WEAR IS…

…the loss of tooth surface, which can be caused by tooth erosion, attrition or abrasion. It can affect many people in many different ways and is rarely just because of one reason. Our teeth are not only affected by our age but our behaviours, lifestyle and genetics. Sedation dentistry is a type of medication which can be used to ease patients fears and anxiety to allow a dentist to be able to carry out treatments as well as procedures.  

Erosion

This type of tooth wear is caused by acid and there are a lot of natural acids in the food and drink we consume. Natural acids can be found in fruit, meat, fizzy drinks and more. When acid from food and drink is in our mouths and around teeth, it softens the enamel, which is the outer, hard layer of the tooth. Saliva neutralises acid however if this happens too often without proper cleaning, the tooth does not have a sufficient time to recover. This leaves the enamel soft, reducing its mineral content; meaning the tooth, can, therefore, be easily worn away.

Attrition

The definition of attrition is “the process of reducing something’s strength or effectiveness through sustained attack or pressure” and tooth attrition is just that. This happens through tooth-to-tooth contact commonly through clenching the jaw and grinding teeth. This is also called mechanical wear, and this is sustained pressure and or grinding which will eventually wear down the enamel. This can also happen because of misaligned teeth and bite. The difficult thing about this is that this can be done while you’re asleep as well as awake, meaning it is usually if always subconscious.

Chronic teeth clenching and grinding can be caused by a condition called Bruxism see below

Abrasion

Abrasion is very similar to attrition, however, unlike being caused by tooth-to-tooth contact, abrasion is caused by an external mechanical force.  Examples of this is an abrasive toothpaste (this is used in lots of whitening toothpaste), hard toothbrush bristles, oral piercings. Abrasive products act almost like sandpaper removing layers of precious enamel.

Bruxism

Bruxism is a physiological condition, which causes tooth wear. I know what you’re thinking, what an earth does that mean? Well, bruxism is subconscious and can be described as a biological response. Let’s take a little look into what that is….

Something suddenly jumps out at you, you’re scared senseless and your heart starts pounding. Your body has gone into “fight or flight”, meaning adrenaline is pumping through your body. This is a biological response… are we still talking about teeth? Yes, yes we are. Fiddling your fingers or clenching your jaw is a biological response, like a coping mechanism or release and you may not even be aware that you’re doing it.

Back to teeth – clenching the teeth and jaw or grinding the teeth is usually caused by stress and anxiety. New studies have revealed that 70% of bruxism cases are caused by stress and anxiety as well as 80% of Bruxism occurs subconsciously during sleep. In addition to this bruxism can also be caused by other sleeping disorders,  sleep apnoea. Bruxism is not limited to sleep and people can suffer from bruxism while they are awake in similar situations such as clenching their teeth when concentrating or under pressure.

As bruxism is a physiological condition, this condition is significantly higher in those who indulge in psychoactive substances, that includes, caffeine, smoking, alcohol and more.  

Severe cases of bruxism can cause tooth wear through attrition and new studies have revealed that bruxism is becoming as common as in 1 in 3 adults.

Why you should care about tooth wear.

The hard outer layer of the tooth called enamel is there to protect the inner layers or the life of the tooth. Under enamel is dentin, which is not as hard as enamel and surrounds as well as connects to the tooth pulp. The tooth pulp is what’s keeping the tooth alive and contains all the nerve endings and blood vessels of the tooth.

Tooth wear causes the enamel to be worn away exposing dentin and even tooth pulp. This can cause tooth sensitivity, tooth decay, which can eventually lead to root canal treatment and in severe cases extraction or tooth loss.  Tooth wear can also cause teeth to become discoloured, chipped and reduced in size.

TREATING AND PREVENTING TOOTHWEAR

Before any preventative measures can be taken against tooth wear, the treatment and restoration of the effects of tooth wear must be completed first. The most common way of restoring worn teeth is through composite bonding. This is usually a drill free procedure and no to little preparation is required. Composite bonding is a very effective way of repairing, broken, chipped, discoloured and worn teeth. It is a very versatile and resilient material, which can be easily shaped as well as sculpted to resemble real teeth.  In severe cases, composite bonding may not be the best material for restoring tooth damage. This is where a ceramic restoration may be advised, to ensure the best longevity of the tooth.

Once the teeth have been restored it is advisable to take preventable measures against tooth wear. This can be by looking at the type of products that you use, such as teeth whitening pastes as well as the toothbrush you use. Additional measures such as wearing a night guard can be made to prevent teeth grinding in your sleep. Above all the best person to speak to is your dentist! They will be able to give you the best advice which is tailored to you.

NEED A FANTASTIC DENTIST?

Glow Medical And Dental Center is renowned for their restoration techniques as well as procedures. See the work of one of their dentists Dr Tanweer below. One of her patients was suffering from worn teeth, and this was their restoration using composite bonding:

 

Correlation between Heart Disease And Periodontitis

Recently, researchers examined 20 patients suffering from periodontal disease and atherosclerosis (clogging of the blood vessels to the heart that can eventually result in heart failure).  In 13 of the 20 patients, they found that periodontal bacteria was present in the atherosclerotic plaque in the coronary vessels.

Of the 20 patients examined, those with the more highly progressed and severe periodontal disease was the most likely to have periodontal bacteria in these vessels.  This supports the possibility that as periodontal disease progresses deeper into the gum tissue, bacteria begins to enter the bloodstream and travel throughout the body.

There is a known link between periodontal bacteria and heart disease. Therefore, periodontal disease is no longer considered an exclusively dental/oral problem.

Book an appointment with our periodontics today!

 

Are Dental Implants Painful?

One of the most frequent patient concerns over dental implants is whether getting dental implants involves any pain. On the whole, most patients report little discomfort or pain involved with the whole procedure. Because a dental implant treatment takes at least three stages to complete, pain will vary at each stage. Pain is typically concentrated in the first two stages of the dental implant procedure than in the last. The amount of pain one feels will vary from person to person, and the complexity of the procedure will determine pain amounts as well.

Don’t be put off by this, modern innovations in dental technology and practices make all discomfort very manageable. More importantly, these developments make the treatment more than worth the discomfort, especially for the long-term benefits the implants bring. To examine how much pain is typically involved with dental implants, let’s discuss what happens at each stage of the dental implant treatment, and the amount of discomfort a strong majority of patients report.

Breakdown of Pain at Each Stage of Dental Implant Treatment

Dental implants traditionally require a minimum of three stages to complete:

  1. insertion of titanium posts into the jawbone, and temporary teeth on top of the posts
  2. a healing period of four to six months where the titanium rods integrate with the jawbone, and
  3. the placement of the permanent ceramic teeth onto the previously inserted titanium screws.

In the first stage, you are given sedation or local anaesthesia during the dental implant surgery procedure. The area where implants are to be placed will be numbed to any pain whilst the procedure is taking place. After the surgery, though, as the anaesthesia wears off you may notice a slight bit of discomfort. Your dental implant surgeon can prescribe some pain reliever medication to lessen your pain. You can also turn to over-the-counter pain relievers if you feel it’s needed.

During the surgery a hole is drilled into the jawbone to place the implant of your missing tooth. Post-surgery, as it heals the jawbone will grow around the dental implant, making the implant firm-placed and secure. It is not unusual during this time for you to experience soreness where the implant is being placed, and also in the jawbone around this region. Patients typically report pain in these areas lasting for around a week or so after the surgery. You also might experience pain in your cheeks, chin, or area underneath your eyes, depending on the location of the implant. Above all, don’t worry– most patients recognize that the pain involved at this stage is more manageable than that associated with a tooth extraction post-procedure.

Depending on the complexity of your procedure, your pain amount might be more pronounced.

Expect greater amounts of discomfort if your procedure was more complex than the ‘traditional’ dental implants placement surgery. Ask your dentist if you have any inquiries or concerns. Additional treatments that needed to be done during the procedure, such as bone grafting to secure firm placement of the implant, also will increase your amount of pain. Don’t be afraid to ask your dentist if you feel uncomfortable or think any pain seems abnormal.

Side effects may also present themselves during this time. These include the appearance of bruises, swelling, and bleeding. These side effects typically disappear around 7-10 days, though some patients report feeling the discomfort wearing off in the second or third day in that period and then returning halfway through. The most important thing to do during this time is keep the area where the implant is placed free of plaque and food debris. Practicing good oral hygiene daily will provide good protection for the implant area. Don’t forget to get lots of rest, either — that will allow the healing process to take course and progress.

Recovery from the third stage of the entirety of a dental implant treatment is where patients typically report the least discomfort. People recover at different time periods, and how each patient responds to the procedure varies from person to person. Pay attention to your body and the area where the implants were placed.

Should you still feel any lingering pain after two or three weeks post-surgery, it’s recommended that you contact your dentist. Lingering pain can be an indicator of an infection or other issue with the implants. Should you have any other concerns or inquiries, don’t hesitate to contact your dentist.

Glow Medical And Dental Center is an award-winning UK dental implants centre, with two branches in Media City & Knowledge Village. The centre was  founded on the principles of “care, compassion, and credibility.” Its dental team has performed tens of thousands of dental treatments successfully since its founding in 2009. Please Contact Glow Medical And Dental Center for more information and to schedule a free initial consultation or Call us on 800 SMILE.

 

ARE YOU A MUMMY TO BE?

PREGNANCY AND ORAL HEALTH

NO FUSS – JUST FACTS

Mummy’s to be; we don’t want to be another baby article telling you what you should or shouldn’t be doing (there are enough of those with enough conflicting information.) We want happy mums and happy babies, so we will get straight to the point, as this information is important and we want to raise awareness. Pregnancy does affect your oral health, and it is important to your overall health as well as your baby’s health and safe delivery that good oral health is maintained. Poor oral health has been linked to preeclampsia, premature births, as well as low birth – weight in babies.  In this article, we talk about the facts with the experts, such as pregnancy gingivitis, which affects 65-70% of pregnant women, gum disease and how your oral health affects your pregnancy.

Let’s start how it all starts…

Hormones. They are your best friends and your worst enemies, and you guessed it, it’s down to your hormonal changes which cause such a great effect on your oral health. As you already know, during pregnancy you experience a surge of hormones such as an increase in oestrogen and progesterone. These hormones affect your biological response, meaning your body’s response to the outside elements from bacteria to sense of smell.

Hormones and Oral health

From the very start of your pregnancy right up until the end… your hormones are always changing, this means that throughout your whole pregnancy your risk of oral diseases is greater until the last month of your final trimester.

Pregnancy Gingivitis and Periodontal disease

We all naturally have bacteria in our mouths, the good and the bad, but while you are pregnant your hormones affect your biological response to this bacteria. This means while you’re pregnant your gums and tissue surrounding your teeth become easily inflamed as well as sensitive and more susceptible to oral diseases. In beginning stages of pregnancy 65%-70% of women will experience pregnancy gingivitis, which is a mild form of gum disease, symptoms include:

  •   Red gums.
  •   Swollen.
  •   Inflamed.
  •   Prone to bleeding.

Gingivitis is easily treatable however if this is left untreated this can develop into periodontal disease.

Periodontal disease

Periodontal disease (gum disease) is a bacterial infection of the gums, if not treated, this disease will decay the gum tissue leading to tooth loss and in severe cases loss of bone. This happens where the inflammatory reaction deepens the pockets between teeth and gums, forcing the gums and eventually the jawbone to recede.

How your oral health affects your pregnancy

Research has discovered that there are multiple links between periodontal disease and the health of an expecting mother as well as the health of her unborn baby.  

Prostaglandin

This is chemical compound found in the body, which works much like hormones. It has been found that if a mother has gum disease this elevates her levels of prostaglandin. Why it is important is because it’s a labour-inducing compound. Prostaglandin compound is found in one of the oral bacteria strains associated with periodontitis. These elevated levels of prostaglandin can cause the mother to give birth prematurely as well as deliver a baby with a low birth weight.

C – reactive Protein (CRP)

The CRP is a protein produced in the liver which increases when the body is fighting an inflammation. Evidence suggests that bacteria can enter the bloodstream through periodontal pockets – the gap between the tooth and gums caused by gum disease. Periodontal bacteria in the bloodstream can cause the liver to produce CRP, raised levels of this protein has been associated with, preeclampsia premature birth, blood clots and more.

Happy mums & happy babies

TREATMENT

If you think that you may have gum disease or any mild form of gum disease and you are pregnant it is very important to visit a dentist. FYI. There are many safe as well as non-surgical procedures available to treat gum disease such as scaling and root planing so do not hesitate to get a dental check up!

PREVENTION

To help ensure a happy you and a happy baby, go for regular check-ups with a dentist to keep an eye on your oral health. Also make sure you are sticking to a dental health regime, such as brushing and flossing, check out some of our articles below on some tips and tricks to maintaining good oral health…

What happens at a routine dentist appointment?

Why seeing your hygienist is as important as seeing your dentist…

 

TOOTHBRUSHES – ELECTRIC or MANUAL?

Brands, products, reviews, in shops or online, being a consumer is more like entering a maze and hoping you find an exit preferably with some goods. When it comes to oral health, choosing the right dental care products is essential to each individual; no smile is the same therefore neither is the care. If you thought that finding the right product was hard enough, its then distinguishing between which brands, which are of course battling for your buck. Generally, with the amount of information available to us, we are investing more time in getting value for our money; this is exactly why you’re reading this post, and exactly why rates are becoming more competitive.

Promotions, discounts, and freebies, although it may be saving you on cash, it could be costing you on your over health. Research suggests your oral health has a direct link to your overall health. Therefore it is important to take into consideration which products are effective and right for you.

GETTING IT RIGHT

Before we get into choosing the right toothbrush, one thing that most of us don’t take into consideration is a brushing technique…there’s a technique! In order to maintain good oral hygiene, adhering to an effective brushing technique is paramount to which type of toothbrush you are using.

THE MANUAL TOOTHBRUSH

Bristle Variety – Firstly let’s throw out the misconception that soft bristles on a brush are not cleaning your teeth as much as hard ones. Toothbrushes with soft bristles are usually recommended for adults as well as children, and more so, for those with sensitive teeth or gums. In actual fact toothbrushes with hard bristles have not been proven to be more effective in removing bacteria build up or the development of plaque and stains on teeth. What they can do when used incorrectly is cause damage to the gums and teeth.

Size matters – When choosing a manual toothbrush it is important to get the right sized toothbrush head. Your toothbrush should easily move around your teeth, managing to get to each surface. If you have a smaller mouth it may be worth opting for a compact head. There are also specially designed toothbrushes for infants and children; these are small toothbrushes with soft bristles.

The Pros

Variety – Manual toothbrushes come in different sizes and styles, therefore you can rest assure there will be one for you.

Affordable as well as Accessible – Manual toothbrushes are sold in a multiple of different stores and are not high in cost.

Portable – manual toothbrushes do not need to be charged, nor do they need a battery or power supply. They can be used anywhere at any time.

The Cons

Technique is key when using a manual toothbrush. You must learn the proper brushing technique in order to remove bacteria and plaque from your teeth effectively.

Timing – Most electric toothbrushes have an indicator on when 2 minutes (being the recommended minimum time to properly clean your teeth) is up. It may also take longer using a manual brush to clean your teeth as effectively using an electric toothbrush.

THE ELECTRIC TOOTHBRUSH

 

Electric toothbrushes similar to a manual toothbrush can come in many different head sizes and different styles. However, with the electric toothbrush, things get a little bit more technical. We have the sonic, the ultrasonic and the oscillating-rotating. Sonic brushes use vibrations rather than a repeating motion; these intense vibrations, polish the teeth as well as push toothpaste between teeth for a more effective clean. Ultrasonic, as the name suggests, takes sonic technology to new vibrations, sonic waves to be exact, and millions of waves per minute. This is even more effective in polishing teeth, and more importantly removing food and bacteria from in-between teeth. Oscillating-rotating uses a repetitive motion to recreate an effective brushing motion.

 

The Pros

Additional features – With modern technology electric toothbrushes can come with additional features, which can cater to individual needs. This can include pressure sensors (for those brushing too hard), tongue cleaning modes, Bluetooth for real-time feedback on your oral habits, timers and much more.

 

Cost – As electric toothbrush does not come cheap. People are reluctant to give up their regular manual toothbrush when they look at the price of electric toothbrushes.

 

Braces and dental fixtures –  It becomes more difficult to be able to clean between teeth with braces and fixtures. With an electric toothbrush, it is easier to clean between teeth as well as in between fixtures.

 

Health Conditions – Some health conditions can inhibit the mobility of your hands such as arthritis or multiple sclerosis. Those with a loss of dexterity can benefit from using an electric toothbrush, with a bigger handle and less physical motion of “brushing”, this can make cleaning the teeth much easier.

 

The Cons

Cost – Electric toothbrushes are a lot more expensive when compared with the manual toothbrush; electric toothbrushes can vary in price and can exceed one hundred pounds. Sonic electric toothbrushes are usually more expensive than oscillating or rotating ones.

Portability – Electric toothbrushes need to be recharged therefore having access to a regular power port is an essential. Electric toothbrushes are larger and usually have travel cases, taking up a lot more room than travelling with a manual toothbrush.

Ops – Electric toothbrushes are a lot easier to break, I’m not sure how a manual toothbrush would particularly break as such, but I’m sure it’s happened. Electric toothbrushes with all their mod cons, sonic vibrations, and rechargeable batteries mean that there is a lot more to go wrong. If your electric toothbrush does break, buying a new one is costly.

Your toothbrush or toothbrush head needs to be replaced every three to six months, but it should be replaced earlier if the bristles spread out or become frayed.

THE VERDICT

 

Do electric toothbrushes clean your teeth better than a manual one? The answer is YES. Using an electric toothbrush is easier to use as well as getting desired results for a deeper clean. It has been proven that using an electric toothbrush for six months can significantly reduce plaque accumulation, therefore reducing your risk of gingivitis and periodontal disease (also Known as Gum disease). Does this mean that you cannot clean your teeth effectively with a manual brush? NO. Adhering to a good oral health regime, such as brushing correctly, flossing and regular dental check-ups. Will ensure that whatever brush that you choose, you can maintain good oral health.

THE MOST IMPORTANT CHOICE

Is your choice! With all the information, articles and expert opinions, it is your own personal preference and what works for you, which should be your deciding factor. As long as you commit to an oral health regime, and are using the correct techniques in the products that you use. Whatever your choice, your oral health should improve or be maintained.

 

Dental Implants Vs Dentures

There are several options to consider when replacing missing teeth. Dentures and dental implants are the two most common solutions. The two differ in longevity, comfort, confidence while wearing, and effect on your pocket book.

Dentures

Many people with missing teeth wear conventional upper and lower dentures or partial dentures and many are unhappy with them. Lower dentures never fit or feel like natural teeth. They become loose fitting due to shrinking gum tissue, which then causes irritation to the mouth, sores and pain. Lower dentures also restrict your ability to eat or talk as you had with your natural teeth. The only relief is in using messy dental adhesive to improve the fit.

Upper dentures are a bit different. They are easier to wear because the suction in upper palate (roof of the mouth) helps keep the denture in place. But having the palate covered can also reduce the taste of foods that you are eating. Sores and pain in chewing and talking are quite frequent as the gum tissue shrinks, and many people suffer from having to use dental adhesive with upper dentures as well.

Removable partial dentures might be used when only several teeth are missing.  A partial denture anchors to the teeth on either side of the empty area using a metal clasp.  This can be very damaging to these teeth. Removable partial dentures can also be hard on the gum tissue when chewing and talking.

The advantage of upper and lower dentures is that they can be constructed quickly and they initially cost less than implants. They may last a lifetime, but over the years with aging, new sets need to be made to fit the changing gum tissue and chewing surfaces of the teeth in the dentures.

Dental Implants – A Better Solution

With the introduction of dental implants, there is no need to suffer with uncomfortable restorations. As our life span has been increasing, the need for some type of highly functional dental replacement system has become increasingly important.  Dental implants are permanent dental replacements that are both natural looking and very functional. Implants look much better and feel better, and offer the same force for biting as natural teeth. If you are a non-smoker with good oral hygiene habits, dental implants should last for a lifetime.

Dental implants are a major investment and the procedure can be time consuming. As with any complex surgery, there is always the risk of complication even after a thorough examination and consultation prior to care. But dental implants are a dependable and life long solution to missing teeth. Compared with dentures, which can be loose and unstable, implants provide a permanent solution that is both functional and natural in appearance, giving you the confidence to smile and show your pearly whites.

Summary

Both dentures and dental implants have progressed rapidly over the years. Many people are finding that dental implants are the most desirable solution for missing teeth. Implants allow for a new found confidence while smiling, far exceeding the comfort and confidence found with dentures.

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How Many Dentists Are Involved In A Dental Implant Procedure?

We often misunderstand Dental implant placement as a dental specialty. However, it usually takes different dental specialists, to complete the full treatment. From an oral surgeon to a prosthodontist to a periodontist, and even a general dentist, all of these specialists may aid in the placement or restoration of the dental implants. The procedure also depends on the number of replacements & the extent of restoration.

One specialist may perform the surgery to actually place the dental implant, while a general dentist places the crown on top of the implant to complete the restoration (usually called “restorative implants”).

The dental implant surgery is carried out by a periodontist or an oral surgeon, whereas a general dentist or prosthodontist completes the procedure with the placement of the restorative crowns. It’s important that all the specialists work together as a team for your dental implant treatment to be a success.

Oral Maxillofacial Surgeon

Oral maxillofacial surgeons are dentists specializing in surgery of the mouth, face and jaws. After finishing dental school. Maxillofacial surgeons undergo an additional 4 to 7 years of extensive hospital-based training in dental surgery. They prepare themselves to perform a wide range of dental procedures including all types of surgery of the hard tissue (bones) and soft tissues of the face, mouth and neck.

Periodontist

A periodontist is a dental specialist with training in the diagnosing and treatment of the gum tissue and surrounding jawbone tissue. This specialist has an additional two years of extensive training after dental school. A periodontist devotes their time, energy, and skill to helping patients care for their gum tissue.

Prosthodontist

A prosthodontist examines and diagnoses disabilities caused by loss of teeth and supporting structures. They are trained to provide expertise in restorative treatment and they deliver results with maximum comfort and pristine aesthetics. They are also known as “cosmetic dentists” and  often focus on the aesthetic aspect of a smile to improve the appearance of your teeth with bleaching, bonding, veneers, reshaping, orthodontics, and implants.

General Dentist

Your general dentist knows your dental history and specific needs.  Most often, the general dentist will determine if you are a candidate for dental implants during your visits to their office.  After examining your situation, they may recommend a dental surgery at their office, or refer you to another specialist, then complete the process with crown restoration themselves.

Things to Look For

In deciding whether to use your general dentist for all the treatment or using the ‘team’ of dental practitioners, the most important consideration is the qualification of each doctor involved and their ability to work well in a team to provide you with the best care possible.

The following are some useful questions to ask the dentist who will be placing your dental implants.

Key Questions to Ask

How much training have you had in this procedure?

How many implant patients have you treated successfully?

How long have you been working with dental implants?

Where did you receive your training for dental implant placement and restorative care?

Do you offer a booklist of testimonials or references from previous patients?

Once all your questions have been answered, you’ll be able to make a well informed decision about your dental implant treatment. Don’t be afraid to ask questions that come to mind: it’s your mouth and you have to live with it for the rest of your life. Make the most of your smile.

Summary

Dental implant placement is not a dental specialty. Many times it takes several dental practitioners working together to provide the full treatment.

It’s important to look for a qualified dentist/specialist to perform the procedure. Once you are comfortable with your choice, you are on your way to a brighter, healthier, more confident smile. Find a dental implant specialist in dubai.

 

Homeopathy & PCOS

Have you ever heard of PCOS?

It is otherwise known as Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome, and it is the most common disorder in women within the hormonal system.  Up to 10% of the women between the ages of 18-44 are affected by this problem.

So, what IS PCOS?

Good question! PCOS is when you have cysts in your ovaries. This can cause a hormonal imbalance or hormone deficiency. Your levels of androgen are raised more than they normally should be, and this then causes a disturbance in your menstrual periods. Your normal ovulation gets delayed, or does not happen at all!

Okay, so now we know what PCOS is, but what can cause it?

Well the exact cause of PCOS is not known. However, the following factors have been linked to PCOS.

 

  1. PCOS has been known to be hereditary. If your sister or mother has had PCOS don’t worry, because this doesn’t mean you will have it, it just means the chances are increased.
  2. Obesity has also been linked to PCOS. It can increase your chances of developing the hormone condition. The good thing in this case, is that the condition can be reversed with weight-loss and regular exercise.
  3. Type 2 Diabetes and Insulin Resistance is also common in women diagnosed with PCOS.

 

So, how do I know if YOU have PCOS?

Ladies, keep a lookout for these symptoms;

  •        Multiple cysts are found inside your ovaries. The best way to tell is by having an ultrasound examination. Don’t be afraid to get a check-up as there are things we at Glow Medical can do to help.
  •        Irregular periods- when it comes to PCOS, your menstrual cycle can either be delayed or non-existent!
  •        Full Body Wax Please! More trips to the salon? An increase in male hormones. Signs such as excess facial hair and body hair such as chest, abdomen and even fingers! And in comparison- hair loss from the scalp.  
  •        Breaking out? Acne is commonly seen both on the face back and shoulders.
  •        Experiencing any fertility issues? PCOS interferes with your ability to get pregnant. Come to us at Glow Medical for a check-up, so we can see what’s going on and help you the best way we can

 

So, what are the complications of having PCOS?

  •        Along with being fertility challenged, if you are diagnosed with PCOS you are more likely to develop Type 2 Diabetes, and this can lead to further health problems and risks including chronic renal failure.
  •        High Cholesterol levels! When your lipids are increased, it can lead to a stroke.
  •        Feeling unexplained sadness? Unfortunately, PCOS can lead to even psychological problems like depression. Keep your spirits up by doing endorphin releasing activities such as a group exercise class, or taking up a new hobby like learning a musical instrument or painting.
  •        Ladies with PCOS are at higher risk for uterine cancer. This is due to the irregular/ non existent periods which can cause endometrium to build up and become thick- this thickness leads to endometrial cancer.

How do you treat PCOS?

Conventional medicine has not found a ‘cure’ for PCOS. Foremost, we will focus on treating the most prominent, troubling symptoms. It may begin with regulating your menstrual cycle with oral contraceptives. However this is not a long-term solution, especially if you desire to be pregnant.

 

  •        Have you ever tried Homeopathy? When it comes to PCOS, it can be complicated to cure, so it’s best left to the homeopathic doctor. Homeopathy is for alternative medicine- focusing on restoring balance and vitality, treating the root cause of the problem.

TOP 3 HOMEOPATHY MEDICINES FOR PCOS!

  1. Apis Mellifica– curing swollen ovaries and pelvic pain? This effective, western remedy comes straight from the honey bee. .
  2. Pulsatilla– from the Pasqueflower! This is one of the oldest homeopathic remedies. It is especially effective for you ladies who suffer from suppressed periods.
  3. Lachesis– yes, from the venom of the Lachesis snake itself- this remedy found in South and Central American forests is no doubt, extremely powerful in relieving sharp, stinging pain from the ovaries and circulation issues with menstruation.

 

Interested? Want to know more? Make an appointment with Glow Medical today with our highly experienced Homeopathic Consultant Dr. Bhavna.

Remember, you’ll get 20% off your first consultation!