Don’t Like Seeing The Dentist?

Here are some very good reasons why you really should!

At The Lodge Dental Suite, as at every other practice in the world most likely, we often meet patients who really don’t like the dentist; not in a personal way of course.

The vast majority of patients are friendly and polite, but some unfortunately have an in-built fear of coming to see us or simply don’t prioritise it in their busy lives.

We completely understand and are sympathetic to these concerns and below, our Cheshunt dental team look at a couple of the more common reasons why some people avoid the dentist and discuss how important it actually is to attend.

It’s going to be painful?

This is probably the number one fear of most dental phobic patients. It is perhaps understandable that patients are concerned about this, given the fact that our teeth are located so close to other prime senses such as sight, sound and taste. The sound of the drill so close to our ear obviously amplifies the sound and the sight of a dentist, just a short distance away from our face, can be quite unsettling for some….

But….

It is important to remember that we don’t perform dental procedures on patients unnecessarily and restorative procedures are carried out when there is a real need. In many cases, not only will it help to restore the function of your teeth, but also prevent the need for an even more invasive procedure further down the line if it were not treated early enough. With regards to a patient feeling pain, this is very rare. Whilst there may be a certain level of discomfort during some procedures, this should be relatively minimal with the use of a local anaesthetic. In many cases, it is actually the anticipation of pain, rather than any actual discomfort which causes the patient distress.

I don’t have time and my teeth are fine

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The Importance Of Interdental Cleaning

Taking care to clean those difficult to access places in our mouth.

Whilst it may not be true for everyone, most of us do brush our teeth twice a day.

Whilst this is the most basic thing that we can do to keep our teeth clean, on its own though, it isn’t enough and dental problems are still likely to occur.

One of the problems is that both food and bacteria have a tendency to collect in places that a toothbrush barely touches. It is important, therefore, to take a little extra time to keep these areas clean.

Problems

There are two particular issues that are likely to arise if you do not clean between your teeth. They are tooth decay and gum disease.

Tooth decay

Decay occurs when bacteria start to eat away at the enamel of our teeth, exposing the more vulnerable dentin layer beneath. Whilst we brush most of the bacteria away from the front, and hopefully rear, surfaces of our teeth, brushing does not clean in between our teeth very effectively. This allows ‘bad’ bacteria to multiply, and eventually cause that area of the tooth to start to decay.

Gum disease

Hopefully, most of our local Cheshunt patients follow the guidance of the hygienist and lightly brush their gums as well as their teeth. This is a great start, but, as with decay, the build up of bacteria and tartar between the teeth can lead to gingivitis, and possibly even periodontitis, unless action is taken to clean there.

Solutions

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Hypodontia – Causes and Treatment

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How our Cheshunt dentists can help patients with this condition.

Hypodontia is a condition which is usually inherited and leads to the lack of development of some of the patient’s teeth.

It usually involves missing up to 5 permanent teeth, not including third molars, which, in many patients with this condition, will eventually come through.

Where 6 or more teeth are missing, the condition is referred to as Oligodontia. It is not an especially unusual condition though, and restoration can be achieved with the use of prosthodontics.

Determining the problem

There may be a number of factors involved in the presence of this condition, including where chemotherapy has been carried out. Despite this, genetics is by far the most common cause, making it unavoidable for some patients.

To determine the stage of tooth development where this condition is suspected, an x-ray will be necessary so that we can determine what is happening beneath the gum line and therefore, what is the best course of treatment to take.

Treatment

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Are Loose Dentures Restricting Your Diet?

How our Cheshunt patients can benefit from denture stabilisation.

Anybody who has had a number of missing teeth, or even a full arch, replaced with dentures, will be aware of some of the limitations that they bring.

Modern dentures may be more realistic looking and comfortable than older types, but stability can still be an issue for some people.

Not only do some wearers lose confidence if their dentures move around when they are speaking, but many also avoid eating certain foods because of them, often eating softer and easier to chew foods only. Whilst this can provide an adequate diet, it is restrictive and can take away some of the enjoyment from meal times.

Dental implants

At The Lodge Dental Suite, we are pleased to offer the latest teeth implants as an alternative to dentures, which can be used individually or to support a fixed bridge. What fewer people may know though, is that they can also be used to stabilise dentures.

A few dental implants can be placed, typically two, three or four depending on circumstances, and used as a firm ‘anchor’ for dentures. The implants that are securely held in place through a bonding process with the bone, known as osseointegration, will then hold your dentures firmly in place and enable you to eat any food that you want. If you long for the days when you could take a bite into a nice crispy apple with confidence, those days may be just a few procedures away!

Healthy gums

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Why You Should Avoid Rinsing After Cleaning Your Teeth

Fluoride absorption is a key factor in keeping tooth enamel strong and healthy.

Most of us will have been taught how to clean our teeth by our parents and in all likelihood, this will have consisted of brush, spit and rinse.

This must have seemed like the perfect way to clean your teeth to leave your mouth feeling clean and refreshed.

Oral health guidance changes with new discoveries though, and is just one of the reasons that we recommend that patients see our Cheshunt dental hygienist on a regular basis. Updated advice, along with a professional clean, are a great way to keep your teeth in the best condition possible.

Fluoride

Back to the title of our blog; why should you not rinse after cleaning your teeth? Certainly, this can feel entirely natural to do and does leave the mouth feeling fresh and more hydrated. Unfortunately, this action also means that much of the fluoride in the toothpaste is also washed away from the teeth.

Fluoride is an important component of toothpaste and you should always take care to make sure that your preferred brand does contain it. Fluoride is beneficial to the teeth as it helps to strengthen the enamel, helping to protect it from attacks by sugars, acids and bacteria that can cause tooth decay. Rinsing it away reduces the effect of the fluoride and may leave your teeth more exposed to these problems.

Is fluoride harmful?

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The Vegan Diet And Your Teeth

Even the ‘healthiest’ of diets can pose challenges for your teeth.

With around half a million people in the UK following a vegan diet, and many more perhaps partially following it with a view to fully adapting the diet if they like it, our Cheshunt dental team thought that it would be worth taking a look at the pros and cons of this diet from a dental perspective.

There have been reports that both vegetarians and vegans are more likely to suffer from cavities than a carnivore or omnivore. Below, The Lodge Dental Suite take a look at some of the factors that may contribute to this.

Sugar consumption

Although a vegan diet is considered to be a ‘healthy’ one, it is still possible to eat an unhealthy diet. Cakes, sweets, chocolates etc are all available that are entirely vegan. These often contain just as much sugar as regular foods. Don’t be fooled by the ‘natural sugar’ labels either .. all sugars will feed the bacteria that lead to tooth decay.

Fruits

Quite often, one of the main reasons for following a vegan diet is the health aspects. This often means that vegans eat a lot more fruit than the rest of us. Whilst this is healthy, as far as vitamins etc goes, it does increase the amount of acids from the fruit that come into contact with the teeth. This will increase the risk of enamel erosion. When this occurs, the more vulnerable dentin layer is exposed and tooth decay is likely to soon follow.

Calcium

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Lifestyle Choices That Can Discolour Your Teeth

Even some everyday habits can cause our teeth to become yellow.

Even though many people have now managed to give up smoking, eliminating not only a dangerous habit, but one that causes very badly stained teeth; there are still a number of everyday choices that we make which can lead to tooth discolouration.

A few small changes can mean the difference between white teeth and dull looking ones, especially in our younger years.

As we grow older, our teeth will naturally darken in colour and this can only be reversed using one of the teeth whitening procedures that we have available at The Lodge Dental Suite.

Your morning coffee

Do you stop off, on your way to work, for your morning coffee fix? If so, you may think that by avoiding the stronger coffees, such as espresso, you will avoid the discolouring effects that coffee can bring. Unfortunately, even milky coffees such as a latte can cause discolouration as the sugars in the milk break down to form acids which can damage the enamel of your teeth, making them more prone to staining.

Not seeing the hygienist

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Immediate Dental Implant Aftercare

Giving your newly placed implants the best start for a long, healthy life.

Whilst you will need to look after your dental implants for life, there are particular circumstances that need to be taken into consideration immediately after you have had an implant placed at your local Cheshunt dental practice. The Lodge Dental Suite team  will discuss this with you at the time of the procedure, along with any specific individual advice too. Today’s blog, takes a look at the general aftercare that you need to take once you have left the practice with your new implant.

Pain management

Given the minor surgery required to place an implant, some patients may experience a little discomfort once the local anaesthetic has worn off. This should not last, and if it does, you should contact us for further advice. Generally, any discomfort should be easily manageable using your regular painkillers.

Smoking and drinking

It is very important that you do not smoke. Small quantities of alcohol are acceptable, but heavy drinking can be as harmful as smoking for your new implant. Both of these habits cause blood vessels in the area to narrow, reducing the supply of blood to the area that helps to heal the wound. Infections are also more likely if you smoke or drink and both of these habits could result in the failure of the implant. You will need to avoid these for around three months, and preferably permanently, particularly smoking.

Keeping the implant clean

Naturally, in the early stages, you will not be able to brush around the implant. It is important though, that you keep it clean. Both periodontitis and peri implantitis can be risks to your implant and keeping the area clean from the outset is very important.  Until such a time that you are able to brush the area using a soft brush, you can tip a warm saline solution over the area. This will help to keep it clean. You should, of course, continue to brush and floss the rest of your natural teeth.

Take care when eating

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Encouraging Your Kids To Look After Their Teeth

Some family friendly tooth care tips from The Lodge Dental Suite, Cheshunt

All parents know just how disobedient children can sometimes be. From the defiant tantrums of a toddler to the more subtle ‘avoidance tactics’ of older children, it can sometimes seem that we are constantly ‘at war’ with our own kids. Whilst some subjects are just irritating, such as untidy bedrooms, others, including making sure that they clean their teeth are much more important and can have long term implications for their oral health.

In today’s blog, our Cheshunt dental team offer our thoughts on how to make sure that the younger members of your family grow up with strong and healthy teeth.

Start them young

If you have a young baby, our first suggestion is that you book an appointment at our local dentist at around one year old. If your child has passed this age, don’t worry, just book it as soon as possible. Visiting a dental practice at a young age helps your child to see visiting the dentist as a normal and positive thing to do.

Educate them

Don’t just tell your child that sugar is bad for their teeth, but explain to them, in child friendly terms, why this is the case. There are lots of videos now available on the internet which will make this education more fun for them.

Eat better

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What’s That White Substance On My Teeth?

Our Cheshunt dentist answers a commonly searched question.

Have you ever woken up in the morning and found that there appears to be an unpleasant ‘gunk’ that has built up around your teeth and on the soft tissues of your mouth?

It can feel pretty disgusting; but what is it?

This ‘gunk’ is largely plaque that has built up overnight, usually when the mouth is fairly dry. The stickiness is caused by the substances secreted by the plaque bacteria. One of the chemical compounds of this secretion is an adhesive which helps the bacteria to live on the surface of the tooth and is one of the reasons that you need to brush your teeth regularly.

Is it dangerous?

Whilst unpleasant in texture, the plaque should have no long term consequences providing that you don’t allow this to happen, due to a dry mouth, too often. Regular cleaning of the teeth and ensuring that you are well hydrated at bed time, especially if you have been drinking alcohol, should make this only an occasional occurrence.

Even without the ‘yuk’ factor though, it is still important to remember that this ‘goo’ is still present in your mouth, living on the surface of your teeth in small quantities, so, whilst you may not experience the unpleasantness, it doesn’t mean that it is not there. It is not really dangerous as such, but should be cleaned away regularly and efficiently to prevent problems in the mouth.

Consequences of bacterial buildup

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