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Tips to cut down on sugar

2017 July 17
by Sanjay Narda

We all know that sugar is bad for our teeth but what does it actually do to them?

It’s not the sugar itself that does the damage, but the sequence of events that happens after consuming it. The bacteria on our teeth (in plaque) feed on the sugars, producing acid as a result. The acids destroy the tooth enamel which is the first stage of decay. It’s not just the amount of sugar we eat, but also the frequency of eating it that is causing the damage. Here are a few ways to help us cut down on the amount of sugar that we are consuming:

  1. Be aware of ‘hidden’ sugars. Sugar has many names including sucrose, glucose, fructose, maltose, molasses, hydrolysed starch and corn syrup. Recognising these names helps us to avoid them.
  2. Opt for sugar free snacks. Snacking is one of the main culprits of acid attacks – it’s all too easy to reach for the biscuit tin! Find some healthier sugar free snacks, e.g. a handful of nuts, cheese, cucumber or raw carrot sticks with hummus, and restrict sugary snacks to meal times.
  3. Give up sugar in tea and coffee. Many people drink cups of tea or coffee throughout the day and if they take sugar this can quickly add up! Reducing or completely cutting out the sugar will really give your teeth a break.
  4. Drink water. Drinking water is very important to hydrate and wash away food debris, but it also keeps your saliva levels high to help neutralise sugars effectively.
  5. Eat the right breakfast. Breakfast cereals and smoothies are often very high in sugar. Swapping high sugar cereals to to low sugar cereals and muesli, or other low sugar options like wholegrain toast and eggs will have a massive impact on your oral health.

Making sure you visit the dentist regularly is very important to help spot any early signs of decay. Book an appointment with the Bank House Dental Centre in Princes Risborough so we can help you look after your teeth.

Gum Disease and Overall Health

2017 July 10
by Sanjay Narda

Gum disease isn’t just detrimental to the condition of the mouth but can also be detrimental to the rest of the body. Studies have shown that while it doesn’t cause these conditions, it can have harmful effects on people already suffering from heart disease, stroke, diabetes and dementia.

How can gum disease affect these things and how are they related?

Many years of studies have shown that the same bacteria responsible for the inflammation of the gums can get into the blood stream and over long periods of time it slowly damages the blood vessels in the heart and brain.

The good news is that you can prevent and treat gum disease by regular brushing and thorough oral health care, along with regular visits to the dentist. This has been shown to improve your overall health and reduce the risk of such problems.

The best home routine to have is to brush twice a day with an electric toothbrush for two minutes each time (using a fluoride toothpaste). It is also important to clean between the teeth once a day with interdental brushes or floss. Visiting the dentist regularly is very important to check for gum disease and to monitor existing gum disease.

Contact us by calling 01844 343381 to book an appointment or visit our dental practice in Princes Risborough.

How a missing tooth can affect your mouth.

2017 July 3
by Sanjay Narda

Many people believe that losing one tooth will not be noticeable and it is only losing many that can cause a real change in the mouth but this is not true. If the tooth is at the back, you may not notice the difference visually, but functionally there is a big difference. If the loss of this tooth is not addressed, the surrounding teeth will be affected as they are taking more pressure and are more likely to break. Secondly, there is a risk the teeth will start to drift across or tip into the space, creating uneven spacing which can have negative effects on your bite.

If the tooth is at the front of the mouth it can look quite unsightly when you talk or smile and will also affect how you bite into foods. Also, the space can affect the way that you pronounce words and even cause you to have a lisp.

There is more than one way to replace a missing tooth. The most popular and natural looking way is a dental implant as this is the most comfortable option and has no negative effects on the other teeth. Other options include bridges fixed onto the adjacent teeth and dentures.

If you have a space left by a missing tooth or if you have lost multiple teeth and are looking to replace them then come and see us for a free implant consultation. We see many patients from Princes Risborough and the surrounding areas including Aylesbury, High Wycombe, Thame and Wendover and love to help them improve their smiles. Please give us a call on 01844 343381 to book an appointment or visit our dental practice in Princes Risborough.

What is Invisalign?

2017 June 26
by Sanjay Narda

Invisalign is an effective and comfortable way to straighten your teeth using almost invisible aligners and revolutionary technology. The aligners are made of a smooth, clear plastic and are one of the most discreet forms of orthodontic treatment enabling you to feel confident during the whole process.

The Invisalign process begins with a free assessment, where we evaluate your suitability using the unique Invisalign assessment tool. Following acceptance, the second appointment will involve impressions and measurements to ensure suitability for treatment. A ‘Clincheck’ will be sent to us for your third appointment which allows us to agree on a final outcome and show you your finished result using the latest 3D technology.  The last appointment will be to fit your first aligners and to ensure you are confident in how to remove and insert them and know when to change to the next aligner.

Over the next few months, you will attend an appointment once every two weeks so we can monitor your progress and ensure your treatment is on track. Most of our Invisalign treatments take around 14 weeks so you will have straight teeth and be braces-free in as little as 3-4 months!

We offer free consultations for Invisalign so call us on 01844 343381 to book an appointment or visit us at our dental practice in Princes Risborough.

Managing Your Child’s Fear of the Dentist

2017 June 12
by Sanjay Narda

Lots of children are happy to come to the dentist and many even enjoy it! For one reason or another, some are not and this anxiety can range from mild nerves to panic and refusal to be seen. While it is upsetting to have to force a stressed child into the dentist chair (and we wouldn’t advise it) it is important to look after their oral health. Here are some tips that we have found to work after many years of seeing nervous children at our dental practice.

  1. Bring them with you to your check-up appointments to show them it is nothing to fear. This can be a very effective way for them to get used to the dentist, but don’t bring them to filling appointments as the drills can be off putting for them.
  2. Start dental visits while they are young. It is unlikely that your child will have any problems, but starting the appointments when they are young means they will see how quick and easy it all is and they will be familiar with us.
  3. Communicate with them, but don’t overdo it. Telling your child at the last minute that they are going to the dentist can cause anxiety for them, give them a little bit of notice so they can feel prepared. Use phrases like “the dentist just wants to see how many teeth you have” or “the dentist wants to see how big and strong your teeth are”. These phrases are better than scary phrases like “you have to go to the dentist so he can see if you have been eating too many sweets”.
  4. Play dentist at home. Play at being the dentist and let your child be dentist to you so they can make it a fun experience at home. It will get them used to opening their mouth and having their teeth checked.
  5. Read dental story books. There are many dental story books available filled with easy fun trips to the dentist. These books can be a good way of letting your child know what to expect from the dentist and making them feel reassured.
  6. Teach your child the importance of good oral hygiene. Keeping on top of brushing twice a day and reducing sugary snacks will increase the chances of an easy visit, children will soon learn that it is not scary.
  7. Lead by example. Children pick up fear and anxiety from their parents so if you are showing that you are anxious or scared of the dentist then they will likely do the same. Likewise if you show that you are happy to go and happy to look after your teeth then they will learn this positive attitude.

Call us on 01844 343381 or visit us at the Bank House dental practice in Princes Risborough to book an appointment for you and your child.

Implant-Retained Dentures

2017 June 5
by Sanjay Narda

If you are missing all or most of your teeth, dentures are the simplest way to restore the look and function of the mouth. Normal dentures are however, often uncomfortable and can move when you eat unless you have natural teeth to clip them on to.

Because replacing each missing tooth with individual implants can work out very expensive, implant retained dentures are a great solution as they ‘click’ securely into place. On top of feeling more comfortable than normal dentures, they support your face better and improve your ability to speak and chew. Because they are more secure, we can often make them smaller and less invasive in the mouth as they need less surface area to hold onto. The dentures are simple to remove and can still be taken out and cleaned as normal.

The implant placement procedure only requires a  minimal incision and the healing time is much less compared to when a tooth is extracted.

We offer free consultation appointments for implants so there is no reason not to enquire. Please call us on 01844 343381 to book an appointment or visit our dental practice in Princes Risborough, Bucks.

Teeth Whitening

2017 May 15
by Sanjay Narda

There are many ways to whiten your teeth but we believe the best and most cost-effective way is ‘at home whitening’. Therefore it is now the only type of whitening that we offer here at The Bank House Dental Centre. The ‘at home whitening’ involves the use of custom made trays and syringes filled with whitening agent gel which you apply yourself and wear overnight.

All you need is two appointments – one for the impressions and the second to fit your whitening trays and to give you full instructions on use, then you are ready to go! The benefits of this type of whitening are that:

  • it is much gentler on your teeth,
  • it cause very little sensitivity,
  • you will have gel left over to ‘top up’ your whiteness,
  • you will always have the trays to use in the future.

Teeth whitening is the fastest and easiest way to improve the look of your smile! If you wish to discuss tooth whitening further, please call us on 01844 343381 to book an appointment or visit us on the High Street in Princes Risborough.

Wisdom Teeth

2017 May 8
by Sanjay Narda

What are wisdom teeth? – Wisdom teeth are your third molars and are located right at the back of the mouth. They are called wisdom teeth as they tend to arrive between the ages of 17 and 25 although many people get them much later.

Why do my wisdom teeth hurt? – Wisdom teeth do not always cause problems, but lots of people experience symptoms when they erupt. Sometimes this is simply due to them pushing through the gum but sometimes it is due to it being impacted against the tooth in front, or due to an infection.

Do I need my wisdom teeth taken out? – Most of the time wisdom tooth pain will settle down and cause no further problems but in some cases the impaction can damage the tooth in front or an infection can keep occurring and its best to have them taken out, your dentist will advise you.

How can I relieve discomfort from my wisdom teeth? – Hot salt water mouthwashes can help to reduce the inflammation and regular painkillers will also help. If the tooth is partially through it is important to keep the area clean with a small headed toothbrush to kelp keep any infections away. Chlorhexidine mouth wash is also a good way of reducing inflammation, but it can stain the teeth so it is important to follow the instructions given to you by your dentist.

If your wisdom teeth are causing you a problem, it is important to have an appointment with your dentist to make sure you don’t have an infection. We can also give further advice depending on the cause of discomfort and sometimes we will take an X-Ray to see what’s going on. Call the Bank House Dental centre in Princes Risborough on 01844 343381 to book an appointment.

Top Tips For A Healthy Mouth

2017 April 24
by Sanjay Narda

While we all know how important it is to have a healthy mouth and keep our teeth for as long as possible, we don’t always know the best advice to take. The five tips below are a very good place to start!

  1. See a dentist regularly. The usual recommendation is every 6 months for a check-up and 6 months for a hygienist appointment, but some people see the hygienist every 3 months if they have problems with plaque build-up or gum disease. Your dentist will advise you which is best for you.
  2. Eat a healthy diet. A healthy balanced diet is always a good idea for the health of the whole body, and also the teeth and gums. Lots of vegetables, fruit, whole grains, nuts and healthy fats found in fish will provide all the nutrients you need.
  3. Cut down on the frequency of sugary foods. The acid produced by sugary foods and drinks repeatedly attack the teeth and lead to tooth decay.
  4. Brushing and flossing. It is vital to the teeth and gums to brush twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste and to floss regularly. Toothbrushes should be replaced every 3 months.
  5. Stop smoking. Smoking is not only bad for your body for obvious reasons but is also bad for your teeth and gums. Smoking reduces the blood circulation to the gums, increases the risk of oral cancer and the tar in the cigarettes stains the teeth.

 

Make an appointment with us at the Bank House Dental Practice in Buckinghamshire for a routine examination. As well as the above, we can also spot: signs of gum disease, wear and tear from tooth grinding, dry mouth, old fillings that need replacing and oral cancer. Call on 01844 343381 to book an appointment.

What Are Teeth Made Of?

2017 April 10
by Sanjay Narda

We all know what our teeth do, and why it is important to look after them, but what are they actually made of?

Enamel – this is the outermost layer of the crown of the tooth and is the hardest substance in the human body. It is our biggest protection from tooth decay so it is important to look after it as it is susceptible to acid erosion from foods and drink. It can also be fractured or chipped from eating hard foods or biting hard objects. The enamel does not regenerate, so if it is destroyed, your body will not make more to replace it.

Cementum – this is the outermost layer of the root of the tooth which helps to attach the teeth into the jawbone. The cementum that covers the root is not as strong as the enamel that covers the tooth crown, so it is important to keep the teeth and gums free of plaque to avoid gum recession.

Dentine – this is the layer located beneath the enamel and cementum and can become exposed if the enamel is lost due to trauma or erosion. It is hard but nowhere near as hard as enamel, so will wear away much faster. It is made of many tubes or ‘tubules’ which communicate with the nerve of the tooth. This means that if you have exposed some dentine, things such as hot and cold may become sensitive or painful.

Pulp – also referred to as the ‘nerve’ this is the living centre of the tooth which extends from inside the crown, down the length of the root and is made up of blood vessels and nerves. The nerves are helpful as they are sensitive to stimulation and can be a big indicator of a problem with the teeth. They are sensitive to hot and cold temperatures, and sweet or acidic foods.

 

At your dental check-up we make sure that all the dental structures are intact to help avoid pain and sensitivity and give advice on how to look after your teeth and gums. To book and appointment at The Bank House Dental Centre in Princes Risborugh, Buckinghamshire call us on 01844 343381.