Smile and the world smiles too….
Did you know that on average over the course of our lifetime we spend 115 days laughing? This may seem a lot but in fact it is three times less than in the 1950s. A BBC poll showed that in the 1950s 52% of people said they were happy compared to just 36% today.
The reasons behind a less happy populace are something psychologists and sociologists continue to research. In many ways people should be happier than in the 1950s, today people are wealthier with more disposable income and life offers greater convenience in terms of household tasks etc.
Can cosmetic dentistry help you?
Have you ever been told to speak up or that you mumble when you talk? If so, you have probably dismissed the comments as being aimed at being the way that you are. For most people though, this often is not true and the mumbling is just an outwards sign of a lack of inner confidence.
In situations like this, this often stems from the knowledge that their teeth are not in great condition and we really don’t want people to notice this fact and so tend not to open our mouths very much when we speak which results in the mumbling.
Good dental health starts here!
The vast majority of us probably ‘do the right thing’ when it comes to looking after our teeth. We diligently brush and possibly floss our teeth at least twice a day in the manner which we were shown as children. The saying goes though that old habits die hard and many of us are still probably using techniques which are no longer recommended by top dentists in London and the rest of the UK.
Root planing for advanced gum disease – Harley Street
Gum disease is a significant problem for our dental health with most of us having it to some degree at some time in our life. Thankfully though, gum disease is treated easily early on and can be corrected simply by introducing a better brushing regime. This is just one of the reasons why keeping regular appointments with your dentist in London is important. For those that don’t keep regular appointments, something that we especially see in nervous patients who have left lengthy periods of time between dental visits, the gum disease can have worsened to a point where this no longer works. The next step is usually an intensive scale and polish. This is a non invasive procedure although it can be performed using a topical anaesthetic as it can be uncomfortable.
Dental procedures to overcome the problem of teeth staining
Having stained teeth is a common occurrence, especially as we get older and our teeth have seen a fair amount of wear and tear. Perhaps we long for the whiteness of our younger teeth but feel resigned to the colour that we currently have. Whilst ageing is a factor in the colour of our teeth which gradually become more yellow as we get older, diet and lifestyle too has a large impact on them, especially if smoking and drinking are a part of the mix.
A key element of good oral hygiene
Whilst most people accept the importance of cleaning their teeth twice daily as a part of their oral health regime, a significant number of people have a tendency to put their head in the sand when it comes to flossing, seeing it as an unnecessary extra thing to do when caring for their teeth. At our London dental practice in Harley street, we see a number of dental problems that would most likely have been prevented if the patient had flossed their teeth correctly.
Imagine the impression you would create going to a job interview, on a blind date or wedding wearing stained clothes! Few of us would even consider it, yet many of us have badly stained or discoloured teeth which can be quickly and cost-effectively improved thanks to dental whitening treatments.
Implants – improving everyday life in older years.
Every year modern dentistry makes new and exciting leaps forwards in terms of what can be achieved to keep gums and teeth healthy, minimise tooth loss and keep procedures brief and pain-free.
One of the most significant dental achievements of recent decades has been the introduction and development of dental implants. With dental implants the clock can effectively be rolled back and teeth which have been lost, whether through gum disease, tooth decay or even trauma, can be replaced.
How your blood sugar level can impact on dental health
It is estimated that there are around 3 million people in the UK who have diabetes. This disease causes high blood sugar and leads to people becoming more susceptible to a number of medical conditions, some of these are dental related and this article looks at diabetes and dental health care and how to manage the relation between the two.
Amongst the most common of all dental problems reported by London dentists in diabetics is gum disease. The two main diseases are gingivitis and periodontitis. The former results in the tissues of the gum becoming sore and inflamed whilst the latter occurs at a later stage if gingivitis is not treated. Once this stage is reached it is likely to lead to damage to the jawbone causing the teeth to become loose and eventually fall out.
The association between dental health and overall well being
Perhaps because dentistry is seen by many as a separate profession from doctors, we often dissociate our teeth and overall oral health from the rest of our well being. Whilst this may be understandable it is also incorrect. As any good London dentist will tell you, your teeth can be a good indicator of your general health and can often provide early signs of problems that may arise if not treated promptly.