This year, we have been experienced an unusually warm winter, however, the wind last week and clear weather over the last few days has seen many areas of the UK see the temperature dipping to/below zero for the first time – and with it, a lot of people suffering from tooth pain. So why exactly is it that your teeth hurt in cold weather and should you be worried? Our experts take a closer look.
In order to understand the effects of cold weather on our teeth, we must take a moment to consider the normal conditions that our teeth experience. For almost 99% of our waking hours, our teeth sit comfortably at the ambient body temperature of 37 degrees Celsius, protected by the warmth within our mouths. Only when we eat or drink are they typically exposed to any other temperature. A sudden increase or decrease from body temperature – even barely perceptible to the skin – can cause a shock to the teeth. You may have experienced this effect when eating an ice-cream or sipping a hot coffee. Exposing your teeth to cold air from outside can have exactly the same effect.
Although it is quite possible your teeth hurt in cold weather purely from exposure to the low-temperature air, if you have any defects to the teeth you will be much more likely to experience extreme discomfort in cold weather. There are several common issues that may cause problems with pain in winter. Damaged fillings can allow the inner tooth to be exposed to cold air, while defective crowns or bridges which leave sensitive parts of the tooth exposed or cracks in the teeth. If you are experiencing frequent or persistent tooth pain in winter or at any time of year, then it is advisable to seek advice from your dentist.
Oral health issues that affect your teeth and/or gums can also increase seasonal tooth pain. Periodontal (Gum) disease can lead to a problem known as recessed gums, which leaves the sensitive base of the teeth exposed. If you frequently experience pain in your front teeth, which often have direct exposure to cold air, this may be the cause. Infections in your teeth and gums can also exaggerate the effects of low temperatures, as can cavities in the teeth – even if they are relatively small. Because teeth are porous, any surface damage can cause high levels of pain as cold air penetrates to the more sensitive layers.
Gaps caused by missing teeth and large fillings can also be very problematic at this time of year. A missing tooth can leave the inside edges of the teeth around it exposed to low temperatures, whilst large metal fillings can become very cold and affect the surrounding tooth. If you have a gap, we would advise you to consider dental implants as an option. Dental implants are suitable for almost every patient and allow your missing tooth to be replaced with a crown that looks and feels just like your natural teeth, without having an impact on any of the surrounding, healthy teeth.
Any discomfort or pain in your teeth when going outside in cold weather is a sign that your teeth and gums may be in need of attention and it is advisable to contact your dentist to book a check-up. Even if you are prone to sensitive teeth, do not assume that it is simply the cold and nothing more.
Dr. Aryan Gharakhani, Dentist at Perfect Profiles recommends any extreme or lingering sensitivity concerning your teeth should be checked by a dentist as soon as possible, “It’s important to check for any areas of significance which may be affecting our patients ability to enjoy this time of year or have a detrimental effect in the long term”’.
Perfect Profiles are proud to be able to offer completely free consultations to help make people aware of their treatment solutions. A range of treatments for problems such as implants to replace missing teeth and root canal treatment at some of the lowest prices in the UK are available to help. With a highly experienced team and access to the very best in equipment, our conveniently located clinics are easily accessible from wherever you are in the UK, meaning that an end to your winter discomfort is just an hour or two’s drive away. Why wait and suffer this winter – call us now on Luton 01582 518100, Wolverhampton 01902 500823 or contact us online for a quick response.
Next month, British Charity the Oral Health Foundation will once again be running their annual Mouth Cancer Action Month. Although the annual campaign officially runs throughout November, the organisation is keen to get the message out to as many people as possible and remind people that mouth cancer is something we should be aware of all year round.
The definition of mouth cancer is any form of cancer that affects the mouth. This may include the lips, tongue, cheeks and throat. Mouth cancer can appear in different forms and can affect any or all parts of the mouth. It is a dangerous disease that can and does cost lives.
Tobacco and alcohol are by far the most significant factors in mouth cancer. Cigarette, cigar and pipe smoking are the main forms of tobacco use in many parts of the world and can all dramatically increase the likelihood of developing the disease. As well as smoking, consumption of alcohol also increases the risk of mouth cancer. The risk is even greater for those who use tobacco and alcohol together.
Like the rest of your skin, UV radiation from the sun can also have an impact. Over-exposure to sunlight increases the risk of cancer of the lips.
Another key risk factor that has been identified more recently is human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV is the main cause of cervical cancer and affects the skin that lines the moist areas of the body. It is now understood that HPV can be spread through oral sex, and according to the latest research HPV could soon rival smoking and drinking as one of the main causes of mouth cancer.
Although many people get HPV during their lives and for many this does not cause a problem. Action is, however, being taken to help reduce this risk. HPV vaccines for both girls and boys are now being introduced as routine, which is likely to help reduce the rates of mouth cancer.
Figures published by the Oral Health Foundation show that mouth cancer is a serious health issue in the United Kingdom. More than 8,300 people in the are now diagnosed with mouth cancer every year – an increase of almost 50% in the last decade.
Sadly, mouth cancer also claimed 2,722 lives in the UK last year. Many of these deaths occurred because the disease was caught too late – making it more important than ever to spread the message and help give people a better chance of survival.
Knowing the signs of mouth cancer and taking early action is one of the key messages of Mouth Cancer Action Month. The Oral Health Foundation is using the campaign to encourage everyone to be aware of any unusual changes in the mouth and know what to do if anything out of the ordinary is noticed – being Mouthaware.
According to Chief Executive Dr Nigel Carter OBE: “The first line of defence against mouth cancer is yourself. Being able to identify mouth cancer at an early stage is vital for you being able to beat it.”
He recommends that everybody checks their mouths regularly, paying particular attention to mouth ulcers that do not heal within three weeks. People should also be aware of other possible signs of mouth cancer such as red and white patches in the mouth or lumps and swellings in the head and neck.
“If you spot something that doesn’t look normal, take action. If in doubt, get checked out by your dentist or doctor. The decision could save your life.”
“Mouth Cancer Action Month is all about learning more about mouth cancer. It’s the perfect opportunity to start checking your mouth at home and rethinking some of the things that might put you at greater risk.”
At Perfect Profiles, checking your mouth for cancer forms part of our FREE consultation service so as well as receiving bespoke personal treatment options, you can be secure in the knowledge your mouth has been checked for any signs of anything that may cause concern.
For more information, including advice and information on how to spot risk factors and common signs and symptoms, as well as learning about the stories at the heart of the campaign, visit www.mouthcancer.org.
If you have any questions or concerns about your oral health, the team at Perfect Profiles is happy to advise. Call us today on Luton 01582 518 100 or Wolverhampton 01902 500 823.
This article is adapted from https://www.dentalhealth.org/news/charity-announces-launch-of-mouth-cancer-action-month-2019
If you have invested in your smile or simply care about your teeth and oral hygiene in general, you may well have found yourself wondering whether it is also worth investing in an electric toothbrush. No doubt you’ve seen the promises of brighter, whiter smiles in the many television adverts. But are they really what they are made out to be? Now, for the first time, scientists have been able to resolve the question conclusively. After a groundbreaking 11-year research project conducted for the Oral Health Foundation, the UK’s leading oral health charity and a globally recognised leader in the field, scientists have now published their official findings. We take a closer look at what they discovered.
The electric toothbrush was invented all the way back in 1926. The earliest model was first produced in the USA. Despite the invention dating back so far, it was only in the post-war economic boom of the 1950’s that the electric toothbrush really took off as a popular household item. There were, however, issues connected to practicality and safety. Unlike today’s designs, early electric toothbrushes needed to be plugged in during use and ran at mains voltage!
In 1961, the General Electric corporation introduced the rechargeable, battery-powered electric toothbrush that we are now familiar with to the market. It was in the 1980’s, as a result of the Gillette group acquiring the Oral-B brand to go along Braun that sales of electric toothbrushes really began to take off in the UK.
The impartial research set out to settle the argument of electric vs manual toothbrushes conclusively. These were some of their key findings:
The research team found strong evidence that people who use an electric toothbrush generally benefit from healthier gums, less tooth decay and also keep their teeth for longer, compared with those who use a manual toothbrush.
Dr Nigel Carter OBE, Chief Executive of the Oral Health Foundation, sheds some light on why this is the case –
“Health experts have been speaking about the benefits of electric toothbrushes for many years. This latest piece of evidence is one of the strongest and clearest yet. Electric toothbrushes are better for our oral health.
“Electric toothbrushes, especially those with heads that rotate in both directions, or ‘oscillating’ heads, are really effective at removing plaque. This helps keep tooth decay and gum disease at bay.
“As the science behind the advantages of electric toothbrushes is mounting, the decision of whether to invest in one becomes much easier.”
Supporting these findings, researchers from the Journal of Clinical Periodontology found that electric toothbrushes resulted in 22% less gum recession and 18% less tooth decay over the 11-year period.
Despite the findings, Dr. Carter was keen to emphasise that there is no substitute for having a good oral hygiene routine. This is regardless of whether you prefer to use a manual or electric toothbrush.
“Whether you’re using a manual or electric toothbrush you should be brushing for two minutes, twice a day, with a fluoride toothpaste. Also, a good oral health routine would not be complete without using an interdental brush or floss once a day.
“If you follow a good oral health routine then whether you use a manual or electric toothbrush, you’ll have a healthy mouth either way.”
Ultimately, this completely unbiased research has shown that an electric toothbrush can offer genuine benefits as part of a broader oral health routine. This is especially in conjunction with regular dental visits in which you can discuss your oral health.
Dr. Sanjeev Ramrakha, Perfect Profiles Clinical Director says:
“ I always recommend having an electric tooth brush as part of your ‘dental armour’.
A Manual toothbrush, allows one to go back to basics and keep focused on technique, whilst the Electric Toothbrush ensures a two brushing minute regime and is proven to be more effective on plaque removal.
I also think a water-pik is an essential tool for heavily restored teeth and implant cases for ongoing maintenance and care.”
To get in touch with the team at Perfect Profiles today, call now on Luton 01582 518 100 or Wolverhampton 01902 500 823.
New research just published by leading British charity the Oral Health Foundation, has discovered that dark-coloured berries may play a key role in fighting tooth decay. A valuable source of antioxidants, fresh fruit and vegetables have long been known to contribute to a healthy diet and help in the fight against diseases such as heart disease and cancer. Now, a new study has discovered that dark-coloured berries in particular may have significant benefits for your oral health. Here’s what the scientists had to say.
It is now known that eating just a handful of dark-coloured berries such as cranberries and blueberries every day may significantly lower the risk of tooth decay. The exciting discovery was made in a study that was conducted in 2018 and first published this year. Dr Nigel Carter OBE, Chief Executive of the Oral Health Foundation, explains:
“Cranberries seem especially good for our oral health, as their polyphenols stick around in our saliva and will continue to help our mouth, even after we’ve swallowed them. What is especially exciting is that these natural extracts are completely sugar-free. This means they can be added to oral care products in several ways. They can dissolve in water so can be used to create healthy drinks, as well as to reformulate unhealthy drinks packed full of sugar.”
The protective power of dark coloured berries is thanks to substances they contain that are called polyphenols. Polyphenols are a naturally occurring compound that appears in high concentrations in berries such as cranberries and blueberries.
Polyphenols help to protect our teeth by preventing ‘bad bacteria’ from sticking to the teeth and gums. The polyphenols present in berries are now known to be particularly effective against a strand of bacteria responsible for accelerating tooth decay.
As a result, polyphenols help to reduce tooth decay, plaque and gum disease.
Of course, chewing a handful of berries every day may not seem like an attractive addition to your oral hygiene routine. However, Dr Carter is confident that this will not be necessary for us to enjoy the benefits of this new discovery.
“These substances could also have wider applications for tooth decay prevention and control. Mouthwash could benefit from this ingredient, as could toothpastes. More testing must be done but it will be extremely interesting to see whether manufactures make more use of polyphenols in the future.”
Although the research has established the potential benefits of eating berries on a daily basis, caution should still be exercised as berries also have potential harmful effects on your teeth. Like other fruits, berries may also contain high amounts of natural sugar.
The current recommended daily allowance (RDA) of sugar for an adult is 90 grams or 22.5 teaspoons per day. This includes 60 grams of natural sugar and 30 grams of added sugar. One portion of cranberries contains up to four grams of natural sugar (equivalent to one teaspoon) while a serving of blueberries is nearly ten grams.
“It is important to remember that whole fruit contains natural sugars,” notes Dr Carter. “This means it can still cause a risk to teeth when consumed in high amounts and too often.
“It is best to eat fruit at mealtimes like breakfast, or straight after dinner. This will limit the number of times which our mouth is exposed to sugar and acid.”
Unhappy with your teeth? Interested in exploring the options available to you? Get in touch with the award winning Perfect Profiles team today and discover how easily you could restore your smile. Call us on Luton 01582 518 100, Wolverhampton 01902 500 823 or use our online service for more options.
This November, dentists and other healthcare professionals all over the UK are joining forces for Mouth Cancer Action Month. It is an annual initiative that is run by the UK charity, the Oral Health Foundation, and hopes to raise awareness about the dangers of mouth cancer, as well as help people to understand the causes and symptoms. So what exactly is mouth cancer and why does it matter? We take a closer look.
In the UK, an alarming 8,300 people-a-year are now diagnosed with mouth cancer – a 49% increase compared to a decade ago and 135% compared with 20 years ago. This makes it one of the few types of cancers that is not showing any signs of decline. The seriousness of the disease is shown by figures which also reveal that 2,722 Brits lost their life to mouth cancer last year. For those diagnosed with the disease, the 10-year survival rate is between 19% and 58%, depending on where the cancer strikes and how early it is identified.
The research, published by the Oral Health Foundation and Simplyhealth Professionals to coincide with November’s Mouth Cancer Action Month, discovered that there was severe lack of awareness when it comes to mouth cancer, including understanding the main risk factors as well as being aware of the signs and symptoms.
Just under half (45%) of British adults admitted to not having any understanding about mouth cancer. Three in four (75%) said they did not know the symptoms while more than four in five (82%) did not know where mouth cancer appears. Now, it is more important than ever that people become more aware of mouth cancer – and that is what Mouth Cancer Action Month is all about.
As with most cancers, the biggest risk factors for mouth cancer are smoking and drinking alcohol to excess. Another increasingly common cause, however is the human papillomavirus (HPV) which is now known to be transmitted through oral sex. Another significant cause of mouth cancer is poor diet.
It is important to bear in mind, however, that mouth cancer can affect anybody, meaning it is vitally important to recognise the symptoms.
There is no evidence to suggest that dental implants are in any way associated with a higher risk of mouth cancer. Although there have been limited studies, in depth research conducted in 2012 by the US National Institute of Health found no correlation between implant surgery and cancer.
Generally speaking, the benefits of dental implants far outweigh any cause for concern. If you do have any questions or fears, your implantologist will be happy to discuss these with you.
The early warning signs of mouth cancer that people should look out for are:
The disease can appear in the mouth, lips, head and neck. If you become aware of any of these symptoms, it is important that you get an examination by a dentist as soon as possible. Patients should never be afraid to seek advice or put off booking an appointment if they have any concerns.
Although it is important to look out for the signs and symptoms of mouth cancer as part of your regular oral hygiene routine, one of the best ways to ensure that mouth cancer can be spotted, diagnosed and treated at the earliest possible stage is to ensure you have a regular dental examination.
It may not always be easy to see symptoms yourself, depending where they occur, and some are not easy to distinguish for the untrained eye. Your dentist is trained in what to look for, and will check for any symptoms of mouth cancer as part of your regular examination any time they see you – including at our complimentary consultations. They’ll also be able to examine parts of the mouth that you are unable to see yourself. Early diagnosis gives you the best possible chance of survival. Ensuring you attend your regular checkups will not just help to save your teeth – it could save your life.
To find out more about Mouth Cancer Action Month and learn more about the disease, visit the official website.
If you have any questions or concerns about mouth cancer or would like to book an appointment or enquire about becoming a member today, call now on Luton 01582 518100 or Wolverhampton 01902 500823.
As mouth cancer can strike in a number of places, including the lips, tongue, gums and cheek, it’s extremely important that we all know what to look out for.
Smoking is one of the highest causes of implant failure. This is due to the effects of nicotine and the smoke itself.
Nicotine – constriction of blood vessels, which slows healing
Chemicals – greater susceptibility to infections
The longer it takes for the surrounding bone to heal around the implant, the higher the chances of infection or early implant loss.
Nicotine replacements also cause a slower healing process, but with a lower chance of infection from the tobacco chemicals.
We always recommend quitting smoking!
The football season may have ended but don’t worry, there is plenty more sport on the way to fill the gap. The annual all-star event that is Wimbledon is just around the corner and so too is a packed calendar of rugby, cricket and other popular sporting events. When you think about your average sports star, no doubt you imagine somebody at the peak of their physical condition and health. But here’s a twist for you – the average person is more likely to win a medal when it comes to healthy teeth! In fact, a sportsperson is almost twice as likely to experience dental problems in comparison. So why do athletes have problems with their teeth, and what can we learn from this?
Whilst it is less of a problem for the majority of individuals, receiving blows to the face and mouth is a particular issue for many athletes. This can also affect people who participate in a variety of sports and other activities. Then there is the risk of impacts from objects such as cricket balls or hockey pucks, which can be just as damaging as rugby tackles and collisions.
If you play a contact sport such as rugby, hockey or boxing or enjoy a physically challenging activity that may involve contact with the face, always ensure you are wearing adequate protection such as high-quality gum shields. In all cases, don’t be afraid to seek advice from your dentist about how best to protect your teeth and gums from the risk of damage. If you are part of a team, make sure that the medical staff have procedures in place for damaged teeth – and of course, get yourself to a dentist as soon as possible if you have any loose, chipped or otherwise damaged teeth following a match.
One reason that athletes in particular experience above-average levels of dental problems is that their intensive training programmes tend to make it hard to invest time in routine dental care appointments. Coaches, trainers, physiotherapists and other medical staff all form part of the athlete’s core support team, but dentists seem to be conspicuous by their absence.
If you are a sportsperson, taking the time to visit your dentist at least twice a year – or more frequently if recommended – can really help to identify issues at the earliest stage and address them before they develop into a serious problem.
When you picture the diet of an athlete, you probably see lots of greens, loads of fruit and plenty of lean meat – a perfect picture of a healthy, balanced diet. When it comes to mealtimes, most athletes do indeed tend to eat well. Unfortunately for the teeth, what they consume during training is often far from ideal. The high intake of carbohydrates coupled with consumption of sports drinks and energy supplements is believed to be a big contributor to tooth decay and other problems.
Keen sports people should consider how often they consume sports drinks and similar products. They should opt for low sugar or even sugar-free products wherever suitable. Also a stringent brushing regime is an absolute must for any sports person – even if you do ache by the time you get to the bathroom!
One top tip that can be very effective is to rinse the mouth with plain water each time you consume an energy boosting product – so take advantage of water whenever it’s offered – even if it’s just for your teeth.
We’ve already mentioned how important it is to use water to reduce acid levels in your mouth. Simply staying properly hydrated is just as important for your teeth as it is for your body as a whole.
The frequent dehydration that many sports people experience has now been identified as a major factor in their poor tooth conditions. Research indicates that dehydration reduces the protection offered by saliva. Saliva plays a key role in protection against tooth decay, dental erosion and gum disease.
Whatever you are doing, both work and play, be sure to stay sufficiently hydrated. And as in the previous piece of advice, make it sugar neutral wherever possible for the greatest benefits.
Your immune system plays an important role in helping you to maintain healthy teeth as well as a healthy body. Whether you are a professional athlete, a senior manager, a self-employed business person or a busy parent, the chances are you are constantly under pressure. Being stressed on a regular basis can quickly undermine your immune system. This can have a knock-on effect on your teeth and gums.
To protect your teeth, look for ways to relax, recharge and find a balance. Try to eat a healthy, balanced diet that offers your body the vitamins and minerals it needs. For a sportsperson, this is an absolutely vital part of the regime.
At Perfect Profiles Dental Implant Clinics, there’s not much we can do to protect you from knees, elbows and flying objects – but you can rely on us to get your smile restored once the dust (and bruises) have settled.
We offer a full range of treatments to restore damaged or missing teeth from individual implants to a complete new set – and at prices that are as competitive as you are.
To find out more or book an appointment, call us on Luton 01582 518100 or Wolverhampton 01902 500823. Alternatively, click here to contact us online.
Easter is coming – that much is evident from the incredible amount of sweet delights on display in every supermarket. Apart from Christmas, there is perhaps no other time of year during which we allow ourselves to overindulge. We all know that sugar is bad for the health in general, but what does it do to the teeth? Now seems like a better time than ever to look at this all-important question.
Our mouths are full of bacteria, both good and bad. Essentially, our mouth contains its very own ecosystem. There are bacteria which are good for our oral health and harmful bacteria which create acid and destroy our teeth. Unless you’ve experienced tooth decay, you’ve probably never really paid much attention. Even if you’ve had problems caused by cavities you may not be aware of the constant battle that is being played out inside your mouth.
Harmful bacteria feed on the sugar in your mouth and create acids. These acids then begin to attack the enamel surface of your teeth. It is this shiny protective layer that protects the more delicate inner layers of your teeth as well as the root. As the acids attack, a process known as demineralisation takes place. This is where acids actually cause the minerals to be removed from the enamel.
At the same time, your saliva is constantly helping to fight demineralisation. Saliva is rich in calcium and phosphates, which help to replace the minerals and repair the damage caused by acid. Another key weapon in the fight against cavities is fluoride, which also helps to repair and strengthen damaged enamel.
Saliva and fluoride both help, but if there is a regular supply of new sugar their ability to fight off decay will be extremely limited. If you regularly consume sweets throughout the day the acid levels in your mouth are likely to be kept at a high-level meaning that ultimately bad bacteria wins the day. It is important to note that starchy foods can also be bad news. This is because they stick in the mouth and help to create a perfect environment for acid to grow.
Obviously one of the big problems with Easter is that we can easily find ourselves eating sweet treats throughout the holiday period and thus significantly increasing our risk of tooth decay.
Once the harmful bacteria in your mouth has taken hold and started to seriously damage the outer layer of enamel, cavities can quickly progress into the softer inner layers which offer much less resistance. This will initially lead to discomfort and pain, and ultimately loss of teeth if not treated quickly.
If you have invested in procedures to replace previously damaged or missing teeth, it is essential to avoid cavities in order to ensure the long-term success of your treatment.
Firstly, by maintaining a healthy diet and avoiding both sweet and savoury snacking between meals as much as possible. You should also brush your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes, using a fluoride toothpaste.
Secondly, make sure you keep regular appointments with your dentist, who will be able to monitor the health of your teeth and gums as well as offer personalised advice to help you keep your mouth in the best possible shape.
Here at Perfect Profiles, we offer a range of treatments to help patients with damaged or missing teeth put the smile back on their face, with prices that will also leave you smiling. From tooth whitening and straightening to root canal work and dental implants, we offer a range of top quality, low cost dentistry at some of the best prices available in the UK. To book an appointment now, call us on Wolverhampton 01902 500823 or Luton 01582 518100. Alternatively, click here to contact us online.
Once again, it is the time of year that we focus on Christmas shopping, presents and parties. We don our Christmas jumpers, look forward to celebrating Christmas dinner with our families, and secretly (or not so secretly) dream of snow to give us the perfect white Christmas. But once the festivities are over, our attention quickly shifts to the New Year and the customary resolutions that go with it. For many of us, our health is a key focus for our New Year’s resolutions – and that often includes getting on top of our dental health. So what can you do to help get your teeth off to the right start for 2017? Here are some top tips.
Eating right is a priority for many after what is typically a season of overindulgence. But choosing the right diet will do more than just help your waistline – it will also help to keep your teeth healthy and strong. Recommendations include avoiding sugary snacks and fizzy drinks, due to the huge sugar content of many of the most popular products, as well as other ingredients such as phosphoric and citric acid which are destructive to teeth. If being active is on your list of priorities for the New Year, think carefully about any energy or sports drinks you choose to consume, and opt for low sugar or sugar free if possible.
It is also good to avoid consuming too many starchy foods such as potatoes and bread, which tend to leave significant amounts of residue trapped between your teeth, harbouring bacteria and promoting acid build up. Sadly, that’s goodbye to the chip butty for lunch then…
You may brush your teeth faithfully every day, but are you doing it right? Make it your New Year’s resolution to brush right and give your teeth the best chance to stay healthy. In order to get the maximum benefit from brushing, it is important to brush twice a day for at least two minutes, once before bed to avoid overnight acid build up and once more at another time of day. Choose a fluoride toothpaste for maximum effectiveness, and make sure you cover every surface of the teeth. Supplementing your brushing with floss or interdental brushes can also help to get into any gaps between your teeth.
Did you know…
If you are serious about keeping on top of your oral health in 2017, then getting into the habit of visiting your dentist regularly should be high on your list of priorities. Whether you have been avoiding the dentist completely or simply aren’t too good at keeping your appointments, there are many good reasons why you should change this bad habit. As well as helping to keep your teeth and gums healthy, regular visits are the best way to detect mouth cancer early.
To make it even easier for you to start the New Year the way you mean to go on, Perfect Profiles are offering FREE consultations this festive season, to help you find out exactly what options they have regarding treatment completely free of charge or obligation.
Did you know…
At Perfect Profiles, we can help you to get your smile into tip-top shape for 2017, with a wide range of top quality treatments at some of the most competitive prices available. Our award winning clinics combine the latest technology with top class dental experts to offer you a service like no other.
If your resolution for 2017 is to get your perfect smile, don’t wait – get in touch with a member of the team now to book your FREE Consultation. Call us on Luton 01582 518100, Wolverhampton 01902 500823 or contact us online for a quick response.
Source for facts and figures: http://www.nationalsmilemonth.org/facts-figures/
This month doctors, dentists, pharmacies and others in the healthcare sector have been helping people all over the UK to give up smoking as part of the Government’s ‘Stoptober’ campaign. Whilst the impact of smoking on the heath has received much publicity over recent years, the damage that smoking does to your teeth and gums receives much less attention. So just what does smoking do to your teeth and gums?
With every cigarette you smoke, you are introducing nicotine and tar to your teeth. Both of these substances have a very strong staining effect. It can quickly cause visible changes to the appearance of your teeth. Even after a relatively short time of smoking, smokers can often see a noticeable yellow staining of the teeth. With prolonged or heavy smoking, the staining will get progressively worse and in some cases leave the teeth almost brown. Whilst there are a number of consumer products on the market which claim to remove such staining, the only safe and truly effective remedy is professional cleaning and whitening by a qualified dental expert, which can be an expensive process.
Whilst most people know what saliva is in a general sense, few people know a lot about what saliva is comprised of, why we need it and how it works. Saliva is mostly water, but also contains a number of important proteins and minerals that help to protect tooth enamel and prevent tooth decay and gum disease. One of the ways it achieves this is by reducing the acidity level in the mouth. A healthy body makes between 2 – 4 pints of saliva a day. Smoking causes inflammation of the salivary glands located in the roof of the mouth. Consequently depriving your teeth and gums of this essential protection mechanism.
Plaque is a sticky, colourless film of bacteria that forms over the teeth. It is responsible for that ‘furry’ feeling you experience if you do not brush your teeth for any prolonged period of time. The bacteria in this film produce acids which eat away at your tooth enamel and cause decay. In some cases, the damage can extend into the roots, causing considerable discomfort and damage. When plaque is allowed to stay in your teeth, it can harden into tartar. Tartar forms above and below the gumline and can cause many gum problems. It can only be removed by a dentist with specialist apparatus – brushing will not remove it.
As well as causing several direct problems to your teeth and gums, there are also many indirect effects of smoking. One important effect of smoking is that it introduces carbon monoxide, which attaches to the blood cells and restricts the ability of your blood to carry oxygen to the parts of the body that need it. It is not just your vital organs that are affected by this. Reduced oxygen can cause a significant delay in healing. This includes healing after dental surgery such as tooth extraction or periodontal treatment. Not only can smoking cause you to require surgery – it can also prolong the healing process afterwards.
Making the decision to stop smoking is the single best way to protect your teeth from the many harmful and potentially expensive effects that smoking causes. With so much support available, Stoptober is a great time to make the commitment and give up for good. Whether you are a smoker or have recently stopped, it is essential that you visit your dentist and dental hygienist, who will be able to offer you the best treatment and advice to keep your teeth in the best possible condition, as well as discuss cosmetic solutions such as tooth whitening to restore your shine and help you reclaim your smile.
For more information about how Perfect Profiles can help you restore your smile, give us a call on Luton 01582 518 100 or Wolverhampton 01902 500 823. Alternatively, enquire online for a swift response.