Putting Trust In Your Replacement Teeth With Implants

Losing a tooth can leave patients with a dilemma.

Unless we have neglected our teeth for some time, and acknowledge doing so; for most people, losing a tooth can come as something of a shock. Especially if it is a visible front tooth, we are not likely to want to live with a gap where a tooth should be, particularly when we smile!

Many patients come to see our Chelmsford dentists, concerned that they don’t want to wear dentures, often because their parents did and they saw how awkward this could make eating, or even sometimes speaking, whilst wearing them.

Confidence

Although dentures now offer a realistic looking tooth replacement method, the problem of stability has not yet been entirely overcome, and probably never will be. Whilst they are OK for eating some foods, others will present problems and may cause them to become dislodged whilst you are eating; something which could prove embarrassing in certain social circles.

It is certainly no fun having little or no confidence that your teeth are going to remain where they should, and some people take the easy option of avoiding social eating rather than suffer the embarrassment of wobbly dentures.

Thankfully, this problem can now be remedied through the placing of dental implants.

Why dental implants?

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Six Risks To Your Oral Health From Smoking

Stopping smoking should be high on your list of New Year resolutions, and here’s why!

It may sometimes seem like we repeat ourselves quite often about the importance of stopping smoking.

We make no apologies for this, as, even if one person reads our blog and stops smoking, we feel that it will have been worthwhile. Smoking causes many problems within our mouth, as well as increasing the risk of lung cancer and heart problems.

At Blue Sky Dental, we can certainly help you to manage your oral health even if you do smoke, but we would encourage you to read the damage that this habit can do in our blog below, and hopefully, you may find encouragement to stop.

Halitosis

Not the most dangerous problem that smoking can cause, but one that may well lose you a few friends. No one likes to stand close in conversation with someone with smelly breath, and smoking means that this may well happen to you.

Yellow teeth

Aside from any discolouration caused by other means, it is almost certain that if you smoke to any extent, you will find that your teeth become quite yellow, or even brown in the case of heavy smokers.

Gum disease

This is a serious problem and can result in the loss of teeth if not managed correctly. Smoking can cause a dry mouth which, in turn, often leads to an increase in harmful bacteria in the mouth. Over time, this can damage the gums and bone in which your teeth are held.

Infection healing

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An Open Letter To Teenagers From A Chelmsford Dentist

Responsibility grows as we become older;  taking care of your teeth is an important aspect of this!

Teenagers, the world over, revel in the additional freedom that they gain at this time of their lives.

There are many exciting things to be discovered; some good, and some bad. With this excitement though, comes responsibility. You will find that you are expected to do things, such as brush your teeth, without being reminded. Sadly, this does not always happen and the consequences then soon become clear.

In today’s blog, our Blue Sky Dental team take a look at issues surrounding dental care that may especially (although not necessarily exclusively), affect teenagers.

Brush your teeth

We may as well get this one out of the way before we start. It doesn’t matter what age you are, you still need to clean your teeth well. Use a toothbrush that is no older than three months. Use a fluoride toothpaste. Use dental floss. See a dentist and hygienist every six months and you will have made a good start to taking responsibility for your own oral health.

Cigarettes and alcohol

Although probably less the traditional late teenage vices that they once were, many teenagers will, unfortunately, experiment with cigarettes and alcohol. Aside from any general health concerns, these are both very bad for your teeth and gums. Smoking especially increases the risk of both periodontitis and oral cancer. Drinking excessively also contributes significantly to these problems.

Oral piercings

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Brushing Is Great; But You Need To Do More….

gum disease checks

Simple morning and evening brushing is not enough to keep your teeth healthy.

“Brush, brush, brush your teeth” is a song that many children know well, sung to the tune of ‘row, row, row your boat’, but is this tuneful advice sufficient to really keep your teeth strong and healthy?

Not according to the British Dental Health Foundation, in a recent report.

Even though it is generally good advice, when done correctly, brushing your teeth should form only a part, albeit an important one, of your daily oral health care. In today’s blog, we offer additional advice for our Chelmsford patients, about what they need to do to really take good care of their teeth and gums.

Efficient brushing

The fact is that even the most efficient brushing method will only clean a little over half of the surface of a tooth. This means that there are plenty of places where decay can occur. If you brush less effectively, perhaps using an old worn toothbrush, the situation becomes even worse.

Whilst brushing the teeth and gum-line with a good quality toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste is a good start, more needs to be done to protect your teeth and gums from decay and gum disease.

Not just ‘optional extras’

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Should Older Patients Just ‘Accept’ Poor, Unstable Teeth?

Our Chelmsford dentists look at why oral health care in the elderly is particularly important.

With regular care and monitoring by a dentist, there is no real reason why we should not expect our teeth to be healthy and nice looking when we are younger.

As we grow older though, our teeth face an increasing number of challenges, especially if we accelerate this with poor habits such as smoking.

Later in life, we may feel that our teeth are less important, and especially the way that they look. Whilst once, it may have been true that dentistry could only do so much for poor teeth in older people, modern dental care now means that you can expect to have healthy teeth well into your old age.

Keep your dental appointments

To make sure that your teeth and gums are healthy well into your later years, it is essential that you see one of our Chelmsford dentists regularly. Any minor problems, such as small areas of tooth decay, can be treated, helping you to retain your natural teeth for much longer. Hygienist visits should also be added to your schedule, especially if you don’t see one already. Gum disease is more common in older patients and a professional, regular clean will help to keep this in check.

Restorations

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Dentists – Oral Health Protectors or ‘Killjoys’?

Learning to like your local dentist!

We are aware that dentists are probably somebody that you would rather never have to see; not on a personal level of course, but on a professional one.

Whilst the vast majority of patients don’t mind having a dental check up at our Chelmsford practice, there is always the possibility that we may detect a problem that requires dental treatment; and we’d be fooling ourselves to think that would be high on anyone’s list of fun things to do!

Add to the above, the possibility we may advise that you stop doing some of the things that you enjoy doing, perhaps including eating sweets, smoking or even drinking alcohol, and it can appear that our role is predominantly to stop you enjoying yourself. The reality though, is that many ‘good’ things in life do have consequences, and, below, we look at some of the problems that are very likely to occur if you regularly avoid visiting Blue Sky Dental for your routine checks.

Genetics

Some patients might be fortunate in having healthy family genes that reduce the risk of some dental problems. This does not mean that your teeth are impervious however, and continual exposure to sugar will eventually damage the enamel and may lead to tooth decay or even root canal infections. Accidents may also cause small sections of a tooth to break, possibly resulting in the same problems.

Ignoring issues, such as those above, will cause the decay to spread, until such a time that you are probably in significant pain, and beyond the stage where a filling, crown or root canal procedure could be used to save the natural tooth. At this stage, it will need to be extracted.

Domino effect

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Bruxism – Causes And Repair

Dental Specialist in Chelmsford, Essex

Teeth grinding – your Chelmsford dentist discusses this damaging habit.

It is easy to shake our heads in disbelief when we sometimes watch the news on TV. This type of frustration though may go even further and may be causing us to undergo a particularly damaging habit for our teeth. Not only is it damaging, but it is also quite difficult to stop as it often occurs during our sleep. We are talking, of course, about teeth grinding, or bruxism.

It is generally thought that bruxism occurs when we are under stress and whilst we can turn off the TV, there are many other things that may happen in our daily life to cause us stress, whether that occurs in our work or our home lives.

Prevention

We will discuss the damage and possible dental restorations shortly, but there is little point in attempting to restore damaged teeth whilst the patient is still grinding their teeth. Unfortunately, there is no ‘quick fix’ for this problem and it may take some time to overcome. Some causes of stress may end quite quickly when circumstances naturally change, such as prior to undergoing a medical procedure.

However, some stress inducing problems may be longer lasting and this can have long term consequences for your teeth, and indeed, your general health. There are many books and websites that deal with reducing stress and you may wish to investigate some of these, such as meditation, relaxation, or breathing exercises. Of course, you should also seek professional medical guidance from your doctor.

Restoration

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Love Your Gums

Blue Sky Dental in Chelmsford

Being kind to your gums will help you to keep your teeth well into later life.

As children, many of us will have suffered from toothache, perhaps caused by inferior brushing and too many sweets. However well our parents encouraged us to clean our teeth, we possibly did the bare minimum and suffered because of it. As adults, we remember those occasions, and, on the whole, now brush our teeth much more diligently.

The above regimen should go a long way, along with seeing your local dentist regularly, in keeping your teeth healthy and free from tooth decay. Too often though, our gums, an equally important part of our mouth, do not receive the same care and attention which can lead to infections that may potentially lead to tooth loss.

Healthy gums

Our gum health is important. Gum disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss in the UK, something few people probably recognise. It is increasingly being linked with serious illnesses such as heart disease and Alzheimer’s and although this is still being studied, there are certainly enough potential links for it to be taken seriously.

Thankfully, having healthy gums is not too difficult to achieve, although for some people, such as diabetics, the risks are greater than in others.

Keep them clean

When you brush your teeth, you should always make sure to also lightly brush your gums. This will help to remove a sticky substance known as plaque, which is, in fact, a collection of bacteria. Although you may not mostly even be aware of this, it is always present and needs to be kept under control. As bacteria thrive in a dry and warm environment, you may have noticed this when you have woken up dehydrated, with a sticky feeling in your mouth.

Plaque will also gather between the teeth, and although brushing will help, it does not always remove the plaque from this hard to reach area. Dental floss should be used to remove this and we are happy to show you how to do this if you find it difficult. Make sure too, to angle your toothbrush towards the gums so that it can clean just below the gum line where plaque, and small food particles can collect.

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Your Suitability For Dental Implant Placement In Chelmsford

Initial checks for our Essex dental implant patients.

It is now fairly well established that dental implants probably offer the most secure and long lasting option for replacing missing teeth. It is also possible that, in the years ahead, implants will become the norm as the use of dentures fades away.

Can anyone have dental implants placed though? In general, the answer is yes, but in today’s Blue Sky Dental blog, we look at some of the factors which may make the procedure and their longevity more complex in some patients than in others.

Bone density

One factor that can delay the placement of a dental implant is when x-rays show a deterioration in bone density in the area where the implant is due to be placed. This can happen for a number of reasons including loss of bone following tooth loss, advanced gum disease and social habits such as smoking or alcohol consumption. Providing that the patient is able to maintain a healthy mouth following the implant procedure though, this problem can usually be overcome through bone augmentation (bone graft) or a sinus lift. This will delay the start of the implant procedure but should not prevent it.

Diabetes

Whilst diabetics can have dental implants placed, it is important for patients with this, and some other illnesses, to be aware of the additional risks associated with their condition. Diabetics are known to be more prone to gum disease, a problem which could cause peri-implantitis and potentially the loss of the dental implant. Providing that the patient ensures that they clean and floss well around the area, and perhaps have additional professional monitoring at our Chelmsford dental practice, this should not prevent implant placement in most cases.

Bruxism

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Should You Use Charcoal Toothpaste?

Does this new product work, and is it safe to use?

From time to time, a new type of product goes viral, sometimes with a celebrity endorsement or two. Quite often, these are ‘natural’ solutions to a particular problem and usually, on the surface, seem to be safe. It would, therefore, appear that there is little harm in, at least, trying them.

Currently, the trend seems to be in favour of the use of activated charcoal which is increasingly appearing in face masks, lips balms and other cosmetics, as well as in toothpastes. In this role, it is said to act as a tooth whitener, but does it?

Scratching the surface

Like many teeth whitening toothpastes, those that contain charcoal attempt to whiten the teeth by removing surface staining. Care should be taken here, as this could also cause damage to the enamel of your teeth, making it more prone to sensitivity and even decay.

Some of these toothpastes containing charcoal have also been found to have lower than recommended levels of fluoride in them. This is potentially harmful to your teeth as fluoride helps to protect the enamel, strengthening them against problems like tooth decay.

Celebrity endorsements

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