Dental Care and Diabetes

August 17th, 2017

If you’re a diabetes patient, it is no surprise to hear that diabetes affects the health of your entire body – and this includes your mouth, teeth, and gums!

There are a few oral problems to watch for if you have diabetes:

  1. Dry Mouth – Since diabetes decreases saliva flow, it can lead to common issues like soreness, tooth decay, infections, and ulcers.
  2. Gum Inflammation – Diabetes patients have a reduced ability to fight infections and that includes in the mouth, which can lead to gum disease.
  3. Thrush –  Some antibiotics can increase the risk of developing thrush which is a fungal infection of the mouth and tongue. The fungus thrives on the high levels of sugar in the saliva and can give your mouth and tongue a burning feeling.
  4. Inflammation and Poor Healing – People with diabetes will heal more slowly due to reduced blood flow, so it is important to watch for areas of inflammation and healing after oral procedures.

Knowledge is power, so despite the increased risk for certain oral issues if you have diabetes, there are everyday things you can do to help keep your mouth healthy and prevent issues from arising – or minimize the impact if they do:

  1. Maintain normal blood sugars as best as possible.
  2. If you suffer from dry mouth try to reduce dryness by using mouthwash without and focus on hydration.
  3. Keep your mouth clean by brushing approximately 30 minutes after every meal.
  4. Floss regularly.
  5. Take caution when using dental appliances such as retainers and dentures and remove them daily for cleaning.
  6. Keep regular checkups with your dentist at least every 6 months, if not more frequently.
  7. Inform your dentist of your medications and any changes in your health.

If you would like to make an appointment, or to discuss any of your dental concerns or questions, email us at info@lifestyledental.co.uk , or call us on 01772 717316.

Protecting your teeth from sports-related dental injuries

July 19th, 2017

The sun is out and it is summer holiday – does that mean you and your family are spending more time outdoors doing physical activities you don’t regularly do? Most people take advantage of the summer by engaging in sports or other athletic activities – whether purely recreational or using the extra time of the summer to gain additional training for a competitive advantage.

Exercise is extremely healthy for our bodies and it is a good practice to spend time doing physical sports and activities. However, it is important to remember to take proper care of yourself – we often think of things such as hydration, sun-protection, helmets and eye protection, but how regularly do you think about and take care for the protection of your teeth?

A summer sports related injury can easily result in a dental injury leaving you wishing you had taken proper precautions to protect your teeth from permanent damage.

Additionally, since blood supply to the head is abundant, injuries to the mouth typically result in extreme bleeding which can be frightening, and even dangerous if too much blood is lost.

While sports and other physical activities do present a risk for a dental injury, you can easily minimize the risk by using a mouth guard. There are three types of mouth guards to choose from:

  • Stock Mouthguards
    Stock mouthguards are sold ready-to-use. They are quick, convenient, and the cheapest type of guard – which means, of course, that the level of protection they provide is the least as well.
  • Mouth-formed Mouthguards
    Mouth-formed guards, or “Boil and Bite” Mouthguards, are the most common type of mouthguard used. The appliance is custom fitted by you easily at home and offers a better fit than off-the-shelf stock mouthguards.
  • Custom Mouthguard
    Your dentist can provide you with a custom-fit mouthguard which is formed using custom dental impressions of your mouth. Custom mouthguards are the most expensive option, but provide maximum comfort, and most importantly, the best protection for your teeth.

If you would like to make an appointment for fitting of a custom mouthguard, or to discuss any of your dental concerns or questions, email us at info@lifestyledental.co.uk , or call us on 01772 717316.

Dental Implants – What Can Be Achieved

June 13th, 2017

IN this blog post we wanted to share what a difference a fixed bridge can make to your life here are some questions answered by a recent patient who underwent this procedure

Here are a few questions answered by a patient who had implants and a fixed bridge, he had a denture prior to this which he no longer need

Question 1: What was the obstacle in your mind that would have prevented you from having this treatment done?
Previously Cost

2: What did you find as a result of having the treatment done?

An enormous improvement in my quality of life.

3: What was the one thing you liked the most about having this treatment or coming to Lifestyle Dental?

I received excellent service over a period of 7 months

4: What would be three other benefits of having this treatment?
A Appearance
B Oral comfort
C NO DENTURES !!!!!
5: Would you recommend Lifestyle Dental to your friends if so why?

Yes certainly, There is a very good “feeling” about the practice and it is extremely well equipped.

R Taylor Blackburn

Keeping a Clean Mouth When on the Go

May 30th, 2017

Cleen-TeethYou may have heard that it is recommended to brush your teeth after eating for optimum dental health. But, for most of us that is just unrealistic as we’re on the go more often than not.

If you’re looking for ways to promote oral health and clean teeth throughout the day, even when on the go … here are some dentist-recommended tips:

  1. Chew gum
    If you’re a gum-chewer, you’ll be pleased to hear that there are healthy benefits to chewing gum that will make your mouth happy! Chewing sugarless gum for about 20 minutes after eating can help promote dental health. Chewing gum increases saliva flow in the mouth – saliva helps neutralize and wash away acids left on the teeth and gums.
  2. Wipe teeth clean with teeth wipes
    Wipe away food particles and acid build-up on the surface of your teeth and gums with a teeth wipe product. There are several teeth wipe products available on the market. Teeth wipes are a sleeve that slides over your finger which you then wipe over your teeth.
  3. Try disposable mini toothbrushes
    Disposable mini brushes will enable you to brush up on the go – small bristles and a freshening bead give you clean teeth and fresh breath. The great part is no water or rinsing is necessary, so you can use them anytime, anywhere!
  4. Floss on the go with flossers
    Flossers are a great option for attacking food stuck between your teeth. You don’t have to wait until the end of the day to floss your teeth – carry flossers with you and use them after eating, especially foods that are prone to getting stuck between teeth such as popcorn, corn on the cob, beef jerky, or ribs.
  5. Drink water
    Drinking water after eating can help wash away acid and loose food particles left behind in your mouth and gums. For an added bonus in combating cavities choose water with fluoride.

If you would like to make an appointment to discuss any of your dental concerns or questions, email us at info@lifestyledental.co.uk , or call us on 01772 717316.

Consequences of Tooth loss

May 25th, 2017

This Infographic shows what happens when you lose your teeth if your concerned give us a call on 01772 717316

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what happens when you loose your teeth

Caring for Dental Implants

May 10th, 2017

DentalImplantImageIf you have implants or are considering implants it is important to consider your oral care. Having good oral hygiene habits are always beneficial, but especially so when you have implants. The hygiene of your implant-supported teeth is just as important as that of your natural teeth, as both rely on healthy tissue for support.

After your implants are in place you will want to ensure you’re cleaning around them in the proper way. Dental implants are attached to your bone and gums in a different way than natural teeth, and implants are made of a different material than natural teeth.

Implants are made with titanium, which is a metal that naturally fuses with your bone. Natural teeth have a greater blood vessel supply through which it can bring cells and nutrients, and is therefore more readily able to resist and fight against infection. Therefore, if you are ever concerned with your oral health, especially the tissue and gums around an implant, do not delay – contact your dentist right away.

As with natural teeth, plaque builds up on implants and needs to be cleaned on a daily basis.

At home, it is important to maintain regular brushing and flossing habits for optimum oral health: brushing at least twice a day, in addition to after meals or acidic foods, and flossing at least once a day.

If you would like to make an appointment to discuss any of your dental concerns or questions, email us at info@lifestyledental.co.uk , or call us on 01772 717316.

 

 

Braces at Lifestyle Dental and Implant Clinic

May 8th, 2017

A recent review with regards to braces at Lifestyle Dental and Implant Clinic

 

Oral Health Is Important For Whole Body Health

May 3rd, 2017

dentist-1664033_640No matter your age, your oral health is an important window into your overall health.

Oral health can reveal signs of:

  • signs of nutritional deficiencies
  • general infection
  • systemic diseases

Some health issues that affect the whole body, may first be discovered because of mouth lesions or other oral problems.

So, don’t delay, schedule your 6-month dental checkup today by emailing us at info@lifestyledental.co.uk, or calling us on 01772 717316.

3 Tips for Your Oral Health as You Age

April 6th, 2017

As we age our bodies change, and this is true for our teeth and gums, too! Not only that, but the everyday wear and tear of life can take a toll on your teeth. Here are three tips on what to expect and how to maintain oral health as you grow in years and wisdom:

  1. Take it easy … reduce the wear and tear on your teeth
    Teeth are very strong and this is still true as you age, however, like all things they can be worn down. A lifetime of use chewing, grinding, biting, and tearing cause your teeth to wear down over time. To help combat this, be conscious of the stress you are putting on your teeth and when possible cut down on chewing hard foods or ice that can cause damage.
  2. Attack dry mouth
    As you age you may experience dry mouth caused by a reduced flow of saliva. Saliva is important to lubricate your mouth, wash foods away, and combat acids produced by plaque. The easiest way to combat dry mouth is to drink more water. You can also suck sugarless candy or chewing gum.
  3. Keep an eye out for changes in your mouth
    Keep a diligent eye on your mouth and oral health looking for changes including pain and bleeding as well as changes to your tooth color, and gums and speak with your dentist about it.

To discuss any of your dental concerns or questions, email us at info@lifestyledental.co.uk , or call us on 01772 717316.

5 Truths About Cavities

March 29th, 2017

Cavities are not child’s play! Here are 5 truths about cavities you should know 🙂

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  1. Tooth decay can be caused by exposure to acidic foods
    Acids in the foods you eat and drink can cause your tooth enamel to wear away, weakening your teeth and ultimately lead to tooth decay.
  2. Cavities happen without the presence of pain
    The truth is if you have pain it is because you have advanced damage affecting your nerve. Visit with your dentist every 6 months in order to maintain oral health and identify mild tooth decay before it gets worse leading to pain and more intensive treatment plans.
  3. Sensitive teeth is not always a sign of decay
    If you have sensitive teeth it could be a sign of decay, but that is not always the case. You could have hypersensitive teeth or various other causes which lead to sensitivity.
  4. Small spaces and gaps in your teeth encourage cavities
    Smaller gaps in your teeth are harder to clean and therefore are more susceptible to tooth decay.
  5. Oral hygiene is the best way to prevent cavities
    That’s right, brushing and flossing is the best way to prevent cavities! Brush at least twice a day with a fluoridated toothpaste to help prevent cavities.

If you have any concerns about your oral health, make a visit with your dentist right away. To discuss any of your dental concerns or questions, email us at info@lifestyledental.co.uk , or call us on 01772 717316.