Archive for February, 2010

Sensitive Teeth

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

There are many reasons behind sensitive teeth. Here are some of the most common:

  • Brushing injuries: usually on the outer surfaces of the teeth facing the lips and the cheeks. Brushing hard can damage the gums and make them recede, exposing the sensitive root surface. The root surface is not covered with the hard enamel, which makes it vulnerable to hard brushing and more damage.
  • Grinding/clenching: If you grind/clench your teeth, small cracks can develop in the tooth enamel making it sensitive to temperature changes or sweet and sour.
  • Drinking acidic juices or fizzy drinks frequently: Frequent consumption of these beverages dissolves the hard enamel and the sensitive dentine is exposed.
  • Bulimia: a characteristic of this eating disorder is self-induced vomiting. This exposes the teeth to the acidic content of the stomach leading to the dissolving of the enamel and the exposing of the sensitive dentine.
  • Bad habits: such as biting nails or pens.
  • Broken teeth or broken fillings.
  • Gum disease: If you suffer from gum disease, the gums around the teeth will recede and the sensitive part of the teeth is exposed.

If you experience teeth sensitivity, see your dentist for treatment. This may vary depending on the cause.

There are many products that you can buy over the counter to treat the symptoms of teeth sensitivity.

Tips to minimise teeth sensitivity:

  • If you are a hard-brusher change to a softer toothbrush
  • Use toothpastes for sensitive teeth
  • Use mouthwashes containing Fluoride to strengthen the teeth
  • If you are a grinder/clencher you need to see your dentist who will provide you with a bite guard to protect your teeth from the grinding forces.
  • If you have broken teeth or fillings see your dentist for treatment.

Posted by Dr. Yasmin George

Watch what you drink….!!

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

You may want to reconsider reaching for a soft drink or sugar-laden fruit drink the next time you’re in the mood for a beverage. Other than the high caloric content of such drinks, these drinks can have a profoundly damaging effect on your tooth enamel. The culprits – citric acid and sugar. The average soft drink currently contains approximately 17 grams of sugar. That’s a tad more sugar than is found in 4 sugar cubes! Yuck.

What’s even more alarming as far as I’m concerned is that many soft drinks and fruit drinks contain citric acid. Citric acid is an acid which dissolves tooth enamel …combine this with the drink being fizzy (carbon dioxide and water make carbonic acid…!!) and you have an even more erosive cocktail! These drinks can be very danaging to teeth, particularly in youngsters who seem to consume several such drinks a day.

Increasingly we are seeing tooth decay and sensitivity caused by soft drink consumption…..our medical colleagues are also concerned about the longterm effects of carbonated drinks on the bony skeleton.

So best  advice is to drink plenty of milk and more water!!

Posted by Dr. Yasmin George.

Oral Cancer

Friday, February 19th, 2010

Did you know that in the UK, oral cancer is more common in men than women?

Studies have shown that the risk of developing oral cancer increases with age. In the UK the majority of cases occur in people aged 50 or over.

At least three-quarters of oral cancers could be prevented by the elimination of tobacco smoking and a reduction in alcohol consumption. At The Courtyard Clinic we have wonderful resources to help our patients reduce or stop smoking; our team is skilled and motivated to provide smoking cessation advice. The Courtyard Clinic also works with recommended individuals that provide coaching, mentoring and counseling therapy.

When in the sun for work or pleasure it’s very important to protection against UV irradiation. Lip block should be used to reduce the incidence of lip cancers.

Our community in Surrey is a very cosmopolitan one. Different ethnic groups have different cultures. Studies have shown betel or areca nut chewing in the south Asian and Chinese populations does have a higher incident of oral cancer development.

At The Courtyard Clinic we delighted to offer our patients a cancer screening service which will help identify possible early lesions. This service is inclusive of our examination fees.  We feel that regular screening of our patient’s mouths will help indentify early lesions, this would help treat our patients earlier and quicker.Our philosophy is to provide education and support to all our patients.

What toothpaste to use?

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

What tooth paste to use?

Toothpastes are essentially fluoride based pastes that are used with a tooth brush to clean your teeth. There are various types of toothpaste on the market to deal with various types of situations. 

Here are some examples:

From our experience,  for patients that have sensitive teeth, a good choice is to use the brand Sensodyne , the  company has extensive experience and research when helping provide patients with toothpastes that help with sensitivity . Pro enamel Sensodyne and Sensodyne Total Care are such examples. 

Patients that have an underlying gum problemscan use a toothpaste developed by Corsodyl which has been designed as an additional level of care…. to help reduce the effects of harmful plaque and bacteria. The Corsodyl daily tooth paste can help reduce the effects of the problems caused by gum disease  and help increase success of gum treatment.

 For individuals who are looking for an ‘all round’ performer the toothpaste from Colgate, Colgate Total is a good paste to use. With a 12 hour activity in the mouth, it helps keep the mouth fresh and reduces plaque activity as well. 

Of course there are a lot of whitening toothpastes on the market. Do they work? Opinions vary depending on the product, and results can be slow to achieve….so our view is to  discuss with your dentist, what you want to achieve in terms of an improvement or change  in the  colour of your teeth……

We  hope this information has been helpful

Written by Dr. Y George and Dr. A. Dodia.

Bad breath..do I have it?

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

This is a question we often get asked….and it is our professional responsibility to give an honest reply…if the answer is ‘yes’ , there is plenty of advice and treatment we can offer.

The cause of bad breath is most often due to a cavity or cavities or due to gum disease and trapped food or plaque not being removed. Sometimes however the cause can be a stomach or digestive disorder. But first a dental cause must be eliminated before our medical colleagues step in.  So regular check ups will ensure that a cavity is not overlooked, as often dental decay does not hurt so you may not be aware of the problem. Then regular visits to a good hygienist will make sure that the gums are healthy and that a good home maintenance routine is being followed. Using small brushes or dental tape to clean between the teeth is particularly good as this is where the toothbrush can’t always get.

Implant Course

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

Using her  ’day off’ for ongoing education…. Dr. Yasmin George spent Monday 1st February with 400 other ‘like minded’ dentists, and attended a Study Day hosted by  the Association of Dental Implantology and held at Savoy Place in London.

A panel of experts from around the world were on hand to discuss the latest research and evidence in the field of Dental Implants.

 It was agreed that patients who do not smoke and have very good oral hygiene will see their implants lasting for many, many years to come.