1. What are wisdom teeth and why are they so often removed?

    30th August 2012 by thecourtyardclinic

    They are the last teeth to develop and the last to appear as we reach maturity. Sometimes they don’t appear, but become impacted inside the jaw. This occurs because our jawbones have a finite amount of space for teeth, and since wisdom teeth are the last to erupt, there might not be enough space left for them.

    When there is a space problem and poor alignment or impaction, it is usually best to remove the wisdom teeth, preventing future problems that could include infection in the jaw or premature loss of the healthy teeth ahead of the wisdom teeth.
    Some people believe that impacted wisdom teeth can cause the lower teeth to start to cross over and become misaligned, but this has never been proven to be the case.

  2. How can I deal with continual bad breath?

    20th August 2012 by thecourtyardclinic

    By practicing good dental hygiene. Brush after eating, and floss daily.
    Bad breath is the odor of certain sulphur compounds, which are created by bacteria in the mouth. Brushing and flossing will remove bacteria, but the mouth is never entirely free of bacteria, and they multiply if left to themselves. That’s why you must brush and floss often.
    Include your tongue when you brush, especially the back area where a mucus layer develops that hides bacteria.
    If you have a dry mouth, consult a dentist on how to increase the saliva flow. Adequate saliva benefits us by cleaning the mouth, removing particles that can create odour.

  3. Happy patient!

    15th August 2012 by thecourtyardclinic

    Dear Alison,

    Please pass on my thanks to Doctor George for today’s appointment (although of course, all of my treatment appointments have been impressive) and her dedication to my cause. I really appreciate the time and attention that is always given to my teeth (and me!).

    Thank you to Sue and you yourself, who always make me feel relaxed and manage to raise more than a few laughs from me!

    Feamle, Chertsey

  4. What's the best way to keep my teeth clean?

    by thecourtyardclinic

    Regular brushing and flossing is the basis of good dental hygiene. Brushing should be two or three times a day, preferably after each meal, though flossing can be done just at bedtime. Use only a medium (not hard) toothbrush.
    See your dental hygienist every 4-6 months. However, due to certain gum conditions some individuals may require a more frequent cleaning schedule. Brushing and flossing, if done faithfully, will remove most plaque, (that sticky film that continuously forms over our teeth) but any that remains will harden into tartar, which cannot be brushed off. The hygienist will remove it, along with accumulated stains from coffee, soda, tea, tobacco and red wine (the most common staining culprits).

    What causes gum disease?
    Most often, it is poor dental hygiene. When the teeth and gums are not kept clean enough, plaque builds up. Plaque holds bacteria. At some point, the bacteria get in between the teeth and the gums and cause an infection. As the infection progresses, pockets form, resulting in spaces between the teeth and gums.

    Now there is an established cycle, which is hard to break. Bacteria create pockets. The pockets hold bacteria, which multiply and enlarge the pockets, enabling more bacteria to dwell there. Infection develops. This starts out as gingivitis, and it’s the early stage of gum disease.
    You’ll notice it because the gums become red and swollen and may bleed while brushing or flossing. Regular visits with your hygienist combined with impeccable home care breaks this cycle and creates an environment for healthy gums.

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