Here is a quick blog on looking out for signs of gum disease. Gum disease can be something which can affect people at any age and can be the result of any number of causes. However, it isn’t always easy to identify if you do have gum disease, as the condition can be painless and invisible in the early stages. To try and help you spot it early, we’ve put together the top 5 signs you may have gum disease.
Bad breath that will not go away
This is a sign of gum disease that is perhaps easier to spot than others. If you have bad breath, and it is a constant thing, then it is possible you have gum disease, as there’s a chance there are bacteria building up under the gum line which is causing the unpleasant odour.
This is another sign of gum disease which is something you might notice. If you have sore teeth on a constant basis, and they hurt when you’re not eating, and they hurt when you do, then it could be an indicator that you have problems within the gums themselves that you can see, which might suggest gum disease.
If the pink parts of the gums begin to shrink or disappear, it could be a problem which has been brought about as a result of gum disease. The more of the tooth that is exposed, the more of the gum you’ve lost. If the tooth looks longer than usual, then it could be an indicator of gum disease.
Swollen or tender gums
Brushing your teeth can cause pain to the gums, especially if you’re quite rough with the toothbrush. However, if you’re always suffering from sore gums, and they seem either swollen to the touch or painful, you could be suffering from gum disease.
Bleeding when you brush
While this can arise from not brushing for extended periods of time and then taking a toothbrush to your mouth, bleeding gums can also be down to gum disease which has been building up over time. If you do bleed from the gums when you brush them, then it is entirely possible that you have gum disease and you simply were not aware of it.
Overall, these are just a few of the signs that you have gum disease, but it hasn’t yet become apparent that you do. While there are other signs that the disease is beginning to form, these are some of the most evident and easy to spot signs that something is wrong. A visit to your local dentist is usually a good idea, as they will be able to correctly identify if you do have gum disease, and then suggest ways to combat it or provide you with something to help you. Gum disease can potentially be a big problem if left unchecked, resulting in damage to the gums and the possible loss of teeth, so making sure that you properly check for gum disease and then take the correct steps to combat it or prevent it is vital to keep your teeth in good condition.
Watch this informative video on gum disease signs
If you are suffering from any of these symptoms then why not speak to Dr Rajan today and we can begin to help you, we use the latest in Waterlase dentistry and are dental phobia accredited so you can rest assured you are in great hands. We serve the whole of Central London from our Fitzrovia dental clinic that is designed to make you relax from the second you walk in the door. Book your free consultation today.
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There a whole range of teeth whitening products available in stores and online. The prices range from £5 to a few hundred pounds. These over the counter teeth whitening products promise you that your teeth will be several shades whiter within a few applications but this has not been proven and the products may put your oral health at risk. Some beauty salons offer a teeth whitening service but this is illegal, teeth whitening should only be done by a registered dentist or a by a regulated dental professional such as: a dental hygienist, a dental therapist or on a prescription which has been prescribed by a registered dentist.
The effects of DIY whitening kits can range from mild to severe damage to your teeth. Here are some of the side effects that over the counter whitening products can produce.
Teeth whitening products can cause damage to the nerves in your teeth. With the harsh chemicals, bleach and poorly fitted mouth guard nerves are susceptible to getting damaged or infected. For someone who has deep cavities, whether they’re aware about it or not, the bleach can have a direct route into the blood vessels, bone and root of the tooth. The bleach can cause irreversible nerve damage which will cause a very bad toothache and may require antibiotics and/or extraction of the tooth.
Many DIY bleaching kits have very high acidity. As well as damaging your teeth, the bleach can give you an upset stomach when swallowed. Many over the counter kits come with a standard sized mouth guard. The mouth guard is poorly fitted, therefore it is very easy for the bleach to be swallowed. This causes burning, discomfort and nausea, continual swallowing of the bleach if agents can irreversibly damage the lining of your stomach.
Tooth Erosion and Sensitivity
The chemicals in tooth whitening kits can be harsh on your teeth. The main ingredients are Hydrogen Peroxide and Bicarbonate, these are very abrasive. These chemicals will start to erode the enamel on your teeth The enamel is the shiny coating which covers your teeth but it is not just for cosmetic purposes. Enamel is there to protect your teeth from decay, if the enamel becomes eroded, it is more likely that tooth decay and discolouration will happen. This means tooth whitening can become harder to fix in the long run. This can happen more quickly in some people than others. The tooth erosion can also lead to sensitive teeth which will cause you discomfort when brushing, eating and drinking certain things.
Continued use of over the counter teeth whitening kits can cause extensive damage to your gums. High concentrations of Hydrogen Peroxide can make your gums become infected which can have severe consequences on your
As being one of the premier cosmetic dentists in London providing Invisalign services and a multitude of others, we thought we would be display to you some recent cosmetic dentistry treatments and their outcomes with you. You can really get a feel for the kind of things people want to change with their smile and their teeth and it is not always about teeth whitening or straightening teeth.
First up we have a Enlighten Teeth Whitening client with two E-Max Veneers, you can see from the pictures of the before and afters below how the veneer and colour change has transformed his smile.
The next customer was a bit unusual for us, but no less complicated. We treated a customer that wanted a tattoo removal from the gum line using the latest in waterlase techniques which meant literally no pain or discomfort. See the before and after pictures below.
This customer below had his smile transformed using the same day CEREC E-Max 6-unit smile makeover technique that has made us so popular in London for teeth whitening services. The transformation of all the teeth, cleaning of the stains and has brought a rejuvenated smile and air of confidence back.
This client wanted her bottom and top teeth fully whitened using the Enlighten Teeth Whitening and CEREC E-Max Bridge, as you can see she already has great teeth that are well aligned, but the teeth whitening really makes them stand out.
This customer, you can really see the difference. He wanted to totally transform his smile so we added 12 Unit dental veneers along with a full same day smile makeover to clean them from the start. This really is a great before and after and shows you want can be achieved.
We all know that oral health is important, but not just for cosmetic reasons. Did you know that it can affect on your general health? Your oral health can offer substantial clues about your body and identifies how your mouth, teeth and gums can have an impact on your overall health.
The link between your mouth and body
Poor oral hygiene can easily be hidden inside your mouth and is relatively easy to dismiss,, this makes it easy for gum disease to develop and go unnoticed. Gum disease is an infection of the tissues that support your teeth. This is caused by a build of bacteria and plaque. Too much of this bacteria will cause your gums to inflame and bleed. The inflammation affects your blood stream and over a long period of time, this can damage your blood vessels which lead to vital organs such as your brain and heart. Many people don’t realise that gum disease can lead to further problems in your body and it can also increase complications in those with existing medical conditions.
What health problems could oral health be linked with?
- Heart disease
- Pregnancy complications
- Respiratory problems
- Mental Health
Heart disease and Strokes
Your mouth plays a key role in keeping your heart healthy. People with gum disease are twice as more likely to develop heart disease or complications of the heart. This is because gum disease affects the blood flow to your heart as bacteria enters your bloodstream. The build up of bacteria on your bloodstream can cause inflammation of blood vessels and produce protein. The protein causes platelets in the blood to stick together inside your blood vessels, which leads to clots forming. These clots reduce normal blood flow and deprives the heart of vital oxygen and nutrients it needs. This could ultimately lead to a heart attack or stroke. .
People with diabetes are particularly vulnerable when it comes to gum disease. Diabetics are more prone to developing infections due to their low immunity. This make infections longer and more difficult to heal. Gum disease increases the blood sugar which can affect diabetic with a range of complications. Because of the increase of blood sugar, gum disease can cause diabetes to develop in those who did not previously have it.
Pregnant women who have gum disease are more likely to have complications such as premature birth or low birth weight babies. This is because the biological chemicals from the bacteria build up in the saliva and get into the bloodstream. The level of chemicals can cause premature labour which can lead to a range of problems for your baby.
Gum disease can cause a range of respiratory infections. Chest infections can be caught by breathing in small droplets of bacteria from the mouth and throat. Bacterial chest infections can develop into pneumonia which can be life threatening. The elderly and asthmatics are particularly vulnerable as their low immune systems make it harder to recover, therefore it is vital that they practice good oral hygiene.
A mouth full of cavities and missing teeth can have a dramatic effect on your mental health. Simple things like smiling or eating can bring on feelings of embarrassment and shame which can lead to depression. Almost everyone has had a dream about losing their teeth at some point in their lives, most people refer to them as nightmares and rightly so. It is very rare you will find someone who isn’t embarrassed by missing or rotten teeth. Depression can come in waves or spiral out of control, it can affect your overall emotional and general wellbeing.
Steps to ensure good oral health
It is important to maintain good oral health and visit a dentist on a regular basis. It is important that you inform and update your dentist of any pregnancy or medical conditions so appropriate steps can be taken to ensure you receive the correct treatment. It is recommended that you brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss daily. Daily habits are important to your oral health such as: Maintaining a healthy weight, exercise, diet and quitting smoking. Smokers produce more bacterial plaque than non-smokers and are more likely to develop gum disease. Large amounts of sugary foods or drinks can also produce larger amounts of plaque. Gum disease can be reversed ensuring you follow the steps to good oral hygiene, unfortunately it can also get worse if not treated.
Dr Cohan is constantly striving to improve his treatments and is now a Full Member of the British od Cosmetic Dentistry meaning that he is up to date with all current trends in the world of Cosmetic Dentistry and in some parts of the field, leading the way. Other team members are also striving to learn more skills with Premek now nearing the end of his Dental Nursing course.
It has been a busy few months with many new beautiful smiles created! Dr Cohan is really enjoying using his Leica surgical microscope which really helps achieve even better standards, especially when used for intricate work with his Walerlase laser and CEREC 4 which means a quicker, more precise and more convenient service for our patients having crowns and veneers. Using the latest equipment, techniques and materials he can now turn around and crown from start to finish in under 90 minutes!
Invisalign Open Season
Many of our lovely patients have benefitted from Invisalign and we are having our annual Invisalign Open Season from 4th April. If you know of any of your friends or family that would benefit from this comfortable teeth straightening treatment, please do let them know about our Open Season when we will have special deals available.
Easter Closure and Makeover!
We will be closed from Good Friday and will return to work on Monday 4th April. If you are a member with us and require emergency dental care during this time, please call 0800 783 2337 from the UK or if you are overseas, go to a local dentist and retain your receipts as your membership insurance will cover the cost of emergency treatment abroad.
During this time, our practice will be getting a makeover to make a visit to us even better!
We continue to offer the excellent Enlighten deep bleaching protocol teeth whitening package at a great 30% discount, and, for the Summer Months, there is an additional 10% of Facial Rejuvenation treatments for our Members.
Thank you for reading and for your continued support!
all the Team at dental-Spa
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This week at dental-Spa we have the lovely Lauren who was inspired to come and do some work experience here after having Invisalign and Laser gum re-contouring. As a teenager, Lauren was exceptionally disciplined and achieved the smile she wanted in just 10 months! We achieved the correct alignment of teeth and enhanced the appearance with Waterlase gum reshaping to make the gum line look equal. Great result for this lovely girl.
Dental Spa are a cosmetic dentists in Central London WC1 providing a full range of orthodontic and cosmetic services run by Dr Rajan. Using on the highest end equipment in dental technology Dr Rajan is well known among his peers as being a top dental surgeon. If you are looking for a cosmetic dentist in London then why not contact today for a free consultation.
Dee has started working in the therapy room, here is a word from her 🙂
“So what’s it all about?
Lash extensions my passion, DeeLashMe uses only the best products on the market. As a technician I have gone through extensive training to stay ahead of the competition with the latest application methods.
My semi-permanent lash extensions are applied lash-by-lash, one at a time, with a safe, surgical medical-grade adhesive. I recognize that everyone is unique with different eye shapes, needs and lifestyles, and I can easily customize a look for every individual client. My goal is to make sure you walk away elated with your lush new lashes and feeling more beautiful than you already are. My promise to you: You won’t leave until you have the look you desire.”
If you’re interested in Dee’s “DeeLashMe” Treatment contact us today to find out more
We had a very eventful 2015 here at dental-Spa and the first great news is that Dr Nori has had a beautiful baby girl, Matilda, with both Mum and baby doing well! Dr Marta who has been covering for Dr Nori has been settling in well and assisting Dr Cohan with the routine treatments to an excellent standard so we are very happy to have her on board.
We are delighted to have become the only fully Microscope dental practice in London allowing Dr Jose and Dr Cohan to treat our patients with microscopic attention to detail! This brings with it obvious advantages in keeping with our philosophy of investing in equipment that enhances patient care. This also means that Dr Jose is now accepting referrals for his excellent Root Canal Therapy treatments from other practices.
Our new senior nurse Saziye has been exerting her unique style of patient care and attention to details in her duties assisting Dr Cohan and running the clinical aspect of practice. She brings with her 12 years of nursing experienced and qualified from the Royal London just like Dr Cohan so they have quickly established a good working partnership.
Premek has successfully completed his dental nursing course and has now been promoted to Practice Manager in recognition of his work to keep everything running smoothly, and keeping things calm, friendly and welcoming in his own special way.
For Dr Cohan, it has been a fantastic year! First he travelled to Cape Town to take the exams and receive his Fellowship in Laser Dentistry (University of Genoa) and then only last month, he travelled to NYC to receive an honorary Fellowship to the Academy of Dental Facial Esthetics. This is a great honour recognizing his efforts to treat patients combining cross-platform Digital Dentistry in the field of cosmetic dentistry and he is very humbled to receive this honour.
All in all, 2015 was a great year creating and maintaining beautiful smiles for our patients.
Have a great 2016!
all the team @ dental-Spa
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