The Tell Tale Signs You Have Gum Disease

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.  

Sore teeth

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.

Receding Gums

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.

The Benefits Of Using An Electric Toothbrush

Many people are in the fence about electric toothbrushes, they cost more than a manual toothbrush and need a power source. It is a common misconception that a manual toothbrush does the same job as an electric one, this is not entirely true. It has been scientifically proven that an electric toothbrush has many benefits.

A Deeper Clean

The electric toothbrush gives your mouth a deeper and more thorough clean. Unlike manual toothbrushes, electric toothbrushes have a rotating head which reaches hidden and hard to get to areas in your mouth.

Less work and better results

An electric toothbrush simply does the work for you. It is proven that the electric toothbrush does a better job of cleaning your mouth than if done manually. You spend less time trying not to reach hidden areas in your mouth and establish a better brushing technique, e.g not brushing too hard.

Built in timer

It is easy to time the brushing of your teeth as an electric toothbrush has a built in timer which stops when the 2 minutes are up. This saves you having to play the guessing game and comes in handy when your feeling tired or are in a rush.

Kids love them

We all know how frustrating it can be when kids grumble about brushing their teeth. An electric toothbrush makes teeth cleaning fun for kids, the rotating head tickles their teeth and children view the toothbrush as a fun novelty. Kids electric toothbrushes come in a wide range of different character designs which make it extra fun for them.

Advanced features and technology

People are fascinated by the ever changing and advancing technology these days, and the electric toothbrush is no exception. Different models provide different types of features to suit you. Some features include: pressure sensors to tell you when you are brushing too hard, digital brush head replacement reminders, gum massagers, and a range of changeable heads such as Oscillating, Cupping and pulsating. Whatever your brushing habits, there is an electric toothbrush to suit your needs.

It is recommended that you do a little research before you go and buy an electric toothbrush. Not all electric toothbrushes are the same and each has different features, You need to find one that is right for you. Be aware that a battery powered toothbrush is not the same as an electric toothbrush, a battery powered brush simply makes the head vibrate when does very little for enhancing the cleaning of your teeth. A battery powered brush usually takes 2 AA batteries when is shown on the packaging. Buying an electric toothbrush will not guarantee you instant great results, you need to make sure you remember to brush twice a day as well as flossing.

Here at the Dental-Spa we highly recommend using the Phillips Sonicare DiamondClean. The DiamondClean delivers unbeatable performance, which improves oral Heath and whitens teeth. This stylish electric toothbrush features a smart designed handle, and diamond shaped bristles which makes it easy to reach the most stubborn of areas in your mouth and enables your mouth to get that deep clean.The DiamondClean boasts a range of five different cleaning modes which provides your mouth with a low to high intensity clean, giving you the choice of how to manage your dental needs. DiamondClean has been clinically proven to remove 100% more plaque which results in teeth that are up to two times whiter within 1 week when compared to a manual brush. DiamondClean features inbuilt lights that gently glow and fade when not being used and also comes with a hidden led control. This stylish yet elegant toothbrush is available in 4 different colours: amethyst, pink, white and black.

Oral health: The connection with your general health .

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
  • Diabetes
  • Strokes
  • 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. .

Diabetes

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.

Pregnancy complications

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.

Respiratory

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.

Mental health

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.

Why Choose A Smile Makeover?

Almost everyone has had a makeover, whether it be a hair makeover, makeup, clothing style or professional tan. So why not have a smile makeover? The first thing people notice about about you is your smile. The importance of your smile cannot be ignored, it defines who you are and can leave a lasting impression on people around you. A smile plays a key role in your appearance and builds your confidence and self esteem. Improving your smile can be one of the best long term investments you can make, it can highlight your personality and transform your appearance, for a brighter quality of life.

Which Smile makeover is right for me?

Everyone’s smile is different and everyone has different needs. We design our treatment to suit each individual client. Below is a list of treatments we provide to create your perfect smile transformation.

Teeth Whitening

If your teeth are discoloured or stained, it can leave a negative impact on your self esteem. For a brighter, cleaner smile, we can provide a professional teeth whitening service to suit your needs. We currently offer two different options for teeth whitening, Zoom! Laser Teeth Whitening and Enlighten Deep Bleaching Protocol. Both of these treatments have had outstanding success in recent years and have had excellent review in the press. Whiter teeth can improve your confidence around others and will be noticed by friends and professionals alike.

Veneers

A chipped tooth, gaps or cracks can be irritating and unsightly. Veneers can help fix them problems and create a straight natural looking smile. They can also improve the shape, position and colour of your teeth. Veneers are made with a thin layer of porcelain which cover the front of your teeth, or a thicker section to replace gaps and cracks. The shades of porcelain Veneers are carefully chosen to improve your discoloured teeth (or a single tooth) You can also choose the same shade as your natural teeth to fill in gaps. Veneers are thin and held in place by a strong adhesive, this makes them look very natural and healthy.

Dental Crowns

Damaged or decayed teeth may be corrected with the use of dental crowns. A dental crown can be a last resort for badly damaged teeth before otherwise being extracted. A crown is a tooth shaped covering ‘Cap` that is placed over the tooth, it helps to restore the strength, position or shape of the tooth.

Invisible orthodontics

Teeth straightening, also known as Orthodontics or Braces, usually involve metal wires and brackets. These can be very uncomfortable and may make you very self conscious. It is not uncommon to be teased and called ‘Metal mouth` because of your unsightly metal braces. Invisible orthodontics (Invisalign) have proved to be extremely popular and are a perfect solution to those who want to straighten their teeth but don’t have to worry about the appearance of wearing metal braces. The clear braces and aligners are made of a translucent material which are almost invisible to the naked eye. Make your smile a magic trick to be proud of, Hey presto! And your invisible straight smile will impress everyone around you.

Dental Implants

Lost or damaged teeth can be devastating and make you feel a like a real part of yourself is missing. Missing teeth don’t only affect appearance, they can also impact your speech, chewing habits and the way you eat. Dental implants can replace your missing tooth and make you feel whole again. A dental implant is a fine titanium rod which is used to replace the root of the missing tooth. The implant will be create a healthy natural looking replacement to your smile and the shade will be chosen precisely to match your existing teeth

Facial rejuvenation

A beautiful smile does not only involve your teeth, your skin can also affect your appearance. With facial rejuvenation, you can revive your youth by reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around your mouth and eyes. Facial rejuvenation may sound daunting to some but rest assured, the treatment is safe and non surgical. Facial rejuvenation can be performed using different methods, Restylane (fillers) or Botox. Both treatments result in younger-looking, radiant skin; giving you that youthful smile you’ve always dreamed of.

General Dentistry

Your oral health is the most important aspect to maintaining your healthy looking smile. From oral hygiene (teeth cleaning) to fillings, we have a range of treatment to keep your teeth healthy and functional.

Whatever your reason or choice for your smile makeover, here at Dental-Spa, we have the best health and cosmetic treatments to suit your needs. We offer consultations, assessments and membership plans. Look forward to your brighter smile and brighter future.

Happy New Year from Dental Spa!

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

Gold Standard Asepsis Dental Implant

‘Gold standard asepsis implant placement this morning! This first time our new senior nurse Saziye and Dr Cohan did this together (although both are very experienced) and it went smooth as silk!’

Here at Dental Spa we perform many dental implants and asepsis means they are done in a clean environment. The environment is critical when performing dental implants and other dental surgeries so here at Dental Spa we take this very seriously so as to deter any repercussions such as osteomyelitis (a very rare but seen issue with non asepsis environments) and also implant failure.

Aseptic technique is used in medical procedures and microbiology to keep processes and procedures free of cross-contamination.

Asepsis Dental Implant Central London

Asepsis Dental Implant conducted by Dr Rajan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Merry Christmas from Dental Spa

We hope you are very well!

This has been a very busy year with change of team members and addition of great new technology and treatments.

This year, we say hello to two new dentists joining our team! Dr Jose will be offering endodontic treatment here while Dr Nori will be helping out Dr Cohan with the routine dental treatment for our members on Thursdays and also be offering hygiene therapy. Both very personable and, of course, highly professional, we are sure you will have great treatments with them.

Since the birth of her second son, our hygienist Stephanie has been back to work for us until the end of this year after which she is planning to move her family to Bristol- we have loved having Stephanie as part of our team and wish her all the best in the future. Andrea who was doing maternity cover will be moving to Fridays to offer her hygiene therapy services for you. Andrea’s serious professional work has won her many fans in the last few months!

We are very excited to announce that we will be a fully equipped for with dental microscopes on order for both surgeries! This means that we will be able to provide even more attention to detail when carrying out procedures (and it’s going to help Dr Cohan’s back no end!). Both surgeries will have microscopes in place soon and we are very glad to continue to invest for the benefit of all!

Dr Cohan is going to do his fellowship exams for Laser Dentistry in Cape Town this coming January so wish him luck! He also got made a Platinum Invisalign doctor this year recognising his contribution to the field of orthodontics and the number of cases he has successfully treated

We will be closed for the Christmas Break from 19/12/2014 until 5/1/2015. During this time our Members should call 08007832337 to get information regarding emergency dental treatment if necessary

In our 11th year of being open, instead of sending out Christmas Cards, this year, we will continue to use that money and more to support of Centerpoint, the young person homeless charity who do amazing work and really make a difference to vulnerable young people.

Sincere thanks for your support this year and for believing in better dentistry through better technology. Please like our page on Facebook to help us spread the word ( www.facebook.com/dentalspaw1 ), we would be very grateful!

All the very best wishes for a wonderful holiday season and for the coming year.

all the team @dentalSpa

Waterlase Dentistry

Recognition for Dr Cohan as a Waterlase Laser Dentistry Pioneer in the UK

Feel free to read this amazing article on Dr Rajan’s pioneering work using Waterlase techniques.

Laser dentistry with Dr Rajan

Dental Phobia

Dental-Spa are proudly Dental Phobia certified, this means we take the correct techniques and steps to make sure that your experience with us is as smooth as possible. We understand that visiting the dentist can be a very anxious time for many people and our aim is to make your stay with us that all the more pleasurable.

Dental Phobia Certified

We also introduced spa elements to help you unwind and relax such as Sleep therapy, Acupuncture and other spa related services to help you unwind and destress.

Cosmetic Dentists London

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Dr Cohan Rajan is a well respected Dentist / Cosmetic Dentist providing high class dental services for discerning clientele in the heart of Fitzrovia and Mayfair London. Please feel free to check out our new website and see what services we provide, if there is something you are unclear of, please do contact us today.