Tooth decay- All you need to know to stop it happening

September 11th, 2014

Tooth decay and why it happens- Blog news fromTime Dental in Farnham, Surrey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At Time Dental we are super keen on giving preventative advice to stop dental disease. This new series of blogs will tackle tooth decay: what it is; what causes it; how it can affect you; what is done when you get tooth decay; and how to prevent it occurring. Take it as your definitive guide. We hope you find it useful and benefit from the information. If you do please share it and forward it on to friends.

Our mouths are full of bacteria. This may come as a shock. There are hundreds of different types of bacteria on our teeth, gums, tongue and the surrounding soft tissues within the mouth. Some are good bacteria and helpful to us and some are harmful like the bacteria involved in the tooth decay process.

Tooth decay is also called dental caries or a cavity. It is a result of infection which is bacterial in origin. It can happen on any part of the tooth surface that is exposed. A person with tooth decay may not be aware of the disease.  The harmful bacteria in the mouth use a process of fermentation of sugars in food debris to make acids. It is these acids that when the teeth are exposed to overtime result in cavities forming.

Throughout the day there is a continuous to-ing and fro-ing of demineralization and re-mineralization. On the harmful side there is dental plaque. This is a colourless, sticky film and with the addition of sugars and starch from the food and drink we eat produce the acids. These acids attack the outer surface of our teeth by a process called demineralization. On the helpful side are the minerals in our saliva (such as calcium and phosphate) plus fluoride from toothpaste, mouth washes, water and other sources. These help the enamel to repair itself by replacing the minerals lost during an acid attack.

Our teeth go through the natural process of losing and gaining minerals all day. It is when the balance is tipped and there is a continuous acid attack over time which results in more demineralization that results in the cavities forming.

Keep an eye out for our next post on this series!

The secrets to eliminate bad breath- Time Dental report

September 4th, 2014

Secrets to eliminate bad breath- a blog from Time Dental, Farnham

What is bad breath?

Bad breath or halitosis is an unpleasant smell that comes from the mouth and is noticed when someone is speaking or exhaling.

Why do we get bad breath?

Bad breath or halitosis is generally due to bacteria that breaks down proteins and other food debris releasing an unpleasant odour. Often the person with halitosis is not aware that they have it.

What causes bad breath?

There are many factors that can result in bad breath:

Morning bad breath (due to the mouth being dry overnight causes bacteria to stagnate); dry mouth (xerostomia- due to certain medicines and medical conditions); food (eg garlic, onions, spicey food), drinks (alcoholic) and medicines; smoking; crash dieting or fasting; and other medical causes which is uncommon.

Most people who get bad breath will be due to bacteria and debris within the mouth. This can come from food debris stuck between teeth and under the gumline; plaque bacteria, tartar and gum disease; a coating on the back of the tongue; and tonsilitis.

How do you prevent bad breath?

The first step is to have excellent dental health regime.

  • Brush your teeth and gums twice a day- this will help remove bacteria and food debris.
  • Clean in between your teeth at least once a day with floss or interdental brushes- this will remove the debris and plaque build up in between your teeth.
  • Brush your tongue gently or use a tongue scrapper- this will eliminate the bacteria and the coating on the surface of the tongue.
  • Visit your dentist and hygienist regularly so that they can help you identify problem areas early so they can give you prevention advice.
  • Quit smoking
  • Make sure you drink plenty of water throughout the day- dehydration can result in bad breath.
  • Limit the amount of food intake that contain raw garlic and onions
  • Try eating an apple or chewing gum after eating a meal for 10-15 mins- helps the mouth produce more saliva that washes away food debris.
  • Take a glass of water to bed- if you get thirsty at night take a sip of water to reduce dry mouth.
  • Use an alcohol free mouth wash at a different time to brushing

Call us at Time Dental to see how we can help you

The fastest way to getting straight teeth- case study

August 28th, 2014

before adult braces at Time Dental in Farnham, Surrey

After clear adult braces at Time Dental in Farnham, Surrey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This case result was fantastic. In the space of only six months we achieved this amazing result.

Before she came to see us, Charlotte was not happy with the way her lateral incisor teeth stuck out. She was not sure what could be done to achieve her goals, but she knew she wanted to smile confidently.

She came to see us for a consultation and we discussed her options. She decided the clear fixed braces were best for her and the results?………Well you can see for yourself!  In only six months!

Call us now to see how we can help you.

Dried fruit for snacks- are they really healthy or not?

August 6th, 2014

Dried fruit in excess can cause rapid tooth decayWe’ve seen a number of children at Time Dental recently who have active dental decay as young as 4 years old and this is a major concern. When asking the well-meaning parents about what their child has to eat the response is often that they have a healthy diet and they only snack on dried fruits like raisens, dried apricots and mangos. This type of diet will result in rapid tooth decay.

Now dont get me wrong, eating fruit is an excellent source of vitimins, minerals and all the good stuff but when children and adults snack throughout the day on things like dried fruit because they feels its healthy- that is the problem.

It’s the frequency of intake throughout the day that will result in rapid holes in the teeth. Especially for children as their primary teeth are much small than adult teeth.

Should I stop giving my kids fruit then? As a parent I completely understand the difficulty in trying to get children to eat a balanced healthy diet. What I advise is to give them a small bowl of dried fruit to eat all in one go or even better give a piece of fresh fruit as a snack or to try something savoury instead. Again it’s all about moderation. If you constantly give your kids dried fruit throughout the day they will get tooth decay. FACT.

The thing to remember is the removal of water in dried fruit it is not as filling as fresh fruit, also the dried fruit is not properly digested as it needs to use water from your body when the fruit reaches the stomach which may in turn dehydrate you.

There are also several things added to dried fruit, either during the drying process or after. They are sugar, dextrose, glucose syrup, fruit juice, colouring derived from fruit, glycerin, sorbic acid , sulphur dioxide, paraffin, edible fats, and oils. Oil is sometimes marked on the ingredients.

Everything you need to know about keeping your teeth and gums healthy- but were afraid to ask!

July 31st, 2014

Most people who come to see us want to keep their teeth and mouth healthy. They understand the importance of having a confident smile and want to ensure they keep their teeth for life and prevent problems from happening in the future.

What the majority of the general public do not know is that if your gums are unhealthy you can suffer from:

  • bad breath
  • losing your teeth
  • increased risk of heart disease and stroke
  • diabetes
  • premature birth and low weight babies

Here at Time Dental we want you to keep your mouth healthy which in turn keeps you healthy. That’s why we’ve created an exclusive report all about how and why you need to keep your mouth healthy plus a special voucher worth £100. To get your FREE guide, fill in your details HERE.

All You Need To Know About Cosmetic Dentistry

July 24th, 2014

Before adult orthodontic braces

18 weeks after adult orthodontic braces near Godalming

 

Cosmetic dentistry is such a broad topic. It generally refers to aesthetic enhancement of your smile to achieve more confidence.

A huge number of the population are affected by a poor smile. Discoloured, uneven, crooked, missing teeth can have a massive impact on your confidence. Subconciously you may find that you don’t show your teeth when you smile, you avoid having your photos taken, you have photos taken from one side only, or you cover your mouth with your hand when you laugh.

Its funny how some people say to me that their teeth doesnt affect their confidence and yet they won’t show their teeth when they smile. Someone who has a nice smile is percieved to be have confidence. Fact.

Creating that confidence could be improving the shade of your teeth to be brighter; correct the colour of a single tooth to match the teeth on either side; correct the position of your upper and lower teeth so that they are straighter; improve the shape of single or multiple teeth; enhance the edges of the upper or lower front teeth; or replace missing teeth.

To find out more download our FREE cosmetic dentistry guide HERE.

Invisible Adult Orthodontic Braces- What’s It All About?

July 17th, 2014

Time Dental before adult orthodontic braces

Time Dental after adult orthodontic braces

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the last 3 years we have seen a surge of patients looking to feel more confident by improving their smile while maintaining their own teeth.

What they mean is they want a natural improvement of their smile and don’t want ceramic veneers or crowns. Many members of the public suffer from twisted, crooked, uneven teeth which results in them hiding their teeth when smiling, not smiling or covering their mouth.

One of the many options to improve the smile is to use adult orthodontic braces. When you think of orthodontic braces most people have the image of having to wear metal traintracks for 2 -3 years. That is not the case anymore. Advances in orthodontic technology allow correction of the front teeth in just a few months with very discreet dental braces. Think about it…. More confidence with your straight teeth teeth in just a few months.

There are many systems available, so the best thing to do is to discuss your options with your dentist. Time Dental have made “The Ultimate Guide to Straighter Teeth”. Download your copy FREE copy HERE to get more information about it.

Jubilee Church Wins At The Farnham Carnival 2014

July 10th, 2014

Jubilee church, Farnham

 

Well done to all the entrants in the parade for Farnham Carnival 2014. The wet weather certainly did not dampen their spirits. A special congratulations to Jubilee Church who came first in their category with a “Balloon Safari” theme. A fantastic effort by all involved especially with the very grande moustaches. Jubilee Church also received a mention on the front page of the Surrey and Hants news this week.

To see how Jubilee church is involved in the Farnham community have a look at their website HERE.

What A Result! Straight Teeth Only 4 Months!

July 4th, 2014

before 6 month smiles at Time Dental in FarnhamAfter 6 months smiles at Time Dental in Farnham

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another super fast result for the Time Dental team.

Alison came to see us with crowding of her upper and lower teeth. It had bothered her for years and she reported that it was getting worse.

After just four months of adult braces treatment we achieved the stunning transformation. She is now smiling with confidence!

Journals have reported that once teeth begin to move they can continue to do so resulting in extreme crowding and dental health problems around the gums due to the inablilty to keep things plaque bacteria free.

By straightening the teeth not only will you get the confidence to smile again but from a health point of view you will be able to keep your teeth and gums healthy and avoid potential expenses for the future due to crowded teeth.

Call us to see how we can help you.

Farnham Carnival Saturday 28Th June 2014 – Don’t Miss It!

June 26th, 2014

Farnham carinval 2014 with a special offer from Time Dental

 

It’s Carnival time!

The theme this year is “Let’s Go Safari!” An exciting fun day for all the family to come together and enjoy being a community.

The Farnham Carnival Fayre will take place in Gostrey Meadow from 2.00 pm until 9.00 pm with lots of food stalls and community action.  The Procession will start from Upper Hart Car Park and at 6.00 pm it will start its journey around the centre of Farnham which will be closed to traffic.

Time Dental have a special prize offering at the tombola: a complimentary cosmetic consultation worth £100, a fresh breath hygiene therapy appointment and free electric toothbrush!

Look out for the Jubilee Church float during the procession. Have a look HERE for more info about how Jubilee Church is involved in the community. Good luck with the judging of the floats!

 


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