October 29th, 2010
Everyone has their favourite sweets, and with Halloween coming up this weekend it’s the perfect opportunity
to indulge! But here are a few things to quickly consider before devouring your trick or treat goodies…..
1) Avoid sour candy. According to research, some sour sweets can contain pH levels that rival battery acid!
2) Try substituting your usual choice with a low or sugar-free option. There is a wide variety to choose from!
3) If you do eat a lot of sugary sweets, it’s important to rinse your mouth out with water afterwards as this neutralises the mouth.
4) Don’t brush your teeth! Not straight away anyway. This may sound surprising coming from a dentist, but by brushing your teeth straight after consuming something sugary or acidic you run the risk of weakening the tooth enamel. In time this will expose the sensitive dentine below the enamel surface, causing pain and sensitivity and may even lead to tooth decay.
5) Avoid soft, sticky treats that get stuck between teeth.
6) Before going to bed make sure you brush your teeth and floss thoroughly.
We hope you have a fun-filled Halloween!!! Dont forget to visit us to make sure your teeth and gums stay healthy!
The Time Dental team
October 26th, 2010
What is Bruxism?
Bruxism, simply put is teeth grinding. More accurately, bruxism describes a range of related behaviours including teeth grinding, gnashing and clenching of the jaw. Bruxism is usually a subconscious behaviour performed whilst one is asleep and can cause facial pain and headaches. It is commonly caused by anxiety. Left untreated, it often gives rise to poor quality sleep and damaged teeth.
Effects of bruxism
Teeth grinding and clenching can permanently damage one’s teeth as the enamel is worn away. However, bruxism can lead to other problems as well such as headaches and disorder of the TMJ.
How do I stop tooth grinding?
There have been many treatments proposed to reduce or stop teeth grinding the most effective is an occlusal splint or night guard. Around 1 in 10 people suffer from bruxism. Ask yourself the following questions:
- Do your jaw muscles ache in the morning?
- Do you have difficulty in eating, first thing?
- Do your teeth show premature wear?
- Do you suffer from frequent headaches or facial pain?
- Has your bed partner ever complained about you making strange grinding noises in your sleep?
- Do you fall into any of the high risk groups?
The more questions to which you have answered ‘yes’, the greater the chance that you are teeth grinding at night.
“Many people are grinding their teeth at night and may not even be aware of doing it” says Dr Rashid of Time Dental, “the best thing to do is to visit your dentist and they can assess if it is a condition you suffer from. It causes severe damage to your teeth, muscles and jaw joint if not treated and the different treatment options need to be fully discussed.”
October 11th, 2010
Gone are the days of having grey/black mercury fillings in the mouth. White / composite fillings are much better for the tooth. Mercury fillings weaken your teeth and leak mercury over a period of time, however it has been said that not enough of it leaks into the body to cause harmful effects. If you had an alternative choice which would you choose?
Due to advances in technology tooth coloured composite fillings are now better than ever. The advantages of white fillings are that they bond to the tooth so it brings the strength of the tooth back; less preparation is required as they do not have to be physically locked in like mercury fillings; and of course they look great. White fillings still have limitations; if the filling is very large on your back molar teeth, the cusps can be at risk of breaking, and studies have shown that very large fillings on your back molar teeth last roughly a few years, they are also much more complex to place.
“Although white fillings may have some limitations, they are certainly more popular than the mercury ones,” say Dr Rashid of Time Dental, Surrey, “the public don’t want unsightly fillings in the mouth anymore, especially when there is a better alternative.”
October 4th, 2010
On Friday 24th and Saturday 25th September, the Time Dental team all attended the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) International Meeting. The course, held in central London, was fully packed with lectures and hand-on workshops which focused on different aspects of modern cosmetic dentistry. As a member of the BACD (the British division of the AACD) Dr Rashid has attended many of these meetings, however for Amanda and Michaela this was their first dental conference! There were a lot of different stalls offering the newest hi-tech dental gadgets, but the main focus was on the lectures and workshops the Team had signed up for. These included a lecture from Dr Bob Khanna on Botox and Fillers, and a workshop on ways to improve our client’s experience. The team thoroughly enjoyed seminars on the latest developments on treating patients with clenching and grinding problems. How to restore them with crowns and veneers without them breaking due to the grinding habit. The seminars helped to reinforce that the composite white fillings and the onlays that we are providing are the most advanced techiniques to date. Which is great to know for all our patients!