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Food for health teeth and gums, dental health advice from Spires Dental Clinic in Lichfield Staffordshire

What You Eat Plays an Important Role in Your Oral Health

Why is a healthy diet so important for good oral health?

Proper nutrition means eating a well-balanced diet so that your body can get the nutrients needed for good health and wellness. If your diet is low in the nutrients your body needs, your mouth may have a more difficult time resisting infection. This may contribute to gum disease which is a major cause of tooth loss in adults.

A poor diet can lead to gum disease and tooth decay. Foods high in carbohydrates, sugars and starches greatly contribute to the production of plaque acids that attack the tooth enamel. Eventually, these acids can cause tooth enamel to break down, forming a cavity.

What are the foods you should avoid or limit?

  • Too much sugary food and drinks
  • Avoid any foods that stick to your teeth, because these can produce more plaque
  • Too many citrus fruits can be acidic and break down enamel
  • Coffee, tea and red wine can stain teeth
  • Toffees can crack teeth

What are the good foods and drink for oral health

  • Water is the best drink for maintaining your oral health.
  • Phosphorus-rich foods such as meat, poultry, fish, milk and eggs help to strengthen your teeth
  • Fruits and vegetables are an important part of any balanced diet, and they are also good for your teeth. Since they are high in water and fibre, they help to balance the sugars they contain and help to clean your teeth.
  • Nuts contain protein and minerals important for overall health. In addition, nuts that are low in carbohydrates don’t add to your risk of cavities. Plus, chewing nuts stimulates saliva production, which can reduce your risk for tooth decay.
  • Dairy products contain calcium and they neutralise enamel destroying acids

Keeping your and your family’s teeth healthy, depends on cleaning in between your teeth once a day, brushing your teeth twice a day, and seeing your dentist regularly, but your diet also plays a role in the health of your teeth. Foods containing sugar are a particularly common cause of tooth decay. You don’t need to avoid them altogether, but making them a treat will help protect your teeth for years to come.

If you wish to discuss your families dental health or require dental health advice, please all the dental surgery on 01543 411 088 to make an appointment.

We look forward to meeting you at Spires Dental in Lichfield soon.

 

The importance of dental check ups

The importance of dental check ups

More and more people only visit the dentist when they have a problem. By having infrequent check-ups, it has meant that 31% of adults have tooth decay, 66% having visible plaque and 29% are suffering from toothache.

Many of us ignore the health of our mouth and ignore problems until it is too late.

How often should you visit the dentist?

At Spires, we offer consultations where you can attend and see our dentist who will advise if you need to visit yearly or every six months. As well as visiting the dentist for checks ups it is important to visit the hygienist who will thoroughly clean your teeth and remove any hard plaque that builds up where you miss with your cleaning.

Why are dental checks ups and hygienist appointments so important?

Prevention is everything in dentistry.  Dentistry itself is not an alternative to your teeth; it is merely an alternative to having a problem that could have been prevented.

By ignoring the health of your mouth problems cannot be detected earlier. For instance, regular hygienist appointments can ensure your gum health is maintained preventing bone loss around your teeth as well as the smells and tastes that gum infection causes.

Regular dental checks ups can detect the beginnings of tooth decay which if undetected can result in a lot of pain, root canal treatment or an extensive fillings. By visiting the dentist, it means this can be identified earlier and treated with as little work as possible- we don’t need to fill teeth with early decay, instead we can advise you about the problem and employ preventative measures to stop it spreading.

By having regular check-ups can therefore be more cost effective than having to pay for expensive dental work such as tooth replacements, fillings, crowns and treatment of advanced gum disease.

What are the health factors associated with bad oral hygiene?

We are seeing an increasing amount of evidence in the dental literature that unhealthy gums can lead to other health problems:

1.     Risk for Heart Disease and Stroke

People who have a periodontal disease (gum disease) are twice as likely to develop heart disease because of the narrowing of the arteries that causes plaque and bacteria to get into the blood stream through the mouth and gums.

2.     Risk of Dementia

Poor oral health and tooth loss can increase your risk of suffering from memory loss at an early age. If your gums become inflamed due to infection, this can also cause brain inflammation which could cause death of certain brain cells.

3.     Respiratory Problems

The bacteria that cause periodontal disease can travel through the bloodstream and in to your lungs where it can impact the respiratory system.

4.     Cancer

The number of mouth cancer patients has grown in the past ten years with more than 6,700 people diagnosed in 2015. Mouth cancer can affect the lips, tongue, cheeks and throat. Regular checks ups can help detect the early signs of mouth cancer.

The cost of checks ups

By not taking good care of your oral health it can lead to severe health problems, and expensive dental bills that could have been avoided.

The myth is that private dentistry is expensive however a 20 minute full dental examination is just £44. A 30 minute routine hygienist appointment to remove all the build up and staining around your teeth is £58. Plus, you can spread the cost of your dental care by paying monthly payments of £11.55. Find out more here.

Therefore, if you haven’t been to see your dentist for a while use this blog post as a reminder and motivation to book your appointment today.

Five Tips For Better Gum Health

Gum disease smells, tastes funny and eats away the bone around your teeth and most of the population has it.  According to the world health organization ‘Severe periodontal (gum) disease, which may result in tooth loss, is found in 15–20% of middle-aged (35-44 years) adults’.

Ultimately none of us want it and it is so simple to prevent so please follow our tips below and you’ll start to look after your gums that much better.

1.     Brush your gums!!!

‘Brush your teeth Kevin!’….. Yup that’s what we heard when we were growing up and that’s what we tell our own children (if you’re as old as I amJ).  Sadly it’s just plain wrong.

Plaque builds up around your gums and in between your teeth.  By all means brush the biting surface of the teeth (most of you do this anyway) but you need to angle the brush into the gums like this:

teeth

2.     Brush your gums- with an ORAL B electric toothbrush

Oral B electric tooth brushes are scientifically proven to remove the most plaque from your gums.  I’m not a huge fan of Sonic tooth brushes and manual ones simply do not cut the mustard!

I recommend the ORAL B PRO 2000 or 4000.

3.     Brush your gums (are you noticing a theme?J) – in between your teeth

Plaque builds up in between your teeth……well why wouldn’t it?  There’s a natural shelter in between your teeth that plaque finds irresistible and you need to clean it.  Yes I know that you’ve never done it before but maybe that’s why you’re reading this 😉

Floss?  For those really tight gaps, of which I have two, yes.  On the whole I recommend Tepe brushes http://www.tepe.com/uk/products/interdental-brushes/.  These brushes are the single best way to rid you of most of your gum disease.

Ultimately you need to gently feed them in between your teeth and move it back and forth.  Start with a small brush, generally a red one will do, but as the gums heal you will need to use a larger brush.

This video is great:

4.     Brush your gums- even though they bleed and are sore.

Imagine you had a skin infection; its red, it’s a bit crusty but when your GP tells you to keep it clean you think ‘well that’s a good idea!’  So off you go, give it a clean and hey, it’s sore.  No surprise there.

So……why do people expect their infected gums to feel fine when they clean them?  It will be sore and it will bleed.  The key message is ‘Don’t panic and carry on cleaning’.

1-2 weeks after following our tips the bleeding stops

1-2 months later your mouth will feel so much fresher and cleaner.

5.     Brush your gums – and see a dental professional.

Yes, I knew you saw it coming but, sadly, you do need us.

By following the advice above you will have a significant impact on the health of your gums BUT you can only remove the soft build up, the plaque.  You cannot remove the hard build up which clogs the gaps between your teeth and can build up below the gum line.  This is where we come in.

If you have any queries about anything you’ve read in my blog please email me at stuart@spiresdental.co.uk

Good luck,

Stuart

Are You Mouth Aware?

The number of mouth cancer patients has grown in the past ten years with more than 6,700 people diagnosed in 2015. Mouth cancer can affect the lips, tongue, cheeks and throat. At Spires Dental we think it is important people know what to look out for.

Remember to never ignore:

  • Ulcers that do not heal within three weeks
  • Red and white patches in the mouth
  • Unusual lumps or swellings in the mouth

If you are in any doubt just ask me and I will be more than happy to advise. as knowing what to look out for can help reduce the risk and reduce the number of lives mouth cancer affects. On 24th November 9am until noon we are offering FREE mouth cancer checks. So why not pop into the clinic and get checked out.

What are the risk factors?

Mouth cancer can affect anybody and 91% of diagnosis are linked to lifestyle. Therefore, by adjusting our lifestyle choices we can significantly reduce the chances of developing this type of cancer.

The following risk factors are associated with mouth cancer:

  • Smoking
  • Drinking to excess
  • HPV virus
  • Poor diet
  • Chewing or smokeless tobacco

For more information, please visit www.mouthcancer.org or www.mouthcancerfoundation.org

Stuarts 5 Tips to Gum Health

Gum disease smells, tastes funny and eats away the bone around your teeth and most of the population has it.  According to the world health organization ‘Severe periodontal (gum) disease, which may result in tooth loss, is found in 15–20% of middle-aged (35-44 years) adults’.

Ultimately none of us want it and it is so simple to prevent so please follow our tips below and you’ll start to look after your gums that much better. Continue reading