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Protecting The Future of Your Teeth with Fissure Sealant

At Advance Dental, we strongly believe that prevention is better than cure. With decay one of the most common preventable illnesses in the UK, we’re keen to promote preventative services like fissure sealant.

What is fissure sealant?

Fissure sealant treatment is a preventative measure, which is often encouraged for children. It involves placing a seal over the teeth to prevent food and bacteria getting stuck in the tiny fissures and cracks on the tooth surface. By creating a barrier, you can protect the teeth from decay and reduce the risk of cavities forming. In most cases, this treatment is used to protect the molars, which are located at the back of the mouth.

Fissure sealant treatment is simple, quick and safe. The treatment simply involves applying the sealant to the teeth and then hardening it using a curing light. The result is a protective shield, which helps to boost oral health and keep your teeth in check.

Fissure sealant treatment takes a matter of minutes and there is no pain involved.

How long do sealants last?

Sealants last for many years. If you have sealants on your teeth, your dentist will check them every time you have a routine dental check to ensure that they are still in good condition. If the sealant does become worn, it’s possible to reseal the tooth to prolong the results.

If you’re interested in preventive measures and you’d like to find out more about fissure sealants, our dentists will be happy to help.

Did you Know Advance Dental Clinic Can Help Stop Gum Disease?

Did you know that gum disease is the most common cause of adult tooth loss in the UK? Thankfully, we are here to spread the word that gum disease can be stopped in its tracks! If you’re keen to learn more about gum disease prevention, you’ve come to the right place.

Preventing gum disease

Gum disease can be very severe, but it is preventable. The best ways to prevent gum disease include:

  • Brushing twice a day for at least 2 minutes each time
  • Flossing daily
  • Visiting the dentist every 6-12 months
  • Avoiding sugary and acidic foods and drinks

As gum disease is a progressive condition, it’s hugely beneficial to be aware of the symptoms. If you spot potential warning signs, seeing your dentist early can reduce the risk of gum disease becoming more serious. Mild gum disease is relatively easy to treat, but if left untreated, gum disease can become more advanced. Periodontitis, also known as periodontal disease, can cause irreversible damage to the bone tissue that supports the teeth and gums. Signs to look out for include:

  • Bleeding when you brush
  • Swollen gums
  • Soreness and pain
  • Redness

Treating gum disease

If you do have signs of gum disease, we have a team of highly trained dentists and hygienists on hand to get your smile back on track. Commonly, we use cleaning treatments, such as a scale and polish. Cleaning therapies are designed to remove plaque and tartar and rid the mouth of harmful bacteria. Frequent hygiene sessions are recommended for patients with gum disease. In more severe cases, treatments like root planing, may be recommended.

If you have questions about gum disease, or you’re keen to find out more about how you can protect your gums, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Great Oral Hygiene, Great Teeth in Braintree

It’s pretty safe to assume that most of us in Braintree know how to look after our teeth at home, or at least we should, although having a regular check-up should highlight if you are doing anything wrong at all, and if you are, talk to your dentist about it so you can practice oral hygiene efficiently when you get back. It’s not a hard philosophy to understand, and if you take time out to get it right, your teeth will give good service to the end of time. The logic behind oral hygiene is to prevent bacteria and plaque from developing on and around your teeth and gums, so in theory, if you brush and floss a couple of times a day, this shouldn’t happen, but it also depends on what you brush with, how you brush and the toothpaste you choose. Practice makes perfect here, but with a little perseverance, you’ll find the perfect balance in the end. There are also a lot of fine, back-up products out there to bail you out too. Flosses, flossing sticks and inter-dental brushes are all designed to reach the place your toothbrush fears to tread. Then of course, there’s a superb range of mouth-washes on offer to finish off with. Never underestimate the value of maintaining your oral hygiene each day, for it can save you lots in costly repair work in the future. Call 01245 268 494 for a free consultation at Advance Dental Clinic in Chelmsford.

Having a Dental Bridge Fitted in Chelmsford

Since dental bridges have come onto the market, they have become the more preferred choice to that of a partial denture. For a start, they are permanently fixed in the mouth, they last, with care, for a good 20 years and at around £300 for the treatment, not a bad price for a fixing that allows you the freedom your lost tooth allowed you. They do require a little more attention with cleaning- your dentist will be able to supply special brushes and show you how to look after your bridge. There are generally three main functioning types on the market, although it’s not down to which you prefer, it’s down to where in the mouth you have lost your tooth. If a bridge has only one tooth to bond to using wire and resin, you will require a cantilever bridge. A similar technique of wire and resin bonding is used to attach a Maryland bridge, bonded to two or more adjacent teeth. The most popular however is a fixed bridge; the new tooth is bonded between two crowns and cemented onto two adjacent teeth either side of the gap. Aside from the vanity appeal to replacing a tooth, there are health implications too. Teeth around a gap can move and become loose. Food can become lodged around the gap and gums, and bacteria can set in, leading to tooth decay, gum disease and hence, further loss. Call 01245 268 494 for a free consultation at Advance Dental Clinic in Chelmsford.

Dentist in Epping Cautions against Neglecting Gum Pain

There are many dental problems that a normal person could suffer from, and not all of them are to do with the teeth. A person can also suffer from problems of the gums which can cause as much trouble as problems with teeth. According to a dentist in Epping, a person should consider having gum pain as a warning that he or she has dental or gum problems that need to be looked into on an urgent basis.

Most gum problems happen due to the buildup of plaque and the subsequent presence of bacteria. In the beginning, these problems start off as sensitive gums that bleed whenever the person brushes his or her teeth. Flossing the teeth will also lead to bleeding and pain. A person will also suffer from bad breath and redness of the gums as a result of this. If these problems are neglected, a person can suffer from severe problems of the gum including bone disease.

Gum pain can also indicate that there is a problem with the teeth. An infected or an impacted tooth can cause the surrounding areas to ache, and as such it is an effective warning mechanism. These pains can also be caused due to an abscess.

Gum problems are a very serious condition and should never be taken lightly. There is an entire branch of dentistry devoted to curing them. A person therefore needs to visit a dental practice that has an experienced periodontist available since a regular dentist might not be able to give them the required help. Call 01245 268 494 for a free consultation at Advance Dental Clinic in Chelmsford.

Fight dental disease with good oral hygiene say Braintree dentists

When it comes to your teeth, one of the most important aspects of dental health is oral hygiene. Keeping your teeth clean will help to fight dental disease and improve the health of your teeth. In fact, unlike most other areas of the body, your own actions will have a direct result on you’re ability to avoid dental disease.

This is because dental disease such as tooth decay and gum disease is caused by a build up of a sticky substance called plaque. This builds up around the teeth and gums if not removed and releases acids which erode tooth enamel and gum tissue. Plaque will eventually harden and become tartar if not removed by brushing and flossing, which cannot be removed by conventional cleaning and will need to be scraped clean by a dentist.

Effective oral hygiene mostly consists of brushing and flossing at home. Braintree dentists recommend that you brush your teeth for three minutes twice a day. This will help to remove plaque and other bacteria from the surface of the teeth. It is best to use a soft bristled brush angled at forty-five degrees to the teeth. This will help to remove plaque more efficiently and also stimulate gum tissue helping to keep it healthy.

Flossing is very important because it removes plaque and bacteria from areas of the mouth that are very difficult to reach with a toothbrush. This includes the small spaces between the teeth and also around the base in the pockets between the teeth and gums. It is these areas that are harder to reach that are often the initial location of dental disease so you should floss at least once every day. This will also help to remove food particles, which are the cause of many cases of bad breath. It is also very important to team good oral hygiene with regular visits to your dentist. Call 01245 268 494 for a free consultation at Advance Dental Clinic in Chelmsford.

Oral hygiene is explained by a Brentwood dentist

Without a good oral hygiene plan you will be fighting a losing battle with your teeth, advises a Brentwood dentist. The importance of a good workable plan and a disciplined attitude cannot be emphasised enough, it is as essential as any other type of health plan. Bad breath is just one of the drawbacks of a lax or bad regime in oral care, there is no excuse for it as all dentist surgeries now have an oral hygiene nurse who will offer advice and leaflets. Prevention is always better than a cure as any dentist will tell you, and it takes just a few minutes, a few times a day, to give you a nice smile, clean breath and trouble free teeth. First off we should get into the habit of cleaning the mouth throughout the day, and not just in the morning or last thing at night. The main cause of tooth decay is acid build up produced by bacteria feeding off the residue in between our teeth; this also makes tartar which is that rough material around the bottom of our teeth. Gum disease is also caused by bacteria, a lax or improper brushing method will cut the gums and allow the bacteria to seep inside, this will then form into more serious infections and the end result is a premature loss of our teeth. Flossing is the most underrated part of cleaning our molars, yet it will remove the most amount of plaque in the most awkward of places, brushing alone won’t do this and it is also important to floss after each meal or snack. We need saliva to counter-act the acid build up that attacks the tooth enamel, and when we are sleeping this gland stops working, so in the morning we have a huge amount of plaque to get rid of. Call 01245 268 494 for a free consultation at Advance Dental Clinic in Chelmsford.

Dental check ups at Epping can help detect oral cancer

The two fundamental principles of good dental health are effective oral hygiene and regular dental check ups. The two are complimentary and go hand in hand to keep your teeth and mouth in the best shape possible. One without the other will lead to problems in the short and long-term that may involve pain, tooth loss and possibly great expense.

Effective dental hygiene involves thorough teeth cleaning by brushing and flossing at home. Epping dentists can give you more information on effective teeth cleaning which will help to reduce the risk of gum disease and tooth decay. Some basic principles include brushing your teeth with a soft bristled brush for three minutes twice a day, making sure to also gently clean the gums. This will remove the majority of bacteria and plaque that coats the teeth after eating. Also, floss once a day to remove bacteria from the hard to reach places like the gaps between the teeth and areas around their bases.

However, even the most effective oral hygiene routine can succumb to the dangers of dental disease. One of the problems we have is that no matter how well we clean our teeth it is always the areas that we cannot clean effectively that are affected by dental problems. This is why it is so important to see a dentist every six months for a check up appointment. This will ensure that all the areas of your mouth are cleaned and checked for the signs of decay and disease. Early detection of dental disease will limit the damage it causes and allows the dentist to take measures to protect the teeth and gums from further damage.

Dentists are also able to check for the signs and symptoms of other oral conditions such as oral cancer as a routine part of a check up appointment. Call 01245 268 494 for a free consultation at Advance Dental Clinic in Chelmsford.

Chelmsford dentist helps patients keep healthy teeth with dental hygiene advice

The health and appearance of your teeth is very much dependant on how well you take care of them. Dental hygiene is fundamental to having healthy teeth that are free from decay and painful infections and it really is a matter of following a few simple rules.

The first and most important aspect of dental hygiene is brushing. This should be done twice a day fro three minutes using an appropriate brush and paste. A Chelmsford dentist can recommend the most suitable equipment for your teeth at your next check up. You should brush your teeth with the bristles at a 45-degree angle to the surface of the tooth pointing towards the gums. This helps to remove plaque and bacteria that build up on the enamel of the tooth that cause decay and gum disease.

Next to brushing is flossing, the second most important aspect of dental hygiene. Flossing between the teeth cleans the areas which are difficult or impossible to clean with a brush. These are often the places where the plaque and bacteria build up the most, attacking and wearing away the enamel causing decay and ultimately painful infection and tooth loss. It also helps to remove trapped food particles that are responsible for over 90 per cent of cases of bad breath.

Other cleaning devices such as tongue scrapers and inter-dental brushes are also useful in the battle against plaque. Mouthwashes may be useful but can also cause further dental hygiene issues so you should always ask your dentist before using them. Finally, it is crucial that this hygiene routine is backed up by regular visits to your dentist. They can spot the first signs of decay and disease and advise on the most effective ways to keep your mouth and teeth healthy. Call 01245 268 494 for a free consultation at Advance Dental Clinic in Chelmsford

Basildon dentist treats gingivitis to prevent heart disease

Gingivitis, more commonly known as gum disease, is an oral infection that affects the gums caused by bacterial growth in the mouth. If not properly treated gingivitis can become the more serious periodontitis resulting in tooth loss and the destruction of soft gingival tissue in the mouth. Gum disease has also been linked to various other infections in the body including heart disease. It is believed that bacterial infection in the mouth can infiltrate the bloodstream and cause wider health problems if not treated successfully.

Gingivitis is initially caused by plaque build up. Plaque is a filmy substance made up of bacteria and other debris that covers the tooth enamel and gum tissue and erodes it. This causes irritation of the gums which may bleed when brushed firmly. This kind of irritation is easily treated and combated by more effective cleaning. However, if left untreated, gingivitis can become peridontitis where the infection creates pockets between the teeth and gums which can spread the infection below the gum line. This is very hard to clean with conventional brushes and may need some antibiotic treatment. In sever cases some tissue may need to be removed if beyond treatment in a process called a gingivectomy.

Although gum disease my be caused by more wide ranging health issues such as hormonal changes and illness it is most often caused by poor standards of oral hygiene. An improvement in brushing and flossing and making regular six-month check up appointments with a Basildon dentist is usually enough to keep gum disease at bay.

Even if you think you have healthy gums and are experiencing no irritation or symptoms of gum disease it is still necessary to see a dentist on a regular basis. Some gum disease shows little or no sign of obvious infection but a dentist will be able to spot the warning signs. As previously mentioned, gum disease can be the underlying cause of a more systematic infection that becomes very hard to treat, so it really is worth making a few small efforts to prevent it. Call 01245 268 494 for a free consultation at at Advance Dental Clinic  in chelmsford.