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Why Tooth Coloured Fillings Are Better For Your Teeth In Essex

If you have a cavity in your tooth, our dentists will probably recommend placing a filling. There are different types of filling, and in most cases, we recommend tooth-coloured fillings.

About tooth-coloured fillings

Tooth-coloured fillings, also known as white fillings, are an effective, aesthetically pleasing means of protecting your teeth and preventing the spread of infection when a cavity, a hole, forms. If you have a cavity, there’s a risk of bacteria spreading to other parts of the tooth, and this can increase the risk of infection and further damage. White fillings offer an alternative to mercury amalgam fillings, which are becoming less popular.

The benefits of tooth-coloured fillings

Tooth-coloured fillings are becoming more commonplace due to their aesthetic benefits, but also as a result of concerns about the safety and environmental impact of mercury fillings. Tooth-coloured fillings are virtually invisible when you smile, unlike amalgam fillings, and they’re also safe and more eco-friendly.

How is a filling placed?

If you need a new filling, or you’re having an old filling replaced, your dentist will explain exactly what is going to happen before administering local anaesthetic to numb your tooth and prevent any pain. Once the cavity is clear of any old fillings or debris, the tooth will be cleaned thoroughly, and then a bonding agent will be applied. This will help the composite material to stick inside the cavity. The composite, which is matched to your natural tooth shade, will be poured into the cavity and then shaped to ensure a snug fit. Your dentist will then shine a curing light onto the tooth and this will set the filling. The final step is to carry out any final adjustments to make sure the filling fits the cavity perfectly. Placing a filling should take less than an hour.

Why it is So Important to Floss Before Dental Treatment

We all know how important brushing is for our dental health, but many of us overlook flossing. Flossing is a technique, which involves using ultra-fine dental tape to clean the areas of the mouth that are missed when brushing.

Flossing before dental treatment

If you’re due to undergo dental treatment, we recommended brushing and flossing in advance. This will help to clean the mouth and remove potentially harmful bacteria. Flossing dislodges food debris and bacteria from the gum line and the cracks between the teeth and it can help to provide a deeper clean before treatment.

The benefits of flossing

Flossing is designed to be used in addition to twice-daily brushing as part of an effective oral hygiene routine. Flossing is beneficial for your dental health because it targets parts of the mouth that are tricky to reach with a brush, including the gaps between the teeth and the gum line. The more bacteria and debris you remove, the lower the risk of plaque developing. Plaque is a sticky film, which clings to the surfaces of the teeth and the gums. It is made from bacteria, bits of food and saliva, and it is the most potent risk factor for decay and gum disease. Flossing can help to prevent oral disease and bad breath and keep your smile looking great.

Flossing tips

If you’ve never flossed before, you may find that it takes a couple of attempts to get the hang of it. Flossing involves passing a length of dental floss through the cracks between the teeth and cleaning along your gum line. Use separate pieces of tape, and don’t tug at the floss, as this can damage the gums. It is normal for the gums to bleed when flossing for the first time, but if bleeding persists, see your dentist. Bleeding gums can be a symptom of gum disease.

Five Reasons To Floss

Be honest. How often do you floss? If you don’t already floss as part of your daily oral hygiene regime, it’s time to make some changes. Here are 5 good reasons why you should start flossing today:

  1. Cleaner, brighter smiles: flossing helps to clean your teeth, so that you can enjoy a brighter, more beautiful smile.
  2. Lower risk of decay: brushing is brilliant, but it can’t target areas that aren’t accessible with the brush head. Flossing cleans these hard to reach zones, giving you a much deeper clean and reducing the risk of decay.
  3. Reduced gum disease risk: it can be difficult to clean along the gum line with your toothbrush. This is where flossing comes in handy. With fine dental tape, you can remove bits of food and eliminate bacteria from the gums, reducing the risk of gum disease. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in British adults, so it’s really important to make sure your daily dental hygiene regime is on point.
  4. Plaque prevention: plaque is a sticky colourless film, which forms when bacteria and food debris combine with saliva. Plaque is the most significant risk factor for decay and gum disease. Brushing and flossing help to rid the mouth of food particles and bacteria before they can form plaque.
  5. Fresher breath: most of us want to enjoy clean, fresh breath. Bad breath is a very common problem, which can result from poor oral hygiene. Flossing removes food debris from the mouth, decreasing the risk of bad breath, and ensuring you feel confident when you meet new people or catch up with friends and colleagues.

If you’re new to flossing, and you need any tips or advice, we’ll be happy to help! Call us  our Essex Dentist now or pop in and see us if you’re passing.

Bleeding Gums Can Be a Thing of the Past at Advance Dental Clinic

Do you suffer from sore gums, or have you noticed spots of blood when you brush your teeth? If so, these could be signs of gum disease. At Advance Dental Clinic, we have expertise in preventing and treating gum disease, so you can rest assured that you’re in safe hands.

Preventing gum disease

Prevention is always better than cure. Gum disease is the most common cause of tooth loss in UK adults, but the good news is that it can often be prevented. Good oral hygiene, frequent dental visits, and a healthy diet can all help to lower the risk of gum disease. It’s also hugely beneficial to be aware of the signs and symptoms of gum disease, so that you can act to try and prevent the condition from becoming more advanced. It’s relatively simple to manage mild gum disease, but more advanced symptoms cause irreversible damage to the bony tissue that supports the teeth. This increases the risk of premature tooth loss. Symptoms to be aware of include:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Swollen gums
  • Sore gums
  • Increased redness

Gum disease treatment

If you already have the symptoms described above, the best thing to do is contact your dentist. When you have your appointment, your dentist will have a good look at your gums and work out the best course of action. In cases of mild gum disease, also known as gingivitis, it’s often possible to treat the condition with hygiene treatments and lifestyle changes, such as giving up smoking and cutting down on sugary and acidic foods and drinks. In the case of advanced gum disease, or periodontal disease, more intensive, long-term treatment is required. This may involve frequent trips to the dental hygienist and therapies such as root planing.

Five Reasons Why it is Important to Floss This Summer

Many of us know all about the benefits of brushing, but have you given much thought to flossing? If you’re eager to keep your smile in check this summer, here are 5 good reasons to start flossing now:

  1. Removing food debris: it’s very common to get food stuck between your teeth, and often, it’s hard to remove debris with a brush. This is where flossing comes in handy. If you floss, you can dislodge bits of food, which prevents plaque formation and helps to reduce the risk of bad breath.
  2. Removing bacteria: bacteria gather in the mouth all the time. Some strains of bacteria can be very harmful, but others are good for your health. Brushing and flossing help to remove dangerous bacteria before they can combine with saliva and food particles to form plaque.
  3. Reducing the risk of decay: decay is one of the most common preventable illnesses is caused by bacteria, which weaken and penetrate the enamel surface of the tooth, causing holes to form. Flossing is an effective cleaning technique, which helps to lower the risk of decay by preventing the development of plaque. Plaque is the most common cause of both decay and gum disease.
  4. Keeping your smile looking beautiful: most of us want to enjoy a healthy, beautiful smile for as long as possible. Flossing can help to prevent decay and gum disease, but it can also reduce the risk of discolouration and keep your smile looking great.
  5. Preventing bad breath: bad breath can be an embarrassing issue. In many cases, bad breath is linked to bacteria that collect in the mouth. When they feed, they release gases, which have a pungent smell. Flossing helps to clean the mouth and remove bacteria, lowering the risk of halitosis.

Four Ways To Protect Your Teeth In the Sunshine

The sun is shining, and summer is in full swing. If you’re keen to take good care of your smile in the sunshine, here are 4 ways to protect your teeth:

  1. Avoid sugary drinks: many of us like to crack open a cool fizzy drink or a flavoured alcoholic beverage when the sun comes out. While you may enjoy the taste, your teeth won’t thank you for bathing them in sugary nectar this summer. Try and avoid sugary and acidic drinks, especially between meals. Opt for diet, sugar-free versions, or stick to water.
  2. See your dentist: on a sunny day, a dental clinic may not be top of your list of places to go, but the holidays are a great time to arrange a check-up. If you haven’t been to the dentist in the last 6-9 months, call and book an appointment today. If you’re going away, it’s hugely beneficial to arrange a check before you travel to reduce the risk of dental injuries, infections and tooth pain.
  3. Use a mouth guard for sports: summer is a time when many of us like to be more active and enjoy time outside. If you’re playing sport this summer, don’t forget to wear a mouth guard to protect your teeth. It’s a good idea to use a gum shield for sports like boxing, martial arts, cricket, rugby, hockey and lacrosse.
  4. Don’t use your teeth as a bottle opener: we’ve all been there. You’ve got friends around, you’ve bought a load of bottles of beer, but the bottle opener has disappeared. If this a familiar scenario, don’t be the person who sacrifices their smile for the good of others. Using your teeth to open a bottle could cause extensive damage.

Four Reasons to Quit Smoking to Save Your Teeth

The dangers of smoking for your heart and lungs are well-documented, but often, the impact of smoking on the mouth is overlooked. If you’re a smoker, there are many reasons to try and give up, including:

  1. Lower risk of gum disease: gum disease is the most common cause of premature tooth loss in UK adults. Gum disease is often linked to poor oral hygiene, but studies show that smoking can also put you at risk of sore and swollen gums. This is because smoking reduces blood flow to the gums. Symptoms of gum disease include inflammation, pain, redness and bleeding when you brush.
  2. Lower risk of bad breath: smoking is one of the leading causes of bad breath due to the chemicals present in cigarettes. Bad breath can be a sign of underlying oral health issues, but it can also affect your confidence, especially in situations where you’re in close contact with others, for example, when riding the tube or train or when speaking to somebody during a date or an interview.
  3. Reduced risk of oral cancer: oral cancer affects the soft tissue in your mouth and throat. It is an increasingly common form of cancer in the UK, and the number of cases has risen by a third in the last decade. Smoking is the most significant risk factor for mouth cancer. Cancer Research UK estimates that more than 60 percent of cases of oral cancer are linked to smoking.
  4. Brighter, whiter teeth: smoking is one of the most potent threats to bright, white smiles. Chemicals like tar are known to stain the teeth, making the smile look less attractive.

If you’d like help and support with trying to quit smoking, we are here. Just give us a call or talk to your dentist at your next appointment.

Four Reasons Why Quitting Smoking Can Save Your Teeth

If you’re a smoker, you may be aware of the links to respiratory problems and some types of cancer, but have you ever stopped to think about how smoking affects your mouth? At Advance Dental, we are here to help patients give up smoking and we can provide support, advice and treatments to help you quit for good. Here are just 4 reasons why giving up could save your smile:

  1. Gum disease: smoking increases the risk of gum disease, as it reduces blood flow to the gums. Gum disease is the most common cause of premature tooth loss in adults. Advanced gum disease affects the bone tissue that lies beneath the gums, which causes the teeth to come loose in their sockets and eventually fall out.
  2. Staining: do you long for a bright, white smile? Smoking is one of the leading causes of staining and discolouration due to the presence of agents and chemicals like tar. Giving up smoking won’t make your teeth whiter, but it will prevent further staining.
  3. Bad breath: if you suffer from bad breath, this can affect your confidence and it may also make life tougher when it comes to dating or trying to get a job. Smoking is a common cause of bad breath, also known as halitosis.
  4. Oral cancer: smoking is the most potent risk factor for oral cancer, a form of cancer that has become increasingly common in the UK. By giving up smoking, you could reduce your risk of developing mouth cancer significantly.

If you’d like to find out more about how we could help you to give up smoking or you’d more information about the effects of smoking on oral health, why not get in touch with us today?

3 Ways to Take Care of Your Gums

Did you know that gum disease is the most common cause of adult tooth loss in the UK? If you’re keen to keep your smile in check for as long as possible, it’s essential to take good care of your gums. Here are 3 steps you can take to improve your gum health:

  1. Stick to a good daily oral hygiene regime: brushing and flossing are your best weapons against oral diseases including decay and gum disease. Take 2 minutes every morning and evening to clean your teeth thoroughly using fluoride toothpaste. Choose a brush with a small head that you can angle to clean along the gum line and reach right into the corners of the mouth. It’s important to clean twice a day, every day to eliminate harmful bacteria and food debris before it combines with saliva to form plaque.
  2. See your dentist every 6-12 months: if you haven’t been for a check-up in a long time, we recommend calling and booking an appointment. Regular check-ups enable us to spot potential warning signs and address them as quickly as possible. According to the Oral Health Foundation, routine checks can reduce the risk of gum disease and decay by up to 60 percent.
  3. Look out for symptoms: gum disease is a progressive condition, and if it is left untreated, it can cause irreversible damage to the gums and the bone structure beneath, causing the teeth to come loose. Symptoms of gum disease include redness, sore and swollen gums and bleeding when you brush. If you notice any of these signs, call your dentist as soon as you can.

Three Tips for Healthy Teeth

Taking good care of your smile is one of the best New Year’s resolutions you can make. If you’re keen to improve your oral health in the year ahead, here are 3 simple tips to get you started:

  1. Brush twice a day, every single day: surveys show a significant portion of UK adults don’t brush twice a day. If you neglect your oral hygiene, this will increase your risk of developing gum disease, discolouration, bad breath and cavities. All it takes is two minutes every morning and evening. When you’re brushing, take care to cover every individual tooth surface, swap your brush head every 3-4 months and use fluoride toothpaste. Angle your brush head to remove food debris from the gum line and be gentle to prevent enamel damage.
  2. Cut down on sugar: if you consume a lot of sugary foods or drinks, make it your mission to try and reduce your daily sugar intake. When bacteria feed on sugar, they release acids, which attack and weaken the tooth enamel, increasing the risk of cavities and infections. Ideally, you should aim for a maximum intake of around 7 teaspoons of sugar per day.
  3. Book a dental check: if you’re not very good at keeping up to date with dental checks, this is one of the easiest ways to improve your dental health. Visiting your dentist on a regular basis can reduce the risk of gum disease and decay by up to 60 percent. Call us now if you’re overdue a check-up.