Sugar: A Plague for Athletes

Most of us think of tooth decay or oral health problems occurring in the elderly or those with no access to a local dentist, or even in those patients who don’t brush their teeth and have a poor diet. However, poor dental health can affect anyone, regardless of career, social standing or financial status. This is shown to be the case in particular thanks to a study from 2018 performed by the UCL Eastman Dental Institute Research team, where 352 Olympic and professional athletes were surveyed.   Survey The survey was performed across 11 different sports such as cycling, rowing, football and rugby and they gave dental check-ups which assessed…

The Dangers of Illegal Teeth Whitening

We have all heard of “botch” dentistry and poor dental experiences from patients who have suffered at the hands of careless, unqualified dentists, whether it be pulled-teeth or incorrect fillings but it seems that illegal treatments are still a problem in the UK and there’s one treatment in particular that people are happy to get, despite warnings that there are illegal services being run right now, posing as legitimate ones.   Illegal Teeth Whitening There has been a rise in the number of people caught performing or offering teeth whitening services locally and this is a big problem, not only for the patient but also for dentistry in general. The…

What is Gingivitis?

We all know that bad breath is caused by poor oral health but with gum disease, it can trigger further issues which can harm your overall health. Just one result of poor oral health can be Gingivitis. Gingivitis is more common than people think and in turn, this can lead to periodontitis. It can cause inflammation of the gums and usually results from bacteria and a build-up of plaque.   Signs of Gingivitis There are key signs to watch out for that gingivitis has taken hold, including: Red and puffy gums Bleeding gums Halitosis (bad breath) Receding gums Tender gums Swollen and inflammed gums Symptoms can be mild and unchecked…

Tooth Retainers

Tooth Retainers – The Straight Talking Truth

The first thing to get straight (pun intended) is to identify what we mean about a tooth retainer. When you have orthodontics to have straight teeth you will typically have 2 devices: An active device – this will move your teeth to their new position. A passive device – this holds your teeth in the new position after the active device has done its work People generally use the term ‘retainer’ interchangeably between an active and passive device however, this is not correct. A retainer is a passive device and holds your teeth in the new position after the orthodontic treatment has moved them from their original position. Having said…

Stress Related Dental Problems

Oral health can often be affected by your overall health and as we’ve mentioned before, in particular heart related conditions can be linked to poor dental health. One of the biggest contributing factors though includes stress, which can be damaging over a long period of time. It can result in sleep disruption, fatigue, tiredness, lack of concentration and many other conditions which can be debilitating. So it makes sense that stress can also have a negative impact on our dental health. Therefore it’s important to ensure that you keep an eye on not only your physical health but also your mental health, especially now that there are direct correlations with…