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Monthly Archives: July 2020

  1. Implications of Dry Mouth for Denture Wearers

    Implications of Dry Mouth for Denture Wearers

    Denture retention is thought to be a problem for about 35% of denture wearers and as such there are estimated to be about 4 million individuals in the UK who regularly use an adhesive to keep their dentures in place. Though many users refer to these products as denture glues they do not actually have any adherence properties and simple work by thickening saliva to create a suction effect. These creams and gels generally work quite well on upper dentures that have the entire roof of the mouth to ‘suck to’, however they are far less effective when it comes to lower denture retention both due to the considerably reduced surface area and the mechanical effect of the tongue dislodging the denture.

    As mentioned conventional ‘adhesives’ require saliva to be present and are therefore wholly ineffectual for denture wearers who suffer from a dry mouth condition. These individuals need a product that actually adheres to both gum and denture without the need to saliva. Secure Bonding Cream does exactly that and because it does not require suction it is clinically proven to be the most effective upper and lower denture solution for both regular denture wearers and those who suffer from dry mouth.

    An important characteristic of Secure Bonding Cream is that is it non-water soluble, which is particularly significant for those suffering from a dry mouth who are encouraged to drink plenty of water. While conventional adhesives are simply washed away (ending up in the stomach) Secure remains fixed to the denture.

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  2. Main symptoms and treatments of gum disease

    Main symptoms and treatments of gum disease

    Research shows that there are close to 700 species of bacteria naturally present in the mouth. These together with the teeth, gums and alveolar bone, form an ecosystem. Under normal conditions these bacteria are generally harmless, however should the balance of the ecosystem be upset this will potentially give rise to the accumulation of bacteria in the form of biofilm or dental plaque. Some of the main causes of this imbalance are poor oral hygiene, dietary, drugs and hormonal changes. What is Gum Disease? If biofilm or plaque is not removed it can reach levels that are detrimental to gingival health, resulting in gum disease. The first stage of gum disease is Gingivitis, an inflammatory process confined to the soft gum tissue and because the teeth supporting tissues are not affected the process is reversible. Should this gingival infection go untreated it will lead to degeneration of the periodontal tissue, the tissues that form the tooth support and the underlying bone. This is known as Periodontitis and if this were to go untreated the damage may well be irreversible. What are the symptoms of Gingivitis?

    • Redness, inflammation and bleeding of the gums
    • Changes in the consistency, texture and shape of the gum
    • Bad breath

    What are the symptoms of Periodontitis? In addition to the above individuals would experience:

    • Gum tissue recession
    • Loosening of the teeth
    • Formation of periodontal pockets
    • Moderate to advanced loss of alveolar bone
    • Tooth loss

    What are the risk factors associated with Gum Disease?

    Controllable Risk Factors Uncontrollable Risk Factors
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  3. Dry Mouth Symptoms And Treatments

    Dry Mouth Symptoms And Treatments


      • Dry mouth clinically known as Xerostomia is caused by a decrease in saliva production and is a common condition which can severely affect the sufferer’s quality of life.
      • As life expectancy increases the incidences of dry mouth are expected to be more prevalent. It has been estimated that as much as 20% of the adult population may be suffering the effects of dry mouth, 50% - 60% being over the age of 60.  The condition seems to be predominant in women.
      • Prolonged dry mouth usually leads to a marked deterioration in oral health, often resulting in the loss of teeth and affecting the general well-being of the sufferer.
      • Temporary dry mouth can be due to anxiety, stress, vitamin deficiency or smoking. But the most common cause of dry mouth is the 500 commonly used drugs where dry mouth is a side effect.
      • The causes of long term or irreversible dry mouth include radiotherapy, head & neck surgery, Diabetes, Sjögrens Syndrome, Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Raynauds Disease, Scleroderma and Parkinson’s Disease and Primary Biliary Cirrhosis to name but a few.

    The Importance of Saliva

      • The full importance of saliva’s protective role is often overlooked, particularly where dry mouth is a secondary problem.  Apart from its more obvious role of lubrication and cleansing, saliva is the body’s
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  4. Top 10 Tips For Dental Care

    Top 10 Tips For Dental Care

    Things have come a long way since we put baking soda on our fingers to clean our teeth and had to wear wooden dentures if they fell out! Thank goodness! Nowadays, we have an enormous assortment of dental health and dental care products to help us get rid of plaque and bacteria that are gentle on our gums. Still, people are visiting the dentists so what is going wrong? There is so much more to know about dental health than simply brushing twice a day to get white, cavity free teeth, so we have compiled a top ten list that covers everything you need to know about oral care.

    • Brushing
      It is important to brush first thing in the morning to remove plaque and bacteria that have accumulated over night and to brush last thing at night because saliva (which helps to keep the cavity-causing plaque off teeth) dries up as we sleep. Toothbrushes should come with a small head and soft bristles. Set a timer for 2 minutes, hold the brush at a 45 degree angle. Start at the same place every time begin by working your way around each tooth in turn. Ensure you clean all faces of the teeth to avoid missing any areas and don't forget your gums.
    • Flossing
      Use dental floss to clean in-between the teeth where plaque collects. Floss before you brush to remove any plaque from these areas. Roughly 90% of problems arise from areas between the teeth so it is important to floss effectively. Hold floss tightly between your thumbs and forefingers and guide it between your teeth using a gentle sliding action. When the floss reaches where the tooth meets the gum, curve it into a V shape against the tooth and gently slide it up and down between the gum and the tooth. Repeat for the other side and every tooth. For larger gaps you can us an interdental brush.
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    • Can our eating habits help to prevent bad breath?

      Can our eating habits help to prevent bad breath?

      Is persistent bad breath a simple case of oral hygiene, or are there food-related factors at play? Nutritional advisor Elit Rowland considers what dietary changes can promote healthy teeth and gums, and fresher breath.

      Everyone has suffered bad breath, also known as halitosis, after eating certain meals. But short-term or transient halitosis, caused by eating strong smelling foods such as curries, onions, garlic and spice-rich meals is only short-lived. The cause of longer-term or persistent bad breath can have deeper diet-related roots that go beyond what happens in the mouth.

      Good gut health
      If the eyes are the window to your soul, then the mouth can be the window to your gut and bad breath can be the first indicator that things aren’t quite right on the inside.

      Poor digestion, constipation and bowl disorders can cause internal gas and some nutritionists believe this can release unpleasant odours into the mouth. A healthy gut can prevent digestive disorders and help to metabolise the nutrients needed to promote healthy teeth and gums.

      Probiotic yogurts, drinks and nutritional supplement are a good way to support a healthy gut by topping up good bacteria. Prebiotics stimulate the growth of friendly bacteria so try and include plenty in your diet. Good sources include artichoke, spinach, banana and wholegrain bread.

      Balance vitamins and minerals
      The body needs a good balance of essential vitamins and mineral to maintain healthy teeth and gums. Vitamin C, found in most fresh fruits and vegetables, is rich in antioxidants and has shown to reduce gingivitis, a mild form of gum disease, also associated with halitosis. The body cannot store large amounts, so have a little fruit and veg every day. Vitamin D, found in herring, mackerel, eggs and natural sunshine, has also shown to protect against tooth decay. Calcium promotes healthy teeth and can be found in cheese, almonds,

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    • Teeth getting straighter but dirtier?

      Teeth getting straighter but dirtier?

      If you're undergoing teeth straightening treatment with fixed braces, you'll probably be paying closer attention to your teeth than you normally would. And while you might be pleased that your teeth are gradually getting straighter, you might also notice that they are also becoming less white and visibly dirtier. It's not your imagination, but it's not entirely your fault – cleaning your teeth does become much harder when you have a brace getting in the way.

      Here are our tips for preventing bacterial biofilm and plaque – the accumulation of which will not only make your teeth look dirty but can lead to gingivitis (inflamed, bleeding gums), decalcification and other forms of periodontal disease.

      1. Brush after every meal
      The network of wires and plastic in your braces will trap any small pieces of food and associated bacteria next to your teeth, so it's essential that you brush every time you've eaten, even if it's just a snack. Ideally, you'll be brushing for a few minutes, four times a day. Try using an interspace brush to clean areas that are more difficult to reach along with an orthodontic toothpaste that's more viscous than normal toothpaste.

      2. Consider investing in an electric toothbrush
      It can be hard to reach all the nooks and crannies in your fixed braces when brushing. If you are finding it tricky, then it might be worth buying an electric toothbrush. Recommended by many dentists for everyone – not just those with braces – many of these toothbrushes not only offer a timer to ensure you're brushing for long enough, they twist and rotate automatically to give an effective clean. Some electric toothbrushes even come with attachments specifically designed for use with braces.

      3. Be proactive against plaque
      As an aid to brushing and cleaning, many brace wearers find disclosing tablets or solutions useful. Such formulas colour regions

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