Saturday, 4 July 2015
There are a number of reasons why your gums bleed when you brush your teeth. Whether you notice a small amount of blood in the foam of the toothpaste in the basin or you see some blood on your toothbrush, it should not be ignored. There are a number of reasons why your gums may be bleeding, all of which should be followed up with a visit to your dentist.
One of the first signs of gingivitis isbleeding gums when brushing. Gingivitis is a mild gum disease which causes inflammation of the gums, this can lead to sensitivity and discomfort. Ignoring this sign can also result in periodontal disease and eventually tooth loss.
Your gums may be bleeding if you smoke. Smoking of tobacco can increase your chances of periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is a severe gum disease which affects the structure of the tooth and can result in tooth loss if ignored. Periodontal disease doesn’t only cause bleeding gums, it can affect your overall health moving forward.
What you eat has a significant impact on your oral health. You want to enjoy a well-balanced and healthy diet, eliminating sugars and acidic foods from your diet at all times. If you follow a poor diet, your body may be lacking proteins and calcium, both of which can lead to bleeding gums.
Women are at higher risk of bleeding gums than men. Women go through numerous hormonal changes each and every month. If you have bleeding gums you may be experiencing menstruation or you may be pregnant. Pregnancy can result in bleeding gums. A visit to the dentist if you are pregnant is essential to ensure that you don’t have a gum disease which could affect your unborn child.
Poor Oral Hygiene
If you don’t follow a strict oral health routine at home then chances are that you are experiencing bleeding gums for this very reason. You need to brush your teeth for two minutes twice daily. You also need to floss on a daily basis and twice daily if you have been diagnosed with a gum disease.
Some medications may increase the risk of bleeding gums. If you are on a new medication and you notice your gums bleeding when you brush then ensure you advise your dentist soonest. Anticonvulsants are known for causing bleeding gums in patients around the world.
Wednesday, 1 July 2015
Thousands of people that visit their dentist each year will be referred to the oral hygienist for a professional clean. You may wonder why you are being sent to the hygienist when you brush your teeth twice daily, you use dental floss and you are careful about your sugar intake.
There are a host of benefits associated with professional teeth cleaning and even those with the best oral hygiene habits will visit the hygienist to help keep their teeth clean and healthy moving forward.
The first benefit to professional cleaning is that it helps prevent cavities. Even with an excellent oral health routine at home you are going to find yourself with tartar building up. Tartar is a hard and sticky substance which results from plaque which isn’t effectively removed. This can happen to everyone even if you brush vigorously twice daily. Tartar enables unwelcome bacteria to stick to it and then eat away at the hard enamel, causing cavities which can result in sensitivity, pain and dental treatment.
The next benefit you will find when choosing to attend an oral cleaning is that your risk of tooth loss is dramatically reduced. Everyone wants to hold onto their natural teeth for as long as possible, this means that you need to make every possible effort to keep them clean, healthy and strong for as long as possible. Tooth loss can occur at any age, often as a result of periodontal disease.
Dr Tariq Drabu, a leading UK dentist and specialist oral surgeon advises that periodontal disease is a severe gum disease which eats away at the structure of the tooth. If ignored it can result in tooth loss. A professional tooth cleaning can reduce the risk of periodontal disease, thereby reducing the risk of tooth loss moving forward.
Oral hygienists providing you with a professional teeth clean can help you brighten your smile. With squeaky clean teeth, your smile is instantly brightened. You will find that your teeth feel cleaner and in turn, you feel more confident.
With tooth decay, plaque and tartar build up you can experience bad breath. Many people with gum disease struggle with bad breath, which is very unwelcome and can leave you very self-conscious when speaking to others. A professional teeth clean can help freshen your breath, make you feel better about yourself, while ensuring that your teeth and gums are clean and healthy.
What many people don’t realise, according to Dr Tariq Drabu, is there is a direct link between oral health and overall health. When you have a professional teeth cleaning you are also boosting your overall health now and moving forward. The teeth cleaning can help remove dangerous bacteria, help fight gum disease and reduce the risk of cavities, all in all it can play an instrumental role in your overall health in the future.
The biggest benefit to professional teeth cleaning is that it can help you save money now and in the future. If you ignore your oral health and you find yourself in significant pain, maybe your gums are bleeding or your teeth feel lose, you can find yourself paying out a fair amount of money to rectify the situation. Prevention is better than curewhen it comes to your oral health. Paying for a professional oral cleaning can be so beneficial, especially when looking at the savings you can enjoy moving forward.
Dr Tariq Drabu also mentioned another preventative measure to take when it comes to your oral health is to attend routine dental appointments. This is an opportunity for your dentist to identify any potential problems and treat them quickly to reduce further damage in the future.
Monday, 29 June 2015
When you move to a new area or even a new country, some of the first things on your list will be to find a doctor, the nearest hospital and a dentist. Deciding on a dentist can be a daunting experience, as you want someone who will provide you with the highest level of patient care at all times.
One of the best ways to find a reputable dentist in your area is to ask family and friends. Most people find visiting the dentist a tedious task, there are also a high volume of people that have an unwelcome fear of the dentist, this means that they are only going to tell you about those that made them feel at ease, who resolved the problem and that provided them with the best care and attention.
If you have just moved and you don’t know anyone in the area yet, then ask your doctor. Most doctors will have a list of reputable dentists in the area that you can contact. Your general practitioner should be able to make a recommendation or even refer you to a dentist in the area, they feel is the best match based on your personal dental needs and requirements.
If you live in the United Kingdom, then finding a good dentist shouldn’t be a difficult task, according to Dr TariqDrabu, a leading dentist and specialist surgeon from Manchester. The NHS provides an extensive range of all the dentists in the country, including private dentists. You will also be able to take advantage of the NHS Choices website to read honest patient feedback on their experiences, helping you identify which dentist you feel is the best match to meet your dental requirements now and in the future.
When looking for a new dentist, always pay close attention to their location. Do they offer parking? Are they within easy driving distance of your home, office or the school? These are all very important factors to take into consideration. Ideally you want to find a dentist that in the event of an emergency, you can get to them with ease at the appointment time they have available.
Dr Tariq Drabu also recommends you pay attention to the payment options the dental practice provides. Most people these days don’t carry cash with them, which means that you want to find a dentist that will accept card payments or even accept a cheque if you don’t carry a card or cash with you. Check with the practice before your appointment to identify if they provide a payment solution that meets your needs.
If you are looking for a private dentist in the United Kingdom, see if they can offer a payment plan for the treatment you require. Many private dentists are able to offer finance on your required dental treatment, enabling you to get the care you need, paying it off in manageable monthly payments.
Further, a very important point that you need to check in the United Kingdom, is whether the dentist is accepting new patients. Dr Tariq Drabu did mention that many of the NHS dentists are full when it comes to new NHS patients, which is why you may have to look at a number of dentists in and around your local area to find those that are accepting new patients that you can register with as soon as you arrive in the area.
All dentists should accept emergency cases. You never know when you may experience tooth pain, have an accident or more. Ensure any dentist you are considering does have available appointments each day for emergency cases.
Thursday, 25 June 2015
Conflicts and disputes in any work place situation can be detrimental. In a dental practice where you want your teams to be happy to improve productivity and increase patient care and satisfaction, the last thing you want is team members being unable to work together as a team.
Any dentist knows that the team working alongside them is valuable to every aspect of the practice. The majority of misunderstandings in a dental practice are a result of a simple misunderstanding for what one member may feel as unfair treatment. These situations need to be avoided in order to ensure a productive and effective team at all times, while ensuring your patients receive the highest quality support and care.
Reduce the risk of misunderstandings
The first step to avoiding conflict and managing disputes in any dental practice is to reduce the risk of misunderstandings. Misunderstandings can lead to frustration and anger, it can leave teams torn apart and can result in a group of people who find it almost impossible to work together as a cohesive team.
The first step is to ensure you understand the situation. When you are working in your surgery with patients, it’s hard to identify what has gone on behind the scenes that has caused this rift in the team. Listen to both sides of the story to identify the problem and then get the team together to discuss the problems and identify asolution that helps everyone overcome the problems as soon as possible.
Never ignore these types of problems in your practice, it is only going to cause the misunderstanding to fester. This in turn, will result in further problems, eventually effecting everyone working within the practice. In some severe instances, it can result in you losing one of your most valued team members, which is the last thing you want to happen.
Have systems in place that work
A volume of the disputes and misunderstandings can be avoided by having set systems in place. Hold weekly meetings with all your team members to discuss how the systems are working and discuss any potential problems that may be arising. This can help you identify how everyone is working together, pinpoint any small problems before they become serious and help you identify if your team is working together collectively to ensure the highest level of patient care and satisfaction at all times.
When it comes to introducing new members the team, it is important you choose with care to ensure the person you choose has the same goals and objectives as the existing team, enabling them to blend in seamlessly without too much disruption. I have always found when hiring a new team member that having a team meeting and discussing the short list is the best way to get everyone feeling involved in the decision and ensure the person I choose is one that the whole team feels they can work with now and in the future.
Treat everyone fairly
In any dental practice you will have certain members of the team that have more authority as others. As a dental practice owner or manager it is imperative that you treat everyone with the same care and respect. Be consistent in your approach whether you’re dealing with your administrative manage or dental nurse. Team members want to know that there aren’t any favourites and everyone is treated fairly at all times. This can reduce a lot of the conflict and anger that can easily fester in such a small and close knit working environment.
Monday, 22 June 2015
Thousands of people visit dentists throughout the world on a daily basis, some find themselves in pain and need urgent treatment, while others attend their routine appointments. There are common dental procedures which are carried out daily on a global scale, these are procedures which range from urgent to cosmetic, each on playing a vital role in the patient’s life and helping improve their oral health moving forward.
According to Dr Tariq Drabu, a leading dentist and specialist oral surgeon in the United Kingdom, the most common dental treatment carried out daily is fillings. Thousands of people experience sensitivity from their teeth and visit their dentist.
In most instances dental caries is responsible and the decay has to be removed and the area filled with a hard filling to protect the delicate dental pulp, which is found in the heart of the tooth. Fillings are a quick and simple process which does involve some drilling. Once the filling is in place, the sensitivity is eliminated and the patient can go on to enjoy their life.
Another common dental procedure which dentists carry out on a daily basis is root canal treatment. This treatment is performed when the delicate dental pulp has been compromised.
Dr Tariq Drabu advised that the dental pulp holds all the blood vessels and nerves and when the decay reaches this point, it can cause significant pain. The dentist numbs the tooth and then carefully extracts all the pulp before filling the area. This usually also includes a crown, which is a false tooth which is placed in the mouth to replace the problematic tooth.
A high volume of people have crowns fitted on a daily basis.
There are a host of reasons why you may be having a crown placed in your mouth. You may have been in an accident where you had trauma to the mouth, damaging one of your teeth or you may have had decay which has damaged to the tooth to a point where it has to be ground down or removed. The crown is a false tooth, which is matched to the colour of your existing teeth and made to fit the open space. Once in place it feels and looks completely natural.
When it comes to common dental procedures, Dr Tariq Drabu also mentioned that bridges are a popular choice. In the event one or two teeth need to be removed, a bridge is made with false teeth to match the natural teeth remaining in the mouth. The bridge sits in the open space and looks and feels natural. This can help patients with their confidence, enabling them to smile and not be self-conscious about the fact they have teeth missing. Bridges are usually used when one or more front teeth have to be removed.
Dentures are another common treatment that dentists find themselves performing on a daily basis. Whether a patient has lost a couple of teeth, just their lower jaw or top jaw or have had to have all their teeth removed, dentures are used to provide them with teeth that enables them to eat and chew. Dentures are false teeth while fit to a plate which is inserted in the mouth. They are made in a laboratory to meet the mould taken by the dentist and to match the patients original tooth colour.
Dr Tariq Drabu advised that in recent years cosmetic dentistry has also welcomed thousands of procedures on a daily basis with tooth whitening being the number one choice. Tooth whitening lightens the teeth by a few shades, helping to hide stains and marks and leaving the patient with a gleaming smile.
Friday, 19 June 2015
Cosmetic dentistry assists patients improve their oral appearance. There are millions of people around the world who are self-conscious of their teeth and gums, this can be a crooked tooth or teeth, stained or discoloured teeth, missing teeth and more. Feeling self-conscious of your oral health can result in you not showing your teeth when you smile, it can cause depression and even leaves some people staying at home rather than going out because they are so aware of their appearance.
Cosmetic dentistry has grown in popularity over the years and is being used more and more by people on a global scale who have seen their favourite celebrity on television bearing a perfect set of pearly whites. Dr Tariq Drabu, a leading dentist and specialist oral surgeon in the United Kingdom, advised that what most people don’t realise is that these celebrities have already taken advantage of cosmetic dentistry, which is why their teeth look so perfectly formed and white.
One of the most common cosmetic dental procedures being taken advantage of daily is tooth whitening. Tooth whitening procedures can help lighten the colour of the natural teeth, while helping hide unwelcome discolouration and stains.
Dr Tariq Drabu advised that natural teeth are not white, in fact they are yellowish in colour, an off-white. People see their favourite celebrities with brilliant white teeth and believe that tooth whitening will provide the same results. The truth is that this very common and popular procedure will lighten the colour of the natural teeth, but it does not make them white. The tooth whitening lasts for a few years and then needs to be done again.
Another of the cosmetic dentistry procedures that many people visit their dentist for is dental implants. Implants are used to replace one or more missing teeth and are used as an alternative to wearing a bridge or dentures. Dental implants look and feel natural. They comprise of a titanium screw, this is screwed into the jaw bone to replace the root and over time fuses with the bone to hold the implant in place.
The screw is then topped with a crown, which is made to the correct size and shape to match the surrounding teeth. The colour is also matches to ensure it looks completely natural once in place.
Many patients looking to improve their appearance, will choose veneers. Veneers are widely used to improve the shape and colour of the teeth. They can make a tooth look straight, hide a chipped tooth and lighten the teeth with ease. During this process the enamel is filed down to make place for the very thin veneer, which is then sealed into position on the front of the tooth. These also look and feel completely natural once in place.
Dr Tariq Drabu mentioned that white fillings are also increasing in popularity on a daily basis. Patients who need a filling don’t want a silver filling that is on display every time they smile. With white fillings the tooth is saved, the procedure is carried out and afterwards, the filling blends in with the existing teeth, so you can’t actually tell there is a filling in place.
When it comes to cosmetic dentistry, patients can also have crowns and bridges done. Bridges are used to close a gap where a tooth may have been removed.
The bridge replaces the missing tooth hiding the gap and helping the patient feel more confident about their appearance. A crown is also a false tooth which is set in place to match the surrounding teeth, again it looks natural and can boost confidence moving forward.
Monday, 15 June 2015
Dentists around the world carry out fillings on a daily basis. A filling is used when there is a cavity to a tooth. Over time the decay eats away at the enamel, making its way into the sensitive dental pulp, which is why a filling is essential to remove the decay and protect the tooth moving forward.
There are two main types of fillings which may be used at your dental appointment. The first is a temporary filling, which lasts only a few weeks or a permanent filling, which is put in place and lasts for years. There are a number of reasons why your dentist may decide to use a temporary filling over a permanent solution.
The first reason you may have been provided with a temporary filling is that your treatment needs more than one appointment. According to Dr Tariq Drabu, a leading dentist and specialist oral surgeon, one of the main reasons a dentist may use a temporary filling is that the patient has a serious problem, which will require more than one treatment. This could mean that you are having a root canal treatment, which takes place over a few appointments.
Rather than putting a permanent filling in place, which is exceptionally strong and having to remove it at each appointment, a temporary one is used, which can be removed easily for each treatment session.
Another reason your dentist may decide to usea temporary filling over a permanent one is that your tooth needs time to heal after a treatment. You may have had your treatment, but the dentist notices an infection or abscess and is unable to close the tooth permanently until it is completely healed. Filing it with a permanent filling at this stage could potentially make matters worse and result in you losing that tooth in the long run.
The tooth is made up of a number of layers. The enamel is the exceptionally hard outer covering of the tooth, which is a protective covering to make your teeth strong. Under that you find the dentin, which is softer and makes up the majority of the tooth and in the centre you get the very delicate and sensitive dental pulp.
The dental pulp contains all the blood vessels and nerves. If your cavity was very deep and the dentist has had to drill low into the tooth, close to the dental pulp, they will provide you with a temporary filling to ensure that the dental pulp isn’t aggravated and you require further treatment before a permanent filling is placed.
In some instances where you have visited the dentist as an emergency case due to pain, you may be given a temporary filling to ensure that there is no further problems with the tooth before you are given a permanent filling. This is a precautionary action to reduce the risk of having to try and remove the strong permanent filling if you continue experiencing some pain after treatment.
Dr Tariq Drabu advised that temporary fillings can provide immediate relief. The filling includes Eugenol, a compound found in cloves, which helps numb and sooth the tooth.
Further this is only a short term solution, a temporary filling will only last a couple of weeks and is not a permanent solution. This means that if you have been given a temporary filling for whatever reason, you must return to your dentist on the given appointment to have the permanent filling placed and ensure that your tooth is healing properly.