D&T Blog

Could bottled water be harmful to our teeth?

02.11.2017

 

 An article featured in the Daily Mail this month gave insight into how researchers and dentists have recently started to fear that bottles water could be harming our teeth.

We have been warned for years about the effects of fizzy and dark coloured beverages such as red wine and coffee, on our teeth. But for the first time, research is showing that even bottles water could affect our teeth due to its pH levels

For the purpose of the article, scientists tested pH levels from 9 of the top selling water brands.

The pH scale ranges from 0 to 14 with 7 being neutral, under 7 alkaline and above 7 is acidic.

Tooth enamel can start to erode at pH level 5.5 and lower.

Surprisingly, popular brands Aquafina and Smartwater had pH levels of 4.

Volvic and Fiji water came in at 7.5 and 8 respectively.

To avoid enamel erosion because of constantly drinking low pH level bottles water, try drinking more tap water as this has regulated amounts of fluoride in it which is good for our teeth.

Electric vs Manual Toothbrushes

01.11.2017

Does it actually matter if you use an electric toothbrush – do they really make a difference?

The hygienists at Dawood & Tanner have some tips and advice on oral hygiene:

Ideal Brushing time: 2 to 3 minutes

Recommended toothpaste: any fluoride containing toothpaste with ideally around 1450ppm of fluoride

Manual vs Electric: toothbrushes are depend on the patients needs - we recommend electric toothbrushes generally, oral B/Braun ETB  or Curaprox manual toothbrushes

How often to see a hygienist: very dependant on the patient but generally between every 1 to 6 months.

Mouth Cancer Action Month

01.11.2017

It’s Mouth Cancer Action Month and Dawood & Tanner we will be raising awareness of mouth cancer which aims to make a difference by saving thousands of lives through early detection and prevention.

Here at Dawood & Tanner, we routinely examine all patients for mouth cancer at every appointment.

For more information about the campaign and to get involved, visit the Mouth Cancer Action Month website: http://www.mouthcancer.org/

Sensitive Teeth: The Facts

28.10.2017

 

  • What are sensitive teeth – pain and discomfort when eating or drinking or in general. The pain could last for a few seconds or for hours.

 

  • The cause – the enamel on the outside of our teeth cover softer dentine which is exposed when enamel wears down or erodes thus causing sensitivity.

This can happen by:

  1. Brushing too hard
  2. Enamel erosion
  3. Naturally receding gums
  4. Gum disease
  5. Tooth grinding
  6. Tooth whitening
  7. Broken teeth

 

 

  • How to avoid the pain – try to avoid cold or hot drinks if this is what triggers your sensitivity. If you have pain when brushing teeth, make sure to brush with a soft brush and don’t apply too much pressure. Remember – never stop brushing regularly or this could lead to more serious problems.

 

  • How can it be treated - if you experience mild discomfort you could use sensitive teeth toothpastes and see whether this helps or not. Many people experience relief at this point. If the pain does not subside you can visit your dentist and they can help you by treating the affected teeth with special ‘de-sensitising' products to help relieve the symptoms. Fluoride gels, rinses or varnishes can be applied to sensitive teeth. These can be painted onto the teeth at regular appointments to build up some protection. Sensitivity can take some time to settle, and you may need to have several appointments. If this still does not help, your dental team may seal or fill around the neck of the tooth, where the tooth and gum meet, to cover exposed dentine. In very serious cases it may be necessary to root-fill the tooth.
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