We are passionate about making dental health easier to understand for our patients. With that in mind, we’ve put together a few frequently asked questions below. If you have any queries, don’t hesitate to get in touch with a member of our friendly team to find out more.
Why are regular dentist appointments so important?
Many people do not see a dentist as regularly as they should do, and only go for an appointment when they believe they have a problem. This habit is known as ‘crisis treatment’, which can potentially become unhealthy and eventually expensive if a serious problem was to occur. Patients who only go to the dentist for crisis treatment may believe that they are saving money, however, it is unlikely that it will remain that case. Many dental problems do not show any symptoms until they reach the advanced stages of the disease process. When a dentistry problem is at an advanced stage, it can be highly expensive to cure or repair. Preventative treatment is when you visit the dentist often to ensure that there is not a problem. This treatment is much more cost-effective and puts you at much less of a risk of having a dentistry problem progress to an advanced stage. Dental hygiene is extremely important and requires professional treatment to be checked. Only a dental hygienist will be able to detect any problems or treatment that is required. For preventative treatment with a dental hygienist in Ruislip, venture no further than the Victoria Road Dental Clinic.
What are the easiest prevention methods for cavities?
The easiest prevention method for cavities is to always brush your teeth for two to three minutes each day. This is because that is the length of time that it takes to destroy the bacteria that can destroy tooth enamel. When you brush your teeth, it is important to not brush too hard. It takes very little pressure to remove bacteria and plaque. Flossing is the only way to get bacteria from between your teeth.
Another simple way to prevent cavities is to watch the amount of sugar that you ears. In food and drink such as sweets, fizzy drinks, biscuits, crisps and more, there are large amounts of sugar that bacteria in your mouth like the best. You should also be mindful of foods like peanut butter and raisins that stick to your teeth. They can provide a constant supply for the bacteria eating into your teeth.
Rinsing your mouth out with water after eating is also an excellent way to prevent cavities as it removes food from your teeth. Chewing sugarless gum after a meal can also help as chewing deskulates the flow of your saliva, which acts as a natural plaque fighting substance. Do not also forget regular dentist appointments! Good dental habits will go a long way towards a no-cavity visit.
Why should I floss as well as brush?
Flossing greatly reduces the number of bacteria in your mouth. There are millions of microscopic creatures feeding on food particles that are left on your teeth. These bacteria live in plaque which can only be removed by flossing as they live in between the gaps in your teeth which cannot be removed by brushing. If you do not floss, you are allowing this plaque to remain between your teeth to eventually harden and become tartar. If you are unsure how to properly floss, then ask us during your next appointment at the VRDC. One of our dentists will instruct you so that you can understand the difference and learn to floss properly.
Is there anything I can do about sensitive teeth?
Sensitivity toothpaste is widely available in stores and dentists. The most effective sensitivity kinds of toothpaste are those that contain potassium nitrate or strontium chloride. After a few weeks of use, you may notice a significant decrease in sensitivity. Acidic foods such as oranges, lemons and grapefruits, as well as drinks like tea and fizzy drinks can increase sensitivity and work against sensitivity toothpaste. If you do not get relief by brushing gently and using sensitivity toothpaste, please see one of our dentists. There are special compounds that can be applied in our clinic to the roots of your tooth to reduce or even eliminate the sensitivity. High fluoride-containing home care products can also be recommended to reduce tooth sensitivity.
What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease is an infection and inflammation of the gums and supporting bone structure, which if left untreated, can cause permanent jaw bone destruction and tooth loss. Untreated periodontal disease has been linked to increased risk for conditions such as stroke, heart disease, respiratory disease, prostate cancer and more. An advanced stage of periodontal disease exhibits inflamed gums that are pulling away from your bone and teeth. Other signs of periodontal disease include:
- Red or swollen gums
- Bad breath
- Sensitive teeth
- Pain when chewing
- Bleeding gums
- Tender gums
- Pus coming from around the teeth
- Loose teeth
I am too scared to visit the dentist. What should I do?
Around 1 in 4 UK adults suffer with dental phobia. It is important not to let fear stop you from visiting the dentist, as not going could contribute to future problems with your teeth and gums. Fortunately, many dentists are trained to help nervous patients. Speak to your dentist about how they can help you if you are concerned. At Victoria Road Dental Clinic, our team are experienced in supporting nervous patients to feel more relaxed and comfortable for the duration of their appointment.
What can I do to help keep my mouth healthy?
The two most important things you can do to help maintain your dental health is to brush and floss your teeth regularly. Try to limit your intake of food and drink that contains sugars, starches and acids that can damage your teeth. Smoking and drinking alcohol can also cause damage to your teeth so cutting down on these can also help. Finally, ensure you visit your dentist regularly for check ups to keep your teeth and gums in good condition and to help prevent any serious issues.
Which foods are the worst for teeth?
Certain food can be particularly bad for teeth, causing damage to the tooth’s enamel or resulting in discolouration of the tooth. Foods that are high in acids, starches or sugars can all contribute to plaque forming around the tooth and wearing down enamel. These include sweets, cakes, bread, citrus fruits, sauces and syrups to name a few.
I knocked out a tooth, can it be saved?
If you knocked out a tooth, you should be treated by a dentist as soon as possible. After the tooth is knocked out, it is best practice to use these tips so the tooth can potentially be restored:
- Rinse the tooth with clean water to remove dirt or debris
- Get to the dentist as soon as possible. Successful re-implantation is only possible when treatment is performed promptly.
- Do not attempt to replace the tooth back into the socket as this could potentially cause further damage.
- Place the clean tooth in your mouth between your cheek and gum or under your tongue.
- If it is not possible to store the tooth in the mouth of the injured person, carefully wrap the tooth in a clean cloth or gauze and immerse it in milk.
If the tooth cannot be saved, here at Victoria Road Dental Clinic, we offer expert dental implant services.
Should I worry about missing teeth?
Losing a tooth can cause further issues for your oral health down the line. It can affect the muscles in your cheeks, causing sagging or weakening the structure of your face. This can result in a person looking much older or ‘sunken’. It can also cause problems with eating, drinking or talking. Furthermore, your remaining teeth may move position. Because of this, we recommend seeking the help of a dental professional who can advise you on the options available.
Will the NHS cover dental implants?
NHS treatment does not cover dental implants except in the case that it is determined there is a medical need for the treatment. This means if you cannot wear dentures or false teeth (due to damage to your face or teeth), you may be able to get dental implants on the NHS. In most cases however, they will need to be paid for privately. With Victoria Road Dental Clinic, if you need dental implants, you can spread the cost of your treatment to make it more convenient and affordable.
Why should I get dental implants?
Dental implants are a permanent solution for missing teeth. Unlike dentures or false teeth, they are permanently joined to the mouth and act just like normal teeth once fitted. Dentures can sometimes move around, irritating the mouth and causing discomfort. Dental implants are firmly anchored to the jawbone, so will not move around.
How long will the results of tooth whitening last?
Similarly to other investments, if you whiten your teeth, the length of time you can expect it to last will vary. Teeth whitening results length with vary based on your habits. If you smoke, drink red wine or coffee, or consume other acid-containing foods, your bright smile may begin to darken quicker than you expect. In general, a teeth whitening procedure can last up to a few years. Even though the results can fade, occasional whitening touch-ups can be done to regain lustre.
Is teeth whitening safe?
Provided that is carried out by a trained dental professional, teeth whitening is completely safe. That is why you should always get teeth whitening treatment under the care of a licensed dental professional, registered with the General Dental Council. Teeth whitening carried out by someone who is not a professional can result in damage to teeth and gums.
Will teeth whitening work on my teeth?
Teeth whitening works best on teeth that are slightly discoloured, transforming teeth up to six shades whiter. The procedure might be less effective on teeth that are severely discoloured. If your teeth are severely discoloured, you could instead opt for other cosmetic treatments to achieve a whiter smile, such as porcelain veneers or cosmetic bonding.
How long does the teeth whitening process take?
Teeth whitening is a quick and effective procedure. The process itself can be done in one appointment, taking around an hour to complete. Results can be seen almost immediately following the procedure. Before teeth whitening, we would need to carry out a dental examination to assess suitability for treatment.
What are Invisalign® braces?
Invisalign® braces are braces that are made from a comfortable plastic that fit perfectly, giving you the confidence and comfort to smile. Invisalign braces are an innovative way of straightening your teeth as they do not cause the pain that metal braces can cause and are not visible. The near aligners fit comfortably over your teeth, gently guiding them into a new position. Treatment time will vary depending on the severity of the initial problem but generally can run from around three months up to four years. Having straight teeth is extremely important and has many hidden health benefits, both mentally and physically.
Will the NHS cover Invisalign® treatment?
Invisalign® treatment is not available on the NHS. Orthodontic treatment is available free of charge to young people under the age of 18 and, in rare cases, to adults if needed for health reasons. Invisalign® clear aligners are only available privately. You can spread the cost of treatment if you want to straighten your teeth using Invisalign®, making it a more accessible and convenient treatment.
Does Invisalign® treatment hurt?
Invisalign® treatment is designed to be as comfortable as possible for the patient. Aligners are created to perfectly and comfortably fit inside the patient’s mouth, causing minimal discomfort. Patients have reported feeling a sensation of pressure and occasional tenderness as a result of the teeth gently and gradually shifting into their new position. However, patients usually quickly adjust to the feel of their new aligners and do not notice any further discomfort.
Speak to us for advice
If you’d like to find out more about anything to do with oral health or facial aesthetics, get in touch with our team. Or, why not pay us a visit? We are based in Ruislip and can be easily reached by car, bus and underground from the surrounding areas such as Greenford, Pinner, Rickmansworth, Harrow and Ickenham. Contact us on 01895 636 121 to book an appointment.