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MAKE AN EARLY START FOR HEALTHY TEETH

While research over recent years has revealed that the health of children’s teeth has improved, it’s still true that five year olds in the UK rank only seventh in Europe for dental health, and children from disadvantaged backgrounds are 50% more likely to have tooth decay.
So learning about how to keep teeth healthy from an early age is still important, and your dentist or hygientist at the Chattering Class Clinic are always on hand to advise on how to take care of your children’s teeth to prevent decay.
Brush your child’s teeth twice a day, once just before bedtime and at least one other time during the day. Supervise tooth brushing until your child is seven or eight years old, either by brushing their teeth yourself or, if they brush their own teeth, by watching how they do it.
With a tooth-brushing routine established at home, bring your child with you when you visit the Chattering Class Clinic, so they become familiar with the environment and get to know the dentist, who can identify any problems at an early stage.

Some tips for healthy young teeth include to start brushing your baby’s teeth with fluoride toothpaste as soon as the first milk tooth breaks through – usually at around six months, but it can be earlier or later.
Children under the age of three can use a smear of family toothpaste containing at least 1,000ppm (parts per million) fluoride, and between the ages of three and six they can use a small blob of toothpaste containing 1,350-1,500ppm fluoride.

Just opening up their mouths for the chelsea dentist to take a look is useful practice for the first time they need treatment, and will help to make a visit to the dentist as routine as it is for you.

TELL YOUR DENTIST ABOUT A CHANGE IN YOUR HEALTH

The importance of telling your dentist about any changes to your general health has been underlined in a timely reminder issued by the British Dental Health Foundation.
” It is especially important to tell them if you are pregnant or have heart disease, diabetes, respiratory disease or have ever had a stroke. You also need to tell them about any medicines you are taking as these can affect both your treatment and the health of your mouth”, says the Foundation.
Gum disease is another major issue raised by the Foundation, which comments that although there is some evidence that gum disease runs in families, the main cause is the plaque which forms on the surface of your teeth. To prevent periodontal gum disease, you need to make sure you remove all the plaque from your teeth every day.
Your Chelsea dentist will also show you how to effectively remove the soft plaque yourself, by cleaning all the surfaces of your teeth thoroughly at home. Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria and biofilm which forms on the teeth and gums every day, and leaflets are available from the Chelsea Clinic to help you with your home treatment.
When you make one of your regular visits to your dentist or hygienist at the Chattering Class Clinic, your teeth will be given a thorough clean to remove any scale or tartar, which may take a number of sessions. Periodontal Gum disease is an on-going problem, but with routine home care you can slow down its progress and even stop it altogether. It’s important to remove plaque every day, and have regular check-ups with your Chattering Class Clinic dentist and hygienist, as often as they recommend.

MAKE TIME FOR THE CHILDREN TO BRUSH THEIR TEETH

Grabbing a piece of toast to eat on the way to work may be part of the stressful scenario in many households, but letting the children off brushing their teeth to save time in a busy lifestyle can only be counter productive.
A study among 1,002 parents with children aged between four and 10 carried out for Philips Sonicare “shows that many British parents are ignoring the warnings of dental professionals and letting their children off brushing their teeth“.
The parental sample were simply “too rushed or stressed” to ensure their youngsters used a toothbrush, says a report in the Dental Practice magazine.
Nearly a third said they allowed children to skip brushing their teeth if they were “in too much of a rush”, 20% allowed them to miss their morning brushing routine “to avoid the hassle”, and a quarter of those surveyed claimed constant arguing among children having to brush their teeth “caused anxiety”.
The survey found “18% admitted their child only brushes once a day, if at all”.
At the Chattering Class Clinic its standard practice to encourage parents to bring their children along from an early age, where they can meet the dental team in a friendly and relaxed setting – and even show how clever they are at brushing their own teeth.

MAKE AN EARLY START FOR HEALTHY TEETH

While research over recent years has revealed that the health of children’s teeth has improved, it’s still true that five year olds in the UK rank only seventh in Europe for dental health, and children from disadvantaged backgrounds are 50% more likely to have tooth decay.
So learning about how to keep teeth healthy from an early age is still important, and your private dentist in chelsea or hygienist at the Chattering Class Clinic is always on hand to advise on how to take care of your children’s teeth to prevent decay.
Some tips for healthy young teeth include starting brushing your baby’s teeth with fluoride toothpaste as soon as the first milk tooth breaks through – usually at around six months, but it can be earlier or later.
Children under the age of three can use a smear of family toothpaste containing at least 1,000ppm (parts per million) fluoride, and between the ages of three and six they can use a small blob of toothpaste containing 1,350-1,500ppm fluoride.
Brush your child’s teeth twice a day, once just before bedtime and at least one other time during the day. Supervise tooth brushing until your child is seven or eight years old, either by brushing their teeth yourself or, if they brush their own teeth, by watching how they do it.
With a tooth-brushing routine established at home, bring your child with you when you visit the Chattering Class Clinic, so they become familiar with the environment and get to know the dentist, who can identify any problems at an early stage.
 Just opening up their mouths for the dentist to take a look is useful practice for the first time they need treatment, and will help to make a visit to the dentist as routine as it is for you.

TELL YOUR DENTIST ABOUT A CHANGE IN YOUR HEALTH

The importance of telling your dentist about any changes to your general health has been underlined in a timely reminder issued by the British Dental Health Foundation.
It is especially important to tell them if you are pregnant or have heart disease, diabetes, respiratory disease or have ever had a stroke. You also need to tell them about any medicines you are taking as these can affect both your treatment and the health of your mouth”, says the Foundation.
Gum disease is another issue raised by the Foundation, which comments that although there is some evidence that gum disease runs in families, the main cause is the plaque which forms on the surface of your teeth. To prevent gum disease, you need to make sure you remove all the plaque from your teeth every day.
When you make one of your regular visits to your dentist or hygienist at the Chattering Class Clinic, your teeth will be given a thorough clean to remove any scale or tartar, which may take a number of sessions.
Your Chelsea dentist will also show you how to effectively remove the soft plaque yourself, by cleaning all the surfaces of your teeth thoroughly at home. Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria which forms on the teeth and gums every day, and leaflets are available from the Chelsea Clinic to help you with your home treatment.
Gum disease is an on-going problem, but with routine home care you can slow down its progress and even stop it altogether. It’s important to remove plaque every day, and have regular check-ups with your Chattering Class Clinic dentist and hygienist, as often as they recommend.

Bad Breath – Not a ‘Hit’ to the Rest of Us

Most of us have experienced the shock to the system when hit by a noticeably unpleasant odour exhaled on the breath of someone in close proximity.
Bad breath, or halitosis, is a subject that needs little introduction, We are all familiar with how the consumption of foods such as garlic and onions can affect our ‘morning after’ breath, which fortunately needs be only temporary and which can be overcome by some simple remedies.
Your Chelsea dentist will tell you that most breath odour problems come from food particles trapped in our mouths, where they become a breeding ground for bacteria. Other causes can include poor oral health, failing to clean dentures, periodontal disease and smoking. Bad breath can also be sign of an underlying medical condition of the stomach, lungs and bloodstream.

Another cause of halitosis is dry mouth, when saliva, our natural mouthwash, decreases, leaving the mouths natural ability to clean itself impaired. Alcohol, some medications, breathing through the mouth instead of the nose or a salivary gland disorder can contribute to having a dry mouth.
Ways to combat bad breath include brushing your teeth and tongue, and rinsing your mouth thoroughly, after every meal to remove food particles; regular visits to your Chelsea dentist and Hygienist to rule out gum disease and to correct any faulty fillings or crowns which can trap food in the mouth; chew sugarless gum or suck a lozenge to increase the flow of saliva, and take a regular drink of water.
Remember that alcohol and caffeine can dry the mouth, and that smoking, tar and nicotine can build up on the surface of the teeth, tongue and cheeks. It can also dry the mouth and inhibit saliva flow.
Chlorophyll is a natural breath freshener found in leafy green vegetables like parsley, while a few drops of peppermint or tea tree oil applied to the tongue or toothbrush can help freshen the breath – and their antibacterial properties can kill mouth bacteria.
Your hygienist at the Chattering Class Clinic will always be happy to advise on how to avoid that bad breath problem.

Beat Oral Cancer – Catch it in Time

Painful or unusual sensations or marks in your mouth should prompt you to make an immediate appointment with your dentist, and could be a life-saving decision when cancer statistics show one-third of the population suffer from the disease at some stage in their lives.

The disease can be treated effectively if caught in time, and underlines the importance of being extra vigilant about the way we react to and seek advice about strange or unusual signs on any part of the body.

While a regular appointment at the Chattering Class Clinic is a wise move, you should not hesitate to report any symptoms such as small red or white sores that are very painful and do not clear up naturally after a week or so. The sores are often very sensitive to hot and cold food and drink and may also be bleed. Other signs of oral cancer include bleeding in the mouth, unexplained weight loss and pain in the neck or head.

If you have any anxieties about anything in your mouth it’s really essential to have it checked out as soon as possible by a Chelsea Clinic dentist. It may be nothing more than an annoying  mouth ulcer, but  it’s always better to be safe than sorry – and your dentist  will be very pleased to take a look,  as you stand a more than 80% chance of surviving the disease, but the odds decrease quickly the longer you leave it.

The other important thing to remember is that by keeping up regular appointments with your dentist they will be able to examine your mouth for any signs of the disease.

Although the actual cause has still to be determined, the lack of oral hygiene, smoking, chewing tobacco and drugs that are rubbed on gums are seen as a factors. Tumours can grow on the lips, inner mouth, gums and tongue, forming lumps, lesions and white spots.

Difficulty with swallowing, throat infections and swelling are often associated with Oral Cancer, while poor blood circulation caused by diabetes and other related blood disorders are among accepted causes. Excessive use of alcohol not only harms the liver and kidneys, it also contains enzymes long associated with cancer cell growth in all parts of the body.

Ask your Chelsea dentist about how oral hygiene will greatly reduce the chances of Oral Cancer. Our dentists are helping in the battle to beat cancer, but you need to be vigilant and make sure you have your regular check ups.

A Simple Checkup Can Beat Gum Disease

Gum or periodontal disease affects about one in three adults, and can lead to more serious ill health problems – one of many good reasons for a regular visit to the Chattering Class Clinic.
Problems indentified in studies have shown that gum disease contributes to heart, stroke, diabetic and pregnancy complications, as well as breathing problems and brain cell degeneration.
Gum disease symptoms include painful, bleeding, receding or infected gums, plaque formation, bad breath, loose teeth and toothache. What may start as a minor inconvenience, however it can quickly spread and become established in the mouth, gums and teeth.
Among the causes of gum disease are inadequate home dental care, not seeing your dentist or dental hygienist on a regular basis, a genetic history of periodontal disease and teeth loss, grinding and clinching your teeth leading to excessive wear and smoking.
If caught early it is very easily treated by a periodontal or dentist at the Chattering Class clinic, where minor problems such as cavities or chipped teeth, which can also lead to a risk of gum inflammation, can be quickly treated.
Gum disease can be avoided by a regular schedule of good home dental hygiene: brushing the teeth with the right toothbrush in the morning and before going to bed, and flossing before brushing at least once a day helps in cleaning away the small food particulars and bacteria from mouth, gums and teeth.
As a sensible safeguard, investing in an Affordable Dental Plan at the Chelsea practice will ensure that you can have the financial peace of mind to make a regular visit to your dental consultant part of your long-term health plan.

Tongue Piercing Can Cause Problems

These days a tongue piercing is a popular fashion statement in the western world, and has been available since the Aztecs used it as one way to honour the gods.
But if you are thinking of having a tongue stud or jewel attached, it may be worth discussing it with one of our experts at your next appointment at Chelsea Dentists.
Research in the USA points to the risk of gaps appearing between front teeth, as well as potential infections and chipped teeth, any of which could lead to the need for cosmetic dentistry.
Problems can arise if people with tongue piercings get into the habit of pushing their prized stud or jewel against their teeth, which over a period of time can cause unsightly gaps to appear in the upper front teeth.
Tongue piercing can cause infections, speech impediments, breathing problems, broken teeth and the risk of infection, says the British Dental Association (BDA).
The BDA recommends that people should ask their dentists for advice on oral hygiene while the piercing is healing.
This includes advice on brushing to avoid inflaming the tongue and the need to use mouthwash to clean the bits of the mouth which the brush cannot reach.
Certainly, if you are thinking of having your tongue pierced then a discussion with a hygienist at the Chattering Class Practice before you decide could benefit your future dental health.