How To Prevent Tooth Loss By Taking Control Of Your Life

Unless you regularly play some form of contact sports then you probably don’t foresee the loss of teeth at any point in your life. However, the unfortunate news is that tooth loss in adults is pretty common, especially once you’re over the age of 35 and if you’re into your 50’s or 60’s then it’s highly likely that you’ve lost two or more teeth. So what can you do to prevent tooth loss? Naturally as a dentist in Glasgow we’d recommend practising good oral habits, but it’s important to combine this with taking control of your life in general, and that means eating the right foods and living a healthy lifestyle.

dental implants GlasgowBelow’s a list of 8 risk factors which may well increase the chances of tooth loss:

  • Being over the age of 35
  • Being a male
  • Diabetes
  • Minimal professional dental care
  • High blood pressure
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Smoking

Practising good oral care to prevent tooth loss

One of the highest risk factors to losing teeth is by not taking care of them and this includes professional dental care. It’s important to visit your dentist in Glasgow on a regular basis for check-ups and a professional clean at least twice a year. A professional clean will remove any plaque or tartar which you haven’t manage to shift with brushing and flossing and it also means that any dental problems can be spotted in their early stages and treated.

It’s important to get into a regular routine of care at home too. This includes brushing at least twice daily and flossing at least once a day. This helps prevent the build up of plaque which if not removed can lead to tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease. Just by making small adjustments to your daily brushing routine can go a long way to preventing tooth loss.

Living and eating right to prevent tooth loss

Tooth loss can also be prevented by living a healthier lifestyle and eating the right foods. Sugar is one of the biggest contributors to tooth loss and while it builds up our dental implants Glasgow side of the business, we’d far rather patients cut back on eating sugary food and sweets and kept their natural teeth. Smoking is also known to lead to weakened gums and tooth loss in time. Eating the right foods and living a healthy lifestyle doesn’t just contribute to a healthier mouth and teeth it also helps prevent conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure which are both linked to tooth loss.

Teeth are important to help you eat but they’re just as important for your confidence, as an attractive, healthy smile helps you connect with other people and can even further your career. Losing teeth doesn’t just lower self-esteem but also makes it look as if you’re not looking after yourself. So don’t be a victim of tooth loss, take care of them!

If you have any dental problems or haven’t had a check-up in a while then it’s never too late to start making improvements to your oral care. Why not schedule a check-up appointment with Dr. Colin Gardner at Botanics Dental Care. He’ll carry out a thorough examination of your teeth and if necessary put together a treatment plan to bring your oral health up to speed. Call today on 0141 334 3408 or book online at www.botanicsdentalcare.co.uk.

Are Teeth Effected By Alternatives To Cigarette Smoking?

If you’re a smoker than you’re probably well aware that cigarettes can cause your breath to smell less than pleasant and that your teeth have a yellowish tinge to them. However, what’s more important is that cigarette smoke has the potential to cause damage to the mouth which in many cases may not be visible to the eye. This includes:

  • dentist in GlasgowSignificant build up of plaque and tartar
  • Increased risk of developing gum disease
  • Recovery time takes longer following oral surgery
  • Success rate of certain dental procedures such as dental implants in Glasgow is decreased
  • More likely to suffer from oral infections
  • Bone loss within the jaw

Smoking is also known to increase the risk of oral cancer and this applies whether you smoke cigarettes, cigars, or pipes. So it’s no word of a lie when as a dentist in Glasgow we tell our patients that smoking and oral health don’t mix. However, what about the trendy alternatives to cigarette smoking? Are they bad for your teeth? We take a look below at three alternatives types of tobacco/nicotine substitutes and how they may impact on your health.

E-cigarettes – Branded as a healthier and more affordable option, many smokers have been tempted to try ‘vaping’ rather than smoking cigarettes. Since it’s a relatively new concept, the impact that E-cigarettes have on oral health isn’t clear, although it is known that they don’t produce the smoke or harmful chemicals of conventional cigarettes. However, E-cigs do contain nicotine and this impacts on the body’s ability to produce saliva, (which is nature’s way of cleaning the teeth and washing away harmful bacteria). With more bacteria building up there is more chance of developing tooth decay.

Hookah – Smoking water pipes or hubbly-bubbly pipes as they’re sometimes called can actually be more harmful than smoking cigarettes since just one puff from a hookah is virtually equivalent to the volume of smoke inhaled from a single cigarette. One session of hookah can be equal to smoking 20 to 30 cigarettes in one go, which can be extremely harmful to the respiratory and cardiovascular systems as well as impacting on teeth and oral health.

Nicotine gum – Nicotine gum is widely used these days to help people quit smoking but even this can affect oral health. Side effects can include jaw pain, mouth irritation, sores and blisters. However, since this gum is intended as a means of cessation of smoking, then it’s only likely to be used for a matter of weeks or months as opposed to life.

The bottom line here is that smoking is really not good for your teeth or your bodily health and although some substitutes may seem better, they all have oral issues too.

If you’re a smoker then it’s vital that you visit your dentist in Glasgow for regular check-ups. He or she will offer you an oral cancer screen, and be here to encourage and support you should you decide to try and quit. Even by cutting down on cigarette consumption you’ll notice changes to your mouth and your oral health will improve. Why not make an appointment with Dr. Colin Gardner at Botanics Dental Care today by calling 0141 334 3408 or booking online at www.botanicsdentalcare.co.uk.

Top Reasons To Consider Dental Implants In Glasgow

There may well come a time when your teeth are failing and you need to consider what you’re going to do about it. There are conventional treatments such as dentures and bridges and then again, there’s also dental implants in Glasgow, which are without doubt the best option to natural teeth that there is. The reason being that they replace the entire tooth structure and are embedded into the jaw to become a permanent fixture. You could of course do nothing, especially if you’re only missing one or two teeth and they’re towards the back of your jaw and can’t be seen.

dental implants in GlasgowHowever missing teeth isn’t just about aesthetics and, if the problem isn’t addressed and the teeth replaced, it can lead to many more dental and health problems. Missing teeth can affect your bite, cause teeth to become misaligned, and lead to jaw problems.

If you’re not convinced then there’s some more reasons to consider dental implants in Glasgow:

  • Broken teeth – Broken teeth need removing since not only are they likely to cause you pain but they’re unable to work properly with your other teeth which means that undue pressure is put on neighbouring teeth as they struggle to compensate for the damaged tooth. However, a gap left by removing the tooth can cause the adjacent teeth to shift as they try to fill the space. Teeth support each other and once a tooth is removed it can cause others to loosen and eventually fall out. The solution is for your dentist in Glasgow to replace the tooth with a dental implant.
  • Decayed teeth – Teeth which are rotten or infected can be harmful for your mouth. Apart from the fact that they’re playing little part in biting or chewing any infection can spread to other areas of the mouth. A dental implant when used to replace a badly decayed tooth will restore oral health and rid the mouth of any unpleasant odours.
  • Bone loss – When teeth are missing it’s natural for bone loss to occur since like a muscle that isn’t being used, it slowly starts to wither away. This can alter the shape of your jaw and give a person sunken cheeks, which can age them prematurely. Dental implants support the lips and mouth and give the face a more rounded and softer appearance, making a person look younger. In addition, since implants are placed into the jaw and function like tooth roots, they put a halt to further bone loss and actually regenerate new growth.

Dental implants in Glasgow are extremely versatile and can be used to support a single dental crown, bridge, and even dentures, so no matter how many teeth need replacing there’s sure to be a solution to your dilemma.

If you’d like to know more about how dental implants could help you then why not book a free no obligation with Dr. Colin Gardner at Botanics Dental Care. He can address your concerns and answer any questions. Call today on 0141 334 3408 or book online at www.botanicsdentalcare.co.uk. We look forward to meeting you.

4 Benefits Of Implant Retained Dentures

Dental implants in Glasgow are proving so popular these days and that’s because not only do they look extremely natural but they are also so incredibly versatile. An implant consists of a titanium post which is surgically embedded into the jaw and then left to heal for a few months to allow the surrounding bone and gum tissue to bond with it. This creates a secure and stable platform which can then support a false tooth or teeth. They’re the closest thing to natural teeth because they replace the entire tooth structure, including the root, and thus feel, function, and look just like the real deal.

dental implants in GlasgowHowever, aside from securing single crowns or even a dental bridge, did you know that they can be used to support a full set of dentures?

Dental implants are in fact a blessing to denture wearers because as anyone who wears conventional dentures will tell you, they’re not an ideal substitute for real teeth. They often don’t fit that well, they slip out of place making it difficult to speak and eat properly, and they make your mouth and gums sore. Implant retained dentures or over-dentures as they’re often called really are the next best thing to a mouth full of real teeth. They give patients back their confidence and allow them to speak and smile with ease. They can also eat what they like and enjoy a more varied diet.

Benefits

Implant supported dentures have many benefits over their conventional counterparts, including:

  1. Stability – While conventional dentures tend to shift out of place, implant retained dentures, on the other hand, are held securely in place by small titanium posts which are rooted into the jaw. Since these posts or implants are surgically placed into the jawbone by your dentist in Glasgow, they provide the sort of stability and security that no adhesive or clasps could ever match.
  1. Biting, chewing, and speaking is easier – Because dentures are held securely in place, patients can bite, chew, and speak with ease just as they did with their natural teeth. Now there’s nothing to stop them from biting into a crunchy apple or reading a story to their grandchild.
  1. Can’t be distinguished from real teeth – Conventional dentures sit on the gum line whereas implant retained dentures are secured beneath the gum line which gives them a far more natural appearance. What’s more no-one will be able to tell that they’re not real teeth.
  1. Halt bone loss – When teeth are lost the bone and soft tissues that supported them begins to wither away from not being used. Conventional dentures can’t stop this from happening. However, dental implants in Glasgow (which secure the dentures) put a halt to bone loss by stimulating and regenerating the growth of bone and soft tissues, in much the same was as a natural tooth root.

If you’d like to learn more about implant retained dentures then why not book a free consultation with Dr. Colin Gardner at Botanics Dental Care. He can talk to you in more detail about the procedure and ascertain if they’re suitable for your needs. Call today on 0141 334 3408 to schedule a consultation or book online at www.botanicsdentalcare.co.uk.

An Imperfect Bite Can Cause So Many Problems

When a person’s mouth is closed their top teeth should touch their bottom teeth in an even manner – that is at the same time and with the same amount of pressure. The top teeth should slightly fit over the top teeth. However, if some teeth aren’t properly aligned or some touch harder than others, then you may have what is termed as an ‘imperfect bite’ or malocclusion. If this isn’t corrected by Glasgow orthodontics then it can cause serious and life-long problems. By correcting the bite and improving the patient’s ability to bite and chew normally, it prevents a whole host of dental disorders.

Disorders

Glasgow orthodonticsIf a malocclusion isn’t treated by your dentist in Glasgow then it can lead to many serious problems, including

  • Teeth that are sensitive to hot and cold
  • Crowded, cracked teeth
  • Chipped or fractured teeth
  • Ever worsening periodontal disease
  • Loose or missing teeth
  • Mild toothache which may become more severe and result in a need for root canal therapy
  • Jaw joint problems
  • Clicking noise when jaw is opened and closed
  • Teeth grinding especially at night
  • Damage to dentures or dental implants
  • Trauma
  • Nerve or muscle disorders

As well symptoms related directly to your mouth, gums, and teeth, you could also experience the following:

  • Headaches (even as severe as migraines), neck aches, and shoulder pains
  • Muscle spasms in your face or neck
  • Jaws which feel constantly tired
  • Face may feel sensitive to touch
  • You may not feel like smiling because you’re ashamed about the appearance of your teeth

The specific occlusal treatment to correct the bite depends on the cause and symptoms of the problem. Treatment may involve your Glasgow dentist reshaping the biting surfaces of the teeth with drilling and filling of uneven surfaces, so that they come together when you bite down. Alternatively reconstruction may be needed, possibly with one or more crowns. The aim is to restore the teeth and bite to a far healthier one. You may even need to wear guards or splints at night to align them and prevent teeth grinding. Finally Glasgow orthodontics treatment with braces and retainers may be necessary to realign and reposition your teeth.

No matter what treatment you receive you will need to pay regular visits to your dentist to ensure that no further treatment is needed. Teeth continue to move as a person ages, although they’re unlikely to notice this, but your dentist will be able to monitor your bite and make sure it doesn’t worsen.

If you’re suffering with an imperfect bite then it really does make sense to have it corrected. Should you need to wear braces, then thanks to modern dental technology such as clear braces in Glasgow and transparent aligners, straightening your teeth is more discreet than ever. Why not book a consultation with Dr. Colin Gardner at Botanics Dental Care and he can examine your teeth and discuss all of your dental options. Call today on 0141 334 3408 or book online at www.botanicsdentalcare.co.uk.

Are Dental Implants A Good Fit For Me?

Dental implants in Glasgow are a great option for replacing one or more missing teeth. They consist of a titanium post which is surgically placed into the cavity of the missing tooth. This is then left for a couple of months in which time the surrounding bone and soft tissue grows over the post to keep it secure and to make it strong enough to support a false tooth. It also means that it is a permanent fixture in the mouth, which if cared for properly has the potential to last well over 25 years. While dental implants are an effective solution for tooth replacement, not everyone is suited to them. So to know whether or not you could be eligible, let’s take a look at some of the factors which you need to possess.

  • dental implants in GlasgowGood bone density – Because implants are placed into the jawbone there needs to be sufficient width and depth of bone to cover the implant and hold it securely in place. If this isn’t the case, then sometimes a dentist in Glasgow can perform a bone graft which gives more volume to the bone.
  • Good gums – Although dental implants can’t decay like natural teeth, they are vulnerable to attack from peri-implantitis. This is a disease which can attack the gum area surrounding the implant, undermine the bone, and cause the implant to loosen and fall out.
  • Good oral health – This ties in with having good gums as mentioned above, but it’s also vital that a patient maintains a high level of oral hygiene throughout their life or their dental implants can fail, whether this is six months down the line or six years later.
  • Patience – Apart from the oral aspects of dental implants, a patient needs to understand that dental implants aren’t a quick fix solution and treatment time can take up to nine months or longer, depending on how fast a patient heals at the various stages of the implant treatment. Should a patient require a bone graft then they will have to wait for that to heal and fuse with the surrounding bone before an implant can be placed, extending the time of the treatment even more.
  • Other factors – There are other factors which affect the suitability of a person for dental implants. For example non-smokers are preferred (or those who can stop smoking for the duration of their treatment) since smoking can impact on dental implant treatment as it slows down the healing process and often osseointegration, where the bone fuses with the implant, fails to take place resulting in implant failure. Also candidates who have uncontrolled diabetes, heart disease, or who have undergone radiation treatment to the face or neck, may also be unsuitable for implants.

If you’re considering dental implants in Glasgow then why not take advantage of our free consultation whereby you can come and speak with Dr. Colin Gardner to find out if you’re a suitable fit for dental implants and to get any questions answered. Call Botanics Dental Care on 0141 334 3408 or book your consultation online at www.botanicsdentalcare.co.uk. We look forward to welcoming you to our clinic.

Do I Need Braces Or Veneers?

With more information readily available on the internet it’s not unusual for dental patients to get a little confused over the different types of treatments available and what is necessary for them. For example, with the growing use of instant Glasgow orthodontics some patients may think that veneers is a preferred option to braces and vice versa. Although it’s true that both treatments can produce a similar appearance, they are two totally different procedures.

clear braces in GlasgowOne of the best ways to distinguish between the two treatments is to think of them in simple terms of structure and cosmetics. Braces are typically used in Glasgow orthodontics to address and restore such conditions as crooked, misaligned, crowded, and gapped teeth as well as under, over, and cross-bites. Veneers, on the other hand, deal more with cosmetic issues such as teeth that are chipped, stained, or slightly gapped.

No Need To Fear Orthodontics

Many adults are affected by crooked or misaligned teeth which if not treated can place undue pressure on the teeth and jaw which in turn can lead to premature wear, cracks, chips, and periodontal disease. This pressure can over time also lead to pain in the jaw, ear, face, and neck as well as cause gums to recede and teeth to loosen and eventually fall out. Crooked teeth can also affect your levels of oral hygiene because it’s difficult to remove particles of food and bacteria from awkward gaps and tight spots.

If you’re suffering from some of the above symptoms then our qualified and trained team can diagnose and effectively correct these orthodontic dysfunctions. Thanks to modern advancements in dental technology, patients can benefit from a variety of clear braces in Glasgow which are far more discreet than traditional metal braces. Other options include Invisalign which uses transparent aligners to gently move the teeth, as well as lingual braces which fit behind the teeth so they are totally invisible to others. We can also move your teeth faster with treatments such as Six Month Smiles which concentrates on the teeth that are visible when you smile. With so many choices wearing braces really is nothing to fear.

To determine whether you need braces or veneers, why not make an appointment with Botanics Dental Care by calling us on 0141 334 3408 or booking online at www.botanicsdentalcare.co.uk. Dr. Colin Gardner will discuss all your options and put together a treatment plan, so you know just what to expect.

Why Dental Implants Are A Good Option For Patients With Dry Mouth

Saliva does more than just keep the mouth moist, it also washes away bacteria and food particles which are left on the teeth after eating and drinking. However, if a patient is suffering with dry mouth, then there is insufficient saliva to carry out this task and consequently their teeth are more at risk of dental problems such as decay. In severe cases patients may even lose their teeth because of dry mouth and other oral problems. Dental implants in Glasgow are a good option for replacing teeth that have been lost due to decay, but are they a suitable option for someone with dry mouth? In a word yes! Implants are not affected by decay so in that respect they make a first class treatment for anyone who is lacking saliva.

The advantages of dental implant treatment

dental implants in GlasgowTypically in dentistry we strive to do all we can to retain a patient’s own teeth and if they’re suffering from decay then a dentist in Glasgow would remove the decay and fill the tooth. However in patients suffering with dry mouth it can be a better option to remove badly decayed teeth and replace them with dental implants. The reason for this is that decay is a constant battle for a patient who has dry mouth. Even if a decayed tooth is restored with a filling or dental crown the natural tooth structure beneath the restoration still remains susceptible to decay.

Dental implants are particularly beneficial to patients with dry mouth because they don’t decay. An implant consists of a titanium post which is surgically embedded into the jaw. It’s then left to bond with the surrounding bone and soft tissues to form a permanent structure in the mouth which can then be topped with a dental crown, bridge, or arch of false teeth. The implant looks, feels, and even functions like a natural tooth but because there is no natural tooth structure remaining there is nothing which can begin to decay. This means that patients with dry mouth can have their smile restored without the threat of future infection or decay which could lead to further restoration work and more expense.

If you suffer from dry mouth and have badly decayed teeth then we urge you to get in touch with Botanics Dental Care. We offer a free consultation where you can come and speak with Dr. Colin Gardner and the team to discuss your dental options. Dental implants in Glasgow are exceptionally versatile and there’s sure to be solution for you. Call us today on 0141 334 3408 or contact us online at www.botanicsdentalcare.co.uk. We look forward to meeting you.

Decayed Teeth – What Are Your Options?

As a dentist in Glasgow treating tooth decay still remains at the core of good dental care. So we thought we’d take this opportunity to discuss various options for treating cavities.

What is tooth decay?

decayed teethTooth decay is caused by bacteria in the mouth feeding on the food particles situated on or between the teeth, damaging the tooth structure in the process. When tooth decay occurs it weakens teeth and makes them more susceptible to cracks, chips and breakage and it can even cause more serious problems to a person’s dental health.

There are several ways to treat tooth decay and these are discussed briefly below.

Fillings

The best option for minor tooth decay and cavities is typically with the use of a dental filling. They are the most common form of dental treatment and most people will have had one or more at some time in their life. They’re also available in a metal or tooth coloured form.

Inlays and Onlays

If a traditional dental filling is not quite suitable then the next option may be an inlay or onlay. These are able to restore larger sections of the tooth’s structure including the biting surfaces. They’re custom-made from an impression of your tooth and then glued into place with dental adhesive.

Crowns

A dental crown is usually the last resort when a tooth has been badly damaged and weakened and a filling isn’t possible. Any decay is removed and the dental crown fitted over the entire tooth strengthening its structure and restoring functionality.

Treating dental infections with root canal therapy

When a tooth is badly decayed it can cause bacteria to enter the hollow chamber inside the tooth which causes the soft tissue or pulp inside to become infected. When this happens it can cause almost unbearable pain and the infection may also spread to other structures within the mouth.

Root canal treatment involves your dentist in Glasgow removing the infected pulp to avoid the infection from spreading, cleaning out the root, and putting in a temporary filling while the tooth settles. Once the infection has cleared the tooth will be permanently filled or capped with a crown to restore its functionality.

Extractions

When a tooth or teeth are severely damaged then extraction is usually a better choice than restoration. Modern dentistry offers plenty of tooth replacement options including bridges, dentures, and dental implants. At Botanics Dental we’re noticing a large rise in the number of patients opting for dental implants in Glasgow and for the right candidate they offer a long lasting and natural looking permanent method of tooth replacement.

Our tips for preventing tooth decay

  • Brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day
  • Avoid sugary food and drinks as much as possible
  • Avoid using tobacco products
  • Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated
  • Visit your dentist twice a year for a check-up

If you’re unhappy with the appearance of your smile and/or your dental health then please get in touch with Botanics Dental Care. Our friendly and experienced dental team led by Dr. Colin Gardner will do all they can to make your smile more healthy and beautiful. Book online at www.botanicsdentalcare.co.uk or call us direct on 0141 334 3408.

What Is Gum Recession and What Causes It?

Gum recession quite simply refers to the loss of gum tissue along the gum line and as it occurs it reveals more and more of the lower structure of the tooth. If this problem isn’t treated by your dentist in Glasgow it can cause a number of other dental health risks.

Why it’s such a serious problem

gum recessionWhen more of a tooth’s root structure is revealed it makes it easier for oral bacteria to position itself in the area where the gum tissue meets the tooth. This can lead to serious tooth decay which is often hard to treat. A person will also notice increased sensitivity when their teeth come into contact with hot or cold substances. If gum recession isn’t stopped in its tracks then teeth can become loose and may eventually fall out because there is no gum tissue in place to help support them.

Causes of gum recession

Gum recession can be caused by a number of factors, including:

  • Smoking and use of tobacco – tobacco and smoke can aggravate the gum tissues and cause them to recede
  • Gum disease – This is an infection of the gum tissue which is caused by the bacteria that is naturally present in the mouth. In its latter stages it can cause gum recession.
  • Lip and tongue piercings – Tongue studs and lip rings can come into contact with the gum tissue and over time this can cause recession from the constant contact and abrasion.
  • Over zealous brushing of the teeth – If you brush your teeth too aggressively it can damage the gums and cause them to recede.
  • Aggressive flossing – Flossing which is carried out to vigorously can also cause loss of gum tissue and change the appearance of the gum line.
  • Bruxism – Tooth grinding (bruxism) can cause your teeth and jaw joint to feel sore and if not treated can eventually lead to gum recession.

Treatment

There are several treatments to consider if a patient has gum recession. A Glasgow dentist first needs to target the root cause of the gum recession. In the case of bruxism wearing a mouth guard and receiving Glasgow orthodontics treatment would be recommended. If gum disease is the main issue then a patient will be given a course of antibiotics and recommended to use antiseptic mouthwashes too.

In severe cases the dentist may want to consider rebuilding the gum line using a gum grafting procedure. This will involve the use of donor tissue taken from the patient’s palette or artificial soft tissue. This is then stitched into place along the gum line so that it builds up the volume of gum tissue.

If you’re suffering from receding gums then don’t delay. Get in touch with Botanics Dental Care. Our skilled and friendly restorative and cosmetic team are able to help you achieve the healthiest and best looking smile possible. Call us today to make an appointment with Dr. Colin Gardner on 0141 334 3408 or book online at www.botanicsdentalcare.co.uk.