Oral Health

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.

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.

Everything You Need To Know About Pregnancy And Dentistry

There are plenty of old wives tales floating about when it comes to visiting your Glasgow dentist during pregnancy. We thought we’d take this opportunity to shed more light on the topic and give you some handy tips for maintaining your oral health during this special time.

Oral health during pregnancy

Glasgow dentistYou should pay greater attention to gums and teeth when you’re pregnant because there’s an increasing risk of gum disease due to all of the hormonal changes that are taking place in your body. Conditions which can affect your health can also affect that of your baby. If at all possible try and visit your dentist in Glasgow prior to getting pregnant just so that your teeth and gums can be examined and any issues addressed ahead of time.

Handy tips and advice

  • It’s always best to avoid visiting your dentist during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy and the last few weeks of pregnancy since these are very important stages in your baby’s development and any kind of treatments are best given a miss. Routine procedures can take place during the middle weeks of your pregnancy but anything more complex should wait until after your baby has been born.
  • Be sure to let your dentist know of any medications, including prenatal vitamins, that you may be taking.
  • Don’t miss attending scheduled six month check-ups simply because you’re pregnant. It’s more important than ever before to maintain a good level of oral health. Hormonal changes can make your body more vulnerable to gum disease so make sure you keep a close eye on your gums. If they feel sensitive, or you notice any swelling or bleeding, contact your dentist right away.
  • Stick to your daily oral health routine which should include brushing your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes and flossing thoroughly once a day.
  • Avoid getting X-rays when pregnant
  • Steer clear of sugary foods and snacks since these are bad for your teeth and your baby. Baby’s teeth start to develop when you’re around three month’s pregnant, so try and stick to a healthy well balanced diet which includes calcium rich foods such as milk and cheese to help your baby’s teeth grow. Once you’ve had your baby then be sure to make an appointment for a check-up with your Glasgow dentist to make sure that your teeth and gums are in good order.

That’s pretty much all there is to it. Nothing too difficult. It’s easy to maintain good oral health while you’re pregnant. Hopefully this blog post has answered any questions you may have, if not just give Botantics Dental Care a call on 0141 334 3408 and ask to speak to Dr. Colin Gardner. For more information on all of the treatments that we offer then please check out our website at www.botanicsdentalcare.co.uk.