Effects of Sugar on Teeth

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An average morning diet consists of bread, cereals and coffee which contains high amount of refined sugars. This extra amount of sugar will not be utilized by our body, and it’s negatively affecting our whole system including our teeth. Children are the most vulnerable in consuming large amount of processed without even realizing it.

Maximum daily amount of sugar for children are:

  • 4 to 6 years old – 19 grams (5 cubes)
  • 7 to 10 years old – 24 grams (6 cubes)
  • 11 years up – 30 grams (7 cubes)

It is very essential that children should not consume sugar more than the required amount. Too much sugar can cause tooth decay. Bacteria feed on sugars to form acid. This acid targets enamel that leads to tooth decay. It can also result to pain, sleepless nights and school absences.

Aside from being aware of daily sugar consumption, it is important to limit the foods that have surprisingly high amount of sugar and saturated fats like the following:

  • artificially sweetened smoothies and juices
  • soft drinks
  • spaghetti sauce
  • sweetened yogurt
  • breakfast cereals
  • donuts, cakes and pastries
  • biscuits
  • buns

Natural sugars which we get from fruits are great but artificial and added sugars are not necessary to our body. In fact, it can make our blood to flow more sluggishly which can later cause serious illnesses.

 

Sources:

http://www.livestrong.com/article/541981-the-difference-between-glucose-sugar-in-food/

http://edition.cnn.com/2015/07/07/health/western-diet-health/

https://www.nhs.uk/change4life-beta/sugar#0kc7rbz5MuSZYxDT.97

http://www.actiononsugar.org/Sugar%20and%20Health/Sugar%20and%20dental%20caries/151885.html

https://authoritynutrition.com/18-surprising-foods-high-in-sugar/

 

Oral Cancer

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Oral cancer is also known as mouth cancer. It is an uncontrollable growth and spread of unhealthy cells. It usually appears as a sore in the mouth that spread surrounding areas like gums, salivary glands, inner cheeks and throat.

 

Symptoms of Oral Cancer:

- A sore in the mouth that does not easily heal

- Persistent mouth pain

- Lump or bumps in the cheek

- A white or red patch in the mouth

- Difficulty chewing or swallowing

- Dentures fit poorly

- Unexplained weight loss

 

Risk Factors of Oral Cancer:

- Oral cancer is twice as common in men than in women

- Over age 55

- Smoking cigarettes is a massive risk factor.

- Alcohol consumption can increase your risk.

 

Prevention of Oral Cancer:

- Don’t smoke or quit smoking

- Avoid excessive alcohol consumption

- Visit dentist regularly

- Eat cancer-fighting foods like cabbage, broccoli and green leafy vegetables

- Conduct a self-exam at least once a month,

- using a handy mirror, examine your mouth for red, gray or white patches. Feel for unusual lumps or bumps in tongue or gums.

 

We carry out mouth cancer screenings at each dental visit.

How Do Crooked Teeth Affect My Dental Health?

Crooked teeth are more than unsightly.  They can cause serious dental problems, not to mention emotional issues.

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There are several reasons why some people’s teeth grow crooked, overlapping, or twisted.

Some people’s mouths are too small for their teeth, which crowds the teeth and causes them to shift.  In other cases, a person’s upper and lower jaws aren’t the same size or are not properly aligned.  This can result in an overbite where there is excessive protrusion of the upper jaw, or an under bite where the lower jaw protrudes forward.

Crowded, excessively spaced or misaligned teeth can wear unevenly over time and in some people, can cause the teeth to weaken and fall out.  Other problems associated with misaligned teeth include excessive wear, headaches, jaw pain, and difficulty in cleaning the teeth potentially causing an increase in tooth decay and gum disease.

Crooked teeth and misaligned bites can:

• Increase tooth wear

• Interfere with proper chewing.

• Make teeth cleaning difficult and increase the risk of tooth decay, cavities and gingivitis.

• Strain the teeth, jaws, and muscles, increasing the risk of breaking a tooth.

• Make people feel self-conscious about their appearance and affect their self-esteem.

 

Straight teeth allow for proper oral hygiene by providing easier access to the areas around the gums.  Straight teeth help reduce the accumulation of tartar and plaque on the teeth, thereby reducing the total bacterial count in the mouth.

 

It is estimated that about 80 percent of adult patients who are going through orthodontic treatment with braces are doing so for the first time.

 

Most adults want less visible options and new technology has been developed to make braces less noticeable.

 

Invisalign is one alternative to conventional braces.  Most adults can be treated with this method which uses an advanced set of clear aligners to gradually straighten the teeth until the intended results are achieved. Invisalign is a great solution for many people who want to achieve a straighter smile without the unsightly appearance of old-fashioned braces.

Patients can now get results often with less sensitivity in about a year, and in some instances in just three months.

Once your teeth are straightened, your confidence will grow along with your new smile.

Your overall health will be enhanced, your dental health will improve significantly and you will increase the life of your teeth.

Dr Razaq has helped hundreds of her patients to correct their smile.  He is always looking for the latest technology in dental health to provide the best treatment available.

A Wow Smile! Veneers! Changing and creating a confident smile.

I recently reviewed a patient of mine who now lives in Switzerland. She flew back recently to see family and popped in so I could check on her veneers that I carried out for her when she was UK based.

Below are the before an after photos. I made her 5 veneers using an Emax ceramic material! I love this material as I can achieve strong veneers whilst providing fantastic aesthetics. This patient was quite difficult to treat as she had a missing canine tooth. I therefore reconstructed the upper left first premolar using composite into a canine looking premolar tooth.

However we achieved a truly fantastic result and she loves her new smile!

If you would like to know more about veneers or improving your smile please get in touch!

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Happy Patients

I recently saw one of my patients who has been having Invisalign for the past 12 months.

12 months may seem like a long time for some. I was blown away by the invisalign system and its ability to treat the most severely crowded mouths. In him especially we have got a very good result.

I more proud of the fact that this patient has said he smiles more and he is a lot happier doing it. At the moment he is whitening his teeth and I cannot wait to see him for his review as i know the before and after will be an amazing difference!

If you would like to talk to me regarding teeth straightening the please get in touch!

 

 

Invisalign

Invisalign in my opinion is one of the most amazing treatment options in orthodontics. As exciting as this technology is however, it is important that we separate facts from fiction.

Fiction: Invisalign can be used to correct all orthodontic problems. Fact: Although the technology is getting better, there are still some complex movements that cannot be treated as efficiently or effectively with aligners.

Fiction: Invisalign is Invisalign and it doesn’t matter who provides it. Fact: Invisalign is just a tool that doctors use to straighten teeth. Align Technology (the manufacturer) does not diagnose or treatment plan the cases.

Fiction: Invisalign does not hurt as much as braces. Fact: Teeth get sore anytime consistent pressure is placed upon them. They cannot tell whether the pressure comes from plastic or from metal. You will experience some discomfort whenever your orthodontist moves a tooth (although your lips might be more comfortable against the smooth aligners rather than the metal brackets, wires, and ties).

Fiction: Invisalign is faster than braces. Fact: Healthy tooth movement occurs at one speed and it doesn’t matter if that movement is caused by plastic aligners or metal wires. The reason most Invisalign cases are typically shorter in length is because most orthodontists only use Invisalign for their easier cases.

Fiction: Invisalign costs a lot more than regular braces. Fact: The reason many providers do charge more for Invisalign is because there is such a large lab fee that must be paid to Align Technology at the beginning of treatment. There are four areas of treatment that figure into a treatment fee: 1) the diagnosis and treatment plan, 2) the appliance cost (brackets, wires, aligners, etc.), 3) chair time during regular appointments for adjustments and activations, and 4) retainers and retention at the completion of treatment. The diagnosis/treatment plan and retention steps are the same for both Invisalign and braces.

We are Invisalign fans!. We think you will be too. It is important however that all of us approach treatment with our eyes wide open and that we understand the facts before treatment begins.