Yearly Archives: 2014


Oral Surgery- Volume 1

26th July 2014

Oral surgery is any procedure that involves cutting into or removing tissue from your mouth. It includes procedures like removing a tooth, gum surgery, and the placement of dental implants. Oral surgery also includes getting rid of diseased tissue from the mouth, correcting jaw problems, or repairing a cleft lip or palate.

Depending upon the individual case and the expertise of the dentist, oral surgery can performed either by your regular dentist or by an oral surgeon in a hospital setting.

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Healthy Gums, Healthy You!

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The link between the health of your gums and your overall general health is a topic that has been discussed by dental professionals and doctors for a while now. Indeed, I have previously written in this column about the link between gum and heart health. Now a new study, recently published in Australia, not only supports the premise that good, basic gum hygiene treatment reduces furring of the arteries, which in turn decreases the risk of heart disease but concludes that even as little as one non-surgical gum treatment can make a difference.

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No More Fillings?

28th June 2014

With the rising popularity of general cosmetic procedures for the entire body, there has also been an increase in cosmetic dental procedures and new technologies are in development to enhance this area. There has recently been discussion in the UK press about a new technology in development which is hoping to replace traditional fillings and works by encouraging the teeth to repair themselves. Sounds like a good idea, I think! This idea is still in development (at least three years from launch) but it’s an interesting concept to consider and one that may benefit the health of the teeth as well as the aesthetic appearance.

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14th June 2014

Geriodontics is the branch of dentistry that deals with the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental diseases and problems specific to old people (approximately 65yrs +).

There are a number of things that can be different about geriatric dentistry to regular dentistry. This is especially true if the patient suffers from Alzheimer’s Disease, has had a stroke or has any other physical disability.

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Dental Sports Injury

31st May 2014hockeystick

The Journal of the American Dental Association reports that up to 39% of dental injuries are sports related, that these injuries are twice as likely to occur in a male as a female and the most common dental injury is to the upper front teeth (incisors).

There are a number of ways the teeth can be damaged whilst playing sports-

– Hard object contact- a stick or hard ball/puck hitting the teeth generally results in a tooth being chipped
– Soft object contact- eg. elbow, knee, foot- this is more likely to result in tooth displacement

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Dry Mouth

17th May 2014

shutterstock_77942158Suffering with a dry mouth is not the same as being thirsty and has different underlying causes. The reason I want to look at the topic of dry mouth is because it can have a negative impact on the health of a patient’s teeth and gums.

We need saliva to moisten and cleanse our mouths and help to digest food. Saliva also prevents infection by controlling bacteria and fungi in the mouth and with patients experiencing a dry mouth there is an increased risk of gingivitis (gum disease), mouth infections and fungal infections such as thrush. When we don’t produce enough saliva, our mouth gets dry and uncomfortable. Other symptoms include frequent thirst, sores in the mouth or split skin at the corners of the mouth, cracked lips, a burning or tingling sensation in the mouth or tongue, a red, raw tongue, problems speaking or difficulty tasting, chewing/ swallowing and bad breath.

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Oral Piercings and Teeth Grills

3rd May 2014


From time to time I have patients enquiring about tongue or lip piercings or teeth grills. For clarity, these are not procedures that a dentist would perform but I thought it was a topic worth discussing in order to outline the potential problems that can occur. As a general rule if you are going to have this type of work done always use a practitioner who has strict hygiene standards, where all tools are sterilized and the environment is clean and tidy.

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Pacifiers and Thumb Sucking

19th April 2014

baby gift baby dummyPacifiers, soothers or dummies are often used with babies or young children as soothing devices to calm them and help them get to sleep. From personal experience as a dad myself, one of my children as a baby was particularly attached to his dummy at night time, so I know the benefits it can give both baby and parent.

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Smoking and Oral Health

5th April 2014BENSON

How can smoking affect my oral health?
Most people now know that smoking is bad for their health. It can cause many different health problems and, in some cases, fatal diseases. However, many people don’t realise the damage that smoking can do to their mouth, gums and teeth; smoking can lead to tooth staining, gum disease, tooth loss and – more seriously – mouth cancer.

Why are my teeth stained?
One of the effects of smoking is staining on the teeth due to the nicotine and tar in tobacco. It can make the teeth yellow in a very short time, and heavy smokers often complain that their teeth are almost brown after years of smoking.

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Sugar and your Teeth

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World Health Organisation Guidelines
The subject of sugar and its impact on health is very topical at the moment. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has recently issued revised guidelines for the healthy limit of sugar consumption, reducing this number to 5% of total calories consumed. This is due to the increasing awareness of the link between high-sugar foods and increase in weight gain/obesity and the associated diseases such as heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. WHO is particularly concerned about consumption of ‘free’ sugars. These are defined as sugars that are added to foods by manufacturers, and sugars that are naturally present in fruit juices, fruit concentrates, syrups and honey. Sugary drinks, such as soda, are possibly the most concerning.

By |March 22nd, 2014|Categories: TCI Weekly News|Comments Off on Sugar and your Teeth
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