May 24th, 2010
“I got a new bridge two months ago at another practice. Two weeks after the bridge was fitted, I cleaned under the bridge using superfloss. There was a horrible smell. I have been cleaning the area three times a day, but it remains the same. What can I do?”
Dr Sunita Verma in Brentford says:
Firstly, I think it would be a good idea to have your bridge checked to ensure that the bridge is fitting well. When a bridge is first fitted, you need to get into a good oral hygiene routine straight away.
At Sparkle Dental Boutique, I routinely encourage my patients to see our hygienist, particularly if they have had restorations fitted including a bridge, crown or porcelain veneers.
After eating and before you go to bed, you need to brush your teeth and gums with a soft brush, especially where the bridge meets the gum line (margin). At the margin, harmful bacteria can gather to cause tooth decay and gum disease. You also need to floss at least once a day using superfloss. This will help to remove plaque under and around these areas to maintain good oral hygiene. With a bridge you must clean under as well as around the bridge to prevent food debris and plaque gathering and the area becoming infected.
My advice would be for you to see a dentist so that they can check your bridge and also check whether you have an infection under the bridge. I would also advise you to see a hygienist for professional cleaning so that any build up around your bridge and teeth can be removed. The hygienist can also show you you how to look after your bridge and maintain good oral health.
May 10th, 2010
National Smile Month is run by the UK’s leading independent oral health charity, the British Dental Health Foundation. Dedicated to improving the public’s oral health, this year’s campaign of ‘Teeth4Life’ highlights the importance of looking after your teeth and maintaining them for life.
The three key messages of the campaign are
- Brush teeth twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste
- Visit the dentist regularly, as often as they recommend
- Cut down on how often you have sugary snacks and drinks
To support the event, at Sparkle Dental Boutique, Hounslow all patients visiting the practice during this month will receive a toothbrush and toothpaste kit to help keep their teeth for life!
In the lead-up to this year’s campaign, evidence of the first documented link between a foetal death and the mother’s pregnancy-related gum disease emerged in the United States. The case emphasized the importance of preventive dental treatment and good oral health practice. The foundation continues to report the latest evidence of systematic links between oral health and overall health.
In January 2010, Microbiologist Yiping Han, the lead author of a U.S. case study conducted a Cleveland’s Department of Periodontics at Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine in Ohio, identified oral bacteria originating from a 35 year-old woman’s gingivitis as the cause of her stillborn baby. Findings were published in the February issue of Obstetrics & Gynaecology.
In May 2009, new research findings on gum disease and heart disease reveal evidence of the specific genetic variant linking aggressive periodontitis and coronary heart disease.
May 2009, when new evidence was presented at the 2009 International Association of Dental Research Conference which supported casual links between oral health and diabetes. The importance of dental care as an ideal opportunity for early diabetes screening came after studies suggested that those with periodontitis and unchecked gum disease were linked to an increased risk of type 2 diabetes.