How to brush your teeth properly

It is a important topic, which our parents have already highlighted  numerous times – looking after your teeth is vital, in order to avoid for instance tooth decay and gum disease. Besides brushing your teeth, you can start flossing, eat properly and visit the dentist, in order to take care of your teeth and gums.

However, brushing your teeth is a daily life task – you should at least brush your teeth twice a day. Even better if you can brush after each meal, which is obviously quite  difficult in our lifestyle.  Here are some tips on brushing your teeth:

-) Always brush across the top of the chewing surfaces of the teeth. Make sure you get into the grooves and crevices with the bristles.

-) Try to give your tongue some short and gentle brushing strokes. Brush it from the back of the tongue to the front. Be careful and do not scrub. This will help to remove bacteria and freshen your breath.

-) Just a pea sized dab of fluoride toothpaste on your toothbrush is enough

-) Always brush in an up-and-down position from the top to the bottom of your teeth.

-) Rinse your mouth thoroughly with water after you brushed your teeth

-) Replace your toothbrush every three to four months!

 

For more information about your dental health please contact our lovely dental team: 0207 284 0588

History of dental implants

Dental implants are considered one of the most advanced solutions in dental health. Filling missing teeth has a 97% long term success rate with dentists and therefore are the only reliable solution.

Dental implants help the patient to chew properly again, restore the smile and confidence, and support the surrounding teeth. Throughout the history of civilization people with a full bright smile and having the ability to chew food properly, have driven others to replace their missing teeth.

4000 years ago in ancient china, carved bamboo pegs were used to replace missing teeth in the chinese dynasty. However, in the 18th century researchers began to experiment with gold and alloys. Due to poor results a doctor was able to mount a porcelain crown on a platinum disc in 1886. However, for a successful dental implant, dentists need the replacement tooth in order to fuse it to the bone – this was called osseointergration.

Nowadays, modern dental implants are made out of titanium as it gives a much higher success rate of osseointergration. In 1965 an ortheopaedic surgeon, Barnemark, placed the very first titanium dental implant into a live human volunteer after having experimented months and months on animals.

From this point onwards the dental health history started to progress in a maniac fashion. Over the years dentists and researchers tried to perfect the art of dental implants. Modern dental implants include a high-grade titanium alloy screw, which improves immensely osseointergration. This screw is easily fixed to the patient’s jaw, which then takes time to heal where the tooth used to be. Once the screw has fused into the jaw, a post with a crown is inserted on the top. This has one of the highest success rates and provides great oral hygiene, due to correct dental care.

At our dental practice, we provide the best dental care as we provide a high success rate of dental implants. Just give us a call on 0207 284 0588 or book your appointment online.

The Advantages of Dental Implants

It is one of the most popular dental procedures already – Dental Implants are a standard treatment, in order to replace missing teeth. Considering the fact that the growth of the market has slowed down due to the global recession, there are a superior replacement for missing teeth than dentists. There are three different components for a fully restored dental implant:

Firstly, the implant is basically a small screw similar to a root, which is drilled into the jawbone. There are loads of different types of implants, which are suitable for any dental case or bone characteristics.

Secondly, an abutment is inserted into the implant, which is used as a connection between the implant and the crown. Finally, the crown is then fitted perfectly on top of the abutment. There will be a waiting period between the placing of the implant to the abutment and then to fitting the crown. The crowns are usually made out of zirconium or porcelain.

What are the advantages of dental implants?

  • Bone preservation: Missing teeth can negatively affect the jaw-bone, which starts to disintegrate as the tooth acted as a root. This results in a sunken appearance around a person’s face.
  • Stability: Whilst the implant fuses with the bone, the implant will be solid and stable in your gums. This way your eating and biting ability will be improved.
  • Maintenance: Implants are very easy to maintain and to handle, as they are maintained in the same manner as normal teeth.
  • Permanent solution: After implants are fitted correctly, they are meant to be a permanent solution. Therefore, the implants don’t need to be taken out on a regular basis. Nevertheless, maintaining your implants properly, will definitely help them last you for a lifetime.
  • Integration: As the titanium integrates positively with bone, the implant actually acts as a root. Hence, the implant is fixed in your mouth like an actual tooth.

Success Rate

The overall success rate according to research for dental implants is 95%. Our team will be able to help you and consider if your bone characteristics are good, in order to provide a successful surgery. The surgery itself is split up in two stages, where first the implant is fitted and then the crown is fitted after 3-9 months right after the healing period.

Dental Treatment at Kentish Town Dental Practice

We offer you a round up consultation prior to a dental implants surgery. You can just give us a call or book an appointment easily online!

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