Having a missing tooth can add a certain element of danger to your look. It can give off an edgy, piratey, ‘I’ve lived to tell a few tales’, kind of a vibe. All well and good if you want to appear a bit mysterious, but not so great for your health.
You may believe that having one missing tooth is no big deal, there’s another 31 in there, so what’s the problem? The difficulty is, the intelligence of the human body. It is a perfectly balanced bio-machine, where every small part makes a difference.
Take the humble tooth: once a tooth is lost, both root and crown, the body’s intelligence kicks into gear and adapts to the changing environment. ‘Ah’, it says to itself, ‘I’m not getting any taps on this part of the jaw anymore, obviously it’s not needed here. I’m going to resorb the bone and use the precious nutrients elsewhere.’ This is why the jawbone can lose 25% of its density after a tooth loss in first year alone. To stop this from happening, the tooth root needs to be replaced, as well as the crown. This is so the vibrations from opposite teeth tapping together can travel down the crown, into the root and to the jawbone. Then the body knows the tooth is still active and keeps rebuilding the jaw here.
There is only one form of tooth replacement that replaces tooth roots, and that’s dental implants. In Windsor, here at the Old Windsor Dental Practice, we’ve been fitting implants for years, and have seen the huge difference they’ve made to our patients’ health.
Apart from the bone density issue, having a missing tooth also affects the delicate balance of your bite. You will most likely unconsciously start to favour the side where you have all your teeth, leading to uneven wear, and possibly further tooth loss. You may also start to avoid nutritious, crunchy and chewy foods, such as apples and nuts. This dietary restriction can have an impact on your overall health and wellbeing. Dental implants in Windsor are the only tooth restoration that can offer the full chewing power of natural teeth.
Do you know how big the breath freshener industry is? It’s huge. Billions of pounds are spent every year by people trying to cover up their bad breath. And that’s ok if it’s a matter of too much garlic on top of a few too many boutique gins (no gin if you’re driving, mind), but it’s never going to do anything but mask other problems.
If you have bad breath and you can’t link it to something you ate, and you’re not a smoker, then maybe you need to get yourself along to us at Old Windsor Dental Practice and see if we can find out what is behind your problem.
Oral health and bad breath
Bad breath is most often caused by something not being quite right with your oral health routine. We can take a good look at your teeth and gums and see if you are harbouring a build-up of plaque and tartar, which can lead to bad breath. A good session with the dental hygienist could well clear up the problem and that is a good place to start.
It’s a sad fact that as we get older, our gums can start to recede and we can develop little gaps between our teeth around the gumline. We will check your teeth to find out if you have any gaps that have developed between them where food is getting trapped and starting to putrefy. It could be that all you need is to start using interdental brushes to clean out between your teeth.
Sometimes bad breath is an indicator that something else is going on. Maybe you have developed tooth decay that has not yet progressed to being painful but is affecting the air that passes over the decaying tooth. You may also be host to an infection that you are not yet aware of.
Something else going on
Once we are sure all of the above are not the reason, we can start to look at other possible causes, such as infections in the throat, bronchi and lungs, as well as the sinuses.
It’s awful when you know someone has bad breath. Do you tell them about it? Do you let them carry on regardless, knowing that people are keeping away from them? And what if you are that someone with bad breath and a colleague tells you about it? Chances are, you probably already know and have been gulping down the minty lozenges and squirting the fresh breath spray, and all to no avail.
It’s a sign
What you need to do is take your bad breath to the dentist. Come to see us at Old Windsor Dental Practice in Berkshire and we can do our best to help you find out what is wrong and hopefully then put it right. Certainly, we will be able to eliminate a few of the most obvious things that could be to blame. We know you won’t want to, but if you book an appointment to see us, it’s best to turn up without having brushed your teeth or tried to freshen your breath in any way. How your breath smells can give an indication of what the problem is.
Check the hygiene routine
Bad breath and oral health are closely linked so the first thing to do is look at your oral health routine. We will have a look around in your mouth to see if you have got any food trapped that is rotting away unbeknown to you. We can also look for decay and gum disease, both of which can give people bad breath.
We will check your hygiene routine is up to scratch and suggest ways to improve it. If none of this makes any difference, we can go on to look for other possible problems.
Illness and infection
Infections of the respiratory system, such as a lung infection or an infection in the sinuses can also cause bad breath, so we can check for those.
Is it something you ate?
We can also take a look at your diet. Maybe you are eating something, such as onions or garlic, that is affecting your breath. If you are a smoker, there’s a good chance it could be smoking that is causing your problems.
We would love to help you improve your smile and resolve those crooked teeth. Using braces in Windsor we offer effective, long-term solutions to straighten your teeth. Teeth straightening has advanced over many decades and nowadays treatment with braces is a lot faster and more comfortable than it used to be. If you have problems with the way your top and bottom teeth line up or otherwise misaligned teeth, we can help you achieve a more confident smile with braces in Windsor.
Modern invisible braces
Here at Old Windsor Dental practice, we are proud to offer our patients Invisalign. This modern teeth straightening treatment is a great alternative to fixed braces. Invisalign uses clear plastic aligner trays which are virtually invisible. Invisalign is popular with adults who prefer not to wear more obvious fixed brace options for months on end. The removable aligners are easy to use and maintain. They fit around your lifestyle effortlessly. Created using 3D computer imaging, Invisalign aligners fit over your teeth, moving and straightening them gradually. The average treatment time for this system, which can resolve mild to moderate alignment issues, is one year.
What are the life benefits of teeth straightening?
Straighter teeth are healthier than crooked teeth. This is because straight teeth are easier to keep clean. Often people with alignment issues find that they have hard-to-reach areas between their teeth. These areas are prone to plaque build-up and that lays a path for tooth decay and gum disease to take hold. Having your teeth straightened ensures there will be fewer areas that are difficult to clean in your mouth, which means improved oral health.
It’s amazing what a difference feeling confident about your smile can have on your life and state of mind. People who have crooked teeth often hide their smile, in extreme cases it can make people become less sociable. Sometimes the subconscious effects of not liking your smile can be detrimental to your self-esteem. Having a smile you can feel confident about could make all the difference to your social and professional life.
So straighten your teeth with braces in Windsor and enjoy a healthier smile for years to come.
One of the hazards of being an active sportsperson is the face plant. These days, it’s even more likely, what with skateboarding, mountain biking, parkour and surfing. So many fun and exciting ways to lose your teeth, and how many people bother to wear a mouth guard while somersaulting over walls and sliding down large waves? Not enough.
So, what do you do when you come a cropper and your teeth crumble into pieces? Are you going to leave a big gap in your mouth where your front teeth used to be? Not likely. Do you fancy a removable denture or a fixed bridge at your tender age? The idea of having false teeth isn’t all that appealing for young people. Even less so is the idea of kissing someone with false teeth. Thankfully, at Old Windsor Dental Practice, we can get around the issues of romance with lost teeth by replacing yours with dental implants in Windsor.
No one will know they’re not your real teeth
The great thing about dental implants in Windsor is that they are fixed into the jawbone and once treatment is complete, no one will be able to tell that these are not your original, natural teeth. There are no give-away plates or tell-tale wobbles that are going to happen. Instead, the handmade porcelain crowns of your new teeth are attached onto the dental implants in Windsor, which are titanium posts that are inserted into your jawbone.
Advantages of dental implants in Windsor
Having dental implants means that:
- You will have full chewing power;
- You can continue to eat whatever you want;
- Your teeth will never wobble around;
- There’s nothing to get in the way of kissing;
- You will have an easy-to-maintain cleaning routine;
- Your jawbone will remain strong where you lost your teeth;
- You can save money in the long run.
One dental implant can hold up to three teeth on a bridge, which is perfect for knocked out teeth. The dentist can get them made to look just like the rest of your teeth so no one will ever know they are not your real teeth.
Did you know that having straighter teeth makes them much easier to keep free from plaque? And do you know why it’s important to keep plaque at bay? Here at Old Windsor Dental Practice, we encourage patients to get straight teeth with braces in Windsor because we know about the knock-on benefits of teeth straightening treatment.
Plaque and braces in Windsor
Plaque is that sticky film that builds up on your teeth during the day. If you could put some under a microscope you would see that is made up of millions of bacteria. They naturally live in the human mouth and feed on sugars from food and drinks. If you eat a particularly sugary snack, you will notice your teeth starting to feel ‘furry’. That’s the plaque. Unfortunately, these bacteria exude acids and these eat away at the enamel on your teeth to cause decay, and inflame and irritate the gums. This causes the gums to lift away from the teeth and then the acids attack the tooth roots and bones beneath.
Plaque and gum disease are also linked to other diseases, including diabetes, heart disease, dementia and rheumatoid arthritis.
It’s easy to brush plaque off the surface of the teeth, but it also builds up in crevices and the harder they are to get at with a brush, the more chances there are of developing decay and gum disease. Wonky teeth have more crevices, but teeth straightened with braces in Windsor are much easier to keep clean.
Straight teeth and self-esteem
People are very tuned into each other’s smiles. We use the smile as a way of assessing how friendly and healthy someone is, a hardwired behaviour many thousands of years old. So, when you have something imperfect about your teeth, even something as mild as a twist or a bit of a lean in or out, you can become terribly self-conscious about it, and cover it up by not smiling much. Braces in Windsor give you an aligned set of teeth that will boost your self-confidence. You will find yourself smiling more and find others responding to that warm, friendly smile in ways that help smooth your path through life.
Having bad breath is such a social stigma that the breath freshener industry is worth millions and millions. If you have bad breath in Berkshire, don’t just rely on sprays and lozenges to hide it, come and see your dentist and make sure that there is nothing serious lurking behind your dragon’s breath.
At Old Windsor Dental Practice, we like to make sure that bad breath is not a symptom of something more serious.
Before you come to us
There are two common causes for bad breath that you can try doing something about before you come to us:
- Poor oral hygiene – are you cleaning your teeth often enough for long enough? Clean for two minutes twice a day and use floss and a mouthwash. Also, come and have a scale and polish with the hygienist. You may find that will get rid of your problem.
- Change your diet – some foods, such as onions and garlic, get into the bloodstream and the smell of them comes into the lungs and out. Try giving them a miss when you eat and see if that clears your breath up.
- You can also try giving up smoking and drinking and see if your breath improves.
What we can check for
If neither of those seem to be the problem, it’s time to come to us. We can look for:
- Trapped food – sometimes food can get trapped between the teeth, or in pockets between the teeth and the gums. This starts to rot causing bad breath. We can make sure you don’t have any food trapped;
- Infections – infections under the gum also cause bad breath. You may be on the way to an abscess and not yet know about it;
- Dry mouth – if you don’t produce enough saliva, the types of bacteria in your mouth change and can build up in numbers, causing bad breath;
- Gut problems – bad breath can also sometimes be caused by infections in the stomach or small intestine;
- Other problems – bad breath can also be a symptom of diabetes, infections in the lung, nose and throat.
If we cannot find out what is wrong, we will refer you to a doctor.
Are you having to keep your distance from your colleagues, friends and loved ones because you have developed bad breath? Poor you! That’s no fun. There’s such a stigma attached to bad breath and yet there’s a lot that can be done to get rid of it. Don’t just suffer there with your halitosis, follow this plan to help discover what is causing it and how to get rid of it.
The first thing to remember about bad breath is that it is a symptom of something rather than a condition in itself, so getting rid of bad breath is a case of tracking down the cause and putting that right. Rather like trying to find out what is causing a fault on your laptop or tablet, the best thing to do is start with the obvious and easily fixable causes and eliminate them before moving onto the more unlikely and difficult to fix causes.
Are your teeth actually clean?
A lot of halitosis comes from people not brushing and flossing properly. So begin by getting more diligent with your dental routine. You should be brushing twice daily for two minutes with a fluoride toothpaste. Use floss and interdental brushes to remove trapped food from between teeth, left there it rots and starts to smell and can give you caries.
How long is it since you came and saw our hygienist? If you are not coming every six months, come now and let our hygienist at Old Windsor Dental Practice in Berkshire clean away any build-up of plaque and tartar, which contribute to bad breath.
What are you eating?
Some things make your breath smell awful. Garlic and onions get into your bloodstream and so into your lungs to be breathed out. Tobacco (and especially combined with coffee) is guaranteed to make your breath smell terrible. Alcohol also doesn’t smell fantastic. Give your diet a good check over, that smell could well be coming from something you are ingesting.
Come to us
We can check for infections and other things linked to your oral health and bad breath, such as decay and gum disease. If none of that works, it may be time to see your doctor.
If you are thinking about getting dental implants in Windsor, your primary goal is obviously going to be getting new teeth. However, you may also have an idea about the kind of treatment experience you want to have and how you want to feel before, during and after the process. When we set a goal, we all have an idea of how we’d like to feel once we have achieved it. If you have a difficult journey on the way to getting the result you want, it can detrimentally affect the way you feel about it.
When you get dental implants in Windsor with Old Windsor Dental Practice, we look at the whole treatment experience and refine each step, to match it to your specific needs and expectations, wherever possible. At every stage, we want you to feel relaxed and comfortable. One of the goals of modern dentistry is to have no procedures or processes where a patient just needs to ‘grin and bear it’ until it’s over. Looking after your dental health and getting the treatments that you want should be a practical and simple process rather than an endurance test.
How do we help at each stage
At Old Windsor Dental Practice, we break down the dental implants process into various stages to make it more manageable when we discuss it with you. People often experience some trepidation when approaching the consultation stage as they don’t know what to expect. Once we have talked through the process and provided detailed explanations off the next steps, we often find our patients are immediately more relaxed.
Once we have completed your consultation and initial, information-gathering appointment, we will tell you if you need preparatory work. This doesn’t apply to everyone, but it is still quite common and nothing to worry about if you do need to go through this stage. All it means is that the environment in your mouth is not quite ready for dental implants. This might mean that you need to have repair or restoration work done on any teeth you wish to keep, or you might need extraction work to remove old teeth ready for dental implants.
If you’re looking for a realignment treatment that’s worth writing headlines about, then you should check out your options at Old Windsor Dental Practice in Windsor. Braces are one of the treatments that we offer to patients to get them back on the straight and narrow when it comes to their smile.
There are a number of reasons why we think that patients enjoy their teeth-straightening treatment with us. Our passion for patient comfort is second to none and we think that’s worth writing an article or two about. Below we discuss some of the aspects of treatment that we’re particularly proud of.
A good consultation involves detailed dialogue between dentist and patient. We know how to guide you through this if you aren’t sure what you need to know. A member of the team at Old Windsor Dental Practice will talk you through the process of getting braces, the effect they will have on your life during treatment and what you can do to care for your teeth and equipment. You may also be able to choose between a few different methods of teeth straightening.
Plenty of choice
We offer a range of braces in Windsor at our practice. Once we have decided which ones might be suitable for your needs, you can choose between them. Some people like fixed braces because they are low-maintenance and you can just wear them and forget about them. Other people like the control and discreet appearance of removeable braces. Whatever you choose, we think you will be pleasantly surprised by the speed, comfort and appearance of braces in Windsor.
Support throughout treatment
Braces in Windsor take anything from a few months to a few years to straighten teeth depending on the severity of your misalignment and the number of treatment stages that you need. Regardless of the length of your treatment, we support you every step of the way.
We hope that once your teeth are straight, that won’t be the last we see of each other. Old Windsor Dental prides itself on developing long-term beneficial relationships with its patients so that we can continue to look after your newly-aligned smile.