What is tooth erosion?
Tooth erosion occurs when the hard outer layer of the tooth is worn away by acid. Frequent consumption of food and drink containing high amounts of acid can contribute to the erosion of the shiny, protective enamel. Culprits include fruit juices, wine and fizzy drinks.
Erosion can also be caused by medical conditions such as a decrease in saliva production, acid reflux, certain gastrointestinal conditions and bulimia.
What causes dry mouth?
People of all ages can suffer from dry mouth (xerostomia), but it is particularly prevalent among older adults. It occurs when there is a reduced flow of saliva and can lead to tooth loss and gum disease because adequate saliva is needed to wash away food debris and neutralize acids.
Dry mouth can be a symptom of certain medical conditions or a side effect of medications, such as antihistamines, antidepressants and decongestants.
If you suffer from dry mouth, let us know, as we will be able to suggest treatment methods, such as saliva substitutes. Sugar-free gum can also help to increase saliva flow.
What is an abscess?
An abscess of the tooth is an infection that can include the presence of pus and swelling of the soft surrounding gum tissues. An abscess can be caused by tooth decay or trauma, such as a cracked tooth. If there is an opening in the tooth enamel, like a cavity, bacteria can enter and infect the innermost part of the tooth (the pulp), which can lead to an abscess.
It is important to treat this infection as it could spread through the mouth and into other parts of the body. Root canal therapy is usually the only way to save an abscessed tooth, so if you suspect you may have this problem, you should see your dentist immediately.
What is tooth sensitivity?
If you suffer from this common condition, you may experience pain or discomfort in your teeth when you eat sweets, breathe in cold air or consume food and drink that is either very hot or extremely cold. Some people with tooth sensitivity can even experience problems when they brush and floss. The good news is that sensitive teeth can be treated.
What is tartar?
Tartar, also known as calculus, is the hard residue that forms on your teeth when plaque is not removed. If tartar stays on teeth and below the gum line, it can lead to chronic infection and inflammation.
What causes bad breath?
Bad breath is a very common and rather embarrassing problem that can have many different causes. Persistent bad breath is usually caused by the gases released by the bacteria in plaque and food debris, which can get caught between the teeth, leading to an unpleasant smell. Strongly flavoured foods such as garlic, coffee and onions can add to any breath problems. Effective, regular brushing is vital for the maintenance of fresh breath.
Gum disease can also cause bad breath, but it can be treated or managed by your dentist or hygienist. That’s why it’s important to attend regular check-ups so any issues can be detected before they worsen and you can receive timely treatment.
How can I improve the look of my amalgam filled teeth?
Amalgam is an extremely strong, practical and cost-effective way to fill damaged teeth, but as it is such a dark coloured material, it can be unsightly. We can replace noticeable amalgam with tooth-coloured composite fillings which blend in beautifully.