Are bottles and pacifiers harmful to baby teeth?

If you are a new parent, you probably have enough challenges to face already without the potentially controversial topic of oral care of your little one adding to your stress levels. However, we think you need to know that, while some well-meaning friends and family will advise you to use bottles and pacifiers, newer dental research suggests that babies who cling on their bottles and pacifier for a long period of time are more likely to develop cavities.

Dentist in Kings HillMilk is the primary source of nutrition for all babies, especially during their first year. At One Smile Oral Care, we know that the use of bottles can adversely affect a child’s oral health, yet not using them altogether is not a solution. Your dentist in Kings Hill will give you advice on how to use bottles and pacifiers, ensuring that your child’s teeth remain healthy and strong.

Encouraging good habits with the bottle

Most dentists agree that children should not be fed from a bottle once it is no longer necessary for their nutrition. Deciding when to quit is different for each child and if you feel overwhelmed you can discuss it with your dentist in Kings Hill. To ensure that your child is not going to have any problems while using a bottle, do not allow them to take a bottle to bed with them during the night. Sipping from a bottle creates a pool of bacteria around their teeth and gums that leads to tooth decay. Even if you clean their teeth carefully in the morning, some damage may have already been done. If you notice white lines and spots on your child’s teeth, arrange an appointment with your dentist in Kings Hill immediately.

Pacifiers can also cause dental issues

Pacifiers are very convenient during the few months after birth, keeping babies calm and giving parents some peace. However, many children and parents abuse pacifiers. It is really important to understand that once wearing a pacifier becomes a habit, children cannot quit this habit easily. Unfortunately, the long-term use of a pacifier can cause the front teeth to become misaligned. Moreover, pacifiers should never be covered in sugar or honey because they can cause gum disease.

Yes, you can get straight teeth without looking odd

Ask anyone if they’d like to get their wonky teeth straightened and they’re almost bound to say yes. Ask them if they’re prepared to go through a few months of looking odd because they’ve got braces on their teeth and it’s surprising how many say no. People are very sensitive to how their teeth look and wearing braces as an adult is not something many are willing to do. It’s understandable really. Braces are indelibly associated with being an adolescent; not a look a career-minded adult is after. However, there is a way round this conundrum and we have it here at One Smile Oral Care in Kings Hill: Invisalign.

Invisalign in Kings HillYou may never have seen people wearing Invisalign in Kings Hill. That’s because this way of straightening teeth is so discreet as to be as good as invisible. Hence the name: Invisible Alignment.

Why so hard to see?

Invisalign is different from traditional brackets and wires fixed onto the front of the teeth. These devices look more like ultra-thin mouth guards when you hold them in your hand. They hug the teeth very snugly, coming all the way up to the gum line and because the plastic is so thin, only 0.3mm, once they are in situ, they are very hard to spot. They also don’t interfere with speech or with eating.

Why so easy to eat?

That’s the other big plus with Invisalign in Kings Hill. These devices come out. In fact, you have to take them out to eat food and drink anything that is not plain water. If you didn’t, the plastic would become discoloured and therefore visible over your teeth. This means that you can eat whatever you want without having to worry about picking food out from behind brackets and wires, or indeed, breaking your device. Then you just brush your teeth and put the aligner back in. As long as you wear your aligners for at least 20 hours a day, you will stay on track with your treatment.

Why not book a free consultation with us at One Smile Oral Care to find out more about Invisalign in Kings Hill?

Will your child need braces in Kings Hill?

Having straight teeth not only looks great but it makes it easier for people to keep them clean. Being able to easily clean the plaque off teeth makes them far less prone to tooth decay and gum disease and therefore they tend to last longer. These days, dentistry is all about helping you find ways to keep your natural teeth for life, and one way to do that is to make them easy to keep clean. So, if you’d like to give the gift of teeth for life to your child, you need to make sure they have straight teeth.

Braces in Kings HillUnfortunately, wearing braces in Kings Hill has tended to coincide with the onset of puberty, which is well known as the time when kids tend to suffer from the most excruciating self-consciousness. Having to suffer the taunts that teens can throw at each other can be a nightmare for many kids, especially in these times of cyber-bullying on social media. Wouldn’t it be great if your child could get their braces treatment out of the way before all that teen stuff sets in? Well, they can, if you bring them along to One Smile Oral Care.

Here at One Smile Oral Care, our braces dentist is Yasmin George. She is a great believer in assessing children for braces in Kings Hill early. Early treatment can help the face develop properly. If teeth are crowded, having them straightened out can mean that your child develops a broad jaw, which is what is wanted.

Yasmin George can assess children for braces in Kings Hill from as early as 5 years old, thanks to advances in dental technology which mean that we can now look inside the jawbone to see how the adult teeth are lining up behind the baby teeth. Bring your child along for an assessment before they are 7 years old, and we can make sure they get the treatment they need to get a properly developed face and jaw. Changing the shape of the jaw can only happen when your child is under the age of 18, before the bone sets hard. The earlier this treatment is carried out, the more plastic and malleable the jawbone is.

Ways to make your smile even more lovely

There is no accessory as good at making you look wonderful as a great smile. It’s classic, it’s timeless and you wear it every day, all day. So, if your smile is not looking its best, maybe now is the time to ask friends and family for a new one for Christmas.

Here at One Smile Oral Care, we love seeing how cosmetic dentistry in Kings Hill can upgrade someone’s smile and enhance how they feel about themselves and their life. Smiling is such an important thing to be able to do well and to do so, you need to have teeth worth showing off.

Cosmetic Dentistry in Kings HillCosmetic dentistry in Kings Hill can help improve the size, shape, colour and position of your teeth. At One Smile Oral Care, we offer a number of treatments that changes things for the better.

Teeth whitening

Whitening is the most popular treatment when it comes to cosmetic dentistry in Kings Hill and also around the world. We think this is because it is so easy to do and also because it does not alter the shape or structure of your teeth. We use Zoom! whitening here at One Smile Oral Care. We can carry out whitening in around one hour. Zoom! uses hydrogen peroxide gel to gently lift out stains left by tea, coffee, red wine, smoking and highly pigmented foods.

Veneers

Veneers are tiny sheaths of porcelain that we make to cover over imperfections on your teeth. You can use veneers to hide chips, cracks, worn edges, gaps, slight twists and leans and stains that whitening can’t remove. Veneers are also great for making teeth that are too small appear larger. We custom-make veneers to match your teeth, and once they are in place, no one will be able to tell they are not your natural teeth.

Gum contouring

If you have too much gum covering your teeth and making them look shorter than they are, we can carry out cosmetic periodontal surgery to remove the excess tissue. This is done with a laser and there is very little bleeding.

Why not have a consultation to find out how cosmetic dentistry in Kings Hill can brighten up your most important non-verbal communication tool?

You only have one smile

The thing with teeth is that humans only get the one adult set and they have to last us for as long as possible. Back before we started cooking foods and eating sugary things on a regular basis, taking care of teeth might have been very easy. But now we have to contend with a daily onslaught of sugary snacks and drinks, especially when we are children.

Dentist in Kings HillSo, with only one set of teeth, it’s important to take extra good care of them and part of that is making regular visits to your dentist in Kings Hill at One Smile Oral Care.

Here at One Smile Oral Care, we recommend that everyone visits their dentist in Kings Hill at least twice a year for a check-up. Certain people may need to come more often. We also recommend that everyone gets a session with our hygienist at least twice a year to remove any build-up of plaque.

It’s all about the plaque

Plaque and your teeth, well, they live together, and are locked in a constant battle for survival. You are fighting on the side of your teeth, twice a day spending 2 minutes to remove as much plaque as possible with your toothbrush and floss. The plaque lives in your mouth and it doesn’t mean to harm your teeth, but when it eats the sugars in your food, it gives off acids. It’s the acids that damage teeth, causing holes through which decay-causing bacteria can enter. The acids also irritate and inflame your gums, and then, when they pull away from your teeth, get underneath and start to corrode your tooth roots and jawbone.

Check-ups

During your 6-monthly check-up, the dentist in Kings Hill is looking for early signs of decay and gum disease, as well as for any damage to your teeth. Teeth do wear out, and as you get older, we need to be vigilant in checking how fillings and crowns and other restorations are holding out. If we can catch problems early, we can deal with them before they require extensive and expensive treatments.

Join us in making your teeth last longer, book that check-up today.

More than 4 million people chose Invisalign

When you are about to invest a lot of money in something, you want to know it is going to be money well spent. You need to read reviews, talk to other people who have used that service or product, get a general feel for the thing. And that’s kind of hard when the thing you want to use is invisible. You can’t see how many other people are using it. That’s the trouble with Invisalign in Kings Hill, it’s big selling point is that it’s a way to straighten your teeth without anyone knowing what you are up to.

Invisalign in Kings HillIt’s not like say, an Audi or a Skoda. You see those in the supermarket car park and you can, in theory, go ask their owner all about them as they unload their shopping. With Invisalign, there is bound to be someone you interact with on a casual basis, who is using it, and you will never know. It could be the person at the supermarket check-out. It could be your best mate’s mate that you had a laugh with in the pub the other night. It could be that Skoda driver you just talked to about their car. You will never know because unless they choose to inform you that they are using Invisalign in Kings Hill from us at One Smile Oral Care, you won’t spot it in their mouths.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign in Kings Hill is a tooth-straightening system made of amazingly thin, clear plastic mouth guard-style aligners that fit over your teeth like a second skin. Once in place, you really can’t see them, they hug the teeth and the gum line so snugly.

Inside each aligner are precision-placed bumps and ridges that press on your teeth to move them into alignment. You wear your invisible aligners for at least 20 hours a day. At first, the pressure from these ridges makes them feel as if they don’t really fit, and they don’t. The pressure moves the teeth over the course of the next 7-10 days, gradually wearing off. Once your aligner seems to fit well, it’s time to move onto the next one in the series.

Things to consider about braces in Kings Hill for your kids

If you are a parent, you will be very keen to make sure that your children have the best breaks when it comes to getting good teeth for life. That means making sure they learn how to brush well and bringing them to us at One Smile Oral Care from an early age so that six-monthly check-ups become a lifelong habit.

We can also help protect your children’s teeth against decay with treatments to harden their enamel and also to create a barrier on the back teeth, which are the ones mostly likely to get dental decay.

Braces in Kings HillSo that’s decay taken care of, but what about alignment? Having teeth and jaws that line up well against each other is essential for several reasons. Let’s explain the benefits of braces in Kings Hill by looking at what happens to people who need braces but don’t have them, ie. looking at the negatives.

What happens when you don’t get the braces you need:

More decay and gum disease

Decay and gum disease are both caused by the acids that bacterial plaque gives off. The bacteria love to hide out and proliferate in the nooks and crannies in the mouth, so if you have wonky teeth, they will be building up in all the places it’s hard to reach with your toothbrush. Thus, having wonky teeth increases the chances of early tooth loss from decay and gum disease.

Crumbling away

When only a few teeth are taking all the strain from eating instead of the powerful forces created by chewing being spread out evenly around each arch, those teeth will probably start to split and crumble after a few decades. The world of replacement teeth is a series of choices between expense and efficiency.

Pain

If your teeth or jaws don’t fit together properly it can lead to a lot of unnecessary pain. People find their teeth ache from grinding at night, their jaw joints start to play up, they get headaches, neck aches, shoulder and back aches. Living in pain is debilitating.

The way to avoid all this is to bring your child in for a consultation for braces in Kings Hill when they are aged 7 years and upwards.

Cosmetic dentistry in Kings Hill and non-dental considerations

As we grow older and we become more conscious of our appearance, there are many reasons why we would not have confidence in our smile. Whether you wish to fix minor problems or major dental issues, cosmetic dentistry can be life-changing.

With a wide range of cosmetic solutions available, cosmetic dentistry at One Smile Oral Care is the real deal. No matter if you have chipped, cracked, discoloured, broken or misshapen teeth, these problems can be fixed easily and effectively with cosmetic dentistry in Kings Hill. However, have you ever considered that cosmetic dentistry is not only about your teeth? Below are non-dental factors you should take into consideration before having cosmetic dentistry in Kings Hill.

Cosmetic Dentistry in Kings HillFacial structure

Your teeth and mouth make up roughly 30 per cent of your face and therefore they are correlated by other facial characteristics such as your facial height and your facial width. Depending on the shape and structure of your face, your cosmetic dentist may suggest different treatments.

Lip volume

Another parameter to take into consideration when designing your cosmetic dentistry treatment with your dentist is lip volume. If your lips are very thin, then you may show excessive amounts of your teeth when smiling and this is something important to consider in your planning process.

Age

As we age, our facial characteristics gradually change, and this can lead to a distorted image of ourselves. Before deciding on a dental enhancement, it is always recommended to take into consideration our ageing facial characteristics and choose something that’s both relevant to our age and the goals we wish to achieve.

Skin colour

Many people fail to realise that getting a tan can have a really different whitening effect on their smile. The contrast is favourable for our teeth, since they appear a few tones lighter. However, this factor should be considered before any teeth whitening takes place.

Missing teeth

Missing teeth can alter our appearance significantly, therefore they need to be addressed with dental implants or other dental restorations.

All of these factors need to be taken into account by your dentist before any cosmetic dental treatment occurs.

Why am I getting cavities unexpectedly?

Tooth decay affects many people around the world and is one of the major causes of tooth loss globally. And even if you haven’t had cavities in years (or ever), you are still prone to them, especially as you age.

At One Smile Oral Care, we offer preventive and restorative dentistry, aiming to help our patients prevent and treat cavities and gum disease. Even if you take dental hygiene seriously, chances are that you will develop cavities at some point in your life. Luckily, our dentist in Kings Hill can help you treat them before it’s too late.

Dentist in Kings HillDry mouth

If you are smoking, drinking too much alcohol or take certain medications, chances are that your mouth is constantly dry. In order for food remains to be removed from our teeth properly, we need saliva and people with dry mouth cannot produce the correct amount of saliva. Salivary insufficiency can cause tooth decay, since food remains are likely to stick around on your tooth enamel for longer. Good oral hygiene can reduce this problem considerably. However, dry mouth can impair your quality of life and should be treated by our dentist in Kings Hill if possible.

Nutritional shortages

The quantity and quality of our saliva also depend on the foods we eat. Minerals such as calcium found in certain foods are transferred to our teeth through saliva, therefore any food deficiencies can seriously impair our oral health and encourage the formation of cavities.

Teeth whitening

Everybody loves white and sparkling teeth, but some people are obsessed with teeth whitening and this can prove detrimental to their oral health. Excessive teeth whitening can eventually cause the destruction of the enamel, leading to the creation of cavities and the exposure of the dentin. Teeth whitening should be performed under moderation and always under the supervision of our experienced dentist in Kings Hill.

Reduced fluoride intake

Another element that may contribute to the sudden appearance of cavities is a reduced intake of fluoride. Fluoride is a mineral that is important for the health of our teeth. Studies have shown that people who didn’t receive the recommended amount of fluoride, were more prone to cavities and tooth decay.

Make the most out of your treatment with Invisalign in Kings Hill

Invisalign is a great alternative for those who don’t want to wear braces. Moreover, this treatment is less painful than braces and does not require as many adjustments. With Invisalign, you can live your life without worrying about what to eat or how to clean your teeth.

At One Smile Oral Care, Invisalign in Kings Hill is the preferred treatment of choice of many teenagers and adults. Invisalign is easier to install than regular braces, but it is still a teeth straightening treatment and in order to achieve the most out of it, you need to be aware of a few tips and tricks.

Invisalign in Kings HillNever forget to floss

You may be brushing twice-daily, every single day, but chances are that you are not flossing your teeth with the same daily frequency. With Invisalign, flossing your teeth every day is more important than ever. Unless you use an interdental brush or another device to remove plaque, food remains and bacteria from in-between your teeth, you should floss every single day since the aligners prevent saliva from cleaning your teeth properly.

Commit to wearing your aligners 22-24 hours per day

Invisalign is not difficult to wear and does not require much effort from your part. However, Invisalign in Kings Hill is a treatment that will only work as it should if you wear the aligners for 20-22 hours per day. If you are not willing to stick to this simple rule, then Invisalign is probably not the right treatment for you.

Don’t move to the next aligner in the series on your own

Unless your dentist has instructed you so, you are not supposed to change your aligners earlier or later than you should. If your dentist tells you to wear you aligner for a few extra days, you should follow their advice, instead of experimenting on your own.

Your aligners will remain invisible

While you will definitely feel that you are wearing them, your aligners are made of clear plastic, therefore they are invisible to the naked eye. Instead of worrying that someone will notice that you are undergoing treatment, enjoy smiling with Invisalign in Kings Hill.