Friday, 23 June 2017

10 Fun Facts about Teeth and Smiles.....

  1. It takes 43 muscles to frown but only 17 to smile.
  2. A "smile" is top of the list of things we first notice when meeting a new person.
  3. More than half of us wouldn´t tell a friend or a colleague if they had bad breath in fear of risking a friendship.
  4. Our teeth and smiles are rated the second most important attractive feature by both men and women, only behind personality.
  5. More than half of us would share our toothbrush with somebody: 24% to our partner, 18% to our child, 7% to a friend and even 6% to a celebrity.
  6. One in five of us cannot remember when we last changed our toothbrush.
  7. A toothbrush is the number one thing we cannot do without when we go on holiday.
  8. If we only had five minutes to get ready in the morning, one in twenty would skip brushing our teeth.
  9. Yellow is the colour that makes us smile the most, whereas purple makes us smile the least.
  10. Chocolate is the food that makes us smile the most, followed then by Sunday Roast, a curry and a fry-up!

Friday, 16 June 2017

Which is Best - A Bridge or a Dental Implant?

You will find here at Muaks Family Dental we try very hard to save natural teeth, with extraction always being the last possible option. If you do need to have a tooth out then it’s vital to think about how to replace it as soon as possible. Even a single missing tooth can have a detrimental effect on your dental health, allowing the rest of your natural teeth to drift out of position and into the empty gap which has a destabilising effect, while the opposing teeth will begin drifting towards the empty space, affecting your bite. There are two main options that you can consider which are to have a dental bridge or to choose a dental implant, but which can be best and why?

Why You Might Want to Consider Having a Dental Bridge
A dental bridge can be a great option if the teeth either side of your missing tooth could benefit from being crowned. In order to fabricate your dental bridge, we will need to grind down these adjacent teeth which will then be covered up with crowns that are attached to the replacement tooth called a pontic. It is relatively quick to have a bridge custom-made and the final results can look wonderful.

When Is a Dental Bridge Not Such a Good Idea?
If the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth are strong, healthy and look pretty good then it can be pointless having to grind them down just so they can be covered up with dental crowns. We hate removing any healthy tooth structure.  Additionally, these support teeth will need to be pretty strong as they will come under increased strain as you bite down on the replacement tooth or pontic.
Why You Might Want to Consider Having a Dental Implant
Dental implants are well worth considering, particularly when replacing a single tooth. As they are self-supporting, there is no need for us to make any type of changes to your existing teeth. An implant post replaces a natural tooth root, providing a similar level of stimulation and helping to ensure your jawbone remain strong and healthy. Dental implants protect your existing natural teeth by helping to share the load created whenever you bite or chew and they make sure your natural teeth stay in the correct positions. Although a dental implant can be a little more expensive initially, in the longer term it can save you money.

Who Can Have Dental Implants?

Just about anyone in reasonable health can have dental implants, but this treatment may not be the best option for everyone. We can tell you for sure when you visit Muaks Family Dental.  Contact us to find out more on 968 137 852. You will also find lots of information on our website at and if you prefer, you can request a call back.

Friday, 2 June 2017

Friday, 26 May 2017

Monday, 22 May 2017

Do you find yourself hiding your smile?

Do you find yourself hiding your smile a lot? Did you stop smiling just because your teeth aren’t as attractive as they used to be? One smile can make all the difference. It has the power to release stress, calm you down and make you more attractive to others. 

Smiling can actually cause happiness

Your smile is unique and Muaks Family Dental is here to restore it. Dr Rodrigo Castillo will help you achieve your dream smile. Whether you are looking to correct your teeth colour or have a smile makeover, we can help you!

Cosmetic dentistry for a beautiful smile
Being proactive about your oral hygiene can save you time and effort. Sometimes though dental problems cannot be avoided. Whatever your teeth insecurities may be, we can provide the ideal treatment.
Dr Rodrigo has the experience and the skills to deal with common or uncommon dental problems related to your gums, teeth, and mouth. With the aid of latest technology, we can offer treatments that are both fast and relatively pain-free.

Bonded Veneers - If you suffer from tooth sensitivity along with tooth decay, tooth chips, or cracks bonding may be ideal for you.  It is a cost-effective solution and the process can be completed in only one visit.
Dental implants - Can help you achieve a natural-looking smile and improve your chewing ability. Surgery for dental implants is a minor procedure. Dental implants blend with your natural teeth and function exactly like them.

Whitening - Finally, if your teeth have lost their sheen, teeth whitening is the way to go. Teeth whitening is a quick and relatively inexpensive cosmetic procedure to brighten discoloured or stained teeth. Teeth whitening can be done by prescription at home.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Routine dental checkups, the key to good oral health

Attending regular dental check ups with your dentist is far more important than you may realise and at Muaks we aim to make this a pleasant as well as beneficial experience.

You may not realise it but during a regular dental check up our fully qualified and experienced dentist is doing far more that checking up on how well you have been cleaning your teeth! Of course the dentist will be checking for any dental decay or problems with your gums but a full routine dental check up will include looking at the overall health of your mouth and discussing any lifestyle choices that may be impacting on your oral hygiene.
Prevention is the Best Cure
Regular dental check ups should be a key part of your self-care routine. When you slide off the dentist chair with a “See you in 6 months” and a wave from the dentist you may think to yourself that nothing much happened. In fact these are the sort of dental check ups we would love for all of our patients to have and we will do everything we can to keep yours like that.
As far as the health of your teeth go, prevention really is the best cure and the first and most important step in preventative dentistry is the routine dental check up with a qualified and experienced dentist. Our patients are encouraged to attend regular check ups. A routine dental check up can spot problems early, giving you the chance to prevent more serious problems.
A Full Check Up
As well as a thorough examination of your teeth a routine dental check will include the opportunity to discuss any problems you may have had since your last visit. The dentist will also discuss your tooth care routine with you and give you advice on any improvements you could make such as adding inter dental brushes to your routine or showing you how to floss your teeth more effectively. We will fully explain any treatment you may need to improve or maintain your oral health and provide you with a full treatment plan.

Knowing that your teeth are happy and healthy is one thing you can tick off your busy list and give you something to smile about

Monday, 8 May 2017

Friday, 28 April 2017

Oral Care Tips for Older Adults

Thanks to advances in modern dentistry, more widespread oral care education, and the availability of better oral care tools, such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, and interdental cleaners (brushes to clean between the teeth), a greater number of older adults are keeping their natural teeth for a much longer period of time. It is important to remember, however, that keeping your teeth in good condition as you age might require some special attention. Here are some oral care tips to help you.

Aging Presents New Oral Challenges
As you get older, certain oral conditions not present when you were younger might develop. These include:

  • Dry mouth: Dry mouth can result from physical changes within the body as it ages, but can also be caused by medications.  Over 400 commonly used medications can contribute to dry mouth. This increases the risk for oral disease, as saliva helps kill bacteria and rebuild enamel.
  • Attrition: Otherwise known as simple wear and tear, many years of chewing and grinding can take their toll on an aging set of teeth. As enamel wears down, the risk for cavities increases.
  • Erosion: Can be caused by acids from too many carbonated drinks, fruit juices and heart burn/acid reflux.  As above, when enamel wears down, the risk for cavities increase.
  • Disease: This includes oral cancer and less serious illnesses, such as thrush, which is an abnormal growth of fungus in the mouth.
  • Root decay: Often accompanied by gum disease, the roots of your teeth may become exposed as your gums recede, leading to an increased rate of decay as you age.
Maintaining a Healthy Mouth as You Age
There are several things you can do to maintain your oral health as you age:

  • Increase fluoridation: Switch to a fluoride toothpaste or incorporate a fluoride rinse into your daily routine.  (Always have prescriped by your dentist)
  • Avoid tobacco: Tobacco in any form has been linked to an increased risk of mouth and throat cancer, not to mention heart disease and other serious conditions. Chewing tobacco can even lead to more decay, as many tobacco formulations contain sugar.
  • Increase oral hydration: Ask your doctor if you can substitute your medication for one that doesn't produce dry mouth. If this is not possible, then drink plenty of water, chew a sugarfree gum, and avoid alcohol, which tends to dehydrate your body.
  • Use an antibacterial mouthwash: When used with brushing and flossing, an antibacterial wash can reduce the buildup of plaque.  (Always have prescriped by your dentist)

Keeping your teeth in tip-top shape as you age requires a few common sense practices. It is also important is to see a dental care professional regularly, as he can provide even more oral care tips. So don't skip your check-ups.

Thursday, 20 April 2017

6 Simple Tips to Improve Your Oral Health...

When it comes to our oral health and hygiene, we often get stuck in a routine and habit takes over as we feel that after all these years, of course we know how to look after our teeth, right? However sometimes we pick up bad habits or omit things that we should be doing, which may improve our oral health:

1. Spit, don’t rinse after brushing
Rinsing your mouth after brushing washes away the protective fluoride coating from your toothpaste, which if left protects your teeth for hours after you brush.

2. Try to eat sugary foods at meal times
If you’re going to have that piece of chocolate or a Haribo, do so after a main meal to reduce the number to times your teeth are exposed to damaging acids.

3. Remember to clean in between your teeth
If you don’t clean in between your teeth, you miss cleaning 35% of each tooth surface! Whether you choose an inter-dental brush or floss, make it a daily habit as it helps to remove bacteria that can cause tooth decay, gum disease and bad breath. It takes minutes to do and is super easy once you’re in the habit of it!

4. Swap fizzy drinks for water
Fizzy drinks, even sugar free ones, can still damage your teeth as the acids found in these can soften your tooth enamel, which once lost will not regenerate. Instead switch to water, which helps to wash away food particles left in your mouth and keep you hydrated. If you fancy something that’s a bit more exciting than water, why not try fruit infused water to give it a bit of flavouring but keeping the benefits of drinking water.

5. Clean your tongue
A simple, quick scrape of your tongue can do wonders for your breath and remove plaque from your tongue and bacteria build-up.

6. Change your toothbrush
Remember to change your toothbrush or electric toothbrush head every 3 months, as the bristles break down and are less effective and you’re also transferring bacteria to your mouth.

Friday, 24 March 2017

What types of dental fillings are there?

This is one question we get asked by our patients.  Dental fillings can be classified by the number of surfaces the dental filling restores.  The different dental filling classifications involve the following surfaces of the teeth.

Class I - the chewing surface of the back teeth
Class II - the chewing surface and one or more sides of a back tooth
Class III - the side along with the front and/or back of a front tooth
Class IV - the biting edge of a front tooth
Class V - the tongue or cheek side of a back tooth, just above the gumline

  • Front teeth are considered to be those between the canine teeth in the front of the mouth.  
  • Back teeth are considered to be those behind the canine teeth in the back of the mouth.

So when is the best time to obtain dental fillings?

The best time to have dental fillings placed is as soon as tooth damage or tooth decay is discovered.  Dental cavities advance over time. The presence of sugars and starches in the foods we eat combined with our normal oral bacteria create acids and promote the decay of tooth structure.
The earlier diseased tooth structure is removed and replaced by a dental filling the better because:
  • A greater amount of healthy tooth structure is retained.
  • The teeth are stronger because there is a greater ratio of strong tooth structure to dental filling material.
  • Treatment is less complex and therefore of shorter duration.
  • Treatment in early stages is often less expensive.
  • Treatment is usually accomplished with more comfort with less post-operative sensitivity.
One of the primary benefits of regular, periodic oral examinations is early discovery of tooth damage and decay to enable timely restoration of teeth

Friday, 17 March 2017

Weird but Useful Dental Health Facts for Guys & Dads

Fun Dental Health Facts for Men: What in the world do tongue size, digestion, beards, snacking, and dating have in common?

We have no idea. Just kidding. They are all related to oral health for guys and dads. March 19th is Father´s Day in Spain, so check out these 5 weird but incredibly useful dental health facts for you or the man in your life.

#1.Men have larger, longer tongues

Maybe it’s just because guy’s mouths tend to be a bit larger, but we just wanted to leave that interesting fact here for you to do with what you will.  

You’re welcome.
Speaking of tongues:  Next time you’re near a mirror (and it’s socially acceptable), stick your tongue out and take a look.  Why?  First, because now we know you’re curious and want to see just how long your tongue is.  
Second, check to make sure it looks healthy.  In general, healthy tongues are pink, firm, and don’t have any colored coatings, unusual bumps, or discolored/sore or dry spots. Some diseases, including diabetes, hypertension, cancer, and infections have signs and symptoms that show up in the mouth.  If you see anything that looks or feels strange, take the time to see your dentist for a checkup.


Your dental health directly affects the quality of your digestion, and thus your overall health.  Missing teeth, having prosthodontics such as dentures or partials, crowding, or other issues with bite and alignment can directly affect your ability to chew and digest your food.  Not being able to chew well can also affect your food choices, with many men avoiding foods high in fibre and other nutrients. This can lead to digestive issues.
Make sure your teeth are doing their proper job for you when it comes to the digestive process.  If you or someone you know is having issues with chewing or teeth alignment, go ahead and see your dentist for a checkup.

#3.Lookin’ for Love in all the wrong places

What do single folks look for in a male dating partner?  Is it rock-hard abs, a full, manly beard, or big feet?  The answer: None of the above.  Actually, men and women are both looking for the same thing – nice teeth and a great smile. Healthy teeth are more important on dating apps like andTinder, because a man who takes care of his smile is likely to take care of his whole body.  If you’ve got a gorgeous grill, make sure to show your smile in your profile pic, and expect more singles to swipe right when they see you!

#4.On Beards & Toothbrushes

What do beards and toothbrushes potentially have in common?  Unfortunately, it’s probably bacteria. Luckily, science has prevailed, showing that for the most part the bacteria found in beards is NOT the same found on the average toilet.   It looks like it’s OK again for folks to snuggle up to their favorite bearded dude.  

However, the same can’t be said for your toothbrush. The  average toothbrush has more bacteria then you´d care to know about.  So don´t forget to change your brush every 3 months and never ever use an old toothbrush to groom your mustache or beard!  

#5.In like a Lion, Out like a… Donut?

Men seem to worry less about fad diets, but are more likely to skip meals during the day. Perhaps that’s why there’s a trend showing that men tend to start the day with healthy food choices, but often end up snacking and giving in to the junk food cravings at night. It probably doesn’t help that the people around us can influence what we eat.  

Pair this with the recent survey showing that half of guys may be brushing their teeth only once a day, and you’ve got a recipe for a dental disaster.  Allowing sugars and acids to sit on your teeth overnight by skipping the nightly hygiene routine is a surefire way to accelerate the decay process, and allow plaque biofilm to build and act like tiny jackhammers on tooth enamel.  
The best way to keep your smile healthy is to keep up with the home oral hygiene routine which includes brushing for two minutes, twice per day, flossing at least once per day, and seeing your dentist for a regular checkup and cleaning every 6 months.   It’s also a very good idea to make sure your teeth and bite are properly aligned to make sure your smile is as handsome as you are, and to keep your whole body healthy.

Friday, 10 March 2017

Helping our Patients Smile - Nervous Patients

Dental treatment isn’t easy for some people, but the end results are worth it.

It doesn’t matter which dental practice you visit; dentists throughout the world, will invariably have to treat patients who are very uncomfortable with having treatment carried out. In fact, along with a fear of flying, dental phobia is probably the most common phobia. As with all phobias though, the imagination is invariably worse than the reality.
At Muaks Family Dental, we see our fair share of nervous dental patients. This ranges from those who are worried about any potential treatment but are able to face their fears to help ensure good oral health, through to those unfortunate patients for whom a visit to the dentist is little short of sheer panic.


We would like to assure any nervous dental patients that, however nervous you are, we are still keen to see you at our dental practice. Our team will, especially if advised in advance of your fears, take care that you are well looked after and treated in a calm and considerate manner. Whilst some phobias, such as a fear of flying, can be avoided in many cases by taking holidays in our home country; this option does not apply to dental phobia, and avoiding visits to the dentist is clearly very unwise.
All of us, at some point in time, will need to have dental treatment and those who avoid visiting a dental practice for long periods of time are likely to need quite invasive procedures later on.


The key part of ensuring good oral health lies in prevention. Ironically, many people who suffer from dental phobia do take very good care of their teeth, religiously brushing and flossing every day in the hope of avoiding any dental problems that will force them to have to pay the dentist a visit. Even with this level of care though, problems will inevitably arise. This may be in the form of accidental damage to the teeth through an accident perhaps, but even if this is avoided, there is almost inevitably some dental decay that occurs and quite possibly some gum disease, which if ignored can become very serious.
On top of these two common problems, enamel erosion can be a problem for these patients who sometimes are over enthusiastic when brushing their teeth and actually wear away the enamel.


We are also pleased to offer Conscious Sedation. Sedation is a specialised technique where a sedative is administered through an intravenous cannula. You still maintain all your vital and responsive reflexes, e.g. coughing, breathing and swallowing.  Most people find Sedation a pleasant and acceptable way of receiving dental treatment from fillings to Implants. During the procedure you will feel peaceful and unaware of what is going on.

Friendly dental team

Although dental phobia can be deep seated, seeing a friendly and sympathetic dentist can really help a patient to start to overcome their fears. Trust is a big issue for many people, and, through seeing a dentist regularly, we are able to build up a level of trust between dentist and patients which will help them to have both healthy and good looking teeth. If you are a nervous dental patient why not call us at Muaks Family Dental on 968 137 852 and arrange a visit where we can discuss your concerns and help you keep on the right track with healthy teeth and gums.

Friday, 3 March 2017

March News

Please click to view our March Newsletter.....

We hope you find it of interest.  Please let us know if there are any subjects you would like us to cover!

Friday, 24 February 2017

Top Tips to Keep your Children´s Teeth Healthy

We want to take care of our children in the best possible way, keep them from harm and look after them. We like to treat our children every now and again too, maybe with a sweet treat or a bar of chocolate but what if that treat is given every day? Do you know the possible harm that the little daily treat is doing to their oral health?

Lets look at the facts, decay is the main reason why children in England, between the age of 5-9 are admitted to hospital. Between 2012-2013 it was estimated that the NHS spent nearly £30 million on tooth extractions on children aged 18 and under.  All this can be avoided by regular tooth brushing, fluoridation and diet control.

Top Tips

  1. Ensure your child attends regular dental examinations.  These appointments allow the dentist to spot any problems early. It also provides the dentist with an opportunity to coat the adult molar teeth with fluoride.  This strengthens the enamel and helps protect against decay.  If your child is deemed to be a high risk for dental cavities, the dentist may decide to place sealants over the biting surfaces of the new adult molars. These sealants smooth any pits and fissures making it hard for any plaque or food particles to become trapped which could cause decay.
  2. Make sure they brush their teeth regularly and properly.  Supervise your child till the age of 7 years to ensure they are brushing rather than chewing the brush. Choose a toothpaste for your child’s particular age.  This will ensure that the toothpaste contains the correct amount of fluoride.  Fluoride levels should be at least 1000ppm up until the age of 3 and between 1350-1500ppm after this age.
  3. Control the amount of sugar given to your child.  This means limiting the amount of sweets, chocolate and fizzy drinks.  The higher the sugar intake, the higher risk your child is at developing tooth decay.
  4. Try to stop or limit unhealthy snacks.  You may think that raisins are a healthy snack when in fact they are high in natural sugars and tend to stick to the teeth. The sugar in them then attacks the enamel.  Even if you choose sugar free drinks they most probably still contain acids which can still attack the teeth.  Milk and water are a good alternative to drink and raw vegetables and bread sticks are a better choice of snack.
  5. Be careful when giving your child fresh fruit juices and smoothies to drink.  Again you may think you are giving them the healthy option but in fact these drinks are full of hidden sugars which will and can damage your child’s teeth.
It is simply unacceptable how many children suffer from tooth decay when in fact it is easily avoidable.  We only get 2 sets of teeth throughout our lifetime so we need to take care of our teeth, preventing any possible treatment being needed.  In fact if you instil good oral hygiene habits from a young age, your child is highly likely to carry on these habits throughout adulthood

Friday, 17 February 2017

Need to change your toothbrush?

If you have recently had a cold, flu or a viral infection it is recommended that you change your toothbrush. Microbes can implant themselves onto the bristles of your toothbrush which can then lead to re-infection.

Friday, 10 February 2017

With the battle to get your cash, the large pharmaceutical companies spend millions of pounds marketing their products aimed at keeping your breath fresh and free of decay and gum disease.

Examples of when you should use mouthwash -

  • If you have bad breath ✔
  • If you have sensitivity ✔
  • If your gums bleed ✔
Here at Muaks we do not recommend the use of mouthwash without taking advise from your dentist first.  The type of mouthwash we would prescribe will depend on the underlying factors but will be in conjunction with a personal treatment plan.

Friday, 3 February 2017

Cleaning your Tongue - How and Why

Do you notice that you may sometimes have bad breath, even though you brush and floss your teeth twice a day? The problem isn’t necessarily your brushing technique, but may in fact be that you aren’t cleaning your tongue properly.

Here’s what you need to know about why you should be paying more attention to the cleanliness of your tongue and how to do just that.

Why is my tongue so important?

The tongue is a major feature of the mouth and makes it possible for us to eat and articulate our speech. Without it, we would not be able to taste anything, whistle a happy tune, tell someone about our day, or chew and swallow efficiently. It is such an integral part of our lives, used constantly every day, and yet most of the time we fail to give it a second thought.

You may have heard that the tongue is a muscle, but that is only partly true. The tongue is actually a group of muscles with each one having a specific job. At the tip of the tongue is a small muscle that can move quickly and uses the surface of the teeth to create certain sounds of speech, such as when pronouncing the letter ‘L’. This muscle also moves food from the front of the mouth to the back where it can mix with saliva and break down into swallowable bits.

Other muscle groups in the tongue help to change the shape of the tongue and move it up, down, side-to-side, in, and out. The muscles at the back of the tongue make it possible for us to articulate what are known as hard sounds of speech, such as the letter ‘K’ and ‘G’. They also move food that’s ready to swallow into the esophagus in small and controlled amounts so we don’t choke.
Why do I need to clean my tongue?

Just like bacteria builds up on and in between your teeth, hardening into plaque and tartar if not removed, bacteria also builds up on your tongue. The surface of your tongue is covered in tiny bumps called papillae, and within the grooves of these bumps collect bacteria, dead skin cells, and food particles. This is then covered by a thin layer of mucus which coats the fleshy parts of the mouth. The bacteria and other debris trapped on the tongue can cause bad breath, or halitosis, and a white discolouration of the tongue. In addition, the bacteria on the tongue can redeposit onto teeth and gums, even after they’ve been cleaned, increasing the likelihood of plaque and tartar buildup.
So how do I clean my tongue properly?

There are two main ways to properly clean your tongue: brushing and scraping. Brushing your tongue involves gently scrubbing your tongue from back to tip with a moistened toothbrush. You can do this most effectively while brushing your teeth by spitting out excess toothpaste after cleaning your teeth so that your mouth and toothbrush still have toothpaste residue on them. Then gently scrub your tongue, cheeks, and the roof of your mouth.

If you’d prefer a different or additional tongue cleaning method, try out a tongue scraper. These devices can be found inexpensively at most drug stores. They’re designed to glide along the surface of your tongue, taking off the tongue’s layer of mucus, as well as the bacteria and debris it traps.

To use most effectively, place the scraper at the back of the tongue while sticking your tongue out and, with even pressure, slide the scraper down along the tongue’s surface towards the tip. Rinse the scraper and repeat, making sure to move from the back of the tongue to the tip so as to not to accidentally ingest the bacteria being removed. Once the whole surface of the tongue has been scraped, thoroughly clean and dry the tongue scraper, and brush and floss your teeth as normal.

How often should I clean my tongue?

Cleaning your tongue should be a part of your daily oral health routine. Bacteria begins to build up on the surface of teeth, gums, cheeks, and tongue very soon after brushing, so a daily tongue cleaning, just like regular brushing and flossing, is an important step in warding off oral health issues.

What if it hurts or I gag when I clean my tongue?

If you find that cleaning your tongue daily is resulting in discomfort, you may be scrubbing or scraping too vigorously. The pressure needed to clean the tongue is no more than the amount needed to lightly hold your toothbrush or tongue scraper in place on your tongue. Your tongue is made up of delicate skin which can become inflamed or painful when irritated, so if you are feeling discomfort, hold off on cleaning your tongue for a day or two until the skin of your tongue can restore itself and then try again with a much more gentle approach.

If the discomfort is due to a wound or sore, refrain from cleaning your tongue until the issue has healed as scrubbing or scraping the area will irritate it and may even cause more damage. Also, if this is the case for you, be sure to visit your dentist for further advice and to ensure that what’s hurting you is not part of a larger health issue.

Cleaning your tongue can be a challenge for those who have a very sensitive gag reflex as touching the back of the tongue can sometimes trigger involuntary gag responses. If this sounds familiar to you, try out tongue cleaning slowly to get yourself used to the sensation. A trick of the dental trade is to stick out your tongue and, when you are about to touch a sensitive part, relax the tongue completely while exhaling fully. Exhaling generally overrides the gag reflex and allows you to go about your business without having to worry about unpleasant and involuntary gag responses.

What if I still have questions?

If you still have questions, that’s okay! Make an appointment to have a chat with us!

Friday, 20 January 2017

Causes and Prevention of Plaque

Keeping your teeth and gums clean is very important. Oral health has a significant role to play in your overall well-being. Poor dental hygiene can reflect in your physical health. To have healthy teeth and gums, you need to keep it away from bacterial infection. The root cause of such infections is plaque and tartar. Indeed, it is crucial to know about these harmful substances and the ways to prevent them successfully.

This blog is all about causes, prevention and treatment of plaque and tartar

About Plaque:
It is a colorless, sticky and thin film of bacteria which keeps forming on the tooth surface and gumline. You need to remove it by proper flossing and brushing to keep your mouth clean and fresh. Plaque, if not removed, can turn into another thicker and harder substance – tartar. It is a form of plaque that sticks to the enamel and below the gum line.
Causes of Plaque:
After you have your meal, a lot of food particles remain stuck in between the teeth for a long time. There are bacteria in the mouth that attack on the food remains, especially carbohydrates and sugars producing harmful acids. The acids then target the tooth surface hampering the enamel. If these bacteria and acids are not removed on time, it results in the formation of more plaque and tartar. Tartar is an advanced form of plaque which makes it thicker and sticky adhering the tooth surface strongly.

The unremoved plaque can cause oral problems like periodontal disease and tooth decay which ultimately leads to more serious issues. To avoid these problems, you should go for a regular checkup with your dentist.

Common symptoms:
Formation of plaque is normal for everyone as the bacteria growing in the mouth are almost invisible. The unremoved plaque from the gum line results in irritation and inflammation of gums. This if left untreated, may lead to gingivitis which further progresses into a periodontal disease. Beyond these oral issues, lies another severe problem, tooth loss. You can ultimately lose a tooth as a result of untreated gum disease.

To the contrary, tartar can be easily noticed with its thick build-up above the gum line. Its most peculiar symptom is a brown or yellow deposit around the gumline or the front teeth of the lower jaw. An effective way of getting away with it is professional cleaning.

Its prevention - All you need to do is follow some oral care tips like:
  • Brushing daily at least for two minutes both in the morning and night. It helps in regular removal of plaque 
  • Daily flossing to clean between the teeth and under the gum line 
  • Reduce intake of sugars and carbohydrates, especially sticky sweets 
  • Book regular appointments with a good dentist for profesional cleaning and check-ups