Make your oral health a priority

It’s tempting to think of each body part as somehow separate from all the others, but the truth is that they are all connected and problems in one part of the body can lead to problems in other parts.

The mouth is no exception. We breathe through it, so it is directly connected to the lungs and through them to the bloodstream and therefore to every other part of the body. We also use our mouths for eating and so there is a direct connection to the digestive system and from there to a lot of organs as well as, once again, to the bloodstream.

Oral Health in LoughtonNo wonder then that various diseases are directly linked to our oral health. Having a healthy mouth can make so much difference to our overall health.

Oral health problems

The main culprit when it comes to oral health issues is bacterial plaque. This is that sticky layer of white stuff that builds up on the surfaces of the teeth and soft tissue throughout the day.

Plaque doesn’t look so good but that’s not the main problem with it. The main problem is that the bacteria that make it up give off acids when they feed. These acids eat away at our tooth enamel to cause decay. They also irritate and inflame our gums, before getting under them to attack our tooth roots and jawbones.

Both problems can result in tooth loss, but they also have direct links to diabetes, heart disease and osteoporosis, with these diseases affecting oral health and vice versa. Researchers are also investigating links with rheumatoid arthritis, lung diseases and obesity.

Keeping your mouth healthy

The basics are your responsibility. You need to brush your teeth twice a day for 2 minutes with a fluoride toothpaste. You also need to floss or use interdental brushes to remove plaque and trapped food from between the teeth. Getting to a dental check-up with us at Forest Dental is also a vital part of your oral health in Loughton. We can spot problems long before you are aware of them, and our hygienists can remove plaque that has hardened into calculus.

Little by little, or one fell swoop?

Having strong, healthy teeth is important, but what if yours are and you still aren’t happy with them? Our teeth work hard all day, and over the years they can take quite a battering. The thing with teeth is that people really notice them. Eons ago, baring our teeth in an engaging grin was a non-verbal way of demonstrating that we were not an enemy or a predator. You can still see this behaviour in our ape and monkey relatives, and even now, the smile remains an important tool in our communications toolbox, and one that people are hardwired to respond to with warmth and generosity.

Cosmetic Dentistry LoughtonYes, people notice your teeth. And they make subconscious decisions as to your health and age based on what they see. There’s no getting away from the fact. So, if yours have started to show a bit of wear and tear, now’s the time to get them back into tip-top shape.

Here at Forest Dental in Loughton, cosmetic dentistry treatments can be done as and when you need them, or all at once in a mini or full smile makeover. It’s up to you to choose, but even tidying the tiniest imperfection, like having worn edges to your teeth, can make a dramatic difference to your appearance.

Worn edges

We call this treatment cosmetic contouring. If you are having your teeth whitened with us, we tend to perform this treatment alongside it routinely, but you can also have it without whitening. It’s quick to do and painless to receive. We just use our polishing discs to reshape the edges of your teeth, and then, wow! What a difference!

Other structural imperfections

We also have treatments to cover over chips, cracks, gaps and deep stains that whitening won’t remove, as well as mask gaps between teeth. You can choose between veneers, porcelain sheaths, or componeers, which use composite bonding sculpted over your teeth on the spot.

We have other treatments too. We may suggest treatments to enhance your teeth after you have some kind of remedial treatment, or you can book yourself in for a consultation for a smile makeover, or ask us about anything when you next come for a check-up.

What can you expect from general dentistry in Loughton?

One of the best ways to avoid extensive dental procedures is to keep up-to-date with your regular check-ups. At Forest Dental, we want to help you do this by offering excellent general dental services in a welcoming environment. We have a helpful, professional team on hand to support you.

General Dentistry LoughtonWhat can great general dentistry achieve?

Everyone is busy these days so it’s handy to find a dental practice that takes this into account when planning your appointments. We want to encourage you to take care of your teeth so we do everything we can to make your treatment fit into your lifestyle.

Even if you have anxiety around visiting the dentist, we can help. If you visit Forest Dental, we use gentle techniques so that you do not feel discomfort during your visit. This creates a positive experience that makes you more inclined to visit us again in the future.

Perhaps one of the most important tasks in general dentistry is the early detection of tooth decay. At Forest Dental, we use modern technology to detect cavities in the early stages. We work with DIAGNOdent detection to monitor the quality of your teeth. If we detect any deterioration we can act fast with effective, non-invasive treatment to prevent decay developing.

At Forest Dental, we also monitor the health of your gums. We can help with problems like bad breath or sensitive teeth and we offer a mouth cancer screening service. These are just some of the services we provide to keep you healthy.

What else is on offer at Forest Dental?

Once your general oral health is taken care of, you can begin to consider cosmetic dentistry. This could involve a single procedure or a combination of treatments for a smile makeover. You can do something subtle or make a dramatic change for the better when you work with us at Forest Dental.

What can you do?

Apart from your regular check-ups, you can support your dental health at home with a good oral hygiene routine. At Forest Dental, we can give you guidance on how to take care of your teeth and gums so that they serve you well for a long time.

Why should you replace missing teeth?

Having your missing teeth in Loughton replaced can seem like a big step. There are a number of different restoration methods you can consider when you visit Forest Dental. It can be tempting to delay but, generally speaking, the sooner you have your teeth replaced, the better it is for the health of your mouth. Swift action can, in some cases, give you more options and a better chance of successful replacement.

Missing Teeth in LoughtonIf you have missing teeth, you are probably already feeling the repercussions in your life. These are just some of the ways that gaps in your smile can have a detrimental effect on your experience of life:

  • Aesthetics – your smile is a key component of the way you look. A complete smile is balanced and aesthetically pleasing. Gaps can affect this symmetry and change the overall impression that you make;
  • Confidence – once the appearance of your smile is compromised, this can have an effect on your self-esteem. Gaps can occur for a myriad of different reasons but you may still feel like yours make a negative statement about your age, health or oral hygiene, which can lead to smiling less.
  • Reduced functionality – chewing might seem like a simple action but your mouth and the position and shape of your teeth are specifically designed to perform various functions that are supported by the whole structure. When you have missing teeth, it can affect your ability to eat the foods you want while also having a knock-on effect on the remaining teeth. They may be subject to uneven wear and deteriorate more quickly than they would as part of a complete smile;
  • Health of your mouth – missing teeth can have an effect on your other teeth, your gums and your jawbone. The latter can begin to deteriorate once you have missing teeth because it is no longer being used in the areas where you have gaps. If you have multiple missing teeth, this can end up affecting the appearance of your face.

Fortunately, the friendly team at Forest Dental are standing by to talk you through your options for tooth replacement. We help you make informed choices about your restoration and face the future with a complete smile.

The start of a wonderful relationship

Creating good habits that last a lifetime is much easier to do when your children are very young, and if there’s one good habit that they need to pick up as soon as possible, it’s going to the dentist.

The best way to ensure that your child will take care of their teeth long after they have moved away from home is to start bringing them in to see us at Forest Dental in Loughton as soon as you can.

Childrens Dentistry in LoughtonWe recommend bringing your baby to your own appointments so that they can become accustomed to the dental environment long before they first need to sit in the chair. Children learn best by watching and copying so if they see you having a great visit at the dentist, it won’t be long before they want to have a go in the chair too.

In Loughton, children’s dentistry is somewhat different from adult dentistry in that it is mainly focused on decay prevention. Decay is more prevalent in children for two reasons. Firstly because they are still learning to brush their teeth, and find it hard to spend two minutes doing anything let alone standing still brushing their teeth. Secondly because children tend to consume more sugary drinks and snacks than adults. Decay in children’s teeth is serious because, if it is left untreated it’s not just the baby teeth that are affected, the adult teeth behind them can also be affected and may not come through correctly or may even need to be extracted.

For this reason, we offer a couple of treatments to help prevent decay. Fluoride treatment helps to mineralise the dental enamel against decay. We put fluoride gel into tooth trays and fit these over the teeth. Your child wears this for several minutes before removing the trays and rinsing away the excess. If this is done regularly, it can help prevent decay.

We also offer fissure sealants for the back teeth, where decay tends to happen as it can be hard for kids to brush their back teeth. We paint the back teeth with a transparent plastic sealant that stops plaque from building up and the acids it gives off being able to reach the enamel.

What happens when you get dental fillings?

Fillings can either be metal or composite and are used to restore and strengthen decayed or broken teeth. Composite fillings are made of a mixture of resin and glass and are more aesthetically pleasing compared to metal fillings. Moreover, they provide enhanced stability, since they surround the tooth structure, instead of just filling it in.

At Forest Dental in Loughton, white fillings are used as an alternative to amalgam fillings, which don’t look so good. The process of filling cavities is a fairly simple and easy one that can be done in the dentist’s chair in one appointment.

White Fillings in LoughtonWhat to expect

Composite fillings are a quick procedure and rarely require more than one appointment to the dentist. Prior to the procedure, your dentist will take x-rays if needed, guide you through the treatment and assess the health of the rest of your teeth.

Before filling your cavity, they will numb your teeth, gums and surrounding areas in order to avoid any pain or discomfort during the procedure.

Next, they will drill into the cavity, clean it thoroughly, let it dry and apply the composite material in layers. Each layer is cured with a special light and the final layer is sculpted to fit with your bite.

Apart from cavities, white fillings can also be used to repair damage to teeth caused by teeth grinding or to replace part of a broken tooth or chipped tooth.

When to replace a filling

Composite fillings can last for many years with proper care and maintenance, but sometimes they may need to be replaced. If you clench or grind your teeth, you may need to have tooth fillings replaced sooner than most people.

If you notice signs of wear on your fillings, it is advised to visit your dentist to have the filling replaced as soon as possible. Continuing to chew with a damaged filling can cause the tooth to crack and require additional repair, which is usually more extensive and expensive.

Get in touch

If you need a filling, get in touch and we will book an appointment for you. Our helpful team is here to answer all the questions you may have.

Get that new smile now

If you are a fan of makeover programmes on television, you have probably often wanted to experience that feeling of when you uncover your eyes and your tired old home has been transformed into a wonderful new version of itself that you know everyone is going to be envious of, and you can live in so comfortably for years to come.

Imagine if your home was your mouth instead. The walls have been getting shabbier for years, stains here and there and even some bits gouged out, showing the plaster and brickwork underneath. The furniture’s all wonky and worn round the edges, and there are cracks in the ceiling. Of course, it could be even worse with entire rooms missing, or just bits of rooms left, subsidence perhaps?

Smile Makeovers in LoughtonIf your mouth was your house, would you be calling in DIY SOS? If you would, then why not come down to Forest Dental and ask about a smile makeover in Loughton?

We offer two levels of smile makeover, and the best way to find out which is best for you is to come in for a consultation.

Mini smile makeover

This is great if your front teeth need smartening up. We use composite bonding, a treatment whereby we cover your teeth with composite material, like that used for teeth whitening, and then shape it. Composite bonding is great for improving the colour of your front teeth as well as for covering over little imperfections such as minor rotations, chips, cracks, and gaps between teeth. Composite materials are much stronger and longer lasting than they used to be. Having a mini makeover is completely painless and quick and can make a huge difference to how you look.

Full smile makeover

In a detailed consultation, x-rays and digital photographs are used to look at your teeth and find the best ways to fix what you are unhappy with. Depending on what your issues are, we can put together a package of veneers, composite bonding, and discreet orthodontics to get our teeth into shape. You’ll get a written treatment place before we begin work so that you know what is going to happen, when and how much it will cost.

A typical dental hygiene appointment in Loughton

Contrary to popular belief, a dental hygienist does more than simply clean your teeth. During your visit, a dental hygienist will review your oral and medical history, examine your teeth and gums, remove plaque from your teeth as well as provide dental health education during all the stages of the treatment.

At Forest Dental, dental hygiene in Loughton is our priority, since we believe that prevention is better than cure. Our dental hygienists are highly trained and experienced and they will make you feel at ease. Our goal is to be as available as possible for your dental needs.

Dental Hygiene in LoughtonWhat should I expect to happen during a dental hygiene appointment?

The first thing your dental hygienist will do is take a complete medical dental history to ensure that they can apply the most effective dental hygiene treatment. This medical dental interview will also include discussion of your overall health. For instance, if you suffer from diabetes or heart disease, your dental hygienist will be able to collaborate with your medical doctor for a follow up if necessary. Moreover, many prescription drugs can cause dry mouth, changes in your blood pressure, or even limit the amount of local anaesthetic that can be used. It is imperative for your dental hygienist to have access to all this information.

Next, they will exam your mouth thoroughly. This examination may include an oral cancer screening if you belong to a high-risk group. Your dental hygienist will be able to refer you for a follow-up examination if any suspicious lesions are detected during this examination. Apart from your mouth, teeth and soft tissues, they will also examine your gums in order to determine if you have gum disease or beginning to show signs of gum disease. If diagnosed at an early stage, gum disease is easy to cure.

Scale and polish

The main treatment performed during your appointment with a dental hygienist at Forest Dental is a scale and polish. The dental hygienist will scale your teeth using hand or mechanical instruments removing hard and soft deposits of plaques from your teeth and gums. Finally, they will polish your teeth to remove surface stains and may apply fluoride to strengthen your teeth.

What’s your plan for a new you

You know what happens after New Year’s Eve is over and you’ve been up all night celebrating with Prosecco and night clubs (depending on your age; it could be in bed at 12.30pm after Auld Lang Syne and a large whiskey or two)? New Year’s Day and then all of January, that’s what.

We love our seasonal behaviours, we humans, and January is the time for a makeover. People join the gym, they give up drinking (mostly because there’s none left anyway after all those festivities), they go on a diet. But how many of them think about a dental overhaul as part of their programme of New Year, New You in Loughton? At Forest Dental, we’d like to suggest that, if you want to get really well, sorting out your oral health should be at the top of your list of projects.

Oral Health in LoughtonThe gateway to your body

If you think about it, your mouth is the gateway to your body. It leads down into your lungs and also to your stomach and intestines. If something gets into either and it’s small enough, it can pass through your gut wall, or the lining of your lungs, and into your bloodstream. So, if you have bad things going on in your mouth, such as decay, gum disease and infection, it can lead to systemic disease.

In fact, gum disease has been shown to be closely linked to systemic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. At first it was thought that it was the bacteria causing it, but it’s actually the inflammation. Gum disease is also linked to osteoporosis, both are diseases involving bone loss.

If you breathe in bacteria from gum disease, it can lead to pneumonia. And men with gum disease are much more likely to develop kidney or pancreatic cancer.

So, if you really want to be healthy on the inside, come and get a check-up, a scale and polish and make sure you have dealt with these disease-causing conditions. Then keep coming back twice a year. In between, you need to brush twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste, and don’t forget to floss as well.

Give your teeth the care they deserve

Forest Dental offers a high standard of general dentistry in Loughton, combining the latest technology and knowledge with a friendly service. We deliver high standards in preventive, restorative and cosmetic dentistry in a relaxed and comfortable environment.

General Dentistry in LoughtonYou can rest assured that you are in safe hands, whether you are looking for regular care to maintain oral health, specific services such as veneers teeth or whitening to enhance your appearance, or dental implants to improve your quality of life. We will also be on hand if you have an emergency such as severe pain, a damaged or missing tooth, bleeding or a tooth abscess.

Meeting your needs

Patient comfort and care is at the heart of what we do. Our centre is designed with you in mind, and our staff are highly trained, friendly and committed to providing you with the best results. At your regular appointments, we check for dental decay and signs of gum problems, as well as providing routine screening for mouth cancer. We have invested in modern technology for effective and comfortable treatment. For example, we use Diagnodent, which allows us to detect decay very early. This means that treatment is more effective and early intervention avoids the need for complex treatments in many cases. If you do need an injection, we use topical numbing gel so that you cannot feel the needle.

Special care for nervous patients

Even anxious patients can relax, as our staff are trained to put you at your ease and we can offer modern techniques such as Healozone. We are the only dentist in the area to use this equipment, which uses ozone gas to kill bacteria and treat decay without the need for drilling. We are proud of our track record of restoring confidence to people who have had bad experiences with dentists in the past, or are simply uncomfortable with the process. So, even if you find coming to the dentist difficult, you can still benefit from regular check-ups as well as treatments to improve your oral health, or the appearance or functionality of your mouth.

Our experienced team looks forward to working with you to cater for all of your dental requirements.