Tooth decay is one of the most common dental conditions, affecting patients of all age groups globally. It is also considered to be a ‘Western epidemic’ as it is associated with diets containing large amounts of simple sugars, such as fructose, glucose, galactose or sucrose. These sugars are found in high abundance in desserts, sweets, and soft drinks, but also in fruits to a smaller extent. This is not to discourage anyone from eating fruits, the sugars found in fruits are much healthier than the sucrose filled desserts. Diets containing lots of sugar accompanied by poor oral hygiene are the leading causes of tooth decay. Sugar remnants on our teeth are utilised by bacterial species, which secrete acids as a waste product. These acids can damage our teeth and result in tooth decay. Tooth decay can be prevented, if you lower your dietary sugar intake to a healthy level and if you brush and floss your teeth regularly. However, if cavities have already formed, do not hesitate to contact us: the white fillings your dentist Luton at Vogue Dental Care provides can treat cavities in an aesthetically pleasing manner.
If tooth decay is left untreated, the decay can progress through the whole dentine and the bacteria causing it can infect the pulp tissue. The pulp tissue is the living component found at the core of the teeth. It is responsible for providing the teeth and the nerves with the necessary nutrients and minerals to promote their remineralisation. If the pulp tissue gets infected, the tooth can loosen and eventually fall out. This also shows how crucially important it is to prevent tooth decay, as its complications can be unexpectedly serious. However, if tooth loss has already happened to you, you might be interested in dental implants: these devices can treat tooth loss. Dental implants are small titanium screws, which are inserted into the jawbone through surgery. Titanium is a special material, as it is not rejected by the immune system if it is used as an implant: it can integrate into the jawbone and serve as an artificial root for your replacement teeth. If you would like a dentist Luton to help you with getting dental implants, book an appointment with us, at Vogue Dental Care.
Our teeth are exposed to a myriad of chemical and physical effects throughout the day. Some of these can result in the discolouration of our teeth. Certain foods high in tannins, such as red wine, coffee and black tea have been associated with tooth discolouration. Other factors that can cause stains include smoking, ageing, plaque, calculus and even certain medications, mostly antimicrobials. Teeth whitening can help restore the youthful white colour of your teeth. Various whitening treatments are available at our clinic: some are home based treatments, while others are performed at the clinic in just an hour! If you are interested in how our dentists Luton can whiten your teeth, visit our website for further information on the topic and our contact details!