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Dental products: Nov'13

Maureen Chaseley our in house Senior Dental Advisor answered your questions about dental products and teeth whitening.

AXA PPP healthcare: Good afternoon and welcome to today's live chat. Maureen Chaseley is now here to answer your questions about teeth whitening and dental products!

Anonymous160 asked: I have got cement around my teeth, if the dentist cleans will my teeth get weak or shaky?

Maureen Chaseley answered: Hello Anon. When the dentist removes the plaque and calculus around the teeth, this is aimed to improve the health of the teeth and gums.  Your dentist will remove this.  It will not cause any problems in terms of weakening the teeth.  Please discuss this with your dentist beforehand.
regards, Maureen.

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Tom asked: My teeth are slightly discoloured, I brush and use mouthwash twice a day and they seem to stay the same colour. What else could I add to my routine to get them whiter?

Maureen Chaseley answered: Hello Tom. Discoloured teeth can be caused by diet, e.g what you eat and drink.  Red wine, spicy food, coffee.  Natural colouration of teeth varies between individuals- you may want to consider a whitening toothpaste.  Your dentist will be able to advise on the best way forward, including tooth whitening.
Regards, Maureen.

Anonymous231 asked: Does bleaching your teeth make your gums recede?

Maureen Chaseley answered: Dear Anon, Bleaching the teeth does not make the gums recede, however some bleaching products can irritate the gums during use.  They may cause temporary sensitivity which resolves after the treatment is complete.
Regards, Maureen.

Hannah asked: Should you brush your teeth after every meal? Or would you recommend chewing gum at lunch?

Maureen Chaseley answered: Dear Hannah, It is advisable to allow 20 minutes after meals before brushing the teeth.  This allows sufficient time for the pH balance to return to neutral (.7).  The natural cleansing action of saliva will clean the teeth.  Chewing sugar free gum will encourage salivary flow.
This is a good option in terms of ensuring good oral health
Regards, Maureen.

Anonymous231 asked: Are there any specific things I should do to ensure that I bleach my teeth safely?  I have bleaching trays and bleach from a cosmetic dentist.

Maureen Chaseley answered: Dear Anon, Always follow the instructions carefully.  If you are worried about any aspect of the treatment, it would be important to check with your dentist.
Regards, Maureen.

Anonymous231 asked: Are there any specific things I should do to ensure that I bleach my teeth safely? I have bleaching trays and bleach from a cosmetic dentist.

Maureen Chaseley answered: Dear Anon, Always carefully follow the dentist's instructions.  If you have any concerns, or are unsure of any aspect of the treatment, contact the dental surgery.
Regards, Maureen.

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AXA PPP healthcare asked:
We've just had a question come through from Gavin on Facebook;
"Can you get as gooder' clean from a normal toothbrush as an electric one? Or are electric toothbrushes far superior?"

Maureen Chaseley answered: Dear Gavin, If toothbrushing is of the highest level, minimum of two minutes with good technique and a good quality toothbrush then results can be similar.  Electronic toothbrushes are great in that the work is 'done' for you, as the rotation/movement of the toothbrush is pre- programmed.
This is more effective and preferable for some people, and many dental professionals use this method.  Bear in mind the cost, and try out one of the cheaper versions before making up your mind!
Regards, Maureen.

Anonymous215 asked: Hi Maureen - what's the best thing to do if I'm eating a lot of fruit (mainly citrus) to reduce the impact on my teeth? Brush afterwards?

Maureen Chaseley answered: Dear Anon, Eating a lot of citrus fruit can damage the enamel surface of the teeth, as can fruit juices. It is best to have these at meal times, rather than to 'graze' resulting in harmful acids coming into contact continuously.
It may be advisable to discuss this further with your dentist and use a toothpaste designed to protect the tooth enamel.
Regards, Maureen.

Anonymous215 commented: Thanks Maureen!

Adam asked: I find flossing difficult, are there any suitable alternative products?

Maureen Chaseley answered: Dear Adam, Don't be afraid to practice with different flossing products.  Standard floss is good for some, dental tape is preferred by others.  There are 'Flossettes' available which is floss on a handle for easier use.
Inter space brushes are also a good way to clean in between your teeth.  Talk to your dentist or hygienist if you need help with technique.
Regards, Maureen

Adam commented: Thank you.

Anonymous232 asked: I've recently had a very deep filling. My dentist said I may have to have the nerve taken out if the tooth remains uncomfortable. Is this advisable and is it a relatively straight-forward procedure?

Maureen Chaseley answered: Dear Anon, The filling you now have will hopefully settle down.  If this isn't the case, it is because the cavity (hole) in your tooth is very close to where the nerve is inside the tooth.  This can cause the nerve to become irritated and the best treatment is to undergo a root filling.  This involves removing the irritated nerve.
Your dentist will explain this procedure to you, but there is nothing to worry about. 
The procedure usually takes 2 visits.
Regards, Maureen.

Anonymous232 commented: Thanks very much Maureen. Hopefully not to painful?!

Maureen Chaseley answered: Dear Anon, You will need to have an anaesthetic which isn't too painful.  The root treatment itself is not painful. The tooth may feel a little 'bruised' afterwards, but this soon passes.
The best thing is to follow your dentist's advice and resolve the issue.
Regards, Maureen.

AXA PPP healthcare asked: We've had a question come through from Connie on Twitter;
"I have 2 wisdom teeth coming through at the moment, is there anything I can do to ensure they come through smoothly?"

Maureen Chaseley answered: Hello Connie, There is not much you can do to ensure the wisdom teeth come through completely.  If you have symptoms, e.g ache, redness this can be relieved by warm (as warm as you bear) salt mouthwashes.  Use a teaspoon of salt in a mug of warm water, up to 3 times daily.  Hold liquid over the affected area for 30 seconds.  DO NOT SWALLOW.
Alternatively use Bonjela for relief of symptoms.
If you are at all concerned, discuss further with your dentist.
Regards, Maureen.

AXA PPP healthcare: Today's live chat has now finished. Thank you for your questions and thank you to Maureen for her answers. We hope they have helped you!

 

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