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Could Dental Hygiene Save Your Life?

Dental hygiene is too important to be ignored – we hear it all the time. On TV adverts, in newspapers and magazines, and especially at our regular dental appointments. You may think that maintaining an effective teeth cleaning routine is primarily to avoid dental issues such as cavities, tooth decay, and cosmetic issues like teeth whiteness. There is a significant amount of evidence, however, to suggest that poor dental hygiene could lead to life-threatening health concerns.

Beware of Bacteria Build-up.
Your mouth is home to enormous amounts of microorganisms and bacteria. Some of these bacteria are perfectly harmless, and can even help to protect your teeth and gums. If you don’t keep your teeth healthy through regular and efficient cleaning and flossing, you could be encouraging the growth of unwanted and harmful bacteria.

Multiple risks come with such bacteria build ups as they release toxins which can get directly into the blood stream. There are significant links between gum disease and an increased risk of diabetes, heart disease, Alhzeimer’s and low birth weight babies. The regular removal of these bacteria can help reduce the risk posed.

According to the global diabetes community, there is also a proven link between gum disease and diabetes. If you find that you suffer from frequent bouts of gum disease, it may be a symptom of undiagnosed diabetes. As blood sugar levels are increased, there is a higher risk of blood vessels becoming damaged, which means that gums become more prone to infection. There is also evidence to suggest that gum disease could, in fact, cause diabetes. A severe case of gum disease will often result in the inflammation traveling throughout the body – through the bloodstream – weakening its defense system. This will subsequently prevent the body from effectively managing its blood sugar levels, which increases the possibility of developing diabetes.

Gum Disease and Tooth Decay.
Along with an increased amount of harmful bacteria, poor dental hygiene will inevitably lead to a build-up of plaque in and around the teeth and gums. If this is combined with a diet filled with acidic and sweet foods, you could be facing some serious dental issues. The excessive build-up of plaque will affect the overall look of your smile, a small concern you may think, but for some, this could impact how self-confidence. Acid erosion caused by the food and drink that you eat will eventually lead to tooth decay. This could require a filling to repair the damage or to have the affected tooth removed entirely.

Additional health concerns associated with plaque build-up include gum disease such as gingivitis. This occurs when plaque is left to develop around the teeth, becoming tartar, which can then cause an inflammation of the gums. If not treated adequately, you may even lose teeth.

Make regular appointments with a dental hygienist.
If you find that you are experiencing symptoms of gum disease or tooth decay, are noticing a significant build-up of plaque, consult with a dental hygienist immediately. Hygienists have the knowledge and expertise to help tackle troubles plaque, tartar, and tooth decay, and will help to ensure that these oral health concerns are a thing of the past. They can also help with general teeth cleaning, to help achieve a beautiful white smile.

At Evolve Dentistry, Portishead, our hygienists are highly trained in their field and can help to maintain your dental health, while offering tailored advice to suit your daily teeth cleaning routine. We have appointments to suit all schedules, and you don’t even need to be a registered patient to visit.

Contact Evolve Dentistry today to book an appointment, and find out how our hygienist could help you avoid the serious health risks associated with poor dental hygiene.
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Bruxism Awareness Week

The 21st – 28th October marks Bruxism Awareness week and at Evolve Dentistry we want to ensure that you all have an in-depth understanding of the condition known as Bruxism along with its causes, effects, and how you could look to overcome it. Bruxism is the clinical term for subconscious teeth grinding and jaw clenching during the day and/or night.

Bruxism is not the type of condition to occur out of the blue. There are some reasons which could be causing you to grind your teeth and you may not even realise it.

If you suffer from a sleep disorder, such as sleep apnoea, or even simply snoring, you’re more likely to grind your teeth while sleeping. Other sleep-related issues which promote restlessness or possibly even trouble breathing while asleep could also cause this to happen, such as talking in your sleep, increased movement like kicking, sleep paralysis or even semi-conscious hallucinations.
Anxiety and stress are the most common causes for bruxism, or teeth grinding, with around 70% of cases occurring as a result of this. Stress and anxiety will often impact your quality of sleep, particularly when job-related, therefore bruxism will likely take place while asleep.

There is also evidence to suggest that certain lifestyle aspects could cause you to begin subconscious teeth grinding and jaw clenching. Drinking alcohol, smoking and use of recreational drugs, and excessive drinking of liquids with high caffeine levels could all increase the possibility of teeth grinding. These factors may also lead to the condition worsening.

What to look out for:
The impact of bruxism can be problematic for both your oral and physical health. As it’s a condition that is difficult to identify – mainly as many aren’t even aware that they are even grinding their teeth in the first place – it’s important to know what to look out for.

Regarding oral health, bruxism could lead to significant wearing down of teeth, which will inevitably result in the teeth fracturing, or tooth loss. There is also a possibility of developing inflammation in the gums, and eventual gum recession.
What many don’t realise, is that there are multiple physical issues that can occur as a result of teeth grinding. Sufferers may be more prone to headaches, pain and stiffness in the shoulders and earache. There is also the possibility of facial myalgia (pain in the face), as well as limited movement of the mouth, and further disruption to your sleeping pattern.

Risk of TMJ
Temporomandibular joint discomfort or TMJD, is also a common outcome of bruxism. The temporomandibular joint is the connecting joint between the jaw and the skull. Excessive teeth grinding and jaw clenching could lead to a severe amount of tenderness in this joint or even lock-jaw. You may also experience a grating sensation or even a clicking sound when moving your mouth. The joint is covered by cartilage and separated by a shock-absorbing disk, overtime; however, this cartilage could become damaged, and the disc eroded. If pain associated with TMJ becomes persistent, consult with a doctor or dentist as soon as possible to find a suitable solution.

There are some treatments available to tackle the causes and effects of bruxism, from orthodontic work to psychological treatments like hypnosis. MADs, or mandibular advancement devices, are typically used to help combat issues with snoring and sleep apnoea; however, they can also be an effective tool at tackling teeth grinding and clenching while sleeping.

Dr Jonathan Sproson, one of our dentists at Evolve has extensive experience in the diagnosis and treatment of bruxism. He can carry out a detailed assessment of your jaw muscles and position of your teeth to see if there is evidence of bruxism and how best to treat this. Over the years, he has successfully treated hundreds of patients to rid them of their headaches, neck and shoulder pain and to massively improve their quality of life. There are few dentists in this area with as much skill and knowledge as Jonathan Sproson.

For more information on bruxism and its impact on your oral and physical health, take a look at the Bruxism Association web page. If any of the causes and effects mentioned here seem familiar, contact Evolve Dentistry today to see if you suffer from this condition, before it leads to more serious issues such as TMJ. Our team would be happy to help find the ideal solution to overcome the effects of Bruxism.
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I’ve Had My Braces Fitted!

I’ve always been self conscious of my smile. My teeth are wonky and uneven and I’ve always hidden them in photographs and when smiling. It’s something I’ve always wanted to get fixed, but, never quite got round to it.

That was until I met the team at Evolve. After a consultation, where they even showed me what my smile could look like after treatment, I decided to go for it and I already know that it’s been a great decision.

Having my braces fitted was a simple procedure, I didn’t need any injections and it took less than an hour. It was completely painless, Carol and Steph explained what they were doing throughout and so I felt totally relaxed.

Afterwards it felt a bit ‘odd’ and I was a little nervous when eating, but that only lasted a couple of days. You should avoid chewy sweets and hard things like pizza crusts, but, other than that you can eat most things. My teeth felt a bit ‘tight’ for a few days, but Carol had already explained that that was a good thing, it meant that the brace was working.

Carol ran through how I should look after my braces at the end of my appointment, they even gave me a lovely care package to take away so that I have everything I need to maintain my brace. It’s all fairly straight forward and I got into the new habits quickly and easily.

I was really worried about people looking at my braces, I thought that they would be really obvious, but they really aren’t. In fact, I was sitting with a colleague for 45 minutes recently and at the end of the meeting he asked me when I was going to get my brace fitted! I have also found that I’m already showing my teeth more, I feel more confident now because I’m doing something about getting them fixed. People have had great responses when I’ve told them, a lot have said that they’d love to have it done. I say go for it. I’m so excited to see the end result.
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Spotlight On BioClear

Gaps between teeth and above the gums, uneven teeth, chips, discolouration. There are a number of reasons why people have often chosen veneers in the past when looking at cosmetic dentistry. However, once fitted there is no going back as the shape of the tooth can be permanently altered. A commitment that many find too much to make, plus veneers usually need to be replaced about every 10 years which can become costly over your lifetime.

Bonding is an excellent, beuatiful alternative option. This is a composite resin applied by your dentist using adhesives and a visible blue light to bond the material to your tooth. Traditional bonding has a place but there are some other really superb, strong alternatives. The BioClear method was developed in the US as a type of bonding process that provides a more precise, stronger and attractive result. Our Clinical Director, Carol is one of the few accredtied dentists in the UK in this method and is able to offer the service to our patients.

BioClear comes under the term of minimally invasive dentistry. These are treatments that preserve all or most of tooth structure, often requiring no injections to carry out the work. The treatment itself is faster than other options like veneers and less expensive. It also lasts an exceptionally long time. On average BioClear composites last up to ten years.

The technique uses thermal injection moulding of the composite into special anatomical matrices. The composite material can be colour matched exactly to suit your teeth. Once the matrices are taken away you’re left with a smooth, gorgeously shiny composite which is polished to a Rock Star Finish. An unique part of the process are the anatomical matrices, which sit below the gum line. This means that there are no telltale lines or an unnatural look to the tooth. Indeed it will look exactly like it a natural tooth emerging from the gum.

The composite can be used as a filling giving your teeth back their natural look. An ideal use of the Bioclear method is closing black triangles, the gaps at the bottom of teeth making the teeth look skeletal. An incredible one-third of all adults suffer from this. Bone loss and/or a receding gumline are the main reasons why these happen and are often associated with old age. However, they also happen when teeth move, leaving people with what feels like a prematurely ageing smile.

Because of the way the technique uses forms to create a tight contact with the tooth, the gum can fill in the space and recreate a more youthful and healthier smile.

The technique helps with bigger gaps too called diastemas. While Madonna has made the gap in between her front teeth into a trademark, and many of us find such gaps charming and unique, others aren’t quite so comfortable with having such a prominent feature in their mouths. This gap isn’t harmful to your teeth and won’t necessarily cause dental problems, but if you do want to close the gap then the Bioclear technique can provide a really natural result.

Sometimes Mother Nature decides she isn’t going to grow all our teeth at the same rate. Or even the same size. That cute little stumpy tooth growing out in an 8-year-olds smile doesn’t always feel so cute when they’re an adult and it’s still little and stumpy.

Teeth that haven’t grown to their full capacity make a smile look a little uneven, and because BioClear composites can be used with high-quality shaded composites, it’s possible to build up a tooth to match the original exactly.
Then, finally, there is the technique’s piece de resistance. Its truly unique feature, which creates a completely natural finish to the tooth. Its final polish, also known as the Rock Star Polish. You’ll never be able to see where the old tooth ends and the new begins and it lasts really well. This technique has been almost a lifesaver for many adults who have had their front teeth chipped or worn away.
For more information on how BioClear could improve your smile, contact us at Evolve dentistry Bristol today.
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Mouth Cancer Action Month 2017

When we think of the word cancer, we automatically align the word with a malicious disease that primarily affects our lungs, breasts, prostate, skin, and even cancer of the blood. There are, however, growing numbers of individuals who are now suffering from mouth cancer.

November is Mouth Cancer Action Month, and at Evolve Dentistry we think it’s vital that more people are made aware of this growing concern.
What exactly is mouth cancer?

Cancer of the mouth can affect the lips, gums, tongue and cheeks, and in the last year alone around 7,000 cases were diagnosed in the UK alone. The Oral Health Foundation finds this to be an increase of 1/3 in comparison to the previous decade.

Mouth cancer takes the form of tumours within the mouth in salivary glands or throat. The most common type of mouth cancer is called Squamous Cell Carcinoma. Other types of mouth cancer include adenocarcinomas, which is produced in the salivary glands, lymphomas and oral melanomas.

Causes
Typical causes of mouth cancer include excessive smoking and drinking. Recent research has found that cases of mouth cancer have been linked to the human papillomavirus (HPV), which is more traditionally associated with cervical cancer. Traditionally, mouth cancer has been known to occur in adults between the ages of 50 and 74, with only 12.5% of cases occurring in people younger. There is now an increasing number of cases occurring in young adults, however, primarily in relation to the HPV infection.

Symptoms
The following symptoms are typically associated with mouth cancer, and as with any form of cancer, it is crucial to be aware of what to look out for.
Mouth ulcers are a particularly significant symptom as these could, in fact, be cancerous tumours. Any ulcers that have lasted more than 3 weeks and are not painful should be checked by your dentist. Persistent lumps in the mouth or neck should also be monitored closely. If you find that your speech changes in any way, which can include the development of a speech impediment, this could be a sign of mouth cancer. Finally, consistent experiences of numbness in the lips and tongue, or looseness of the teeth could also be a symptom.
Whilst you may not experience any of these symptoms, if you notice any irregularity developing in your mouth or neck, it is always worth consulting with a dental and medical professional for guidance.

Treatments and Prevention
The primary reason that a better understanding of the types, causes and symptoms of mouth cancer, is to be prepared to act quickly to prevent any fatal development.

The most effective ways to prevent mouth cancer from arising is maintaining a healthy diet filled with vegetables and the healthy oils found in fish. It is important that alcohol consumption is limited – or more specifically that it does not exceed the recommended 14 units per week, and individuals are advised to stop smoking entirely. Drinking alchohol and smoking at the same time, increases your risk of developing cancer by 50 fold. Regular dental exams will not only maintain the general health of your teeth and gums but will also ensure that any irregularities that emerge are identified and dealt with quickly.
Treatment of mouth cancer is in-keeping with standard cancer treatments available today. Surgery is the typical treatment, particularly when cancerous cells and tumours are found. The NHS found that, with an early diagnosis, 90% of mouth cancer cases can be treated with only surgery. Some cases may require additional treatment such as a course of radiotherapy or chemotherapy.
Aftercare will also focus on ensuring the primary functions and appearance of the mouth are maintained.

Evolve Dentistry is committed to ensuring that everyone understands the causes, symptoms, treatment, and prevention of mouth cancer this Mouth Cancer Action Month. For more information, visit the Mouth Cancer Action Month website, or contact our knowledgeable team for support and guidance.
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Know The Process: Teeth Whitening And Its Benefits

In recent years, teeth whitening has become a popular solution to creating that dazzling Hollywood smile. But what exactly does the process entail? And how could it benefit you in the run-up to the festive season?

The process of whitening your teeth may be a lot simpler than you think. It all begins with a consultation with a trusted dentist. They will provide a comprehensive assessment of the health of your teeth and gums before recommending the best course of treatment. Impressions are then taken of your teeth and bespoke whitening trays are made to fit your teeth. You will also have before photos taken and you must also sign consent for your treatment. You will then be shown exactly how to use the whitening trays and the whitening gel by your dentist.

The gel should be applied for one hour every day over a two week period for optimum whitening. After this time period has finished, the whitening should last for around 3-4 months before any top-up is required, which if carried out regularly only needs to be a day or two. This, however, is directly related to your diet and lifestyle.

It is important to remember that teeth cannot be permanently whitened and any kit that claims to do so could be harmful, or even illegal, please remember that only a dentist can provide teeth whitening legally. Any maintenance that is needed after the initial whitening process will only require a couple days, which makes it a highly manageable process.

Why do it?
There are so many reasons why many people look to whiten their teeth. If you still need a little convincing, however, here are a few that prove this is a fantastic, affordable, and effective option for you.

Daily life can sometimes get the best of us, and no matter how dedicated we are to our daily teeth cleaning regimen, it’s not always possible to maintain the teeth’s natural whiteness. Teeth whitening is an affordable and simple to follow process, helping you to breathe a new lease of life into your teeth.

We’ve met hundreds of patients who find that their smiles are a significant source of their poor self-esteem. By undergoing the simple process of whitening your teeth, you’re sure to fall back in love your smile again, which will dramatically improve your self-confidence.

With the festive season well and truly upon us, now is the perfect time to whiten, brighten, and show off your dazzling smile. Don’t forget, your smile is your best accessory, so it’s important to keep it looking its best.

Remember…
Your diet and lifestyle could significantly impact the quality of whiteness after completing the process. Foods and drinks that are likely to stain the teeth, such as tea, coffee and red wine should be limited to ensure that your teeth stay whiter for longer. You should also be aware that smoking can also discolour your teeth.

There are multiple companies that advertise at home kits to achieve a beautifully white smile. While this is not the case for every company you come across, there is always the possibility that they are operating illegally or using chemicals that could actually be harmful to you if used incorrectly. By opting to work with an experienced dentist you can guarantee that you’ll be provided with effective products of the highest quality from professionals you can trust.
It is also important to remember that the teeth whitening gel will only work on natural tooth material, therefore if you have any crowns, bridges, or fillings these will not be affected. If you were looking to have any cosmetic work completed as well, it is recommended that whitening is done first.

At Evolve Dentistry, Portishead, our crack team of highly qualified and experienced dentists are on hand to help you throughout your teeth whitening journey. You don’t even need to be a regular client to book an appointment, so contact the team today to see how we can help you create the dazzling, white smile of your dreams.
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Is Your Daily Routine Up To Scratch? Here Are 5 Tips To Keep Your Teeth Healthy, And You Smiling.

We all know that it’s important to clean our teeth on a daily basis. But if you find that you’re experiencing continued oral health concerns, then your routine may be at fault. The following 5 tips will help you to achieve optimum oral health results. So, take a look and see if your daily routine makes the grade.

1. Choose your toothpaste like you would choose your hair or skin care products
Finding the right toothpaste to suit your teeth is exactly the same as finding the right skincare products, or the right shampoo and conditioner. If sensitivity is an issue for one person, then a toothpaste that targets this issue is the best option, whereas others may be looking to protect against cavities. Be careful with toothpastes that claim to improve whiteness, these are often very abrasive as they usually work by removing surface stain. You may even find a specific toothpaste that targets multiple oral health issues. Opting for a cheaper toothpaste might seem like a good idea to begin with, but could cause significant damage in the long run.

It is recommended that you change your toothbrush every three months, to ensure that the bristles are not worn down to the point of being useless. Any longer and your toothbrush could become a hygiene risk as well. Electric toothbrushes are now becoming more affordable, and can be more effective than manual toothbrushes at removing plaque build-up – keeping your teeth cleaner for longer.

2. Hygienists are your teeth’s best friend
It’s easy to skip one or to dental check-ups, especially if you experience a lot of anxiety whenever you do visit the dentists. Keeping regular appointments with your dental hygienist, however, will help you to identify any areas of your cleaning routine that are maybe lacking, and focus on potential oral health issues that you had not previously considered. The health of your gums is directly linked to your overall health, there is a link between gum disease and an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes or Alzheimer’s Disease, so your hygienist could save your life. Either way, it can only help you to maintain that winning smile.

3. Clean in between
It may seem unnecessary to you, but cleaning throughout the day will help to break down hard to reach plaque, and prevent against avoidable tooth decay. Despite what you might believe, or at least once a day, is a great way of helping to prevent plaque build-up between the teeth. It can also help to remove any remaining food after meals which, if left, could result in bad breath.
Interdental brushes are another great solution to this, can be easily stored in your handbag, or pocket for use throughout the day. Using interdental brushes can help to clean gums and clear plaque in between teeth – very similar to flossing. You may find that your gums bleed to begin with as they may be inflamed but keep it up and you will see a noticeable difference.

4. Don’t rinse, spit then repeat
No, we don’t mean that you need to repeat the routine immediately after you finish brushing. It is advised, however, that to achieve optimum results you brush twice a day – first thing in the morning before breakfast, and last thing at night just before you go to bed. Brushing for a minimum of 2 minutes will ensure that every last bit of plaque is reached, once you have finished cleaning, spit but don’t rinse your mouth. It’s important that you don’t rush the process, it may seem like an extra hassle, but your oral health matters.

5. Consider straightening your teeth
Crowded teeth can be very difficult to keep clean as it’s almost impossible to use a Tepe brush and sometimes even floss can’t get through. It is also more likely that plaque and tartar can build up in the nooks and crannies. Straighter teeth are easier to keep clean and can also be better for your general oral health as it can reduce the risk of other problems as you get older. The best way to straighten your teeth is with a brace and there are lots of options available, sometimes your teeth can be treated in about 6-8 weeks.

Maintaining oral health is just another aspect of good physical health. If you feel that you need a little extra help, contact Evolve Dentistry, Portishead today. We focus on general and cosmetic dentistry as well as braces to help create and maintain a smile you’ll really want to show off.
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Lara Can’t Believe Her Confidence

Lara had felt self-conscious about her smile for over 20 years. She had experienced significant trouble with her teeth since the age of 11, and even required early orthodontic work in the form of braces. Following a friend’s recommendation, and years of embarrassment, Lara contacted Evolve Dentistry to begin her journey to the smile she deserved.
The primary goal for Lara was to repair her damaged teeth to achieve the beautifully straight and white smile. She was an avid mountain biker, and subsequently maintained a significant level of damage, and had left her teeth in relatively poor condition.

A friend’s recommendation.
Whilst she’d attempted to have treatment previously, Lara never felt confident enough to proceed with the process. When she discovered that a close friend of hers was undergoing treatment with Evolve, in preparation for her wedding, Lara was amazed at the results. She quickly got in touch with the staff at Evolve, whose knowledge and expertise immediately reassured her, allowing her to feel confident in proceeding with the process.

Reassurance every step of the way.
Lara admitted that she experienced a great deal anxiety in prior to beginning the process, and this was one of the primary reasons she had not undergone treatment earlier. She explained that she would often build-up the treatment in her mind prior to her appointments, becoming increasingly anxious over whether or not the treatment would achieve the desired results. Her team of experts were on hand at all times to comfort and encourage her, providing relaxation methods and reassuring Lara of exactly what the process would be.

Under the expert hands of Dr. Jonathon Sproson, and dental nurse, Louwrencia Spinola, Lara opted for a combination of veneers, and crowns, to achieve her preferred results. By opting for these cosmetic solutions, Evolve was able to resolve Lara’s concerns over her damaged front line of teeth, as caused by her early mountain bike accidents, and ultimately improved her smile and overall self-confidence.

And now?
Lara is delighted with her new smile. After some early anxiety, and diligent support from the team at Evolve, she no longer feels insecure about her teeth.
“I can’t even explain how amazing it feels, it’s been a really long process. It’s always had a massive effect on my confidence and my persona. It just meant the world to me to get them done. And now they’re done! And they’re beautiful and the process has been incredible! The team has been so flexible and really caring, they really homed in on what it meant to me as an individual.”
Watch her short reaction video to see just how much the treatment meant to

Lara, and see the results that the staff at Evolve were able to achieve.
The team at Evolve were delighted with Lara’s reaction, and it truly meant a great deal to see how much the treatment had improved her confidence.
Bristol-based, Evolve Dentistry, specialises in cosmetic and general dentistry, braces, and emergency care, offering top quality dental care with affordability in mind. With a friendly and personable team offering years of expertise and experience, we strive to ensure that all our customers leave with a gleaming smile on their face.

If you’re looking to begin the process to improve your smile, contact Evolve Dentistry, Portishead, today.
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Could Dental Hygiene Save Your Life?

Dental hygiene is too important to be ignored – we hear it all the time. On TV adverts, in newspapers and magazines, and especially at our regular dental appointments. You may think that maintaining an effective teeth cleaning routine is primarily to avoid dental issues such as cavities, tooth decay, and cosmetic issues like teeth whiteness. There is a significant amount of evidence, however, to suggest that poor dental hygiene could lead to life-threatening health concerns.

Beware of Bacteria Build-up.
Your mouth is home to enormous amounts of microorganisms and bacteria. Some of these bacteria are perfectly harmless, and can even help to protect your teeth and gums. If you don’t keep your teeth healthy through regular and efficient cleaning and flossing, you could be encouraging the growth of unwanted and harmful bacteria.

Multiple risks come with such bacteria build ups as they release toxins which can get directly into the blood stream. There are significant links between gum disease and an increased risk of diabetes, heart disease, Alhzeimer’s and low birth weight babies. The regular removal of these bacteria can help reduce the risk posed.

According to the global diabetes community, there is also a proven link between gum disease and diabetes. If you find that you suffer from frequent bouts of gum disease, it may be a symptom of undiagnosed diabetes. As blood sugar levels are increased, there is a higher risk of blood vessels becoming damaged, which means that gums become more prone to infection. There is also evidence to suggest that gum disease could, in fact, cause diabetes. A severe case of gum disease will often result in the inflammation traveling throughout the body – through the bloodstream – weakening its defense system. This will subsequently prevent the body from effectively managing its blood sugar levels, which increases the possibility of developing diabetes.

Gum Disease and Tooth Decay.
Along with an increased amount of harmful bacteria, poor dental hygiene will inevitably lead to a build-up of plaque in and around the teeth and gums. If this is combined with a diet filled with acidic and sweet foods, you could be facing some serious dental issues. The excessive build-up of plaque will affect the overall look of your smile, a small concern you may think, but for some, this could impact how self-confidence. Acid erosion caused by the food and drink that you eat will eventually lead to tooth decay. This could require a filling to repair the damage or to have the affected tooth removed entirely.
Additional health concerns associated with plaque build-up include gum disease such as gingivitis. This occurs when plaque is left to develop around the teeth, becoming tartar, which can then cause an inflammation of the gums. If not treated adequately, you may even lose teeth.

Make regular appointments with a dental hygienist.
If you find that you are experiencing symptoms of gum disease or tooth decay, are noticing a significant build-up of plaque, consult with a dental hygienist immediately. Hygienists have the knowledge and expertise to help tackle troubles plaque, tartar, and tooth decay, and will help to ensure that these oral health concerns are a thing of the past. They can also help with general teeth cleaning, to help achieve a beautiful white smile.

At Evolve Dentistry, Portishead, our hygienists are highly trained in their field and can help to maintain your dental health, while offering tailored advice to suit your daily teeth cleaning routine. We have appointments to suit all schedules, and you don’t even need to be a registered patient to visit.

Contact Evolve Dentistry today to book an appointment, and find out how our hygienist could help you avoid the serious health risks associated with poor dental hygiene.
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Bruxism Awareness Week

The 21st – 28th October marks Bruxism Awareness week and at Evolve Dentistry we want to ensure that you all have an in-depth understanding of the condition known as Bruxism along with its causes, effects, and how you could look to overcome it. Bruxism is the clinical term for subconscious teeth grinding and jaw clenching during the day and/or night.

Bruxism is not the type of condition to occur out of the blue. There are some reasons which could be causing you to grind your teeth and you may not even realise it.

If you suffer from a sleep disorder, such as sleep apnoea, or even simply snoring, you’re more likely to grind your teeth while sleeping. Other sleep-related issues which promote restlessness or possibly even trouble breathing while asleep could also cause this to happen, such as talking in your sleep, increased movement like kicking, sleep paralysis or even semi-conscious hallucinations.
Anxiety and stress are the most common causes for bruxism, or teeth grinding, with around 70% of cases occurring as a result of this. Stress and anxiety will often impact your quality of sleep, particularly when job-related, therefore bruxism will likely take place while asleep.

There is also evidence to suggest that certain lifestyle aspects could cause you to begin subconscious teeth grinding and jaw clenching. Drinking alcohol, smoking and use of recreational drugs, and excessive drinking of liquids with high caffeine levels could all increase the possibility of teeth grinding. These factors may also lead to the condition worsening.

What to look out for:
The impact of bruxism can be problematic for both your oral and physical health. As it’s a condition that is difficult to identify – mainly as many aren’t even aware that they are even grinding their teeth in the first place – it’s important to know what to look out for.

Regarding oral health, bruxism could lead to significant wearing down of teeth, which will inevitably result in the teeth fracturing, or tooth loss. There is also a possibility of developing inflammation in the gums, and eventual gum recession.
What many don’t realise, is that there are multiple physical issues that can occur as a result of teeth grinding. Sufferers may be more prone to headaches, pain and stiffness in the shoulders and earache. There is also the possibility of facial myalgia (pain in the face), as well as limited movement of the mouth, and further disruption to your sleeping pattern.

Risk of TMJ
Temporomandibular joint discomfort or TMJD, is also a common outcome of bruxism. The temporomandibular joint is the connecting joint between the jaw and the skull. Excessive teeth grinding and jaw clenching could lead to a severe amount of tenderness in this joint or even lock-jaw. You may also experience a grating sensation or even a clicking sound when moving your mouth. The joint is covered by cartilage and separated by a shock-absorbing disk, overtime; however, this cartilage could become damaged, and the disc eroded. If pain associated with TMJ becomes persistent, consult with a doctor or dentist as soon as possible to find a suitable solution.

There are some treatments available to tackle the causes and effects of bruxism, from orthodontic work to psychological treatments like hypnosis. MADs, or mandibular advancement devices, are typically used to help combat issues with snoring and sleep apnoea; however, they can also be an effective tool at tackling teeth grinding and clenching while sleeping.

Dr Jonathan Sproson, one of our dentists at Evolve has extensive experience in the diagnosis and treatment of bruxism. He can carry out a detailed assessment of your jaw muscles and position of your teeth to see if there is evidence of bruxism and how best to treat this. Over the years, he has successfully treated hundreds of patients to rid them of their headaches, neck and shoulder pain and to massively improve their quality of life. There are few dentists in this area with as much skill and knowledge as Jonathan Sproson.

For more information on bruxism and its impact on your oral and physical health, take a look at the Bruxism Association web page. If any of the causes and effects mentioned here seem familiar, contact Evolve Dentistry today to see if you suffer from this condition, before it leads to more serious issues such as TMJ. Our team would be happy to help find the ideal solution to overcome the effects of Bruxism.
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