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What is periodontitis?

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Periodontitis, or gum disease, is a common infection that damages the soft tissue and bone supporting the tooth. Without treatment, the alveolar bone around the teeth is slowly and progressively lost. The name "periodontitis" means "means inflammation around the tooth." Microorganisms, such as bacteria, stick to the surface of the tooth and in the pockets surrounding the …

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What is periodontitis?

Tuesday 14th August 2018

Medical News Today (MNT)

Periodontitis, or gum disease, is a common infection that damages the soft tissue and bone supporting the tooth. Without treatment, the alveolar bone around the teeth is slowly and progressively lost. The name "periodontitis" means "means inflammation around the tooth." Microorganisms, such as bacteria, stick to the surface of the tooth and in the pockets surrounding the tooth, and they multiply. As the immune system reacts and toxins are released, inflammation occurs. Untreated periodontitis will eventually result in tooth loss. It may increase the risk of stroke, heart attack, and other health problems. Bacterial plaque, a sticky, colorless membrane that develops over the surface of teeth, is the most common cause of periodontal disease. If plaque it not removed, it can harden to form tartar, or calculus. Most cases of periodontitis are preventable through good dental hygiene. For more details on causes, symptoms, treatment, risk factors, Diagnosis and Complications of Periodontitis, please refer to the full article in Medical News Today via this link

If you are worried about your dental health or gum disease, then book a free consultation at our Finchley Road clinic, NW3. Our friendly and highly skilled dentists are here to help you understand your ongoing dental health options.

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Posted by Bright Smile Clinic at 16:21

From: Medical News Today

A new study highlights the importance of oral hygiene for people with type 2 diabetes, after finding that those with the condition may have better blood glucose levels if they look after their teeth. It is estimated that around 30.3 million people in the United States are living with diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form, and it accounts for 90–95 percent of all cases. The new study recently published in The Journal of Clinical Periodontology suggests that for people who already have type 2 diabetes, good dental hygiene could be key for managing blood glucose levels.  To read the full story on Medical News Today, please click here

If you are worried about your dental health or gum disease, then book a free consultation at our Finchley Road clinic, NW3. Our friendly and highly skilled dentists are here to help you understand your ongoing dental health options.

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Posted by Bright Smile Clinic at 17:36

From: Medical News Today

Tooth loss in middle age is tied to a higher risk of cardiovascular disease, independent of traditional risk factors such as high blood pressure, poor diet, and diabetes. This was the conclusion of preliminary research led by Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in New Orleans, LA, and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, MA. This study is not the first to investigate the link between dental health and cardiovascular disease (CVD), but it is the first to focus on tooth loss during midlife and exclude that which occurs earlier. To read the full story on Medical News Today, please click here

If you are worried about your dental health or gum disease, then book a free consultation at our Finchley Road clinic, NW3. Our friendly and highly skilled dentists are here to help you understand your ongoing dental health options.

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Posted by Bright Smile Clinic at 14:04

Microcannulas are the future of fillers

Saturday 28th October 2017

Microcannulas are without a doubt the future of injectable fillers as the increased safety, patient comfort, and accuracy of using the microcannula technique for injectable fillers will soon make it the standard of care. Microcannula is advantageous over the traditional sharp hypodermic needle, as it offer flexibility and has a blunt head, which allows the filler to be injected or fanned into the desired areas with extreme precision. The traditional technique for injecting a filler involves making several injection points with a sharp needle. Having multiple injection sites is often what can lead to bruising, as you are potentially breaking blood vessels with each injection. With a microcannula, you need only one injection point per area, and the cannulas is then threaded under the skin. The microcannula is so thin, blunt head, and flexible that it can actually move blood vessels out of the way instead of puncturing them.

Dr Massoudi uses the microcannula for facial filler injections when appropriate, including nasolabial folds, cheeks, marionette lines, temple, forehead, tear trough, jaw lines, chin, nasal augmentation ("liquid rhinoplasty”), and lips. The result is very precise placement of the fillers, a dramatically reduced chance of bruising, and very minimal pain. Take a look at some of the Before & After photos of Dr Massoudi's work, and book your free consultation. Tel: 02074311444

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Posted by Bright Smile Clinic at 12:02

Bruxism is the technical term for the habit of grinding and clenching your teeth. Most people will do this from time to time and it does not usually cause any harm. However if you grind your teeth on a regular basis, it can cause significant damage to your teeth and make any gum disease worse. In some cases it can also cause or aggravate headaches, or pain and discomfort in the jaw.

Bruxism is usually a subconscious behaviour performed whilst one is asleep and can cause facial pain and headaches. It is commonly caused by anxiety. Left untreated, it often gives rise to poor quality sleep and damaged teeth. Bruxism may lead to a variety of problems. Excessive grinding can damage teeth and dental fillings, often resulting in loose or broken teeth and crack-lines in teeth which results in further complications and possible tooth extraction. It can cause the outer enamel of the teeth to slowly wear away, leading to tooth sensitivity. It can cause jaw dysfunction, headaches (particularly morning headaches), and pain in the muscles of the face: bruxing causes the muscles to be overactive, giving rise to these symptoms. It can cause inflammation of the temporo-mandibular joint. Noisy tooth grinding may disturb your sleep - or your partner's!.

Do not hesitate to contact BrightSmile Clinic if you experience any of the signs of bruxism, consult your dentist who will carry out an examination of your mouth with special attention to your jaw and your bite.

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Posted by Bright Smile Clinic at 11:42