Archive for June, 2010

Dental Procedures: From Teeth Whitening to Root Canal Surgery

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

The NHS does not provide cosmetic surgery, such as teeth whitening. This can mean that the cost of having a teeth whitening procedure performed by a private dentist is just too expensive for a lot of people. There is also no fixed cost and the price of teeth whitening can vary significantly from surgery to surgery. It is advisable to always carry out extensive research if you are thinking of having teeth whitening treatment by a private dentist.

Alternatively, teeth whitening kits are a simple and safe option that you can use yourself, in the comfort of your own home.

Not only does the NHS not offer teeth whitening and most other cosmetic dentistry, but in some areas it is nearly impossible to find an available NHS dentist to register with. Instead, you will be placed on a waiting list which you could be on for years. Patients should also be aware that if you do not have an appointment for a year or so then you could be in danger of being struck off the register at your NHS dental surgery.

As a patient on the NHS, you still have to pay towards treatment. Many patients have found that when comparing prices for treatments with different practices, such as root canal surgery, there can be large discrepancies. One dentist may charge £100 for a procedure whereas another could quote £1000. Dentists are allocated £2 billion of the NHS budget but this does not guarantee a decent service. It is not uncommon for people to be misdiagnosed and be charged for more expensive, yet unnecessary surgery.

Taking Care of Teeth

Monday, June 7th, 2010

Teeth whitening is a quick and easy way to have great looking teeth. However, you need to take steps to keep your teeth healthy as well. Brushing is the most obvious way to take care of your teeth. This should be done at least twice a day to remove the build up of plaque.

There are awkward places in your mouth that a toothbrush cannot reach; this is where dental floss comes in. Dental floss removes food and plaque from all those hard to reach areas to give your teeth a more thorough clean. The best way to do this is by flossing between each tooth and then behind your back teeth.

Finally, mouth wash gives your teeth an overall clean, getting rid of any any bacteria that can cause plaque  and also helping to prevent gum disease.

You can help avoid your teeth becoming discoloured by avoiding foods and drinks that stain teeth, such as coffee and fruit juices. Smoking is another common cause of yellow teeth.

Teeth will inevitably become stained over the years so  teeth whitening kits are a simple way of hiding discolouration. Along with taking care of your teeth, teeth whitening can enhance the healthy condition of your teeth.