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Whether it be through old age or simply not taking care of your oral health properly, losing teeth is perhaps more common than you might think.Whilst incidences of adult tooth loss have significantly decreased since the 1970’s due to better healthcare, tooth loss does still occur. But, if you’ve experienced tooth loss and haven’t yet done anything to replace them, it’s essential you’re aware of the potential damage you could be causing.Eating without dentures or implants can be dangerous to not just your mouth, but your body too. Many underestimate the importance of teeth (especially if they’ve just lost one or two), and simply continue eating without them.Whilst this is extremely tempting and, over time, easy to develop a skill for, it’s important to consider the irreversible damage you could be causing. 

Pressure on Gums & Jaw

When chewing food in an area of your mouth without teeth, you’re inadvertently placing an unnatural amount of pressure on your gums and jaw.Food must be chewed properly to be safely swallowed. And, when teeth are missing, the gums and jaw have to work extra hard to ensure this happens.In time, the surrounding teeth and gums will become very sore and irritated, significantly increasing your risk of developing infection. Your jawbone will also suffer due to this pressure change, becoming more prone to fractures and permanent joint disorders.Even softer foods will become more difficult to chew if you continue with this habit, creating a vicious cycle that’s simply not going to resolve unless you replace your missing teeth. 

Bone Loss

Whilst only likely to happen if you consistently eat without implants or dentures for a long period of time, the risk of bone loss is definitely something you should take note of.Using your gums to chew can wear away the corresponding bone ridges of the jawline. Each time you chew, bite or clench on food, the ridge will experience pressure it’s simply not used to. This will cause the bone to eventually recede, resulting in permanent bone loss.And, to add insult to injury, if bone loss becomes too severe, receiving implants may be unsuccessful as the bone needs to be stable enough to accommodate them. 

Gastrointestinal Issues

The risks of eating without teeth stretch further than just the mouth.Failing to properly chew food to the same degree a full mouth of teeth would can lead to significant gastrointestinal problems once the food reaches the digestive system. If food pieces are simply too big to be broken down properly, this causes ‘incomplete digestion’.The full nutritional value won’t be absorbed by your body and, once the incompletely-digested food reaches the colon, a much greater volume of bacteria is likely to develop. 

The solution?

Replace your missing teeth!Whilst the above risks are unlikely to occur if you spend a mere couple of weeks eating whilst missing a couple of teeth, they’re almost guaranteed to arise if you leave replacing them for too long.Here at Aesthetika Dental Studio, we offer extremely durable dental implants specifically designed to look and feel like natural teeth – giving you the freedom to eat whatever you want without any risks!Get in touch today to discuss treatment options with one of our oral health experts. Aesthetika Dental Studio. 

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Bananas are healthy. Strawberries are healthy. Mangos are healthy. There’s a theme here… Fruit is healthy. So why when putting a couple of these fruits together in a blender, are we suddenly faced with health warnings from the likes of the Oral Health Foundation, who claim fruit juices and smoothies could be leading to irreversible damage to the nation’s teeth?The concern lies within moderation. And like most things, too much of a ‘good thing’ doesn’t necessarily make for the best, or healthiest decision. Take nutrition and exercise as an example.If someone wants to lose weight, you may expect that person to join a gym and train 4/5 times a week. You may also expect them to diet. Typically when we think diet, we think salads. Now if that person goes to the extreme, and eats nothing but salad for a week, that person will begin to feel tired and lack energy. A diet of just salads gives deficiencies within protein and carbohydrate intake – both of which supply the body with the vital energy needed to exercise.That person then begins to feel weak and will naturally crave sugars to boost energy levels. To satisfy these cravings that person will more than likely end up binge eating on readily available ‘snack food’ to satisfy the cravings. So to use salads as a metaphor, ‘too much salad’ can actually have an adverse affect on someone losing weight.Back to the fruit. Fruits contain a variety of nutrients, antioxidants and high levels of natural sugars. The good news… These natural sugars give our bodies energy. The bad news… sugar is bad for our teeth. So what can we do? We need to find a balance.Every time we eat or drink something acidic, the enamel of our teeth softens and some of the tooth’s mineral content will be lost. And with some fruit juices and smoothies containing up to four times the recommended daily amount of sugar, you can see where the issue lie.Many of us might opt for a banana or apple to accompany our breakfast, and some mango or kiwi fruit for lunch. Add on top of this a mid-morning smoothie and all of a sudden our daily sugar intake has sky rocketed. Just like the salad scenario, too much fruit is a having an adverse affect on our health.So what is our recommendation? In a word – water. 2 litres of water a day to be precise (not in one sitting!). Doing so is not only a healthy option for teeth and gums, but drinking water at regular intervals throughout the day boosts metabolism, hydrates skin and improves digestion.So to conclude. Should you stop eating fruit altogether? No, certainly not – but moderation is key. Should you stop drinking smoothies and fruit juice? Yes. Replacing with water and the benefits are endless…Don’t forget to ‘Like’ our Facebook page for more information and tips on how you should be caring for you and your family’s oral health.Whether an existing patient of ours, or whether you have not had a chance to visit Aesthetika Dental Studio yet, please do get in contact here if you’d like to arrange a dental check-up where we can discuss any concerns you may have over your dental regime.Aesthetika Dental Studio.

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It’s one of those things. We’ve all been guilty of it at least once. And at the time, the embarrassment… well let’s just say we avoid confined spaces with others until we’re back at home with a toothbrush in hand, at all costs!And it’s not necessarily caused through lack of cleaning, or a poor oral hygiene routine. Instead, more often than not, bad breath is caused by that extra cup of coffee we had at breakfast, that tuna sandwich we had at lunch (and they said tuna was good for us!), or that extra garlicky curry we ate for dinner.Saying that, regardless of what causes bad breath the outcome is the same. Embarrassment and dread. So if the dreaded bad breathe does catch us out, what can we do to stop us from running to the nearest exit and avoiding human contact at all cost?Well we’ve put together five handy tips that should help you avoid getting in that situation in the first place!1. First the basics – 2:2Because we can’t say this enough. It’s vital not just for the smell of your breath, but for your oral hygiene itself, that you brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once daily. Finally rinse with mouthwash to get rid of pieces of food that get stuck between your teeth and gums.If this excess food is left then you can expect excessive build-up of plague. And it turn (you guessed it), this build-up of plague will inevitably cause bad breath.2. Don’t forget your tongueThe tongue has the heaviest bacterial amount of any part of your mouth. Nevertheless many people don’t take the time to clean their tongue. There’s no surprise that overtime, if not cleaned properly, this bacteria can build-up to cause severe cases of bad breath.Bonus tip – If possible try to use a separate toothbrush or a tongue scraper to lightly brush and clean your tongue. This avoids spreading any bacteria from your tongue to your teeth and gums.3. Choose tea over coffeeBy no means are we saying ditch the coffee completely. After all, morning coffee is a ritual in our house! We’re simply talking about moderation here. Any more than two or three cups of coffee in a row, especially without drinking water alongside, then you can expect bad breath.With bad breath and coffee it’s not so much the smell of the coffee beans, more so the drink itself creates a favourable environment for oral bacterial growth.Coffee also has a drying effect, which reduces saliva flow and allows foul-smelling bacteria to linger longer. Hence why it can be even worse without adequate water onboard.4. Back to the tuna!For many a good tuna sandwich is the perfect lunch option. Filling, healthy and packed with protein! However the fact of the matter is that it smells, as does all fish for that matter.  And why do they smell? Without going to scientific, the smell comes from the fish’s tissues being exposed to air after they have been caught.We don’t want you to ditch the tuna altogether but if you do go for that lunch option make sure your office draw is stocked with sugar-free gum to combat the inevitable. Or a spare tooth brush would be even better!5. An apple a day keeps the dentist awayWe already know that a build-up of bacteria in the mouth is a common cause for bad breath. And incorporating fruits and vegetables which are rich in fibre is one of the best ways to remove this bacteria from the mouth.Our recommendation would be to eat at least one apple a day. Apples also help to moisten the mouth – which will also help with the inevitable coffee overdose!And there you have it. Our five top tips on how to avoid the dreaded curse of bad breath! Try including these into your daily oral health regime and do let us know how these work for you and your family.Don’t forget to check-out and ‘Like’ our Facebook page for more information and tips on caring for you and your family’s oral health.If you have concerns about bad breath, and would like to discuss any of our dental treatment options with our oral health experts, please use our handy online booking form here.Aesthetika Dental

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In a quest for THAT perfect smile, more and more adults in the UK are turning towards braces than ever before. However if like many 30+ year olds, the first thing you think of when someone says braces, is a ‘train track’ you might be put off by the prospect of teeth straightening treatments in your later years!These ‘train tracks’ are still widely available at most dentists throughout the UK, but the good news is that although these more traditional fixed braces (we’ll refer to them as their actual name from here on in!) are not the only option available to patients (regardless of age), who are looking to consider teeth straightening treatment.Over the past 10+ years advancements in dentistry has come on leaps and bounds. There are now more alternative teeth straightening treatments available than ever before. And many of which in fact take a fraction of the time to see results, and are a fraction of the cost, of the more traditional fixed braces treatment.The first alternative treatment, and one that has taken the market by storm in recent years is Fastbraces®. The technology behind Fastbraces® typically works with just one orthodontic wire from start to finish, whereas traditional braces usually require a series of wires and tightening procedures.The fundamental difference between conventional brace systems and Fastbraces® is the staggered tooth movement. Traditional braces tend to move teeth in two stages; initially moving the crown, and secondly moving the root of the teeth.Fastbraces® patients are able to achieve their perfect smile in around half the time that it would take traditional brace systems – on average it takes anywhere between three months to a year to move teeth into the desired position!A revolutionary alternative to both Fastbraces® is the Invisalign® clear braces treatment. As the name suggests Invisalign® braces allow patients to gain the straight smile they have always wanted without any brackets or wiring in sight. No longer does wearing braces leave patients feeling self-conscious about smiling!Plus unlike their metal counterparts, Invisalign® braces are completely removable. These remarkable invisible braces can be taken out when you are eating, flossing or brushing your teeth. The removable aligners ensure that the health of your gums and the teeth are maintained throughout the treatment plan.The final alternative treatment to consider is the Inman Aligner. Used to treat the more minor orthodontic issues, the Inman Aligner is very discreet on the eye with the only visible sign being a fine wire which runs across the front of the teeth, working in a similar way to that of a dental retainer. And the best thing is.. The Inman Aligner takes only two fifteen minute appointments to be fitted!So there you have it – a complete list of alternative teeth straitening treatments, and all without a train track in sight!All treatments we’ve discussed are readily available at Aesthetika Dental – you can find more information about the teeth straightening treatments, and what to expect during their individual treatment plans on our orthodontics page.Alternatively don’t forget to check out and ‘Like’ our Facebook page for more information about our treatments, as well as tips on how to best care for you and your family’s teeth.We offer FREE CONSULTATIONS on all our treatments plans so if you’d like to arrange your free consultation for any of our treatments, or speak to one of our oral health experts to discuss your best options please use our handy online booking form here.Aesthetika Dental

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Last week we shared an article from our friends at Dentistry on Facebook, claiming that a report by The Paediatric Oral Health Company has revealed Mother’s feel ‘confused’ over oral care for babies.Shocking right… But if parents, especially new born parents, are trying to juggle 100-and-1 things and resources and information surrounding care for their children’s teeth is not readily available, then there is a strong likelihood that this could be forgotten about.And not for one minute are we saying that new parents don’t consider their children’s oral health, far from it. More so as an industry perhaps it’s our responsibility to make children’s oral healthcare information, resources and education readily and easily accessible to parents, new and old.We’ve taken it upon ourselves to do just that. We’ve banged our heads together and put together five killer tips for improving your child’s oral health.Making these small changes to your child’s teeth cleaning regime will greatly reduce the likelihood of teeth treatments not only throughout their childhood, but also their teenage years, as well as later life. 1. Ditch the fruit juice and sweet drinksThe high sugar content of fruit juice and sweet drinks significantly increase the changes of tooth decay. Don’t be fooled by the fruit juice that claim ‘no added sugar’ – even the natural sugars can cause decay!Water and/or milk is the healthy and our preferred options. 2. Start cleaning your baby’s teeth from day 1!By day 1 we don’t mean as soon as you leave the hospital.. day 1 means as soon as the teeth start to appear- this usually happens within six months.In the early days the teeth, and surrounding gums, are often very sensitive. We recommend using a wipe or soft cloth instead of a toothbrush.Removing excess food from the teeth and gums removes plaque – which overtime can turn into tooth decay. 3. SuperviseAs a general rule-of-thumb we recommend supervising your children cleaning their teeth until they are at least seven years old. Of course by 7 they would have moved onto a toothbrush!By supervising you can ensure your child is cleaning for the recommended 2:2 – two minutes, twice a day.By exposing and monitoring your child to a healthy oral regime from an early age, you almost engrain this positive habit into their day-to-day life – improving their chances of a treatment-free childhood! 4. Rewards (also referred to as bribery…) Rewards are a great way to ensure you child maintains the 2:2 rule!Perhaps if your child actively takes it upon themselves to clean their teeth for two minutes, twice a day, you could reward them with an extra 15/30 minutes before they’re sent to bed on a Saturday night..That’s just one example, we’re sure you can think of some more rewards! 5. Make it a play date!Because who said cleaning teeth has to be boring?A personal favourite is to match the beat of your child’s favourite song, with the rhythm of brushing..Probably one of the more messier ideas.. but definitely one of the most fun! The five points above is not an exhausted list by any means. More so a starting point. Feel free to add your own twist to your child’s healthcare regime.. all we really care about is the 2:2 rule. How you put that into practice with your child, well that’s up to you -but hopefully we’ve given you some thought starters at least!Aesthetika Dental are committed to making resources and education surrounding child’s oral health easily and readily available to all families. As such please feel free to share this article on your social media channels and help spread the importance of children maintaining a healthy oral care regime.Don’t forget to check out and ‘Like’ our Facebook page for more information and tips on caring for you and your family’s teeth.If you’d like to book a check-up for either you or a family member please use our handy online booking form here.Aesthetika Dental

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1. Whitening is safe

If carried out by a trained dental professional, whitening is perfectly safe. Based on their knowledge of your oral health your dentist will discuss with you the options available, decide if tooth whitening is appropriate for you and develop an overall treatment plan that gives the desired result.You’ll get to see on a chart what shade your teeth are before the treatment and what shade you’re likely to achieve. At the end of the treatment the dentist will show you the actual result so you can understand how effective it was. You will also see when you look in the mirror!

2. Only trained dental professionals can whiten teeth

It is illegal for anyone other than dentists or their teams to carry out teeth whitening. Anyone else offering teeth whitening (e.g. beauticians, hairdressers, and salon staff) won’t have the right training and knowledge, could permanently damage your teeth and gums and can’t help you when something goes wrong.

3. The preferred option

Whitening won’t remove the surface of your teeth or change their shape. It’s often a better option than alternatives, such as veneers, because it doesn’t involve permanently altering the tooth’s structure and is easy to look after.

4. Selecting the right option for you

Your dentist is trained to know what whitening products will be safe for your teeth and gums. Products provided by non-dentists often do not have enough safety data and evidence to support their use; this can result in burned gums and/or blistered lips or even more serious consequences. Using products that are not appropriate for you will produce poor results.

5. How it works

A carefully-controlled concentration of bleach is applied to your teeth using specially-made trays that fit in your mouth. Your dentist will be able to discuss with you the level of whitening you want and give you an idea of how many treatments you may need to achieve the shade you’re after.Like hair and skin, teeth vary in colour. Some are yellower or darker than others, even when they are quite healthy. Teeth tend to get darker as people get older. Teeth sometimes become darker if their roots have been damaged or diseased and the ‘nerve’ has died.

6. What to expect

You may experience some sensitivity for a short time during your treatment but this is normal and will soon fade away after completion.

7. Over the counter kits might not be safe

The products you can buy online or from high street shops often fail to declare the precise chemicals used so it’s very difficult to assess their safety. Because of this they should not be considered safe. These products won’t produce the same good results you can expect by visiting your dentist.Tooth colour can be lightened with Hydrogen Peroxide (bleach) and how strong the dose needs to be will be decided by your dentist.
Ask your dentist for more information.
If you’d like a copy of our patient information poster on tooth whitening please contact us. These can be displayed in your local healthcare centres, libraries, GPs, or opticians, with their permission.

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Even though we’ve been brushing and flossing our teeth for years and years, many of us are surprised to learn that we’re not doing it properly.Brush at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste for at least two minutes, especially first thing in the morning and before bedtime.

Floss every day – usually at bedtime.

Limit the number of times you eat snacks each day.

Visit your dentist every six months for an oral exam and professional cleaning.


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Your teeth and the structure of your mouth play important roles in your ability to eat and speak and stay healthy.Most of us take our teeth for granted… until something goes wrong. Our teeth help us chew and digest food, play an important role in speech, and impact our health overall. And by brushing up on your dental health knowledge, you’ll be taking the first step toward giving your teeth the attention they deserve.How much do you know about your pearly whites?

The Development of Teeth

Humans have two sets of teeth, primary (or baby) teeth and then permanent teeth, which develop in stages. Although the timing is different, the development of each of these sets of teeth is similar. Here are some facts about how people develop teeth:
  • Teeth tend to erupt in parallel, meaning that the top molar on your left side should grow in at about the same time as the top molar on the right.
  • Tooth development begins long before your first tooth becomes visible. For example, a baby’s first tooth appears at around six months of age, but development of those teeth actually begins during the early second trimester of pregnancy.
  • The crown of a tooth forms first, while the roots continue to develop even after the tooth has erupted.
  • The 20 primary teeth are in place by age 3 and remain until around 6 years of age when they begin to fall out to make way for the permanent set of teeth.
  • Adult teeth start to grow in between 6 and 12 years of age. Most adults have 32 permanent teeth.
  • Permanent teeth are larger and take longer to grow in than primary teeth.

The Parts of the Tooth

A tooth is divided into two basic parts: the crown, which is the visible, white part of the tooth, and the root, which you can’t see. The root extends below the gum line and anchors the tooth into the bone. Your teeth contain four kinds of tissue and each does a different job. These include:
  • Enamel. Enamel is the visible substance that covers the tooth crown. Harder than bone, enamel protects the tooth from decay. Enamel is made up of phosphorous and calcium.
  • Dentin. Underneath the enamel you find dentin, which is calcified and looks similar to bone. Dentin is not quite as hard as enamel, so it is at greater risk for decay should the enamel wear away.
  • Cementum. This tissue covers the tooth root and helps anchor it (cement it) into the bone. It is softer than enamel and dentin; the best way to protect this softer tissue from decay is by taking good care of your gums. Cementum has a light yellow color and is usually covered by the gums. But with inadequate dental care, the gums may become diseased and shrink, exposing the cementum to harmful plaque and bacteria.
  • Pulp. Pulp is found at the center of your tooth and contains the blood vessels, nerves, and other soft tissues that deliver nutrients and signals to your teeth.

Types of Teeth and What They Do

Teeth help you chew your food, making it easier to digest. Each type of tooth has a slightly different shape and performs a different job. Types of teeth include:
  • Incisors. Incisors are the eight teeth in the front and center of your mouth (four on top and four on bottom). These are the teeth that you use to take bites of your food. Incisors are usually the first teeth to erupt, at around 6 months of age for your first set of teeth, and between 6 and 8 years of age for your adult set.
  • Canines. Your four canines are the next type of teeth to develop. These are your sharpest teeth and are used for ripping and tearing food apart. Primary canines generally appear between 16 and 20 months of age with the upper canines coming in just ahead of the lower canines. In permanent teeth, the order is reversed. Lower canines erupt around age 9 with the uppers arriving between 11 and 12 years of age.
  • Premolars. Premolars, or bicuspids, are used for chewing and grinding food. You have four premolars on each side of your mouth, two on the upper and two on the lower jaw. The first premolars appear around age 10 and the second premolars arrive about a year later.
  • Molars. Primary molars are also used for chewing and grinding food. These appear between 12 and 15 months of age. These molars, also known as decidious molars, are replaced by the first and second permanent premolars (four upper and four lower). The permanent molars do not replace, but come in behind the primary teeth. The first molars erupt around 6 years of age (before the primary molars fall out) while the second molars come in between 11 and 13 years of age.
  • Third molars. Third molars are commonly known as wisdom teeth. These are the last teeth to develop and do not typically erupt until age 18 to 20, and some people never develop third molars at all. For those who do, these molars may cause crowding and need to be removed.
Your mouth is important. Don’t take your teeth or oral health for granted. For good dental health, brush and floss your teeth regularly, don’t smoke, eat a healthy diet, and see your dentist regularly for dental cleanings and checkups. A healthy mouth makes for a healthy body… and a pretty smile.

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Dental amalgams have been in common use for over 160 years, affecting the lives of hundreds of millions of people around the world.Indeed, we are still using the same technology that was in use during the American Civil War. People were still reading by candle light, and the common modes of transportation were horses and sailing ships: that’s how long ago we’re talking about here. Many barbers were still doing dentistry procedures, as dentistry was not yet its own field, and the Victorian era was in full swing.While some would argue that 160 years of use must signify a significant benefit of mercury amalgams over other filling materials, this isn’t necessarily the case. In fact, mercury amalgam fillings have been strenuously rejected by many medical and dental health professionals since their inception.You would think that, considering the vast amounts of research over the past 160 years, our dental technology would have progressed since the horse and buggy days. The thing is, the technology has progressed, but the dental profession has not always kept pace with the latest research. Admitting to the world that the dental profession has been systematically harming people for 160 years is bad business. Not as bad business, however, as continuing to claim that implanting mercury into people’s bodies is “safe” when we know it isn’t.

What Is Mercury Amalgam?

Mercury amalgam is the most common dental filling material ever used, and is still widely in use today. It’s estimated that over 1 billion amalgam fillings are placed annually. Multiply that over 160+ years and you can get an idea of the scope of this practice.
  • ~50% elemental (liquid) mercury
  • ~28% silver
  • ~14% tin
  • ~8% copper
The dental professional mixes the ingredients on site after the filling has been drilled and prepped. The liquid mercury and other metals come in small protective plastic capsules.The capsule is placed, unopened, into a small machine called an amalgamator. The amalgamator “shakes” the capsule for a few seconds to amalgamate, or combine, the mercury and other metals.The dental professional then packs and shapes the filling into the tooth to imitate the contours of the original tooth. It can take up to 2 weeks for the amalgam to fully harden and set, but an initial set is achieved in roughly 24 hours.

My Experience Placing Amalgams

I earned certification in restorative expanded functions (RF), allowing me to place and contour amalgam (and other) fillings. I spent hundreds of hours earning this certification, and therefore have had a lot of experience working with amalgams. Right away, I realized there was something amiss when dealing with mercury amalgams. I’ll relate my experiences here.
  1. We were strenuously warned about the dangers of working with amalgam and the instructors watched us like hawks to ensure we were handling it “safely”
  2. It was explained to us that dental professionals have the highest levels of systemic mercury of anyone else in the population
  3. We were instructed not to get it on our clothing, our skin, and to at all times wear a mask, gloves, and full protective gown when handling it
  4. We used high-speed suction throughout the procedure to ensure all the amalgam dust was extracted from the air (and mouth) as we worked. The dust was extracted into a water reservoir to ensure it was contained and could not blow out of the container
  5. At the end of the day we had to dump amalgam scraps, and the amalgam dust water, into enormous plastic barrels. The barrels were considered so hazardous that we had to open and unscrew the lids using a wrench the size of my entire arm. The lid was promptly secured and double-checked by an instructor
  6. Mercury amalgam was treated as hazardous waste, and it was clear that it was so dangerous that we should not be placing it in people’s mouths or handling it ourselves
While I had never been a fan of mercury amalgam fillings before, working with and placing them brought my awareness to a whole new level. On one hand, we were taught that mercury amalgam was toxic waste to be feared and respected. On the other hand we were taught that it magically becomes “safe” when it’s placed into the human body. What!?

Toxic Teeth: The Dangers Of Mercury Amalgams

While many conventional dentists would have you believe that mercury amalgam fillings are “safe,” there has always been and always will be a plethora of evidence to the contrary. When amalgam fillings first hit the mainstream, they were strenuously rejected by scientists in the medical and dental communities. However, there was never a consensus, and the “debate” has only gained steam over the past 160 years.The political clout of dental corporations and associations, and their hold over the dental profession and dental schools, has been a thorn in the side of forward-thinking dental professionals since the field began. Unfortunately, it seems clear that no matter how much evidence is presented to the dental community, the “powers that be” continue down the same path they’ve always taken. The good news, however, it that about 50% of dentists in the US now refuse to work with amalgam fillings, while some countries have passed legislation banning their use (Norway, Sweden, Denmark.) Despite the corporate dental associations pushing mercury amalgams as safe, the world at large is finally becoming aware of their dangers and acting accordingly.
  • Peer-reviewed, evidence-based research has found time and again that mercury amalgams “outgas” mercury vapors into the body. This outgassing of mercury vapor occurs due to temperature changes (foods, drinks), mechanical agitation (chewing, biting, brushing the teeth), as well as chemical and electrical interactions (fluoride ions, other metals in the mouth)
  • The World Health Organization (WHO) has stated that there is no “safe” level of mercury in the body. In other words, even one atom of mercury is not safe
  • The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and World Health Organization (WHO) state “A specific no-observed-effect level (NOEL) cannot be established”
  • The average mercury amalgam filling outgasses 3.0-17.0 µg/day of mercury vapor, depending on temperature changes, mechanical agitation, and chemical / electrical interactions in the mouth on any given day
  • Outgassing of mercury vapors into the mouth is a serious problem, since the mouth is so close to the brain. The vapor passes easily through the palate, waltzes through the blood-brain barrier (BBB), and settles in the brain. The rest of the mercury vapor is inhaled into the lungs where it enters the bloodstream and travels throughout the body. In pregnant women, the mercury easily passes through the placenta into the developing fetus. The long-term effects of daily mercury outgassing can have serious consequences on the mental and systemic health of those affected.

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Recently we’ve been hearing in the media of reports regarding Martin Clunes and his tax-avoidance Botox treatments. Tax-avoidance aside (we’ll leave this to HMRC), this does present an interesting topic to discuss. And thanks to a whole host of recent celebrity confessions from the likes of Robbie Williams, Simon Cowell and of course Martin Clunes; Botox for men – why now?Research by The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (BAAPS) has revealed that the number of men getting cosmetic surgery has risen by more than 110% since 2000, and Google has also told us that searches for ‘Botox for men’ has increased year-on-year by 25%. But Botox has been around for a while, so why now are we seeing more and more men have Botox treatments?Like most things, a change to our lifestyle, what we buy and how we choose to spend our money is dictated by cultural change and acceptance. Culturally we continue to link success, whether that be family or personal, with image. This could be a new car, a big house, expensive clothes, or in the case of Botox treatments; healthier, younger looking skin.There’s no hiding from the fact that the better we look, then more confident we feel. The more confident we feel, the likelihood of securing that new contract at work, or finally getting that date we’ve always wanted, greatly increases. And for men it’s no different. We’re big advocates of men having Botox treatments here at Aesthetika Dental, and why not. Anything that makes us, men or women for that matter, feel more confident and self-assured gets a thumbs up from us.Now yes, Botox is classed as cosmetic surgery. But not necessarily surgery as we typically know it. You don’t go ‘under the knife’, nor do you have to wear one of those not so flattering hospital gowns. Botox treatment is a simple procedure. Treatment can take as little as 20 minutes on one area. In terms of pain, well there isn’t any. The injected areas can often feel a little ‘heavy’ for a few hours after, but all in all it’s a pain free treatment with amazing results.Are you one of those responsible for that 25% uplift on Google for ‘Botox for men’ searches, but still unsure if it’s the right treatment for you? Use our handy online booking form to book an appointment with a team member at our Kingston surgery where we’d be happy to talk you through your options.





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Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, KT1 2BZ



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info@aesthetikadentalstudio.co.uk


Phone Number

02089367734


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