• If you have diabetes, you know that it’s important to regulate your blood sugar levels for the well-being of your body from head to toe. But you may not know that what happens to you from head to toe can affect your diabetes.
    According to the American Diabetes Association, diabetes is not a single disease; it occurs in several forms and has complications that affect virtually every system of the body. If you have diabetes, you may be at a greater risk for developing other medical conditions, including periodontal disease (also known as gum disease).

    Periodontal disease is a chronic bacterial gum infection that inflames gum tissue and destroys the attachment fibres and supporting bone that hold your teeth in your mouth. Left untreated, the teeth may fall out or need to be removed. Periodontal disease is the sixth leading complication of diabetes. Studies show that diabetic patients are up to 4.2 times more likely to develop periodontal disease than those without diabetes. This is probably because diabetic patients are more susceptible to contracting infections.
    Research suggests that the relationship between periodontal disease and diabetes goes both ways – periodontal disease may make it more difficult for people who have diabetes to control their blood sugar. Periodontal disease may increase blood sugar, contributing to increased periods of time when the body functions with high blood sugar. Consequently, it is important for diabetic patients to treat periodontal disease to eliminate the infection. In fact, periodontal treatment combined with antibiotics has been shown to improve blood sugar levels in diabetic patients, suggesting that treating patients’ periodontal disease could decrease insulin requirements.
    The good news is that if your diabetes is under control, you are less likely to develop periodontal disease than someone whose diabetes is poorly controlled.
    A study published in the Journal of Periodontology concluded that poorly controlled diabetic patients respond differently to bacterial plaque at the gum line than well controlled diabetic patients. Poorly controlled patients with diabetes also have more harmful proteins in their gum tissue causing destructive inflammation of the gums.
    See your dentist or hygienist for a periodontal evaluation, and begin taking care of your oral health today.

    Listen To Your Mouth for Health Clues
    Since doctors believe many health complications can be prevented with good diabetic control, it’s important to pay attention to what your oral health is telling you. Signs and symptoms related to oral health may provide clues about the presence of diabetes or uncontrolled diabetes. Investigate your mouth and take note of some of the following clues:
     Bleeding gums when you brush or floss
     Red, swollen or tender gums
     Gums that have pulled away from your teeth
     Dry mouth
    If you notice any of the clues listed above, you will want to contact your dentist or hygienist and inform them of your symptoms. You can have periodontal disease without any symptoms, so an evaluation is the best way to know if you have periodontal disease. Proper oral hygiene is the best method to prevent periodontal disease. Prevention includes daily flossing to break up the bacterial colonies between the teeth, proper daily brushing to prevent plaque build-up and professional cleanings at least twice a year to remove calculus from places the toothbrush and floss may have missed.

  • NUTRITION & GUM DISEASE…

    July 15th, 2015

    WHAT IS GUM DISEASE?

    Gum disease, or periodontal disease as it is more correctly known, starts as gingivitis, an inflammation of the gums around the teeth, often characterised by tenderness, redness and bleeding during brushing. If untreated, it may develop into pyorrhoea, which is a chronic, degenerative disease of the gums, characterised by further gum inflammation, bad breath, discharge of pus and loosening of the teeth. As inflammation progresses, the gums recede from the teeth allowing deeper tissues -the collagen, ligaments and bone supporting the teeth – to become affected. This is periodontitis.

    As it becomes more advanced, deep pockets form between the teeth and the surrounding tissue, abscesses develop under the roots of the teeth, bone loss continues and teeth may fall out. In adults over the age of thirty, more teeth are lost from periodontal disease than from tooth decay.

    In addition to causing pain, general malaise, fatigue and bad breath, periodontal disease is associated with a higher risk of heart disease, respiratory disease and nutritional deficiencies.

     

    Gum Disease

    CONVENTIONAL TREATMENT

    The care of a periodontal specialist, combined with good oral hygiene and plaque control measures, is essential in treating gum disease. A periodontist will use techniques such as scaling to remove plaque deposits above and below the gumline, root planing to smooth rough root surfaces so that the gum can heal, and oral irrigation to flush out bacteria and toxins. If very deep pockets have formed around teeth and bone has been lost, periodontal surgery may be recommended to remove gum flaps, so that the roots of the teeth are accessible for cleaning. Recently, techniques for regenerating lost periodontal attachment have been developed. A gel containing the protein amelogenin has been used with some success as an adjunct to surgery, to reawaken the growth of periodontal tissue.

    NUTRITIONAL THERAPY FOR GUM DISEASE

    In general terms, the diet that provides for good gum health is no different from that which provides for optimal health of the whole body.

    It should be nutrient-rich and based on fresh natural foods, whole grains, vegetables, fruit, fish, beans and seeds. It should be low in sugar, refined carbohydrates, salt and alcohol and should avoid damaged fats, artificial additives and allergenic foods. Foods that are high in bioflavonoids, such as blue-black fruits, onions, citrus pith and hawthorn berries should be included as these compounds are important in maintaining healthy collagen structure. A diet that is high in fibre may protect against gum disease by promoting the secretion of saliva.

    Specific nutritional supplements have been used with success in the treatment of periodontal disease.

     

    Nutritian and Oral Heath

    The following daily supplement programme is likely to be helpful…

    Coenzyme Q10 (50 to 150 mg)

    Coenzyme Q10 (Co Q10) is chemically similar to vitamin E and is involved in electron transfer in the mitochondria. Early work suggested that people with periodontal disease may be deficient in Co Q10.(14) In double blind trials, 50mg a day of Co Q10, given for three weeks, led to a significant reduction in the symptoms of gingivitis.(15) More recent studies have shown that the topical application of Co Q10 may also improve periodontitis (16), although the conclusions of this research have been questioned.(17)

     Vitamin C (2 to 4g)

    Vitamin C supplementation can improve the symptoms of periodontitis in people who have a low intake of the vitamin (below 35 mg daily) (18), although there is less evidence that it benefits people who already consume adequate amounts in their diet. (19) However, vitamin C is necessary to maintain a healthy immune system, to combat free radical damage and to promote healing. A daily supplement would seem sensible.

     Bioflavonoids (500mg to 1g)

    The bioflavonoids that often accompany vitamin C in foods, which are important for collagen structure, can reduce gum inflammation when taken as a supplement. (20)

    Beta-carotene (100,000i.u)

    Vitamin A is necessary for collagen synthesis and wound healing, maintaining the integrity of periodontal tissues and enhancing immune function. Beta-carotene may be the best form of vitamin A to take, due to its affinity with gum tissue, potent antioxidant activity and safety at high dosages. (21)

    Zinc (15-30mg)

    Zinc functions synergistically with vitamin A, inhibits plaque growth and helps to stabilise membranes in the periodontal tissues. (22) Citrate or picolinate are the best forms to take.

    Vitamin E (200 to 400 i.u)

    Vitamin E has been shown to be of benefit in severe periodontal disease, due to its antioxidant and wound healing properties.

    Selenium (200mcg)

    Selenium and vitamin E act synergistically as antioxidants.

    Folic acid (2mg)

    Double blind studies have shown that folic acid can significantly reduce gum inflammation. (23) This is a particularly important supplement for women who are on the contraceptive pill or are pregnant.

    A diet that is high in fibre may protect against gum disease by promoting the secretion of saliva

    TOPICAL TREATMENTS AND HERBAL MOUTHWASHES

    Co Q10, folic acid and zinc have shown to be beneficial when used topically for gum disease. A mouthwash containing copper citrate is claimed to be effective in preventing plaque bacteria from sticking to the teeth below the gumline. A herbal mouthwash containing chamomile, echinacea, myrrh, peppermint, clove, caraway and sage has been used successfully to treat gingivitis. White oak bark, tea tree, goldenseal, grapefruit seed extract and aloe vera may also be helpful, due to their immune boosting, bactericidal or anti-inflammatory properties.

     

     

  • Danson Park is being treated to a little bit of TLC! Our beautiful Victorian building was looking tired so we decided to carry our some general cosmetic work to make the property look bright and cheerful.
    For any patients due in during the next week or two, apologies for any disruption…That said, most of you will not even realise we have workmen here apart from the scaffolding!

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    We are always interested in hearing your views…what suggestions would you make to improve the general appearance of our clinic?

     

  • Do You Suffer From Excessive Sweating?

    Excessive Sweating can be very embarrassing and yet most of us have suffered from it at one time or another. Unfortunately for some people it can be a daily challenge!

    Hyperhidrosis as it is more commonly known is a condition that causes us to sweat excessively, more than our body can manage in order to regulate its temperature. Ordinarily we are unable to control this medical condition ourselves and for some people is can have a real impact on their confidence and quality of life!

    Do you suffer from this condition?
    Are you too embarrassed to seek medical help?
    Well, there is help out there…botulinum toxin treatments (more commonly known as Botox) injected into the effected area will stop the embarrassing sweat patches and allow you to lead a normal, sociable life.

    Book a free consultation today and see how this treatment will help you get your life back!
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  • Loose dentures

    January 3rd, 2015

    Too many people have conventional dentures and do not wear them simply because they are uncomfortable, slip when they talk or they are unable to bite into their favourite food.

    These problems are common especially with complete lower dentures as the space for a bulky acrylic denture is limited because of the position of the tongue and the contraction of the cheeks usually breaks the seal between the denture and the soft tissue making it to float in the mouth. That is why majority of the patients resort to wearing their lower denture with denture adhesives.

    Denture adhesives although as short term are a good solution (we usually advise our patients to place a very small amount of adhesive on the fit surface of the dentures on special occasions when going out to social events) long term use is not really recommended as the patient may be swallowing excessive amount of adhesive.

    Although this problems are usually experienced with the lower dentures, upper dentures are better tolerated as the support from the palate for the dentures is very good but on occasions we do come across patients who cannot tolerate the upper denture due to strong gag reflex.

    That is why at Danson Park Dental Practice we routinely recommend placement of 2 implants for the support of the dentures. Implants give more support and stability to the dentures so that they have a better grip and less slippage. They can be fitted around the existing dentures or new dentures. The procedure involves placing 2 implants in the lower jaw surgically. If the bone quality and quantity is sufficient sometimes the implants can be loaded immediately at the time of surgery otherwise a few months wait is necessary for the implants to bond to the bone and become stronger.

    If you would like to discuss your needs and problems related to your dentures please call us on 020 8303 3726 and we will be happy to discuss the options available for you.

     

  • Do you suffer from jaw pain?

    November 19th, 2014

    Did you know Anti wrinkle injection and treatment can be used to relieve pain and discomfort caused by clenching and grinding of the jaw?

    This is increasingly being used to help treat the symptoms of TMJ (Temporo-mandibular joint) disorders and associated pain / jaw tension.  The symptoms can be extremely painful and frustrating, these can include:

    • clicking, popping or grating noises as you chew or move your mouth
    • muscle pain or aches around the jaw
    • pain in front of the ear that may spread to the cheek, ear and temple
    • difficulty opening the mouth – the jaw may feel tight, as if it is stuck, making eating difficult
    • headache or migraine

    When  it is injected into the facial muscles that are associated with the soreness and discomfort, it can relieve TMJ pain and jaw tension for many patients. It can also eliminate headaches that are a result from teeth grinding.

    How it does it work?

    Injection into the muscles ‘freezes’ the muscles so they are unable to engage in grinding action that causes the TMJ problems which then relieves the tension casuing the pain and discomfort.  It does not affect the way jaw moves for day to day activites such as talking and eating.

    Treatment is quick, straightforward and can be very effective.

    If you are a sufferer from jaw problems and would like to know  more about this treatment, please call now to arrange an appointment with Dr Pessian on 0208 303 3726

     

     

     

  • Facial Aesthetic Clinic

    May 14th, 2013

    New facial aesthetic clinics every Thursday from 3pm – 5.30pm!

    Danson Park Dental Practice in Bexleyheath, Kent now offers dedicated facial rejuvenation clinics on Thursdays from 3pm to 5.30pm for Anti wrinkle treatment and dermal fillers with prices from just £175 for three areas starting beginning of June 2013.

    These non-surgical, facial rejuvenation treatments help reduce the signs of ageing, smooth wrinkles and facial lines and are carried out by our principal dentist, Forouzan Pessian, a fully qualified and experienced Bexleyheath clinician. You will still be able to have facial aesthetic treatments at other times during the week at the usual price of £350 for three areas.

    Our full range of facial rejuvenation treatments can help give you a fresher and younger-looking complexion by reducing the appearance of crow’s feet, frown lines, forehead furrows, laughter lines and neck lines. We also offer dermal fillers from Restylane to help smooth facial lines and wrinkles by restoring volume and fullness to the skin and lips.

    Facial aesthetics treatment is simple, effective and long lasting. Before providing any you with any specific advice, we recommend an initial consultation at the practice so we can meet you in person and discuss your wishes and desires. During our consultation we can determine which treatment is right for you to bring you the best results and enhance your natural beauty.

    Click here to read more about Anti wrinkle treatment, dermal fillers and facial aesthetics.

  • why do we need x-rays?

    March 12th, 2013

    Why do we use dental x-rays?

    In the last week at Danson Park Dental Practice I had at least two patients who seemed shocked and even slightly aggrieved when I mentioned that they required a dental x-ray. Their reaction surprised me and made me think that a blog about why dentists use dental x-rays might be useful for my patients across Bexleyheath and Kent.

    Dental x-rays are a vital tool for dentists. They help us to see diseases of the teeth and surrounding tissue that cannot be viewed with the naked eye. X-rays help us pinpoint dental problems early in their development – making them less painful and less expensive to treat.

    What problems can dental x-rays detect?

    In adults, x-rays can be used to:

    • Show areas of decay that may not be visible with an oral examination, especially small areas of decay between teeth
    • Identify decay occurring beneath an existing filling
    • Reveal bone loss that accompanies gum disease
    • Highlight bone loss around existing dental implants
    • Reveal changes in the bone or in the root canal resulting from infection
    • Assist in the preparation of tooth implants, braces or dentures
    • Reveal an abscess, which is an infection at the root of a tooth or between the gum and a tooth
    • Show other developmental abnormalities, such as cysts and some types of tumours

    As well as being useful for checking for decay in children’s teeth, x-rays can also be used to determine if there is enough space in the mouth to fit the adult teeth or whether the primary teeth are being lost quickly enough to allow permanent teeth to erupt properly. They are also useful for checking the development of wisdom teeth and identifying if the teeth are impacted (unable to emerge through the gums).

    How often should I require an x-ray?

    Some people may need x-rays as often as every six months but the frequency usually depends on your medical and dental history and the current condition of your mouth. Patients with no recent dental or gum disease and who visit us regularly may only require an x-ray every two years or more.

    New patients often have x-rays taken at their first appointment to check the condition of their teeth, enable the early detection of decay and to check for possible root or bone problems that might be hidden.

    People who fall into a high-risk category may need x-rays taken more frequently. These patients include smokers and those with gum disease and oral health conditions, such as dry mouth.

    How safe are dental x-rays?
    The level of radiation from a dental x-rays is extremely small, lower than levels found naturally in some areas. However, at Danson Park, we like to keep risks to a minimum and will only use x-rays only when medically necessary.

    Pregnant women can still have dental x-rays if they are needed but please let us know if you are pregnant before any x-rays are taken.

  • Facial rejuvenation

    February 19th, 2013

    Are your laughter lines making you frown? We can help!

    Danson Park Dental Practice might be better known for its excellent quality general dentistry in Bexleyheath, Kent but did you know we also offer facial aesthetics, dermal fillers and Anti wrinkle treatment?

    If you’re looking for non-surgical, facial rejuvenation treatments, then look no further than Danson Park Dental Practice where you will find affordable treatments to reduce the signs of ageing, smooth wrinkles and facial lines.

    Our full range of facial rejuvenation treatments provided by Danson Park principal dentist, Forouzan Pessian, can help give you a fresher and younger-looking complexion by reducing the appearance of crow’s feet, frown lines, forehead furrows, laughter lines and neck lines.

    We also offer dermal fillers from Restylane to help smooth facial lines and wrinkles by restoring volume and fullness to the skin and lips. Facial aesthetics treatment is simple, effective and long lasting. Before providing any you with any specific advice, we recommend an initial consultation at the practice so we can meet you in person and discuss your wishes and desires. During our consultation we can determine which treatment is right for you to bring you the best results and enhance your natural beauty.

    According to new research revealed in the Sunday Times Style magazine (February 10, 2013) recently, facial rejuvenation injections can also affect your personality and make you happier.

    Research carried out over the last ten years by American dermatologist Eric Finzi has found that injecting Anti wrinkle treatment into the forehead furrows (or “grief muscles”) can improve a person’s mood because the brain registers what the face is doing. Frowning makes your brain react pessimistically, not frowning has the reverse effect!

  • New year, new you, new smile?

    January 22nd, 2013

    Oh go on then, just one more chocolate. Another glass of wine? Well, if you insist.

    We are all familiar with the excesses of Christmas and then New Year comes along and we vow to have eaten, drunk or smoked our last sinful thing – it’s all steamed vegetables and bottled water from here on in.

    Whatever our vice, there is one thing
    that rarely makes it onto any new year’s resolution list. The very thing we wear every day and is often the first thing people notice – our smile.

    Looking after our teeth by brushing twice daily for two minutes with a fluoride toothpaste is essential for maintaining a lovely, healthy smile and should be backed up with regular flossing or the use of interdental brushes.

    And while we can’t give you the figure
    of your dreams, the willpower of Bradley Wiggins or the athletic prowess of Jessica Ennis, we can help boost your confidence and get you smiling.

    Smiling releases happy hormones in our bodies, it makes us appear more friendly and welcoming, and it can even help open doors to a better career.

    It might be that all you need is a thorough deep cleaning hygiene treatment to banish those red wine stains and give you a dazzling smile.

    Perhaps tooth whitening is just the boost

    ou need? Maybe there is a cracked, stained or unsightly tooth that has been niggling at you for some time, causing you to dread seeing the photos from your Christmas party?

    Or that the time is right to finally do something about those crooked teeth. Whatever your dental desire, we can help.

    There are a number of affordable, fast action hygiene and cosmetic treatments we can offer to help you make 2013 the year of the smile.