How Your Oral Health Affects Your General Health

How Your Oral Health Affects Your General Health
What are the most common public health issues of the modern world?

Most people immediately think of issues such as heart disease, arthritis, or obesity, but there’s a more prevalent problem affecting people of all ages that has a strong influence on general health. The surprising truth is, one of the most common public health issues—poor oral health—can actually increase your risk of developing certain chronic illnesses, making it a more serious problem than it seems.
For example, researchers at Columbia University in the US have found that there’s a link between arterial health and dental health. Why?Because bacterial that live in the mouth can contribute to arterial narrowing, which is a leading cause of cardiovascular disease. As a result, regular brushing and flossing can actually slow down the rate of narrowing, reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke.
Another example of the link between oral health and general health is that poor oral health appears to be a risk factor for dementia, in older people. The exact nature of the link is unclear, but tooth loss is an outcome of advanced gum disease, and some kinds of dementia have similar risk factors to cardiovascular disease. This means the nature of the link may be similar to the link between oral health and cardiovascular health.
Diabetes and oral health also appear to be related in some way. One clear relationship is that people with diabetes have a greater risk of developing gum disease, and that gum disease is harder to treat in diabetics. However, there’s another link, too: poor oral health may actually have an impact on blood sugar levels, and may increase the risk of type 2 diabetes developing, due to levels of systemic inflammation that develop as a result of oral infection.

Poor Oral Health Can Have Major Impacts On the Following Areas Of Your General Health:

  • Narrowing of the arteries (see the research reported from Columbia University)
  • Possible links to the onset of dementia
  • Although not definitive there also appears to be a link between poor oral health and  Type 2 diabetes through impacting on blood sugar levels.

For more detailed information please refer to this linked article researched and written by Juliette Garner

Dental Implant Costs In The United Kingdom

Dental Implant Costs In The United Kingdom.

Vital information concerning dental implant costs  and other facts that should assist you in making the right decision for the person considering this surgery.

Dental Implant costs in the United Kingdom is a process that people should evaluate after doing their own thorough research because of the generally high costs associated with this surgery. That is why it is important that you are well aware of all the possibilities (dental insurance included) that are available to you and the costs associated with these options. Always remember that each patient has a different situation and the dental costs for the implant surgery may vary from person to person according to their individual situations.

What You Need To Know About Dental Implant Costs
What You Need To Know About Dental Implant Costs

This is also another reason why it’s important that you do research yourself as the prices quoted to you may vary from surgery to surgery.



On average a single dental implant works out to be around  £2600 in the United Kingdom and this may seem quite expensive for many people. We will now look into these costs in more detail and find what is included in this price.

What Does The Average Cost of  £2600 Include?

  • This price includes all the preparation and analysis work the dental surgeon does before the actual implant is placed in the mouth. This includes consultation, scans and so on.
  • Also training courses are given to the entire team so they know exactly what to do with the dental implant and this too comes at a cost.
  • After this, the price of the actual implant and the crown also have to be taken into consideration as they are made by dental technicians and are made to size for each specific patient. Lastly, these costs include the post surgery care the dentist provides to you in order to make your implant last an entire lifetime.


Now we will look at the actual costs, broken down per category:

Procedure description Cost from 1st Source (£) Cost from 2nd source (£) Average Cost (£)
Consultation/Clinical Assessment 95 100 97.5
Completed Dental Implants (with final crown) From 995 Between 1950 to 2200 1715
3 Unit Implant Bridge replacing 3 teeth in a row From 3140 Between 4450 to 5000 4,196.67
4 Unit Implant Bridge replacing 4 teeth in a row From 3590 Between 6600 to 7600 5930
6 Unit Implant Bridge replacing 6 teeth in a row From 5235 Between 8400 to 9600 7745
‘All on 4’ From 6695 6695

1st Source:

2nd Source:

The above prices were taken from 2 clinics so you may find there are greater differences after checking other dental practices.


Looking at the table above you can see that any sort of dental implant surgery procedure will end up costing you a lot. Unfortunately the NHS considers dental implants as cosmetic surgery and will not pay for it. The NHS will only pay*(see exceptions) for dentures or bridges, but not implants. But there are some exceptions, which come into play when either the patient cannot wear dentures for medical reasons or the other scenario is where a patient whose mouth and teeth have been severely damaged. Examples may include people who have had that teeth displaced, as in the case of an accident or a disease such as mouth cancer. Other than these scenarios, dental implants are only available privately and the costs will have to be borne by the patient or their family.

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So as you can see, dental implant costs in the United Kingdom  are expensive and that’s why it is essential that you do your research properly so that you are able to find a Dental Implant clinic where you are able to get the best possible surgery executed that will fit into your budget.

Payment Options To Consider For Dental Implant Surgery:

If this surgery is essential for yourself or a family member and you feel the cost is out of reach then perhaps you can consider one of these options:

  • Taking out a personal loan
  • Redrawing on the mortgage if you have one
  • Investigate whether there are dental implant surgeons available who will offer you a payment plan

For additional information on dental implant costs you may like to read this article

Overseas Dental Implant Surgery – Are The Risks Worth It?

This article is designed to give you some points to consider on the positive & negative sides of overseas dental implant surgery.

Whatever activity you choose to do in life there is always some degree of risk involved. From something as simple as driving to the shops – there are risks associated with this ie. You may have an accident on the way – you may hit a pedestrian – you may suffer a heart attack – you may be struck by lightening. As you can see there is some degree of risk even if it may seem a remote possibility. Everyone has there own way of assessing how risky an activity is. We are all different so each of you reading this needs to take into consideration your own personal risk assessment level. What may seem like a relatively risk free option for one of you may have another person quaking in their boots. So let your own inner feelings assist in guiding your decisions in this exercise.

However you can greatly reduce the risks of overseas dental implant surgery by doing your own personal research on this very popular topic.

Is it worth considering taking a holiday for overseas dental implant surgery?
• If I live in the UK where are the most popular locations for getting dental implant surgery performed overseas?
What are the risks associated with overseas dental implant surgery? – (i) if something goes wrong when you get back home – who pays the cost of getting back to see them – (ii) do they offer written guarantees (iii) do they have testimonials of people you can contact to verify the quality of their surgery. (iv) do the “surgeons” have qualifications from a recognised dental college/university. (v) is the saving big enough to warrant the risk. (vi) Research different surgery costs for various forms of dental implant surgery in these offshore locations. (places to consider offshore dental implant surgery- eastern Europe, Thailand, Bali, Central & South America.

Happy to smile at the world with new found confidence thanks to Dental Implant
Happy to smile at the world with new found confidence thanks to Dental Implants

Need a dental implant, but the price is seriously putting you off? Don’t worry you are not alone. Many Britons every year find themselves in the same situation. What’s worse is that the NHS (National Health Service) will not cover overseas dental implant surgery, apart from extreme situations. This means that at the end of the day all that money will be coming out of your own pocket. These exceedingly high dental costs are the main reason why many of you  need to think carefully before committing to dental implant surgery.
As an alternative to these high costs many people from the United Kingdom are trying something different and that is that they are going to offshore locations such as Eastern Europe, Thailand and so on to get these surgeries done for a greatly reduced cost. For them it’s like a win- win situation; not only are they paying less but they are getting a holiday as well.
Below is a snapshot of the dental costs in different countries:

Country City Prices From (€)
Lithuania Vilnius, Kaunas 880
Latvia Riga, Sigulda 550
Belgium Brussels 600
Czech Prague 1400
Estonia Tallinn 700
France Paris 2000
Germany Berlin 2100
Ireland Cork, Derry, Dublin, Limerick 1100
Romania Bucharest 1000
Slovakia Bratislava 550
Slovenia Ljubljana 750
Thailand Bankgok, Phuket 1590
UK An average across main cities 3400



But before you jump right onto this bandwagon and start planning your dental surgery and holiday abroad, calm down and start thinking about the risks that are associated with travelling abroad for dental implants. After all there are two sides to a coin and each option has advantages as well as disadvantages.
The biggest risk in my view is that you have no concrete way to evaluate the qualifications of a said dentist in a different country. In the United Kingdom as a patient will have access to the General Dental Council from where you are able to reach out to certified and qualified dental surgeons.  This in itself acts as a guarantee for the dental surgeon. But if you are going abroad then you have no way of knowing for sure that the said dentist matches in qualification to the dentists at home.
Other than that, any dental procedure takes a certain time to heal and set in and this is a possibility a potential liability. Imagine that you have travelled abroad to get your dental implant surgery done and 3 months down the track something goes : infection, great pain and discomfort, the implant feels loose? Do you travel back? If so then who pays for that extra ticket and accommodation cost? If not then are you willing to go to a new dentist who might start your treatment from scratch?
Other than that it is essential that you ask these dentists for testimonials from their previous patients, so that you can go through them and contact the previous patients. In this way you will be able to get a clearer picture of whether or not the dentist is reliable or not. But having said that, when you are in the United Kingdom then it will obviously be easier to know about the reputation of your chosen dental surgeon.
Lastly in the United Kingdom you can always make a complaint should you not be satisfied with the services your dental surgeon provided. It is mandatory for your surgeon to follow up on this complaint. But maybe this may not be possible in different countries and thus it must be a consideration that you need to contemplate when deciding whether to go abroad for dental implant surgery.
Although travelling abroad may be cheaper including the travel & accommodation costs for dental implant surgery there are many risks involved which need to be weighed up in your mind based on your own risk assessment level. These offshore locations do claim to have a success rate of around 99% with patients being totally satisfied, but personally I would recommend strongly on doing the research.
Questions or Information To Request:
• Do the dental surgeons have qualifications from recognised universities?
• What are the costs for each procedure that you are considering? Are they fixed?
• Do you have testimonials – written or video that can be verified?
• Do you offer accommodation packages?
• If something goes wrong after I return home that is due to product failure or a mistake by the surgeon – do you guarantee to cover my expenses to return and have the work rectified?
There are numerous other possibilities that you may wish to have clarified but the above questions are a good starting point to reduce the risks of offshore dental implant surgery.

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Look Years Younger With Dentures

You wouldn’t think that getting Denver dentures would help you look younger but they can. There are several ways our mouths make us look older and dentures can help to reverse both of those signs of aging. If you’ve been debating about getting dentures now is the time to take that leap and see how much of a difference they can make in your life.

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Yellow Teeth

When a baby’s teeth come in they are a beautiful shade of white. As the child ages, he or she learns the importance of regular brushing and caring for their teeth. No matter how vigilant they are, the teeth will yellow with age. Over time the foods you put into your body will affect the teeth. Berries are one of the healthiest foods you can eat. They are full of antioxidants and free radicals that boost your immune system and help fight against wrinkles. However, the colors that make blueberries blue and cherries red can also stain your teeth. Coffee, teas, colas, and dark wines will also make your teeth age prematurely. Don’t stop eating healthy foods because they may stain your teeth. Use a whitening toothpaste and talk to your dentist about a whitening procedure. One of the fastest ways to take years off your face is to whiten your teeth.

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Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures – What You Need To Know?

cosmetic-dentistryAre you dissatisfied with your smile? Your teeth are strongly tied to your appearance, which is a large part of your self-esteem. If you have spent years feeling uncomfortable and self-conscious about your smile, consider cosmetic dentistry as an option. The following article outlines a few common procedures that can help your overall appearance. Details on dental implants costs can be found here.

Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures

The following list outlines a few common cosmetic dentistry procedures:

New Dental Implant Procedures

New Dental Implant Procedures

Latest techniques being used in the field of dental implant surgery

  • in the United Kingdom &
  • Outside the UK
  • Are these new dental implant procedures considered safe and are the results considered successful?
  • What is the lifespan of an implant?
  • Infection risks

New Dental Implant Procedures are very important for progress in the field of dentistry. With high sugar intakes and poor oral hygiene prevalent in a high proportion of the population in the United Kingdom, it is no surprise that many Britons spend thousands of pounds in their lifetime to repair or replace lost or damaged teeth.

What Does Dental Implant Surgery Involve?

Many people are still unaware of what is involved with dental implant surgery and this article is designed to give you some basic background information to assist you in deciding if you may require dental implant surgery now or in the near future.

To put it simply dental implant surgery is simply outpatient surgery done to make up for any tooth loss in your mouth. A highly trained oral surgeon replaces your damaged or lost tooth with a new artificial “tooth”. Implants are generally used to hold the false tooth in place.

Bone Grafting:

For dental implant surgery to take place, in some instances, bone grafting may be required. This is where a screw is placed in the jaw. This is usually done when there is not sufficient bone available in the jaw to hold the new artificial tooth. Other than that many people have also used dentures to replace their lost teeth.

New Dental Implant Procedures:

With our ever evolving world new technology is not restricted to electronics. The medical field is continually researching for faster & less invasive methods to perform surgery. The area of dental implant surgery is no stranger to new techniques.

  • One of these new dental implant procedures that is now used in the U.K is called ‘A Guided Zygomatic’. This is usually done when there is extreme bone loss as it involves the use of 2 extended implants, which gives the dental implant the advantage of being around 50 to 55 mm long as compared to the usual 10 to 15 mm long length.
  • In this technique the dental implant is inserted in the cheekbone and not the jawbone.
  • Before this  new dental implant procedure can take place a 3D scan is done of the entire mouth and using that scan the dentist inserts the implant through the cheekbone.
  • The best part is that no surgery takes place, meaning that this technique is quicker as it can be done in just one sitting.
  • Apart from the fact that the guided zygomatic is quicker than previous techniques, it is important to also note that it has proved to be highly successful as well.
  • A study done by Brånemark and colleagues saw that the success rate for this technique is 94%, which consequently means that it is a safe technique.
  • In addition the lifespan for this procedure is quite high as it can last for around 40 years, which iwill see many of us out.

Low Infection Risk

  • A study done by Becktor, DDS; Isaksson, MD, DDS, PhD; Abrahamsson, DDS; Sennerby, DDS, PhD evaluated 31 zygomatic implants over a period of 46.4 months. Over this time frame only 3 of the implants had to be removed due to recurrent sinusitis. Other than that the rest were fine, which means that infection risk is low and according to this study it is just 9.7%.


Outside the United Kingdom:

Guided Zygomatic technique is not only popular in the United Kingdom but it is also popular in other countries such as Thailand. (for a personal account of one persons research and experience of having dental implant surgery performed in Thailand). Thailand is widely recognized internationally as having excellent dental implant facilities. Many health funds from more developed counties will actually subsidise an overseas “holiday” for what is deemed as necessary dental procedures. The dental costs charged overseas will save the health funds in many cases thousands of dollars.

In other countries like the United States, also have  other new dental implant procedures . These include:

  • Immediate Load Dental Implants: In this procedure a crown (temporary tooth) is placed on the same day as the dental implant placement and with time the natural bone and the dental implant fuse together allowing for the long-term permanent crown to be placed within 3 to 6 months.
  • Mini implants: As the name suggests these are implants that are smaller in size around 3 mm and are placed through less invasive techniques. This is usually done on patients that don’t qualify for traditional dental implant techniques.
  • All-on-4: This technique eliminates the use of bone grafting as it uses the already available jaw bone to insert the 4 dental implants which are needed to stabilize the new replacement tooth. This is a time consuming technique and involves many appointments.

So as you can see there are many different  new dental implant procedures available both in the United Kingdom and abroad. But you need to find one that works best for you and your dental situation. So make sure you consult your dentist and gain professional advice. Not only that but make sure that you are aware of all the dental costs involved with your procedure and whether your dental insurance will cover you or not. But whatever the situation never delay a dental implant surgery for a long time period as it may lead to bigger problems and that is something everyone should avoid.

This article is to be used for information purposes only and is not a recommendation for any of the outlined procedures. One should always do research and consult professionally qualified surgeons before embarking on dental implant surgery.

Teeth Veneers Complete Guide: Cost, Type and Procedure

teeth veneers costIncreasingly, dental veneers are becoming a more and more popular addition to the roster of common procedures performed in surgeries worldwide. This simple process can provide great benefits to overall oral health and, for the most part, is inexpensive and easy to carry out. Most dentists offer veneers, and so it should be no great difficulty for anyone who requires them to find a surgery which can provide assistance.

In this guide, we’ll look at precisely what dental veneers are, the various types available, circumstances in which it is recommended that you should think of them, and costs across the UK.

What are Dental Veneers?

Known also as porcelain veneers or dental porcelain laminates, teeth veneers are an incredibly thin, custom-made shell of natural-coloured material which are created to overlay the outer surface of teeth.

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What is Computer Aided Dental Implant Surgery?

Dental industry technology is getting better and better every day especially in dental implant surgery. With so many advancements and new equipments flooding into the market, many dental dental-implant-surgerysurgeries are trying to be at the cutting edge of technology to get the competitive advantage of these devices.

From a patient point of view, I want to share some basics on guided surgeries with the use of these new computer aided devices. One of the main technologies used in a guided implant surgery is Cone Beam Volumetric Technology (CBVT). This is a type of computerised tomography (CT) in a 3D format.

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Is your prospective dental surgery clean enough?

safe-dental-surgeryWe sometimes overlook the fact of safe and cleanliness of a dental surgery or dentist’s office. Because you may have contacted them via phone or just look for how cheap they are. How can you know the dentist office that you go to is safe and how do you know the dental instruments are clean?

First and foremost, there is a standard of care that you should expect from your dentist. There are several things to look for in your office that will show that your dentist values sterilization, cleanliness, and the health of his/her patients. Here are a few things to observe at your next visit to hopefully put your mind at ease:

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How to Have Naturally White Teeth

Many people today wish that they could have white teeth. Our culture is extremely focused on physical appearance and outward beauty, so it would make sense that many people are focused on how their teeth look to other people.

There are many different treatments and procedures that whiten the teeth with bleach or other chemicals. Although these treatments are often effective, most of the time they are not very healthy for your teeth.

They can damage enamel slowly over time, which is very dangerous for your teeth. Enamel is what helps guard your teeth against harmful germs and bacteria; without enamel, your teeth are exposed to many different kinds of harmful bacteria.

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