February 11th, 2012
Floss is a thin ribbon of nylon or plastic used in conjunction with a toothbrush to clean and remove harmful bacteria from the mouth. Most dentists will recommend that you floss at least three times a week, but if you can floss daily, the results will be even better.
Flossing removes plaque and particles of food from places that your toothbrush won’t reach – between teeth and under the gum line. Accumulated plaque can lead to tooth decay and gum disease, so flossing regularly is very important.
Having cleaner teeth doesn’t just keep them protected from decay. It also improves their appearance and gives them a healthy shine. Getting rid of decomposing food debris stuck between your teeth will also help you to avoid bad breath.
There are a lot of different kinds of floss and sometimes it can be difficult to know which kind to use. If you have wide gaps or dental bridges between your teeth, dental tape or ‘wide floss’ is advisable. The differences between waxed and unwaxed floss are minimal, and for many people it comes down to personal preference.
Many people who aren’t used to flossing don’t see it as necessary, but more and more dentists are saying that it should be part of any regular oral hygiene routine. If you aren’t sure where to start, or how to floss, see your London dentist for advice.
February 10th, 2012
Dental bridges are false teeth that attach to neighboring teeth as a replacement for one or more missing teeth. They are called bridges because they attach to the sides of the neighboring teeth, bridging them together. Bridges consist of a false tooth and two crowns to anchor the tooth in place.
Many people get bridges to improve their appearance – missing teeth, particularly at the front of a mouth, can be unsightly and look unattractive. But bridges also serve many practical purposes. They help to prevent food debris getting lodged in the gap, and thus lower your risk of tooth decay and gum disease. They also help your speech, and support the teeth on either side of the bridge, which otherwise may become chipped or damaged.
There are three kinds of dental bridges that your dentist could fit you. The most common is a traditional fixed bridge, which consists of a fixed false tooth between two porcelain crowns. If the gap to be filled is between the front teeth or between two very healthy teeth, you may simply be given a resin-bonded bridge, and cantilever bridges will be used in gaps which only have teeth to one side.
Dental bridges can last between 10 and 15 years provided they are well maintained. Good oral hygiene, including brushing your teeth and flossing regularly, will help to keep your dental bridges in good condition.
If you think you might benefit from having a dental bridge fitted, see your City of London dentist for advice and information about what kind of dental bridge will suit you.
February 8th, 2012
Dry mouth is a condition which affects the flow of saliva in your mouth and makes your mouth feel dry, sticky and raw. If you frequently feel thirsty, have problems swallowing and chewing, or develop sores in and around your mouth, you might be suffering from dry mouth and should see your dentist as soon as possible.
Dry mouth doesn’t just make your mouth and throat feel dry – it also affects your oral hygiene. Saliva acts as a cleanser in your mouth, washing away bacteria and fighting decay. Sufferers of dry mouth might find that they accumulate plaque more quickly and are therefore more at risk from infections, tooth decay and gum disease.
Dry mouth arises for a variety of reasons. It can be a result of other medical conditions including diabetes, and often is a negative side-effect of medication. Medications for your heart, blood pressure, or depression may be the culprit, and you should speak to your dentist if you think this is the case.
Otherwise there are a variety of ways to treat dry mouth. You should drink plenty of water and try to breathe through your nose, rather than through your mouth. Sucking on sugar-free sweets or chewing gum can help to stimulate saliva flow. If your dentist feels that you need treatment, he may suggest an oral rinse to restore mouth moisture, or prescribe you medication that stimulates saliva production.
Having dry mouth is not just uncomfortable, it has negative effects on your oral health, and should be treated as quickly as possible to prevent more serious problems like tooth decay and gum disease.
If you think you might be suffering from dry mouth, give your City of London dentist a call today.
February 6th, 2012
Dental calculus is another word for what most people might refer to as tartar. It’s a form of hardened dental plaque which results from the build-up of minerals from plaque and saliva on your teeth.
To prevent plaque developing into tartar, it’s best to brush your teeth twice daily and floss a few times a week. If tartar, or dental calculus, is allowed to remain on the teeth, it can cause chronic infection and inflammation, both of which are painful and damaging to your dental health. It’s also one of the leading causes of tooth decay, which can lead to tooth-aches and, potentially, tooth removal. Tartar that develops above the gum line can also lead to serious cases of gum disease.
The only way to remove dental calculus from your teeth is to see your dentist about treatment. Your dentist will clean your teeth through a method known as a scale and polish, which will remove built-up plaque and tartar from your teeth. In more serious cases, your dentist may employ an ultrasonic cleaning device to clear away large amounts of calculus build-up.
Having your teeth cleared of plaque and calculus will not only prevent the destructive effects of these damaging bacteria, but will also make it harder for plaque and calculus to accumulate again. The rough surface of dental calculus is the ideal environment for the formation of further bacteria, meaning that without treatment, you can quickly be caught up in a downward spiral.
Even while maintaining good oral hygiene, having your teeth cleaned professionally on a semi-regular basis will help you to keep damaging bacteria at bay. Ask your City of London dentist for more advice and information about dental calculus on your next check-up.
January 19th, 2012
Keeping a Good Mouth and Body in London
The body is a well oiled machine and when everything is working in delicious harmony you are going to have a healthy life-style in London. However, deflate one of the equations in this machine of yours, for whatever the reason and the rest of your working parts have to work harder to maintain the balance. One of the most important elements of your body is your mouth, for if it falls into decay, it can have devastating effects on some of the body’s most vital organs. It can all start innocuously with a build up of plaque and if unchecked, it becomes tartar that can start to attack the gums and your teeth. Allowed to continue and you will start to develop gum and periodontal disease. Now any type of disease means that something in your body is being infected and when it comes to your teeth and gums, it means poison is being leaked into your blood. Over a long period of time, this means that the infected blood is being fed around your body will start to breakdown your heart, your kidneys and your liver and in the end, they will simply cease to fight the cause. Any sign of things getting out of hand in your mouth should be fought immediately and although it is an old adage, if you are looking beautiful with stunning teeth, you will feel a million dollars, as well as feeling healthy- it’s an important part of the machine.
January 17th, 2012
Mouth-washing in the City of London
The dentist industry is forever coming up with new fangled ways to get you to put your hands in your pockets and buy the latest dental products on the market, and if you take a look around you the next time you go out shopping in the city of London, there are dozens to choose from in the shops: some work fantastically, some not so but they all do some sort of job for you. However, as research goes on, some of these products tend to get questioned as to whether or not they do any effective job at all and one that is always being questioned about its validity is the mouthwash. Once you’ve brushed and flossed, you should naturally rinse afterwards- now, the argument here is, if you have already cleaned you teeth with a plaque busting brush and relevant toothpaste, is there any real need for an anti-septic mouthwash as well, or are they just a way to con you out of more money. There is no doubt that some of these do help in the fight against bacteria in the mouth and do give you that crowning after brushing. But the real advantage of a mouthwash is when you don’t have a brush with you after eating, say when you are out, and by gargling with one of these can help break down the acids and sugars in your mouth, especially if you have a little inter-dental brush to hand as well to clear the food away first. They also leave your mouth feeling fresh as well; most products have there use, and if using a mouthwash works for you, then use one- they certainly aren’t going to do you much harm.
January 16th, 2012
Taking a step further than Brushing in London
There are some magnificent toothbrushes and paste on sale on the London market today; with brushes, you can buy bent one, angled ones, flexible ones, ones that you can scrape your tongue with too, but especially, ones the make noises and do all the hard work for you! When it comes to pastes too, you’ll find ones out there somewhere to fight off any conditions in your mouth that may arise. This is great, but you may have also noticed there are all sorts of other strange little gadgets you can buy as well, that are specifically designed to back up the brushing process; not to impugn the work that your toothbrush does, but they are lumpy old things that aren’t quite designed to get to those more intimate places between the teeth and gums where food can get caught and then breed bacteria. Flossing is great for getting where these foods lurk and clearing them out, as are those fantastic little inter-dental brushes. Mouthwashes are excellent for rinsing with afterwards to flush out things and help with everything that has gone before. And if you fancy giving your gums a vacation, massaging them with certain herbal oils is a superb way to stimulate and put the life back into your mouth.
January 11th, 2012
How hard can Oral Hygiene be in Central London?
Oral hygiene is the engine behind a whole process of stopping your mouth into disrepair and putting your body health, teeth and gums in danger. But for all our better efforts, there are a lot of us living in central London who are still not getting our oral hygiene right, or not even doing it at all. Just by buying the best products around is pretty pointless if you don’t know how to apply them correctly. So let’s get back to basics; brushing, flossing and rinsing- that’s all there is to it. Find the right brush that fits your mouth and then find toothpaste to accompany it and then learn how to use them. Floss, because your brush can’t always get right into the areas that floss can- and then rinse; mouthwashes just put the icing on the cake. There are other little devices such as inter-dental brushes that you can use between the teeth to remove foodstuffs and by using herbal remedies such as Echinacea or tea tree oil to massage your gums with, it will help stimulate them and keep them healthy. But the most important part of this oral jigsaw is your dentist who can check if you are doing okay every 6 months. They can patch you up and fix any problems, tell you off for not behaving yourself and then advise you if you are having problems with your oral hygiene. Rocket science…no, but vitally important…most definitely!
January 6th, 2012
The City of London’s way to do Oral Hygiene
As much as your dentist will support you in your quest for a healthy mouth in the city of London, essentially, it comes down to you in the end to look after your mouth on a daily basis and if you get in the groove of doing it like clockwork everyday, you will be avoiding a world of hurt in the future. Firstly, you need to brush your teeth correctly- sounds silly, but many people still get complacent about this. Find a brush that suits you and there are a lot out there; bent ones, straight ones and electrical ones- get this right and you are on your way. Secondly, finding the right toothpaste to accompany your toothbrush is important as well, but again, this could be down to trial and error so, persevere until you get it right. Finally, there are a lot of little gadgets such as dental floss, inter-dental brushes and some terrific mouthwashes to help you on your way. Oral hygiene should not be seen as a daily chore/bore, but as something that is going to keep your mouth healthy and your body as well. And if you do get lazy and start getting lack-luster with your teeth, yes you have your dentist to fall back on, but you better be prepared to open your bank account for corrective treatments. It’s not that hard- just look after your teeth and they will look after you.
January 2nd, 2012
Healthy Flossing in London
Here’s a thing in London, we all know that if we want to look after our teeth, we brush. But sometimes brushing just doesn’t cut the mustard and doesn’t get right into the places where the little bits of food lurk and then breed bacteria. No, what is required here is a bit more effort and this comes in the form of flossing. Over the past 20 years, dental floss has become an important part of our everyday regime in oral hygiene- though it does take a while to get the hang of. There are many dental flosses around so it can be a little bit of trial and error before you get the one that is right for your teeth, but if you chat with your dentist before buying, you will get there in the end and find out, not only what is best for you, but also how to floss correctly. Once you have got your floss, then you need to wrangle it between both hands and weave it between your teeth and around your gums. This can remove all foodstuffs after eating and ensure that your mouth is free of bacteria. Ignore this in your daily regime though and you will be leaving your mouth vulnerable to an attack from plaque and tartar, which will in the end, destroy both teeth and gums. Learn to floss and learn it well.