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.
December 24th, 2011
Why are there so many different kinds of tooth paste? How are you supposed to pick the right one? There are countless different brands and types of toothpastes that are flooding the market. Whatever additional properties you are looking for in a tooth paste, the most important factor is that you pick a good fluoride tooth paste. If you are unsure about the tooth paste you are currently using, consult your dentist in London for recommendations. Your dentist will be able to inform you what brands are reliable and what to look for when choosing a reliable fluoride tooth paste for every day use. Some patients report a fresher breath from tooth pastes containing baking soda or peroxide. This is fine for occasional use, but using such a tooth paste every day may take a toll on your enamel because baking soda and peroxide are very abrasive substances. Consider buying those kinds of toothpastes as a secondary tooth paste that you use every other day or just a couple of times a week. One thing we want to advise you against is flavoured tooth pastes, especially for children. Flavoured tooth pastes encourage swallowing the tooth paste, which is hazardous to your health. Also, flavoured tooh pastes can contain sugars, which is absolutely ridiculous for the purpose of cleaning your teeth!
December 23rd, 2011
Can you remember the last time you replaced your tooth brush? You should be replacing your tooth brush every three months, at least. For children, it is recommended that tooth brushes be replaced even more frequently because their teeth are more vulnerable to harmful bacteria that cause tooth decay and gum disease. Patients who already have a dental disease such as tooth decay or gum disease should also replace their tooth brushes with greater frequency. When you are choosing the kind of tooth brush that is right for you, be sure to pick one with soft bristles. Soft bristles are very important when you are picking a tooth brush that you will be using every day. Harder bristles do not mean cleaner teeth. In fact, hard bristles cause damage to the soft tissues of your mouth, such as your gums, which could actually lead to dental problems. As for the shape of your tooth brush, you know best what is comfortable for you, and what shape of the tooth brush head best reaches the hard to reach spots in your mouth. Some patients prefer a tooth brush with a rubber grip handle for better control. The color and design are really up to your personal tastes. If you are still at a complete loss, consider speaking to your dentist in London for more helpful tips.
December 22nd, 2011
Cleaning your teeth at least twice a day at home is an important part of maintaining good oral health. Just half an hour after you eat, sugars from foods and drinks left on your teeth will act as food for harmful bacteria that begin to break down the hard surface of your teeth. This will lead to tooth decay and gum disease without cleaning your teeth regularly. You should be flossing before you brush your teeth so that the fluoride toothpaste can reach more places in your mouth. When you floss, do take care that you are not snapping the floss against your gums. After flossing, you should brush your teeth with a good fluoride toothpaste recommended by your dentist. Take care to use a soft bristled tooth brush so that no trauma is incurred by the soft tissues of your mouth. Keep in mind that you need to take care of your gums as well as your teeth. You also need your dentist to professionally clean your teeth for you at least twice a year. Regular visits to the dentist at least twice a year are just as important to your oral health as cleaning your teeth every day at home. Only your dentist in the City of London is able to remove hardened plaque and tartar from your teeth, so be sure to ask about cleaning your teeth today.
December 13th, 2011
Fluoride is a natural wonder that has proven to be a critical component to maintaining good oral health. Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that strengthens the enamel of our teeth, protecting our teeth from dangerous bacteria that threatens to eat away at the hard surfaces of our teeth causing tooth decay and gum disease. Fluoride can be found in the foods and drinks we eat, even in regular drinking water from the tap in some parts of the country. However, this minimal intake of fluoride is not enough and it is very important that you use a good fluoride toothpaste that has been recommended by your dentist. You should be brushing with a fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day, though children should only be using a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste at each brushing. Your dentist can offer you fluoride treatments if you suffer from teeth sensitivity and have strong reactions to cold or hot foods. Fluoride therapy is also a great way to help with dry mouth, bad breath, gum disease, a history of cavities, or if you have crowns, bridges, or braces. Fluoride treatments can also be used to reverse the earliest symptoms of tooth decay. Fluoride has proven to be completely safe, so there is nothing to fear. If you have any further questions, speak to your dentist in London about fluoride today.
November 24th, 2011
It is no secret that people with great oral health lead happier and healthier lives. The overall quality of your life is improved by practicing good oral hygiene and your dentist in London can help. Practicing good oral hygiene for life is not as complicated as you may thing. The most obvious aspect is brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice a day. This routine should have been a part of your life since childhood, but if this isn’t the case, it is never too late to start. Brush with soft bristles and a reliable brand of fluoride toothpaste recommended by your dentist. It is also important that you visit your dentist at least twice a year to detect any early signs of dental disease. Your dentist will also be able to give your teeth thorough clean ups. Speak to your dentist today about healthy eating tips, how to avoid sugary and overly processed foods. You may also want to consider cosmetic procedures that will help you boost your confidence and achieve the smile of your dreams. Tooth loss and dental disease are costly in both time and money for you. If you want to avoid any problems with your teeth, incorporate good oral hygiene into your regular routine and make it a part of how you lead a happy, healthy lifestyle.
November 20th, 2011
The most basic care for your oral health is brushing and flossing at least twice a day. Brush with a soft bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Flossing before you brush means that the fluoride can reach more places between your teeth. Don’t forget to brush your tongue where food particles can still cling to. If you have any questions about what type of toothbrush to use or what brand of toothpaste is best, please consult your dentist in London. It’s a part of our job to help you practice good oral hygiene. Brushing and flossing alone are not enough. It is crucial that you visit your dentist for clean ups. If you have relatively good oral health, visiting your dentist twice a year should do. But if you are at risk of or already experiencing the symptoms of tooth decay or gum disease, you will need to visit the dentist much more frequently. If you are a smoker, diabetic, or pregnant, you should consult your dentist about how often you should come in for clean ups as your teeth are especially vulnerable. Your dentist will be able to clean any hardened plaque from your teeth that stains them yellow and only your dentist can detect early signs of dental disease. If you want to stop problems before they harm your oral health, be sure to follow these tips and consult your dentist.
November 7th, 2011
Flossing is quite a new way of looking after your teeth in central London if you look at it in the overall scheme of dentistry things, but it has its place and you should ensure that you should incorporate it into all your oral hygiene routines. Flossing can get into places where toothbrushes fear to tread, or frankly just can’t get to. The essential essence of oral hygiene is to ensure you remove all the rubbish you have been bunging into your mouth over the course of the day and give your pretty teeth and lovely pink gums a chance to fight off the evils of decay and disease. Working dental floss in and around your teeth will ensure that you get rid of all those little bits of food that brushing may have missed and ensure that bacteria cannot develop in the mouth at all. You can also take the process another step further by daubing the floss with something like tea tree oil first- such herbal gems not only help as you work in the floss, but they can also help stimulate the gums into action and help the blood to circulate around the mouth. There are many flosses on the market so there are a lot to choose from and so maybe after trying some out first, you will find one that suits you and hence, give you the optimum chance of keeping your teeth and gums clean and healthy for life.
October 3rd, 2011
Yes, you have to have braces and it’s not going to be easy for the up to the next couple of years (if that’s how long the treatment lasts). Living in London can be hard enough at the best of times, without the idea of wearing braces thrown into the mix. If you’re one of the lucky ones that have been fitted with a removable aligner, then bully for you, because it simply means that you can take it out and brush your teeth as normal. But if you have had a fixed brace popped into your mouth, oral hygiene suddenly becomes an art-form that has to be mastered quickly. The perils that a fixed brace poses, is that of bad breath, gum disease and plaque and to avoid it, you have to be doubly vigilant. Your dentist will enlighten you on how to clean your teeth once the brace has been fitted, but when you get home, it’s down to you to care for your teeth. There are certain dyes that have been developed to highlight any growth of plaque around the teeth and this is a great aid for anyone that has a fixed brace, but the biggest struggle is to remove any food that might have got caught up in the wires and this can be the greatest danger to your teeth as bacteria will soon start to attack the teeth and gums. Flossing takes on a whole new meaning for those wearing braces- get it right and your teeth will be healthy by removing any residue of food left in the mouth. But one thing to bear in mind is this:- you come through this phase unscathed, you’ll be far stronger from the experience and look far more attractive than the people that have ridiculed you throughout this period.