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.
September 24th, 2011
One of the main goals of oral hygiene in central London is to ensure that bacteria is not allowed to develop into plaque and tartar around the teeth, for if it does, it can start to infect the gums and lead to tooth decay and loss. Even more serious, if gum disease sets in, it will release toxins into the blood stream that in the long run, can lead to the breaking down of the vital organs throughout the body. So, back to basics: it all starts with the right tooth brush and how to use it to ensure that food doesn’t get stuck around the teeth and gums; a good toothpaste is also essential in counteracting the build up of plaque and for keeping the teeth’s enamel in shape. The use of dental floss and inter-dental brushes are also very good for removing food from the teeth and gums, as is the back-up of mouthwashes. What is very good for the gums and helps enhance the blood flow through them are herbal products such as aloe vera, Echinacea and particularly tea tree oil- especially if you soak the floss in the oil before use. But of course, in this equation in gum care is the greatest back-up of all- your dentist. They can check your gums, clean the teeth and throw any advice at you that you need to keep your gums healthy. As a footnote, healthy gums are borne out of a healthy body and this comes down to lifestyle and diet as well.
September 21st, 2011
Oral hygiene is important to us all in London and one of the most important elements to this is getting the right toothbrush. What we are trying to do by brushing is remove the bacteria and debris left by food and plaque. Many dentists advocate small heads with soft bristles as they are better for getting into the areas that are hard to reach and with a strong grip handle and a scraper for your tongue on the reverse of the head- these are essentially the basic rules of a toothbrush. However, not all of our mouths are the same so getting it right at first can be very hit or miss and if you have any doubts about what your requirements are, you could always ask your dentist first for advice and they’ll be able to point you in the right direction, as they know the shape of your mouth from the inside. It’s important that any brush you use feels comfortable in the mouth; what are very popular these days are electric toothbrushes- they not only do the hard work for you but probably do it better than you could brush. Again these come in various guises- some rotate, some alternate and in the case of a sonic toothbrush, they are specifically designed to break down tartar and plaque. What is fact is that they need to be changed at regular intervals- around every three months as they tend to become worn and hence, their ability to do the job can become hindered and inefficient. The heads also harbour bacteria, so they need to be cleaned each day too…happy brushing!
September 15th, 2011
Many people are aware of flossing but either don’t get around to it or think it is unnecessary to carry it out. In fact flossing is a vital weapon in the fight against plaque in the mouth and the failure to floss can have, in the long term, consequences as serious as tooth loss through advanced dental decay.
Dental floss is easily available in super markets and pharmacies and is affordable too. It comes in handy, small boxes which means that it can easily be carried around and taken on trips and holidays. Within the boxes you will find a long roll of dental floss that can be torn off into small lengths using a serrated section on the lip of the box. Tear off an amount that will be easily manoeuvrable with both of your hands and pull it in between two teeth. Move it backwards and forwards and then repeat the process in the next gap.
This is necessary to do regularly because brushing alone cannot always remove plaque from what can be tight gaps between teeth. If plaque stays in these gaps then it will begin to erode the protective enamel from the surface of teeth and also cause gum disease. Too much contact between gums and acidic plaque causes gums to become inflamed. If this inflammation spreads to the jaw bone then tooth loss becomes a serious concern.
Central London dentists report that many people are put off flossing because the first time they do it they experience bleeding from the gums. This is quite normal and should cease after a few more time as your gums become hardier.
August 27th, 2011
We all know how beautiful London can be and how it gently seduces you into playing hard- that’s why we love it. Nothing wrong in that at all, but as long as when we play hard, we should also know when look after ourselves hard as well. If you think about it, your mouth is always going to be at the forefront of anything you do, so it’s vitally important that care and attention is at the top of your to-do list when it comes to oral hygiene- that’s if you want to remain the best thing on two legs ever! First, get into a rhythm of a routine everyday that involves using a good brush, toothpaste floss and mouthwash, especially after eating. This will ensure that the bacteria from foodstuffs, is kept to a minimum in the mouth. Secondly, you should always try to keep a balanced diet: this will help to prop up your immune system that maintains the natural saliva in the mouth- the greatest agent against tooth decay and gum disease. Finally, never miss a check-up at the dentist- this is two-fold. A dentist will be able to pick up on anything you may have missed and rectify it. But it is also the best opportunity to ask about any doubts or concerns that you have about oral hygiene. Lest we forget, dentists know more about your mouth than you probably do so they will be able to point you in the right direction when it comes to looking after your teeth at home.
August 4th, 2011
In the past chewing gum did not exactly have a great reputation. It seemed to be synonymous with rebellious youth and perhaps even a disrespectful attitude. Nowadays, more and more people are recognising that chewing gum can actually have dental benefits. Read on to find out more about how chewing chewing gum can help you with your oral hygiene.
Part of the problem with chewing gum in the past was that it was full of sugar so if you were chewing it then, all the time it was in your mouth, you were exposing your teeth to high levels of plaque, the substance that causes tooth decay and cavities. Now chewing gum tends overwhelmingly to be free from sugar and people are realising the potential benefits of chewing it.
Of course brushing your teeth is always preferable but if you are in a situation where you cannot brush your teeth then chewing gum can perform some of the same functions if not to quite the same level. The motion of chewing helps to dislodge food debris which might be hanging around in the mouth, ready to form plaque. The motion also stimulates saliva which has a dual function: it fights plaque naturally and helps to combat dry mouth.
If you are out and about and don’t have access to your tooth brush then why not chew a little gum after eating so that your teeth are helped out in the fight against plaque? It will also freshen your breath so that when you interact with people you won’t emit unpleasant smells from your mouth. Always feel free to ask your dentist in London for more advice about these and other matters.
July 20th, 2011
If you have had the luxury of getting a removable aligner fitted, you will know only too well the luxury of keeping your mouth healthy throughout your treatment in London- you simply take them out. But those of us not so fortunate have to have fixed braces fitted and oral hygiene takes on a whole new set of rules until the treatment is complete. Plaque and tartar are a menace on their own, as they feed off the residual of food that gets caught up in the mouth; combined with a fixed brace, your teeth are in great danger. The wires of the brace can be cleaned with a good flossing program, using interdental brushes and floss-threaders to get right in amongst the brace’s mechanism. Most chemists can supply you with dyes that highlight any build up of plaque so that it can be removed: electric toothbrushes and plaque mouthwashes are highly favoured for doing this. But the best back-up you can get is your dentist. Once you have the brace fitted, your dentist should offer you at least four visits a year, not just to check the progress of your treatment, but also help you out will your cleaning, check you are doing it right and to ensure your mouth has no signs of plaque.
July 16th, 2011
Having health teeth can easily be taken for granted. Such a situation allows us to eat, drink and talk with the minimum of effort and fuss. Thankfully it needn’t be something that takes a huge amount of effort either; just a few minutes each day and making the right decisions when it comes to lifestyle. If you are worried about your oral hygiene, read on for some tips that come straight from the experts.
The main aspect of maintaining optimum levels of oral hygiene is the care you take of your teeth at home. This ought to comprise a rigorous routine of brushing and flossing at least twice a day. By doing so you are removing the plaque which is the enemy of good oral hygiene in all of our mouths. It is plaque that causes teeth to decay by eroding enamel and it is plaque that causes gums to become diseased too.
Think about your lifestyle choices too. Smoking is not good for most parts of your body and your mouth is no exception. It has links with oral cancer and inhibits saliva production which constitutes an important natural defence against plaque. The same can be said of consuming excessive amounts of alcohol too.
Make sure you go and see your Central London dentist too. No matter how well you take care of your teeth at home, accidents can happen or ailments might develop that you simply have not noticed. Dentists are trained to spot the incipient signs of dental hygiene concerns so that they can be rectified before they become a major issue. A check up every six months ought to be sufficient.
July 15th, 2011
The main enemy of those who want to have a set of healthy teeth and gums is an acidic substance known as plaque. It is the main cause of common dental hygiene issues but, thankfully, is easily dealt with by following a simple set of advice and enlisting the help of your local dental professional. Read on to find out how you can effectively combat plaque.
Plaque is an acidic substance that is formed in the mouth every time you eat. It is the foods which produce the most plaque which one has to wary of though. Foods containing a high amount of sugar and or starch are the one to look out for as they create more plaque. The plaque then sets on the teeth and, unless it is removed, it will start to break down the enamel layer which protects the sensitive interiors of your teeth. As well as this, plaque causes gums to become diseased if it is not removed from the gum lines of teeth. This is itself a major cause of patients actually losing their teeth.
You can remove plaque by brushing your teeth effectively with a brush that is fit for purpose and a suitable tooth paste. Be sure to floss as well so that plaque is cleared from the hard to reach spots between your teeth. Being careful about what you eat and when can make a difference too. Consuming a sugary item just before bed without brushing your teeth is not a great idea because the plaque will have all night to work away at your teeth.
Enlist the help of a London dentist and allow them to monitor your mouth. They are able to spot if there is excess plaque in the mouth and help you to remove it properly before it starts decaying your teeth.