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You and Oral Hygiene in London

Saturday, 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.

London dentists tell patients all about chewing gum benefits

Thursday, 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.

Teeth cleaning with braces in London

Wednesday, 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.

Find the key to long lasting oral hygiene with help from expert dentists in Central London

Saturday, 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.

The battle against plaque: let London dentists be your ally

Friday, 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.

London dentists help their patients to choose which tooth brush to use

Friday, July 8th, 2011

To make sure that your dental health is the best that it can possibly be it is important to use the correct equipment. But this is not necessarily an easy thing to achieve, what with the huge variety of choices that is available. Any trip to a supermarket or pharmacy or even a browse on an online retailer reveals a massive array of different tooth brushes. Following a few simple pieces of advice can help you to make the right choice and keep your teeth nice and healthy for many years.

It is important that your tooth paste is comfortable to hold. You will be using it at least twice a day so it ought to fit neatly into your hand and be easy to manoeuvre around your mouth. The head should be small enough so that it can reach all the different parts of your teeth but not so small that it has few bristles on it.

Some people prefer to use an electric tooth brush because the vibrating motion is more effective at removing plaque but these represent a more expensive option. For those with sensitive gums it might be wise to choose a brush with softer bristles but bear in mind that you still want to be robustly removing plaque from your teeth so that it doesn’t harden into tartar or cause cavities to form. Brightly coloured tooth brushes can help encourage the very young to brush their teeth.

Whichever tooth brush you choose, remember that, over time, the bristles become worn away and frayed and have less effect. Make sure you are replacing your tooth brush when necessary. Your London dentist will be able to advise you about which tooth brush is the best option for you and your needs.

Flossing Correctly in Central London

Monday, June 13th, 2011

In all honesty, how many of us in central London cases truly say we know how to floss correctly? Flossing has come from nowhere to become one of the most important elements in oral hygiene today. Normal brushing has been around for years, but for all our best efforts to do it properly, it fails to get right in amongst those places that hold onto foodstuffs and breed bacteria. Floss can- getting between the teeth and in and around the gums. If you take a look at what’s available, there is a heck of a lot of choices in the shops these days, from tapes to threads, to some holders that have the floss strung between two small prongs. It’s a matter of ‘try it and see’ to get the one that suits you and when you do, it’s then down to your technique and this may take a little while to master too. Try asking your dentist if you are unsure, but it’s basically down to working the floss gently between your teeth. This is done by wrapping a length between the middle fingers of each hand and then once it is between the teeth, you can use your thumbs and index finger to direct it around the teeth and into the gums. When you’re ready to move onto the next tooth, you simply use a fresh piece of floss and so on and so on. You may like to develop a system, top teeth first and then the bottom. But importantly, crack the technique and get into a daily routine (maybe whilst watching the television), and you will be giving your teeth the best chance in life to be with you until the end.

Fighting off Heart Disease through your teeth in the City of London

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

At any time the blood is poisoned, it is circulated straight away to the whole body by your heart. Death by serious poisoning is instantaneous because all of the organs are hit viciously at the same time and shut down through the trauma. However, a gentle, mild poisoning, builds up in the organs over time and when the body can take it no more, the organs start to fail. Dentists in the city of London have identified the risk to the heart and constant infections of the blood, by diseases that emanate from the mouth. Gum disease is the major criminal here. They will bang on and on about it, but they have a point- poor oral hygiene will get you in the end. If you’re lazy, miss appointments and fail to do the basic oral hygiene procedures, you are putting your life at risk, maybe not now, but further on down the line. Once plaque gets in, it collects around the teeth and attacks the enamel of the teeth; the bacteria that grows from this, then starts to poison the gums. In the ‘good old days’, the dentist would just pull your teeth and fit you with dentures- but that couldn’t reverse the fact your blood had already been damaged and your body infected. Come on people! How hard is it to visit your dentist regularly and to brush, floss and rinse at least twice a day? It’s your life and you choose the outcome.

The Downside of Oral Products in London

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

Most products that we use to keep our mouths healthy in London work wonders, better than ever before. Yet in striving to maintain our oral hygiene, we may be overdoing it and actually doing more damage. If we get the wrong brushes and toothpastes, they can be abrasive and damage the tooth’s enamel and gums, opening the doors for bacteria to flourish, leading to decay and gum disease. Other toothpastes contain ingredients that with over use, can dry up the mouths saliva- the natural fighting agent against bacteria and plaque, without which, leaves the mouth dry and very vulnerable to attack. Similarly, most mouthwashes contain alcohol- great for killing some bacteria, but again with over use, can leave the mouth bereft of the saliva it needs. One of the greatest dangers to the teeth and gums, are home tooth whitening techniques, and this is a big market right now as we clamber to get our teeth white Both whitening toothpastes and the kits themselves contain bleaching agents. Used in moderation, they work fine, but over used they can dry out the tooth enamel and the surrounding gums, doing irreversible damage. If you have any doubts about oral products, most dentists can supply you with information on how to care for your teeth sensibly.

London dentists help patients with their flossing technique

Monday, May 9th, 2011

The fact that there are such high rates of gum disease in the United Kingdom provides a worrying piece of evidence that just not enough people are flossing their teeth, or if they are, they are not doing it well enough. If you have not flossed before then it might seem like a daunting task and you might believe that you will not be doing it correctly. When you brush your teeth you can feel whether you have done it properly by running your tongue over your teeth, but the beneficial effects of flossing are more subtle and not as immediately noticeable.

The aim of flossing is to remove potentially damaging plaque from between your teeth where it is just as at home as one the surfaces if your teeth. This is vital in the fight to stop dental decay and also gum disease, which actually causes the most instances of tooth loss amongst British adults. The good news is that dental floss is easily available from super markets and pharmacies and is very cheap too.

You should floss after you have brushed by tearing off a manageable length of the floss from the container in which a roll of it is housed. Then pull the floss between the gaps of your teeth, gently moving it back and forth and up and down to rid the area of plaque. Many people are put off after just a single attempt at flossing because it can often causes light bleeding from the gums. This should not carry on after the first few goes as your gums become hardened to the process.

If you have any questions about flossing, your London dentist will be able to answer them and help you to become an expert in a part of your dental hygiene that is very important and beneficial.