May 9th, 2009
Bad breath or halitosis can be a caused for people to stay away from you. Covering your mouth every time you speak can be tiring and degrading. Good news is, fresh breath is not that hard to achieve. You just have to understand what causes bad breath and to follow some tips on how to maintain fresh breath.
The bacteria that live in the whitish coating on your tongue’s posterior portion are the major reason why you could lose your fresh breath. A secondary cause of halitosis is the bacteria that could gather in other areas of your mouth.
Here are some tips from London dentists on how to maintain fresh breath:
• Always practice and maintain good oral hygiene. A good oral hygiene can eliminate the bacteria that are the main cause of bad breath.
• A good oral hygiene consists of brushing your teeth two to three times daily, flossing once a day, using an oral rinse and regular check up with your dentists. Using sprays, breath mints, gums and mouthwash may only give you a limited time of having fresh breath.
• Avoid dry mouth as it promotes bad breath. Drink plenty of water regularly, stop smoking and stay away from alcohol.
• Brush your teeth after eating protein-rich foods such as cheese and fish. Protein is said to contribute to bad breath.
• Clean your dentures regularly using antiseptic solutions.
• If symptoms of bad breath still persist despite taking the necessary steps to maintain fresh breath, consult your London dentist. Halitosis can be a sign of faulty dental work, gum disease or other medical problems.
April 13th, 2009
Dental plaque and tartar build-up on your teeth and oral soft tissues. Your London Dental Clinic can help you to learn to properly take care of your teeth and gums. If dental plaque is allowed to remain on your teeth for more than 48 hours, it will harden and become more difficult to remove. After twelve days, it becomes very hard, and is then called tartar. Your London dentist agrees that proper oral hygiene is required to properly remove dental plaque and to prevent plaque from becoming tartar. The best treatment for plaque and tartar build-up is prevention. It is very important to brush your teeth at least twice daily for two minutes each time, to floss your teeth, and to also brush your tongue. Tartar tends to build-up more on your back teeth, so it is important that these teeth are brushed and flossed satisfactorily. For the hard to reach smaller places of your mouth, use a brush with a small head. Make sure to brush your teeth before bedtime. This is the time when plaque may build-up on your teeth, due to the lack of saliva flow at this time. Be certain to change your toothbrush every three months, as the bristles begin to splay and tear. Your London Dental Clinic dentist and dental hygienist will teach you how to properly brush your teeth. If they see some problem areas, special advice may be given for these areas of the mouth. You are also advised to avoid carbonated beverages, especially sugary ones, and sweet foods and snacks. The best types of foods to eat are unsweetened and high fibre foods.
March 7th, 2009
As you may be aware, bleeding gums can lead to numerous health problems, as well as the eventual loss of your teeth. Fortunately, your dentist can help you prevent gum bleeding, as well as provide treatment as soon as it begins to develop. As may be expected, following proper oral hygiene methods will also help prevent bleeding gums from getting further out of control.
When you have routine dental exams in the City of London, your dentist will also examine your gums. If there are signs of redness, swelling, or bleeding, your dentist may want to probe for infection pockets. From there, you may need to undergo further treatment for these infections. This may include taking antibiotics, as well as undergoing procedures that will remove infected materials from the tooth, bone, and deep gum areas.
Chances are, if your dentist sees signs of gum disease, you will be given some alternative hygiene protocols. Among other things, you may need to buy a soft toothbrush. If you normally brush across your teeth, your dentist may advise using a circular motion instead. You may also need to avoid snapping floss against your gums. Aside from this, your dentist may recommend an antibacterial mouthwash that does not include alcohol.
There is no question that periodontal disease is as unsightly as it is dangerous. If your gums are bleeding, it is vital to see a dentist as quickly as possible. Even if it turns out that your bleeding is caused by improper brushing and flossing, your dentist will still need to check for signs of infection. Unfortunately, failing to take proper care of this condition can lead to heart disease and even death. Today, you can do something about bleeding gums, and protect your health as well as your dental wellness.
February 14th, 2009
Your City of London dentist and dental hygienist will properly instruct you on oral health care. These oral hygiene instructions and good practices should begin at a very early age. You will be taught how to brush and floss your teeth, and clean your gums and tongue. Dental plaque needs to be removed from your teeth properly every day, at least twice daily. Making this effort to keep your teeth and mouth healthy and clean will help you to prevent tooth decay, gingivitis, and other gum diseases. The dentist and dental hygienist can also advice you on your diet and nutrition in order to keep your mouth healthy.
Several pointers include: Using a soft/medium nylon toothbrush; holding your brush comfortably; using a pea-sized amount of toothpaste; angling your brush at a 45 degree angle along the gum line; using a vibrating circular motion when brushing, etc. Make sure that you brush for at least two minutes twice daily and floss. Visit your City of London Dental Clinic to get yourself on the right road to oral hygiene care!
January 24th, 2009
The new fashion craze this year could be jewellery for the teeth. You can now have a brilliant piece of jewellery set into your tooth enamel with minimal drilling. Teeth jewellery is catching on and some brides-to-be are showing interest in this cosmetic procedure.
Other dental procedures that are catching on are teeth whitening, polishing and breath management. State-of-the-art teeth spas are opening in London, and some brides-to-be are having this procedure performed. They usually visit the London dentist prior to their wedding date to have their teeth whitened and polished. Now, they are also including breath management. Other dentists say that jewellery for the teeth is strictly a cosmetic dental procedure with no dental benefits. No known side effects currently exist, but allergy to teeth should be considered. While other dentists say there is no harm in having jewellery dental procedures performed.
Oral health care is vey important, and more effort should be spent in addressing oral health care from childhood. Opponents do not feel that children should be taken to such dental spas offering these types of cosmetics, and cosmetic in children should be limited to aligning crooked teeth.
November 15th, 2008
Halitosis, or bad breath, is an embarrassing problem. The majority of people with bad breath aren’t even aware of it. Visit your London Dental Clinic if you think you have, or know that you have, bad breath. Your London dentist will help to find the cause and the cure of your bad breath problems. Certain foods can cause bad breath; including onions and garlic. Even after you feel the food smells have gone away, they may not have, as these food smells linger on until they are completely metabolised and expelled through the lungs. Mouthwashes and brushing your teeth are only temporary fixes when you have halitosis.
Good oral hygiene; brushing and flossing twice daily for 2 minutes at a time, and brushing your tongue is very helpful in preventing bad breath. Food debris usually remains in your mouth after you eat. Proper oral hygiene removes this debris as well as the bacteria and plaque that form on your teeth and gums. This build-up of bacteria, plaque, and food debris, is the beginning of your problem. Dryness of your mouth is another cause of halitosis, as foods and bacteria cannot be washing away if your salivary flow is really slow. If this problem exists, you should have some sugarless gum or sugarless candy to use to combat this problem. Smoking and drinking alcoholic beverages can also increase the risk of bad breath, as well as certain medical problems. Your London dentist may refer you to a physician if it a felt that this is the problem. So visit your London Dental Clinic for your bad breath problems, as well as other dental needs.
November 11th, 2008
Your London Dental Clinic can help you with tooth sensitivity. Tooth sensitivity is caused by abrupt changes in intraoral temperatures, acidic foods and beverages, and sweets, touching your tooth in an area where there is communication between the outside of your tooth and pulp. Tooth sensitivity causes and treatment will be addressed went your visit your London dentist.
Here is an overview: Tooth sensitivity occurs when tooth’s dentinal structure is exposed because of receding gums, or if parts of this dentinal layer is exposed on the crown portion of the tooth and/or root of the tooth. If this occurs, exposed dentinal tubules are present and exchange stimuli with the pulpal tissues, especially the nerves, triggering pain. Some causal events leading to sensitivity of the teeth are: the use of bristle brushes that are hard and/or brushing too hard and too much, this may wear down tooth enamel over time; gingival recession and damage to the teeth themselves; carious teeth; excessive use of teeth whiteners, gritty toothpastes, plaque build-up, use of acid mouthwashes, foods and beverages. Normal dental procedures can also leave your teeth sensitive, but this will resolve itself shortly.
Ways to reduce tooth sensitivity include: good oral hygiene practices; using a softer brush; fluoride products; and, being mindful of foods and beverages that you consume Make sure to visit your London dentist regularly. Your London dentist can use several procedures including to reduce or eliminate your teeth sensitivity.
November 9th, 2008
Oral hygiene is very crucial to oral health maintenance. At your London Dental Clinic, the dental hygienist will teach you how to properly care for your teeth and gums. Good oral hygiene practices should begin at a very early age, and a dental hygienist will demonstrate proper teeth and gum brushing, and also flossing. Then they will watch you brush and floss, and aid you in making any changes in your brushing and flossing routines. Plaque is the sticky material on your teeth that needs to be removed every day, at least twice a day. You should have a set of goals for yourself that include keeping your mouth clean, odourless, and healthy. Proper oral hygiene will help to prevent cavities, gum problems, and periodontal disease. The dental hygienist will also review your diet and obtain a dental caries index, and make some suggestions about your diet and habits that you may need to look at. So, visit your London Dental Clinic to learn how to perform proper oral health.
Here are some pointers. Use a soft or medium bristled toothbrush. Hold your brush so that it is comfortable in your hand. Place a small amount of toothpaste on the brush, wet it, and place it against your teeth and gum at a 45 degree angle, and move it back and forth in a vibrating motion. Make sure that you brush all of your teeth on both the outsides and insides. The brush should be held in a vertical position to brush your front teeth on the insides. Then scrub the biting surfaces of your teeth, and floss your teeth (even behind your last teeth, as plaque also forms there). Brush for at least 2 minutes at a time and at least twice daily.
November 9th, 2008
Bring your child to the London Dental Clinic to have a dental check-up, and for prevention and treatment. They have a very understanding and compassionate staff. Oral hygiene performed properly is essential to development and growth of your child. Dental caries is the most common childhood disease. Infants and children both require good oral health.Here is a series of issues that you need to understand to have a healthy infant or child. A strong relationship exists between your child eating sweets and dental caries. Keep your child away from sugars, especially sticky sugars. You may think, well my child is going to lose their baby teeth anyways. Keep these teeth in good shape for as long as possible, as they help with jaw bone development and growth so that the adult teeth have sufficient room to erupt into the mouth. Some individuals have teeth when they are born that need to be removed, and a primary tooth is visible in the mouth by 6 months. From 6-25 months, your infant will start teething and your London dentist can give you advise about your baby biting on different objects, drooling, ear pulling, massaging the infants gums, and use of a teething ring that is cold. There are also teething ointments that your dentist can suggest. By age 3, most of the baby teeth are in the mouth; possibly all of the baby teeth are present. From 6-12 years of age, your child will have a mixture of primary and adult teeth.
Your children need to brush, and watch them to make sure they do it correctly and don’t swallow toothpaste. Replace your child’s toothbrush every 2-3 months. Use a very small amount of toothpaste. Buy new toothbrushes every few months and throw away the old ones. If your baby takes any type of medication, make sure that you wipe their teeth after giving them the medication, as acids in the medication can dissolve the teeth.
Your infant/child should visit your London dentist at 1 year old. This way you set the groundwork for a long-term relationship with both the dentist and the dental hygienist. Remember it is much better for you and your child to keep their gums and teeth healthy. Prevention is the key, and is a lot less expensive than dental treatment. Your London dentist may recommend sealants for your child’s adult teeth once they erupt, to help to prevent cavities. Also, fluoride treatments should be performed during your child’s regular checkups. Your child will also be taught how to floss their teeth, and mouth washing may also be recommended. You should also get an orthodontic consultation for your child at around the age of seven. So, bring your infant or child to your London Dental Clinic to maintain their oral health.
October 26th, 2008
The dental hygienist is a very integral part of the London treatment team. They help you to keep your mouth healthy. They are specially trained to clean your gums, and guide you in the prevention of dental caries and gum disease. Proper oral hygiene is the foundation of keeping your mouth healthy. Good oral hygiene needs to be addressed from a very early age, and our hygienists are very kind and work all age groups. During your initial visit to the hygienist, they will perform an intraoral examination of your mouth, and chart any gum irregularities and tooth decay. The dentist will then re-perform the examination as a double check. That way our dental team is sure that nothing is missed. The hygienist will then get the go ahead to clean your teeth and gums. Depending on the extent of your dental plaque/calculus, this could take one or two visits.
The dental hygienist, will also show you how to keep your teeth and gums clean, and your mouth healthy. They will evaluate your brushing and flossing methods, and help you to make any needed adjustments. This way you can help to remove plaque bacteria from your mouth, and maintain good oral health. Plaque is that sticky material that adheres to your teeth. The goals are to keep your mouth clean, odourless, and healthy. More specifically, to prevent further problems in your mouth due to dental caries, gum disease, and periodontal disease. The dental hygienist will also review any necessary dietary changes and lifestyle changes that need to be addressed. Therefore, it is important for you to make an appointment and come in and see our dental hygienists and dentists here in London.