October 3rd, 2018
Finland is a nation most people associate with good health and an effective healthcare system, but studies suggest that the Scandinavian country is lagging behind when it comes to dental hygiene.
According to a World Health Organisation report entitled ‘Growing up unequal: Health behaviour in school-aged children,’ just over half of Finnish men and 80% of women aged over 30 brush their teeth twice a day. The statistics are even worse for younger generations, with 55% of 15-year-old boys and 26% of girls skipping at least one cleaning session per day.
The study shows that Finland rates poorly when compared to other European countries. In Switzerland, 79% of boys and 91% of girls brush twice a day. The numbers are also much higher in the UK, Sweden, Germany and Norway.
Liisa Suominen, professor of oral health at the University of Eastern Finland, said that the results are surprising, especially as Pisa tests show that Finnish youngsters are more intelligent than the average child in Europe. Research suggests that bad habits in childhood and adolescence are likely to continue into adulthood, especially among males.
A study cited by Yle revealed the potential implications of poor oral hygiene, with rates of periodontitis, advanced gum disease, significantly higher in Finland than in Sweden and Norway. Sixty percent of Finnish adults have signs of advanced gum disease compared to 50% in Norway and 40% in Sweden.
September 28th, 2018
Do you suffer from bad breath, or are you on the lookout for ways to improve your oral hygiene regime and keep bad breath firmly at bay? If so, here are 4 steps you can take today:
- Brush for 2 minutes twice a day: brushing is essential for preventing bad breath as it removes food debris and bacteria from your mouth. Often, bad breath is caused by a build-up of bacteria, which release odorous gases when they feed. We strongly recommend brushing for two minutes, twice a day, every day. When you brush, cover every tooth, and devote an equal amount of time to each quadrant of the mouth.
- Clean your tongue: many cases of bad breath are liked to collections of bacteria that form on the tongue. Most people know to brush their teeth, but they neglect the tongue. After brushing your teeth, use your brush or a tongue scraper to gently clean your tongue. You should find that this has a positive impact.
- Chew sugar-free gum: if you find that you’re prone to bad breath after eating, it’s really beneficial to chew sugar-free gum. Gum has a fresh flavour, but the action of chewing also stimulates saliva production, which cleanses the mouth. Always make sure you opt for sugar-free products, and don’t chew for more than two minutes.
- See your dental hygienist: if you suffer from bad breath on a regular basis, it’s a good idea to see your dentist or your dental hygienist. Hygienists are experts in oral hygiene, and they can use intensive cleaning methods and provide you with advice to tackle halitosis and increase your confidence.
If you’re worried about bad breath, or you have any dental hygiene questions, don’t hesitate to give us a call!
July 26th, 2017
A dental hygienist who is committed to delivering hygiene services to care home residents has spoken out about the importance of dental hygiene for older people. Jane Peterson describes dental care as “vital” for care home residents and said that more needs to be done to ensure that people understand the value of providing dental treatment and encouraging patients to take good care of their teeth.
Jane is passionate about living by the mantra that prevention is better than cure and claims that she sees the benefits of hygiene services at first hand. Many residents claim that they look forward to her visits because it gives them a better sense of wellbeing, and they enjoy the sensation of having fresh, clean, sparkly teeth. Most of us are aware that taking care of our teeth is essential for good oral health, but there is a growing body of evidence to support the link between oral health and general health. Providing preventative services like hygiene treatments can reduce the risk of oral diseases significantly, but it can also lower the risk of heart disease, strokes, type 2 diabetes and even Alzheimer’s disease.
Jane spends one day a week working at a dental practice, but devotes most of her time to providing hygiene services in care homes. She said that the staff value her input and patients are grateful for the treatments she provides. Older people are encouraged to maintain their independence for as long as possible, but there often comes a time when they become reliant on carers, and it’s important that carers have the knowledge they need to support patients and help them to look after their teeth and gums.
February 8th, 2013
It’s a thin line between getting thing right when it comes to looking after your teeth and gums in the city of London; plus, you only need a little blip and things can go wrong very quickly in your mouth. All you can do is try your best at getting your oral hygiene right. For a start, you should try to maintain a healthy diet so that you keep your immune strong in order that you have enough saliva in your mouth to help fight bacteria. Getting the right products for yourself will always be hit or miss in the beginning, but never be afraid to try out new things as you can never have enough products when it comes to your oral health. There are toothbrushes that play different roles and some of the electric ones are just superb so keep trying them out until you get one that suits the shape of your mouth. Similarly, toothpastes also have many roles to play, from being sensitive, to fighting plaque to even whitening your teeth: these will all come with fluoride, but there are alternatives that you can buy from herbal shops, and whilst on the subject, herbal remedies are also useful to use in your flossing and brushing should things go wrong and you are having trouble with your gums. Good flosses and mouthwashes also back up your regular brushing and are great for a total clean. Combine all of this with regular visits to your dentist and you should have no problems with your oral hygiene.
December 4th, 2012
It is probably an age thing, but as you start to get older in the city of London, you have to work a lot harder to keep yourself looking good and in the game and this is epitomised by how you care for your oral hygiene. However, with the dental industry bringing out better and brighter products each year, your plight is made easier each year too. Just take a look at the toothbrushes on sale right now, especially the electric ones that can do things you and your hand-held toothbrush couldn’t. Some pulse to attack tartar, others rotate faster than your hands could, and the latest now is a brush that incorporates a jet of water to get under the gum-line as well. Combine this technology with bespoke toothpastes, dental flosses, small inter-dental brushes and some remarkable mouth-washes, and there is no reason why your oral hygiene shouldn’t be top-drawer. Yes, things may well go wrong along the way, but remember, you always have your dentist to back you up in times of trouble. If things do go wrong, there are some superb herbal remedies on the market too that are great for treating conditions and aid you recovery after treatments.
December 1st, 2012
For anyone living in the metropolis that is the city of London, it is important that you keep yourself clean and healthy and continue to have a vibrant and successful life. Part of this equation is your dental hygiene as well and the success of this depends largely on your lifestyle. Though the city is full of temptations, you need to do things in moderation: smoking, drinking, exercise and a good diet will impact strongly on your hygiene (though in different ways). The way you care for your teeth and gums is of vital importance, so you should get the hang of a routine of spot-on brushing and flossing and rinsing at least twice a day. As you get older too, so your teeth will need extra vigilance which is where your dentist becomes even more important to you as you may become more susceptible to gum disease and tooth decay as your gums may recede and gaps appear between your teeth that can enhance decay. These things can also affect your bodily health as well so you need to be on top of your game. But also embrace cosmetic dentistry as well because not only will the results make you look better but they can also help to stave of the above threats.
August 9th, 2012
There a several specialist fields of dentistry that concentrate specific areas of the mouth and behind every good dentist in the city of London, you will find a hygienist lurking in the background. Their role is to help you to maintain the health of your mouth by cleaning and offering advice on how to better look after your teeth and gums at home. When you visit them, they will check the condition of your teeth from an x-ray and then carry out a series of cleaning tasks if required- the main one being scaling and polishing to ensure the teeth, above and below the gum-line, are free of plaque. They will polish your teeth, apply fluoride varnishes and coatings to help put minerals back into your teeth’s enamel, and sometimes apply dental sealants. These things that a hygienist does are all designed to steer you away from evils such as gum and periodontal disease and maintain your oral health. You can also discuss things that you get up to at home, especially when it comes to oral hygiene; they have advice on what brush and toothpastes to use and how to use them. Most importantly, your body, teeth and gums will thrive if the immune system is strong and healthy and this leans heavily on having a good healthy diet- your hygienist can supply you with information on how to care for your body and your health, which then comes through in your smile.
May 17th, 2012
If you take a look in any chemist or large supermarket in the city of London today, you will find an incredible array of gadgets and cleaning products aimed at helping you to look after your teeth and it can get a little confusing at times as to what to go for. So, start at your dentist- the person who knows more about your teeth than you, because you can get the best tips on the products to buy that are right for you; then you are on your own. Getting the right brush is paramount and this may take a while to get right but persevere and you will be well on your way to a healthy mouth.
They come in many guises, from hand held angular ones to pulsing alternating electric ones and whilst at this junction, you may like to take into consideration the hardness of the bristles in order you get the best results, but don’t damage your teeth and gums either. Then the toothpaste- again important, because they cover a range of mouths, conditions and needs so read the label before buying. Now, furnish your bathroom with a good dental floss so that you can get into areas your brush cannot.
Then we get to the back-up products: buy a decent mouthwash, some small inter-dental brushes and invest in some herbal remedies to help sooth and calm your gums and teeth. There really is no excuse for bad oral hygiene considering that these companies are doing all the hard work for you and laying it on a plate- all you have to do is choose….happy hunting!
February 24th, 2012
A dental hygienist is a particular kind of dental professional who specializes in oral hygiene – rather than providing corrective treatments, such as fillings, bridges or extractions, they conduct preventative dental care. Oral hygiene is key in preventing problems such as tooth decay and infection which often cause us to need dental treatment.
Obviously it’s important to maintain good dental hygiene at home, by brushing your teeth and tongue daily, and flossing regularly. But a dental hygienist will offer an additional range of treatments to improve your oral hygiene and further reduce your risk of tooth decay, gum disease and bad breath. Your London dentist might offer various hygiene treatments himself, but will also be able to recommend you a professional dental hygienist.
Common dental hygiene treatments include a scale and polish, which removes tartar and plaque from the enamel of the teeth, and teeth whitening, which removes discolourations and stains for a healthier smile. Your dental hygienist can also give you advice and tips on how to optimize your oral hygiene routine at home, whether you’d like help with brushing, flossing, or anything else.
Dental hygienists are qualified professionals, and on top of being able to offer treatments and advice, they’ll be able to look over your teeth and assess your current standards of oral hygiene. Many of us don’t find out we’re missing sections of teeth when we brush until an expert tells us so.
Keeping good oral hygiene is far more important in avoiding costly dental treatments and procedures than many people realize – so don’t wait: ask your London dentist for a recommendation today.
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!