November 6th, 2019
Many of us have grown up following a dental routine or employing certain habits to protect our smiles. While being aware of the importance of looking after your mouth is undoubtedly positive, dentists are concerned that some people have been misled by popular dental myths.
In a bid to encourage patients to take good care of their smiles, the British Dental Association has provided advice to bust these myths and ensure people have access to accurate information about oral hygiene.
Surveys suggest that some people think it’s fine to brush just once a day, but dental professionals recommend twice-daily brushing. Brushing once in a 24-hour period is not sufficient to remove bacteria and food debris, and this elevates the risk of plaque formation. Plaque is a sticky film, which envelopes the enamel and clings to the gums, and it puts you at risk of decay and gum disease.
The next myth is that you don’t need to floss. While flossing is not essential, it is important to clean between the teeth, and flossing is one method of doing this. The alternative is to use interdental brushes. Brushing between the teeth reduces the risk of decay and staining, as it targets the areas that are missed with a traditional toothbrush.
Mouthwash is a popular oral hygiene product, but some dentists are worried that patients think of it as an alternative to toothpaste. Mouthwash should only ever be used in tandem with brushing, rather than instead of cleaning your teeth. It’s also best to wait a while after cleaning your teeth to use mouthwash so that you don’t wash away the fluoride from your toothpaste. The same guidelines apply to rinsing after brushing. Many people automatically rinse straight after cleaning, but actually, this is not beneficial for your oral health. Leaving fluoride on the teeth will help to make the enamel stronger.
October 5th, 2012
It seems really silly that in a modern central London, that we have to be reminded how to look after our teeth. But sadly, people get complacent and think that just because they are buying the best products on the market, this will diminish the amount of work that they have to put into their oral hygiene. But the point is, things like bacteria and plaque never ever go away and are always on the prowl, ready to destroy the mouth should they slip up. A good place to start is by visiting your dentists. Firstly, they are there to look after your mouth, by cleaning your teeth and gums thoroughly and repairing any damage done, but also, they are there to advise you on any problems about oral hygiene and can help guide you towards the best products to suit you. This will always start by getting the right brush: there are dozens to choose from (the electrical ones are excellent), so test the water before choosing wisely and learn to use it correctly. This should followed up by buying a good toothpaste: again lots to choose one, so ensure you get one that is sympathetic to the conditions of your mouth. Then you can buy all of the by-products to like floss, inter-dental brushes and mouthwashes to help support your daily program.
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.
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.
July 12th, 2011
It probably adds only a minute onto your dental hygiene routine at home yet too many people neglect to floss in between their teeth. The evidence for this widespread omission lies in the high rates of gum disease in adults in the United Kingdom. Nobody wants to have to deal with health issues concerning their mouth yet if you don’t floss you could be leaving yourself open to things going wrong.
Dental floss can be bought from super markets, pharmacies and your dental surgery and comprises a roll of thin tape in a small, handy box. It is very cheap and can conveniently be packed into a small space so that you can take it with you on holiday or on a business trip.
It is used by pulling a length of it from the small box and tearing it off, using a serrated edge that lies next to the hole. You should then manoeuvre the floss in between two of your teeth and pull it back and forth.
The purpose of this is to remove plaque and food debris from the slim gap between your teeth. Brushes are simply unable to reach these parts of the mouth and if you leave plaque in these places then you are leaving yourself open to tooth decay and gum disease.
If you have not flossed before then you might want to ask your Central London dentist to tell you the best techniques that you can use. Many people get put off from flossing because the first few times can yield a little blood as the floss cuts the gum. But you should carry on with it so that you don’t have to deal with the pain and indignity of suffering from gum disease.
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.
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.
April 18th, 2011
Taking care of your oral health is not simply a matter of brushing your teeth twice a day. That is a very important factor but there are a number of other things to bear in mind too. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and diet and keeping sweet treats to a minimum are also paramount, as is paying regular visits to your dentist to have your mouth checked out for signs of disease. One aspect that can slip under peoples’ radar is flossing but this just as important as the others and failure to do it can have unpleasant and undesirable consequences.
The main aim of flossing, like tooth brushing, is to remove plaque from the teeth. This bothersome substance is formed every time you eat and drink, to a greater or lesser extent depending on what it is that you are consuming. It needs to be removed from the teeth consummately so that dental decay does not occur. By brushing your teeth you will remove most of the plaque in your mouth if your technique is adequate. But there is one place in particular where plaque can lurk, undisturbed by your brush.
This place is in between your teeth. The best way to get to this plaque and remove it from harm’s way is the pull dental floss between your teeth. This will gather the plaque and safely get it out of the way. If you have not flossed before then it might cause you a little discomfort to begin with as it might lacerate your gums somewhat. Although sensitive, your gums are also resilient and the bleeding should stop after a few sessions flossing.
Ask your Central London dentist about flossing and they will be able to go into detail about why it is very much worth doing as part of your oral health routine at home.
February 3rd, 2011
A dental emergency, like any emergency, needs to be addressed immediately, but it is also important not to overreact to a problem that may arise in the mouth. Dental emergencies come in many shapes and sizes, so it’s important to educate yourself with an understanding of the nature of the emergency. Most problems can be attended to at home until a dentist can be seen. If you lose a filling, a veneer, a crown or even chip a tooth, exposure to cold air can be painful, but until you can get treatment, gaps can be plugged with gum and treated with clove oil or painkillers; as can toothaches- these can arise at any time, but can be treated in the same way. If you lose a tooth, again the gap should be filled and if possible, the tooth retained until a dentist can be seen. But as well as keeping the emergency in perspective, you should never underestimate a problem either. Some wounds can become infected if not treated, leading to further complications. In the case of an explosion of an abscess, the situation can easily become life threatening. It’s always useful to have products lying around the house or in a first-aid kit to cope with minor emergencies. Some dentists within the city of London may offer a 24 hour emergency line that you can call, but if you feel there is a real emergency at hand, a hospital should be sought- self awareness in an emergency is important.
February 1st, 2011
It’s considered by most dentists in the city of London that flossing is an integral must in oral hygiene. Foods can get lodged in tight areas between the gums and teeth, and if not removed, can lead to plaque and tartar building up- this process can start within an hour of brushing and the bacteria that builds and grows can become destructive to your teeth within a day, if left unchecked, this can then lead to gum and periodontal disease and cavities. The purpose of brushing and flossing is to break up the development of bacteria. However, regular brushing will not reach these areas where foods get stuck, whereas flossing can. There are various types of floss on the market and your choice may well be influenced by how tight together your teeth are. Flossing should be carried out at least twice a day before brushing. Once you have attached around a foot of floss between your fingers, it should be fed gently between the teeth in a sawing motion until it is against the gums and then worked between the gum and teeth to remove any foodstuffs. This is a delicate and time consuming operation but will snap the build up of any bacteria around the teeth before brushing- a mouthwash will also help in the removal of foods. It’s a small price to pay for holding off any diseases that develop in the mouth. These disease are not only painful to stop, once they have set in, but can be very expensive to correct in the long run.