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!
August 31st, 2017
Most of us are aware that we need to go to the dentist every 6-12 months, but did you know that it’s also really beneficial to see a dental hygienist on a regular basis? If you’re thinking about booking a dental hygiene appointment, here are 3 good reasons to go ahead:
- Lower risk of gum disease: if you see your dental hygienist on a regular basis, you can drastically reduce your risk of developing both decay and gum disease. Dental hygienists use intensive cleaning treatments to remove plaque and tartar deposits, ridding your mouth of harmful bacteria and increasing your chances of enjoying good oral health for longer. Your hygienist can also offer advice to help you brush better at home and adopt a healthier, more tooth-friendly diet.
- Fresh, clean breath: bad breath is a very common problem. If you’re prone to halitosis (bad breath), you may be advised to see a dental hygienist on a regular basis. This is because the cleaning techniques used by hygienists are much more powerful than brushing at home. Bad breath is caused by bacteria in your mouth releasing odorous gases. Your hygienist will target bacteria and clean areas of the mouth that are commonly missed when brushing.
- Sparkling smile: there’s nothing like the feeling of freshness you get when you’ve been to the dentist or the dental hygienist and you’ve had your teeth cleaned. Your hygienist can remove surface stains and get rid of unsightly plaque and tartar, giving your teeth a gorgeous, healthy glow.
If you’d like to know more about our dental hygiene services, why not give us a call today?
October 11th, 2008
It is very embarrassing when your breath stinks, so your London dentist will give you advice about maintaining fresh breath. There are many things that you can do at home to keep your breath fresh and clean. These include, watching what you eat as some foods make your breath smell bad, and the poor breath doesn’t resolve itself until these foods are metabolised by your body and expired into the air. Use fluoride-based toothpaste when you brush, and you should brush for at least two minutes and also floss, twice daily. Try to avoid mouthwashes if your breadth begins to smell, as these can possibly make the situation even worse. Mouthwashes usually remove the bacteria in your mouth above your gum tissue, and you can get an overgrowth of sulphur-producing bacteria below your gums that smell even worse. If your mouth is dry, you can use sugarless candies or sugarless gum to stimulate your saliva to wash away bacteria.
You should visit your London dentist for regular checkups, even if you feel that nothing in your mouth requires attention. You may have a cavity or cavities that you do not notice yourself that can cause bad breath, or an infected tooth or teeth. You may also have gum and/or periodontal problems that you will not notice until they get very severe and cause you pain. This can cause bad breath. Also, lifestyle changes can help you to keep your breadth fresh and clean. If you smoke, consider quitting. Try to cut down on alcohol consumption as it has been shown to be associated with periodontal disease. If you are taking medications for medical problems, and your mouth is dry, visit your dentist and see what can be done. There are several things that they can do and/or prescribe for your problem. All in all, stay in good health, and the mouth is not separate from the rest of the body, so visit your London dentist regularly.