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.
July 24th, 2014
It can’t be said that the dental industry doesn’t try to come up with products to help you maintain a healthy smile- something that you will definitely desire in a hot summer in London when everyone starts to look great, free and beautiful. As you get older the need to care for your teeth and gums and use these products to your smiley advantage.
Get a decent toothbrush, decent toothpaste, mouthwash and then most importantly, get a good dental floss that will suit your mouth. Flosses come in varying sizes so you may have to try a few out first until you get the one for you and when you do, learn how to use it for the best results. This can be tricky at first so practise hard and do it until you can accomplish it with your eyes shut; loop the floss between your fingers and then weave it gently between the teeth and up around the gums. This will remove any food that has got stuck in these gaps and get to areas where brushes fear to tread.
By doing this, you will be stopping foodstuffs from developing bacteria that will threaten your teeth and gums. Now after this you can brush and rinse ‘til your hearts delight.
It sounds simple and yet, flossing has become an extremely important part of your every day routine; floss is cheap to buy and easy to keep on you at all times, so use it at your leisure after eating and by doing so you will help keep your smile in perfect working order.
April 17th, 2010
It`s called Scaling because it looks like the type of scale that is left behind by Lime Scale on a tap, says a Central London dentist. The dentist will start by using a small hand held tool that looks like a sharp ended crook that a shepherd uses, this will be used to scrape off the white tartar and sticky bacteria that gets in between our teeth. Usually brushing, flossing and strong mouth washes won`t get rid of this scale. Once it is picked off, the dentist will use a water spout that vibrates in between the teeth, this will wash off any loosened material and debris that is left. If you suffer from receding gums then you may need a local anaesthetic, this is so the dentist can get to the tartar that is embedded onto the top and bottom of your teeth. To do this they will need to plane the tooth to get all the debris off. It is important to get it all as it will only eat into the teeth and you`ll lose them much earlier than necessary. Polishing will be the next stage, this is so the teeth will lose their discolouration and become white again. The method used by most dentists is to blend the enamel and work it into a better colour, the polish up will also smooth the teeth`s surface to make it look more natural. This will happen at your 6 monthly visits to the dentist, and so it is very important that you keep that appointment if you want give your teeth the best chance of staying with you for most of your life. Many people lose their teeth prematurely, simply because they fail to keep up their 6 monthly check ups
June 21st, 2008
Sensitive teeth are a misery! Nearly everything you eat will cause a sudden, shock like pain. Sometimes even tiny joys like chocolate and ice cream can cause tingling pains in all your teeth. If you have all these symptoms you are definitely suffering from sensitive teeth!There are many underlying reason for a sensitive teeth. The causes may vary from an injured tooth, cavities, shallow depressions in the tooth due to excessive acidity, decayed dental pulp, fracture of the tooth etc. Dental procedures such as large fillings which are very close to the internal nerve may also cause sensitive tooth. To solve your problem you have find out the exact reason underlying it. It’s a good idea to get it checked with your London dentist before the problem gets any worse.
You can take care of your sensitive teeth by proper oral hygiene techniques. Use a soft tooth brush designed for sensitive teeth to brush at least two times a day coupled with flossing once a day. Use desensitizing tooth pastes combined with fluoride containing rinses available in the market for sensitive teeth. Use the toothpaste for brushing and then place a tiny amount of the toothpaste on the areas which are sensitive for about five minutes and then rinse off with the mouthwash.
June 21st, 2008
Do you regularly use a mouthwash? Active ingredients in a mouthwash may vary and each has its own uses. It doesn’t really control the bad breath but does help to mask the odor for a few minutes. But quite a few people still use mouthwash. So what does a mouthwash actually contain? Let’s find out!
• Most of the new generation mouthwashes contain sodium chlorite which is supposed to keep the mouth odorless for a maximum of four hours. But it’s not very effective in killing bacteria which causes the bad breath.
• Some mouthwashes contain sodium chlorite as well as zinc chloride. These are much more effective in controlling bad breath for up to 12 hours. But after that bacteria rebounds again to produce stale gases.
• A few other common ingredients used in mouthwashes are sodium bicarbonate, alcohol along with flavoring oils, sorbitol, urea, boric acid, propylene glycol, dchloride and chlorophylin, cinnamon, methyl salicylate, menthol, anethole, thyme, certified colors, cetylpyridinium and resorcinol. But there are is a very high chance that quite a few of the ingredients can cause allergic reaction and problems in adults so do be careful.
• Antimicrobials like cetylpyridinium chloride, sanguinarine, chlorhexidine, phenolic compounds can actually cut down the amount of bacteria in the mouth controlling bad breath.By now you must have realized that there’s no substitute for good oral hygiene and brushing. There are so many varieties in London stores that it can be confusing so try to use a mouthwash only on the recommendation of your London dentist who can get you a medicated mouthwash for your specific needs.