January 16th, 2019
Many of grow up practising an oral hygiene routine, which involves putting toothpaste on the brush, adding a drop of water, cleaning, spitting and then rinsing. The trouble is that this pattern may not actually be the best regime for your teeth. As new research suggests that rinsing after brushing can elevate the risk of decay, is it time you broke the habit of a lifetime?
Rinsing is part and parcel of teeth cleaning for many people, mainly because this is what they learn to do during their childhood. When you’ve been doing something for so long, you may never even have thought to question whether your cleaning technique is effective. Now, with research studies hitting the headlines, it may be a good time to assess your oral hygiene regime and make suitable changes. You might think that rinsing is harmless, but new research suggests otherwise.
A study conducted by researchers at Dundee University claims that rinsing can increase the risk of tooth decay. Co-authored by professor of paediatric dentistry, Nicola Innes, and lecturer in paediatric dentistry, Clement Seeballuck, the study suggests that breaking the habit could reduce the risk of decay by up to 25 percent. This is because rinsing removes fluoride from the mouth. Fluoride is added to toothpaste and it helps to prevent decay by strengthening and protecting the tooth enamel. When you rinse straight after brushing, you wash away the fluoride without giving it chance to work its magic.
The paper also advised people to cut down on sugary snacks, and to try and avoid eating and drinking anything sugary or acidic between meals. When you eat, the bacteria in your mouth feed, and this causes them to produce acids that attack the enamel. The enamel softens temporarily before hardening again. If you eat throughout the day, your enamel doesn’t have a chance to recover, and the risk of decay and erosion is increased.
January 3rd, 2019
As the dust settles on the festive period, many of us will be making resolutions for the year ahead. While most tend to try and up their intake of greens and hours in the gym, there’s a lot to be said for making an effort to keep your smile in check. As surveys reveal that the majority of us consider our smile out most important feature, here are some simple, affordable ways to achieve a more attractive smile in 2019.
The best way to brighten up your smile and keep dental disease at bay is to adopt and stick to a daily oral hygiene regime. This should feature two two-minute cleaning sessions and daily flossing. When brushing, take care to cover every individual tooth, and reach right into the corners of the mouth. Electric toothbrushes are proven to be more effective at removing plaque than manual brushes, and they are available from around £15. Flossing is often neglected, but it plays an important role in promoting good oral hygiene, as it targets areas that cannot be cleaned with a brush, including the gaps between the teeth.
Diet also plays a crucial part in oral health, and after the indulgence of the Christmas holiday, it’s good to get back into the swing of healthy eating and moderate your intake of sugary foods. Try and eat a varied diet, with plenty of fruit and vegetables, whole grains and foods rich in fibre and nutrients, and ensure sweets, cakes, biscuits and chocolate bars are treats, rather than a staple part of your diet. It’s also wise to keep an eye on what you drink. Flavoured coffees, smoothies, juices and fizzy drinks often contain a vast amount of sugar.
Another brilliant resolution to make for the New Year is to see your dentist more frequently. If you tend to reach for the phone only when you have toothache or swollen gums, make it your mission to attend 6-12 monthly check-ups. Regular appointments reduce the risk of dental decay and gum disease, and they can also keep your smile looking great and minimise the risk of problems like symptoms of oral cancer being spotted at an advanced stage.
February 28th, 2017
Spring is just around the corner, and what better time to ramp up your oral hygiene regime and give those pearly whites a good clean? Here are some simple tips to make your smile sparkle this spring:
Oral hygiene treatments
At Baker Street Dental, we have an expert team of dental hygienists on hand to provide a range of cleaning treatments. Our aim is to prevent dental health issues, and give you a healthy, attractive smile, which makes you feel confident. Booking a dental hygiene session will not only reduce your risk of developing gum disease and decay dramatically. It can also make a miraculous difference to the look of your smile. Dental hygienists use powerful cleaning techniques and the latest technology and equipment to achieve a much more intensive, deeper clean than you get at home. They can remove plaque, and shift surface stains, to give you a beautiful, healthy smile. Even if you don’t have existing dental health problems, we strongly recommend routine appointments with our hygiene team.
Brushing at home
As well as seeing your dentist and a dental hygienist on a regular basis, it’s also essential to keep tabs on your oral hygiene regime at home. Adopting a good dental care routine will reduce your risk of dental disease, and keep your smile looking radiant.
- Brushing twice a day using fluoride toothpaste
- Choosing a brush with a small head and soft-medium bristles
- Brushing for at least 2 minutes each time
- Using circular motions
- Spending 30 seconds on each quadrant of the mouth
- Brushing gently
- Brushing your tongue
- Flossing daily
- Replacing your toothbrush or toothbrush head every 3 months
If you have any questions about oral hygiene or you’d like to find out more about our oral hygiene services or book an appointment, simply give us a call, and we’ll be more than happy to help.
January 7th, 2014
You should view you body as a temple in London: if you harmonise it with a good healthy diet and regular exercise, it should keep every part of you ticking over nicely throughout your life- including your mouth, for strong immune system will help keep up saliva levels in your mouth in the fight against bacteria. If you maintain a healthy mouth, this in return will help look after your body as well, and this can only be attained through great oral hygiene. It is always going to be a daily fight to prevent bacteria and plaque forming, and then leading to horrors such as tooth decay and gum disease, so will need to get the best products you can to clean your teeth, gums and tongue with properly. You will need a toothbrush, toothpaste, inter-dental brushes, flosses and mouthwashes; you can also use herbal products to back all of these up. However, there is no point just buying all of these if you don’t use them properly, so always make sure you constantly update your techniques, and keep an eye out for newer and better products as technology improves. The final parts of the jigsaw are dentists and hygienists; they can monitor the health of your mouth, give you advice about any area of oral hygiene and of course, fix you up if things go wrong.
October 12th, 2013
If you have started to feel that your teeth have become a little shabby of late and that you have neglected them, don’t beat yourself up too much, but make sure you address the problem as soon as you can. Looking after your teeth can reward you visually and from a health angle, so the first step is to ensure that you have a good oral hygiene programme going on at home; good brushes, good toothpastes- aligned with flosses and a good mouthwash. Of course though, if things do go wrong, there are many cosmetic alternatives available to get your smile back on track. If your teeth have just become a little faded, then there are many whitening options for you to put the glitz back into your smile again. If however age has taken its toll and left you with worn down teeth with gaps in between, then it is very easy to opt for veneers or some cosmetic bonding; these treatments will have you smiling again before you know it. Also, if things do start to go awry, you always have your dentist to fall back on in times of need, so keep in close contact: the city of London can be a demanding place and it expects you to look your best at all times, but the help is there if you want your teeth to look great.
September 27th, 2013
Oral hygiene should be as important to you as anything else that you do in London, because by looking after your mouth, you will be looking after your body as well. Sit down and have a think of a way to go about this because it is vitally essential for your well-being. Talk to your dentist and your hygienist about these issues, and about such subjects as your diet, your naughty habits and about the way you use products each day: be sure to use these people anyway, because they are there to patch you up if things do go wrong. Getting the right products that suit you is important and as you go through life, these will change as your teeth do, but there will always be the basic essentials such as getting a good toothbrush- electric is a good way to go as these brushes can take the sting out of the work you have to do. Getting the right toothpaste, the right floss and a good mouthwash as well can only enhance your overall oral health. Get this spot-on and you should have no trouble at all in the future.
August 1st, 2013
Getting to grips with your oral hygiene in the city of London can be quite complex and though you may think it’s just about cleaning your teeth, it goes a lot deeper than that. Sure, using a good brush, getting the relevant toothpaste, floss and getting a sterling mouthwash will do the job for you as long as you learn to use them right, yet it isn’t all about your teeth. Your gums are precious to you and they need a little TLC every now and then; massaging them is excellent for keeping them alive. Your tongue also needs a clean too, as this harbours more bacteria than any other part of your mouth. But taking the issue of oral health and hygiene further, having a good diet will keep your immune system up and running and in turn, this will help you fight off bacteria in your mouth. You also need to watch what you put in your mouth and the lifestyle you live: drinking and smoking will always weaken the mouth’s resistance and if you like doing these two bad boys, you will have to work harder at your hygiene. Finally, your dentist is there to help you out whenever you fall from grace and can bail you out of jail; this is the final part of your plan and keeping up with dental visits will perpetuate good oral hygiene.
July 5th, 2013
So you have bad breath in central London, which for a start is quite embarrassing because your friends will start to pull back from you, but seeing as anything that smells rank indicates something going wrong, you really need to get to the bottom of it before things get worse for you…easier said than done though; there are lots of things that contribute to this condition and you will have to get yourself a list of possible causes and then tick them off one by one as you treat them- and you’re going to need help in this. Gum disease and tooth decay aren’t nice, so get your dentist to patch you up…tick. Address your oral hygiene by improving/changing it…tick. Look at your lifestyle, diet, smoking and drinking- and change them…tick. Ensure that your mouth is kept fresh and hydrated by using herbal products, keeping off the caffeine, chewing gum and drinking lots of water…tick. And finally, if you have done all of this, and given it all time to work, yet the condition still persists, see a doctor, because the condition may be gastric and coming from within you- and see how it can be treated…final tick- hopefully.
June 5th, 2013
If isn’t bad enough that you have been fitted with braces and that they can look rather unsightly, for serious orthodontic treatments, you may well require a complex fixed brace with inter-woven wiring that could well be in your mouth for a very long time. Now such a brace as this is the perfect hotel to put-up it’s hosts at leisure- all of the food you eat. Now food will decay and drinks too will breed bacteria quickly and you can easily suffer from other complications such as tooth decay. This means cleaning such a device will take a lot of work so you need to be at your best all of the time you are wearing the brace. Your dentist in London is the person you need to ask for advice and lead you down the right path: a dentist is also there to help you with your hygiene throughout as well, so remember this. Normal brushing may not cut the mustard so you need to learn how to floss in and out of the wires and using a mirror is the best way to learn this. Inter-dental brushes are also good for picking things out with- as well as tooth picks. Finding a cracking mouthwash can also help to fight of the threat of plaque and decay, whilst flushing out the villains. But one of the best inventions for the brace wearer is a dye that when sloshed around the mouth will highlight any signs of plaque built up on the teeth, so then you can get straight back to the dentist for a proper clean.
May 8th, 2013
If you want to maintain how pretty you look in the city of London, then looking after your teeth is an essential ingredient, so you should strive to maintain a high level of oral hygiene whenever you can. If you still have any problems on how to do this, and let’s face it, your teeth will change and require different methods as you get older, then never be afraid to sit down with your dentist or hygienist and discuss anything that worries you and carve out directions you should take. Basic oral hygiene requires a toothbrush and toothpaste, and there is a wonderful array of choices to be had: take your time and if you get this right, you will start to have a healthy mouth. Once you have got a happy medium, you can then start to look at back-up products that will help even further with your oral health. Dental floss and inter-dental brushes can get to areas where normal brushing won’t and it will ensure that you are doing the utmost to avoid the threat of bacteria and plaque from breaking out. Mouthwashes are another essential ingredient in this mix, as they can also back-up everything that you do. Of course, the final part of the jigsaw is your dentist. If you miss anything at all, your dentist will be on hand to patch you up and get you running again.