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.
November 15th, 2017
A new study has revealed that half of children tell white lies about cleaning their teeth.
Research conducted by a group of dentists who have developed the Brushlink brushing tracker, suggested that up to half of kids tell fibs about brushing their teeth. One in five children try and trick their parents into thinking that they’ve cleaned their teeth by using ploys like wetting the brush head and an even larger proportion either exaggerate the amount of time they have brushed for or say they have cleaned their teeth when they haven’t bothered to.
Brushlink is the first smartphone brushing tracker that is compatible with any toothbrush. The app provides a brushing mark and it also analyses technique and frequency. If a patient consents, the information obtained by the device can be shared with dentists. Dr Dev Patel, one of the dentists behind Brushlink, said that it’s clear from research that many children aren’t doing a brilliant job with it comes to brushing their teeth and Brushlink is an aid that can benefit both kids and parents.
Information about brushing habits was obtained in a study involving 2,000 people. The survey also revealed that only a third of children are supervised when brushing. More than 10 percent of parents admitted that they had never supervised their child cleaning their teeth.
Many dentists will be unsurprised by the study findings. Statistics show that dental issues are the most common cause of hospitalisation in children, with more than 40,000 extractions carried out under general anaesthetic in English hospitals per year.
February 8th, 2017
Health experts are urging the public to take steps to protect their hearts in a new campaign ahead of National Heart Month. Every day, the heart pumps more than 7,000 litres of blood around your body, and it pays to look after it. Heart disease is one of the UK’s biggest killers, and a good oral hygiene regime is a great place to start if you’re trying to boost heart health.
As part of the campaign, experts have devised a daily routine to follow, which will help to protect the heart, starting with at least two minutes devoted to cleaning the teeth. Research shows that 25 percent of adults don’t brush their teeth once a day, let alone twice, as advised by dentists. The advice from experts is to set a timer when you brush, and to focus on each quadrant of the mouth for 30 seconds.
Regular dental visits are also of paramount importance. Neglecting dental health can prove costly for your overall health, as gum disease can be a significant risk factor for heart disease. Harmful oral bacteria can enter the bloodstream, increasing the risk of inflammatory effects elsewhere. Research suggests that having your teeth professionally cleaned just once a year can reduce the risk of stroke by 13 percent and heart attacks by 24 percent.
Other recommendations include adding berries to your breakfast, taking krill supplements, and engaging in regular exercise. There’s also good news for tea drinkers, as studies suggest that people who drink 3-6 cups of tea per day have a 45% lower risk of developing coronary heart problems than those who have fewer than 1 cup per day. Those who are keen to look after their heart are also urged to sing along to the radio to de-stress, to snack on nuts and apples, to eat at least 2 portions of oily fish per week, and to spend time in the great outdoors to boost vitamin D production.
January 23rd, 2013
If you are going have good oral health throughout your life in the city of London, it is important that you get the basics of your oral hygiene right and this comes down to the way you brush your teeth on a daily basis, and even when you have done this, it is never safe to get complacent and always important to keep updating your techniques and the equipment you use. Tooth decay and gum disease will not allow you any slip-ups so you need to be on the ball at all times. You brush your teeth in order to remove the bacteria from the surfaces and once you have got your techniques right, with the right brush and the right toothpaste, it should become second nature to you. There are also other techniques you can employ as well: it’s possible to buy dyes that will highlight any signs of plaque building up and also mouthwashes to take away a lot of the work for you and help take the fight to plaque and other problems head on. It is also good advice to keep monitoring and updating ideas with your dentist about the way you are doing things, and also, don’t forget, your dentist is the perfect back up plan as well to brush away your blues.
November 16th, 2012
Most of us try our hardest to look after our teeth in the city of London with the best products that money can buy. But it is going to be an ongoing labour of love and as you go through life, you are going to have to continually update your products. One of the main products in this equation is your toothbrush- the thing that you use the most. Brush technology develops year on year, so you have no excuse for getting the best out there. The first thing to do is get your bristles right: your gums and teeth will benefit greatly if you get this correct. Then, it’s all about the type of stick that you need- again this is down to a bit of trying the product out; some are bendy, some are angled so you will have to find the one for you. Now however, there are some amazing electric toothbrushes on the market: they take all of the work out of brushing for you; some pulsate, some rotate and others will go up and down, but all will save your wrist from overactive use. In all cases though, whether it’s a hand-held brush or an electric one, the bristles will get worn, so it’s important that you change this at least once a year.
September 24th, 2012
So then you’ve been through the slog of finding yourself a decent toothbrush in London so all you need to do now is find the right toothpaste for yourself. Now there are many factors that decide your choice but the most important one is the condition of your mouth. When you are young your mouth can feel pretty invincible so your choice of toothpaste is generally made by what it says it can do on the packet, but as you get older, you may start to suffer from a bit of gum disease or sensitive teeth so your choice will be made to tackle these problems first whilst still protecting you from the same old foes. In all cases, you should confer with your dentist because they will be able to draw on your records and guide you towards the one to suit you. On the flip side of all of this, if your mouth is healthy, your choice of toothpaste may be made in different ways. Herbal pastes are designed as an alternative to fluoride based ones: some parties consider fluoride to be damaging to the health. Some toothpastes do specific tasks like for those that smoke, or if you would like to whiten your teeth, some contain bleaching agents. There will be a toothpaste out there made for you, so don’t get disheartened by the range of choice, just enjoy the fact that the world of dentistry has come up with all of these wonderful products to look after your teeth with.
September 21st, 2012
It’s probably pretty safe to say that every one of us in the city of London knows that we have to clean our teeth on a daily basis; the problem comes however with how to clean them. With such an array of products on the market these days, it can often be a dilemma as to find the ones that will do the job for each of us. Essentially, we need to know how our teeth sit in the scheme of things and the best way to do this is to ask the dentist for a breakdown on our teeth and any problems that we may be prone to, then, we can go out and make an informed decision on the products we buy. First stop is the toothbrush and if we get the right one and learn to use it correctly, we will be well on our way to oral glory. Following on to this is the toothpaste: armed with the information from the dentist, this should be a fairly easy decision. Then we move into the world of dental flossing and inter-dental brushing- these provide the perfect back-up to basic brushing and get to places where your toothbrush can’t. Then we get to the extras: mouthwashes are always handy to have around, especially when we’re not at home; there are also some superb herbal remedies which are also great to have about the bathroom- especially if we’re are having problems with gums. Finally, dentists are the ultimate back-up as they can really get to places and clean in a way we wouldn’t have thought of doing!
July 20th, 2011
If you have had the luxury of getting a removable aligner fitted, you will know only too well the luxury of keeping your mouth healthy throughout your treatment in London- you simply take them out. But those of us not so fortunate have to have fixed braces fitted and oral hygiene takes on a whole new set of rules until the treatment is complete. Plaque and tartar are a menace on their own, as they feed off the residual of food that gets caught up in the mouth; combined with a fixed brace, your teeth are in great danger. The wires of the brace can be cleaned with a good flossing program, using interdental brushes and floss-threaders to get right in amongst the brace’s mechanism. Most chemists can supply you with dyes that highlight any build up of plaque so that it can be removed: electric toothbrushes and plaque mouthwashes are highly favoured for doing this. But the best back-up you can get is your dentist. Once you have the brace fitted, your dentist should offer you at least four visits a year, not just to check the progress of your treatment, but also help you out will your cleaning, check you are doing it right and to ensure your mouth has no signs of plaque.
February 17th, 2011
A lot of braces and aligners that are fitted in central London these days are removable, which is great for maintaining a good program of oral hygiene. But if you’ve had the misfortune to be fitted with a fixed brace, extra care needs to be taken when cleaning the teeth and brace to remove all the foodstuffs that can promote a build up of bacteria. This can appear quite complex at first, but bacteria is accompanied by plaque and gum disease- followed by decay, so it’s imperative to get the cleaning right; the cleaning will get easier with time and practice. There is a whole program designed for those wearing fixed braces. It starts with the choice of brush and electric brushes are very good for working around wires and plates. But like all brushes, they will not remove foods that are lodged between gum and tooth. This job is down to small, interdental brushes and floss threaders that can be worked in and around the brace, and into the teeth. The choice of toothpaste is also important- some are designed to attack bacteria and plaque more fiercely than others, a perfect choice for the brace wearer. Of course, mouthwashes are priceless too, and are a perfect accompaniment to a good brush and paste. But there is another trick available to the brace wearer in the form of a dye that highlights any traces of plaque in the mouth. Finally, there’s the dentist, who will be able to clean the brace to when you visit.
March 25th, 2010
Many of us would like to improve our teeth, given the chance. This can be achieved in a number of ways. Both the condition and appearance of our teeth can be improved. The way to improve the condition is through better cleaning and more regular visits to the dentist. We have probably all been told hundreds of times in our lives to make sure we brush and floss twice a day and see a dentist every six months, but in all honesty, how many of us actually do this? By making these small steps you can go a long way to improving your teeth.
At a check up, your Central London dentist may suggest an appointment with the dental hygienist. Nearly all dental surgeries now have hygienists who can work in conjunction with your dentist to ensure your teeth are as clean as possible. They can develop a dental hygiene plan, designed specifically for your teeth and show you more effective methods of home cleaning. This plan, together with some corrective dentistry treatments constitutes preventative dentistry, the idea that by sticking to the routine you can avoid any future dental complications.
Improving the appearance of your teeth will happen naturally with the more care you take of them, but in some cases it is preferable to have some cosmetic dental treatment. This could take the form of a tooth whitening treatment or even porcelain veneers. There are many different cosmetic treatments that can be used to improve your teeth that range in complexity and price. Ask you dentist for more information about how to get the best out of your smile so you can have the best looking smile possible.