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Leeds dentists answer patients’ queries about mouth washes

Sunday, March 20th, 2011

As part of taking care of your teeth, some people turn to mouth washes. But the picture is not that clear as to how beneficial they actually are. If you want some answers about mouth washes and whether they are the best choice for you then you should read on.
Mouth washes are clinically formulated substances designed to be swilled around your mouth after brushing and then gargled with. They usually have bacteria killing properties and are available in a variety of flavours so that your breath will take on certain aromas after use.
The problem with the fact that they kill bacteria is that not all bacteria in your mouth is actually bad. Some of it is highly beneficial to the way that your mouth works. Mouth washes are unable to discriminate and they just kill all of it, leaving you lacking the good bacteria that has to be formed all over again.
Further, particularly mouth washes containing alcohol can actually create ideal conditions for plaque to flourish. These mouth washes make the mouth rather dry and then plaque can stick to teeth far easier than they would normally be able to. Increasingly alcohol mouth washes are becoming rather rare but mouth washes generally have this tendency.
Sometimes your dentist might advise that you use a certain type of formulated mouth wash as part of the treatment of gingivitis but this should be done sparingly for the above reasons. It would be an irony indeed if by using mouth wash you actually created conditions ideal for plaque to thrive and cause further gum disease!
Whether you use mouth washes is your choice and they can be effective at freshening breath in the short term but you should talk to your Leeds dentist for more expert information.

Porcelain veneers fitted by Leeds dentists improve the look of smiles

Saturday, March 19th, 2011

If you have a cracked, chipped or even discoloured tooth you might feel a little embarrassed about it, especially if it is right at the front of your mouth, dominating your smile. You shouldn’t just put up with it, instead talk to your dentist about how it can be rectified. One of the options available to you is to have a porcelain veneer fitted.
Porcelain veneers are used to cover up teeth which are generally healthy and functional but which have an unsightly appearance. Some of these veneers are so thin that they have been affectionately dubbed ‘contact lenses’ for teeth. This means that they are easily fitted onto teeth as well. But nothing is lost in terms of durability; porcelain is a substance that is very strong and hard wearing even in small amounts.
The incredible advances in technology which are changing the way that modern dentists practice have benefitted the fitting of porcelain veneers too. CEREC techniques allow dentists to take three dimensional digital x-rays of the mouth and send the data to an online milling machine. This machine fabricates a porcelain veneers in six minutes flat and it is there, ready to be fitted. No more x-rays and waiting around for repeat appointments.
Once your dentist has matched the porcelain veneer to the colour and texture of your surrounding teeth you are ready to go with your unsightly tooth covered up for good. The proliferation of interest free repayment plans in dental surgeries means that these procedures are more affordable than ever.
Don’t delay dealing with that tooth that you don’t like the look of. Talk to your Leeds dentist about having a porcelain veneer fitted to cover it up.

Central Leeds dentists advise patients that dental care goes beyond simply brushing

Friday, March 18th, 2011

Of course we all know how important brushing is in looking after our teeth. But how many of us only do that? The fact is that, for too many of us, oral hygiene begins and ends when we brush our teeth in the morning and again at night. There is more to taking care of your teeth than this, however.
As well as brushing you should also take care to floss. This is the process of pulling thin, dental wire between your teeth to remove the plaque that can lurk there. Brushing alone simply cannot get rid of all the plaque that is in these hard to reach places. Flossing might be a little painful in the beginning if you have not done it before. Your gums are rather sensitive and they may bleed a bit to begin with. But by flossing you are also helping to guard against gum disease which in itself can lead to tooth loss.
Having a healthy diet in the first place can help in the fight against plaque and watching what you eat is not about keeping an eye on your weight and your cholesterol. By eating foods which have less sugar in you are exposing your teeth to less plaque in the first instance so there will be less for you to deal with. You are best off abstaining from activities like smoking tobacco and consuming alcohol excessively as these can harm your mouth too.
Get into the habit of going to see your Central Leeds dentist every six months so that your mouth can be examined by a professional. This is the best way to ensure lasting oral health and proves that dental care goes way beyond simply brushing.

Guard against oral cancer with diagnosis and treatment from City of Leeds dentists

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

Of all the ailments that can unfortunately befall your mouth, the one that you should be most vigilant about is oral cancer. It actually has quite high survival rates if caught early but is potentially fatal. You should make sure that you know the signs of oral cancer so that you can consult your dentist and deal with it before it gets worse.
The signs of oral cancer are rusty coloured and hard patches in the mouth. You might find that you are experiencing odd, metallic tastes in the mouth for no apparent reason and find that you experience sudden weight loss. If you experience any of these symptoms it is vital that you consult your dentist as soon as you can; don’t wait for your next six month check up, make an appointment.
The high risk groups are those who smoke tobacco in whichever form and those who consistently drink alcohol to excess. Oral cancer also has far higher rates of prevalence in men than women. If you are not in one of these groups you should still be vigilant however.
You can examine yourself at home in the mirror, perhaps after you have brushed your teeth. You can search your mouth for patches which feel harder than they ought to and are discoloured, taking on a rusty brown tone.
Getting into the habit of visiting your dentist every six months is the best way to guard against oral cancer. There may be signs that you simply wouldn’t spot by yourself and allowing a trained professional to examine your mouth regularly gives you a good chance of beating oral cancer should it occur. Talk to your City of Leeds dentist if you need more information.

Leeds dentists advise patients about the use of fluoride in oral care

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

There are many decisions to be made when considering how best to take care of your mouth such as what type of brush to use and which, of the many, tooth pastes. One of the decisions that people have wrestled with over the years concerns fluoride and it is not without controversy. Read on for more information.
Fluoride is chemical which helps to strengthen your teeth’s enamel. Enamel is a vital part of the protective army in your mouth and guards your teeth against the formation of cavities. If enamel breaks down or is weakened them you are more likely to suffer from dental decay and require fillings in order for your teeth to maintain healthy functionality.
Fluoride is found in many tooth pastes and, perhaps most controversially, in tap water in most areas of the United Kingdom. Some people believed, and still do, that the government ought not to have started adding fluoride to the national water supply. They cite cases where an over exposure to the substance has had detrimental effects of peoples’ health.
In fact this is very rare. You need to be exposed to an awful lot of fluoride for it to harm you in any way. Most dentists will recommend that, as well as using tooth paste that has been enhanced with fluoride, patients drink tap water to top up the amount of fluoride they are consuming. Those who only drink bottled water might not be taking on enough fluoride. Fluoride supplements are available too for those who live in areas where there is a lower fluoride contant in their tap water.
If you require any further information about fluoride, don’t hesitate to arrange a meeting with your Leeds dentist at which you can ask for all the facts.

City of Leeds dentists advise patients to have regular dental check ups

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

Taking excellent care of your teeth begins with what you do at home, of course. Brushing and flossing at least twice a day and maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle should mean that your teeth and gums are generally healthy and optimally functional. But there is always the chance that a condition might be developing in your mouth. If you are in regular contact with your dentist then it can be diagnosed before it gets worse.
You ought to be visiting your dentist every six months so that your mouth can be examined by a trained professional who is expert in all areas of your mouth. They will take a close look at your teeth and gums and compare the state of your mouth with the records they have from your previous visits.
In doing so they can be on the look out for the development of conditions that you simply might not have yet noticed. A surprising amount of people suffer from gum disease and don’t notice that they have it in the early stages. It might just go away but it might develop into something worse. Allowing your dentist to examine your mouth gives you a chance of having one of these conditions diagnosed so that it can be effectively treated, returning your mouth to excellent health.
Dental practice has changed a lot in recent years and you might be surprised to find out that dentists are now increasingly concerned with relaxing their patients and putting them at ease. Dental appointments are usually a lot quicker than they used to be thanks to modern technology, so having a busy life is no excuse. Make an appointment for a dental check up with your City of Leeds dentist.

Leeds dentists fill cavities efficiently with cosmetic bonding

Monday, March 14th, 2011

If you have cavities in your teeth you needn’t worry anymore about having to have them filled with unsightly metal cavities. New cosmetic bonding techniques which are becoming increasingly widespread and available are now being used by dentists for this purpose and are far more discreet and durable than their metal counterparts.
Cavities form in your teeth when plaque breaks down the enamel which coats teeth and protects them. Small holes occur as the tooth breaks down and these must be filled so that the tooth cannot decay further. The nerves and the pulp inside the tooth need to be protected from further attack by the plaque which is formed every time you eat.
Cosmetic bonding is far easier for dentists to use than metal fillings and they look better in the mouth too. The dental composite that is used in cosmetic bonding is exceptionally malleable and is able to be matched to colour of your surrounding teeth. No longer need you feel embarrassed and self conscious about dark patches in your mouth where metal fillings are.
Because of how adaptable cosmetic bonding is, most cavities can be filled using it as a technique, no matter what shape and size they are. Special curing light is used on the cosmetic bonding by dentists to give the filling an even better finish.
An added plus for those who already have metal fillings is that dentists can now replace these with cosmetic bonding fillings using white dental composite. So if you have been diagnosed as having cavities in your teeth or already have metal fillings which you are unhappy with, talk to your Leeds dentist about cosmetic bonding and what it can do for you and the look of your mouth.

City of Leeds dentists treat patients using revolutionary CEREC techniques

Sunday, March 13th, 2011

Thanks to advance in technology, the way that dentistry works is changing and patients are benefiting enormously. The time that one needs to spend in the surgery is being slashed and the costs are going down too. To find out more, read on and be amazed at how new technology is changing dentistry.
CEREC techniques are changing the way that dentistry works. They utilise digital technology to offer incredible three dimensional x-rays. These mean that lab fees for developing traditional x-rays are eliminated and only one image needs to be taken rather than repeated ones to get different views of the mouth.
These images can then be sent to online machines which make the desired dental devices such as porcelain veneers and crowns. Instead of requiring repeat appointments to have these things fitted, you can now have them in just one visit to the surgery. These online machines can make porcelain veneers and crowns in just six minutes. This is huge bonus to those of us with busy family and work schedules.
No longer need you be put off going to the dentist because of the thought of lengthy visits and inconvenient repeat appointments. CEREC is changing the way that dentistry works for the benefit of all. Even prices are reduced in certain cases because there is less labour involved and no more lab fees for x-rays to be developed.
If you are interested in the seismic changes which are taking place in the world of dentistry, ask your City of Leeds dentist to tell you about them and you mind find that you decide to have that work done that you have been putting off because of the thought of repeat visits.

What are the dangers of central apnea? City of Leeds dentists can help

Saturday, March 12th, 2011

If you find that you are suffering from interrupted sleep there is a possibility that you have some form of apnea. This condition can be related to the mouth, which dentists have access to in their check ups. Read on if you are concerned about the condition.
There are two main forms of apnea, one of which is caused by the muscles at the rear of the mouth. Your dentist can diagnose this version of apnea or determine that the mouth is not the cause, thus meaning that you have the other form.
Sleep apnea is brought on by the muscles at the rear of the mouth relaxing during sleep. This causes the brain to send a signal to the body to wake up because insufficient oxygen is getting through. Sleep apnea patients experience broken sleep patterns which can have a detrimental effect on the rest of their lives. They will often be fatigued during the day and are more likely to experience traffic accidents as a result. The condition can be dealt by the patient wearing a device in their mouth during sleep which ensures that oxygen gets through as intended.
Far more concerning is central apnea, which is actually related to the brain itself. This is usually present alongside more serious, underlying health concerns such as heart disease. By eliminating sleep apnea, your dentist can help diagnose central apnea.
All of which is further incentive to get into the habit of visiting your dentist every six months for a check up. Your City of Leeds dentist is an expert in all areas of your mouth and can help with the diagnosis of the debilitating condition known as central apnea.

Bad breath and oral products: get the best advice from Leeds dentists

Friday, March 11th, 2011

Bad breath is something that most people will probably do their best to avoid. It can make it very socially difficult knowing that there are unpleasant smells emitting from your mouth because of bacteria. These bacteria hang around from the food you eat and are usually removed by brushing alone but some people find that that is not enough.
Many turn to oral products like mouth wash to get rid of their bad breath (or, as it is clinically known, halitosis) because they kill bacteria and freshen the breath thanks to their flavours, often something like mint. But unfortunately mouth wash can actually make the problem worse. Mouth washes leave your mouth rather dry because they kill the bacteria and so on. This leaves your teeth in an ideal state for bacteria to form and gives them a better chance of sticking to your teeth and causing further bouts of bad breath.
You might want to chew gum if you are in a situation where you can’t brush your teeth but are worried about bad breath. Chewing gum not only dislodges food debris which can cause bad breath but also stimulates saliva production which helps make the mouth moist and less suitable for the bacteria to stick to your teeth.
Brushing the tongue can also help because the bacteria causing bad breath can gather there too. You should be fairly gentle with this though so that you don’t damage your tongue. Your Leeds dentist will be an expert in all areas of your mouth and so can advise you about all issues relating to bad breath. Don’t hesitate to contact him or her if you are worried about bad breath and the effect that oral products might be having on it.