There are many things that can go wrong in your mouth and more often or not, they do. Some are trivial little niggles and can be remedied easily, but others can be very serious indeed and need immediate treatment and one condition you should be very wary of in the city of Leeds is a tooth abscess. An abscess is a direct product of poor oral hygiene that has allowed to develop into tooth decay of some sort. When the inside of the tooth becomes infected, it can soon turn into an abscess- very painful and your face will swell up; it is also very dangerous as during this process, toxins will be released into the blood and in some rare cases, has been known to induce comas. You first need a course of antibiotics in order to reduce the infection and reduce the swelling, for only then, the dentist can get to work on the infected tooth, probably by performing a root canal to save the tooth. But this will probably only delay the inevitable; abscesses are known to re-offend and the only way to stop this from happening is to remove the tooth altogether
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Anyone who has had a mouth ulcer in Leeds will know just how irritating they can make your life for a while- they can be quite vicious and uncomfortable. It is also quite difficult to pinpoint what causes them as well. Most dentists will take the usual line that affects most conditions in the mouth and these are generally true; viral fungal, and bacterial conditions, allergies but most attributed are stress, weak immune system and diet. Yes, these can be addressed and dealt with later, but all anyone wants to know is how to get rid of them when they erupt. Your lifestyle will have to alter for the duration and consider the above issues, you should avoid smoking, drinking and ‘hot’ foods, but do get yourself to the dentists or doctors for some drugs. Relief through painkillers like Ibruprofen will most certainly help, but there are also some fantastic mouth rinses and gels such as Bonjella that are specifically designed to give immediate relief and they work fast. Ulcers also have the ability to re-offend, but once bitten- twice prepared so you should be okay, though you do need to sit down and address all of the issues that may have caused the ulcer in the first place. There is also a more sinister issue with ulcers; if they are consistently persistent and refuse to go away after a few weeks, once you have attacked them, you should seek medical advice immediately, for it can indicate oral cancer.
One big social problem that you can suffer from in central Leeds is bad breath; it can cripple you at work and it can cripple you socially and unless someone has ‘kindly’ pointed out that you have a problem, you may be completely ignorant to the issue. Bad breath is bad in itself for all of the above reasons, but it could indicate that you have let things slip and that there are things going wrong in your mouth. Tooth decay and gum disease are two major contenders to halitosis, as is having a condition called dry mouth, but you can only ascertain this with help from your dentist and then address it, maybe with some work in your mouth. But the reasons you got into this state in the first place could have been because of your lifestyle. Bad diet, smoking and excessive drinking, coupled with bad oral hygiene is a recipe for disaster in your mouth, let alone your body and the whole lot mangled together will lead to bad breath. Everything needs to change to at least give your system a chance to recover and stabilise itself and so that your mouth can become healthy again. The way you look after your teeth and gums will also need improvement using various methods and probably the best way you can attack this is to embrace the ways of a hygienist, maybe a nutritionist and possibly someone versed in herbal remedies. It will take hard work but it is beatable.
It is a pretty good bet that most of us in the city of Leeds splash out on all the necessaries to maintain our oral health and we roughly know why, it’s on the packets…’fights plaque’. The point of all of these products is to ensure we keep our teeth and gums clear from bacteria and yes, plaque in order to prevent further problems like tooth decay and gum disease occurring. What is another pretty good bet however is that most people wouldn’t consider cleaning their tongues each day. If anything, the tongue is the greatest hoarder of bacteria in the mouth and even after you have cleaned your teeth, the bacteria on the tongue will spread straight back into the rest of the mouth. The tongue is also easily clogged up with stains from nicotine, sweets foods and drinks. Now we all know the tongue is quite delicate so it needs to be cleaned very carefully- most brushes will do the job, but most modern ones also have a tongue scraper on the back. It is also possible to purchase bespoke tongue scrapers from certain outlets, but most certainly, your dentist will be able to put you right here. So, happy tonguing, but make sure you do!
It is remarkable, and comforting to know that somewhere in the world, someone is sitting down and coming up with more and more ways to help us look after ourselves and if you need any more convincing that this is going on, delve into the world of dentistry and just take a look of the incredible array of cleaning products on the market in Leeds today, designed to look after the health of our teeth and gums. Products evolve, and from tooth pick, to brush, to paste we get to dental floss, mouth-washes and one of the cutest of all- the inter-dental brush. Toothbrushes are great in what they do, but they often fail to remove stuff from between our teeth and this is where the inter-dental brush comes in; being tiny, the brush can clear away any rubbish that may have got stuck. It is the perfect back-up to normal brushing and extremely easy to use- it is the modern tooth pick, only with the tiny brushes, it ensures complete clearance as it goes. Inter-dental brushes are also great for anyone that has been fitted a bridge as they can be worked between the fitting and the gums. They are cheap and you can buy them in packs; they are also re-usable. Every bath cabinet should have some- they may just save your teeth in the long run.
This could sound a little patronising, but do we all really know how to brush our teeth properly in central Leeds? Of course we do, we have the most dynamic atomic powered toothbrushes and pastes and things- which is great of course, but that means we can also become complacent and forget the basics and why we are cleaning our teeth in the first place. Essentially, we are trying to prevent the build-up of plaque and bacteria and brushing our teeth correctly is the first line of defence in this fight. Yes, it is vitally important we get the correct brush first- a brush that will suit our teeth and gums and do all of the work required. Some of the electric ones around are remarkable and take the work out of brushing for you, as are some of the latest hand held ones. The idea with any brush is to get to the important areas around the teeth and gums and not only remove any food deposits but to also clean the enamel of the teeth to remove any bacterial film that may have built up on the surface. It is always useful to brush our teeth in front of a mirror so that we can see what we are doing. Get this basic form of oral hygiene right from the start, and our mouths will be well on the way to a healthy life.
One of the greatest aids we have in the city of Leeds to help back-up our daily oral hygiene is dental floss or tape, as using this has become as important as brushing. When you go shopping for floss, you will notice that there is quite a range to choose from and this could be a bit of trial and error at first until you get the one that works best for you; some are thicker than others and so may not be able to fit between you teeth- again, try and see. You can also buy flosses that are already sprung between two small sticks, which takes away the need to wrap the floss between your fingers. Whatever you settle on, you are then going to have to learn a technique that ensures you are using it correctly and removing foodstuffs from between your teeth. The best way of doing this is to get advice from your dentist or hygienist who can show you the correct use of dental floss- it isn’t hard- practising in front of a mirror helps but if you persevere, it will become like clockwork to you and you will be able to do it with your eyes shut. Remember, flossing is the ultimate way to prevent bacteria developing in your mouth.
It is a never ending battle that we fight in central Leeds in order to keep our teeth in our mouths and at the heart of every single issue in the mouth lies plaque, for these fires off all manner of problems in the mouth, one of them being tooth decay. Plaque develops from bacteria that hasn’t been removed from the mouth correctly and then soon starts to form acids on the surfaces of the teeth (among other things). Soon this acid will start to eat into the enamel and then spots will start to appear. This may cause some discomfort in the form of toothache, but if it is caught at this point, the dentist can solve the problem with a filling. If however, the problem is ignored and the acid manages to infect the pulp and roots inside the tooth, you are into serious tooth decay. This is a big crisis; do nothing and you will lose the tooth and risk gum disease and further decay in other teeth and a probable tooth abscess. The only way you can save the tooth is by having a root canal which involves clearing everything from inside the tooth, filling it and the topping it with a crown. Even then, the longevity of the tooth has been vastly reduced because of this. The best way to avoid tooth decay is to prevent it from happening in the first place- only by having a good oral hygiene program that is backed up by visits to the dentist can you avoid the peril of tooth decay.
There is nothing more irritating than a shooting pain in the tooth and shovelling down pain-killers will not get to the root of the problem, for you are suffering some form of tooth decay. Now depending how quickly you catch it, you may get away with having a filling, however, if the inside of the tooth itself has become infected, the only way to save it and, possibly avoid the perils of a tooth abscess, is to have root canal treatment. Now in central Leeds, you may have heard some pretty dark stories about this procedure but it needs to be done. The basics of the treatment are this: the top of the tooth will be removed so that the diseased pulp can be removed and the roots drilled out. In some cases, a common drill cannot get to all of the root, so the gum has to be cut so that the tooth can be approached from the side. Once the tooth is clear, it is dis-infected, filled and then crowned; in itself that’s dark. But you can take heart from the fact that past experiences of this treatment were carried out with a drill, whereas today, dentists are turning to lasers- much more precise, efficient and a lot less painless for the patient; in all, what was once quite a tricky and sometimes complex procedure, has now been demoted to a routine run-of-the-mill practice
One of the most undesirable conditions to suffer from in the mouth is gum disease and at some point in life, most people in the city of Leeds will suffer from it in some form. It really is a destructive menace not only to your teeth and gums, but to your body too. The early signs of it are bleeding and weeping gums. At this point, it can (and must) be brought under control quite easily but quickly. Conferring with your dentist and embracing herbal remedies should overcome the problem. But the warning shots have been made and it will be ready to strike again unless you are attentive to your oral hygiene. If however it is allowed to develop further, the gums will begin to recede and you will be in danger of losing your teeth. Again, even advanced gum disease can be halted and even reversed and by getting advice from a herbal specialist, you can turn the condition around. But during this time, the disease will have already started to infect the bloodstream with toxins and over a prolonged period, will have started to affect the heart and other vital organs and too much poison will cause them to fail altogether. This is a condition not to be taken lightly and should never be ignored- if you have the symptoms, seek immediate help.