Archive for the ‘oral hygeine’ Category

Floss Till You Drop And Save Those Yorkshire Pearlies

Monday, July 7th, 2014

357249_blogWhen it comes to oral hygiene, most people overlook flossing as the less important partner of brushing, but flossing is actually really important, especially if you want to keep your pearly whites looking bright and healthy. Flossing should never be a substitute for brushing; rather, you should brush and floss together to keep dental disease at bay and your smile looking radiant and gorgeous.

Why is flossing so important?

Flossing is essential for good oral health because it covers areas that you can’t reach properly with a toothbrush. When you brush, you clean the surfaces of the teeth, but you can’t fit a toothbrush head into the cracks between your teeth and it can be difficult to angle your brush to clean the gum line effectively. This is where flossing comes into play; with dental floss, you can remove plaque, bacteria and left over bits of food from the spaces between your teeth and the areas where your teeth meet your gums, which helps to reduce the risk of decay and gum disease.

Flossing tips

Flossing is easy, but it can take some getting used to. If you’ve not flossed before, be patient, as you will get the hang of it. Hold a piece of floss between your thumb and fingers and then gently guide it through the gaps between your teeth; use a new piece of floss for every tooth and never pull at the tape, as this could hurt your gums.

Many people ask about bleeding when flossing. Although it is common for the gums to bleed when you first start flossing or when you have not flossed for a long time, it is not normal for the gums to bleed on a regular basis and if you experience frequent bleeding when you floss, or you notice blood when you clean your teeth, we advise you to call and make an appointment. Bleeding gums can be a sign of gum disease and it best to rule that out as quickly as possible.

Heavenly Hygienists Can Help In LS1

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

658156_blogWhen it comes to keeping dental diseases at bay and ensuring your smile looks bright, clean and glossy, our hygienists have got it nailed. Our expert hygienists are on hand to provide advice, administer preventative treatments and help with the management of existing oral health problems, such as gum disease. We recommend our heavenly hygienists to everyone; even patients with beautifully clean and healthy teeth can benefit from a regular trip to the hygienist.

What do dental hygienists do?

Dental hygienists carry out a number of important roles at the practice, from providing younger patients with preventative treatments and offering advice about nutrition, oral hygiene and giving up smoking, to providing intensive cleaning treatments and helping our dentists with the treatment and management of advanced gum disease.

Dental hygienists are experts in oral hygiene and the treatments they provide are designed to clean the mouth thoroughly in a bid to prevent the spread of infection, ensure the teeth look bright and clean and reduce the presence of harmful bacteria in the mouth.

When should I see a dental hygienist?

It is now possible to book an appointment with a dental hygienist directly without a referral from a dentist and we encourage all our patients to visit a hygienist once a year. Hygienists provide powerful cleaning treatments, which remove bacteria and plaque from the mouth, polish the teeth and remove surface stains and cleanse the gums. You’ll be amazed at the difference just a short session with the hygienist can make to the way your teeth look and feel.

If you have a high risk of developing oral diseases or you have existing symptoms, it’s advisable to see a hygienist on a regular basis. Often, with cases of advanced gum disease, patients attend regular appointments with dentists and hygienists.

You Don’t Have To Suffer Bad Breath Any Longer Here In Leeds

Sunday, June 29th, 2014

1850575_blogBad breath is a problem, which troubles us all from time to time, but if you have bad breath on a regular basis and it’s starting to impact your day to day life, there may be an underlying reason and we can help! We will identify the cause and rectify the problem to make you feel more confident and ensure your breath smells lovely and fresh!

Why do I have bad breath?

Bad breath can be caused by many different things, but it is most commonly linked to poor oral hygiene. If you don’t brush your teeth on a regular basis, bacteria gather in your mouth and when these bacteria feed, they let off gases, which have an unpleasant odour.

Bad breath can also be linked to smoking, taking some types of medicine and eating certain foods, such as onions, garlic and spicy dishes.

How can City Dental help?

At City Dental we have an experienced team, which has expertise in dealing with bad breath. Our amazing hygienists can provide a range of treatments, as well as advice and information about oral hygiene, diet and brushing tips, to help banish bad breath for good. We often recommend seeing a dental hygienist on a regular basis if you are prone to bad breath. Hygiene treatments are designed to deep clean the mouth, remove bacteria and reduce the risk of oral disease. You will also feel really refreshed after treatment and your teeth will feel smooth and look a lot cleaner and brighter.

We also recommend trying to avoid triggers, such as strong-smelling foods and we can also help with giving up smoking.

Many people find it beneficial to chew gum after eating and we recommend sugar-free gum. Chewing gum helps to stimulate saliva production, which cleanses the mouth, as well as giving you fresh smelling breath.

Horrible Hygiene Can Be Sent Packing In The City Of Leeds

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

1787127_blogPoor oral hygiene doesn’t just give you bad breath it also increases your risk of tooth pain, sensitivity, cavities and gum disease. We actively recommend sticking to a smart daily oral hygiene routine at home and visiting your dentist for regular check-ups to keep oral diseases at bay and ensure you teeth look bright and clean.

The importance of good oral hygiene

Great oral routine is not just important for your oral health; it also plays a role in your general health. Numerous research studies have established a link between gum disease and a higher risk of heart problems or strokes and so keeping your mouth clean is really important. Good hygiene will also prevent bad breath and help to keep your smile looking healthy.

A great oral hygiene routine

A good daily oral hygiene routine will help to protect your teeth and gums and keep your teeth gleaming. All you need is 5 minutes a day to give your oral health a massive boost. We recommend brushing twice, every day, for at least 2 minutes in the morning when you wake and 2 minutes in the evening after a meal. It’s important to reach into the corners and to brush every surface of every tooth when you clean your teeth and to make sure you brush for long enough. If you think you aren’t brushing for long enough, you can buy a brush with a timer, set a timer on your phone or watch or even brush along to a song.

In addition to brushing, flossing is really important. Flossing involves passing dental tape, known as floss, through the gaps between the teeth and it helps to target areas that trap food, such as the gum line and the narrow gaps between the teeth.

Dental hygiene sessions

We highly recommend our dental hygienists and encourage al our patients to see a hygienist on a regular basis. Hygiene treatments are intensive and they give the mouth a really thorough clean. Not only will you teeth look and feel amazing, but your risk of decay and gum disease will also be lowered.

Dental Decay? We Have The Right Treatments For You in LS1

Sunday, June 1st, 2014

1787127_blogDecay is one of the most common preventable illnesses among children and adults in the UK. If you have a cavity, we have the solution. We can restore your tooth and reduce your risk of further infection in no time!


We use fillings to fill cavities and strengthen the teeth when they have been affected by decay. Cavities form when acids released by bacteria in plaque nibble away at the protective enamel, eroding it and making it thinner and weaker. Eventually, a hole can form in the enamel and this is known as a cavity. Once there is a cavity, there is a risk that bacteria can spread to other parts of the tooth and this increases the chances of further decay and dental abscesses.

Fillings help to stop the spread of infection and we use white fillings to restore the teeth without impacting on the look of your smile. White fillings are made from dental composite, which can be matched to your natural tooth shade and shaped to fit the cavity perfectly; once the composite is in place, it is then hardened using a powerful light source. This process takes a minute and you won’t feel any pain.

We carry out treatment under local anaesthetic so you won’t feel a thing during treatment.

We are happy to replace existing metal amalgam fillings with white fillings or to fit new white fillings.

Preventing decay

We are also on hand to offer advice about preventing decay. We recommend following these simple steps: eat well and avoid sugary foods and drinks, brush your teeth twice a day and floss regularly and keep up with your regular dental check-ups.

Remember To Floss Away the Days Bacteria in LS1

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

510441_blogMost people find the time to brush their teeth every day, but flossing is much less common. Surveys show that most people do not floss as frequently as recommended. Failing to floss could increase your risk of bad breath, cavities and gum disease. If you’re unsure how to floss, our hygienists and dentists will be happy to show you; flossing can make a massive difference to your oral health, as well as the look of your smile.

About flossing

Flossing involves using dental floss to clean the gaps between the teeth and the gum line; it is not painful and it doesn’t take long. It’s important to floss because you can’t clean all the areas of your mouth with a brush. The bristles of the brush can’t fit in the cracks between your teeth and it can be tricky to brush along the gum line properly. With floss, you can ensure you cover the areas you missed when you were brushing and this helps to prevent bacteria from lingering in your mouth.

If bacteria gather in your mouth, they join forces with leftover food particles and form plaque, which is very troublesome for your teeth and gums. Plaque is the sticky white film, which you can sometimes feel and see on your teeth when you first wake up in the morning; it can be removed really easily by brushing or flossing, but if it’s left, it can cause decay and gum disease.

How to floss

When you have your piece of dental floss, hold it between your thumb and fingers and guide it through the cracks between your teeth. Pass the floss through gently and never pull at it, as this can make your gums sore. Try to use a new piece of floss for every corner of the mouth and floss every day. If you have any questions or you can’t seem to get the hang of flossing, ask your dentist.

If you notice bleeding when you floss, this may be indicative of gum disease. If you are flossing for the first time, it is common for the gums to bleed, but if you’re used to flossing and you notice that your gums are bleeding, arrange to see your dentist so that they can check your gums.

Banish That Bad Breath Bacteria In The Centre Of Leeds

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

758140_blogBad breath is a common problem, which can affect patients of all ages. The medical name for bad breath is halitosis. If you suffer from bad breath, there is no need to be embarrassed or ashamed; we are here to help and we’ll have you beaming with confidence in no time!

Causes of bad breath

There are many causes of bad breath, from smoking and eating spicy and strong foods, to taking some forms of medication, but most cases are associated with poor oral hygiene. Neglecting brushing and flossing leads to a build-up of bacteria inside the mouth and when these bacteria combine with food debris and saliva, this forms plaque, a leading cause of gum disease and decay. When you eat, the bacteria in your mouth release acids and gases, which smell unpleasant and this is why you suffer from bad breath. It is particularly common for bad breath to be caused by bacteria collecting on the tongue.

What can you do to battle bad breath?

Good oral hygiene will drastically reduce your risk of suffering from bad breath, as it helps to prevent bacteria from gathering in your mouth. Brushing, flossing and rinsing with mouthwash can really help to keep your breath smelling fresh.

Chewing sugar-free gum can also help to prevent bad breath, especially if you find that you suffer after eating.

If you have persistent bad breath, we recommend seeing a dental hygienist, who can provide intensive cleaning treatment to banish bacteria, remove plaque and give your mouth a really thorough clean. Hygienists have experience in treating bad breath and they can help to solve the immediate problem, as well as preventing halitosis in the future. As well as providing hygiene treatments, we can also offer advice about oral hygiene at home.

Beat The Bad Breath Bully When You Come To Leeds

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

3062480_blogBad breath can be a really embarrassing problem, but if you have halitosis, this doesn’t mean that you have to hide away and suffer in silence. We can help!

Bad breath is commonly caused by bacteria collecting in the mouth. When you eat, the bacteria in your mouth feed and then release gases, which smell unpleasant and this is why you get bad breath. If you have a good daily oral hygiene routine, these bacteria shouldn’t be able to gather in your mouth and you should find that your breath smells much fresher and cleaner. Ideally, you should brush your teeth twice a day each day for at least 2 minutes each time and floss regularly to keep bad breath at bay.

If you have persistent bad breath, we can offer intensive hygiene treatments, which give the mouth a deep clean and remove bacteria, which may be lurking in areas that you can’t reach with your toothbrush.

Some people find that they have bad breath after eating or drinking foods and drinks such as coffee, tea, spicy meals and garlic. If this sounds familiar, chewing sugar-free gum can help to neutralise acids in your mouth and make your breath smell fresher after eating. Make sure you choose sugar-free gum, as sugary foods increase the risk of decay and gum disease.

Don’t Forget To Floss In City Centre Leeds

Monday, April 28th, 2014

iStock_000000363253XSmallYou often hear dentists talking about the importance of flossing in TV shows, adverts and magazine articles, but why is flossing so important and do you really need to floss every day?

Flossing is important for one main reason: it covers areas that you miss or are unable to reach properly when you are brushing. Brushing removes most of the plaque and bacteria from your teeth, but there are areas that cannot be reached with a brush head, including the cracks between the teeth. With flossing and brushing, you cover a greater surface areas and clean parts of the mouth that are prone to bacteria build-up, reducing the risk of plaque formation and lowering your risk of gum disease and decay.

It’s advisable to try and floss once a day to keep your mouth clean. When you floss, try to be very gentle and avoid pulling at the floss, as this can hurt your gums and cause them to bleed. Run the tape through the cracks between your teeth and along the gum line and use a new piece of floss for each tooth.

If you notice that your gums bleed when you floss and you are used to flossing, arrange to see your dentist. It is normal for the gums to bleed a little the first couple of times you floss, but if you do it on a regular basis and notice bleeding, this could be a sign of gum disease and it’s best to get this looked at.

City Dental Leeds Can Teach Your Nippers To Take Care Of Their Teeth

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

1391328_blogWhen it comes to children, it’s never too early to start thinking about oral health. We provide dental care for all the family and we encourage parents to bring their children for routine check-ups when they are very small to enable them to get used to the dental surgery and get to know their dentist.

Children’s dental health is so important because laying positive foundations during childhood has a massive impact on adult dental health. Children who have good oral health are much more likely to enjoy strong and healthy teeth and gums into adult life.

At City Dental Leeds we understand that kids can find it difficult and many parents face a daily battle to get their children to clean their teeth. If this sounds familiar, we can help! We offer children’s dental hygiene products and we recommend ways to make teeth cleaning fun, such as playing games, brushing together as a family and brushing along to popular songs in the charts. We are also happy to chat to kids about the importance of teeth cleaning and to answer their questions about brushing and why it is important for their teeth, as well as their general health.

We also offer preventative dental care for younger patients to help to protect the teeth and gums from harmful bacteria and increase their chances of staying pain-free. Sealant treatments and fluoride varnish help to strengthen the teeth and lower the risk of tooth decay and they are completely painless and very quick.

If your nippers are in need of a check-up, you have queries about brushing or you simply want advice about getting kids into a good oral hygiene routine, pop in when you’re next in Leeds or give us a quick call!