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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!

Fillings

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!

Which foods are best to avoid for good oral health in Central Leeds?

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

293756_blogYou may be used to your dentist telling you about how important it is to brush your teeth twice a day, but what about your diet? As well as oral hygiene, the foods you eat can also have a major impact on your oral health and no amount of brushing will be able to save your teeth if you consume excessive amounts of foods that are ‘bad’ for your teeth. Sugar is the number one enemy for the teeth, as it causes bacteria in your mouth to produce acids, known as plaque acids, which erode the enamel. Although enamel is the hardest substance in the body, there is a limit to how many attacks it can withstand and eventually, it can become thin and worn. Most people are aware that their favourite treats, like doughnuts, biscuits and chocolate bars, are laden with sugar, but you may be surprised to find out that sports drinks, fruit juice and shop-bought smoothies, can also be packed full of sugar. Another problem food is starchy carbohydrates, such as crisps, for example; carbohydrates are broken down into sugars, so they have the same effect as simple sugars and foods like crisps also tend to cling to the enamel and get stuck in the pits in the biting surfaces of the teeth. Drinking certain beverages, such as coffee, tea, red and white wine, can also contribute to discolouration of the teeth, so it’s best to avoid these if you are determined to keep your pearly whites clean and bright.

 

 

Which toothpaste and toothbrush should I use for sparkling teeth in LS1?

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

464425_blogPop into any supermarket or chemist to grab a new toothbrush or a tube of toothpaste and a 1-minute job could easily become a much more time-consuming task; if you’ve spent any time at all in the dental aisle, you’ll be aware that there are hundreds of different products to choose from, from kid’s toothpaste and coloured brushes, to sophisticated smart technology brushes and toothpastes, which claim to whiten your teeth by several shades. So, where do you start and which products do you go for? The answer is different for different patients; there are some products that are geared towards specific markets, while some products will benefit some patients much more than others. If you have sensitive teeth, for example, investing in toothpaste that is designed to reduce sensitivity and strengthen the enamel, is hugely beneficial. Children’s products are great for younger patients, as they tend to be more visually appealing, as well as easy to use and tasty in the case of toothpastes. Generally speaking, electric toothbrushes are better than manual brushes because they are much more powerful and this enables them to clean the teeth and remove plaque more effectively. If you have any questions or concerns about oral hygiene products, it is a good idea to speak to your dentist or dental hygienist, as they can recommend products based on your oral health status and your needs.

 

Oral hygiene tips to make your smile glow!

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

357249_blogMany people assume that they need to see a dentist for professional whitening treatment to achieve a glowing smile, but you can actually make a massive difference to the look of your teeth by maintaining good oral hygiene and steering clear of things that discolour your teeth. Oral hygiene is really important for your oral health, but is also has a bearing on the aesthetic of your teeth. Regular cleaning helps to keep the enamel strong and gives your teeth a radiant, smooth finish, if the enamel becomes worn, the dentin becomes visible and this is yellow in colour. Your diet can also have an influence on the colour and strength of your teeth. Foods which are strongly coloured, such as coffee and red wine, can contribute to discolouration, as can acidic drinks, such as white wine. Acidic foods and drinks erode the enamel, causing it to become thinner. When brushing, take care to cover all areas of your mouth and devote equal time to each corner of the mouth; try to angle your brush so that you are able to cover the gum line, as well as the chewing and biting surfaces of the teeth and avoid brushing too hard, as this can damage the enamel. In addition to brushing, it’s important to floss, as this helps you to clean between the teeth. You can also ask your dentist about using inter-dental brushes, which are tiny brushes, specifically designed to clean the cracks between the teeth. If after heeding all this advice, you still want to inject a bit of extra sparkle into your smile, whitening could be the answer.

Keeping teeth strong and healthy in the heart of Leeds

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

302075_blogIf you read the news or you like to flick through magazines now and again, you may have noticed that the results of surveys often reveal that people consider ‘a nice smile’ as the most attractive quality in a partner. Other polls also suggest that people perceive those who have a bright and healthy smile as more trustworthy than those with poor oral health and employers are more likely to hire somebody with an attractive smile than somebody who clearly neglects their oral hygiene. In short, your smile is important for a number of reasons and the good news is that it only takes a small amount of effort to maintain good oral health and keep your teeth feeling strong and looking shiny and bright. The first thing to consider is your oral hygiene routine; if you’re not brushing your teeth twice a day, every day for at least 2 minutes each time, you could be at risk of decay and gum disease, as well as bad breath and stained teeth. Flossing can also be hugely beneficial, as it removes plaque and bacteria from the places you struggle to reach with a toothbrush. Your diet is the best thing to think about. Many of us enjoy a sweet treat now and again, but if you’re consuming sweets, chocolate bars and biscuits on a daily basis or washing down your lunch with a can of fizzy pop or a sports drink, then this could lead to serious problems. Sugary foods cause bacteria in your mouth to attack and erode the protective enamel layer of the teeth. In order to ensure your teeth stay healthy and strong, keep an eye on your diet, brush and floss with dedication and see your dentist for a routine check-up every 6 months: it really is as simple as that!