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Top Three Tips to Protect Teeth While Exercising

April 21st, 2017

shutterstock_173963588Exercise has a wealth of benefits for your body and mind, but it can pose a risk to your teeth. Fast-paced activities offer carry a risk of injury, and it’s always a good idea to protect your mouth whenever possible. Here are 3 top tips to help you protect your teeth when you’re playing sport.

  1. Wear a mouth guard: mouth guards are specifically designed to protect the teeth from injury. They are plastic shields, which are custom-made. They slide over the teeth, providing a barrier between the teeth and objects, surfaces and other people. If you do get hit or struck in the mouth, there’s a much lower risk of damage if you’re wearing a mouth guard. Mouth guards are also known as gum shields and they are worn by participants in rugby, hockey, lacrosse, martial arts and fighting sports like boxing and wrestling.
  2. Use a helmet: in some cases, sports carry a risk of injury to the head, as well as the mouth, and it’s wise to wear a helmet to reduce the risk of head, facial and dental injuries. Examples including close fielding in cricket and American football.
  3. Check the pH of the pool: if you swim on a regular basis, it’s worth checking the pH of the pool. If the pH is too low, and the water is too acidic, there’s a higher risk of swimmer’s calculus, which is caused by acid erosion of the enamel. It’s best to try and keep your mouth closed when you’re swimming and to avoid swallowing the water.

Four Steps To Fresher Breath

April 20th, 2017

shutterstock_552265822Bad breath is not just a dental health issue, it can also cause people to feel embarrassed and ashamed. If you suffer from bad breath, it can knock your confidence and make you feel very uncomfortable in certain situations. If you long for fresher breath, follow these four simple steps:

  1. Focus on dental hygiene: the best way to beat bad breath is to adopt a good daily oral hygiene routine. You should brush twice a day for at least 2 minutes each time using fluoride toothpaste. It also helps to floss daily.
  2. Clean your tongue: many people assume that they only need to clean their teeth, but it’s actually hugely beneficial to brush your tongue too. Many cases of bad breath are associated with bacteria, which gathers on the tongue and releases odorous gases. You can use your normal toothbrush or buy a tongue scraper from a chemist or your dental practice.
  3. Chew gum: many people find that they get bad breath after eating and drinking and chewing gum can help to banish this issue. Make sure you choose sugar-free gum, and chew for 1-2 minutes after eating. This will help to freshen your breath and reduce your risk of decay, as chewing stimulates saliva production. This cleanses your mouth and reduces acidity.
  4. See your dental hygienist: we all know that it’s essential to see our dentist every 6-9 months, but when was the last time you booked a session with the dental hygienist? If you’re prone to bad breath, this is a great idea. Hygienists are experts in oral hygiene, and they will tackle stubborn plaque and tartar deposits, giving you healthy, bright teeth and clean, fresh breath.

If you’re worried about bad breath, don’t struggle in silence. We are here to help, so give us a call today!

The Root Canal, Explained

April 18th, 2017

shutterstock_402395935We often see people recoil in horror and anxiety when we mention the words root canal. The truth is that root canal treatment has something of a bad reputation, which is largely unjustified. This procedure is often feared by patients, but it is actually a very useful and important treatment, which can make the difference between losing and saving a tooth.

About Root Canal Treatment

Root canal treatment is used to treat a decayed or infected tooth. This procedure is called upon when an infection has reached the tooth pulp. The pulp is the living tissue. It contains the nerves ad blood vessels and once it becomes decayed or damaged, there is every chance that the tooth will die and infection will spread. Root canal therapy is a procedure designed to stem the spread of infection and prevent tooth loss.

Before root canal treatment, the tooth is numbed completely using local anaesthetic. This will help to ensure that you don’t experience any pain during the procedure. Your dentist will drill into the tooth to access the root canals, the part of the tooth that contains the pulp. Your dentist will clear away the decayed tissue, disinfect and clean the tooth thoroughly and then stuff the root canals using a material called gutta percha. Once this has been done, the root canals will be sealed, and a new crown may be fitted.

Is root canal treatment painful?

This is the most common question patients have about root canal therapy. Many assume that they’re going to have to endure awful pain while they have treatment and cope with discomfort when they return home. The truth is that you shouldn’t find this procedure painful at all, as it is carried out under local anaesthetic. If you do have discomfort once the effects of the anaesthetic have worn off at home, we recommend taking over the counter pain relief medication. We have an expert team of dentists at City Dental Leeds, and we promise that you’re in the best hands. If you’re anxious, we are here to help and reassure you at every stage of the process.

Five Tips To Protect Your Braces

April 14th, 2017

shutterstock_449128402When you wear braces, it’s important to look after them to make sure that they do their job and you can enjoy a perfectly straight smile when treatment draws to a close. If you have braces, here are 5 tips to help you protect them:

  1. Wear a mouth guard: if you’re playing contact sports, wear a mouth guard to protect your braces and your teeth and gums. You can get specially made guards for braces from your dentist.
  2. Avoid hard foods: if you’re wearing braces, you won’t have to make wholesale changes to your diet, but it’s wise to bear a few tips in mind, especially avoiding hard foods. Most foods will be fine, but take care when eating things like boiled sweets, popcorn and crusty bread rolls.
  3. Keep your braces clean: if you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment and you’ve got a fixed brace, you need to keep it clean as possible to minimise the risk of dental decay. Clean your teeth at least twice a day, and make sure you do a thorough job each time. It can be beneficial to take a brush around with you so that you can brush after eating if you find that food tends to get stuck in your braces.
  4. Keep up to date with dental checks: if you have braces, it’s more important than ever to keep up to date with dental checks and follow-up appointments. Your dentist can keep an eye on your oral health, as well as the progress of your treatment.
  5. Use additional cleaning methods: brushing is often the most effective means of cleaning the mouth, but it’s also useful to floss or clean using an oral irrigator. If you need advice or help with cleaning, don’t hesitate to ask your dentist.

No Braces, Straighter Teeth: How Componeers can Transform Your Smile

April 11th, 2017

shutterstock_580932871Do you have crooked or wonky teeth? Would you love a straight smile? Are you reluctant to have braces? If you’ve answered yes to these questions, you’re in luck! With Componeers, we can give you a gorgeous smile without the need for orthodontic treatment.

Tell me more about Componeers!

Componeers are a type of veneer, which is made from dental composite, rather than ceramics like porcelain. Composite is a versatile tooth-coloured material, which is also used for white fillings and dental bonding. Componeers are actually defined as nano-hybrid composite enamel shells, and they have numerous advantages. For starters, Componeers can be bonded directly onto the tooth surface, which means that you can enjoy your new smile after just one session. These veneers are also significantly less expensive than traditional porcelain veneers, and the structure of the tooth remains intact, as minimal preparation is required. Your dentist will design a smile that looks natural and radiant, and you won’t have to worry about wonky teeth any longer.

Componeers are pre-fabricated in Switzerland, and they are available in an array of shades, shapes and sizes. This means that, as the patient, you can get involved in designing your new smile by working with your dentist to select the perfect Componeers.

Who can benefit from Componeers?

Almost anyone who has concerns about the aesthetic appeal of their teeth can benefit from Componeers. This treatment offers a solution for those who don’t have perfectly aligned teeth, as well as those who have stained or discoloured teeth, chips or uneven edges.

If you like the sound of a straight smile without the need for braces, and you’d like to find out more about Componeers at City Dental Leeds, call us today to make an appointment for a consultation. Your incredible new smile could be just days away!

Top 5 Sugar Free Snacks to Keep Your Teeth Healthy

April 7th, 2017

shutterstock_96256037Many of us try and adapt our diets to lose weight and trim down when the summer is approaching, but have you ever thought of making changes to keep your smile in shape? If you’d like healthier teeth and gums, here are 5 sugar-free snacks to add to your diet:

  1. Fruit: Fruit is not strictly sugar-free, but it contains natural sugars, which are much less harmful than the artificial, added sugars you find in sweets and cakes. Opt for strawberries if you’re keen to boost your vitamin intake, as well as making your teeth gleam. The rough coating of the skin helps to remove surface stains, giving you a gorgeous, bright smile.
  2. Natural Yoghurt: Yoghurts are a really popular snack, and they can be brilliant for your teeth, as they’re a good source of calcium. However, it’s important to choose the right products. Many flavoured yoghurts contain a lot of sugar, so try and stick to natural yoghurt. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, add a sprinkling of berries, a banana or a spoonful of honey.
  3. Raw vegetables: If you’re hungry between meals, there’s nothing better for your teeth than raw vegetables. Chewing raw carrots and celery increases saliva production, which neutralises acids in the mouth, and it can also stimulate blood flow to the gums. These snacks are completely sugar-free and they’re also high in fibre and a good source of vitamins and minerals.
  4. Cheese: Cheese may not be the best option if you’re desperate to lose weight, but it’s very good for your teeth. Cheese is rich in calcium, and it’s also low in sugar. Cheese is also a good source of protein.
  5. Nuts: Nuts are often touted as a superfood snack because they contain essential oils and fatty acids. If you choose plain nuts, rather than sugar-coated or honeyed nuts, you should also find that they have low sugar content. You only need a small handful of nuts to keep you going between meals.

Dental Bonding – Instantly Transform your Smile

March 31st, 2017

shutterstock_306203957Are you looking for a magical treatment, which is capable of transforming your smile instantly? If so, your search could be over. With dental bonding, we can patch up worn edges, repair misshapen teeth and fill in chips in just an hour.

What is Dental Bonding and Could it Work for Me?

Dental bonding is a cosmetic dental procedure, which is used to carry out minor repairs and adjustments to the teeth. It is a very simple and quick procedure, which can make an amazing difference to the overall aesthetic of your smile. If you have worn tooth edges, misshapen teeth, gaps between your teeth or chips, this could be the treatment for you.

When you have dental bonding, your dentist will first select the shade of composite that matches your natural tooth colour. The composite, the material that is used to repair and reshape the teeth, has a similar consistency to putty. It can be shaped and modified to fit and fill in gaps and alter the shape of the individual teeth. When your dentist is happy with the placement of the composite, it will then be set firm using a curing light. The light beam is simply directed onto the composite, and this causes it to harden. At this stage, your dentist will make any further adjustments to ensure a perfect outcome.

The Benefits of Bonding

Bonding is a simple, painless and quick solution for minor aesthetic problems such as chips. In just an hour, we can transform your smile, giving you more confidence and helping you to feel more attractive when you smile. There’s no pain involved, so you won’t need anaesthetic, and you can get back to the rest of your day straight away.

To find out more or book a consultation, simply give us a ring.

How to Treat Yourself Post-Surgery

March 29th, 2017

shutterstock_449928199When you’ve been through dental surgery, it’s important to do everything possible to ensure a speedy recovery. If you’ve had dental treatment, here are some tips to help you:

Rest

Any kind of treatment can put your body through its paces, and it’s best to take a day or so to rest and relax. It can take a while for the effects of anaesthetic or a sedative to wear off, so ask somebody to accompany you home, and stay with you until you feel a bit more awake and alert. Rest, and don’t try and do anything strenuous like exercise for a few days.

Take Painkillers

When you have surgery, it’s normal to experience mild pain afterwards. Your dentist may advise you to take over the counter painkillers or apply ice to the affected tooth to ease discomfort. Make sure you follow the dosage instructions, and ask your dentist or pharmacist for advice if you’re not sure what to take.

Avoid Hot Drinks

For the first couple of hours after surgery it’s best to avoid hot drinks. When your mouth is numb, you can burn yourself without realising.

Eat Soft Foods

If you’re hungry after surgery, try and make sure you stick to soft foods, which require very little effort to eat. If you try and tackle a piece of steak or a hard toffee, this could be very painful. It’s best to stick to foods like yoghurts and soups for the first couple of days. As you become more comfortable, you can start introducing a wider range of foods.

When you have surgery, your dentist will give you some aftercare tips. If you have any questions, or you’re worried about pain, don’t hesitate to pick up the phone and get in touch.

Five Tooth Brushing Tips for a Fresher Mouth

March 28th, 2017

shutterstock_447120436There’s nothing better than that fresh feeling you get when you’ve cleaned your teeth and you’ve got a lovely sparkling smile. If you’re after a fresher, cleaner mouth and a bright, beautiful smile, here are five brushing tips to take on board:

  1. Brush for 2 minutes: when you clean your teeth, do you wiggle the brush around and hope for the best? If so, you’re probably not doing the thorough job your teeth require. Spend at least 2 minutes brushing your teeth twice a day. If you don’t have a brush with a timer, you can set one on your phone or brush along to a song.
  2. Use a brush with a small head: if you find it tough to reach right into the corners of the mouth with your toothbrush, it may be because the brush head is too big. If you have brush with a small head, you can clean the corners much more effectively.
  3. Brush gently: you may think that the harder you brush, the better; however, this is not the case. If you brush very vigorously, you can actually do more harm than good. This is because brushing firmly can damage your enamel.
  4. Floss: flossing is important because it cleans that parts of the mouth that are commonly missed when you brush, such as the tiny gaps between your teeth.
  5. Brush your tongue: your tongue tends to attract bacteria, and most cases of bad breath are linked to bacteria lurking around the back of the tongue. When these bacteria feed, they release acids, which have an unpleasant odour. When you’ve finished brushing your teeth, clean your tongue with a brush or a tongue scraper.

Did You Know You Could Have A New Set of Teeth in One Day?

March 22nd, 2017

shutterstock_89691148Modern dentistry never ceases to amaze us, and we hope that you’ll be as impressed with our treatment range as we are. Today, we can offer a broad spectrum of solutions to a host of dental problems, and we can remedy issues faster than ever before. If you’re looking for staggering results in a single day, you’ve come to the right place. Did you know that it’s now possible to have a new set of teeth in just one day?

How Can we Fit a Set of New Teeth in One Day?

If you have missing teeth, you may assume that it takes weeks, even months to restore the smile. However, you’d be wrong. With All-on-4, we’re able to produce an incredible new smile in a single day.

All-on-4 is an implant system, which uses a set of four implants to anchor a new set of teeth. Two implants are located at the front of the jaw and two sit at the back of the mouth. The implants at the back of the mouth are positioned at a 45-degree angle. The location of the implants is specially designed to take full advantage of the strongest bone tissue in the jaw. This means that only four implants are required, compared to 6-10 for traditional implant treatment.

What are the Benefits of All-on-4?

All-on-4 is a speedy solution for patients with missing teeth. Gaps in the smile can cause problems for your oral health, as well as affecting nutrition, and denting your confidence. With All-on-4, you don’t have to wait to enjoy the benefits of your new smile, and you can look forward to eating and smiling with confidence again. Aside from the speed of treatment, All-on-4 also offers many solutions to problems experienced by people who wear dentures. When the denture is stabilised by a set of implants, there’s no chance that it can slip or slide, and you can enjoy enhanced facial aesthetics, as well as improved bite power when you eat.

If you’d like to find out more about All-on-4, give us a call today!