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Five Things You Can Do To Prevent Toothaches

Friday, July 14th, 2017

shutterstock_253445443If you’ve ever had toothache before, you’ll know that it can really put a dampener on your day. If you’re keen to keep pain at bay, here are 5 things you can do to prevent toothaches:

  1. Brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste: brushing is your best bet when it comes to removing harmful bacteria, which cause gum disease and decay, from your mouth. Use fluoride toothpaste, as fluoride helps to strengthen and protect your tooth enamel. Brush in the morning and evening for two minutes each time.
  2. Book a dental check every 6 months: if you attend regular check-ups, you’ll reduce your risk of developing decay and gum disease significantly. If you haven’t been to the dentist for the last 6 months, now is the time to get in touch!
  3. See your dentist if you have pain: if you start to notice pain or you experience heightened sensitivity, see your dentist. Don’t wait until your next check-up. Pain is often a sign of a cavity or an infection, so it’s best to get checked out.
  4. Avoid snacking: when you eat, the bacteria in your mouth release acids, which weaken your enamel on a temporary basis. Your enamel can only resist a limited number of acid attacks, so if you’re grazing throughout the day, it’s very likely that your enamel will become thin and worn. Stick to 3 meals a day and if you do get hungry, choose sugar-free snacks such as raw vegetables.
  5. Keep an eye on your sugar intake: most people know that sugar is bad for the teeth, but have you ever actually worked out how much sugar you consume each day? You may be surprised to find out that you exceed the recommended intake on a regular basis if you don’t pay much attention to food labels. Use an app or a food diary and try and keep below that RDA.

Five Ways to Protect Your Newly Straightened Teeth

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

shutterstock_625524389You’ve got a gorgeous new, straight smile. The next job is to keep it looking fabulous for as long as possible. If you’ve just had your braces removed, here are 5 ways to protect your newly straightened teeth.

  1. Wear a retainer: retainers are orthodontic appliances, which are worn to maintain the new position of the teeth and prevent the teeth from moving once the braces have been taken off. Your dentist will explain how the retainer works and you can usually choose between a fixed or removable retainer.
  2. See your dentist: just because you’ve finished your treatment, doesn’t mean that you don’t need to keep in touch with us! We hope to see you for regular check-ups and follow-up appointments to check that everything is perfect and keep an eye on your oral health in general.
  3. Brush: oral hygiene is really important for everyone, so we strongly recommend sticking to a good daily cleaning regime at home.
  4. Use a mouth guard: if you enjoy sport or you take part in activities like martial arts, we recommend wearing a mouth guard to protect your teeth. Even if you only play from time to time, you never know when an accident may happen and you don’t want your new smile to be ruined. We recommend dentist-made guards, as they provide a perfect fit.
  5. Watch your diet: there are some foods that are lot better for your teeth than others. Now that you’ve got the smile of your dreams, you should take good care of it. Try and avoid foods that are very hard, which could damage your teeth, and those that have a low pH value or high sugar content.

Six Reasons to Straighten Teeth with Six Month Smiles

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

shutterstock_565837129If you’re looking for an orthodontic treatment, which gives you everything, look no further than Six Month Smiles. Here are just 6 of the reasons why you should choose Six Month Smiles to straighten your smile:

  1. Speed: time is of the essence for many of us, and if you don’t want to wait years for treatment, this could be the perfect choice for you. Six Month Smiles, as you may have guessed, takes an average of just 6 months to create beautiful, straight smiles.
  2. Comfort: Six Month Smiles uses the latest friction-free technology to straighten the teeth with minimal pain.
  3. Fewer dental visits: as Six Month Smiles works so quickly, patients require fewer dental visits than with many other systems.
  4. Aesthetics: many people don’t want to have braces because they’re worried about what they will look like when their braces are fitted. With Six Month Smiles, the fixed braces aren’t invisible, but they are a lot more discreet than traditional braces. These braces feature clear and tooth-coloured parts, which are hard to detect when you smile.
  5. Cost: as treatment is fast and you need fewer dental visits, Six Month Smiles represents a more cost-effective solution than other treatment options.
  6. Results: Six Month Smiles is able to work much faster than other treatments because it targets the teeth that are visible when you smile. By focusing on the front teeth only, this guarantees beautiful results.

Know the Signs of Oral Cancer: Common Symptoms To Look For

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

shutterstock_482648263The number of cases of oral cancer diagnosed in the UK has risen by over a third in the last ten years, but many people ae still unaware of the warning signs. Do you know the symptoms of oral cancer? If you don’t, you’ve come to the right place.

What are the Symptoms of Oral Cancer?

Even though oral cancer has become increasingly common, many people still don’t know what kinds of symptoms they should be looking out for, and this means that many cases are diagnosed at a ate stage when treatment is much less likely to be successful. To improve survival rates, it’s essential that more people know about the potential warning signs of oral cancer. These include:

  • Abnormal swelling in the mouth or lumps in the mouth or throat
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Unexplained oral bleeding or pain in the mouth or throat
  • Persistent sore throat
  • Red or white patches in the mouth
  • Sores or ulcers that take longer than 2 weeks to heal
  • Numbness in the mouth
  • Unexplained weight loss

If you notice any of these symptoms, see your GP as quickly as possible. It’s very unlikely that there is anything to worry about, but it’s always best to be on the safe side.

Reducing your Risk of Oral Cancer

The most common risk factors for oral cancer are smoking and drinking regularly. If you’re a smoker and a heavy drinker, you’re more than 30 times more likely to develop oral cancer than a non-smoker who rarely drinks. Other risk factors include a poor diet lacking in nutrients, and exposure to the HPV (human papilloma virus).

It may not be possible to prevent oral cancer, but seeing your dentist on a regular basis will help to ensure that any symptoms are detected early. Your dentist is trained to spot early warning signs, and they can refer you for further tests at a stage when treatment is much more likely to be successful.

If you’re worried about oral cancer, or you’d like to find out more, don’t hesitate to call us today.

Top Three Tips to Protect Teeth While Exercising

Friday, 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

Thursday, 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

Tuesday, 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

Friday, 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.

Top 5 Sugar Free Snacks to Keep Your Teeth Healthy

Friday, 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.

Spotting the Signs of Gum Disease

Friday, February 17th, 2017

shutterstock_195237566Gum disease is one of the most common dental health issues. There’s good and bad news when it comes to gum disease. The bad news is that it can cause irreparable damage to your gums and the bone structure beneath. The good news is that it can be prevented. If you’re worried about gum disease, here are some tips to help you spot the danger signs and keep your gums healthy.

Spotting the signs of gum disease

Mild gum disease can be treated, but if it’s left to develop, gum disease can result in severe symptoms, and even premature tooth loss. If you spot the warning signs, see your dentist as soon as possible. Don’t wait for your next scheduled appointment. The most common signs of gum disease include:

  • Swollen gums
  • Bleeding gums (usually this is most noticeable when you brush your teeth)
  • Redness in the gums
  • Painful gums

When gum disease becomes more advanced, you may also notice that your gums have receded (this can make the teeth look longer than normal) and you may experience an unpleasant taste in your mouth.

Preventing gum disease

Gum disease is preventable, and your best weapon against unwanted symptoms is good oral hygiene. Gum disease is caused by harmful bacteria, which combine with food debris and saliva to form a substance called plaque. The bacteria in plaque release acids, which irritate the gums, and cause them to become painful and inflamed. If you brush twice a day and follow your dentist’s hygiene recommendations, you should be able to keep gum disease at bay. We also recommend regular dental checks, and avoiding a sugary diet. Smoking can also increase your risk of gum disease. If you do spot signs, call and make an appointment as quickly as possible. The sooner we can treat you, the lower the risk of permanent damage.