There are quite a few reasons why we suffer from sensitive teeth in the city of Leeds, but the results are always the same- mainly great discomfort and it can cause a lot of problems in our everyday lives. The most common cause is done by overzealous brushing with abrasive toothpastes that wears away at the teeth’s enamel and then gets into the nerves. The build-up of plaque can lead to acid erosion and then tooth decay and gum disease which again, break down the enamel. Grinding and over-stated tooth bleaching also have the same affects. The first way to overcome this is to pay a visit to the dentist who can rectify any decay with a filling or a root canal. Then you can have fluoride treatments or even a sealant fitted to help protect the surfaces of the teeth; those who grind their teeth can have a mouth-guard made up. Outside of the dentists, it is down to you to help quell the sensitivity; for a start you can use a softer brush and find yourself a good de-sensitizing toothpaste. Fluoride mouth-washes are also excellent at re-mineralizing the enamel in the teeth and protecting the nerves.
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It is one of the problems that tends to dip below the radar of oral issues because it can go unnoticed for a very long time until it becomes serious- teeth grinding or bruxism, but this is a condition that needs to be addressed quickly in order to stop damage throughout the body. Stress and anger are the two main protagonists here and in a bustling little city like Leeds that places a lot of demands on people, it is rife. A lot of need to de-stress after a heavy day, otherwise we can take this angst into the bedroom and into sleep, and this is where a lot of grinding may well take place. A gum-shield can protect damage to the teeth, but it will not stop damage happening to the jaws, head a neck. Hopefully, with some anger management and stress counselling, these problems can be identified and avoided before they become a problem elsewhere. If however, the problem is allowed to continue, the damage to the jaws and neck (this can also affect the central nervous system) will require some pretty complex surgery to rectify. If you visit your dentist regularly, they should be able to spot any signs of wear in your teeth and then advise you as to which direction you should take in order to stop the grinding getting out of hand.
If you like a good horror story in the city of Leeds, the you should take a look at how much damage gum disease can do to your mouth and body because it truly is horrible. This disease is caused firstly by poor oral hygiene which allows plaque and tartar to form in the mouth around the base of the teeth where the gums meet. Once this happens, the gums become infected; this can lead to tooth decay and between them, bring on periodontal disease that will eat away at the bone structure below the teeth. This is the point at which your teeth will start to fall out as the gums recede. Now this is bad enough, but whilst all this is going on, the gum disease will be leaking toxins into the blood and into the heart that in time will fail, along with other vital organs. Is that enough horror for you? The point is, if you have any signs of blood after brushing, you are starting to have problems and they need to be addressed immediately. Your dentist can rectify this by deep cleaning your teeth and gums and you may be able to stop the disease by upping your oral hygiene and also incorporate herbal remedies into your program. But, you must also take a good look at your lifestyle and diet as well to give yourself a chance.
If there is any legacy that the modern world has given us, it must truly be the art of looking after our teeth and gums. Just take a look at how the market for oral hygiene in Leeds has been flooded with an amazing array of products to help us look after ourselves and let’s not forget that we have our prince, the dentist to save us as well, so how could it ever go wrong….?! Toothbrushes are remarkable these days, from brilliant hand held ones with different angled neck and a array of styles built into the brush-ends to ensure they reach in like never before; this could be also said of electric toothbrushes that also do the most amazing things inside your mouth, whilst you just point it in. The latest is a brush that fires a jet of water below the gum-line for a deep clean. Your daily brushing is also supported by dental floss and small inter-dental brushes to give you a deep clean as well. The main aim of all this is to stop the catalyst of all oral problems, plaque, from getting a foothold in the mouth and toothpastes and mouthwashes are generally concentrated on doing this, while the fluoride in these products helps to re-mineralise the enamel in your teeth at the same time- making them stronger. If that isn’t enough, there is also a massive range of herbal products to choose from to keep your mouth healthy- these are great oral times.
Although it may not exactly top the charts of emergencies, having a tooth knocked out in Leeds is still an emergency and there are a set of rules as to what to do in order that you may just be able to reinstate the tooth into the socket. To avoid damaging the roots and its tissue, the tooth should be only handled at the crown, gently rinsed in warm water and then inserted again. Now this all sounds very easy, however, this is all well and good, but the conditions to do all of this may not exist, nor, often or not, are you going to have some milk or saline around if the tooth won’t go back in so if you have to get to a dentists or A&E, the best way to get the tooth there is by resting it inside the mouth. The thing is, at best, the quicker you can get treatment the more likely the tooth is going to take again in the socket- you may be surprised by how resilient the mouth is in these situations and as long as the tooth is kept saturated, you have around a couple of hours to get it back- hell, you’ve got to give it a shot, your tooth is free, bridges, implants, crowns and dentures are not.
To every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction and this second law of Newton can be seen in all aspect of modern life in central Leeds. For example, the more technology advances, the more people want to find more natural alternatives and answers to questions and problems. A good example of this can be found in dentistry. It is remarkable how technology has changed dental procedures over the past few decades and made treatments quicker and less painful. Yet there is also a parallel to this, as people a turning to traditional herbal remedies to treat themselves and their teeth. However, these two opposing methods have started to fuse together as dentists have also held their hands up and recognised how useful herbal remedies are too in their treatments, as well as all the technology. There are already herbal toothpastes and mouthwashes that contain certain oils and herbs proven to be good for your teeth and gums- there are even herbal whitening products. But herbal products really come into their own when something goes wrong in the mouth. Gum disease can destroy the gums and lead to tooth loss but by using tea-tree oil, Echinacea, clove oil, salts, willow roots and many others in your daily hygiene programme- brushing and flossing, they can calm, stimulate and rejuvenate the gum tissue, and reverse gum disease. You should ask your hygienist about the use of such products, even find a herbalist who specialises in teeth and you may well find the results rewarding.
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
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.
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.