The chewing of gum has always been considered to be a filthy habit to have, probably because of the way people discard it after they have finished with it. It is frowned upon in schools and in certain work places in Leeds-it’s seen as a dirty habit to have. However, the world of dentistry sees the chewing of gum in a completely different light and actively encourages it because it can promote the health of your mouth. Chewing gum can help to build up the muscles that support your jaw-joints and help to protect them from damage, but it is inside your mouth where gum has the best benefits. Your saliva is your body’s natural defence against bacteria in the mouth and chewing gum can help to promote these saliva levels. It can also help to remove bacteria and foodstuffs from the surfaces and in between your teeth after eating, reducing the build up of plaque. As long as you ensure the gum is sugar free, you will be doing your mouth a good service and you will be chewing your way to a high level of good oral health.
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Tooth decay is one of the prime evils in the mouth to try to avoid whenever possible as it can lead, in the long run, to tooth loss. Yet it also manages to slip in very quickly if you drop your guard for around 24 hours. We try desperately to keep this at bay with our daily oral regime yet the problem is ever present and if anything, on the increase inLeeds. What causes it is the build up of bacteria and acids on the surfaces of the teeth with only one thing in mind, to eat through the enamel and infect the inside of the tooth. The early signs that tooth decay is on the prowl is when a tooth looks blotchy or darkens in colour. This will be followed by shooting pains through the tooth whenever you bite down on it, or expose it to contrasting temperatures. In its early stages it can be picked up in an x-ray and treated with a filling, but if any further takes place, the inside of the tooth will become infected and you will need a root canal to save it. At this juncture you could be risking further tragedy: you are in grave danger of an abscess forming below the tooth and you will be leaving yourself wide open to periodontal disease that eats away at the jaw bone, and also gum disease, that will not only infect your gums, but some of the most vital organs in your body as well.
Your teeth are always under threat inLeedsfrom all manner of things ready to destroy them and one of the most prevalent ones is that of tooth decay. Advanced, this can cause infection inside the tooth and allowed to go further, can lead to tooth loss. In both outcomes, the decay or the loss has to be rectified to maintain the future health of your mouth. If tooth decay has been halted by a root canal, the tooth needs to be rebuilt afterwards to keep the status quo of the bite in your mouth going: similarly with tooth loss. This is the time to call in help from a porcelain crown to restore your tooth, maintain your oral health and to keep your smile looking natural. The porcelain crown comes in two basic models. He first is a full porcelain crown and this is more likely to be used where it doesn’t have to do much work- just look pretty when you smile, so this would be more likely at the front of your mouth. At the back of the mouth however, a lot more work is done so the crown needs to be stronger, which is why a porcelain-over-metal crown would be the choice. In either case, porcelain is the most natural material that mirrors that of the enamel of your teeth, so this is why it is the more preferred material to continue on the look of your mouth.
One of the things that anyone dreads hearing is the diagnosis of oral cancer; it means you have to prepare yourself for war and be ready to fight it head on. Though even today in Leeds, there is no decisive reason for it happening there are some things that you could have been aware of in the beginning. Your diet is important as it helps to maintain a strong immune system, but you will really be enticing the disease in if you smoke and drink heavily and suffer from excess stress. The first signs are generally anything that has been constantly nagging away at you for sometime; sore throats, ulcers, jaw aches and constant coughing, and these need to be checked out immediately because one of the keys to beating the disease is to catch it early. If the diagnosis is what you’ve been dreading, then the battle begins in earnest. Your lifestyle has to change overnight and once you have been treated, you can’t just rest on your laurels, because you need to change the way you live. Throw everything you can at the disease and make sure you have the support from friends and family; the disease is beatable and statistics are good, but you have got to want this more than anything else in your life.
If you have ever had the ordeal of ever having to wear, or watch someone you love wear traditional fixed braces in Leeds, it isn’t the most pleasant of sites. It stunts self expression and makes you introverted while wearing them. Plus they can be a nightmare to clean and expose you to the greater threat of bacteria attacking your teeth. Nice to know then that those days have been thoroughly disposed of, thanks to Invisalign. This aligner turns every thought you may have of teeth straightening on its head. For a start, once you have been fitted with the first of many aligners, you can take it out whenever you want, allowing you to clean your teeth normally and which instantly removes the threat of bacteria and plaque building up in your mouth. The treatment works fast and depending on the complexity of your teeth, you can be done in as little as a year. But it is what Invisalign is made from that gives it its greatest quality of all: the aligner is made from a clear plastic which means that when fitted, it’s almost invisible! Pricey yes, but priceless- absolutely!
There are many ways that you can go about getting your teeth whitened in Leeds; some you can do yourself, some your dentist can do for you, but there is a programme that both of you can do together, Enlighten Tooth Whitening and be sure of one thing when you choose this system, it is probably the best option you can get. The thing about this treatment is it takes its time and whitens your teeth over a couple of weeks. Your dentist will measure you up first for your bleaching trays and then it’s down to you. Each night, you will fill the trays with the bleach and then pop them into your mouth so that the whitening can take place while you sleep. For the next fortnight, you repeat the procedure and as long as you stay away from staining foods, smoking and ensure that you use gentle whitening toothpastes, the results will be staggering at the end once your dentist has given you a quick laser blast. This treatment is considered to be the best around as the effects are staggeringly natural. Prices vary, but you can normally get started for around £300, the price of the ultimate look- not bad at all really!!
Many methods to get you smiling again after you have suffered the problems of ageing to your teeth have come and gone. Some though have just got better with age and one technique that will cover up all of the sins in your smile is the porcelain veneer. This has been solving the problems of gapping and wear in the teeth, discolouration and receding gums for decades now inLeeds-because it works wonderfully well. Once you have identified your smile can’t be saved with some bleaching, then it’s time to opt for veneers to cover up all of these sins, and it is so easy to have done. Your teeth will be first prepared by having the enamel removed to make way for the fitting of the porcelain veneer. Then, casts will be taken and sent off somewhere for your veneers to be made. Until they return, you will be fitted with ‘dummies’ to protect your teeth. Then, once they are ready, they are glued onto the surfaces of your teeth. These are so robust once they fuse with the cement and if you care for them, they will last you many years and give you good service. But though they cover up all sins produced by ageing, it is truly a day of enlightenment when you first see the affect that they have on your smile- suddenly you are beaming alongside the best.
Oral hygiene is important to all of us: it gives us safety against plaque, gum disease and tooth decay whilst giving our teeth and gums strength to fight them. In most outlets in Leeds, you can find all the products you need to maintain a high level of oral hygiene. You can never have enough, so you should always budget for dental products. Brushes and toothpastes change all of the time; new and better ones come along, so you should see it as a bit of fun to experiment with these, as well as making sure they have all of the ingredients to tackle the major problems in your mouth. There are also lots of other products you can get to back up your brushing; inter-dental brushes, dental floss, mouth-washes and herbal products are great allies in everything that you do on a daily basis, so you should weave them into your programme. As well looking after yourself at home, you should maintain regular visits to your dentist in order to get confirmation that you are doing things right and put right things you may have missed. Employ all of these tactics and you should have perfect oral health throughout your life.
One of the most wonderful things about modern dentistry is that you can find a solution to any problem and even more important in a busy city like Leeds, you can get treated quickly as well; the perfect example of this is cosmetic bonding. This is a treatment that solves many of your ageing problems in as long as it takes for you to have a lunch break. As you get older, your teeth may start to suffer from years of wear and tear and this can start to affect the way you smile in public. So if you would like to reinvigorate your smile quickly, this is the treatment you need. Your dentist will delicately layer you teeth with resin over and over until all of your problems have been covered up and hidden away. Then, the resin will be shaped and polished until you have the perfect smile again. This is a very flexible treatment that can be touched up in the future if anything goes wrong but on average, the resin will last you at least 5 years before it needs looking at again. As well as being one of the quickest treatments around, it’s also the cheapest option on the market and definitely the choice if you are in a hurry.
We all like the idea of having beautiful white teeth that are perfectly straight, like most of the people walking around Leeds, but as we get older and the more we leave the opportunity of getting our teeth straightened, the more the idea of having some lengthy orthodontic treatment becomes abhorrent. But you simply can’t spend your life moaning about how your teeth could have been, when if you opted for the 6 months smile you could have your teeth fixed in around that time. This brace uses all the good qualities to be found in traditional fixed braces and then customises them into a fine modern orthodontic treatment. Though this brace covers all sorts of teething problems, it tends to focus more on the teeth that stand out whenever you smile. All the offending teeth have a ceramic pad attached to them that are linked with a wire that is then anchored around the back teeth. These pads and the wire are discreetly coloured so that they are difficult to see when being worn. As the treatment progresses, the wire will be constantly tightened by your dentist so that the teeth are kept under tension and on the move and in as little as 6 months, your teeth will be in place and straightened.