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Dental Hygiene – How we stop dental problems before they occur

Friday, January 27th, 2017

It’s well documented that dentists love the saying, ‘prevention is better than cure.’ It’s always better to prevent dental disease if possible. Thshutterstock_409712314is saves you from unpleasant symptoms like swelling and tooth pain, keeps your smile looking good and reduces dental bills. The good news is that most dental diseases are preventable, and good oral hygiene will stand you in good stead for trouble-free teeth. Here are some simple hygiene tips that could make all the difference to your teeth and gums.

Brushing and flossing

It takes just a few minutes each day, but it could make the difference between losing your teeth and developing sore gums and having a healthy smile for years to come. Brushing is essential for good oral health because it prevents plaque formation. Plaque is a sticky film-like substance, which forms when saliva, food debris, and bacteria combine. Plaque sticks to the enamel, and it can also irritate the gums. When you brush, you dislodge food particles and bacteria. You also polish your teeth to prevent staining and give your smile that extra sparkle.

When you’re brushing at home, take care to do a thorough job, but be gentle. Brushing vigorously can damage the enamel. Use a brush with a small head, and angle the brush, so that you can clean along the gum line. Set a timer to ensure that you brush for 2 minutes each time. We recommend waiting an hour to brush after eating to avoid enamel erosion.

Flossing should never be used to replace brushing; it should be used in addition to cleaning your teeth. When you floss, don’t pull at the tape, as this can harm your gums. Gently guide the floss through the cracks in your teeth.

Seeing your dentist

If you have any questions about oral hygiene, don’t hesitate to get in touch. We are happy to offer tips and answer questions. We also strongly recommend regular check-ups, and annual sessions with the dental hygienist.

Don’t forget your Toothbrush in Central Leeds

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

So, who loves a good toothbrush then in central Leeds? You can’t deny that there are some cracking options on the market right now that will help you to retain an incredible level of oral health. But before you go charging into the aisles with your credit card on show, it would be wise to link up with your dentist first to check out where your teeth and gums are health wise. Getting a toothbrush first relies on finding the right type of bristles that will be sympathetic to your mouth’s requirements and once you have got this right, then you can go mad. Hand held brushes are okay if you have the hands to work it, but it is the electric ones that are really taking over now. The can rotate, go up and down and pulse away on your teeth to remove all problems that you may well not be able to do with a hand held brush. This can be trial and error at first, but you can never have enough toothbrushes, so don’t be afraid to be adventurous. Then with all of these in the bathroom cabinet, take your time and learn how to use them. Work them gently around your mouth and learn how to manoeuvre them in and out of every crook and cranny until you can do it in the dark. This will only be beneficial to your oral health in the future, so enjoy it!

Picking the right Toothbrush in Leeds

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

One of the most essential elements in your regime of oral hygiene in Leeds is to get the right toothbrush and though you might think this is an easy choice, getting it wrong can cause damage to your gums and wear away the enamel of your teeth. The strength of the bristles in your brush is an important one and though you may have to go through a few at first in order to get the one for you, it’s worth the trial and error in the beginning. Then you have to learn how to use it: this can be helped by the shape and flexibility of the brush, so again- trial and error. But over the years, there has be huge developments in electric brushes that are brilliant, not only for doing the work for you, but also doing it better than you ever could and they also come in various guises too: Some rotate and some will pulse up and down, others are designed to do special tasks as well, like breaking down the build-up of plaque and tartar around the teeth. But probably one of the most ingenious of all is an electric brush that also fires a jet of water below the gum line for a really thorough clean. Again, with all of these choices, it can get a bit confusing, but you can always talk to your dentist about which direction to go in.

Brushing your Teeth to glory in Leeds

Saturday, August 4th, 2012

Dentists in Leeds will always bang on to you the need for good oral hygiene as it limits the amount of extensive reconstruction work they will have to carry out on you when your mouth starts to get problems.

If you think about it, looking after your teeth shouldn’t be hard- just look at the products you can buy these days that virtually do the work for you.

Toothbrushes are the most important thing to get right in the beginning so you need to make your choice wisely; every mouth is different, so has different requirements which can make your choice of brush difficult at first- ask your dentist about how sensitive your gums are so that the bristles suit you and are not overly abrasive.

Then after this your choice splits dramatically between hand held and electric brushes.Both have their advantages, both options will get the job done so shop around at first until you get the one that works for you. Another important factor is that brushes change, so they need to be changed regularly.

City of Leeds dentist recommends daily flossing for healthy teeth

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

Second only to brushing, flossing is the most important way of keeping your teeth clean and healthy and helping to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Dentists recommend that patients floss at least once a day to help remove plaque, the main cause of decay and infection, and to remove trapped food particles which are responsible for over 90 per cent of cases of bad breath.

Flossing is important because it reaches parts of the teeth and gums that cannot be cleaned by the bristles of a toothbrush. Brushing removes plaque from the front and back surfaces of the teeth and from the gums, but in the narrow areas between the teeth and parts of the tooth just below the gum line, flossing is required to keep these areas clean. It is often the most difficult areas to clean that are the location of tooth decay, as bacteria and plaque can build up there unchecked.

Proper flossing technique involves using about 40 cm of floss wound tight around one finger from each hand and made taught using the thumbs. Placing the floss between the teeth you then use a forward and backward motion moving the floss up and down the gap, cleaning the surface of the teeth and removing any matter trapped there. Slight rotation of the floss at the bottom of the tooth will help to clean the small pockets located under the gums where tooth enamel is still at risk. City of Leeds dentists can demonstrate the most effective way to floss at your next check up appointment to help you keep your teeth as healthy as possible.