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Five Habits to Pick Up For Better Dental Hygiene

Friday, July 21st, 2017

shutterstock_106092377Good dental hygiene is your best way of fighting oral disease. If you’d like to improve your dental hygiene regime, here are 5 good habits to pick up:

  • Brush twice a day: when you brush your teeth, you remove bacteria and food debris from your mouth, and this helps to prevent the formation of plaque. Plaque is the most significant cause of decay ad gum disease. For the best results, you should brush twice a day, every day.
  • Set a timer: you may think that you’re doing a good job when it comes to brushing, but have you ever stopped to check that you’re brushing for long enough? Setting a timer is a great way of making sure that you brush for the recommended 2-minute period every time.
  • Floss: flossing is really important because it cleans the parts of your mouth that you can’t reach with a brush. When you floss, you can dislodge debris and bacteria from the tiny cracks between your teeth, reducing the risk of plaque formation.
  • Use fluoride toothpaste: fluoride is a mineral, which has benefits for your oral health because it helps to protect your enamel.
  • Swap your toothbrush: if you’ve been using the same toothbrush for as long as you can remember, it’s time to invest in a new brush or brush head if you have an electric toothbrush. Ideally, you should swap your brush every 3-4 months.

If you’re keen to brush up on dental hygiene, we’re here to help, so don’t hesitate to get in touch if you need advice or brushing or flossing tips.

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!

Choosing a Tooth Brush in Central Leeds

Saturday, February 5th, 2011

In the ongoing rush to keep our teeth clean in central Leeds, it should always be remembered that it all starts with a good toothbrush and choosing the right type that suits you can be a bit of a minefield. There are so many shapes and sizes, hard bristles, soft bristles, angled brushes- and then you can move into the world of electric brushes and as fantastic as they are in their cleaning actions, some may be very abrasive and completely unsuitable for your mouth. It can be a matter of trial and error until you get this right, as all our mouths tend to be different, with different agendas and requirements; it’s not a good idea, for example to continue brushing with the same brush if it is making your gums bleed. The best person to ask advice on this subject is your dentist. They have seen more of the inside of your mouth than you; they know how delicate your gums are and how your teeth are angled and can point you in the right direction. One thing is for sure, you should change your brush regularly- they wear down and then work inefficiently, and they are a great home for bacteria. If you persevere with your search for the right brush and keep a few rules in mind, you should have no problems with cleaning your teeth.

Cleaner teeth with scaling and polishing from City of Leeds dentist

Sunday, February 28th, 2010

There is no feeling quite as clean as that of just having had your teeth cleaned by a dentist or dental hygienist. No mater how thoroughly you brush and floss at home you can never get that ‘straight from the dentist’ clean feeling. Dentists and hygienists use techniques known as scaling and polishing to clean teeth as thoroughly as possible, which while sometimes a little unpleasant, are very necessary to keep teeth healthy.

Scaling involves the careful use of the ominous looking little scaling hook to remove hardened plaque, commonly called tartar from the teeth. Plaque itself can be removed at home by brushing and flossing, but in hard to reach places it can often become hard. It is necessary to remove plaque and tartar as they cause inflammation of the gums and dental decay, both of which can cause nasty infections and ultimately tooth loss. Tartar is very difficult to remove and needs the skilful use of scaling by the dentist to scrape from the surface of the tooth.

Polishing is the process of thoroughly cleaning the surface of the teeth usually using an electric polisher. This smoothes the surface of the enamel, removing plaque and minor stains. This makes the teeth feel very clean and smooth and makes it difficult for plaque to cling to the surface of the teeth. City of Leeds dentists offer scaling and polishing as part of a regular dental check up pr hygiene appointment to help keep teeth as clean and healthy as possible. They are two of the simplest yet most effective ways to keep teeth free form the damage caused by plaque and tartar.