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Floss Till You Drop And Save Those Yorkshire Pearlies

Monday, July 7th, 2014

357249_blogWhen it comes to oral hygiene, most people overlook flossing as the less important partner of brushing, but flossing is actually really important, especially if you want to keep your pearly whites looking bright and healthy. Flossing should never be a substitute for brushing; rather, you should brush and floss together to keep dental disease at bay and your smile looking radiant and gorgeous.

Why is flossing so important?

Flossing is essential for good oral health because it covers areas that you can’t reach properly with a toothbrush. When you brush, you clean the surfaces of the teeth, but you can’t fit a toothbrush head into the cracks between your teeth and it can be difficult to angle your brush to clean the gum line effectively. This is where flossing comes into play; with dental floss, you can remove plaque, bacteria and left over bits of food from the spaces between your teeth and the areas where your teeth meet your gums, which helps to reduce the risk of decay and gum disease.

Flossing tips

Flossing is easy, but it can take some getting used to. If you’ve not flossed before, be patient, as you will get the hang of it. Hold a piece of floss between your thumb and fingers and then gently guide it through the gaps between your teeth; use a new piece of floss for every tooth and never pull at the tape, as this could hurt your gums.

Many people ask about bleeding when flossing. Although it is common for the gums to bleed when you first start flossing or when you have not flossed for a long time, it is not normal for the gums to bleed on a regular basis and if you experience frequent bleeding when you floss, or you notice blood when you clean your teeth, we advise you to call and make an appointment. Bleeding gums can be a sign of gum disease and it best to rule that out as quickly as possible.

Central Leeds gives you reasons to Floss

Sunday, July 7th, 2013

4732933_blogIt is amazing to think that something as simple as flossing can not only be beneficial for your teeth and gums, but in the long run, your heart and body as well. Food easily gets stuck between your teeth and up under the gums, and if it doesn’t get removed properly, it can lead to bacteria breaking down the enamel of your teeth, then to tooth decay and most dangerous of all, gum disease- also a killer of the heart. Flossing can visit places an ordinary brush fears to tread: once you have made your choice on the type of floss that takes your fancy, you now have to learn to use it. Take time to practise this in front of the mirror first and work it up between the teeth and gums to ensure everything is removed: do this every time you eat and keep practising it until you can do it in the dark. Flossing is probably the greatest ally to an oral hygiene programme since the tooth-pick was invented and if you do this right, there is no reason why you shouldn’t keep your teeth and gums healthy in central Leeds until the day you die.

Getting between the gaps in Central Leeds

Sunday, August 5th, 2012

One of the greatest threats to the health of your mouth in central Leeds is the build-up of bacteria in the mouth that can quickly lead to plaque forming. Most bacteria come from incorrect oral hygiene that has allowed foodstuffs to remain in the mouth for periods of time- normally between the teeth.

However, this has been quickly recognised and jumped upon by the dental industry that has come up with the answers to the problem- inter-dental cleaning. It is designed to get to places normal brushing won’t reach- between the teeth and in-and-around the gums.

The most obvious product is dental floss which you can work between the teeth in order to remove. Inter-dental brushes are excellent for removing food at the top of the teeth where the gums meet. Also on the market right now is a water jet brush that fires water below the gum line to remove trapped food as you brush. Of course, this might not be an option if you are out and about, but with a mouth-wash and a good old fashioned tooth pick, you can at least try to get the job done until you get home!

Caring for your Teeth in Leeds

Sunday, October 16th, 2011

You’ve seen the adverts, read the book and bought the products in Leeds- so there should be no excuse for failing to look after your teeth. Of course, if you like the more wayward lifestyle, you will have to work extra hard to look after your teeth…but the products are there if you care to use them and over the years, they have come on incredibly so there is something there for everyone. Toothpastes- plaque, gum disease, whitening…it’s all there for you and when it comes to the brushes themselves, there is a fantastic choice between electric and the old manual ones- both work well if you use them correctly and can offer salvation to your mouth. Back this up with dental floss, inter-dental brushing and a fine mouthwash and you may well be putting dentists out of a job; of course, before you get too sure of yourself and think that you can ‘sack’ your dentist, bear one thing in mind: if you don’t have a digital imaging machine at home and the gall to drill your own teeth and fill them when anything goes wrong, you will need your dentist as a back-up when you’ve taken your eye off the game and let in evils such as gum disease and tooth decay. Also, a dentist is the finest person to ask about caring for your teeth as well.

What are the pros and cons of fluoride? Get the answers from Leeds dentists

Saturday, January 15th, 2011

In taking care of your teeth you face many dilemmas such as the strength of the bristles you choose for your brush and whether you ought to use dental floss or dental tape. Another issue that many people wrestle with is that of fluoride and whether it is helpful to use it to aid in the fight against plaque.
Although many studies have shown that the consumption of fluoride can help combat plaque – reducing levels of decay in teeth by some forty to sixty per cent – it is not without controversy. Fluoride is added to the water supply in many countries and some say that it is harmful to humans.
The benefits of fluoride to your teeth are hard to debate, however. Fluoride helps strengthen enamel, the hard substance which is coats your teeth and protects them from the effects of plaque. It is vital that plaque is stopped because it can cause the breakdown of teeth which then might have to be removed if they decay to a great extent.
It is true that a condition called dental fluorosis can develop in children who consume too much fluoride, perhaps by swallowing large amounts of fluoride enriched tooth pastes. But this is a rare happening indeed and the amount of fluoride needed to bring on dental fluorosis is very large. There are about three hundred million people around the world who consume fluoride every day from their tap and many more who do so in the form of tooth paste and negative effects are rarely seen.
Dentists advise that fluoride enhanced tooth pastes are used when brushing teeth but children under two should avoid doing so. For older children, however, fluoride is vital in getting a head start in the development of strong, healthy teeth and supplements are available if you live in an area which has less fluoride in the tap water.