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A Healthy Diet for Beautifully Healthy Teeth

Friday, August 26th, 2016

2370471_sThe foods you eat can actually have a big impact on how your mouth looks and feels. Our mouths convert sugar into acid, which then attacks our tooth enamel and this can lead to mean old tooth decay. Whenever we eat, we expose our teeth to the possibility of decay, but of course we need to eat to fuel our bodies! There are some delicious foods that are good for your teeth, so you can still enjoy your grub without compromising your teeth.

Tooth-friendly treats

Calcium is a big enamel-protector and you can find it in meats (especially chicken), cheese, milk and nuts. Crisp fruits and vegetables like apples and carrots are good for your teeth because they’re full of water, so their natural sugars aren’t as harmful. These crunchy delights also help your mouth to produce saliva, which helps to keep tooth decay at bay by washing cheeky bits of food debris from your teeth. Acidic citrus fruits are good for you, but make sure you eat them as part of a meal with other healthy foods, because their high acid content can be harmful to your teeth.

Drinks-wise, milk and water are your teeth’s best friends.

Enamel enemies

And now for the baddies. Hard sweets like lollipops and other sugary sinners like cakes and biscuits are not so good for our teeth. As well as being packed with sugar, these foods can be sticky and make a good breeding ground for bad bacteria. Be careful with cough sweets too!

When it comes to drinks, try and avoid sugary, fizzy drinks, coffee and sweetened tea. Sipping sugary drinks throughout the day is a recipe for disaster because that will just expose your teeth to potential damage all day long. Coffee and red wine can stain your teeth, so you might want to watch out there too.

Which Lifestyle Factors are Harming Your Dental Health?

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

Beautiful young lady smilingNo one wants to have poor dental health. People who are conscious of their teeth follow various oral hygiene steps to make sure that their teeth are doing well. However, even if you brush your teeth, floss and visit your dentist regularly, you can still have bad dental health if your lifestyle includes smoking, using other tobacco products and even sleeplessness.


All the effects of smoking are negative. Most people are aware of only few of the medical conditions, such as lung cancer, strokes and heart diseases caused by the use of tobacco. But there are quite a few dental conditions caused by smoking. Tooth discoloration, bad breath, build up of plaque and tartar on the teeth, gum disease, oral cancer and many more are all caused by smoking. Regular smokers have a very high chance of developing gum disease, as the tobacco in cigarettes weakens the attachment between the soft tissue and the bone. It is also interferes with the regular functions of the cells in the gums. This interference increases the risk of periodontal diseases.

Sleeping disorders

Sleeping disorders can also cause many dental conditions, since they weaken the immune system. We use our mouth to eat food, drink water and talk. However, every time we open our mouth, germs and bacteria are ready to get in and cause infection. The immune system of our body constantly fights these bacteria and allows us to lead a healthy life. People get sick because their immune system had lost the battle with harmful bacteria, virus or germs, due to inadequate strength. Therefore, apart from cleaning the mouth regularly and eating fresh fruit full of vitamins, it is also important to give your body a proper rest everyday in order to keep your immune system strong.

Sweets and treats

Even if you brush your teeth every day, it is important to brush your teeth after having sweets or carbonated drinks. This is because both sugar and acid stay active for at least one hour after you have them. Both sugar and acid will team up with the bacteria present in the plaque to produce harmful bacteria, which in turn will slowly eat away the enamel and make your teeth susceptible to various dental conditions.


Beware Drinks That Damage Your Teeth

Saturday, August 8th, 2015

235042_blogWe all know how eating sweets and puddings on a regular basis can harm our teeth, but have you ever thought about how what you drink affects your oral health? Often, drinks can be just as problematic as food when it comes to tooth damage.

How drinks can damage your teeth

Many drinks available in supermarkets, cafes and restaurants contain a lot of sugar and this spells bad news for oral health. A lot of drinks are also acidic, making them a major risk factor for acid erosion. Enamel is the hard outer layer of the tooth and acids wear down the enamel, weakening its structure and gradually forming cavities in the surface. Once the enamel is damaged, there is no way to restore. This elevates the risk of tooth decay.

When we drink fizzy drinks, fruit juice, fruit cider, alcopops and wine we coat the teeth in acid, increasing the risk of erosion.

Preventing acid erosion

The best way to prevent acid erosion is to avoid drinking and eating acidic products that contain a large amount of sugar. Yet there are some extra steps you can take to reduce the impact, such as:

  • Use a straw to drink through
  • Drink water or milk after consuming other beverages
  • Eat cheese or yoghurt when you drink acidic or sugary drinks
  • Wait at least 45 minutes to brush your teeth after eating or drinking

If you would like advice about healthy eating or more information about which foods are harmful for your teeth and gums, our dentists and dental hygienists will be happy to help.

How Does a Good Diet Lead to Excellent Oral Health?

Sunday, April 12th, 2015

2429879_blogMost people are aware that eating a healthy, balanced diet can make a significant difference to their general health and wellbeing, but have you ever thought how the foods you eat impact your oral health? Paying attention to your diet can really help to keep dental disease at bay and ensure your teeth and gums stay healthy.

Foods to include in your diet

Many people focus on the foods that are bad for your teeth, but there are lots of foods you can add to your diet to boost your oral health. Good examples include dairy products, leafy calcium rich vegetables, and fruits and vegetables that contain important vitamins and minerals, such as vitamins A, C, D and E, potassium and iron. Calcium is really important, especially for children, because it helps to strengthen the tooth tissue, as well as the bones and nails.

Foods to try and avoid

The bad news is that there are lots of foods, usually ones we love, that are not so good for the teeth. Anything that has high sugar content, such as cakes, biscuits, sweets and chocolate, is not good news for the teeth and acidic foods and drinks are also harmful. Acids erode the protective enamel layer of the tooth and sugars cause bacteria in the mouth to feed and produce plaque acids, which attack the enamel surface. Examples of acidic foods and drinks include vinegar and vinegar-based salad dressing, wine, fruit juice, citrus fruits and fizzy pop.

Eating habits

Your eating habits are often as important as the types of food you eat when it comes to oral health. The frequency of eating has a major impact on oral health, as the enamel becomes temporarily weak after eating. It takes time for it recover and if you’re grazing throughout the day, this recovery period cannot take place. For this reason, we recommend trying to stick to three meals a day and ensuring that any sugary or acidic foods or drinks are consumed with a main meal. It’s also advisable to brush the teeth at least 45 minutes after eating, rather than straight afterwards; this helps to prevent damage to the enamel.

If you have any questions about healthy eating or which foods to include and avoid in your diet, don’t hesitate to ask your dentist or dental hygienist for advice.

What’s So Special About a Sonicare Toothbrush?

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

iStock_000006052729XSmallAt City Dental Leeds, we’re determined to go the extra mile to promote good oral health and shout about the importance of good oral hygiene from the rooftops. With an effective brushing and flossing regime teamed with healthy eating and regular check-up, you can drastically improve your chances of enjoying strong, healthy teeth and for many years to come.

We recommend Sonicare by Phillips to our patients. This impressive and innovative range of toothbrushes boasts features to suit clients of all ages with varying dental needs and there are brushes with budgets to cater for everyone.

What’s so special about Sonicare?

Sonicare brushes are developed based on extensive research that identifies the best ways of detecting and removing plaque and producing the best possible standards of cleaning. The designs are easy to use and versatile and there are options to personalise the brush, including different settings and modes. Sonicare uses a patented cleaning system that doesn’t just clean and polish the visible tooth surfaces, but also targets the gum lines and the spaces between the teeth. Although brushing is effective and powerful, the motion is very gentle and it protects the enamel.

Which brush should I choose?

Sonicare offers a diverse range of models at varying costs. Generally speaking, the more you pay, the greater the range of features, but even the most basic model will achieve a really positive outcome. If you need advice about buying toothbrushes we will be happy to make recommendations based on your dental needs, how much you would like to spend and the features you would prefer.

If you have any questions about brushing or flossing or would like advice about buying products or achieving a better clean at home, simply give us a call today. We will be happy to help!

Brushing and Flossing to oral freedom in Central Leeds

Monday, February 25th, 2013

There are many products on the market in central Leeds that you can buy and use to help back-up the way you care for your teeth, but there is no better way than getting the basics right to begin with and this starts with the brush and dental floss you use. Getting the right brush can always change as your teeth change, but you can never have enough and you would be well advised to try out all the latest electric brushes. What you are trying to achieve here is remove as much bacteria and film from your teeth (and tongue) as is possible to prevent acids from eating into the enamel of your teeth. But your brush can only do so much, and it will not be able to get between your teeth and up around your gums as successfully as dental floss can. This is perfect for getting rid of all foodstuffs that become lodged and again, the floss you choose will also change as you get older and your teeth shift. Once you have got the best, then learn how to use your brush and floss; practise in front of the mirror until you can do it with the lights off- then you will be giving yourself the greatest chance of avoiding problems such as tooth decay and gum disease.