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Improve Your Oral Health by Visiting a Hygienist

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

297243_blogDental hygiene is the foundation of good oral health and we are delighted to offer clients a range of hygiene services with our highly qualified dental hygienist. Dental hygiene is important for a number of reasons and we highly recommend regular hygiene sessions.

Why is oral hygiene so important?

Oral hygiene is important for both your oral and general health. Taking good care of your teeth and gums will not only help to keep decay and gum disease at bay, but it will also reduce your risk of several medical conditions. According to recent research studies, gum disease increases the risk of a host of health problems, including strokes, heart disease and diabetes.

Good oral hygiene helps to keep your mouth clean and free from harmful bacteria. Teeth cleaning and flossing also keep your teeth and gums looking glossy and healthy and ensure that your smile looks bright and attractive, which will increase your confidence and self-esteem.

Hygiene services are designed to boost oral health, but they also improve the look of your smile. Intensive cleaning can remove surface staining and give your smile a gorgeous, healthy glow.

Which services are available?

Dental hygienists work closely with dentists to treat and manage gum disease and provide oral health education and advice to ensure that people have the knowledge to take responsibility for their oral health.

Services available at City Dental in Leeds include scale and polish, oral health and lifestyle advice, bad breath treatment and gum disease management. Preventative dental treatments are also available.

We recommend combining a six monthly check-up with a hygiene session for the best oral health. Check-ups enable your dentist to identify and treat any problems as early as possible and a hygiene session will ensure that you leave the practice with beautiful, sparkling pearly whites, fresh breath and a clean bill of oral health.

Helpful Hygiene Hints

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

iStock_000006052729XSmallMaintaining a good oral hygiene routine will benefit more than just your teeth! If your mouth is healthy, then your body will usually follow suit. In addition giving you a clean, fresh smile, it can work towards preventing tooth decay, bad breath and other associated oral conditions.

What should I do on a daily basis?

It is important to brush twice a day and floss every night. The reason flossing is best done in the evening is to ensure that all the days food debris is removed before you go to sleep. If this is left, it can begin to rot and cause decay in between the teeth. You must also remember to clean your tongue on a daily basis, usually in the morning. A little known fact is that around 90% of the mouth’s bad bacteria can be found at the back of the tongue. This is where the root cause of most cases of bad breath comes from.

What about the gums?

Whilst brushing you should take a little time to gently massage your gums with the tooth brush. This will increase the blood flow to the gums and help keep them healthy and ward off gum disease. Healthy gums keep the plaque and bacteria on the surface where it can be easily cleaned away, but unhealthy gums allow the bacteria and food debris to get inside and this can lead to decay, gum disease and tooth loss.

Professional cleaning

Regardless of how good your oral hygiene may be, it is recommended that your teeth are professionally cleaned at least once a year. During this cleaning, the surfaces will be properly cleaned and polished and a high pressured jet of water will be used to clean below the gum line. This action helps to clear out plaque and bacteria that have sunk below the gum line and helps prevent gum disease and tooth decay.

Why You Should Visit a Hygienist

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

585811_blogAt City Dental we provide appointments for a range of cosmetic dentistry treatments and dental care including hygiene visits. Dental hygiene check-ups form part of the regular dental check-ups that we offer, such as for tooth decay and gum disease screening.

Meet our dental hygienist

Our dental hygienist is there to listen to your oral health concerns and provide you with information, screening and treatments. The role of the dental hygienist is to provide care in prevention of oral diseases and dental care maintenance for better health.

There are certain treatments that may be provided at dental hygienist visits, such as professional teeth cleaning, and others that may involve both the dentist and dental hygienist, such as for management of gum disease.

Visit our dental hygienist for power teeth cleaning

Appointments may be made to scale, clean and polish teeth as part of helping you maintain good oral health through home oral hygiene practice. Plaque and tartar are removed from tooth grooves that are hard to reach with a toothbrush. Power teeth-cleaning prevents development of tooth decay and gum disease.

The dental hygienist for screening of oral disease

As part of their role in preventing oral disease, dental hygienists screen for caries, gingivitis, periodontitis, and mouth cancer. The screening helps identify early signs of an oral disease so that the right treatment may be provided to restore oral health. Regular check-ups with the dental hygienist maintains a healthy mouth, body and mind. Contact the team at City Dental in the heart of Leeds for more information.

Why Taking Care of Your Tongue is So Important

Sunday, October 25th, 2015

357249_blogYou may assume that brushing your teeth is enough to keep oral health diseases at bay, however bacteria is present in all areas of the mouth and it is important to keep your tongue and gums clean, as well as your teeth.

Brushing and cleansing your tongue

You may be unaware but the back of your tongue has the highest concentration of microorganisms in your mouth and therefore keeping it clean is of vital importance. These microorganisms can contribute to oral health conditions, such as gum disease and decay, as well as bad breath (also known as halitosis). This is a very common problem, affecting 90% of people at some point in their lives.

Cleaning your tongue can help to prevent gum disease and tooth decay and keep your mouth feeling and smelling fresh and clean. You can use a traditional toothbrush and toothpaste to clean your tongue, but it is better to use a special tongue cleanser. Research shows that tongue cleansers are seven times more effective in reducing bacteria associated with bad breath than using a toothbrush alone.

Why is tongue cleansing important?

The tongue is a hotspot for bacteria and bacteria contribute to bad breath and oral health diseases. Removing bacteria helps to reduce the risk of these conditions and also keeps the mouth smelling fresh. Bad breath is a very common problem and can affect people’s confidence and the way they behave around other people. In the vast majority of cases bad breath reflects problems in the mouth and it is advisable to see your dentist.

Adding tongue cleansing to your usual oral hygiene routine will help to protect your teeth and gums from disease and ensure that you enjoy good oral health.

Come And See Our Dental Hygienist

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

585811_blogMany people are aware of the benefits of seeing a dentist on a regular basis, but have you ever thought about booking a session with a dental hygienist? Seeing our incredible dental hygienists can help to keep dental diseases at bay and ensure your pearly whites look lovely and bright.

What do dental hygienists do?

Dental hygienists provide a range of services, which are designed to prevent and treat common dental issues, including bad breath, staining, decay and gum disease. Our hygienists are experts in dental hygiene and they offer advice to help patients remain free of dental disease, as well as providing treatments for those with existing or underlying dental problems.

Some examples of the services provided by our dental hygiene team include:

  • fluoride varnish treatment
  • fissure sealant treatment
  • cleaning treatment, including surface stain removal and scale and polish
  • gum disease treatment
  • oral health and hygiene advice
  • help with quitting smoking
  • bad breath treatment and advice

How could I benefit from a trip to the hygienist?

There are many benefits to be enjoyed from seeing a hygienist frequently, including:

  • reduced risk of dental diseases, including decay and gum disease
  • fresh, clean breath
  • bright, radiant, white teeth
  • advice about oral hygiene at home

It is now possible to organise appointments directly with a dental hygienist, rather than waiting for a dentist referral; to book a session, don’t hesitate to call!

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 to Have Happy Hygiene This Summer

Monday, June 15th, 2015

2823674_blogBeautiful, happy smiles are top of our wish-list this summer and we have some excellent treatments on offer, including hygiene and cleaning treatments and the latest cosmetic dental innovations. If you’re eager to start the summer with sparkly pearly whites, why not call and book a session with one of our expert dental hygienists?

What happens when you go to a hygienist?

Hygienists are experts in dental hygiene and have a range of important roles within the dental team. Hygienists offer advice about dental health issues and provide preventative dental treatments and treatment for gum disease, bad breath and cavities. When you go to see a hygienist, they will chat to you about your oral health, ask about any underlying health or dental problems and have a good look around your mouth. They may recommend specific cleaning treatments and offer advice to help improve your oral health.

Your hygienist will give your mouth a thorough clean to remove any plaque and tartar and polish your teeth. Deep cleaning helps to reduce the risk of oral health issues as well as making your smile look more attractive.

The advantages of seeing a dental hygienist

Visiting a dental hygienist has a number of benefits for all patients, even those who have strong, healthy teeth. Hygienist treatments achieve a more powerful clean than home brushing and this dramatically improves oral health. Cleaning treatments are also really effective for those who want their teeth to look whiter and brighter, as they remove surface stains. If you already have dental health issues such as bad breath or gum disease, seeing a hygienist can have very positive implications for your condition and help to ease symptoms.

If you would like to book a cleaning treatment or consultation with one of our brilliant dental hygienists in time for summer, contact us today!

Tips for Keeping Your Teeth White After Treatment

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

297243_blogIf you’ve had whitening treatment or your teeth are sporting a sparkling glow following a dental hygiene session, it’s natural to want to do your best to keep those pearly whites shining. But how can you achieve this goal and prevent staining? Here are some useful tips for keeping your teeth bright and white:

Brushing and flossing

Brushing and flossing are extremely effective ways of keeping the teeth white and preventing discolouration. When you brush and floss, you remove bacteria and bits of food to prevent plaque formation, polish the surfaces of the teeth and help to remove compounds and substances that contribute to staining. We strongly recommend brushing twice a day for at least two minutes each session and flossing daily.

Use a straw

Using a straw to drink helps to prevent direct contact between staining agents and the tooth enamel. Using a straw can also help to reduce the risk of cavities, especially if you are consuming sugary or acidic drinks.

Watch your diet

Some foods and drinks carry a much higher risk of staining than others. This is due to their composition and the presence of compounds such as tannins. Examples include tea, coffee and red wine. Some dark coloured foods like berries, pasta sauces and soy sauce, also cause staining.

Avoid smoking

Smoking is one of the main offenders when it comes to tooth discolouration, due to the presence of substances such as tar. Avoiding smoking will help to preserve the whiteness of the teeth and also reduce the risk of oral health issues including bad breath, oral cancer and gum disease, as well as general health problems such as heart disease, cancer and strokes.

Dental visits

Regular dental visits and dental hygiene sessions will stand your white teeth in good stead, so make sure you keep up to date with your routine check-ups and take time to visit a hygienist once every 12 months.


Looking After Your Kids’ Teeth This Summer

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

398467_blogThe summer holidays are fast approaching and what better time to book your child’s dental check-up. If your child is due a check-up or you’re looking for ways to boost their oral health and ensure you keep decay firmly at bay, we are here to help. Here are some simple tips to help you look after your child’s oral health this summer:

Brushing up on oral hygiene at home

Brushing is so important because it helps to clear away harmful bacteria and bits of leftover food, which can combine with saliva to form plaque if left in the mouth. Plaque is the leading cause of decay and regular brushing can dramatically reduce the risk of cavities. Ideally, children should be encouraged to brush twice a day from a very early age.

We know that brushing can be a bit of a battle for many parents and we recommend using children’s oral hygiene products, such as flavoured fluoride toothpaste and brightly coloured brushes, making up games based on brushing and brushing together as a family. If you are one of the many parents that struggle to make their children brush for long enough, why not challenge your child to brush along to their favourite song from start to finish?

Making healthy food choices

Summer holidays are synonymous with sweet treats, barbeques and holidays abroad and it’s a great opportunity to enjoy delicious food and a relaxing time together as a family. However, we encourage you to spare a thought for your child’s teeth. Try to promote healthy eating, get kids involved with making healthy snacks and dishes and make sure that sweet foods such as cakes, sweets and biscuits are treats, rather than staples. Be wary of products that are marketed as healthy alternatives to fizzy pop, such as juices and smoothies, as these sometimes contain as much sugar as fizzy drinks. Encourage children to drink plenty of water and milk, which is a good source of calcium.

Dental visits

The summer holidays are an ideal time to get routine dental checks in without children having to miss valuable classroom time, so why not call us today and book your child’s check-up? We are happy to offer family appointments as well as individual check-ups. Just ask our friendly reception team for more information.


Why Book A Dental Hygienist Appointment?

Sunday, November 9th, 2014

357249_blogMost people are aware of the benefits of regular routine check-ups; however, the benefits of seeing a dental hygienist on a regular basis may be less well-known. We have an excellent team of hygienists on hand to help you enjoy good oral health, a clean and sparkling smile and fresh breath. We strongly recommend regular dental hygiene sessions in addition to routine check-ups.

What do dental hygienists do and how could I benefit?

Dental hygienists are experts in providing oral hygiene and preventative dental treatments. Hygienists provide a range of treatments, including scale and polish, bad breath treatment, sealant treatment, gum disease management and fluoride varnish. Even if you have excellent standards of oral health and you are completely free from signs of decay or gum disease, you could still benefit from hygiene sessions because they help to reduce the risk of problems developing in the future, as well as giving your teeth a healthy glow.

We recommend preventative hygiene treatments for children, including fluoride varnish and sealant treatment. These treatments are designed to strengthen and protect the teeth and reduce the risk of cavities. Fluoride is a mineral, which hardens the animal, while sealant treatment creates a barrier between food debris and bacteria and the tiny pits in the biting surface of the teeth.

Seeing a hygienist is particularly beneficial for those with existing gum disease, a high risk of developing gum disease and patients who suffer from halitosis (bad breath).

How often should I see a dental hygienist?

We recommend an annual visit to the hygienist if you have a clean bill of oral health. If you have gum disease or you are seeking treatment for bad breath or you are prone to decay, we will probably recommend more frequent sessions.