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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.

Have a Tooth-Happy Christmas with Our Hygiene Treatments

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

3884462_blogWhen the log fire is roaring, everyone’s gathered around exchanging presents and there’s Christmas tunes playing in the background, the last thing you want is a bout of toothache. If you’re gearing up for a perfect family Christmas and are eager to steer clear of any unwanted dental dramas, why not book a hygiene session today? Our experienced, friendly hygienists can give your teeth a good clean and polish and ensure you have peace of mind going into the festive season.

The benefits of hygiene treatments

Hygiene treatments are designed to provide a deep clean to target problem areas and rid the mouth of harmful plaque, the main risk factor for both decay and gum disease. Our hygienists can achieve a much more intensive clean than you can at home with a brush and treatment will not just make your mouth feel really clean and fresh and reduce the risk of festive dental problems, it will also give you a bright, sparkling smile in perfect time for the office party, family gatherings and New Year celebrations.

Hygiene treatments aren’t painful and they make a really positive difference to your oral health. Our hygienists will also be happy to talk to you about oral hygiene and offer some tips and guidance to help you improve your daily regime at home.

Do I really need to see a hygienist?

Many people assume that you only need to see a dental hygienist if you’ve got problems like bad breath or gum disease. However, seeing a dental hygienist has amazing benefits for every patient, regardless of their oral health status. Even the most diligent patients can benefit from an annual trip to the hygienist. In addition, we also encourage patients to keep up to date with routine check-ups.

To book an appointment or find out more about oral hygiene services, simply give us a call or pop in and visit if you’re in Leeds city centre.

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.

Happy Hygiene: The Importance of a Healthy Mouth

Friday, July 24th, 2015

2823674_blogOur dentists strongly believe that the mouth is a window to the rest of the body and a healthy mouth often reflects a healthy body. At City Dental Leeds, we can’t stress the importance of looking after the teeth and gums enough and we are always here to provide preventative treatment and offer advice to help you maintain good oral hygiene at home and keep dental disease at bay.

Oral hygiene

Dental diseases such as tooth decay and gum disease are preventable and good oral hygiene is the best means of keeping the teeth and gums healthy. Daily hygiene practices are essential because they remove potentially harmful bacteria and clear away food debris. If leftovers and bacteria are left lurking in the mouth, this increases the risk of plaque developing and consequently increases the risk of decay and gum disease. Plaque is a sticky substance that clings to the tooth enamel and the gums. When the bacteria within the plaque feed, they release acids that erode the enamel and irritate the gums.

A good daily oral hygiene routine should include twice-daily brushing with fluoride toothpaste and daily flossing. Brushing should be thorough but gentle to avoid damage to the enamel and you should devote at least two minutes to cleaning in the morning and evening. We also highly recommend sticking to six-monthly check-ups and regular dental hygiene sessions.

Oral health and general health

We have always known that oral health is important, but in recent years there have been a number of studies published linking poor oral health to compromised general health. Studies show that oral diseases, particularly gum disease, can increase the risk of heart disease, strokes and even Alzheimer’s disease.

If you have any questions or queries about oral hygiene or oral health in general, don’t hesitate to ask your dentist or call the clinic for advice.

Focus on Flossing

Thursday, June 18th, 2015

357249_blogMost people are aware of the benefits of brushing their teeth, but flossing is often overlooked. We strongly recommend flossing to our patients as it is an effective means of cleaning the mouth and preventing plaque formation.

What exactly is flossing?

Flossing is a cleaning technique that involves threading dental floss through gaps between the teeth and along the gum line. The aim of flossing is to clean the mouth and remove food debris and bacteria. This helps to prevent plaque formation and therefore has major benefits for your oral health. Plaque is a sticky film that appears on the teeth and gums. It is made from bacteria, leftover food debris and saliva and contributes to decay and gum disease.

Flossing is really important because it cleans parts of the mouth that are hard to reach with a toothbrush. You can’t fit a toothbrush in the gaps between your teeth, but you can fit floss through and this ensures a much deeper and more thorough clean.

How should I floss?

When you are flossing, cut a fairly long piece of tape and gently pass it through the gaps between your teeth. Use a new piece of floss for every tooth and avoid pulling at the tape. If you tug at the floss you might cause damage to your gums, so be gentle.

It’s advisable to floss between all your teeth and also to clean the gum line.

Is it normal for the gums to bleed?

If your gums start to bleed when you floss, it may be a sign of gum disease, especially if you are used to flossing and floss on a regular basis. If you’ve never flossed before, your gums might bleed and feel slightly sore the first couple of times you do it. This is completely normal but if bleeding persists, we recommend making an appointment with your dentist.

If you’re unsure about flossing, would like tips on flossing technique or recommendations about which kind of dental floss to buy, our dental team will be happy to help.

We Can Give Your Oral Health A Jump Start In Central Leeds

Saturday, January 24th, 2015

297243_blogIf your teeth need some TLC to kick-start the New Year, there’s nothing better than a trip to the dental hygienist. if the festive period has left your teeth looking a little discoloured or you fancy treating your teeth to a spring clean to banish bacteria and make your smile glow, now is the perfect time to call and make your appointment.

What do hygienists do?

Hygienists provide a range of preventative treatments, in addition to treatment for bad breath (halitosis), gum disease, decay and staining. Hygienists use advanced cleaning techniques to remove plaque and tartar, cleanse the mouth and ensure that teeth look sparkling and clean and your breath smells fresh.

Going to the hygienist is beneficial for everyone, whether you have excellent oral health or you suffer from serious dental issues.

You can now book appointments directly with our amazing hygienists, rather than being referred by a dentist. If you’d like to book a session with our hygienists, you can call the clinic or pop in and see is if you’re in Leeds.

How can I benefit from a visit to the hygienist?

Seeing a hygienist is really beneficial for your oral health, as intensive cleaning treatments rid the mouth of harmful bacteria and decrease the risk of plaque formation. Deep cleaning can also stimulate the gums and remove surface stains.

If you have gum disease, our hygienists will work to ease symptoms as quickly as possible and prevent the condition from getting worse; they work with our dentists to provide comprehensive care.

Our hygienists offer preventative services for younger patients, which can help to reduce the risk of decay; these treatments include fissure sealant treatment and fluoride varnish treatment.

We Can Get Your Oral Health Back On Track

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

357249_blogIf you’ve been struggling with dental pain, you have early signs of gum disease or you simply want to make a resolution to work harder to achieve good oral health in the New Year, our amazing hygienists can help. Dental hygiene treatments are the perfect tonic for existing dental conditions, as well as being an effective preventative treatment for those with a clean bill of oral health.

Dental hygiene for gum disease

If you have gum disease or you have high risk of developing gum disease, visits to the dental hygienist are highly recommended. Our hygienists work with our dentists to provide expert care for patients fighting the symptoms of gum disease; our aim is to free you from pain and treat the condition so that it is unable to progress. In cases of mild gum disease, oral hygiene treatment is usually sufficient; however, if gum disease is left untreated, gum disease can become more severe and much harder to treat. An effective treatment for gum disease is a scale and polish.

Dental hygiene sessions can also be hugely beneficial for patients who suffer from bad breath.

Preventative dental hygiene treatment

Seeing a hygienist is not just beneficial for patients who suffer with oral health issues; it can also be really effective in the quest to keep dental diseases at bay. Not only will seeing a hygienist on a regular basis reduce your risk of developing decay or gum disease; it will also ensure your teeth look healthy, bright and clean.

If you’d like to find out more about our dental hygiene services or book an appointment with our excellent hygienists, call us now or pop in and see us when you’re next in Leeds.

The Importance of Dental Hygiene to the City of Leeds

Sunday, December 29th, 2013

3943593_blogYou shouldn’t have to be told twice about the importance of oral hygiene in the city of Leeds, that’s if you want to maintain the health of mouth throughout your life. You will always be bombarded with bacteria from foods and drinks and unless these are removed, plaque will set up shop, which can lead to diseased gums and decay in the teeth; these are the early dangers to your teeth inevitably falling out and the threat of teeth abscesses erupting. Get yourself the best products you can afford; brushes, pastes, mouthwashes and flosses, and when you are happy with your choices then learn how to use them properly at least twice a day- especially after eating. If you get this down to a fine art, you will be giving yourself the best odds at avoiding these afore mentioned evils causing damage to your teeth and gums. Also remember, if things do start to go wrong, cut along the see your greatest friend in this situation- your dentist, who can get to places you can’t and fix you up when things go wrong.


The reasons to look after your Teeth everyday in the City of Leeds

Monday, October 28th, 2013

585804_blogIn the constitution of how you look after yourself, part of the equation should be how you look after your teeth and you can make a two pronged attack on this in the city of Leeds through the products that you buy and by sticking close with your dentist and there are reasons you should maintain a high level of dental hygiene. Having a nice, fresh smile can help get you ahead in life, but if you don’t look after your teeth and gums, things can go wrong quickly and the worse matters get, the more expensive treatments become to repair problems that crop-up. At home, it’s a simple menu that you need to look after your mouth consisting of an efficient toothbrush, some good toothpaste and then backed-up with some floss, small inter-dental brushes and a mouthwash. If you learn to use these at least twice a day, you will be well on the way to a healthy mouth. You also have you dentist to protect you as well and as long as you keep popping along to the surgery a couple of times a year, you should be able to avoid the dangers that threaten your oral health each day.