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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.

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.

Hints and Tips for Brushing Your Teeth

Thursday, March 24th, 2016

608718_blogNumerous studies have found a link between poor oral health, plaque, dental bacteria and the onset of heart disease, cancer and exacerbation of rheumatoid arthritis. Brushing your teeth is one of the best things you can do for not only your mouth but also the rest of your body.

Brushing your teeth: the basics

When brushing your teeth it is advisable to spend at least 2-3 minutes thoroughly cleaning. Teeth should be cleaned along their front, back and in regard to the molars, along the tops. The gums should also be gently brushed to prevent bacteria from building up and cause tartar, which is hardened plaque that can only be removed by a dental hygienist. Rotating the toothbrush head in circular motions is better than just brushing back and forth as it covers more surface area.

Why should I floss?

Flossing should also be an important part of your dental routine, as floss can reach between the teeth in order to reach plaque and debris that has become stuck and cannot be removed by a toothbrush. When flossing it is recommended that your clean down towards the gums. This will ensure that all plaque is removed and your teeth and gums remain healthy.

What is a good dental hygiene routine so important?

Dental hygiene is paramount to the health of your mouth, as unlike the rest of your body your teeth are unable to heal themselves. Once plaque is allowed to build up on the teeth, it will strip away precious enamel and minerals, causing holes and cavities to appear. If cavities are left untreated, whether by a dental hygienist or with fillings, they can expand until the tooth is completely decayed and falls out. This decay can then spread to other teeth and may also affect the gums and jawbone. One of the easiest ways to prevent this from happening is to brush your teeth twice daily, for at least 2 minutes. This prevents the plaque from settling on the teeth and wrecking its havoc. To arrange an appointment with one of our dental hygienists please get in touch with us at City Dental Leeds.

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.

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.

Avoiding terrible Embarrassment in Central Leeds from Bad Breath

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

429735_blogEveryone loves to go out and socialise in wonderful central Leeds with their friends: people love to get dressed up and have a good time. However, if you are finding the invitations starting to dwindle and find yourself being left out more and more, there could be a reason for this, and it could be you have bad breath. As much as your ‘friends’ like you, your breath can be embarrassing: if they are real friends, they may point this out to you, because it is amazing how many people are completely oblivious to having a problem, but once you know though, it’s time to do something about it. Now this is easier said than done and you are going to have to put in an incredible effort to solve the problem. First, call in your dentist: you need to find out if you are being troubled by tooth decay or gum disease- these cause odours and you’ll need to treat the problems. The next thing you’ll need to do is sit down and take a look at your lifestyle and personal oral hygiene, and for this, you’ll need to pay a visit to a hygienist. Do you have bad habits such as smoking and drinking, how is your diet, how do you clean your teeth? These are all of the things a hygienist can help you address for the future, but it will be hard work. However, if you want get back in with your social jet-set again, you will have to go the extra mile in order to beat the embarrassment this condition can cause you.

Keeping Tabs on Your Oral Hygiene is Important in Leeds

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

A good oral hygiene regime is the key to preventing oral health diseases and keeping the teeth and gums strong and healthy.

What should a daily oral hygiene routine involve?

Dental hygiene is essential from a very early age and children should be taught to brush their teeth as soon as their first teeth start to develop. Electric and manual toothbrushes are both effective, but studies have shown that electric toothbrushes remove plaque more effectively and some people also find it easier to brush with an electric toothbrush.

Oral hygiene treatments

Our City Dental Leeds dental hygienists provide a very effective service, which can help to prevent oral health diseases and treat existing conditions. Hygienists offer intensive cleaning treatments, which provide a much deeper clean than brushing, and target areas that are prone to plaque and tartar development. Dental hygiene services also help to make the teeth look glossier and healthier and can reduce surface staining.

Why is oral hygiene so important?

Oral hygiene is essential for good oral health and studies have also shown that poor oral hygiene, which is a cause of oral diseases, can also contribute to an increased risk of serious, life-threatening health conditions, including heart disease, strokes and diabetes. Poor oral hygiene causes the teeth to look unhealthy, as well as increasing the peril of gum disease, abscesses and decay and this can have implications for an individual’s confidence.

Don’t let Smelly Breath be the End of Your Excitement in Central Leeds

Monday, April 9th, 2012

Bad breath, also known as halitosis, is a very common problem and most people will suffer from bad breath at some point in their lives. Most of us experience bad breath from time to time after eating foods that have a strong flavour or odour or drinking certain drinks, such as coffee, but for some, bad breath is a chronic problem, which can have serious implications for their confidence and self-esteem.

What causes bad breath?

The most common cause of bad breath is the action of bacteria breaking down the food we eat. This can cause bacteria to produce sulphur-based compounds, which have an unpleasant smell. Bad breath can also be caused by smoking, drinking alcohol and eating foods that have a very powerful odour, such as onions, garlic and spicy food. Poor oral hygiene is another common cause of bad breath.

What can I do to prevent bad breath?

At our Central Leeds practice we recognise that bad breath can be an embarrassing problem, but there are many things that can be done to treat bad breath and prevent halitosis in the future. The most effective way of tackling bad breath is a good daily oral hygiene routine, which includes cleaning the tongue as well as brushing the teeth and flossing. Rinsing with mouthwash can also be very effective and there are various flavours available. Eating sugar-free mints and chewing sugar-free gum can help to neutralise unpleasant odours after eating.

If you suffer from persistent bad breath this may indicate an oral health disease, such as gum disease and it is advisable to see your dentist. Visiting a dental hygienist is also highly beneficial for patients with bad breath. Hygienists provide intensive cleaning treatments, which help to remove food deposits, plaque and tartar for the mouth and leave you with an incredible fresh feeling in your mouth.

People in the City of Leeds Know the Importance of Routine Flossing

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

Flossing is an undervalued action. Most of us are aware that we should brush our teeth twice a day, but the importance of flossing is not so well-documented. Brushing is very important, but it only removes a certain amount of plaque from the mouth and flossing must also be part of the daily oral hygiene routine for truly clean teeth and gums.

Why is flossing so important?

Flossing is important because it targets the areas that are hard to reach with a toothbrush. Flossing removes plaque, food particles and bacteria from the gum line, the corners of the mouth and tiny cracks between the teeth. These areas are prone to bacteria collection, which contribute to decay and gum disease.

What does flossing involve?

Dental floss is passed through the gaps between teeth and along the gum line. It is a very fine cotton-like thread, which is available in various flavours.

Dental hygiene in Leeds

Dental hygiene is extremely important for good oral health. Our dental practice in Central Leeds encourages all patients to adopt a good daily oral hygiene routine, in addition to regular dental check-ups and visits to the hygienist. A good regime should consist of brushing the teeth and rinsing with mouthwash. Floss also helps. Dental hygiene helps to keep common problems, such as tooth discolouration, bad breath and oral health diseases, at bay and teeth looking healthy.