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Banish Bacteria Before It Causes Dental Disaster And Halitosis

Saturday, October 18th, 2014

595603_blogThere are some bacteria, which are essential for good health, but others are downright nasty and we need to banish them before they contribute to dental disasters.

Good oral hygiene

Good oral hygiene is the best form of defence against harmful bacteria. With an effective regime of brushing and flossing, you can maximise your chances of good oral health. Ideally, you should brush every morning and evening for at least 2-3 minutes each time and floss daily; it’s important to do this to remove bacteria from your mouth and reduce the risk of plaque forming. Plaque is a sticky film, which is made when bacteria, food debris and saliva come together. Plaque is the most common cause of gum disease and decay.

Bacteria and halitosis

Halitosis (bad breath) is a very common problem, which is almost always associated with oral bacteria. When bacteria feed, they give off gases, which smell very unpleasant and this is why you get bad breath. Smoking and taking some types of medication can also increase the risk of halitosis. The best way to prevent bad breath is to stick to a good daily oral hygiene regime and to chew sugar-free gum after eating. It is also highly beneficial to see a dental hygienist in addition to your routine dental check-ups.

Dental checks

Dental appointments are really important because they enable your dentist to keep tabs on the mouth and identify any dental issues at an early stage. Dentists can then arrange any relevant treatment and they can also give the mouth a good clean, which removes surface stains to give the teeth a healthy white glow.

Useful Oral Hygiene Tips For City Leeds Patients

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

357249_blogGood oral hygiene makes the world of difference when it comes to oral health and we are always here to offer advice about maintaining a clean and healthy mouth at home. By sticking to a good oral hygiene regime, you will reduce your risk of developing a host of dental problems, including gum disease, dental decay and bad breath.

Oral hygiene tips

Brushing and flossing

Brushing is really important and it only takes 2 minutes of your morning and evening to make a difference. Brushing removes bacteria and food debris from the mouth, which helps to prevent the development of plaque. Plaque is a sticky, colourless substance, which is made from bits of food, saliva and bacteria and it is bad news for oral health. Plaque irritates the gums and increases the risk of cavities. Brushing should take place twice a day, for at least 2 minutes each time. It’s advisable to use fluoride toothpaste to strengthen and protect the enamel.

Flossing is another really simple way of keeping your teeth and gums healthy and you only need to do it once a day. The beauty of flossing is that it takes over where brushing leaves off and it cleans the parts of the mouth that are tricky to cover with a toothbrush. Flossing can take a little getting used to, but it’s well worth persevering, as it helps to keep your teeth looking bright and clean, as well as keeping decay at arm’s length. When you floss, simply pass the dental tape through the cracks between the teeth and avoid pulling.

Seeing a dental hygienist

On top of good oral hygiene at home, we recommend seeing a dental hygienist. Our amazing dental hygienists can help to banish plaque, prevent gum disease and give your teeth a beautiful, white glow.

Put A Stop To The Horror Of Gum Disease Here In Leeds

Friday, August 15th, 2014

1850411_blogBleeding gums, swelling and pain: these are all symptoms, which could be prevented with good oral hygiene and healthy eating. Gum disease is the biggest threat to adult oral health in the UK and we are on hand to help you keep those scary symptoms at bay.

Preventing gum disease

Gum disease is the most common cause of premature tooth loss; however, it can be prevented very easily. The best way of keeping your gums healthy is to adopt and maintain a good daily oral hygiene routine, which prevents the formation of plaque. Plaque is a sticky film which forms when saliva and food debris combines with bacteria; this is the most dangerous risk factor for gum disease and decay.

Daily brushing, morning and evening, and flossing help to keep the mouth clean and free from dangerous bacteria. Ideally, you should spend 2-3 minutes each morning and evening brushing your teeth, taking care to cover every surface of each individual tooth and brushing along the gum line. Avoid brushing too vigorously, as this could harm your tooth enamel and use a brush with soft bristles to avoid harming the gums.

Flossing is also really important for protecting against gum disease. Flossing removes plaque from the spaces between the teeth and the gum line, which are hard to clean with a brush. You only need to spend a couple of minutes flossing per day and this will make a massive difference to your oral health.

Diet and gum disease

Your diet also has a major impact on your oral health and avoiding certain foods helps to reduce your risk of gum disease; these foods include sugary and acidic products. Acidic foods damage the tooth enamel, while sugary foods cause bacteria to produce acids, which cause the gums to become irritated.

Why Do City Leeds Recommend A Sonicare Toothbrush?

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

4390244_blogBrushing is the most effective way of protecting your mouth against gum disease and decay and we highly recommend the Sonicare range of toothbrushes. We know that it can be difficult to choose a brush when faced with aisles full of different brands and products and Sonicare as an excellent reputation.

Why Sonicare?

The Sonicare range of toothbrushes offers something for everyone, from more basic models, which remove plaque and polish the teeth, to smart brushes, which enables you to keep tabs on your brushing habits and identify areas, which could be improved. Sonicare has a proven track record for plaque removal and we also recommend these brushes for ease of use, versatility and design.

Brushing tips

We cannot stress the importance of brushing enough! Brushing is the best way to prevent plaque formation and keep your teeth sparkling. We recommend spending at least 2 minutes brushing your teeth every morning and evening using fluoride toothpaste. We recommend Sonicare brushes, but you should be able to achieve a thorough clean with any toothbrush. When you brush, take care to target all areas of the mouth and try your best to reach right into the corners and brush along the gum line. It is advisable to floss in addition to brushing to remove food debris and bacteria from the gum line and the small cracks between the teeth; you can also use inter-dental brushes to clean between your teeth.


If you have any questions about brushing, flossing or choosing the best oral hygiene products, do not hesitate to call us or bob in next time you are in town. Our dentists and dental hygienists will be happy to help!