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Beating bad breath aka halitosis with some help from Advanced Dentistry

Well, it’s that time of year once again where the effects of an indulgent Christmas and December month in general have left their mark for us to deal with in the New Year. We’ve decided to make our last blog of 2011 to act as a guide for dealing with the thing that plagues many people – bad breath!

So let’s start with the basics…

If you’re one of those people that is constantly popping in those mints or chewing sticks of gum to shield morning breath, you might find this a handy little guide to help you combat the problems of halitosis.

What causes halitosis?

It’s simple in most cases; poor dental and oral hygiene are the instigating factors here. The most basic dental care can make a big difference. Without a routine of brushing, mouthwash gargling and flossing in the morning, before bed and between meals, bits of food get stuck in and around your gums, tongue and teeth. This food debris begins to decay and once it does your mouth will begin to emit foul odours.

The danger here is that an unclean mouth becomes a breeding ground for bacteria that can lead to gum disease, another root cause of bad breath.  Other causes of this most unwanted of symptoms can vary but are easy to detect:

  • Smoking and tobacco products are an archenemy of dentistry! They seem to be out to make the job of dental practitioner harder than it has to be. They dry out the mouth causing an increased likelihood of bad breath and lead to a greater risk of developing gum disease and oral cancers.
  • Dry mouth can be a naturally occurring problem in some people. When a mouth lacks enough saliva, dead cells can build up, especially during sleep. Hence the expression “bad morning breath.” It’s worth checking if you suffer from dry mouth to make sure that it’s not a problem with the salivary glands.
  • Medical problems and underlying health issues not directly related to the mouth can cause bad breath. Infections n the lungs, diabetes, bronchitis gastroesophageal reflux disease plus various other conditions.
  • Food consumption is another key factor here. Certain foods are terrible for this sort of thing, especially anything processed. Try to avoid consuming the following in excessive amounts; garlic, onions, cheese, orange juice and fizzy drinks. Just use this as a mantra to live by – if it stinks going in, it’s going to stink coming out!

90% of bad odours come directly from the mouth itself.

How do you beat bad breath then?

We are obvious advocates of UK dentistry and recommending people to ALWAYS use their dentist for check-ups and advice. There are elements within treatments that help to combat problems like halitosis from periodontics to restorative dentistry procedures.

However, there are ways you can attempt to combat the symptoms yourself, or even pre-empt them.

  • Avoid those stinky foods and beverages we mentioned above. Include minimising the use of alcohol and cigarettes if applicable. If you are going to snack, eat fruit and vegetables!
  • Keep hydrated and keep your mouth salivating by drinking lots of water. A moist mouth is less likely to accumulate odour.
  • Get your regular dental checkups and have your mouth cleaned. Sometimes a periodontal cleaning is required or even a more extensive dental treatment.

Windsor Centre for Advanced Dentistry is committed to giving people back their smiles and we hope that our blogs in 2011 helped in some way to advise and guide those looking for some advice.

We’ll see you in the New Year.

We all gently graze but what is it doing to our teeth?

If you are like thousands of other people in the UK, snacking regularly will be something you will be used to.  Whether it’s sweets or sugar and salt loaded provisions, you can be sure that they do cause serious health issues if you do not look after your teeth.  While it could be suggested that ‘little and often’ is better than a binge, the long-term impact on your teeth and gums can be quite significant.

An amazing 68% of people in the UK snack more than six times each and every day and while brushing your teeth after meal is a good idea, most people don’t brush theirs after six snacks!  Because of this habitual cycle, many people don’t brush their teeth nearly enough.

The British Dental Health Foundation suggests that eating while you are on the move and between your main meals without adjusting the rate at which you brush your teeth can be very harmful to your oral health and years down the line you could find yourself with missing teeth and receding gums.

However, it is not just chocolates and crisps that give your oral health issues.  Many people do not realise the harm that things like sparkling water can do.  While good old plain water is great for your overall health, carbonated drinks comprise of weak acid solutions that erode your teeth enamel.

Even things like yoghurts – which are considered perhaps not ‘healthy’ but certainly ‘okay’ to eat are full of acidic ingredients that have added sugar, which as we have stressed previously in blogs is a major cause of tooth decay.

And while things like fruit are exceptionally good for your health, they also contain acids which can also erode your teeth.

Obviously we would promote healthy eating to everyone and by no means should you stop eating fruit as it is full of essential vitamins.  However, you should do it in moderation and consider the impact on your oral health.

For example, rather than choose sugary snacks the time, try and opt for foods that are high in things like calcium.  Cheese is a great example of this and we all enjoy some with crackers on occasion.  Equally, anything with a good level of vitamin C is great – which can include strawberries and kiwis, but again, in moderation!

Nuts are also good for you and can actually eliminate infections within the mouth, so opt for these kinds of snacks if you are going to eat between main meals.

Obviously the best option is to try and eat three good meals a day.  Breakfast, lunch and dinner and if you eat the right amounts then you should technically snack less, which in turn will mean you can worry less about the impact of sugary snacks on your teeth.

Everything in moderation can see you enjoying your food without doing long-term damage to your oral health and remember – brush your teeth regularly to ensure you maintain your oral hygiene.  Floss regularly to ensure there are no trapped food particles between your teeth and above all – look after yourself.

If you are in anyway concerned about your teeth or perhaps already think that the damage is done and don’t smile all that often, contact us here and we will be happy to help you.  We can work wonders with smiles and an array of other treatments – designed to cater for your oral health and aesthetic beauty.

British teeth – nothing to smile about?

There is an old myth about bad British teeth that may have been perpetuated further in the wake aesthetic dentistry, but as they say, every myth has some basis in truth. Brits are generally considered to have the worst dental hygiene in Europe, something which our American friends tend to make fun of at every chance they get. Our “bad” teeth are the butts of jokes in mainstream American pop culture from The Simpsons to stand-up comedy routines. We have long endured ridicule by the rest of the world for our wonky, yellow, rotting and sadly missing teeth. It’s like we’re cursed; doomed to forever be the punch line in the oral health universe. Why should this be?

Aesthetic Dentistry for a range of issues with teeth, including missing ones is a favoured option for many people dissatisfied with the natural appearance of their not-so pearly whites. They invest in having a smile make-over in order to feel better about their own look, and rightly they should. Whether they are having their missing teeth replaced with implants or a range of other treatments doesn’t matter. It’s all for the greater good of your teeth and oral health. We want to dispel this myth/truth amongst Britons today that bad oral hygiene is practised religiously in homes across the country. All it is down to is lack of awareness. People do not realise the importance of looking after their teeth.

6% of British men go for more than a whole week without brushing their teeth while a whopping 60% of women skip brushing before bed on a daily basis. These stats came in from a survey commissioned by Oral-B for National Smile Month, which runs until the 15th of June. 11% of Brits admitted to skipping brushing their teeth before work! Surely that is the one time you definitely want your teeth look clean and your breath to smell good?! Dealing with customers, colleagues and the opposite of sex after all, are a big part of any job!

The scary fact is, the British simply do not like going to the dentist. There is a barrier in people’s minds about their teeth. People are willing to go years without a check-up and it is simply not good for their general health! Teeth need some tender love and care. Even the healthiest, in-shape, fitness freaks alive can overlook the importance of oral hygiene.

This is why Windsor Advanced Dentistry seeks to change attitudes and make a difference in how people perceive their dental health and aesthetic dentistry in general. It’s about looking after your overall oral health to produce a smile that you can be proud of.   Therefore, at Advanced Dentistry, you can get a consultation on the state of teeth’s current aesthetic and health, and then turn that old, out-dated punch line about bad British teeth around entirely.

A beautiful smile with healthy gums and teeth is something we all desire and it’s what our dental practice strives to provide for all our patients.  There are a variety of dental treatments available that have advantages and disadvantages for different people. Treatments range from dealing with missing, chipped, worn or discoloured teeth to composite bonding and tooth-coloured fillings. It depends on the individual, which is why every case is different.

Help to dispel the great British myth about bad teeth and start looking to making your own smile better with dentistry UK. If you need any advice or would like more information please feel free to contact us.

New Year’s Resolutions – make one a visit to your dentist

It’s a new day, it’s a new dawn, and it’s a new year. Start off on the right foot by keeping a few of those New Year’s resolutions and maybe adding another one to the list – visit your UK dental practice and dental practitioner for a check-up.

Dentistry aims to improve the overall oral health of people through treatments and procedures such as aesthetic dentistry, restorative dentistry and orthodontics. The trouble is; we can only find problems with your teeth if you book your appointments! So our goal in this week’s blog is to help you spot signs that your teeth really need to be looked at so you can book that potentially overdue consultation/appointment.

Let’s start off with the basics…

How do you spot signs that you may be suffering from decay?

Well, toothaches are the start of trouble. If you are suffering from pain or discomfort, this is the first and most telling sign that you need a check-up. Toothaches can be largely attributed to cavities.

So what are cavities?

Cavities are the incisors or molars in your mouth that lead to decay. This decay can take place on the crown of the teeth or in the gap between the teeth. The causes of this are simple; improper or insufficient dental care and hygiene. This is such a common problem that most people in their mid to late twenties and upwards suffers from cavities. It’s amazing that with the ranges of cosmetic and aesthetic treatments available that people do not take more conscious effort to maintain oral health. Tooth decay is heavily influenced by lifestyle choices, especially what you eat and how often you clean your teeth.

There are an unpleasant variety of cavities that people can suffer from:

  • Root cavities are down to receding gum lines leaving parts of your teeth exposed and vulnerable. These exposed roots have no more enamel left and begin to decay. This is a common cause for people of a mature disposition.
  • Recurrent decay forms around existing fillings and crowns. These areas have a tendency to accumulate plaque build-up, which leads to the inevitable – nasty decay.
  • Coronal cavities is the most common type of decay that occurs in both children and adults. These can be located between teeth or on chewing surfaces. If food gets trapped in these cavities it will accelerate the decaying process.

If these types of cavities are left untreated they can decimate your teeth and kill the delicate nerves at the center of each tooth. What is worse is that decay spreads! This is how infections and abscesses are formed. For anyone who has suffered from this kind of infection will know that the pain can be excruciating. If you let it get as far this, it can only be treated through root canal surgery or tooth extraction.

At the end of the day, if you suspect that you have a cavity or that you are suffering from tooth decay, only a dentist can tell you for sure. You cannot always see a cavity but eventually you will definitely feel it!

Of course, the best answer to this problem is prevention. Brush regularly, at least twice a day. Floss and mouthwash are important prevention techniques that can be used to your benefit. Eat a well balanced diet that cuts out to a certain degree starchy or sugary foods. Contact us for more information or to arrange a consultation if you would like to know more about cosmetic dentistry, treatments and general dentistry in London and in the UK.

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