September 27th, 2012
Mossley Dental Care understands that dental hygiene is an important feature of preventative dentistry and a prerequisite for a perfect smile, which is why the practice has provided its patients with up to 4 hygienist and dental therapist.
Hygienists Georgina and Carol are highly trained on preventing dental cavities and gum diseases. They help both young and old patients understand the best way to use inter-dental brushes, dental floss, electronic aid and toothbrushes. Information will also be provided on the types of food that can cause problems for the teeth. All this information will help avoid possible dental conditions. As with all issues, it better to prevent than to cure, and the job of the hygienist will directly help the patient to prevent major dental conditions.
The hygienists will chart and examine the gums and teeth for any signs of swelling, bleeding, plaque, calculus and inflammation. The surface stains and plaque will be removed by gently scrapping and polishing the tooth surface. Prophyflex power sprays will also be used when required.
Bad breath is another problem that can be addressed by the hygienist. Issues causing bad breath will be identified and will be appropriately dealt with.
Apart from the procedures undertaken by the hygienists, dental therapist Becky and Lee are able to take x-rays, conduct filling sessions and tooth extractions for the younger patients.
Hygiene is an important aspect of dental care. Any leniency with dental hygiene will make way for major dental conditions to develop. Every patient should visit the Hygiene team after every 3 months or 6 months. A combination of care from a dental hygienist and regular care at home will result in a healthy mouth. This in turn will enhance your appearance, keep your teeth healthy and will help you maintain a fresh breath. For more information on our dental hygienists please contact the team at Mossley Dental care near to Hyde.
September 25th, 2012
The food we eat directly impacts our health. Many do not consider their oral health while choosing the food they eat, simply because in most cases the effects are not immediate. However, it is important to know that while many dental conditions take time to show up; they can continue to develop in the background and can cause major issues in future. Following are some foods that you can avoid to maintain your healthy teeth.
Not all fruits are helpful for the teeth and there are many dried fruits like raisins that are very sugary and gummy. The sugar from such foods will cling to the teeth and will damage the teeth.
High Acid Fruits
Fruits like lemon are also not good for the teeth, since they are very acidic. The acid in the lemon can erode the enamel on the teeth, which can become very painful after continues consumption. Orange juice and tomatoes also have similar effect. Brushing the teeth after consuming such them is very important.
Soft Drinks or Soda
When it comes to sodas, sugar is not the main reason for the negative impact on the teeth. These drinks whether diet or regular – strip the minerals form the enamel on the tooth due the high levels of acid in them. The acids in sodas like tartaric, citric, malic and phosphoric are very corrosive. The flavor of the soda also matter here, since lemon or lime soda can wreck havoc on the teeth.
Hard and gummy candy
Candies are generally not good for the teeth. This is because they are full of sugar. Too much consumption of sugar can easily cause cavities or tooth decay. While gummy candies tend to stick onto the teeth, hard candies stay in the mouth for long, causing the teeth to stay in contact with the sugary substance for long. Contact us at Mossley Dental Care near Dukinfield for more information.
September 6th, 2012
Our appearance is greatly affected by the way our teeth look. The cleaner, the whiter and the healthier they look, the better our appearance and our smile becomes. Such teeth can be achieved by keeping up a good oral health routine. We all know that, to make our face look good we need to clean, tone and moisturise the face on a regular basis, similarly to ensure a healthy mouth, one needs to brush, and floss on a regular basis.
Visit the Dentist Regularly
Apart from the things that we can do at home, visiting the dentist every six months is an important part of good oral health routine. Visiting the dentist at regular intervals will keep all the major dental conditions in check. Every dental check allows the dentist to look for traces of potential dental conditions. These conditions can include tooth decay, gum disease or oral cancer.
Diet is Important
A healthy diet is also an essential part of proper dental care. A diet that is rich in fluoride, phosphate, calcium and is low on sugar, will give your body the substances required to maintain healthy teeth. Lack of water within the body can reduce the production of saliva, which can result in the growth of bacteria or acids that can cause cavity. So be sure to drink plenty of water.
Sugar Free Gum
Chewing sugar free gum increases the production of saliva. Since saliva neutralizes the acid levels in the mouth, it helps with preventing tooth decay. It also helps remove the little particles of food that get stuck in the mouth.
At Mossley Dental Care near Hyde, patients are offered a monthly membership plan, which cover the 6 monthly Dental hygiene visit and health check along with visiting the dentist on the same day in case of dental emergency. The monthly plan is affordable and also includes worldwide cover for dental trauma and redundancy protection.
August 28th, 2012
Gingivitis is the name given to the inflammation of the gums that can lead to problems such as bleeding and sensitivity. If untreated, gingivitis can lead to more serious diseases (known as periodontal diseases) that can ultimately result in the loss of teeth.
Due to the serious problems gingivitis can lead to, it is crucial to consult your dentist if you notice any signs of the disease. Any of these changes within the gums may be a sign of gingivitis:
- Extra sensitivity or tenderness
- A change in colour (often red or purple)
- Bleeding easily after brushing
What are the causes?
There are a number of reasons that a patient may develop gingivitis; it may be caused by smoking, pregnancy, diabetes, stress, injury to the gums or untreated misalignment of the teeth. However, the most common cause of the disease is poor dental hygiene, combined with poor nutrition. Plaque build-up is the main contributing factor to periodontal diseases, and when untreated (unbrushed or unflossed), can react with sugar and starch to enflame the gums and form enamel destroying acids. Many times people will say ‘The prevention is better than the cure’, and when the prevention is something as simple as brushing your teeth twice a day, and flossing at least once a day, it’s worth listening to!
Is there a cure?
Yes. If – despite the efforts of prevention – gingivitis still occurs, you can still get help to restore your teeth to good health. Your dentist can offer you professional teeth cleaning that, using various tools, can remove most of the plaque build-up causing the inflammation in the gums. This treatment, combined with improved dental hygiene and diet, can remove gingivitis and keep it at bay. If you would like more information about gum disease please contact Mossley Dental care near to Rochdale today.
August 25th, 2012
Maintaining healthy teeth and gums can prevent the build up of plaque in the mouth. If oral health is not upheld to a high standard, you may be at risk of developing cavities or tooth decay, which can lead to serious problems such as gingivitis or some forms of oral cancer. There are very simple ways to guarantee a good quality of oral health. These do not include expensive treatments or painful procedures, so there really are no excuses!
As we all know, brushing your teeth twice a day is paramount to keeping your teeth healthy. Parents should ensure their young children are brushing properly (even before they develop their permanent teeth) as it can prevent tooth decay and gum disease further down the line. If you’re not sure whether or not you’re brushing for long enough play one of your favourite songs that lasts between two and three minutes and keep brushing until it finishes!
Many people are not aware that flossing is just as important as brushing, and should be carried out – ideally – twice a day. Flossing can remove plaque from areas that you may not be able to reach with your toothbrush.
Avoiding sugary foods
Substances that are high in sugar, such as fizzy drinks, sweets and fruit juices, can be detrimental to your teeth. When the sugar reacts with bacteria already in your mouth, they form lactic acid, which can wear down the enamel in your teeth. Keep the intake of these to a minimum.
Visiting your dentist
You should continue to attend regular visits to your dentist, as he or she will be able to detect any signs of serious problems within your mouth. You can even consult a dental hygienist and get them to help you create a personal routine to ensure oral health. Contact us today if you would like to know more information about oral health at Mossley Dental Care near to Glossop.
August 14th, 2012
Nowadays, we all know how important it is to maintain a high standard of dental hygiene. Information is readily available for us that allows us to ensure we are dealing with our oral health properly, and as the world of dentistry begins to expand, a lot of people are becoming eager for the latest tips on whitening, aligning, fixing, replicating and – most of all – maintaining a perfect smile. So, if you are joining the millions who have begun their quest for dazzling pearly whites, and visits to your dentist are simply not enough for you, then you may want to visit a different kind of licensed dental professional; a dental hygienist. Here is a list of things a dental hygienist can do for you:
Dental hygienists can offer professional education on all aspects of oral hygiene. They can give you the best advice on things such as which toothbrushes and toothpastes are suited for you, and assist you in developing a great dental routine.
Assessment and Diagnosis
Similar to a dentist, a dental hygienist is qualified to examine your teeth, taking x-rays if necessary. They can offer full check-ups and give a solid diagnosis on any problems you may be having. For any serious problems they discover, they can recommend next steps, which may include visiting an orthodontist.
Any minor treatment that is discovered to be necessary after an inspection by your dental hygienist can be performed then and there. Dental hygienists offer a full cleaning of the teeth; including scraping and polishing that can remove excess build ups of plaque in the patient’s gums. These procedures can be very effective, preventing serious problems that could occur – these services are known as preventative dentistry, and for good reason. Visit our hygienist at Mossley Dental Care near Droylsden for a lesson in effective cleaning.
July 31st, 2012
Dental decay, or as it’s more commonly known as, tooth decay, occurs when the bacterium that is already present in your mouth mixes with food particles and saliva to create plaque. This plaque then collects on your teeth and over time this can severely damage the surface of your tooth. If this is left untreated it can then lead to dental decay, which can leave you in a lot of pain and ultimately destroys the tooth. It may also leave you in need of dental surgery.
However, dental decay can be avoided by following a few simple steps each day when partaking in your oral hygiene routine. It has been estimated that under half of adults follow a good daily hygiene routine.
Brushing your teeth
Firstly when it come to brushing your teeth makes sure you spend at least two minutes doing this at least twice a day, and use a toothpaste with a recommended amount of fluoride in it, as this helps protect and strengthen enamel and can help prevent tooth decay. An electric toothbrush may be more helpful than a traditional manual one, as they can be up to twice as effective.
Flossing and mouthwash
Brushing alone won’t help protect your teeth. Ensure that you introduce both mouthwash and dental floss into your daily dental hygiene routine. You should do this as brushing only cleans around 60 per cent of the surface. Dental floss can help reach in between teeth and mouthwash helps to kill the bacteria located between the teeth, along with helping to reduce plaque and fight gum disease.
Finally, to ensure a good oral hygiene routine, ensure that you visit your dentist or hygienist on a regular basis to make sure something isn’t happening that you can’t see or feel, before it’s too late.
If you are looking for a dentist or dental hygienist near to Dukinfield please give the practice a call, we would be very happy to help.
July 12th, 2012
Bad breath can affect anyone at any time in his or her life, and there are a multitude of different reasons why it happens and there are also many ways in which to combat it.
Reasons for bad breath
The main reason for having bad breath is a poor oral hygiene routine. Bacteria coats your gums, teeth and tongue and creates plaque, which can often result in dental decay and gum disease, and lets off a bad-smelling gas, which is ultimately bad breath. This can be avoided by maintaining good oral hygiene, which can be done by brushing and flossing regularly, along with using mouthwash and visiting a dentist or dental hygienist on a regular basis.
Food and drink and bad breath
The food and drink you consume can also lead to bad breath, such as strong scented foods like garlic and onions, along with strong smelling drinks like coffee and drinks that dry out the mouth, like alcohol. However, these issues tend to be temporary and can be stopped by eating and drinking less of these foods. Good oral hygiene will also help greatly. Crash dieting can also cause bad breath. The Atkins diet is known to cause bad breath due to its fasting and low-carbohydrate intake.
Smoking is the most obvious cause of constant bad breath due to the smell of stale smoke. Along with bad breath, smoking can also lead to gum disease along with staining of the teeth and other problems. Quitting smoking is usually the best option to combat this, along with good oral hygiene.
Certain types of medications such as nitrates, tranquillisers and some chemotherapy drugs have been known to be the reason for bad breath in the past. To combat this the best thing to do is discuss it with your GP to find out about possible alternative medications.
June 17th, 2012
Milk teeth are often thought of as a trial run for the real deal. This is a myth: Not only can damaged milk teeth affect how permanent teeth are aligned but also how a child’s face forms. Old habits also die hard and, even if they make it through with their milk teeth unscathed, a lax approach to oral hygiene is a sure-fire way to create serious dental problems in later life. Thus, children’s dentistry is kind of a big deal.
At Mossley dental near Stalybridge, we are proud to provide for our child patients under the NHS. We encourage regular 3-month checkups, to monitor any changes, and, to avoid disrupting routines, will attempt to arrange checkups after school hours or during school holidays. Education plays a vital role in a child’s development, and learning how to look after their teeth is an important part of this. That is why we run regular open days, showing children how to clean their teeth and emphasising the importance of a healthy diet.
Cleaning babies’ teeth
Babies start developing their teeth whilst still in the womb and it is imperative that you start cleaning their teeth the moment they start to show. A tiny blob of children’s fluoride toothpaste on a child’s toothbrush (these have smaller heads and softer bristles than conventional brushes) will be best. An easy brushing method is to: seat the child on your lap, with their head lying against your front, and to brush in little circular motions. It is recommended you visit your dentist once a baby’s teeth appear, so that their development can be checked.
Cleaning children’s teeth
You will most likely have to clean your child’s teeth until they are about seven. During this time, try to get them into a regular routine: Brushing once after breakfast and once before bed, for two minutes. Learning this simple procedure can help them maintain a happy smile for the rest of their lives. If you have any queries or concerns, please get in touch!
June 5th, 2012
‘What is a dental hygienist,’ you may ask, ‘and how are they different to a standard dentist?’ Well, my imagined reader, a dental hygienist is someone who focuses on preventative oral healthcare. That is, they try and stop problems before they even have the chance to occur. The difference between the hygienist and the dentist being that their entire focus is on prevention. ‘Surely I can do all this myself, brushing twice for two minutes a day?’ you may say. My response would be, ‘but are you doing it correctly?’
A hygienist’s main job is professionally cleaning a patient’s teeth, which is sometimes referred to as ‘scaling and polishing’. If you have been regularly forgetting to clean you might benefit from a professional cleaning. Even if you’ve been brushing religiously, there will still be areas that cannot be reached by a toothbrush or any other everyday cleaning methods. Hygienists use special tools to reach these areas and will remove the build up of plaque and calculus from them. Your teeth will also be polished, helping to remove any superficial stains. Regular appointments can also be beneficial as a hygienist will spot potential problems which may go unnoticed by the untrained observer.
Perhaps the most significant gift the hygienist can offer is the gift of knowledge. A hygienist will happily instruct you on the best brushing techniques and guide you through the best homecare products available. They may also offer dietary advice, regarding how your eating affects your teeth, or offer other advice regarding the mouth, such as giving up smoking. The main focus here is on prevention. You are in control of your mouth between dental checkups and following the hygienist’s instructions will help to prevent any problems developing between appointments. Whether it’s the cleaning itself, some new information or even just clarifying that you’ve been doing right, the hygienist plays a vital role in oral healthcare for patients near Hyde.