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 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.
April 3rd, 2012
There are certain behavioural patterns that have a direct impact on the condition of a person’s teeth. Though it is often advised to brush teeth after every meal, most people relegate it to the morning and evenings, while a significant number choose to brush just once a day. The intervening period is enough for the enzymes in the mouth to react with the food particles and form an acid, which is strong enough to penetrate the tooth enamel and cause cavities and other associated problems.
Snacking between meals also provides fertile ground for dental problems to manifest; particularly when these snacks are foods rich in carbohydrates and sugar, which further aggravates the problem. Every intake of food should be followed with a good cleaning of the mouth to remove any food particles. If brushing after every snack or meal is not a practical option, then the mouth should at least be rinsed with water.
Some people enjoy sipping a soft drink slowly, but this can allow the sugar content to form acids, which are potentially harmful to the teeth. Stretching the length of time you drink means there is a steady production of acid in the mouth, which results in a constant assault on the teeth.
Behaviour, habits and tendencies all play an important role in our dental health. Dental education is essential if good oral health and healthy smiles are to be maintained. Patients from Dukinfield and surrounding areas can visit Mossley Dental Care to have their teeth looked at and learn about improved dental behaviour.
September 14th, 2011
Oral hygiene is important because it helps to prevent oral health diseases, including the likes of gum disease and tooth decay. These types of conditions are caused by a build-up of bacteria in the mouth. When we eat bacteria combines with saliva and food deposits to form plaque – a sticky film – which can cling to the surface of the teeth and the gums. If plaque is not removed, it can collect and harmful plaque acids can damage the protective enamel surfaces of the teeth, leaving the teeth susceptible to decay and infection.
A good daily oral hygiene routine is essential for good oral health. A good daily oral hygiene regime should include brushing the teeth twice a day for at least two minutes each time, using dental floss to remove plaque from the gum line and the cracks between the teeth and using mouthwash to rinse the mouth out. Visiting your Audenshaw dentist for a routine check-up every six to twelve months is also very important.
Good oral hygiene is essential for people who wear braces. Often, braces attract bacteria because food and plaque collect around the brackets, bands and wires. If plaque is not removed, it can contribute to gum disease and decay. In order to prevent oral health diseases, it is important to follow the maintenance instructions your dentist gives you. You should clean your brace using a brush with soft bristles and take care to brush all over your mouth.
Some companies manufacture specialist brushes for orthodontic patients, which are designed to target problem areas. It is advisable to brush after every meal to prevent food from becoming trapped in the brace and you should floss on a daily basis. There are special flossing products available to make flossing easier.
August 15th, 2011
Phobias have long been seen as psychological problems. As such, the search for cures has been dominated by psychologists, therapists and hypnotisers, but being it was recently discovered that 75% of all adults suffer some form of trepidation over visiting the dentist and 1 in 23 people have a dental phobia, including our very own patients in the Hyde area, modern medicine has begun to take more notice; dentists in particular.
Dental phobia and dental anxiety
There is a difference between a dental phobia and dental anxiety. Generally, most people suffer from some form of dental anxiety, which simply involves feeling uncomfortable or ill at ease during any treatment, whether it’s a check-up or something more significant. A phobia, however, is more serious and can generally lead to severe problems for the persons’ oral health, as they will commonly not visit the dentist for a significant length of time, sometimes years.
The reason dental phobia is common often comes down to numerous and varied reasons. For many people, it is a bad experience in the past though such incidents “in the chair” are now very rare. For others, it is simply a fear of needles that dominates their anxiousness toward the dentist, whilst others cringe at latex.
Cures and helpful techniques
Building up a relationship with your dentist has been found to be exceptionally useful. If you are feeling uneasy or fearful of an upcoming procedure or treatment, tell your dentist beforehand. As dental phobia is so common now, dentists are regularly trained to help those affected and will be more than happy to talk you through the procedure, and may even invite you to watch the same procedure while they are performing it on someone else.
July 6th, 2011
Throughout life, there are some things which we do not consider as being important as we ourselves do not use them in our daily lives. Braces are not just for children but adults too. Cleaning them regularly is very important and doesn’t normally occur to someone until foodstuff becomes trapped in them. So how should braces be looked after and what exactly is the professional advice currently available?
What a successful dental professional suggests
A consultant orthodontist and lecturer at the College of Health Services at Makerere University in Uganda, Dr. Aisha Bataringaya-Sekalala explains that using a toothbrush and toothpaste as recommended by your dentist is very important: “People with braces should brush after every meal, especially if one has eaten anything sticky or sweet… It is a good idea to carry a special travel toothbrush when away from home” commented Dr. Bataringaya-Sekalala. “Make absolutely sure your teeth and braces are as clean as you can get them.”
The areas to concentrate on
When the braces are in your mouth, it is very important that strict brushing is done so that every bit of foodstuff is removed. Whether this piece of food is at the back of your mouth or under the wires, by not removing them could lead to further problems. Not only should close attention be paid to brushing the teeth but the gum line as well because if this is not done can lead to the gums becoming sore and swollen.
After your teeth have been brushed
By checking your teeth close to a well-lit mirror will enable you to see the plaque. If plaque is still apparent, you may have to brush and rinse two or three times before this is all removed.
Looking after your braces
Avoiding hard food and both sugary foods and drinks will mean that less sugar is deposited on the brace. Eating soft, fresh fruit and vegetables is recommended as this will provide you with added nutrients. If your brace becomes loose, call the dentist immediately. If wires start to poke into your cheek, place some wax over it and have it clipped. Once you have eaten anything, brush. By keeping the area clean will lead to a happier treatment time.
For all queries, asking a dental professional will enable for you to have your questions answered swiftly. Remember, a dentist is there to help, not hinder.