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Be A Wise Dental Consumer


With the wide array of dental care products available, you may feel overwhelmed as you walk down the aisle of your drugstore or supermarket. Here are some tips to help you be a wise dental consume.

  • Talk to us about what types of oral care products will be most effective for you.

  • If you have sensitive teeth, we may suggest using special toothpaste.

  • Choose a toothbrush that feels comfortable in your hand and in your mouth, and use it twice a day.

  • Choose a child-sized toothbrush for children for ease of use.

  • Replace your toothbrush every three or four months, or sooner if the bristles become frayed. A worn toothbrush will not do a good job of cleaning your teeth. Children's toothbrushes often need replacing more frequently than adults because they can wear out sooner.

  • Oral irrigating devices use a stream of water to remove food particles around the teeth. They can be helpful for persons wearing braces or fixed or partial dentures. However, an oral irrigator is meant to enhance, not replace, regular brushing and flossing.

  • If you find that you are constantly using a breath freshener for bad breath, immediately visit or contact us. In some cases, bad breath may be sing of poor health.


Bad Breath


Bad breath, or halitosis, can be caused by many things. It may be the result of odor-causing foods, tooth decay, periodontal (gum) disease, continued mouth dryness, use of tobacco products, sinus or respiratory infections, some medical disorders, inadequate oral hygiene or some medications. Your dentist can help identify the cause and, if it’s due to an oral condition, can develop a treatment plan to eliminate this common source of embarrassment.

Hygiene-related causes for bad breath: What you eat affects the air you exhale. Certain foods, such as garlic and onions, contribute to objectionable breath odor. Once the food is absorbed into the bloodstream, it is transferred to the lungs, where it is expelled. Brushing, flossing and mouthwash will only mask the odor temporarily. Odors continue until the body eliminates the food. Dieters may develop unpleasant breath from infrequent eating.

If you do not brush and floss daily, particles of food remain in the mouth, collecting bacteria, which can cause bad breath. Food that collects between the teeth, on the tongue and around the gums can rot, leaving an unpleasant odor. Dentures that are not cleaned properly can also harbor odor-causing bacteria and food particles.


Tooth Sensitivity


Tooth sensitivity is a common problem for most people. Our teeth can be greatly affected by hot, cold, sweet, and sour food or drink. Over-enthusiastic brushing, recession of gums, gum disease (periodontitis) all can expose the soft, porous structure of the tooth (dentin), making it susceptible to external stimuli.

Pain can be mild and tingly or sharp and intense. This symptom sometimes is a sign for more serious diseases. Whenever you are suffering from pain of sensitivity, you should go see your dentist before it persists or worsens.Pain signal enters tubule through exposed dentin and excites the nerve.

Helpful Hints
A review of brushing techniques and diet can help reveal causes of sensitivity. Avoid over-brushing because it can cause damage to your teeth and/or gums. Sensitivity protection toothpaste works by blocking the opening of the exposed dentin or by preventing the transfer of the pain signal from the nerve to the brain.
You should feel relief by using sensitivity protection toothpaste for two weeks. If you stop brushing with this kind of toothpaste, the sensitivity pain may return.
Also, some prescribed desensitizing agents may help you. Consult your dentist about it.


10 Tips for Healthy White Teeth


Things have come a long way since we put baking soda on our fingers to clean our teeth and had to wear wooden dentures if they fell out! Thank goodness! Nowadays, we have an enormous assortment of dental health and dental care products to help us get rid of plaque and bacteria that are gentle on our gums. Still, people are visiting the dentists so what is going wrong? There is so much more to know about dental health than simply brushing twice a day to get white, cavity free teeth, so we have compiled a top ten list that covers everything you need to know about oral care.

1. Brushing
It is important to brush first thing in the morning to remove plaque and bacteria that have accumulated over night and to brush last thing at night because saliva (which helps to keep the cavity-causing plaque off teeth) dries up as we sleep. Toothbrushes should come with a small head and soft bristles. Set a timer for 2 minutes, hold the brush at a 45 degree angle. Start at the same place every time begin by working your way around each tooth in turn. Ensure you clean all faces of the teeth to avoid missing any areas and don't forget your gums.

2. Flossing
Use dental floss to clean in-between the teeth where plaque collects. Floss before you brush to remove any plaque from these areas. Roughly 90% of problems arise from areas between the teeth so it is important to floss effectively. Hold floss tightly between your thumbs and forefingers and guide it between your teeth using a gentle sliding action. When the floss reaches where the tooth meets the gum, curve it into a V shape against the tooth and gently slide it up and down between the gum and the tooth. Repeat for the other side and every tooth. For larger gaps you can us an interdental brush.

3. Electric toothbrushes
Electric toothbrushes are recommended by a large number of dental professional for their superior performancewhen compared to manual brushing.  Electric toothbrushes tend to have small brush heads that cup around the tooth and are faster and more efficient in cleaning areas of the mouth where bacteria and plaque collect.

4. Waterjets
Waterjets, or oral Irrigators, used instead of flossing, are devices where pressurised streams of water are blasted out of the device to remove plaque from the areas between the teeth not reached by brushing alone. Tests have shown that if you use a waterjet inconjunction with daily brushing, you will remove 99% more plaque than via brush alone. Gum health is also improved by up to 93%, compared to brushing alone and gingivitis and calculus are significantly reduced after only 2–4 weeks of use.

5. Avoiding dry mouth
Saliva provides an essential defence against tooth decay and periodontal disease. Where there is insufficient saliva serious dental health problems can arise. Persistent dry mouth could be a symptom of a disease or a side effect of certain medicines. For dry mouth sufferers there are a number of highly effective products that either stimulate saliva production or replace it altoghter. 

6. Fresh breath
There are a number of causes of bad breath, the most common of which is poor oral care. Volatile Sulphur Compounds (VSC) are produced when naturally occuring bacteria break down plaque and food debris in the mouth. By keeping palque and debris in check bacteria have less to feed on and reproduce less frequently. In addition to cleaning thoroughly betwen the teeth it is recommended that you also clean your tongue on a daily basis.

7. Use of mouthwash
If you are looking for a good mouthwash then make sure it is alcohol-free, as alcohol is an irritant and can dry out the mouth. This will have the effect of reducing the amount of saliva present, and make your teeth more susceptible to bacteria. The benefits of a mouthwash are that they can reach areas not touched by brushing alone. Rinse twice a day – once in the morning and last thing at night and always after brushing.

8. Whiter teeth
A white smile eludes health and happiness but particularly difficult to achieve for those who smoke, drinking red wine and other tannin containing drink. Luckily there are a number of products available that will enable you have the smile you've always wanted. 

9. New toothbrush
Did you know you should change your toothbrush every two to three months for good dental hygiene? If you do not then bacteria will collect on the bristles and you will transfer them back into your mouth. Moreover, the bristles will become soft and ineffective. For electric toothbrushes the same rule applies. If your toothbrushes are wearing out before two months then you are probably brushing too harshly. Ask your dentist to show you the correct way of brushing. Always chose a toothbrush with soft not hard bristles as hard bristles can cause damage to the soft tissue in your mouth, including your gums.

10. Clean your tongue
A major cause of bad breath can actually come from bacteria building up on your tongue with a high percentage of it accumulating at the back, making it hard to reach. Use a proper tongue scraper every morning to remove tongue plaque and freshen your breath. A daily tongue scraping will help banish harmful bacteria and remember, using a tongue scraper is more effective than brushing your tongue with a toothbrush.

Always Remember


Brush twice a day

Brush twice a day . Ensure you clean all faces of the teeth to avoid missing any areas and don't forget your gums.


Floss

Floss for inter-dental cleansing. Roughly 90% of problems arise from areas between the teeth so it is important to floss effectively.




Use Mouthwash

Use a mouthwash to clean places a toothbrush can't reach.Rinse twice a day – once in the morning and last thing at night and always after brushing.

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Change your Toothbrush

Change your toothbrush once every 3-4 months.Always chose a toothbrush with soft not hard bristles as hard bristles can cause damage to the soft tissue in your mouth, including your gums.