We are determined for the people of Bristol to have stunning, radiant smiles and strong, healthy teeth and we are on a mission to fight off dental disease. Oral health education is a priority for us and we want all our patients to be aware of the importance of good oral health and the impact of oral hygiene on general wellbeing.
Why is oral hygiene so important?
Good oral hygiene makes the world of difference when it comes to oral health and ensuring that the teeth and gums and healthy and strong. With a rigorous daily oral hygiene routine in place, you will be drastically reducing your risk of decay, gum disease and bad breath, as well as taking steps to boost your overall health. Numerous studies have found a link between poor oral health and elevated risks of general health issues, including strokes and heart disease, so brushing and flossing are extremely important.
Good oral hygiene also has a positive impact on your looks and confidence, as brushing and flossing help to reduce the risk of staining and crumbling and will help to ensure your teeth look shiny and clean.
Practising good oral hygiene
The importance of good oral hygiene should never be underestimated, and the good news is that it’s actually really simple to stick to a good regime at home. All we ask is for our patients to dedicate just 5 minutes a day to cleaning their teeth and gums. We recommend brushing for 2 minutes each morning and evening and flossing daily. Brushing helps to break up and wash away food debris and polish the teeth, while flossing targets those hard to reach areas that are missed during brushing, including the tiny gaps between the teeth.
If you have any questions about oral hygiene or oral health in general, don’t hesitate to give us a call.
Nothing makes your mouth feel cleaner than a trip to the dentist and with our sensational scale and polish treatments your teeth will be gleaming and glowing. We recommend regular hygiene sessions for patients with existing dental troubles, as well as those with a clean bill of oral health as a preventative measure.
What is a scale and polish?
A scale and polish is one of the most common and effective oral hygiene treatments. It is designed to remove harmful plaque and tartar from the mouth and polish the teeth to give them a lovely, healthy sheen.
Plaque and tartar are dangerous for the teeth and gums, contributing to decay and gum disease. Plaque is a sticky substance that often clings to the outer surfaces of the teeth. Tartar is a hardened version of plaque that is impossible to remove with normal brushing at home. Tartar is stubborn and causes the teeth to look unsightly and unhealthy, as well as being harmful for oral health.
When you have a scale and polish at Clifton Dental Studio, specially designed instruments will be used to remove plaque and tartar from the tooth surfaces and the gum line. We will blast plaque and scrape the tartar away from the tooth and clean the gums to leave your teeth feeling smooth. We will then polish the teeth to make them look clean and bright and remove surface stains.
Is a scale and polish procedure painful?
It may feel a little odd to have dental instruments in your mouth and the scraping motion may be a little uncomfortable, but this procedure is not painful and you will be encouraged to sit back and relax. If you are a nervous patient, please talk to us beforehand and we will do everything we can to help you to feel as relaxed as possible.
At Clifton Dental Studio we aim to battle decay and gum disease to make sure our patients have beautiful smiles and healthy teeth and gums. Our aim is to help you keep dental disease at bay and to ensure you enjoy good oral health. Fortunately, tackling decay is fairly straightforward and simply sticking to a few simple rules will stand you in good stead. Here are some tips for preventing cavities:
Good oral hygiene is the best weapon in the arsenal for preventing tooth decay, as it eliminates the possibility of plaque formation. Plaque forms when saliva, food debris and bacteria join forces, but if you take steps to remove bacteria and leftovers on a regular basis, there will never be a chance for plaque to materialise. We recommend thorough brushing (for at least 2 minutes each time) every morning and evening and we strongly recommend flossing on a daily basis. We advise patients to use fluoride toothpaste for added enamel protection.
One of the main risk factors for decay is the diet. If you have a diet that is rich in sugary or acidic foods this can be really problematic for the teeth. Acidic foods erode the enamel surface, while sugary foods cause bacteria to release acids, which have a similar impact. Once the enamel is worn down, the tooth is at risk of decay and there is also a high risk of gum disease. If you are planning to eat or drink something sugary, try to stick to mealtimes, drink through a straw and always wait at least an hour before brushing your teeth. When the enamel is under acid attack, it softens temporarily and brushing during this time period can damage it.
We cannot stress the importance of regular dental checks enough and we advise all our patients to come for a check-up every 6 months. We also highly recommend sessions with our excellent dental hygienists.
Good oral hygiene is important for a number of reasons, for example preventing gum disease and tooth decay. However, there are now reports that having good oral hygiene can actually save your life. There are a number of studies suggesting that gum disease opens the door to life-threatening illnesses, so brushing your teeth is extremely important to keep the disease at bay.
The importance of brushing and flossing
Not only does daily brushing and flossing keep your teeth looking lovely and white, it also helps to combat bad breath, remove plaque and bacteria from the teeth and gums and hugely reduce the risk of gum disease. If you don’t brush your teeth regularly, bacteria will gather inside the mouth and combine with leftover food particles, forming plaque. Plaque is the main cause of tooth decay and gum disease.
How oral health links to general health
Gum disease and tooth decay are not the only thing to worry about if you don’t take care of your oral hygiene. The bacteria that cause gum disease are also responsible for increasing the risk of systematic illnesses such as strokes and heart disease. It is believed by researchers that harmful bacteria can travel to other parts of the body from the mouth, increasing the risk of serious health issues.
Preventing gum disease
As well as sticking to a thorough daily oral hygiene routine, you should also keep an eye on your diet and have regular check-ups with your dentist. We also recommend regular dental hygiene sessions to keep your mouth clean and free of harmful bacteria.
Another risk factor for gum disease is smoking. Smoking reduces the flow of blood to the gums. Giving up smoking will greatly reduce your risk of getting gum disease as well as being highly beneficial for your overall health. At Clifton Dental Studio, we are happy to offer constructive advice to anyone who is looking to quit smoking.
If you have any questions about oral hygiene, from choosing which brush to use to learning more about tooth decay, give us a call today.
Whether you suffer with dental health problems, you are prone to plaque build-up or you just want to give your teeth and gums a healthy treat, we recommend a visit to our fantastic hygienists.
At Clifton Dental Studio, we pride ourselves on providing the very best preventative and hygiene treatment to combat issues such as tooth discolouration, bad breath and gum disease. The cleaning power of hygiene treatments is a lot stronger than just brushing at home, and in just half an hour you will be astonished by the difference it has made. As well as battling oral hygiene problems, a scale and polish will also give your mouth a deep clean, leaving you with a dazzling smile.
What is a scale and polish?
If you have issues with plaque or tartar build-up on your teeth, or you suffer from halitosis or gum disease, you may be advised to have a scale and polish. During this treatment, bacteria, tartar and plaque are removed, and your teeth are given a thorough clean. We use specially designed dental equipment to scale the teeth, enabling us to easily remove stubborn plaque deposits from the gumline, tooth surfaces and gaps between the teeth. When this has been removed, we will thoroughly clean and polish your teeth, leaving them with a smooth and glossy feel.
How often should I see a hygienist?
At Clifton Dental Studio we recommend regular hygiene sessions for all our patients, so that you can maintain the very highest standards of oral health. But if you have a high risk of oral issues, or existing problems such as gum disease, you may have to visit us rather frequently.
Bad breath is a very common problem that can leave you feeling embarrassed and self conscious. Lots of people suffer from bad breath from time to time, but if it’s a recurring problem for you then it can have a very negative impact on your daily life. At Clifton Dental Studio, our wonderful team of dental hygienists can help you to say goodbye to bad breath for good, so you can be confident when attending social events, work conferences and family gatherings.
Why do we get bad breath?
Many people get bad breath after eating and drinking strong flavours such as coffee, garlic or spicy curries. However, many cases of bad breath are connected with poor oral hygiene, which results in an unnecessary amount of bacteria gathering in your mouth. When the bacteria feed, they realise foul-smelling gases and this is why bad breath occurs.
Smoking is also a major cause of bad breath.
How can bad breath be treated?
If your bad breath is persistent, and you don’t just get it after consuming certain foods or drinks, there is probably an underlying reason for this. Our hygienists will identify the cause and look into the various ways of resolving the issue. Dental hygiene treatment methods are very effective in removing plaque and bacteria from the mouth, as well as providing a deep and intense oral clean. At Clifton Dental Studio we recommend regular oral hygiene appointments, paired with your daily oral hygiene regime at home.
Chewing sugar free gum after eating smelly foods is another way of avoiding bad breath triggers.
Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is a common oral health condition, which can result in early tooth loss if left untreated. Periodontal disease is an advanced form of gum disease; the less serious form is known as gingivitis.
Signs of gum disease
Many people first notice the signs of gum disease when they clean their teeth. Bleeding gums is one of the most noticeable symptoms of gum disease; other symptoms may include swelling, tenderness and redness of the gums. When gingivitis becomes more advanced, this is known as periodontal disease. At this stage, gum disease causes permanent damage to the mouth, as the infection has spread to the bone structure beneath the gums. The bone is responsible for holding and anchoring the teeth, and once this is affected, the teeth start to become loose and may eventually fall out. Signs of advanced gum disease include the development of pockets between the teeth and gums, an unpleasant taste in the mouth and loose teeth.
How is periodontal disease detected?
Periodontal disease can usually be detected by dentists through the identification of visible symptoms during a thorough examination of the mouth.
How is periodontal disease treated?
Gingivitis can usually be treated with good oral hygiene, but periodontal disease requires a much more careful approach and treatment usually takes place over a prolonged period of time. The aim of treatment is to restrict the amount of damage, prevent further infection and ease pain and swelling. Dentists work with dental hygienists to maintain good oral hygiene, remove harmful bacteria from the mouth and try to limit the spread of infection and reduce the risk of abscesses. Intensive hygiene treatments, such as scale and polish and root planing are used and regular sessions with both the dentist and dental hygienist are recommended.
Oral hygiene is important for many reasons, not least the prevention of gum disease and decay. However, recent studies have shown that good oral hygiene is so important that it could actually save your life. Numerous studies have now shown that gum disease can increase the risk of life-threatening general health and systemic conditions, meaning that brushing your teeth has never been more important.
Oral hygiene and oral health
Brushing and flossing are effective ways of removing plaque, food debris and bacteria from your mouth and this not only lowers the risk of gum disease, bad breath and tooth decay, but also helps to keep your teeth looking bright and white. Without regular brushing, bacteria would gather inside the mouth and combine with leftover food to form plaque, the main cause of gum disease and cavities.
Oral health and general health
Gum disease and decay are nasty enough, but recent research has revealed that the bacteria responsible for gum disease can also increase the risk of systemic illnesses, including heart disease and strokes. Researchers believe that harmful bacteria can travel from the mouth to other parts of the body, increasing the risk of serious health problems.
Preventing gum disease
Aside from sticking to a diligent daily oral hygiene regime, it is also important to keep an eye on what you eat and drink and to remember to book a check-up with your dentist every 6 months. We also recommend regular oral hygiene sessions, which keep the mouth really clean and free from dangerous bacteria. Smoking is also a major risk factor for gum disease, as it reduces blood flow to the gums; giving up smoking will reduce your risk of gum disease, as well as a whole host of other conditions. If you need help with giving up smoking, we will be happy to offer information and advice.
If you have any questions about gum disease, decay, brushing or even choosing toothbrushes and toothpaste, do not hesitate to ask your dentist or give us a call.
Bad breath is extremely common and can be a very embarrassing subject matter for those that have it and those who come into contact with someone who has it. Diet can play a factor in bad breath, for example if some one eats a very spicy meal, or one full of garlic. Certain foods and drink can make the breath smell less than fresh, but can easily be freshened up by using a mouthwash or sugar free gum. Bad breath that will not go away is often due to poor oral hygiene techniques. Bacteria and tarter in the mouth can start to smell very quickly and using a minty fresh piece of gum will only mask this in the short-term. The only way to get rid of bad breath is to clean the teeth twice a day and to regularly visit the dentist at least twice a year. At Clifton Dental of Bristol during patients check-up we are able to see oral decay not visible to the naked eye, which can cause a bad odour, so maintaining regular contact with your dentist and hygienist is very important. Look at the brush you are using and make sure it is doing its job properly, an old brush will not be as affective as a new brush, maybe think about using an electric brush and start flossing so that the teeth are thoroughly cleaned. For more help and information get in contact with us and banish that bad breath for good.
Flossing the teeth is not something everyone likes, or can do for a variety of reasons. Patients wearing fixed braces will not be able to use floss and others may feel they don’t know how to it. Our dental hygiene team at Clifton Dental in Bristol educates patients about the best methods of cleaning the teeth and this involves not only brushing but flossing as well. There are certain techniques that are used to get the best result when flossing and we are more than willing to show patients how to do it and give them hints and tips. Flossing can greatly impact on the oral hygiene of every patient. Food particles and tarter can result in build up between the teeth and on the gum line, even if regular brushing is done on a daily basis. This is because brushing alone cannot always get in the small gaps on the tooth and around the gum line. Floss gently removes any remaining tooth particles or tarter from the mouth. It is best to floss before brushing so that any bits left in the mouth can be cleaned away when brushing. There are a variety of flosses on the market depending on preference so why not get flossing today and see a huge difference to your oral hygiene in Chepstow.