Posts Tagged ‘oral health’
Avoid foods high in sugar and acidFoods with high sugar and acid content, such as fizzy drinks and certain sweets, may cause the saliva in the mouth to become acidic, eroding tooth enamel. As the structure of the tooth erodes, cavities form and the tooth may become weaker and more susceptible to fractures. The sugar and acid may trigger bacterial colonisation in the mouth that leads to tooth infections and possible gum disease. By avoiding high sugary and acidic foods, tooth decay and gum disease is less likely to develop.
Eat balanced and versatile mealsTo get all the nutrients, vitamins and minerals our bodies need for healthy function, we need to eat a balanced and versatile diet with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. Processed foods are more likely to contain ingredients that may in the long run be harmful to health. Eating fresh foods keeps all of the body strong, including our teeth and gums. Drinking enough water hydrates the skin, lips and gums. Eat softer foods as needed, like with dentures.
Get enough calciumOur need calcium for healthy density and strength. Calcium-containing foods, such as dairy products, keep teeth strong and less vulnerable to breaks. For a hygiene appointment with us why not contact us today at Clifton Dental Studio in the city of Bristol.
Bristol dentists advise on chewing gum benefits to enhance oral hygieneFresh breath is not the only benefit that chewing gum can give you. It is an activity that can really help your oral hygiene. It is one of the simplest ways to achieve increased production of saliva, which helps to protect your teeth from being damaged by build ups of plaque. Having fresh breath can increase your confidence in social occasions by ensuring that you are not worried about the smell of your breath while talking and smiling. Chewing gum is an easy and convenient way to achieve this by increasing saliva production and combatting the uncomfortable sensation of having a dry mouth. When you eat sugary and starchy foods, the acids produced in the mouth form into plaque. Plaque breaks down your teeth’s natural defence, enamel, and can lead to cavities and painful tooth decay. Saliva is another of your mouth’s natural defences as it neutralizes these harmful acids. You can produce saliva by chewing gum. Another chewing gum benefit is that it actually helps to clean your teeth. Of course it is no substitute for brushing and flossing but you might find yourself in a situation without access to your brush and chewing gum will be the next best thing for after dinner at a party, for example. The activity of chewing means that some debris will be moved from the teeth and gums and plaque finds it more difficult to form. Chewing gum also helps teeth to retain a degree of whiteness by preventing stains from taking hold.
Looking for a cosmetic dentist? Bristol dentists are here to helpYour Bristol dentist can advise you which of the chewing gums on the market are best for enhancing your oral hygiene.
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.