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How to avoid a Dental Nightmare Before Christmas

It only seems like yesterday that we were basking in the sunshine and revelling in unexpected football-related joy, but Christmas is creeping up at a rate of knots. In just a few weeks, many of us will be looking forward to taking time off and spending it with loved ones. Christmas is the most wonderful time of year, but what happens if dental nightmares spoil your plans? The last thing anybody wants is to be nursing toothache or painful gums instead of enjoying a festive feast. If you’re keen to keep your smile in check this winter, here are some tips:

Brushing and flossing

Good oral hygiene is the best weapon against unwanted dental issues, so make sure you set aside 2 minutes every morning and evening to brush and a few minutes to floss each day. Brushing and flossing remove bacteria and bits of food, which helps to prevent the formation of plaque. Plaque is the most common cause of gum disease and decay. A good daily oral hygiene routine will also help to prevent bad breath and keep your smile sparkling.

Book a dental check

If you haven’t been to the dentist in the last 6-9 months, now is the perfect time to call and book an appointment. Dental checks take a few minutes, they’re completely painless, and a trip to the dentist could enable you to enjoy Christmas without any worries about troublesome teeth.

Watch what you eat

Christmas is a time of indulgence. While it’s brilliant to stuff yourself with festive treats, spare a thought for your poor teeth. Nobody is saying that you can’t enjoy yourself at Christmas, but try and limit the damage to your smile by avoiding fizzy drinks, sticking to main meals, rather than grazing, and keeping an eye on how much sugar you consume.

If you need any more festive dental advice, don’t hesitate to get in touch!

The Importance of Flossing

Be honest. How often do you floss your teeth? Many of us are brilliant when it comes to brushing but we neglect to floss. Flossing should be part of your daily oral hygiene routine. If it’s not already, here are some good reasons to start flossing:

Cleaning the gum line and between the cracks: when you clean your teeth, you may do a fantastic job with your brush, but even the most diligent person can’t clean the entire mouth with a toothbrush. There are parts of the mouth that cannot be reached with a brush, including the gum line and the cracks between the teeth. This is where flossing comes in handy. With dental floss, you can clean these areas, dislodging food debris and reducing the risk of plaque formation. Plaque is the main risk factor for decay and gum disease.

Lower risk of dental disease: cleaning your teeth is important for keeping your smile looking wonderful, but it’s also essential for your health. If you don’t clean your mouth properly, there’s a risk of plaque developing. This sticky film is made when bacteria and food debris combine with saliva. Plaque clings to the surfaces of the teeth and the gums, and it can increase the risk of gum disease and cavities. Flossing is an effective way to lower the risk of dental disease and keep your mouth healthy.

Fresh, clean breath: bad breath is a very common problem. In most cases, it is linked to poor oral hygiene, which causes bacteria to gather in different parts of the mouth, most notably at the back of the tongue. These bacteria release gases with an unpleasant odour when they feed. Flossing helps to prevent bad breath and keep the mouth feeling clean and fresh.

If you need any more advice about flossing or you’d like some flossing tips, why not call us or pop in and see us?

Preventing Gum Disease in Five Easy Steps

Gum disease affects thousands of adults in the UK, and it is currently the leading cause of premature tooth loss. The good news is that gum disease can be prevented. If you’re keen to keep your gums in check, here are 5 simple steps you can take:

  1. Brushing: brushing is essential for keeping the mouth clean and reducing the risk of plaque formation. Spend two minutes brushing your teeth every morning and evening to keep gum disease at bay.
  2. Floss: brushing has limitations, as you can’t fit a brush between the teeth. This is where flossing comes in handy. Floss daily to clean between your teeth and prevent plaque.
  3. Book a dental check: routine dental check-ups play an important role in preventing gum disease. Dentists are trained to spot very early warning signs, and if you visit regularly, this means that any potential problems can be addressed as early as possible. Ideally, you should visit your dentist every 6-12 months.
  4. Avoid smoking: smoking increases the risk of gum disease because it reduces blood flow to the gums. If you smoke, and you’d like to give up, we may able to help. Ask our friendly team for more information about stop smoking services.
  5. Keep an eye out for warning signs: gum disease is a progressive condition, which means that it develops with time. Mild gum disease is relatively easy to treat, but if it is left alone, it can quickly become more serious. Advanced gum disease, or periodontal disease, causes permanent damage to the gums and it may result in tooth loss. Keep an eye out for warning signs such as swollen, painful and bleeding gums. If you spot these signs, see your dentist.

The Importance of Flossing: Cleaning Between Teeth

Most of us are aware of the importance of brushing, but studies show that very few people floss. Flossing is essential because it cleans between the teeth, removing food debris and bacteria from areas that you can’t clean with a brush.

Why is flossing so important?

Flossing plays an influential role in good oral health because it helps to remove bacteria and bits of food from areas of the mouth that cannot be reached with a brush. When you’re cleaning your teeth, it’s not possible to fit the bristles in the tiny cracks between the teeth, and this leaves you vulnerable to decay and gum disease. If bacteria and food debris are left in the mouth, they can combine with saliva to form plaque. Flossing boosts your oral health and it can also help to prevent bad breath.

How often should I floss?

Daily flossing is recommended as part of a good oral hygiene regime. Floss after brushing to complete cleaning. If you feel like you’ve got food stuck in your teeth, it’s also a good idea to floss between meals.

How to floss

Flossing is very simple, but if you’ve never done it before, you may find it a little awkward to begin with. Take a short piece of dental tape and gently guide it through the cracks between the teeth. Take a new piece and continue until you have cleaned the whole of the mouth. When you floss, take care to be very gentle, and don’t pull at the tape, as this can harm your gums.

Is it normal for my gums to bleed?

If you’ve never flossed before or you haven’t flossed for a long time, you may find that your gums bleed the first couple of times. If you notice your gums bleeding when you brush or they start to bleed when you floss, and you are used to flossing on a regular basis, call your dentist. Bleeding gums can be a sign of gum disease, and it’s best to get checked out.

If you have questions about flossing or you need some helpful advice or tips, don’t hesitate to get in touch!

Four Reasons Why Quitting Smoking Can Save Your Teeth

If you’re a smoker, you may be aware of the links to respiratory problems and some types of cancer, but have you ever stopped to think about how smoking affects your mouth? At Advance Dental, we are here to help patients give up smoking and we can provide support, advice and treatments to help you quit for good. Here are just 4 reasons why giving up could save your smile:

  1. Gum disease: smoking increases the risk of gum disease, as it reduces blood flow to the gums. Gum disease is the most common cause of premature tooth loss in adults. Advanced gum disease affects the bone tissue that lies beneath the gums, which causes the teeth to come loose in their sockets and eventually fall out.
  2. Staining: do you long for a bright, white smile? Smoking is one of the leading causes of staining and discolouration due to the presence of agents and chemicals like tar. Giving up smoking won’t make your teeth whiter, but it will prevent further staining.
  3. Bad breath: if you suffer from bad breath, this can affect your confidence and it may also make life tougher when it comes to dating or trying to get a job. Smoking is a common cause of bad breath, also known as halitosis.
  4. Oral cancer: smoking is the most potent risk factor for oral cancer, a form of cancer that has become increasingly common in the UK. By giving up smoking, you could reduce your risk of developing mouth cancer significantly.

If you’d like to find out more about how we could help you to give up smoking or you’d more information about the effects of smoking on oral health, why not get in touch with us today?

How Dental Veneers Can Give You a Revitalised Smile in Just One Day

Are you desperate for a brilliant, beautiful smile? Are you in a hurry? If so, we have good news! With dental veneers, we can revitalise and revive your smile in just one day!

About dental veneers

Often, veneers are made from ceramic materials, such as porcelain, but it’s also possible to transform the smile using veneers made from composite. Composite is a tooth-coloured material, which is also used for aesthetic bonding and white fillings. Composite is a cheaper option than porcelain veneers and the treatment process is also less invasive and much faster.

The advantages of composite veneers

Composite veneers offer an array of advantages, especially for those who long for rapid results. As composite veneers can be bonded directly onto the tooth surface, treatment only involves one session. There’s no need to prepare the tooth surface to make room for the new veneers and the tooth structure remains intact. Usually, veneers are placed over a period of 2-3 weeks, but with composite veneers, we can produce results in a single day.

Composite veneers are also a cheaper option than porcelain and ceramic veneers like Lumineers. If veneers are not affordable, composite veneers may represent an attractive., affordable alternative.

Dental veneers can be used to tackle a number of imperfections, such as discolouration, uneven and worn edges, gaps between the teeth and chips. When you’ve got dental veneers, hopefully, you’ll love showing off your new smile and you’ll feel much more confident about having your teeth on display.

How to keep your teeth healthy this Halloween

Halloween is almost upon us. While many people look forward to dressing up and going trick or treating, Halloween can be a nightmare for dentists. Traditionally, this is a time of year when people tend to treat themselves to all kinds of sugary delights, which can take their toll on the teeth. If you’re eager to be a little healthier this Halloween, here are some simple tips to bear in mind:

Brushing tips

It’s really important to take good care of your teeth all year-round. Don’t neglect brushing even when you’re in a rush. Take just 2 minutes every morning and evening to brush and floss daily. Swap your toothbrush every 3-4 months and be gentle. If you brush too hard, this can damage your enamel.

Healthy eating

Many of us enjoy sweets, cakes and biscuits at Halloween parties. There’s nothing wrong with having the odd treat, but try not to go too crazy. Avoid snacking between meals and limit your intake of sugary foods. If you’re throwing a party for the kids, it’s really easy to create healthier alternatives using fruit and vegetables. Check out some cool ideas online and try and be creative! You can make spiders, ghosts, witches, cats and frogs with a little imagination and some carefully selected ingredients.

See your dentist

If it’s been longer than 6-9 months since you went to the dentist, call and make an appointment for a routine check-up. Even if you haven’t had any problems and your teeth look fine, it’s really important to keep up to date with regular checks, as they enable dentists to spot early warning signs.

If you need some more healthy Halloween tips, don’t hesitate to get in touch!

How Advance Dental Clinic Can Help Eliminate Bad Breath

Are you struggling with bad breath? Do you feel self-conscious when you speak to people or have you noticed that you suffer at certain times of the day or after eating specific foods or drinks? Many people feel embarrassed about having bad breath, but we can assure you that you’ll be in safe hands. We understand that you might be apprehensive about coming to the dentist, but we can help eliminate the problem for good and we’re here to help you and make you feel more confident.

What causes bad breath?

Bad breath is most commonly caused by bacteria, which release odorous gases when they feed. These bacteria tend to collect at the back of the tongue. It’s common for people who neglect oral hygiene to experience bad breath, but it can also be caused by smoking, taking some types of medication and eating strongly-flavoured foods.

If poor oral hygiene is to blame, we can provide cleaning treatments and offer advice to help you improve your oral care at home. We can also offer assistance if you’re trying to give up smoking.

How we can help

Cleaning treatments are often the most effective solution for bad breath. We can offer much more powerful cleaning techniques than brushing at home and this enables us to remove bacteria, plaque and tartar. Our dentists may advise you to schedule regular appointments with a dental hygienist and we may also recommend more frequent check-ups.

If you have good oral hygiene, but you’re prone to temporary bouts of bad breath, we may advise you to keep a food dairy. You may find that you react badly to some foods. Foods that commonly result in bad breath include spicy foods, garlic, onions and coffee.

If you need any advice about bad breath or you’re worried that bad breath is holding you back, call us today! We can fix the problem and have you smiling again in no time.

The Dos and Don’ts of Good Oral Health

Taking good care of your teeth isn’t just beneficial for your oral health. It’s also important for your general health. Numerous studies have linked poor oral health to an increased risk of general health problems, including heart disease. If you’re keen to boost your oral health, here are some dos and don’ts to help you along the way:

DO:

Brush your teeth twice a day: it may sound obvious, but you’d be shocked at the proportion of people who don’t brush their teeth twice a day. If you don’t brush frequently enough, this can leave you vulnerable to decay and gum disease, and you may also develop bad breath (halitosis).

Floss: flossing is important because it cleans between the teeth, an area of your mouth you can’t reach with a toothbrush. Try and floss daily.

Swap your toothbrush every 3-4 months: using an old brush can prevent you from the getting the best out of tooth cleaning.

Set a timer: many people don’t brush for long enough. If you’re worried that you’re falling short of the 2-minute mark, set a timer on your watch or phone.

DON’T:

Brush too hard: normally, the more effort you put into something, the better the results. However, with brushing, it’s best to be gentle. If you brush too hard, this can damage your tooth enamel.

Snack: grazing through the day can be very damaging for your teeth. When you eat, your enamel softens, and it takes time for it to recover. If you snack all day, this means that your enamel is under constant attack, and your risk of decay and acid erosion will be higher.

Miss dental appointments: dental checks are really important, so try not to wait too long between appointments. Studies show that going to the dentist on a regular basis can reduce your risk of developing gum disease and decay by 60 percent. Ideally, we recommend 6-12 monthly checks for patients with good oral health and checks every 6 months for those who have a slightly higher risk of dental problems. If you have any issues, such as bleeding gums or toothache, between sessions, don’t wait for your next check-up. Give us a call and we’ll see you as soon as possible.

The Dos and Don’ts of Good Oral Health

Many of us make an effort to work out and eat well, but how much thought do you give your oral health? Your oral health is linked to your general health, so taking good care of your teeth and gums is incredibly important. Here are some dos and don’ts to help you improve your dental health:

Dos

  • Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste: brushing is the best way to prevent plaque. When you’re brushing, use fluoride toothpaste and set a timer for 2 minutes. Brush every tooth and be gentle.
  • Swap your toothbrush every 3-4 months: if you’re brushing with an old brush, you won’t be able to do as good a job as you could with a new brush. If the bristles are worn, you won’t be able to achieve a deep clean, and your dental health may suffer.
  • Keep up to date with dental checks: seeing your dentist every 6-12 months can reduce your risk of developing decay and gum disease by up to 60 percent. If you have any issues between check-ups, don’t wait and hope that they go way. Give us a call and arrange an appointment sooner.

Don’ts

  • Brush straight after eating: you may think that brushing straight after eating will do your teeth the power of good, but it can actually be harmful. This is because our enamel becomes softer when you eat, and it takes time for it to recover. If you brush when the enamel is weak, this can contribute to accelerated wear and tear. Wait around an hour after eating to brush.
  • Snack: if you can avoid snacking, your oral health will benefit hugely. Snacking means that the enamel is under attack throughout the day and soft constantly, which increases the risk of erosion and damage. Try and eat three main meals, and if you are hungry between meals, choose sugar-free or low-sugar snacks, such as raw vegetables or whole grain toast.