Posts tagged “Teeth Cleaning”

Five Reasons to Floss

You may be an ace at brushing, but do you floss every day? If you don’t here are 5 reasons that may change your mind:

  1. Lower risk of decay: decay is caused by plaque, which forms when bacteria combines with saliva and food debris to form a sticky substance that clings to the teeth and gums. When you brush, you can’t clean everywhere and flossing helps to lower the risk of decay by eliminating more bacteria and bits of food from the mouth.
  2. Cleaner, brighter teeth: you can only do so much with a brush. Flossing helps you to achieve a cleaner, brighter smile, which should help you feel more attractive and confident.
  3. Lower risk of gum disease: plaque is also the most common cause of gum disease. Flossing helps to keep harmful bacteria at bay, keeping your teeth and gums safe.
  4. Lower risk of bad breath: many cases of bad breath are caused by bacteria feeding on leftover bits of food in the mouth. When you brush, it can be hard to remove every trace of food, and this is why flossing is so beneficial. If you floss regularly and you stick to twice-daily brushing, you should find that you have fresh breath all the time.
  5. Achieving a deeper clean: brushing is great for your oral health, but you can’t cover the entire mouth with a toothbrush. Flossing cleans the areas that are missed with a brush, enabling you to enjoy a much deeper clean.

If you have any more questions about flossing or you need advice or flossing tips, we’ll be happy to help! Simply give us a call or bob in and see us if you’re passing by.

Three Ways to Brighten Your Teeth During the Holidays

The summer holidays are finally here! After what seems like months of waiting for blue skies and sunshine, now is the time to show off your beautiful smile. If you’re keen to brighten your pearly whites this summer, here are 3 ways of getting a radiant smile:

  1. Take a trip to the dental clinic: if you haven’t seen your dentist or a dental hygienist in a while, why not give us a call and book an appointment? Dental hygienists use powerful cleaning treatments to remove plaque and shift surface stains, giving your teeth a healthy glow.
  2. Tooth whitening: tooth whitening is a very popular cosmetic dental treatment, which is used to lighten the shade of the teeth. We are proud to offer Enlighten whitening, the world’s leading professional whitening therapy. Enlighten treatment takes a total of 15 days, 14 of which involve treatment at home. The process is very simple. All you have to do is wear a whitening tray at home for a period of time for 14 consecutive days. This is followed by a 1-hour power whitening session provided by your Advance Dental dentist. There’s no pain involved and you can expect a stunning white smile in just 2 weeks!
  3. Teeth cleaning: brushing your teeth is not just important for removing plaque and bacteria. It’s also an effective way of polishing the tooth surface and preventing staining. If you don’t already devote 2 minutes of your mornings and evenings to cleaning your teeth, now is the time to start.

If you long for bright, white teeth, call us today for advice about cleaning or to book a dental hygiene session or tooth whitening consultation.

Flossing – How To Clean Between Your Teeth

Most of us understand the importance of brushing, but flossing tends to get overlooked. If you don’t already floss daily, now is the time to start!

About flossing

Flossing is the practice of using dental floss to clean your mouth. After brushing, you can use floss or dental tape to target areas that you can’t brush, such as the cracks and gaps between your teeth. Flossing is very simple and quick, and it can have a very positive impact on your oral health.

How to floss

Flossing can take a little getting used to, but once you’re a flossing pro, it will become second nature. Firstly, take a piece of dental floss, and then guide it through the gap between your teeth. Repeat this with new pieces of floss until you have cleaned every gap. When you’re flossing, take care not to tug at the tape or be too aggressive. If you pull at the floss, you can hurt your gums.

If you’re having trouble with flossing, your dental hygienist or dentist can help. You could also consider using inter-dental brushes, which are tiny hand-held brushes that are used to clean between the teeth.

Is it normal for the gum to bleed when you brush?

If you’ve never flossed before, you may find that your gums bleed the first couple of times. However, bleeding should not be a common occurrence. If you have bleeding gums and you’ve been flossing for a while, see your dentist. Bleeding can be a sign of gum disease, and it’s best to get symptoms like this checked out. If you do have gum disease, treating it in the early stages is much easier than managing advanced gum disease, and it’ll prevent you from experiencing pain.

Call us today if you have any oral hygiene queries or you need some tips.

Battling Gum Disease: Five Tips to Taking Care of Your Mouth

Gum disease is the leading cause of adult tooth loss in the UK. At Advance Dental Clinic, we’re keen to wage war on gum disease, and encourage our patients to look after their teeth and gums. Here are 5 top tips to help you keep gum disease at bay.

  1. Brush your teeth twice daily: brushing is the most effective way of keeping your teeth and gums clean, and combatting harmful bacteria. When you brush, angle the head of the brush to clean along your gum line, and use gentle circular motions. Brush for two minutes twice a day, taking care to cover every surface of each individual tooth. We also recommend using fluoride toothpaste to strengthen the enamel.
  2. Floss: flossing is another useful cleaning technique. It helps to keep your mouth clean and fresh by removing bacteria and bits of food from the cracks between your teeth and the gum line. When you’re flossing, be gentle, and don’t pull at the tape.
  3. Dental checks: it’s really important to keep up to date with regular dental checks. If you see a dentist on a regular basis, your chances of developing decay and gum disease can be reduced by up to 60 percent. If you haven’t been to the dentist for a while, call us today and make an appointment.
  4. Give up smoking: smoking increases your risk of gum disease, as well as a host of other illnesses. If you’d like to give up smoking, we are here to help you, so don’t hesitate to get in touch.
  5. Watch what you eat and drink: some foods and drinks are really good for your teeth, but there are plenty that can spell problems for your dental health. Try and avoid eating a lot of sugary foods and drinking sweet, acidic drinks. It’s particularly important to watch what you eat between meals.