July 15th, 2016
The technical term for bad breath is halitosis. This might be an impressive piece of knowledge to some, but you’ll hardly impress anyone if you are suffering from it! Bad breath is most commonly caused by poor dental hygiene. ‘But I brush my teeth twice a day, every day,’ you may cry, ‘why do I have bad breath!?’ Ah, yes – very good, but do you floss? Do you use inter-dental brushes? No? Then I think we may have found our culprit.
Some very light science
Bacteria, which is ever present in the mouth, combines with saliva to break down food particles and proteins. It is this process that produces that rather undesirable odour. You might brush regularly, but the food particles trapped between your teeth may be out of your toothbrushes reach. It is these trapped bits of food that are most likely the problem in a majority of cases.
What to do about it
Flossing is the classic method for getting into those hard to reach places. Some people, however, find flossing a little awkward and sometimes painful. An alternative method that is equally as effective is the use of inter-dental brushes!
What are inter-dental brushes?
Inter-dental brushes are a series of thin brushes that come in various sizes and can be used as an alternative to flossing.
How do I use an inter-dental brush?
Firstly, you need to determine which size of brush is most appropriate for the job at hand. Smaller brushes tend to be used for front teeth, whilst larger brushes are used for the back ones. The actual brushing is relatively simple: pick an appropriately sized brush and insert it, using a twisting motion, between your teeth. Then simply remove it with a slight pulling motion and then repeat. Remember to be gentle though! Too much force on your gums can, over a period time, alter their shape and appearance.
July 1st, 2016
More people are choosing to have their teeth whitened than ever before. Celebrities have made a bright white smile trendy, but white teeth have long been considered a sign of beauty, affluence and success. The good news is that you don’t have to have an A-list salary to enjoy a radiant smile and there are whitening options out there to suit everyone.
There are two main options available to those considering whitening treatment and these include in-chair professional whitening and home whitening treatment. In-chair treatments often produce longer-lasting, more impressive results, but they are more expensive. The treatment process generally involves applying bleaching agent to the teeth and activating it using a light source. In-chair treatments can usually lighten the shade of the teeth by several shades and some systems produce results in just an hour.
Home whitening is a convenient, affordable option, which also guarantees great results. This system is an excellent choice for those who struggle to make time for dental appointments, as treatment takes place at home and it can be fitted around your work or social schedule very easily. The process is simple and involves wearing a custom-made whitening tray, which sits over the teeth. Treatment duration is around 14 days with 6 hours of treatment per day. You can wear your trays at any time during the day or night, whichever is most convenient for you.
Is teeth whitening safe?
There has been a lot written in the news of late about the safety of tooth whitening. The advice from dentists is to see a dentist for professional, safe treatment if you want whiter, brighter teeth. It is now illegal for people who do not have formal dental qualifications and the relevant GDC registration to offer whitening treatment. When treatment is provided by an experienced dentist, it is considered very safe and effective. Some people experience very mild sensitivity, but this is usually short-lived.