Choose the Right Toothpaste for You!
What toothpaste do you pick? An all too familiar series of events happens in supermarkets every single day.
You head over to the toothpaste section. You look up, down, left and right. There is just TOO MUCH CHOICE! You are bombarded with various combinations of ingredients that seem better placed in an episode of Breaking Bad.
So what do you do? Most people usually pick the same one as they had chosen previously. This is because we are creatures of habit. We don’t like change and will often only venture to a new land, or in this case toothpaste, if there are clear benefits to be gained. The issue is that with all of this toothpaste jargon, the benefits aren’t so clear anymore.
Types of Toothpaste
We all want to have whiter teeth, fresher breath, to defeat plaque and to combat sensitive teeth. But who has the time to use four different toothpastes every morning? Below, we will outline the benefits of each individual type of toothpaste to help you decide which one is the perfect match for your teeth!
Teeth Whitening Toothpaste
Teeth whitening toothpastes are great, of course, for whitening the teeth. The effect of use will vary amongst different sets of teeth. If you are seeing very little improvements then perhaps you should switch to a different toothpaste and search for other methods to achieve the level of teeth whitening that you desire.
One downside to using teeth whitening toothpaste is their abrasive properties. This can cause damage to your enamel if the toothpaste is overused or if you brush too hard.
People with sensitive teeth can often feel discomfort or pain when their teeth are exposed to hot and cold temperatures. Sensitive teeth can also become sore when pressure is applied to them.
Sensitive teeth are usually the result of thin enamel or a receding gum line causing more dentine to be showing. In these circumstances, the enamel and the gums are providing less protection. This is the root (no pun intended) cause of sensitive teeth!
There are two ways that sensitive toothpaste can work. Firstly, there can be a numbing of the tooth sensitivity. These types of toothpastes most commonly contain a substance called potassium nitrate. As this is applied to the teeth, it will act in a way that calms the nerve of the tooth.
The second method in which sensitive toothpaste can work is by blocking the tubules in the dentine. These types of toothpaste usually contain a chemical called strontium chloride. As you repeatedly use this toothpaste, your tubules will be filled up with the strontium chloride. This creates a protective barrier that will lead to less sensitive teeth.
Fluoride or no fluoride, that is the question. Fluoride toothpaste comes highly recommended from all dentists. This is due to its tooth decay defeating properties.
Fluoride actually changes the structure of developing enamel on the teeth. This makes our teeth much more resistant to acid attack. Fluoride also encourages better quality enamel to form. Another benefit to fluoride is that it can reduce the ability of plaque bacteria to produce acid. This is the main cause of tooth decay and is therefore a massive bonus to using fluoride toothpaste.
One question that we are constantly asked is, how much toothpaste should I use?
The truth is that most people use way too much. The way toothpaste is advertised on television shows that the whole toothbrush should be covered with one hefty squeeze of the tube. In reality, you only need an amount similar in size to a pea to effectively clean your teeth!
Now that this guide has fully loaded you with toothpaste knowledge, go forth to that overcrowded aisle and select your perfect tubular companion with confidence!
7 Habits That Will Ruin Your Teeth
Tooth enamel is the strongest substance in the human body yet we still manage to wear it down and sometimes even break or chip it. Although there are hundreds of things people do that are bad for their teeth, we have chosen 7 of the most common ones. If you are able to relate to more than a couple of these habits then you may need to change your ways before its too late!
1. Tongue piercings
Although having a tongue piercing is not a habit per-se, what you do with it is. If you keep the piercing in your mouth all of the time then you are likely at risk of some dental damage. It is not just tongue piercings that can be detrimental to your teeth but any facial piercings that go inside the mouth can pose a risk. These piercings could also damage expensive dental work that you may have had done.
Tongue piercings pose the highest threat during sporting activities. As you are running around, the piercing in your mouth will rattle and bash against the insides of your teeth. This may not cause any damage to begin with, however, repetitive knocks onto your teeth, with such a hard material as metal, will take its toll and eventually cause damage to your teeth. As a consequence, you may end up needing a trip to the emergency dentist!
It is therefore important to get yourself into the habit of removing your tongue piercing before playing any sport. It is those that forget to take it out that will end up chipping their teeth in the long run.
For help on how and when it is safe to remove your tongue piercing, check out this helpful guide from WikiHow.
2. Chewing on Ice Cubes
Although chewing on anything hard is bad practice for your dental health, Ice cubes have properties that can lead to much worse effects on your teeth.
Whilst you are crunching up ice cubes in your mouth, you are inflicting a cycle of hot and cold temperatures on your teeth. This variation in temperature can mean that you are at a high risk of developing small cracks in your tooth enamel.
The case becomes worse if you happen to have any fillings. Fillings are made from a different material to your teeth, and so will react differently to changes in temperatures. This means that the size of the filling will expand and contract at different rates compared to your teeth. The consequence of this is that you may have to return to your dentist to have your filling replacement much sooner than you had expected.
3. Grinding the Teeth
Grinding your teeth can be the result of various factors. In a previous article we actually discussed how anxiety can be a dominant factor in teeth grinding. This especially occurs whilst the sufferer is asleep.
For some, the act of teeth grinding may be a force of habit. If this is the case then you would be wise to take action as soon as you can.
The problems that can arise due to teeth grinding are vast. Severe grinding can aggravate the temporomandibular joints (or TMJs). This can cause difficulty in moving the jaw muscles. Some people may even find that it hurts when they open their mouth to talk. A common sign that you may be suffering from teeth grinding is that your TMJs will be enhanced in size.
You may be interested to know that this issue is easily solved as outlined in a case study following one of our patients treatment in rectifying this problem.
4. Chewing on Pencils
If teeth had laws, there would certainly be one against this. It is fairly self-explanatory that you shouldn’t be chewing on objects such as pencils. However, it is easy to find yourself committing this crime against your teeth.
The teeth will slowly be worn down as a result of this constant chewing and before you know it you will be on your way to the dentist. If you are struggling to kick this habit then perhaps try chewing on some sugar-free gum. At least, whilst your chewing that you can get back to using your pencil for its real purpose!
We all know that smoking cigarettes will lead to a discolouration of the teeth. However this is not the only consequence that you teeth may endure.
Bad breath is a telltale consequence from smoking. There are ways you can limit the effect but you will not be able to remove it altogether unless you completely stop smoking.
Smoking will increase the build up of plaque and tartar on the teeth. There is also an increased risk of leukoplakia. This is where small white patches appear on the inside of the mouth.
A potential solution to this problem is to switch over to e-cigarettes. You can read about the benefits here.
6. Playing Sports Without a Gum Shield
There is a reason we have gum shields and it’s in the name, partly.
When playing contact sports it is often the case we end up taking knocks to the face. A gum shield does a great job of shielding the teeth from damage. However, they can be awkward to wear. In some cases, if the gum shield is poorly fitted, you may even get a little sore on the inside of your mouth.
This is where the problems start. You get fed up one day and decide to take to the playing field with your teeth out for all to see. Sadly a little thing called Sod’s Law usually strikes and you end up sat in the Dentists waiting room with three of your teeth in your hand.
7. Mistaking Your Teeth For Tools
The teeth are surprisingly useful to those who neglect them. There is even a world record for the person who has moved the longest distance whilst holding a table in the air by their teeth (11.80m for those interested).
You have probably found yourself using your teeth to open plastic lids, to rip off bits of sellotape or as a manicure kit for your nails. The big risk is that, individually there will not be a huge effect on your teeth from this actions. However the more the habit grows, the bigger the effect left on your teeth. Before you know it you will have chipped or damaged your teeth and be wishing you had not taken advantage of them!
A closing message from everyone at Bamboo is that the reality is, your teeth are not tools for everything. You are better off using them for what they were made for. There are times to get creative, but not with your teeth!
How to Know if You Should Call an Emergency Dentist
It hurts a little bit but I will probably be okay tomorrow, right? This is the approach many people take with their teeth and can lead to severe problems further down the line. An emergency dentist is there for urgent situations. Read on to find out exactly what an urgent situation may be.
Do You Think You need an Emergency Dentist?
A good rule of thumb is: if you think you need an emergency dentist, you probably do. If you are in pain then your body is signalling to you that something is wrong. In these cases, you should listen to these signals and pick up the phone.
There can be situations where you just aren’t sure. Your tooth may hurt a little but does it warrant driving in to see an emergency dentist? If you decide not to get your tooth seen to, could there be consequences further down the line?
Here we will discuss the most common situations you may find yourself in when questioning your need for an emergency dentist. There are hundreds of scenarios that you could find yourself in and so if you are still unsure after digesting this article, your best bet is to give your dentist a quick call.
My Tooth Has Fallen Out! Do I Need an Emergency Dentist?
You are enjoying that last tasty sweet when suddenly your once sturdy tooth wanders off into a sticky, chewed up toffee tornado. Your heart sinks. You apprehensively poke your tongue into the empty space to confirm your suspicions.
In other more extreme circumstances your tooth may have been forcibly knocked out. This can be the result of; being in the wrong place at the wrong time, your over-eagerness to join the rugby team or a family argument over who gets the last piece of cake.
Regardless of the cause, your gums will most likely be bleeding. It is strongly recommended that you try to stop the bleeding and call an emergency dentist within one hour.
If you still have your tooth, then hold back from putting it under your pillow. The sooner a knocked-out tooth is re-implanted back into its socket, the more likely it is to reconnect with the gum.
Here’s what you can do to re-implant your tooth in a dental emergency:
- You should try to only touch the tooth at the crown. It is advisable to avoid touching the root of the tooth. If you are unsure about the anatomy of the tooth, this diagram will help you out!
- Your tooth may have fallen onto the ground and become dirty. In this case you should rinse it under a cold tap for no longer than 10 seconds. Don’t use alcohol to rinse the tooth.
- Now the tooth is clean, you should attempt to push it back into its socket. Once done, you need to bite down carefully on a clean piece of fabric. This will help to keep the tooth in place.
- If you have tried to re-implant the tooth but are struggling to do so, it is recommended to store the tooth in a container and cover it with either milk or some of your own saliva.
- Your next action should be to arrange an emergency appointment with your Dentist. The faster you can get your tooth seen to, the more chance there will be that your tooth can be saved.
I’ve Cracked/Broken My Tooth. Do I Need an Emergency Dentist?
So, you’ve cracked a tooth. You should have a look at the damage and assess your action based on the following:
Your tooth may be broken but is not bleeding and is still in position. In this case, you will be okay to wait until the next day. You should then phone up your dentist in the usual working hours to get your tooth seen to.
If your tooth is knocked out of position and bleeding excessively then you need to take action right away. Especially so, if the tooth is jagged or sharp, as this could pose a danger to the rest of your mouth. You should aim to stop any bleeding and contact your emergency dentist as soon as possible.
I’ve Got Severe Pain or Toothache. Do I need an Emergency Dentist?
If you have not been visiting your dentist regularly, you are not only jeopardising your oral hygiene but you could be at risk of severe toothache. This is often caused by tooth decay that has taken your tooth hostage.
In other cases, you may have taken a blow to the jaw or mouth that is resulting in harsh pain. In these circumstances, you need to see the dentist quickly as there may be underlying problems. You will be given an x-ray to assess the damage and the dentist will work with you from there.
I Still Don’t Know if I Need an Emergency Dentist!
Still unsure whether an emergency dentist is the best option for you? If this is the case then a quick phone call will be the best option. If you can explain clearly what has happened and the type of pain you are feeling then your dentist will be able to inform you of the best action to take.
Cardiff Emergency Dentist | Bamboo Dental
At Bamboo Dental in Cardiff, we put our patients first and are able to offer emergency dental treatment for both registered and non-registered patients. Open 7 days a week, we are able to accommodate for emergency treatment throughout the whole week.
Our dental practice is based at 28 Cowbridge Road West, Cardiff, CF5 5BS. If you are in need of an emergency dentist in Cardiff then please contact us on 02920 009 628.
Sensitive teeth can be a minor or a major irritation, depending on the amount of damage that has been sustained to the outer surface of your teeth (The enamel).
This also includes the possible damage that has been sustained to your gums, that’s possibly incurred through incorrect brushing methods that may have taken place for example.
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This week we are going to pay particular attention to what exactly causes sensitive teeth, and how the problem can be diminished through methods you can use at home and with the help of your local dentist.
The problem with overly sensitive teeth…
A common iteration that many of our patients describe to us when visiting our dental clinic is that they state that they have overly sensitive teeth, and that the problem has got progressively worse.
The problem gets aggravated further through consuming cold or hot foods and drinks in a lot of cases.
This means our patients either in less urgent circumstances inform us at a regular dental check-up, or in more severe cases involving dental emergencies, our patients use our emergency dental service in Cardiff to treat the problem at short notice.
To prevent your sensitive teeth turning into an dental emergency situation in Cardiff, contact our Cardiff based dentist today.
We do offer an emergency and out of hours dentist service in Cardiff. Click here for more info if needed.
We are now going to look at the problem of overly sensitive teeth in more detail, through this in-depth article, to help many of our Cardiff patients who require further information about the subject.
Can you tell me what exactly causes sensitive teeth and this irritating painful sensation?
The outer surface of your teeth has a protective substance called the “enamel” which has the purpose of protecting what is contained beneath, which is called “dentin”.
Due to acid erosion, incorrect brushing techniques, or just overly poor dental hygiene, then this accumulates over time and compounds the dental problem further, and this can strip away this protective outer enamel surface.
Once this hard outer surface has become removed it can expose the dentine which is when patients can feel an overly sensitive shooting pain or a dull sensation within their teeth.
What’s important to note is that this aggravation or pain is a signal that you should visit your local dentist in Cardiff to gain an expert and professional opinion of what is happening to your teeth and an assessment of your overall oral hygiene.
For arranging a visit to our dentist in Cardiff, why not call or email today. Contact page
Can you tell me what are the exact causes that lead to overly sensitive teeth?
Erosion of the outer enamel
Our modern diets some may argue have changed substantially over recent years, increasing our chances of experiencing sensitive teeth.
Sugary drinks and the overconsumption of certain fruits for example can assist with regular “acid attacks” occurring on our teeth.
This dental erosion through acid attacks, can remove and decay the part of the enamel surface that then leads to tooth decay developing, and thus incurring over sensitivity of our teeth.
Is my bad habit of tooth grinding a particular problem when it comes to developing tooth sensitivity?
Those who have developed the bad habit of grinding or clenching their teeth can mean that they are actively eroding the enamel surface of their teeth and this is being gradually worn away.
This can cause damage to your teeth, and over time is also another cause of sensitive teeth. If you are suffering from dental pain or discomfort because of teeth clenching or grinding, then you should talk to your dentist in Cardiff as soon as possible to look for a possible solution to the problem.
Incorrect brushing methods
Brushing too hard or in an overly abrasive manner can also strip away the enamel, that over time can help to remove the surface of the teeth as well rescinding the gum line.
Correct brushing methods are very important to your dental hygiene, as an overly abrasive manner can expose the sensitive parts underneath a tooth and can thin and damage tooth enamel.
Remember if you persist with incorrect brushing methods to try and relieve tooth pain you could be making the problem worse through further aggravation of the gums or teeth. Contact your dentist in Cardiff, contact Dr Dan today, for professional dental advice and help in South Wales.
“Many get into a set routine when it comes to brushing your teeth, yet it’s of vital importance to your oral health that you brush your teeth correctly”.
You can make a visit to see our Cardiff dentist Dr Dan, or you can arrange to see our dental hygienist team in Cardiff, who can assist with informing you about the best way carry out brushing your teeth and how to look after your oral health.
I believe that my diet is having a negative effect on my teeth, but would this be causing my teeth to feel sensitive?
It’s important that if you are experiencing dental sensitivity, that you examine closely you’re eating and drinking habits.
Therefore you may wish to reduce the frequency that you drink fizzy drinks for example, this can help you cut down on the acid attacks that might be forming on your teeth throughout the day.
We also have to look closely at other food types too, we might be eating fruits, ciders, wines for example that we may be consuming that are unwittingly destroying our tooth enamel.
We therefore have to think of counter measures, or changing our diet in some circumstances to help protect our teeth, as with all dental problems it is individual to the patient, so make sure you discuss any concerns with your local dentist within Cardiff, South Wales.
We also have to look at times that we brush our teeth, as sometimes patients that have certain diets such as consuming large amounts of fruit when coupled with brushing their teeth straightaway, can actually enhance the process of forming an acidic attack on our teeth and cause abrasion.
This can accelerate the process of thinning and decaying our enamel.
What’s important is that if you have any concerns about your diet or you feel that this is impacting on your oral health, then communicate this with your dentist, either at your next check-up or arrange an appointment.
“To speak to our Dentist, Dr Dan in Cardiff then why not schedule a visit with us soon?”
I think that preventative measures in terms of visiting a dental hygienist is not what I require, I think that the enamel of my teeth has become so decayed that I need to see an emergency dentist is something you can offer in Cardiff?
Our Cardiff dentist Dr Dan operates an emergency dental clinic within Cardiff. For your private dental needs, or to use our out of hours dentistry service in Cardiff, why not give us a ring to arrange an appointment.
In cases of overly sensitive teeth this can be a distraction from business and your personal life, if you wish to get the problem rectified as soon as possible why not arrange a visit with our emergency dentist in Cardiff today.
I have been using sensitive toothpaste and a sensitive mouthwash and this has not reduced the dental sensitivity issue.
What can your dentist in Cardiff offer in terms of treating my sensitive teeth?
As in all cases of dental sensitivity you have to be examined on an individual basis by our Cardiff dentist, in order to find out the exact cause of the dental sensitivity issue.
Our dentist Dr Dan in Cardiff, will then be able to advise on a range of options that are deemed as the best option to treat your overly sensitive teeth.
This includes using special fluoride substances, and also other special dental sealants to prevent the sensation of oversensitivity within your teeth.
“It’s important that you visit our expert dentists in Cardiff such as Dr Dan, this is because you may not know the true causes of your dental sensitivity until you have visited a dental professional in Cardiff”.
For example many who suffer with stress at work for whatever reason may subconsciously be grinding their teeth.
Teeth whitening also can be teeth sensitivity problem if carried incorrectly and may have caused over abrasion of the outer surface of your teeth.
Perhaps you have had a high sugar diet, that’s lead to severe tooth erosion, what ever the dental emergency or situation in Cardiff we can help you.
I have been grinding my teeth for years, it’s only now the dental pain has got worse. I am distracted at work in Cardiff, how has this happened?
These habits over time can grind away the enamel through microscopic fracturing of the tooth enamel surface.
Therefore our expert Cardiff dentist can advise on different options that can help reduce or slow down this habit that is causing dental problems.
Some solutions might be for example would be to wear a mouth-guard for example.
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We hope that your dental sensitivity problems do not reach the stage that you need an emergency dentist in Cardiff, yet if you do we can offer the service to you. Emergency Dentists Cardiff Contact Page
If you are concerned that your teeth that they are starting to become overly sensitive then it is important to book a check-up appointment with our Cardiff dentist today.
We can offer a range of services that range right from dental hygienist services to preventative dentistry, right through to general dentistry, that will fix problem teeth.
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Dental advice from your local Cardiff Dentists
Using the right toothbrush can make all the difference!
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When it comes to good oral hygiene having a set routine makes sure you have enough time each day to adequately look after your teeth, which is of vital importance.
You should be cleaning your teeth and caring for your overall oral hygiene twice a day while combining this with daily flossing.
Why is this so important?
Many people get caught up wrangling over what is better, an electric toothbrush or manual. What is really of importance is that you have a toothbrush that is comfortable for you and is able to adequately remove bacterial plaque from all areas of your teeth. If you need to book an appointment with a dentist in Cardiff, contact us here: Dentists Cardiff
Whether you use a manual or electric toothbrush, in Cardiff, if plaque is allowed to build up in any area of your mouth because you cannot reach them areas, this will start to attack the hard enamel surface of your teeth. So a brush that works for you is of the most importance.
That is why you should not buy any old toothbrush, its important to pick one you know that will reach them hard to reach locations within your mouth, and also access the back of your teeth.
Even though picking the right toothbrush is of importance to your oral hygiene, you should still pay regular trips to your local dentist in Cardiff.
If you have not had a dental check up in sometime in Cardiff why not call to arrange to visit us at Bamboo Dental.
Why is picking the right toothbrush something I should even consider that carefully?
Let’s look at the overall picture, your teeth are of vital importance, ignore them at your own peril.
A good routine using the correct manner of brushing your teeth and this coupled with a toothbrush that suits you, can help prevent tooth decay and from other dental problems occurring.
This is so important for your overall health because this routine can help prevent and fight gum disease, which if ignored could have knock-on effects on to other aspects of your health such as possibly incurring diabetes or heart disease problems.
Now you can gain an appreciation for why picking the right toothbrush and getting yourself in a set routine is so important.
Okay, should I be using an electric or manual toothbrush, you haven’t said?
Manual or electric, it does not matter, as long as you choose a toothbrush that you are comfortable with that can reach the whole of the oral cavity to give adequate brushing to all of your teeth.
What’s the important consideration here is that you are brushing your teeth correctly.
Did you know over vigorous and incorrect brushing of your teeth can potentially damage your teeth enamel?
The name of the game is to reduce the build-up of plaque leading to tartar deposits on the teeth. That is whether you are a user of a manual or electric toothbrush the most important factor is using either one correctly.
Are there any circumstances where an electric toothbrush is better?
When you consider an elderly person, or those which are frail which have limited manual dexterity to brush their teeth, then it is possible that an electric toothbrush may be better suited to their needs.
That is manual brushing can mean exerting a lot of energy, and for those individuals which have not got the ability to put in the correct amount of vigour that may mean for some elderly individuals that an electric toothbrush maybe the best option.
Although choosing a toothbrush that is right for you is of an individual basis, you should choose one which you are most comfortable with and which type you would like to use on a frequent basis.
Can you give us some top tips when choosing the right sort of toothbrush?
Here are our top tips that often get overlooked when choosing a toothbrush.
Think about those hard to reach areas
Some people have the preconception that a hard bristle toothbrush is best, yet if you couple this with incorrect brushing this could possibly cause gum damage and also potentially damage your teeth.
On the other hand, if you choose a toothbrush that is particularly soft then this might not have the hardness to remove the plaque adequately.
Why not think about using a toothbrush with a slightly smaller head as this may allow you to reach them areas that are inaccessible with larger toothbrushes.
For many medium hardness toothbrushes offer the best balance of hardness, yet its important to use what’s right for you, if in doubt why not ask your local dentist for advice.
Don’t forget to floss your teeth!
Using a good toothbrush in the right manner is a step in the right direction but don’t forget to floss your teeth.
Those food deposits can build-up plaque in between the teeth, this can lead to tooth decay, where with the correct use and application of flossing this can help remove and reduce plaque between the teeth.
Are you always in a rush?
For those who are time pressured and always on the go it is all too easy to forget about your oral hygiene.
Well what’s more important than your health? Exactly nothing, make sure you dedicate enough time to your teeth.
You should be brushing your teeth for the recommended two minutes twice a day. But for those in a rush, that two minutes might feel like an eternity.
So why not invest in an electric toothbrush with a timer that will tell you when you’re two minutes are up. This will help you make sure that you are brushing your teeth for the correct period of time.
Don’t let your toothbrush get tired and worn down
Buying the essentials at a local supermarket will be part of your routine, yet it is all too easy to forget about your faithful toothbrush back at home!
The truth is your toothbrush can become tired and ineffective in terms of brushing your teeth adequately.
You should therefore replace your toothbrush when it shows signs of wear or at least get a new toothbrush at least every three months as a replacement.
We hope that this guide has given you some pointers that will help your teeth stay healthier for longer.
Remember that it is also of importance to attend regular checkups at your dentist, and if you experience any dental pain, do inform your dentist at the earliest opportunity.
If you need dental advice or a dental check-up in Cardiff, South Wales, why not consider visiting us at Bamboo Dental. We are located at 26a Cowbridge Road West, Cardiff, CF5 5BS. To arrange your next dental check up from our expert dentist in Cardiff call now on 02920 569769
For more dental hygiene tips and advice, why not check out another quality source of information on the web like the British Dental Health Foundation
There are different benefits to using an electric and manual toothbrush and there has been no conclusive study to suggest that electric toothbrushes are ultimately superior to manual ones. However, there are specific benefits associated with using an electric toothbrush than a manual one. Here, we outline the different benefits of both so that you can make an informed choice!
Pressure Differences – winner: electric!
The firmness of many manual toothbrushes mean that it is easy to apply too much pressure when brushing your teeth. As well as increasing the likeliness of irritating the gums, continuing this pressurised brushing may contribute to receding gums. For this reason, opting for electric over manual brushes can be a good choice for those who need to make their brushing technique more gentle.
Snazzy Extras – winner: electric!
Electric toothbrush models nowadays often come with added features such as automatic timers. An electric toothbrush can therefore help you keep tabs on your oral hygiene routine.
Reaching Other Areas – winner: manual!
In this respect, the manual toothbrush comes into its own. Manual models are often a better option when using your toothbrush to clean your tongue or the roof of your mouth or even deep between your teeth. They are more flexible and this makes it easier for them to reach the different nooks and crannies of your mouth.
Practicality – winner: manual!
The benefits of an electric toothbrush can’t be accessed unless said toothbrush is charged. A manual toothbrush won’t let you down with this – wherever you are, it can do the intended job on its own, without hunting for the nearest plug or battery.
Ultimately, which version you opt for must be decided based on which of these factors is most important to you and what will best suit the individual needs of your own teeth and gums. It may be worth discussing with your dentist at your next appointment – call us on 02920008190 or book an appointment online.
While it’s generally understood that smoking is ‘bad for you’, sometimes people are unaware of exactly why this is so and the specific effects smoking can have upon your health and, in particular, your teeth. Here are some reasons to consider when deciding whether or not to have that next cigarette:
Saliva in the mouth cleanses the teeth but when you smoke, you are reducing the flow of saliva around your mouth. You are therefore removing one of your body’s natural defences against tooth decay. The ultimate result of this is that smoker’s teeth are more prone to discoloration.
Cigarettes are largely made up of nicotine and tar – both of which will leave brown stains on your teeth. Tar leaves a sticky deposit on the teeth.
Risk of Cancer
While smoking is most commonly associated with lung cancer, the tobacco in cigarettes greatly enhances the risk of oral cancer too.
Smoking can irritate your mouth in such a way that the roof of it becomes inflamed and turns red in appearance.
Smoking reduces the flow of blood to the gums, leaving them less able to heal quickly. Therefore smokers have an increased risk of gum disease.
Smoking also contributes to foul smelling breath which is unpleasant for those around the smoker and embarrassing for the smoker themselves.
For more information on quitting smoking, please visit the NHS website. If you are concerned about the effects of smoking on your teeth, please give us a call on 02920008190 or book an appointment online to discuss your options.
There’s a lot of controversy as to whether or not chocolate is good for your teeth and with Easter coming up, many of us will be unwrapping those eggs and digging right in without thinking aboutour oral hygiene.
Studies reveal that eating dark chocolate with less than 6-8 grams of sugar per serving can lower your chances of cavities. Raw chocolate is an even better choice, as it is less processed, and more of the antioxidants are left intact.
Here are some reasons why dark chocolate can be less damaging to your teeth:
Chocolate is high in antioxidants
Antioxidants are a group of molecules that keep your body healthy on a cellular level and chocolate contains a lot of them. Dark chocolate can contain up to four times the level of antioxidants found in green tea. High amounts of antioxidants in saliva have been shown to fight periodontal disease.
It contains a high level of tannins
Tannins are plant compounds that are found in many of the foods we eat and they help to give dark chocolate its slightly bitter taste and dark colour. Tannins can help stop bacteria from sticking to the teeth because their molecules bind to bacteria before plaque has time to form.
Chocolate is a good source of polyphenols
Polyphenols are a class of naturally occurring chemicals that can limit oral bacteria. They are also able to neutralize the microorganisms that cause bad breath and prevent bacteria from turning sugar and starches into acid. Polyphenols have been known to help apparent anticancer and anti-inflammatory effects as well as their ability to reduce hypertension and strokes.
Flavonoids are a group of plant metabolites thought to provide health benefits through cell signalling pathways and antioxidant effects which have been shown to slow tooth decay. A study taken by researchers at the University of California showed that a particular falvonoid called epicatechin displays a remarkable ability to reduce cholesterol, blood clots and clogged arteries.
It’s better to buy chocolate that contains at least 70% cocoa so you can see the benefits to your teeth and body. However, just like any food, chocolate should be eaten in moderation, regardless of its health promises. A chocolate bar is no excuse to skip your oral health routine, especially during the Easter holidays. So make sure that you continue to brush, floss and rinse at least twice a day.
What better time to book a dental appointment than during the Easter holidays call 029 2056 9769.
New research suggests that swapping ordinary tea and coffee for green tea could benefit your oral health
Green tea contains compounds that appear to control inflammation and fight bacterial infection. This drink is also rich in antioxidants, which have many health properties.
What does that mean for your mouth? Here are five benefits of drinking green tea:
Green tea has been known to control bacteria in the mouth and lowers the acidity of saliva and dental plaque, which is perfect when preventing cavities. A study in Egypt tested people before and after they gave their mouths a five-minute rinse with green tea. The tests show that they had less bacteria and acid in their mouths, as well as reduced gum bleeding.
Improves your gum health
Green tea is known for helping to control periodontal (gum) disease due to its anti-inflammatory powers. A Japanese survey found that almost 1,000 men who drank green tea regularly had healthier gums than those who didn’t.
Lower chance of gum disease
Chewing candy that contains the green tea extract has been proven to help control plaque build-up on the teeth and reduce gum swelling. Research also suggests that drinking green tea is linked with a reduced risk of gum disease – a Japanese researcher published a report in 2010 that stated that men and women who drink one or more cups of green tea a day were more likely to hold on to their natural teeth.
Prevents the risk of cancer
The antioxidants and other properties of green tea appear to protect against cellular damage and cancerous tumour growth. An article on NUTRA ingrediants.com suggests that sipping tea regularly could slash your risk of certain digestive system cancers by up to 29%.
Helps to achieve fresher breath
There’s nothing worse than meeting someone and realising that your breath smells like your lunch, stale coffee or worse.
Studies suggest that drinking unsweetened black or green tea may help ward off bad breath because it kills the microbes that make our mouths smell. Both types of tea contain antioxidants called polyphenols that can help destroy the growth of bacteria that cause bad breath, although green tea contains more because it is processed in a different way.
If you need any advice on diets or food and drinks that can help benefit your oral health call the practice on 029 2000 3533. What are your experiences of drinking green tea? Share these with other patients on our Facebook page.
When you become a teenager you experience many changes to your emotions, your body and if that isn’t enough, your dental health.
Here are some dental problems that many teenagers experience and how you can avoid them and keep your smile looking bright and healthy into adulthood.
Smoking and Drinking
As a teenager, many of you will find that you are offered cigarettes or alcohol and some may choose to experiment with the two. Apart from damaging your health, both of these habits can seriously harm your dental health. Smoking can cause bad tooth staining, contribute towards gum disease and can cause mouth cancer.
Alcohol is very high in sugar which can help contribute to tooth erosion and tooth decay.
Many teenagers play sports at school with some belonging to outside clubs and teams. When playing contact sports such as rugby, football and hockey it’s important to make sure that your teeth and mouth are protected. No one wants to end up with cracked, chipped or even knocked out teeth. If your teenager plays a lot of sports then make sure you ask the team at Bamboo Dental about mouthguards as this will give teeth extra protection when out on the field.
It’s important for teenagers to keep a healthy diet, which means keeping sugary sweets and fizzy drinks to a minimum. Try snacking on healthy raw vegetable sticks, nuts or cheese and the risk of decay and gum disease will decrease.
Orthodontic treatments at Bamboo Dental
Many teenagers need some orthodontic attention due to crooked teeth or slight misalignment. Crooked teeth can affect your dental health as it makes it harder to properly clean your teeth if they overlap. Misalignment can contribute to headaches due to the uneven distribution of pressure in the mouth.
Bamboo Dental offers orthodontic treatments such as Six Month Smiles, Inman Aligner and Clear Aligners. Six month smiles can give you the smile that you want in a fraction of the time taken with conventional treatments.
Six Month Smile Braces utilize clear wires and brackets to gently straighten teeth in an average time of only six months! By focusing on the teeth that show when you smile and not making significant bite changes
The Inman Aligner provides the perfect solution to crowding or protrusion of the front teeth. It is really fast, very safe and great value compared to other systems. With the Inman Aligner, your front teeth can be gently guided to an ideal position in a matter of weeks. Most cases complete in 6-16 weeks and because it’s removable you can take it out to fit with your lifestyle.
Smilelign treatment is completed with a series of virtually invisible, removable aligners. The aligners are changed every two to four weeks for the next stage. Each aligner is carefully designed for your teeth and will move your teeth in very small increments little by little, week by week. You will wear the clear aligners until they have moved your teeth to the final position.
If you’re interested in straightening your teeth call our friendly team on 029 2000 3844 or book here to arrange a consultation.