The importance of good dental hygiene cannot be overstated.
In order to keep up a good level of dental hygiene, it is recommended that you visit one of our hygienists at least twice a year. Our hygienists are devoted to improving and maintaining the health of your gums – they’ll give you instructions on how to keep up a good level of oral health and also will aid you with treatments as with scaling and polishing when necessary.
Many people suffer from the common problem of bad breath, it can affect anyone at any age whether you are male or female, young or old. The NHS estimate that about 1 in 4 people suffer from bad breath on a regular basis.
Bad breath is also known by its medical name of halitosis and can be caused by a number of factors:
- Poor oral hygiene due to people not brushing, flossing or generally cleaning their mouth and teeth on a regular basis
- Gum Disease
- The consumption of strong smelling foods, coffee and alcohol
- Underlying medical issues such as infection and illness in the gastrointestinal tract
If you are brushing your teeth, using mouthwash and flossing on a regular basis but still suffers from halitosis it could be a sign of gum disease or tooth decay in which you should visit your dentist as soon as possible.
There are a number of ways in which you can prevent bad breath some of these have already been mentioned but you should regularly brush your teeth and gums to keep them healthy and clean. Floss between your teeth to remove any trapped food and to keep your tongue clean because this is a key place bacteria can build up on, using a mouthwash can also help eliminate bad breath.
Frequently Asked Questions
Prevention of gum disease
Prevention is always better than cure but catching gum disease early is infinitely preferable to letting it develop into something more serious and potentially irreversible.
Indications that the condition has developed into something more serious are:
- Gums pulling away from teeth or receding (making teeth appear longer.)
- A change in how your teeth fit together when you bite
- Loose teeth and recurrent abscesses
- Your dentist will be able to assess just how far the gum disease has progressed and suggest suitable treatments ranging from a change in daily routine to deep cleaning treatments and, in severe cases, surg