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Professional dental care advice
Fresh breath centre at Glowing Smiles, East Sheen, Richmond
Here, at Glowing Smiles we understand that first impressions do count. Halitosis (bad breath) is not pleasant and quite an embarrassing problem, yet so common. At Glowing Smiles, we treat bad breath on many levels.
Most of the times, halitosis is caused by a type of bacteria that coat teeth and gums. Often bits of food get caught between the teeth and on the tongue will decay and as a result cause an unpleasant smell. So correct regular brushing and flossing or other form of interdental cleaning can help to keep your breath smelling fresh.
Also, it might be the bacteria on our gums and teeth – the plaque – that will cause gum disease and decay of the teeth. One of the warning signs of gum disease is that you ALWAYS have bad breath or bad taste in your mouth. Our hygienist at Glowing Smiles will be able to help you to see and treat the problem during routine hygiene appointments. The earlier the diagnosis, the more effective the treatment will be.
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It has been known that bad breath can be caused by certain medical problems. Dry mouth (xerostomia) is a condition that affects the flow of the saliva. This causes bacteria to build up in the mouth which can therefore lead up to developing bad breath. Dry mouth can be cussed by some medications, salivary gland problems, or mouth breathing. Older people may produce less saliva, causing further problems.
If you do suffer from dry mouth, your dentist may be able to recommend or prescribe an artificial saliva product. There are also other ways to care for your mouth with this particular problem.
If you wish to schedule a consultation for dry mouth or poor breath treatment please contact us via our reception on 020 3441 8182. At Glowing Smiles, we will work with you to really tackle the problem. If we find that the problem could be of medical nature, we shall refer you to the doctor. Other medical conditions can cause bad breath. These include: infections of the throat, nose, sinusitis, bronchitis, diabetes or liver or kidney problems.
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When you have sensitive teeth, certain activities, such as brushing, flossing, eating and drinking, can cause sharp, temporary pain in your teeth. Sensitive teeth are typically the result of worn tooth enamel or exposed tooth roots. Sometimes, however, tooth discomfort is caused by other factors, such as a cavity, a cracked or chipped tooth, a recently placed filling or a side effect of other dental procedures, such as bleaching.
If you’re concerned about sensitive teeth, start by visiting your dentist. He or she can identify or rule out any underlying causes of your tooth pain. Depending on the circumstances, your hygienist might recommend:
- Desensitizing toothpaste. After several applications, desensitizing toothpaste can sometimes help block pain associated with sensitive teeth.
- Fluoride. Your dental health professionals might suggests application of fluoride to the sensitive areas of your teeth to strengthen tooth enamel and reduce pain. He or she might also suggest the use of prescription fluoride mouthwash or particular tooth paste at home.
- Desensitizing or bonding. Occasionally, exposed root surfaces can be treated by applying bonding resin to the sensitive root surfaces. Local anesthetic might be needed.
- Surgical gum graft. If your tooth root has lost gum tissue, a small amount of gum tissue can be taken from elsewhere in your mouth and attached to the affected site. This can protect exposed roots and reduce sensitivity.
- Root canal. If your sensitive teeth cause severe pain and other treatments aren’t effective, your dentist might recommend a root canal — a procedure used to treat problems in the tooth’s soft core (dental pulp). While this might seem like a significant treatment, it’s considered the most successful technique for eliminating tooth sensitivity.
To prevent sensitive teeth from recurring problem, your hygienist might offer helpful insight to aid correct brushing or flossing methods. Twice a day, brush your teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Floss daily. Avoid vigorous or harsh scrubbing, highly abrasive toothpaste, and excessive brushing and flossing. If you grind your teeth, ask your dentist about a mouth guard. Tooth grinding can fracture teeth and cause sensitivity.