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Don’t toss the floss

Research has demonstrated that food particles attract bacteria that form plaque, which results in tooth decay and gum disease. Both activities—brushing to remove particles and bacteria from the surfaces of your teeth and gum line and using floss or another device to clean spaces between teeth—help to remove plaque.

Below are the few most Common Questions asked:

Why is it Important to floss?

“Flossing is an important oral hygiene practice. Tooth decay and gum disease can develop when plaque is allowed to build up on teeth and along the gum line. … Cleaning between teeth removes plaque that can lead to cavities or gum disease from the areas where a toothbrush can’t reach.”

Is flossing really necessary?

It Helps Keep Your Gums Healthy

Besides preventing tooth decay, flossing can help combat gingivitis and gum disease. Gingivitis is the initial phase of gum disease and it manifests through symptoms like redness, swelling, and irritation of the gums, bad breath and bleeding of the gums when you brush your teeth.

Do you floss before or after brushing?

Regular flossing may also reduce gum disease and bad breath by removing plaque that forms along the gum line. It’s best to floss before brushing your teeth. Take 12 to 18 inches (30 to 45cm) of floss or dental tape and grasp it so you have a couple of inches of floss taut between your hands.

Does flossing remove bacteria?

Flossing does 40% of the work in removing sticky bacteria, or plaque, from your teeth. Every tooth has five surfaces and when we don’t floss, we are immediately missing two of these surfaces. Plaque build-up can lead to swollen gums, tooth decay, and cavities, or gum disease.

Does Flossing help memory?

Scientists have found that stiffened blood vessels are linked to a risk of greater memory problems. Experts suggest brushing, flossing and regular trips to the dentist keep your smile bright and your memory sharp.

Is it better to floss in the morning or at night?

The ADA recommends brushing twice a day and cleaning between teeth with floss (or another interdental cleaner) once a day. Some people prefer to floss in the evening before bedtime so that the mouth is clean while sleeping. Others prefer to floss after their midday meal.

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE GET IN TOUCH & WE’LL BE HAPPY TO HELP.

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Advice Invisalign

6 Things You Should Know About Invisalign

1. RESULTS ARE FASTER THAN METAL BRACES

One of the great things about Invisalign is that it doesn’t take long to see results. In fact, most people see them after a couple of months.
The treatment comes with a pre-arranged set of clear trays that you wear. You change them every 2 weeks into a new set of aligners that help bring your new smile into position. Dr.Siva will tell you exactly how many trays you’ll need for your procedure and exactly how short of time you’ll need to complete your treatment.

2. REMEMBER TO CLEAN YOUR ALIGNERS

This is such a big tip for anyone considering Invisalign. As well as looking after your teeth, you should also look after your aligners. They need to be cleaned every day, just like your teeth. Cleaning them is so easy, you just use your toothbrush and clean them with some toothpaste.

Dr. Siva suggests you do this every morning and evening while giving them a quick rinse whenever you take them off during the day. You will also get full cleaning instructions when you first get your Invisalign.

3. INVISALIGN CAN HELP WHITEN YOUR TEETH

The main aim of Invisalign is purely to help realign your teeth and get your smile looking straighter. But, as a happy side effect, it can also help whiten your teeth. This goes back to what we said about Invisalign keeping things on your teeth. Well, if you brush with a whitening toothpaste, all the whitening agents will stick to your teeth and not get washed off thanks to the Invisalign.

Following on from this, it can also help protect your teeth from cavities too. Again, this is because the fluoride in toothpaste will stick to your teeth and not get diluted down from drinking water.

4. YOU CAN GET ATTACHMENTS TO SPEED UP YOUR RESULTS

Sometimes, you may be given attachments that can help speed up the results. These are commonly referred to as Invisalign buttons. They’re not for everyone

Essentially, they’re little things that are attached to a tooth and the Invisalign tray. The aim is that it helps speed up the movement of that particular tooth to get it in line with the rest a lot quicker. They don’t stand out, no one will notice them, and they can help you see quicker results.

5. ADJUSTMENTS MAY BE MADE TO YOUR TEETH

Finally, it’s worth noting that some minor adjustments may be made to your teeth before your treatment. Again, this will all be discussed at your consultation. If your teeth are too big, they can get filed down slightly so they can fit in a tray with the rest of your teeth. Don’t panic, this isn’t a painful procedure at all, and it will only help you get more from your treatment and have a better-looking smile.

6. THERE’S NO AGE LIMIT FOR INVISALIGN

Some people think that there’s an age limit with Invisalign treatment. However, there’s no evidence to suggest this is true. People of all ages can enjoy the benefits of Invisalign.

Dr. Siva specializes in treating all patients with the best benefits & High standard results, you will be taken care of when you decide to come in.

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Oral Hygiene

Bad breath? Understand the cause & know the solution.

Almost everyone experiences bad breath occasionally. But for some people, bad breath is a daily problem, and they struggle to find a solution. Approximately 30% of the population complains of some sort of bad breath. Halitosis (Latin for “bad breath”) often occurs after a garlicky meal or in the morning after waking. Other causes of temporary halitosis include some beverages (including alcoholic drinks or coffee) and tobacco smoking.

What Causes Bad breath?

  • Bad breath is a very common problem and there are many different causes. Persistent bad breath is usually caused by the smelly gases released by the bacteria that coat your teeth, gums, and tongue. Also, bits of food that get caught between the teeth and on the tongue, will rot and can sometimes cause an unpleasant smell. Strong foods like garlic, coffee and onions can add to the problem. So, it is very important to brush your teeth correctly and regularly. This will help keep your breath smelling fresh.
  • The bacteria on our teeth and gums (called ‘plaque’) also cause gum disease and tooth decay One of the warning signs of gum disease is that you always have bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth. Again, your dental team will be able to see and treat the problem during your regular check-ups. The earlier the problems are found, the more effective the treatment will be.
  • Bad breath can also be caused by some medical problems. ‘Dry mouth’ (xerostomia) is a condition that means your mouth produces less saliva. This causes bacteria to build up in your mouth and this leads to bad breath. Dry mouth may be caused by some medicines, by salivary gland problems or by continually breathing through your mouth instead of your nose. Older people may produce less saliva, causing further problems.
  • Smoking, and tobacco products in general, are known to cause poor breath. In addition, smoking can stain your teeth and put you at risk for many health issues. People who use tobacco have a higher risk for gum disease. This can potentially contribute to bad breath.

Prevention Measures:

  • gently brush your teeth and gums at least twice a day for 2 minutes
  • use a fluoride toothpaste.
  • gently clean your tongue once a day using a tongue scraper or cleaner
  • clean between your teeth with interdental brushes or floss at least once a day
  • get regular dental check-ups.
  • keep dentures clean and remove them at night.
  • use sugar-free mints or chewing gum after having strong-smelling food and drinks.
  • try using an antibacterial mouthwash or toothpaste.
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Emergencies

Dental Emergency? Contact us today

Don’t be shy.

If you have a dental emergency please contact us. Most practices are still offering telephone triage so you can be assessed while still at home, and then your dentist will provide advice accordingly.

Where appropriate, limited emergency treatment is available. Some dental issues can’t be put off.

“Following the consultation with the dentist, if a patient has an urgent need for emergency treatment, the dentist will advise on the best course of action. This may be further advice, the provision of a prescription, will have the treatment plan created at Complete Smiles or referral to an Urgent Dental Centre”

Chip off the old block

Before calling your dentist it’s important to understand what a dental emergency is. As mortifying as it may be for you, a chipped tooth isn’t going to cut it in a NHS Dental clinic. But Private Clinics will see you

The list of emergencies requiring urgent treatment includes:

  • Any type of facial swelling.
  • Excruciating pain causing a lack of sleep or concentration.
  • Mouth ulcers which haven’t healed after two weeks.
  • Continuous bleeding after tooth extraction.
  • A broken tooth causing unmanageable pain and damage to the cheek to tongue.

Toothache

The most common dental problem people experience is toothache. Luckily, over-the-counter painkillers can help ease your discomfort.
“Reduce sugary or acidic foods, especially sweets or fizzy drinks – even diet ones – as these can aggravate the pain. It’s also important to avoid extremes of temperatures, such as hot drinks and very cold foods.”

Keeping your head elevated at night can also help, as can applying a cool pack or a packet of frozen vegetables wrapped in a towel to your cheek, to keep the area cold and take down any inflammation.

Tooth sensitivity

Struggling to eat without sensitivity causing you pain? Unfortunately, you’re going to have to ditch your sugary treats

“If you have an extremely sensitive tooth and are in discomfort, again as with toothache, we recommend that you reduce sugar in your diet, or any foods which are very hot or cold.”

“Continue to floss and brush your teeth as thoroughly as you can and rub sensitive toothpaste, such as Sensodyne or Colgate, directly on to the affected area and try leaving it on overnight.”

Wisdom tooth pain

We all know the aggravation a wisdom tooth can cause, but thankfully there are a few simple things you can do to soothe the area

“Rinsing your mouth with warm salt water as often as you can will be good for disinfecting the area. Using a mouthwash which is suitable for gum problems and that you are not allergic to is also good. Keep the area cold by using a cool pack or a packet of frozen vegetables wrapped in a towel and continue to clean your wisdom teeth thoroughly, even if it’s painful to do so.”

If you experience facial swelling or you struggle to open your mouth properly you should seek dental advice.

Bleeding gums

It’s not normal to see blood when you brush your teeth, or for your gums to bleed during the day.

“This may be a result of gum disease and your gums will continue to bleed until your oral health improves.”

“So, make sure you clean in between your teeth with floss or interdental brushes and follow up with a thorough toothbrush clean twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste.”

Sharp pain

Experiencing sharp pain when biting or chewing? It could be a sign of tooth decay, a loose filling or a crack in your tooth.

“If you’re experiencing a sharp pain when biting down, avoid eating hard foods, like nuts or sweets, and ones which require a lot of chewing such as baguettes or tough meats. Also try to use the other side of your mouth for chewing where you can.”

Swelling

If you have any type of facial swelling you should contact your dentist to be on the safe side.

“If the swelling is minor, your dentist may be able to prescribe you antibiotics over the phone. You can also use a cold compress or a packet of frozen vegetables wrapped in a towel to bring down the swelling. Alternatively, try rinsing your mouth with warm salt water repeatedly until the swelling reduces.”

If your vision or breathing is affected, or the swelling is causing you to have trouble swallowing, you should visit A&E.

Ulcers

We all get ulcers from time to time, but they should disappear within 10 days.

“To relieve the pain, use mouth ulcer relief gel, available from most supermarkets or pharmacies. Cleaning the area with warm salt water as much as possible is also very effective.”

If it hasn’t disappeared after two weeks, call your dental practice.

Bleeding after a tooth removal

After you’ve had a tooth removed you expect there to be a bit of pain and bleeding, but continuous bleeding is dangerous.

Rinsing your mouth with warm, salty water can speed up the healing process, and over-the-counter painkillers can take the edge off.

“If the socket is bleeding freely, bite down hard on a clean hankie or gauze if you have it for 20 minutes. If the bleeding hasn’t stopped, call your local dental practice as soon as possible.”

Orthodontic problems

The usual rules apply for people with orthodontics – avoid sugary foods and hard, sticky foods. You should also brush your teeth regularly.

If wires are digging into your gums please contact your Orthodontist.

“If your braces do break, or you lose your retainers, then contact your local dental practice immediately. If your fixed retainer comes off completely, continue to wear your removable retainer at night.”

Self-care

The best way to avoid a dental emergency is prevention. Looking after your teeth properly will help keep them strong and ward off decay. Adults and children should be brushing twice a day, using fluoride toothpaste, for two minutes.

He also recommends using electric toothbrushes as they are more effective and can reach spots ordinary toothbrushes can’t. Plus they’re kinder on your teeth and gums.

SUCCESSFUL DENTAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT RELIES UPON EXPERIENCE & EXPERTISE