Summer is nearly here and whilst this means holidays, BBQ’s and fun in the sun it is important not to neglect your dental routine. Here are some tips to help you look after your teeth this summer.
Most of us know that brushing our teeth twice a day is important for good oral health but did you know that cleaning between our teeth is important too? Daily cleaning between our teeth seems to be a harder habit to get into than brushing and yet it is just as important.
We brush our teeth to remove food debris and plaque, a sticky film of bacteria that constantly forms on and between our teeth. Whilst brushing twice a day removes much of the food debris and plaque on the surface of the teeth there is still about 35% of the tooth's surface that isn't being reached. If we don't clean between our teeth the build up of plaque deposits in these areas can cause the gums to bleed and result in tooth decay and gum disease.
I first mentioned the idea of Flossuary a couple of years ago in a staff meeting. There was quite a lot of laughing and nothing much more was said about it!
I've been a hygienist here for over 14 years so have spent many an hour, sitting on my stool, trying to think of ways to motivate patients to improve their oral hygiene. One of the things I say to my patients when I'm trying to introduce something new, whether its switching to an electric toothbrush or cleaning in
So, when should you start taking your baby to the dentist? If we were to ask a selection of new parents we would more than likely hear different answers: when they've got their first tooth, when they've got all their milk teeth, when they are old enough to co-operate, around the age of 3 etc etc.
Prosecco has become an increasingly popular drink over the last few years due to its cost, sweetness and the fact it contains less calories than champagne. Women in particular are choosing it as their drink of choice.
But did you know that Prosecco is particularly bad for your teeth?
Pregnancy is such an exciting and busy time but what with morning sickness, antenatal classes, baby showers and numerous shopping trips your dental health could well be the last thing on your mind. However, it is even more important to look after your dental health during pregnancy. Changes in hormone levels mean that some dental health conditions specifically affect pregnant women. These are generally nothing to worry about but mean it is crucial to take extra care of your teeth and visit us regularly.
Toddlers teeth can prove very problematic...first you get all the fun of teething with your child being more grizzly than normal with bright red cheeks and non-stop dribble and then you have the new problem of trying to brush these new shiny teeth!
My daughter is 2 and a half and no exception. Some days she brushes her teeth with no drama, other days tooth brushing can be a real battle!
We are often asked, by new mums and dads, when is the best time to start bringing their baby to the dentist? We generally say to book them in when their first baby teeth appear. However, it is also good to get babies and young children familiar with the surrounding environment so bringing them to yours or their siblings appointments is a good idea as they get to watch what's going on.
Today is European Gum Health Day. Your gums are important because they hold your teeth securely in place. But did you know that they also affect the health of your body? Gum disease is linked to many serious health problems in the rest of your body including stroke, diabetes and heart disease.
Easter is nearly upon us and for many that means chocolate! The supermarkets shelves are stacked high with chocolate eggs and children are looking forward to Easter egg hunts. It is especially important to remember your dental routine over the Easter period. Your oral health doesn't have to suffer if you take the right precautions. Here are a few dental tips from the team at Langmans: