Bad breath can be an embarrassing problem. It is a sign that something is wrong with our mouth or your digestion. Bad breath is very often caused by having too many of the wrong sort of bacteria in your mouth, the sort that give off smelly gases, like hydrogen sulphide. If you have cavities in your teeth or loose gums around your teeth, then you have places where these bad bacteria can hide and multiply.
It is important to see a dentist to figure out what is causing bad breath. Once we know the cause, we can find a solution and get bad breath smelling fresh again. It may be that you need cavities in your mouth repaired. Or you may need the hard deposits of calculus, which are providing a ledge around your teeth for the bad bacteria to hide under, cleaned away with a dental hygiene treatment. Once this stuff sets hard on your teeth, no amount of ordinary tooth-brushing will shift it. You may need to have periodontal treatment to reduce the depth of the pockets of infected gum around your teeth. Or you may simply need some new ideas to help you clean your teeth, gums and tongue at home.
It is never easy talking about bad breath, although it is a very common problem. However, we at Gedling Dental pride ourselves on taking a caring approach and working with you so that you feel confident about smiling and speaking in public. Give us a call!
Recently I was at our local supermarket and noticed the shelf upon shelf of toothpaste that were available. It made me think how confusing it must be for patients to know what to buy. I have listed below the important factors to look out for:
FLUORIDE:- It has been proven for over a hundred years that fluoride lead to a significant improvement in the dental health of the nation. It helps prevent cavities and should be present in concentrations of 1350ppm – 1450ppm (ppm = parts per million). However in children’s toothpaste the concentrations will be lower.
DESENSITISERS:- A number of toothpaste claim to be better for sensitive teeth. They generally work by blocking the tiny pores on the root that become exposed over time and lead to sensitivity. Ingredients such as potassium nitrate, stannous fluoride, arginine and calcium sodium phosphosilicate (NovaMin) all have been proven to reduce sensitivity.
GUM HEALTH:- Generally if you brush effectively twice a day and clean inbetween your teeth there is little need for further gum protection. However if you have been told that you are prone to gum disease then a toothpaste containing Triclosan will be of some benefit. Some toothpastes will also contain Chlorhexidine which has also been proven to help fight gum disease but it can also cause staining of teeth and patients often don’t like the taste of the toothpaste.
WHITENING:- A lot of toothpaste that claim to whiten teeth actually only remove superficial stains. A change in the colour of your teeth can only be brought about by Hydrogen Peroxide and this is what Dentists use to bleach teeth. Hydrated silica, mica, & sodium bicarbonate are all used to remove stains from teeth and make your teeth look cleaner but they WILL NOT make your teeth appear whiter. The same can be said for charcoal toothpastes where there is a lot of celebrity endorsements but little scientific evidence to support its claims.
SLS FREE TOOTHPASTE:- SLS or Sodium Lauryl Sulphate is a foaming agent used in toothpastes. In a small number of people it can be an irritant and cause mouth ulcers or exacerbate oral conditions such as Lichen Planus. Sensodyne Daily Care Original is one that doesn’t contain SLS but there maybe others on the shelves.
In the UK, more than 8.300 people were diagnosed with mouth cancer last year and globally there are in excess of 300,000 new cases every year.
The number of people being diagnosed with mouth cancer has grown by around a third in the last decade and remains one of very few cancers which are predicted to increase further in the coming years.
Although risk factors (such as smoking and alcohol) are responsible for many mouth cancers, it is a disease that can affect anyone.
That is why it is so important we all know what to look out for.
Don’t leave a mouth ulcer unattended for more than three weeks.
Don’t ignore any unusual lumps or swellings or red and white patches in your mouth.
Regularly check your own mouth, lips, cheeks, head and neck for anything out of the ordinary.
The staff at Gedling Dental are taking part in Novembers Mouth Cancer Action Month; please help us by promoting these messages. If you notice anything out of the ordinary on yourself or with your friends & family, don’t hesitate. Book an appointment with a dentist. Quick action is very often life-saving.
Some experts are leaning more towards sugar being the enemy in our diets, rather than fats.
The instant ‘lift’ we get from sugar is one of the reasons we turn to it at times of celebration, tiredness, or when we crave comfort and reward. However, even those of us without a sweet tooth may be eating more than we realise because so many everyday processed foods, from cereals and bread to pasta sauce and soups contain sugar.
A high intake of sugar causes our blood sugar levels to shoot up, giving us that feel-good ‘high’ followed by a crashing slump which leaves us tired, irritable and craving more sugary foods. It’s a vicious cycle that may be contributing to our weight problems as well as health concerns like diabetes and heart disease.
Low-fat and diet foods often contain extra sugar to help improve their taste and add bulk and texture in the place of fat.
Even savoury foods like ready-made soups and sauces may contain added sugar.
90g is the recommended amount for DAILY sugar intake (approx 7 teaspoons). See below, if you have a fizzy drink – your allowance is used up and you haven’t had your dinner yet!
• Squash - Ready-made bottles may contain up to 9 spoons
• Full sugar fizzy drinks – have an average of 12 spoons
• Flavoured vitamin waters – can have up to 11 spoons
• Dairy sports drinks and flavoured milk – up to 14 spoons
• Energy drinks – some contain as much as 13 spoons
Children and adults have plaque, a sticky film of bacteria forming on their gums and teeth. When bacteria mix with sugar or starch in your mouth, they create an acid that affects gums and teeth. Many acid attacks can wear down the tooth enamel, producing tooth decay. Higher glucose levels = higher plaque levels. Regular cleaning is so important to try and keep the gums healthy, which in turn will help your teeth.
What can you do?
Brushing and flossing can help, along with interdental brushes and regular trips to your Dentist. Avoid high sugar foods and remember to look on labels for hidden sugars. Be sensible. Life is about balance.
It is said that it takes 43 muscles to frown but only 17 to smile. However if you suffer from bad breath, smiling may be the last thing you want to do. Bad breath or halitosis affects a large number of people and not everyone affected realise they have a problem.
There are a number of reasons why people suffer from bad breath and not all are due to poor oral hygiene. Medical conditions such as diabetes and kidney disease, smoking and not drinking enough water can all lead to halitosis. Certain antidepressants can dry out the mouth which again makes you more prone to bad breath.
The causes of bad breath are stagnant bacteria producing unpleasant odours and gum disease. These bacteria are found around the necks of your teeth and in between them. If not removed then gum disease will develop and with it bad breath.
Have I got bad breath?
This is a question that is rarely asked and even more rarely answered honestly. The easiest way to check is to lick the back of your hand and let the saliva dry. If when you smell it you have to wrinkle your nose then it might be time to have a word with your dentist.
Top tips to combat bad breath
• Clean twice a day around the necks of your teeth
• Clean in between your teeth either with floss or TePe brushes
• Use disclosing tablets to check you have cleaned away all the germs.
• Clean your tongue using a scraper
• Drink plenty of water
• Book yourself an appointment with a Hygienist or Dentist to have your teeth cleaned professionally on a regular basis.
While producing NG4 Magazine we have found that the most enthusiastic users of our advertisers are frequently fellow advertisers. One such occasion was when Nikki
Rowell, of Rowell Property Services recently needed urgent dental help and called Gedling Dental. “I had a tooth that had broken and was in unbearable pain”
said Nikki “It was nearly 7pm and I didn’t think I could last until the morning”.
Unsure of who to contact, she picked up her copy of NG4 that was on the desk and decided to give Gedling Dental a call. “I got through and Suresh, the dentist, agreed to
open up and see me immediately. I am not very good with dentists and was quite nervous, Suresh made me feel at ease and he re-constructed the tooth to the point where
you could not tell which one I had lost.”
Following Nikki’s visit she took her children to see Suresh, “They now say they do not want to go to any other dentist”said Nikki, “I was really pleased with the way he dealt with us and would have no hesitation in recommending him to anyone in the area.”
Since then other members of the Rowell staff have taken the trip to the Gedling Dental chair and been happy with the results.
If you have any dental problems or would like to improve your ‘smile’ call Gedling Dental.