I have bad breath, what can I do?

There are many causes of bad breath, but often it is being produced by the bacteria in plaque. Ensuring that you are removing all the plaque from all your teeth is the first step. If you are unsure if you are doing a good job then make an appointment and we can find out and give you all the help you need. Sometimes it is the bacteria on the top of your tongue causing the problem, so gently brush the top surface of your tongue with your toothbrush whenever you brush your teeth.

Sometimes there are obvious short-term causes, e.g. you had a curry or a garlic-laced meal the night before, so have a think about what you’ve been eating and drinking lately.
Lastly, occasionally, there are more serious underlying causes of bad breath. These include diabetes, lung and throat problems, and dry-mouth syndrome. So if you are concerned then make an appointment to see your dentist about it.

Do people with healthy mouths really live longer?

Yes. There is now lots of evidence linking gum disease with heart disease.  People with gum disease get more heart disease.  It’s thought that this happens because the toxic chemicals produced by the gum disease float through your bloodstream and damage your heart.  Also there is emerging evidence of links between gum disease and diabetes.  People with heart disease and diabetes live shorter lives than the rest of the population.

I’ve already got fillings, so isn’t all this prevention stuff too late for me?

No. You are still at risk of getting new holes in your teeth, and the fillings you have won’t last forever if you don’t look after them properly. It’s never too late to start preventing fillings – it works at any age and has significant effects on reducing the number and size of fillings you will need.

What is the advantage of using an electric toothbrush?

It’s very simple: most people clean their teeth better with an electric toothbrush than a manual toothbrush.  This is partly because you need less manual dexterity with an electric toothbrush.  However, electric toothbrushes do not just “do the job for you” –  there is a technique for getting the very best use out of your toothbrush.  Our team are great at coaching people to use electric toothbrushes, so ask whether you are doing as well as possible, and we can help you if you are struggling.

How does the health of your mouth affect your overall health?

As discussed above there are strong links between gum disease and heart disease. However, there are lots of other ways that your overall health is affected. Chronic infections in mouths can affect your stomach and digestion. Chronic infections affect your immune system and can reduce your ability to fight off other infections. There is good evidence that people who have their own teeth live longer, healthier lives than people without teeth. We are passionate about keeping healthy teeth for life.
Your appearance can have a profound effect on how you perceive yourself. A nice smile boosts confidence and well-being, whereas if you are embarrassed about your teeth, they will have the opposite effect, making you shy and less confident.

Did you know?

Psychological studies have shown that when you meet people for the first time, you look at their eyes first, then their teeth and mouth second before then appraising them overall.  First impressions count, and a nice healthy smile affects how other people judge you. So to make that good first impression, let us help you achieve that happy healthy smile.

When should I take my child to the dentist for the first time?

Under normal circumstances we like to start seeing children from about two years old. At that age, some will allow us to have a good look at their teeth, but some won’t. It’s important to start them early, so that over a few visits they gradually get used to the dentist, and by about the age of four most children are perfectly happy to jump into the chair and have their mouths inspected.
You will find that we don’t just look in your child’s mouth at such an early age. We start talking to you about the habits to get into and to instil into your child to ensure a lifetime of healthy teeth. Children are like sponges, and lessons and habits learned when very young stick with them for a lifetime. We will help you ensure that your children have the very best dental habits.
If your child is under two years old and there is something with their mouth you are concerned about, then we are very happy to see them – don’t sit at home wondering, when we should be able to sort things out.

What should I do if a tooth gets knocked out?

If your tooth has been knocked out, it is important to keep it moist until you can see us.  Don’t clean or rinse it, and avoid touching the root.  Place it back into the socket if possible, or keep it in the cheek of your mouth (but not in the case of young children or a severe facial injury), or in milk.  Seek dental treatment as soon as possible – the quicker you see us, the more chance there is of saving your tooth.

I’m worried that I may have oral cancer – what should I do?

Firstly don’t panic. Oral cancer is uncommon, and most people who think they have it do not. However, it is a very serious condition, and the very best way to have a good outcome is to catch it early. So if you are in any doubt, then make an appointment to get it checked out. Also be reassured that every time we carry out a 14-point dental health check for you, one of the 14 things we check is to look for the first signs of oral cancer.