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21/Aug/2019

Bad breath is a touchy subject. Nobody wants to talk about it, but what can you do if you’re suffering from it? The obvious solution is to brush your teeth and chew chewing gum, but sometimes, that may not be enough. Don’t panic though, because there are some proven things you can do to get rid of bad breath, which we’ll cover in this blog post.

1. Maintain good oral hygiene

The first and most important thing to do is to maintain good oral hygiene. (And this won’t just help tackle bad breath, but most dental problems too). The cornerstone of good oral hygiene is brushing. Brush twice a day, once before you go to bed and once one other time during the day. The most important time to brush is before you go to bed, as it ensures there are no bacteria in your mouth while you sleep.

2. Rinse your mouth after every meal

Rinse or gargle after every meal, or even after every snack. This ensures that no food particles are stuck in your mouth.

3. Avoid smelly foods

Try to avoid smelly foods, like garlic and onions, as these can cause temporary bad breath.

4. Use mouthwash

Mouthwashes are a good way to give your mouth an extra clean. They’re available in most supermarkets and chemists.

5. Drink plenty of water

Water is the best drink there is for your teeth. It stimulates your saliva flow and helps to prevent dehydration, which can cause halitosis (that’s what scientists call bad breath). So increase your water intake, as keeping yourself hydrated will help reduce your bad breath.

6. Don’t drink too much coffee

A mug of coffee might seem vitally important in the morning, but did you know that coffee slows down your saliva production and can dry out your mouth? This in turn can lead to bad breath. For that reason, it’s better to drink a cup of tea instead.

7. Clean your dentures

If you have dentures, then you should know that caring for them is as important as caring for your teeth. Make it a habit to clean your dentures every night to get rid of any bacterial build-up.

8. Floss after every meal

Any food particles that get stuck between your teeth for too long can not only lead to bad breath, but also an infection. That’s why flossing is just as important as brushing. So make sure to floss at least once per day.

9. Change your toothbrush often

Time flies, and we may not notice how quickly our toothbrush gets old. An old toothbrush may even be unsafe to use as it can be full of bacteria. So change your toothbrush regularly – every three or four months will do the trick.

What to do if you still have bad breath

If you have bad breath, any you’ve tried all of the above trips, then it might be time to see the doctor. Your doctor can check you out for any diseases that could be causing your halitosis, such as gum disease or a sinus infection.

That’s it for now. See you next time!


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21/Aug/2019

Wisdom teeth extraction is a common procedure, especially among young adults. This is because wisdom teeth often grow at odd angles and can impact other teeth. If you’re having a wisdom tooth extracted soon and you need tips about how to recover quickly, then read on, as this is the post for you.

What symptoms can I expect during recovery?

First, let’s go over what symptoms you can expect to experience in the days after the surgery. Common symptoms during recovery are:

  • Swollen and mildly bruised cheeks
  • A sore jaw
  • Pain
  • An unpleasant taste in the mouth
  • Tingling or numbness of the face (although this symptom is rare)

Do see your dentist quickly if you have any intense pain or excess bleeding, as this is not normal.

What can do to speed up the healing process?

There are plenty of things you can do to heal faster. Here are some general tips to aid your recovery.

  • For the first 36 hours after surgery, use an ice pack on your face to minimise swelling.
  • After the first 36 hours after surgery, use a hot towel to alleviate jaw soreness or stiffness.
  • Eat only soft foods like rice, soup and pasta.
  • Drink plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated.
  • Don’t smoke or drink alcohol while you recover, especially during the first 24 hours after surgery.
  • Use an extra pillow to support your head while sleeping.
  • Gently rinse your mouth with mouthwash or warm salt water to reduce soreness and inflammation.

I’ve heard it’s important not to dislodge the blood clots?

Yes, that’s true. You see, when you have a wisdom tooth extracted, a blood clot forms at the site of the extraction. This blood clot helps to protect your mouth while your wound heals. If the clot gets dislodge before the wound heals, then healing can be delayed and you might even get a bone infection. The main symptom of a dislodged blood clot is pain, so contact your dentist or surgeon if you develop new pain in the days after your surgery or if your existing pain worsens.

Here are some tips to avoid dislodging the important blood clots after surgery:

  • Don’t use a straw in the first week after the surgery.
  • Don’t eat hard foods.
  • Don’t brush your teeth too hard.
  • Don’t do any strenuous exercise or activity for the first week or so after surgery. See it as your chance to kick back and relax for a while!

Conclusion

We hope that now you feel a little more prepared about how to recover from wisdom tooth surgery. If you’d like to speak to a dentist about your wisdom teeth, or indeed any other dental issue, then please don’t hesitate to make an appointment.


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21/Aug/2019

If you play sports, then one of the best things you can do for your teeth is to wear a sports mouthguard. These custom-made mouthpieces protect your mouth from the crashes, collisions and falls that could otherwise result in lost or broken teeth.

However, mouthguards can also be dangerous, since they can become a breeding ground for bacteria. Even worse, people often neglect to clean their mouthguard properly or they store it in the wrong way. If you want to learn how to use your mouthguard correctly, then read this blog post to find out.

 

How to clean your mouthguard

You should always clean your mouthguard after use because bacteria can easily accumulate on them. Here’s how to clean it:

  1. Rinse. At a minimum, you should be rinsing your mouthguard after use. Make sure to use cold water instead of hot water though, because hot water could distort the plastic.
  2. Brush. Ideally, you should be brushing your mouthguard after each use too. A toothbrush and toothpaste are the best tools for this job. Children’s toothbrushes are ideal because they’re small and can get into the crevices easily.
  3. Dry. Let your mouthguard dry completely before you put it away.

Extra tip: Some people find that leaving their mouthguard in a soaking solution helps to freshen it.

 

Other things you need to know

If you thought things were that simple, then think again. There are a few more things you need to know about mouthguards if you want to keep your teeth safe and healthy.

  • Clean your teeth before you put on the mouthguard. It’s important to clean your teeth before you wear your mouthguard. This is because if you don’t brush your teeth, you will transfer any bacteria in your mouth to the mouthguard. So brush with toothpaste and then rinse your mouth with mouthwash.
  • Clean your teeth after you take out the mouthguard. It’s also a good idea to give your teeth a quick clean after you’ve taken out the mouthguard. This will rid of your mouth of any bacteria that were on the mouthguard.
  • Store your mouthguard correctly. You should keep your mouthguard in a container – this shouldn’t be difficult as most guards already come already with a plastic container. Do make sure the container has air vents though, so any moisture can escape.
  • Keep your mouthguard container clean too. Not only do you need to keep your mouthguard clean, you also need to keep its container clean too! If all this sounds like a lot of unnecessary work, we promise you that it’s worth it because it helps to prevent plaque and cavities. To clean the container, use warm water and a non-toxic cleaner, then leave it to air dry before putting the mouthguard inside.
  • If your mouthguard is showing signs of wear, get a new one. A mouthguard that has signs of wear and tear probably needs to be replaced. This is because the cracks and holes in the guard can harbour bacteria, and it can be nigh-on impossible to get these bacteria out.

Now that you know how to take care of a mouthguard, have fun and play well!


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