To ensure your mouth stays in tip top condition you need to ensure a good oral hygiene routine, a balanced diet and regular maintenance visits to the dentist.
However, what do you do if you find yourself afflicted with an oral health problem which leaves you feeling embarrassed and reluctant to smile?
Here at Leigh Dental Centre we look at some of these embarrassing oral health problems and what solutions are available to rid you of them for ever!
Most people will experience bad breath at some point in their lifetime. The first treatment is always to ensure that you have in place a good oral hygiene routine. Brush your teeth twice a day and use interdental aids to clean between your teeth. Also use an antibacterial mouthwash to help kill the bad smelling bacteria. This will ensure that no food particles are allowed to get trapped between your teeth, where the bacteria break them down producing an unpleasant smell. If you are someone who like a diet full of garlic, onion and spices, you may want to consider reducing your intake of these. The same is true of coffee, alcohol and smoking which can all leave your breath smelling less than fresh.
If you are still worried about your breath why not book in to see our hygienist, she will be able to thoroughly clean your teeth and this should remove any trapped food particles, calculus and plaque build-up. She will also be able to advise on the best oral hygiene products to use to keep your breath minty fresh.
Gum disease and periodontal disease can lead to further oral health complications. At the early stage gum disease causes the gums to become red and swollen, with more advanced periodontitis the gums will be permanently damaged and in the long term this can cause teeth the fall out. As the gums recede, they become sensitive as the dentine inside the tooth becomes exposed. This can also look unsightly. Receding gums can also be caused by over vigorous tooth brushing, clenching or grinding your teeth and scratching your gums with foreign objects.
The best way to protect your gums is to use a soft toothbrush when cleaning your teeth, this will have the added advantage of reducing the likelihood of toothbrush erosion on your teeth as well. It may also be necessary to look at straightening your teeth to help improve your ability to clean in between them and improve your bite. At Leigh Dental Centre we are able to offer a couple of teeth straightening treatments to help improve your smile including Invisalign and fixed braces.
Canker sores and cold sores are two of the most common sores that show up around the mouth. They can be painful, annoying and unsightly. However, both of these sores will heal on their own within a week or so. Topical anaesthetics and antimicrobial mouth rinses can help to ease any discomfort. If you are embarrassed by the frequency of outbreaks speak to your doctor who may be able to prescribe medication to help reduce the infections.
Whatever part of your mouth or smile that you find embarrassing Leigh Dental Centre will be able to help. Whether that be using crowns, bridges or veneers to improve the appearance of teeth or dental implants to remove the gaps caused by missing teeth, we are here to help. You may also want to consider Smile Makeover treatment, in this we can put together a complete package to ensure that you need never be embarrassed when you smile again!
For more information or to book a consultation call today on 01702 472929.