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  1. How to Stop Gingivitis?

    9th November 2016 by St Raphaels Dental

    What is Gingivitis and How Can I Stop it?


    Suffering from any oral health issues can knock your confidence and leave you lacking in self-esteem. One of the main problems facing dental patients today, gingivitis is a common cause of bad breath, bleeding gums and swelling. We’ve explored what actually causes this common problem, and how it can be tackled and prevented.gum disease

    What is Gingivitis?

    Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease, and thankfully is the easiest to treat. Commonly identified by the inflammation of gums, gingivitis is the result of sticky bacteria (plaque) being left to form on the teeth and gums.

    If this plaque is regularly removed it can cause very little harm to the mouth, but left to its own devices it will ultimately result in irritation of the gums. Typical symptoms of this irritation include red and tender gums, bleeding when you brush your teeth, bad breath, and receding gums. If left to develop, these symptoms can develop into the next stage of gum disease, periodontitis, and may eventually lead to loose teeth.

    How Can I Prevent Gingivitis?

    teeth cleaningYour oral hygiene routine is key to preventing gingivitis, and proper brushing can help you avoid the symptoms by removing plaque and debris from around the teeth. Flossing is also a vital part of your routine, helping you to remove bacteria from places unreachable to the brush.

    Another important factor in preventing gum disease is booking regular appointments with your hygienist. Professional cleanings can help to remove any bacteria or plaque that has hardened, or become tartar, which is impossible to remove with a normal toothbrush. Hygienists can also provide you with advice so you can perfect your routine and safeguard your teeth against gingivitis in the future.



    If you would like more information or would like to make an appointment with the dentist or hygienist then please call us on 01695 627 617 or fill in the ‘Contact Us‘ form and one of our team members will call you back.

  2. 5 Tips on How To Reduce Bad Breath

    by St Raphaels Dental

    5 Tips on Reducing Bad Breath


    It’s not uncommon for patients to ask their dentist about ways in which they can reduce bad breath, but many are often surprised by some of the main causes of this prevalent issue. We’ve explored the top five causes of bad breath, and how you can tackle them.


    1. Food and Drink

    While garlic and onion are typically associated with temporary bad breath, many patients don’t realise that these smelly foods can result in bad breath on a long-term basis if they are regularly consumed and not properly removed from the mouth. Coffee is another frequent offender, and should be both cut down and followed up with cleaning to prevent bad breath.

    2. Smokingbad breath smoking

    Smoking is known to cause discolouration on the teeth, but did you know that it can also result in bad breath? Of course, it’s not easy to remove this problem without giving up completely, but even the use of nicotine patches can remove the cause of bad breath and help you on your way to a healthier lifestyle.

    3. Old Oral Hygiene Products

    If you fail to regularly change your toothbrush you may find that you’re doing almost as much harm as good when you brush your teeth. Make sure you refresh your products regularly, and always choose a brush that can reach all areas of your mouth.

    4. Dehydration

    One of the body’s main defences against oral health problems is saliva, but it’s hard to produce enough to keep your mouth fresh if you’re not drinking enough liquids. Try to up your water intake so you can avoid dry mouth and the bad breath that accompanies it.

    5. Poor Oral Health

    gum diseaseNaturally, failing to keep up an efficient oral health routine can quickly lead to issues such as gum disease, which is one of the main reasons that patients develop bad breath. If you’re worried about your routine, contact your dentist or hygienist to book an appointment and receive some professional advice. Dental Marketing




    If you would like more information or would like to make an appointment with the dentist or hygienist then please call us on 01695 627 617 or fill in the ‘Contact Us‘ form and one of our team members will call you back.

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