Fresh Breath

Fresh Breath Clinic

Bad breath is an embarrassing thing to deal with and can have many social implications. Often people have bad breath without even knowing about it.

What are the causes of bad breath?

Bad breath is caused by plaque bacteria, that produce substances called Volatile Sulphur Compounds (VSCs). It is these, VSCs that actually cause bad breath.

Treating Bad Breath

To achieve fresh breath and a healthy mouth is very simple and requires the following:

Good Oral Hygiene

Tooth brushing twice a day and flossing between teeth everyday will remove plaque and the bacteria that cause bad breath and gum disease.

Tongue Cleaning

The tongue gets covered with a film of debris, food, plaque and bacteria.  In addition, when we sleep at night the sinuses drain onto the back of the tongue. By using a tongue scraper or a manual toothbrush as part of daily oral hygiene, you can reduce the amount of bacteria and plaque and bad breath from your mouth.

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Regular Hygiene appointments

Some people can clean their teeth immaculately but the tiniest build up of plaque will cause their gums to bleed. Others may not clean well at all but masses of plaque and calculus does not affect their gums. This shows the inherited, genetic link of vulnerability. Most venerable adults should be seen every 12 weeks, as it is at this stage, the plaque bacteria get strong enough to cause damage. Flushing plaque out early prevents further gum disease and allows healing of gum pockets.

Fresh breath products recommended by Little Aston Dental Care. Ultradex products have been tried and tested by Gurdev and her team .They found them be leaders in their field and do what they promise.

  • Fresh Breath mouth spray
  • Daily mouth rinse

Gum Disease

Plaque is the main cause of gum disease (and decay) in the mouth. There are harmful bacteria in plaque that damage gums, and the underlying bone that supports teeth, causing the teeth to loosen and then be removed.

If you clean your teeth and gums regularly and effectively with appropriate tooth brushing and between teeth (using floss or inter-dental brushes), this significantly reduces your plaque levels.

Signs of gum disease include:

  • Bleeding when  brushing
  • Swollen and sore gums
  • Loose Teeth
  • Bad Breath
  • Gum pockets  (gums pulling away from your teeth)
  • And sometimes no signs or symptoms at all, most people who have gum disease, don’t even know they have it

 

What happens if gum disease is left untreated?

The answer is simple – the teeth get looser and will eventually fall out or cause severe pain and have to be extracted.. This is because the harmful plaque slowly destroys the supporting bone (irreversibly!) around the roots. Treatment to replace missing teeth is then time consuming, more complex and expensive.

Role of the Dental Hygienist

Our Hygienist plays a key role in maintaining excellent gum health. The Hygienist helps by removing harmful plaque and tartar deposits in the deeper pockets around the teeth and in areas where you cannot access easily.

Most patients with a healthy mouth would benefit by seeing the Hygienist every 6 months. People with gum disease need to see the Hygienist more frequently (every 3 or 4 months).It has been shown there is a strong link between gum disease and other systemic diseases such as heart disease, blood pressure and pregnancy gingivitis