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  • Choosing The Best Mouthwash For You

    Mouthwash adds that extra kick to any dental health routine, it helps to eradicate gum disease and reinforces tooth-brushing. However the alcohol content of mouthwash can can cause more problems than it solves. Fortunately mouthwash manufacturers have realised that some people require much more gentle mouthwash formulas that do not exasperate existing mouth problems. It is advisable that you ask your dentist about the type of mouthwash that would be suitable for you because they will be aware of the consequences of an alcohol based mouthwash on your existing mouth condition.

    Advantages Of Alcohol Based Mouthwash

    Without a doubt anything that is going to improve the effectiveness of your dental hygiene is good and here are the benefits of alcohol based mouthwash:-
    It cuts down on cavities but must be used in conjunction with toothbrushing and not as an alternative.

    It can help fight periodontal or gum disease by going in the places that toothbrushes cannot reach.

    Mouthwash can soothe canker sores.

    If you are pregnant, mouthwash can prevent periodontal disease having an impact on the baby's weight and prevent premature birth.

    Disadvantages Of Alcohol Based Mouthwash

    The potency of alcohol can also cause more problems in your mouth than you had in the first place. Here are a few of the problems:-

    The alcohol content can exasperate canker sores.

    It can hide bad breathe and may prevent you from finding out why your breathe smells.

    It causes dry mouth and a burning sensation.

    Mouthwash can possibly cause cancer but studies haven’t been able to find a direct link so it is still speculation.

    Non- Alcoholic Alternatives

    If you want to benefit from mouthwash but have found that you have suffered side effects from products available then you should consider using a non alcohol based mouthwash.

    Alcohol free mouthwash is considered as effective as its alcohol containing counterpart. The chemical cetylpyridinium chloride (CPC) is the active ingredient in both formulas that provides 12 hours of protection against bacterial infections. Studies by Biomed Research International have found that non alcohol mouthwash actually improves the; gloss, hardness and the effects of wear and tear on your teeth.

    Mouthwash For Children

    It goes without saying that mouthwash intended for adults is not suitable for children simply because it would be too strong and will hurt their mouths. If you would like to include mouthwash in your child’s dental routine it is advisable that you select a formula specifically for children. Children between the ages of six and twelve should always be supervised and used only a few days a week. Children are in danger of getting fluorosis if exposed to too much fluoride, this is harmless but causes unsightly pitting in developing teeth. If you have any doubts about using mouthwash with your children please consult your dentist.

    If you would like to explore the various types of mouthwash we have including, alcohol and non-alcoholic and children’s mouthwash on our site.

  • How To Look After Your Dentures

    Dentures falling into hotel toasters or falling out when blowing out candles on a birthday cake are two funny stories that cause a giggle but are every denture wearer’s nightmare. Fortunately dentures don’t have to fall out in awkward moments due to technical advances and dental products that keep them firmly in place. Dentures are removable teeth that can be made of; plastic, metal or nylon. They are used to replace missing teeth to either fill in gaps or the complete upper and lower jaw. Missing teeth can make eating and speaking difficult and can make you feel self conscious.

    Dentures On Table

    History Of Dentures

    Dentures seem to have been around for ever and in our own lifetime, there is a high chance that at least one of our elderly relatives sported a pair of dentures. False teeth have been part of our lives since the 700 BC in Italy where the Etruscans made dentures out of human and animal teeth secured together with a gold band. It is believed that the Romans used the same idea two centuries later. In the 16th century the Japanese crafted dentures out of wood and then eventually incorporated human and animal teeth into the design. Throughout history our ancestors have continually developed new ways to improve dentures. Although the principle of dentures remains the same the materials used have improved greatly and dentures are no longer the macabre accessories they once were.

    Benefits Of Dentures

    The Uk Health Centre names the following as the main benefits of dentures:-
    A fresh start - not only do you release yourself from tooth troubles you get a bright sparkling smile with perfect teeth.
    Easy to maintain and fewer visits to the dentist.
    Freedom from sensitivity - at last you can eat hot or cold food without a head shattering pain.
    Fits like a glove - all dentures are made specifically for each individual’s mouth.
    You can eat the healthy option - you can eat fruit and veg without worrying about breaking your teeth.
    Stops you looking like a gurner - without teeth your face will sag because your facial muscles aren’t supported.
    You have an award winning smile and look fantastic.

    How Dentures Are Fitted

    First of all you have a consultation and any teeth that are unhealthy or in the way are removed. Once your gums are healed your dentist will take plaster impressions of your gums, this will be used to make the part of denture that rest on the gum. The impressions will be sent away and dental technicians will make moulds and create your dentures. The teeth part of the denture will be made from plastic or porcelain. Once completed your dentist will fit your dentures and show you how to look after them. You can then go home with a full set of gnashes.

    How To Look After Dentures

    The Mayo Clinic advises that you do the following to care for your dentures:-
    Remove and rinse dentures after eating.
    Look after your dentures and try not bend or break them.
    Clean your mouth every time you remove your dentures.
    Soak them overnight because they become brittle and lose their shape otherwise.
    Rinse before you put them back in your mouth.
    Visit the dentist regularly.
    Avoid teeth whitening paste.
    Don’t put them in boiling hot water because your dentures will become warped.

    If you would like to look after your dentures properly and ensure that they don’t move around in your mouth visit the Dentures section of our site where you will find a variety of products.

    Remember next time you blow your candles out make sure you don’t lose your teeth!

  • To Floss Or Not To Floss? - That Is The Question

    Recently the Daily Mail reported that it was no longer necessary to use dental floss or tape as part of your dental hygiene routine. Dr Ellie Phillipson courted controversy when she said, ‘that flossing — and that goes for whichever gizmo, gadget or bit of tape you choose to use — will do nothing to reduce your risk of tooth decay.’ (Daily Mail). A study by The British Dental Journal in 2006 supports this statement because it found that there was no marked difference between the number of cavities encountered by those who used floss and tape and those who didn’t. Other dental professionals consider flossing to be fundamentally important as many of the bacteria in our mouths can travel to our hearts causing major health issues. Ultimately it would appear that the issue is not whether dental floss or tape is effective, in fact it is whether we are able to use them correctly.

    Benefits Of Dental Floss And Tape

    The NHS Choices website explains that using dental floss daily from in between your teeth can prevent gum disease. Tooth brushes alone cannot clean your teeth completely due to the sticky plaque in between teeth being difficult to reach. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services also reaffirmed flossing as "an important oral hygiene practice" (Mouth Healthy). If used correctly dental floss and tape should not cause bleeding and not be an unpleasant experience. You can floss your teeth at the same time as cleaning your teeth or at other times during the day.

    How To Floss Your Teeth

    The NHS Choices website advises that you floss before brushing, this so that brushing can remove the debris from your mouth. Here are some simple steps to ensure that you use floss and tape correctly:-
    Cut 12 to 18 inches of floss allowing a couple of inches to be held tautly in each hand.
    Slip the floss in between your teeth as far as it will go without causing any pain.
    Dislodge plaque by doing up to ten up and down strokes.

    This video by the the American Dental Association provides a visual guide.

    Dangers Of Gum Disease

    Gum disease can cause damage to other parts of the body as well as the gums. The bacteria from gum disease can increase your chances of encountering a stroke, diabetes, heart disease and has even been linked to problems in pregnancy and dementia. Preventing the implications of gum disease is relatively simple and involves following a daily dental routine, using floss and tape and visiting your dentist regularly.

    Floss And Tape Products

    If you would like to to master the art of flossing and maintain excellent health then our selection of floss and tape products would help you to keep gum disease in check. We also have Interdental brushes, which are also very good at reaching those very hard to reach areas in your mouth.

    In answer to the question in the title - as long as you do it correctly using floss and tape should be part of your dental hygiene routine.