Monthly Archives: August 2013


What Causes…. Bad Breath

August 31st 2013

shutterstock_81153181 (600 x 431)There are several reasons why you might experience bad breath, or halitosis, with the most common cause being poor oral hygiene. When teeth are not brushed and flossed regularly or well enough, food debris will remain in the mouth and plaque will accumulate which leads to calculus build up. Calculus is the hard, chalk-like material that cannot be removed by brushing alone. When this is allowed to build up, it can lead to gum disease and one of the symptoms of gum disease is bad breath.

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What Causes…. Sore Gums

August 17th 2013

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If you are suffering with sore, swollen or bleeding gums it is likely to be as a result of one of two issues- either how you are cleaning your teeth or gum disease.
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In the quest to keep teeth clean, you might be tempted to brush teeth as vigorously as you can. However brushing the wrong way can irritate or damage the delicate tissue of the gums causing soreness, bleeding and in the long term recession. When you brush, use a medium or soft bristled brush and ensure you use gentle, circular motions to massage and clean the teeth and gums. When flossing, take your time and, rather than forcing the floss between your teeth, carefully slide it up and down, following the curve of each tooth.

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What Causes…. Cavities

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August 3rd 2013

A cavity is a hole in a tooth that is caused by dental decay.

Cavities occurs when foods containing carbohydrates (sugars and starches) such as bread, milk, soda, fruits, cakes, or candy are left on the teeth. Bacteria that live naturally in the mouth digest these foods, turning them into acids. The bacteria, acid, food debris, and saliva in the mouth combine to form plaque, which sticks to the teeth. The acids in plaque dissolve the enamel surface of the teeth, which over time creates holes in the teeth called cavities. Regular brushing and flossing removes the plaque and food debris and helps prevent cavities.

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