What is Gingivitis?

We all know that bad breath is caused by poor oral health but with gum disease, it can trigger further issues which can harm your overall health. Just one result of poor oral health can be Gingivitis. Gingivitis is more common than people think and in turn, this can lead to periodontitis. It can cause inflammation of the gums and usually results from bacteria and a build-up of plaque.   Signs of Gingivitis There are key signs to watch out for that gingivitis has taken hold, including: Red and puffy gums Bleeding gums Halitosis (bad breath) Receding gums Tender gums Swollen and inflammed gums Symptoms can be mild and unchecked…

Tooth Retainers

Tooth Retainers – The Straight Talking Truth

The first thing to get straight (pun intended) is to identify what we mean about a tooth retainer. When you have orthodontics to have straight teeth you will typically have 2 devices: An active device – this will move your teeth to their new position. A passive device – this holds your teeth in the new position after the active device has done its work People generally use the term ‘retainer’ interchangeably between an active and passive device however, this is not correct. A retainer is a passive device and holds your teeth in the new position after the orthodontic treatment has moved them from their original position. Having said…

Stress Related Dental Problems

Oral health can often be affected by your overall health and as we’ve mentioned before, in particular heart related conditions can be linked to poor dental health. One of the biggest contributing factors though includes stress, which can be damaging over a long period of time. It can result in sleep disruption, fatigue, tiredness, lack of concentration and many other conditions which can be debilitating. So it makes sense that stress can also have a negative impact on our dental health. Therefore it’s important to ensure that you keep an eye on not only your physical health but also your mental health, especially now that there are direct correlations with…

Brushing Tips for your Children

We are protective of our children now more than ever but particularly so when it comes to food and drink and what we’re giving them to consume. With such a huge choice available from different home-friendly brands it can be difficult to know what to give our kids, that won’t harm their teeth. Children will always gravitate toward sugary drinks like juices and soda pops but it’s important to make sure they have other options available and to condition them to get into a good habit of choosing the right foods.   Habit is Vital So what are the best habits for children to adopt? Always ensure they brush twice…

Dental Health – Does it help with Psoriasis?

We know from research and recent studies that having good dental health can help towards improving conditions such as cardiovascular disease and of course, good oral health will contribute to a happier mouth. In fact, there is more awareness now than ever about how keeping your dental health in check can prevent various conditions later on. Gum disease in particular can result in heart disease, diabetes and stroke, with inflammation of the gum causing damaged blood vessels. This can have a knock-on effect resulting in conditions such as dementia and respiratory infections, particularly when poor oral health impacts the bloodstream. It can be dangerous and bring about health problems you…