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Tips for Caring for Your Porcelain Dental Veneers

You’ve finally made the decision to revamp your smile with porcelain veneers- congratulations! Now you can venture out into the world with a beautiful, straight smile. However, your work isn’t done after you’ve had your veneers put into place, and there are several steps you’ll need to take to keep them safe. By taking a proactive approach to caring for your veneers, you can get the most out of your stunning new smile.

Because veneer treatment is an investment into your smile, there is a good reason to want to maximize your results. This means prolonging the life of your veneers with proper care.

Below are tips for Caring of Your Porcelain Dental Veneers


Don’t Chew on Inedible Items


Do you have a bad habit of chewing on pens, or are you a nail biter? Not only are these habits gross and a social faux pas, but they can also actually lead to damage of your porcelain veneers over time. To protect your cosmetic dental work, make an effort to keep inedible items out of your mouth.

Do not bite into very hard objects. Everybody knows the teeth are not just used for eating, but they can also be used as tools for, say, opening bottles. Unfortunately, such activity is harmful not just for your teeth, but also for your veneers. Very hard objects, such as metal caps and glass bottles can chip the porcelain. If you have the habit of biting into random things, such as pencils, pens, or even ice, it would be helpful if you can take steps to end the mannerism.

Caring of Your Porcelain Dental Veneers

Keep them Clean

You must care for your veneers just as much as you care for your real teeth. Brushing at least twice a day and using dental floss are great ways to maintain optimal dental health. Poor hygiene can also lead to gum diseases, which may cause your gums to recede, exposing the borders of veneers and putting them at risk of chipping or detachment.

Use the right toothpaste

Use the right toothpaste. Some toothpaste brands may contain ingredients that are too abrasive for both your teeth and your veneers. When choosing your toothpaste, make sure to check the ingredients for substances like hydrogen peroxide and sodium bicarbonate or baking soda. The former will eat away at your veneers’ surface while the latter’s gritty nature can lead to the veneers losing their colour and sheen. In general, it may be wiser to choose gel products over those in paste form as they tend to contain none of the ingredients mentioned. Do not feel compelled to buy whitening toothpastes either, as they are not necessary and may even be detrimental to your veneers.

Get your Veneers regularly polished

Cosmetic dentists can help to preserve the life of your dental work by polishing your veneers. This procedure can be performed approximately once every three months. A dentist will use specialized solutions and equipment to ensure that your veneers and original teeth are thoroughly cleaned. However, polishing your veneers doesn’t mean that you can slack on your own dental hygiene. Flossing and brushing your teeth frequently can allow you to enjoy longer results after polishing, and you can go long periods of time between each session.


Watch what you eat 

The rule against biting hard stuff also applies to food, such as raw carrots, raw apples, hard chips, and meat cuts that contain bone. Aside from watching out for tough food items, you must also be wary of eating too much, especially those that contain lots of sugar and acid. These items contribute to tooth decay which cannot be good for your veneers either. That said, be sure to avoid sweet and starchy foods, such as candies, kinds of pasta, bread, and crackers, as well as sugary drinks like carbonated soda and fruit juice. Acidic items like fruits (lemons and other kinds of citrus) are also best prevented from staying too long inside your mouth. Finally, avoid food that contains lots of colouring. Veneers do get stained, just not very easily.

Avoid substances that may cause stains

Porcelain veneers are designed to be stain resistant, but that fact isn’t the same for your natural tooth structure. In order to keep your smile looking at its whitest, you should be wary of substances that might stain your veneers, including cigarettes, coffee, soda, red wine, tea, berries, and beets. If you do enjoy one of these items, be sure to brush and floss your teeth immediately afterwards to minimize the likelihood that stains will develop.

Protect your Teeth when playing sports

Do you play sports or other contact activity in which the health of your teeth might be at risk? If so, you will want to wear a mouth guard or other form of protection to ensure that your veneers are safe. Basketball, football, wrestling, and other contact sports may put your beautiful new smile in danger. By protecting your teeth from potential trauma, you are saving yourself a lot of pain, not to mention the cost that would be required to repair your smile.

Quit Grinding

Many people suffer from tooth grinding, whether they realize it or not. Tooth grinding, otherwise known as bruxism, is a serious issue involving the clenching and shifting of the teeth during sleep. If you continue to grind your teeth without seeking treatment, you can damage your porcelain veneers. Damage may also occur to your original teeth and the jaw joint, so if you suspect that you are a nighttime grinder, consult with your dentist about treatment options. He or she may fit you for a nighttime mouth guard that can help to protect your teeth from the damaging effects of grinding.

Avoid Too much Alcohol 

Consuming lots of alcoholic drinks will soften the bonding composites holding the veneers to your teeth. While this doesn’t mean the veneers will come loose, it will make the bonding line more prone to damage, deterioration, and stains. Alcohol is not found just in beverages though. When buying mouthwash or toothpaste, check the ingredient list to see if they contain alcohol as these can be just as damaging as liquor.

Choose your toothbrush

Brushing your teeth does wonder for your teeth’s health and your veneers’ longevity, but only if you use the right toothbrush. Pick one that’s not too hard as it will scratch the surface of your veneers. Settle instead for a toothbrush that has soft bristles.

Keep in mind that veneers, like everything else, do not last forever. You will have to replace them after a definite period. Your dentist can give you recommendations on when you will need to get your replacement veneers, or if you need a different solution.

If you want to improve the quality and the appearance of your smile, there is very little doubt on the effectiveness of veneers. However, in order to obtain and maximize the benefits they offer, it takes more than just being able to afford them, you also have to know how to maintain them.

Floss at least once a Day

It is recommended that you floss daily to keep the edges of the veneers clean in between your teeth. Regular waxed nylon floss is an effective cleaner, but it may be a bit difficult to slide between tight contacts of your teeth because of the thick wax. Nylon that has no wax can floss easily but is prone to shredding. The best flossing material is polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) floss. This type of floss uses the same material that is used in the high-tech Gore-Tex fabric. It slides easily between your teeth, and it’s less likely to shred. Also, proper technique is also very important when it comes to flossing. Don’t just slide the floss up and down. This does not clean the sides also known as proximal properly. Place your dental floss between your teeth and gently slide it on the sides of your teeth. Now wrap the floss on one tooth forming a C-shape and slide your floss up and down being sure that you scrap the sides properly. Do this up to under the gums where the plaque is not easily visible. Now without removing the floss from the tooth, slide it over to the adjacent tooth and repeat the same process.

Bottom Line

Now that you’ve learnt how to provide care to your veneers, it’s time to put your newfound knowledge to test. If you follow the tips provided above, your transition should be easy. With just some minor adjustments to your daily oral hygiene routine, you can provide your dental veneers with the necessary care they need. With just some little help from your dentist, your dental veneers should last up to 15 years.

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Causes and Relief & Remedy of Severe Toothache Problems

Dental decay is usually painless as it goes thru the enamel, the outer layer of the tooth.
The tooth can become “sensitive” as decay moves into the “live” dentin (inner layer) of the tooth…. sensitivity to sweet and sour as well as hot and cold is common but the tooth should not be continuously “sore” or “throb”. As the decay process gets near the nerve of the tooth, the intensity and frequency of the symptoms usually increase.

Once the decay process has reached the nerve of the tooth, extreme pain can occur at any time…the intensity can range from moderate to a very severe…extreme throbbing pain can be continuous and can resist oral pain medication. This kind of pain could subside during the daylight hours but is typically much worse during the evening and night. Once a toothache wakes you from sleep it is often relentless.


Dental Abscess


By definition, a dental abscess is a localized collection of “pus” or infected material in the area surrounding the root end of the offending tooth…pressure built up in this area can cause severe pain that can be referred to other teeth as well as other areas of the mouth and face. It’s not unusual for the patient not to know for sure where the pain is coming from or which tooth is the problem. This abscess can enlarge and extend to surrounding teeth…if the infection goes through the bone, rapid swelling of the gum and cheek can occur.



Several dental conditions have typical symptoms with different types of pain


A detailed history and examination will identify the cause of dentally-related pain in most emergency situations. Sharp, shooting pain can be caused by inflammation in the pulp or exposure of the dentine. Dull throbbing pain has several causes including ulcerative gingivitis, dental caries and food impaction. Simple treatment will usually alleviate the symptoms until patients can be seen by a dentist.



What are the common types of dental pain?

Short, sharp, shooting pain

This type of pain can be generalised or confined to one region of the mouth. The pain may be due to fluid movement through open tubules in the dentine or there may be some initial inflammatory changes in the dental pulp. It can be caused by caries, dentine exposure on root surfaces, split cusp, lost or fractured restoration or a fractured tooth.

Patients complain commonly of a sharp pain associated with hot, cold or sweet stimuli. The pain is only present when a stimulus is applied. In the case of a cracked cusp, grainy bread or hard food may create a sharp pain, that may be spasmodic, on biting or chewing.

With gingival recession, recent scaling, or tooth wear due to a high acid diet or gastric reflux, there may be generalised dentine sensitivity. However, with caries, fractured fillings and cracked cusps, the pain tends to be localised to the affected tooth.

Intermittent sharp, shooting pains are also symptomatic of trigeminal neuralgia, so care must be taken not to mistakenly label toothache as neuralgia.


Painful tooth problems



The most common dental cause of dull, throbbing persistent pain is caries. In many cases, this is recurrent and associated with an existing restoration. Where the pulp is affected irreversibly, necrosis may follow with possible development of a periapical infection. A fractured cusp involving the pulp, or a large deep restoration may also be associated with this type of pain. Affected teeth may be tender to percussion in the later stages of periapical inflammation.

There is considerable variation in the pain reported by patients, but it commonly starts as a sharp stabbing pain that becomes progressively dull and throbbing. At first, the pain may be caused by a stimulus, but it then becomes spontaneous and remains for a considerable time after removal of the stimulus. The pain may radiate and be referred to other areas of the mouth. This type of pain tends to cause the patient to have difficulty sleeping and may be exacerbated by lying down. Heat may make the pain worse whereas cold may alleviate it. The pain may be intermittent with no regular pattern and may have occurred over months or years. If there is a periapical infection present, patients may no longer complain of pain in response to a thermal stimulus, but rather of sensitivity on biting.





Treatment of affected teeth will involve either root canal therapy or tooth removal. In some patients, periapical inflammation can lead to cellulitis of the face characterised by a rapid spread of bacteria and their breakdown products into the surrounding tissues causing extensive oedema and pain. If systemic signs of infection are present, for example, fever and malaise, as well as swelling and possibly trismus (limitation of mouth opening), this is a surgical emergency. Antibiotic treatment alone is not suitable or recommended.



Should antibiotics be prescribed?


While antibiotics are appropriate in the management of certain dental infections, they are not indicated if the pain results from inflammatory (non-infective) or neuropathic mechanisms. The degree of pain is not a reliable indicator of acute infection.

There is evidence that Australian dentists and doctors are using antibiotics empirically for dental pain, rather than making careful diagnoses of the causes of the pain. Most dental emergency situations involve patients with acute inflammation of the dental pulp or the periapical tissues. Prescribing antibiotics for these conditions will not remove the cause of the problem nor destroy the bacteria within the tooth.

Antibiotics should be limited to patients with malaise, fever, lymph node involvement, a suppressed or compromised immune system, cellulitis or spreading infection, or rapid onset of severe infection.

If pus is present, it needs to be drained, the cause eliminated, and host defences augmented with antibiotics. The microbial spectrum is mainly gram-positive including anaerobes. Appropriate antibiotics would include penicillin or a `first generation’ cephalosporin, combined with metronidazole in more severe cases.

Paracetamol or a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug is the recommended analgesic in the initial treatment of dental pain.


Cracked Tooth Syndrome


A very common problem with “root canal teeth” and teeth with large fillings.
Toothache due to a crack will start when you chew or put pressure on the tooth … it will get worse as the crack continues to enlarge. …the fractured piece may feel loose or actually fall off and an abscess can develop at any time. It’s easy to visualize the mechanics of the problem – picture an ice cube or piece of glass with a crack…….every time you apply pressure or tap on top of the ice or glass, the crack will get bigger until the crack goes completely through. Pain from a cracked tooth can start as an occasional” twinge” or “zinger” or it can be sudden and severe and continuous from the very start.




This very common and painful condition is usually seen with a partially erupted wisdom tooth. Because there is not enough room for the tooth to come in completely, it becomes “stuck” or “wedged”. A pocket or sack develops in the gum tissue around and behind this tooth. This pocket quickly fills with bacteria and food debris. Because the mouth is moist, warm and dark (it’s a perfect incubator) an abscess can form rapidly. This pain can be very severe and continuous and is commonly sent to (referred to) the area around the ear. Pain when opening or even severe limitation when trying to open the mouth in common. We often see patients coming from an ear doctor when their real problem was a wisdom tooth.


Wisdom Tooth


Wisdom teeth are the last molars to develop and usually start to erupt in the late teens. Because they are the very last teeth, they very commonly become impacted (stuck or wedged between jaw bone, gum and the adjacent tooth). Toothache or pain from the wisdom tooth area is one of the most common emergency problems that we see.

Over 90% of the population has “wisdom tooth” problems due to lack of room for proper eruption. Wisdom Tooth Problems encompass many issues including:

Pain Constant pressure in this sensitive area frequently causes neuralgia-like pain that can radiate to the ear, side of the face and upper teeth and spread to the other lower teeth as well. Headaches are commonly associated with impacted or partially erupted wisdom teeth.

Destruction of the Next Tooth -pressure from the wisdom teeth frequently erodes or dissolves away healthy tooth structure, resulting in pain and tooth loss

Cysts…fluid -filled sacks can form and enlarge around impacted wisdom teeth. These cysts can dissolve jawbone and teeth-they commonly become infected and cause serious pain


Gum Infection -perio abscess


Gum Abscess (Periodontal Abscess – Perio Abscess)
This infected tooth may be completely free from decay and have no filling…it may feel loose and the surrounding gum can feel swollen ….a bad taste is a common feature. A defect in the supporting bone along one or more sides of the tooth forms a “pocket” with the gum that becomes filled with food and bacterial debris….an abscess can develop “overnight”. Mild sensitivity in the area can escalate to severe pain and swelling involving several teeth.


Overloaded/overstressed Tooth


Moderate to sharp discomfort to touch or pressure most commonly seen after placement of a dental filling or crown that is too “high”…. can be easily corrected by adjusting the offending filling or crown and bite.


Food Impaction and pericoronitis


Soft tissue problems that may cause dull, throbbing, persistent pain include local inflammation (acute gingivitis associated with food impaction) or pericoronitis.


Chronic Periodontitis

Chronic periodontitis with gradual bone loss, rarely causes pain and patients may be unaware of the disorder until tooth mobility is evident. There is quite often bleeding from the gums and sometimes an unpleasant taste. This is usually a generalised condition, however, deep pocketing with extreme bone loss can occur around isolated teeth. Food impaction in these areas can cause localised gingival pain. Poor contact between adjacent teeth and the presence of an occluding cusp forcing food into this gap can also cause a build-up of food debris and result in gingival inflammation.

Acute pericoronitis involves bacterial infection around an unerupted or partially erupted tooth and usually affects the lower third molar (wisdom tooth). The condition is often aggravated by the upper molar impacting on the swollen flap of soft tissue covering the unerupted tooth. There may be trismus.



Food debris should be removed and drainage established if pus is present. Irrigation with chlorhexidine and rinsing the mouth with hot salty water is recommended. Early referral to a dentist is indicated. Cellulitis can develop, requiring urgent referral to a surgeon.


Acute Necrotising Ulcerative Gingivitis


Acute necrotising ulcerative gingivitis is a rapidly progressive infection of the gingival tissues that causes ulceration of the interdental gingival papillae. It can lead to extensive destruction. Usually young to middle-aged people with reduced resistance to infection are affected. Males are more likely to be affected than females, with stress, smoking and poor oral hygiene being predisposing factors. Halitosis, spontaneous gingival bleeding, and a `punched-out’ appearance of the interdental papillae are all important signs.

The patients quite often complain of severe gingival tenderness with pain on eating and tooth brushing. The pain is dull, deep-seated and constant. The gums can bleed spontaneously and there is also an unpleasant taste in the mouth.



As there is an acute infection with mainly anaerobic bacteria, treatment follows surgical principles and includes superficial debridement, use of chlorhexidine mouthwashes and a course of metronidazole tablets. Treating the contributing factors should prevent a recurrence.


Dry Socket


A dull throbbing pain develops two to four days after mandibular tooth extraction. It rarely occurs in the maxilla. Smoking is a major predisposing factor as it reduces the blood supply. The tissue around the socket is very tender and white necrotic bone is exposed in the socket. Halitosis is very common.



The area should be irrigated thoroughly with warm saline solution. If loose bone is present, local anaesthesia may be necessary to allow thorough cleaning of the socket. Patients should be shown how to irrigate the area and told to do this regularly. Analgesics are indicated, but pain may persist for several days. Although opinion is divided as to whether or not dry socket is an infective condition, we do not recommend the use of antibiotics in its management.




This is caused by infection of the maxillary sinus, usually following an upper respiratory tract infection. However, there can be a history of recent tooth extraction leading to an oro-antral fistula. Patients usually complain of unilateral dull pain in all posterior upper teeth. All these teeth may be tender to percussion, but they will respond to a pulp sensitivity test. There are usually no other dental signs.

The pain tends to be increased on lying down or bending over. There is often a feeling of `fullness’ on the affected side. The pain is usually unilateral, dull, throbbing and continuous. Quite often the patient feels unwell generally and feverish.



Pain originating from the sinus arises mainly from pressure. Decongestants can help sinus drainage. Antibiotics probably have only a minor role in mild cases. Referral to an otorhinolaryngologist for endoscopic sinus surgery may be indicated in chronic cases.

DISCLAIMER: The following observations are intended as general information. This is not intended to serve as a guide for self-diagnosis or as a substitute for an examination by a dentist.

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Cavities or Tooth Decay Treatment

Cavities occur as a result of tooth decay. Tooth decay is the destruction of tooth structure. Tooth decay can affect both the enamel (the outer coating of the tooth) and the dentin layer of the tooth.

Tooth decay occurs when foods containing carbohydrates (sugars and starches) such as bread, cereals, milk, soda, fruits, cakes, or candy are left on the teeth. Bacteria that live in the mouth digest these foods, turning them into acids. The bacteria, acid, food debris and saliva combine to form plaque, which clings to the teeth.


The acids in plaque dissolve the enamel surface of the teeth, creating holes in the teeth called cavities, or caries



Who Gets Cavities?


Many people think cavities only affect children, but changes that occur with ageing make cavities an adult problem too.

Recession of the gums (a pulling away of gum tissue from the teeth), often associated with an increased incidence of gingivitis (gum disease), can expose tooth roots to plaque. Also, sugary food cravings in pregnant women can make them more vulnerable to developing cavities.

Decay around the edges of fillings is also common in older adults. Because many older adults lacked the benefits of fluoride and modern preventive dental care when they were growing up, they often have a number of dental fillings. Over the years, these fillings may weaken and can fracture, allowing bacteria to accumulate in the tiny crevices causing tooth decay.



How Do I Know if I Have a Cavity?


Your dentist can discover cavities during your regular dental check-up. The tooth surface feels soft when probed by your dentist with a dental instrument.

X-rays can also show cavities before they become visible to the eye.

In advanced stages of tooth decay, you might experience a toothache, especially after consuming sweet, hot, or cold foods or drinks.

Other signs of tooth decay are visible pits or holes in the teeth.


How are cavities or tooth decay being treated?



Cavities are treated in a number of different ways depending on the extent of tooth decay. If decay is not extensive, the decayed portion of the tooth is removed by drilling and replaced with a filling made of silver alloy, gold, porcelain, or a composite resin. Restorative materials used in fillings are considered safe. Concerns have been raised over the safety of mercury-based, silver amalgams in particular, but the ADA, FDA, and other public health agencies continue to support the safety of this restorative material. Allergies to silver amalgam are rare as are allergies to other restorative materials.

If the decay is extensive and there is limited tooth structure remaining, crowns will be used. If a crown is needed, the decayed or weakened area of the tooth is removed and repaired and a crown is fitted over the remainder of the tooth. Crowns are made from gold, porcelain, or porcelain fused to metal.


Cavities or Tooth Decay Treatment

Preventing Tooth Decay  


Not only does saliva help digest food and make it possible for you to chew and swallow, it is the natural mouth cleanser. Without saliva, tooth decay and gum disease are more likely to occur. If you have a dry mouth, to combat tooth decay and gum disease, you need to be extra careful about following good oral hygiene habits, which consist of:

  1. Brushing your teeth at least twice a day, but even more preferably, after every meal and before bedtime
  2. Flossing your teeth every day
  3. Using a toothpaste that contains fluoride
  4. Visiting your dentist for a check-up and cleaning at least twice a year. At your visit, your dentist may recommend daily use of a fluoride rinse or fluoride gel to keep your teeth healthy

An ounce of Preventative dentistry is worth a pound of a cure. See your dentist regularly


Don’t Skimp on Oral Health


Right now is a difficult economic time. Many people are trying to cut corners where they think they can. Cutting costs is good for some things, but for your health it is not. Some individuals are deciding to cut their dental health care from their costs. This is a poor decision because much of the preventative care has many benefits.

Although the individual may save money by not having regular visits, two serious issues emerge. First, many health benefits are a part of having good oral health. Cutting the dentist can affect your overall physical health in many areas. The second reason this is bad is it could cost you more. If you delay a dentist visit, you may miss the early signs of a serious problem. It is possible that you may save some money now on routine checkups, but you could be setting yourself up for a situation where you have to pay for costly procedures to fix or repair a serious issue that went untreated.

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Causes of Bad Breath

It may be reassuring to know that bad breath, or halitosis, affects up to 50% of us at some point during our lives. We can help you.

The most common cause of bad breath (90% of cases) is poor dental hygiene. In most cases, it is caused by a build-up of bacteria in the mouth, as a result of bits of trapped food, plaque or gum disease. It is the bacteria which releases the smelly gases.

Correct and regular brushing is very important to keep your breath smelling sweet. Bad breath often occurs after eating strongly flavoured foods, such as onions and garlic. Smoking, drinking a lot of alcohol and eating spicy food can also cause breath to smell unpleasant.


How do I know if I have Halitosis?


How do I know if I have halitosis?

It can be difficult to know whether you have bad breath or not. Bad breath tends to be noticed by other people first, and it may be difficult for them to tell you that you have it without embarrassing you. Or themselves. You could ask a friend or family member to be candid with you.

There is a simple test that you can do. It’s a little unscientific but it does seem to work. Lick the inside of your wrist. Smell it. If it doesn’t smell fresh, it’s likely that your breath doesn’t smell fresh.

But don’t despair, in 90% of cases it’s related to oral health and this is something that we can resolve together.


I am embarrassed to visit you.

This is undoubtedly a touchy subject. We are sensitive as to how our patients might be feeling and are well practised in putting them at ease. We know that bad breath can be socially crippling and we’d hate to feel that embarrassment was preventing our patients from treating the issue and feeling confident. We are professionals and will have successfully treated patients with far worse conditions.

In feedback from some patients, they say that their relief at getting a solution completely outweighs any embarrassment they were feeling.

We don’t judge and we just want you to get it treated and move on.



Medical Causes of Bad breath? 


Are there medical causes of bad breath?


Only 10% of cases of bad breath are medical. Some medical causes include:

– The catarrh that is produced from a throat or chest infection.
– Infections of the throat, nose and lungs such as bronchitis or sinusitis.
– Low carbohydrate diets, such as the Atkins diet.
– Dry mouth (xerostomia): a condition that affects the flow of saliva and leads to a build-up of bacteria in the mouth.
– Diabetes.
– Liver or kidney problems.
– Gastritis and food reflux.

We can treat you for 90% of cases that are related to dental hygiene. If we rule out dental causes, we’ll refer you to your family GP or to a specialist to find out the cause.


I have morning breath but it disappears soon as I’ve brushed my teeth. I assume this is type of bad breath is normal?

Yes, this is normal. Most people find that their breath smells a little stale in the morning. There are 2 reasons. Firstly, your mouth dries up overnight. And secondly, the flow of saliva, that washes away food particles, slows down when you sleep.

Overnight, food residue, that is trapped in your mouth, is broken down by bacteria. They release an unpleasant, stale smell. Once you wake up and brush your teeth and start eating again, the flow of saliva increases again.


I have a thick coating at the back of my tongue?

This is usually a bacterial coating and can be a cause of bad breath. We can recommend a tongue cleaner which is designed to help remove the bacteria coating from it. Once the bacteria are removed, there should no longer be any smell.


How do I prevent bad breath?

As well as maintaining a high level of oral and dental hygiene, follow these steps for sweeter breath:

– Brush your teeth at least twice a day using fluoride toothpaste. We are strong advocates of electric toothbrushes.
– Spend a minimum of two minutes brushing your teeth. Try to cover all areas, especially where the teeth meet the gum.
– Floss between your teeth to remove any trapped food
– Use an anti-sceptic mouthwash (just before bedtime)
– Use a tongue cleaner to lightly brush the back of your tongue
– Regular check-ups and cleaning appointments.

Lifestyle changes for sweet breath

– Eat breakfast.
– Eat a healthy, balanced diet and try to cut down on strongly flavoured or spicy food
– Reduce your alcohol intake
– Drink plenty of fluids and cut down on coffee.
– Chew sugar-free gum. A dry mouth can lead to bad breath and chewing gum can help stimulate saliva.
– Avoid sugary snacks between meals. This will help reduce the number of bacteria in your mouth.
– Clean your mouth after eating milk products, fish and meat
– Stop smoking if you can:


We will identify the causes of the bad breath. Treat them accordingly. And set in place a program to maintain good oral health in the future.

Sweet Breath Dental Audit
We will do an audit of your mouth and evaluate:
– The sources of bacteria in your mouth, gums, teeth and tongue.
– Your general dental fitness to see what could be causing the problem.
– Identify whether there are any medical causes to the problem e.g. tonsillitis, sinusitis, bronchitis, diabetes etc.

If bad breath is not caused by a problem in the mouth, we will refer you to your GP for further investigation.

Sweet Breath Dietary analysis

We will analyse your diet, including medications that you are taking. This is to understand whether the source of the bad breath could be dietary. E.g. Low carbohydrate diet, alcohol.

Sweet Breath Lifestyle analysis
We will discuss any lifestyle factors which could contribute. E.g. smoking, drinking, poor general health.

Sweet Breath Cleaning
If we establish that the bad breath is from bacteria and plaque, we will do a thorough clean of your mouth, including all those areas that are difficult to reach. This will leave it feeling, tasting and looking fabulously clean.

Sweet Breath Prevention Schedule
We will help you start a routine for keeping your mouth clean and fresh:

– The best way to clean your teeth and gums and show you any areas you may be missing.
– Advise you on how to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
– Recommend a regular dental cleaning and check-up schedule to help us spot signs of tooth and gum decay early on and to supplement all the good work you’re doing at home.

We have had much success in treating bad breath and we’d love to help you if you think that you have a problem.


My floss smells. Is this bad breath?

Bad breath bacteria live all through the mouth, gums, throat and nasal areas. If you floss infrequently, bacteria will build up at your gum line. This can certainly contribute to breathing issues.


I am scared of dentists

Many people are. It can take a great deal of courage to make a visit if you’re a dental phobic. We hope that we can reassure you. Please click here for our approach to this very delicate subject.

What should I do before visiting you?


If you think you may have bad breath, try to keep a diary of all the foods you eat and list any medicines you are taking. This will help us to treat the problem.

If possible, try not to mask the problem with mouthwash before you visit us. It may make it harder for us to help you.


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Good Solutions for Bad Breath

Millions of people have bad breath and don’t even realize it. Because it’s hard to smell your own breath and often, even your best friend isn’t going to tell you that you and Fido have something in common. Approximately 65% of the population has chronic bad breath. One way to tell if you have bad breath is to floss and smell it to determine odour. The bacteria which create VSC thrive in places where there is kale or no air, like under the gums, in the crevices of the tongue, and between the teeth They are especially active in gingivitis and gum disease and on the surface of the tongue.

Interestingly, there’s a huge group of people that think they have bad breath and they don’t, But there’s also a large group that does have a problem. In these instances. over 90% of the cause is bad oral hygiene. Inadequate dental work, periodontal disease, failure to floss, and lack of dental care can all contribute to bad breath.

Halitosis can be treated. Unfortunately, many people ignore the problem, because they aren’t aware there even is one. The majority of cases can be treated with good oral health. Regular dental checkups are a must, and if gums bleed or swell, it’s time to visit a dentist. By not seeking treatment, permanent damage can be done to the gums and teeth can be lost, to say nothing about a decline in your social life because of foul breath.


Causes of Bad breath



So what are the causes of the oral odour? Sometimes it’s an illness or even the medicine you take. But overwhelmingly the problem lies in your mouth.

“Ninety-five percent of bad breath is solely due to having bacteria in your mouth and not getting them out of your mouth.

So bacteria break down your food. With some kinds of foods — especially proteins and dairy — this process results in sulphur compounds.

The most common is called cysteine. This mixes with air as you exhale to give you bad breath. Egg has cysteine in it, while milk makes cysteine, so if you have a lot of dairies, when it’s broken down you’ll make this cysteine. But if you have a lot of eggs, you’re actually putting cysteine straight into your system. Eggs are a great source of protein but eat too many and you can egg-spect some side-effects.

It’s cure time and the first thing the men are instructed to do is give their tongues a lashing, first with their toothbrushes and then with a special scraper.

Mints, chewing gum and breath fresheners may do well to temporarily mask the problem, and pro-biotics may be the answer for some in the long term if you have a more serious problem.


Here are some more tips for battling bacteria in the mouth

  • Don’t use an alcohol mouthwash.
  • Chew gum that contains xylitol — a sugar substitute.
  • Avoid alcohol and coffee in the day.
  • The more you brush, the more you’ll benefit.
  • Don’t forget to floss!

So if you’re someone prone to bad breath, dental hygiene is a must. Also, avoid a high protein and acid diet and stay away from strong-smelling foods like onion and garlic.


Still, worried? It’s best to see your dentist and a doctor, they’ll get to the bottom of your problem and rule out any serious health issues.

  • Did you know that during our waking hours, we generate a litre of saliva a day and without saliva, we wouldn’t be able to taste the food.
  • That horrible morning breath you get when you wake up is caused by a dry mouth, which occurs naturally in sleep. Your saliva production slows right down when you slumber and a dry mouth enables dead cells to build up on your tongue. Solution? Before you go to bed, clean your tongue, as well as your teeth.


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