The most frequently asked questions we receive from our patients for Cosmetic & General Dentistry...

1. I have bad breath what can I do?

A healthy mouth means fresh breath! Bad breath can make you feel embarrassed and place strain on relationships. The main culprit behind bad breath is bacteria! Our mouths contain millions and millions of bacteria, which can quite easily get out of control. Plaque, tartar, gum disease, tooth decay, dentures and your tongue are all places where bacteria can thrive. To resolve your bad breath, we recommend:

» Brush your tongue
Approximately 50% of oral bacteria can be eliminated through brushing your tongue daily with a soft toothbrush.

» Use Breath Fresheners and Mouthwash
Breath Fresheners and Mouthwash can also help to eliminate bad breath.

» Make an Appointment with Riverview Totnes
Attend a check-up with one of our Dentists to determine the cause of your bad breath (i.e. the cause may be tartar, gum disease, tooth decay etc). We will then be able to isolate and fix the cause of your bad breath.

2. What is fluoride?
Fluoride is a mineral that is naturally present in varying amounts in many foods and some water supplies. It is also used in many consumer dental products. Fluoride strengthens teeth making it more resistant to decay. It is important to use fluoride containing toothpastes, mouth rinses, and gels topically to gain the added benefit of preventing sensitivity and tooth decay.

3. What should I do if my tooth is knocked out?
Firstly call your Dentist ASAP! If you can see a Dentist within 30minutes of the incident, there is an 85% chance that the tooth will survive. The first step after you have lost a tooth is to find it. Once you have found your tooth handle it very delicately, not touching the fragile root as it will be needed intact to encourage re-attachment. You must also resist the temptation to clean your tooth off with water. If the tooth is clean, place it gently back into its socket immediately and apply slight pressure. If the tooth is dirty, rinse it using milk and place it back into its socket. Otherwise keep the tooth moist by placing it in a glass of milk or tuck it into your cheek until you can visit your Dentist.

4. Is smoking affecting my dental health?
Everyone is aware of how bad smoking is for the lungs, but many people forget about how much damage it does to your teeth. Smoking can cause serious long term damage to teeth and gums. The main concern for most smokers is the discolouration and staining of their teeth. Tobacco causes teeth to yellow and darken to a light brown colour. It promotes the build up of plaque which can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. Smoking will also cause bad breath, leave a bad taste in your mouth and make your gums pull away from your teeth.

5. What's the best way to prevent gum disease?
Conscientious removal of plaque by flossing, brushing and regular professional cleanings will minimise your risk of gum disease. However, there are other factors that can affect the health of your gums, such as stress, diabetes, genetics and pregnancy. The most effective means of preventing gum disease is to visit your Dental Hygienist on a routine basis. They will help you to remove calculus (tartar) from teeth and teach you the best oral hygiene techniques for your individual needs.

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