Bad breath is a common problem that affects a wide number of people every year. There are many different causes, but persistent bad breath is normally caused by the gases which are emitted from bacteria that live on our teeth and gums. Food caught in between teeth will also give off an unpleasant smell as it starts to decay. Not only can the smell be a problem but if left untreated this can lead to gum disease, tooth decay and in the worst case can lead to teeth needing to be extracted.

If you are a fan of strong foods such as garlic, coffee and onions this can further exacerbate the problem, as can smoking. Some medication may also cause short term bad breath.

Over the past few years there has been a large increase in the number of people turning to dental implants to help fill gaps caused by missing teeth. They are a safe, long lasting restoration and are currently the closest possible restoration to having your natural teeth back.  

The time has come another broken tooth has had to be removed and now you are faced with one to many gaps for comfort.

This week we look at the advantages and disadvantages of dentures to help you decide if they are the right option to help fill the gaps caused by missing teeth.

Did you know that not only is it important to brush and floss your teeth daily and attend the dentist for regular check-ups to help keep your teeth bright and white, but there are also certain foods and drinks you should be mindful of to help reduce staining to your pearly whites.

It is necessary to ensure that all of your teeth are cleaned effectively in order to prevent the build-up of plaque which can lead to caries. You may brush your teeth perfectly, but you will still only reach 60% of the tooth surface. It is therefore important to ensure that you include interdental cleaning as part of your daily oral hygiene routine.