Even just looking at the topic title is enough to make some people cringe. Bad breath is a rather embarrassing problem which many people try and avoid, are scared of, or will hope it will go away. In this posting we will take a closer look at the topic and what can be done to help if you suffer with this problem.
This is a question we get asked about quite often. It doesn’t help either that there are lots of different manual and electric toothbrushes for sale all claiming to do different things or focus on specific areas. In this blog post we look to try and give you the answer to this question.
Before we look a little closer at this, let’s look at what the aim of a toothbrush is generally. The aim is to clean the teeth thoroughly ensuring that as much plaque as possible is removed thus contributing to a sound oral health routine.
Braces (more technically known as orthodontic braces) are something many of us and use to seeing and which a lot of people associate with children and teenagers. Whilst this association is correct a surprising number of other age groups, including adults generally have or are turning towards braces. Braces bring many benefits for the teeth and overall dental health, and we will explore this in a little more detail in this article.
Most will be very familiar with this term as it is a very common treatment that nearly everyone undertakes at a dentist. Scale and polishes are carried out either by dentists or dental hygienists. (We will look at the role of dental hygienists specifically in a future blog.)
No one likes the dentist as it’s hardly the most exciting or relaxing experience in anyones life. For some the problem goes beyond this. Psychologists have studied many ways in which we as humans deal with fear and phobias. One of these is to avoid the ‘trigger’ that makes us fearful in the first place. It would seem to make sense – avoid what you are scared of and it will all be fine. The trouble with this is that rather than keeping you safe, it actually reinforces the fear and so makes it worse.
Chances are we have all been there and all suffered this at some point and research shows that it is actually quite a common dental problem with thousands suffering and the normal onset age for this condition seems to be 20 to 50 years old, although the peak period seems to be for those in their thirties – indicating that although anyone can have it, it tends to be younger people which experience it (perhaps contrary to belief.) The medical term for tooth / teeth sensitivity is called dentin hypersensitivity.