Bad breath has got to be one of the most miserable and isolating conditions to suffer from. Long-term bad breath sufferers find that it affects all their face-to-face dealings. It can make them feel self-conscious and liable to look grim-faced, when in fact they are just trying to keep their mouths shut because they don’t want to inflict their breath on the person they are talking to.
Most of the time, it is possible to cure bad breath, which can be the symptom of something easily sorted, or something more serious. Finding the cure for bad breath is a bit like fixing a computer: you start with the obvious stuff and work from there.
Getting to the bottom of it
If you come to us at Old Windsor, in Berkshire, oral health and bad breath are the first area we will want to check. It helps if you can arrive without having used breath fresheners of any sort. How your breath smells may give us clues as to what is going on.
Are you brushing and flossing properly? Are you getting food stuck between your teeth? Do you take care of your tongue? Have you got a heavy build-up of plaque and tartar? All of these things can affect the way your breath smells.
Once we have eliminated poor oral hygiene as a cause, we will want to be sure there is not something more serious lurking around. Bad breath can be caused by decay and infections
Another area, we will look at with you is diet. If you eat a lot of strong foods such as onions and garlic, which exit the body via the lungs. Smoking, of course, can give you bad breath, as can going on a diet.
All these culprits are easy to deal with, but if none of the above is causing your bad breath, then we have to start looking at whether it is a symptom of something more serious, such as gum disease, a respiratory tract infection, chronic sinusitis or diabetes.
For some of these, it may be that we will have to refer you to your doctor for further investigation.
If you are getting ready to get back into dating, there are a few things you need to sort out in order to stand a better chance of finding true love.
First off, to get internet dates you need a great profile picture in which you are smiling. Take a look at how many people post profile pictures in which they don’t smile. You definitely need a good smile, both on camera and in real life. And why is that? Because not only do you want to seem like a friendly soul, at some point you’ll probably want someone to kiss you.
Sounds easy enough. And so it is, as long as you don’t suffer from poor oral health and bad breath. In Berkshire, it’s easy to put both right if you come to us at Old Windsor Dental Practice. We can give your mouth a service and get it in shape for successful dating.
Getting checked out
Start off with a check-up, so that we can spot any incipient decay or gum disease, and, if you do have bad breath, see if we can find out what is causing it. It could be something as simple as a change in diet that’s needed, or that you need to get a load of tartar removed. Or maybe gum disease is causing your bad breath. Our hygienist can remove any tartar build-up and suggest ways to keep bad breath at bay, like using interdental brushes to remove food from between teeth.
Sometimes having your teeth scaled and polished is not enough to make them enticing enough for someone to want to kiss. Maybe your teeth have become discoloured, and the staining has sunk into the enamel so that polishing won’t remove it. In this case, we recommend getting stains removed with teeth whitening. Or, if you have one or two dodgy teeth that are chipped, you can get them covered with porcelain veneers.
If you really want a smile that no one will be able to resist kissing, you can go for a smile makeover, which combines two or more treatments.
If you have crooked teeth then you are probably familiar with feeling less than confident about your appearance. However, teeth that are misaligned, crowded or have large gaps can also cause other problems. Having teeth in the wrong position can affect how you eat and speak as well as the overall health of your jaw. Excessive spacing between the teeth can undermine their stability, and uneven teeth are harder to clean as there are more places for plaque to accumulate. This can cause gum inflammation, discomfort and infection if left unresolved. At Old Windsor Dental Practice, we fit braces in Windsor to realign your teeth, enhance your smile and improve your health.
Solutions for all ages
We like to develop a good relationship with our younger patients and ideally for children in Windsor, braces are fitted when there is still a mixture of baby and adult teeth. This means that the teeth can be realigned as the jaw is developing to avoid problems in the future. However, it is never too late, even if you are an adult or have had treatment in the past that has relapsed. Fixed braces are a good choice for younger patients as they are simple to live with but adults often have different requirements. Advances in technology mean that we are now able to offer our patients in Windsor braces that are removeable, discreet and faster than before.
We are pleased to offer braces in Windsor that fit into your lifestyle. Invisalign is a system that uses a series of clear plastic aligners that are changed every two weeks to gently guide your teeth into place. The aligners are almost invisible and very comfortable, as they are made from smooth plastic. They are removeable for eating and cleaning, so are simple to use and do not interfere with everyday life. If you prefer fixed braces then translucent ceramic brackets can help to minimise their visual impact.
Having braces in Windsor has benefitted so many of our patients and we would like you to share their experiences. Give yourself the gift of a more attractive smile and a healthier mouth by contacting us today to discuss your options.
Are you missing one or more teeth? If you are, then you may be familiar with the experience of having difficulty eating or speaking, as well as a sinking feeling when you look in the mirror. Losing your teeth is not only inconvenient, it can also have a profound effect on your self-confidence. You may have considered dentures or crowns, but decided that they were uncomfortable or difficult to get used to. When you come to see us at Old Windsor Dental Practice for dental implants in Windsor, you will find that missing teeth no longer need be a long-term problem.
Dental implants can help
For our patients in Windsor, dental implants have offered a secure, permanent solution to the issues caused by losing your teeth. Implants are small metal screws that are placed into the jaw during a minor operation. As the jaw heals, the blood vessels and bone mesh around the metal, holding it firmly in place. When they are stable, the implants can be used as a base for dentures, crowns or bridges and anchor them to the gum in the same way as the root would for a natural tooth. They can be used to replace just one tooth or a whole set, so having dental implants in Windsor is a flexible option for everyone.
We are proud to offer All-on-4 dental implants in Windsor and have seen how they can dramatically enhance the quality of life for our patients. This is a great new method where a whole arch of teeth can be fitted to just four dental implants in a day. Any existing teeth are removed, the implants are placed and high-quality fixed temporary teeth are fitted. After six months, during which the jaw heals, a durable, permanent bridge with a titanium framework is fitted. This avoids the problems of dentures or bridges that are insecure, poorly fitted or painful.
You can take the first step towards a brighter smile and a more enjoyable future when you get in touch with us today in Windsor. Dental implants could be the solution you have been looking for.
If you have crooked teeth, you may well feel that they are diminishing the beauty of your smile and affecting how you feel about yourself. Teeth that are misaligned, crowded or have large gaps can also cause other problems. Having teeth in the wrong position can affect how you eat and speak as well as the overall health of your jaw. Excessive spacing between the teeth can undermine their stability and uneven teeth are harder to clean as there are more places for plaque to accumulate. This can cause gum inflammation, discomfort and infection, if left unresolved. At Old Windsor Dental Practice, we fit braces in Windsor to realign your teeth, enhance your smile and improve your health.
Solutions for adults in the modern world
Many adults associate having braces in Windsor with childhood but, whatever your age, it is never too late to have treatment and you do not have to worry about restricting yourself to traditional metal braces, which you may see as uncomfortable, unsightly or inconvenient. Advances in technology mean that we are now able to offer our patients in Windsor braces that are more discreet, faster and more comfortable than before. The days of having to tolerate a mouth full of metal for months on end have gone.
The discreet way of straightening your teeth
We are pleased to offer braces in Windsor that fit into your lifestyle whether you are a busy professional or simply enjoy social engagements. Most interactions are more pleasant if you are not concerned about whether people can see your braces. Invisalign is a system that uses a series of clear plastic aligners that are changed every two weeks to gently guide your teeth into place. We also offer ceramic brackets, which are very unobtrusive, or if you want to make a feature of your mouth, gold-coloured, stainless steel brackets are great option. Whatever you are looking for, we have a range of options for braces in Windsor.
Having braces in Windsor has benefitted so many people and we would like you to share their experiences. Give yourself the gift of a more attractive smile and a healthier mouth by contacting us today.
If you suffer from bad breath or you notice a bad taste in your mouth, it is really important to visit a dentist. This way, you can determine whether your bad breath is caused by poor oral health or even gum disease and avoid further problems in the future.
At Old Windsor, we see many patients with bad breath, a condition also known as halitosis. Most cases of bad breath are caused by improper dental hygiene and bacteria that live below the gum line producing a strong sulphur smell and causing gum disease in the long run. If you dentist does not find gum disease or other oral health causes that could be connected to your bad breath, then it’s a good idea to visit your doctor. Certain conditions such as sinus infections and metabolic disorders can also result in bad breath.
What causes bad breath?
Bad breath is a condition that may be caused by different factors, including bad oral hygiene and smoking as well as the consumption of specific foods. However, this type of bad breath is temporary and can be easily cured by a good oral hygiene regime and certain lifestyle adjustments. Bad breath can also be caused by medical problems such as nasal problems, sinus infections or infections of the throat, while it can also be the result of extremely dry mouth, a condition where saliva flows in the mouth are really low. Most of these symptoms can be treated by your dentist or your doctor.
Beating bad breath
To combat bad breath, avoid certain foods and beverages that you know cause bad breath. Your dentist will also recommend quitting smoking and minimise the amounts of alcohol you consume. Try to brush your teeth after every meal, but if that’s impossible, brush them at least twice a day and floss regularly as well. On top of that, drink lots of water to keep your mouth moist and clean. If you wear dentures, bridges or other prosthetic dental devices make sure to clean them thoroughly every day as they can harbour stinking bacteria.
If you still feel that you have bad breath after trying most of these tips, your dentist may prescribe a special treatment.
If you’re constantly popping mints or chewing gum to cover up bad breath, you are probably suffering from a condition known as halitosis. This condition is very common and affects almost 1 in 4 people worldwide. Bad breath is the result of gas-emitting bacteria on the tongue and below the gum line. However, determining how best to eliminate these odours is sometimes challenging.
At Old Windsor, we understand that oral health and bad breath are intrinsically linked, therefore, we urge our patients to visit us for dental check-ups regularly. A main problem with bad breath is that it can often go unnoticed by the person affected. This is natural as we are accustomed to our own smell and do not tend to notice our bad breath. If you suspect that you have smelly breath, you may have to rely on a family member or a close friend to be honest with you. Our experienced dentists will also be able to determine whether you have bad breath as well.
Prevent and treat bad breath
Most cases of bad breath originate from bacteria build-up within the mouth due to poor oral hygiene or gum disease. Most people experience bad breath after a night’s sleep, but it usually clears away as soon as the flow of saliva increases in the mouth. Bad breath is also associated with a very dry mouth and reduced saliva flow. Dry mouth can be caused by dehydration, can be the side effect of certain medications, can be the symptom of certain diseases or may be a result of radiotherapy to the head and neck region.
Other common causes of bad breath include certain foods such as garlic that get into the bloodstream, and then are breathed out from the lungs. However, this type of bad breath is temporary and easily avoidable. Bad breath is also associated with smoking.
Some solutions to bad breath offer only temporary relief, whereas others can have permanent results. Some patients find that even avoiding stinking foods and brushing and flossing their teeth regularly will probably not sweeten a case of stubbornly bad breath. In this case, your dentist will recommend regular cleanings as well as special mouthwashes or other treatments.
General dentistry is a wide branch of dentistry that deals with diagnosis, prevention and treatment of oral conditions that affect the teeth, the gums and the jaw. At Old Windsor in Berkshire, we offer a variety of dental treatments for the entire family, from root canal treatments to wisdom tooth extractions.
Our dentistry is primarily preventive and we encourage our patients to visit the practice for frequent dental check-ups and cleanings. Patients who suffer from advanced gum disease or decay are our priority and we aim to provide the best care possible in order to eliminate the problem and keep the rest of their teeth healthy for longer.
Root canal treatment
Root canal treatment is an invasive procedure that occurs when the interior of the tooth is infected beyond repair. In this case, your dentist will strive to save the tooth by removing the infected material, cleaning the interior and sealing it with a dental filling. Root canal treatment is performed under local anaesthetic and is relatively painless.
Wisdom teeth extractions
Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are the last teeth to appear (though some people simply don’t have them). This can happen anywhere between the ages of 16 to 20. Most of the times, our mouths are not large enough to accommodate them and this can lead to crowding, infection and cavities, since they are hard to reach with a regular toothbrush.
For all these reasons, dentists recommend extracting them before they cause any serious problems. If you are in pain or feel discomfort in that part of your mouth, our dentists will look for swollen gums or signs of infection such as sensitivity and redness. A safe diagnosis can only be confirmed only with dental x-rays, which will also help determine the extent of the damage on the rest of the teeth and the gums. Wisdom teeth extraction is a safe and sterile procedure with very low infection risk. Our experienced dentists will keep you at ease throughout every step of the treatment.
If you have any questions about our general dentistry services, you can contact our friendly dental team and book an appointment.
General dentistry involves the diagnosing, preventing and treating of common dental conditions of the teeth and gums. Most dental practices these days practice preventive dentistry, aiming to stop condition like tooth decay and gum disease before they develop into serious oral threats. At Old Windsor in Berkshire, we believe that prevention is cure, therefore, we advise our patients to visit the practice at least twice a year.
Regular check-ups and cleanings will keep your teeth healthy and keep serious problems at bay. Our practice offers a number of general dentistry treatments from root canal therapy to emergency dental care. We also cater for pregnant women at every stage of their pregnancy.
Root canal treatment
Root canal treatment is a dental procedure that is carried out when the living tissue in the tooth is infected and cannot be saved. Root canal treatment helps clean the infected part of the tooth and fill it with special materials that will seal it and keep away plaque and bacteria. It is not a preventive treatment, but it can help save your tooth and keep infection at bay.
Emergency dental care
Even if we take good care of our teeth, sometimes accidents happen and they are usually accompanied by a lot of pain and discomfort. Visiting the dentist as soon as possible after an accident involving your teeth is really important for your oral health. For instance, if you have knocked out a tooth, the sooner you visit the dentist, the better chances you have of saving it. At our practice we offer appointments for all dental emergencies from toothache to tooth and jaw trauma. Our experienced dentists will take care of your injuries and help you avoid additional dental complications in the future.
Oral care for pregnant women
At our practice, we also offer specialised dental care for pregnant women. Pregnancy can be really exciting and stressful at the same time, but we are here to take the stress away. If you are pregnant it is really important to visit the dentist for regular cleanings and check-ups. Your dentist will ensure that your teeth and gums are healthy and you are not in danger of developing a special kind of gum disease that is caused by pregnancy hormones.
No smile is entirely flawless, but some people need help to get their teeth straightened in order to become as healthy as possible. At Old Windsor in Berkshire, we offer both traditional as well as innovative teeth straightening solutions for every member of your family.
While the majority of patients choose orthodontics to improve the appearance of their teeth and boost their confidence, there are medical reasons for straightening your teeth as well. Crowded and misaligned teeth can cause problems with biting and chewing food, and hinder your ability to clean your teeth properly. This can lead to tooth decay and loss.
Our experienced dentists will examine your teeth and bite carefully and determine which option is best for you. Whether you opt for traditional braces or Invisalign aligners, orthodontics will straighten your teeth, enhance your smile and restore your confidence in your appearance.
Invisalign uses clear, removable aligners to gradually move your teeth into their right position. Invisalign aligners are made for each patient individually with the aid of 3D technology that lets you go through every step of the treatment from the beginning to the end. Your dentist will provide you with a series of aligners to change them every two weeks until your teeth reach the desired position. Although the aligners can be removed to eat and clean your teeth, you have to commit wearing them at least 22 hours per day for optimal results.
Jaw aligning braces (Twin Block)
A Twin Block is a system of removable braces that can help align your jaw in just four months. These powerful braces work by taking advantage of the forces emitted from the chewing muscles and should be worn virtually all day for effective treatment. However, if your jaw gets tired, you can remove them for a bit and rest your mouth.
Old-school, trusted metal braces are ideal for treating virtually any type of orthodontic issues. Modern braces have come a long way and they are now more lightweight and discreet than ever. Metal braces work by using a system of brackets and wires to gently move the teeth, helping to overcome common problems such as overcrowded, misaligned and gapped teeth.