• Apolline Dental
  • 2a Buxton Road
  • Chingford
  • London
  • E4 7DP
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Maintaining a consistent dental cleaning routine at home is the cornerstone for good oral health.

But regular dental exams and professional cleanings are also important.

What types of issues does dental hygiene encompass?

Dental hygiene addresses all aspects of mouth health. In addition to keeping teeth and gums healthy, it prevents bad breath, helps avert mouth or lip cancer, and gives you a confident smile.

How is professional cleaning performed?

Brushing your teeth twice daily is excellent for regular maintenance, but professional cleaning is more thorough. Our dental professionals remove plaque and tartar build-up that even the most diligent brushing cannot completely remove.

After the cleaning, they will polish your teeth, so they look good and feel great. They also physically examine the mouth area for signs of gum disease, tooth decay, and other potential soft tissue anomalies.

How often should I have a dental exam?

For the average patient, a professional cleaning and oral exam should occur every six months. Some clients may need more frequent visits depending on the status of their dental health. Routinely tending to your mouth and taking preventative measures may increase the time needed between visits.

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Bad Breath

Bad breath (halitosis) remains taboo in society and yet many of us will suffer from it at some point. For approximately 25% of people, it can, unfortunately, become a persistent problem – this can lead to issues with self-esteem, relationships and performance at work.

There are many factors that may contribute to bad breath, and the cause isn’t always obvious – however, it is thought that 85% of bad breath can be traced back to bacteria in the oral cavity.

Common causes of bad breath include:

  • Gum disease, tooth decay or infections are all potential causes of bad breath!
  • Bacteria live in the mouth tend to multiply as the mouth dries out.
  • Causes your body to break down fat for energy and create ketones. These are emitted out of the body through urine or your breath – causing ‘ketobreath’ – it smells like rotten fruit!
  • Leads to a slowing of the production of saliva – which usually fights bacteria in the mouth. This leads to bacteria can start breeding leading to the onset of bad breath.
  • Can cause bad breath due to its intense flavour as well as reducing saliva production. Less saliva means an increase in odour-causing bacteria.
  • The bacteria that naturally exist in your mouth feed on sugars turning sweet treats into sour smells
  • Sinusitis, tonsillitis, diabetes and acid reflux can all result in bad breath
  • Medications like some antihistamines, diuretics, antipsychotics and muscle relaxants can cause side effects that include dry mouth. Leading to bad breath

As you can see the list is vast and we don’t expect you to necessarily be able to identify the cause of bad breath yourself!

This is where we come in!

At Apolline Dental, our team are highly trained in diagnosing the reasons for bad breath and assisting you in achieving a healthy mouth and improving your confidence.

We offer a highly specialised ‘Bad Breath Clinic’ to our patients where a Specialist will cover the following:

1. A comprehensive history including medical problems, medications, diet and lifestyle habits

2. A comprehensive hygiene/dental examination to highlight any dental related issues

3. Accurate diagnosis of bad breath using a halimeter which measures the level of odour containing particles in your mouth

4. A one-hour hygiene treatment including a deep scale to remove all debris and bad smelling odours form the mouth

5. A dental hygiene goodie bag which contains everything you need to improve your breath

6. A review of the results 2 weeks later followed by 3 – 6 monthly reviews as required

Airflow® Tooth Polishing

Airflow® tooth polishing utilises a focused jet of compressed water, air, and powder to quickly and efficiently clean your teeth for a brighter and healthy smile.

It can be recommended for patients with sensitive teeth because the dental equipment never comes in contact with your teeth.

How does Airflow® tooth polishing help my dental hygiene?

It effectively removes superficial stains, tartar build-up, and plaque from the surface of the teeth. This polishing method also inhibits gum disease by removing bacteria and debris from the periodontal pockets. The flavoured powder safely fills in microscopic holes in dentin, which reduces teeth sensitivity as well.

Is this polishing technique safe for my natural tooth replacement?

It is gentle and safe for artificial dental restorations such as crowns, bridges, and veneers. Airflow® tooth polishing is also an effective technique for patients with braces.

What advantages are there to Airflow® tooth polishing?

  • Improves the effectiveness of sealants
  • Increases bonding capabilities for other treatments
  • Aids in the remineralisation of enamel
  • Is excellent preparation to a teeth-whitening treatment

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