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Halitosis – Bad breath

Halitosis (bad breath), is the unpleasant smell of exhaled air. It’s causes can be local or systemic.

Common causes of halitosis include: dry mouth, periodontal infections, throat infections, dirty tongue, unclean dentures, renal failure and diabetes.
Good oral care, regular dental and dental hygiene visits, stopping smoking, and avoiding certain foods can prevent most cases of bad breath. Remember to brush your tongue.

Oral Cancer Awareness

What to look for?

Colour difference
Texture change
Lesions
Lumps

To perform an oral cancer self-check, you will need: A bright light, gauze or washcloth and a mirror. Examine the floor of your mouth, roof of your mouth, cheeks, lips, tongue and back of throat. Make sure you examine the tongue and floor of mouth extra carefully, as these two sites account for roughly 60% of all oral cancers!
If something looks odd. Take a picture and make an appointment with your dentist.

Congratulations to Jane! 20 Years at WM Dental.

During this time Jane has been an integral part of the success of our practice. We are sure all of you know Jane’s warm voice and friendly smile.

Jane, we thank you every day!

Why Do I Need To See A Hygienist?

Regularly seeing a dental hygienist is necessary to maintain a healthy mouth. Brushing and flossing daily is not enough to reach the hidden areas where tartar, calculus and plaque can build up. A dental hygienist uses special instruments to clean your teeth, remove tartar and plaque, and help prevent gum disease. This includes preventing tooth loss! A dental hygienist can also advise you on products you can use to help improve your home oral hygiene routine.

World Oral Health Day 2015

Smile for life
1. Brush 2x daily with fluoride toothpaste
2. Cut down on sugary foods and drinks between meals
3. Chew a sugar free gum after meals

Have a great weekend everyone!

Gum disease

Approximately 80% of New Zealanders over the age of 15 have some form of gum disease. It is important to know the signs and act early to reduce any effects on your overall health.
Plaque build-up causes gingivitis.
When you have gingivitis, your gums become red, swollen and bleed easily. The early stages of gum disease can be reversed with improved oral hygiene. If left untreated periodontal pockets can form. The gums become infected and begin to pull away from the teeth forming spaces called ‘pockets’. This is called periodontitis (gum disease). Periodontitis is irreversible; it causes gum recession, deeper pockets and bone loss. Eventually teeth will become lose and may need to be removed.
Here are 5 easy steps for prevention!
1. Brush your teeth 2x daily.
2. Floss your teeth 1x daily.
3. Visit your dentist & hygienist 2x yearly.
4. Eat a balanced diet.
5. Avoid smoking and smokeless tobacco.

Here’s 4 helpful tips in caring for your children’s teeth :

Here’s 4 helpful tips in caring for your children’s teeth:
1. Supervise your children’s brushing twice daily
2. Limit in between meal snacks
3. To help prevent decay ask about “Fissure Sealants”
4. Limit fruit juice – these often contain a lot of sugar

Have you met Morgan, our new hygienist?

Joining us late last year, Morgan’s got quite a following already. “She’s the gentlest clean I’ve ever had. I’m sure I nodded off.”
Have you had your teeth cleaned lately? Call us on 478 5233 or email reception@wmdental.co.nz to book.

Did You Know?

Eating lots of sugary snacks is worse than eating one sugar-filled meal.
Some fruit smoothies can be more harmful to your teeth than others – kiwifruit, apple and lime produces more dental erosion than those containing strawberry and banana.
We recommend brushing morning and night. The night time clean is the most important to remove all the food and plaque that has built up throughout the day. When you sleep there is no saliva to flush away food and buffer acids that cause tooth decay.

Remember our little people too!

Start brushing your baby’s teeth with fluoride toothpaste as soon as
they appear, usually about 6 months.
Supervise their brushing until they are 7 years old, either by
brushing their teeth yourself or by watching them do it. Make sure
they are brushing for a full 2 minutes.
Bring them with you to the dentist at your next check up, so they can see you in the chair and get
used to the surroundings. We recommend their first dental visit by the time they are 2 years old. Be
positive and make the trip fun. We always reward good girls and boys at the
dentist.