International  Kissing day – 6 July 2018.Are you ready?

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We all remember our first kiss—it was completely exhilarating, probably awkward, and may have involved braces. But kissing is an age-old practice with significance that extends far beyond just romance. The act of kissing has many meanings and takes many forms, from a hello kiss to a kiss goodbye. No matter which type of kiss you prefer, International Kissing Day on July 6 is the perfect time of year to celebrate this simple but powerful gesture.

  1. It’s a full face workout
    A simple pucker kiss only involves two muscles. Who needs the gym when a make-out session will get our hearts racing and our muscles working?
  2. Kissing makes us happy and relieves stress
    Kissing serves as a natural relaxer that makes us feel happy and at peace. By stimulating our brain to release feel-good chemicals, kissing makes us feel both calm and excited at the same time. Had a stressful day? Kiss someone!
  3. Kissing crosses language and cultural boundaries
    Kissing is a cross-cultural form of communication that means the same things in every country—regardless of language, ethnicity, or religion. By kissing, you can communicate complex emotions without having to exchange any words with your kissing partner.


When you are in the personal space of your friend or partner bad breath can be really off putting.

Mouth odour ( bad breath or halitosis) is a social and health concern. Bad breath may be due to the food we eat, poor oral hygiene, gum disease or an underlying medical condition. It’s not always easy to tell if you have bad breath. Other people may notice it first, but could feel uncomfortable telling you. It takes great courage of a friend or partner to tell you that they are worried by your bad breath.

Are you comfortable and confident that you will not embarrass yourself  on 6 July.

We are here to help!

If you have any concerns, please read on and contact us for advice.

Bad breath is a common problem that can affect anyone at any age.

About one in four people are thought to have bad breath (halitosis) on a regular basis.

 What causes bad breath?

Bad breath can be the result of numerous things, but it’s usually caused by poor oral hygiene. If bacteria builds up in your mouth, it can cause your breath to smell.

Bacteria break down pieces of food in the mouth, releasing unpleasant-smelling gas. Any food trapped in your teeth will be broken down by bacteria, causing bad breath.

Persistent bad breath can sometimes be a sign of gum disease.

Eating strongly flavoured foods, such as onions and garlic, can also cause your breath to smell, as can smoking and drinking a lot of alcohol.

Occasionally, bad breath can occur following an infection or illness, or as a result of taking certain types of medication.

Treatment for bad breath (halitosis) will depend on its cause.

Usually, the most effective treatment is improving your dental hygiene. As part of your daily routine, you should:

  • Brush your teeth and gums.
  • Floss between your teeth.
  • Clean your tongue.

Cleaning your teeth

Your dentist will probably recommend that you brush your teeth at least twice a day using fluoride toothpaste.

Here are some tips on how to brush your teeth and keep your mouth healthy:

  • Choose a small or medium-sized toothbrush with soft, multi-tufted synthetic bristles.
  • Replace your toothbrush every three to four months.
  • Brush your teeth for at least two minutes. Keep a toothbrush at work or school so you can brush your teeth after lunch.
  • Brush all areas of your teeth, paying particular attention to where your teeth and gums meet.
  • Your dentist or oral hygienist may recommend using a special single-tufted brush for specific problem areas of your mouth.
  • Use a separate toothbrush or a tongue scraper to lightly brush your tongue. Some toothbrushes have a tongue cleaner on the back of the brush head.
  • Use dental floss to clean between your teeth and remove trapped food that could cause tooth decay. Brushing on its own only cleans about 60% of the tooth’s surface.
  • Your dentist may recommend that you rinse your mouth daily using an anti-bacterial or anti-odour mouthwash. This shouldn’t replace brushing, but can be included as part of your daily routine.
  • To help prevent tooth erosion, avoid brushing your teeth for 30 minutes after drinking an acidic drink, such as fruit juice, or eating acidic fruit, such as oranges.

Cleaning dentures

If you wear dentures, you should take them out at night to give your mouth a chance to rest. Clean your dentures thoroughly before putting them in the next morning. Follow the advice outlined below.

  • Don’t use toothpaste to clean your dentures, as it can scratch the surface and cause stains.
  • Clean your dentures thoroughly using soap and lukewarm water, denture cream or a denture-cleaning tablet.
  • Use a separate toothbrush to clean your dentures.

If you follow this routine, your dentures should stay clean and fresh. It will also help prevent the build-up of plaque, which can cause bad breath.

Fresh breath tips

  • Eat a healthy, balanced dietand avoid eating strongly flavoured or spicy food.
  • Cut down on sugary food and drink, as it can increase the amount of bacteria in your mouth.
  • Reduce your alcohol
  • Stop smoking.
  • Cut down on coffee.
  • Drink plenty of waterto help prevent your mouth becoming dry.
  • Chew sugar-free gum after eating, to stimulate the flow of saliva. This will help clean away any remaining food particles.

Make sure you visit your dentist for regular check-ups. Having regular dental care will ensure that any plaque is removed from your teeth, particularly in areas that are difficult to reach.

Your dentist can recommend the best way to clean your teeth and gums, and point out areas you might be missing. They can also identify any signs of gum disease and ensure early treatment.


Gastrointestinal problems

If your bad breath is caused by a gastrointestinal problem, such as an H. pylori infection or gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD), you may be referred to a gastroenterologist.

Your recommended treatment will depend on the specific gastrointestinal condition that you have. For example, if you have a stomach ulcer, you may need a combination of two or three different antibiotics and a proton pump inhibitor (PPI). This is known as eradicaton therapy.

Treating and preventing bad breath

Improving oral hygiene is usually enough to cure bad breath and prevent it happening again.

Your dentist can advise you about ways to improve your oral health and will recommend:

  • regularly brushing your teeth and gums
  • flossing between your teeth
  • keeping your tongue clean

Read more about treating and preventing bad breath.

When to see your GP

If you still have bad breath after making changes to your dental hygiene, see your GP. There may be a medical cause that needs investigating.

Don’t try to hide the smell of your breath before visiting your dentist or GP, because it will make it more difficult for them to find out what’s causing the problem.

Do I have bad breath?

It’s not always easy to tell if you have bad breath. Other people may notice it first, but could feel uncomfortable telling you. It takes great courage of a friend or partner to tell you that they are worried by your bad breath.

A simple test to find out whether you have bad breath is to lick the inside of your wrist with the back of your tongue and wait for a few seconds until the saliva dries. If your wrist smells unpleasant, it’s likely your breath does too.


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Caring for Your Smile When You’re Expecting a Baby

June 2015

Are you adding to your family in the near future? Congratulations! This will be an exciting—not to mention busy—time in your life. You’ll have a nursery to decorate, furniture to buy, and plenty of checkups with your doctor.

With everything that’s going on, though, it’s important not to lose sight of your oral health. In fact, regular brushing and flossing will never be as important as they are now. Besides causing symptoms like swollen or bleeding gums, gum disease has also been linked with certain pregnancy complications, like premature birth.

To ensure that your smile stays healthy during your pregnancy, and that your baby stays safe, we recommend the following:

  • Clean your smile regularly, paying special attention to your gumline. Gum disease is caused by the accumulation of bacteria and plaque along the gums.
  • Enjoy a balanced and nutritious diet. Foods that are processed or sugary will increase your chances of developing gum disease or cavities.
  • Talk to your dentist about when to schedule an examination during your pregnancy. The best time is often during the second trimester.

Like any mom, you want to give your baby the best possible start. With preventive brushing and flossing, you’re already well on your way.

If you have questions about the connection between pregnancy and gum disease, don’t hesitate to talk to your the team at the Harrow Dental Centre on 020 84272543 or contact us  via our website

Aknowledgement to Best Dentist News

Five ways to keep bad breath at bay

March 2014

brushingFor some patients, bad breath is something that only happens occasionally, after a meal heavy on garlic, for instance. For others, though, it’s a daily struggle caused by the accumulation and breakdown of bacteria in the mouth. That’s why frequent bad breath–also known as halitosis–is also a sign of early-stage gum disease.

The good news for patients who struggle daily with bad breath is that managing the condition is possible. By following these five helpful steps, patients with halitosis can experience relief and live more confidently.

Brush and floss regularly

Brushing and flossing are the first steps for anyone struggling with bad breath. These simple actions will help you control the amount of bacteria in your mouth by clearing away leftover food particles that contribute to the production and buildup of bacteria. We recommend brushing and flossing at least twice a day.

Rinse with a mouthwash

Rinsing with an antibacterial alcohol free (flouride) mouthwash is the second step for patients who struggle with bad breath. Antibacterial mouthwashes kill bacteria before they have a chance to accumulate and they simultaneously freshen breath.Special mouth washes target the sulphour compounds that cause bad breath. The team at the Harrow Dental Centre can advise about the most suitable mouthwash for you.

Scrape or brush your tongue

In addition to accumulating around the gum line, bacteria can also hide on tongue. Using a tongue scraper–or even your toothbrush–to clean your tongue will do a lot to hold bad breath at bay.

Change your toothbrush

Your toothbrush is another place bacteria can hide. That’s why we recommend switching to a new one about every 6-9 weeks. With a new toothbrush, you can be sure that you’re cleaning your teeth with a bacteria-free brush.

Stay hydrated

What you drink can have a big impact on your oral health. Sugary or acidic drinks can be damaging, while drinking water throughout the day will help you control the buildup of bacteria and wash food particles away.

Do you have questions about what causes bad breath and how it can be treated? Call your the Harrow Dental Centre  with your questions or to schedule an appointment on +44 20 84272543 or contact us via our web site

 *With acknowledgements to Best Dentist News


Fresh breath

Are you concerned that friends or co-workers stand further away than necessary to talk to you? Do you receive daily offers of gum and mints? If the answer is yes to these questions … you may have bad breath, also called halitosis.

How is it possible for you to have bad breath and not know it? Your body uses a process called acclimation to filter out its own scents so you can use your nose to detect outside smells. This means your nose is used to whatever odor is emitting from your mouth. Even if you cup your hand and breathe into it, you probably won’t detect foul aromas. So, how can you tell if you have halitosis?

The easiest test for determining if your breath is bad is to ask someone. It will take courage on their part but friends or family members will probably be more than happy to render an honest opinion.

Why do I have bad breath?

The most common reason people have bad breath is decaying food particles and bacterial growth in the mouth, especially on the tongue. If you have poor oral hygiene habits, the accumulation of food and bacteria will make create a mouth odour.

There are other reasons for bad breath.-reasons to be concerned.

 Gum disease and cavities can produce halitosis, and so can systemic illnesses such as diabetes, acid reflux and sinus infections. In fact, if you have chronic bad breath that doesn’t respond to any of your freshening and cleansing attempts—you may have a larger health concern, and should make an appointment with us at Harrow Dental Centre

How do I avoid bad breath?

Keeping a daily oral hygiene routine can go a long way to prevent halitosis. Brushing and rinsing in the mornings and evenings, and flossing at least once a day, can remove the food and bacteria that are the main causes for bad breath. And you can brush after meals, too, to ensure any strong-smelling foods you’ve eaten are eradicated from your teeth and gums. Other measures you can take to prevent halitosis are:

Drink plenty of water. Water loosens and rinses away food particles and also encourages saliva production.

Chew gum that’s either sugar-free or sweetened with Xylitol. Chewing also encourages saliva production, and minty flavors help freshen breath.

Rinse with an antibacterial. At the Harrow Dental Centre we may have suggestions for the best over-the-counter mouthwashes or also give you a specific oral rinse ,for example .Retardex or peroxyl

Use a tongue scraper. These devices are designed to remove the bacteria and food debris that cling to your tongue’s surface.

Invest in an electric toothbrush. Studies have shown that electric toothbrushes make it easier to remove plaque. Since most of them are designed to turn off after a specified time, people tend to brush for the specified 2 minute period. We recommend the Phillips Sonicare or Braun /Oral B  range of tooth brushes. All tooth pastes will help freshen your breath.

Arrange regular dental examinations. Attending your regular exams with your dentist helps to ensure that your health issues will be addressed at their earliest appearance. At the Harrow Dental Centre we will complete an examination of the soft tissue of you mouth , gums and teeth. If you have good oral hygiene and healthy soft tissues and gums and still have a mouth odour problem we will refer you your family doctor for a medical examination,

With acknowledgements to Best Dentist News

Bad Breath – ”May I have a coffee please”

Bad breath- pass the coffee

How coffee could cure bad breath! Compounds found in coffee beans prevent the release of bacteria responsible for halitosis, according to a study carried out byTelAvivUniversity.  Reports from the Daily Mail and Daily Express note the work of Professor Mel Rosenberg, who has spent two decades studying the diagnosis and treatment of halitosis, and who is the inventor of the range of  Dentyl  mouthwash products. He claims that while coffee has always carried a reputation for causing bad breath, tests involving the addition of black coffee to bacteria-laden saliva resulted in a reduction of odour causing gases by up to 90 per cent.

Scientists say extract of coffee beans can prevent the build-up of bacteria in the mouth.

Professor Mel Rosenberg, of Tel Aviv University, said: “Everybody thinks coffee causes bad breath and it’s often true, because coffee becomes potent when mixed with milk and can ferment into smelly substances. But contrary to our expectations, we found some components in coffee that actually inhibit bad breath.”The discovery could lead to a new type of mouthwash. Purified coffee extract could be added to the mixture to prevent bacteria forming, instead of simply masking the smell with a mint flavour.

This is the opposite to what we have always thought  So maybe that is the way to prevent bad breath ? Maybe Anti bacterial agents are the way forward with this and other gum problems for the future.-Ira Miller

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