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Valentines Day Puckering Up Tips

If you are planning on puckering up on Valentine's Day here are our top 5 tips

Don't get caught out - make sure you are ready!

1. Fresh Breath

Bad breath is a common problem that can affect anyone at any age and almost one in four people possibly have regular bad breath or Halitosis to give it it's proper name.

Bad breath is usually due to poor oral hygiene. It's the build up of bacteria and associated toxins produced in your mouth that can cause your breath to smell.

Think about what you eat as strongly flavoured foods (for example onions and garlic) can also cause your breath to smell, as can smoking and drinking too much alcohol.

Occasionally, bad breath can occur after an infection or illness, or as a result of taking certain types of medication and it can be a sign of gum disease.

Ask someone you can trust to smell your breath and be honest with you.

Make sure you brush your teeth (and tongue) regularly and perhaps pop in to see one of our Hygienists if you haven't done so for some time.

2. Staining

Coffee and red wine are the biggest culprits when it comes to stained teeth. It occurs when tannins build up on your tooth enamel. Good oral hygiene can help reduce stained teeth, but that isn’t always enough and again a trip to the Hygienist is probably in order. Some whitening toothpaste can remove a percentage of stains but sometimes you need a little extra help to whiten your teeth.

3. Healthy Gums

Your mouth needs healthy gums as they are the foundations for your teeth. Almost half the adult population in the UK have gum disease in some form so if your gums are sore when you brush your teeth or you spit blood when cleaning it is really important that you come and see us. Gum disease is linked to a number of diseases such as Type 2 Diabetes, Cardiovascular disease and Stroke as well as Alzheimers so it's pretty nasty and shouldn't be ignored.

4. Lips

The skin on your lips is much thinner than anywhere else on your body so it easier for them to crack and chap.

They also have a lesser amount of oil glands and can't produce melanin so make sure you use a lipbalm with SPF. Chapped lips are most common in winter, when the cold, dry air dehydrates our skin but the dry air, sun and wind during all months of the year can be just as damaging.

5. A big beaming Smile

It takes far fewer muscles to smile than it does to frown and according to the song "You are never fully dressed without a smile" so wear yours all day long and whether you are struck by Cupids Bow or not this year have a Happy Valentines Day.

We have a few appointments available with Nikki our Hygienist early next week so if you would like to be fully prepared for the big day then why not call us on 01392 278843 and make an appointment to see her.

Chrissy Still
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