April 15th, 2015
“I hate flossing! It’s really fiddly and I cant get on with it.”
I hear this alot from my patients and yes it can be quite tricky if you’ve never been shown how. Even when you have been shown how there can still be a steep learning curve.
So why should you bother cleaning in between your teeth? Well brushing alone cleans about 80% of the tooth and gum surface and the remaining 20% is in between your teeth. Plaque easily gets stuck between your teeth and if it isn’t removed it can cause gum disease, bad breath, dental decay and your teeth may fall out.
You don’t have to use floss. There are quite a few different methods of cleaning inbetween your teeth. Get your hygienist to show you the best way for your mouth. Everyone is different so the trick is finding the right method for you.
One tool that many people are finding useful is called a floss pick (see the picture above). They are readily available at supermarkets and chemists. It has a small piece of floss between a u-shaped plastic holder. Very useful for getting in-between the tricky molar teeth.
April 8th, 2015
There are two very common questions that people always ask me about tooth whitening:
1. Is it safe?
2. How long does it last?
Very sensible questions. With regards to safety: this depends on the ingredients of the tooth whitening gel. Over-the-counter products can be very acidic and can actually damage the teeth and gums. If you want to get it done properly the active product needs to contain hydrogen peroxide. There is a legal maximum that is allowed in Europe which is 6%. Professional tooth whitening gel supplied by your dentist is the safest to use. This is also because one particular tooth whitening gel supplied to dentists contains amorphous calcium phosphate which helps reduce sensitivity and strengthens the enamel.
The length of time your teeth will stay white depends on your lifestyle. So if you smoke, drink lots of red wine, tea, coffee, eat alot of curries, then your teeth will discolour faster than someone who doesn’t do those things. Teeth whitening can last between 8- 24 months. Once you have compelted the intial course of tooth whienting you only need to do a small top up in the future.
Tooth whitening products are NOT all the same and you need to make sure your teeth are in a good condition before starting any treatment. Have a chat with your dentist and they will be able to advise you properly.
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March 26th, 2015
So, you want to smiling confidently- but why should you choose Time Dental to help you?
1. You want a team to understand your concerns:
We understand how you feel about your smile- that’s why we want to help you. We’ve been through it ourselves!
2. You want a team you can trust:
We’ve done this for years and we know our stuff! Check out the next point…
3. See what others have said about us:
Have a look at the comments people have made in the testimonial section of our website. HERE
4. You want affordable options:
We want to make this suitable for your budget which is why we have pay-as-you-go options as well as finance options to spread your payments.
We promise that you will be so happy with your smile- or we’ll give you your money back!
Call us NOW on 01252 723 008 to see how we can help you. Speak soon.
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March 18th, 2015
Did you know that if you bite your nails you are highly likely to break your teeth?
Whether you bite your nails because your nervous or you bite them to keep them trim or because its a habit- This will place your teeth under stress.
I’ve seen so many chips of the edges of the upper and lower front teeth due to nail biting that I’ve lost count! When you bite your nails you bring your teeth edge to edge and over time this can cause them to wear because nails can actually be quite hard. Sometimes you can bite too hard and the teeth can chip on the opposing teeth.
The best thing to do is to stop the nail biting. For some people this is very easy to do, for others this can be a challenge. Try these tips:
1. paint your nail with a special clear nibble inhibitor. Every time you try to bite your nails the taste will put you off.
2. Place a plaster on the nail that gets chewed on to remind you to stop.
3. Place false finger nails on.
4. Keep your finger nails short by cutting them with nail clippers- not your teeth!
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March 12th, 2015
The press recently reported that a study carried out in the West Midlands raised a concern about the validity of water fluoridation as a safe public health measure. The study indicated that people in a water fluoridated area scheme were 30% more likely to have hypothyroidism in areas where the fluoride levels were more than 0.3ppm.
The debate as to whether additional fluoride should be added to water is a furious one. Fluoride naturally occurs in water. It is used in mouthwashes and toothpaste and it’s use is an excellent prevention for dental decay. There have been many studies carried out that have proven the benefits of fluoride. The current studies are based on scientific fact for the benefits of fluoride and one must apply extreme caution when reading articles in the newspapers based on one single study.
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March 4th, 2015
Research from charity Action on Sugar claims that many young people think that so called energy drinks will help them with sports performance- not aware that some brands contain as much as 20 teaspoons of sugar.
The charity tested 197 energy drinks, with the worst drink being Rockstar Punched Energy and Guava Tropical flavour with 20 teaspoons of sugar in a 500ml can. Lucozade Pink Energy Lemonade had 18 teaspoons of sugar per 500ml can. Both these drinks are endorsed by sports stars.
Far from being healthy the energy drinks will get children used to sugars and put them at risk of childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes.
Type 2 diabetes is the leading cause of blindness, limb aputation and kideny dialysis.
The amount of sugar consumed in these drinks also puts your dental health at risk.-causing rapid tooth decay when consumed on a regular basis.
To read further details about the article see HERE.
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February 25th, 2015
A healthy, confident smile can make a big impact on your life. Having straight teeth can improve how other people perceive your personality as well as your attractiveness.
Here are 5 reasons why you should get your teeth straightened:
1. Increased self-confidence. Most adults think a great smile is an important social asset. A nice smile can affect job opportunities and even the people you attract in your life. No need to worry about making a bad impression or having your photo taken.
2. Straight, white teeth look more attractive. Like it or not appearance does matter. You have 7 seconds to make an impression when you meet someone for the first time whether it is socially or for business. If you want to make a good impression a nice smile with straight teeth is more attractive than crooked, discoloured teeth.
3. Healthier teeth with straight teeth. If you have crooked teeth, food and plaque can easily trap in between causing tooth decay and gum disease as you are not able to clean them as easily as teeth that are straight.
4. Less wear and tear. Crooked and misaligned teeth result in uneven distribution of force which can wear teeth prematurely. When your teeth are straight there is a reduced risk of uneven wear.
5. Reduce the risk of fracturing your teeth. With crooked teeth that are particularly protruding you are at a higher risk of breaking your teeth in an accidental fall, sports injury or car accident.
Call us on 01252 723 008 now to see how we can help you at Time Dental.
February 18th, 2015
So we already discussed what acid erosion is and what can cause it, Here are some top tips to help prevent acid erosion from happening in the first place:
- Brush your teeth twice a day with a small headed toothbrush and a fluoride toothpaste
- Have a piece of cheese or some milk to help neutralize the acid
- reduce the number of acid attacks by eating acid products and fizzy drinks only at meal times
- Either drink acid/fizzy/sparkly drinks quickly without “swishing” around the mouth or better still drink through a straw to help drinks go to the back of the mouth
- Give your teeth a chance to remineralise by waiting at least one hour after having something acidic before brushing your teeth.
Remember anything fizzy/ sparkling can be acidic- that includes sparkling mineral water soda water and berocca.
In many cases using preventative techniques and regular dental health checks will reduce acid erosion however in some cases it is important that the tooth and the exposed dentine is protected. This is often achieved by composite bonding by your dentist. This will cover the exposed area of tooth which reduces the risk of further erosion, dental decay and sensitivity.
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February 12th, 2015
Julia came to see us at Time Dental because she was not happy with her smile. She was very aware of her crooked teeth when she had photos taken and when she saw them posted on Facebook. She told us that she would now keep her lips closed and not show her teeth when she smiled. She was in a customer facing job and realised how important it was to have a nice smile. We discussed all her options and she wanted the clear fixed brackets as they would work the fastest for her. She had crowded upper and lower teeth,
Only 7 months later she is now really happy and cannot believe the difference this has made to her confidence. She can now smile without any worry. You’d be smiling too if you had a result like this!
What difference would it make to you if you smiled with straight teeth?
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February 5th, 2015
Have a look at this list to see if any of it is part of your daily/ regular food and drink diet:
- Lemon juice on your food
- Hot Lemon water
- Concentrated Orange juice
- Fresh satsumas
- Fresh grapefruit
- Fizzy drinks (alcoholic drinks/ sports drinks/ soft drinks)
- Sparkly mineral water or soda water
- Fizzy flavoured water
- White wine
Excess consumption of these types will cause acid erosion of your teeth.
What is acid erosion?
This is the loss of the enamel layer which is the outer strong surface of your teeth due to acid attack. Once the protective enamel is gone it leaves the sensitive dentine underneath exposed, which can lead to pain and sensitivity
How does acid erosion happen?
Every time you eat anything acidic the enamel becomes softer for a while and your saliva overtime helps to cancel the acid back to a normal pH balance. However if the acid attack happens too often the enamel can be permanently destroyed resulting in loss of the strong enamel.
How do I know if I have acid erosion?
Acid erosion often shows up as hollows up by the gum line of your teeth. You can also see a general wearing away of the biting surface and edges of your teeth. Some times you can see small ditches or pits on the biting surface of your molars.
Are there any medical conditions that can cause acid erosion?
Yes. Bulimia can cause severe tooth erosion. Acid reflux or heartburn can result in stomach acid brought up into the mouth which can also result in dental erosion.
Look out for our next post on ways to prevent acid erosion.