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?
P.S. Call us now on 01252 723 008 to book your FREE consultation to see how we can help you.
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.
January 29th, 2015
Having a bright smile can not only look great but can also improve your chances of getting a boyfriend/girlfriend. A study by Match.com found that having bright teeth and a nice smile makes you more attractive to the opposite sex.
Here are 3 simple tips to help you natuarlly keep your teeth white:
1. Drinks lots of water.
This may sound silly, but by drinking water it acts as a mechanical washing action for the teeth. It will help to remove plaque bacteria and if you rinse with water after eating and drinking high coloured drinks it will reduce the staining ability of these types of food and drinks.
2. Eat raw vegetables
Eating raw carrots, celery, brocolli or cauliflower helps to remove surface staining and plaque bacteria which will make your teeth look dirty and discoloured.
3. Brush your teeth properly
I’m not kidding. I have lost count of the number of patients that we see who have told us that they would like whiter teeth and all they need to do is take a toothbrush to their teeth, as well as clean interdentally. Also see your hygienist regularly to help stay on top of it.
Do NOT brush with baking soda regularly. Although it may initally brighten your teeth, it is very abrasive if used daily it will actually damage your teeth.
January 21st, 2015
Sugar has been headline news recently. It’s very hard to avoid it as it’s in many foods. If you have a high frequency of sugar intakes throughout the day it makes you a high risk category for tooth decay to happen.
Sometimes it’s difficult not to snack between your main meals and it’s often tricky to think of healthy alternatives. So we’re going to give you a helping hand and give you a list of healthy alternatives. Have a look below and try them out!
- Fresh fruit - grapes, melon, a banana, strawberries, a tangerine, a pear, a peach, a plum, an apple. Fresh fruit kebabs can be fun to make and eat.
- Fresh vegetables - tomatoes -(technically a fruit!), celery, carrot and cucumber sticks, sliced peppers, sugar snap peas.
- Sandwiches - try various fillings: cold meat, tuna, grated cheese, egg, salad items, tomato or banana.
- Dairy – low fat yoghurt, low fat cheese and low fat cottage cheese
- Some other choices - bread sticks, oatcakes, crackers, rice cakes, a plain or cheese scone, a crumpet, a bagel, a potato scone, a pancake, a toasted teacake.
It’s important to remember that even fresh fruit if consumed in excess ie nibbling on them throughout the day can still result in tooth decay so moderation is key.
Happy healthy snacking, From the the Time Dental team.
January 15th, 2015
We just had to show you this case. This is Libby. She was really unhappy about her smile and lacked confidence when having photos taken. She came to see us to see what improvements, if any, could be made. We discussed her options and she wanted the clear fixed brackets . She had very crowded upper and lower teeth.
In just 10 months, she has had a life changing transformation and she cannot believe the result. Just imagine how confident you would feel with straight teeth like these!
She was almost in tears when she saw the result, along with the rest of the Time Dental team!
To see how we can help you call 01252 723 008 now for a FREE consultation.
January 7th, 2015
Well the New Year has started and so has the health campaigns after the excesses of Christmas. The Public Health England Change4Life campaign offers “sugar swap tips”. Have a look HERE for more details about the campaign.
Sugar is in many things: Bread, coleslaw, some tomato based pasta sauces and even enhanced water, the list is endless. As an example many parents do not know that kids snacking on dried fruit all day is setting them up for rapid tooth decay. Although a small box of raisins (0.5 oz) has no added sugar it contains the equivalent of 3 teaspoons of sugar and if its being snacked on all day tooth decay will happen. Officials feel children are consuming far more than is necessary. Eating too much sugar can lead to obesity which can in turn lead to increased risk of heart disease, cancer and type 2 diabetes.
As discussed in Time Dental’s recent “Tooth decay and how to prevent it- definitive guide” series, sugar is one of the big factors that contribute to tooth decay. However to cause tooth decay there also needs to be a frequent consumption of sugar as well as the harmful decay causing bacteria. Studies have found that in England one of the most common reasons for hospital admissions for children aged 5-9 was tooth decay. This is very sad to hear as tooth decay is a preventable disease. That’s why at Time Dental we want to spread the message for healthy eating which will lead to a healthy happy family.
Its easy to say stop doing this and do more of that. The best thing to do is to take small changes to your lifestyle as recommended by the Change4Life campaign. Small changes and moderation of the foods you give your kids to eat will make a huge difference.
December 25th, 2014
We want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas. We hope you enjoy this very special time of year when our Saviour was born and best wishes for a healthy and prosperous New Year!
From all at Time Dental