1st important habit for dental health

May 20th, 2015

National Smile Month at Time Dental in Farnham, Surrey

Brush your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste

This is the first of the 3 most important ways to keep your teeth and gums in great shape.

National Smile Month has started and this is one of the 3 key messages it aims to promote. It may seem obvious but there is a huge percentage of the population who brush only once a day.

Why is brushing twice a day so important? It’s because within hours of brushing the harmful plaque bacteria, that causes tooth decay and gum disease, begins to reform. Brushing twice a day will keep your teeth and gums healthy.

Why a fluoride toothpaste? The outer surface of your tooth is called enamel. Fluoride helps to keep the enamel strong which helps make it resistant to acid attack.

Keep a look out for the next 2 important ways to keep a healthy mouth.

Until next time…….

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National Smile Month Campaign starts 18th May

May 13th, 2015

National Smile Month at Time Dental in Farnham, Surrey

It’s easy to be embarrassed of our teeth, especially if they’re not in the best condition.
From the 18th May, the National Smile Month campaign begins; its aim: to improve dental health awareness in the UK.

Many organisations across the country will take part in this excellent campaign.

Through thorough engagement with local communities about the importance of a healthy mouth and by promoting the 3 key messages that:

  • brushing your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste
  • cutting down on how often you consume sugary food and drink
  • and visiting your dentist regularly…

…will actually really lower your chances of experiencing nasty oral problems, National Smile Month, which is organised by the British Dental Health Foundation, has been designed with your health in mind.

To celebrate, Time Dental in Farnham, Surrey are happy to announce they are providing every patient who books in for their dental check up a FREE cosmetic smile assessment on top of an oral cancer health screening, (oh, and free toothpaste!) by your local highly trained dental team.

Call us now on 01252 723 008 to book your dental health check.

Now that’s something to smile about!

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The no.1 reason why dental implants can fail…

May 6th, 2015

dental implant failure due to peri-implantitis

Dental implants are used to replace missing teeth. They replace the roots of your teeth and allow a connector and a crown to be attached to the implant. This means that you can bite and chew normally again.

The implant is made of titanium and is expertly placed by dental surgeons. They are an excellent way of restoring your bite, which means you can chew properly, as well as look like your natural tooth.

Many people think that once they have had dental implants they will stay in forever, they do not have to visit the dentist anymore and they do not need to  brush their teeth. This is FALSE.

There are a number of reasons why implants can fail. One of the common causes of failure of dental implants is due to bacterial infection around the implant. Just like teeth, dental implants can fail if not looked after properly. The bacterial infection can cause a disease called peri-implantitis. This is a disease that destroys the boney support around your implant and will eventually result in failure of the implant. The bacteria that causes this disease is similar to the bacteria that causes gum disease on natural teeth.

The best way to stop peri-implantitis is to brush your teeth, especially around the gum area, twice a day. Also use either interdental brushes and superfloss to clean in between the teeth twice a day. See your dentist and hygienist regularly so that they can give you the best preventative advice to catch any potential problems early.

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Chantry’s in Farnham fun day Sat 2nd May

April 30th, 2015

Chantry's in Farnham Fun day from Jubilee Church

Its on Saturday 2nd May from 1-3 pm. Why not come down and enjoy some family fun with a BBQ, Face painting, craft stall, hair braiding and meet some new people?

Over the last 8 years Jubilee Church Farnham has been working in partnership with The Chantrys resident association, Waverley borough council, Surrey county council and Farnham town council on an estate in Farnham that has been identified as having many social needs. The different areas in Farnham where the most social need was required was identified by quantitative and qualitative research. The community development work priorities were  then formed by the most pressing needs in these areas.

Jubilee church Farnham has directly helped provide the residents with a “kidz club”, youth club, parents and toddlers group and the annual clean up and fun day.

For more info on what Jubilee Church Farnham is all about, see HERE

Why you really need to clean BETWEEN your teeth…

April 15th, 2015

Helping you improve your dental health from Time Dental in Farnham, Surrey

“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.

The 2 things dentists are asked about tooth whitening…

April 8th, 2015

teeth whitening from Time Dental in Farnham, Surrey

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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Easter eggs…..yum, yum!!

April 2nd, 2015

Real reason for Easter- Jesus is risen

I love Spring time and Easter- the days are getting longer, you get to spend more time outside, the smell of freshly mown lawns and especially Easter eggs! You can go a bit over board with chocolate Easter eggs, I try to remember to do things in moderation! If like me you want to keep your healthy routine going, try some of these tips for indulging this Easter:

1. Try buying an egg with a higher percentage of coco. They generally have less sugar than the milk chocolate ones.

2. Try buying a smaller egg rather than the huge ones!

3. Put a limit on the number of eggs for the family / individual.

4. Rather than eating multiple eggs or one large egg over a day or two just restrict it to one particular time of day. This will reduce the frequency of acid attack to your teeth.

p.s. Don’t forget the real reason for Easter! Why not drop by and listen to the Good News story of Easter at Jubilee Church, Farnham on Sunday the 5th of April? For more details see HERE.

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5 reasons to choose Time Dental to help you smile….

March 26th, 2015

 

Straight teeth for confident smiles from Time Dental in Farnham, Surrey

So, you want to smiling confidently- but why should you choose Time Dental to help you?

Here’s why:

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.

5. Guarantee
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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Why biting your nails is bad for your teeth..

March 18th, 2015

nail biting dames your teeth- time dental

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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Does Fluoride cause an underactive thyroid gland?

March 12th, 2015

Fluoride and the thyroid gland- Time Dental in Farnham surrey

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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