Dried fruit for snacks- are they really healthy or not?

August 6th, 2014

Dried fruit in excess can cause rapid tooth decayWe’ve seen a number of children at Time Dental recently who have active dental decay as young as 4 years old and this is a major concern. When asking the well-meaning parents about what their child has to eat the response is often that they have a healthy diet and they only snack on dried fruits like raisens, dried apricots and mangos. This type of diet will result in rapid tooth decay.

Now dont get me wrong, eating fruit is an excellent source of vitimins, minerals and all the good stuff but when children and adults snack throughout the day on things like dried fruit because they feels its healthy- that is the problem.

It’s the frequency of intake throughout the day that will result in rapid holes in the teeth. Especially for children as their primary teeth are much small than adult teeth.

Should I stop giving my kids fruit then? As a parent I completely understand the difficulty in trying to get children to eat a balanced healthy diet. What I advise is to give them a small bowl of dried fruit to eat all in one go or even better give a piece of fresh fruit as a snack or to try something savoury instead. Again it’s all about moderation. If you constantly give your kids dried fruit throughout the day they will get tooth decay. FACT.

The thing to remember is the removal of water in dried fruit it is not as filling as fresh fruit, also the dried fruit is not properly digested as it needs to use water from your body when the fruit reaches the stomach which may in turn dehydrate you.

There are also several things added to dried fruit, either during the drying process or after. They are sugar, dextrose, glucose syrup, fruit juice, colouring derived from fruit, glycerin, sorbic acid , sulphur dioxide, paraffin, edible fats, and oils. Oil is sometimes marked on the ingredients.

Everything you need to know about keeping your teeth and gums healthy- but were afraid to ask!

July 31st, 2014

Most people who come to see us want to keep their teeth and mouth healthy. They understand the importance of having a confident smile and want to ensure they keep their teeth for life and prevent problems from happening in the future.

What the majority of the general public do not know is that if your gums are unhealthy you can suffer from:

  • bad breath
  • losing your teeth
  • increased risk of heart disease and stroke
  • diabetes
  • premature birth and low weight babies

Here at Time Dental we want you to keep your mouth healthy which in turn keeps you healthy. That’s why we’ve created an exclusive report all about how and why you need to keep your mouth healthy plus a special voucher worth £100. To get your FREE guide, fill in your details HERE.

All You Need To Know About Cosmetic Dentistry

July 24th, 2014

Before adult orthodontic braces

18 weeks after adult orthodontic braces near Godalming


Cosmetic dentistry is such a broad topic. It generally refers to aesthetic enhancement of your smile to achieve more confidence.

A huge number of the population are affected by a poor smile. Discoloured, uneven, crooked, missing teeth can have a massive impact on your confidence. Subconciously you may find that you don’t show your teeth when you smile, you avoid having your photos taken, you have photos taken from one side only, or you cover your mouth with your hand when you laugh.

Its funny how some people say to me that their teeth doesnt affect their confidence and yet they won’t show their teeth when they smile. Someone who has a nice smile is percieved to be have confidence. Fact.

Creating that confidence could be improving the shade of your teeth to be brighter; correct the colour of a single tooth to match the teeth on either side; correct the position of your upper and lower teeth so that they are straighter; improve the shape of single or multiple teeth; enhance the edges of the upper or lower front teeth; or replace missing teeth.

To find out more download our FREE cosmetic dentistry guide HERE.

Invisible Adult Orthodontic Braces- What’s It All About?

July 17th, 2014

Time Dental before adult orthodontic braces

Time Dental after adult orthodontic braces









In the last 3 years we have seen a surge of patients looking to feel more confident by improving their smile while maintaining their own teeth.

What they mean is they want a natural improvement of their smile and don’t want ceramic veneers or crowns. Many members of the public suffer from twisted, crooked, uneven teeth which results in them hiding their teeth when smiling, not smiling or covering their mouth.

One of the many options to improve the smile is to use adult orthodontic braces. When you think of orthodontic braces most people have the image of having to wear metal traintracks for 2 -3 years. That is not the case anymore. Advances in orthodontic technology allow correction of the front teeth in just a few months with very discreet dental braces. Think about it…. More confidence with your straight teeth teeth in just a few months.

There are many systems available, so the best thing to do is to discuss your options with your dentist. Time Dental have made “The Ultimate Guide to Straighter Teeth”. Download your copy FREE copy HERE to get more information about it.

Jubilee Church Wins At The Farnham Carnival 2014

July 10th, 2014

Jubilee church, Farnham


Well done to all the entrants in the parade for Farnham Carnival 2014. The wet weather certainly did not dampen their spirits. A special congratulations to Jubilee Church who came first in their category with a “Balloon Safari” theme. A fantastic effort by all involved especially with the very grande moustaches. Jubilee Church also received a mention on the front page of the Surrey and Hants news this week.

To see how Jubilee church is involved in the Farnham community have a look at their website HERE.

What A Result! Straight Teeth Only 4 Months!

July 4th, 2014

before 6 month smiles at Time Dental in FarnhamAfter 6 months smiles at Time Dental in Farnham








Another super fast result for the Time Dental team.

Alison came to see us with crowding of her upper and lower teeth. It had bothered her for years and she reported that it was getting worse.

After just four months of adult braces treatment we achieved the stunning transformation. She is now smiling with confidence!

Journals have reported that once teeth begin to move they can continue to do so resulting in extreme crowding and dental health problems around the gums due to the inablilty to keep things plaque bacteria free.

By straightening the teeth not only will you get the confidence to smile again but from a health point of view you will be able to keep your teeth and gums healthy and avoid potential expenses for the future due to crowded teeth.

Call us to see how we can help you.

Farnham Carnival Saturday 28Th June 2014 – Don’t Miss It!

June 26th, 2014

Farnham carinval 2014 with a special offer from Time Dental


It’s Carnival time!

The theme this year is “Let’s Go Safari!” An exciting fun day for all the family to come together and enjoy being a community.

The Farnham Carnival Fayre will take place in Gostrey Meadow from 2.00 pm until 9.00 pm with lots of food stalls and community action.  The Procession will start from Upper Hart Car Park and at 6.00 pm it will start its journey around the centre of Farnham which will be closed to traffic.

Time Dental have a special prize offering at the tombola: a complimentary cosmetic consultation worth £100, a fresh breath hygiene therapy appointment and free electric toothbrush!

Look out for the Jubilee Church float during the procession. Have a look HERE for more info about how Jubilee Church is involved in the community. Good luck with the judging of the floats!

The Natural Look Is Back In Cosmetic Dentistry

June 19th, 2014

How-to-create-the-No-Makeup-lookIt seems that the natural look for beauty is back. It doesn’t seem that long ago that make up was heavy with everyone knowing you were wearing it, the same seems to be true for cosmetic dentistry. We’ve noticed a trend away from that totally white and rather unnatural look for teeth, back towards a brighter, fresher and more natural appearance.

It seems the no make up, make up trend has hit dentistry too!

So what does this mean for cosmetic dentistry? What kind of treatments are people now looking for?

The brightest whitest teeth

A few years ago patients were asking for the brightest whitest teeth possible, when cosmetic dentistry was in its infancy we used to fulfil patient’s requirements by providing dental veneers. Veneers are a thin covering which is custom made to fit precisely over your natural teeth, these veneers can be made any colour we wish and so they were often made pure white.

Ultra-white teeth shade



In fact, the manufacturers of the high-strength dental ceramic which the veneers were made from had to create brand-new colours which were whiter than anything ever made before, these whiter than white colours were attached to the whiter end of the shade scale as you can see in the image above… The colours for the dental ceramic were being driven by the patient rather than by what colours were naturally occurring for teeth as has always been the case in the past.

This trend seems to be almost over and our dental practice in Farnham is being asked less and less to use this fabulously bright, white look… It seems that many people view it now as just too fake.

A more natural appearance

Teeth whitening results

What we are finding out is that patients prefer a more natural appearance for the teeth, albeit still considerably whiter and brighter than they started off. But how do we do this?

Whiter teeth with teeth whitening

Wherever possible we prefer to use professional teeth whitening instead of dental veneers. It is the most minimally invasive treatment on offer as it retains as much of your natural tooth structure as possible. Most dentists, including ourselves, would rather maintain as much of your natural tooth without having to trim away anything which is sometimes required for dental veneers.

It is generally considered that there are two options to whiten teeth, either professional home teeth whitening or in-chair teeth whitening.


This is where you will be provided with a custom made and precision fitting whitening tray. This tray is precision made to fit your own teeth and sits comfortably around your tooth/gum margin meaning that the whitening gel does not touch your delicate gum area. You will need to wear the whitening trays for approximately 40 min per day and for around two weeks.

The good thing with using home teeth whitening is that you can control exactly how white you go, so you are in charge of the natural appearance that you want to achieve with your whiter teeth.


When you have teeth whitening in the dental practice a high-intensity light is used to speed up the whitening process of the hydrogen peroxide gel. Some patients can experience mild sensitivity but generally speaking this does not last too long. After power whitening in the surgery you will also need to use the  professional home teeth whitening kit to stabilise the process, this gives you the ability to control how naturally white you want your teeth.


“Your Personal Guide to Cosmetic Dentistry”

A special report by Dr Taher Rashid Looking at What Every Intelligent Person Needs to Know About Cosmetic Dentistry BEFORE Starting Treatment, including

  1. Which modern advances in technology will work for you
  2. Are you a candidate for cosmetic dentistry?
  3. How much will treatment cost?
  4. How long will it take?
  5. What are the downsides?
  6. Will it hurt?

Farnham Dentist Taher Rashid

Dr Taher Rashid

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Time Dental Practice Are a private dental practice situated in Farnham are offering a wide range of cosmetic dentistry options to help you look more natural and beautiful. Their free consultation for cosmetic dentistry offers you a low risk and convenient way to find out how you can have your perfect smile. Call today on 01252 723 008.

Brazil World Cup 2014

June 12th, 2014

Ronaldinho before and after photos of his smile makeover

The World cup is almost upon us. That creates very mixed emotions ranging from “I couldn’t care less” to “I’m about to explode with the excitement”. Most people are aware that the tournament is being held in Brazil. You may also be aware that one of Brazil’s star players- Ronaldinho has not been selected for the Brazil squad.

So it looks like he will be watching the game as a spectator but at least he can smile with even more confidence. Last year Ronaldinho had dental treatment to change his trademark gummy grin to a more pleasing smile. Take a look at his before photo on the right and his after photo on the left.

You can see from the before photo on the right that he shows a large amount of gum- this is called a gummy smile due to his high upper lip line. He also has quite small sized teeth for the actual size of his mouth. The upper central incisor teeth  protrude and are prominent and he also has mild overlapping (crowding ) of his upper teeth that result in a bucked -tooth appearance. In order to achieve the look on the left photo he had a procedure known as a gum lift which helps to reduce the amount of gum showing when smiling. Following this procedure he had at least 6 or more veneers to help reposition, add length and improve the brightness of his teeth. Dental veneers are individual ceramic custom made facings that are made by a master ceramist and then individually bonded onto the teeth. Veneers are a great way of improving the colour, shape and position of your teeth. They look their best for 10 -15 years and are very strong when bonded to the teeth. With careful dental health maintenance Ronaldinho will be smiling for many years to come. Except when England win the World cup this year!…………Well you can dream cant you?


National Smile Month: Why Visit Your Dental Team Regularly?

June 5th, 2014

Time Dental in farnham,surrey promotes National Smile Month












Welcome to the last of our series on National Smile Month and the 3 key messages it promotes. Today we are looking at the 3rd message:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste
  • Cut down on how often you have sugary foods and drinks
  • Visit your dentist regularly, as often as they recommend.

Why visit your dentist regularly?

Your dental health has a huge impact on your general health. Your mouth is the gate way to the rest of your body. At Time Dental we don’t just assess your teeth; we look at your lifestyle habits such as nail biting; dietary habits such as eating crunchy foods, acidic foods; drinking carbonated drinks; we also assess your jaw joint; your chewing muscles; screen for oral cancer on your soft tissues such as the lips,cheeks and tongue; as well as assessing the health of your gums and teeth.

Even if you take excellent care of your teeth and gums at home, you still need to see your dentist regularly. Your dentist can check for problems that you may not see or feel. Many dental problems don’t become visible or cause pain until they are in more advanced stages. Examples include cavities, gum disease and oral cancer.

Regular visits allow your dentist to ensure health and spot early signs of any disease. Problems can be treated at a manageable stage.

On average, seeing a dentist twice a year works well for most people. A few people can get away with fewer visits. Others may need more frequent visits. People with very little risk of cavities or gum disease can do fine seeing their dentist just once a year. People with a high risk of dental disease might need to visit every three or four months, or more. This high-risk group includes:

  • Smokers
  • Diabetics
  • People with current gum disease
  • People with a weak immune response to bacterial infection
  • People who tend to get cavities or build up plaque

The frequency of dental visits may change in your lifetime. In times of stress or illness you may need to see the dentist more often. Your dentist will be able to assess and tailor your dental visits in line with your requirements to achieve dental health.


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