Why is sugar bad for my teeth and what can I snack on?

May 26th, 2016

National Smile Month at Time Dental in Farnham, Surrey

The 2nd key message of the National Smile month Campaign is:

Cut down on how often you have sugary food and drink

This may be a tough challenge for many people! At Time Dental we also carry out a dietary lifestyle assessment to help encourage good habits and help highlight habits which can be improved.

Why is the frequency of sugar intake so important? Well, tooth decay is caused by 3 factors: plaque, sugar and time. Harmful plaque bacteria in the mouth feeds on the sugar which then produces acid which results in tooth decay.

So if you have lots of sugary foods or drinks throughout the day, your teeth are under constant acid attack which will result in decay.

HEALTH TIP: Get into the habit of checking Nutritional info (Carbohydrates of which are sugars- 4g is equivalent to 1 teaspoon of sugar). If you are going to snack between your main meals think carefully about what you are eating. As an example, so called healthy cereal bars with no added sugar have contained 5 teaspoons of sugar! Eating dried fruit is very sugary. It actually sticks in your teeth and will cause decay.

So what can I snack on? If your lacking inspiration simply get on the internet and get some health snack ideas! Here are a couple of simple suggestions:

  • Eating whole fruit rather than dried fruit. If you choose berries make sure you eat them in one go rather than grazing on them.
  • Try savoury biscuits instead of digestive, sweet biscuits
  • Carrot or cucumber sticks are very healthy
  • Porridge/ Weetabix/ Shredded wheat with add fresh fruit for breakfast
  • Homous or  other pulses are great
  • Low fat cheese / cottage cheese- cheese is great for neutralising acid
  • Drinking plenty of still water. It has helps wash any food debris away as well as keeping you hydrated.

Remember, just make one or two small changes and it will make a huge difference, I promise!

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Why is adult orthodontics so expensive?

May 23rd, 2016

Before adult braces at Time Dental in Farnhamafter adult orthodontics at Time Dental in Farnham, Surrey


One question that is always asked is how affordable is adult orthodontics? This is a great question.

Treatment for adult orthodontics can range between £2000 – £9000. So why is there such a broad range?

There are many factors that affect the fee for orthodontic treatment. Each orthodontic case is completely unique. Some cases require just a few teeth to move whereas other cases may require all the teeth to move. Some cases require just the upper teeth moving, some the lower and some both upper and lower. Certain types of teeth movement are more complex than others. A tooth with a single root is sometimes easier to move than a tooth with multiple roots.

There are many types of orthodontic appliances which work in different ways. Your dentist should have the experience of being able to discuss all your options with you.

The time frame for treatment can also vary between a few months to 3 years. Again this is dependent on what your goals are, what orthodontic system is used and what your starting point is.

The dentist providing your treatment will have had extensive training and expertise. Careful measurements will have been taken and a treatment plan for your case will be planned to suit your requirements.

The fees for orthodontic treatment would often include an orthodontic examination; all necessary radiographs; clinical photographs; treatment planning of your case; impressions of your teeth; fitting of your braces; monthly review appointments; fitting of your retainers; laboratory fees; orthodontic appliance fees; follow-up appointments and the skills and expertise of your dentist.

When discussing fees it’s important to keep things in perspective. Think of this: once you have reached your end result and you have a confident smile what would it mean to you and how much do you think it’s worth?

Consider the cost of monthly spend on make-up and beauty treatments which can be a lifelong cost, or the average cost of a car (circa £9000) which would last 3-6 years. Now compare that to the investment on your smile which will last you your LIFE TIME.

Finance plans allow you to pay £160 per month to help you achieve a confident smile. Is that within your budget? If so, let’s talk.

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The MOST important dental health habit…

May 19th, 2016

National Smile Month at Time Dental in Farnham, Surrey

As part of National Smile Month here at Time Dental, we’re exploring the 3 key messages that the campaign is promoting. The first key message to keep your mouth, teeth and gums healthy is:

Brush your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste

This might seem obvious but there is a huge percentage of the population who brush only once a day.

Why bother brushing twice a day? The reason for brushing at least twice a day is because within hours of brushing your teeth 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. Effective teeth brushing not only removes the harmful bacteria but it also removes food debris that the bacteria feed on as well as superficial staining. This will help keep your breath fresh and your gnashers looking white!

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

One little tip for you: do NOT rinse your mouth after brushing your teeth with a fluoride toothpaste. You will just be washing away the benefit of the toothpaste.

If you use a mouth wash, use it at a different time to teeth brushing.

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 16th May-16th June

May 18th, 2016

National Smile Month at Time Dental in Farnham, Surrey

It’s that time of year again! National Smile Month has started from 16th May to 16th June. It celebrates its 40th birthday this year.  The aim of the National Smile Month campaign is to raise dental health awareness in the UK.

Current stats show that the number one reason for child addmissions for hospital general anaesthesia is the removal of teeth due to dental decay. This is a shocking statistic as it drains the resources and funds of our health care system with a dental disease which is compeltely preventable.

Lots of organizations are taking part in the excellent campaign.

By engaging with the local communities the campaign is promoting the importance of a healthy mouth with 3 key messages:

  • 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 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 will be 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.

Look after yourself and your smile.

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Ready to smile for the wedding……

May 12th, 2016

before adult orthodontics at Time Dental in Farnham,SurreyAfter adult orthodontics at Time Dental in Farnham,Surrey

This is Sam. She came to see us at Time Dental, because she was getting married in 10 months. She was horrified by the thought and stress of having to smile in photos for her wedding day. She wasn’t happy with the way her upper teeth were crooked and the way that they overlapped. She wanted to get her teeth looking straight for her wedding day but didn’t know how or what could be done.

After discussing her main concerns and what she wanted her final smile to look like, we talked about how we could do this for her. We had photos of cases that we had treated which were similar to Sams situation. The time factor was most important, so she did not care what the orthodontic braces looked like. Luckily we had an option that would get to her end result in time for her wedding, and as a bonus look relatively discreet.

The fastest option was clear fixed orthodontic brackets. So gone are the days of metal traintracks. We can now use tooth coloured orthodontic brackets to make them more discreet.

She was happy with the treatment plan and we got working straight away. We had a deadline line to meet!

You can see the results for yourself. In 10 months we had got to a really nice position. We removed the brackets, placed retainers to keep her teeth in place and whitened her teeth for the best result.

All in time for the wedding. Which was a great success.

Are you interested? Call us for a FREE consultation to see how we can help you.

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Don’t bury your head in the sand!

May 11th, 2016

dont bury your head in the sand- get an dental health check at Time Dental in Farnham, Surrey

I saw a patient recently at Time Dental for a comprehensive dental health check. He hadn’t been to the dentist for 15 years. He told me he used to go regularly and as nothing needed to be done he thought it was a waste of time. The reason why he came to see me was because he was having problems with his wisdom tooth.

On further discussion he told me he drank alot of regular cola and recently switched to diet cola. He brushed his teeth once a day and never cleaned his teeth interdentally.

I took a series of clinical photographs and x-rays and we sat down and went through them together.

His photos showed that he had the first stages of gum disease (gingivitis) and he also had acid erosion. Gum disease can start with the collection of plaque bacteria around the teeth just by the gum line. The gums can react by becoming swollen and then they can bleed when you brush them. At this stage you often don’t have any pain. If that was left in place the bacteria would start to irreversibly destroy the boney support around your teeth, again you may not have any pain when this happens.

Acid erosion occurs when carbonated drinks such as soda water, sparkling mineral water, fizzy drinks are regularly consumed and they wear away the enamel layer of your teeth. It can also occur with cirtus fruits or drinks, acid reflux and other medical conditons. You wont always get pain from the early or moderate stages of this problem. Often when the damage is advanced, you can start to get symptoms like sensitivity to temperature or sweet foods.

The take home message for this patient was not bury his head in the sand and think everything is ok if he is not getting any pain. Regular dental health checks means that problems can be caught early and the appropriate advice can be given to stop things from deteriorating.

We are here to help!

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You could be grinding or clenching your teeth…

May 5th, 2016

bruxing at Time Dental in Farnham, Surrey

Check out the photo above. Notice the edges of the upper and lower front teeth? It shows how much your teeth can be worn down from teeth grinding.

Teeth grinding or Bruxing is term given to people who clench or grind their teeth. Often they are not even aware that they are doing it. Studies show that people who do NOT grind or clench the teeth normally touch their teeth together for a very short period of time in 24 hours- usually just a few minutes total.

The reality is that most people clench or grind their teeth on occasion. For example when your angry, anxious or if you have disturbed sleep. But grinding or clenching on a regular basis is called bruxing.

Latest research shows that lifestyle in response to stress and anxiety is a significant cause. Night time bruxing can produce forces of 250 lbs per square inch. That’s enough force to crack the shell of a walnut!

Grinding- side to side movement of the jaw- often occurs when sleeping. A as side effect certain medications and drugs act to stimulate the brain and can result in teeth grinding.

Teeth clenching- clamping the upper and lower jaws together- often occurs in the daytime.

The consequences of bruxing can result in:

  • Front teeth worn down so they are flat
  • micro-cracks and broken fillings that can lead to nerve damage
  • Migraines or headaches and aching jaws due to overworking chewing muscles
  • Teeth worn down to dentine causing sensitivity to temperature
  • Gum recession due to pressure at the gum line
  • Loose teeth and gum pockets due side to side pressure

It is very hard to completely stop bruxing however the effects can certainly be reduced. The best thing to do is see your dentist to assess whether you may be grinding. One practical treatment option is to provide a custom-fit hard bite plate. It is designed to absorb the force of bruxing and reduce the forces on your teeth and reduce the muscle stress. Over the counter soft night guards are available but as they are soft they often get chewed away. Unfortunately soft night guards actually stimulate the wearer to brux even more in their sleep. Although the teeth are protected, the muscles and the jaw joint is not protected; so muscles symptoms such as headaches will increase with soft appliances.

Additional treatments for bruxism may include: orthodontics; stress reduction; muscle relaxants such botulinium injections; adjustments to medications.

Speak to your dentist to see how you can be helped.

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Ready to smile for summer after adult braces…

April 28th, 2016

Before adult orthodontics at Time Dental in FarnhamAfter adult orthodontics at Time Dental in Farnham

This Is Jackie. She is a regular at our dental practice as she sees us to look after her general dental care. One day she tells us that she is unhappy with the space in between her upper front teeth and the crooked lower teeth. She also wanted them to be a little whiter. She previously had orthodontic treatment as a teenager, but she never wore her retainers and so her teeth drifted back.

This is a very common story that we hear Time Dental and we treat many relapsed orthodontic cases.

We talked through her options which ranged from clear aligner braces, fixed clear bracket orthodontic braces a referral to a specialist orthodontist. She saw pictures of similar cases that we had completed and wanted the fastest option which were the clear fixed orthodontic braces.

No longer are the metal train tracks necessary. Advances in technology mean that the brackets can now be clear to make them as discreet as possible. When the braces are on the first 2-3 weeks can be difficult as your mouth gets used to the brackets in place. Fixed brackets are the most efficient way of moving your teeth. We can often complete case in 8 – 10 months. In Jackie’s case we finished in 8 months and its a great result. We also did some complementary teeth whitening at the end. She was really happy.

The reason why we can complete in such a short time is that we are focusing on the upper and lower FRONT teeth only. Specialist orthodontists aim for comprehensive ideal treatment, and in many cases adults do not want that. They just want to correct what is seen at the front of the mouth.

In order to prevent the teeth from relapsing we provide retainers. They can be fixed or removable and they are required for life in order to keep your teeth straight.

If your interested, call us at Time Dental on 01252 723 008 for a FREE consultation.

Gum Disease- What to do about it…

April 21st, 2016

periodontal disease- how to stop it at Time Dental, surrey

We had a patient in the other day who had not been to see a dentist in 4 years after having a traumatic experience at another practice. Whenever we hear these stories it is very sad, as the patients are understandably put off from going for regular dental health checks and they also build up a fear.

In these cases it is often a tooth ache that forces them into a situation of having to see a dentist. In this case the lovely lady was suffering from advanced gum disease which resulted in her tooth becoming extremely loose. So every time she bite down she would catch the wobbly tooth.

Gum disease is preventable. That’s the good news. If it is caught early before irreversible damage is done.

There are many factors that contribute to gum disease such as smoking, genetics, poor dental hygiene, stress, diabetes, malnutrition and a weak immune system to name a few.

Gum disease isn’t always painful, so you may not know you have it. That’s why it’s so important to have your regular checks at the dentist and to also visit your hygienist.

If you have gum disease, your gums may bleed when you brush and you may have bad breath. This is the early stage called gingivitis.

Plaque bacteria is the common culprit of gum disease. It builds up in your mouth daily which is why it is so important to brush your teeth twice a day as well as clean interdentally.

If plaque bacteria remains on the teeth it becomes hard which is called tartar or calculus. The tartar cannot be brushed away, you would need professional help to remove the tartar and harmful bacteria from the mouth.

When gum disease is advanced the boney foundation of your teeth is destroyed which makes you more likely to get infections, abscesses, dental pain and tooth loss.

If you want help with your dental health, why not give us a call at Time Dental on 01252 723 008?

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What’s happening in Camberley- Time Dental update

April 20th, 2016

camberley news from Time Dental in Surrey

As your local dentist to Camberley in Surrey, Time Dental are giving you a guide for stuff to do in Camberley. Check out the list below. There’s plenty to do.

Today Wednesday 20th April- Tru Nightclub #WNC at 52 High Street.  Mid -week mix of Party, House and Anthems playing in the main room. Tickets on £3. from 10pm – 2am

Thursday 21st April- Natalie Lowe and Ian Waite at Camberley Theatre. The Strictly Come Dancing favourites will dance a mix of Latin and Ballroom showcasing their fantastic dance skills.  For a higher priced ticket you even get to meet and greet the couple. Tickets start from £24.

Friday 22nd April- Rick Wakeman at Camberley Theatre. An evening with Rick, one of Britain’s greatest “Rock and pop” keyboard players. Expect some great music, funny anecdotes music stories. The evening starts at 7:30 pm until 10 pm

Saturday 23rd April- Soul of Santana at Camberley Theatre. 2 hours of Latin-salsa rock from the tribute band to Carlos Santana. Tickets are £17. Get ready with the your dancing shoes.

Thursday 28th April- Graffiti Classics at Camberley Theatre. A traditional strong quartet with a difference. The evening’s a crazy blend of classical music, stand-up comedy, opera and dance show. What’s not to love? Tickets are £19.50 and the show starts at 7:30 pm

Saturday 30th April- Flaskback to the 80’s at Pine ridge golf club. The best George Michael and Wham tribute band ever! The show starts at 7:30pm with a late night dj until 1am.

That’s a jam packed April in Camberley. At Time Dental we love being part of the community. Come back soon to see what else is happening in your town.


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