Happy Easter from Time Dental in Farnham, Surrey

April 17th, 2014

Easter eggs and the reason for Easter

 

I love Easter. Spending time with the family, going on Easter egg hunts, eating Easter eggs, hot cross buns, attempting to make a half decent Easter bonnet for my daughter’s school parade! It’s lots of fun.

Your a dentist eating chocolate Easter eggs? I hear you gasp. Yes that’s right I do eat a chocolate egg at Easter I cant resist it!

Being aware of sugar intake throughout the day is really important for your health. The recent reports by WHO (World Health Organisation) recommend halving your sugar intake. Have a look at the summary on nhs.uk here. Having a high sugar intake can result in an unhealthy diet and weight gain as well as increased risk of heart disease and diabetes. Tooth decay will also result from a high sugar diet.

Getting a healthy diet balance is key and reducing unhealthy snacks will really help. You’ll be surprised at how much sugar there is in the processed foods we eat.

The good news is that you can do something about it today! The other Good News is the amazing Easter story. If you’d like to find out more you’re invited to Jubilee Church in Farnham on Easter Sunday. Have a look HERE.

Have a Happy Easter!

Dr Rashid and the team

Smile and life transformed by Time Dental in Farnham, Surrey

April 9th, 2014

before 6 month smiles at Time Dental after 6 month smiles at Time Dental in Surrey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We achieved this smile in less than 6 months!Read Rachel’s smile transformation journey at Time Dental in Farnham:

After visiting a number of dentists and orthodontists last year and being told I was not suitable for a six month smile/invisalign procedure, I was not particularly hopeful about having the alignment done in anything less than 2 years.

Dr Rashid was confident that the six month smile process would be the best solution, which I began in August last year. 5 months and 25 days later I had my braces taken off and I couldn’t be happier with the result! I was only hoping for a quick fix and ultimately to align the front area of my teeth. I am amazed in what has been achieved in only 6 months, both top and bottom are perfect and my bite has been totally corrected. The whole team at Time Dental are friendly and helpful, it was a pleasure to go to the dentist. I would recommend both Time Dental and the six month smile procedure to anyone. Thank you Dr Rashid for transforming my smile, it has changed my life!

How do I floss or clean in between my teeth?

April 3rd, 2014

Dentists and hygienists are always going on about cleaning in between your teeth with either floss or inter-dental cleaning aids. Honestly, what’s the point? Why bother cleaning in between the teeth with something that requires the dexterity of a safe-cracker?

Plaque bacteria causes holes in the teeth; gum disease; bad breath; teeth becoming loose; infection and abscess in the mouth; fillings to fail; is linked to heart disease, diabetes, stroke and premature births. It can form on your teeth four to twelve hours after brushing. It starts to form just above the gum line of each tooth. So not just part of the tooth that you can see but also in between the teeth. About 40% of the tooth surface is missed if you don’t get in between your teeth.

That’s why its so important to brush and clean in between your teeth twice a day.

We know that flossing can be a very tricky process especially when you need to get to the back teeth. Our resident hygienist at Time Dental, Mandy, shows an alternative way of cleaning in between your teeth. Have a look at the video above.

What gift should I get for Mother’s day?

March 27th, 2014

Time is running out! Don’t forget Mother’s day on Sunday 30th March as well as setting your clocks one hour forward!

Did you know that the celebration of Mother’s Day began in the US in the early 20th century; it is not related to the many celebrations of mothers and motherhood that have occurred throughout the world over thousands of years.

What gift should I get?

There are many gift ideas out there to celebrate Mother’s day however why not give her a gift that will really put a smile on her face? Purchase a Professional tooth whitening voucher at Time Dental and she really will be smiling!

Tooth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dental treatments. It can make a huge difference to your confidence when meeting people socially. When using a professional system from your dentist it is safe and effective. Have a look at a case that was completed at Time Dental. The tooth whitening voucher can be purchased at Time Dental for £390. This includes an initial tooth whitening assessment to ensure you are suitable, provision of your custom fit whitening trays with gel and a follow up photo assessment once treatment is completed.

before tooth whitening at Time Dental in Surrey

After tooth whitening at Time Dental in Surrey

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to Brush Your Teeth

March 20th, 2014

Dentists, including our own dentist in Farnham, recommend that you clean your teeth at least twice per day. Doing this after meals helps to keep bacteria at bay as it is this bacteria which secrete acids whilst they digest the sugar in your food.

Dental fillings are unfortunately very common in the UK With 84% of adults having at least one or more fillings and each of those adults having on average 7 fillings. This is a direct result of only 42% of adults using a toothbrush and toothpaste for their oral care and only 21% of adults visiting the dentist annually. These factors combine to mean that dental decay is more likely to occur and less likely to be detected and prevented.

Tooth Brushing

When you brush your teeth you are doing two things. The first is mechanically removing layers of bacteria that build up on your teeth and the second is applying fluoride from the toothpaste you use. It is important to brush for a full 2 minutes to ensure that enough time is taken to cover all of the accessible surfaces, here’s what we recommend:

  • Brush with a small, circular action or use an electric toothbrush.
  • Try and brush in an ordered sequence which will ensure you brush all areas consistently.
  • Move along one tooth at a time with the brush head angled 45 degrees towards the gum line to ensure nowhere is missed.
  • Be careful to brush right down to the gum level as this is where most plaque builds up.

We found this great video on YouTube from Colgate which goes through how to brush your teeth, take a look now.

Flossing or Interdental cleaning

By flossing every day you will reduce your chances of developing gum disease significantly. Most gum disease starts in between the teeth where your brush doesn’t reach so this is the ONLY way to prevent gum disease in this area.

Much tooth decay starts in between teeth so you will reduce the chances of this happening also.

You will see the benefits in less than a week.

We found people that come to our dental practice in Farnham, Surrey give many reasons for not flossing their teeth… Have you used any of these?

1. Food doesn’t get caught between my teeth, so I don’t have to floss.

Brushing only covers 80% of the surfaces of the teeth. Flossing cleans the spaces between the teeth where your toothbrush cant reach. Regular flossing can assist in your fight against gum disease and tooth decay.

2. No one has shown me how to floss. Therefore, I don’t know how to do it.

Flossing most certainly is a skill which can be learnt, practising the technique daily will help you become more adept at flossing, here are a few tips.

  • Start with about 18 inches of floss. Wrap most of it around the middle finger of one hand, the rest around the other middle finger.
  • Grasp the floss tightly between your thumbs and forefingers, and use a gentle shoeshine motion to guide it between teeth.
  • When the floss reaches the gum line, form a C shape to follow the contours of the tooth.
  • Hold the floss firmly against the tooth, and move the floss gently up and down.
  • Repeat with the other tooth, and then repeat the entire process with the rest of your teeth, “unspooling” fresh sections of floss as you go along.

3. I don’t have the manual dexterity to floss, I’m all fingers and thumbs.

This can be a particular problem for people with hand, finger and joint problems, especially the elderly.

Floss holder

There are many devices available on the market to help, simple floss holders can work excellently. Have a chat with your dental hygienist to find out which device works best for you.  Here are a few cheap suggestions from Amazon.

And finally, here’s another great video made by Colgate which explains more on how to Floss your teeth.

So how do you feel about cleaning your teeth now? Do you feel more confident to brush and floss daily now that you have read this blog post?

It’s also important to note that as your local Farnham dentist. We offer dental hygiene services aimed at oral health education and treatment for people who want to maintain a healthy mouth and fresh breath.

 

References:

Adult Dental Health Survey 1978 and 2009 (England, Wales and Northern Ireland).

National Dental Survey, British Dental Health Foundation, 2007 & 2010.

Easter education and chocolate!

March 13th, 2014

Easter is an exciting time. Lots of chocolate Easter eggs, treasure hunts, bunnies and the Easter story of Jesus. To help educate the Farnham primary school kids about Easter,  Signpost is an inter-church group that tells the Easter story in a multi-sensory way. The swap with Barrabas for Jesus using puppets and playmats- a brilliant way of making the school assembly educational, interactive  and fun.

Educating the school kids about the relevance and importance of Easter is a great idea which got me thinking about chocolate (you cant beat a nice chocolate Easter egg- pardon the pun!) and the importance of educating school kids about healthy eating and sugar intake.

Sugar intake has been in the press a great deal recently and it really is surprising how much sugar is in the food we eat today. Have a look at this link on the BBC news health website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-26449497

A KitKat (4 fingers) has about 7 teaspoons of sugar; a Twirl has about 6 teaspoons of sugar. That’s alot of sugar!  The bacteria in the mouth love sugar which is what it feeds on. The bacteria  then produces the acid which results in tooth decay. Explaining the reasons to children that its fine to eat chocolate as an occasional treat but not frequently throughout the day is crucial for their health education . This will massively help their general health as well as their dental health.

I’ll certainly be enjoying my chocolate egg. It’s all about moderation.

Time Dental in Farnham provides all your dental care requirements. See how we can help you!

Amazing smile transformation from Time Dental in Farnham, Surrey

March 6th, 2014

Before adult braces at Time Dental, Farnham SurreyAfter adult braces at Time Dental in Farnham Surrey

Another amazing smile transformation in just 7 months by the Time Dental team. This case used the 6 month smile clear braces and tooth whitening at the end to achieve this stunning result!

Jane came to see us as she was getting married in August 2014. She had always been self-conscious of her smile even though she had a very happy, upbeat bubbly personality. We discussed her options and due to her time frame decided that the 6 month smiles clear braces system would be best for her. She was over the moon with the result as were we!  More importantly she can now smile confidently on her wedding day! Have a look at her video testimonial.

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How much sugar should you eat?

February 26th, 2014

How much should I eat?

Dentists are often talking about the amount of sugar that should be consumed in your diet, let’s look at what the main reason for this is. The ancient Greeks originally noticed that when people ate lots of sugary food their teeth began to decay, at first they thought it was the sugar itself that was causing the problems, but we now know that it is actually the bacteria which feed on the sugar which is harmful.

The bacteria in your mouth are known as Streptococcus and it is these bacteria which causes the problems for teeth, as the bacteria feeds on sugar it secretes an acid and it is this acid which has a detrimental affect on the enamel of your teeth. The enamel is the hard outer layer of your tooth, which protects the softer dentine and pulp which is inside. The bacteria can be found lurking in the plaque, which has a tendency to collect in between your teeth and around the delicate gum margins, this is why your dentist will always be telling you that it is important to keep the plaque buildup to an absolute minimum by regular brushing, flossing  and using a fluoride mouthwash. Less plaque means less places for the bacteria to hide.

So, back to our original question about how much sugar you should eat…

In a recent systematic review which informed WHO guidelines, The Journal of Dental Research talked about the effects of restricting sugar intakes in various age groups. The research looked at % of sugar in a daily diet and its relationship to the onset of decay. The problem has been that the research has been interpreted misguidedly.

Various newspapers have unfortunately taken the step of converting this % of sugar into a spoonful amount, probably to make it easier for the general public to work out how much sugar they should be having. These Papers have converted this into between 5 and 7 teaspoons per day. Unfortunately doing this leads people to assume that they can have 5 or 7 teaspoons per day on their cereal, coffee , tea or anywhere else they add sugar.

The biggest problem is they forget that most of the sugar we eat daily is hidden within foods, not added by us afterwards. If we only count the spoonfuls of sugar we add to our food then we will be dramatically exceeding the recommended amounts!

The research reported the following results in their abstract:

  • 42 out of 50 of the studies in children, and 5 out of 5 in adults, reported at least one positive association between sugars and dental decay
  • there was “moderate quality” evidence showing a lower risk of dental decay when sugar intake is less than 10% of calorie intake, compared with more than 10%
  • there was “very low quality” evidence showing a lower risk of dental decay when sugar intake is less than 5%, compared with 5-10% of calorie intake

So it seems that the research is suggesting if we keep our sugar intake below 10% of calorie intake then there is ‘moderate quality’ evidence to show a lower risk of dental decay… So perhaps we should start doing that!

How do we know how much sugar we are eating?

We thought we’d give a rough guide to the amount of sugar contained within various food stuffs so that you can be sure to keep your intake ideally less than 10%.

  • A can of Coke contains approximately 11 spoonfuls of sugar increasing to 28 spoonfuls in the largest bottle
  • A McDonald’s Coke also contains 28 spoonfuls of sugar
  • A tub of Haagen Das ice cream contains 21 spoonfuls of sugar
  • The average chocolate bar contains around 10 spoonfuls of sugar
  • One breakfast pop tarts contains approximately 4 1/2 spoonfuls of sugar
  • One bowl of frosted cornflakes contains 6 spoonfuls of sugar
  • One NutriGrain Contains 3 1/2 spoonfuls of sugar
  • A Starbucks Mocha Frappuccion contains 12 spoonfuls of sugar
  • A McDonald’s Medium chocolate milkshake contains 28 spoonfuls of sugar

Statistics taken from Sugar Stacks - They have included all forms of sugar in these statistics and have simply turned it into a ‘spoonfuls’ amount to make it easier to understand.

Summary

Research over the years has clearly shown that Eating too much sugar will directly impact oral health, the only question lies around exactly how much is too much. The new research seems to suggest that when we keep sugar intake below 10% (Or around 5 to 7 spoonfuls of all sugar intake per day) there is moderate quality evidence showing a lower risk of dental decay, and that can only be good.

Our advice therefore is to look at the quantity of sugar in the food that you eat, remember that sugar can be from many sources and it’s not just the sugar which we add to food that counts.

So how much sugar do you eat per day? Let us know in the comments section below this blog post, and then tell us what you’re going to do to cut down…

Time Dental is a local dental practice in Farnham, Surrey offering a range of cosmetic and dental health solutions to help you keep your teeth healthy and looking great for life.

Time Dental Hygienist shows the best way to use your electric tootbrush

February 6th, 2014

Lots of people now use electric toothbrushes which is great. They are much more efficient at removing the plaque bacteria in the mouth when used correctly. However, the technique for using an electric toothbrush is very different to using a manual toothbrush.

At Time Dental in Farnham, Surrey we want to help you keep your dental health at its best. Our resident hygienist, Mandy, shows the best way to use your electric toothbrush. Have a look at the video.

Happy brushing! :)

A fantastic 6 month smiles case from Time Dental in Farnham, Surrey

January 30th, 2014

before 6 month smiles treatment at Time Dental in Farnhamafter 6 month smiles clear braces at Time Dental in Farnham

Have a look at this great case completed by the Time Dental team in only 7 months using the new 6 month smiles clear braces system.

Sophie came to us unhappy about her upper front central teeth being too dominant  and her canines looking to fang like. We discussed her different options and she decided to go with the 6 month smiles clear braces treatment as we could achieve her goals quickly and get the best result. After the braces treatment we carried out some tooth whitening to really show off her smile. Check out her testimonial.

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