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Monthly Archives: December 2015

New Year, New Mouth: 8 New Years Resolutions for a Healthy Smile

With the end of 2015 fast approaching, it’s time to think about some resolutions for the New Year. Whilst many people focus on losing weight or getting their finances under control as a priority, why not make some resolutions about your dental health too? Keep your mouth healthy in 2016 with these 8 easy resolutions:

  1. Quit smoking

Smokers are about twice as likely to lose their teeth as non-smokers because tobacco negatively affects your oral health in a number of ways.

  1. Brush at least twice per day

Brushing your teeth helps to remove plaque, the sticky build-up of harmful bacteria that can cause decay in your teeth.

  1. Floss daily

Just like brushing, flossing is vital in the prevention of tooth decay. Flossing is the only way you can keep the areas between your teeth and the area below the gum line free from plaque. These are the areas that are most at-risk of decay.

  1. Eat more fruit and vegetables

Not only do fruit and vegetables benefit your entire immune system to keep you healthy, but they are also great for your teeth. The crunchy texture acts to stimulate saliva, which assists in washing away food debris caught in teeth.

  1. See your dentist for regular check-ups

By booking an appointment with your dentist every six months for a routine check up and clean, you will ensure that any causes for concern will be picked up and treated early.

  1. Chew sugarless gum

In the New Year, make it a habit to begin chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes after you eat. This stimulates the production of saliva, which helps to wash away food particles and assist in the prevention of bacteria and plaque forming.

  1. Drink fluoridated water

Water containing added fluoride is relatively standard in most developed countries and you should always ensure that you consume it this way. Fluoride helps to prevent cavities by making teeth more resistant to acid.

  1. Take it easy on the sweets

Limiting your sugar intake will not only help keep your mouth healthy, it will also help you to maintain a healthy body weight! When teeth come into contact with sugar, the tooth enamel comes under attack and it can wear down, resulting in decay of the tooth underneath. The less sugar you consumer, the better for your mouth!

20 Quotes That Will Make You Want to Keep on Smiling

Having teeth and the ability to use them in a smile is something we all have in common. Here are 20 quotes about teeth, dentistry and the power of a smile that will make you want to look after your pearly whites properly so that you can keep smiling!

  1. ‘Every tooth in a man’s head is more valuable than a diamond.’ – Miguel de Cervantes
  1. ‘Smile, it lets your teeth breathe’ – Author Unknown
  1. ‘Blessed are those who can hold lively conversations with the helplessly mute, for they shall be called dentists,’ – Ann Landers
  1. ‘Life is short. Smile while you still have teeth.’ –Mallory Hopkins
  1. ‘There is no weaponry in the feminine armoury to which men are so vulnerable as they are to a smile.’ – Dorothy Dix
  1. ‘She laughs at everything you say. Why? Because she has fine teeth.’ – Benjamin Franklin
  1. ‘You’re never fully dressed without a smile.’ – Martin Charnin
  1. ‘Hair is the first thing. And teeth the second. Hair and teeth. A man got those two things, he’s got it all.’ – James Brown
  1. ‘Cleaning with dogs in the house is like brushing your teeth with Oreos.’ – Author Unknown
  1. ‘You don’t have to brush your teeth, just the ones you want to keep.’ – Author Unknown
  1. ‘An aching tooth is better out than in. To lose a rotting member is a gain.’ – Richard Baxter
  1. ‘If a patient cannot clean his teeth, no dentist can clean them for him.’ – Martin H. Fishcer
  1. ‘A smile is an inexpensive way to change your looks.’ – Charles Gordy
  1. ‘The man with a toothache thinks everyone happy whose teeth are sound.’ – George Bernard Shaw
  1. ‘A smile remains the most inexpensive gift I can bestow on anyone and yet its powers can vanquish kingdoms.’ – Og Mandido
  1. ‘Adam and Eve had many advantages, but the principal one was that they escaped teething.’ – Mark Twain
  1. ‘If you have more cavities that you have teeth, then you’ve led a ‘sweet’ life.’ – Stanley Victor Paskavich
  1. ‘Lying through your teeth does not count as flossing’. – Author Unknown
  1. ‘Good looking people with strong, fluoridated teeth get things handed to them on platters.’ – Douglas Coupland
  1. ‘Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.’ – Mother Theresa

Give the Gift of a New Smile: Cosmetic Christmas Gifts

Christmas is a time for giving, but it can often be a difficult task to find a present that will be truly appreciated by your loved one. Instead of ending up with a last-minute gift-voucher to put under the Christmas tree this year, why not give a truly special and uplifting gift instead? Giving the gift of a cosmetic dentistry procedure can dramatically improve the self-confidence of the special someone in your life and is guaranteed to be a Christmas present to remember!

Teeth Whitening

Brightening the teeth can completely transform the face and boost confidence. Professional teeth whitening procedures are becoming more and more commonplace among people who have discoloured teeth. The results are very fast so your loved one will see the results immediately.

Composite White Fillings

Many older people who have had dental fillings have had the metal variety adhered to their teeth. While this works efficiently to protect the tooth from further decay, many people consider them to be unattractive. Today, composite white fillings, which are the same colour as the tooth, are a much-preferred option as they are not noticeable when you talk, eat or laugh. If an old filling needs replacing, why not help to cover the cost as a Christmas gift?

Invisalign Orthodontics

Crooked teeth can be a big source of embarrassment so some people causing them to be reluctant to smile or show their teeth as a result. Instead of having braces fitted, there is now a procedure known as Invisalign Orthodontics where clear, thin trays are fitted to straighten and correct the teeth. Unlike braces, almost no one can tell that they are being worn. They are more comfortable, less expensive and work faster than traditional braces. Giving the gift of straight teeth would truly be a gift to cherish for years to come!

Dental Bonding

For teeth that need reshaping or recolouring, dental bonding might be the answer. This procedure allows dentists to change the size and colour of a tooth by applying a tooth-coloured adhesive to the tooth. This might be a nice gift for someone who is concerned about the appearance of one or more of their teeth.

Dental Implants

For people who have missing teeth, the gift of a new tooth would be a present to treasure. Dental implants serve as a tooth root to anchor in a replacement tooth, bridge or denture and would be a gift to remember.

6 Christmas Dental Hazards to Watch Out For

The silly season is upon us, which means lots of excitement, celebrations, and maybe a little bit of stress. Don’t let your teeth suffer this Christmas by watching out for these 10 Christmas dental hazards:

1. Forgetting to pack your toothbrush

If you’re lucky enough to be going away over Christmas, be sure to remember to pack your toothbrush! Whilst it can be easy enough to purchase a replacement in urban destinations, if you’re travelling to somewhere more remote, it might not be as easy. Brushing twice daily is very important for removing plaque and decay-causing bacteria.

2. Consuming sugary Christmas treats

There’s no doubt that Christmas is a time of indulgence, with many celebrations and parties taking place across both the workplace as well as the home. Desserts and sweets will most likely be a feature of these occasions, but remember that these foods are the enemy of your teeth! The bacteria in your mouth can convert sugar to acids, which can erode the enamel of your teeth, leading to decay. Enjoy these treats in moderation and remember to brush and floss regularly.

3. Opening things with your teeth

You should never try and open gifts or bottles with your teeth, no matter how difficult they are to get open. This can cause your teeth to chip and crack so keep some scissors and a bottle opener handy instead.

4. Grinding teeth through stress

There’s no doubt that Christmas is a stressful time of year for many, which can take its toll on your oral health. Stress can cause some people to grind or clench their teeth while they sleep. In addition to experiencing headaches and pain in the jaw from this, teeth grinding can also chip or crack teeth too. Be sure to see your dentist if you suspect your are grinding your teeth.

5. Silver coins in Christmas puddings

A favourite British tradition is to hide silver coins in the middle of Christmas puddings, which, if found, is supposed to bring wealth. If you’re unfortunate enough to bite into the hard metal of a hidden coin and break a tooth, your wealth might suffer in actual fact! Be careful to check for coins before you have a mouthful.

6. Kissing under the mistletoe

Kissing is a common way for germs to spread and for people to contract illnesses so remember that when you are caught under the mistletoe!

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