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Monthly Archives: March 2016

The A – D of Vitamins and Minerals Vital for a Healthy Mouth

Your gums and teeth depend on particular nutrients to stay in excellent condition. Here are some vitamins and minerals you need to include in your diet, to maintain good oral health.

Vitamin A

Normally vitamin A is associated with clear skin, a strong immune system and good eyesight, but it also helps to maintain a healthy salivary flow in the mouth. Not only that it makes sure that your gums stay healthy and helps them to heal – thus reducing the risk of gum disease.

You can find vitamin A in:

  • Sweet potatoes
  • Egg yolks
  • Fish
  • Carrots
  • Mangoes
  • Spinach
  • Kale

B Vitamins

Do you suffer with tongue inflammation or mouth ulcers? Well you may not be including enough B vitamins in your diet to prevent these appearing. And if you are a vegan, it is much harder to get enough B vitamins, as it is predominantly found in meat products. So if that is the case you may need the supplement B12 to ensure you can include this in your dietary needs.

You can find B vitamins in:

  • Fish
  • Egg
  • Poultry such as chicken and duck
  • Dairy

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is essential for repairing and building connective tissue, which aids in preventing gum inflammation and gum disease. If you don’t include enough vitamin C in your diet, it could lead to getting a serious gum disease called scurvy.

You can find vitamin C in:

  • Citrus fruit
  • Broccoli
  • Kale
  • Berries

 

Calcium

To maintain strong teeth a diet rich in calcium is highly beneficial – helping to prevent bone fractures and weak bone tissues around the teeth. It also protects you against getting periodontal disease and keeps your jaw bone healthy.

You can find calcium in:

  • Dairy products like milk and yoghurt
  • Salmon
  • Leafy green vegetables
  • Almonds
  • Soy milk

Coenzyme Q10

You may not have heard of this vitamin, but it is naturally produced by the body and plays a key part in kick starting the healing process for unhealthy gums. To improve your oral health it will reduce pain, swelling and bleeding associated with gum disease.

You can find Coenzyme Q10 in:

  • Pork
  • Beef
  • Chicken Liver
  • Parsley
  • Some vegetable oils

Vitamin D

This vitamin is commonly known as the ‘sunshine vitamin’ as it helps your skin when you are out in the sun. Like the illuminating sunshine, vitamin D brightens up the health of your teeth. It prevents tooth decay and helps your body to absorb calcium.

You can find vitamin d in:

  • Milk
  • Fortified breakfast cereals
  • Cod liver oil

 

 

 

 

 

 

6 Reasons Why You Should Consider Orthodontic Treatment

  1. No one will know you’ve even got braces

Here at Fresh Dental Care, we can provide some of the most innovative forms of orthodontic treatment. Advance treatments such as Invisalign are virtually invisible, so people will not notice that you are going through orthodontic treatment. We also offer Cfast braces which uses thin wires and ceramic fixtures, to create a more invisible appearance than traditional braces. With these treatments provided, the overall appearance of your mouth will more attractive and the brace will be almost invisible to other people.

  1. The result will be a perfect, aligned smile

Invisalign is specifically adapted to move your teeth gradually from their original position towards a final projected placement. This means that you will be able to see the final outcome of the treatment before it has even started – guaranteeing you a flawless, straight smile. The Cfast treatment uses innovative wire technology, which are stronger than most other orthodontic treatments. This means even the most serious of teeth misalignments can be treated.

  1. Your self-confidence will be greatly improved

Research studies have found that having braces can provide higher levels of self-esteem and personal confidence. These newfound benefits can be used in order to succeed in personal, social and professional pursuits. Orthodontic treatments can also reduce problems associated with anxiety and the results can last a lifetime!

  1. Age is not an issue when wearing braces

With the current orthodontic treatment provided means that you can achieve a beautiful smile, without it affecting your daily lifestyle. Many celebrities have had braces as an adult such as Tom Cruise, Gwen Stefani and Katy Perry.

  1. Your oral health will not suffer

The Invisalign aligner can be easily removed, to ensure that you can still retain a normal cleaning routine and good dental hygiene. The Cfast system uses wires and cannot be removed, it is still very manageable to keep a good oral hygiene routine, but you will need to pay more attention and use the right tools. It is still just as easy to keep everything cavity-free and clean, you just need to implement a thorough cleaning routine.

  1. The treatment time will not be as long as traditional braces

The types of orthodontic treatments we provide are so innovative, that you do not have to wear the brace for as long as traditional braces. Both can have minimal treatment time, especially Invisalign which can be as little as 6 months.  Cfast braces can reduce the amount of time from six months less than traditional braces.

 

 

 

The treatment will have minimal if not no pain or discomfort

 

23 Tooth Truths!

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23 Tooth Truths to Make You Smile

  • Dolphin’s jaws do not have muscles, so they use only their teeth to grasp.
  • In the Middle Ages in Germany, kissing a donkey was the only remedy for painful teeth.
  • Ancient Greeks were the first to invent dental pillars.
  • The enamel on your teeth is the hardest tissue in your entire body.
  • An elephant’s molar tooth weighs nearly 4 kilograms and is almost 7” square.
  • When a crocodile loses a tooth, unlike humans, another one grows to replace to old one.
  • Originally toothbrush bristles were made of hog hairs.
  • According to the Guinness World Records from 2002, Sir Isaac Newton had the record for the most valuable tooth of all times. It was sold in London for £3,000 in 1816 and the tooth was put in a ring.
  • Your dental plaque comprises of more than three hundred species of bacteria.
  • It takes 43 muscles to frown but only 17 to smile.
  • 80% of us on a night out would be more likely to talk to a random person if they smiled at us.
  • A ‘smile’ is one of the first things we psychologically notice when meeting a new person.
  • 50% of us would not tell a friend if they had bad breath, in danger of risking a friendship.
  • Teeth and smiles are rated the second most important attractive feature after personality.
  • Nearly 48% of the UK population are unhappy with their teeth.
  • More than half of us would share our toothbrush with someone.
  • 1 in 5 of us cannot recall when we last replaced our toothbrush
  • 1 in 4 think electric toothbrushes are for lazy people and a third think they do not have to brush for as long when using one.
  • 1 in 5 people don’t believe in using fluoride.
  • Chocolate is top of the list for foods that make us smile the most, then Sunday roast, curry and a fry up.
  • When seeking a new partner, a smile is the most wanted trait, beating body shape, dress sense and eyes.
  • A toothbrush is top of the list of things we ensure we always take when we go away on holiday.
  • The colour yellow is psychologically known to make us smile the most. And purple makes us smile the least.

 

Tips for Taking Care of Your Children’s Teeth Over Easter

Easter is about to spring upon us and we all know it can become difficult to limit our children’s sugar intake, especially with all the chocolate goodies that the Easter bunny will bring. Their oral health however, doesn’t have to suffer if the right precautions are taken.

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Ensure chocolate is kept to mealtimes

It is not always the case of how much chocolate your child consumes, but mainly how often that causes oral health problems. By keeping the chocolate to mealtimes, means that the teeth can be cleaned after, preventing cavities which could be caused by sugar.

Give your child a glass of water after eating chocolate

This will help to produce salvia in the mouth, which will help to rinse away any plaque, bacteria and debris. A glass of water also doesn’t contain any sugar, so is the healthiest option for your child to drink whilst washing down their Easter egg.

Monitor their intake

The longer amount of time chocolate is in the mouth, will produce more acids that cause tooth decay. Oversee your child’s intake of their Easter egg, and give them small pieces that won’t stay in their mouth for long periods.

Give them sugar free options

If you are really worried about your child eating chocolate, due to the sugar content, there are sugar free options available online. You will still have to ensure they have a good dental routine to clean their teeth after eating to reduce tooth decay. But the lack of sugar compared to their sugar filled counterparts, will prevent cavities further.

Give them certain foods to clean the mouth

Eating crunchy fruits and vegetables such as carrots, apples and celery stimulates the production of saliva. This is beneficial for teeth, since saliva helps to protect the teeth from bacteria, by helping to break down and wash away chocolate that can become stuck in the teeth. Or you could give your child a small piece of cheese after eating chocolate, as this will help to neutralise the acids that cause tooth decay.

Offer them other forms of treats than the traditional chocolate egg

If you wish to completely eradicate your child sugar intake from eating chocolate, you could offer them other fun alternatives. Why not swap chocolate eggs for fancy dress items or cuddly toys? Or you could take them on a day trip to the zoo or a fairground, as a special treat in the Easter holidays. Just make sure you don’t let them indulge in other forms of sweet treats, like candy floss, that could harm their oral health just as much as chocolate.

 

 

 

The Mysteries of the Mayan Molars – Dentistry in the Ancient Mayan World

The Mayans practiced a form of modern dentistry and were very advanced for their time. These ancient dentists filled cavities, cleaned tartar with copper instruments and removed teeth. What is even more remarkable is that they had names for every procedure and tooth. In the present day, when we have a dental procedure we rinse our mouths out after with a saline solution. Did you know that the Mayans thousands of year ago also used to do this? This just shows how forward-thinking and sophisticated their level of dentistry really was.

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Ancient Mayan dentists used a bow drill to perform procedures. The drill was made from metal, mounted on a shaft and was then rotated by the bow. It was the main tools that the Mayans used to carry out various dental procedures. They were so skilled with this tool, that they could carefully carve into a tooth without generating an infection, break a tooth or provoke the loss of a tooth.

 

The most popular form of Mayan dentistry was not for corrective or restorative dental procedures. Instead the dental skills they had devised were mainly for religious or ritual purposes. They would use their skills to place stunningly carved stone inlays, in precisely prepared cavities, cutting a perfect hole around the tooth enamel. These inlays were made of minerals such as; turquoise, quartz, cinnabar, serpentine and jadeite. Two different types of adhesives were used to secure the inlays including liquid amber and the other from the maguey plant. Archaeologists have found that due to the gems used, the inlays were mainly confined for the upper classes. Typically, the inlays were found in the upper and lower teeth and were for aesthetic purposes.

 

The Mayas also carried out other forms of fashion statements with their teeth, to boost the appearance of their smile. Women were known to dye their teeth red or black and it was said that many Mayan men didn’t like coloured teeth. The red dye was derived from insects and was named cochineal. Other aesthetic procedures included filing their teeth in different ways. It is not completely known what the significant reasons for this are, but it is thought that it was possibly done for tribal or religious meaning. Archaeologists have discovered more than fifty different patterns.

 

Nowadays popular cosmetic procedures that are carried out, do not involve inserting gems into a patients tooth. Contact the surgery today, to discuss some of the most up-to-date procedures.

 

 

 

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