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Five Reasons To Floss

Be honest. How often do you floss? If you don’t already floss as part of your daily oral hygiene regime, it’s time to make some changes. Here are 5 good reasons why you should start flossing today:

  1. Cleaner, brighter smiles: flossing helps to clean your teeth, so that you can enjoy a brighter, more beautiful smile.
  2. Lower risk of decay: brushing is brilliant, but it can’t target areas that aren’t accessible with the brush head. Flossing cleans these hard to reach zones, giving you a much deeper clean and reducing the risk of decay.
  3. Reduced gum disease risk: it can be difficult to clean along the gum line with your toothbrush. This is where flossing comes in handy. With fine dental tape, you can remove bits of food and eliminate bacteria from the gums, reducing the risk of gum disease. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in British adults, so it’s really important to make sure your daily dental hygiene regime is on point.
  4. Plaque prevention: plaque is a sticky colourless film, which forms when bacteria and food debris combine with saliva. Plaque is the most significant risk factor for decay and gum disease. Brushing and flossing help to rid the mouth of food particles and bacteria before they can form plaque.
  5. Fresher breath: most of us want to enjoy clean, fresh breath. Bad breath is a very common problem, which can result from poor oral hygiene. Flossing removes food debris from the mouth, decreasing the risk of bad breath, and ensuring you feel confident when you meet new people or catch up with friends and colleagues.

If you’re new to flossing, and you need any tips or advice, we’ll be happy to help! Call us  our Essex Dentist now or pop in and see us if you’re passing.

Five Drinks to Avoid For Better Looking Teeth

If you’re keen to keep your smile in check, it’s wise to keep an eye on your diet. The food and drinks you consume can play a major role in enhancing or detracting from the beauty of your smile. If keeping your teeth white and bright is your main concern, here are 5 drinks to avoid this summer:

  1. Coffee: many people can’t survive with a morning caffeine fix, but did you know that coffee is one of the worst offenders when it comes to tooth discolouration? Staining agents like tannin can make the teeth look yellow or brown, making your smile look less healthy and radiant.
  2. Tea: tea is another drink to avoid if you want to keep your smile shining bright. Tea contains staining agents, which discolour the teeth. This applies to both black tea and green tea. If you can’t deal with the prospect of life without a cuppa, drink a glass of water straight after your tea.
  3. Cola: cola is one of the most popular summer drinks, but next time you head to the fridge, spare a thought for your smile. Cola is not only rich in staining agents, it’s also packed full of sugar, and it’s acidic.
  4. Wine: many people enjoy a glass of wine or two on a summer evening. Unfortunately, although wine is delicious, it can spell problems for your teeth. Both white and red wine are proven to stain the teeth, and wine also has a very low pH value. Acidic drinks contribute to erosion of the tooth enamel.
  5. Juice: it’s very common to assume that juice is a healthy option, but many shop-bought fruit juices have high sugar content and a low pH value. If you are keen on fruit juice, dilute your juice, use a straw, and stick to drinking juice at mealtimes.

Four Reasons to Quit Smoking to Save Your Teeth

The dangers of smoking for your heart and lungs are well-documented, but often, the impact of smoking on the mouth is overlooked. If you’re a smoker, there are many reasons to try and give up, including:

  1. Lower risk of gum disease: gum disease is the most common cause of premature tooth loss in UK adults. Gum disease is often linked to poor oral hygiene, but studies show that smoking can also put you at risk of sore and swollen gums. This is because smoking reduces blood flow to the gums. Symptoms of gum disease include inflammation, pain, redness and bleeding when you brush.
  2. Lower risk of bad breath: smoking is one of the leading causes of bad breath due to the chemicals present in cigarettes. Bad breath can be a sign of underlying oral health issues, but it can also affect your confidence, especially in situations where you’re in close contact with others, for example, when riding the tube or train or when speaking to somebody during a date or an interview.
  3. Reduced risk of oral cancer: oral cancer affects the soft tissue in your mouth and throat. It is an increasingly common form of cancer in the UK, and the number of cases has risen by a third in the last decade. Smoking is the most significant risk factor for mouth cancer. Cancer Research UK estimates that more than 60 percent of cases of oral cancer are linked to smoking.
  4. Brighter, whiter teeth: smoking is one of the most potent threats to bright, white smiles. Chemicals like tar are known to stain the teeth, making the smile look less attractive.

If you’d like help and support with trying to quit smoking, we are here. Just give us a call or talk to your dentist at your next appointment.

Four Tips to Taking Care Of Your Dentures

Dentures are a very popular and effective solution for people who have lost natural teeth. If you have a denture, it’s really important to take good care of it to get the best out of it and reduce the risk of damage. Here are 4 top tips to help you care for your denture:

  1. Keep your denture clean: good oral hygiene is essential for everyone. Even if you don’t have any natural teeth, it’s vital to keep your denture clean to reduce the risk of oral infections and keep your gums healthy. Wash your denture with lukewarm water or denture cleansing solution at least once a day. When you’re cleaning your denture, avoid using hot water as this can cause the denture to become misshapen.
  2. Store your denture in a safe place: if you’re taking your denture out to give your gums a breather, make sure you store it in a safe place. It’s very easy to put a denture down and then forget about it, and this could result in damage.
  3. See your dentist on a regular basis: your mouth changes shape on a continual basis, and therefore, it’s beneficial to see your dentist frequently. Your dentist can check the condition and fit of the denture and they can also keep an eye on any remaining teeth and your gums. If you have sore gums or your denture feels loose, don’t wait for your next scheduled appointment. Call and book a consultation and we’ll do everything we can to make you feel comfortable again.
  4. Keep your denture moist: it’s important to keep your denture moist and to prevent it from drying out. When you’re not wearing your denture, keep it in a glass of soaking solution or water.

If you have any questions about your dentures or you’d like more tips, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Five Food Swaps For Stronger Teeth This Spring

If you’re keen to protect your teeth and gums, it’s hugely beneficial to keep an eye on your diet. Here are 5 food swaps you can make for stronger teeth this spring:

  1. Fizzy drinks for milk: milk is rich in calcium, which is essential for strong teeth, but it also has a much higher pH value and lower sugar content than fizzy drinks. Acids wear away the enamel, and most fizzy drinks have very little nutritional value. Next time you’re thirsty, pour a glass of milk rather than reaching for a can of pop.
  2. Ice cream for yoghurt: it may be warmer outside, but resist the temptation to stock the freezer full of ice cream. Ice cream is sugary, and it can also exacerbate symptoms of sensitivity. Yoghurt is a better option, as it contains calcium, and unsweetened versions have low sugar content. Sprinkle some raspberries or blueberries to increase your daily intake of fruit.
  3. Crisps for cheese: if you tend to graze on crisps between meals, try eating a small chunk of cheese instead. Cheese has a high pH value, it’s low in sugar, and it’s a good source of calcium.
  4. Juice for water: juice is often marketed as a healthy alternative to fizzy drinks, but most shop-bought products are full of added sugar. Juices also tend to be acidic. Water is pH neutral, it contains fluoride, it has no sugar content and it helps to keep dry mouth at bay.
  5. Cooked veg for raw vegetables: any form of vegetable is going to be beneficial for you, but raw vegetables are particularly good for your oral health. Chewing on raw carrots, celery sticks, broccoli and cucumber stimulates saliva production, cleansing the mouth and reducing acidity.

Three Tips for Healthy Teeth

Taking good care of your smile is one of the best New Year’s resolutions you can make. If you’re keen to improve your oral health in the year ahead, here are 3 simple tips to get you started:

  1. Brush twice a day, every single day: surveys show a significant portion of UK adults don’t brush twice a day. If you neglect your oral hygiene, this will increase your risk of developing gum disease, discolouration, bad breath and cavities. All it takes is two minutes every morning and evening. When you’re brushing, take care to cover every individual tooth surface, swap your brush head every 3-4 months and use fluoride toothpaste. Angle your brush head to remove food debris from the gum line and be gentle to prevent enamel damage.
  2. Cut down on sugar: if you consume a lot of sugary foods or drinks, make it your mission to try and reduce your daily sugar intake. When bacteria feed on sugar, they release acids, which attack and weaken the tooth enamel, increasing the risk of cavities and infections. Ideally, you should aim for a maximum intake of around 7 teaspoons of sugar per day.
  3. Book a dental check: if you’re not very good at keeping up to date with dental checks, this is one of the easiest ways to improve your dental health. Visiting your dentist on a regular basis can reduce the risk of gum disease and decay by up to 60 percent. Call us now if you’re overdue a check-up.

Five tips for more effective teeth cleaning

Cleaning your teeth may seem like a mundane chore, but it’s incredibly important. Brushing and flossing play an instrumental part in preventing the build-up of plaque, the number one cause of decay and gum disease. If you’re keen to improve your oral hygiene routine, here are 5 top tips:

  1. Invest in an electric toothbrush: electric toothbrushes are more powerful than manual brushes and they are proven to remove plaque more effectively. If you don’t already have an electric brush, it’s worth investing in one to improve your oral health. You don’t have to spend a fortune. Even the most basic models will work wonders.
  2. Brush twice a day: it’s so important to brush regularly to prevent the formation of plaque and eliminate harmful bacteria and lingering odours. We recommend brushing in the morning and before you go to bed.
  3. Clean between your teeth: brushing is brilliant, but it has limitations. You can’t fit a brush head between your teeth, for example. This is why using inter-dental brushes or flossing is so important. By doing this, you can remove traces of bacteria and food debris from the mouth, reducing the risk of oral disease.
  4. Use fluoride toothpaste: fluoride toothpaste can help to strengthen and protect your enamel, keeping your teeth safe from cavities.
  5. Swap your brush head: worn bristles won’t be as effective as new ones, so remember to swap your brush or your brush head every 3-4 months.

If you need any more tips or advice about cleaning your teeth, don’t hesitate to get in touch or talk to your dentist or hygienist at your next appointment.

Five things to Keep in Mind This Christmas for Healthy Teeth

Christmas is the most wonderful time of year for many of us, but it can be a particularly difficult time for your teeth and gums. If you’re keen to keep your smile in check this festive period, here are 5 things to bear in mind:

  1. Brushing: late nights and parties may mess up your daily routine, but don’t let this affect your oral hygiene regime. It may be tempting to fall into bed after a night on the tiles, but don’t neglect your teeth. Brushing is incredibly important, as it helps to prevent the formation of plaque. Plaque is the main risk factor for decay and gum disease.
  2. Dental checks: if you haven’t been to the dentist for a long time, there’s no better time to call and make an appointment. Regular dental checks are important because they enable your dentist to identify any potential warning signs. If there are developing issues, they can be addressed before they cause major problems.
  3. Drinking: it’s party season, and while many of us are aware that drinking too much can give us a headache, you may not necessarily be aware of the dental dangers. Many alcoholic drinks are laden with sugar and they’re also acidic. Drinking too much won’t just give you a hangover. It could also increase your risk of developing cavities and sensitivity.
  4. Snacking: many of us are guilty of grazing during the Christmas festivities. We all know that sugar is bad for your teeth, but it’s not just about how much sugar you consume. When you eat is also really important. If you graze all the time, this means that your teeth are under constant attack, as bacteria produce acids, which weaken the enamel when you eat. Try and stick to main meals if you can.
  5. Flossing: brushing is essential for healthy teeth and gums, but you can’t clean the entire mouth with a toothbrush. Flossing enables you to clean between the teeth, reducing the risk of oral diseases and giving your smile a healthy glow.

Three Ways to Look After Your Veneers This October

The days may be getting darker, but that doesn’t mean that your smile can’t shine bright this autumn. If you’ve got a gorgeous set of sparkly veneers, here are 3 easy ways to look after them this October:

  1. Polish those brushing skills: brushing isn’t just about removing harmful bacteria from your mouth before it can cause plaque to form. It’s also about polishing the surface of the teeth, or in this case, your veneers, and making your smile look glossy and bright. We strongly recommend at least 2 minutes of cleaning every morning and evening. Brush gently and don’t forget to replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months. If you need any brushing tips, we’ll be happy to help!
  2. Visit your dentist: if you haven’t been for a check-up in the last 6 months, we advise you to pick up the phone and give us a call. Your dentist will check your mouth for any potential signs of trouble and they will also give your veneers a quick clean to keep your smile sparkling.
  3. Go easy on the coffee: many veneers are stain-resistant, but if you want to keep your radiant smile for as long as possible, we advise you to cut down on coffee or use a straw when you drink to protect your veneers.

If you have veneers and you’re keen to keep them in tip-top shape for as long as possible, don’t hesitate to get in touch for more helpful tips and tricks.

Top Five Autumnal Tooth Friendly Foods 

Autumn is upon us, and it’s time to wave farewell to summer favourites and embrace some new tooth-friendly, seasonal foods. Here are some ideas to get you started:

  1. Casseroles and stews: casseroles and stews will fill you up for hours and give you that warm fuzzy feeling on a chilly, dark evening. You can pack stews full of vegetables that are laden with vitamins and minerals, and you don’t have to slave over a hot stove for hours.
  2. Eggs: eggs are a good source of protein and they’re really versatile and easy to eat. You can rustle up scrambled eggs for breakfast, hard boil some eggs to add to a salad for lunch or prepare an omelette for tea.
  3. Porridge: if you’re looking for an autumnal treat in the morning, porridge is a great choice. Porridge oats are filling, they’re full of fibre and the milk you add is an excellent source of calcium. Avoid adding sugar. If you have a sweet tooth, add some honey.
  4. Green tea: most of us love a hot drink on a chilly day, and green tea is a brilliant option if you’re flagging in the afternoon or you need warming up in the morning. Green tea is full of antioxidants and studies show that it can help to reduce your risk of gum disease.
  5. Cheese: if you’re looking for a dessert to replace ice cream or meringues now that summer has faded into a distant memory, why not embrace savoury flavours and have cheese and crackers? Cheese has a high pH value and it’s also a good source of calcium.

If you need any more tips or ideas or you’d like more information about healthy eating, our dental team will be happy to help.