Posts tagged “Food”

Five Tips to Avoid Discomfort With Braces

If you have braces, you may find that they feel a little uncomfortable for the first couple of days when you’re getting used to wearing them and having them in your mouth. If you’re about to have braces fitted, here are five tips to avoid discomfort:

  1. Take painkillers: for the first couple of days, it’s normal to experience mild discomfort. If you are in pain, you can take painkillers. Your dentist can advise what to take. If you have severe pain or pain relief isn’t working, contact your dentist.
  2. Avoid hard foods: eating with braces can be hard to get used to at first, so try and stick to soft foods which are easier to eat while adjusting. Avoid anything that is hard or chewy foods which may get stuck in the wires and brackets. For the first few days, it’s best to adopt a soft food diet.
  3. Apply ice: if your gums are sore, wrap an ice pack in a cloth or towel and hold it against them. This will help to reduce pain and make you feel more comfortable.
  4. Be gentle when you brush: it can take a little getting used to brushing your teeth when you have braces, so be very gentle. Your dentist will give you some cleaning tips, and they’re always on the end of the line if you need any help or advice.
  5. Drink cold drinks: if your mouth is sore, drinking cold drinks can help to ease discomfort.

When you have braces fitted, your Essex dentist will give you advice about how to care for them, and also how to prevent and deal with pain in the first couple of days.

Four Healthy Foods For Healthier Teeth

We all know that treats like sweets and biscuits are bad news for our teeth, but what about foods that are good for our dental health? If you’re keen to make some tooth-friendly changes to your diet, here are four fabulous foods to add to your diet:

  1. Cheese: cheese is not just a great source of protein. It’s also rich in calcium, which is essential for healthy teeth and bones, and it has a high pH value. This means that when you eat cheese, it can help to neutralise acids in your mouth and reduce the risk of enamel wear. It’s particularly beneficial to eat cheese with acidic foods or drinks, such as wine. Other dairy products, including milk and yoghurt, are also really good for your teeth.
  2. Strawberries: strawberries are packed with vitamins and antioxidants, which are good for your gums, but they also have a rough skin, which acts as a natural whitener. The bobbled surfaces remove surface stains, so you should find that your teeth look whiter and brighter.
  3. Almonds: almonds are an excellent option if you fancy a snack that is low in sugar and high in protein and calcium. If you are grazing on nuts, avoid salted or sugar-covered options.
  4. Celery: celery has very high water content, and the action of chewing acts as a natural tooth cleaner. After you’ve eaten celery, you should find that your teeth look and feel really clean. This is also a great low-fat snack option.

If you’re after more healthy eating tips, our dental team at Advance Dental Clinic will be more happy to help.

5 Easy Swaps to Avoid “Breakfast Sugar”

Have you noticed that you feel hungry an hour after you’ve had breakfast or you suffer from a lack of energy in the middle of the morning? If so, it could be because you’re starting your day with the wrong foods. If you have a sugar-laden breakfast, this can cause your energy levels to spike and then plummet. You’re also likely to feel hungry shortly after eating. If you’re looking for healthier alternatives to sugary breakfasts, here are some ideas:


Porridge is a great source of fibre, and it releases energy slowly, which means that you’ll survive until lunchtime without getting hungry. If you have a sweet tooth, avoid covering your porridge with sugar. Instead, add some chopped berries or a spoonful of honey. Honey contains natural sugars, which are better for you than refined sugar.

Wholegrain toast

Many of us enjoy a slice of toast in the mornings. If you’re a fan of toast, go for wholemeal bread or granary, as these are rich in fibre, and they contain less sugar.


Eggs are an excellent breakfast choice. You can poach, boil or scramble them, or make an omelette. Add spinach or smoked salmon for added fibre and protein or a slice of wholemeal toast to add complex carbohydrates.

Wholegrain cereals

If you usually start your day with a bowl of chocolate covered flakes or puffs, try and swap sugary cereals for whole grain versions. Wheat biscuits and whole grain flakes are much better for you. There’s very little added sugar, more fibre, more vitamins, and you’ll feel fuller for longer.

If you have any questions about nutrition, or you’d like some tooth-friendly tips, don’t hesitate to ask your Essex dentist.