Archive for July, 2013

The Benefit Of Dairy In Our Diet

17th July, 2013

According to a study published in the May/June 2013 issue of General Dentistry, by increasing the dairy in our diets we are able to help prevent the onset of cavities.

Latest research has found that consuming cheese and other dairy products helps to prevent cavities

The study looked at 68 subjects and measured the dental plaque pH in the subjects’ mouths before and after consuming cheese, milk and sugar free yoghurt. Any pH lower than 5.5 puts a person at risk of dental erosion.
The sample was split into three groups and each given a sample to eat for three minutes after which they rinsed their mouths with water. The pH level in their mouth was measured at 10, 20 and 30 minutes after consumption.

Subjects who had eaten the cheese saw a massive increase in pH levels at each interval, which suggests that cheese has the ability to help prevent cavities, by returning the pH in the mouth the a healthier level. Sugar free yoghurt and milk showed no change in the pH.

Additionally various compounds in cheese may adhere to the tooth enamel and help protect the teeth from further acid attack.

Dairy can now be seen not only as a healthy alternative to carb- or sugar filled snacks, but also a preventative measure against cavities

Teenage and Adult Tooth Care In Sutton

10th July, 2013

It’s not always easy to control what teens eat or drink, However it is important to encourage them to keep good oral hygiene and to try and limit intake of sugary food and drinks. Another useful tip is if they drink fizzy drinks to do this through a straw to help protect their teeth!

Teenagers can become very conscious about how they look, and this is the time when many start wearing braces. It is important when seeing an orthodontist you still make six monthly visits to your dentist to do a full examination of the teeth. Your dentist will chat through any concerns about your teenager needing braces and be able to refer you to your local orthodontist.

Below are some helpful tips for teenagers and adults-

  • Brushing your teeth twice a day with an electric toothbrush, and changing your toothbrush or toothbrush head every three to four months.
  • Flossing. Flossing daily to remove food from between the teeth.
  • Healthy eating. Eating a healthy diet and limiting between-meal snacks.
  • Check-ups. Having regular dental check-ups and appointments with your hygienist.

Looking After Your Teeth For Life

4th July, 2013

Throughout your life your body changes and your teeth are no exception to this.  The most important thing to remember is Good dental care is always important, no matter what your age as unfortunately you only get one set of adult teeth in your lifetime

The most important part of your dental care routine is to brush regularly and for at least 2 minutes morning and night

By keeping your mouth and teeth in good shape means that you’re likely to keep your teeth for longer.

Not only can bad eating habits, such as too much sugar, lead to tooth decay poor oral hygiene can lead to gum disease also known as gingivitis , which is very common in the UK, and can cause bad breath and bleeding gums.

General Tooth Care-

According to research carried out by the British Dental Health Foundation for National Smile Month 2012, we still have some way to go when it comes to looking after our teeth.

About one quarter of all adults haven’t seen a dentist in the last two years. Three out of every ten adults have regular pain from their teeth, and a quarter of us don’t brush our teeth twice a day.

Those who only brush once a day are one third more likely to have tooth decay. It’s no surprise then that over four-fifths of us have at least one filling.

Most shocking is the fact that a third of all children have tooth decay when they start school!