Archive for November, 2014

How Your Teeth Can Help Your Waistline

28th November, 2014

As summer winds down and we head back into winter, a lot of us will head toward days filled with hearty foods and before we know it holiday eating and treats.

It’s an easy thing to look forward to, and even easier to fall back into bad eating habits after a summer of relatively light eating.

One of the things people struggle with most is portion control.

If that describes you, you might want to look to your teeth to help keep your portions in control.

What do we mean?  Eat slower.

Many people who struggle with portion control are eating quickly and not taking time to chew and enjoy their food. As a result, their bodies aren’t recognizing that

-they’re full and

-food tastes really good and we should take time to enjoy it. When you’re shoveling food into your mouth, you can quickly forget what it actually tastes like, and that triggers impulses in your brain to head back for more.

So here’s what you do next time you find yourself with an opportunity for high-calorie eating or snacking:

• Avoid distractions. Food is an experience for your sense of taste—don’t deprive it by distracting yourself through one of your other senses (like watching a football game on TV).

• Start with a smaller portion to begin with. Perhaps use a salad plate instead of a dinner plate to serve yourself.

• Take small bites.

• Chew slowly and intently. We have teeth to crush our food and make it easier to digest. Do that, and while you do…

• Consciously enjoy your food. Really taste it. Do you like it? You may be surprised to find some foods you’ve been eating for years aren’t actually all that satisfying.

Enjoy winter, and all the great food it brings!

Worcester Park Dentist Explains The Importance Of Oral Hygiene

10th November, 2014

When it comes to your teeth you are possibly at your most vulnerable if you skip a couple of dental appointments as this allows any decay to go unnoticed. Decay can set in quickly and if you attend regularly it can be easily found by taking a radio-graph.

Oral hygiene plays an important factor in the ongoing battle with our teeth. It helps to combat any bacteria build up on the surface of the teeth and the build up of tartar and plaque, all of which can lead to the breakdown of enamel and allow dental cavities to form.

When biting down on the offending tooth or exposing it to hot and cold temperatures you may experience a shooting pain through your mouth, this is the first symptom of a cavity, you may also find when a tooth is developing a cavity it may become unusually discoloured on the surface.

If you are worried you may have a dental cavity or are experiencing any pain at all it is time to contact your sutton dentist so the problem can be resolved. In most cases you may only be in need of a filling, however the longer you leave the pain the further the cavity is allowed to go possibly resulting in a root canal treatment being your only option in saving the tooth.