Strong, healthy teeth don't happen by accident. They are the result of a combination of factors relating to your diet and lifestyle, but the most important factor by some distance is good oral hygiene. Here are 10 simple tips you can follow to help ensure you have strong, healthy teeth and good oral hygiene: Brush your teeth for two minutes, twice daily: last thing at night is very important and, of course, during the morning before you leave for work. Ideally, use a fluoride toothpaste or one recommended by your dentist or hygienist. Use a toothbrush that has a small- to medium-sized [...]
Dried fruit has long been thought to contribute to tooth decay, but what does the science say?
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Gingivitis is inflammation of the gums. It often occurs due to a build-up of plaque, or bacteria, that accumulates on the teeth. Untreated, gingivitis can progress to periodontitis which is far more serious and can eventually lead to loss of teeth. Signs and symptoms of gingivitis include red and puffy gums, that often bleed when a person brushes their teeth. Gingivitis is preventable with good oral hygiene, i.e. frequent brushing and flossing. In addition, an antiseptic mouthwash may help. The problem is that, in the initial stages of gingivitis, patients often don't even know they have it. There are two [...]
According to new research from scientists at King's College London, sipping acidic drinks such as fruit teas and flavoured water can wear away teeth and damage the enamel. The team found that drinking fruit teas between meals and savouring them for too long increased the risk of tooth erosion from acid. The research, published in the British Dental Journal, looked at the diets of 300 people with severe erosive tooth wear. Fruit squashes, cordials, fruit teas, diet drinks, sugared drinks and flavoured water are all acidic and can cause wear and tear to teeth, the researchers said. For more information, visit: [...]
According to a Center for Disease Control (CDC) report, more than half of teenagers have had cavities in their adult teeth. Cavities are completely preventable and parents can do a lot to ensure that their children grow up to have healthy, strong teeth. One of the biggest culprits is sugary drinks (including fruit juices!). Here are a few tips every parent should know to help protect their children from developing cavities: 1. Avoid sugary drinks! 2. If you can't avoid sugary drinks completely, use a straw so your teeth are less exposed to the sugar and acid in the drink. [...]
We all know that refined sugar is bad for our health, and especially bad for our teeth. That's why it is important to replace sugary snacks with healthier choices. Download the Change4Life Food Scanner app to discover what’s in your food and drink. For more information, visit: www.facebook.com/Start4LifeInformationServiceForParents #TopTipsforTeeth
This post is for mothers of infants and babies. many people are unaware that their dental health can suffer during your pregnancy. Hormonal changes and nutritional requirements fluctuate and this is one reason why a visit to your dentist is highly recommended. A quick check-up can be seen as a means to review your dental health and also the general health well-being of you and your baby. Once your baby is born, it is important to look after both your oral and dental health as well as your baby's oral health, especially in the early months of your baby's life. [...]
Researchers have discovered that regular trips to your hygienist may help prevent cancer - and not just oral cancers! Why? According to the researchers' findings, there is a strong connection between periodontal (gum) disease and many types of cancers. A National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey in the USA estimated the prevalence, severity, and extent of periodontitis in the adult U.S. population and found that more than 47% of people have periodontitis. many were unaware that they had the condition. The researchers also revealed that early symptoms of many systemic diseases ( including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, low-birth-weight complications in pregnancy, [...]