Thursday 27 October 2016

Happy Halloween!!!

It's that time of the year, time for ghosts, ghouls, and cavities! OK, well maybe not right away, but Halloween is one of the most sugary days of the year. And, it's just the beginning of the sweets and treats season. For the next couple of months, there will be no shortage of sweets, cakes and cookies, at home, at parties and gatherings. With all that extra sugar, it is even more important to guard against the evils of tooth decay.

Of course, good dental hygiene is important no matter what day of the year, but as we know, prolonged exposure to sugary foods can cause tooth decay, and it happens faster than you think! To get through Halloween and the holiday season without any cavities, follow these dental tips:
  • First and foremost, regular brushing and flossing is the best way to prevent tooth decay. Adding a mouthwash  provides extra protection. Rinsing the mouth between brushing is also a good way to prevent bacteria from building up and acids from damaging tooth enamel.
  • Not all candy is created equal, and some are harder on the teeth than others. The longer the teeth are exposed to sugars and acids, the more likely to cause decay. Try to avoid or limit hard sweets that stay in the mouth for prolonged periods of time. Same goes for chewy sweets that can stick to and in between the teeth.
  • Encourage your kids to drink lots of water while sampling their treats. This will help wash away the sugar, reducing contact with the enamel. Avoid fizzy and other sugary drinks. Sports drinks and flavoured water are also no good for the teeth, especially in combination with sweets.
  • Try to save the sweets for directly after meals. The mouth produces more saliva during and after mealtime, which helps balance out the acids and wash away bacteria and particles.
  • Chew sugar-free gum. Chewing for 20 minutes after meals helps prevent tooth decay by increasing saliva production.

It isn't necessary to ban sweets and treats this time of year, but following these dental tips can help prevent new cavities from developing. Remember, daily brushing with fluoride toothpaste, flossing and regular visits to the dentist are the best way to keep teeth healthy and free of tooth decay. Following these simple dental tips should keep your teeth safe from zombies, ghosts and cavities throughout the year.

Friday 21 October 2016

Electric vs Manual Toothbrush

The great debate. Are you an electric toothbrush kind of person, or do you prefer the traditional brush?  If you’re on the fence with this topic, this blog post may help you to decide, as we put together pros and cons of both..…or it may confuse you even further!

Manual Toothbrush

  • The main pro with the traditional toothbrush is that it is inexpensive. A couple of pounds can buy you a toothbrush colour or style of your choice and when the 3-month replacement time comes by, you can easily buy one without breaking the bank.
  • There seems to be more choice with styles, colours and bristles, so you have the ability to choose according to your sensitivity levels, for example e.g. sensitive gums may prefer soft bristles.
  • More choice for children. Kids often claim that they will love one thing forever (remember the Frozen phase parents?) but within a few months, they decide on a new craze to obsess over. Manual toothbrushes are perfect to keep up with them, as they come in many different brands that the kids love. So as soon as the craze is over, so is the time for a new brush which can be what they’re into at the time!
  • Manual toothbrushes are super to travel with. Just pop it into your toiletry bag (once dry) and you’re good to go. No need to worry about charging it when you’re away too.

  • More work to do, hence the name ‘manual’. You actually have to move the brush in small circular motions, which is done for you with an electric.
  • No timing. It’s up to you when the 2 minutes are over, so there is a risk of under-brushing or over-brushing your teeth, unless you get a timer.
Electric Toothbrush

  • Electric toothbrushes are very easy to use and less work than manual ones, as all you need to do is place the brush at a 45° angle and let it do the work for you.
  • Children may find electric brushes more fun to use, which will encourage them to do it. It’s less work for the kids, tickles their teeth and the timer will let them know when they’re done.
  • No more guessing with the electric, as the in-built timer lets you know when you can stop, and some beep at 30 second intervals, to let you know when to move onto the next section of your mouth.

  • You’ll need to charge your brush every few days.
  • They cost significantly more than a manual toothbrush. However a way to get around this is to purchase one brush and a few different heads, so the whole family can use it.
  • Electric brushes can be bulky and not as easy to travel with, as you have to also bring the heavy charger too, along with an adapter if you’re going abroad.

Friday 14 October 2016

How do you clean your teeth?

You may think that brushing your teeth is second nature, but because we’ve been doing it for as long as we can remember, we get into bad habits, which can cause significant damage to them.
Here are 5 common mistakes most of us do when brushing our teeth:

1. Give it time
The recommended brushing time is 2 minutes, however the majority of people fall short of that time period.  An easy way to brush for 2 minutes, without missing any spots is to divide your mouth into 4 sections (top, bottom, left & right) and spend 30 seconds on each section.
If the idea of this completely bores you, stick on the TV for 2 minutes, or listen to your favourite song.
2. Not using the right toothbrush
The British Dental Health Foundation recommends using a small to medium sized brush that is comfortable to hold.  Some of the bristles on the brush should be angled and other straight and you should choose a brush that has soft to medium round-ended nylon bristles. 
3. Brushing incorrectly
Many people don’t know the correct technique to brush your teeth.  Hold your brush at a 45-degree angle to your gums and use short strokes to make an up-and-down motion. Don’t forget to brush the inner tooth surfaces and the hard to reach areas, which most people tend to avoid. 
4. Not changing your toothbrush often enough

Many people forget to change their toothbrush every 3-4 months. This should be done, as the bristles break down and lose their effectiveness.
5. Keep it clean
You should rinse your toothbrush with warm water before and after you use it.  After that, stand your brush up right and let it air dry, as a moist brush is more likely to grow bacteria.
Although it’s convenient, try not to store your brush out in the bathroom as it can be exposed to germs from your toilet or sink.  It is better to store it away inside a bathroom cabinet.

Friday 7 October 2016

Celebrate - Today is World Smile Day!!!

World Smile Day is celebrated every year on the first Friday of October, so that means today, October 7th is World Smile Day!  People around the globe celebrate the day as a way to make people smile and to spread good cheer.

How Did It Originate?
World Smile Day was created by Harvey Ball, the artist credited with the creation of the first “Smiley Face.”   Though originally commissioned by State Mutual Life Assurance Company of America for a simple campaign in 1963, this image went on to become the symbol of good cheer around the planet.
Harvey Ball created World Smile Day in 1999 and encourages everyone to 
Organise events to mark the day at school, work, with your organisation or as an individual.  Recognise those who perform acts of kindness everyday.  Surprise those in need of a smile.” 
So today, do something to make someone around you smile.  Help out an older person, pay for the car behind you, make your child smile or buy a stranger lunch.  Smiles are contagious!  As a matter of fact, smiles and laughter are good for your health!