July 5th, 2018
It’s that happy time of year again when the countdown to holiday season is well and truly on. If you’re planning to jet off and enjoy exotic climes, don’t forget to take good care of your smile. The last thing you want is a dental injury to scupper your plans. Here are 4 tips to protect your teeth this summer:
- Book a dental check before you go: if you haven’t been to the dentist in the last 6-12 months, it’s a brilliant idea to book a check-up before you go. Routine checks enable dentists to have a look for any potential problems and warnings signs. If there are issues, your dentist can address them before you go away, reducing the risk of pain and other unpleasant symptoms on your travels.
- Wear a seat belt: we tend to be more relaxed about health and safety when we go abroad. If you’re hiring a car or hailing a cab, always make sure you wear a seat belt like you would at home. If you are involved in accident, your seat belt will help to lower the risk of injuries, including chipped, broken and dislodged teeth.
- Cut down on sugary drinks: many of us like to cool off with a cold fizzy drink when we’re away. It’s important to stay hydrated, but take care when choosing what to drink. Fizzy drinks are laden with sugar and even the diet versions are acidic, which puts the enamel at risk. Stick to water, and if you do fancy something sweet, use a straw and avoid drinking juices and fizzy pop between meals.
- Don’t use your teeth to open bottles: you’re hosting a barbeque and the villa or apartment you’ve rented doesn’t have a bottle opener. What do you do? Hopefully, you wouldn’t choose to try and use your teeth to do the job, but research shows that this is an option many would take. This can chip and break the teeth, leaving you with misshapen, weak teeth.
December 23rd, 2017
It’s nearly holiday season, and nobody wants to spend their well-earned time off nursing a dental injury. If you’re keen to keep a smile on your face this Christmas, here are 3 top tips to take on board:
- Stick to your oral hygiene regime: just because it’s Christmas doesn’t mean you can give up on brushing. In fact, brushing is even more important than usual given the dazzling array of festive treats most of us tend to consume. Take two minutes to clean your teeth every morning and evening using fluoride toothpaste.
- Go easy on the sugar: it’s Christmas, and for most of us, that means that we have an excuse to eat whatever we want, whenever we want. There’s nothing wrong with indulging over the festive period but try and keep an eye on your sugar intake. You don’t have to have chocolate for breakfast or consume an entire packet of mince pies just because it’s Christmas. Try and avoid eating between meals and wait an hour after eating to brush your teeth to protect your enamel.
- Don’t use your teeth as a bottle opener: we’ve all been there. You’ve got a house full of thirsty guests and you can’t find the bottle opener for love nor money. If this happens, don’t be tempted to use your teeth. This is a very common cause of chips and broken teeth.
April 6th, 2017
Easter is just around the corner, and for many of us, this means indulging in chocolate eggs. While there’s nothing wrong with having a treat from time to time, gorging on sugary foods spells bad news for your teeth. If you’re keen to avoid toothache this Easter, here are some top tips to bear in mind.
Limiting your sugar intake
Easter is a time when we exchange gifts, usually in the form of chocolate eggs and other sugary delicacies. Nobody is saying that you have to miss out on Easter treats, but this Easter, spare a thought for your teeth and gums. Try and moderate your sugar intake, and avoid eating between meals. If you do fancy a bit of chocolate, make sure you eat it just before or after a main meal. If you graze throughout the day, your teeth will be under constant acid attack. This is because when you eat, the bacteria in your mouth release acids, which soften your enamel. If you eat at mealtimes only, this gives your enamel chance to recover.
Cleaning your teeth
It’s important to look after your teeth all year-round, so make sure your dental hygiene regime is up to scratch this Easter. Clean your teeth twice a day using fluoride toothpaste, and make sure you do a thorough job. Brush for two minutes, and take care to cover each tooth. Put your brush head at a 45-degree angle so that you can clean along the gum line. After brushing, floss between your teeth.
See your dentist
If you haven’t been to the dentist for at least 6 months, now is the ideal time to pick up the phone and book a dental appointment. Even if you don’t have any pain or problems, it’s important to see your dentist on a regular basis. Regular routine check-ups can decrease your risk of developing gum disease and dental decay by up to 60 percent.
For more advice about oral health, don’t hesitate to pick up the phone and give us a call.