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Archives for December, 2018

How To Protect Your Teeth This New Year

With a New Year looming, it’s a good time to think about what we can do in the months to come to boost our health and happiness. If you’re looking for ideas for resolutions, why not make your smile a priority for 2019? Here are some top tips to help you protect your teeth:

  • Brushing twice a day: if you don’t already make sure you brush your teeth twice a day, every day, now is the time to devote more time and effort to keeping your teeth clean. Brushing is essential for removing plaque and preventing gum disease and cavities. When you brush, reach right into the corners, and cover every individual surface of every tooth. We recommend using fluoride toothpaste and setting a timer for at least 2 minutes.
  • Flossing: flossing is an effective way to boost oral hygiene and keep decay at bay. We advise you to floss daily to keep your teeth clean and reduce the risk of plaque formation.
  • Dental checks: if you don’t routinely go to the dentist at least once a year, make it your mission to see your dentist more frequently in 2019. Regular checks, every 6-12 months, reduce the risk of oral disease dramatically.
  • Mouth guards: if you play contact sports or you enjoy any kind of sporting activity that carries a risk of dental injury, we recommend investing in a high-quality, dentist-made mouth guard.
  • Diet: many people choose to switch up their diet in the New Year. Usually, this is designed to get rid of those of extra festive pounds, but changing what you eat can also benefit your teeth and gums. Steer clear of sugary and acidic foods, try not to graze or snack between meals, and eat healthy, balanced meals.

If you need any more advice or information about preventing dental health problems and keeping your smile in check, our dentists will be happy to help! Don’t hesitate to get in touch!

Five Christmas Food Swaps to Protect Your Teeth

Christmas is almost upon us, and you can bet your bottom dollar, most people are looking forward to indulging in a festive feast. While rich, decadent food is part and parcel of the Christmas celebrations, it is beneficial to keep an eye on what you eat, and to take steps to protect your pearly whites. If you’re looking for some healthy food swaps this winter, here are some festive treats your teeth will love:

  1. Chocolate-covered Brazil nuts for hazelnuts: chocolate is laden with sugar, which spells bad news for your teeth and gums. Instead of munching on Brazil nuts smothered in chocolate, opt for hazelnuts instead. Hazelnuts are a good source of calcium, which is essential for strong, healthy teeth.
  2. Sugared almonds for almonds: sugar-coated almonds are a Christmas staple, but they’re also really bad for your teeth. Opt for plain almonds instead. You’ll lower your sugar intake, and almonds are also a great source of calcium.
  3. Christmas pudding for cheese and grapes: if you’re looking for a tooth-friendly dessert option, a cheese board is the way to go. Cheese is low in sugar and high in protein and calcium, and it has a high pH value, which can help to neutralise acids in the mouth. Add grapes to up your fruit and vegetable intake.
  4. Sugary cereals for porridge: on Christmas Day, you’ll need all the energy and stamina you can muster to make it through gift opening, roasting a turkey and completing a games marathon, so opt for a substantial, hearty, healthy breakfast. Instead of sugary cereals, go for porridge. Oats are high in fibre and low in sugar, and they also release energy slowly to keep you fuller for longer.
  5. Brandy butter for crème fraiche: brandy butter is high in fat and it’s also packed with sugar. If you’re looking for a slightly lighter, less indulgent accompaniment for your pudding, go for crème fraiche. You’ll save yourself a load of calories and you’ll also increase your calcium intake.

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