How to be Teeth Wise
25th May 2018
In this issue:
- Top Tips for keeping a beautiful smile
- What can harm your oral health
- Eating Smarter
- What to do if unhappy with a smile?
- Who to see
Dear readers, as many of you are aware a healthy smile speaks volumes and it is at the center of our social interactions. In this issue we will discuss how you can keep the sparkle of your natural smile looking young for longer.
First we must better understand what can harm our teeth in the first place and how to make small simple changes that will reap the biggest rewards.
Tips for keeping a healthy smile
- When brushing your teeth, make sure to spit the tooth paste out rather than rinse with water
- If having juice/fizzy drinks try and use a straw and if possible drink some water afterwards
- If having sweet or acidic food, best to wait 30mins before brushing
- Mouthwash gives you added protection and is great to use after lunch or snacks. Avoid mouthwash straight after brushing though!
- Keep sugary snacks to a minimum
- Eat your fruit and vegetables, they are a great source of Vit C which is needed for gum health
- Use electric toothbrush to brush your teeth. They are great for stain removal as well
- Use mouthwash at a different time to brushing to give your teeth a boost
- Visit the dentist and hygienist every 6 months
What to avoid
- Smoking and E-Cigarettes
These have harmful chemicals that affect your gums. It causes bad breath, staining and tooth loss.
Keep alcohol to a minimum. The major risk with alcohol and compounded by smoking is oral cancer. Some alcohol can be acidic and cause erosion. Try to drink through a straw and have some water to drink afterwards.
- Simple sugars
These are fizzy/sweet drinks , desserts and flavoured yoghurts. There is a lot of hidden sugar in foods you would not consider as being bad for teeth. Yoghurts and flavoured water have quite a lot of sugar in them. Best to consume plain water or plain yoghurts and you can add your own fruit or juice to it.
- Avoid brushing teeth straight after eating something sweet or acidic.
Instead rinse your mouth out with mouthwash, this will help to harden the enamel. When we eat something acidic, the enamel softens and it take time for the chemicals in saliva to neutralize the acid. If you were to brush your teeth straight away you will be brushing away your enamel. Best to wait 30mins between eating and brushing teeth
Teeth for Life
12th April 2018
Looking after our teeth so that they last us well into our old age has never been more important. If we can’t eat properly, we can’t look after ourselves properly and this can have a dramatic effect on our wellbeing.
As we get older it can become more difficult to visit the dentist because of ill health, mobility issues, having to rely on lifts from other people and the worry of the visits themselves.
But we would like to stress the importance of visiting your dentist at least once a year, preferably twice – even if you have no natural teeth of your own left.
During our dental health checks we carry out mouth cancer screening. Mouth cancer is twice as common in men than women and 86% of cases are diagnosed in those aged over 50. Smokers and drinkers are particularly at risk.
Early detection of mouth cancer results in a survival outcome of 90%. However, delayed diagnosis means survival rates plummet to as little as 50%. Let us give you peace of mind by checking your mouth for the early signs of mouth cancer.
What’s the point of hygiene?
We believe that dental hygiene is one of the most important services we offer. Dentists treat disease but hygienists help prevent it from starting in the first place.
This is especially important as gum disease has been linked to many serious illnesses, including heart disease, bacterial lung infections, strokes, diabetes and dementia.
If you haven’t already, please book your essential dental and hygiene appointments by calling us today.
Teeth for Life Plan
6th March 2018
At The White Bridge Clinic, we have introduced a membership dental plan for all our patients, called Teeth for Life. This plan encourages regular dental appointments resulting in you saving money on your dental treatments, by enabling early detection of dental problems.
How can the Teeth for Life payment plan benefit me?
The membership plan consists of a monthly payment which covers you for all your maintenance needs. This includes dental examinations, dental hygiene appointments, routine appointments, fluoride varnish application and much more.
The Teeth for Life plan recommends and covers you for six monthly dental examinations. This allows for dental disease, including oral cancer, and dental risk factors to be detected at an early stage, often before the dental pain begins.
We take time to ensure our patient leave our practice with dental advice to maintain healthy teeth and gums. Therefore, if treatment is necessary it can be treated more simply, avoiding complex dental procedures and costs.
We recommend two to four hygienist appointments per year on the plan. The actual interval is decided upon assessing your personal risk factors and requirements. Clinical studies and personal experience demonstrate that if you visit the hygienist regularly you are more likely maintain a higher level of oral care on a daily basis at home. Hygienists offer support to your dental hygiene regimes and will often direct you to the areas in your mouth which may require more attention. This will lower your risk factors for gum and dental disease, meaning you will need less dental treatment requirements in the future.
Early detection of dental disease, through regular examinations and routine radiographs, allows for minimally invasive dentistry to be performed. Minimally invasive dentistry is also known as micro dentistry. In order to preserve your teeth and gums for as long as possible, it is important not to be invasive when treating teeth.
The Teeth for Life plan also includes a complimentary worldwide dental emergency assistance scheme. We hope you never need to use this; however, should there be dental emergency out of clinical hours or whilst you are away from home the plan may help reimburse some of the cost for remedial dental work.
In summary, committing to regular visits as a The White Bridge Clinic member early detection of the dental disease means less invasive treatments, lower costs and longer-term retention of your teeth.
If you think this would benefit you and your family please contact us on 01865 951861.