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› You spend more than 82 days brushing your teeth during your life – and other bizarre dental facts | Oral Health Foundation

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Smile !

With the constant evolution of technology, more and more people are thinking about their image. The several leading causes of this growing phenomenon include social media, TV, magazines, and the overarching desire to look younger.

When a picture is posted on Facebook or Instagram, for example, no one wants to feel bad about themselves. If someone scrolls through their pictures on Facebook and feels that they have some weight to lose; the individual will feel more pressured and motivated to lose the weight to show the world that they look better than before.

This is happening all around us and is being reinforced by the cultural and societal norms of the twenty-first century. Celebrities in magazines and on TV have the desired look of tall and slim, with beautiful features, including their teeth.

When a photographer takes a photo and asks the subject to smile, people don’t want to be embarrassed or ashamed of their teeth. Nowadays, the average person is more likely to invest in teeth whitening as well as aesthetic dentistry for the constant search of perfection. When someone trips and cracks a tooth, their first instinct is to go running to the dentist in order to fix the broken tooth. In addition, coffee addicts are buying teeth whiteners to remove the unwanted stains on their teeth. Everyone wants to feel and look beautiful within the definition set by the world around them. Brushing and flossing is not satisfying anymore because individuals do not believe that it does a sufficient job cleaning their teeth. People want bright, clean and flawless teeth.

There is some confusion about the terms cosmetic or aesthetic dental care;

Aesthetic dentistry is essentially where science and artistic principles are combined to provide great dentistry for you.Therefore, while it is about improving the way all your teeth look, it’s also about improving your oral health. It actually embraces all kinds of dental treatments and has one aim…to ensure you get the very best outcome in terms of function, appearance and of course oral health. Cosmetic dentistry is as the name suggests is more about sorting out the visual aspects of your teeth such as tooth whitening or orthodontic treatment. Such treatments are by definition non-invasive and not intended to change the structure of your teeth. Essentially the terms have the same aim – to offer you the smile you deserve

The training that is necessary to become an ‘aesthetic dentist’ is long and difficult, but the reward is in seeing people visibly regain the  confidence of a smile.The team at the  Harrow Dental Centre believes that good dental hygiene is the foundation of all the cosmetic and aesthetic dental care we provide.We can be contacted via our web site or on 020 84272543


Sharpen your brain with a simple exercise

A really easy thing to do is to try one of your daily activities, brushing your teeth or dialing a phone number , with your non-dominant hand 

Conventional wisdom assumed losing your mental edge was just part of aging, but that may be incorrect. Scientists believe working out your brain — just like you would your body to keep in shape — could ward off the dulling of mental faculties and strengthen connections between newly-generated brain cells, which people make throughout life.

Use it or lose it. Neurobics may help maintain your mental reserves and ensure you’ll keep your mental edge clear into your elderly years. It’s like cross training, and researchers have found it’s never too late to start, even in people who have some degree of dementia.

“Good MorningAmerica” medical contributor Dr. Marie Savard breaks down the things you can do to keep your mind in tip-top shape, and what bad habits may harm you.

Unhealthy Daily Routines

The thinking is that anything good for the heart is good for the brain, and we don’t do enough good things. The big things are stress, exercise, diet, and sleep, but the good news is we can make our brains better.

When you think of stresses in your life, you should know that the stress hormone cortisol depresses the growth of nerve cells and the connections between them. Then there’s sleep. Time and time again, researchers emphasize the importance of a good night’s rest. It’s true. Sleep is important, because it’s when we lock down our memories and process them. So, if we’re not getting enough sleep, it’s bad for our ability to remember things.

Five Simple Brain Exercises

The premise of these brain aerobics or neurobics is to do familiar things, but do them slightly differently.

Switch Hands

So, a really easy thing to do is to try one of your daily activities, brushing your teeth or dialing a phone number , with your non-dominant hand. Basically, what that does, apparently, is strengthen those pathways and connections in the opposite side of your brain. Build new connections between brain cells by putting your nondominant hand into action. If you’re a rightie, use your left hand to perform daily tasks such as brushing your teeth, combing your hair, and eating. Even try to write with your other hand, too. Does using your nondominant hand become any easier over the course of the day?

By using the opposite hand first thing in the morning the need to concentrate is much greater .This helps the brain to wake up , rather than doing things by learned ‘reflex’.

This is just one of many different ways to keep the mind and body active.

Close Your Eyes

Try a safe activity, like eating or showering, with your eyes closed. That forces you to use and strengthen your other senses. Most of what your brain does is process what your senses are bringing in. So, closing your eyes forces the brain to process thatinformation in new ways. But one thing you obviously shouldn’t do with your eyes closed is drive.

Play Games

Games help you strategize, but the brain is particularly stimulated by multi-tasking. So, play games with other people that require you to strategize and interact socially at the same time. Examples include board, word and card games.

Don’t Get Repetitive, Do Something Different

Introducing novelty is crucial. Your brain doesn’t need anything complicated; it just needs something new. So, take a new way to work, or sit in a different seat. It forces you to look at the world from a new perspective.

Watch What You Consume

You want to make sure to consume brain-boosting foods or supplements. Try antioxidants in food, such as berries, tea, and leafy greens. And you also want to consume fish oils, which also come in supplements.

If you have any thoughts or questions regarding this post kindly post your comments below or email us via our website www.harrow-dentist.com or call 020 84272543

With acknowledegments to ABC News , USA


Sugar ,the sweet silent assassin

Mary Poppins advocated a spoon full of sugar to help medicine go down in a delightful way.This is not a supercalafragilisticly sensible thing to do anymore

Sugar is one of the root causes of tooth decay and diabetes. It is disturbing to learn that some fruit flavoured mineral water drinks contain between 48-78 grams of sugar per litre. A Mars Bar has 45 grams and a can of Coca Cola not much more. That is the equivalent of 10- 15 teaspoons of sugar.

Please click on this link for more information   https://www.bda.org/sugar or contact the Harrow Dental Centre for more information


BE MOUTHAWARE: 45 SECONDS COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE

November 2016

Are you able to recognise the changes in your mouth?

With awareness of the disease remaining alarmingly low, a simple 45 second  check is often all that’s needed to identify anything unusual and be able to then seek  professional guidance.

Research has shown that: Early diagnosis transforms our chances of beating mouth cancer from 50 per cent to 90 percent so it is crucial that you know what to look out for and that you do not hesitate in seeking advice from a health professional.

A mouth ulcer that does not heal within two to three weeks, red or white patches in the mouth and unusual lumps or swellings in the mouth or head and neck area, can all be potential signs of mouth cancer so it is important to be aware of any changes occurring inside your mouth.

Quite often it is easier to notice lumps and bumps on the outside of the body or to dismiss a mouth ulcer as benign. Most of us will spend at least a few minutes every day in front of a mirror brushing our teeth so while we’re there it makes sense to have a quick look inside the mouth.

If you keep a lookout for these symptoms then a simple 45 second check really could save your life.

If you notice anything out of the ordinary, please speak to your dentist or a doctor.

Mouth Cancer Action Month takes place throughout November and is organised by the Oral Health Foundation.

With around 7,000 people in Britain diagnosed with mouth cancer last year, the disease is one of the UK’s fastest increasing cancers, with cases rising by a third in the last decade alone.

Survival rates of mouth cancer have not improved in the last 20 years and the oral health charity is concerned that too many are mouth cancers are being diagnosed at a late stage, significantly reducing our chance to beat the disease.

CEO of the Oral Health Foundation, Dr Nigel Carter OBE added: “Mouth cancer can appear anywhere in the mouth including the lips, tongue, cheek, throat and gums.”

Mouth cancer can have a devastating effect on a person’s life, impacting on their breathing, eating and speech. Reconstructive surgery could also change their appearance while the experience often has an impact on confidence and self-esteem.

By developing a greater understanding about the early warning signs and symptoms, the lifestyle factors which increase our risk, and recognising where to go if we notice anything unusual inside our mouth, we can detect mouth cancer early. This will not only improve our chances of beating it but will also reduce the amount of invasive surgery needed to treat it.’

During every dental examination,the team at the Dentist at Harrow Dental Centre  will do a visual examination for mouth cancer and look for anything that might be a cause for concern. That’s why it is so important to keep regular dental examinations – it’s not just about the health of our teeth and gums – a trip to the dentist could really be a life saver.

To book an appointment with Ira Miller please call 020 84272543 or visit the harrow Dental Centre  web site 

To find out more information about mouth cancer and Mouth Cancer Action Month, please visit www.mouthcancer.org

 

ABOUT MOUTH CANCER ACTION MONTH

Every November, the Oral Health Foundation organises and runs Mouth Cancer Action Month, under the message ‘if in doubt, get checked out’.  Our campaign has become an influential springboard in educating the public about mouth cancer, highlighting the risks, symptoms and causes of the disease.

The campaign is about taking action and raising awareness, particularly among those groups who are most at risk.  We want people to look out for ulcers which do not heal within three weeks, red and white patches in the mouth, and unusual lumps or swellings while encouraging them to regularly visit a dentist to ensure they’re checked for signs of mouth cancer.

By working closely with the dental and health profession and supporting them in their activities to patients and local communities, we continue to increase mouth cancer awareness and save lives through early detection.

Mouth Cancer Action Month is Sponsored by Denplan and also supported by Dentists’ Provident and the Association of Dental Groups.

For further information, please register your details at www.mouthcancer.org.

 

 


› 11 tips to cut down on sugar: ending our addiction to sugar | Oral Health Foundation

Fact! Sugar is bad for our teeth. Of course, this comes as no surprise yet sugar-related dental problems are still the most widespread cause of poor oral health and disease. The message is clear and simple though, reducing the amount of sugar which is in our diets will help to reduce the damage it can cause to our teeth, with the added bonus of improving our waistlines along the way.

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