A point of view

It is upsetting to meet a young adult who suddenly develops dental problems. The age of 18 – 25 years is a vulnerable age as regards dental health.

Young people perhaps leave home and find they get out of the good oral hygiene habits their parents tried to instil. They may be too busy to arrange routine dental examination or treatment appointments .

As a profession we encourage people to seek regular dental advice and not to delay what may be a health preserving dental examination. Dental problems if treated early are easier and less costly to manage.

Ensuring that everyone in our care has excellent oral hygiene is the focus of the way all the treatment provided at the Harrow Dental Centre is organised. A program of oral hygiene care is tailored to suit the individual so that they obtain maximum benefit.

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Liquorice fights tooth decay

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Liquorice fights tooth decay

Compounds isolated from liquorice root may help prevent tooth decay, according to researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles.

In test tube studies, the scientists showed that an extract from a plant root that is used to make liquorice sweets and other products contains at least two compounds that appear to be potent inhibitors of  a bacteria called Streptococcus mutans, a major cause of dental caries.

More studies are needed before it is proven that the compounds effectively fight  tooth decay  in humans, but if further studies show promise, the liquorice compounds could eventually be used as cavity-fighting components in mouthwash or toothpaste.

Liquorice has been an important herb in Chinese medicine for many years and is now being rediscovered by Western medicine as a rich source of potentially beneficial compounds.

 In addition to being used as flavouring and sweetening agents in sweets, tobaccos and beverages, compounds derived from liquorice root have been shown to help fight inflammation, viruses, ulcers and even cancer, according to the researchers.

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‘Only the main ones’

During a dental examination this afternoon, I asked  ‘John’  if  he used dental floss to clean between all his teeth. 

‘Only the main ones’ was his reply. !! 

I guess that this was a slip of the tongue rather than a serious reply as ‘John’ has good oral hygiene. It did however raise the point that many people do not pay attention to how they maintain good oral hygiene and take their dental health for granted.

 Good dental health is most often a reflection of how people care for their general health. Research has shown, and experts agree, that there is an association between periodontal diseases (advanced gum disease) and other chronic inflammatory conditions, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and Alzheimer’s disease. Therefore, treating inflammation may not only help manage periodontal diseases but may also help with the management of other chronic inflammatory conditions.

Ensuring that everyone in our care has excellent oral hygiene is the focus of the way all the treatment provided at the Harrow Dental Centre is organised. A program of oral hygiene care is tailored to suit the individual so that they obtain maximum benefit from their dental care .

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First Impressions

Research by Oral-B who questioned a group of 1000 men and women revealed  that while it’s no surprise that people make judgement based on initial impressions, it is a person’s smile and teeth which can prompt intuitive views about their lifestyle.

 Both groups were asked the same questions based on the photograph of the same people  with clean and with heavily stained teeth.

The report reveals that: ·

  •  Bad looking teeth can age you by 13 years ·
  •  82% think you earn more if you have healthy looking teeth ·
  •  Men rank a “gorgeous smile” higher than a “great figure” ·
  •  40% of men think women with unhealthy teeth must be single              

The report reveals just how much we assume about a person from looking at their teeth.  The team at the Harrow Dental Centre takes  a sympathetic view and will work with you to recreate a healthy youthful smile in keeping with your own unique personality and appearance

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