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


Brush your teeth three times a day

Brushing and flossing your  teeth three times a day could help boost your heart health, new research shows.

Researchers looked at the height, weight, illness history, oral health and brushing habits of over 160,000 people in South Korea.They found brushing teeth three times a day caused a 10% drop in atrial fibrillation and 12% drop in heart failure.

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Cardiovascular disease

Researchers believe oral bacteria is irritating key pathways in the body affecting the cardiovascular system. Findings were independent of other factors, including age, alcohol consumption and exercise levels.

Conventional practice   recommends brushing and flossing your  teeth twice a day for two minutes with a fluoride toothpaste. There is every advantage to brush three times a day as the role of inflammation in the occurrence of cardiovascular disease is becoming more evident,’ Dr Tae-Jin Song, from Ewha Womans University in Seoul, said to The Times.

Recent research found that many adults do not make time to  brush twice a day .

One in five (22%) regularly miss brushing their teeth in the morning because they are running late.!  One in four (25%) skip brushing their teeth at night because they get home too late. It would be easy to suggest these findings represent the demands of 21st century life, but there really is no defence for overlooking your health.’ chief executive of the Oral Health Foundation, Dr Nigel Carter OBE,

A good oral health routine is an essential everyday activity that helps to protect against tooth decay and gum disease.The health of your teeth and gums play an extremely important role in our overall well being. The ability to chew and digest food in comfort is a simple human essential.

A healthy smile can be a great asset; and because of this, it makes sense to give your teeth the best care possible. The team at the Harrow Dental Centre will be delighted to help you enjoy a healthy smile.

 


A Mature persons guide to good Dental Health

A Mature persons guide to good Dental Health

Teeth are for life.

It is now expected that we should be able to keep all of our teeth for life 
As we get older, the condition of out teeth and gums changes along with our health, lifestyle and the way we eat. Gum disease is the most common cause of tooth loss in people over the age of 35. Old fillings with rough surfaces (of poorly fitting dentures/ crowns or bridges) make your teeth and gums more susceptible to disease (tooth decay and gum inflammation)

At the Harrow Dental Centre ® we recognise that every one has different needs .We will tailor your dental care to suit the restraints of your budget of time or money…because your healthy smile is important to us

If you have any questions or comments kindly post them below. Feel free to email us via the contact us button on the homepage of our website www.harrow-dentist.com


It’s Mom and Dad’s fault !

August  2019 — Can you blame mom and dad for your dental problems? ….   Maybe!

An international team of researchers identified dozens of new genes associated with oral health and dental diseases. Their findings suggest many dental traits are heritable.

Scientists have long known that two people with similar diets and oral hygiene routines can have vastly different levels of oral health.

The researchers identified 47 new genes connected to oral health. They also confirmed an association for a gene linking immune health and periodontal disease.

The links included some relatively obvious factors, such as genes involved with tooth and jaw formation, saliva, and oral bacteria. However, the analysis also suggested a causative relationship between cardiovascular-metabolic health and oral health, and genes responsible for dental caries may have an effect on the whole body too.

Many dental traits may be heritable, but dentists aren’t letting people off the hook for their own oral health. It’s still important to brush and floss  and have regular professional care — even if people  are found not not to be genetically predisposed to caries or gum problems.


Dental Phobia

Dental Phobia – August 2019

Everyone’s fears and phobias are different and have different levels.As a team we recognise that no two concerns are ever the same.

However, if just the thought of visiting your dentist really fills you with dread it could be time to take action. Bring a friend or family member with you to your first visit. This will help you to relax and not fell ‘alone’ in a strange place.

It is natural to be concerned about an experience where you feel you have no control. Neglect may cause you to run the risk of losing teeth through lack of oral care, but could also lose their confidence. Lost or yellowing teeth can all add up to making a person have lower self-esteem than others.

Some people become so embarrassed in social situations that they hide their mouth behind their hand when speaking or smiling and this can really start to affect a person’s whole life. This can result in their professional and personal life suffering to a tremendous degree. No one should have any form of fear of having dental care. We are here to help,after all we specialise in problems!

We want you to be as comfortable and happy about visiting us for treatment as possible. Through a combination of in depth discussion about all of your concerns and the procedures you need, our team will be with you every step of the way on your road to good oral health.

You may have cause to be fearful due to bad experiences in the past or even embarrassment, Our team has helped many people overcome their fears and some even begin to look forward to their dental appointments.

 


National Smile Month

The Harrow dental centre supports the National Smile Month

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Spit, don’t rinse

March 2019

While you sleep at night, you produce less saliva than during the day. Because of this, your teeth have less protection from saliva and are more vulnerable to acid attacks. That’s why it’s important to remove food from your teeth before bed so plaque bacteria can’t feast overnight. Don’t eat or drink anything except water after flossing and  brushing at night. This also gives fluoride the longest opportunity to work.

Once you’ve brushed, don’t rinse your mouth with water , you are washing away the fluoride contained in the toothpaste! This can be a difficult habit to break, but can reduce substantially reduce tooth decay.

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Oral Hygiene advice


Smile

A smile can be really powerful.

A smile is the shortest distance between two people. An inhibited smile may unwittingly create a social or workplace barrier.

Take time to ask your dentist about anything that you feel is preventing you from feeling confident when you smile.

If you feel that your teeth are discoloured or have unsightly gaps, chipped teeth, or other cosmetic issues, you may be less likely to smile no matter what the situation.

Take care of your teeth, so you can enjoy all the benefits of a healthy smile, extending far beyond  your face.

Smile Makeover

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Halloween

Here’s how you can help your family stay ‘MouthHealthy’ on Halloween and year-round.
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Time It Right

Eat Halloween sweets (and other sugary foods) with meals or shortly after mealtime. Saliva production increases during meals. This helps cancel out acids produced by bacteria in your mouth and rinse away food particles.

Stay Away from Sweet Snacks

Snacking can increase your risk of cavities, and it’s double the trouble if you keep grabbing sugary treats from the candy bowl. Snacking on candy throughout the day is not ideal for your dental health or diet,.

Choose Sweets Carefully

Make sure your sweets are sugar free.

Avoid hard sweets that stay in your mouth for a long time. Aside from how often you snack, the length of time sugary food is in your mouth plays a role in tooth decay. Unless it is a sugar-free product, candies that stay in the mouth for a long period of time subject teeth to an increased risk for tooth decay.

Avoid Sticky Situations

Sticky sweets cling to your teeth. The stickier candies, like toffee and gummy bears, take longer to get washed away by saliva, increasing the risk for tooth decay.

Have a Plan

It’s tempting to keep that candy around, but your teeth will thank you if you limit your stash. ‘Have your family pick their favourites and donate the rest.’

Drink More Water

Drink water, avoid a dry mouth this  can help prevent tooth decay. If you choose bottled water, look for kinds that are sugar free. Even sugar free ‘diet’ fizzy drinks may be acidic which cause harm to your teeth

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Maintain a Healthy Diet

Your body is like a complex machine.The foods you choose as fuel and how often you “fill up” affect your general health and that of your teeth and gums.

Stay Away from Sugary Beverages

This includes fizzy drinks, sports drinks and flavoured water.When teeth come in frequent contact with beverages that contain sugar, the risk of tooth decay is increased.

Chew sugar free chewing gum 

Chewing sugar free gum for 20 minutes after meals helps reduce tooth decay, because increased saliva flow helps wash out food and neutralise the acid produced by bacteria.

Brush Twice a Day

Brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes with a fluoride containing toothpaste. Change your tooth brush 8- 10 weeks , or sooner if the bristles are frayed. A worn toothbrush won’t do a good job of cleaning your teeth.

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Clean Between Your Teeth

Floss your teeth once a day. Decay-causing bacteria get between teeth where toothbrush bristles can’t reach. Flossing helps remove plaque and food particles from between the teeth and under the gum line.

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The regular advice and care  you will receive from your dentist and the whole team will help you to stay healthy.

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Acknowledgements to the American Dental Association


Sparkling Water

Most people are aware of the dental perils of sugary soft drinks and fruit juices, but surely sparkling water is perfectly safe for your teeth, right? After all, dentists often recommend water as an alternative to sodas and sports drinks. It might surprise you to learn that it’s not quite so straightforward.

Soft drinks can be bad for your teeth because they tend to be loaded with sugar or non-sugar sweetener alternatives that feeds harmful oral bacteria, resulting in the creation of enamel-attacking acids. As the protective enamel layer is stripped away, it leaves the teeth exposed to infection and decay.

It is not just the sugar in soft drinks that threatens tooth health. It’s all the fizz.

Carbonated beverages get their fizz from carbon dioxide, which is converted to carbonic acid in the mouth. This acid has the potential to cause erosion of dental enamel and increase the risk of tooth decay.

One of the warning signs of enamel erosion in increased tooth sensitivity with exposure to hot or cold foods/drinks. Yellowing of the teeth may also signal enamel erosion as the white, shiny enamel gives way to the darker, yellower dentine underneath.

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Keeping Things in Perspective

Now before you start panicking and give up Perrier and Pellegrino forever, it’s important to note that even though sparkling waters can alter the acidic balance in the mouth, it pales in comparison to the sort of acidic damage that occurs with the likes of sodas, fruit juices and other sugary or sweetened beverages. That said, if sparkling water is your drink of choice and you’re sipping it throughout the day, it could accelerate tooth wear. Especially if you like the flavoured sparkling waters, or enjoy a slice of lemon or lime. The addition of any such flavourings or fruit increases the acidity of the beverage.

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Generally speaking, unflavoured sparkling water is considered fine for your teeth – in moderation! .A study found that both types of water were more or less the same in their effects on enamel, noting that sparkling water is slightly more acidic. So, all things in moderation – if you don’t overdo it with sparkling water, your teeth should be fine

  • Be sure to mix in plenty of fluoridated plain water along with sparkling water to help naturally fight cavities and maintain the healthy pH balance in the mouth.
  • Be mindful of the fact that all sparkling waters are not created equal. For example, citrus-flavoured waters increases the acidity levels of the beverage, increasing the risk for enamel erosion.
  • Watch out for sparkling water which  have sugar in them. Flavoured waters with sugar can be as bad as other sugar-laden drinks, so if you enjoy sparkling water, make sure you’re enjoying the real deal.

The team at the Harrow Dental Centre will be happy help if you have any concerns.