Sugar Tax

6 April 2018

A sugar tax applies to soft drinks from today.

The first is a tax on the total sugar content of drinks with more than 5g of sugar per 100ml (taxed on point of production or importation at a cost of 18p per litre), and the second, a higher tax (24p per litre) on those drinks with 8g or more sugar per 100ml.

Drinks manufacturers have responded to these measures in one of two ways: by reducing the sugar content of their drinks – in some cases replacing it with sweeteners – or by proposing price increases to account for the levy.

Although sugar is notorious as an enemy of dental health, another food ingredient could also be damaging your teeth: phosphoric acid. Found in carbonated cola drinks, phosphoric acid is thought to be the second most abundant food additive in the food industry. Due to its high acidity level, phosphoric acid may erode enamel and make your teeth more prone to decay. Diet drinks are therefore potentially just as harmful to your teeth( not to mention the artificial sweeteners).

Effect

When low-pH foods with phosphoric acid make contact with your teeth, your enamel begins to dissolve and soften, paving the path to decay. Softened tooth enamel can promote plaque formation, which then leads to further enamel erosion. If damage from phosphoric acid becomes severe, erosion may spread under your enamel and into the layer of dentine below, causing sensitivity and toothaches.

Solution

You can reduce the impact of phosphoric acid on your teeth by changing the way you consume soda and other foods with this ingredient. Drink through a straw to minimize contact with your teeth, rinsing your mouth out with water after drinking soda, limiting your soda intake to one serving per day, and drinking phosphoric acid-containing beverages only at mealtime. In addition, drinking soda quickly rather than sipping it slowly can reduce the exposure phosphoric acid has with your teeth.

Considerations

Although you can take measures to protect your teeth from phosphoric acid in beverages, you may want to avoid such drinks for other reasons .Fizzy drinks typically contain additive dye, caffeine and large amounts of sugar in the form of high fructose corn syrup, which provides empty calories without any nutrition. Even sugar-free sodas may be mildly addictive if they contain caffeine. In addition, MayoClinic.com notes that sodas may be linked to kidney stones, other forms of kidney disease, high blood pressure, excess weight gain in the midsection and insulin resistance. Choosing beverages without phosphoric acid, such as milk or fruit juice, can help you avoid damage from soda while also obtaining more vitamins and minerals.

Here is a thought

Will manufacturers of tomato ketchup, breakfast cereal, fruit yogurt , biscuits, chocolates cakes ,processed foods and baby formula milk now consider reducing  the sugar content in their products?

 


Psychology of a Smile

Oliver Moody,the Science correspondent for the Times reports that Eliud Kiphoge came within 26 seconds of beating the 2 hour barrier for a marathon. His face was covered by a broad grin to smile away the pain of his effort. Sports Physiologists suggest that a smile will improve performance by at least 2%.

Dr Brick published in the Psychology of Sport and Exercise that a smile produced a relaxed state without constantly trying to relax.

In an episode of the TV sitcom set in the Korean War called M.A.S.H,the hospital team were depressed about the failing peace talks ,the constant loss of life  and the protracted war. The commanding officer ordered the doctors to walk around with a smile to raise their morale and of those around them.

People who hide their smile in embarrassment, find socialising a tense,uncomfortable and inhibiting experience. They may even feel depressed as a result. It will take the courage of a good caring friend or relative to point out this behaviour or even more courageous to point out unsightly teeth. All dentists and their teams will  be sympathetic to their plight and will be able to create a treatment plan to help.

Do you know someone who does not smile? Think how grateful they will be if  you are able to prompt them to seek help rejuvenate their smile and bolster their confidence and general well being.

www.harrow-dentist.com


2525

Computers are changing our world each day. We accept that apart from take off and landing, aeroplane flight is controlled by an autopilot.  Driverless cars are today a reality but some way off universal acceptance and use.

Ziegler and Evans wrote in in their 1969 song ‘ In the Year 2525

In the year 6565
Ain’t gonna need no husband, won’t need no wife
You’ll pick your son, pick your daughter too
From the bottom of a long glass tube’

The world’s first ‘test tube ‘ baby  Louise Brown was born just 8 years after the song was written in July 1978 . The computers on board Apollo 11 were 10 years ahead of any commercial computers of the time.

Medicine and dentistry is advancing today at an even more rapid rate on the back of the computer revolution.

The world’s first dental procedure without human intervention was recently               (2017 ) carried out by a robot in China. We rely on digital X-rays, photographs, CT scans and 3D models to plan the surgical placement of dental implants .A bone graft created in a laboratory can be placed with the precision only dreamed about a few years ago.

Will robots replace dentists in providing dental care? This will happen when a robot can interact with emotion and empathy and build trust with the person on its care.

Who can predict when a driverless car will take us to a dental robot facility for    treatment. Perhaps the future will see a dental robot arrive at our home on board a drone to provide dental care.

Perhaps there will be no need, as according to the song ‘In the year 2525’

In the year 4545
Ain’t gonna need your teeth, won’t need your eyes
You won’t find a thing to chew
Nobody’s gonna look at you

Until then please make dental care part of your daily life.Contact us via our web site www.harrow-dentist.com

 

 

 


Mouthwash dilema

From the Times 22 November 2017

Scientists report that overweight people who use a mouthwash are 50% more likely to develop diabetes.

Research at Harvard tested people who used a mouthwash twice a day were likely to develop diabetes or a prediabetic condition, irrespective of their gender,weight and diet compared to those who used it less often.

Kamudi Joshipura the author of the study found that the powerful antibacterial mouthwashes destroy all bacteria including those which produce nitric oxide which helps the body regulate insulin levels.

Diabetes charities Are awaiting further studies before comment. The British Dental Association does not list a mouthwash as an essential for proper health care.

Mouth wash is often marketed the route to good oral hygine.

There is no substitute for good tooth brushing ( with a fluoride containing toothpaste) and flossing technique. 

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Smile Makeover

September 2017

Do you want to improve your smile? Modern dentistry can work wonders. For example, now you can close spaces between teeth and fix crooked or chipped teeth to provide a nicer, less self-conscious smile. You can whiten teeth for a more youthful and healthy look. Cosmetic dentistry doesn’t only make you look better, it makes you feel better.

We offer a full range of aesthetic dental treatment, building confidence ‘one smile at a time’ 

Smile Design is one of the many services at the Harrow Dental Centre. Smile Design is a highly technical process requiring great skill and experience to achieve a natural result.Orthodontic treatment to straighten your teeth may be all that is required. It may be necessary to refer you to a specialist orthodontist to straighten your teeth in combination with tooth whitening ,dental bonding ,crowns or veneers .

It takes artistic ability and extensive knowledge to perform an impeccable smile design. Techniques require precise measurements based upon mouth shape, gum lines, lips, and natural shape of the teeth. That’s why we devote time to precisely planning a Smile Design before we begin the actual procedure. It is vital that we will help you to attain excellent oral hygiene and dental health before any cosmetic or aesthetic dental care is commenced.

Oral hygiene is the foundation of all good dental care. Any treatment to restore your teeth or to rejuvenate your smile will fail if the treatment is not supported by excellent oral hygiene

During a patient’s initial cosmetic consultation, we take several photographs and create models of teeth to help us plan the treatment with you, to suit your unique style and character.

Another indication of age is the dark, negative space seen in the back corners of the mouth when a person smiles. To correct this, we may widen the width of the back teeth with veneers or crowns. This broadens the smile eliminating the dark corners.

Finally, teeth stain with age, nature plays a trick on us (some of us!) as we get older our teeth get darker and our hair gets lighter or whiter.An ‘aged’ smile can add years to ones face. Tooth whitening (bleaching ) may be a carefully considered part of the treatment plan. 

The colour of our often teeth corresponds with the age of the patient – the younger the whiter. Skin tones can also influence the shade selection of the veneers. Thus, by placing a natural looking veneer over discoloured teeth the face is brightened creating a more youthful appearance. Tooth whitening is usually a recommended part of  a smile makeover

Why should youth be wasted on the young?

Please contact our office to schedule an appointment to discuss the option of a kind, conservative, scalpel free face lift.

Please feel free to contact us about any aspect of dental care.

 


Prosseco Plot

Maurizio Martina the Italian minister for culture has denounced as fake news the allegation by British dentists that Prosseco is bad for our teeth. Prosseco is a great wine but is acidic and has a high sugar content. An Italian dentist has commented that the problem is simply due to poor oral hygiene in Britain.

All this is a storm in a wine glass. The Oral Hygiene message is simple and the same for fizzy soft drinks,fruit smoothies as well as white wine..moderation and careful home oral hygiene.

Cheers!


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