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


It is not what we eat or drink that effects tooth erosion but how we eat or drink .

It is not what we eat or drink that effects tooth erosion but how we eat or drink .Tooth erosion — also known as dental erosion or acid erosion — occurs when acids wear away tooth enamel, which is the substance that coats the outer layer of each tooth. Over time, this erosion could give rise to tooth discoloration, sensitivity and in the extreme, even tooth loss. Unsurprisingly, the analysis revealed that acidic foods and drinks posed the greatest risk of tooth erosion.

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The risk of moderate or severe tooth erosion is reported to be 11 times higher for adults who drank acidic beverages twice daily, particularly when they were consumed between meals, compared with those who consumed such beverages less frequently. When acidic drinks were consumed with meals, the risk of tooth erosion may be reduced by half.

Interestingly, the researchers found that adding fruit flavourings to beverages — for example, adding lemon to hot water — made them just as acidic as cola.

Your teeth are strong, but they’re not indestructible. Most popular drinks are very high in acid, and this acidity can damage your enamel. Once it is damaged, you’ll need your dentist’s help so that it doesn’t wear away more..

Dangers of Acidic Drinks

Drinks with a low pH level can cause a variety of oral health problems, but it begins when they eat away at the hard, outer layer of your teeth. Enamel erosion is a problem because enamel that becomes destroyed can’t grow back. Unlike other materials in your body, your enamel doesn’t have any living cells, so there’s no way for it to heal itself.

When your tooth enamel erodes, the sensitive, yellow-coloured dentine underneath is exposed. This is why your teeth will start to look discoloured when you don’t take care of them. But the exposed dentine doesn’t just have cosmetic downsides; it can also lead to painful dental conditions like tooth sensitivity. People with sensitive teeth experience pain when they drink or bite into hot, cold, sweet, acidic or spicy foods and drinks, and it can have adverse effects on their diet in the long run.

Common Acidic Drinks

Studies have indicated diet soda is not any more tooth-friendly than regular soda. Although it is sugar-free, it’s still overwhelming to your enamel if you drink it regularly. Even surprisingly small quantities of soda can damage your teeth; as little as one glass per day has been linked to damage. Fruit juices contain healthy vitamins and minerals, you may assume they’re healthy for your teeth as well. Sadly, this isn’t the case.

 

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Orange juice and similar citrus-sourced liquids are packed with Vitamin C, but they’re packed with tooth-damaging acids as a result.

The Oral Health Foundation is a great source of further information, you may find this web site  interesting.

For more information and advice contact us via our website  www.harrow-dentist.com


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.

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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.

 


Heed These Helpful Dental Tips Before the Kids Are Back In School

September 2015

Your kids have been out of school for a couple months now, but before you know it it’ll be time to ease them into the back-to-school routine. Lost in all the fracas is the time necessary to receive a regular checkup. You were a kid once, what did you do during the summer? You most likely spent your days outdoors with friends getting into trouble and doing who knows what. Now that you’re older, you should understand the importance of a dental checkup, especially for your kids. Who knows what kinds of sugary treats and other goodies they’ve been gorging on for the past couple months. A dental checkup can check for problems and help keep their mouths healthy throughout the school year.
The best way to keep your little one on the road to optimal oral health, is by compiling a back-to-school checklist. This is a great way to keep your children’s oral health in check. What all should be included on this checklist? Here are some friendly tips to help you get started:

  • Take them to regular dental examinations.Some symptoms never show at all. Your dentist is the only one who can properly diagnose and eradicate bacteria or an infection. It saves your child future pain and doesn’t keep them away from the classroom.
  • Help them practice excellent dental hygiene. There’s a lot more to brushing and flossing than meets the eye. It is entirely possible to practice incorrect brushing and flossing techniques, and in order to keep their mouths happy and healthy, you may need to show them how it’s done. There are countless online resources for guidance, or, just give your dental office a call.
  • Pack healthy lunches. Ditch sugary treats for healthy options like grains, milk, yogurt, fruit and raw vegetables. Not only do they keep teeth healthy, but they have whitening benefits as well. Fruit, like strawberries and oranges, help teeth naturally whiten.
  • Protect their mouths during sporting activities. Mouthguards are designed to keep your teeth in place and away from danger. They’re especially useful for organized sports(rugby, hockey,lacrosse,football), playing on the playground, or physical education classes.

Ensure your kids’ mouths are in great shape by being proactive and making an end-of-summer checklist. Send them back to school with smiles that are sure to turn them into teacher’s pets.

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Acknowledgement to Best Dentist News

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Harrow Dental Centre 

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Harrow. HA14LB

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