Lots of people have been quitting smoking over the last ten years as more and more studies show exactly how bad it is for you.
Shocking statistics have encouraged many to give up those unhealthy little sticks in favour of a smoke free life. However, for some, something else has replaced cigarettes. Not patches or nicotine spray, but instead something completely new; vaping.
What Is It?
Vaping is where a person inhales vapour created by a heating element heating something called e-liquid which is made from either vegetable glycerine, propylene glycol or a mixture of both, plus flavourings and sometimes nicotine.
Is It Safe?
Nobody knows yet if vaping is safe or if it is harmful. Studies are still being done and hopefully in the future science will prove exactly how healthy it is compared to smoking. Here at your Egham dentist we're not here to say whether it is safe or not or whether or not anybody should or shouldn't do it. What we are here to do though, is explore how vaping could affect your oral health.
When we say pros about vaping, we simply mean instead of smoking. What we do know is that vaping means a person inhales a lot fewer chemicals than they do when smoking cigarettes. The chemicals in cigarettes can cause cells to mutate and become something nasty, like cancer. Vaping means the mouth is exposed to a lot less of those chemicals. Another pro is that there is no tar in e-liquid which means no staining. The lack of smoke also means there are no smelly clothes and there is no smelly breath.
The way you eat has a direct effect on your smile.
It makes sense; after all, the food and drink you consume has to go via your mouth before it goes to be digested, and that's the enjoyable bit isn't it! Sweet, salty, crunchy, creamy, fizzy, sour, tangy - there are so many flavours and textures to enjoy.
But the concern your nearby Egham dentist has, is that record numbers of people are consuming food with a lot of sugar and acid in, which ends up affecting the teeth negatively.
Eating Patterns In Children
Eating patterns in children particularly, are a cause for concern, as bad choices can lead to early tooth decay. In the most extreme cases, children have to have their 'baby teeth' removed, which can lead to issues with the adult teeth which are developing under the gums and waiting to come through. It is a common misconception that the baby teeth of children are not important because they fall out anyway, so they are like a 'first chance' set which don't matter because there's always a second chance with the adult teeth. Unfortunately damage can still be done to lots of different areas of a developing smile with a bad diet.
Losing the baby teeth can result in issues with the surrounding teeth. The baby teeth are helping the child talk and express themselves and they hold a place for the adult tooth waiting underneath. If they are damaged or the gums are damaged, this can have a knock on effect and cause issues, not only with the adult teeth underneath, but with the development of the smile and with the child's speech. A child may also not carry good oral hygiene habits into adulthood which can then affect their oral health further.
A Lack Of Nutrients & Too Much Sugar
Sugar addiction is a hot topic in the news and everyone is talking about it. As studies discuss the possibility that sugar could be as addictive as certain illegal drugs, many people have begun to recognise their own dependency on sugar in its many forms.
One thing does seem to be true for many, and that is the fact quitting sugar does cause withdrawal effects like headaches, bad moods and breakouts.
Even if you slowly cut down your sugar, these kinds of effects can happen if the body is dependent on a constant intake of high amounts of sugar.
The Negative Effects Of Sugar
It is widely known that processed sugar has really nasty effects on the body if consumed in high amounts. Sugar can cause:
Increased blood pressure
Increased levels of cholesterol
Increased risk of diabetes
Increased risk of cancer
Increased risk of heart disease
It really is a risky ingredient if too much of it consumed. Campaigns like Jamie Oliver's Sugar Tax campaign are making real progress because governing bodies and authorities are recognising the health implications of too much sugar in the diet. Sugar is also well known for its nasty effects on the teeth and unfortunately high sugar content in drinks and foods have caused an epidemic amongst children, who are having to have their teeth removed at an early age because their teeth are badly affected by sugar.
Sugar Addiction & Your Oral Health
It Could Be Time For A Visit To Crown House Dental in Egham.
The cold weather is meant to be getting even colder according to recent newspaper reports, which means lots of lovely knitted hats, winter boots and excuses to stay in escaping from the wind and the rain. This increase in cold weather also means that tooth sensitivity that could have been less apparent in warmer weather, begins to cause issues again.
Your teeth are very hard and extremely efficient at protecting the sensitive nerves underneath the surface. However, they can be sensitive to extremely hot or cold liquids or air. This is because they have tiny 'pores' in them and we sense the temperature on the teeth naturally. They should though, be sufficient to indicate those temperatures without causing you pain.
What Causes Sensitive Teeth?
When you get pain in your teeth from cold or hot air or food, this is because you have sensitive teeth. Very cold winds in winter can suddenly highlight this issue. Sensitive teeth can be caused by lots of things, but often there is some sort of minor crack in the tooth allowing the cold or hot air or substance to irritate the sensitive nerves underneath, causing a sharp pain or ache. These cracks in the teeth may not even be visible to you, but they will certainly be known to you via the pain you experience in your teeth!
Avoiding Sensitive Tooth Pain In Winter