Spruce up your smile ready for summer at Crown House Dental in Egham!
Selfies are fun everyday, when we do fun things. They are even more fun though, when we have holiday experiences to shout about. Hotdog legs, selfies with a drink by the pool, stories of adventures and perfectly clear sea water and white sand. Who wouldn’t want to brag about that with a quick selfie? Regardless of whether you’re going to Blackpool or Bermuda, there’s one thing that makes any selfie stand out, and that is a beautiful smile. Your smile says you’re having a great time, it says you’re happy, and it makes literally any outfit look great!
Do you feel your smile is at its best? Are you confident about your smile? Or would you love to have a smile that was whiter or straighter?
Here at your Egham dentist we have a wide variety of cosmetic dentistry treatments that can turn your smile up a notch, and hopefully help you feel some restored confidence in what should be one of your greatest assets. Check out these cosmetic dentistry treatments for the perfect selfie smile this summer:
We use an at home whitening system called Polanight which is just as effective as in-house teeth whitening. It uses specially made trays and whitening gel which you use together every night for around 7 to 10 nights until we reassess the colour of your teeth. It is the perfect pre-holiday treatment for anybody wanting a bright, white smile that helps rejuvenate the whole face.
Our hygienists can provide a scale and polish to give the teeth a quick boost before your holiday. It gets rid of any surface stains and cleans the teeth so they look fresh and beautiful for your trip.
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9 Great Meatless Foods For Your Oral Health!
Most people would admit that they could eat more fruit and vegetables in their day to day diet. With so many lovely convenience foods around, it can sometimes be easy to forget to include the healthy things we need, and many of us can fall short of ‘eating the rainbow’ day to day. Unfortunately, avoiding fruit and vegetables isn’t good for our overall health and statistics show that not eating enough fruit and vegetables can result in an increased risk of head and neck cancer.
As it is National Vegetarian Week, here at Your Egham dentist we wanted to offer you some extra reasons to make increased efforts with including more meat-free foods in your diet, especially fruit and vegetables. Here are 9 of the best meatless foods for oral health:
Cheese is known to be excellent for the teeth because it is jam packed full of calcium. Calcium helps to strengthen the teeth and although it is high in fat, a recommended portion size of a matchbox a few times a week will help to boost your oral health.
Apples are fantastic for the teeth because they are mildly acidic which is thought to provide a natural whitening effect. They also have lots of fibre and nutrients to feed your body with good stuff, all whilst naturally stimulating the gums because of their texture.
Strawberries are over 90% water and so they are a wonderful way to ‘eat your water’, helping to keep you hydrated and away from sugary drinks. They are also acidic and also thought to be good for whitening the teeth.
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Why It’s A Last Resort For Dentists
Your natural teeth are incredibly well designed for the job they do.
They have been designed to fit together perfectly, to chew and rip off bits of food, to grind and help you digest, to help form the shape of your face, to help you talk and to help you express yourself. Nothing else apart from a natural tooth looks or feels the same, and as dentists, we want to help you keep your teeth for your entire life.
Sometimes, your teeth might need a little help because of dental issues like disease or damage. When this happens, we will always do our best to suggest treatments that are all about saving the teeth.
We know sometimes, to some patients it may seem cheaper, simpler and less painful just to have a tooth removed. Particularly when the area of the extraction is back into the mouth where the loss of the tooth cannot be seen. However, the effects of this kind of loss are more far-reaching than you might realise.
What Happens When A Tooth Is Extracted?
When there is a tooth missing, the other teeth tend to move, which could cause them to look different, and may also affect your bite. If you do need a tooth removed, then your Egham dentist will make the actual procedure of extraction as comfortable as possible, but afterwards there is still a slight risk of infection and possibly some healing pain. Replacing teeth can also take up a lot of time and effort, as well as extra costs you wouldn’t have to pay if you still had your tooth. There is also the impact tooth loss can have on the way you eat and speak. So having a tooth out is less-straightforward than you first might imagine.
How A Dentist Will Try And Save Your Tooth
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What are the risks?
Are you trying to lose weight? Has the glimpse of sunshine re-motivated you to get back on your diet and health kick?
If that is the case, you’re probably thinking about your calories, exercise regimen and the way your clothes fit, not your smile.
The problem is, weight loss can have quite a big impact on your dental health and it is important to understand how different ways of dieting can affect your smile.
A Low-Fat Diet
Eating long-term with low-fat dieting in mind can actually impact on important vitamins being absorbed into the body. Certain vitamins like vitamin A, D, E and K are all important for the health of the body. Vitamin D however, is very important for dental health because it enables the body to take in calcium effectively. If you cannot absorb calcium effectively then your teeth and bones will start to suffer. Fat also has a role to play in helping you with mood boosting chemical dopamine, so when fat is reduced you can feel more stressed, which may cause you to grind your teeth more when you sleep. You may also find that you are consuming more sugar without realising because low fat items often have a high sugar content which is sneakily hidden from the main product advertising.
When you have been on a low-carb diet for a while, your breath begins to smell like nail varnish remover. It is a strong smell produced by the body when you burn fat instead of carbohydrates. This means bad breath, which isn’t much fun when you are chatting to others and can cause self consciousness. Although you can reduce this issue with extra brushing, flossing and sugar free chewing gum, the only real solution is consuming carbohydrates again.
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Minimise the risk!
Shocking newspaper statistics at the beginning of 2018 let us know that a perplexing 170 children a day had teeth extracted in 2017.
That was quite the health headline to begin the year with, and it has certainly stuck with us here at your Egham dentist.
We are sad to know that so many child tooth extractions occurred last year because we know that the majority of them are preventable. Most tooth extractions in children are a last resort, and this is a passionate subject for dentists because dentists are passionate about prevention! We do our job to help keep teeth healthy, and to help our patients avoid dental issues, particularly issues that lead to extraction.
It is incredibly concerning for dentists and parents across the country that children are having so many teeth extractions.
Why Are So Many Extractions Happening?
The studies and reports seem to suggest that the majority of extractions are caused by an ‘addiction’ to sugar. The sugar tax has come in because obesity is such a big problem here in the UK and there is no doubt that sugar is an issue for oral health as well. No matter how amazing a dental routine is, high sugar consumption will result in damage eventually. Although there are some extractions that won’t be because of a poor diet, it does seem that unhealthy diets could be a real problem for the oral health of children.
How Does Sugar Affect The Teeth?
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What you need to know….
Fizzy drinks have long been the enemy of teeth, but they are also a problem when it comes to obesity. High sugar drinks are bad news for health all round, and with obesity levels are rising, the government has decided to do something about it, i.e the sugar tax. Jamie Oliver started it all with a campaign a few years ago, and the government has taken the idea on and decided to implement it.
Here at your Egham dentist we don’t know if it will help decrease tooth decay and obesity levels or not, but we certainly hope it does. In the meantime, it is a good idea to know all about it so you can understand exactly how it affects you.
What Is The Sugar Tax?
The sugar tax was announced in the budget last year by Philip Hammond giving companies a year to change recipes or prepare their finances ready for the change. The idea behind it is that companies either reduce sugar in their drinks to make them less unhealthy, or they have to charge customers more money, affecting their sales because hopefully customers will be less likely to buy the products due to cost. There are two grades of taxation depending on how much sugar is in the drink. The first level of tax applies to drinks with over 5 grams of sugar per 100ml, the second level of tax applies to drinks with over 8 grams of sugar per 100ml. The second level of tax is higher than the first.
Where Will The Money Made From The Sugar Tax Go?
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What can you change?
There is a lot in the news about plastic at the moment.
That footage of the man diving through the plastic filled sea in Bali made most of us feel a little bit sick in the pit of our stomachs, because you don’t realise how much of a problem there is when it isn’t in front of you. Most of us put our rubbish in the bin without thinking about where it ends up.
We’re all busy getting on with our lives and, it just isn’t something you think about when it doesn’t directly affect you. However, the evidence is clear that is does effect all of us. The problem of plastic is not going away and, what better event to think about it and how we can make better choices, than with International Mother Earth Day on the 22nd of April.
Here at your local Egham dentist we thought International Mother Earth Day was a great opportunity to talk about toothbrush pollution, and potential alternatives.
Billions of toothbrushes are discarded into landfills annually across the world. They are made up of plastic, rubber, nylon and paper/plastic packing. Unfortunately all of these materials are pollutants and will not degrade, so are always destined for landfill. Many will end up in the sea, and on the beach, hurting the animals and adding to that shocking plastic scenery on the Bali diving video we mentioned above.
Here at your Egham dentist we recommend switching your toothbrush whenever the bristles start to look worn, or every few months (whichever comes first). Just think about how many toothbrushes your family send off to landfill based on that advice? Obviously you need a toothbrush that often, but maybe there are alternatives that can be good for your oral health and the planet?
Here at your Egham dentist we can’t endorse any particular toothbrush type, however, it is interesting to consider the alternatives to plastic toothbrushes, which may be much more common in the future.
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Your Oral Health Spring Clean With Crown House Dental in Egham
During this wonderful transitional season of spring, there are ample opportunities to flush out the cobwebs from all different areas of life. Sure, the big house spring clean is important to get rid of those dingy, dusty winter feels and replace them with fresh, bright spring decor and cleanliness.
But, you can apply that ‘freshening up’ attitude to any area of your life you want, or need to, including your oral health. You can and should freshen up your oral health because your smile is permanent and with you all the time, unlike your decor which is easily replaced. Check out these easy tips to make your smile gleam with an oral health spring clean:
Get Your Smile Checked Out
Your oral health checkups at your Egham dentist are so important. They check your tongue, soft tissues, teeth, gums and throat to check everything is as it should be. Any problem from enamel damage, decay or gum disease all the way to very serious issues like cancer are all more likely to be successfully treated with early diagnosis, so please get your appointment booked in!
Beat Those Bad Habits
You may not have stuck to ditching bad habits in January, but there is always a new opportunity to try and beat them again. Smoking, excessive drinking and eating the wrong things all have an impact on your oral health and overall health. Use this seasonal fresh start to re inspire you to be who you want to be this year.
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Happy Easter from all of us at your local Egham dentist, Crown House Dental!
We are all excited for Easter, not just because it is great quality time to spend with family and friends, but also to get excited about the new season with Spring finally arriving.
The nights are getting longer and lighter, the weather is warming up (no more beasts from the east please!) and the plants are sprouting.
There is so much to celebrate! The only problem is, Easter can be a bit of a minefield for the teeth. There’s so much sugar and indulgence around, the teeth can suffer a little with it all. So with that in mind, here are our 8 top tips for a tooth friendly Easter to smile about:
1. Switch Out The Eggs For Other Treats
Your kids will want chocolate, but they will probably like some other kinds of treats as well. Why not switch some of the eggs they would usually have for non-food treats of the same value?
2. Get Crafty
Getting crafty helps your whole family spend time together, without hurting the teeth. Make Easter bonnets, decorations for your Easter tree and homemade Easter cards and get creative!
3. Focus On Sunday Lunch
Easter Sunday lunch is the biggest meal of the whole weekend, and it is a good excuse to get really creative in the kitchen. Make a wacky starter, and get the kids involved in making the stuffing balls, or cutting up vegetables in Easter shapes. Think outside the box and make it into an event.
4. Watch An Easter Film
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With Crown House Dental in Egham
World Oral Health Day is celebrated on the 20th of March every year, and it is a really good chance to give your oral health routines and habits a bit of an MOT.
Here at your Egham dentist we will take any opportunity to help our valued patients have a happier and healthier smile. So on World Oral Health Day 2018, please read this quick MOT check to ensure you’re looking after your teeth and gums as well as you could be:
Brushing is so important and it is often underrated when it comes to the influence it has over the health and aesthetics of your smile. You might think your brushing habits are perfect, but it is worth asking yourself these questions first:
- Is you toothbrush right? Is it too hard, too soft, is the handle comfortable, does it get changed regularly, does it enable you to reach all the different parts of our mouth?
- Are you brushing right? Are you reaching all parts of your mouth? Are you brushing too hard or too soft? Are you brushing for two minutes twice a day?
- Are you brushing at the right times of the day?
Think carefully about your brushing technique, tools and timings to figure out if your brushing is as effective as it should be. Your Egham dentist can help you ensure your brushing habits are effective.
Eating & Drinking
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