Diligent oral care whilst studying.
Being at university is exciting, confusing and at times overwhelming. There are lots and lots of reasons you need your smile to be in the best condition during this memorable time of life. You’re meeting new people, going for important interviews and doing presentations, you might even be going on a few dates!
To help you maintain the most beautiful smile for these important years, follow your Egham dentists tips for taking care of your smile as a new university student. Dr Elizabeth Ahearne from our team offers you some essential advice:
Register With Your Local Dentist
It is so important that you register with your local dentist when you move to university. It certainly won’t be the most exciting thing you do, as you pick fancy dress for endless parties and nights out, meet all different kinds of people from all walks of life, and even go on your very first food shop as an independent adult. However, it is one of the most important things you’ll do, as you’ll be able to book checkups which help prevent nasty toothaches and issues that could cause you disruption and pain you don’t have time for. You’ll also have a local dentist to go to should you sustain a tooth injury at one of the many sports clubs you join, or just tripping up the stairs after a late night of studying.
Maintain Good Daily Oral Hygiene Habits
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Personal dental care away from home
Tooth care at home is easy because you have a dedicated area for your toothbrush and toothpaste and you have an established routine.
But what if you’re on the go a lot? What if you spend most of your time out of the house? Your teeth may require a little extra attention when you don’t have your usual toothbrush and toothpaste to hand.
So how do you keep your smile beautiful wherever you are? Take a look at these handy tips from your Egham dentist to keep your grin gleaming regardless of where you are:
Keep Chewing The Sugar Free Gum
Sugar free chewing gum comes with a multitude of benefits for the mouth. It provides fresh breath short term, with the minty flavour that chewing gum usually comes in. Chewing gum also helps to remove food debris from the teeth, and it stimulates saliva production which helps rinse the teeth and to neutralise the acid levels in the teeth. Saliva also has ‘good’ bacteria that fights ‘nasty’ bacteria so the more of it there is, the more protected the teeth are.
Carry A Mini Tooth Brushing Kit
You can get mini travel toothbrushes, mini toothpastes and floss kits. These can help you give your teeth a quick scrub in a bathroom or even in the car if you need to, should a situation arise where you need to get your teeth properly freshened for a meeting or a date.
At the very least, floss is a great on the go tool because it helps to clean debris from between the teeth which is often what causes bad smells and which may taint an otherwise beautiful smile.
Drink Lots Of Water
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From Crown House Dental In Egham
It is really important to take care of your smile during pregnancy.
This is because pregnancy can cause changes in your hormones that make you more likely to develop dental issues like gum disease, which can then affect the health of your baby.
Your Egham dentist recommends that you make an appointment at the surgery before you get pregnant, so when you are planning on trying. This is so that we can give your teeth a scale and polish, examine all your teeth, gums and soft tissues and perform any X-rays and other diagnostics that would otherwise be avoided during pregnancy. We will also treat any dental issues that are active.
When you become pregnant it is important to let your dentist know. You should also let them know which medications and vitamins you are taking because of your pregnancy, and also any medical advice specific to your pregnancy. It is also important to mention any cravings you may be having such as a craving for sour things or other ‘odd’ foods which may compromise your teeth and gums. Your dentist can then create a treatment plan that works for your individual needs during your pregnancy.
It is also very important that you continue to go to your check-ups with your Egham dentist and don’t just skip them because you are pregnant. As an expecting mum, you are more at risk of gum disease which could then cause long term dental damage if it is not treated, and it could even cause issues for your unborn baby.
Your dentist will be able to provide you with plenty of tips to help keep your teeth healthy during pregnancy. For example, we can recommend certain toothpaste brands to use if you have morning sickness, and we can advise on special care to help avoid it causing any long term issues.
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Here’s The Lowdown From Crown House Dental in Egham…
With chewing gum, the types with sugar in are undoubtedly bad for your teeth, just like any other high sugar product. Certain brands do have a lot of sugar in them and chewing them could be as bad for you as chewing a sugary sweet, exposing your teeth to harm for long periods of time.
However, types without sugar in are actually proven to be good for your oral health, particularly if they contain a certain type of sweetener. Obviously, nothing can replace a good dental health regime where you brush for two minutes twice a day every day, avoid bad habits like smoking, and visit your Egham dentist regularly. However, sugar free gum can support a good oral health regime and form part of excellent daily dental health care.
A Natural Teeth Cleaning Action
Chewing sugar free gum after a meal helps to remove some of the food debris that has built up on the teeth. The additional production of the saliva helps to rinse the teeth further and it helps neutralise any acid present in the mouth. If the gum is naturally sweet, the sweet flavour will stimulate even more saliva, rinsing away even more debris and further protecting the teeth.
Xylitol Tackles Nasty Bacteria
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Helping Ensure The Happiest, Healthiest Smiles!
Regularly, the newspaper headlines mention child tooth decay and how younger and younger children are needing fillings.
These headlines are scary for all of us, but luckily, there is so much we can do so our own children are not part of this trend.
Your local dentist in Egham wants to help you ensure your children have great oral health with these useful tips:
Bring Your Child To The Dentist Before They Even Have Teeth
You can start wiping your child’s gums with a clean, warm cloth when they are a baby to get them used to you touching their mouth and to help keep the area clean. You can also bring them to the dentist with you to help them get comfortable with the environment. As soon as they have their first tooth, it is time for their very first dental appointment where your Egham dentist will be happy to greet them and give them their very first checkup!
Oral Care At Home Once Your Child Is Teething
Once your baby is teething, you can brush their teeth with an infant-friendly toothbrush. If you want advice on this, please speak to your Egham dentist and hygienist. You will want to minimise the amount of toothpaste being swallowed by your child and at age 2 your child should learn how to spit out toothpaste during brushing. Up to the age of 8 you will supervise your child’s brushing to help them if needed and to ensure they are brushing properly. From the very beginning of teaching them oral care you should try to get them into the morning and evening brushing for two minutes routine so they get used to it as soon as possible.
Helping Your Child Avoid Tooth Decay
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A closer look at modern tooth replacement in Egham.
A lot of patients in Egham come to us for effective, professional solutions to replace their missing teeth. We help lots of people every year to replace their missing teeth with the most appropriate restoration option for them.
At the moment, there are four main options for tooth loss which are, to leave the gap as it is, to replace the gap with dental implants, to place a dental bridge or to have dentures fitted.
The most worrying option from a dentists perspective, is when a patient opts to leave a missing tooth gap empty. This is because it can cause a number of issues. For example, the bone underneath the tooth that has gone is absorbed back into the body which pulls the gums around it down, causing the teeth to look longer. Adjacent teeth can also move and become misaligned.
Aside from the dental aesthetics being an issue for some, it also creates future issues if you do want a dental implant later on. Implants need bone to be placed into and if the bone near the gap has degraded, a bone graft will likely be required.
Other issues that can occur when a missing tooth is left are:
- The other teeth move and fall into the gap
- The teeth facing the gap from above or below may sink into the space and your bite may be affected
- The gap can be prone to infections or soreness
- The shape of your face, your speech or eating may be affected
In most instances, we would advise patients to consider their options for replacing missing teeth rather than leaving gaps, because it will likely mean less problems in future.
The Options For Replacing Missing Teeth
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Key Advice From Crown House Dental In Egham
No matter how diligent you are at brushing your teeth, how often you go to the dentist or how little sugar you consume, dental emergencies can still happen.
They can happen through oral disease or through injury, and they will usually be very painful, and sometimes even frightening for the person with the issue.
If you are faced with a dental emergency, your Egham dentist is here to help you feel comfortable with what to do in that difficult situation. So here are our guidelines for what to do in a dental emergency:
Is It A Real Emergency?
Organising a general dental appointment can take a few days, or sometimes weeks to get booked in. If there is a dental emergency, you won’t be able to wait for that length of time to be seen by your Egham dentist. However, it isn’t always that clear if you have a real emergency or if it can wait until your next appointment. So how do you tell the difference?
We would recommend always trying to get advice on the situation where possible. During working hours we can advise you on what to do, and help you take further steps to get help, whether that is with us or at another facility. You can also call NHS 111 for further advice if you are unsure on whether or not the problem is an emergency.
Injuries That Are Likely To Be An Emergency
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Custom Dental Mouth Guards in Egham.
The World Cup continues to keep even the most unlikely football fan enthusiastic about the beautiful game this year.
Your Egham Dentist is here to help you maintain your beautiful smile so that if the big wins keep coming, you’ll have a healthy and happy smile ready for the victory!
The tournament, along with the exceptional weather we are being treated to this summer, is encouraging many of us to venture outside and take part in sport, whether that is football, tennis, rugby or even something solo like cycling or running. This is a great thing for our oral and dental health, but it does come with its risks.
Dental Injury Through Sport
All sports, but especially contact sports, come with a risk of dental injury. The injuries can range from sharp knocks cracking a tooth, to extensive soft tissue and jaw injuries. These types of injuries can have a long-lasting effect, causing lots of pain and the need for costly, extensive dental treatment long-term, long after the World Cup has finished. Nobody wants their summer selfie to be with an ice pack on their cheek, or tainted by dental pain that could have been avoided with a simple, dental device.
Custom Dental Guards For Effective Tooth And Gum Protection During Sports
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Crown House Dental In Egham Takes A Closer Look….
Here at your Egham dentist we support any healthy diet that is balanced and full of all the necessary vitamins and minerals. Veganism can count as a ‘strict diet’ and it is a good idea to chat to your GP before starting any new strict food regimen. Today, we want to talk to you about the vegan trend and your teeth. After all, what you put into your body has to go via your mouth so, whatever you choose to eat has a huge effect on your smile.
Newspaper reports from this year suggest there are over 3.5 million vegans in the UK, plus many more vegetarians and people reducing how much meat they get in their diet.
So it is certainly a trend that isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. With that in mind, here are the potential benefits and pitfalls of a vegan diet in relation to your smile:
The Potential Negative Impact A Vegan Diet Could Have On Your Smile
If you do not follow a balanced vegan diet, there are certain issues that could affect your teeth negatively such as:
Juices & Smoothies
If you’re going into veganism from a health food perspective you may be consuming more juices and smoothies than you did before. Vegetable juices and vegetable based smoothies are generally good for your teeth and body. However, fruit based juices and smoothies can be high in sugar and highly acidic. This could wear down enamel and contribute towards erosion and decay of the teeth.
Vegan Junk Food
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Get your children on board with oral health care!
For children, the loss of their first tooth is huge news. It is a really big deal and the same goes for each tooth afterwards, until all the baby teeth are gone. For most children, it is exciting for two reasons.
One reason is the fact that it means you are ‘growing up’ and are a ‘big boy or girl now’. The second reason though, is much more exciting, and that is the fact that a lost tooth means that the tooth fairy is going to be paying you a visit!
Every family has different traditions, but mostly the tooth fairy means a small amount of money, treats or another gift that the child has been asking for. They go to sleep with their tooth under the pillow in a special box or pouch and in the morning the tooth is gone and in its place is the gift from the tooth fairy in the morning. It is magical just like Christmas or Easter, and it is also an excellent way to promote tooth care to your children. Here are some tips on keeping your child engaged with oral health using the tooth fairy character to help!
Start Telling Them The Story When They Are Very Young
Before your child loses any teeth they should be excited about the tooth fairy. They should also know that the tooth fairy really cares about tooth health and if you don’t look after your adult teeth underneath, or your baby teeth, the tooth fairy might not come. You can package this in a way that suggests that the baby teeth need to be clean, healthy and nice so the tooth fairy wants to leave something in exchange for them. In the same way kids need to be ‘good’ for Santa to come, they need to care for their teeth so that the tooth fairy comes to visit them!
Leave Special Tooth Fairy Gifts
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