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New Year's resolutions are excellent goals to have to start your year off with positive change. For some people cutting out meat, sugar or bread for the month is a really difficult thing to do and therefore a wonderful goal. For some people, exercising every day for a whole month is a really great thing to aim for. For others, cutting out the booze is how they wish to spend January to enjoy benefits such as losing a few pounds, avoiding hangovers and of course, getting to the end feeling proud about overcoming a tricky challenge. Cutting out alcohol for the month is also known as 'Dry January' and with millions of people doing the challenge this year, it is by far the most popular goal to have when it comes to New Years Resolutions. Alcohol And How It Affects The Body If you are participating in Dry January, your Egham dentist wants to help you have even more reason to continue on your quest for sobriety. First though, lets help you take a look at some of the reasons that may already be on your mind when it comes to cutting out the drink:
  • You seek a detox following lots of parties in December
  • You want to cut out hangovers which have been causing issues in your life
  • Alcohol has caused an issue with your personal or professional life
  • You want a challenge
  • You want to lose a little bit of weight
  • You want to save money
  • You're looking to improve your health
  • You don't like yourself when you've been drinking
  Each and every reason is absolutely unique to each person and for one person sobriety for a whole month can be a huge challenge, and for others it's a really great addition to a month where they reboot their health. When it comes to your health, cutting out alcohol is hugely beneficial. This is particularly true if you are drinking in excess, or perhaps bypassing government guidelines on alcohol consumption.  There are many potential risks for the body as a result of drinking more than you should, here are a few examples: Cancer

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Your oral health is an important part of your overall wellness and the start of a New Year is a really great opportunity to improve your oral health, maybe as part of an overall health kick. Of course, everybody has their own personal goals and ambitions and you have to decide which options are the best for you and your future. However, your Egham dentist would like to encourage you to include at least one oral health New Year's resolution. After all, your teeth help you to talk, eat and express yourself, and they support the structure of your face, keeping you looking young. Your smile is really important! Bad oral health can also have a detrimental effect on your overall health. For example, gum disease is thought to contribute to your risk of heart disease as well as other adverse health conditions. To contribute towards a happy and healthy 2019, please take a look at our 2019 New Year's smile resolution ideas: Protect Your Smile One major New Year resolution is to start a new hobby, such as a sport. This is great for your overall health, but it can put your teeth and gums at risk, especially if it is a contact sport like rugby. Your Egham dentist offers custom gum shields to ensure your teeth and gums are protected from injury as much as possible, during sports that put them at risk. Eat Your 5 A Day (Or More) Fruit and vegetables are a major part of oral health because they boost your immune system. Your immune system helps to protect you from oral health issues like gum disease which can go on to cause further issues elsewhere. Gum disease is known to contribute to your risk of all kinds of health conditions, including heart disease. A lack of fruit and vegetables can also contribute to your risk of oral cancer. So eating your 5 a day or more is a really great resolution all round. Improve Your Oral Health Regime

Festive Tips From Crown House Dental In Egham

Christmas comes around so quickly doesn't it? Summer ends and before you know it, you're writing Christmas gift lists, accepting invitations to events and pondering your Christmas decoration arrangement this year. Between your decisions over standard pine and Nordic spruce, Christmas brings a lot of reasons for smiling. Parties, gifts, social events, family events, Christmas movies, and of course the food and drink. The problem is, although this season brings lots of smiling, it is also a very risky season for your oral health. Many patients come into our Egham clinic in January with issues that have unfortunately come from, or been exacerbated by the party season. Even worse, emergency visits occur over Christmas and the festivities can be ruined because of problems that occur. Don't fret though, with some caution and awareness, your smile can stay beautiful and healthy over Christmas.

Top Tips To Help Your Smile Stay Healthy And Beautiful Over Christmas

TIP - Don't Use Your Teeth As A Tool When you're relaxing back and you want to crack a nut, or open a bottle of beer, it might seem more tempting to use your teeth than to get up and get the appropriate tool, especially if you are full of Christmas dinner! The problem is, your teeth, although strong, are not designed for this kind of thing and using your teeth as a tool is a really bad idea. Cracked teeth happen regularly at Christmas because of this type of reckless activity. It is also important to mention that it is incredibly dangerous to ever attempt opening a bottle using your teeth as the carbonated bottle can shoot the cap out into your mouth or throat leading to a nasty injury. Do always reach for the appropriate tool, which is never your teeth! TIP - Too Many Mince Pies Is Bad News!

Making The Connection Snoring can be so very irritating and sometimes downright rage-inducing, particularly if you're the one sleeping next to the person doing it! Snoring can lead to sleep deprivation in both the person who is snoring and their partner, leading to cranky moods, lack of concentration and sleepiness in the day, amongst other symptoms. Snoring may even be related to more serious conditions such as sleep apnoea, where a person stops breathing several times through the night. Sleep apnoea can cause even more worrying symptoms on top of those you get because of snoring, such as increasing your risk of strokes or high blood pressure. So whether you snore, grind your teeth or you have sleep apnoea, the fact of the matter is you aren't sleeping as soundly as you should, and the chances are your partner isn't either. The good news? Your dentist can help! First things first though, lets take a closer look at snoring, sleep disorders and your dental health. Snoring Snoring is a common issue experienced by both men and women and you tend to be more likely to snore if you are overweight, smoke, drink large amounts of alcohol, or sleep on your back. It is caused by the parts of the mouth vibrating as you breathe in and out and can be very mild, or quite extreme. Snoring often causes more issues for the partner of the person who snores as it keeps them awake. However, the person snoring may wake themselves up several times and they may find their sleep quality isn't very good, causing tiredness and sleep deprivation over time. How Crown House Dental Can Help We recommend you see your GP if snoring is having a drastic effect on your quality of life as they may wish to check you don't have sleep apnoea which is more serious than snoring alone. We may be able to help with your snoring issue by treating you with a special dental device which brings the tongue forward if the problem is mild and if you do not require sleep clinic intervention. At the very least we can provide help and support in keeping your oral health in good condition alongside medical issues you may be challenged with. Sleep Apnoea

Your consultation at Crown House Dental

Here at your Egham dentist we ask that we see you for a consultation before specific types of treatments can go ahead. We offer all kinds of professional cosmetic, restorative and general dentistry and many treatments are heavily in demand. Often patients want to come in and get started right away because understandably, having a new smile is exciting! But the consultation is often the very first step in your journey, and it forms an important part of that journey. We don't always need to see you for a consultation before treatment, but sometimes we do, and we wanted to tell you why that is. What Is A Consultation? A consultation is our first meeting with you to discuss the treatment you want. It forms the first step in your detailed, bespoke treatment plan moving forward. The time it lasts for depends on the treatment that you are coming in to talk to us about. Some consultations need to be longer because there is more to discuss and we need more time to do important diagnostics like X-rays or to take impressions of your teeth or gums. Some consultations can be shorter as the screening process is less detailed. We can book your consultation during our opening hours at a time most convenient to you. Just call us on 01784432641 and our friendly dental team will help you. They will book you an appointment during our opening hours, which are Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5.00pm, and ensure you are booked in with the right member of our team. They can also provide you with some basic information over the 'phone if you need it. When Does A Consultation Occur?

Now's A Good Time For You To Start With Help From Crown House Dental!

According to NHS Smokefree one out of two smokers will die from their habit. Smoking is the biggest preventable cause of death in the UK and it comes with many risks, health issues and associated negatives. You may well already be aware of the risks, but perhaps it hasn't been the right time to quit smoking yet? Smoking addiction has been compared to true drug addictions and it can be very hard to quit; but if you speak to an ex smoker, they will likely tell you it was worth it, and even better, it gets easier and easier the longer you abstain. The longer you don't smoke, the better your health and in some cases, you can completely reverse some damage done by smoking. Dr Ahmad Sami takes a closer look below: Why Now? We wanted to speak to you about quitting smoking now because we are approaching Stoptober, one of the government's initiatives to help people quit smoking. The idea is that you quit for a month and that increases your chances of quitting for good four-fold, compared to attempting to quit for a week, or mentally preparing for a lifelong quit all in one go. Although you might not necessarily want to take part in Stoptober, this time of year is a great time to think about quitting because you'll be doing it at the same time as lots of other people, which can be helpful. It also means you would get a head start on quitting ready for next year, or at the very least making plans to quit into 2019, for your healthiest year yet. Your Egham dentist wants to help by providing you with information and support! What Smoking Does To The Body

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Cheaper travel rates, accommodation and social media showing us that we can all be more adventurous if we really want to be, means that exotic holidays are more accessible than ever. There are lots of things to consider with trips like these, but we want to help you with one very important consideration, and that is your oral health. There's nothing like a horrible toothache to ruin any trip, but it is a lot worse when you don't have access to a dentist until you get home. You also want the best possible smile for that incredible jungle/abandoned beach/mountain top selfie you're going to break the internet with! Dr Hana Khan shares some sound advice below: Take Spares And Then More Spares! On a normal holiday you might take a toothbrush and toothpaste, knowing you could buy replacements at the local supermarket with English products or, products just like those you buy at home. However, when the holiday is more exotic and you won't have a shop to visit, or you won't be able to understand labels and language is a true barrier, you need to take spares. Just take two brushes and two toothpastes instead of one, so you know if you leave a toothbrush behind in your accommodation, you've got a spare available to you. Keep Up Oral Health Routines The less you care for your teeth daily, the more likely an issue is to arise whilst you are away. Daily oral health routines of brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time will make a lot of difference to how healthy your teeth look and feel. So even if you are partying or, travelling overnight, try to remember to brush twice a day for two minutes at the very least. Watch What You Eat And Drink

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

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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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. Pre-Pregnancy 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. During Pregnancy 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. Post-Pregnancy