Kelloggs to reduce the amount of sugar in their cereal

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As pressure mounts for people to cut down on the amount of sugar they have in their diet it comes as welcome news to hear that Kellogg’s are doing their part. Since the beginning of this year Coco Pops have contained 14% less sugar, other items in the branding range such as Frosties have also had a 30% reduction in the sugar content. The Original Wheats range continues to have no added sugar.

More information about sugary cereals and naming and shaming those with the highest sugar content is here.

Why is cutting down sugar so important?

Public Health England has challenged businesses to cut sugar by 20% by 2020, this could lead to 200,000 tons of sugar being removed from the UK market. The problem with added sugar is that it contributes to a number of diseases, most notably tooth decay and diabetes.

What is the link between sugar and tooth decay?

We all have bacteria in our mouth, this is quite normal, as these bacteria digests their food they excrete acid and it is this acid which attacks the enamel. As the enamel attack progresses decay can set in which can ultimately lead to tooth loss if left to progress unchecked. The bacteria feed excitedly on sugar and so reducing the amount of sugar reduces the amount of acid these bacteria excrete.

Read more about why sugar is so bad for your teeth.

At the moment the 20% reduction challenge by Public Health England is voluntary however a Soft Drinks Industry Levy (SDIL), otherwise known as ‘sugar tax’  is set to begin from April 2018.

Questions about the sugar tax?

Will the price of soft drinks go up?

Not necessarily, says the government website. If producers can find ways to reduce the amount of sugar in their drinks then the amount of tax they pay will go down, possibly even to nothing at all. There is also no requirement to pass on this tax to consumers.

What drinks will have the sugar tax?

Any drinks which have added sugar and sugar content over 5g/100ml will incur a tax. The tax is banded and will increase with more sugar, currently this will increase at 8g/100ml. Any drink which does not contain added sugar will not be taxed such as fruit drinks.

As you can see, the government is doing its part to reduce sugar, producers are doing their part… You doing yours also?

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Now is the time to start your dental treatment in time for a white smile at Christmas

Christmas white smile[This blog post was written on 28/11/17 and all dates and timescales are based upon this date.]

  • 66% of adults in the UK have visible plaque [1]
  • 48% of the population are unhappy with the look of their teeth
  • 31% of adults have tooth decay.

 

For the 66% of adults that have visible plaque it’s not too late to get this removed for (allegedly) one of the happiest times of the year, Christmas. For the 48% of the population that are unhappy with the look of their teeth there’s also still time to do something about it, ready for all those photographs. But what about if you’re in the 31% of adults with tooth decay, is there still time for you to act? Oh yes, read on to find out what you can do to get your teeth and smile sorted for Christmas.

What dental treatments are available in time for Christmas?

Dental health treatments

With many dental practices now offering direct access for hygienists And hygienists offering a wider range of treatments there really is no reason why you can’t have visible signs of teeth staining removed prior to Christmas.

If one of the reasons you don’t smile is because your gums are red and puffy then you may have gingivitis, this can often take a few weeks to sort out so again, you just about have enough time before Christmas to resolve this dental health problem.

Most dentists near you will offer dental hygiene treatments, you should expect to pay for these privately as they are often not available with our hygienist on the NHS. Typically this will cost you between £50 and £100… Could this be a Christmas present to yourself?

Cosmetic dental treatments

Some cosmetic dental treatments such as orthodontics take longer to undertake and there is now not enough time to straighten teeth with braces prior to Christmas, however, restorative treatments such as dental veneers or crowns made just have enough time (time of writing 28/11/17).

If you have surface stains on your teeth you might like to ask your dentist or hygienist about mild air abrasion.  This uses a very light blasting medium to gently remove surface stains from your teeth, the treatment can be low-cost, quick and painless but is only suitable  if your teeth are stained on the surface. It cannot remove any deeper ingrained stains or change the colour of your teeth itself.

One of the treatments you definitely have time for before Christmas is teeth whitening, whitening can take anywhere from a few hours (with in surgery whitening) or a couple of weeks with home whitening. If you’d like to have whiter teeth for those Christmas photographs then we recommend you contact your dentist within the next day or so to avoid disappointment.

A word of warning about teeth whitening in a beauty salon… Don’t!

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A busy time of year

Many industries find that Christmas is an extremely busy time of year, dentistry is no different. So many people are wanting to have their smiles bright and fresh ready for the festive season, you don’t have much longer to go if you are to get an appointment in time to have your problem resolved.

Whatever you are waiting for… Don’t wait any longer and contact your dental practice TODAY.

References

[1] www.nationalsmilemonth.org/facts-figures/

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New statistics show that fewer than one in 20 people visit their dentist.

Millions of Brits are only cleaning three quarters of their teeth, a study has found.

Despite the average adult spending the recommended two minutes cleaning their teeth, almost half admit they are often missing out at least a quarter of their pearly whites.

One in twenty even admitted to only getting the brush on half of their teeth – leaving the other half covered in the day’s acid, plaque and debris.

It also emerged less than half (48 per cent) of people see their dentist at least twice a year, with more than one in ten only making an appointment when they have a problem.

A shocking one in twenty NEVER see their dentist.

The study was commissioned by a consortium of dentists behind Brushlink, the first smartphone ‘tooth brushing tracker’ which coaches people on how to clean their teeth and gives them a score out of 100.

Dr Dev Patel, founder of Brushlink said: “As a practising dentist, I have always been shocked by the lack of feedback between patient and dentist.

“We have always had to rely on what we see inside the mouth every six months rather than having any reliable data about how people are brushing.

“I invented Brushlink to plug this gap by providing coaching to patients but also accurate monitoring of everything they are doing with their toothbrush between dentist visits.”

The study of more than 2,000 adults found the younger generation are most likely to miss teeth when brushing, with just three in ten 18-34-year-olds saying they cover all of them.

But this rises to 55 per cent of the over 55s.

It also emerged more than six in ten adults have never been shown how to brush their teeth properly.

And just one in ten parents supervise their children brushing their teeth twice a day.

Almost a fifth of mums and dads admitted their kids occasionally lie about brushing their teeth by pretending to have done it when they haven’t.

Another 12 per cent even said their children have tricked them into thinking they have cleaned their teeth by doing things such as wetting the brush head to make it look like it has been used.

Thorough tooth brushing is recognised as the foundation of good oral health regimes, and an effective way to avoid tooth decay and gum disease.

But almost a quarter of adults say someone in their household has had dental problems which they believe could have been prevented by better brushing.

Each week, more than 1 million patients in the UK use NHS dental services – many of them seeking treatment for dental disease, the consequences of which costs the NHS a huge £3.4bn a year.

Professor Elizabeth Kay MBE, Foundation Dean Peninsula Dental School, Oral Health Topic Expert for NICE and a Brushlink Scientific Committee member, added: “This survey has revealed some intriguing insights into our oral health regimes and patients’ relationships with the dental health professionals who care for them.

“There is no substitute for good tooth brushing practices when it comes to maintaining a healthy mouth, yet it would appear from the survey that there is a lot more that we can all do to achieve this effectively.

“The fact that this survey is in association with the launch of a new dental care product – and one which I think is the most amazing oral health product that I have seen in a long time – should encourage people to takes its findings seriously, as it has been commissioned by a group of dentists who are passionate about improving the oral health of the nation.”

Article Source: Mat Mccabe at  https://www.newsanyway.com/2017/11/10/shocking-one-twenty-never-see-dentist/

The singing dentist does Thriller

The singing dentist does it again with a smash hit for Halloween entitled filler… Or is it driller? Or even Thriller? Who knows…

It’s great fun following the singing dentist on Facebook, his early videos were just a recording in front of a mobile phone in the dental practice… Nowadays budgets seem to be bigger, better and leading to some of the funniest (And informative) dental videos on the Internet.

With over 86,000 subscribers on YouTube and 432,000 fans on Facebook no one can argue with the reach that Milad Shadrooh has – We are fully in support of  his unique way of handing out dental information and advice.

Watch his latest video here.

Why does it take so long to straighten crooked teeth?

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You might think that straightening crooked teeth is a simple thing to do, stick on your wire with some brackets wait a couple of weeks and everything will be nice and straight. If only things were that simple.

The dentists that contact us here at cosmetic-dental-treatments.info often tell us that it takes anywhere from 6 months to 2 years  to straighten crooked teeth and here’s why.

Planning

The beginning of the process begins with planning and this will inevitably mean a few visits to the dentist.

  1. First visit. This will be your initial consultation where the dentist will discuss the various options, from this initial consultation a treatment plan will be provided for you including all of the different ways to straighten your crooked teeth  which may or may not include braces. (We explain more about this here)
  2. Second visit. (Typical time from first visit – 2 weeks)  after you have had a chance to digest your treatment plan, options and costs the next appointment will be to work out specifically the type of orthodontics you may have. You may also be required to have impressions,  particularly if the new invisible type of braces being used or the appliance is removable.
  3. Third visit (Typical time from first visit-4 weeks). Your braces may now be fitted and the process has begun.

As you can see, the planning process can often take a month from initial consultation to having the braces fitted.

Moving teeth

When you have braces fitted they are essentially pushing, pulling or rotating teeth in the direction required.  This force stimulates the remodelling of the bone around the tooth,  moving it out of the way in front of the direction of travel and rebuilding it after the tooth has moved.

Osteoblasts and osteoclasts are responsible for this bone remodelling.

There is a speed at which this remodelling process can happen, above which if the teeth are moved too fast the bone cannot remodel and reform around the tooth. This biological process gives a restriction as to the actual speed the teeth can be moved.

The type of braces

Different types of braces are able to move teeth at different speeds. The Inman Aligner can typically move teeth much faster although it is not  suitable for more complicated crooked teeth situations.

Braces which move teeth quicker may, unfortunately be out of someone’s budget leaving them with an option which move teeth slightly slower.

Moving front teeth versus moving back teeth.

Your front teeth don’t believe last word only have one single root, your back teeth  have multiple routes. As one can imagine these routes on back teeth are far more sturdy and firm in front teeth meaning moving back teeth becomes more difficult and therefore slower.

Some of the more modern orthodontic systems only focus on moving anterior (often known as the social six) teeth. This is because these other teeth just seen most in social situations and, went straight, give the biggest cosmetic advantage. If you just want to have a very quick orthodontic treatment looking for braces system which only moves the social six teeth could be for you.

Finding out about moving teeth

The simplest thing to do is to do a Google search for your particular problem, we have however found some good resources around the Internet, The BOS offers a range of leaflets but we’ve also done out own digging, so here is a special report by Dr Philip McDermott answering the questions everyone asks about Adult Orthodontics.

His report includes:

  • Is rapid orthodontics right for you?
  • Are you a candidate for invisible orthodontics?
  • How much will treatment cost?
  • How long will it take?
  • What are the downsides?
  • Will it hurt?

Visit the orthodontic section of the website to download.

Straight teeth are also more comfortable and less likely to develop cavities and other problems

Says Dr McDermott.

Now there’s an incentive for straigher teeth if ever we heard one!

Why Is Dentistry so Expensive?

keeping teeth cleanOkay, so I’m going to step out a little bit here and say that dentistry is NOT expensive, it is actually neglect which is expensive.

If you have a full set of gleaming white teeth which you have looked after since birth, cleaning them twice per day  with a fluoride containing toothpaste and using interdental brushes or floss and mouthwash in between meals then your dental health costs can be as little as  £10 per month if you join a dental health maintenance plan with a local private practice.

On the other hand, if you neglect your teeth, or have in the past, then your dental health bills are likely to be considerably more expensive, and here’s why:

Restorative dentistry costs

Dental laboratoryIf your teeth have to be restored for example by using dental veneers, dental crowns or dental implants (to replace missing teeth) then the chances are your dentist will be using a dental laboratory.

As with many things, it’s possible to use cheap  or expensive suppliers. Using a cheap overseas laboratory, perhaps from China  could get the cost of the dental crown, veneer or implant down to a few pounds, the dentist could pass on this cost saving to you and therefore save you a great deal of money.

However, as with many things you get what you pay for. Cheap overseas work often comes with minimal guarantees as to the quality of the workmanship or materials… Do you really want your dentist compromising on quality of the material that you’re going to have in your mouth permanently?

We always recommend that you ask your dentist to see which dental laboratory they are using, you can then do your own research into the quality of workmanship from this particular laboratory.

Keeping up-to-date with modern research and training.

If you have to have more complex and advanced dental treatments then your dentist will more than likely have been on a recent training course to keep them updated with the most relevant thinking and research. Attending courses such of this has a double cost, the cost of the course itself and the cost of lost revenue whilst the dentist is out of the practice.

If you want to have a dentist that is able to treat neglected, decayed or damaged in then it will definitely the legal elsewhere certainly cost this dentist in continuing professional development in this chosen area of dental treatments.

Having a team of highly educated dental staff.

As well as the dentist themselves the team need to be fully updated with the use of modern materials, equipment and thinking. If you have a tooth to replace my offer example, you will want to know that the whole team are fully informed about how the tooth replacement process works, again this costs money to the team to attend this type of course.

Cheap dentistry.

ID-10053901-Stuart MilesYou have a big part to play in keeping your costs down in dentistry. Maintaining your dental health and keeping your oral health care routine in check will ensure that  you don’t need to access the more expensive dental treatments such as restorative dentistry  or advanced treatment modalities such as replacing missing teeth, bleeding gums or  dealing with gingivitis or the more serious periodontitis..

Highworth Dental Care says:

WHAT IS THE PERFECT ACCESSORY FOR A CONFIDENT SMILE?

It’s all about having a fresh breath. Together your Smile and your Fresh Breath WILL get you noticed and you WILL be remembered for all the right reasons.

So how can you achieve this perfect match? Remember to take regular and good care of both your teeth and your gum health with the help of your friendly hygienist or dentist at Highworth Dental Care in Swindon.

We, At Cosmetic-Dental-Treatments.info totally agree with Highworth dental care, taking regular care of both your teeth and gums will help keep your smile bright, your fresh breath and your dentistry cheaper!

Why is sugar so bad for my teeth?

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sugar is bad for your teeth because it feeds the acid excreting bacteria. As the bacteria in your mouth feed on the sugar they excrete acid, this acid can attack your teeth causing dental decay.

If these bacteria are not kept at bay they can multiply causing extensive dental problems. The biofilm which covers your teeth and harbours the bacteria can form into hard deposits known as plaque. This plaque can irritate the gums which causes the gums to recede, this then exposes more tooth to acid decay.

How to beat the sugar and acid attack.

  1. Wait 20 min after eating before brushing your teeth, this gives your teeth time to harden again after the acid attack.
  2. Brush your teeth for 2 min twice per day.
  3. Use an interdental brush or floss to clean in between your teeth daily.
  4. Use a fluoride mouthwash once per day, in between meals to boost the strength of your dental enamel.
  5. Visit your dentist regularly as they can spot the early warning signs of decay much sooner than you. They can then ensure that the dental hygienist works with you to modify your oral health care routine and prevent the decay worsening.

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How to Overcome Dental Anxiety

Female doctor consulting patientDental anxiety comes in many forms from feeling slightly anxious about visiting the dentist right through to full-blown dental phobia where even the thought of the dentist is more than you can handle.

Dental anxiety is one of the largest contributors to people not visiting the dentist which, in turn, can lead to a reduction in your overall dental health, dental disease and ultimately tooth loss if things go unchecked.

This post is here to help you overcome your anxiety using a range of psychological and physical techniques.

Talking Therapies Including Hypnosis and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Hypnosis

Hypnosis is essentially a state of deep relaxation, to show how successful this can be Dr Mike Gow Successfully used hypnosis during an extraction and placement of dental implants on a patient in 2007. No anaesthetic was used.

This shows the immense power of hypnosis to enable you to control your state and even pain! We know that many people reading this blog post may be fearful of the dentist so we have not embedded video here, however, if you feel up to watching you can watch it on YouTube.

CBT

Cognitive behavioural therapy could help many people with a dental phobia overcome their fear of visiting the dentist and enable them to receive dental treatment without the need to be sedated, according to a new study by King’s College London. 

Patients with dental phobia were able to face down their fear after an average five sessions of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), a study found.

Professor Tim Newton, who led the King’s College team, said: “People with dental phobia are most commonly given sedation to allow them to become relaxed enough for a short period of time to have their dental treatment performed. However this does not help them to overcome their fear in the long term.

“The primary goal of our CBT service is to enable patients to receive dental treatment without the need for sedation, by working with each individual patient to set goals according to their priorities. Our study shows that after on average five CBT sessions, most people can go on to be treated by the dentist without the need to be sedated.”

Physical aids to overcoming dental anxiety

The Wand Dental Injections

The Wand painless injection system was developed to replace the traditional syringe in dentistry. As much of a revolution as an evolution, this computer controlled anaesthetic delivery system is a logical progression from the syringe which has seen little change since its invention more than 150 years ago.

With The Wand, dentists can bring one of dentistry’s last remaining antiquated designs into the 21st century.

How does it work?Wand_handpiece_reduced

The Wand uses a small hand piece that looks like a pen.

The Wand gives a supply of anaesthetic in a slow comfortable manner.

The Wand uses a unique new technology, which is unlike any other.

The Wand works at a low pressure and a slow rate that gives an improved anaesthesia.

The Wand works more effectively, resulting in a more pleasant experience

Dental sedation

Dental sedation can also be used to help you relax a dentist, sedation typically comes in three forms

  1. Oral sedation.
  2. Inhalation sedation.
  3. Intravenous sedation.

Oral sedation can normally be provided by most dental practices allowing you to take the tablets couple of hours before you go to visit the dentist whilst you were still at home. You will normally advised to have a chaperone with you to ensure you get there and back safely.

Inhalation sedation involves you breathing in happy gas or nitrous oxide during treatment, it allows you to float away into a dreamland very quickly. One of the biggest advantages with inhalation sedation is that the effects wear off very quickly, this means that if you decide you don’t like the effects, you simply stop breathing the gas and return to normal within a few moments.

Intravenous sedation can also be given. This often involves an anaesthetist being present during your dental treatment which can add to the cost. Intravenous sedation means you can completely drift off into your own dreamers like state was the dental treatment is carried out. You will need someone to visit the dentist with you to ensure you get home safely afterwards.

You should not drink, drive or operate machinery after sedation.

Dr Hussein at The Sandford Clinic in Bexleyheath says:

Being anxious about dental treatment is how most people feel. If visiting a dentist causes you extreme anxiety, please rest assured that you’re not alone. If you have an extreme fear causing you to experience unusual distress, you may be dental phobic.

At The Sandford you will experience gentle dentistry provided by a caring and well trained team of professionals to help you overcome your fears and get you on track for healthy teeth.

 

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Healthy Mouth, Healthy Body… But What’s the Link with Replacing Missing Teeth?

There are indications from a recent study that people who stay fit and healthy are 40% less likely to develop tooth-threatening gum infections, possibly leading to gum disease. It was also found that not exercising, not keeping to a normal body weight and unhealthy habits made a person much more likely to get advanced gum disease.

If you are serious about your general health and your teeth, you will want to exercise, eat a healthy balanced diet and keep to a normal body weight.

Black Swan Dental Spa say this about replacing missing teeth:

From a health point of view replacing missing teeth is also important. When a tooth is lost the opposing tooth on either side will have a tendency to drift. The image to the right shows this tooth movement and you can see that the space where the tooth was lost is reduced. This reduction in space and the taping of the adjacent teeth can mean that replacement of the missing tooth at a later date becomes far more difficult, and in some cases impossible.

There are also new findings that support what dental health professionals have suspected all along that infections in the mouth can cause health problems in the body.

Problems that can be caused by poor dental health include:

  1. Heart Disease
  2. Stroke
  3. Diabetes
  4. Lung disease
  5. Premature and low birth weight babies
  6. Alzheimer’s Disease

Staying dentally fit and healthy

How can I keep my teeth fit & healthy?

Fighting dental problems is a joint effort between you and your dental team working together. For the dental problems to be eliminated there must be motivation from both sides to focus on eliminating current problems and preventing similar future problems.

A dentist’s role as Dental Health Educator is paramount in helping you prevent dental problems so that you can keep your teeth for life. Care can be provided tailored to your needs and wishes.

  1. Brush your teeth twice daily for 2 minutes with a fluoride containing toothpaste. You have to be shown how to brush for brushing to be effective.
  2. Get the correct dietary advice which is appropriate for your lifestyle.
  3. Fluoride supplements may be necessary if you are at high risk of developing decay.
  4. Floss your teeth at least once daily.
  5. Use a mouthwash that is right for you to combat decay, gum disease or bad breath.
  6. Have regular dental checks at an interval as agreed between you and your dentist.

 

How can I ensure my teeth look white?

What foods and activities should I avoid?

Majority of people are born with healthy teeth. Due to modern diets we are all prone to extrinsic staining to greater or a lesser extent. The most common reasons why people’s teeth darken with time are:

  1. Smoking
  2. Tea and coffee stains (especially green tea)
  3. Asian Curries
  4. Red wine and certain types of juices
  5. Fruits like blueberries and strawberries
  6. There maybe unsuspected decay that appears like stains

Maintain the colour of your teeth by using whitening toothpastes to help avoid your teeth staining. If you are looking for a brighter smile, consider safe and professional teeth whitening treatments.

Definitely avoid using domestic bleach or any acid containing products to whiten your teeth. Consider having your teeth cleaned professionally by dental hygienists.

What to look out for that would indicate my teeth and gums are not healthy.

Early problems are usually silent and simple to correct. If left undiagnosed, the problems multiply and compound until the teeth become loose, sensitive, crack or develop abscesses.

Watch out for signs of bad breath, holes in a teeth, pain on biting, unusual movement of teeth, clicking joints, unsuspected lumps or bumps, ulcers that persist, signs of tenderness or swelling or even headaches.

If your gums are infected they will feel sore and swollen.

Should I be watching my diet to try to keep healthy teeth? If so what should I eat?

You must have a balanced diet making sure you have your daily intake of fruits and vegetables.  Many people think that it is a high level of sugar in your diet that causes decay, but it is not so.

It is how often you have sugar in your diet, not the total quantity of sugar that causes problems. It takes an average of 40 minutes for the mouth to neutralise the acid caused by eating and drinking sugar. It is therefore important to limit the number of attacks by restricting sugary foods and drinks to mealtimes.

After consuming a meal always end by having a piece of cheese or sugar free chewing gum. This helps to neutralise the affects of acid that is present in the mouth.

Avoid too many fizzy drinks and when drinking use a straw. Too many fizzy drinks will cause the teeth to decay and also cause erosion of the enamel.

Never consume sugary food or drink just before going to bed. This will cause harm to teeth overnight as the acid will linger in the mouth during the night causing decay. If you are consuming such food or drinks then avoid going to bed for another 40-60 minutes.