Be Proud of Your Mouth, The Importance of World Oral Health Day

Did you know it is world oral health Day on the 20th of March? It’s a day when dental professionals worldwide try to raise awareness about the importance of good dental health. This year the theme is “Be Proud of Your Mouth”.

We think it is a wonderful theme and hope to inspire our lovely patients to focus even more on maintaining excellent oral health, and not just during March. While good dental health helps you enjoy all the benefits of a healthy and more attractive smile, it’s especially important for good overall health. Taking care of your teeth and gums can help reduce the risk of serious disease. There is a close connection between dental health and general health, and poor oral health has been associated with several major diseases, including diabetes and heart disease.

Helping You to Be Proud of Your Mouth

It isn’t hard to get a mouth that you can be proud of, and we can help you attain your very best level of dental health simply with regular dental visits combined with excellent oral care at home. If you haven’t visited us for a while, this month is a great time to book that appointment.

Sports and Safety Tips; The Importance of a Custom-Made Mouthguard

These days, more and more children and young adults participate in sports. Unfortunately, the number of sporting accidents has also increased significantly, and young athletes are far more likely to suffer a facial injury and damage to their teeth and jaws when not wearing a well-fitting mouthguard.

If you or another family member does suffer a dental injury, please contact us immediately for assistance and advice. Certain injuries, including knocked out or partly avulsed teeth or teeth that have been pushed into the gum, need urgent dental care. Others may be less urgent, but we can still book an appointment to ensure you get dental care promptly.

Why Choose a Custom Mouthguard?

Ideally, it is better to purchase a custom-made mouthguard from our dental clinic if you or your kids participate in any sport where you could take a blow to the mouth. While you can buy mouthguards over-the-counter, they provide less protection and tend to be far less comfortable to wear, so there is a temptation not to use the mouthguard. Our mouthguards are designed to fit perfectly, are durable and easy to care for and do not affect breathing or speech. They are made from a tough, durable material that is taste and odour free.

Damaged adult teeth cannot grow back, so it is worth protecting that smile.

Six Dental Tips for Keeping Your Teeth Happy This Easter

Families everywhere will be celebrating Easter, and we have some tips to help protect your family’s dental health and help you navigate this sugary celebration.

  1. Have a Healthy Breakfast

Eat a healthy breakfast that includes tooth-friendly foods like Greek yoghurt, eggs and protein, and avoid sugary cereals and fruit juice.

  1. Wait Before Brushing

When you eat anything sugary, it feeds bacteria in your mouth that produce acids. These acids weaken tooth enamel, and repeated exposure to acids eventually causes cavities. After a sweet treat, make sure you wait at least half an hour before brushing your teeth so the acid in your mouth can begin to neutralise and damage to tooth enamel is lessened.

  1. Enjoy Treats at Mealtimes

Enjoy your Easter chocolate at mealtimes rather than in between because your mouth produces more saliva that helps fight acids and bacteria.

  1. Choose Chocolate

Chocolate is the best sweet treat to enjoy because it dissolves more easily than sticky or chewy treats and is washed away more quickly by saliva.

  1. Choose Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate is even healthier as it is lower in sugar and contains useful antioxidants.

  1. Get Baking

When you bake your own treats, you can control the amount of sugar in them more easily or use sugar substitutes.