Are You Happy with Your Smile?

If you answered no, you are not alone. It’s estimated around two-thirds of people are not entirely happy with the appearance of their teeth. Common complaints include having stained and discoloured teeth or teeth that are overcrowded or are missing entirely. The good news is that there are solutions that can improve the appearance of your teeth, often using minimally invasive techniques that are quick to complete and very affordable.

One of the most requested treatments is professional teeth whitening, a procedure that can effectively and safely lift the colour of your teeth by several shades. However, sometimes teeth are internally stained and need a different treatment, such as veneers. A veneer covers the front surface of a tooth, masking the original colour and hiding other imperfections such as small chips. Veneers are also very useful for hiding too small or worn teeth or closing or minimising unsightly gaps between teeth.

Porcelain crowns are excellent for restoring more extensively damaged teeth, hiding the entire tooth right down to the gum line. The most modern crowns are entirely metal-free and look fabulous while protecting the tooth underneath. If you are missing teeth, a long-term solution is dental implants, giving you replacement teeth that feel very similar to real teeth, so you can eat and talk confidently.

Don’t Go to Bed Without Brushing Your Teeth

Most people know they should brush their teeth at least twice a day, but do you know why it’s so important to brush your teeth before you go to bed?

You probably have several meals and perhaps a few snacks and plenty of different drinks on an average day. By the end of the day, your teeth are coated with a layer of food particles. At the same time, a layer of dental plaque containing harmful bacteria builds up over your teeth. If you go to bed without brushing your teeth, food particles will remain covering them overnight. The bacteria in dental plaque digest these foods, producing acid as a byproduct that softens and damages your tooth enamel, eventually causing cavities. Also, you produce less saliva at night.

Saliva is a protective substance that helps your mouth maintain a more neutral pH, washing away some of the bacteria and excess food particles. Because your mouth is drier overnight, bacteria can thrive more easily, and your morning breath is likely to be worse. If that isn’t bad enough, leaving dental plaque on your teeth increases the risk of gum disease. The bacteria in dental plaque can infect and inflame your gums, causing them to bleed easily and eventually to recede. Serious gum disease can cause tooth loss and even affect your general health.

Five Ways to Curb Your Sweet Tooth

We all reach for the sugary stuff occasionally, for a quick energy boost or when we feel sad, tired or bored, but if you are consuming too much sugar, here are some easy tips to help reduce your consumption.

  1. Stop and think why you need something sweet, and if it is worth it or if another healthier food would satisfy the itch.
  2. Choose a naturally sweet tea such as peppermint to satisfy your cravings. Another good choice is liquorice tea that can trick your taste buds into thinking you have enjoyed a sweet treat.
  3. Brush your teeth, as it is impossible to enjoy chocolate or another sweet item when your mouth is minty fresh. By the time the feeling wears off, hopefully, the craving will have passed.
  4. Drink a big glass of water, as often hunger is caused by thirst. Water is the best way to rehydrate, so make sure you keep a refillable bottle with you.
  5. Do something else to distract yourself, such as going for a walk, meditating, or practising yoga for at least fifteen to twenty minutes. Taking your mind off your cravings can help them to pass harmlessly.