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A resolution you can keep

Some simple oral health resolutions you can stick to.

Each year many of us set resolutions with the best intention of sticking to them; yet come February we’ve already started to veer off-track, and by March our endeavours are completely forgotten. 

That’s why this year we’ve put together some simple oral health resolutions you can stick to, that will not only help to keep your teeth and gums healthy, but may also boost your confidence and improve your general well being. 

For a New Year’s resolution to be proud of, take your pick from the list below:  

  • I will remember to clean between my teeth every day 

Whether you choose floss or an inter-dental brush, cleaning between your teeth can be easy, and helps to remove bacteria that can cause tooth decay. 

  • I will spit after brushing and not rinse with water 

Rinsing your mouth with water after brushing removes the fluoride coating left by toothpaste, which if left can protect your teeth for hours after you brush. 

  • I will only eat sugary snacks at meal times 

If you’re going to eat something sugary, do so after a main meal to reduce the amount of time damaging acids remain in your mouth throughout the day. 

  • I will swap fizzy drinks with water 

Acids found in fizzy drinks can soften your tooth enamel, which, once lost will not regenerate. Replace them with water which helps to remove particles of food left in your mouth and keeps your hydrated. 

  • I will make regular visits to see my dental team 

If you can’t remember the last time you saw your dental team, chances are it’s time to visit them again! Regular visits will help to stop problems before they start, and give you the best chance of avoiding costly, invasive dental treatment in the future.

 

Taken from Denplan's MyTeeth blog

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Seven reasons why banishing booze can help your smile.

Dry January is here and if you’re thinking about cutting out the alcohol, you’ll already be aware of the great benefits it can have on your health, wellbeing and your pocket!

But did you know there are also some great reasons to bin the booze for your oral health too? Denplan’s Chief Dental Officer, Henry Clover, explains how alcohol can affect our oral health.

1. Acid erosion of your tooth enamel

Many alcoholic drinks are acidic and sugary, which are two things that can have a significant impact on tooth enamel. The enamel, which is the protective outer white layer on our teeth, is softer after being exposed to acid and can wear away over time. Swapping mixers (which can be high in sugar and are acidic) for diet alternatives or soda water, and opting for a straw to reduce exposure to the acids, are easy ways to help look after your teeth and gums.

2. Dehydration can cause tooth decay

We know that having alcohol dehydrates the body, which means that there is reduced saliva flow in our mouths. Saliva is important because it protects our teeth from decay by neutralising the acids; so if your mouth is dry, you are at a higher risk of tooth decay. If you know you’re off out to a party or having a few drinks with friends and family, it’s a good idea to alternate your alcoholic drink with a glass of water to help keep hydrated. Having a piece of sugar-free chewing gum too, especially one that contains xylitol which inhibits bacteria forming, is a good way to stimulate saliva.

3.Plaque build-up and gum disease

There is a risk that if you are regularly drinking alcohol and not looking after your oral hygiene, the build-up of plaque will cause inflammation in the gums. With frequent brushing (twice a day, for two minutes) and seeing your dentist or hygienist regularly, you can help prevent a build-up of plaque and minimise the risk of gum disease.

4. Alcohol can increase your chances of mouth cancer

Having the odd glass of alcohol every now and then can be part of a balanced lifestyle; however, drinking alcohol to excess, especially spirits, can greatly increase the risk of mouth cancer. Last year, alcohol accounted for nearly a third of all cases of the disease. Mouth cancer is devastating and is one of the few cancers that is actually on the increase with over 7,000 cases diagnosed each year. And for anyone who smokes as well as drinks, the chances of developing the disease are a whopping 30 times more likely.

5. Teeth staining

Not limited to alcohol, dark coloured drinks such as, cola, coffee and tea can stain your teeth over time. A whitening toothpaste can help to keep minor staining under control, and regular visits to your hygienist can help to remove stubborn surface stains.”

6. Being sick!

There is no delicate way of putting it, but if drinking alcohol makes you vomit, the acids are corrosive on tooth enamel. So, afterwards it is a good idea to drink some water and wait at least 30 minutes before brushing your teeth. That way, you minimise any damage to the enamel, which will be softer after those acids!

7. Neglecting a regular oral hygiene routine

It’s very easy to be less diligent about brushing teeth if we’re feeling the worse for wear, either at the end of the night or the morning after, but it is really important to maintain a good oral health routine. The fact remains that only through regular brushing and flossing, and making sure your visit your dentist and/or hygienist frequently (for many people this is about once every six months) are the best ways to maintain good oral health. Even if we still like a drink or two!

Even by following just two or three of these tips, as well as cutting out the alcohol, you’ll be well on your way to maintaining better oral health and getting in great shape overall for 2017!

 

 

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Can't stop smiling

Rene Littler just can't stop smiling after having her front teeth straightened at Moreton Dental Care.

The 26-year-old support worker was so pleased with her orthodontic treatment she kept all her friends up to date with her progress using Instagram to post pictures of her teeth gradually realigning.

"it's the best thing I've ever done," said the mother-of-two from Bidston.  "I had noticed over the years my teeth were getting more and more crooked, and I thought my confidence would be a lot better if I had them straightened, and it really is. I just can't stop smiling."

Rene praised Dr Tam Haque who carried out the orthodontic work using clear braces on her teeth over a six-month period.

"Tam explained everything to me very clearly and gave me appointments to fit in with me, and particularly got the work done on time for my holiday. Thank you Tam for my wonderful smile," she said.

Dr Haque said: "Rene has been a lovely patient to treat, and we are all absolutely delighted she is so pleased with the results."

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Get your smile ready for that special day.

If you have an important event coming up, perhaps a wedding or a special birthday, and you want to ensure your teeth look good, make sure you leave enough time.

Patients want their new smile to last well beyond the big event so we don’t want to rush and cut corners.

Moreton Dental Care recommends allowing 6 to 8 months for major treatment like dental implants.  

Here’s Margaret’s story about how she achieved her wedding day smile:

 

Mother-of-three Margaret Pauling was beaming from ear to ear on the day of her youngest son’s wedding- thanks to the dental implants she had fitted at Moreton Dental Care.

 

The four implants securing a fixed upper arch of teeth enabled her to thoroughly enjoy the occasion.

Not only could she smile for the cameras with confidence but also laugh with friends and family, and eat anything she wanted without fear of the consequences.

 

Margaret from Liverpool told how she had had crowns fitted as a teenager and after having had them replaced so many times over the years she had become embarrassed to smile.

 

She also felt her poor teeth were affecting her health, and when her third son announced his wedding plans she decided to take action and find a more permanent solution to her dental problems.

 

Dr Paul Sherrard carried out the implant treatment over a period of six months, from the extraction of her crowns to the placement of the implants and fitting the new teeth.

 

Throughout the whole process Margaret was never left without teeth, and had temporary bridges until the final fitting of the new permanent bridge.

“The whole thing has been fabulous from start to finish,” said Margaret who had felt the hardest part would be having the crowns extracted.

 

 

“I felt once the teeth were gone that’s the last, but I’ve never looked back. The implants were very easy to put in, the teeth came out without pain, my health has improved, and Dr Sherrard made sure the treatment was finished ready for the wedding.  I can smile now and laugh and eat anything I want. Its been absolutely fabulous.”

 

 

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Twenty years at Moreton Dental Care for Dr Tam Haque

Congratulations are pouring in for our delightful dentist Dr Tam Haque as he celebrates his 20th anniversary at Moreton Dental Care.

And he was overwhelmed when staff threw a surprise party for him at the practice to mark the occasion.

“Unbelievable! “ said Tam who joined Moreton Dental Care as a vocational trainee in 1996 after qualifying as a dentist at Sheffield University.

Tam is much loved and respected by his dental colleagues, dental nurses and patients alike, as the many comments on Facebook attest.

One dentist wrote: “What a fabulous achievement and a wonderful surprise. Clearly you are part of an amazing team that think a lot of you.”

A dental nurse added: “Congratulations to one of the most lovely dentists I’ve nursed for in 17 years.”

Many patients and friends also added their hearty congratulations.

Principal dentist Dr Paul Sherrard described Tam as an “incredible man, fabulous dentist and much loved by the whole team.”

Tam gave his sincere thanks to Paul and all the staff for the party and his anniversary presents. “Thanks to Paul Sherrard and everyone for the amazing surprise 20th anniversary party, and for the incredible gifts!” he said.

Tam was joined at the party by his wife Huma and their two children.

Huma said: “Thank you Paul and Anne for all the love , support and being there for us for the past two decades.

Tam was brought up in Liverpool and attended the city's Bluecoat School before winning a place at Sheffield University. While working at Moreton Dental Care he has continued his studies, gaining further qualifications in endodontics and orthodontics. He has also gained the MJDF and the MFGPD- both post-graduate dental qualifications awarded by the Royal College of Surgeons.

 

 

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