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World Oral Health Day- a reminder about how long you should spend brushing your teeth each day.

In aid of World Oral Health Day today the UK's leading dental charity, the Oral Health Foundation, have looked at just how long we spend brushing our teeth during our lives with some amazing findings. 

The charity has discovered that, with the UK's average life expectancy currently standing at 81.5 years, if a person brushes their teeth for two minutes twice a day over the course of their life it would equate to 118,990 minutes - the equivalent of 1,983.16 hours or slightly more than 82 days.

In the sporting areana the charity have worked out that you could play more than 1,322 football matches or 1,487 rugby matches, or even sit through 16 five-day cricket test matches.

They also found that you could watch all of the current 60 episodes of Game of Thrones a whopping 33 times each, or the whole run of 236 episodes of Friends 22.9 times or even the whole Lord of the Rings trilogy a huge 192.8 times.

By releasing these statistics, the charity is hoping to draw attention to just how important our oral health is and make people realise how much time they should be dedicating to looking after their mouths.

Dr Nigel Carter said: "From experience, in reality we know that a lot of people do not always spend two minutes twice a day, every day, brushing their teeth. But our message is simple, you should be!

"The health of our mouth is so incredibly vital, from eating, drinking, speaking and even breathing a problem with our oral health can seriously impact our quality of life and by making sure we spend a relatively small amount of time looking after it every day we can have a big impact on our health.

"World Oral Health Day is an excellent opportunity for people to find out a little bit more about looking after their oral health and I encourage everybody to think about how important their mouths are and consider if they are doing enough to look after theirs."

The Oral Health Foundation want to draw attention to the shocking statistic that more than 40,000 children have had teeth removed under general anaesthetic in hospitals within the last year alone due to tooth decay. 

They are hoping that by making people more aware of what we need to do to look after our oral health we can help to reverse this shameful statistic. 

The charity is determined to get people to understand that almost every single one of these cases is entirely preventable, and that by following three simple rules of oral health they can make a huge difference: Brush your teeth last thing at night and at least one other time during the day, with a fluoride toothpaste, cut down on how often you have sugary foods and drinks, visit the dentist regularly, as often as they recommend. 

Bizzare Dental Facts

  • The enamel on the top surface on your tooth is the hardest part of your entire body.
  • In the first adult dental health survey in 1968 over one third of the population (37%) had no natural teeth - it is now about 6% of adults.
  • More than one in ten (14%) of people find cleaning the toilet more appealing than flossing every day.
  • The average person produces over 5,000 gallons of saliva in a lifetime - that's enough to fill 78 bathtubs.
  • Our ‘smile comes top of the things we first notice when meeting a new person.
  • A toothbrush came top of the list of things we could not do without when we go on holiday.
  • If we only had five minutes to get ready in the morning, one in twenty would skip brushing our teeth.

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Help your child stop thumb sucking!

Are you looking for an effective way to stop your child thumb sucking?

This very common habit can be a difficult one to break and can lead to youngsters needing complex orthodontic treatment if not stopped in time.

Moreton Dental Care dentist Dr Lucy Benbow has found a solution- the Thumbsie”.

The Thumbsie is a thumb sucking glove that your child can wear in bed at night or at any other time when thumb sucking is an issue, such as when they are tired, travelling in the car or watching TV.

The glove comes in a range of brightly-coloured fabrics that youngsters would be delighted to choose from.

Dr Benbow says her daughter, aged seven, has worn the glove at night for three months now but right from the start it stopped her sucking her thumb while she was asleep.

“It’s a fantastically simple idea and has really worked for us, said Dr Benbow, a mother of two.

The British Orthodontic Association says thumb sucking can permanently affect the position of the adult teeth, and that beyond the age of seven when the adult teeth start to appear, self correction is less likely to occur.

If a a thumb sucking habit is not stopped in time, it can cause a vertical gap to develop between the front teeth which can make biting certain foods difficult, upper front teeth may protrude and the upper jaw may narrow, causing the back teeth not to meet in the correct position.

The association says thumb sucking is very common in youngsters and can start as early as three months.  One in eight children are still sucking their thumbs or fingers between the ages of 7 and 11.

For more information visit the thumbs website www.thumbsie.co.uk. The company sells thumb guards and finger guards.

 

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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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