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How to have fresh breath on National Kissing Day

Today (July 6th) is National Kissing Day which is now celebrating its 22nd year after being launched by Denplan in 1995

However, those hoping for a romantic encounter today may need to check their breath if they want to have any chance of a kiss.

Clearly your chances of love could be at risk if you go in for a kiss if your date takes a dislike to your breath. So what can be done?

Here are some tips:

1. Make sure your oral hygiene is good. First and foremost your current oral health has a huge impact on the freshness of your mouth. Bacteria can build up in the mouth and release unpleasant gases, so make sure you’re removing plaque- the white sticky deposit that collects on your teeth- by brushing your teeth for two minutes twice a day. You also need to clean between your teeth every day to remove plaque and food particles as these will start to smell as food breaks down. Visit your dentist and hygienist regularly and follow their instructions for cleaning your teeth and gums. Gum disease and other infections in the mouth can cause very bad breath, so regular dental visits are vital to keep on top of things.

2.Food and drink

Avoiding strong-smelling food will help to keep your breath fresh. These include onions, garlic, and spices, and drinks such as coffee and alcohol. It’s also worth noting that crash-diets, not eating enough, and low carbohydrate diets can cause bad breath because your body starts to break down body fat to feed itself, which produces chemicals called ketones that can be smelt on your breath.

3.Smoking

Smoking stays on your breath a long time as well as your hair and clothes. It also increases your risk of gum disease, which is another potential cause of bad breath.

4. Staying fresh on your date

Feeling a bit nervous before an important date? Staying hydrated is important for fresh breath, as a dry mouth and lack of saliva, which can sometimes be caused by nerves, can cause bad breath. Drink plenty of water. Sugar-free chewing gum and mints will increase your saliva flow and give you extra confidence before and during your date.

This advice was issued by Denplan to mark National Kissing Day’s 20th anniversary.

Why not visit the hygienists page of our website to see our two videos demonstrating how to clean and floss your teeth correctly.

 

Posted on in Charity
Spreading smiles around Moreton

Starting today it’s National Smile Month and already we’ve been out and about in Moreton spreading the word about healthy smiles.

Over the next few weeks we will be getting businesses, community groups and individuals to join in our Smileathon by posing with Smilies. They will be entered in the national photo competition #MySmileySelfie competition, the best one winning tickets to a local comedy club.

Look out for the photos on our Facebook page Moreton Dental Care. They will also be uploaded to social media using #MySmileySelfie and #smileathon.

The aim of National Smile Month is to get more people to realise that maintaining a good oral health routine is quite simple, and, by getting the basics right, we can avoid most oral health problems and the pain and discomfort that comes with them.

“We urge everybody to adopt three relatively simple steps in order to look after your oral health,” says Dr Nigel Carter, CEO of the Oral Health Foundation, the charity running the campaign.

“By brushing our teeth last thing at night and at least one other time during the day with a fluoride toothpaste, cutting down on sugary foods and drinks and visiting the dentist regularly, as often as they recommend, we can develop and maintain great oral health.

“It’s also important to remember that poor oral health is not just about toothache and decay. It has a much wider impact on general bodily health than you may think. Research over the past decade has revealed growing evidence linking poor oral health to serious health conditions, which account for many more days off work.”

In recent years, poor oral health has been proven to have very close links to such diseases like heart disease, diabetes, problems during pregnancy and dementia.

Dr Carter says: “National Smile Month is all about re-engaging the nation about the importance of a healthy mouth and the benefits our smile can have.”

The campaigns organiser, the Oral Health Foundation, along with Platinum Sponsors Oral-B, with further support from Wrigley’s Extra, POLO® Sugar Free, Philips and Regenerate, are looking to take their important messages of oral health to more people than ever in an effort to let people take control of their own oral health.

Posted on in Charity
Father and son plan charity dental trip

Dr Paul Sherrard is set to make his fourth charity trip to rural East Africa this summer, this time working with his son Edward, to offer dental care to impoverished communities.

The pair will be travelling many miles along poor roads and dirt tracks into the Ugandan bush to set up temporary surgeries in villages with no running water or electricity and where the inhabitants would not normally have access to medical or dental treatment. 

Edward, a fourth year dental student at Newcastle University, and his dad expect to find a huge need for help- on a previous visit Paul extracted more than 1,000 teeth in two weeks to relieve toothache. They are also hoping to provide oral hygiene instruction and give out hundreds of toothbrushes. Two of the main causes of the villagers' tooth decay is grazing on sugar cane and the increasing availability of sugary drinks.

Edward and Paul will be working alongside a team of British and Ugandan doctors and nurses aiming to promote sustainable healthcare in these far flung communities.

The trip has been organised with the Rock of Joy Trust (rockofjoy.co.uk) which was established to support schools and communities in Uganda after initial visits from Heswall medics and churchgoers in 2007.

Since then volunteers from the UK have returned annually to work towards their goals of establishing clean water supplies, building new schools, sponsoring teachers and attending to the medical needs of the community.

The volunteers on this trip will include 30 teenagers from Heswall Youth Fellowship, some of whom will assist the medical team, while the rest will run fun clubs, sports sessions and lessons in the three Christian schools supported by the trust. The youngsters will have spent a year training and preparing for the trip.

Paul and Edward will be taking all their dental equipment with them in two suitcases, and are also hoping to raise funds to buy mosquito nets for villagers- a simple but effective way to provide protection from malaria.

Said Paul: "It is always a privilege to be part of the trip, and I always feel humbled by the team spirit and sincere kindness shown to us by the Ugandan people we meet."

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Posted on in Uncategorized
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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